Archive for January, 2007

eBay Mania

Posted in Home Front, Techie Stuff on 31 January 2007 by Leah

Who hasn’t been sucked into the glorious world of eBay? I really thought we wouldn’t but after some time of contemplating, we finally gave in! Here’s our very first online purchase…

I have been wooing J to get us a rocking chair because I know it’ll be of great use when the baby comes in March. Although it’s second hand,  this was really in good condition. It was on auction and bidding for it was very exciting. We even set the alarm to go off just before the end time for bidding elapsed so that we were sure to win the item. The owner is also from Canberra so we just drove to their house to pick the chair up.

Now we’re thinking of selling some items on eBay. Actually, I already put up one item for sale this week and we’re seeing how that goes with the present market. You never really know who’s out there to buy your stuff unless you try it for yourself. So… wish us luck, okay? 🙂

Australian Open – Men’s Finals

Posted in Sports, TV and Film on 29 January 2007 by Leah

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Roger Federer did it again. He won three straight sets last night against Fernando Gonzalez in the men’s finals in the Australian Open at the Rod Laver arena in Melbourne. Actually, I’m no Federer fan having been lost in touch with the world of tennis for quite some time. I was actually rooting for Gonzalez as I usually go for the underdogs. In fairness, Gonzalez played some really good tennis against some top-seeded guys like Nadal and Hewitt so I really thought he had a great chance at beating Federer.

But Federer was just too good for him. No doubt about that. He is obviously at the peak of his tennis career at the moment and it seems there’s no stopping him now. Gonzalez, on the other hand, has upped his ranking based on his performance in the Australian Open and I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing more of him in the other tournaments in the days to come.

Wishing, hoping and praying…

Posted in Baby Talk, Ramblings on 24 January 2007 by Leah

Last night, J and I attended the first of a series of antenatal classes entitled Pregnancy to Parenting. It was held at The Canberra Hospital at the Postnatal Lounge in the Maternity Building of the said institution. Even if the hospital was public, I noticed how well maintained it was and how it was similar to most of the private hospitals in the Philippines. And if you do give birth there, you won’t have to pay a single cent and still get the privilege to use these well-kept facilities.

There were lots of expecting parents who also attended the class, most of which were also first-time parents as well and had almost the same due date as ours so we were basically all in the same boat together. The midwife assigned to teach us that night was Janet. She was a tall woman and clearly was of Scottish descent, based on her accent. Last night’s topic was on labour and birth, which Janet discussed with much gusto. We also viewed a video on how some women go through labor and the birth of their child. It was not at all boring and the group obviously enjoyed her take on the subject.

There are 4 remaining sessions of the class, one of which will be held at the Physiotherapy department where they will be teaching the expectant moms different exercises (e.g. for the pelvic floor, etc). I wish there were similar classes like these in the Philippines. They really tell you the facts and immediately dismiss all old wives’ tales related to pregnancy and child care. And the best part is it’s for free!

J told me last night how more excited he was at the birth of our baby. I, on the other hand, though also excited to see our child, have all these fears and apprehensions. Mostly, it’s more on the labour and birthing process. All that pain which the midwife discussed must be truly excruciating for those who get to deliver their babies normally. And yet, the gruesome details of that experience may only remain a distant memory to some, especially after their babies are handed over to them once they come out into the world. At this point, I cannot help but worry. I think it is most natural for all first time moms. But it helps to know that J has been quite supportive in all of this and because of that, I have no doubt in my mind that in the end all will be fine and our baby will soon be in our arms in no time.

We’re back!

Posted in Home Front on 16 January 2007 by Leah

It’s good to be back!

We spent a total of five weeks in Manila, but everything went by so swiftly that we didn’t notice it was that long of a holiday really. As it was spent over the Christmas season, it was a good time for us to be with our families and to meet up with good old friends as well. And the food! Ah yes, it was overflowing as usual. I had to control myself a little bit because of our little bub inside me. That was just a very difficult task especially for me because J and I have been longing for this kind of nourishment for the past few months.

The trip back to Sydney was quite uncomfortable because my belly has grown larger and sitting in the plane for almost eight hours just made my butt (and the rest of my body as well) terribly sore. In short, we spent our overnight stay in Sydney sleeping in the hotel. Besides, I couldn’t walk around for long periods because of my heavy tummy and my feet were swelling up as the day progressed.

Now that we are back in Canberra, we are slowly getting into our old groove back. Although we’re still a bit hung over from that lovely trip back home, we have more important things now to look forward to — our baby’s arrival! J and I are making checklists now as to what things/documentations to prepare for our baby’s coming. The list is quite long, I tell you, so it’s best to start as early as now to get them done.

Oh and since our little family is growing, we finally upgraded our double bed to a queen size. We got a pretty good deal from Freedom and we’re expecting them to deliver it this Friday. Can’t wait! 😀