My Favorite Vegetarian & Vegan Cookbooks

Goodness knows I love cooking almost all kinds of meals. Years ago, I attempted to be vegan but it was not a good choice for my health (I had chronic anemia). I immediately switched back to eating meats and dairy but I still enjoy vegetarian/vegan meals from time to time. They make good additions to my regular meals (doctors advise me to add more pounds, which means I have to eat more). On top of that, I love making them! I have to be honest though, I cannot rely on my creativity to make good veggie meals. Well, cookbooks to the rescue!

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Me Too

Please tell me how I can sleep at peace every night knowing that rape culture still exists and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. You go to sleep every night hoping that everything will get better the next day but no. That’s not what happens. You wake up and:

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July – September in Retrospect

Hey there! So it’s been three whole months since I last updated this blog. Whoops! Three months flew by so quick but A LOT has happened during this period. I didn’t mean to be absent for such a long time but oh well, life happens. I’m still trying to keep everything balanced but sometimes it’s hard to juggle life and passion, ie. blogging.

I went to solitary mode a lot these past three months, no kidding. Basically I took absent from life and didn’t care much about doing anything except self-healing (say whaat?!). Before I jump any further I just want to say that I am fine. I am not going through depression or anxiety (I would be honest about it if I was). That being said, I am also not entirely well. I’ve been facing some internal conflicts and health issues and whenever I go through some heavy stuff, my body will alarm me to take a break. I am glad I followed my heart.

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5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from Dog Sitting

Two weeks ago I was dogsitting my friend’s 6 month-old Corgi, Bay, for a week. I had never owned a dog prior to that, let alone dog-sitting. I love dogs though. They’re smart, loyal, and they make awesome companions to us humans. I was hesitant at first but with the help of my man I could pretty much master dog-sitting in a matter of one day! Dog-sitting was no simple task but I got lucked out because my friend’s dog was an obedient fur-kid. He made it easy for a first-timer like me to take care of him. That one week experience gave me the idea of the kind of commitment one should consider when owning a dog. Owning a dog (and generally all pets) requires good leadership skills but people often dismiss this. Owning a dog teaches you a lot more things than you think. Leadership is one of them. You’ll be surprised at the things that your dog “teaches” you about being a great leader.

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Inspiration of the Week

I’m not the type that always keeps up with current trends, be it fashion, TV shows, yada yada yada. But when it comes to self-enrichment, I’m your girl. I take inspirations from anyone and anything. Curiosity has led me to different people and situations and for me that’s a blessing. Back then in the pre-internet craze era, my sources of inspiration are my family and books. Nowadays inspiration come at my fingertips in the form of podcasts, blogs, social media and Youtube videos. The amount of inspiration I can find is endless and I love it!

In my pursuit to stay inspired, I commit to feed my brain and soul with nothing but inspirational and motivational information everyday. Without further ado, here’s my list of Inspiration of the Week.

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My Iron Deficiency Anemia Story

Hey peeps! I hope you’re all doing great! Things are well on my end – I’m currently enjoying a cup of hot coffee and some Jazz music. Can’t complain about life right now 😀

I don’t know if you notice but I haven’t posted any workout or health-related posts in a while. I took some “time off” from writing health posts because I’ve been sick since last August. I wrote about it briefly in this post. Don’t worry, I am now healthy and am back in my normal crazy self! XD

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Does Perfect Wedding Exist?

I used to believe in the existence of the so-called perfect wedding. My belief system changed when I had my wedding back in October 2016. The preparation itself was smooth but on the actual wedding day? It did not turn out as I hoped it would be. First, our officiant was late so we had to cut things short. Second, I fell sick that I had to miss the after party. No first dance, no family pictures, no couple photos. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 7.5. It wasn’t a disaster but, you know, it’s not perfect. The next few months were filled with anguish and disappointment. I couldn’t accept the fact that my wedding didn’t run as planned. Shoulda woulda coulda.

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Live the Little Things: Ladies Day Out with My High School BFF

We were two teenagers who met at high school. Together we pushed through the highs and lows of high school life, went separate ways for over a decade, and somehow the universe decided to reunite us again in the town where we first shook our hands and asked each other’s name. My bestie, Vee, just came back from the United States for good. It’s been a month since she landed here and we’ve been hanging out almost every week. We live close to each other now – what a sweet coincidence.
Last week we went out to check out a spa place in Jakarta. Vee was dying to get a body scrub treatment done, which coincided with my month-long desire to get a full body massage (another sweet coincidence?). So both of us went, leaving our hubbies behind. Jokes! Our hubbies were busy that day. What was planned to be a spa date turned into a whole day of cafe-hopping, finished by a little shopping treat. It’s only proper if I call it Ladies Day, isn’t it?
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Bali is Paradise: Shinto Spa Ubud

When I visited Bali last December (see my previous Bali post here), I dragged my man to try a new spa in Ubud called Shinto Spa. I first discovered about this spa from an Indonesian magazine and as a spa lover for life I knew I had to go there.

Shinto Spa does not kid when it says it’s the best Japanese-themed spa in Bali. Although it has a higher price point compared to other local spas, their price justifies the kind of service that you receive. I’m a firm believer that cheaper price doesn’t always mean better deal – sometimes price speaks quality. First of all, the place is neat and clean – this is the standard that I always go for everytime I go to a spa. Second, they have trained masseuses and beauticians. I was already aware that this spa fell on a high-end category so I knew what I got myself into (big splurge).

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Bali is Paradise: Wapa di Ume Resort & Spa

When one thinks about Bali what most definitely first comes to mind is its gorgeous beaches. No wonder major Balinese cities like Seminyak, Kuta, and Nusa Dua never run out of tourists who wish to enjoy the wonderful scenery of Bali beaches. It’s almost a crime to not visit the beaches while you’re in Bali. Most of my past trips to Bali typically involved water sports activities – I never stayed too far from beach area. But last December, my man and I decided to spend four days in Ubud, a town located in the mountains – an hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Ubud isn’t as crowded as other places and it has a cooler weather, which is a huge plus for me as I couldn’t stand being in too much heat.

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