Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Banquet

We went to the beach this morning and we had celebrated our Christmas banquet there. We had our worship service there and after our service we ate the foods that we prepared. We had some chicken adobo, Bicol express, grilled squid, grilled salmon and milkfish, grilled eggplant with tomatoes, vegetables, watermelon, bananas, cantaloupe, macaroni and fruit salad. Some of us went dipping ourselves in the beach because we don't know how to swim, LOL! The waves were so high and strong so I didn't stay long there. It was also windy at the beach today.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's Been A While...

...since the last time I updated this blog. I'm just too busy nowadays doing this and that. It's only 5 days more to go and Christmas will be here. I'm happy that hubby and I will celebrate Christmas this time here in my homeland. It's been 6 Christmases that I spent in the states and during those times, I felt like crying everytime I hear Christmas songs. My heart was here in my homeland and how I missed my family here. Christmas here in the Philippines is a lot merrier and happier than in the states.

Hubby and I had done some Christmas shopping and I already wrapped most of the gifts. I only have 2 gifts left that need to be wrapped and after that I'm done. We will all be spending Christmas in Baguio City. We already planned what foods we gonna prepare on that day.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I Did Tae Boo

Hubby woke me up at 5:20 AM yesterday. I am not used to getting up early because I usually sleep late so I wake up late too. But yesterday was one of those days that I had to get up early because hubby and I was invited by Glo to go to Burnham Park and joined the group of people there who were doing tae boo. So we went there early. We did the tae boo for an hour while hubby and Glo's dad went walking for 3 laps around the park. Glo was sweating after the exercise but I wasn't. Maybe because it's cool here in Baguio. I felt good though after doing the tae boo. Then we went to McDo and ordered pancake meal for our breakfast.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I Was Offered A Job

Last week, hubby and I was offered to invest in a private high school that they're going to put up here in our town. There is a public high school here but there's no private high school yet. I asked how much should we invest if in case we have the money and they said it's Php400,000. They also offered me a job to teach Math. I am a license secondary school teacher major in Math and I have also an experience working as a school clerk in the public high school here in our hometown for more than 7 years. It's a very tempting offer, I can use my profession here and also I will have a steady income. They gave us 1 week to decide and hubby said we gonna pray about it. I have already decided right after they talked to us but of course I have to go with hubby's decision.

After a week they came back to know our decision. They said they already have 2 investors not counting the 2 of them and they still need one more. Hubby and I told them we do not have the money to invest. With our financial situation right now, our income is just enough for our monthly expenses. Besides, we came here to start a ministry and not to find a job. It's true that hubby had talked to that teacher about starting a private school more than 6 years ago before we went to the US but that was the time that hubby had some money in the bank which he got from his retirement. Now we don't have that money anymore, it's been spent. We have to keep the money circulating you know. So that's been settled but they want to know if I'm interested to work for the school and teach Math. I simply told them that I am not interested to work 8 hours a day 5 days a week as I used to. Our ministry is where I want to focus my time. The Lord had provided the means for us to come back here so we have to do His work. I really appreciate that they considered me to work in the school that they're putting up because they know that I am qualified. Not a lot of people have that opportunity. In fact, there are many professionals here who are having a hard time looking for a job. Had it been offered to me a few years back, I would have grabbed the job offer right away without thinking. But my priorities had changed, the work for the Lord comes first now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Done With My Dual Citizenship

I'm done with my dual citizenship. I got my certificate last Friday from the immigration office in Manila. Then I filed my petition for hubby's permanent resident visa. They told me to go back after 5 days for hubby's hearing and that's today. It so happened that the van of my sister that we've been using in going to Manila is color coded today. We had no option but to travel by bus. It was not that easy taking the public transportation if you've been used to traveling by car or van for the past 6 years. Also, I'm not familiar with the streets in Manila so my sister had to go with us. She took a leave from her work and accompanied us. We left the house at 3:45 and my BIL drove us to Binalonan to wait for the bus that will take us to Manila. We were able to ride the bus at around 4:30 AM. It was a long trip and the bus had to stop at the bus stations twice not to mention the traffic. We arrived at the immigration office around 9:15. The scheduled time for hubby's hearing was 10:00 AM. As usual, it was already past 10:20 AM when they called us inside the room for the hearing. The so-called hearing is just like a casual conversation between the immigration lawyer and us with just a few questions and that's it. They told me to call their office after a week for a follow-up of the application. I hope it would be approved soon...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Been So Busy...

...cleaning our front yard the past couple of days. Why is it that those weeds grow faster than my plants. I've been weeding our my garden, sweeping the dried leaves and some plastic wrappers scattered around. I also replanted some of my cactus plants and arranged them altogether in a metal planters holder. Oh, they look so cute. I have different varieties of cactus but some of it died when it rained so hard. They got rotten. Cactus don't like too much water. Next time it will rain, I will have to cover my cactus with plastic cover so it won't get too much water and rot. Right now they're alright because it's not rainy season no more.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Our Christmas Tree

As early as Monday, the 3rd of this month, hubby and I had already put up our Christmas tree. Hubby assembled it and I was the one who put the ornaments. We are using the same Christmas tree that I bought in Texas six years ago. It's still look good and we're gonna use it until it's still usable. Hubby and I shipped it here last year. At first it didn't fit the balikbayan box because it's long. So hubby had to cut the pole of the Christmas tree into 2 to fit in the box. He just connected it using a wooden rod before he put it up last Monday. We bought 3 Christmas lights and put it around the tree. The ornaments are the same ones that I bought at the same time when I bought the Christmas tree except for the apples which I bought 2 years ago at a garage sale across our house in TX. Baby Vernice was having a blast when she first saw the lighted Christmas tree. Here it is.



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sister's Week Tag

I got this tag from Rocks and I'm thankful to her. It's been ages since somebody sent me a tag. Now, I'm sending it back to her because she's one of those Christian bloggers that I met here in the blogosphere.

Start copying here:




Be the kind of women that when your feet hit the floor each morning,
The devil says "Oh Crap, She's Up."
Sister, life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Love the ones who don't just because you can.
Believe in everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
Kiss slowly. Forgive quickly.
God never said life would be easy.
He just promise it would be worth it.
Today is sister's day.

To the cool women that have touched my life.
this is for you.....LOVE U!!!

Rules:

Tag all your sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, girlfriends,
Including me if I am like one. If you get tag back seven times, you are loved.
Happy sister's day! LOVE YA SISTA!!!
Girlfriend and sisters WEEK.

I am tagging Richelle, Ging and Jacky

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Giving Out Gospel Tracts

This afternoon after cleaning our house and taking a shower, I asked my hubby to go out with me to distribute our gospel tracts to the neighborhood and invite them to our church tomorrow. He said he can't leave my aunt alone in the house because of her condition. My aunt has Alzheimer's disease and when she's alone, she roam around the kitchen, turn on the stove and my hubby is afraid that my aunt will burn the house. So I called my nephew next door and asked him to go with me. Unfortunately, my first 2 prospects went to a banquet so we turned back home. Hubby was at the gate and he said he just turned off the gas regulator so my aunt can't light the stove just in case. So off we went walking around the town plaza and distributed some gospel tracts. The thing is we ran out of gospel tracts because I took only quite a few. Next time we'll go out again and I'll make it sure that I will take with us the bag full of tracts.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Riding My Stationary Bike

A couple of months ago, I bought a stationary bike using my blogging money. I noticed that I've been gaining weight and also both of my knees are now having arthritis. I can hardly walk after sitting in front of my laptop for a few hours. If I squat, it's hard for me to stand up because I can feel pain in both of my knees. Oh my, this must be sign of aging??? Yaks! I used to exercise everyday when I was in Texas because I have a treadmill, stationary bike and a power rider there. Here I don't have any of those because I can't take it with me when we moved here. Thus, no exercise and the result, I gained weight.

The stationary bike I bought has an LCD and I can monitor my speed, time and how many calories I burned. This afternoon, I rode my bike for 30 minutes and it made me sweat. I felt so good after that. The previous days, I rode for 25 to 30 minutes. Next time I wish to prolong my time riding it. I just need a determination to ride it often so I can lose those excess pounds. I want to be slim again. I can't afford to change my wardrobe if I become bigger.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Paranoid Neighbor

Lately, I've been busy washing our clothes because according to the news, a strong typhoon will be coming again. Most people who were victims of the typhoon and flood a couple of weeks ago haven't recovered yet from that great disaster and here comes again another typhoon. A lot of people now are in fear just like one of our neighbors. She came to our house and she said she was not able to sleep the previous night because she was thinking of the coming typhoon and a possible earthquake that she heard in the news. She feared that the dam will break and our area will be flooded. She wanted to evacuate now and she even packed some of her clothes already. She was so paranoid. We told her that in case that thing will happen, she’s not alone. She’s afraid to die just like those people who died during the flood. My brother advised her to stop watching the news so she will not get nervous. I’ve been witnessing to her about salvation and putting her trust in Jesus. If you are saved and you know for sure that you will spend eternity in heaven, then there’s nothing to fear. Come what may, you know who holds tomorrow and who’s in control of anything that happens in this world. It’s Jesus Christ, my Savior and my coming King.

Dual Citizenship

Last Monday, my hubby and I went the Immigration Office in Intramuros, Manila to file for my dual citizenship. I must admit, I’ve been postponing to go there because I really don’t like to go to Manila because I hate the traffic there and also we always have a bad experience from the crocodiles in the streets (mga buwaya sa kalsada na pulis) and MMDA workers. They aways stop our driver for a made up violation and fine him. But since we are already here in my homeland for 9 months now, I have to file my application before the expiration of our free stay here or we have to pay huge amount for the extension of our visas. Our free stay here is only good for a year. I paid Php3,000 for the application and hopefully it will be approved soon because I have to petition my hubby for permanent residency here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Flood Due To Typhoon

I was watching in the tv the victims of the typhoon and flood in the Philippines and I really feel sorry to them. Most of them had lost their homes, appliances and everything. Typhoon Ondoy had flooded Manila and typhoon Peping flooded Northern Luzon including our province Pangasinan. The San Roque dam released water which caused the flood. This was the worst flood in 40 years according to the news. At night when I lie down in bed, I think of those people who are in evacuation centers with no comfortable bed to sleep, no foods and clothing. My heart goes out to them. Relief goods had been distributed to them. I just pray to the good Lord that He will comfort them and provide their every need.

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Good To Be Back...

...after more than 3 weeks of absence. I didn't go anywhere. it's just that we didn't have internet connection again because of the same old problem, somebody had stolen again the phone line in our area. It's really so disgusting why the thieves keep stealing the phone lines. They said the thieves sell the copper that they get from the phone cables and they make money out of that. They steal during the night when all people are sleeping in the area where there are no houses. This is the 2nd time it happened this year. I just hope they will stop stealing so we will not lost our phone and internet connection. I missed checking my e-mail, facebook, friendster, communicating with my friends and loved ones and of course updating my blogs. I missed blogging and making money online.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Messy Upstairs

I've been busy cleaning the upstairs of our house this morning and the past few days. My, how come there are lots of junks and stuffs in there. It was really a mess and there's hardly enough space to walk through. There are 2 small rooms up there and a hallway. One of the rooms is a guest room where my youngest brother sleep when he comes over. The other room is where I put some of our stuffs that we seldom use. It's like a storage room now. That used to be my bedroom when I was single. Everybody are sleeping on the first floor now and we seldom go upstairs. At the hallway is where my brother Celso put all their stuffs that can't be accommodated in their room. Boxes and clothes were piled up. As I was going through some of those boxes, I've found some letters from my college friends and what I did, I had to stop cleaning and read those letters again which were written to me way back in 1994. Hmmm...it's been that long and those letters are still there. After reading those letters, I threw them in the box going to the trash. I still have a lot of things to go through and then it was time for lunch so I had to stop.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Celebrating Our Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 7th wedding anniversary of me and my hubby. It was the 2nd time that we celebrated it here in the Philippines. We bought a goat which my brother Albin butchered and we cooked kaldereta, kilawin and pinapaitan. We had also goulash, chop suey, fruit salad and papaya pickles. While we were cooking, it was raining so hard. I thought the people I invited would not be able to come because of the rain. I didn't invite a whole lot because we didn't cook that much. We invited our neighbors and close friends only and the celebration was held in our carport at 6:00 PM. Before we had dinner, my hubby welcomed and thanked everybody for coming. He quoted some verses in the Bible and just gave a short message. I was waiting for him to call me and speak too but instead he asked one of our guests who is a pastor to bless the foods. Then I stood up and told hubby that I will speak also. First I thanked everybody for coming and then I related to them how my hubby and I met. I told them our love story and how the good Lord had answered my prayers. It's been a long wait for me until I found my life partner whom God had given me. I got all their attention while I was talking and all their eyes were focus on me and it made me emotional. I closed my speech by thanking and praising God for giving me my perfect match. Then it was time to dig in the foods waiting on the buffet table. We had a great time.




Friday, September 11, 2009

Back To The Blogosphere

We just got back our internet today after 8 days of no connection since somebody had stolen the phone lines in our area. I thought it would take longer before the company will fix it but I was mistaken. I'm again connected to the world wide web and I'm so glad. Having no internet is like having no connection to the other parts of the world and it's like my daily routine is not complete without it. I also missed updating this blog and visiting other blogs. Now I'm back to the blogosphere and it makes me glad.

Friday, September 4, 2009

No Internet Again

It's been 3 days now since the phone lines going to our town were stolen and so we don't have phone and internet once again. Somebody must be in dire need and they stole the cable lines and most probably they sold it to have money. My gosh! Life is really getting harder and harder. I don't know how long until they can replace again the cable lines but I'm sure it will take a while just like last time. I'm here in the internet cafe again. I wish we will have our internet connection back soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lazy and Busy

Well, well, I've been lazy posting personal post here. It's been so hot here again these past few days and my brain doesn't seem to work good when it's hot. Besides I don't have any interesting thing to write about. The past week, my sister and I have been busy typing our songbook/hymnal for our church and had it printed. We chose the hymns that we know and like and also we added some praise and worship songs. My brother was the one who designed the cover. The other day we went to the mall and had it xerox using laser. Tomorrow we will have it book bind. I'm excited to see the finish hymnals. We will use it during our worship service.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Been More Than A Year...

...since this blog's PR3 was ripped off by Mr. G. Other bloggers doing paid blogging have the same plight. Just imagine, I did a lot of bloghopping and writing interesting posts just to get more traffic in my site. My effort paid off because in just a matter of 2 months after I created this blog, I got a PR3 and I was so ecstatic. I got lots of opps and I started to earn more money doing paid blogging. But my excitement didn't last long. The high and mighty G took away this blog's PR and from that time on I never got it back. My 3 other blogs have the same fate. Their PR were also ripped off not at the same time but one at a time. Sigh! Blogging didn't end just because of that. I still blog and with or without PR, blogging goes on.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Vernice's Dedication And Birthday Celebration

I mentioned here a couple of weeks ago that my niece Vernice will celebrate her 1st birthday and will be dedicated to the Lord at the same day, July 25th. Actually her birthday is on July 28th but her parents decided to have a double celebration. Hubby was the one who did the dedication service. Lots of people came to the said occasion to witness Vernice's dedication to the Lord and of course to celebrate with her on her 1st birthday. The celebration was held in our carport and my brother and his wife had rented tables and chairs and kitchen utensils. My sister-in-law's 2 brothers cooked most of the foods. There were lots of foods being served like beef caldereta, embutido, lumpia, grilled chicken, ground pork, chop suey, pancit, buko pandan salad for dessert and a birthday cake. It was a happy celebration for baby Vernice and she got lots of gifts too from her godparents, family and friends.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hubby's Test Result

I sent a text message to my hubby's doctor today and asked him if he already got the result of the polyps' test of my hubby and what's the result. He text back quickly and I was so glad to know that the test result was benign. He said that hubby needs to have a follow-up check up next week but I asked him if we can have it by the end of this month and he said it's okay. Hubby was happy of the result of course. He is now starting to cut down his food so he will lose weight. I hope he will continue on this and not just for starter. He is still not drinking coffee and he said he will go back to it next week. His doctor told him not to drink coffee, tea, soda, dairy and spicy foods for 2 weeks. He's been following his doctor's order but he said he miss his coffee and he's looking forward to drink it after the 2 weeks period is done.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thank God For Another Year!

I can't thank God enough for all the blessings that He has given me. He's been so faithful and His mercies never end. All these years God is my refuge and strength. In times of trials and troubles, He's always there to carry me through.

It was my birthday last Wednesday, 5th of August and I thank God for another year that He has given me in my life. God is the source of my existence and without Him I am nothing. Every year is such a blessing and I just praise God for all the things that He has done in my life and for all the things that He’s going to do. Though I spent most of the day of my birthday at the hospital with my hubby who was confined for 5 days but I still thank God because hubby was discharged that afternoon. We had a little celebration at my brother-in-law's house who prepared spaghetti and he bought a chocolate roll cake. There was also pancit which was cooked by Glo and before we ate, she said the blessing. It was a simple celebration but I thank God for everything. Hubby got out of the hospital on my birthday and he's doing okay now. We spent a lot in the hospital but I'm thankful because the doctors didn't find any serious illness on him except colitis and peptic ulcer. Thank you Lord for your goodness, mercy and love.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Hubby's Hospitalization

It's been more than 2 weeks since the last time I updated this blog. Things happened unexpectedly like my hubby's hospitalization. Right after the dedication and 1st birthday of little Vernice, we went up north with my sister and family. Hubby wanted to relax and enjoy the cool weather there but on the 4th day of our stay there, he had a severe abdominal pain. It was on and off for a couple of days because after I gave him apple cider vinegar he felt okay. But it recurred the next day and then he felt the pain and he can't sleep no more at night. I bought over the counter drugs like antispasmodic pill and it worked at first but then afterwards the pain returned. I even had to put a hot compress on his stomach most of the time. It had helped a little but not that much. I asked him to go to the hospital but he didn't want to but on July 31st, he can't take the pain no more so he agreed at last to be taken to the hospital. I took him to the ER at the hospital. They took a stool test and it was negative so the doctor prescribed him pills for stomach pain and sent him home.

When we were home after we ate lunch and he took the pill, the pain persisted and I really got worried. I thought it might be appendicitis or UTI. I called my sister who was at her work and I asked her to come after she gets off from work. She decided to take off at 2:00 PM and traveled straight to the north from her work. After our supper that night, we took my hubby again to the ER at the same hospital and I told the doctor there that the medicine he prescribed didn't work at all. I asked them to test his urine and they did. The result was negative of any infection and so they did test after test like CBC, ECG, chest and stomach x-rays thinking that it might be appendicitis or maybe something wrong in his gallbladder but they didn't find anything wrong on him. Next they got blood sample again and test his pancreas, they called it amylase and serum lipase and still the results were okay. Then the doctors suspected that there might be a blood clot inside his stomach so they suggested to do an ultrasound. Before that he was not allowed to eat or drink. On Saturday afternoon, they did the ultrasound. After the ultrasound, hubby told me that he just found out it was a boy, LOL! It really made laughed. He still managed to joke around, he-he! The result of the ultrasound was known right away. They didn't find anything serious except a fatty liver and small kidney stone on his left kidney. They said it should not be the cause of a severe abdominal pain. I was already puzzled what's the cause of the illness of my hubby. Our expenses there kept soaring up after all those tests. The room I got for him was private. They then suggested a CT scan for my hubby after the ultrasound. So still they didn't give him no food or drink until the CT scan is done that day. So he had an ultrasound and CT scan in just one day.

After the CT scan that night, my hubby kept asking for food and drink. So I asked the nurse if my hubby can have some foods already. She told me she would have to ask the doctor first. Then she returned and told me that my hubby can only have soup and gelatin according to doctors order. She told me to just go out and buy outside because it's past supper time already. I gave my hubby water to drink but he was not satisfied. He wanted something to eat. It's been almost 24 hours since the last time he ate. So what I did, I went to the nurses' station and asked the nurse there for food for hubby. The nurse whom I talked to a few minutes ago was there and she told me to go buy outside. My temper broke and I told her that the hospital should provide the food for my hubby because it's included in our hospital bill and I should not be the one buying food for him. The other nurse said that she will take care of it and then I turned and left with my temper still rising. After a few minutes, a bowl of soup and 3 small pieces of jellyace was delivered for hubby.

The result of the CT scan was known by Monday and it turned out okay. They didn't find anything wrong on him. So I was like asking myself and thinking what's wrong with my hubby. He had 3 doctors and I was really thinking of the bill that we're going to pay. Meanwhile, hubby was still in pain every night and he kept asking for pain reliever. Then the doctors suggested to perform colonoscopy to see if something is wrong in his colon. I told the doctor we can't afford it no more and I wanted to check out my hubby from the hospital. They did a lot of tests already and they didn't find anything wrong. I asked my hubby if he wanted to have it done and he said whatever my decision is then he will follow. I called my sister and asked her opinion and she told me to have the colonoscopy done for my hubby. So I called the doctor and told him we will have it done. By the way, hubby's attending doctor was my boardmate when I was in college so we really know each other.

So Monday night, they prepared my hubby for the colonoscopy procedure to be done the next day at 9:30 AM. They didn't give him any solid food after 6:00 PM and after 12 midnight no more liquid. They gave him laxative and that night he went to the bathroom 4 times to pooh. He was not able to sleep good that night. At 9:30 AM while I was taking a shower, they came to get my hubby for colonoscopy. When I got out from the bathroom he was gone. A few minutes after, the nurse came to ask me to go to the scope room as per request of the doctor. So I went there and they were already doing the colonoscopy. Hubby was sedated so he was unconscious. They let me watch on the monitor what they're doing. At first I was nervous because it was my first time to watch that procedure done. As I was looking at the screen the colon and large intestines of my hubby being scan, I was praying to God and the Lord impressed on my heart this verse, "All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28. I was able to control my nervousness. Then the doctor called me and told me that there's an area inside hubby's colon that has a rough surface. They got a specimen for biopsy. Then they kept scanning and found 6 polyps inside my hubby's colon. I was really amazed how they removed those polyps with the use of their instruments right there and then. They will do biopsy and we will know the result after a week. I asked why do they have to do the biopsy if it's not cancerous and the nurse told me that there are many kinds of polyps so they wanted to know what kind is it. After almost an hour, the procedure was finish and my hubby was already awake. The first thing he asked me was food. He wanted something to eat. It really made me smile.

Before they took my hubby back to the room, I asked the doctor if they found anything serious on my hubby's colon. I felt relieved when he told me that they found nothing serious and no colon cancer whatsoever. He said hubby has an inflamed colon due to ulcerative colitis and peptic ulcer. After all those test, the last test they did was where they found out hubby's illness. Holy guacamole!!!

They gave prescription for hubby after their diagnosis and it made my hubby felt better. The next day which was Wednesday, my birthday, the doctors released hubby from the hospital. The nurse then came to tell me to get the hospital bill at the billing section. I got shocked when I've seen the total bill. It was too much! My face became so hot. My cash was not enough. I told the cashier I didn't expect that much and the cash I have was not enough. He told me that he close at 4PM so I told him I will just go back when I get enough money to pay. I asked if they accept credit or debit card but he said no. I went back to the room and told hubby about it. I called my sister and told her I needed to borrow some money. I had to wait on her because they had to travel from their place. I got worried she won't make it before 4PM and we will spend another night in the hospital. I was relieved when they arrived at 3:30 PM so I was able to pay the bill. Sigh!!! There goes our money. It really depleted our finances but I'm thankful to the Lord that hubby is feeling better now. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Thank you Lord!


Friday, July 24, 2009

Celebration Tomorrow

I'm tired today and yesterday. We've been busy getting things ready for the dedication and birthday of my niece Vernice Julia. She will be dedicated to the Lord tomorrow and at the same time we gonna celebrate her 1st birthday. The baby's birthday will be on Tuesday but they decided to have a double celebration tomorrow. It's like shooting 2 birds in one stone. We went to the grocery last Wednesday to buy some ingredients for the foods that we gonna prepare and this afternoon we went again to the grocery to buy meat. My sister and I shared in the expenses. My sister bought vegetables and chicken for chopsuey. She will also make fruit salad for dessert. I bought 22 lbs of beef, cake, balloons and giveaways. What my brother bought were chicken, pork and ingredients. We helped him and his wife because they don't have the means in buying all those stuffs. That's what siblings are for, to help each other. Besides the baby is so adorable, cute and she's a happy baby. She entertain us with her cute smiles, winks and a lot more. In fact my hubby is so fond of Vernice. They play together most of the time and hubby said Vernice is a mess and she's a character. By the way, my hubby will be the one who will do the dedication service tomorrow.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rainy Days

We enjoyed the rain for the past few days. It made the weather cooler and we felt a lot better. The downside is that it was hard to dry the clothes that I washed. We have no dryer, our clothes are sun-dried but since it was raining, it took a couple of days to dry it. I still have more clothes to wash but I'll do it when the rain stop and the sun will come out.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Old Carpenter

The carpenter whom I hired to build a built-in closet in our bedroom messed up with the measurements. Well, what could I expect, he's already old, 76 years old and his vision is not that clear. I should have terminated him on the second day but my compassion for him prevailed. Besides I didn't know other carpenter in our place. The first carpenter that I talked to and agreed to build my closet had hurt his hand so he can't work. His dad recommended that old carpenter and when I've seen him I was already wondering if he can build a closet because he was skinny and old. He was even bragging that he can build a nice closet with secret shelf to hide money, jewelry or a gun. I thought I should give him a chance to prove himself. I thought he was a good carpenter but I was wrong. He was so slow and his measurements were not accurate. He messed up many times with his measurements because he easily forgets.. I told him that he should have wrote down the measurements in a piece of paper so he wont forget. I also told him that my youngest brother has volunteered to build it but I said I will hire a skilled carpenter so there would be no mistake but look what I hired!

He was able to form the closet on the 6th day but when he let it stand so he can nail it on the wall, he can't make it stand because it reached up until the ceiling. My hubby and 2 brothers were there to help but it won't stand. Holy guacamole! The carpenter wanted to cut the bottom of the closet so it will stand but hubby said to stop him. Enough is enough. My 2 brothers were the ones criticizing his work and told him his mistake. They told him that he's been working on it for 6 days but he wasn't able to make it stand. It's a good thing I kept my cool and held my temper. I didn't say harsh words to embarrass him. I just told him that my brother will be the one to fix it whatever mistake he has made. I gave him his pay and sent him home. Hubby asked me why I didn't flare up. He knew me that if I don't like the outcome, I easily lose my temper. I said if I did flare up and said nasty words to him, I would be talk of the town now. I didn't let the enemy get an edge and I thank God for helping me control my temper.

My brother and hubby had been fixing all the mistakes done by the old carpenter. Hopefully by tomorrow, the retouching and sanding will be done so it would be ready to be painted.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Built-In Closet For Our Bedroom

This is the 2nd day that the carpenter that I hired is building the built-in closet in our bedroom. I hope he will finish it in 4 days so I can put all our clothes that are still in the box right now. Hubby and I got lots of clothes and it seems that I keep adding to it. Every time we go to the mall, I can't resist the urge to buy clothes, clothes and more clothes. My excuse to hubby is my clothes are already old and out of style so I want to buy the latest fashion and design. Hubby will just smile because he knows that the money I use in shopping is my blogging money.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Beat The Heat In The Beach

I know this is a late post and I'm sorry if I've been lagging behind. I've been too occupied for the past few days. Besides, it's been too hot here lately, it was in the 90s and it made me sweat a lot. I felt so uneasy and uncomfortable. To beat the heat, my family and I went to the beach last weekend and dipped ourselves in the water. We brought with us some foods for lunch. I don't know why but whenever we are in the beach, I have a very good appetite. I ate too much and after that I felt sorry because I know I've been gaining weight. The last time I hit the scale, I had gained 10 lbs since we were here. I don't really like it but I can't help eating those yummy foods that my brother had been cooking. My hubby had also gained a lot of weight. We have to do something. We need to shed off those excess pounds. Anyways, we had a good time at the beach and we also bought a lot of fish there before we went home.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shopping Time

It's been raining here since Monday but despite the rain, we went to the mall yesterday with my hubby, sis and brother Albin . We went to buy some groceries in Super 8 grocery. But before going to the grocery located on the first floor, we went first to Unitop department store located in the 2nd floor. My sis and I bought some t-shirts and underwears. Their price is so affordable and it was my 2nd time already to shop some t-shirts there. While my sis and I were busy going through those shirts and fitting it, my hubby and my brother were on the other section and I didn't know what they're up to. When my sis and I checked out, we saw them sitting and waiting outside the department store. Hubby showed me his loot, it was a box of tools. We then proceeded to the grocery and bought some can goods and mostly crackers and snacks. It was already dark when we drove home.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I Thank God

I know I missed a lot of opps last month because we had no internet for more than a month. I just grabbed a few opps whenever I had the chance to go to the internet cafe. When I calculated my earnings that was deposited in my Paypal for the past month, surprisingly it was more than what I expected. In fact, I made more last month than the previous month. Though I only had few opps last month, I was fortunate to be able to grab some high paying opps. Also a friend of ours in Texas had sent us some money as her help for our ministry here. Thank you very much Ms. Sue. You're such a blessing to us. I give God all the glory, honor and thanksgiving for all the things that He has done and He's going to do in our lives. To God be the glory!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Blogging To The Max

Hey guys, I have good news today! We got our phone and internet connection back yesterday afternoon after more than a month of waiting for the company to fix it. I'm so glad because I can update my blogs more often now. Unlike before, I can only do so whenever I get the chance to go to the internet cafe. My time was limited because my hubby was always waiting on me to go back home. Now, I can blog until the wee hours of the night like I'm doing right now. I can also grab more opps and visit other blogs now. Thank you guys for visiting me here during my absence. I will make it up to ya'll. Now my blogging addiction is back as my hubby said and I don't deny it.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

No More Maid

I've been sad the past few days because our maid Jenny left last Wednesday. She said her aunt will send her to school and it's been her dream to finish even just a vocational course. It was a sudden decision and she didn't even give us a few days notice so we can find somebody to replace her. I wasn't able to sleep the night before she left because I've been thinking where we can find somebody to replace her beside the fact she became so dear and close to us already. She's a hard worker and she's trustworthy. She worked in our house for 9 months. My brother hired her to take care of their baby before he left for Singapore. When my brother came back home after a couple of months they were supposed to send her home but I told them not to because we will be the one to pay her wages so we can have a helper in the house. I like Jenny because she do her job well. Now she's gone and it's hard to find somebody like her. Before she left, I hugged her and told her that just in case she wants to come back she's always welcome. Both of us were teary-eyed.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I'm Here Again

I'm back here at the internet cafe because until now our internet connection is not yet restored. I don't come here everyday so I can only update my blog whenever I get the chance to come here in the cafe. Well, I'm keeping my fingers cross that we can get back our internet connection within this week. It's almost a month now since we lost our connection due to typhoon damage. It's been raining here lately so even though want to come here in the cafe, I get lazy because the road is wet. It's still humid despite of the rain.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

No Internet Yet

We don't have yet our internet connection so I'm back here again in the internet cafe. I don't know when are they going to fix our phone line. One thing I can say, the service here is so bad and I'm really disgusted because I already missed a lot of opps. My earnings this month is low compared last month. Imagine it's almost 3 weeks already that we don't have phone and internet service. Too bad.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I'm Back

Hey guys, it's good to be back in the blogging world! It's been 2 weeks that I was in hiatus and the main reason is we had no internet connection. Our phone line was damaged by the typhoon and until now it's not yet restored. My sister who works in the same phone company told me last night that we might get our phone and internet service back some time this week. The company ran out of cable wires and that's the reason why they can't work on the phone line yet. I hope we can have our internet connection soon. I missed blogging and I already missed a lot of opps. Meanwhile, I have to come here in the internet cafe and blog for now. It's good to be back.

Friday, May 1, 2009

We Enjoyed Our Vacation Here In Baguio

We're still in Baguio right now and this morning my hubby and I went walking early in the morning and we went to Cueva's Bakery in Kayang Rd. to buy some pandesal. I really love their pandesal because it's so soft, packed and so yummy. I can eat a whole bunch in just one setting. I won't get tired eating it. We're fixing to go to SM in a little while. We have to buy barako coffee for hubby because he just love the aroma of this coffee. Then this afternoon we'll be heading back to the lowland. We've been here in Baguio for 2 weeks and we enjoyed our stay here. Hubby and I had been going on a walk a few times a day. He said he love it here because the weather now is like spring. We really enjoyed our vacation here. We'll be coming back here again soon, God's willing.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Slow Internet Connection

What the heck is happening to our internet connection? It's so slow the past couple of days. We are using a DSL but it's slower than dial-up. It takes forever to download a site so I can't visit other blogs now. I don't know if it has something to do with the weather here in Baguio. It has been raining here for more than a week now. Our internet connection was not this slow before. I hope whatever the problem is, it will be fixed soon so I can browse the internet faster.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I Love Chayote Tops

One vegetable that I really missed to eat when I was in the states is chayote tops. The stores there don't sell it even in the Asian stores. They sell the chayote fruits but not the tops so I had to contend myself eating camote tops there because I had planted it in our backyard.

Here in Baguio, I have chayote tops for free because it grow in the backyard of my brother-in-law's house where we are staying now. In fact, I gathered a lot of chayote tops for our lunch today. My 10 year old nephew MakMak had helped me to get the chayote tops at the backyard. I instructed him where to cut it and he had fun gathering it. I boiled it and dipped it with Bragg's liquid aminos and vinegar. Hubby and I ate it with fried fish. I love veggies and fish. It was so yummy! Here's a photo of the chayote at the backyard.



Monday, April 20, 2009

Went To Visit The Philippine Military Academy

Hubby and I are back in Baguio once again. My hubby had been bugging me the past few weeks to come up here but since we had our room renovated, we just can't leave right there and then. Now that our room is almost finished, we decided to come up here to escape the summer heat in the lowland. Yes, it's getting hotter there now but thank God we're relieved with the cool climate here in Baguio. It was even showering this afternoon when we went to SM City. The weather here is like spring in the US, nice and cool. We sure miss the spring season in Texas where the wildflowers grow along the roads, highways and in the country which makes Texas so pretty especially with it's famous blue bonnet flowers. It's a good thing that Baguio's climate is cool and it has lots of colorful flowers too so we won't miss Texas that much. We can always come here whenever we want to escape the heat in the lowland. Here are some photos that we took when we went to PMA- Philippine Military Academy. We enjoyed the clean surroundings, colorful flowers and nice view.











Friday, April 17, 2009

Our Clothes Shrunk!

My hubby and I already gained weight since we've been here in my home land. We've been here for more than three months already and some of my clothes are getting tighter. Hubby's belly is getting bigger too. I was even teasing my hubby that his clothes and mine had shrunk, LOL! I have more appetite to eat here with my family and of course I eat mostly fish and veggies, sometimes we eat meat but only once in a while. I also drink my lemon or calamansi juice early in the morning right after I get up so it will help me control gaining weight. Sometimes I drink a lot of water if I ran out of fresh calamansi. This will also help to lose weight.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shopping Blues

After we returned the cool fan that we bought yesterday at Ace Hardware in Rosales, we had to shop for items in exchange for the said fan. They wouldn't want to give back our money so hubby and I had to roam around the store and looked for items to buy. We ended up buying 2 gallons of paint for our room, 3 bottles of sealants or gap filler to fill the gaps of the plywood joints, shower curtain rod, AVR for hubby's power tools, rechargeable lamp and a bottle of glass cleaner. We exceeded the amount of the cool fan by P38.00 so hubby had to pay it. Then we went to eat our lunch at Jollibee inside SM City. Hubby's favorite there is the Champ hamburger sandwich because it's big and I got him a yum burger and soda. I ordered a meal with pancit palabok, chicken joy with gravy, sweet corn with carrots and 2 small brownies which I gave to my hubby. That was our lunch for the day.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Return But No Refund

Yesterday while my hubby and I was in SM Rosales and we were not able to withdraw money using our debit cards, we decided to buy groceries using our debit cards. We just went there last Saturday and we bought a lot of groceries but there were some stuffs that I was not able to buy so I bought it yesterday. I just bought few items yesterday. Then we went to Ace Hardware and my hubby bought the cool fan that can be filled with cold or iced water and it will blow and circulate cool air. He wanted that so we can save money by not using our AC. Our electric bill kept going up since we were using our AC. To our dismay, the cool fan which was supposed to blow cool air didn't do well it's job. In fact, our Hanabishi stand fan is a lot cooler and stronger. So early this morning, my hubby and I went to return it to Ace Hardware in SM Rosales. They didn't give back our money though. They told us that we can exchange the item with other items with equal total value as with the warm errrrr cool fan.

This is one thing that I miss in the US. You can return the item you purchased and they will give back your money as long as you have your receipt but not here in the Philippines. You can return but you have to exchange the item with another item/s because they won't give back your money. Too bad...

Can't Withdraw Money Using Our Debit Cards

I don't know what's wrong with our debit cards but my hubby and I can't withdraw money from the ATM machines here in the Philippines. We tried to withdraw from different banks here but we got frustrated because the ATM machine said temporarily unavailable. Hubby and I ran out of cash already. It's a good thing that we were able to use our debit cards in the grocery stores like SM, Super 8 and Magic Mall. We were able to withdraw from over the counter cash advance machine in Banco De Oro in Carmen, Rosales once but too bad, their machine was not working yesterday when we went there to withdraw. That's the only bank I know that has cash advance machine near our town. Imagine our disappointment, we made a special trip to go there but we were not able to withdraw cash. My hubby and I tried alternately to withdraw from the ATM machine using our debit cards but no cash came out. It's not that we don't have money in the bank, of course we have but I just felt embarrassed for not being able to withdraw money because the people next to us were looking. We need to contact our bank in the US and ask why we can't withdraw money using our debit cards here in the Philippines. As a last resort yesterday, I withdraw money from our Metrobank account here using my debit card. I only got a small amount though because that account of us don't have much available balance.

What I did so we can have cash, I sent money to my hubby from our bank in the US using Xoom last night and this morning, we went to get the money in Cebuana Lhuillier in Binalonan. Now our wallets have some cash. In the US, we're used to shop using our debit cards unlike here in the Philippines that only few stores accept debit cards when you buy something. That's what I miss in the US, shopping using my plastic money.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Letter To God

I got this from my e-mail and this is great! In fact I had a good laugh after reading it. It really made my day! They said that laughter is the best medicine. I agree with that. It's time to laugh folks. Read on.

There was a man who worked for the post office whose job was to proces s
all the mail with illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed
in a shaky handwriting to "God" with no actual address. He thought he
should open it to see what it was about. The letter read:

Dear God,

I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday
someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had
until my next pension payment. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had
invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have
nothing to buy food with, have no family to turn to, and you are my only
hope.

Can you help me? Please, hear my prayer.

Sincerely,

Edna


The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other
workers. Each one dug into their wallet and managed to come up with a
few dollars.

By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which he put into
an envelope and sent back to the woman's return address. The rest of the
day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner
she would be able to share with her friends.

Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the
same old lady to "God". All the workers gathered around while the letter
was opened.

It read:

Dear God,

How can I ever thank you for what you did for me? I now truly believe in
God, and in Miracles. Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a
glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told them
of your wonderful gift.. By the way, I noticed there was $4 missing. I
think it might have been those bastards at the post office.

Sincerely,
Edna

Our Room Is Still Under Renovation

The renovation of our room is not yet completely done. My two brothers are still working right now. They're now putting the ceiling and they were telling me it's so hot up there. I hope they would be done with the ceiling tomorrow. My hubby had been painting the walls but he ran out of paint. We need to buy at least 2 gallons more. After the painting we will put some vinyl tiles and then I want a spacious built-in closet for our clothes. I wanted some glazed tiles but my hubby didn't agree maybe because the house is not really ours. It belongs to my aunt. When we have the money he wants to buy a house and lot in Baguio City. For the mean time, we have to stay in this house so we can concentrate in our ministry and do the work for the Lord. Our room is now doubled in size and I'm looking forward to arrange and decorate it the way I want it to be.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter everybody! Christ is risen and He's alive forevermore. We had our Easter service this morning with my family, friends and loved ones. We sang praise and worship songs, hymns and then my hubby gave the message about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After his message, we sang the song "Alive Forevermore." Then we had our lunch at my sister's porch. We had 2 roasted chicken, grilled catfish and milkfish. We had also vegetable salad and edible seaweeds which we call ar-arosep. We had lemon iced tea as drinks and melon ice candy for dessert. We had a great time celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.















Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lunch After Our Service

After we had our service last Sunday, my hubby and I together with my siblings and there families went out to eat at Luisito's Seafood Restaurant. We're supposed to go at Matutina's Restaurant but that place was jam packed. Luisito's Seafood Restaurant is just across Matutina's and it was not crowded. The waiters even met us with their umbrellas when we got off from the van. We ordered sisig na bangus (that was so yummy), pork sisig, kaldereta, bistek tagalog, ginataang sitaw at kalabasa, sweet and sour fish, chopsuey, softdrinks and of course a lot of rice. There were 13 of us adults and 2 babies. The foods at Luisito's are good and we want to go back there again next time. We went home full and satisfied.






Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We Went Out Walking

Whew! It's getting hot here now in the Philippines while it's spring time in the US. Spring is my favorite season there. But the heat here is bearable, unlike the summer heat in Texas which is soooo hot. Even in the morning there, it was already hot and instead of walking outside, I just had to walk in my treadmill in our house. I really didn't enjoy summer in Texas, in fact I dread it. There was one time that my hubby and I were out at around 2:00 PM there and the AC of our truck was not working. OMG, I felt like I was burning. I was so scared I would have another stroke. It's good I brought water with me and it helped me cool down a little bit after I drank it.

Hubby and I went to Urdaneta City today. I was telling my hubby that summer here in the Philippines is not as hot as in Texas. I can tolerate the heat here. Hubby and I went out walking around our town plaza this afternoon and yesterday and both of us were sweating when we got home. We will try to go out walking daily. We need to exercise so we'll lose weight. We both gained weight since we were here. Some of my clothes were already tight and I don't like gaining weight.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Join Me In Facebook

I haven't been to my Friendster page too often lately. It's like I lost interest in this site because I got tired changing the codes in my template because they always change the codes. Besides, Friendster had lots of virus. My new interest now is Facebook. I joined this site before hubby and I came back here in the Philippines. I think this website is a lot better than Friendster. I can chat with my friends if they're online. It has lots of features that Friendster don't have. I uploaded a lot of our photos there already. I signed up my hubby too and he's been chatting to his kids there. He seems to enjoy it and he's not been in Friendster for quite some time now. You can view my Facebook by clicking HERE.

Friday, April 3, 2009

What Is My IQ?

I was just browsing the internet when I came across this site where I can take an IQ test. I just did it for fun and this is the 2nd IQ test that I took this week. The first test that I took from another website, I got an IQ result of just over a 100 and this 2nd one the result is shown below. I love taking IQ test because I believe I'm not dumb, LOL! The result below shows what is my IQ.
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We'll Go To The Beach Again

We'll be going to the beach again this coming Sunday morning. We will have our service there. My hubby will be baptizing 5 people in the beach that day. We are excited to see people get saved and be baptized and I believe that God is pleased the most to see people delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated to the kingdom of Light. Great is thy faithfulness O Lord.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Top 10 EC Droppers

Thanks to all my EC droppers here. My apology because it's only now that I have the time to acknowledge and post here my top 10 EC droppers for the month of March. Anyhow, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to those who doesn't get tired visiting my blogs and dropping EC. Here they are...

Dropper # of drops
My Life's Journey in Italy 12
Chuchie's Hideaway 11
My Life's Events And Anecdotes 10
We live to tell God's Amazing Grace 5
Kitchen Recipes by Chelle 5
WhereAbouts 4
The Travels, The Dreams 3
Cacai's Step and Journey 2
KipTip: Dear Kip... 1
Three Different Directions 1

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Buying Groceries

My hubby and I have been to the groceries here in the Philippines many times already. I've been to SM Mall Of Asia grocery, SM Baguio, CSI Warehouse in Dagupan and Magic Mall in Urdaneta. Boy, I was surprised to see the prices of goods skyrocketed since we left the country! Whenever we go and pay in the cash register, the total was in the thousands. I'm not used in paying thousands of pesos in buying groceries because in the US, we only spend about a hundred bucks when we go to the grocery. Paying two thousand pesos for the groceries sound that much but when we converted it to US dollars, it's only more than 40 bucks. Not really that bad. I guess I have to get used to spending pesos again and not be shocked when paying groceries by the thousands. The rate of US dollar yesterday was $1 = P47.90, the other day it was P48.20 so it's fluctuating. It went up since we arrived here in the Philippines though. It was only P46.50 for $1 when we got here last January.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Room Expansion

Our bedroom is undergoing construction right now for expansion. It's so small and there's not enough room for our stuffs. The 12 boxes that we shipped here had already arrived a couple of weeks ago. We need more space in our room. We hired laborers and my 2 brothers are also working. I'm excited to see our room expanded after all the work. This is the 2nd day they're working.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Prayer Request

Please pray for my step-son Wayne. They found a tumor in his right kidney, the size is a little bigger than a quarter and it's malignant. He will be operated on on April 8 at 7:45 AM. George is upset and he wants to fly there in Iowa to be with his son. Pray that everything will be alright and that God will give peace to Wayne and his wife and also George. I already e-mailed our pastor in Wichita Falls and all my Christian friends and I requested them to pray for Wayne. He need a lot of prayer warriors because miracle happens when we pray.

Monday, March 16, 2009

More On Panagbenga 2009

Here's a video I took during the Panagbenga 2009. It took me forever to upload it to youtube so I uploaded it to onetruemedia but still it took a while to upload it. I just wanted to share here a short video of the street dancing competition.

There were many of them who joined. In fact the street dancing parade took half day to finish. My eyes had a feast watching under the sun in Baguio and as a result, my skin was sunburned. My skin became darker. I bought a whitening soap but it doesn't seem to work. Last Saturday we went to the beach so my skin became darker again. It's okay, I'm a Filipino and most Americans are paying a lot just to have a tan. I am posting here too some photos I took during the float parade. There were some celebrities who were on the floats. These floats were all decorated with fresh flowers from Baguio.

Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson on the float


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