Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wormy the 20 month old

Wow...cant believe she is nearly 2 years old already! it feels just like yesterday we celebrated her 1st birthday. ok what can she do now...

  1. Just recently she started counting 1-2-3....she can actually count till 10 but she will miss out a few numbers here and there. and she will try and try again...it sounds like there's a count drcula in the house (from sesame street)
  2. can complete sentences from some of her favourite bedtime stories :
    1. daddy pig is very ? SPORTY! his tummy is? BIG! but it is made of pure ? MUSCLE! (from daddy pig gets fit)
    2. in the light of the? MOON. a little? EGG! lay on a green? LEAF (the very hungry caterpillar)
  3. same goes for some of her nursery rhymes...e.g.
    1. the wheels on the bus goes? ROUND ROUND. the horn on the bus goes? PEET PEET PEET
  4. can do simple chores like take glasses for daddy, take mummy's bag, get remote control for mummy, put your clothes in dirty bin, throw your dirty diapers :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Path to NZ (ITA Lodgement)

Got an email from NZ Immigration Shanghai office a few weeks back that they have received our application and it will take around 2 months to get a CO (Case officer) assigned. What??? 2 months just to get CO assigned???

Oh well, i guess patience is key. More waiting....

Just to keep record, here is our time line for the whole application:

27/10 - EOI submitted
28/10 - EOI Selected
16/11 - ITA Issued
11/12 - ITA sent to Shanghai
14/12 - ITA Lodgement

Some people actually got their PR/WTR (work to residence) like within ONLY 8 months of submission, some ppl had to wait 18 months...so we'll see

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Path to NZ (The first part)

So, few months ago (28th of September to be exact) when the news of the company closure was announced. It was sort of like the final nail to the coffin. We have been tinkering with the idea of migration for a few years now but never had the guts to actually get around to do something.

And how did we end up with NZ? To be honest, there weren't much choices or we are just plain unadventurous! It was mostly between Australia and NZ. Both had its pros and cons. Australia is nearer, and we actually own an Australian degree which gives us some extra points and also Australia is less boring (??). But to maintain an Australia PR, we have to be there every 2 yrs of 5 years, which is a bit rigid.

NZ on the other hand, we did enjoyed ourselves in NZ, love the people there, the scenery, the environment but it's a bit quiet. When we were there 3 years ago, we could even hear crickets chirping at night! Like 8pm at night!

So after much weighing between the 2 options, we decided to go ahead with NZ. The other reason being, in order to gain sufficient points to submit our EOI (Expression of Interest) for the Australian resident visa, we have to sit for IELTS and get a MINIMUM band 8! so NZ it is!

I submitted my EOI on the 27th of October 2015 with a points of 150 (min points for automatic selection is 140), and got my EOI selected on the 28th of October 2015.  The cost of EOI submission at this point of time is NZD510. Then on the 16th of November, i received my ITA (invitation to apply) via email. The ITA is basically the green light for you to start submitting all your relevant documents proving what you have claimed points for in the EOI. This is when the scramble begins.

Luckily, I still keep all my job offer letters and even pay slips! But i also had to write back to my first boss for a letter proving my employment at the company. So boys and girls, very very important, dont burn bridges! Hehe...after that it was the medical check. We did ours at Adventist hospital Penang at the wellness center. It was pretty smooth flowing and pleasant.

Bought bank draft (my first time!) for the ITA submission. We were "unlucky" enough that the ITA fee increased just a week before our submission. FML! It went up from USD2065 to USD2222. BAH! Submitted our ITA on the 11th of December. Not too bad mah...less than a month since we got our ITA. hehe...they actually gave us 4 months. And now keeping fingers crossed and my eyes peeled for status updates on the webpage. Argh!

Will blog more when i get more updates!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Wormy at 16 month and 26 days

Let's see what the little missy has been up to recently:

  1. Can "count" up to 4. Well sort of...its like :
  2. Me : One?
    missy : TWO!
    me : Three?
    missy : oh! (four)

    SO CUTE! ok bias mom here..lol
  3. A-B-C. A is for ? she will say AH PEL, B is for ? BAER and so on. normally until the letter F . F is for "og!" (frog)
  4. can recognize her diaper brand..LOL!!! she will tell you its PETPET. if I ask her WHERE do you put petpet? she will reply THE BUTT BUTT. LOL! ok what kind of rubbish am I teaching her
  5. ya she appends most words with THE . its like if she's looking for her ball...she will be walking around the house asking "THE ball?". For a while I was wondering why would she say THE  ball. then I realised its probably because I always ask her "where is THE ball?" "where is THE book?" and she thought it needs to come with THE
  6. Can recognize most animals now : dog, duck, bear, horse, cow, cat, lion, owl, bird, frog, pig
  7. Can point out most parts of her body and also say it out  : nose (nok), eye, ears, teeth, tongue, mouth, head, hair, feet, legs, arms, hands, tummy, shoulder, butt ��

Monday, September 28, 2015


Hmm so yeah on this day September the 28th. I was fired. lol. Yeah like for real along with all 400 of my colleagues

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wormy's 14 month (and 17 days) update

Yikes...i dont know why i just cannot commit to posting monthly progress updates. Mostly on dayre now but i know my blog is still going to be a better memory keeper. heeheehee...i just want to document down the words wormy can say at 14 months

  1. mama (of course!)
  2. papa
  3. star (twinkle twinkle little star)
  4. dog (her fav)
  5. meeww (cat's sound or mao in mandarin)
  6. owwwweeeer (flower)
  7. bye bye (sometimes dai dai complete with waving)
  8. duck
  9. bear (just recently, pronounced as baerrrrr)
  10. bird
  11. koko
  12. car
  13. book
  14. ball
  15. no
  16. baa baa (baa baa black sheep)
  17. mum mum (eat)
  18. nen nen (milk)
  19. mai (no in hokkien..lol)
  20. bik! (complete with the hand sign for "finish". cos the nanny always tell her mum mum "habik")
  21. go out (pronounced as one word i.e. goout)
  22. don't want (occasionally with an added "i" in front becomes "i don't want")
  23. walk (wants to go down and walk)
  24. wooooo (shoe)
  25. circle (erker)
  26. hewooo (hello)
  27. pom pom (bath)
  28. two 
  29. choo choo (train)
  30. take
wow ... never realized her vocabulary is expanding fast until i listed it all down

other updates since the previous 10 month update :P
  1. she learned to walk unsupported on her actual birthday. 12 month exactly. she walked like around 2 steps. and within the weeks after that she gradually started to walk more steps and finally able to walk quite steadily by 13month :)
  2. drinks 6 oz of milk and around 2 solids per day (porridge and oatmeal)
  3. she now has 4 teeth on top, and 4 on bottom and another 4 coming out! sorry i dont know the proper name for those teeth...
  4. eats a varied diet of fish,meat, veggies, grains (rice, oats, millet), pasta, biscuits, bread, cornflakes and occassionally food off my plate :x
  5. when she sees a shower head she will make the "shhh shhh" sound and wave her hands in front of her face..lol! mimicking showering with the shower head
  6. last night i was feeding her the white creamy soup at kim gary and she suddenly shouted "nen nen"!!! she thought the white soup was nen nen! omg
  7. I used to count the steps (saying 1-2-3) when i am carrying her up or down the staircase, so now whenever we see staircases she will say "two!". LOL
  8. she just learned how to nod her head recently. sometimes it is pretty helpful cos at least now we know what she wants. but in some situations it can be a bit hard to interpret what she actually wants. e.g. turns on her favourite app on iphone i.e. pink fong. "which song do you want to listen?" (nod nod head) "WHICH song baby?" (nod more profusely) :D
  9. if you brandish her favourite book for her to see and you ask "do you want mama to read you a book?" (nod nod) "come sit on mama's lap" she will clamber over trying to sit on my lap although most of the time she will have one leg on my face or her head in between my legs.wahaha
  10. still pretty clingy to us....and still cries when she gets sent to the nanny esp after a long holiday..wahahaa
  11. yep still drinking mama's milk although i stopped pumping at work few weeks after she turned a year old. i dont mind direct latching (as much) but i do hate pumping...huhuhu. and i m happier after i stopped, no need to worry about dwindling supplies anymore. it sorts of gets to you after a while. not sure when am i going to stop bf-ing her...
for documentation purposes, some of her meal combination...

pumpkin porridge with shredded fish 

porridge with zucchini and pumpkin cooked in homemade chicken broth and topped with salmon. this was yums!

creamy pasta cooked with cheese and a bit of greek yoghurt

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Wormy the 10 month old

Developments so far :

1) able to clap hands, gong Xi gong Xi and do the open and close hand action when you sing twinkle twinkle little star 
2) able to walk quite far with the aid of a box. Few times I caught her trying to stand without support but she still hasn't gained enough confidence to do so I think. 
3) can eat a lot of different types of food now. Even eating cny cookies =/ and now eating 2 solids a day
4) she has been super clingy recently especially since our cny trip back to Kuching where everyone was so excited to see her and tried to carry her. But she didn't let any one carry her at all
5) she now has 8 teeth in total! 4 on top and 4 on bottom! My poor boobies. Lol!
6) while we were in Kuching she was so fascinated by the little poodle at home. She tried to touch her and even let the poodle lick her hands! And when the poodle is far away she will wave for the puppy to come. And she even called out "dog". Which sounded a lot like "duck" but slightly different sounding. Lol 

Here she is totally in awe with the dogs antics: 

7) took her 3rd ever plane ride. still pretty well behaved but compared to the last plane ride when she was around 5 months old, it is becoming more challenging as she can move around. Even went and grab the utensils of the passenger sitting behind us from the gap in between the seats. She was doing pretty well during take off and landing. I tried to alternate between breastfeding her or giving her the pacifier which is totally foreign to her. She treats it like a teether. Lol 

8) now sleeping at pretty regular times at night although not sleeping thru the night yet T_T she sleeps normally between 9:30 to 10 and wakes up around 7 to 7:30. Wakes up once or twice at night. On a good day she only wakes up for feed at 7am. Takes 2 naps in the day
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