Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make History with The Medical City

Last Wednesday, March 25th, I received a txt message from my OB's assistant telling me to register my baby to join the Largest Reunion of People Born at the same Hospital, and gave me the link for further info. I didn't have load that time so I wasn't able to ask questions, so I searched it online with the link she has given. Btw, it's http://www.makehistory.ph.

If you were born in The Medical City you may register yourself if you want to join, just click this and pre-register yourself, or go to The Medical City in Pasig and bring a  photocopy of your birth certificate, or just bring a photocopy of your birth certificate to the event ground. The said event is on April 12th, 2015, 1:00PM, Market! Market! Mckinley Parkway, Taguig.

There are also other events such as Largest Sidecar Parade, Largest Simultaneous Motorcycle Burnout, Fastest Time to Eat 12" Pizza (which I'm encouraging my husband to join hehe), Most People Using Mouthwash (this, too! hahahaha). Again, check http://www.makehistory.ph for more info. :)

I would love to register my baby but it's at 1:00 PM which means the heat of the sun and the crowd, and my little munchkin's just 3months, so I'm not really sure about that. :( 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

March 13th, more than a decade back

Here is a more personal post about myself. I know there's not much who reads my blog, but please be my guest. Lol! It's okay if you don't read this post, too. This is a bit long. Haha

I woke up at 5 in the morning, took a shower and get dressed. I was on the rode along with my Tita Miko (a family friend) at 7 in the morning, on our way to my Papa. It was my first time to step foot in Manila. I was from Antipolo, and there are only two places I go, Antipolo and Quezon City, where some of my relatives live. It was also my first time to take a long ride in a jeepney, usually when I take the jeepney it was only a 5-15minute ride, but that time it was more than 30minutes, I think. It was also my first time to breathe that much pollution, to see a lot of people crossing the streets, and to see the LRT. I was amazed by Manila.

We got to Manila Med, we went to the 7th floor, the room, I already forgot. There were two hospital beds, one unoccupied, the other occupied by my Papa. He was sick. He has cancer. I never knew he has cancer, not until he left us. Again, for almost a month or more, it was my first time to visit him. When I was in the room, I try my best to hold back my tears because they told me Papa cannot see me crying. They told me Papa's gonna go home with us that day or maybe a couple of days after, I was assured he will. I told stories to Papa, I asked questions just not to react on his current situation, I asked him if I could drink his milk, Bear Brand, which was our favorite even back in Antipolo, I told him that we should ride the LRT  when it's time for him to leave the hospital. A couple of minutes passed and I cannot think of anything more to ask or say. I just stared at him for quite some time, and I cried. Tita Miko and the kinakasama of my Papa, rushed me out the room. We were by the stairs at the fire exit, they told me to wipe my tears away before I go back to the room. Rose, the other woman(Lol), went back to his room, and a couple of minutes, I heard her yell "Nurse!". I cried more. I cannot move from where I was standing. I took a peek from the fire exit, I saw doctors, nurses, nuns, and even a priest, rushing to Papa's room. What the fuck is going on? And then I walk slowly to Papa's room and again, I just took a peek, I didn't see his face, I just saw the machine they use in movies, that thing they put on your chest, I'm not sure what it's called, on my Papa's chest. I heard the doctor said, there's no pulse anymore but he's still moving. It cannot be. Papa can't be dead. I can see his hand moving, pushing away that machine thing. It cannot be.

I miss you, Pa. I love you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maco's 3rd Month

As always,  we celebrated our little munchkin's 3rd month last March 13th. And again,  it was Friday the 13th. Not that I'm afraid of that or something.  Lol! This March though,  I remember another event in my life which happened more than a decade ago,  and I can still remember everything. I'll talk about it here,  because this post is for my little munchkin's 3rd month celebration!

Again, his Lolo bought some pizza and mojos for our little munchkin's 3rd month celebration, and her Papa bought cake from Red Ribbon. I must say though, I don't like Red Ribbon's roll cakes. They're airy, puro hangin ang tinapay. But I like their chocolate rolls, I don't know what happened to the "bread" (Idk what you call it) of the non-chocolate rolls of Red Ribbon. :/

The month is almost ending and I guess it's time to post my little munchkin's 3rd month! Oh my... I can't believe how time flies! Feels like I just gave birth a week ago! Haha, but seriously though... it is too fast! Are you in a hurry my little munchkin? Mama's not! I don't mind carrying you all the time! It's fine with me, I just get too tired at times and my back's not cooperating, but it's fine! Oh no, baka kinabukasan dalagita ka na! HINDI KO KAYA!!! Hahaha! OA! 

The long wait is just from birth to first month, but after that, everything is too fast! Huhuhu! My little munchkin will soon eat. And soon you, my little munchkin, will ask Mama and Papa to buy you ice cream already! No to junk foods I tell you, once in a while is fine, but not too much. Mama will watch all the food you eat. You must live healthy, eat greens. Hehe

Okay, back to the 3rd month celebration, I have said too much, the intro's too long. Hahaha!

Here are the photos:

Oops sorry I only edited 2nd and made it 3rd. #lastminuteproblems

Pizza, mojos, spaghetti, cake

Actually, these were shot a few days after

Hi there

Happy little munchkin

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: Mustela Hair and Body Wash

In the middle of using the body wash from the hospital for our little munchkin, we stopped for quite some time and used Mustela Hair and Body Wash because Maco's getting rashes on her face. But, even when we used this one, she's still having such so I thought it was not the body wash from the hospital nor this one. I guess it was because the baby's skin is still very sensitive (Maco was still days old that time), and washing her face with soap was a no-no. So basically it was my fault. Sorry.

Mustela Hair and Body Wash smells really good, not strong. It's consistency isn't sticky nor watery. A little bit goes a long way, which is a good thing because this hair and body wash is expensive. Haha! When I use it, I don't use much because I don't want to empty it that fast. But of course, I make sure that my little munchkin's bathed properly!

After I bathed Maco, I can feel her skin really soft / smooth, like I put lotion on her. And the smell leaves all day long! I've used 3 hair and body washes to my little munchkin already and by far this is the best! And the most expensive one. I would really want to buy this but damn it is too expensive for a body wash! Good thing this was a gift from Joshua's Ate. :)

Summary of Thoughts to the Product

Smells good
Smell last all day long
Leaving the skin soft after bath
Not hard to use since it's a squeeze type of bottle
Soap-free and tear-free formula
Biodegradable formula
No Paraben, Phatalate, Phenoxyethanol

Expensive at P520
Only 200 ml

Sorry if this isn't a really good review, not really good at doing reviews. But I hope it helped you in some way! Heehee

Disclaimer: This product is not sponsored nor have I been paid for doing the review. Everything I said on this post is my honest opinion regarding the product.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015



Apparently yesterday I deleted all the comments here on my blog. :( Since I can't reply to the comments because there's no reply button, I had to search on the net on how to bring the reply button back, but it erased all the comments. :(  Minsan na nga lang may mag-comment, nabura pa! Anyway, it's been done already so whatever. I just thought that I had to let it out here. Heehee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mariana Coraline's Christening

As much as possible I wanted to "DIY" the design for her baptismal, but since we lack budget and time, it was nearly impossible. :( I have been getting inspirations from pinterest on how to achieve a Shabby Chic themed baptismal since that was what I was aiming for. From there, my ideas have been completed in my mind! I just need to buy... Uh-oh... Buy. :/

Man was it stressful to plan. I wonder how the event planners do it, esp if it is last minute! Never thought it was that stressful! Or maybe it was just stressful because the one who I talk to does not cooperate, aka my husband, Joshua. Here are the things we fought about, well we did not really fight, we just had misunderstandings and that thing you call tampuhan. Lol! First, since December of last year, I've been asking him to finalize his list of ninongs and ninangs on his side, but no, he did not do it until the week before the baptismal. He's been telling me, "malayo pa naman eh!" Ugh. Second, I already told him that I was not in a hurry to baptize our little girl, though of course we really want to, but if we're really that tight with money, then I don't think it's a good idea. Puro utang na naman kami huhuhu. Third, we only had a chance to talk about the baptismal at night, but we rarely talk about it. Yes, there was even a time when I was consulting something to him, and he slept on me. And that one ticked me off so bad! There were so many little things we had misunderstandings about, there were even times we don't talk to each other, good thing though, our silent treatment to each other doesn't last for a day or two. Also, I can see in him that he have problems, with his work since there were so many things to do in his work that time, with money, and with me. Lol! I've been making kulit regarding Maco's baptismal, that's why. So one time during lunch I asked him "Jo, may problema ba?" and then he  told me "Kung meron, may magagawa ba?". It was something like that. I stood up and left while we were eating, I felt like I was not his partner, nor his wife that time. He asked me why, I did not answer. He's been asking me why and then when I was about to tell him, I cried. Lol that was my weakness, when I'm so pissed, I cry. He told me that what I was thinking was not what he was trying to say, instead he did not want to show that he's having problems since he's the man in the family and that he wanted to be strong for us. I told him that's why I'm here, we can face any problem together. Anyway, enough with the drama...

As what I told earlier, I wanted to have a Shabby Chic themed baptismal party. I already had ideas, I even wanted to have a dessert buffet for her. Told myself it was easy, since I can just buy candies in the grocery and just present them nicely. Also, my niece/cousin have a business wherein they cater party supplies such as balloon set-up, dessert buffet, etc. You could check them at Let's Go Ph. They told me that I just had to buy the things to use, well we already know problem, so it did not happen. :(

Here are what we had for our little munchkin's baptismal...

Invitations. I did it myself! Proud mother here! Haha! From layout to the design. :)



Too bad we weren't able to give it to all that we intended to give it to because we lack time already, thank you Mark Zuckerberg for facebook! Hehe

Giveaways. We were supposed to have cupcakes for giveaways, since Joshua's Ate bakes cupcakes, but again, it did not happen because we lack time already. So, we thought of something else for the giveaways...

we'll fill this vial with marshmallows or nips and put a ribbon somewhere there

and then we'll put this sticker on the vials
But, it did not happen... instead, this happened...
Maco's giveaway :)
Joshua's mom went to Divisoria just to buy giveaways for Maco's baptismal. :")

Since everything was last minute. Ugh. What I hate the most -doing things last minute. Okay. I asked my cousins and ninang that their gift for Maco's baptism is photobooth, but I thought they weren't serious about it, so I did not try to find any. It was the day before the baptismal that they asked me if I had a photobooth already and that they confirmed that it would be their gift to us, so... naghagilap ang lola mo ng photobooth!!! Good thing I was able to find at sulit and they're really affordable. I found Primelight Photobooth. They're so easy to talk to. At around 12midnight they showed me how the design of the print would look like, and honestly I did not like it at first, so there were lots of revisions. Heehee buti na lang hindi sila nainis hehehe!

Family photo!! :)
Primelight Photobooth is really affordable compared to the other photobooths I saw on sulit. They were just P2,500 plus a transportation fee of P400, a total of P2,900. Not bad! Plus they have a roaming photographer on the site! Good deal! 

And our caterer was Mekenis Catering, their food were really delicious! Plus, they're just near our place, so no hassle! And they're really affordable compare to other catering services I searched online. The P260/head already includes tables/chairs, balloon set-up, etc. You should check their website out, and their facebook for more details! We ordered for 50 people and I think the food they brought was for more than 50! I think it was almost 70 since some guests were going back and forth to the buffet area. On our Church wedding I'm thinking of getting them as our caterer as well! Because their food were really delicious, and their waiters were really nice. :) Two thumbs up for Mekenis Catering!

Though everything was almost last minute, it was still great. The baptismal of Maco was the real reason for the celebration after all. :)

Aaaand photo dump!!!

Welcome to Christian World, Mariana Coraline!

with her ninongs and ninangs

If you think what I did with her invitation was nice, you could email me at coiibanez@gmail.com. I could design your invitations, etc. Just email me  for more info :)

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Maco's 2nd Month

Maco turned two months old last February 13th, and I'm blogging about it just now. Yup. Lol! She's turning three months already, I know! Well there's a legit excuse about that... I was busy planning about her baptismal and all. I never thought it was that stressful. Seriously. Our major problem that time was budget, we almost cancelled her baptismal because of it. But, thank God we were able to put it together. :) Though it's fine with me to wait a little more longer for her baptismal, in time wherein we're really ready, budget-wise. Her father is persistent though, he really wanted to have her baptized already, so okay, go! Anywaaaay, we'll have another post regarding her baptismal, we'll talk about her 2nd month here.

For the first time, I can't remember clearly but I believe Maco was awake for her 2nd month celebration! Her Lolo bought some pizza and mojos from Shakey's, her father bought some cake, and we cooked some spaghetti. Idk why but I always like to have cake for her monthly celebrations or any celebrations there is, even though it really is not a must, because it doesn't feel like a celebration without a cake, or am I the only one? Haha! 

What I did the night before. Just the '2nd month', though

What we had! Pizza, mojos, spaghetti! Cake not in picture

Aaaand I want to share the shoot I had with my little munchkin a few days ago. Yup. Just a few days ago... Well hey! She's still two months!!! andacoupleofdays... Heehee 

Ma, what are you doing?!

Mama and Papa loves you very much our little munchkin!

And then this happened...

Mama got a little too excited for her photoshoot with Joshua's cousin, Kuya Al
inunahan ko na hahaha

Will post the photos his cousin did later! :)

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday Throwback

This post is not about me being a mom, not about having a baby, etc. Just me reminiscing my college walwal days... Haha

So here I am browsing on my friends' facebook photos and looking at what we used to do back then. Well, we drink a lot. Lol. Man I miss drinking! I haven't drank any alcoholic drink since I got pregnant and now that I'm still breastfeeding. Anyway, can't help myself from smiling while looking at our photos back then. In my 3rd year in college was when we started drinking almost every week. I think it was every thursday when we don't have our math professor for almost a month and our class schedule with him was at night, so we drink. Haha! Our math class starts at 6pm until 9pm, so we know in college that if there's no professor for an hour already, it's okay to go home, so that's what we do, but we don't really go home. Heehee. And we also have a birthday celebrant I think every month, so there's an excuse to go home late or the day after because it is an over night party, because you can't go home drunk, right? And most parents are still in denial that their child does not drink at the age of 15,16 or 17. We do. I started drinking I think I was 15 or 16, but I just wanted to taste beer. The time that I really started drinking, meaning I had a bottle or two was when I was 17, and my reason was stupid. Anyway, I don't drink hard drinks back then, I only drink beer. I rarely drink beers now though, my co-drinkers like it hard. Lol. I miss drinking beer. Beer is nice. Hehehe

Okay, till next throwback. Haha

Me hiding behind a cup of beer. :/
That photo was in one of my friends' birthday party in college. An actual birthday party, not a made up party to reason for the parent/s. Lol