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De-Stress Saturday: Less Mess = Less Stress

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:30

🍀Spring🍀 Clean Time!

I’ve been known as both a clutter bug and a shutter bug 

  1. I save everything 
  2. I take photos of everything ~ hence I accumulate so much space on my devices and memory 

My best friend, Melody, has advised me of this: 

In order to organize, you’ve got to minimize!

Based on

De-Clutter Your House, De-Stress Your Body ~ Dr. Oz (Tuesday, 2/24/2015) *

Mess = Stress
🏡If your home is cluttered, you have physical & mental stress😱
👆Higher blood pressure
70% clutter 🐝bugs🐞 struggle w/obesity or being overweight😖
😜Feeling overwhelmed ~ starts off & sets tone of day😝

Mess spreads like cancer ~ metastasizes. ~ Dr. Oz

Closets
1. Get rid of what you don’t like, use or wear 
2. Categorize ~ like by season
Reverse hang clothes, upon wearing hang correct way, remove items that haven’t been worn after 6mos
We wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time
Drawers
Change your mindset
Language: instead of “junk drawer” –> utility drawer
Separate by piles: belongs here, somewhere else, in trash
Put like things together
Free 💰money💸 drawer: coupons, 🎁gift cards💳
💊Medicine💉 cabinet: only keep stuff you use ~ so everything is easy to find (reduces you buying extra)
Less Mess = Less Stress
💝Heart💖 will 🎼sing🎤 w/ 🌈joy🌞when you get rid of the clutter
Create space that reduces stress
📅Everyday for 6wks: declutter, exercise, diet plan 📆

* Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: Stress-Reduction Slimdown by Peter Walsh📚

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Soul Saturday: Pride and Heritage

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:15

Fresh Off the Boat = Fresh On Point!

Rey + A&A

Throwback: I sport my red adidas track suit while my †GODdaughter† & I pose w/my ♥Double ATeam♥ @ the ♪piano♫ 5y ago!

 As an Asian Gen-Y, I absolutely agree with the points addressed by the main character of this season’s new ABC sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat! I can totally relate to Eddie for the following reasons:

  • We both sport T-shirts with black heroes ~ to celebrate Black History Month, here are my share
Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis: Super Bowl XLVII Champ of the Baltimore Ravens

Los Mavs

Dallas Mavericks: NBA Finals Champions 2011!

Grant Hill

Old School: Grant Hill played for Coach K in *Team USA*

Study Saturday: Every Moment Counts

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 09:00

With all of the abundant activities that have called for my attention lately, I’ve been mustering up every extra waking moment away to work on my dissertation ~ which is why I’ve actually appreciated these recent snow days.

  • Some of my colleagues have considered their own hours per day of dedication on their doctoral research as shift work
  • Others have only been able to devote even just a few minutes per day to their study

Lately, I’ve fallen under the latter category, rather than the former. Once upon a time, I was able to spend a whole work day’s worth, but with countless demands, I’m fortunate to invest up to an hour or so; for instance, with the additional studies that my department requires for us to review for our doctoral degrees, I’ve included at least one more per day. Regardless of how much time I’ve been able to write and research, the process is paying off as I keep making progress

Because not a day passes without my discipline and determination to stay focused and deter distractions.

Neighbor cat

Unless you count my catastrophic pleasant distractions, including my neighbor, who’s welcome to chillax ’til her ♥heart’s♥ content snow or ☼shine☼

#DOnotDisturb mode

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After our early week Snow Day and before our Snow Weekend

And with †GOD’s† ☼grace☼

Foto Friday: Cam ♥Loves♥ Canines

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foto Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/28/2015 at 03:30

Since today’s snow day reminds me of the holidays, how about I show off the dogs who I’ve professionally photographed for season’s greetings?

First, I was fortunate to have two well-behaved French poodles of my doctor friend ~ with Kool-aid smiles!

Prada and Dior

Prada & Dior: French poodles, designer names ~ flashing their pearly whites

Then, I took (many takes later) my sister‘s family’s card pic, complete with her Yorkshire terrier*!

Coco

Coco & the Cooley ♥Clan♥, †CHRISTmas† 2014

Hope that you’re all staying safe & sound + warm & toasty, with your cozy cuddle buddies!

Photography is a sport that I lettered in

* Happy 4th Birthday, COCO, this ☼Sunday☼!

Feline Friday: February = National Pet Dental Health Month

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/27/2015 at 15:50

🐶Mad-dogging🐾 and 😸Cat-cheesing😸

ASIA brush teeth

Flashback Friday: *ASIA* back ‘n ’09 as always lookin’ fine before we added *ANNIE* to this fam of felines!

Don’t we pet parents want our fun, fine, furry, all-weather friends to have overall good health? That includes our animals’ smile ~ good dental hygiene can prevent long-term adverse health effects. We can’t just chill on their grill!

Bright-eyed & Bushy-Tailed: Sweet *ANNIE* willing to help put up groceries while BiG SiS *ASIA* hangs on the fridge ^_including aforementioned throwback_^

Every week, I give my felines fluoride treatment to prevent plaque. Plus, they have their toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental treats. Yesterday, I took my little one to her appointment.

BEFORE … Braving the snow: Onto ANNIE‘s dental appointment we go! #DISPObustAFlow

Grin and bare it!

Annie lick

AFTER … Ice = NICE! Lickety Split!

After Annie‘s surgery, she savored her ice cubes to consume water slowly.

Feline Dental

My cats have flouride every ☼Sunday☼ and Oravet every Thursday

She has her course of antibiotics, along with her and Big Sis Asia‘s regular dental care!

Pawsitive ANNIE

Annie has a pawsitive attitude!

Following her operation, I’ve monitored her closely.

Peter Cottontail for Bushy Tail

I reward Annie at the window for being a good sport with Peter Cottontail the Tooth Bunny!

At least today was yet another snow day, so I could stay home to make sure that my snow cat‘s A-OK!

Fancy Feline ANNIE

Annie the Fancy Feline is ready to dine!

Today also was Meatless Friday, so she had a special meal!

The purrfect moment: sipping on her soup!

The purrfect moment: sipping on her soup!

For the first time since her surgery, I felt and heard her purr!

Thirsty Thursday: Blessed Angels

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/25/2015 at 14:45

🎼We are the 🏆Champions, my friends🎸 ~ Queen👑

Our Religious Ed class won the 🍜Souper🍲 🏈Bowl🏉!

Since my R.E. students and my mom contributed the most non-perishable food items to our 🍞Loaves and Fishes🐟 food drive, we won a pizza🍕 party!

As we were about to cover the Last Supper🍷 in last night’s 📖class, we shared our meal. I couldn’t have been more blessed🙏 to have helpful students who offered to serve each other.

Therefore, they deserved to earn 📜awards, hence the ceremony👏 that we had during our 🍛dinner.

Floral Friday: Bouquets, Bows and Arrows | The ELAINE DISPO Journal > †R.E.† ♥V-Day♥R.I.P., ~*~Nanay BETTY~*~ on her 22nd Anniversary

♥heart♥-shaped ring watch

♥heart♥-shaped ring watch from ~*~Nanay BETTY~*~

Workout Wednesday: Swimsuit & Catwalk Ready

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/25/2015 at 01:00

Let’s be sexy in our own skin!

Recently, I received the new special SI: Swimsuit Issue

Swim 2015

Sport Illustrated: Swim 2015

So now’s the time to get into tip-top shape for the ♣spring♣ and ☼summer☼!

What better time than the present?

Cable Cat Lady

I’m not really that cold cat lady ~ I’m The *HOT* Kitty Mama of 2!

The best way to go is to mix up your workouts and keep it interesting (to prevent plateau), for instance

Beauty Tuesday: Doo Wop Pop Sock Hop

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/24/2015 at 16:25

This past weekend, I took my latest photo gig to my fam friend’s 50th birthday party ~ ’50s style! Before I strapped on my cam and shot snaps, I strapped on my suspenders and shot a smile!

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Since I seldom have time to shop, much less the money to invest on a full-fledged poodle skirt complete with petticoat

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I just created labels from photos of real French poodles who I professionally photographed!

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Presenting: my micro mini poodle skirt on a budget!

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To complete the look: my high school varsity letterman jacket * my grad ring on a chain * my cat bobby socks * my bowling shoes {Stevies by Steve Madden}

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My beloved felines seemed to think that I was looking fine!

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My big champ cat is the #BOMBdotCom ~ as in the beautiful #photobomb dot com!

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Of course, my furr babies also make the purrfect models!

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✌Deuces✌ That makes 2 for Tuesday Beauty!

Beauty Tuesday: Mini Sleeves

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/24/2015 at 08:55

Happy Belated Presidents’ Day 🇺🇸

Lately, I’ve been into sleeved (long- or 3/4-sleeved) mini dresses during this mid-season.

First, my sister started me out with this piece from the Altuzarra collection.

Then I gathered more garments from A’GACI, both for †CHRISTmas† andValentine’s.

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My Ash Wednesday ensemble when I proclaimed the readings at evening Mass: IN San Francisco lavender 3/4-sleeved mini dress with ruffled v-neck & tan trim ivory braided skinny belt {thanks to María’s †CHRISTmas† gift card from Dillard’s} * Corral 2-toned cowboy boots * Nicole by O•P•I Kardashian Kolor in Back to Reality TV (lavender) as main shade & Follow Me on Glitter (black sparkle for ashes) as accent hue

Most recently, I wore this when I proclaimed the readings at Ash Wednesday †Mass†.

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I did a diagonal side braid to float across the crown.

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I’m wearing these beautiful pieces ~ sceptre Rosary & Saint Benedict medal on chain and bracelet ~ from Puerto Rico {thanks to Easygoing Evie y su familia}

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To top off my jewelry, I also went rose gold-happy again with these pieces ~ last year’s ♥Valentine’s♥ gift watch and I ♥LOVE♥ †JESUS† bracelet, both from my Mommy Aya!

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†♥†

Manic Monday: Snow-body Asks TAG

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Tag You're IT, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/24/2015 at 03:50

Happy *PresidentsDay* and Snow Day!

Neighbor Cat

Neighbor cat ~ another snowshoe ~ wants to come in!

After a super busier-than-usual week reporting, babysitting, game-going and photographing off site, on top of my regular †Church†, studying, teaching, tutoring and on-site photography responsibilities, I am grateful for this weather to keep me at home. That way, I could stay productive while also taking a break from the hustle-and-bustle of being on-the-go driving all over the place

A&A royalty

Once upon a time, Queen Asia & Princess Annie royally ruled the house!

not to mention that I get some QT with my cuties!

A&A play

The Double A’s like to socialize and play!

Now that ♣spring‘s♣ on the way, I’m serving up this Q&A ~ so TAG, you’re IT!

1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I keep both a crack open ~ so my girls can go in & out as they please!
2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? admittedly, yes ~ some are flight-friendly
3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? in ~ so that’s 1 less thing to do when I make my bed
4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before? only stolen shots ~ the paparazzi photographer that I am
5:Do you like to use post-it notes? a little too much ~ they come in handy
6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? sometimes ~ I usually have the intention to, though
7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? BIG bear hug ~ ♥XOXO♥
8:Do you have freckles? ☼sunspots☼ ~ mainly moles from tanning
9:Do you always smile for pictures? for poses ~ yet I prefer to stay natural
10:What is your biggest pet peeve? inconsiderate people
11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk? that’s what a pedometer is for
12:Have you ever peed in the woods? while camping or during bonfires ~ for the most part, I’m a lady
13:What about pooped in the woods? TMI ~ I draw the line!
14:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing? I have ~ while I’m ♪jamming♫ out in my mind!
15:Do you chew your pens and pencils? no way ~ I don’t want to jack up my teeth!
16:How many people have you slept with this week? I fly solo ~ unless you count my 2 fur babies
17:What size is your bed? day bed (twin length x queen width) ~ just enough space for yours truly
18:What is your Song of the week? ♥Heartbeat♥ ♪Song♫ ~ Kelly Clarkson
19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink? of course ~ man up!
20:Do you still watch cartoons? sure thing ~ for comic relief
21:Whats your least favorite movie? no sé
22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? nunya
23:What do you drink with dinner? water always, light beer occasionally ~ 150-cal max liquids/day
24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in? BBQ sauce &/or honey mustard
25:What is your favorite food? Italian & dessert
26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love? the ♥lighthearted♥ ones that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago
27:Last person you kissed/kissed you? family friends at party ~ where I was hired to photo last weekend
28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout? yes ~ I take pride in selling the most Girl Scout cookies out my troop
29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? only if it’s for a worthy cause ~ like advocating animal rights or environmental awareness
30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? just a couple of weeks ago ~ when I wrote to Bishop Mike
31:Can you change the oil on a car? most definitely ~ my dad taught me how when I was learning how to drive legally
32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket? yep ~ multiple times ~ so I watch my roll now
33:Ever ran out of gas? a few times ~ but I’d rather always fill up before I go below a ½ tank
34:Favorite kind of sandwich? one w/marinara sauce ~ especially the Subway Meatball
35:Best thing to eat for breakfast? banana pancakes ~ like the Jack Johnson ♫jam♪
36:What is your usual bedtime? I should be more consistent on when I hit the sack ~ lately between midnight to 2AM
37:Are you lazy? most certainly NOT ~ slack is whack
38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? most notable costume mentions: Statue of Liberty, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, nun, cheerleader
39:What is your Chinese astrological sign? I was born in the year of the Rooster ~ cockadoodle-doo!
40:How many languages can you speak? 3 ~ English fluently, español un poquito, Tagalog
41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions? unintentionally ~ I don’t mind my Sports Illustrated, & I pass along People to my mom
42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs? Legos, since I haven’t played Lincoln Logs ~ yet I wouldn’t mind building a real deal log cabin!
43:Are you stubborn? so I’ve been told ~ by my mom during childhood
44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman? how about Conan? or G-Lo?
45:Ever watch soap operas? I have my share ~ including GH since I was in the womb
46:Are you afraid of heights? nope ~ hope to go ☼skydiving☼ eventually
47:Do you sing in the car? always ~ that’s what gets me through the drive
48:Do you sing in the shower? always ~ that’s what gets me through the suds
49:Do you dance in the car? yes ~ please check out my Road Beast Mode
50:Ever used a gun? as my Bay Area buddy would say ~ I’m a Texas girl ~ so I loved the fire range in Cali & shooting at the ranch in the Valley
51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? wow ~ I believe when I had professional shots for my college grad, unless you count when my student a professional photographer caught me on camera while I was on assignment ~ it’s all about selfies now
52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? not really ~ I’m a Neil Patrick Harris fan
53:Is Christmas stressful? can be ~ but JESUS’ birth is well. worth. it.
54:Ever eat a pierogi? I believe so ~ been there done that, working up my appetite
55:Favorite type of fruit pie? million $dollar$ pie ~ pineapple & mandarin oranges
56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? author ~ which came true (haven’t published a book yet but have written hundreds of newspaper & online articles by profession)
57:Do you believe in ghosts? not in a creepy sense to haunt me ~ more of a source of comforting spirits to soothe the soul
58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? countless times
59:Take a vitamin daily? yes ~ it’s essential
60:Wear slippers? for the house ~ open- & close-toed for every season
61:Wear a bath robe? all the time ~ not just at home, but also when I’m at the spa for massages
62:What do you wear to bed? sometimes my workout clothes ~ so I can exercise as soon as I get up
63:First concert? I think Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony & many more others since then
64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? preferably Target ~ for the limited editions
65:Nike or Adidas? ADIDAS ~ All Day I Dream About Saints
66:Cheetos Or Fritos? I’m a Chester Cheetah kinda Cougar ~ yet I also dig on Chili Frito Pie Dogs
67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? ☼sunflower☼ seeds all the way ~ preferably sans the shells & just the kernels
68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? nah ~ yet now I’m curious
69:Ever take dance lessons? no ~ just dance practices that already were choreographed
70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? †GOD-willing†, something respectable & noble ~ nothing illegal or immoral (none of that lame ♪Usher♫ song)
71:Can you curl your tongue? yelp
72:Ever won a spelling bee? yep
73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? I believe at my sis’ wedding ~ some believe that it’s because she tied the knot sooner, though
74:Own any record albums? I actually took advantage of my vinyl discount at Hastings awhile back ~ Jack Johnson & Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack
75:Own a record player? not my own ~ my parents do
76:Regularly burn incense? I used to ~ mainly white California sage for serenity
77:Ever been in love? affirmative ~ always in ♥LOVE♥ with †GOD†
78:Who would you like to see in concert? male artists ~ John Legend (even before he became more mainstream), Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull; female artists ~ Taylor Swift, Beyonce
79:What was the last concert you saw? Journey with my fam ~ mainly for Pinoy success story Arnel Pineda
80:Hot tea or cold tea? ☼sun☼ tea
81:Tea or coffee? coffee during the ☼day☼ ~ then tea at *night*
82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? Snickerdoodles ~ but honestly, I’d much rather have cookies w/chocolate
83:Can you swim well? enough to get me by ~ if only I could train for a triathlon, as long as I improve my swimming and bicycling skills
84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? somewhat ~ not for too long
85:Are you patient? to an extent
86:DJ or band, at a wedding? live band ~ play some cover songs & own original tracks + my own playlist b/t sets
87:Ever won a contest? countless many ~ drawings for prizes (bike & TV back in junior high) + newspaper writing in both h.s. & college, among others
88:Ever have plastic surgery? not crazy about cosmetic procedures ~ use †GOD†’s gifts
89:Which are better black or green olives? neither for me ~ only EVOO
90:Can you knit or crochet? neither ~ I admire from afar
91:Best room for a fireplace? main living room & master bedroom + man cave
92:Do you want to get married? in the †Church† in †GOD’s† time
93:If married, how long have you been married? I plead the 5th
94:Who was your HS crush? my h.s. ♥sweetheart♥/college bf ~ yeah, I was that girl who got everything & everyone I wanted
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? I used to ~ then I grew up (not how I got No. 94)
96:Do you have kids? if you count my 2 girls from No. 1
97:Do you want kids? human babies ~ now I’m Ninang Elaine & Tía Elaine
98:Whats your favorite color? lime green
99:Do you miss anyone right now? my forever bestie ♫Melody
100:What was something that happened to you in middle school? I started hanging with my BFF from No. 99 as we both were fine ~ although we’ve known each other since grade school