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Yearly Archives: 2010

J. Crew Double Cloth Lady Day Coat is calling me

Tweet I haven’t seen much that has caught my eye during this round of post-Christmas sales, but I do like J.Crew’s Double Cloth Lady Day Coat very much. And, it’s still available in my favorite shade, Dark Plum. (It appears that every December, I am tempted by J. Crew’s offerings). Here is what J. Crew […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: For 2011, Life > Money

Tweet Personal finance is usually one of the top New Year’s Resolutions, but for 2011, more people are emphasizing health, quality of life, and having fun over pure dollars and cents. (Might it be signs of a recovering economy? If that’s the reason, I’m all for it!) Check out my latest post for Lending Tree […]

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Merry Christmas!

Tweet Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!!! Hope you all got what you wanted under the tree! My gifts included a gorgeous pearl-and-sugar-crystal necklace… handmade… by CB’s mom. I had actually coveted it for a long time and she finally decided to give it to me. I will be resting at home because I […]

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2010 Goals Review: Not Bad At All

Tweet When I first wrote my 2010 goals, I wasn’t sure how the year would turn out. Fortunately, things have worked out for the most part. 2010 was a year of surprising developments: CB and I moved in together, we started a fund to save for my dream vacation, I began working out, and I […]

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Christmas Shopping

Tweet On which side do you fall? CB and I ventured into the malls this weekend, which was clearly eye-opening in (1) how many people are procrastinators in this Christmas shopping business, and (2) the For Sale signs that dangled in front of every single store. For Christmas, I’ve spent about $120 total on 5-6 […]

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One MONTH of Fitness

Tweet I can’t believe it, but I’ve managed to maintain a consistent exercise regimen for ONE WHOLE MONTH now. In fact, my first step towards fitness was a Boot Camp class on the morning of Wednesday, November 17. Since then, I have attended: 14 Boot Camp sessions 3 Bar Method classes (did you know that […]

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Paying yourself first – in exercise

Tweet A New York Times column caught my eye this morning – apparently, a study published in the Journal of Physiology, found that exercising in the “fasted state’ (i.e. before you’ve eaten anything) combats a high-calorie, high-fat diet later on in the day. Just how exercising before breakfast blunts the deleterious effects of overindulging is […]

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Boot Camp vs. Gym: Pros & Cons

Tweet My first month of Fitness Boot Camp is almost over. As a new member, I got a special price of $100 to try it out. After this month, the price will be $200. Aside from the charge, I’ve also been taking a few Bar Method classes / Zumba classes to mix it up. If […]

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Working Out: Necessary Evil or Truly Enjoyable?

Tweet After a few weeks of working out 3-5 hours / week, I’ve decided to step up my game and dedicate 7-8 hours to exercise time – with a mix of Fitness Boot Camp, Bar Method, and Zumba to keep things interesting. So for this upcoming week, I pledge to: Go to Fitness Boot Camp […]

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Zumba Zoom Zoom

Tweet Can you be truly committed to a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise if you hate cardio? Well, “hate” might be a strong word, but I’ve never been the biggest fan of cardio exercise, especially if it came in the form of running. But I like to dance, so on Friday night I decided to […]

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Hitting the Bar (Method) after work

Tweet This morning, I decided to sleep in for a bit instead of attending Fitness Boot Camp. Then through the day I felt slightly guilty, so I decided to try out a Bar Method class after work. According to the website, the Bar Method is a body sculpting workout that integrates the fat burning format […]

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The High Cost of Healthy Groceries

Tweet The common perception is that cooking at home is always cheaper than going out to eat. Most of the times, I think this is true.  Lately, I’ve trying to cook at home more, both to save money and to help myself meet my fitness goals. After I started tabulating our grocery bills, though, I’m […]

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Best of Blogs Roundup – Yakezie Friends Part 1

Tweet Last month my Yakezie member profile was featured and I received many kind remarks from other Yakezie bloggers, some I knew and some I didn’t. But, I am glad they commented because now I have a whole new segment of blogs to read and enjoy! For this roundup, let me introduce you to a […]

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How I spent $500 on clothes in one month

Tweet After getting back to Mint for the first time in several months, I realized why despite all its little quirks and annoyances it’s still one of the best and most convenient budgeting tools out there: the crisp graphs shocks you into realizing how much you have spent (and by you, of course I mean […]

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Fitness Boot Camp Journal: Days 6-8

Tweet Day 6 (11/25): For Thanksgiving, I had the luxury of sleeping in. So instead of getting up at 5am, I lazied around until 730am to attend the 8am class. This workout was all about intense cardio for some preemptive calorie burn before the big Thanksgiving dinner. Day 7 (11/29): Three days without working out […]

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Can I Afford to Read Fashion & Style Blogs?

Tweet Chatting with Revanche of A Gai Shan Life one evening, I blurted out: I don’t think I can afford reading style blogs anymore. Because, you see, I love style blogs – I appreciate the helpful information on how to put together a professional wardrobe, where to find a good tailor, what type of shoes […]

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