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I can’t believe it… In a few weeks (or days) I will be a mother. It’s been an incredible journey so far, carrying this beautiful baby girl inside of me. It wasn’t easy but it’s definitely worth it.

Life will never be the same again, I keep telling myself over and over again, but until I hold that little bundle in my arms, I don’t think it will ever sink in.

What would it feel like, to have a completely helpless little human being depend on you for survival? What would it feel like to experience a love so pure you would do anything for this person? What would it feel like, to finally see those little eyes look at you and know you are loved…

I read an article saying that my life will change in a way that my husband will not the Center of my world anymore, I still find that hard to believe because how can I love anybody more than B? I have a feeling though that when I see our daughter for the first time, my heart will grow just a little bit bigger and two people will now be the Center of my existence…

One thing I know for sure, this is the greatest blessing we have received and no words can describe how thankful we are. We have created a little person, a mixture of ourselves, a manifestation of our great love for each other… It boggles the mind… I just can’t wait to meet her.

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It’s been a while since I posted anything on here so I thought I’d cheat and do a quick recap of (perhaps) the most amazing year for B and I.

Here’s a list of the significant dates for us this 2011:

  1. January 1
    B had a great birthday, a significant age milestone!
  2. January 6
    Received the email from New Zealand immigration, our NZ Residence visas, which we have been waiting 3 years for, have finally been approved!
  3. February 5
    Papa turned 70, had an amazing birthday party with the family complete! We also received great news that we have a new nephew on the way.
  4. March 19
    B and I flew to India for the first time. Beautiful country, amazing food, great people!
  5. April 9
    The big move to New Zealand. It was an emotionally charged day, and I cried like a baby on the plane. Sad to leave my family behind, but so excited about our future in NZ. Wow what a day!
  6. April 10
    Arrived in Auckland and had a first glimpse of our new country, beautiful!
  7. April 11
    Touched down at our final destination, New Plymouth. Our mouths dropped when we saw how beautiful the place was. Though it felt like we were in limbo for a few days, loved the place but we were living out of a low-cost hotel room, which I hated.
  8. April 15
    Moved in to our new apartment. Finally I was happy! We were sooo so lucky to get this place and we can finally say we are finally home!
  9. April 18
    First day on the new job. NZ is a great place to work, I love my Kiwi officemates.
  10. May 28
    The start of our weight loss journey, attended my first Weightwatchers meeting with a starting weight of 78.3kilos or 172 pounds, 6 months later.. we ended up losing 10kilos or 22 lbs each :)
  11. October 3
    I turned 33 this year!
  12. November 11
    One of the best days of our lives, we got married surrounded by family and friends! It was absolutely the most perfect and beautiful day.
  13. December 19
    Honeymoon in Fiji, 9 days of pure bliss with the love of my life :)

What can I say? We’re having the time of our lives! We feel so incredibly happy and blessed for this wonderful year!

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Wow, three days later and it’s time to go home!

All bags packed and ready to go, check!

Gps destinations listed and programmed, check!

Last minute photos at the hotel, check!

Have a bit of shopping to do before we go back to New Plymouth, let the card swiping begin!!!

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Survived the first 176 kilometers! Hot chocolate for me and iced mocha for the driver.

What the fog!!

Posted: September 30, 2011 in "new zealand", Bakasyon, Blahbitty Blah

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We just a brief section of road where visibility was down to a few meters because of fog! It was like silent hill! Scary!

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We headed out early this morning later than we hoped but hey it’s dark outside and we are not rushing to catch a plane anyway… :)

A glorious Taranaki sunrise has been accompanying us for the first ten kilometers! Woot!

Tomorrow we’re off to another great mini adventure! We have been in NZ for almost six months now, and we haven’t really been exploring as much as we like. So tomorrow we are packing our reliable little blue car, and driving the five hours to the great city of sails. Armed with a new gps, my new iPad, and a bunch of chicken sandwiches. Yahuu! Auckland here we come!

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Please take the time to check out B’s blagadagadag!

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Hurraay!

I used to play badminton like crazy. Started in about 2003 and magically lost weight without my knowing it. I also met a ton of great people I can call friends for the rest of my life. But I would say the most life changing, was meeting B at one of the games. Who knew playing badminton would lead me to find my soul mate?

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It’s father’s day today and I want to dedicate this post to my Poopsie dearest. Happy Father’s day PAPA! I love you so much, you know that right? I will always value what you have taught me about everything. Much of who I am is because of how you and Mama raised me so thank you for that. I hope to pass on the gift of being “bata ni rene” to my own children someday, growing up believing in yourself and that you can do anything you put your mind to.

I always get a little weepy when I think about Poopsie, I don’t know why. Although it may seem like we have our misunderstandings I do love him immensely and I’m always thankful of how lucky we are to have him as a father. Papa taught me how to ride a bike (“dire diretso lang”), drive a car (“hinay hinay lang!”), shoot an airgun (“steady lang”), take photos (“d ka mag hulag/ginhawa”), be sociable (“migu-miguha lang ah”), and believe in myself (“bata ka ni Rene!”). We were a little bit spoiled, but not so much. We were disciplined properly, and not hurt physically. We were not super rich, but Papa provided what we needed and what we wanted. Papa is a cool guy and a good person, I am proud to be his daughter.



They say that having bad parents will make you a good parent when you have kids. That worries me because I have awesome parents! Poops,  I will do everything in my power to be the best mother to my kids someday, that will be my gift to you.