Tuesday, December 16, 2008
i took this while photographers are giving instructions hehehe
i ask a friend to take this shot and told him this is how i wanted the picture to be hehe
borrowed this picture from a friend's multiply site.
that's all for now...
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
(ayoko lang ma-zero sa buwang ito hehe, pero busy po talaga, ilang araw na lang!!!)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
And in the preparation for a journey to a thousand forever, where or how to begin?
Now that the first step was taken, real works begin.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
During the wake of my father, an instant get-together happened right from the first night until the last one. My cousins whom I have not seen for the last 15 or so years were present to give their last respect to my dad, and for the last time, it was again my father who “organized” this reunion. You see, my father was very active in arranging family reunions and he was a bit frustrated that the last one he requested last summer didn’t materialized as his eldest sister had to go back to the US for reasons I am not aware of. It turned out that in a few more months, it will push thru and what do we know, ironic it may seem, he was the reason it happened.
Aside from the scheduled vigils, expected sobs and endless stories about my dad, never-ending kumustahan and kuwentuhan were also inevitable. As the day went on and the night goes deeper, whispers turned into a large group of people talking and eventually, silence that is usually associated with midnight was over-powered by laughter and only a passing scent of sampaguita can lower the volume (my dad has a good sense of timing especially in delivering punchlines, so hirit nya yun).
We usually look at death with a deep sorrow and we took it like a stab in our heart. But there was a bright candle that glowed on those dark and painful days, as not only a reunion had happened but also reconciliation between erring relatives. Two of my aunts have been ignoring each other for the longest time, but on the last night of my father’s wake, right in front of his coffin, they bumped with each other and the angry fireworks we thought would fly was instead swept by tears as they hugged like long lost sisters, no apologies needed, no explanations, it just happened. They just said: “Para tayong tanga, bakit ba kasi di tayo nagpapansinan?”
Monday, September 08, 2008
To everyone, for all your prayers and condolences, maraming-maraming salamat. More than 40 days after my father's death, the feeling of losing a part of our heart is still there (and will always be, i guess) but we can now smile, we can now laugh, we can now talk about Daddy without a tear and more importantly, I can now see acceptance from the eyes of my mother. God's hands worked in silence, guiding and shaping our minds/hearts and we are thankful for that.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
ngayon pa lang, namimiss at hinahanap ka na namin. mahal na mahal ka namin daddy.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
nagkakalkal ako ng mga lumang pictures at nakita ko ito, noong nakaraang taon pa kuha ito pero natuwa ako sa title na inilagay ko sa litratong ito: Quest (parang knight na parang part ng kanta no?)
excuse me po, babanat na muna ako:
Happy weekend everyone, next song, este, kanpai!!!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
A bridal fair can either be the couple’s heaven or their nightmare. If they have the money, going in these fairs is like preparing for their wedding in just one or two days. Why? Because everything can be found there: gowns, caterers, photographers, rings, invitations, make-up artists, flowers, cakes, event organizers, stylists, even dentists and dermatologists have already joined the pit. And if they have the moolah, their wedding will be headache and stressed-free, all they have to do is just affix their signatures and that’s it!
But, if the couple is on the other side of the fence and still decided to be tantalized by the dreamy atmosphere the fair can offer, going there is like having their dream weddings torn into pieces. Why? Simply because their dream wedding has a tag price, and it’s expensive.
While we’re neither of the above, we do have a budget to follow, and the accountant and banker in us keep us from going beyond the budget. We are aware that bridal fair is a big trap for over-spending on weddings but we are also aware that it can give us loads of freebies and in turn huge savings if we play our cards right.
In three separate events (and meeting and seeing the same suppliers, the same faces, and being greeted by the same enthusiastic smiles, some even know us), we were able to book the major ones and the free items, discounts and upgrades that we got were worth at least P30k! And with the expected increase in prices, and not counting the inflation, that means a lot of money and enormous savings!
While both Lyn and I do not possess the bargaining power of our parents (magagaling tumawad), magaling naman kaming magpakipot, we played hard-to-get and in turn, the wedding supplier will give in to our demands, parang nakapang-barat na rin kami hehehe.
Seriously, most wedding suppliers have a standing discount to couples who will book on site, say 20-30% discount, or a free this, or an upgrade to that, we took those discounts as part of the package and the wise thing we did was to look into the details of the package, crossed out those that will not be needed (like a tarpaulin or blow up pictures or a generic signature frame) or those that will have no purpose (like an ice carving or an extended red carpet) on the wedding and changed or replaced them with something that we need (like a bridal car or sound system or bubble machine). Trust me, a couple of hundreds or thousands removed from the package and replacing them with something that you will be paying if not included in the package can go a long, long way.
Why do I know of those things? Because I, and later on Lyn, belong to a group of “week-end” wedding coordinators before and our exposures to numerous weddings in the past gave us a firm foundation and idea on what to expect. So after the engagement, the hard work begins.
And did our being a “week-end” wedding coordinators worked on our advantage? Yes and no. And i'll post something about it later. :)
wedding dresses by Linoi
Friday, July 18, 2008
The following are some of them (messages typed/copied as is):
And the last one is the funniest, if not the most stupid: From +639182116931:
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
(taken last March, my last climb huhuhu)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Mag-commute ka gamit ang MRT/LRT, parang fiesta sa pag-uunahan!
Saan pa ba pwedeng pumila?
Monday, June 16, 2008
(i just made the above from the movie maker software installed on my cellphone and i used pictures also taken by the same gadget, so sorry from some blurred images, and in a way, i am also testing the video upload of blogger using file/s from my pc and not sourcing thru youtube).
Friday, June 06, 2008
I tend to believe the opposite until reality came walking down on me. One Saturday, when I thought everything’s going according to plan (place: check, ring: check, camera: check, speech: check, me looking good: check) and pretend that the dinner is just going to be one of those exploration-and-try-something-new-and-not-the-usual eat out, my confidence level is zooming high as I know that I did everything I need to do...or so I thought!!!
7 pm was our schedule with My Mother’s Garden (yes, that’s where hehe) but we came in early so we can roam around the house and the garden (and for me to familiarize with the surrounding and scout for the best place to, you know...). Coming in early was a nice idea as we did roam around the house and stayed in the garden in front of it and wished that we can also have a similar space in the city, it’s quite romantic actually (TIIING! me: while looking at her, my heart was jumping and my brain’s asking if it’s the time already...)
With a background like that, naaah, definitely not the right time (and the lizard continued what he’s doing like he’s laughing at me “tu-ko...tu-ko...tu-ko...). And Lyn’s also laughing at me as she knows how much I hated tuko because one summer when I was still a child, I was six or seven maybe, I would always tag along my dad (the entire family actually) to this little farm that we have in Quezon, stay in this little nipa hut and...wait, wait, I’ll save that on a later post, lumalayo ako hehe.
Okay, I decided not to do it right there. And since it’s getting dark and the mosquitoes around are now starting to fall in line on both of my ears and most of them can’t resist my charm and alternately biting my arms and my neck (I have issues with mosquitoes you know), we decided to go inside again. The place at night is very charming, with the yellowish light coming from incandescent bulbs above, some candles were flickering, colourful orchids were around, soft music was playing, nice rattan furniture and we were alone sitting there, holding hands (TIIING! me: while looking at her, my heart was jumping and my brain’s asking if it’s the time already...)
It was Letlet, she just came in from the kitchen without any warning hehehe. so, purnada ulit :) After the usual introduction, Letlet stayed for a while and talked and discussed the concept of their charming little restaurant and the endless possibilities this can give them now that the secret has been told, first via word of mouth (thru bloggers syempre) and then, the mainstream media (including the television) and that they are also open for anything like parties and exhibits, even a wedding can now already be held there depending upon the arrangement.
She just said wedding and my heart somersaulted!
And sweat started to appear on my forehead.
Fortunately, love can and will find a way :)
I am speechless at this very moment, almost not moving but just waiting for her to open it...
I knelt and asked her "Honey, will you marry me?"
I took the ring and put it on her finger, though I am still kneeling, she hugged me and I embraced her tight...
(Anita Baker is singing in the background..."Im in love, sweet love, don't you ever go away, it'll always be this way, i'm in love, sweet love...")
next: the aftermath :)
Friday, May 16, 2008
In the movies, it takes a sleeping man for Sandra Bullock to meet Bill Pullman, and amidst all the struggles and confusions, they live happily ever after…
In real life, it takes more than a kiss and definitely not a sleeping man for the hopeless romantics to live happily ever after, it takes guts, a lot of planning, a bit of luck, a good sense of timing.
And a romantic place to, you know, pop up the question.
The time is definitely ripe for that next step for some bells to start ringing. My brain worked overtime, my mind was on a trance whenever I think of all the possibilities, and I, short of harassing, nay, forcing myself for that creative juice, or what remains of it, to start flowing just to come up with the formula on how to do this, when to do this and where to do this.
I didn’t know that it can be this tough! Or I am just putting so much pressure on myself?
I am not known to be a man of surprises, I maybe hiding or sleeping or off somewhere when the 1001 romantic ideas started falling from the sky, I may have grab some but these were crumbs and not the type that can one can swoon over, I don’t have big and earth-shaking ideas, or stuffs that can turn the world upside down, I don’t want things to be complicated, in other words, yours truly is just your plain and simple Juan.
But this time, I want to be different. I want this to be memorable, especially for her.
And you know what, I was also surprised with what I did.
To be continued...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
CARROTS: A carrot that you can tie a clove hitch in is not fresh. (guilty!!!!)
MAYONNAISE: If it makes you violently ill after you eat it, the mayonnaise is spoiled.
POTATOES: Fresh potatoes do not have roots, branches, or dense, leafy undergrowth. (What? They don't have roots??? And onions and garlics should have leaves, right? Right? And ginger, too?)
RAISINS: Raisins should not be harder than your teeth. (At least, not as hard)
SALT: It never spoils. (Thank God!)
Thursday, May 08, 2008
For the last three years, I've been dreaming of setting foot on this very remote island, climbing the rock formations, having a blast on its very still and very clear water, shooting until my batteries and memory card give up and enjoying the beach with its fine sand to my heart's content.
Since the arrival of a P200-million development plan and the media mileage it gained from Survivor France and GMA-7, I don't know if the scenes I am dreaming of will still be the same. Cavanas have already been built and even before I can call it my own, commercialization had begun.
Sigh, but I still want to go there and I will go there.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
O di kaya ang pagiging numero unong reklamador kagaya ko na nauntog kanina sa jeep! hmp.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The contest, which carries the theme "Sayaw, Padyak, Indak" is open to both amateur and professional photographers, using digital or film-based cameras. Photos of the streetdance contingents must have been taken during the competition period, and should not have won nor have been published in any book or photography magazine. Entries must be printed in full colour or any brand of photo paper in 8R size (8 inches x 10 inches)."
To read the full article, go here.
Ano kaya? I might try on May 1, as we'll go back to Cagbalete on May 2-4...
Sasali o sasali?