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Monday, February 11, 2019


I suddenly felt the need to write. Right at this very instant.I felt this need to have a conversation with myself or just think out loud.I think what triggered it was the search for my passion. 
Let me take a step back and evaluate my life at the moment.
I am 39 years old, married to my favorite person to annoy and have two lovely kids whom I also love to annoy. We are in a country which has become our second home and has given us lots of opportunities.I have a work which I can't say I love but is bearable and has given me flexibility to have the life work balance that I wanted. My boss asked me last week about my career plans. I honestly don't have one, i just want to have a job and earn money to support my family and pay the bills. I told him I just wanted to be where I am and learn more. So he asked if I'm interested to take some courses.I told him I'll think about it. So maybe this got me thinking about where I am in my life and what else do I want to do or achieve. Career wise, nope I don't have any more ambition to climb up the corporate ladder, I don't like the responsibility or the pressure. Should I push myself more? Nope, I've always lived by the anecdote of the Happiest Man in the world, the fisherman story. But maybe there's room to pursue my other passion outside of work? The first thing that really comes to mind is writing. I love writing. Not write to become famous or write an award winning book. Just write, dissect my thoughts, emotions and put it into something tangible.So now while writing this , I've come to the resolution that I should write more until I figure out what my other passions are.

Friday, December 2, 2016

My job hunting journey down under

When we came here to West Australia last July, the first order of the day was to find a job. Job searching became a full time occupation for me. I send customized applications online to 2 or more companies per day. Here you can't send a generic application. You have to relate your work experience to the position you are applying for so the Employers could immediately see if there is a match. After sending out dozens of application, I got rejection letters. That is one good thing here because you will be informed whether you are being considered for the job selection process or not. 

After almost two months of application I got my first job interview with Company A. I was telling myself that it is now my chance to showcase my work experience. I was very nervous that day because it was a panel interview with three interviewers (one in telecon) and I think I barely survived it. After two weeks, I got a letter from them informing me that I did not get the job. I was terribly disappointed because it was the only company who gave me a chance for an interview. I still gracefully sent Company A a Thank you email though and let them know that I hope they will keep me in mind if any similar position will come up. 

Shortly after that, my husband got a job so the pressure for job hunting is off. I happily settled in my new role as a Stay At Home Mom. I tried looking for home based job but I had no luck either so I got my hands busy with the chores and my son's school work. 

Then two weeks ago (two months after my interview) Company A called me up for another invitation for an interview since there is a similar position which opened up that fits my qualification. One of the managers who interviewed me the first time remembered me and was the one who refered me to the new position. The interview was like deja vu, same location and almost same people. A week after the interview I got invited for a walkthrough and a quick chat with the site Manager. After a few days I was asked for a Medical exam and after that I was offered the job. 

It seemed that time went by pretty quickly and I am due to start my work a week from now. I feel really thankful and apprehensive at the same time. I am worried about the welfare of my children as I will be leaving them to strangers. I am also nervous about the job but I am hoping for the best. I am forever grateful that God gave me this opportunity and I know He will be with me the rest of the way in this new chapter in my life.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Becoming a Housewife

I've always wanted to be a housewife. I can still vividly recall in one of my job interviews when I was fresh out of college, I was asked how I see myself in the future,  I blurted out that I want to be a housewife. Obviously, I didn't get the job.I have seen how my mother have sacrificed her career as a Laboratory Analyst (she's a Chemical Engineer)to take care of our family. Growing up with my mom always by my side was the best part of my childhood and even my adult life. When I got married, I was the one working and my husband was the one at home to take care of the kids. I've always told him that I want to trade places with him.

Now, in the land down under my wish is granted. Two months after we got here in Oz, my husband was the first one to get a job. I have applied non stop and rejection letters came after the other. Now I finally have a full time job of being a Stay At Home Mom(SAHM). Honestly I am having a difficult time to adjust. I have been working for the past 15 years thus the difficulty. I'm not complaining because I love spending time with my kids but I'm missing work. I miss coming to the office and turning on my computer and opening excel files. I miss crunching numbers and doing analysis. I miss interacting with my colleagues.Being at home sometimes can be a bit boring and I miss the intellectual challenges of work.

I know that I am still adjusting and in time I can find my beat in my day to day life. In the meantime I am counting my blessings and treasuring the time I spend with my kids. In the morning I don't have to rush. I can lazily stretch in the bed and watch my kids stir from dreamland to the real world. I love seeing them open their eyes and smile at the sight of me.I love cooking for them though my abilities in the kitchen are limited to cereals and the frying pan. Well I am still in my training period as a stay at home mom and I know in time I will learn and get used to the drill.;)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Smart Bro 4G Pocket wifi is not #Hardtogets

Life is full of moments that we all want to treasure. These moments might be something that sneaks up on you on a lazy Tuesday afternoon. Some might be on special days such as birthdays or anniversaries. These moments might be spent with your loved ones, just by yourself or even with your favorite pet.  These moments though have one thing in common, they are all memorable and you want to freeze it and capture it forever. Thankfully we have digital cameras and smartphones but taking photos of these moments are still hard to get ( #hardtogets). It is hard because you are in that moment but you want to take a step back, look at it from an outsider’s perspective and capture it. It is hard because you are full of emotions and sometimes you even forget to take photos. It is simply hard to capture those special moments that photos result into missed shots, blurred, out of focus and etc. As a parent it is specially hard to document milestones of my children. Yes even if my husband is a photographer it is still very hard!

I want to capture these moments just like any other sentimental Filipino because I want to put it in photo albums or scrapbooks so that one day I could look back on these photos, show it to my children and reminisce. Most of the time I just post it in Digital albums such Instagram or Facebook so I can easily share this moments with friends. Sometimes a crappy internet connection makes sharing these photos  also hard to get (#hardtogets). BUT fret not about getting a good connection as SMART Bro recently launched the best 4G Pocket WiFi offer priced at only P888.#smartbro888

This is the hottest deal this summer which will be available only until June 30, 2016. It is already preloaded with 150 MB and best paired with SurfMax85 (All day surfing up to 800MB/day, valid for 2 days). You may subscribe to Surfmax85 via Smart Online Store. It is very good for sharing and can connect up to 10 devices. You can buy it at Smart Online Store. Now isn't the Smart Bro 4G Pocket Wifi easy on the pocket and also easy to get?

Friday, April 15, 2016

How To Wash Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapering seems like rocket science and leave many first time users confused from choosing the type of diaper to use and then to washing it. I use pocket type diapers and I would like to share how I wash them.

1.Used diapers should be washed after 1 to 3 days of use.I place the used diapers in a dry open pail.

2.On the day of washing, remove the inserts from the pocket.

3.For diapers soiled with poop, remove the poop first by spraying before mixing it with the other diapers.

4.Place the used inserts and pockets in cold water. Do not put detergent. Wash it first in water through hand or machine.

5.Drain water and then fill it up again and this time you can add in the detergent. It is advisable to use all-natural and enzyme free detergent such as Human Nature's Tough Love and Calla. I prefer the latter since it is cheaper and available in supermarkets.Also, use only a little amount of detergent, half the amount of what you normally use.

6.Wash in normal cycle.

7.Rinse and rinse until all the suds and bubbles disappear. I normally wash it twice or thrice. 

8.Hang to dry. You can use hangers with clips for the inserts. For the pockets you can use hangers or place directly in the clothesline. Just make sure that you hang it parallel to protect the garters from loosening.

9.Let Mr. Sun do all the work. He can make those stains and smell disappear! :-)


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