Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Busy Life

Had a lot of change the past few months. Split up with ex, moved apt, joined a band, had an amazing gig. Did some dating, recorded some song covers, and I've been out with friends a bunch, living life. It's nice to have some time to myself for a change tonight. I'm home with the cats in my cute shabby chic bungalow. Looking forward to getting back into a routine now that the gig is over.

For anyone curious, here are some of the new recordings.

Hide Your Love Away - Beatles Cover

Going to California - Led Zeppelin Cover

Yesterday - Beatles Cover

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Workaholics Need Pampering Too

My boyfriend gave me a SpaFinder gift card for our anniversary back in May. I FINALLY got around to using it today. Found a lovely spa called Pampered People in Valley Village. Stacy Cox was awesome. I definitely felt pampered and relaxed. She used aromatherapy, hot stones massage and hot wax on my hands. :D

So when I got home I looked her up and realized she is a beauty correspondent for KTLA! D'oh! Here's one of her videos that you gotta see.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Have a Healthy 2013

Happy new year folks! Every year I tell myself I want to be healthier. We all do... Well, after the holidays, I was feeling very MEH after eating so much junk. Now I'm doing something about it. For starters, I went to a kundalini yoga class at the Yogi Tree on Saturday. Much to my luck, it focused on building the core. I'm feeling the effects today in my abdomen... YEOW! Well, it's a good kind of pain. -_- Gotta start somewhere!

We had a new yogi, Gina, and she was excellent! We meditated about what we'd like to give up this year, wrote it on a paper, and crumpled it up. Then, we kept a paper with the opposite thing on it - something we'd like to do more of. My thing to give up: working during my personal time. I know, this sounds absurd for a workaholic to attempt, but I have really been feeling the toll of work taking over my life. It has to stop. In place, I am going to spend my personal time on my hobbies.

Gina had an interesting take on the concept of connection. We tend to associate connecting with being wired to the internet, but being online doesn't necessarily mean we're actually connecting with anyone. I can just think of the hours I've spent idling on Facebook but not engaging anyone. I'm resolving to be more deliberate about my use of the internet. It can be a great tool to connect with people if used mindfully.

The second part of my health focus this year involves what I eat. I've been feeling bloated and noticed I was going down a bad path of eating fast food and sweets. I'm doing a 3-day detox juice cleanse for the first time, and I'm excited to feel the results. My nurse friend Jeffer recommended the Dr. Oz detox cleanse. I don't usually watch his show, but the detox routine got great reviews, so I'm giving it a try. It has a quick cheat sheet of what ingredients to shop for and how to make each of the 3 shakes. Plus, it's much cheaper to DIY instead of buying a cleanse. Cost me about $30/day in ingredients, and I'm sure I'll have some leftover stuff to use after the 3 days are up (e.g. ground flaxseed, coconut oil, almond milk).

My brother's girlfriend Carly has done juicing in the past, and recommended I watch "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." It's free on Hulu and really inspirational! Here's a preview. I highly recommend it!

The dramatic results remind me of my dad, who lost 60 lbs. last year with the Cohen diet. He is truly inspirational and has kept the weight off months later! However method you choose, I wish you all a healthier year!

- Christine

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Tree

Behold - the fluffy Christmas tree lives!

My brother and I picked one up at the Toluca Lake florist/tree farm/mini petting zoo. It was Ernest's first time picking a tree, 'cause there aren't a lot of tree farms in the Philippines...

The lamb and pot bellied pig entertained us with a fight for territory. Poor piggy didn't stand a chance! I was starting to worry and asked one of the guys if they always fought like that. He seemed to think nothing of it, and we proceeded to pick a tree.

"The" tree caught my eye as soon as we entered. It just looked so comical in its fluffiness. Go figure, I am attracted to anything cute and fluffy. We drove the car up to the front, and they loaded it. Thankfully, they wrapped the tree in plastic, so the car was mess-free!

I didn't have lights to decorate with, so we made a stop at Target. I had no idea there were soooo many types of lights to choose from. Finally, we located the "normal" white mini lights and were on our way. 

Many pine needles later, the tree is decorated and sits pretty in the corner by the window. :) 

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Holidays are Here!

Time is going by so fast! It's officially December, which means I better get a Christmas tree soon! I've already hung up the stockings for my three snowflakes (kitties), but there's a lot more decorating to do. :D I love this time of year. The rain and cold make home feel even cozier than usual. I'm thankful to have a fireplace and cats to keep me warm.

This Thanksgiving, Johnny and I drove up to visit my siblings in San Francisco. We really lucked out with the weather. It was his first time in the city, so we did the touristy things, of course! Golden Gate, Union Squire, Pier 39... I took him to Musee Mechanique, which he loved. Unfortunately, they were out of power, so only some of the machines were working. 

Here's a video of the old school arcade for anyone curious:

We stopped at Samovar tea lounge too. No trip to SF is complete without it! I wish they would bring one to LA. I know they've started selling wholesale to companies that are a good fit, so I'm hoping someone takes em up on that offer!

Here are some pics from our trip. Now I'm counting down to Christmas and New Years. I'll be flying to Manila on the 28th for a nice 2-week-long vacation. Woohoo!

Moxie being cute on his birthday

Johnny, Jen and me @ Union Square (SPCA stickers on our coats)

Jen and Dan being silly @ Pakwan (yummy Indian restaurant)

The Money Shot @ Golden Gate

Love this shot Jen took of us @ Ghirardelli Square