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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 onĀ 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 šŸ™

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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 Ā 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 šŸ™‚

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 areĀ 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!).

Kid’s Workshop – Place to be for Kids in Greenhills

One place that we never considered bringing Geoff is in Greenhills. I always thought that the place isĀ not for toddlers, thinking that it iss usually crowded. I did not think that there is a place for him except for the small arcade near the foodcourt in V Mall. This thought changed when I received an invite from Kid’s Workshop.

We received the invite back in AugustĀ . Since the place was kind of far from where I am residing, I kind of put it off at the last minute. I was glad I did decide to bring Geoff. I will let the pictures do the talking (with a few narratives, of course!)

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The entrance. It is located in the second floor of Shoppesville, you have to look for it a bit as you have to turn to an alley.

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There is a treats store where the kids can grab food when they get hungry. The amount taken will just be added to your bill when you log out.

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Stroller parking for younger kids.

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Waiting area. This is also where the kids can eat or drink milk if they need to do so.

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Rates and rules. A bit on the steeper side, but you should know why I think the price is reasonable in a bit.

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This is a shot I took from the entrance.

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There is a second floor/ loft area

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Colorful ceiling

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Geoff having fun at the spiral slide, with an ate to assist him.

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Opposite of the spiral slide is a mini hanging bridge connected to another slide, a ship’s anchor, and a rock climbing wall

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Geoff in action.

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On the second floor, there are bookshelves and computers that the children can use.

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Book case with an assortment of titles favored by kids

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An area where kids can read or play. According to some of the ates, there is a cctv in the area since it is covered.

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Computer games can be played here. Too bad, Geoff is too young to really pay attention to this area.

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Busy exploring

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View from the top, there are rocking horses, an activity area for the kids, the brown area is a canopy where a baby was sleeping

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Underneath the slides are toys of various kinds. On this side, there are wooden blocks, tools set, and toy animals

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Geoff loved scattering the toys, which I had to put back. Nakakahiya naman kasi.

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On the other side is Geoff’s favorite: pool of balls!

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Geoff was also engrossed with this puzzle game

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On the girly side of the area, there is another bookshelf

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A kitchen area with a big pantry of toy fruits and vegetables

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A cozy seat with dolls

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Gas for them broom brooms

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During this time, they were doing a song and dance activity. Geoff decided that he does not want to join

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Another angle for the loft

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Busy cooking fruits

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Picnic time

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Arts and crafts area

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Geoff with the props they used for the song and dance activity

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Finally, Geoff relented to do his arts activity. He was happy with the glue and confetti

The arts and crafts material are not included in the fee, however, you can choose the activity you or your kid want to do with prices ranging from 70-150 pesos. This, I think is one of the things that sets other play places apart because the kids are not just there to play, but also to do arts and learn.

Kid’s Workshop also offers the Fun Club. Fee is P550 per child, for 1 year membership. By being a member, you can get to enjoy the following:

  1. Discount coupons which you can use for KidsPlay, KidsArt, KidsParties, KidsPlayDates and the renewal of membership. These coupons are are also transferable except for 2.
  2. 1 free Unlimited KidsPlay coupon which you may use any day during your kid’s birth month.
  3. An additional 5% off when you celebrate your child’s birthday with them. This is on top of the 15% off that you get. You can choose from PlayParty or Play + Art Party. Should you wish to extend, 30 minutes is free if you hold it between 10AM -12:30PM.
  4. Early bird discounts and priority booking for KidsEvents (current event is Fiesta! Kanta, Laro, Saya!)
  5. 75% off on the annual KidsFUNClub Get2Gether (guests will get 50% off)
Coupons and a temporary ID for membership

Coupons and a temporary ID for membership

Discovering that there is a place for kids in Greenhills is such a treat. You can have fun shopping without the worry if your child is bored and tired while you tag them along. With Kid’s Workshop, you can just let them play and learn and have fun.

Play schedules are as follows:

Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Kid’s Workshop
2/F Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
Telephone: 723-09-32
Mobile: +63-917-599-5324
Email: kidsworkshopghills@gmail.com

Official website: http://www.kidsworkshopghills.com/