Archive | April, 2010

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Day and Life: Manila

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Liza Mae V.

Today I woke up and decided to do a 30 minute Yoga session, then I went swimming with my niece. It was a nice changes since it is my first time swimming in 2010 and it was blistering hot outside. Got a little bit of a tan and burnt feet because the cement was so hot. Then I headed to lunch with my Tita Heidi and got my hair styled and mani & pedi which cost me 600 Pesos, 450 + 150 (tip) = $13 CAD. Wow the dollar is worth so much here. I just took a nap, longer than expected, I guess the swim and the heat was really draining. While I was out I noticed a big cultural difference with Philippines and China. People are really polite here and have never heard anyone hork, throw snot rockets, or spit. Also, people smile and are generally more cheery. I like when people are like that because it brings more positive karma in my life.

I am meeting my cousins later tonight for dinner and drinks, then I have to prepare for my flight tomorrow to Bacolod City. Then the adventure continues and I will be heading to Mambucal Resort on Sunday.

Until the next adventure,

Liza Mae

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Relationships Unravelled

Posted on 21 April 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve been away from Toronto for a month now and I’m not really missing it. I thought I had many friends but through this process I realize I have many more acquaintances. I made everyone aware that I was going away and only a few have actually tried to keep in contact with me. So you ask why I didn’t keep in contact with them? I only kept in contact with those who responded to my mass emails or have written me through different IMs. It sound selfish of me but I have been quite selfless for so long and put a lot of time into those relationships that I subconsciously said, now it is your turn to give back in this relationship. I mean, someone can only give as much as they can until they break. I am broken.

It is not even that I am unreachable because if someone really wants to contact me, I have left so many means of communication open. I can’t really accept apologies at this point because it is what it is. Someone is only as busy as they perceive, you can always make time. It is just the matter of if you WANT to make the time. I was very surprised that one of my ex-coworkers still included me in her forwards list. Even though that is silly, she still had me in her mind when creating the email.

I am glad I had the opportunity to do what I am doing and do not have any doubts about my decision. There is more to life than what I was living. Now that I look back I realize I was not truly living, I was amongst the living dead.

Tomorrow morning I am heading to a farm that has cute little puppies and of course fruits and vegetables.

My adventure continues …

– Liza Mae

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Destination … Freedom

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I haven’t been updating my blog because I’ve actually been working on business plans for when I get back or even sooner. I am currently not in Shanghai, China but I arrived in Manila, Philippines as of last night. I have no real defined time lines except when my Philippine Visa expires and even that isn’t a deterrent since I have an option to extend it. I know I want to be in a beach soon and see the rest of my family. I feel like I am living a dream where this reality of mine is so surreal.

I went for my morning workout at my Tita’s subdivision community centre at 8am and I am not used to the heat. Apparently this is the cooler time of day, oh my. It was a pretty good workout, I got my heart rate up the entire 25 minutes, maybe it was the heat or I just really worked hard. I was complaining that Shanghai was too cold and wet and now I am in the heat and I can’t handle it. I think I will get used to it in a few days.

Right at this moment I am in the living room watching my niece and three nephews playing Nintendo Wii. While on my way from the airport yesterday something happened which I can not get out of my mind. My tita and I were at a stop in the car and small boy who is about my nephew’s age of 4, plants his face on my Aunt’s window with the saddest face I’ve ever seen. Every time I see little kids like that on the street it just breaks my heart. I wish I could take them all in, maybe one day I can but for now I will try to find out how I can help while I am here. I don’t really know what I am doing here but I am here for a reason.

– Liza Mae

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