baptism supplier ratings

had only a couple of weeks to prepare for mischa’s baptism. yeah i know i slacked off. but i think i managed to pull it off magnificently despite cramming in the last few days leading to the date. thanks to my wonderful suppliers. i think everybody did a good job. more than anything else, i think if i dedicated more time to it like when i did for our wedding, everything would have been a lot better. but can’t complain now. maybe i’ll make it up to mischa on her first birthday. whoops, mind running faster than time and effort would allow. so here they are, with some background stories:

5 – Exceptional
4 – Very Good
3 – Okay
2 – Needs Improvement

Church: SHRINE OF MARY, OUR LADY OF PEACE (Edsa Shrine)
Contact: 631-5734
Website: www.edsashrine.com
Rating: 5

what can i say? edsa shrine is edsa shrine 🙂 very easy to talk to at the onset of the preparations. had to reserve for a slot a month before the intended date then attend the seminar for parents during one saturday. just had to submit mischa’s birth certificate and our marriage contract. no glitches, no fuss.

5376_136651831304_713066304_2532527_5508623_nthe baptistry is off the main church. it was real nice and cozy and i looooove the fountain where the priest gets the water to pour over the babies’ heads. the sort of alcove is on the other side of the altar, away from the pews where the visitors can settle on. bright sunlight goes through a covered ceiling, letting you take a glimpse of the skies above and making you feel like jesus on his baptism. gosh, really had goosebumps during the whole ceremony. you can almost feel the skies opening up and the dove coming down on you (or it’s just me and my very vivid imagination). really, it was worth the while. the downside though, is that two other families were there with us and with all of entourage of the three groups, we were all rubbing elbows against our wills. maybe the church can only assign one baptism per session to avoid that overcrowding. i know it’s free but still…

Reception venue: THE ROOFDECK OF THE PRESTIGE TOWER
Contact: Joy Elpa 0922-8147341 / 910-6361
Website: www.cateringtrio.com
Rating: 3

we chanced upon the prestige tower from one of our friends whose niece had her 1st birthday party here. we loved the place when we did an ocular inspection of it in the first week of august. the ambiance seemed good compared to if we would be having the reception in a commercial restaurant such as max’s or kenny rogers or something else of this caliber. hubby wanted to hold it in robinson’s galleria across the street but upon visiting the store, we were told that they would renovating and that the dates covered mischa’s day of baptism. so we got interested in the prestige tower although one main concern are how visitors will commute from the church to there as about three blocks separates them. but i convinced hubby that, as this is our event, and we are inviting only important people in our and mischa’s lives, i think they would be more than willing to do the 5-minute travel.

ms. joy, our contact, was genial enough to entertain us throughout the pre-baptismal preparation. we had our food taste in the kitchen, which turned out okay enough except that some flies were coming in. but she promised none of these during the reception itself. the food anyway was delicious but there weren’t any choice as we chose the package with the lowest rate. we made the downpayment then and there.

i was just a little disappointed with the over-all look and set-up of the place. we took advantage of the flower centerpieces they offered so that it took some weight off our budgeting but i wished i did not. the flowers were wilting as though they were used in past events. we were trying to save up on expenses and ended up with the “sad” look of the flowers. the lighting was good though. it was soft and mellow, just enough for a quiet lunch. good thing we decided on balloon decors to spruce up the place.

which brings me to the next supplier..

Balloon decor: PARTYMAKERS
Contact: Maricris Ducosin 0915-9668123
Website: partymakers.multiply.com
Rating: 4

i like the simple design maricris made for us. she’s also very easy to talk to and replies even at midnight (hihi). she’s not very machika but got the job done right.

special thanks goes to ninang liezl for sponsoring the balloons.

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Cake: SWELL SWEETS
Contact: Gel Colet 0915-8892176
Website: gelcolet.multiply.com
Rating: 4

DSC_1374ccredit goes to ninong tito mico for the cake. gel is an old friend of his from abs-cbn who has since delved into baking and pastry. i remember that we talked to her before about getting the cake for our wedding from her. as it goes, it didn’t push through because the wedding cake was included in the package of the caterer. so we got my firstborn’s baptismal cake from her instead. it was okay. i was expecting a different design and mico was expecting something bigger. wehehehe. we didn’t get to serve this though so we gave neighbors whom we weren’t able to invite some slices of it. it was a little bit sweetish for me, but what can you expect from gum paste? the three layers had different flavors–butter on top, chocolate in the middle and choco marble at the bottom. i love the colors, not the usual pink and yellow stuff for baby girls. and the baby covered in a blankie on top and the booties on the bottom layer were so cutesy. i just wished she pushed through with the baby blocks she promised mico.

Party favors: MY POWDER BLUE

Contact: Mayer Nepomuceno
Website: www.mypowderblue.com
Rating: 4

our favors of water tumblers with mischa’s pictures were so cute, if i say so myself. i didn’t get to take a picture of it although this is the soft copy of the design made by the company. tumbler design all of our transactions were done through e-mail. i was apprehensive at first about doing stuff like this for fear of being duped. but i’m getting the hang of it. they delivered the tumblers the same day. talk about fast and convenient!

Souvenirs for sponsors: FAVORS N’ FLAVORS
Contact: Michelle Chan 0917-9242995
Website: m3chan.multiply.com
Rating: 5

IMG_9817first off, i would like to say that we immediately hit it off the moment we started texting about her chocolates. met her through the n@w yahoogroups and she was really really easy to talk to. we got her wonderful pram chocolates as souvenirs for the ninongs and ninangs. if it weren’t too expensive i would have gotten everyone else’s favors from her 🙂 met her to get the products and i must say, her products showed the care and attention she has devoted to her craft. even after she has delivered the chocholates, we continued communicating like old pals, talking about our lives, our families and children. i hope to get her again in the future because i like the way she works and deals with her clients.

Tarpaulin: MILLMAN GRAPHICS
Contact: Manny Bueta 0921-6133265
Rating: 3

Design by ninong troy 🙂

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other acknowledgments:

invitation design: ninang bel all the way from dubai

photography: tito sam and tito frenz

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i planted a tree

we were a bit grumbling when told that the company is having a tree planting activity as part of this year’s anniversary, which by the way happened two months ago. alright, so we were not keen on waking up early on a holiday and trooping into the forests of the la mesa area instead of basking in the coolness of our sheets in bed. i also wanted to prepare for mischa’s baptism for the next day and had a lot of tasks planned, including picking up my in-laws and being pampered. but noooo! as this activity has been ordered by the big boss, we had no choice but to present ourselves and be a warrior of the environment for the day. it’s really not that bad considering the output would be additional trees for our children and their children.

we were picked up somewhere in the quezon city hall area on the way to the planting site. a filling breakfast was provided to liven us up. then off we went into the shade of the big trees and trudged on the moist earth, soiling my new white cons (why oh why did i choose to buy that and wear it that!) along the way. the hike took longer than the actual planting. although we were sweaty and panting midway into the trudge, it was really nice to be in the quiet cool. such a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of the city. and mind you, we were in the middle of urban, crowded and loud quezon city. thank God it wasn’t too hot.

so excited were some of my colleagues as soon as they reached the area of the pre-dug earth awaiting our plants that they planted most of the saplings they can get their hands on, leaving few to those who were at the back of the pack. i only managed to sow only one. but i was nevertheless happy and proud to have done it. we are all aware of the problems besetting mother earth and the environment so it feels good to have done even your littlest part.

kuya explaining how to plant the saplings

kuya explaining how to plant the saplings

off into the trees

off into the trees

my tree

my tree

environmentalists for the day

environmentalists for the day

my christian daughter

yay, mischa has joined the ranks of God’s flock. i am happy and relieved, now i know she is a little safer whenever she goes. i wish i had more time to prepare for her party but anyway, the important thing is, she’s blessed. thank you Lord!

be a good girl, my little one. live up to the values that hopefully, i can teach you 🙂

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more photos here

supplier reviews to follow

back to where we started

after a few frantic calls to both sets of grandparents, we temporarily packed our bags quite haphazardly and left homebase. hopefully not for long. i have adjusted magnificently being the matriarch (aren’t i too young for this?) of the house. now we come running back to cavite because of the yaya i was griping about a few posts back. goodness knows if we can find a better replacement. yaya-hunting has never been this hard. let me correct that: i meant, good yaya-hunting. this has been becoming a ubiquitous problem of wives and mothers–finding someone hardworking whom you can trust your children with. while i am glad and uber relieved our helper is gone, i would have chosen to be readier and not left with no one to do housework while nanay ancing looks after mischa. but what can i do? the yaya sprung this on us after sunday lunch and completely took us by surprise when she asked permission to go home to the province straightaway because of her ailing daughter. sigh! and i thought we were spending quiet and alone time at home just lazing around. instead we were packing our bags together with mischa’s entire possessions.

we’re now back to where we started with mischa. i’ve become more apprehensive each time i had to leave the house. i know my folks only have mischa’s best interests at heart but we’ve been clashing since day 1 about how to best take care of her. not that i don’t trust them but they have about as much experience with child care as i did. and i’m running on mother’s instincts to pull me through (and i feel i’m doing a very good job thank you very much), which my own mother didn’t exercise much since she didn’t bring us up hands on and relied on other people to do it. i see the awkwardness in the way she holds mischa, and it often manifests itself by the baby crying everytime she’s carried by grandma.

more of my household problems..

time to break free

i feel like i’m at this job for just about forever. i first took a spot as an abstractor at a data company after i graduated in 2000. the idealistic me then thought that i could make a difference in the lives of filipino public. so i took this job hoping to do some good in this world. while public perception of government employees was low even then (that’s putting it mildly), i wanted to give it a try and see for myself how it is in the world of a philippine government agency. boy, was i in for a surprise at how things work out in my new office. the staff was made up of people in their 20s, a few in their 30s and a handful of “oldies”. my new bosses were nothing quite like the ones i’ve encountered my life. they were formal, strict and no-nonsense type of people. the first few weeks i’ve spent there, i was completely surprised by how efficient, how straight people were. gone was my idea of government employees spending their time dilly-dallying the whole day, putting on their makeup and already at the line at the bundy clock way before the 5 pm time. i’ve seen other agencies harboring employees who do their pedicures in their cubicles, are in their slippers, and have rollers on their hair. people here actually worked! they stay until the wee hours of the night to finish papers and tasks. graft and corruption were far from their minds (i experienced my director return so much as a pringle crisp back to the person who tried to bribe her to process his papers differentially). the bosses’ methods were a little unorthodox, especially for a public agency. some would even say they were a little inhumane. but still, it got the job done. and that’s what’s important right? that we provide the best service to the taxpayers who foot our bill.

eight years have since passed. administrations came and went. i was promoted twice; the first six months after i came in and then almost three years after that. i would have been a senior officer had it not been for the crab mentality that overpowered one of my colleagues here but that’s another story. by 2004 and age 25, i think i hit the end of the road. i don’t think i could move forward any further. gave my all but still it had not been good enough. or it was but you know, as in any organization (or friendship for that matter), people do step in your way so that they could have theirs. i wouldn’t want to dwell on it because it has been eating me up for the past ___ years (i’d forgotten count). people you used to share ideas with were overtook by their own desires for glory. i’m amazed at the lengths they went through to elbow their way ahead of you. i think they’ve forgotten what they were here for. they wasted time and effort in putting other people done including of yours truly instead of just doing their jobs well and good. i’ve been the subject of gossip, wrongdoing, rumor-mongering, you name it. i tried to fight but i was outnumbered, overpowered. my status at facebook yesterday goes like this, and it summarizes what i went to through:

learn to let go–of anger, of disappointments, of old grudges that seem to have no ending. move on–let others be happy and have what they deserve in life. do not use “temporary” power to put others down. it’ll be an empty victory. be… happy with yourself and what you have, and glory at the moment without stepping on others.

now it’s time to move on. and break free. i know i’ve been telling this for years, and sometimes i can’t seem to find where to go. but i have to. for my sanity.

on gratefulness

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

i think that having a baby made me more grateful than ever before. this quotation says it all. all my life, i have waited for the thing(s) that would make me happy and content. i always felt envious of others who have obviously “reasons” for living and going on. i was just going with the flow so to speak. i was looking for that spark to make me feel alive. now i know what i am here for. fate has prepped me well, throwing the right amount of heartaches and disappointments along the way. i used to think that i was destined to be unhappy. but i know now that it was foolish of me to think that. God would never allow us not to realize our own selves and achieve perfect happiness because we were not created that way. in time, my heart became ready to receive God’s wonderful gifts. and i will always, always be thankful to the heavens that they filled my heart and spirit with a joy i’ve never had before.

thank you Lord!

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blast from the past

part of our wedding video is a sort of flashback during our childhood. we were asked by our photographer/videographer to submit baby or childhood pictures. we had a laugh when we saw our pictures and how we looked back then. i decided to post those photos here to remind me of how skinny i once was (lol).

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i couldn’t say i had a happy childhood, nor was it sad. there must have been happy times of course. i remember bits and pieces of my spending my infancy and early childhood in our house in batangas under the care of my grandparents. writing this post made me think of me and miss them that i got teary eyed because i know that they would be proud and happy to see where i am now. anyhow, those were really memorable times. when i finally was reunited with my parents for good, i was sort of out of place because of little brother mico. he was mama’s favorite of course, and dad was already away in saudi. then i got a little traumatized during my elementary years because i was sort of bullied by older students because of my height and high forehead. i was sickly and i was always perspiring, making my hair stick to my neck. anyway, i got over that in high school, and even bloomed in college. i gained so much self confidence when i began working. so there.

i hope my mischa would have more fun and happier childhood memories than i did. i’ll make sure of it.