Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dreaming of a "Dream Wedding".

When I was a kid, I remember our "yaya" taking us to the church just across our house whenever there was a wedding.  I would look in awe as the bride walks down the aisle looking pristine in her white wedding gown.  Since then, I developed a fancy for weddings and always dreamed about "my own wedding".

Back then, I would look forward to the Sunday edition of the newspaper because it would always have features of weddings in the lifestyle section.  It became a hobby of mine collecting pictures of gowns, and cake designs, and any article related to weddings.  I would picture myslef in every wedding gown design I would see, I even have a couple of designs I wanted to copy for my own wedding.

But sometimes, dreams were just meant to be dreams.  I did'nt get to have my dream wedding.  I'm not blaming anyone because it was a personal choice, at that time I felt it was not right for me to demand from my parents and my husbands family to spend on "my wedding".   I mean I just finished med school and then got pregnant, husband was still reviewing for the board exams.  It just did not feel right during that time.  I was thinking to just save the money for the baby that was coming.

My grandmother was the one who encouraged me to have a church wedding.  She said it doesn't have to be grand, what's important is that we receive God's blessing and be united not just in the eyes of man but also in God's eyes.

And so I had my church wedding last August 24, 2005.  It was a simple ceremony with just a few family members and I did not even get to tell my friends about it. Wedding attire was casual, jeans and a white top, The priest even joked that we were under dressed for our own wedding.  I had my son as soloist performing during the entire ceremony, as he was crying the enitre time. A simple lunch followed, no throwing of bouguets, no cake slicing not even gifts, hahaha!!

Looking back, I knew it was the right choice during that time.  Ross and I have been married for 6 years and blessed with 2 kids.  Married life is not an easy path, you come across bumps and fall down once in a while, but what matters is that you help each other rise up and go on.

Do I still dream of my dream wedding?  Of course I still do, I think it is every girls dream.  I guess if I ever have one regret, was that I did'nt give papa a chance to walk me down the aisle, and it hurts me even until now.

I may not have experienced my dream wedding, at least I still get to spend ever after with the person I love.  I think that's what matters in the end.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I could not wait for the month of July to be over.  It just wasn't a good month for me.  It reminded me of the movie A Series of Unfortunate Events which was released way back 2004.  The movie was based on the first three books of a series from Lemony Snicket

The first book "The Bad Beginning" tells about how the 3 children were orphaned because of a fire that killed their parents.  Coincidentally, my series of unfortunate events started with a fire that broke out a block away from our apartment on a Monday morning.  The good thing was that no one got hurt and the fire was immediately put off.  But the smoke that reached our apartment triggered both my kids allergies and eventually lead to triggering their asthma, which I count as the second in a series of unfortunate events.  

The fire that broke out during that Monday scared me a bit, and the previous week around 2-3 fires broke out in different areas in Cebu.  So I told my helpers in the event that the same incident happens, and we are not in the house just grab a few clothes for themselves, the bag which has our important documents and our emergency kit which has a few clothes for the kids and some essentials and run for safety.

On a Wednesday afternoon, I went to the hospital to get Micah's urinalysis result and decided to go to the grocery.  I heard sirens from a distance and my instinct told me to call home and check on the kids.  My helper told me that they could see the fire from a distance, and the kids were starting to get scared because people from our apartment complex were starting to pack their things.  I rushed home but was caught in traffic because I think they blocked some roads, and I started to get really worried for my kids.  I decided to just run for the remaining two blocks and I saw people frantically carrying their belongings.  When I reached our apartment, I was told that our next door neighbor took the kids and one of my helpers somewhere safe, and I felt really grateful.  I could really see the blaze and the thick smoke, I was so scared and I was just praying for the fire to be controlled.  Then it started raining, a drizzle at first then heavy rainfall, it was as if God poured down water from the heavens.

But the "unfortunate events" didn't stop just yet, both my kids ran a fever for two consecutive days, not to mention the already existing cough and colds.  The following week, when my kids were better I was the one who got really sick, I had pneumonia.  My helpers also caught the flu.  I

Things were not really that good at work.  It started with a member of the team handing me a resignation letter  even before I could settle in my desk, and the next thing I know he went AWOL.  My direct supervisor suddenly resigned, then 2 of my workmates and closest friends also decided to tender their resignation.  How worse could it get?!  I felt emotionally, physically and not to mention financially drained,  It felt like a years worth of bad luck all dumped in a month.

Imagine how relieved I was when August came.  I want to start on a clean slate and forget all the not so good things that happened last month.  It took a while for me to share this, I never imagined myself being a victim of " a series of unfortunate events".  Nevertheless, I still am grateful and blessed because things turned out well in the end.  I know that there are others who have experienced far more worse things than I did.  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

"How I got my Curls"

This started my fancy for curls!!
After 2 days of waiting, the package finally arrived.  I was like a kid opening a present on Christmas morning.  I was so excited to try out this product I bought on-line.  I have always wondered how those movie stars and models get their big curly locks.  And ever since I made this fancy photo of  Edward Cullen and me together, I've been thinking of getting my hair permed.  I used to don curly hair back in high school, I remember I had the zig-zag hair look and the telephone wire curls.   But since I found out that having your hair permed was much more expensive than getting a rebond, I ditched the idea of getting the curls I wanted.  But thanks to "Magic Leverage Curlformers", I think I may have found the solution to how I'd get the curls I've always wanted.

This is the packaging of the curlformers.  It comes with 18 pieces of this curly things where you insert your hair and 1 hook.  It's actually easy to use and you could find video tutorials on how to use this.  I think this is not the same one they sell in the US and Europe, because I noticed that the "leverage" is spelled without an "e".  From what I read on-line this is being manufactured in China, which is not unusual.  Anyway, I tried using it on my daughter, and eventually after a couple of minutes she took them off saying it was hurting her head.  

I tried putting it on Micah but she eventually took them off after a few minutes.

I initially had a hard time putting them on, and it did hurt a bit especially when you pull the hook inside the curlformers.  Putting on setting lotion or mousse helps define the curls.  The video said  you can get curls in 15 minutes, but actually I had to leave them on for 5 hours to get really nice curls.  But when I finally took them off, it was worth the wait.  The curls are really loose, exactly the way I imagined them to be.  I've been going to work with my curly look for 2 straight days and my friends and workmates find it cute.  Unfortunately, I could not make it my daily routine because even if it's easy to put on, getting the curls takes a lot of time.  Nevertheless, I 'm glad I saw this product on-line and decided to buy it.  Now I can get my curls anytime I feel like having one. :)

That's me and my curls!!  

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