Saturday, September 12, 2009

The best 2 years of my life in the U.S.

Two special occasions happen in October so I claim it to be our month. My birthday and our U.S. wedding anniversary. I got over excited that I failed to remember that there is something else to celebrate in September. It was hubby that reminded me about September 12th. Today is the 2nd anniversary of my U.S. arrival. Oh yeah, how could I have forgotten about that? Our PI wedding is just what occupies my thoughts lately. I should have realized that if I hadn't come here in the first place, there's no happy ending to Jenn & Jeff love story, lol. And no PI wedding to be planned in the future.

Wow, 2 years! Where did it go? Time flies, doesn't it? If I would summarize those years into few words, I'd say it was years of a blissful relationship with hubby, personal and cultural adjustments, and living the reality of life in the U.S. Whoa! That was an astute analysis. Well, what I was really trying to say is that those two years were spent eating a lot, I mean a whole lot in restaurants, thus explained the disgusting weight gain, lol! Not to mention the several travels we've made to different places in the U.S. plus numerous food binges in restaurants which again contribute to the 20-pound weight gain. Shuccks! I must add the crazy weekend shopping I have done for the past 2 years which of course always ended with eating out, which obviously by now you probably realize why have I gained so much weight in just 2 years. Arrggghhh!

Well, 2 years of being here is not just everything about shallow things, of course! I have learned a lot. I have cried. I have laughed out loud, as in lol! I have been hurt. I have been loved. I have grown stronger and wiser. I have known better not to mistake a UPS truck with a military tank truck, lol! Yep, it took me 2 years to admit to you all that I have once mistaken a UPS truck delivering something to our house as a military truck loaded with notorious gunmen equivalent to the Abu-Sayaff in the Philippines. Boy, it scared the hell out of me! I didn't know if I should hide or run. At that time though, I was reading a book about the experience of an American missionary couple who were kidnapped by the Abu-Sayaff and how her husband died while she was able to survive, went back to the U.S., live through it all and share her tragic experience. I was halfway through the book when that weird-looking UPS truck pulled into our driveway and drove me nuts, hahahaha! (Sus, palusot pa jud! Dili nalang jud muangkon na ignorante pa ko adto!) But you know what, there may have been good and bad times during those 2 years but what I am really thankful for is that...through it husband has always been with me, never failing to love, to care, to protect and to give me unconditional support when I need it the most. (He thinks the UPS experience was cute! Waahhh!)

9 replies:

LODS said...

thats a really funny story jen but your not alone on that one.. I have so many ignorante moments that crack up not just ralph but the whole schifano clan. Labi na ang language barrier, saon mo gawas man gyud ang ka gahi sa ako ininglis kay kapuyan man ko ug ma gininglis ug tarong nga with matching right intonation and diction. the result dli sila makasabot,hahahhha...happy 2nd anniversary here.

Dean and Lee Schroeder said...

My month is September naman Jenn. I got married September and my birthday will be this month of September.

Neldajay said...

Happy Birthday and Happy 2 years anniversry...busy ka ngayon. Have fun!

Lainy said...


This is a very inspiring post. I bet the book you were reading at the time was In The Presence of my Enemies by Gracia Burnham. Such inspiring read.

Anyways, I can't wait for your wedding day.

Best wishes and God speed all the way!

tx sweetie said...

congrats sa pag 2 yrs nimo Jen ug sa umaabot nga selebrasyon sa kasal. prehas diay ta wedding month no? October 16 lang amoa sa Pinas mao rato wa nami pa kasal kasal balik hasol sa kalag oi daghan andamon.

tuod, gamay ra kaau na imo ka ignorantihan pag abot haha. akoa kay karon mauwaw ko mo share pero share lang ko.

first time ko use ug toilet nga automatic mo flush, sos kuratan akong kigol wa pa gani ko ka tindog nikalit ug bun-og ang tubig sa inidoro pagka toytoy abi kog naunsa ra lolz..

ang ikaduha kay days palang jud ko ato dri, sa rest room sa ikea waz ko kahibaw unsaon pag operate ang automatic nga faucet nila, cge ko tan aw sa uban nanghinaw giunsa mana nila ha nga nakahinaw man ako wala? patudlo kos kana ako tupad wa gyapon ko kasabot kay english man slangerds kaau mao naingon jud kog estupida lolz.. bisan tudloan na wa gyapon kahibaw kay lagi waz kasabot pagamit nalang ko niya sa iya faucet nga nag agas na daan tubig.. paita ning wala sa ato oi..

hala taas na nani batsi sa ko.

Unknown said...

-mao jud lods. gahi bya ni ato dila. mao man pud ko. basta dili kasabot si jeff aw ako man ang masuko nya, hahaha. ako ingnun why man dili ka kasabot kaklaro adto, bwahahaha. pero tru oi daghan kaau ta tanga moments diri sa US of A. :)

Unknown said...

-aw Happy Birthday diay tood Haze. Happy Anniversary pud ninyo ni hubby nimo. U take care.

Unknown said...

@Scotty's Princess
-yes sis, In the Presence of my Enemies ni Gracie Burnham na book. i liked that book. it was inspiring and scary at the same time.

Unknown said...

-pareho diay ta ug month sah, october 27 lng mi.

hahaha nalingaw jud ko basa sa imo reply dhu. daghan pud diay ka experience na katangahan moments abi nako ako ra, hehehe.

mao lage hasol kaau sa kalag ning kasal kasal oi. pero unsaon tinoyoan man, hehe i enjoy nalang ni, hehe

September 14, 2009 8:51 PM