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Meet Athena – from Athena Cristy Blog (Guest Post)

I only started blogging earlier this year, and I’m fortunate enough to meet people through blogging. One of them is Athena. A high school student who’s been blogging since 2017. I got inspired more to continue blogging when I saw her blog. At such a young age, she was able to maintain her blog while still in school. So now, I did a little bit of chat with Athena so we could learn more about her lifestyle and journey as a blogger. 

Hi everyone, I’m Athena Christy (or Acee), the blogger behind www.athenachristy.wordpress.com and I am so happy to guest post for my lovely friend Liezel. We will be interviewing each other about blogging and life, please keep an eye out for her guest post on my blog as well. Without further ado, here are the questions and my answers:

  • When did you start blogging?

 Oh, it’s a long story. For those who don’t know, I’m an avid reader and passionate bookworm. I started bookstagram (basically posting pretty photos of books on Instagram) back in September of 2017 when I was only thirteen. I met a lot of friendly people in the bookstagram community and most of them had book blogs, mostly on WordPress. I was curious so I gave it a try. I signed up on WordPress and created my book blog, The Night Faerie, where I post book reviews and other book-related stuff. I eventually stopped because of busy school and busy life and the fact that although I am still the same book-crazy person as before, my life no longer centered on books alone and I was curious to venture into foreign shores. I did a fresh start and created my current blog (Athena Christy, or “` A la AC” as I would often refer to it, and its Twitter account. I posted a wide range of blog posts, divided into four main categories: Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, and rarely, Travel. Eventually, I started using Pinterest and a few other social media platforms, traffic increased little by little, and I met so many wonderful people in the blogging community, just like how it all started.

  • How has been your blogging journey?

It’s been bumpy, on and off roller coaster ride, but I enjoy every moment of it. I’ve been doing great recently!

  • Where do you get your ideas?

I wrote about this on my blog here. Well, I usually find inspiration from my community and often I ask myself what I could offer. I also draw inspiration from fellow bloggers and turn the idea into something a little more unique and right along with my style so that I am not copying their ideas. There are times when I would just lay in bed and poof! A random thought that crossed my mind is slowly being processed into a great idea for a blog post. Doing hobbies like painting and skating, taking inspiration from daily events and even just scrolling through social media can inspire me.

  • How much time do you a lot for your blog and how do you organize posting?

On school days, I usually a lot of 1-2 hours. Everything wasn’t very organized, but lately, due to isolation, I’ve been dedicating more and more time for my blog such as writing posts in advance and interacting more with other bloggers.

  • Do you promote your blog?

Yes, especially on Twitter. The bloggers there are so friendly.

  • Do you ever want to try vlogging in the future?

The thought has crossed my mind, but I think I still have a year or two at best before I try it. I need to have a better phone at least with bigger storage, and my bedroom isn’t exactly aesthetic since the lighting is terrible haha. I lack equipment and editing tools but maybe I’m going to try it if I succeed in blogging first.

  • Would you continue blogging when you’re in college?

Hopefully, yes. It would a great way to help pay for college fees since I’m still in high school right now. I enjoy writing and even blogging, but sometimes it just drains me and conflicts my schedule since I prioritize my education.

  • How did your blog grow and did you meet and gain new friends from blogging? 

The process isn’t easy. For my blog to keep going, it has a very lengthy process: I need to schedule tweets (and usually forget to do so haha), take bog-worthy pictures and edit them, create a blog and social media graphics, respond to comments on my blog and social media, promote my blog and interact with fellow bloggers, and so on. It’s a very tiring process and always drains me of energy, which is why I sometimes feel down and not very motivated. Still, I remind myself that my hard work pays off!

  • What’s a typical Sunday for you like?

A typical Sunday for me waking up early, doing blog duties and watering my plants. Then church later on in the morning and a road trip and dinner with my family in the late afternoon. 

  • How do you balance between blogging and your school?

It’s very difficult, especially since I’m studying under a prestigious academic program in our school. I have grades not only to maintain but also to improve and I don’t want to disappoint the people around me. Although blogging has taken away a few hours of sleep from me, it has also become an outlet for me to express myself freely and further improve my writing skills. Time management is crucial. I study during the day and do my homework when I arrive home. I usually don’t have time to hang out with friends after school! I also wake up early to work on blog posts. Weekends are not easy for me too since I spend it by doing bulky blog duties like taking and editing pictures and writing blog posts.

  • What do you enjoy most about blogging?

What I enjoy most about blogging is being able to exercise my inner creativity by sharing my ideas and being creative with photos. I also love how I am connected and interact with so many wonderful people, especially bloggers and content creators.

  • How do you stay consistent with your blog? 

I follow my daily blogging routine and motivate myself now and then. There are times when I take a break too, rest is just as important as consistency. What I’ve learned is to remember to stand back up after a quick recharge and keep persevering!

 That’s all, I had so much fun answering those questions and I’m glad to be able to reflect on what I’ve learned from blogging and how it is interwoven with my life. Thanks for the little chat, Liz!

Follow her here!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_athenachristy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/athenachristyph/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/athenasoledad/

It’s been great chatting with Athena! I’ve learned a lot from her and continues to inspires me to write more blogs and share it with other people. Thank you for this little chat! Hope to see you around. 🙂

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My Daily Routine under Home Quarantine

President Duterte announces a lockdown in Metro Manila from March 15 until April 14 due to coronavirus pandemic. Since March 16, my office is suspended until further notice. Malls, restaurants, and public places are closed. Only hospitals, supermarkets, banks, and pharmacies remain open during the quarantine period. Public transportation, Grab, and taxis are also banned from traveling. Only health workers, people who will buy food, people working in hospitals and supermarkets are allowed to travel. People are asked to just stay at home as much as possible. And practice “social distancing” when going outside.

It’s been a week since the quarantine period and I’m finding ways to keep myself productive and entertained at the same time. I think its also the perfect time to de-stress and practice self-care at home. With the crisis happening right now, it’s just the right time to find time for ourselves and stay at home. I will share with you the things I do at home during this quarantine period.

Wake up 9 am: Breakfast


I wake up at 9 am, make my coffee and eat breakfast when I feel hungry. If not I’ll just eat at lunchtime.

After having my breakfast, I do core workouts. My goal is to achieve doing hanging leg raise.
lying leg raises 15 x 4 reps
Reverse crunch 15 x 4 reps

After doing core workouts I do yoga. I have this app called Down Dog. They recently made their app free until July. I do about 10 mins yoga, my main focus is for flexibility and stretching of the whole body.

Here’s the link of Down Dog Yoga.

https://www.downdogapp.com

Study Online Course

Currently, I’m taking a course in Coursera about SEO optimization. And I take my lessons every morning. I study the lessons for about 30 mins to an hour.

Netflix and Chill

By 11:30 am we eat lunch together with my family. After lunch, I play some games or watch something on Netflix. When I get bored. I sleep in the afternoon. When I wake up, I’ll go and find something to eat again hehe.

Home workout


I start doing my home workouts. Since I’ve been working out every day, I get bored with my routine. So I incorporated some HIIT workouts to change it up a bit. I follow this video by Chloe Ting and its amazing! It feels energizing and burns a lot of calories.

Dinner


By 7 pm I eat dinner with my family. Then watch again on Netflix. At night I also video chat with my bf and just spend time together online. This is our date for now since we’re all at home. 🙂

12 am: Sleep
Lights out.

Goodnight!

How about you guys? What are you up to these days? Share them down below at the comments section!

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What I Eat in a Week

Finally I got time to write again. 🙂 These past few days, it’s been crazy with all the coronavirus, quarantine and lockdown in the news. My work is suspended for now until further notice. I hope everyone is doing well and always to keep safe! Stay indoors as much as possible and wash your hands properly. For now, let’s all try to be calm and continue reading my blog. 🙂

I think all of us can agree that we all love food. I love food and I love learning about people’s eating habits and what they usually eat in a week, the same way I like sharing my food with other people. It’s a good way of sharing food tips, recipes and of course, gain new friends through food! In this post, I’ll share with you what I usually eat in a week at work. Feel free to share what you also ate today at the comments section!

Monday

Breakfast

For breakfast, I am usually in a hurry so I don’t have much time taking pictures (I’m sorry~) so I’ll just mention my usual breakfast in the morning. I had my usual coffee and toast bread with butter.

Lunch

At lunchtime I bring my pack lunch at work. I make my “baon” from whatever is leftover from last night’s dinner. On Monday I had chicken and rice.

chicken and rice

Snack

My snack on Monday was yummy! I had spamdesal (spam + pandesal) and coffee. 🙂

Spamdesal and coffee

Dinner

For dinner I had spicy chicken inspired from a korean recipe. My mom marinated it in gochujang sauce and added sesame seeds.

Spicy chicken

Tuesday

For Tuesday’s lunch, I had pork steak and rice. I added chili sauce because I love spicy food.

Pork steak and rice

Snack

I love the combination of sweets + coffee or tea during my break time.

Cookies and Lemon Tea

Dinner

I love Tuesday’s night dinner! My mom cooked adobo and kimchi soup. The kimchi soup is the winner! It taste just like those in restaurants. I love how spicy it is.

Adobo
Kimchi Soup

Wednesday

Lunch

Lunch Time at work! I had pork meatballs and rice.

Meatballs and rice

Dinner

Had pork siomai for dinner (I already ate some of the siomai that’s why its half empty lol).

Pork Siomai

Thursday

Breakfast

I stop by Coffee Bean on my way to work to grab a latte. I got this promo from my credit card! (yay free coffee! :)) I also had tuna sandwich with my coffee.

Chocolate latte and tuna sandwich

Lunch

There was still pork siomai left from last night’s dinner so I packed them for lunch.

Pork siomai and rice

Snack

I prepared tuna sandwich for my snack. I love making sandwiches for my snack because it keeps me full until the end of my shift at work. I also use wheat bread mostly because it supposed to be “healthier” than white bread.

Tuna Sandwich

Friday

Lunch

My lunch for Friday is Radish cake! Radish cake are part of Chinese dimsum. It is made from radish, rice flour, meat and. seasonings. Steam and then fried. It taste really good.

Radish Cake

Snack

Ok, this one looks weird but it is actually Puto! Puto are Filipino rice cake. We had puto mix at home but we don’t have the round mold for it so we place it in a rectangular mold and sliced them into squares. Still taste like the classic puto. 🙂

Puto

Dinner

Another one of my favorite dish! Friday’s dinner is beef noodle soup. It looks salty but its not. The color is from the flavoring called “goyong” or five-spice powder.

Beef noodle soup

How about you guys? What do you usually eat at work or at school? Do you bring your also meal prep your lunch? Share them down below in the comments section! 🙂

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Podcasts I Listen To

Podcasts save me from boredom during my morning commute. It stimulates my mind and feeds me new knowledge. It keeps me entertained and I get to know new information about different topics I’m interested in, like business, design, society, and psychology. It helps me become a better listener and gain insights into how other people live their life, their mindset, beliefs, where I can also apply in my own life.

So here I list down my favorite podcasts.

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Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain talks about human psychology and uses science to interpret the meaning behind human patterns and behaviors. It tells a different story of unique individuals. It’s an interesting podcasts when you want to learn about human unconscious behaviors, patterns and relationship.

Listen here: Hidden Brain

The Minimalists

Hosts Joshua fields and Ryan Nicodemus are all about Minimalism. They discuss their beliefs about living a meaningful life with less. This Podcast enlightens me on what minimalism is. It’s not only a belief but it is also a lifestyle that they apply in all areas of their life, be it their diet, clothes, social media and many more.

Listen here: The Minimalists

You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart podcast is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self-delusion. It explores learning about reasoning, biases, judgment, and decision-making. Its a fun podcast where it explores human perception, motivation, and behavior. How we are unaware of how unaware we are of our actions.

Listen here: You Are Not So Smart

Something You Should Know

Host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice to help you save time and money, advance in your career, become wealthy, improve your relationships and help you simply get more out of life. It’s one of my go-to podcasts when I want to learn new information and hear great tips from top experts. 

Listen here: Something You Should Know

Freakonomics

Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers. 

Listen here: Freakonomics

Business Wars

If you are into business, check out Business Wars. Business Wars is a dramatization of well-known brands and their competitors. It gives real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, and executives. 

Listen here: Business Wars

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. The show is just not entertaining, but it is also beautifully produced. Even though you are not interested in this podcast, listening to the host’s narration, Roman Mars, will make you listen! He could narrate anything in the world and I would still listen to it.

Listen here: 99% Invisible

Wake Up with Jim & Saab

Husband and wife Jim and Saab Magalona podcast talk about parenting and adulting stuff. How they manage their time between being a parent to their baby boy Pancho and also making time for themselves. I love how chill and cool this podcast is. It like they’re just talking to a bunch of millennials, sharing their thoughts and experiences as parents, their college life, and how they deal with their families and friends.

Listen here: Wake up with Jim & Saab

Linya Linya Show

Linya-Linya founder and writer Ali Sangalang host this comedy-na-may-kabuluhan show based on the daily experiences of Filipinos. To be honest, I like this show before when Victor Anastasio was still in each episode ( I find him funnier than Ali).

Listen here: Linya Linya Show

The Morning Rush

The Morning Rush lists the top 10 daily topics suggested by the listeners. The listeners then submit their entries via Twitter. They also let listeners call the show and share their entries for the top 10. It’s a funny show to listen to when you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work. It’s been an ongoing show for almost 20 years now and it is still going strong.

Listen here: The Morning Rush