Friday, 5 June 2015

Reading Marathon

Reading is dreaming with open eyes
I've always love to read books. 

When I was a baby toddling along I always have my hardbound ABC book with me. Mama would patiently read me through ABCs and phrases until I was able to read without assistance. During the summer of 1997, I was already reading Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin at the age of 7 (never would I dream that Mama would be annoyed with me because I read to much. But then, who doesn't when one forget to eat and sleep). I would go on an adventure full of mystery and problem solving with Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and the Bobbsey Twins.

In high school, I have an on-off love affair with Sweet Valley. During this time, I also fell in love with literature and short stories, however, I detest reading technical books (i.e. math, science, accounting, etc.). Mama also gifted me with a set of encyclopedia and a big dictionary (I still use the dictionary to this day).

I am by nature not intelligent. I don't even have a photographic memory nor was I able to retain the information that I read, what more, I don't even have a perfect grammar (need practice on this one)! Can you believe it? I just love to read. Reading for me is a pleasure. I was able to travel to another place without moving (I would very much like a chance to see the world on foot).

Reading has always been a constant in my life. I remember one time during my university years, I brought a Harry Potter book and read it in class instead listening to my professor's lecture about partnership and equities. The professor swooped down and confiscated my book until the end of the class. So reading was done at home at a leisure time. I would also buy a LOT of second hand novels near school. During semester break I would to my heart's content. 

I was out of school for many years now, and I don't read as much as before. Right now, instead of books I have e-books (digital books). I have thousand in collections most of which I haven't read yet. So, I still have lot of adventure to explore, more characters to meet and more love and friendship to treasure.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Santacruzan at DBM

As part of DBM 79th Anniversary, the BMB-A decides to enter the Santacurzan Summer Fiesta. However rules must be followed. First, it must be made of recycled office supplies. Second, must be wearable. And last, it must be unique (points for creativity).

The BMB-A's fashion committee came up with these upon research off on the internet.

Then we came up with these (me wearing the gown).

I made the flowers you see on my head, waist and skirt. My earrings were made of paper clips by putting a double adhesive tape in my ears. (ouch!)

In the end, I won the 3rd place and get to take home a whooping Php 3,000 which I shared with my officemates.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Booked: Josiah's Catering Inc.

I have been to two Josiah's food tasting (La Pergola Verde and Blue Leaf Event Hall) and they didn't disappoint me. Their foods were sumptuous and overflowing. Also, it helps that their styling weren't bad either.
Below are the dishes that were served to me on both occasions.
  • Wild Mushroom Soup served with bread and butter - rich, creamy and filling. The bread were also good and tasty.
  • Welcome Treats - we love their welcome treats except for my sister she hates the "Pissaladieres"
    • Mango Boursin Cheese on Toast
    • California Seafood Spring Roll - we love this!! Yummy
    • Wild Mushroom Tart
    • Pissaladieres - dry and lump
  • Rice Pilaf - according to Labsie its grains were hard
  • Spaghetti
    • Spaghetti with Seafood and Sundried Tomato Pesto - best served when hot
  • Fish/Seafood
    • Pan Seared Cobbler with Mango Butter Sauce - taste great for someone who doesn't like fish fillet
  • Chicken
    • Sundried Tomato and Cream Cheese Stuffed  Roast Chicken
    • Grilled Chicken Teriyaki - my sister love this too!
  • Pork
    • Marinated Roast Pork Belly with Carolina Barbecue Sauce - too much fat
  • Beef
    • Sliced US Beef Short Place with Mushroom Gravy - I especially like the mashed potato on top of the beef
  • Desserts
    • White Chocolate - Thumb Up!
    • Blueberry Cheesecake - Thumb Up!
    • Mango Shortcake - Meh!
    • Red Velvet - Too sweet
    • Chocolate Indulgence - Thumb Up!
    • Peanut Butter Mousse - taste like peanut butter
    • Peach and Mango Panna Cotta - taste like peach
Taken from Josiah's Facebook Account. One of the Food Tasting I attended with my sister at La Pergola Verde

I was a bit disappointed with how Josiah's Account Executive (AE) handled us. It took ages before we were attended to. Finally, one of the AE discussed to us their company, foods and their freebies if we book with them on the spot. Because of attractive freebies Labsie book with them and viola! We already have a caterer, Only venue left to consider.

Josiah's Catering Inc.
34 East Drive Marikina Heights, Marikina

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Booked: Photography and Videography

"You don't really take a moment to capture something, but to capture something in that moment."

I have difficulty in choosing Photographer and videographer who will capture one of the most important part of my life. And their rates were craaazzzyyy!!! I didn't know photographer/videographer were supposed to be expensive! As much as I like Jason Magbanua, Bob Nicoloas, Pat Dy and Phoebe Teocson I can't afford them.

So, I researched. Then, I came across CamZar Photography and Daniel Lei/Southern Spring. I love their works and their creativity. Hope they won't disappoint me.

You may browse their works through their websites and Facebook account.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Booked: Church

541 days until the big day!

Finally after much procrastinating -- we already have a church and a date! The Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life which was located near SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The church itself was airy, intimate and spacious. We decided to pencil book our preferred date but need to come back a week later to pay for the 50% to blocked the date. We haven't yet really decided on the church because my fiancee was leaning toward having his wedding at UST Chapel. So, we came back a month later - good thing our date is still open.

So with no further ado, my fiancee paid the Php 12,500 to block the date, it's non-refundable - so no backing out! The church assistant also discussed to us the contract, requirements and the do's and don't especially when it comes to bridal and entourage gown. Good thing they didn't set an age limit to bearer and flower girls. They are also strict with photographer and videographer. Not to worry though, the photographer and videographer will be having an orientation weeks before your wedding so that they know where will they take the photos. I understand their policy since I also want my wedding to be solemn. You will also be paying Php 1,000 clearance fee for photographer and videographer in addition to the contract price of Php 25,000.

Overall, we have no problem with their policy. And I know that our photographer and videographer will also do their best to take our pictures without violating the church rules.

Oh, the church also forbids throwing of confetti, petals, and rice inside and outside the church. So we will be using either ribbons, balloon, bubbles, dove or maybe butterflies?

The Church facade (source: from internet)

inside the church (source: from internet)

For more information contact:
Archdiocesan Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life
Address: Pope John Paul Youth Center, Coral Way, Central Business Park, Reclamation Area, Pasay City
Contact Number: (02) 556-6175 to 76