A Workday Escape

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An immediate and easy escape from a long workday is a walk to Burgos Circle and a large Wintermelon Milk Tea of 25% sweetness and crystal sinkers from Serenitea. Easy Fix. 😉

(Taken using iPhone5 Panorama option @ Bonifacio Global City)

**This is in late response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape.

The Sign Says… Survive!

Being a mid-level employee for five years now, I have devised ways to cope up with the 8 hours (sometimes 10 or more) of mindless drudgery I call a workday.

Some are preventive… like eating right and exercising.
Some are corrective… like traveling, karaoke and having a drink or two after work.

On the job site itself, I keep a small board where I put words of encouragement and other stuffs just to keep me motivated and focused.
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With this, I got a little curious about what some of my colleagues have posted in their desks to keep themselves going through a tough week.

This one’s a reminder about “Working smart, not hard” and having a work-life balance.
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Now, this next one’s my favorite.

If all else fails…
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I’m glad no one had to use this last one.
Not yet, anyway.

**This post is in late response to Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says.

Happy Wednesday = Fresh Oysters!

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This, coupled with a bottle of beer and good friends…
Aaaah. Life is good.

(Taken using iPad Mini @ Claw Daddy’s, BGC)

A Hearty Meal!

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@ Stacy’s in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
**Taken using iPad Mini

End of a Thursday

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“Remember only God can judge us.
Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya!”

Okay. So I’m borrowing words from Miley’s new single “We Can’t Stop”. Just saw her perform on Jimmy Kimmel and got instantly hooked! So I downloaded it in iTunes and it’s been playing non-stop. And I can still hear it playing in my head when I took this picture last night.

Okay. Enough.

Fangirling mode OFF.

(Oh, how I wish it can be switched off that easily… can’t stooooooooop!)

Dreaming of Bangkok (once again)

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It’s a friend’s birthday and she treated us at a Thai themed restaurant for lunch today. The place was called Just Thai and this photo is of their very cool wall display. You know what this depicts? Monks lining up for alms. Super cool.

Getting to eat Thai food plus getting to experience the ambience of the place, I really missed Bangkok more.

The spicy and delicious food.
The super sulit massages.
The rich and vivid culture.

Ugh!
It is torture.

I wanna hear me some “Sawaatdee Ka!”! Pronto!
Anyone wanna come with?

I’ve been failing to catch up on Daily Prompts.
I don’t know if it’s the topics… or my laziness… or both.

I’m stuck.
I’m tired.
I’m uninspired.

I’m a roller coaster of emotions lately.
Swinging from one mood to another.

Okay. This is not something new.
I am a roller coaster of emotions ALL THE TIME.
And being away from my family and closest friends is driving my sanity one block away from cuckoo-ville.

Wait a minute.
Shouldn’t I be already used to this? Being alone?
I am. I totally am.

It’s just that there’s so many changes in my life lately that my being alone right now is kinda adding to the “losing it” drama. Or maybe this is just PMS. I don’t know.

ANYWAY…

I’ve also missed last week’s Photo Challenge
I’m just not the type of person that usually takes (or remembers to take) photos in general.
But I promise to make up for that. I just have to remember to take a picture every hour for a day!

Ugh.

I can do this.
I just wish I can turn down the emo a notch.

Stuck

Soda Diaries: Finally!

Finally, I drank soda after 55 days of abstaining from it.

I got a 1.5L bottle.
(instagrammed it immediately, of course!)

After 55 days… 😀

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Don’t worry! I didn’t finish the entire bottle.
I just downed one glass.
And honestly, I’m all set.

Maybe it’s because I am more of a soda-in-can kind of drinker (yes, there’s a difference in the taste depending on the container. Trust me. We addicts can tell! And the ones in cans are my favorites!) , but I am actually not craving for soda that much anymore.

Well, okay. I missed its taste and “kick”!
But now I know, I can resist giving in to it unlike before.
Now I know, I can live not getting to drink it at least once a day unlike before.
I now have the will!

I open the fridge.
I see a bottle of soda… and I grab the bottle of water instead.
I pat myself on the back.

Talk about change. 🙂

Soda Diaries: 49 days

Oh yes. I’m way past my pledged no-soda day!
It’s been 4 days since I passed The Soda Challenge deadline and I still haven’t drank one drop.
It’s not that I don’t crave it. Because I really really do!

I am actually scared.
I am scared that once I start drinking again, I will be drowning myself with it yet again.

I am also scared for my kidneys now.
Just a month ago, I would’ve just brushed aside all health worries.
But hearing dialysis stories from friends (one friend has a sister that goes to dialysis twice a week indefinitely, and another friend who’s a nurse that’s assigned to help perform dialysis to patients), I got spooked… Because I know that that will be one possible future for me if I don’t control my soda drinking and don’t start drinking more water.

So what about my “No day but Today” mantra?
Okay. I am still living for the day. I believe so.
I don’t mean to not drink sodas ever.
Maybe now I should just add the mantra:
“Too much of one thing is bad.”
So everything should be in moderation.

Don’t hold yourself back.
Seize the day in moderation.
In this way, you can start living your present to the fullest but not being to dumb enough to acknowledge that the future is inevitable. Also, you’ll be able to seize every moment that the future present brings.

Confusing?
Such is life. 🙂

*sigh*

Hopefully the next soda diary entry will be about me getting to drink soda once again.
*fingers crossed*

Soda Diaries: One Day More

Too many times I was tempted to break this pledge.
Too many times I thirsted for its taste.
Too many times I stood my ground.

Okay. Enough with the drama…
One more night’s sleep and I can drink soda again!
Yahoooooooooo! 🙂

 

Dimsum Wheel

Taken using Blackberry 9300.

Siomai, Hakaw, Shrimp and Spinach dumpling…
Lunch out with work mates at Crystal Jade, BGC Taguig City.

Made with Paper

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I’m loving this iPad app called Paper 53!
I even bought a stylus for this.
Cannot get enough of it.

Now if only I knew how to draw…
Epic fail! 😛

Soda Diaries: 15 days to go!

Wow. I am surviving.
15 more days and I can finally get to taste soda again!

Oh, how I missed the carbonated treasures and how its cold bubbles massages its way down my throat. Then finally getting the thirst-quenching feeling and the burp!

Just thinking about it makes me feel all giddy! 🙂

 

Mini Garden

The secret mini garden at our home in Zamboanga City.
**Taken using Blackberry 9300.