Year: 2015

WEDDING 101: Choosing the Perfect Venue

  The wedding of Mel Gibson and Catherine McCormack’s characters in Braveheart is my favorite wedding scene. I haven’t seen a lot of movies with wedding scenes that stuck to my head afterwards. I wanted a wedding that’s between me and the man I would spend the rest of my life with, in front of an officiant (because we legally need one). I didn’t want any spectator mostly because I can’t stay too long in the limelight. When scouting for our wedding venue, my then boyfriend and I took into consideration the following: (1) an outside area where the ceremony would be held, and (2) a covered hall for the reception. In addition, the venue must have a bit of a history (because we are historyphiles), must be romantic and must be secluded.

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Circa 1900, Heritage and Food in Cebu

Sanjercasvil Road, which stands for Sanson, Jereza, Castillo and Villa, is a pocket road in Lahug, Cebu City. Joel, who lived in Apas, a neighbor barangay, used to come here to play and would always relate to me the corn fields in the area. Sanjercasvil Road is a heritage road based on the number of heritage houses dotting the area. This is where the famous Circa 1900 is located.

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Wedding 101: Budget

How much would you spend for a wedding? I’m sure most couples would answer, “As much as we can!” That is true. But — I’m warning you. DO NOT spend all your savings for your wedding, and, worse, DO NOT incur debts just so you can have your dream wedding. Times are tough these days. While the dollar-peso exchange is high, it is fluctuating. Commodity prices are still steep, despite the cheap price of gasoline. So, how much would you spend for your wedding? And, who should spend for what?

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Wedding 101: The Guest List

When my husband and I attended Mandaue Foam x Meream’s watercolor workshop, he introduced me as his wife. It was awkward and I’m sure I blushed to the ninth degree of red because I am not yet to being called as such. When my husband said I was his wife, I was reminded that I have yet to share some things with you about our wedding and our wedding process. There were a lot of things we learned in year’s-worth of planning and preparing and a lot of things that we omitted just so we can have the most comfortable and best wedding. After all, we may get married only once.

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Mandaue Foam Watercolor Workshop with Meream

  Last Saturday, my husband and I attended Mandaue Foam‘s Boho-themed watercolor workshop with CraftCEB and Bored and Crafty’s Meream Pacayra. It’s been a long, long time since I last painted with watercolor (OK, the truth is, the last time I painted with watercolor was in kindergarten). What attracted me to the workshop were two things: (1) Meream and (2) the P500 registration fee. Meream of Bored and Crafty and Thimble Cap is, what I consider, my arts and crafts idol. Her Instagram account (@boredandcrafty) is filled with her daily projects, which, for an arts and crafts enthusiast like me, is inspiring.

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P300 Flower Arrangement

It is not a surprise that once in a while I would indulge in a post solely about flowers. I have always loved flowers, especially because my grandmother grows lots of flowering plants in her home. When I do my weekly groceries shopping at the wet market, I often make sure to buy flowers to brighten up our tiny home. To inspire me, I browse the net, most especially Pinterest, and look through florists’ websites, like BloomNation (a website for florists that offers flower delivery) and magazines.

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Gourmet Tuyo and Pasalubong Ideas from the Taboan Public Market

Bulad (which means “to dry” in the Visayan language) is a popular pasalubong item when you’re visiting Cebu City. Danggit is undeniably the queen of all bulads, but the truth is, I hardly eat danggit at all. That is because I always feel cheated that there is hardly any fish meat in danggit. One of my favorite bulads is galunggong or scad. And today, a Friday, I made my homemade gourmet tuyo using dried scad I bought from the Taboan Market. If you read further, I’m also sharing other things you can buy as pasalubong from the Taboan Market.

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Patterned Bowls from Mandaue Surplus Shop

Because I have a tiny apartment and an even tinier kitchen, I try to keep the colors of my dinnerware to a monochrome. I am also a huge Muji fan and I try to emulate their monochromatic kitchen and dinnerware design. I need to spice my life, and my kitchen, a little though as I find the monochrome depressing, especially during this rainy season when the skies are gloomy and our cave of a home is dark.

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