Philippine Vacation Soon

Flight and hotel are booked. I am glad it is behind me now and just focus on making a few $ while awaiting for our time to fly. I am excited, yes. Finally after almost 3 years I have the energy to convince myself that things shall be fine when we get there.

If it wasn’t because of my children and little sister, I wouldn’t look for tickets because I did not like the way my vacation in 2015 had turned out. It wasn’t I expected.

Anyway, since we’re flying in peak season, I expected for tickets to be sky rocketing but thankfully, we accumulated enough mileage points by flying loyally through Korean Air Lines in the past for ten years, I was able to use up mine and two children’s points to pay for my tickets which is a whooping $1800! I only paid tax for it which really saves me $1700. Thank God for the rewards points.

Balik-Bayan box is full and ready to be sent as well. All I gotta do now is think of packing our pieces of luggage and be ready!

Found a New Job

There is nothing really interesting about this post today. It’s just that I feel the need to chronicle it simply because it is part of my endeavor here in America. I’ve been applying jobs online and in person for over a month, as you all know, we live in a small town so jobs around here are scarce.

After a month I applied in a nursing home, finally I got a job from there that isn’t really what I’m looking for but it is good for now while awaiting for our flight to the Philippines. It is better than not having anything at all.

So, I had started on Valentine’s Day in my scrubs. I now work in housekeeping/laundry department. I have done my 3 days training and will do another three days in laundry. From there, I shall wait for them to report for work since this position is PRN ( pro re nata) or as needed or as the situation arises. In short, when somebody calls in, they’ll call me to work.

While it is good to be PRN for now, I think it shouldn’t be hard on them to grant me a month-long vacation off when the right time comes. Hope so.

Myself in selfie on my first day of work wearing a scrub suit. Enjoy!

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Crawfish Trippin’

I LOVE TO EAT (Bold and capslock para tindi)! And I am not embarrassed to shout that to the world. I am glad I found Filipinas in our new place who speak the same dialect and who also share the same interest as me, “eating”, that is. Something I am thankful for because, living in a small town and knowing they are around me gives me a sigh of relief. Thank God, I am not alone in this beautiful but small town called De Kalb.

I guess I will be fine living here for a long time since these ladies know how to fight boredom. They set a small get together even if there is no occasion. They find things to do, like a simple trip to a friend’s house for a meal is good and I like that.

Anyway, three of these ladies and I all agreed to drive an hour back and forth to buy a cooked crawfish in Texarkana which happened last Saturday. For me, it was a fun and uneventful car ride with them. We did a little bit of shopping and coffee for a while before driving to Texas-Arkansas state line for that sumptuous hot crawfish.

That hour drive was nothing and not a dull moment in the car with 4 Filipinas in it, you know the chitchat is endless until we got to our house to enjoy that most craved crawfish with rice! Everybody was full to their neck and could barely move after pigging to our hearts’ content.

I am looking forward to more Crawfish Trippin’ with these awesome ladies in the future.


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Snow 2018

Snow at last! We’ve waited for snow here in Texas for 3 years and it finally came yesterday. Well, luckily we got an inch or two here in our new place. Meanwhile, in Fort Worth and DFW metroplex, they got none.

For some people in much colder states like NY, MN and other parts of the United States, snow for them is a calvary. It’s the opposite here in Texas but once we do get some, rest assured roads will be dangerous to drive especially on bridges. That is why, when there is sleet, icy roads or snow, school and businesses will be closed.

When I woke up yesterday morning, I expected for some thick and all-white ground. To my dismay, there wasn’t much except for some spots that have leaves on the ground holding the snow to keep in close contact directly to the soil.

Anyways, we enjoyed it a bit but then the temperature is overly cold so I did not stay outside for long. My girls were in and out the house yesterday and complained about being too cold.

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Job Seeker Blues

Six months since we moved here in the country and I just now feel bored at home especially when the girls are in school and my husband is in the city. Those days when I left alone in this kind of weather just makes me crazy. I now decided to look for a job. Submitted applications both online and in person, ten days have passed still not a single call.

I don’t like this feeling, I feel awful not having something to do, something useful. I feel stuck in the house although I got my exercise machine but I don’t have the motivation to climb on it.

I call this feeling “job seeker blues”, because I really want to have an income but nothing seems responding to my applications, not even Walmart or that small nursing and rehab center in town.

I am anxious to go to work that will fit with my girls’ schedule. Oh Lord, give me that one call that can potentially change my life.

I looked back at my personal handwritten journal 2 years ago, it is inspiring. August ’16 I hoped I could get a job in December ’16 but guess what? I found a job in a hospital earlier than I hoped for. Less than a month I wrote that entry, I started working as a hostess in a hospital in Clearfork, my exact dream to work in the kitchen in a hospital setting. God is awesome! He heard me!

I wish it will be the same these days too.

Days have passed I am still waiting… for that one important call because they need my service for their company. Lord, grant my wish. I know you hear me and you’re listening.

New Year, First Post for 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! May this year bring more blessings, good health, so much joy, peace, hope and love!

2017 has been great for us. We moved to a new house, new school for our children, new small town for us to explore and enjoy, new circle of friends and most of all new animals that came live with us that we did not expect. We are now a part owner of a Calico cat and a stray black labrador and pit bull mix named Rowdy.

While most people set a New Year’s Resolution, I don’t. Because I know I am gonna fail it and it will be disappointing not to stick with my resolution. What I really want to do beginning of this year is to find a job and start working. Praying and hoping to work in the kitchen around here. I am so ready to pass my application and resume!

Next is to find cheap tickets for the Philippines. A job and a visit to my little siblings are my main goals this year. Lord God, help me make my plans to happen this year.


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… this is the first time I skip gathering 13 kinds of round fruits. It is too cold and I feel lazy going to the grocery store so I just settled with what’s available in the kitchen. Also, big polka dots for it represents $$. I feel like we need extra $ this entire year because our medical and dental insurance has gone up.

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Filipinas Near Me

Moving from a big city to a small town is such a drastic change not just for me but for the entire family. I knew, that I would be deprived of the mall strolling and socialization with other Filipinas when we decided to move here in the country. It has been over 5 months since we moved and so far we are adjusting pretty good except for those times when we want to experience the city life chaos again (myself and my girls, at least). The nearest mall from us is 34 minutes. Yes, we are that far from the city that going to Lowes, hobby stores or simply going to go grocery shopping is an all-day thing now.

During our early months here in De Kalb, they had quite a few small town festivities here and each time I went out there, I was hoping to see someone with black hair. I had seen one, she was a Chinese but did not get to talk to her. They left as soon as we arrived in the venue in Fall.

Weeks turned into months, still nothing although I have seen 2 Filipinas working at Walmart, I have not totally hung out with them since they are busy working. Gladly though, my husband went to a water station one time and there he met a man with a Filipina wife with him. They live in De Kalb as well, get in touch on Facebook and went out to the mall once.

Then all of the sudden one day, 1,2,3-4 ladies started adding me on Facebook telling me they also live nearby. How awesome is that? In fact, there’s one just 8 minutes away from me and she speaks the same language as I do. I really believe I was the only one in this lonely little town but then here they are, there is a number of Filipinas around me! That give me a sigh of relief knowing that I am not alone in this place.

Here are a few pictures of us at a birthday party just last weekend.

A pose with Eleonor who happens to live next town, just 8 minutes away.
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The children and Jhess, who hails from the same island I came from.
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Another pose with Shiela from Cebu as well…
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And more Filipinas from the party, majority of them are from the Visayas region, Philippines.
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…. Filipinas in De Kalb except for one in yellow top for she lives close to Texarkana.
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Buffalo Plaid Theme Bedroom

Buffalo Plaid is so popular this year during the Holiday Season. Whether it be long sleeves for adults, baby outfit, gift wrappers, home decor and a whole lot more. I also have this style in our bedroom. Much bigger item than anybody else’s because we got this in our bedroom as a bedding!

I bought this set at Macy’s 2 years ago. Long before I discovered “country” style. How lucky of me to have bought it in flannel and can be used during cold Christmas season. So, here it is sharing you all our bedroom.

I have been wanting to buy that red truck decor or ornament but it is kind of expensive so I just settled for a throw blanket for now which is only $8 from Ross. I am happy because it is useful, so soft and comfortable of a blanket.

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Log Home Christmas Decoration 2017

This is going to be our first Christmas in our log home this year. We are in the country and farmhouse decors will be appropriate. However, I got tons of Christmas decorations, some of them are still new in original packaging unopened. I would like to enjoy using them first before ditching them and be replaced with anything country or farmhouse.

Here are some of the decors we’ve done in the house so far. I am not done decorating yet, I still got the dining area to do, table set up and such. I like how the lights and decors bring so much warmth and set our mood to feel the spirit of Christmas.

This year’s color will be green, red and gold. The staircase railing is also decorated as you can see in the picture below, it is my first time to decorate such a thing you know? The girls are thrilled now that we have two of our trees up. They so look forward for the presents to appear under our big tree in the living room.


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Meet-up with City Friends

Though we did not stay long in Fort Worth during the Thanksgiving holiday week but I was able to do some things I planned before driving over there. I met-up with friends and had a good time with them. Wednesday, my kids and I spent our day with Ofelia and her kids at Central Market play ground and had a small Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment, fed the ducks and did a quick shopping at the Filipino store nearby.

Thursday, I had lunch with friends from work before at Red Lobster Hulen. As usual, nice bonding and good time! It was soo nice to finally see them and interact face to face. Something I missed so much while living in the country. After that sumptuous lunch, we headed to the mall and went shopping with them.

My time spent with these people was so worth it and things went well as planned. Would love to see them again hopefully in Christmas.

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