Category Archives: Fitness and Wellness


I had my free ultrasound done last Saturday at The Medical City. This was one of the routine  laboratories needed in order to ensure that Baby Geoff is going to be fine.

Like most common routines, a simple ultrasound took us about 4 hours and 80 pesos worth of parking fee. Not to mention we got so hungry, we spent our movie budget on a couple of Mcdonalds meal (this was the cheapest place to eat if you are to stay in TMC).

And so, we had the procedure done. Bad trip kasi Babe was supposed to go with me during the procedure. Ang nangyari, nde ginawa ng OB Sono on duty un. They initially informed me that they will call Babe after to explain kung ano ung findings. What happened was, the OB Sono hardly ever talked to me, she just referred to the resident most of the time.

According to the result, as read by my OB (Doc Cecil), I have the condition called Oligohydramnios. In layman’s term, my amniotic fluid is lower than the normal count. I searched for it online, and according to most post, it is a condition wherein the fluid is lower than normal, and for full term mommies like me, it could mean an induced or forced labor, which is probably what I am avoiding from the very start. It can still be fixed, though, by drinking lots (and I mean LOTS) of water, preferably 3 to 4 liters per day.

I was able to accomplish that, and a repeat ultrasound will happen tomorrow. I already asked permission from my team lead so I can go, and hopefully, everything will turn out fine.

A Look Back On How My 2011 Was

2011 has been one of the most interesting, fun, and blessed year for me. Let me do a quick glance on how it was for me:

A back shot on my way to the peak 🙂 – Mt. Kalisungan


January – I was still contemplating on what to do with my life. I  didn’t know what I want, nor what I was looking for. Luckily, this was also the month when I was able to rekindle old flames of friendship with the Piknikers group. I was able to climb Mt. Kalisungan in Laguna and Mt. Cinco Picos in Zambales.





From one of the peaks – Mt. Cinco Picos




This was also the month when I vowed to be a healthier me. It was a good thing na nagkaroon ako ng climb buddies na naging malaki ung influence when it comes to being responsible to nature.





From the peak of Mt. Arayat 🙂


    February – Nothing special. I had a massage and a body scrub on Valentines day and the lady from the reception gave me a stemmed rose. Maybe because she thought it was pathetic to be alone during heart’s day (harhar!). Chaka pala merong dayhike this month. Mt. Arayat is what I would call, one of the most enjoyable climb for me. No mosquitoes and the weather at the time was not too hot.



Mt. Pulag from a distance, a view from the peak of Mt. Timbak


I also experienced my first hike in a very cold place – Benguet. Together with my fellow Piknikers, we went to Mt. Timbak to witness the wonders of the mummies and what the locals would call the sacred burial grounds.




On our way to the Underground River


Before I forget, Rney (a very close friend), Bambi, and I went to witness the wonders of Palawan. Such beautiful beaches. scenery, and great people.







Dami ko pala gala ng February. Ngayon ko lang na-realize after back tracking and uploading a few selected pictures. 😛

March – Mejo pahinga ako nito sa dami ng bookings ko for February. Ito din ata ung month na bad trip ako kase merong nangungulit na paulit ulit lang naman ung sinasabi. Oh well, I can’t remember much but this month was so and so for me. 🙂

On my way to the top – Mt. Makiling




April – The Piknikers scheduled a Mt. Makiling dayhike this month, as well as a beach getaway during the holy week. I was wasted during the Makiling climb but it was all worth it.








With the gang, pauwi na sa wakas! 🙂




We also went to Calatagan, Batangas to spend the holy week. This was the first holy week that I spent away from home. 🙂 This was also the last month that I am to be considered as single. 🙂





With Jeff, before I called him Babe 🙂



May – This was a special month. This was the month when Babe and I first realized our feelings for each other. It all started with a climb in Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Batangas.






Wet look! – From the peak of Mt. Cristobal




We climbed Mt. Cristobal as part of our training climb. This was the first time I climbed with non-stop rain and without Pik, Ton, or Bampi with us.





Greetings from Mt. Ugo!



June – This month, we climbed Mt. Ugo. This was considered a major climb as we had to do a traverse from Nueva Viscaya to Baguio. We were unable to see the view as we climbed this mountain together with the typhoon Falcon 🙁




A formality in pictures




       July – This is Ms. Ae’s wedding month. We went to Tagaytay as the wedding and reception is to take place there.  We went to Picnic Grove and Tagaytay highlands. And no, we did not get to eat bulalo 🙂








August – We confirmed baby Gabe’s existence 🙂  No pictures yet since he still looked like a gummy bear in the ultrasound reports. This was also Babe’s birthday month. I gave him a tool box as a gift 🙂


Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Perez 🙂




September – My birthday and wedding month. This was also the month I resigned after a 7 year stay in Concentrix.







Enjoyed the dinner at Leslie’s



October – Monica and Ryan, college classmates and buddies got married. We attended their wedding and had a falling out with another good friend because of immature circumstances. We still enjoyed the day, though.





Our little baby boy 🙂



November – Baby Gabe is a boy! We got what we wished for, and as an added bonus, he is healthy and all organs are developing and working fine. 🙂





With the family, less Cyv and Naneng, who took the picture



December – Our first christmas together. We spent it in Tagaytay and Las Pinas. Looking forward to more christmases and new years together. 🙂





As mentioned, 2011 has been good to me and my family. Babe and I are looking forward to the blessings of 2012. Starting from our careers, to baby Gabe’s firsts to come 🙂

Baby Gabe

A few months back, we found out that I was pregnant. An unexpected surprise as we were not planning on having any babies yet due to our financial standing. However, things happened, and here we are, with our little baby at 17 weeks.

Finding a good OB is not that easy. Well, technically, it should be as our current OB was referred to us by Jeff’s ate. Somehow, we always had reasons to put it off, until finally, we got to meet her last week. I was given tips on how to get up from a lying position, gave me a better baby book, and had us hear baby gabe’s heartbeat 🙂

I will be posting pictures as soon as it is available. Dr. Cecil mentioned that she will be recommending the ultrasound for gender and etc on my 7th month. (tipid no? haha!). By then, I might be as big as a whale. Oh, and did I mention that we are planning on naming our baby Gabriel Skye? 🙂

Mt. Arayat Dayhike

i attended Ton’s baby’s christening two Saturdays ago. The idea of a dayhike came from this gathering where the original plan was to do an overnight swimming afterwards. well, the overnight swim was canceled but not the dayhike. so we went to pampanga but met at sir pik’s house at around 12am that day. we arrived at nanay ruby’s house at around 7am to eat breakfast and started our trek at around 8am.

about to register

on our way up

serious mode

the view from the summit: white rock (?)


the view from the summit: bitukang manok river (wala lang, narinig ko lang)

some pictures with the rest of the group


going back: me in action.. haha!

And so they say that hiking is not for the weak and faint hearted. This is true. I knew that from the first time I experienced the hardships of climbing a mountain. Perserverance, discipline, respect and trust for others are some of the traits that one should have. Ako, I still consider myself weak and faint hearted. A lot of times, I think of giving up, kaya lang lagi na lang, pumapasok ung realization kapag nasa gitna na ako. Might as well enjoy the view on the way to the top. mahirap, madumi, and most of all, nakakakaba. Kaya ba ng katawan ko, kinakaya naman. Iba kasi ung satisfaction na mararamdaman kapag nandun na sa taas. magandang view, and most of all, yung luwag sa dibdib na tipong “shit, kaya ko pala!”

“Kaya ko to, i am so proud of myself” – mantra ni babing 🙂

photos courtesy of mark estrella 🙂

one afternoon session

My friends at the office and i enrolled in a boxing gym. We usually do 2 or 3 sessions a week, depending on our availability and financial capabilities. this afternoon, the biggest batch so far went ahead and boxed to our delight (delight is equivalent to and hour and a half since that is the time limit for the whole session, :)). Here are some wacky shots from our lovable ruth delos santos..

And before i forget, here are the trainers..

Lastly, some group shots. It’s such a shame that Jeff, PJ, and Aileen were not there..

Update: Power Punch has long since closed. Sayang since it is located in a very convenient corner near the office.