I am a Filipina who is married to my American husband from Texas. I am a Christian with a strong faith in the Lord. I am what I am by the grace and mercy of God, a sinner saved by grace and without God I am nothing. I have simple dreams in life, just to live happily with my husband and together we will worship & serve the Lord. I love God above all and despite many trials in life God is always there to carry me through. I love the beach, sightseeing, nature tripping, gardening... I just love and appreciate the beauty of God's wonderful creation. Jesus Christ is my Creator, Lord and Savior of my life. I don't have riches in this world but as long as I have Jesus in my life then I have everything.
Hubby and I have been talking during lunch about our vacation in one of the beach resorts in the Philippines eight years ago. We attended a wedding in a beach resort in La Union Hubby and I had planned earlier that we gonna spend three days there in that beach resort so we packed our bags and off we went. The wedding went well and was well attended. Lots of foods were served at the reception. Then after the wedding hubby and I went to our cottage that was reserved for us. It was a very nice and cozy cottage overlooking the beach and the sea breeze and sound of the waves were so relaxing. We even met a German guy next door who was also on vacation there.
It's been a while since hubby and I went on vacation in a beach resort. The last one we had was during our anniversary in 2003 just two weeks before we flew to the US. Our anniversary is fast approaching again and we want to it to be memorable. It would be nice if we can afford to go overseas and stay in one of the Costa Rica Villas in the world class Los Sueños Resort & Marina. I'm pretty sure it would be fun and we will enjoy to the max seeing the place and take lots of pictures for my facebook. But checking on our bank account, this is not possible for now due to financial problem. Maybe we can go there next year when we have enough savings.
These are old photos of me and my hubby when we went to California almost 8 years ago. We had such a good time visiting my college friends there. We stayed in Stockton at the house of my best friend in college. We stayed there for 17 days. My friend and her hubby took us to the beautiful spots in California like the Golden Gate in San Francisco, Universal Studios in Hollywood, and Lake Tahoe. We also visited one of our college friends in San Diego who is now in the navy and he took us to Sea World. All the entrance fees were taken care of by my friends. So we saved money and we really had a good time there. My friend wanted to take us to Tijuana, Mexico because it's just beyond the border but I didn't have yet my green card that time so we didn't go. We just drove by and he showed us the border and across it is Tijuana. We had a grand time touring California from north to south.
I love gardening ever since I was a kid and until now I still do. When hubby and I were in Texas, I planted flowers in our front yard and veggies at the back yard. That's what kept me busy when I was not working so I won't get bored. Now that I'm here in my homeland, I really miss my vegetable garden back in Texas. As much as I want to have a vegetable garden here, our lot is so limited. Can hardly plant anything except some plants and flowers.
This time of year a few years ago, my veggies were ready to be harvested. I planted string beans, tomatoes, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, okra, squash, sweet potatoes, collard greens, green beans, jute, lettuce, cantaloupe, cucumbers and a lot more. I harvested a lot of my veggies and I blanched it and put some of it in our freezer for winter. The rest I shared to my Filipino friends and some church members. All my veggies were organic. I didn't use any pesticide or herbicide and no fertilizer. I just water them often. Organic vegetables are so expensive in the grocery store so it's best to have your own garden.
Hubby and I miss the restaurants in Wichita Falls where we used to eat. In fact, we had eaten in almost all of the popular restaurants in that city. Our house was close to the business centers and it's just a few minutes drive to the mall and restaurants. We used to frequent the different buffet restaurants in that city especially during Sundays when hubby and I get out of church after service. So we were already familiar of their foods and we wanted to try a new place. One place that we went to eat for the first time before we moved out of that city was Logan's.
I remember the buyer just paid our house that we sold that day, November 22, 2008 and after we deposited the check in the bank, my hubby and I went to eat lunch at Logan's to celebrate. Actually, we used the gift card that was given to me as a gift during my citizenship celebration by one of the couples in our church. We ate to our heart's delight. The foods at Logan's were really good. My hubby ordered his favorite chicken friend steak with french fries and macaroni and cheese plus his tea. I ordered fried chicken tenders, mashed potatoes with gravy and sweet potato baked. The foods were really great! So yummy to the tummy! We love Logan's and it's one of the best restaurants in that city.
Here are the foods that I ordered. Just looking at the pics make me hungry now!!!
Below is what my hubby ordered. They're yummy and it filled his tummy!!!
We were busy eating and enjoying our meal but we took time to pose for a photo as souvenir.
My hubby with his take-home baggy.
Gardening is my hobby and it's a good therapy to me. Our yard is full of different plants and flowers. Below are my roses that I planted in front of our house in Texas more than 4 years ago. I'm really fond of gardening and I love planting flowers and vegetables. I love planting flowers that are perennial because they always come back each year. During spring, my flowers bloomed beautifully and of course I took some snapshots of them as my souvenir.
Well, it's the month of July already. Time pass by so quickly when you're having fun. Well, what do I remember about the month of July. One thing I know for sure, it's so hot in Texas during this time of the year. It was during this month that I was able to visit Six Flags Over Texas for the first time 4 years ago.
Let me just walk down memory lane and write here about the visit. It was Monday, July 16 when we went to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington together with the teenagers, kids and some adults in our church. My husband was not able to go because he has to work. We left at 7:00 AM and it was a two and half hour drive from Wichita Falls to Arlington. The park opens at 10:00 AM. I thought that there will not be a lot of people there because it was not a weekend but I was wrong. There were lots of people there. There were different kinds of rides but I just chose to ride the smooth rides. I’m chicken when it comes to riding those thrilling and adventurous rides like the Superman, Coobrila and the roller coaster rides. Oh my! Just looking at those rides makes me feel dizzy and weak. I just rode the train rides and the boat ride. I enjoyed riding the Boomtown Depot train because I was able to have sight-seeing around some parts of the park.
It was hot and humid at noon and in the afternoon, maybe the highest was mid 90’s but it was a good thing that they have those fans with mists all around the park and I liked to stay near them when I feel hot. It made me feel better. After roaming around the park and had picture, taking my feet became sore in the afternoon. So my friends and I just sat down across the Superman ride and watch the riders there. We left Six Flags at 9:30 PM and I got home about past 12 midnight. I really got tired because of too much walking and my husband said that I look darker because of too much exposure in the sun. I really don’t mind if my skin become darker as long as I have fun fun.
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