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    A Birthday, A Baptism and Very Stressed (But Happy) Parents

    Last Sunday, we had a joint celebration of The Princess’ 2nd birthday and The Little Man’s Christening. We had the whole party planned since February: we already chose a theme, we discussed the decorations, we had the invitations designed and printed out, etc.

    By April, I already e-mailed the caterer for their menu and prices. We hired the services of Blossoms Delight Food Services when The Princess was baptized and we were pretty happy with the turn out of the party so we re-hired them. They sent us their birthday packages and photos of their previous events. The set ups they showed looked pretty good to us plus the packages were affordable so we were sold.

    The package we chose includes:

    • Food for the kids: Spaghetti and Chicken Lollipop
    • Two Food Carts: We chose a Candy Cart and an Ice Scramble Cart
    • Meals for the Adults: Roast Beef, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Fish Fillet and Fresh Lumpia
    • Dessert: Mango Tapioca
    • Juice

    It was also written that they will provide:

    • Gift and Cake Table Set up
    • Buffet Set up
    • Individual center piece for guests’ tables
    • Balloon Set up
    • Tables and Chairs
    • Uniformed Waiters

    Two weeks before the party, I met up with Lenny, the owner of Blossoms Delight Food Services, to give her our first payment and to discuss the party with her. I told her that our theme is going to be Rio (the cartoon movie) and that I want a cake that matches the theme. She said I will have to add P800 for the cake and cupcakes, which I agreed to, because that’s pretty cheap for a two-layer fondant cake.

    A week before the party, I gave our second payment. We discussed the plans again to make sure that everything will turn out smoothly. I told her that I want the venue to be set up by 10 since the Christening will start at 11 and guests will be at the lunch venue by 12.

    Then D-day came.

    We were at the Church for The Little Man’s Baptism by 10:30 in the morning. It was around that time that the owner of the catering service we hired called us. She told us that the tables and chairs haven’t been delivered, but the truck is just a few minutes away and that the setup will only take 20 minutes so there’s nothing to worry about.

    The Baptism lasted for about an hour. We then proceeded to the lunch venue after taking a few photos with our godparents at the Church. While on our way, my cousin called and informed me that the tables and chairs are still not there!

    I panicked and called the owner of Blossoms Delight Food Services. My first few calls were ignored up until we reached the venue. We went to the pent house and an embarrassing sight greeted Daddy A and I. Some guests were standing outside, others were seated on chairs provided by the venue. Where are the tables and chairs promised by the caterer? I had no idea.

    I called her again. I was ignored for a few minutes until she answered my call. She told me that the venue’s guard did not allow them to take the tables and chairs up because they had no gate pass. I talked to the building manager, who was our guest, and he told me that there is no such thing as a ‘gate pass’ — especially that he personally knows us.

    I called her again, but she insisted that it’s the venue’s fault.

    Thirty embarrassing minutes passed. Still no chairs and tables. That’s when the building manager called their maintenance team and asked for their office tables and chairs just so our guests can sit and eat. And because the caterer only sent two waiters and one very grumpy food server, our guests had to set up the tables and chairs themselves!!! Thank goodness we have super understanding guests.

    It was already two in the afternoon when the chairs and tables arrived. Thing is, they were no longer needed because we already found a solution to a problem that Blossoms Delight Food Services should have fixed hours ago.

    More than the tables and chairs, we paid P27,500 for 100 adults and 50 kids. We only had 50 adult guests and around 15 kids and yet the food was not enough. And where are the food carts? We only got a table with candies and the supposed ice scramble cart was nowhere to be found. Instead, they served the ice scramble in small plastic cups on trays.

    We also agreed to an additional P800 for a fondant cake for The Princess, but no cake arrived so we settled for a small, square cake from Goldilocks. Many thanks to my kids’ Ninong and Ninang for buying extra decorations for the cake so it wouldn’t look plain.

    We demanded the owner to go to the venue to talk to us personally. She did arrive, but was gone by the time we were ready to talk. We called her — a million times — but did not receive a reply; not even a text message. An hour later, she finally answered our call and told us that she can’t go back because she got stressed and is no longer feeling well. Imagine how angry Daddy A and I were!!! So what if she wasn’t feeling well? What about us? What about our guests?

    After a long argument, she still did not go to the venue. She insisted that she will just meet us the next week… when she’s feeling better. How unprofessional is that, Blossoms Delight Food Services?! One thing is for sure, I will never ever hire your services! And I urge my readers to think twice if you plan to get them for your party.

    On a more positive note, although the caterer was an epic fail, Daddy A and I were very happy to see that our kids enjoyed their joint celebration. The guests were wonderful. I didn’t hear a single rant. The kids didn’t mind the crappy decorations — what mattered was there were balloons… that they popped one by one. 😀 So, thank you all for attending and making my kids’ party fun!

    Update as of May 23, 2013

    Because she said she is not feeling well last May 19, we agreed to meet with her today instead. I sent a text message to both her numbers, but received no reply. So I called her two mobile numbers. Both cannot be reached. I tried their landline. The phone only kept ringing.

    It seems that she is avoiding confrontation. We have a contract with her and yet she is treating us this way. Walang professionalism, walang konsensiya. Beware of Blossoms Delight Food Services! The owner is Elena Cellano Barrera, aka Lennie Bernardo.

    Let’s Play Catch Up

    Hello there, dear readers. I know. I went MIA yet again. If you’re following me on Instagram, you’d know why I’ve been gone: this Momma has been very busy preparing for the kids’ joint celebration.

    For now, though, allow me to dump a bunch of photos and videos on you to let you catch up with what’s been happening in the MOD household in the past weeks. I hope you don’t mind!

    The kids’ invitation: Airline tickets to Brazil for the Carnaval
    Play time & nap time on the same time slot
    Our third baby, Sasha.
    Preparing for Caleb’s Baptism

    Kelly turned two last Sunday. What was supposed to be a three-tier, Rio-themed cake became this: a one layer, animal-themed cake.

    I am honored to be invited to Princess Kelly’s Tea Party
     My morning view

    Now, let’s move on to the videos. Here’s one video of our Little Man laughing. He used to be super quiet. I don’t know what happened, really.

    And here’s one of our Princess showing off the animal sounds I taught her. We recorded this video on the eve of her birthday:

    Learning Through Play

    Daddy A and I were first introduced to the term learning through play’ when we signed our Little Princess up for a membership in Gymboree. According to Wikipedia, “Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.” [Full Article]

    Knowing our girl, we were certain this is something that will work for her. We started teaching her words even before she can talk. We bought balls for her play pen and taught her the colors while playing catch.

    >We let her paint, too, without scolding her about her hands and clothes getting dirty. We also let her paint whatever she wants. They say this stimulates a child’s imagination and creativity, which is very true with our little girl.

    I let her go up and down the stairs and counted every time she takes a step. She also learned the names of the planets and knows the sun, moon and stars through a song we got from Bubble Guppies. Kelly can identify animals, too, which she learned from our numerous trips to different zoos.

    Flowers, trees and the rain were taught during our afternoon walks. While sharing, patience and the concept of friendship were introduced by letting her play with other kids in our street and weekly play dates at Gymboree.

    She is also aware that animals should be treated with love. And we taught her that by letting her take care of her own fish (Mrs. Grumpfish) and bird (Sasha). It’s amazing that she never forgets to feed them, she plays with them and even talks to them!

    Children can learn so many things through playing and exploring their surroundings! We love this method of teaching so much because it’s fun not only for Kelly, but for Daddy A and I too. Moreover, learning sessions are opportunities for bonding and relaxation (for Mom and Dad).

    How do you make learning fun for your kids?

    Moms Can Go Further with Ford

    A few days ago, I went to the pre-Mother’s Day event and Baby Shower of Ford Philippines. I was told that I can bring another Mommy friend to the event so I asked Denise of Bebengisms to come along. Enjoy na enjoy ako sa blog posts niya kaya naisip ko siguradong masaya kasama ang Queen of Bekiness. True enough, there was never a dull moment. Haha!

    Photo from Ford Philippines Facebook Page

    Halata bang enjoy na enjoy kami mag chikahan? 😀 Our chikahan started from the time Queen B entered the car up until we parted ways. No wonder we have super duper talkative kids! Mana-mana lang daw eh.

    Moving on to the event.

    We arrived at Chef Rodriquez’s residence a little before 10 in the morning. After our quick chika moment in the car, we went into the house and was warmly greeted by the organizers.

    The first part of the event was a talk by Ms. Anika of Ford. She discussed road safety and how Ford can make the whole driving experience comfortable and safe especially for expecting moms. Her talk really made me want to get a Ford Focus, ha! Features like the Active City Stop, hands-free parking and secure points for the kids’ car seats are perfect for moms who are always on the go.

    Ms. Anika

    Mommies, if you are expecting, you still need to put the seat belt on. Just make sure that the belt does not go across your tummy, but below it. You also have to recline the seat a bit further to give space for your growing belly. If back pain is a problem, you can put a rolled towel between the seat and your lower back. It is also important to take driving breaks. The best and safest thing to do, however, is to be the passenger instead of the driver.

    After the talk, we went outside to test the Ford Focus.

    The demonstration really sold the Ford Focus to me. In fact, I inquired about the price and texted Daddy A. Haha! But of course, this will have to wait until we get our budget straight. But mothers, if you are thinking of buying a car, this is it!

    After trying out the features of Ford Focus, we went back in for the cooking demo of Chef Jacq. We were taught how to prepare a healthy maki, which is pretty easy pala.

    It was almost lunch then so I was more than willing to try the maki that Denise made. It looked funny, but what the hell. Haha! I’m sure naman masarap, diba mother? Unfortunately, they didn’t serve the maki made by the mommies.

    I love, love, love the Chicken Yakitori and Angus Steak! I wanted to get more, but I had no space left in my tummy. Kung pwede lang take out eh! 😀

    Lunch with the Mommies
    Photo from Ford Philippines Facebook Page

    After lunch and loads of kwentuhan and photo opps with the Mommies, Denise and I agreed to go home. However, before leaving, Ford gave us gifts. Yes, gifts.

    They gave us souvenirs…

    Mother’s Day cupcakes…

    …and a car seat from Chicco!

    The last gift was truly a surprise! Saktong-sakto dahil naghahanap na rin kami ng car seat para sa aming baby boy na sumasama na sa galaan.

    Thank you for inviting me, Ford Philippines!

    Our Dancing Diva and the Talkative Boy

    I haven’t been blogging as often as I used to and it’s all because I’ve been spending lots of time with the kids. I don’t know, but ever since I realized that my little girl is turning 2 in a few days, I started feeling like the kids are growing up too fast and that I’m running out of time with them. OA ba? But it’s true, that’s how I’ve been feeling so I try to spend as much time with them before they start going to school and before I start going to work. Yes, dear readers, I might start working away from home soon. I’m not very excited about it, but let’s leave that to another post.

    I love being a work-at-home-mom because I get to spend the whole day with the kids. And the fun thing about spending the whole day with the kids is that I witness priceless moments. Here are a few clips that really made my week:

    I have a feeling that our Princess is going to be a performer. She loves singing and dancing especially when she knows she has an audience.

    Our Little Man is starting to be talkative like his big sister. For a while I thought he’d be different; that he’d be the quiet type. I was wrong. It looks like we have yet another talkative mini in the house.

    Sometimes I wish our two little ones will never grow up. It’s so hard thinking of the day that we will have to let go of them and it’ll be just Daddy A and I. Hay!