The Long Awaited Church Wedding I

San Antonio De Padua

San Antonio De Padua

I’ve been talking about it for a while. It felt like it was never going to happen. But, it did.

To everyone who is reading my blog, I would always mention how busy I was with planning my church wedding back in the Philippines. It finally happened. Yahoo! To be honest, I thought I would never see the end of it. I was never a planner, I hated big parties. Towards the end of the planning, my thoughts about a church wedding was just a necessity. I don’t think it takes away from the solemnity of the occasion. I was just tired juggling 2 jobs and planning a wedding halfway across the world.

I had my wedding in San Antonio De Padua in Tagaytay. It is a beautiful church right smack in the middle of nowhere. I have read that this church is gaining some popularity and I don’t see why not. It has a beautiful ambiance and facade.

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The bell tower

The bell tower

My reception was held in Balai Taal. Man, we splurged on this location. It was somewhat pricey. No.. not just somewhat. It WAS pricey. For someone who had to work hard to pay for her wedding and not get any handouts.. yeah, the price is a little bit steep.

Before you tell me that I shouldn’t spend so much money on my wedding (which I probably shouldn’t have), this was a beautiful place. It also allowed me to accommodate my in-laws who had to come in from the US.

The view from Balai Taal

The view from Balai Taal

Like I said earlier, I hated big parties. What I hate even more was being the center of attention. And like they said, a wedding is for the bride. What can I say? I was born an introvert. I am at my happiest when I’m doing things by myself. That was just my nature. That is why I thank God so much with gifting me with an awesome family, who by the way, likes to party. Can I hear another “yahoo”?

My sister and mom helped me a lot with planning my wedding. It doesn’t hurt that my sister works in the wedding industry as well which helped me get discounts and favors from some vendors. (shameless promotion: check out http://www.thewrite-impression.com/ for your invitation needs) All in all, it was a fun experience, but something I wouldn’t want to do again. I have a new found respect for wedding planners. It ain’t an easy job.

Coming up next – wedding photos! The fun part.

Yours truly,

Imigranteng Filipina

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Life Updates / Immigration Questions

How is everyone?

Things have been hectic for me. Over the past 2 years, there have been so many milestones that I have met in my life that I could only have dreamed of. The American Dream is still alive… at least for me. From getting our own house, to buying a car (albeit a second hand 80’s car that I have always wanted ever since I was a kid), working 2 jobs (1 in a respectable and known company), being able to pay the bills and support myself – working hard has reaped so many benefits for me personally, that I can’t think of anything else except to work extra harder.

To all my friends that had the same journey as I did, how are you doing now? I hope you are having a satisfying life, even though at times it seems that it could be better. Please post below and tell me something about your life here in the US, life updates. 🙂

I can’t complain. If I did complain, the only complaint that I have would be being so far away from my family. But even in my point of view, I think it’s a very valid complaint, but something that I try not to dwell upon too much as I try to visit every year.

So, right now, it’s the 25th of June. Exactly a month and 1 day from now, on July 26, I will be having my church wedding in Tagaytay, Philippines, which I am very excited/stressed about. (cue the wedding music!) Working all the double shifts and overtimes just to pay for the wedding.. but it will be all worth it. I will be posting pictures here as it happens next month. My husband and I are very excited. We are only worried about our 2 dogs and who they are going to stay with for 3 weeks. We are still trying to find an answer for that.

I know a lot of people have left comments on my immigration posts asking for help with their own process. I hope the process went as smoothly for you as it did for us. To some people who have posted questions asking for help, there are some things that I have forgotten already. Like I have said before, I am not a professional, I am not a lawyer of the immigration process nor am I paid for anything that I post. I only post guides to help other people who are going through the same process as I am. So, if I haven’t replied to any of your questions, it may mean that I honestly don’t know the answer or have forgotten. If I did give advice that may have mislead you, I’m sorry. Like I said, I am not an expert. My guides are as thorough as I can write them, and hopefully it can help you.

Much love,

Imigranteng Filipina

I can’t complain

Things have been pretty good so far. Despite balancing 2 jobs, and the occasional squabble with the hubby (drama), I must say, I can’t complain. 

Updates:

1. We are currently in escrow. (Bye in-laws!) Can’t wait ’til we have our own space. I’ve been spending so much time researching on ways to design the house, and of course, as a woman, I have a difficult time deciding.  However, after how God has been so good to us, I know that everything will fall into place, whatever time he wants it for us. Patience, a difficult value to learn, and I’m still having difficulty.

2. Like all jobs, I would assume, we are all not satisfied, nor will we ever be. There will always be complaints.. I’m sure I do. But, people have been good to me, and I’m thankful to have a job. 2 jobs at that. Exhausting, but, again, I can’t complain.

3. Church wedding for the Philippines set on July 26, 2014. Problem is – where will I get the money? That’s something I will worry about after we secure the house.

4. With regards to the immigration process, I’m just waiting until the time wherein I file for ROC. Currently, I’m fixing the papers for my name to be changed in my Philippine passport. Still researching on that, and will be making a post when I actually get around to it. 2 jobs is like sleep, eat and go to work and the cycle goes on. It needs to be sleep, eat, do stuff and work.. Oh well.

How about you guys? Any updates? I hope everything is doing well in the US of A! 

With love,

ImigrantengFilipina

How is everyone?

I don’t really know how much people are actually reading my blog, but I’m going to ask this question anyway.

How is everyone doing? 

Things have been HELLA crazy with me. I’ve been so busy with work, trying to juggle 2 jobs. I can’t complain… I’m blessed and thankful. Just a little bit tired with no vacation in site. Aside from that, married life is great.

I kind of took a break with guides or tips for immigration, only because I’m in that 2 year in-between permanent residence and then removal of conditions. Being a permanent resident was easy enough. Honestly, once you get here, it gets easier. The hardest one was the K1 visa interview in the Philippines. Now that I think about it, damn, it felt like yesterday and felt like lightyears ago at the same time. It was only last June 2011 – a year and a half ago.

So, here’s to hoping everyone is doing great so far. 2012 is almost over, let’s make the most out of it!

Sincerely,

ImigrantengFilipina

UPDATE # 2 [AOS – Walk-in Biometrics]

Since I’m not really doing anything at home, and I’m so eager to have my biometrics (even though it’s scheduled for October 18), I decided to do a walk-in. A contributing factor for me being eager (a better term for impatient) is that I keep reading on VisaJourney everyone doing a walk-in and being successful. Basically, a walk-in is being there earlier than scheduled, which is kinda being impatient. But, I didn’t care. The slight chance that I might be processed earlier for my green card is enough motivation and push for me to go there earlier than expected.

Biometrics

I went there early, at around 8am. There were around 15 people in there, I guess those who lined up really early. However, it was fast. I was worried they were going to ask me why I was there early, but actually, they didn’t, which surprised me 😮

The security guards are really nice. There are 2 of them, and they’re both Filipino (Teehee). However, they were multi-lingual, because I can hear them talk Spanish, Korean etc to various immigrants. Amazing. I had to fill up a form, and oh! The receptionist is also Filipino. How fun!

After around 15-20 minutes of waiting, they called me in for biometrics. It’s basically just a picture and fingerprints, then they ask for your signature. The guy who took my biometrics is also Filipino. Damn! I feel so at home.

Everyone was so nice, and it was fun. The hard part is going back home, and waiting…

Waiting….

..UPDATE.. Regarding AOS.

Well, a couple hours after posting my AOS guide, I received a letter telling me about my biometrics appointment. A biometrics appointment is basically just taking your picture and fingerprint. I’ve read somewhere that they use it for the greencard. I’m happy about this, but can’t help but be impatient still. I guess it’s normal, especially for a woman. Damn, the waiting can get really tiring and annoying, since you can’t really do anything in America til you have that greencard.

I’ll update my blog if ever I get an RFE (I hope not) or whatever else happens to my application.

Wishing everybody good luck, and happy days!

Imigranteng Filipina