Hello Blog (Again) | Losses

Yes. Hello again, blog. I thought I was back on track the last time I posted in February, but apparently, not. Life happened.

We had several losses this year. 3 from my side of the family and 2 from my husband’s side. Parang peste daw ng tao sabi ng asawa ko.

Last May, our grandmother (our mother’s mother) passed away after enjoying 94 years on earth. All of us siblings went home on different schedules to our mother’s place for the wake and burial.

A week after our grandmother’s burial, we found out our eldest sister was very sick. The plan was just to have her checked. But we haven’t even sat down for 2 minutes and the doctor immediately advised us to have her confined. It was a difficult time for us, and most especially for my sister. We were all shocked when the doctor told us it could be Leukemia. How did that happen? Why? Why her?

During her first confinement, she needed to undergo blood transfusion because all blood-related statistics are low. One was even zero. What the heck. We needed 7 bags of O+.  Her daughter who she has the same blood type was still overseas, and was only scheduled to come home July or August. The rest of us siblings are mostly B+.

Those 7 bags were hard to produce and find. There is scarcity of blood. For real. We were able to get 1 bag from the hospital and then from Red Cross Baguio but Red Cross Baguio did not have enough. My cousins and siblings went as far as Red Cross La Union and Pangasinan. I even asked them to be ready to go to as far as Tarlac and Pampanga if needed. We had no contacts. We just took the chance. Luckily, we got one bag each from both La Union and Pangasinan. La Union did not want to give us at first, but they took pity because my cousins traveled all the way from Baguio. We got an endorsement from Red Cross La Trinidad for 1 bag in Pangasinan that’s why we were able to get one there.

The following days, we would go around all the hospitals in Baguio to check if they have extras. Of course, everything is reserved for their patients. Twice a day, one of us would visit Red Cross Baguio and La Trinidad in the hopes that they will give in haha. We got lucky because one weekend, there was a blood donation campaign by Red Cross Baguio.

The doctor advised my sister to undergo bone marrow aspiration because after completing the 7 bags of blood and other medications, her statistics have only improved a little. We encouraged my sister to do it. We brought the specimen at National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

When the results came back, it was confirmed. Acute Myeloid Leukemia. AML. She had to undergo chemotherapy if she wanted to. We encouraged her to take the chance. And so she did. It breaks the heart seeing her in pain and all the side effects of chemo. She started losing hair right after her first cycle. We were optimistic though. Unfortunately, she lost the battle exactly 4 moths from her first hospitalization. The culprit? Sepsis. Infection. Due to low immune system, she had infection. Her AML journey: May 16 – September 16, 2019. We lost her 2 months before her 52nd birthday.

Backstory: both my nieces (my sister’s daughters) got pregnant at early ages. Both have no partners. My sister became a grandma when she was not even 50 years old. At the time those happened, I was a bit sad because they were too young to be single mothers. I got my answer as to why those happened. My sister helped took care of her grand kids. They were her joy. And now, I’m glad that she was able to experience being a grandma. I am more at peace now.

Six days after our sister died, another cousin died. Our father and this cousin’s father are brothers.

A week after this cousin died, husband’s nephew died.

But wait, there’s more. Not even 2 weeks since the nephew died, his uncle died.

Hay life. So unpredictable. Rest in peace na lang sa inyo and please be our angels.

So there. We spent our first year of marriage dealing with health issues and deaths hehe.

And no, we are not yet pregnant. But I’m fine with it. If I were pregnant while all of these were happening, I know I would not be in my best mood. I would be mostly stressed and that will not be healthy for me and the baby and for hubby too hehe. So, trusting the Lord’s perfect timing on the pregnancy department. Besides, I am still a palamunin hehehe. Haven’t gotten to applying for jobs because of all the hanash the past months. So, Lord, job na lang po muna then baby keri na hehe.

I missed blogging so hopefully, I am truly back this time. Hehe.

But for now, I need to check my FarmVille hahaha!

Hello Blog | Life Updates

Well yes, hello blog. And no, I did not abandon you. It’s just that life happened since I last posted. No, I was not busy all the time. There were just a lot of things to do and to think of and to decide on and all those thinking were really exhausting even without lifting a finger hehe.

And hey! Hello people! Happy new year! And happy Chinese New Year in a few days hehehehe.

Anyway, on to life updates:

  • Most of the second half of 2018 was all about wedding preparation. While it was a simple wedding, there were still a lot of things to do. Bakit ganon? Hahahahaha!
  • And so yes, we got married last December 28, 2018. Inulan kami ng slight so mas lalong nashorten yung already short reception program hahahaha. Which is I think good because after that, I had time to mingle with people especially with few Manila friends who made it to Baguio.
  • When mid-October rolled in, I submitted my resignation letter effective January 1, 2019. Yes, I need 2 months notice, and yes, inagahanan ko ng 2 weeks pa so that I can already start transitioning. Ganon pala ang feeling. Nangangamoy freedom! Hehehehe. It was my first time to resign. Masyado akong loyal hehe. I was offered an option but I declined. I am just happy that the new boss wants me to reconsider. It was a boost in my confidence because maybe he still saw a potential in me given his standards. But I thought then and until now that it’s time for another adventure.
  • And given that, I am going back home to Baguio because that’s where most of the family is and that’s where I want to start raising our own family. Sabi nga kasi nila, you need a village to raise a child. And yes, hopeful ako that the hubby (hindi pa rin ako sanay na may tinatawag na akong hubby shocks hahahaha) and I will be blessed with kids by God’s grace.
  • Career-wise, I’d like to go the freelance route. Hopefully, I’ll be successful. I’m taking it one step at a time.
  • January went by quickly bakit ganon?! The only relevant thing I remember is our short vacation. And then here I am packing my stuff to be brought back home. Na until now pinoproblema ko pa rin paano ko iuuwi dahil hindi na pala bumibiyahe yung asawa ng pinsan ko. Pero may mahahanap pa ako for sure hehe.

So yes, spending the past 2 weeks in Manila packing my things. I need to vacate by February 7, 2019. Actually, hindi naman matagal ipack ang mga things ko. Ninanamnam ko lang talaga yung natitirang araw ko dito sa apartment because after this, wala nang balikan. Goodbye for real na talaga. Of course I am excited for my new adventures but I can’t help but feel slightly melancholic about it kasi naman almost 10 years din ako sa apartment na ito hehe.

So, that’s it. Not yet sure when I’ll be back to regular programming because after this packing business, I will also be unpacking and fixing everything in Baguio. So good luck sa amin hahahaha!

Happy weekend! And oh, mga itsura namin on our wedding day. Unofficial photo. Di ko pa nakukuha yung copies from photographer. And I am so thankful to my makeup artist. Iba ang magic nya hahahaha!

2018 Week 34: Wedding Errands Week

August 20-26, 2018

This was another wedding errands week, thanks to the sandwiched holiday last August 21. I took a leave from work last August 20 so that the BF and I can attend to some wedding related tasks.

On August 20, we went to Divisoria for h2b’s suit fitting. I have researched for Divisoria suppliers prior going there. I got one from the Girltalk forum. I communicated with her via FB chat prior the visit and it turned out well, therefore I decided to just book her service.

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↑Shopping shopping din pag may time.

On August 21, we went to Makati for our rings. Again, I learned about this supplier in the Girltalk forum. Yes, that’s my go-to forum hehe. I also communicated with the owners via FB chat prior going there to make sure that they would be available to accommodate us on this day. I have a general ring design but I am open to other designs that we may like in their display. After deliberating, the h2b and I agreed on a design. It was his choice actually, but I was convinced that his choice was better than mine so I gave in haha. I am not good at anything artsy-artsy and design related so it’s really a challenge for me to decide on such things.

Together with the rings, we will be getting dummy rings and also arrhaes. Yay! The dummy rings will be used during the procession. This is to ensure that the rings won’t get lost in the process given that it will be kids who will be holding it hehe. It will be replaced with the real one by the maid of honor or best man once in front. I didn’t know about this haha.

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↑Maaraw sa labas. Pwede ring palimos po hehe.

I went home to Baguio as well on the weekend for another round of wedding errands.

On August 25, I mett with the BFF and his brother to discuss about decoration options for the church plus boquets and corsages and buttonaires and flower girl baskets and flowers to use. Too many things to decide on nyahahaha! But at least we already have a list of options for the flowers. I just want a simple design. Nothing fancy. We also met again on Sunday for a quick occular of the church.

Still on August 25, the BFF and I went to the gowns and suits rental to supposedly finalize our options. But I had second thoughts after meeting with the handler because I flet it was expensive and I am not sure if I want to spend that much on rentals. For instance, I need to add 1k per pax if the guys will be wearing suits. 1k/pax? Seriously?! When I discussed this with the h2b during our dinner the next day, he thinks it’s also expensive so we’re deferring the rental option for now and see if we can just buy in Divisoria or some shops in Baguio for a cheaper price.

On August 26, I also showed the h2b some options about cusotmized cords, bible, candles and rosary. He was shocked. San ko raw ba pinagkukuha mga yun hahahaha! Well, I got the idea about customized cords when an ex-officemate showed me their customized cords. I forgot about it actually but I came across a blog about it and that lead me to the supplier who I’ve been communicating with. And of course I saw customized candles, bible and rosary in her products so, why not chocnut? Hehe. Anyway, the h2b agreed to have some customized items and we already agreed on which designs to take based on the options given by the supplier. I haven’t placed the orders yet but will be doing that soon.

I was supposed to stay in Baguio until Monday but I cannot stand the strong rains! And so I decided to just go back to Manila on Sunday evening because I am done with my errands.

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↑Date night first.

Wedding errands to be continued this weekend!

I am just grateful that the h2b is very helpful in our wedding preparations. He shares his opinions about things that I discuss with him. And I discuss with him all the nitty-gritty details. He is also supportive of some things I want to happen even if these are new to him hehe. I am proud to say that so far, everything that we’ve accomplished are both our choices, down to the smallest details. I hope it remains this way until we’ve crossed out everything in our list.

There are still a lot to do like my gown fitting, invites, misalettes, programs, how to decorate our small yard for the reception and so on. But we’ll cross these out one at a time SOON.

The end.

P.S. I will be sharing our suppliers after the wedding. But if someone comes across this blog and wants to know, just leave your email in the comments section and I’ll get back to you.

2018 Week 33: KDrama Mode

August 13-19, 2018

I am happy that the contract for one of the projects has been approved and we were able to start the requirements gathering already. One more contract to work on and we’re off to do all the nitty-gritty leg work.

I was supposed to do general cleaning last weekend. However, I got hooked with the Korean series What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. It has 16 episodes and I completed it from Saturday late afternoon to Sunday evening hehe.

I liked the fast-paced plots. There were some plots that I found corny though. And I was literally covering my eyes on the scene with the kidnapper and kids hahahaha! But it was a feel-good series overall.

Image source. Ayiiii kilig much!

I was able to still do some household chores in the evening so it was not all bum weekend haha.

I fetched the BF at the terminal as we had errands in Manila on Aug. 20-21. Yes, taking advantage of his Monday rest day, my sandwiched workday (so I took a leave) and a holiday hehehe.

The end.

2018 Week 32: English Training

August 6-12, 2018

Yung totoo lang. Bakit halos kalahati na uli ng August ang natapos na? Dati naman Ber months yung mabibilis ah. Kaloka.

Anyway, last Monday to Wednesday, we had a customized English training for 4 hours each day. While English is a common language, it doesn’t hurt to still train once in a while. What I liked most is the role playing with work scenarios which we are familiar with. After the short play, we critic our performance and our teammates provide their feedback too. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to role play because of lack of time. Overall, the training was helpful because I have realized some things that I am currently doing which needs corrections.

Gosh, the non-stop rain over the weekend was crazy. Flooding all around. I hope those that were affected would be able to cope up and move on eventually.

I saw in my news feed about the garbage along Roxas Boulevard that was thrown back over by Manila Bay. When will we ever learn about proper waste disposal? Mother Nature is throwing back at us trash that we’re carelessly threw away that reached the seas. Sigh.

I also saw a video about a child who was beaten up by her step mother (as per the video). I cannot understand why other people can do that to innocent children. Why? Just why? But what hurts more is that when the kid was asked if she loves her father, she said yes even if he is hurting her too. Shame on you, adults.

Anyway, I went to the mall to quickly shop for some food for the week. And I think this is the only productive thing I did this weekend hahaha.

Have a great week ahead.

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