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

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

I am Engaged!

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. - When Harry Met Sally

Labsie and I have been together for almost four years now (we will be celebrating our 4th on March 8). These past few months, Labsie has been hinting about the proposal and/or ring since December last year. He kept on measuring my ring size (was it size 5? 6? or 7?) and asking if it fit. At first, I thought he would be buying me a Pandora ring since he kept on visiting Pandora website. When we went to Resort World Pasay, he also check out the Pandora boutique scouting for the ring that will suit me. While he was planning on how to execute his proposal, I was growing impatient day by day (because I know that he is planning one). Until, he invite me on a road trip to Baguio-Zambales with his officemates/friends.

Unbeknownst to him (or - was it his plan?), I already gave up on waiting for the "ring". I just go about my day to day activities without constantly nagging him about the ring.  

Then, he popped the "Will You Marry Me?" during our trip to Anawangin Cove in Zambales. Boy, I was floored and ecstatic and nervous all at the same time!  

Anawangin Cove, Zambales
Throughout the trip, before he popped the question, he kept on rubbing my ring finger but I just ignore the gesture thinking it was just a ruse. It was later that I've found that he was nervous about asking me. Good for him! 

It was one heady experience to be asked to marry by the man of your dream. Now my hand felt heavy and I am already having jitters about the big day.