Posted on July 21, 2016


This Kyoto post will be the last of  my Japan chronicles.  I will not be including our travel adventures in Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Osaka.  I feel that I’m starting to overkill my Japan blog entries already  so I’ll write about another country next post, promise.

But I cannot NOT (yay double negative) include Kyoto because there are just so many cool things going on in that place.  Actually, I had this image of Kyoto being all historic and just shrines and temples everywhere,  so I was surprised that it’s actually a big city and quite cosmopolitan at that.  It’s a contradiction of both the old and modern blending together seamlessly. In other words, Kyoto is DOPE.


Since there are so many things to do/see, you really need to plan ahead especially if you don’t have a lot of time.  Again, a little research and some extensive interrogation (annoying questions you ask locals) will help you a lot.  A few things you need to remember before you go temple/shrine hopping.

  1. The more popular the temple/shrine, the bigger the crowd (obviously) so expect long queues at the entrance and expect to compete photo op space with other tourists (i.e. families, tour groups) as well as locals that go with their friends and families.  Some locals go to these temples/shrines to pray or to give offering.  It is a holy place and many tourists/visitors like myself tend to forget that sometimes, so it is polite to observe courtesy at all times.
  2. Have some spare change/cash with you.  Some temples/shrines have an entrance fee.  They also sell some merchandise inside and there are many food stalls, souvenir shops at the entrance/exit of these temples. I can tell you now, the green tea ice cream and pork siomai I ate at  the Arashimaya station were amazing. I almost cried when I didn’t have enough change to buy another one.
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3. Think of the season you’re going.  We went during the cherry blossom or sakura season, and that’s another reason for attracting large crowds.  Make sure to have a warm jacket or coat even during springtime or a light cardigan just in case it gets chilly.  If you don’t have issues bringing an umbrella, even better.

4. Once you’ve decided on the places you want to check out, then start mapping out your route.  Again research on how to best get there, some of these temples are within walking distance from each other so you want to avoid zigzagging and or missing out on another temple that’s just beside the temple you visited (even if it’s not on your list).  Believe me, after 4-5 temples, they all start to look the same lol.

Here are some of the temples/shrines we visited in Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Shrine or Fushimi Inari Taisha, probably one of the most iconic shrines in Kyoto and maybe the whole of Japan. It’s world famous  for its thousands of vermilion torii gates but to get a decent solo picture with these gates as backdrop is a challenge so I will be posting all the decent ones we’ve managed to take, considering the effort that we put into it. Oh, and Inari is said to be the God of Rice, so just another reason why I love love this shrine.

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Not sure what these are but they look pretty.

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Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) officially Rokuon-ji Temple.  This beautiful Buddhist temple manages to stay minimalistic even when it’s coated in gold.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, you may skip this spot if you’re not interested in bamboos but amidst the soaring stalks of the largest member of the grass family and you’d think you’re being transported in another time.  It’s like being on a set film and some ninja’s are gonna start flying from one bamboo to another and start throwing shuriken at each other.  Yeah I watch too many movies/animes.

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Tenryu-ji Temple or Tenryū Shiseizen-ji, the great thing is, the bamboo grove is just opposite to this beautiful Buddhist temple.  We spent some time admiring the garden and again took gazillion photos of the cherry blossoms because you can never have enough.

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This cute little birdy was showing off.

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Honen-in Temple, this would have to be one of my favourite temples because out of the many we’ve visited, it’s by far the simplest and the least popular.  It’s quite hard to explain. It’s walking distance from another popular temple Ginkakuji which we decided to skip.  It’s quite secluded and because it’s not as popular, there are less crowds and you have more time to appreciate the temple.

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Philosopher’s Walk or Philosopher’s Path – This two kilometre’s path is prettiest in April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  It’s almost like a fairytale.  The path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion).

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There are still plenty of places I want to explore in Kyoto but that will have to wait until I make my way back.  Here’s wishing that will happen soon.

Love lots,







Posted on June 10, 2016

I may have fallen in love with Tokyo but the most memorable leg of my Japan trip was our short visit to the Mt. Fuji area.


The trip that almost didn’t happen because:

1.) The Mt. Fuji area is not covered by Japan Rail Pass

2.) We didn’t have enough time.

I was being ambitious trying to cover as many places as I can in a short period but I am glad I followed my guts because Mt. Fuji was ah-maze-ball.


Bye bye Tokyo!

The plan was to leave Tokyo early in the morning but our stomachs got in the way (note: grumpy when hungry) and we ended up  missing the latest morning bus and reached Yamanaka late in the afternoon (3-4 hours travel).  We also had to wait for our hotel service bus to pick us up from the station. While waiting to be picked up in the cold it also started to rain. Luckily, the service bus arrived before we got drenched. From the station it took another 15-20 minutes to reach the hotel which was situated up the hill/mountain.  I originally planned to go sight seeing once we’ve checked in but the rain got stronger and since we were all worn out, we decided to stay in.  The hotel had prepared some yukata’s (kimono)  for us to use and I even got my mom to try one on.


Turning Japanese

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After dinner, I heard my cousin screaming from the balcony. I was like what’s going ? Turned out it just started snowing.  You see, it was my mom and cousin’s first time to see/experience snow so they were so excited. My cousin wished to see snow but I told her that since it’s already spring in Japan it won’t snow anymore but her pure simple wish was granted and I was so happy for her.


Once the snow excitement settled down, we decided to try the hotel’s onsen or rotten-buro (outdoor hot springs).  Mom did not come with us, she didn’t like the idea of being naked in front of other people even if they’re all women.  You can tell I got that prudish trait from her. I love that my first onset experience was in this beautiful outdoor hot spring in the middle of the night and it was snowing at the same time.  The contrast of the snow falling on my skin with the warmth of the hot spring was such a relaxing almost ethereal feeling.  Quite the opposite of my hammam experience in Morocco, although they have similar bathing concept, hammam was more invasive.  We tried other onsens afterwards but the one in Hotel Mt. Fuji was still the best.

The following morning, we had yet another wonderful surprise.  I was aware that the hotel had some rooms that have views of Mount Fuji and we realised that we actually got one of those rooms.  We didn’t see Mt. Fuji summit the day before because the fog covered the view.  It was all dark and gloomy the previous afternoon but it was blindingly bright white the morning after.

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Go big or go home right? I am a certified glutton.

After our buffet breakfast, we set out to the hotel gardens where you get an even better view of Mt. Fuji and yes it was truly majestic and beautiful.

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Our Mt. Fuji adventure was definitely short and sweet.  Both my cousin and I are planning to go back soon and stay longer. It was so bitin, we were not ready to leave yet but our next destination was calling.


Next stop: Kyoto.





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Posted on April 20, 2016

So late last month, I finally got around to visiting one of my must see places to travel before I die.

The land of the rising sun.


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Now I kinda regret why I waited this long. I mean, I have always been a fan of anything Japanese. I think I had this notion that Japan is super expensive and that I won’t be able to afford going there, but I’m so glad that I made the jump. It’s worth every cent. What made this trip even more special was that I got to share this amazing experience with my mom and my cousin.

Our first stop was Tokyo.

We were supposed to meet my cousin at Haneda airport the same day.   She was flying from the Philippines, but unfortunately got illegally detained in South Korea airport due to some lost in translation problems with the immigration officer. To make the long story short, we ended up having to buy another flight from Korea to Japan just so they’d release her and give her passport back. All this was happening while we’re still at the airport and I was thinking that this was not a good way to start our trip. For some reason I was totally zen like. I think because I was with my mom and if I show her that I’m worried or panicking, she’ll probably lose the plot. Then again, deep inside that was just me refusing to let anything ruin our trip.

We ended up arriving at our hotel past midnight already. I wanted to try all the quirky accommodations in Japan so I booked this capsule hotel. I didn’t tell my mom we were staying at this kind of place, so her reaction was kinda funny when she found out. At first she didn’t like it but once she saw the bathroom she changed her mind. I have to say, it was definitely a fun experience.

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Works for lil people like me, but might not work for people who are claustrophobic.

We stayed in Shinjuku area and our hotel was just walking distance from the main train station so going from one place to another was pretty easy. Actually when you look at Tokyo’s subway/railway map, it looks really crazy and overwhelming but it’s actually one of the easiest to navigate. I only ever got lost once (but I won’t be sharing that story here).

I didn’t want to do major sightseeing without my cousin and luckily I scheduled our first day in Tokyo to mostly just checking out popular shopping areas. Mom and I ended up going to Ginza and Shibuya and decided to start our food and shopping trip.


My fake attempt at cooking okonomiyaki


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I scheduled to meet with one of my Japanese friends in Shibuya and I don’t know how we found each other from amongst the crazy crowd but I’m glad we did because I had no idea where to find this ramen place that I researched.


That infamous Shibuya crossing.


If you can’t beat them, join them right?

Here’s the deal. I have a strange relationship with noodles. I only ever eat instant noodles, and even when it is instant, it has to be a particular kind of noodle and I have to cook it myself or I won’t eat it because I’m weird like that. But ever since I got hooked to watching Naruto, I’ve developed this craving to eat ramen, like a proper ramen, and not just in any place, it has to be in Japan. So I ended up researching this hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Kiraku Ramen Noodle Place, that’s been serving ramen for over five decades apparently.


Anyway,  I’m so glad I got to share my first ramen experience with Satomi and my mom.  I didn’t like the noodle because it was too thick for my liking but the broth was delicious and the pork was really tender and tasty. It was a massive serving though and well worth the price.

Satomi took us to a couple of shops in Shibuya afterwards and I was basically restraining myself from buying all the cute stuff that was staring back at me, pleading for me to buy them.

The struggle was definitely real.

Later on that night, after saying our goodbyes to Satomi, Mom and I went back to the airport to pick up my cousin. Her eyes were still pretty swollen from all the crying but all the stress disappeared when we got reunited. I knew in my heart that things will just work out in Japan, and it did.


The next day, after badmouthing Koreans because of what happened to my cousin, we ended up eating at a Korean BBQ in Shinjuku. Lol!

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Oh and I timed this trip for when these pretty flowers are in full bloom.

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Sakura (Cherry blossoms) viewing at the Imperial Palace.

It’s like a typical but not-so-typical scene in Japan.  I find Japanese women so dainty and graceful, especially when they’re wearing yukata (kimono). image-8

Our hotel was also just walking distance to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.  Aside from the sakura’s, I was also enthralled seeing a traditional Japanese garden for the first time.  I’ve always liked bonsai’s (I actually grow one) so to see a bunch of them was quite lovely. I felt very much at peace.

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A trip to Tokyo is not complete without checking Akihabara (well for me anyway).  You see I’m what some people will call an Otaku haha.  I know I’m way too old to still be obsessed with anime’s and manga’s but I don’t give a flying kick.  I will forever be a fan.   So I basically lost my shit when I was checking out the shops in Akihabara. I was so excited I got lost going back to the hotel.


My happy place.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t buy a lot of stuff because they don’t have any subtitled/dubbed (anime) or english translations (manga) versions.  I bought two magazines as souvenirs though.

I wanted to stay longer in Tokyo but alas, we had to move on to our next destination, and so our Tokyo trip ends and our Mt. Fuji adventure begins next chapter.


See ya.

Geri xoxo





Posted on February 17, 2016


Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

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Triple treat: Notre Dame Cathedral, River Seine and the love locks

Shakespeare and Company

This bookstore has been featured in a lot of popular films that it has become a tourist attraction.


Guess who I bumped into inside the store? None other than the beautiful Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs)


So cheesy lol!

Galeries Lafayette

Inside the luxurious Galeries Lafayette


My French friend took us on top of the store to get amazing views of Paris, trust locals to know these stuff.

Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche

Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche is the narrowest street in Paris

château de Versailles (Day Trip)


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Eiffel Tower    

Eiffel Tower

Fun Fact: Been to the Eiffel Tower twice already but still haven’t climbed it because it’s always crazy packed. One of my favourite man made structures though.

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Musee du Louvre


I swear this guy looked like Justin Timberlake.

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Most of my pictures are taken by this beautiful young lady.


Can’t thank my friend Damien enough for taking the time to tour us around the city. Unfortunately I forgot the name of this super cute restaurant.


Update: Damien said the name of the restaurant is La Table du Palais Royal. Merci!


The kind of stunts I do that embarrass my friends and that I don’t always post (wink).

Forget Paris. Paris Belongs to Us. Paris Blues. Paris Express. Paris Holiday. Paris is Burning. Paris Trout. Midnight in Paris. Paris When it Sizzles. The Last Time I Saw Paris. An American Werewolf in Paris. Paris Hilton (lol!)

Paris is arguably one of the most cliched/used city in literature for very obvious reasons.  The place is truly magnifiqué. Its history is drenched with opulence (with a capital O), romance and tragedy like an overpriced cocktail with a lot going on but it’s so bloody good you keep coming back for more.

Of course, there are some people that feel the opposite.  Most common remark is that Parisians are rude. (I say if you think French people are rude,  go to Hong Kong).

This is obviously not the case for me. I love Paris. So much, I came back.  I also happen to have a lot of French friends and they’re really nice peeps.  Although, to tell you honestly, as much as I love listening to them speak their native language, my ears hurt when some of them try to speak in English (no offence, I have the weirdest accent too).

Sigh, if only I could speak and understand French, I swear my life would be extra perfect. Lol.  Ma soeur a un crayon jaune.

Je t’aime,


(a.k.a. the honorary Frenchie, well at least my real name is)




Posted on February 2, 2016

Not all National Parks are created equal. While each park has something unique to offer, not all can leave you with a ‘this is way too awesome my jaw just dropped’ face.

I have visited a few iconic National Parks from various parts of the world and one that made me do such face was Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.  What’s so special about Arches National Park you may ask, well it just so happen that it contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. It is said to have over 2,000 arches located within the park’s 76,518 acres.  It’s MASSIVE. It also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations that my geologist friends will go gaga for. You can go wiki it for more info but I’ll let my pictures do the talking.

From LA, our tour bus traveled 550 miles and crossed 2 time zones to reach Utah.  Emma and I took a Chinese tour bus and we’re the few non-Chinese tourists aboard. The tour guide would hardly explain things to us in English which was quite frustrating but the random movies and road side views kept us entertained and sane lol.


Our roadside views

I visited the Grand Canyon the previous year so I was kinda expecting something similar, but I was still blown away with the sandstone formations.


About to start our trek in the scorching heat.



First stop, ‘The Organ’.  I always envy people that get to decide the names for these stuff.


Guess our smiles say it all. ‘Three Gossips’ photobombed.

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Photo opportunity from every angle.

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Check out the cloud formation not wanting to be outshone by the arches.


Blending in literally.


This should give you some idea of just how big these arches are.  Enough to make you feel insignificant. What an amazing earth we live in.

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Another part of Utah that we checked out was The Great Salt Lake which is said to be the fourth-largest terminal lake in the world.


Checking out The Great Salt Lake Marina


It may not look like it, but I was close to vomiting here.  The view is nice especially early morning but the smell is just foul. Unfortunately, The Great Salt lake stinks, especially in the summer.  Apparently it’s because most hyper-saline environments favor bacterial sulfate reduction and one of the byproducts is hydrogen sulphide that smells like rotten eggs. Unfortunately, I made a silly mistake of wearing nice sandals and the smell and wet sand kind of stayed and ruined them. Ah well.


Of course a visit in Utah is not complete without checking the state capital, Salt Lake City. Obviously named after the salty inland lake, the city is also known as the Mormon capital of the world.  However, according to statistics, non-Mormon population has been on a steady rise for the last decade.  We only got to explore a few popular spots, (i.e. The Tabernacle, Temple Square, LDS Conference Centre and Utah State Capitol) but from what I’ve seen, Salt Lake City is a pretty neat and peaceful place to live.


Temple Square


Hard to capture the whole building because it’s huge


Inside Utah State Capitol

We stopped by this random Chinese Restaurant in Fillmore for lunch and it’s like in the middle of nowhere so I’m surprised to find out that it used to be Utah’s state capital.

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Geri xoxo




Posted on December 4, 2015

As part of my post birthday shenanigans, I decided to go on an epic road trip Down South with my homies.  For my non Australian readers, Down South is a local term referring to the popular South West region of Western Australia (WA).

The South West region boasts one of the world’s 34 biodiversity hot spots and includes a couple of cities and shires.  Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to check out all 34 spots, but I suggested some of my favourite not-so-secret locations to my friends on top of the places that they wanted to check out as well.



Our first stop was Busselton, about three hours drive from Perth City.   The first time I went to Busselton was back in 2010 for Southbound, a famous 3 day music festival here in WA and although I’ve been back a few times since, it’s never for sight seeing.


Busselton Jetty

Like most places in the South West region, Busselton’s growth over the past decade has been centred along the shores of Geographe Bay.  For instance, the iconic Busselton Jetty was built because the shallow waters of Geographe Bay restricted ship movement and a long jetty was required so that cut timber could be transported to ships.  At 1841 metres, the Busselton Jetty is said to be the longest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere.

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Lunch at The Fire Station Bar and yes it was actively used as one until 1990

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squid and chorizo are a match made in heaven

For this trip, we chose Busselton as our base, staying at Siesta Park holiday resort.  The resort  has adventure playgrounds (such as the flying fox and tarzan swing) and normally when I travel with my girlfriends, I’m the one that has to beg them to try some crazy stuff, traveling with boys however it’s the other way around.  I posted a couple of videos on some of the things they made me do on my Instagram page, but I get to boss them around so can’t really complain.

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At Busselton City Centre with my homies


Doing a Miley, lol!

Our villa was also just a few blocks from the beach and so in the morning we’d have a quick dip in our backyard pool hehe.

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Margaret River

A South West trip is not complete without checking its most popular town, Margaret River, which is located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River.  This little town is renowned for its surfing location and for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated half a million visitors annually.  Due to time constraints I decided to bring my friends to one of my favourite wineries in Margaret River, the rustic and romantic Laurance Winery.


Hard to not take a pretty picture

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Food first before wine tasting


How beautiful is this chandelier made out of wine glasses?

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One of Margaret River’s popular beaches, Surfers Point is well-loved among surfers for its big waves and mainbreak.  Beside the beach is Margaret Rivers Rivermouth.

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Rivermouth of Margaret River

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We went back the following day for some canoeing action

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Dunsborough is actually my favourite.  I have a lot of fun summer memories in this quaint little town and driving down here always makes me happy.

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My sugar levels definitely went up on this trip.


Enjoying this organic red wine at The Pour House

Cape Naturaliste

I wanted to show my friends Cape Naturaliste as well, which is a headland but took the wrong turn and ended up doing the Cape to Cape hiking track instead.  We didn’t go up the lighthouse but if you do, you’ll get breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Cape Naturaliste, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and the beautiful Geographe Bay coastline.

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We made a new friend, a poisonous snake I named Sam.

Bunker Bay

Decided to take them to Bunker Bay afterwards, and as expected, they went bonkers.  This beach is simply beautiful.


Our little piece of paradise for the day and the day after lol


Celebrating first day of summer in Australia, in style.


Perfect place to practice my levitation skills.

Haven’t played Pusoy Dos in almost 15 years, so when JP brought cards and suggested we play it I was quite ecstatic.  Back in my undergrad days in La Salle, my classmates and I would play Pusoy Dos in secret, because if we get caught playing/gambling on campus we will get into serious trouble.  We were grandmasters of Pusoy Dos and good to know after all these years I still know how to win.


Thanks to JP, Adam and Andy for a jam-packed short trip, the 90s Music marathon, Pusoy Dos, home cooked breakfast, Tarzan swing, snakes, getting stung by jelly fish, giving you guys mini heart attack with my driving and for having to take my gazillion pictures because I’m a crazy perfectionist.

Where to next?



Posted on November 13, 2015

Real talk: I gained weight. Not Shallow Hal kind of weight gain but more like “I can’t fit in most of my clothes anymore” situation and I am quite petite so it’s quite noticeable when it happens.


I was determined to do some more exercises and ‘eat healthier’ when I stumbled upon a link on youtube (while looking at cat videos) claiming to lose 10 lbs in 3 days. I didn’t pay much attention but when the blogger mentioned that she was eating ice cream I was all eyes and ears.

Basically she was reviewing The Military Diet, and after watching the full video, I checked the official website straight away.
Now I am not a nutritionist or a dietician but apparently, all the food combo sort of work together to help with your metabolism. I liked that the meals are very easy to prepare and most of the ingredients featured are not expensive and something that you probably have at home already.

The truth is, I’ve never tried a diet regimen before, mainly because most of the diet fads are way too complicated to follow and I love food. Like I think about food all the time. There is a running joke among my friends about how much I love my food but the ice cream made me do it! Lol.

I feel that this diet is more of a quick fix. For me personally, I decided to give this a go because I do believe it would help kick start my battle with portion control, basically to program my tummy for the next 3 days to not overeat.

I forwarded the website to my other friends and relatives that might benefit from doing this diet as well and last Tuesday, I began my very first diet in my food diary history.

I bought the whole Military Diet plan for less than $50 AUD and some of the foods will definitely last you more than 3 days (not included in the picture: cheddar cheese, green tea and bread).


Day 1, breakfast.
Tea or coffee
Half grapefruit
2 tbsp peanut butter
A slice of bread (preferably wholemeal)


Thoughts: I realised I forgot to buy wholemeal bread and had to settle with white flatbread. I don’t like bread in general and I really don’t like peanut butter (I gagged half way). No coffee for me because I get heart palpitations. The grapefruit saved this meal.


Day 1, lunch.
Tea or coffee
A small tin of tuna
A slice of bread


Thoughts: I actually really enjoyed this lunch. I love tuna in olive oil blend and I got wholemeal bread with chia seeds this time that tasted quite nice. Not enough for me.

Day 1, dinner.
3 ounces of any meat
1 cup of green beans
1 apple
Half banana
A cup of vanilla ice cream

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Thoughts: I love this diet! Lol! Love green beans, hate banana (good thing I only had to eat half), yay for ice cream.

Day 2, breakfast.
1 egg (cooked however you like)
A slice of bread
Half banana


Thoughts: Banana was tolerable, enjoyed the eggs and bread.

Day 2: Lunch.
5 saltine crackers
1 hardboiled egg
A cup of cottage cheese

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Thoughts: This was when I started getting all upset about the whole diet thing, especially that I had to eat with someone that was having my fave Dolsot Bibimbap and I had 5 saltine crackers, 1 boiled egg and a small cup of cottage cheese. Talk about torture. It didn’t help that I am not a fan of these three. I was having the “I never thought I’d be one of those peeps that eat crackers while other people are eating real food” monologue, but when I got a text message from my other friend telling me that he lost 1.5kg on his second day doing the diet, I calmed the hell down.

Day 2, dinner.
2 hotdogs
1 cup of broccoli
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 banana
1/2 ice cream

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Thoughts: I know hotdogs are not the healthiest but every time I have some, I’m always reminded of my childhood, it’s a staple breakfast/snack food back in my home country and I love that my plate looked really colourful.

Day 3, breakfast. (home stretch)
5 saltine crackers
a slice of cheddar cheese
1 apple


Thoughts: Not a fan of saltine crackers but realised that eating cheddar cheese and apple alternately creates an interesting taste. Lol.

Day 3, lunch.
a slice of bread
1 egg (cooked however you like)


Thoughts: Got super hungry and ate earlier than normal, was tempted to cheat but I kept telling myself, I’m almost done.

Day 3, dinner.
1 cup tuna
1/2 banana
1 cup ice cream

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Thoughts: So I kept looking at the time and by around 4 pm I was going crazy already. I was starving. I managed to wait until 5pm. I mixed 2 small tins of tuna and I devoured the lot in less than 2 minutes. As usual I got to reward myself with ice cream and survived to live the tale.


My verdict?

The Military Diet works.  I didn’t weigh myself prior to doing the diet but I did measure my waistline and I’m happy to say I lost an inch off my waist🙂

Please note that this diet is not for everyone (especially if you have allergies to some of the foods mentioned, see substitute list).

Will I do it again? I plan to do it one more time (after a four day break), in preparation for my birthday festivities.

Saying that I do believe maintaining a healthy weight is not difficult to achieve if you eat healthier, if you stay clear of processed foods, if you practice (reasonable) portion control, and if you include some form of exercises. Like I said earlier, The Military Diet is just a quick fix for me. I’m thinking of signing up to some barre classes and the other day I purchased this Mediterranean Diet Cookbook that was prepared/curated by a certified nutritionist/dietician Dr. Catherine Itsiopoulos.


I love Mediterranean food so I’ll definitely be inspired to cook the recipes featured, but that my friends will have to be a different post.