Author’s note: This post has some Tagalog words or sentences in between.
I’ve never had any backstory with Chowking’s Shanghai Lauriat until I started going to the gym.
For your info, the gym where I used to go is located inside a mall. So it’s a given that almost every after intense workout class, I’d be dead hungry – in my case, I’m dead and hungry – which would make me go directly to the mall’s food court. Eh back when I was in PH, I never ordered any kind of Lauriat meal because I know I can’t finish it. It was only when I started working out that I can finish Shanghai Lauriat easily on my own.
I don’t know if there’s any scientific explanation for that but it was really one of my go-to after gym meals. Imagine all the calories that I burned, that I worked so hard for, all the muscle and body pain I endured, only for me to have a whole cup of yellow rice paired with 3 pieces of shanghai, 3 pieces of siomai, stir-fried noodles, and chips after. Amazing. Para lang akong nag-balance sheet pagkatapos. Debit-credit.
Anyway, it’s been almost 6 months since I stopped going to the gym; meaning, it’s been half a year since I last worked out also. As today’s the first day of my self-declared quarantine (I’ll tell you more about it in a separate post, but to summarize, I voluntarily stopped with my current job for my health’s sake since my company cares more about their project than us), I decided to do a home workout! 30 minutes into it, I have considered defeat and promised to try again tomorrow.
… I ended up practicing dance choreographies on TikTok.
Come evening time and I had Shanghai Lauriat for dinner. What’s funny is that my appetite went back to its before-working-out state. I can only finish half of everything! I can’t even finish a banana after.
Guess life really is like that, ‘no? Sanayan lang. You just get used to things that are there and when something’s gone, you feel like there’s something missing inside you. But in time and through time, you just get used to it also. You won’t even feel like something’s missing anymore. Feeling mo buo ka na ulit, that you’re okay, until something reminded you how you still have that hole in your heart na hindi pa pala naghihilom ng buo. Na uy, medyo mahapdi pa pala.
Haha fak. I don’t even know why my random blog posts always end up being an emotional one. Gusto ko lang namang sabihin na ang sarap ng shanghai? Bakit may drama?
Going back, I hope everyone’s staying at home! Don’t go out unless it’s really needed and if ever you do, please be safe. I’ll try to be as productive as possible this quarantine season by going back to reading, working out, writing random posts like this (which I hope will not turn dramatic), and!! What makes me so excited is me playing the piano again! (Let’s just say I bought an electric keyboard online today… Hehe. In my defense, I’ve been wanting to buy one for so long but since I’m such a miser, I never did. I just thought now’s the best time to practice piano again before TikTok eats me out alive.)
Gahd, if there’s one thing this quarantine season is making me do, it’s endless online shopping bwiset ‘yan. I need to stop myself before I get broke as fudge especially now that I am not working anymore. No work, no pay besties! But it’s okay. I’m prioritizing my health over anything and that’s what matters now.
Whatever we’re missing, I’m certain God will provide. Take care, everyone. May we all have a productive week ahead.