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Take care of yourself

JOURNAL. "Journal about your fears and worries. Then process what you wrote, and put an action plan together about how you will cope with these emotions," an Inc. March 2016 article suggests.

JOURNAL. “Journal about your fears and worries. Then process what you wrote, and put an action plan together about how you will cope with these emotions,” an Inc. March 2016 article suggests.

It is a long weekend here in the Philippines because of Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.

As a predominantly Roman Catholic country, these holidays are about remembering our dearly departed.

For some, they squeeze in some vacation time — which becomes stressful when they get stuck in monstrous traffic or their flight got delayed because of the influx of passengers these holidays.

Indeed, such happening is stressful. And we thought this is a long weekend. A break we were looking forward to before we head back to work by mid-week.

So I know some, like me, who chose to have a staycation, catch up on unfinished activities (yours truly will finish some readings, update my journals, plus complete household chores like changing the curtains and cleaning the room).

Not all are equipped to cope with stress. Some eventually succumb to burnout, or as Merriam-Webster defines, “the exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”

Different companies in different countries are putting in place health and wellness programs to ensure the well-being of their employees.

However, such is not enough. Attitude also gets in the way if we stress over things that are beyond our control, which eventually would take its toll on us.

Don’t ignore the signs

So you want to know if you are experiencing burnout?

If you are exhausted, unmotivated, frustrated, cynical, and unleashing all the negative energy, then these are signs you are about to crash.

If you are starting to neglect yourself, that is also a sign of burnout.

If you are always online, responding to (or have no choice but to respond to) work emails or simply cannot put your smartphones down, then watch out.

And if you are dissatisfied with your job “in your 20s and 30s, [that] can lead to overall health issues just 10 or 20 years down the line, according to a new study from the American Sociological Association,” a September 2016 Huffington Post article noted.

What matters most

In Japan, there are reported cases of employees dying from karoshi or death caused by overwork or job-related exhaustion.

It does not have to be that way.

Your health matters.

Your life matters.

You matter to your loved ones.

And the path to death due to overwork or exhaustion can be avoided.

There are many ways to look after yourself.

For one, try to de-stress even at work. I remember me and my fellow IBMers would finish our lunch early so we can take a walk at a nearby mall and its mini-park for us to unwind, to recharge.

I also found journaling to be very helpful in managing my work-related anxieties; in acknowledging the signs that I was overextending myself.

Talking to my trusted circle of friends about what I was going through also helped.

At first, I was passively listening and I was choosing to go deep into my troubles.

It helped that some of my friends really are honest enough to point my wrongdoings; they gave me that kind of kick that helped me, and still helping me to stay above my demons.

So when you are feeling some of the signs mentioned, do not ignore them.

There is no shame to seek help.

And I hope you enjoy the rest of the long weekend.

Until next week for a new post. Email ma.lynda.corpuz[a] for feedback.


REDISCOVER 6S (February 10 – 16, 2014)

Back from my unintended hiatus.

This time, it’s now 6S. Yes, I forgot an S — shopping! Me bad! So:

Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Shopping (Best buys in town)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Spiritual, relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)

And since this is the Valentine’s week, so I compiled these Heart’s Day picks for you all — regardless if you’re single or with a partner or married, enjoy this week!

Scenes: Rak of Aegis


Poster from Ticketworld

When I first heard of this, I thought this is the Mamma Mia! The Smash Hit Musical, Filipino edition. A tribute to our very own novelty rock group that bannered the 90s, Rak of Aegis is a a rock comedy musical using the songs of the band, covering Filipino resilience, or how the country faces and resolves compromising situations, whether this be a natural disaster or a broken heart. Guaranteed to be a sing-along session. Be warned of major Last Song Syndrome (LSS). Check Ticketworld for further details.

Servings: Gayuma ni Maria

Hope we can all still find a seat or two in this surely packed place this hearts’ season. Check out their promos from February 13 to 15:


Promo from Gayuma ni Maria Facebook page

Shopping: Marks&Spencer

If you are looking for a sexy lingerie or a new pair of socks or underwear, check Marks&Spencer Autograph promo and be the most intimate you this Valentine’s weekend — and beyond.

Sights: Sonya’s Garden

I know it might be fully booked by this time, but a day trip to this famed Tagaytay destination will definitely be the must Valentine’s weekend destination. Avail of their sumptuous menu; relax with their spa services; take lovely photos in this lush escape. Check their website for further details.

Soothe: Empire Salon

If you’re in need of a makeover in time for your heart’s date, or simply want to spend the occasion with a much deserved beauty treatment for you, a grooming session for your partner, or simply an overdue salon appointment, visit Empire Salon at the ground floor of the InterContinental Manila, Makati. Staffed by London-trained stylists, this UK-inspired, all-Filipino owned salon offers 20% discount on your first visit.


Before and After photos: From dull, layered style I’ve been wearing for years, to a short, yet fem ‘do that’s easy to maintain

My friend and I visited the salon Friday, January 31, 2014 — Chinese New Year (apparently an auspicious date to have a hair cut). While I opted for a wash and go style, my friend’s curls took eons to finish! But it was all worth it. And the salon is also frequented by male clients (I observed three to four male clients, local and foreigners, who visited the salon for hair cut and nails and toes grooming the whole afternoon we were there). Such proves that their services and the powerhouse staff knows to provide the quality style with the outmost attention and care. It also has a private room which can be used for a couple of priced services.

My stylist, Chastine Fitcher Isidro (the salon’s chief hair and make-up stylist and trained at UK’s Toni&Guy) carefully cut my hair and advised me as to what style and care that suits my delicate ‘do. I know Chastine from way back — I first worked with him when I had Gary and Angeli Valenciano for the cover of MoneySense magazine (he’s the hair and make-up stylist of Mr. Pure Energy, among other celebrities). I worked further with him for a couple of more covers for the magazine while I was serving as its Managing Editor. I referred friends to him and they are all happy with Chastine’s “magic touch,” plus his politeness in dealing toward the clients, and recommending style that suits them and that is beyond trend. Make an appointment with Chastine or any of the high-caliber staff and visit Empire Salon’s Facebook page for details and promos.

Sounds: Julia Fordham LOVE MOVES

Catch British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham as she will regal you with her hits in this intimate concert, right smack on Valentine’s Day. Visit Ticketworld for details.

So there’s my list. What’s your pick?

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.

REDISCOVER 5S (for January 20 – 26, 2014)

Because last week was rough, I was not able to do my 5S.

Let me make it up to you this week. Again, my 5S covers:

Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)

To add to Soothe, Spiritual and related picks will be included.

Scenes: Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Yes, the highly anticipated, well-loved musical is opening this week. And a quick look at Ticketworld site shows that indeed this is a huge magical production to see (limited seats!). So if you’re a fan or curious about what the hype is all about (and the hype is worth it apparently), then this is a must.

Servings: Tully’s Coffee

Tully’s Coffee is a good alternative: they also offer WiFi, they serve savory treats, cakes and pastries, and on a night that you are at their The Exchange Regency branch (along Meralco corner Exchange Road and Jade Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City), you might be serenaded by a youth chorale and after, solicit from you (they sang and played beautifully though so that was fine). The place is spacious, well-lit, and not crowded (around 8 to 9 p.m. I was there on a Wednesday night). It is worth to give the place a try.

Scenes: JOYous Visual Trick Arts Gallery

This is the place for selfies — with so many visual tricks aided by technology to liven up your snapshots! The JOYous Visual Trick Arts Gallery offers the latest 3D artworks to the Filipinos, an interactive way to appreciate — and “be in” the experience. So, selfie there!

Soothe: The Spa

Still reeling from the holiday stress? And greeted with tons to do upon return to work? De-stress and head to the nearest The Spa and avail any of their massages or alternative wellness treatment. If you also want to get fit and fab this 2014, you can try their BARRE3, a 60-minute workout that has the combination of the grace of ballet, the wisdom of yoga, and the strength of Pilates. Their studios are located inside The Spa Wellness Alabang, Eastwood, The Fort, Rockwell, and Trinoma branches.

Sounds: Boublil and Schönberg’s Do You Hear the People Sing?

This is a powerhouse. The tickets though are steeply priced but it is for a truly worthy cause.

The first time to be staged in the Philippines and as a benefit concert, Do You Hear the People Sing? has been well received around the globe and is fully supported by Boublil and Schönberg, Enda Markey, and IMG Artists. The Philippine shows are on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

The stellar cast includes Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Kim in Miss Saigon and both Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables); David Harris (one of the most acclaimed leading men in Australia); and Marie Zamora (the original Cosette in the Paris production of Les Misérables). All the artists are performing pro bono to support a worthy cause: proceeds shall go to rebuilding programs for the survivors of supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Check Ticketworld for prices.

So, there goes my 5S. What’s your pick?

Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.

REDISCOVER 5S (for January 6 – 12, 2014)

Yes, 5S: Starting this new year, I am posting here my picks for:

Scenes (Films, theater)
Servings (Food, drinks)
Sights (Destinations, festivities, holidays, landmarks, places)
Soothe (Relaxation, rejuvenation, wellness)
Sounds (Concerts, music)

Yes, I thought that if I have the time and the budget, I will experience such in a week. And if I did, I will post a review after. It’s about sharing experience — all through 5s. And if you have recommendations, let me know.

And for starters, here are my picks:

Scenes: Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark Poster (Poster-18x24) v1

Wait Until Dark (Poster downloaded from the Repertory Philippines website)

2014 is Repertory Philippines’ 47th year, and it kicks off its 77th season with Wait Until Dark. “A thriller by Frederick Knott, Wait Until Dark revolves around Sam Hendrix, who carries a doll across the Canada-US border that sets of a chain of events that will lead to a terrifying ordeal for his blind wife, Susy,” the teaser reads.

When: Friday, January 17 to Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (varies)

Where: Onstage Theater
2/F, Greenbelt Mall 1
Paseo de Roxas St., Makati City

Price: Gold (Reserved Seating) – PHP 625.20; Silver (Free Seating) – PHP 521; Bronze (Free Seating); PHP 416.80. Tickets available at Ticketworld.

Servings: Red Buffalo Wings and Pizza

It has been almost two years since I last tried this, ergo the craving. From what I remember, the food tasted good. The serving is right (for my appetite at least). And to cater to the BPO crowd in Eastwood (its second and newest branch, located at G/F Eastwood City Walk 1, Eastwood Cyberpark, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. Bagumbayan, Quezon City), Red Buffalo Wings and Pizza offers Solo Lunch Meal of RB Wings (3 pcs. wings with rice for PHP105.00; add PHP30.00 for 14 oz. House Blend Iced Tea)  and RB Fried Chicken ( 1 pc. fried chicken with rice for PHP 105.00; add PHP30.00 for 14 oz. House Blend Iced Tea).

It also has RB Lunch Group Meals (Group A has 10 pcs. wings, choice of Three-cheese and Garlic or Pepperoni pizza, Chicken Alfredo, home-made fries, and 1.5L Coke for PHP795.00 or  Group Meal B of 10 pcs. wings, All Meat Pizza or RB’s Special, Spaghetti & Meatballs, home-made fries and 1.5L Coke for PHP895.00).

The lunch meals promo is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and not valid on holidays. Their pioneer branch is located at Unit 11 Greenhills Towncenter, #2 Granada St., Valencia, Quezon City.

Sights: Feast of Black Nazarene

Thursday, January 9, 2014 is the feast day of the Black Nazarene. The annual religious festivities draw millions of crowd — from devotees, tourists — even skeptics. The procession lasted to almost 24 hours in recent years. The casualties from the procession are also increasing. Traffic is at its heaviest. But despite such, many still flock to at least get a glimpse of the miraculous image.

Here is a link for traffic updates for this year’s procession.

My personal take on the occasion is posted here.

Soothe: January Zumba Party

Help shed those unwanted weight gained over the holidays as SM City Fairview holds a zumba party on January 11, 18, and 25, 2014, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Palm Drive. For details, check the mall’s Facebook page.

Sounds: “The Four Seasons”

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) kicks off 2014 with its fifth concert for its current season. Dubbed “The Four Seasons,” it will feature Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments” under the baton of the national orchestra’s music director and chief conductor, Olivier Ochanine. Soloist will be Joanna Ruth Livioco on violin (and another soloist to be announced, according to Ticketworld).

When: Friday, January 17, 2014

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Where: Meralco Theater
Ortigas Ave. cor. Meralco Ave., Pasig City

Price: Price Zone 1: PHP 1,545; Price Zone 2: PHP 1,236; Price Zone 3: PHP 515. Ticket prices from Ticketworld. Fifty percent discount for students. Present your ID upon purchasing over the counter and show ID upon entering the show venue. Not available on internet purchase.

So, there goes my 5S. What’s your pick?

Disclaimer: Details such as date, time, and venue of shows/events cited are valid as of this writing. Prices subject to change without prior notice. This is a non-sponsored post.

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