Migs and Alaine

Chronicles of a Happy Married Life

Tag: Blissful life (page 2 of 4)

BU5

Last Saturday, we attended the Bloggers United event at SMX Convention Center.

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The line was really long but we’re lucky that some of our friends went to SMX early and bought tickets for us.

12nn na yan ha!

Alaine’s pick:  little black dress and an accessory from Divine Lee’s booth, a blazer and a Revlon colorstay smoky shadow stick from other bloggers.

Topshop, Php500
Top Shop Dress from Divine Lee’s booth, Php500

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bought this for Php80 from Divine Lee! Thanks Mother D! :)
Bangle from Divine Lee’s booth, Php80
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Php380

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Php150
Php150

Miguel’s pick: high cut Wade shoes and three plaid long sleeve shirts.

Wade, Php500
Wade, Php500
McGregor, F21 for Men and Timberland; P100-P150 each
Forever 21, Timberland, Php100-150

I (Alaine) was lusting over some stilettos from Maggie Wilson’s booth but I was reminded that I had a number of stilettos at home that I haven’t been wearing for a long time.

Looking forward for the next Bloggers’ United event!

Migs and Alaine

35 years of Wedded Bliss

In this day and age marriages often do not last that long, so I am proud to say that my parents are still happily married. They’ve made it this far, but not without trial and error. Commitment is hard work as my parents would always tell us.

We went to Baguio for another great visit and to celebrate another momentous event – our parents’ 35th Wedding anniversary and renewal of vows. Baguio is where we spent most of our weekends for two beautiful years and I just couldn’t even begin to describe it.

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Horses, boat ride, beautiful flowers and delish food were only some of the things that we enjoyed. The flow of traffic along Session road 2 was overwhelming…but the trip was still enjoyable.
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Pablo and Atkins
We spent three days at Pages Hall (Teachers Camp) along with 30+ adults. If you’re going to Baguio in large group, staying at a transient house like Pages Hall will save you money. We only paid Php 187.00 per head (this is on a daily basis) compared to P1,500 to P5,000 per night in a hotel.  The rooms were clean as well as the restrooms. I guess the only bad thing is that we shared the restrooms with the other guests. For Php 187.00/night don’t expect any additional freebies…pillows and comforters will be provided though. You can also order food from the care takers (prices range from P60.00 – P70.00 depending on their menu).  As for me and my husband, we opted to eat at nearby Cafeterias and restaurants.

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Day two, we went to Burnham Park to visit some Ukay-ukay stores but we were surprised with the prices! The locals told us that if we wanted to score some cheap goods, we should go back at around 9PM. Thinking that parking may be an issue during that time – we just stayed at Pages Hall to watch movies while enjoying a hot cup of coffee.

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Baguio will always be special to me. I will never get tired of visiting this beautiful City…and to my parents, I am and I will always be proud of you.

XO,

Mrs. Alejandrino

Merry Me Events in Marche Magazine!

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Read my previous post about them:http://migsandalainealejandrino.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/wedding-suppliers/

Check out their website: http://merrymee.com/index.html

Happy Weekend everyone! 😀

Canyon Cove Review

Last March 25, I called Canyon Cove Reservations office to book a room for April. The earliest date given to me was April 16 – 17. Since it was Tuesday and Wednesday, I had to ask my husband’s opinion. When I got a go signal from him, I immediately called Canyon Cove to confirm. But I kept on getting busy tones. So, I just opted to send an email to the address posted on their website. I didn’t know that their staff do not answer emails real time so, I had to call their reservations office again the following day. I asked the specialist if there are other dates available. I was offered April 15-16 which I grabbed. I got a confirmation number and marked my calendar.  Surprisingly, when I checked my email address, I received a response for my previous booking request. I was given a different set of confirmation number and a different date! I immediately replied to the email asking Angela (reservation specialist) to cancel my April 16-17 reservation and gave her my confirmation number for April 15-16. I waited for days, but no response was received…not even an acknowledgement.

A week before our visit to Canyon Cove, I called their reservations office and was transferred from one person to another.  They kept telling me that I was giving them a confirmation number with a missing digit. Someone even hung up on me. I was lucky to get hold of someone who is willing to help me on my fourth attempt. The confirmation number given to me was for a room reservation at Canyon woods! How did that happen? Well, that’s also my question that was never answered. I had to tell them several times that I already filed a vacation leave  for April 15 and 16 and that I could no longer extend my leave so they need to do something about my room reservation… and before the day ended, I got a call from Angela asking if I want to reschedule our visit to April 14-15… thinking that I have no choice, I said YES.

April 14 came and when we got to Canyon Cove, there were a lot of guests who are trying to get a parking slot and that includes us.  We were directed by the Security guard to a parking area near Canyon Cove’s kitchen. We even saw some kitchen personnel (four of them) having their break and watching guests as they enter the resort’s premises. There were many people walking around the lobby as expected. But the queuing at the check in counter was bearable.

As soon as we entered our room, I looked around trying to check if the place was safe for kids and for our belongings. And to my dismay. There was a cigarette butt on our veranda and a hotel key card holder on our TV rack from the previous guest. Towels are nowhere to found. For crying out loud, even the cheapest motels in the metro provide towels to their guests. Doors are also an issue.  We requested towels at around 4pm, an hour after we checked in.  At 8:45 PM we got the towels from a bell boy who after ringing our door bell, knocked on our door like a rock star. Yeah, talk about manners.

Our room.Walang WIFI. Dead spot for Sun Cellular.

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Hello daw sabi ng mga alikabok. LOL
nakakatakot lumbas pag sira ang pinto :(

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When I took a shower, the water seemed to love the flooring and took a while before it got drained. Tooth paste and tooth brushes are also not provided. Good thing, we brought our own toiletries.

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Food wasn’t exemplary. Buffet is Php600/head for adults and Php300/head for kids.

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I never expected this. Canyon Cove claims that they are a  “premier resort” and boast their “deluxe amenities” on line. I expected more… a laudable customer service at least.

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Alaine Alejandrino

Childless Stepmom

Being a wife and a stepmom is challenging but being childless is another story. My husband and I had been together since Pablo was three and his bio-mom is already happy with someone else.

I was surprised that Pablo and I instantly became close the first time we met…

spitting image of his father
Spitting image of his dad

Pablo, who just turned 7 this year is finally moving in to our own home!
I am very excited but still nervous. I never had a baby…zero experience to measure by.

Although we have spent countless weekends with Pablo since he was three, there are still things that I need to know.

isn't he adorable?
Isn’t he adorable?

I am lucky to have such family and friends who are there to support me with this  role that I literally signed up for. 😀

Kids are blessings and Pablo will always be a blessing to me and my husband.

XO,

Alaine Alejandrino

R&J Bulalohan

R&J bulalohan is a famous 24 hour restaurant in Mandaluyong City.

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They have a wide variety of food that you can choose from,mostly Filipino dishes.

It seems strange to say but although they are famous for their bulalo,it doesn’t overwhelm my tastebuds.If you’ve tried Mang Vic’s and  Tagaytay public market’s bulalo then you know where I am coming from.

The place is always over crowded probably because they serve beer and their food aren’t over priced. They have this small area where people can dine and sing their hearts out with the “shared” videoke.
Parking space can accomodate 4 cars.

What we love about them? Majic 20. Each number (1-20) corresponds to a hefty meal.
Price range:Php89 – Php120.

fried tilapia, tortang talong and salsa

pancit & beef with broccoli
For ala carte, my personal favorites are lumpiang shanghai, chopsuey and beef salpicao.

lumpiang shanghai

As for the sanitation, I am giving them a 6/10.

Visit them soon!

XO,

Alaine Alejandrino

Happy Easter

I am happy to spend Easter Sunday with my parents. I love spending weekends in Antipolo.

My mother’s cooking skills is always the lure for me to go home. Whenever she misses us, she’ll send us text messages asking us to pick up a dessert that she prepared for us or just simply tell us what she cooked for lunch/dinner. Who can resist such a sweet and thoughtful gesture? This Easter Sunday, I thank the Lord for giving me the sweetest parents.

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Happy Easter, everyone!

Blood Letting

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Year 2004 at our school quadrangle, I got curious with Red Cross’ Blood Letting program. I signed up, passed the interview and waited for my name to be called. I wasn’t sure if I can endure the process but I was determined to donate blood just to feed my curiosity. When it was finally my turn, the staff of the Philippine Red Cross assisted me all the way. The blood donation lasted for about 15minutes. After which, I was advised to rest and was given some crackers, orange juice and a bottle of distilled water.

My curiosity was satisfied but it also made me more aware of the help we’ll be able to give to those in need.

My ninth blood donation took place at our office which was also hosted by Philippine Red Cross. I am happy to see familiar and new faces who selflessly donated blood for people they don’t know. March is my birthday month and saving a life is the best way of thanking God for another life that He has blessed me.

If you’re interested in donating blood you can find ways by visiting their Website: http://www.redcross.org.ph/

Manila Bay Dinner Cruise

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My first time to write as a guest blogger. Thank you so much,Rachael!

( http://lettersfromamermaid.blogspot.com/ )

One of our friends gave us vouchers for a Manila Bay Dinner Buffet Cruise. I’ve read several reviews about it before we asked for an appointment.

After two weeks of trying to get a Friday schedule, we gave up and booked the next available date…Monday! We arrived at 4:30 PM; parking was OK…and was only a few steps away from the dock.

At exactly 5:30 PM, a staff was stationed at the registration table. We immediately stood in line along with the other passengers to claim our stubs. Luckily, we got numbers 7 and 8. When it was time to board (6:00PM) our numbers were called and we were given the privilege to choose our seats. We chose seats at the second level so we could have a better view.

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As soon as all the passengers were boarded, a crew welcomed us and safety measures were explained. 6:15, the singers started serenading the passengers

A waiter handed us a menu for their drinks. Their drinks come in a very reasonable price. We had refillable Ice Tea which only cost Php 75.00

When it was announced that the buffet table is ready, we headed to the ferry’s first level. The line was a bit long but was bearable. It was a managed buffet and there were about 5 main courses. Conventional jello was also offered for dessert.

We enjoyed the cruise especially when we got to the part of Manila Bay where you could see Mall of Asia and some establishments around it. The scene was picture perfect! If you wish to book for a weekend cruise, you better be planning at least a month or two in advance so you could witness Mall of Asia’s fireworks display.

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It was a fun experience and a good way of promoting Manila…

For those expecting a grand buffet and some gourmet food, this cruise is not for you.
You always get what you pay for. 😀

XO,

Alaine Alejandrino

Lunch Date with Anne

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Self – confessed food addict, I celebrated my birthday with Anne at Sambokojin – Eastwood.
This is the first time I saw Anne after our Wedding and it feels good to be re-united. We spent hours eating and sharing everything that had happened to our lives in the past months.
As for the buffet… it is pretty affordable for only Php659/head but you better be planning your lunch or dinner accordingly.

Operating hours for Sambokojin – Eastwood branch:
Mon-Fri 11am – 2pm / 6pm – 10pm
Sat –Sun 11am – 2pm / 5:30pm – 10pm
To avoid the long queue, book in advance!
Check out their website for their contact details:

http://www.sambokojin.com/index.html

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