Mar 29, 2020

Papa's 40th Day

On the 40th day of my father's death, we offered a prayer for my father's soul attended by our relatives and neighbors. My siblings and mother were not there because they already came back abroad.

We solemnly prayed for my father's soul with the help of the elders from our neighborhood.

After praying, we had a simple meal.

Afterwards, we burned the prayer materials and other stuff used during the funeral of my father as advised by my family and elders.


Mar 26, 2020

My Life as a Nurse Trainee

To be honest, I don't know what kind of title should  I write on this post. I just want to share some good old memories.

Those were the days when I enrolled in a tertiary hospital as a nurse trainee. I've learned a lot of things and of course, I've met a lot of different people. I can still remember how pressured I was during those days because my father just died. I pretended that I was okay but I wasn't. I just concealed my real feelings by smiling and laughing. Nobody knows that I was grieving.

I consider these days as "The Dark Period" of my life. It was those days that I could not focus no matter how I wanted to. We had quizzes, practical exams and case studies. Too bad I did really bad at that time. You know, those feelings that you wanted to stop doing something but you have to because you have no choice. If I did not continue with my training, then fee paid for it will also be forfeited which is kinda expensive. Besides, it's better to be busy to keep me preoccupied than staying at home. At least I met these wonderful friends who made my hard times a little bit easy.

I still managed to smile once in a while. It just sucks when I became alone like when I was in my bedroom. I couldn't hold my tears to fall on my pillow. 

One of my friends had celebrated her birthday. So we gave here a cake. These moments made me happy once in a while. 

One of the things that I will never forget while I was in this hospital was the place where we ate our lunch. We called it "construction." As you can see on the background, it's a 'carenderia' located in a construction site. The food there was affordable and delicious compared to eating in a fast-food.

The training took only 4 months but I felt like it was a very long time. Well, I met a lot of friends and I was able to spend some good times with like eating in a fast food restaurant and drinking beer with them. 

Actually, there was a lot of activities during my training days. We had the Nursing Week, Seminars, Case Studies, Exams, etc. Thank God, I was able to survive. Unfortunately, I did not pursue in applying to become a hired staff nurse or even enrol again to train as Hemodialysis Nurse. 

Sometimes the things that we want in life change. And honestly, I wasn't that okay since I just lost my father that time. But there is nothing I could do about it. I was grieving and really sad. But life must go on.

Mar 18, 2020

I Think I Should Start Reading Again

I was browsing through my pictures in my laptop because I need to transfer them all before my laptop totally crashes down. Better late than sorry because it's already showing signs and symptoms that. 

I guess this is the advantage of this COVID19, to reflect on ourselves and maybe think of the things that we should do like futures plans and some stuff that we've already forgotten to do. Please don't get me wrong. I am not happy that there is corona virus all over the world. I wish and pray that it would be gone soon and all of us are going to be back to our normal lives again. But for now, let us make the most out of it. Let us cooperate to our government in order to eradicate this virus and to avoid further spread.

Anyways, since I am just at home these days, I am able to do the things I can't do when I was super busy like browsing my photos here in my laptop and of course writing on my blog. 

One of the things that I love doing that I wasn't doing anymore was reading books. So I felt kinda sad that these books were just sitting in my room. I think haven't read some of them yet. I still got other books that are not in the photo that I haven't read yet. So I hope I would be able to read them while I have enough time.

I believe reading is important in order for us to learn new things. Knowledge is power as they say. 

Mar 16, 2020

First and Last Boodlefight in Saudi Arabia

As far as I can remember, this was the very first party I have attended with workmates in Saudi Arabia. This was around January 2015. I was staying for about 6 months at that time. So I was that new there and I was starting to meet new people. That's why this was one of the most memorable events during my stay in the Kingdom. 

I was still slim at that time. Hahaha! Most of the Filipino gatherings here are about eating which I believe that's one of the reason why I gained a lot of weight after 4 years of working in KSA. We enjoy eating together with our close friends or co-workers.

Of course we love to take pictures. I have saved a lot of memorable pictures of the different places in Riyadh KSA, with workmates and of course with close friends. They are really priceless for me since they have been part of my life. 

By the way, during the boodlefight we ate grilled seafoods like squids, bangus and tilapia. We also had grilled eggplants. The food was really great with matching soy sauce dip and off course rice.

If you would notice, the quality of the pictures were kind of not so good since this was already 5 years ago.  

Mar 2, 2020


'Alukon' or 'Hambaba-o' in Tagalog is a common Ilocano food. It is usually cooked as 'pinakbet' or mixed with other veggies like in 'dinengdeng' or in 'monggo.' It is my favorite food and it excites me everytime a relative brings a bag of 'alukon' for us. To my surprise, our uncle brought a lot of 'alukon' when he came to Manila. So we immediately cooked some of it the same day our uncle brought it. 

These are the flowers of the 'Alukon' tree. For some they don't look attractive but they are delicious and nutritious. I barely see 'alukon' here in Manila but in our province, they are everywhere. But they are hard to pick that sometimes the branches of the 'alukon' tree had to be cut down in order to pick its flowers. Because this tree is usually high.

I cooked 'buridibod' that night and we partnered it with lechon, which was a leftover that we kept in the freezer. It was so good that I ate a lot. Ilocanos love to eat veggies.

Feb 21, 2020

Keeping Your Home Safe Is Paramount

Keeping safe is everyone's first priority. Whether it's keeping your finances safe, keeping your keys safe, or even keeping your secret chocolate stash safe from the friends and family...we all make sure we do it. Keeping your house safe is of course, just as important. We value our homes so much, so it's important to make sure we're doing all we can to keep them safe. If you have a house that doesn’t have a gate, you may also find that you have to park your vehicles on the drive or street and this can mean you’re more of a target for theft. You need to keep everything safe, even your car’s roof rack. Let’s say you have bought a new roof rack from Roof Rack And Towbar World, you would not want someone to try and attempt to steal it, which is why you need to take some steps to look after your entire home. 

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In recent years, there has been a steady decline in burglary but this is only minor, and with cybercrime on the increase, being vigilant has never been more important. Some of us can be quick to let the world know on Facebook where we are, when we are there, who we are with, and this kind of information is gold to internet stalkers, who are constantly finding new ways of getting access to your house and possessions. Of course most of us lock the doors, and have safety precautions in place, such as alarms, window locks, gates, and even cameras, but it's super important to make sure that you don't become another statistic, because burglary and theft can be such a life-changing occurrence, to the point of creating personal and emotional issues, that really, prevention is better than the cure! You don’t want to feel as if you need to move home because you no longer feel safe or happy.

With a few basic simple tricks we can add another level of safety to our houses, some of the top ones include:
  • Ensuring that you remove any rubbish around your home, this can make it look like you are away
  • Keep your windows relatively free from overgrown bushes/plants so it doesn't create added privacy for burglars trying to get in
  • Keep lights on with light timers when you are away so your house is never in darkness 
  • Keep Facebook and Instagram posts/location tagging to a minimum (this may sound silly but it is important)
  • Make sure you have an effective hiding place for important things, avoid putting them in the typical places like draws, safes, under the bed

Of course these are really the basics, and it is as far as we can go to protect our homes without any outside help. However, there are companies that do offer networking systems that work to protect your home, with very little effort from yourself. Even big brands such as Panasonic offer Smart Home solutions, which will monitor your home. Be sure to be savvy and avoid any type of home break in. 

Feb 20, 2020

Coffee Blossoms

I think this is the first time that I saw coffee blossoms that's why I was so amazed at its beauty and its scent. I really loved the smell. The coffee blossoms smell like Rosal flower. They said that the flowers smell even better in the morning. I wish one of these days I could one morning in Cavite just to experience it.

The weather was really pleasant that day and we could see from the sky. It wind breeze was cool and the sky was so blue. It was really indeed a very relaxing day.

So I walked around the farm to see the coffee plants and took some instagramable pictures. I really enjoyed looking at the coffee blossoms.

Coffee blossoms everywhere. I really love nature and I really dream of owning a farm in the future so I can place various types of plants and trees. Nothing beats the plant produce that's from your own farm/garden.

I am looking forward on harvesting the coffee fruits in a few weeks/months or so.

And get to taste our own produce. I am sure it will really taste good 'coz it's organic.
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