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A Not So Fortunate Event

Can I still run? These are the words that were on my mind the past few days.

When this is one of the things that makes me happy and active. So I had a terrible back pain for the past few days. I thought it can be managed by massage but no. I decided to see our neurosurgeon and asked his advice. He gave me a muscle relaxant, a pain reliever, and an MRI scan just to have a peace of mind. I was bargaining not to give me any medicine that might make me drowsy, but I have to give up. Taking the muscle relaxant for the first three days was not pleasant. I want to sleep the whole day. But the pain was not gone. My MRI Scan appointment has come. Unfortunately, that day was so busy and good thing I made an evening appointment. What they’re saying about the MRI Scan is true. If you’re claustrophobic, you can’t do it. And it’s quite loud, the technician will give you a headset. Some say there is music but for me, there’s none. Haha! Good thing, I don’t need to remove my braces as I only have to do the back.

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Ok, the result. I thought it’s good as I can’t see anything much until the technician told me that there’s a little problem. The disc between the lumbar 5 and sacral 1 slipped and compressing the nerve. I did not expect that this is the cause of my constant back problem. I thought I was just tired. And it’s been a long time I did weights in the gym. I don’t do weights anymore.  I was sad. The first thing came to my mind, I can’t run anymore. I remember  I was planning to join a track and field group but now, it’s shattered.

As I talked to the doctor, informally, he suggested only a surgery if I don’t respond to the medicine. And I am planning to taper it off soon! I’m a bad patient. -.-

I’ll be in a total lifestyle modification. I might opt to brisk walking or swimming. I just can’t give up not working out. Thinking about it makes me cringe.

Well, let’s hope for the best though. ^^

 

Cam Whoring And Etc

Obviously last month, I had a hectic schedule even until now. I always forgot to share these photos that was kept in my phone. Sorry for the poor quality. My phone’s shutter is soooo loud, no kidding, I have to download an application so there’s no freakin’ shutter to take a photo. And here are the long pile of photos!!!

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Guess where was this taken!!! hahahaha!!!

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Super busy day in Bataan.

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Cam whoring with that fake glass. I sooo love that glass. hahaha!

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Buko Pandan shake from Max’s and American California Maki from Tokyo Tokyo.

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Hey guys, do you still remember Chi-Chi?

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And the rest of the photos were taken yesterday in Glorietta.

P-A-S-S-E-D

After two trials, thank goodness I passed the foreign licensure exam for nurses, Health Authority Abu Dhabi or HAAD-RN. I thought I’m gotta fail again because the questions are soooooo hard. Well, the questions are seems easy but you’ll never know what will be the answer. So, to those who’ll take HAAD, I suggest you read, read and read. If you can enroll in a review center, go for it. It’s a big help.

I swear!!! I look soooo stupid when I opened the result. I can’t stop smiling! Who won’t when it’s already my second time.

And tan-tanananan!!! My HAAD certificate!!

so hate my photo there. haha!

so hate my photo there. haha!

It’s just sad that I won’t be able to celebrate this with my father. But I know, he’s very happy that I passed. And I know, he helped me pass this exam. I dedicate this sucess to my late father and to our patron saint, Saint Joseph.

Dear Saint Joseph, I did not forget my promise to you. 😀

 

Vegetable Soup Recipe

I think I should create my very own recipe book. Kkkk~ Anyway, I created another simple, vegetarian dish. I am almost turning vegetarian but there are times that I cannot  just give up meat. And my coconut shell was working, why don’t I title my book as “Lazy Man’s Recipe”? hahaha! Because most of the recipes I made are really easy. Anyway, if you tried this recipe, do tell me your reaction. I would appreciate it.

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Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

150 grams – mashed potato

100 grams – cabbage

1 liter water

Cream of mushroom

1 small onion, sliced thinly

4 pieces baby potatoes

Dash of pepper

 

Procedure:

  1. Bring to boil half liter of water, add onion then cabbage. Let it boil until the cabbage is cooked.
  2. Dissolve cream of mushroom in ¼ cup of water then add.
  3. Add the remaining water, dash of pepper and mashed potato, then later the baby potatoes.

Then serve.

Thanks to my sis for taking the photo. 😀

On the side note, it’s so sad that I wasn’t able to attend again the 4th Philippine K-pop Convention and that was due to some unexpected appointment. And I wasn’t able to follow. *sigh* Maybe, just maybe, two years ago was the only time God gave me an opportunity to attend. Anyway, I won’t die. Kkk~

Happy new year, in advance guys!

Green Tea vs Lemon Tea

A few years back, a friend asked a classmate who came from Japan why do Japanese drink tea after each meal, specifically green tea. She answered us and said it was for metabolism. We all know, it was quite hard to lose weight and what a luck if you have slow metabolism. And I’m one of those.

I am never a tea lover but lately, I am getting used to the taste and I always drink a cup of tea every after meal. So far, there’s no effect yet but hopefully soon. I should take a cup every day, religiously. I just don’t like the taste of tea. It’s bland yet if you put even a little sugar on it, it tastes awful. Yo~ just for the sake of losing weight, I’m doing this. Haha~

I did a little research in regards with lemon tea and green tea. There’s always a box of those two products here at home. Well, I’m a coffee lover but that’s another story.

What about the tea? According to a site that I found through google, it is made from Camellia Sinesis and it has three main varieties: green, black and oolong. I am actually familiar with oolong but I don’t want to try it. I am afraid to its taste. Haha~ It was also said, the difference between those types are the concentration level of polyphenol antioxidants. The more polyphenol, the better the fat-burning effects and benefits will be. Green tea is a rich source of the particular antioxidant and the reason why it is considered one of the best weight loss alternative. I guess I should be more particular with the back label. Haha~

I only found few articles about lemon tea. And it says, “Lemon tea uses the benefits of lemon to help the body and mind of those who consume it.”

According to an article from buzzle, here are the benefits that we can get from lemon tea.

  1.  Mental freshness: This is achieved by clearing out the toxins in the blood. Thus, a person will feel less lethargic and more active after drinking lemon tea.
  1. Blood Cleanser: The lemon tea also helps clean up the various body systems and clears up the skin due to the flushing out of the toxins.
  2. Cancer: Lemon is very rich in Vitamin C and is a strong natural antioxidant which is a help in neutralizing free radicals.This same reason implies that the risk of cancer is lesser in an individual who regularly consumes lemon tea.
  3. Digestive System: Lemon tea also plays a stabilizing role in the digestive system of a person, and helps clear it out.
  4. Antiseptic: Lemon tea also acts as an antiseptic and helps prevent various infections and illnesses.

Of course, to attain those benefits, we have to take it on regular basis, just like what I am doing lately. Kkk~

Green tea originates from Asia, mainly from China and other neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea. Asians in general have slim bodies, good skin complexions and higher life expectancy rates, and this is because drinking tea has become part of their culture for several centuries.

What makes green tea  more special? They say, the secret lies to its rich antioxidant called catechin polyphenol. It can prevent diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases and even infection. It can also helps in lowering the cholesterol levels on our body and helps in our immune function.

Did you know that green tea can also help to prevent tooth decay?

If there’s benefits, how about its harmful effects? As I searched more through google, the only negative side effect is insomnia due to its caffeine content. But it has lesser caffeine than a coffee. And another is, dehydration. Because it’s also a diuretic like a coffee.

According to the site, differencebetween.com, here are some differences of Green Tea and Lemon Tea

  1.  Green tea is one of the three main types of teas, while lemon tea is just a method of preparing the beverage.
  2. Green tea is least processed and thus, is a great anti oxidant for those who consume it regularly.
  3. Lemon tea is just an addition of lemon juice to hot or cold tea that has been prepared.
  4.  Addition of lemon juice makes the tea antiseptic, in addition to all the health benefits of tea.

In the end, I still prefer coffee, just kidding. Coffee is also an antioxidant! Haha~

Now had you realized why do Chinese, Koreans and Japanese have better complexion and shape? And don’t forget about their tea ceremony!

It will not kill you if you add tea on your menu every after meal, right? I always make it a habit to drink at least two cups every day. A dedication is needed to obtain all the health benefits stated above.

Resources:

http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-lemon-tea-and-vs-green-tea/

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/lemon-tea-benefits.html

http://chinesefood.about.com

http://www.benefitsofgreentea.info/

Bland and Salty

 

Sayote Tops sautéed in Hoisin Sauce, Butterless Mashed Potato, Salty Gravy

 

I made a mistake on creating gravy. It’s my first time though. 😄 I added too much soy sauce and meat stock. However, good thing I didn’t add salt on mashed potato and even butter because it’ll add unwanted fat and in addition, Sayote tops had been sautéed in oil. I used sesame oil for sautéing.