Category Archives: 2011

Update on Weight Loss


So I lost 2.5 lbs in 2 weeks and ver excited on my new experiment. I stopped counting calories. It just wont mix with my daily life. Work is too busy, raising 4 kids, cooking during weekends- so I stopped stressing on what I put in my mouth. I just make sure that I pacify my sweet cravings only once a week or if I do get into temptation, I work out harder which in turn makes me regret eating calorie overload so I learn.

Anyways, I track daily workouts on a calendar I see all the time. So I have on my cork board in my room and one at work. I am mixing bikram yoga now with gym (cardio and weights) and I see tractions!!!

I’m very excited about the coming weeks and can’t wait to weigh next Tuesday!


Yoga + at the Fort


There’s a new and exciting yoga studio right at the heart of the Fort. Yoga+. Yoga + was founded by 7 friends with passion for YOGA aiming to provide yoga as a fitness for everyone.

The studio is located at the 11th floor of the Legend Towers. The facilities are amazing boasting that you only need to come in your yoga attire and water bottle. They provide you with manduka yoga mats, towels and alkaline water.

Here are some of the pictures from their website YOGA+

Last week,  I left work at 3pm to visit the studio. Unfortunately, all pay parking surrounding the building (Legend Towers) were full.  I wasn’t able to attend.  I wonder if they have a parking space at the basement of the building? Well,  I am going to try again my luck next time.

50 days til Christmas Party Challenge


Finally, I have buddies from work who will do a 50 days til the Xmas Party challenge with me. Donna and Gina agreed to take the challenge (not necessarily the same kind or length) with details below:

1. Donna and myself – no chocolates for the next 30 days (what did I get myself into!)

2. Gina – no rice in the next 30 days

3. Myself- 1 cup of coffee only per day in the next 30 days

SO the challenge starts tomorrow – so we will see how it goes…. I am still contemplating if I should sign up for an unlimited 1 month BIKRAM YOGA due to 2 things:

1. I don’t know if I can do it daily….

2. I don’t know if I will miss boxing or martial arts…

I am scheduled to do Bikram at 930am tomorrow. I’d probably sign up but need to commit to do this daily. If only I’m a commitment type of person… NYAK. Well, I’ll take it one step at a time and will make sure to not make any excuses as much as possible so wish me luck!



1. Bikram Yoga Manila – first officially sanctioned  Bikram in Manila. Two studios located in Makati and Quezon City.


5/F CKB Centrre

203 Tomas Morato Ave.
Quezon City

Telephone Nos.(+63 2) 376-4632 or 415 – 8910


15/F, 88 Corporate Center
141 Valero Street corner Sedeño Streets
Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227

2.Ananda Marga – prides on teaching yoga in Manila since 1967. Offers course consisting of 8 sessions and cost Php 2,500, including a book and CD. Drop-ins are Php350. 50% discount for students.

46 Maamo St.
Sikatuna Village
Quezon City
1101 Metro Manila

Airmen’s Village,

Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas
Tel.: 02 924 6068
Mobile: 0929 541 9501

3. Yoga Manila -Dedicated to the study and practice of yoga, we offer classes (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Pre-Post Natal Yoga, Slow Flow, Vinyasa and Yoga Ed Kids), courses and workshops. Studios: Alabang, Rockwell, Makati, Greenhills.

Makati Studio
Greenbelt Mansion, Unit 506, Perea St, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Ortigas Studio
Chi Spa, EDSA Shangri-la, Manila, 01 Gardenway, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Alabang Studio
405 Bougainvilla corner Sanggumay, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City
Rockwell Studio
Joya Gym, 3rd flr , Joya North Tower, Plaza Drive, Rockwell
SMS: +63917.522.YOGA(9642)

4. Iyengar Yoga – The Iyengar Yoga Center Manila is a space dedicated to the practice and methods of our Guru, BKS    Iyengar.

21/F LKG Tower, Ayala Ave. Makati City

For further inquiries please email us at or contact us at (02)753-4495 or (0917) 535-9711.

5. Pulse Yoga – The benefits of yoga are determined by our dedication to practice and our expectations. Many people are attracted to yoga practice initially for the physical benefits, which are innumerable, but realize over time that yoga has improved their lives. For those seeking exercise or stress relief, there is nothing better than yoga.

pulse studio greenhills
23 Florida Street, Greenhills
1501 Mandaluyong City, Philippines
+632 7217900
+63917 84PULSE

pulse studio makati
2289 UPRC III Building, Pasong Tamo Ext.
1231 Makati City, Philippines
+632 4684165
+63917 83PULSE

6. Yoga Philippines -A life changing place where you will rejoice in every class, which is solemnly made to nourish the body, mind and spirit.  A space that is transformed to achieve the warm feel of a home environment, to help you uncover the gift of yoga practice. A Center which is perfect for all who are searching  for conventional and traditional learning for a very reasonable price


cellphone: +63917-500YOGA(9642)

landline: (632)2119158

Address: Lot 19 Blk 20 Greenwich St Hillsborough, Alabang Village, Muntinlupa

7.Bliss Yoga – A sophisticated and serene studio has just arrived in the heart of Makati. Located in the Penthouse (28th Floor) of the Trident Tower, Bliss Yoga offers classes to help strengthen your body, soften your heart, and clarify your mind.

(My personal favorite!) I enrolled last week for their unlimited monthly. I think if you are someone without any YOGA BACKGROUND, this is the place to be. As the teachers are open in assisting new faces, giving modified poses and the place is just like a second home. The rooms don’t look like a dance studio, it’s like a large serene room. The students too are just full of spirit, eager to get committed and offer their session to their own causes. You only need to bring yourself since they offer towels, hand towels, yoga mat and water. They even have a cafe lounge that offers vegan and fresh fruit shakes, HEALTHY!

28/F of Trident Tower Penthouse

312 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue

Makati City, Manila

Direct Line: (63 2) 753 1954

Mobile: 0926 711 7462

It’s right at the back of RCBC Plaza… The green Tower…

8. EkagratasalaNew!!!

Ekāgratā Śālā is a home based yoga space in Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa, Philippines.

Ekāgratā in Sanskrit means one-pointedness or concentration. And Śālā (shala) in Sanskrit means space or a place to learn in. In Filipino, Sala also means living room.

Ekāgratā Śālā offers a comfortable space for you to practice and focus on your yoga.

525 Country Club Dr. Ayala Alabang Village

Karen Sumcio []


9. Vinyasa Yoga Center *New!!!! –

Mailing Address *22nd floor Palm Garden Spa Strata 100 Bldg. Felix Ortigas Rd. Ortigas Center, Pasig City

email address

Land Line : call us @ +(63 2) 232-9189 / +(63 2) 637-9003

For more info txt or call us on this mobile numbers +63(915) 292-0989 / +63(920) 947-5915


280 Santo Domingo Subd. Mayapa Calamba City

Humana Wellness building, Santa Rosa Laguna

+639185539698/+6349 834 2446


11. Prana Yoga – Vinyasa

Estrella Cor Amapola Streets Guadalupe Viejo, Metro Manila Philippines

Contact Person:
Ms. Ina Sibug
Mobile: 0920-9019228

2nd Floor Commerce Center

Commerce Ave., Filinvest

Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila

Philippines 1780

(02) 846-5496
 13. Yoga Flow Alabang
Upper Level, Casa Susana, Alabang Commercial Center
Madrigal Avenue, Alabang
14. Yoga+
Unit 1102 Fort Legend Towers 3rd Ave. cor. 31st Street, Global City, Taguig
Tel No:             +63-2-238-2768      
Mobile No:     +63-917-808-3957       

Back to work -30 day challenge


So work was heavy, what’s new? I’m glad it was heavy. I’m glad it was because I still am going through the phase of forgetting how I wasted 2 weeks of my time like nothing happened. I am truly awed on how some people can just do it. I am accepting the fact that we may never smile at each other or be friends like what he said to Michie – so I am glad that work was heavy. I am also glad that Nat decided it’s time for me to focus on RMO because of the tedious problems arising from the past months. This means more Insular for me and just after lunch RCBC meetings. Oh Onin called, and for whatever womanly reasons – I vented out. He said, so that’s the reason why I never see you or you never text back. It’s not that actually. I stopped texting him months ago, only because he was an employee of mine and didnt have the time. So why did I make time for this other guy- jeez- talk about more and more stupidity- took doses ala vitamins. I think the learning I got from this is that never let a guy treat you that way. Even through text. I guess I was mesmerized on how he was putting a face on when were together and wished he was really like that. From the description of his friend – I guess his long time unsorted crush friend from the olden days said- leave it all behind. And whether or not the advice from her was sincere, there’s really no way I think that him and I will be in tuned. I wished at some point yes but he has this view of how to treat a girl that I can never accomodate. I’ve just done so much in my life to go back to that area, regardless how stunnning he is. I just cant let a person throw me off like a stupid washcloth used to wipe shit.
So Onin listened and couldn’t believe it. He asked if he can visit in RCBC to cheer me up. I said I don’t know. He wanted to bring flowers I said I’m too busy. He said, if I listened to him, and just entertained him- I wouldn’t be in this shit hole right now. LOL like all men are alike hello? He invited to go out this weekend. If his friend visiting Manila Rochelle will push through seeing me, then I guess he has to wait again for next week. Or if I feel like plunging my head in a sewer!
I am thankful I am not seeing him for a while now. Makes it easier. The more I don’t see him, the better I am focusing on the normal things. If I think of the “nice” version of him, I often smile and wish that he is well. Not coughing. Or playing basketball for hours. Maybe that’s why I never grew fond of basketball? All men playing it hurt women. Well, I know he hates me and probably is babbling serious offensive stuff about me to everyone so what the hell am I thinking in the first place. All I know is, if people asked about him, I say, I don’t want to talk about it. Refrains me from telling the whole world things bad that we both should have just shared with each other in the first place. No need for the world to know any bad stuff about him. Besides, I rubbed his anger. I pushed his button, he did mine. We were world war 4 in the making. I really don’t know how much longer I will be discussing him on this blog but I am not counting. Besides, I hope no one is reading this shit anyways.
I am congratulating myself for a job well done on Sam’s bday last Sunday. Truly tired. Michie hit her new car backing up and I was happy. Sam was happy. It’s been a while since I felt good. She said in her bday wish that she wishes for us to win the lotto so I dont have to work! Lol feels soooo good that my kids want me all the time-to the point of them not wanting me to work.
So I committed myself to a 30 day challenge. Physically challenge me and see how much I’ll lose with the activities I have in line. Last week, I started feeling my right rotator cap hurt. I knew it was time to mix something else with boxing as I am again injuring my shoulder. So I did a 3.1km run in Manila Memorial, 45 minutes boxing and 30 minutes light weights. I feel sore. But I feel strong. Tomorrow will be the same and then Thursday, I start my Bikram Yoga. Supposed to be tomorrow but I committed to running again or else I’ll be more sore. I have done yoga and heated yoga in the past for a yr or more but never did BIKRAM. Im actually anxious. Will the Alabang studio have soooo many students? I am going to do this alone for now and will work from there if I like it or not. Then there’s Options Studio in RCBC -15th flr. I went there today and found out they mix yoga and pilates in their grp class. I’ve done pilates – but got bored. It’s too technical. Both are pricely. Bikram is 850 per sessioon. Options yoga+pilates-650 per session. I think I am ok with Bikram for now. Besides, I like the hot room. Less tendency to strain my muscles. And the calories you burn equivalents to an hr of boxing spar. I guess with this 30 day challenge, I am looking to seeing myself improve, have a stable mindset, some sort of peace and forgive myself for letting ugly things happen to me. My trainer is sooo supportive. He said, he’ll commit suicide if I am not hot by October. LOL. I’ll do my best for his kids!

Going back to D HOT room


So it’s final, 3 days of pain and discomfort on my right rotator cap means I need to go back to YOGA. Its been 8 months of 0 practice and I need it to heal and be my therapy for my shoulder. I cant see myself not punching anything so might as well start the healing process- who knows, my heart and spirit gets healed as well. I just trust that yoga provides so much practice on serenity physically and spiritually:)

I think ill join bikram yoga alabang on wednesday. Do the unlimited weekly and then decide from there. I so want to go back to bliss makati but they moved to jupiter and i fear driving there to find no parking:-( so alabang it is!