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A Tale of Surviving my 1st Trimester

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Instead of complaining, (like most people do a lot), I always try to put a positive spin on everything.

I’d been wanting to write a blog about my second pregnancy but I didn’t have the time until tonight. ūüôā

Pregnancy was never easy for me. Even during my first pregnancy with my eldest (Aidan), I was rushed to the hospital when I was just 32 weeks in (July 7-12, 2009) due to preterm labor;¬†and when i was on my 36th week and 6th day of pregnancy, I was rushed for the second time to the hospital. My OB had to inject something to stop the contractions until I reached 37 weeks. I gave birth via Cesarean delivery, and it’s also one of the major reasons why we had a hard time deciding on having a second baby.

When the husband and I did decide to have a second child, it took us almost a year trying to conceive. At 32, with a regular 8-hour job, managing 2 small businesses on the side, managing my time to make sure I fulfill my duties as a wife and a mother Р were may be few of the reasons why It was hard for us to get pregnant again.

It was Friday morning of January 6, 2017, when I went to church and prayed really hard. God was so good because that same week, he answered my  prayer.

Sunday afternoon, January 8, ¬†I decided to take a Pregnancy Test and it came up POSITIVE! ūüôā

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We (Aidan, Dada and I) were so happy and excited with the good news! I was so thrilled to be pregnant again, thinking it would be easier compared to the first one.

There’s so much fun during your first trimester – getting a POSITIVE result on your pregnancy test, the FIRST ULTRASOUND, seeing and hearing your BABY’S FIRST HEARTBEAT, and most of all sharing the GOOD NEWS with your loved ones.

Mine was a MIX OF SORTS though.

I had a lot of discomfort, nausea, dizziness, severe headache everyday, indigestion, and most of all SPOTTING. I visited four (4) OB-Gyne’s (for a second-third opinion about the cause of the spotting), had several ultrasound to make sure the baby is safe, and had to take Duphaston twice a day for 2 months.

All four (4) doctors I went to, advised me to go on bed rest  to make sure that baby will be safe to avoid pre-term labor. I had to elevate my legs all the time for the first 2 months. Weird but It worked.

I was getting emotional everyday; especially due to the fact that I couldn’t take care of my son the way I used to. Mommy has to sit or lie in bed all the time, no energy to move around because I am always dizzy due to nausea. It was so hard to balance your own comfort and your family’s needs.

Yet, I am thankful that I am still blessed. I am on bed rest but I am able to Work From the Comforts of our Home (Thank you so much AMS), I have my in laws to support and help us in our daily needs and most of all, I have a loving husband who will drop anything and make us his first priority.

We are now on our¬†26th week, 1 more week and we’ll say hello to the final stretch of my pregnancy. We are so excited to see our new munchkin in ¬†3 months. ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

Spot the smallest student of Teacher Chrissian ūüôā

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

 

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.

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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 ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

 

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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 – 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

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DVD Cover

 

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‚Äôs 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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Coco’s LegoLand Malaysia Adventure!

On our 2nd day in Singapore, we went to Malaysia to bring¬†Aidan to Lego Land. It’s our Graduation Gift for him and he was so excited to go.

Johor Malaysia is just an hour ride from Singapore. We left the house early and just ate breakfast when we arrived at Legoland. My sister in law and her husband rented a van to take us to Malaysia and then fetch us in the afternoon back to Singapore.

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On our way and we were very excited!!!

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And we’re finally in Johor malaysia! =)

We had breakfast in Uptown Coffee first before we went inside Legoland.

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And we’re finally here!

 

You may rent Trolley for the kids – lucky them. =)

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Aidan’s first ride was the Lego City Driving School. He was actually above minimum age but he just pretended that he was just 5 years old so that he could join his cousin Tyler.

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Once all the children are seated safe in the car, the staff will blow the whistle as a signal that they can start. yes, it’s a race btw. )

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He won! =)

Coco’s next stop was the Boating School. It’s hot so Dada accompanied the mini Boat Driver.

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My Boys!

Next to our stop was the Rescue Academy. It was so fun that we had to try it again. =) The entire family can join the Rescue Team to compete with other Family. The team / family who can put out the fire first wins the game.

It was a tiring but fun game. It may look easy to do, but believe me, you need  strong arms for this. =)

We had few more rides before we had lunch.

 

 

I bet Aidan will never forget his Beetle Bounce Ride. He got mixed emotions РHappy and Nervous!

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Next, we went to the Observation Tower. It’s an air-conditioned deck ¬†that moves vertically in a slow circular motion. From up there, you can see the entire Legoland.

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View of the entire Legoland.

Aidan was a BIG FAN of Star Wars and he was very happy when he saw LEGO Star Wars. It was just opened recently, and inside were different Star Wars Figures made of Legos – of course. There were models of Different Star Wars episodes. Aidan really enjoyed them because they’re actually moving. =)

 

Next stop is at the Big Castle, with the Mini Roller Coaster. Dragon’s Apprentice was a small Roller Coaster but I was still afraid of it. They say it’s a children’s ride but it felt more thrilling than I expected. Good thing Aidan didn’t try it.

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The best part was when we tried the Aquazone Wave Racers. It was so fun Aidan had to do it again. he didn’t mind even if he was already soaking wet.

 

 

 

Another Hit Ride for Aidan is the Royal Joust. It’s a classic medieval contest in the saddle of a Lego Horse.

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Aidan’s Adventure

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One More Mommy!

 

He really enjoyed it big time! It was a long and tiring day, but we really enjoyed LegoLand. Halos lahat ng rides na try namin. We will definitely go back next time!

Before we left Legoland, we went to the Lego Store to buy Legos for the kids. Syempre, mawawala ba yun. hehehe

It took almost an hour for Aidan to finally decide what to buy. Litong lito ang bata. hehehe He ended up with… of course, his first ever Minecraft World Lego.

At 5 pm, the van arrived to take us back to Singapore.  =)

 

 

 

 

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Cellophane Noodles with Pork and 2 Kinds of Mushrooms

To welcome 2016, I tried this new recipe I found online. Instead of using chicken, I used pork and added 2 kinds of mushrooms Рwood-ear mushroom and shitaki mushroom.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of wood-ear mushrooms and shitaki mushrooms , chopped
3 cups of water, 1 large onion, quartered
1 teaspoon peppercorns and 1 tablespoon salt
1/4 kilo pork cubes
1/2 kilo cellophane noodles or sotanghon
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 cup julienned carrots
2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
1/2 cup snow peas, cut into thin strips diagonally
1/2 cup chopped leeks
2 teaspoons annatto powder / seeds (soaked for 10 minutes in 1/4 cup lukewarm water)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fish sauce

Procedure:

1. Soak the mushrooms in warm water for 10 minutes.  Drain. Chop. Set aside.
2. In a pot, pour 3 cups of water and add onion quarters, whole peppercorns, salt, and pork cubes. Bring to a boil and cook for 18 minutes. Remove the whole peppercorns. Scoop out pork cubes. Let cool. Set aside. Do not discard the broth.
3. Soak cellphone noodles in water until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
4. In a pan, sauté garlic and onion. Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery, snow peas, and leeks.
5. Add about 1 to 2 cups of the chicken broth. Sprinkle annatto powder. Add softened noodles. Stir well to coat the noodles with the orange powder. Season with ground black pepper and fish sauce. Keep cooking and stirring until noodles have absorbed the liquid.
6. Enjoy!

 

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Red Lemon Grill and Adam’s Cafe

Red Lemon Grill is a casual dining restaurant  in Tagaytay, operated by View Park Hotel. When we booked a room in the hotel, we were informed that it might be a bit noisy until midnight because of the Live Band performing at the Restaurant. Our room was just a few steps from the Restaurant.

I wanted to have dinner at Mahogany Markt, so we skipped eating at the Red Lemon Grill. Instead, we decided to spend the rest of the night there after dinner.

Sitting capacity inside is limited and the area is a bit small, so we transferred outside. We were able to get a good seat just enough to see and hear the Live Band. Outside is where Adams Cafe is located. It is also operated by View Park Hotel but they offer coffee and desserts instead.

 

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Someone is enjoying the Live  Band. Hehe

Hubby had their signature brewed coffee while I had their Caramel Machiato.

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Machiato

 

The little boy just can’t resist eating ice cream at night.

 

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Happy with his Banana Split ūüėÄ

 

The Vanilla ice cream was so good! They used fried saba instead of raw lakatan. It’s a not the usual ingredient but it worked perfectly with the ice cream.

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Happy Family ūüėÄ

 

We had a great night listening to the Live Band and we really enjoyed the special dance number of the staff and crew. They were really talented and entertaining. Kudos to that!

 

 

 

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