Dear 15yrold Self

Hi, it’s you 15 years in the future.

You’re in your 4th year of high school now, you’re about to enter college in a few months, you’re going to bid your beloved school and friends goodbye because you won’t be seeing each other for a long time or maybe never. You will be moving to the Philippines from your Bahrain comfort zone.

I just want to say that adjusting life in the Philippines won’t be easy. Studying and living out of your comfort zone will require a lot of patience and perseverance on your end. You will go through a lot.

One thing I wish you would do though, is not to be easily swayed or influenced by the new people you meet. Learn not to be gullible and easily influenced by those who just want to enjoy life and skip classes and smoke and drink.

I hope you focused more on your studies and didn’t get affected that much with your parents’ issues. I hope you had the guts to make decisions for yourself, that you don’t want to stop studying. That you like the course you chose. That you want to keep studying and be successful at that.

I would probably be writing this letter differently when all that I hoped for happened but this is how life took its place. There’s no chance for erasures but there will always be space for improvement.

Things we planned for ourselves don’t necessarily happen especially if you are not bent on making them come true.

Just take it as it is and be grateful instead.

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It’s February already!

Whoah! How time flies by soooo fast! It was just December the other day and now it’s February going on Valentine’s Day again.

Anyway, I feel like time is running out on me. I just have this feeling like I want to do so many things but I’ve got very little time and I’m actually wasting all of it. I don’t know.

This month, I might go back to working again. After quitting my last job in 2015, I thought I won’t ever apply for a job again. But somehow I did, I originally didn’t expect them to contact me for an interview but they did. I passed two interviews now and just waiting when I’m going to start.

The job post said it is project based and that I will have to do most of it home-based but during the interviews, they were subtly asking that they would prefer if I report to the office as often as possible and that I should be ready in 6 months to a year’s time for a regular scheduled job.

The company’s a stable one, I’m sure of it. It’s not a start-up with a provincial rate, nor is it a pioneer company managed by one family and it’s not in publishing this time.

It’s one of the top insurance companies in the world and I doubt they’ll run out of money. I just hope their offer to me is good. Good enough for me to stay and save money for my future plans. That’s all I ask. Then again, for opportunities like these coming my way, I’m forever grateful.

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Utterly Engaged

Found this in the drafts.

October 20, 2013

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The Proposal

Steve is sweet but not mushy sweet. He’s not the kind with awesome well-planned surprises. He will just surprise you the simplest way he could or maybe even not, but that’s the way he is.

Anyway, the proposal happened on my birthday, while celebrating at my friend Paulo’s house, I was eating chicken from a YellowCab delivery with my hands and there he knelt and asked the question.

So I was there, sitting and dumbfounded, asking if he’s serious and immediately looked at my greasy fingers and figured how would he put that ring with my hands all greasy?! Oh well, so he did and I said Yes.

He looked nervous alright because he intended to actually ask while celebrating at the house with most of his siblings around. Guess his shyness got the better of him.

The Ring

The ring is really pretty, not your typical one stone white gold ring. I was surprised that it was gold and had little stones on the side. Steve said he designed it himself. Though the actual diamond is smaller than a karat, it was just appropriate for me to wear in the Philippines, not too flashy but still elegant. I love it!

Thoughts

Never in my life did I think I would be engaged, let alone get married someday. I always pictured myself growing old single, an old maid or probably have a child from a failed relationship then struggling to survive and put my child to school or travel if I didn’t have any child but have a good enough career and then live with lots of dogs.

Truly, God wants my life the other way around. Instead, I got into a long term relationship and here we are engaged to be married. Certainly He gave me much more than what I expected my life to be. God blessed me so much to actually have a normal life, not the kind that still turns heads one way or the other.

I know there will be struggles along the way but I’m sure glad to have someone and be someone’s other half so we can get through life’s ups and downs. Celebrate life and be each other’s wall when things don’t go as well.

Again, Forever Grateful

My Cheesy Tuna Baked Macaroni Recipe

I’m no expert in cooking so I didn’t get to include the exact measurements of the ingredients, I just really love baked mac and my mom who usually makes this lives far from me so I have no choice but to make it myself. Plus the bakedmacs in restaurants just don’t give me those giddy cheesy feels. The pasta filling can vary from elbow macaroni to penne or even spaghetti and the tuna filling can be minced beef or chicken or even vegetables, whatever you like is A okay!

Macaroni Filling

Ingredients:

I pack elbow macaroni (about 800g)

Two cans of tuna (in oil or water, doesn’t matter)

1 can sliced mushrooms (just wanted to add another ingredient)

1 pack Tomato Sauce

Tomato Paste

Chopped Onions

Chopped Garlic

Mixture of different herbs (basil, oregano etc.)

Salt and Pepper

Olive oil and Vegetable oil

Procedure:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in pan, add in chopped onions and garlic and wait till onions become translucent, then add in the mushrooms and the canned tunas. I used one spicy tuna in can to add a kick to the otherwise overwhelming cheese flavor later on.
  3. After adding the canned tunas, you can then add in the tomato sauce and let it simmer for about 3mins then add in the tomato paste to make the sauce look more put-together. You know it.
  4. You can now add your different herbs and salt and pepper for flavor.
  5. Before your pasta fully cooks or reaches its al dente state, get it out from the heat as it will still continue to cook, plus it will get baked anyway. Put it in your baking pan/dish and drizzle a little olive oil on top so the pasta won’t stick to each other. You can then mix in your sauce mixture in the baking dish.

 

Creamy Cheesy Topping

Ingredients:

1 can evaporated milk

1 pack heavy cream (I used Nestle cream)

1  8oz block of cream cheese

Grated cheese

Procedure:

  1. Mix all three ingredients in a saucepan on low heat, these are the evaporated milk, heavy cream and your block of cream cheese.
  2. When the creams and cheeses are well mixed you can now spread it on top of your pasta in the baking dish and sprinkle grated cheese for as much as you like.

 

FINISH PRODUCT!

 

The Black/Blue or Gold/White Dress: I saw both colors!

I never thought I’d bother to blog about this controversial dress since I thought from the very beginning that this is just one of those attention seeking posts on social media. True enough, it did get attention from the whole world.

The Dress

For days I’ve been seeing posts about this dress. Even celebrities debated on it. I concluded that there are two photos of the dress, one in black/blue and one in white/gold and people are just trying to make an issue out of it. So all is good for me, didn’t care, not interested.

Until I came across a video of Ellen DeGeneres showing the dress on the TV screen beside her. Since I missed watching Ellen, I clicked on the video and had to listen to her quirks about it because I know she’s gonna say something hilarious (as always) about it.

So she shows the photo of #TheDress, I see it in Gold and White, which is the color she sees as well. As for her audience, majority agreed with her seeing White/Gold and a minority raised their hands for Black/Blue. She admitted later on that the dress was in fact Black/Blue then joked that the real dress is wrong (lol Ellen). Out of curiousity, I paused the video and went over to my fiancé, asked him what color he sees on the dress, and again, he agrees it is gold/white. So I’m good. We both agree.

Then I went back to my room and turned off the lights for “bill saving” purposes and played the video again. It shocked me seeing black/blue all of a sudden. Initially, I thought they changed the photo to show the dress in a different color but I went back to the very start of the video and I cannot see the gold/white anymore!

My fiancé, being an optometrist by profession had to explain it to me thoroughly, while I freak out, how that happened to me.

He said it had something to with the photosensitive cells/photoreceptors in our retinas called cones and rods. The cones are for the night vision while the rods are for the color vision. My eyes adjusted to both that’s why I saw the dress in white/gold first then black/blue later on which was the real color anyway. It still freaks me out really. That’s why I’m blogging about it now. How amazing is the human body!

Hong Kong Layover 2014

I have always pictured touring my boyfriend, now fiancé in the place where I grew up. It’s a little challenging since I grew up abroad, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Thank you Lord for making it come true last Oct.26-Nov.8 of 2014.

We even had a one day tour during our Hong Kong layover since the airlines we took is Cathay Pacific because it’s cheaper than the straight flight from Bahrain’s local airlines, Gulf Air. Plus we get to do a side trip so it’s a win-win deal!

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I went ahead and planned our itinerary in Hong Kong which included going to the places where we don’t need to pay entrance fees and are accessible via the MTR, but we discovered that riding the bus was more fun because we get to sight see the streets. These are also the places we didn’t get to go to the last time we visited Hong Kong in 2013 which was our first trip out of the country together. It was with his family though, nonetheless, it was super fun!

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First stop, Snoopy’s World, because I looooove SNOOPY!!! We rode the bus going here straight from the airport. It’s within a mall called New Town Plaza in Sha Tin.

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We brought bread from Breadtalk (Philippines) for snacks and bought drinks from a nearby convenient store using our Octopus card. This is more practical when you’re on a budget. Besides, this tour of Hong Kong is just a freebie from our major destination which is in Bahrain.

Next stop was The Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. This time we used the MTR going here. From Sha Tin station to Tsim Sha Tsui and then we walked to the place where we got to see the Hong Kong version of Hollywood’s walk of fame, plus the famous Bruce Lee statue and the Hong Kong skyline. It was very worth it!

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We even discovered a place that was not in our itinerary but had the time to check out since we had the whole day to ourselves before our next flight. Besides, commuting around Hong Kong is convenient. The Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars!

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Riding the A21 bus, here’s a snap of us two sitting at the top deck of a double deck bus. Hong Kong sights below.

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Back at the airport, we got hungry so we decided to eat somewhere unusual. We ended up eating at this Food restaurant. They served good food which totally satisfied our hunger, affordable too! We used our left over Hong Kong dollars from our last trip so again, it didn’t cost us a thing from our budget for Bahrain. *applause*

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Thank you again Hong Kong for accommodating us!