Wednesday, February 19, 2014

How We Welcome 2014

Oh my! Only a few more days and February is over and I haven't blog how our family spent the New Year. I'm so bad and lazy =(

If you still remember, I created a post about New Year decor printables/props that you can do right at your own home and use for welcoming the New Year and that's what we did.

Presenting our "super effort" to celebrate 2014!

our DIY photowall
Our DIY Photowall
We used a curtain and taped it in the wall. Then taped the printables into the curtain. 
our photowall corner
New Year printables are laid in the bench
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Closer look of the printables
the party poooper in the family
In every celebration, there's a party pooper =P
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Look who's bored?
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Our Media Noche (most of the foods were take out...hahahaha)
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What do we have in common? It's obvious that Disney became a part of our childhood =)
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It's nice to have cool parents! 
My sister who is based in Kuala Lumpur is the only one missing in our New Year celebration but she promised that she will be here come the eve of 2015. That means I have my partner in crime to spruce up and take our New Year celebration to a whole different level!

In case you're wondering, all of the props are printed using our ever reliable Epson printer. As for the sticks, we used the balloon sticks which was a leftover from my sister's bridal shower. You can use barbecue stick as a replacement for the balloon sticks should you want to spend less.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love Expressions Wedding Fair @ SM Southmall

Love is in the air since tomorrow will be Valentine's day. I asked my husband if we can just go out and have a date on 15th or 16th since I know traffic will be horrendous tomorrow (not to mention that it's a payday).

For soon-to-wed couples who are from the South you might want to check out Love Expressions Wedding Fair @ SM Southmall Feb 13-14-15, 2014. It's either I'm staying inside my house far too long or my memory is right but this is the first time that SM Southmall is having a bridal fair event. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Discover the best suppliers and event partners for your special day on this wedding fair at the Ground Level Activity Center, SM Southmall Las Pinas. Isn't it sweet and lovely that you will be having a date in a wedding fair in preparation to forever. So romantic!



Apart from the wedding suppliers and discounts that you can avail once you've made a reservation, enjoy talks on Love Languages, Dating and Relationships, Budgeting for Wedding by Bro. Mond and Leigh de Armas of Alabang New Life Christian Center. What's more you can get tips on How to Plan your wedding and How to be a Professional Host and Emcee by Jenne Rabe of Jack & Jenn Catering. To spice up the event, be entertained with performances by NTUNE Acoustic Band, Heart and Soul Quartet, A Band, Symphony of Strings, Amaya and many more.

PLUS! on February 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM watch the Fashion Show featuring the fabulous up and coming designers, Marco and Oyama and White Label Bridal.

Wedding Suppliers and Exhibitors include:
27A Flowershop
A Band
APVIL Printing
AskJenneToday
BA Studio
Bridalbook.ph
CD Worx Multimedia
Crumbs Cake
D'Lady Behind the Scene
Dermaesthetique
Diamond with Love
Gems by Me
Heart and Soul
Indemand Wedding Films
Mixology Events
Myke Make-up
Ntune Acoustic Band
Platteles
Queensland Catering
Symphony of Strings
White Label Bridal
Weddingsuppliers.ph

Here's the part that I love the most when attending bridal and wedding fairs, BOOK ANY OF THE SUPPLIERS AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT FROM THE ORGANIZER plus GET A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR WEDDING SUPPLIER.

You can drop by today or tomorrow and on Saturday. Simply register here http://www.weddingfairphilippines.com/weddingfairregistration/


Celebrate love, celebrate romance, celebrate forever at the Love Expressions Wedding Fair.
"Love Expressions Wedding Fair is presented by SM Southmall, together with Jack & Jenn Catering, Rotary Club of Las Pinas East and Myther Events and Expo Inc. This event is sponsored by Booms Audio Sounds and Lights, Dermaesthetic, Gems by Me with Online Media Sponsors Bridal Book.ph, Weddingsupplires.ph, HalloHalloTown.com, and organized by Island Exhibit Events Management Inc".

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Twins Separated at Birth Found Each Other

I woke up 40 minutes ago and decided to check my Facebook feeds then something caught my eye about a news of South Korean born twins separated at birth. Both of them are adopted. One is raised in France then the other raised in the US. One twin found the video of the other twin in Youtube then search her twin's profile in Facebook and sent her a message. Isn't it amazing how social media helps people reunited?

I decided to share it here since when I was a child, I was thinking and hoping that I may have a twin sister somewhere (the effects of reading Sweet Valley Twins). In reality, I do have a sister who is 2 years younger than me and people always mistook us as twins. Honestly I don't know why because are physical features are not the same. Maybe because our mother loves us to dress us up with the same style of clothing but different colors or the same haircut that we sport during our early grade school days (blame it again on my mother as she doesn't want us to have a long hair). I bet that I'm not the only one who is wishing to have a twin.

Anyways, get all fuzzy and be touched by watching their interview video in ABC News:
 
See more US News from ABC|ABC World News

It was mentioned on the interview that they are making a documentary about their experience, you can check it out Twinsters Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Year of the Wooden Horse

Happy New Year!

Obviously this is a late post which I completely forgot to finish. It's officially 2014 now by Gregorian and Chinese calendar standards. How was your 2014 so far? It's amazing how Filipinos were influenced by Chinese tradition that we even celebrate Chinese New Year and believe/practice Feng Shui. I myself is no exception as I'm drawn to Feng Shui and what lucky charms, amulets or ornaments will bring me luck each in every year. It doesn't hurt if you follow the principles so as long you stay positive and keep the negative vibes away.

Since I already mentioned about charms, here are some of the things I've gathered that will bring luck in the year of the wooden horse:
* Lucky color is green and red. I did wear read last January 31. Thanks to my husband's red tees that I borrowed.
* Horse figurine - may it be jade, gold, white, ceramic (it doesn't matter) so as long as the horse front legs are raised. It symbolizes victory or success.
* Charm bracelets which you can purchase from Php 400 and up depending on where you bought them. Best place will be in Chinatown located in Binondo, Manila. If you're too lazy to travel or Binondo is far from your place, you can check out legit online sellers which sell these Feng Shui items (example: Francesca's Charms).
*  Lucky charms like amulets/ornaments depending on your Chinese Zodiac horoscope. There are amulets which helps you contradict bad luck and boost your luck. Don't you know they even have luck keychains?

In the eve of Chinese New Year, you may want to put some if not all of these items for a good year ahead.
* Candies to attract good spirits. They say that good spirits are attracted to sweets.
* a whole Chicken to symbolize abundance
* 12 round fruits to symbolize the 12 months in a year
* Cooked fish, make sure that it's whole (head and tail are intact). This represents savings.
* Cabbage or Chinese Cabbage or Bokchoi (Baguio Pechay). It symbolizes a hundred folds of luck.
* Tikoy, a Chinese new year wouldn't be complete without this. It is said that it will bring closeness in the family.
* Liempo means Prosperity
* Pancit which symbolizes long life and good health
* Pineapple symbolizes wealth

I was able to gathered four items out of the edible items mentioned above:
Closeness within the Family
Hundred Folds of Luck
Wealth
Inviting Good spirits at our home

To know more about your respective Chinese Horoscope for the Year of the Wooden Horse, check out 'Lucky' and 'unlucky' signs in Year of the Horse | ABS-CBN News.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sky Ranch in Tagaytay

I bet most of you have seen this place along the highway in Tagaytay. You wouldn't miss this since the first thing you will notice is the giant Ferris wheel that serves as the landmark of Sky Ranch. If coming from Tagaytay Rotonda/Cavite, Sky Ranch is on the left side before Vista Hotel. If you're coming from Batangas, it's on your right after Vista Hotel. Hope my directions wouldn't confuse you.

I've been seeing a lot of photos from friends in my Facebook who took advantage of the Christmas holiday and weekends to drop by this place. Yesterday I was wishfully thinking that I was in Tagaytay, enjoying the cold weather and nature.

My high school friends and I have a mini-reunion and decided to visit Tagaytay on a Monday, that was last December 16th. We were hoping that the place is not too crowded since it's a weekday but we were surprised to see a lot of prep students having a field trip. Good thing that we can still move around despite of the crowd.

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Entrance Ticket is Php 50 (US $1.10)
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Terms and Condition of the Entrance ticket
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Ticket Prices of the Ride
I want to tell you outright that I didn't pay for any rides since the only rides that I'd like are the kiddie rides and it's embarrassing if I'm going to ride alone. I'm not the adventurous type of person so I dismissed the idea of checking out Sky Eye (Ferris Wheel) and Super Viking (same as Anchor's Away in Enchanted Kingdom).

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Skye Eye (Skyranch's pride and glory)
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Carousel
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Nessi Coaster aka mini Roller Coaster
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Mini Pirate Ship
 (I can picture myself riding this but the kids and parents will probably give me an incredulous look)
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Red Baron (Airplane ride)
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Wonder Flight (Air Balloon ride)
Personally, I'd like Enchanted Kingdom's version of the Wonder Flight.
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Express Train for Kids and Adults alike
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The express train will be touring around Sky Ranch so if your too lazy to walk, then this ride is for you
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It looks like a ship calmly docked
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But looks can be deceiving... Now the ship is swinging away!
Now I bet you'll say that it's just another theme park with the same old rides. Sky Ranch also offers activities to get your blood pumping.

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Sky Jump...jump up and down and try to reach the sky
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Do the Zorbing and test the stamina and agility of your body
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Horseback riding! A trip to Tagaytay wouldn't be complete without this
After you've tried all the rides and activities, I bet you will end up hungry. No worries, restaurant/foodchains are lined up on the side of the Nessi Coaster to fill up your complaining tummies.

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Restaurants/Foodchains to satisfy tired and famish peeps
Should you want to relax and simple enjoy the view, the place have gazebos that you can rent.

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Gazebo Rules and Regulations
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One of the many gazebos in Sky Ranch
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Office / Admin/ Clinic/ Restrooms
The theme park has an admin office, clinic (which is a good thing should there be any accidents) and restrooms (male and female).

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The Venue
The Venue is spacious which is perfect for concerts, birthday parties and wedding receptions! Yes, The Venue is open to cater and celebrate any memorable events in your life. I have no idea on how much it will cost but you can inquire with them directly.

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A good view to boot
Whether you want to experience all the rides in Sky Ranch or simply have a bonding moment with your family, friends and relatives, it's not so hard to fall in love with Tagaytay with this  picturesque  scenery. You would wish that you wake up every morning with this view on your window.


Sky Ranch
Tagaytay City
Tel No. (02) 8570100 local 1450
Sky Ranch Official Facebook Page