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January 31, 2005

magnifICA's Tagaytay Escape

Our friends from magnifICA went on a Tagaytay excursion yesterday wanting to try out Sanctuario, Bag of Beans among others and here are their reviews:
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Hi magnifICA,

Just want to share with you our experience in Tagaytay yesterday. Overall, the Sanctuario experience was ok. I ordered the Bulalo Pasta. The meat was tender but it was a litlle bland for my taste. The Bangus Carbonara and the Pasta Aligue were good! The raisin bread was also up to expectation. It was soft and the sweetness was just right. The ambiance was nice. We were seated at the Ground Floor beside the glass window where we had a great view of Taal. After lunch we passed by the Pink Sisters Shrine. Maong and I took some great shots there.

We then stopped by the newly rennovated Taal Vista Lodge. The Lounge was nice. It was a huge transformation from the old interior which was dark and rustic. Now it was bright and romy. It somehow resembled the lobby of Edsa Shangrila. We then went outside to the vista point and took some pictures.

Our last stop was Bag of Beans near the town proper. Personally that was the best part of the trip. From the road you can only see the small coffee shop. It's deceptively small but they have a garden below which has an assortment of flowers and plants. It resembles a little bit like Sonya's Garden but more cozy. They had little nooks in the garden for small groups, and a covered area for bigger groups. We had dessert and coffee. The apple pie ala mode was superb! Yumm! The coffee's good and CHEAP! It costs P55 and it's reffillable. It's a very conducive place to hang out and chatter up. We had a lot of laughs and near miss experiences.

It was a really great adventure! We're planning on repeating this every month. Kind of like a monthly out-of -town get together. There are plenty of unexplored dinning places out there. So I hope the others can come along next time.

'Til then... Di

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To add, parking at taal vista now cost P100 unless you have your ticket validated at the coffee shop. For those who have pets, you can bring them at Bag of Beans. We saw a number of patrons in the garden with their dogs. Maong.


January 26, 2005

Giving Birth @ Asian Hospital in Alabang

Small Private room

Recommended.

It was our decision to give birth in Asian Hospital despite the fact that it was 20mins away from our Malate condo and despite some complains from family and friends that it was too far. I did not regret the decision and we enjoyed every moment that we stay in Asian. In fact, we wanted to extend for a few more days because our P1,600 room rate (small private room which is as big as a large private room in Makati Med that costs 3,000+); is almost shouldered by our health care in the office. Imagine P1,100 is shouldered by Philamcare and P400 is shouldered by Philhealth. We are just paying P100 per stay that already includes food hotel food, nurse at a touch of a button, and free utilities&services (daily cleaning, aircon and drinking water).

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January 23, 2005

The launch of Aidanacio.us!


aidanacious, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

We would like to share with you the launch of http://aidanacio.us/ with the mission of taking one great photograph of Aidan a day until his wedding day. This is to share with our family & friends the joy of Aidan and my love for photography. Thanks for you support and I do hope you enjoy the site!

P.S. Please post a comment on the guest map so that we would know the people visiting the Aidanacious.


THANK YOU for visiting me! -- Baby Aidan


Family & Friends who visited., originally uploaded by antondiaz.

Thank you to all the family & friends who visited Baby Aidan over the past 5 days. It really feels great to see all of you who extended an extra effort either to visit in the hospital or at home. We appreciate all the welcoming text messages, food, flowers and gifts for Baby Aidan -- maraming salamat. You've touch our lives and Baby Aidan with your caring and support during this momentous occasion. We hope we can reciprocate someday or pay it forward. Thank you. Here is the complete link of the pictures over the first 5 days. Enjoy!
         Episode 1: The Birth of Baby Aidan
         Episode 2: The 2nd day of life
         Episode 3: Aidan's Home Coming

Sincerely, Anton, Rache and Aidan


January 19, 2005

Happy Birthday Baby AIDAN DOMINIC!

The birth of baby aidan3
@ 7.54am on January 19, Baby Aidan Dominic was born in Asian Hospital! After 6 hours of having an induced labor in the triage of the Genesis center of Asian Hospital, we finally have a successful normal birth.

There were alot of challenges along the way:

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