My Top Mommy Products

Researcher. I am that and more whenever there’s something that I am interested in. Thank you for the wonderful and I hope will be a much faster – Internet Connection that I can read on reviews before buying a product or availing a procedure (This is specifically true when I was pregnant: such as the OGTT and CAS test). But now that Seb’s here and I got a little more time to browse online shops while breastfeeding him I have become quite addicted to ordering online to the point that almost every other day within a week there is something delivered to our house. A gift from me to me 🙂
Anyway, online shopping can be a hit and missed. And I am thankful that its very rare when I come across a bad one and I credit my research for such success. Well, so much my intro let me enumerate “My Top Mommy Products”.

 

  • Coco Haven Baby Hair and Body Wash (Php 300.00 for 250ml) All natural, made of coconut oil and lasting scent. This smells soooo good. Another product from Coco Haven that I really like is their Bugs Away therapeutic cream (Php 200.00) this is one of my go to anti-mosquito products for Seb because it is not that sticky in the skin and again, the smell is really good. you have to try this one, the smell alone sold me out! I ordered this from @9monthsandbeyond_ph‘s Instagram.

 

  • Human Nature Rescue Balm (Php 99.00 for 10grams) I visited one of their stores and there really are a lot to choose from. Actually, there are two types of this balm, the other one is the soothing balm which i have yet to try. I chose this rescue balm because its for scrapes and scratches in the skin which helps for the bi from mosquito bites. Its pure tea tree + lavender. Wishing now that I bought the big one. Anyway, will definitely refill.

 

  • Pigeon Baby Oil with Telon It is not available here in the Philippines. This serves as my baby’s Acete de Mansanilla because I find the real one too strong and hot for an infant’s skin. My sister gave this to me from Indonesia.

 

  • Drypers Drypantz I tried Huggies, Pampers, Mamy Poko and EQ. All diapers worked for Seb. He did not developed any rash but we’re sticking with Drypers as I find it thicker and absorbent. I ordered a box of this in Lazada during their promos, you just have to check the site regularly as there’s always a great deal. Also their delivery is efficient too.

 

  • Bite Block Insect Repellant cheap, good scent and non-sticky on skin. Spot on!

 

  • First Bible Stories Book from WS Pacific Publishing Inc. (Php 300.00) as I mentioned in one of my Instagram posts that I intend to read the bible as Seb’s night story rather than the usual fairy tales and this is a great move in my behalf as I get to revisit the bible too. The book has a very good quality and the drawings and story are very in the eyes and understand.

 

  • Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil Cute packaging 🙂 but the thing that really makes me want this is the moisturizing effect. Great for massaging and works as Mommy’s lotion too.

 

  • Simba Safe Nail Cutter Sturdy, not that fragile like others because it is made of steel (I prefer this than plastic) and the edge of the tool is blunted to ensure safety.

 

  • Pigeon Peristaltic Nipple For me, this is the closest teats you can get that resembles the nipple. It is very soft and we never had a problem with nipple confusion. The price ranges from Php 400 – 550 depending on the size and months of the baby.

 

  • Looney Tunes Baby Bottles (4 oz) Cheap yet very good quality. These are the bottles I used whenever we are out and I can’t feed the baby directly. As I prefer to have a bottled breastmilk baon. This way he is also trained to bottle feed. We started bottle feeding him as early as 2 months.

 

  • Looney Tunes Manual Breast Pump (Php 900.00) Can be used for wide neck and regular bottles as it has an adaptor, very easy to assemble and clean. Cheap and very efficient. I prefer to use this rather than the portable Pigeon breast pump I have as I feel that I have a better control of the flow and output.

 

  • Lactation Cookies I ordered mine from @annabananaskitchen in Instagram, their oatmeal raisin with sunflower seeds cookies and it tasted delicious! I’m only supposed to eat 2 max per day but I ate more than that because it taste like a regular cookie that I tend to treat it as a treat/dessert. Yum!

 

There goes the list. I will be adding more from time to time but so far these are my tried and tested. Will be adding photos soon but will need to collate them first as they are everywhere! I have gotten inconsistent with my file storage this past few months as there’s too little “me” time for now… not complaining though as the baby is at its cutest now, he is starting to babble and oh so adorable! but close to 10 months and still toothless, I am not complaining though as teeth + breastfeeding is never a good combination. yikes!

 

Ciao for now,

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Babywearing: My Love & Carry Air SSC Review 

I finally have my very first SSC… and its none of the brands that I listed on my first post re babywearing haha😬 It took me a long while and lots of looking and inquiries until I am able to decide which one to purchase.

And the winner is tan-tan-tanan! LOVE & CARRY AIR (Moments of Happiness)

 

Product features copied from Love & Carry’s Official Website. 

  • Designed for carrying babies from 4-5 months (with minimum height of 65 cm) up to 3 years old (18 kg)
  • Provides for a physiologically correct (frog-like) position
  • Can be used in three carrying positions: front carry (facing in), back carry and hip carry
  • Breathable net backrest, hidden behind the carrier’s large pocket
  • All straps are adjustable to fit a carrying person of any body type
  • Designed for wearing over summer as well as winter clothes
  • Allows easy placing and removing of the baby
  • Allows easy breastfeeding of baby in carrier
  • The detachable hood provides support to baby’s head while it is sleeping
  • On the inside the carrier is covered with a soft lining of natural fabric
  • Made of high quality fabrics (100% cotton) manufactured in Ukraine; the net is 100% PE
  • Extra strong buckles with double protection guarantees the safety of your child
  • Machine wash with cold ware in the delicate mode
  • Love & Carry carrier complies with the European Safety Norm EN 13209-2
  • Love & Carry carrier is certified by the state sanitary-and-epidemiologic service of Ukraine
  • Color: gray
  • Made in Ukraine

And the best thing is, Its half the price of other more branded SSCs. Half Off! ❤❤❤

I ordered it from their local seller here in the Philippines – Love & Carry Philippines (Facebook page). I’ve been using it for quite a while now and I must say that its a good SSC for starters like me.

Pros:

  • Not that complicated to use
  • The buckles are well secured
  • Cute design plays a big factor
  • Soft shoulder paddings
  • Has a mesh part for hot days
  • Pocket for small things
  • Daddy can use too

Cons:

  • I have to wait for my baby to turn 4 months before using.
  • No hipseat
  • No front facing position

 

I am posting my Love & Carry Air review because I want to share the experience and to suggest an alternative especially for budget conscious mommies who want a quality yet affordable tool for baby wearing. This cost Php 4,000 + shipping fee.

 

 

 

How’s my baby wearing experience? Great! I find it more personal and interactive than strollers especially when we’re out. As I love talking and describing whatever we pass on to my son. I am sure that he could hear me, compare to when we’re using  stroller. Also I get to kiss him often and see his reaction every time and he likes to taste it — it soothes him — thank you drool pads!

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I have also joined a forum in facebook re baby wearing and am learning a lot. Baby wearing helps a lot of mothers to be closer to their child and most of all to be flexible and be able to do more.

Happy Baby wearing Mommies… I hope that somehow, I am able to help you with your SSC decision making.

 

 

Enjoys Babywearing my son,

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Babywearing: Which SSC is better?

Babywearing is something that I have yet to experience. I’ve seen many parents doing this almost everywhere and I say it looks pretty easy and very convenient instead of a stroller – No more elevators, bulky carriage and you can go anywhere as if you are simply carrying a bag… talk about portability. The concept is simple: You-carry-your-baby.👍🏼

I am a research person and that’s why I love reading blogs – especially Mom blogs nowadays ever since I’ve been one. Their recommendations are what sells a product to me because their reviews are as real as one can get. And so the search for the perfect carrier begins…

Baby Carriers are very indemand now and so comes the vast selection. From types, to brands, to colors, sizes and features and It can get pretty overwhelming. With this, you have to identify your needs to be able to narrow down your choices. And here is what I am looking for:

  • Can be use from Newborn to Toddler without the need for infant insert.
  • Can do front facing position.
  • Comfortable for Mommy’s use.
  • For the price: I understand that SSCs are pricey (almost the same price of a stroller) but as long as its brand is established and trusted, the quality is very good then I’ll just turn a blind eye😂
  • Hope Daddy can use too.

Okay so that was quite a list but I have narrowed my choices to three and will discuss them in a while. But first let me talk about what I’ve learned about babywearing so far..

Babywearing is not a new trend as it can be traced way back to our ancestors (tribe people – they use clothe as wraps then). From there it has evolved and is now known in its many faces: Mei Tai, Ring Sling, Woven Wrap, Stretch Wrap and the most popular and modern SSC (Soft Structured Carriers), which is my choice.

I have tried the SaYa (Pricing at Php 950.00) which is a stretch wrap and I was confused and kind of disappointed. It is hard to set up that I never get to use it. I ordered it when Seb is only 3 weeks, tried it with my husband’s help. Even with the manual and watching YouTube videos – we still fail. I find it too snug and fit that I am scared to put my baby in it in fear that he’ll get squish. I have the right size naman but I don’t know I am just not confident to use it.

And so I look for other wraps and find the Baby K’Tan breeze which look very promising. It is half mesh, half cloth so the airflow is present which is really important especially in Philippine weather. It does not seem that complicated to use and has more support. For the price of around Php 3,000 it was a candidate. Was I say because I thought that wraps would not be for my long term use as it has a tendency to sag if Seb becomes heavier which is inevitable. So from wraps I’ve jumped to an SSC.

SSC is sturdier and will grow with my baby. And from my research my top choices are:

ERGOBABY 360 – (still needs an infant insert) can be used from 7-33 lbs, has a front facing feature, ErgoBaby is the top brand when it comes to baby carriers so the quality is expected to be superb. Has very good designs but we’re interested to get the block gray if ever.

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TULA – still needs an infant insert and no front facing position but from reviews mothers say that these are the most comfortable to use as it fits the wearer very well. Also the designs are very stylish, I am so inlove with the block gray and star design.

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LILLEBABY All Seasons – no need for infant insert, has 6 positions including front facing and can be use from newborn to toddlers years so that’s 7-45 lbs. Has a lumbar support too which is brilliant.

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These SSCs cost pretty much the same, pricing at around Php 5,000 ++ costly I know but I’d rather spend than risk my baby falling (nooooooo!) All are available in the country. The Ergobaby and Lillebaby can be purchase in The Baby Company at selected SM stores but TULA has an exclusive distributor which is the CEO Emporium whose store is located in San Juan.

I am pretty much solved to LILLEBABY because its very “sulit”. Still need to try them personally prior to buying which will happen in the next few weeks. Seb is exactly  2 months now and I plan to start wearing him at around 3 months to make sure that his head and neck are stronger.

I joined the Babywearing Philippines page in Facebook and it really is a big help in giving information about everything I need to know in babywearing, check out and join the group moms. Its really helpful.

Will update you guys once my babywearing journey started.

 

 

Excited to buy her very first carrier,

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Review: Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel

Ever since it opened in 2014, I have always wanted to visit the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. But due to work, marriage and now comes pregnancy I’ve forgotten all about it…

Thanks to that one faithful browsing night in Instagram, we decided to have an on the spot planning and book their weekend dine, stay and play package for superior room priced at Php 5,800 in total for 2 guests overnight stay. So comes the weekend, we had our staycation!

A complimentary parking is available for guests, and if you have a companion who wants to park in their building they charge a fee of Php 100 for the first three hours.

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Checking in was a breeze because of the prompt and courteous receptionist.

Their lobby is located in the 24th floor (ergo their tagline of Philippine’s First Sky Hotel) because the other lower floors were occupied by offices.

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Our room’s in the 27th floor adjacent to the MERALCO building providing us a great view of the city and traffic.twin beds of pure comfort

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Twin beds of pure comfort

All complementaries are complete: You got your mineral water, soap, shampoo, body gel, toothbrush, cotton buds, slippers and many others. But one thing that is very important and missing: They do not have a bidet 😦

Mustering all my second trimester energy, we decided to take a dip in the pool while my sister tries their gym which I find really inviting with their modern equipments and available gym trainer. If it hadn’t been pregnant I might have a go on their Treadmill.

And so I dip and swam to my heart’s content in their pool instead, which is  just the perfect temperature. They also have a jacuzzi in the corner which I didn’t get into as my condition restrain me. Their pool area in 22nd floor which is open from 6:00am-10:00pm is one of the highlights of my visit. I really enjoyed it. Why? It’s indoor with a great view, good ambience, tempting sofa seats to rest on, unlimited available dry towels and free cucumber water on standby. Not to mention that there were only few guests or almost none when we’re there 🙂 and to cap it all off they have one of the best shower areas I’ve been to! Talk about great amenities and superb service from all the attentive staffs.

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Before bed time I did indulge a few hours in the bath tub. Tip though: Bring your own bath salt/foam that’s oozing with foam and scent because the one they have there seems bland.

* I’ll be having a separate post for our buffet breakfast in CUCINA.

Overall, The Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel experience is very luxurious, relaxing and simply nice. The room is spot on with all the great features, their amenities are well maintained, the restroom is clean, modern and sleek. But for me, the highlight will be that of superb attentive service from their staff plus the affordable price it all comes with.

 

MARCO POLO ORTIGAS, MANILA  |  Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City,1600,  Manila,  Philippines  |  Email: manila@marcopolohotels.com  |  Tel: (+632) 720 7777

 

P.S. This is me at 26 weeks 🙂

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Nessy and Nessly at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel – July 2016

 

Good Job! Marco Polo Ortigas… I will see you soon, again!

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Clinica Antipolo Hospital Tour

3 months before my due date, I opted to have a “maternity / delivery ” hospital tour in Clinica Antipolo. The hospital is one of my options to have my baby come D-day. Its 25 minutes away from home and is fairly new considering it opened last 2012.

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The maternity rate depends on your doctor. Mine was priced at Php 40,000 for normal delivery and Php 70,000 for Caesarean delivery. As per their admitting department, the maternity package comes with a private room  (Php 1,700) but upon checking, the room seems small so if you opted to have a regular private room (Php 2,000) the package wouldn’t be counted as a whole but rather it will become a per item of availment computation.

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Semi-Private Room (Php 1,500)

This is quite a pickle as I prefer the regular private room. Actually its just the same in terms of room component, the only difference is the room size as it can accomodate more people / visitors.

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Regular Private Room (Php 2,000)

We’re able to see the operation room, delivery room, nursery, NICU, chapel, lobby and all other facilities in relation to the maternity tour. I asked if they allow a companion during delivery and they said no because of the need to preserve sterilization, but I’m still thinking of pushing my OB to agree to have my spouse with me.

*** Update: I asked my OB If my husband can go with me in the delivery room, and she said it depends on him. Based from her experience, she said that some husbands tends to disrupt the labor due to panic or a different reaction upon seeing all the bloods and stuff.

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Lobby and Information Area

All in all, the hospital seems new, clean and not depressing to visit as most hospitals are. They even have a pianist performing in their lobby if that adds to it being not gloomy. The parking is quite limited, and the nearest establishments are 7 minutes away in Robinsons Place Antipolo.

 

*** I’ve been looking for Clinica Antipolo reviews online especially from other Mom’s blog  and forums but can’t find any. If ever I’ll be having my delivery here I will post one.

Additional information updated as of September 30, 2016: If you have a Maternity benefit under your HMO (mine was Asianlife which is 30,000 for CS delivery and 20,000 for Normal delivery) and plan to avail the hospital maternity package, you wouldn’t able to do so. The case would be is you’ll be considered as a private patient meaning your maternity hospital fees will be computed on an itemized basis. So it will be more costly a few thousands but I think I’ll be taking the risk instead of not being able to avail the HMO’s maternity benefit. I hope I am able to explained this clearly or pretty much is understandable 🙂

 

If you want to know more about Clinica Antipolo, here’s their contact details:

Address: Lot 4 Sen. L. Sumulong Mem. Circle (Taktak Road) Dela Paz, Antipolo City

695-9480 to 87  |  695-9435

Email: cahwci@yahoo.com.ph  |  www.clinicaantipolohospital.com

 

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Wedding Suppliers Review 

My wedding prep days are over for I am now officially married!

This post serves as my suppliers’ review for everyone that helped us in our Wedding. I looove our suppliers. They didn’t disappoint, though some didn’t perfectly nailed it.

Anyway, here’s the review:
5 – highest and 1 – lowest

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Church: Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Marikina City (7,000)

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We chose the Church for its location. As mentioned in my other posts, My husband and I compromised as he’s from Montalban Rizal while I’m from Taytay. And so Marikina it is. Another big factor is I fell in love with Kapitan Moy at first visit and we soooo love the concept of “isang tawid lang nasa reception ka na.”
They start the march right on time. Our Priest is very helpful and sincere. However, the choir which is supposed to be part of our payment is not there and for that, yes, acapella it is 😦 there’s no other wedding after us and so we took our time with our photo op.

J.P Rizal St. Sta. Elena, Marikina City | 646-1781

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Reception Venue: Kapitan Moy (15,000 with 2,000 security deposit)

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Tip: If you want to book it, book early as the slots are easily filled up specially during peak season for not only weddings are held here, but many other celebrations.
The place is perfect for a classic wedding. They also have an elevator for seniors, the place can accomodate around 300 guests. We didn’t get any lights supplier as we have a day wedding and there’s already chandeliers in the venue. The sound is loud and clear, they also have their own sound operator. For the mic, you will be the one to provide batteries.
*** We’re only able to get 1,000 of our security deposit as they deducted 500 each for the electricity consumed by the projector and photobooth. My problem is the 1,000 refund is in check by veterans bank which for me is quite a hassle.

❤️❤️❤️ Caterer: Ma Del’s Catering (560 per head x 110 guests)

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Our reception set-up is beautiful just as we discussed during meetings. The food is great and so are the waiter’s service. Though we have some issues but not that major to break the reception: We forgot about the releasing of doves, though its there they didn’t remind us about it, the desserts are not packed together with other left overs and they printed the wrong menu card (the bride created her own menu cards, table numbers and VIP name cards).
Contacting them is hard. A month before the wedding my coordinator keeps on calling and sending them messages but they did not even reply or acknowledge, even a few days before the wedding. So imagine the uneasiness and stress we feel for that! Anyway, the good things is they did deliver but still that’s not really professional in my opinion. The client needs to be updated and acknowledge… Always! That’s a must.

48C Dr. Pilapil St. Sagad, Pasig City | 641-3423 | 655-1112 | 09167802705 | 09989765001

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Wedding Gown: Twin Kailey 

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My gown was on display when I first saw it. Upon fitting, I’ve decided that this is it but wanted to tweak a thing or two in the design. The gown comes with a free set of accessories already which is a plus. It was quite a steal actually. Though I am still quite hesitant with the timeline if they can finish my gown on time. My wedding is January 7, 2016 but as early as end of September I already look for my wedding gown and to my surprise were able to take it home by 2nd week of November. (Imagine the temptation to fit it when you see it everyday in your bedroom in its box, all sparkly and white! Much to my then future MIL’s constant reminder of that pamahiin – but since everything came out fine on our wedding day – I guess its safe to say that I did fit it SEVERAL times hahaha.)

❤️❤️ Flowers for Church and Entourage: Anne Flower Shop (Php 5,000)

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The lesson here is “you get what you pay for”. Anne is easy to transact with, there’s no problem with their delivery and set up which is on time. But the most important of all which are the flowers themselves were a disappointment. The bridal bouquet is very bulky and heavy. The flowers are not that fresh, and it really is not presentable. I am quite a settler if its “pwede na” but this one is definitely not okay. The good thing here is though it didn’t look good personally, its not that bad to look at in pictures. The bridesmaids’ flowers are really ugly (sorry) and lifeless. As for the flowers in the aisle, its okay. I didn’t really get to look at it closely because I’m quite high during the ceremony. Anyway, I mentioned during our wedding planning that flowers aren’t really my priority as its the first to wither and thrown out after the day, but now I have the what if moments. I guess I should have given thought on getting artificial flowers instead that I can keep, and may have made my wedding bouquet a hard to let go item.

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❤️❤️❤️❤️ Wedding Invitations: Quirky Dots (Php 5,000)

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*I did a separate post for this one.
The invitations came out as classic and timeless. The revisions and timeline is erratic but they made it work. The owner is my good friend and I am forever grateful. Will definitely recommend if your looking for that “quirky” invitation.

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Photo and Video: Don Tapan Photography (15,000)

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We’ve met Don from one of our events at work. So he came to mind when we’re looking for our p/v supplier which we hope were inexpensive yet very professional and have the magic shots. Since I am a graphic designer, I didn’t ask for a same day video. Also I didn’t ask for wedding album to lessen the price. We simply asked his team for a raw photo and video. We’ll just save everything in a hard disk after the event. But the good thing is, Don provided us with a same day photo presentation on our wedding to show the guests during reception. I am already set that I’ll be the one to edit our wedding photos, but much to my delight the shots are print ready. All photos look amazing! As for the video, they also sent us a presentation a month after the wedding but I’ll say the photos are better. Don and his team are easy to work with. They are all very young, under 25 I think yet all pro. One more thing, since my then fiance and I are not that into posing and modeling stuff, we veer away from pre-nup shoot as we don’t feel comfortable doing them.
We decided to avail a wedding photo album too which will cost Php 5,000 for a leather bound, 150 pictures and 8×8 size. But unfortunately it hasn’t progress yet as I’m still not able to choose the top photos.
A super nice fact: Don Tapan was trained and is one of Toto Villaruel and Nicolai Melicor’s junior photographer.

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Lights and Projector supplier: RGB lights and sounds (Php 5,000)

We booked them during a wedding fair in SM Marikina. The owner is very easy to talk to and gives a lot of information about their product that helped us decide which one to avail. They were on time during the preparation. The only down side here is the projector is okay but some pictures didn’t register with their right color. Some seems a little dark for me. But that I can let go as its not a deal breaker.
*We decided not to avail any sound system as we find the inhouse sound system of Kapitan Moy to be working fine. And since we have a morning ceremony and reception, the natural light and the inhouse light available in Kapitan Moy has been enough, we just availed stage lights for the couple’s stage to stand out.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Bridesmaid Infinity Dresses: Cruella@co (Php 1, 250 each)

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All transactions are online even the payment. I first saw them in Instagram and because of great reviews I decided to order my bridesmaid’s dresses. Camille is very friendly and professional. But because the order falls on a Christmas holiday, we decided not to have it delivered but to pick up the items to avoid delays. Their patahian is located in Welcome Rotonda QC. The dresses were pick up on time and fits perfectly (well, because they’re infinity dress haha) but we have one slight problem as one of my bridesmaid is very tall so the dress is “bitin”. Unfortunately, It fell right after Christmas so imagine the holidays and waiting game. She does the adjustment free of charge and we pick it up 3 days before the wedding, whew!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Emcee: Lucette Dela Rosa of LDR events (Php 4,000)

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We booked her during a wedding fair in SM Marikina. I first saw her hosting in a friend’s wedding and find her very entertaining, fluent and organized. Actually, I am thinking of just asking some friends to do the hosting but decided that with a professional host we can never go wrong. Also, I’ve attended a few weddings where friends acted as hosts but didn’t deliver well. Anyway, she once booked she discussed the program flow and asked our inputs as well. And come wedding day she did a job well done. The guests also commented on her professionalism which I think is well deserved.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Hair and Make up: Vicel Enriquez Artistry (Php 8,500)

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For me this was a splurge. But because HMUA is a deal breaker for a bride I decided to go with it. Anyway, to feel confident and beautiful in that special day is every girl’s dream, if it was a miss you can never go back and you’ll forever have the photo. Either you love your look, or totally hate it. (Ayoko magsisi so keri na ang Php 8,500.)
I had my trial make-up in Vicel’s place in Marikina and It was love at first look in the mirror (if there’s such term). Come wedding day, She is the first to arrive in the hotel 10 minutes prior to call time. She’s friendly and easy to get comfortable with. I loooove both my ceremony and reception look. I did received great compliments and felt very beautiful which is all thanks to her. She and her partner, the hair stylist are very helpful during the whole day, even if it isn’t already their scope of work which I am very grateful for.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Hotel Preparation: Marikina Hotel (Php 3,500 per room)

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This was the closest hotel in OLA Church. It’s not as grand but its efficient. Anyway what we’re after is proximity and functionality and the hotel is all that. Parking is available, their lobby is comfortable and quite grand. The hotel staff are very helpful too. The rooms are all the same size with just different set ups, They have complete amenities such as AC, ref, TV and separate bath. Not as elegant but definitely clean. It serves what it needs to and for that its very recommandable. Definitely a steal.

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Wedding Cake: Estrels (Php 3,500)

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Estrels is loooove. It is delicious! And so I decided to have this as my wedding cake simply for its taste. Their designs are all too girly, flowery but a classic. And so we ordered a two layered round caramel cake. The downside here is they do not deliver. And since we have a morning wedding, a day itself pick up is quite a risk with it being a weekday and travel time from QC to Marikina, traffic is a concern. And so we decided to pick it up the day before. The only hassle here is that due to transpo placement, my father has had it lopsided and so the flower decors at the back of the cake were ruined. But it isn’t much of a big deal since its only in the back and the important thing is its still intact two layers and all.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Photobooth: Pretty Prints Photobooth (Php 7,000)

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I saw their Instagram account, liked it and contacted them for booking. We worked on the design thru viber. The package we availed in for a 3 hours service, strip layout with 2 prints for every set. One for the guests and the other for the free guest book they provided. They arrived on time, did the set up and did a great job. The guests especially my sister loooove their shots, it has a very flawless filter I don’t know exactly how to describe it. The props are adorable to choose from. It is us who surrenders to it. They are the last ones of our supplier to pack. Ms. Kristine Mata, the owner is very nice and approachable.
But what I liked most is what they delivered weeks after the wedding. 8 pieces of 4R sized picture as ref magnets. Its my favorite! They printed 4 of the couple’s pictures and 2 pictures each of the family of the bride and groom’s side. I so love their output that I’ll definitely get them in other occassions where we’ll be needing a photobooth.
*This serves as our guest souvenir.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Wedding Coordinator: Ms. Chrezyl Anne Dumo

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She rocks!!! I am her first ever client. A friend and a pro she is all that. She went with me to everything wedding related. She always, always replies and get back at me for any reports immediately.

Mine as her first wedding, but definitely not her first event. She did concerts, product launching, corporate Christmas parties to name a few and she nailed everything! Will absolutely refer her to anyone who asks. To wrap it up, she’s one of the greatest person why my wedding will always be a memorable moment in my life (aside from my husband of course 😊), I can confidently say that we pulled my entire wedding just the two of us. Thanks Ateng!

A shout out to all members and readers of Weddings@Work and GirlTalk forums, you guys helped me a lot during planning. Thank you very much!

This post is waaay overdue! Good things have happened since our wedding day. When I find the time and energy I’ll be posting more overdue entries, but for now the wedding suppliers’ review is all I can muster.
I hope that this blog entry may help future brides whose planning their own weddings. Feel free to ask me questions about anything you’ve read in this blog😊

 

Finally married to my loving husband,

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Bridal Gown Fitting

Today’s agenda is Bridal Gown.

Not yet to buy but to try gowns and see what silhouette suits and complements my body type. And so I have two places to visit. Landmarks and Rosa Clara. Both are carrier of RTW bridal gowns since its my choice of how I want my gown to be. I want the “what you see is what you get” type of purchase, especially for the most important dress I’ll ever wear in my life.

First stop, LANDMARKS: Ivory and Lace

They are quite strict. No picture taking and you only get to fit 3 dresses. No exchange of choices to try on (think of a touch move concept). Their fitting room is big enough with 2 mirrors front and back and a platform but I think they should somewhat put a drama in their lightning and a little more ventilation in the room since it gets really hot once you put on the gowns considering their layers and layers of tulle.

There are many gowns available from A-line, to ball gown to mermaid etc. and mind you they’re all in style and not outdated. They also have some gowns on sale at 20% discount.

Price Range: The cheapest one I saw costs Php 14,000. Their veil has 2 types: with lace Php 5,000 and without lace Php  2,000. They can do alterations with a fee depending on the changes to be made. To reserve the gown you want you need to pay 20% down payment.

Landmarks Makati, 2nd floor, Formal wear section

Second stop, ROSA CLARA

I called prior to visiting their shop inquiring if they can accommodate a walk-in fitting and good thing is no one’s scheduled so they said yes! If you know Rosa Clara you know that it is expensive considering of course that its a Spanish bridal brand.

The first gown I tried on is DIVINE. Perfect fit! Made for me? I think so but it comes with a hefty price of Php 125,000. For that amount you get free alteration and a veil. If you have a tube top which can be a problem if you’lI have a church wedding, you can opt to buy a cover up bolero. Their price ranges from Php 20,000 minimum.

They have nice fitting rooms with good romantic lightning, platform, robe and a three way mirror. They are also more lenient here when it comes to gown fitting. No limit like that of Landmarks but I never needed it since I fell in love hard with the first gown I tried on. But still I fitted 2 more just to see other silhouettes but I keep comparing them to the first one.

I almost have the this is it feeling. But knowing that this is way way beyond our allotted budget for my wedding gown I have to let go and move on… Sad that I don’t even have a picture of this divine gown as they have a no pictures policy.

I read in some blog that its a no-no to try on a wedding gown that is way beyond your budget as if you loved it, you’ll have a hard time on choosing others as you’ll keep comparing it to the one. Oh well rookie mistake. But I know that someday, somewhere I’ll find the perfect wedding gown. The one that’s really meant for me to walk down the aisle with.

** Borrowed a few lines from one of my favorites songs – someday 🙂

Tower III of The Residences @ Greenbelt | RosaClara@trimarkholdings.net | 238-1310

It is pretty tiring with all the big fuzz of trying on huge gowns. It somehow drains my energy. A tip though, make sure to wear a dress for your convenience in changing clothes and also a nice pair of underwear 🙂

As for the findings of what silhouette complements me: A-Line

Well I hope to find my wedding gown soon as its close to three months and still I’m not half done yet in my wedding preps!

Tired from gown fitting,

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Food Tasting (in search of our wedding caterer)

So far the wedding preparations I had been to three food tastings already. All of them are mid-range in terms of prices. These are my must-haves in finding our wedding caterer:

Food – delicious and good serving
Styling – I have a vision of what my reception would look like, It needs to spell our theme: Modern Filipiniana
Service – courteousness and communicatiovn is key
Budget – still needs to be considered as we want to stick to our budget
And so after researching on forums such as the ever helpful W@W and GT. I am on my way to taste and decide.

1. IGNACIO’S CATERING

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Way before we start on our preps I saw their website, check their styling and packages. And so they are on top of my list when we started doing FTs. Since our church and reception is in Marikina City they will be very ideal as they’re from Marikina too.

Rates: Minimum of Php 470 per head and maximum of Php 820 + 10% service charge with tiffany chairs and styling

Easy communication with their AE and you get to talk to the owner Sir Jon Ignacio. All seems good in terms of styling and food serving. Their Fish fillet in warm salad, buco pandan and mango jello are good finds but I think they need to improve their dessert options (taste wise). I didn’t get the this-is-it feeling😑 so…

#10 Malaya st. Malanday, Marikina city | http://www.ignacioscatering.com | 948-8150. 948-0053. 347-2229

2. DORIE’S CATERING

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Good food, style and price. They got it all! Its just that for me personally, something’s amiss. Again, No This-is-it feeling.

Rate: Minimum of Php 400 per head and maximum of Php 570 with tiffany chairs and styling

Their spanish beef kaldereta, fish fillet with tar tar sauce and almond buco lychee are delicious. The owner John Cruz is very knowledgeable in terms of styling and he really suggests ideas of what will make the event grand. There are many customers when we went there, some are already in their final detailing and paying the down payment to book them.

I highly suggest you try food tasting with them, and see for yourself. Really they’re a good find. It just that I guess they are not for me. 😑

5 MH Del Pilar st. Palatiw, Pasig City | doriescatering04@yahoo.com | 477-4902. 401-9047. 345-7556

3. MA DEL’S CATERING

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If you’re like me whose a stalker of W@W forums and GT you probably have heard of this caterer from almost all brides to be. It even has its own thread in line with K by Cunanan, Hizons and other high-end caterers.

All positive reviews! The only issue their having is that Anj the catering manager is hard to reach via phonecall or text. They have this solution though to call her early morning in their home phone. But as negative as it sounds, she’ll be very much available to you when your event is near, it sounds like priorities to me. Anyway, they said even if there’s no constant communication – she can deliver! 😁

When we had our FT in their place in Pasig, we met Anj very briefly as she’s on her way to an event, she seems very nice though. Their famous chicken flambe and fetuccine italianna are served, they are all very tasty. The korean pork is a little salty for me but the good thing is that you can ask Mama Del the owner and cook to tone down the mix. Btw, it is Mama Del who entertained us, she’s very endearing, and seems like your ordinary tita to talk to.

Rate: Minimum of Php 560 per head and maximum of Php 710 with tiffany chairs and styling

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I did not book them on the spot, but I have a very good feeling about them, I am just thinking more about it but at the moment I am leaning to get them 80% (I guess you can tell based on my rave about them).

48C Dr Pilapil st. Sagad, Pasig City | 655-1114. 641-3423. 09167802705. 09989765001

4. MARTHA’S PLATE CATERING

Of the few online reviews I read about them, they said that the food is delicious and the serving is really generous but they are not yet fully into styling. More of old school styling if you check their site.

Rate: Minimum of Php 300 and maximum of Php 600 per head

I haven’t yet have food tasting with them, but I am pretty excited as they seem ideal in terms of location, service and budget.

21 Senga st. Calumpang, Marikina City | marthasplatecatering@yahoo.com | 645-1041. 330-1289. 09179969819

5. IKO’S BREADS AND CAKES (wedding cake supplier not caterer)

Since we’re in Pasig area we decided to drop by the bakery as they have good reviews online too. The caramel cake and their bestseller moist chocolate cake is very affordable, be it one layer or for wedding cakes. Around Php 4,000 I think for the 3 layered cake. Note though that their cakes are dense and thick in texture. They have all different cakes for any occasions, their designs look good too.

6 East Capitol drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City | 474-3899

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Most of the caterers where we had food tasting are mid-range in terms of prices, but they do have a lot to offer that I think can very well be in line with the top wedding caterers out there. I feel the need to create this blog post as there seems to be very little online reviews about them and me, being a bride to be in search of reviews really find those very few ones handy and reliable.

So here’s my two cents, hope you find it helpful for your wedding preps!

Still undecided,

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