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The Longest 10 Days of My Life | Part 1

The Night Before

Okay, maybe this is not a good idea. I have seen Life of Pi, which really made my heart sink, and I don’t think I can handle not eating. I may come up with metaphorical creatures in my quest as a result. I just had a platter of bad sushi and right now, I am craving for something to save me.

Lemony water and the Food Journal

Lemony water and the Food Journal

Day 1

I fast–no anything, just water–for a whole day. It is part of my yogini lifestyle, along with being a vegetarian and doing yoga asanas. I have been fasting for a while but it only lasts for a day. Sometimes, I even forget to eat when I am stressed out. But 10 days without solid food? Oh dear. Did I mention I have a research proposal to write??

Breakfast: banana + strawberry + basil –> Yum. Maybe I can do this!

Lunch: Spinach + carrot + celery + pineapple + lemon –> this made me want to throw up. Bad combo. Bad combo.

apple + carrot –> to rid off the taste

Dinner: Pineapple + cucumber + basil –> Not bad. Not bad at all.

Dessert: Pineapple + orange –> even my Dad asked me to share!

Mean Green

Mean Green

Day 2

These are the days when I thank my screwed up body clock because I sleep in really late (1.30am) and then get up at 10.30am. That way, I don’t have to endure juicing every meal time–when my parents are enjoying a hearty breakfast. My Dad was not particularly ecstatic about my decision to get into juice fasting but I guess the Little Girl won this time. Or did she?

Lunch: cucumber + celery + ginger + lemon –> this one is actually good.

Dinner: bok choy + celery + green apple + ginger + lemon –> Thank God this tastes alright!

Day 3

They say the first three days of the fast are the hardest. Well, I am on my third day. My nostrils flare upon a hint of sauteed garlic and onions. Even when our help is only frying tofu. And to top off my agony, the series finale of Emily Owens, MD airs today. That one show that I can totally relate to is gone. This is crazy. I started doing stretching exercises on Wii. And some weights for the arms.

–repeated some of my favorites–

Banana + orange | Snacking

Banana + orange | Snacking

Day 4

I am very frustrated. I am not hungry but I miss chewing, biting, slurping. Anything! And…okay, I am not losing weight. I want to cut this thing short and eat lunch. I am hating everything already.

–repeated some of my favorites–

Day 5

I woke up feeling dizzy. I know I said I will end this thing right now but then I thought–I’m halfway there. This is tougher than I thought. I really miss food. Oh dear, I have to do weights and stretches again. I didn’t juice vegetables today, I am getting tired of the taste.

–added lychee and peaches to the fruit menu–

Peach + Mango | My tumbler has twinkly lights!

Peach + Mango | My tumbler has twinkly lights!

Day 6

I stepped on the scale today, and guess what–I lost some weight–6 lbs! I feel so happy. Scratch that, I feel elated! It is like all my hardwork is paying off. I am so excited! I still can’t get over the fact that I haven’t eaten anything solid for 6 days!

Mindy Kaling’s  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? also kept me company during these hard times. I admire her wit, confidence and strength. I wish I could be more like her. 

Breakfast: peach+ mango –> my version of Jollibee’s famous pie

Lunch: My Mean Green recipe

Dinner: Mango + melon –> refreshing!

Day 7

Sorry I had to! | Tomato + fresh basil. I am really proud I did this while fasting!

Sorry I had to! | Tomato + fresh basil. I am really proud I did this while fasting!

Happy Chinese New Year, you guys! While everyone else is celebrating, I am lying face down. This moodswing is getting really old. My brother and sister visited us today and brought donuts. I spent the morning sniffing donuts. Like a crack addict. On the bright side, I feel lighter, my  skin is glowing.

I also made dinner for the family without tasting it. And as it turns out, it is my best recipe yet–according to the Dad. My Dad is very meticulous with food, even if I am his daughter. Maybe he just said that to make me feel better cos I was staring at them like a hungry psycho while sipping my dinner. I appreciate the kind words, nonetheless.

–repeated my favorites–

Day 8

Almost there, Cole. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that green dress you tried on awhile ago? Pretty! You can finally breathe while wearing it. Without spanx!

My Dad also inspired me to engage myself in more cooking, I guess my heightened sense of smell is working to my advantage, so I started watching TLC. And boy, was I wrong. I felt weaker with every slice, simmer, bake and bite I see.

–repeated my favorites–

The Carrot

The Carrot

Day 9

Okay, so the aerobics workout did not exactly go the way I wanted it. I am weaker than I already am right now, so I really have to go easy on the exercises. It is fine. Everything will be fine. One more day.

–repeated my favorites–

Dinner: celery + carrot –> it was okay.

Day 10

Get ready for tomorrow 🙂

–repeated my favorites–

The Morning After

Banana never tasted this good. The real one. The real one.

Just a few reminders:

1) It is a must to consult your doctor prior to doing this, especially when you are on meds;

2) If you would like to try the juice fast, perhaps try it for a day (if you have never done fasting ever in your life), or 3 days (Friday, Sat & Sun, when you are all relaxed). Fasting can make you cranky and weak, so it is best to not let it interfere with your daily routine. The first three days are the hardest, so if you can get through it, you will be fine;

3) Choose your favorite fruits and vegetables. Do not force yourself into juicing fruits and veggies that you hate just cos the ‘recipe’ says so; and

4) Know your limits. Don’t let yourself get sick in the process.

Good luck!


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It Happens to be My Anniversary, So There–

Time to conquer the city! (Caption from ‘The Climb’ performed by Miley Cyrus)

What’s the best thing about having a blog? I was born a blabbermouth so I can’t just give you a sole answer (no pun intended). However, what I have here is a list of experiences and values that a blog can bring to a blogger–and its readers, if any.

10 Soul-searching

Let me brief you as to why The Cole Walkabouts exists, in case you have just stumbled upon this site. I was based in Vientiane, Laos for two years. As a “young expat”, I was convinced that everyday is a potential memorable experience; equipped with my new photography gear fit to boot, I had to quench my thirst for adventure through bringing it anywhere I go and capture moments. Then one day in November of 2009, while I was browsing my photos to use for our company brochure, I thought “Wow, I have a lot of photos.” During that time, I was also starting out with Tumblr and I was definitely inspired by the photographs I see in my timeline. However, I thought that Tumblr is only for short posts and a couple of photographs. I wanted something along the lines of Blogspot or WordPress but was iffy to go for the idea because after a series of failed attempts, I can’t maintain a decent blog. I needed a reason to blog, a theme, for that matter. Then you know, it hit me.

At first it was just about pondering, or ranting about being away from the comforts of home, but then I thought the Web has enough of those. What I needed to do is to put up a travel blog with information that conventional travel sites don’t always carry–a first-hand experience on events and the life of a traveler/expat. Some travel sites, no matter how vivid their photography is or how comprehensive travel guidelines are, seem impersonal to me, for some reason. I felt that travel sites should be more of sharing experiences and stories that may persuade you to book a ticket. As much as guidelines are important, I believe that there’s that certain level of cultural understanding compulsory to every traveler. This is not only to condition themselves for traveling but also to prepare them in communicating with the locals and understanding the territory. So here I am, writing about experiences, posting photographs, and blurting unsolicited travel advice. From TCW’s inception up until my most recent post, I am constantly soul-searching. You see, blogs motivate you, as a blogger, to ponder about your next move and whatnot. It makes you think, if that makes sense.

9 Influence

Blogstar? Nope. Viral? Not even close to a tad close. However, readers dropping lines on my comment box is enough for me. Even checking out the search terms that lead to my blog makes me smile. A friend from my college organization once told me that when she reads my posts, it’s like she’s traveling already–my heart just swelled. Being an Internet icon would be surreal and just plain outrageous, but what I want is to open readers’ mind into traveling, not just being touristy, but learning about another culture and its ways; meet new people and realize, that the world is just waiting for you.

8 Progress

Whenever I read about my older posts, even from my now-defunct whiny-blogs from when I was 16, I can’t help but to laugh at my grammar and misspellings. I am a (kinda, sorta) writer, but my English is not perfect. But I try. And still try. Now I have to stop writing fragments because grammar nazis out there are off to hate on how youth today don’t give a rat’s ass to formal writing.

Also, I cringe at how ridiculous I sounded ranting about the mundane. That time I thought growing pains seemed to be the greatest challenge ever hit me, but now that I am facing yet another chapter of my professional life, I am glad I got over my teen madness. I will be damned if I am still crying over how I hate wearing jeans when it’s raining. Nowadays, I worry about tripping over my high heels in the bus. I’m kidding. Okay, just a little.

Since a blog is like a document of your thoughts and encounters, you can easily keep track of your personal change. It’s an amazing feeling.

7 Memories

They make you smile when you’re alone, which makes you look like a complete idiot in public. They make you sigh, not of regret but of missing those happy days. They make you want to aim higher so you can make your experience bank richer. They make you look back and move forward. Photographs fade, computers go haywire–but sites are very much alive. Unless your server’s database gets wiped out, which I sure pray will never happen.

6 People

It is when you meet people that change you. These new actors in your life, playing a major or minor role, they are never forgotten. Blogsites motivate you to write stories from time to time, so you put yourself out there and see what’s worth writing about. It doesn’t always have to be traveling abroad or shedding out your savings for a trip of a lifetime (although that’s pretty awesome!). Hanging out at random coffee shops, with a latte and a good read, you are bound to meet somebody. And it doesn’t always have to be a romantic meet-up. The people you meet are potential–you got that right–connections.

5 Mastery

Mastery is defined as the ability to execute and to accomplish an action on a highly skilled level. It’s like you can say “No one can do this better than I can,” Well, with a blog, you constantly improve points about your writing, message and delivery. You become an expert, as time passes. You become a source.

4 Responsibility

Maintaining a blog is never an easy task, especially if it has a particular line of thought. Having a blog is like having a pet that you have to nurture. Apart from feeding it with posts, you have to make sure they are factual to avoid misleading readers. Cheesy and cliche, but with great power, comes great responsibility. You already have that voice, make that voice count.

3 Adventure

You would do anything for content. But to take the pressure off your system, treat every day as an adventure. There is always something to be written about.

2 Inspiration

A blog inspires you to write more, read more and experience more. Once you’re done with posting the same content, it would inspire you to explore other possibilities for content. As for me, I’ve been writing about personal accounts on my Vientiane-days, but since I moved out last August, I am making the most of my stay in Singapore. Almost everything became insanely expensive from where I was coming from so I found inspiration in food blogging. That is still traveling–after all, food is part of a country’s culture. I also plan on joining a volunteer program for a new advocacy that will not drop the element of travel and learning.

1 Purpose

The Web is embedded in our lives and personalities. We may have different “selves” once we are away from the keyboard, but I can dare say we have this strong need to connect to our family, friends and even people around the world, hence the mobile devices. This “gift” that has been provided by our analog predecessors, I believe, should not only connect us but we should also extend our connections. Pay it forward, so to speak. If we have the perks of ICTs and use them at our disposal, make something out of it. It doesn’t have to be changing the world to help feed the hungry (although that’s pretty awesome!) but a simple message of optimism can change a reader’s life. Challenge yourself at what you can offer with your content. Surprise yourself with you can come up with. Be worthy of this space.

Happy Anniversary, Cole Walks! And thank YOU for being part of it!

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Shine Like A Starbust Into the Sky

Now that we all know how awesome 2010 was, I guess it’s also time to write down yet another notorious set of New Year’s Resolution. But this time around, I am going to make them as simple as possible –as Me as possible (I would like to thank Hasina, another digital native, for her status about New Year’s Resolutions :)). Instead of the usual 10 Things, I’ve narrowed down my list to Five aspects that I want to develop, just cos.

5 Writing and Photography

So now that I’ve decided writing will be my thing, and photography on the side, I should definitely do something to improve these. My brother said it would be helpful if I get books on photography techniques and practice them. Ahh, how I miss holding photoshoots. Well, I have to do so much preparation, at least before I get a 5D. *crossing my fingers*

And as for the writing part, I got my blog and my job to keep me…on my feet!

4 Self-development: Confidence, composure and creativity

Must get back to yoga and fasting. Must believe in one’s abilities. Must be calm and collected at all times. Must get out of my comfort zone.

3 Studies

Taking Masters online is no joke. For an internet-freak a digital native like me, my participation pretty much sucked during the first month…I’m still trying to get the hang of it. And I swear to my college diploma that I will focus. Like really focus. I did that once, devote time for my studies I mean, so it shouldn’t be difficult to go back. I can’t be that rusty.

2 Social Etiquette

Boo my social etiquette, I’m sorry. I cancel, I go, I cancel again when something occurs. In gatherings, I need to be more of a people-person not just through smiling but conversing. And and and! Listening.

1 Expenses

Oh. That. 😀

Let's light up the sky with fun, laughter, well-wishes, hope and love --let's welcome 2011 with a blast!

Entry title from Loving You is Easy, written and performed by Sarah McLachlan, from the album Laws of Illusion (2010).

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