I came across an article on Hotel 101 – a condotel concept that is very similar to what I want to do with my condo. I wish I bought a unit here instead of Avida Centerra.

I’m still engrossed with my research on my condotel business venture. Based on my computations, I will get even only after 15 years (assuming that I only get 10 nights of occupancy in a month) – that is, if I don’t raise the monthly rent. Fifteen years is an incredibly long time for me to recover my costs.

Mama Got Her Tourist Visa!

with mom

Yay! My mom got her tourist visa! She’s set to visit us here next year, January 15, 2017. I’m excited and at the same time worried. It will be her very first time to travel alone. And she’s not very good with texting and updating me whenever she travels. It’s always my sister or father – whoever she’s traveling with who updates me wherever she is. Well, I know everything will be fine. And I really hope she’ll enjoy her time with us here. She truly deserves this vacation.🙂

Tourist Visa for Mom

My parents are on their way to Davao right now. Their flight to Manila is at 10:00PM. I’m kinda worried that they might not know their way or they might get lost. It’s their first time to go around Manila on their own. I have booked a hotel for them already, I am just worried that taxi drivers might trick them – and know that they don’t have any idea how to go from one place to another.

My mom will be going to the US Embassy at Manila for her tourist visa interview. I hope she gets it so that she can travel to US next year. I have planned for her to travel on January 15, 2017 so that she can help me look after my baby when I start going back to work. It is also my gift to her for her retirement. She has worked so hard so that we can finish college so I want to reward her for that.

Although I feel bad for my Papa, I just can’t afford to have both of them travel next year. And besides, I’m scared my father won’t be able to endure the 22-hour flight.

I hope and pray that the Consul gives my Mama a tourist visa…

Pregnancy Diaries: Yeast Infection

I was hoping my appetite will be back now that I’m already on my second trimester.  But nope,  even on my 14th week,  I still don’t enjoy eating. 😦

But I’m glad that I finally got rid of the yeast infection that was bothering me for months. A month before I got pregnant,  I was already suffering from the infection. Doctor Summers prescribed Fluconazole. It helped for a while but it came back a month after I found out I was pregnant.  I didn’t do anything about it because I was scared that it might affect the baby.  The nurse also told me that she would recommend treating it during the second trimester.

But oh boy, it got worse and worse with each passing week! I was miserable and I would cry.  My husband got so worried and wanted me to call my OB. But I was too lazy and always told myself that I’m almost gonna see my doctor in a few days. Finally my appointment came for my 12th week of pregnancy and was able to tell the doctor about my misery.  She took a look at it and confirmed it was yeast infection.  She felt sorry for me because it looked really,  really irritated and she knew that I was very uncomfortable. She told me that I shouldn’t have let myself suffer too much and buy Monistat 7 as soon as possible. And I don’t have to worry about the baby because it is totally safe. And that I need to make sure to buy the 7day pack.

We bought the medicine right away and my goodness,  it itched like crazy!  Like never before!  I wanted to cry! That feeling lasted for I think an hour! Hubby tried to help and soothe me by giving me an ice pack.  I read the box and lots of comments online and everyone is saying that it is a normal reaction and they experienced a similar side effect. Good thing the itchy feeling went away and I got to sleep in peace.  The following nights were a lot better.  I didn’t have that itchy feeling anymore. And now 2 weeks after,  I feel great! I can’t believe I put myself in misery for that long. Thank you Monistat 7!


By the way,  the highlight for my doctor’s visit at 12 weeks is that we got to listen to or little jedi’s heartbeat!  It sounded like galloping horses! Made me tear up a bit.🙂

Happy 33rd Birthday to Me!

I turned 33 yesterday, April 10. I didn’t celebrate it… I mean, I’m too tired and not wanting to socialize so I just went to church (D- took and picked me up to/from church). After church we just went to Wendy’s to get a 4 for $4 meal plus extra fries and a chocolate Frosty for me. It was good..🙂 Better than the fancy meal we had last Saturday at BJ’s. Well, we call it fancy because we’re very frugal and a $50 meal is already fancy for us. I was looking forward to enjoying my Grilled Chicken Alfredo but I didn’t really like it and ended up only eating a tenth of it.😦

Anyway, so we enjoyed our Wendy’s meal and went to Walmart to get some bananas, and Honeycrisp apples. We’ve been eating more fruits than meat lately. And it’s very surprising especially for my meat-eating husband.

I enjoyed just lying on the couch and relaxing. We watched Star Wars for the 3rd time while I responded to Facebook greetings and messages.

Update on my pregnancy: I’m already on my 13th week! We had an ultrasound for baby on April 7 – so the doctors can check if the baby is growing at a normal rate and they measured the fluid that was on the baby’s neck to find out if he/she has Down Syndrome. Doctor said that babies who have Down Syndrome have 3 or more measures (forgot the measurement) while normal babies should have less than 3. Our baby had 1.67, which is good! Yay!🙂 So we finally announced the pregnancy on Facebook and a lot of people left messages of support, which warmed my heart.

What I’m worried about: I have been stressing about my project and work in general. Recently there’s been  a lot of pressure at work. And I’m overwhelmed. I need to handle it better.
– What can I do?
– manage my time better
– organize my work better
– ask help
– delegate

I’m going back to blogging regularly because this helps me de-stress and unwind

Pregnancy Diaries: Back Pain

Since yesterday I have been experiencing serious back pain!😦

From what I’ve been reading, this back pain is caused by the change or shift in the center of gravity in my body and also by the hormonal changes.

Gosh, I’m so happy with this pregnancy but I just hope this back pain goes away. It’s bothering me even when I walk. Oh I love you so much little one.

A Different Year: Start of greater things

My husband quit his job last Monday. After working at the company for almost 5 years,  he finally decided it’s time for him to move out. 

He has been complaining about work for quite a long time now. And last October he started having upset stomach and had been throwing up. We had him checked by a doctor and a specialist. Both of them had the same diagnosis. Stress.

Our plan right now is for him to go back to school as soon as possible. He started driving for Uber too. It’s not the same as having a regular job but at least he has an income. He’s still looking for grants and scholarships and maybe a student loan to help cover the costs of culinary school.

We have faith that eventually this investment in his education will pay off. He will excel in this venture. 

I published this post late. It’s been 2 weeks since my husband quit his job. Two wonderful things have happened to us since then.  But those deserve their own post. 🙂