Saturday, August 18, 2018

πŸ’‰Stressing over my PPD Test | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

I'm such a worrywart. πŸ™ŠSo sorry, my goodness, I've been losing sleep over the PPD Test for a pre-employment requirement here in California. It's the same story last time when I moved to another company back in Manila though that time it was because of my blood pressure, which went unusually berserk. Weird, it seems I'm scared of electronic blood pressure monitor. πŸ˜… It was all in vain anyhow. Here in California, the pre-employment medical exam coverage required by the company I'll be joining (yassss, I made it!) is not as extensive as we had back in Manila, and that's great news because this time I've been told it will be for my personal account. I'm asked for a medical clearance/fit-to-work advise and PPD Test or Chest X-ray. In Manila, I don't ever remember getting a PPD Test, though I've been told, I had one done a loooong time ago just because I don't have the usual BCG vaccine scar. What we normally get in the Philippines, both for the pre-employment medical and the annual physical exam is the Chest X-ray. When I mentioned it to the doctor here, she made sure to ask was it because I tested positive, but it's most definitely not! I guess it's easier back home to just go right away to the X-Ray...hello, radiation! Plus, the BCG vaccine, which is given to everyone in the Philippines at birth, risks giving false positive results albeit given after x no. of years already, though it is still depends on several other factors. Knowing that, I'm all the more worrying needlessly. I swear, I'm sooo bad, I kept on checking it every so often, literally losing sleep over it until the D-Day.

Well, let's call it a PPD Test time lapse. πŸ™ˆ There was basically nothing before the 24-hr mark. It's just that tiny red dot. Then last night, maybe on it's 36-hr mark, I noticed a small circle growing, which from research is erythema. I was so scared. πŸ™‰
Can't 2:15 pm come any sooner?!

Hummel Figurines ✨| #ChicSassyMomFinds #VintageSoul


On my growing list of happiest places on earth is a visit to an antique shop. I'm lucky to have Niles so near to us...antique shops to my heart's delight. I'm such a pack rat. I can be sooo into stuff...newest apple of my eyes are Hummel figurines.

Rekindling my vintage soul with Hummel ✨| Vintage Tea Set | Hummel Goose Girl
The Hummel Heavenly Angel got me. I thought I wouldn't mind collecting just the angels first, but it seems this is quite challenging as they're rarely available. So we just started getting whatever we can given the spending threshold we allowed ourselves. Hah.

Oh how I love thee.  Here's one store's available inventory of Hummel Figurines. Oh my Hummel, there are just so many of you.  What to do?!
With our research and with the book, I've discovered the vast and endearing history behind the figurines. They're not just your chubby cheeks, large doe-eyes, cute and angelic work of art, but there's also so much heartwarming backstory why Franciscan Sister Berta Hummel came up with these beautiful sketches until her death and W. Goebel Company produced them in ceramic figurines. We're forever charmed.

Slowly but surely, building our M.I. Hummel Figurines by Goebel Collection. We're starting with a smaller display cabinet, and so far, it's full. πŸ˜‰
With the book, we can name all of the Hummel Figurines we have. To name a few, we have the Apple Tree Boy, The Heavenly Angel, and Signs of Spring. Oh my, there's so much more. But so far, we're good...for now. Hah. πŸ˜…

There's so much love in collecting. There's the thrill and the commitment on the search and the memories that come with it that make collecting antiques (or any collectibles) so precious.  I know it by heart. I'm such a die-hard fangirl and I hopelessly devote myself to a cause that I find worth addicting pursuing (type Korean Drama, Seoul, Innisfree in my search box). πŸ˜‰Let's do this. Cheers! ✌🏻

Monday, August 13, 2018

Bake Cheese Tart to Line For πŸ₯§ | #ChicSassyMomEats #WheninSanFrancisco

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to buy cheese tart on your way home.

I love San Francisco. I look forward to my SF work days. I usually take the Powell Station (best malls ever πŸ˜‰), everywhere else is just an Uber ride away. One fine San Francisco day, on my way to the BART Station, I saw a long line. Curious. Oh my, freshly baked cheese tart!

Cheese tart is always a good idea. πŸ˜‹
I had the fondest memory of eating cheese tart in Japan...oh how I miss Japan. I chanced upon Pablo Cheese Tart last time because there was also a long line for it just outside of the subway station. Tale as old as time, I can be naturally inquisitive πŸ™Š, so I ended up queuing just the same. Best decision.

Best view. I'm getting nearer the counter. It's my turn soon, finally. Hmmmm, so will I get Strawberry Cheese Tart or Original?
People are just naturally curious, just like me. So the line keeps getting longer. It's endearing how the regular buyers talk of the tarts fondly, soooo now I was more compelled to just keep staying in line.

Bake Cheese Tart are truly to BART line for. πŸ˜‹I bought a box of 6 for $20+, usually it's $3.5+ a piece. 
Apparently there are seasonal flavors, and I was lucky that the Strawberry cheese tart was not yet sold out. I'm not really a strawberry person so I opted to go for the original, but I was still able to buy one, I ate it right away before I took the BART home. It's as nice, I should have gotten more Strawberry for my boys. Next time.

Oishi! They're super good...perfect cream cheese frosting with a nice, sweet and crispy tart crust to boot that you cannot go without. Forget no carbs diet. Hah.

I'm such a fan of everything Japanese (and Korean) and I devour cheese, so these are really delightful treats. And these did not disappoint. JaFun. These are truly must-try, worth the BART-ride and the long line. Plus, there are many other things to buy do in the Westfield San Francisco Centre anyhow πŸ˜‰, so there you go, definitely worth the trip. And if you must know these are Japanese Bake Cheese Tarts from Hokkaido and are already going places in Asia except for USA, just because this branch in San Francisco is the one and only branch in the whole USA. Awesome. Eat more cheese tarts. Cheese! ✌🏻

Location: 845 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103, Concourse level, Westfield San Francisco Centre

Saturday, August 11, 2018

When in Fremont, Visit Niles | #ChicSassyMomxUSA *Pix Heavy

Oh my, Fremont... I love it here. It's near everything...San Francisco, Palo Alto, Facebook HQ, and most outlet stores. Though at the onset, there's no tourist spot that makes for a purposive trip to Fremont, except maybe for the food choices known for being diverse and gastronomically delightful, and when you love antiques. It's just not one antique shop, it's a whole street of picturesque boutiques ...Niles, California. It's historic, charming, and beautiful. 

Niles Essanay is home to the silent films of Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and the first cowboy movie star, Bronco Billy. It keeps the spirit of silent films alive and is a resource for all facets of silent filmmaking. 
Awww...Stroll down memory lane with the picturesque antique shops, ice cream shops (there's a lot of ice cream here, and I love the Ube (taro) ice cream and Tyme for Tea

Now, for the best part, antique shops overload. Look!

Interview Question: What keeps you going?

TGIF. Tale as old as time, when something is amiss, I turn to blogging to channel out all these pent up dramatics (real and drama πŸ˜…). By the way, we are currently in California, not for vacation, but will be here for a little while. Having said that, it means restarting our lives here... no yaya (house help), no driver, just us, sooo grateful for the boys (hubby and Chaseyboy). πŸ‘ŠπŸΌImagine that?!  It's not easy. πŸ™‰Props to everyone. I'm not capricious or feeling privilege, it's just how it is back home, we're used to getting help either from the family or paid help. When you're a working mom, it's a crisis (and everybody feels for you) when you are help-less. Hah. So contrary to when we were just visiting, you don't get a lot of me-time. Unless, you're like me, I get it at the expense of missing out on sleep and risk piling up of laundry. Bad. Hmmm, some would say, you don't shop here as much, but oh well, I do love to shop, old habit never dies. 🀷🏻‍♀️That's a consolation. Haha

Anyhow, so technically, even our careers, we're restarting. Reset. With my age, I've been meaning to invest on retirement and build lasting relationship with a company and colleagues, which I consider as friends. I've been running around, trying to climb the corporate ladder that I've been moving from one company to another, looking for THE One. I though I found it last time, until we made this one big leap of faith to move to California. So now, I'm back to square 1, and going on interviews is a way of life. Oh well. It's easy to talk about what I have been doing over the past years. It's this Ms. Universe question that makes me wish I had my responsible share of breakfast and lunch, just because I'm always on diet πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️, and so I can ace it. Hahaha But I do my best, sincerely, thoughtfully I answer...

So what keeps me going?  It's foremost for my family, here and back home. Then it's just really being grateful for being gifted with a good education (love you, Mama and Papa), and that everyone has God-given talents and skills, that I should be honing, and sharing to the community. There's no rest for the weary. Lastly, it's that self-serving, trivial reason of having means and ways to fund my fangirling and shopping soirees. πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️I sincerely believe that life is beautiful and God has a plan for me, in His time. I need to persevere to the daily grind regardless of how sometimes I get disappointed big time, lose my focus, and worry endlessly. It is what it is. Thank goodness for Asian and KDramas! πŸ˜‰Aja! Aja! Fighting! JiāyΓ³u!✌🏻

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