Awesome Photographers in Bacolod City

I am seldom home so I barely know who’s who in Bacolod City in terms of event suppliers, photographers and the like.

However, I think this is something that is more of a blessing to me than a curse because I get to discover  new names such as awesome photographers who are still below the radar but are so daaamn good!

Last week, my sisters and I planned a surprise party for my parents for the many blessings we are receiving – Edzel’s successful heart operation in January (still have not written about this), Tin (my sister) and her pregnancy, Mama’s birthday in February, Papa’s birthday and my birthday in April, and of course, Santi’s birthday in May.

Because my schedule for the party was already too tight, I did not want to spend too much time researching and negotiating with photographers I do not know.

Since I was running out of options, I contacted Ellaine directly, the other half of Maclaine Lights and Shadows>>.

I met Ellaine in 2015 when we were looking for a photographer for my sister’s wedding. She was recommended to me by my best friend whose family owned one of the top wedding planning companies in Bacolod, Personal Touches>>.

I had my utmost confidence with how Maclaine chronicled my sister’s special day. They were able to showcase the amazing love story of my sister and her fiancé- from the pre-nuptial sessions to the wedding day (which I was, unfortunately, not a part of because of my pregnancy condition but that is another story for some other time).

Check out the photos below and let these speak of their craft 🙂

Anyway, I asked Ellaine if they photograph kiddie parties and when she said yes, I was elated. However, she was not  available on the day of the surprise party (boo-huhuhu!). To my surprise, she referred me to Anne Acaso of Sunny Side Up Photography>>.

I browsed Anne’s Facebook Page and was pretty impressed. Our party was so simple though (no elaborate decorations and mostly DIY stuff by me and my sisters) so I never really expected that the photos would come out fabulous. But it did and I am one happy customer.

I feel so lucky to have met Ellaine and Anne and I am sure that I will be getting them again if I will need someone who can artistically capture the special moment of our Bacolodian happenings. I only wish I can fly them to Manila, too. Hehe.

Hope you get them in your next party, loves x

Five Baby Stuff I Regret Buying

Being a first-time mom can be overwhelming.

If you are anything like me, you’d want everything for your baby – from that cute little onesie to that oh-so-expensive travel system that you know you can’t afford, lol (why are baby stuff uber expensive anyway??) It’s a good bad good thing that I have a very rational husband who makes sure that I am not overspending on the things I buy for Santi (but I also get to sneak this and that out sometimes, hehe).

Last week, there is this popular thread in Glam-o-Mamas discussing what stuff for your baby you regretted buying.

After browsing through what other mommas listed, I can safely conclude that no two babies are really the same.

For example, other moms would find a stroller utterly useless while I can’t live without it. I would say that Santi’s strollers are the most used equipment in the house – one to put him to sleep since he was around 2 months old and the other one we use when we go out. I wear him sometimes but the ginormous kid is so heavy that my back hurts like cray (growing old sucks, I know!) after several hours of carrying him.

Anyway, going back to the things I regretted buying… here is my trash list, momma!

1. Teething gels 


teething gel

Photo grabbed from Google

Yaya was the one who told me about this because she used it on her other “kids” but my pedia advised me against the use of teething gels for babies below 2 years old. Because of its numbing effects, it can make swallowing difficult and may actually increase risk of choking especially if baby is producing too much saliva. Instead of these gels, she advised me to give teethers instead.

2. Rocker


I thought that these rockers were awesome but Santi barely lasted for five minutes in this paraphernalia. Some moms swear by it but mine just didn’t want to be in this contraption. You can get one from Lazada although the pricing is a little iffy because it can cost as high as Php5,000>> or as low as Php1,500ish>>. I wonder why.

3. Wooden Crib

We got a wooden crib with a drop-down side so we can push it against our bed. We never got to use it though as Santi, on his first months, preferred to sleep in my arms (literally). I think he likes the warmth of my body. We have decided to co-sleep since then.

4. Burp cloths

For someone who is in marketing, I still fall for the crazy marketing trap. Haha. That’s what my hubby told me. Anyway, burp cloths. Not really of any special use. There is nothing this burp cloth can do that the good ol’ lampin cannot; so save yourself some cash and put this back on the shelves.

5. Zoli Nail Trimmer

Photo grabbed from Google

Oh, the hype! I was really sold on how this product is supposedly muuuuch safer that the usual nailcutter so I got one at a baby fair. However, this files Santi’s nails so slowly that he gets irritated and we never finish! Ended up selling it instead. Lol.

How about you, momma? What items did you regret buying for your baby?

MOMMY TIP! For items that I do not use, I usually sell them in a local buy and sell Facebook group, the Baby Business Club>> One momma’s trash can be another one’s treasure. 

See you there, beautiful!