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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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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I Caught a Big-Mouthed Bass

Last weekend we had so much fun! We went for a short getaway and was really looking forward to fishing. We were not disappointed because all three of us caught some fish. It was my 5-yr old girl who caught fish first, she had a blue gill fish and later on, I caught a big-mouthed bass about 2.5 pounds!

Then my 8-year old followed, she caught 3 small size catfish after spending quite some time in the pond fishing by herself.

I was so tempted to cook it and put in the grill but Mike did not allow me to cook the fish because he wanted to wait until next year when the fish will double its size. But after that fish took the bait, it got loose with the hook still attached to its mouth which will likely cause him for his death.

OH well, nothing I could do but feeling satisfied for the first time I caught a really big fish. I was so happy and my kids were encouraged to continue fishing.

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My Feet and Legs Hurt, They Cry

I survived working five straight days walking! My feet and legs hurt, they cry. How I wish I could go to a massage place and have my feet be massaged real good. It would be awesome. However, I try not to spend any money on that thing for it is expensive. I would rather save up every penny I have for I have a goal.

The kind of job I have right now requires physical strength. I feel pretty beat up when I come home every night plus a lack of sleep makes me constantly tired during the day. People at work don’t understand me, unlike most people over there, I don’t get to rest or sit down during down time. The only chance I can sit down is when I take my lunch break.

They say, I am still young and they question me why I am tired while they have been working for years and years of their life plus they are older than me. They don’t relate with me, they don’t understand. They get to sit down as long as it pleases them, I don’t. I deliver food during meal time non-stop for two or more hours. They spend more time sitting down than walking or moving around that is why they don’t feel as tired as I am.

But who am I to complain? I chose to apply as a hostess so I just endure it. I am not one of those who report to work, do less, sit 80% while they are there and receive a rate same as mine or more. At the end of the day, I feel proud for receiving my salary knowing that I work hard to earn it.

Since I dread going to a massage parlor, I would just soak my feet with epsom salt and lukewarm water. Maybe it will ease the pain a little bit, we shall see! This is economical plus I get to do my online tasks, enjoying my cup of green tea at the same Facebook-ing too.

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I Exercised My Right, I Voted

I am a naturalized US citizen, therefore, I can vote and I have equal rights with people who were born here in the United States. One of my rights is to vote for a president whom I think is a great fit that truly and sincerely has good intentions for this great country.

October 29th I voted for someone who I think is “right”, who shares the same belief as me, a candidate who thinks of the American people should come first and is not a criminal. It is my second time to vote for the United States President and I am proud I am able to do it. God Bless the USA this coming election and that there is no fraud going to happen so that all votes will go to a candidate who deserves to win to make America great again!

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Was Given a Second Chance and Got My Job Back

I consider myself lucky because I was given a second chance at work and got re-hired. Not all employers will take you back after you suddenly quit without two weeks notice but my bosses are awesome! I am thankful more than ever and will treasure my job, that I promise to myself.

They say, don’t make a decision when you are upset or when emotion is high or you’re gonna end up regretting it. That’s what happened to me three days after I sent my resignation letter electronically. My co-workers told me that I am lucky because I got hired directly by the employer while some of them went to an agency, they have 90 days probation and it’s up to the director whether to hire them or not. So, that alone, I almost wasted that opportunity and did not realize how fortunate I am.

Meanwhile, I love going to work these days now even though the physical demands are high. I come home end of the day fatigued and exhausted but it’s alright. I am doing something worthwhile at the hospital, got to interact with people of different ages and different walks of life. And most of all, I am earning some money while being away from home.

My job is something I look forward to go to everyday because I have co-workers who listen to my stories and laugh at my silly jokes. My job keeps me busy and keeps my mind occupied for the whole entire 9 hours or more I am there. Plus the fact that I am getting my exercise while working. 98.8 maintained weight nowadays and I don’t even have to restrict myself from eating so much. I need to eat a lot as many times a day as I can to replenish the lost calories.

My First Real Job in America

It has been four days since I have been going to work! This is my first real job in America, I mean a job that requires me to interact with people of different ethnicity, ages and interests. Now I know how it feels like to work with a boss and co-workers that you need to get along with in order to achieve one goal, feed the patients.

I work in a kitchen hospital that is only 20 minutes drive away from home. My position is a hostess and I will never forget this very first¬†( well, not really my first because I worked as a caregiver to a 102-year old client, I have been blogging for 9 years and earned pretty good amount of money with it and other freelance online works)¬†job I got. It is a big milestone for me you know, finally, after ten years of being a stay-at-home mom, I now have the responsibility to get up early to attend my children’s needs before sending them to school and getting myself ready for work in a few hours.

My job includes expediting orders (putting the items in the tray from the order ticket), transporting food trays to patients, tray retrieval, sanitizing carts, maintaining kitchen area cleanliness, ensure condiments and other stuff are pretty well stocked and a whole lot more.

This is my first choice of job and thankfully, I got hired. Thanks to a Filipino friend who advised me to apply in this certain hospital for they are new and had urgent hiring to work for them. I am more thankful than ever for this opportunity to work a job that I wish to do.

Anyhow, here’s my everyday look at work. Hair all tied up, white long sleeves and a black vest, black pants and black shoes. I love the idea that I have a place to go everyday now, weewww!

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It’s My Time to Find a Job

The time has come, it is now my time to find a job and experience how it is to mingle and try to get along with other people in a work setting outside our home. I have been applying jobs online an in person, I’ve had one interview so far and a few invitations to the establishments I applied for but these invitations I got cold feet at the last minute so I did not go.

I have been waiting for this time to come, a decade to be exact that this day I will be proven that I am capable of finding a job I like just like everybody else. I will find one hopefully, the right job that my heart tells me to do.

My husband retired just a little over a month ago which I am glad, no more worries of his life at risk for he is now staying at home 24/7. I am anxious to get my first real job in the USA. Yes, I have been here for over ten years yet hasn’t experienced working outside. Well, except for that taking care of an elderly neighbor and actually being paid for my service.

What differs this time from my previous caregiving job is that, I have co-workers to get along with, report and drive at a workplace on time that requires driving and most of all, a boss that I need to impress. Hopefully I can get this job that I really want to do. Cross fingers with that.