Sunday, April 24, 2016

Things My Kid Says #2

Today is Sunday.

I woke up later than Naomi this morning because I struggled with indigestion and piles problems the whole night and only got back to sleep soundly again at around 7am something, after my husband left home for his solo cycling session.

My girl's aware that she doesn't have to go to school today. After my husband woke me up, he said to his daughter, "Naomi, let's go (out to have breakfast)!). Naomi quickly got up from her bed, dashed to get a dress, took a leak in the toilet then changed her pyjamas into a dress in no time - without us asking her to do so. If only she could be this efficient and routinely do all these without drama or dilly-dallying on weekdays, my Mon-Fri mornings would have been less hectic.

I just finished brushing my teeth when Naomi was all set to go out. She then opened my wardrobe and kept on asking me to take one dress to change. She knew that we were going out so that's why she was rushing me to get ready fast.

I obliged my daughter's request and took my favourite striped dress out of my wardrobe.

My today's #OOTD.

After I put my dress on, this happened.

👧: (Pointing at me) ZEBRA!

💁: What? Hahaha.
👧: Papa, look! Zebra!
👨: ROFL. Mommy looks like Zebra, huh?

Thanks, ah.

On our way to find our breakfast, I asked Naomi again.
💁: Naomi, does Mommy really look like Zebra now?
👧: (pointing at my dress) See... Zebra!
💁: Okay... #geddit

My hilarious toddler.

At 3yo7mo, Naomi indeed knows most of the animal names in the animal kingdom but it really didn't cross my mind that she would associate a person wearing clothes (in certain fabric pattern) to look alike an animal she recognizes. I guess, the next time she sees a woman wearing some leopard print shirt or pants, she'd shout "Mommy, look! Leopard! (or maybe tiger as she currently refers the big cat family as tiger)".

Friday, April 15, 2016

Marrying A Malaysian: How to Get the Extension of Visit Pass (Part 3)

My long-term visit pass and multiple entry visa in Malaysia as a spouse of Malaysian citizen are expiring in early June this year. As Baby #3's EDD is also around that time, my husband and I decided to extend my visit pass earlier. We paid a visit to the Immigration Office to settle this yesterday as the last thing I want to do when in labour is applying visa extension in the Immigration Office please.

I actually applied for another 3 years for my visa but my application was rejected and I only got 1 year visa this time around because my passport is expiring in mid 2018. I have to get a new passport first before applying longer visa extension (more than 1 year visa) next year.

The process of extending the long-term visit visa is still pretty much the same as how we did this 3-5 years ago. However, there is now one more step that we need to go through to get the whole paperwork done.

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT AND SUBMISSION DETAILS:

1. Application for Extension of Visit Pass Form (Permohonan Lanjutan Pas Lawatan)
Important information that we need to know to fill in this form include applicant's personal details, passport details, address in Malaysia, current visa's expiry date and requested numbers of years for the visa extension.

2. Surat Akuan Perkahwinan Form
To complete the Surat Akuan form, other than filling in the information in the paper, we need to get a stamp and signature of a local Commissioner of Oaths (Peguam Bela dan Peguam Cara)

Also, we are required to have a name and contact details of one Malaysian who is willing to act as the applicant's referral (he/she can be our Malaysian spouse's family member). We need to state the number of our children and their details in the form as well. My husband and I included Dylan's details too in the form because we thought he is legally counted as one of our children since he had his death certificate issued. However, the Commissioner of Oaths stated otherwise and told us to just include our live child or children in the form.

Required documents for Commissioner of Oath's verification: The filled Surat Akuan form, applicant's passport and Malaysian spouse' IC, applicant and spouse's passport photos.
Required working days: Almost immediate
Fee: RM 10 cash 
Result: Authorization stamp and signature from Commissioner of Oaths in the Surat Akuan form

3. Cabutan untuk Daftar Perkahwinan (Marriage Register Extract)

This is a new step that did not exist the last time we applied for my visa extension three years ago. This certificate is basically used as a proof or verification document that the applicant is still married to his or her Malaysian spouse. We are required to fill a form from an office in Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN ) to get this document. JPN in Seremban is located in the same building as the Immigration office so it's quite convenient and easy for us to get this document from them.

To apply or get the Cabutan, we must fill a form that requires information on our marriage details such as the marriage date, location and marriage certificate serial numbers.

Required working days: Almost immediate
Fee: RM 50 cash 
Result: Original document of Cabutan untuk Daftar Perkahwinan (Marriage Register Extract)

4. Permohonan Untuk Visa Form

This form requires information on the applicant's personal details. Quite easy and straightforward to be filled.

SUMMARY

Required forms and document to submit: see above
Other required accompanying documents to submit: 
  • Original and copy of applicant's passport (front page and current visa)
  • Original and copy of Malaysian spouse's IC
  • Marriage certificate
  • Copy of children's birth certificates, if any
  • One (1) applicant passport photo, to be pasted in Surat Akuan
  • One (1) Malaysian spouse's passport photo, to be pasted in Surat Akuan
Required working days: Less than one (1) day
Total Fee: RM 10 cash (the fee for Commissioner for Oaths), RM 50 for the Marriage Register Extract, RM 90 cash (the yearly fee for extending the visit pass) and RM 15 (the yearly fee of multiple entry visa). If you manage to get 3 years' visa, then you need 3 x RM 105 cash ready for the cashier.
Result: (1) year of social visit pass and multiple-entry visa in Malaysia

In conclusion, after we have all the above-mentioned forms completed and supporting documents ready, we can submit them to the officer in the Immigration Office. Both applicant and Malaysian spouse must be present to submit the paperwork. Also, unlike the previous time, now we don't have to wait for another one working day to get the visa extension sticker in our passport. The immigration office will issue us the new visa sticker on the same day of the visa extension application. My husband and I arrived to the immigration office at around 9am and we got our stuff done by 12.30pm.

As this year is my 6th year staying in Malaysia under Spouse Visa, I plan to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) here this year. I already got the forms to apply PR from the Immigration Office yesterday but can only submit the forms and other required documents after I have officially passed my 6th year stay in Malaysia this June. I will blog about my journey in applying PR here when the time comes.

** Please note that this information is based on my personal experience and subject to change in accordance with any amendments to the rules and regulations from the Malaysian Immigration Department.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Introducing HERMISO.COM for Shopping Household Goods Online

For busy Mommy with very active toddler (or demanding baby), well in my case, I am very pregnant too at the moment, trudging through a crowded supermarket or shopping mall on a weekend to get my weekly groceries or replenish other household good supply for my house is not quite a compelling idea any more.

But lo and behold.

Thanks to technology, shopping has now been made easy (Hallelujah!) and we can have our our dry groceries or other bulky household products delivered right to our doorstep with some simple clicks.

This said, I would like to introduce you to HERMISO.com, a leading Malaysia's online shopping store which offers a wide variety of local household products (non-perishables) and other unique selection of Japanese products. Kiss good-bye to long queue in supermarket's cashier counter, traffic jams and heavy load of shopping bags... plus a very angry toddler screaming and rolling on the floor as the parents refuse to get him/her yet another toy, Kinder Surprise Egg or Chup-a-Chup. The latter is based on real life experience by the way. Mine to be precise.

Moving on, to start your happy shopping experience with HERMISO.com, all you need to do first is of course, go to their website

Forget about walking down a long aisle to find a certain product in a huge supermarket. You can simply search the goodies that you would like to buy from the categories that HERMISO.com systematically lists.



The awesome #auntiness inside me always ensures that I buy baby or kids necessities every time I do grocery shopping. As such, I buy all the things I need for Naomi and baby #3 from the BABY AND TOYS Category in this site. To ease your shopping experience, you can also find the specific products you are searching for from the narrowed-down categories too.


Ah yes.. when I shop, I normally set a certain budget before splurging on purchases. If I do online shopping, I tend to sort all the products shown in the website by the price range so it's easier for me to find products that meet my budget.



Next, once you have selected the products that you would like to get, just add them to the cart.


When you have filled your shopping cart with all the stuff that you need, just check out like what you usually do when you do online shopping elsewhere. If you are new customer, create an account first to finish your shopping with HERMISO.com.

Finally, complete your purchase by keying in some personal details of yours (that can be retrieved on your next purchases).


And my friend, one or two clicks later...

You are done shopping! Just sit back and relax. The delivery guy will ring your house's bell and hand you your purchases within 1-3 working days.


Within 2 working days, my goodies from HERMISO.com arrived safe and sound in a neat packaging like below.

My parcel is home!

Now, I don't have to go out to supermarket and lug heavy bags containing few kilograms of formula milk for Naomi and myself for the coming weeks. Thanks, HERMISO.com!

My loots from HERMISO.com

At the moment, HERMISO.com delivers nationwide including Sabah and Sarawak. Additionally, it offers free delivery with purchase of RM99 and above (for Peninsular Malaysia region)!

Raise your hand if you think shopping groceries online like this is convenient, time-saving and great for sticking to your budget too, especially if you are very busy or don't drive a car for whatever reason.