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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. 🙂

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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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. 🙂

 

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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. 🙂

 

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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. 🙂

 

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 🙂

 

 

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Fish =)

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Salad 🙂

 

 

 

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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! 🙂

 

 

SOUVENIRS: Ref Magnet (The Magnet Lab)
PESO POWER3×4: 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 🙂

 

 

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,  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!  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. 🙂 

 

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 🙂 I chose this because this is my favorite socks when I was a little girl.

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White Shoes. 🙂

 

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! 

 

More Photos =)

 

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My Family =) 

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GodParents, Family, and Relatives

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Solis Family.

 

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My Breastfeeding Journey

I am not a breastfeeding expert. I wasn’t even able to breastfeed my eldest child longer than I would have wanted. I only breastfed him for 2 months, had to go back to work and during that time, I wasn’t equipped with the knowledge, gadgets and support groups about Breastfeeding; so I stopped. I felt guilty but am still thankful that he got my colostrum and was able to drink my liquid gold for 2 months. Better than none I guess.

For my second child, I made sure that I had the knowledge about breastfeeding. I attended workshops when I was still pregnant, read blogs of other moms, joined support groups and asked for friends advice. Yes – if you want to be successful in this journey, you have to listen to other people – whether you like it or not.

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Breastfeeding Workshop from St. Luke’s

 

 

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The Workshop was FREE. And with FREE Lunch and Snacks. 🙂 

 

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and… LOTS of Freebies! 🙂

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Gift bag from StemCord Philippines

THE START OF MY JOURNEY

Micah had Beginning Pneumonia when she was born. She had to stay in the NICU until she was well and when she had finished all of her antibiotics. It was unexpected; but during admission, I handed my Medical Notes to the doctor and made sure that they will follow. Whatever happens, i will breastfeed my baby. They should not and should never offer her formula or water after birth. I also did not bring formula milk in my Hospital bag; because I was determined to breastfeed – whatever it took.

I gave birth via Cesarean section and it took 24hours before I could move. But I had to feed my colostrum to Micah. It was painful, but I still managed to go to the NICU to advise the nurse in charge that I will feed my baby. I asked her to call me every time she sees hunger cues. It was not easy. Other Moms, are not able to stand for 3 days after the operation but I did it in hours. Because of the antibiotics and pain killer I took, I didn’t produce milk on the 1st day. Not even a drop. Still, I insisted that she latch on me because I believe that soon, my colostrum would come out. I also talked to a friend who was also breastfeeding and she offered to breastfeed Micah the following days in case I still find it really hard to travel from our room to NICU every 2 hours. I was touched and felt grateful that other Moms were willing to help me.

WE ARE FINALLY HOME

After 4 days, we were finally out of the hospital. My milk became stable, I continuously fed her and she was already gaining weight. Few days after breastfeeding, my nipples became extremely painful. I had to latch from one breast for a day to have the other breast rest and heal. It came to a point that my milk was full-blown in. I was painfully engorged, my nipples were torn apart-chapped and scabbed. But I still continued to breastfeed.

GOING BACK TO WORK

After 75 days, I had to go back to work. I pumped and stored  1 month and 2 weeks worth of milk to make sure that I had enough supply. A week before I had to go back to work, I tried giving her my expressed milk from a bottle but she wouldn’t take it. She was having nipple confusion because she was used to direct latching. It was hard for us especially for me as she kept on crying and refused to drink milk unless it was direct latch.

THE STRUGGLE NEVER STOPS

She eventually drank expressed milk from a bottle but we had another problem. Expressed milk stored in a Freezer Compartment can only stay for up to 2 weeks. But Micah didn’t like the smell and taste. I tasted it and it smelled soapy and rancid. I realized that my milk has a higher-than-average levels of enzyme lipase which overtime breaks down fat in expressed milk. And that causes cold milk to develop a soapy smell and taste. It is completely safe for babies but there are babies that are sensitive to the milk’s smell and taste – and Micah is one of them unfortunately. There is a way to avoid this but it will take so much of my time. I have to heat the milk until small bubbles form. I still have another child so I have to divide my attention to both of them. What did I do? I had to taste my expressed milk every day to determine how many days will it’s smell and taste to remain the same. I had to store it for a maximum of 3 days only.

A BREASTFEEDING MOM IS ALWAYS READY TO HELP OTHER MOMS IN NEED

Expressing milk takes time and effort and no mother wants her liquid gold to be wasted. So what did I do with the bunch of expressed milk in the freezer? I donated them. It was indeed a right time when a stranger asked for my help. Their daughter is a preemie and was in NICU and she needed breast milk. So, I gave everything to them.

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Some of the Expressed Milk i have donated. 🙂

THE DAY I RETURNED TO WORK

Two weeks after returning to work was really a struggle for us. But we are grateful that our Company offers Work from Home arrangement. I had to go to office everyday for 2 weeks to attend a training. So, it’s my husband’s turn to work from home. It’s a big help as well if your husband is supportive and hands on.

After the training, I went back to working from home for a couple of days a week. It’s a big help as I get to continue to breastfeed Micah. I also get to work in the comforts of our home and at the same time, make sure that I am able to take care our children. It’s hard to juggle tasks, but at the end of the day, it feels so rewarding to see that you are able to do everything. I want to be a full time mom (who doesn’t?). But I also need to earn money and contribute to our daily expenses. =)

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Expressing milk at work every 3 hours. 🙂

BUMPS ON THE ROAD

Breastfeeding is never easy. I have Plugged Milk Ducts every now and then. I am aware what it is, but I never thought that it could happen to me. I felt a big, hard lump that’s sore. It’s painful when I touch it and most especially when Micah’s latching on. I wasn’t able to sleep until my Ob-Gyne advised that I should take pain killer. I took Ponstan 500 and I was able to sleep. But when I woke up, the pain was still there. Even If I pump milk or had Micah latch (despite how painful it is), it won’t disappear. Also, I had a fever the following day. It’s always a struggle when you are sick because you cannot take any medication that you used to take. I am limited to Paracetamol and water therapy. But, again, it’s ok.

THE VERDICT

I’m glad I chose to breastfeed Micah. My plan is to exclusively breastfeed her until she is 2 years old. It’s always rewarding to know that I am able to provide my kids the best nutrition. It’s also a crazy feeling that my body is able to provide liquid gold that’s giving them a good immune system. Another rewarding feeling of breastfeeding is the bonding time that we have – plus I get to sleep better and longer at night.

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Glad to know that breastfeeding at the malls is so comfortable. 🙂

 

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My 2nd Trimester Journey

2nd Trimester

Just last month, I posted about my 1st Trimester Journey. I’m down to my last stretch now and I am ready to post my 2nd Trimester Journey.

At 20 weeks I was scheduled for CAS (Congenital Anomaly Scan) to check if the baby is developing normally and to check the gender as well. I am not a fan of 3d/4d and I am more keen to know that my baby is healthy and normal. CAS is a  very detailed scan that takes about 30-40 minutes. All of the baby’s organs are examined and measured too. CAS costs much than the normal 2D Ultrasound.  Good thing my OB only charged me PhP2500 for the CAS with Gender Determination. We checked the gender but she was on a breech position so the Sonologist cannot give me 100% assurance for the gender.

At  24 weeks, I had my blood tests done. It was an exhausting one because I had to undergo 8 hours of fasting and had to endure another 3-4 hours at the Laboratory for the OGGT test. It was also a bad decision to do it in the Laboratory near the house. Didn’t know that it was much expensive compared to Hi-Precision in Powerplant. And the result went out that I have high sugar level.

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I was referred to an Endocrinologist for  2nd opinion by my Ob-Gyne. The next week I went to  Makati Medical Center to see my Endocrinologist. I was told that I have Gestational Diabetes and I need to monitor my Glucose 4x a day for 2 weeks.  I am still blessed because the Diabetes Center of Makati Medical Center that time are giving away Accu-Chek Glucose Monitoring Set for FREE. You just need to buy the strips, present it to them and they will give you the Machine for FREE 🙂

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First time to check my Glucose and it went fine. 🙂

 

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Only .1 and I’m going to reach 140. 😦

I  was also  asked  to get a TSH test (for Thyroid) by my Endocrinologist.

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It was painful than I expected

My energy levels are great too during my 2nd Trimester, with a bit of achiness from my lower back and legs. I also had an increase appetite but because I was monitoring my sugar 4x a day, I have to strictly follow my new diet.

It was also the first time I felt her kicks. I am always excited whenever I feel her kicks like a ninja.

At 27 weeks, before we bid goodbye to 2nd Trimester, my Sonologist confirmed that we are having a Baby Girl! 🙂  I was in awe when she said it’s 100% Baby Girl.

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What’s the Baby’s Name? The husband and I already decided to name her after Dada (Michael) and my name (Anne) as her second name. But because the name is quiet popular here in the Philippines, we changed the spelling to – Maychele Anne – Gift from God.

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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. 🙂

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 –  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! 🙂

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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. 🙂

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Wandering Like Kids in Universal Studios Singapore

On our 4th and last Day in Singapore, Hubby and I had a date. Yes, just the 2 of us. Aidan wanted to go to the water park with Tyler instead. Also, we were told that he may not be able to try all the rides in Universal Studios because of the height limit.

So, the husband and I had our spare time together. We only had until 2pm that day because we had to catch our flight back to Manila in the evening.

We left at 7am and took the train to Vivo City and a bus ride to Sentosa.

After an hour we were already in Sentosa. 🙂 It was a swift and fun ride to Resorts World in Sentosa Singapore.

We had a short walk around Resorts World before we went inside the Universal Studios. Universal Studios is located at the 2nd level of the Resorts World.

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Almost there. =)

 

And we’re here. Of course, there should be a mandatory shot at the Universal Globe.

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=)

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No Selfie Stick but we still managed to have a picture together

Yey! We’re so excited. Can’t wait to get inside..

Strollers and wheelchair rentals are also available for a separate fee. Most rides have a long queue. Want to avoid it? Beat the queues by purchasing the Universal Express Unlimited. Of course, for a much higher rate.

Current Rates below as per – http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore

Tickets
Ticket Type Adult
(Ages 13 to 59)
Child
(Ages 4 to 12)
Senior
(Ages 60 and above)
One-Day Pass S$74 S$56 S$36
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I guess Dada was more excited than me. =)

We took some pictures first before we had our first ride.

 

We started with the ride that’s near the entrance which is the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase. 

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Our first ride in Universal Studios Singapore

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We are ready and excited!

I really wanted to bring Aidan here, but I wanted to make sure that he gets to try almost all of the rides. This ride is for kids and kids at heart. There is still a minimum height requirement though.

The Spaghetti Space Chase is part of the New York Themed Rides.

Another part of the New York shows and rides are the Rockafellas. They were former members of Streetboys. Filipinos are indeed talented.

 

Another show in New York is Lights! Camera! Action! It’s hosted by Stephen Spielberg but it is not open until 11 am.

If you love Sesame Street, they have more for you.

There’s a Sesame Stage Shows where you get to see your favorite Sesame Street characters perform live on stage.

There’s also a store where you can buy Sesame Street items.

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Can’t get enough of Sesame Street? You can meet and greet them in person. You can also take a picture with them. Unfortunately, we had limited time; so we didn’t get a chance to have a photo taken with them.

Our next stop was the Sci-Fi City.

We didn’t miss the chance to try the Transformers The Ride : Ultimate 3D Battle. Here, you get the chance to become a freedom fighter in the ultimate 3D battle ride against the forces of the evil Deceptecons.

This was definitely our favorite ride. If it wasn’t for the long queue, we would have gotten back for another round.

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You can also get a chance to see Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in person. Again, I think they normally go out in the afternoon. So, we didn’t had the time to wait for them.

 

This is the ride that we will NEVER try. haha! The blue track is Battlestar Galactica : Human , while the red track is Battlestar Galactica : Cyclone. 

 

Another Sci-Fi City ride that we didn’t try was the Accelerator. I think this is the only ride for kids.

Next stop is Ancient Egypt. 

Revenge of The Mummy – It took us an hour before we were able to enter the dome (if that’s what they call it). This ride almost gave me a heart attack. Now i know why we had to leave all our things inside the locker.

There’s also a Meet and Greet with the characters of the Mummy. I actually saw 2 of them but they were chasing me and the other guests so, I got scared and panicked.

There is a ride in Ancient Egypt that’s for kids but we didn’t see it. Too bad, we haven’t had a chance to try it – Treasure Hunters. 

And we now enter The Lost World. We first tried the Canopy Flyer. Kids can ride this as long as they meet the minimum height requirement. But again, I am not gonna let Aidan try this one just yet. It’s a bit scary. Kids can instead enjoy the Dino-Soarin and Amber Rock Climb.

If you want to get wet this early, you can try the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. We actually didn’t know that there was this kind of ride. Had we known, we would definitely have tried it. We were not able to check all the rides in part of the map because we were in a hurry and had limited time.

Next is Water World. The Water World live show does not open until 11 am, so we had to try other rides first and come back at 11am to watch the show. It was a really a great show.

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With the Cast of Water World

And now we enter, Far Far Away! 

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We really wanted to try the Enchanted Airways but the line was so long. It would have taken us an hour before we could get in. It’s a Roller Coaster ride, not as big as Battlestar Galactica so I could still tolerate it.

We watched the Shrek 4D Adventure instead. Aidan would definitely enjoy this show. He likes Shrek too. There is also the Magic Potion Spin, but is only open from 11am. It’s a Ferris Wheel for children.

You can also watch Donkey Live and The Dance for the Magic Beans.

 

Puss in Boots in Giant Journey – Another thrill ride. Aidan would have loved to see this but I think he would be afraid to try it.

 

Next stop – Madagascar. 

We tried the Madagasar Ride – A Crate Adventure. We were expecting to get wet on this ride but we didn’t.  haha!  It was actually boring, but I think Aidan would love it.

Kids can also enjoy the King Julien’s Beach Party-Go-Round and watch the Madagascar Boogie.

It was too early to have lunch but we were really thirsty and a bit hungry, so we grabbed a bite and bought a drink. We had Corndog and Grape Flavored Fanta. It was like a blast from the past. I think the last time I had Fanta was 25 years ago.

 

 

Next is Hollywood. Kids and Kids at Heart can watch the shows like Sesame Street – When I Grow Up and dine at Mel’s Dinettes and The Cruisers. You can also get a chance to Meet and Greet the cute Little Yellow fellas – The Minions. 

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More pictures in the Hollywood.

 

 

We really had fun!!! I want to bring Aidan here when he is tall enough to try all the rides. Maybe, next year.  =)

 

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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 – Happy 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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First Out of the Country Trip with the Family – Singapore.

It was Aidan’s first time to travel outside the Philippines and he was very excited.

May 11, 2016, we left the house at 4pm for our 8pm flight to Singapore. The flight was delayed for 30 minutes but it was fine.

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Do not panic. Aidan is seating in the next row next to his mamu. 🙂 (see seat numbers hehe)

 

Look how excited Coco  (kuya in chinese ) was. ☺

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Dancing in Happiness

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haha!!!

 

It was a 3 and a half hour flight. A bit exhausting because I can’t put myself to sleep during the whole flight and it was freezing cold.

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When you ride the plane, you must read the Emergency Guidelines.

 

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Continue reading… even if your Mom is trying to annoy you. 🙂

At 12 midnight, we finally arrived Changi Airport.

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Yehey! Thank you Dear God!  We all arrived safe and sound in Singapore. 🙂

My sister in law was already there waiting for us. We went home straight so we can have a good rest before we officially start our vacation the next day.

More posts about our first Singapore trip in my next posts. ☺☺☺

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Coco’s 6th Birthday

You may wonder why I call Aidan “Coco”? It’s Tyler’s (Aidan’s Cousin) new term of endearment for him. Coco means kuya in Chinese. Now, he prefers to be called Coco rather than Kuya.

Yes! It’s Aidan’s Birthday again! Our Little Munchkin is now 6! =)

We’re back to EK again as per Aidan’s request. I guess he will never get tired of Enchanted Kingdom. I feel lucky that I got a good deal when I bought El Cielito and EK’s Promo – PhP5290 (Overnight stay at an Executive Room for 4 persons with buffet breakfast, and Shuttle service from Hotel to EK and Vice Versa.

Just like last year, we went there with Mamu and Wowo. =)

Here we go!

And we’ve arrived!!!

The Receptionist at the Hotel already gave us our tickets so we headed straight to the Birthday Celebrants Booth for Aidan’s FREE ticket. The Birthday Celebrant can have 1 FREE ticket to EK 7 days before and after his/her birthday. One must provide a Photocopy of the Birth Certificate and  1 Valid Government ID (optional for kids).

Birthday Boy Waiting for his EK Ticket

                                         The Birthday Boy patiently waiting for his ticket. 🙂

Birthday Celebrants will have to wear a badge so EK Staff would know who to greet. =)

The Badge for the Celebrant

                                                       The Badge for the Birthday Celebrant.

One thing that Aidan loves about EK aside from the rides were the Mascots and Performers. So, he must pose for a picture with them. =)

with the new EK Mascotts

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With the EK Mascots

                                                    He had to run fast to get to them hehehe

with the EK Performers

With the EK Performers. Aidan was the first person from the crowd who approached them for a picture taking. He’s such a fan of these performers. 🙂 

goofing around with Mamu and Wowo

                                        Riding the Ferris Wheel with Mamu and Wowo

View from the Ferris Wheel

                                                            Nice view of the Swan Lake from the Ferris Wheel.

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                                                Shot courtesy from Mama. I so love this photo. 🙂

Stone Age Train

                                                                     Rock Ages. Train made of Rock.

Riding the plane all by himself for the first time

Happy Celebrant. It’s his first time to ride this plane all by himself. Can you imagine how nervous I was the whole time he was up there?

All aboard!

                       Fire!!! He asked Mamu to take a picture of him riding the canon. So cute! =)

Carousel at night

                                                                     The Carousel at Night =)

Play Area

                                        Play Area for Little Kids. He almost had it for himself only. =)

The pictures will be a golden proof that he was indeed happy on his 6th birthday. =) How time flies. It was 6 years ago when I first held him in my arms – so tiny and fragile. Now, he’s a big, bubbly and sweet boy. =)

Mommy and Dada loves you so much!!!

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