It was 11 days ago when the family drove to the city of Buffalo. It took 30 minutes for the dearest husband to reach in the city. The traffic was badly but he made it for a shorter time. He is a fast driver and always makes my heart beating so fast because the way he drive.
Growing up in the city when I was little makes me missed the city living. I cannot trade my country way of living to the city. The city of Buffalo is big. I like the big buildings, school and churches. Buffalo has beautiful churches as well. We have the oldest church in America.
I also like to watch where the ball drops in New Year’s Eve. I hope someday my family can witness the joyous event. We drove to the city of Buffalo to watch the hockey live. We got lucky because our hockey team Buffalo Sabres won against Carolina Panthers.
I hope to explore the city of Buffalo in the summer. There are many activities and places for the family to explore. We have to check out that marine boat. I also like to explore the Lake Erie. They also have beautiful botanical garden. I just cannot wait for the warm weather to get here.
I was looking for my first airline tickets but I cannot find them. I thought I save them. Unfortunately I must throw them out. I check my very first Philippines passport. I know there is a date inside my passport when I first arrived in America.
Today is my 12th year since I arrived in America. I have come along way since then. I always stay Filipino by heart that is for sure. I had renewed my Philippines passport once. I now have an American passport since I became a citizen almost four years ago.
I am looking back at my first passport. It brings so many memories. I still remember when I first applied for my Philippines passport. I have my first Passport on the 7th of May 2001. It brings back the memories when I attended the seminar back in Cebu City. It also brings back memories when I had my medical exam. I still remember when I received my US Visa. I also remember my very first international flight. I cannot forget I am a carrying a pouch with my X-Ray result. The flight was very tiring from Manila to San Francisco California. I still remember when I had my K1 Visa stamped.
I have learned so many things for the last 12 years since I arrive in America. The home-sickness during the first week was horrible. The sudden change of temperature from tropical to winter. It shocked my body. The surrounding changes too from busy streets to quite roads. I am very thankful that my husband is always there for me during my first week when I arrived in America. Those were memories that will remains in my heart forever. I am thankful to God for giving me all the strength that all I needed during those times.
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I grew up playing at the Gaston Park during my childhood days. This is the only closest park where we live. It is only walking distance. I usually play with my cousins after church. I have many pictures of this park.
I never thought that my little K got the chance to step and play at the Gaston Park. The last time she traveled with me, she was only six months old. It took her six years to visit my home town in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. It was Friday one sunny day that I brought her to the Gaston Park with me after visiting her Grandma. I choose Friday to visit as it is the weekdays and the park is not crowded.
My Mom gave us umbrella as it was excruciating warm that day. I find it funny that I bring umbrella with us. I know that back in New York if it is very warm, people are jumping for joy and go sunbathing or enjoy the sun. I usually bring umbrella while growing up when it is raining not when it is sunny.
The Gaston Park change a lot since the last time I visited. How I wish that the fountain is on. It would make the little K’s visit to the park more exciting. It is usually on Sundays as I remember. The playground is more modern which I like. There are few kids I see during that day. I just let my little K explore the Gaston Park. I told her story that her Mommy used to play at this park. Now it is her chance to play too.
I am glad that there are palm trees still around the park. I notice that the grass is not usually green. There are also benches around the park as well. I am sure that my little K is still adjusting to its environment. This was our 8th day since we arrived in the Philippines during our three weeks vacation. These pictures are almost two years old. How I wish that I can visit my home town again. It is indeed a very tiring flight but it is worth it when we landed in Cagayan de Oro airport.
It is very freezing cold today. I decided to dig up some old pictures. Finally I can update my travel journal as well.