Mayon seemed welcoming this time. The volcano usually hides behind the clouds. I remember returning to the hometown and staying for two weeks – and not one chance was given to get a cloud-free view of Mayon. This morning’s such a treat!

Took my longest walk after the operation this morning. It took an hour and a half to cover 7.10 km. (Never mind the pace 😐 ) Wore the nephew’s rubber shoes. (He’s in grade 4 and we’re already wearing the same shoe size.) I forgot to bring my own pair 😐

Had to take a walk to test if I could survive my old jog route. I managed to cover most of it 😀



I would have looked at this as a normal view back in February. These days, it is such an achievement to have made it up the stairs and take the time to savor the thought of having survived the steps two months after my open heart operation.

This is me pretending to take a photo but really I’m trying to get some rest 😐                Talk about feeling old!

After around an hour of walking around the field (the app says I managed 4.4km today), I thought I should take the stairs to this spot. It gave me such a sense of fulfillment the last time. I needed that today. Actually, I’d be needing that everyday.

It was pouring when I woke up. So much for waking up early for a morning walk. Then again, I remembered that the mother’s garage has been emptied since the van that once occupied it has been sold.

I made do and walked circles on the enclosed concrete. The mother would definitely refuse to let me out of the house. After 30 minutes, I started getting a headache. Perhaps it’s the confined space. At least I managed a few minutes of walking in this weather. Hopefully, tomorrow morning would be more suited to an early walk.

The weather cleared in the afternoon. I managed  a 2.2km walk in the campus field.

Hello August!

20150801_080923Started the month with an early morning walk at the University field. I have to admit, I envied the joggers as they breezed past me. The third sister accompanied me to the field but opted to stay in one of the benches. It would take a long while for me to be able to jog again. Still, it’s a source of consolation that I’m walking at a faster pace compared with the last walk. I’m aim to increase the pace gradually.

This is the first time I braved the stairs at the UPLB Nihon Koen (Japanese Garden). You see, stairs and high temperature are two things that really challenge this new heart valve. It is impossible to avoid them so I just need to condition this body to deal with these two. Hopefully, I’d be well-adjusted by the time I report back to work.

For now, I’m still high on being allowed to go out alone. I never really appreciated that before. I just thought it was a given. It’s one of the several things these past few months have taught me.