2016 Highlights

I have completely been gone in the blogging world this year but here I am again! A lot of things have happened this 2016 but I wasn’t able to post about them. 😦  One of my goals next year is to give my blog a makeover (for the nth time) and to stay active. And… to share this blog to my Facebook friends. Hihi.

Anyways, here are the highlights of my 2016!

  • I got my Green Card!

    So, you probably already know that I came to the US through K1 Visa. After 6 months since I submitted my Adjustment of Status papers, I was scheduled for an interview and received my Green Card. This card is only valid for two years though, so I’ll be working another set of paperworks next year! But it feels good that all the stress had been paid off.

 

  • My degree has been evaluated

I’m currently working in a preschool/childcare for our school district. In the Philippines, I was a licensed high school teacher. My goal is to be a certificated teacher here also but I feel like I don’t have the confidence to be one yet. So for now, I just wanna get used to the culture here first. I also had my Transcript of Records evaluated and the result is that I have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in a regional accredited institution here in the US . I need to find out the next steps to take to achieve my goal!

This would have been a good shot if I didn't notice the camera. Haha. #listeningtime

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  • Getting serious with music production

Last April, I purchased an audio interface with microphone to start my “home recording studio”. Hehe. I also bought a midi keyboard. I just started trying out these toys like a month ago and I feel like I have a potential to produce. Well, sort of. Haha. Maybe, I’ll share an output soon! If I ever finish it!

 

  • Watching Pentatonix Live

This has been the year I started being obsessed with this group and I’m just so lucky to have seen them perform live. It was kind of funny how I purchased the tickets right away after they got on sale but days before the concert, I found tickets on StubHub that has closer-to-the-stage seats. I sold mine in a desperately lower price so I could buy the better seats. Haha. It’s worth it though.

Pentatonix!!!

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  • Celebrating our first wedding anniversary

Time goes by so fast. It’s already been a year since we got married! We decided to take a day off to go around Seattle and stay overnight at The Edgewater Hotel which has a very lovely view of the waterfront (Thus, the name. We don’t have good pictures though). The day after, we watched a very romantic film called “Finding Dory”. Hehe.

Happy 6th/1st Anniversary, bebiness! I love you to infinity and beyond.

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Breakfast in bed?

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Just walkin' around. First time together at Pike Place. #yesterday

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  • Us the Duo Concert

After seeing them as the opening act for PTX, we decided to see them live again. This time though, they are the main performers. We also purchased the VIP package because it’s very affordable and because we love them!

My first VIP experience. Hihi. Sarap manuod ng concert pag small crowd lang. Hehe.

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Us the Quartet

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We got to chat with them and take a selfie with them! Woohoo! They are the nicest!

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They are incredibly talented, too (and a good-looking couple!).

Another cool thing that happened that night was that we met the Gardiner Sisters, too! They were sooo nice! We purchased their album and had them sign it.

 

So, we bought their album from a Tagalog/Bisaya-speaking white dude. I was kind of curious about him so I asked, “I’ve heard you said you’re from Cebu. Then, why are you speaking Tagalog?” Afterwards, he went on and on (in Tagalog) about how he learned the language, how much he loves the Philippines and that he has a group there and they’re gonna have shows there in two weeks. So, I asked, “What’s the name of your group?” He answered, “Hey Joe Show”. I told my sis-in-law, “Ui, sikat ‘to! Magpa-picture tayo!” (“This dude is famous! Let’s take a picture with him!”) That was kinda funny. Turns out, he was there selling Gardiner Sisters merch because he’s married to Allie Gardiner!

 

  • California Trip + LAs Vegas

I feel like this is the main highlight of this year. This is my first ever visit outside Washington except Oregon which is just a roadtrip away. My fave destinations were probably Universal Studios and Disneyland! Here’s a GoPro video compilation I created from my trip!

I also made a short clip of my experience with the walkers from Universal Studios.

And Disneyland! It’s the family’s first time to go there! My hubby and his family had this agreement that the first Disneyland visit should be with the whole family. My hubby was saying that I was lucky that I got to be there just after a year of being here in the US. He’s been here for 15 years. Hehe. Well, the good thing about being in Disneyland is it makes you feel young again. Our favorite parts are the parade and the fireworks! They are just so magical!

  • My vinyl Collection

After just a year, I have now a total of 27 vinyl records! I was planning to just buy one per month but I ended up with more. I’m planning to stick with my one-per-month goal this coming year.

 

  • Black Friday Post

On Black Friday, we went to the Seattle Premium Outlets which is really in Tulalip (not in Seattle). We went to different stores but the Nike Store there caught us by surprise. Every aisle of that store has orange boxes all over the place. My phone camera wasn’t working that time so I asked my sis-in-law to take a pic and send it to me. I shared that photo on my Instagram and it went viral!

It's like a zombie apocalypse. I feel bad for the people who need to clean this up. #BlackFriday #NikeOutletStore

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This Instagram account called Complex reposted it and it got 41k likes. Different sites like BuzzFeed and Yahoo! News also used this picture. I wasn’t expecting it at all! The only thing I don’t like about it getting viral is that I see people’s irrelevant opinions about the photos of this Nike Store. Just like any trending topics, they would involve race or politics with the issue. It’s just a darn messy Nike Store and I hated how people did this. It’s probably not because they were Asians or because they voted for Hillary. Not relevant at all.

  • My First Snow Experience

I’ve seen it snow before but it didn’t stick to the ground. This is actually the first time that it did and the beauty just took my breath away. I know not everyone likes it because it’s not safe to drive. I’m lucky I got to stay home that day because our school was closed due to snow.

It's snowing. ❄️ #myfirsttime #snowinseattle

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Woke up to this. So beautiful. Yet I know it's dangerous for some folks going to work today… Stay safe! #snowinseattle

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  • Christmas Gifts

These are the two things in my Christmas wishlist and I got them both! My hubby gave me the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera which I already knew about and in our family exchange gift, I got a concert ukulele from my mom-in-law and her partner. Now, my next project is a music YouTube channel using these new toys. Let’s see…

 

  • Something special coming soon in 2017…

Happy New Year! I have more things to share in 2017 and I’m so excited! Please stick around. πŸ™‚

April and May 2016 Movie Diary

Hello! I am documenting the movies I’ve seen this year and will share a little something about them.

Before you read this post, you can also check my previous movie diaries by clicking the name of the months:

January

February

MarcH

April…

17. Cant’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Date: 04.02.16
Source: Netflix
Comment: If you’re in the mood to watch a 90’s feel-good high school movie, I recommend this.

18. The 5th Wave (2015)

Date: 04.03.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: It’s not boring for me but I feel like there are a lot of plot holes. Not a big fan of this movie.

19. The Jungle Book (2016)

Date: 04.16.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: I love it!!! And the kid is so cute. He definitely fits the role. This is a funny movie and I recommend this for the whole family to watch. πŸ™‚

20. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Date: 04.30.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Had to watch this before watching Captain America. I like Avengers movies (the the first one and the individual ones) and this one didn’t fail me.

May…

21. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Date: 05.08.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: So much better than the Batman vs. Superman movie. In the movie, it’s hard to choose sides between Captain America and Iron Man because because both of them have a point. Spider-Man and Ant-Man/Giant-Man are awesome, too!

22. The Truman Show (1998)

Date: 05.21.16
Source: Netflix
Comment: It’s a nice film. I’m just not satisfied with the ending. I wanna know what happened to Truman after. Hehe.

23. Spy (2015)

Date: 05.27.16
Source: Cable TV
Comment: Funny and action-packed film. I like movies that show Girl Power and here’s one of them. πŸ™‚

 

What good movies have you seen recently? Share it in the comments!

March 2016 Movie Diary

Hello! I am documenting the movies I’ve seen this year and will share a little something about them.

Before you read this post, you can also check my previous movie diaries by clicking the name of the months:

January

February

Last March…

9. The Big Short (2015)

Date: 03.05.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Hmm. They say it’s good and I’m pretty sure it is. But I honestly couldn’t understand it. Haha. There are just so many jargons and even though they were explained through analogies, my shallow brain still couldn’t comprehend it. I watched it until the end though.

10. Man of Steel (2013)

Date: 03.06.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: I watched it in preparation for the Batman vs. Superman movie. It’s okay. It was too serious but my hubby said DC movies are usually serious compared to Marvel. Anyways, I also noticed how things were not-so-believable in the movie and I was pissed on how many buildings were destroyed killing lots of people . I know it’s just a movie but I thought that maybe that would be Batman’s reason for hating Superman. And I was right. Ooops, spoiler.

11. Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

Date: 03.12.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: I wasn’t able to finish it but I feel too lazy now to do so. I’m kind of cheating with my Movie Diary. Haha. Well, I’ve just seen the first hour and watched Mockingjay Part 2 the next day so I don’t think it matters now. I dunno why it doesn’t get my attention anymore.

12. Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

Date: 03.13.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Again, I wasn’t watching seriously but I still understood what was happening. I hate that it suddenly looked like a romantic film between Katniss and Peeta. I’m just not that enthusiastic with Hunger Games anymore. My hubby like the last movies though. He noticed a lot of plot holes with the first ones. I’m just, for some reason, bored with the last movies.

13. Daddy’s Home (2015)

Date: 03.13.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: It does have a low rating but I like it. Haha. Will Ferrel and Mark Wahlberg just have this comical chemistry that made me and my family laughed so hard while watching the movie.

14. Allegiant (2016)

Date: 03.19.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: I didn’t see the second one but I still understood this third installment of the Divergent Series. I can say that it’s just okay. I didn’t get bored during the film but there’s still no ending yet so there will be a continuation after this for sure.

15. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Date: 03.27.16
Source: Movie Theater
Comment: Unfortunately, the trailers were better than the movie itself. My hubby is a big Batman fan and he’s disappointed with the film. I don’t wanna give any spoilers but the climax was kinda funny. And their fight scene was only 5 minutes. They should’ve given it a different title. By the way, Wonder Woman rocks!

16. Sisters (2015)

Date: 03.27.16
Source: Downloaded/Rented
Comment: Watched it with my sisters-in-law. Tina and Amy are really funny together. We enjoyed watching it.

What good movies have you seen recently? Share it in the comments!

Where’s Wannie? Vol. 4

Hello! Miss me? You probably didn’t even notice that I’ve not been posting for a while. Hehe. Anyways, I only post “Where’s Wannie?” whenever I’m too busy or too bored to blog.Β  For the sake of updating, I’ll be sharing what keeps me “busy” lately even though you might not be interested. Hoho.

1. Playing Clash Royale

My hubby and I never played Clash of Clans because we felt like it’s too late for us to start playing it. When this CoC spin-off came out, my hubby tried it and became addicted to it. He asked me (begged/forced me rather) to download it and now I’m so addicted, too. So whenever I have free time, this is what I do instead.

2. Chores!

Now, that I’m working, my daily schedule is:

  • Getting ready for work
  • work
  • getting ready for dinner + social media
  • dinner
  • house chores (washing dishes, packing lunch for tomorrow, preparing coffee for tomorrow, etc)
  • Skype with my mom in the Philippines
  • spend time with hubby (play games, watch movie/TV, massage, etc.)
  • sleep

3. Music Production

I so want to learn how to. I’m just researching so far but hopefully, I’ll get everything I need this year to help me get started.

I’ll share more about these on my Happy List this month. πŸ™‚

 

What keeps you busy lately? Share it in the comments!

 

MMI: Do the Right Thing

This week’s music inspiration is “All at Once” by The Fray.

I love a lot of songs from The Fray and this is just one of them. I never actually know what the whole song is about until today when I read the whole lyrics because ever since then, this is the line that strikes me the most.

All at Once

Back then, I was in a bad relationship. I knew I had to let go with that person but it was too hard for me. It hurt to let go but when I finally did, I ended up being happier.

In our lives, we face different situations where we find it hard to do the right thing even though we are fully aware of it. We follow our hearts more than our minds despite the pain. This doesn’t only relate with relationships, okay?

I dare you to do the right thing today. You deserve to be happy.

How’s your heart today? Share it in the comments!