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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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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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Courier Service Review – Xend

Our Minecraft Shirt Supplier who is also a friend of mine, delivered the shirts through a Courier – Xend.

It’s not my first time to hear of that Company, but it was my first time to experience their service. I first heard of them from a friend and was supposed to avail of their service to send a package to my family in the Province. I downloaded their app and followed the instructions on how to register and request to have your item/s picked up.

So, I followed all the instructions… and they never showed up. But that’s another story. They never heard from me after that. But this recent experience from them was really horrifying.

The shirts were sent Thursday so I expected for the item to arrive by Friday. I was waiting the whole day, but no one arrived.

Saturday morning, I started to panic because it was already 11am and I never heard from them. Around 1pm, I received a text that the shirts were returned to their warehouse  in Mandaluyong because of incomplete address.

I tried calling the mobile number of the person who texted me but he didn’t answer my calls. No replies to my texts as well.

Good thing is, they have a Customer Service line that’s open on Saturdays. I only had a few hours left to fix this problem. The customer service center is only open until 6pm and delivery is only until 8pm. And, it’s my son’s birthday party the next day.

It took me 30 minutes before I got hold of an agent. At least they were very helpful and I was calm that day. I was already panicking but I was trying to calm myself because I know na hindi naman makakatulong yun kung magiging irate customer pa ako.

I patiently informed them of what happened and they were able to explain what happened and advised me what to do.

So, I gave them my complete address AGAIN with the complete Landmark. I was so nervous that they might not be able to deliver the shirts that day and that we wouldn’t ba able to wear the shirts on my son’s birthday. We had 2 plans:

  1. I gave them the complete address and they will coordinate with the people from the warehouse. They will check if there would be a rider available who would be able to deliver the item that day.
  2. I can go directly to their warehouse in Mandaluyong to get the item.

To go to their warehouse in Mandaluyong would be a huge hassle but i wouldn’t have a choice. I asked the agent if I could call back after an hour to get any feedback from the rider. Just for me to know If there would be a rider who can deliver the item that day.

I also sent an email and they responded quickly. When I called back after an hour, I was told that the rider was already on his way to deliver the item. After an hour, i got a call, but it was not from the rider who was going to deliver the item. It was from another person who  informed me that another rider was already at our street, looking for our house.

Good thing  they were able to deliver the item pero nakakainis talaga dahil yung nag deliver, e hindi parin alam kung saan ang address e clear naman na nakasulat ang complete address sa gate. And, he was holding a cellphone but he never sent me a text or called me.

PS. I am using Sun Cellular and both riders were also using Sun Cellular. Why? Why didn’t he text or call me instead?

Arrghh!!!

The Verdict = RANT!

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