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.
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.
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.
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.
RIP Paula “Nanay” Yaplag
We love you and miss you always.
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.
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 :)
WOW. That’s all I can think of when looking back at the last 30 days. I can’t believe how fast that went by, and I still haven’t done everything I need to do and seen everyone I needed to see. But I guess I have to manage with whatever time I have left in SoCal. As I packed my things, it made me sadder to know what I was leaving here. The great family and friends I have, no matter how outrageous or crazy some of them can be. These last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity of getting to know some friends on a deeper level. Swapping stories, secrets, and having some heartfelt and emotional discussions I did not expect to have.
I learned a few things about myself this last month: I absolutely love catching up with friends and family, whether I haven’t spoken to them in months or even years. I also love learning about the success of my friends, hearing how they got to where they are now. I realize even more how invaluable these friendships are. I love them all.
Two more days. Here’s to the next chapter of my life.
It still hasn’t hit me. It has not sunk in. Moving to WIsconsin? Am I crazy? Some friends have been asking if I’m scared of the fact I’m going out there alone, no friends, no family. Not really, just excited. Life is an adventure, and this makes life that much more adventurous. My mom’s is gonna take it the hardest. I know this won’t be easy for her, letting go of her baby boy. None of this will be easy for me either. In a sense it’s like going to Walla Walla for the first time. I knew virtually no one except my roommate. Totally different part of the country. Unfamiliar grounds. The main difference is that how long I’ll be in Wisconsin is indefinite. It’s going to be difficult not being able to see my parents, my sister and her family, my friends, as often. It may be a long time before I see anyone again. All I can bet on is if they have me fly to a nearby city in SoCal.
With all that aside, I am so thankful for this opportunity. I am also in disbelief that I got the position. Praise God. I first applied January 30th. I got a job offer April 22nd. Three interviews and almost three months later, my life has taken a whole new direction. The wait has been nerve-wracking. In the third round of interviews, I was told I was 1 of 12 applicants. So many moments of doubt. But here I am, sitting, wondering if this really just happened. I’ll need the courage and strength to trail blaze this new path. I’m gonna miss everybody.