New Projects, Sleepless Nights, and a Vegan Kare-Kare Meal

I’m currently at the early/planning stages of a couple of projects, yet again. A new business venture is in the works and if things work out, I’m mostly likely taking on two more job opportunities! I guess it goes without saying that I’ve been extra anxious lately, what with all the planning sessions, meetings, interviews, and inevitable occasional episodes of debilitating self-doubt (😅). Consequently, I have not been getting much restful sleep the past few months. I can’t seem to stop thinking or worrying about almost every single thing and it keeps me up at night. When I do fall asleep, I wake up still feeling exhausted. I mean I do have my days off, in which I just stay in bed all day and Netflix. However the moment I shut everything off and try to go to bed, I start thinking and feeling anxious again. One time, I spent almost two hours just lying in bed, with my thoughts, in the dark. Does anybody have tips for me? How can I shut my brain off and truly relax? Sleeping pills? Some sort of healing, therapy, or cleansing?

Anyway, today, in the interest of taking my mind off of things for a bit, I decided to cook a nice meal for myself.

One of my recent awesome purchases is this vegan bagoong from Vegan Mom, which inspired me to cook something I’ve never cooked before: kare-kare from scratch!

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Always a Work in Progress

The thing with being my many different me’s is that I feel that I’m always under a lot of pressure (read more here). Today, for some reason, it really got to me and it was the most vulnerable I’ve felt in a long time. Consequently, I cried. Profusely. Unshamedly.

Halfway into the year already and I am nowhere close to the goals I’ve set at the beginning of it. Things are moving, but not fast enough. At least not in the pace that I want. I work so hard. So, so, hard. I do. But somehow these days I just can’t get a damn break and I guess that’s where my frustration is coming from. I do have small victories every now and then, but I could really use one, solid, life-changing win. Is that too much to ask?

Most of the time I can manage to keep my head above water. Some days such as today, however, I’m reminded that I can’t be 100% all the time and it hit me hard. My constant need for perfection and achievements is a double-edged sword. It drives me to work hard as hell, but when things don’t go as planned it makes me feel so worthless.

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Recipe: Skinny Champorado

I’ve been craving for something chocolatey these past few days, but couldn’t get myself to actually eat an actual chocolate candy bar or any chocolate flavored dessert for that matter. Remorse is something I really don’t want to deal with right now (😂) plus I’m trying to follow a stricter diet in the next few weeks. I’ve been a little loosey goosey with my food choices lately (ugh). I get lazy days, too. 😣✌

So anyway, last night, while daydreaming about chocolate, I thought of how it’d be so good to have a bowl of warm and chocolatey champorado. However, that meant basically eating spoonfuls of extra sugary white rice that just doesn’t help my “I’m trying to follow a stricter diet” plan.

But since I was determined to have my champorado and thankfully, always willing to try and make healthier versions of dishes/recipes I love, I present to you, my Skinny Champorado.

My first idea was to use multigrain red rice from Benguet instead of white malagkit rice (because that’s our rice at home), but that’s still rice. If I wanted to make a significantly healthier champorado, then I’d have to replace the rice altogether. Next option was quinoa, but didn’t have any on hand plus it might be too soft and mushy for this particular dish. I then thought of rolled oats, sure, but still a bit too mushy so I wasn’t too convinced.

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Recipe: Cold Vegan Soba Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

As I’ve said several blog posts back, one of my goals in life is to encourage more people to eat healthier. What most people don’t like about eating healthy are: 1) they think healthy food just doesn’t taste good; and 2) they feel that there is lot of work involved in the prep.

You see, these days, healthy food is not anymore limited to just boiled or steamed (aka boring) protein and veggies. More and more people are starting to embrace living healthier so you’d be surprised at the amount of delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes you can find online if you only actually just googled it!✌😊

So let me share with you my super simple and tasty recipe for cold soba salad. This noodle salad bursts with flavor and is quite filling, but takes no time to make. Great for either pre or post workout and a perfect match for this unbelievable summer heat! ☀

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Review: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip

I’m a lipstick junkie. I love all makeup, but it’s lip products that take the most space in my makeup dresser. So when I received this Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Kit, I was so excited!! Look how cute!

This set includes six lippies from different brands. It’s supposed to be a nude lip set, but looking at the products, they seem more on the mauve and light pink side to me.

What’s inside:

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme in Slow Burn
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian
  • Urban Decay Vice Comfort Matte Lipstick in 1993
  • Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B
  • Estee Edit the Barest Contour Lip Liner in the Buff

Swatches and First Impressions

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme in Slow Burn

This comes in mini size in this set. It glides on super smooth and creamy. A soft, neutral pink, but definitely not nude. Quite opaque – medium to full coverage. A keeper!

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