Where Did January Go?

This I’m sure this will be a mess of a post. I just can’t believe that it’s a few days from February and my birthday. It’s like the whole month happened in a week.

It’s been a busy one, especially today. Worked almost 10 hours on my deadlines. Goodness. I can’t wait for the time when Nick’s done with school, already working and I’d be making money part time. And no, no kids yet. That’s the plan. That’s the plan. God could change it anytime.

So tomorrow, at 27 yrs. of age, I will finally take that driver’s knowledge test so I can work on getting my driver’s license. It’s crazy how important it is to have it here. In Manila, tons of people survive without driving. Everything’s so far apart here it sucks big time getting on the bus, what with all the stops and the creeps.

Let’s hope I pass the test tomorrow. Get my student driver permit then get that dang license in my wallet.

Hope you had a great week everyone. I’m off to watch a movie, review and dream of  tropical waters.

Befriending the Treadmill

I surprised myself because I have been using the treadmill a lot lately. For those of you that don’t know me. I hate running. Before, I’d say I hate it with a passion. Now it’s pretty much like, getting to know a person I didn’t like in the beginning ’cause that person was intimidating and now we’re ok. I mean it’s true right? Sometimes, there are people you think are so intimidating or arrogant ’cause of how they carry themselves. But once you get to know them, you’re like “Oh, that person’s pretty awesome. I actually like hanging out with that person.”

I usually use the elliptical at the gym, until I got bored. I wanted a challenge. I have been avoiding the treadmill for quite some time now. But once I tried it. I am slowly liking it.

And because it seems that I am slowly getting serious with the time and distance of my run, I decided it was best to get  better running shoes that won’t hurt my knees or shins. I kind of have a knee problem. I have no idea why, it’s not major, but I claim in Jesus name that it will disappear.

nike air max torch 4

For my birthday, I had asked Nick that I would like anything I can wear to the gym, and that of course included new running shoes. I got these new babies over the weekend and test drove them last night. The one in the photo is different from what I have. Instead of it being all black and silver, I got the ones that are black and sky blue. I’ll take a photo sometime soon. But not now. The shoes are very comfortable and cushiony. Which is exactly what I need for my feet.

Let’s see where this whole running thing goes. For now, I am enjoying it. I’m mixing up my workout that way I can see the results that I want in no time.

How’s your workout going?

Shirt & Watch

I know I haven’t shared this with you guys but check out the other Christmas gift I got from Nick.

Shirt from Nick

I guess he wants everyone to know that I love him. But don’t they all know that already?

I wore the shirt after my workout today and when I got back to work, my coworker gave me a funny look.  Yeah… I’ll shut up now.

I’m glad I got to use my Nooka Watch today.  It’s waterproof and very light.  So I was able to check the time while I was on the treadmill. Making sure that I did my crazy workout in 30 minutes then back to work.


I still haven’t figured out how to use the timer though. That way I can time my reps during workout.

Wet Seal

There are only a few stores that I buy stuff from when I shop online and one of them is Wet Seal.  I buy tops and dresses from Wet Seal and I’m happy that everything that I have bought actually fits me. Just perfect for my petite size. I haven’t had to return anything at all.

I remember my first purchase from Urban Outfitters last year, the dress that I got was not true to the size that was advertised.  So I just gave it to my cousin.

I think it’s great news that Wet Seal is finally doing international shipping.  I think my Manila friends would love this, so go check out the international page for your future purchases.

Noodle Cravings

I know I have been recently talking a lot about exercising, capoeira and all the things that keep me fit, and I wanted you all to know that there’s more to me than that. The reason why I try so hard to be in shape is because I love FOOD!

I will tell you though, I haven’t had fast food in a long time, save for when I was at my niece’s birthday party at McDonald’s in the Philippines. That was Sept of 2009, and before then. I haven’t stepped foot in McDonald’s in years.

I’ve stopped drinking sodas years ago. I don’t drink beer or wine. And because I’m married to Nick, I have slowly learned to cut fat from the beef or pork that I’m eating. I can’t even stand chicken fat anymore. I still eat the skin though. That’s as far as I have gone in terms of eating healthy. Everything else, I eat.

The past few months there’s only one thing I crave for. And if you ask my husband and friends, they all know the answer to that. Ramen!!!!

I haven’t had the chance to make ramen at home so I make do with what I have. Udon.

tanya's udon

This is my version of Miso Udon. Instead of Miso Ramen with all the right fixings in it.  Looking at the photo I took, it looks like it was chewed up and spit out.  I just got home, made a quick udon, ate half of it and then decided to take a picture. Good job Tanya!

Anyway, about my ramen cravings, there’s only one place in Seattle that I know is the closest to authentic Japanese ramen and that’s, Samurai Noodle. It’s sad, with all the Japanese in Seattle and there’s only one good ramen place. And with all the Filipinos, why is there no Jollibee to be found? Ok, I’ll save that for another post. I do miss the chicken joy and palabok though.

In 2 months, I think I have gone to Samurai noodle 6 times. And that’s saying a lot since Nick and I don’t usually go to the same place in a month. My technique is to go to Samurai Noodle with different people, that way no one would think I am there all the time. Except maybe for the people that work there.

Also since I have been a big Google Reader fan, I have not only subscribed myself to hundreds of food blogs, but also to ramen blogs. I just discovered this 3 guys who go to different ramen places in Japan. They of course, take the photos, eat the ramen and make a review about it. All in their blog. What a wonderful way to discover Japan. Although, I would probably find myself eating all the sashimi I can get my teeth to bite into.

For now, I have to settle with trying to make my own ramen or just go to Samurai Noodle.

If you live in Seattle, Oregon or Vancouver Canada, can you recommend a good ramen place I have not heard about?

It’s Another Year

Happy New Year Everyone!

I know it’s a really late post and should’ve blogged right away but hey, the holidays get really busy. What with all the New Year’s parties that we went to. You know how crazy Nick and I get. Actually, Nick and I were home at 10am during New Year’s Eve. We just watched the Space Needle fireworks on TV. Yes, we met the New Year just chilling on the couch… but who said nothing happened on the couch? 😉

The highlight for Nick’s and my new year was actually going to the Aquarium. What a crazy couple we are. So intense with our activities…

Here are a couple of photos that I took.


Starfish to Your Heart's Content


See the Octopus?


Nick Underwater

the slug and the fish

Slug & the Fishy Hiding in a Shell

the face only a mother could love

The Face Only a Mother Could Love

happy new year

Sunset View

West Seattle Across the Water

We Live Across the Water