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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Early Saturday Walk at the Rose Garden

I ask my friends to take photos of me in every milestone I make during our walking exercise. The farthest I have done so far is ten miles. My friends and I made a deal to walk on the Trinity trail every Saturday not only for exercise purposes but also to bond and socialize. We find it beneficial for all of us so we must keep doing it no matter what the weather is.

Anyway, here is a photo of me at the rose garden in Fort Worth. It is 5 miles away from our starting point and on the way back, it is another 5 miles. I was achy and exhausted that day but I don’t want my Saturday to be spent any other way than being on the trail, getting healthy and be with friends I am comfortable with.

… myself in a quiet and peaceful garden early Saturday morning in September.

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Hopping from Korean to a Japanese Store

I have been to a Chinese and Vietnamese stores many times in the past to shop for fish, meat, dry and canned goods. Nothing much of a difference between the two, I find some Filipino stuff in both stores so going either way is fine with me.

When one of my friends asked me if we could go to a Korean grocery store in Carollton one Saturday, who am I to refuse? I have not been to a Korean store so we went two weeks ago. I was amazed at everything sold in their market. If you don’t know me, I so love Korean food! I like the seaweeds, side dishes and ahhh anything Korean I am so in love so you can only imagine myself upon entering the store and saw all these goodies that laid before my eyes.

Anyway, hanging out with Filipinas who speak the same language as me is always the best. We talk, eat and laugh endlessly. While at Hmart grocery store, we made sure to fill our stomachs with delicious Korean dishes before grabbing some groceries. When we were all finished, we headed to a Japanese store nearby. It was also my first time to be in that store and for me, hopping from a Korean store to the Japanese store was like going to two different nations in Asia.

I had a blast that one Saturday in September. I was out with friends for the whole entire day without my children. That was exactly what I needed and fortunately, the husband was okay with it. Looking forward to many more Saturday walks and shopping with my girl friends in the future.

… with my Filipina neighbor Jazzie just four blocks away from me…
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… the ladies after having such scrumptious lunch about to have bubble teas…
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… outside Daiso, they have cool stuff and plenty of Japanese delicacies to grab inside. Nice store, I shall say.
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Early Saturday Jog/Walk for the Second Time

We had the earliest Saturday walk/jog with two of my friends around here. It was my first time to be on the trail still dark even at 6 in the morning. As expected, I had fun. We had fun although there were only two of us who were left on the trail and continued on until ten as the other one had to go to work that day.

Myself and my neighbor both realized that this kind of hangout is exactly what we need to relieve stress, to laugh and enjoy at the same time exercising. You would know that if you are with friends doing exercise together, you will forget the time and how many miles you’ve walked just by talking endlessly.

Saturday now became my most favorite day of the week and it is also my most anticipated day for I get to go out of the house, have a break from the girls for a few hours, get some sun, breathe fresh summer air, see some great and interesting buildings/structures along the trail and a whole lot more.

It is my kind of activity that I have no problem doing forever, not only it is beneficial to my ever growing old self but also I get to connect with nature. Simple living is what it is that I appreciate rather than partying and going to bars wasting my nights with it.

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Hanging Out with Friends Who Like to Be Fit

“No man is an island” as the saying goes which has proven to be true to me. I am in a country half across the globe and away from my Filipino family. I have built my own family yet my heart yearns for a company that can relate with me, who speak the same language as me and most of all who I can be with simply because we can talk anything and laugh together at silly stuff. That is how my friends come in and fill that little void in my life.

Luckily, I know a few in our area that don’t only speak Bisaya but also are interested in keeping themselves fit. In fact, one of the ladies I hangout with runs in marathons and she gives us motivation to sweat! I could not ask for a better group of people than these ladies. We walk t, we laugh and be silly together. When all is combined, endless fun is achieved the entire walk on the trail not knowing we’ve done 9.47 miles last Saturday.

Of course, taking pictures along the way makes it even better. Looking forward to be with these ladies next Saturday and for the many Saturdays in the future.

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Easter Dinner with the Neighbors

These are the pics during our Easter Sunday dinner with the neighbors from across the street. Thanks to them for we had somebody to eat dinner with during that special occasion when Christ has risen! We have no family in this country so, having them as our close neighbors serve as the closest friend we have.

The woman who lives across our house is 101 years old and it is such an honor to know her, she is such a beautiful person in spite of her age. Her daughter lives in Missouri but visits her three times a year. It was nice to at least sat on the table with them and talk a little bit.

I am glad they are there because our Easter would have been just as usual like ordinary days… Thanks to nice friends, they are a blessing!

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Weekend Meetup with New and Old Friends

I had so much fun hanging out with a new and my old time friends. Two of the girls were Sheryl and Rosalie are my friends more than 7 years here in Fort Worth, there are actually three of us, Annie and family weren’t able to come for she had to work. We used to hangout often back in our early years but then it had changed since Rosalie moved to Utah. We can only hang out when they fly over here. When they do, we make sure we sit down together to have dinner and chit chat just like the old times.

Their visit to Texas was a perfect timing to celebrate my firstborn’s 7th birthday. I invited them over to Chuck E. Cheese’s so the kids can do the rides and games in there. That weekend hangout went perfect as planned except that we didn’t get to dine in at Japanese Hibachi restaurant for they opened a little later than we anticipated.

The weather was gorgeous and the company was nice. All in all, it was just a total blast for all of us especially our children. Here a few snaps of our beautiful and healthy faces, haha! That meet up was what I needed, I so missed real face to face interaction with good friends, friends I am comfortable with and friends that I can be myself around them.

Left to Right: Piping and her two children, Rose and Allison, Myself and my firstborn, Sheryl and my husband and my second born on a beautiful day.
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the three beautiful mommies and our FIL-AM beauties

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… the originals!
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Fun in the Pool with a Friend

We don’t have a family or relative here. It is just us, our family of four. However, we do have one close family friend and he is Mike. My kids love him and so does he. When there are occasions, nobody or we don’t have anybody to spend them with. How awful huh? But I’d rather have ourselves alone than having a family that we don’t get along with.

Mike leaves 3 hours away from us, we don’t see him often but if we do, it sure does fun. One summer weekend, he visited his daughter and he invited us to come to their place which has a pool. My kids upon learning that idea, they were excited and couldn’t wait to see their uncle.

I love it when Mike is around, the kids are so fond of him and he sure knows how to make the kids happy and laugh. It’s apparent in the photos below. Summer and the pool? Ah just so perfect with an awesome friend and family.

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God Found a Way – I Found Piping for the Second Time

If you have visited this blog a month or so ago, you would read that entry I wrote about a Filipina I met at a laundrymat but did not get to know her name or got her telephone number or anything to communicate with her. God, knew how I wanted to be in touched with her but there was no way I could and somehow hoping I could see her again in that place. I was hopeless, I went back to the same place we first met but couldn’t find her there anymore.

So, what I did is, prayed to God that someday He will find a way for us to bump into each other again… not very soon but I knew we will. Miraculously, we met again unexpectedly. This time in Hongkong Market, 23 minutes away from where we live. It was a friend named Karen who asked me to go with her in the market on the day of August 9th…. we were at the chips aisle when “Piping” – huh, this time I now know her name, lol went to approach us, it was Karen who talked to her first and when I turned around, it was her!

Piping was asking how long Karen has been here and etc. and I grabbed her attention by saying, wasn’t it you who I met at a laundrymat and a mother of Boboy? She nodded and this time, I made sure I got her name, Facebook and phone number, haha.

Small world really and God works in mysterious ways! I had the satisfaction of telling her I have waited for her call which she never did. Her reason was she lost the small piece of paper which I wrote my number down. My bad! lol. I found out that she lives not far from where we are which I’m so excited seeing her again.

Anyways, I am waiting on her to meet me again and my kids when she is ready for our kids to play and us can talk and get to know more about each other.

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Hangout with Filipinas

In a world I live in today, there’s just me, my kids and my husband. I don’t get to hangout my Filipina friends often and I honestly, miss talking with folks who speak the same language as me. Life in America is way too different from the country I came from.

Yeah, I know a number of Filipinas around here yet, it could take months before I could see and hangout with them. They have their own family and are busy doing their business. Besides, they live a couple of minutes from me and I am not brave enough to drive to their places.

I have a great life here in America but as a human being, I still find flaws being here. My social life is DEAD, very dead! I wish to change this in the future, maybe when I get a job, I will start making new friends that are close by and have time for frequent hangouts.

Do you believe the last time I went out with friends was over a month ago? That was when we had a 2-night sleepover at Annie’s place in Bedford. Since then, I have not been out again and can’t see any chance anytime soon. I must admit, I feel bored now that it’s summer. I feel trapped and stuck at home. Nowhere else to go!

I will just have to content myself looking at these photos below during my hangout with friends last June. I had a great time with them, we ate, we laughed, we went swimming and had endless talk about life, our family, children and etc.

These are the kind of people I am comfortable to be around with, they are mothers like me and are dedicated housewives. They are simple and could have a pajama party and need not to be dressed up when we gather together. I should say, they are of the same feather as me that’s why we relate with each other.

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