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Hello 2019!

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2018 has been a busy year. I stopped writing here mid of last year because I got promoted at work (yay!) but has been really busy.

One of my goal for this year (and was my goal last year) is to write 1 post each week. Last year is also the first time I didn't have a year-end summary. Oh well. Let's  be positive as we welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve I arrived in Canada last 2015 and I spent NYE for 2016, 2017, and 2018 thinking and dreaming of watching the fireworks in Downtown Vancouver. I didn't go those previous years because of the cold and crowd. I told my brother during my first NYE in Canada that we should book a hotel in Downtown where we could see the fireworks, avoid the crowd, and be warm.

Pan Pacific Hotel That dream came true NYE of 2019. Last September, I booked a hotel room at Pinnacle Hotel. However, in November, I learned that the fireworks display won't be visible from any of their rooms which is unfortunate. I, then, called Pan Pacific Hotel …

Day 10 of PH Wedding Vacation: Bye, Manila!

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It's our last day in the Philippines for this trip. Our flight is at 10 in the morning, so we head out early to make sure we don't miss it.

After checking in, we had breakfast at Jollibee in Terminal 1. Yes, there's a Jollibee in Terminal 1 departure area.


The whole flight was uneventful.

Day 9 of PH Wedding Vacation: Food

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It's our last 24 hours in Manila, and what do we do? Eat all the food I have wanted to eat ever since we arrived.

Morning We started the day with Jollibee breakfast. Yes, 900-calories of fast food! Then, I got a haircut from Salon de Matt in Pioneer and deposited the wedding gifts we received to our supported charity.


Afterwards, we went to Makati City. We have time, so I got a pedicure, foot spa, and massage. It was great!


Afternoon Even though we just ate a lot of things from Jollibee, we went to Giligan's and ate all the things I love: Kare-Kareng Gulay, Garlic Fried Chicken, and Sisig.


Then, we went to Razon's of Guagua for Halo-Halo.


We started walking to Via Mare Oyster Bar to meet with Ninong Boss. He gave us beautiful words of wisdom as we continue our married life together.




Evening After our meeting, we went back to Go Hotel to finalize packing our bags. We're flying in the morning. Then, we had dinner with Happy Friends at The Old Spaghetti House, and I got t…

Day 8 of PH Wedding Vacation: Tired

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It's the day after the wedding. Jomar and I decided to have breakfast early to make sure we'll be able to catch up with guests who are also staying at the hotel.


We were able to catch up with my family. Then, Jomar's family came down to have breakfast. Afterwards, Ninang Myna and Sir Ian were there. Then, Ninang Chelle and Mama Nancy. Lastly, we saw Svet and Nicole.

After packing up and checking out, we went to Mass with my parents at Manila Cathedral. They dropped us off at Go Hotel in Pioneer, and we were able to rest and pack. Our flight going back to Canada is in two days.


Mitch met us at the lobby, and we were able to catch up before Jomar and I had to leave for Sangkalan all the way in Visayas Avenue. We have dinner with my mom's side of the family. I'm exhausted but enjoyed the food, and they have karaoke which the family enjoyed.


Ate Ro, Baya, Jomar, and I took a GrabCar to Pioneer and called it a night.

Day 7 of PH Wedding Vacation: After the Reception

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After the reception and taking photos with friends, Jomar and I finished our food. It was surprisingly delicious. I sincerely hope I can get more, but at that time, my mom already guided the servers into packing the food for families to take home.



I sat at one of the tables with my high school friends while they wait for their ride. We went up the room with Jomar (of course), and they helped me take off my wedding gown so I can feel some relief. They also helped in removing the dozens of hairpins.



When Deci's dad arrived, and after I said goodbye to them (I don't know when I'll see them again), I took a shower so I can feel again. Jomar and I end up watching Filipino movies: Call Center Girl starring comedienne Pokwang.

By the time it was over, we end up having dinner with my family.


That's the end of my 7th day in Manila! The wedding is finally over, and I can eat all I want again.

A big thank you to everyone who helped organize my wedding. A special mention to Mitch …

Day 7 of PH Wedding Vacation: The Reception

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I don't remember a lot of things that happened during the reception, but the photos served as a great reminder of the many funny moments.



Couple Entrance It all started with Jomar and I entering the reception hall. Mitch and Wayne (maid of honour and best man) were our hosts for the program. They modified the order a bit to give Jomar, and I time to eat because we weren't able to do so in our room.



We ate a few bites of the food and continued with the program. I don't want to be eating in the corner while our guests watch.

Introduction of Entourage While we were eating, they introduced all the fantastic people who invested time and resources to be part of our entourage.

Father-Daughter Dance Then, we continued with giving flowers to both our moms. After which, I danced with Papa. He was holding back his tears.



First Couple Dance Jomar and I had our first danced to "So This is Love" from Cinderella danced with the prince for the first time. Then, we had the cake c…

Day 7 of PH Wedding Vacation: Between Ceremony and Reception

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The travel from Manila Cathedral to Bayleaf Hotel Intramuros is less than 10 minutes by car. Before we left the church, we enjoyed taho from Mang Felix, and I know our guests did too.



In the car, I kept telling the driver, Kuya derecho airport na po.

At Bayleaf, we went straight to our hotel room so Julius Marquez and his team can change my hair. The plan is for us to have lunch in the suite as well, but well, there's no food. We took a few videos in the room and went to the lobby.


We asked guests waiting to go up to the reception hall. We had a photo session and went inside the reception hall immediately. I hate to make our guests wait just for Jomar and me to have a long photo session (I have enough beautiful photos from our Canada wedding, thank you very much). However, the few that we did is fantastic! Thanks, Blessing Photography!



Day 7 of PH Wedding Vacation: Wedding Ceremony

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After 9 months of planning and preparation, this is it! It is our wedding in the Philippines in front of family and friends.


I want to tell you that it was magical and amazing, but much of it was a blur, but I'll do my best to describe how I felt.


It was my turn to walk down the aisle - everybody (from the Manila Cathedral guide to the videographer at the back) is telling me to slow down. I didn't even know that I'm walking fast! I want to tell you that I was nervous or scared, but at that moment, I felt calm and genuinely joyful.

As I walk going to the altar, I saw...

My Parents
They look amazing. My mom holding her tears and my dad looking dashing.



Jomar
My instinct is to look for Jomar, and when I saw him in front - a wave of excitement and love went over me. All the anger from earlier vanished. I hate how much I love Jomar at that moment.


Family and Friends
As I walk, I keep looking left and right, waving and smiling at family and friends that I see. It felt amazing to be…

Day 7 of PH Wedding Vacation: Pre-Wedding Preparations

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It's THE big day! It's a busy day. I want to share what happened in the sequence they occurred.
Hair & Make-up Our wedding is at 10:00 AM, and we got Julius Marquez and his team to do hair and make-up for 10 people.


They were at the location at around 1:45 AM to start doing our hair and make-up by 2:00 AM. Below is the schedule:
2:00 AM (4 heads): Celine (bride), Mitch (maid of honour), Deci (secondary sponsor), and Shelly (secondary sponsor)


4:00 AM (4 heads): Mother, Mother-in-law, Therese (secondary sponsor), and Alyanna (bridesmaid)


6:00 AM (2 heads): Keith (flower girl) and Carli (flower girl) but since Carli wakes up late Mama Chelle (godmother) used the slot
Whew! Yes, I'm awake 10 hours before my wedding. Don't do a morning wedding if you don't want this torture (I'm kidding!). Thanks to all these wonderful ladies who woke up early for our special day.

A warm hug and gratitude to Julius and his team for the excellent work and waking up earlier than …