Having a self-hosted blog and a (dot)com site address has always been my dream. Okay, so maybe “dream” is too grand a word to describe something as simple as having your own domain. But dreams don’t always have to be massive, one-day-I’ll-conquer-the-world type of goals, right?

So anyway. After many free WordPress blogs over the years, I finally jumped to self-hosting — thanks much to Namecheap’s Cyber Monday sale. I admittedly do not have any long-term plans for my (dot)com site; for now, it’s all about testing the waters to see if blogging is going to be any different one year later. But if you are still interested in reading what I have to say, head on to HEYITSODEE.COM and feel free to roam around. :)


Thank you for the support, and I hope to feel your presence in my new website! ^_^

A couch potato’s first boxing session experience.

Boxing looks tough in pictures. IT IS WAY TOUGHER IN REAL LIFE.

Four years ago, I used to do fun runs. I was 100 pounds then and on my way to having lady abs. Then promo buffets and other things happened, and before I knew it, my stamina has dwindled to a trickle and now I couldn’t take the stairs to the second floor without feeling like I just ran a 10K. Clearly, I needed to do something. So I signed up for a 6-session boxing package at Gerry Penalosa Boxing Gym at Marcos Highway and took my first session yesterday.

Okay. I have about 4 or 5 friends who do boxing, but nobody warned me how INTENSE it was. Well, one did, but I didn’t really believe her.

I don’t know how it is in other boxing gyms, but I was not given any pep talk. No walk-through and other pre-boxing chit-chat. After being introduced to the trainer, he asked me, “do you need to change outfit?” I said no. He then activated a timer and said, “let’s do jumping jacks for 3 minutes.” I was like, er, now?

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#10YearsOfTaylorSwift: My Top 10 Taylor Swift Songs

Gotta share my love for Taylor Swift and lettering ^_^

I’m not the biggest TSwift fan out there, but I am a fan nonetheless, and her songwriting skill is one that never ceases to amaze me. Listening to her words always makes me feel like I’m on some life audio tour; the lyrics are just so damn relatabale.

Ten years ago, Taylor Swift was just barely making it in the music industry. Today, she’s a super big name with a string of super big name ex-boyfriends and super big controversies: from Bye Bye Spotify to I Lied And Actually Gave Permission To Kanye to I Wrote Tom’s Name In That Blank Space. Okay, I just made those titles up, but even if you’re not a fan, I bet you know every single story behind them, hee hee!

So to enter into the spirit of #10YearsOfTaylorSwift, here’s my personal favorites from her discography. :)

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My first tarot card experience.


I’ve always been a wee bit curious about New Age stuff, although I never did anything other than read a few blogs about it. I was raised in an ultimately conservative Christian home, ergo, anything that has to do with New Age and mysticism is strictly taboo. It’s like not being allowed to immerse in water, but still dipping my finger into it from time to time.

And that’s how I chanced upon tarot reader Jake, who I found through his newly-created blog, Tarot and Coffee Manila. I didn’t know anybody locally who does tarot reading, except maybe those old women in Quiapo. At least, Jake and I could meet somewhere nice for our session, i.e., this quaint dessert place in Tomas Morato — Kitchen of Cakes and Coffee.

We were right on time for our 3 PM meetup last Sunday, and Jake immediately cleared the air off any eerie thoughts that people, myself included, commonly associate with tarot cards. (Thanks, scary movies!) “It’s just the Universe letting you know what it thinks you need to know,” he said. And the fact that I was there means that I, at the very least, am interested to hear what the Universe wants to tell me.

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How a minor inconvenience made my day.


Here’s the story: I was on my way home the other day when, in the middle of traffic, my car got hit by a silver SUV.

It wasn’t a bad hit. In fact, my car’s rear bumper only had a couple light scratches, while the SUV had a deep cut and the front fender popped out.

A middle-aged woman stepped out of the SUV. I think she was panicking because she kept apologizing and admitted that she was looking somewhere else, hence she didn’t see my car in front of her. The cops then asked me, “well, what do you want to do?”

I knew I could demand payment for the damage, even though it wasn’t major. One, it was totally the SUV’s fault; and two, there were a bunch of cops in the corner who saw the whole thing. The SUV driver couldn’t flip the table against me even if she tries.

But in the end, I told the cops and the woman that it was fine.

I’m not telling this story so I could get a round of applause. What I want to share was the lesson I learned as I drive away from the scene: that you don’t always have to push for payback. In some situations, it is perfectly okay to let things slide. And to be honest, I felt really good as I continued my journey home than I ever felt the entire day. :)