Holiday Presents For My Family Back Home

I am so tired and a little bit stressed. Why? I have a schedule to meet and it is on Saturday, this weekend. We must send the Balikbayan Box to the Philippines. My husband gave me time to finish sorting and wrapping up until tomorrow afternoon because we will be busy again on Friday. Whew! All the stuff we bought and gathered from clearance sales is now out for packaging. I have had each item labeled few minutes ago (lotions, body cream, clothes, shoes, books, toys…etc.). I did that because I don’t want to miss anyone back home. Actually my husband helped me with the wrapping of the lotions, body cream and placed them inside the small boxes. He’s got talent with that (smiles). My family, especially my niece and nephews, would be happy with the early presents for the holidays. (Magkaguliyang siguro ang agi).

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How Do I Like It So Far?

It is already four months since my arrival here in Texas. And it is also amazing how time flies so quickly. I remember the day I get here. I took a flight via Korean Air (KE) from Manila to Dallas-Fort Worth (stopping at Seoul-Incheon). It was on February 23 and it is still winter. When we got out from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airport, I thought it was still the air from the airport’s A/C that was blowing on my skin but it wasn’t. It’s the cool air outside. I was chilling that time. And until now, I am confused about road directions. As I look at it so far, I like it here in Texas. Not only for the main reason that I am now with my beloved husband. It is also because I find myself beginning to deal with the climate, the people, and the food. Even though Texas has unpredictable weather, it gives me the thought that Texas’ weather, at some other point, is quite similar with ours back home. We have a very hot summer days. And when it rains, it pours.

Americans are busy people. They are dedicated on their chosen field of jobs. Also, they are very particular with time. Here in Texas, I observed that they value their families too. And spending time with family on weekends as well going to church is a very big deal. I like that. And here in our area, the people are polite. When it comes to the food, there is no question about how I like the food here. I just can’t help ordering Spanish rice and Enchaladas whenever I think of it. I loved it the first time I tried it. Ooops! I sense something for dinner tonight. Oh well, I am learning how to cook Southern foods too.

I cannot deny that I miss the Philippines, but Texas is my second home now. Furthermore, I am proud to say that I have virtuous in-laws.

Philippines’ 110th Independence Day

Today is the 110th Philippines Independence Day. Looking back, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos have died fighting for our independence. Heroes were executed and died showing their patriotism until the last minute of their lives.
To refresh our minds:
“The declaration, in the form of a proclamation, in the presence of a huge crowd, was done on June 12, 1898 at the ancestral home of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo between four and five in the afternoon in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, some 30 kilometers south of Manila. The event saw the unfurling of the national flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Mrs. Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the country’s national anthem, today known as Lupang Hinirang, made by Julian Felipe and played by the San Francisco de Malabon marching band.The Act of the Declaration of Independence was prepared and written by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista in Spanish, who also read the said declaration. A passage in the Declaration reminds one of another passage in the American Declaration of Independence. The Philippine Declaration was signed by ninety-eight persons, among them an American army officer who witnessed the proclamation. The proclamation of Philippine independence was, however, promulgated on August 1, when many towns had already been organized under the rules laid down by the Dictatorial Government.The June 12 proclamation was later modified by another proclamation done at Malolos, Bulacan, upon the insistence of Apolinario Mabini, who objected to the original proclamation, which essentially placed the Philippines under the protection of the United States.” – Source
We should not forget our Independence Day. We should not forget the people who sacrificed and died to achieve what we are enjoying now.

Happy Independence Day!