Happy Monday, Candy Girls and Guys!
Don’t you just wish the weekend could last a little longer? Here are some things that made mine extra special:
It almost made me wish the weekend didn’t have to end… But hey, there’s always next weekend—and it’s a long one, too. No school/work on Friday! Woohoo! What are your plans?
Have an awesome week!
Ever since I got my new e-reader last Christmas, I’ve been holing up in my room and just reading. The Kobo Glo from National Bookstore is such a great buy for bookworms—it has a backlight so you can read in the dark without hurting your eyes and bothering other people in the room with you, and you can store tons of e-books with its 2GB storage (expandable to 32GB MicroSD). Plus, the bright red color of my Kobo just makes me want to read more! Haha!
Here are some of the books on my reading list:
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
I’m a huge fan of different types of series (my current favorites: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and The Hunger Games) and this one’s next on my list. I’ve already read the first two. Can’t wait to read the next three!
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Another dystopian series that’s been compared to The Hunger Games. I’ve started reading the first book and I’m hooked! I hope to finish this before the movie comes out in March.
Attachments and other books by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve been hearing a lot about author Rainbow Rowell and her books. Former Candy EIC Ines says she loved Attachments so much that she even tweeted the author.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Two best friends get into two different schools—one for Disney princesses and another for villains. A friend recommended this to me and the plot intrigued me.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith)
A crime fiction novel by one of my favorite authors—I’m there!
Can you recommend other great books I can read this year? Anybody want to start a book club?
One of the things I vowed to do this year is to live a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who can eat whatever they want and not gain a single pound (If you’re one of them, I HATE YOU! Haha, just kidding. No, I’m not really kidding.) Every year, my resolutions have to do with losing weight—but once I achieve them, I slip right back into my old habits and gain all the pounds back. So this year, I decided to focus less on the numbers in my weighing scale and more on the changes I need to make to be my healthiest self. Here are some of the things I’m taking on that you might be interested in too:
1. Start a yoga practice.
Not only does yoga strengthen the body and improve flexibility, it also helps me become more relaxed and meditative. I just signed up for my first set of 12 classes at Urban Ashram Manila. (They have branches in Brixton Street, Pasig and Bonifacio High Street). You can choose from a variety of classes for different levels. My and Marla’s favorite is the FNR class for beginners: Flexibility Not Required!
Their teachers are awesome, too. Three of them are my very good friends. That’s Martin and Nica in the photo below—I wish I can achieve their perfect form! Candy‘s very own writer, Chinggay, teaches there as well.
2. Eat more fruits and veggies.
I just started making my own salads with organic vegetables from the Good Food Community. Not only do I get fresh and pesticide-free goodies straight from the farm, I also get to help the local farmers in their community.
3. Be a juice junkie.
I recently found out about the benefits of juicing fruits and veggies after watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead starring Joe Cross. Juicing allows you to absorb the nutrients faster, without having to stuff yourself with greens. Check out some of his recipes here. My current favorite is the Mean Green!
4. Join more fun races.
I love running, but since I’ve been doing it for such a long time now, I have to find ways to keep myself motivated. Hopefully, I can join more exciting runs out of town, and maybe even abroad!
Now I’m not saying I’m giving up chocolates, sweets, and all the other so-good-but-so-bad-for-you foods, but I’m hoping these little changes will improve my overall health and well-being. What healthy habits are you committing to this year? Share them with me in the comments below!
Don’t you just love the cool weather that December brings? There’s nothing I relish more than sipping a cup of hot chocolate and snuggling under the covers to keep warm. For those who get cold easily, here’s a tip: keep your feet nice and snug. And what better way to do it than with a pair of soft, fluffy slipper boots from Bedroom Athletics?
These boots are super comfy too—perfect after a long day of shopping!
For those who are hitting the beach during the Christmas break, here’s something you can definitely use: the very convenient and easy-to-pack Salvatos Folding Flop-flops!
What could be so much sweeter than your favorite teen magazine? Why real candy, of course! If you’re looking for unique gifts to give away this Christmas, check out these holiday-themed candies from Made in Candy Philippines.
At MIC, Candy Artisans craft pictures and messages at the center of each handmade rock candy. You can have your own batch personalized. Look, candies for a cause! #AHONPH
For more information, just follow away!
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