Day 5: half working mode

I started my day with 4 miles run to limit exposure to pollen and as I didn’t feel my best. Not being able to sleep properly and having my body working with 12 hrs difference is really affecting my overall wellbeing. Maybe it is the age, it is taking me longer than I expected. Right after I got back, I took the pill (Sudafed) to prevent allergy reaction. Then I prepared a very yummy breakfast: toast with avocado and all bagel seasoning and toast with roasted pepper hummus, and fresh blueberries. I felt so stuffed after this combo but it was delicious. I went to office and worked a bit. Then met friends for lunch. I wasn’t very hungry so I had vegetable soup with vermicelli rice noodles and tofu. Then I went to see an ophthalmologist to check again my dry eye situation. I also did the annual check-up. It was confirmed that I had very dry eyes and allergy rash in my right eyes. I also consulted her about my dry eye situation every time I go to beach/water. She suggests me to do an allergy test to see what is causing it, then we can have proper treatment. She gave me drops to clear up rash in my eyes for a week, and asked me to go back to try new contact lens. Hopefully this gets resolved soon. I really don’t like using glasses.

then I went back to the office to meet with my team to discuss some work. We were all so jetlag by then that we couldn’t focus and were so slow. I suggested us to all go back to take a nap and continue the work when we are fresh.

I was tired but wasn’t sleepy so decided to stay up until evening to fight jet lag. To avoid falling sleep, I went out for a walk. To my surprise I bumped to my friend Sarah on the street. We were trying to meet with each other since I arrived but couldn’t, so it was really nice to see her. I accompanied her to have dinner, quickly catch up each other’s new life in Manila and Nairobi. Then I headed home, finally somewhat hungry. I made the same stir-fry, cauliflower with bok choy and grounded “beef” without the noodles.

I realized that cooking for one means a lot of repetitive dishes. While it is okay for me, it might be boring for the blog, but well… that’s real life, especially when I’m not in my kitchen and have only soy sauce and salt as seasoning.

Dessert was more fun, I meant to try So Delicious ice cream for so long 

and it did not disappoint. The texture is smooth, not overly sweet, and richer than Halo. Love it.  final snack; kabocha! The best! Perfect companion to watch Scandal

Night night!

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Day 4: a visit to ER

What a day! It started innocently with an amazing run and 20 min strength workout at the gym

followed by Ezekiel toast with refried beans  and blueberries. I’ve been waiting to try refried bean for a while, finally got a can at Trader Joes. Unfortunately it was nothing extraordinary.

Since I arrived DC last Thursday evening, I’ve been having issues with my eyes (very dry) and even a bit of congestion in my nose. I thought it was caused by my contact lens. it was pretty the previous days but it got better later in the day so I didn’t think too much of it. But yesterday I didn’t even run with my contact lens and by 9:30am I could barely open my eyes and the congestion in my face was causing headache. Then clic I realized it could be seasonal allergy. I’ve never had allergy during my 11 years living in DC but I know many of my friends suffered. I asked my friend what medicine to take and went to CVS to buy them. It was closed, I had to wait on the street for 15 min while having the pain. I got these two and took a nap hoping it helps. But unfortunately it didn’t.

I had a lunch date with an old friend so I managed to walk half blind to the restaurant. Ordered a salad with roasted leeks and turnips, roasted kale with chickpea, baked tofu with tahini turmeric dressing and blended seeds. It was quite tasty but I couldn’t enjoy it much due to the discomfort. After lunch, I decided to go to the ER and my friend kindly accompanied me

Fortunately they checked on me relatively quickly. And it was seasonal allergy that caused conjunctivitis. They gave me Sudafed for the severe nasal congestion and asked me to put eye drops for the dry eyes.

I took the pill right away and an hour later, I was feeling much better. The congestion went away and I could open my eyes. Thank God! I felt so miserable and finally understand the pain of those that suffer seasonal allergy.

My mom sent me pictures of my lovely girls… missing them hard

Jet lag was also hitting me hard. I felt lethargic and overall tired, so I took a catnap and woke up around 6pm.I had two blood oranges before heading to whole food for a walk and to I could find something new

Whole food was packed as usual, many GW students buying their dinner. I wandered around and got some snacks and grounded beef for a stir-fry for dinner

I made a stir-fry rice noodle with cauliflower, bok choys and healthlife ground beef, seasoned with soy sauce and salt. It was really filling.

a bit later, some ice cream while catching up with Scandal

an hour later I finished this plate of kabocha, sooooo good, it left me really stuffed.


What a fun way to spend Sunday. I had to cancel my dinner date because I wasn’t sure if I’d get better. But I’m glad I did because I enjoyed the relax evening, preparing myself for the busy week ahead.

It was only day 4, while I enjoy the alone time and the freedom to do whatever I feel at the moment, I terribly miss my family. Being with them could be restrictive and tiring at the time, but they fill my heart and soul.

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Day 3: meeting best friends

I started my day early (3:30am), read a bit and got up around 5am. Then I saw my family (missing them so much!) and went out for my morning run. Today I run around capital hill and greeted policeman and other joggers. It is so nice to star the day with s

and gorgeous view

Then I took a long shower and prepared breakfast. Avocado toasts with blood orange. I got to love it more this time.

then I went to one of my friend’s place. Although I haven’t seen her for more than two years, it felt like we were never separated. It was nice to catch up with her about my new life in Manila and her new life in DC. We both lost our dads early this year although her process was longer and more painful than mine. Tragedy is bounding, for better or worse, we have one more thing in common. We chatted for good two hours before going to Chinese market to buy some groceries for me. when we went back to her place, lunch was ready. Her mom insisted to make me some special dish but I was content to eat two plates of steamed kabocha, my beloved and so missed kabocha.

After she taking me back to the hotel, I took a short nap before going to another of my best friends’ house. He had a baby recently so it was an overdue visit. I know him since 2011 and we shared many special and important moment of graduate life. He’s a guy so we don’t catch up or gossip over emails/text messages as much, but nonetheless we are still connected and we know we will be there for the other anytime. It was really nice to see him as a father now. We chatted for 3 hours and he was taking care of his 5 months old very well. For a moment, I had to pause and laugh because we were talking about milk/poop… such a change of topic! 🙂

I left his place around 6pm, once I got back to the hotel, I was a bit sleepy so I had a coffee because otherwise jet lag would drag me to bed as early as 7pm and would wake up midnight. Not fun. 

and munched on cereal

I was waiting my friend Sarah to contact me but she was busy dealing with her bed-bug situation so I decided to make dinner instead.  

15 min later dinner was served. I made a stir fry cauliflower with veggie patty and greens 

and kabocha. It was sooooooo good. What makes me happy? A perfectly ripped kabocha. Yeah…. I’m easy to please.  But the plate was too big so i couldn’t finish it all

then before bed I had some halo chocolate ice cream.  

Jet lag was calling my name so I went to bed before 9pm. Although I woke up once at 1am, I managed to fall back to sleep quickly and woke up again at 3:30am. 3:30am seems to be my new wake up time. 🙂

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