Wedding Wednesday: Let’s Move Forward!

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Today, we’re flying to Philippines to officially start the wedding process. We haven’t seen any of our booked suppliers or any of their works in real life so we’re going home with intent to meet them in person, and get started with what we already need to accomplish at this point.

Actually, we tried to do some preps when we went back last December, but oh well, the crowd and the traffic are just everywhere. So there, all plans were cancelled. We’re probably not used to Manila hustle anymore. Hee!

Now, the list piled up and we’ll only be in Manila for 5 days. We’ll begin as soon as the plane lands off! :)

    Here are the things on our list:

    1. Do an ocular of The Mango Farm, look out for different hotel options for preps, and map out the directions between the two
    2. Inquire and do an ocular of our target prenup locations
    3. Meet up with Ate Mye of Matus Jewellery to finalize our wedding rings
    4. Meet up with Roxy to get measurements for my gown
    5. Meet up with the Officiant
    6. Meet up with our photographers, Manny and April, for the prenup conceptualization
    7. Meet each other’s families
    8. Search for potential suppliers for the Groom’s Suit and Entourage Get-up

Kind of jam-packed for 5 days right? I hope the weather and the traffic will spare us this time. Will share more when we get back! Enjoy the rest of the week everyone! :D

100HappyDays: Peace and Quiet

It’s Days 39-45 of my #100HappyDays challenge.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope each one of us had a chance to ponder and thank Christ for our salvation. Jesus kept His promise to rise from the dead, so we can believe He will keep all His other promises. He never gives up on us even when we feel like giving up on ourselves. So remember that there’s hope if you put your faith in the only One who saves. :)

100 Happy Days

100 Happy Days

Let me share you some moments that made me happy in this past week. :)

Day 39 – It’s been 34 months since the day we choose each other. And still counting… Love you my hubs! #monthsary #100HappyDays

Day 40 – Our dear Dana and John got married! It’s a miracle to witness God connecting two different people into one. Wishing them all the happiness and love in the world. #JohNica4ever #100HappyDays

Day 41 – Hangover on Dana and John’s marriage. More of our kulitan’s from the photobooth. #YOLO #100HappyDays

Day 42 – “When you turn the construction of your life over to God, He’ll build something beautiful.” #JoyceMeyer #beginagain #100HappyDays

100 Happy Days

Day 43 – Happy to spend less time on social media and more on reading. I’ve finished the Divergent Trilogy and I’ve read 11 books out of the 15 books I target to complete this year. #onebookamonth #GoodReads #100HappyDays

Day 44 – Long weekend in Singapore starts now! It’s been a week of meetings and learnings with our SME from Belgium! Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord for my soul to keep. #100HappyDays

Day 45 – They nailed Him up on the cross. I gained eternity from His loss. His skies were dark as He bore my shame. Now the life I live is in Jesus name. #lenten #GoodFriday #100HappyDays

100 Happy Days

Salvation is Here

…and it lives in us.

easter sunday

Dear God, thank you for today where we are reminded of your perfect love for us. That Your judgment will never fall on us because it has already fallen on Your Son at the cross. With Your grace, Jesus paid the full price of our sins. We do good and become better people in return in result of understanding Your grace.

“And because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone. And because I know, I know He holds the future; and life is worth living just because He lives.” – Bill Gaither

I’m also in the dark. I am a sinner, worthless and lost but sometime ago, God found me. He revealed Himself in the most impossible way. He welcomed me with no judgment and without asking for anything in return. He made me realize that I don’t just believe in Him; He also believes in me. Even when I fail to see His favor and rely to my own strength, He still forgives and does what I cannot do for myself.

He is with me throughout my journey, especially during the times when I feel lost, trapped or broken… and I know, He will always be there for me, holding my hand as He reassures my heart that not only does He know both what I want and need, He also knows exactly when to give it to me. I am thankful and blessed to have God because I know that there’s nothing I can do to make Him love me less.

Isn’t it amazing that the God who walked with Moses, Joseph, Job, Abraham and Noah is the same God we’re walking with right now? Happy Easter, everyone! :D

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Wedding Wednesday: Checklist and Details

I think it’s safe to say that wedding is something 95% of girls look forward to (or is it just me?). We see photos and videos of different weddings around the web, our Facebook feeds included. We think of the church, reception, food, bridal gown, groom’s suit, cake, wedding rings, flowers, coordinators, bridesmaids… and the wedding day! That’s it? Easy peasy!

wedding checklist

And then one night, our coordinator sent me a checklist.
• Ceremony/Church
• Church Styling
• Officiant
• Offering
• Musicians (Ceremony and Reception)
• Reception Venue
• Reception Styling
• Caterer
• Crew Meals
• Lights and Sounds
• LCD Projector and Screen
• Cake
• Host/Program Emcee
• Prints (Invitations, Cards, Tags, etc)
• Coordinators
• Hotel Accommodations
• Photo Booth
• Gifts (Principal Sponsors, Entourage)
• Giveaways
• Bridal Gown and Accessories
• Groom and Groomsmen Attire
• Bridesmaids Dresses
• Prenup/Engagement Pictures
• Guestbook
• Photographer
• Videographer
• Hair and Make-up
• Florist Stylist (Bouquet, entourage, ceremony and reception)
• Bouts and Boutonnieres
• Wedding Rings
• Wedding Shoes and accessories
• Bridal Shower
• Music Selections
• Mobile Bar
• Effects
• Game Prizes
• Others

Oh, and it’s just a basic summary. There were other items under each that need to be considered as well. Yay!

It wasn’t that difficult actually and I am enjoying the process. I’m a planner kind-of-person. I am just probably pressured with so many details, options, styles and decisions to make. Sometimes, my eyes would just wander around and think about all the beautiful things that’s nice-to-have. And then, I’ll remember our budget or Ge will knock some sense into my head. Hee!

I’m also worried that with all the things going on at the same time, I might forget something. Paranoid. Anyway, I still have around 9 months so I have more than enough to get through all the DETAILS! I’m staying positive!

For all other wedding related posts, click here. Happy mid-week! :)

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Explore Singapore: S.E.A. Aquarium

I’m travel-deprived this 2014. We’re saving most of our moolah for our wedding at the end of this year and also preparing for a big trip next year. Major expenses! But I’m very much looking forward to both! :)

Anyway, not being able to travel outside the country doesn’t mean I can’t be to new places. I’ve been in Singapore for 2 years now, it’s a small nation but I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen most of it. So I thought, why not try to do local travel this year? Visit one place each month and discover something new. It’s cost-friendly and time-saving. Also, many of our friends are already going back home and some are migrating somewhere else. Who knows if we might be the next? :P

We’ve been to Chinatown last January and Haji Lane on February. Now, here’s The S.E.A. Aquarium located in Sentosa and it’s also my first time here.

S.E.A. Aquarium The entrance tickets to the park.
S.E.A. Aquarium Fishes in animal-print heehee!
S.E.A. Aquarium I found these two hiding behind a big rock. I wonder what they’re up to.
S.E.A. Aquarium I initially thought it’s her eyelashes… so chic! Then I realized it’s not the eyes.
S.E.A. Aquarium Pastels!

S.E.A. Aquarium

S.E.A. Aquarium A shipwreck inside the aquarium -
they did that on purpose so the algae can grow and the fishes can build a habitat.
S.E.A. Aquarium What about an aquarium that big in the living room?
S.E.A. Aquarium Another colorful environment
S.E.A. Aquarium School of Fishes
S.E.A. Aquarium A fish feeding on the corals
S.E.A. Aquarium That’s an octopus! I don’t know what those little circles are called, but it’s kind of the same with those sticky rubbers we use to hang something on the wall or on the bathroom mirror.
S.E.A. Aquarium Whooa! This thing changes color every few seconds. Amazing!
S.E.A. Aquarium Jelly (belly) fish! It looks transparent and soft.
S.E.A. Aquarium …and these two seem like they’re talking to each other
S.E.A. Aquarium Love that glow in the blue-spotted stingray
S.E.A. Aquarium Starfish!!
S.E.A. Aquarium Glow in the dark marine corals… or is it algae?
S.E.A. Aquarium So colorful! I remember Finding Nemo’s world!
S.E.A. Aquarium Yes, those are sharks!!!

S.E.A. Aquarium

We visited the Aquarium on a Saturday and it was a bit crowded, with lots of people taking turns in front of the tanks to take photos of the marine life. I’ve never been to any sea aquariums before but I think it is not that big. 2-3 hours is more than enough to cover every corner of the place. It’s also quite expensive – we bought the tickets at S$38 each.

Anyhow, we still loved the experience. It’s nice to see different marine species closer, not just in movies and National Geographic. Kids will surely love and learn a lot from this place. :)

S.E.A. Aquarium