Waiting on God: Our Journey to Pregnancy part 1

Jason and I got married on May 19, 2013 after 6 years of being in a relationship and 1 year of getting to know each other. We were just kids when we fell in love! 😛 I was 19 and in college and he was 24 and finding his way in the world when we met. See how we met each other in the link below.

How I Met My Husband

Finally in 2013 sinagot na nya ako. 😛 Haha just kidding! Our proposal video is below if you dare see. I struggled to say YES to be honest I am a shy and private person and I was embarrassed because there was an audience.

Our Proposal Video by Julaenie

That time it wasn’t trendy yet to do flash mobs and such. But I was glad to be there with friends. :)

Anyway that’s not the point of this entry. When we got married, we were advised to just enjoy our married life for 1-2 years before we have a baby. 6 months into the marriage, I felt that I was ready to have a child. But God knew otherwise.

I remember I was compelled to start praying for our future child back in 2012 after the proposal. I was given the desire to be a mother someday. I really thought that when we get married and have our honeymoon we would instantly conceive. After our wedding, we took precautions because of the advice of enjoying our marriage first. And then a few months after, we went on our way.

I raised my concern with Jason that I wanted to start a family. That time I guess he wasn’t ready yet maybe because of all the new adjustments – getting married, running a house with me, finding our partnership, finding our sweet spot of working together.
Despite the apprehensions, he agreed that I needed to check with my OB.

2013 – FIRST OB CHECK UP 

So I had a visit with the first of many OB’s. She did a pap smear on me since it was mandatory for married women to undergo a regular pap smear. I thought that was it and then I would conceive. Then I was required to do an ultrasound.

2014 – A SERIES OF TESTS

I did the ultrasound months after and I changed OB then. I first did the ultrasound in a nearby hospital, Marikina Valley. I was expecting normal results because I wasn’t feeling anything unusual anyway.

Result 1

When we got the results, my eyes zeroed in on polycystic ovaries. Surprise! I wondered what the NEW GROWTH in left ovary meant. My OB requested that I do another a gyne doppler which was more painful than a regular ultrasound.

Result 2

And still there it was.. A solid ovarian new growth. I had a suspected tumor on my left ovary and its nature needed an operation to find out if it was cancer. Surprise #2.

Our prayer life deepened and I would have bouts of crying. Hearing that you have a suspected tumor brought some fears. Is it cancer? What if it is? Will I be needing chemotherapy? Will we still have a child?

I was just desiring for a child and I was given a “tumor” instead.. I really felt ashamed and felt like a burden to my husband. I knew he wanted to be a dad, but instead I had this.. I wanted to respond better but I felt bitter.. But God had a plan and I am so thankful for this experience looking back now in 2018.

It was also my first time to see my husband deep in prayer, crying with me and contemplating on what next steps we should take. Even with this setback, God has provided us with people to help us on this journey. I am not sure if I should name them but there were 2 women in our life who shared with us their journey on their ovarian cyst. We are very grateful for them.

We met with other doctors for 2nd, 3rd, 4th opinion and they recommended open surgery because they had to be careful with the mass and do a biopsy. They were going to do an open surgery so they can check within 45 minutes if it was cancer or not. If it was, they may have to remove all neighboring organs since it may be affected, worst case scenario.

 We really didn’t want an invasive surgery and looked at laparoscopic treatment. But was rejected by the doctor because of its nature. We prayed for God to come through and take it away miraculously on our next ultrasound. But it was still there! We sought prayers from our family, D12 leaders, and close friends. We prayed, prayed and cried and we asked God for wisdom what to do.

Then we had to do a tumor marker test.

Result 3

It came out negative. Praise God! Then we had to do another ultrasound..

Result 4

The words “suspicious of non-benign in nature” what does this mean? It’s so confusing. I was cleared from the tumor marker but the ultrasound indicates a non-benign growth. Also I was higher than normal in other cut-off’s.

Really, it was a roller coaster of emotions! But I felt that God was teaching us to trust Him on this (and just everyday of our lives!)

We prayed and prayed for wisdom.

When we consulted a gyne-onco (Gynecologist and cancer specialist) for the second time, he quoted us a ridiculously huge amount to do the procedure. It was shocking but then he also said that it was urgent but he can wait until our best feng shui date.

What does that mean? We don’t believe in feng shui. And what if we did and the best feng shui date is 2 years from now? (i don’t know how this works!) Then it means it’s not urgent.. and it may not be cancer. We thank God for this sign that helped us decide what our next steps would be.

It was such a relief. God came through but it’s not how we expected it to be. He just wanted us to trust Him. We started to ease up and relax.

We immediately decided to change doctors and went for my mother-in-law’s trusted OB, Dra. Decena in UST.

We thank God for her. :) After a consultation, we decided to schedule an operation.

We wanted to enjoy the remaining days of my normal self because we didn’t know what awaited us after. We let it off our minds and celebrated our 1st anniversary in Phuket, Thailand which we enjoyed so much.

A week after, off to UST we went.

2014 – A MAJOR OPERATION

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How could I share the experience? It was a mix of worry and excitement. I had my devotion at the hospital and this was what God impressed in my heart.

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Then preps for the operation began a night before. The blood tests, x-rays were fine but after!!

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Que horror really. Enema was performed all over and over again on me! I wished I hadn’t eaten that piece of cake and my last meal of Greenwich lasagna. Took me around 13 trips to the toilet. I was so exhausted and my nurse was laughing and saying I ate too much so I’m suffering this much 😛 We started at 8pm we ended at 11pm. IMAGINE. I felt so many pounds lighter after.

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I then took my last bath and off to bed I went praying that everything will be ok. And the peace of Christ was there. I slept like a baby.

The next day, I was woken up at around 5AM. I was transferred to the operating bed. Goodbye mommy, Goodbye hubby, see you on the other side.

They wheeled me into an enclosed room which was the operating room. The interns were with me and chatting with me, I really felt comfortable. And then they told me they had to prep the uterus area. OKAY do what you have to. Wala nang privacy, it’s fine, ganun talaga..

Then my anesthesiologist came, I remembered chatting with her and when she gave me the dose, I just heard her last words counting down 3, 2, 1…. and I was off to La la land.

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The dream team!! Thank you God for giving wisdom and skill to the doctors who attended to me. At nakapagpicture pa sila :p

The next thing I knew my mom was talking to me! in the RECOVERY ROOM! Visitors not allowed mommy. 😛 She was mistaken as a doctor so they let her in. <Grabe sya o.> And my mom was asking me to just grunt I’m okay to my Tita/Ninang nurse in the states over her cellphone.

As I remember I was not allowed to open my mouth yet because of air getting in. But well…

4 hours had passed from the operation. I remembered being too weak and I was shivering in the recovery room I had to talk and ask for a blanket. An image flashed on my mind, was I still opened up that’s why I felt cold?? They gave me this heated blanket and I fell asleep again. Next thing I knew I was back in my room with a bunch of flowers waiting for me. :) Thank you hubby and to my family..

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The tumor / cyst was benign, praise God! We thank God, our family and friends who prayed with us..

Side story, while I was still opened up, my mom told me that Dra. Decena came out of the operating room shouting “Arnie! it’s not cancer!” after finding out the results.

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I looked down on my uterus area and I just saw this big bandage and I couldn’t feel anything. It was difficult to cough, to move. I stayed in the hospital for around 2 more days and I remember when I had to get up it was so hard! I felt like my guts were going to spill out. It felt so tender but I had to go pee and do #2 to know if my organs went back to its proper place.

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That whole year I looked pregnant and I was mistaken a lot of times by people who didn’t know what happened, because my tummy jutted out. I couldn’t exercise it felt so numb and come to think of it, it still feels numb. :) I have a scar on my tummy, my husband doesn’t mind and it just reminds us how God continues to be faithful in our lives. We are grateful to be out of that episode and yet we sympathize with those who still are. We know how it feels to go through all those.

Months after…  we asked, is it baby making time yet? Am I cleared this time?

Part 2 on the next entry…

Long Weekend Coffee Review | Marikina

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FINALLY! A nice, quiet coffee shop (born) in Marikina City! The newest #Coffice in town. It has been ages since we’ve been looking for a coffee shop that has a nice ambiance and great coffee… and it’s here! A hang … Continue reading

New Marikina Restaurants: Long Weekend, Ikay’s Seafood SuTuKil, Bubba Lab, Delicere

I embrace being a Marikena now being married to a certified Marikeno. And I would always want to check out the new things around the area! We love eating and exploring the different places here in Marikina and share with you our new discoveries. So briefly here are the newest restaurants we explored around our neighborhood. Click on the link to know more about it :)

LONG WEEKEND COFFEE 

The newest coffee shop in town which boasts of its medium roast Arabica beans and its very affordable Frappes! This coffee shop is your new Coffice in Marikina for the entrepreneurs and young professionals. It has free Wi-fi, ample parking space and aside from the pastries and cakes they have food offerings like all-day breakfast, pastas and waffles.

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Long Weekend Coffee

2nd Flr. GMT Building

#438 JP Rizal St., Sto. Nino Marikina

*closed on Mondays

IKAY’S SEAFOOD SUTUKIL

Probably the only Dampa in Marikina, it aims to bring the Cebu sutukil vibes here. “Su” stands for Sugba / grill , “Tu” for tula which means to stew the food and “Kil” which is kilawin, a type of cooking wherein the raw ingredient is soaked in vinegar.

We tried it twice here and di kami nabigo! The seafood is really fresh and it wasn’t that expensive too! I’m feeling the shrimp in butter garlic cravings coming on… now!

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Ikay’s Seafood Sutukil

#18 Aquilina St., Marikina City

(behind Crave Park)

BUBBA LAB

We tried Bubba Lab in Lamp Quarters which is the newest hang out place along Gil Fernando Avenue. The place had fun vibes and every wall and corner had a concept. Instagrammable? Check! Free wi-fi? Check! But when it came to their drinks it was pretty ordinary and okay. :)

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Bubba Lab

Lamp Quarters, Gil Fernando Avenue, Sto. Nino Marikina

DELICERE

We are so glad to have stumbled upon this place! It is quite hidden – near the local gym in Marikina, Maic’s Gym. It had a very relaxed feel inside and you wouldn’t think you were in Marikina. It felt like Tagaytay with the lodge look. No not Veronica Lodge. Anyway they serve burgers, pastas, rice meals. I’m not quite sure what their specialty is but they had coffee and cakes as well here. It’s a nice place to chill and it is a bit upscale here in Marikina. :)

There is also an enclosed area for events :)

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Delicere

Delicere

#24 Ditchoy St., San Roque Marikina City

Bataan White Coral Beach Resort Review

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It was our second time at Bataan White Coral Beach Resort, the first one was last May 2017 when my relatives from the States visited. The next one was just last August 2017. It was located in Morong and I … Continue reading

Journey to the Past: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

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Home, Love, Family… and loads of History would describe our experience in this short and sweet trip to Bataan with my relatives from the US (our godparents and my cousin Katrina) and my balikbayan cousin, Ate Len from Dubai. For … Continue reading

Life is…complicated but really, it is simple!

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-JASON- Do you find life complicated? I do! Growing up, I find it hard to answer life’s questions like… I. Personal Identity Who am I and who am I supposed to be? What’s the meaning and purpose of my life? … Continue reading

Summer Coaching at Mega Sports Camp

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-JASON, as a Skills Coach- Ministry, Sports and Children: Just a few of my favorite things and Mega Sports Camp (MSC) had them all! I remember when I was younger, I wanted to join MSC too, No, This is not the … Continue reading

Tastebudthrills x Project G (Life’s Basics)

Hi everyone! My food blog of 6 years is finally evolving… soon into Project G! Why? Because my husband will be co-writing with me! Exciting. 😀

Here it is! :)

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Hi my name is Carlo Jason aka OJ. It came from the last letter of carlO and the first initial of Jason. 

My wife’s name is Gia aka tastebudthrills. 

We’ve known each other since 2006 and as a couple we are also known as GiaSon. 

As married couple, it is our desire to be together and partnering with my wife in her blog is part of our goal or project hence Project GiaSon or PrOJect G (for short) was born. 

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What is Project G?

Project G is a collaborative effort of our passions and stories on what we feel are life’s basics namely:

1. Faith ????????
2. Family / Relationships ????????
3. Finance ????
4. Fitness
5. Fun Activities (food and traveling) ????

Life can get… complicated but we are on a journey to discover how to simplify, to go back to basics!

Join us in our adventure and we hope that our experiences will inspire and benefit you! <3

???? Tastebudthrills x Project G

Morganfields, Hobing and Genki Sushi review | Ayala at the 30th

Talk about Food trip! We didn’t intend to but it just happened. Now we have to work double time to burn off all those calories. :p One Sunday we took on Mystery Manila with our friends at Ayala at the 30th but before we get brain drained, we had to load up so we decided to eat lunch at

MORGANFIELDS

We decided to have Barbecue spareribs which was good for two and a side of rice. Their Barbecue spareribs came with a side of fries and coleslaw. What I liked about their spareribs was the tenderness of the meat. It was so soft that it easily tore away from the bones and the serving size was enough for a man who enjoys meat and a woman who is so so about it. 😛 It was pretty much okay although I prefer that the meat be marinated in flavor for a longer time. I felt that it lacked a little flavor and I added a dash of salt to it. But other than that we are satisfied with it. We barely noticed the coleslaw since we were too engrossed with the ribs. :p

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It was a family friendly place and it kind of reminded me of Friday’s. Comfort food and big servings.

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Our next stop…

HOBING

Actually we had two stops right after our Mystery Manila activity. Jason bought at Taco Bell (Yey taco bell here!) and I ordered my snack at Hobing which was a Korean dessert of shaved ice. Nomnomnom. Nothing like sweets and ice in this humid weather! When you’re melting eat something melting…… like ice or ice cream! Ok nevermind. But anyway, I loved Hobing! It was jampacked when we went here and I had to be on my toes to grab the next vacant seats.

While waiting I checked out the counter and decided to get one of their best sellers, Mango with Cheese! I just got the regular size but surprisingly it was big and it can be shared by 2-3. :)

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Just look at all those mango, cheese and shaved fine ice goodness! I was in love at first bite. We found it a bit expensive though. It costs around 200. (Can i put a shocked emoticon here?) If you want to splurge a little to beat the heat, go for this sweet icy treat!

That same day we ate at Genki Sushi too but I wasn’t able to take photos besides I only ordered a plate. So we went back one Sunday to eat here.

GENKI SUSHI 

Warning 1: Give yourself a budget or else you’ll overspend!

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Seriously. Because it’s just so fun ordering via a touchscreen monitor and in a few minutes, it will be delivered on a…. train!

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It was a self-service Japanese sushi bar and we really enjoyed the ordering process (but not the shock of our bill). Anyway more on that later. There was a hot water dispenser per table and green tea so we can make our own. The prices of sushi per plate seemed harmless costing around Php 90 or Php 130. Seems harmless right? So we just kept on ordering until it piled up. But no regrets :p

Above is the Salmon Roll (Php 90)

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Shrimp Roe (Php 90). To be honest I found the nori a bit chewy / rubbery. But the shrimp roe was fine and these are the rare times when ordering in restaurants that the actual dish looks like the photos in the menu.

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Jason got this Salmon Oyako Don (Php 380). The salmon and roe was fresh and after some sushi by this time, it was filling for Jason. I enjoyed poking my chopsticks on what he couldn’t finish :p

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Spicy Tuna (Php 90). It wasn’t that spicy and was tolerable to non spicy eaters.

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Yellow Tail Sashimi (Php 290). Jason says it’s rare so we got this order too. It does taste different from salmon sashimi and it looks pretty too. hehe.

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Chicken Teriyaki Roll (Php 160). I would like to say that we intentionally ordered this but really we didn’t. I must have made a mistake and accidentally pressed this. We were surprised as this was delivered to us and wondered how it got there. So this is

WARNING 2: All orders are final and cannot be returned.

Please be careful in ordering! Because you can’t return your order! Huhu well if you made a mistake in ordering you just got to chew it and swallow it… literally. We were full by this time because this was the last that arrived. But it was ok nonetheless, something cooked for a change! Chicken teriyaki.

Overall it was an enjoyable sushi experience and when we’re out to splurge on sushi eating and interactive dining then we’ll definitely come back. It was a unique experience that we would recommend.

So these are the restaurants that we tried at Ayala at the 30th. It was nice eating here but there are still lots of unopened stores. The venue is quite small but if you’re living near the area it’s a nice place to hang out as there are opened restaurants, several coffee shops and it’s not as crowded. :)