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Getting back on my routine

I’m going back to work next Tuesday, Jan 24 and I’m really anxious about it. For one, I need to pass my driver’s test on Monday. Then I need to prepare everything for Myka and my mom before I leave the house.

It’s also quite busy in my project because we are nearing our delivery date so everyone is expected to do overtime. Plus I got promoted so I will be in my new role. It’s exciting but at the same time, I feel so pressured and a bit scared that I might not meet expectations.

I am also thinking about my mom’s travel back home. I feel sad that she didn’t get to do much during her vacation. We mostly spent time inside the house. I feel like we should have done more and went out more. It’s just really hard with Myka because she would cry in the car.

I know I just need to take this one day at a time. I can do this.

Condotel

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.

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…

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
– Work SMARTER!

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

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.  🙂

We’re pregnant!

Saturday, January 30, we just arrived from Escoffier(Derek’s culinary school) and I ate a big serving of spaghetti. Derek rented the Transylvania 2 movie and while watching it I can’t fight sleep taking over my body.

Almost a month ago, I felt I was pregnant. Even Derek was suspecting it because I was eating lemons and I really enjoyed it. He cooked baked salmon for me and topped it with slices of lemon and put half of it on the side of the plate. I ate it and wanted more. He thought it was very weird. The next day he bought an early pregnancy test kit.

I didn’t want to take the test because I loved the thought of me being pregnant and didn’t want to burst the bubble. But Derek was insistent so I did it anyway.  It was negative and I was a bit sad. Of course,  I was secretly hoping I was pregnant.

And then last Friday,  while waiting for Derek to be home,  I watched April & Justin’s YouTube channel.  April talked about her having a miscarriage.  She didn’t know she was pregnant and she took some medicine for her flu. I’m not sure if that’s the reason why,  but she lost the baby. So when Derek was home,  I told him about it and we were joking about me being pregnant.

So today,  January 30, I decided to use the second test. I peed on the stick and saw only the horizontal line.  So I was disappointed and I didn’t even wait for 3 minutes to see all the result because I thought it would come out negative again.

Several hours later,  Derek was calling me and asking me what I’ve done.  I was clueless.  I thought I left the toothpaste uncovered or something. I was confused when I saw him wiping his eyes. He’s crying (or maybe just teary-eyed)! And then he pointed to the stick and I saw a faint vertical line.  It was positive!  I’m pregnant!  Oh my God! I can’t believe my eyes!

We were getting ready to go to my friends’ promotion Party at Golden Corral but we stopped by Walmart to buy more pregnancy tests.  This time,  we bought 2 of the more expensive brands.

At golden corral, both of us just kept smiling and having a hard time to keep our little secret all to ourselves. We couldn’t wait to get home and do another test so we went inside the family bathroom and I took the second test for the day.  After 3 mins, right before or eyes,  the screen said Pregnant. We were so happy. We just hugged there,  inside the bathroom! Of Golden Corral! Ha ha.

When we arrived home,  I took another test again and this time,  Derek was 100% convinced – and I was still having second thoughts. LOL.

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San Antonio trip for my green card interview

I took a day off work today to have my interview for the green card. Derek,  my hand l husband drove and it only took us an hour to arrive.  We went to IHOP to grab brunch and to kill time because we were 2 hours early. Below is b the fruit crepe I had. Yummy!
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I hope the interview goes well. After all, we ARE married! Legally. So I don’t see anything that would prevent us from getting a green card for me. Anyway,  my H1b is still valid and if this doesn’t work out, I can still work on my H1B. Although I would still feel bad because we already spent around 3k dollars for all the processing. We paid for the processing of the applications,  medical exams,  English translation of my birth certificate, courier fees,  Uber, fuel, plus all the time I took off work to appear for the biometrics,  vaccinations/medical,  and now, the interview.

We’re praying all goes well.  Crossing our fingers.

Am I destined to be a momma?

As I sit here waiting for my OB gynecologist,  I think of writing a post on my blog on this experience.

You see, ever since I could remember,  I’ve always wanted to be a mother.  I played with my baby dolls and pretended I was nursing them when I was little. I could clearly remember chairs knocked down,  blankets hanging over them,  towels that served as curtains, flowers and leaves chopped as I, my best friend Honey, and my brothers played house or “balay balay” in my native dialect.

Almost three decades later,  I find myself in my doctor’s clinic, waiting to find out if I have a chance of living out my childhood dream.

Oops. The nurse told me my OB Gyn got a call because she has a delivery to perform. So she won’t be able to see me today after all. Bummer. I had my vaginal ultrasound today so that they will find out why I’m having irregular and painful menstruation. And ultimately, to find out if I still have a chance of having a baby.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Biological clock is ticking LOUD.

First Working Day of the Year!

I hesitantly opened my eyes and forced myself to wake up this morning. Yup, it’s the first working day of the calendar year and it’s such a challenge to get up at 6:30 in the morning.

As usual, I took MJ out to poop and pee before and after she ate her breakfast.  It’s been really chillly outside making it a very unpleasant chore.

I was hoping I could get more zzzs but I can’t because I knew people are all already waiting for me to be online. 😦

I’ve been doing this for the project for more than a year now and I’m really hoping someone else could do it this year.