Dadi left and went back to Manila in the morning of August 4. Huhu. We’re officially LDR. Huhu.
Also on that day was my matriculation in NTU. Since I was done with the registration in the International Student Center and medical exam and got the results already, this was the next step (they don’t use the words enrollment and enlistment, by the way). I prepared myself to wait in long queues, I brought candies and a book to read, just like my good old enrollment days in UP Diliman. When I got to the Lecture Theater 7 for my matriculation , I saw a long queue but it was moving pretty fast. We were then seated inside a fully air-conditioned theater and waited for our names to be called. After an hour of waiting, my matriculation was done. Yes, that fast.
The most peaceful enrollment I’ve experienced for years. I almost fell asleep while queuing dahil tahimik. I missed the UP war zone during enrollment days. #missinghome #missingmystudentsandcofaculty #missingallthekaguluhan
Next step, aside from attending tons of orientations and enjoying free food and goodies, is choosing our subjects. Yay!
Yes, you read it right. Ako’y isinali by my mom-in-law in their village Santa Cruzan as the Reyna de los Angeles (Queen of Angels) last May 3. And I could still fit into my wedding gown with room to spare! Hooraah! (Bawal huminga, though.).
With my cute snd super kulit angels, Sophie and Stephanie, who I only met that day. They even said, “Ate, next year ulit ha?” They wanted a repeat?! Haha!
Thanks to Tanya, my sister-in-law for making my arch. Woodland pa rin ang theme niya. Very much like our wedding. Hehe.
Disclaimer: I was never part of any ‘sagala’ before. Being one of the Reyna-something in Flores de Mayo isn’t really in my bucket list before I hit my big 3-0. I was actually to shy to parade because I thought I was too old for this. Apparently in this Santacruzan, all the Reynas were married women. I was the youngest Reyna there.
Went back to Parque España Residence Hotel Alabang where we had our wedding preps last year and attended anticipated mass at Mary Immaculate Conception Nature Church where we got married. We also watched our wedding videos (same-day-edit and wedding highlights) over and over again. Kaiyak lang. Hehe.
Reminiscing at its finest!
Parque Espana surprised us with this gift. They misspelled the last name, though. Hehe. Muchas gracias, Parque Espana!
The most memorable church in the whole world for us!
Watched the wedding videos again and again
Had my bridal photo taken here on this exact spot.
His favorite chair at Parque Espana. This one’s also included in our SDE video by Aisle 1401.
Happy anniversary to us! 49 years to go before our golden wedding anniversary! Hihi.
Exactly a year ago, I received an amazing gift from God. This gift is a lovely daily reminder how blessed and lucky I am. Finally, there’s someone who is able to put up with all my quirks, weirdness and sometimes lame (or too much) humor and lines. Thank you for being a domesticated husband and for always thinking that I am cute even without my make up on or well-combed hair. Happy first year wedding anniversary, my poging Dadi/Ser Chef. I love you more than Adam Lambert and Daniel Matsunaga and I’m sure you know that already. I love you so much!
Dadi is still down with fever. Yes, on the day of our wedding anniversary. We had to cancel our plans for today and re-book our hotel reservation. Hope he gets better tomorrow.
Cheers everyone! Stay happy and in love!
Brunch buffet at Bag of Beans, back to being kids at Sky Ranch, shopping and cholesterol-heavy dinner at Paseo de Sta. Rosa
Colorful bottle decors at Bag of Beans. Love!
Giant Ferris wheel at Sky Ranch
Pasalubong shopping at Rowena’s. Seems like they’re having a sugar rush because of Sylvannas.
Oh hello, Bulalo!
There was also crispy pata, but absent in this photo. Camera shy yata siya.
Thank you for this fun-filled road (and food) trip! Cheers to our 15 years (or more?) of friendship! Love you, mga beks!
First Christmas as a married couple. Yihii.
- Christmas dinner with the BFFs at Tiyo’s
- Noche Buena with the in-laws and kids
- Lunch with the Cabbabs in Sampaloc
- Dinner with the Buenrostros and Pigaos in Antipolo
- Aquino-Paguia Reunion in Las Pinas
- Dinner with college friends
LAGARE ang Mr. and Mrs. C! Our Christmas celebration is truly memorable. Thank you, Dadi!
Dinner with friends and family
Dinner with college friends. It’s really nice to be with my college bestfriend, Chapot and her husband Marlon and super adorbs baby Ethan, who got back from Canada for the holidays. :)
Our Christmas selfies/couplies(?) Hehe.
To our family and friends, thank you so much for all the gifts, both material and non-material. We love you!
Opening of gifts under our Hello Kitty Christmas Tree.
Trivia: Dadi surprised me with this Christmas Tree. I’ve always dreamed of having a Christmas Tree like this. :)
And Dadi gifted me a new bag. He knows how much I’ve been abusing my LC le pliage (in Bilberry) for two years. It’s high time to get a new one. Hihi.
Longchamp large LM Metal in black
Thank you, Dadi! You’re the best! :)
Merry Christmas everyone!
We had the annual Lantern Parade last 18 Dec. 2013. This year’s theme of the SLIS Lantern was Labraryanihan. SLIS faculty and students dressed as super heroes and super villains paraded around the academic oval. We’re super heroes saving the world from information illiteracy and disasters, such as Typhoon Yolanda. Sir Igor and I were Shaider and Annie (Mga Pulis Pangkalawakan), and Ma’am Kate was our much loved bonggang villain, Ida. Our costumes and props (Shaider, Annie and Ida) were all DIY-ed. Labor of love (for the School!).
UP Lantern Parade 2013
This gimmick was such a hit, similar to our last year’s storybook characters.
Throwback: Lantern Parade 2012. Dressed as Dorothy and Tin Man of The Wizard Oz.
I wonder what’s in for next year? Hmmm…
Dadi and I ‘tried’ to be academic this time. LOL.
We presented a paper in an international conference, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Singapore last 19 August 2013.
At the National Library Board Singapore
With other proud Filipino paper presenters. They’re all UP alumni! :)
Uma-outfit shot overlooking SG. Hehehe.
Congressman. So, how’s your pork barrel? LOL.
Me about to present.
Woohoo! Go Dadi! :)
with Dr. Dan Dorner (Victoria University of Wellington) and Dr. Raphaele Mouren (Universite de Lyon), section heads of IFLA Rare/Special Collections in the Asian and Oceanian Context.
We also had a short tour around the National Library Board of Singapore.
I LOOOOOOOOVE their library!
Shelving in style.
I love how they preserve their rare books. Look at those bookshelves/cases!
And here are some interesting ‘words of wisdom’ painted on the windows of the library:
This. Anong paki mo, sa long hair ko?
Let the sepulturero do it for you. Heheh.
And my favorite:
Good thing, ours is not a teenage marriage. It’s even long overdue! Lagpas lagpas pa! LOL.
We had a free post nup shoot with CJ and Jeff of Redscale Studios last May 20, 2013. Berny Tia of Stylemebeautiful recreated my look during my wedding. I was so happy that I could still fit in my gown 4 months after my wedding. Haha!
Fairy Princess and the Warrior King
Some behind-the-scene shots, courtesy of my sister, bridesmaid and DIY-crafts enthusiast, Janine.