A Saturday night well-spent: George Frideric Handel’s Messiah

Last Saturday night, I was fortunate to hear a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. It was my first time hearing the oratorio in person so I was pretty excited.   The performance included the Cantate Community Chorus, the Guam Territorial Band, the Guam Symphony Orchestra,  as well as KIA,  a classical quartet from Japan. 

I’m not a classical music aficionado,  but I’m appreciating the beauty of music more and more these days. The fact that the music is performed by individuals from the community makes it all the more enjoyable. 

Guam is much more than just a tourist destination.   It’s an island community brimming with culture, art, and humanity.

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#fmsphotoaday: New

I started off the year reluctant to announce that I wanted to return to reading.  So, having shifted things around in my schedule and adopting an approach to reading,  I’m glad to say that I’m reading my second book of the year–The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.   It’s the follow-up to The Rosie Project by the same author.  I enjoyed the first book immensely and polished it off over the weekend. 

I’m trying to read the new book a chapter at a time, so some restraint is required.  Still, I know that’ll be easier said than done. 

I hope you all are having some adventures, reading and otherwise. 

Weekly Photo Challenge : New

I’m far from being vegetarian.  In fact, I jokingly call myself a “flexitarian” (a part-time vegetarian). I do my best to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my diet as often as I can.  It’s not always easy because I’m so accustomed to eating meat and processed foods. So, a few years ago, I decided to be more mindful of what I put into my body and how I treat my body.  I read more health articles and I incorporate the use of apps like Fooducate and Water My Body into my lifestyle.   I try to eat less meat and more vegetables.  I even have a Nutribullet that I use to make all sorts of juice. 

But with all the reading and mindfulness,  I never got around to having wheatgrass– until today.   And now, having tried it, I’m glad that I made the choice.  Don’t get me wrong,  it still tastes like freshly mowed grass and has an undesirable aftertaste.   I’m still glad I drank the shot.  I figure that I could have had a glass of soda/coffee/shake/smoothie, but it would just do more bad than good.  I would only regret the empty calories and how it’ll just make me feel sluggish and unsatisfied.

I’m hoping that this choice to down wheatgrass shots instead of soda will help me to make more healthy choices and substitutions.  

Making any changes health wise?   Let me know in the comments below. 

Reawakening the reader in me

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they will always love you back.

~John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

I don’t know I stopped reading books for fun.  But I do remember what it was like to have a stack of books that I was very eager to devour.  It was like a fever of sorts back then. I lost time reading books not knowing what time it was or even if I had eaten.  I lived in other worlds,  empathize and sympathize with some characters, and experienced things that I wouldn’t and couldn’t begin to imagine to experience.

These days my reading are mostly case files and statutes.  Nothing exciting,  all necessary and time-consuming in my profession. Not the kind of reading that is escapist and/or a distraction to real life.

A part of me has always wanted to get back into reading the same way that I used to read.  The realist in me would remind me that I no longer have the time to read that way anymore and that I have other pressing matters.  But this being a new year, the optimist in me wants to read books again. 

What now?  I decided to take reading for leisure a step at a time.  First step is just to pick a book- something unrelated to work and fun to read.  Next, to read that book, be it a few minutes or a few hours.  Simple plan, right?

Enter the Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.   It’s the light – hearted and fun kind of story that I preferred reading before the Real World really set in for me.

I hope that this book is a start to more adventures in reading. 

How about you?  Reading anything new? Or is there a book you’d like to recommend?

A view from above

The picture above was captured while I was taking a break from reading.   I liked how I had a bird’s eye view of the people enjoying themselves at the pool.  I could see conversations happening, parents teaching their kids to swim, and people revelling in the sun.  Catching moments like this make me realize how lucky I am to be living on an island paradise.

#fmsphotoaday Day 1: Sky

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The sky over the Philippine Sea.

I couldn’t help but want to try out the #fmsphotoaday challenge this year.   It’s by no means a resolution of mine.  (I didn’t make any resolutions this year.)

So, I’m kicking off the first day of 2015 with a breathtaking view of the sky and the ocean.  Both of them having gorgeous hues of blues and being filled with movement. 

Anyone trying out the #fmsphotoaday challenge?  Please let me know.  It’d be great to share and see pictures coming from this challenge