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Wedding Photos

Posted on 25 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

Hi All,

I haven’t been updating my page as regularly with my photos but here are some that I have edited recently from weddings from the summer. Enjoy!

first dance of a lifetime

Bride's Hair

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– Liza Mae

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Live your Life Pt. 1: Fighting Fears

Posted on 18 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

It is funny how the last month’s events caused me to amplify my thoughts so loudly that I can not stop thinking about the life I want to live versus the life I am living.  Those two points are far in between but the gap could easily be narrowed if I … stopped worrying.

On December 26th, 2009, I seen a message on facebook from my cousin that our mutual cousin Paula had died.  She was under 40 and had a family (husband and two daughters).  She had been fighting cancer for a couple of years and her time had expired on earth as we know it.  RIP Paula!

Last week, my brother got in a serious car accident which landed him in the hospital with a broken collar bone and minor lacerations.  He could of been seriously hurt or dead but thankfully God gave him another chance at life.

With all these occurrences happening around me it made me think and ask questions within myself.  Why is it that I live my life of mediocrity to only want what everyone else wants?  Why do I settle for a secure life rather than a happy life?  Or if I am so unhappy why do I continue to live unhappily?  Why do I have wait until I find out I am dying or had a life/death experience to do the things I truly want to do?

Fear is the biggest monster one has.  It gets in the way of many things and stagnates growth and disables one’s abilities to be free.   So I’ve decided to make some major changes in my life which will occur in the next 3 weeks.  Story will unfold shortly, stay tuned.

Liza Mae

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an excerpt: a day while you were gone

Posted on 11 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I was going to write a novel for Nanowrimo but I wasn’t successful but here is an excerpt from the 10,000+ words that I did manage to write which is a detailed story of one of my routine Mondays while he was away.


My phone alarm goes off and I’ve been trying to find many ways to turn it off.  “I wake up this morning, I got myself a gun …”  The Sopranos theme song is repeating, over and over.  For some reason I don’t know why it keeps going when I am constantly pressing end.  My blackberry has been on the constant fritz due to my constant usage.  STOP damn it!  STOP!  Finally I decide to take out the battery but it still doesn’t stop.  I think I’m going crazy … then I wake up.

The reality is that my alarm kept going off but I was stuck between reality and dream.  I stared at my phone and it has been going off for the past fourteen minutes.  I click the Dismiss button and I was relieved that I am not crazy, it was just a dream.  Laughing at myself I stare at my bedroom ceiling, not wanting to get up to another mundane Monday.  I miss him dearly.  I check my messages and there is no sign of him.  I flip open my Macbook and he left me a few messages on my Yahoo messanger, looking for me at 5:55am.  Why is he contacting me so early?  Was it something important?

I pick up my cordless phone and scrummage for my phone card.  Dial the local number, then the pin, then his Shanghai phone number.  The ring tone is so different, it is music playing with a Chinese lady speaking in Mandarin.  “Knee how?” etc.  I’m not too sure what the rest means but she says a bunch of stuff which I do not understand.  He finally picks.
“Hey Babe, why’d you write me so early?”
“Ohh I forgot you turned the clocks over there, they don’t do that here.”

We have this routine since he left to sign online every morning, Eastern Time, which is his evening.  We are living in time lines of twelve hour but now thirteen hour difference.  It is so opposite that our schedules conflict between the hours of 12 and 7 because that is when I am sleeping or vice versa.  Those are 7 hours of time where we are just unreachable.  So we schedule morning talks or early evenings.  The sound of his voice in the morning is typically soothing.  He calms my last nerve like the sound of the ocean. We are an ocean and continent away and it drives me nuts.  I miss him so much I would depart my life to be with him.  I just can’t leave right now.

I throw on my hair straightener and remain on the phone with him chatting about his day.  He is not happy in Shanghai because his students are more than normal brats.  It has to do with the one child policy that they have.  The parents treat them like prince or princess’ because the parents fear getting in bad terms with their kids, which makes so much sense.  Parents fear is ‘who is going to take care of us when we get old?’, ‘Our Child’.  So parents have to treat their kids like they are on a pedestal and it manifests in to the brats which my boyfriend has to teach.  Everyone questioned why he wanted to go there in the first place and it had to do with him learning Mandarin and the opportunity just sprung up.  In a matter of days I was sending him on his way and here I am.

I look at the clocks and I don’t know if I should trust them since I haven’t changed my clocks back.  So I look at my blackberry and I’m running late, as usual.  So I hung up on him and threw on my brown pants and my white argyle sweater with a hole in the armpit.  I know I won’t be lifting my arm all day, so screw it I’ll wear it anyway.  I throw some stuff in my lunch bag and yell to my mother to get ready to get going.  I run to my 1997 Mazda Protege, at its last days or months.  I need to warm up that junk before I go because that is what my Uncle Herman said to do.  So I run back to the house and grab my gym bag, lunch bag, and purse.  I am out the door.

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Keep Fit

Posted on 04 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

It is a New Year and one of the most common resolutions is to lose weight (19%) and keep fit (10%), according to a Marist poll taken in December .   I have been going to the gym for years and year after year it is the same, the gym is flooded with New Year’s Resolutioners and a month later, it slowly dies down.  I must admit I was one of those people and not til the recent years have I changed my outlook on keeping fit.  Realize that exercise isn’t a goal, it is a lifestyle change.  Here are some tips on how to keep your New Year’s Resolution to keeping fit:

1.  Set a Practical Health Goal – So we lose ourselves with numbers of losing 10-20 pounds but what really matters is your health, so challenge yourself and set practical goals.  This is some examples I have used in the past:

– Time how fast you can run up and down stairs until you get exhausted
– In a given time period say 2 minutes, see how many times you can run up and down a hill
– Time how long you can hold a plank and squat, this tests if you are improving in strength

2.  Set a Weekly Goal – Making goals of losing 10lbs will be short lived because it is a superficial goal which really has no substance behind it.  I find that having a weekly goal like losing a pound a week is more realistic.  Even if you don’t lose any weight, keep in mind that you are losing inches, so measure those hips, arms, thighs, etc. Also, try to take the Fat test which calculates the % of fat you have and occasionally check if this percent has decreased.

3.  Schedule 7 Days of Exercise – You think I must be crazy. The thoughts also included ‘I am too busy. When do I have the time?’ I didn’t say you need to workout 7 days, I just said schedule 7 days because if you only schedule 3 days, sometimes life happens and you fall short of this goal and you’ll end up only exercising 2 days. At least with 7 days in mind, if life happens, you may only exercise 4 or 5 days which is better than 2 days. Also this puts you in a mindset that allows exercise to be a part of your life, instead of a hassle.

My New Workout Regiment:

Monday: Circuit Training
Tuesday: Hip Hop
Wednesday: Cardio
Thursday: Circuit Training
Friday: Cardio
Saturday: Yoga Challenge
Sunday: Hot Yoga

Set unachievable goals because you’ll be surprised, they are easier than achievable goals.

4. Go with a Workout Partner – Sometimes when your down and out, a workout partner will motivate you to move. Sometimes little push was all you needed.  In my relationship, my boyfriend was the one whom kept on pushing me to workout when I was feeling lazy.  Now after that initial push, I maintained it on my own because I changed the way I live and the way I think about working it.  I love how it makes me feel especially on a stressful day after work.

5. Find an Activity that you Love – When you associate yourself with working out, you think weights, treadmill, bike, etc.  I even get bored of this but there are other ways to keep fit so you won’t get bored of the same monotonous routine.   That is why I have Yoga and Hip Hop on my schedule.   Try joining an organized sports team for it obliges you to go out and exercise.  I’m sure there will be a hobby for you that will motivate you to keep on moving.

I hope this will help you on your journey to becoming a better YOU!

– Liza Mae

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let it flow

Posted on 02 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

stomach turns with the thoughts of you
it is like I’ve traveled on a jet plane
that has gone through turbulence
not that it is a bad thing because
sometimes we need to be scared
sometimes we need to live in fear
for it reminds us how alive we are.

I just want to stand on the edge of a cliff
and scream on top of my lungs
let it all out
lose control
for I feel trapped
in my own skin
yell out to the rest of the world
so I can be heard
and I can finally be freed
from the oppression
of this life.

This life which I have created
this life I have destroyed
this life of sorrow and joy.
I just want to … be.

I have embraced this life
held it in the palms of my hands
and let it get out of control
more than I wanted
but who am I to dictate
which way water flows?

I am just laying on my raft
staring into the sky
which surrounds me
and appreciating every cloud
hovering above
with my hands interlaced behind my head
just smiling with the thoughts
of us back on the same wave
of existence.

Just a few days remain …
Countdown To James Arrival

– Liza Mae

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