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Selamat Hari Raya 2011

There will be a long holiday next week in celebration of Hari Raya Eidillfitri which marks the end of the Islamic Holy Fasting; the Ramadan where Muslim are required to abstain from something that they are satisfied most in between sunrise to sunset. During Hari Raya, most people here in Malaysia will go back to their Kampung (village) to be with their family and others would go for vacation to relax and unwind after a long period of probably stressful work. For us, as much as we wanted to travel for this holiday, we decided not to go for one since it is inconvenient to go for a leisure vacation with an infant. Instead, we will be having our general cleaning since its been a long while since we had our last general cleaning. We were also invited to an Eidillfitri open house celebration by my husband’s colleagues and my former colleagues. It’ll be nice seeing former officemates in a while. To all my Muslim Friends, wishing you Selamat Hari Raya (Happy Eid). Enjoy the long vacation friends!
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Sunday Reflection: Rest from Stress

It's another edition of Sunday Reflection. We are all familiar with the word "stress". And so, this sunday, were gonna "rest from stress." Our scripture reference is from Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. . Stress is when pressures of our day to day activities wear down our mental state. One source of “STRESS” comes from “WORRY”. Being worried about getting laid off from your job, or worried about having enough money to pay your bills, or worried about your mother when the doctor says she may need an operation. In fact, to most of us, stress is synonymous with worry. If it is something that makes you worry, then it is stress. Many people feel stressed when they get over excited around big moments in their lives. Demands and high expectations from our relationships, workplaces, business and ministry are also contributory. Envy, jealousy and insecure are also factors as well. Stressful situations are a part of life but let it not affect you, rather rest in His arms, close your eyes and have a peaceful night and day! For surely tomorrow will be a better day! Share

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Sunday Reflection: Shell-Fish

PhotobucketIt’s Sunday once again, and here comes our reflection. Sorry for the late post, still fresh from my trip back to Kuala Lumpur. Today, let us hear what other’s would say about selfishness. Our key scripture is from James 3:16, Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil. We are a product of a corrupt culture that teaches selfishness. All sin is selfish. No one ever sins for someone else and if we do it, we have selfish reasons. You must know that every selfish person is actually a potential enemy. I myself had a share of being selfish sometimes. I know that there are circumstances that we can’t avoid to be selfish especially if you think it’s the best thing to do. But I doubt, as it is mentioned in the scripture, that there would be disorder. For me, Pride and selfishness always go together. Pride is self-importance and self-focus, hence it’s the root of selfishness and thus the root of all evil. Selfishness is hidden but it manifests a selfish act which is a fundamental defect of a mankind. It is the root of every problem therefore we must die to

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Sunday Reflection: It is Noble to be Humble

PhotobucketHello and welcome to another edition of Sunday Reflection. Before I start I would like to thank those bloggers who join the launching of this meme last Sunday. Now, we are on our second week, and this week’s scripture is Philippians 2:1. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” A friend described me as a meek person. What he actually doesn’t know, is the other side of me who aimed to be always on top of the list. Someone who gets noticed and someone who will stand out from everyone. That was one of my burning desires until I realize that when pride comes, then comes disgrace. I was a person who easily get annoy to people who don’t behave according to my standards. But later on, humility reminds me that everybody is different, that each person has a unique role, and is therefore given different tastes, desires, abilities. I was once a person who complains a lot when my parents gave me loads of house hold chores. An employee who complains a lot when my boss gives me a task that is beyond my job description and a person

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How to apply for a 3 months visa in Malaysia

For Southeast Asian countries, a visa upon arrival in Malaysia is available which allows you to stay in Malaysia for thirty days. But if you wish to stay in Malaysia more than a month, you can apply for a three months visa provided that you have sponsorship from someone who is living in Malaysia. Application for three months visa can be carried out either in Malaysia or at the Malaysian Embassy in your country. Here’s a guide on how to apply for a three months visa in Malaysia. 1.       Obtain all the requirements needed for the visa     application.For Filipino’s who wish to apply for the visa, you will need the following. Visa Application Form with two passport size picture. Invitation letter from the sponsor in Malaysia authenticated by the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia If married to a Malaysian, Marriage certificate and passport of the sponsor is required. Work permit of the sponsor. Employment certificate of the sponsor Bank statement (latest account) or salary certificate of the sponsor. Passport of the applicant. Take note that your passport must be six months onward validity. Confirmed return ticket. 2.       Submit all the requirement at the Malaysian Embassy in the Philippines, 29th flr., One

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Sunday Reflection: Close to You

Scripture: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 This scripture have motivated me to spend time with the lord. Though I have short comings of this matter I still have to say that spending time with the Lord is fulfilling and rewarding.  It may not be easy to grasp at first but once you have establish a relationship with God, you may find that the highlight of your day is the time you have with God. The Bible tells us that we were created to have fellowship with God and if you find it hard to do so, you may start by dwelling on this scripture. Find time with God and once you established the relationship you will discover that it is easier to find out what God wants for your life. You can get off your mind from the world and worries around you and focus on God and the things that God wants you to do plus you will find it easier to worship Him. You will also discover that the more you spend time with Him, the more you will love Him! Still, this serves as a motivational scripture to me,

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Momsicle will be launching Sunday Reflection Meme

Scriptures are powerful and reflecting on it is a great opportunity to dwell on God’s word and then apply it on our own life. And so I have come up with these thought and after a long time of procrastination I am finally launching the Sunday Reflection Meme. This is the first time that I will be hosting a meme and I hope it will be successful. Sunday Reflection will start tomorrow July 24 2011. So, I am inviting bloggers to join us, as we reflect on God’s word and be amazed how God moves mysteriously in our lives. So, what does this meme all about? Sunday Reflection is open to all bloggers. I will be giving a bible verse every Sunday, and if you want to join, you just have to create a blog post about your reflection on the given verse. You can also include a testimony (if there’s any) that is related to the verse, to somehow inspire our fellow bloggers. Once you are done with your post, sign in to the linky below the post and make sure your post have the Sunday Reflection Badge for us to know that you are joining the meme. Badges

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Revisiting Singapore

Everytime we had a visitor from the Philippines, it is a must that we should bring them to Singapore for sightseeing. It is much cheaper to go to Singapore from KL rather from Philippines. Tomorrow’s trip will be my third time in Singapore and I will be bringing a good friend who flew to KL for the first time. It was actually her first out of the country trip. We normally take the bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Bus fare will cost 45RM for a one way journey. Here’s How to go to Singapore from KL by bus 1. If you stayed in a hotel around KL, the best way to go to Singapore by bus, is to take the starmart bus at time square. They have their ticketing boot in front of time square and pick up and drop off is also at the same place. Buses left for Singapore every hour which start at 9:30am up to 11:30pm. 2. You also have the option to go to bukit jalil bus station. The bus station was previously in pudu raya but due to the renovation it was transferred to bukit jalil. There, you have more option what bus

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The Federal City of Malaysia: Putrajaya

 photo DSC_0964.jpgPutrajaya is the federal administrative center of Malaysia also known as “Intelligent City” located south of Kuala Lumpur. Its environment is compose of different distinctive architecture which bring you to different countries in the world. When family and friends visits Malaysia hubby and I made sure that we will bring them to Putrajaya. We have been fascinated with the place, not only for the architectural characters but for the unruffled environment that they offer. I feel like I am outside Malaysia whenever I visit Putrajaya. How to get there By Taxi. From Kuala Lumpur, it will only take 30-45 minutes drive to Putrajaya. At KL Sentral there fixed fare at 35 RM for oneway journey. However there taxi who offer 150RM from kuala lumpur-putrajaya-kuala lumpur including a tour in putrajaya. From KLIA airport taxi fare is at 60RM. By Train.From KL Sentral, take the KLIA Transit to Putrajaya/Cyberjaya station. A return tickets cost at around 18RM. It will take 20 minutes to get to putrajaya. At putrajaya station, you can take a cab that will take you around putrajaya. Budget taxi cost 75RM for 1 hour tour. Buy Bus.Buses are stationed near kuala lumpur sentral market. Fare is only 3.50RM

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Anawangin Cove

 photo another view from the mountain.jpgWhen I first saw this place over the net, I never thought it was a place in the Philippines. This is Anawangan Cove located in Barangay Pundaquit town of San Antonio in Zambales. This mystical cove, has off-white sand, a stretch of pine trees along the beach front, Crystal clear water and refreshing fresh air. You may wonder how the pine trees ended up at the beach. I myself cannot contain my curiosity how they ended up there. And behind it,  is a small stream that flows down and meet the sea water. I was fascinated by the lovely natural beauty of Anawangin, and it was such a treat being there, away from the busy city life, embracing the indigenous living for a while. Anawangan is not as commercialized as Boracay or Puerto Galera. There is no electricity and no cell site. No hotels or Inns around the area, you have to bring a tent if you want to stay for a night. The nearest hotel you can find is at Barangay Pundaquit a 15 minutes boat ride from anawangin. Yes, it's basically back to basics. There were only two water pumps, four toilet cubicles and I think four dressing cubicles

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Short Trip to Melaka

 photo DSC_3623a.jpgAn unplanned trip to Kuala Lumpur’s 3rd smallest and historical state Malacca. 148 km south of Kuala Lumpur, and 245 km north of Singapore where traces of Dutch and Portuguese heritage were remarkable which was inscribe in the world heritage list. It was a quick visit since it was an unplanned trip. I wish I had more pictures to showcase but with only 3 hours stay at Malacca we did nothing but sight seeing while setting inside the car. I must be very keen in shooting next time I went to an unplanned trip like these, especially if your not there for a photo opt nor as a tourist. Thank you very much Pst.J and Kuya Rex’s family for inviting us. There are more to see and discover and I’ll be back Malacca. See you!
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The Birth Week

As soon as February ends, it’s a sign that the family’s birth week is coming. I called it birth week, for we have three birthdays to celebrate in a week’s time. And that means I’ll have to go hunting for a unique gift ideas. Usually we start the birth week with my father’s birthday on March six. I still don’t know what we are having on my dad’s birthday. But last year the family had a simple dinner with our grannies in a fine dining restaurant. Hopefully this year will be something new. Following my dad’s birthday is my cousin’s Jet birthday on the tenth of March. This is also a relative’s get together on my father’s side. As early as today, I had their gifts wrapped to avoid last minute shopping, because knowing me, I always had a hard time choosing a birthday present for men. To close the birth week is our little Mojo’s day on the eleventh. Mojo is our Japanese Spitz dog who’s been with us for four years now. We usually give him a simple celebration at home. Have his picture taken with his birthday cake plus his favorite doggie food. It’s gonna be a

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How to get Visit Pass Extension in Malaysia

My sister’s visit pass is due on Feb 28. Since we have decided that she will join our trip back to the Philippines this coming march, we went to Malaysian Immigration yesterday for her visa extension. I was hoping that we could finish the whole process in halfday, but unfortunately halfday was not enough. But thank God we were able to get her extension pass on the same day. Here’s a short guide on how to apply for a visit pass extension in Malaysia. Go to Visit Pass, Social Visit Pass Division at the Malaysian Immigration in Putrajaya. Fill out the Application Form for Visit Pass Extension. You can get the form at the form counter or you can download it from their website. Furnish a copy of the required documents such as, original and photocopy of your passport, confirmed return ticket, visit pass application form, supporting documents if any, and submit it to the designated officer assigned. You have to pay 100 RM for the visa. That's it. You just have to wait until your number gets called, for your payment and for the release. Sounds so easy, the only thing I didn't like was the long cue; we waited for

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Fun & Excitement at Sunway Lagoon

It was a long weekend last week due to the Chinese New Year Celebration. The family was invited by Jay & Zai to have fun at Sunway Lagoon. Yes you read it right; the whole family went to sunway lagoon including our two months old baby Z and his tita aina. Sunway Lagoon is a premier theme park in Malaysia which offers adventure, excitement and entertainment. It is located in the Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, totalling of 80 land acres. There's a lot of way to enjoyment at sunway lagoon. You'll be amuse at the amusement park where great rides are waiting for you. Let your muscles be stretch as you do your favorite swimming stroke at the water park and let your scream be heard at the extreme & scream park but don't get wild if you enter the wild park. All of that in one place.
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How to Register a Foreign Child Born in Malaysia

I recently gave birth to my first baby here in Kuala Lumpur, and we have just  gone thru the process of registering our child, which I thought, might be of help if I share it here. So, here it goes. We have gain information on how to register our new born through the help of our local colleagues and some Filipino friends. This is my way of sharing to other moms what they have shared to me. Take note that Birth Registration shall be made within the next 14 days after you give birth. From the hospital where you gave birth, a form Daftar Kelahiran (registration of birth) will be provided to you by the hospital. Just fill in all information needed. Note that the form is in Bahasa Melayu. In the hospital where I gave birth they don’t have English translation form, I don’t know with the other hospital in Malaysia if they provide English translation form. In our case, we have asked our local colleagues to do the translation, there are also online translation resources which maybe a good help. Next step would be, to submit the form to Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara Malaysia (National Registration Department Malaysia). Submit the

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