Sunday, December 22, 2013

All I Want For Christmas 2013

It's such a blessing waking up this early although I was able to go to bed last night very late because my sister arrived from Australia yesterday and we had a quite long chat up to around 1AM.  Anyway, i saw the post of mommy joy of Joy's Notepad and learned that i was tagged with this virus from the PBO.

Here's the mechanics:
  1. Make a post entitled, "All I Want For Christmas 2013," and please use the photo above.
  2. List 6 things that you want to receive as a gift.
  3. Tag 3 friends who will make the same post (no tag backs).
  4. Send me the link so I could check it too (optional).

And here is my wishlist this Christmas 2013:
1.  That I'll have a very happy marriage with my very soon to be hubby. 

2.  That our hearts will love no other else but the one we promised to love in this lifetime.

3.  A healthy baby soon (honeymoon baby sana)

4.  A family that is full of joy, happiness and guided by God's love and protection.
5.  Good health to my family, friends and loved ones.
6.  A prosperous life to everyone i know.

And I'm tagging:
Jackie of Lucky Jackie
Casey of Sooo Blogging This!
Balut of Balut Manila

Have a Happy Christmas Everyone!

Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Misalet

It's 11 days more to go before our big day... And we are just finalizing some more little details for the wedding.  The one we've missed is the misalet.  The church provided us the template for the misalet as early as I could remember but I think i prioritized the other bigger details and thought the misalet will be just easy to accomplish.   When I had the time and started to read the instruction for the misalet, I found that we are the one who will be deciding for its content.  I am lucky I have mommy joy of Joy's notepad who helped me on the bible verses... Thank you again mommy joy.

When I finished the content, we seek for supplier who could do the misalet.  The one in the mall has again a 100 pieces MOQ for 85pesos each... It's a big NO-NO, i don't really need 100 pieces of misalet you know, i just need at least 35 pieces. Our wedding coordinator Kate found another supplier, for 65pesos each but the leadtime is 2 weeks, di na aabot and we need to pay additional kasi rush na daw. :(

So, we opted to do it ourselves.  I thought it will be very easy but I was wrong.  The challenge was arranging the sequence into a booklet form back to back.  The pages should finish on even number so there will be no blank pages and be sure that every turn of pages will lead you to the next right page, took me half day to figure out the correct sequence.

We prepared the following:
1) board letter size paper for the cover (P33.50 per pack, 10 pieces each) - cost: P134
2) Printing on the board paper in Netopia (P10 per page, 35 pages) cost: P350
3) Printing for the content in Netopis (P10 per page, 6 pieces back-back) - cost: P120
4) Photocopy of the content in National Bookstore (P1.50 per page, 420pieces) cost: P630
5) 1 roll of Gold ribbon (30 meters, P4.25/m) - cost: P127

Total Cost: P1,361 for 35pcs (still a great saving versus P2,275 from the supplier with 2 weeks leadtime)

We had an option to photocopy in copytrade for P0.75 each but we opted to do it in National bookstore since we no longer want to drive to another mall.  It will be a great savings if we have a printer... Pero di na kami students kaya di na naginvest sa printer ulet.  So there are really other options if masipag ka para you'll have a much greater saving. 

So here is our finished product... Mission Accomplished!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Prenup Pictures

Hello everyone!.. I've been missing for quite a long time because my wedding is just few weeks from today.. 3 weeks to be exact and I am still occupied by work on weekdays, wedding preps at night and on weekends.  I couldn't actually start composing blogs anymore.  I am happy that I arrived in the office so early today and still have some little time to blog.

I just want to share some of our pre-nuptial pictures taken last November 17 in Intramuros, Manila. We've gone a lot of stress getting a permit and almost gave the place up because of the crazy requirements of the Intramuros Administration.  I still chose the place because it was where our love begun and it is in sync with our theme... Vintage.


 1. Letter of Request address to: ATTY MARCO ANTONIO LUISITO V. SARDILLO III
a. Purpose
b. Date
c. Time (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 n.n only)
d. Specific areas: (choose only 3 areas)

1. Casa Manila Patio
2. Plaza Moriones and Fort Santiago Gate (bricks area)
3. Puerta Real Gardens
4. San Diego Gardens
5. Baluarte de San Andres
6. Baluarte de Dilao

e. Specify in the letter that pictures/videos to be taken will not be use in any commercial purpose.
f. Client complete address and contact nmber.
g. Props / model (if any)
2. Pictorial fee is P2,000.00
(Free of charge for client who has booking / scheduled function at the venues of Intramuros Administration.)
3. Subject to payment of entrance fee (Fort Santiago and San Diego Gardens)

** For Inquiries please call:
Telephone No.: 527-30-96 and 527-90-12 (Telefax)

I highlighted the basic requirements and they're seem easy to accomplish. Submitting a letter of request is not really a problem, we can only choose for 3 locations and specify them to the letter, we chose:  Casa Manila Patio, San Diego Gardens and Fort Santiago, the couple should not forget to both sign the letter.  P2000 peso for the pictorial fee is expensive but manageable, but either of the couple should pay this amount to the Intramuros Admin office and get the permit.  Ang hassle kasi you need to spare time pa just for this permit.

On the day of the shoot, we started in Fort Santiago.

Fort Santiago (SpanishFuerte de Santiago TagalogMoog ng Santiago) is a citadel first built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpifor the new established city of Manila in the Philippines. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros ("within the walls"). Source: Wikipedia

To our dismay, we were only allowed to take pictures within the gate of Fort Santiago.  The reason that they gave us was because Fort Santiago was sacred... What?!!! If only they know I spent 5 years in Intramuros for college and Fort Santiago was just our TAMBAYAN and practice area whenever we had dance or presentations in school. I also wanted take picture with Kalesa, pero bawal din, naman! Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

Good thing, our photographer, Sir Chito Ignacio is very artistic and has really an eye for good views. It's a matter of framing the areas where we thought there's nothing to see.  So here are some of the photos:

Then, In Casa Manila Patio

Casa Manila is a museum in Intramuros depicting colonial lifestyle during Spanish colonisation of the Philippines.
The museum is the imposing stone-and-wood structure circa 1850, one of the grand houses in Barrio San Luis (one of the four original villages) of Intramuros is located across historic San Agustin church and bounded by Calle Real, General Luna, Cabildo and Urdaneta streets. The other two are the Los Hidalgos, circa 1650 and Cuyugan Mansion, circa 1890.
Casa Manila is a copy of a 1850’s San Nicolas House that was once located in Calle Jaboneros. The architect and urban planners of IA was Ramon Faustmann.[2][1] It was constructed by Imelda Marcos during the 1980s and modeled on Spanish colonial architecture.[2]  Source:  Wikipedia

And in San Diego Gardens

We finished the photoshoot in time... 12noon, we needed to wear shades because the sun decided to shine so hot and bright on that day.  I just got the copy of the pictures last Saturday and we are happy with the results .... and I still love Intramuros.

Special thanks to my make-up artist Teajay Nonato and his sister for my hair and Sir Chito Ignacio for the beautiful photos. Mahirap pala maging models pero the experience was so much fun!  We really had a great time. ^_^