Monday, March 24, 2014

Mi Peru: The food and the views

Prior to the summer of 2013, I had not visited my country in exactly 10 years!! 
I still reminisce at my mini trip to Lima, Peru this summer so of course I had to indulge.

And there's was lots to indulge upon...from chocolate to fruits and to the Peruvian infused sushi and italian food that was everywhere to be found. Then again, that is my background, Peruvian infused with Chinese and Italian influences :) ha!

My favorite chocolate bar...Sublime!

Food food and more food!

Huge Plantains!

Chinese with the family!

Bembos for a burger!

Sushi at Oceanika

I don't feel I took enough pictures of my home city in order to give it justice, but it is beautiful I tell you. You can see the ocean, a bustling city on an ocean cliff, tall buildings, and ancient sites, and spend the day in the country in all less than an hour. 

Miraflores

Sapito...The Game!

Las Aguas

Club Regatas

Club Regatas



Now, I just want to go back...and I hope to do it again this summer.
This time though, I hope to introduce my hubby to Machu Picchu the ancient city in the clouds.
Have you been to Peru? if so, which cities did you visit?



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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#BrushWhitenGo Influenster Review!

A few weeks ago, Influenster sent me a complimentary sample of Colgate's Optic White new Whitening toothbrush with whitening pen for me to test out and tell you all about it.

I must say it is a breeze to use! Brush, rinse, click 2x, place product on teeth, and you are reading to go!! Considering that you can brush your teeth and place the whitening paste on it just as fast is a no-brainer! I am definitely happy that this product is out there!



Although I haven't quite noticed the big difference when using these, I must tell you that I do drink coffee and wine, and despite these, I think this product has helped in keeping my teeth a little whiter!

But let me stop there, I'll let you be the judge.

What do you think?? Does my smile look brighter and whiter?

Before:

Day 5:

Day 8:



I know I will keep up with my #BrushWhitenGo regimen!


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This hair makes me ROARRRRR

This was my lovely mane yesterday morning...


How does this lovely mane [or bed head] look happen?
It was wild I tell you! It happens when I go to bed right after washing my hair. And then *poof* this occurred!


But right after some brushing, combing, ironing, and blow drying...



My mane is a little more like the me that goes to work now. 
Someday I'll make sure to wear my mane appropriately to work. 

Does your bed hair ever surprise you when you least expect it?




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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sounds of Silence - Thankful Thursday


One of the schools I work at, signed a few of us teachers to a Mindfulness Based Stress Relief (MBSR) course. What a great idea! Taking care of your teachers!!!

I've been going doing this course now for the past 7 Saturdays. But this, was one of the most resilient meetings for me.

Let me just describe the location first...every week I make the trek towards the teacher's home. After you park your car, you take a 3 minute walk on a quiet neighborhood street. When you finally reach this Key West style home, you take a few seconds to admire it. On the side of the house, there is a narrow walkway leading you to the back of her house and her beautiful pool deck surrounded by a lush, gorgeous, and green garden. If you listen...you could hear the sounds of the birds chirping. Every so often, you'd see a parrot or a blue jay, or a robin. It really was amazing! And after observing nature, you walk into her peaceful and serene classroom. Here we usually talked and described our experiences with feelings, pains, thoughts, and emotions.

But this saturday was different, she asked us to be silent. She invited all of us in the room, to be silent, to practice not speaking, to avoid talking.

It was crazy! This lady thought I'd be silent for 6 hours? How in the world was I going to accomplish this in a group of 20 people? But for the most part, we did it. I did it. We did some yoga, some walking meditation, some feeling exercises...as for me, the best part, was eating in silence.

At lunch, I chose to sit by myself. In a little corner of the deck where the large palm trees gave shade to my area. I began eating what seemed to be the most delicious PB&J sandwich I've ever had. I smelled the air around me and then I put my nose close to my bread, my sandwich. I gave it a good whiff and then I took a bite of it. And I slowly chewed it and I chewed and I chewed. Then I paused and looked at it and back up at the bamboo and palm trees, the bushes, the beautiful roses and bouganvilias. And it sounds so crazy and weird but really...it was surreal.

Aaahhhhh but it was just amazing. Try it...try to be silent. Just smile, nod, and shrug to let others know you will not be talking.

But even more important, try the slow eating...savor your food, your meal. Not just your breakfast, your lunch, or your dinner. Every food or drink that touches your lips and your mouth. Savor everything you do. Everything you take in. From what you see, what you smell, what you do, what you feel, and you will find what you love in life. You will find about those little things that are so good and that you should be thankful for. 


What type of meditation have you tried?


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Where in the world??

As I sit here wondering where will my traveling pants take me next...I have come to the realization, that I've been to quite a few cities and places in my life already! Thought I'd share some of my pit stops around the world with you:

United States
Florida
New Jersey
New York
Texas
Oklahoma
Tennessee
South Carolina
Nevada
Virginia
Maryland
Washington, DC

Peru
Lima
Iquitos
Cuzco
Canete

Mexico
Cancun
Veracruz
Tlacotalpan

Italy
Rome
Florence
Venice
Milan
Verona
Naples
Sorrento
Amalfi
Bellagio
Pisa

San Marino
San Marino

Switzerland
Lugano



What pit stops have you made around the world?


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Friday, February 28, 2014

My not-so-motivation...




Today...it seemed like it was hours away!

Hubby decided he would visit me at work yesterday afternoon. Of course, I made him wait for me while I finished editing some reports. What came after brought a smile to my face...wine and dinahhhh!

I had been to this quaint little mom-pop restaurant before, La Portena, but since it is a tiny hidden gem, he and I and the waiter were the only ones in the place. The decor may have been cheesy, but the food (Italian & Argentinian) plus the bordeaux wine (yes, French wine!) we chose were to die for!!!

Nom nom nom...here I go...gaining 20 more pounds all the way home!

Have you had any good surprises come your way after a long work day?


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