2018 Week 34: Wedding Errands Week

August 20-26, 2018

This was another wedding errands week, thanks to the sandwiched holiday last August 21. I took a leave from work last August 20 so that the BF and I can attend to some wedding related tasks.

On August 20, we went to Divisoria for h2b’s suit fitting. I have researched for Divisoria suppliers prior going there. I got one from the Girltalk forum. I communicated with her via FB chat prior the visit and it turned out well, therefore I decided to just book her service.

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↑Shopping shopping din pag may time.

On August 21, we went to Makati for our rings. Again, I learned about this supplier in the Girltalk forum. Yes, that’s my go-to forum hehe. I also communicated with the owners via FB chat prior going there to make sure that they would be available to accommodate us on this day. I have a general ring design but I am open to other designs that we may like in their display. After deliberating, the h2b and I agreed on a design. It was his choice actually, but I was convinced that his choice was better than mine so I gave in haha. I am not good at anything artsy-artsy and design related so it’s really a challenge for me to decide on such things.

Together with the rings, we will be getting dummy rings and also arrhaes. Yay! The dummy rings will be used during the procession. This is to ensure that the rings won’t get lost in the process given that it will be kids who will be holding it hehe. It will be replaced with the real one by the maid of honor or best man once in front. I didn’t know about this haha.

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↑Maaraw sa labas. Pwede ring palimos po hehe.

I went home to Baguio as well on the weekend for another round of wedding errands.

On August 25, I mett with the BFF and his brother to discuss about decoration options for the church plus boquets and corsages and buttonaires and flower girl baskets and flowers to use. Too many things to decide on nyahahaha! But at least we already have a list of options for the flowers. I just want a simple design. Nothing fancy. We also met again on Sunday for a quick occular of the church.

Still on August 25, the BFF and I went to the gowns and suits rental to supposedly finalize our options. But I had second thoughts after meeting with the handler because I flet it was expensive and I am not sure if I want to spend that much on rentals. For instance, I need to add 1k per pax if the guys will be wearing suits. 1k/pax? Seriously?! When I discussed this with the h2b during our dinner the next day, he thinks it’s also expensive so we’re deferring the rental option for now and see if we can just buy in Divisoria or some shops in Baguio for a cheaper price.

On August 26, I also showed the h2b some options about cusotmized cords, bible, candles and rosary. He was shocked. San ko raw ba pinagkukuha mga yun hahahaha! Well, I got the idea about customized cords when an ex-officemate showed me their customized cords. I forgot about it actually but I came across a blog about it and that lead me to the supplier who I’ve been communicating with. And of course I saw customized candles, bible and rosary in her products so, why not chocnut? Hehe. Anyway, the h2b agreed to have some customized items and we already agreed on which designs to take based on the options given by the supplier. I haven’t placed the orders yet but will be doing that soon.

I was supposed to stay in Baguio until Monday but I cannot stand the strong rains! And so I decided to just go back to Manila on Sunday evening because I am done with my errands.

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↑Date night first.

Wedding errands to be continued this weekend!

I am just grateful that the h2b is very helpful in our wedding preparations. He shares his opinions about things that I discuss with him. And I discuss with him all the nitty-gritty details. He is also supportive of some things I want to happen even if these are new to him hehe. I am proud to say that so far, everything that we’ve accomplished are both our choices, down to the smallest details. I hope it remains this way until we’ve crossed out everything in our list.

There are still a lot to do like my gown fitting, invites, misalettes, programs, how to decorate our small yard for the reception and so on. But we’ll cross these out one at a time SOON.

The end.

P.S. I will be sharing our suppliers after the wedding. But if someone comes across this blog and wants to know, just leave your email in the comments section and I’ll get back to you.

2018 Week 31: Wedding Errands

July 30-August 5, 2018

I went home to Baguio for some wedding-related errands and I am glad it was a productive weekend.

Here are the items in my list.

  • St. Paul, Tuba for Baptismal Certificate for Marriage Purposes – went here on Saturday but office was closed. Went back on Sunday only to find out that my name, my dad’s family name, and my mom’s family name were misspelled. I need an affidavit according to the secretary. But the BF, who works in another church, said that I only need to fill out a form. That I have to clarify again with the St. Paul secretary. So, fail. Olats.
  • Baguio Cathedral for Confirmation Certificate for Marriage Purposes – was able to get this on the same day. Paid Php 50.00. Yey!
  • Goldust Creations – they’ve got it all hahaha. They’re not my suppliers yet. I just wanted to get quotations on the rates of their services. Besides, I still don’t know my color scheme is at that point hik hik hik.
  • Meet with photographer and make-up artist for contracts – I started looking for photographers in April and made the final decision last June, with the contract already reviewed and downpayment paid. I just had to meet with her for the signed contract.
  • Meet up with make-up artist for contract – she was one of the names given by the photographer end of June. Among the 3 that I contacted all at the same time, she was the one I liked the most. It took me 10 days to decide though hahaha. Contract was also already reviewed prior the meeting. I just had to meet her for the signed copy. She was gracious enough to wait until both the photographer and I were available for meet-up. She’s friends with the photographer and they are both in the same industry so it was also a catch-up time for them. We spent more than an hour at the coffee shop and so far, I had an easy and comfortable time with them. We discussed a lot of things, even non-wedding-related. At this point, I’m glad I booked them hehehe.
  • House for preparation – I started checking this out last April but the owner said they are only accepting reservations for December in August. And so last weekend, I visited the house to check. Fortunately, I liked it so I booked it right away. So, yay!

Pictures!

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↑It was just supposed to be me and the teenager niece on Sunday but the little one insisted on coming along. They requested to eat at Krispy Kreme but I didn’t order anything for myself because ya know, diet :p.

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↑The church nearing its completion. I am fervently praying that this will be completed before the big day. Well, the priest announced during the mass that the blessing will be on November 30 so please, Lord, let it be November 30 and no more postponement.

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↑Quick dinner at Good Taste before my trip back to Manila.

Mahaba-haba pa ang listahan pero push lang! Pero bakit ang mahal magpakasal?! Hahahaha!

2018 Week 28: Outreach Program

July 9-15, 2018

Dear Mama and Daddy,

Early this year, a friend asked if I know of some school where our office club could go to for outreach this year. I checked the aunties in Colong if they need one. Yes daw and so Tamang Elemey School was chosen for this year.

The outreach happened last July 14-15, 2018. We left Manila at 1 AM of July 14 and reached Bonglo at around 7 AM. We had breakfast at auntie Gina’s first. I asked them to buy some cooked fried chicken the day before and then just cook some vegetables to go with it. Ayun, blockbuster ang sayote tops at ginisang sayote with giniling hehehe.

Uncle Mike met us at Bonglo with the service jeep that will bring the donations in Colong. He also assigned 2 barangay kagawads to assist us during our stay.

We started hiking at around 9 AM and reached Colong at around 11 AM. Basag tuhod talaga. We went to the barangay hall as that will be our accommodation for our overnight stay.

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↑On the way down. It was all downwards kaya basag-tuhod hike talaga. Tapos madulas pa because of the rain.

We right away started cooking the lugaw for kids and our lunch. Some of us facilitated some games when it was not raining. If it begins to drizzle, the children go to the nipa huts for more getting to know you activities and also jamming to some music they are all familiar with.

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↑Tamang Elementary School

As soon as the rain stopped, we started distributing the goodies. We are thankful for the presence of the teachers because they were able to help us organise the kids.

At the end, the kids sang a few lines of walang hanggang pasasalamat. Tapos sa puso. Kanya-kanya kaming pigil ng luha hahahaha.

They may think they are lucky to be recipients but we are luckier to be given the opportunity to do that because as adults surrounded and preoccupied by a lot of things, activities such as this bring our feet rooted firmly back on the ground.

On a personal note, I want the kids to also have an encounter with other people aside from those in the community. This is in the hope that it will inspire and let them know that the world is big as their playground and that they can dream bigger and keep on working for those dreams so that someday, they may also give back to their community.

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↑With my cousin who was one of the recipients.

Anyway, after the wrap-up, we had our late lunch and each one took a bath and took a nap.

Uncle Gaspar and Junifer (kagawads) cooked chicken tinola for our dinner. So grateful for them as we did not need to prepare dinner anymore.

We had our socials after dinner and we called it a night at 10 PM. The gang spent the night at the barangay hall while I slept at my lola’s (my mom’s mother) house.

On Sunday morning, we received news that there was a landslide on the road going to Colong. Luckily, the jeep can still bring us up until the landslide and then we can walk for about 2-3 kilometers until Halsema Highway where we can get a ride to reach Bonglo where our rented vans were parked.

However, when we reached the landslide area, the community already started the clearing operations and they said it will be done in 30 minutes to 1 hour. Our group decided to just wait for it to be reopened rather than walk. True enough, after almost an hour, the people were able to clear a portion so that vehicles could pass by.

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↑Bumble bee busy clearing some portion of the road.

While waiting and watching what’s going on, I was yet again reminded of how it is so different for other people. Some of the people in the community were there at the site as early as 4 AM because they were supposed to bring their vegetables to the market. But they were patiently waiting until the work was completed at almost 11 AM. No complaints, just patiently waiting and exchanging stories. I felt ashamed because I sometimes complain and get impatient on little things. And I again strongly felt the desire to belong to a close-knit community.

Anyway, we reached Bonglo and after a quick restroom break and final repacking of things, we were on the road again to go back to Manila. The group dropped by Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad but I parted ways with them because I was going back later that evening.

I dropped by my uncle’s house in La Trinidad to visit my lola who has also been in the hospital some weeks back. She was supposed to go home that same day but postponed due to the landslide. At least I was able to catch her first before going back to Manila.

The BF and I also met in the evening before travelling back to Manila.

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↑Post anniversary dinner sa eatery sa terminal. Nothing fancy because you know, tagtipid at umuulan. Tamad nang maglakad-lakad pa. And yes, 3 years na kami. Akalain mo yun haha!

So there, Mama. It was good to see some familiar faces in your hometown and I was happy to see all of them. Lahat sila pinag-aasawa na ako hahaha. Well, kung alam lang nila hahahahaha. Pupunta naman daw sila pag nagyaya ako nyahahaha.

Anyway, the end.

Happy Birthday To Us! (2018 Edition)

Birthday 2018 Edition

As always, I was on leave on my birthday so I went home to Baguio on the night of March 22.

Most parts of Baguio had a scheduled brownout on my birthday! The sad thing was that, I was not able to charge my phones before the brownout which started around 7:30 AM! The sadder thing was that it extended to 2 days and 1 night, instead of the original schedule which was just whole day of Friday. Nakakaloka ang walang charged phone hahahahaha. I think I can live with it naman. Medyo wrong timing lang because I had plans over the weekend and of course we rely on our phones these days for faster communication.

Anyway, going back.

Afternoon of March 23 was pamper myself hours. After that, I went to Starbucks to do some work, and charge my phones while waiting for the BF.

We went to Forest House as always, because of our free birthday cake hahahaha! It was a joint birthday celebration bilang March 23 ako and March 24 sya. It was just a quick dinner and we went home after. It’s a little frustrating because we cannot take too many pictures because we were both conserving our batteries. But other than that, it was still a good night of celebration.

We’ll see where we’ll be next year. Gosh, first birthday celebration na namin yun bilang mag-asawa nyahahaha!

Pictures!

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↑Dinner is served!

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↑Our 2018 birthday cake courtesy of Forest House. I asked the staff to put the year hehe. Here’s last year’s cake.

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↑Me with our cake.

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↑BF with our cake. This time, he opted to use his real name.

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↑Us with our cake. Guys, may take out naman kami. Di namin nasimot orders namin :p.

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↑Cheers to another year! Let’s drink to that!

Thank you Lord for blessing us with another year to enjoy Your gift of life. We are forever grateful!

P.S. Napasearch ako sa 2016 pictures namin. Ang awkward pa namin noon since less than a year pa lang kami and I was not really openly posting about us then. But for documentation purposes, I’ll post some of our 2016 pictures too! Hahahaha.


Forest House

Address: Loakan Rd, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Phone: (074) 447 0459

2018 Week 11: Ninang Duties | S&R Sale

March 12-18, 2018

First, happy birthday in heaven, Daddy! I miss you and Mama everyday! (March 20, 2018)

And for the updates…

It’s that time of the year again for the most awaited S&R sale. I did not physically go but I have enabler friends hehehe. I asked her to pick up some snacks, chocolates, honey citron tea and conditioner for me. I had to stop myself from buying all the things on sale. Bawal umiyak ang wallet.

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↑Honey Citron Tea which I have yet to try. I learned about this from Mommy Fleur hehe.

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↑Isingit ko lang ito. Not from S&R but a teammate shared it to us and it is so good! I need more of this!!!!

I went home last weekend for the thanksgiving celebration of my friend and her family. I tagged along my nieces. I had the permission to do so.

First, celebration for the baptism of her kids. I am a godmother to her last child. The church is in Rosario La Union and the celebration is at their residence at Camp 3, Kennon Road. They have a strategic location because it’s just 30-40 minutes away from both Baguio and La Union.

It was also their 10th wedding anniversary last March 14. One decade of staying married is surely something worth celebrating.

Lastly, it was her birthday last March 16 so another reason to celebrate.

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↑Me with the nieces.

We left their home early afternoon. My other friend and her hubby dropped us off in town so my nieces and I went to SM to window shop. I was able to buy new curtains that match the new paint in my room. It’s in light gray.

We also had early dinner before heading home. I slept early on Saturday night because I barely slept during my trip home and we had to leave early that morning. I woke up after 9 hours. Sarap.

On Sunday afternoon, I stayed in Starbucks SM to work for a while while waiting for the BF to finish his work and meet up with me. We just had dinner and then went to the terminal to wait some more for my 10PM trip.

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↑Dinner at Sizzling Plate along Session Road. We ordered their Australian porterhouse. I also ordered one sansrival which is still so good. Lamon pa besh!

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↑Goofing around at the terminal while waiting for my trip. We spent a few minutes listing down our potential entourage and potential principal sponsors. I’ll write dedicated posts for anything wedding-related.

The end.

Have a great week ahead. As for me, I can’t wait to go home again on Thursday night hehehehe.

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