This is the only rule: Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes library, media player etc. and write down the first 20 songs that come up, no exceptions Then pass this challenge on to 10 of your mutual followers.
Pass the Love Around - Krewella
Addicted to You - Avicii
I Want You Back - Yuna
Carry on - Fun
Don’t You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
Every Night - Imagine Dragons
Work - Iggy Azalea
Let Her Go - Passenger
Feels Like Yesterday - American Authors
Girlfriend - Icona Pop
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Better Off - Haim
Closer - Tegan and Sarah
Superman - Five for Fighting
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
That’s What You Get - Paramore
Between the Lines - Sara bBareilles
Seattle - Jason Walker
The City - Ed Sheeran
All I Have - Mat Kearney
Thank you zwiterelle and le-realiser for tagging me!
This is the only tagged-and-tagging challenge that I didn’t comply with the rule. I cheated haha! When I didn’t like the song, I just simply clicked on for the next one. That’s why I’m tagging 10 people who are willing and honest enough to follow the easy rule. :)

This is the only rule: Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes library, media player etc. and write down the first 20 songs that come up, no exceptions Then pass this challenge on to 10 of your mutual followers.

  1. Pass the Love Around - Krewella
  2. Addicted to You - Avicii
  3. I Want You Back - Yuna
  4. Carry on - Fun
  5. Don’t You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
  6. Every Night - Imagine Dragons
  7. Work - Iggy Azalea
  8. Let Her Go - Passenger
  9. Feels Like Yesterday - American Authors
  10. Girlfriend - Icona Pop
  11. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
  12. Better Off - Haim
  13. Closer - Tegan and Sarah
  14. Superman - Five for Fighting
  15. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
  16. That’s What You Get - Paramore
  17. Between the Lines - Sara bBareilles
  18. Seattle - Jason Walker
  19. The City - Ed Sheeran
  20. All I Have - Mat Kearney

Thank you zwiterelle and le-realiser for tagging me!

This is the only tagged-and-tagging challenge that I didn’t comply with the rule. I cheated haha! When I didn’t like the song, I just simply clicked on for the next one. That’s why I’m tagging 10 people who are willing and honest enough to follow the easy rule. :)

Earlier this week, as I was thinking of my daily routine, I made a silent resolution to do something I’ve been planning to do ever since my vacation started - to work out. Determined, I downloaded this workout video that could help me start with my plan. In fact, this is the first video that came up that’s why I didn’t bother to look for something else. As someone who doesn’t engage in many physical activities life has to offer, I didn’t want to exercise by watching workout videos because looking at these fit and lean girls does not at all motivate me. With that said, I have two options left – going to the gym and jogging – both of which don’t make exercising more appealing to me. 

Although there’s a decent gym near our place, I am not about to go there on my own. In all honesty, hitting the gym on my own scares me. The idea of working out with a bunch of strangers in an unfamiliar place – albeit I’ve been there before – doesn’t sit well with me. Plus I have to pay the membership fee which requires money that I’m not willing to spend as of the moment. However, I would be willing to go there if I have company! I’m just waiting for my sisters to go home. As for the jogging, let’s just say that I’m not really a jogger – if that makes any sense. I’ll only consider jogging when classes resume this August, if ever I can spare some time to exercise by then.

Not being a morning person, I usually work out at night so I could be exhausted by the time I hit the sack. In my old routine, I tend to read a few chapters of a book - or even finish an entire book - or watch a movie before I sleep. The first time I did exercise, it took me an hour to finish the routine because I was having difficulty with bicycle crunches and plank slaps.  I also tried my best to keep up with the pacing – which I think is a bad idea for a beginner like me. I woke up the next morning feeling heavy and sore. That did not prevent me from achieving my goal of exercising every day. The more I do the routine, the easier it gets – that makes me feel good every time I finish. 

My mom, who is a witness of how idle and impassive I am this vacation, couldn’t help but be surprised when she first saw me working out. She kept asking me if I would be able to keep up with my sudden interest of engaging myself with physical activity and for how long would it take for me to get bored of what I am doing. So far, I am doing well and my mom – being a supportive one – tries to encourage me one way or another. When I started working out, I realized two significant challenges that I am struggling to overcome: balancing my diet and avoiding eating too much (pretty much the same thing i know haha!).

Fitness Blender offers a lot of helpful workout videos that you can easily try to do. In fact, I will be choosing a different routine/video by next week just to add variety to what I have been doing. :)

People come, people go - they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally closet the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.

     — From The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

"Eating is not a crime. It’s not a moral issue. It’s normal. It’s enjoyable. It’ just is." - Carrie Arnold

It seems to me that eating is probably the only thing that keeps me going this vacation. When I look in the mirror, I can already tell that I’ve already gained a lot of weight. I am more frustrated about this than having nothing productive to do. You’d think the idea of working out and hitting the gym should be included in my to-do list. But it just remains to be an idea. I just don’t have the motivation to do some action. 

I’m bored to death. And when I’m bored, I tend to eat a lot. If only eating is considered to be an exercise, I’d probably be contented with what I am doing most of the time. Is eating still not a crime if it’s bordering on gluttony? I still have a month left for my vacation so I should probably do something new and worthwhile. This is why I have not been blogging these past few weeks. I don’t want to blog just to rant how ordinary and boring my remaining vacation is. 

Food, books and movies are keeping me preoccupied. Saying that makes me a real lazy bum. I know, I sound pretty lame right now. On a positive note, I got to do a lot of reading. In fact, my goal of reading 10 books proved to be easier than I thought considering I got to read 28 books all in all. I am looking forward to reading more than that this July!

(Photos by Elda Gener)