Leon Learns To Bike

I never realized that seeing your son ride the bike the first time could be as emotional as seeing him do his first step. Today just gave me that feeling again when I see my son ride the bike for the very first time. While we usually allocate our weekend mornings to household chores, we make sure that we go out in the afternoon to unwind from the busy work week we had. So for this Saturday afternoon, we decided to go to Centennial Parklands (which is really close to the city) to have a quick meet-up with our friends and have our much-deserved family time.  It was also our first time to hire a bike for ourselves. Leon was initially reluctant to ride the bike - 'cause he'd rather push his pram all around the park (my kid is so into pushing stuff). However, forcing him many times and letting him try out a red bike (which I know he'll like), he finally said yes and asked to hire one for each of us. (An hour for a kiddie bike is $10 while $15 for the adult bike). Expectedly, L…

A Day in The Kidtopia Festival

Attending a music festival has been part of my bucket list. Yung tipong ma-ala coachella ang peg tapos nakafestival outfit ako, ganon. Since motherhood and migration happened, I never really had the chance to attend one. And now, why am I not surprised that my first "semi-festival experience" would be kid-friendly? Luckily, I have an amazing friend (let's call her Ria) who was able to score FREE tickets for us to attend the Kidtopia festival. So instead of spending $30 per head to enjoy the festival, we were able to gain access without spending for anything! Bongga! It was scorching hot when we arrived there last Saturday, around lunch time. The sun was so up, everyone had their hats on and trying to keep their cool. Yet, despite the weather, you'd see kids running around, falling in line to the rides, gathering on different play areas and even dancing on the stage area. There was even a point where the performers on the stage asked the kids to dance! Syempre, Leon …

Why Every Minute Is Important

In this side of the world, every minute is important. Especially when you heavily rely on public transportation coming to and from work, your day must be planned and your schedule must be followed on the dot. Coming from a job with flexible hours, to a stay-at-home mom roles, being on a strict, 8-hour schedule was something I had to adjust with. Here, a delay of one minute means being able to skip the train that would take you 10 minutes earlier on your place of work. With trains almost having an efficient departure and arrival schedule, you could actually plan your day like clock work. Alternatively, leaving your desk 5 minutes later than the end of your shift may cause you to miss your bus that will take you to your train that will bring you to your scheduled childcare pick-up. You know what happens when you're late on your 6PM childcare pickup? You have to pay a dollar per minute you are late. (I had to pay 16 dollars when I got stuck in traffic before! Mahal grabe!) Now, I fina…

Goodbye, Winter!

I couldn't describe my relief now that winter is over. It is officially 2 weeks into September and so far, the spring is giving us the perfect weather I could ever imagine - a little chilly in the morning and hot and sunny in the afternoon then chilly again at night. This is probably the period where our energy bill will be the lowest - no need for heaters and aircon and whatsoever.So before I formally bid goodbye to winter and welcome the spring, let me share with you some how I handled my very first winter here in Australia. Was it easy? Well, for starters it was a hell of a struggle. The Mornings Are Difficult With sunrises that happen a little later in the day,temperature that is less than 10 degrees, getting up in the morning is the hardest thing to do. Even if we have our heaters set at a certain temperature and time, preparing was a struggle. The dark and the cold weather just makes you want to sleep more. The worst part? Even if you have heated showers in the morning, the mo…

Our Melbourne Holiday

Our recent trip to Melbourne was booked to attend the wedding of our good friends, Jessa and Dandy. We also had the intention to relax and spend the holidays in probably one of the most beautiful cities we know. Fortunately, we did have a great 4-day holiday in Melbourne and despite the very very cold weather back then, we were able to enjoy and immerse in the city's cosmopolitan vibe. Although we have a list of places and restaurants to visits, we were not able to follow it because of the weather. Unexpectedly, it was raining very hard when we arrived there on a Friday. Instead of going around the city, we decided to just spend it indoors. After having lunch, we quickly went to Federation Square for photos and spend most of the afternoon in the National Gallery of Victoria. Inside, Leon had a great time in the Laura Hall are playing and goofing around with other kids. We then went to South Melbourne and had an interesting coffee experience at St. Ali's Cafe. Luckily, we had …