2015? Oi?

Caraca! Primeiro post de 2015!? What the fuck? Vergonha de mim mesma!

Gente, leitores e leitoras do meu coração, meu blog não morreu, eu não morri, ainda sou au pair, na mesma host family por sinal (por mais 5 dias… SIM, ESTA ACABANDO = assunto de hoje!!!) e SIM, o blog continuará firme e forte, afinal, nunca imaginei quanto um blog poderia ajudar tanta gente! Apesar de não postar mais com frequencia, fico passada como tem futuras au pairs chegando no pedaço, e a melhor parte é saber que meu blog tem ajudado vocês a tomar os primeiros passos.

Bom, é isso mesmo people, quinta-feira da semana que vem, acabo meu ano como au pair. Dois anos excepcionalmente incríveis, alguns dias eu diria que bem sofridos, regados com muito drama e sangue nos olhos, pois ninguém disse que seria tudo fácil, mas que valeram a pena.
Nada de arrependimentos, afinal foi muita experiência adquirida, muita paciencia absorvida, e muita farra e diversão na veia! :) Quantas pessoas passam pela nossa vida quando resolvemos morar fora… é um mix de cultura, raças e estilos… bom demais! O pior é a despedida, coração não aguenta ver partindo aquelas que dividiram com você um dia da sua vida que seja, três semanas, meses, um ano ou a jornada toda, essas são as que marcam de verdade, mas não importa quanto tempo, cada uma teve seu toque especial na minha jornada! :)

Quanto ao programa au pair, a verdade é que nunca me imaginei cuidando de criança. Vergonhosamente confesso que tinha aquela visão de que vir para os EUA para cuidar de criança era perda de tempo e inferiorizava a ideia, mas a minha vontade de voltar pra cá era tão grande que acabei não pensando duas vezes, o programa Au Pair era e ainda é bem acessível, então por que não!?

Achei que não seria tão dificil assim cuidar de crianças que nem são minhas… ledo engano. A responsabilidade é maior ainda, obviamente! Nesses dois anos que estive aqui, com a mesma host family, eu simplesmente tenho sido a segunda mãe deles. Educar crianças que não são suas, caraca!!! é dificil demais. Sim, querendo ou não você é mãe e educadora ao mesmo tempo, e não, não está no contrato do programa, mas você chega aqui e a realidade é essa! Por isso eu deixei de subestimar esse trabalho. Quantas vezes não skypeei minha mãe, irritada, chorando, que seja, falando que agora eu entendia o que é ser dona de casa, mãe e educadora!
Fazendo uma retrospectiva de tudo o que passei aqui com eles… meu, fiz parte do crescimento da minha pequena cara, isso é demais!!! Não importa a profissão, o tipo de trabalho, mas quando você faz a diferença na vida de alguém, isso não tem preço e não há nada mais gratificante que isso.

Mas realizei tudo o que queria nesses dois anos? Cumpri minhas metas?
Creio que não, ainda não! No meio do caminho surgiram novos sonhos, novas ideias, novos objetivos, mas é assim que continuo minha jornada, não paro nunca… haha

Então… qual o próximo passo?

Obama me pergunta

Aqui vão algumas opções:

- Voltar para o Brasil?

Nah. Ainda não, sou jovem demais e tenho que aproveitar esse mundão afora. haha

- Casamento a vista?

#greencard #sqn Ai senhor, cadê meu principe americano encantado?

- Mudar o status e continuar nos EUA???


Previsivel não!?
Mas, é isso mesmo leitoras e leitores queridos… venho compartilhar com vocês essa noticia bombástica!
Diga ao povo americano que fico! :)
Cenas do proximo capitulo! ;)

Obrigada a cada um de vocês… continuem acompanhando minha saga!

E lembre-se, qualquer duvida já sabe!
Xoxo.

Going to the doctor in the USA

What’s up readers? How is everything?

I completely forgot to write about something that happened to me 3 months ago or less, and I definitely should share with you. I had to go to the doctor and I used my insurance for the first time.

** I’m working for APIA (Au Pair in America), so my insurance is the CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International). I’m writing about this one, okay? **

I know many of you have questions about it, like how to use it, when, what will be covered , what I have to do, and bla bla bla.
A friend of mine had to go to the doctor as well, so she did and she gave me all the tips about how to use the insurance since we have the same one.

First I accessed the site of the insurance and looked for a doctor that I needed, and I wanted someone close to my house because it was convenient to me, anyway. They usually have a list of doctors who work with the insurance.

I made the appointment. Just make sure to confirm if the doctor works with the insurance that you have.

You have to know that the insurance will cover you only if it is an emergency, they don’t cover any routine check up, so, when you make an appointment, be clear and let them know that it is an emergency.

In my case I suspected that I had an urine infection, it wasn’t that bad, but I was concerned about it, so I used that as an excuse to go to the gynecologist and he made a check up. He didn’t do any blood test or anything, since he said that everything was okay, apparently, but he prescribed me a medication. I bought it in CVS and the insurance paid me back. He said if I wanted to do a blood test I would have to pay, but my friend didn’t pay anything and her doctor did all the recommended tests, anyway…

After a couple of days you will receive the bills. I actually didn’t wait for the bills arrive, I sent them the claim form the day after I went to the doctor. You will find this form in the insurance site or APIA will provide it to you, but would be this one > Claim_form.
I filled it and sent it with the bill of the medication that I bought, and a couple of days right after that, I received a check with the same amount of that bill. :) easy, easy! I didn’t pay for anything!

And if you want to do a routine check up, like blood tests, I heard good things about Planned Parenthood, they provide community health care, just check it out. I mostly recommend it for woman’s health care. I haven’t try, but some au pairs went in their saying that they didn’t have insurance or even proving that they don’t have conditions to pay for the service and they didn’t pay anything, so, maybe you can try.

Well, any question about it, let me know.

Tip of the Day

Hey beautiful people,

Today’s tip is a restaurant, of course… if you don’t know, I love to eat!

Flying Fish is the right place for who appreciate sushi and seafood!

It’s located in Alexandria, VA (my lovely city), in the most famous street called King Street.

Trust me, since I got here, this is the only place that I’ve tried the best sushi ever compared to the ones in Brasil, but still in my opinion none in here is as better as in there! :) aaaanyway… it’s not a cheap restaurant, but it’s absolutely affordable and worth.

The best Edamame is in there! ;) I’m addicted to it and the Salmon Lover is one of my favorites. :)

On Thursdays they have Karaoke and it’s always so much fun, you should check it out!

Xoxo.

Being a Volunteer

Hey readers, how’s life?

Quick post today… just a nice tip for you, who is looking for something interesting to do in your free time or whatever.

I’ve been volunteering since I got the U.S. and in my opinion, it’s a nice way to keep your mind busy and productive.

I usually volunteer in festivals, especially beer festivals. :)

Those events happen on weekends, so it’s easier to make it. I love beer, so I always have fun and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to improve your English as well. There are lots of events going on during the year, especially during the Summer. You just need to sign up for the event as a volunteer, and that’s it. I mean, first, check if there is a volunteer section going on, of course.

I’ve been volunteering for the Project DC Events, my first one was the Neon Drink On. There was the  Summerfest DC, and my last one was last weekend, the Drink the World Beer Festival. I usually volunteer to pour beer, you don’t need any special skill for that, but there are other sections to work for. I end up learning about beer and that’s awesome. :)

How do I know about those events and festivals? Well, on Facebook you always find something to do, or the advertisements will find you! haha
I was about to buy the ticket to go to the Neon Drink On, but I saw the volunteer section in the website and voilà, I signed up and got free entree for the event. Usually those festivals have 2 waves, in the afternoon and another in the evening, so I sign up for the afternoon and then I can enjoy the evening wave, for free, it’s a great deal. :)

Also I sign up to volunteer at the Alexandria Little Theatre for the set construction, I’m very excited about it.

I try to pick volunteering jobs in the areas that are interesting for me, this way is always a pleasure to do it. You can volunteer at the church close to your house, in the Pet store, or even teaching your native language to americans, there are a bunch of places that you can go offering your help.

There is this website https://www.volunteermatch.org, where you can find places that need your help. ;)

Any question about it… let me know!

Xoxo.

One year and 9 months… and lots of bla bla bla.

Hello people, how are you doing?

Well, it’s autumn now and it’s getting cold, actually we are living a weird weather so far, cause we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, cold, warm day or snow, who knows? But the truth is: this is the most lovely season ever. All the trees changing its colors, leaves falling down, streets covered by yellow, orange, brown, red ones. It’s simply beautiful!!!

Anyway… I haven’t written for a while, and now it’s hard to tell you guys in details what happened, I always do that and I apologize for that though, because more than ever now, I do have time to devote myself to my blog, because I’m not sure if I mentioned my little one is going to school, so I have free time from 11am to 2pm, what’s not bad at all, but the thing is, I’ve been distracted by something else, like, I’m learning guitar by myself, that takes my time quite a bit, I mean, I’m trying to get my mind busy you know, because I finished my online course, the UCLA (University of California Los Angeles, which I wrote about it.) and now I’m working on other plans, and I will let you know as soon as I get there. ;)

By the way, I’m so freaking excited because you guys are amazing, more than 100.000 visitors??? What the fuck? That’s a great accomplishment! Thank you so much!!!

I try to help you all, answering your questions by email, comments, whatever, and I apologize if I didn’t, but you’re more than welcome to write me and I’ll work hard to get you back. ;)

I took my last week of vacations on August, and I didn’t post about it, but I will because I have some tips that can help some of you. I went to Miami, Florida, and to Key West and Cozumel in a cruise, the Carnival Ecstasy, I definitely recommend it. ;)

I went to NYC again, I will never get enough of that city, it’s always amazing being in there, but I say, I would never live in there, too much crazy for me, everyday, all the time, that city never sleep indeed.

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Halloween just happened and it was awesome, and I can’t believe that one more Halloween has gone.

And I have to tell you… save this date November 11th!!! It’s Veterans Day, and this year was amazing! There was this concert called The Concert for Valor, to “honor the courage and sacrifice of veterans, active duty service members and their families.”. They brought a lot of artists to this concert, like The Black Keys, Rihanna, Eminem, Metallica, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Jessie J, Jamie Foxx, Meryl Strip, Black Jack, Bryan Cranston and more, all for free. It was at National Mall, and it was crowd, very crowd. I got off earlier to go, but I still got in there too late, there was no more space, haha, so next year, if it happens again, I’ll definitely get there earlier! It’s completely worth.

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Well, that’s all people, let me know if you have any topic that you would like me to write about, or any question alright?

See you soon,

Xoxo.

Dica do Dia.

Leitores queridos, como anda a vida?

A partir de agora vou começar a fazer pequenos posts, dando dicas de restaurantes, lojas legais, bares, clubs, enfim, lugares interessantes que vale a pena visitar, podem ser eles aqui em D.C. e região ou around the globe. ;)

Não sei porque não tive essa ideia antes, mas nunca é tarde para começar.

A dica de hoje é um restaurante chamado Gordon Biersch.

Sou suspeita para falar porque conheço alguém que trabalha nesse restaurante, mas garanto, se você procura boa comida, ambiente confortável e aconchegante, ama cerveja como eu amo, este é o lugar! ;) eles produzem suas próprias cervejas, o que é sensacional! Não é barato, mas é affordable, vale cada centavo! :)
Tem em vários lugares, aqui na região tem um em D.C., cujo ambiente interno é maravilhoso, e outro no Tysons Corner Mall.

Super recomendo a sobremesa maravilhosa Warm apple bread pudding. Demais!

Enfim, essa é a minha Dica do Dia.

Xoxo.

UCLA online course – curso online oferecido pela APIA

Leitoras e leitores, tudo bom?

Olha só, esse é um post curtinho sobre o curso online que a Au Pair in America (APIA) oferece em parceria com a UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).

Provavelmente você vai ouvir falar deste curso, pois é uma das primeiras coisas que a sua LCC vai comentar contigo logo que você chega aqui nos EUA e pelo menos a minha, me incentivou muito a faze-lo desde sempre.

Study Online with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

You may prefer to study online during your 12 month US stay.  Au Pair in America’s exclusive partnership with UCLA Extension provides a unique customized educational and community immersion program for au pairs

American Studies Online is a 19-week online course that is part self-study, part instructor-led. The course is offered through a customized, computer-based classroom that you will access to read lessons, write, share resources, network with other students and collaborate on special projects, all of which are designed to further your understanding of US culture.

Topics include US History, English Language Study, Arts in the US, US Literature, Career Counseling, and an optional TOEFL preparation course.

Au pairs who successfully complete the program receive 6 academic units and receive a certificate of completion from UCLA Extension. You will also have access to a UCLA Extension transcript if you’d like to apply the coursework to a degree.

The American Studies Online course costs US$500 which means that you can use the US$500 study contribution that your host family provides you with to pay for the course.

Click here for the American Studies Online information on the UCLA Extension website.

Fonte: http://www.aupairamerica.co.uk/study-ucla.php 

Bom, como mencionado acima, ao completar o curso você já recebe 6 créditos academicos + certificado e bla bla bla.
Sim, eu fiz esse curso este ano, ou seja, estou done, mas sinceramente, não gostei, achei um curso fraco, o material é legal, bacana, porém o suporte didático é quase zero, os instrutores estão ali pra te ajudar sim, caso você tenha alguma duvida, mas nada demais, eles não corrigem a parte gramatical, a parte linguistica e tal, o que eu acho bem negativo sendo que este curso é voltado especialmente para au pairs. Minha amiga Bianca fez esse curso na mesma época que eu e vi que eles praticamente comentam pra todo mundo as mesmas coisas no homework.

Eles exigem também a parte de Community Involvement, ou seja, no final do curso você tem que preencher um formulário comprovando que você participou de algum tipo de evento/feira, o qual eles chamam de Global Awareness, onde você simplesmente faz uma apresentação/introdução sobre o seu país, enfim, + voluntariado + museus + eventos na sua comunidade. Essa é a parte que eles dizem que você vai entrar em contato com a American life e bla bla bla.

Enfim, e por que eu fiz esse curso? Simplesmente porque eu estava sem tempo durante a semana pra estudar, I mean, pra ir a escola e tudo mais, de fato, foi uma mão na roda, rápido e prático, mas é um saco estudar online, já digo. E não que eu tenha me arrependido, porém, cursos online… nunca mais.

Ah, você paga $ 500 por esse curso. Então já sabe, se você realmente não tem tempo e quer matar logo esses créditos, recomendo, mas se não for o seu caso, por favor, invista essa bolsa de $ 500 em algo melhor e mais interessante! ;)

Xoxo.