Sabado, Marso 31, 2018

The Month of March

I think there is no better time to write a blog post than today – the last day of the month of March. And I am here at the airport waiting for my boarding time as I will be moving to another country later midnight.

The whole month of March has been crazy. On March 1 at 1:00 AM, I was at the airport to go home after receiving a call from my family that my grandmother was admitted to the hospital, that her condition was so serious the doctors said she had to undergo an operation.

I never really thought about going home before moving to Dubai because I thought I didn’t have enough money to buy plane tickets and that jobs and opportunities abroad can no longer wait.

Depressed as I was because of some events that had happened prior to this, plus the anxiety I had felt about moving abroad, added with the worry I had felt upon knowing that my grandmother was in the hospital – I. Did. Not. Know. What. To. Do.

But I still went home, not sure about how things will be going. Looking back, I am grateful that Heavenly Father helped me go home -- He has been so good to my family that we were able to sell our farm so we could have money to pay for the hospital bills. We were also able to contact a doctor to get a third opinion about my grandmother’s situation. Doctor Garcia told us that my grandmother didn't need an operation because first of all, her gallstone wasn’t that big that it can be melted with the help of medicines. Second, my grandmother is already 90 years old that the nerve on her left hand where the dextrose was injected took WEEKS before it finally got healed. Yes, WEEKS. I could not imagine the pain she had to undergo if she had an operation just as the second doctor suggested. Sometimes, it makes me really sad and angry when I feel like these surgeons just wanted to do operations. But my grandmother has been doing better now! And that we have enough money to buy for her medicines, food, and vitamins. And I couldn’t be more grateful to Heavenly Father for helping my family get through with this trial.

Lola Mary's 90th birthday :)

I am so grateful Heavenly Father helped me go home, I was able to spend time with my grandmother, eat meals with her 3 times a day for the whole month, and that I was able to spend time with my sisters and have deep conversations with them and patch up the things we had disagreements about.

Now I will be leaving my family in a better condition that I no longer have to worry. And now I will be leaving my own country with my faith a little stronger because of what these experiences have taught me.

I can't thank my family enough for their love and all the things they have done for me..

Lunes, Marso 5, 2018

Free

I can't multitask. But here I am lying on the couch beside my grandmother's bed, 15 minutes before midnight, writing a blogpost, while listening to a playlist that's currently giving me all the feels.

The month of February was crazy. I resigned from my job. Had a 10-day trip. Broke up. And got a call from my family that my grandmother was admitted to the hospital.

But if you would ask me what I am feeling right now, I would say I feel a lot braver. Can't say why. I feel like I'm ready to face whatever life throws at me.

And it's liberating. Because she who is brave, is free.

Linggo, Pebrero 11, 2018

Thoughts

I have been thinking about our Savior's prayer the night before He died. In John 17:4, He said to Heavenly Father ,"I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." 

His three years of ministry seemed too short yet He was able to peacefully claim that He has completed the work He was sent forth to do. I think He had a perfect sense of His purpose in life. That despite of all demands that calls for Him, He knows what is important, and was grounded on doing things that matter most.

Lunes, Pebrero 5, 2018

The Past 6 Months In A Nutshell

I know, it's been a while since my last post. There's just a lot of good going on with my life now -- almost all of them happened unexpectedly. First, I filed my resignation at work and I will be leaving my dearest SGV in a week. Second, I am processing my UAE Visa and hoping to get it by the end of the month. Third, ummm... I do not how to better say it. But, I would like to introduce on this blog, Jordan my boyfriend. (I am turning 25 next week, so I think it's alright now to have a boyfriend, mention his name, and write about how wonderful he is.. because he really is).

There's a lot of good happening right now that for more than an hour, I am here in front of this laptop at 2:00 am, making the nth revision of my resume, studying audit, thinking about all the to-do checklist for my clearance at work, and finalizing an itinerary.. because 10 days to go, Jordan and I will have our 2nd trip. Wuhuu.



With all the things going on, I just want to say that I am grateful for all the love and kindness Heavenly Father has for each of us. I am grateful for all the things He let me experience (both the good and the bad), for both have taught me a lot. And I think life has been a lot better the past few months because I have been doing pretty good with my health. I have been eating better foods and have been taking some multivitamins. I have been getting enough sleep (I mean yeah, it's 2:00 am right now but I can tell you I've been doing better than ever before) and I have been getting better at slowing down, whenever my body needs to slow down.

With all the new experiences I will have in the next few months (moving abroad and getting a new job) I pray and I trust that He will continue to guide me my direction, just like what He has done in the past. :)

Lunes, Hulyo 17, 2017

Enchanting Week! 🌟

This week has been amazing. I did not do anything at work aside from attending a one-day training as I just got transferred to a new market group, ATH-Australia! That just only means I will no longer audit local companies, and I will no longer work from morning ‘till dawn.

This week was also my first week of stay in my new dorm. I am so grateful Heavenly Father has led me to this place -- it’s more comfortable (and a lot a cheaper!!!) compared to the condominium I had before. And I already love my new roommates -- they are all kind and helpful. In fact one of them, Ate Joy, gave me a dress so I could have something to wear on the surprise bridal shower our ward has prepared for two of my friends Paris and Hershey. I am just enjoying my new place with my new roommates, and I am soooooo excited to work in my new market group!

But I think the best part of my week is going to Enchanted Kingdom with the two of my favorite people in the world: Lyndon and Diane. It was a day never to be forgotten. I had so much fun! From the extreme rides, to the horror booths, and to the food we ate – every penny I spent on that Friday was all worth it.


It was a mixture of fear and fun as the three of us walked through the horror booths, as Diane and I were screaming at the top of our lungs while Lyndon was laughing so hard while we’re on the extreme rides, as we felt unwilling to spend money on food but we were all hungry and tired that we ate cheeseburger, fries, hotdog sandwich, and ice cream! We also went to a chinese restaurant where we ate noodles, dumplings, and xiaolongbao because we were cold and wet from the rain when we traveled back to Makati at night.

I am just grateful Heavenly Father has brought me to this place and for the blessing of having such wonderful friends. I am broke now, but my heart is full. I do not know how I am going to eat in the next few days, but all the experiences I have had with my friends are worth every peso that I spent, and I love them so. :) Such an enchanting week, indeed. 🌟


PS: This blog just turned 1 year old a few weeks ago. Happy 1st blogiversary, mryddyknw!

Huwebes, Hunyo 29, 2017

My Health and the Tax Season

Life has been pretty out of balance the past few months because of the tax/busy season. Talk about working for more than 70 hours each week – reporting to office from morning till dawn. Tax season for auditing firms in the Philippines usually starts in January and continues till June. In other words, the first half of my 2017 was spent in, no other than, auditing.

Two weeks ago, right after I finished all my tasks, I impulsively booked a flight to Mindanao to see my family for I had not seen them for a year. I also had to see two doctors – one to check my severe acne and another to check my hormones – because I just became hormonally imbalanced due to the bad sleeping and eating habits I have formed in those 6 months, sitting in front of the laptop from morning till dawn, the pressure I have felt to meet deadlines, performance ratings, and all the tension I had to handle each time I had to discuss the results of the audit to my senior and clients.

Lest I be misunderstood, I do not loathe my job. I prayed to have this even when I was still in college. The opportunity to work in the largest professional services firm in the country (and a member of the Big 4) is a dream that came true and I couldn’t thank the Lord enough for all work and life lessons I have learned in my one year stay in this firm.

Sometimes, people have this tendency to burn the candle at both ends, thinking that the many responsibilities we have should always come first in our lives. We sometimes even think that taking care of our health is selfish, wrong, or evil. But I have learned that unless we take care of ourselves, it is virtually impossible to properly take care of others.

I am still trying to recover from the effect tax season had on me. I am not yet at the “peak” of my health, but I will get there. I am praying, really praying, to always have the courage, to always put first things first in my life.

Anyway, here’s a photo of Diane and Lyndon and me. I don't know what would have happened to me without them. They literally kept me sane and happy during the busy season. Even until now.