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Monday, November 20, 2017

20 Random Facts About Me

Got spare time today so I decided to update this blog with some random things about me. Don't be bored. Here we go.





1. My birth name is really Jingky. However, the office of the municipal registry decided that name should be spelled as Jingke! And gosh, they changed my birth date too!!

2. I am the only girl among 3 siblings, but  I also have a step sister and a step brother.

3. When I was a kid, I was so skinny that I had classmates calling me lizard. IKR, bullies!

4. I never liked coffee and cigarettes. Coffee makes me acidic. Cigarettes are smelly.

5. Stupid as it sounds but I dated someone without realizing it. Poor 24 year old me.

6. I speak Onhan, Tagalog, English, and a little Turkish. I can understand Karay-a, Ilonggo, Hiligaynon and Cebuano.

7. Got my first job at 21. I worked from 6 AM to 6 PM standing most of the time.

8. I let go of the person in #5 because I thought he was too young for me and I wasn't in love. Later on, I got married to someone with the same age as that person. Lol.

9. I can't go to sleep if my home is messy. I always have to do some cleaning and clearing of tables and floors before going to bed.

10. I love cooking and I write a weekly menu before doing my grocery.

11. In Hong Kong, I was once mistaken as an Italian. Actually, I get mistaken to a lot of different nationalities when out of the country. Sometimes odd, other times flattering.

12. My husband and I met through a dating site called singlesaints.com.

13. I spent a couple of semesters in graduate school. Too bad I didn't finish the course.

14. One of my close friends in college still calls me Kyle cos I used to be a tomboy and more.

15. Spice Girls used to be my favorite girl band and I was once obsessed with Mel C.

16. Red is my favorite color. I tend to dress up in that color, and black and white and blue too.

17. I started blogging in 2004 using the site xanga.com.

18. I have anxiety and I get panic attacks at times.

19. I am allergic to pollen.

20. Currently addicted to fitness. I go to the gym 5x a week.








Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Battle of the Purple Warriors Overall Champion 2017

Still. Can't. Get. Over. This.

My team, Anytime Fitness Shaw, actually won the first ever Battle of the Purple Warriors during the My Healthier Place Fitness Fest at BGC last week!




Here we are, Battle of the Purple Warriors Overall Champion 2017, from L to R, R. See, A.F. Shaw member, J. De Mesa, A.F. Shaw member, Coach Migs, Coach Kabee, and J.Kolca (that's me!).




The Fittest Club: Shaw Boulevard branch :)


 
 
 




Never in my dream that I thought of entering a competition like this. I had so much doubt with myself, worried that I would just mess up. I first heard of this event from a blogger friend and I knew it would be interesting to witness. When my coaches invited me to join Team Shaw for the battle of the clubs contest, I neither said yes or no, being totally unsure of what was going to unfold. Anyway, they told me that I could do it and it would be fun so we taped our qualifying video and sent it to the organizers.

On the day of the fitness fest, I was so busy from morning till afternoon. I had zumba in church with the Relief Society sisters at 7am, Halloween party in our community at 9am then another church activity with my daughters at 2pm to 4pm. Thus, I was quite tired the whole day.

At BGC Amphitheatre, all 9 teams were gathered, forming a big circle for a short briefing. Mind you, most of our opponents were tall and with big physique. Our team was literally tiptoeing to get a glimpse of the instructions given by the organizers. Most of us in Team Shaw is just a little over 5 feet. Then before the first round, I was already having a panic attack; heart was racing, knees were wobbly and hands were freakin' shaky. I dealt it with by doing some stretching. I guess it worked!

End of the story, my team aced the easy category with the fastest time. We got a little lost in the medium category though. We didn't know that the timer wouldn't stop after the 1st round and that we had to do the exercises 2x. Luckily, we made it 3rd and entered the final category, the difficult part. I was tasked to do the barbel squats, R. See on bench press, J. De Mesa on deadlift, Coach Kabee on weighted walking lunges and Coach Miguel to assist and spot on us. For the full video of our team's winning moment, please head on Anytime Fitness Shaw's Facebook page.

So grateful for my coaches, Coach Miguel and Coach Kabee, for believing in me and dragging me to this event. Haha. Honestly, really, I seldom look up to people younger than me, but when I do, it simply means they really worth my respect and gratitude. Again, thank you so much Coach Miguel and Coach Kabee. You guys are exceptional. I love you both! Also big thanks to my fellow team mates, R. See and J. De Mesa. We did it and it was soo much fun!! Thanks to Anytime Fitness Philippines as well. You're right, it is not just about the prizes, but also the fame and respect to which our team is very much thankful for. Lastly, great thanks to my Anytime Fitness Shaw family for the support especially to Miss Cha. Shawtime it is!!!

Purple Warrior signing off. Till next :))







Photo Source:
Anytime Fitness Philippines
Anytime Fitness Shaw









Monday, October 23, 2017

Diet and Meal Prep

Okay, I'll be honest here. If there is one thing that stops me from reaching my fitness goals, it is actually my diet. My major weakness is carbohydrates and a lot of it. I love kakanin and breads. It is hard for me to eat lunch or dinner without rice. Most of all, I used to munch on carbohydrates alone during snack time. I would go for 2 slices of bread with peanut butter in the morning, ginataang bilo-bilo in the afternoon and maybe some chips before bedtime, then I'll end up bloating.

Abs are made in the kitchen, they say, but how true is that? Well, I do not know 'cos I am still trying to prove that to myself. I have no flat tummy nor defined abs to flaunt, although I can say that my waistline and lower belly has gotten smaller already after a year of consistently going to the gym. It's true that losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. I testify on that. Truly, what you put in your mouth plays a major role in weight management. So here I am again, writing about diet and meal prep as reference on my road to achieving my fitness goals.



Above is an ideal breakfast for me consisting of oat bran with skim milk topped with sliced banana, almonds, sunflower and chia seeds, dried prunes, and granola. Part of my routine is to prepare a weekly menu and base my grocery on it. I basically cannot make a shopping list without finishing my menu first. Additional to the regular weekly menu, I am now working on a separate breakfast and snack menu. Sounds a little crazy but I am doing this to avoid eating just about anything and end up carbo-loading in every meal.



This is one of my afternoon snacks last week.. cheese and egg sandwich. When I was a kid, I would get a very bad allergic reaction when eating chicken and egg. It all started when I was in grade 4 then came major flare ups when I was in grade 5, 1st year and then again 3rd year high school. I would be absent from school for days, my feet all wounded with nasty pus, my lymph nodes swollen, folds in my legs and arms super dry and itchy; even my face red and flaky. After finally finding an effective steroidal cream and getting rid of my flares, I decided to completely abstain from poultry products. Thanks God I didn't see my allergies that bad again and I was able to eat chicken and eggs after 3 years.



A menu from 2 weeks ago: skinless herbed chicken in a bed of beans. This is very easy to prepare. Just marinate your chicken in a little salt, freshly ground black pepper, paprika, cracked red pepper, oregano and thyme. After 30 minutes marination, arrange the vegetable/s in the bottom of the tray, top it with the chicken, drizzle some olive oil and bake from 25 to 30 minutes.

If there is an important lesson to take note that I think I have not written yet in this blog is to eat balanced diet in every major meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you are weight lifting and want to gain some muscles, make sure that protein is present not only in your big meals but in smaller meals, meaning morning and afternoon snacks as well (thanks Coach Miguel). If you can, focus on targeting your macros and not just your total calorie intake for the whole day. Macro counting is hard work, I know. I still can't get the hang of it. Anyway, there is this beautiful young lady I'm following in IG that inspires me a lot. Her name is Katie Crewe, a fitness coach and social media sensation. Like her, I am into a flexible diet regimen. I give in to my cravings from time to time and I do not have a lot of restrictions. I eat at buffet or eat-all-you-can restaurants once in a while, indulge into some Korean bingsu or froyo maybe once or twice a month, also get unlimited rice and fatty dishes; all of these fall into my weekend cheat days. Take note though that I seldom drink soda or juices and I already stopped using table sugar earlier this year. If I were to sweeten something, I use either coco sugar, raw honey or dried fruits. And I am a big fan of fish, seafood and vegetables. Monday to Friday, I eat mostly boiled and steamed dishes with lots of local vegetables.



Thursday, October 05, 2017

Finally, a no bake eggless birthday cake!

Looking for a perfect cake for my daughters on their birthday can be a hassle and a bit frustrating for me. Both of my girls are allergic to eggs and the younger one is even allergic to nuts and some dairy. Apparently, most cakes that are sold in bakeries or patisseries these days have eggs as one of the main ingredients, may contain some nuts and a lot of dairy products. I tried to check my old cake suppliers if they can make an egg-free cake for my daughters. End of the story, I was not accommodated so I didn't have a choice but to take the matter into my hands.




This is my eldest on her 9th birthday with the chocolate in cream cake that I made for her. It has no egg and it doesn't require cooking or baking, only refrigeration.



Look at that happy face. She can finally eat as many as she wants of her birthday cake. I am happy and relieved that I do not have to worry anymore about my girls getting itchy after eating a cake.




I know it doesn't look perfect but definitely tasted real nice. The layers of cream with ground graham crackers, wafer slices and shaved chocolate was yummy in every bite. Everybody loved it!

Will try to improve this recipe and share it in another blog post in the future. I am planning to add some fruits and a hint of jam next time. The elder daughter specially requested no fruit in her cake so I settled with mostly chocolate and crackers on this one.

If you have an egg-free, easy to make chocolate cake or whatever no bake cake that is a hit in your household, please feel free to share your recipe by dropping a non-clickable link below. Thanks in advance! :)
 


 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Old Transformation Photos

When I decided to resurrect this blog, one of the subjects I know I will be mostly writing about is fitness and maybe a little bit of nutrition for these are the things that I am pretty much interested into these days. Just take note though that I am not a fitness coach nor a nutritionist so you do not have to believe in everything I say. Just an ordinary person trying to maintain a better lifestyle here. This is pretty much a trend these days. Or is it just me? Oh my!



June 2016 vs. December 2016


Now let me just direct your attention to my old transformation photos. Old because I want to remind myself how I used to look and how far I reached my goal before comparing to new transformation photos that will hopefully come before the year ends. Mind you, I was weighing around 115 pounds in the before photo taken in June 2016 then latere dropped to 103 pounds after going back to the gym in October, doing mostly cardio workout like zumba and belly dancing plus some core and HIIT. I should've blogged about this thing long time ago, procrastinated a lot by leaving it in my draft but anyway it's on now.

Funny since I used to really think I was already doing fine with my old self until I pushed myself a bit and discovered I could do more. If you can check my old gym photo in this blog from long time ago I am sure you will understand what I mean. I am way bigger before though I tried different kinds of diet and been in and out of gyms.



July 2016 vs January 2017


For as long as I can remember, I started my fitness journey in 2008 when I got pregnant with my first baby and was told I needed to be on a diet in order to control gestational diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is in my family history on both sides. My father passed away of diabetes complications as well as his younger brother. A maternal uncle is currently battling kidney failure at a late stage due to diabetes complication so I am mostly likely to get GDM when pregnant. Anyhow, I met with a nutritionist and took a lesson on meal planning and calorie counting and the rest is history.

Fast-forward to present, losing weight is no longer my goal but to gain with some lean muscles. It's going to be quite a battle requiring a lot of weight lifting, discipline, dragging myself to the gym, rigorous meal planning and macro counting. Will be writing more about these topics next time. If you have tips or tricks in gaining weight the same way I want, please do share it in a comment below. Thanks heaps!





Friday, September 22, 2017

Blogging Comeback

Gosh, I missed blogging! I miss the old times when I used to sit in front of the computer, excitedly writing on subject that I wanted to post as fast as I could before ideas leave my memory. I know I neglected posting an update for the longest time and I feel sorry for my blog, looking lonely for the lack of new posts.



HELLO! :)


Having a couple of smartphones and a tablet all can easily be connected in our home wifi is one of the reasons why I have been MIA in the blogging world for a while. You know, updating my Facebook feed and my Instagram story is way faster, reaching to my friends and family even in realtime. But of course, nothing beats the classic and that is writing an online journal or blogging.

My plan is to do this slowly. I am going to tweak my layout to suit my current mood. Next, I will manage all my social media accounts connected to this blog, as well as post an update as often as I can. Honestly, it is hard to completely abandon blogging because this is my little corner of the worldwide web, an extension of myself wherein I can freely write or record anything I want. Anyhow, with or without an audience, with or without monetizing, I am going to do my first hobby since I became a SAHM again. So yeah, I am sooo back!





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ramen Craving

About 5,790 miles away from where I am right now is a Japanese restaurant serving the best ramen I ever had. I know I have been to Tokyo once, but can you believe me if I say I didn't have a single bowl of ramen during my trip? And so the best ramen I ever tried yet is the one served by Ramen Daisho along Shaw Blvd. Believe me, I have a few friends who used to work in Japan and also married to a Japanese who said that Ramen Daisho indeed serves authentic Japanese noodles. Guess what, I am thousand miles away and craving for it.




Look at this mouth-watering bowl of tonkotsu ramen. Imagine tender thin noodles in creamy flavorful soup. Oishi!




Perfect for a chilly weather like this. I will trade this bowl of ramen over pizza or any fastfood every single time.




That's me and my gym friend Mitch at Ramen Daisho last month. She could eat a hot bowl of ramen faster than me. Talo ako! 😅

Will surely visit Ramen Daisho as soon as I arrived in Manila. I really loce it there. The resto is simple just like those in Tokyo and the servers are polite and friendly. For those of you who live nearby, ikain nyo ako puhlease. Hihi.









Monday, April 17, 2017

Tulip Time

Istanbul'da Lale Zamanı! In English, I believe that simply means, it's tulip time in Istanbul. We arrived just in time for spring and just when the flowers in parks all over in the city are blooming. Here are some selected shots of those in the Emirgan Park taken the other day.














With about half a dozen spring time that we are here in Turkey, I swear I have never seen this much tulips of different colors and variety before. I am sure there's more in the park that my smartphone didn't capture. Nevertheless, the park is too big that an entire day is needed in order to enjoy it. So, when visiting Istanbul in spring, never forget to drop by at Emirgan Park or any major parks with a big number of tulips.





Tips For Painting In The Home

Painting the home is an easy way to change the appearance. A new coat of paint can make a dull and lifeless room spring back to an environment that you enjoy being in during the day. If you don't have the time to paint the home yourself, you can talk to house painting contractors who can get the ob done in a short time. However, make sure that the person you hire cleans up the mess that is made and completes the work as painting involves more than just putting paint on the walls. It includes painting the electrical plates and the light plates along with the doors and the trim.

There are some tips that you can follow if you want to paint the home yourself. Gather all of the materials and the color of paint that you want in the room before moving anything around. It's best to move everything out of the room if possible so that you have space to work. Get a variety of brushes and rollers as well as paint thinner so that you can clean the brushes. Avoid lap marks that are made by rolling along the height of the wall to the ceiling before beginning another row, keeping a wet edge so that the paint blends together. Instead of using two or three cans of paint in the room, mix two or three cans of the same color in a bucket. This will give you a uniform color to use that is blended together as some cans that you get might be a bit lighter or darker even if the same color is used.

After the paint dries, you can then remove the tape. This will ensure that the lines are pristine along the trim and anywhere else that you want to paint in the room. It's sometimes best to paint the trim first. You can go back later and touch up the edges along the trim after the walls are painted. Make sure the surfaces are as clean as possible before painting to prevent small pieces of debris that end up stuck to the surfaces.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

DIY Easter Hat

Hello! We joined an Easter hat making contest today. We didn't win but happy that my girls enjoyed the advanced Easter party. There was face painting and photo booth plus some free refreshment. The kids were given a bare hat and were allowed to decorate within 2 hours with the help of one parent or guardian.




We had a couple of bunnies and carrots, some chicks and Easter eggs, feathers, glitters, paper grass and flowers to beautify the straw hat.



This is our finish product. Tell me, is it cute or so cute? Haha.



Here is a photo of all the kids with their hats on with E.B. or Easter Bunny from the Hop movie at the center. Can you spot those winner hats?


PS. I know I've been silent in the blogging world for a while. Been busy with everyday stuff and some. We just arrived from a short vacation in the States. It's summer time in the Philippines so we are off to another trip. And then another trip. And another trip after. Ciao for now and happy Easter in advance!<3 p="">

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Baeby Baste and The Concio Sisters: New Endorsers of BABY BENCH

Local retail giant BENCH launched last Saturday its new endorsers for one of its most recognizable sub-brands, BABY BENCH at the Ayala Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive via a children’s party-themed event. The ever charming Baeby Baste of GMA 7's noontime show 'Eat Bulaga' together with Charo Santos-Concio's pretty granddaughters, Julia and Talia Concio, were introduced as models for the above mentioned product line meant for the young and the young at heart.





Baeby Baste performed a short medley of modern songs including Closer by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey. He was oozing with cuteness so the crowd was very much in awe.




Enter The Concio Sisters who looked equally adorable in their tutu outfit. They also rendered a song number for the crowd to enjoy.




I supposed their lovely grandma who is one of the most influential women in Philippine television, seen here seated beside BENCH founder and CEO Ben Chan, was very proud. Indeed, the Concio Sisters is a duo to watch out for.




At the end of the launch, Sir Ben Chan walked the runway together with the 3 child stars as colorful confetti started pouring.




Both Baeby Baste and The Concio Sisters received huge teddy bears as token.




Some of BABY BENCH Cologne variants clockwise: Cotton Candy (green fruity), Gummy Bear (fruity floral), Jelly Bean (floral), Bubble Gum (citrus floral), Lemon Drop (citrus) and Popsicle (citrus fougere). Not in picture: Ice Mint (powdery floral).

Specially formulated for delicate skin, these clinically and dermatologically tested colognes have a non-irritating formula that keeps skin smooth and smelling clean and fresh all day. Baby Bench cologne comes in 50mL (P35.00), 100 mL (P55.00), 200 mL (P87.00), and 500 mL (P205.00) variants. Grab a bottle at the Bench store nearest you today!

For updates, check out @benchtm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and shop the latest offerings via http://benchtm.com/shop.






Monday, January 16, 2017

Back to the Gym

Hello 2017! First blog entry of the year, here we go. I started posting about my fitness journey in Instagram late last year as I went back to working out mid November, now I want to blog about it so I can track my progress better. Looking at my old photos and reading an old entry on fitness made me realize that I have been sporting a flabby tummy for a long time. Aahh.. I want to scold my old myself 'cause I also discovered that I was pretty much okay with it. I gave up after losing just an inch or two off my waist. Can you believe how lazy of me to do that? I boasted my workout routine even I didn't achieve a very good result doing it. Haha. Anyway, I just reviewed my exercises and found out that I am still doing the same thing plus more intense training like circuit, core, HIIT, etc.






This is me in December. I started losing weight after some diet changes in June, slowly dropped my weight from 52 kilos to 47 until November.



This photo was taken like a day before Christmas. I dragged myself to the gym early in the morning while my kids were still sleeping.



This is me and a couple of gym buddies. It is fun to meet new people and be friends with them. We get to workout together and share fitness goals.



This photo is after a hip-hop class on a Saturday. I normally workout Monday to Fridays only. This one was an exception 'cause I wanted to try the hip-hop class.



This is our cardio zumba class with Zin Blade. I love this class 'cause I get to sweat a lot. I regularly attend zumba classes every Monday and Friday night.


I signed up for a year contract with my current gym. I am trying to maximize my membership by joining as much classes that I can. I love the classes because I earn friend through them and get to workout with ease and so much fun. On my next blog entry, I am gonna be sharing ,my fitness goals for this year and some transformation photos.




PS. Sorry for the quality of photos. They are taken using my mobile phone camera.