Getting Ready for the Trip

Is it just me or are there other people out there who prepares very early for the trip even though it is still months away? I do this so I don’t have to keep thinking about packing when the dates are nearing. I do this because if I forget something important and will remember it later, I can just easily slam it in my luggage.

The balik-bayan box takes so much time and effort so it is best to tape up at this early and just wait for end of March to come for delivery. The luggage beside it is full of clothes, not mine but for pasalubong. I am yet to pack mine and the girls’ clothes but that can wait a bit later.

Looking at weeks to come I can’t wait but be anxious. I should keep myself and mind busy for weeks so I can sleep at night. Knowing that I’ll be able to indulge my most craved seafood and the total body pampering just make me super excited.


Philippine Vacation Soon

Flight and hotel are booked. I am glad it is behind me now and just focus on making a few $ while awaiting for our time to fly. I am excited, yes. Finally after almost 3 years I have the energy to convince myself that things shall be fine when we get there.

If it wasn’t because of my children and little sister, I wouldn’t look for tickets because I did not like the way my vacation in 2015 had turned out. It wasn’t I expected.

Anyway, since we’re flying in peak season, I expected for tickets to be sky rocketing but thankfully, we accumulated enough mileage points by flying loyally through Korean Air Lines in the past for ten years, I was able to use up mine and two children’s points to pay for my tickets which is a whooping $1800! I only paid tax for it which really saves me $1700. Thank God for the rewards points.

Balik-Bayan box is full and ready to be sent as well. All I gotta do now is think of packing our pieces of luggage and be ready!

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.



New Year, First Post for 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! May this year bring more blessings, good health, so much joy, peace, hope and love!

2017 has been great for us. We moved to a new house, new school for our children, new small town for us to explore and enjoy, new circle of friends and most of all new animals that came live with us that we did not expect. We are now a part owner of a Calico cat and a stray black labrador and pit bull mix named Rowdy.

While most people set a New Year’s Resolution, I don’t. Because I know I am gonna fail it and it will be disappointing not to stick with my resolution. What I really want to do beginning of this year is to find a job and start working. Praying and hoping to work in the kitchen around here. I am so ready to pass my application and resume!

Next is to find cheap tickets for the Philippines. A job and a visit to my little siblings are my main goals this year. Lord God, help me make my plans to happen this year.


… this is the first time I skip gathering 13 kinds of round fruits. It is too cold and I feel lazy going to the grocery store so I just settled with what’s available in the kitchen. Also, big polka dots for it represents $$. I feel like we need extra $ this entire year because our medical and dental insurance has gone up.


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.

The children and Jhess, who hails from the same island I came from.

Another pose with Shiela from Cebu as well…

And more Filipinas from the party, majority of them are from the Visayas region, Philippines.

…. Filipinas in De Kalb except for one in yellow top for she lives close to Texarkana.

Log Home Christmas Decoration 2017

This is going to be our first Christmas in our log home this year. We are in the country and farmhouse decors will be appropriate. However, I got tons of Christmas decorations, some of them are still new in original packaging unopened. I would like to enjoy using them first before ditching them and be replaced with anything country or farmhouse.

Here are some of the decors we’ve done in the house so far. I am not done decorating yet, I still got the dining area to do, table set up and such. I like how the lights and decors bring so much warmth and set our mood to feel the spirit of Christmas.

This year’s color will be green, red and gold. The staircase railing is also decorated as you can see in the picture below, it is my first time to decorate such a thing you know? The girls are thrilled now that we have two of our trees up. They so look forward for the presents to appear under our big tree in the living room.






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.




DIY Shelving

It has been over two months since we moved in to our log home and we are not done moving all our stuff yet from the city house. Around this time some people may have completed decorating their house but not me. I am taking it slow as I am waiting for these two metal wall decors online to arrive.

I have done three DIY shelves so far on the wall in some parts of our house. Shelving is easy to install plus it is a space saver. You can choose to put up stuff on the shelf for decoration purposes at the same time use them when you need them.

My personal preference is display cute things which are functional. I don’t want clutter as well. I want to keep home decorating simple to give our home that cozy feel at the same time less boring. Pictures below are of the shelving I installed for my girls’ bathroom upstairs in the first photo, it is is also the first shelving I did.

There is not much space for cabinets up there and you know girls, they need to have a place to put their everyday things they use for school. So I labeled a tin can for their hairbrushes, separate basket for hair ties and etc.

The second photo is of the shelf by the front door. It shows our patriotic side since my husband had served in the air force and his family was in the military.

Third is in our master bath over the toilet shelving. I thought it was cute for this unique little man in a barrel that I gifted my husband with ten years ago. He did not really like it so the girls got a hold of this toy and just tossed this man everywhere. Now it has found its resting place.

If you think this post interests you, please keep coming back to my blog as I will be posting more updates about my home decorating ideas here in the future.

…. my husband installed the brackets we bought from Hobby Lobby and I sanded and stained the wood to use for shelving that complemented the baseboards and trims of the bathroom.


…. I got this cute Texas brick from Mike’s he has a few and asked for two. Painted it with white, red and blue as a Texas flag looks. Then bought a rustic weighing scale clock from Tractor supply. Toppings I’ve had for years, the small pumpkins were bought. Pine cones are free I picked up from the backyard. The little patriotic bird house I bought for $1.20 at Dollar General just match perfectly for other things on the shelf. I am pleased with how it turns out.


… simple over the shelf decors in the master toilet, a pothos plant is good to absorb the stinks we make each time we do our business there.


13 Years Anniversary

Being married to my husband is such a blessing and I am pretty proud to say, life has been good with him. My marriage and my own family are the biggest blessing I ever received in my entire life. I wouldn’t change a thing about my life right now and praying that we will still be together until our last breath.

Thirteen years with him, we have two kids, moved to three different houses and a small dog. Typical American family but we are one of those that still share or eat dinner together. Though there were days when schedules got hectic and we didn’t get to sit together at the table but once the normality of life got back, everything was normal again.

Here’s to our 13th anniversary. We actually just dined out last night, a post celebration because my husband had suffered gout the past days so we couldn’t go out. Nothing fancy, no expensive gifts or whatsoever. I am just thankful I have these beautiful people with me in this journey we call life.


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.