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New Year, New Routines!

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I can’t believe I’ve been teaching ZUMBA now for 3 months!  Actually, I can’t believe that I am teaching now. All those time, I thought I won’t be able to do this for no. 1 reason – I thought I can’t memorize choreography, but look at me now memorized almost 30 routines! Memorized a full hour routines in a month! I know it’s probably easy for others but for me, it’s a huge milestone! I am so proud of myself! 12244732_1521137644870300_3528131102521374614_o

Yesterday was my last Zumba Class of the year, it was fun as usual! I had awesome participants, old and new comers, and some instructors too! in 2016, I plan on doing new routines,  I am still in the process of learning my new warm- up song, it’s a 10 minute routine and I love  all three mixed songs! I hope my class will like it coz I love it!

To those who wants to try my class, go to my facebook page ZUMBA with JES and check my updates of my new schedules!

Gardening as a Therapy

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I never imagined ever in my life that gardening will become one of my hobbies. Infact, it’s my favorite among all of them!

I started a year ago with landscaping in our backyard. It was a tough job especially under the hot sun but after you see your hard work, seeing the beauty of it makes you wanna do more! And so I did. I finished the front landscape and this year, I also landscaped the whole backyard around the fence. After doing all that, I still wanna do more and so I planted some vegetables and fruits such as Strawberries, Okra, Tomatoes, bitter Gourd, Sweet Potatoes, red pepper and jalapeño. I kinda planted late but it’s still worth the try so that I can improve it next year.

One thing about I love about gardening aside from watching all the pretty butterfies and other creatures in our garden is watering  them. For some reason, I cannot let the day pass without watering the plants except when it’s raining. My plants are doing good and healthy and hope to plant more next year!

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Surprises and Offers on New Look Bingo!

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Its 1.15 pm mid afternoon, done with all my regular stuff, cooked lunch, bought grocery, washed utensils and cleaned home. I’m too lazy but my backyard needs to be cleaned too, I need a break from my daily chores.I started surfing and looking out for some selection of good brands of accessories. It was just then when I noticed something interesting, there was a link to play bingo without going outside your home! It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Play your favorite past time game without spending even a penny, andgoing anywhere else! New Look Bingo is one of the online bingo sites which has got unique and amazing promotions. It is filled with numerous types of games enriched with great jackpots. I was amazed to see the surprise offers and prizes at New Look Bingo. A newbie in New Look Bingo gets £15 bonus without making any deposit. So if you spend £10 then you play with £45 in all games. Let me give you a quick note of few of their promotions which I found exciting here. They are, Hot Ball Tuesdays, Wednesday Winners,Thursday happens to be Deposit ‘n’ Win Day, Flashback Fridays, and finally the Saturday Night Fever. The last day of the week is filled with surprises too, I have marked all Sundays of this month because if you can bingo on that particular date then you could win free bingo tickets worth £10. For more details click here to visit this fascinating bingo site

Goodbye Tanktops, Hello Jackets!

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Fall, fall, fall, my favorite season of the year! It’s time to say goodbye to summer clothes and say hello light jackets! I thought I can still tolerate the coldness but as time goes by, temperature keeps on dropping and I can no longer last going outside with just my tank tops and shorts. So I started keeping some of my summer clothes already and started hanging my fall clothes up. I noticed I have bunch of longsleeves but only have few jackets and blazers. I really love wearing blazers during slightly cold seasons such as spring and fall.

It’s time to hit the world wide web and look for some selections. It doesn’t have to be signature ones or expensive, I am more on the design type of gal. As long as I like it and it’s not pricey, I will add it to my cart. Found several types from different stores but my eyes were trapped in a wide range of casual jackets at Zalora. I bought several items from there before and it didn’t fail me. They are all nice and affordable and I’m glad I found some cute jackets there.  Aside from blazers, I might need some boots as well. I just disposed some of my old low cut boots and just bought long ones last year. That’s the thing about being stay at home mom, you hardly use your  outside clothes and shoes. Needless to say, less needs less expenses. But even you’re a stay at home mom, we still need some therapy you know, and for me, once every season of shopping is not that bad at all.

Friends

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Life is full of wonderful surprises only if you go out there and explore. You’ll learn new things and you’ll meet new people you never imagined you’re going to be friends with.

I’ve been staying at home since December and I thought I would never socialize anymore until I start working again. When I am still working I’ve met a lot of people but only few of them stayed and became close to me.  I am glad I met them and I am glad that despited of not working together anymore, they are still there keeping intouch. Infact, we have dinner this coming Friday.

Aside from them, we have family friends too that we’re hanging out with every special occasions. They are always there to laugh with, party with and to help you when you’re in need of anything. These are our friends  that we also considered as our family here in Arkansas.

Lately when my kids school began, I managed to go out again and attend classes in the gym. I’ve met new friends and more friends….and I am so happy that they are all nice to me and even offered me a ride when I don’t have the car with me. I feel very blessed and I am very thaknful!

Today, I bumped into somebody I met in the gym not so long ago and we’re going to have lunch together on Tuesday!  Can you feel my excitement? Don’t get me wrong, I am not bored or anything in our house. I love being with my kids in the afternoon and I love doing house chores and some gardening when they are in school. I got tons of things to do but I really need to get out and mingle with friends. I also needed to socialize don’t you think? So, I am going out with them and will have fun!

Birthday Blues

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137787I found myself crying for some reason while preparing the ingredients of our dinner today. Was it the onion? Definitely NO, if I am a girl of many talents, cutting onion without crying is one of them. But I guess I have an idea – my birthday is coming so soon! Yeah, for real, I get very emotional when my birthday is coming. I don’t know, that is why I am asking myself why? What’s up with my birthday? Do I want something on my birthday? No, I am not that material girl or a childish person that wants present every birthday. I grew up with nothing and I am used to have no birthday celebration since my dad died.

Now this post is making me cry again coz I remembering the very last, vivid and only memory of my birthday with my dad. It was raining, yes it’s always raining on that month. I remember my dad brought home a rain boot as my present, I was so happy and very excited to go out and walk it through the muddy street where I used to then ride in his singe motorcycle. My brothers in front of my dad, then me behind him then my mom and my baby sister behind me, all six of us. Don’t ask me how we fit in there, we just did. I remember heading to my cousin’s house which birthday is just after mine and we used to celebrate together in my other cousins’ house. That’s the only birthday I remembered with him and when he died, I never had any party anymore.  Or maybe there’s some simple celebration with my grandma or aunt where I lived with when my dad died. Maybe they prepared me something during my birthday or give me presents but honestly, I don’t know if I just don’t remember or there just isn’t any coz the next birthday I remember after  was when I turned 18.

It was midterm, 1st year college. Nobody knew it was my birthday, we were all busy answering our test papers. I was trying to concentrate more on my test papers rather than concentrating on thinking how pathetic I was on my very special day. My 18th birthday, my debut, where I should be wearing a fancy dress, having a party, dancing with my 18 roses and listening to every greetings of my 18 candles, opening 18 gifts like other 18th birthday celebrators I knew did when they turned 18. Then I finally realized, I am not like them. I don’t have my dad anymore that used to give me a “Happy” Birthday! We can barely buy food to put on our table three times a day, very ambitious of me to dream of such fancy birthday. Then I finally came up to my senses, my friend Rose pulled me out of the road and told me I almost got hit by the tricycle thats passing through. Wow! I didn’t even know I was close to my house already. Good thing my friend commuted home with me, if not, maybe my 18th birthday will be a tragedy. Oh well, I’m still a lucky human being I guess coz aside from my friend saved my life, I went home with a family waiting for me. I saw a banner made of manila paper with HAPPY BIRTHDAY written with crayon and some drawings of my brothers for me. They are very creative , they even turned our meal (rice and small fried mackerel) into a pretend cake with candles, sang me a happy birthday song and made me pretend blow the candle (small mackerel sticking on top of the rice).They tried, it was a touching moment but I’m still sad. And that’s how my 18th birthday was. After that night, I promised to myself that once I get a job, I will definitely throw myself a party.  So I did!

It was my 19th birthday, 2nd year college when I finally had my first “official” job in this fast food chain. I threw myself a party, I invited most of my classmates in college, my aunt cooked for me, bought alcoholic beverages (18 years old is the legal age in the Philippines to drink, so yey!) and had so much fun! It was unforgettable, my very first party since my dad died.

My  20-28th birthday celebrations was with my boyfriend (my husband now) . We both have the same birth month so we celebrated together, invited our common friends and again, had so much fun! My 28th birthday was kind of different. We were in two different sides of the world, he celebrated his with friends here in US and I celebrated mine in the Philippines. First with my girl friends, we ate out, had cake and lots of laughters and gifts! Then had another party at my cousins, after long long years, there I was celebrating it again with my cousin that I used to celebrate birthdays with when we were young. That was one wonderful party!

After my 19th birthday, I dreamt of having my 30th birthday celebrated in this food chain where most kids celebrate their birthdays. Yeah, youre right -it’s a kids party. Where theres party hats, cake and ice cream, mascot, party host and lots of foods,  games and goodies I never had when I was a kid. That didn’t happen but God gave me a bigger and better blessing -moving here in US! I was able to celebrate my 3oth birthday in a different way to thank the Lord for my 30th year of existence in this world and shout out to everybody how blessed I am. I hosted an online giveaway to celebrate it with my blogger friends. I had a “YELLOW” themed party with our new family anf friends in Arkansas, I have this very pretty dream come true “TWEETY BIRD” cake made by a talented friend. And lots and lots of presents I’ve ever had in my life  from different countries aside from US,  SG, Japan and Philippines! It was a blast and I am overly HAPPY!

Then I turned 31. I was thinking, I was satisfied with my 30th birthday and I think I am not going to have any more party or atleast wait for another milestone – my 40th. But it’s my husband’s turn that year,  it’s his 30th birthday so I threw him a supposedly “surprised” Star craft theme party but he has to know about it the day before the celebration because he needs to help me preparing haha! It was another fun filled party!

Last year I turned 32 and my husband 31. We didn’t plan on having a party but since we just moved to our new house, might as well have our “first birthday” in it. We had “Beer-Ger Party” , a burger party with beers! We had lots of visitors and lots of gifts. It was a very nice celebration, we really did party hard. I think most of us got pretty drunk!

So after reminiscing all those happy moments, I am again asking myself, why the birthday blues? Is it because my husband doesn’t wanna have a party this year? I can always have another party when I get back to work.  Do I want a present? I can buy myself something, oh wait, I don’t have any money. Do I have something I feel like I haven’t accomplished at this age? Hmmm…aside from a tattoo? Nothing else.  I can’t figure it out. I’m just having this very sad feeling that I can’t get out of my system. I am convincing myself theres nothing to be sad about so I am hoping this will go away soon!

“Fifty Shades of Grey” It’s a Date!

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And here it is….”Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer and will be in cinemas on February 2015! It’s been 2 years since husband and I went to watch a movie in cinema  for some of his ridiculous reasons. Well this year, I will force him to come with me and watch this movie. Yep, that’s right, I won’t miss this, I will let him mark his calendar for this, it’s a date! I can’t wait! Watching this TRAILER gives me goosebumps! So that’s how it feels huh, to watch a movie that you’ve already read from the book.  I hope this won’t disappoint my expectations, it should be better that my imagination. I am hoping for that.

Good Morning Tuesday!

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Sitting in the dining room staring at the white  window drapes while enjoying the sound of the fan whirring behind me. It’s 7:15 in the morning, Tuesday, kids are on summer break but hubby still needs to go to work and that is why I am awake since 6:30. My coffee is still hot  I can’t take a sip yet. Ah– I wanna go back to bed… but I don’t want to332022,xcitefun-tuesday-greetigs-1. That is why I am right in front of my mac air right now letting my mind flow while my fingers documenting it and then suddenly my blood is flowing little by little and thinking what should I do today. I am done with my landscape project in our front house but I am still itching to do some more gardening.  I know I still have pending projects in our backyard but what can I do I don’t have enough resources yet, Ill wait til next payday  and I’ll ask hubby  about it (big grin). So instead of planning for today’s agenda, I’ll just plan on what to do this summer before kids go back to school on August 1st. Yep, you read that right, August 1st is the NON TRADITIONAL schools first day! Like what I already planned, I have activities and schedule for  the kids to follow everyday. I know it sounds like “not fun” at all but I am trying to make their days exciting like let them play minecraft the whole morning ( looks very long but trust me it’s still not long enough for them) since it’s summer break! Aside from activities planned, Annual Physical is part of it.  Yep, we wanna make sure our kids are in good shape. Fieldtrips and attending local activities in our city is also part of my plan aside from swimming and biking ofcourse! And lastly, my favorite (what I have in mind so far) is  shopping!  Quarterly, we are shopping for new clothes, kids are getting bigger and bigger every year, they need new shoes, new set of clothes and undies. Not just for kids but for my me and my husband as well. I would need some summer tops and shorts, my clothes are either shrinking or I am just gaining too much weight! I also need to buy some ——- oh my husband is leaving now, let me walk him to the garage and kiss him goodbye! Blog more later! Happy TUESDAY!!!!

Bingo for Past Times

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Bored of doing nothing during your break time or perhaps, after doing all the tasks at home? Why not try something different aside from sleeping or playing nonsense online. There are plenty of things can be done at home, either baking your favorite pastry or if not play bingo without going outside your home!
Sound interesting, isn’t it? Playing your favorite past time is possible nowadays that is because of the rapid growth of technology at the same time, the evolvement of the usage of technology. Thence, it’s not wondering at all why people come up of enjoying stuffs like before but this time, without spending any single penny and going anywhere!Bingo is one of the games mostly moms and even dads enjoy before until now. Thence, due to the help of technology they can now enjoy this without going somewhere just to have fun playing this stuff. Aside from that, there are plenty of bingo sites that everyone could play on. And as a matter of fact, it can also be enjoyed same as what they used to have in real life. Play bingo and win cash, indeed! As I’ve said there are plenty but if you don’t have any idea what site offers great advantage for players then you can try out bingo at Ladbrokes.com.Anyway, you can try out others too but if you want guaranteed sure then I suggest try this one first.

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My Not So Old Career

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It’s been three months since I started to teach in Preschool. So far I’m loving it! I love the kids, I love our room, I love my colleagues and the management except for the salary. Oh well, I guess most of the teachers I know are not happy with their salary but they end up working for more than 5 or 6 years now because they love what they do more than their paycheck.

I guess teaching is really a calling and not a profession. I know there’s other job out there that can pay me better but I am lucky my husband is atleast earning enough for us that way, I don’t need to pressure myself to work in an environment that I don’t love.

But to be honest, even the pay is not good, and I am very tired mostly everyday, I feel fulfilled and happy with this kind of job. I am loving it everyday!