Eureka!

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Posted on : 06-06-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Filipino Blogger

This is just a quick post. I finally found the niche for this Web site. I’ll be posting updates soon. For now, I still have to do some readings on how I’m gonna do the changes.

In essence, the theme will be changed (again) from Living in Kuwait to Exploring Kuwait.

The new title says it all.

See you around!

Dutdot
Pinay Expat in Kuwait
www.dutdot.com

new Dutdot.com Web site soon!

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Posted on : 28-05-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Filipino Blogger, Living in Kuwait

From:

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To:

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When I started blogging in 2007 as a new expat in Kuwait (the posts were hosted in another site until I transferred here in 2009), it was merely to write about my homesickness, about my rants at the graduate school, and how I thought life in Kuwait would be boring.

After 6 years of living here, I have finally considered this as my ‘home’ because it’s where we have built our family.

I gave birth here for two times.

I realized that calling a place one’s home comes with life’s intricacies and delicacies.  No matter how hard life is, sometimes, there are just a lot of blessings to be thankful for. This is where we have met a set of new friends who have been there for us through thick and thin. This is where our spirituality has been nourished, and this is where our skills and knowledge on financial literacy have been founded and expanded. This is where we have created a new version of ourselves – for the better. Not that I’m saying we weren’t who we were when we were still in our home country. It’s like saying we are blooming where we are currently planted. It could have been the same if we’ve been elsewhere (read: other than Kuwait).

After almost six years of personal blogging here, (I started blogging in 2004 in the Philippines though. I had over 20 blogs/sites in 2004. lol) I thought of revamping the theme of this Web site to something that will be of help to others in knowing how it is to live in Kuwait. This will most probably help our families and friends back home to understand how we are doing here, the places that we are going, the foods and cuisines that we are eating, the malls that we are visiting, and so much more.

I am thinking of buying a new handy cam because I don’t think it would be a good idea to bring along my hubby’s Nikon D700.

Stay tuned for updates!

Update May 29, 2013

Hello! I’ve started to revamp the site. I opted to change the navigation at the header. I hid the previous menu (topics discussed before were about pregnancy, motherhood, letters for my baby, startup experiences, etc). I’ll create a new navigation that will match the new theme of the Web site. I opted not to buy a new domain. Though the new site will be more attuned for public’s consumption, the topics will still revolve about life’s touchpoints in Kuwait as an expat, in particular, and as a human being in general. This (new) site will help others (family members of OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers) and others who want to explore life in Kuwait.

Spiritual Awakening

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Posted on : 23-04-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Filipino Blogger, Life's Musings, Spirituality

It’s good to be back.

not just in blogging.

but in truly ‘living’.

in doing the things that I should be doing…

such as becoming a dutiful homeschooling mom (formal homeschooling at www.homeschoolinginkuwait.com)

and becoming a better person everyday –

as a wife, mom, daughter, and friend…

and most of all, as a better Child of God.

 

Spiritual Awakening

When I was still in our country back home, I was (somehow) faithful, spiritual but I didn’t have a personal relationship with God until I met Him overseas – six years ago.

Our house (wherever we transfer here in KW) has been visited and blessed by bishops and priests. It’s only here overseas wherein we have felt a connection with God’s representatives in the form of priests and bishops. In my home country, it’s kinda hard to approach bishops more so ask them to dine with you.

As my faith has started to grow and strengthen everyday, I have also started to develop a personal relationship with God.

But there was something that was lacking…I didn’t know what it was – until…

…a few days back, something triggered me to really seek God and know Him more.

..that frightening news about the earthquake prediction in the Middle East…

in the latest report, this was denied by the USGS, stating that earthquakes cannot be predicted.

I felt a huge relief with the thought that there was no truth in the prediction. But I must admit that it made me panic. Along the way of my confusion during the past days (April 21 to April 22), I sought refuge in God’s Home and loving guidance. I went to the Blessed Sacrament and poured out my fears and anxieties to Him. I started to really internalize His words. I bought a Miracle Hour prayer booklet from the bookstore at the church and started using it on April 22.

Since then, a stronger personal relationship has emerged between me and my God. I have started to jot down all the Words of God during my prayer time. Linda Schubert’s Miracle Hour booklet has immensely helped me in transforming the way I pray.

Now, I can pray for less than two hours and sometimes it extends to over two hours because I am very much eager to know God and reflect on His words.

This morning, I read this status from Facebook – God Posts, “The more you love God’s Word and study it, the more you will love God’s Word and study it”, and this holds true to what I’m currently experiencing.

“To God, thank You so much for being faithful to me all the time and for not giving up on me. Thank You for always reminding me to be faithful to You, and for giving me the chance to have a stronger personal relationship with You. The void in my spiritual life has been suddenly filled up with Your Amazing Grace and Love. Thank You for protecting us, all of my family members here and in my home country, and overseas. Thank You for all the bountiful blessings and the recent award that I got. Thank You just for everything that I was, that I am…Thank You for being my Rock, and my All. AMEN!”

 

Weight Watch 2013, other stuffs, and my daughter’s 4th birthday today

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I weighed myself last night.

I still need to lose 6KG before July 1st. I don’t know how I’m gonna lose the excess 6KG in 2 months, just in time for my brother’s wedding in July.

I decided to cancel our June travel to Manila. But I’ll attend my brother’s wedding in Malaysia, along with my parents and two sibs. Hubby will travel with me to the PH but he’ll stay in Manila. Our two kids will be under the care of their new yaya. I’d be very sad to leave them behind for 12 days but my mind wouldn’t be at peace if I’d leave them in Manila. After the MY trip, I’ll go to the province to be with my younger sister.

Today’s my 1st born’s 4th birthday. How time flies! Though she’s not a skilled reader/writer yet, her wisdom is beyond her age. Last night, she asked me a profound question: “Why do we love, Mommy?” I was thinking how on earth would I answer that? But before I could open my mouth, she said, “…because we have a heart”…

I’m one proud momma. I love my 2 daughters so much.

This is a random blogging. My mind is off to researching about my daughter’s homeschool curriculum but I have a lot of things to do at work. This morning, I didn’t go out to work but decided to work from home. I think that from now on, with a new yaya at home, I’d just stay at home to work on my stuffs. It’s better that way. Yesterday, this lady/crew at Espressa didn’t welcome my presence. She removed the cord without asking permission from me. If she had a good attitude, she’d ask me politely before removing the cord.

Well, it’s OK. Lately, I also could not concentrate outside home. I just felt that, in the past, I was just wasting my money when I worked outside because I didn’t seem to finish anything.

This is all for now. I’ll be back soon.

 

What matters most

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Posted on : 20-03-2013 | By : dutdot | In : Filipino Blogger, Life's Musings

Time flies so fast and it passes by without notice.

It’s been almost a year since I last blogged here.

There’s this feeling of guilt that envelopes me…for not giving shapes to my thoughts in the past.

But not anymore…

Writing or blogging is my way to connect to my soul. Due to the circumstances in the past, (e.g. my business sites were hacked including my personal blogs; we’re nannyless for almost 9 months, my kids weren’t homeschooled and didn’t attend the playgroup, and more), I somehow lost the connection with myself. Now that we have a maid from heaven, I’m trying to get back my life. I’m finding time to revisit my personal blogs. My business sites are up and running again (after they were hacked and blocked by Google). Thanks God.

So far, life’s been good. Blessings are pouring in. My husband and I have become more prayerful. After feeling so helpless for the past 9 months without a maid at home, I slowly learned not to feel sorry for my shortcomings. Though there were losses in some opportunities and on how we managed our time, I felt that everything happened to strengthen me as a person with other important roles in life (wife, mom, daughter, friend).

If there’s one thing that I learned for the past 9 months and up to present, I can sum it up in one word: AWARENESS.

No matter what life throws at us, intentionally or unintentionally, we have to be aware. When our awareness level is so high, nothing can deplete us or worry us. Awareness comes in all aspect of our life. When we’re aware of how we need God, our spiritual awareness will lead us through the ups and downs of life. When God is always present in us, it’s as everything runs smoothly from the moment we wake up to the moment we retire at night. Life becomes handy as well since there’s not much baggage to carry around.

Awareness in our mental, physical, emotional aspects is likewise important. When we’re mentally, physically, and emotionally aware, we’re always prepared to deal with our day-t0-day activities and our long-term plans. There isn’t much waste on one’s time, effort, and thoughts because any thing that we’re about to do, or are doing, synchronizes with what we want to achieve. When we’re not totally aware on how we’re using our time, resources, and other capabilities, we often find ourselves sluggish, irritable, and distracted. It’s what I discovered for the past 9 months when there was just so much to do but little time and no help at all in dealing with my two kids, work, and more. I wasn’t connected with the real thing that matters most. When I looked back, I discovered that I was lacking in awareness of myself, of others who are important to me.

It’s been two weeks that our new maid has been helping us at home, and life, in general. We’ve been helping her emotionally, mentally, and physically, too. Another thing that I learned in life is that everything is energy. Every person, thing that we meet, or get is because of the energy that we have and the kind of energy that we put into.

For two days now, I’ve been going out with the purpose of doing my work away from home. However, much as I’ve wanted to make the most of my time outside, I’ve noticed that my heart hasn’t been attuned with the demands and wishes of my mind.

I do things that aren’t a priority or necessary.

My thoughts wander from here to there.

There’s just so much clutter in my mind.

My hands are itching to blog, make a plan, and more.

But one thing does arise from all these cobwebs around me, AWARENESS.

And from there, I’m starting anew.

I welcome myself back at this blog – dutdot (not just a dot on the Web).