Our old car, the Ford Windstar will not pass a road-worthy inspection. We traded it in for a brand new Toyota RAV 4.
At the end of the month, Chelsea passed her road test and earned her driver's license. Chelsea is now entitled to take her brothers to the skating rinks for hockey practice.
- In the last waning days of the year, we purchased a new car: Toyota Sienna 7-seater All-wheel-drive mini-van. The Bautista Family is now officially a three-car family.
- The exterior of our house was repainted from plain white to beige with yellow trim. I had professionals do it.
- We had a family project to repaint the white fence. The kids are very helpful (and playful).
- I finished installing the ceiling on the remaining half of our basement.
- Soccer season starts with Chelsea in the King Philip team, Radienxe with the Norfolk travel soccer, and Qzedell with the Norfolk Lion's in-town soccer.
- I managed to put a ceiling on one-half or our basement. It is the hanging-type suspended ceiling.
- Soccer season starts as well and the kids played in the local in-town Norfolk Lion's Soccer League. Chelsea and Radienxe were in the same Red team and Qzedell is in the White team.
- Middle of July (right after our vacation) was when we finally closed the purchase of our house. The second half of this month was spent moving our stuff from Norwood to Norfolk.
Radienxe and Qzedell takes swimming lessons.
Kids' summer vacation starts middle of this month.
Rosalie's father, Daniel De Luna died (1932-2000). A loving father and a very decent man. He never had much material wealth in life. But he was rich in something more valuable: the love and affection of his five children and fourteen grandchildren. I salute the man! Rosalie and Qzedell went to the Philippines to pay their last respects.
November - my mother came for a three-week visit
from California; we went for a five-day holiday in
Montreal and Ottawa (Canada)
September - the kids moved up one-notch in school; Chelsea into Grade 5, Radienxe into Grade 1, and Qzedell started on a twice-a-week nursery school; Chelsea and Radienxe signed-up for a soccer season that lasted for 10 weeks
July - we had our summer holiday in Lake George, (upstate) New York; Rosalie's mother left for the Philippines after a one-year stay
June - my good uncle Vicente De Guzman Jr. passed away
May - we sold our house in Darwin; too much hassle to manage from afar
December - we had a four-day holiday in Pennsylvania last
Chrismas time; we saw some Amish, the Hershey chocolate world,
and a cave
December - the first edition of The Bautista Family Homepage was posted in the internet
November - bought our first computer
September - Chelsea went to Grade 4 and Radienxe started kindergarten, Qzedell will be in nursery next school year
July - Rosalie's mother arrived in the US for a one year stay with us; it will be her first white Christmas
April - Radienxe learned how to ride the bike (without training wheels)
January - we have moved to a new apartment (same town) here in Norwood, Massachusetts
Others - we have many visitors this year: Ronnie Boy from the Philippines; Mama & Papa, Joy & Carlo from Los Angeles, CA; and Rosel De Luna from Washington DC
December - I finished my one year contract with First Data
(in Boston) and started in my new job with Boston Edison
middle of the year - with our new car and being new into this country, we had weekend day tours around New England, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut
May - we bought our brand-new Ford Windstar 7-seater minivan
April - the rest of the family arrived in the US from Darwin, Australia; they had a two-week stop-over in Los Angeles with my folks; I flew over to fetch them
December - on my way to my new life in Boston, I took
the scenic route via Amsterdam and Paris; then I arrived in the
US and started my job with First Data
November - a week before I left Australia, Radienxe had a successful operation to fix his heart murmur in Adelaide's Children and Women's Hospital
October - when I knew I am going to America for a long time, I took Australian citizenship; thankfully, I only have to pledge allegiance to the Australian people and not to "Her Majesty and heirs"
April - Qzedell was born in Los Angeles (Rosalie, Radienxe, and Qzedell arrived in Darwin two months later)
January - Chelsea and I arrived in Darwin from our US holiday
December to January 1996 - we had our three-week
trans-America tour beginning the day after Christmas;
we flew to Washington DC and drove westward to Los Angeles;
we had stops in New York, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Chicago,
Denver, and the Grand Canyon; had a day-visit
to Tijuana, Mexico; I had stop-overs in Bali, Indonesia
on my way to and from America
October - have to sell my six-year old Toyota to partially fund our trans-America tour
July - Rosalie's father Daniel de Luna left Darwin for Manila after a one-year stay with us
July - we bought our first house in the Darwin
suburb of Karama; Rosalie's father arrived from Manila
just in time to help me in moving our stuff to our
newly purchased house
June - Mama and Diche (my aunt) visited us in Darwin from Los Angeles; then we had a 10-day tour of central Australia including Uluru & Kata Djuta, Alice Springs, Katherine
September - we bought our car-of-the-year award winner
Mazda 626 hatchback
March - Radienxe was born in Los Angeles on 16 March 1993 (the whole family was reunited in Darwin in May)
June - we finally were granted permanent Australian
resident visas, at about the same time, Rosalie became
pregnant to Radienxe
September - Rosalie and Chelsea went to US on their jus soli mission, ie., get Radienxe to born to the US as a natural born citizen; this mission was later accomplished
March - cousin Ronnie and brother Jay arrived from the Philippines; we flew to Sydney and sent my Toyota by truck; we drove northwards for a trans-Australia continental crossing that lasted two weeks with stops at Sydney, Gold Coast, Townsville (to check out the Great Barrier Reef), to Tennant Creek, and then back to Darwin; we drove about 6,000km (3,800 miles) in 12 days
|December to January 1992 - we had our first holiday in the Philippines after three years; a chance to see old friends; not much has changed; this visit will turn out to be our last for a long time (until today)|
|December to January 1991- we went on our first trip to North America: started from Darwin, to Singapore, Vancouver (Canada), Los Angeles/Las Vegas/San Francisco (US) and then back to Darwin|
December - we bought our first car: a brand new Toyota
September - we all (me, Rosalie, and Chelsea) arrived in Darwin from Manila
August - Rosalie and I had our belated honeymoon in Hong Kong and China
August - I arrived back in the Philippines to fetch the family for Australia
March - Chelsea was born while I was in Darwin
January - I started on my new job in Darwin, Australia with the Northern Territory Government's Treasury Department, a job that I will hold on to for eight years
June - I arrived in Manila after a job stint of five months
in Singapore; Chelsea was conceived
February to June - I did software installation and testing for a Singapore-based company Electronic Data Systems; during this period, I was sent to Jakarta, Indonesia and London (UK) to do site installations; I made a few week-end trips to Malaysia while based in Singapore and a side-trip to Scotland while working in London
December - I was sent to Singapore on my first
overseas assignment (my first airplane ride too!)
May - Rosalie and I started a new life together on what will turn out to be a lifelong companionship