Reminiscing My Mom And My Eldest Brother’s Visit From December 2015 To January 2016 (Part 1)

Being far away from our families while we’re working overseas made us long for their presence especially during a special occasion. That’s why we made it our goal to invite them since we couldn’t come home. The best gift we could give ourselves after all our sacrifices and hard work.

I’ve also mentioned to one of my posts that I’m going to collect our happiest memories here in Australia before we leave and this post is going to be one of those. Here are some of our memorable photos together with my mom and my brother when they first came here in Queensland to celebrate Christmas (of 2015) and the New Year (of 2016) with us.πŸ’•

When we first picked them up from the airport, 17th of December 2015.
The time when we told them ‘dyan lang’ (means it’s just near) then we walked 1.3 kilometers away to reach our destination to buy some chicken from Nando’s. This photo was taken same day when we reached home from the airport. We were still residing in Herries St. at that time then going to Hume Street across Hooper Centre.πŸ˜…
We thank my brother for doing the change oil in our car. This photo was taken when we first brought him to Repco Auto Store, 20th of December 2015. Did I mention my brother is a great mechanic?πŸ˜‰πŸ‘
My brother’s first time at flea market, same day after Repco.
Mom playing with our neighbour’s friendly dog, Rusty. You’ll know when Rusty wants to play. He’ll bark to get your attention and bring the ball near the fence so you can reach it and throw it. Such a wonderful dog. This photo was taken 23rd of December 2015.
My little gifts that Christmas. This photo was taken 24th of December since I have to work the night shift on Christmas Day while my husband have to work during the day.
Mom brought us heaps of gifts and ‘pasalubong’ for Christmas and my birthday. Thanks Ma! We appreciate it so much!❀️
Their first time in Inala wet and dry market. This photo was taken 28th of December 2015.
Sorry, this photo was taken 30th of December 2015 so it’s no longer Boxing Day rather the extention of it where almost every store were still on sale. I actually came from the night shift that morning. Then we all just met in Grand Central so we could have our bonding somehow.😊
When we drove around for fresh air. This photo was taken 31st of December 2015 before my birthday and big brother didn’t come. We guessed he was homesick, missing his family back home. ;-(
Our simple New Year and my birthday celebration. This photo was taken 31st of December, before 2015 said good bye where we watched the fireworks to welcome 2016 on television.πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰
And this was a selfie initiated by my brother. It doesn’t happen all the time so treasure the moment. This photo was taken 17th of December 2015, dinner time. I’ve just found it.πŸ˜‰

It was a bit challenging to juggle our schedule and showing them around. I was doing the night shift at that time while my husband was working the during day time. Also, there were times that I was working the weekends while my husband was working fixed on weekdays. I also get some call-ins when someone from work got sick. So, I really don’t have fixed schedules. I’m glad we managed it somehow.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’•

Thanks for your patience with my posts everyone, I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.❀️


Celebrating The New Year (Part 1)

It was December 31, 2016.

We drove to Brisbane to watch the fireworks once again. This time we decided to stay for the night and rent a place where we can leave the car so we can roam around and ride the bus on our way back.

Going to South Bank, can’t help but notice this cute little guy on our left. πŸ™‚

We left at half past one so we’ve reached the place at nearly four in the afternoon. Just in time to roam around Brisbane before the fireworks show. We were deciding at that time which would be better: Roam around the city or head straight to South Bank. We chose to go straight to South Bank.

There we bought some hotdogs for our snacks and cold softdrinks to quench our thirst. Since we still got a lot of time before the show, we then decided to ride the CityHopper where it’s FREE.😊

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Aside from the ride is free, we get to enjoy the sight before the sun goes down.

This is also our first time to try the CityHopper and we really enjoyed it. We were sitting up stairs where there was no roof so we got to see the whole place. All the people were taking photos to the point that they were standing up just to get the most picturesque view until the officer in charge came by to announce that it was prohibited and everyone who won’t follow will have to go downstairs where there’s not much view. Oh, did I mention that they also have CCTV?πŸ˜‰

And for the most beautiful part of our trip where the city comes to life at night and everything becomes romantic. Here comes the sunset view.❀️

Our trip has ended and I think it was quarter to eight at that time. The fireworks starts at half past eight so we went to look for a perfect spot. I forgot to tell that there were two (ten minutes) fireworks shows that have taken place. First one was around half past eight and the other one was migdnight. Since it was our first time to experience the New Year in (South Bank) Brisbane, we decided to watch both. So lucky!

We were all starving after the fireworks show so we decided to look for a place to have our dinner. There were lots of places to choose from but only one of them offers rice. That’s right, RICE. I’m a rice person and my main meal won’t be the same without it. We walked the whole place just to find rice. We wanted to try something else but still we ended up to the same fast-food restaurant that we’ve tried before (the very first time we went to South Bank). Not my favourite but it’s not that bad. I love their dim sim with sweet chilli or soy sauce.

We were so full after we ate. We still got almost three hours before midnight but since it was so crowded we decided to walk our way and find our spot before we run out. A lot has happened with more than two hours waiting time but what we enjoyed during that time was watching the crowd. There, we saw a cute pair of twins, beautiful couples, wonderful families and pretty ladies with an hour glass shaped body. In case you’re wondering… We’re not perverts or anything like that, we only appreciate beauty.πŸ˜…

So much for waiting. Let the countdown begin in 3, 2, 1…

It’s just sad because of too much photos I wasn’t able to take some more using my phone. I think I have over 6,000 photos and over a hundred videos that I still need to transfer soon…

Going back, it was already midnight and the fireworks show have started. That’s when my husband greeted me a Happy Birthday together with my father-in-law and I greeted them a Happy New Year in return. We were all so joyful as we watched with our mouths wide open while I let my husband took photos and videos. He was still recording when he gave me his gift. I don’t know when he bought it since we’re always together probably when he bought some of our out of stock groceries and I was touched. He never fail to surprise me.πŸ’–

This ring was my husband’s gift unfortunately it didn’t fit, it made me laugh, it has a funny story on it. ^__^

The fireworks lasted for only ten minutes but that was the best ever I’ve seen (in person) in my whole life! I was also thinking about my Dad. What would it be like if only he was here celebrating with us but I think his view was far better than ours. Since he was watching the fireworks from above. I was also thinking as I looked up, maybe he’s also smiling as he was watching over us.πŸ˜‡

It was time to go home.

We walked with the crowd until we’ve reached the bus station. I promise, I’ve never seen anything like it aside from our country before I went here. 

It took some time before we catched our bus but the best thing was: IT WAS FREE! We didn’t know until the people in charge told us. Truly, Australian government is generous to their people. Cheers to Austrailian Government! I wish we have this in our country every once in a while. I’m sure we will all be happy.😊

I was ready for bed when my husband caught me yawning…

We’ve finally reached our destination. A little walk and we were there (the place we rented). It wasn’t a hotel nor a motel but a flat where you can rent a vacant room just for the time being or an occasion. Once again, it was our first time. I can say it’s perfect for people who travelled far and don’t want to spend too much. It was actually nice and comfy. Most of all, it’s neat and tidy. Enough to make our stay feels like we’re home away from home. We also didn’t have to worry since they also have ratings and feedback from previous travellers that we can rely on (it’s very legal like uber). It was a lovely experience all in all.❀️❀️❀️

Thanks for viewing everyone! πŸ˜‰

Celebrating The New Year (Part 2)

It was January 1, 2017. Finally.πŸ’–

We woke up at 7 o’clock. I didn’t have much sleep. We call it ‘namamahay’ in our country. When you’re new to a place and you couldn’t sleep. We were all awake yet we all stayed in bed for a little bit. Then my father-in-law received a call from his brother who was so excited to greet everybody a happy new year. That’s when we all started to move.

My husband prepared our Chai Latte. We ate our dim sim that we bought for take away the other night and there we had our breakfast. We then started to prepare for our next destination, Surfer’s Paradise. It’s going to be my father-in-law’s first time and we wouldn’t want to miss it for anything.

We started to pack our stuff and made sure that we leave the place as neat and tidy as we first seen it.πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

We drove to Gold Coast after everything was good. We left the flat at nearly half past ten. We parked the car, stroll a little, then we look for a place to have our lunch. I don’t know why but it’s always challenging to find a place to eat especially with the ones that offers rice. 

Although there’s a lot of choices at the Coast maybe it’s the decision making that makes it hard especially when there’s more people involved in it. We finally found a place which was “This” restaurant, where we waited forever before our food has been served. What a terrible experience.😭😭😭

Moving on, we started our stroll after we ate and we’re glad that my father-in-law enjoyed his first time in Surfer’s Paradise. We’re really there to show him the place.πŸ˜‰

We felt the summer heat later on so we bought some icecream. Then we sat on a bench under the tree in front of Cotton On boutique. After gaining our strength and we’re good to go again we went to buy some souvenirs for my father-in-law’s home coming.πŸ’

I’ve also seen something that I really like but since it’s a bit costly I had to fight my urge to buy it. It hurts but I managed to walk away. I’m so proud of myself.😊

It was already three in the afternoon. My father-in-law promised his friend’s daughter that we’ll give her a visit, so we did. It’s for the package she wanted to send her sibling when my father-in-law comes home. And there she prepared a lovely treat.

A friendship that goes a long way…

She made us feel welcomed and we had a long chat. She even prepared a little something for us.

She learned it was my birthday and she greeted me with a hug.

The food was nice and we appreciate her effort. I admire her hospitality, she’s a good host.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Meet Shela and her dog Pepper. πŸ™‚

We ended our visit with greetings and smile on our faces. Then we drove home for almost three hours and that’s how we celebrate our New Year’s Day.πŸ’–πŸ’•

I wanted to spend my birthday differently however, I’ve never celebrated it the way I picture it to be.πŸ˜… I guess, it doesn’t matter so long as everybody’s happy.πŸ˜‰ As for me, I have to wait another year to celebrate it as I wish… Atleast, my wish to see the fireworks has been granted!😊

Thanks everyone! πŸ˜‰

My Last Post Before My Special Day Ends

A lot has happened since we left our unit yesterday morning. We just got home ten minutes before 9 o’clock tonight. I think I slept for almost an hour or two while we were on our way home, lucky I can still make this post.

I feel so tired yet I’m trying my best to remember everything we’ve done since yesterday morning. It feels like there’s a lot. I guess, I have a lot going in my mind. However, my eyes are closing on its own, my whole body aches, and my fingers feel sore. I don’t know until when I could keep on typing without my phone falling flat to my face.

I just want to say I am happy on this special day. Still, I wasn’t able to celebrate my birthday the way I wish it to be but I’m happy anyway, I chose to. 😊

Happy New Year once again everyone πŸ˜‰

And A Happy 30th Birthday To Myself πŸ™‚

Who’s Happy This New Year?! I Am Happy This New Year!

Before anything else: Happy New Year Everyone!!! 😊

Thank you for the gift of 1,000 likes in my blog. I’ve just received the notification earlier before the fireworks starts and it really warms my heart. It means so much. Thanks guys. ❀️❀️❀️

You might think that my title for this post is so selfish of me but not really. I’m just really so happy and here’s why…

Today, is also my 30th birthday. So, while everyone was shouting Happy New Year while we were watching the fireworks’ finale in South Bank, my husband was shouting: “Happy Birthday Apple!” That’s when I replied: “Happy New Year,” with a smile.😊

Now, that’s already a double celebration for me but not only that because it’s also my nephew’s birthday. Then, it would be my mom’s and my brother’s birthday in a few weeks time. So, there will be four of us who will celebrate our birthdays for this month of January. Isn’t it a blessing?😊

I have a lot to be thankful for but to sum it up: I want to thank God for adding another year into my life. Another chance. Another start. Although, it sounds like I’m going to write something about my new year’s resolution, I’m sorry guys, I am not. I don’t have one.πŸ˜…

I have made a lot of mistakes from the past which I truly regret and this day somehow reminds me of it. In a good way.

It made me realized to forgive myself. For all the things I’ve done wrong and remind myself that I’m only human. That my capabilities are limited and I wasn’t exempted in commiting mistakes. Also, forgive others who have hurt me from the past because just like the rest of us, they’re only being human. I think that’s the best gift I could ever give to myself and I know that you all agree.πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

Being 30 made me feel a bit more matured. There are things that don’t matter that matters now and things which matter before but not anymore. 

I’ve experienced it all when I was young: Lots of gifts, greeting cards, letters, ‘ampao’ or money, and even a little celebration with friends. It became my basis if my Christmas is Merry and if my New Year is happy. Until things have changed when I was growing up. 

I realized that material things can’t make people happy. Could be but we’ll lose it eventually. Now that I’m 30, I’ve learned to be content with what I have, with what is, and what’s not. 

I’ve also learned to acknowledge myself for the things I’ve done no matter how big or small the achievement would be as long as I give my best and dedicate myself into it. It doesn’t matter if nobody gives a ‘you know’ about it. Trust and affirmation to ourselves is very important. Most of all, I’ve learned to aknowledge my worth. Most especially when I feel not to. I must stand for myself. No one else would.

Also, being content with what I have makes me happy. It reminds me that I need not to please anybody. That I’m free to be me and I could always choose to be happy under any the circumstance. 

Lastly, I’ve learned not to depend my happiness to people. People leave, no matter what and people change as time pass by. We don’t know when they’re going to disappoint us or let us down. Still, the best to trust and depend on is God Himself alone.❀️

Happy New Year Everyone!!! God bless!!! πŸ˜‰

A Day Well Spent In Brisbane City: Three Days Before Christmas (Part 3)

Previous title: Our memorable walk in Brisbane City: Nearly two kilometers

Walking at night has never been so much fun until we head back to where we parked our car after watching the fireworks almost two kilometers away from South Bank (from my previous post Last Night In South Bank, Brisbane). Here are the reasons why I said so:

We saw the lights brought the city to life.
And who won’t notice this Ferris wheel standing tall and proud as the night highlights it’s beauty.
Where eveybody took a shot to remember how Brisbane is like at night.
And guess who waited until we cross the street.

The Artist.

Surrounded by those orange cones, he made a stage for himself. 

He stood there, patiently waiting for his audience…

He laid his art works flat upon Brisbane City floor,

While capturing the heart of his fellow artists.

He offered fifty dollars for one of his art work,

Such a huge discount for a real masterpiece.

He entertained his audience and introduced himself…

He said his arm was broken and he was lucky to have it.

He said he has to live with it…

Dumped his ex-girlfriend with it.

Now, he does his art with it…

And then I thought… Isn’t he wonderful?

A performer. An entertainer with a broken arm.

Most of all he is an artist.

And just in case anyone in Brisbane is interested in his art work, here’s how you can contact him.πŸ˜‰

We proceed with our walk and we saw these:

Meet Silver Steve. I remember we first saw him in Gold Coast when my mom and my brother visited us last Christmas, 2015. It’s good to see him once again.😊

Now, notice how far we are from the Christmas tree in this photo.πŸŽ„

Then, notice the crowd and the colorful buildingπŸ› (left side) as we go near…

And as we got there, all the families have gathered while watching the film by the use of projectors and this beautiful building. I think the story was about the true meaning of Christmas. We didn’t have much time since it was already late. Atleast, I had the chance to take some shots. 

But the families who have gathered there were amazing. I wish I could take a photo… Imagine the mom and dad along with their three kids watching attentively seating on the same position with their mouths open because of fascination. What a lovely view.😊

And here is the view as we got near the tree.β™₯️

We kept on walking until there’s not much to see…

We were sooo tired because we walked all day but the experience we’ve had was amazing. Who knows where we might be this time next year? Probably, somewhere else… But I’ll grateful enough to remember this wonderful Christmas memories…

Merry Christmas Everyone!😊β™₯οΈπŸŽ„


A Day Well Spent In Brisbane City: Three Days Before Christmas (Part 1)

We were running late that day, I couldn’t remember what else I’ve got to do but we left our unit about ten o’clock that morning.

It was already noon when we have reached Brisbane. We then parked the car in the Barracks Shopping Centre and decided to have our lunch in a vietnamese restaurant we found in the city.

It was a lovely day, perfect for our plan to walk while we explore around. We also enjoyed the beautiful buildings surrounded with beautiful people from all over the world. 

Here’s our museum hopping:

Our first stop: Queensland Art Gallery

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Here are some of the photos I got:

My souvenirs.β™₯️

Our second stop: Queensland Museum

This one here is a photo of an approximately 1,800 years old statue. Which, I accidentally touched. The guard silently approached me and whispered that we are prohibited to touch anything inside the museum. Although she was nice and discreet, I felt a little embarrassed but on a second thought, I said it was alright. For what’s it worth… I touched something that’s part of our history.😊

Last stop: Queensland Gallery of Modern Arts

Just when you enter the building… Exclusively for kids only!✌️️

Now, these are amazing art pieces!😊

Look at the details!!! I was totally lost for words.πŸ˜‰

Cute little birds.❀️

It’s just sad they said that they’re getting extinct.

Do you want to play?

It’s not my thing though, so…

We had a seat when we got tired. Those bean bags are awesome! Then we left a note before we leave:

We finished our museum hopping just in time for our walk to South Bank.

And here are our photos from Stanley Street Plaza.

You know what to do. πŸ˜‰
Tired? Why not seat and listen to their lovely music.
Santa for a cause.
Isn’t it nice to let us know where to go? πŸ™‚
You know where to go! It’s time for shopping! ^_^

And I guess that was it before the sun went down. I may not be able to take a lot of photos or the best angles but it doesn’t matter as long as we capture the best experience that day.😊

Thanks everyone!πŸ’–πŸ’•