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UAE School Hunting

 photo 8cAEzeAKi_zpsj4j20b5b.jpgFor the past few weeks, we have been preparing for our "big move" to Dubai to be with my husband. We have been praying for our family to be together and we are glad that God is slowly showing us a preview to soon be answered prayer. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="379"] photo from cliparts.co[/caption]   Part of this preparation is hunting for a preschool for our eldest Zoe. I have been thankful that I have access to internet since most schools in the UAE has its website. Also, KHDA's (Knowledge & Human Dev't Authority) 2014 school ranking is really of big help. As expected, tuition fees are expensive and I didn't expect that school registration starts very early. Currently, I have been on a virtual tour to some school with in our budget. United International Private School - This was our first choice since this school offers Philippine Curriculum. Hubby visited the school only to find out that there is a long waiting list for registration. It's under "acceptable" ranking on KHDA and serves mostly Filipino Families. The Winsmenster School - Al Ghusais - is our second choice. Under "acceptable" ranking on KHDA and following a UK curriculum. The tuition fee

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Citizenship of a Child Born in Malaysia to Foreign Parents

In the advent of computers and the World Wide Web, it is no doubt that the internet has become a great source of information. It has become a powerful tool for researchers and even to ordinary people like me seeking information on something. I have written a blog post on how to register a foreign child born in Malaysia a year ago. And I am glad that the post somehow helps people (especially fellow Filipino) seeking information on the latter matter. As the author, I try to answer their questions as long as I am knowledgeable about the question. A fellow Filipina asked about the (would be) benefits of a child born in Malaysia. And that motivates me to right this post and I hope (just like the other post)this would become interesting and informative. When my friends learned that I gave birth to our first child in Malaysia, instantly they thought my baby is a Malaysian Citizen. Unlike in United States, a foreign child born in Malaysia does not automatically obtain Malaysian citizenship. Malaysian citizenship is obtained by blood, hence to obtain Malaysian citizenship one of the parent should be a Malaysian Citizen. In other circumstances, a child born

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Baby’s Day Out: Lake Garden

PhotobucketToday the little one had his first day at the park. Hubby and I bought him along to Lake Garden together with few KL Pinoy Photography buffs for a Product Shoot. This was baby Z’s first day out in a park. Along with the excitement I was actually worried about insect bites since his skin had been reacting badly with insect’s bites so, I did not forget to bring along insect repellent to protect him from the bites. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="259"] sneaking from his stroller's window[/caption] While I was busy with the shoot, Hubby and the little one took their time exploring the park. During the early stage of the shoot, I can still see them within the shooting area but as we go on and moves on to different site location my eyes can’t reach them both. I wasn’t worried; I know hubby will be taking the little one somewhere to enjoy the place. When were about to change site location for the last time, I saw them both coming. And as I mention they just went to look for some fun. Hubby handed me my phone to show me something. Oh…It was a video of the little

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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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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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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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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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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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