Mall hopping…

May 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

… that’s what we’ve been doing as a family on weekends since hubby arrived about a month ago. We’ve been to Duty Free, Robinson’s Place Manila, Eastwood, Rockwell, Trinoma, and SM North Annex. (and, altho hindi mall eto – World Trade Center for the Along Came Baby Fair). Parehong lakwatsero ang mag-ama ko..hehe! Oh well, bumabawi din kasi sa time na wala sya dito, gustong ipasyal lagi si Jared. Lahat ng malls/pasyalan kay Jared ay SM…

Question: “Saan ka/tayo pupunta?”
Jared: “E-em” – (SM)

Usually Sunday kami umaalis, para sabay simba na. Nakakapagod lumabas every weekend..na kelangang laging buhat o habulin ang sobrang likot na bata (minsan napipilit syang umupo sa stroller). Pero sulit naman pag nakikita ko kung ga’no kasaya si Jared sa pamamasyal at paglalaro (sa Gymboree, or sa Timezone..lol!).

Looking forward to more gala with my 2 boys. Next in line na target galaan (not particularly a mall, and in no particular order): Greenbelt, Galleria, BHS, Avilon Zoo, Fun Ranch… 🙂

Rys Rylee Joachim Santos Sebastian

May 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today, May 27, is (supposed-to-be) baby Rylee’s 1st month. Rylee, our friend’s son, passed away on May 16 when he was just 19 days old 😦 Just last year, they lost their 1st baby when Escie was still pregnant, and now Rylee.. Sunday morning kachat ko pa si Escie sa FB, everything seems fine. Afternoon of the same day, Escie told me na nasa ospital sila dahil kay Rylee, and asked me to pray for him. Monday morning, pagkagising ko, text nya ang nabasa ko saying na wala na si Rylee 😦

We were at the hospital 1 day after he was born, such a cute and lovable baby. Gusto laging buhat, pag binaba ng lola nya sa higaan iyak ng iyak. Ang laking baby nya, biro nga ng kapatid ni Escie “3 months na yan..” Sumunod na kita namin kay Rylee, just 18 days after, nasa coffin na sya..lifeless 😦 but still as cute as the first time we saw him.

My heart still breaks due to sadness everytime I think of what happened to Rylee and our friends Escie and Rudy. I can’t imagine the pain and sadness they are going thru everyday because of the loss of their beloved baby. On another note, I really admire their strong faith with the Lord. I’m always praying that they continue to be strong for each other and that they recover and move on despite what happened.

I’m posting here the detailed story (from Escie herself) of what happened… She posted this in her FB….

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First, I would like to thank you all for the prayers and love you shared for my son, Rylee, to my husband Rudy and to our family.Di ko na maiisa-isa kayo but I’m really greatful po sa mga messages nyo. Minsan nalulungkot ako isipin kasi lagi ang nasashare ko dito eh ung pagkawala ng mga anak ko. I’m trying to be sane, sa ngayon kailangan ko ito gawin para mailabas ung sakit na nararamdaman ko. Basag na basag ako ngayon. Kami ng asawa ko. Ang bilis-bilis ng mga pangayayari at ngayon ako ang nakatingin sa anak ko na payapa na nakahimlay. What really happened to Rylee? Last Sunday morning napapahirapan nya ako magdede cya sa akin. Eh malakas cya magsuck at typical around 10-15mins cya magdede. Nung morning na un tinatangihan nya ako pero alam ko gutom na cya. I tried to express my milk para madede nya sa bote, he tried pero konti lang. Nung napayapa ko cya from crying dumede na cya sa akin pero sandali na lang hangang sa makatulog cya. Around 10:30 nagising na naman. Laro-laro muna bago paliguan. No signs of anything at dumede sa akin ng marami hangang nakatulog. 2pm: ito na, iba ang gising nya aburido cya. so i thought gugutom lang cya. I tried to feed him kaso ayaw nya talaga. tapos iba na ung iyak nya bilang cyang namutla at nanlamig. Nung hinipo ung tyan matigas so akala colic na naman kaso iba talaga ung pakiramdam ko. walang liguan pinack namin gamit nya at pumunta kaagad sa st. luke’s. Wala kaming driver so taxi lang. Sa taxi iba na ung iyak nya alam mong nahihirapan cya. I tried talking and holding his hand na sinasabi ko na konting tiis anak, malapit na tau sa hospital. I love you rylee habang yakap cya ni mama. Pagdating namin sa ER inasikaso naman cya. Mabilis ung pangyayari nakuhanan na cya ng blood test, x-ray etc. Awang-awa na ako kay Rylee sa mga inilalagay sa kanya. Unang diagnosis baka sepsis kasi nga may mga cases daw na nagmamanifest after birth. Dinala kami ng wheel chair papuntang ICU. Wala akong kamalayan na during those times eh 50/50 na si Rylee. I’m just hugging him and telling him that I love him so much. I’m so sorry for the pain. Paulit-ulit un. Pagdating sa NICU kinuha cya kaagad ng mga doctor at inilabas ako. Ayaw ako kausapin ng mga doctor at nurses kasi tanong ako ng tanong kung kamusta cya after one hour i think dun ako nilabas ng doctor at kinausap, ask ng history saka kung may symptoms akong nakita sa anak ko so ako kwento. Then inamin nya sa akin na nirevived nya si Rylee dahil nga nawala ung tibok ng puso nya. Hay para akong binagsakan ng kung ano sa puso. dun din sinabi na nagpatawag ng cardiologist at surgeon to check ung heart at liver/intestine nya. Sa totoo lang pilit ko inaabsorb ang lahat pero di ko na maintindihan. Around 5pm dumating ung surgeon initial diagnosis nya ung Hisprung diseases na sinasabing may di nadevelop na ugat sa akin na nagdudugtog sa large intestine at anus. Operation lang daw ang pwedeng gawin dun. Kaso macoconfirmed lang un once Rylee got stable para makakuha ng bagong X-ray. The doctor tried na pa-pupu si Rylee and in 1 hr nakapupu cya 3 times sobrang saya ko nun kasi na-ruled out ung Hisprung disease. Habang nasa loob kami ng NICU sobrang bilis ng oras. The nurses sedate my son, ung reason masyado cyang malikot at natatangal ung mga apparatus na nakakabit sa kanya. while giving the antibiotics na pinapasok sa may kamay nya si Rylee alam kong umiiyak kaso dahil may respirator walang sound na maririnig. I’m holding his hand at parang nagsusumbong na “mommy masakit” ang sabi ko na lang. Rylee sorry for the pain son. Kaso kailangan mo yan. Mommy is here. mommy will never leave you. Mommy loves you so much. At nakikinig si Rylee na sinasabing ok mommy I will. Eh ang liit-liit nya. Kung ako nga nilalagyan ng antibiotics nung pinanganak ko cya eh sobrang nasasaktan paano pa ung anak ko na maliiit diba. He got stable for a few hours. Di ko nga alam kung matatwag ba talagang stability un kasi nga may nakakabit na apparatus sa kanya. Around 11pm umakyat ako sa chapel sa may 5th floor. I prayed to Jesus and I told him na hindi ko isususko si Rylee, Sabi ko nga binalato ko na sayo si Uno. Usapan natin diba na kapag nagtuloy-tuloy ung pregnancy ko at nailabas ko c Buchugg akin na ito. Bakit ngayon binabawi mo. I’m asking for a miracle kasi pinatatagtag ko ung faith ko. Honestly while praying ung subconcious ko nakakakita ako ng ambagan, lamay, casket. Kaya lalo akong naging matigas na Lord di ko isususko si Rylee. Nakabalik ako ng 3rd floor sa NICU ng quarter to 11. Bigla akong tinawag ng nurse kasi medyo stable na daw si Rylee. Pero namali pala ng twag ang nurse. Dun ko nakita na nirerevived si Rylee. Nung mjga oras na un di ko alam mararamadam ko. Bumagsak ako sa sahig at hirap na hirap ko tingnan si Rylee. He’s fighting for his life. Nung nakita ko cya sa ganung kalagayan ang nasabi ko na lang “Lord, I surrender. I humbly surrender my son” I’m just asking na tulungan mo cya na kayanin hangang pagdating ng daddy nya. Di kasi ganun kadali na makita na hirap na hirap ung anak mo. God gave me my 1st miracle. Pero ung 12-2:15am namin ang mga nakakatakot na sandali. Nagcacrash talaga ung puso ni Rylee pro lumalaban cya. itong mga oras na ito dito nangyari ung 3 beses na cardiac arrest nya. Sabi nung attending doctor lumalaban cya kaso mahina na talaga ung puso ni Rylee. Ung mga oras na un nasa labas lang ako ng NICU kasama ko ung kapatid ko. Traumatic na cya kasi ung mga allert sound ng mga makina ung tunog nung hangin ang sabi ko na lang di pa ba tapos? Yna tingnan mo kung tapos na. nilakasan ko ung loob ko na tingnan kaso ganun pa din. Sabi ko kay Rylee di iiyak si mommy kasi matapang ung anak ko. di na ako umiiyak nung mga oras na un. 2am, kinausap na ako ni Dr Janet Go na they tried to revieved him for more than 45mins pero ayun nga nahihirapan na cya kaya pinapasok na kami at inamin na nya na anytime pwede na bumigay si Rylee. I hold my son’s hands and telling him that im really really sorry for he pain. That im so proud of him coz he’s a fighter. I told him how much mommy and daddy loves him. I keep on kissing his feet and his hand at paulit-ulit ko na sinasabi na mahal na mahal ko cya. Sabi ko anak alam kong lumalaban ka para mahinatay mo si Daddy pero alam kong pagod na pagod ka na din ako na magsasabi kay daddy kung paano ka lumaban kung paano mo siya hinintay. Then I ask the doctor kung may priest, nakatawag sila ng pastor at nabigyan ng annointing of the sick si Rylee. Akala ko at baptism ay iisa, kinausap ko ung pastor sinabi ko na di pa nabibinyagan si Rylee pot ko. Habang pababa ang signs nya I asked for my 2nd miracle, nakiusap ako na anak isang hiling na lang ni mommy kung di mo na mahihintay si daddy please mabinyagan ka lang. and I got my miracle, Huminga si Rylee sa sarili nya nakita ko kasi sa moniotor nya pababa na mga signs nya. Pero dun sa hiniling ko sa kanya huminga siya ulit at lumaban. After nung baptism nya sabi ko anak thank you. Thank you for loving me. for being with me. You may now rest in peace. I love you. Mommy and daddy loves you so much and he had his last breath. It was a peaceful death. Everyone around me was crying even the doctors and nurses. Ako isiningaw ko lang ung name nya ng malakas na malakas at sinabi kong mahal na mahal ko cya. Pero di ako umiyak sa harap nya kasi nga fighter ang anak ko. Binigyan kami ni Rylee ng oras to cuddle him, but i cuddle him arround 1-2mins ang bigat nya kasi. di kasi un ung Rylee na kalaro ko at painadede ko. Ayaw ko maalala ung gnung kalagayan yan. Gusto ko happy memeories lang. I kissed him and hugged him telling him how much I love him, then I gave him back to the doctors at lumabas ako ng NICU. Iyakan lang ang nangyari sa loob ng room na binigay sa amin ng mga nurses. around 3:30am nakiusap ako sa BF ng kapatid ko nasasama ako sa pagsundo kay Rudy sa airport. Kailangan ako ang magsabi sa kanya. I gave them instructions na wala muna silang pagsasabihan hangang di dumadating si Rudy. Sa pagpunta namin sa airport dala ko ung huling damit na ginamit nya ung celtics na green saka ung swaddle. Ang tagal ng oras dumating ang plane ni Rudy ng 5am. Nung nakita ko cya I just embraced him at dun ako umiyak ng umiyak. Dun ko nalaman na pagod na pagod na pala ako. Na kailanagan ko na umiyak at natutuwa ako na kasama ko na si Rudy. Sabi ko kay Rudy wag na wag nya ako iiwanan. Ang sakit ibalita sa asawa mo na wala na ung anak nya. Ikinuwento ko kung paano lumaban si Rylee para hintayin cya, even his doctor tried para lang magkita sila. Kaso pagod na si Rylee. rudy told me na nagparadam sa kanya si Rylee kasi sa airplane bigla nyang naamoy ung pupu ni Rylee at may umiyak na bata. Kinabahan cya nun. Nung tinignan nya ang oras 2:10am. sabi ko un ang oras na namatay si Rylee. Isa din sa pinakamasakit sa akin eh ung pagkikita nila ni Rylee sa may morgue kasi malamig na si Rylee nun. we keep on kissing him lalo ang asawa ko. Nung nailabas namin si Rylee from morgue para iuwi dito sa Hagonoy si Rudy ang sumakay dun sa service ng funeral ako sa isang sasakyan kasi baka bumigay ako. Sinabi ni Rudy na karga nya si Rylee mula paglabas ng parking ng St. Luke’s hangang makauwi kami ng bahay nila. Kinakausap nya si Rylee pot ko kasi nga naalog baka masaktan. Ung totoo di ko alam kung paano tatapusin itong email na ito. Kasi hangang ngayon di pa din ako makapaniwala na wala na sa amin si Rylee pot ko. Never kasi kami nakakita ng signs na may problema o may nararamdaman cya. I was there almost all the time. Aalis man ako nandun sina Mama at Papa para bantayan cya. Can i just close this with my message to my son Rylee. Dearest Rylee pot, I love you. I love you forever. Mommy love \s you so much. Son, thank you for coming into my life. Ikaw ang pinakamagandang regalo na natangap ko sa buhay ko. Kayo ng daddy mo ang pinakamagandang pangyayari sa buhay ko. Sa totoo lang nasasakatan talaga si mommy ngayon pero Mommy needs to be strong. Kung makikita mo man ako na umiiyak it’s because kailangan ko ito gawin para mailabas ko ung sakit pero alam mo naman na ipinagkatiwala na kita kay Jesus. Anak, sa ngayon di ko alam, kami ng daddy mo kung san ulit magsisimula. di namin alam kung san kami pupunta. Ang mga lolo’t lola pati mga tita at tito umikot ang mundo sau. In God’s time maiintindihan namin ung dahilan. Salamat anak at pinaranas mo sa akin maging ina. Mahal na mahal kita anak. Rest in peace my Rylee pot isasama natin si rubber ducky sa pagalis mo. Please anak tell Jesus to help me and daddy to move on to be sane. Till we meet again son. I love you forever. Mommy and Daddy loves you so much. I’m so proud of you my son. I love you. I love you. I love you. di na kita ulit mayayakap. Madaya ka di na natin nagawa ung surprise father’s gift kay daddy. But i now happy ka na dyan. Laro na kayo nina Jesus. Ikamusta mo kami kay Angel at Uno. Wag kayo mag-aaway ha. Pagnagutom wag masyadong malakas ang iyak ha. I love you. I love you forever. Love you son, Mommy Escie and Daddy Rudy.

Complete

May 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is a delayed post (I’ve been busy the past few weeks)…

Finally, our family is complete again! 🙂 Hubby arrived 2wks ago. Jared saw his Dada in person again after 9months, happiness! 🙂 Initially there’s a bit of hostility since my baby was used to seeing his Dada thru pictures only and sometimes thru Skype video call (during the rare times that hubby can go online). Pag kinuha ni Wilson para buhatin sumasama naman, pero pagkalipat ke Wilson bumabalik/nagpapakuha din agad sa akin..hehe! After a few minutes ok na. I’m so glad we’re complete now…still don’t know how long he’ll be on vacation, probably around 4months or more…right now, I’m just enjoying being with my 2 boys… 🙂

Mommy-Jared conversations/moments

April 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just want to post some of our mommy-baby “conversations”…

Mommy: what’s your name?
Jared: ayed/jayed
M: how old are you?
J: one
M: where do you live?
J: otat (navotas)

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M: sino pogi?
J: jayed
M: sino maganda?
J: mama
M: sino pangit?
J: dada
M: lagot ka!
J: titakaw (tita takaw)…
hahaha!!

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J: mama…mama…mama!
M: po?
J: po..
M: nye!
J: nye!
hahaha!

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M: jared….
J: ogi/pogi

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Jared’s evening prayer:
M: papa God…
J: you… (thank you)
M: kay mama…
J: mama…
M: dada…
J: dada..
M: wowo..wowa..
J: wowo..wowa..
M: papa God…
J: ..you… (thank you)..
M: sa food…
J: food…
M: milk…
J: mik…
M: toys…
J: toy..
M: love u…
J: aboo..
M: amen.
J: emen..

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After prayer…
M: gudnyt/nyt-nyt…
J: na-nyt (nyt-nyt)…
M: love u…
J: aboo..
M: say love u mommy…
J: aboo ahmee…
M: love u too baby…
J: aboo baby…
hahaha!!

International or domestic trip?

March 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We were supposed to go to Singapore on Nov.2008 but we were not able to go due to hubby’s passport which was about to expire in 3months at that time. We only learned on the day of our flight that SG requires a 6-month validity on passports. And even if we knew about it earlier, there’s no way he can renew his passport because he just arrived Wednesday midnight the week before our supposed to be Monday flight. Anyway, I guess that trip really wasn’t meant to be, and we got a better gift…because it was around that week of the cancelled trip, I believe, that Jared was conceived 😀

Last year, hubby and I agreed to push thru with our SG trip this year. We’re still not sure though if we’d really go to SG or just go back to HK (we went there in 2007 after the wedding) because Jared might enjoy HK (Disneyland) more than SG (Universal Studios, etc..).

A few weeks ago, I was thinking of delaying the international trip until next year. Medyo marami kasing gastos this year, feeling ko kukulangin kami sa budget. Plus tingin ko din mas madali for us, and mas maeenjoy ni Jared ang trip (whether HK or SG) when he’s a bit older na. Or I might be wrong…? If ever, I’m thinking of a possible domestic trip as an alternative for us – Boracay? Cebu? I actually wanna go back to Palawan (or Bohol), but I feel that it’s not a good destination if we’ll be bringing Jared. Hubby’s never been to any of those places, puro int’l destinations sya cos of his work hehe. I’m really considering Cebu because I’ve been there a number of times, pero puro work-related trips. I was just chatting over YM with hubby earlier, and he brought up the trip to SG. He wanted to push thru with the plan, and asking about the budget. Di ko pa nabanggit yung iniisip kong alternative plan na domestic trip na lang muna. I have to revisit our budget and expenses. Good luck to us hehe!

Potty training

March 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Since around last month Jared always tells us when he’s about to poop. He would say “poo-poo”, and true enough, after a few minutes he’s already starting to poop. Good job baby! 🙂 Now I’m thinking what kind of potty to buy for him, I haven’t really scouted the mall for different kinds of potty. Akala ko dati any kind will do, feeling ko pare-pareho lang naman sila. Until I saw Clarice’s post about this, mukhang “hiyangan” or depende kung type ng bata yung potty. I guess I better start looking for a good potty for Jared so I could train him well.

Saturday with Jared

February 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our Saturdays (and Sundays) are usually just spent at home, except when there’s an event to attend to. Kung gagala lang, I prefer going out on a Sunday because there’s no traffic jam almost anywhere. Yesterday, there were 2 events to attend to – baptism at 10am in Makati and 1st birthday party at 3:30pm in Greenmeadows (both celebrants are daughters of officemates). As expected, di kami nakaattend nung binyag kasi di kami aabot dahil medyo tanghali na naman nagising si Jared, at syempre pati si Mommy hehe…plus wala pa kami gift haha!

Around 2pm we left for Greenmeadows, medyo malayo yun from our place so kelangan maaga umalis. And we were supposed to go to Eastwood before the party to buy a gift for the baptism so I can give it on Monday. Kaso medyo alanganin na, kahit sinabi ko sa officemate ko na mali-late kami, dumiretso na din kami kasi ayoko maubusan ng parking hehe. Syempre nagenjoy si Jared, running around with the other kids, lalo na nung dumating na si Jollibee. Love nya si Jollibee, nilapitan nya talaga at tinatawag pa “bee bee!” at ni-hug sa hita haha! Kakaaliw tingnan, na-aamaze talaga sya pag nakikita nya si Jollibee na mascot, di halos maalis ang tingin. Nung cake candle blowing di na kami sumali kasi matatapos na yung party di pa kami tapos kumain, eh nasa side lang na namin yun, kinakalabit nya si Jollibee hehe!

After the party, we immediately proceeded to the nearby church, Christ the King, to attend the anticipated Mass. I love going back where we got married. 🙂

Before going home, we had a quick “shopping” at Eastwood..first time ko pumunta sa Eastwood mall, usually dun lang ako sa area ng Fuente circle. Naaliw si Jared sa dancing fountain, with matching “wow!” pa sya haha! Umuwi din kami agad kasi gabi na eh wala sya halos tulog nung hapon. We’ll definitely go back there, most probably pag-uwi na ni dada Wilson, or pag sinipag akong dumayo dun. Gusto ko din dalhin si Jared sa BHS, di pa namin sya naipapasyal dun maski nung andito si Wilson…again, pag-uwi na lang ni dada, or pag sinipag ako kahit malayo… 😀

Jared’s vocabulary

February 24, 2011 at 9:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Jared is now 18months old…already halfway thru his 2nd year. Since last month, I wanted to make a list of words that he can say, at least those that I can understand hehe…it’s only now that I get to write that list, and I decided to post here directly… Here are those that I can remember as of this writing, the words that pertain to a thing or person he can also identify and not just say the word (1st column is for the real word, 2nd column is for Jared’s version/s)…

mama = mama
mommy = mama/mimi
dada = dada
jared = yayey
lolo = wowo
lola = wowa
tito = tito
tita = tita
ate/yaya = ate/yaya
kuya = ya
tatay (my lolo) = tatay
nanay = nanay
i love you = bo
opo = opo/po
hindi = indi
ayaw = yaw/yayaw
no = no no no
uwi = uwi/uwe
babay = babay
diaper = pay (as in pAy, not pey)
barney = ni
pooh = pooh
spongebob = babab/bob-bob
jollibee = bi
dog = dog
cat = tat
frog = pag
aircon = ton
bag = bag
car = tar
star = tay/istay
moon = noon
door = doh/dor
yellow = yeyow
blue = bu
red = red/yed
hello = eyow
wala = ya/aya
celphone = pa-pown
shampoo = pa-poo
dede = dede
ligo = gogo/gugu
baby = bebi/beybi
ninong = ninong/nonong
ninang = ninang/nanang
toy = toy
ball = boh
shoot = toot/tyoot
shoes = toot
simba = imba
laptop = pop-pop
ipod = pop-pop
banana = nana
mango = go
papaya = papa-ga (pinagsamang papaya at mangga?lol)
apple = po/pong
door = doh/dohr
ipis = pipi
daga = da-ga
dugo = du-go
work = wok

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

“Tita Takaw”

February 23, 2011 at 1:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Around January, or late December, Jared just suddenly blurted “ta-takaw” repeatedly. Tanong namin habang tumatawa “ano, tita takaw?” at lalo naman nyang inulit-ulit “ta-takaw” oe “tita takaw” hehehe! Since then, everyime he sees his tita around, he calls her “tita takaw”. Lately, kunwari pinapagalitan sya or tinatakot ng tita nya “ano, ano tawag mo sa kin?”, sasagot naman sya ng “tita” sabay smile… pagtalikod ng tita nya at lalayo na, bigla na namang magsasalita ng “tita takaw” sabay tawa. Hahaha!! Even when we just pass by his tita’s room and not really see her, Jared will call “tita takaw!” hahaha malokong bata! 😀

Another better-late-than-never(?) post

February 23, 2011 at 1:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s been 6 months since Jared turned 1 yr old, and I suddenly remember that I haven’t posted anything here in my blog about his birthday party! The only thing I posted for his 1st bday was my letter for him.

I decided to write and post about his bday party (from the preparation to the party itself), as stated in the title, better late than never…lol! Medyo long read na kwento kasi more on sa preps (na stressful)…

Around Feb last year, I already started to plan for his bday which was 6months away then. By “plan”, I meant “plan on my mind”, as in ideas pa lang wala pang action na ginagawa…hehe.. Nasa isip ko lang nun, as much as possible ayoko sa Jollibee. I have nothing against Jollibee, in fact I love Jollibee! Feeling ko lang masyadong common for a 1st bday (sa 2nd bday ok lang sa akin dun in case magparty kami ulit), maarte lang ako hehe. And ayoko din naman ng unique or bonggang party kasi magastos masyado! Ok lang sa akin sa restaurant or other fastfood na hindi kasing-common ni Jollibee. Around that time, medyo naka-set na isip ko sa Shakey’s kasi alam ko hindi sila nagkakalayo ng price ng Jollibee party package. Theme: Mickey Mouse, kasi favorite sya ni Jared that time. Tapos gusto ko may photobooth. Hanggang dun pa lang ang “party planning” ko kasi feeling ko naman matagal pa.

Around May or June na ata ako nagsearch about the venue and other suppliers. We checked the Quezon Ave branch ng Shakey’s, newest and biggest branch daw. Nung nag-inquire kami ni hubby, there goes my problem…di na sila nag-aallow ng ibang theme kasi may tie-up sila sa Cartoon Network, Ben10 lang (or Powerpuff Girls na syempre di pwede for Jared’s party) ang theme nila…eh di naman kilala ni Jared si Ben10! Few weeks ago lang daw naghigpit about the theme, and alam ko nga based sa research ko sa n@w eh ok lang dati kahit anong theme. Tapos pati ibang suppliers like additional balloon decors, photobooth, eh kelangan yung partner nilang suppliers…eh ayoko (lol!). Ayun, cross-out na Shakey’s, medyo panic mode na ko. Naginquire na kami ng ibang venues: Max’s, Dad’s, KFC, McDo, and Jollibee!! To make the long story a little bit shorter, around July bumagsak din kami sa Jollibee!! hahaha! Nagreserve na kami sa West Ave, before umalis si hubby nung July.

The party was set on Jared’s exact bday, Aug.23, Monday yun pero holiday….dapat! Late July or early August napabalitang posibleng bawiin ni PNoy yung holiday ng Aug23…so panic mode (part 2) ako! Super stressed, 2-3wks before the party I had to change plans! I know malabo ko ng maimove ng weekend (Aug.28 or 29) yung party kasi knowing Jollibee eh fully booked na yun. Aug30 yung next target ko kaso natakot ako baka bawiin din. So I had 2 backup plan dates (Aug.30, or 29), pero kelangan ibang venue na. Sobrang thankful ako ke Agie (officemate and fellow nawie) na kasabayan ko nagpa-party preps (for Oct pa sya), nirecommend nya yung venue na natuklasan nya and yung caterer na nirecommend din sa n@w. Reasonable naman yung rates so nagpencil book na ako for both dates haha! Nagpencil book na din ako ng host, na di ko na dapat problema sa Jollibee. Mas preferred ko yung Aug30 kesa 29 kaya plan C lang yung 29 kasi di na available yung host (Jiggles the Balloon Lady) sa 29, at mas mahirap na maghanap ng host nun kasi weekend puro fully booked. Good thing yung photographer na nibook ko eh available din either Aug30 or 29. Nung inannounce ng hindi nga holiday yung Aug23, kinancel ko na din reservation ko sa Jollibee, narefund ko pa naman yung pera so ok lang 🙂

August 30 came….after all the stress I experienced during the preparation (as in ako lang kasi nakaalis na si hubby that time), I was super glad because Jared, and the guests enjoyed the party 🙂 Patok si Balloon Lady sa kids and adults..and nagenjoy din ang kids sa dami ng game prizes and lootbag items (na pinamili ko sa Divi and Toy Kingdom). Happy din ako kasi nasunod yung theme na gusto namin for Jared.. Plus the photobooth was given as a gift by a good friend (and Jared’s ninang). Napataas yung gastos kesa sa original budget na ni-set ko/namin, pero ok lang, it was worth it…esp nung nakita ko after 2wks kung gaano ka-happy si Jared sa pictures 🙂 Sobrang nakakatuwa na kahit wala syang tulog that time kasi timing sa afternoon nap nya yung party, eh hindi sya sinumpong nun…nung pauwi nga lang tulog agad sya sa kotse hehe!

These are just some of my favorite pics from Warren Camitan:

MORE PICS HERE 🙂

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