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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My Feet and Legs Hurt, They Cry

I survived working five straight days walking! My feet and legs hurt, they cry. How I wish I could go to a massage place and have my feet be massaged real good. It would be awesome. However, I try not to spend any money on that thing for it is expensive. I would rather save up every penny I have for I have a goal.

The kind of job I have right now requires physical strength. I feel pretty beat up when I come home every night plus a lack of sleep makes me constantly tired during the day. People at work don’t understand me, unlike most people over there, I don’t get to rest or sit down during down time. The only chance I can sit down is when I take my lunch break.

They say, I am still young and they question me why I am tired while they have been working for years and years of their life plus they are older than me. They don’t relate with me, they don’t understand. They get to sit down as long as it pleases them, I don’t. I deliver food during meal time non-stop for two or more hours. They spend more time sitting down than walking or moving around that is why they don’t feel as tired as I am.

But who am I to complain? I chose to apply as a hostess so I just endure it. I am not one of those who report to work, do less, sit 80% while they are there and receive a rate same as mine or more. At the end of the day, I feel proud for receiving my salary knowing that I work hard to earn it.

Since I dread going to a massage parlor, I would just soak my feet with epsom salt and lukewarm water. Maybe it will ease the pain a little bit, we shall see! This is economical plus I get to do my online tasks, enjoying my cup of green tea at the same Facebook-ing too.

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Thankful on Christmas Day 2016

Another Christmas in our life, my family is intact and we’re together. I am more than thankful because this year has been good for us. We probably have less worries than most Americans. Thank You, Lord! Another thing is that we are able to provide for our children not just their needs but also their wishes and wants especially for Christmas. We have more gifts for them this year than previous.

Though presents under the Christmas tree look great, nothing is more gorgeous than the family that opened them this morning. I saw the facial expressions, I captured themĀ all while they had fun!

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Sunny, the Big Black Dog

This is a late post. I should have done this the day following Sunny’s arrival. I would like to introduce to you all the new member of our family, Sunny. She is 8 months old (when she arrived, we don’t know when’s her birthday). She is husky/blue heeler mix.

She is a big dog, something that we are not used to. For 8 years, we only have one dog and she is so tiny, a 1/2 chichuahua/ 1/4 dachshund and 1/4 pekingese breed named Chicha.

Sunny, is so dark in color, gigantic in size but friendly, playful, energetic, fun and sweet girl. She only pooped and peed once in the house since she arrived almost two weeks ago. Oh, I should not forget the date she came here, July 27,2016.

Her staying with was unexpected. Her owner brought her in our house so we can see her and know if the dog will get along with our chihuahua. But, we thought Sunny was pretty, she obeys basic commands and about to be potty trained. My husband gave me two options, accept Sunny and let her stay or we set another appointment to see Sunny at her owner’s house someday with our dog. I chose the former and so the owner did not hesitate to hand me the leash and left the dog with us.

There has been lots of barking and an almost-fight incidents in this house since Sunny arrived but things are going pretty well. Our little dog I can see is jealous of her because she now has a rival when it comes to petting and affection from her human family.

Sunny became comfortable with me right away and became mommy’s girl since then. She cries when I am out of her sight and follows me around the house. I must admit, Sunny is so playful and we love it from her. Although we are still adjusting of her size and presence, she is literally a good dog. A great addition to our family and Jadyn loves her already.


…. this is Sunny’s first picture the day of her arrival, July 27,2016..
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…this is her now, August 8,2016. Just three days away since her arrival…
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Free Elegant Asiatic Lily in a Vase

The picture of Asiatic lily below in a vase is elegant and you can’t argue with that. Would you believe me if I planted them? That they came from my very own flower garden? That they would have cost me $50 if I bought them?

The flower petals are crisps, vibrant, healthy and big! I put these flowers in the bathroom where the entire family frequents to put a smile on our faces whenever we go there and do our business. They just light up the entire room, I tell you.

The secret to these flowers are full sun, fertilizer (I put cow dung) in early spring and of course, bountiful rain too. When it rains, it makes me happy because it serves as the natural fertilizer for my plants both the flowers and vegetables.

See first photo below, I cut them when they were about to bloom. So there are not so many there compared to the second photo.


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… below was taken this morning, as you can see, they are bigger and more beautiful even if they have been sitting in the bathroom one week since I cut them from the garden. This is what I like about gardening, I give beautiful blooms in return.

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Flowers in Our Marriage Still Exist

When my husband came home this afternoon I saw him carrying 17 long stemmed lavenderish-pink roses and handed them to me. 17 is our magic number and so he brought home 17 roses as his Christmas present for me. I even asked him if he’s sure they were for me because I did not expect he still give me roses even though we’re over 11 years married. Huh, truly flowers still popular and still exist in our marriage.

I feel like a single lady courted by someone who’s trying to get my love and affection. I’m beyond flattered. His sweet gesture is truly touching! He must love me for giving me these gorgeous flowers.

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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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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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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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My First Pet Sitting Job in America

I know it’s not a big deal for some whose job is petsitting and all sort of jobs but for me it is. It is my first time to petsit a neighbor/friend’s furry babies just four blocks away from us. I will not forget my first ever paid job I had in America, lol. I’ve been living in this country for over 8 years and have not had tried applying for a job outside our home. I am a full-time homemaker and mommy at the same time doing my online freelance little tasks that has very little payouts, that’s it.

I actually am proud of myself today for it was the last day of my petsitting job offered to me by my friend, lol. I like it a lot, not only I got to play with the cute doggies but also it gives me a sense of responsibility and do my job with no supervision.

I was given specific times as to when to go see the dogs and I tried to be there on time as much as possible to attend their needs. The job earned me $150 for 7 visits total with 2 very early start. I can’t complain at all, it was easy and loved what I was doing.

Hopefully, I will be confident to take another petsitting job from someone else’s pets in the future and start making money outside of our home.

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…. meet the cute four-legged pets, Snowball in white and Buddy, the black mischievous dog, lol
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… me and Snowball, I love this dog, so cute, playful, cuddly and very friendly…