January 30, 2009

Torn

I haven't been eating properly for four days now. It's not that I don't want to eat but I can't.

I accidentally bit my inner lip twice on the same spot five days ago. And it has now become like a "singaw" or mouth sore. It's painful when I eat.

I cannot make up my mind if I should be annoyed or glad I have it.

Annoyed because I cannot eat properly and because it's painful. And glad because I cannot eat. Meaning, I'd be able to shed some more pounds. LOL

But I guess I am more annoyed because we're going on a vacation starting tomorrow.

I plan to eat lechon on the first day in Manila.

But how can I? Grrr...

Is there a medicine for "singaw"?

January 28, 2009

Long Weekend Over So Soon

Why is it that a weekend seems forever to arrive but once it's there it seems so fast?

Take for example the recently 4-day weekend we had here. I was counting the days before it. And now it's over so fast!

Weekends are never really enough, aren't they? Not even with a long one. But still, we managed to have a fun, lazy and leisurely long weekend.

Last Monday we went down to the pool and had some splashin' fun. Okay, only hubby and EJ did splashed in the pool while I was alternately playing PSP, reading a business book, checking on my boys and taking their photos. Moms are good at multi-tasking like that! LOL

We should go down to the pool often. It's a good way to exhaust a toddler and at the same time have fun! :)

January 26, 2009

Fun Time and Exercise Too

Since it is still the second day of a 4-day long weekend (it's Chinese New Year!), we decided to do something exhausting. Yes, going to the park with a toddler is exhausting but also a never-ending fun.

Our original plan was to visit Petrosains at Suria but there was long queue at the ticket counter and it looks like it was already crowded inside too. So we went to the park instead.

The park was alive with so many kids running around and families having a picnic.

It was so hot yesterday. But EJ never minded of course. He was happily running around, climbing, going through tunnels and chasing birds.

It was a joy to watch him.

If only it wasn't too hot, we would have stayed a little longer. After only an hour or so, we asked EJ to go home. He didn't complain. I guess he was tired too.

Before heading home, we went to the mall first. I needed to find acne treatments for a friend. But no such luck.

For a half a day adventure, I walked 20,000 steps! That's hitting two birds at the same time.

We should do this often.

January 23, 2009

Determination and Will-power

So many people have noticed my weight loss. And some of them are curious how I shed off those pounds. Some even asked me if I used a weight loss product.

Actually I have been documenting my weight loss project in my other blog. All the gory details are there. Or maybe not :)

It's been three months or so when I became serious with my weight loss project. Of course prior to that, I have been on "diet" but I always slip.

Three months of practicing will-power over food and exercising has made me lose over 20lbs.

It wasn't easy. There were days when I wanted to pig out. Believe me, I caved in one or two times, maybe even more. After all I am just human.

But once you start losing weight, you become inspired and determined to lose more. I only have to look at my picture when I was at my heaviest and it would drive me to exercise more.

I believe I was at my heaviest here. This photo was taken at Holiday Inn Penang last July. I was probably around 170lbs here.

Photo taken last Sunday. I am now 140lbs. Since I have started taking my weight seriously I have lost a total of 25lbs, 4 inches and I am now two sizes down.

At the moment, I am very happy with the way things are. But I am still working to lose 5-10lbs, if I can.

Hopefully I won't be careless anymore. Health is wealth after all.

January 22, 2009

So it Seems

Hubby has just signed his extended and amended contract today. Looks like we will be here for one more great year in KL!

Several months ago, we were not sure if his contract was going to be renewed. While it wasn't really a big deal, it was one of our considerations if we would accept the NZ offer.

Looking back, the decision making gave me a couple or more sleepless nights. I am the type who can't sleep if there's a problem unsolved.

I used to stay up late at nights reading all I can about NZ, comparing it with our life here and of course listing down the pros and cons. I usually go with my gut-feel and my gut-feel told me then to stay here. But since it was our life at stake, I went the organized way. I wrote my feelings, likes and dislikes. And I wrote the actual things, pros and cons too.

In a funny twist of event after hubby declined the offer in NZ, he received another offer somewhere in middle east.

Goes to show, if you're really good, you are good everywhere. That's my hubby *proud smile*!

So it seems we've made the right decision of staying here. We're near to our families. And there are more opportunities to travel (Malaysia has so many holidays!).

We're so happy. This year is shaping up to be a great year for us. Fingers crossed.

January 21, 2009

Finger-painting is Fun

I used to fret and stress myself with activities on how to entertain/amuse EJ.

But not anymore. What I do is let him guide me what kind of game he wants. Right now, he's into make-believe, monologue and the never-ending cars and trains!

But if he's bored with the above activities and I am also tired, I make his hands busy. It's educational, visually entertaining and fun. But what makes EJ likes this is because he has the license to get his hands all dirty.

Great!:)




So if you're mother of a hyper toddler and has run out of ideas how to make your child keep still but still entertained, try this.

It works well with my son. :)

January 20, 2009

Across Oceans

When I was a GSO in Maldives before, my boss (Vicki) was coolest boss I've ever had. She was also the best boss - efficient, intelligent, funny and great with staff.

After more than three years, we met again yesterday! She's here in KL with her family for a mini break. They're currently based in Krabi, Thailand.

It was lovely seeing her again. But it was our sons who really had a great time playing together.

At first, Sam was hesitant. Vicki said, he's not used to seeing lots of kids around his age. So he's either scared or wouldn't say anything. EJ is the opposite, he chases kids just so he can play with them..hehe.

I guess EJ won him over when he showed his collection of cars. They bonded over cars, who wouldn't if you're a toddler?:)

When it was time to leave, Sam didn't want EJ to go home yet. So we stayed a while and let them play their cars while running around alternately.

Hopefully we'll be able to visit them in Krabi before they go to their next destination.

January 18, 2009

Yummy Sunday - Tony Roma's

Last Friday, hubby suggested to have dinner at Tony Roma's in Pavilion. Since Friday is a no-diet day for me, I agreed.

For dessert, we ordered an "avalanche" - a combination of cake and ice cream. We had it served first before the food.

Appetizer was a chicken something :)

Hubby ordered the ribs...

I ordered the grilled chicken...

The serving portion were so huge, we had a hard time finishing off the food.

January 17, 2009

Saturday Mornings are Bliss

I love Saturday mornings. My boys wake up late and I treasure this moment when there is total silence in the apartment. Even the outside world seemed to be still sleeping too.

This gives me time to think, reflect, plan, dream or do my stretching exercises without somebody interrupting me every five minutes.

I also love the fact that I can indulge in "me time" without having to worry about them because they're just both in bed sleeping.

They're usually awake around 10AM. Or if I am lucky enough, they wake up around almost noon time.

That gives me plenty of time to do whatever I want or need to do. Like now.

I have finished my stretching routine. I wrote something in my journal. Planned our Manila and Boracay itinerary. And still my boys are sleeping.

So with a steaming instant coffee on my right side, I opened my laptop and decided to write my assignments, ie ac compressor :)

I just love Saturday mornings. I sometimes wake up earlier than usual so I can fully savour the moment.

How about you? Do you wake up early on a Saturday morning or do you take advantage of the first weekend morning and sleep late?

January 16, 2009

Gadgets et al

I understand it is not only guys who love gadgets. Some girls I know are just as addicted to gadgets as the guys are. But I am not one of them.

Sure, I have a celfone and a laptop. Both are necessity in my opinion and in this age. But both are not the latest, not the "it" and certainly not the most expensive item on the menu.

When everybody seemed to have one or two ipods, I didn't have the urge to buy one for myself. Maybe because I am not much of a music person.

Last Christmas, I contemplated of buying a PS3 as a gift for hubby. But I realized that he may not be able to play with it as much as he wants because, well, we only have one TV at home and he has some serious competition with it :) His PS2 just sits there under the TV rack, rarely used.

I decided to buy him a PSP instead. It's portable so he can play with it anytime and anywhere he wants.

What we didn't anticipate was me getting hooked on it! LOL.

Now he is thinking of buying another one just for me :)

Seriously though, I wouldn' mind lugging another gadget around. So hon if you read this, get me a red PSP will you? Hahaha!

January 15, 2009

Because He Says What I Say

When a toddler learns to speak, everyday is an amusing day or irritating day depending on your mood :)

I am always delighted and eager to teach EJ new words and he is such a fast learner. Although some words are not pronounced clearly, he can already communicate well with us.

These are the words/phrases which he can utter perfectly and which I find cute:

When he sees something funny/amusing he laughs and says "funny or silly"

When he is tickled pink with something he says "my goodness"

When you ask him something and he doesn't know that answer he says "...don't know"

When you tickle him he says "that tickles, mommy"

When he is playing and he wants to show it to me he says excitedly "look at them, mommy"

When we are outside and he is being unruly, I tell him "hala!" and he finishes it off with "a guard is coming!"

When he sees a cute baby he goes "cute baby, mommy" Hahaha!

When his daddy goes to work he says "see u later daddy"

EJ has a penchant for repeating words or phrases. But even on days when I am PMS-ing, I still find his vocabulary cute and adorable.

January 14, 2009

Bound to the Beach

Boracay, here we come!

I am supposed to be excited because, well, it is Boracay. One of the finest/beautiful beach in the world. And it's my first time ever!

But my mind is still somewhere. I can't focus on our itinerary. We're going there on the first week of February but I haven't even booked our flight and hotel yet. Well, I hope it's not rainy season there. Must check the weather forecasts too.

I've checked the hotels already, that much I did. I couldn't decide which hotel to book. So far here are the nicest among the hotels I've browsed: Discovery Shores, Friday's Boracay, The Tides Boracay and Boracay Regency. Personally, I'd like to stay in Discovery Shores. But the rate! It's just so expensive.

If possible I am aiming for a beach-front hotel. But then I have no idea which area is the best. If you guys have been there, which area/hotel is the best place to stay for a family with a toddler?

I guess I need to stay online much longer tonight. Which reminds me, I need to check on these online auto insurance quotes too.

Ahhh...how can I live without my internet? :)

January 11, 2009

KL Malls - Pretty in Pink

After taking down the Christmas tree and other Christmas decors, malls here in KL are again busy putting up decors for the coming Chinese New Year.

I am not sure what's the significance of the Cherry/Chinese blossom tree but two of the malls that we frequent here have that as part of their Chinese New Year decoration. It looks cute and pretty! And it makes for a very good photo background :)

It's the year of the Ox! Photo taken at Pavilion Mall's entrance.

At Berjaya Times Square. People couldn't resist taking a photo with the tree as background, including us. Hehe.

At Pavilion Mall - "Blossom in pink, Prosper in red."

The Pine tree and Blossom tree have been the malls' highlight decoration for Christmas and Chinese New Year. Will Plum trees ever get their chance? Hehe!

Yummy Sunday - Thai Food

Thai food has really a big space in my heart/tummy. I have come to love and crave for it.

Last month's trip to Bangkok was a time to indulge in authentic Thai food. It was a pleasure!

Food below were ordered in a food court in Siam Paragon Mall.


{Fried chicken wings}



{Prawn cake}



{Phad Thai}

January 10, 2009

Pepper Lunch in Bangkok

When we were in Bangkok last December, we saw a Pepper Lunch restaurant inside Central World Mall.

I was curious. There was no need to convince hubby. He was reading the menu outside the restaurant already.



Hubby ordered the chicken and pork combo. Yes there was pork! Hehehe. Photo above.


I ordered the beef steak sliced (forgot the exact term)...


...and this salad.

Hubby finished his plate soon enough. He loved the pork and chicken combo! And I loved my order too.

We can't wait to try PL in Philippines! :)

January 9, 2009

Unrequited Love

Scene 1, Living Room

The door clicks open. The baby (okay, the toddler), upon hearing the door open drops his cars on the floor, scrambles to his feet, and runs to the nearest couch. He's always been afraid of doors opening or any unusual sound.

The daddy walks in, smiling. He kissed his wife who was in the kitchen preparing lunch. He went to his son, said hi and kissed him too. The son didn't respond. So the daddy sat down beside the him. And both the wife and the husband heard the son mutter "yav you, daddy" (I love you daddy).


Scene 2, Bedroom

Daddy and toddler were playing with the cars. Out of nowhere, the baby just blurted out "big hug, daddy". When they were hugging, the baby said "yav you, daddy".

~End of Story~

I can't help but feel jealous. EJ said "I love you" twice to hubby already. Both instances were unprompted. EJ only said those words to me once and I had to coax him into saying it.

Why, oh why??

When EJ is sleepy, he looks for me. When he is hurt, he wants only me to comfort him. When we are outside, he wants me to carry him. When he has tantrums, he wants nothing but me to deal with him.

While I work my butt off with EJ, hubby gets the rewards.

How easy is it to be a daddy?

Just kidding of course! :))

January 7, 2009

Happy Wednesday!

It's a bit hectic today. But I woke up to a good start.


Flowers really brighten up the room, if not the mood. Now I am ready!

My to-do list today are all online related. I need to book flights, hotels, email an agent, an architect, and shop for sports gifts.

I usually get a headache when I am online for a long a time. Hopefully today is different.

Hope you guys are off to a good start of the day too. Have a great midweek!

January 5, 2009

Sweetest Blogging Award

The Top 10 Pinoy Expats/OFW blog 2008 has concluded last December 30, 2008 and the winners have been announced already.

This blog placed number 9!

Honestly, being nominated and included in the list of the Pinoy Expats was an honor already for me. I did not expect anything more.

Sure, I asked my family and friends to vote for me. But only because I was afraid nobody would. I didn't want to be the only blog with zero vote (okay 1 vote, but coming from me). Hehehe.

But after that, I didn't check anymore how many votes I got.

When Kenji (the organizer) emailed me the link of the blog awards, I didn't expect to be included in the top 10.

Imagine how pleasantly surprised and humbled I was!

I'd like to say thank you to Kenji and his wife (Mr. and Mrs. Thoughtskoto) for all the hard work they've put into organizing this event. Mabuhay kayo!

To the judges, thank you for liking my blog. *shy smile*

And to my family, friends and everyone else who found time to vote for my blog, Thank you very much!

Mr. Jim Paredes' Writing on Air made it to number 1 spot. But of course. :)

If you want to find out who else made it to top 10 Pinoy Expat's Blog, it's here.

January 4, 2009

Show Me the 6th

Got a tag from Kaye. Thanks sis!

Here's the rules:

1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.

2. Go to the 6th Folder and then pick the 6th Picture.

3. Post it on your blog and tell the story that goes with the picture.

4. Tag 5 other glorious people to do the same thing and leave a comment on their bloggy tellin’ them ’bout it.

I was tempted to cheat because the picture I found on my folder was not what I would normally post here in my blog. I am not smiling on the photo and the background is a mess. Hehe. But then, there's a story behind it so here it is.

This photo was taken last December 21 at home by hubby. I was planning my outfit for our Bangkok trip and was trying them on. LOL. And since we don't have a full-length mirror I asked hubby to take a picture of me so I can see the whole outfit.

Hubby told me to smile and I responded by saying grrr...hence the face. Hahaha!

I cropped the photo because it shows a very messy bedroom with all my clothes scattered around.

Anyway, that outfit minus the jacket (but plus accesories) became my airport attire :)

Now I am tagging Edge so she will finally have something to post in her blog. Hehehe. Joke lang cas :)

Yummy Sunday - Pork

This is my third entry for Yummy Sunday.

We had pork knuckles (crispy pata) wrapped in bacon for our New Year's Eve dinner at home. I wish I can take credit for it. It was so delicious in all it's fatty glory! We bought it in a German restaurant.

Three in Two

Well, that's us. Hubby and I are celebrating our third anniversary in two week's time.

With all the festivities during the holiday season, I almost forgot we're nearing our third anniversary.

The first one, we left EJ with our trusted "yaya" (we were in Manila) and we went out. We went to a mall together, went separate ways to "dress up" and buy gifts and later on meet for coffee and a romantic dinner. We also stayed overnight at a hotel.

The second one, we left EJ with my mother and cousin (again we were in Manila) and we had a whole day fun date. We spent the day by watching a movie, playing bowling, buying gifts together, having a massage and of course dinner.

This time around, we'll be celebrating it with EJ because there's nobody to leave him behind. But it's okay. We're just probably having dinner outside. Or maybe even stay at home only with a cake.

I am still exhausted from our recent trip to plan and go into another activity. But I must find a gift for hubby first. I'm thinking something useful, maybe one of the tv stands will do? Haha! Just kidding of course.

Gift or no gift, it doesn't matter. What's important is we're together :)

January 1, 2009

Looking Forward to the Best of 2009

My boys are still sleeping, probably tired from last night's festivities. But here I am with boundless energy! So I thought I'd start the year right by blogging and working on my assignments. Does that mean I'd be blogging non-stop this whole year? LOL. Hopefully I'll be writing more assignments this 2009.

This is how we bid goodbye to 2008 and welcomed year 2009.

We decided against going out so we'll spend less and instead stay at home and prepare food. We had "crispy pata" wrapped in bacon, baked mac, ham and fruit salad. It was actually a lot so it will be reheated for today's lunch :)

After dinner we went to Bukit Bintang to check out the concert and had originally planned to stay until the countdown.

But decided against it because there were just so many people around. It wasn't safe for us with babies. So we went back home.

A few minutes before the clock struck at 12midnight, we threw coins from our door all the way to the living room. Hoping for good fortune to come our home this 2009.

And then we joined (although we were home but we can still hear the countdown) the rest of the crowd counting down to 12midnight.

We watched the fireworks display safely ensconced and at the comforts of our living room. It lasted for about 15 minutes or so. EJ was amazed with the fireworks display. And it was really spectacular too. More photos of the fireworks can be found at hubby's photo blog.

Year 2008 has been a pretty good year for us. We have been blessed with good health, EJ making leaps of developments and financially speaking it was good for us too. We have made some little investments, travelled to several places and twice back home.

We are truly grateful for all the blessings we have received. It was a perfect year for us.

Now it's 2009. A new year and another year to make changes, improvements and make our plans into a reality. This year we hope for another good year if not better than the last. We're particularly looking forward to the following, God-willing:

a) Furnish our condo unit
b) Make another small investment
c) Travel to another country
d) Put up a business (maybe coffee franchises or something else)
e) My parent's 40th wedding anniversary

To our families and friends, thank you for enriching our lives as always and thank you for being part of a wonderful 2008!

I wish us all Good Health, Peace of Mind, Contentment and Good Fortune for this New Year.

Cheers!!!

Bangkok Trip, Day 3 & 4

I will just combine the Day 3 and Day 4 post because I am lazy to do one post for each..hehe.

Kidding aside, I think we got tired taking photos and we just wanted to take in and feel Bangkok through our eyes. Although there are some instances where we couldn't resist taking photos.

We had a DIY tour at the Grand Palace on the morning of our 3rd day. Just a little trivia and info, The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and it houses not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The rest of our Day 3 was spent inside the mall and the hotel :)

Erawan Shrine is listed on the top 10 must visit temples/shrines in the city. We couldn't let this opportunity pass especially since it is just a walking distance from our hotel. So on the morning of our Day 4, we trekked to this small shrine.

A bit of trivia about Erawan Shrine: "The shrine is a very popular worship shrines in Bangkok. Its popularity stems from its unusual origins. Its really just a somewhat larger than normal spirit house. It dates back to the 1950s when the hotel's predecessor (also called the Erawan Hotel) was under construction. The project was plagued by so many accidents that, in desperation, the builders put up the shrine which depicts Brahma riding his elephant Erawan, and the problems promptly stopped. Thus the shrine became famous and is sought out by people day and night seeking the powerful spirit's intercession."

Just like Day 3, the rest of Day 4 was spent in a mall and packing our things for our departure that night.

Photos below.

Grand Palace - Chakri Maha Prasat Hall

Grand Palace - We nicknamed it "the bell". It's on top of one of the temples.

Grand Palace - Intricate designs near Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn (The Royal Pantheon)

Grand Palace - In front of the Model of Angkor Wat

Grand Palace - In front of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Grand Palace - Phra Mondop

Grand Palace - Phra Siratana Chedi

Grand Palace - The Emerald Buddha

Another shopping trip at Siam Paragon

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine - Offering a prayer

Shopping trip again at the Central World