Dinosaur Unearthed Exhibit at the Telus World of Science

Yesterday was Victoria Day here in Canada, a holiday.  We were so grateful for the chance to rest and be together longer.  Weekends always seem too short.  We wanted to go for a trip to Calgary,  Jasper maybe, we also received invitations to join different groups of people camping.  It was pretty obvious everybody was bent on enjoying the long weekend.  Since Bea was still a bit sick,  we decided to just stay within the Edmonton city limits.


Lessons I Learned From Working at Tim Hortons

My stint as a Tim Hortons team member 
Before we left for Canada,  I was aware of people with established careers in their home countries,  start from scratch.  I knew of people who worked in what they called "survival jobs".  I felt anxious of me getting into the fast food industry as well,  not because I looked down on people working in this industry,  but because I know I am clumsy and I feared that I would be asked to serve a tray filled with food and I'd spill everything on my customers!

When Bea started school in September,  I had nothing to do at home.  I decided to try looking for a job.  I needed a job with a schedule  that would allow me to pick up Bea from daycare in the afternoon.  So I went and applied to the Tim Hortons branch near where Berto was working.

I got accepted and started working in October.  I got 1 week training for the basics,  like how to operate the coffee machine and the milk/cream/sugar dispensers,  what a one and one or a double-double means,  how to greet the customers etc. It was a huge adjustment from the work place I was used to.  I really wanted to quit after that one week,  but I didn't want to be a quitter so I persevered.  I'm  glad I  did,  I learned a lot from my stint in Tim Hortons.

  • Customer Service - Customers differ.  They can be the nicest,  most understanding and appreciative people, but they can also be difficult and unreasonable.  Despite that,  it was our job to keep them happy and to keep them coming back. 
  • Time Management - Everything is fast-paced.  There is a target time for making the coffee, tea, iced cap,  smoothies,  sandwiches,  soups.  Walking in a relaxed manner is simply unacceptable.  One has to be always rushing,  shouting "behind"  or "hot, hot!" There as so many things to do,  chores to finish,  showcases to refill,  and everything has to be done fast! 
  • Team work - I worked with people from different cultures and backgrounds.  There may people you don't particularly like but you still have to do your best and work well with them. If you do this,  you will end up with valuable interpersonal skills that will benefit you in the long run.
  • Multitasking and Working under pressure - serving cranky customers,  getting instructions from grumpy supervisors,  malfunctioning equipment, listening to unreasonable requests from customers were  part of my everyday routine.  After a few months,  they didn't bother me anymore.  Plus I became more patient. 
I spent only four months working in Tim Hortons because I decided to go back to school and get a Canadian diploma. Those four months may have seemed like the longest four months of my life,  but I really learned a lot.  I also appreciated the people working in this industry a lot more.  Boy,  it wasn't easy! Fast food jobs are often looked down on,  but it is actually a noble job with lots of things to learn that you will get to take with you no matter where you go. 

Hopefully when I graduate,  I will land a good office job,  something right up my administrative /accounting /financial alley.  One thing I am sure of,  I will never forget the lessons I learned from my short stint at Tim Hortons. 


Our Typical Friday Night

Yesterday,  I got home feeling tired but excited.  It has been a very long week for me.  I have been having a hard time in school.  I just feel so stressed all the time.  Deadlines creep up on me and I feel overwhelmed.  Needless to say,  I welcomed the weekend with open arms.  

My friend from school dropped me off and I dragged myself up the stairs to our apartment. I tried to find the energy to cook dinner for my family but failed.  I texted Berto the sweetest message with a pizza request in the end.  He asked "what flavour?"  Score!  

For Bea and I,  our  favourite Papa John's pizza flavour is cheese! Boring, I know,  but we just can't get enough of it.  For Berto,  it's different every time.  This time he ordered The Works.  

The Works 


Happy Anniversary Berto and Kwala

I can't believe it has been 14 married years already, plus 8 years of being together. Berto and I have definitely been through a lot. No need to bore you guys with all the boring details of our fights, some petty, some  huge; the important thing is that we always make up in the end. Our life has been one big adventure, a big roller coaster ride. What counts is that we face life's surprises together.

At different points in our lives, we found ourselves unhappy, lost, dissatisfied, in career limbo, with family problems. It was hard, and it meant the world to have each other to give support and comfort. There are lots of good times as well,  and celebrating is that much more enjoyable with someone who's been with you from the very beginning.

Now, we're in a foreign country and like many others before us,  we have to start from scratch. People are amazed just how fast we've adapted. For us, it's easy because we see it as just another chapter of our big adventure. We were anxious, but we're together and that's enough. We see it  as a second chance, a chance for new beginnings.

Here's to more adventures together. 

Thanks for being best friend,  my number one fan and my loudest cheerleader. Thanks for supporting me and my dreams.  I'll always be here to do the same for you. Here's to looking forward to more shared adventures with you!


Hollywood Celebrities Support Pacquiao Despite Loss.

Jimmy was part of Pacman's entourage that night 

Rocky loves Manny
The Filipino pride lost the "Fight of the Century".  I just took comfort in reading tweets from Hollywood celebrities who still believed in Manny Pacquiao.

I wonder what's next for the Filipino champ?

Our Free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 from TD Canada Trust

When we first arrived here in Edmonton last year,  we didn't know any banks.  As immigrants,  we were expected to have enough funds to support our family as we get settled in.  We didn't want those funds just lying around in the house,  we knew we needed to open a bank account as soon as possible. When we asked hubby's family members,  most of them were banking with  TD Canada Trust.  It is open 7 days a week and has extended hours,  plus they have so many branches scattered around the city. So we decided to open an account with TD too.

The guy who assisted us suggested that we open an account perfect for immigrants.  The minimum was $3,500,  we get unlimited number transactions a month and we get a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.  As happy as this made us,  we came to Canada with all our gadgets.  2 laptops and 2 tablets plus our phones.  We thought we didn't need any more gadgets. So the TD guys gave us another option.  We can say no to the free tablet,  and get another deal instead.  With this account,  if our money falls below the minimum,  we get a bank charge of around $15. He offered to waive that charge for 6 months.  We thought it was a great idea and opted for that deal. 


Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Gives Birth to a Princess!

The Royal Couple's Official Engagement Photo
Photo credit : goabroad.com
The royal couple's 2nd baby is born,  finally.  After days being overdue from her April 23 due date,  the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their little princess today! 

Prince William was present for the birth of the 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) baby girl at St.  Mary's Hospital in London.  Prince George is officially a big bro!

So happy for this family! They seem like a normal family,  except they richer and they dress better.  Hehe.  Congratulations!

UPDATE:  The Royal Couple's newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana as a tribute to Prince William's parents and grandmother.

Charlotte is considered a feminine form of Charles, after the newborn's grandfather, Prince Charles. The middle names honor Queen Elizabeth II, the baby's great-grandmother, and the late Princess Diana, William's mother.

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