Sunday, March 08, 2015

An hour ahead of Her

So, I've been living alone and away from Amber for three weeks now. It's not easy but I am getting by everyday -- well, mostly thanks to my work. Work's been giving me a sort of a way at fighting Amber-sickness. I get to see and talk to her at night via Facetime or Skype just before her bedtime and before my late dinner. I know, I am becoming the person whom I earlier detest. This is the choice I choose. I am away from her but she is always in my heart.

This blog, my platform of whatever, was born in 2007. I was thinking of putting it on hiatus until it fades away from existence. But I decided against it, for now I guess. Life goes on. I will write about Japan, Amber and everything in between whenever my time and senses permit. And I'll take a life/work balance approach because completely surrendering myself to work will not help my health and being. 

Saturday, February 07, 2015

All about my Amber

Amber started attending Hoikuen (daycare) a week before turning 8 months old. Too early and young. In all honesty, it was not easy for me. That constant guilt of whether I did the right thing or did it make me less of a mother to her. I went through that phase but as soon as I saw that she had adjusted quite fast than expected, i began to console myself that everything will be alright. 
Takasudai-2 Hoikusho is just three minutes away from our home.

The more i was comforted after having learned her progress and that she got along well. Her ways are very Japanese and very independent but at home, she likes to be cuddled and carried or constantly wanted by either parent.
We used the carrier on the way to her school until Autumn.
Autumn of 2013 came and decided to purchase a bike. A mama bike but T rode it most of the time because it was difficult to maneuver. I ride only upon Amber's request.

Amber was born in Korea, spent her toddler years in Japan and soon to continue her formative years in Cebu and the rest who knows where provided either parent should be physically present to attend her needs.

Having lived in 3 countries, she learned a few words from 2. Most words, as typical for baby words, are repetitive and pronounced incoherently.

Here is a list of words we heard from her lately (grouped according to source):

The Repeaters
Poo poo (poop), Play play, Bye bye (goodbye), Big big, Chu chu (train), Wee wee (to pee, peed), Bugga bugga (a tree or leaves), Broom broom (toy car / car). 

From sensei and tomodachi
Oishii (delicious), Kaku (to be carried), Yada (no!), Abunai (dangerous), Dagai should be 'nagai'. It means 'long', Ippai (many), An punch - to punch. Based on anpanman cartoons, Wan wan (dog), Nyan nyan (cat), Hait (yes), Nani? (what?). 

Lingua franca
Toys, Book, Eyplen (airplane), feet, Hands, Eat, Pepol (purple), Dewash (girraffe), Panda, Bebe car, Gin (green), Odenj (orange), White, Black, Pink, Blue, Red, Cook, Food, Moon, Binbow (rainbow), and others I forgot.

On a sad note, Amber (or Sophia in school) had her last day at Takasudai-2 Hoikusho yesterday (6 Feb). I was not able to fetch her and say my farewells to her teachers and friends but T was there to represent us both.
ありがとうございました, たかすだい2

Last Day
It was fun playing a lot with teachers and friends.
Thank you very much Takasudai-2 Hoikusho, Squirrel section.
Her teachers gave her a certificate, a class photo, and some crafty gifts. That's one of the many things I admire in Japanese schools, they don't spoil the children with new stuff. Of course, they have a lot of toys to play with in school but gifts or prizes, all are arts and crafts. And they are not ordinary artworks, really clever crafts that even had me thinking 'how come i never thought of that?'
Exhibit 1: Amber's 1st birthday card
Exhibit 2: Amber's 2nd birthday card

The day before her last, her teachers gave us a letter written in English. Beyond touch, I am. Framed and now hangs next to my Ikea hexagon mirrors. True story. 
I am now starting to miss Amber and her school. It was a very a difficult schedule to keep that had been often the cause of our tardiness at work. There was just too many things to do with too litte time. I was fortunate that mine is lenient and forgiving with this case, while T was the opposite. We've come to accept the outcome and have long moved on. In fact, I am a little excited in spite of one musketeer's (that would be me) absence of the happenings from here onwards because every thing we have been hoping for will materialise. Time has come indeed.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winter essentials: what's in the bag?

Bag at the moment: The Gap leather tote. Size is enough to fill with the universe, and sometimes, Amber's baby essentials. I am slowly letting go of bringing baby bag when out for less than a half day with her.

Inside (clockwise from left): ear phones, Marc by Marc Jacobs 3-fold wallet, Baggu bag, company ID, ear muffs, Suica card (prepaid card for transportation and can be used in convenience stores as payment mode), Moleskine planner, The Gap leather gloves, and keys (house and bike). 

(Not in photo) My Russet beauty kit only carries a lip gloss, balm and comb. So low maintenance. 

That's it. Gone are the days were i practically fill my bags with life (compared to this post I wrote in 2009). The older i get, the less things i need. With the exception of shoes. 

But seriously, i am eyeing on Annabel Ingall crossbody bag. It is the cheap version of Celine trio. It would serve well for errands. A large tote is good for now because my busy schedule is preventing me from the simple task of changing bags (but not with blogging, hehe). Come Spring, inspire me to reorganize.