I love weekend!

If you have a regular 8am to 5pm job Monday to Friday, weekend is the best part of the week!

You got to spend a lot of time with your kids, right? Well if you have any. And if you love to be with them.

Here are snapshots over the weekend:

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My boys are still in their PJs when we took our stroll around the neighborhood.

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Pulling toy cars? We haven’t done that for a long time. We revived the idea.

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I think we made a fuss around the community. People from all corners stared at us when we passed. Or maybe it was the noise produced by those little wheels.

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Troubleshooting.

Thanks wifey for capturing the moment. Mwah!

 

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Summer Break

Even before the summer break ends, I could say that Ryx already had a well-spent vacation.

Just before his school activities were about to end, we already booked a swimming lesson at Lantaka Hotel by the Sea sponsored by Milo – a chocolate drink from Nestle Company. The activity was good for two weeks beginning March 24 from Monday to Saturday. The idea of enrolling him to that lesson was conceived weeks ago by Lesette, our classmate from college cum Eena’s best friend plus Ninang of Zyk. She wanted his son, Ethan, to learn how to swim because she doesn’t know how. But the problem was, Ethan doesn’t like to enroll if he will take it alone.

On my part, I wanted Ryx to learn how to swim. It’s always an advantage if you know how. However, unlike me and my other self-thought-swimmer-siblings who frequent to a nearby river in our hometown during our childhood days for a short swim (some sessions were without parents’ approval! Hehehe!), Ryx has no access to swimming pools or rivers. His probability of learning the art of swimming was slim. So when Lesette brought up the idea, I instantly said yes even without consulting Eena about it. (She said yes when I asked her later, but I had to shoulder the fee entirely. Toink!)

The kids were so excited on their first day! They got to meet 5 other students plus the teacher. (We met some of the parents/ guardians, too. One of them was so rude. I wanted to push her into the pool.) On the first day alone, I was able to conclude that it was a good investment because Ryx was so eager to learn.

The two-week period went-by in a breeze. And what did we get? A very confident swimmer. But of course he still has a lot to learn.

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Ryx and his buddy Ethan taking their snacks after one tiring session

The second reason why I was able to say that Ryx had a sell-spent vacation is that he was able to live with his Momsy and Dadsy in Basilan, all by himself! Yes, you heard it right! All by himself… without us (Papa and Mama plus Zyk) around. (This was another milestone actually. Yay! Congrats Ryx.)

Your question would probably be “What drove him to take the sleep-over?” Well, it’s the idea of having Dadsy’s gadget all to himself. (Dadsy got an Ipad Air from my sister when she came for a short vacation. She gave Daddy that thing in order to make their communication convenient – no need to make long distance calls this time; they do it through the net.) So, all throughout Ryx’s stay there, the gadget was at his disposal. He played Plants vs Zombies and Adventure Time. He used other applications too like Sketch.

Other than the gadget, the desktop computer and the television were at his disposal too. He played Feeding Frenzy to the max and had his dose of Adventure Time, Oggy and the Cockroaches and other Cartoon Network shows.

Ryx really had a grand time in Basilan especially with his spoiler lola. Hehe! He can’t have those activities accorded to him if he stayed at home: 1.) we don’t have a tablet or any gadget, 2.) our PC usage is limited, 3.) we don’t subscribe to any cable-company. However, when he came back, we needed to remind him that his happy-days were over. It was tough at first because he became used to being independent. So there was resistance on his part which is very normal for a 6-year old boy. But after a while, he was back to his old self.

Vacation well-spent indeed!

Art Attack

A few weeks ago, I gathered my two kids and decided to engage them into some artwork.

We have two cake boxes lying in the corner waiting to be disposed. The boxes were nice because they are laminated and they looked sturdy. So I came up with an idea of making some masks out of those scraps.

Here’s our finished product:

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Zyk was supposed to be Kevin – the Blue Power Ranger. I don’t have a picture of Kevin so I just made it up. The eye holes were not perfect. Hehehe! I can’t find our cutter that’s why. I used a knife in making those holes. 😦 The mask lacks color too… don’t blame me for that. The little boy was so eager to try it on already. So, I handed it to him unfinished. Later, when his Kuya got an opportunity to “remodel” it, he grabbed the chance and drew the lopsided mouth.

Ryx, who was still obsessed with Blu, the Rio movie lead character, asked if I can make it. It was feasible so I embarked on the idea. I cut out the flaps of the box to make the beak. Yeah, it was like a real beak – BIG and protruding. Again, a knife was used to carve the eye holes and Ryx did the coloring.

Of course the kids like our outputs. But the masks can still be improved, right?

Suggestions please.

 

On Leave – On Work

Another post from Eena:

 

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I was recently on leave for two days. On the first day, Ryx and I had to hang out at the office for an hour or so while waiting for my schedule to go somewhere. In case people came to see me for official business, I printed a sign “ON LEAVE” and placed it on my table. Of course, he asked what it meant, so I explained it to him.

The following day, I didn’t go the Office at all, but Ryx and Dida dropped by there to get something. When I reported back for work, I was amused to see that a sign was still on my table, but this time, it was a handwritten one that read “ON WORK.”

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Turns out that it was the handiwork of Ryx who had written “On Work” on the other side of the sign “On Leave” I made.

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No… the title has nothing to do with the movie starred my megastar and juday if i am not mistaken. The title just refers to my two sons. 🙂

I will share to you also Eena’s (that’s my wife, for the new followers) thoughts about the picture. Here it is:

This picture tugs at my heartstrings….My boys look so serene. It’s so touching to see Zyk trustingly holding on to his Kuya’s arm while they seem to be looking at something far away.(I already forgot what they were gazing at.)

If only they are always this way, together hanging out peacefully. But then again, maybe all those times that they fight and bicker over every small thing, make this picture more precious. (I can just hear their chorused protestations: Akô ni, akô ni!! Ako diha, ako diha! Bad ka Zyk, bad ka Kuya! Then they usually both end up crying at the top of their lungs…) Because somehow this image tells me that despite all the spats they have, at the end of the day, they are brothers. And that when they are not at each other’s throats (usually figuratively only, although on rare occasions, this could be literal!), they are the best of friends, and they have a blast playing their games together. (“Diha daw imong kampo Zyk, ako pud diri.”) My only hope and prayer is that when they grow up, they will always look back to these times when they were still small boys, and wherever life may bring them, may they always be there for each other.

This captured moment also makes me realize that children really are just reflections of the more complicated aspects of life. Sometimes life seems to be in a constant turmoil. But then again, the hardships makes me appreciate the goods times even more, and the cliché that there is always a rainbow after the rain, rings truer than ever. Maybe if grown ups can just be more like children, life’s “downs” will be easier to endure, because holding on means that there are always the “ups” just waiting at the next bend.

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BIR’S NEW INCOME TAX RETURN FORMS

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Revenue Regulations No. 2-2014 dated January 24, 2014 prescribes the usage of BIR’s New Income Tax Return (ITR) forms for ITR filing covering taxable year ended December 31, 2013 and onwards.

The new forms (Version June 2013) are as follows:

  • FORM 1700 – For individuals earning purely compensation income
  • FORM 1701 – For self-employed individuals, estates and trust
  • FORM 1702-RT – For corporation, partnership and other non-individual taxpayer subject only to regular income tax rate
  • FORM 1702-EX – For corporation, partnership and other non-individual taxpayer exempt under the tax code, as amended
  • FORM 1702-MX – For corporation, partnership and other non-individual taxpayer with mixed income subject to multiple income tax rates or with income subject to special/ preferential rate

NEW FEATURES

BAR CODES- Through an optical character reader, the forms can be electronically stored. A wise move since soft copies are easier to find than going to the BIR bodega in order to retrieve hard copies of the forms. BIR can save bodega space on this also. Besides, no more fire hazards.

DROPPING OF CENTAVOS- The forms have no space for centavos anymore. So what will you do with your centavos? Keep it. Just kidding. Round it off to nearest peso. If the amount of centavos is 49 or less, the centavos will be dropped. If the amount of centavos is 50 or more, it will be rounded off to the nearest peso.

SPLITTING OF FORM 1702 INTO 3- Previously, corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers regardless whether they are subject to tax at a regular rate or preferential rate, taxable or not, are required to use Form 1702. Under the new forms, corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers subject to regular rate [Sections 27(A) and 28(A)(1) of the Tax code, as amended] will use FORM 1702-RT. Corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers which are exempt [Section 30 and those exempted under Section 27(C)] will fill in FORM 1702-EX, while corporation, partnership and other non individual taxpayers with mixed income subject to multiple income tax rates or with income subject to special/ preferential tax rates shall file the FORM 1702-MX.

Since the forms will be read by an optical character reader, new guidelines are set as to the manner of filling in the forms. They are the following:

1. Enter all required information in CAPITAL LETTERS using BLACK INK.

2. Mark applicable boxes with an “X.”

3. Indicate Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and registered name on EACH PAGE.

4. Required information must be supplied with CAPITAL LETTERS where each character (including comma or period) shall occupy one box and leave one space blank for every word. However, if the word is followed by a comma or period, there is no need to leave blank after the comma or period.

5. Do not write “NONE” or make any other marks in the box/es.