Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bye-bye, Burgers –, Philippine News for Filipinos

After our Sunday walk/run at High Street yesterday, my husband and I went to Mercato Centrale (I’m not sure if that’s what it’s called) to get something to eat. There was a whole tent of food stalls there but each stall was serving either beef, pork sausages or chicken/duck.  It was meat haven there! I saw one stall that was serving bangus but I wasn’t really up to eating rice that morning. I finally found a stall inside one of the tents that sold “Monk’s sandwich” which had tofu, roasted bell peppers, peanut sauce.  It was tiny but very delicious!

The walk through the food stalls made me wonder though why very few sell food that is not “meat”.  After voicing that out, my husband thought that I would like that Sunday’s Magazine of the Inquirer.  Most of the articles talked about eating habits.

I liked Alya Honasan’s article, some portions of it reminded me of myself.  Here is the link:

Bye-bye, Burgers –, Philippine News for Filipinos.

Another article listed places where you can find cheap vegetarian dishes:

Dare to Eat Here –, Philippine News for Filipinos.

There was also another article that talked about how religion dictates the food we eat!

Anyway…reading the magazine balanced off my initial thoughts on food while we were at the market!


The lady president

I readily accepted our Dean’s request to represent the College during the Testimonial dinner of UP Manila for President Roman last night.

I have always found her to be warm, open and welcoming.  Listening to her talks always inspires me to continue to stay with the University because she was  idealistic  yet realistic.  She was always, always, always on time! She would never let you wait.

Her presidency is and will be memorable because:

1.  She is the first lady president of the university.

2.  She celebrated UP’s Centennial year

3.  R.A. 9500 An act to strengthen the university of the Philippines as the National University was passed

4.  I had the honor (but was scared to death!!!) to present to her and her Advisory Committee the proposal for the Master of Physical Therapy.

5.  In the Chancellor’s testimonial welcome last night he also mentioned that the President facilitated the moving in to the new CAMP building, approval of the MPT and the revised BSOT curriculum!

When I had my picture taken with her, I managed to say that I will miss her (a president like her anyway) !

An icing on the cake last night… I ended up sitting beside another favorite Lady and Chancellor of UP Manila…Dr. Marita Reyes!

A truly inspiring evening!


Jan 25 Buendia Bus Bombing

Om sarve bhavantu sukhinaha
Sarve santu niraamayah
Sarve bhadrani pasyantu
Maa kaschid duhkha bhaag bhavet

May all be happy
May all be without disease
May all have well being
May none have misery of any sort.

My first yoga teacher Rajendra Pandey taught me this chant.  I still say this after every pranayama practice.

I hope my chanting is loud enough and be heard throughout the universe…


Peace…peace…forever peace….

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Om, om, om

OM:  The symbol of the Three in One

the three worlds in the soul;

the three times in eternity: past, present, future;

the three divine powers in the one Being: creation, preservation, transformation

the three essences in the spirit: immortality, omniscience, joy;

This is the word, the symbol of the Master and Lord, the perfected spiritual man

Let there be soundless repetition of OM and meditation thereon…

This I learned from my current reading…

Current reading…

I have downloaded it on my iPhone and started reading…

I am discovering my shortcomings in comprehension, I seem to be reading sentences over and over again just to get its meaning!

I have a feeling it will take me several readings before I truly understand Patanjali.


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In times of need…

It has been very busy at work lately.  Although I am still keeping up with my regular schedule to practice yoga, today I almost didn’t make it.  I usually practice in the evenings, but a meeting has been called which required my attendance.  I usually come in early to work on Mondays .  I like to make sure room assignments and classes are running smoothly on Mondays because I believe it will set the tone for the rest of the week.  But I know this week will be hectic and so I decided to attend morning yoga practice at Perea instead…and am glad I did.

The asanas and pranayama practice gave me the energy and focus to do extremely varied tasks today; research, a special project of the College and attend to administrative obligations.

Lesson for the day:  When you think that there is too much to do and too little time to do it, that’s when you need to spare time for the practice of yoga!


Two of my current faves: Yoga and Sheldon

My 2011 yoga goals and resolution

I think it is most appropriate to start this year’s blog with a statement of my goals and resolutions.

This year I would like to be able to do the following:

1.  Shirsasana

2. Urdhva Dhanurasana

3.  Ubhaya Padangushtanasa

In order to achieve those goals, I will work on:

  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Activate psoas and quads
  • Opening my upper chest

My yoga resolutions:

1.  Learn the sanskrit names of asanas.

2.  Be more confident.

Happy New Year!