Book: In Order to Live

hello 2016! this is my first post for the year. i was busy preparing for our homecoming trip to the philippines and totally forgot about blogging. so yeah, i’m back again and hoping to update this space as much as i can. motherhood takes much of my time now and by the time i’m free of all the chores, all i want to do is lie on the bed and sleep!

every year, part of my goal is to read more books and surpass the number of books i finished for the previous year. i was not able to keep track of how many books i read last year though looking at our shelf, i’m sure that the new books to my growing collection shows some improvement in my reading goals.

the first book i finished  this year, in order to live, is an autobiography written by yeonmi park, a north korean defector who escaped north korea and traveled her way to freedom and reached south korea. this is actually the second book i finished about korean defectors, the first one is the girl with seven names which i also shared here. i personally find defector stories interesting, eye openers and educational. north korea, known to be as the world’s most reclusive country, is hard to reach in many aspects like travel and information. reading first account stories from people who lived there provides a window on what life’s really like in that place. this book brought me to north korea and i learned their culture, life and hardships.

in order to live

in order to live

many filipinos including me complain too much of how bad manila is. then knowing life in a country such as north korea, makes me realize how fortunate i am to have been born in a country that values democracy (well, filipinos exercise too much freedom which is also a problem). philippines is still a country to be proud of, where people are free to speak out their minds and can decide for themselves.

after finishing this book, i realized that i should stop complaining because my life is not too bad and there’s more people out there searching for their freedom, struggling to survive and fighting to live.


If You Leave

few weeks ago, i talked to my husband and told him that i’m contemplating of leaving the IT industry for good. up to this day, working for almost 10 years now, i still haven’t found my passion for this industry and more of like a survival thing every day. you go to work, sitting for 8 hours and finishing your task, waiting for the clock so you can grab your belongings and heading out to the nearest door. it was like that for 10 years. fortunately, i was able to find good employers and also passed certification exams required for my career. but deep into my core, i feel empty and want something more meaningful.

i was thinking of switching to another job, perhaps after i get my citizenship here. guess what? i’m thinking of joining the police force, be a constable and climbing my way to the top so i can be a dog handler inside the airport or chasing robbers in the street. bad ass!

me joining the police force

me joining the police force

what makes me stay in my current job and industry is that it’s financially rewarding and we are planning to build a house soon, so every dollar counts. also, one of the basic requirements in joining the police force is that i should be at least holding a restricted driving license. i’m just on my learners! but we will get there soon. ;)

sick and tired of sitting at work, just makes my hips bigger and me fatter. so i want something challenging, exciting and touching people’s lives (mehganoun) so yeah, keeping my fingers, legs and toes crossed that i will become a constable officer in the near future. taray nu teh!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If You Leave.”

Beach Stroll

summer is just around the corner. we’ve got a month left for spring and then here comes summer knocking at our door. yey! i miss the tropical philippine beach, where the water is warm and you can stay in the water as long as you like unless you start to feel the sun burning on your skin or some jellyfish bite you.

here in new zealand, the water at the beach is ice-cold because we are near the antarctic waters. when hubby and i dip our feet on the water, we screamed and laughed so hard because it’s freezing cold. haha!

the sun is warm but the air is cold, very typical of christchurch. we spent an hour walking along the tracks while baby is soundly asleep inside the carrier. he likes to sleep…a minute or two after we reach the destination. :)

Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair 2015

this is our first time to attend the spring fair at orton bradley park. we arrived at around 11ish and saw that the parking lot is full and many people walking around. we weren’t expecting the big crowd because normally, every time we go to an event here at christchurch, there aren’t many people and we do not worry of overcrowding. haha!

there’s music entertainment, food stalls, garden stalls, art stalls and play area for the children. it is definitely an event for families especially kids. food is ok. we spent half an hour waiting in the queue to get our souvlaki which turned out just ok. it was a bit hot also because of the crowd and the weather.

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nevertheless, i enjoyed the event because i’m with my two boys. ;)


“what have you been putting off doing? why?”



my top three things to do…which are in my to-do list for as long as i can remember are:

  • choosing photos for our wedding album. we are almost near our 2nd year church wedding anniversary and we haven’t selected the photos yet for our wedding album because the thought of looking at the hundreds of photos makes me us feel very lazy.
  • thorough scrubbing of the toilet particularly the bowl and the floor because i don’t have the courage to interact with the invisible  germs. i just can’t.
  • studying for advance test analyst certification because apart from completing the agile examination few weeks ago, i also don’t like the voice of the speaker in the online course i’m listening to, which to me sounded like a guy selling a product in a home tv shopping channel.