how to get that fitness journey going

The other week I joined the Power Mac #NoExcuses contest and was challenged to share a 3-minute video of my fitness journey. They had a mini awarding over the weekend, and I’m glad to have been chosen as one of the winners and got to win some really amazing prizes. To see more of the entries of the contest, you can watch them here.

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Shot during training at Focus Athletics with my strength and mobility coach, Jaako Bernardo.

To those who still need a little push or are thinking of ways to start getting fit, here are some tips that will get you to make time to workout (or get anything you’ve ever thought of doing, done).

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my #noexcuses power mac fitness entry

Most of my life I was active, but last year I encountered a hurdle in maintaining that. I got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which held me back from keeping fit and working out. I’ve written about it here, but let me give you a glimpse of the sickness and my drive to get back in shape through my Power Mac #NoExcuses entry.

The challenge of Power Mac’s #NoExcuses contest is to share your fitness journey. This is mine, as I strive to get back in shape after an autoimmune flare-up. I got a little anxious with the thought of posting this video. I’ve been sharing a lot of my sickness journey online, but never thought I’d decide to share some of these videos/photos. I took them because I always document stuff even if I don’t plan on posting them. But when I saw the Power Mac Center #NoExcuses contest and felt the urge to join it, I knew it had to be shared.

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#editoriallog: dreamy botanical luxe

Another haggard BTS coming your way, as manifested in my weirdly shaped, one-side-swept hair and tired eyes. After this shoot I was left with off-white, muddy Supergas and a cold. The weather this day was unforgiving, with intervals of sunshine and pouring rain, but this beautiful feature on Tricia Gosingtian and RG Gabunada still shined after the storm.

Jacqs Florals did an amazing job with the flowers. I absolutely loved the floral chandelier and the floral wall, which, by the way, is made of artificial flowers. The details, like the invite and napkin holders by Valerie Chua were also standout details in this feature. Even the dresses of Hannah Kong and suits from Signet were on fleek! The perfect combination for a fashionable couple like Tricia and RG.

See more of this editorial here.

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Randolf Evan | Jacqs Florals | The Veranda at Bellarosa

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why january, mondays and mornings are the best

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We often despise the return of regular programming once the holiday celebrations are over. We experience the Monday blues weekly, dreading the early call times and having to make our way to work. Who wouldn’t, after a good weekend or holiday break of free time, binge eating and drinking, activities and get-togethers? It’s tough, but sometimes we fail to recognize the beauty of a new year, a new week and a new day, and an opportunity to start over and continue the beautiful struggle of trying to be a better you.

I know there’s a lot of crap that goes around “new year, new me,” but even though January 1 doesn’t have to come before we make a change, there’s a certain feeling of renewal and a chance to be better every time the new year comes. Whether or not we choose to admit that a part of us feels the urge to do something new or take on a new resolution, it still sheds some light on the possibility of change that others embrace and use as an opportunity to improve on oneself; same goes with having to wake up early the next day or start a new work week. It’s not so often you encounter someone so enthusiastic about waking up at 4:30-5:00 in the morning or waking up to Monday. It may take extra effort, but it is during these times that we should get excited to work on something new, meet someone we’ve never met before, post about thoughts we never chose to say out loud, dare to wear an outfit which is so unlike yourself but is actually truly you, start giving a damn about your health and hitting the gym despite the crazy eyes the gym rats might give to the newbie, or make that first step towards the business you say is your goal in the next five or ten years. I find that window of opportunity for a chance to do something new so important, and instead of dreading it, we should all try to look at it in a different light and learn to embrace it instead. It is during these moments that we set ourselves up for what’s to come and the disposition we choose to have at the start of the year, a week or a day, to help us get through life.

So while we are still slightly hungover from that last holiday break, approaching the weekend and ending the work week, give the possibility of opportunity of the new year, new week and new day some thought, and you might be able to go through life a little lighter, more inspired and determined to work on a better you.

design in construct

After making several site visits with Anton, I learned to enjoy being in the construction scene despite the heat and dust. Not only do I get to know his work, but I also get to find some of the most interesting designs in the materials and scraps around the site.

I fell in love with the rawness and randomness of combinations of materials put together that I otherwise wouldn’t think of doing. The distressed materials, uncontrived stacking of random things and geometric shapes also make for good references for future designs of anything, like artworks or furniture, and probably a clean wallpaper for my computer or iPhone (my wallpapers are pretty random).

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For every site visit now we both make an effort to take photos to add to the collection on the Instagram account @designinconstruct by Medavis Inc. Check it out and click follow if you’d like to see more of the raw beauty in construction sites.