Nov 2007

Lose weight the "fast" way...
by missP on Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:56 pm
I had the chance to experience the richness of Algarve. The wonderful cliffs that we walked through for days, not to mention the coastline where our afternoon siestas were spent was truly wonderful.

Hubby and I registered in a "Fasten und Wandern" (Fasting and Wandering) vacation in Portugal from the 7th until the 17th of the month. With the help of our "Heilpraktikerin", we returned to Germany feeling light and very healthy. It was one great experience. I survived ten days with only water, tea and soup as daily supplement. We wandered from one cliff to the next and the next and the next… if you have been to Algarve, Portugal then you would know what I mean.

We scoured the towns and listened to our guide about how great the country once was. We saw their once “great castle”- ruins and experienced the warm hospitality of the Portuguese. We drank water from their healing water-well. We savored the fresh orange drinks and several exotic fruits the county had to offer to us.

On top of it all, I lost 7% of my body weight. I just need to lose 4 kilos more and I am back to my weight 10 years ago. My dream is to have the same body weight that I had 15 years ago, but I have to be realistic. I won’t be able to lose that much anymore. With the Christmas holidays coming up, I expect I would probably gain some back. One thing is for sure. I am happy with my body at the moment. I definitely don’t plan to weigh as much nor more than what I weighed 3 weeks ago.

Photos can be found in my Photo Gallery...
The Face Behind the Blog meme...
by missP on Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:02 pm
Cheh, the Moderately Confused Pinay in Deutschland one upon a long, long time ago tagged me on this one. I promised her I would post mine up as soon as I could. The “soon” part took much, much longer than I thought. Realizing that the year 2008 is just around the corner now, I had to make time to get this meme done with. Anyway, who wants to leave some loose ends hanging before the year ends and the new one starts? I certainly don’t! So here’s my reply to Cheh’s tag.

I used to hide behind the name in this blog (missP) until I started my online photo gallery. From there on there was no stopping me from showing all my photo collection…well, almost all. So, I guess for those who are frequent visitors of this blog this entry is not quite as interesting. But to the others, you guys can browse through my gallery as you wish.

1st step

Post a short blog article that includes a photograph (or a series of photos) showing the face behind your blog. If you already show a photo somewhere on your site (such as in your about page), then make your post more interesting and choose a photo that’s not currently online.

2nd step

Include links to other people that have displayed a photo, or include their photos in your post, adding a reference. Here are the others who have participated so far:

David Airey ~ Graphic Design
Gayla ~ Mom Gadget
Char ~ Essential Keystrokes
Paul ~ Reflections
Rob ~ 2Dolphins
Zep ~ The In-Sect
Ingo ~ Stixster
Stevie ~ Lost In Cyberspace
The Paper Bull ~ The Paper Bull
Lisa Sabin-Wilson ~ Just A Girl In The World
Dawud Miracle ~
Wendy Piersall ~ eMoms at Home
Dennis Bjørn Petersen ~ The Beta News
Randa Clay ~ Randa Clay Design
Drew McLellan ~ The Marketing Minute
Becky McCray ~ Small Biz Survival
Phil Gerbyshak ~ Make it Great!
Steve Woodruff ~ StickyFigure
Dave Olson ~ Live the GREAT life that you desire
Greg ~ Become a Remote Control SEO
Ariane Benefit ~ Neat Living Blog
Genesis ~ The At Home Mom Blog
Armen ~ iFFECT.NET
Michaela Lica ~ Online Public Relations
Tara ~ Graphic Design Blog
Doris Chua ~ Home Office Women
Edward Mills ~ Evolving Times
Tony D. Clark ~ Success from the Nest
Jonathan-C Phillips ~ Smart Wealthy Rich
Karen ~ A Deaf Mom Shares Her World
Lisa Gates ~ Intrinsic Life Design
Rammel Firdaus ~
Carol ~ Pentimento
Adam Kayce ~ Monk at Work
Thomas ~ Technical Blogger
Tammy Lenski ~ I Can’t Say That!
Chris Brown ~ Branding and Marketing
Rory Sullivan ~ Hamelife
Derek Wong ~ Going The Wong Way
Embuck ~
Ms. Q ~ QMusings
Shelly Tucker ~ This Eclectic Life
Steve ~ Ramblings from the Marginalized
Troy Worman ~ on!blog
Lilith ~ Lilith’s Owl Nest
Karin ~ Stop/Start
Sha ~ Sha Money Maker dot com
Derrick Sorles ~ Life By Design
Ken Xu ~ Mysites Advisor dot com
Roberta ~ Roberta Ferguson
Donovan ~ Blog That Outside
Leanne Wildermuth ~ Artist by Nature
Ingrid ~ Through My Eyes
Don Lawson ~ Affiliate Watcher
The Giddy Tiger ~ Giddy Tigers
Mike Busson ~ Twenty Steps
Rosemarie ~ Miscellaneous Matters
Charity ~ Design Adaptations
Nancy ~ Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family
Robyn McMaster ~ Brain Based Biz
Chris ~ Chris Hoyt
Faddy ~ Girl Next Door
Thess ~ In Nederland
Jean ~ A Great Pleasure
Suzie ~ 1Day@ATime
Jason ~ Blisslogs
Johnny ~ Really Smart Guy
Bob ~
Chin Nee ~ De ‘moments
Skipper ~ My Life Starts At Forty-Two
Seiche ~ at Seiche
Leah ~ Leah’s Cafe
iRonnie ~ I Set No Corner
Girlie ~ HiP and CooL
Marie ~ of VANIDOSA
Mickaela ~ of TextUnlimited
K ~ of Knoizki


3rd step

Tag as many others as you like in your post to spread the meme.


4th step

According to David, a link back to this post is much appreciated (but not necessary), to help create a more personal community! If you do link back to David send an email here. You'll be added to the list above. Again, this isn’t absolutely necessary but it does help him to keep track of the collection (to have an idea or two for an ultimate blogger showcase).

Each person tagged should create his/her own post and repeat the process.

So, I'm tagging everyone who wishes to do this meme... I'm being cheeky because that would be an infinite number or perhaps a null!
Another chance?
by missP on Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:04 pm
“It must have been my youth or childhood… I must have done something good!“

This song lyrics from the "Sound of Music" sung by Julie Andrews kept repeating in my head as I was on my way home this morning after I had the unfortunate accident. I was on my way to work as usual at around 04:00 this morning. I missed the train in Offenbach where I was supposed to leave my car since I would be going to the gym in the same area after work. I then thought I could still catch the train in the Frankfurt Commerz Bank Arena (stadion station) in Frankfurt am main. Unknowingly, just a few meters before I could reach the train station, just at the curve, my car slid and swerved in the middle of the road. I lost control of the steering until the car romped at the metal road plank.

I was in shock. The car behind me also had the same difficulty with his steering but could react just at the right time so that the driver did not bump into me. The driver got out to ask me if I was okay. I said I’m fine. After that several cars passed by and they also had difficulty at exactly the same area where I slid. It was quite clear that the road was icy. It was not sprayed with salt the night before which is normally done so as to avoid such accidents. I immediately called my boss, the ADAC and of course my hubby. Yes, in such order. I had to alarm my boss that I couldn't be at work on time, so he could still call somebody to open the place. Or he could do it himself.

Then I had to call the ADAC to inform them that I would need assistance with the towing of my car. The ADAC personnel then told me to call the police and inform them of my predicament as it is the protocol. Luckily, there is a couple of officers patrolling the area. They got there just a couple of minutes after the accident. I informed the lady on the phone that the police was already there, making the report and getting my data. Then I called my hubby last. Well, I didn’t want to alarm him and make him worry. I was anyway in good condition. Thank goodness for that! But the car wasn’t.

After dealing with the police protocol, I then sat in the car and waited for the "abschlepper" (tower) to pick me up and bring my car to the garage. During this time, I kept thinking and re-thinking about what I may or may not have done. I definitely did not fall asleep nor was I driving more than the allowed limit in that area. Nothing comes to mind. As if a light in my head lit, I immediately realized that instead of thinking about what I did wrong, I should start thinking about the fact that I am safe despite the accident. I started praying and thanking the Lord for being with me when the accident happened. Only then did my body start to relax. As if the tension in my whole body was relieved by some cosmic hand. Then I remembered that at the impact of the car in the plank, I certainly felt like I was cushioned by a very big, fluffy pillow. And no, I don't mean the airbags in this case!!!