First Day High: Workforce Version

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Just before school starts, this lady is one a first day high… workforce style!

First day high


After 4 years, imagine how we feel (even hubby and Sachi will adjust)!

The first day I went to work, my daughter woke up and first things she asked “Ate Josie, did Mommy kiss me goodbye?” Isn’t she the sweetest?


BIG News and Paper Updates

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I have BIG news! Well, for starters, I want to make a shout out first to the universe — A BIG THANK YOU for all the opportunities coming my way… our way. Thank You Lord for all these blessings.

So first off, I am going to work! Well, I had just a little over a month rest since I last “worked”, but if you think of it, I don’t really consider my last job as a “job”, it was more of a freelance work. Since there was no going to the office, traveling back and forth, no colleagues to mingle with… this new opportunity is a big deal for me. My last “nine-to-five job” was 4 years ago. Imagine the nervousness I felt during the interviews. I felt like a fresh grad!

To cut the story short, I passed (ALL SMILES) and now finishing the pre-employment requirements… thus the title of this entry, “Paper Updates”. Most of the requirements are readily available but some are still in my maiden name… so yes the inevitable surname change is now happening (yesssss, after 4 years!) 

Good thing, I had my SSS and passport changed last year. Yes again, it was just last year that I had these changed 😀 C’mon, there wasn’t any need for me to do it anyways. It’s so stressful to deal with government agencies, lining up, red tape, and everything in between… so I was putting it on hold for the longest time… until now.

So which ones need to be changed?

1) Driver’s License – Since it also expired last year, I had to renew and simultaneously change the status. Satellite offices in Malls don’t accept this kind of change so we had to go to Marikina LTO office. We asked help from Manong Rick, who was stationed at Midtown, since hubby had to get a new license too, plus the car needs registration, so help is “sulit”.

2) NBI Clearance – I am dreading this because I’ve heard horror stories of falling in line in the wee hours of the morning night. I was already issued a clearance before, way way back when I was a fresh grad. But the new system says that there are no more renewals of old NBI clearance. “ALL APPLICATIONS ARE CONSIDERED “FIRST TIME APPLICATIONS’. I did lose that old clearance anyways.

As I am writing this, I’m thinking of having a representative fall in line for me. May papayag kaya? 😀

Next opportunity is another small business for us. This kind of business has been on my list for the longest time. I even paid for a seminar which I wasn’t able to attend way back in 2008. So even if this is just a small business, I’m considering it BIG because I’m finally having it checked on my “to-do” list! 🙂 Then, I still have one thing going on but I am not sure if I have the energy to continue… I just might put it on hold.

My priority now is my job, a possible career in the corporate world, a chance I wanted before I step into the big THREE-O, and a chance I got. This could be the MORE that I’ve been looking for. So I am nothing but grateful. THANK YOU LORD!!!

Swimming Lessons

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I am a scared-y cat when it comes to swimming. For the love of life, I cannot swim in any form — If you drop me in the water, I’ll drown not only because of failure to swim but because of heart attack and panic.

This is the reason why at 4-years old, I am dutifully bringing my daughter to swimming lessons. I wanted a covered pool since the weather is so hot and humid. Scorching if I may add. Luckily, my internet research prowess led me to an unbeatable price of 2,5000 for 10 sessions  … on a covered pool! I must say it is not a first class resort, it doesn’t even come close to a 3-star maybe. It looks like a simple backyard pool decent enough to teach toddlers. With the price, I came without expecting sparkling clean amenities, just plain swimming lessons.

On that note, Coach April, who is part of the Philippine rowing team dedicates an hour to teach our 4-year olds (Went there with a friend), making it somehow a one-on-one approach.

Here are photos of our first few sessions:

Day 1: The little girl was very apprehensive. She didn’t want to follow instructions just yet.

Goggles on! Ready for Day 2


Day 2: In fairness to Sachi, she knew how to dive even before the lesson started… but it was the “frog dive” because she just jumps on her feet and dive with frog feet 😀




Day 4: Ready for the big pool!

I am so proud of Sachi. Well, coming from a “dipper” (literal, I just dip my feet in the water), seeing my daughter dive is a really joy for me. We have 6 more sessions to go, can’t wait to see her progress. Stage mother much! :p