Friday, October 18, 2013

I'm back!

This is a shame post to be honest. The title above has been in this blog for a few times already. I admit, it has always been my title whenever I get back after a long hiatus or in this case, my laziness. Although when I do an outfit collage in Polyvore, it automatically uploads in my blog, does it even count? My last honest-to-goodness-from-the-bottom-of-my-heart post was last April when I uploaded something for Zeke's birthday. I couldn't believe that I haven't updated this despite me being unemployed for the longest time.

So what happened to me? Well, after I got back from Sydney, I went back to my hometown in CDO and stayed for a month. Then went back here in Manila to lodge another visa application that turned out to be as one of the most unbelievable experiences I've had with the embassy. The first time my visa was granted, it just took 4 days for the case officer to review my application and even deliver my visa grant notice.  Yep, that quick that I don't even have the time to get nervous. Then the second time, it took them a month to review my application. Technically, it was granted in three weeks but for some reason, the case officer was such as slack that I didn't get any notice even after a week when she called me up for an interview. I emailed the embassy a couple of times and even got my visa grant notice through email. I have left the country when my actual notice was delivered to my home. I missed our anniversary but nevertheless, I was reunited again with my love. I stayed in Sydney again for another three months. This time, it was WINTER! Brrr.... So that's it. I spent a month being a bum with my family, a month of waiting for a visa and three months of doing gf duties :)

Went down to Geelong to attend Kelly's (Zeke's sister) 40th birthday. It was a super fun costume party!

He was Batman and I was Catwoman

Drinking with Zeke's siblings

Winter photoshoot at Jodie's place in Shelford

We're on a tree?
So it's been 5 weeks since I got back and I'm actually pretty proud that I'm a bit busy. I went straight to CDO for my mommy's birthday but stayed with my family for only 5 days. I came back here in Manila to lodge another visa application as what Zeke and I have agreed and luckily, we got my notice after 2 weeks. So now is just a matter of deciding which date I should get for my flight back to Sydney. To be honest, I'm quite a bit busy here. Not really busy busy but I am doing something that I really do like. You know how I made reselling as a sideline before? It was really my bread and butter for my lifestyle. Now I've made it as my full time job. Yes, I'm back in selling and it really feels good to be doing this again. This time, I am not doing it alone but I have a partner which makes it more fun. We started last August (while I was still in Sydney) selling one brand of tote bags but now we have expanded and diversified. We have bags, shirts, shoes and watches from multiple brand names. Business has been good so far. We deliver goods almost every other day and we have resellers as well. I can honestly say that although I don't earn as much as I did back when I was still in Convergys, this humble business of ours pays some of my bills and my food. It's just been almost two months and I can say this one is very promising. It actually makes me really happy. I think I was really born to be a businesswoman. With 881 Likes on Facebook and 28 followers on Instagram (just signed up recently), we have pretty much established our market. So this is one of the reasons why I haven't left for Sydney yet. I want to be able to establish our business first, make it stable so when I get back to Sydney, our order processing would just be as smooth as silk. It's a guarantee that I will still be working for our business even when I'm out of the country. I'd like to see that although I will  be working from Sydney, it will be an opportunity for me to look for some more products to sell in the Philippines. While I was in Sydney, I was sending chocolates to sell back in the Philippines. I will definitely continue to do it and this time, I wanna add surfing and beach apparel. Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Birthday to the Love of my Life!

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart! I pray that you will have whatever your heart desires.

Although I may not be there on your birthday, trust that my heart is always with you. I wish all your wishes will come true.

I love you. Always and Forever.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oh My Sydney!

Okay so now I'm a bit embarrassed as I haven't been blogging for... get this, 5 months! Well, I was busy. Not really the kind of busy if i would've said this a year ago but the kind of busy --- enjoying life :)

My last entry was in November. I still remember those days when I was preparing for the requirements for my visa. I was granted a visa before November ended so I left the country 10 days later. And that's when I started became "busy".

It was my first time to visit Australia. I arrived in Sydney on a beautiful Thursday morning. Zeke took a time off from work that day to pick me up at the airport. The Captain of our plane had said it was 13 degrees in Sydney. I was like "really?" I thought it's summer. Or maybe he had said 30. But as soon as I got out from the plane, I know it wasn't 30 degrees. So I went in line for Immigration, got my whimsy suitcase from the carousel, went through Customs (I declared my medicines) and have myself filmed for Border Security. Joke! Although they were filming that morning, I just won't like to delay myself from hugging again the love of my life. I exited out, called Zeke on his phone and a few minutes later, there he is came rushing towards me. We hugged and kissed and it was all like magic again.

We took a cab and went straight home. We rested for a while and we started going around the city. My first day of touring the city was like in a daze. I couldn't remember things. I was lost. I have poor sense of direction. Or maybe because I was busy taking pictures. Or maybe because I was just fascinated with my environment --- I've never seen so many white people in my life. Chinese, yes, but whiteys? they're just everywhere. I probably would sound ignorant but hey I'm not ashamed to say that as a lady who grew up in a third world country, seeing different people in a first world country for the first time is actually overwhelming. So Zeke is my private tour guide, pointing buildings, telling me what they are, their stories (his personal stories) and history. We really didn't go through all the tourist attractions in Sydney on that day. We only had a brief tour, cuddled up at home and the next two weeks, Zeke was at work so most of the time I explore the city on my own. After that two weeks and some crazy partying, we went to Zeke's hometown in Geelong (my favourite place in Australia!). Stories about Geelong will be in another blog though :) After Geelong, we went back to Sydney and there I spent 2 months going around the city. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, our personal pictures of Sydney, Australia.

St. Mary's Cathedral
The Sydney Tower with perfect blue sky as a background

The Sydney Westfield Tower
Hyde Park. A Wedding Photoshoot happening right there.
Beautiful Sydney

At the tower looking at Sydney in 360 degree view
ANZ Stadium at the Olympic Park during The Colour Run.

Stadium at the Olympic Park during The Big Day Out Music Festival. Highlight of the day? Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge on Christmas Eve
I'm in-love with this tree at the Botanical Garden.

Manly Beach. My fave one.

People swimming at Manly Beach. Waves are very beautiful.
Bondi Beach. Famous for surfers ;)
Huge Rubber Duckie at Darling Harbour
Of course, we don't wanna miss out The Sydney Opera House.
Circular Quay
I actually forgot what this building is (maybe QVB) but just showing you the kind of buildings they have.

There are actually a lot of places to visit in Sydney. There are museums, malls, parks and others. Other places that I've been to will be in another blog though as they are worth the space, post and effort. Just standby ;) But I really can't believe I missed Taronga Zoo. It'll definitely be on top of my list when I go back there next month. I know it will be worth the wait. 'Til my next entry!