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 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 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 Halloween, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddler, Uncategorized

Halloween 2016: Pororo’s Halloween Adventure @ Novotel Manila

So yesterday we went to Novotel Manila Araneta Center for the Halloween event. We claimed our 3 free tickets courtesy of When in Manila at the tickets desk near the entrance. We got there a little early so we went out to eat lunch first.


We went back to the hotel at 1:45pm because registration starts at 2pm. The event was held at the Monet Ballroom on the  2nd floor of the hotel. I went to the registration desk to write our names, then they gave Jaden a name tag and number 9 tag. Jaden didn’t want to stick the name tag and number tag on his costume so I wore it for him. The name tag got lost before the event started though. 


We then went to the next table where Jaden got his loot bag. The usherettes and event organizers were all so fond of my son that they played and took a picture with him! 😁 Jaden was soooo hyper that he kept running around the lobby while we were waiting for the Monet Ballroom doors to open. Everyone was like “oh he’s so cute!” Or “heeey look at Buzz Lightyear! So cute!” and me made me feel happy and proud because that’s my baby! 😍


The doors opened at around 3pm. We got inside the room and sat on table 9. There was a Pororo show and other music videos for kids playing on the projector. It took quite a while for everyone to settle down. The usherettes served raspberry iced tea, calamansi iced tea, lemonade, and coffee while we were waiting. Meanwhile, Jaden got grumpy and asked for milk, then he fell asleep. He got so tired from running along the lobby! Hahaha! πŸ˜‚


After about 30 minutes, the buffet table opened so we stood in line to get our food. They served mini burger, mini pizza, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, fries, mini eclair, brownies, gummy candies and marshmallows.


The program started with the emcee asking the kids to go to the front because they’re gonna choose the winners for the cutest halloween costume. Since Jaden was sleeping, I had to carry him to the front. I tried to wake him up but he was really knocked out! Hahaha! So I stood there with roughly 85 other kids who were dancing while photographers and parents took pictures. They announced 10 winners for the cutest halloween costume. I was anxiously waiting for Jaden’s name to be called, then I heard, “number 9 Buzz Lightyear!” That was my son! Oh did I feel sooo proud and happy!! I couldn’t take that big smile off my face! I went up the stage with 9 other kids, we got our pictures taken and then we got another loot bag as a prize. Jaden was still asleep all the while! πŸ˜‚


After that, there were some games for the kids. Then there was a magic show. Of course Jaden wasn’t able to participate because he was sound asleep.


After the magic show, Pororo came on stage and danced. The kids, however, swarmed on stage to hug and touch Pororo so he couldn’t continue dancing. The emcee asked the kids to go down so Pororo can continue dancing. It was followed by another set of games then a puppet show. After that, Pororo danced on stage again with his friends Petty and Crong.


The program continued with picture-taking with Pororo and friends. We stood in line per table number and got a picture on stage.


After the meet and greet, we proceeded to the 6th floor of the hotel for the trick-or-treat. We waited for a few minutes for the elevator because there were a lot of participants. We went trick-or-treating at the Kids Club, Inbalance Fitness, and Pool Bar. Then we went to the sky garden for the film-showing. We didn’t plan to watch the movie though because Jaden wouldn’t understand it yet. We just took some pictures and let Jaden run and play around. 



Before going home, the event organizers saw Jaden and played with him again. 


We left the hotel at past 6pm. 

It was a fun, fun Halloween celebration and I’m happy that Jaden got to experience this. He was the darling of the crowd and it makes me really proud. I’m looking forward to celebrating Halloween next year! 

Thank you so much, When in Manila for picking Jaden as the champion for the best halloween costume contest! 

Posted in Halloween, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddler, Uncategorized

1st Place Winner: When in Manila’s Pororo Halloween Adventure

I am one proud mommy and I can’t explain my happiness right now ❀️

As I was browsing my Facebook newsfeed last Friday, October 27, I saw a post made by When in Manila. It was a contest where we have to comment the picture of our kids in their cutest halloween costume. There would be 2 winners. The 1st prize winner will get 3 tickets and the 2nd prize winner will get 2 tickets to Pororo’s Halloween Adventure that will be held tomorrow, October 30, in Novotel Araneta Center.


I just commented with the photo of my son in his Buzz Lightyear costume but I didn’t take the post seriously. I just brushed it off because there were already many parents who commented with their kids’ photos. After a few hours, I received a message from Mae of When in Manila saying I won 1st prize!!! It was so surreal!! 😍 The ticket price is Php1510 each, and we got 3 for free!! 😍😍😍

My partner and I are soooo excited to bring Jaden to the Halloween event tomorrow! He’ll be having so much fun!! πŸŽƒπŸš€

Posted in Love, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddler

A vegetable-loving toddler

It’s very unusual for kids to want to eat vegetables, so it really makes me happy how my son looooves to eat them. He actually doesn’t like eating meat of any kind β€” chicken, pork, beef– you name it. When it comes to fishes, he only eats Tilapia, Bangus, and Tuna. Every time we try to give him meat, he would spit it out. We still give him bits of meat though, because he needs it as protein source.

Last Saturday, October 22, we had Chicken Tinola for lunch. I was preparing Jaden’s food in his bowl when I was surprised to see him munching on sayote. I didn’t notice that he got the sayote from my plate because I was busy preparing food on his bowl. It made me smile right away. I hope he wouldn’t change his mind about loving to eat vegetables as he grows older! πŸ˜‚


Posted in Halloween, Love, Motherhood, Parenting, Toddler, Uncategorized

Jaden’s 1st Halloween Costume

This would be the first time that my son will celebrate Halloween. We weren’t able to celebrate it last year because we were staying in Laguna and I had to work in Manila. 

So for this year, my aunt who lives in Anaheim, California bought a costume in Disney Store and sent it to us via LBC air cargo. It only took 7 calendar days for the package to arrive.



The costume that I asked my aunt to buy for Jaden was Buzz Lightyear because back when I was still a teenager, I’ve always adored kids in Buzz Lightyear costumes every Halloween. 

The Buzz Lightyear costume size is 18-24 months. It fits my 18-month-old son perfectly. It costs US $34.95. There was also a head gear that costs US $14.95. The head gear lights up which adds more awesomeness to the costume.


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I’m so excited for my son to celebrate Halloween in this cool costume. I hope he wins the Best in Costume award! 😁😍


We bought the purple pumpkin from Toy Kingdom in SM Aura Premier for Php100.00. I chose to buy the purple pumpkin instead of the green one because Buzz Lightyear’s headgear is purple.

My Jaden Francis is so prepared for Halloween 2016! πŸ˜„πŸ€–πŸŽƒ

To infinity and beyond! πŸš€

Posted in Halloween, Motherhood, Parenting, Uncategorized

Office Halloween Party 2016 Fail

With Halloween around the corner, different halloween parties are being prepared by companies, schools, malls, hotels, and other business establishments.

In the company I work for, they organized a halloween party for both the employees and the kids of employees. The HR Team sent out an email to us last Friday which said that there will be a Halloween party for kids on October 25, Tuesday at 4pm. I sent a message to one of our HR to confirm if my 18-month old son can join, and she said yes. 

So yesterday, October 25, my partner and I brought our son to the office wearing his Buzz Lightyear costume. We arrived at 3:30pm because the party would start at 4pm as written on the email.

We asked the security guards where the party venue was, and they all said that the party was held on Monday, October 24. I showed them the email tha said the party is on October 25. We were on the 14th floor then, and one of the security guards told us to go to the 8th floor reception area. So we did, and the receptionist said the same thing. She called the HR and asked us to wait for a few minutes. After 5 minutes, another HR    personnel approached us and apologized. He said there was just an error with the date on the email that was sent to us.

I sent a chat through Messenger to our HR who confirmed that my son can join, and she only apologized to me and said that the email she sent had an error. She said she sent another email but I’m sure there was none as I didn’t receive anything. She then told me to bring my son to their office so they can give him treats. I didn’t bother going so I told her we had to go home. 

It was such a disappointment that we exerted effort to go there. I also didn’t like what the HR said. I didn’t bring my son there for the treats. I can buy him treats anytime. I was after the fun that my son would experience. I wanted him to mingle and play with other kids in cute costumes. I wanted him to have his first halloween party. But it all failed because of the wrong date on the email.

I won’t ever join any company activities or events anymore because this same scenario might just happen again. 

We’ll just go to the Halloween Event in Starmall Shaw on Saturday so that my son will experience trick-or-treating.