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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

1st trimester

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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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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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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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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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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My First Ikea Experience =)

Finally, it’s Shopping Time in Ikea!

Pano ko nga ba alam ang Ikea kung wala namang Ikea store dito sa Pilipinas?

My sister in law who is living in Singapore brought home an Ikea High Chair for my son and I really liked it.

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Simple but easy to assemble and you can store it easily when you won’t need it anymore. 

 

My Mother in law also gave me a Godmorgon 5-set of transparent containers with lid.

 

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The very first Ikea Furniture that I bought was the Lerberg Shelf Unit. I bought it online and it was placed in a flat box when they delivered it.

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S$29.90 

 

Everything  is soooooo beautiful. 🙂 And these are the stuff I bought:

 

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Tolsby Frame.  S$0.90 so Cheap!!!

 

I already have the red one so I bought the other colors. Unfortunately, there were only 3 colors left (Green, orange and blue). I’ll buy the white one next time. 🙂

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Rusch Wall Clock. S$1.50. 

There’s only one color for this item. It’s made of Polypropylene plastic. I was about to buy a lot of these for Christmas but I was not prepared with my list so, we’ll see each again this year before Christmas. 🙂

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Fangst Hanging Storage with Compartment. S$7.90

I love any thing with compartment plus the shade is my favorite color. 🙂

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Gubbrora Rubber Spatula S$1.90

The handle is made of ABS Plastic and the Blade is made of Silicon Rubber. Perfect for pans and pots with non-stick coating.

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Lillabo Rug S$19.90

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This one is for my Little Boy. 🙂 

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The latex backing keeps the rug in place when the child runs / plays on it. 

 

 

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Nackten Bathroom Rug – On Sale for only S$2.50

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Just like the rug, it has a Latex backing that helps the mat stays firmly in place. 

 

The last and definitely my favorite. 🙂 The Lamp! I love lamps and chandeliers.

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Lampan S$4.90

 

The World’s Cheapest Table Lamp!  It is made of Polypropylene and SAN plastic. There are 3 colors available – White, Blue and Pink.

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Pretty. 🙂 

 

There’s one more furniture that I am eyeing to buy but I’m afraid i’ll be charged for  excess baggage on our flight back home. Humanda ka sakin.. 🙂 Babalikan kita. 🙂

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Hatten Transparent Side Table S$29.90

 

I can now imagine myself seating in my favorite sofa, sipping a cup of my morning coffee while reading a book stored in this transparent side table. 🙂

The cover can be used as a serving tray. Underneath the table top is a practical storage where you can store your favorite stuff inside. Cute right. 🙂

I really enjoyed my Ikea Shopping. 🙂 There are no words to describe how happy I am that finally I was able to get inside and shop in Ikea. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Leap of Faith

It is my intention to pass by the church before going to work to light a candle for Mama. It’s her birthday today and because I have work, I wasn’t able to go home to Iloilo with my sister to celebrate it. It was also my Niece’s Dine with the Chef Event and my Nephew’s graduation day. I really feel sorry and sad about it. I guess this is also the best time for me to reflect even for just a short period of time. I know I have to talk to him (God) solemnly.

I went inside the chapel first. I wanted to pray and cry. Iiyak ko na lahat ngayon. And tomorrow will be a brand new day. Hindi na ako iiyak. That’s a promise to myself.

I asked for God’s guidance, that he will always guide me for whatever path i have to take. I pray to the Lord that he will lead me to make good choices that will allow me to experience the life he intended me to live. I may not understand how everything will work out, but I trust HIM.

I didn’t ask for any specific signs. But I asked him to clear my mind and to show me that I made the right decision. I know and believe that If I ask, he will provide. I have faith in him. I know that my faith is much stronger than my fears. I need this – Leap of Faith as they say. I am doing this to overcome my fears, to reach my goals and dreams. This is for my family and most of all, for myself.

After I prayed, I went to the Shrine beside the Church to light a candle. On the wall I saw that the candles are color coded:

Yellow – Education
Green- Financial
White- Family
Red – Love
Pink – Career

When my husband and I talked earlier, he asked me what exactly I wanted to be. Finally, I had the courage to tell him that all I want is to become a Housewife and an Enterpreneur. I really want to be a Businesswoman and at the same time, a dedicated Wife and Mother.

To my surprise, there were only 4 colors left. There were no more Pink candle. There are indeed a lot of people who pray to have a good career. So, I got 4 colored candles and lit them.

It must be a sign. Yellow candle is for a successful Training next week. I have faith that it will help me become the better person I want to be. Green for Financial Freedom. I don’t need to elaborate that anymore. White for a happy and strong family. That we will always be together to support and love each other. Last Sunday, I was surprised when Aidan showed me his drawing of a family. Mommy, Daddy and Aidan. He was happy and proud to have a complete and happy family. And lastly, Red for love. Love for my family, my friends and love to myself.

When I arrived at work, the moment that I turned on my ipad shuffle, I heard Jordin’s Song – “This is my NOW”.

Allow me to post the Lyrics please. 🙂
There was a time I packed my dreams away
Living in a shell, hiding from myself

There was a time when I was so afraid
I thought I’d reached the end, baby that was then
But I am made of more than my yesterdays

This is my now and I am breathing in the moment
As I look around I can’t believe the love I see
My fear’s behind me, gone are the shadows and doubt
That was then, this is my now

I had to decide, was I gonna to play it safe?
Or look somewhere deep inside, try to turn the tide
And find the strength to take that step of faith?

This is my now and I am breathing in the moment
As I look around I can’t believe the love I see
My fear’s behind me, gone are the shadows and doubt
That was then, this is my now

But I have a courage like never before, yeah
I’ve settled for less, but I’m ready for more
Ready for more!

This is my now and I am breathing in the moment
As I look around I can’t believe the love I see
My fear’s behind me, gone are the shadows and doubt
That was then, this is my now!

I’m living in the moment
As I look around I can’t believe the love I see
My fear’s behind me, gone are the shadows and doubt
That was then, this is my now, this is my now.
I never knew this song until just now. It was my friend who uploaded this song in my player. Must be another sign. 🙂
Lord, thank you for everything. I find comfort in knowing you are always here on my good days and my bad days. You are my stength.

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Great Birthday Memories at View Park Hotel

I cannot remember how many birthdays I’ve spent in Tagaytay since my husband and I have been together. I love spending my birthdays in Tagaytay because on November, it’s much colder compared to other months – aside from December of course.

This year, I celebrated my 31st birthday in Tagaytay again. But, unlike my passed birthday celebrations, we had an overnight stay there for the first time.

Hubby planned for a weekend staycation in Tagaytay all by himself. He booked an overnight stay at the View Park Hotel. We had their Junior Suite room which can accommodate up to 4 adults.  The hotel is located on the western part of Tagaytay, just across Picnic Grove.

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