Thursday, September 27, 2012

Life is Short

I was looking at my multiply site and thinking of backing up all the photos and blogs I put there. By December first, all of it will be gone so little by little I'm saving majority of its contents if not all. This post in particular reminded me how short life can be and how to love unconditionally....

Life is short ... 
kiss passionately, love truly 
laugh constantly 
And never stop smiling 
no matter how strange life is 
Life is not always the party we expected to be 
but as long as we are here, we should smile and be grateful.

Read the story and be touched... It will make you realize how life can be beautiful despite the trials and pains...

The girl in the picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21. Next to her, her fiancĂ©, Nick, 23. 
The picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 11, 2005 in the US .
Katie has terminal cancer and spend hours a day receiving medication.
In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of Chemo to end.

In spite of all the pain, organ failures, and morphine shots, Katie is going along with her wedding and took care of every detail. The dress had to be adjusted a few times due to her constant weight loss.

 An unusual accessory at the wedding was the oxygen tube that Katie used throughout the ceremony and reception as well.

The other couple in the picture is Nick's parents. Excited to see there son marrying his high school sweetheart.

Katie, in her wheelchair with the oxygen tube, listening a song from her husband and friends.

At the reception, Katie had to take a few rest breaks. The pain wouldn't allow her to stand up for long periods

Katie died five days after her wedding day. Watching a woman so ill and weak getting married and with a smile on her face makes us think..... Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it lasts. We should stop making our lives complicated.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fire and Ice

The winner for this year's Christmas theme in our company. In simpler form or words, it means Red and White and your guess is right! All of us are required to wear either red or white or both.  A lot of people don't want to complicate things of thinking what to wear in the party so the simpler, the better.

I'm so lazy that I didn't find the time to vote for the theme of our company's Christmas Party. They gave us 4 themes to choose from...

* Medieval Theme - this is the time of Elizabeth I and the Golden Age. Shakespeare and the like. If you ask me, this needs too much effort to dress up and probably will make my wallet to scream at me.

* Music Icon - obviously this is a tribute to all the music idols and artists that we love and worship. I was thinking real hard on what music icon should I consider to copy if in case this theme won. Maybe Michelle Branch or Vanessa Hudgens? Oh! My bad, Vanessa Hudgens is not a full pledge music artist. She leans more into acting. Erase!

* Cosplay - my dear husband wants me to vote for this. It's pretty understandable because he is a fan of anime and manga. I was looking forward to do a cosplaying just to experience it even once in my life. And for somebody my age, I bet a lot of people will gasp once I turned into a famous anime character....hehehe. It seems that a lot of the employees don't think the same way I did.

* Fire and Ice- The easiest among the themes. Nothing complicated and according to my hubby, it's boring! Hehehe. I get his point since last year our Christmas party's theme was black and white.

I still have 3 months to lose a few pounds and think of something to wear. I remember that my sister has a red dress that she used before for their Christmas party. Hmmm...creative juices where are you now? I need to see the dress again and see if I can add a dash of magic to make it look fab ;)

How about you? Do you have themed Christmas parties as well?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

International Shoots by Nice Print

I'm holding my travel stories in KL for the time being as I need to gather the exact names of the food, places and directions that I visited during my 4 day stay. Pardon me for that, it seems that I'm having memory lapses  since I hit the age of 30s...hehehe.

For now, I would like to share this information for those bride and grooms who will wed soon. Or for those couple who just want to have fun in front of a camera and collect memories of their time together overseas.

Nice Print Photography sent me an email with this attachment:

These are the dates and location where they will held a shoot for couples overseas! Isn't this a treat? The good news is that you don't have to pay for their fares, they will simply be in that place and all you need to do is book them for a photo shoot.

You'll probably wondering why I have this information, well last Sunday I was in Themes and Motifs Wedding Expo bridal fair in SMX Convention scouting for suppliers for my sister whose in Kuala Lumpur. She will tie the knot next year and I'm helping her get some good deals. I forgot that I gave my email address to Nice Print for their reference but I'm glad I did. So I already forwarded this piece of information to my sister, all she needs to do is consult her fiance if they will grab this opportunity or not.

So, who and what is Nice Print Photography?
"Nice Print Photography is one of the leading, fast rising companies in Digital Photo and Video Services. Consistently in the TOP 5 bookers in Wedding Expo Philippines and Philippine Wedding Summit, biggest bridal fair organized by Themes and Motifs , we give only the best quality and value-for money services."
~ excerpt from Nice Print Photography website

If it's an added factor, their clients include Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez, Rich Alvarez and Kyla, John Estrada and Prisciall Meirelles. Woah! They're that big!

Check out their Facebook page to know more about them and to get their latest updates and news.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Kokeshi Dolls

"Kokeshi is known as one of the most important traditional folk arts of Japan. With its origins from northern Japan, Kokeshi are traditional handmade Japanese dolls made of wood. The kokeshi has a simple trunk and a comparatively large head. Traditionally, the face is defined by sparse painted lines. Kokeshi dolls were meant to symbolize local culture. The woodwork artisans, known locally as Kijiya, that crafted them believed that these dolls would promise a good harvest. It was thought that if children played with these dolls, the gods would be impressed.

Today, kokeshi dolls are popular toys in Japan, as well as a favorite souvenir or gift item. The kokeshi, popular in Japan for generations, still remains as a famous cultural item. The dolls’ bold colors and simple lines are a showcase of centuries-old Japanese design. Some even consider the kokeshi doll as a lucky charm. Some purchase the doll because of the belief that it protects a home against fire. It is also said that the dolls hold some spiritual significance, being a symbol of a fervent wish for a healthy child." ~

Initially I was thinking of ordering a pair of Kokeshi dolls for me and R but I held that thought for the time being and instead decided to give it as a gift for a wedding. I'm looking for something new, something that can easily be transferred from one place to another (in case they decided to relocate) and something that will stand out. And I did! Thanks to Ms. Benz for posting her fair share of experience when it comes to Kokeshi Dolls and ordering it from Khristine.

2-3 months backward: Read a post of Ms. Benz placing an order to Khristine for a family set of Kokeshi dolls. Obviously, I've fallen for the dolls even if they are draft drawings. Turns out that Ms. Benz read a post of Marjorie who ordered the dolls as an anniversary gift to her Japanese hubby. For the second time, I was convinced to get my own dolls.

The best way to contact Khristine is through email - 

She sent me a draft after a week or two as soon as I made the 50% down payment...

This is the initial draft and I immediately approved it! As soon as the draft has been approved, Khristine will  make the dolls. I waited for 3-4 more weeks before the dolls are ready for pick-up.

The finished product....

inside this heart-shaped box....

...lays the Kokeshi dolls for Joel and Jazz!

Aren't they the cutest?! I'm so glad that the newlywed couples loved it! 
Cheers to Joel and Jazz for more years of laughter, tears and everything in between!