Wedding Trends 2019

Today’s weddings are all about creating an event to remember, for both the couple and their guests. With two royal weddings, 2018 has felt like the year of fairy-tale weddings. With so much hype, there’s never been more options and ideas for planning your very
own fairy-tale wedding.

Here are some of the 2019 wedding trends you need to know if you’re getting married this year so that your big day is a truly memorable one.

1. A return to simple and classic wedding dresses
2019 sees the return of classic cuts and simple fabrics. Many brides getting married in 2019 will opt for gowns with sleeves. Minimalists can rejoice because 2019 heralds the return of classic designs and simple styles. Surely, the poster girl for this trend is Meghan Markle and her striking yet simple bracelet-sleeved, boat-necked Givenchy wedding gown and halter neck reception dress.

2. Bringing the outdoors in
For 2019 weddings, greenery continues to be a classic go-to shade, with flowers and foliage becoming more organic and lush. Florals will be natural, whimsical and romantic. Check out Austin event rentals for the best outdoor rentals for weddings.

3. Opulent wedding cakes
We’ve seen a lot of impressive wedding cakes, but 2019 will welcome even more jaw-dropping creations. The 2018’s royal weddings are likely to inspire couples to make more opulent choices. Metallic touches, personalized monograms and regal piping will be on everyone’s cake agenda to take guests’ breath away. It’s all about custom-made – let your imagination soar!

4. Nude and Pastel Wedding Flowers
With couples throwing wedding traditions out the door, pale pink, blush and taupe flowers are increasingly replacing classic white blooms as a bride’s wedding flower of choice. Fragrant garden roses, stocks and sweet peas (in whimsical and rustic shades)
are some of the most popular summer blooms set to appear in a big way this year.

Planning a wedding can be pretty stressful, more so with the added pressure of Instagram and social media. It is so easy to get caught up in how your wedding looks on social media, from the wedding gown to the wedding venue, the make-up, the flowers, the décor and just about everything. Let a party rental Los Angeles specialist help you to create the wedding of your dreams.

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Best Baby Shower Gifts for MC Enthusiasts

It might seem obvious but diapers are one of the best baby shower gifts, whether it’s their fifth child or first. Ask any mom if she any idea how many diapers her baby would use in the first two years and more than likely she will say that she was totally not prepared for just how many it was.  Do not worry to give a gift that might seem so common and obvious. Practically is appreciated in the first year!

 

But what if the mother-to-be is a motorcycle aficionado? There is no better baby shower gift to give an expectant mum who is a motorcycle enthusiast than some cool motorcycle casual wear for women, complete with a super cute bike diaper cake and motorcycle rompers for the baby.

 

Wraps such as a Boba baby wrap carriers (baby slings) are becoming more popular among parents not only for the hands-free convenience they provide but also because of the many benefits baby wearing comes with it.  A good quality wrap or sling is a high-priority item for any new parent and makes a good baby shower gift.

 

A sleepsack is a must for a new baby, especially in areas with very cold winters. The design of a sleepsack allows babies to stay warm throughout the night but does not have the same hazards as loose blankets in a crib can have. The sleeveless design of a sleepsack keeps your precious little one warm throughout the night without the worry of them overheating and the bottom-zip design makes diaper changes easy. Trusted by doctors and hospitals in many countries, a sleepsack is among the best baby shower gifts.

 

We know that women’s needs are unique to women, grossly overlooked in the powersports industry, and that women’s motorcycle helmets, jackets, pants, boots and gear should be presented with a female-specific set of criteria in mind.  Bike Bandit carry a multitude of women motorcycle jackets and gear that cater to a woman’s street, ADV / sport touring, cruiser crowd and casual wear. Whether you are looking for women motorcycle gear, women motorcycle casual wear or baby shower gift for a female motorcycle enthusiast woman, head over to Bike Bandit.

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My Life Will Finally Begin Next Year

Anona, mag-forty na ko next year!!! I still cannot resolve it in my head. Paano? I still feel very young (for the most part of the day). Well there are times when I do feel old, esp when I look in the mirror and see the wrinkles around my eyes and the sagging cheeks on my face. Looks like I need a new pair of glasses. My skin – thankfully the taghiyawats are gone but the marks, looks like they’re staying for good! I’d also get stiff knees as I stand esp after sitting for a long time. And recently, every particle of my body keeps telling me it badly needs a massage! What can I do? I am getting old.

Sa totoo lang, I am both thankful and regretful. Thankful because not many people have the opportunity to live this long (wow, we are only talking about becoming 40, not 80 lolll). Regretful because I wish I had done this and that.

Anyway, 40 is still young di ba, according to the senior citizens. HAHAHA.

It’s not really a big deal to me, here’s to hoping my 40th (and the many years after that) will be blissful, abundant and healthy!

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Busy, broken but happy nonetheless

I am so baaack!!! joke lang

Just a quick update on what’s going on in my life lately  – super busy, a bit broken but very happy nonetheless. Thank you, this is the kind of busyness that I do not resent – from meeting to meeting, task to task…at the end of the day, I am still always grateful.

UPDATES, bullet type, just because.

    • Moving out and returning to my hometown is happening very soon!
    • Bargain alert! Decluttering my closet for the first time ever! Watch out for super sale items – clothes (walang ititira, pati underwear HAHAHHAHA) shoes, bags and everything else that has value. All items will be posted in my FACEBOOK PAGE.
    • Seriously considering INTERMITTENT FASTING. My weight has magically remained the same for the last 6 years, regardless of any diet plans.
    • BIRTHDAY MONTH. Lord you know the only other thing that I wish on my birthday – aside from good health for my loved ones and myself – alam mo na yun.
    • Kung kelan naman ako nag-mature (wow haha), saka naman ako nagkaka-PIMPLES. They used to be on my left cheek only, ngayon nag-migrate na sa iba’t-ibang parte ng mukha ko. WHAYYYYYY.
    • Antok na ko.

If it doesn’t make you happy, healthy and wealthy, let go of what does not serve you.

Ok, thanks. I need to meditate on this day/night for the next 21 days so I can get used to it. Ciao!

 

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Cafe Maria Jerica, 24×7 Restaurant in Cubao Quezon City

This has got to be my favorite hangout place in my neighborhood Cubao! Sobrang chill ng place and homey. Very very Cubao ang ambiance – busy, accessible, magulo, maingay, vibrant, masaya!


A good place to hang out with your family and friends.


Actually, hindi ko din ma-gets ang theme eh but I guess it is what it is – complicated. HAHA


I like it that they have al fresco dining! Iba yun feeling na nag b-burger kayo tapos may dumadaang tricycle. Iba! Heads up, limited parking. Kahit anong request nyo sa management, hindi yata magagawan ng solusyon yan. Pwede mag park sa SM, Sparks or Alimall tapos mag tricycle na lang kayo papunta sa Jerica.


Iba-iba talaga ang motiff!


Walang aircon pero okay lang.


What’s good about this cafe is its AFFORDABILITY and HUGE SERVING.


Nasa Php 110 lang ‘to! Ang dami-dami nila.


Seriously, ilang cafe/restaurant sa Pilipinas ang nag ooffer ng 100% natural mustard? LOL


For 2-3 sharing, only 120. Not bad.


It’s not the best, not that bad either. Sakto lang sa presyo nya.


Php 50 each, Cucumber Lemon. Sulit to!


Pork Tonkatsu, masarap yun sauce! If you’re craving for american, italian and japanese food, this should be your go-to place. Sobrang daming choices ang hirap-hirap umorder!


All for only Php 420!

Affordable, huge serving, free delivery within Cubao area and open 24 hrs! These are the reasons why I loveee Cafe Maria Jerica!

Cafe Maria Jerica is located in 14th Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, just 1 tricyle ride from SM Cubao or AliMall.

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Saying Goodbye and Moving On (A Breakup Story)

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
– George Bernard Shaw

Major major changes happening very soon! I am finally saying goodbye and breaking up with my dearly beloved most precious neighborhood. We’re moving back to the place of my many happy memories – my hometown far down north…hello again Valenzuela City! I am half-excited, half-heartbroken.

Super excited for these things:

  • Family (all my cousins live there) – it means more family reunions, kwentuhans.
  • Lower cost – roughly 30% cheaper
  • New house – anything new excites me!

Super heartbroken for these reasons:

  • Giving up the convenience – access to Edsa, Araneta, Farmers, Ali Mall, Bus Terminal, Estwood, Ortigas etc.
  • Neighborhood – it’s nice and quiet where we live.
  • It’s Cubao! Eto yata ang totoong Central Luzon. Haha. It has access to all points of Luzon!
  • Camp Crame – anybody who lives nearby can get inside to jog, bike etc.
  • 100% flood free. Moving to Valenzuela means I have to go through deep floods despite having light rain only.
  • Garbage truck every Monday and Wednesday. Free.
  • Mang Joey’s and Jerica
  • My favorite Hypermarket in Main Ave. Edsa – deserves to be singled out because honestly, it’s the best Hypermarket ever!

Turns out I have more things to be heartbroken for than to be happy, but it’s alright.

We have not started packing yet. It’s only me and my sister sharing the house but our stuff when combined, it looks like it’s for a family of 12. Maybe even more than that. Help!!!

My biggest and major worry you know what..it’s the travel time I need to take when going to Makati. That’s a total of 6-8hrs, back and forth, on a regular sunny day. When it rains, even with the slightest drizzle, it extends to 10hrs or longer.

Ciao, Cubao! Thank you for the many happy years! Thank you also to Bongato family. We’ll never forget your kindness.

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Kita Kita Movie Review (Spoiler Alert, Bahala Kayo)

 

I know I said I won’t watch it but I did. Napilitan, ok. I kinda knew what’s gonna happen already – may nabasa ako’ng Kita Kita Spoiler at napaka-accurate nya. Wait, ako lang ba ang nag-eenjoy sa spoiler? Anyway, I won’t encourage you to read this post if you haven’t watched the film yet. Pero kung gusto nyo masirsa araw nyo, sit down and join me as a I dissect the movie one by one. FYI, walang kwenta ‘tong review na ‘to.

Do I like it? Yes-No, for many reasons.

Do I like the ending? No!!! Nakakabanas! Bakit kelangan mamatay ng bida! Hindi ako sanay! Lumaki ako sa kultura na dapat ang bida, laging masaya. Bakit kasi walang kontrabida para sya na lang ang mamatay!?

Worth it ba’ng panoorin sa sine? Yes! Maganda ang cinematography. Panoorin nyo! It’s now, it’s never! Nothing beats the cinema experience no matter how big your TV is.

Uulitin ko ba’ng panoorin? Yes! Kung libre. Yun last part, it’s something I would watch again and again and again on youtube.

Sa’ng part ako naiyak? Nun kinanta ni KZ Tandingan yun 2 Less Lonely sabay flashback. Nakakadala. Ugh. Actually, naiyak yun isang mata ko.  Ewan kung bakit 50% lang ang niluha ko.

Sa’ng part ako natuwa? Kay Empoy! Personality beats looks everytime.

I love love love this part!

Favorite scene? Yun part na yan. Very poignant. Tsaka yun kiss!

Moral of the story? Akala ko sa Commnwealth ka lang wag tatawid, nakakamatay! Sa Japan din pala.

Saan ako naguluhan? Hindi ko alam kung bakit “baby dragonfly” ang tawag ni Empoy kay Alex. Walang backstory.

Ano’ng part yun hindi ko na-appreciate? Nun halos sirain ni Empoy yun buhay nya kasi nag-break sila nun ex-gf nya. Seriously? Who would do that?

Saan ako na-curious? Si Alex, tour guide. Curious ako, ano’ng trabaho ni Empoy sa Japan? May dala kasi syang laptop bag.

Kung ako ang Director and Scriptwriter, ano’ng ending? Makukulong si Nobu! Yun girl, mababaldado. Gusto ko buhayin si Empoy, and they will live happily ever after. Ganon! Pero! Baka pumayag din ako na mamatay sya, sa ibang paraan. Ang bobo kasi nun pagkamatay. Kung ako si Alex, forever guilty ako.

Paano kung sa heart failure namatay si Empoy? Ano’ng mas masakit, yun mamatayan ng mahal sa buhay dahil sa aksidente o sa sakit? Yun aksidente, it could have been avoided. Pero kung chronic disease/genetic disease, ano’ng laban mo? Paano nga pala sya nagka work permit, is he fit to work?

Recipe for the success of this movie – awesome film location + familiar soundtrack + funny and relatable characters. All in all, maganda yun movie. Cliche but fresh. Simple but complicated. Ordinary but distinctive. Prepare to be LSSed. Hanggang ngayon pinapatugtog ko pa din yun cover ni KZ sa Wish FM. Ayokoooo na!

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Where To Buy Wiggie’s Ice Cream in Metro Manila?

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Wiggie’s Gabi – Keso Ice Cream

This gabi – keso ice cream is truly phenomenal! I love everything about it! Just the right amount of sweetness, very creamy (they use coconut milk as well) with real fruits! It tastes so soooo good! Hindi lasang artificial. You can very well distinguish the flavor.

Wiggie's Ice Cream with Styrofoam Bucket

It comes with its own styrofoam bucket with  crashed ice so it can stay frozen for up to 8hrs. How wonderful di ba? No worries bringing it anywhere you go. Bakit hindi naisip ng Magnolia yan? Thumbs up for the very  simple idea but makes a lot of sense!

Another local ice cream company that I like a lot is Nathaniel’s. Gaaahhhhd! I’m not an ice cream person but these 2 brands are turning me to become one.

Too bad Wiggie’s ice cream is not commercially available in groceries. Why it isn’t available in Metro Manila? Please comment if you know any local store where I can get this Wiggie’s ice cream. Can’t wait to try their other flavors – Ube, Langka, Durian, Mais etc.

Let’s empower our fellow Filipino entrepreneurs, let’s support Filipino products!

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My Top 5 Beatles Song

Look! Beatles and a rickenbacker.

Love beatles forever! Their songs just never get old. Here’s my top 5 Beatles classic that I never get tired listening to.

  1. Long and Winding Road – my all time favorite Beatles song. It’s so…dramatic.
  2. Across the Universe – The lyrics speaks to my soul! It’s so weird, I don;t even understand it (jai guru deva om) yet in my heart I know what the song meant.
  3. Let It Be – the best part of the song “And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me, shine until tomorrow, let it be”
  4. In My Life – reminds me of my one great love.
  5. Yesterday – brings so much memories from high school!

Other Favorites:
Hey Jude
Here Comes The Sun
Strawberry Fields Forever
I Want to Hold Your Hand
It’s Now or Never

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Spicy Pochero Recipe

Finally perfected my pochero recipe! Modesty aside, it tastes really really good! Kamote is perfect for this dish!

1/2 kilo of Pork, adobo cut
3 Saging na saba (sliced)
3 Kamote (sliced)
5 Siling Haba
1 pack Del Monte Tomato Sauce
Cabbage, sliced

Others:
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tomatoes, Onion and Garlic

Sauce: Mix in a separate bowl (substitute for Pork and Beans)
2 tbsp of Sugar
2 tbsp of Honey
1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp of Say Sauce

Instruction:
Fry kamote and banana, set aside
Sautee pork in garlic, onion and tomatoes, siling haba and pepper
Add water, boil until water is reduced and pork is tender
Add tomato sauce and Sauce mixture
Add more water if needed
Mix kamote and banana, simmer
Add cabbage

Serve hot and enjoy!

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