Dear Baby1: 89th letter for my 1st baby

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T H E  89th  L E T T E R

May 21, 2011 @5:40p.m.

Dear Baby1,

Howdy, my super-talented two-year old! Daddy and Mommy are so proud of you, our baby!

You’re 25 months old now, and your development from January of this year and onwards has gone a tremendous leap from the time you first used the Iphone to the time you got your own Ipad! WOW.

You have been surprising us with the way you talk, baby. You can talk in straight English most of the time. There are times though that you still blabber your own baby talk language. Hehe. But, normally, your accent (even in your own language), is in English.

We went swimming last week, and you were so happy! You also met two new playmates, and we were surprised that you weren’t intimated by them. You were acting as if you were the owner of their house. You were very happy playing with their toys – the slide, dolls; the next day, we ended up buying you your slide and car toy from an expat who’s living the country for good.

Last night, you went with us at the nearby mall in our place. Mommy just couldn’t resist to see the tears in your eyes. We bought you a new pair of rubber shoes and also a dress from United Colors of Benetton. Awesome.

Buying you your own Ipad last week is so worth it. We realized that your learning is more of auditory. You’re really great, and talented, baby.

Mommy is so sorry for not being able to read to you for a couple of weeks now. Mommy has been so tired from doing a lot of things.

This is all for now.

iloveyou,

mommy

Kuwait Amnesty 2011: steps in obtaining a travel document for Filipinos at the Philippine Embassy

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Posted on : 21-05-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Kuwait Events, Life's Musings

I processed my sister’s visit visa at the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, and went there for a week and processed the papers for two times, paid two times).This calls for a separate post so you won’t repeat the mistakes I underwent; too bad, they weren’t hardly my mistakes.

Anyway, the best thing that could expedite any form of transaction is when steps are clear; hence, this post.

For those who are availing of the Kuwait Amnesty Program 2011, here are the steps in obtaining travel document at the Philippine Embassy in Jabriya.

Step1: Distribution of Forms.(Mr. Noel Q. Japitana, Guardhouse)

Step2: Screening of Applicants

Step2a: Ms. Catherine Gison

Step2b: Mr. Abdulhalim Langco

Without any proof of identification, go to: Ms. Virginia Vicente or Mr. Nabil Tarosan

Step3: Assembly of Travel Documents (Mr. Edifredo Dabuet)

Step4: Releasing of Travel Documents

Step5: Go to Immigration Department for Stamping of Unified Number.

Step6: Confirmation (Give photocopy of Travel Document with Unified No. stamp to the Embassy and provide flight details)

NOTE from the embassy: Processing/follow-up/claiming of travel documents are strictly personal to the owner. Release to representative shall only be allowed if s/he can present an authorization letter. Please bring photocopy of the proof of identity of the owner and the representative (with signatures and contact nos.).

Kuwait Amnesty 2011 for foreigners with violations in their residencies

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Posted on : 09-05-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Kuwait Events, Life's Musings

Regulations of departure for foreigners with violations in the Residency Law:

  1. Kuwait expatriates who have violations on residence regulations are FREE TO LEAVE the country from March 1st to June 30th 2011. Such expatriates are free from any punishment or penalty in accordance with Ameri Decree # 17/79 provided they have no pending criminal charges.
  2. Those who want to have a residence permit and ready to pay the prescribed penalty may not be brought to investigation upon settling their obligations.
  3. Expatriates who will be apprehended by authorities after the elapse of the specific period due to violation of residence permit regulations shall be deported immediately.
  4. Expatriates who will leave the country in accordance with the resolution can be allowed to return to Kuwait.
  5. Expatriates with violations in their residencies and opt not to leave the country within the prescribed period shall not be allowed to obtain residence permit. They will also be deported and not allowed to return to Kuwait.

(adapted from the brochure of the MOI Kuwait)

Being a work-from-home mom rocks!

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Today is Mother’s Day. Although I am here in Kuwait, and mother’s day here is celebrated every March of the year, I also celebrate it but just a bit, not unlike when it’s May, the month of Mother’s Day celebration in my home country. I just realized how lucky and blessed I am to be a mother of my toddler, and an expectant mom of my 2nd baby.

This morning, my two-year old amazed me and her daddy. [We don’t speak pure English at home, unless we talk to our baby. But sometimes, we forgot to speak in English most of the time so our baby would hear our native language, Filipino, and our dialects. Too bad. Glad she isn’t that confused; in fact, she could understand anything that we say. What a sponge-like mind!] At two years old, we can talk to our child like an adult – no baby talk. She’s simply amazing. She could answer us in straight English. There are times though that she lacks the right word to say, but, in the end, we could understand her context.

I was also amazed when she discovered that her bookshelf got new educational materials! We just love to buy her lots of educational stuffs every now and then. She loves to read, write, watch Dora the Explorer, Barney, and some movies! This morning, she asked me to read about Pinocchio, and whenever she has new book/s, she’d ask me to read it/them to her over and over again until she gets tired of hearing. I wonder if she does get tired of hearing stories. She also loves to play with our Iphones, listen to the audio books for children there, study/play with the alphabet apps, and more. Buying the 2 Iphones at higher prices then than today was worth it. Iphone4 (16GB) is currently on sale in City Centre at KD188. I bought my Iphone at KD270 just last March, and my husband’s Iphone at KD329 last December. Ahhhhhhh….But, anyway, the lesson gained by my baby is more important than the opportunity cost of delaying the buying of phone just because of PRICE issues.

What a nice smile she brought to my face when I saw my baby wearing my new sandals I bought last night! If I am not a work-at-home-mom, I wouldn’t discover the simple things that she does on a daily basis.

Such a long introduction about my real topic in this post…tehee. Anyway…

Last night, while trying to fall asleep, my husband and I were talking about the development of our toddler, and how he appreciated me for giving up my corporate stint to be a full-time mommy. If there’s anything in my life that I could say I made the perfect decision — career-wise, it’s in becoming a Work-At-Home-Mom!

BEING A WORK-AT-HOME-MOM ROCKS!

Is there any other way of telling that being a WAHM rocks except the way I described my toddler in the introduction? I could cite more and more examples of just how my toddler behaves and thinks, but, this post would be too long. My letters to my 1st baby (in this blog) speaks almost everything that my baby has become over the past two years. SHE’S SIMPLY AMAZING. My hubby would tell me that the credit goes to me. Thank you, daddy, for your appreciation. Thank you for being there and for providing for our family so I could go on a full-time motherhood as I learn the ropes of being a mompreneur.

It’s Mother’s Day, and this is another tribute to myself, and to all working moms out there – from home or elsewhere. We simply rock!

Happy Mom’s Day

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Posted on : 08-05-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Parenting

To all mothers out there who are celebrating this special day of being mothers, happy, happy mom’s day to us all!

I brought some gifts for myself; thanks to my dear hubby.

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…and some preggy clothes!