Munimuni Saturday

More than 3 months na kami dito sa Winnipeg. So far, so good. Kanina lang, may friend na nagtanong sakin (si Gel) kung naho-home sick daw ba ko and kung well-adjusted na kami dito. Matagal ko na tong napansin sa sarili ko (siguro mga 1-2 months pa lang kami dito), na hindi ako naho-home sick. Halos walang feeling na “Huhuhu gusto ko nang umuwi.” Ang super nahihirapan lang ako, until now, is yung sepanx ko kay Almond (our cat). Para kasi talaga namin syang baby. Pareho kaming first time pet owners at that time. Super naiintindihan ko na sila kung bakit ganun nila ka-love mga alaga nila. As in ngayon ko lang to naramdaman. Yung pag nags-send ng mga pics and videos si Aryen natutuwa ako but at the same time sobrang nalulungkot. Gusto ko sya mahawakan at makiss. Kung uuwi man kami ng Pilipinas (kung kelan man yun), isa si Almond sa pinaka unang agenda. Miss na miss ko na talaga sya. Hays.

Pero bukod kay Almond, I’m actually doing okay. Sabi ko nga dun sa friend ko, siguro dahil sinet ko ng tama yung expectations ko. Bago kami pumunta dito, expected ko na na malayo ako sa family, na once every X years lang kami makakauwi, na hindi mga Pinoy ang katrabaho ko so kelangan mag-adjust sa culture, na malamig dito, etc. So pagpunta namin dito, naka-mind set na ko sa mga yun. Bukod sa 95% ng family ko at 100% ng friends ko ay nasa Pilipinas at iba pang countries other than Canada, may mga certain things pa din na mas better satin kesa dito; katulad ng mga restaurants. Mas madaming choices satin. Dito halos puro fastfood. Tapos yung mga malls. Ang malls dito meh. Satin pagandahan, pasosyalan. Pero wala namang perfect place. Kailangan lang ng tamang attitude towards change. At based sa pagwe-weigh in ko ng mga bagay bagay, ito na talaga yung pipiliin ko. Sana maconvice ko din ang family ko na mag-stay dito.

Ang bilis lumipas ng araw. Lalo na nung nag-start akong magtrabaho. Ang bilis mag-Friday. Sana laging ganun para feeling ko mabilis lang din lumipas ang work days.

Gusto ko nang maka-ipon. Para makapag-travel. Isa yun sa mga goals ko talaga. Makapag-travel kung saan saan. Ang ganda kasi ng effect nya sa well-being ko. Lalo na dito na kami nakatira sa Winnipeg. Sobrang refreshing siguro mag-travel sa magagandang lugar at interesting places. Wala kasi dito masyado mapuntahan. If I’m being honest, mas maganda pa sa Taguig kesa dito. 😄 Pero sa Taguig, forever kaming magre-rent. Dito makakabili kami ng bahay in 1-2 years (if I’m being optimistic).

Saturday ngayon. Napansin ko na naka-earphones ako pero wala namang music. *plays music* Nanonood lang ako ng Netflix kanina hanggang sa nakatulog na ko. Sinimulan ko sa Dynasty, tapos inulit ko yung first 2 episodes ng Girlboss. Tapos balak ko panoorin mamaya ay The Office. Hindi ko na maalala kung san ako natapos sa The Office kasi simula nung nawala si Michael Scott, medyo nawalan ako ng interest sa kanya. Pero matatapos ko din yun in time. *munimuni ends*

Good food but a little spicy for me
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Nosebleed * Potential First Day

Nino-nose bleed ako dito sa Canada. As in literal na nosebleed. Nung una di ko pinapansin pero nung dumadalas sinearch ko na kay bff Google. Ayun na nga. Gawa daw sa dry at malamig na hangin. Nothing to worry naman daw. Pero iniisip ko kung bibili akong humidifier. Samantalang dati dehumidifier ang binibili namin kasi masyadong humid sa loob ng apartment ang daling masira at mabulok ng mga pagkain. Dito kahit ilang araw nasa pantry ang ulam hindi napapanis. Amazing.

Start na ko bukas sa trabaho pero hanggang ngayon, ayoko pa din i-assume na totoo na talaga. Kahit pumirma na ko at lahat, parang ayaw ko pa din maniwala. Ayaw ko kase madisappoint kaya naiisip ko lahat ng possibilities. Na baka nagkamali lang sila tapos pagdating ko dun biglang, “I’m sorry but I don’t see your name in our list.” Ay baka mamura ko siya. Pero Tagalog para di nya gets. Kaya bukas, maniniwala lang ako na tanggap na talaga ko pag andun na ko sa mismong loob at nagsisimula na ang training. Hay sana talaga. Excited na talaga ko sumweldo.

These past few days ako ay iritable sa isang person na to kaya gustong gusto ko na mag-blog para maglabas ng sama ng loob. Nakakatulong kasi talaga. Di ko kasi magets personality nya parang aning. Kahit matagal-tagal na din kaming friends (frenemy?) para talaga syang ewan. Pero ang maganda naman, naka-move on na ko. Kaya parang di ko na feel i-kwento ang mga nangyari. Basta ako ay looking forward bukas at sa future.

My Lucky Streak

I just noticed (my aunt and uncle noticed it too), during these past few months in Canada, that I had been quite lucky. Here’s a couple of lucky things that happened:

  • We went to the casino and I won $100 playing Blackjack. I had gambling issues and used to go to casinos all by myself. But that was before and I stopped gambling ultimately when I had my losing streak. So when we went to this casino, I was playing just for fun. I wasn’t even playing my own money. My uncle gave us $20 each. When I won $10, I was planning on stopping. But I decided to just continue and didn’t care if I lose. But then I didn’t. 😉
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Kept this as a souvenir
  • We were shopping in this store and I bought some stuff and this nice (pricey) wrap-around jacket that’s perfect for fall. Only I didn’t buy it. When I checked the receipt, the salesperson didn’t scan the tag on the jacket so I got it for free. I know that wasn’t the right thing to do; but I am jobless and a person who sometimes gets tempted so…
  • After just a month here, I already got a job. It was only a 2-month placement so it isn’t really something that’s permanent but still, that was pretty lucky. Unfortunately, I was having some health issues and I’m sorry, no disrespect, but I just loathe the job. I will certainly miss the residents and most of them are sweet but that’s just isn’t enough for me to stay.
  • So after working there for 2 weeks, I quit and hope that I will immediately find another job. And luckily, after a couple of weeks, I received several interview invitations. Then I got interviewed for this certain position (which is kind of similar to my previous job back home) and got an offer a few days after the interview. I was sooo happy and was jumping for joy nonstop. But that’s not it! It was a double entendre because not only I got hired, they hired me for a higher position! Which means higher salary! I can’t help but smile thinking about it.
  • Over to Dust Designs news (my graphic art business), I just got a client who needed some tags and things for her wedding. So I am currently working on it and like how things are going.
Their two options
  • I almost forgot the iPad. It wasn’t totally free because the bank let me chose if I’d want to have free monthly banking fees for a year or I’ll pay the monthly fees but I’ll get an iPad. I chose the latter because I’m planning to get an iPad anyway so it’s like I’m paying it in installments. Apparently, “24-month installment for zero interest!” is not a thing here. So that worked out. Also, the bank manager offered us free monthly fees for the first 2 months. So it’s like I got a discounted, 10 months to pay iPad. Yes!

  • Also, I get to experience snow. I consider that lucky because not everyone has the chance to experience snow. 😊

And that was it! I should be happy but… No wait, I am happy. But I am also worried. I’m worried that something unlucky will happen because of all these lucky-ness. I will be watching out.

Almost 3 Months in Winnipeg

It always crosses my mind to make a blog post whenever I’m doing something I don’t really do in the Philippines. Or when I see something new or unusual. I will always think, “I will write this on my blog.” But here I am, finally giving some time to blog and I can’t recall all of those things that I wanted to write. But I will try.

DEER LODGE CENTRE

I got a job placement as a Health Care Aide in Deer Lodge Centre two weeks ago. It’s a rehab facility for the elderly (we call them residents). We wash them, feed them, and just take care of them in general. I will really miss some of the residents (especially Henny, Isabella and Garth) ‘cos I already quit yesterday. 😅

Even though I’m not fond of the job (it was my first time to wipe someone else’s ass), I was really planning on finishing my 2-month contract. Because how lucky am I to get a job that I didn’t even apply to, no interviews whatsoever, and considering that I’ve been here for just a month? Really lucky. They just told us to be there at this date, wear scrubs, and start working already (thanks to Manitoba Start – a government funded organization). And then if Deer Lodge likes me, I will be directly employed with them and get an $18 hourly pay (that’s quite plenty because the minimum hourly wage here is $11).

So the reason why I quit this job is because my eczema (which has been going on for 10 years now) is worsening. Some may think that it’s a lousy reason to quit but I’ll tell them to have an eczema first and tell me about it. I’m okay with the dryness and itchy feeling because I have my super effective ointment to relieve the itchiness. But when it starts to cause open wounds (due to frequent hand washing and sanitizing), I really needed to think about it. Exposing the wounds to even just water really hurt. What more if it’s exposed to soap or alcohol. Harsh chemicals are a no-no for eczema. That’s why I always use gloves even when I take a bath because exposure to shampoo and conditioner causes the flare-ups too. I tried using organic products but to no avail.

And so I quit. I was not happy about it because I really wanted to earn money right away (and I’m planning to get the iPhone XS 😂). But why should I stay in a job that: 1. I don’t like and 2. worsens my already worse eczema? I say, don’t. Manitoba Start was okay with it and said they’ll try to find another placement for me. They were all really nice. It turns out I didn’t even need reason #2 to finally decide that I won’t finish the contract. I learned that it wouldn’t be a problem if I just say that I feel like I’m not a fit for the job and that I changed my interests.

And then I also had the okay from my uncle and aunt (whom we’re living with) and said that I should just find an office job. They were all really kind and supportive. I can’t really express how thankful we are to them. I love them so much!

Impromptu photo shoot. Ang lamig!

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada)

This is our bank here. Here in Winnipeg (or maybe across Canada), there is no maintaining balance. We opened a bank account with zero dollars on hand (because we didn’t have our money at that time). The manager was also a Filipino so it was a pleasant experience.

The most exciting part was their ongoing promo. They are giving away free iPads (the latest one) to newly opened accounts. What’s so great about this is, for months I was really planning on getting an iPad Pro for my graphic business. iPad Pro because it’s compatible with the Apple Pencil. But what’s even more great is that the latest iPad (the one RBC is giving away) is already compatible with the Apple Pencil. So yay! I don’t need to get an iPad Pro anymore! Yehey yehey!

Zero $$$

The iPad will arrive next week! I’m so excited.

I think this is it for now. This post is getting too long already. I think I’ll blog more frequent now since I don’t have a job anymore anyways.

PS: It was already snowing yesterday!!! Sobrang bano ako 😂

Jobless: Day 1

Yesterday was my last day of work. So what I did was:

  • Went to the office to return company assets and my ID
  • Tagged along with my previous teammates to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Got my hair chopped (thinking of dyeing it as well)
  • Got my pits sugared
  • Hugged my office mates goodbye
  • Had dinner with Kenneth at Rice & Dough

Then we went home. It was raining hard. When we got home, I felt weird that I didn’t need to login to my laptop to work. I felt weird that I don’t see my office laptop anymore in our room. It was really an uneasy feeling — up until now. It’s uncomfortable but exciting at the same time — because I could do anything now! There’s just a lot of possibilities.

For today, I’m thinking of cooking Kenneth’s dinner later. I’ve also been meaning to start working again on the wedding invitation project. I hope I’ll be productive today because recently, I have the tendency to just lie around and watch YouTube videos all day long. Or I’ll just lie in bed thinking of the things that I should do but actually doing nothing. Until it gets dark and it’s time to go to sleep. Another day wasted.

I just remembered that I had to pack some orders from my online shop. Brb.