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Here Comes the Sun

Oh yey. Summer is here. I am so happy I get to spend many summer days in the beach this year as I will be teaching yoga and movement activities there. Oh how I wish, however, that I can get into all those Sexy Dancewear and yoga clothes. Haha. While I know that size and shape is not all that there is, I can’t help but wish it every now and then :)

Thank You, Internet!

Today’s random thought: I am grateful for the internet. This thought came to me as I got stuck on the road as I often do during rush hour. It does help keep me sane. Not only does the internet provide entertainment, it has made my life so much easier. From finding Web To Print Solutions online to simple hacks that make work easier, the net has definitely given me a whole new world to explore.

Grammy Drama

I may not be a big Grammy’s fan, but I hear this last Grammy Awards got a lot of flak for some reason. I know Macklemore got great reviews (at least that’s what I understood!) but that Taylor Swift got attacked or something??? And something about somoene walking out? It’s sad when things that are supposed to be grand and affirming end up like this. I mean, even with the most amazing performances and event the best set designs with the best accessories and equipment such as 6 mics stands and cords, the drama takes away from the essence of the show. I won’t comment much on it since I don’t know the whole story, but I do hope the music industry remembers what truly matters for shows like these :)

Dear Internet Provider….

Dear Internet Provider,

Sigh.

Everyday you get worse and worse. I can barely get work done. There was an online sale I wanted to get to — it was a great buy a violin at not even a fraction of the cost (that’s an exaggeration, I know) but the site wouldn’t load.

Grr.

I truly hope the sad sorry state of our relationship improves soonest.

Love,
Your Internet Dependent.

13 for 2013

2013 has been an amazing ride :) I did have some road bumps along the way, but for the most part, I have so much to be grateful for. As I have for the past number of years, I pause and look at what I truly am thankful for on this day. So here is a round up of 13 highlights and things I am grateful for from the year that was.

1. Graduation!

It may have taken 12 long years, but to finally earn my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology was definitely one of the biggest highlights of 2013. I never imagined being able to do it, but apparently I did have it in me :)

2. Training, training and more training :)

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I did set out only for my Yin Yoga Teacher Training this year, but I am grateful that I also got to do my Radiant Child Teacher Training and to complete a 50 Hour Training with Leslie Kazadi where I got to explore yoga therapy and restoratives as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Yoga with Love.

Although the primary purpose of my trip to Singapore was for training, it was such a treat to get to lead my first ever class outside of the country. What made this even more special was the fact that it was a fund raiser for the benefit of Malongs for Mothers, a group that aims to help breastfeeding mothers affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The class raised SGD240!

4. Teaching at The Farm at San Benito

From the first time I stepped into The Farm, I knew I wanted to someday teach there. This year, I got to do that! I am so grateful. I not only got to do it once, but I was able to come back several times over and I look forward to more opportunities to teach there again.

5. Days with my Boys.

It may sound cheesy, but yes, each day with both of my boys have definitely brought infinite joy and happiness to my 2013.

6. Getting my Passport stamped.

I’ve never really been bitten by the traveling bug, and in fact it does rile me up to have to travel, getting my passport stamped this year was a trip. It was nice to get out of the country for a bit. I may do it again next year. Haha.

7. Amazing friends.

There too many individual names to write down here, but meet ups with good friends, reconnecting with old ones, and setting aside hurts with some were truly a highlight to 2013. Meeting new ones, both on and off the mat, also brought a lot of excitement to this year.

8. Y.O.G.A. and reconnecting with the FLOWks.

This year allowed me to reconnect with people I started my practice with. This time, I had the privilege of taking the teachers seat. I am truly grateful for the space they gave me and continue to share with me.

9. Warrior Flow.

While I have always been grateful for all the yoga classes I have been honored to teach, I am especially thankful for the Warrior Flow series. This class taught me so much and continues to give me the inspiration to keep coming back to basics in order to grow in my practice.

10.  New toys.

This year I allowed myself to treat myself to a long-deserved upgrade in my Laptop. Teehee. Plus SMART gave me an iPhone as well :)

11. Random road trips.

I did a couple of these this year and it allowed me to stretch beyond what I normally do. It taught me to spread my wings, to allow people in to my life, and to just be random and spontaneous. The biggest take home in this: it’s always okay :)

12. The Gratitude Project

 

I have been keeping a gratitude journal for the past three years and it has changed my life. This year I started a different gratitude project, and it continues to change me. I did reneg on parts of this, but I believe it will come back :)

13. YIN.

Not just teacher training, but the practice as a whole.

I can say so much more, but one of my projects for 2014 is speaking only enough, and that includes writing in my blog. Filtering and just saying what is essential, focusing on the core of things, and honoring that is one of my goals for this project, and it begins here.

Thank you 2013, you were amazing. Here’s to the unfolding of 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

My Most Random Purchase in Singapore

I recently went to Singapore for two weeks for my Yin Yoga Teacher Training and among the things I packed into my suitcase were my rain boots and a foldable umbrella. I had heard that it was rainy season in Singapore after all. On my first day out, however, I brilliantly left the umbrella at the house I was staying in! Rawr. And so, one of my first purchases in Singapore, after the bottle of vodka in the Duty Free, was an umbrella from 7-11. Nyahaha. You’d think I’d bring home a designer bag or one of the newest TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 watches, but no…I brought home a pink 7-11 umbrella. And several loaves of Gardenia Fruit and Nut bread. haha.

On Resolutions

I have long given up on making New Years Resolutions, but I think coming up with a plan for the upcoming year will help make a difference. After all, isn’t that what calling out to the Universe is all about?

And so today, my brother gave me a Starbucks planner and I had jokingly said “lagi naman ako may planner, pero wala naman akong plano sa buhay”. This 2014, however, I will change that. Positive languaging as they say. So for 2014, I am filling each day with something great and to be grateful for. I shall revisit this while I am on my little retreat at The Farm on Monday and become more clear as to what my plan for 2014 is.

Post Christmas Cheer!

It was not the healthiest of Christmases for me, what with me being plagued with the worst sore throat in months. I guess it was from all the icy drinks that I decided to indulge in, after many months of no cold drinks. Har. Anyway, sending you all the post Christmas cheer! Hopefully your belly’s are full, hearts happy, and spirits lifted.

Speaking of Christmas, what would your favorite Christmas carol be? I have quite a few, but one I never really got was The Little Drummer Boy (or something like that haha). If I were a little drummer, I’d probably break all those vic firth drumsticks lying around our studio. Haha.

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