Thursday, November 27, 2014


Here's a video about an article I read that was related to all nighters, more specifically on how to pull them without affecting your circadian rhythm. Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week #82: Another Week at the Hospital *sigh (11.17.14 - 11.23.14)

Monday was my first day on my new studying routine, now I'm gonna study every MWF and have my TR off. I started off good, studying two sections, however I was supposed to run but did poorly at night after coming home. I picked up Patty from school and went to my grandma's and stayed there. Tia Marilu, Patty and I googled other stuff we could do on our trip and I'm excited to spend Christmas in Amsterdam and New Year's Eve in London! We had pizza as a family (and that includes Acun!) and then I went grocery shopping. -Happy Birthday Alex!-

Tuesday was Rod's birthday! And the birthday boy wanted T.G.I. Friday's so we went there of course. He had a cheeseburger and I had pasta (I regret that, I should've had cheeseburger too). We hung out and had a good time :) He had to leave early though because I had a group homework to attend to so the rest of the day I watched Netflix and edited a new Youtube video (mac and cheese in a mug). 

On Wednesday I studied, ran, watched Dora clean the house, and watched Netflix. That was my whole day and it was totally worth it to just chill out. Dad also came late in the night and we just had an update with each other as usual.

On Thursday I did a lot of errands, first off I went to the dentist -yikes, to get my twice a year cleaning, then I picked up my dad and drove to the bank to deposit my mom's funeral's money, then Rod came over for a couple of hours and I helped him with a homework he had and then we just chilled on the couch. Later that night Brandon texted me asking if I wanted to hang out and we played Mario DDR on the Wii and it was so much fun! We burned so many calories, omg.

On Friday Patty and I were supposed to paint Cristy's room but my grandpa is yet again on the hospital for the third time since I've been here, and I really thought he would have ended his emergency streak, sigh.

On Saturday I woke up super late and watched Netflix the whole day until 4 pm which is when I drove to the hospital to be with Acun and Apo. I took some banana bread in a mug mixture to make over there and I finally figured out why it keeps getting soggy from the bottom down, it's because the mug is too tall and it obviously doesn't cook due to that so next time I'm gonna try it out in a bowl or something, or maybe two mugs and pour half and half.

On Sunday I had a late start too, I woke up and watched my daily Youtube videos and had a pretty lazy morning until around 4 or 5 that is when I headed out to the hospital once again. Last time my grandpa was in the hospital was because he had lung problems, but when they treated it they stopped with the heart medication so now he's back at the hospital again due to the heart. Everything seems to be getting better and their house is fully under renovation right now. 


Friday, November 21, 2014


Here's my to go green juice with only four simple ingredients: apples, spinach, grapes and lemon. It's super easy, has not added sugar -it's all natural, and you don't need a juicer, just a blender. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week #81: Arts and Crafts Fair (11.10.14 - 11.16.14)

On Monday I started studying Calculus since I made the deal with my dad of studying in exchange of going to London and Amsterdam with my aunt. It was kind of easy the first chapter since I've already seen it in class and done a couple of quizzes. The rest of the day I just chilled in the hospital like any other day. 

On Tuesday I ran 5 km early on to start the day, and then picked up Patty at school (oh yeah, she's no longer staying with me thank God, my dad also gave me permission to stay home alone) and went to Novey to buy some paint to use in Atai's old room. We painted the entire room with a little help from Tia Marilu and then headed to the hospital at night. 

On Wednesday we finished painting all the edges (Patty finished since I'm pathetic when it comes to edges) and then we headed back to the hospital yet again. 

Then on the weekend we had the Arts and Crafts Fair in which we had a booth. Acun got out of the hospital on Friday and he went to the Aloft hotel to stay during the weekend. After school I picked up Patty and Izabel and took the stuff out of Apo's terrace into the fair. We settled everything and the start of a long hard working weekend begins. Tio Lancho was the stand next to us so we helped him out since he was not there all the time and when he was he was eating or/and texting, lol. We sold all of my mom's tembleques by the end of the weekend as well as a good amount of old cross stitch pattern's of my grandma. We made more than $500! That's more than last year. The funny part for me from this whole weekend is that it appeared as we had eaten more than sold, haha. There was a stand of strawberries and cream which we devoured and between Patty and I we ate around 9 brownies from the stand behind us. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Here's my Mac and Cheese in a Mug recipe, perfect for individual servings and college students. And only four ingredients needed (one is water so it doesn't count though). 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Week #80: National Holidays in Panama ⚪️🔴🔵 (11.03.14 - 11.09.14)

Monday was November 3rd so the city was empty since more thank half of its inhabitants went to the beach for the long weekend and the remaining less than half were staying at home or honoring our country by marching on the streets. So it was pretty smooth driving to the hospital to visit my grandpa. Patty finally started watching the Harry Potter series and hence decided to sleep over at Apo's with me to keep watching the series, we only finished until the third one though, at 3 am.

On Tuesday, Patty and I went to Deli Gourmet to buy some sandwiches requested by Acun. We spent the whole day at the hospital yet again and I'm getting so used to hospital food. In some way it reminds me to being in Orlando in the hospital with my mom, the only difference is that this time I'm cheerful. The streets are still empty since we are still on national holiday and driving like this feels so good. We also watched the following Harry Potter films and got until the 6th movie around midnight.

Wednesday was yet another free day due to national holiday and yet another day at the hospital with my family. Since Patty stayed over again we went to Deli Gourmet together to get my grandpa's sandwiches and headed to the hospital once again.

Thursday was a different day now, since we were no longer on national holiday people were back at school and work, except me. I feel like I have no time at all in my hands since I've been busy since I came back. I think the whole purpose of me coming back and taking the semester off was to be relaxed and having some alone time to think, but I've been surrounded by so many people I can feel my self time escaping through the gaps between my fingers. And to top it all off, I don't even have time for Rod and I feel so bad. First, it was the cleaning; and then my grandpa's in the hospital. My grandma keeps delegating duties as if I'm here so serve, which I absolutely don't mind. But I'd really appreciate some time alone. And since I'm not allowed to sleep at my house, I spent half my day driving to and from my house... Today my grandpa said something that really pissed me off... He was complaining of not being able to go back home for a mere week while workers clean the house and remove the carpet. One of the plans is for him to stay at my house in the mean time and he was complaining "but it's not the same as being in my house" which I almost yelled back 'what do you think I feel like?'. I need to be home. I miss my home. I want to be home. They won't let me though, as if they knew what I truly needed, when I truly just need some time alone in the place where I spent most of my time with my mom. In the place I feel most comfortable. I feel trapped.

On Friday I came home and did my usual (Youtube, eat, and oh, film a Youtube video about how to make banana bread in a mug :3). After that I went and picked up Patty from school to head to the hospital but first stopping by Apo's to leave some boxes she asked me for. Days at the hospital are becoming more and more boring, don't misinterpret it, I love being there with my family, but there's just nothing to do. Poor grandpa, he's trapped in there.  

On Saturday I woke up early and went on a run with Tommy and Andrew, Andrew picked me up at my grandma's at around 6:30 and we run/walked two laps on the park after taking and shower I peaked in Cristy's room to see if she wanted to come with me to the hospital but she was fast asleep in the weirdest position. She had a triangular pillow and was in a kind of seating position with her head to a side and her arms just everywhere (and by everywhere I mean to the sides like if she was attempting to fly, lol). I got to sleep home because dad came back for tomorrow's mom's first month's mass. 

On Sunday we all went to mass, and my grandpa made us seat in the first row. I didn't want to because it was supposed to be a regular mass but we did anyway. His excuse was for people to have easier access when greeting us and there were a lot more people than I expected greeting us plus the ones that didn't but I saw. Rogelio's family has been extremely supportive and for that I'm deeply grateful, they have just been the greatest sports. After mass the tribe and I went to Golden Unicorn to have some lunch and then we all head different places. Dad went to my uncle Fred's to play Majohng, and some of my friends came over to just chill out. I ended up telling them to go at midnight because I was just so tired and falling asleep. I also got to convince my dad of two things: letting me stay home alone because I'm fucking tired of going back and forth, and to accompany my Tia Marilu and my cousins to London! The latter is if and only if I study Calculus III before next term so that's what I'm gonna do. 

Fun at the hospital: 

Saturday, November 8, 2014


I went ahead and made some banana bread in a mug, besides the fact that I was craving it, it's messy free, individual size, and a perfect snack. The banana bread didn't stick to the mug at all and there's just something about eating stuff out of a mug. 


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1 tbs + 1 teas sugar
  • 2 tbs  brown sugar
  • 1/8 teas salt
  • 1/8 teas baking powder
  • 1/8 teas baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4  teas vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed


Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray.
In a bowl, or right in the mug, whisk flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add egg and combine until just incorporated with dry ingredients. Mix in vanilla, oil, milk and mashed banana.
Pop into the microwave for up to 3 minutes, with no fear to stop and check after 90 seconds for doneness.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week #79: FUN PUMPKIN CARVING! (10.27.14 - 11.02.14)

Monday was moving day for me to my grandpa's house, I left at around 3 in the afternoon to pick up Patty at school first, then we had to do an errand for Tia Marilu at El Dorado which was a nightmare  driving-wise (I even drove in the opposite way, oops). By the time we got to my grandparent's it was almost empty with only one car in the parking garage, luckily Cristy was there and I asked her what's up and she told me that Acun was in the hospital because he didn't feel very well. I wonder why all these bad things are happening all at once... I'm not ready to lose somebody else. So after dinner, we three girls went to the hospital with all the bags and snacks, Acun didn't look that bad and I guess it's better for him to stay in the hospital with all the nurse's attention than at home. The Hospital Nacional looked amazing, it was recently renovated and funniest thing is that they put my grandpa in the maternity aisle! So all the neighbors have balloons and 'it's a boy' and 'it's a girl' signs.

On Tuesday Cristy made me go with her to PriceSmart so I went. We filled two whole carts with all kinds of stuff and it was a long ass line to check out. I ran into my aunt's friend, La Jefa, and I'm not really surprised. After PriceSmart we had to come to my house to receive the new treadmill and on the way we picked up Patty. The treadmill guys were supposed to come after three but ended up coming way past six. They pulled over just as we were heading out to the hospital. Then we all went to the hospital and just had a good time like always. 

I came home on Wednesday to spend the day and watch over our cleaning lady while she cleaned the house. I also used that time to try our my new toy, the treadmill. I didn't do that good but I expected it because I'm definitely out of shape, but I have to start preparing for my race in January. I also filmed a video about tips for running a Disney race and my dad surprised me by telling me he had been giving the rest of the week off so I was able to stay in! For dinner I had a healthy meal of organic brown rice + chicken strips, so that means I'm back in my game :)

Thursday was a good a relaxed day, Rod came over after noon and we just hung out, we finished watching a Harry Potter movie I started the night before, we watched some Youtube and had a good time overall. I cooked my dad some dinner, chicken alfredo, and he liked it :3

I was supposed to do nothing on Friday but late at night Brandon texted me to come over and it came to us to randomly go out and buy a pumpkin and carve it since it was Halloween. We got to the grocery store 13 minutes before they'd close and bought a small pumpkin and three chocolate bars. It took us around two hours to carve two faces and our initials on the pumpkin and it was so fun! I always have so much fun with Brandon. We then went to the rooftop to light it up with a candle on the inside and it turned out so awesome. It was the simplest yet best Halloween I've had. 

On Saturday we had dim sam for lunch at my grandpa's since he's still not feeling well. After that my dad and I ran some errands, we went to the mobile shop to fix my internet, we bought groceries and a second router since the one my dad bought was working really good in the living room but since it was put up the one in my room crashed so we decided to have two routers of the same kind and know we have wifi around the whole house and it has a password! At night some of my girls came over just cause, including my favorite lesbian, Alejandra and Shey. We had some pizza and lots of fun. 

On Sunday Dad and I went to the church my mom's at because it was the Day of the Dead so it was rather obvious to attend mass. The rest of my family was supposed to come but my grandparents didn't show up. Apparently my grandpa is back at the hospital after a couple of days being home. After mass, Tia Marilu, my cousins, my dad and I went to Cozi for some lunch and to get my grandparents a doggie bag. He was put in the same aisle but the room next to last time's, so he's still in the maternity ward! How funny XD So we spent the day at the hospital once again.