I miss this.
I mean, I miss writing. I miss this blog.
There were many things happened in the last 15 months or so in our little family and that’s what I’m going to share on this post.
You know, this blog has been my online journal for a couple of years now. Either personal, financial or inspirational thoughts have been put here throughout my journey.
So to give you some updates, here are the latest about me and our little family.
- Wife got a new opportunity in Malaysia and she left the Philippines last Oct. 2017
- B2 and I came back to our province then after a month
- B2 got amoebiasis in Laguna
- First flight, first time to ride an airplane(Lol)
- First time to be in a different country
- Our dependent pass got approve
- We got infected by “rotavirus” here in Malaysia
- Was able to launch my first online course
- We came back to the Philippines for my sister’s wedding
- We’re back in Malaysia
- My wife’s father got stroke so we came back to PH for emergency
- Back to Malaysia
- We decided to go back to PH for B2(more on this later)
Let’s go ahead and dive into each of them.
Wife got a new opportunity in Malaysia
It was mid of August last year when she got the invitation.
We talked about it.
Then balance the cons and pros and decided to take the opportunity.
In just a short period of time, all papers and all documents were done. She’s leaving. 🙁
It was the first time we’re being part that far and that long. :'(
Anyways, so time passed by and the departure date came in.
Together with her family, we accompanied her to the airport and that was it.
She became an OFW.
And like many other families, we parted our ways.
B2 and I came back to our province
After 2 days I and B2 packed up and came back to our beloved province in Laguna.
Everything we built in our little apartment in QC was also brought there.
It’s hard to move places.
It’s also sad to leave some unforgettable moments and memories we shared in that apartment.
But we know life has to move on.
B2 also got amoebiasis in our place.
It’s a virus that he got from water maybe because it’s new to him.
So my wife started her work in Malaysia and I and B2 are living with my family in Laguna.
It’s sad to be not together even for a while.
That was the longest time we’re not together.
Good thing, it only lasts a month before we finally move in Malaysia too.
First flight, first time to ride an airplane. First time to be in a different country!
So this was my first time ever riding in an airplane.
Good thing, I experienced it with my son.
This was also the first time I’ll be in a different country. Good thing I’m with my family!
I was excited and nervous at the same time when the plane was taking off.
Do you remember your first flight?
That’s how I felt too.
The flight lasted for 4 hours and it was a good one.
B2 didn’t have any “bad moments” too(aside from when the plane was landing).
So after a month or so, we’re together again.
We survive. Lol.
And we’re in Malaysia!
We got infected by rotavirus
Life was good.
It was a challenge at first and we find ourselves bored(because of the new places, new food etc.) but eventually, we’re able to cope up.
So we’re finally living here for about 2 months and unfortunately, we got infected by a “rotavirus“.
It’s a condition where you’re child got vomiting for the whole day including you and your wife. I don’t know how to explain it but we’re all infected.
We’re all having diarrhea and vomiting for the whole day.
When we got to the hospital, we’re told that there’s no cure for this virus.
It will go away on its own.
And that’s true.
We’re all ok after a day or two.
My first ever online course
I’ve already shared that I was able to write an ebook for my ccnaphilippines blog. That ebook has been sold more than 1000x as of this writing. It inspires and helped hundreds of thousands of aspiring Filipino CCNA and network engineers.
It also evolved into an online course.
I use the ebook and then add more deep explanation about each topics to make it more easier to learn.
After several sections, I pre-sell the course. Meaning, I sell it before finishing and completing the video tutorials.
It took me 4x launch of “beta version” before I was able to launch it as a whole program. It’s called CCNA Masterclass.
Up to date, the program has been helping a lot of aspiring ccna and network engineers. It has around 500 students already. 🙂
My sister’s wedding
As a surprise, we came back in January 2018 for my sister’s wedding. No one knew that we’re coming home so everyone was shocked.
It feels so good to be in this special occasion with your family.
Back in Malaysia
After several weeks, we got back in Malaysia. This time is a bit different. B2 is having his speech and occupational therapy because he’s not speaking yet.
Wife got back to work and we’re back to our old routing of being an OFW family.
My wife’s father got stroke
One early morning, we got an emergency message that my wife’s father got stroke and was rushed into the hospital.
Fortunately, he was ok.
But it took a while before he was able to recover.
Back to Malaysia and Singapore
We got back to Malaysia again.
We also visited Singapore to have some short tour.
But this time, we’re only doing it for visits. We decided to come back home in PH to give B2 a more focus therapy and care.
He’s still not speaking and not acting on his age.
The doctor said that he has an impression of ASD(autism spectrum disorder). But since he is still young, it was still not sure and things may change.
We were advised to continue speech and occupational therapy to support B2’s needs. That’s why we decided to go back in PH for good(for now).
Back to PH(for good for now)
With B2’s condition, we decided that it would be better for us to go back in PH again.
Here, we have more support and B2 will have more support too.
Right now, he’s still undergoing speech and occupational therapy. My wife is still working on her job(but working from home for now).
I became busy with all these things. CCNAPH blog, B2’s therapy and all.
We also built our little home here in Laguna.
This has been the summary on what happened to us in the last 15 months or so.
From today moving forward, I will continue updating this blog and provide useful and helpful tips to you.
Hi Billy, thanks for the update and glad that your family is doing well. That’s a huge life change to handle, especially with a young kid in the picture.
I always wonder how long I would be able maintain a blog. It seems a sabbatical is inevitable at some point to handle life. Like you, I also maintain my blog as some form of outlet, a journal.
I would love to read more on your wife’s expat life and how you handle the back and forth as you are Manila-bound at this point. Hope you do keep writing and wish you and your family the best!
Thanks for reading my husband’s blog and I appreciate your desire to here my expat story. I am here in Malaysia working still. I would love to share my experiences good and bad once I get the chance to do so
Do keep in touch! 😉