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Dancing is moving to the music without stepping on anyone's toes, pretty much the same as life.

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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And all gifts being unwrapped. 🙂

The Little One had to wake up to open her gifts! Thank you, everyone, 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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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🙂

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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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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 trying to get her to sleep. In less than a minute, she fell asleep. haha

 

 

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With my Babies 🙂 

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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. 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 convenient 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 countries (If you are going out of the Country). 🙂

 

  • Breastfeed! Isn’t it easier to travel when you are breastfeeding? 🙂 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.  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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Aidan’s First Dance Class

Aidan’s first ever Dance Workshop was with non other than, G-Force! 🙂
It was early of September last year when I first brought him to their Walk-in classes for Advance Hip hop for kids. I really want him to love dancing as much as I do but I never wanted to force him. My goal was to really enroll him to different Activities; and of course, we started with dancing.

2nd Hip-Hop Class with Teacher Devon

 

He looks very Happy =)

Pics during the dance

 

I asked him if he enjoyed dancing and he said yes. He continued attending the Walk-in classes the following week and when their 2016 Sem Break Workshop was announced, I asked him if he wanted to join. I was so happy when he said YES. 🙂

He requested to join Teacher Chrissian’s class so we waited for a month for the 2nd Batch.

The Dance Workshop was held 2x per week, 1.50hrs per session.

After weeks of training they had their Dance Concert last October 29 at the Music Museum.

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G-Force Project 2016 (Sembreak)

The BIG DAY has finally come. It’s Aidan’s first dance recital and it’s with none other than G-Force.

The Big Day was held in the Music Museum. It’s the parents and grandparents first time there too. We were all excited for the show. We thought of getting a room for 1 night at the nearest hotel – Elan Greenhills Modern Hotel. It’s located just across Greenhills so it was very convenient for all of us. There were  2 shows and we were afraid that Aidan would get exhausted. We checked in early at 12:00 noon (Good thing there was already a room available).

Purchased 4 tickets for the show =)

They had their last Technical Rehearsals at 1:00 pm before the first show officially started at 3:00pm. During the Matinee show we had to go back to the hotel to rest; went back to the Music Museum at 5:00pm to fetch Aidan.

That day we were able to get Aidan’s Dance Book too. 🙂

Spot the smallest student of Teacher Chrissian 🙂

To see him happy with what he’s doing = PRICELESS 🙂

 

It was a quick break / dinner for the kids before their second show at 7:00 pm. I really thought that he was so exhausted already but he was not. He really enjoyed dancing in front of the crowd. I am so proud of our Little One.

At 7:00 pm, the evening show officially started and we were all excited to watch the kids dance.

Cute Little Rascals 🙂

Final dance with all the G-Force Teacher, Dancers and Students

The show ended at around 10:00 PM.

I am such a Proud Mom…

With the Proud Dad 🙂

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Greenhills Elan Hotel Review

During Aidan’s Dance Concert (October 29, 2016), we envisioned that it was going to be a tiring day for all of us. Hubby and I then decided to look for a hotel close to Music Museum. When I checked online, the nearest that I saw was the Elan Hotel in Greenhills. The hotel was a felicitous one for us because it’s located just across Greenhills. The Hotel is strategically located in the middle of business and leisure areas.

We checked in early and we were immediately assisted by their friendly staff. Parking wasn’t an issue as they had enough space when my in laws arrived.

We got a 30% discount when we booked the room online.

Details below:

Limited Offer : 30% discount has been applied to this reservation

Rate Plan: WEEKEND DELIGHT- WIFI & BREAKFAST!!!
Rate Plan Description::
30% Off Weekend Promo (Friday-Sunday)
with buffet breakfast and wifi access
Meal: Buffet Breakfast
Meal Description:
With buffet breakfast for two

Inclusions:

  • Complimentary Wi-fi Access
  • Free use of swimming Pool:
  • Welcome Drinks
  • Free use of Jacuzzi:
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Complimentary newspaper
Number of Guests:
Adults: 2 Children: 1
Note: Adult = 12 year(s) and above;
Children = below 11 year(s)
For a Superior Room for 2 Adults and 1 child (with Breakfast Buffet for 2), we only paid PhP2390.24.
We were welcomed with Complimentary Iced Tea upon check in.
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I loved how they combined the stylish patterns with warm earth tones. I also can’t help but notice the stones that they used as decoration in the room.  We also had a great view of Wack-Wack Golf & Country Club from our room.
We really love the bathroom because of it’s environment friendly features and it has a bath tub with hot and cold shower.Unlike other hotels that has travel size soap, shampoo, lotion and body bath for the guests, this Eco-friendly hotel have it in a refill bottles instead.
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Bath Liquid Soap

Aidan really loves bath tubs so even if he was tired after his dance, he still went to bath before getting to bed.

The next day, we went to Elan Cafe located at the ground floor for the Breakfast Buffet. After breakfast we went back to the room to rest before we went to the swimming pool.

 

The pool is ok. Nothing spectacular about it. At least they have a small pool for the kids. I didn’t have the chance to swim that day because I didn’t bring any swimwear.

The Jacuzzi was turned off  and we didn’t bother to check how to turn it on so Daddy and Aidan stayed in the pool instead.

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Photo grabbed from Travel Advisory

After an hour of dipping, we went to their Gym to check it out. There was no one there so we had fun with the Gym Equipment.

Overall we all had a fun stay at Elan Hotel. If you ask me If I want to go back for another stay, my answer would be – YES. 🙂

 

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Donuts on his 7th Birthday!

Aidan’s Birthday fell on a Monday. Since, we already had his Birthday Party the day before, we asked his adviser if we can bring donuts for his Teachers and Classmates on Monday. He has 6 Teachers and 30 Classmates.

We woke up at 6am to check the weather. It was raining hard since the night before and we thought that classes might be suspended again.

At 7am Hubby went to JCO Mall of Asia Branch to buy 3 dozens of Assorted Doughnuts.

Seems like the entire class enjoyed Aidan’s simple treat. =)

 

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Supplier Review – Minecraft Cupcakes

A birthday is incomplete without a cake. Some people want a simple birthday cake, others want a personalized one; but for Aidan, he wanted a Cupcake tower comprised of Minecraft Character Faces.

We didn’t have a hard time looking for a supplier because my Mother in Law has a friend that bakes and sells cakes and cupcake.

Ate Lani, replied immediately to all my queries and her packages are budget-friendly. Perfect for a frugal Mom like me. Jollibee allows you to bring your own cake, but it should not be consumed inside the store. So, we decided to order 2 dozens of cupcakes; just enough to fit a 3-tier cupcake tower.

Look at the cupcakes… They’re so cute! And yes, they taste good too! They’re chocolate cupcakes, btw.

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I can still remember the look on Aidan’s face when he saw the cupcakes. He was so “kilig”. =)

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I made the bunting btw. One of my DIYs. =)

 

Feedback! Feedback! Feedback!

approve The 2 dozen cupcakes only cost me 900 bucks! And yes, the toppers are made of fondant.

approveAte Lani allowed us to borrow her Cupcake Tower for free.

approveThe Cupcakes were delivered to us without service charge. Although, she was also part of the guest list; since she’s a family friend.

approve Ate Lani did a great job with the Toppers. They’re so cure. Exactly what we requested.

 

Want a Personalized Cake for Birthdays and other Special Occasions? Check out Ate Lani’s Facebook Page  -> Sugar Party Cakes N’ Baked Goods

 

The Verdict = RAVE

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Supplier Review – Photography Service

It was not in our plan to get photography services for Aidan’s Birthday Party. But I thought that since I would be busy that day, I may not be able to take pictures of the entire Party. I also thought na sayang lang din yung mga na prepare namin if it will be not be captured properly. So, I looked for an affordable Photographer online. I saw Reiward Photography in Olx.ph and checked their Facebook page. From all the Photographers I spoke with, he was the only one who advised of the same Service fee as what was posted in Olx.ph. Others would post that their Photography Service was only 2000, but when I talked to them, they advise a different rate. He also responded promptly to my queries since day 1.

The service may be affordable, but the shots were very nice and he exceeded my expectations.

Why I love and would recommend Reiward Photography to my friends?

  • He arrived an hour early in the venue.
  • Replied promptly to my queries since day 1.
  • Very professional. As soon as Introduced myself as his client, he asked where the celebrant was and introduced himself.
  • For PhP2,000.00, the inclusions were (2-Hour Unlimited Shots, all pictures are edited, 20 printed copies and all photos are stored in a Personalized DVD and will be mailed via Courier).
  • I was amazed by how fast the service was. The event was on Sunday afternoon, few chosen pictures were uploaded on his Facebook Account by Tuesday, and the DVD and printed pictures were mailed viaCourier (LBC) by Wednesday and was delivered the next day.
  • I love the pictures. Simple yet Priceless.
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Disk Cover

COVER

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These are just a few of the shots that I love:

 

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More pictures of Aidan’s 7th Birthday Party -> Minecraft Party

For those who are interested to get their Photography Service, please click this -> Reiward Photography to be routed to their Facebook Account:

 

 

The Verdict = RAVE

 

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Supplier Review – Personalized Creeper Shirts

Aidan wanted to wear a Creeper Costume on his 7th Birthday. I asked Hubby if we can have a Family Shirt instead and he ok’d the idea.

I have a good friend who designs and has a t-shirt printing business. She happens to be Aidan’s ninang as well. We ordered 3 shirts from her and gave her instructions for the exact design that I wanted – with Aidan’s approval of course.

We requested for a green shirt with Creeper’s Face in front and our names at the back. 

The shirts were delivered the day before the event.

I really liked the shirts. I like the shade of green and of course, the design.

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Creeper’s Face

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To Make it Personalized, we placed our names at the back.

Kudos to my friend for making these cute Minecraft shirts. =)

Each shirt cost only PhP250.00.

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For orders, you may call or text  MinutePrint. =)

Like their Facebook Page too -> MinutePrint

The VERDICT = RAVE

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When Creeper and Jollibee Met for the First Time (7th Birthday Party)

Aidan is a Big Fan of Minecraft. He said, when he grows up, he wants to be an Engineer and build houses; that’s why he really loves Minecraft. Just like other kids, it is also his wish to have a Jollibee party – so why not combine Jollibee and Minecraft?

Our first plan was to look for a venue that can accommodate upto 100 guests and then rent a  Jollibee mascot. But there are restrictions of course. Plus, we still have to buy food from them.

A month before the Big Day, we finally agreed to celebrate his Birthday in Jollibee.

I first called Jollibee Magallanes branch but the lady I spoke with seems to be clueless with her work and cannot answer me straight with my queries.

Hubby, mentioned that there’s a Jollibee branch near our place that he think is a perfect venue for parties- closer to LRT Libertad Station for guests that are commuting especially if they are coming from North, Guests coming from South and has enough Parking for those who will bring their cars. Also, during weekends, nearby offices and schools are closed, so wala masyado tao.

We opted to go to the Branch to reserve the party kahit na pwede naman online. Of course, I want to check the place first. Indeed, it was the best venue. The party designs that they already have are cute and the walls are green. Perfect for a Minecraft party! Plus, If we exceed 70 guests, we can occupy the seats outside and since hindi naman matao on weekends, in case we reach 100 guests, they can close the entire 2nd floor for us. =)

I ask for the Restrictions para at least we are aware and we can prepare necessary designs lang. I specifically requested to have all the balloons green. Normally, it’s assorted lang. We also asked if we can place a Candy Buffet (but should be consumed outside the venue, which is for me acceptable naman), we will provide our own loot bags, did not purchase their cake too because my son wants Minecraft cupcakes.

We have 80 guests but the crew booked us for 60 guests first and was allowed to just have additional orders at the day of the event. They want to make sure na walang sobra. =)

We arrived 30 minutes before the scheduled party. Of course, dahil madami akong inarte, nag set up pa ako. Good thing there were 5 crew members who helped us during the event. So, lahat ng inutos ko nagawa naman nila and I loved it!

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They’re busy preparing the table for prizes. 

The Birthday Celebrant is keeping himself busy by Playing Minecraft while we prepare for his party.

 

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Guests started to arrive at 3pm. At 3:30 pm, the party started. Yes, hindi siya sakto kasi we waited for the other guests to arrive.

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I was planning to make a balloon centerpiece but i saw a post online that in Jollibee, they use the Party Hats as centerpieces. I find it cute!

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Simple but cute =) 

 

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See the Walls? They’re GREEN. =)

 

The Jollibee crew members were the one who set up the table for the Prizes. The package already includes 25 pieces of Assorted Prizes. I just added Bubble Swords, Pens, Whistles and Cute Elephant Sharpeners that I got from the mall. For the adults, I bought Wafers from Duty Free.

 

We officially started the party with a prayer to thank God for this Special Day to happen. The Opening Prayer was led by my husband’s Cousin, RB.

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Seryoso siya sa pagdadasal. Good Boy Coco! 

One of the crew members asked us If we want Jollibee to be in the whole event. We just need to add 700. Of course we ok’d. It was my first time to attend a Jollibee party that Jollibee will be there for the whole duration of the party, plus, it was my son’s birthday party! Kudos to whoever the man inside Jollibee Mascot. Hindi din biro ang nasa loob ka ng Mascot Costume for 2 hours. Plus the fact na dudumugin ka pa ng mga bata hehehe

Before the games started, there was a quick interview with the Celebrant and his Parents. =)

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Interview with the Parents First

Dada was asked where we gor Aidan’s name. =) That question was for me but I want Dada to answer it. hehe

Then, the host asked me why we chose green as the motif. Hindi pa ba obvious kung bakit? hehehe

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I want to be an Engineer. =) 

And let the games begin…

The first game was the Pass the Balloon. The person that’s holding the balloon once the music stops, will be the winner.

They’re all afraid of the balloon because they don’t want to stand in front. =)

 

And the winners are…

 

Then, they introduced the Special Guest for that day.

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The Bee is approaching… 

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And he’s looking for something… or someone? 

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I think he already found what he’s looking for… 

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He found the Birthday Boy!

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Jollibee giving the Birthday Boy a BIG HUG! 

And the winners will a chance to have a dance showdown with non other than Jollibee. =)

 

 

The 2nd game was the “Longest Happy Birthday

 

I don’t know ano meron sa 3rd game actually. hehe Buti game naman ang adult guests.

 

The guests are already hungry for sure…

Food is ready. =) Time to eat…

We had Chicken and Spaghetti, Burger Yum, Twirl and Coke Float for the Adults and Big Kids. Chicken and Spaghetti, Twirl and Sprite (sorry they don’t have juice and they didn’t allow us to bring juice for the kids)  for the Little Kids. It’s an afternoon party so we thought of not ordering rice.

After the meal, the kids lined up for another game.

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The boys and girls will compete on this game. The Mom with the most number of straw in the hair wins the game.

The Little Boys. 

 

Hindi din papatalo ang Little Girls…

 

The Little Boys won. =)

Time for a quick break… Photo ops with the Family and Friends.

 

Of course, Photo Ops with Jollibee too. =)

 

The most awaited moment has come. The Birthday boy will finally blow his Birthday Candle. We ordered cupcakes from my Mother in Law’s friend. Aidan wants cupcakes instead of a Birthday Cake, and he personally chose the design. =)

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Time for another Photo Ops. =)

 

Syempre, hindi mawawala ang Dance Number ni Jollibee and his Crew. =)

Time to give the Loot bags to the kids =)

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Thank you for creeping! 

And before we finally end the party, there’s a Special Message from the parents and of course, the Birthday Boy!

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We, as Aidan’s parents were very grateful for all the Family, Friends and Aidan’s Godfathers and Godmothers who were there. We don’t celebrate Aidan’s Birthday this much every year so I was really overwhelmed with the love you showed to Aidan on his Special Day. A big Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your presence is the most precious gift a child could ever receive.

Just like what Aidan said during the party, “Thank you everyone for coming.”

 

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