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Celebrations and getting older…

Busy, busy month in the Corbitoness household. So many celebrations happened this month: moving-up day for the little one *sniff sniff*, wedding day of a college friend and birthdays in the family.


First, let’s talk about how we had a blast in our friend’s wedding day. It was the coolest wedding celebration ever. They have a summer love festival theme going on and thanks to their wedding planner, it was a stress-free affair. We were told that we can even wear summer clothes and plimsolls, on a church wedding. How amazing is that? The reception is wonderful, great music, delicious food and a photo booth!

Next was Una’s moving up day. She finished her Nursery school with a Best in English medal. Yay! We are raising a bilingual child and it was not an easy task to be honest. We mostly spoke Filipino at home but we decided to introduce her first to English so she won’t have any difficulty understanding the workbooks in school. We live in a very westernised country, all of the official forms and most of the school workbooks are in English but the people usually speak in Filipino. So it’s easy for her to learn to speak the native language. We still have to translate some words for her and she is yet to read in Filipino but that will be tackled in her Kindergarten.

Lastly, hubby and I celebrated our birthdays this month. Yeah, I am 3 decades old and a year older. Noooo! When I put it that way, it feels like I had so much years way past me and I still have most of my life list unchecked. Boo! Am I running our of time? I don’t know. I’m the kind of person who likes to think with a glass half full, instead of empty. Positivity and old age, yeah, let’s talk about that.

ipad mini halo case

I started my day feeling down because I thought DK won’t be home for my birthday. But for the first time in forever (yes, I really did sing that song from Frozen), he finally managed to surprise me. He brought me breakfast in bed and cake plus a cool new gadget. He apologized because it’s not listed in the wishlist that I sent him (most of which are books, by the way) but he gave me an iPad mini. An iPad Mini! Who wouldn’t want that? Now, I have most of my apps transferred to the new gadget and my iPhone is now used just for communication purposes.

Things have calmed down now and hopefully, I’ll be able to upload all of my handwritten blog notes that I made throughout the past months. But I’ll save that for my next blog posts because we’re still having super slow internet connection due to “multiple cable cuts in its undersea international cable facilities”, according to the advisory sent to the public by our internet provider. Weirdly enough, my phone is subscribed to a different provider but my LTE connection also sucks.

So how is life treating you? I hope you’re all having a blast despite the dry, summer heat.

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I had the lamest birthday party ever…

Not everyone always had the best birthday parties. I am not much for celebrating birthdays because I know I’m not good at planning it. From a young age, most adolescents begin to think up ideas for their 21st birthday party; many a math’s class is spent daydreaming the details, from where its going to be, to how many people are going to be invited and who’s going to give a speech. The majority of my friends had fantastic 21st parties that went off without a hitch, I, on the other hand, was not so lucky. I didn’t have help from family, friends or Modern Party Hire, but decided to do the whole thing myself. That was mistake number one. I had the lamest birthday party ever, and you’re about to find out why.

happy birthday chalkboard

It all started will a grand vision, I was going to have a party that focused on fun, (and not much else). Firstly, I decided to not waste money on invitations, I would just create a Facebook event. This is a problem for several reasons, not everyone has Facebook (believe it or not) and details such as the theme were glossed over. Though I had plenty of ideas, they didn’t really tie in together or compliment each other. There would be a jumping castle, I decided, with a jelly-wrestling pit and the whole party would be 80’s themed; if I was going for a ‘random’ vibe, I was on the right track. Looking back, I couldn’t have planned a lamer party. It was in the middle of summer in north Queensland, so elaborate 80’s costumes were really not ideal for the heat; naturally, no one dressed up, other than myself.

If the lack of costumes during my themed party wasn’t enough, to add insult to injury, It poured rain the whole afternoon and evening, meaning I had to cancel the jumping castle. My entertainment scheme was not entirely doomed however, as I still had the jelly wrestling. Yet as the rain continued to bucket down, no one was eager to roll around in the mud, in the middle of the rain, to wrestle in jelly.

Out of ideas, I encouraged guests to drink the punch and beer and enjoy the music. But my bad luck streak continued, as I had put my playlist on my iPhone through a speaker dock, messages kept coming through and messing up the ‘fat beats’ (well-wishes wanting to pass on ‘happy birthday’s). As my message tone continued to disrupt the music, a few friends commented that they couldn’t hear the music over the rain, as the speakers were rather small and in the corner (closest spot to a power point).

I had the lamest birthday party ever because I didn’t check the whether forecast, didn’t have contingency plan, hadn’t organized a better sound system and I didn’t let anyone help or contribute. If I were to do my time again, I’d look into a party planner or party hire company and I’d hire a band or DJ in an air-conditioned venue (because no one wants to dance in a sweltering backyard and it solves the whole weather issue). I’d also tell my past self to tie the theme in with the entire celebration, and have some entertainment that can be enjoyed no birthday matter what the forecast says. I told myself, oh well, there’s always my 30th! But we all know I just stuck to simple ways of celebrating my birthday because it’s what I prefer nowadays.

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Allergy and flu season

As much as I love the weather (cool and a bit windy), it’s usually the time that I get sick. Allergy and flu season suck!

I’ve been having allergic reaction with nature for the past three weeks and just this weekend, daughter caught a flu. She’s been sick since Friday night; colds, cough and high fever. She’s usually an active child even when she’s sick and during those times, it only takes her 2-3 days to fight it, with just the help of paracetamol.

kids flu

This time she’s clingy, can’t get a decent sleep and is always crying. We brought her to her paediatrician and she prescribed her with two antibiotics for her flu and an herbal tablet to help with her nasal congestion. I love the herbal tablet, I gave her one as soon as we left the hospital and she’s been sleeping straight since then. She still have a lot of mucus when she sneezes but she can now breath through her nose. As much as I’d rather stick with herbal medicine, I know that we really need the help of antibiotics to get rid of her flu.

I’m just so glad that I can talk to my 5 year old daughter and make her understand that she needs to take her medicines. This is the first time she took antibiotics and it’s so bitter! *insert gagging noise here* I know because I taste everything I give my daughter. and that includes medicine. Una is such a trooper. She’s been taking her medication for 3 days now and no fever since yesterday. Yay!

Now it’s all about giving her lots of soup and fruits to get her energy back so she can attend the last two weeks of her nursery school.

I hope everything is well, health-wise or otherwise with your family. :)

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