June 18, 2015

Read, cook, eat

I love eating. I like trying out new and familiar dishes with my husband. Sometimes, I would prepare food for meals back in PH. Most of the time, I was the one assigned to prepare the ingredients for certain dishes - preparations such as chopping, mincing and washing the vegetables and meat to be used. My mom or brother do the cooking most of the time.

I haven't thought that cooking dishes on a daily basis would be such a challenge. Thinking of meals to prepare is a lot harder since I have a limited knowledge on food preparation. Oh, I remember a requisite course about food nutrition I took in the university and I had the same role in our group works, which is measuring the ingredients needed. I never led our group in following cooking and/or baking steps. Thus, preparing meals can be a tough task of a housewife. Who else thinks that being a housewife is underrated?

Anyway, I have tried cooking some dishes for two weeks that I've been here. I would look at what's available in the fridge and what I can prepare with it. Sometimes, we go to the grocery to buy what we need for something that I'd like to try to prepare and eat. The internet (oh, yes) is such a big help in food preparation. Thanks to all the recipes that are budget-friendly and easy to understand. Haha. I can just search keywords and voila - I can scan and choose the recipe that fits.

I'm sharing the photos of some foods that I prepared. Most often than not, the dishes turned out good.

Fish fillet
Chicken with lemon sauce (looks can be deceiving) This turned out sour.

June 10, 2015

On fitting in

It is almost a week since I have been here in Saudi Arabia. And it is almost a week of being a housewife.

I still find adjusting to life in Saudi Arabia easy and manageable. There were lots of changes to live by here suggested by tradition, culture, and religion, that is Islam. First, I am not allowed to go out of our house unless I am with my sponsor, who is my husband. We do our groceries together almost everyday so I can go out every afternoon, after my husband's office work - which is actually a good thing. My husband doesn't care if it's quite inefficient to go out and buy every afternoon because gasoline is cheap, here. Whenever we eat out, we are entitled to some privacy. There is a separate section for families so that families like us do not mix up with groups of bachelor men. Not so bad, right?

Another adjustment that I find practicable is wearing abaya whenever in public. An abaya is a long loose black dress with long sleeves that is worn by women over ordinary dress. It basically covers your skin from your neck down to your ankles. Whenever I go out, I put on my abaya (I have three as of the moment) and bring a shawl to cover up my head when needed. It does not matter what you wear under your abaya. I can go out with outfits that I use at home because my body will be covered anyways. I can wear a dress, or a sleeveless blouse or a pair of shorts; it doesn't matter because people won't see it with my abaya on. Well, hello to a new version of fashion! I have shawls of different colors anyways!:) (I'm sharing photos of us below.)
On Wednes--, errrr, every day, I wear black.
The weather in this part of the world is a new experience to me. When I arrived here from the Philippines, it was quite hazy because of sandstorm. From where I came from, the weather ranges from too hot to rainy. But here in Saudi Arabia, it can be too hot and sandy. I don't know when winter comes. For safety reasons, we don't go out when the wind is howling with sands.

All in all, I find this country that I'm in likeable plus, I would like to go to new places, whether it's a mall, a small restaurant in some street, a grocery store, or a desert! It's just a matter of perspective and I'm claiming this 'moving in' will take me to places and learnings.

June 6, 2015

Home

May had some good things coming that were worth talking about but sadly, I was not able to share it here. Since I have some free time (A LOT) for now, I am glad to get back in writing here!

Last month, I was preparing some documents that I will be using for my travel to Saudi Arabia. I got some documents that needed to be authenticated, I underwent a medical check-up and processed visa stamping before we finally purchased a one-way ticket to the KSA. Aside from these, I was trying to make the most of my time with my family, friends and churchmates. 

I only told a few friends that I will be leaving soon and some kept on asking until when will I be staying in KSA. And when I finally told our school head that I might be leaving probably on the first week of June, she told me to apply for resignation so I would be cleared quickly. I had my clearance signed and resignation letter filed.

Now, I am finally here in KSA with my husband! I kind of lost track of time because of time difference and the distance I had to travel. I'm still adjusting to the culture which I bet will take a lot of time.

Anyway, even though I'm really far from my hometown, from my family, from the place and people I grew up with, I have this feeling of security. I feel at home. My husband and I have been away from each other for long before our marriage and it feels like we've finally overcome the distance. We've gone the distance to be together and chose to face this life with each other. It's a great feeling.

I am claiming the greater things that will come for both us and for the people we love. Things are going to be more exciting! Oh, grateful.

April 16, 2015

Our story (in photographs and poetry)

If I had known everything I know about who you are back when I didn't know a thing about you, I would’ve pulled you aside sooner & said Thank You for being one of the most incredible people I will ever know.
In that moment, our eyes met & I remember thinking This is what it is like to be struck by lightning, knowing I would never be untouched by you again.


Tied together by stuff too difficult to explain to someone new.

April 15, 2015

Sing along

I was trying to find the lyrics of Peryodiko's Tayo Lang Ang May Alam. There was none available yet so I decided to put it here. I listened carefully to the song and wrote the words. I remember doing this to The Jerks' Bitterly. Here it goes:

Tayo Lang Ang May Alam
Peryodiko

Tayo lang ang may alam
Nando'n sa pagitan ng paalam at pahiram
Tayo lang ang may alam
Tayo lang

Sige lang
Sumayaw sa hinihingi ng pagkakataon
Umindak sa kumpas ng kabog ng dibdib na hindi mahinahon
Hindi niya mapapansin
'Di ka man tumingin
Dinig ko ang bawat patak ng luha mo pero...

Tayo lang ang nakakaalam
Nando'n sa pagitan ng paalam at pahiram
Tayo lang ang may alam
Tayo lang

Sige lang
'Di mo naman kailangan pang magpaliwanag
Nandyan ako, nandito kayo sa pagitan ng mga mundo
Hindi niya mapapansin
Kung saan ka nakatingin
Abot kamay, abot tanaw pero 'di makagalaw...

Tayo lang nakakaalam
Nando'n sa pagitan ng paalam at pahiram
Tayo lang ang may alam
Tayo lang

Tayo lang ang nakakaalam
Nando'n sa pagitan ng paalam at pahiram
Tayo lang ang may alam
Tayo lang

At tayo lang (tayo lang) ang nakakaalam (tayo lang)
At tayo lang (tayo lang) ang may alam (tayo lang)
At tayo lang (tayo lang) ang nakakaalam (tayo lang)
At tayo lang (tayo lang) ang may alam (tayo lang)

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