LIFE is a DANCE if you take the STEPS. This is my DANCE. The story of my LIFE.

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

Delivery Day

August 23 was my last visit to my OB-Gyne. The original plan was to schedule my  C-Section Delivery on August 27 – same as my Nanay’s Birthday. But during the check up, my OB performed an IE and found out that I was already 1cm open. I was only 36 weeks 4 days only so I was told to have a complete bedrest until Friday. That Friday evening, I was admitted and was scheduled for C-section delivery on August 26, Saturday. 

I was so nervous. I’ll go under the knife for a Major Operation; but, I wad excited to finally meet our Princess. 

I had my last dinner at Jolibee at 7pm before we went to the hospital. It was already 8pm when we arrived at the ER and I was the only patient. SOP procedures where done such as – filling up of personal information forms, shaving of tummy upto down there and interview with the resident doctor. She was amazed on how prepared I was with everything. 🙂 Mommy Book (neatly covered in plastic), Mock Birth Certificate of Micah, Philhealth Foms, My Personal Information and Medical History, Contact Information of my husband, Government IDs and Birth Plan – name it, I had it. 🙂 

I was brought to the room after, to rest. At 12 midnight, I was no longer allowed to eat nor drink. At 4am I was already awake so I took  a bath and put on makeup. Yes, I had light makeup  🙂 

No IV yet. 🙂 At 37 weeks. 🙂

IV was  inserted at 5am and at 7am I was brought to the Operating Room. I was scheduled at 8am. 

SOP procedures again were done inside the OR. I was awake the whole time. I really wanted to know what’s happening inside during a C-section delivery. 

It was past 8am when the Anesthesiologist came in. He introduced himself and he immidiately injected the Spinal Anesthesia. Everything happened so fast after that. I got groggy but I had to stay awake because I wanted to see Micah right after birth. 

My Ob-Gyne and her 2 assistant doctors were talking about branded bags during the procedure. Hehe I can hear and see them the whole time. At 9am, Micah came out. 

Hello World! I’m finally out!

She was immediately passed to her Pediatrician for proper cleaning and to make sure that she was ok. And we had our first photo together. 🙂 

Micah and Mommy first photo together

It was a quick picture taking and her Pediatrician had to get her again for further checking and to measure her. I cannot recall what happened but I think I went to sleep and woke up a few minutes when I was brought to the recovery room. I was the only patient in the recovery room – so I did not feel stressed at all. And all nurses and doctors were focused on me only. 🙂

A few minutes after that, I was brought back to the room while Micah was still in the NICU. 

When I gave birth to Aidan, I had a very long recovery period. It was very painful and post partum played a big part in prolonging my recovery. It was different this time. I had to be well as soon as possible because I had Aidan to take care too. I had to pass air in the next 24hrs so that I can start eating and drinking. And I did! It takes about 2 days before you can walk, but I did it in 1 day! 

On the road to recovery 🙂

It was very painful but I had to. The nurses were amazed by my fast recovery. 🙂 After 2 days my Ob-Gyne told me that I can be discharged already. But, I chose to stay for 1 more night because Micah was still inside NICU. 😦 

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The Last Stretch – My 3rd Trimester 

Upon writing this, I am still working from home for my 3rd Trimester because of my delicate pregnancy.  I am LUCKY  because I still get to work at the comforts of our home despite of my condition. 3rd Trimester is supposed to be the shortest one (28-40 weeks),  but the HARDEST.
I started feeling sharp pains in my back, pelvic and tummy since reaching 34 weeks. I find it hard to walk because of the pain I feel in my pelvic area. My legs are already numb and I find it hard to sleep because this little creature is kicking me all the time like she’s doing gymnastics inside my uterus.

My Maternity Photo shoot was supposed to be scheduled on my 35th week but because I am already experiencing Contractions as early as 34 weeks, I decided to just have a DIY Maternity Shoot instead.

I had my last CBC and Urinalysis done on 34 weeks.

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Last CBC

At 35 weeks, I had my Biophysical Profile and Micah’s Profile Score is Prefect 8. 🙂 I had contractions already but because It’s still early to give birth, I was given Duvadilan until 36 weeks and had to complete 4 shots of steroids to strengthen Micah’s lungs in case I wuld need to deliver before 37 weeks.

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Steroids for Baby’s Lungs in case excited na siya lumabas before 37 weeks

I had a hard time completing the 4 shots because it has to be exactly every 12 hours and only a registered nurse or a doctor can administer it. I went to Pasay General Hospital since it is the nearest hospital at home but they won’t administer the 1st shot. My OB had to do it first and then they can continue  with the rest. Good thing, the hotel where we stayed during Aidan’s birthday is near my OB’s Clinic. So, we had to go there every 12 hours (for the 1st 2 shots) and then, when we checked out of the hotel, we continued the last 2 shots at Pasay General Hospital. 

Steroids shot is really painful. Hindi ko ma explain kung gaano kasakit basta masakit siya talaga. 😦

4 Shots of Steroids done 🙂

I had my prenatal check up last week and I was advised that I need to continue taking Duvadilan until I reach 37 weeks and I should be on a strict bed rest because of my irregular contractions. I also thought that I can wait until I am 38 weeks (because according to Chinese Astrology, September 2 is an Auspicious Date to give birth). However, my OB-Gyne doesn’t want to risk it. So, I wad scheduled on August 27 (which is completely fine because it is my Moms Birthday). =)

My 3rd trimester 🙂

 

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8th on 08-08

It’s our Coco’s 8th Birthday!!! We celebrated his Birthday thrice. 1st – on the day of his Birthday, we bought 4 dozens of JCO Doughnuts for his Classmates and Teachers to share.

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Simple Celebration in School

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The kids enjoyed their Dessert during Lunch time

 

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2nd – At home, we had a simple dinner. Bought Jollibee Bucket of Chicken with Spaghetti and JCO Doughnuts for dessert as requested by the Birthday Celebrant.

 

3rd – Since his birthday fall on a Wednesday (School Day), we booked a 1 night stay at One Pacific Place on August 12. It was also Wowo’s Birthday the next day – Double Celebration it is.

Upon arrival, while waiting for our room, we were brought to the Strands Cafe to have FREE drinks. You can either chose coffee, water, tea of fruit shake / juice.

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Patiently waiting for our Complimentary Welcome Drinks =)

We booked the 2 Bedroom Premier Suite. The room includes a large living area, a master bedroom with private bathroom, guestroom, kitchen, dining area and a common bathroom. The room is perfectly designed for family use.

 

There’s a Masters Bedroom with 1 Queen Bed and a Guest Room with 1 Double Bed. The Masters Bedroom has a bathroom inside.

Few days before we checked in, I already informed the receptionist that we’re there for my son’s birthday. Upon check in, he was given a birthday cake. =)

Our plan is to have a simple birthday dinner at our room. Dada, baked Blueberry Cheesecake as per Celebrants request and we bought AGAIN Jollibee Bucket Meal. Yes, pagbigyan ang birthday celebrant. Birthday niya e. We also had some leftover food from our Lunch at North Park earlier that day.

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Where’s the hidden Mickey 🙂

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The Birthday Celebrants! Wowo and Coco!

He requested for a Bunny Pinata for his birthday so i made one. I placed chocolates and candies inside.

After dinner, we had a quick rest before we went to the Pool area.

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The next morning, we went to Strand Cafe for our Breakfast Buffet. There’s only FREE Buffet for 2 so we had to pay for additional 2 for Mama and Papa. Aidan’s FREE of charge. 🙂

I wasn’t able to take a pizza of the Main Course. 😦

 

I’m pregnant so I was not able to taste their coffee. Food is great and there are a lot of food choices. I really want to go back here for the Breakfast Buffet.

After breakfast, we gave our present. He really wished to have a Playstation 4 so he could play Minecraft and other games.

 

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Wish Granted =)

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Minecraft Game. 🙂

We had a quick dip at the pool before we check out.

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Inside their Gym

We really had fun and Aidan enjoyed his Birthday Celebration. I really recommend the hotel because it’s cozy and the hotel staff are friendly and helpful. And of course, the Buffet is great!

 

 

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Aidan’s First Dance Class

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

2nd Hip-Hop Class with Teacher Devon

 

He looks very Happy =)

Pics during the dance

 

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

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

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

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

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Greenhills Elan Hotel Review

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

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

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

Details below:

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

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

Inclusions:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Photo grabbed from Travel Advisory

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

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

 

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My DIYs for Aidan’s 7th Birthday

I love parties but because I am a Frugal person, I prefer DIY’s instead of hiring someone to do things for me. Besides, I also enjoy doing arts and crafts.

For Aidan’s birthday party, since the theme was Minecraft, I searched online for some DIYs that I can make myself.

My first DIY are the Loot Bags.

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I used colored chalks to write the label “Loot Bags”

I went online, searched for the most unique Loot Bag ideas for a Minecraft Theme. Instead of having a Candy Bar, we placed the candies and other sweet goodies inside the Loot Bags instead.

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Bunch of Goodies!

I bought wooden boxes in landmark that I can use to place the Loot Bags. They’re so cute. I posted some Minecraft Faces and placed some Minecraft Faces on sticks as additional decoration

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The Pop Corn buckets were from Divisoria for only 35 pesos for 10 pcs. For the Logos, I made it myself and had it printed from my Mother in laws office.

 

 

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Thank you for Creeping. =)

Next for my DIY is Aidan’s name made of Legos.

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We first  placed it in the Gifts Table as additional decoration and then decided to move it together with the Cupcakes and Creeper’s Head during the blowing of candle.

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I really love this DIY because Aidan and I made this.

Then, we made  Creeper’s Head as per the celebrants request.

I didn’t make it myself though. It was my husband’s officemate who did it.

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Complete Gear – Creeper Face and Steve’s Axe / Sword

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He’s so excited to wear it!

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His Happy Face while wearing Creepers Head

I bought 2 dozens of mini mint green balloons  and 20 Big Green balloons, but had no idea what to do with it. The night before the party, I decided to make a simple balloon arrangement to add to the Gifts Table.

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30 pcs balloons on sticks were already included in the package. I was very lucky that Jollibee followed our theme and had Balloons on different shades of green instead of the assorted colors.

 

The last DIY that I made was The Bunting.

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What is Bunting?

Bunting is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.

The prizes were also included in the package. We went to Duty Free a week before the party and bought some goodies that we can add to the prizes. Some items were bought from landmark and SM Malls.

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Cute Elephant Sharpeners and Ben Ten Whistle I bought from Landmark Makati

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The parade of prizes. =)

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Peanuts Bubbles, Tiffany Wafers, Cute Pencils, etc.

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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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Breakfast at OldTown White Coffee Malaysia

Day 2, May 13. It’s Legoland Day! 

The kids were very excited that day. They got up very early to prepare. My sister in law already arranged everything for us. It was just a Day Trip to Malaysia Legoland so we rented a van for a hassle free trip.

It was just an hour drive from Singapore and since we haven’t eaten breakfast yet, we first went to OldTown White Coffee.

FYI:

1 Philippine Peso = 0.088 Malaysian Ringgit

 

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Keeping them busy while waiting for our order

 

This Coffee Shop offers various breakfast selections.

 

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Kaya Toast 7.90 RM

I was told that when you are in Singapore, you must try their Kaya Toast. I did, but in Malaysia. This delicious bread is pared with Soft boiled eggs.

 

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Omega Soft Boiled Eggs 4,90 RM for additional Eggs

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Western Platter 14.90 RM

 

Their breakfast Meals are definitely yummy, big serving and affordable. Add 2RM on every meal your choice of drinks.

 

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Hot Lemon Tea

 

We ordered it by mistake but i didn’t regret. Masarap siya. =)

 

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Never miss to try their White Coffee.

 

The taste is perfectly unique and the price is cheap. 🙂 I definitely enjoyed my first breakfast in Malaysia. =)

 

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=) 

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Gardens by the Bay (The Cloud Forest)

After wandering inside The Flower Dome, we went inside The Cloud Forest. Inside, you can see different species of orchids, pitcher plants and ferns. You can explore the entire place by walking into the 35-metre-man-made mountain and waterfall.

 

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Man Made Waterfall

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Enjoy sila kahit nababasa na. =)

 

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Yes, inakyat namin yan with the kids =) 

 

Nakakapagod siyang akyatin but it was all worth it. You’ll get a good view of the OCBC Skyway, Supertrees and the Marina Bay. =)

 

 

 

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Finally! We reached the top! 

It was very tiring but it was a great experience! Buti nalang super lamig sa loob, so walang pawis. 🙂

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Småland – Kids World in Ikea. :)

Done with our Brunch in Ikea. Burp!  Ikea has a Play House inside and when the kids found out, they insisted that they want to play there instead.  You can leave your kids inside for an hour while you shop.

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They’re Excited!

 

Kids should first check their height if they’re allowed to enter. 🙂 Babies and Toddlers that didn’t reach the height requirement are not allowed to play.

 

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Moms / Guardians need to sign up First. 🙂 

 

After signing up, the attended will sanitize the kids hands, will ask them to remove their shoes including socks and will be given a plastic box. All of their stuff should be placed there including their water bottle in case they get thirsty.

Then, the kids will bring it inside. 🙂 Another great job to Ikea for teaching kids to be independent. 🙂

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Småland Conditions of EntrySmåland is a play area opened daily for kids:
– Height between 0.9m to 1.3m
– Toilet trained
– Last intake is at 10.00pm
– Terms and conditions apply

1. The parent/guardian(s) indicated on the indemnity form must remain in the IKEA store and respond immediately when contacted while your child/children is/are in the playroom facility.
2. Each child may use the playroom facilities for a maximum of one (1) hour per day. IKEA, however, reserves the right to remove the child/children before the one (1) hour is up.
3. As a security measure, only the parent/guardian stated is responsible for the registering in/out of the child/children with proper identification.
4. IKEA and its employees, contractors, etc hereby disclaim all responsibilities for any loss, injury and / or damage which may occur however caused.

For more information about Småland, visit Ikiea’s website:

http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_SG/customer_service/ikea_services/childrens_services/index.html

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