Destination: Harlingen, Texas

Marco was scheduled for another interview here in Texas but this time it was in Harlingen so we took a road trip close to the border of Mexico more for business than pleasure. It’ s days like these when I get to take advantage of the perks working PRN (as needed) at the hospital. I love how I can just pick my schedule and take off from work without any hassles or complications when need be. It took us roughly 4 hours and 30 minutes to get there and the first thing we did was google a good place to eat. We ended up having lunch at Brass Wheel Restaurant.







Marine Memorial

Visited this mini museum mainly for the Iwo Jima Memorial statue. The wind was acting up so we didn’t even stay long and I didn’t even bother visiting the gift shop like I normally would.








Iwo Jima Memorial up closeimg_9599_zpsimpsxovc

Because he feels the need to do the “Lion King” pose at every historical landmark we go to.img_9611_zpslbwedbei

 Checked in at Courtyard by Marriott

It had a modern minimalistic feel to it.








The hotel’s poolside was pretty decent and since we had nothing else better to do, we decided to take Cassie for a swim.


She acts like she runs the place, waiting for daddy to get ready.






So apparently people who viewed my snaps thought we were crazy for swimming that day since it was rather breezy, the water was warm and we didn’t really stay long so I promise you Cassie was fine.



Famished after her swim so she grabbed her snack, sat on the sofa and started munching on her puffs like a boss

That night Cassie and I stayed in and ate left overs while Marco had an informal dinner with the rest of the interviewees for the residency program.

The next day, Marco rode a shuttle and left early for the hospital, Cassie and I packed our stuff, loaded up and went window shopping after we had that cockroach incident. I am not even going to expound on what happened since I am positive that it wasn’t even the hotel’s fault but lets just say I had to get over my fear of roaches so I could kill one. I felt like if I didn’t, it would have called the rest of its friends and Cassie and I would have a cockroach frenzy.


Just roamed around town while Marco was doing his interview, its a good thing I found the mall right when he finished. He gave me a call just when I walked in a Forever 21 and it looked like 6x this photo. It felt like a Forever 21 warehouse and I was just glad he called before I could do any credit card damage that  I would regret in the future. Everything was on sale!!!!

Met up with one of Marco’s friends from med school that was currently doing residency over there, they had a quick catch up before we drove back to Houston. On our way home we got stopped at an immigration checkpoint. Because the city was located in the border  line of Mexico, immigration was taking precautionary measures that Marco was unaware of and I totally forgot about. He forgot to bring his green card and it took them a while to verify his identity with his drivers license. I’m just glad nothing crazy resulted from our inefficiencies. We got home safe, extremely exhausted but safe.



All Paid-Off.

(DRESS: Armani Exchange; on clearance for $39/ BELT: 5,7,9/ PURSE: Nina Ricci/ WEDGES: Sbicca/ SHADES: Forever 21)

Opted for neutrals for the oath taking

Finally got to use this Nina Ricci purse from my aunt. It was just perfect for the occasion.

6 years ago, my family of 9 left everything we knew of and everything we lived for to start our lives anew in this foreign land. 6 years ago, we re-learned the value of our household help when we started having to do those chores by ourselves—the cooking, the laundry, the driving…everything! 6 years ago, I left my heart with the boy that I was with for 4 years and started a long distance relationship with him that would drive us both close to insanity.

July 31, 2013—I didn’t think this day would come but it did.  Thank God all the hard work, the sweat, the toil, the patience and all those tears paid-off. It was all worth it. Yay, family we did it!

Photo with the Judge who did our ceremony, we made the photo-line cut-off.

Celebrating our American citizenship with Japanese Food. Hibachi at Sakura was beyond awesome.