Momma guilt

So I’ve been going home late for the past few months. I had this conversation with my son:

Geoff: mommy are you gonna be here in the afternoon, or evening?

Mommy: I will try my best to come home in the afternoon, but I cannot promise anything. My boss gives me a lot of work.

Geoff: maybe you can tell your boss that you need a break.

Mommy: speechless

Wtf na buhay to.

My sweet big boy

Countdown to Christmas 2017

I am not sure if I have posted anything for Christmas last year. Most probably not, I am too lazy to check my own posts. Anyway, I am in the office now, with my head all over the place with stuff that I need to do at work, things I need to plan for Christmas dinner, and all the other stuff that I might have forgotten.

This year is Matt’s first Christmas. I have gotten him his walker as early as November as a Christmas gift, however, being materialistic that I am, I want to give him more. Same goes with Geoff. All the gifts under the tree are his, but I feel he could use a few more. I also got Babe his gift and we are actually using it now, but I think Christmas mornings are a lot better if you have something to unwrap! LoL!

Our tree, with all of Geoff’s presents underneath. It sure could use a few more!

Gifts for office friends. Not all of them celebrate Christmas, but for the longest that I can remember, I always give gifts when I can during this festive season

I told my friends that I miss them, and I miss spending Christmas back home, yet we have to make the most of what we have. Don’t get me wrong, I know the meaning and reasons that we celebrate Christmas. That it is more of sharing and giving among other things, whatever reason we want to celebrate it for.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hello From My Little Dinosaur

I haven’t been posting for a while. It’s been pretty challenging juggling mommy duties and office duties. My baby dinosaur turns 5 months today (Hooray!). More or less I might just bake a simple cake or brownie tomorrow since it is my off day tomorrow.

Anyway, here are some photos that I would like to share, to somehow celebrate today:

Good morning bald dino! This was taken on his 3rd month

We recently bought him a walker as a Christmas present. So far, he can last for about 10 minutes tops before asking us to take him. Lol!

And this ball rattle which he loves to drool on

He can turn over by himself. With some assistance because his arms are often stuck

Aaand I found this pureed baby food in Jaya grocer. Currently, he is taking the banana, pear and mango flavor and loving it!

A mommy’s little man, but his favorite is his dad

SSDD

Yep, everybody guessed correctly. I am back from a long hiatus. I just gave birth last July and I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff lately.

Today is no different. It is Matt’s 2nd month, (hooray!), my birthday (bleh) and I suppose the day my post partum depression is triggered.

Instead of feeling special, I feel like shit. I am not sure when it started, but I have all these pent up anger, frustration and resentment.

I guess it is just a matter of when I will explode. Hoping it is not something drastic.

 

Climate Change According to my 5 year old

One day, Geoff came up to me and said, “Excuse me, mommy. Do you know climate change?”

Naturally, I was taken aback. Climate Change. WTF. From a 5 year old, nonetheless. So I asked back, “Why? Did you learn it from school?” to which he answered, “No, from my phone”.

He was actually watching the Earth Hour episode from Pocoyo, and he went in detail that the climate is getting hot, and that the ice is melting, to which animals are starting to lose their homes and food. He also added that we should avoid polluting the environment, wasting energy, and to drink lots of water to be able to stay hydrated.

All these and some other interesting bits and pieces that I never expected to be discussing, courtesy of my little big baby, Geoff.

Throwing an Amazing Baby Shower Has Never Been Easier

Whether you’re a sister, friend, or coworker of someone who is expecting, if you’re looking to throw an awesome baby shower, there’s no need to stress out about it. You want your baby shower to be perfect, but don’t want to spend a ton of money. Luckily, with a little bit of creativity and planning, you can throw a baby shower that the mom-to-be will love without breaking the bank or driving yourself crazy. Here are a few things to consider when planning the big day.

First, find a location that will work well for all of the guests. If you’re expecting a small number of close friends and family, the best choice may be in your own home. For larger events, call around local establishments and look for an affordable meeting space that can be used. You can also find a restaurant to meet it, which will have the added benefit of providing catering for your party. And, of course, if you’re throwing a party for a co-worker, talk to your boss, office manager, or human resources about finding a space you can hold it in. Most offices have either a lunch room or an empty meeting space that can be used for a short party.

Next, secure food and decorations for your event. Since you don’t need to provide a meal in most cases, you can stick to appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Make sure no one in your party has any allergies, and check with the mom-to-be to make sure she’s not avoiding anything either. Decorations can be found at most party stores, or even ordered or printed online. The main focus should be on the cake if you have one, so order it carefully with the mother in mind.

Finally, make sure guests know what gifts are acceptable for the occasion. If the expectant parents have a gift registry, share that information with the guests. For most standard gifts, consider something like plush animals for babies, like those made by Purple Pumpkin Gifts. Stuffed animals never go out of style, especially when they’re made specifically to be safe for newborns.

The mother-to-be in your life will appreciate all of your hard work when she sits down for her baby shower. Pregnancy can be hard, and this is a great chance to make her life a little bit happier!

Yellow Brick Road – Team Hustlers’ Holiday Feast

The morning team had it’s monthly team huddle last Wednesday at the Yellow Brick Road, a cafe in Bukit Damansara. It’s near our office, one can walk, but it will probably be a 15-20 minute walk. We carpooled to the location and settled ourselves in their dining area on the second floor.

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Yellow Brick Road, located in Bukit Damansara

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The Impasta Returns! (25RM) Aglio Olio with chicken Cha Siu

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Seafood Tapenade Spaghetti (28RM) Spaghetti with tapenade paste (made of olives, capers and achovies) and seafood

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La Bomba (28RM) Mildly spicy and flavourful seafood broth served with foccacia bread

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The Breakfast Pancake (22RM) Pancakes served with granola, creamed yoghurt, topped with dried fruits

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The Sawadi Crab burger (29RM) Charcoal buns with soft served crab and sweet potato on the sides

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General Pappardelle (26RM) Pappardelle pasta with home pulled beef

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Hooked (28RM) Seasonal battered fish fillet with roasted potato and tartar sauce

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Big Breakfast Bash (30RM) Eggs, turkey ham, beans, toast, sausage, hash browns, and etc

We also exchanged gifts. We picked a name a month prior and the deal was that we had to be the guardian angel for the person we picked. I picked Jenner’s name, a fellow Filipino.

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Team Hustlers

Overall, the food was good, the service is nice, the ambiance of the restaurant is also good. I just did not get the chance to take a photo of the place since my phone camera sucks. It was an afternoon of fun and I am looking forward to more activities like this in the future.

Happy Holidays team Hustlers!

Take your Family Cornhole Tournaments to the Next Level

Cornhole is also known as the beanbag toss game. It involves using small “bean-filled” bags that are tossed into holes in an angled board several feet away. You get points for making the bag in the hole. The best way to prevent your opponent from scoring is to have your bag leaning partially in the hole, which often results in your bag being knocked in and theirs sliding off.

Cornhole tournaments are popular among friends and families at gatherings and you can take your tournaments to the next level with a few upgrades to your game.

Family-Themed Boards

Groups that are expert cornhole players often have customized boards made. Those attending a gathering know that it’s time to get serious when those boards come out. It is ideal to design your boards in a way that represents the family but are also fun or funny in theme as well. If the boards are stored properly, they can actually become a family heirloom to share with generations to come.

Playing at Night

It can be rather difficult to play cornhole in the dark. A lot of the time, someone is pulling up to the playing area with their vehicle and turning on the headlights to help players see. You can order cornhole lights that are made specifically for these boards and playing areas. The entire set of boards and lights makes what was a fun game into a serious competition.
The lights go around the holes in the boards. You can choose a color that matches the design of your board too. It makes playing in the dark to finish an intense game or tournament a lot easier.

Tournament Trackers

If you don’t like keeping track of the score by hand and handwriting brackets, you can install league management software. These programs are ideal for small leagues composed of friends and family. Smaller leagues can keep track of standings easier and it makes it harder to dispute points or winners. It is ideal to appoint a non-biased person to do the scorekeeping to ensure that the game stays fair.

Closing Thoughts

It’s okay if you take your cornhole seriously, millions of other people do too. Having a setup that seems professional and usable for any time of the day or night makes the tournaments or friendly games a lot of fun. You never know when you might want to play with a group of friends late at night on a weekend to settle a friendly dispute or just kill some time. With a professional cornhole setup, you can play whenever you want – even if the sun has already set.

How to Extend a Visit Pass in Malaysia

My mom arrived in Malaysia last October. Prior to her coming here, we applied for a social visit pass from the Malaysian embassy in the Philippines. The plan was for her to spend Christmas and New Year with us, thus, we applied for 3 months. When she came here, the immigration officer only stamped her passport for 60 days, which leaves us 1 month short.

Since this was the case, we had to apply for her visa extension. This is to avoid any immigration problems, over staying to be specific. I did some research and to be honest, it was not easy as there were a lot of conflicting information on the Internet. Some directed me to apply in Putrajaya, some to Jalan Duta, all advised to come early to finish early as queues can be crazy.

I considered 2 things. First, we will have to go on a Monday, which was my day off. Based on feedback, the busiest was either Monday or Friday. Since it was my only weekday off, we went for Monday (no choice. lol!). Second, we brought Geoff with us. My mom could not go alone, and we had to leave early, thus we could not drop Geoff from school during that time. Plus we do not have any guaranty that we will finish in time for his school dismissal.

We left the house at around 6:30AM. I booked an Uber and arrived at the Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri in Jalan Duta a little after 7AM. We were dropped off from the lobby and proceeded to the first floor. On the first floor is the passport renewal and application. We were told to go further, past the connecting hallway and joined a queue there. Just like in one of the blogs I read, there are hardly any english instructions. The room we waited for to open was the office that handles visas, social pass and extension. Having arrived early, there were less than 20 people on the queue.

The office opened at around 7:30AM, they called the seniors and those with children (below 2 years old) first then everybody queued up for Counter 24. Based on what was written on it, the said counter processes social visit visas and extension. The officer got my mom’s papers then directed us to the second floor. They were quite unclear where because there were several offices there. After a few minutes of asking and going into the offices, we got to the 1Serve office. We were asked to get a number, then the officer reviewed my mom’s requirements and were told to go back after an hour for the passport. That was 8AM then and we were able to finish by 9AM. We also paid RM 50 for an extension until January 9.

So to sum up:

  1. Ride a taxi/Book a car going to Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri. The exact address is 69, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  2. From the lobby, go up one floor, straight through the glass door and the office will be on the  right side.
  3. Prepare the forms accordingly. We brought 2 copies of the Form IMM.55 (Link is here), information and pass copy from my mom’s passport, and her confirmed return flight details.
  4. After queuing from Kaunter 24, go back the connecting hallway and look for the 1Serve office. It will be the farthest office on the right side, near the escalators. It’s hard to miss as it has the 1Serve tarpauline everywhere.
  5. Get a number, wait for your number to be called, once the officer is done processing, ask how long, and come back.
  6. Pay the necessary fee and receive your passport with the extended visa.

Here are some helpful links:

Requirements for the social visit extension: Link

Address for the  Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri: 69, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Prometric Annual Dinner

The last annual dinner I attended was with Atos. I don’t remember any themes, it’s more of a casual gathering where employees will eat and drink and enjoy the entertainment they provided that night.

When I was with the first company I worked for, they will hold theme based parties. I remember getting excited because, it is the one night when you can glam up, practice your resourcefulness in getting yourself inline with the theme, and have a lot of photo opportunities. I remember attending an all white christmas, a cocktail themed, and a movie themed party.

Last Sunday (November 20), Prometric hosted the annual dinner and the theme is arabian nights. It was held in the Empire Hotel in Subang Jaya. It was my first time to be in the area, and like most hotels, the interiors were nice. There is a shopping mall at the lower level of the building and the hotel is on the Level 2.

As usual, there were a lot of picture taking activities, however, I have yet to get most of the pictures from my colleagues, so I will let some of the pictures talk for itself.

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morning buddies: Niza, aedmund, syafiq

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GTCS colleagues

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table setting

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arabian nights theme

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the venue: a hotel function room

More group shots:

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