Dove Again

So told you about my CKD….

When I was diagnosed, I remember one of the first things I asked was “Will I be able to dive again?” At that time, I had just received my diving license – a major bucket list!

At first, the doctors told me I may have to forget about it because I might have problem with the water pressure mainly. However, as time goes by, I am noted as one of the “stable” ones. Meaning, other than the pabebeng kidneys, I have no other complications. I am very much thankful for that.

Hence, on 12 May 2017, I dove again! 🙂 It was not as deep as my dive before, but this is a start. Just a trial fun dive. Fun indeed.

Plus I was with B1. I was able to show off the world I saw underneath the surface 🙂 🙂

Being RED ONE

It started as a joke made by my nerdy elder brother.

When the parents put up the family business in the Philippines, we realized that we will be needing walkie talkie radios in order to communicate with the different departments of the resort. The brother, being the playful person that he is, decided it would be fun to use code names from a, 80’s / 90’s TV show called Bioman.

Bioman is from Japan and, in my opinion, similar to today’s Power Rangers. Colors are assigned to each hero and this particular TV show calls the heroes with their colors and numbers. Example: Red One, Blue Two, Pink Five. Something of that sort. He found it funny to have grown ups shouting Power Ranger-ish words while at work. Honestly, it is. Lol.

So Red One…. The leader.

Big bro decided that Red One is “The Boss Radio” (meaning Admin people, meaning him, his wife and myself). Anyone of us working in Admin and holding the Admin Radio is Red One. We eventually let go of the other “colors” and decided to call them by department and in occasional extreme urgency and panic, we progress from playing with colors to shouting each others’ names with matching curses, teeth grinding, and death grip on the radio so much that our knuckles turn white. Lol. But all is good, everyone on the island works harmoniously. At the end of the day, everyone understands that it’s all part of the job.

The resort opened in the Summer of 2012. The parents stayed until the grand opening then fled off to UAE, leaving the little ducklings to find our way around. They opened and left us during the Holy Week, which is the peak time for any resort.

With all the adjustments, trial and errors, customer and in-house handling, you can imagine how many times we’d hear “Red One” being called on the radio.

It was a great summer that had to fall short for me because I needed to fly back to UAE.

I had a great and productive summer that year. Long after that summer, all the staff who had stayed and left could still remember it being a great one.

As much as I would like to go back home to help at least during the summer season, I unfortunately could not due to my hectic dialysis sessions.

However, God works wonders.

I have recently come to my senses to help the resort at least by answering the inquiries online and coordinating reservations.

Recently, I was able to close a deal with a guest who is accompanying some tourists around town. After a looonng chat of rates, discounts and other requirements, we sealed the deal. And right after their visit, I was sent this from the Philippines.

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I feel good about it 🙂 This is my first deal ever again and it has uplifted by spirits 🙂

Some other more deals came after this and each time I close the deal, I feel this ecstatic feeling of pride and happiness.

Money Talk

money-coinsEvery year, I tell myself that that is the year I’m going to go on full swing with my savings. And every start, I seem to succeed at doing so at least during the first half of the year but later something will happen which will involve unexpected expenses, then everything will spiral out of control from there.

One example was my last year. I was nearly recovering from the expenses from Dad’s passing the year before when all of a sudden, my dialysis clinic informed me that my insurance had been exhausted. After a month of paying from our own pockets, I got registered and accepted into a government hospital that gives dialysis for free. We rented a car because the new clinic was far. As convenient as a car seemed, it brought me financial troubles too which I am still paying for right now and is the biggest financial woe at the moment. I have already returned the car but I am still left with cleaning out the balance.

According to my estimate, I will be able to recover around April or May 2017.

I am writing because I want to declare that this the year I will take my savings seriously! I realized that I am no longer getting any younger so I better take this seriously now.

Part of my goals this year are to clear my debts and go crazy on savings and be frugal when and wherever possible.

To have a rough idea, this is my financial status right now:

Source of income:
– Work Paycheck

Debts:
– Bank Loan
– Car rental bill
– BFF

Usual Expenses:
– Food
– Transportation
– Medication
– Phone bills (mobile + landline)

Savings:
– Joined a 12-month Paluwagan this year 

Things I’ve thought of to save and/or earn extra income:
– Walk! Stop taking taxi rides especially for short distance destinations
– Cook own meal and magbaon
– Invest somewhere
– Find a side job somehow that actually pays
– Sell some unwanted items
– Control my impulse buying syndrome
– Limit bringing home pasalubong

It does not seem much but trust me they are! Especially the debts. I plan to get rid of them all this year except for the bank loan which I will finish only by September 2020.

In the following months, I will share here however I ways I figured can save and earn me money in hopes to motivate others and myself too.

This year….

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It’s 2017 and the following are some things I hope to get done (or started).

  • Exercise at least 15 – 30 minutes a day
  • Save
  • Get rid of debts
  • Clear the house of hoarded things
  • Prepare the house for tenants
  • Move out of the house
  • Start investing on something
  • Take better care of myself and condition
  • Save for future transplant
  • Travel somewhere

Meeting B1

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Some people just happen to click at the first encounter. I may not believe in love at first sight, but I believe in that click.

I once skipped to a good part in my life after a long emotional roller coaster ride. Well, this is a better part to skip to now and it just keeps getting better with every high and after every low.

I was told that magic happens in the most unexpected moment. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel, that moment happened. He happened.

This is a new journey. I feel that it’s very different. I want to protect it and make it grow.

The best part, he feels that same way too ^_~

For the Drummer Boy…

Whatever we were, it was good. The “good” that I have not felt in a long time. The “good” that came at the right time. The “good” that made me forget all the bad. It was everything that was good about laughter, sharing, talking, wisdom, sparks, and butterflies.

You have no idea about the role you played in my life but I thank you. Thank you for the happiness our meeting brought.

You’re that good part I love skipping to. I hope our paths meet again, Baldz.

Till then…

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It’s OK to Skip

 

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Have you ever played a movie and you want to do just that?

The same old movie played over and over for years. Girl meets boy, boy broke her heart, girl still loved him no matter how hard she tried not to, and how very much she tried to get over and move on from him.

Then one day, unexpectedly, there was a different movie playing. The introduction was so unexpected that it captured her attention, not realizing that she had turned away from the old movie to pay close attention to the new one.

The new movie was intriguing and exciting. It captured her full attention.

She later realized that she can only appreciate the new movie by recalling some of the events of the old one. However this time, she knew that she didn’t have to watch the whole old boring film. She can skip to the good part — this was it — the moving on.

🙂

Child Sponsorship

 

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Click the photo to get to the World Vision website

Another bucket list item ticked off.

June 2016, I made my first donation to a 1-year pledge to a child named Jan Kingcy from Aklan, Philippines.

For just PhP 600.00 (approx.. AED 60.00) a month, I have the opportunity to possibly change a child’s life.

According to the World Vision Welcome Kit, Jan and I can also exchange letters and I can send him gifts through the program address. And should I decide to want to meet the child someday, that’s possible too.

I hope I can keep my commitment for a year and beyond.

Ninang, officially.

I finally met the munchkin!

Near the end of April 2016, Kaye told me that Eve’s Christening was on May 8.

Without hesitation, I stopped everything I was doing and started to look for flights to Singapore. Even pestered by manager to allow me take a leave of absence. There was just no way on Earth I was going to miss this milestone! Lol.

Since my diagnosis, this is my first time to be that far away from home. I am proud to say that I did not let that stop me. As soon as I told my Mom why I had to travel, she permitted me knowing that she can’t say anything to make me not go. Hehe. I assured that I am in good hands.

Kaye and I coordinated to find me a dialysis center and we did! I brought my brother along too; he was more than happy to throw away all this plans just to join me.

I wish Kaye and I had more time together but I was adjusting to the time, the heat, my condition, and she was busy nursing her baby. The trip was was still well worth it, of course. It’s an important event in Kaye’s my *ahem* INAANAK’s *ahem* life. Kaye and I will have plenty more years to catch up. It was awesome seeing her grow her own family.

And Eve, OMG! The cutest little thing I’ve laid my eyes on in a long time.

Bless her, her parents and future siblings (? hehe) with the very best! ❤

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