I’m not gonna bore you with my love story but I promise to keep it short. I had to move to Hawaii to be with my then boyfriend. We were classmates in college and liked each other and after almost 5 years of him constantly bugging me (lol), I finally gave in. We were in a long distance relationship for almost 2 years so when he proposed and told me that he wanted to take me to Hawaii – I really didn’t think of anything else besides being with him. I packed my bags, sold most of my stuff in my condo, and said goodbye to my friends.
I consider myself a city girl having lived in Manila for 10 years – it is what I call home.
Partying with Steve Aoki @ Republiq
I consider myself a city girl having lived in Manila for 10 years – it is what I call home. Malls are everywhere, the party scene is awesome and everything is affordable. I go out every weekend, watch movies with my friends, drink coffee and in some occasion – ok not some, in most – I drink and party. I also don’t do house chores, I’m not rich but like I said – everything in the Philippines is affordable. I get clothes picked up at my condo for laundry, I buy food outside or have it delivered when I’m lazy and I let my Ate Yay clean my unit every 2 weeks – life was awesome and I was having the time of my life.
My studio unit in Manila
Fast forward to my decision of moving to Hawaii to be with the love of my life. You see, Hawaii is a paradise. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, everyone is so nice – it is almost perfect and for a while I thought so too! But after 2 months or so, I started feeling homesick and that thing they call the “island fever” – oh it’s real. I felt so alone and so far away from everybody. And on top of that, I couldn’t work yet since I came here on a fiancé visa so I had to wait for my documents before I can legally work here. I had to learn how to do house chores like washing the dishes, cooking, doing laundry, fixing the bed (lol) – I used to call my father and tell him about it. Suddenly, everything was all new to me. My family was so far away from me, I see my friends having fun back home, and my husband was busy at work the whole day. I began feeling a little depressed. I opened up with my husband and told him what I was going through. He tried his best to make me feel at home – he took me to all the awesome places here in Oahu, we tried partying too but still it was just not the same. I was still feeling depressed but going back home was no longer an option as my husband won’t have any work there and moving to the Mainland is not an option too as we want to have some savings before we decide to leave Hawaii. I felt stuck, on some days – I would cry and I would lash out at my husband. Good thing he is a patient one (just don’t make him jealous lol) Anyway, I started focusing on the positive things – I am a fairly jolly person and I don’t like being sad – heck, we live in Hawaii! I focused my energy into planning our church wedding, started looking for jobs and went to the beach every weekend.
Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, everyone is so nice – it is almost perfect and for a while I thought so too!
Our simple yet beautiful church wedding was held last June – celebrated with our family and closest friends. The morning after that, I got a call about a programmer position at a top company here in Hawaii and 2 weeks later – I signed the contract. You see, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies all the time – we have to ride out some storms too. I still get homesick every now and then but life has been so much better ever since I came here. I am thankful for all the good and bad, for I know that God is greater than the highs and lows, and for as long as I have my husband and my family to support me – I’ll be okay.
Wedding photo by ARIA Studios
Me ka `oia`i`o,