Monthly Archives: May, 2017

Malapit na, Unggoy: Mga Modernong Pabula Para sa Henerasyong Milenyal (Ramon Bautista | Guhit ni Ryan Sandagon)

IMG_1066Di ko sya na-appreciate, haha, mahina impact siguro kasi pang-Milenyal daw kasi sya.  Pero itong libro, sa tingin ko, may purpose pa rin sa buhay ko like siguro ‘pag nabadtrip ako, isa ito sa magiging outlet ko: kukulayan ko na lang yung mga drawing kaya dadalhin ko ito sa opis.

At least ibang treat naman ito galing kay Ramon Bautista at kasama nya si Ryan Sandagon bilang tagaguhit.

“Ang librong ito ay isang coloring book na ang pangunahing misyon sa buhay ay magbigay ng panandaliang aliw habang kinukulayan,” pagbabahagi ni Ramon Bautista.  “Pwede ring basahin lang at hindi kulayan.  Ipamigay bilang regalo.  Gawing pamaypay.  Ibenta.  Gawing panggatong sa pagdating ng zombie apocalypse at nagkaubusan na ng LPG.  Pwede ring ipang-kalso sa pinto o sa mesa na umaalog habang pinagkakainan.

“Pwede rin itong matulad sa ibang stuff mo na nandyan lang at naghihintay ng kung anong paggagamitan.

“Parang ikaw.”


Hot Sos: Your Guide to Getting Fit, Eating Well, and Loving the Body You’re In (Solenn Heussaff)

IMG_1065I got discouraged upon seeing the hot sos workout plan I found in this book by Solenn Heussaff.  My viewpoint is this: if you’ve finally decided to lose weight and look better, and you’re not really the physically active type of person (worse, don’t have flexible body yet), I don’t think I would recommend the workout plan specified in the book. Like planking? Whoa, wait a minute. Running? I heard if you got weak knees this is not advisable. Actually, I tried some of those before from another source and my instinct told me to go after an exercise which I can enjoy and not be intimidated with or feel dumb about.

But this was my initial reaction, particularly when I was still at Chapter 2. I just continued with my reading hoping to find a ray of light from this book. And I did, thank God.

“Everyone’s workout style is different.  If you really wanna enjoy exercising, you need a routine that matches both your goals and personality,” says Solenn matter-of-factly.

I’d ask friends what’s their secret for losing weight, looking better in just a short time. Most of them would tell me: “I don’t eat dinner anymore. If I need to eat, I eat one piece of an apple.” “I avoid rice.” “I eat more protein than carbs.” “I don’t drink softdrinks anymore. I drink tea.”

And despite hearing this, I’d still drink Coke, eat more carbs, rice, and I can’t even remember when was the last time I ate a fruit. People would observe I gained weight. I, too, observed I gained weight. People’s opinions get to me but I’d still go back to my habit to cope with it:  I continue drinking Coke, eating lots of carbs, I eat anything that’s delicious not caring the impact it would do to my body.

Until my fat male colleague, also a friend, was overreacting over me gaining weight, that I look like a mom already (I’m not!). And when I would strike back at him for saying something too blunt from someone like him who’s fat, his excuse was it was because he saw me not like this before. If he hadn’t met me five years ago only now, he would have easily accepted my appearance. But he knew who I was before. He strongly demanded that I go back to my beautiful self and shed that pounds!

So this is Day 1. The beginning of my road to recovery.


“Let’s get something straight. I LOVE FOOD.  Healthy food I love even more.  Actually, to get another thing straight, eating healthy or “eating clean” is not about depriving yourself.  It’s about choosing food that’s good for you,” shares Solenn, who used to be fat when she was younger and was bullied for being so.

“Like, I love crispy pata, but whenever I eat it, I won’t have an entire leg, because that will make me feel bloated and sluggish.  Instead, I’ll savor a few bites, so my cravings are satisfied.

“Honestly, healthy eating isn’t so complicated.  I try to prepare my own food, and I make sure I “eat a rainbow,” because meals with more color usually have some veggies and fruits in it.  I also drink three liters of water every day to avoid overeating.

“So this chapter is all about food, everything from buying it to preparing it.  If you’re expecting advice like “Do NOT eat the bacon!” um, you’re not gonna find it here.”

Well, thank you, Solenn. What a relief!  Hey, I would like to try that Cheesy Panini recipe you shared. Looks yummy to me.


I also wanna try that vitamins drink because not only it’s healthy, it’s easy to prepare. Exactly what I’ve been looking for: easy to prepare and ingredients are not hard to find.


So this is Day 1. And I started off by reading Solenn Heussaff’s book, “Hot Sos: Your Guide to Getting Fit, Eating Well, and Loving the Body You’re In.” A book that encouraged me that I can do it!



FilipiKnow: Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know (Luisito Batongbakal Jr., Alex Castro, and Marcus Vaflor)

Did you know:

-That blood compacts during Spanish times were made by drawing blood from the chest, not the arm? Blood compacts, which signified a peace treaty between the Spaniards and the natives, were done by drawing blood from an incision made below the breast. It signifies the participants’ willingness to defend each other’s lives.  It also showed a great deal of trust both parties placed on each other.

-That Jose Rizal was suspected as the Jack the Ripper? They say that when Rizal left London to publish a book, it was exactly the same time the murders stopped.

-That it was not Fernando Poe Sr. who was the model for the UP Oblation created by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino. It was fashioned from not one but two people:  Anastacio Caedo, Tolentino’s student and assistant, and Virgilio Raymundo, Tolentino’s brother-in-law. To create the Oblation, Tolentino used Caedo’s physique and Raymundo’s proportions.

-That historical figures Ernest Hemingway, Indira Gandhi, Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward the Prince of Wales, and Charles Lindbergh had visited the Philippines?

-That it was once legal to execute minors under Philippine law? Marcial “Baby” Ama was only 16 years old when he was executed on the electric chair.  At the time, the law considered 16 and 14  as the legal ages for men and women, respectively.

These are just a glimpse of what’s inside the book, a must-have for every Filipino eager to learn more but do not have the luxury of time to read thick history books. In fact, this book would inspire you to read more about our history, our culture.