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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

These Past Few Months

I have been in a very long hiatus due to procrastination and with a lot of stuff that we had to prioritize. I wished I had more time on my hands to blog as often as I had, but recently, time is something that I am having the most challenge with in managing. Either way, a lot of things has happened, and I will try to document moments that really stood out.

The most recent is that mama momey is finally here! We have not been able to show her around much as my schedule is not allowing me to do so, BUT, we have brought her to Tesco and Giant. Knowing my mom, she loves spending time in supermarkets and she already expressed how much she likes shopping for detergents and such to bring back home. Hahaha!

Geoff’s school will have their school concert this November. My concern, he hardly participates during practice and is showing a major attitude problem. Hopefully, I can get to condition this bachungching to do what he is told so as not to spoil the experience for other kids.

I will also be moving to the morning shift soon, so hopefully, i will have more time in my hands. The only downside is that I will not be able to see Geoff off when he goes to school. Other than that, more time for the family, so it’s not bad at all.

 

Checking In

Heeelloooo!

Yes, I am back, just stuck with a routine that is currently making my head spin and my world turned upside down.

First off, there is work. Yes, I am back in the corporate world, and the schedule, the commute, the training and everything else, is coinciding with the tasks that I should be doing as a mom and wife. Yes, everything is so exciting right now, that I am super stressed out. After being out of work for a year, this will definitely need some getting used to.

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Yeehees! Nope, no picture on the ID yet. Just a regular access card.

Second, I have blogged about Geoff’s birthday celebration. As a family, we just went out to eat and finally replaced his broken tablet (he has been using mine for the last few months). Then he celebrated at school. Just the normal cake eating during break time and singing of the happy birthday song by his classmates. He received a gift from one of his classmates whose mom is a Filipino (how sweet!)

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Loot bag for his classmates

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the birthday celebrant

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his teachers

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Geoff cutting his cake

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we also promised him a red velvet cake. he was not disappointed

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See? lol



First Christmas and New Year in Malaysia

Christmas has come and gone (considering that the date today is 20th of January, that means New Year has gone too!) and here I am, still trying to document the festivities on our first year here in Malaysia.

Babe and I decided to make the celebration fuss free. We got a few Christmas gift from a Hasbro sale we went to and got a few toys for him. Take note, a few means about 5 (LOL!) since we figured out that at Geoff’s age, it’s all about the gifts he will open at Christmas and we have very few friends here. I cooked a few meals and made a dessert just to make our Noche Buena festive.

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Embotido, Roast duck, Pasta, and Leche Flan

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This baby got sick on the 24th and to compromise, we let him open 1 gift a few hours before Christmas

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This was taken on the 26th, and the baby allowed a haircut in preparation for school. Hooray!

As for the New Year celebration, I don’t have the heart to cook another meal and Babe wanted it to be more festive. Fireworks are not allowed in our community and we are not on a high enough floor to witness any fireworks display, so we decided to do a staycation somewhere fun.

We went through the Agoda.com website and narrowed down the list to 1. those with available and affordable rooms during the 31st of December to 1st of January, and 2. somewhere there will be fireworks display and a place where Geoff could enjoy. The search led us to Shah Alam, where the City of Lights is located, as well as the hotel of our choice, Best Western. I will do the hotel and I City review on the next posts. I shall start photoblogging our New Year’s celebration.

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Outside Palm Spring, waiting for the Grab Car to bring us to our destination.

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Ferris wheel that Geoff could not forget

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My handsome boys

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Geoff’s first time to ride a “ride” alone. Big boy na talaga 🙁

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Geoff really enjoyed the Snow walk. You can tell by his face.

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Batman and Robin trying to help out Geoff from the burning building

 

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Family Selfie in Snow Walk

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We were all tired at this point and was just waiting for the fireworks display to start. Geoff told me, “Meemee, we have to ride the ferris wheel, remember?”

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Indeed, a city of lights

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Fireworks!

Overall, it was a memorable celebration. A few firsts, but definitely not the last. Hoping we get to spend more time as a family, especially now that Geoff officially started going to preschool. 

Happy new year everyone!

Geoff Visits Perdana Botanical Garden

This is a very late post.

One day last month (or was it 2?), Babe and I decided to visit this botanical garden in Kuala Lumpur after we saw some posts done by a friend in Facebook. A few days prior, we were already prepping Geoff on what to expect so that he won’t be bored and will also look forward to the trip. Let me get the details on how to get there first, before I go on about the few pictures that we had.

Since we were coming from Petaling Jaya, we took an 88 bus and went off the Pasar Seni station. Both 99 or 88 or BET1 bus lines will get you to Kuala Lumpur, but only BET1 and 88 have routes to Pasar Seni. The 99 line usually drops off in Kota Raya, which is mainly a Filipino store community (if I got the term right). From Pasar Seni, you can grab a taxi and asked to be dropped off to the botanical garden. Make sure to mention the exact name because according to the driver, there are some other gardens available. There is no other means of getting there aside from a car ride or a taxi.

Side kwento: So anyway, from Pasar Seni, we wanted to get our chocolate fix first, so we walked all the way to the Haniffa store. In this supermarket/grocery store, we were able to score Cadbury chocolates at only 5RM each. After we bought some, off we went and grabbed a taxi.

Having arrived late (around 4PM, I think), we were only able to cover small ground as we were trapped by the baby who wanted to be nowhere but the Dinosaur park in front.

I took the description of the park from the website, http://www.klbotanicalgarden.gov.my/ :

The Perdana Botanical Garden, formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens, is situated in the Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur. It has always been a part of the green lung of the city and has a history of over a decade. Originally created as part of a recreational park but planted with collections of tropical plants, the garden have been rehabilitated and turned into a Botanical Garden. The garden have not only botanical collections but also house features that give the visitors the ambiance of being in a tropical rainforest, despite being in the middle of a bustling metropolis.

This is the map of the entire park. We were only able to visit 3 or 4 areas.

This is the map of the entire park. We were only able to visit 3 or 4 areas.

This is the dinosaur park. We were held up here for the longest time simply because the baby enjoyed it so much.

This is the dinosaur park. We were held up here for the longest time simply because the baby enjoyed it so much.

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Geoff had fun climbing and sliding 🙂

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He was not scared of the bridges and even found the trampoline fun 🙂

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Yep, he loves them slides!

Of course, since it was a botanical garden, there were lots of pretty blooms and the landscapes are just as gorgeous. There was a lake, a lagoon (?), and a man made waterfall.

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Not sure what this space was called, but it is very pretty up close. Perfect for making tambay. LOL!

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The waterfall wall. Very picturesque!

I am so sorry. This was the closest picture I have of the lagoon. I guess I forgot to take a picture after all. :(

I am so sorry. This was the closest picture I have of the lagoon. I guess I forgot to take a picture after all. 🙁

This was supposed to be a lake. Again, I apologize for the sorry excuse of a photo :(

This was supposed to be a lake. Again, I apologize for the sorry excuse of a photo 🙁

Based on observation, the place is best for spending an afternoon with the family. The place is  tranquil, perfect for joggers and bikers as there are no cars inside (the roads are big enough to accommodate them as far as I saw). We also saw a couple of groups playing football, a bride and groom having their prenuptial photos, a class having their photos, and a group celebrating a birthday. There were also a few who was watching the lake for ducks and birds, some were also feeding them.

Yep, a green place in the middle of a very busy city.

Yep, a green place in the middle of a very busy city.

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The sunken garden

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Walkway towards the lagoon

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An expansive lawn

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Unique trees collection

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Entrance to the sunken garden

Sunset fell upon us, so we had to leave.

Sunset fell upon us, so we had to leave.

We urged Geoff to lay down the grass in front of the lake. This silly boy found the idea yucky and decided to look for a better place to have his milk; a picnic table!

We urged Geoff to lay down the grass in front of the lake. This silly boy found the idea yucky and decided to look for a better place to have his milk; a picnic table!

For those planning to spend a day in Kuala Lumpur and stay within budget, I highly encourage visiting this place. You can even bring your running shoes if you want to (LOL!). The most you will be spending on is food (bring it with you, there are no stores inside), and fare. There is no entrance fee, but since the area is quite big, you have to be there early. Operating hours are Monday to Sunday, 8AM to 7PM.

One last tip, 7PM is quite “early” in terms of light in Malaysia. Meaning, it will start getting dark at around 8PM, so plan your trip accordingly as the hottest part of the day is longer.

Happy birthday Babe!

Was spent all day at home. Lounging by the bed, feeling lazy all day. We had lamb steak for lunch and finally had the will to go out for a few hours.

We went to the 1Utama mall and decided to just look around. Knowing Babe, I knew that he wanted to buy something but is too shy to say. Either way, we went home with a game controller, an earphone for me and a floor puzzle for Geoff.

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I am so sorry that I have nothing material to give for your birthday, except urge you to buy something nice for yourself. Just remember that I will always be here to back you up and support you all the way. Always stay positive and generous to us (lol!). I love you, we love you. Madaming madami. Happy happy birthday Babe!

Geoff’s Adventure in Snow World

Babe was able to get a leave from work today, thus we scheduled a trip to Genting Highland to visit Snow World.

We already visited Genting Highland last year but did not really entertained the thought of availing tickets to any attractions. We were there to see the sights, and basically just to be there.

With Geoff in tow this time, I wanted to be prepared and did some research. In the process of doing so, we stumbled upon Resorts World’s ticketing tool and discovered that the Snow World ticket was actually on sale. Since Geoff is already past the “free entrance” phase, discounted ticket rates were a welcome treat!

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Discounted rates if you book through their website!

In order to get to Snow World, you have to get to Genting Highland first. Getting to GH from the Petaling Jaya area is very easy; we just boarded a bus from 1Utama Mall, located in the new wing. Rates are as follows:

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This was taken last year but the rates were the same when we boarded the bus today.

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The bus.

We originally purchased 2 tickets for a one way trip to GH. This includes the bus fare and the Skyway. When we got to the entrance to the cable cars (Skyway), we were told that we have to pay for Geoff. That was an additional RM6.40.

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Bus ticket was free for Geoff, but not the Skyway fare.

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The cable car

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Mandatory shot at the model car

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The ecstatic little boy during the cable car ride.

When you alight the cable car, it is a bit of a walk going to the location itself. Be aware of the signs and don’t forget to ask for directions. You will have to pass through the lobby of the Maxim’s and RW hotel and a few escalator rides. Snow world is located at the second level, 2A to be exact.

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No pictures allowed inside.

It was -5 degrees inside, thus, it is highly discouraged to bring in cameras or gadgets. It might be damaged by the cold.

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Dos and Don’ts

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Current temperature is flashed outside. It was -5 when we went in!

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Operating hours

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Regular rates.

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Picture taken from outside

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Some of the displays

Jacket, gloves, and boots were provided as part of the the entrance to the attraction. If you are the type who gets cold easily, I suggest you bring an extra coat, or and earmuff or a scarf to protect your ears and neck (some of the coats provided has no zipper nor velcro to close it).

As there is only a limited space to the attraction, what you are really paying for is the experience of extreme cold. There is no actual snow that you can form into a ball (as what Geoff really wanted) but there is Cresta Run and a few sleds that people can use in order to get the winter feel.

Photographers also roam inside Snow World, however, since I have read that the rates for the shots are more expensive than the actual entrance rate, we decided to skip it.

We picked the 3:30 PM – 4:10 PM schedule, so after that, it was mostly a waiting game as the buses going back to 1Utama mall was not due until 8:30 PM. Aside from Snow World, there is also an indoor theme park for kids. I was not able to get the rates, but you can visit the RW website for the rides and rates. Since we were just killing time, we bought 4 pay per ride ticktes, 2 for Geoff and 1 for Babe and I to accompany him. It costs RM8.50 each.

After we were done with the rides, we went back and spent a few minutes in the arcade. The arcade uses the swipe card, much like Timezone and the minimum you can buy is RM20. We just let Geoff roam the arcade and went outside to enjoy the cool afternoon fog. Geoff also enjoyed hamming it in front of the camera.

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Foggy

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He asked his Deedee to take his picture. The act earned him a chocolate bar because the lady beside us was amused at his antics 🙂

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With deedee

And after all the excitement, Geoff was able to see the sunset and said bye bye to the things he saw today. 🙂

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Geoff’s firsts today: cable car ride, snow world, fog, forest, and sunset.

Hello!

Hello from Malaysia, truly Asia!

It’s been more than a week since we arrived, and there is a lot of changes to digest. I am adapted fast, knowing what to expect, however, it took some time for Geoff to do so, from his appetite, to the time (we are still adjusting though there is no time difference with Manila), to his routine, basically with everything.

One of the good things that I can report is that the place we are living in, Palm Spring seems to have everything Geoff wanted. There is a very nice playground, lots of space to run around, and lots (yes, lots!) of swimming pools.

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Also, we have met a couple of Filipinas who are residing in different buildings. They are nice and funny, as well as accomodating. So far, we see each other during Geoff’s afternoons in the playground.

As far as the budget is concerned, we can manage. I do miss having my own source of income, having worked for 10 years. Hopefully this will be resolved once everything else that we planned for works out. Crossing everything that can be crossed. Haha!

Anyway, I am hoping I can update more frequently when I get a laptop. For now, everything is at a steady pace, more plans will be ironed out when we move to a bigger room. Ciao!

Geoff’s First Fun Ranch Experience

It has been Babe and my plan to bring Geoff over to Fun Ranch, however, the plan did not materialize due to time constraints. Even when Babe left, the topic would come up during one of our conversations. That was how badly we want Geoff to experience Fun Ranch.

The plan materialized one Sunday afternoon when Ate Jen sent me a message to meet them there. I immediately said yes because 1) We miss them! We haven’t seen each other in months and I’m pretty sure Geoff misses them too! and 2) Geoff would finally experience Fun Ranch!

So, I will let the photos talk. Please note that this is not an actual review of the place, and more of documenting one item off our bucket list.

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This was lunch when we got to Tiendesitas to meet up. I’m not sure of the food prices, but everything seems to be affordable (I think!)

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The baby could not help not to ride the red dog near the entrance. It costs P10 per ride.

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Dragon roller coaster. Geoff was accompanied by his Tita Lady. These are Geoff’s cousins, Ate Danielle and Kuya Cyv.

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Before the ride. Geoff kept his eyes covered throughout.

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Happy smile before the ride started.

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A hopscotch area.

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Hanging bridge. Geoff loved the bouncy feeling while crossing, my brave little boy.

This is how fun the bridge was for Geoff:

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Choo choo train area, bump car ride just beside it. This is located on the second floor.

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A view while waiting for Geoff’s bump car ride to finish. There is a carousel below, as well as a few other rides. Ticket prices differ if you prefer to get the ride all you can, or per piece.

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Teacup ride inside.

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Another picture with Tita. This time, Geoff was identifying the animals placed everywhere in Fun Ranch.

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Mini bowling alley. There is also a mini golf course. These are not included on the all you can ride tag, the price is P100 per game/ per player each.

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Teacup ride and mini golf sign.

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While waiting for his turn to try the mini golf club.

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Airplane ride. This was what Geoff and I first rode together, which is why I don’t have a picture of us together.

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Fishing game. Geoff wanted more to annoy his cousins and splash around.

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Family, sans babe and the grand parents.

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Cousins up close.

By the way, fee for Playdium is not included in the all you can ride tag (P350, I think). Ate availed of the 30 minute play for Geoff which costs P120. Geoff enjoyed the experience, me, not so much. I find running, climbing, sliding, and running after Geoff some more quite exhausting, especially that the place is quite big for a playplace.

Overall, it was a fun day, not just for Geoff, but for everyone. Special thanks again to my lovely sisters, Ate Jen and Ate Lady.

Shouting

Almost all parenting blogs and articles that I have read are not into shouting. They have cited the negative impact on the children who experiences this. Earlier on in my adventures with being a mom, I tried my best to practice positive reinforcements and phrasing in order to give Geoff the best experience growing up.

You see, I grew up in a traditional environment. Naranasan ko yung mapalo, masigawan, mapagalitan, kapag sumobra kami ng kapatid ko. Name it, I think I may have experienced it, thus I really wanted to give progressive parenting a try, knowing that the environment today is way too different that before. After all, I grew up well grounded naman, so I want to see the difference myself.

Unfortunately, as much as I want to eliminate shouting in the house, this may be an area that I can’t seem to uphold in our household. Geoff is currently in his “terrible two” phase. He would climb, run, jump, hit, and even hurt himself in the process and most of the times, my initial reaction is to yell, sometimes curse, and even spank his little hands kapag sumosobra.

Naughty and playful. Such a handful.

Naughty and playful. Such a handful.

Am I proud of it? Of course not. I hate myself whenever I do so, knowing that I have the option not to yell or shout, or worse, hit. I sense a lot of will within Geoff, that whenever I try to ask him nicely, firmly, even explain to make him understand that he is also testing my authority at such an early age.

Did the type of discipline I opted for work? Maybe. At this point, in all honestly, I cannot tell. Mas madaling kausapin and pasunurin sa instructions si Geoff if he hears a threat than an explanation outright whenever he is in his naughty mood. I find him very agreeable when he is in the mood, thus, the explanation part works better during this phase.

Bottom line, anybody and everybody can choose to follow a particular parenting style, just always remember to tailor fit it to your child. After all, you as a mother would know your child best. Whatever it is that will or will not work.