My 34th Birthday

I turned 34 yesterday. It was just a simple celebration but I still feel blessed with another year of my life, not having an illness or anything health-related issues. I feel good generally. I am thankful to God for blessing me with so many things I wished for in life, I couldn’t ask for more!

My day started by with a good two hours workout, a nice brunch with my husband and children, they handed me a birthday card with their writings in it. Then hours later, I brought my girls to splash pad we then joined by a Filipina friend and her kids later. She bought a roasted chicken and we shared it all for our dinner.

That was it! So simple really, nothing special. Nothing fancy. We stayed over two hours and when we came home, my husband baked some steaks, tasted a bit and it was good. That is how I spent my birthday. Looking forward to living many many more years so I can witness my children grow!

Oh wait! Before I close this entry, I would like to state fact that I am now showing signs of aging… white/gray hair are slowly growing. Just weeks before I could turn 34, I spotted at least 3 gray hair in my head and fine lines under my eyes are visible. Oh well, why should I worry so much about that? It is pretty much normal to turn gray as our age increases.

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My Vegetable Garden

I am thankful for my green thumb for it allows me to make my own garden and plant veggies that I like free of pesticides. The big advantage of having our own vegetable garden in our backyard is that, it does not only give us fresh harvests but saves us a few dollars as well.

How nice it would be to just go out there and pick the vegetable for certain dishes like fish soup. I can very well add eggplants, spring onions, pepper leaves and lemon grass to my soup!

Below are a few of my plants we have. They give me such joy every time I look at them! Those who love gardening can relate with me for sure.

My garden this year isn’t big. Hopefully when we are in the country, I can expand it and plant some napa cabbage, corn and other veggies that I can possibly sell to country folks!


…. these are Asian spinach, Chinese eggplant and moringa oleifera
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… green onions… fat after being rained on last few days.
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… long yard beans, I did not expect it to give me this much. Again… thanks for the rain we had.
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What I Will Really Miss Living in the Country

… is the ability to grab the deals and freebies anytime I want to go to the mall! We are 11 minutes away from the mall here in Fort Worth compare that to the closest mall where we are gonna be moving soon, 45 minutes drive to there and this is not even a big mall to say. Shopping online is different than grabbing those freebies that are offered only in-store.

Aside from the mall, I will also miss going to the Asian market where I buy most of my Filipino goodies, seafood and vegetables. There is no way I can get all that in the country. There is a small Asian grocery store probably not far from the mall but then I have a feeling this will just be dry goods and a few frozen products kind of store.

So what I do while we are still in the city, I stock up! We just went to Hongkong Market yesterday and spent $260 in groceries. That includes, dry/canned goods, seafood, vegetables and tropical fruits! Hopefully it will last us for three months and I will bug my husband again to go to the market!

I am feeling good for now knowing that I have everything to fill my stomach with goodies.


…. myself at Disney store yesterday while watching my girls in the store…
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… yummy in my tummy tropical fruits.
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… some items that I am gonna be packing to bring in our country home…
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The Girl Who Wore a Blue Lipstick

I am not a risk taker but when I do, I am not afraid to try it and be brave to face the consequences. One of the biggest risk I have ever done in my life is to come here in America not knowing what awaits for me ahead. Fast forward 10 years later, here I am, still alive and built a marriage/family that I dreamed when I was growing up.

Another risk I have taken is to wear a thick blue lipstick at work. I have worn this color twice, the first time when I barely started and my manager told me to wipe it off and not wear it again because it is a bit too wild and crazy.

The second time I wore it was on my last day I decided to show up at work May 17,2017. My manager approached me again telling me to wipe it off but I asked her nicely saying, ” my days are nearing, please just let me be because I want those patients to remember me as the girl who wore a blue lipstick” which she agreed on. So here, look at me and remember me with blue lipstick for the rest of your life!


… a selfie of me in our locker wearing my black vest and white long sleeves uniform and my signature Trolls MAC lipstick on the very last day I went to work at Texas Health Resources – Clearfork….
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Big and Beautiful Day Lilies from My Flower Garden

It’s that time of the year again when my flower garden in the front are oozing with flowers. One of the blooms that can be seen out there right now are these freshly picked day lilies in three different colors! If you were to buy these flowers in a vase, it would easily cost you $30 for it plus shipping and tax while I, on the other hand is enjoying them now in our bathroom.

Mind you, every time I enter our bathroom and these “babies” as I call them greet me, they just simply put a smile on my face. They are big, bright and colorful flowers every woman should plant. They come year after year and they multiply too.

My family knows I love flowers so when I buy bulbs or plants to put in my garden, they wouldn’t say anything for they know it makes me happy.

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What I Needed

Isn’t this what we Filipinos in every part of the globe need? I mean, I myself longs for a Filipino camaraderie no matter how busy I get at times. There is something about Filipino bonding that seems therapeutic to me. I have been here in America of over ten years yet I still suffer what we call, “homesickness”.

With the help of Filipinas around, I feel better. The longing to speak with my own language around them, the Filipino food they serve and we share are just awesome! I wonder how am I gonna survive when we totally move in to our country house this summer when it is 3 hours away from DFW metroplex where most of my Filipinas friends live. The closest Filipina I know so far lives an hour away from where we’re gonna move!

Anyway, after 7 months of not being able to hangout with these ladies pictured below, I finally was able got invited and attended with their small ordinary feast two days ago. We spent 5 long hours at Jasmine’s house located just 4 blocks away from us. We ate, talked, took a mile-short hike after eating, they danced and sung karaoke. It was an evening well-spent with fun Filipinas around.

I am thankful for their company and the food so readily available for us to eat!


… I was surprised to come to their house and so much food served at the table. I did not expect it to be this much!
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… my plate and some of the foods on the table. I especially loved the soup, tamban dried fish and the ginataan not pictured.
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Found a Close Friend

So it’s been four days since I resigned from my job as a hostess in THR-Clearfork. Finally got that sigh of relief when I don’t have to deal with work-related stress anymore and not having an alarm clock or schedule is gratifying! Not a single fiber in my mind that I regretted resigning. In fact, I am happier knowing that I can set my own schedule now, do the things need to be done in relation with our moving at the same time go out of the house anytime I want simply because I don’t have to rush or be at work at certain times.

Anyway, of 7 and a half months of working at THR, I developed some close relations to some of my co-workers.

I am glad I was able to give hugs to a few, others I did not say goodbye at all for they don’t matter to me that much. However, there is this one very person that I feel so close and comfortable being with over the course of my time working over there.

She is the first Filipina I laid my eyes on during my first day at work. She’s Mari, and boy do we get along well? YES! She is this type of person that does not stop me whatever I want to say, jokes or serious conversations. She is the one who I hangout with outside of work and up to this day, we still plan on going out and fulfill that friendship goal I once told her, ” smell each other’s socks” we haven’t done, we say it as a trademark of our friendship. Hopefully we can get that done…

Mari is my age, no wonder we get along very well, she is plain nice, shares the same interest as me “lumamon or food tripping”, laughs at my silly jokes and doesn’t hesitate lending her ears to me when I need to voice out my frustrations at work.

You see, I consider someone close to me if we share the same plate together, or share the same dipping sauce every time we eat lunch together without feeling gross out for what we do.

I like this girl and looking forward to continue hanging out with her albeit we no longer work in the same place or us moving to the country.


…. us on Mother’s Days dining out at Riscky’s in Downtown Fort Worth….
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…. and here’s us on my last day I showed up at work…
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Great Quality Microphones

There some things in life that are buying for and paid for a lot of money like the microphones. You know, when you’re in a music business, you have to have those necessary equipment in order to promote good music and great sound quality. If you’re a singer and is looking a microphone, please check out these are great quality!. The Neumann U87 studio Microphone is famous for its warm sound and well-balanced characteristics. It is a bit expensive but like I said above, if it is worth paying for big bucks and you get something great in return, I encourage you to invest in a microphone that will last forever also.

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Start at an Early Age

For me, there is no such thing as too early to start especially when it comes to music. As much as for my children to learn something new while they are still young, a parent can only give them support and motivation in order for them to get into learning music. I bought each of my girls a ukelele when we went on a vacation to my home country two years ago but they seemed like they have forgotten those cute little things already simply because mommy got busy and did not get in their behinds to at least push them to watch video tutorials for guitar lessons.

That is our case in this family. Seems like my children have different interests than music. If yours are into it, please encourage them to continue what they’re doing because it is just so amazing for a child or someone who can sings or plays a musical instrument. If you are looking for to start with, search for ukulele for sale at musiciansfriend.com.

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I Love My Naturally Smooth and Black Hair

While most people are so fond of coloring, ironing and curling their hair, I’m not! I dare not to damage my already naturally smooth and black hair. As long as it stays black, I will not touch it. What for? My hair is manageable and I don’t see the need for it to be abused with those chemicals and hot irons!

Since I’ve been here in the USA, I never had a hair cut or gone to the salon ever, not once! I am pretty frugal, I am not willing to spend $20-$30 on a haircut so I always waited for me to go back to the Philippines had it cut to my liking since it is way cheaper over there.

I usually have my hair cut every two years but then I am not planning of going out of the country this year and my hair got really long to the point of me getting annoyed sometimes so I just did it on my own. It was crooked and that made me unhappy. Gladly though, I am easy and wanting just a simple trimming. The husband fixed it for me and he did it really good.

You see, cutting my hair straight across is enough for me which my husband can very well do. If I’d let other people in the salon cut my hair, it would have cost me a whooping $30 plus tip, a job that is very easy and simple to do.

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