Natural Energy Booster

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Alright, I am not going to talk about its origin, kinds, or detailed nutritional facts because you can always Google them up. I don’t wish to sound like a walking Wikipedia because we are in the Cyber world generation that everything seems to be accessible by just a click away. I write from the heart so I prefer to tell stories that are evidenced by my own experience otherwise I lose my rhythm in writing. 

Instead, I will tell you the wonders it brought that made my life less complicated and healthier. We are all aware that banana has potassium and other vitamins etc. but not so much into it, though. It is like ok I eat banana whenever there is a chance but I wasn’t so obsessed with it until lately.

In the course of my Arnis training I have discovered things that I didn’t pay much attention before. The “Cardava banana the star of this post!! in Tagalog Saging na Saba. You may ask me, why that kind of banana? uhm! I think it is more powerful than the ripe one. Why? well that’s what caught me when I started eating it (okie!). Anyhow, before coming to the training I eat whatever I can grab on to. My body needs a full meal before the session because with the degree of the intensity of the training, I will definitely lose it. One morning I saw Saba on the table so I boiled a few and added to my breakfast meal. Afterwards, I proceeded to the venue and went on to my usual practice. I noticed that I still had energy all through out the hours without feeling lethargic (unlike the sessions before). I thought it must have been the meal I had earlier. But there were days I didn’t have any that my energy went low. I had to stop, went home early and gave me a serious headache. Still I was clueless for I thought I should have eaten a full meal. Until I started to get noticed that I could cope up whenever I add the Saging na Saba to my diet. In effect, I had it again and again and so on. I even bring one to my training in case my pre-worked calories intake gets burned at least I have my Saba to the rescue.
 
I call it energy booster because whenever my energy gets so low I just eat one then viola! I’m all refueled again. Hmm! My sister used to tell me about the wonders of banana but of course I failed to pay attention since I have not encountered what she was talking about. Even my father said so. Well, I am that kind of a person that realized things whenever I have a basis. Stubborn? not really just credibility is what I subconsciously needed. Just like when people are told to avoid eating junk food because it’s bad for the health but what do u you say, still they are into it, Cest La Vie!
 
Now, I am obsessed with this banana. It is surely included in my plate and I will definitely be looking for it whenever we ran out of stock. Imagine, others will have to buy a energy drinks to keep their body all fueled up without realizing the bad calories and artificial flavor that they bring to their bodies. Unfortunately, it will soon caused different diseases and illnesses because of all those chemical ingredients. When, all they have to do is look around not far away and there is that yellow, creamy but firm banana that provides natural energy boosters with all its other benefits that are so natural. Take note, it’s less expensive as well.

So my friends, I hope unlike moi, try adding the “saging na Saba” to your diet before you seize the day and may this banana help you boost your energy, be thy shield from harmful elements and be able to catch up with whatever your lifestyle demands. May we all have a flood-free day everyone!

 

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First Weapon ( Arnis )

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          Alas! My very first weapon in learning Arnis, a Filipino Martial Arts. I was so excited I had to contained myself. hehe! Mind you people because looks can be deceiving as this sticks are not just made of wood that you can do whatever you want. Under estimating is definitely not a good idea. As Master Cris always remind us that we have to love the sticks so it will love us in return. It will teach you a thing or two in order to remind you of its purpose. I am not quite sure if I understood that except after my third session. I started having blood clot in my left palm and I even had a cut I don’t really know how you call it but imagine the friction caused by the sticks to your hands that the epidermis of your skin started to tear open and feels like a paper cut? yup! that is it. That’s not all, I get to be beaten by my own Rattan sticks in my head (several times). I had one recently that it was so hard it seemed I saw the, “twinkle twinkle little stars!” it hit the right part of my head while I was practicing one move as part of our usual warm-up. I didn’t know if it was a sign that “I am doing it wrong” or it was like a “tap on my back” for a job well done. Either way the strike was intense that it made me stop for a few seconds but not to worry those are the price I have to take. Now, I understand what Master Cris was referring to- “you are the Arnis and managing the rattan sticks is entirely up to you.”
         Going back to my point, this are no ordinary rattan sticks. I sleep beside it, I always look for it upon waking up, I hold it every now and then and I imagine the moves that I have just learned from my last session. It’s seems gradually becoming part of a person, “2 become one” according to the song of the Spice Girls (girly huh?”). But Master Cris never failed to tell us that there are people get to be consumed by it in a negative way. It’s a martial arts after all so it can really be deadly!! So if a person use it as opposed to what is intended it might lead to the wrong path. Say, when you have become so good there is a tendency that you will be aggressive towards other people and always wanted to look for trouble since you know how to defend yourself, tsk! tsk! very shallow and dangerous. Hence, you should learn first by heart, treated with utmost respect, take your time to enjoy whilst extracting its essence and, don’t ever let your ego control your mind and body. That is what we are always have been reminded of by our master.
           In our training, I easily get to laugh even with a small crack of jokes but this is also not good. In training time you have to be in the zone. Meaning, practice the moves as if you are defending yourself in an actual danger. Release your deadly side. . . boom! boom! pow!! . . .  However, once you are done and you are back to the reality-step back, inhale exhale, fire-hydrant your killer side- and compose yourself as you face the usual course of life. it doesn’t get hurt to be at your most humble self, does it. 🙂

 

I Have Found “Arnis” by Fate

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Arnis, is a Filipino Martial Arts with rich history attached to it that I have found by fate.

I just resigned from my previous job and currently applying for another but in the meantime, I wanted to preoccupy my mind while waiting for another opportunity so I’ve tried engaging into different cardiovascular excercise. However, some were like moot-and-academic to me as I have tried it before or that I didn’t get the service commensurate to what I have paid for. Good thing a friend told me that there are dancing classes in Quezon City Memorial circle conducted by the local government as part of their health and wellness campaign. You only have to pay Php20.00 for the entrance fee, not bad at all. For a person who is in a tight budget I figured “why not!” At first, I was having a blast but when things got redundant and I have already memorized their steps and that I could actually anticipate the next moves . . . I got bored. My mind doesn’t find it challenging and so my body followed. As I couldn’t bear the predictable dancing class, I thought that I needed another kind of way to burn calories.

 Usually, I drink coconut juice right after the said exercise to replenish my body with the natural electrolites the coconut has. Anyway, when I was on my way I saw two persons seemed to be performing martial arts and they were holding ratan sticks (yantok in Tagalog). I knew then it was Arnis but I was a common person who knew so little about it. I said ” Oh wow it’s Arnis!” (simple reaction) without realizing what I was about to unfold. I approached them to introduce myself and got to know their names, since it was first time to meet them just plainly Ate Joy and Cris. I started asking questions this and that I immediately have decided to give it a try for the sake of working out. Yes, my purpose was just to do something different apart from aerobics or running. What catches my attention was when they said that Lapu-Lapu used Arnis to defeat the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, whoah! awesome! and that it was used by our Sultan or Datu ( royal leaders) from different tribes as a self-defense against bad elements and so as the sense of respect and honor associated with it. Cool ha?! I got even more excited because of the history I just learned so I didn’t hesitate and made a schedule for my first session. Ate Joy was graciously kind enough to lend me her sticks should I be able to make it. I was really thrilled to find out if I could pull it off. A few years ago, I was learning Muay Thai but I think it was expensive and it is difficult to deal with people that do not observe the art of professionalism and so I quit I couldn’t care less if I paid for the whole session (I was that pissed-off) Going back, first session, Bam!! it turned out that the more you get to learn about Arnis (FMA) the more you get drawn by it.The words are addicting and challenging- in a very thrilling way. Much to my surprised I enjoyed the training.  

As the session continues, the man who teaches me is a Grand Master named Crisanto Pasindo, whose philosophy is to teach his Filipino fellowmen the art and history behind said sport. That it could be served as our identity and be globally known. Up until now he does’t cease to promote this Filipino treasure. While ate Joy is a Pediatrician, marathon adictus, a writer and among other things, wow!! There must be something about this Filipino martial arts that I have yet to find out why these people are into it. Master Cris, as we fondly call him later, was so generous that he gave history lessons at the same time. I have learned that Lakandula ( male) and Lakambini (female) are title for a warrior. . . Hmm! I think my history teacher missed out that part, though. I was having a blast because I had the best of both worlds: learning the Filipino Martial arts that were used by our Datu  or Sultan with pride and honor in an open air with fresh oxygen coming from the trees and I get to meet respectable people as well. 

After the physically and mentally challenging training I came home with an aching body. I could barely move but I told our master to buy me my own Ratan sticks for I will definitely come back to learn more. The picture I posted here is blurry for it is an indication that I have tons of things to learn but if you see how I hold the sticks- it is a sign that I am eager to grasp everything there is to know (given the chance) so I can be one of the Filipino people who will value and treasure what our ancestors have meticulously designed and developed as part of our cultural heritage. It could be our identity as a Filipino and hopefully will be known worldwide. 

Join me as I start my quest of learning “Arnis,” ( Filipino Martial arts) and may you also be encouraged to do the same particularly for women and children. This is not just a plain stick-fighting for you can use this as a self-defense in everyday life against those who will take advantage of you. The sticks are just medium in learning the art. You can use different weapon or even just your hands. As much as I would love to discuss more I still know so little. So,I am yet to be an expert because I am still getting the hang of it. As soon as I get to learn this art it will be exciting to impart what I know to the rest of the world. I cannot wait!