My 34th Birthday

I turned 34 yesterday. It was just a simple celebration but I still feel blessed with another year of my life, not having an illness or anything health-related issues. I feel good generally. I am thankful to God for blessing me with so many things I wished for in life, I couldn’t ask for more!

My day started by with a good two hours workout, a nice brunch with my husband and children, they handed me a birthday card with their writings in it. Then hours later, I brought my girls to splash pad we then joined by a Filipina friend and her kids later. She bought a roasted chicken and we shared it all for our dinner.

That was it! So simple really, nothing special. Nothing fancy. We stayed over two hours and when we came home, my husband baked some steaks, tasted a bit and it was good. That is how I spent my birthday. Looking forward to living many many more years so I can witness my children grow!

Oh wait! Before I close this entry, I would like to state fact that I am now showing signs of aging… white/gray hair are slowly growing. Just weeks before I could turn 34, I spotted at least 3 gray hair in my head and fine lines under my eyes are visible. Oh well, why should I worry so much about that? It is pretty much normal to turn gray as our age increases.

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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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Big and Beautiful Day Lilies from My Flower Garden

It’s that time of the year again when my flower garden in the front are oozing with flowers. One of the blooms that can be seen out there right now are these freshly picked day lilies in three different colors! If you were to buy these flowers in a vase, it would easily cost you $30 for it plus shipping and tax while I, on the other hand is enjoying them now in our bathroom.

Mind you, every time I enter our bathroom and these “babies” as I call them greet me, they just simply put a smile on my face. They are big, bright and colorful flowers every woman should plant. They come year after year and they multiply too.

My family knows I love flowers so when I buy bulbs or plants to put in my garden, they wouldn’t say anything for they know it makes me happy.

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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 Love My Naturally Smooth and Black Hair

While most people are so fond of coloring, ironing and curling their hair, I’m not! I dare not to damage my already naturally smooth and black hair. As long as it stays black, I will not touch it. What for? My hair is manageable and I don’t see the need for it to be abused with those chemicals and hot irons!

Since I’ve been here in the USA, I never had a hair cut or gone to the salon ever, not once! I am pretty frugal, I am not willing to spend $20-$30 on a haircut so I always waited for me to go back to the Philippines had it cut to my liking since it is way cheaper over there.

I usually have my hair cut every two years but then I am not planning of going out of the country this year and my hair got really long to the point of me getting annoyed sometimes so I just did it on my own. It was crooked and that made me unhappy. Gladly though, I am easy and wanting just a simple trimming. The husband fixed it for me and he did it really good.

You see, cutting my hair straight across is enough for me which my husband can very well do. If I’d let other people in the salon cut my hair, it would have cost me a whooping $30 plus tip, a job that is very easy and simple to do.

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Back on the Elliptical

I just know when it is time to be back working out again albeit I walk a lot for the entire 8 hours at work. Walking seems not enough for me in order to keep my belly the way I want it. Since I use a lot of energy when at work, I try to eat three times a day which creates a problem in my midsection because for some reason, the food I eat get stuck in my stomach. It does not come down to my butt and lower limbs!

Yes, a lot of people tell me I am skinny. There was even a patient asked me last week if I ever eat because of my figure. I proudly told her, ” yes, I eat a lot because I get hungry all the time. But I have a big belly.” She did not believe me instead told me back that I have a good shape. Yeah right, if only she was right. She just didn’t know that underneath my clothes, there’s an endless story, haha. Shakira’s song!

Anyway, at 99.8 pounds, I feel a bit heavy. Though I can still move fast than anyone else at work yet there is this bugging belly of mine that need to be exercised, it is flabby, soft and jiggly!

So, in order to stop that annoying fats, I decided to do something about it and the only solution is to get my elliptical back into working again. After six months of not being able to use, finally I was able to and used it for 30 minutes. Planning of doing it again right after doing my online personal blog posts!

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Hard Working and Dependable Hands

When I was still searching for a man to marry, I had high standards and I lived with it until I found the right one. That right man came along four years into searching on the internet, my ex-fiance now my husband of 12 years.

One of my criteria for in a man, he should have clean nails. If I meet up with somebody and I see his nails are dirty, I get turned off easy. When I met my husband for the first time in person, he was all but a gorgeous and a hunk, clean-cut guy. He was so perfect in my eyes and fortunately for me, he wanted me to be in his future.

Fast forward 12 years later, my man’s nails are tarnished with grease and other stuff because he loves working around the house, fix broken fixtures, toys and or anything that needs repairs and help his friend tweaking a military truck.

He came home one afternoon with nails looking like that.

Yes, his nails look dirty pictured below but I am not turned off by them. In fact, I admire him so much and truly appreciate of what he does for our family and for other people. When he helps, he helps them without expecting anything in return. Dependable is what he is. I live a worry-free life and not thinking about when is the clogged toilet gonna be fixed, as long as he is around, rest assured things are done accordingly and in no time. That’s what he is. I don’t even have to worry if my car is dirty because he will see the dirt,scratches, dents and dings first before me.

I love my husband even after twelve years later…

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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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