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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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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Trail to Go Biking

Aside from a quiet location of our property, we are also pleased to know that there is a trail located just right in front of our property stretching as 20 miles East and West. That is a lot of land to go riding a bicycle in any direction you want to go.

I have done 4.5 miles bike ride so far and plan on going longer rides as days to come. I ride my bike in the mornings while the temperatures are cool but cool enough to make me comfortable at the same time basking in the sun to make sweat.

It is with great pleasure using this public trail, I love it. It enables me to enjoy the outdoors at the same time getting my leg exercise. Such a great way to admire the wooded and shaded part of this little town too. Just let yourself loose on foot or on the bike and be thankful for God’s wonderful gift of life.

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Hasn’t Gone Out in Five Days

It is our second week here in our country home and so far so good. The kids are pretty much doing well in school. They said, kids and teachers here are nice and friendly. Not much of a difference than city schools.

While I, on the other hand having a little of trouble adjusting to our new living environment. It kinda scares me the thought that we only have a few neighbors, it gets pitch dark at night, so many insects, spiders and bugs we are battling with, and the fact that I have not gone out in five days is kinda taking me back to my old boring days here in America when I feel stuck and nowhere else to go.

Can you imagine  I have only seen two different people this week? One that came over this morning, Karl is his name to help me get in the house ‘coz I got locked out you know and one that I see everyday is our kids’ school bus driver.

I can drive, right? But I don’t see the need to go anywhere else. There are no stores close by that I like to see or none of my favorite shopping stores are anywhere near me so I better stay at home. Anyway, I think I can do this. Just need a little adjustment and getting a hang to it is what I should do in order for me to fully enjoy and appreciate this peaceful country lifestyle we now have.

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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