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It’s all about perspective! A blog and a commitment to cheerfulness!

I love dogs! April 16, 2008

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April 1, 2008, we welcome 3 new puppies in our home. Our dogs, Brandy (girl) and Miki (boy) gave us 3 healthy and cute puppies.

still sleepy

I’m a dog lover and it’s amazing to see how cute they are and how fast they grow. Can’t wait to see them running around in our garden.

Click here to see photos of our pups.  

 

Honeymoon in Paradise: Boracay, Philippines April 10, 2008

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Boracay is paradise!

 
A very delayed entry.

Last February 19, I finally got to see Boracay! My next stops will be Palawan, Bohol and Batanes.   I’ve been to a few of our best destinations like Puerto Galera, Batangas, Tagaytay, Cebu, Ilocos Norte, Baguio and Dumaguete, but there’s still so much to see. 🙂

Back to Boracay. Thanks to my hubby who arranged everything, I had a great time in Boracay. Everything was perfect! The Boracay Regency service was impeccable. Here are some of the things I’ve learned about escapades in this island:  

1. It’s great to go during off-peak seasons (meaning don’t go in summer). Sounds crazy, I know but the best part about going during off-peak is you gate off-peak rates, same service and less crowd. With less crowd this means that you have more attention for you and less need for queuing. Best period is a few weeks before the peak season, Like the first few weeks of February.

2. I love station 1. Best part ever. Very quiet and secluded. If you are in this island to relax and unwind this is the station for you. If you are in Boracay to party, I recommend you stay in Station 2. Never got to see Station 3 though.

3. It’s true Jonas shakes rock! Try their banana choco peanut shake, mocha rhum and melon banana. Yummy!
 
4. Be prepared to have lots of extra money (small denominations are suggested). Very handy for extra fees like terminal and environmental fees.

Click here for Boracay photos.  

EXTRA: In our trip to Boracay, we met a local hunting for food. They call it “Kawing-Kawing” a wormlike animal that burrows itself in Boracay’s white sand.

how to catch a kawing-kawing

I asked him how they cook it and he said “Adobo”. For people not familiar with Adobo it’s a popular cooking style in the Philippines. Just saute pork or chicken (well kawing-kawing this instance) in garlic, pepper and onion then add soy sauce wait for it to boil. Looks very interesting and exotic!

See how they catch a Kawing-kawing.     

 

Friendships are priceless April 9, 2008

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Girls Day Out
It gets harder to meet when one matures (i dare not say grow old hahaha).  Work and responsibilities take more of our time. We grow families, have children and work at least 8-10 hours a day. 

I also notice that conversations change yearly. Like software upgrades, there are added features and more complex functionalities.

  • In grade school, toys and games filled our days.
  • In highschool, we talk mostly about boys and fashion.  
  • In college, we still talk about boys but we also talk about careers and dreams.
  • As working girls, we still talk about boys, careers and dreams. But we have deeper sense of relationships and priorities. By this time some of us begin getting married.
  • Recently our conversations are more about our relationships, kids and family. We also talk about our entrepreneurial dreams.       

It’s harder to meet now but when we do, it’s priceless. We talk about memories and we inspire each other. Life is meant to be shared because when we do, we get a richer and fuller life. We find strength in each other.

Click here to view recent pictures with friends.      

 

A little girls dream wedding April 8, 2008

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as a little girl

Like most little girls I’ve dreamt about my wedding.  We all had our share of storybooks and movies of fairytales and happy endings. We move through life waiting (well actually searching) for that perfect partner. Most of the times we get hurt, we learn and then become unbelieving and jaded. We begin to move with more caution and more issues. We have more considerations and more rules, but sometimes some of us get lucky!  I did! Thank God, my God’s gift (now my hubby) found me.  I have learned and mastered the value of WAITING instead of SEARCHING.

Not all weddings are perfect, but every wedding is special.  I kept this wisdom in my head as I enjoyed every moment of our wedding. No matter how OC you are, we need to come to terms with the reality that something can and will go wrong. From minor things to major mishaps, the couple just needs to take it in as part of their moment and memory.       

Last February 17, 2008, we tied the knot and as I write this blog, we’re in the process of adjusting to our new life together. We’re very happy and blessed.

Celebrating our marriage

I know, I’m not a Hollywood star. But I want to acknowledge all my guests, suppliers, sponsors, family and friends for making our wedding a very special day! Here’s my thank you list “ala Oscars”

For my hair and make up: Angie and Ogie (YOU GUYS ROCK!)  

For the cake: Yumi Castillo of Yummy Piece of Cakes (It’s just perfect! I highly recommend her for weddings and all events. Her cakes are not just gorgeous, it’s really good food, not just sugar and coloring!)
   
For the invitation and wedding theme logo: My highschool friend and fellow Paulinian Powderboxgirl

For the Romantic AVP/MTV: My bestfriend Jill Marcelo – Ramos

For the wedding theme song: My bestfriends, Simon Tan and Jacque Tan

For the wedding coordination: My college barkada, the Dreamworkers.  

For my flowers: RCJC (Tita Cora will take care of your flower needs at a very reasonable price.) 

For the photography: RSVP Photography. Oh and thanks to my officemates and photo club-mates for the extra coverage. Nice photos guys! 

For the food: Evelyn’s Catering (Tita Evelyn thanks for going the extra mile for our wedding!)
 
For the rings: My Stepmom, Mariz Geronimo

For the ceremonies: Fr Stephen Redillas, it was perfect!
 
I didn’t write all my suppliers, I just wanted to highlight on the ones I’d like to recommend. These guys are great!

View our wedsite
My Cake supplier’s comment 
More photos (taken by PowderBoxGirl)
Guests blog about our wedding  

 

When a door closes, a window will open (02.29.2008) March 6, 2008

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A closed door

Nothing is permanent and goodbyes are necessary to grow.There are times when we have to accept the reality that it’s time to give up and let go!

Sometimes giving up is not necessary failure but a sign of maturity. Why push it when there might be something else in stored for you? 

As long as we played fair and we gave it our all, we can face life without any regret.No one said that life is fair and that sometimes there will be choices that we hope we did not make but we should not fret because there is always something better waiting for us.

This I have proven so many times, no matter how cliché it sounds its carries a heavy truth. 

  • Learn to let go and let God.
  • Sometimes we have to empty our hands to keep it open.
  • We have to let go of what we  have because God has a better gift to give us. 
 

Coordinating my first wedding March 1, 2008

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My friend’s wedding

Last December 29, 2007, I had my first shot as a wedding coordinator!   I’d like to thank my college barkada for inviting me to join their events group, Dreamworkers. Perfect timing to prepare me for my wedding.     

The work of a coordinator is laborious and yet very fulfilling! It rained that day and I got drenched looking like a wet chicken wearing heels and make-up. I drove like a madman that day. As an usherette I had to make sure that the reception is perfect before guests arrive.  With a smile I greeted each guest, and with a smile we ended the day.  

I left the event knowing that we made our friend, Kytes Navarro (now Mrs. Kytes De Laza) a happily married woman. It also helps to hear the great feedback we’ve had from the guests. (Do I see more business coming? Wahoo!)   

Her wedding is documented in a wedsite.   
 

A commitment to cheerfulness

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SunnyQSunnyQ

I just turned 30 and I’m beginning to realize that I’m beginning to slowly lose the ability to stay happy and cheerful. In my college slumbook, everybody took note of my smile and sunny nature. I’ve heard that in doing so I inspire others to stay happy. It’s uplifting to know that a mere smile can help another person! 🙂   

In this blog collection, I will strive to stick with discussions about the great things about life. I will try to take the positive and inspiring perspective of situations. I’m sure this will be tough but the world we have is already loaded with too much rants and sad stories. Time to share, be more appreciatiive and grateful!