We got a new dog!

If you don’t know this already, we have 2 dogs, a rabbit, and 2 parakeets. I like animals but I never grew up having a pet. Robert, on the other hand, grew up around animals.

During our house hunting, one of our must have is a good size backyard – where our dogs can run around and we can hang out with them. We were lucky enough that the house that we loved has it. So every morning, we just let the dogs out, do their business, while we get ready for work.

Ever since we got the house, we’ve been looking into getting another dog. Like two dogs are not enough, right? We spent months going to different shelters but to our disappointment, we didn’t connect with any of the dogs that we visited. There was even one day that we went to 4 different shelters around Austin and Georgetown areas, but we got our rabbit, Snowball instead.

Last weekend, they had a big adoption event – 2017 Austin Strut Your Mutt and Texas Super Adoption at the Walter E. Long Park. I told Robert about the event days before but we never really planned on going. The day of the adoption event, we ended up driving downtown early enough that we decided to go check out the event. We’ve agreed that we’ll look but we don’t plan on adopting. That’s what I thought.

We were there bright and early at 7:30 am. The event doesn’t start until 8 am, so the different shelters were still setting up. We got to walk around the event grounds, people just thought that were volunteers. We got to see different dogs as they were brought in.

There was a particular one that caught my attention. Her name is June and she’s a 1-year-old Labrador mix. She was very quiet in her cage, she wasn’t barking even though there were a lot of dogs around her. She looks like she’s very calm, which we are looking for our future dog. I told Robert and we stood right by her cage, waiting for somebody to assist us so we can walk her. We were there at 7:30 am and I think by 8-ish, we were signing paperwork and talking to the person in charge of the shelter about June’s vaccination history and all the other details.

June was rescued from a shelter in Gonzales, Texas. The shelter got flooded because of Harvey. The shelter folks can’t get to the dogs to rescue them, that they had to throw in dog food for 3 days. As soon as the water receded, they took her to the Paws Shelter of Central Texas in Kyle. Then that morning, she was taken to Austin for the event.

Our dog’s story is cooler than yours, lol.

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The first 100 adoptions on the event were free and we were the first adoption of the day. How cool was that?! Even if we have to pay for June, we would.

 

We absolutely love her! It’s been 5 days since we adopted her and we can already see her personality. She and the other dogs are slowly getting along, but we know that it’ll get better once they all get used to each other.

So yeah, we have a new member in our family. Meet June, everybody.

PS.

Since I have that Instagram account for Allie and Carlie, I had to change it and add June. If you have an Instagram account, follow june_allie_carlie to see our dogs’ adventures.

That Time We Went to Singapore and the Philippines (PART 2)

*Part 1 of our Singapore-Philippines trip is here*

We arrived on a Sunday. There was a line in the immigration but it wasn’t that bad. After immigration, we were greeted by a sea of people holding signs, waiting for their loved ones. I didn’t get to text my cousin since I can’t connect to the airport wifi, all I know is that they are waiting for us. After a few minutes of walking around, I saw my cousin and niece. That was when it finally sunk in, we are really in Manila.

When Robert would ask me about the weather in the Philippines, I would tell him that it is way hotter in Manila than Austin. Humidity is bad too. Well, he proved me wrong. He didn’t complain about the heat or humidity during our whole stay. It sounds funny how I am the one who ended up sweating the whole time and he felt comfortable. Good for him.

I think Robert didn’t realize how many friends and family members I have that we had to meet a different group for lunch and dinner, every day. He might have been overwhelmed with the whole experience but he was a good sport about it and wanted to meet everybody.

One item on my list that Robert needs to go visit is the house that I grew up in. We decided to go there before heading to lunch with my cousin. I can’t describe the feeling once we were in front of the house. It was so surreal — Robert is there, with me. He’s heard a lot of stories about that house and I was so happy that he got to be there and see it. We took a couple of pictures, said hi to our neighbors and headed home. It was a short but sweet visit.

We spent 2 weeks in the Philippines, ate Jollibee and Taco Bell since Robert missed Mexican food. He said that Taco Bell is better in the Philippines, I thought it was the same taste, lol. From meeting friends, to knowing a little bit of Philippine history, and then spending a day at a resort with my aunts and cousins — our trip was so worth it and we have so many memories that we will treasure.

Oh yeah, he got to ride the Jeepney, of course. 🙂

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We’ve talked about visit again in a few years, we definitely had fun during our visit. Hopefully, we can stay a little bit longer next time. 🙂

That Time We went to Singapore and the Philippines (Part 1)

It was September of last year that we’ve decided to go to the Philippines. We’ve been going back and forth if we should push through with our plans to visit. After much research, an ANA airline, $1300+ roundtrip ticket (for both of us) from Houston to Singapore sealed the deal. This worked out perfect since Robert wanted to visit another country while we are in Asia, so Singapore was the best option for us. I’ve never been so it would be nice to explore a new country.

After months of planning, buying airfare, and booking hotels, the day has come. We decided to fly to Houston from Austin, so we don’t have to drive coming back. The first leg is a 14-hour flight from Houston to Narita. We had an hour layover in Japan, then a 7-hour flight to Singapore. We were so tired by the time we got to Narita, that we didn’t even walk around the airport, we just stayed at our gate.

It was close to midnight when we arrived in Singapore. I’ve heard that Changi Airport is the best in the world and I can say that’s true. We had dinner with my cousin and we headed to her apartment after. It is ALWAYS a plus if you have family or friends who live in the area that you are visiting. Free lodging and an awesome tour guide? Can’t beat that.

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This is how we spent Memorial Day

Robert and I had a 3-day weekend because of Memorial Day.

We already had a busy Friday, hanging out with his co-workers and Saturday was spent with my family and we watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Sunday, we decided was our day to relax which worked out perfect since we had that storm come in so we were forced to stay in the house. Then Monday came. We are running out of ideas to do. We were just lounging around the house when I finally decided that we have to go out and do something. We thought of where to go, after an hour we are driving to Lowe’s to (maybe) get a tree.

This tree idea came up after we got married and decided that we will get a house with a yard in the future. Robert wanted to plant a tree for our wedding anniversaries and other special occasions. When we got our house, he started researching about what kind of tree we will get and how to plant it. We even thought of hiring tree people in case we can’t tackle this project on our own. I liked that idea. Planting a tree to commemorate all the special events during our lifetime.

So we were at Lowe’s, looking at trees. So many different kinds — shade, flowering, fruit-bearing. We decided to go with a shade tree since we both wanted a big tree in our backyard. After looking at a few options, we picked a Shumard Oak. It looked pretty on the picture and the leaves will turn red which we both liked. We also got a couple bags of fertilizer and mulch. We grabbed a plant stake kit and shovel. We looked like we knew what we are doing when we were about to pay. Robert knew (I think), I was just here for the ride, lol.

We got home, put all the stuff in the backyard and we spent almost an hour figuring out where this tree will go. It got tricky because of all the pipes around our yard for our sprinkler system. We finally picked a place for the tree, so Robert started digging. The first stop didn’t work out well, since Robert dug into the sprinkler pipes. This is what we are trying to avoid and yet, we got it the first try, lol. We decided to move the spot a little further up, and hoped for the best.

img_5428img_0834A lot of digging and less than an hour later, we have a tree planted. We used up all the soil/fertilizer and mulch. We also used the stake kit to keep the tree straight.

I think we did a pretty good job. Robert did all the work but he said that I helped. Carlie helped too.

We are really happy on how this turned out. We can’t wait to watch this tree grow taller and wait until the leaves turn red. This is a first of many trees that we are planning to plant. I think we’ll plant an apple tree after our vacation.