Hello Steem! An Introduction To Start My Journey!

in introduceyourself •  6 months ago

Everyone has an extraordinary story to tell. My tale has excitement, adventure, love and even some comedy. This story however, is just an overview, as we must save the many tales of Pickles -- my alter ego -- for another day.

This introduction is brought to you by @krvin, who introduced me to Steemit only a month ago, and by @jerrybanfield whose expansive collection of youTube videos helped me to acclimate myself to Steemit as I awaited the days to the approval of my account.


A HIGHLY UNLIKELY IMPOSSIBILITY


ickles was not my real name, but it was the only real nickname that stuck with me for more than a week. It was given to me as a result of a dare that went horribly wrong during the summer of 2001. It is nevertheless, a crucial part of my "coming of age" and for that reason, we shall save the details of its origins for a later date.

My real name is Nick, and in 2005, I left the comforts of Arizona deserts and followed a girl to the Queen City of the South -- Cebu City, Philippines. A year later that wonderful girl and I walked down the aisle. Over the past decade and a half, we have become the proud parents of three lovely kids -- an eleven year old girl, five year old boy and an eight month old who joined our family last September.

The story of how I got here, is much more in-depth. It was an exciting adventure across the high seas, aboard a cargo ship that took me from Los Angeles to Macau, and eventually to the Philippines. I could have flown on a cramped 16-hour flight, but what fun would that have been? A couple weeks of open seas was a true adventure. If you have ever contemplated a vacation over seas, I would recommend taking a voyage.

My wife and I were married in a centuries’ old cathedral on Bantayan Island back in 2006, and since the day I said my vows, I promised to never leave the Philippines. This wonderful country has now been my home for a third of my life, and as long as I have any control over it, it is where I will spend the rest of my life. Sure, I miss my home in the States, and I miss my family, but I have absolutely no regrets.

Almost one year to the day, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. The hardest part was coming up with the perfect name for my princess. After thinking about it long and hard, we decided on Anastasia. Since my name was Nick, it would only be fitting that my daughter would become Anastasia -- in reference to the heir to the Romanov dynasty as told in the Disney film with the same title.

Next on the list, with five years of separation, was our son. Born at the start of 2011, we decided on a more religious name, but with a twist. I couldn't let anyone tease him over his name, so we gave him a double name, Gabriel Xian, or GX for short. Now that was a manly name. And, as expected, he prefers GX over his full name. He is quickly becoming one of the most popular kids in the neighborhood too.

Last, but certainly not the least, with another five years of separation, we had a second daughter -- Oriana Siobhan. My Irish heritage took control, and we decided on a name which was based on ancient Gaelic. While our first two kids had hazel eyes, she has lived up to her name, being the only one in the family with grey eyes since my grandfather. She is growing up too quickly, all of our kids are.

In 2016, we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a gala event. It was the first time in ten years that I was able to convince my beautiful wife to get dressed up and go out for a night of celebration. It was a wonderful night for all of us. I am looking forward to many more anniversaries to come, and I cannot wait until we hit that next major milestone -- our twenty-fifth anniversary. We still have quite a while to go, and many more memories to make.

Today, I work in a call center here in the Philippines. It turns out that I am really good at solving other peoples' problems, and that makes me an amazing agent -- the top agent in my site. I have been constantly asked to help out my co-workers to improve their skills, so I recently started a blog for just that purpose. It was when my friend and co-worker @krvin saw my blog, that he introduced me to Steemit.


MY CONTRIBUTION TO STEEM


I am, in its most simplest terms, a story-teller. I have a knack for taking a boring pointless story, and turning it into a captivating tale -- a tall-tale if you will. I have been planning on putting together a book of my tales, entitled "Pickles Around the Campfire". And while it would be great to make a book out of it and sell online, it would be even better to share these stories here.

So if you are interested in hearing a slightly exaggerated truth of my adventures and exploits around the globe, then stay tuned, follow me, and keep an eye out for my stories and tales that are perfect for campfire fishing tales.

I am also a trainer, and I help people improve their business and professional lives, by giving them the tools they need to succeed in their endeavors. I have more than ten years of experience, and have more than 4,000 topics relating to professional and personal development based on this experience that I will share.

Follow me here, and on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/cebunick

My profile is private, but you can send me a friend request -- in order to be approved, please send me a private message on Facebook, letting me know which one of my posts you have upvoted.

If you enjoyed my introductory post, please upvote it to help us by collaborating and building our community here on Steemit?

Best Regards,

CebuNick (a.k.a Pickles)

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welcome to steemit dude

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Thank you @ewasteguy1. While I do love the Philippines, this time of year its dry and hot -- and it makes me miss the colder north.

Welcome to Steem.... have fun...!!!

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Thank you @wilku for welcoming me to this amazing community.

Hola, me gustaría leer los artículos que escribas para la comunidad de Steemit.

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Muchos gracias @ydavgonzalez Dentro de poco

Such an interesting story you got there @cebunick. Welcome to Steemit.. again.. May you have an exciting Steemit journey.

See you around ;)

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Thank you @wdoutjah for your comments and for your support. Steem is an amazing community.

Welcome to steemit Nick. I found you from the bestofph discord server. We have much in common I also have a Pinay Asawa. I have four children.
My question is what is your visa status there so that you can work in a call center?
Do you speak Bisaya?

Have you notified the US that your children are born? I heard it was a battle to do from the Philippines. Just wondering if you have jumped through those hoops.. It might be good for your children if you do that.

@lovenfreedom and I have made sure all of our Children have Dual status and they have both passports..US and Philippines. Lots of hoops to jump through. @lovenfreedom also has dual citizenship. We currently sleep in the US at night.

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Thanks for the welcome @iamstan. And thank you @bestofph for creating such a warm environment. To answer your questions, I have a 13(a) permanent resident visa. Cost me P25,000 a decade ago, and I have to report to Immigration every year to say,. "I'm still alive, here's P350" then go home an hour later. Gamay lang ang Bisaya. I can understand if you're not speaking too fast, but I cannot speak it as I cannot hear the stops. I have not applied for their U.S. Credentials yet, but I have kept a large journal of photographic memories for when I do.

Amazing introduceyourself post. Welcome to Steemit @cebunick! 😉

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Thanks for welcoming me to Steemit @jassennessaj. This is definitely a great community and I am glad to be part of it.

Welcome @cebunick!


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Have Fun @cebunick!

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Thank you for welcoming me @derelias. As soon as my up-vote power is back up, I will gladly help out the community with a vote!

Good to see you here @cebunick! I already loved the way how you tell your life story how much more those stories you have. I bet they are all amazing!!! Thank you for loving our country and especially Cebu.

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Thanks @morken. Thank you for the hospitality and kindness that all Filipinos have shown me over the years.

hi @cebunick Welcome to Steemit Community. Looking forward for your next post. See you around. You can also join in STEEMSCHOOLS discord here https://discord.gg/8CRS4j4 They can help you grow in this steemit community. If you still don't have a discord account. Just register first through the link I gave you. I'm glad to help you. See you there!

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Thanks for the invite @hazelicious I have added to my Discord

Welcome to Steemit! Always interesting to see a fellow Philippine expat on here. I'll follow you and wish you the best of luck on here.

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Thanks @vagrantone I followed you to. Looking forward to good things here on Steem!

Welcome to Steemit sir @cebunick. Thank you for loving Cebu :) I am looking forward to more stories that you could share with us here. Best regards @carlitojoshua :)

ps. I love that nickname - Mr. Pickles - ;)

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Mabuhay @carlitojoshua thanks for the reply. Yup, its a crazy story that everyone gets a good laugh out of.

Welcome to this amazing platform sir @cebunick!

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Thank you @josephace135 I appreciate all of the amazing comments from everyone today.

Welcome kababayan!! Enjoy steeming here in the Philippines!!

Resteem your post ;)

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Mabuhay @chuuuckie I am really enjoying today. Because of my intro post, my reputation has gone from 25 to 36 in just a little over an hour.

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Wow. From a newbie like you, you already know what reputation score is, you even know how to trade from blocktrades/bittrex.

I am inviting you to join us at our little project called SMILE this coming Saturday ;)

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Thank you @chuuuckie. Right now my shift is from 5 am until 2 pm, and my rest days are Wednesday and Thursday, but I would definitely like to help out on any project if I can.

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Check out @indayclaras post ;)

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I checked out her post, and will talk with my wife to see what we can donate to the cause. If anything, we may be able to at least offer some hand-me-downs for the kids.

My introduction has made it onto the "HOT" pages. Awesome!

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And now, my intro is "TRENDING". I started the day with a reputation of 25, and woke up with a reputation of 39 and more than 90 followers.

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Welcome to Steemit. It's really a good platform for the nurturing authors and for the people who want to share their good work with the world. You'll surely have a nice time here. Lots of good wishes and good luck to you!! :):)

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Thank you @freebirdkhushboo for welcoming me to Steem! Yes, so far I have found it to be an amazing platform.

Welcome to Steemit, cebunick! Wish you a great journey here in this loving and caring community :) Have fun!

By the way, there are several groups you as a newcomer can join. They will stay with you for your journey, helping and mentoring along the way.

@greetersguild invite link https://discord.gg/AkzNSKx
@newbieresteemday invite link https://discord.gg/2ZcAxsU

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I added them to my Discord and will check out the groups later. Thanks for the invite @cheneats

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Just use busy.org its easier and you can still use firefox. Chrome will track you like a dog.

Welcome to Steemit @cebunick. Really nice post and it somehow makes me miss the Philippines eventhough I just left the country a couple of days ago. Can't wait to go back to Cebu and in a couple of years hopefully for good. Looking forward to read more stories from you.

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Thanks @tatravelvlogs. Cebu is a great place to live. I was lucky to find it at such a young age so I can enjoy it more.

Interesting article, you're done! Welcome to Steemit, I wish you successful development. I followed you, I hope you will follow me.

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Thanks for welcoming me @veseloff I appreciate it and will definitely follow you. I look forward to many more great posts here on Steem.

This is the best introductory post we have read

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Thanks you for the amazing compliments @steemph.antipolo. I love the Philippines, the hospitality, kindness and courtesy I have been shown over the years and I definitely look forward to a long, productive environment here on Steem.

Excellent post! Thank you for sharing with us your story. I'm happy to upvote and resteem your introduction post and welcome to steemit:) by @cheneats

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Thanks for upvote and resteem @cheneats and @newbieresteemday

welcome to steemit @cebunick in behalf of your @bestofph family...we are glad that youre with us and ready to help you in anyway possible thoughout your steemit journey...

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Thank you @kendallron for welcoming me to Steem and for your help on the Discord group.

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I never expect that your up this late...this is awesome bro...

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I usually wake up at 3 since my shift starts at 5, but woke up today on my rest day out of habit.

Welcome to Steemit @cebunick
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Thanks for the advice @jyotirmay and for welcoming me to Steemit.

Welcome to Steemit. Look forward to your Stories.

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Thanks @kandywriter, I'm looking forward to writing more in the coming weeks.

Welcome to Steemit. I implore you to explore the platform and enjoy your time.

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Thanks for welcoming me to steem @yungchief

@cebunick Welcome to steemit! I was drawn to every word you wrote here! You do have a talent in telling stories and im much excited to hear a lot about the tales of Pickles!

Btw, you have an amazing family-lovely wife and kids!

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Thank you @indayclara. I look forward to writing more in the coming weeks.

Interesting story 😀 as a bookworm, I'm looking forward to your stories! Saw you at bestofph discord! Welcome to steemit 😀

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Thank you for your warm welcomes @iammegankylie. I love the Steemit community, as much as I love the Filipino hospitality. Can't wait to write more, and upvote your reply (I have to wait 36 hours because I'm low on power now).

A very interesting introduction. Welcome to this amazing platform at steemit, @cebunick! May you enjoy the journey you will have here.😊

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Thanks @noreen for welcoming me here. The support I have received starting out has been simply amazing.

welcome to steemit enjoy :)

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Thank you for welcoming me to Steem @cheche016. This has become a great place to hang out.

Welcome to steemit @cebunick. Finally you have introduce yourself in the platform.... keep steeming and God bless

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Thank you @starzy for the warm welcome.

Woah what a great intro to this community @cebunick! Your kids have amazing names! You really are a great story-teller! Looking forward to more of your stories and personal development posts. Cheers!

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Thanks @smaeunabs I have a lot of other stories... These are all real... slightly exaggerated, but nevertheless, real parts of my life.

Impressive post.
Welcome to steemit, have a seat and enjoy!

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Thanks @toofasteddie I still have a lot more to do before I can sit back and enjoy. But on a good note, I just watched my Reputation jump from 25 to 28 from my intro, so its a good start.

Congratulations @cebunick!
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Amazing @arcange My intro has been a big hit -- so to has my first story. looking forward to sharing even more. Thank you so much.