Monday

Good day readers and bloggers!

How was your weekend? Mine was not too exciting. Hubby had to work on Saturday and Sunday and my lil girl had a fever reaction from a flu shot . She was well and happy but her temp suddenly rises and we are monitoring it and thank God she is back to the normal and stable toddler body temp. Thanks to Braun Exactemp thermometer. One of the well used items since babyhood till now of my lil one. 

Anyway, my Monday is usually hectic with my LOs Gymbaroo classes at New Lambton at 9.30 so we leave the house at 845 to walk to the venue. ( mommy brisk  walks and pushes the pram , LO sits like a duchess! Lol) and it ends at 10.15 and we usually walk back to shop if needed or just run at the park . Today though was a bit gloomy so we chose to stay home and chill. I also decided to cook lunch early . 

So the fridge needs replenishing of items but I found  half cauliflower head red capsicum, a carrot (single and ready to mingle) . I thought okay, it may be a good idea to roast it. A good batch for lunch and dinner tonight. 

So I washed, and cut them up in chunks, dunked them in a mixing bowl seasoned with….( i have no rules here) olive oil,salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary, steak seasoning.Also, i have sliced red onions into chunks and 2 cloves of carlic mashed with skin on. 

I have read that parmesan and garlic also works. So it is really up to you and what you have on your spice rack. 

Then call your assistant. 


The assistant may have been lurking around the house, demanding from popcorn, chips, chocolate( yes ! My kiddo is a junkie 😂) so I routinely ignored and counter offered with apple, orange, fruit cup, but of course she said no. ( very popular for toddlers!) So we agreed on yoghurt. After few minutes, LO is doing a Jackson Pollock masterpiece on the  floor with banana yoghurt leftover! Awesome. 

So , after cleaning the artwork, washed the LOs hands and asked if she wants to help me. Of course! My LO is keen on these. Anything that she can touch, mix, manipulate, and throw is a win win! So here comes me being a former preschool / childcare worker, CIA special ops agent , did some incidentant vocabulary work on naming the veggies, sensory on textures and smell, fine motor activity on scooping and transferring( hello Montessori) and practical life- supervised of course as the oven is being pre heated in 200deg cel. 

After the apprentice had enough , I intervened to assist on placing the tray in the oven. After 40mins, it was looking good!time to take it out of the oven and rest it for a bit , away from the LO. 


Tadaa! Now, you may try other sturdy veggies like potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, whole fresh mushrooms, brocolli, zucchini and you may add chicken, chorizo , italian sausages ( hmm, good excuse to buy and try it again) if you feel to do so. just a note on watching the raw meat to cook well .slicing it into even slices ( esp chicken breast) will be a good idea. 

I am not a food blogger and I cook, I serve  and eat. You will see in my future posts on how my husband also contributes on our weight gain err I meant culinary activities at home. 

So, there goes half of my Monday. The LO is snoring on my belly as I type this one. I have to move her and carry on with my crochet. 

Have a lovely week ahead. 

Posted in Newbie Blogger, parenting | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Crochet for Lefties


I am bad at craft and needlework. In the Philippines circa 1990s it was part of our Home Economics curriculum to sew and crochet. I dreaded it because I am a left handed person and I am no good on reading patterns. So to pass the project requirements, my mum who has basic knowledge, right handed superhero will make the stuff for me. Crochet a chain and few rows of stitches, sew a basic pattern blouse etc. The teacher, still accepted and passed me . My sewing improved and I can mend by hand running stitch and hem stitches but that is it. 

On the other hand, the other side of Home Econ which is cooking… I think I am quite good at it. Will post on cooking next time with pictures.

Crochet seems to be my fave past time now. I have been a youtube follower of good crochet how to vids and I am glad that technology had made me rekindle my interest on picking the yarn and trying out simple and useful projects out there.

My fave crafters out there:

1. Bella Coco http://www.bellacoco.co.uk/

2.the crochet crowd

3. Amigurumi to go by Sharon Ojala

http://www.bellacoco.co.uk/

4. studio crafti

5. Melanie Ham

6. You can signup for apps like loveknitting, pinterest, craftsy  and they do offer free tutorials and patterns too. 

They are my suggested vloggers and crafters . All easy to follow and what is best about youtube tutorials is that you can save, make a playlist, rewind, forward etc… also, if you read their sites, you can also download the patterns and save kn your file for future reference. I am a bit old school so i kinda jot down some of the basic terms. 

As for materials to use. Following the suggestions of the experts . I started with simple and inexpensive yarns. The dollar shop has 2.50dollars  acrylic wool and they work well with 4.5 sizes hook( ace 3.50-4.00dollars) . Also, get a knitting or yarn needle( 2.00 dollars) to sew in finished products. Later on you can add on pins, to help secure smaller parts of your project like a toy cuddly( amigurumi) buttons or safety eyes( i keep on forgetting to buy lol) , fiber fill( not necessary unless for amigurumi projects. 

So since I started crocheting in March 2017, here are some of the items I tried making and some have finished and some are still WIP .

1 granny square stitch blankie (wip)

I bought a double knit acrylic yarn and this is my second blanket project using granny square stitch.

2 round blanket my first finished project using rounds and rounds of double crocehet stitch. My LO loves to play with it.


3. Amigurumi toy – it is meant to be a bunny but this is my first attempt to try following  studio crafti’s video site. 


4. Applique – i want to try to create xmas tree decos using finer threads ( probly cotton … and finer crochet needles) so here’s a star


5. I have experimented a bit on tshirt yarn. It is a yarn made of old tshirts. They are a bit bulky and can be bought per kg. It uses a size 10 crochet needle. I bought the yarn from a shop called knotknitting based in West Australia. But I also found that my nearby craft shop Lincraft sells ot for 10 dollars a kg.

You may notice that my multicoloured yarn is prominent. Do not laugh, I overstocked . Hahaha. But that is why I am aiming to use it well on my next granny square stitched blanket and perhaps a mulit coloured amigurumi project. 

On my birthday last Aug 9. My order from iloveknitting came of cotton yarns. I am too busy and up to now I havent opened the parcel. Lol  

I am still a newbie to this craft and I just doing this as a hobby to remain sane  and relax my mind from the busy life as a SAHM. However, I recommend that you give it a try if you are interested. 

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Awesome Blogger Award


How creative  is this! Thank you to  spacekoto for nominating me. Honestly, I am flattered that even we are thousand miles apart , we managed to have this witty connection on blogging about anything. In Filipino or English … it is awesome. 

So how does this work. Let me see if I remember this right from the rules of the madamme spacekoto.

1. Thank the blogger who tagged you,

2. Answer the questions posted by the person who nominated you

3. Nominate 5 bloggers and why you nominated them

4. Post 10 questions for your nominees 

5. Tag your post as awesomebloggeraward

6. Let the blogger know tou have nominated them

So here are the questions from spacekoto and my answers. If it is in Filipino, I will translate it for those who are not familiar with our mother tongue. 

1. Kung mananalo ka ng 1 million, ano gagawin mo?( what will you do if have won 1 million – do your own monetary rate exchange)

I will share to my family , save for my LOs fund and then go on a cruise.
2. Nanunuod ka ba ng Game of Thrones? Kung oo, sino ka sa mga character? Kung hindi, eh di next question. ( do you watch Game of thrones? If yes , which character has similarities to you, if no, next question) 

Nope
3. Anong mapapayo mo sa mga baguhang bloggers na katulad ko? Awuw bago. ( what is your advise to new bloggers)

Keep writing but be tactful
4. Ano ang dream job mo?( what isyour  dream job)

Australian Border Police officer( the type that checks luggage for prohibited stuff at the airport)
5. Sa lahat ng blog post mo, alin dun ang favorite mo?(in your previous posts on your site, which  is your fave ?) 

Tales from the Buffet spread
6. Sino inspiration mo sa pag susulat? ( who inspires you to write)

barney Stinson hahaha .  

Actually it is Joy Tanchi mendoza . She authors Teaching with Joy.
7. Eto nabasa ko lang… Would you rather go back to your past and change it or see your future?

See my future
8. August na, how’s your 2017 so far?

It is getting better by God’s grace

9. What makes you blush? Bawal isagot ang blush on.

Red wine. Lol. 
10. Kung isasa-pelikula ang buhay mo, sino gusto mong gumanap?( who will portray you , if there is a movie about your life)

Hmm, amy adams 

Filipino: mylene dizon

My nominees are actually I wanna read the envelope of the winners:

spacekoto For her humour, honesty and creativity . Living and working in Singapore is not all roses and blooms ( i can relate as a former OFW in Sg too) but this chic is strong  and resilient in her posts. 
Love, Amielle – being sensible as a young foreign woman in the UaE. Her posts are nice and enjoyable to read too. 

Girls, spacekoto and Love, Amielle continue loving life. Embrace challenges with wisdom, poise and grace. I can see my younger self in you as I also left our Motherland in 2005 to be an OFW and also to see the world. Our journeys may not be smooth sailing all the time but I know you gals can make it big too. 

Here is my crocheted star for you gals!! 

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged | 5 Comments

The Good , The Bad and the Ugly of Renting

Hello readers! I have been quiet because I have been busy and to live by the name of my blog, WE HAVE MOVED AGAIN! Yes, last Saturday, we had our suitcases, boxes and other thingamajigs packed , transported and settled in our new rented house.

Our new place is smaller compared to the place we rented from Feb-July. I honestly prefer smaller places because as a SAHM, I would like an easy to clean and organise household. I am glad that this 2 br home with a storage/garage was approved when we applied for it. 

Renting is what works for us new families in Australia. Since we are still adjusting to the new life as residents. We get to know which suburbs are good or dodgy, also the proximity of shops and recreation spots for the lil one. I like to take LO to the park and let her run around or push her on the pram on safe trails every morning. For the past year, we have had our share of dealing with house inspections, applications , logistic planning and execution, condition report making, reporting maintenance issues, escalating issues and vacating reports and learning that there are Real Estate agencies out there that are mediocre, tacky and substandard. 

Our last transaction was with Love Realty( wtf is that name) Anyway, since my DH needed to move us here in Newcastle for his new job last summer, we were in a rush to look, apply and just get whoever approves us. We got a decent home, but it has a massive yard , full of steps and located in a steep cul de sac area where you have to endure a 15 min climb uphill with DH on a carrier ( 12 kg plus backpack) to catch a bus that only comes every hour. I endured it for 6 months because I am trying to be the Wife and Mum of the Year( lol).  My issue was with the realty agents, whenever we report anything, it would take ages for them to reply, when we filed the comments on the initial Condition Report, the manager called me and was not happy about our house comments. They always give you the condescending tone and as if you are at fault all the time. 

The worst part was this, when we vacated the place. I organised a housecleaner, a gardener to set the house clean. As an experienced Tenant from Perth and Central Coast, I know the drill and we have been successful in satisfying the vacating premises conditions.  NOT WITH LOVE. Their so called inspection specialist emailed my husband and said that the house was grubby and dirty. Now , that ruined my night! When the cleaner had the house cleaned, we checked and it was done well as expected. I was outraged and showed the email to the cleaning lady. She had cleaned end of lease houses and was mad too. She offered to get the keys and do the job and show them the photos to slam them. 

I am glad that the new agent I found is better. They are not perfect but at least they try their best to communicate with us and address our questions. As a tenant, we have rights too same as the landlords and owners. We co -exist together with real estate agents. I am sad that there are businesses like Love Realty, unfortunately they do not deliver in the game of real estate. They are as dirty like their “expression wall” in their office in Boolaroo. ( where tenants, sellers, buyers can write on the wall their feelings of Love to Love realty) I should have written something on that wall but I am not tacky nor low- class like them. I will be more creative and write about them here. 

So there, a tenant family’s life must go on. I still have to unpack . 

Posted in finding a new home, Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

The Struggle is Real


Last June 15  we celebrated out first year of arrival in Australia. We arrived at Perth Airport via Qatar Airways and the time had just flew by up and now we are here in Newcastle.

To give you an ifea, we arrived here as Permanent Residents. It means, my DH and I took the steps of complying to the set of rules and requirements of the Australian Immigration. We had our English proficiency checked ( IELTS score band of 7.5) , our university credentials assessed, criminal recordbackground checked and health assessed too. It took us 2 years to get the visa as we had to add our LO on the list too. 

When we came here, we are very excited to experience on what Australian lifestyle is. It was a lovely start although we had to face the reality of looking and finding a place to rent, find a job , get the paperwork for government stuff etcetera. But what really hit us hard was the job hunt. I have seen how my DH struggled and also at times frustrated when he gets turned down by one company after the other. When we all had thought that before coming here, out professions have been recognised and suited for the local market. It was not that easy. Perhaps, we came at a wrong time? Due to the downturn of mining , and oil and gas. 

So 3 months have passed and finally a SME offered a job to DH in Central Coast. We moved to Gosford and we are still keeping the fight that we will thrive to the demands and expenses of everyday Australian life.  January 2017, my DH got another offer with a company here in Newcastle. It pays leass but it is a larger company that can help my DH learn more about the industry and better exposure to the so-called “Australian Experience”. 

As for me, I am carrying on my duties as a SAHM and had taken time to take my HLT004 Certificate ( first aide , anaphylaxis and asthma mgt) getting my driving lessons done( unfortunately 2 of my teachers have been in an accident so I am still waiting to get my test) I am also applying for jobs and volunteer positions.

Last week , I was called for an interview for a post in a Childcare. However, I just got a call today that I did not qualify. For reasons that I did not ask anymore. ( I had my qualifications assessed and granted by ACECQA, I have a First Aid Check, a Working with Children Check) so I am just saving myself for further heartbreak by not asking why I failed to get the job. I should be picking up myself and carry on and see what else I can do to hopefully snag the job. 

I will just tell myself that because my LO is still young, It will be better that I stay with her and just be a mum. However, I also hope that soon, I can also get a chance to work and help my husband to provide for our family. 

Right now, I am going to seek possibilities to improve myself to be better and have a higher chance to pass the interviews. Failing is never a good feeling but I will try not to dwell on that. It is time to move on. 

To make things a bit cheerful, I am thankful to Newcastle and Hunter Toy Library for allowing me to Volunteer 2 Saturdays a month. This makes me feel accomplished at least a couple of hours and also giving back to the community where we are at . 

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

The Hashtag

I am not going to wash my hands clean and say that I have never used this sign in some of my social media posts. However, I will be very honest to tell you that I have not really understood the concept of hashtagging. I merely just followed a trend because everybody in the damn social media world is doing it. 

And then, I have somehow gotten irritated by this trend. Why? It is because , some of the people I know, have just been hashtagging everything they do and post that most of the time it is either not making sense, super long and worse….spelled wrongly! 

Let me give you some examples of these categories:

1. OTT hashtagging- 

an ott hashtagger will do this:

#lighthouse #summer #newcastle #beach #summer #australia #rocks #scenery #weekend #water #sand #sun #bluesky #whiteclouds #beachlover #nofilter #randomwalks #amazing

…. ok what else ? The whole elements, particles that probably have been in the photo. Also let us not forget the overly used #blessed. 😂

2. Loooong hashtags with CAPITAL LETTER mashups

It is long and makes me cringe . Let me make use of my LOs photo to illustrate it further

#mylittleartistinthemaking

#Iamgoingtobetheonecleaningupthismessafter

#IlovePINTERESTkiddoecraftideas

#creativitykickinginmybabygirl

…… i have seen others that are longer , it can be a paragraph 

3. spelling bee fails hashtag

Okay, the worst of them all is the hashtag with misspelled words. This is common on travel , food and leisure posts. Best advice to share to these peeps is that, research or doublecheck what you hashtag and post. 

#lavandar — 

#validictorian

#wronggrammer

#mindgrain

……. ok enough . that reached my tolerance level . 😆

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Along the Aisles of Toys R’ Us

Hello! I believe it  has almost been 3 months since I posted an entry on this space. Life has been busy up here . Taking my LO to tots gym , playgroup, and next week to a music and rhyme activity. I am also working hard to get my L license to P so I can legally drive in NSW. ( not cheap! But i am learning . Thanks to my instructors) I have improved but my confidencs is not that big yet and I am still  grasping the reverse parallel and the bay parking is still a daunting part for me. 

As we face autumn , it is also time to dig our jeans,cardis and blankies. It also makes me feel like eating all the comfort foods I like from the Philippines and beyond. ( ohmmm self control! Else, my weight loss from 82kg in Nov to 71 now and progressing will be useless!) I am chanelling that into crocheting and helping my bro in his online transcription projects.

As I am beginning to like the life up here in Newcastle, my only wish to make it more enjoyable is that I pass my driving test so it will be easier for me and LO to move around. I am a frequent 13CABS user and I have pretty much familiariased myself with the newie cabbies. 

Another upcoming thing is LO might be joining a Family day care on part time  basis. That will give me time to polish my driving skills , find work or simply give myself a break. At least for few hours. It will benefit me and LO as she is enjoying being with kids around her too. If I get a job , I can put her on Childcare . 

Ok, that’s my quick recap.. I have to go and catch LO before she sneaks out the checkmout area with an unpaid toy on her hand. 

 

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oops !we did it again….

Oh yeah! Here we are again. Packed , drove, moved, unpacked, sorted. Ladies and gentlemen. We have moved to another place again. 

It was 4th February 2017. A hot and humid day. We have moved from Central Coast to Newcastle. It was a good move as things were handled well by KC Removals and the team was in charge of loading the stuff, unloading , arranging and assembling the items for you if needed. 

This is our 3rd move within Australia from June 2016. As mentioned in my bio page we are experts in moving our lives in suitcases. Now with boxes and furnitures! ( whoo upgrade!! ….blah!) This is a local move and the whole process just took a day to get it done.

I thought that is it. Easy! But it had just started.. We rented a house this time and I must say that inspite of the age of the house, the interior area is beautiful. However, the exterior is like a Jurassic Park. 

Okay, I might have been exaggerating .TBH, it is a nice lawn, it is elevated in 3 levels , with cubby house, sandpit, swing and a tool shed. It is perfect to keep those medical slides with blood samples like in DEXTER. I just cant stand the idea that the AGENT allowed us to move without organizing a lawn and garden cleaner. I am currently going on quotes and BOY oh BOY!! The cheapest I got was 250 dollars and the other one that I dismissed was 550( he did not even look at the property) Anyway, I  meeting 2 other service providers and hopefully I can get this done. 

Next on my list was Internet. Our are has to go to ADSL since theres no NBN service yet. So when I called the provider we used to have,Bam ! Long phone wait! Seriously BELONG internet ! Do you only have one Customer Service Rep for all Australia? That is something I think my hisband is organizing. 

Though this post sounds I am whingeing. Well, yes!! I am telling you guys, that it is Stressful and frustrating. I am trying hard to get the house sorted when it comes to cleanliness( which I think os doing well) but I want to make it look better. I tried to clean it up myself but with a LO running around the area, I get to prioritize and choose my child over dried leaves. 

I will hope fpr the best and get this  stuff sorted soon. For now, deeep breaths!! 

Posted in finding a new home, Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The GFE


So I signed  up for Stan to stream shows and movies. It is a new player in the streaming biz but Netflix is still the front runner. However, Last week I came across this series in Stan that was produced by Starz ( remember Spartacus: Blood and Sand) called “The Girlfriend Experience” it has only one season that premiered last year. It has 13 episodes so it was an easy binge to watch. 

I wont do spoilers here but after watching this series, I thought that this show is a mirror. The hard reality of studying and paying for a good education, how internships can make or break your self esteem, the lack of genuine family connection, the loneliness behind the luxurious life. When we feel that emptiness, we try to seek everywhere and with anyone to seek pleasure even if it is just temporary. 

The GFE is not for those who have really high moral standards. They might just focus on one side of the main character and say that it is a wild show with loads of nudity. For me, It is beyond that.That is ifyou  have a broad mindset and not taking things always on its  literal sense. Watchout for the twists and powerplay of the main characters. 

If you are a new Stan sunscriber,and over 18 feel free to give this show a go. 

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Disconnected

635791606507961457-887732726_disconnected-e1376858807979-imgopt1000x70

Have you ever had that feeling that you are alone and that no one seems to see or hear you even if they are just within an arm’s reach? How about not being appreciated at least when you have done something nice or good to them and they just simply walk away or worse, add more things for you to accomplish?  It sucks and you just want to scream and walk out of the door but you can’t. Instead, you have to swallow your pride and keep on doing the same things everyday and hope that someday, people will realise that you exist and you are equally important no matter how big or small you are doing.

I am not in a very good situation at the moment. Somehow, I am feeling guilty that I have not able to make a connection with my daughter because I let her watch TV whilst I am trying to fulfill house chores during the day. But I think when she gives me her hugs and kisses, I do feel that inspite of me being a busy housekeeper/mama she still appreciates me. ( I hope.. just that  she cant fully say those words yet).

My DH who has found and started a new job up north is also busy. He leaves at 5.am and arrives at 640p. He showers, eats dinner, sits in one corner of the living room, looks at his phone and then goes to bed. Same routine I guess until we find a place near his new workplace and perhaps he will have more time to talk to us , or spend quality time during the weekdays.

I guess I have no right to complain or even write this . Since I am a stay at home mum and no income to prove myself or worth. I am just a mum now. Looking after our LO, try to keep the home tidy, wash, fold, iron clothes, do some errands and spend my DH wages. So I should just be ignored and only speak when summoned. My stories about my day suddenly sounds boring, not worth a minute to listen to . Meanwhile, our handphones, new sites, fb sites and instagram sites are more interesting to read and look at.

Over the holidays. I bought a few board games for us to play. At least to give us an “away time” from our hand held gadgets. we only played once and it was fun. However, nothing followed after that. We are back to the old ways again.

Last night, I could not contain myself anymore and burst out crying. DH asked why and I told him How I feel. But then knowing how weak I am, I just told him. “Nevermind, this could only be a phase.. we will get the hang of this” . And then he slept . I held myself up high and just walked to the other room to iron his shirts and jeans and read the bible and prayed that, hopefully I will really get the hang of things.

What happened to us? Is it because we spent most of the time being in a Long Distance Relationship before we got married and now that we are together permanently we cant figure out how to be connected? On the physical aspect yes. We do fulfill that area . But that is not just how a relationship works? Am I getting boring? Or unattractive maybe?I asked him these questions before and he said I am not. ( although maybe I was just given answers I would want to hear.)

I hope that this “so called phase ” will be over soon and make our relationship work before we get fully DISCONNECTED and grow apart. I am a believer of lasting marriages and I will try my best to make it work. I just hope that I am not going to be alone on this fight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Newbie Blogger | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment