Posted in Motherhood, Parenting, School, Toddler

Leaders International Christian School of Manila, Inc: Nursery 2

Earlier this year, while Jhon was driving along C5 Road Buting, I saw a billboard of Leaders International Christian School. I texted the number indicated on the billboard (0917-6738878) to inquire about their tuition for nursery because I was considering that school for Jaden. They replied and asked for my email address so they can send me the tuition list. After 3 days, I got this on my email:

So it’s gonna be Php133,000 per year for Jaden. I saved it for reference because Jaden will be going to school next school year. 

Around the 2nd week of May, I got a phone call from one of their staff. They’re inviting us to attend the 1-week trial classes for Nursery 2 & 3, it will be from June 5-June9, 9am-10:30am. So I marked it on my calendar so that we can see how Jaden interacts with other kids, and how the teachers handle toddlers in the classroom.

Last Monday was the first day of trial classes. We arrived in the school at 9:05AM. The security guard gave us a small slip with Jaden’s name written on it, and we waited in the lobby. The trial class started at 9:30AM because they waited for more kids to come in.


At 9:30AM, the teacher approached us to bring Jaden inside the classroom. I accompanied Jaden inside for a few minutes then I left, but he didn’t cry or look for me at all! πŸ˜‚ The teachers took it from there. Jhon and I waited in the lobby with the other parents, but there we can see our kids from the small glass on the door. 


The teachers were hands-on with the kids, and they handled tantrums really well. They were really patient and they even pampered and hugged Jaden when he threw tantrums because of a toy he didn’t want to share with the other kid. 

The school was also clean and secured. The teachers were nice and approachable. This school has always been the first on my list, but now I guess I’ll be enrolling Jaden here. It’s also a plus factor that it’s located near our house. The school is located in Bayani Road, Taguig City. 

Their classes for school year 2017-2018 will start on August 1, 2017.

Posted in Food

Mesa Filipino Moderne, SM Aura Premier

Yesterday, we went to SM Aura to have our team lunch. We were supposed to eat in Tamarind, but their airconditioning units were broken and it was so hot inside the restaurant, so we decided to eat in Mesa Filipino Moderne. It’s located on the 5th floor of SM Aura Premier. 


There were 9 of us in the group, so we decided to order their Set Menu Package B, which was good for 10-12 people. It costs Php4500. We also added 3 bowls of binagoong rice in our order. For the drinks, we ordered 3 ripe mango shakes, 1 pineapple juice, 1 bottomless lemonade, and 4 bottomless iced tea. 

Ripe Mango Shake
Binagoong Rice
Suahe on the Rocks
Crispy Boneless Tilapia
Patatim
Boneless Crispy Pata
Garlic Chicken and Garlic Rice
Kare-Kare
Tinapa Rolls Wrapped in Lettuce
 

These were the food included in their Package B set menu. There were also 3 small bowls of Laing. We were all full and satisfied with what we ate. The food taste so good. It’s worth the price! I’ll definitely come back and eat here next time. 
There was also a free bibingka with candle for our squad lead because it was her birthday. The waiters sang for her and let her blow the candle, too. 


Cozy place, good customer service, delicious food, free wifi access. I would rate it 4.5 out of 5. Definitely a recommended restaurant to eat at.

Our total bill was Php5,950. Not bad for 9 satisfied tummies! πŸ˜„πŸ‘

Posted in family, Hospital, Love, Motherhood, Parenting

My 1st Birthing Story: St. Clare’s Medical Center-Makati

I gave birth to my first baby on March 31, 2015 in St. Clare’s Medical Center-Makati. Right now I’m 26 weeks pregnant and I just thought about my first birthing experience. Let me share the details with you to the best of what I can remember 😁

I was supposed to have my prenatal check-up on March 31, 2015 at 2pm. Jhon and I were about to eat lunch at 11:30am when my water bag broke. He immediately took the baby bag and brought me to St. Clare’s Medical Center in Dian St., Palanan, Makati City. While on the way, he called my OB-Gyne, Dra. Kim Dela Rosa-Mantolino, to tell her that my water bag broke. 

We’ve reached the hospital at 12noon and I was assisted in the ER. The nurses interviewed me and made me sign some papers that I don’t remember what for. They also inserted the IV line and made me wear the hospital gown. They told Jhon to pay the deposit of Php15,000 at the Billing Area, then they brought me to the labor room at 12:30pm.

At the labor room, there was a different OB-Gyne who conducted an IE on me because Dra. Kim was still in Borough Medical Clinic-MOA. She told me I was at 2cm. There was another machine that the nurses used to monitor my baby’s heartbeat, and they also put oxygen in my nose. I started to cry because of the intense pain. When my OB-Gyne arrived, I told her that I can’t tolerate the pain anymore. She told me that she can order to give me epidural anesthesia when I reach 4cm. She ordered the nurse to give me Buscopan through IV. She talked to Jhon about giving me an epidural because my pain tolerance is low to none. Jhon enetered the labor room to check on me for 5 minutes. The pain was no joke. I thought I was gonna die. My tummy contracts every 2 minutes and it was reaaally freaking painful. The nurses and anesthesiologist were trying to calm me down and stop me from crying. 

In the labor room! πŸ˜†
At 2:30PM, I reached 4cm. The anesthesiologist started to give me epidural with the help of 4 nurses. It was so painful because the needle was big, but when the epidural was given to me, I felt numb after 10 minutes. I fell asleep at 3pm. 

At 7:30PM, Dra. Kim woke me up and told me I was already at 8cm and she taught me the right way of pushing my baby down. She told me to give my full force without opening my mouth and making any sound, and hold my breath for 10 seconds until she tells me to let go. 

After a few minutes, the nurses transferred me to the delivery room. There were 6 nurses, an anesthesiologist and a pediatrician inside the delivery room. I wasn’t feeling any pain because of the epidural. I was awake the whole time. After 4 pushes, I finally gave birth via NSD. Baby out 7:46PM, placenta out 7:49PM! 😍😁 It was a bouncing handsome baby boy!😍❀️


The nurses and the pedia cleaned my son while my OB-Gyne stitched me. I could feel the needle and thread but there was no pain at all. 


They brought Jaden to me to breastfeed for the first time and we took pictures! 😊





After that, they brought Jaden outside to show him to Jhon and bring him to the Nursery.




I was brought to the Recovery Room and stayed there for an hour, then the nurses brought me to my room where Jhon waited.


Jaden was roomed-in after 24 hours. 





We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Our total bill was Php54,000. I wasn’t able to use my Philhealth for the discount because I wasn’t able to have the CF1 Form signed by our company HR. 

We went home on April 2, 2015 at 11am. We were given the documents and other stuff for remembrance, which I found really nice. ☺️




My overall experience with St. Clare’s Medical Center was fine. The nurses were all nice and prompt to attend to my needs, the facilities were okay, the room was clean, and the food they served weren’t bad at all. I’m planning to give birth here again to my second baby, although I’m also considering giving birth at Unihealth ParaΓ±aque Hospital because my OB-Gyne is also affiliated there and she told me it’s a new hospital. I think they’ve only been established 2 years ago. The maternity package there is also cheaper compared to St. Clare’s because my sister-in-law gave birth there yesterday via CS and her total bill was only Php58,000. Their NSD rate would probably be just around 35k-45k.

Posted in Food, Motherhood, Parenting

Baked by Andie Cakes & Pastries

Let me write a short blog about my favorite cake baker, Baked by Andie. 

I have always loved cakes ever since I was a kid. An occassion is never complete without one. We all know that fondant cakes are quite expensive, but they look really cute on pictures especially when the design matches the motif or theme of the occassion.

When we were preparing for Jaden’s dedication, I wanted to order a fondant cake but I didn’t want to shell out more than Php10,000 for a 2-tier cake. So I joined this group on Facebook, Party Plans and Ideas, and I posted that I’m looking for a fondant cake for my son’s dedication day. I got many offers, but I got interested in Baked by Andie (https://www.facebook.com/bakedbyandie/) because she had good reviews on her Facebook business page, plus she charges cheaper than other bakers who commented on my post. 


So Andie and I exchanged messages on Facebook. I sent her a picture of the cake that I wanted to order. She said she takes orders 2 weeks prior to the event, but she gave me consideration when I booked on May 20, 2015 and I needed the cake on May 30, 2015. I ordered a 2-tier cake with 24 pieces of cupcakes, and she sold it to me for only Php3,500. She offers free delivery within Metro Manila. When I got the cake on the day of the event, I was totally suprised that she exceeded my expectations! The cake was more beautiful than the one on the picture I sent her, and it was delicious. All of my visitors loved the cake. It was also heavy, which means that the dough is really full. It was quite cheap for Php3,500 considering the quality of the design and taste. 


After 10 months (March 2015), we were preparing for Jaden’s 1st birthday, so of course there had to be a fondant cake again. It was just a small party with our family and relatives though, but I still wanted to have a fondant cake to complete the celebration. Of course, I ordered from Baked by Andie again because I totally loved the cake she baked for us before. I ordered a 2-tier Mickey Mouse cake (I sent her another picture that I grabbed from Google images), but only the bottom layer was edible. The top layer wasn’t edible. I didn’t want the cake to go to waste so I just ordered a small one because I didn’t invite too many people. The cake was sold to me for Php1,300, if I remember correctly. And of course, it was a bomb! The design was perfect and the taste got me smiling while eating. 


Another year has passed and we were preparing for Jaden’s 2nd birthday. Jaden loves Boboi Boy, the Malaysian soccer player cartoon character from Disney Channel, so I decided to order a Boboi Boy fondant cake for him. I sent a picture of the cake to Andie. The cake had Boboi Boy toys on top, however, she couldn’t find any Boboi Boy toys because it’s not very popular in the Philippines. So she suggested that she’ll just have the Boboi Boy characters printed out and she’ll put it on top of the cake, and she will follow the rest of the design on the picture. We both agreed and I ordered it for Php1,500. She delivered the cake to my office on March 30, 2017. I was with my co-worker when I got it, and even my co-worker thought the cake design was really beautiful and price was cheap. So she got Baked by Andie’s Facebook business page and she told me that she’ll order cakes from Baked by Andie on the next occassion that her family will celebrate.

Baked by Andie never fails to amaze me with the design and taste of every cake that I order, so I’ve become her regular buyer. I’m currently 5 months pregnant, so yeah I’ll have more occassions to celebrate when I give birth, which means more orders from Baked by Andie! 😍😁

Posted in family, Love, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddler, Travel, Uncategorized

Zoori: Zoo at Residence Inn Tagaytay

The first time I went to Zoori was in Christmas 2007, when I was 14 years old. I went there with my mom and siblings, my aunt and cousins. We didn’t go back there after that because it was quite far from our house in Las PiΓ±as City. 

Last Friday, March 31, 2017, was my son’s 2nd birthday. I had to go to work that day so we just ate out after my work and decided that we’ll go to Tagaytay Zoo the next day.

Yesterday, April 1, 2017, we went to Tagaytay with my brother-in-law and his wife. Since none of us knew how to go there, we used Waze. We left our house at 9:30am and we arrived in the zoo at 11am. We took the SLEX-Silang way going to Tagaytay. 

There was no parking fee. Along the parking area were a few souvenir stores. I bought a blue Tagaytay t-shirt and 2 toy cars for Jaden. The shirt was sold for Php150 and the toy cars were sold for 100 pesos. 

The entrance fee was Php249/head for adults. Kids 3ft and below can come in for free. 


Jaden took a picture with the giant chimpanzee (I’m not really sure if it’s a Chimpanzee πŸ˜…) display near the entrance. He thought it was a real “Moymoy” (that’s what he calls all kinds of monkeys πŸ˜…)


We took pictures with the birds. The fee was Php20 per head.


We decided to eat lunch first since we were already hungry. We ate at the restaurant inside the zoo. The view was beautiful and the food was amazing. We ordered the Grilled Boodle for Four, it came with 4 free small glasses of iced tea.



After eating, we walked around the zoo to look at the animals. We fed the camel and donkeys, too. There were different types of monkeys, birds, iguanas, horses, donkeys, camels, lions, tigers, wild pigs, crocodiles, snakes, fishes, and many more.


We wanted to ride the cable car because it was only for Php150 per head, but I wasn’t allowed because I’m pregnant.


There was a free magic show that started at 1pm, we watched for a while.


We then took pictures with the python. The fee was Php50 per head.


After that, we also took pictures with the tiger for Php50 per head.


We walked around and took some more pictures before going out of the zoo.


We bought 2 packs of Pastillas from the lady vendor who looked after our car while we were in the zoo. She sold it for Php35 per pack.

It was a fun day and I’m really happy that my son had fun touching and looking at the animals. It was indeed a happy birthday. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my son happy.

Posted in Love, Relationship, Uber

Uber-Ex

Last Friday, March 17, we went to SM Megamall to get some groceries and have Jaden’s hair cut. 

At around 2:30PM, Jhon said he had to go to his office in Greenhills, so I just booked an UberX going home with Jaden. It only took less than a minute for an Uber driver to accept my booking. I was surprised by the name of the driver because he has the same name as my ex’s, but when I looked at the picture, I was shocked. Yes, it was indeed my ex-boyfriend. It was too late to cancel the booking because he was parked just in front of me when I booked. He got my grocery bags and put them in the trunk while I got in the backseat of the car with Jaden. 

I never thought we’d see each other again. What’s more shocking is that we met again after exactly six years. The last time we talked was on March 17, 2011. That was when he left me hanging without any explanation. I was left with pain, heartbreak, and unanswered questions. It really shocked me to see him again on March, 17, 2017, six years after he left me hanging.

It was the most awkward moment of my life. There was only silence since Jaden was asleep. After almost 10 minutes, he looked at me through the rearview mirror and said “hi, it’s a small world, isn’t it?” I only nodded and gave an awkward smile. Then, to my surprise, he apologized. He said he realized that what he did to me was wrong, and that he got his karma. He asked for my forgiveness, saying he regrets ever doing what he did to me. He didn’t give me any explantion as to why he suddenly left me, but he was sincere in his apology. That was enough for me. I honestly never thought I’d hear any apology from him, so I felt happy that he did because I deserved that. 

I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say. I just looked at him and realized how lucky I am that I didn’t end up with him. All the questions have been finally answered. You know you’ve moved on from your ex when the things he does that looked cute to you before, looks disgusting now. πŸ˜‚ I wasn’t blinded by love anymore. I can look at him straight in the eye without feeling anything. No love, no pain, no what-if’s. I can talk to him and be logical. I can be around him and see the things that turn me off. 

I don’t know why fate allowed us to meet again after exactly 6 years, but what I do know now is that sometimes, you need to bump into your ex again to realize you really don’t miss him anymore, even for a tiny bit. 

Posted in Christianity, Dreams, Love

Issues of Connection

Today in church, the pastor preached about issues of connection with God. We learned that a strong connection with God is very important in life. Every word, every preaching, every bible verse hit me straight in the heart. It hit me so hard that I want to blog about it and share it with readers as it can also help them in their lives.

Many times we pray to God asking him to make us rich, to give us financial freedom. But we get too busy with our jobs or businesses that we forget to connect to Him. We don’t go to church on Sundays for so many reasons. This is why for most people, they work so hard all their lives but it still feels like they are not prospering at all. Money is still tight, financial freedom is still a dream that seems quite impossible to achieve. This might sound funny for some people but this is true: 

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” -Matthew 6:33

If you put God first, he will supply all your needs and you will never feel as if you’re trapped in poverty. 

Let me share with you some of my favorite bible verses that I’ve learned since I was in high school:
John 15:5

5 β€œI am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Philippians 4:19

19 And my God will meet all your needsaccording to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, β€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Numbers 14:28

28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live’, declares the Lord, ‘I will do to you the very thing I heard you say.’
I’ve kept these verses in my mind and heart, and these have honestly helped me in times when I feel like giving up, or when I feel like I couldn’t see any bright future ahead of me. Nobody in the world lives without problems. We all have problems. But if we are with God, we will overcome these problems, and with strong faith, hard work, patience, and a good attitude, we will surely live in prosperity in God’s perfect time.

Your connection determines your supply. If you have a strong connection with God, you need not worry about the supplication of all your needs.

Posted in family, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddler

Mind your own family.

I can’t believe how some people would go as far as making up stories to degrade someone else and make themselves look great.

I, together with my partner and son went to our church’s worship service last Sunday, February 26, 2017. It lasted for almost 2 hours then we had our weekly life group meeting. Our son was in the children’s room while Jhon and I were in the meeting for 30 minutes. 

There was a person assigned to look after the kids in the room, however, after our 30-minute life group meeting, we went to the children’s room and didn’t see our son. Jhon rushed outside to look for our son and to his shock, Jaden was at the edge of the stairway. He could’ve fallen down the stairs if Jhon didn’t see him right away. The person who was assigned to look after the kids just smiled at us and blamed our son for running around! 

Anyway, just last night, I found out that a relative of Jhon’s saw Jaden at the edge of the stairway and didn’t even bother to take him back to the room. He went telling other people that Jhon saw Jaden at the edge of the stairway and didn’t mind him! That is just plain bullshit! I was behind Jhon so I saw how he rushed to the stairway when he saw our son there. I just don’t understand how his relative could spread false stories about him. 

Jhon’s relative, who is a year older than him, just had his 1st daughter who is only 6 months old but he talks and acts as if he is the best dad in the world, and he always criticizes the way Jhon takes care of our son. I can’t accept how he degrades Jhon’s parenting skills just to make himself look like a great dad, like he’s the ONLY good dad in the whole world. Our son is 23 months old, his daughter is only 6 months old. It only means that we have more experience on parenting compared to him, but he thinks he’s the only one who’s alwas right. I hate such arrogance and hypocrisy. 

Each parent has his/her own way of taking care of his/her child, so it’s very wrong to criticize and compare and spread false stories about other parents. No parent ever wants their child to be in danger so let’s just mind our own family. 

Posted in Complaints, Uncategorized

Another Rude GrabCar Driver Story

Last night at 6pm, we went to Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas because my partner had to get his GetGo card from the Cebu Pacific ticketing office. He didn’t want to drive because of the traffic, so we just booked an UberX. 

After getting his GetGo card, we went to cd-r king buy a new charger for my phone, then we went to Toys ‘R Us to buy some new toys for Jaden. We walked around the mall then my partner saw one of his old friends so they had a little chit-chat. We then had dinner at Pizza Hut.

It was almost 9pm when we finished eating, then we went to the department store and Payless Shoesource to look for new shoes to buy. Jaden got a little grumpy because he was probably already tired, so we decided to go home.

I told my partner that I’ll book an UberX, then he said that Grab sent him a promo code NIGHTSHIFT that he can use to have 50% discount from the total fare. I told him that Grab drivers are rude when riders use promo codes, but he insisted on booking a GrabCar. So I let him do so. 

5 minutes after he booked, a driver accepted the booking. Based on the Grab app, he was 10 minutes away. We waited for him outside TGI Friday’s. My partner sent him a text message asking where he was, but he receieved no response. He tried to call the driver, but the driver wasn’t picking up. He tried to call the driver again, and this time the driver’s phone was unreachable. Obviously, he turned off his phone. After 5 minutes, my partner tried to call him again and he picked up. He said that his phone “hung” and the booking was “cancelled in error.” I knew what was happening. I talked to the driver and told him that I know he cancelled the booking on purpose because of the promo code. He then said that he didn’t do it on purpose then he dropped the call and turned off his phone. Another time got wasted because of a Grab driver. AGAIN.


I know that this has been going on because GrabCar drivers hate promo codes. I’m a member of one of their Facebook group pages, and I can read all of their complaints regarding the promo codes. One driver even called riders “promo-whores.” Some said that those people who use promo codes are mere social climbers. Then I read one comment saying that he automatically cancels the booking when he sees a promo code. And when his cancellation rate rises, he accepts the booking then cancels after a few minutes, and tells the rider that his phone battery got drained or the Grab app hung and the booking was cancelled in error. They do everything to avoid promo codes because, according to them, they can’t convert it to cash.









It’s such a shame how rude GrabCar drivers can be. Grab keeps on giving promo codes to riders but the drivers keeps on cancelling bookings with promo codes which only cause too much hassle and waste of time for riders.

After that incident, my partner booked for another GrabCar which was accepted after 2 minutes. He didn’t cancel the booking so we were able to ride a GrabCar going home. The driver, however, didn’t give us the exact change amount. Our total bill was Php172. I paid Php200 and he gave me only Php20.00 change. I know that 9pesos is only a small amount but it was the driver’s respect and integrity that we were looking at. So it seems he was a former taxi driver that’s why he’s like that. I’ve had enough unfortunate experiences with GrabCar drivers. 


Never again, Grab. Never again.