Entry 73 : Fitness Friday – Ease up on the Axe Spray… Please and Thank You

People sweat at the gym, even stink. It’s bound to happen when you have a good, hard work-out, and sweat beads are rolling down your forehead and soaking up your dri-fit shirt.

But you know what doesn’t help? Overdoing it with the Axe-Spray/Cologne/Perfume.

The other day, I was at the gym, getting done with a set when this guy who overdid it with his spray, walks by me to grab some dumbbells. Now, I don’t have a very good sense of smell, but with one inhale, I took in some Axe-saturated oxygen and turned away, almost afraid I was going to get light-headed and pass out with a few more breathes.

Gents… Ladies… less is more when it comes to the scents. I feel like it’s something you learn in middle school when you’re going through puberty. Your body goes through things, you break out like nobody’s business, and you frantically put random stuff on to hide your adolescent ignorance, until someone… your mom, a girlfriend… says something somewhat along the lines of… Can you not like… put so much on? I can’t breathe.

I get it, being stinky is embarrassing even when you’re at the gym where having a bad odor is half expected. But in my opinion, when you’re in an enclosed area where everyone’s body heat is up, where sometimes it gets muggy if there’s no proper ventilation, and everyone’s gasping for air…. over infusing your body and clothes with sprays is not the answer. It just makes it worse.

I do have some suggestions to try out before thinking about over-spraying yourself to go to the gym:

  1. Find some quality deodorant. I just switched up my deodorant to this Degree Ultra one, and I don’t know why I didn’t do so a while ago. I used to use Secret, the kind that markets itself to make you seem like you’ll smell like flowers or Paris, but when working out, for me it’s ineffective.
  2. Wash you’re clothes correctly, especially workout clothes …and especially dri-fit stuff. Don’t leave them in the washer to mold because mold = gross stink, even if you use 4 dryer sheets in the dryer to hide the smell
  3. Actually take a good shower. Daily. Use some soap, scrub, and exfoliate your skin.

Maybe your sweat is a medical thing? I’m not a doctor so I don’t know if that happens, but if that’s the case, but maybe ask the next time you see one?

But first and foremost, ease up on the Axe spray… Please and Thank you.

Workout thing of the week. Jump Rope

I saw this video of Floyd Mayweather, jump roping :

I mean, I thought I was good at jump roping, but this a whole different level.

In a previous post, I wrote about switching up cardio once in a while so that you’re body doesn’t become efficient in losing calories in that one cardio exercising, but lately, when I do jump rope as my cardio, I’ve been trying to tap into my inner Mayweather.

Usually my jump rope cardio session includes 3 sets of the following:

50 Single Unders


50 Side to Side, Two Legs


50 Side to Side One Leg


50 Side to Side, The other Leg


50 Boxer Skips


20-25 Double Unders


Boom. Cardio, done.

I can never really complete 20 double unders in 1 try. I usually mess up by the 10th one, but a few things I’d like to critique about my form that I saw only after I recorded this…my jump when doing this should be the same height as single unders, or a little higher. I should also be aiming to land in the same spot and on my toes, not sporadically all over the place. I find them hard to do, but that’s why I like to record myself doing certain exercises – so I’m not training myself to do an exercise wrong.

Anyways, I hope you all have a great weekend and all that jazz…

Until next time…

Entry 73 : Fitness Friday – Ease up on the Axe Spray… Please and Thank You

Entry 70 : That’s Like… Somebody’s Daughter

Husband and I were at this restaurant bar in the University, people watching the people across the street, when we saw a group of females go into this bar with bikini tops and short as short shorts.

The more we watched, the more we saw college girls scantily clad, along with bros in douche tanks entering the establishment.

What is going on? I thought, while I stuffed french fries in my mouth. I never was a person confident enough to wear bikini tops out in anywhere other than a beach, so this was interesting to me. Is this what kids nowadays wear when they go out?

And then my next thoughts…

…. That’s like… somebody’s daughter. I wonder if her daddy knows ….

I know, I shouldn’t judge. I too had a period of time where I partied and had slutty nights out. My dad would sometimes ask me where I was going and I would name off specific friends that I knew he liked who were (maybe) going to be there.

“Jane”, “Betty”, and “Sally”…You know “Sally” ! She’s lives down the street…

And before he could protest… Gotta go. BYEEEE!

At some point, I got old. I think it started when my friends started having kids, and I started becoming a Godparent and forming affections towards them… I don’t want to see any of them grow up!

But it’s inevitable. Kids grow up, and before you know it… they’re off to college, majoring in Social Justice Warrior, and wearing bikini tops on the daily. But even if they don’t…they’re going to be in a crazy/arguably crazier world than the one that already exists.

I don’t have kids, but I know it’s probably the toughest job to raise a child so they dont end up becoming horrible adults, but instead becoming decent human beings with good morals and values, and individuals who are able to face the crazines and not fall down. Because craziness does and will exist. So props to the parents out there doing the right thing. If the time ever comes for me, I will probably be asking you a plethora of questions… including Why does my child keep drawing boxes with their eyes?!?

Things I like this week

NYX Glow StickI bought this on the whim since Ulta gives you $3.50 off for spending $15, but this has been my glow stick since I bought it. It’s super quick if you want to get your glow, but only have 5 seconds to swipe on your face and blend. Possibly Best Drug Store Brand of glow stick I’ve tried?

Heart Defensor Elf Highlighter So Heart Defensor is one of the beauty gurus I follow on YouTube and she collaborated with Elf Cosmetics with this highlighter. I would say the packaging is really cute, although fingerprints go on quite easily. but the highlighter is …okay? . Maybe if I hadn’t gotten the NYX glow stick, I would like it more…

Costco Beauty Online – Costco.com doesn’t have a lot of beauty products, but I like to check it from time to time to see what they have. Occasionally, they have really good deals on products that I love. One time I bought Mac Strobe cream there for $20 (I think normally it’s $30. They had Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder another time for half the price it normally retails. Now, they have Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette for like $30ish when normally it’s like $54, and some other good skin care brands like Tatcha, and Clinique. So if you’re a Costco member, I definitely recommend going on Costco.com and checking out their skincare/beauty stuff from time to time to see what they got.

Anyways, that’s all for now. I hope everyone has a great rest of your week!

Until next time…

Entry 70 : That’s Like… Somebody’s Daughter

Entry 68 : So … I Got My First Firearm

I had been going back and forth on whether or not I really needed one. Husband and I have 4 guns in the house, as well as one katana sword, and one cross-bow. The last two items were purchased after a binge of seasons 1-3 of Walking Dead. So if a zombie apocalypse were to occur, we would be prepared enough to run for more supplies.

(I know this is random, but what if Walking Dead (and all the other zombie apocalypse shows) is completely wrong about how to kill zombies. What if the way you stop them is not by putting a knife in their brains, but some obscure way… like helium? or spraying them with water? )

But did I really need my very own gun?

It probably seems like an odd time to be thinking about this, especially with all the stuff happening with the shootings and talk of gun control surrounding it. But, I feel it is this same talk that has forced me to think about it, and where I stand in all of this.

I’ve come to the following conclusions:

  1. The world is a shit storm – I’ve concluded this a while ago, but the more that crazy stuff happens, the more it reconfirms it over and over.
  2. I believe in the 2nd Amendment – I get that the constitution was created in a different time, but this podcast I was listening to made the interesting point that government/society’s can change – I mean we elected Trump as president. For those who compare Trump to Hitler and were scared that he has his control to the nuclear codes, would we really want to give up right to bear arms so we can be protected by government run by someone compared to Hitler?
  3. I’m a petite Asian Woman – I suppose I could learn kung fu or some form of martial arts, although that seems kind of stereotypical.
  4. My Husband is Going to Be Away on Trips MoreI’ll be by myself more. I live in a good neighborhood, but you never know. Haven’t you ever taken those tests where there are pictures of two people, and you’re supposed to guess which one is the sexual predator? I suck at that game.

And so… this past weekend, I got my first firearm at the gun show.

A Walther PK380. It’s Tiffany Blue. I painted my nails match. I think I’ve named my gun Tiffany.

And it’s a semi-automatic, so – for those people who are advocating for the ban of semi-automatics thinking it’s just ARS.. it’s these one’s too. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s most guns.

As for why I was hesitant about getting a gun? I think I was nervous about breaking molds, especially during this time where people are scared. Some of my gal pals have husbands who have guns, but a majority of them do not have one in their name (or so I don’t think) and probably think the 2nd amendment is fluff. But I’m starting to learn how to be more true to myself and my beliefs and not lie to myself and everyone else about it. It’s a life lesson: people are bound to disagree with you on things, but lying just so you’re liked will just eat at you.

Anyways, that’s all for now.

Things that I like this week

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale – I’m glad they’re bringing this back. For me, there really has been a lack of good entertaining funny shows on tv. I binged on the first 3 episodes and am excited for future ones

L’Oreal BB Cream All the stores rate this as a 4. At first I thought about disagreeing with the rating, but I really don’t use BB creams to begin with. But this comes out like a white lotion, and turns color and blends with your skin to give a light coverage. I’ve been using this lately to work on my ‘fresh’ look game, one with minimal make-up and takes 5 minutes.

Filipino Chicken AdoboI think I found the recipe tastes like the adobo I grew up with. Usually I take off the skin of whatever chicken piece I’m using so it’s not as fatty, but last night I made this and stewed it with the chicken on (husband is away on a trip so it’s just me) and it was delish! If you are a lover of Filipino adobo and have recipe that you think I should try better than let me know.

Until next time….

Entry 68 : So … I Got My First Firearm

Entry 67: Fitness Fridays – Will You Be My Workout Buddy?

I sometimes grapple with the question of whether it is better to have a gym squad? A workout buddy? Or ride solo?

When working out, 99 % of the time I work out by myself. But occasionally, I see ladies grouped together, laughing and bonding while doing bicep curls and think I want to laugh and bond too….

I’ve thought about doing a yoga class to find a housewife to befriend, but I’m not a yoga person. Every time I do yoga, my mind wanders off, and I fall asleep, and I start dreaming about my dogs until the instructor rings her namaste bell. This happened in real life.

It probably doesn’t help that I have a don’t talk to me look to my face, or so I’ve been told, by strangers nonetheless. It’s a look that I was trained to have since I was a kid by my mom; she was afraid of child abductors and during the first couple of years of elementary school, would rehearse with me what to do if strangers came up and talked to me

Mom: If a stranger comes up to you and offers you candy, what do you do?
Me: Don’t take the candy
Mom: And… ?
Me: Run.

There was one girl that I kind of made friends with at the gym. She was working out next to me and I decided to a start a conversation with That’s a really cool fanny pack.. We’ve chit chatted since then, but never really worked out together.

I don’t know, maybe this whole wanting a workout buddy is a phase. I’m sure having someone to do lunges with is fun and can be motivating, but I probably shouldn’t worry about it too much. I think I’ve been doing fine with staying motivated and… it’ll happen if it’s meant to happen.

Besides, I have 30-45 second rest times during set….Aint no time to bond!

Workout thing of the Week

Triceps Extensions

There’s lot of triceps exercises out there, but probably my fave is the one with rope attachment

Get it Girrrl

Tips that I follow:

  1. Slight bend in knee. Legs hip width distance apart
  2. Arms hanging down a little in front of you. With the slight bend, when your arm goes down, the arm should be in line with your knees.
  3. Lock your arm in place. If you have boobs, lock arms in place on the side of boob, maybe push your arms together give yourself some cleavage. (because I certainly don’t do that at the gym) . I was corrected to when I was doing the exercise with my arms locked further back instead of in front. The actual triceps do not get a full work out of muscle if the arm is further back.
  4. Go down with count of 1, slowly go up at between counts 2-4. That’s usually what I think about when I’m doing these exercises.
  5. Stick chest out when bringing arms down.
  6. Do 3 Sets and enough weight to fail between 10-12 reps in each set, with 45-60 seconds between sets

There’s probably stuff I’m missing. Let me know if you have any other tips for me. I know my form can be a little off and am not aware until someone tells me what’s up and then I’m like.. yea, that makes sense. Then I try it, and I’m like… ooooh….

Until next time!

Entry 67: Fitness Fridays – Will You Be My Workout Buddy?

Entry 66: You Guys, It’s Rodeo Week

It’s been two years since Husband and I moved to the desert and we had never gone to a Rodeo Week rodeo… until this year.

You might be thinking, wait… what? Which is the exact same thing I was saying when people were telling me about it. But yes friends, in the desert, there is a week dedicated to the rodeo. There’s a parade, kids get a few days off of school, even husband got a day off of work from his new job because of it.

It’s kind of a big deal.

In light of rodeo week, Husband and I decided to get cowboy boots…. and let me tell you, walking into the local boot barn for the first time in my life was overwhelming. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb with my Starbucks coffee and Jcrew Outfit.

And there were so many boots for daaays.

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Seriously, how do you choose?

They’re not cheap either. Every boot that I liked were priced around $150 – $200, but I guess I didn’t know what to expect in terms of price and had never thought about it.

My heart eventually led me to these beauties..

I know, they totally scream out Murrica! and are a little flashy. I was going to get boots a little less so and let me blend in the background, but husband convinced me that I needed this in my life

So I went to the rodeo trotting around in these patriotic boots and despite my worry, I don’t think anyone noticed. Or if they did, I was too busy taking in everything around me.

It was my first time to the rodeo and so everything was new to me. I had spent a majority of my life in the burbs where rodeos and cowboy boots were a foreign thing, and now I was experiencing it. I wasn’t as engrossed in the sport as much as others were around me, but was more so observant of everything and everyone around me, like it was a big social – anthropological observation.

What I can say is that the rodeo definitely has it’s own energy – unique and rugged, catered to the individual who knows how to ride horses, herd cattle, milk the cow, or farm. All around me were vets, active servicemen and women and their families who all seemingly held the same values of love of God, and love of country. Everyone stood for the flag, and everyone prayed together.

It was the prayer that caught me by surprise. I’ve been to a number of sporting events – football games, basketball games, hockey, etc. etc. – and while we always saluted the flag, I can’t remember an event where we just all bowed our heads and prayed as one… to God. I’m not saying every sports should do it now, but it warmed my little Catholic heart to be praying with a bunch of strangers in one united prayer.

All in all, it was a fun time. Anyone who knows me knows that going to a rodeo is out of my normal realm, but the more I step out of my bubble, the more I realize that doing so helps me (in particular) to understand life more. What often differentiates one from the other is the experiences that one has that works to define who they are, and what they find important, but people are people. It’s funny how many of us forget that, especially when it comes to politics as of late.

Yea, I got all this from going to a rodeo.

Anyways, I feel like that was kind of a serious entry, so end it with a few photos from the rodeo. I wish I brought my better lens, I could’ve done some action shots, but next time.

I don’t know what’s going on.
Me enjoying el rodeo

Things I like this week:

Kettlecorn from the Rodeo – The kettlecorn I got from the rodeo is quite possibly the best kettlecorn I’ve had, ever. I have a half a bag left, but I feel like it’s going to be gone soon.

Costco Citi Card Rebate – I just got my rebate for 2017 back from our Citi Costco card, and boy, was it was a nice one. I’d like to think it was just a testimony of how smart I shopped, there’s a certain percentage that you get for certain things (4% gas, 3% restaurants/travel, etc. etc. ), but it could also be a testimony of how much money we spent.

Hidden FiguresHighly recommend. It’s inspiring to see what the main characters were able to achieve for being women, and for being black in the 1960s.

Anyways, that’s all for now. I don’t know what’s up with this weather, but it’s kind of cold in the desert, and I’m starting not to like it. I have to wait 3 minutes for the water to get warm to wash my hands, but hopefully this week will warm up. Maybe?


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I guess this is better than what other people are experiencing right now.

Until next time.

Entry 66: You Guys, It’s Rodeo Week

Entry 65: Fitness Friday – People Watching People

The other day, I was doing an arm exercise in front of a mirror at the gym, and looking to the left, I noticed this chick’s eyes linger on me, and then flick away.

This happens all the time at the gym, people watching people through the mirrors that line the walls, and then quickly diverting their gaze elsewhere lest they get caught. I’ve caught other people doing it, I do it.

In fact, just the other day, through the mirror, I saw this older gent go on the treadmill two machines over, and proceed to run a faster pace than me. I was determined to win out in endurance despite the slower run, but in the end he was victor in that too.  I know what you’re thinking, you let an old dude outrun you? and I am ashamed.  He was probably people watching me through the very same mirrors I was looking in at him, internally laughing at the fact that despite being twice my age, he was running laps around me.

But hey, kudos to him.

I’ve been reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life and it’s made me look at a lot of things from a psychological perspective, including why I find myself looking around during my gym time, the one time I’m supposed to be focusing on me. Am I judging? Comparing? Or Both? Am I letting my ego be fed? Or letting my self-esteem become beaten by the idea that other people look better than me?

For the most part, I feel like people watching motivates me to work out harder and not slack, but it has made me aware of my own self-consciousness and how it’s affected me in doing things like my brows before the gym, or lotioning up my ashy legs, or making sure it’s not obvious that I’m wearing granny panties, because God forbid I get people watched and someone is like She’s cute, and her squats are on point – but from the look of the lines from the tight pants, she got some granny panties on.

I realize that these are precautions I’m taking just in case someone is watching,  but it goes to show how (perceived) societal perception can affect what we do, and sometimes how we think of ourselves. These perceptions can often be mistaken for fact, when in reality, the truth of who we are can only be revealed when we take a moment to truly look into the core self in to order discover our likes and dislikes, wants and needs, and acknowledge our strengths as well as our weaknesses.

I know, I just got kind of deep there, but like I said, this book I’m reading has got me thinking all psychologically about stuff.

Anyways, I end this with my fitness thing:

If You’re Going to Eat Bacon, Eat  Bacon

A while back, I read this book called Fitness Confidential, by Vinny Tortorich who is a celebrity fitness trainer.   Husband had recommended it after hearing him in a podcast a few times, but one of the things that I got from the book is the importance of eating foods in it’s most whole state as possible. So no processed or packaged foods.  His reasoning? If you think about the amount of stuff and the process that it takes to make canned food, packaged or processed stuff, or non-fat milk, why would want to put these things in your mouth?

After reading the book, we switched out non-fat milk for whole milk, began cutting out the processed foods in our pantry and fridge (including ready made meals, deli meats, top ramen, pasta noodles) and started eating quality whole foods including foods that contained healthy fats (like nuts, avocados) to help control hunger. Of course, it’s hard not to completely cut out everything processed, and so when we want to include something processed like bacon, we don’t do some weird fake-ass bacon, we make regular bacon, but we don’t go overboard in eating too much of it. Quantity is just as important as quality.

Like I’ve said before, this whole health thing is a journey which I’m still continuing to learn, so I’d love to hear what you guys do, if there’s a super food that you’re loving, or a recipe? I haven’t made anything new in a while…

Anyways, until next time…

Entry 65: Fitness Friday – People Watching People

Entry 65: Pow ! You’ve Just Been Valentined

Husband and I don’t really get each her stuff for Valentines, or any holiday really. When you’ve been with someone for so long it’s like, what do you get them? Especially when they usually get what they want when they want it.

But I always make sure we exchange cards for Valentines.

This is the card I made for husband.



I saw a similar card at Target for $5 and was like…pssssh, I can make that.

And this is is what husband got me.

You better believe that made my day

That and talking to my dad on the phone.

I was driving to grab take-out sushi for Valentines day dinner (because we’re romantic like that) when my mom called me.

Your dad wants to tell you something

For a moment there was a bit of silence as my mom shuffled the phone to my dad, and then I heard a muffled voice.

It wasn’t distinct or well-articulated, it sounded as if he was trying to talk with a bunch of marshmallows in his mouth, but I got what he said.

Happy Valentines Day, Win

It left me a little choked up, and while I maintained a happy tone in response of his well wishes,  I felt as if life had given me an unexpected emotional curve ball. A happy one at that. My dad, who had been a helpless vegetable two months prior, was wishing me a Happy Valentines.

So yea, those two things made my Valentines Day. I know it wasn’t exciting like a new bag or shoes or flowers, but the older I get, the more I appreciate the little, everyday things.

Things I like this week:

Jumanji I know this movie has been out for a bit, but husband and I just saw it over the weekend and thought it was really entertaining and worth the amount we spent to see it in the theaters. Usually I’m not the type to re-watch movies or shows, but this is one of those fun movies that I’m willing to watching again.

Frontier Season 2  – I killed through Season 1, and then stopped watching because some other show came up, now I’m picking back up again. Really, I like any show that taps into History, but the only thing I don’t get about this show is the quotes from current pop culture figures like Beyonce’ and Ice-T that they flash in the beginning. If someone could enlighten me on what that does for the show to specifically quote people from today?

Things I don’t Like:

Jack Daniels Caramel Fudge –  I got this for Valentines Day from Total Wine because I thought it would be good and me and husband could share, but it was disappointing. If there’s anything I know, it’s candy. Don’t get it.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston Split – It shouldn’t shock anyone when a Hollywood couple breaks up, but some couples you can’t help but root for. Justin and Jennifer were one of them. As well as Anna Faris and Chris Pratt.  ::Sigh:: I don’t know who to root for anymore…

Anyways, I hope everyone has a great rest of your week. This week is rodeo week in the desert, which is kind of a big deal in the desert. I’ll let you know how that goes later because… I got tickets to the rodeo! I know, I’ve become such a townie. Also, it’s been cloudy and rainy for five days. I’m so over it. What else…husband started his first day of work yesterday and he said his work has a 2:00 tea time on Tuesdays. I was like, you mean like with biscuits and little sandwiches?  I may just happen to stop by on Tuesdays to check it out. 

Until next time….


Entry 65: Pow ! You’ve Just Been Valentined