Live Below The Line 2014: Day 2 – 45p and an all time low

I have signed up for Live Below The Line from 28 April to 2 May, hoping to raise funds for ChildHope. You can help either by joining or by sponsoring me here.

First, just realised I miscalculated Day 1’s brunch box – I said I ate a total of 5p’s worth of garlic sausage when I actually used three slices which means it should be 15p, instead. So yesterday’s overall spendage was 95p, not 85p. Apologies!


Starting Day 2 was very easy. I purposely woke up a bit later so my hunger clock would adjust into some sort of daylight savings time for the belly. Surprisingly, I still felt full from the previous night’s dinner (thank you very much, casserole vegetables!) and my energy levels were quite high. Even after an hour of commuting (roughly 40 minutes walking as the TFL tube strike was on) I was quite oiled up and wasn’t hungry at all.

My brunch box was pretty much the same as yesterday. An apple (10p), a banana (9p), a sandwich made from 1/6 baguette (7p), 3 slices of garlic sausage (15p) and a few leaves (3p), and a priceless photo of little me… just because. I also allocated 3 bags of tea (1p) for this day so that’s a total of 45p!

No butter butty.

12pm came around and all I could think about was food. I unwrapped my baguette sandwich and the smell of garlic sausages unexpectedly reminded me of lechon, (aka Anthony Bourdain’s “best pig ever” and Chowtzer Fast Feast’s Tastiest Dish in Asia 2014) which is usually served during celebrations and festivities in the Philippines. It made me wonder how people below the poverty line celebrate occasions, if they actually do at all. It hit a sad note how some people may never experience the simple joys in life.

So I tried to make a happy face, inspired by Alex’s lunch yesterday with my sad little baguette and teeny banana.

I came home late, tired cos of the tube strikes and decided to take a power nap before mulling about dinner.

And it lasted for almost 6 hours. @#$%^&*!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This reminded me of the time my friends and I went on a spontaneous beach trip and I ‘power napped’ for 2 hours! O_O

I didn’t get to have dinner. My stomach is definitely grumbling but I woke up just after 1am which means whatever I consume would eat into Day 3’s budget. This is bad. Really bad. Not only am I worried about my health, I’m worried about how I’ll get through Day 3 when we are hosting this event at work (think prosecco, G&Ts, canapes). O_O

Overall spendage for the day: 45p
Overall belly factor: Better through the working day, super empty at night.
Overall feeling: @#$%^&*!!!!!! I am never taking power naps again!!!

For more information about the campaign please visit the Live Below the Line website. Please visit the Child Hope website too, for more information about the charity I’m raising funds for!

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