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A Visit to Sabah State Museum

We took Grab going to Sabah State Museum on our 1st Day in . We spent 7RM only. The Museum is about a 15-minute drive from the city. You can also take a bus but we were not really sure where the drop-off was. If you are traveling with 2 or more people, better to take Grab.

Upon arriving, we immediately bought tickets at the Cashier located at the building just across the Museum. The ticket costs 15RM for adults and FREE for kids, Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons, and Students in Uniform.

FYI:

  • The Museum is OPEN from 9AM-5PM
  • Cameras are allowed inside but you should turn off the flash.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside.
  • The ticket is only valid for 1 day
  • Thirsty? They have a Vending Machine outside. πŸ™‚

The first thing you will see when you enter is the Biggest Bryde’s Whale Skeleton.

They also showcase the History of Sabah from Medicine, animals, culture, clothing, etc. If you love going to Museums like us, you will really enjoy this place.

On the second floor, they have preserved dead animals. I was shocked when I first saw it because I thought they killed them and preserved the bodies. There was a note at the side of the glass that explained how the animals died.

Outside the Museum, there were models of vintage cars and a replica of the old steam train.

Then, there’s another small building that is more like a mini Science Museum. Aidan enjoyed this place.

On the left side, when you go down, is the Heritage Village that showcases Malay History. I found the place interesting but since we were so tired already, we didn’t have the chance to explore the place. We just went there to sit and relax for a while before we went back.

It was lunch time already when we finished exploring the entire museum. We decided to go to Imago Mall for lunch before going back to the hotel. We booked a GRAB again and it cost us 7 RM.

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Micah’s Finally Eating Solids!

At exactly 6 months, Micah started on solids. I waited for the right time to make sure she’s prepared before I introduced solids.

Moms should watch out for signs of readiness before introducing solids. It is important to wait until the baby is ready to reduce allergic reaction and will also shorten the transition time between spoon feeding to baby led feeding.
Cues that baby is ready for solids are as follows:

  • Head Control. This is very important. Babies need to be able to sit and hold their head steady before they begin to eat. Never ever feed your baby while lying on a bouncer. It’s dangerous and it’s prone to choking.
  • Baby can be able to sit well when supported. Some 6-month old babies aren’t ready for a highchair. That is ok as long as they are seated when eating to be able to swallow properly.
  • They show interest in food especially when they see you eating. Most of the time, they grab the food and put it in their mouth.
  • Check the movement of their lips, mouth, and tongue. They open their mouth when food is offered, and they can move food to the back of the mouth and swallow.
  • Should there be no more tongue-thrust reflex. Baby should not push the food out of their mouth

Essential Feeding Products you will NEED:

  • Bib – Singular and not plural. πŸ™‚ Being a Not a First Time Mom, I have learned that buying lots of Bibs is a waste of money. Ok, you can buy two. Just in case the other one will not dry immediately and you need to use it again. πŸ™‚ Buy one that’s made of rubber and with big pockets to catch drips.

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  • Baby Spoons and Forks – Having 3 is ok. Having 4 or more is a LOT! Start with a spoon that is soft-bite rubber coated and should be small enough to fit your babies mouth. πŸ™‚ I know moms who use a small spoon (kutsarita) instead. πŸ™‚
  • Plates and Bowls – Have 2 of each and that’s enough. I prefer small plastic ones with dividers for the plates and a small bowl for the soup and pureed food.
  • Cups – Micah never wanted to drink water from a baby bottle with nipple, nor on sippy cups. She doesn’t know how to drink from it. It’s much convenient for me because I won’t have problems in weaning her from a bottle. She drinks like a pro in a normal cup/bottle at 6 months. πŸ™‚

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  • Highchair / Booster – When Aidan started solids, he used a highchair from Ikea. It’s made of plastic so it’s easy to wash after eating. Now, with Micah, we opted to use the Booster so it won’t eat lots of floor space in the dining area. You can strap it on your dining chair and then remove it and hide it when done. It can also be used with or without a tray and it’s also made of plastic so it’s easy to clean after meal time. Plus, it’s cheaper than a regular highchair. And the best part is, we can easily fold it and bring it with us if whenever we plan to go to my In-Laws house in Cavite on weekends.
  • One last important thing that most moms missed to buy is the chopping board. I admit I didn’t think this was very important until I attended Mom 101 Workshop in St. Luke’s Hospital when I was still pregnant with Micah. Guess, I don’t have to explain why it is very important to have a separate chopping board for baby’s food.

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Micah’s first-ever meal was pureed kamote. I never feed her store bought baby food like Cerelac even if we traveled out of the Country this year. I am working from home most of the time so I get to feed her every meal.

Micah’s 1st Meal for the Week. Pureed kamote and Pureed Banana with Mommy’s Milk

Other foods that I gave to Micah:

The following week, I offered her Squash and Baguio Beans. πŸ™‚

Ubos πŸ™‚

I tried giving her Red Cabbage and she liked it too.

When Micah was 6-7 months old, I often offer her pureed food mixed with my breastmilk. I used a bullet blender from Avent which was given by my Sister-in-law. I read online that we need to offer indigenous foods and we can refer to Bahay Kubo for the list of vegetables we can give our babies.

Below is the list of vegetable in the song Bahay Kubo:

  • Singkamas
  • Talong
  • Sigarilyas
  • Mani
  • Sitaw
  • Bataw
  • Patani
  • Kundol
  • Patola
  • Opo
  • Kalabasa
  • Labanos
  • Mustasa
  • Sibuyas
  • Kamatis
  • Bawang
  • Luya
  • Linga

The ones in PINK are the vegetables that Micah had.

At 8, we started to do Baby Led Weaning and offered mashed foods. Finger foods are advised to be offered at 8 months because it’s the time when babies are able to hold a food using their thumb and index finger. It was also the time I introduced eggs and boiled pasta with melted cheese and she liked it.

She likes eating oranges πŸ™‚Β 

When Micah turned 9 months, we discovered that she knows how to drink water using a straw. Since then, she had been enjoying drinking water using a straw.

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This was her Coco’s straw when he was still a baby. πŸ™‚Β 

Now, that Micah is 10 months old, she is already eating table food. So, she gets to eat whatever we eat on the table except for the meat (pork, chicken, and beef). πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Kota Kinabalu – Day 2 : Part 1

We had a whole day Tour on our Second Day in Kota Kinabalu. We booked a Package Tour from Klook for Mt. Kinabalu + Hot Poring Spa and Desa Farm Trip. The trip was from 7am to 5pm. We got it for only PhP6,517.67.

Our 1st Stop was Mt. Kinabalu View Park. Getting there from the City took about 2hours. We didn’t go to Mt. Kinabalu as we didn’t have plans of climbing it. Instead, we went to a place where you can get a good view of the mountain.

We stayed there for 30 minutes to take photos and visit the Souvenir Shops. Souvenirs were a bit pricey so we didn’t buy anything there.

Our 2nd Stop was Hot Poring Spa. From Mt. Kinabalu View Park, it’s another 1-hour drive to Hot Poring Spa. When we arrived, we were told that we can either take a dip on the Sulfuric Water for 30mins-1 hour or we can try their Canopy Walk instead. For sure, Micah cannot take a dip at the Hot Spring so we opted for the latter.

Things you need to remember:

  • You are allowed to bring a camera/phone (to take photos) for 5RM per gadget.
  • Canopy Walk is not for people with a fear of heights and with hypertension.
  • You will have to climb up the rainforest before you reach the Canopy Walk (there are 4 Hanging bridges), so, if you think you cannot do it, I suggest you choose the Hot Poring Spa instead.
  • Maximum of 6 (small-medium body frames) can walk on the hanging bridge to ensure safety.

It took us more than an hour to finish the Canopy Walk. It was so tiring, yet super fun. It’s my first time to walk in a Rainforest and also my first time to do a Canopy Walk. πŸ™‚

This activity made us so tired and hungry. Good thing it was already lunchtime. So, our next stop was at the Restaurant just across the place where we were.

The moment we sat, we were given Sabah Tea. They had this cute baby chair again. πŸ™‚ But, Micah didn’t have the chance to sit on it because she was sleeping the whole time we were eating lunch.

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Waiting patiently for our lunch.Β 

And this was our lunch!

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This is chicken. I think they don’t serve pork too.

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Yum πŸ™‚Β 

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Sweet and Sour SeafoodΒ 

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Sabah Tea

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And they have Baby Chair too πŸ™‚Β 

After lunch, our Last Stop was Desa Farm. It’s what Aidan was looking forward to seeing and experience. It took us another 2 hours to get there but it was all worth it. The ride going there was slippery, bumpy and the driver drives really fast, which caused Aidan to throw up a couple of times 😦

All the agony of going there was all worth it when we reached Desa Farm. The place was cold – similar weather to Tagaytay but maybe colder.

We went to their Mini Barn where Aidan got to feed and give milk to the cows and goats. Aidan really had fun and the Mommy was really amazed at how friendly the cows and goats were.

You can buy grass and/or milk for 5RM each.

Before going back to the hotel, we bought yogurt and milk in Cartons.

Their Yogurt is a must try. πŸ™‚ The best yogurt I’ve tasted so far.

It was another bumpy ride going back to the hotel and as expected, Aidan threw up again. 😦 Yet, we all had a great time, and Aidan enjoyed the trip for sure.

RANTS:

  • We did not receive a confirmation text or email from the Tourist Agent/Travel Agency
  • They (Driver and Tour Guide) arrived late – because they had to bring his brother to school before picking us up. It’s not a problem, but at around 6:30AM, my husband sent them a text message and asked if we can pass by somewhere to grab some breakfast. The reply was “Didn’t you guys had breakfast”. We have an 8-year-old kid and an 8-month baby traveling with us. And they should know that the hotel does not offer free breakfast. It wouldn’t hurt them if we pass by a nearby shop to grab something. So, being polite, we just went downstairs and ate at the convenience store. Good thing this yogurt comes with a spoon. πŸ™‚
  • The driver drives crazy fast; didn’t bother him that we had a baby and a kid.
  • The Tourist Guide is not very accommodating and I think he is in a hurry for the trip to finish.

RAVES:

  • We had a good view of the Mt. Kinabalu. Going there was worth it. No other things to do aside from picture taking and you can check the souvenir shops.
  • When we arrived at Poring Hot Spring, we had 30 minutes only. So, he asked us if we want to do the Canopy Walk instead of at Spring. We agreed to the next canopy walk and it was worth it.
  • Lunch was great. We had 5 dishes, all were simple but you will know that it’s fresh.
  • Desa Farm was sooooo cool. I am pretty sure Aidan enjoyed feeding the cows and goats.

FYI:

  • When in Desa Farm, their Yogurt is a must try. It’s heavenly.
  • Bring Trash/puke bags. Lots of it! Trust me, you will need it. πŸ™‚
  • Don’t forget to bring extra clothes. πŸ™‚
  • Desa’s chocolate milk is soo good. buy lots of it. πŸ™‚
  • They say you must try their coffee milk because it tastes great. For me, it tastes just like an ordinary coffee with milk.
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Kota Kinabalu Trip: Day 1 – Part 2

We were ready to explore the City again after resting for 3 hours in our hotel. We decided to go to the Observation Tower Hill before dinner. It was just about a 10-minute drive from the hotel and we paid 5RM for Grab.

They said that the best time to go there is during sunset, so you get to see the sunset and the entire city. We arrived there at around 6 pm and actually missed it. Yet, it still did not disappoint at all because we saw how beautiful Kota Kinabalu City was at night.

FYI: Do not forget to apply insect repellant because there are lots of mosquitos.

We stayed for a couple of minutes just enjoying the view of the entire city.

Then, we went to Suriya Sabah Mall to check what’s inside. Coco was already hungry, so he grabbed a bite at Mc Donalds.

We decided to eat dinner at the famous Welcome Seafood Restaurant. They said, your tour in Sabah won’t be complete if you aren’t able to eat there.

We took Grab again from the mall to Welcome Seafood. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by a Restaurant Staff and offered a seat inside because she saw we had a baby. As usual, they offered a baby chair. ☺☺☺

Once you are settled, they will give you a table number and then you can proceed to their Seafood Stall to chose the Seafood you want and tell them how you want them cooked.

Live Lobsters

Soft Shelled Crabs

Where is my order? Wait, what’s my food btw

While waiting for our food

We thought our orders were not enough, but we were wrong. Their Fried Rice is a must try. I loved how they cooked it.

Salted Jumbo Shrimps

Salted Squid

The restaurant was located just a few blocks from the hotel, so we decided to just walk back after eating.

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Kota Kinabalu Trip: Day 1 – Part 1

It’s our first day in Kota Kinabalu and we woke up late. πŸ™‚ We were so tired last night so we decided to sleep longer to have enough energy to explore the City.

I created an Itinerary but we were not able to follow the 1st Day. It’s hard to follow the itinerary strictly if you’re traveling with kids.

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The family’s 1st Photo in Sabah

We left the hotel at around 9am and went to City Food Center for our first meal in KK. Unfortunately, because we were so hungry, we didn’t manage to take photos of the food. haha
The City Food Center we went to is located at Block J, Lot 10, Jalan Sinsuran, Sinsuran Complex, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It is open for 24 hours. This restaurant has a couple of branches in the city. They don’t serve pork by the way. However, they have almost everything that you need – cakes, pastries and buffet style food; all budget friendly. They also have ala carte menu that is posted on the board. Dada, tried their Laksa.

Aidan and I tried the food at the buffet. It is self-service, so you get the food that you like and pay at the counter. Their fried rice and plain rice costs RM1. Per piece of chicken is also RM1. It’s affordable and you have a lot of options. Their coffee is very good.

Things to remember:

  • They have a baby chair – that’s what they call High Chair
  • Tissues are placed on the walls and not on the table.
  • They have paid comfort rooms.

RM Value:
Laksa: 8.50RM
Watermelon Juice: 4.90RM
Nasi Goreng: 5.70RM
Nasi Goreng: 6.20RM
2 Coffe: 4.80RM

After breakfast, we bought a sim so we could have Wifi wherever we go. FYI though, the entire City has free Wifi 😦 (We only learned of this on our last day ) We bought the sim for 20RM with 5GB Wifi that you can use for 7 days. What I liked about Malaysia is that they had to register your name and number. So yes, if you plan to stalk or prank someone, they’ll know who you are. Security at its finest. Unlike here in the Philippines that you can buy sim cards anywhere. You cannot do that in Malaysia. Plus, it’s automatic roaming.

After that, we went to the nearest Mall, Centre-Point Mall. It’s a big mall but not as fancy as the malls here in the Philippines.

We didn’t spend too much time inside the mall and proceeded to Sabah State Museum; did not realize that It was a big Museum.

TIP: Drinks are more affordable in the Vending machines located throughout the city πŸ™‚

After Sabah Museum we were supposed to go to the Floating Mosque, but all of us were raelly tired. We went to Imago Mall instead to have lunch.

We had lunch at the Chicken Rice Shop. However, since we were soooo hungry, we were not able to take a decent photo of the food. haha Food is a bit pricey but good.

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TIP: If you find a vending machine, buy as much water if you can. All food establishments will charge you from 0.80RM to RM1 per glass of service water

After eating lunch we went back to the hotel to rest for awhile and then went to Signal Hill to get a good view of the city at night.

We then went to another mall, this time Suria Sabah Mall, before we decided to have dinner at Welcome Seafood Restaurant.

After dinner, we decided to walk back to the hotel. It’s near our hotel so it only took us about 10 minutes. πŸ™‚ Come to think of it, if you book a hotel within the Kampung Air area, most of the places you’d need to go to is just within walking distance

Our first day in Sabah was mostly a City Tour. It was tiring but we enjoyed walking around Sabah.

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Arriving Kota Kinabalu (1st Night)

Traveling to Kota Kinabalu was not in our plans this year; but, when Micah got her passport, we wanted to go out of the Country as a family. Dada was able to book affordable flights with Cebu Pacific for the 4 of us.

We left Manila on the night of May 14 (Monday). As mentioned in my previous blog, when traveling with a baby/child, we always prefer the red-eye flight.

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Before we boarded the plane

We boarded the plane 15 minutes before 11 PM. Micah was awake at that time as she just finished breastfeeding.

 

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With my Panganay. πŸ™‚ Sanay na sanay na mag travel out of the country. hehe

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Micah with the Friendly Flight Attendant of Cebu Pacific

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Little Passenger waiting for the plane to take off

We arrived in Kota Kinabalu safely before 1AM. The 4 of us slept during the 2-hour flight.

One thing I learned is to always grab a map whenever you reach a new place.

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Maps!!!

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Coco’s 1st Photo in Sabah Airport.

We pre-booked accommodations at Kooler Inn for 3 nights. We requested for a late check in, as we arrived at the hotel past 2am.

 

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Kooler Inn is a small but quality hotel located at the centre of Kota Kinabalu. It is only rated 2-star, but we decided to stay here because the feedback in Agoda was really good. The hotel is pretty accessible and close to the malls, restaurants and tourists spots. There is also a convenience store beside the hotel, so it was easy for us to grab some snacks if we were hungry.

 

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Toiler and Bath

The room has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold shower, a hairdryer, a small fridge, a built in room safe, complimentary coffee and tea, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, free and fast wifi and satellite flat-screen TV.

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What I really liked about this hotel is that they replenished all the toiletries, bottled water, coffee and tea every day. They also made up the room and changed all towels and beddings daily. As a mother, it’s always a bliss to go back to your hotel and see that the room is clean and tidy.

The Superior Queen Room that we booked was for 2 adults only, yet they did not charge us extra for 1 child and a baby. I was also impressed at how hospitable the owner and the hotel staff were. They never failed to greet us every time we passed by the reception area. We also felt secure during our entire stay as they had a 24hour CCTV in all common areas and a 24-hour Receptionist on duty.

There may be bigger and more established hotels nearby, but this one definitely provided Excellent value for money. Their rates are not only lower compared to the other hotels, but the service was superb. The rooms may be small; but everything essential was available and everything was in good working condition. It looked old but not run down.

It was definitely a great place to stay when it Kota Kinabalu City, and it was definitely worth the price.

Want to book Kooler Inn on your next trip to Kota Kinabalu? Details below:Β 

Address:Β NO.8, Jalan Tugu, Kg. Air, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Phone Number: 088-215551
Fax Number: 088-225151
Email: reservation@hotelkoolerinn.com

Want to know how much we paid for 3 nights? Please send me a private message. πŸ™‚

Want to fly with Cebu Pacific?Β 

Call Center Hotline Philippines): +632-7020-888
Website: https://www.cebupacificair.com

 

 

 

 

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Christmas 2017

Christmas is one of the most looked forward to Holidays in our Family. It’s the time that we get to see all of our loved ones; to spend quality time with them and exchange presents.

Christmas of 2017 was a special one for us because it’s the first Christmas that we are FOUR. πŸ™‚

We spent Christmas Eve at One Pacific Place Serviced Residences in Makati. We first stayed there during Aidan’s 8th Birthday and found the place nice, clean and spacious for a family gathering so we opted to stay there again.

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Our HOME for Christmas

We booked 5 rooms. One room had a living area and a kitchen so we stayed there on Christmas Eve. We brought food and also cooked some in the hotel.

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The Little One was sleeping quietly while we were busy preparing.

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Had to take a photo of them with the presents and the mini Christmas tree. πŸ™‚

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And all gifts being unwrapped. πŸ™‚

The Little One had to wake up to open her gifts! Thank you, everyone,Β for your presents for Aidan and Micah. They all loved it!

We went back to sleep after Noche Buena.

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1st Family Picture on Christmas Eve. πŸ™‚ Micah was sleeping again. haha

Morning of December 25, we went to their Restaurant for the Breakfast Buffet. The buffet spread was not that big but I liked it. Not overwhelming and it had everything that we wanted.

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Main Dishes. πŸ™‚

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πŸ™‚

They had Bread Station, Fresh Salad Station, Soup Station, Juice, Coffee and Milk Station, Egg Station, Main Dish Section, Fruits Section and Kids Section (Cereals, Oatmeal, etc).

Yes, pretty much everything that you need for breakfast. πŸ™‚

After breakfast, we took a quick rest, then the kids went swimming and then played in the Indoor Playground.

After checking out, we went home to Cavite and spent the rest of Christmas Day there.

I know it’s late but I hope you all had a great Christmas last year! πŸ™‚

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The Little One’s First Flight

We left Manila for Iloilo on December 30. Micah was just 4 months old when she experienced her first plane ride. We spent New Year 2018 with the Family in Iloilo.

We chose a red-eye flight because I wanted her to sleep while onboard.

 

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Pardon the Face. She’s sleepy but we had o take a photo first. haha

 

 

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The Dada was tryingΒ to get her to sleep. In less than a minute, she fell asleep. haha

 

 

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With my Babies πŸ™‚Β 

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Inside the Breastfeeding Station in Naia 3

 

Tips for your infant’s first flight:

  • When traveling with a companion, choose a window seat at the back part of the plane. 2 reasons – when the little one is sleeping, she won’t get disturbed by the people passing by, and, when you need to go to the lavatory, it’s just at the back of your seat. When traveling alone, seating at the back on an aisle seat is more convenient – for you and other passengers. Also, most planes have wider seats at the back.Β It is also convenient for us because we will be the 1st to board the plane (people won’t pass our side as they board the plane) being at the back; we will be the last to depart the plane. In short – Iwas siksikan.

 

  • Wear comfortable clothes since you will be bringing an infant with you. As much as possible, no accessories that may hurt the baby.

 

  • Have your child wear comfortable clothes too. Remember that it’s cold inside the plane, so make sure that you bring a jacket for you and your baby.

 

  • Once the plane takes off, it will irritate the baby’s ears. Have her suck a pacifier or a bottle. I am breastfeeding my baby so it’s convenientΒ for the both of us.

 

  • Wear your baby. A Baby carrier helped us a lot in all our travels – short or long. It’s so much easier than a stroller. You can move easily and faster, and navigating the stairs won’t be a problem. If you really want to bring a stroller, opt for an umbrella type.

 

  • Take as little baby gear as possible. The lighter you travel, the easier your life is.

 

  • Don’t bring lots of diapers. Bring only enough that you can use when in plane or car. You can always buy wipes and diapers at your destination. Plus, I am sure your baby would love to try other diapers from other countriesΒ (If you are going out of the Country). πŸ™‚

 

  • Breastfeed! Isn’t it easier to travel when you are breastfeeding? πŸ™‚ No need to bring bottles, milk, sterilizer, bottle cleaner, and all other things you use in formula feeding.

 

  • Bring 1 small toy and that’s it. You’d be surprised that your baby would prefer to play with a water bottle instead of a real baby toy. He/she won’t see the difference.

 

  • Getting travel insurance is a MUST.

 

  • Always bring extra clothes for babies and kids. Extra plastic bag for the soiled clothes too.

 

Aidan’s first flight was a different story. It was not an easy breezy one.Β  I think it was easier this time because we traveled at night and I was breastfeeding. Less luggage for us since we don’t need to bring milk bottles and it’s easier for the baby to latch on me.

 

 

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Welcome to the Christian World our Princess

December 19 (Tuesday), when we celebrated Micah’s Christening. It was a weekday because we waited for my sister in law to come home from Singapore. After the Christening Ceremony, we had a simple lunch with close friends, God Parents, Family, and relatives.

Let me share with you our Suppliers and my DIYs:

INVITATION: DIY
PESO POWER: FREE

Everything is electronic now and most people rely on Social Media. So, I didn’t waste time and money to print out invites. I created my own invites and sent it on Facebook. πŸ™‚

 

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My DIY invitation. =) I took the photos too. =)

 

CHURCH: Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
PESO POWER: PhP2100 (Solo / Private Baptism)

Why we chose this church? It’s the Church where Mike’s Parents were married, it’s near to our place and it’s one of my favorite church.

Today, Catholic Churches became strict. If the Church is not your Local Parish, you would need to secure a permit from the Church (please refer to your Church for the Permit Fee) and submit it to your chosen church.

Note: Reserve the Church at least 1 month prior to secure a slot.

The Ceremony was solemn and fast. It took less than an hour. They also provided the candles, missalettes and white robe. I got the candles early so I had enough time to design it based on the motif. πŸ™‚

 

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We are FOUR! =)

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Welcoming ur Little Princess to the Christian World

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So behave. πŸ™‚

 

RECEPTION: Tramway Bayview Buffet in Roxas Blvd.
PESO POWER: Please refer to their Website for the most updated price.

This was the same Reception during Aidan’s christening but in a different Branch. The reason why we decided to book a buffet restaurant again is that we want a simple and intimate lunch. I don’t like parties on Christening. For me, it’s the time where we can chat with close friends, allow the baby to spend more time with the grandparents, GodParents, family, and relatives.

 

 

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Salad πŸ™‚

 

 

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Fish =)

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Salad πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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Buffet Set Up

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Sushi =)

 

CAKE: Sugar Party Custom Cakes
PESO POWER: Php1500

Micah’s Christening Theme is Flowers and Succulents and Motif is Pink and Gold. The cake was perfect!

It’s chocolate flavor with Italian meringue buttercream. Yummy! πŸ™‚

 

 

SOUVENIRS: Ref Magnet (The Magnet Lab)
PESO POWER:Β 3×4: P25/pc

I thought I got the best deal online and the owner was friendly and easy to deal with. I find their Ref Magnets cheap but the quality is good.

The only downside was that it would take longer if we requested the items to be delivered (It’s almost Christmas), so my husband had to pick up the items in their office located in Tandang Sora QC.

 

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Soooo Cute πŸ™‚

 

 

Photographer: LM Photography
PESO POWER: Please refer to the complete details below:

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Unfortunately, our favorite Photographer (Our Photographer during Aidan’s 7th Birthday) was not available. I had to look online for a replacement, and unfortunately,Β  we didn’t have a good experience with them.

A different Photographer arrived. The Photographer I spoke with was Ram. He was not the one I spoke with. He arrived late!Β  I had no time to brief him and he seems unprepared and no idea of what to do. I didn’t like the photos. 😦 Later, I knew that there is a parallel celebration and I think the person I spoke with went there instead of Micah’s Baptism. Never will I book them again, nor recommend them.

 

Baptismal Dress: White Dress
RATE: FREE

One of Micah’s Ninang sent over dresses from Riyadh. He sent 2 white dresses which I used for Micah’s Christening.

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White Dress Micah wore in the Church

 

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The dress Micah wore in the Reception.

 

 

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She’s so Cutee Patoootie on this dress. πŸ™‚Β 

 

Shoes, Socks, and Headband:
RATES: Shoes: PhP70, Socks: PhP50, Headband: PhP100

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Sooo happy I was able to find a headband that matches the dress she wore in the Reception.

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Socks πŸ™‚ I chose this because this is my favorite socks when I was a little girl.

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White Shoes. πŸ™‚

 

PERSONALIZED CANDLES: DIY
PESO POWER: Candles (Included in the Church Fee), Gold Ribbon (From my DIY Stuff at home), and White Plastic Flowers (30 per pack X 2 = PhP60)

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We would like to thank everyone for celebrating this Special Day with us. Aside from the gifts, we truly appreciate your presence and love to our Little One. =) =) =)

 

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Lots of Presents!Β 

 

More Photos =)

 

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My Family =)Β 

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GodParents, Family, and Relatives

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Solis Family.

 

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What’s In My Hospital Bag. =)

I was only 7 months pregnant when I prepared my Hospital Bag. I had to prepare it that early because I was on bed rest and I could pop anytime soon – if I move a lot.

Most moms use a Diaper bag when packing the things they will need to bring in the hospital. Me – i used a small trolley. πŸ™‚

It’s much more convenient, easy to bring (as it has wheels) and easy to see what’s inside.

Here’s what’s inside my hospital bag.

I packed each item in a small pouch and wrote labels on it. The ones you will need first must be placed on top.

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These are my bathroom essentials. Bring home the bath soaps, toothbrush and toothpaste you get when you check in at the hotel.

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Pack small items for baby’s toiletries too.

 

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What inside – Sponge (Sponge Bath), Alcohol (Should be 70%), Bath Soap, Cotton buds, Dry Wipes, Cotton balls, Petroleum Jelly, Powder & Lotion)

Please note that most Pediatricians do not recommend that you use Lotion and Powder for babies. Well – you’re the Mom. It’s up to you. πŸ™‚

 

Hospitals provide Newborn Diapers but they cost 2-4x higher. Tell your husband/caretaker to give the diapers to the nurse during delivery.

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Got this for FREE when I attended a Breastfeeding Workshop in St. Lukes. πŸ™‚

 

The first stuff you would need is for the baby. Make sure that you place it on top or somewhere that it can easily beΒ seen by the husband. πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to put labels too. πŸ™‚

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Receiving and going home outfit. πŸ™‚

 

Pack extra clothes for the baby – in case you will have to stay longer in the hospital.

 

 

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Extra Clothes for the Baby

 

 

Pack the boys’ undies in a separate pouch. πŸ™‚

 

 

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For my boys.Β 

 

 

Of course, MINE should be separate too. πŸ™‚

 

 

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My Undies and Nursing Bras

 

 

Place your going home dress at the bottom part of the bag as it will be the last item you will need. What type of dress – should be comfortable and it will be easier for you to breastfeed. πŸ™‚

 

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Bring at least 3 hospital dress (should have buttons so that it is easier for you to breastfeed). Hospitals have Gowns but I prefer to use my own.

 

 

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Brought 3 Dresses πŸ™‚Β 

 

My boys’ clothes. πŸ™‚ Aidan did not sleep in the hospital but he visited us every day and I had to make sure I had extra shorts and shirt for him (in case he needed to change).

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These items should be in one bag.

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Bring a big Laundry bag (again, you can get this for free at the hotels. haha) you can easily toss dirty clothes inside!

 

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You can also buy this Landry Bag at Daiso Stores.Β 

 

 

This one is really a must!!! Socks. You will feel cold after the surgery (I went on Caesarean Delivery). So, this will be your best friend. πŸ™‚

 

 

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Socks from a friend – her pasalubong from Korea πŸ™‚Β 

 

 

Documents! The most important thing to bring in the hospital. Since we used a small trolley, we placed the documents at the outside pocket. Make sure that all files are organized and tell your husband what are those for.

 

 

Never ever forget your makeup kit! It’s a must too!

 

 

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Yes – I had to put label on it it. So the Husband would know. Haha

 

 

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Love at first sight πŸ™‚Β 

 

Other important things to bring are a fan and a rechargeable fan.Β You can never tell when you will need it.

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Cellphone charger, glasses, a good book and a selfie stick – yes, I brought them with me too. πŸ™‚

 

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Yes – I brought a book about investing. hahaha

 

Do not ever forget your baby book. πŸ™‚

 

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Always remember that it will be your husband or the caretaker who will be in charge of the hospital Bag. So, make sure that your things are properly labeled to help them find the things you and your baby will need. πŸ™‚

Hope this helps you! =) =) =)

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