Today is the official first day of Daddy's school holidays so both me and hubby brought her to school today leaving Filamie at home to wash our clothes. RaeAnne cried a bit (a few token 'eh') when we left but quietened very fast.. Maybe cos it's a rare treat that Daddy brings her to school. ;) Mummy and Daddy managed to get breakfast at nearby coffee shop while 'recceing' the convenience stores for Filamie to buy her HP sim card. We went over to ILs place after breakfast, thinking to get some fish and meat for RaeAnne but FIL had already cooked her porridge. After school, we brought RaeAnne to ILs place to pick up her porridge but when MIL changed her out of school uniform and into home clothes, one thing led to another and we ended up leaving her there for porridge and nap.
Turned out to be a good thing, cos we had time to go to TM and CS, I could collect photos while Filamie managed to buy her 'kabapayan' SIM card from TM hello shop (there's a tie up with Singtel and Filipino telcos so that card is the 'cheapest' for Filipinos). The very SIM card which the cashier at 7-11, Giant Tampines said was ONLY available at Lucky Plaza. Cheh! Luckily we didn't make a special trip to Lucky plaza based on that wrong info. :P Let Filamie try calling her family at lunch time, a special concession cos she's not supposed to use her HP while at work. But all the numbers she dialled were not in use or outside coverage area (aka HP never switch on)
Daddy had a follow up appt at CGH at 2pm for his 'loose ankle' so after tapowing lunch, we were off again. After CGH, also went to my cousin Shirley's house to pick up the inflatable swimming pool which I lent to her. So many errands in one afternoon. No wonder we were exhausted. But no time to rest cos when we came back at 4pm, Filamie had to mop the floor while I prepared ingredients for tonight's fried rice. The fried rice was not as nice tonight cos I used cheaper rice, the same frying pan though there's slightly more rice and maybe also because I left Filamei to fry it after preparing the ingredients. ;P
So, we all had an early dinner and I let Filamie try calling her family again at 8pm. She finally got through to her bro at 9pm, no one else's HP was switched on (including her husband, husband's bro and sister).
Anyway, spoke to Carine today while trying to seek advice from her regarding making international calls to Philippines and she said Filamie's recruiter is in town so I told her to let her speak to the recruiter so that she can counsel her better and share news of her family with her. Her husband did not reply to any of her letters and her sister is the one that is more proactive in keeping touch.
Carine also said that if I were to choose another maid (ex Singapore with exp this time), I may have a different set of problems. Attitude problem cos experienced maids feel that they can always change employer if not happy. Also, they are not flexible when it comes to HP usage and off days. Sigh, told hubby, let's see if her performance improve after calling her family and talking to the recruiter before we make a final decision. :P Change also headache, change to new old got to retrain, change to old one, may show attitude. Sigh, sianz...
Raelynn is 27 weeks today, just 1 more week before the start of my 3rd trimester. Mixed feelings, happy that she has been growing safely and soundly in my tummy and can't wait to hold her in my arms. At 28 weeks, even preemies have a good chance of survival if born early. Yet I feel apprehensive about coping with a NB and a 22 month old who is so clingy esp if the maid can't help. RaeAnne has been rejecting Filamie more and more these days, even hitting her with her hands sometimes though I keep telling her that she CANNOT beat anyone. Yet usually after dinner, she's happy to play with her while we eat our dinner. Don't know why such diverse reactions also. ;(