Wednesday, December 31

Longing for...

I missed Christmas in the Philippines, the way my family celebrate it. Most of all, it’s the food that I longed for. I imagined my mother getting busy, weeks before the day so we have lots on food on the table. So is the same for the New Year. There’s the panic buying of round fruit. My grand mother used to prepare her own menu very early of the New Year’s Eve. And the fireworks and even fire crackers that my father prepared for the Big Night, I wish I was there.

While in my side of the world, I wasn’t even busy at all. We had Christmas lunch with the in-laws and I was tasked to make spring roll. I experimented it a week before and I made so much that I froze some so on the Christmas day, we just popped them in the oven for 20 minutes and they were ready. I was just busy shopping and wrapping gifts. Christmas had gone and compared to what I used to back in RP, it wasn’t merry at all – the consolation is I am with my own family.

It’s New Year’s Eve and we don’t even know what we are going to do tonight. I’m at work now and though it’s not busy, being here I can’t plan and do anything on what are we going to do tonight or tomorrow. Since I got here, we celebrate New Year with Mcj’s brother and his family. We party (drink, dance, do karaoke, etc) and watch fireworks on midnight. This year, it’s all a blur. Mcj said, N (my sis-in-law) is conning him to go to the New Year’s Eve Square Dance. I told him that he should go and he’ll just pick us up at home when it’s finished and we can to go N’s place. But I didn’t hear any development about it. We might end up watching fire works in the telly at this rate.

Oh well, enough ranting. I think, staying home for the New Year for the first time would be fine. We will be fine. At least we won’t need safety equipment in case something might come up when we’re on the go.

Fruit Bat

I am quite glad that Jens has taken into liking fruit like grapes, blue berries, rock melon, water melon, cherries, etc. These fruit are in abundance now so it’s fun to buy them (like picking in the orchard) plus they are cheap.

I can feed him fruit for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and he won’t complain. When the going gets tough – that is when he’s whinging, popping grapes or blue berries in his mouth does the trick. Water melon and rock melon are favourites too! They are juicy and make him slurp the juice.

The poor old banana had been set aside. I have a couple in the freezer waiting for me to turn them into banana cake.

But he’s not taken into some of the stone fruit. We bought heaps two weeks ago and I found out over the weekend that they were all rotten. I think, it’s their smell and unique taste. I’m not taken into them myself. I haven’t tried him on the fruit of Pomegranate trees though. Maybe, one of these days, we’ll buy him some. We’re always having fun trying him on to something new especially fresh food.

Monday, December 29

The Long Weekend That Was

I didn’t ask for an extra day off from the office this season. I reckon, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are enough days for me to rest and play. We haven’t planned of going away so there’s no need for it anyway. I wanted to go somewhere but by the time we actually decided to book, there were no resorts in the coast that are available in our timeshare club. So I gave up.

I truly appreciate our staying home in the past long weekend. I was able to do some household chores in my own time, relax and unwind with my one-and-a-half-men, and have fun.

Saturday, we went to the park to feed the birds, ducks mostly (after dashing to the shop to buy some munchies – not promotional product). (I will upload photos soon I’ve transferred them from my camera). It was funny as our feed was rice pops so Jens alternately put a handful in his mouth and throwing to the pond. We also tried the playground. He loved the rocking turtle but the slippery slide was better. I was scared for him as it was a bit high and the steps leading the top are made of stainless metal and not really for his age. Despite of me staying at the top and his Daddy at the bottom to catch and guide him, I was still not convinced that he was fine. We tried to distract him with the see-saw, merry go-round and the swing but he always came back to the slide. In the end, we just decided to leave amidst the flailing hands and kicking legs.

We’ve been asking him if he wants to go for a swim the next day, and he would nod his head.

The next day came and it was drizzling in the morning. We wouldn’t have an idea what’s going on in his head, is he disappointed that it is raining and we can’t go to the pool or what? By noon, the weather favoured the little boy so we left for the pool. He used his floaties for the first time and he was thrilled by them. It was helpful in a way but he still swallowed too much water – so much so that he burped when he was out of the pool. What can floaties do when he opens his mouth almost all the time? We taught him to close his mouth and he did momentarily and then opened it again when he’s going underwater.

Though swimming was long been awaited, it wasn’t that that caused the big drama of the day. It was him wanting to drive the car. Before we left for the swim, Mcj put him on the driver’s seat and let him steer the wheel and wouldn’t leave it at all. He was screaming all the way to the pool. Thanks to blueberries, it was sort of manageable. The same drama happened on the way back. He and Daddy even stayed in the car park and in the garage for a couple of minutes to give in to his wishes. But he needs to rinse the chlorine off. He was inconsolable when he got off the car. We’ve agreed in the car with a screaming match in the background that we’re going to buy him a steering wheel to be attached to the back of the seat but now I’m thinking, we might need to buy him a car that he can get on and steer. Daddy has his eyes on the electric car already. I just hope this fancy would soon fade out.

Christmas Fun

How was your Christmas everyone? I’m sure it was fun. And I hope despite of it being commercialised every passing year, deep within we didn’t forget the true meaning of Christmas.

Our family had Christmas lunch with the in-laws. Although, I missed the way Christmas is celebrated in the Philippines with my family, what we had here was closed to what I long for. Sharing laughter with family, eating good food and wine (or any drinks) and playing Santa. I didn’t expect to receive anything (nor Mcj of any silk ties) as what I wanted was already granted but we received gift cards. I thought then, more shopping for me but I was able to curb my desire to spend them the next day. We don’t really need anything now so I thought; we’ll just save it to shop for the little boy’s wardrobe for the next season.

So, what did you do last Christmas?

Friday, December 26

Wednesday, December 17

Tuesday Toot #1


I'm working from home again today. The power in the office was switched from the generator to main but the aircon is still now working. The expected time of restoration is tomorrow noon but we'll have to see.

Mcj rose up early today so I also crept out of bed while Jens was still asleep to get dress for the day. I was hoping to do some household chores before he woke up but that didn't happen. So I gave him his meds and breakfast early and turned my laptop earlier than usual so I can start working early as well.

It's a lazy day for me. More reading for me to do which at times bore me. But I have to do it anyway. No getting away from it. I have to know the new process so I can test when it is ready.

Since I sort of start early for work today, I am thinking of going to the shop to hunt for the elusive laptop again. I just have to have it, lest I'll be on the look-out forever. It's just me. If I set my mind to it, there's no getting out of it. That bad!

Hope you all have a pleasant day.

Tuesday, December 16

What I Want for Christmas?

I wanted Ipod for my birthday but I had second thoughts. Been reading some medical stuff and found that wearing earphones to listen to music are not good for the ears. Affect the hearing overtime plus the bacteria that you get from them earphone. So, I didn't push for it. I just throw the idea at the back of my mind. Don't really need it. I can just sleep or read in the train.

Then my inlaws gave me this:


A samsung T10 8GB MP3 player. Not Ipod but it's the next best thing to Ipod so I read, plus it is free so even better than Ipod, isn't it?

Mcj got a SatNav which I reckon would be in my car when I get one - that is I get my P license.

So want I really want for Christmas now? Nothing in particular at all. But I always love new clothes, and shoes and bags. :)

Monday, December 15

Busy Weekend, As Usual

It's not entirely because, it's close to Christmas.

Thursday, Jens had a chesty cough. Come Friday, his appetite is waning. Very unlikely of him who loves food. He just had an eye for custart and juice. He didn't eat much on Saturday, either. Then, he was running a temperature and dribbling. Cause obviously was teething. The same case on Sunday, so we took him to the clinic in the afternoon. He has a bit of a chest infection.

I had my driving lesson Monday morning. I am always busy on weekends since I started learning how to drive which by the way, according to my instructor, I'm faring well. I'm always juggling between housework and driving and stuff.

Okay, Sunday after the visit to the clinic, we bought take-away lunch and ate at the park. It was fun. We fed the birds with our left overs. But silly as I am, I tugged Mcj and Jens to go to the shop to hunt for the very elusive laptop bag that I want. And it is indeed elusive because we didn't find any but we didn't come home empty handed. As a matter of fact, we have our hands full, literally. In the spur of the moment, decided to shop for Christmas gifts. That's after we found out that the shop close an hour later.

We splurge for gifts a bit this year, since I reckon I have a job, we ought to. I was having a hard time choosing a gift for my parents-in-law until Mcj suggested we buy them chocolates. They don't need anything and they have a sweet tooth. I can now imagine my MIL complaining that they might need Fenphedra after the Yuletide season.

We came home late and decided not to cook dinner. We had pasta at the resto which Mcj liked. Then, the little boy had an excruciating peggy pain. Can't sleep and can't eat. We even walk the mile by putting him in the pram and walked up to the end of the street and back at almost midnight. It did good, so our effort wasn't in vain.

Yeah, it was busy but I am thankful today that Jens is alright now. And I am working from home for the remainder of the day and until further advised. The aircon in the office is broken. :)

Monday, December 8

Very Busy Weekend

I think the past weekend has been our the very busy since we got Jens. It is a consolation that I worked from home Thursday and Friday and then, today, I have spread-out some of the household chores in five days. I am not that flat-out doing them, though there are still some that needs to be done. But they can wait.

Anyway, we've been planning to check the location of my new office to check how far it is from the train station and what are the shops nearby but couldn't find the right timing. We are moving in this December so we can't delay the visit any longer. So we did last Saturday. It was quite long drive plus we got lost on the way there but we arrived safely. We just had a snacks on the cafe nearby and checked the distance to the train station. And boy, was it soo steep a hill that one would be panting on the way up. On the way home, we took the back route - where the nice views and sceneries are - especially the Mt. Cootha Lookout.

We just looked around, had ice cream and went home - got rained on the way.

Come Sunday, the weather was a tad gloomy. We talked of going to the pool but I wasn't excited because the weather was not on our side. By 10am, it was getting hot and the sun was up so we prepared for the big dip.

It was Jens first time but with his love of water, nothing was scaring him at all. Truth be known, it was us who were scared of his eagerness. He was so independent that our guidance felt like a restriction for him. He kept saying "more".

He discovered a game of climbing on the edge of the pool and going back down again. His suit is soo worn-out on the front of him crawling on the rough surface.
I took him to the playgroup and I witnessed how grown-up and independent he thinks he is. He went from one ride and toy to another. I was so surprised he knows how to rock himself on the rocking whale. My little boy is no longer a baby - yet he still smells like one. :)
We stayed for about 2.5 hours at the centre. It was so close to our home that we decided to rinse off the chlorine in the house. We were all worked-up and went to sleep. I woke up around 4pm to prepare dinner and make this yummy banana cake. I had one big over-riped banana that I don't want to give to the birds. What better way to use it than make a cake? I got an approval for the taste. Yay!

Thursday, December 4

Movember

Movember was pretty big in our office. An officemate sent out an email to all encouraging to join. It is not limited to men at all. Women can join - maybe, put a fake mo and all. There were 5 enthusiastic men that jumped in the wagon, nonetheless, everyone was as excited as them. Everybody was checking everyone's mo every week.

The big day was last November 27. The blokes organised a sausage sizzle lunch and everybody pitched in at least 10 bucks. Oh there were yummy food and cupcakes. Between the 5 of them, they raised more or less 1500. Not bad, isn't it?

The awarding was fairly fun and exciting. It was capped off with a keg of beer after office.




On the Movember facts:


Australia raised AUD$13,634,849 and 124,523 people joined in - the biggest of all.

The aim of Movember is to change this attitude, make men's health fun by putting the Mo back on the face of fashion and in the process raise some serious funds for key men's health issues.

Prostate Cancer: because every year 2,900 Australian men die of prostate cancer - equivalent to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.

Depression in Men: because one in six men suffer from depression at any given time but most don't seek help.


I'm sure that sum of money is greatly appreciated by the foundation - me too. Some might have done a little bit of hardwork but I'm sure not as much as using work holding and some heavy metal tools to raise that amount of money. It will be a great help for tackling men's health.

Working From Home

Our company is moving office this weekend but the office furnitures, files, etc will be moved starting today so some of us has to work from home - including me. We have skeleton force to man the fort, though.

It's a nice change even for just three days. No more getting up early and cramming to get ready. It's not like putting my feet up and take the home theater seating but definitely pleasant as there's no boss manning me. Let's face it, it's nice to work on your own. Though my boss is not the like that breath down your neck but working without pressure and on your own time is absolutely lovely.

We took Jens to day care late this morning. We went to the bank to apply for a mastercard supplement card for me. We went to the post office to pick-up some mail. And I'm back working here. I now have some connection problem to the servers in the office. But, I have some stuff to work locally, so no worries.

Now, I have a serious working to do.

Monday, November 24

Early Weekend

The last one was, that is.

Around 10am I heard a fire truck siren. It seems so close yet I am not aware of the fact that it was actually outside our office. Then my co-workers were rushing to the window to have a look and only then I realised what was happening.

The power pole where our power in office is connected was smouldering. There was only a few centimetres left on the top that connects to the bar where the power lines are attached. It looked like termites had been gnawing at it. A few minutes later, we were advised to vacate the building. I only grabbed my personal gears and left my machine on. We waited across the street but eventually were advised to leave for the day.

It’s funny that once loss is our gain. Yeah, our company lost valuable time that we could have been working – alas I left my machine, I could have worked from home. So, it was an early weekend for me.

Saturday, November 22

What the World is up to

...when I was born?

Tagged by Leah.




In 1977 (the year you were born)



Jimmy Carter becomes president of the US



Most of the 10,000 Vietnam War draft evaders are pardoned by President Carter



Singer Anita Bryant starts her "Save Our Children" crusade against gay rights



Elvis Presley dies in his Graceland bathroom



Congress creates a Department of Energy



Anwar Sadat flies to Jerusalem in a dramatic gesture of willingness to discuss peace



Orlando Bloom, Shakira, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liv Tyler, and Ludacris are born



New York Yankees win the World Series



Oakland Raiders win Superbowl XI



Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup



Swedish music group ABBA passes The Beatles as having most records sold



Star Wars is the top grossing film



The Shining by Stephen King is published



"You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone spends the most time at the top of the US charts



Three's Company premieres

Just Ranting

Travelling by train everyday gives me so much insight about people. I commute with almost the same person almost everyday. We waited at the station to get onto the same car; the same people get on and off the train in the same station. It’s like knowing their schedule without even talking to them.

There are some people who are courteous and real gentlemen. There are also daft and jerk.

Yesterday, I was so pissed off. There were lots of people standing up while there was a vacant seat next to the wall. I was standing up but I didn’t pushed to seat to the vacant seat because I don’t want to disturb those who are sitting to get up and let me through (and because they look like they need NV diet pills to let somebody like me in). Why can’t they just move to the vacant seat and let somebody sit where they were sitting? Then, someone who was sitting got off, and what did the person sitting next to her did? Move to her sit and vacate the one that’s close to the wall. Didn’t even offer to somebody if they want to take the seat. Grrr...

I told Mcj about it and he said, common decency and courtesy is apparently not common these days. My experiences really prompted me/us to inculcate to Jens good manners and right conduct and start at an early age.

Tuesday, November 18

Something We Both Love

One of our clients is a hardware/warehouse/timber dealer/etc. Every time I visit there, I always get amazed with the different sorts of bathroom products (some might be Delta faucets) available in the market. Why you think, I particularly notice the bathroom products? Because it’s within the isle where we always dilly dally to kill sometime until our meeting. I’m always fascinated with home furnishings anyway.

These past couple of weekends, we’ve been spending sometime in one of the biggest hardwares close to our home. It’s so easy to get lost. The isles are huge, the stocks are almost innumerable.

I thought before, I won’t be interested in shopping for timber, tools, etc. But I was wrong. With the vast choices available, it’s so much fun thinking which one is better than the other. A sales attendant’s advice is always necessary and sought for. And Mcj, I reckon loves shopping for these stuffs. At least, we agree in this department.

Working Mum

That’s me. I have been an absentee in the blog world for quite sometime now. Why? I’ve joined the Aussie workforce three months ago. And so far, so good – both in the home front and my career.

I’m now a newbie in the IT consulting industry (though there are more logistics jobs). The job description is closely similar to my previous job in RP but the system is completely different.

My going out to work is a big change for our family. It is a great leap from being a stay-at-home Mum that I used to be. It means missing Jens.

It is one of the biggest decisions we’ve made. And it was made not just on the financial factors. We reckoned, it will also be good for Jens as he won’t be that dependent on us and make him sociable. True enough! It only took a couple of weeks or so for him to settle down in day care and now he is enjoying it. He’d grown so quick, I reckon, and knows so many things now. He’d made friends – with the other kids and the staff as well. I’ve been told by several staffs that he is very clever – mimics their every move and smiles and waves to everybody.

He was assigned to a baby room when we enrolled him and after a couple of months, he was transferred to the toddler room. And just that, made me cry. Yeah, because he’s no longer a baby. Even I can attest to that. Well, didn’t we all want our kids to grow up quick?

I know I am missing a lot in Jens’ growing up years but I’m striking while the iron is hot. We want to retire sooner rather than later.

We are all so looking forward to evenings and weekends. Catching up time, cuddle time, play time and most especially Jens showing off what he learned in “school” – there is always something new almost everyday.

Filipino Fix

Most of us, Pinoys who lives overseas long for Pinoy food or any products. And finding an asian shop that sells Pinoy foods is definitely a cure for homesickness.

I am momentarily cured. I work just a few blocks away from an Asian shop that sells primarily of Pinoy food. The owner is a Filipino. I had my fix today.

What I really miss from all these? Corned beef.

There are more there – frozen kananin, frozen plantain banana, bar of detergents that I only found in RP, Filipino brand of shampoo and conditioner, etc (but haven’t seen a fat burner).

I’m just pissed though that I only found it out now that we are moving office on the 1st week of December. By then, I can’t just take a lunch break and go there. I have to make a special trip. Asar!

Monday, November 10

Tennis Talk

I know I am bad. Even with the economic meltdown that the world is facing now, I still can’t help it to plan for something that needs a dip in the hip pocket. Notwithstanding the expenses that we might incur on our trip back to RP next year.

My ex-workmate back in the Philippines is a big fan of Roger Federer. She came back to RP from her holiday in the US with a sports magazine with Roger’s face on the cover. It was the first time that I heard of or read his name. The next year after that, I had a chance to see his game in the Australian Open – just in the tube. But right there and then, I like him. And the admiration grows as I came to hear and read news about his personality plus hearing praises of the commentators while he is playing. I found him very down to earth. My judgement may not be that sharp but I share the same opinion of him not just with my then officemate but also with my mother-in-law (who I reckon is very sharp). My high regard of RF runs deep as it is not only based on the superficial qualities, I don’t really find him so pleasing to the eyes and his tennis skills is somewhat below his par now, but also on his attitude. Mcj once said that he is successful mostly because of his attitude.

Okay, back to where I was, I just checked the tickets for the Australian Open next year. I’ve told myself that I should see Roger play live before he retires from tennis. But I think, next year AO is not the time yet. Going to Melbourne for just the AO would be lame, I want to go shopping and sight seeing as well. In short, it will not just be a trip that will be planned in the spur of a moment. It’s not like hiring New York movers to go Down Under. It should just be well-planned and long thought of.

So, I found a compromise – Brisbane International. The new tennis stadium in Brisbane, Tennyson, will be for the first time used for the Brisbane International tennis tour. It is an event just a week or so shy of the AO. I have doubts if Roger will be there as I haven’t seen him played even once in Hopman Cup in Perth for these past years – this event is also leading the AO. Yet, I would be happy just to see the other big names and faces of the tennis world. All we just need are to take the train to town and a couple of hundreds of bucks.

Thursday, October 30

Up To Something!

Read this somewhere:
And remember that a baby who is quiet for a very long time could be enjoying entertainment of a dangerous or messy kind! Instead of enjoying the peace, check quickly!

My mother-in-law always reminds me that when the young ones are quite, they are up to something cheeky. And yes, so true!

We were all at the living room watching telly, talking and Jens playing with his toys or from time to time walk from the kitchen back to the lounge. We were used of him away for a minute. Little did we know that he had ventured off to the toilet and pulled the tissue from the roll, making heap on the floor and the card board roll in the toilet bowl. He just gave us all a cheeky grin when he was caught.

Now, I’m getting wary if he’s gone quite for a few seconds so, I am always on the alert mode especially when he’s in the kitchen as he has a fetish on opening the cupboard under the kitchen sinks where the potatoes and onions on one side are kept and the cleaning stuff on the other.

When I know that there are just the two of us around, I let him play but I always check on him. And actually, Jens is a show-off baby. He always wants somebody to look at him when he’s doing something – might want to be an actor someday. :)

Spend-thrift

Even if the economy is on the verge of recession or according to some economist/business analyst/blah, we are already on it, I’m always on the spending mode. Much to Mcj’s annoyance.

I can’t help it. I am not spending all the time but if I conceived something in my mind, I would immediately hop in front of the machine and look it up the net, check the features, uses, read reviews, know the prices, where I can buy it, etc. Along the way, I would find something interesting then one thing lead to another. And because sometimes, I just left the browser open on my computer, what will hit your eyes when you look at my screen would be shopping websites.

Talking of the most controversial hobby and my favourite “sports”, I have been brewing some ideas for presents for our rellies when we go for a holiday next year. Some wholesale items that can be bought at the coast. I know the name of the place and some products that they sell. I also know somebody working there, I don’t know where is the store. But that’s easy to remedy. The biggest problem is, would Mcj agree with my budget? I’m crossing my fingers.

Thursday, October 23

The Weekend That Was

This sounds late but our last weekend was as usual busy. It didn’t rain so I was able to do my two weeks washing and dry them. I cooked dinner for 2 days. I think, I am confident now that I can be able to construct a meal from scratch.

We watched the movie The Shawshank Redemption that I recorded last weekend. We’ve seen it before but I want to have a copy of it. And it’s our hobby to watch movies that we like over and over again.

It was Mcj’s happy today last Sunday. Not an eventful day because he was and still is busy at work.

I had another driving lesson, early Sunday for 1.5 hours. The instructor, D, said that I’m getting there. My steering and speed control is getting better. Turning is now a minor problem. We went through reverse parking, simple parking, u-turn in a T-intersection, three point turn, etc. Got another lesson next week.

How’s your weekend? I hope it was fun and you didn’t use weight loss pills to shed those unwanted pounds gained from weekend indulgence and decadence.

Thursday, October 16

Soup Recipe

Almost every weekend, I make soup for Jens and Mcj. I don't have a recipe for it. I don't use too many different ingredients or something dear. Nor do I buy something special for it, say adding a new item on my shopping list. I don't but I am proud of my cooking.

When we have chicken wings for dinner, we don't cook the bonny part. We cut it up. Used to give to the cat, but Lucky doesn't like them anymore. There goes my meat. Sometimes, some of them will have this un-grown feathers in them, I took them off. I cut up a couple of carrots, some cubes of pumpkin and a piece of potato cut in four. Plus my special ingredient, split peas (or you can use any beans). Jens doesn't like the skin, it sticks in his mouth or whatever reason it. He just simply doesn't like it. Split peas have no skin in them. The peas or beans will thicken the soup. I also throw in whatever left over is in the fridge. No salt or seasoning. Slow cook for about two hours or until thick enough. By then all the ingredients will be mashy.

It is yummy. It will taste, naturally sweet because of the pumpkin and carrot. Your kids will love it. It doesn't need so much effort to do. All natural flavours.

And the chicken wings? If you don't like the bones, you can fish it out and give to the birds or cats or whatever.

I haven't taken any photos. It's not that my SD card is full. It just didn't occur to me to take some photos. :) Maybe this weekend.

Borrow, Don't Buy

That's my motto when it comes to books.

Since, I found out that I can borrow books (read: paperbacks) that are just recently published from our subur's library, I don't spend on books anymore. I know that buying books is like building up a collection and I really know the feeling of amassing them. But for now, I don't want to create more mortgage for me. We are running out of storage space. :)

Registering at the library was one of the best things that I ever did to save money. I get to read the latest release without having to spend a penny. Well, a penny maybe for the fuel in going to and fro.


I also get to borrow audio materials and some books for Jens. Because let's face it, however many the kids books are, they will eventually get tired of them. :) So variety is a like a holiday.

I've borrowed so much and read so many but there's one book that I would love to recomment to everybody. Sundays at Tifanny by James Patterson. I don't really know how to give a good review but I will give this one a thumbs up. It is a very light read, words are so simple to understand, just your common English words, simple story, too few characters but you can't put it down.


Wise Spending

Buying stuff for you child needs a lot of thinking. Babies grow up so quickly and before you know it, they become toddler, junior, kindy, so on. It is important to plan things before you buy them.

Clothes can be outgrown in a span of two months. And if you're like me who does the washing just every week, you need to have at least 10 pairs to make both ends meet. So buying at least 10 pairs every two months is a pain. Literally to the pockets. So what I do, is buy clothes that I see will fit him for the next six months or so. And I don't really buy expensive clothes for Jens. It's just impractical.

But it's a different story when it comes to stuff that he can use until he is 3 years - like pram. Yeah, his pram can hold a 17kg child, so he'll still be using it until he might be two years. But he's not actually using it now. Just when we are going for a long day out that he needs to sleep - which he doesn't do actually.

Stuff like cot, high chair (like Stokke Tripp Trapp maybe), toys, books, etc also needs to be invested.

But I can't really say, I'm a wise spender.. but at least I'm trying.

Monday, October 6

On The Wheels!

I finally got on the wheels last weekend. I booked a lesson for an hour last Sunday. Before that, Mcj let me took over the wheels from the gate up to the curb close to the house on Saturday. We had another session Sunday morning and after my lesson with the instructor.

So far, not good enough! :)

I need more practice. I have another lesson with Dave on Sunday for 2 hours. You bet I'll have another run around the place before that so I am not wasting time learning the basics during the paid lesson.

Tired!

acne. I got something like it now in the area between my eyes, just at the top of the bridge of my nose. It's the famous spot for zits. It's not the type of the month. I can't say that I always get it, though I have an oily skin. It's just a sign of lack of sleep.

Two nigts ago, Jens was not feeling well. He was whingy and at mitnight he was running a temperature. Worst of all, we ran out of baby paracetamol. (We went shopping that day but daggy Mum forgot to buy.) So I just put ice pack on his neck to cool him down. At 3PM, all the ice had melted so Mcj wet a rag and we wound it on Jens' neck. He wasn't that whingy at all. I was just worried that his temperature would shot up. Jens even wanted to play so we did until we both got tired (I was actually tired). I expected him to sleep but didn't. He was awake at six and went back to bed at 7:30. Unfortunately for me, I have to get up then to do my weekly routine.

I haven't made up for my lost sleep yet. Maybe tonight so this old zit will go away soon.

Saturday, September 27

Shop-shop-shop

I've been doing some online shopping today and found these lovely clothes.

It's just a shame that the shop does not accept paypal. I don't like shopping online using my credit card, that's why.
Well, I might be able to go to the shop next week anyway so I'll just drop by and check them out.
Got to dash out now, have to check if I've kept Jens' passport in our safe little box.

Thursday, September 25

Finally!

Mcj's most awaited dental procedure was over.

Yesterday was a big day for him. It had been postponed for over a month and he was just happy that the time has come.

But, boy! We waited at the hospital for over 5 hours. Good thing there was a telly so I didn't loose my bearings.

The surgery was done under GA so I have to stay with him to keep an eye after the procedure. Mcj was sort of apprehensive and cautious of being under GA. He actually thought of the worst, not waking up. I didn't entertain the thought but I got scared only when he was out of the recovery room. Isn't it ironic?

Anyway, we are all glad that it's over. Though we're not happy with our health provider - it just shouldered $800 bucks of the whooping bill$$$$$. We'll soon say bye-bye to them.

Tag Me More

only if you're prepared to wait for a looooong time for me to post about it. :) I'm kinda busy these days.

Anyway, thanks Leah for this.
I love the blogs of these people and I’m glad to pass this award onto them! All they need to do is to leave the following message on their post when they pass the award on to their chosen eight bloggers.

They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this.



Hey Ladies: Eds, Mitch, Mich, Joy, Arlene, Dangkin, Vk and Yums, let's spread the love.

It's the Weather

It’s not been a month yet that we are in spring but it already feels like summer. Heat at 29 degrees is only most common on summer’s day but hey, nobody can stop it.

The weather is in extreme here. Winter was real cold – some even experienced the coldest for more than 20 years or so. Seems like we won’t have spring at all, just straight to summer.

I envy those who are just starting to building their house as they can design their auto air conditioning for efficient use. But with this heat, I reckon efficient or not, you’re going to spend money for the power in order to have a comfortable summer.

Friday, September 19

This and That and All

Our income stream has just been amplified recently. (Do you think, I can now afford las vegas hotels?) Which means, more shopping for Mummy. NOT! We’ve spent quite a lot for the past years – migration process, me flying back and forth the Philippines, etc., that we’ve made a dent on our savings. So for now, it’s payback time.

We’re working on increasing our budget for our trip back to the Philippines. A trip which is always on the making. I don’t see ourselves making the trip this year but we want to make sure that we’re going to fly back home before Jens turns 2 years old – which he will have to pay for adult fare. We’ve checked the airfare in Qantas and it is whooping dear. Oh well, we’ll be there when we’re there.

Missing Telly

Since I am always busy for a month now, I don’t get to watch my favourite telly shows anymore – like, classic All Saints, In the Night Garden (Jens’), M*A*S*H, etc. Plus all those reports. Consolation is, at least I don’t get to see reports that are very disturbing or petty – celebrity this and that is under a drug treatment or this icon is in drug rehab, blah.

There are lots of things that I miss. I know. Blogging is on the top. But mind you, though how busy I am, I get to see movie/s at night. We have an ever increasing collection of movies that I feel compelled to see them and it’s my de-stressor. Yet, I still get to sleep before 11PM. The beauty of not doing anything after dinner or of not making any dinner at all.

But on the blogging front, someday I can make it up to you friends. Things would go quite eventually and I can fit in blogging on top of the things that I have to do.

We're a Spectacle

Mcj had just availed one of the extras in our family health insurance – spectacles.

We set the eye check-up appointment almost a month in advance for the two of us. Then, during that day I decided to drop by the library to borrow some text books so we were half hour late and because it took half an hour for each person, the optometrist can only accommodate one because he had another patient coming in half an hour time. Ok. So, I pass up that day.

But before leaving the shops, we booked me another appointment which is tomorrow. I’ve already chosen the type of spectacles that I want when we picked-up Mcj’s. I was allowed to choose a dearer pair as we got a discount voucher from Mcj’s niece. A whooping 40%, that’s on top of our family health insurance rebate. But I am still expecting cash out of at least 200 bucks. But it might be lower than that. Well, see.

Wednesday, September 3

Iggle Piggle :)

Jens had been missing his favourite telly show, In The Night Garden. I can’t really tell how much but from what I heard from his Nan and Dad, he missed quite a lot. When he stayed home last Monday, and accidentally turn the telly on Channel 2 (where the show is aired), he was beaming from ear to ear and actually making a fuss about all the characters. We’re supposed to buy him DVD or books of the show but we forgot when we were at the shop.


I got some downloadable audio books but he is not up to them yet. They’re too grown-ups in style that they won’t interest the Big guy. But he loves books so for now, his book collection will do plus a little increment every time we go to the shop is very much appreciated.

Changes

There’s just not enough time during the day to do all my tasks. I’m not that busy at night but most often I ended up going to sleep early when I get Jens to sleep. It is only sometimes when some of my bones are energised that I get to face the computer – to blog, reply to emails, chat, or just plainly surf and read. Just like tonight.

I am not that busy but I am just stressed so I de-stress most of the times rather than resorting to acne treatment in the future.

But truth be told, I love my schedule now. I get to be more organised. Yes, I need more practise in that department so this is the perfect time to do it. Plus, I am honing my motherly instincts and skills. I plan in advance and tend to remember stuff that I need to do unlike before when I don’t have a schedule, I slack all the time. Then, I do multi-task but I still waste time. Now, I just waste time when my hands were already full that I have to do a second round.
Oh well, changes come and I am coping well.

Thursday, August 28

Window Shopping

Been checking up the site of Review Australia to check if they have new style in pants. You know, it is the only brand where I can buy pants that fit me. So far. And oh so I love the style of their pants. They are hipster and the fit is really fab. Plus the fabric feels nice to the skin. They have pretty tops too but a wee exxy for my taste. Though the same goes with the pants but because as I've said, they are the only brand that I know where I can buy my size, the price is out of the question.

I noticed though that the style of their pants are almost the same. Hummm. Yeah, I have almost identical pants.

Anyway, enough said and window shopping. Have to check this Chicago personal injury lawyers, if what really there business is about.

Sunday, August 17

L for

losers.. hehehe. That's Mcj talking.

It's for Learner's, I would say. Yes, I now have my L permit - got a perfect score when I took the test. :)


But I haven't hit the road yet. No time to do it plus no car that would be small enough for me to drive. Have yet to buy one - maybe soon. Mcj might just surprise me one day. Hehehe.

When I got my permit, he said one terrorist will hit the road. Hahaha. He doesn't have confidence in me to be a good driver as I can't even manage the strollers properly.

Well, let's see.

Friday, August 8

Some Thoughts on Dating

Thanks, sis for this tag.

Players: Ozzy’s Mom Me,Myself + 2 Kidd Designs Fun.Fierce.Fabulous Life is What we Make it Joys in Life Photo Blog Permanence in Change l YOUR BLOGS

1. When was your first kiss and where? I was close to 25 and in a cinema. Bwahaha!

2. When was your first real relationship and how long did it last? I was almost 25 years old and it lasted almost 2 years but it was on and off. Real bang matawag yon? :)

3. What age were you allowed to date? My parents were not vocal about it but I made it myself. Only if I got a job. :) Strict, eh.

4. What’s the craziest thing you did (for love) when you were a teenager? I was not inlove yet when I was a teen.

5. How long was your longest relationship and what’s the secret? 4 Years and counting. I'm married to him. Hehehe. Need I say more?

6. How long did you date before you decided to settle down? With my husband? more than a year.

7. How did you know he was the ONE? You will just know. Instinct!

8. Now, at what age will you allow your kid(s) to date? When he's ready and so are we. I can't really tell.

9. When it comes to your kids dating, will you be a cool parent or a strict parent? Depends on the situation. I cant tell yet.

10. What piece of advice can you give to your child when they start dating? Never get a girl pregnant if you are not ready to be a father. Hehehe.

I had fun. But got to go, have to check the movers New York site.

Though I'm tagging Leah and Joy.

Online Diva

Mich, thank you for this.

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The button is a Flair created by Litzie!

Rule:
1. Post the button in your blog.
2. Please link back to the person that gave the button to you.
3. If you have more than one blog, please post this to all of your blogs so your other blogs can be listed to the master list too.
4. You need to pass the button to at least 4 people that you think are also divas in any way.
5. Come back here and leave your post url so you can be added to the master list and help increase our rankings.
6. Please add to the list below a reason why you love being online all the time.

Reasons why I am an Online Diva:

1. Litzie - It helps me pass time when I’m at work and don’t have any patient to attend to.

2. Kathycot - Because it serves as my past time plus it gives me moolah for my kapricho’s

3. Joanne - It keeps me awake at work and of course, extra ka-ching!

4. Dzoi - Because I’m an Internet Junkie. I just love everything about the Internet. I can work from home, find clients all around the world, get updates on old friends and meet new people.

5. Aggie - Im an online diva because the internet has given me a life outside staying at home. It gives me enough to add to the money we have. It has given me a hobby I love so much

6. Mich - I love to be online. Just like Dzoi, I can work from home, blog, and even earn too. It’s also fun having online friends and community. I can also shop online and at the same time grab some freebies for my hobby.

7. Happymum - Internet has given me answers to those questions that I can't find answer from books or magazines. It has generated me extra income, gained more friends, created me hobbies, keep me in touch with my friends, retail theraphy (at times when I'm checking out modern furniture and keep me sane when the going gets tough.

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I'm tagging wirelessbliss, arlene, mitch, eds and idealpinkrose.

Monday, August 4

Coffee, Anyone?

Got this from Eds. Thanks heaps sis.

These cups are really pretty. Reminds me of the jar set that we saw in a shop - matching coffee, tea and sugar jars. I told Mcj to buy me them for a mother's day gift in the future. But he has to wait until we have pretty counter tops ( like bar sinks) to match. Whimsical eh!

By the way, all of you peeps who frequent my blog deserve this. Thank you for the visits.

Diamond Award

Thanks, Arlene and Mich for this award. I really appreciate it sis. Thoughtful of you even if these days, I'm really a slack.

Can I give this award to everybody who don't get tired of reading my blog? Please, pretty please.. :)

Shoe Tag

Thanks, Mich for this tag. :) A long overdue one but better late than never eh.

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What’s your shoe size? Are your feet the same size as your mom’s feet? How about your sister’s feet? Can you borrow shoes from each other?

Post a picture of your latest shoe buy. Tag the number of women of your shoe size, i.e. size 5 = tag 5 friends. Don’t forget to drop a line in this blog when you’re done.

- Jenny and Belle- SAHMdom and Beyond- The Journey Continues…- Mommy Talks…- When Mom Speaks- Walk on Red- Mommy Talks…- Random Thoughts- Permanence in Change - your blog here

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I was size 6 before I gave birth, now I'm size 6.5 (I wonder though why did my shoe size got bigger after giving birth? Is it because I gained weight? Not that I am worried about it that would resort me to take diet pills with all the rave Fenphedra review). My sisters and Mum have bigger feet. They borrow shoes from each other, not from me though. The younger cousins got all my hand-me-down shoes.

Haven't taken photos of my last buy but they are black boots with 3 inches heels. :)

Now, I'm tagging Wirelessbliss, JoyD, Idealpinkrose, Arlene, Mitch and Eds.

Monday, July 28

Friday Meme

Thanks Mitch for inviting me in this Friday meme. And I love your questions huh. They really make me think, as if I do really think. :)

Q: JULY 25 - Looking back the days when you were still single, how would you differentiate your life now? How do you keep up with you busy schedule every day?

I could say that my life has been a complete turn-around. 360 degrees max. I used to be very busy at work, shopping and going out with friends on weekdays including Saturdays. Sundays were well, the typical Sunday - washing, cleaning, church time, some time for Hubs online, sleeping in and pigging out.
Now that I am a SAHM, I sleep in most of the days. My hands are always full but I am not that busy. Life is much more exciting. Common complaint I heard from Pinoy living overseas is having no full time help. I realise, if you are a SAHM there's really not much to do other than attending to your little ones whims and wishes. With the modcons available, everything is just a push-button and waiting for sometime.
But well, being a SAHM has just grown on me. It is still too early for me to say anything but so far so good. And they said, things just couldn't get any better as it go.
I wonder though when I am finally joining the corporate rat race, if I could still say the same. Hopefully yes. I have a very supportive husband. What else could I ask for.
Oh yeah, life has been good to me. It is never like this when I was single. I have a one-and-a-half-men that are always there for me. And no debt collection agencies chasing after me. Kidding!

Kadamu Award

Thanks Idealpinkrose for this award.

Though this really makes me wonder what kadamo means. In my native tongue, it means many.

I pass on this award to my frequent visitors. You all deserve it, friends.

I Ramble...

I know, I know. I've been a slack in blogging. I haven't updated this blog for a long while. Nor have I visited your blog recently. I have a very valid excuse err.. reason. Yeah. My Little Tatapilla. Now that he has started walking on his own, it's too hard to leave him on his cot. He wants to wander around the house, visit every room - including bathroom and toilet. When it is sunny, he likes playing outdoors - pushing his trike and bike or just watching the birds. Sure, he plays on his own but when left on the floor he gets into every mischief possible - pulling the wires including those of like CAT6 cables, pulls everything, plays with the remote controls, climbs on anything and whatever comes to his mind. I tell you, I have more time in my hands when he was just a happy jappy lying on his bouncinette than now. But, I am not complaing. My boy is really now a big GUY. And he is just such a delightful little creature that you can imagine.

On the weather side, it's getting colder and colder her by the day - a little over 10 degree. And according to the forecast, it will be this way for the following days due to glacial crash something. This is something new and first to me here in down under. Everyone is getting sniffles.

Wednesday, July 16

To The Pet Lovers

I was not big on pets before. We do have dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, and birds when I was growing up but I really didn't take care of any of them. Sure there were times that I had to feed them but that was the most that I did. No more tender loving care. Nor caring much for them at all. Now, I have a different tune. Though I don't give Lucky (our cat) TLC, I care for him. I sometimes feed him when Mcj is busy or not around. I pick up his food from the supermarket. For me, that's enough effort to show that I care and love him.

Veering off from that, if you are a pet lover there is a website that you can join and meet people with the same interest as yours. Isn't that interesting? I know that there are people around your neighbourhood that have pets but joining a pet social network will give you more access to information about your pet, some tips and even develop a friendship - in a wide range aspect. Plus, joining in zootoo means supporting a group that gives assistance to pet shelters and rescue group. It's joining for a cause.

Saturday, July 5

Beauty Freebies

Look here.. look here. I got freebies, again. This is the third time that I received a goodie box from Maybelline. And wow, it always excites me.

It says in the card, I won it from the contest. I'm a lucky girl. Hehehe.


The box contains the dream matte collection of concealers, powder, foundation, blush, shadow and bronzer.

With all these freebies, it looks though that Maybelline wants me to start wearing makeup. I've started using the lipsticks, so what's next?

Money for the Piggy Bank.

Our health insurance provider de-mutualise recently. We heard the news first in May. As a result, member would receive payment because of it. We received a check yesterday - it would have been sitting in the mail box for at least a week. It was good. Money for the piggy bank.

We upgraded our medicare supplement last year when Jens was born and when I got my medicare card. True, our premium had doubled. Apparently, the payout from the demutualisation was based on the cover so we received a little bit more. Well, we pay more so we received more.

We have to wait for the check to clear before we can transfer the money to our savings account with high interest rate.

Cool Dude

The little boy is on retail high (so is Mummy). I used to see my Mummy friends before buying stuff for their kids even if that was not the purpose why we went to the shops. Now, I exactly do the same. May it be books, clothes, toys or just anything for the little boy.


We've been to the shop many times these past days and we always get something for him. Just like this Jeep trike.



It wasn't the reason why we were at the shop. We were looking for a car/truck toy. But couldn't find any and on our way out, we saw this and tried him onto it. He's wee small for it but he'll grow into it eventually. I guess we bought it because of the cool factor. Hehehe.

Profession Tag

I'm sort of like busy these days - errand here and there, trip to the shops back and forth (not that I am shopping for an LCD mount).

Anyway, this tag is very long overdue but better late than never, right sis? So here goes:

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Copy and paste everything to a new post and Add your name next to your profession (or profession-to-be for undergrads) in the list. Make sure your name is linked to your blog/webbie.
Tip: For easier capture of links, paste into your blog using the “Visual” (for WP) and Compose (for Blogger) modes (not Edit HMTL or HTML).
2. If your profession is not in the list then simply add it to the correct alphabetical place. For example, if you want to add PLUMBER then it should be placed in between ONCOLOGIST and QUEEN.
3. Tag as many people as you can and witness how your technorati will explode!
4. Don’t forget to link back. In your case, link back to Era.

THE WORLD CLASS PROFESSIONS
Blogger -
Doctor -
Nurse - Mckhoii,
Stay-at-Home-Mom - Mai, Alpha, Yen
Secretary- Arlene
Teacher -
University Employee - Suzanne

This tag has been around for long that I guess almost everyone has done it so I'm not tagging anybody at all. :)

Sunday, June 29

Injured

Our Lucky is sporting a broken left paw and is a hoppy. This may sound cruel as it is, but the wilflife around here has never been safer.

He had a catfight one night, might be with a dog or cat. I saw blood droplets on the landing the next day and he was nowhere in sight. We thought he was badly injured. He showed up in the middle of the day hopping.

Now, he needs a ladder inorder to get to his food. He just lurks around the house day in and out. The birds are teasing him - feeding lazily in the backyard even if he's nearby. It might be frustrating for Lucky.

Thankfully though, despite his injury, his appetite was never low. We still buy the same amount of cat supplies.

Sunday, June 22

Our Weekend

How's your weekend everyone? Ours was busy though not anymore. We are now relaxing infront of the pc while Jens sleeps away.


We had a pretty hectic Sunday. It is the 1st birthday of Jens' mate, H and the party was in the park in Bribie Island.


We haven't bought a gift before today so we went to the shop around lunch for that purpose but of course, who wouldn't be tempted to browse around. We actually did some shopping (for me). We got carried away from hopping from one store to the next that it was already 1.30 when we noticed the time and we haven't had lunch yet. Plus the "we don't have a gift yet" moment. So I hurried to the bookstore to grab some books and off we went to buy take-away and eat in the car on the way to the party.


As if we were not running late yet, we bumped into the ex-neighbour of Mcj at the parking lot. Blah blah blah.


Finally, we got to the party. It was very simple. What can you expect on a 1st bday party? Here, anyway. But the little boy had fun.



Though apart of me was somewhat worried when I see the news about a typhoon back home. It was said here that it was Southern Philippines so I thought, it was in Mindanao. Later, I saw Iloilo in the footage and it got me more worried, especially of my family. It is at times like this that term life insurance of the breadwinner is a must. This may sound odd, but I'm actually relieved that the place of my parents was not the center of the typhoon. But my heart aches for those who are affected particularly those in the ferry that capsized. It was just horrible.

Thursday, June 19

Sharing the Love

I thought sometimes that I want to be an organ donor. But, I haven't made up my mind yet. What's keeping me? I want Mcj's approval and he hasn't said anything about it. Yet!

This tag, for me is special. It's really sharing the love. I am moved. Thanks, Mich.

So, here are the rules Crystal gave:

“The rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **All I ask, is that you include a link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same**

As you may have recently seen on my side bar, I have finally created a custom blog award!! I have wanted to do this for a long time but never came up with something that “fit”. I didn’t want just anything. It had to be something that meant something to me. And what could mean more than Sharing the Love by giving you pieces of my heart??So I created this award in Honor Of The Donor That Saved Noah’s Life. I share this award with those of you whose love and friendship have enriched my life and made my world a better place.

I hope by passing this award around the blogging world we can all help raise awareness of the need for Organ Donation.

I'm sharing and spreading the love to Arlene, Mitch and Eds.

Saturday, June 14

A Long Drive

We went for a 3 hours drive return (to Miami, Goldcoast) today. It felt like going on forever. It was our longest drive here ever and I think, I am not used to long travel anymore because, I was getting anxious. Good thing is, we were mostly on the motorway so it was smooth except when Mcj tested the brakes of the 4WD - the truck infront of us halted a few second distance from us. Plus Jens slept most of the time, heavenly.

We didn't stay long though. But, however brief our stay was, this view make it worthy.

And an open view of the Pacific Ocean.

Friday, June 13

Worm-y Day

The little boy now knows how to slurp spaghetti. Look at the effort. Don't you think he's cute? Oh don't forget the dimples. At first, he can't finish slurping because he bite it but well, he's getting the hang of it. Bad thing is, he doesn't bite the food that you offer him rather slurp them.

He'll get used to slurping and biting soon. The mercury is dropping everyday and staying indoors is always an option (poor outdoor furniture) as well as feeding the pig in us.

Sunday, June 8

Happy Weekend!

It's a cool and gloomy weekend at our end. I can't really make up my mind if we're going out (to see the local show) or not. I wonder if Mcj is up to it despite the weather. Either way, I would be happy. Staying home means I can pursue with my reading that had been put-off for reasons that I don't know (busyness, I guess). Plus, I maybe able to finish playing chess with our wardrobe. I've been rearranging stuff for more than a week now. It is taking me so long because of the interuptions that can't be avoided nor ignored, like the whiney little boy. The only downside of staying home is eating a lot (but not too much that we would need diet pills to shed off the weight gain, if there is).


Oh, and there are movies to watch. So far, I've seen 3 movies just this weekend. We're half through the fourth one. Will post about them later.


For now, let me wish you a Happy Weekend friends.

Wednesday, June 4

At Last!

... nakapaglaba din ako.

It had been raining for more than a week and I was scheduled to do my week's laundry last Wednesday but it rained. So imagine the pile of dirty clothes we had. Two weeks laundry. I did three loads of washing - one yesterday noon and two today. The last batch was not quite dry but I picked them off the line as they'll get misty from the draught. I'll put them out the sun tom.

Wala kasi kaming dryer. In our state, we don't really need one except when it rain for more than a week. Our fresh clothes are running low but we can still get by for another week. I am more worried with the mould to attack those damp ones especially the towels.

I've told Mcj several times since last weekend that if the rain won't stop soon, we need to buy a dryer. So when the stars came out Monday night, he told me right away that I can do the laundry the next day. Takot baka mapabili kami ng dryer nang wala sa oras. :)

Tuesday, June 3

Cleanin' - cleanin'

The little boy's pockets were full of sand from the park. They scattered on the bed so Mcj tried to clean. A noise new to Jens was created and he was fascinated so he copied his Dad. Now, when we say "clean", he would right away do that motion - even on my face or his Dadss chest. But what mesmerized me was his ability to copy in a snap and can repeat it after another day. I'm really a proud Mum.

Saturday, May 31

Some Tips

Been reading my book and thought of sharing some of the tips here:
  1. If you store ice cubes in polythene bags, spray them with soda water before you put them in the freezer. It stops them from sticking together.
  2. A good substitute for real cream is evaporated milk. Boil an unopened tin in water for twenty minutes. It whips up to double its size and does a fair immitation of the real thing.
  3. If you line the salad drawer with kitchen paper before you put your fruit in it, any excess moisture is drawn into the paper and the fruit stays fresher longer.
  4. If you are making soups to freeze, use half the liquid the recipe calls for. Add the rest when you defrost it.
  5. If you are making a beef casserole, add a teaspoonful of vinegar to the recipe. It makes the meat more tender and brings out the flavour in the gravy.

More to come, guys. :)

Talking of Jobs

the local paper advertised local jobs (not just bus for sale) so I am thinking of looking into it more often. I am not just motivated to be more pro-active for local job as I feel there won't be any vacancy for my skill around our area. Mcj recommends that I go to TAFE to acquire some new skills so I could look for work in the local enterprises. Have yet to see...

With Jens in consideration, location of the job is a big factor. I would really prefer a local posting because it means, I can devote more time to my little one.

Everything has yet to be seen. It's just all plan, plan, plan. I need more time and energy and enthusiasm to start cracking.

Saturday Movie


I know, I know... we all saw Forrest Gump movie. And I'm sure, you also admit that it's one of the movies worth watching over and over and over.. and over.. Again. :)


And so I did. Today. Weekend means boring telly shows. And it was sort of a gloomy day today, so we just stayed indoor. And what better way to spend your lazy Saturday than watch your favourite movie?
Even if I have seen it for the nth times, I admit it didn't stop to amuse me. I still haven't memorized the plot so I was still sooo into it to know what comes next.
I'm quite interested with the quotes (I'm sure most of you feel the same). And so I'm sharing some here:
"Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.

You know it's funny what a young man recollects? 'Cause I don't remember bein' born. I don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But I do remember the first time I heard the sweetest voice in the wide world.

Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough rocks.

Have you found Jesus yet, Gump? I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.

Stupid is as stupid does.

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What's Next?

Okay, I got my PR visa. So what's next?

We've applied for the little boy's passport last week. Received an email today that it should arrive in the registered mail in the coming week. I kid Mcj if that's the sign that our supposedly trip back "home" would be soon. And he said, blah.

With the visa, I'm planning to join the corporate rat race. Again! I said before that going back to full employment would depend on the age of Jens. It still is. There are lots of things to be done to prepare the biggest separation of the millenium ever and I haven't started any yet. But, the thought of contributing some moolah towards our retirement/future in the soonest possible time is very enticing. So, I'm giving into it. But not too soon. True, I've looked up the net for some job openings but I haven't registered on those sites nor have I updated my resume. I am always excited with the prospest but I admit, I am a big procrastinator. Actually, as of now.. I feel like I am stuck into something that I can't even make the first move. I reckon, a trip back to the Philippines would perk me up. So, let it be soon. :)

Friday, May 30

What The!?

Diesel - $1.826

Mcj couldn't justify it even to himself why diesel is dearer than unleaded when it doesn't need much refining process to come-up with that kind of fuel.

Go figure.

Brrrrrr...

I'm all rugged-up. It has been sprinkling all day. Chilly and gloomy day.

Just finished changing my toe-nail polish. Waiting for the sleepiness to kick-in after drinking the coffee that Mcj made me about an hour ago. lol.

The little boy is sleeping soundly after a dose of paracetamol to ease peggy pains. But it won't be long and he'll be awake, wanting some food. Again!

Received the play tent freebie from his nappy today. He was sort of overwhelmed of it that he didn't get into it right away. I have to get in first and lure him before he get half of his body in to pick up some toys. I'm sure, he'll get used to it as days go by, just like the tunnel in the playgroup.

What else? I'm cold... where are my socks? :D

Good night, guys! Sleep tight.

Sunday, May 25

Blue-minded




Your Mind is Blue



Of all the mind types, yours is the most mellow.

You tend to be in a meditative state most of the time. You don't try to think away your troubles.

Your thoughts are realistic, fresh, and honest. You truly see things as how they are.



You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about your friends, your surroundings, and your life.

Curb It

I've been checking this particular shopping website since mother's day for sale and free shipping merchandise. Apart from furnitures (like patio furniture), I love shopping for manchester. Sure we can buy lovely patterns and shades of machesters in the local shop but this website, always offer prices lower than the registered retail price. I've bought several times and my only complaint is the queen bed quilt cover couldn't fit the queen bed quilt. It has a weird shape.

Anyway, lately I've only been window shopping and admiring them. Mcj told me to reign my horses as we need to save as much as we can. We are looking forward to pay an arm and a leg for his coming major dental works. That's the priority and we don't need manchesters anyway. I just love to have something new in the cupboard. :)

Tuesday, May 20

Award


This is a long overdue posting of awards, yet I am very glad to receive it from Eds and Mitch. Thanks, wonderful mothers.
All the mothers in the world deserve this.

Sunday, May 18

Good Buys

I am a notorious bargain hunter. Ironically, I don't love to shop when there's a massive sale or price drop. It's the throng of shoppers that makes me avoid the shop. I can't concentrate shopping when there are lots of people around me, it makes me feel giddy.

Just last week, I wanted to buy Jens a belt. Daggy me, couldn't find the display area and I had been passing it more than 5 times. lol. Anyway, I found a pair of short pants with belt on it for just $1.50. Isn't that a remarkable find? It would have cost me more than 5 bucks for the belt alone.

We also bought Jens a talking book for just $15. And my MIL thought we bought it for 40 bucks.

Last Friday, I bought these books for just $10 in A & R. The original price was a total of 28 bucks. I saved a lot.
I'm always on the look-out for good deals when shopping, sometimes even for travel and holidays. There are always sale and marked-down price for tours in travel agencies (like Chicago travel). Problem is Mcj will only fly on trusted airline companies' airplanes. When I say trusted it means no record of plain crush in the last 5 years or so.

Tuesday, May 13

Big News

I thought the gifts for Mother's Day would stop coming on the day itself. But nah! Yesterday, I got one of the best gifts in the mail. A letter from the immigration (with the photos, certificates and cards that I submitted) that I was just granted of permanent resident visa. How good is that?

We were not expecting it to be granted this quick. I was looking forward to be interviewed first.

I also went straight to permanent resident visa without going through the two year temporary as we applied for a spouse visa after two years of being married and with a child. Now, the pain of giving birth is more worth it. lol.

Next step would just be a trip to the immigration office to have the visa affixed to my passport. And maybe, planning on the trip back to the Philippines. Oh, we need to apply for Jens' passport first.

Face Bumps

My face was pimple free from when I got pregnant until a "friend" came back when Jens was 7 months. It was 16 months of clean face. Just last week, the bumps just kept on breaking out on my face in their favorite spots, the chin and forehead. Gross! It could just be because I am expecting a "visitor" or because I've been a naughty girl and kept on feelings bumps and humps on my face when I was watching telly. A habit that I am trying to curb if not rid of. I haven't really consider of looking for the best acne treatment as the zits were not really recurring problem unless I am expecting. I just need to wash my face constantly to get rid of the excess oil.

Kushika

From Leah. I had fun, thanks!

For the instructions, add your name on the list and simply spell out your name using the given Japanese letter- translations below. Tag six of your friends and inform them of the tag. Have fun.

TRANSLATION:A - ka —– G - ji —– M - rin —– S - ari—– Y - fu —– B - tu —– H - ri —– N - to —— T - chi —–Z - zi —– C - mi —– I - ki —– O - mo —– U - do —– D - te —– J - zu —– P - no —— V - ru —– E - ku —–K - me —- Q - ke ——W - mei —– F - lu —– L - ta —— R - shi ——X - na

1. OSWALD - moarimeikatate (sounds like american and states har….har…har…)
2. JUNELLE - zudotokutataku (Thank God I’m a Filipino! sounds like sadako. nyay! hehehe)
3. JACQUELINE - zukamikedokutakitoku (Ayay!! Unsaman ni perti mang taasa..wa ko kasabot nyahahaha)
4. LIRA LUZ - takishika taduzi ( sounds like a title of an anime show) it’s cute!
5. Gracey - Katakamikuari (oh my, i’m glad i’m not japanese. Nothing sounds like it!
6. Vannie - Rukatotokiku (huh? ruka sounds cute!) hehehe
7. Farah - Lukashikari (hahaha! it’s cute!)
8. Patricia - Nokachishikimikika (ang haba naman! ) : )
9. Leah - Takukari (buti na lang maiksi lang name ko. hehe!)
10. Era - Kushika

How about you: Wirelessbliss, Arlene, Mitch, Eds, Mich and Idealpinkrose, what is your Japanese Name?

Sunday, May 11

I Think Like...




Your Thinking is Concrete and Random



You are naturally inquisitive and curious.

You're excited by new ideas, and you are a true independent thinker.



You are interested in what is possible. You like the process of discovery.

You are often experimenting, challenging old ideas, and inventing new concepts.



Rules, restrictions, and limit don't really work for you.

You have to do things your own way, and you can't be bothered to explain yourself.



Some of these hit home. And however good these sound to my ears, they're not at all good. My kind of thinking sometimes causes clash to my loved ones even to Mcj. Based on these, you can rule out that I am not a business minded person. Why? Because in real life, small business opportunities are ready to bite me yet I just turn my back on them.

My First Mum's Day

From Arlene. Thanks, sis.

What to do:

Share your favorite Mother's Day quotes and place your blog/name right after the piece of artwork.
1. Irresistible Fascinations / Naomi2. Manna from Heaven / Lena3. And Life Goes On / Lena4. Sheng's Simple Thoughts... / SHENG5. Pinay WAHM / Juliana6. Teacher's Corner / Juliana7. Dancing in Midlife Tune/ Arlene8. Life is What we Make it/ Arlene9. Sunshine's Photoblog/ Arlene 10.Permanence in Change 11. The Life of a Tatapilla

My share:

  1. Mothers are the sweetest thing on Earth.
  2. Motherhood is sure not a walk in the park but it sure is the most rewarding and fullfilling profession there is. The pay is priceless.
  3. It only needs LOVE to be the best Mum in the world.

Happy Mother's Day to all Mums.

I'm passing the ball to Leah, Jody, Mich and Eds.

Chocolate Oracle

I used not to like sweets, like chocolates and icecream. My palette changed after I gave birth. I like desserts now especially chocolate and icecream. How bizzarre is that? I know lots of things changed after giving birth.

As to chocolates, it is better now that I like them. Mcj has a very sweet tooth and Jens is becoming to be like his Daddy. I don't want to be singled out. I reckon it is better to be addicted to chocolate than to 'those' substances (and be booked for drug rehab).




What Your Taste in Chocolate Says About You



You are sweet, mellow, and easily satisfied.

You don't like anything too intense and dramatic.

Deep down, you're a kid at heart... and you're nostalgic for the past.



You are passionate and full of life.

You fall in love easily, and you tend to have whirlwind relationships.

Your passion sometimes does get the better of you. You have a crazy temper!



You love new adventures and activities. You enjoy living a full life, even if it is chaotic.

You feel lost when things are quiet. You rather not think... you prefer to just do!