Sunday, November 30

Saturday, November 29

Weekend Wanderlust

With friends at the anniversary party of Il Ponti.

Looking Forward: Drawing up some House Plans

We met up with our architect Thursday to show her the floor measurements that fiancé and I have done last week. Measuring was hell. I felt filthy and tired and totally unsure if we were measuring the right things. But when we showed our “drawings” to architect all uncertainty went away. It’s pretty exciting. Our plans of renovating the dream house is finally starting to materialize. Architect will give us a the layout sometime soon, this already incorporating the changes we wanted to input (i.e. bigger bathrooms, powder rooms, breakfast nooks, walk-in closet and a tub for dear future hubby)

Closet Pegs:

Miss Teen Queen or Not

(Pictures to follow)

I don’t remember ever not cringing when watching a beauty pageant. The pivotal cringe moment usually comes when the question and answer portion ensues. So last Wednesday, the fiancé together with his friends (who were there to try to score some points with the contestants) watched the Ms Chinese Philippines live at Avenue, it was time not just to cringe but to slink down from our seats, shift from side to side in uncomfortable feeling. Seeing that none of the girls tickled the fancy of the boys (well except for #7) we decided to make the night interesting by placing a wager on who’s going to win.

Question and Answer Portion
Host: What’s the most honest thing you have done in your life? – (ok, I give her some cred, this is really a stupid question. It presupposes that you have lived your life mostly in a deceptive state)
Contestant #2: Looks around in pain
Host: Again, what’s the most honest thing you have done in your life?
Contestant #2: Umm, (looks around in even more pain)
Umm….the most honest thing…. (looks like she was about to cry…) I’m sorry.

Then she returns back to her position. Slinking lower and lower at my seat.

Must Try: Lunching at Pepper Lunch

We finally got to eat at Pepper Lunch. The fiancé has been nagging for some time now about this place. It opened months ago in Rockwell and every time he picks me up, he would look longingly at Pepper Lunch as we pass it by.

Verdict? Hmm pretty ok. I don’t like waiting for my food to be cooked in front of me, which beats the purpose of going into these kinda places – because heck – that sizzling plate is the whole novelty behind it, right?

Be warned! I did smell like pepper afterwards.

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Wedding 101: The Church Dilemma

We still don’t have a church to get married at. In frustration, I jokingly mentioned to Fancé that we should maybe consider converting to the protestant religion so that we can have a garden wedding instead of trying yet again to find another potential church venue. Umm yeah, the Fiancé scoffed at the idea.

I wonder why there is much-a-do about getting married in churches anyhow. I mean why can’t the priest just “go out” of their four walls to perform the ceremony. Is the sanctity of the ceremony really sacrificed if it were not done inside? Better yet, if you have little flower girls throw petals at the aisle could they not just cleaned that up? Why oh why – do they have to issue all this rules!

Prospect of switching religion denied, guess it’s back to church hunting once again I guess.

Saturday, November 22

Fashion Alert: Toe Crushing Shoes

Last night was the traditional inter batch dinner. My feet were killing me the whole day. I wore this uber-fasyon purple Nine West strappy shoes that unfortunately proved to be a no-no for the toes.

Together with good friend Riz, we walked (um she walked I limped) to nearby Power Plant to go find me some shoes for the dinner. Another 5 minutes in those things would have killed all the life out of my poor lil toes. We found the perfect pair at Stella Luna…

Don’t you just love them!!!

Onitsuka Tiger Arrives in Manila!

It pays to be best friends with someone who works in the magazine industry. We get free invites to a lot of parties and store openings that we otherwise wouldn’t have. (Umm yes, my work in Nestle has brought me to the different parts of the Philippines – to check out palengkes and supermarkets! Argh)

We weren’t supposed to go anymore – good thing we did. They gave all their guest vouchers for one pair of Onitsuka Tiger sneakers for FREE!! Dear Fiance and I will go sneaker shopping later at Greenbelt5.

Wedding 101: Securing the stylist

I have finally secured a stylist/florist for the wedding! Woopie! After three weeks of search – and at one time seriously considering the idea of working on it by myself (you know – be a SuperBride and act as my own stylist –stupid idea, really, it's just going to drive the fiance over the edge with my crazy antics) – We have finally found a stylist that we can work with and work with our budget as well.

First Meeting: Jen Hen of D’ Flower Facade 0920-9063503

She is the sister of Jun Hen – famed stylist, who came highly recommended by my sister. Everyone I knew who came to my sister's wedding had nothing but praises for the styling that he did. So even if my sister warned that Jen might not be as good as Jun, i told her it's ok so long as she is at least 75% as good. I wasn't able to see her portfolio – cause she brought Jun’s and a bunch of books about flowers. But being the Eager Beaver Bride-To-Be that I am I really wanted the meeting to work out. And despite my discomfort about not seeing her actual work – we pushed ahead. I showed her the pegs I had for the look I was going for – for the reception, church, entourage. Being completely taken over by the wedding bug, I had already printed out more than enough pages of wedding styling days ahead and even brought along trusty laptop – just in case she needed to see my other pegs. She was very amenable to the ideas, which is a good trait you should look for in a stylist. Better, by the way she was talking about it I believed that she can actually pull off the vision. Then again, the discomfort of not seeing her actual work sinks in hours after the meeting. Another factor to note – she had limited materials to pull off the dramatic flair I wanted to incorporate. No white carpet for the church, no tables, no Tiffany chairs. (sad face)

Cost: Php 130,000 - Php 150,000 (ouch - too rich for my blood)

Second Meeting: Joyce of 2171 Flower Creations

Her portfolio was impressive. And I was really excited when I was talking to her because I knew that she can execute our vision into close to perfection. She has done similar flower arrangements before against what I wanted. Another plus factor is that she is very accommodating as readily gave out contact numbers of other wedding suppliers (for Tiffany chairs, for the sound system) however I was already getting a feeling that she might be too expensive. She kept on mentioning that we wound be using around 20-25 dozen of roses per guest table – which let’s face it doesn’t sound cheap.

Cost: Php 201,000 (church, reception background not included) – (double ouch!!)

Third Meeting: Angel of Tropical Blooms 0919-443-3936

Bad start. We were supposed to meet up by 7, but was moved to 430 to 530 and finally to 630. He is the same stylist for two of my friends who are getting married (not to each other) and his latest claim to fame was that he did Cheska Garcia’s wedding. What I like about him is that – he will take your pegs as inspiration to draw out something new that would suit your theme. The best part – he threw in 20 Tiffany Chairs for free and all the table arrangements for the presidential and VIP tables. (which was something I was worried about – seeing that Gloria Mariz only has circular tables) He even invited me to take a peek on this December 20 wedding he will be styling at One Eesplanade. To see what really is possible and what's not given the venue. After sifting through one photo after the other, I was able to make my decision.

Cost: Php 112,000 - Php 120,000 (everything included! The white carpet, the chairs, the backdrop, the tables 35 guest table arrangement, cake table arrangement, 4 VIP tables, 1 presidential table plus 4 “special” arrangement for the dance floor) – A good deal indeed I must say!!

Lesson for the Bridezilla

The jist:

We were supposed to pay reservation fee for both One Esplanade and the Shrine of Jesus Church a few days back. Being the overly nagging bride-to-be that I am, I have reminded Dear Fiance to not forget this oh-so important task

Meeting with Possible Stylist/Florist # 2

Stylist: San yung wedding nyo?
Eager Beaver BTB: We booked sa Church of Jesus
Stylist: Yikes! Talaga? I know they have their own accredited suppliers to arrange the flowers inside the church.
Eager Beaver BTB: Talaga? Oh no! Baka bulok
Stylist: Well,..
Dear Fiance: Mukhang ok naman, remember we saw last Saturday
Eager Beaver BTB: Oo, pero sobrang plain. Hay.

Discussing flowers for the entourage:
Stylist: For your flower girls, I’ll make a bag shaped flower nalang.
Eager Beaver BTB: I was thinking, they would be holding a basket, para while they throw the petals
Stylist: Bawal magtapon ng petals sa Shrine ah
Eager Beaver BTB: WHAT!?!?!? Seriouso ka ba!?!?
Stylist: Yes, they’re very strict about that.
Dear Fiancé: Oo nga bee, pansin ko malinis yung carpet nung Saturday. (ok, way to put more salt into the wound)
Eager Beaver BTB: Seriouso ba to!? Oh no! This sucks! Dapat pala hindi pa tayo nagbayad
Dear Fiancé: Oo nga eh. Pero nakabayad na tayo eh (duh!)

The Unveil:

Middle of the day – the fiancé called to say that reservation fees for both the church and reception venue were taken care of. I was so proud of him – all my bridezilla tantrums has made him very proactive in the wedding preparation. Hence you can imagine the wave of regret that wiped my sanity when I realized – my eagerness has actually resulted to a no-turning back situation for us – church-wise.

While watching TV at home

BTB: Bwisit bee, how come there’s a rule like that. Shet sana di pa naten nabayaran.
Dear Fiancé: Sige, try ko irefund
BTB: Huh? Pwede ba yon you paid for it na eh
Dear Fiancé: Umm, (shift uncomfortably) checque naman ginamit ko…baka pwede.
BTB: (Starting to sense something was up) Pano mo babawin yon, I don’t think that’s possible…
Dear Fiancé: Ahh…
Dear Fiancé: Hehehe

Turns out – reservation fee for One Esplanade was more than what was written on the net, so when he got to the church he only had 8 grand with him. Since they don’t take credit cards or checque he was planning to “quietly” pay the next day. Sigh. Who knew a “white lie” (as the fiancé likes to put it) would turn out to be a blessing!!

Hmmm…I think he was trying to teach me a lesson, either that or he was just torturing me. Probably serves me right, no more bridezilla attacks in the future I hope.

Sunday, November 16

Must See: Hairspray The Musical

The show was about to start and I was still stuck in the office. I was supposed to leave by 6pm however our storyboard presentation with McCaan went on longer than anticipated. So I kept glancing at my watch, hoping that all the chit-chats would soon end.

But when it did, miscommunication with Dear Fiance’ resulted with me killing another 30 minutes outside our lobby while he was waiting at the parking area. Sigh. Murphy’s Law to the Nth power.

We finally got to Star Theater (which first of all wasn’t the most ideal place for play-watching). College buddies already inside and for some annoying reason, I couldn’t get a hold of them to get my ticket. Waiting waiting…until finally Jezer shows up with tickets in tow.

Sigh. All that behind us now…

Hairspray has finally arrived in Manila. We all know the story. Young girl with a big heart and big talent wants nothing more but to sing and dance. Fate gave her the chance to appear at the renowned Corny Collin’s show and it seems like she is headed towards Ms. Hairspray-dom. Set against the backdrop of 1960’s, wherein segregation was the reality, Tracy challenges the norm and tries to get her black friends to dance with the “white” folks together on the show as well. Comic relief, heart-warming moments and some of the best dance number ensues.

Atlantis Production, the same brains behind Avenue Q, was able to scout for some fresh new talents to include in this musical. Madel, Ching, the girl who plays Tracy I found out was actually discovered from Ateneo Blue Reportory. Supporting Madel are some veterans such as Michael De Mesa. I love him as Tracy’s mom Edna Turnbald. Very funny indeed, especially when he uses his manly voice to intimidate Tracy’s nemesis’ mom, Velma von Tussle.

The guy who plays Link wasn’t bad but wasn’t as good as Seeweed when it comes to the singing department. But maybe that’s because Seeweed is being played by Nyoy Volante – who’s some serious musician here in the country. And heck, Link doesn’t need such a great voice anyways – he’s there as the token eye candy for the show.

Definitely a must-see.

Hairspray” runs Nov. 14-Dec. 7 at the Star Theater, CCP Complex. For tickets, call Atlantis Productions at 8927078, 8401187 or Ticketworld at 8919999.

Wedding 101: Church Hunting

Yesterday, the Fiance and I officially have chosen our church and reception venue for the wedding. It was a sign! – When we got to The Shrine of Jesus Church at the reclamation area right beside SMX, a wedding was just about to be concluded. Being the overly chismosa couple that we are, we managed to sneak in the side entrance to check out the décor and space inside. Beautiful!

Next stop was at One Esplanade. I have attended several functions there before but I haven’t seen it yet through my bridezilla eyes since it was first suggested as a possible wedding reception venue.

Church. Check. Reception Venue. Check. Finally!!!

I Spy with my Eyes

What i wore at during a weekend party.

Black lacy top & mini fluffy skirt both from Topshop

Wednesday, November 12

Current Obsession: Philipp Tampus

Team Philipp! Posting his finale collection... I'm loving the very feminine detailing. Flowy with just the right amount of frou-frou. Check out how he was able to modernized crochet... Pretty neat!

Finally!! - Project Runway Finale

Rushed home, despite the usual Kick Off meetings during Wednesday. All to watch the finale of Project Runway Philippines. So... I was wrong, Philipp didn't win (sad face). Darn it, I wanted him to win so badly. He always had the IMHO the strongest designs. And his finale collection was very strong as well. He was able to make crochets look hip and modern. Yes even made me want to wear a crochet swim wear in Boracay.
But yes, he didn't win instead Aries was declared the very first Project Runway Philippines winner. In terms of the collection unveil, I must admit that Aries had the strongest collection, maybe not in terms of cohesiveness (umm hello, orange finale dress?!? Where did that come from) but in terms of production value. He has a great gasp of what will make the audience tick.

Exhibit 1. I thought it was weird when the model in the center first enter the runway. The dress was definitely an odd ball in the context of Aries' collection. But when the two other models entered and they all stopped mid center for "The Transformation", I had a feeling Aries had a 95% chance of winning (for sheer production value)

Exhibit 2. Yes! That dress in the middle was "transformed" into this three piece wardrobed. Very futuristic eh.

Exhibit 3. Hair, make-up - check

I really hope PRP gets picked up for a second season!!!
Note: Photo cred: empress maruja

Sunday, November 9

Current Obssession: Black Stockings and Plaids

Ok, so I haven’t been able to do an outfit post for awhile – yes, even lil ol ms vain me gets embarrassed once and awhile. Now that my brother has been sent off to Davao for work – I have no one to bully to take my photos. (Asking the maid is just out of the question – as she always has this smirk whenever I get out of my room – I sense judgment!)

Dear Fiance is now my official blog photog, here are some outfit I wore during the week.

WORK OUTFIT - White Polo Shirt: Regatta, Jumper dress: Dorothy Perkins, Black Stocking: SM Department Store Shoes: VNC

Finally got to wear plaids!! I’m loving this Fall trend. Good thing I don't live in Scotland - otherwise this would be something men wore during a wedding or dance ceremony.
Casual Saturdays: Running wedding errands and watching Quantum of Solace outfit

Plaid shirt: Topshop, White Shorts: Bayo, Stripe Hat: SM Dept Store

Saturday, November 8

Dear Future Bride, Smile

I was supposed to go on a shoot for work today, however wedding preparation trumps working on a Saturday (heehee). I am finally meeting with one of my wedding supplier - well would be depending on how the meeting goes. After securing the reception venue (finally!) I am on a Communist-like precision when it comes to choosing would-be suppliers.

This afternoon after my fitting for bridesmaid's gown (for another wedding I will be attending) I will be sitting down with Jen Hen - She is a wedding stylist that has been highly recommended by my sister and her friends. Originally the genuis in their family when it comes to wedding styling was her brother - Jun Hen - however he has since migrated to another country.

Crossing my fingers that she will be the one. If not, I still have around 5 more stylist to meet up with.

Some inspirations:

Gwen Stefani's Wedding

Some random couple's wedding - i love the flower arrangement

Countdown: 22 Days to go before December

December has always been a packed month. Definitely fun but it can and do cause quite a lot of stress plotting out in your calendar the number of Christmas dinners and errands you have to tend to over the holiday. Sigh 10 years ago - I only had two dinners to worry about - family and HS friends... But you grow older, and your circle seems to get wider and this fact is magnified even more during the holidays.

I am hoping Dear Fiance's friends schedule their holiday celebrations as early as the 6th. Otherwise, I will be a 10-minute wonder at their party yet again! Seeing that I might not have enough time this December I already started with my Christmas shopping as early as now. Bought gazillion of chocolates for Dear Fiance's friends. Yes - I have decided, unlike last year, to mass purchase gifts for his friends. Afterall who can say no to chocolates right (and yes, it saves me a good deal of headaches)

Now to if only I can come up with the perfect gift ideas everyone: for the gang, the officemates, the parents, the siblings and for the X number of Kris Kringle thingies that I have to join.

47 DAYS to go before CHRISTMAS!

Must Try: Good Earth Roast

I always thought it was funny, how in TV shows like Grey’s Ally McBeal, --- and many others – how the entire cast just happen to go to one place and one place alone after work. But I guess there’s some truth to that. Because for me and my fellow batchmates – Good Earth Roast seems to be that place. After a long day of work, or at least pretending to work for some (that – can also cause much unwarranted stress i would think. wink!) GER is the automatic solution to get rid of your yuppie rage (read: chismis or rant your ass off to colleagues). Recently, well ok it’s slightly been over a month already, GER has decided to take on a face lift. It used to be open air all around, however now during lunch time – they've created glass doors to enclosed the place and…Tan-da-da-da!…There's airconditioning! GER's patrons are usually from the nearby offices or schools at the Rockwell Center. Lunch time is particularly filled with corporate folks.

I always go for their Hofan and jelly fish platter for a quick yummy fix. Their peking ducks are also worth a try!

Cheap beers, good food, a stone throw away from the office – Hey! how can you go wrong!

Good Earth Roast is located at Block 9, Rockwell Center

Just another random day at Work

I have failed my parents. 12 years of studying Chinese apparently gives me ZERO edge in the real world. I am sorry dear mom and dad.

I needed to send out a fax message to my workmate in China.

Ring Ring…

Chinese Mystery Man: “Wey”
Jakers: Fax tone please!
Chinese Mystery Man: “Wey?”
Jakers: F-a-x..T-o-n-e-?
Chinese Mystery Man: Gibberish Chinese Sounds
Jakers: Tway pu-chi, wo ting pu tong (I’m sorry, I don’t understand) - ahhh after 12 years the only phrase I can say with utter confidence.
Chinese Mystery Man: More Gibberish Chinese Sounds


Hmmm … And I wanted to live in Shanghai once upon a time. Oh-K! dream squashed!

Thursday, November 6

Ba-rack and Roll

As you and everybody in the free world knows by now… Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States of America. Shallow superficial postings aside, I am actually way political for my own good. And while I am not an American, I have always been deeply fixated with their type of politics, simply because I know like the rest of the rational planet that ultimately their decision will have an adverse effect to the rest of us.

I have always leaned towards the left. Not too say that I am this ultra liberal left-winging hippie, but I don’t know, I just get the feeling sometimes that Republicans are warmongers disguised in respectable suits (that or they are just pure evil). Strands of hair rises ten fold whenever I watch Bill O’Riley at the Fox Channel. November 2000 and 2004 were particularly heartbreaking moments for me.

I remember rushing home from La Salle the day of the election back in 2000 and ‘04. I just had this dreaded stomach pumping gut feel that Bush will win and like a train wreck about to happen, you can’t help but watch. You know there will be unbelievable wreckage to follow.

And while finger pointing is pointless now and would be much better left for academic discussions – I cannot even begin to describe the wave of relief that swept my sanity a few hours ago upon the discovery that Obama has done what his forefathers probably thought was something out of the Armageddon movie.

Today, history was made and for decades moving forward, people will be dissecting the events that led to this night.

Some quotes around the world (as lifted from yahoo news)

"On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes” France

“Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place," South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela

In Britain, The Sun newspaper borrowed from Neil Armstrong's 1969 moon landing in describing Obama's election as "one giant leap for mankind."

“At a time when we have to confront immense challenges together, your election raises great hopes in France, in Europe and in the rest of the world," French President Nicolas Sarkozy

"It's the beginning of a different era," police officer Emmanuel Miranda said. "The United States is a country to dream about, and for us black Brazilians, it is even easier to do so now."

"What an inspiration. He is the first truly global U.S. president the world has ever had. He had an Asian childhood, African parentage and has a Middle Eastern name. He is a truly global president." Thailand

“Something happened in the US yesterday with this result. A black man sweeping Iowa, where 95% of its population and socially conservative, is simply a breathtaking turning point in US history” Australia
And while celebrations tonight might prove to be premature, walking in the months and years to come (umm have you seen the stock market lately!?!) it is still worth to take a step back and appreciate the gravity of what has just transpired – and no matter how cynical you maybe – you have to give it up that tonight we were all witnesses to history unfolding.

Monday, November 3

Of Party Planning And Sucking Up

If the stress of preparing for a wedding is not enough, I have naïvely volunteered for yet another party planning engagement. My niece will be turning ONE this December and being the overly eager god parent that I am, I have decided to handle all the preparation. (Because my sister is totally into the classic and I fear poor Sofie will not have the necessary cotton candy memories that is a requisite to any childhood) But who knew a children’s party can be soooo darn complicated. Bring on the millionth and one designs for the Winnie the Pooh cake and cupcakes, the invitation draft as well as the goody bag munchies. Good thing I work for a company that has among its many lists of products, KitKat and Smarties in the line up. While getting them completely free is out of the question, at least I am able to get them for 30% off. It pays to be a little stingy in these tough times.

Unfortunately, didn’t factor in that too much sweets do attract unwanted attention (read: stupid pesky ants!) So now Dear Fiance and I have resorted to rebundling the goody bags last week. Sigh, too be young and in love – what a wonderful way to spend a date night!
Just in - we were quitely watching episode 8 of Gossip Girl at Dear Fiance's house when Dear MIL mentioned that she is having a hard time coming up with the invitations for FIL's surprise birthday party. Suck-Up-Ears suddenly perked! In yet another attempt to score some brownie points with future MIL (mother-in-law) i have volunteered to take charge of all designing duties. Sigh - the things we do to make MILs love us. Why oh why! (either that or i am just a plain 'ol sipsip!)

The Consumer Shopper Journey

As if we don’t have enough choices to make

So there’s this new place at SM The Block. I swear SM really does have everything. Now if you’re commercialistic eyes don’t have enough choices as it is, they have come up with a way to complicate your lives even further. The Willy Wonka factory for soaps has just opened. Aptly named, the Soap Factory – it provides uber cool fragances in a candy like atmosphere.

Hey if you have nothing better to do, mixing liquids for your very own version of soap could be fun (hmm I think!)

Must Try: Dining at Cav

Sweet swanky place. Definitely not the place to be at if you want to get drunk and wasted. Dear Fiance’s friends were surprised when Jody texted them that dinner for the night was at CAV. Erroneously jumping to the conclusion that i was the brains behind such glorious idea. Tsk tsk…don’t they know I have been seriously trying to be responsible spender of late. Anyways, best friend has recommended the place for the longest time. If you’re into wine drinking and good food dining, this is the place to be. It has over 450 vintage wine selection, some costing as much as 72,000 a bottle (whew!)

Their three course meal will set you back a good thousand bucks per person. But well-worth it. To start off, the waiter gave us some complimentary shrimp dipped in mango shots. They must have hired a food stylist for that one :) For the meals itself, I had the Classic Beef Steak as appetizer. Didn't just looked heavenly tasted devine as well. Being the picky eater that I am I went for something that was the most “normal” to my eyes from the menu list. But when they served the dish, I could tell the beef was raw. Since we’re trying to subscribe to this new mantra of no waste, ms. picky eater me quickly went out the window. Must-force goo-iey beefy stuff down the throat. Too my surprise, the chili and cool mixture in the recipe was just apt for my liking. My second course was a safe choice, Mushroom Soup – hehe you can never go wrong there. By the time our main entrée arrived I was pretty full already. But the Tiger Prawns looked sooo darn good that I forced myself to stuffed it down.

Funny though, living with a third world paycheck everybody was just ordering uber expensive wines and beers, you can hardly tell that paying later would deter any sort of happiness,...until the bill arrived. Heehee Nah!

Cav Wine Shop-Cafe is located at Lot 5, Quadrant 8 City Center, Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio. Contact details: 856-1798.

Using Your Time Wisely

When you are bored out your skull during yet another meeting, this is what happens…

You regress to childhood state and start playing with Mr. Potato Head

Sunday, November 2

Project Runway Philippines

Last Friday over dinner, I found out that Dear Fiance’s friend and one of my most favorite persons in the world was actually involved in the production of Project Runway Philippines. Again for those not in the know – I totally adore this show. I look forward to meeting the up and coming designers one of these days. Unfortunately Fave Person had signed a contract and telling me would result to a Php 4M breached of it. Darn it! Is there no more trust amongst friends?!?
I want Philipp Tampus to win!!

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Baguio Trip

I hate being stuck in a van for more than a few hours - so imagine the horrors i felt for being stuck there for 12 hours. CR-Break anyone?

As mentioned, last week I was at Baguio for work. On our way we had to stop at two public markets for some trade check. Not to be a prima donna or anything but I seriously abhor the smell of a market. I stayed away from the wet section because I was certain, as was happened in my last trade check, that I will get nauseated and vomit.

We had lunch at the famous pitstop along Tarlac, "Palaisdaan". I remember going there last year with friends. Someone had dared Finks to play one of the challenges. You get two pails of fishes for free if you were able to cross the plank of wood while carrying those two pails and at the same time being splashed all over by “rain”. She fell of course, too bad 'cause she was 3 quarters across already.

Yet another game you can play, Takshapo!

For the next three days we were shacked up at The Manor. Pretty swanky place. There was even a wedding on going the last day we were there. Hmm it’s raining wedding ceremonies I see. I suggest though that you get the deluxe room if you’re staying there. Superior rooms lack the cabin feel you want when you're in Camp John Hay. No terrace = no view (sad face!)

Sigh. I love Baguio weather! I reminds me of having Christmas all-around.

Saturday, November 1

Trick or Treat

I love halloween..One of the few times in a year grown ups get to have fun playing dress up without looking like a totally idiot (or maybe not!)

October 25, Best Friend's House
Best friend threw a luau party (pictures to follow) at her place. For years now halloween has always been wear-a-scary-costume for us, so this time around we decided to give the boys a break. (It's hot at her veranda afterall.

I was coming from Baguio that day, hence i was pretty beat up but i still managed to wear my shortest skirt and luau accessory. Some people weren't dressed up for the occassion argh, good thing Finks decided to bring in some orchids to jazz up their attires. Had to leave early because i was dead tired from a 9 hour road trip just minutes before the party, too bad didn't get to see Dear Fiance's friends who were supposedly on their way decked in their costumes. I had to apologize profusely later on, after learning that once they found out we were leaving they headed to Fort Bonifacio instead, yes still dressed in their Hawaiian costumes... I'm sure they got some pretty good stares.

October 30, At the office

I missed halloween last year at work, so i was pretty psyched to be part of this year's. Our agency handled all the arrangements for our floor because like the corporate slaves that we are, we were all tied up with deadlines and meeting to worry about decorations.

When the kids arrived, it was all chaotic but fun. I saw my former boss' kid dressed as a cowboy. I expected the kids to just collect candies and look all cute - however a lot of them turned out to be crybabies (heehee) - apparently some decorations were too spooky to handle.

8th Floor. Cemeteray, warlocks and a whole lot of weird noices

4th Floor. Cemeteray, ghouls, whitelady

12th floor - Pirates of the Carribean

October 31, 2008 - Fig and Olive

After our three course meal at uber classy CAV, we headed towards the halloween party at Fig and Olive along H.V. Dela Costa to cap the night. My friend Rob had asked me to come watch him spin there for the longest time already. And since we were running out of ideas as to where to go, i suggested Fig and Olive to the guys. Dear Fiance's friends are not your typical clubgoers so i was worried that they were getting bored with the scene. But all worries eventually fade when i saw a girl dressed in a Hooters costume... ok, now i know they feel right at home (wink!).

Thanks Rob for the free drinks! Would definitely be back to watch you spin! (pictures to follow)