365 days countdown

One year to go before our big day but before anything else we stopped any wedding preparation and just focused on celebrating our anniversary of being together.

A few hours before the eve of our anniversary I was welcomed with a bouquet of roses with Casa Blanca.

The moment I arrived at my desk, the guard phoned me and said I have a delivery. To tell you honestly, I am expecting a box of cake in my table but there’s none. So it didn’t come to me that I will be having any kind of delivery as it is already 10pm and no one will deliver except for Mcdo or Jollibee. So I thought if I ordered Mcdo or Jollibee? I asked the guard what delivery. And he said in a monotone voice…flowers.

I repeated what he said coz still I have no idea what are the flowers for. I went to the reception and there was the delivery boy smiling at me. He gave me a receipt and had me sign it. Yes! It is for me coz I saw a familiar name… Reynaldo Domingo.

I was so shaky coz it’s my first time to receive a flower delivery. I have received a flower before in the office but it was handed to me personally by Rey. Anyway, it felt good.

As we always do during our monthsary, we eat together during my lunch break (midnight). We planned to eat at Texas Roadhouse Grill in El Pueblo but the store is already closed. So we decided to go to Metrowalk but we ended up in Home Depot. We chose between Jay-j’s Inasal or Next Door but we’re “sawa na” with those so JT’s is the next option.

Fast forward… we took a leave on the 19th so that we could spend our whole day together. We are in “tipid mode” so we just stayed at home. Funny coz it’s literally miser mode coz our lunch is tortang patatas, tokwa sisig and adobong kangkong.

lahat tira-tira :p

choco mallows and crunchies na binili ko sa office

for better or  FOR WORSE 😀

So that our day won’t look “kawawa” we had my brother cook “pansit” and him being generous added a melon shake.

October 20, actually, is the day we planned to go out. I left everything to Rey so he could surprise me. We dropped by Imagine Nation first to get our prenup pics! Yey!

Side kwento: I had a mentos moment also coz nasira ang sapatos ko, literal na humiwalay ang swelas. Gosh! Good thing we’re just near SM Centerpoint and so I bought new red shoes.

Moving on…

We arrived at Ocean Park at  almost 3:30pm. We had a quick lunch at Makan-Makan. I was so happy with our meal coz the food that we haven’t eaten in our trip to Singapore (our 2nd anniversary) we’re served there so we ordered it.

my marshmallow treat

crispy catfish salad (we ordered this influenced by Passion cooks)

crab meat with sweet chili sauce

crispy cereal prawns

First surprise (though I am expecting it)… Trails to Antarctica… I have always wanted to see a penguin in person. I was so like a kid enjoying the penguin diving, swimming, and walking.

happy me 😀

I even follow them wherever they go.

And the most I like is the close encounter with the penguins where we will feed them.

Supposedly, second surprise… trip to the National Museum. We didn’t do this because we lack time. Too bad.

Third surprise… This one’s a real surprise. During our trip to Singapore I wanted to experience the river cruise but due to time limitations we weren’t able to do so. So I always request to Rey that we try the Manila Bay Cruise.

We missed our original schedule – 5:30pm so we are rescheduled to 7:30pm so while we wait for our time we went to the PICC forum to visit the fair and check our prospect supplier – Aisle 1401.

7:30 pm time to board. We really wanted to be outside the cruise but the crew said that a group of Koreans already reserved the place but they said that we can still go outside while cruising.

Well, I thought it was a blessing in disguise coz as we cruise the bay it’s getting “mabaho”. Imagine eating with that stinking smell. It is Manila Bay indeed! Haha…

plated ang food…uhmmm di masarap! hehe

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the ride. We still wanted to try the MOA eye but we need to go home because of a commitment to a friend.

Well, it was a fun and tiring day. This would be our last celebration as boyfriend-girlfriend for next year we will be celebrating as husband and wife. 🙂

Imagine Nation Prenup Marathon II @ PNR Tutuban

No regrets in joining this half-day event by Imagine Nation. Sobrang saya!!! And it’s a very unusual experience.  In my previous post sabi ko half excited ako kasi I’m not yet prepared. But I don’t know if you would believe me pa once I shared with you how the day went last Saturday (October 6, 2012).

So here it goes.

Friday, we took a leave to buy costumes na wala pa kami. Actually, si Rey lang ang bibili kasi I already have costumes na, some are mine, some are borrowed. We said we’ll go home early so we could have a rest pero hindi rin natupad. Hmmmm dahil matagal kami namili? And dumaan pa kami sa Choco Lovers for our business. Gabi na kami nakauwi dahil ang hirap sumakay. Gosh! Ngayon ko na lang ulit naexperience ang umuwi ng rush hour, ang daming tao at punuan ang bus, tayuan pa.

So moving on.

Pagdating sa bahay tulog agad ako. Zzzzzzzzz… (bagsak agad dahil nagshopping straight from shift)

Come Saturday, I woke up 5:30am dahil hindi pa nakaprepare ang mga gamit ko. Literal!

Nilabas ko na ang kodigo ko and I started preparing.

Thanks to my officemate, Joan, for the suggestion na i-plastic isa-isa ang mga costume para madaling kuhanin.

yung papel ang kodigo ko where I wrote kung anong susuotin ko for a particular theme

Yehes! Naka-maleta ako dahil hindi talaga ako effective sa pack lite. Ultimo accessories nakastorage box pa. May isa pa akong malaking paper bag for the shoes naman. 😀

dala ko talaga si w@w primer kasi I’m planning to have it as props

Nakaalis na kami sa bahay ng 11am (supposed to be 9am). Initially, sa Tutuban Mall talaga ang way namin pero dahil sabi ng IN dun daw mag-park. But for some reason eh may sinundan ang Daddy ko kaya kung san-san kami napadpad. Di naman kami naligaw and napaganda pa ata yung pagkasunod namin dun sa sasakyan na yun dahil natumbok namin ang PNR Tutuban station. And Voila! may parking lot sa tabi nun. A blessing in disguise. 🙂

After we parked we went straight to the PNR premises and looked for the site. It was around 1:30pm so we immediately registered and got our Prenup Kit. Included in the kit are discount coupons from Josiah’s, Kris Bacani, and Judy Uson cake artist. Medyo kinakabakabahan pa kami nito!!!

We picked 1. Larry Leong for “Rain or Shine” 2. Aika Guerero for “Love the Waitin’!” 3. Jan Ray Bautista for “Rockstar Legend”. I am happy with what we’ve picked coz I’m looking forward for the Rockstar Legend theme. I also wanted to have shoot with Alex Ruelo but he’s not in the group I’ve picked. Oh well.

Then, we gave the things we’re not going to use to my parents so they can move on with their own agenda which is to shop at Divi.

Pumila na ako sa make up station. There are 3 make up artist on stand by. There’s Girlie Uy (far left) and i was assigned to Jo Chan (rightmost). I wasn’t able to get the name of the make up artist in the middle. Sorry.

We’re supposed to have our first shoot at 2:10pm. But oh my natagalan ako sa make up. Ang sabi 2nd ako pero yun pala pang-3rd ako. Napalipat pa ako dun sa make up artist sa gitna for the reason na I can’t understand pero bumalik din ako kay Jo Chan. Ang gulo lang! Anyway, siya talaga ang gusto ko mag make up sakin and nagustuhan ko how she did my make up!

Mga 4pm na ata (if I’m not mistaken) kami nagstart mag-shoot and inip na inip na si Rey. Kawawa! hehe… We are given 10-minute shoot per theme and then 10-minute break (to eat and change costume). Natapos kami ng mga almost 6pm na. And i just can’t analyze pano nagkaganun kung tig-10 minutes lang kami.

Oh i forgot our food sponsor pala is Josiah’s. Puro appetizers and desserts lang. Not bad, Josiah’s pa rin naman yun. hehe 🙂

We had our snack after our last shoot. IN is kind enough to let the couples have their 4th shot with any theme. But we didn’t get it na since we’re tired and we don’t have extra clothes anymore.

nabusog pa rin naman kami

It was reeeeaaaallllllyyyyyy a fuuuunnnnnnnn activity!!! Nawala ang mga kaba namin!!! Though I’m looking forward also to meet other w@wies pero dahil sobrang marathon talaga ito eh wala akong nameet. Oh si Iyah pala.

Oh by the way, it’s not only me who enjoyed this event. I’m pretty sure Rey also did. I saw na he’s game with the posing and all and ang poker face expression niya eh napalitan ng all smiles. Ang dami pa nga niya reklamo sakin dahil marami raw siyang naisip na pose na hindi namin nagawa like mga lifting shots at rockstar poses niya. haha. Plus nagtanong pa siya kung gusto ko pa magpakuha ng 4th theme baka raw kasi magsisi ako kung hindi kami magpakuha. If I know gusto niya lang talaga! haha… Happy to know na he did enjoy rin.

back to normal expression na siya. hihi

Sana magkaroon ulit ng ganitong prenup marathon and sasali ulit kami. 🙂

Excited na ako to see the pictures. It will be ready for pick up by Oct. 20 raw.

By the way, I’d like to share na rin the costumes I prepared.

  • Rain or Shine – all costumes are mine

  • Love the waiting – tinanggal ko lang ang blazer

  • Travel through the trails – I intentionally bought this dress for this prenup.

Earrings and sandals c/o my officemate, Joan

  • Indie with Kimy

necklace c/o my officemate, Jane; bangle and headpiece c/o my officemate,Joan

  • Light, camera, action

 earrings, headpiece, sandals c/o my officemates,Joan, Shiela, Tita Jen (respectively)

  • Coffee date by the train

earrings c/o my officemate, Joan

  • Sweetheart Athletes

  • Rockstar Legend

accessories and skirt c/o my officemate, Joan; boots c/o my officemate, Shiela

Oh by the way, October 13 is a significant date to us. Though we’re not celebrating it, still it’s a part of what we are now.

🙂

Sharing: RF’s stand on (an expensive) wedding

Copied from RF’s fb post.

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In the news today: “Half of Filipino Catholics shunning church weddings” because weddings are deemed too costly.

My wife and i got married in very simple rites. Just 1 ninong and ninang, i in a regular suit, she in a simple white dress. No grand entrances, no flowers along the aisle. The reception was in a sports club in Makati. We’ve been married 18 years, and blessed with 3 angels masquerading as children.A wedding need not be en grande to be pleasing in God’s eyes.But then again, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and couples deserve to have their dreams fulfilled. How DO we make more couples have church weddings, then?

1. Suppliers should re-think their rates. Yeah, this would be an unpopular suggestion. But I’m not talking about those whose profit margins are barely enough to cover for expenses; i’m referring to those whose prices are based on reputation. Some will say, “but we earned this reputation and, thus, deserve to be paid as much.” I may actually agree with you. But i hope you will also remember, at some time in the past, you had done the same kind of work as a SERVICE to your couples. I hope that wedding suppliers can find this spark of “service above all”, and bring the costs down for marrying couples.

2. Churches should ALSO re-think their attitudes about weddings. Some churches consider weddings as a business and a money-making venture. I mean, Php25-40K just to allow a wedding in this or that church, wala pa dito yung “donation” kay Father? Insisting that the couple get the resident choir at Php5,000 or a fee of Php2,000 if an outside choir is secured? How about Php1,000 fee just to open the main door as the bride enters, or another Php1,000 fee to allow the use of the choir loft for a “top shot”? Oh, and how about this church that charges Php1,000 PER PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM just to shoot inside the church?

3. The couples themselves should also re-think about the essence of the SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE, and the grace that flows from the same. It is not about the designer gowns worn by the entourage or the snazzy flowers, or the Php1,000 per plate reception food. Marriage is about 3 people — the bride, the groom and God — and that vow that will last forever.

As i write this, wifey comes along, reads over my shoulder, and reminds me that she EXPECTS to walk down the aisle on our 25th anniversary — in a designer gown, with a grand entrance in her favourite church in Alabang, with snazzy flowers by Vatel Manila and Php1,000/plate at the reception.

I guess after having to bear with me for 25 years, she deserves it.

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The last words are very sweet, it made my heart melt.

Getting ready for the Freenup with Imagine Nation

The moment Ms. Benz posted about this prenup session to be hosted by Imagine Nation, a devilish grin showed from my face. Yes! You’re right! I thought of joining this.

So what if our wedding is still next year?

I have my own reasons anyway:

1. We’ll get a chance to shoot with this ever famous photo supplier for just P1,000.00 registration fee => one of the perks of being a w@wie. 😀

2. It will serve as our training ground for our official prenup.

3. We’ll know what to expect during prenup sessions.

4. We’ll know how it would feel to pose in front of a camera so we’ll get used to it.

5. The venue is at the Philippine National Railway (Tutuban station). I have thought of having a prenup there.

Who said that preparing for a shoot is easy? Now, we have to prepare costumes for the following themes:

  • Jan Ray Bautista – “Rockstar Legend”
  • Shayla Sanchez – “Travel Through the Trails”
  • Kim Lim – “Indie with Kimy”
  • Madoka Kashiwazaki – “Coffe Date by Train”
  • Jed Ray Calara – “Sweetheart Athletes”
  • Aika Guerero – “Love the Waitin’!”
  • Alex Ruelo – “Lights, Camera, Action”
  • Larry Leong – “Rain or Shine”

There will be three sets of photographers grouped together, and we will have draw lots to know which sets of photographers will be shooting with us. W@wies have requested to have a pre-draw so our prepared costumes would be narrowed down to three. But it wasn’t granted. Anyway, Vanessa, our contact in Imagine Nation, said that there will be props ready at the venue along with HMU. So slashing that out on the things we need to think of.

Initially, I thought of going to the venue straight from my office shift with no sleep and all but I realized that it’s not a good idea. So I filed a leave on Friday. Friday would also be a good timing to scout for clothes we need to wear. And to avoid dark eye bags because I’ll have a good night sleep.

As of now, I already have a set of clothes I thought of wearing, not sure with Rey though. He said he’ll buy whatever he will be needing on Friday.

I am half excited, half not. Half yes coz i know this will be fun, half not coz I am not yet prepared.

So let’s just see what will happen. 🙂

All aboard…Choo…choo…

Journeying James

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