ATC’s Nursing Station (Family Lounge)

I consider Alabang Town Center as my “home court”, maybe because this has been my hang out place since high school. And I’ve seen it transform from Alabang Twin Cinema to Alabang Town Center. <hey, I’m not that old!>

I love that I know my way around here and that I’m comfortable in every store I go to. And with my new baby in tow, it’s very important for me to be at ease so mommy and baby can both enjoy the mall… stress-free!

That’s why I’ve come to appreciate the family lounge more now that I’m a breastfeeding mom.  Although I’m able to feed my daughter anywhere around the mall, I still prefer the more peaceful nursing room, away from the noisy crowd.

Here are some photos I took. I was holding baby K so forgive me if the pictures are kinda blurred 🙂

The nursing room has three private stations, each with a single couch, a side table                         and an ottoman.

And its spacious enough to fit baby’s stroller 🙂

There’s a small sink on one side of the room, but the faucet is not working 😦

It would’ve been nice to have a changing station in the nursing room so moms won’t have to transfer anymore to the restroom to change baby’s diapers. But maybe they designed it that way so nursing moms will not be disturbed.

But hey, their restrooms are very clean! It should be! I’m paying Php20 every time I go there :p I better get that A-card now so baby K and I can enjoy unlimited access 🙂 Plus, daddy can read magazines or surf the Internet with their iMacs while waiting!

Oh, and they have a bottle warmer for expressed breast milk!

Rustan’s Alabang also now has a breastfeeding station. It’s beside the gift-wrapping section. I’m not sure if it’s an old stockroom that was converted to a breastfeeding room. It has a long couch, a changing table and small table and chairs. I haven’t visited Rustan’s for a while now, but I hope they made some improvements with that room. I’ll try to go this weekend and maybe take some pictures and share it with you.

I’m just happy that my favorite mall is breastfeeding friendly! 🙂

Miss SNIFFLEupagus

I haven’t won my battle yet with the diaper rash when this unexpected guest dropped by this week.

I think I got the virus from hubby and then my baby K got it from me 😦

We rarely go out ever since the baby came for the obvious reason that I didn’t want our daughter to get sick.

Its so frustrating because I made sure I wear a face mask and I wash my hands before I hold her. My hands became drier because of my frequent hand washing and consistent use of alcohol.

But still, it happened. I keep on blaming myself…and my husband for spreading the virus!

It’s really hard for me to see my baby like this. She snorts and coughs a little. She doesn’t want to lie down flat coz its hard for her to breathe. But, I’m happy that the little one still manages to play, coo and smile for us even if her colds bother her.

My sister, who’s a very experienced mommy, told me to just use nasal drops and make sure we keep the baby’s head elevated so she can be comfortable when she sleeps.

Although I blame myself for this, there’s still a part of me that says I shouldn’t.  My baby will eventually experience this…normal coughs and colds. Like what my big sister said, its part of growing up. 🙂

Good thing we have an appointment tomorrow with her pediatrician for her next set of vaccines. And I already informed the pedia about baby K’s condition. Hopefully, this is just a normal thing and nothing worse.

I hope this guest of ours will leave our home very soon, and just come back next year! <Note to self, new year is in less than 2 months>

…Oh well!

Its Christmas season, and it’s the season of coughs, colds and flu so be well and be safe everyone! Oh, kay!


My Kitchen Adventures

I miss our kitchen and I miss cooking. Ever since I gave birth to our little girl, I got stuck in our bedroom. But I’m not complaining. I think I made the right decision not to get a caregiver yet. She’s still too fragile and I wouldn’t want to miss all her “firsts.”

Anyway, I’m not really a chef; I can’t even consider myself a cook! I just looooove food! Actually, I didn’t know how to cook until I got married! Oh kay, oh kay, I know how to make that no bake baked macaroni on my mom’s Salad Master Skillet and my dad taught me how to cook Bistek Tagalog. But I never prepared the ingredients. I just mix them up and voila! I didn’t know how to peel and properly chop or slice vegetables because I was scared of cutting myself!

So when it was my first time to chop onions…oh my! I was literally crying (because of the onions, hehe) when I called my brother for help. He’s a chef, by the way. He said the trick is to frequently rinse the knife and chopping board.

I remember the first dish I cooked for my husband was Pork Sinigang. And I was talking to my mom the whole time I was cooking it!  She’s my walking recipe book! It is because of her that I learned how to cook other home cooked meals like menudo, tinola, adobo, kaldereta, and other dishes… over the phone! 🙂

The first times were not perfect but I think I’ve improved after several attempts. 🙂

I started enjoying my adventures in our kitchen so I bought a lot of food magazines and recipe books. I wanted to impress hubby since we were newlyweds then. I would surprise him every week with a new dish I learned.

Most of the recipes I tried came from Yummy and Food magazines.

Here are some photos  of my “adventures.”

Grilled Tarragon Fish with Side Salad and Brown Rice 

I tried this with salmon ‘coz its my favorite fish 🙂 But according to the recipe, you can also try this with tuna, tanigue and gindara. I paired this with brown rice and a little side salad for a healthier meal.

Chicken Souvlaki with Pita Bread

Hubby and I love Mediterranean food so I gave this dish a try. I also paired this with hummus that I made from scratch. Again, I served salad on the side because hubby needs his veggies! 🙂

 Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I learned this simple pasta dish from my sister.  I usually make this with either chicken or canned tuna.

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Herbed Rice

I tweaked the recipe from Yummy and made my own version of Chicken a la Kiev. I added fresh herbs from our garden to make my garlic rice more special. 🙂

I’m hoping that in a month or two, I can go back to our kitchen and whip up something new again for hubby.

In the meantime, I’ll be spending more time with the little one. Maybe someday, when she grows up, she’ll join me in my kitchen adventures.

Now that’s something to look forward to! 🙂

Hi There!

It’s 11/11/11 today!

I changed the look and content of my blog so I can share more stories about my adventures and experiences as a wife and a new mom 🙂

Join me as I take this exciting journey!

Oh, Kay!