Milwaukee lakefront at sunset

Milwaukee lakefront at sunset

2014-02-07

A couple nights ago, I had trouble falling asleep.

In search of something to do to distract me, I decided to clean up my phone. It’s gotten awfully slow, so I began to clean up, consolidate, re-organize. As I went through old text messages — I hadn’t deleted any since I bought the phone in 2012 — I found some old conversations and group messages. Messaging dating back from the first group hike to Sapphire Falls, to trips to New York, last-minute invites to grab a drink with a couple friends or to celebrate at The Cheesecake Factory. Totally took me back, almost like reliving those moments.

Life just zooms by…enjoy every moment you can.

2013-12-31

At the end of last year I wrote a recap of 2012. Looking into the new year of 2013, this is what I wrote:

"2013. Lots of things in store for this year. Several plans already lined up or to be considered. I foresee less traveling. Plans to move out of my parents’ house. More bills. Searching for a new job. Get fit and stay fit. Spending more time with family. Possible trip to the PI for the holidays. Most importantly, start working towards my dream. It won’t be easy, but if I give 110%, I know I can achieve new heights, one step at a time."

Sure, I did end up moving out of my parents’ house, but as far as less traveling, quite the opposite. Can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, but I guess living out of a suitcase makes things go by a lot quicker. This year has been quite the experience and quite the blessing. To be able to travel to where I have and to see the people I love as frequently as I did is something I am so thankful for. This year has been an amazing adventure and I look forward to the challenges and experiences 2014 has in store for me. I can’t be thankful enough for my girlfriend Natalie Sitanggang. I am so grateful to have her in my life.

SUMMARY OF 2013

209 days since moving to Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Of those 209 days, 104 days were spent out of state

Miles flown for work: 20,798 mi
Miles flown for personal: 18,149 mi
Total miles flown: 38,947 mi
Number of airports flown through: 25
Number of hotels stayed in: 29

States traveled for work: 15
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Minnesota
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
South Carolina
Utah
Wisconsin

States traveled for personal: 8 (and 1 international)
Arizona
California
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Nevada
New Hampshire
Philadelphia
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Milestones: New job, New apartment, New girlfriend, New truck, Silver Medallion status on Delta Airlines

Favorite business trip: Boca Raton, FL/Miami, FL

Favorite personal trip: Philadelphia, PA

Favorite new restaurants: Wildberry (Chicago, IL), La Perla Mexican (Benton Harbor, MI), Little Nonna’s
(Philadelphia, PA)

Weddings:
Kristina and Dennis
Sharlene and Vince

Injuries:
Scraped leg and arm (Dropped motorcycle)

Miscellaneous:
First concert with Jennifer @ The Killers
First time wakeboarding
Met Roeum & Leo’s baby
Broke longboard
First airboat tour through Everglades
Yankee/Red Sox game

2014: I expect to be traveling as much as 2013, if not more. I hope to financially stabilize, or at least make significant progress towards that goal. Learn and take in as much as I can in this current job, and make a move towards my life goals/dreams. As mentioned last year, get fit and stay fit. Try to take the family to the Philippines. Attend Jon Chan’s wedding in Hawaii. Move to Chicago.

Fuller’s Resort & Campground, Buchanan, MI

Fuller’s Resort & Campground, Buchanan, MI

2013-11-16

Like two nuts in a sack. Or two pineapples on a cheese pizza. Little did I know the love of my life would be full of surprises. I like to think I’m a pretty good surpriser, but didn’t realize how well Natalay was one herself, making me a pretty surprised surprisee. From distant pizza deliveries to my home, to homemade pizza and boba, to trinkets hidden in my truck, to packages sent to my hotel room, she’s the first person to genuinely surprise me in honestly a very long time. I couldn’t ask for anyone better. She is so, so amazing, and I love everything about her.

Pizza delivery from hundreds of miles away.

Homemade pizza and boba :)

A little surprise in my truck

A special package brought to my hotel room

Can’t wait for what surprises the future has in store for us.

I could lift you up
I could show you what you wanna see
And take you where you wanna be

You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we’ll be safe and sound

When the year 2012 came to a close and life started fresh in 2013, I had no clue that I was in for the ride of my life. I never saw myself moving to the Midwest, much less in good ol’ Wis-CAWN-sin. I didn’t realize that sealing in an awesome traveling job was achievable. Most of all, I didn’t think I would find…you. So easily, so effortlessly.

Why did it take so many years to be where we are now? I don’t think it would have been the same had we started from the get-go. As with many things in life, timing is everything. The countless memories: the random hangouts, outings, trips, snowboarding sessions, phone calls, dinner dates, and ice cream buffets, all helped set the stage for what is becoming the adventure of a lifetime. 

You had always been there for me (even for the times it took you a week to respond to my phone call or text ^_^), for relationship advice, for the good times and the bad. And I tried to be there for you when a friend was most needed. After helping each other grow personally and professionally, I think all the pieces just naturally fell into place. What I still find to be so crazy and so amusing is that it seems EVERYBODY saw this coming but us. But with all the support, it reaffirms that what we have is something solid, something real.

Baby, we are so lucky to have found something many others spend even a lifetime looking for. I am so grateful to have you in my life, and even more so that you hold a very, very special place in my heart.

Can’t wait to adventure the world…with you.

2013-09-25

Last Friday I had my 90-day evaluation. Time really flies when you’re flying.

Quick statistics since starting this job:

Miles flown for work: 13,306 mi

Miles flown for personal: 6,504 mi

Total miles flown: 19,810 mi

Number of states traveled for work: 10

Number of states traveled for personal: 5 (and 1 international)

Number of airports flown through: 10

Number of hotels stayed in: 12

Milestones: New job, New apartment, New girlfriend, New truck

Favorite business trip: Boca Raton, FL/Miami, FL

Favorite personal trip: Bangor, ME

Favorite new restaurants: Gotham City Diner (NJ), La Perla Mexican (MI), Puerto Sagua (FL)

Favorite repeat restaurants: In-n-Out (UT), Shake Shack (FL), Jimmy John’s (WI)

Miscellaneous: First time wakeboarding, Met Roeum & Leo’s baby, Owned first vehicle (not including motorcycle), Broke longboard, First airboat tour through Everglades, Yankee/Red Sox game

So blessed to have an amazing experience so far. Can’t wait for what this exciting future holds.

You only see the turn, you don’t see the road ahead. — Jaime Escalante, Stand and Deliver

2013-08-08

Life is just so…crazy sometimes. Always on the go, always on the fly. Next appointment, next meeting. Late nights, early mornings. Thank goodness for fresh air, swimming pools, and iPods.

For some reason tonight I started scrolling through my contact list on my phone. Going through some names triggered things in my head. Like, “holy crap, I haven’t talked to that person in forever!”, or “I wonder what happened to them”, or “I totally forgot about that person”.

Sadly enough, so many people in my life have come and gone. Many have stuck around. And some check in once in a while. Most of them I don’t even talk to anymore. A few I wish I could talk to at this very moment. But I don’t think it’d go as well as it would in my head.

Makes me wonder if those same people I wondered about wonder about me also. If they ever think, “What happened to that guy Kris?”, or “Remember when Kris tripped over his own roller backpack in 7th grade?”, or “Do you remember when Kris would name every car that passed by on the street?”

Being out here on my own gives me a lot of time to contemplate life. Maybe too much time. Too much thinking leads to dwelling in the past. Wish I had an on/off switch for all of this stuff going on in my head, like some people do, and just make decisions purely on logic.

2013-07-30

Bittersweet. The first word that comes to mind after being with a group of close friends for a little more than 24 hours. At this point of my life, it’s those few moments you spend with people you care about that really matter. And when it’s over, it makes you miss it that much more.

Gosh…it’s lonely out here…lol.

2013-07-20

RIP Paula “Nanay” Yaplag

We love you and miss you always.

2013-06-30

Hi Nanay. It was so good to see you this weekend. This is happening too quick and too soon. I’m scared. I’m scared this might be the last time I see you before it’s too late. I love you nanay. But not as much as mom does. She is so strong, but I pray that God brings her and the rest of the family comfort through this. I pray that perhaps you may become healthier, at least long enough and strong enough to visit everyone in the Philippines. I hope to visit you again soon.

My baby.

My baby.

2013-06-21

It’s been almost three weeks since I left socal. Honestly it hasn’t quite hit me still. I’m well aware of where I am and I realize I’m out here on my own, but I feel like life is just continuing from the last chapter.

It was funny the way my friend back home put it. I went from one end of the spectrum to the other: A month of constantly seeing friends and hanging out, to absolutely no friends. Haha…

Though I do miss my family, friends, and food back home, so far I am honestly loving it out here. I was a bit skeptical at first, but upon arrival, I realized it’s beyond my expectations.

Because of the severe winters here, everyone makes the most of their summer. Due to the (surprising) diversity here, they have an ethnic festival each weekend, this weekend being “Greek fest” (yum!). And in a week from now, there’s Summerfest. Everyone talks about it here. According to their site, it’s the LARGEST music festival IN THE WORLD. I took a look at the lineup, and it’s quite impressive.

I can’t wait for Natalay to come by for summerfest, it’ll be an awesome weekend!

I just finished my first week of work. Five days, and I’ve taken in so much info, it’s kind of hard to wrap my head around it all. Today I had one-on-one lunch with the CEO and his wife (both are co-owners actually). We got to know each other a little more. They are so down-to-earth and cool. After getting to know them, I know that I’m in good hands. This company feels like a close-knit family, and they are leading this company into a very positive direction. I told them I hoped to learn from this company as much as possible, and to develop a long-term relationship with the company. I meant every word.

I can’t wait for my upcoming trips…very soon I will be reunited with In-n-Out :)