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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

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.

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



Geoff the School Boy

At age 3, Geoff is at his curious, restless and awkward stage. Curious about a lot of things, he often asks “what’s this, what’s that?”. Restless because he knows his alphabet and numbers but refuses the next step if it was me who teaches him; And awkward because he spent his 3 years without a playmate, thus, he does not know how to interact (make friends) with other kids his age.

When we came to Malaysia, one of the things that me and Babe made sure of is that he will start school before his 4th birthday. True enough, through a recommendation of a Filipino acquaintance, we enrolled him at a Smart Reader Kids center.

Tuition is affordable, and based on the developments we see from Geoff so far, I think his progressing quite well. Our goals are the following:

  1. For Geoff to learn how to read. He has a lot of books at home, and I would really love to raise a good reader if not a bookworm. He is showing interests in his storybooks, so the best way to go about it is for him to learn how to read.
  2. To be sociable. Since Geoff is an only child, he does not have any regular playmates at home. He is reluctant to make friends when at the playground because he does not know how. Socializing and having classmates as part of his routine will help him break his shell.
  3. To satisfy Geoff’s curious mind with the discipline coming from a real teacher. He loves doing worksheets. He loves it when we do activities at home, but in all honesty, it brings out the beast in me all because he thinks he can do away with everything. Discipline with a parent is one thing, discipline coming from a teacher is another.
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School uniform fitting. He loves his uniform because it’s red!

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Busy painting his flower art

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Snack time!

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They were blowing paint through straws

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With his apron. For some reason, this is the same photo they used for the school tree. Handsome though he is not smiling

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Snacks vary from sandwiches to cereal to pasta

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Tracing exercise. That is his teacher in the background

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Another artwork

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They are also taught the Bahasa Malaysia language

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Browsing through some of his exercise books.

As of today, Geoff already advanced to learning the suku kata, or the abakada equivalent in the Philippines. It is still a work in progress but I am positive that he will be able to read by the end of this year. He is getting better at tracing, his handle with the pencil and crayons is improving. He is also now able to write his name on his own, and the letters and numbers with ease. Slowly, we are also working on his logic skills, with me giving lesser instructions compared to before he started school.

It is only February, and I am looking forward to December, when his preschool year ends. 🙂

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’s first movie: Inside Out

Before we had Geoff, Babe and I had regular movie dates. Well, the same can be said when we were still in the Philippines, we had a nanny back then. Movie dates and massages were a privilege that we enjoyed the most.

Fast forward to now that we are in Malaysia, with no help whatsoever, when there is a movie that we wanted to watch, Babe and I would actually take turns. He would go this day, and I after. Or sometimes, it will just be him, depending on how interested I am with the movie being shown.

Knowing how restless Geoff can be, regardless of what activity it is, we had to prepare him for his first movie experience. Here is how we did it:

1 month before the actual movie, I had him watch some disney movies from the laptop to gauge his readiness. I found out that in order for him to stay put, there should be plenty of action scenes from the beginning. Tarzan was the perfect match for him then.

As the showing date nears, we had him watch the trailers. This was about 2 weeks away.

We then hyped him up by describing the moviehouse. How dark, how loud the sounds will be, how he is expected to behave and such.

Come movie date, we were pleased to see how excited he was. We initially planned a weekday so as there would be fewer people but had to change to a weekend showing instead. As expected, it was a full house but we were happy that Geoff behaved throughout the movie, laughing and enthralled at the same time.

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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)

Malaysia Diary – Day 0.5 (From airport to MY)

After months of planning and anticipating, THE DAY finally arrived.

When Babe resigned and got his last pay, we planned for me to come and visit him. This was back in June. We counted down the days, and finally, we finally saw each other for the first time in months (which is also the longest time we have been apart!).

To back track a bit, I had a very early flight, and I was required to be in the airport at 3am. I also had a bit of a difficulty with the immigration as 1)l didn’t have any hotel accomodation 2) I didn’t have a company ID with me (we had to surrender it during the company ID printing but the printer was unavailable, thus I don’t have it with me) and 3) they were asking for Babe’ details such as a copy of his oec, passport, and address. Luckily, I was able to move forward and was allowed to board the plane.

After 3 and a half hours in the air, I landed in KLIA2. One of the things I noticed is that the place is really big. There were a lot of passengers with me who chose to freshen up first. For some reason, after I got out, there was hardly anybody in sight, signs are all in Malay (?) and I was literally alone to find the exit. Aside from being a big place, the internet connection is a big convenience. Never was there a spot that I wasn’t able to get a connection. This was a big plus since I decided not to enable my roaming and relied on viber to contact Babe.

20 minutes later, I found my way out, saw Babe and made our way home. Travel time from the airport to Petaling Jaya is an hour and a half. More of our simple adventure in the next posts.

Helpful hints:

1. It is a standard to be in the airport 5 hours before your flight when travelling international. However, in my case, my flight was at 7:30am. In terminal 4, they will only allow you inside when immigration people arrive at 4:30am. As such, you can be at the airport during this time so as to save you the hassle of waiting (you only get to wait outside, FYI).
2. Exchange rate of pero to ringgit is 100=6.70 (Maybank KLIA). To give you an idea, my P2,500 only converted to RM167.
3. Bus tickets are available at the basement area of the airport (near the exit). Ticket prices vary by location and departs by schedule. Tickets to 1utama mall in Petaling Jaya costs RM15.
4. We mostly travelled by local commute (bus) and the usual fare is RM1. Again, they depart on a 15-20 minute interval and routes differ depending on the bus number.
5. Be prepared to walk o and from bus terminals. Taxis are a bit expensive especially when the price of the commodities sink in (haha!).
6. Chinese food are the most common. Indian dishes next.
7. Taxes are computed separately, so if you purchased a RM5 dish in a restaurant, it is usual that you have to pay more (government tax is 6%).
8. Language can be a challenge. Bring patience and listen well. It will also not hurt to keep an open mind in order to understand what is being asked.

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 🙂