May 25, 2010

Dubai's airconditioned bus stops

A break of my Gremlin-y talk today.
Early this month I and the Gremlin's dad tried to pick ourselves up as we 'trashed' big bucks in an online forex trading activity.
Gross foolishness, yeah?

For now, I take gladness from the thought that my family is healthy and safe.

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I cant make out a relatonship to my post above, :) but let me show you the shape of Dubai's airconditioned bus stop cabins:


May the comfort of this cabin during summer be with us =)

May 23, 2010

At Three : The Gremlin is missing on playmates

At three, my Gremlin pedals his bike, plays the psp, slides with his Heeley's wheeled shoes, and even plays  computer games -- ones I had not experienced as a child.

Mine was at the creek swimming with fellow kids and shooting crabs, getting lost in the mountain gathering wild fruits. Dusk meant playing hide and seek. Rubberbands, 'teks' (those 1.5 inches cards), jackstones were the likes of what I knew.

This meant I grew and knew communal living early on, in the sense of give-and-take. An irony with my son who is happier doing things just by himself or by one-way attention from a playmate. He'd rather play with adults though and tends to not care of other kids around.

I guess this is a big drawback of desert living. A playmate for our son is a costly decision which we had been denying him. Say, we cant afford living in upscale communities where playgrounds abound. Say, we cannot afford expensive play schools where we have more confidence of. Or say, we thought we cant withstand living for so long away from him and letting him stay back home in Baguio.

We could have sent him to affordable schools but we thought it's too early for him at three years old. So hopefully, he'll understand socialization when he enters school come Sept-2010.

In the picture below, the kids at the background ran to and sat near us. They all started singing familiar nursery rhymes when the Gremlin (in jeans, back against camera) approached them. But instead of joining, he shouted:

Gremlin, shouting: "Stop it! It's noisy"
Me: "Kalel, come here dont say that" (I apologized to the other kids and the Gremlin came to me)
Gremlin came nearer, but both hands clasped to his ears!
Gremlin: " But mama they are noisy!"

Ironically again, much as he cares less of other kids, it's as much also that he demands attention from me and his dad. He always forcibly pulls my arms insistently "Mama please please please please let us play". (I'm not exagerating). Reversely, we find excuses to lessen playtime with him. 

The other night, we played cards. He likes lining the cards and also forming letters with them. But I thought it's boring (hmmmp, bad me) just watching him that way. Anyways, I started showing him two cards, asked which has more spades/ flowers/ diamonds in it. I flipped them backside up so he cant see and I asked him to guess the higher numbered card. Higher number means I dance and play with him, else smaller number entitles me to get back to my laptop until he finishes counting until 20 twice. (it's my short break!)

Long story short -- we are in this point understanding what it means to rear our son in Dubai. Definitely there's something missing. Whatever is the solution I believe we'll get to that. Yup =)
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Anyways, Dubai's climate is now really soaring hot. One place we run to on weekend sunsets is this lawn across Dubai mall. It's rather comfy cool rather than being outdoors near buidlings where air circulation is suppressed.


Then as darkness sets in, the fountain shows start.


Isn't it a great way to spend sunsets?

May everyone have a great week ahead!
=)

May 19, 2010

At three: Gremlin Defies the Words

If our family is a political arena, the Gremlin well holds the opposition seat.Negating what we say is already part of his system. For example:

Us: Kalel get out there, you’ll fall! (he loves trooping the coach backrest)
Gremlin: No, I will not fall down!

Us: Kalel, I get mad if you do that again.
Gremlin: No, you will not get mad... (saying it sweetly)

Me to his dad: Shall I give Kalel one chocolate?
Gremlin: No, two chocolates... (again sweetly)

Unlike in the political scene though where word war brews, hearing him makes us smile, wondering what's in a three year old's mind causing that attitude. I just dont know if it's the same story when he gets older =)

May 18, 2010

How a Gremlin Nurtured Us

I’ll be running catch-up posts on our Gremlin before he turns four years old soon. Speak about backlogs, I have three years of mommyhood stories. Even my Gremly Tweets did not show much update lately.

The li’l Gremlin is sure growing fast and I have this fear that he’ll not be as funny later as he is now.

Funny in terms of his innocent mischievousness that makes me shriek, then I mellow down realizing he is just a creature just past his toddler stage.

Funny -- that invokes my usual expression on him which he cant understand: “Nalalaing ka manen!” (Ilokano, sort of “You think you’re smarter again!”. He blabbers alot, one where his dad scolds me when I sweetly tell him: “Kalel can you please shut up for awhile?”

Then there’s this nostalgia every time I chance on his baby pictures. I miss the chubbiness, I miss the baby bossiness, I miss the sweetness (It’s always mama for him =) ). I miss the attention from strangers too (even taking photos and asking to carry him). And etc, etc…

I miss those baby giggles and smiles.

What's on your mind baby? @ five months

Father and son talk @ five months

And how he smiles @ six months
Each day of our li’l ones will be different tomorrow. We must not regret missing on giving the infinite love as our definition of fulfillment not just for us as parents but for our little ones as well.

May 08, 2010

My Mom is the Best !


My son just sang Happy Mother's Day to you to the tune of the Happy Birthday jingle. Then he said "You're the best mama in the whole wide world forever!" If his watching the tv taught him this, I can feel how he loves me to be true of what he said =)

Our Gremlin is always a wonder to us. It's like God's hands are on us. That, when he was a year old, I wrote this in my Friendster shoutout:

Being Kalel's mom is my greatest reward yet and to be among my parents' greatest reward is always a challenge.

I want to be the most loving mom to my son as a way to give back to my parents. Having my own child made me ponder on the my parents' sacrifices to us their seven children. Since it's Mother's Day today, I want to tell the whole world how God loves me through my self-less Mama. She's a big, stout Mama physically =) and that describes her love to us. I can never equal her sacrifices, but yes, I promise to strive to be among her and Papa's greatest rewards.

Happy mother's day Mama Cute, as my daily text to you is, I lab yu!

Mama Cute and my Gremlin spotting butterflies at Burnham Park

Oh, Mama Cute is the shortest in height among us. When her white hairs dont show up and when she can reduce size, she can pass as our older sister. Naks!
Happy mother's day too to all wonderful moms out there =)

May 05, 2010

Jumeirah Open Beach and Sand Castles

Summer's here in the sandpit, and it's pushing us on the beachlines.

Here's the Gremlin after his "Can we go to the beach mama and papa, I need to build my sand castle!"

Jumeirah open beach, 6pm, 30-Apr-10

Gremly Poop Story

Next is my Gremlin's poop journal.

I guess it could be wrong teasing our toddlers that poop are bad for their smell. I think this caused the Gremlin to be so shy to let anybody see him poop.

At two years when he started not using his daytime nappies, it could be rather frustrating that soon as we put his night nappies he would poop.

At three years, he need to lock himself alone in the toilet before he let out.
During mall trips, soon as I take out his pants, I stay out the door until he calls me when he's done. It got some persuading for me to carry him (his back against my chest) in the mall toilet while he poop, and he would say "Mama close your eyes", and I would pretend.

Until now he still locks himself in the toilet and sometimes shout "Mama and papa do not see me" while inside.

Now, I guess his next milestone would be when he gets to clean his poop by himself =)

Gremly Pee and Poop Story

Trusting our Gremlin's ability to be COMPLETELY "weaned" off from diapers had been rather late for us.

At a little past two years old, he started to be without diapers during daytime at home. Outside the house, he had nappies for convenience sake.

Starting 32 months when he was back home (Baguio), his grannies completely weaned him off of daytime nappies. I can only remember being told of they had to buy him new pants at Tiongsan because he pooped there while they were shopping =) . And, a bit off but funny, his auntie tintin had photos of his poop at the terrace.

It was only at 3.5 years  old (January 2010), that accidentally we forgot to put his night nappies. From bed at dawn, he walked to the toilet by himself. It was at this time I started to compose a blog post saying our kids are capable of responsibilities we dont realise they are, and it's just a matter of showing them our trust and support that they can. That blog post however just remained a draft (bad me).

From that time, his Drypers nappies hadnt had a movement out the cabinet. It took some adjustments though until he almost completely not wet the bed at night. We give his milk an hour before bed time so as to minimise wet beds. Around Feb-10 and early Mar-10, we set our alarm to wake him for the toilet. Lately, we bring him to the toilet only when he moans. And that could be none to thrice a night =)

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