Baby Lyann’s 1st D.I.Y. Fairy Garden Party

Creating an unforgettable, creative, yet cheap party for your child, away from all the relatives you can think to help you around (an OFW sigh!);  starting from the planning itself,  downloading of designs, creating all the mementos from the scratch and the knitty-gritty part of being a party planner, on top of being a working mom, is the hardest of all.

Instead of paying for a party planner and buying package of themed birthday party designs,  (which would cost triple of my intended budget), I decided to make it a D.I. Y. (do-it-yourself) first birthday party for my lovable daughter, Alyanna Francesca (Baby Lyann).

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Lyann with her dad…

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My daughter with her 4 teeth…

Lyann at 11 mos...

Lyann at 11 mos…

"babyrush" as what my friends call her, clapping fervently!!

“babyrush” as what my friends call her, clapping fervently!!

trying out some gifts from Tito Carlo! (pwede na pong pangsamba!)

trying out some gifts from Tito Carlo! (pwede na pong pangsamba!)

grinning widely! (I'm a happy baby!)

grinning widely! (I’m a happy baby!)

modelling the dress from ninong Carlo...

modelling the dress from ninong Carlo…

I chose to have a Fairy Garden Party Theme. It’s very easy to download a lot of free fairy party printables with the help of Mr. Google nowadays, where you can just save the designs and voila, there it is, ready for printing- starting from the birthday banner,  alphabet bunting, cupcake topper,  bottled water and plastic cup labels, napkin rings, straw flags and thank you cards.(just type free birthday party printables, and it will show you myriads of links!)

The hardest part comes upon selecting which among these fairy designs fit well together, especially for the theme fairy garden and its color (which initially, I want it all-pink). Because of the myriads of irresistible, funky, cute and free downloadable designs from the internet, you will have the urge to use all of it!

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Lyann’s cluttered playroom because of mom…

Here’s my list to narrow down my choices of designs. I put them all together to see if colors match and which-one- fits another design.

the pictures of all my printables...

the pictures of all my printables…

Lyann’s birthday was last April, but I have already started my planning  , searching and downloading surreptitiously  during my breaktime  and printing as early as February. When I came home from work at night, I busied myself cutting and pasting all the stuffs, starting from the strawflags…

These watercolor butterfly strawflags are actually napkin rings, but I think it’s  nicer to use in straws…

Finished product of my butterfly strawflags and plastic cup labels...

Finished product of my butterfly strawflags and plastic cup labels…

I made them wands of Disney characters Ariel and tinker bell, in addition to the light pink and green butterfly wands.

ariel wand printables

ariel wand printables

Tinkerbell!

Tinkerbell!

pink and green butterflies

pink and green butterflies

wowowee Ariel wands!

wowowee Ariel wands!

tinkerbell wands on the go!

tinkerbell wands on the go!

my flippery butterflies

my flippery butterflies

I also made crowns for the prince and princesses, and flowery ones for the fairies of the party.

rapunzel's "tangled" crown printable

rapunzel’s “tangled” crown printable

fairy flower crowns

fairy flower crowns

my cutout printables sewed in a lacey pink ribbon

my cutout printables sewed in a lacey pink ribbon

My husband and I bought packs of candies: lollipops, gummy bears, mints and repacked it with thank you tags attached to it.

assorted popsies in a shoebox covered with  pink gift wrapper

assorted popsies in a shoebox covered with pink gift wrapper

giveaway goodies

giveaway goodies

The napkin rings are so simple so I decided to put butterflies, bees and ant  printables (these are actually cupcake toppers)  in its center to add an accent to its look…

my napkin rings and toothpick flags

my napkin rings and toothpick flags

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my utensils housed in table napkins with rings 🙂

A day before the party, my colleagues/ friends went to our house and offer some help since my mother-in-law went back home a week earlier than her intended date to return in the Philippines (unfortunately, her mother died).

Sarah helped me in cutting, pasting and designing of the mementos we are going to give away for the party…

Nanay Lita (Sarah’s mom), Ronnie, Jhoram helped in cutting veggies, onions and garlic slicing the meats for our different menu for the occasion and of course, Ate Vivs, who baked the all the macaroons and cookies …

And our chef in cooking Lyann’s birthday party menu: pork menudo, chicken barbeque, seafood chopsuey, spaghetti, chicken nuggets and hotdog-on-sticks.

Meet our chef, Ate Vivs!

Meet our chef, Ate Vivs!

cupcake macaroons c/o Ate Vivs! sooo yummy!

cupcake macaroons c/o Ate Vivs! sooo yummy!

Mama Sarah, busy as a bee...

Mama Sarah, busy as a bee…

Papa Ronnie, Lyann's part-time nanny! hehehe!

Papa Ronnie, Lyann’s part-time nanny! hehehe!

Thank you to all our kapitbahay and friends: L-R: Jhoram, mamah Sarah and Papa Ronnie, Ate Vivs , me and the celebrant (Parang magpapadebut lang ako ah!))

Thank you to all our kapitbahay and friends: L-R: Jhoram, mamah Sarah and Papa Ronnie, Ate Vivs , me and the celebrant (Parang magpapadebut lang ako ah!))

Our chef! (see the partially done birthday table of Lyann, that night!)

Our chef! (see the partially done birthday table for Lyann that night!)

My hubby inflating  and designing all the balloons

My hubby inflating and designing all the balloons

our cookies!

our cookie batter!

my kikay cookie cutters!

my kikay cookie cutters!

cookie bears

cookie bears

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butterfly cookie delight!

butterfly cookie delight!

In addition to the wand, I made some colorful fruit wand skewers.

my watermelon fruit skewers

my watermelon fruit skewers

Her birthday cake was a chocolate-vanilla flavour fondant cake from Sunflower bakery.

Lyann's Fairy Castle birthday Cake from Sunflower Bakery

Lyann’s Fairy Castle birthday Cake from Sunflower Bakery

This is how our house looked like after my D.I.Y. party designs… (I just spent two hundred ringgit (RM 200) for the glittered glue, especially designed wavy scissor, bond paper, colored paper, sticker tapes, some butterfly clippers I bought from a wedding shop, a pack of glittery mini-wands, felt paper vases, a wooden tray for the utensils,fairy-themed invitations and her DIY fairy castle..

our house, after all our labor

our house, after all our labor

"HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ALYANNA!"

“HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ALYANNA!”

the D.I.Y.Fairy Castle

the D.I.Y.Fairy Castle

the bottled water in our wine holder with fairy stickers around it

the bottled water in our wine holder with fairy stickers around it

ice cream candies to be given away, too

ice cream candies to be given away, too

macaroons with the cupcake fairy toppers

macaroons with the cupcake fairy toppers

At last the fruit of my “labor of love” for my daughter’s first birthday… (hmm..papasa na ba as party planner? Now I understand why birthday themed packages are insanely high! Each intricate design is really worth a cent to pay!)

the carriage of the queen!

the carriage of the queen!

the yummy cookies

the yummy cookies

our sala, with Lyann's growing up baby pictures, and the time capsule for her

our sala, with Lyann’s growing up baby pictures, and the time capsule for her

Her picture @ 7 mos, taken by our good friend, Dr. Yambao

Her picture @ 7 mos, taken by our good friend, Dr. Yambao

TIME CAPSULE: messages and mementos for her to be opened when she reach her 18th birthday!

TIME CAPSULE: messages and mementos for her to be opened when she reach her 18th birthday!

the fairy castle for my princess

the fairy castle for my princess

The Kiddos: (L-R: Bren, Ken, ate Sofia, Lyann and Fate)

The Kiddos: (L-R: Bren, Ken, ate Sofia, Lyann and Fate)

Candle blowing:

Blow the candles baby!

Blow the candles baby!

Cake Cutting:

cake cutting...

cake cutting…

The Casil-Cruz Family!

The Casil-Cruz Family!

The Guests:

our brehrens in the Church of Christ: Ka Christian and Ka Michelle

our brethrens in the Church of Christ: Ka Christian and Ka Michelle

with Tito Ronnie

with Tito Ronnie

Madam Khin and son Leo

Madam Khin and son Leo

Tita Vivs

Tita Vivs

with Dr. Umali and Tito Ronnie

with Dr. Umali and Tito Ronnie

with Tita Wena and Tito Doc Umali

with Tita Wena and Tito Doc Umali

beautiful Tita Phoo

with beautiful Tita Phoo

with Tita Sarah and Tito Jhoram

with Tita Sarah and Tito Jhoram

Pinoy foods around! We really miss this!

Pinoy foods around! We really miss this!(pork menudo, chicken barbeque, chopsuey with quail eggs, spaghetti, chicken nuggets and hotdogs; fruits and leche flan

with Ate Ashe

with Ate Ashe

beautiful Tita Phoo

beautiful Tita Phoo

my fairy friends!!!

Lyann’s fairy friends!!!

my foster family! heheheh

Lyann’s foster family in a far, far away land! heheheh

with Doc Anton and Mudir Grace!

with Doc Anton and Mudir Grace!

the fairies of Lyann's kingdom!

the fairies of Lyann’s kingdom!

Tita Grace and Kuya Miggy!

Tita Grace and Kuya Miggy!

with Yaya Conching!

with Yaya Conching!

with Ate Christine

with Ate Christine

with Ate Raquel's family

with Ate Raquel’s family

chika2x lang with friends

chika2x lang with friends

with ate Bosho

with ate Bosho

Ate Bosho and Ate Ashera

Ate Bosho and Ate Ashera

so lovely fairy, Ate Bosho!

so lovely fairy, Ate Bosho!

with Fairy Ate Ashe

with Fairy Ate Ashe

yummy shoes!

yummy shoes!

excited to open the gifts

excited to open the gifts

happy!

happy!

my piles of gifts

my piles of gifts

my crowns

my crowns

hmmm....littering time!

hmmm….littering time!

with Lyann's baby book from VPRINTHOUSE, MALAYSIA

with Lyann’s baby book from VPRINTHOUSE, MALAYSIA

my sticker flowers!

my sticker flowers!

Our brethrens in the Church of Christ...

Our brethrens in the Church of Christ…

playing with Ninong Carlo

playing with Ninong Carlo

wings!!!

wings!!!

I believe I can fly...

I believe I can fly…

my green apple with gummy worms!

my green apple with gummy worms!

thank you Tita Lolit for my Hello Kitty fan!

thank you Tita Lolit for my Hello Kitty fan!

Thank you ate Sofia for my summer dress

Thank you ate Sofia for my summer dress

Thank you ate Bosho and Kuya Julien for my sweat shirt

Thank you ate Bosho and Kuya Julien for my sweat shirt

excited to wear my croc sandals c/o Tita Laine and Tito Dante!

excited to wear my croc sandals c/o Tita Laine and Tito Dante!

Thank you for my bowl, utensils and chairs, Aunti Khin!

Thank you for my bowl, utensils and chairs, Aunti Khin!

Thank you Tita Michelle and Tito Kristian for my toy...

Thank you Tita Michelle and Tito Kristian for my toy…

wow, my bag when I go to school!

wow, my bag when I go to school!

pouty lips!

pouty lips!

tired!

tired!

I am one year old today!

I am one year old today!

Thank you for coming!

Thank you for coming!

The Lost World of Tambun Hotspring and Spa

It’s been quite a while since I blogged, and it’s HARI RAYA vacation for a week, so I found myself writing again.

I have a lot of backlogs on the places we went  when I was pregnant, so now I am catching on my missed stories.

“THE LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN” is located in Ipoh, Perak, one and a half hour drive from Penang. We got a ticket from Groupon Malaysia. We only paid RM 180 for the two of us (that includes the 2 D1N stay in hotel, eat-all-you-can breakfast, and our free admission from the hot spring at night, plus our day entrance to the theme park).

All of us were excited when we reached the place. It is located at the foot of the mountain, and the cold breeze reminds me of our very own Baguio City.

the scenery in Ipoh

Welcome!

check-in at Lost World  hotel…

I was 8 mos pregnant at this time, but I still managed to go on a trip like this! no more preterm labor for me! 🙂

This is what we call “Baby-moon”!!! 🙂

After unpacking our things, some of our friends brought their own “baon” and shared it with us. (yummy “adobong baboy”!). This was taken after our hearty dinner. 🙂

(L-R): my hubby, Naning, me, Sarah, Ashera, Ate Vivs and Phoo. (Jhoram is the one taking our picture)

We tried  the Papparich delights  located just on the side of Sunway Hotel.

wanna taste Papparich delight….

which is which?

yummy “arroz-caldo’ (sorry., i forgot how is this really called…)

After eating, we went directly to the hotspring which is only open at night….

the hotspring

At the entrance, we were given free towels that we can use, then after that, we can return it back as soon as we check out of the spa.

(L-R): ate Vivs, Phoo, Naning, me, Dr. Sayao and my hubby

The hotsprings are electrically generated.  There are different temperature ranges, depending on which one can tolerate. My hubby and I stayed on 37 degrees only, since I fear of any contractions that night. The rest, tried the different temperatures.

There was even a bar at the middle of the pool. (Unfortunately, we were not able to take a picture of it since it was also raining that night). We just started to take pictures around when the rain stopped.

rainy night at Lost World Hotsprings

It closes @ 10 P.M. so we just walked around and have some wacky pics.

me and my baby…

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My family: me, hubby and baby Alyanna inside my tummy…

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After the hotspring experience we all went  back to the hotel and sleep tight in our cold blankets, excited to see the beauty of the theme park in the next morning. 🙂

 

 

 

Welcome to the World, Baby Alyanna Francesca!!!

At 32 weeks AOG, I am already in the Philippines for the most awaited part of my life: giving birth to my first child.

I opted for ceasarean section when I had Gestational Diabetes at 34 weeks. (Although my sugar level was controlled by DIET only without insulin, ceasarean section was the best for me, since I am also an elderly primi, so I don’t want to take the risk anymore of waiting for my labor pains to come).

My CS was  first scheduled  on April 12, but there was a Pediatric Convention during those days, so it  was moved to April 14.

But on the eve of April 9, I had already my bloody show. My contractions became regular at around 5A.M. on April 10, so my OB-Gyne opted to do the CS on that day.

It was aroud 12:08 NN when I heard the loud cry of my baby girl. Despite my blurred vision, I was able to see her beautiful face.  It was the most beautiful experience, now I am entering a new stage of my life: MOTHERHOOD.

Thank you to my OB-Gynecologist and Pedia: Drs. Tina and Mela Katapang, my Anesthesiologist, Dr. Flores; 1st assist: Dr. Dulay and my official photographer, Dr. Dea.

Doc Mela, suctioning my baby, with an APGAR score of 8,9

catching her first breath on her first hour of life .... 🙂

Doc Christina at work... 🙂

my first picture with baby Alyanna Fraancesca... (love, love, love)

On my first hospital day, the pain was tolerable. My pain meds were  shifted to oral tablets, my IV fluids and catheter was removed and I started walking. 🙂

my first post-op day...

2nd postop day, nagmi-make up na...hehhehe

with Nanay Precy, who took care of me while my hubby is still on the way home... (still onboard from Penang, Malaysia)

my hubby and I...PROUD PARENTS...

hello world, my baby...

soo cute..my little angel..

wink! wink!

we promise to give you our love, my baby Lyann...

baby Lyann...listening Mozart music...just the way she used to, when she is still in my womb...

peacefully sleeping

my sweet little angel...

 

 

 

My Baby’s First Pictorial in my Womb: the Advent of 4D Ultrasound

It was on my 32nd week AOG when we had my daughter’s 4D Ultrasound done in Loh Guan Lye Specialist Hospital, Penang, Malaysia. A week before I go home in the Philippines.

Some might disagree on this  new technology, saying  that the surprise on “who looked like who”, will be gone, aside from the fact that 4d ultrasound  is really expensive just for “picture-taking purposes”.

But for excited parents like us having our first baby, we really couldn’t wait anymore to peek inside my womb and see the face of our angel.   🙂

4D UTZ (ultrasound)  is usually done  between 28-32 weeks AOG when there is still enough amniotic  fluid in the uterus. When done in the later weeks of pregnancy, AF (amniotic fluid) becomes smaller and image will not be that satisfying anymore.

When we first meet my baby, she was hiding her face. She’s thumbsucking. So I was put on R lateral decubitus position to have a better view of her face. But she also sucked her toes.

The OB sonologist shook a little bit of my tummy, “Hey, baby…remove your hand for a while, mommy wants to see you!” she said, that made me smile.

At last we can see her face already. She’s sooo cute. Meet our little angel, Alyanna Francesca. She did a lot of things inside for almost 30 minutes of viewing her. She’s yawning, getting cranky, swallowing amniotic fluid, opening her eyes and smiling!

And so that’s the first pictorial of my little girl, the resident in my tummy.

my cute little angel...

smiling... (napipilitan?!) ;;; 🙂

with my placenta in her forehead...

smiling again and again...

sleeping most of the time

just saying " HALERRR" ... (lol!)

oh no...my baby crying inside my womb... 😦

swallowing the amniotic fluid

Here are also some videos of my baby:

Opening Her Eyes

Crying Inside My Womb

Smiling Inside My Tummy

A Baby Shower of Love by the MD Faculty

I was not really planning for any baby shower for my baby Alyanna since I still need to save money for my childbirth. 🙂  I am also excited to go home in the Philippines on March 8 , see my old friends and stay there for almost 4 mos! (yes, I got my annual  and maternity leave for 4 months!)

But then, one of the faculty friends asked me when will I be leaving, and that would be 2 weeks from now. So Doc Naomi said, ” Let’s have a baby shower, I will give the money to “madir” (Dr. Sayao) so she can cook!  I was so surprised for her generosity of giving me one!  🙂

And so we held it last Saturday, Feb 25, in our place at Vista Perdana, Butterworth. The usual baby shower has giveaways like baby boots or baby bottles, programmes for the baby and gift opening. but two days is too short to prepare for everything. So ours was a different one. It consists of eating Filipino dishes, laughing out hearts out, and singing videoke. It was so fun.

I always remember, that if you have a good attitude towards others, they will also do the same to you. Yes, I am an orphan, but my Filipino colleagues made me feel I have a family here in Penang.

I am so fond of posting the pictures with my myriads of friends.  They are my wealth.

(How about you? Are you also the KING OF MEDIOCRITY?PRETENDING TO HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY? No other friends was able to bear your attitude? No other people talking to you but your “VIRTUAL” friends via internet? To know the person well, share a house with that person or  work with him…you will know his TRUE COLORS!

It made me angry…the raging hormones of pregnancy again. Sometimes, I think my blog as a HORCRUX. But this only shows I’m a better person than YOU. I have lots of  TANGIBLE FRIENDS. YOU DON’T HAVE!!! )

This is one of the quotations I LOVE MOST.

Can you relate...???

(So now let’s see, if you have 2 or 4 housemates you hated most, it’s okay …but what am I gonna call you, if the 24 FILIPINO doctors don’t talk to you anymore? Think it over, DOCTOR….

Okay, so much of hatred… !)

Dra. Sayao cooked a lot of Filipino dishes: menudo, ginataang manok, ginataang bilo-bilo, and palitaw. Dr. Roy brought his Magic Sing ( this can do something “magically” in our voice!).

It was so fun! I would also like to thank for their gifts for my baby!

the MD Faculty in Penang, Malaysia: Standing at the back (L-R) Conching with Polly, Miggy, Grace, Dr. Anton, Dr. Yambao, Dr. Alvin, Doc Beeboo, Dr. Carlo, Dr. Roy, Dr. Dante. Sitting: Dr. Mel with Bosho, Romy, me, Dr. Vivian. Front row: Dr. Sarah, DR. Jhoram with Ashe,Laine, Dr. Ronnie and Tita Let. 🙂

KAPAMILYA, KAPUSO, KAPATID….heheheheh! 🙂

The foods cooked by Madir Sayao:

palitaw...

ginataang bilo-bilo

spaghetti Jollibee style by Drs. Alvin and Ronnie

eto na..pag me sexy chef, of course me " macho chefs" din....

sweet pineapple

ginataang manok, pork menudo...

melon ice cream

FUN…FUN…FUN…!!!!

Dr.Yambao...

Dr. Yambao dancing with Baby Andrianna

Dr. Roy and Dr. Fidel...

Dr. Roy and Polly (son of Dr. Anton)

Dr. Ronnie, Dr. Dante, me, Laine and my hubby

me and Romy

Dr. Roy and Dr. Vivian's dancing time... 🙂

Videoke time!

Dr. Ronnie...

Thanks to Dr. Roy's Magic sing! Buhay OFW talaga! 🙂

Baby Andriana, daughter of Dr. Angus and Tina

me and the cute baby

Tina and Dr. Jhoram

Mel with Bosho, Grace with Polly, Kostik, Ate Vivs, Tina with Andrianna and me

Dr. Mel and Bogs with baby Bosho...

The gifts…

my baby carrier....

purple duchess baby...

Thank you to the MD Faculty  family who gave me the baby shower. Thanks for the food, fun, and gifts…!Now I know, I am not the one with a disgusting attitude, or else you will just find me and my “family” only in my blog! (pity!!!!)

Reminiscing Hongkong Disneyland 2010 Part 3

After our ride from the  “It’s a small world”, we passed by several disney characters near the SNOW WHITE GROTTO.

Belle...

Cinderella from afar...

a picture with Snow white...

so beautiful!

after picture-taking with the Disney princesses, shopping for pasalubong!

We rode the train to see the whole view of HK Disneyland. After waiting for several minutes, we hopped on the train!

waiting for the boarding...

my ex-BF (now my hubby) 🙂

with other tourists...

planning our next adventure

our next destination...

The jungle cruise was one of the relaxing rides we had experienced…

the jungle cruise (this is big raft w/c can load a lot of passengers)

going to the Tarzan Island...

hmmm...

the view on top of the tree

the King of the Jungle! LOL!

hmmmm...

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After strolling the Tarzan Island, we rode the Jungle Cruise again and headed to the Liki Tikis. this consists of tomtem poles playing mischievous sounds. Water squirts around in your surprise!

timing lang kailangan..!

 

me in tIki land...

After our journey to Liki Tiki Land, our feet got tired and decided to look for benches around…

just looking for a chair to rest our tired legs

We visited some shops for our idle time and waited for the Disneyland fireworks….

the most awaited Disney fireworks

 

 

It was fun to be at Disneyland, not only for children but also to those young-at-heart couples like us. 🙂

MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY in Penang

Everything comes with excitement when my third  trimester (28 weeks) of pregnancy came. For once in my life, I want to show my bump (while I still have a flawless tummy!)  🙂

My colleagues in the MD Faculty ( Doc Yambao, Doc Beebo and Dr. Carlo) went in our place at Vista Perdana to have the photoshoot, last January 29, 2012, Sunday.

We started at 5 P.M. to catch a better lighting effect in the veranda. It was fun doing the photoshoot with my friends. I remembered our prenuptial photoshoot.

Here are the edited and unedited versions of their photography.

(I know this is just their hobby, but who knows in the future, they can build their own studio, right?) Of course, I got it for free! hehehe!

serious...

with my hubby...

wacky pics.. 🙂

Serious pics …

my baby bump...

soon to be dad...

Wacky pics…

i'm pregnant!!!

Husband and wife pics…

our precious baby...

Thanks to my colleagues for making a MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY for me!   🙂

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