Something that put a smile on my face today.

It’s always good to be a witness to people’s dreams coming true. I wasn’t even looking for this on YouTube (I was looking to sing a Madonna song before I go to sleep), but I’m glad I did.

Well, now it’s time to sing that Madonna song. Luckily for you, you won’t be seeing it on YouTube, because that would be, as per Lea Salonga, “really, really, really, not so great.”

À demain!

A little update: Material World was the lucky Madonna song that got my attention! I’m going to make it a habit to sing before I sleep.


Months later

Many people are right, after all (including the brilliant Ollin who said so in his comment on my previous post); it’s infinitely more productive not making new year’s resolutions. Making them presupposes that I am dysfunctional and need to be fixed. But if someone comes up to me and says that to my face, let’s just say, he/she’ll get what’s coming to him/her.

Assuming I can kick that high, of course.

The thing is, I’m not perfect, but I’m not dysfunctional either. I’m an old rotary telephone that still does what it’s supposed to do, which is, as always (not play Angry Birds but), get a message across. I’m not sure what my message is yet, but I have to believe that there’s a message, and that’s what I’m going for.

So yeah, forget resolutions. (I don’t want to be kicked in the butt by myself.) I’m here to just be.


weighingAs expected, I gained about 2 kilograms over the holidays. It was the combination of eating more than I usually did and not working out. Last boxing session was on the 29th of December and I haven’t gone back to the gym since then; I haven’t done any deliberate exercising. “Balanced” meals consisted of everything from fried chicken to some kind of really greasy broth. Let’s not even talk about those desserts! I just had the lousy idea to weigh myself this evening — although so-called experts say that you shouldn’t weigh yourself in the evening; they suggest that we do so instead immediately after peeing in the morning — and what the scales said confirmed what I had been dreading the past 2 weeks. In fact, it was a surprise that I had gained just2 kilograms.

I find it surprising that we’re only 3 days into the new year. It felt like I had broken all the unwritten fitness resolutions already. First, I was supposed to go back to the gym yesterday, but for some reason (including the fact that I didn’t want to inconvenience myself), I had to skip it. Ditto for earlier today. It’s only the 3rd day of the year and I had loaded up on all the excuses already! The good news is, there is still the rest of the year to make up for my first-day lapses.

workout painMy friends and I have experimented with various workout videos. Being more predisposed to eating than moving, we realize that the regimen that we’re going to stick to has to be something that will give us more pleasure than pain. I’ve probably had them all in my DVD player — Tae-bo, Hip Hop Abs, Jane Fonda, Carmen Electra, the works. I would give myself a pat on the back for finishing a session but for some reason, when it was time to get back to moving with the video, something in me would recoil and I could only surmise that it was because, deep down, I didn’t really feel any pleasure while I was doing it.

Zumba-Dance-WorkoutMaybe I should have been more vigilant in my quest but it’s better to start now than to postpone it to some other future time, right? I will still indulge — now, that’s a great word to use for exercise — in my favorite stress-releasing outlet (boxing) and I might occasionally try something that I’ve failed at in the past (running), but I’m also on a quest to find something to do at home or anywhere I feel the fancy to move without having to worry whether I have any equipment or am wearing proper outfit. The first thing that I’m going to try doing every day is dancing, but won’t I have to worry about having some music for that? I just might have to invent some workout called Dancing Sans Music. Some deaf people can dance wonderfully without hearing anything, why not I?

So, for this week, dancing it is! Not Zumba, Bellydancing or any kind of structured dance movement, but just moving (to music, if available) with wild abandon! Just writing it already feels exciting! I will keep you posted on how it goes. Wish me luck!

What I’m looking forward to/wishing for in 2012

  1. creating a category in Kindle Store for free books (Why make it hard to find those freebies?) (Note 10/1/2012: Saw these tumblr sites that note free fiction and non-fiction books at the Kindle Store. Good alternatives.)
  2. Having a truly noble, no-ulterior-motive, Head of State who knows what he’s doing (Note 10/1/2012: Heard this, a source of much hope: “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” Although I live in the now for myself, I’m visualizing a better future for us Filipinos.)
  3. Attending yoga/meditation classes and poetry reading (iPhone apps have to do for now.)
  4. Having a more active social life (Uh.)
  5. The emergence of a really talented act who wouldn’t be on stage or on screen just because he/she is half or almost or already naked (really untalented male hotties can parade around like that, of course) (Hmm.)
  6. Writing and publishing a novel (Getting there… self-fulfilling prophecy)
  7. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announcing she’s pregnant (I take this back. They seem to be happy and they don’t have to rush it.)
  8. Becoming a sexy no-nonsense boxer in pink gloves who does not get hit (First, I have to keep on going to the boxing sessions.)
  9. Meeting Daniel Day-Lewis (or one of his many cinematic incarnations) (Dreamt of him. Does that count?)
  10. New Year’s Eve at Times Square (!!!)

(Notes on italics were written on October 1st, 2012. I’m making early new year’s resolutions again.)