Sunday, April 20, 2008

Maie's a missus

last Thursday, we attended the wedding party of my former team mate and friend at work, Maie. i finally had the chance to meet the lucky one, Ahmad, and was pleased to see that they look blissful together. the party was held at the upper deck of the Barasti Bar in Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Jumeirah Beach.

when we arrived at the hotel, hubby and i proceeded to the room where the bride was being made up. my friend covered the event, so we had the privilege to actually see them prepare for the evening. while Maie’s hair was being done by the stylist, i couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. i remembered my very own moment not so long ago. i imagined she was feeling so excited about everything, too.

feeling so excited for the bride, with hubby looking on

after her hair was fixed and her veil set in place, i saw that beautiful, twinkling look in her eyes. i think every happy bride has that distinguishing look. i felt like crying when she finally turned around with her gorgeous white gown and flashed her cheery smile! since there were no other people in the room, except for her husband (they got married in a separate ceremony), the photographers and Ryan, i had the honor of helping her put on her shoes. i was like a pseudo-bridesmaid!

helping the bride with her shoes

when we finally went out to see the place for the party, we were bowled over by the romantic look of the place. there were luminaries along the steps and all over the place. calla lilies added a touch of life and glamour to the tables. gold chiffon draperies hung on the trellis and were illuminated by soft, white rice lights, giving the place a romantic feel. it had a view of the harbor and the ocean.

i knew most of the guests as they were also colleagues from various departments. i was able to introduce Ryan to them, who was by now quite popular at work because of his baked goodies. one of them couldn’t stop raving about the carrot cake when she spoke to the husband, and another was even begging for the recipe.

the husband & me

it was also an opportune time to catch up with former colleagues who had moved on to other companies. hubby and i had a nice time chatting with Y, who came alone as her husband JP was unfortunately not feeling well that evening so he couldn’t come.

it was a magical evening filled with laughter and dancing. everyone came in their festive mood, which made me very pleased as i saw in my friend that she was really happy. i could not wish for anything else for my dear friend, Maie and her husband Ahmad. i trust that they’ll stay happy together for many, many years.

the newlyweds

kid's question

was tagged by Joanne & Valerie – thanks girls!

Copy here:
1. Answer the Kid’s Question by Gregory Stock, PH.D.Remember: Don’t respond as you think others want you to. Respond the way you actually feel!
2. Add your name (linked to your blog)
3. Tag everybody else!

Kid’s Question #1

If you were the ruler of the world and you could have anything you wanted as well as have people do anything you wanted, do you think you would get greedy and mean or would you be a good and fair ruler?

“i think i’ll be a good and fair ruler. there’s no point in being greedy and mean – it will only cause you to fail miserably and have others suffer because of your selfishness. it will piggyback on you, and will haunt you for the rest of your life.

being a ruler comes with great responsibility, and one who possesses power must realize that you are not made a leader to boss around and be obeyed, but instead, you are given the post to serve your people and be an example - not the other way around.”

feel free to snatch this tag peeps

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

a date with myself

hubby was dragged to a photo shoot last Friday at Four Seasons Golf Club as part of his practical training with our photographer friend. since i had time on my hands, i decided to stop by the mall to shop for some dresses i need for a wedding we’re attending tomorrow, and for my trip next week.

before i immersed myself into some serious shopping, i thought of buying some books first at Magrudy's. i managed to get three paperbacks, and one of which i started to read while sipping my current fave, Strawberry Banana Smoothie at Caribou Coffee. i paired it with a yummy Blueberry Muffin that was big enough to fill me. i got sidetracked with my plans to shop because i ended up staying in the café a bit longer than i had planned.

anyway, i was successful in buying the dresses that i had in mind, plus with accessories to boot (successful meaning i got them all without going over the budget!). but what made the day eventful for me was the idea that i finally had my “me time”. i went to every shop i fancied, read a book in quiet corner, looked for some nice dresses without needing to rush – practically did what i used to do when in a mall alone back in the days.
haaay, it felt truly liberating!

sometimes, a girl really needs to reconnect with herself again in order to fight back the stress of everyday pressure. a pause is so much a necessity, and doing something as plain as taking a trip to the mall by myself, is by far a welcome treat for me already. i hope there’ll be more days like this ‘cos i definitely missed my own company!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

my days are...

tagged by the lovely Cheryll. thanks for this, sis!

what time do you usually wake up?
i wake up at 5:00 am on weekdays. weekends, 10:00 am. yes, i wake up very late on weekends – i deserve it!

what’s the first thing you do?
go to the bathroom to freshen up

every Mondays, we have free breakfast in the office. for the rest of the week, it depends when i am in the mood.

do you go to work/school?
i go to work at the world’s newest international financial centre (shameless plugging ito!)

do you like it?
yes ‘cos there’s lots of perks that come with the job, and what i do is quite interesting

if you stay at home, what do you do all day?
when i’m alone, i sleep, read a book and surf the net. when i’m with hubby, i just cuddle and watch downloaded series & movies with him.

when’s lunch and what you eatin’?
lunch at work is an hour anytime between 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. i like rice meals, and these days, i’m into anything oriental!

what time do you get home from work/school?
i get home around 6-ish. half past 8 when we dine out.

what do you do?
at work, i deal mostly with clients and write a lot of business correspondence (as in!). at home, i am a queen (hahaha!) – thanks to hubby! i am also a domesticated goddess during weekends.

dinner: when and what?
around 6:30 – 8:00 pm. depends on what time the food gets delivered…hehe! if we have time to cook, and could still wait before dying of hunger, we have rice meals with easy to cook viands.

what do you do to unwind?
go out for dinner with hubby & friends, go to the salon for treatment or curl up on the bed to read a good book

what’s your favorite part of the day?
in the evening, before closing my eyes to sleep. that’s when i feel secured the most because i’m wrapped around hubby’s arms.

who’s your favorite person to interact with?
my husband

when’s bedtime?
ideally, 10:30 pm. but sometimes i go past 11:00 pm.

who’s bedtime with?
the husband, of course!

feel free to snag folks!

Monday, April 14, 2008

featured friends

1. I am one of Pat’s featured friends.
2. As such, I should include her name and also pick 4 or 5 more of my own featured friends.
3. I have to inform ALL her featured friends to keep the ball rolling.

Note: If you use Blogger, you can add your featured friends using the new page element ‘Link List’.

You may read everything about how this Featured Friend started by reading
here and here.

My featured friends are:
Drea, Bunnie, Abie & Jody.

my love visual DNA

thank you pretty gurl Drea for the tag!

Copy here:1. Take the test - Love Visual DNA.2. Post your result by adding your name (linked to your blog), your love type (linked to your Love DNA result).3. Tag everybody else!Results: 1.Aggie - Warm and Fuzzy, 2.Thea - Warm and Fuzzy, 3.Something purple - Warm and Fuzzy, 4.A Detour - Warm and Fuzzy,5.Kelly - Warm and Fuzzy, 6.Farah - Warm and Fuzzy,7. Jody - Warm and Fuzzy, 8.Vannie - Wistful Soul, 9.Big Eyed Gal - Warm and Fuzzy, 10.Chronic Shopper - Warm and Fuzzy 11. Vina - Love Magnet 12. Andrea - Warm and Fuzzy 13. Gracie – Warm and Fuzzy

i’m tagging
Pat, Cheryll & Joanne. i wanna know if my new found friends and i have other stuff in common.

Here’s what the test has to say about me:

You are ‘Warm and Fuzzy’

The Warm and Fuzzy is someone who's very down-to-earth when it comes to love. They tend to be pretty realistic about what makes a lifelong partnership work. They understand the value of forging a love based on friendship, respect and shared values. In fact, often their relationships develop out of friendships and their lover tends to be their best friend. Marriage and children are probably central to their life. As far as they're concerned, a true relationship is one that matures with time and work. But they need to work at keeping that spark of passion alive.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

20 Questions

Got tagged by fellow n@wie, Bunnie. thank you! :D

Here are the rules: Remove one (1) question from below and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag eight (8) people in your list. List them out at the end of this post.

1. At what age do/did you wish to marry?
- 27. i got civilly married at 27 so i guess that counts.

2. What color do you like most?
- pink

3. Have you ever shoplifted?
- never

4. Where is the place that you want to go the most?
- Mauritius

5. Which part of you that you hate the most?
- my feet – they look like ginger!

6. When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do?
- i go to church alone and solemnly pray. that’s where i cry my heart out.

7. What are you afraid to lose the most?
- my family

8. If you win $1 million, what would you do?
- i’ll donate a portion of it to my favorite charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres, sponsor a child’s education back home, share some with my relatives in the province, buy a farm land and build our dream house, and then invest the remaining ones in bonds and mutual funds.

9. What do you loved the most last year (2007)?
- our trip to Nice and Monte Carlo

10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you:
- i’ve never met Bunnie before, but her name’s quite familiar to me because she’s also a fellow w@wie. in fact, we’re both December 2006 brides. and we also have a common friend. based on the readings i’ve made from her blog, she seems very sweet, faithful to her loved ones, and most importantly, God-fearing. good qualities indeed.

11. How do you cope with boredom?
- i try to read a book or surf the internet

12. Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most?
- i regret allowing some people in the past to treat me like a door mat

13. Which type of person do you hate the most?
- those self-righteous, bluffers who think that they’re all good because they think and believe they know it all!

14. What is your ambition?
- to own a few hectares of land, and develop it into a sustainable farm. i’d like to be able to help provide jobs for people in the rural areas of my homeland.

15. If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
- i wish to make a difference in this world in my own humble ways

16. How did you celebrate new year?
- celebrated it at home with my hubby, cousin Voxie, and bestfriend Beth
17. It is already 2008, do you have a new year’s resolution? nope, i didn’t have any new year’s resolution…i don’t believe in making one.

18. What do you look forward to in 2008?
- business trip to San Diego, California this April, going home to Manila on December, and the Hong Kong Disneyland tour with my family.

19. If your life is a song, what title best fit it?
- Wildflower by Skylark

20. My question: If you can travel back in time, which year or era would you like to see?

to answer Bunnie’s question, ‘my most embarrassing moment’ happened when i joined the company’s volleyball tournament. while our organizers were drawing the team members of each team, i candidly joked, “great, we’ll never win ‘coz we’re all so short!”. i didn’t realize that one of the guys in my team was a bit shorter than usual. turns out, he was also one of our legal officers in the company, and he heard me quite clearly. good thing he was pretty cool about it, and even replied with a joke. but it was so embarrassing for me, i swear! he must’ve thought i was being rude and tactless. tsk…me & my big mouth!

i’m tagging Laine, Drea, Pheng, Rowena, Weng, Marie, Valerie & Mich.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

a wee spot at the www

i saw a (tiny) picture of me in one of the conferences we took part of last year. just wanna share it with you. it’s found here. yup, that’s me in action :D

payat pa ko nyan…LOL!

photography 101

since Ryan got his new toy, i’ve been fussing over getting him into some photography classes to learn some tricks of the trade. Gulf Photo Plus is just a couple of weeks away, and he still hasn’t decided which sessions he’d be interested to sit in. it would be ideal for him to attend the 2nd May, which is on a weekend, so that he has something to do while i’m away. but the thing is he hasn’t, till now, made up his mind. tonight, i’ll make sure that we’d sit together so he could start choosing his sessions before all the seats get filled up.

i’ve also heard from my fellow Filipina colleague who’s into photography that Lightform International Filipino Photographers Guild (LIFPG) offers Basic Photography Class every Friday morning, only for a minimal registration fee. yesterday, i had the chance to finally inquire about the session, but was told that the next batch available is on August. haay!! that’s still 3 months away! anyway, i’ve already placed in my calendar to start registering him by mid-July so that he can certainly get a slot. they only hold workshops with a maximum of 20 students per batch, and i am more than eager that he gets in.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

i'm in love!!!

have a look at this piece of beauty.

LV Galliera PM

i’m drooling!!

but hubby wants me to get this instead. he thinks it suits me better. besides, design nga naman ni Marc Jacobs, so it’s like getting two designer bags in one...LOL!

the must-have Manhattan GM

pero sana September na! my list is getting longer…waaaahhh!!

(pictures are from e-luxury)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

reminiscing London

my highschool friend Laine posted her recent visit to London by herself, which prompted me to post here my super late London story. (don’t worry, i will not give you a blow by blow account of my trip – rather, i would just highlight what i did and the post places of pictures i’ve been to)

my visit to ‘The Green City’ was the week of the 20th May last year. i spent four days there to attend a conference, and stayed at The Grange City Hotel, which is right next to the Trinity Square and just across Tower of London. i arrived in the morning via London Heathrow airport. since the hotel’s check-in time was at 3:00 pm, i had a few hours to spare to check out the vicinity.

i didn’t immediately realize that i was right smack in the middle of the ‘insurance & reinsurance’ district. add the fact that it was Sunday, i had not much options in the area as every establishment was closed. i was desperate for a mobile chip as i needed to call hubby to let him know i arrived safely, and i know for certain that in London, people either walk or take the tube to get to where they wanna go. anyway, i went for the first alternative and checked out the stalls nearby to see whether they have any mobile chips available. since there was none in the area, i just decided to have a look around and take advantage of the pleasant weather.

Tower Bridge

St. Katharine's Dock

Trinity Square

Lloyd's of London building

after an hour of walking, i took a bus to get to Oxford Street as i’ve been told that stores were open there. true enough, every store was open, and the street was buzzing with busy shoppers. when i got my mobile chip from Orange, i immediately phoned home, and then took a short detour to Primark for some great deals & bargains. next thing i knew, i was on the tube with my shopping bag, and after a few minutes, had gotten off at the Westminster Station. after a little walk-about at the area, i found myself at the Earl’s Court to see my Dad’s cousin who owns a popular salon for Filipinos. wanting to feel like a Londoner for a few days, i got me an Oyster Top Up Card as i knew i’d be hippity-hopping for the rest of my stay!

London Tube

the weather was great during my visit – mostly sunny days, and sunset was at 9:00 pm. after each day’s session, i’d hurriedly change clothes, and head out to explore the city.

what i liked about London is that everything is almost pretty much right next to each other. i saw Big Ben from the Houses of Parliament right in front of me as i walked up from the Underground. and then there was the Westminster Abbey on my right, and London Eye on my left. if you make a little turn to your right, you’ll get to Downing Street, and will not miss one of London’s most popular address - 10 Downing Street - the historic office and home of the British Prime Minister. if you walk a bit, you’ll see the horse guards parade grounds, and if you walk towards the end, you’ll see the Trafalgar Square. from Trafalgar Square, you’re not far from the St. James’s Park, the Victoria Circle, and of course, the Buckingham Palace. walk a little further south from Buckingham Palace, and you’ll find the Duke of Wellington Plaza and Hyde Park. from there, you’re only a few steps away from Knightsbridge, where Harrods & Royal Albert Hall are. amazing, isn’t it?

by the 2nd day, i was already familiar with the tube system that i even went about my sight seeing taking the underground all the time. i knew which lines and platforms to take for all my destinations. being the ultimate ‘lakwatsera’ that i am, i also managed to meet up with Laine and her then fiancĂ© Merc (now her husband) at Harrods in Knightsbridge without any help for directions. they were very kind to treat me to a sumptuous meal at one of the Korean Restos in Piccadilly Circus . as an added bonus, they toured me to Leicester Square, too. i really appreciated their effort as they went out of their way to see me, despite the distance from their place to the city. (thanks again, Laine!)

Piccadilly Circus

having dinner

my flight back to Dubai was scheduled in the afternoon, so in the morning of my departure, i went to see The Monument, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower of London - the only museum i managed to see. after that, i had my last meal in London. of course, i never left without tasting their famous fish n' chips!

at the Tower of London grounds

sharing a table with a golden girl

all in all, it was a memorable trip for me. in just a few days, i managed to see a lot of sights around London – mostly all by myself. i always felt worn out at the end of each day from all the walking i did, but i had a marvelous time. i hope to revisit London again soon, but on a holiday and definitely with Ryan. i promise to catch a show in the West End, see all the museums i’ve missed, and take a ride at the London Eye when i come back!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

long overdue gift

i recently got my bonus for last year’s performance, and guess what was the first thing i bought? nope, it’s not an LV bag, which i usually buy during bonus season. in fact, it wasn’t even for me. it was a much coveted toy for my better half.

since it’s launch last year, Ryan wouldn’t stop talking about this particular digital SLR camera. he’s been so generous to me since he found a job here, so i thought of giving him something special, even without an occasion. and this is what i got him:

…hubby’s very own Canon EOS 40D - the perfect SLR camera in this desert country! thanks to its built-in Integrated Cleaning System that includes a self-cleaning sensor unit, he’s not gonna be bothered when it’s hazy and sandy outside. other cool features of the camera are its magnesium-alloy exterior, 10.1 megapixel image quality, and a 3.0 inch LCD monitor with Live View functions. and did i mention it’s super fast? (bagay sa may asawang mahilig mag-pose at magpa-picture..hahaha!) more about the camera can be found here.

i also got him a BG-E2N battery grip and an 18-55 mm lens to go with the body. i promised to get him the 17-85 mm lens and lens hood when i fly to the US this April.

my hubby’s friends are into photography, thus, the influence. in fact, two of them are freelance photographers here in Dubai. Ryan simply wants to make photography his new hobby, so i’m hoping to get him a seat to some of the sessions in the upcoming Gulf Photo Plus Photography Workshop so he could learn a thing or two about basic photography.

while hubby tinkers with his new toy, i’ll enjoy our good old Canon S3IS and keep it with me in all my business travels and lakwatsas.

yes, we’re such Canon lovers. can’t help it – we just love things that work!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

3 years

…is how long i’ve been with this company, and today's my anniversary. wow!

i feel like celebrating so i asked the husband to have a leisurely breakfast at Starbucks at 21st Century Tower this morning. it was considered a treat because we rarely eat out for breakfast due to limited places that serve breakfast here before 8:00 am. for some reason, they serve it here after 8:00 am - so much for the ‘early bird gets the worm’ proverb! anyway, it was a lovely morning, - not too hot & not too cold either. we talked about the local news, our plans over the weekend, and even had a nice chat about – guess who?? – Bryan Boy & Marc Jacobs…hehe!

anyway, i told hubby that i’d like to take him out on a date tonight to continue with the celebration. we’ll have dinner first, and then catch a movie (i get to pick the flick, and actually am torn between ‘Fools Gold’ and ‘The Reservation’). i’m craving for Thai food, and i’m highly considering the Lemon Grass in Oud Metha as i’ve heard so many rave reviews about it.

we will be starting our weekend right tonight, and i can’t wait. hubby says i can buy a gift to myself, and i’m already going crazy thinking of what to get. nothing too fancy as i’m saving up for the US shopping end of this month. tee hee!

having said that, happy weekend & be safe y’all!