Life happening 2.19.2019 Penang & Masungi georeserve

Last week was quite eventful. First, I went on a short trip to Penang Malaysia for an unit retreat.

Glad to see that vegan meal served in Philippine Airline was not too bad, just wished quantity was larger.

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I arrived the hotel around 7pm, after leaving my luggage I went out looking for some food. As I walked around, i realised that Penang looks like an old fashion chinese small town

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quickly I found the vegan restaurant I found in HappyCow

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For appetiser I order the air-fried mushroom satay with the typical peanut butter sauce of Penang. It was absolutely the most delicious satay I’ve ever had!!! I finished it in <10 min with a lot of omg in between.

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for entree I order a soy milk soup that came with red rice. The soup had mushrooms, tofu and bok choy. Compared to the satay dish, it was just okay. But I was hungry so I finished it all anyway.

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On the third day, we had an outdoor treasure hunting activity at Georgetown

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it was hot but we had a lot of fun exploring the town visiting clan houses of first chinese immigrants.

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and so many street arts

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in the last day of my stay, I visited Penang hill

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to watch the sunset

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so peaceful and calming

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I got back on Saturday evening and realised that I had a hiking adventure booked few weeks ago with my running group. It was Masungi Georeserve, a stone formation reserve that had 8 “challenges”.

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the course was rather easy and the course was mainly flat but the view was gorgeous

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I love love love being in the nature, it invigorates me

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it was really nicely done (3 years in the making), very secure and entertaining, preserving the nature as much as possible

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and doing it in a group was really fun

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Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end of week but at the same time recharge for the new week. 🙂 My only complaint would be how much I missed the girls. Fortunately grandma is with them so I know they are well taken care of.

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Life happening 2.11.19 first couple getaway

Taking advantage of having grandma here, Tony and I went on a mini getaway last weekend with a couple friend.

Our plan was to hike Mt. Batulao. They picked us at 5am (sooo early!). We stopped by Bags of Beans for breakfast. What a lovely place!

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the serving of pancakes was enormous! I heard it’s good.

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we arrived at jump off point around 7:45am. Took a tricycle to the starting line

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Tony loves animals, so he keeps interacting with all sorts of animals we encountered (dogs, cats, cows)

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starting the hike

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there were 6 checking points where a small fee was paid and good time for some rest. The scenery was beautiful. Blue sky, sunny but not too hot.

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greenery scene is as relaxing as blue sea

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the road was not an easy one, just look at me there, climbing up with a rope

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in those places, without the rope we would have fallen off the cliff

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in many times when we took a rest and we saw people ahead of us, it felt very scary… because that looks like walking on a cliff, both SIDES!!! what if I slip?

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but our skillful and experienced guide took good care of us and we all summitted in one piece

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rewarded ourselves with mountain dew

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on the way down, which was not easy either, we encountered an anniversary celebration from the community that offered free food.

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Tony and Jeff couldn’t pass it

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We finished the hike in 4.5 hours. Short ride and we arrived our stay for the night. Sonya’s garden. after a quick shower we went for lunch

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a spread of organic salad right from the garden

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fresh baked bread with assorted spreads

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main was pasta with either red or white sauce and mushrooms. And a dessert selection

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We felt so full and happy

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walked around the garden

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with my lovely friend Sharon

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such a cute pet piggie

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then it was nap time. I napped for 45 min

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and enjoyed peaceful reading time

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the next morning we had breakfast buffer, another chance to have fresh salad and fruits

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and chocolate red rice porridge

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and we check-out.

it was a lovely weekend trip. Short and sweet. I enjoyed bounding (alone) time with my husband. it feels good to be just with each other sometimes. Traveling with a friend couple makes it even more fun. 🙂 We plan to do it more this year, adding to my new year resolution.

I also realized that getting out of the city is not hard, 2 hours out and we have amazing scenery, either mountain or beach. Definitely plan to do that more often with the girls.

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Life Happening 2.4.19. A Fodmap friendly recipe

Last week I organized a surprise party for a colleague for her early retirement

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she’s one of the few people that I worked with who has high work ethic, high effort, good attitude and generous. We will miss her a lot.

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I finally went to intramuros’ area for meeting. It looks like a latin american city

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Grandmas arrived!!! The girls are so happy

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I tried Electro Cycling for the first time with a friend. I thought it is like spinning but it’s not. It involves upper body choreography that was quite challenging. I prefer spinning but it was a good workout.

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I also had mani/pedi

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and sunday morning group run. I did a bit over 10 miles (my training plan called for 9) with 10k in a race pace (I finished in 55 min). I felt strong, I was happy, I love running.

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We took the girls for some play time

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followed by a family lunch at Motorino, our favourite pizza place.

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I finally managed to hang Sofia’s art work

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This week I started the fodmap diet because I noticed my IBS-C got worse in recent months. I wouldn’t be able to go without some external help and was almost always 6 months bloated. I did some research and found that FODMAP could help. So I started on February 1 a low fodmap Diet. I want to try for 4 weeks before re-introducing

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I replaced mate to my morning coffee because I discovered when in Phuket that mate helps me to go and my best friend had been using it for the last 12 years. So I’d give it a try.

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my last non-fodmap friend meal involved cabbage, which left me bloated.

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Several things that I normally consume need to go including my favourite corn. Other things that I consume quite often that need to go for the moment include: garlic, onion, cauliflower, wheat, beans, cabbage.

I must say for 3 days I was almost symptom free! It’s amazing how my bloat went down almost inmediately and have almost regular BM. No cramps, no pain, no bloating after meals. AMAZING!!!

A fodmap friendly lunch I made that was delicious was the thai rice noodle soup

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Thai rice noodle soup (fodmap friendly)

Ingredients:

  • dry rice noodle (4 oz)
  • red bell pepper, 1 small
  • 1 canned red pepper
  • napa cabbage, 8 oz
  • firm tofu, 1 block
  • eggplant, 4 oz
  • bean sprout, 6 oz
  • ginger, 1 inch
  • thai red curry paste
  • miso paste
  • vegan stock 2-3 cups
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • fry ginger with coconut oil for 5 min
  • add vegetables
  • add miso paste and thai red curry paste
  • add stock
  • boil for 10-15 min until veggies are tender
  • add rice noodles and cook for 5 min or so
  • add corn starch diluted in water and cook for 2 min
  • serve

 

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