Friday, October 13, 2006

Good to be back

Ahh... it's good to be back.

I so missed blogging. I can't believe the last post I had was written before the wedding. So many things have happened since then. Will post honeymoon and wedding pics soon. :)

Anyways, after months of not getting a maid (by choice), I finally succumbed to the pressure (all from my mom) and agreed to get one. Bing, the maid, arrived early at 7.45 am today. I interviewed her and asked her the basic questions. I was observing her the whole time -- how she answers, how she thinks etc. It is very important that the person I'll hire for the position (naks) is wa-is, as I will be training her to bake and to be my assistant for Delici. I told her she'll be alone for most part of the day -- she said she had no problem with it. So she was hired.

When I got home around 7.30 pm, I checked on Bing to see if she was doing okay. You see, the maid's quarter is a unit all by itself on the ground floor. When she saw me, she said, "Ma'm, di ko po pala kaya," with matching stretching of the shoulders and neck, as if to emphasize how tired she was the whole day. Tired? All I asked her to do was to wash the breakfast dishes , all two of them. In the end, she admitted that she felt lonely being alone the whole day. So by 7.45 pm, she was out of the house.

Although I have been very insistent and not to mention, stubborn with my mom about wanting to NOT get a maid, I have to admit that I felt really excited and relieved to have one today. I was soooooo looking forward to not having to wash the dishes anymore.

Oh well, who's next?

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Procrastinator

Yeah, this post's title sounds like an action movie.

Which is exactly what is happening to our wedding preps lately. Why oh why are there so many last minute things to do? We only have a few weeks to go, and everyday, new things to do are thought of and listed and categorized and delegated and followed up and..... waaaaaah!!!

So instead of sulking and whining about it, which I usually do, I tried to come up with possible solutions to my procrastinating problem.

I now have a notebook, that has everything I need to know about the status of wedding preps. And house preps. And honeymoon preps. Things I need to cosmetics I researched for hours on the net (I didn't even know what a cosmetic junkie I was till last Saturday) and other ketseng stuff.

But I felt I needed something more. I needed someone who can keep track of each supplier's work status. I needed someone who can haggle with my suppliers for better deals. I needed someone to sweat the small stuff for me.

Which is why I FINALLY hired a coordinator!!!


Finally, someone I can order around without feeling guilty.

And I'm meeting her tomorrow. I already have a list of to dos ready for her!!!


Saturday, March 25, 2006

Our pre-nups!

It took two months before we FINALLY decided on a pre-nup location. I came across Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife while reading through the posts in W@W. But I was disheartened when I saw the park's facade along Quezon Avenue. Mint green walls, with the bottom part carpeted with eewy moss. It looked more like a jungle than a park. So after more research, we discovered a better and prettier place -- The Orchidarium. But we were told that The Orchidarium will charge an entrance / pre-nup picture taking fee of around P1500 to P2000 since we won't be having our reception there. :( Since we didn't want to pay that much for the pre-nup location, we decided to settle for Parks and Wildlife.

It came as a pleasant surprise to me (us) when, upon entering the park, we saw that it wasn't so bad at all. There were families enjoying picnics, and couples snuggled up to each other, whispering sweet nothings into each other's ears. Sayang nga lang, because the park was not so well maintained. Grasses were not trimmed well, and the pond was in dire need of a community cleaning project. Still, with the help of our photographer, Gie, our pictures came out beautifully :) The photo shoot was awkward at first, with people staring at us while we posed for the camera. We eventually loosened up, and by the end of the session, I felt like I was a model on a commercial shoot. Hehehehe. Some of the kids even thought that we were models. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Here are some of our pre-nup pics :)

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My brother thought some of the pics were taken inside a studio no! He thought they were backdrops. He couldn't believe that such a place existed, right here in the Metro.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

59 days to go....

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. We have only 59 days to go before I officially become Mrs. Michael Dy. :) I haven't blogged about anything significant about the wedding preps. But a year from now, it would be fun to look back and see just how harassed I was with the wedding preparation. It's all I can talk about lately.

Admittedly, I am a "ranty" person, as Rory has confirmed. :) But surprisingly, I don't have much to rant about with our suppliers (crosses fingers). So far, so good. Except for one. Okay, okay. Except for two. That's it!! Pramis. I will rant about them AFTER the wedding. That way, they cannot sabotage our day, assuming they read my blog hehe. And I will have a basis for whatever stuff I say about them.

The honeymoon preps are ongoing too. First step -- apply for a UK visa. We are going to Europe on our own!!! Good luck with me, Mike! Hahahaa!!! Actually, it took us some time before finally deciding to go to Europe by ourselves (without joining a tour group). And one of the MAJOR factors we had to consider was my.... er... temper. Hehehehe. As wysgal said, there are two types of travellers. One is the type with a fixed schedule of where to go and what to do. The other is the come what may type of traveller. I am quite sure I belong to the first group. How do I know this? Because as early as now, I already know which train departs at what time so that we can arrive at our destination at a specific time. And knowing how I like everything scheduled, I know I WILL throw a hissy fit if we do not go by our itinerary. Mike, on the other hand, belongs to the second group -- the come what may type of traveller. Aaaah... this is what people meant when they said marriage is all about adjustments. :) So as early as now, I am preparing myself for the chance that things might not go exactly as planned.

Aside from the honeymoon research, we have also been going on furniture and appliance hunting. Funny.... when we went out on dates before, it was always a moviehouse-window shopping-dinner type of date. But now, it's a furniture shopping type of date. We ALWAYS pass by the numerous furniture stalls in Market! Market! and Greenhills Shopping Center, where we actually had a crash course on the different kinds of wood available to local furniture makers. There are the rodents' favorite type of wood -- gemolina. Then there's kamagong, which is really sooooooo beautiful. Then the uber heavy yakal. Then there is the elegant narra. Before, when we looked at furnitures, we would just ooh and aah at the nice designs and say, "Uy ang ganda oh!" But now, when we check out furniture, we knock on the wood, carry them, check out the woodgrains and the finish, look at them from an angle to check for masilya. We're almost wood connoiseurs now. Hahahaha...

We'll be having our pre-nup pics taken tomorrow. Wish us luck!

Monday, March 06, 2006


I loved this movie when I saw it in the theaters. I loved it so much that I insisted that my brothers and cousins watch it with me again at home. And even with the blurry version that we had, all eyes were on the tv, especially the part where we all thought that the bullet would hit the Iranian guy's daughter.

Yeah, I think I already posted my praises for this movie somewhere in this blog.

But I'm just happy that the movie "pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history." :)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

CANA seminar

One of the things that Mike and I agree on is that we are both shy people.

Which is why we considered just bribing the secretary of the SSA to avoid having to attend the CANA (kay-na) seminar. I imagined that the seminar would work this way -- all attendees would have to sit in a circle, and take turns sharing their experiences (as bf-gf) to everybody in the room. Why would we want to do that? Those people are strangers to us! Ugh.... no way.

Well, bribing was out of the question. The secretary had a reputation for being masungit and mataray. We didn't want to risk losing our reservations just in case she's not too pleased with the bribing and all. :0

So we had no choice but to attend.

I have to say, attending the CANA seminar is one of the best things that ever happened to us. There was none of that uncomfortable group sharing. Well, there was the introductory part where we had to stand in front of the group and introduce ourselves, then tell the group what endearing qualities our partner possessed. Har. We don't even do that in private no! :) Everything went smoothly after that.

I know Mike hates all the mushy and heart-to-heart talks, but I really appreciated the fact that he answered the questions sincerely. It's different to just have an idea of how Mike feels about certain issues, than to actually hear him say how he really feels. Some of his answers left me weak in the knees. Some brought tears to my eyes (not a difficult task for him -- with my PMS and all). Bottom line -- I'm more in love with him than ever. And I'm very happy that it's him I'll be spending the rest of my life with.

On the lighter side of things...

1. Being in ADMU brought back so many memories. I wanted to revisit the bench where my college barkada used to hang out. I wanted to walk in Bel field, and to go to the caf. And to the Mgt. dept. Ahhh.... my heart will be forever Blue.

2. There was a beagle tied to a cage near the CEFAM building. She is sooooo adorable. Mike took pics of her. We visited her every break time. Will post her pic when Mike sends them.

3. For 20 ++ years, I had been mispronouncing the word awry. That, among other things. Hehe.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Another Starbucks post

I bought Audrey a cute tumbler from Starbucks. It's the stainless kind, so the smell of the coffee doesn't linger on the insides of the tumbler. To my surprise, the barista told me that I can have a drink, on the house! It goes with the tumbler daw.

I have been craving.. as in really craving, for hazelnut green tea frappuccino since last week. I couldn't have it last Friday, because I didn't have money with me. I couldn't have it last Saturday, because I was already full from the party I went to with Mike, and I couldn't have it last Sunday because I stayed home to work. So you see, the desire for that calorie-laden beverage has really built up, :0

I ordered the grande, hazelnut green tea frappuccino, with whipped cream. Yummmmm.... I ordered it around 9:30 a.m. I was halfway with it by 11:00 a.m., and realized I couldn't finish it by lunch time. So it sat on my desk until 2:00 p.m. By 6pm, I realized that Starbucks's green tea frappuccino really contains green tea pala no? My hands were shaking by then (due to the caffeine overload) and I had a really, really big headache (which ALWAYS happens after caffeine overload).

*sigh* Wala lang. :)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Something New

I started the year by using the voucher from Starbucks, which came with the planner. :) And, because I wanted to try something different, I ordered their Caramel Macchiato -- a big change for me, considering that all I ever order from Starbucks is their Green Tea Frappuccino. And the red cups, because they're required. :)

Anyways, 2005 was a very busy year, and a very eventful one at that. So many things, both good and bad, happened. I've learned the lessons I needed to learn, and I'm looking forward to 2006 -- which promises to be even more hectic and exciting than 2005.

As for wedding preps, we're now feeling the pressure. The last time I checked, parang 9 months to go pa. How come we now have only 4.5 months to go? Where did the other 4.5 months go? Aiya.

So now, we're cramming with the strings, the event stylist and the entourage. Take not, I haven't decided on a motiff yet. Harharhar. I really, really can't decide whether to go for champagne pink, aqua and lime green, or tiffany blue? Orange is definitely out of the question -- I really don't like the color.

Just thinking of the things I need to do is giving me a nervous breakdown. How I wish there's a detailed checklist of all the things that need to be done, together with timeline etc. I bet, if somebody came up with that, it'll be a hit with brides-to-be.