Life Lately / 7


I’m doing another quick, little update for when I want to go back to this moment in the future. I’m hoping that by then, I’ll still feel excited going through the ups and  a lot of downs of my life lately. I know I did a Life Lately entry just a little over a week ago, but I’ve been keeping myself really busy and been doing a lot of catching up on the things that I’ve neglected doing the past months.

So my father is really eager and determined to enroll me in these short photography courses at this really good institute somewhere in Makati. The only problem is, he might have forgotten one little thing, I’m applying for a new job and it’s too early to tell if I would even have time for a 3-day short course, you know, in case I make it, which I should!

He’s also been saving these online tutorials for me and wants me to familiarize myself with his new camera. Apparently, digital cameras are so much complicated than my analog cameras. Who would’ve thought that fully manual, decades-old vintage cameras would be way easier to use in this complicated age of technology? I mean, I understood the fundamentals of photography just fine using my manual cameras, but why can’t I apply all that when using a digital camera? I know, I’m too biased.

Anyway, there’s still so much to like about these well-made, high-tech cameras though (I’m speaking like I’m from the 70’s haha), like the fact that they’re smaller, especially the mirrorless cameras and lighter, thus easier to carry around. My father’s camera has this option to easily transfer photos to other gadgets through wifi. I’m also loving using the manual mode since I get to tweak the settings myself and see the changes in exposure, real time! That I won’t ever get to see in my film SLR. It’s a pretty good camera. A few days of using it made me even want to buy one myself. Plus, it helps in being able to post photos immediately! I missed not having to wait for my photos to be developed before I could write a new entry! LOL!

Phew that was a mouthful!

So early this morning, when I went out to get some mint leaves for my water, I saw all these pretty, water droplets on the leaves of the plants. I’ve been reading about plants lately, mostly on the most ideal time to water them. I learned that apparently, these water droplets can actually harm plants, but only when they haven’t evaporated by noon/hottest time of the day. So that’s why it isn’t recommended to get the leaves wet, unless you do it very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, which gives these time to evaporate in cool air. It is therefore advised to water just the soil especially when the it feels lighter than usual, which means that it’s really dry.

Okay, there’s a lot of side stories on this post! This would definitely take a while! 😛


Seeing the water droplets made me decide to bring out my father’s camera and shoot, especially since it’s also my favorite time of the day to take photos!

I originally wanted to just get some mint leaves, so I did that and took photos of them too.


When my parents bought these herbs, they were told that some of those they got were Mint and the other similar-looking ones were Citronella.

That was about 3 weeks ago. This morning, when I was looking at the plants closely, I noticed that these two herbs look awfully the same, except that the other type had pointy leaves that were hairy. Yikes!

So, I had to google what Citronella really looked like and I was beating myself up for not doing it sooner because apparently, citronella looks like grass, because it is GRASS! Wow.

Anyway, I had to check and see what herbs we have growing in our planter boxes. For all I know, we could be keeping carnivorous plants in there or I could be waking up one day to mutated plants that are shooting tennis-ball sized peas, or not. Good news is, I found out that these herbs below with round leaves are Peppermints and those on the photo above are actually Catnips/ Catmint plants!

Catnips are named as such because cats love them! Do the research.

Both Peppermint and Catnip leaves come from the family of mints, thus smell minty and both can be used for indigestion and stomach cramps, but I had to use peppermint for my lemon and mint water just to be safe. Plus, I don’t think I want hairy leaves in my water, not now, not anytime soon.


We also have Basil plants which look so much better than the Thai Basil plants we got before, but both smell like Basil so who’s complaining?


I’m still not sure what these flowers are. I couldn’t see anything similar on google, but they look so beautiful and I always stop by to admire them. Plus, ang sipag nila mamulaklak! You can even see new flower buds on this photo!


After I got my mint leaves, I did my early workout, focusing on my butt, legs and arms (thanks to the daily workout app). Also didn’t forget to stretch and do my favorite dance cardios prior. Loving Club Fitz’ Uptown Funk and Marshall Fitness’ I’m a Slave 4 U!


There’s my lemon and mint water! 🙂


Just had my family’s leftover Pad Thai from last night which was soooo good. What’s bad is that my legs, butt and arms are feeling sore as I’m typing this, but it feels good to know that the exercises are really working! Going up and down the stairs feels especially harder and I’m expecting it to be much worse tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to that!

**all photos were taken using Canon a6000.

** listening to:

Just dance and you never have to “workout” a day in your life :P

You know why people always say that it’s more fun and so much easier to workout when you have the right songs or playlist with you or when your workout is basically just dancing that it doesn’t feel like exercising at all? That’s because it is TRUE, and it’s not like a big secret or anything since MUSIC is such a big part of our lives that even walking kinda gets exciting with your favorite songs banging on your eardrums! In the same way, DANCING is something everyone can enjoy doing more than singing. It’s so fun to do, it’s almost like you’re just playing!

This morning, I was supposed to perfect some yoga moves (that I obviously still can’t do), but I thought that I needed to do some cardio warm ups first so I looked for a few ones on Youtube! I ended up trying Julianne Hough’s (fit, girl crush) trial workouts before discovering Lauren Fitz!

According to her short introduction on her Youtube channel, Lauren is a Zumba/Hiphop instructor. So you should already have pictured by now how exciting her workouts are. I’m a big fan of Zumba ever since it was introduced to us back in college because I always seem drawn to workouts that involved dancing and good music (I was even obsessed with HipHop Abs for a time)! Somehow those two factors help me keep going even when I think I couldn’t anymore. Plus dancing is such a “secret” stress reliever of mine hence my sudden breaking out into ridiculous, epileptic zombie moves in odd places for dancing, like my previous work place. In fact, this very good former workmate I’ve been with for a long time knows this! It’s either that or dancing is probably another one of my very few frustrations in life 🙂 I secretly love dancing so much that I can choreograph my own steps for songs I really love on the spot like this remix of Icona Pop’s “All Night” for example, which I got from the Christmas dance showdown between the very talented Julianne Hough (again, big fan here) and Maria Menounos!

Going back to Lauren’s dance workouts, I found her while I was searching for some Zumba leg exercises because I’m obsessed with toning my lower torso very much! It brought me to her “Royals” self-choreographed dance workout! Who would’ve thought this could be an actual workout song, right? Or is everybody else doing that already? LOL!

I’m telling you this workout was totally killing my hamstring muscles but it was worth it! Like I said, the song kept me going and  the fact that you feel like you’re just doing some dream dance production number on ASAP made it feel more easier to endure! I tried doing leg workouts before but it just wasn’t the same. I think it also helped a lot that it felt like I was a part of their group because dancing with a few others is always so much fun unlike when you’re on your own.

Anyway, here are a few of the others I’ve tried and really loved, also by Lauren!