Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Taking a Step Forward

A midweek thought from Marc and Angel Hack Life:

"Just because you’re afraid, doesn’t mean you’re in danger... 
Just because you think you might fail, doesn’t mean you will. 
Look beyond your doubts and keep searching for the truth. 
Despite the struggles that you might be facing, never give up on yourself.  You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as capable as you have ever imagined. "

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The #273happydays Project

The #273happydays project is a personal project I've started after it was announced in our company that our manufacturing site in Auckland will be closing.  In the last three months, I've captured photos of latte art and food - our two major sources of solace as we sought answers to the neverending questions, most of the time bringing us to the biggest question of all...WHY?

Hmmm.  I'm a little rusty at this writing thingie.  So here goes the first set of this series (which I hopefully can continue).  Latte Art.  We are after all a fresh coffee roasting company.  


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Back to blogging

Today is exactly 7 weeks ‘til my last day of work.  Today is also 10 weeks away from my expected due date for baby #2.  There are a lot of things going on at work.  This week, albeit short due to the Labor Day weekend celebration last weekend, is somehow stretching to be a month.  How can everything go wrong during the first 3 hours of a daily production?  2 production line, 4 sauces – all problematic.  But just as what the trainer in last week’s training said: Murphy’s Law – If something will go wrong, it will.  And so be it.

Yesterday’s production was terrible.  I knew the moment I answered a call on my company mobile phone at 7:25 am.  It went for the worse midday when every single problem that can be encountered in a production was in our cards.  What the hell?  It was good that I was working with a supervisor who was calm, collected and had sufficient product knowledge.  He even managed to sing a Christmas carol while instructing his staff what to do next. He was having a bad day: his pregnant wife being 11 days overdue and with paperwork pending in his desk. I was too: Being 7 months pregnant, hungry all the time and having heartburn every two hours.  In the end, all went well. 

I’m not sure if I should be in this job at this time of my pregnancy.  I have been so stressed lately.  I’ve been trying my best to leave the factory as soon as I’ve clocked in 8.5 hours to try to be home to my 4-year-old –who’s also exhausted from daycare and from waking up early in the morning.  I’m trying my darn hardest to spend more time with him before baby#2 arrives.  I’m trying to look at my options.  One option I cannot take, however, is to not work.  Moving to 3 countries in 5 years has definitely taken a toll on our finances.  It’s expensive moving around – not only with your luggage-full of clothes but also with boxes of personal effects.  Factor in the furniture and whiteware you buy and sell in every country you live in.  Whew.  It’s been exhausting – physically and emotionally.  But it has been one  hell of a ride.

Expat living has ended for our family.  Here’s to being a full time migrant!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Summer is here!

Back to strawberry fields.
Summer means Christmas for this part of the world.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

UP Fight!

Today is the opening of Rugby World Cup 2011.  We dressed Aaron in black to support the New Zealand All Blacks team who will be playing against Tonga on the opening night.   He doesn't have a black jacket though.  So he ended up looking like "Italy" when I picked him up from school thus the impromptu photoshoot when we got home.  

The jacket actually has the colors of UP (University of the Philippines).  I just didn't have the right camera settings.  This is his favorite jacket now - 2 sizes too small.  

Allan and I are from UP.  We'll always be proud of our school colors.  I hope someday Aaron gets to know more about being an "Iskolar ng bayan".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spring is here!

We've survived winter!
Thanks to Mama's baking!
The sun is out most of the time now and so are we!