Archive | August 2015

Why i am a lucid dreamer

I am a dreamer, a literal light sleeper and always in REM. I dream in colors, yes, and in my dream, I vividly see the blue shirt of someone, or the silver car I was driving, or the yellow slippers I was wearing.

I read somewhere that most individuals dream in black and white, and those who dream in colors are the ones who have strong control of their dreams. They are lucid dreamers and they get to build the structure of their dreams and the outcome of their dreams. Because of this ability, lucid dreamers practically double the time of their enjoying the consciousness of their lives through their waking life and their sleeping life.

Over the radio, I learned about lucid dreaming when I was 9 or 10. I learned that if I want to dream of something I have to think about it before I sleep and soon enough my brain neurons will form the visuals in my head and play them in my dreams. I can also control my dream so that I can fly, I can visit places I’ve never been, and I get to enjoy the dreamworld even more than I can enjoy the waking world.

Because of my ability to dream vividly and control my dream, I was able to use my sleeping time more productively than just using it for resting.

1) Lucid dreaming taught me how to drive the bike.  I was 7 years old when I desired to drive the bicycle. My 8-yr old brother already learned how to do it. Yet, I was too scared to be driving the bicycle without someone holding it for me too. One day, in my usual afternoon nap, I dreamed of myself practicing the bike. There I analyzed how to balance. I was aware that I was dreaming, and who cares if I fall. No one would know, so I wouldn’t be embarassed. I successfully drove the bike freely and smoothly in my dream and I remembered exactly how I did it. When I woke up, I went to our town’s oval together with my brother, my cousin Russel, and some of our friends. Russel was holding the bicycle while I was driving and I just kept on pedalling. Little did I know that he was no longer there and I was actually driving the bike, alone! 🙂

2) Lucid dreaming helped me get through with my college majors.  In college, I took a course that was numbers heavy. I had integral and differential calculus. I had analytic trigonometry and refrigeration engineering. I had microbiology and advanced chemistry. I was surrounded by advanced mathematics, chemistry, nutrition, and biology. When I get stuck on a question during our mid-terms and final exams, I would put myself to sleep. Yes, I would sleep in the exam room and then get into REM and start lucid dreaming. I would solve the problem in my dream and when I wake up, I already knew how to get through the questions. I finished college without having to re-do any of my courses. Thanks God. 🙂

3) Lucid dreaming helped me get through my fear of monsters-in-my sleep.   Because I am already aware that I am only in my REM, I already know how to get rid of the monsters in my sleep. I get to control their outcomes and I get to go back to sleep peacefully after waking up.

4) Lucid dreaming brought me to places I’ve never been through. In 2006, I dreamed of being in the USA. I dreamt of a huge long road with lush greeneries on the side. In my dream, I felt I was in the USA although I’ve never been there. Few weeks later, my boss told me I needed to process my VISA because I will be travelling to the USA. Whoa! What a pleasant surprise. The dream came true. When I was already in the USA, San Francisco, CA to be exact, I saw the huge road with the lush greeneries, exactly how I saw it in my dreams. Coincidence? Probably.

5) I dreamed of being in France last night, in my lucid dream. Haha. Yes. I dreamt of being in Paris, France. It was so vivid, so clear, I can still remember the words that the people with me in my dreams told me. I can still remember the places the streets. In my dream I remembered the exact house we stayed in. I remembered the people in my dream. I haven’ been in France. Would this be a sign that I will travel there, someday?

I am excited. 🙂

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4 practical benefits of staying slim

I grew big. And no. I just didn’t grow big. I grew obese. I was 180 lbs and class I obese.

That was me when my love of food caused me to spend  a considerable amount of time and money on fast food mostly on Jollibee, McDo,and KFC – all for the love of crispy fried chicken, plain and hot & spicy, and all for the love of unlimited KFC gravy.

Chips and sweets were fun too.  I used to eat Chippy barbecue flavor and Tortillos chili flavor almost everyday or alternate it with frozen mini-cakes, yogurt, and ice cream. I couldn’t go home unless I have polvoron or egg pie from Goldilocks. I couldn’t last a day without munching my customary mongo bread and cheese bread from Julie’ Bakeshop. I could not a last a day without pandesal too, plain or stuffed. And my packed lunch would consist rice and fried hotdog or ham or salami or burger patty. I wouldn’t sleep without drinking my hot milk or fresh milk- it didn’t matter which one.

That was me until over a year ago when I decided to stay healthy. That’s when I decided to love the right food, the right way.  Today my weight ranges from 128-130 lbs. I’ve shed off a total 52 lbs at my lowest weight. I feel more alive and healthy. I am definitely enjoying the new me. I am definitely enjoying the benefits of staying slim and healthy.

Below are 4 of the practical benefits I am enjoying now while staying slim and healthy.

1) The ability to squeeze into a 3-seater row of the FX van. Going to work, either I take the FX and pay P30 or take the cab and pay P120. Economically, taking the FX is the better choice. Imagine the discomfort that I had when I was big and I got squeezed into a 3-seater row with 4 people. But not anymore. I can get inside the same space quite comfortably now, very much the opposite of what I had to struggle way back.

2) I can now buy the clothes that I like. I couldn’t fit in the clothes that I liked way back. Going to the malls would just be a window shopping activity for me and then, end up going to the restaurant and eat. Sometimes I buy clothes but I would always end up buying clothes I didn’t like very much. I didn’t have the choice. Today, I can totally buy the type of clothes that I like. From 3xl down to medium size, my clothes options have increased too. I am loving it.

3) I can now ride the zip line.  Oh yes. I’ve always wanted to ride the zip line. But I was always afraid that the line will rip because of my weight, no kidding! I always thought I was too heavy for the line and that I would eventually break it. I was afraid to fall off. The fear is gone. Now that I have slimmed down, I finally rode the zip line. It was absolutely a fantastic experience. I want to do it again.

4) I enjoy motivating others and it motivates me.  When I started eating right and going to the gym, my friends thought I wouldn’t last a month. When I finished one month, they thought I wouldn’t last 2 months. But each month I continued the new lifestyle and continued to lose unnecessary weight. Today, gone is the 180 lbs obese class 1 woman who suffers from daily allergic rhinitis. The new me is healthy, happy, free from the allergy which used to bother me. My friends now believe in the power of the will.

I still love and enjoy food. I would never say no to my boss when he invites me out for lunch. Aside from the excellent conversation which we always have, he never failed to bring me to really good restaurants.  I also go out to fancy restaurants one-in-a while with my friends or with my palangga. But I’m picky now. I make sure that I get healthy food and eat only what I need.

Eating right and exercising is my lifestyle now. And I am loving it.

Dreams do come true

Not so long time ago, back when I was in high school, I watched a movie about a father who built a baseball field in the middle of his corn farm. Before he built the baseball field, he saw a vision of another man who told him “If you build it, he will come”.

The hero in the movie built the baseball field and true enough, legendary baseball players of old came and played baseball right there. The words of that character prevailed in my memory and wouldn’t go away. Somehow, it became an inspiration to me. I understood it to mean that if I build my dream, my dream would come true. I would hear myself reciting the quote to myself.

I started dreaming. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I was always inspired by my mom, whom I always believed to be the best teacher that I know. She wasn’t my teacher, but she taught me reading and math in the simplest way that I began to love words and numbers at a very early age.

But the teaching profession in my country does not pay well. It was always difficult for my mom to make ends met had it not for her other small businesses. My mom would always discourage me from becoming a teacher by profession due to the almost below poverty line pay of the teaching profession. Yet it didn’t stop me from dreaming to teach someday.

I went to the big city to work as a bakery operations specialist in the biggest bakery franchise company in my country a year after I graduated as a Food Technologist. I was very confident that I would be accepted. I wasn’t. To my surprise, I was hired to be part of the training department. My dream of making teaching as a profession became a reality. I was now a trainer.

I dreamed of becoming a trainer in the BPO industry. I was declined on my first try. I didn’t stop. I joined a pioneer account and I declared in front of my teammates and the American client who was training us “I will be the trainer of this account”. I caught everyone by surprise. I got the role. I continued dreaming and believing in my dreams. I dreamed of becoming a lead trainer. I made it. I dreamed of becoming a supervisor in the operations. I got it. I dreamed of becoming an Operations Manager. I made it too.

I dreamed of going abroad. But I didn’t have the money. Still my dream became real — and twice. I went to the USA in 2006. I went to Australia in 2014. All were paid for by the companies I worked for. I dreamed of becoming a director for operations in the BPO industry. Now, I’m on it too.

In June 2014, I dreamed of being fit again. I was obese at 180 lbs. One year later, I lost 52 lbs. Now, I am healthy.

Back when I was 23, I started having a recurring dream about me having my own car. In 2009, while sitting in a couch waiting for my COE, I closed my eyes and envisioned myself holding the stirring wheel and driving my own car. A few days from today, my first car, brand new, is scheduled to be released to me.

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I believe that the world is a field of dreams waiting for us to claim. I believe that with the right determination, hard work, and faith, dreams do come true.

I thank God for making my dreams come true. You can claim yours too.

Start dreaming. Start believing. Dreams do come true. 🙂