Dec 15, 2014

Christmas Parties

Christmas in the Philippines is just around the corner and everyone is busy preparing for that big day. But before that, many companies and other institutions are having their own Christmas parties. Usually they celebrate it with different types of programs depending on what the employees want. Usually, there is a karaoke/videoke or loud sounds. It's part of the Filipino tradition to have a videoke or sounds when they're having a celebration like the Christmas Party. So why not get a  Yamaha DBR10 Powered Speaker  to make your sound system more exciting and loud?

Nov 30, 2014

My Sister's Birthday


Well, I'm not that really expressive when it comes to showing how much I love my family. I don't know why, maybe I'm too shy but I really love them to the moon and back. LOL

This is my first time to edit a picture with a simple birthday greeting followed by a simple message and post it on my sister's Facebook wall. That's the result of being away from them. You'll miss them and you'll learn to value them even more. I miss everything at home but I still got almost 2 years to spend here before I can go home.

My sister is my bestfriend and best enemy at the same time. She's my best enemy because we always quarrel from the smallest things to the nonsense things, really. LOL...

But she's my bestfriend though. She's been there with me through thick and thin. She was the one who got angrier than I did when my ex-boyfriend hurt me big time, she was there for me when I needed a parent for the Parents-Teachers Meeting - in fact she's like my Ate-Nanay (during elementary and highschool days), she helped me financially when I needed it, she gave me some stuff and gadgets (ehem), some useful advices in life and relationship, what else can I say?

Nov 4, 2014

Missing Papa



It's been two years since you left us but I feel like it was just yesterday. I know I must move on and try to smile again. I know that this is not the end and in time, we will meet again. I miss you so much Papa. I always think about you.

Oct 22, 2014

Guitar Accessories

As I've mentioned earlier, my brother is a good guitarist. He has an addiction to it. So when he had the money, he bought 2 electric guitars and put a gear on them. He treats his guitars like his babies and we couldn't do anything about that. Oh, well at least it has something to do with his talent. And sometimes, we get the chance to listen to his guitar playing skills - for free. LOL!

Please Cover Your Hair!

Me, wearing a tarha

For non-Muslims, I think it's not necessarily needed to cover the hair all the time. It depends on the place and on the people you will meet. Because I see Filipinos in the mall or grocery store who don't cover their. I had this memorable experience when I had to report to our office. I approached this guy wearing tobe with headdress and asked something. He suddenly gave me a frown and told me, "Please cover your hair." LOL I didn't know that if we're going to our office, we had to cover our hair. So I immediately covered my hair with my tarha. I had really no idea about the Muslim or Saudi culture. But as time goes by, I'm learning to adapt and adjust with the help of my Filipino co-workers.

On Playing a Guitar

It was my childhood dream to learn how to play guitar because I am really a music lover and my two siblings especially my brother are good in playing the guitar. I tried to learn but I guess it's not my thing. More people are good guitar players nowadays. They even made stardom just by uploading their videos on popular social network sites. So I guess I would just be contented to listen to acoustic bars and sip my favorite margarita. LOL!

New World

What made me MIA for the past couple of months? Well, it was a big adjustment for me to have no internet connection for a couple of months. It feels like I haven't been online for a long year. But now, all is well (hopefully). Anyways, it's not that easy to get an internet connection especially that I was just new in this place. I'm in a foreign land... new place, new people, new workplace - everything is new for me in here. Though I didn't have a hard time adjusting before there are many Filipinos here. All of my flatmates are Filipinos, most of my workmates are Filipinos and whenever we go to the grocery near our place we still see a Filipino. It's just the place and culture that has changed. I arrived at Riyadh, KSA at night so I didn't really see how beautiful this place was. But all I can say is that it was hotter than the Philippines. It was already 10 in the evening when I arrived at our accommodation and I could feel how hot it was. It was holiday that time so I had to wait for 4 days before reporting in the office that means 4 days of being a bum in our accommodation. So I took the opportunity to sleep, eat and rest a lot because I knew after that it would be all work for me. 

This was the view I saw when I was first went out of our flat. I was on my way to the hospital where I will work.

It was really a new environment for me and I could feel the hot weather. I was really nervous that time because I was interviewed by our Medical Director. Good thing, the interview went well and I was assigned to the area where I was comfortable working at.

Jul 25, 2014

Electronics for Cars

There are people who love to decorate their cars especially those hobbyists. From the lights, bumpers, sounds, seats, etc., they would customize it according to their taste. Some are good at it and the output is great but some are not fortunate enough. There are now different electronics for cars that are out in the market. I think some of them are really useful for drivers like the GPS systems, radar detectors, sensors, etc. They're not just decoration but they also help the driver to make their driving much easier. For music lovers, they put stereos, subwoofers or amplifiers. Everything is possible nowadays. There are now many car accessories and electronics that are available in the market. It's up to the car owner on how to they make their car look beautiful and more functional.

I Miss Driving

The car that I was using was already sold and I'm missing it a lot. It's from her where I learned how to be confident in driving. She's also the car I've used when I have my business. It's from her where I learned to drive along NLEX, EDSA and other unfamiliar places. In short, we've been through a lot of things. I really miss driving. I enjoy driving while listening to music. I consider driving as my favorite hobby because I never got tired doing it. Well, I'll just buy a new one when I have the budget. If I have the car, I will really put electronics for cars like sounds, lights, etc. But I don't want to exaggerate everything. I just love listening to music while driving. It helps me enjoy my driving. LOL I hope in God's will, I'll be able to get one after a few years. Nothing's impossible.

This Is It!

It's now sinking in, that I'll be leaving the country in just two days. I can't explain what I'm feeling right now. I'm happy and sad, excited and anxious, curious and nervous. I don't know how exactly I feel but I trust everything to God. I know that He's got a better plan for me. I know everything will be alright. I'm really praying to Him to guide me in my new journey in life. I know He will always be here for me. Now I know how it feels when you're going abroad. There's a part of me who can't believe that it's happening but there's also a part of me who's happy because one of my dreams will be achieved.

Household Matters

So since I'm leaving soon, I've instructed everything to our helper on what she should do when I'm away especially on the household chores, laundry, changing of curtains, tablecloths,etc. I've instructed every details so she won't miss doing a thing. I'm very particular with our kitchen 'cause I want it to be clean all the time especially the dining table since there are times that unexpected guests would come. I want the table to presentable and clean especially its natural tablecloth. So for a natural burlap tablecloth, I've instructed her to change and clean it at least once a week. Having a clean natural tablecloth will really impress our guests.

I've also instructed her to clean our fridge everyweek. Well, I can trust her on this matter since she's good at cleaning our house. I'll check her maybe everyweek if I have the time to see if she's doing what she's told. My would also visit the house to check if everything's fine.

Proud Tita



I will really miss this baby big time. Who wouldn't miss her adorable and smiling face? She's our one and only baby in the family. That's why she's a little bit spoiled. We've celebrated her birth day everyday until shed reached 1 year old. I don't know how it's called. LOL







This is my favorite picture of us. I love her smile here. It shows on her face that she's having a good time. She loves swimming just like me. She's not afraid of the water and she's even trying to swim as if she knows how. I bet she'll be a good swimmer when she grows up. I will really miss her. See you after two years, baby Guilliane. =)

Maintaining a Car



My sister and BIL used to lend me their car for my own convenience and safety. It's my first time to own a car and damn! It's not that easy to maintain a car because I don't have any knowledge about it. All I know is to drive it. LOL There are times that I browse some websites like bestbuyautoequipment.com to have an idea. Slowly, and with the help of my brother I was able to learn some things about maintaining and taking care of a car. I think it's best if you have a knowledge about it so just in case you 'll bring your car in an autoshop, they won't charge you much or you can avoid it by just doing it yourself just like what my brother is doing to his car.

Leave Them All Behind

Two days from now, I'll be living in a different world, environment, culture and people. There will be a huge adjustment for me but it's part of working abroad. I think this is also the best for me to move on from all of the troubles in my life - disappointments, failures, heartbreaks, and battle with my own self. It's time to say goodbye to them and start anew. It's time for me to be the best I can be. I know I can do this. After two years when I come back, I know I'll be a different person. The stronger, wiser and better person. I know I can do this. I know I'm just a few steps away from my dreams.

Short Hair Again!



Back to short hair again! I'm more comfortable wearing a bob cut than having my hair long. It's more manageable and much easier to dry. But I will miss my long hair. I guess I'll just wear revlon wigs if I want to have a long hair just for a while. This time I wanted it to be a bit bolder so I had it colored deep red. I loved it and I was really satisfied with my hair cut.

I felt better and stronger when I had my haircut done. I don't know if it's just psychological or not. But I had this strange feeling, something that made me braver. A feeling that I know I can move on, I'll be better, and I'll be happy in God's time.

Abaya

Since I already passed my Prometric Exam and have submitted all of my documents, I decided to buy the abaya and tarha which I will be wearing when I arrive in Riyadh, KSA. So my sister and I went to Quiapo to buy one. It wasn't that difficult to find an abaya in Quiapo. You can easily find them near the church. They come in different quality and designs. The price start from 500 and above.






This is what I bought. It has a silver lining so it wouldn't be plain black. LOL... As advised, I only bought one pair because they told me that it's a lot cheaper in KSA and the quality is better. I would find it out when I get there.







Guess who wore it first? It's Phokang. LOL....


My Mom's Jewelries

I find this quite funny since I'll be leaving for only few days now, my mom keep on nagging me about her jewelries that I have kept. She's working abroad right now so I kept some of her precious babies. She would always remind me to not bring them. Of course I won't since I don't own them. LOL. She keeps on reminding me to just leave them in my room. I want to bring one of my mothers ring because it's pink but I guess I'll just keep so she will not get mad at me. I guess I'll just buy some jewelries for myself when I leave since I heard that jewelries in the country of my destination is cheap. My mom keeps on telling me that jewelries are a good investment for a woman.

My Prometric Exam Experience

I've been MIA with blogging lately because I really had to focus on other stuff. I had to focus on this because I needed to pass the exam for me to be able to apply for work abroad. I took my Saudi Prometric Exam. Most of my friends told me that this exam was a lot easier compared to other types of Nursing exams. But I don't want to underestimate it so even for a limited time, I tried to study and practiced answering exam questions. I used Saunders and Kaplan NCLEX Q and A as my material since I was told that the exam was similar to NCLEX. Honestly, I wasn't able to review everything. I just practiced answering the questions and read the rationale then did a little review. When I took the exam, I wasn't really that prepared but I can say that I have studied fairly. LOL

The process of applying for the exam was really easy because everything was done online. If you already have an agency, they will give you a step by step procedure which was my case so it was easy for me. But you have to pay via credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express). If you don't have one, you can ask your parents, siblings or friends as a favor for that matter. The fee for the exam is $90.

You can choose the date and time of your exam so I opted to take the exam at 1 pm because I was afraid I might get late if I took the exam earlier in the morning since my place is far from the testing area and I anticipated the traffic. So on the day of my exam, I arrived an hour and a half earlier. Better early than sorry. LOL There is a Starbucks in front of the testing area so I stayed there while waiting for my time. I ate my snack and reviewed a little to avoid boredom. But as time goes by, I could feel my nervousness and anxiety. I was really hoping and praying that I would pass the exam and that the questions that would come out are the things that I've reviewed.

 While waiting...

During the exam, my heart was beating so fast. I was really nervous. But I had to contain it and focus on the questions. I tried my best to calm down and relax for me to understand and analyze the questions very well. The last question was really heart stopping because the moment you finished your exam, you know you'll get the results. So when I was done, I really prayed hard.
So when the result came out, I couldn't believe it! I made it!

You'll know that the test taker passed when he/she went out the testing room smiling. And so I did! LOL... I couldn't explain the feeling. All I knew was I was one step closer in reaching my dreams.

After the exam, you'll get a certificate wherein the breakdown of your score was indicated. The total test item was 70 and passing rate for Nurse Technician was 45% and 50% for the Nurse Specialist. On my case, I took the Nurse Technician.

May 27, 2014

Jul 24, 2014

My Customized Closet



My father made me a customized closet. This is really one of my priced possession I can say because he made it for me and this served as my memory from him since he was already with our Creator. My father was really good in assembling cabinets and other stuff in our house. He is really creative and artistic. My closet was made almost 4 years ago but it still looks new. For my drawers, my father used heavy duty drawer slides that's why they are still working great up to now. I'm planning to paint them pink since it's my favorite color. It was really my first choice of color but I opted the light yellow shade to match with the color of my room. I will really miss my closet since I won't be using it for two years.

Dear Nico,


Thanks for being there for me during my troubled times. I must admit that I thought of you as just a temporary companion at first. I didn't realize that our relationship will grow stronger. Just this year, I've realized that you are already part of my system.

Nico, for the past four years we had, it's this year that I've longed for you each and everyday. I wanna be with you first thing in the morning and before I go to sleep. When I get stressed, I miss you more, when I'm said I want to be with you. Even when I'm happy it's you I want.

Much as I want to stay with you, I should bid goodbye. Why do I love you so much when it's you that's making me sick. I love you Nico but this is just not right. Everyday, I'm fighting myself not to see you but I can't resist not to.

Oh, Nico I'm so attached with you that I don't even know how to start living my life without you. I know that someday with effort, I'll be over you but for now, I'll enjoy every moment we have.

Love,
Chain Smoker



Jul 22, 2014

Organizing a Nursing Seminar

During my days as a nurse trainee, we had a lot of activities like organizing seminars that has different topics which is related to nursing. Coming up with a topic and organizing the flow of the seminar was really brain draining. We had some debates with groupmates, some arguments, misunderstandings, etc. But at the end of the day we've come up with a final output. We also had to entertain our guests so we had to come up with a special number. It was really a challenge for us because we were the first presenter and we had to be creative with our stage to make it attractive to guests and for that, one of my groupmates suggested to have a unique kind of stage drama. LOL. The premiertablelinens.com for stretch spandex panels was a good idea. It made our stage and the whole auditorium looked unique compared with other groups and gave a lively ambiance because the background was colorful. I guess everyone enjoyed our dance number since most of them clapped their hands and some even screamed. This was a really one of my memorable moment during my training days. I wish we could do that again out of our busy working hours.

Jun 30, 2014

NOTD: Pink Polka Dots

 

It's been a while since I last did my nails. Whether nail art, plain nail polish or just a simple cleaning. My mind is very busy with a lot of things like work, working abroad, career, love life, etc. So that made me lazy posting on my blog lately. But I don't want to have a very dramatic life forever. So slowly, I'm trying to move on and recover; be the person I used to be. I'm trying to be strong and pray to God that everything's going to be alright. I hope He will guide me in my decisions and to the people I will meet in the future.

I hate dramas. LOL So I'll try my best to post about happy stuff here in my blog. ;)

Jun 16, 2014

My 29th Birthday

Last June 12, I celebrated my 29th birthday. This time no eating at fancy restaurant nor blowing a cake. We simply went to Manaoag for me to offer thanksgiving for the blessings that I've received lately. Actually, I don't really celebrate my birthday extravagantly so I'm used to it. LOL 

The weather was gloomy that time. Mt. Arayat was cloudy. It was raining that time. It was like there's storm coming. 

Raindrops. Finally, we arrived at Pangasinan. 

Before attending the mass, we headed first to have my sister and BIL's new car for blessing. We waited for a couple of minutes. A lot of people were there too for blessing of their cars. 

Afterwards, we offered prayers for the soul, prayer for the sick, thanksgiving, etc. Then we went to the church to attend the mass. 


Before leaving,  light candles and did my petition prayer.

I may not have a fancy birthday this year, the blessings I have received is enough for me. I know there are more things/surprises for me this year and I am looking forward on it. I am really happy right now though my life is not perfect. As they say, learn to count your blessing than complaining on the things you can't have. :)

Jun 11, 2014

My Wisdom Teeth Extraction Experience

My former dentist already advised me to have my wisdom teeth removed. But being the stubborn me, I didn't listen to her and voila! My dooms day came. Last April, my right wisdom tooth started to become painful and I can't tolerate it. I became a bit dependent to pain medication so I decided to see a dentist. I researched the internet for a dentist who is good/reputable and doesn't charge that much. Thankfully, I found a dentist who got a lot of raves over the internet especially in forums. So without thinking twice, I called their clinic and I was thankful I got to talk to him right away and gave me his schedule for me to have a check-up.

During my check-up I told Doc Uy (the dentist) about my concern so I had Panoramic X-ray right away for him to have a view on my wisdom tooth. Afterwards, he explained to me that I need to have it pulled and I will undergo a minor surgery. I know I have no choice and since I already knew about this (as what my first dentist advised me), I told him to have my left wisdom tooth to be removed also. He asked me, "Are you sure?" Of course, I said yes even if I'm scared with injections and the pain.

I decided to have both of my wisdom teeth removed so I would experience the pain just once and for me to spend less for the medications and for me to undergo with the recovery period (which is 1 week) just once. LOL Since it was already aching, Doc Uy told me to take antibiotics first because undergoing the surgery because it might have infection. Also, both of my wisdom teeth have already dental caries especially the right one. Ewww!

This is the panoramic x-ray of my teeth. Here, you can see my wisdom teeth encircled in red. (Sorry for the picture, I tried my best to get a clearer picture but I failed)

On the day of my surgery, I was really nervous especially when I arrived at the clinic. My level of anxiety became high and I could feel my heart beating so fast. I got more scared when I saw Doc Uy getting prepared and he was wearing a gown. I'm really scared to undergo any type of surgery. As if I'm not a nurse. Hahaha! I'm scared because I know I will be injected with anesthesia (not just once but a lot of times), there will be incision on the site and it will be sutured.

My my name was called and I got seated on the dental chair, I just thought to myself that everything's going to be fine after this and at least I'll get rid of my two decayed teeth. The surgery took about more or less 2 hours. During the surgery, I closed my eyes most of the times so I wouldn't see what was going on. I felt very comfortable with Doc Uy because he was explaining everything that he was doing and I felt like a little child on how he treated me that time. He was very nice actually. I didn't feel the pain all throughout the surgery except with my first two dose of anesthesia and my whole mouth was really numb. When the surgery finished, I was relieved but I knew this is the beginning of my agony. Doc Uy gave me my last dose of anesthesia before leaving the clinic so I wouldn't feel the pain while I was traveling back home. He even asked me if I want to keep my teeth as a souvenir and I gave him a thumbs up respond since I couldn't talk that time.

My wisdom teeth, I really kept it as a remembrance. LOL. Sorry, it looks gross so I made it blurry and in black and white. 

When the anesthesia was starting to wear off, I could feel the pain. I had difficulty in swallowing but I had to eat so I can take my antibiotics. I was on a soft diet for one week and Doc Uy gave me post-op instructions. The first two days after the surgery was really painful so I was on bed rest.

My swollen face. This was the day after the surgery. 

I spent around 8000 pesos ($186) for the surgery and 1000 pesos ($23)  for the medications so it was a good decision for me to have both of my wisdom teeth pulled. LOL It was costly but I was really satisfied with Doc Uy and his price was fair enough compared to other dentists that I've inquired to. And since I like their service, I had my pasta (filling), root canal and crown done here this time with Doc Sarah. She is also nice and approachable like Doc Uy.

April 11, 2014

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May 1, 2014

8 Waves Waterpark & Hotel

During Holy Week, which was the only time that my family can spend a little time together, went to one of the known resorts in Bulacan - the 8 Waves Waterpark & Hotel. That's our advantage of living near Bulacan, we can go to any resorts anytime we want.There are actually nearer resorts from us which is like around 20 to 30 minutes away but my family opted to go to a bigger resort with waves.

The entrance of the resort.

This cute fountain greeted us when we entered the resorts.

This resort have a grotto of St. Francis which was located just near our hut.This is my first time to see a resort that has this which I think is a good idea since there are many people who go to resorts during Holy Week. 

8 Waves has a lot of areas where you can take 'selfie'. This is one of them. I still managed to smile even if it's a little discomfort for me to do so since I have undergone wisdom teeth extraction and my stitches were still there.

Kiddie pool. They have actually other kiddie pools. I just found this one cute. LOL

If you don't want to get exposed to the sun, they have a covered pool. 

This resort has mascots - Surfee and Wavee. They really entertained the people especially the kids especially. 

 With Wavee, when they're done with their dance number, I grabbed the opportunity to take a picture with her. I also had picture with Surfee but I can't find it. 

 Their 8 Waves pool. I really enjoyed dipping in this pool.

Our little princess. It's actually my sister's dog. She's not allowed to go to the pool so she just stayed in our hut and slept all the time and did a little walking.

8 Waves Waterpark & Hotel had a lot of swimming pools that you can choose from. They have hotels for those who want to stay longer or just relax and rest. They were strict in sharp objects. They didn't allow our knife and we had to leave it on their baggage area. At least they are after the safety of their customers. 

8 WAVES WATERPARK AND HOTEL
Dona Remedios Trinidad Hi-way, Ulingao
San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines 

April 17, 2014

Apr 21, 2014

Visita Iglesia at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

Since this church is just near my sister's house and we already anticipated the bulk of people in different churches, we decided to just come to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. It's my first time to visit this church so I hope God will grant my wish. (Hopefully) As expected, there were many people around the church. We did our prayer/station of the cross (since it was our reason to go there). It was pretty tiring because it was very hot and it was like we were climbing a mountain while we went to every stations. But it was worth it and I felt good afterwards since I was able to pay respect.

People everywhere. Good thing we went after lunch so the number of people were diminished. 

After praying, we had a picture taking of course. 

My solo shot. Have you noticed the loads of trash in the background? 
I'm not that really active in doing religious activities but sometimes it's worth giving a try. 


April 18,2014

Mar 6, 2014

Ash Wednesday 2014


I'm glad I was able to make it to the church after my activity. Even if I was already tired and my feet were aching I still went to the church for the the Ash Wednesday. It feels good to go home knowing that you have accomplished something that day. =)

Feb 21, 2014

I'm Blogging Again...

I missed this little virtual space of mine. I haven't been that active in the blogging world for 2 years. Yeah! That's a very long time. 2 years (I guess more than that) of battling with myself or let's just say that we have our own crisis in life. And this time I'm trying to patch things up with myself and try to continue with my life and move ahead. So 2014, please be good to me and give me what I would work hard for. Please! Please! Please! 

I guess some of you can relate and some will say, "This girl is crazy stupid!" But let's just accept it that there comes to a point in our life that we have so many questions with ourselves with so little answers and it left us blank with no idea which way to go. 

I'm not insane but I've got some issues in my life that only me who understands it. I guess it's a mixed of issues with family, friends, colleagues, other people and other things and even with career. And I am now trying to resolve these things with myself. I shouldn't let my fears eat me alive. I should conquer these issues in life. I should be strong... and patient. 

Now I'm rebooting myself, trying to start all over again. Enough with blaming and regrets. Nothing will happen if I let negativity come my way. I know I'm not that strong but I should be STRONG. I know I have family and friends but at the end of the day the only person I have is "MYSELF." 

So this is the NEW ME with my head held high saying I CAN DO THIS!

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