Stuff & Things + Cat's Out of the Bag on Our Next Move.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

++ I admit it, I am a terrible blogger with my sporadic once a week (sometimes if you're lucky twice a week posts). To be really honest though, I'm not upset about it. There's been a lot happening around here lately and I am trying to really enjoy my day to day life without being glued to my social media sites. I really needed to get to a point where I could unplug without feeling bad and I think I have finally gotten there!
++ Earlier this year I took the last part of my Certification of Internal Audit exam and I failed. The reason this fail hurt so bad? I studied like a mad woman. Every day for hours at a time I would sit at the coffee shop and read til my head was spinning. I did approximately 1900 questions and then re-did them all again days before my exam. And when I went in to take my test, there were topics on there that had NEVER been covered in my study materials. Needless to say, I was so beyond livid and frustrated that I saw nothing but red for a few days. But since there's nothing I can do about it (and the study materials have finally been updated to reflect the information which WAS in the last test) I'm hopping back on the horse for another try. Wish me luck, folks. I just need this one last exam to get my certification!
++ I've been attending Barre3 classes about 3-4 times a week and I am loving them. I used to do The Bar Method back in Houston and I forgot how much I loved this workout! I always walk out feeling like I got worked over and then get all gung-ho excited for my next class. Added bonus: I'm seeing some serious changes in my flexibility which I am loving!
++ I started reading All the Lights We Cannot See, but am putting it on hold so I can read Paper Towns and watch the movie before it leaves the screens in Manila! Has anyone seen it yet? Worth the watch?
++ Our next couple of months are absolutely INSANE with travel and I am SO looking forward to it. Up next: Singapore for a weekend, Seoul for a weekend, Vietnam for a week and then a trip to our new home area for a house hunting trip...and since I've been teasing y'all with it forever, want to know where we're moving to? (Pending everything continues to work out as planned)
AMSTERDAM!!!! I'm so beyond excited I cannot contain myself. Such a fun new adventure to look forward to and I am super pumped that we will be there for Christmas time this year! I'm a cold-weather kinda gal and this new move is going to be awesome!
So, who's coming over to visit?!
Hope y'all are having a fabulous week friends! XO

Because Sometimes You Just Move On & Don't Look Back.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Truth be told, the older I get the less willing I am to handle unnecessary bullcrap. I have noticed that my patience for selfish people, "around only when I need you" friends and constant whining has severely diminished. 

Over the years, I have seen friendships in my life which I thought would be there forever slowly fade to nothing, while seeing relationships with acquaintances blossom into lifelong friendships I never expected. I guess in a way I am thankful for both. When we moved overseas, I had a niggling feeling that I would get to know who my true friends were -- the ones who would be there through thick & thin, the ones who would make the effort to keep in touch with me the same way I would keep in touch with them -- and I was right. 

I've got my people. I'm happy to have them. I'm lucky to have them. 

But sometimes, it still stings a little when I realize that some of the people who I considered to be my closest friends have shown me a completely different side.

There's been a lot going on in Myra-world lately and although, I haven't shared all the details of my life lately, there are a few people who know the happenings. I'm honestly surprised that out of the people who have been there (and vice versa who haven't), who have talked to me (and I mean really talked to me instead of giving me a fly-by text message), some people who I thought would be around, aren't. Such is life, I suppose, huh?

And although it might be a harsh decision, I've decided that it's okay for me to just move on from these people, from these relationships that weren't really there for life, but rather for a season or two, or while it benefitted the other person. I've come to the realization that we won't all always be best friends forever, but that is okay. I will grow, others will grow and although we may grow apart, it will be alright. 

I'm not going to look back anymore because now, it's time to grow & keep moving forward. Don't ya think? 

Weekending on a Tuesday Because My Brain Forgot What Day it Was.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

You guys, I had the biggest brain dead moment of my life yesterday. I pretty much had my whole blog post all thought out and ready to go, it was just a matter of typing it up, and uh, I just forgot to do it. Haha. Just as I was about to go to bed, I realized that the post I had was actually in my brain and not on blogger!

It is what it is, and so you're getting my weekend round-up on a Tuesday instead of a Monday :) 

Last Thursday marked the end of Ramadan, which led to Friday being the first day of Eid - specifically Eid-ul-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) which marks the end of the month of fasting & of the revelation of our holy book, the Qu'ran. Eid is a three day celebration which involves spending time with family & friends, eating good food and many sweets, and overall being grateful for all that we have been given in this life. 

This is our last Eid-ul-Fitr in Manila and we definitely made the most of it! 

We woke up at 5 am to get ready and get to prayers at the Indonesian Embassy. Morning prayers on Eid are my favorite and I love seeing how many people of so many cultures get together to praise together. 

Our annual Eid picture <3

After prayers, Amir & I headed back into town so we could commence our crazy eating for the day! We had breakfast and took care of a few errands before meeting up with our friends for a nice lunch and a crazily funny round of Monopoly at our apartment. 

Blog world, meet Baby Myra (no really, we have the same name)...she is the cutest little dollface I have ever seen! 

Was a mainly relaxing day - we went out to run some errands and take care of a few house things before we had plans for a Bollywood night out with friends. Yep, you read that right - Bollywood! Hahaha. Indian movies are so much fun to watch and in Manila, we found out that every once in a while they show a new Bollywood released movie and play it up with Pakistani/Indian foods and snacks and that it is a big shebang, so of course, we had to check it out! 

Final result: Bollywood night was awesome. And I was so stuffed afterwards I hated myself! 

Can you tell we ate a lot? The chick peas on the left are made with a type of gravy sauce and omg, yum. The puffed rice on the right is mixed with spicy sauces and is something I could honestly eat every day! Haha. 

Eid is usually celebrated for three days, so Sunday was our last day of celebrations. During the day time, we went out for, of course, more food (i.e. pizza slices bigger than my head) and then went for a little walk around town. We also went to watch Ant-Man and y'all it was better than I was expecting! Granted, I love Marvel movies, I wasn't so sure about an ant movie, but man it was good. 2 hours and it didn't even feel like it! 

After our movie, we had one last Eid dinner celebration that was hosted by the Pakistani Women's Association of the Philippines. It was at a really nice hotel called the Dusit Thani and the whole night was spectacular. We got to meet a bunch of new people and enjoyed getting to know more of the Pakistani/Muslim community :) The ladies who put the night together had also arranged for some live musical entertainment with a tabla player (which is like a drum), a guitar player and a singer which really added to the fun! 

Just a few of the new people we met! So much fun. 

And about 2 hours after this picture, I was passed out asleep in my bed like a little baby, hahaha. Can you tell we had one heck of a go-go-go weekend?

How was y'alls weekend? What were you guys up to?! 

Friday Favorites.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Before I get started on my favorites today, I've gotta send a big happy birthday to my goofy, love monster, crazy boo boo, Kobi!! This little ball of fluff has been in our lives since he was 3 months old and he has made our lives so much brighter.

Isn't he the cutest?! 

I listen to this song whenever I'm walking to my workout & for some reason it gives me just the little kick in the pants I need to get to the studio without turning around and heading back home, lol. 

I was craving a cinnamon roll something fierce yesterday and stumbled upon a recipe on Pinterest which super nailed it the need for cinnamon-y sweetness! 

According to Amir: "This was too good!" Lol.

You can find the original recipe for the Cinnamon Roll Bread HERE or follow my changes below. 
For the bread: 
* 2 cups all purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* a pinch of salt
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 egg - room temp, lightly beaten
* 1 cup low-fat milk
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/3 cup greek yogurt 

For the streusel/swirl:
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon (more or less based on how much cinnamon you like!) 
* 1 tablespoon water (the original recipe calls for 2, but I read that it makes the streusel way too runny)

To make:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a bread pan
2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In another bowl, combine egg, milk, vanilla extract and yogurt.
3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir well to combine. The batter may seem too thick at first, but keep mixing and it'll get the right consistency.
4. Pour batter into the bread pan.
5. Mix the streusel/swirl ingredients and drop dollops of the mixture into the bread pan over the bread mixture. Use a knife or fork to swirl the streusel into the bread mixture. 
6. Bake the bread for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
7. If you're following the original recipe, make the glaze and pour over the top. I omitted it because I didn't want to add more sugar ;) 

I have slowly started back up with my Barre workouts. It's actually been the perfect way to ease myself back into workouts without going too crazy with super heavy weights. I've also noticed that the mixture of yoga/pilates/ballet has really helped loosen up some of the muscles that have been knotted up & giving me some pain! 

Here are some moves we go through during our classes:

How I feel when I can't get my booty out of bed in the mornings:

How I feel at 9:30 pm because I wake up at 3:30 am for breakfast with Amir during Ramadan:

How I feel right after I watch Friday Night Lights and have to make a decision about something:


Happy Friday, lovebugs! Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! 

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