Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NeuroCook: Lose Some Weight Edition

For more than two weeks now, the environment in the office has been different. The normal breakfast deliveries, batch by batch lunch chats, afternoon sweets and nonstop coffee drips were put to a halt. In an enviroment of highly competitive, creative and result driven people, it only takes a poster to turn everyone into battle mode. Even if it's just a weight loss challenge before we set some gay, ecstatic fire in the island of Boracay.

And since I can use some drive to at least achieve beach-decent body (boy how I failed in my trip last month!), I decided to join. If I don't get the money, at least I ditched the fats! But this post will not chronicle my love-hate relationship with oatmeal and whole grain cereals, but instead, will feature my love for whipping some good food in my own kitchen!

Today's Healthy Meal: Open faced Tuna Sandwich with Egg & Potato Salad

What you need:

Tuna Open-Faced Sandwich
Whole grain bread
Light Mayonnaise or Olive Mayonnaise
Light White Meat Tuna
Chopped Celery
Chopped Pickles
White Pepper

Potato Salad
Light Mayonnaise or Olive Mayonnaise
Pineapple Tidbits
White Pepper


Boil potatoes and eggs for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not too mushy

Peel potatoes and eggs and chop into cubes. Place eggs and potatoes in one mixing bowl.

Add some chopped onions, celery, pineapple tidbits and pickels
Toss some light mayo or olive mayo and mix until potatoes and eggs are fully coated 
Dash white pepper and salt to taste
Chill for at least an hour

On another mixing bowl, mix light white meat tuna with light mayo or olive mayo
Add some chopped onions and celery
For a sweeter taste, you may add pickles and pineapple
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat whole wheat bread in a toaster for a few minutes
Spread some tuna mixture and scoop potato and egg salad on the side
Add lettuce if desired
Smile and start digging!

Presto! You have a healthier alternative to fastfood takeout or buffet dinner. Just make sure to go slow and not overtrust the word "light" in mayonnaise. Olive mayo is the healthier, albeit much much expensive alternative and is not widely available. If you're not on a diet, grating cheese over your potato and egg salad will add more flavor, too!

So far I've lost 4 pounds by avoiding white rice and sticking to very light dinner. One thing I haven't achieved though is to pair the diet with at least running as exercise. One step at a time, perhaps.

Have you lost anything lately? Pounds I hope! =)

PS: Sorry for the low quality photos, neurochiq was kitchen busy
 From the Nook,

Monday, May 30, 2011

KIMI Comes to Save the Day

I bought my first pair from Kimi Shoes almost two years ago, and I wasn't very kind with it. I wear it most of the time; whenever I need a break from wearing high heels but refuse to look dull. It's my go to shoes when I want a pop of color, or when my nails are too hideous and I'd rather sleep than drive to the nearest salon.

My first pair is in brightest red and I got countless compliments for it. If I were to compute its ROI, I'd say it made me a millionnaire! =)

So after a long while, I stumbled upon their display at Alabang Town Center, spotted a few pairs to try on, and in less than five minutes, I'm a happy girl walking to North Park with new shoes in tow. I've been all cranky the whole week from all the work stress, bills and personal issue on my cancelled trip (thanks to Chedeng), that I realized it's the first time I've smiled this big all week! And all it took was a single pair.

Me: Look Sweetie, new shoes! Yey!
BF: Had I known na yan ang sagot sa toyo mo, sana nung Monday kapa bumili.

Champagne Flats with oversized Buckles
Size 9 (IKR?)

Me: Ate, pakuha ng bigger size please
Saleslady: Anong size nyo ma'am?
BF: Basta yung pang-atleta!
Me: Bwisit.

The verdict? It's my first time to use it today, and unlike my first pair that's made of fabric, its material is synthetic/leatherette so its not as comfortable. But like most shoes, it only needs some "break in" and we're good to go. The buckles are love, and so is the champagne color. It's neutral, classy, and goes nice with shorts, skirts, pants and tights if you're into it. (I'm a firm believer of pairing tights with heels, or at least statement shoes; but it's just a personal theory)

Plus, it's 100% Pinoy made, sells really affordble at Php 550.00 (13 USD), and based from my previous pair, durability is not bad at all. It's really a bang for the buck!

PS a.k.a Break In tip: If you're like me who has sensitive feet, break in your shoes by wearing thick socks and walking around the house with your new shoes for 30 minutes.

Happy to be back in blogging! Cheers!

From the Nook,

Friday, May 27, 2011

What Happens in Boracay, Stays in Boracay

I promised myself that 2011 will be the year I'll discover more of the Philippines. Though I'm thankful to have set foot on different foreign lands in Asia several times, I can't say I'm well traveled - I'm still lightyears away from that. I missed my flight home from Bangkok last year, and while I'm cramming to book the next available flight (and lost several grand for it), I almost believed it's karma.

Karma for what you say? For thinking I can happily tick my travel checklist without discovering loving my own first. I've been to a few places in the Philippines. Anilao, Liliw, Cebu, Bohol, Mindoro, La Union, Boracay, Pangasinan, Palawan, and some places I don't remember the names, and that's it. Very few compared to more than 7,000 possibilities of finding the best places without needing my passport.

And so, to shake things up, and in an attempt to stop depleting my savings too, I decided 2011 will be a year of discovering the best of the tropics, Philipppines that is.

Let me start with my recent trip to the lovely island of Boracay in the province of Aklan. As a famous celebrity tweeted "No matter how commercialized Boracay is now, it's still one of the best places in the planet."  And of course, my Pinoy travel list wouldn't be complete without it.

So what did I do during my 4-day stay in Boracay?

  • Lounged in the crystal waters of the pool while having drinks and singing my favorite songs 
Tonglen Beach Resort, Station 2.

  • Enjoyed scrumptious food and fruit shakes

Why are you so promiscuous? You tempted me!
  • Spend hours and hours watching interesting people 

  • Partied with the gang

Summerplace. Station 2.

  • Made love with the camera
The usual suspects: Eissa, May, Cille & me

  • Hunted and found Nemo, and got mobbed by fishes along the way

See the excitement in my eyes? =D
  •  And the last thing to miss in the beach, watched sunset with J

Boracay is not done for me this year, I'll be back in June with my workmates, and I'm suspecting it won't be the usual. I'll be surprised if we ever get to relax! Afterwards, time to move my butt and see the rest of the Philippines. I already booked my Cebu trip, and my Banaue/Benguet, Pinatubo, Corregidor and La Union is in the making. I'm also thinking of having a field trip around the Metro, those little nooks I unbelievably haven't been to. It's time to rediscover. I'm excited.

From the Nook,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's as Close as I Can Get

I'm so shy to admit it, but I'll say it nonetheless: I'm a frustrated SCUBA diver.

I'm ashamed not because of the fact that I haven't done it, but because I SHOULD HAVE, but didn't. Last year, my friend M came home from the US and asked me to join her and her BF to a diving trip. We were chatting about it for days, asked about the requirements, budget, which resort in Anilao we'll stay, down to whether I buy or rent a rash guard. But come the day, a weekday that is, I backed out due to work leave issues. If I were M, I killed me.

I comforted myself with trite "work before pleasure" mantra. And while jealously looking at their glorious diving trip photos in Multiply, I looked back, and realized that choosing work that day didn't actually make a model employee, worse, it even left a pit on my gut! Now don't get me wrong, I love working, and I'm career driven most of the time, but that one fateful day could have been the culmination of my decade long dream! My obsession with the waterworld materialized. And I let go of it just like that.

So until my friend M comes back and decides to invite me again (her divemaster holds class in open water!), I have to content myself in doing a less challenging but a sure fun thing to do under water: Helmet Dive - it's as close as I can get for now.  

I found him!

At least I'm lightweight underwater. =P

20+ feet under.

Drowned by fishie-fishie!

As much as I enjoyed helmet diving, I consider this nothing but a prelude to my end goal of SCUBA diving, because frankly, I'm not one to give up on my dreams! =)

From the Nook,