Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I'm going back to School

It's been a long abscence for me here. But it doesn't mean I already have forgotten about my blogging.

I'd been busy looking for job. Jobs that I thought would make me happy. As a General Clerk back then, I felt a little bit uneasy about thinking of going back to work on the same position. I tried to submitt applications to different companies, some responded. I'd been interviewed 2 times but I felt of not liking the job because it's only part-time. I'm looking for a full-permanent job and it was so hard to find one during this time.

The 2nd week of June when I submitted an application for a state job. I haven't heared from them for so long and I finally think that they already got a candidate. Anyways, since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a nurse. But my parents can't afford to send me to school back then. Here in the United States, I know that going to college cost a lot. So I was just talking to my mother-in-law about going back to school and be a nurse and she was telling me about her experiences as an LPN in a nursing home. Hmmm?????.....NURSING HOME??? That gave me a big idea about my dream of becoming a nurse. I tried couple of Nursing homes in Montana to where I could go to class to be a Nursing Assistant. Both replied. But only one is very near to my location.

I submitted an application last week and after 2 days they called me to set an appointment for my interview. The interview day was yesterday. But Monday, the state job called for my interview!!! I was so sad!!! It's a government job and it's a good paying job. I'd been looking forward to work but...I also thought, heck...I already forgot all about it. The Nursing Home called me first for an interview for a class so I would rather go for the training. I was interviewed yesterday and got called the same day to be one of the six students for a free training among other applicants.

I am so very happy!!!

This would be the start of my new experiences in the healthcare field that I often wonder what it feels like to be a part of it. I am so excited.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm back, I'm back, I'm back!!!
Actually, I am really felt so bad about myself being absent for a long period. The reason is that, I am busy studying for my driver's test. It did paid off. I passed my written and actual test at the very same day. I took my test yesterday and my hubby accompanied me. I am really so scared while walking at the DMV's office. Shaking and just not like myself. I actually woke up early because I couldn't sleep the night before. Just tossing and turning on our bed. My hubby kept on telling me not to worry about it because I will pass. But still, I'm not really confident and sure about myself.
I knew how to drive really good but it still scare the hell out-of-me thinking what the test could be. I couldn't believed that the test that came out were the ones I'd been studying. I'm so happy with the result. I got one mistake out of 33 questions. For the actual driving, I only got 1 point mistake too, PARALLEL PARKING!!! ugghhh...I was so off the curb. hehehehe.
But it's finally over. I already have driver's license and won't be scared of cops anymore!!!!! Thank God!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

My diet plan that really paid off!!!

I can't believe my eyes when I stood on the scale today. I weighed 107 lbs.!!! My diet had paid off.

When I was pregnant, I weighed 135 lbs. After I gave birth, I weighed 125. Three months later 118. It's so hard to accept the fact that am getting to hate myself because of that. But it didn't made me feel frustrated to exercise and diet. I bought Leslie Sanson's walk for mile and Abs Blaster. Then I started dieting really bad.

For Breakfast:
*A glass of water
*Weight control oatmeal with 3/4 cup 2% milk
*a cup of instant coffee

For Lunch:
*Slimfast in can

For Snack:
1 tablespoon of peanut butter

For Dinner:
*A whole can of Campbell's soup (come in variety)

For Midnight snack:
*Fat-free pudding

Exercise: 1 hour a day

That's it!!! When you look at it, it seems not enjoyable to it isn't it? But it did paid off. Now I'm hoping to be down to 100 lbs. in less than a month!!! Pray for me...hehehehe

Monday, March 30, 2009

You guys couldn't believe that it's almost spring suppose to be but we are still under the curse of icky yucky snow here in Montana. Just yesterday, we still have a terrible snow that you can't even see the road. We actually have 6 inches of snow yesterday and melted most of it today. When I got out of the house this early morning, it's 3 degrees Farenheight. Isn't that crazy? I am just tired of this winter and I just wanted to get out of my heavy clothing, heavy socks, heavy boots and heavy coat. I missed my bike, I missed just having a walk everyday out of the house.


A picture in front of our house, storm is coming!!!

But oh well, enough for this winter drama. I am just so tired of it. But on Wednesday, we will be going to Spokane. There's just important things to do down there. I am very excited to go to Filipino market and get a lot of longganisa!!! My husband is looking forward for tamarind candy. I missed itlog na pula too and almost 4 times a week in the Philippines, I have no abscence for that egg. Gosh, I remembered my mom getting mad at me for eating a lot for she said I'm killing my kidney. hehehe, I told her, well I got two of them, im only killing one... hahaha.


But after holy week, i am going to surprise my husband when we go back to the Philippines, I had my mom and dad prepare to have our house have a little bit of renovations. My husband doesn't know anything about my plan but I am just going to keep this as a big secret. Well, he doesn't read my blogs so he will never know. hahaha..i'm so bad.


Friday, March 20, 2009

For such a long time that people were asking me when I am going to take my baby out of the house. I mean, to have a little walk all over town. I answered, "If we don't have 25 degrees temperature, I would. Then finally today, we reached 57 on the scale. I took my baby out for the first time for a walk. It's still chilly out but Goddy, Saqqara, and I enjoyed a little walk at the post office.


Here's my baby:
I can't believe how fast she grew up. They were all teasing me today that she's almost as big as me. She is a tall baby. There's nothing more I could ask for a baby, Saqqara is so behave. She sleeps all through the night and wakes me up just to drink her baba, that's all. She never fuss and she is just a perfect baby. Saqqara is only 5 months. She likes food!!! hehehe. Everytime we put food at the table, she is all excited. She could finish 12 bottles a day now...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Surprised of what the American Idol last night, one of my girls' gone. It's the end of the road for Alexis. It seems like, Country music is so easy to sing if we listen to it, but in fact, it's really hard. It's a very complicated music and songs are just so difficult to immitate and also hard to personalize. I really don't like country music except Carrie Underwood's and Shania Twain's songs which are more interesting to listen to compared to some...arrggg...This is just my opinion but it's so hard to express sometimes.

Yesterday, Todd didn't go to work but instead he went with us grocery shopping. Thank God! We went to a lot of places, errands here and there. I am just very disappointed yesterday because I was going to get my state id card and there's just a lot of requirements! Grrrr!!! So we have to drive back there again in couple more weeks.

We are all excited to go to Spokane though. It's going to be a long, long trip but worth it. A lot to see on the road and most of all, I will have my teeth fix too!!! Which is really awesome. I'd been suffering for a year now and to know that my suffering will be over pretty soon, it's worth the wait.

I am planning to have a business on line but I'm still doing a feasibility and case study at the same time. There will be a lot of competition but oh well, this is my hobby and it's better show it to the world instead of keeping it all by myself and wearing them in order to coordinate with the color of my clothes!!! duh duh duh...Todd had been teasing me as a very color-coordinated person which is I'd been used to be doing since the time I could remember. Maybe it's just the up-bringing from my beloved Nanay.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Back!

I got hit by a terrible flu that made me really miserable for almost 4 days now. So are my kids. It's no joke to have this dreadful kind of thing and it sucks so bad. Good thing, I got this vicks humidifier. It really helped a lot.

It's not that I already forgot or abandoned my blogging, it's just that I'm so sick. I'll be back once again and start blogging a little bit better as soon as I get back on track.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

BillinGs Day

This is such a tiring day but we are all so excited to get a new car. One that will fit us all. hahaha. My husband ever since never ever liked a van or a minivan and I can see in his eyes everytime my mother-in-law and I talked about how good deals we can get for a van, it's like on fire. He didn't complained about what we wanted but I can sense that he hated it. He's always fond of a big suv's such as suburbans, anything but 4x4 trucks and suvs. I like big trucks too. I've always been telling him that I wanted a hummer!!! Hahaha. Gosh they're really bad in gas though.


But today, we got a ford expedition. Everybody liked it. We will all fit in. As long as he's happy we are all happy. I enjoyed riding it all the way home.


Car shopping is really exciting. Drive testing and making a deal with the car dealers is fun. But anyways, there was this one dealer that was really so anxious about how I and my husband met. He actually called me and told me that it was not really his business but he just wanted to know how we end up getting married and how he got me from the Philippines. So I told him all about it and he couldn't believe it. He said that he dated a Filipina when he was in college and remembered how she cooked him a very spicy chicken curry. Yummy!
But anyways, all of us are sick right now. There's this flu virus going around here. I just started feeling sick today. My throat hurts and I felt like getting a bad cough. My poor Sunshine is sick two days now. And so is little Goddy. It hurts to see that the kids are sick. I just couldn't take it. If only I could get whatever diseases they have, I would rather have it than see them suffering.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

DIsAPPOINTMENtS & fAVORiTEs

I couldn't believe it rained today. There's still snow outside but it rained. I was hoping that it's going to be spring pretty soon and summer is next. I just missed wearing short pants, sleeveless shirts, and walk around town or have a little run once in a while. I'm stuck with the cloud walker and "walk work-out video" for months now.

When I was pregnant, I was 135 lbs. I gave birth September and after I gave birth, I weighed 126 lbs when they weighed me at the hospital. October and November I weighed, 120 lbs. without diet. December, I weighed 118 lbs. January, I weighed 115. February I was down to 112. March...I still didn't weighed my self.

You know why?

Because I do not exercise anymore. :-)

I am so preoccupied with so much chores, cook, baby sitting, and just everything right now. I am I think kind of a little bit hyped up with so many plans that is blocking my goal for losing weight. Before I got pregnant on my first child, I only weighed 94 lbs. I kicked my ass off going to the gym to have extra pounds. I am 5'3 and I was really skinny. My gym workout paid off...I weighed 104 lbs. after 2 agonizing months. Then I got pregnant. I blew up and weighed 140 lbs. with my first child. And it was hard for me to go down after that. I was stuck at 110 no matter what.

I am still hoping to weight 104. But my mom said, it would be hard. Once you have your 2 children, sometimes, it gets to the point that losing weight is really a big problem. There would be a lot of hindrances in maintaining your goal to stay fit. I mean, I am not frustrated yet because I know I will exercise back again, I just missed 2 weeks, but it feels like something is missing when you don't exercise at all. I looked at my closet and all I can see right now were my winter clothes. It will be over soon and I hate to wear my summer clothes and have a lot of bulges!!! It's so disgusting!


But by the way, American Idol was not that exciting for me. Except that one of my girls sang but they didn't like her tonight. I still love her voice though!!!


My favorites in American Idol:
*ALEXIS GRACE












*ALLISON IRAHETA
















*KRISTEN MCNAMARA














*LIL' ROUND




























Monday, March 2, 2009

What Failure Means to Me

FAILURE - general refers to the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective. It may be viewed as the opposite of success. (Wikepedia)
I was talking to somebody today and she told me about someone she knew how failure affected her family's life. While she was talking to me, it came to the point that I almost break down and tell about my failures...
As a little girl, I always cracked up the conversation on how I waned to be a nurse, drive my own white car, have a big house, and a lot of money in the bank. As a 6-year-old little one, my parents could not believe how I even think and dream of such a thing. I spent my younger years mostly with my grandma and my aunts and I felt like being a princess. They showered me with so much attention and spoiled me with all the things I wanted. Time passes by so fast that my parents together with my younger brother who was 3 years old that time finally settled down in one of the towns in Negros to where my grandparents lived. I was so surprise of the new chapter of my life. I didn't know what is going on. All I knew is that my father was included in the lay-offs of one of the big sugarcane company. He lost his job, his big salary, his reputation and his dream. As a purchaser, he would not accept any job that was below his level. He ended up having no job for 4 years.
Everything changed.
I used to be the favorite and one of my aunt have her first child. They forgot about me. Instead of staying at my grandma's house, I spent all my time with my parents that I was alienated at first. Then, little by little, I finally learned how the care and love of a mother is so much different compared to my aunts and my grandma. We lived in poverty as I can remember. I go to school with only 1 peso for my "baon" till I was in grade 4. In grade 5, it increase 2 pesos! It's pretty funny but it's true. I managed to have honors in my elementary years. I graduated at the rank of 3rd honor and that's quiet impressing for somebody who doesn't even donate a cent for school..hahaha. My mom won't even attend a meeting. She was really shy back those times.
There was one time that my dad and I joined a singing competition, he won and as a beginner, I landed the 3rd place. We all gave the money we won to my mom. That was for a month's budget. There was a time when my dad, my brother and I would ride his bike to go fishing for our food. Those were one of the unforgettable times of my life. 1990 when my younger sister was born. Couple of days she was born, a manager from a certain company dropped by our house and asked my dad if he needed a job. My dad nodded. That was the start of our new life. He landed a job as a clerk. We were so happy! My mother's Sunday masses and Wednesday's novenas paid off. God listened to her prayers.
In highschool, I was a scholar. Though I did not maintained being on top honors, I joined a lot of school activities. From 1st year to 4th year, I joined the chorale. We competed and I really enjoyed those years.
College. My uncle promised my dad that he will support for my education. I enrolled in La Salle. I was accepted in the Accountancy program. Though it really hurt me so bad because I wanted to be a nurse someday. That was because my dad think that I would become like his cousin that is earning 100,000 pesos a month as an accountant/manager. I really hated my course. I was thinking that I am going to fail my dad and my mom. I did not pursued accountancy. That broke my dad's heart. It's just it's hard for me to do things I don't want to do. Second year...I'm still confuse. I didn't know what course I'm going to take for majoring. And finally I landed on Business course. Business Management. I remembered how I used to have 2 terror professors. One professor failed almost 3/4 of the graduating students of my year. Thanks to our dean. She was awesome. But I am just thankful that no matter how hard accounting 101, 102, 103, 104 and 106 were, I passed them all. I graduated college at the age of 19.
Job hunting.
I am so young! :-( My age was not appropriate for the job. New comer, no experience.
After 2 weeks of looking, a good samaritan brought me to one of the big broadcasting network in the philippines. I don't like the job. When you are new, a lot of people would stepped down on you. I awoled... :-)
I end up helping my mom's friend with her business. When she went to USA; my mom, her daughter and I helped the business going. It was a non-profitable business. My grandma's sister helped me with my Masteral degree in Business Administration. But my dad's company opened a job for me. I ccouldn't keep up with my schedule. I just finished few credits.
I loved my job. I was a general clerk. I just loved a job that everything relied on me. I have the job for 3 years and I got pregnant. All my hopes and dreams are gone. As I thought so.
That's how I counted my FAILURE. I failed everything.
But I was wrong. That was the opening of a new chapter of my life. The chapter to when I'm going to meet the man to spend the rest of my life with.
I finally realized that Failure is just the beginning from an end. It makes a person tough and brave and stand as strong as they can. I learned from failure that success is behind those down moments of your life. If you only believe on yourself and won't give up, you will never fall on the ground. Just get up and make everything happen. Everything is never too late. There's always tomorrow and tomorrow is always brighter.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

MontAna

A lot of people are asking me about what I think of Montana.

Montana is a very nice place. If you want a peaceful, humble life, Montana is a place to be. I'm not saying that "fashionistas, socialiraz, and trendsetters" are not welcome here, what I mean is Montana is more of a retirement place. There's a lot of ranchers, people wearing cowboy hats, cowboy boots; people that ride their horses and herding their cows; sheeps...Alpacas, Lamas and Kuvasz guarding the sheeps will be seen on some ranches. This is just the site you will never think you will ever see. There are times in our lives that we came to watched cowboy movies unexpectedly and they're all true. They still exists. It is so amazing to see them riding their horses. Looked back in the Philippines, "Haciendas". Just similar in so many ways.

There were couple of times that I went with my hubby to work and in one of the ranches, there were 2 Kuvasz guarding the gates. I just couldn't help my self but petted one of them. He is such a doll. All his life, he's been guarding goats and sheeps. They fight coyotes, foxes; scares mountain lions and might as well BEARS. Bears are everywhere here in Montana. The last time I heared from my hubby when he arrived home when I asked him how's the Kuvasz...he said the owner said "He's out there working." I felt bad and sorry which I think I should not feel but dogs are man's besfriend. This dogs are working hard to protect the sheeps and goats. But maybe, they're compensated fairly for their job. Just makes my heart bleed... :-(

Montana have beautiful views, a lot of nice state parks, a lot of fishing site and most of all a nice place to hike. It is usually called as the "Big Sky Country". Why not? All you can see is the vast area of the sky everywhere! With a land area of 145,552 square miles, Montana is the fourth largest state in the United States.

The only bad thing in Montana is winter. Winter here is so unpredictable. We got a lot of below freezing temperatures and it really gets in your bones. My husband always tell me that I should be thankful compared to other states that have more snow than we have here, but oh my...who wants snow anyways?

By the way, for all of you who wants to see Montana, just go to http://www.montanapictures.net/

I just don't want to paste copyrighted pictures in my site so just being careful, just go to there beautiful website and explore Montana.

Ciao!

Friday, February 27, 2009

JusT AnoTheR Day

Since everyone knew how I liked American Idol, my favorite gal made it last night. She had an amazing voice and I knew she will make it. But for that, hail to the voters!!!
It's just kind of funny though because other mothers like me who have a 5-month-old baby were staying awake during the night because their babies won't let them go to their happy land, but me, I stayed wide awake because of the Filipino Channel...My hubby thinks I'm so funny. I just make sure that I won't wake him up during the night since he goes to work so freakin' early everyday.
Today is just a boring day for me. I've done all my chores and there's just nothing to do. It's cold out about 28 degrees F out and who wants to get cold. I thought, winter will be over since we were blessed to have a week of sunny day. As in the snow melted all the way. The roads were totally bare from snow and it's just an amazing sight not to see any white at all. I still hate snow, I hate winter. Thick clothes, thick coats, boots and just everything to keep me warm. It's so heavy and I really hated it. I just can't wait for the day to come and would make me say..."Thank God it's summer!!!"...
On the other hand, it makes me happy to see my BBBox almost full. I can't wait to send it to the Philippines next month. There's a lot of things that I am still thinking to get but if I can't though, there's always the next time. Anyways, we will be going back next year. And also, I still have another extra box kept at the storage to be ship anytime.
I missed Philippines so bad. Missed the humidity, missed the people, missed everything. I mean, other people would say, how lucky Filipinas to get here in the United States. To be honest, I never had any plans of going here or marry an American. It's just maybe, it's my destiny. I mean, it is also my choice by all means but the choice I made led me to my destiny. Maybe it's just it. It's God's will, and I make it happen.
Well, I'm blessed with beautiful kids. Motherhood indeed is such a beautiful thing. I used to be the one asking for something to eat, clothes to wear, and toys to play. But now, when I hear my boy asking me for something, it's the best thing that a mother will ever feel that you can give your kid something that you can give. It's like they depend on you for everything. And when they look at you on your eyes and say "I love you Mama", it feels like your heart will stop beating and all you can do is pick them up and hug them as tightly as you can. That's why I just couldn't stop crying last night when I remembered my Mom. I missed her so bad. It's not going to be long, I will see her again!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Last night's American Idol was fantastic. I am not really sure what would be the outcome of the third group after last night's idol performances, but I think last night was great compared to the first group last week. My favorite girl, Allison Iraheta is only 16 years old. But holy dear, her voice is so amazing. She sang a HEART song and it is really hard. I think she is really cool. I am just hoping she'll make it through tonight.

Survivor is on too so we are going to record it. We are just fanatics of this reality and competition shows. And aside from that, it's going to be Hell's Kitchen too after American Idol. Oh my, my...that Chef Ramsay indeed is a good chef. Known for his "F" word and would totally embarrass somebody that would not meet his standard. I'm so sorry for those cooks but the price is worth it for all those cussing and embarrasment they received from him.

I think I have to end right now since American Idol is already starting. I don't want to miss it so I could have more to talk about tomorrow! :-)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Yet today is just another day. Before I finally retire from excessive excitement and overwhelming happiness today, I am going to freshen my mind of today's activities.

First, I finally had my one desire of all since the time I arrived here in the United States. I got the Filipino Channel already. For 2 years, I have waited patiently and here I got it. I just can't wait to see how everything changed from the tv network since I left Philippines. I was so surprised that the Direct TV has the International programming already. So we are such a wasteful people actually, we got 2 dish networks and direct tv satellites. Well, I think it's a little bit fair for me anyways, they got to watch their favorite shows, why can't I? So every single wait and patience had been paid off. Gosh! I got to see Saicy Aguilar on Wowoweee! I can't believe it. I was just like yesterday that we were talking at the van when her ex partner in dancesport was dancing on one of the production of an alumni homecoming. We were so cropped up inside the van that she burst out laughing and cracked jokes. She was indeed a pretty girl, a good dancer, REALLY A GOOD BALLROOM DANCER! When she was in Bacolod still, she was already known for her talent in dancing especially that she's with a team of great dancesport competitors down there. My sister really liked her so much that she even imitates her when she competed for one of the dancesport competition back then. I remembered when she danced with my barkadas and we got to talk once in a while and she really teases people a lot. But I'm happy for her. She indeed did her best and she deserved it.

Another thing today was, my hubby got another phone. He got tired of using his blackberry phone and said that it's just not for him so he ordered a Samsung Flipshot Red! It's cool though, but I won't give up my blackberry, won't even give it up for an iphone...

Today's American Idol, I love it. As what I was expecting for to got in, that blonde girl, I forgot her name but she is totally awesome! I hope she's going to make it at the end. Simon is really harsh on his judgement but I like him. He's so honest and not phoney at all. I mean, this is a singing competition and the singers deserved to be criticized no matter what. But another thing is, I think the judgement on this show is kind of unfair though. I hope they would do the judgement like 50-50, 50% for the voting and 50% for the judges' judgement. I mean, what if the worst of all the worst will win? Even he/she is out of tune it's just ok for him/her to win the title of American Idol? It's just unfair. But oh well, i'm not the producer, it's just an opinion though.

But thinking about tomorrow, it's going to be grocery shopping to which I hated a lot. It's just tiring and it's absolutely excruciating. I have to leave that thinking behind. Till tomorrow! Ciao!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Post Valentine Mania

Yes Indeed was the Valentines day is one of the happiest day of my life for the entire year! It's because the next day is our anniversary. So for now, I am happily married for two years and still going strong. There may be some arguments but it's part of married life.

So we started off late in the morning for our so called "Date" for the first time, me and Todd has to leave the house without the kids. That's a little bit of relief. But all of the time, I'd been thinking "How are kids? How are they doing?". Thinking on the other side anyways, I told myself, this is our pre-anniversary celebration so BEHAVE!!!

We went to Billings-is the largest city in the in the state of Montana, I mean it just makes me happy to be out of the house once in a while. We headed first to H&R Block to process our tax return, "Big Deal". It's been a week now since Todd and I were thinking of have my hair cut or not. But gosh! Try to think of having a 4-month-old baby and likes to pull your hair all the time? I have my hair up to my waist and it is just hard! So I think it is a final decision to have it cut. Oh my my!!!

So have to wait for my turn for almost one and a half hour...that tested Todd's patience for instance. And to tell you, I was so surprised to get back in the car with a big stuff dog and big hershey's chocolates waiting for me on the passenger side of the car. How sweet! He even got me a wristwatch. hehehehe.

I just got him a Betty boop collector's mug and Gosh only God knows how he loved Betty Boop stuffs and that really freaked him out when he opened his gift. And guess where we eat for our dinner date? My favorite REd LobSter!!! Oh my! I have to fed up my self with a feast of 3 orders, "The Stuff Flounder", "Shrimp Scampi", and the "Wood Grilled Salmon"!!! Having not to say about 4 cheddar garlic biscuits and an appetizer of stuff mushrooms!!!Yummy!!!!!

There's just nothing fancy after all. I like to be spoiled once in a while but surely I am, a very THRIFTY person. You want to take me to a fancy restaurant? I'd say: "How much" not "do they taste good?" hehehe

Valentines day indeed was a happy event. Got to be with my hubby and I got him solo, he got me solo. me and him for a day! Yes that's a big deal!