Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beautiful Moment

A forwarded email by my hubby:

Beautiful moment

When one beautiful moment ends, another begins. Do not hold so tightly that you miss the beauty altogether.

With a thankful heart, enjoy the goodness that comes your way in things great and small. The way to make sure you never lose it is to simply let it be.

In good time the joys of life come, one after another. Be open and accepting of what is now here, and you'll connect with the abundance that is all around you.

Each moment is a blessing. Treasure its unique gifts and do not rush to the next one, or worry that the last one was insufficient.

Relish the beauty that is now, and know that there will be more. Fully live and appreciate what you have right here and now.

In this beautiful moment is great and profound treasure. Let it be, and it is always yours.

-- Ralph Marston

--> True...sometimes we tend to dwell too much on the past or in the future, that we fail to see the beauty of today...

Treasure every moment you have. As the saying goes, "Everyday is a gift, that's why it;s called present"

Friday, June 26, 2009

King of Pop

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" who once moonwalked above the music world, died Thursday as he prepared for a comeback bid to vanquish nightmare years of sexual scandal and financial calamity. He was 50.

Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.

"It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known," his brother Jermaine said. Police said they were investigating, standard procedure in high-profile cases.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obit_michael_jackson;_ylt=AsFd3vhRTGfvDCFrfXoQzgyCfNdF


And that's it...the King of Pop is gone...The controversial music icon passed away...

I am no fan of Michael Jackson. But I do like some of his songs. For his songs have meaning, and sometimes hits bullseye...

As a tribute to the King of Pop, I want to share one of my favorite MJ songs (aside from I Just Can't Stop Loving You and I'll Be There)

"Man In The Mirror"

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man's Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know
'Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That's Why I Want You To
Know

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)

I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not
Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody's Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Ooh!)
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change His
Ways
(Change His Ways-Ooh!)
And No Message Could've
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .)
Change!

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror,
(Man In The Mirror-Oh
Yeah!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make The Change)
(You Gotta Get It Right, While
You Got The Time)
('Cause When You Close Your
Heart)
You Can't Close Your . . .Your
Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . .
Mind!)
That Man, That Man, That
Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
You Know . . .That Man
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Oh Yeah!)
Gonna Feel Real Good Now!
Yeah Yeah! Yeah Yeah!
Yeah Yeah!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Ooooh . . .)
Oh No, No No . . .
I'm Gonna Make A Change
It's Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You've Got To Stop It.
Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I've Got To Make That Change,
Today!
Hoo!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . .
Hoo!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
You Know-I've Got To Get
That Man, That Man . . .
(Man In The Mirror)
You've Got To
You've Got To Move! Come
On! Come On!
You Got To . . .
Stand Up! Stand Up!
Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift
Yourself, Now!
(Man In The Mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Aaow!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.

A nice song, an eye-opener (just like his other songs like Heal the World). Before changing other people, why don't you start changing yourself first?

Truly "If you cant to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change".

So long King of Pop...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hurting...

but trying hard not to...

but some people just don't think before they act (or speak).

some just keep on hurting you deliberately. some unconsciously.

either way, it still hurts too much especially when the one hurting you is someone who claims to love you.

too much drama in life...it sucks...

sometimes it makes one think that you are not important enough or nobody cares.

truth is, they do care. but not enough to know that they are already hurting you.

sometimes just letting go, moving on and thinking happy thoughts help ease the pain you are feeling.

but sometimes, the people who hurt you prevent you from letting go as they keep on hurting and hurting you.

it's hard to live in a world where people don't know how to express their feelings and don't know how to
be sensitive to what others may feel.

sometimes we just can't help but feel tired of being so helpless, abandoned, rejected, and neglected...

and sometimes we even have to beg for someone to give us attention.

it is so ironic...they tell you they love you, they tell you they care...but they simply fail to give you
the attention that you need.

being alone sucks...

crying sucks...it makes your eyes so puffy.

begging for attention sucks...

hurting sucks...

life sucks...

the only thing that doesn't suck is the fact that a new life is forming in this world and never will i let him/her,
experience all the hurt, neglect, rejection in this life...

i'll do everything i can to make this world a happy one for him/her...

never...never...never...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Just Smile...



I have always been and always will be an Eheads fan. I practically grew up listening to their songs. I simply love them. I have an ultimate favorite Eheads song. And sometimes just listening to this song just makes everything bearable. Ely's soft voice, the meaningful lyrics and the nice rhythm just makes this song perfect. And in today's world, where you can see nothing but problems, worries, and anxieties, this song just makes things right...

Lift your head, baby, don't be scared

Of the things that could go wrong along the way
You'll get by with a smile

You can't win at everything but you can try.
- Yes, you can always try...It doesn't matter if you win or you lose. What matters is you did everything you can.

Baby, you don't have to worry
'Coz there ain't no need to hurry
No one ever said that there's an easy way - hell, yeah! there's never an easy way...

When they're closing all their doors

And they don't want you anymore

This sounds funny but I'll say it anyway.


Girl I'll stay through the bad times

Even if I have to fetch you everyday

I'll get by if you smile

You can never be too happy in this life. - this is true...you can never be too happy...life is supposed to be hard!! hahaha!!

In a world where everybody
Hates a happy ending story
It's a wonder love can make the world go round
And don't let it bring you down
And turn your face into a frown
- No matter how hard life is, no matter how much your are suffering, never let it get the best of you.
You'll get along with a little prayer and a song. - Oh yeah...prayer really works!!! It's the best cure...

Too doo doo doo... =)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dilemma


n.

  1. A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive.
  2. Usage Problem. A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution.
  3. Logic. An argument that presents two alternatives, each of which has the same consequence.

IN BRIEF: A difficult choice between things that are equally unpleasant.

A dilemma (Greek δί-λημμα "double proposition") is a problem offering at least two solutions or possibilities, of which none are practically acceptable; one in this position has been traditionally described as "being on the horns of a dilemma", neither horn being comfortable; or "being between a rock and a hard place", since both objects or metaphorical choices being rough.

I’m in a state of dilemma. Why is life so complicated? Why can’t we just enjoy life as it is?

It’s so hard to choose, knowing that in the end, one has to sacrifice or give something up. What make things harder are the consequences of choosing one over the other.

Why should we sacrifice something if we knew we were going to be hurt by the mere thought of losing something so valuable? Why should we hurt? Why should we feel pain?

I guess I can never know the answer to these questions…and yet, the fact still remains...sacrifices are a part of life. So is change. I guess we just have to deal with that. Even if it hurts. Move on...Let go...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cross-posting

I have just activated the cross-posting feature of blogger and multiply...so i'm just testing if it works!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Our Weekened Getaway @ Tagaytay (a.k.a. My Post Birthday Celebration)

As mentioned in my previous post, hubby and I were planning to have a weekend getaway in Tagaytay. And thank God it pushed through! The weather was terrific that day despite some rain showers during the week. It was a great gift for me.

I was so excited the day before our trip that I wasn’t able to do anything at work. Hehehe…I actually just searched for places to go in Tagaytay. I have been there many times and I wanted to go somewhere we both haven’t been to. Unfortunately, there was not so much choice for us since we will be commuting and most of the unexplored sights in Tagaytay can only be reached if you have your own vehicle with you. Oh well, since hubby and I are together in this trip, it really didn’t matter anymore. So, without further ado, here’s a rundown of our last weekend’s experience:

FRIDAY, JUNE 12;

It was a holiday but we opted to wake up early so that we could already get ready for our trip. We left our house at around 9:00AM. Tagaytay is very much accessible to public transportation and we have a lot of options to choose from. We decided to take the SLEX route. From Alabang, there are vans tgoing to Tagaytay. Fare is 65 pesos each. Not bad if you ask me.

When we reached Tagaytay, we still didn’t know where to eat lunch. So we decided to explore the nearby restaurants. And we decided to eat at RSM Lutong Bahay. It’s one of the famous restaurants in Tagaytay known for their Bulalo and the magnificent view of Taal Volcano. We ordered Inihaw na Liempo, Baked Tahong, 3 cups of rice, 1 mango shake. All in all it cost us 655 pesos…expensive!! but the food was great. Though I was a bit disappointed because there was an ongoing construction and the workers walking around were really distracting and it destroyed our view of the lake. So I guess it was not worth it.


After our sumptuous, but not really lunch, we decided to head off to Mushroomburger. I know, I know…we just ate lunch and here we are preparing ourselves for some more food action. Hahaha!! Since both of us wanted to have a taste at the famous Mushroomburger (yeah, we’ve been here many times but we haven’t tasted this famous burger yet…losers, eh??), and the place was actually out of our way, we decided to go there first.

We ordered Mushroomburger Royal, Mushroomburger with Chees and Spaghetti. It cost us 179 pesos. Whoa!! We were barely in Tagaytay and it already cost us almost a thousand pesos!!

After our Mushroomburger trip, we went back to Olivarez. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that the terminal was so far from the rotonda. We planned on buying chips and water at 7-11 sana. Kaso sabi ni manong, bawal daw magbaba…hmp! So we asked the driver to drop us off at the nearby mercury durg store where we bought some chips and water. And then we decided to ride a tricycle instead. It cost us 50 pesos.


Our next stop was at our reserved room where we plan to stay for the night. We reserved a room at Keni Po. The name was actually a Kapampangan term (I’m a Kapampangan), which means “dito po”. I haven’t been there before but since the reviews are good, we’ve decided to reserve a room for us. The room cost 1500 pesos since it’s a holiday. But on ordinary days, it’s just 1200. There is also a small pool inside their vicinity. So that was a plus for us. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the attendant and checked-in at once. We were in Room A. The room was small but nice. It was clean, not mabaho, and we were even provided some toiletries!! We decided to rest for a while and watched tv for a few hours. After resting, we then decided to start our afternoon journey. We first had our pictures taken at the small garden located at the back of Keni Po.


The landscape was simple but nice. We also had a glimpse of the pool.


After the pictorial, we headed off to Picnic Grove. We’ve been here many times but it seems like a sin not to drop by…hehehe... there were a lot of people inside when we arrived. A lot of kids flying kites, families having their picnics, lovers having some “alone” time. It was such a nice scene. Very much different from what we’ve seen a few years back (also on my bday). But it’s really sad that the palce was no longer that attractive. The cabanas/cottages were a bit run down, the main office (big nipa hut at the center) was already old and torn down. The facilities were primitive! Their only selling point is the great view of Taal Lake. And also, they have a new attraction, the Zip Line and Cable car. I would’ve loved to try it but since I’m carrying my precious baby, I can’t try it yet…maybe next year…hahahha!!


We spent a few hours there. We were just people-gazing. We ate our Mushroomburgers – for me I think it was just so overrated. There was nothing special about it. it tasted like ordinary burger (except for the fact that it was mushroomburger…hehehe…). We planned on going to People’s Park but I decided against it later because my aching feet might just spoil our fun.

When we were both tired from watching people, we headed off to Tierra De Maria. I have been here only once, when ate Jobeth introduced as to the place. So I told Jake that it would be nice if we could drop by and say a little prayer. The palce was full of people. We prayed for a while and then headed back to Keni Po.


By this time, it was already starting to get dark. We watched tv, and then ordered our food from the hotel’s room service. Their meals was really affordable. We ordered Pork with Oyster Sauce, Garlic Kangkong and Sinigang , extra rice, coke. Total Cost: 305. The food tasted good! It was not haphazardly done, and the presentation was nice.


After dinner, I was really exhausted that I decided to lie down for awhile, wile hubby watched NBA. I got so sleepy already that I told my hubby that it was time for me to close my eyes…hehehehe…and when I woke up, it was already morning!

We didn’t have plans in the morning so I asked my hubby to accompany me to the nearby Colette’s store to buy some pasalubong. I bought Buko Pie, Uraro Cookies, Caramel Tart, 2 Espasol. Total Cost: 405.

We were about to return to the hotel when we saw a nearby Gotohan. Knowing that Jake loved lugaw/goto, and that we were both starving, I asked him if he wanted to eat. And so we did…the lugaw as not perfect. Pero pwede na din…our order: 1 Lugaw with egg, 1 Goto with Egg, 1 big water. Total Cost 79 pesos.


Upon returning to the hotel, we decided to take a dip by the pool and see if we can tolerate the coolness of the water. And I’m glad it was tolerable! It was not freezing cold and we had the pool to ourselves! We had some pictures taken and after an hour, we headed back to our room.


After dressing up, we deciede to just have our lunch in the hotel, so we ordered Tocino with egg, Danggit with egg, reheated sinigang from the previous night, and mango juice. Total cost: 178. I was so hungry then that I forgot to take pictures of our food. I was so full that I just wanted to sleep again…hahhaha!!!

We decided to extend our stay for 2 hours more. So we had to pay 200 pesos for that. At 2pm. We checked out and then we headed off to Manila.

Our trip was just short, simple but sweet. It was nice to take some time off from all anxieties in life and just have fun. It was also great to spend quality time with my hubby. The weekened was great. And I’m looking forward to having another getaway with my hubby and soon with our baby. =) (see more pics at www.dashingjake.multiply.com)


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rants and Raves of a 26 year-old

Today I woke up wondering if yesterday was really my birthday.

Yesterday went by so fast…

And I didn’t even have time to reflect on the things that I needed to be thankful for. I have actually been whining about yesterday. I honestly didn’t feel good about anything. I was not happy.

I was greeted by friends (who remembered), family and colleagues. Some sincere, some obliged. I used to love my day. But yesterday was entirely different. I didn’t feel anything special about the day. It was just an ordinary day for me. And I felt sad about it.

I am actually not used to celebrating my birthday extravagantly. I just do things that I felt like doing for the day. Spend a day off from work, spend time with my loved one, simple dinner with the family, a simple surprise. But yesterday, I only got a few of my wishes. I spent a whole day at work, I spent a few hours with my hubby, and no dinner with family, and no surprise. It was sad, really. My hubby kept telling me to cheer up. But I just couldn’t. I didn’t feel like celebrating. I just felt like my day is passing me by.

Now I’m wondering…are birthdays for the children only? Should adults be exempted from celebrating their birthdays? As I reflect on these thoughts, I realized that the child in me would always want to celebrate my day. It’s just sad that I wasn’t able to celebrate it the way I wanted to.

Anyway, moving forward…

I actually have a lot of things to be thankful for. For one, it’s good to still be alive. God has given me another year in life and I am deeply thankful for it.

I have also received blessings for the past year. I am thankful that I am already married to the one I love. And we are expecting our little baby soon. I have a new job. I met new friends. It warms my heart to know that despite all my angst in life, God has still given me blessings which made life worth living.

Still…a birthday celebration would be nice…hahaha!! By the way, I can’t wait for Friday to come. It’s a holiday here in the Philippines and my hubby and I will be having a weekend getaway…sort of post-birthday celebration. =) I just hope i'm in the mood to smile by then!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

From the Kurirays!

Thanks Kurirays!! Special Thanks to Yuwan for this Cute e-Card =) Love it!!

Just Another Day

I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and got ready for work. I was not feeling anything new or special. I just felt like today was going to be JUST another day for me.

So what makes this day different from the others? It’s my birthday…

This is the first time in years that I went to work on my birthday. Why did I even bother getting up early? I should be at home and enjoying myself, right? Oh well…since I didn’t have anyone to celebrate the day with, I decided to just go to work. My hubby couldn’t take a leave from work and that makes me so sad…Oh, to add to my misery, i think i just lost my new umbrella...it saddens me coz i love that umbrella! and it cost me a few hundred bucks!!!

This may not be the worst birthday, but definitely this is not the best. I know I should be happy but I just don’t feel like it.

Anyway, the day is just starting…I just hope it gets better from here…

Happy 26th Jennyvee! Oh gosh, I’m getting old…

Friday, June 5, 2009

My 1st Kuriray Experience

First things first...what is Kurirays? Who are the Kurirays?

This is how i would define Kurirays:

Kurirays is a group of people from different teams/groups bonded together by their love for fun, stories, and free-flowing laughter. Founded last July 2008, Kurirays used to be called "Lunch mates" (tama ba yuwan? hehe). From a small group of people, it has now evolved into one of the biggest group of friends in our workplace. This is Kurirays...and this is where the fun begins...

Yesterday, we went to dinner with the Kurirays. They were actually celebrating one of their member's promotion as Team Lead. Ate Arlyn, the mommy of the group, has just been officially announced as the Team Lead of the Global Reporting Team. Congrats Ate!

And to add to their celebration, we will also be having our "initiation" into the group. We are the so-called neophyte Kurirays. The get together is also a send-off party to another member, who will be spending a few days in a foreign land. Det-det, don't forget our pasalubong!! =)

It has been agreed that we will be having dinner at Pizza Hut Park Square. It was a good thing I was able to come with them. Little did I know that this will be one of the momentous dinners in my life...hahahaha!!!

As the evening started, we placed our orders (thanks to Sulit Panalo Meals of Pizza Hut. @99 each, Sulit at Panalo talaga!). While waiting for our orders to arrive, Ü 1 , officially started the program proper -- yes there is a program!

I actually don't remember much of the things we talked about last night. I only remember having so much fun and laughing so hard till my head hurts. This group sure know how to have a good laugh despite the stress and angst of life.

At then end of the event, I was already starting to worry how in the world will I get home?! It was raining hard and the thought of standing in a long line of passengers waiting for the van to arrive was really nerve-wracking. But thankfully, when we stepped out of Pizza Hut, it was no longer raining hard, and the queue for the van was not that long. And then I suddenly realized that I need not worry about rain and long lines because as the evening ended, we were now officially part of the Kurirays!

The evening was really a stress reliever for me. And i think the others would agree too. I have actually been thinking about a lot of things lately and it's really good to take my mind off things.

Thanks to the Kurirays for this wonderful night. And thanks for welcoming us to the group. Ate Lisa, Ate Arlyn, Ü 1, Detdet, Vicky, Emie, Dess, Jan, Mishelle, Carole, Alma, Jeena (hope i didn't miss out anybody)--- looking forward to more fun filled moments with you guys! And thanks to Pizza Hut Park Square branch for my birthday ice cream!

mabuhay ang Kurirays! (pictures to follow -- di ko pa naga-grab kay
Ü 1 eh! hehehe)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Mommy Entry # 1

It feels good to tell the world that I'm going to be a mom soon and that Jake's going to be a dad soon...it just feels good to think about it.

But of course carrying a baby inside you isn't easy. A lot of changes has been and is taking place. Sometimes it freaks me out but oftentimes it keeps me amazed.

I just want to share our baby's 1st and 2nd ultrasound images. The 1st one was taken using Transvi ultrasound (that was when we have yet to confirm that I am having a baby). I was 6 weeks pregnant then. The 2nd one was taken using a Pelvic ultrasound. I was on my 19th week then.

The images are just amazing...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our Wedding Vow


I appreciated the fact that Jake took time to compose his vow. It was a sweet vow. Thought not completely original, I still felt the sincerity in his words. My vow was...ok, as i mentioned before..hahaha...after i heard his vow, i felt quite ashamed of mine! hehehe..well, here goes:

The Bride's Wedding Vow:

Jake,

I could never find the words to say what I’m feeling right now. The past 11 years of my life have been nothing but wonderful. Yes, we had our share of misunderstandings and problems but it never hindered us from staying together. A lot of people doubted if this relationship will last because we were too young then, to know how it is to love and be loved…and we’ve proved them wrong. And we have also shown ourselves that love knows no boundaries…and indeed, age doesn’t matter.

And now, 11 years has passed and our love for each other still remains and has grown stronger over the years. We are now entering a new chapter in our lives and I am glad that we did it together.

Today, in front of God, our families and dear friends, I now promise to be one with you in taking this journey together, to remain faithful and to always keep our love in my heart. I promise to be a good wife to you, a mother to our future kids, a partner and a friend.

If I were given a chance to revisit one day in my past, it would be the day I met you. I love you and I will always choose to love you. No hesitations, no inhibitions, no ifs, no buts…

I loved you then, I love you now, and I will love you FOREVER.



The Groom's Wedding Vow:

I was once told that the joy in life is not hearing the words I love you… but being lucky enough to say it.

“I love you Jen”.

It has been 11 years and yet up to this day I haven’t figured out how you manage to always put a smile in my heart without even doing anything.

You have found joy in my happiness, I know how you dislike watching action movies but you always try to put a convincing face whenever I ask you to watch one with me.

You always think of ways to make me happy, so far researching on new recipes to cook for me never ceases to surprise me. Your little ways reminds me that I will spend my waking moments with you, I believe that eternity unfolds everyday when I’m with you.

You make me feel the most important person in the whole world,

They can take all the wealth that I have but I would still be rich as long as I have you because that’s what you are to me, a gift from God.

I could promise to hold you and to cherish you…

I could promise to be there in sickness and in health…

I could say ‘til death do us part but I won’t…

Those vows are for optimistic couples, the one’s that have full of hope and I do not

Stand here on my wedding day optimistic or full of hope..

I am not optimistic, I am not hopeful…

I am sure, I am steady

I am sure that we are meant to be together, that you are my partner, my lover, my very

bestfriend, my soulmate…

My heart beats for you…

And on this day, the day of our wedding I promise you this…

I promise you that I will lay my heart at the palm of your hands…

I promise you me…

I love you “My Loves”

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wedding Suppliers' Ratings Part 4










Bride’s Shoes: Suki

****

Peso Power: 1.2k

My shoes was one thing that took me ages to find. I didn’t want the usual white pointed bridal shoes. I wanted one which I could still use after the wedding (at parties, maybe?) When I saw the shoes from Suki, I thought to myself, this is it…I found my shoes. What worried me were the heels. It was about 3.5 inches. I was only confortable wearing up to 2 inch heels.

I gave it 4 stars because…my feet hurt…maybe because they were new… =)

Groom’s Shoes: Milano

****

Peso Power: 800

Another last minute buy. Nice shoes, affordable.

Invites/Guestbook/Unity Candle/Missallette: DIY

*****

Peso Power: Labor of Love

Wedding Invites are very expensive and I didn’t want to have an invite which looks the same as any other invite. So I decided to make our own. It was really a labor of love because I only got to do the invites during weekends. I was thankful because Jake was also eager to help. Rating is 5 stars and beyond!!


Guestbook/Missalette/Unity Candle: DIY

I also didn’t want the traditional signature frame. I wanted a customized guestbook – with our pictures on it. but since guestbook lay-outing and printing cost a lot, I made our own guestbook. And I loved them!

The Missalette Covers and Unity Candle were also customized by me! Simple, yet appealing.

Bridal Car/Tarpaulin: CRV c/o Kuya Engel

*****

Peso Power: Free

We were so lucky to borrow Kuya Engel’s CRV as my bridal car. Special thanks to him because he served as our driver for the day. He also provided the tarpaulin and projector. By the way, he was also our ninong.

Pre-Cana Seminar: Jesus the Divine Healer Parish

Source: PCJ Parish

Peso Power: 1k

*****

A recommended seminar for all soon-to-be married couples. Very enlightening. The 2-day session was really worth it.

Bible: Salesiana Don Bosco

****

Peso Power: Php300

I wanted a white bible. We have searched different book stores and religious stores but we found none. When we visited Fr. Rene, we dropped by the Book store in Don Bosco and there we found our Bible. I gave it 4 stars because I wanted a bigger one sana. Unfortunately, this is all they have. It’s a cute bible nonetheless.

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Wedding Ring: c/o mama Elsie’s Alahero

Source: Mama Elsie

Peso Power: 9k

***

Affordable…the diamonds were a gift from Mama Elsie. Though not really our ideal ring, still we love it. I gave them 3 stars because the rig was not “pulido”. But again, it’s fine with us. Simple and it fits well.

Flowers: Mang Boy Mahusay / Dangwa

***

Peso Power: 10k (Bridal bouquet, 10 principal Sponsors, 5 entourage, 2 flower girls, 2 offertory baskets, 1 bridal car, loose petals, hairpiece for flower girls)

Source: Weddingsatwork

I only gave them 3 stars because the flowers were not in accordance to our color motif. Buti na lang I love my bouquet!! It’s purple!!!

Priest: Fr. Rene Lagaya SDB

Source: St. Rita College (former school chaplain)

*****

Oh I so love Fr. Rene! We were very thankful because he was the one who officiated our wedding. Jake and I were sweethearts back in high school and we used to ask Fr. Rene to bless us during Valentine’s Day. His blessings proved to be effective for us! That’s why when we decided to get married, we wanted to get him to officiate the rites.

Groom’s Barong: Barong Tagalog SM Southmall

****

Peso Power: 6k

It was so hard to choose a nice Barong for Jake. For one, I didn’t want him to wear anything that would make him look like the rest. So I was very choosy. When I saw this Barong a mere 2 weeks before the wedding, I told Jake that this is it. A very unique Barong indeed.

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Photo/Video: RJL Digital Photography and Videography

****

Peso Power: 37k

Source: Family

Ninong Bobby is my godfather. He has been the family’s official photographer and vodeographer for years now. He was even my parents’ photographer and videographer during their wedding. His package was affordable compared to others. I only gave him 4 stars because the shots were mostly traditional. But nevertheless, they were able to capture our moment.

Backup Photographer: Espesyal na Ngiti

Source: weddingsatwork

Peso Power: 4k

*****

I love Jeff and Christine! They are really easy to talk to. And I was even surprised that they are also newlyweds. We opted to get backup photographers because we wanted to have non-traditional shots. And their package is really affordable! I love their wedding photostory AVP. Another w@w find. Super sulit. Of course, 5 stars! And if I were given the chance to get them as photographers again, of course I would!! Maybe on my baby’s 1st bday?? Hmmm… that’s a thought.. =)

HMUA: Michelle Zapanta

*****

Peso Power: 9.5k (Including Trial Makeup, Bride+2pax, grooming of groom) (800 addl head)

Source: weddingsatwork

Another w@w find. Affordable, but the quality of his (yes, he is a HE) work is really superb. I had my trial make-up 2 months before the wedding (just in time for the prenup pictorial). And I decided to book him right there and then. He was so easy to talk to and he really knows what he is doing. And he uses imported products too. I’m so happy with my hair and makeup. So happy that I even got him to do my makeup during our Christmas Party! =)

Cupcake Tower: Yumi Castrillo’s Piece of Cake

*****

Peso Power: 7.8k / 100pcs cupcakes + cutting cake

Source: Weddingsatwork

Yumi is a lawyer by profession. But according to her, being a lawyer is just her sideline. Yumi is nice and easy to talk to. Her packages are really affordable. Unfortunately, we were not able to have a taste of her cupcake during our meeting. But I just relied on w@w sisses’ good reviews. I just told her my motif and my preference as to what the tower would look like. She delivered well and the cupcakes were delicious. Compared to traditional fondant cakes, cupcakes I think are more worth your money because everyone gets to take a piece of it. Oh by the way, the cutting cake was also yummy!!

Hotel: Parque España

*****

Peso Power: 15k (2 days/2 nights, 3 bedroom suite)

The hotel was nice. The staff were accommodating. Compared to other hotels within the vicinity, Parque is more affordable. Too bad I was not able to take a dip at their pool. But their breakfast buffet was really good!

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Here goes my suppliers' ratings and some pics:

***** - Outstanding

**** - Very Good

*** - Good, could be better

** - Bad

* - Never get them!

Church: PCJ

*****

Source: weddingsatwork

Peso Power: 7k

The “ATEs” in PCJ are the best. They were really nice and they respond to our queries even just through text. They were really easy to talk to. Though not our top choice, but because due to the proximity and the services we got from them, I give them 5 stars.


Reception Venue and Food: Palmier

****

Peso Power: approx. 80k for 150pax

Source: weddingsatwork

I didn’t even know that such a place exists in BF Homes. I just got some information through a wedsite of one of the w@w sisses. I asked my hubby if he wants to take a look at the place because it looks nice and cozy. We booked them 10 months in advance. After 2 months, we called the venue and asked for our account officer. And we were shocked to find out that he was no longer connected with them. So we immediately asked the new marketing officer if our name is in their calendar and thank God it was.

Melissa was really nice to talk to. We had a lot of questions for her and a lot of requests. Almost all requests were granted. Their food was also good and cheap. The service was not superb but it was ok. The place was cozy. But since it’s an open venue area, the ventilation they provided was not enough.

Gowns: Oskar Peralta

***

Peso Power: Undisclosed

Source: My lola Margie (+)

Never in my life have I dreamed that I would wear a designer gown on my wedding day. It was enough for me that the gown I will be wearing fits, looks good on me and will make me look like a bride.

Oskar Peralta was never an option for us. But lo and behold, I had the chance to wear a gown designed by him! It was really a long story and I don’t want to go into details of it. Why 3 stars? We had problems communicating with him. The fitting schedules were really a headache for us. We eve

n panicked when we were told that the pillows, veil, and cord were not included. But when we picked up the gowns, it was there—with matching headpiece for me. Also, there was a miscommunication on the day itself. I thought no one was going to help me dress up. But thank God, he showed up. But nevertheless, my gown was perfect. I love it. Everybody loved it. The mothers’ gowns were also fabulous. The entourage gowns were ok except for one. I was not satisfied with my MOH’s gown. But it was ok.

Choir: Totally Mesmerized

*****

Peso Power: 6k

Source: weddingsatwork

Oh I love this group! When I joined w@w, I kept on stumbling on their group’s name. they had so much positive feedbacks from the couples they rendered their service to. So I decided to set up a meeting with them. Since they were from Cavite, I didn’t have any problems.

It was nice talking to Diane and the rest of the group. It’s such a small world when I found out that Diane used to work for JGC Phils, the company I was working for during that time. I had so many requests for them. And I am so lucky to have found this group. They services are so affordable, the come to your wedding on time, and in complete costume!! They were in gowns! Oh I just love them. The guests were amazed with their voices. It was just heavenly. So I gave them 5 stars.