Thursday, October 01, 2009

FLOW Surf Yoga Samba Weekend Retreat

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FLOW Surf.Yoga.Samba

A Weekend Retreat of the Senses
November 28-30, 2009 at the San Juan Surf Resort, La Union

Get the chance to learn Vinyasa yoga, commune with nature, ride
quality waves, dance to the beat of the drums and nourish yourself
with healthy wholesome food.
Take a breather from your everyday lives and create a space where you
can feel the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

The FLOW Surf.Yoga.Samba Weekend Retreat aims to unify the body mind
and soul. We offer each guest an experience of a lifetime. Practicing
yoga will develop focus, strength and flexibility. Surfing will
develop your confidence, stamina and ocean awareness. Dancing and
creating music enhances sense of well-being and build social skills.
The whole retreat is complemented with vegetarian food to help nourish
this unique journey to self-discovery.

P6,500 per person
P6,000 early bird rate (Register and pay on or before October 5, 2009)

Package Inclusions:
- 2 Vinyasa Yoga sessions by Monica Eleazar-Manzano
- 2 Surfing lessons with Luke Landrigan of The Billabong Surf School
- 2 Samba lessons and jamming with Escola de Samba Manila
- Roundtrip transportation from Manila-La Union
- 3D, 2N aircon accommodation at San Juan Surf Resort
- Vegetarian Meals (with chicken and fish options)
- Flow T-Shirts
- Tote Bag with freebies from our sponsors

This event is co-presented by Gaiam and Sanuk.
In partnership with Nivea.
Sponsors- ROX, Sea to Summit, Nalgene, Fitflop, Fluidsurf, Twinkle,
Oishi, Moringana, Googoo&Gaga, Brownbelly and Dharma.
Media partners Action & Fitness, Onesport, QTV, NU107

To register, visit our website at or email us at

The People Behind FLOW

Monica Eleazar- Manzano is a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor through
Greenpath Boracay Yoga. She is also a Post-Natal certified yoga
instructor with the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia (YTTA).
DHARMA and INDIGObaby are her brands where she sells all-natural bath
and body products for yoginis and yummy mummies.

Luke Landrigan is the chief team rider and team captain of The Stoked
Inc-Billabong Surf Team in the Philippines. He has won numerous surf
competitions for both shortboard and long boarding in the country and
emerged the 2009 Champion of the Aurora Surf Cup Challenge. In
November 2008, Luke led the Philippine national surfing squad to a
silver-medal finish at the first-ever Asian Beach Games in Bali,

As a professional surf instructor, Luke received his training in
Australia. He is the first Filipino to be awarded Australia’s
prestigious Bronze Medallion, surf rescue and CPR/life-saving BY SURF
LIFE SAVING AUSTRALIA, a globally-recognized credential. Luke has also
earned a Surfing Australia Level 1 Certification for surf instruction,
a world-class qualification that permits him to teach anywhere in the

Toni Bernardo is a full time percussionist, who has studied and
performed the musics of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the
Americas, including West African drumming, dance and song; Japanese
Taiko drumming and Nagauta music, including the Shamisen and Tsuzumi;
Northern Philippine gong and drum ensemble; Indian Bhangra rhythms;
Flamenco cajon; Cuban Mambo and Rumba; Brazilian samba; and
African-American music traditions. Toni has given numerous
performances and workshops through the various groups she has been
part of and has led. She is currently the Diretora da Bateria of the
Escola de Samba de Manila.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Simple Chai recipe

I just got back from my one month Boracay Yoga Teacher Training and I must say that I miss the CHAI TEA (hot and cold!) They served it everyday in training. Thanks to Irene (my yoga tt classmate) she sent me her perfect chai recipe...enjoy!

half glass milk, half glass water (how milky you want it depends on you)
2 cardamom seeds
3-4 cut up sticks of cinnamon (not one full stick--that's pretty thick and depends on how cinnamon-y you like it to be)
1 dried ginger (or fresh--2 or 3 slices, again depends on how ginger-y you like it to be)
1 tablespoon black tea

Boil milk with cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Once boiled, turn heat off and put in tea. Let tea sit for 1 or 2 minutes. Strain and serve.

You might have to experiment on the "perfect" taste for you in the beginning. I experimented twice before I got it "perfect" for me.

Have fun making your tea! =)

Saturday, March 07, 2009


Come support and join us in our journey into MINDFUL PARENTING on March 21 1-4pm. P600 inclusive of coffee and snacks. Limited seats only! For registration please text 0915-2943441.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Guilt Pangs

Do you feel guilt pangs when you leave home for work/errands/gym/yoga and baby cries out for you like its doomsday? It breaks my heart whenever Santi screams for mommy not wanting to let go :_(

But each time I kiss him goodbye and make a promise to be home after an hour or 2. When I do get home, I greet my smiling baby boy (who is so glad mama is home), breastfeed...and then everything is alright again. His world is, yet again, safe and complete. 

I think in a few more months Santi will get used to the idea that 'mommy needs to go places where kids don't go but she will always come back home for me.' I feel that these are starting days of his independence...he will come to realize that he is his own person. (yet he will always feel connected to me as I am to him...mother & child bond thing with the invisible umbilical cord)

Rambling now. 

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Baby Yoga

Awww. I remember Santi being so tiny like those babies and I would not DARE place him down or else he would CRYYYYYYY so hard. hehehe I miss him my small Sanchoo.

Here's a class for toddlers, I wonder if Santi will be cooperative if I attempt?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dharma Dreams BIG

This post is hugely inspired by my mom who would always tell us to FOLLOW OUR DREAMS.
It is also dedicated to my husband M who, like a genie in a bottle, is helping me make my dreams come true!

If you look back at what I wrote last July 4, 2007 - ( you will understand that I am being true to my name, my life's calling. 

In April, I will finally do what my heart desires! I will be attending a 25-hour yoga course on POST NATAL Teacher Training in KL, Malaysia. It's module 2 of a 100-hour Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. ( That's just the tip of the ice, darlings! In May 4-30, there is a Ashtanga and Iyengar teacher training in Boracay ( and M has agreed to fund me, come along and take care of Santi while I train during the day. Weeeee! 

2009 is so SUPER because this year I intend to spread my wings and finally FLY! I don't know what hit us, some retrograde or what but M and I have this mantra of chasing our dreams no matter how big. Why waste time when we only have THIS ONE LIFETIME to fulfill our destiny? So we better make the most out of it! By the way, he is also in the brink of something BIG but I will save that for another post.

Just 2 days ago I had a melt down because I wanted to do this career path so badly but thought I couldn't because I am still breastfeeding my almost 2 year old son. Now that I look back, it was just major PMS. I told M so many disturbing things like:

 'Do you think our lives was put on hold because we had a child?', 'Am I being selfish to want to stop breastfeeding and go take time to do what I want/need to do?, 'Should I say goodbye to this yearning because I am now a mom and should prioritize Santi?', 'I am feeling so guilty for wanting to do this and fear that Santi might get traumatized because I wont be there when he wants to breastfeed'.
 M, being the fab hubby that he is assured me what a wonderful mom I am for being so hands on and breastfeeding til now. He reminded me that the path I chose in parenting is the road less traveled and yet more rewarding because our son is so close to us right now. You should see him hug and kiss us several times a day!

So, after much thought, I decided to go for it. Santi will be tagging along with me in my KL trip (thanks to my parents who will watch him while I am gone during the day) and I am slowly weaning him from day feeds for the May training. M has agreed to take a leave from work to be able to take care of Santi who is turning 2 on May 9 so perfect timing because 'Breastfeeding is best up to 2 years' :)

There was a time that I thought being a good mom meant staying at home 24/7. Now I have come to terms with the fact that empowered women/moms CAN also do more and FLY. I have always said that I have respect for mothers that work (because it breaks their hearts to leave their babies behind) but now I really mean it. Because I will be doing that very same thing I vowed not to do, work/train away from home. Being a mom should NOT stop me from doing what I want to do, becoming who I was meant to be. Sure, I may have to sacrifice at first, prioritize... but I can still compromise and work around my schedule.  Motherhood shouldn't hinder me from passions, dreams, goals. In fact, I am defined MORE because despite having to be fully responsible for another dependent human being, I can STILL be able to accomplish more. 

Mothers are excellent multi-taskers and achievers! I should be able to find strength and inspiration from so many loving moms who are also great doctors, teachers, presidents, etc! 

The evolution of my life amazes me. I am definitely growing more and more as an individual with my family and friends supporting me in this journey. Cheers to another chapter in my life. At age 26, my light comes out to shine :)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Moving Out

Today we went to see the building and vicinity of our future condo unit in Makati. Yes, our little family is moving out of this house we have shared with so many others (halfway house I call it!) and into a new place where we can finally have 'our own' nest. 

The 2-bedroom condo is a wedding gift from M's family and although it isn't new and posh like Rockwell (*sigh*) it will serve us well. Finally, we get 2 rooms which means Santi will have an extra room for his toys and also all my clothes and shoes (room turned into a huge walk-in closet!) Plus, it has a maids room which is double yey for me because that means we get to keep our yaya and/or all around help. The location is ok because it is right across a grocery and close to shopping central district.

It's going to be a huge transition in our lives and I have a big bag of emotions in me.

Things I will miss here in San Juan:

1. The garden - Santi loves the outdoors so much and it breaks my heart that condo living will take that form him :( No more walking out in the garden, playing with the dogs or copying Daddy with the gardening tools.

2. The fresh air - We like to keep our windows open here because we live on top of a small hill and right outside is a nice view of San Juan streets and neighbors. No pollution (except for days when annoying neighbor burn leaves!@#!). 

3. My INDIGObaby showroom! - We are still uncertain about our plans for our business. If it stays here in San Juan or move to Makati. Wherever it may be, I sure hope my clientele follows are grow even more!

4. Sharing our lives with people - As I've said, I call this a halfway house because we share the compound with my brother, his girlfriend and her sister, their son, my cousin, my brother's friend, my bestfriend and her son, and all our help combined. 

5. Greenhills and Pure Gold - cheap stuff. Nuff said.

Things I am glad to leave behind:

1. Rats - Believe me when I say that San Juan is notorious for these pests. This city is built on top of canals where maybe hundreds of them live. The ones I've seen roaming around the compound are as big as fat cats and are a real threat!

2. Annoying neighbors who burn leaves - In tagalog they call it 'nansisiga' and I have given up calling the attention of neighbors with their nasty habit of polluting the air. (It doesn't help when my older brother does it occasionally when I am not around!)

Things that excite me:

1. Decorating the place with furniture! - I already asked for my mom's mod inspired orange chair with foot stool for our new pad. We also have an assortment of items unopened from the wedding gifts pile reserved just for the new place.

2. Being closer to my parents, friends and the rest of society - Yahoo. I am seeing a future with more lunches with girlfriends I miss so much! Maybe possible nights out since I am not so far away anymore?

3. Organic Markets! - FINALLY I can walk to the Salcedo and Legaspi markets (both which I have never been to, what a shame!)

4. Having my OWN kitchen - I can try cooking again. Meat-less of course :)

Now let me get back to net window shopping for some home items while Santi is still asleep. Ciao!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Jumping For Health

FINALLY...I bought my mini trampoline because I read about the health benefits of rebounding here.

Because I am trying everything to cure me from the shingles, I persuaded M to drive to Greenhills (where the nearest sport shop is) to buy me a red one which I love! I tried at it once when we got home and boy, do I feel better with some exercise back in my life! And its all part of my new years resolution :)

Friday, January 09, 2009

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Why such a gloomy title? Because I had a chicken pox eruption during my Boracay vacation- that is the most unfortunate of them all. (I dont want to complain about the others na
) Waaah!

Here are some natural remedies I am trying for it to go away:

1. Jar of Hope
2. Jar of Love
3. Bach Rescue Remedy
4. Virgin Coconut Oil
5. Oatmeal
6. Lavender pure essential oil
7. Honey, Bee Propolis and Royal Jelly products


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