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Hello 2019!

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2018 has been a busy year. I stopped writing here mid of last year because I got promoted at work (yay!) but has been really busy.

One of my goal for this year (and was my goal last year) is to write 1 post each week. Last year is also the first time I didn't have a year-end summary. Oh well. Let's  be positive as we welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve I arrived in Canada last 2015 and I spent NYE for 2016, 2017, and 2018 thinking and dreaming of watching the fireworks in Downtown Vancouver. I didn't go those previous years because of the cold and crowd. I told my brother during my first NYE in Canada that we should book a hotel in Downtown where we could see the fireworks, avoid the crowd, and be warm.

Pan Pacific Hotel That dream came true NYE of 2019. Last September, I booked a hotel room at Pinnacle Hotel. However, in November, I learned that the fireworks display won't be visible from any of their rooms which is unfortunate. I, then, called Pan Pacific Hotel …

Everyone wants to change the world

I would like to think that everyone wants to change the world and (hopefully) make it better. We want to solve poverty, racism, sexism, war, and all the problems in the world. In trying to think of all the negative, we get overwhelmed and are unsure how to start.

That's me 8 years ago. I just graduated from college and I want to change the world.

How I change the world? I still want to change the world but instead of getting overwhelmed from all the negative news being thrown at me everyday. I realized (5 years after graduation) that I can change the world - MY WORLD.

This is not conceited that it's about me and my world. But changing the portion of the world that I can actually change.
To solve poverty, I make sure that my family has something to eat three times a day and that we have a loving home. But that's just meeting basic needs, living out of poverty means having hope in the future. I make sure to give hope and encouragement to my parents, siblings, husband, colleag…

World Food Tour: Cinco de Mayo at Sal y Limon

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Last month, Jomar and I started our World Food Tour by visiting Afghan Chopan and Bakery for Afghan Cuisine. Today, Jomar suggested that we skip the alphabetical Foursquare categories and go straight to Mexican Restaurants because it's Cinco de Mayo.

Mexican Restaurant Category Because we're in North America, there's an abundance of Mexican Restaurants in Vancouver. I picked the first one on Foursquare recommendation and we went to Sal y Limon.


Sal y Limon We arrived at Kingsway and even inside the bus we can see the long lines outside. It was 6:30 in the evening and it was so hot outside. While waiting, I was silently praying that the food is worth the heat and the wait.


Appetizer We had Nachos with chicken. If you check their website and their printed menu, Nachos is not yet there but it's printed on a paper along with the kid's menu near the counter.



I love their Nachos! The topping was generous and not just on top of the nacho. It was delicious.
Main Course Pe…

Doing things afraid

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I failed my goal for the year of writing two posts a week. I completely missed making a blog post last weekend.

A lot has happened in two weeks.

Work Permit First, Jomar received his work permit! Finally! I should do a post on how to get your boyfriend in the Philippines to Canada and how Jomar and I did it. He is still looking for employment as an Android Developer. With God's grace, I know Jomar will find his own Gumstix. A company that will embrace and appreciate his skills and talents as much as Gumstix did for me.

Promotion Second, I got promoted last week. Gordon and I had late lunch at The Bridges Restaurant. It was my first one-on-one with our CEO and I was scared. Hence, the title doing things afraid. I realized that fear or being scared is normal. We all feel it. The difference would be if we let fear paralyzed us from moving forward.


A lot has happened since the start of the year. My direct manager moved to Seattle and managed us remotely. We hired a new full time devel…