Yeah, it’s been five years since I set foot in the American soil. I am glad and I am thankful for that. My American dream was realized when I finally landed in LAX on March 13,2006 at 11:45 in the morning. I only believed it was indeed American soil I was stepping on when I got out the airport and that chilly wind greeted me. I only wore a thin jacket from the Philippines back then so to me that coldness was excruciating (for someone who is fresh from the boat and who lived all her life in a tropical country) and sent a deep chill into my bones.
From LAX we drove to Banning, CA to meet my dear father-in-law Morgan Sanborn for the first time. He was such a nice man and so welcoming. I felt ease and comfort when he opened his warms wide open for me. I liked him right there and then, he was a good man my heart said so. We stayed for two nights in Banning, spent a day exploring in Palm Springs and rode that famous Palm Springs tramway or the cable car that brought us on top of the mountain (there were plenty of snow that time and it was indeed magical when I first touched the real soft white snow), what an experience that was!
Then off we flew to Texas where we will spend our life together as a married couple, eventually make a family. Of five years being here, what did I accomplish? A lot of things actually. Firsthand, we built our marriage based on trust, love, understanding and most of all loyalty. Got a kid (Jadyn- 3 years old) and one on the way, adopted a very naughty dog Chicha, moved to our own house as we were only renting a single family house for 4 years, made a few trusted Filipina friends, met a bunch of Filipina acquaintances, made quite a number of enemies online (lol to them for I know I’m being hated for being myself) and the biggest thing I’ve done is acquiring my U.S citizenship.
As for getting a driver’s license… ahhhh that is yet to be worked out. Such a failure of me not getting it after spending five freaking years here and not being able to drive. I felt like I’ve waisted so many years of my life being lazy by not taking driving seriously. I just realized how important it is to be independent at all times. BOW! Enough of my long litanya basin asa rani maabot nga posting ug padayonon!