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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!

Funny Conversations with Geoff

I remember being worried when Geoff was a little over 2 years old. He would only speak gibberish and we would have the hardest time trying to understand what he wanted.

Nowadays is a different story. He is super talkative and would tell me the most outrageous things.

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Scene 1: Today is daddy’s flight. Geoff just woke up.
Meemee: this is it pancit!
Geoff: no, away (ayaw) pancit
Meemee: eh ano dapat?
Geoff: sleep. Sleep lang

Scene 2: Geoff was asked to eat breakfast, but he was busy watching youtube on the bed
Meemee: what do you want for breakfast?
Geoff: no
Meemee: hindi ka na mag eat?
Geoff: no, dito lang bed. Sleep, video, tidido (let it go)

Scene 3: Mama was closing the store when Geoff wanted candies
Mama: no, it’s late. You should sleep.
Geoff: no! Why?!

Scene 4: Geoff just took a bath and does not want to get dressed.
Meemee: GEOFF!! Bihis na. Nagagalit na ako.
Geoff: then leave. (line from frozen)

My Last Few Days

And so, 2 companies and 10 years of working in Eastwood City, I finally resigned. I am torn between sadness and relief because I already considered it my second home. It was a place where I had a lot of firsts, and there are times that I feel nostalgic until now.

Last February 12, I had my last day from where I work. It was sure sad and even thoygh it was only more than 3 years of working with them, I never really felt like an outsider.

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Until we see each other again!

Christmas 2014

Today is the 23rd of December. Looking back, this Christmas is way way different than the ones I have celebrated before. It’s not as fun, nor as cheerful as the last ones, but the gloomy feel is just a phase which is necessary to undergo in order to move forward. Magulo? Let me enumerate the reasons for the gloom:

  1. The first Christmas that Babe and I are apart.
  2. The tree was no longer put up due to space issues in temporary new home.
  3. I am not 100% focused. There are a lot of things running through my mind.
  4. I am in panic mode. A lot of our stuff needs to be sold before the new year.

On a positive note, my mom is enjoying Geoff’s company, them being 24/7 together. December also denotes the end of 2014, and a start of a new year. If 2012’s description was “Gratitude”, I think the more apt description for 2013 is “Overcoming Challenges”. I will be writing a separate post for it, but right now, let me go ahead and wish everyone a merry christmas!

Changes

These past few months are quite hectic because we are currently undergoing a major life changing action. We are moving back to my mom’s house.

I can’t say that I am ecstatic. This move is somewhat strategic, as I keep telling myself to feint the sadness that comes with it. A temporary but inevitable setback.

The first thing that I would miss is my privacy. Ever since I stepped out of my first ever job training, I have been living on my own. I love my personal space because this is something that we don’t have back home. I love making decisions on my own, for myself, for Geoff, for the household. Now that we are to move back, even though it is my mom I am speaking of, it is still her house, so not everything I say will be the final say.

Second, I had to be the one to dispose of all our stuff, save for the personal things, since there is no space in my mom’s home. Everything that we worked saved up for for the last 2 years will have to be sold or donated. In all honesty, this is the most difficult thing for me. It has never been in my nature to sell things, much less my own because of the history and the memories I have with it, so parting with our stuff alone has been really hard. You just can’t put a price tag on things that you invested not just money or material stuff alone.

Third, the memories will always be a part of me, of us, but there are just too much firsts in our house. It was where I spent my last trimester of pregnancy; it was where Geoff spent his first 2 years. All those milestones and development, all the bibo acts, the videos we shot.

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This was when we still had our old TV, Pana.

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It was still uncluttered then. I think Geoff was only a few months old when we took this.

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Geoff’s first christmas! It’s hard to believe that we only set up the tree last year 🙁

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My kitchen. I didn’t have an oven then, but I cooked numerous dishes here.

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The rest of the living room. If you are someone who manages the household, I am sure that you know what is crammed to which corner.

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Choi, the dining table and our bathroom. Sigh.

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Of course, our bedroom. We have long sold the crib, but the bed is still with us and is currently for sale. Double sigh.

We will only  be staying in the apartment until January, and I will be continuously selling our stuff until then.

Triple sigh.

Week 32 – Sweet Smile

It took this long before I can post an update. I have been having sharing issues with Geoff over the phone. Just the same, he made it a habit to delete photos and videos to annoy me.

Anyway, it makes me more motivated to improve on my baking skills as Geoff is my number 1 suki (next to Jeff, I think!).

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Cutie with his cupcake 🙂

Ouchies

Last month, it was a bruise on Geoff’s face that was caused by roughhousing with Tofu. The other day, it was a wound near his eye because he was busy exploring in the grocery store and was not looking at where he was going. Today, it was another wound below his lip dahil nasobrahan sa pag dance to his hi5 show.

I find it unnerving to see these ouches that we call, mostly because I failed to prevent it. On the other hand, I also find it a bit educational for Geoff because without these minor mishaps, he would not learn how to be careful. Yes, I feel guilty for not being able to prevent it, but at the same time, I am grateful that it is nothing too serious.

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Selfie taken by Geoff. No assistance here from meemee!

Of course, judging eyes are also inevitable, especially when they say something like “pinababayaan ang bata”. I just let it pass. I don’t have time to deal with such.

I think these incidents are all part of growing up. All children go through this phase in order to learn. So, in Geoff’s case, he’ll fall, he’ll cry, once he manages his pain, he will come to me and I’ll remind him to be careful. Let’s face it, 2 year olds will always look at everything as play, and sometimes with baby boys, most of them enjoy playing rough. No need to put the blame on anything or anybody. An assurance that his ouchies will go away soon is all that he needs (and first aid too, in case of scratches and wounds!).