Monday, September 29, 2008

What's new?

Ok. I'm guilty. shouldn't have named my page Ceciliatoday if I wasn't going to keep up with it right? The truth is, with all these sites - facebook, myspace, flicker, food blogs, etc etc etc.... who has the time to update all of them?

But my friend Mitch is right... it's time to update you.

The past 3 months i've been busy busy busy. I've been named after the movie "27 dresses" only because this year i've been going to one wedding after another.
(Thanks to the year 2008, which for most asian cultures it's an auspicious year).
Adding the baby showers, the baby 1 month celebrations, the bachelorettes, the pre-wedding parties, the after-wedding's been 3 months of lots of celebration!

In June I traveled to St. Marteen with 2 other girlfriends. It was the first time i stayed in the island. Other times, i've just cruised by it and walked around for a-couple of hours... a la Royal Caribbean.
We had an awesome time and some memorable moments.

I decided on that trip that life is just too short and I should start fulfilling my "bucket list" (Inspired by the movie). So I went parasailing. The taking off was pretty exciting. Not knowing what to expect, the guy instructed me to wear my gear, sit on the boat and wait till the wind took me off!
ok... so what was i supposed to do up there? hold on tight? wave? I had no idea. All i know is that the view was gorgeous. Unfortunately, i dont know how high i went, but everything looked great from above. Then the captain decided to dip me into the water. It was great the first couple of times until I saw a jelly fish and thought i was going to burn my rear end! All i can remember is screaming: "up, up, up, up!!!"

Another interesting tour was going to St. Bartholome. Apparently where the rich amd famous hang. So we put on our nice dresses and got on the "rapido" boat. So rapido that my food came out before I even had breakfast. Pretty nice start.
It was a pretty hot and sunny day. We walked around and shopped, well more like window shopped, and hoped to see a famous person strolling around. By the time it was noon, There was not rich or famous, it was still pretty darn hot and the freaking stores were not worth the walks up and down the hills! our smiles turned into desperate faces and our feet dragged. So we took a taxi, let out a loud "Ahhhhh!" and toured around the island. We ended the tour in an isolated beach... the "nice and must see beach" where we ate sand for 4 hrs! it was windy enough that the sand would end up in our faces, hot enough that we would dehydrate and well... isolated enough that it was a nude beach. - so, I added the last thing to my bucket list - Nude beach - checked.
By the time our taxi was scheduled to pick us up, we realized... St. Barth is where the rich and famous hang... only that they hang in their nice yatch and dont have to eat sand!

Back at the hotel After St. Barth. My friend M. suggested we should shower and shampoo at least twice, because the sand gave us a really nice more-than-we-wanted extra layer on our skins.
sure enough, i'm on my second shower run, and suddenly the lights go off. I yelled, "girls! stop playing is not funny", and then heard M. say "it's not us, the lights went off!" and sure enough the water stops running...
yeah, pretty nice, my hair was fully shampooed. The island had lost electricity and nobody knew what was going on! anyhow, an hour later, after rinsing myself with "smart water" bottles, the lights came back. Pretty funny.

2 weeks later, I went to Ecuador for a wedding. It was one whole week of partying and drinking. Yes, they sure know how to party. Every night I went to sleep later and later... starting at 6am then 8am, then 10am... we would sleep for 3 hrs, run wedding errants and then party again. till this day, I really dont know how our bodies lasted. I partied more than I have in the last 2 years. But it sure was some good times!

and so, after that, it was my friend M & D's wedding, Y & Y wedding, S. Baby shower, all of which were so nice and unique. I just have to say... kudos to these people for such an awesome production!

Aside from all these events, I've been training at the gym since Feb.
My trainer D. is a really tall and bulky guy. He is a weight lifter and competes very often. His mean face is pretty intimidating and his dry and cut way of saying things makes you run away even faster. - that is only until you get to know him - He is a teddy bear!
My goal is just to be healthy, so we've been doing different things, including those scary and heavy things called "weights".
I have to say, working out on your own is pretty different. I've learned a lot over the months and know how to feel my body and what position make a right or bad move.
This past Friday I broke record... for the first time I lifted 105lbs! Romanian dead lift... I could have never imagined! - still those are the big, heavy and scary things.
I've been jogging more often and hope one of these days I would get the courage to run a 5K. - we'll see.

anyhow, this is enough for today.

I'll continue to cheers, and i'll update you pretty soon.