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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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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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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Hanging Out with My Filipina Co-Worker/s

It is vital to hang out with people you’re comfortable with once in a while. I got suffocated of my daily routine, work-home and vice versa for weeks so when my Filipina co-worker asked me if we can hang out and go out together last week, with no hesitation I said yes and made a time to be out with her all day with my little girl and her son.

We went to Premium Outlets in Grand Prairie, there we spent a good freaking 4 hours of going in stores we liked plus a baby in tow. I was thankful we were able to have fun and did what we want to do with no complaints from our kiddos. After shopping for clothes and bags, we had a nice pho soup at a Vietnamese little eatery outside Hongkong Market then we proceeded for seafood and other Filipino goodies at HK market.

We did not come home until 7 o’clock. Fortunately, due to daylight savings time, we still had sun driving back home. It was a well spent Sunday with Maricor, Charles and a brief encounter with the oldest Filipina at work, Ate Rosa.

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Co-Workers I Love Working With

In life, you cross path with people you don’t expect in ¬†unexpected situations. You meet them for a reason, some may go and others will stay longer in your life. Embrace and treasure those you know that bring joy, smile and happiness in your life.

These below are the kind of people that make my job easier. I go home with peace of mind knowing that I accomplished the job I am supposed to do with these people around helping me. I help those who help me, take note!

With that being said, I would like to introduce to you all the people I like to be around with at my work. I just met them there 4 months ago since the hospital we are working opened.

I GOT SCREWED BIG TIME!

Analyn, a Filipina who has the same rants as me, haha. All in all, since we come from the same country, the Philippines, we connect in almost all things about food and life.

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Then there’s these two. Molli (in black cap), a hard-worker cook who is always cheerful and with bright smiles on her face. Her positive energy is contagious, when I work morning shifts and she is there, rest assured, I will be cheerful the rest of my shift too. Not forgetting, she is a person who shares the same political view as me.

Another one is Tanaya, she is Analyn’s BFF at work but I like her too for she is friendly, easy to-get along with, helps other people. She takes the initiative in helping me without asking for it. She also has a positive attitude that I like, all smiling and funny to talk with.

These are the people in the kitchen that I want to work with everyday if I am given a chance or allowed, haha. Sadly though, I cannot do that. Like the manager said, I have to get along with everybody not just with my favorites which I have been trying to do since day one.

 

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Nice to Have Filipina Co-workers

No man is an island” as the saying goes. I believe this to be so true especially here in America where the world can be so cruel at times. I am more than thankful I met this three ladies at work shown in the picture below because, I can be myself and relate with them when it comes to Filipino foods, life’s frustrations and most of all, they are the ones I can vent out my disappointments with when it comes to work. They are there to listen and most of all laugh with.

At my job, there are only 4 of us. Two in the kitchen and two in the cafeteria. We are outnumbered by other races, most people working there are blacks. So, knowing I have 3 friends of my own race  is pretty comforting, that I am not alone when the going gets tough for I know they will help me morally.

In this picture, we had lunch together and shared my monggo bean and rice one time. We all loved it because it was for a change from eating bland American hospital food. For us, Filipino foods are the best, don’t argue with that.

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Road Trip to Houston

August 27, 2016 was a fun day for me and my friends. One of the Filipinas I hang out with in our area invited me and other ladies to have a road trip to Houston for a treat. Fiilipinos love Jollibee and the only Jollibee we have in Texas is in Houston.

We have made four stops while in Houston. The first stop was in Houston National Forest, there we found tall Pine trees and purple berries that I have never seen in Texas before. Second stop was Jollibee/Red Ribbon/Manila Mini Mart/Pugon de Manila. The highlight of the trip is to dine in at Jollibee, added bonus are the three other stores that are located in the same premises as Jollibee, so convenient for us.

The third stop was at Kemah Boardwalk. It is at least an hour away from Jolllibee but we had a driver whose feet can’t stay in one place. And advantage for all of us, not only we had a free ride/driver, we also got to feel the ocean breeze while at Kemah and exercised as well. It was one hot humid day but we didn’t mind it at all, we had too much fun to complain.

On our way back to Fort Worth, we stopped by Sam Houston visiting center where we saw and taken pictures of Sam Houston’s gigantic statue. “Sam Houston was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history.”

It was exactly what I needed, to have fun, breathe some fresh air, hangout with people who laugh a lot, talk endlessly in our native language. If you have too much staycation in the house, all you could wish for is to get out for a day or two and that what happened last Saturday. I loved our trip and couldn’t ask for a better company these ladies in photos below.

Behind us is the main reason why we did not mind driving for 4 hours, because it is a treat!

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2nd Annual Spring Picnic with Friends in Fort Worth

The group of Filipinas in South side of Fort Worth including myself had our 2nd annual Spring Picnic in French Lake Drive in March 26, 2016. The weather that days was 77 degrees so perfect for our picnic. We had plenty of food for each of us had to bring 2-3 different type of meals, combined altogether equals a sumptuous lunch plus take home dishes!

I love this group of Filipinas because they are people I can hangout to laugh with, talk with, eat with and most of all be silly with. I am thankful I found them, two of whom are my neighbors because being with them somehow eases my homesickness.

I need that sense of being home by hanging out with these ladies not just for me but for our kids to play and have fun together once in a while. We all need that quick escape from house chores and work and chill a bit once in a while, you know?

As usual, I had a blast spending at least 6 hours of so much fun in the sun while also watching our kids play in the playground, run around, burning their energy and socializing with other friends’ kids. The group plan to continue this annual picnic in the next coming years as well as organize other outdoor activities pretty soon like camping out and or summer road trip down to Waco.

We shall see if these will push through…


…. a full table of food brought by the ladies and more desserts on the other table… people who passed by our table would look and amazed how much food we had….
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My First Red Pajama Party

Of my over 9 years here in America, it was my first time to have attended a Pajama Party 3 days ago. Most parties I’ve been to were the typical parties wherein people get to dressed up in casual attire and everybody trying to look good.

The Red Pajama Party was held at a Spa retreat on Bryant Irvin road by a Filipina. It was the most interesting party I have ever attended and the best for me! Aside from a lot of foods, they actually have something interesting/educational kids craft and game activities for our little ones.

The highlight of the night was a Santa’s visit who appeared suddenly at the front door that made everybody excited and happy especially the kids. Of course, sitting on Santa’s lap and picture taking were not missed.

I love that there are party invitations closer to our home most of which are Filipino-American gatherings. It somehow eases my homesickness and the yearning to be with my family in the Philippines because these parties are attended by my friends or some people I know.

December and the entire summer are my worst months for homesickness but three upcoming parties to look forward to, that diverted my emotions to at least not feeling homesick! Thanks to those Filipinas for inviting me!

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