Vision Board

I’m kind of late to the party but today, I successfully completed my vision board. As has said, a vision board is a collage of images of things you want in your life. The idea behind the vision board came from the Law of Attraction, which is very similar to self-fulfilling prophecy. LoA in its simplest sense claims that the more you think about something, the more it will become real or will materialize. There are lots of references online if you are interested about Law of Attraction.

In five to seven years time, these are the goals I want to achieve. So here’s my board.

vision board

Left to Right:

1. Community Involvement
I would want to be more involved in the community. I believe there is a diferrent sense of fulfillment from sharing your time and skills to advocacies.

2. Self Love
I want to love me more. I want to stop berating myself for what I’m not.

3. Post-grad in Europe
I have two images for this: the and the one of Erasmus Mundus. I want to take my masters abroad. Since I don’t have a rich family to pay my tuition, the only way I could afford it is if I get one from either of those two.

4. My Own House
I’m sure I don’t have to elaborate on this.

5. Committed Relationship
Paging all the forces that be to help me work on this one.

6. Travel (Switzerland, Greece and Spain)
The photo with the blue sea is taken at Santorini while the seemingly pastoral view is from Switzerland.

7. Writing
I want to write more, not just blogs. I want to write film reviews, short stories, news features, obituaries, et cetera.

8. Teaching
When I was little, I dreamed of becoming a teacher. I did teach for more than two years, and I want to do it again.

9. Mantra
I want this to be my daily affirmation.

10. Good Health
I want to work more on improving my health and I want to be fit.

Tales Of The Fat Ass

Hello, everyone. I’m guest blogging for the day. I’m trainrides’ fat ass and I would like to tell you about the exciting Sunday we had at the park.

To say that I was surprised would be quite an understatement when trainrides decided early Sunday morning that she would go jogging with her brother and their neighbors. You see she had been contentedly lying on her fat ass, namely me, for so long now. She has an office job so can you imagine the torture?

So anyway, Sunday morning, seems like the saints have heard my pleas and enlightened her to do something about me. With her trainers whom she loves more than me, off she goes to Circle (also known as Quezon City Memorial Circle). Those of you from the metro, I’m sure you’re familiar with the place. But here’s a photo I have googled and apparently was taken by another blogger.



I have been dragged to Circle before but it was when trainrides had breakfast with her friends because you know, eating is her favorite workout. So I was really excited about this workout. Trainrides was surprised that the Circle is crowded on a Sunday morning. And I mean really swarming with people. And not just people, a lot of them has brought their whole families and pets with them.

The Circle seems like a mecca for fitness on weekends from what I gather. There are different activities that you can try. There’s aerobics, kickboxing, tai-chi, brisk walk, biking, badminton and jogging. There are some that you have to pay for to join but most are free. I want to kick trainrides’ butt for not doing this sooner but then I remember I am the butt.



The last time trainrides had run was when she was still living on campus and would do two to four rounds of the UP Acad Oval, depending on her mood and level of laziness. So it was mighty brave of her to do 4 laps, approximately 4 kilometers, her brother said. But of course, it was a combination of jog and brisk walk. But let me tell you this, she was miserable for a good half of the workout. Can you imagine dragging your fat ass for 4 kilometers when you’re used to just sitting around? It was so awful I wanted to laugh. You see, her brother is a big smoker but she was surprised to find out that he could actually run 5 to 6 laps without a hitch.

will break into a dance soon

will break into a dance soon

That’s Evert (her brother) and Kuya Rolly, their neighbor. Kuya Rolly has just turned 60 and had been jogging since he retired from work on his 60th birthday. Tatay Lito who was not in the picture is 65-ish and also works out regularly.

So back to trainrides, first lap was fine. Second lap, she was seriously panting. After the second lap, she tried running on the stairs near the monument, which you can pretty much accomplish in less than a minute. But she spent a good 5 minutes there.  Then she did stretches for a couple more minutes. What a cheat! I’m telling you, she was a big fat cheat. She just the whole running the stairs and stretching as an excuse to take a break.

Third and fourth lap, I thought she was gonna drop to the ground. Her lungs were burning. And out of guilt, I helped her pray for them not to explode. You know what kept her going? Pride. I mean look at her. She’s in her late 20s, non-smoker and only an occasional drinker and she will not forgive herself if she would let her companions know she wanted to stop. She’s that kind of person, big ass and even bigger pride!

after the dance showdown

after the dance showdown