12 Days of Reconnection, Day 5: Slow Down

Even vacations require a vacation.

I originally planned to take my new bike for a spin, but the weather said “no”. It’s safer to stay indoors, plus I don’t want to bring in a wet bike inside the house. Kakalinis ko lang kaya ng sahig!

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Not just yet, baby girl, not yet.
So, taking a cue from my friend with who I spent my 4th day of reconnection, I decided to go slow today. This is my version of a “slow day”.

I woke up at 6am, and got out of bed at 8:30 after deciding that biking is out of the question. After breakfast, I picked up Don Quixote to catch up on my reading. It seems ages since I last turned these pages!

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Catching up on my classics.
After one chapter, I turned on the TV to catch a third of the movie Nick of Time starring a young and preppy clean Johnny Depp. One of my favorite movies of all time (I don’t care of Rotten Tomatoes gave it a low rating), I ditched Don Quixote again to finish the film (sorry, Cervantes, I promise to finish you within the month).

After the movie, I switched to AXN form a dose of American Ninja Warrior. Part of this ANW habit is my tennis ball, which I bounce repeatedly as I watch the show. No, I don’t play tennis. I just like bouncing balls in general. In fact I have another one that lights up every time it bounces.


In the afternoon, I watched a replay of a PVL game between UP and AdU. The revitalized Lady Falcons won, proving that they are serious contenders in the upcoming UAAP.
At around 8pm, I did 50 squats, 30 sit-ups, 10 burpees, 120 seconds plank and 20 pushups (broken down into sets, of course) — enough to knock me out for a good night’s sleep. But not without another chapter of Don Quixote. 


Rest may be a luxury for most of us, but it should never be an option. It should be mandatory. So don’t wait for you to feel physically and mentally drained. Fuel up by slowing down.

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