We woke up earlier than the usual. And with only seven people inside the gigantic Fully Booked, we couldn’t help but doze off. Haha!
Our prenuptial shoot wasn’t as flawless as we hoped it to be as we experienced quite a few glitches. Though forced to do my makeup inside a car, Irene Manigo made sure that the stress of working overtime and the lines resulting from lack of sleep would not show in the photos. And with Ian Santillan working his wonders, the above photo is just one of the many proofs that nothing can hinder pure talent. ;-)
And I just realized while writing this post that our prenuptial shoot made me cross out two of my wishes - #4 and #14. And yes, I’m just a few days away from wish #19!
We’re now one month away from the beginning of the rest of our lives. :)
We were not able to celebrate our last monthsary since Boyet and I are both swamped with work. But just this morning, he got me a pack of Chips Ahoy – the same monthsary gift he first gave to me six years ago! Hahaha!
With our big day fast approaching, I am slowing down a bit in blogging because I need to juggle work and wedding preparations. I bet you are noticing that my posts are getting shorter. This post is not any different. I was planning to post one of the three prenuptial pictures I received from our photographer but I changed my mind! Nyaha! So instead, I’ll just share our “save the date” card which also matches our book-themed wedding.
That's it for now. I told you this is going to be a short post. :)
Our qualifications for our wedding emcee are quite simple. First, the emcee should ALWAYS be grammatically correct. He or she may forget everything but not the subject-verb agreement. And second, we want someone with a big sense of humor. Laughter has been and will always be a part of our relationship so it’s really nice for someone to make everybody laugh on our special day.
Balance is still the key. We want someone who is fluent in English but would not sound like a trying hard social climber. The emcee must also carry his or her sense of humor well so as not to make our reception turn into a comedy bar.
With the above criteria in mind, Boyet and I started to search online forums. We sent text messages to a few people and later on decided to meet Dulce Fortunado.
Her credentials are remarkable as she used to have a radio program and she is currently working as a trainer in DFA. We had dinner and she did most of the talking for two hours. She speaks well both with English and Filipino. She's bubbly and really has an intelligent sense of humor. She was nice enough to walk us through a typical wedding reception and even gave us a few tips and ideas for our program.
It’s ironic that Boyet and I have been to Mr. Choi Kitchen countless of times but never the two of us together. He has been pleading for the longest time but I somehow lost interest despite their delicious food because of their slow service. Boyet took advantage of a Sunday morning when I wasn’t in the mood to choose a place for lunch. I gave in and went back to Mr. Choi Kitchen.
Another thing that surprised me is the fact that I have not even tried their baked rice varieties. Boyet told me that it is one of his favorites and also warned me that the serving might be too much for the two of us. We got their Baked Rice with Asado. Customers can choose the type of sauce so we opted for the white sauce.
It came in a very big deep bowl which affirmed Boyet’s warning. It was a complete meal having the rice and tender asado in one bowl.
We initially asked for spring rolls but the waitress came back after a few minutes saying that they're not available so we got their Japanese siomai instead. Nothing beats siomai dipped with calamansi, soy sauce and chili paste.
Service is really slow on regular days so we should have anticipated that it was going to be even slower on an Easter Sunday when most of their employees are probably out on vacation. I was really irritated when I called the attention of one waitress and just said “Wait lang po.” She didn’t come back and we saw her fixing her hair net, drank three glasses of water from the bar and then even managed to chat with the other employees as customers continue to pile up. We heard a lot of wait lang po from the wait staff. Oh yeah, they are called WAITers and WAITresses.
Mr. Choi Kitchen
Level 1 Faura Wing
Robinsons Place Manila
Putting a voice to describe the love we have on our wedding day is probably the easiest thing for us. There was no need for me to research online forums or go to wedding fairs to book for a wedding singer.
Our close friend Yen witnessed almost all the ups and downs of our relationship. A year after we became a couple, she already told me that she wants to sing on my wedding day. I have full confidence with her talent so I didn’t think twice in getting her. Singing is her life. She’s always present in all activities in the office where belting is required. While I was always away from the limelight cheering and selling tickets for her. Haha! She has been a wedding singer for quite some time so I can’t think of anybody else who can play the part as good as she can.
She even offered to coordinate our wedding day but I told her not to. She waited long enough for us to get married so we want her and all our friends to enjoy and make our special day theirs too.
She will be accompanied by Serenata Strings whom I haven’t heard yet play. But Yen assured me that they’re the greatest so I am giving my complete trust to their team. :)
I was underweight for years but I gained ten pounds from my three-month US assignment. I’m now cramming to shed a few pounds since my big day is fast approaching. Sleep-deprived, busy with work and squeezing wedding preparations in between, getting enough exercise to get me back in shape is really hard. I strive to do a few minutes of crunches every morning and run on the treadmill for at least ten minutes when I have time. Crash diet is definitely out of the picture so I try really hard to just cut down my rice intake and eat healthier alternatives.
I had Pho Hoa’s Pomelo Shrimp Salad today for lunch. Shredded crab sticks, cucumbers and carrots, fresh and toasted onion rings, lettuce, crushed nuts, shrimp and pomelo arrived at my table along with a cup of sweet and tangy vinegar. I don’t think it was vinaigrette since I couldn’t taste any oil in it. The variety of colors was definitely an eye candy. Suffice to say, it was already a complete meal in one plate.
One more inch out of my waistline, and I'll be the happiest bride on earth. Haha! :)