Thursday, March 31, 2011

Home Alone (Day 10): My First Daughter's First Appearance on MMK TV Drama

Today, I will have a long day as there are few things that I must take care of. I have to go out and withdraw some money because I don't have any now, LOL! Yes and today is the 31st. My hubby asked me to withdraw money from his ATM to pay his car, electric bill and I need to buy stuff for me, too. Likewise, I have a schedule on turtorial late afternoon, because my schedule is Mondays and Thursdays, not bad actually.

Below is my daughter's first appearance on MMK's episode (TV Drama). There are only two videos because she only got two scenes for this. She didn't say anything or no script but she basically acted like she was a member of the family. Mind you, that wasn't easy for a six year old kid, then. She didn't undergo any workshop, for that matter. Unlike, thesedays that there are so many smart children who have acting skills simply because they could afford to pay for acting workshop. I wish I could do it for my daughter, too. But now it's not the best time, she needs to study first. When she has earned her degree in College, I will let her do the acting and modeling.


Look at my first daughter at 1:22, the only girl here (with long shiny, black hair).


And on 3:32~4:29, Thanks for modern civilization, I've got copies of these lol :D

She was six years old then. But, since they were needing an eight years old girl to do the role. I told her gay manager that she could easily do it because I will guide her. It was too memorable for my daughter and me. For once in my life, I have experienced the feeling of becomeing a "stage mom" for my first and only daughter then (2006).

Manikang Papel (Paper Doll), is a story of 2 brothers who had been abused by their father since they were kids. Kuya Nitoy, played by Carlo Aquino, is a fearless boy who only wants to protect his little brother from their abusive father. Dodong, played by Jiro Manio, is a soft spoken, loving kid who realizes his being gay could help him and his eldest brother finish their studies. The story evolved on how they managed to survive living their lives independently, and mainly how Dodong surpassed all the trials of being a gay prostitute and the pains of accepting and taking care of his Kuya (eldest brother) who accidentaly became mentally ill.

I am thinking about her all the time, missing her so much. If could take her with me now, specially that I am alone. I would hug her so tight and kiss her every now and then. I looking at her old pictures, way back when she was still a baby. She is my source of joy and strength. I just wish and pray that I could make it up for her someday. That's why I wanna do the best that I can to find part time jobs for now because I can't work full time for her small sister is just 11 months old. I still have HOPE and I PRAY hard that I could give her a better future and we will be together soon.

My daughter's acting skills is so promising, I know she could do more in the future. I am so proud to have a beautiful daughter, like her. And I super love her so much <3





source: you tube

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

EAT, PRAY, LOVE: A Movie Review



Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks. The movie rights for the memoir were purchased by Columbia Pictures. The film version, which stars American actress Julia Roberts, et al.

At 32 years old, Elizabeth Gilbert was educated, had a home, a husband, and a successful career as a writer. However, she was unhappy in her marriage and often spent the night sleeping on her bathroom floor. After separating from her husband and initiating a divorce, which he contested, she embarked on a rebound relationship which continued for some time but did not work out, leaving her devastated and alone.

Afterwards, while writing an article on yoga vacations in Bali, Gilbert met a ninth-generation medicine man who told her she would one day come back and study with him. After finalizing her difficult divorce, Gilbert spent the next year traveling around the world. The trip was paid for in advance with a book deal from the publisher.

She spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life ("Eat"). She spent three months in India, finding her spirituality ("Pray"). She ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for "balance" of the two and found love ("Love") in the form of a dashing Brazilian factory owner.


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My friend and I went to see this film, last year. I just thought that this movie was really disappointing and I was really looking forward to it. The movie itself misses the whole meaning behind the book. In the beginning, it may sound boring but as you go through, you will see that there is more in to it.

If you're going to examine the bare facts of the story, then you'll have to emit the protagonist is still just a pseudo deep self centered b*tch and from what I've heard about Julia Roberts, playing this role was not a stretch at all. Don't get me wrong, I love Julia Roberts as an actress. It's just the story that I didn't like. Correction, it is DISLIKE and not HATE.

I honestly like and dislike the movie/book, at the same time. I like it because of the quotes and the learning experiences that she has gone through although, she wouldn't have to divorce her husband just for the sake of finding herself back or traveling to other countries. I am not saying that traveling is bad, it's just too annoying for me that it is superficial yet inspiring.Looks like a movie for the screwed up "modern woman" who chases bad guys constantly, makes all the wrong decisions and then cries over how her life sucks when it's her fault.

A woman who divorced her loving husband, left her New York home, didn't want to have kids, to travel, to learn how to meditate, to learn how to speak Italian, to travel the world. At the end of the book/movie, she went back to New York with her new boy friend/husband to be, and will probably have kids. She divorced her husband to travel the world: to eat, love, and pray. Really?! Can you not travel the world to eat and pray without divorcing your husband?! Really?! You have to divorce your husband to travel the world to find true love?!

She was more interested in "the awkward, unresolved stuff she must have chosen to leave out," noting that Gilbert omits the "confusion and unfinished business of real life," and that "we know how the story ends pretty much from the beginning."


Some of the quotes that I really, really love <3:

"Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."

"Learning how to discipline your speech is a way of preventing your energies from spilling out of you through the rupture of your mouth, exhausting you and filling the world with words, words, words instead of serenity, peace and bliss."

"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."

"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection."

"I am stronger than Depression and braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me."

"To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life"

"God dwells within you, as you."

"The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go."

"Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone."

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings."








sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eat,_Pray,_Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8csr68LjUM
http://www.google.com
http://yahoo.com
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11679.Elizabeth_Gilbert

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Home Alone (Day 9) An Extra Ordinary Day

I thought that my hubby was going to be busy today. But, he surprised me this evening. He went online and we had chat with webcam so that I could meet his family in Tennessee. It's the first time to meet them on webcam. They looked very happy to meet me online and to be with my hubby and daughter in there. They will be spending three weeks holiday vacation and a week has passed. It was such a long time, so many years since he last visited his family in America.

Last weekend, his sisters and their families from New York and Florida flew to Tennessee just to visit them. It's because my husband and daughter aren't always there so they came to meet them. It was a happy and memorable reunion. His mom hopes to meet me in person, too. When she saw me on cam, she sounded very happy and so much grateful that she is with them.

It was 6am in Tennessee, he just woke up. He was telling me about the happenings in his family and showing me our daughters new clothes. He is perfect a dad to our daughter and a wonderful husband for me. His mom greeted me, she just woke up, too. She is so sweet. He has close family ties and so am I. It was great to see them, it reminds me how it goes at home. We both have a normal family background. We grew up with legitimate parents and a happy surroundings. I missed my childhood and I just wish I could go back where I could be with my father (may he rest in peace) and play with my two siblings or help my mom doing her filing and clustering stuff from work.

This is indeed a very special day for me!


Our daughter's showcasing her skills in driving her tractor


My hubby was feeding our daughter. They're both funny and sweet. I love them both :)


Sofia's breakfast part 2


Sofia on the swing and the fall lol (but it wasn't a bad fall, after all! Thank God)

His niece and her daughter, Lexi (our grand daughter LOL)

Our daughter and one of his sisters

His two nieces

His other two sisters

His mom and our daughter

Our daughter, she looks so funny here LOL

Our daughter was playing with cousins while in a hammock

Landon and our daughter

Playing the barbie doll & toy car

Home Alone (Day 8): Feeling Like Winter


I woke up at past 7am, it is so cold since yesterday here in Bangkok. Unlike the past few days because it is just cloudy and windy. Yesterday, when I went out I thought of bringing my umbrella to prepare for heavy rains but it didn't come. It's 15 degrees now here since yesterday and I feel like it is getting very cold. I love this kind of weather, but I hope to see the sun, too. I feel so lazy all day and night. I am thinking of just staying home and do nothing but internet surfing. I was watching movies via veetle.com. Then, suddenly thought that my hubby might have an email for me and I am right. I sent a reply to him and below herewith is the content of my letter.

Dear,

Hi. How's she and your family? It's so cold here and I am feeling so lazy because it's cold in this room. Wow! Sofia is going to attend a birthday party. Please take some pictures during the birthday celebration with other kids. She looks whiter when she's with her cousins. I envy her. What is Sofia's gift to the birthday kid this Sunday? She has to have a present. What is she going to wear on Sunday? I miss her and you, of course. Is she already walking? Does she want to play with other kids or alone? What time does she usually sleep and how many times in a day? I am the one getting excited here! LOL can you video her on Sunday, please? thanks in advance.

It's good that you spend some time out, with your family. My size now is Large and here I get extra large or 2XL, that depends on the fabric and cut/design. But, if you're just getting a cotton shirt size Medium is my size in America. You can tell the difference of the sizes because if size Large of female fits you... then you get the Medium lolololol I don't like super loose or the super fit, either. Can you get me a souvenir shirt? my color is purple, black, gray or white or navy blue but it's up to you what color is available there.

I love tutoring korean kids because I know they are more diligent and willing to learn than other kids here or in the Philippines. I hate crazy-lazy and rude students, too. She is a fast learner so I have to refresh my skills, reviewing which are appropriate to teach her or I might not be a good teacher at all hahahaha. I will have to prepare my lesson, a day before our schedule so everything is in order. I didn't want her to ask me things that I couldn't be able to answer. Her English speaking is good.

Can you also buy some seasonings that you think you can make here? I just thought to have or taste some of American dishes. And have you already got the right recipe for gravy sauce for the meat you were trying to cook? hehehe

Oh don't worry about your car, I'll ask Noi to help me take it from Toyota this 31st. I will keep you updated on this matter for sure. As for the apartments for rent... I will shoot two birds with one stone. I will still need Noi to do it for me when she gets here or after we get your car from Toyota, since she will still be here then. Or I could ask some of my English speaking, Thai friend who lives around here to help me speak with the house owner/care taker.

I still haven't got a picture of you with Sofia there. I miss both of you so much and I hope you enjoy your day and this coming weekend. I was wondering how are we going to go chat online and see Sofia on cam and so your mom and dad? How is it possible? Have you downloaded the skype, already? I hope you did. Take care. I love you and Sofia.


Love,


Elektra


I am just feeling lazy today and probably because of the weather. I am still in bed since I woke up. Of course, I need to eat and go to the toilet to pee and poop. But, what I am saying is that I stayed longer in bed doing nothing but internet browsing, blogging, chatting and watching videos. I will just take the opportunity to contemplate on my weekly plan the next two weeks before my hubby and daughter come back from Tenneesee.

Home Alone (Day 7)


I loved the weather today, it was cloudy but cool. I feel like autumn is here, but how could that be? LOL. The weather is not good, but it wasn't bad either. As long as, it won't rain and no thunderstorm, I would be fine. To me, it's a fine day! I wish everyday is like this not hot but cool. Autumn is my favorite season.

I was thinking of going to the gym, again because I have enjoyed yesterday's workout and the spa, of course! I got so lazy to get up and fix something for breakfast. I slept late again last night at past 2am for watching the TV on HBO movies. I was feeling a little headache due to lack of sleep.

Instead of going to the gym, I just stayed home for some household chores just before my meeting up outside. This late morning, I cooked spaghetti and I still have left over in the fridge for my breakfast tomorrow. I washed all the curtains because they are all dirty.

My ESL tutorial was at 4-5pm, today so I had to prepare my lesson four hours before our schedule. Although, it was just kinda easy to figure out what I kind of lesson I was going to give her. She's in middle school. Her mom told me to help her doing her assignments in English and a little of techinical writing. I would imagine that she could speak English better than those students that I had when I taught in South Korea, three years ago.

At exactly 4pm, I have reached the house of my student. It wasn't too far from our place. I taught her about writing composition and the correct usage of punctuations because I believe she needs improvement on that. She's good, diligent, humble, straight-forward and bubbly. I would love teaching her probably everyday because she is willing to learn more.

When I went home, I dropped by my neighbor-friend because we had to cook leche flan for tonight's dessert. They were very tasty and really nice. I would love to make it, myself. Pretty soon, I will learn about Thai barbecue and Pad Thai (my fave Thai noodle). I had a long, but very fulfilling and promising day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Home Alone (Day 6)


The fifth day is Sunday. I woke up at 7:30am and I wanted to attend the holy mass. I needed to get ready before 9:30am, because the mass is at 10. I had my loaf bread with peanut butter jelly and butter-jelly sandwich spread on it. I got so upset with myself because I didn't find my novena prayer so I missed a day, my bad.

After the mass, I took a songkeaw and went to the gym. It cost me only 10.00 baht. Then, I walked about three minutes to get there. Good thing, I have my hubby's membership card that he left so I could use it, while they are away. I got so bored most of the times.

When I get there, they helped me in because the card wasn't scanning, for reason I don't know. I went upstairs on the 2nd floor to work out. I had my warm up for 10 minutes before I had my treadmill work out. It took me 30 minutes to burn 100 calories.

Then, I had my bicycling/pedaling for 10 minutes and 10 minutes of abs workout. I got tired a little bit but I was fine and relieved. I was sweating like crazy because of the routine that I had so I thought of taking a hot shower after. It was good. What I like in there is there steam bath. I spent 30 minutes inside, alone.

There aren't many people going in there specially early morning on weekends. That was totally great! I went inside the steam room naked, that was really relaxing. I went home at 6:30pm and had a chat with my hubby. He was telling me about our daughter on what she did yesterday and this morning. She is so adorable and sweet. I miss my family so much. I love my family more than anything else second to God.







borrowed image from google :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Home Alone (Day 5)


Today is weird. I wasn't like this everyday. I mean, I have always been a clean freak, when it comes to floors but I have never been so organized in my life. I wanna make sure the floors are clean everyday because I don't want my feet to get dirty and so everyone else in my house. I feel different today because I cleaned and organized things at home which I don't normally do since my childhood days. If I did, maybe because I was forced to do it and not because I wanna do it.

This morning, I cleaned and organized things in the parking lot, kitchen, specially the dining area. But, I left the storage room uncleaned. I was thinking of saving another day to clean it because there are other stuff that I have to take care of. When I went upstairs, I folded our clothes and cleaned the two rooms.

I was thinking about hiring someone to press my hubby's work clothes, but I don't think I would be able to save money. I will just have to do it myself. I will need to have time for a day on domestic chores. I was impressed when we went back from our last trip to Philippines because the screened door & windows were amazingly cleaned and the walls, ceilings, lights were cleaned and organized. The house look so light and new. I wanna maintain how it was because I don't want my husband get disappointed on me when they come back home from America.

After lunch, I went to my neighbor to ask them fix my HP printer because I couldn't get it right. The ink refill was cheap and I didn't know if that cause the problem. I may be so stingy that I would rather buy cheap ink than buying a new and expensive print cartridge. It would cost more, I know. I was thinking that if the ink refill won't be working as I expect it to be, I should better buy a new one instead. Less hassles or probably have my print outside and that would cost the cheapest.

When I went back home, I had chat with my hubby, he said it was his sister's birthday and he would probably be busy all day. It was 6:30pm here in Bangkok, that would be 6:30am in Tennessee. I missed him so much and our daughter. I am happy whenever he would send me new pictures of our daughter and his family. It's so wonderful that he had to take pictures of her everyday as what I've told him to and send them to me as soon as he got his free time.

At night, I was invited to have dinner with my other neighbor from 2nd street. I took out the salmon fish from the fridge and gave it to my neighbor for her to cook, she was also cooking tilapiya fish for her dinner. But, she liked what I brought. We had a chocolate ice cream for dessert.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Home Alone (Day 4)


Laundry and cleaning day, today! I had fun yesterday. I feel that I'm still tired until now because I couldn't get more sleep and rest. I got an email from my hubby that our daughter was crying and he needed to sign off.

I cooked my lunch and prepared myself for job hunt after lunch. I just handed my CV as they're just going to contact me if ever they have vacancy for me. It was just fine because I wasn't aiming for a full time position anyway.

I got a little lazy today but I was forcing myself to clean up our entertainment room. Yes, it was clean as always but it was never in order. I usually clean the house but I am bad of sorting stuff like arranging them properly except for the bills. I guess filing or sorting out the bills is the easiest task, not to mention the dishwashing.

I don't know... I am not just a very domesticated person unlike my hubby. I mean, I love to clean up a little bit sometimes, cooking, babysitting and dishwashing. They are the only things that I love to do at home. But I hate the flat iron or steaming the clothes, laundry and folding afterwards.

Our house is just like a big garbage bin, since they left. I look miserable without them, no sense of direction. I am so alone and sad. Just waiting for them to go online but it is so difficult because of 12 hours difference. It's so hard on me because I am the one waiting, while they have a bunch of activities going on due to family reunion. And I do understand because he was gone a long time before he went home. Precisely, my husband was so missed by them. On top of that, he is with a very adorable baby. I am just glad that they're enjoying their stay in America with his family. Delighted to hear that our baby is so much welcome and she could get along pretty well to almost everyone there.

I am so tired and sleepy, I have gotta headache probably because I wasn't sleeping and resting enough since they left last Tuesday. I have to get hurry to bed because it's high time to grab this opportunity of tiredness and sleepiness. It's 11:16pm now, Bangkok time.

Home Alone (Day 3)


Yesterday, I woke up early again. I couldn't sleep more maybe my mind is in control of my body because I am worrying so much about our baby. My Thai friend called me up past 11 am and she invited me to her house for meet up at 2pm because we were going to the Temple. Our common friend's dad died a few days ago and yesterday was the last day.

It was my first time to witness and experience the Chinese-Thai tradition on the final disposition ceremony which was cremation. The remain was cremated right before my eyes. I got emotional, too. I remembered my dad who passed away on December 17, 1997. After the ceremony, my friend and her family gave us blessed oil in a small-thin bottle from the temple. It has a unique aromatic smell.

Then, we went to my friend's sister's house, by Chaophraya river. All of us were there for dinner because it's almost 6pm. They served Thai traditional food and they were all taste great! I talked with one of my Thai friend and asked her if she could teach me how to cook the barbecue because I know that my husband would love it. Well, I know he likes barbecues stuff and the meat.

It was fun hanging around with my Thai friends and I met a new girl friend there, too. She seems to be interesting. I couldn't blame some Thais if they speak more of their language during that gathering because it would be the same in the Philippines. But, one thing was bothering me, I have a weird feeling. I wasn't sure exactly what that was or my intuition was misleading me.

One thing is for sure, I am very observant and sensitive about the people around me. I mean I am not stupid. I may not understand what exactly they are talking about but the way their facial expressions, bodily movements, intonation/tone and eye movements... say it all. I could perceive some things in there, but, that didn't matter as I went there for a certain purpose, to give a friendly support and so be it. She is so helpful, generous and kind to me and my family.

I canceled my ESL tutorial at 6-7pm because I knew I couldn't make it. The Temple was at Khaosan Road and it is in down town, it'll take about 3 hours from our place via bus. But, since we had a private vehicle it took us only an hour and a half. I called the parent of my student that we will resume on Monday at 5-6pm. I had to do it because it will be rude if I went home early and I wanted to spend more time with them. This was a rare event so I stayed. Luckily, the mother of my student is so patient and kind, she agreed and it was fine.

I went home at 9pm already, the traffic was so crazy. Again, I am home alone so I have invited my neighbor friend named Queenie for sleepover last night. We spent chatting all night. I slept at past 1am and woke up at 3am and checked if my hubby has got email for me and I was right. It has been a long day since yesterday and I couldn't sleep more.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Resisted Temptation


Last night while I was doing my blog, there was a message popped up on my yahoo chat saying hi.. It was an "old friend". I noticed that email address sound familar to me so, I said hello reply. The email address wasn't added to mine but I wonder how did I met this person.

I was focused on my blog, plus I was watching TV and chatting with some close friends, last night. I didn't take him seriously because I know he had nothing to say but hi and hello. It wasn't the first thing that I thought. He said that he wasn't still over me.

At first, I thought he was just some of the guys that I met online for clean chat. So, I insisted to ask him that he used to be a friend because I somehow remember his email. He reminded me that we were not only friends but very close because we had a relationship. He was my ex boyfriend, a British guy before I met my hubby.

Our relationship before was fine, except that he's a business-minded guy that I was always second or probably the least of his priority. I thought we had a common goal in the future. He knew that all I have ever wanted, every now and then is to have a FAMILY. But, he is not that type. I didn't know why and I don't wanna know now that, because I am so over him.

Yes, he used to be the guy I loved before, the guy I wanted before I met my hubby. He has a lot of money, probably because I know he is a successful businesman who frequently travels around the world. But I have got one thing, he does not have... a "happy family". We may not have so much money or shall I say that my hubby is just earning enough for our daily living. But, that does not mean we are not enjoying our lives a a couple and as family. Money isn't everything, indeed because you cannot buy happiness. And at the end of the day, it's so much precious to be with someone whom you love, sharing dreams and planning together for the future.

He couldn't believe that I was so happy with my hubby, which he called, "the-average-looking-guy". "Believe it or not, YES!", I said. And no matter what he said I still love my man. I know he was just trying to win me back because he knows that I wasn't like other girls he dated before. That I have my principles in life and educated. We had the same wave length except for family values because he values money and his business. I know he got hurt when I told him that I am happy now with my hubby and he is so handsome to my sight, nothing else matters.

During our conversation last night, I knocked him down many times as he was teasing me. He said that my hubby is ugly and that he is not good in bed. What does he know about my man? He haven't met him yet. I got irritated and told him that we may not have so much money than he... but, we love each other and our family. We are happy living and building our future together.


Our conversation:


Elektra: You know what? I used to love you. I know you are handsome and I know you have money.... But, I don't love you anymore and there's no way that I would even meet you again personally because we are done.

Paul: I know I had my chance....

Elektra: And, you blew it bad! We are only just friends now.

Paul: Yeah, special friends so when are you going back to Philippines so we could meet again?

Elektra: We are plain friends and not special. I won't tell you and I still have no plans.

Paul: But, you are special to me.

Elektra: Ok. But, again I am telling you that I am happy now with my family.

Paul: I knew that you always wanted a family. Good luck.

Elektra: Thanks! Bye.

(after 3 minutes)

Paul: Elektra... (not my real name)

Elektra: What?

Paul: I miss you.

(I was not replying, so busy with blogging and watching TV)

Paul: Ok. I just wish we could meet for just once. Can you give me a chance?

Elektra: NO.

Paul: Ok, I will see you.. when?

(he's still in denial. how could this be? I gave this guy a chance and he screwed up, I even deleted his email, contact number and everything about him)

Elektra: NO. Like, I said I am committed and I don't wanna break his heart because I love him. He is doing his best to be the best guy for me. Don't you have a relationship? You know, girl friend or flings? I know there are many pretty, sexy, young girls at the bar in Manila. Why the heck are you bothering me?

Paul: Please.. they aren't my type. You know what I mean.

Elektra: I thought, you want a "no-string attached" relationship?

Paul: You mean for companionship. But, not my kind to pick up cheap girls at the club.

Elektra: Ok. I do hope you will find what you're looking for to be happy, too.

Paul: Thanks. I will wait on you :)

Elektra: Bye. I'll sign off.


It was really disturbing. I hate people who couldn't make up their minds about relationships. They simply don't know what they want. If you have your chance on love, make sure to do everything because if the feelings is gone, there's no turning back. I mean, that is my principle. Past is past, a learning experience. It could be a sadist teacher. I got hurt too bad, many times about love in my past, and now it's time to move on. Loving a total jerk and bastard is totally a headache. One thing is for sure, you couldn't change a person once you're in a relationship so... choose wisely, LOL. It took me years to finally found a good-loving guy that I want, no one else but my hubby. He's the ONE, the ONLY ONE.

I know that I am alone and sad because I miss my family. I miss my hubby and our baby. But that does not mean that I have to do nasty things just to be entertained or shall I say ease the boredom. I am no sex maniac or addict, not a play girl either. Most specially, I am not a WHORE or GOLD DIGGER. I know what I want and I value my family. Today, I know I did something right.. Nah, I did great! I resisted temptation and I guess, I should celebrate it, myself. I am UNIQUE :)


borrowed image from uncle google ;)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Home Alone (Day 2)


The following morning, I woke up at almost 9am. Well, actually I didn't sleep straight hours last night because I went to bed at 10pm then woke up at 1am, because something weird was bothering me so I turned the TV on and watch till 3am then, I went back to sleep and woke up at 6:30, tried to go back to sleep but then woke up at 9. Yes, it was weird! I just thought someone was thinking of me, it could be my child or him... I don't know.

The first thing I touched was my notebook, of course! I turned it on then went to the toilet to wash my face and then went down stairs in the kitchen to prepare my breakfast. I had to eat the chicken noodle soup in can because it'll going to expire on the 25th. So my breakfast was: chicken noodle soup, 2 banana cup cakes, a cold tea and 3 pcs. of durian. That was horrible breakfast-lunch or brunch. But I had no choice because I was too lazy to cook something nutritious.

Our old lady, neighbor called on the phone and she said that she wanted to come by after lunch. She was bored, too. She did my manicure and pedicure for free and I gave her a free massage because she said she had a muscle pain.

It was raining hard the other day and that day. It was really awful day to go out. I was planning to go to the gym in the morning when I woke up but it was cloudy and raining. I stayed home watched TV, chatting, surfing and blogging. In the afternoon, I went out for a shopping. I was really so bored.

I spent worth morethan 2,000 baht just for today. I bought some ingredients for my cooking because all we have here are the meat (chicken, beef, pork and fish) and yes no veggies included. I had to buy some clothes to wear at work, too. I wanna look more presentable so I chose decent clothes for my part time job. Casual clothes make me look like a hooker, LMAO.

At night, I watched TV and I hated it because the movies were all replays or I already have watched them before (as in!) But, I couldn't sleep so I just turn on the music on love songs to be able to sleep. I had a better sleep than yesterday.



borrowed image from google.com

Home Alone (Day 1)



It was 1:00 am when my mobile phone snoozed, which means we should get ready to the airport. We hurriedly dressed up and got the luggage and other things. I double checked if he got all the documents that they need and of course, the ticket. So it was ready, I was kinda emo-freak that time.

We were early to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, it was only 2:00am. The check-in luggage counter was still closed so we decided to just wait and chit chat a little. Then, we were advised by the Delta Airlines staff to stand in line. It wasn't a big deal because my hubby just had 1 luggage for check-in, 1 small backpack and a collapsible baby stroller. The attending staff thought that I was traveling with them. Sad to say~ I said, "No."

March 22, 2011, it was the day when my hubby and 10 month old baby travelled to America without me. Three weeks vacation that we won't be together. I wonder how my little baby would react or behaved on the plane and when she finally meet her grandparents and paternal relatives.

When it was time to go to the Immigration checkpoint at the airport, I knew I would cry hard. I gave them a tight hug and kiss. I controlled my emotions and told myself not to cry in front of them so that it would be easy for them. I begged my hubby to go online so I could be able to see them on cam once they get there. Likewise, to take a picture on them with his family everyday. As soon as they went inside the immigration area, that was the time I felt sad. I walked out of the airport and took a cab back home.

At home, I cried a lot. It was already 5:10 in the morning when I arrived. I thought of watching TV because I wasn't sleepy. I miss them both. The early morning sun showed up, but, still I was awake. I only had one thing in my mind, to write an email about my concerns and to say that I love and miss them so much. Since, I couldn't sleep I went out for a walk. I went back home, but still I AM ALONE :(

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'm going SOLO


I don't know whether I'm going to be happy or sad this week because I am going solo. My partner and our 10 month baby will be leaving for America on Tuesday. Of course, I will miss both of them, definitely. I am feeling sad but excited. Mixed feelings, eh?

Sad because I will be missing them. Sad because I won't be able to see, kiss and hug them... Most specially, sad because I will be eating, sleeping, singing, dancing, talking, cooking, cleaning and crying alone all day, everyday. I am getting so emotional whenever I'm thinking of these things.

However, I am excited because Sofia will be introduced to his family in America. It has been a long time since he went home probably 5 long years, but I am not sure. I know my hubby is getting excited, too! Everyone in his family is feeling the same. I am so happy for them.

My only wish is that they will have a safe journey. The flight will be at 5:40am (Bangkok time) via Delta Air. They will have a stop over at Tokyo/Narita, Japan for less than 2 hours. It should be fine, but I worried about the radiation thingy once they get there. I have been praying for their safety since last year. Fingers crossed and I must have a positive mind.

Meanwhile, I have to plan this upcoming event so as to prepare myself not to get bored and longing for my family everyday. Homesickness will be bothering me, most probably. I had this list of things to do:

1. Job hunting & Part time jobs (private tutoring or classes/my other employable special skills)


2. General cleaning/household chores


3. Gym Workout (definitely! coz I am fat)


4. Call my friends to hang out, to go...

4-A Pattaya trip

4-B Siam Park

4-C Pratunam/Platinum

4-D Emporium Mall



5. Invite my special friends for sleepover @ home


6. Sight-seeing and Shopping spree


7. See a movie


8. Blogging (I think, this should come first!LOL)


9. Get in touch with my family and close friends via phone & email


10. Cooking madness (I'll ask my friend/neighbor to have a group cooking and share food, that would be fun!)


11. Visit places I've never been, by myself (I have no idea, which place will that be, but pretty sure I'll figure it out later, LOL)



I hope this list above will help me fight my boredom and homesickness. It's about time that I should have a ME TIME as well! Not a bad idea, though ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Magic Touch

Since my childhood days, I have been so addictive on any kinds of massage, special the Filipino style. I love it because it focuses on the muscles and nerves. This isn't good only for relaxation but also for medication. A simple headache or migraine, muscle cramps and back pain can be worse than you expected.

When I was six or seven years old, my mom taught me about a simple therapeutic massage for her so as her blood circulation would be normal. She is a diabetic and has heart problem. She was asking me to massage her everyday, then. Until now, whenever I visit her in her home, she would ask me to massage her because it really helps. She looks younger than her age. I would really call it a "magic touch" because it is not only for relaxation but it can actually cure some illnesses.

I became so curious about massage when I was so little, probably because all my life I have been so patient about expressing my love for my mom by massaging her every night before she sleeps. One fine day, my mom gave me a massage because she knew that I was tired and sick. It was really good and from then on.. I realized then that massage could take away stress and relieve you from tiredness. I became addicted since then. Every week, I usually go to a massage salon for relaxation to ease body pain and stress.

Last two weeks ago, I met a masseur named Adel Macinas from Philippines and she was really excellent! She is the best masseur aside from my mom, of course :) I just felt that her hands were like flat iron so hot that when she touched my muscles, specially my back... it was the best feeling I've got!

I've learned from her that she's known for her special skills in her City. She's not just an ordinary masseur because she finished a short course program called Reflexo-Theraphy at TESDA (a government institution that is responsible for giving trainings/seminars on employable skills for urban poor families)many years ago. She is working as full time in a hotel in the Philippines.

The good thing about her is that she is really, very down to earth. I thought she would ask for a higher rate that I couldn't be able to afford because according to someone, her rate is per hour but during our home service session, she wasn't concerned about the time because we almost had two hours, but I payed reasonable price for her because I know she did well and the effort was so remarkable! Of course, she's working per hour at the hotel she is working for. But, I didn't know that it can be negotiable "sometimes" hehehe


One of her famous clients is Madam Pinky Aquino-


A reflexo-therapy massage for the owner of Ticao Island Resort in Tacdugan, San Jacinto, Masbate



a reflexo-therapy for Ambassador Rubens Anna Fedele of Italy during his stay at Hotel Venizia, Legazpi City Philippines


She stayed here in Bangkok for two or three weeks due to a holiday vacation only. She went back to Philippines, last March 20 (this Sunday). If you are interested, please contact her.


Her contact info:

Adel Macinas from Inarado, Daraga, Albay Philippines
Reflexo-therapist/Trainer
adeliamacinas@yahoo.com
(+632)927-383-6208 (Globe)
(+632)949-931-1092 (Smart)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How do I get a VAT refund ?


When I bought my HP mini notebook here in Bangkok last December, 2010 at Pantip Plaza, I didn't have any idea about claiming a VAT refund here in Bangkok. Lately, I have found out the process and the things that I needed to know through my experience living here in Thailand, as a tourist. I had several researches online, too. As this would help me a lot in the future when we've decided to buy some stuff.

Once you get here in Thailand, most probably you would hear sales agent/s or see this sign below..



Goods purchased in Thailand are VAT inclusive. However, foreign visitors (with a few exceptions) have the benefit to receive a 7% VAT refund on luxury goods purchased from shops that participate in the 'VAT Refund for Tourists' scheme. When you see a 'VAT Refund for Tourists' sign, you can receive a 7% refund of the VAT levied on goods at the shop. However, certain conditions apply, and you won't be able to claim your refund until you depart Thailand from an international airport.

Most countries allow tourists to claim back the VAT that is paid on goods that are bought in their country as long as those goods are to be enjoyed or used outside of that country. Thailand is no different, in fact as a shopping paradise in Asia they are very much used to refunding the VAT. So this mean, "only tourists who have a visa.

I remembered when we bought a Sony digital camera for a present to my eldest kid at Power Buy in Fashion Island, Ram Inthra. They knew already that I was gonna claim for my VAT refund and they initiated to process mine with a smile. That was a good customer service experience for me! Since, they honestly admitted that they couldn't provide a VAT refund form (probably because they aren't accredited), they said that they'll just give the 300 baht in cold cash to me on that day. That was really~ WOW! Who could honestly do the same?

Each country though has its own rules and regulations, as to what can, and can't, be claimed back and how it should be done. Based on my research, you will be informed on how to enjoy shopping and claiming for your VAT refund.


What goods can you NOT claim for VAT refunds?

*Fire arms, explosives or any such similar item
*Prohibited items
*Gem stones


Who can claim VAT refunds?

*A non-Thai or foreigner visitor/tourist who has been in Thailand less than 180 days in a calendar year

*A non Thai visitor who is not a crew member of an airline.

*A non Thai visitor who departs Thailand by air from an International airport.


How do you claim a VAT refund?

1. A VAT refund will only apply if the goods purchased are taken out of Thailand within 60 days of purchase and you have to get the VAT refund form on the same day of purchase. Otherwise, it will be invalid or you are not eligible to claim for a refund

2. The goods must be purchased from any participating shops that display a "VAT Refund For Tourists" sign. This is very important, because you've gotta find out if the shop is accredited or not. I was once a victim of this, they were claiming that they could give you a VAT refund but you have to get the form at the airport terminal which is FALSE! Some shops are only concern about selling their items and not to give VAT refunds to foreign customers. If they are accredited or listed as the one legitimate on giving VAT refund, they MUST have the "yellow form" and they would be the one filling it up for you. All you got to do is give essential info and sign it. DO NOT LEAVE THE STORE WITHOUT IT (yellow form for VAT refund).

3. On any one day, the goods purchased from an individual participating shop must not be less than 2,000 Baht including VAT per day, and the total amount claiming for refund must not be less than 5,000 Baht, including VAT


4. When you purchase the goods, ask the sales assistant to complete a VAT refund form, known as the P.P.10, and attach the original tax invoices to that form. Each P.P.10 must show a value of 2,000 Baht or more.

5. You will need to know the method or refund you would prefer, and input that onto the P.P.10 form.

6. You will need to show your passport to the sales assistant when you purchase the goods, to allow her to fill in the above mentioned form.

7. When you are requesting the refund, the goods must be inspected by customs officers prior to check in. Show these customs officers the P.P.10 and tax invoices.


TIP: When buying anything, make sure you have your PASSPORT with you :)


How will the refund be paid?

*If the refund does not exceed 10,000 Baht then you can have the refund made by cash (Thai Baht), draft, or a credit to your credit card.

*If the refund total does exceed 10,000 Baht then, refunds will be made by either draft or a credit to your credit card.


Don't forget that the tax refund process is the final stage of your journey in Thailand - you will have gone through passport control on your return leg before you arrive at the appropriate counter. You can only make claims on the day you leave the country.

If your claim is for less than 30,000 Baht, you can receive a payment as a cheque or Bank Draft, or the amount can be paid into a credit card account. If your claim is for over 30,000 Baht, you can only receive payment by Bank Draft or payment into a credit card account.


Are there any fees?

*If you request a cash refund a fee of 100 Baht will apply.

*For a draft refund a 100 Baht fee plus, the draft issuing fee at the rate charged by banks and postage fees.

*For credit card refunds, a 100 Baht fee plus money transfer fee at the rates charged by banks


Refund Conditions: VAT Refunds will not be granted in the following cases:

•You carry a diplomatic passport and reside in Thailand.

•You are an airline crew member departing Thailand on duty.

•Your stay in Thailand exceeds 180 days in a calendar year.

•Goods were not taken out of Thailand within 60 days after date of purchase.

•You didn't depart Thailand from an international airport.

•Name or passport number not on original tax invoice attached to the VAT Refund Application form

•Value of goods purchased is less than 2,000 baht per day per store.

•VAT Refund Application for Tourist form was not prepared on the date of purchase.

•Total value of goods claimed for refund is less than 5,000 baht.

•Original tax invoices were not attached to the VAT Refund for Tourist form.

•You did not carry the goods out of Thailand on the day of your departure.

•Goods were not purchased from participating shops in the VAT Refund for Tourists scheme.

•Quantity of goods shown in the VAT Refund Application for Tourist form is less than that shown in the original tax invoice.

•Goods were taken out of Thailand without being inspected by Customs or Revenue officers.

•Luxury goods were taken out of Thailand without being checked by the Revenue officers.

•Tax invoices attached to the VAT Refund Application for Tourist were issued from a different store than mentioned on form.

• If you claimed that you are a tourist, but then you listed a home/hotel address in Thailand on the VAT refund form. Take note: Put your home address where you from (permanent residence in your home country not abroad)

Happy shopping!!!



sources:
http://www.asiatraveltips.com/VATRefundsforTouristsinThailand.shtml
http://www.yourpattaya.com/shopping.htm
http://www.asiatraveltips.com/ShoppinginBangkok.shtml
http://www.discoverythailand.com/VAT_Refund_for_Tourists.asp
http://www.rd.go.th/vrt/howwill.html
http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-vat-refund.htm#ixzz1GgMrYEaz

Charged To Experience


Yesterday, I went to Pantip Plaza to have my new HP notebook's battery replaced because it wasn't charging at all. If my notebook is not covered by the warranty, then it will be too expensive to buy a new one. They said, it would cost me around 5,000 baht just for that thing. It's like half the price of my notebook when I bought it.

Going to Pantip Plaza from Ramkamhaeng 150 will take you two hours because of the traffic jam. It was ridiculuous indeed as I've stayed for only 10 short minutes to talk with them regarding my two concerns. However, the travel time was 4 long hours, back and forth. My two main reasons were: 1.) to complain about the VAT refund for tourist, I wasn't able to claim because of their *BS* tricks. and 2.) to ask for a battery replacement.

First, when I went on the 3rd floor of CSC Electronics store. I brought my passport and the official receipt with me so they could validate my identity and the notebook that I bought from their store last December 22, 2010. I asserted that my notebook was under warranty and they told me to go at the 4th floor (store's service center).

While I was at the 4th floor, I also complained that I haven't got my VAT refund for tourist last time that I went to Philippines because they (store) didn't give me a yellow form when I asked and they said that I should get it at the airport. Duh~! I told them that I went to the airport and explained them the same but they were saying that the store was not listed as "accredited" to distribute the yellow form.

The staff/technician who speaks english asked me if I know the person who told me that, of course I didn't know her personally but I remember her face. He said, he would try his best to help. He left for 3 minutes and then when he came back he told me that I couldn't be able to get my refund because the receipt was addressed in Thailand where I am staying and it was almost 3 months when I bought it, so there's no other possible way that I could get it refunded. I thanked him for his effort of explaining it to me. But then, again... it's charge to experience.

Moreover, he accompanied me at the 3rd floor to the HP's Authorized Service Center and he turned me over to the staff in-charge. In fairness, they were so accomodating and friendly. They found out that my battery was not charging. Since, it is still under warranty (less three months old), they will provide the replacement at their expense. My HP notebook is under one year warranty and it is really a good help. But, I wish for the best.

They said that they will get my notebook because they need to replace the battery. But, I told them how can I use my notebook if they'll get it from me. They smiled and said, "Oh okay~ so you're using your notebook everyday! No problem, we will just take off the battery so you could still be able to use your notebook while waiting for the replacement".

Finally, they told me that I will call them or they will call me after 3 working days, to know if they have the new battery for me. I gave them my mobile number, passport details, email address and home address. They asked me to sign the incident report before I left. They gave me a copy of it, which I will show when I claim for the replacement.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lost & Found


Unconciously, I left my Nokia mobile phone in the taxi, this afternoon. It wouldn't happen probably, if I was by myself. But I was with my hyperactive and naughty 10 month old baby. She was throwing tantrums then and I got irritated on her.

She would crawl and tried to stand on the back seat while the taxi was moving. It wouldn't bother me if we're just home. It was my fault because I didn't mind my other things. I had a notebook and mobile with me, but I wasn't paying attention to them. My eyes were on my youngest baby because I didn't want her to get hurt. It may sound that I am an over protective mom, and I AM.

It was a two hour journey from Pantip Plaza to our home and I wasn't feeling very well. I had a headache and got irritated about the traffic. Plus, my baby wanted to be everywhere in the car. She wanted to sit on my feet and stay down there. Of course, I didn't want her to get dirty. She cried and I pacified her not to. I don't want my child to cry in public.

My attention was on her and not on my things. I suddenly dropped my mobile phone at the side, in between the seat and door. I knew it then so I picked it up. But when my daughter saw it, she wanted to hold and she intentionally dropped it on the floor. I picked it up (that's what I remember) and put inside my pocket. I merely recall what happened next about my mobile phone. Because my baby was already crying and I breastfed her. Yes! as in breastfeeding inside the taxi but I had a cover so nobody could see my breast.

When we got home, I quickly payed the driver 200.00 baht as per the meter. Then, we went inside the house. I had intuition that there was something missing or I felt incomplete of something. I felt so strange. But I disregarded my feelings.

My husband went home already and he smiled greeting us. I got so irritated of something, I thought of my mobile phone because I haven't seen it since we arrived home. I began shouting at my baby when she wanted to be carried. He probably wondered what was happening to me that I got so easily mad. I just told him that I couldn't find my mobile phone and probably lost, left inside the taxi.

I was anxious, I took a bath because I felt so hot and gloomy. Suddenly, my hubby was calling my number and he was talking to the taxi driver. I went out of the toilet and grabbed his phone, I knew he was shocked. I spoke a little of Thai, I begged him to return my mobile phone.

I wanted to make sure that we understood each other so I went to my Thai neighbor and asked for help in translating and explaining what I exactly meant on the phone. Finally, we had a deal! He will return my phone and I will give him some money as reward. So we did! I waited outside next to the guard's house and there I found him. He gave me my precious phone and I gave his reward. I also gave my Thai friend 100 baht for helping me. Whattaday!

I really had a long day! My phone means a lot to me because I have so many contacts there which are very important to me. Specially this coming week, I will be having a part time job. Kudos to me! I still consider myself lucky. Thank God! :D

Important Tips During A Family Interview @ The US Embassy Applying for Citizenship

My hubby said that personal appearance is very, very important for applying a US passport/Citizenship. We weren't aware of the questions that they might ask. I was a little nervous because it's my first time to be interviewed at the US Embassy in my whole life. But I pretended to be calm so that everything will be okay (somehow).

When we were called, my hubby handed the forms along with our passports. The one in-charge told us to go to the "privacy room" where nobody could see or hear what we're discussing about.

The Family interview has two parts:

1. Questions about the validity of the documents, the officer in-charge scanned our documents if they were completely and correctly filled out. It was also mentioned about the process of getting the Certificate of Live Birth Abroad, Social Security Number and Passport.

2. Questions about personal like:

*When, where and how did you meet? (referring to parents of the child)- I probably thought that it is because I am a Filipino that this question must be answered, probably the US government would like to make sure that I am not selling my baby for illegal adoption or probably things beyond my imagination.

*Tell me something about your relationship. - I have already prepared some pictures that we were together as couple, like the first time we met and our love letters from email and registered mail when my hub was still writing me. Good thing, I am a very sentimental person. I gathered all his letters and pictures as proof that we have a relationship.

*Are you married? If not, then why not? Are you planning to get married? Do you have previous marriages?

*How long have you been together? How many years have you been together, before you got pregnant? When and which country did you get pregnant? (means the conception)? -

*How many children do you have?

*Do you have plans on going home in the US, just in case? Are you going to bring your newborn? When and where? Are you going to take your wife, too?

*Do you wish to apply for your wife's visa, in the future.. if ever? What is her educational attainment?

*Do you work? What is your job in Thailand?


These are some of the questions that they might ask on you when you apply for a newborn US passport. They would even check the pictures of the newborn and the parents. If the baby does not look like his/her mom and/or dad, they might ask for a DNA through a saliva sample.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Report of Birth, Birth Certificate and New Born Passport (Part 2)


Applying for newborn passport at the US embassy was easy. First, before you apply for a US new born passport, you have to set an appointment online by logging on to
http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/ and go to this link for new born passport
http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service/birth-of-a-u.s.-citizen-in-thailand.html.

There is no other way than this because you cannot go directly to the US Embassy here in Bangkok without your appointment set because they won't let you in or entertain you inside. Once you logged on to their website, make sure that you have downloaded all the correct forms needed for your application of your baby's passport.

There are several forms to be filled out by parents. If each of the parent is not an American citizen, he or she has to provide her additional information.

PROCEDURE

Note: Please fill out forms in advance—see below for appropriate links.

1. Make an appointment online. The American Citizen Services section accepts applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad by appointment only.

2. Complete form DS-2029, Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad. The form is available at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/156216.pdf. Do not sign the form until instructed to do so at your appointment.

3. Complete form DS-5507, Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence and Support. Do not sign until instructed to do so at your appointment.

4. If applying for a passport at the same time, complete the passport application form DS-11. Both parents must sign the passport application for children under the age of 16, but do not sign until instructed to do so at your appointment. Please see additional passport requirements for children under the age of 16.

5. Submit the completed forms listed above and required supporting documents (see below for details) to the American Citizen Services section at your appointment.

When you come for your appointment, please bring:

* Your child, even a newborn, must appear in person at the US embassy at the time you make the application. There are no exceptions for this requirement.

* Both parents (or a notarized consent from the non-appearing parent)

Documentary Requirements:

A. Original Thai birth certificate for the child (issued by the district office) and an English translation.

B. Proof of citizenship of U.S. citizen parent/s such as Passport, Certificate of Live Birth, etc. (please visit their website for other docs)

C. Passport of both parents

D. Marriage Certificate (if married)

E. Proof of Termination of Previous Marriage (Divorce Decree & Death Certificate)

F. Pay $100 for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, $105 for a passport for a minor under the age of 16; total of $205. Fees may be paid in U.S. Dollars, Thai Baht, or by credit card. (fees may change, please visit their website)

DOCUMENTS IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH. BRING BOTH THE ORIGINAL AND THE ORIGINAL TRANSLATION WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

You won't be allowed to take your digital camera, mobile phone, or other electronic device other than your document, US Embassy has very tight security. There is no parking area for personal vehicles within the vicinity. We parked at the Tops supermarket, a few blocks away from the US embassy. If you're going to commute, from any BTS station, get off the Phloenchit station and take a walk or ride a motorcycle.


Address:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok
120/22 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66-2-205-4000

Hours of Operations:
Monday – Friday, 7:00am-4:00pm,
excluding official holidays.

http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Korean Goods in the Philippines

Are you looking for ingredients on your Korean recipe? Do you wanna buy Korean goods or some items made in South Korea? Worry NOT! Korean goods are now in the Philippines!

I usually buy Korean stuff for my recipe at Nice Mart also known as Boo Ja Mart. The address is at #37 Matalino Street corner Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines. Their phone number is 924-8811.

For more info just call them or visit their supermarket. It is nearby Quezon City Hall.

Nice Mart is a wholesale / retail Korean store, they also have a nice restaurant. They are also on Facebook, just type Nice Mart and press like.

When you buy items at Nice Mart, they will give you card which is earning points for rewards. They have free wifi and the very famous Korean Ice Cream and Pizza! :P

I bought some items for my gim bap recipe last time and can you believe it? I just spend 319.00 pesos only!

Here is the link to my other blog on how to make Korean Sushi (Rice roll)

http://elektra-foodtripping.blogspot.com/2011/03/gim-bap-korean-rice-rollkorean-sushi.html

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Report of Birth, Birth Certificate and New Born Passport; Part 1


I remember when I was processing my youngest daughter's birth certificate and passport, last year. It was a little tough due to language barrier and inexperience about the situation. Good thing, I have some Thai friends to help me with these challenges.

When I gave birth here last April, 2010, I wasn't aware that Thai hospitals do encourage the CS operation than the normal delivery so it did scare me a lot! Much more about processing the documents here in Thailand. In most hospitals, they will give you the birth certificate form in Thai (of course) and they will give the birth certificate in Thai afterwards. But you have to first ask them, if they will also give you the English translated version of it. If not, you will be asked to have it translated in English by yourself (your own money). It will cost you about 1,200.00 baht for each page. We had it done at Siam Computer and Language Center, Fashion Islands Mall (along Ram Inthra road).

After you have it translated, you've got to take it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chaengwattana to have it authenticated. When I called to ask about how much, they won't tell it to you on the phone and they will request you to just visit their office for more information. I also had nobody to ask about this and the process was really killing me. It would have been easier if we understood the whole process we're going through and how much we're going to pay. But it's just the way it is here. Bottom line is... if only I had known this before, I would still choose to give birth in the Philippines.

Types of Processing for Authentication

1. Ordinary - will take you 2 days to get the authenticated birth certificate, both English and Thai - 200 baht/each document (as per 2010)

200 baht x 2 docs (English & Thai docs) = 400 baht

2. Special or Rush - you can get it/them on the same day, just about 2-3 hours- 400 baht each

400 baht x 2 docs = 800 baht

The computation above is for single citizenship and below is for dual newborn passport.

ordinary 400 baht x 2 = 800 baht
special/rush 800 baht x 2 = 1,600 baht

If your newborn has got dual citizenship, you have to get 2 copies each of Thai and English translated birth certificates. At the Philippine Embassy here in Bangkok, they will get the original copy of the English translated and the Thai certified true copy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Applying for a newborn passport depends on the citizenship of both parents. You have to inquire about this at your embassy here in Thailand. In applying for a newborn passport, you have to make sure that the birth certificate is translated in English and authenticated. Likewise, the information stated in the birth certificate is correct (spelling, date of birth, name of parents, etc.)

If the document is ready then bring it to the Philippine embassy (if Filipino).

Requirements to apply for a newborn passport:

*original copy ng english translated birth certificate
*certified true copy in Thai version (just to show them, for verification)
*passport size photo 4 pcs (120 baht 6 copies)
*Original passport and photocopy of the parent/s
*Personal appearance of the parent
*Married Certificate, authenticated and certified true copy (if parents are married)

Documents to be filled up by the parent/s:

*passport application form
*Report of Birth (4 pages are the same content, but write legibly as this will serve as Certificate of Live Birth and will appear the same handwritten copy, once you submitted this to National Statistic Office)
*Affidavit of illegitimacy (if not married)

Fees:(Subject to change)
passport fee - 2,250
report of birth - 1,250
affidavit of illegitimacy - 1,000 baht

Passport application here in Thailand will take you about 1 month.

Take note: The Report of birth copy that the Philippine Embassy will give you is said to be okay... BUT, you still have to submit the photocopy of this to the NSO so you can get the SECPA or authenticated version. You will have to pay 140.00 pesos (as of Feb, 2011). It took me two weeks to be able to get the SECPA.

The report of birth here in Thailand is so expensive! And yet, you still have to give NSO a copy of your child's report of birth abroad. For more information and updates, please log on http://www.philembassy-bangkok.net/

Embassy of the Philippines
760 Sukhumvit Road corner Soi Philippines (30/1)
Klongtoey, Klongtan, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel No. +662-259-0139 up to 40
Fax No +662-259-2809
+662-259-7373
+662-259-1789 (consular)
Email address: bangkokpe@gmail.com
Consular Section: consular.bangkokpe@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

He Knows, I'm NOT a GOOD LIAR! :D

Last night, my sweetheart and I was teasing each other and it came to a point where he was telling me some of my faults and our fears. We were discussing so lightly that we're not even serious but we both know the truth and at the end of our discussion, we were assured of what lies ahead.

Hubby: Sofie (our 10 month old baby), your mom will probably sell all our furniture and everything in this house so when we get back.. this house will become EMPTY. Then, she's gonna go back in the Philippines and leave you.. (he looked at me and watched my facial reaction)

Elektra: That is NOT TRUE! Why would I do that? I have a Philippine passport and I am not Thai (smiling).

Hubby: Do not tell me, it's not happening in the Philippines though~ (smiling)

Elektra: I may not know that, but I know myself that I won't do THAT. Sofia is more important to me than your furniture! Besides, I won't go back to Philippines because I want to work here. Infact, I already have tutorial schedule this month. It'll be twice a week. But, we haven't discuss about when we're going to start.

Hubby: That's good! Do you want to start this week or next week? It's not a problem if you want to.

Elektra: I don't want to accept tutorials yet this week, if Sofia is here because nobody will take care of her. Couple with that, I need to go out of Bangkok next week so probably on the 23rd maybe. Mondays 4-5pm & Thursdays 7-8pm.

Hubby: Okay. (He changed the topic). You know, Sofie... (referring to our baby) your mom is not very good in keeping secrets (big smile). Because she forgets things and then she couldn't control her big mouth. She forgets that she told me about something after she did...

Elektra: What? When was that?

Hubby: I'm not talking to you! I'm telling Sofie. This is A-B conversation and you're C.. which means you're way OUT~ HAHAHA

Elektra: What is that exactly? (getting irritated)

Hubby: NOTHING! (big smile)

I was thinking that the coke in cans downstairs which I kept for so long at the storage room. He probably saw it there. I told him that I was going to give them to the old woman, but I didn't. My bad. I am saving them so I could sell them to junk shop and earn a little money. I was afraid to tell him that because I worried he's gonna say I shouldn't do that because I am not a beggar and if I want money, I should ask for it.

BUT.. I am not used to asking money. I am just waiting for him to give me some. Can you tell the difference? "asking money" and the other one is "just waiting to be given", and God knows for how long I'm waiting because I really don't like to ask. I don't want us to fight over money, too.

The other thing that I knew he found out that I was lying about was when I said I took a cab but it wasn't. I actually took the bus to save a little money.

He assured me one thing, before we slept last night. As he was hugging me in bed..

Elektra: My family and friends were teasing me that when you go to America.. that you won't let me see Sofie, again. You and Sofie will never come back in Bangkok to live with me.

Hubby: That is not true. (he held my hand and kissed my head)

We both have fears.. That when we're apart, either one of us, will never be the same as before. We are afraid that we will change. Deep in our hearts, we are hopeful that we will have a future together as ONE. We still love each other no matter what.

When I lie about something specially if it concerns him and my family, I can't control myself not to tell him, eventually afterwards. He knows when I'm not telling the truth, because he already memorized my gestures/facial expressions and bodily movements for every emotions.

I love my man! :)

borrowed image from uncle google.com

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Femar Garden Resort & Hotel: A Review

When we went back home in Manila, I've already arranged in my mind to take my children for a swim. And since my aunt's home (where we stayed during our vacation) is in Antipolo City, I know that there are many resorts nearby.

The nearest one is just 5 minutes walking distance from Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls, 10 minutes travel time from Antipolo Cathedral Church and 8 minutes travel time to enormous Antipolo White Cross. The one I'm talking about is FEMAR GARDEN RESORT & HOTEL.

The main entrance to the resort

My two kids @ the main entrance

Resort Overlooking

Kiddie Pool 1 & 2


Umbrella Cottage


Pool side

Resort Rooms


Hotel rooms & Convention Center

It was a great experience for my kids as they don't have so much chances for bonding and so am I, with them. The pools, resort and the rooms are clean. This was our second visit, actually. But our first time was when my eldest kid was still seven or eight years old. My two kids both have enjoyed the pool. Swimming is one of their common activities, aside from eating and playing! :D

It wasn't too expensive to stay there as compare to Villa Virginia Resort which cost way too much and it's a little far from Femar. The prices I have listed below may increase depends on the Management's discretion, for more information about prices please contact them at femarhotel.antipolo@gmail.com or visit their website at femarhotel.multiply.com and their phone numbers are 697-1838/697-1719/703-5048. So... book your stay NOW! :)

Resort Entrance Fee: *as of February, 2011

Day: from 6am-6pm Adult Child
Php100 Php70

Night: from 6pm-12pm Php120 Php80


Extended hours of stay on Friday & Saturday is Php35.00 only, for those who want to stay overnight.

Resort Rooms (every 12 hrs rate)

Air-conditioned: Php1,000
Non-Air : Php800

Picnic shed costs Php500.00 is good for 10 persons already. Umbrella cottage is good for 4 persons and costs Php350.00 only.

Hotel Rates: Check-in at 2pm, check out at 12 noon

Standard rooms (2-3 persons) Php1,700.00

Family rooms (4-5 persons) Php2,700.00

Extra Mattress: Php350.00

Extension per hour Php300.00

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Travel Tax Rate In The Philippines

Payment of Philippine travel tax is imposed by law for all Filipino Passport holders, returning resident (immigration status 13 A,B,C,D,E,G) , Recognized Filipino Citizens (RFC) & Permanent Residents (immigration status RA 7919 & RA 7837), as well as other nationalities staying longer than one (1) year in The Philippines.

It must be paid only upon leaving The Philippines. It is charged by the airline on top of the purchase price of your international ticket. Foreign nationalities may therefore be requested by their travel agent or airline to show their passport with visa status, or in its absence, the latest stamp of arrival in The Philippines.
The amount is Php 1,620.00 per adult for econo class.

Every Filipino Tourist has to pay the travel tax each time they're going out of the country. But, the tax rates depends if you're on a first class or an economy class or how old is the tourist.

If the tourist is a newborn below 12 months, he or she is exempted. However, they will still ask you to pay 200 pesos for the certificate and to me, it sounds crazy! Why? because if it's really FREE there is no need to pay any cent as the word "free of tax" means but when you say paying 200 pesos just for the certificate saying it is free sounds ridiculous to me! Why don't they just stamped the plane ticket saying it's free?

Below is the Travel Tax Rates as of February, 2011, rates may increase in the future (I hope not, jeeezz!). I took a picture of it so I will know how much I should prepare next time.



Upon paying the travel tax at the Department of Tourism or at the airport, (when your plane ticket does not include the travel tax) they will ask you to provide your passport and the airplane ticket. A Filipino tourist has to pay a travel tax and a boarding fee of 750 pesos each time they leave the country.

The amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act now exempts OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers from paying documentary stamp tax (DST) on their remittances, travel tax and airport fee.


The law exempts Overseas Filipino Workers and migrant workers from the payment of travel tax, documentary stamp tax or DST and airport fee upon showing of proof of entitlement from the POEA or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

According to Section 22 of Republic Act 10022 “The remittances of all OFWs, upon showing the same proof of entitlement by the OFW beneficiary or recipient, shall be exempted from the payment of documentary stamp tax.’’

http://www.philtourism.com/ttax.html

NEGATIVE

It has many meanings, could be "NO", "NOT", denial, refusal or opposite of positive. A piece of photographic film showing an image with black and white tones reversed is also called NEGATIVE.

But the one I am talking about is the negative result from the pregnancy test kit, this early morning that my sweetheart bought last week, because I suspected that I was pregnant.


I mean, this is my body. I should know, if there's something wrong or not usual. However, it is still hard to tell because I missed my monthly blood flow since I started my breastfeeding to our baby.

Last January, I had one day period (blood flow) but, it was not a heavy one. How can I trust the pregnancy kit? When I also took the same test by myself, because I knew I was two months delayed. It turned out "NEGATIVE". I knew, it was not true. I felt something different in my body.

I remembered when I told my sweetheart last August 2009 that the pregtest kit said "NEGATIVE", he was not happy. Probably, he was thinking that I was just making up stories that I was preggy. Although, I could tell that he was afraid to become a father, for the first time then.

My friend accompanied me to the hospital last September, 2009. My instinct was telling me that there's a little human-being in my tummy. I was right! The urine test was saying I was three months pregnant already.

If this situation, repeats.... I will not believe any of the pregnancy test kit anymore because they aren't accurate. But, if I am really not pregnant now... I should be happy about it, too. That means, I can still do my usual activities and less worries to our finances later on.

But, I won't be surprised if I am pregnant in the next two months. I will still have to face the truth, then. If it is so, I must stop getting pregnant next time (lmao). We hope to have just one or two and that's it! Keeping my fingers crossed that if ever.. I wish and pray that this time.. it's a boy! (Oh God please, please...) And for now, I should be celebrating that the result is NEGATIVE.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Living In Thailand: Restaurants, Fast Foods and Convenient Store

Are you hesitant to travel in Bangkok because of spicy Thai food? Don't worry. There are other restaurants and fast foods here which are 100% not spicy.

Those local food here are cheap but, you can also ask them to make it less spicy if you wanna try something different. In Thai, "phet nit noi" means a little spicy and "mei phet" means not spicy.

But, if you really don't wanna take chances of getting this kind of food... you don't have to worry about it.


There are 24/7 convenient store nation-wide such as:

7-11 Convenient Store
Mini-Mart
Foodland (Convenient store and fast food)
Tesco Lotus Express
Family Mart

Here are only some of the Restaurants and Fast Foods here:




http://elektra-foodtripping.blogspot.com/2011/03/food-trip-sukishi-japanese-sushi-buffet.html





Not to mention that you can save more money if you cook food and there are food/goods that are microwaveable. Like ready to eat pizza, spaghetti, and many more at the supermarket and groceries like Tesco Lotus, Big C, Carrefour and Foodland.
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