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Hosted a Bridal Shower06.12.11

This is the fourth bridal shower that I hosted, the first one was for my college then colleague and a friend, Jean Bernales-Notario.  The second bridal shower that I hosted was for an old colleague, Christine.  The third one was last November (2010) for my friend and colleague, Clarinda Santiago-Ang. Now for the fourth (and hopefully not the last), we threw a bridal shower for the future Mrs. Wenning, Ms Marie Fe Domingo.

You could say that I’m no amateur when it comes to throwing bridal showers but I guess I should give a disclaimer that all the things that I know was from the books I’ve read or from internet. It took a lot of research and knowing your friends (attendee and the future-bride) to know what type of bridal shower will suit them. By the way, as of this writing, I have not yet had the chance to host a bridal shower where we rented any stripper, so I can say that it’s always safe fun! :)

Now, for the recent one that I hosted, I would consider Ms Ae (our supervisor) as a very conservative type of person. Instead of giving her a real stripper/dancer, we opted to simply set her up. She was thinking that we rented a male dancer for the night, but we really did not. It was really funny and I had stomach ache after that. All in all, I guess the guests and most specially the bride-to-be really did enjoy the shower party. Here’s the outline of the party, we can do this as well, if you want.

I. Scavenger Hunt
II. Dinner, while checking the pictures/videos for the Scavenger Hunt
III. Naughty Pictionary
IV. Blow-Blow the Condom Game
V. Announcement of the Orange-y Winner
VI. Toasts and messages for the bride-to-be
VII. “Stripper Time” hehehe
VIII. Winding down the night with sharing from more experienced girls (Carol, to be exact…LOL)

I will be posting soon the Official Rules of Scavenger Hunt that I edited from an online expert, the tasks I’ve created for the team, and of course the pictures!!!

Watch out!!!

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Althea’s Pictorial04.06.11

After buying Althea’s dress for her upcoming 7th birthday, we have to have her picture taken because we will use those pictures for her invitation. So I took out my DSLR and shot several pictures of her. Isn’t she cute or what?!?!

She’s kind of shy at first because there where so many kids outside our gate looking at her.

I really like her natural smile here…she look so innocent! :)

This is the full view of her dress. It’s like a princess dress because of the ‘ball gown-layered’ style of it. We got this dress from Divisoria mall for a very reasonable price of P1500 from P1800. It’s a lot cheaper compared to buying it in the mall.

Must pose like a princess!

Another pose like a princess!

For close up, we need this kind of shots for her tarpaulin.

Complete close-up shot, with her tiara. A princess is not a princess without her diadem!

I love how she smiled. You will think that she practiced smiling? Nope, she did not. She got talent when it comes to modeling. She can project herself. She knows that she did not have a good set of teeth so she smiles naturally without it looking so forced (in trying to hide it).

More to come!!!

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Happy 61st Birthday Papa!03.26.11

Happy birthday to my Papu as he celebrates his 61st birthday! He asked us to celebrate his birthday this year with his two favorites, videoke and beer. Nah…I’m just kidding. My father rarely drink, he’s not even an occasional drinker. He only drinks if he likes the person he’s drinking with. So much for drinking buddy.  LOL.  And my dad is so frugal that he thinks drinking beer is a waste of good, hard earned money where in the end you’ll get headache and again waste money by drinking medicines to relieve yourself from the hangover.

So imagine our surprise when he told us that he wanted to celebrate his birthday this year with a videoke and beer.  So we all agreed in giving him his much needed birthday celebration…LOL.  Here are the pictures with some descriptions.

Mama and Papa, smooching…LOL


Althea posing with the big balloon

Sister Leah and college friends

Papa and his friend

Let’s sing happy birthday to you and blow the cake daddy!!!

Chibugan na!!!

Here’s the food…well this is about the 1% of it all..SISIG, adobo, caldereta, spaghetti and cake

Jean and Cheng with Richmond

Kids were also enjoying themselves kahit di pa pwede ang inuman.

The Second generation of cousins – Richmond, Althea and Jairus

MAMA and ASKier

Mama and me, while she shows her talent…hehehe

Papatalo ba si Papa?

Papa and Chona’s extended family.. :)

Mama’s always crying when she sings, Minsan-Minsan because of our baby brother who’s currently working in JAPAN…she misses him so MUCH! Miss you too Dodong!

My future sister-in-law, Abby

Mahaba na tong post ko ah…pero mas mahaba ung inuman nila nung gabing un! :)

My relatives..goofing…as always..:)

SERIOUS naman daw…

It’s the SARIO couple.. :P

the Sarios with Ate yen

Papa and Howe

Ate Faye and Kuya Gary with my nephew, Adrian

Wala pa bang susuko?  LOL

Click HERE for the rest of the pictures…kala nyo yan lang noh? LOL
Until next year!!!! :P

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valentine card02.21.11

It’s the second one I received from him…EVER! He said that he can’t write love letters, so it’s gonna be so hard for him to give me one. I said just write what’s coming from his heart and what ever it is, it’s the best because it comes from his heart.


It’s a simple card and this is all that I can share….but please do know that it’s so sweet and I love it.

He knows how much I love bath tubs so is that the reason why he got me this?

Now isn’t this sweet EPIC or what?

***kinikilig to the bones***

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valentine date – a road trip02.20.11

We had our valentine date yesterday – road trip up north!

It’s been a long time since we did this, with all the busy-ness in the world, it’s no wonder.  I’m just glad that we were able to celebrate Valentines this year.  I really like it when we have road trips because we will have the chance to really talk.  Yesterday, we were talking and  talking for almost 10 hours and I love every minute of it. :)

I hope that we can do this again. Can’t wait!

By the way, here are some of the road shots:

I love this bridge because it’s white…

I love the trees cause it’s making an arc for us.. :)

We had lunch at Matutina’s in Tarlac

Here’s our food, Sinigang na Hipon, Boneless Bangus Belly and Grilled Pusit

I love this grilled pusit, it’s soft and so fresh!

Then we went to Clark to buy some goods from Duty Free, then we discovered something…who would have thought that the Nayong Pilipino now is in Clark, in their Clark Education City. I really need to visit that again soon, maybe together with my niece. She will love it!

Till next time…

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35 years and counting…02.10.11

The love that will last a lifetime…

Congratulations to my parents on their 35th anniversary.  Not many people will find their one true love and I’m so happy that both of you found yours and that you had us all four (your children) to be the sign on your eternal love for each other.  I will not forget the love you’ve shown to one another.  That will be my guide when I enter my own happy ever after.  Thank you Ma and Pa.

I love you Ma and love you Pa!

Here’s our small celebration last January 31:

Here’s the food

My parents with Alex and Thea

Althea goofing with her cousins

Althea and her cousins with her Auntie Cho and boyfriend,  Derick

candid shot

althea and abby

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Story of Appreciation02.08.11

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, as he will make the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?”

The youth answered “none”.

The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”
The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.”

The director asked, “Where did your mother work?”

The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.”

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.”

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tears fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, “I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes”

The Director asked, “Please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said, “Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only now I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.”

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

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CLOSING CYCLES by Paolo Coelho02.07.11

I saw this email message from an old colleague and I wanted to share this to everyone.

Happy reading!

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CLOSING CYCLES by Paolo Coelho

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.

Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters, whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.

But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister, everyone will be finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

None of us can be in the present and the past at the same time, not even when we try to understand the things that happen to us. What has passed will not return: we cannot for ever be children, late adolescents, sons that feel guilt or rancor towards our parents, lovers who day and night relive an affair with someone who has gone away and has not the least intention of coming back.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it maybe!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphan! ages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.

Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the ideal moment. Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person. Nothing is irreplaceable. A habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

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Happy NEW Year!!!01.02.11


Who wouldn’t love New Year celebratuion???? We LOVE it! Isn’t it obvious?

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My Princess Birthday Party at 3009.29.10

40 days have past since I celebrated my 30th birthday party….

Nah! It’s not really a birthday party. I just asked my cousins to drop by at our house for an afternoon merienda since I turned 30 and I wanted to celebrate it. Walang inuman. Walang videoke. Merienda lang talaga. Hehehe. :)

But my niece wanted to have balloons for her. So we decided to buy a banner, it just happened that we saw a Cinderella figurine when we bought the cake (thanks Ate Yen for the delicious party size Sansrival cake from Goldilocks!) and the only available banner from the toy store was the Princess Themed banner and the colors of the balloons are mostly pink and white…so there I had my own princess themed birthday party at 30…LOL! If I have known, I would have worn my yellow-gold gown! It would have been awesome!

Thanks to my family, all of my cousins and their significant others, my nieces and nephews and to Howe!

Special thanks to my Mama for the shanghai and caldereta. Thanks Alex for the rest. Love you both! :)

P.S. Thanks to my Kim Hyun Joong for the balloons! LOL!

Enjoy the flood of pics!!!

Me and my banner…title: the five princesses (including me! O_0)

Althea and the balloons

Mom and Althea with the food! yummy!

Thanks Ate Yen for the cake!

It’s making me hungry by looking at this….

cousins and niece and nephew…waaaiiittt, is that you Ate Yen?

same cousins…LOL..Althea, eat baby, don’t just watch

Adrian, Camille, Ate Faye, Kuya Gary and moi!

Ruthie Ganda, Bebeng with ASKier, Nini, Kuya Mike and Manoy

Kim Hyun Joong’s balloon gift…all the way from Korea! :)

My beautiful Mom, Ruthie Ganda and Althea with Husband, este Howe (LOL)

You can see the rest of the pics HERE!

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