Hi everyone. I am Carmen. I am from the Philippines but currently live in Doha, Qatar. I was (still am, by license) a Nurse in the Philippines until I realized I want more in life. I want to travel and explore the world, that’s why I worked as a flight attendant (because why not?!) on one of the international 5-star airlines. Imagine that! I was actually being paid to travel. For 3 years, I was able to travel to more than 50 countries across 6 continents, except Antarctica. Now, I am a stay-at-home mom to 2 beautiful kids, a three-year-old son and a four-month-old baby girl. I blog over at Wellington World Travels where I share my world travels, family adventures, photos, and reviews. I also do Expat Life Interview Series where I interview expats about their experience in moving to another country. You can find me on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
What fictional place would you most like to go?
Hogwarts! I have been a fan of Harry Potter even before it got big. I remember wanting to be a student in Hogwarts learning magic spells, potions, and playing Quidditch! I think I’ll make a pretty good Chaser!
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
For someone who has been everywhere and done a lot of things, the most amazing adventure would be to go to Disneyworld with my family. I know, it’s so simple right. But travelling with kids is already an adventure. Disneyworld is just icing on the cake! I love Mickey and anything Disney. I have been to a couple of Disneyland, but not DisneyWorld. I have read good reviews about it, and I really want us to go there! I will forever be a kid-at-heart, with or without kids.
What’s your favourite drink?
I love smoothies! I make my own smoothies by mixing bananas, strawberries, and organic/ low-fat yoghurt or almond milk. I could use other fruits like berries, raspberry, grapes, etc.
What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?
My iPhone. I don’t think I could live without it. Nowadays, a smartphone has everything, an all-in-one gadget – messages, calls, chat, internet, GPS, email, camera, video, music, social media, apps, etc. It is a luxury because I could’ve chosen a cheaper one, but I always buy the latest one.
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
I am a stay-at-home Mom, and I recently had a new baby. Sleep is becoming foreign to me. So most of the time, relaxing for me means sleeping. Nonetheless, after a whole day of taking care of the kids and home, I relax by taking a long shower, watching movies or TV series on Netflix until I fall asleep.
What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
The most heartwarming thing I have ever seen is seeing my son and daughter play with Daddy. I am a stay-at-home mom, so it is a given that they spend most of their time with me and they are closest to me. My husband is rarely at home because of work. So when I see my kids laugh, smile, and play with their Daddy, it is a sweet, precious, heart-melting moment.
What is one of your favourite smells?
One of my favourite smell is the ‘baby’s smell’. I recently had a baby, and I find myself always smelling her. There just something about their smell that is so comforting and calming.
Who is/was your most interesting friend?
My husband is my most interesting friend. He is my everything, including a friend. He is interesting because of his values, intellect, and sense of humour. He is genuine, a good conversationalist, and when I am wrong, he never condones it.
What do you take for granted?
I am very sad to say it’s the value of money. We are living on a single income. But even so, we can still afford most of the stuff. As a stay-at-home, I should have been more conscious of spending money or look for ways to save money. Instead, I buy grocery items without checking the price or comparing. I am so caught up with branded items, that I don’t even bother checking the generic ones. I also buy clothes, bags, and shoes that I will only wear once or twice. I book tickets to travel to Phuket for one night or Philippines for a week or the US for a month. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) syndrome, just a bad spending habit.
What’s the best and worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice is ‘Patience is a virtue’. I am not a patient person. When I want something, I want it now. When I watch TV series and it’s really good, I will watch the last episode to know the ending. When watching a movie, I will read the plot on the internet. Whenever I do grocery, I walk so fast. I don’t like walking so slow. When I tell a story, I always do it so fast. I even tell the ending first. I just don’t have the patience to wait or take things slow. I only knew the true meaning of patience when I had kids. They truly tested my patience. Indeed, Patience IS a virtue.