Of Lazy Days

I’ve been staying at home for a while now, I’ve mastered the art of laziness.  My patient’s still in London and my office status is “On Call” so here I am, waiting for a call if they have an emergency shortage of Nurse. I have a straight PM duty for for nights before I finally tuck away the scrubs as I welcome my 20-Day Leave! Yipeeeeee!

To start off, I just bought Cobone coupons for Moroccan Bath, Massage, Herbal Body Wrap, Haircut, Hair color and lowlights and Hair Keratin, Shoulder Massage, Nail Polish, Facial and Eyebrow Threading. 

Oh yeah, I have a major pampering to kick off my annual leave. I cannot wait!

Also, I cannot wait because February 22 will be a memorable day for me. I’ll tell you more about that next time. :)

So, that’s what’s up with me here right now. Aside from all the things I’ve ranted to you about my new room, everything’s still afloat and I’ve made a few friends to keep my socialization level leveled every day. 

My schedule’s a mess by the way. I will make a calendar one of these days because I need to put my life back in perspective. Okay that’s probably exaggerated. Let’s just say that I want to see if I’m using my day to the fullest potential (I am not) and whether I’m neglecting my hobbies and other interests (I am).

During my free days, I’ve watched movies and finished watching series. I’ve recently given Doctor Who a chance and learned that it’s not my cup of tea and moved on with Sherlock. I love Sherlock in all its forms and I realized that this series is no exception, especially that they are sticking close to the book. I’m also smitten by Benedict Cumberbatch, so yeah, that’s happening now. 

Aside from all of these, there’s nothing major going on so far.

Oh yeah, I’m broke.

Not broke – broke, but broke.

I need to reevaluate my eating habits and probably try to START to save now. I need tickets to go home again and I’ve tucked away nada. So, that and my new thing which I’ll tell you and teach you soon when I get the hang of it. I know how much you love tutorials so I’d probably do that as well. As a clue, this new thing I have is really a grown-upy material and is related to buying and selling, highs and lows. You have an idea? I hope you do!

So there, I just need to manage my schedule then the blogging will start.

See you then!
Cerrise

Kabayan Bedspace for Rent

Ahh, the winds of change stirred again. Today, I shall share to you my experience when transferring flats or bedspaces here in Dubai.
As a refresher, I live in a big flat with my aunt and cousins so everything was heaven. I know the people around me, I have food if they cook, the kitchen is big that I can even bake bread, the living room is clean and huge and my bed area is comfortable. I can even work out in our room (I share with my aunt).
But alas, the day came when I had to spread my own wings and fly away from the nest. My aunt decided to go home in the Philippines for good and like a well planned change, the flat was not renewed for another year (long story short, there was a fire on the building ON MY BIRTHDAY and the management became strict with bachelors all crammed up in one room). So December came and I started looking for a new home. I decided to separate ways with them because I’m independent like that. I like to try living alone — which doesn’t bother me much being introverted and all that.
imageBoy, was it hard. There were a lot of vacancies actually, what was hard was looking a place with the perfect balance of cheap rent, proximity to my work pick-up location or even just the transportation, the size of the room, the number of people living in the flat, the cleanliness of the bathrooms, the size of kitchen and the availability of dining area and additional freebies if available. Yes I put them all in consideration. Being obsessive compulsive, I don’t like to live in a dump with nasty roommates.
I ended up with a list of forty five available flats, screened into around 15 (as the other ones are not replying to my inquiries and I don’t want to have business with those kind of people). I had to push my time around as I need to view them all and see for myself. I suggest you do the same because I swear to you, you CAN’T trust the photos. I even inconvenienced my work duty partner because I get late coming to work that I had to extend my work in the morning to make it up to her. It was exhausting. I travel in the morning then go to duty then travel again in the evening. I talk to them and use up all my cellphone load, get lost around and then rush to my work. And with all those efforts, I drop-in only for 5 minutes to look around and inquire and in the end, slash them off the list. I just keep telling myself that I know I will find a home in the end and everything will come to an end.
Alas, December 24, I transferred my things to my new home.
It was a new building, decent house fairly clean room. That’s when I first viewed it.

When I had actually transferred, my bubble burst.

To begin with, the room started to feel crammed when other boarders started coming in with their own cabinets and luggages and things. One of my roommates came from Mars and does not know the meaning of respect to fellow sleeping roommates. The bathroom and kitchen usage wasn’t a problem, I can use anytime I want, but the cleanliness was. I had to clean the entire bathroom on my third day just because I can’t stand the filth anymore AND I bought my own cleaning materials. YUP, Talk about martyrdom. I just told myself, well, I’m lucky God blessed me with extra money to spend so why not make the sacrifice. It was no big deal. The only problem was it was hard for them to maintain the cleanliness. The owners of the flat wasn’t too big on cleaning the kitchen as well so sometimes dirty plates and utensils are left behind attracting roaches. We have a LOT of roaches in this flat and we also have bedbugs now. We tried to tell them the problems we have but the owners were busy with their agency business so they get forgotten most of the time. Speaking of agency business, the house maids they employ from the Philippines stay in this flat as well so it’s noisy and overcrowded most of the time. Sleep is hard to come by when I have my night duty because not only the people inside the room are noisy, but the ones in the living room as well. Shouting around and banging doors. If I haven’t told you yet, this is the right time to tell you that I am sensitive to noise and I’m a light sleeper so what a fantastic combination.
A month had passed now and I had just posted a note on our door to please not slam the doors. The Bathroom will get a schedule of cleaning next time, when I get fed up with picking up hair of my nasty roommates.
I’m just really waiting for The Boyfriend to arrive so we can transfer to a new place. I’m getting to the end of my thread. I don’t want to snap.
To counter all those negative vibrations, I fixed up my space nice and pretty, because well, that’s what I do best. So here’s my little sanctuary in the middle of my crazy sad OFW life.
I hope you have a better experience looking for and living in your new home. :)

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My room in the Philippines VS. My “room” in Dubai

We can do this!
Cerrise,

 

Planting Flowers

September 11, 2015

It started with an idea. A seed of idea.Charot.
Here’s a short story of my plants’ short life.

I bought these in the Philippines not only because I wanted to have a pet but I can’t have one in Dubai, but also because I love everything plants and flowers.

They are from a Japanese shop same as Daiso for around 140 Pesos for 3 flowers — They are Pansies, Margaret and Carnation that comes in cute and durable plastic pots.

 

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The first thing I did before planting them was to remove the paper labels inside because they will probably soak and rot and also I washed the pots clean so my babies err plants won’t get sick.

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September 18, 2015

A week after I planted them, the beasts are still inside and taking their time.

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September 22, 2015

They are out!

Meet Margaret and Carnation.
Pansy might take a while.

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September 26, 2015

They are now growing into little plants, their true leaves and coming out. Probably best to transfer them to a bigger pot, but I have none at the moment.
Pansy didn’t make it.

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October 2, 2015

Probably need to transfer, really. The stems are starting to bend, I’m not sure why. Probably because they are cramped in a tiny space, fighting for sunlight, or they are overwatered?
The starter soil was amazing by the way, it was light and the water pass through quickly while still retaining a considerable amount of water.

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November 19, 2015
I found a bigger pot and carefully re-planted them. They are easy to extract, just a little wiggle and they will slide out. The starter soil will fall away as well with just a little shake, leaving you with the plant and the bare roots.
I’m not sure at this moment if they will live with all the trauma I had just caused.

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December 6, 2015

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They lived! I wanted to see them bloom but alas, I can’t. Change is coming.

I will have to transfer home and that’s what’s keeping me busy lately. I tried looking for a room with a balcony but I did not so I have to leave them.

Goodbye plants. I hope your next owners will take care of you until you blossom into beautiful flowers.

You can read my room hunting experience here,
Next time, I’ll have a successful pot of plants, I promise you that. For now, I need to look for a room that has a balcony. :)

Cerrise.

Whole 30 Trial#2

Dec 5, 2015
Why did I even consider doing this Whole30 challenge during the holiday month?
Day 1 started today. Yay!
As lazy as I am, I took my recipes on GoodCheapEats.com and worked my way from there. I will show you my grocery list and price of each item when I have the time.

For breakfast, I made Poached egg with Spinach and Leek.

 

Now, I haven’t tried poaching my eggs before, I had no idea how a spinach look like and I had to google how to prepare leeks, so for me, the challenge had already proved beneficial.

Eating egg with vegetables wasn’t so bad actually. The taste was new to me but it wasn’t as awful as I was imagining. I have to put the eggs much earlier tomorrow when I cook though because the greens almost burned and I don’t like raw runny eggs. Worked out fine.
I also tried this Monkey Salad consisting of banana, coconut chips and cashew nuts. Instead of pure coconut chips, I had found this fruit mix instead. It looks like dehydrated fruits and I thought maybe it’ll make the salad more interesting. It was perfect! Not only because I love bananas, but because it was also so satisfying.

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I didn’t expect that my breakfast would fill me up. I have to use lesser fruits on my mix tomorrow because the sweetness was overpowering the other ingredients.


I didn’t drink the Whole30 friendly coffee because I still have to sleep for my night shift later on, so I downed it all with a full glass of water.
I also tried the plastic wrap on the bananas to make them last longer.

We’ll see about that.
I also haven’t found the Tamari yet. No Onion Powder and Celery Seeds as well.
My morning was so busy as I have to prepare all my food for the week!

I had to wash and cut all the greens and prepare the chicken and marinade them in individual plastics. I also learned this freezer cooking on the site. The only challenge with freezer cooking for me is that I live in a shared flat so the refrigerator is always full. When I transfer to another house, I have to consider that.
Dinner was not as magical for me. As I’ve said I tried starting the challenge last month, so I was looking forward to eating salad. Maybe it was because the Balsamic Vinaigrette I made wasn’t stellar. I could only use yellow mustard so the taste wasn’t what I was trying to accomplish. Maybe when I finish the bottle of dressing I’d just go back to the good ol’ Balsamic Vinegar and Olive oil.
The coffee was also devastating. I miss drinking my coffee but I can’t learn to drink this black sugarless concoction mixed with coconut milk. I have to try again, with a smaller cup next time, because my mug of coffee went down the drain today.
My snack for work would be Melons. Diced them up for later.
My day wasn’t bad. It feels amazing knowing that I had no junk food or sugar inside me. All the vegetables I ate today hopefully would normalize my craving and kick my metabolism.
Day 1 complete!

Now, off to work.
:)

Diet-Dietan Drama

December 4, 2015
Friday
1:38 pm

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Health Living Kuno

Bumili ako ng groceries ngayon, para sa Whole30 program na gusto ko itry this month. Ano nanaman kasing pakulo to diba?

Nagsimula kasi yan nung inintroduce saakin nitong ka service ko sa work yung Ensure powder (ginagamit ng mga pasyente sa ospital) na sinearch ko naman. Complete nutrition kasi siya at pwedeng ireplace ang isang meal mo, at sa busy schedule namin at dahil nga nagluluto na ako everyday magang ideya talaga siya. So si ako naman, inaral ko muna kung talagang maganda siya na gamitin everyday. Okay naman siya, nandun nga lahat, hanggang sa kaka hanap, napunta naman ako sa protein shakes hanggang dito sa isang website na ito na nagtururo tungkol sa pagkain ng organic, real foods. Tinuro niya dito at inisa-isa ang mga sikat na brands ng pagkain na ginagawang substitute ng mga tao sa pagkain nila. Tinuro din niya kung paano magbasa ng ingredients list sa ng isang product at iba’t ibang alias ng High Fructose Sugar na mortal enemy #1 ng katawan natin. Ang dami kong natutunan sa article niyang yun at nadala ako sa panghihikayat niyang kunain ng tamang pagkain. Doon ko din nakilala ang Whole30 foods. Yung Whole30 ay challenge na gagawin mo for 30 days kung saan may mga pagkain kang idedelete sa diet mo para madetoxify ka at mareset yung tastebuds mo at food cravings.
Actually, sinimulan ko na siya last month, okay naman at nakita ko talaga yung pagkakaiba sa katawan. Alert ka and energetic at hindi madaling magutom. Kaso lang, ika nga nila, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Naubusan ako ng food supply. Hahah!
So weeks before naghanap na ako ng Whole30 friendly recipes and naglista ng grocery list para mabili ko every week. Ang plano ko Chicken, Beef, Seafood and Pork for Weeks 1 to 4 respectively, at sobrang hirap pala maghanap ng 100% at organic foods. Halos lahat ngayon mas madami pang chemicals kesa sa food content mismo. Hindi lang isa, dalawa o tatlong isle ang dinedma ko dahil punong puno ng sugars and salts ang mga pagkain. Makes you wonder, kung ganito nga naman ang diet na mayroon tayo araw-araw, nakakapag taka pa ba talaga na tila sipon na lang ngayon ang Cancer?
Ang bigat ng pinamili ko infairness, ang tagal kasi dumating dito ni The Boyfriend. At habang ineexplain ko sa sarili ko kung bakit mas makakabuti na mag bus ako kesa magtaxi pauwi, bitbit ko ang dalawang malaking bag ng grocery na halos sumayad na sa sahig. Haha parang tanga bite-sized kasi :)

Chini-cheer ko nalang ang sarili ko habang unti-unting kumikirot ang braso ko, “go Che, kaya mo yan. You’re a strong independent beautiful sexy amazing fantastic woman!” Char. Hanggang nakalabas din at nakauwi ng pagod. Thanks to baba, my patient, at natulog siya ng 3 hours straight kagabi. Haha. :)
6:20pm
Actually may pansit sa bahay, pinili ko lang talaga kumain sa fastfood. Bachelorette party ika nga, para i-launch officially ang new eating habit ko for a month.

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Kunain ako sa Taza bago pumasok. Di naman ako actually bothered kumain mag-isa, sarap nga e. Sabi ko lang sa sarili ko “go Che, kaya mo yan. You’re a strong independent beautiful woman!”

Hahah!
Day 1 bukas.

Wish me luck!