A Budget Beach Wedding in a Limited Time

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Hello, dear readers!  Yes, I am organizing a beach wedding in 5 months and take note– it doesn’t have to be extravagant as we have a limited budget for this.  I already have coordinated before with Estacio Uno for their wedding ceremony and reception package for P145k for 30 pax and another P15k for the pastor, but I’m thinking on having a DIY instead or having an affordable package somewhere else.  Having spectators in White Beach would be a good experience, but I have also considered having privacy  so I am considering Puka Beach and Diniwid Beach this time.

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As of this writing, I haven’t closed anything yet as I am still waiting for the hotels’ responses. I am considering The Orient Beach Hotel in Puka Beach and I am waiting for Wahine Weddings in Diniwid Beach.   I am positive that this month I can get the proper venue for the ceremony and reception and the other details will be easier to handle after I have ensured about this.  Remember, we can always find a better option and we need a lot of patience and persistence to do this.  Good luck to me!  If ever you can help, feel free to contact me.

Update:  I found White Beach Resort in Station 1 inexpensive; however, the date I have chosen is one of their busiest days as they are celebrating a big event during that time-the LABoracay.

I am still finalizing the details with Wahine Weddings in Diniwid Beach and we are getting there.  My next post about this will be on April 2018 (winks!).

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Ethnic Musical Instrument Making Workshop @ Crescent Moon

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It was just recently that I have discovered Crescent Moon Cafe in Dalig, Antipolo.  What makes them distinct from the other cafes is not only the food they serve but they also offer different workshops.  One of the workshops that I was able to observe is their Musical Instrument Making Workshop facilitated by Sir Jose Vufourth, a Music teacher in HEDCEN Antipolo.   The fee to join is P1,900 per head inclusive of lunch buffet.  This seminar is recommended for MAPEH teachers especially to those who teach the musical instruments.  The students would appreciate it more if they can see their teachers create or play the musical instruments in front of them.

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Out of scrap materials, the participants created their own musical instruments and we have also had lecture about the other musical instruments that I honestly do not have any idea with.

The TRIANGLE

 

The Agogo (a musical instrument that originated from Africa)

 

This is Kubing from the Philippines but according to Sir Vufourth they also have the same instrument in Vietnam, only the latter is smaller than ours.

 

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The Caxixi

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The  Cabeza

I met Divia, an Indian storyteller who participated in this workshop and she created her musical instruments and played the other instruments as well.

 

 

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The Ethnic Musical Instrument Workshop

 

 

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The Rattleseed

 

This one is made from Indian mango seeds.  It will take about less than a month to create this.  It produces a water sound.

The Bungkaka

 

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The bamboo Frog

I was amazed to hear that this sounds like a real frog!

Of all the musical instruments, the SHAKER is the easiest to create.  You only need an empty can and glass beads.

 

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With Sir Jose Vufourth and Divia

I thank Crescent Moon Cafe for inviting me to witness this special event and I have really enjoyed 🙂  For inquiries, you may call the numbers below.

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A Hidden Must-Try Cafe in Antipolo

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Antipolo is known for its famous suman and kasoy and also for the innumerable private resorts.  It’s just lately that I have discovered Crescent Moon Cafe and Pottery Studio, located in Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City.  Upon entering the gate, you will feel the homey and relaxing ambiance (perfect for nature lovers!).

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It’s just as short walk from there to the restaurant/cafe. The staff are attentive and professional– they will usher and assist you to make sure that you are comfortable.   What makes it distinct to the other cafes/restaurants is that they offer uncommon dishes– Yes! In fact, it’s my first time to try the Alagao Salad (appetizer) and it was really undescribable. (There will be a separate post about this Alagao Salad Experience).

 

This video features their lunch buffet dishes.  The buffet is only offered during weekends- P500 during Saturdays and P600 during Sundays.  The cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  Their menu is posted in their Facebook page so you can take a look in advance.

 

 

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The Alagaw Salad 

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Red Rice

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The Three Cup Chicken

 

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Catfish

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Tom Khai Gai

This one tasted like the ginataang gulay because of the coconut milk.  I liked the spicy taste of it.

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Suman and mango for dessert

I super liked the suman because it’s already sweetened and I liked the ripe mango as well– perfect combination!

 

We also had the chance to observe their workshop and participate as well– they offer variety of workshops but when the day I visited, they had the Musical Instrument Making Workshop at the Glass Bar.  It was really an amazing experience because I have observed how they create the instruments and i think as an educator, especially if you are teaching MAPEH in Junior High, you should also be knowledgeable in creating instruments (the students will appreciate it more if you will be the one to demonstrate it or let them experience how to create it instead of just watching the video. (A separate post will be written about my experience in this workshop)

My daughter Shane playing the Rattleseed 🙂

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With Sir Jose Vufourth (the lecturer) and Divia, a participant in the Musical Instrument Making Workshop

If you have not visited The Crescent Moon Cafe yet, don’t let the opportunity pass!  You may get in touch with them through the contact numbers below.

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Disclosure:  This experience is courtesy of the Crescent Moon Cafe but everything that is written here is based from my honest opinion.

Blogging As A Passion

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So now, I’m a certified blogger, but hey, I have actually started blogging ten years ago and because of the nature of my work as an educator, I wasn’t able to give more time to create interesting stories and share it to the public.  I also shifted from different blogging sites until I finally decided to stick with WordPress.

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Before, I only get to blog when I am on a summer vacation and I would like to share ablout my trip– now, it’s becoming an addiction.  It’s probably because I am inspired to write.  I have realized it’s not only about sharing my experiences; in fact, blogging is also a tool to inform the readers about something new or interesting.  Despite of my busy schedule, I try to squeeze some time (during the weekends) to feature establishments.  Since I am new in travel blogging, I will explore the Philippines first– and hoping to share about my experiences when I get to travel to other countries hopefully soon!

At first, you will be needing your own resources for traveling, but eventually, you’ll get to  to meet partners who will help in your journey as a blogger.  Given this opportunity, professionalism should be practiced at all times.  I always give my honest reviews about the places I’ve been to and I won’t feature something that I don’t believe in.  In order for you to have an interesting content, you also need to enjoy what you are doing.  I am quite surprised that now, I am managing to update my blog.   I have a lot in store for you guys– watch out for my next posts 🙂

My Fitness Club Experience @ Discovery Suites

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The pretty receptionists

One of my planned activities in my stay in Discovery Suites is to use their fitness center.  It’s a good thing I have managed to squeeze the time for that before we have our photoshoot in Serendipity Lounge.  Because I was focused with our photoshoot and  wedding anniversary, I forgot to bring rubber shoes that’s why I wasn’t able to use their equipments.  The receptionists (Joyce and Hannah) were very friendly and courteous, that they have convinced me to stay and use their jacuzzi and sauna instead.  The rate for walk-ins is P500, but you can use for free if you are staying in the hotel.

 

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Hubby used the equipments (all of them are working).  If you go to other fitness centers, most of their equipments are not working anymore.  Anyway, I went back to our suite to get a swimwear and they assisted me profesionally.

 

 

 

The club is very clean and organized.  I was given my locker wherein I can place my important belongings while I’m relaxing.  I must say that it’s al worth every penny. When you are actually there, you don’t want to leave anymore.  Too bad, I only got to stay there for less than an hour.  I gave Joyce and Hannah instructions that I will use the jacuzzi for only 20 minutes and Hannah came back at the exact time 🙂

 

 

The jacuzzi was my favorite.  I wanted it hot because it was really cold that morning.  When Hannah finally came to remind me that I had to go to the steam room, I was really thankful because I don’t have to remind them anymore.  After 10 minutes in the steam room, Hannah came back and led me to the Sauna room.

If only distance won’t be a problem, I will definitely choose this club but then I had to choose one which is near to our place.

I highly recommend this fitness club to Pasig or Mandaluyong residents.  Believe me, it’s worth every penny 🙂

Weight Loss Challenge

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I’m lookin’ forward for summer 2018 and YES, I am too desperate to have a drop-dead gorgeous beach-ready body.

I am actually considering to be a member of one of the fitness clubs and as much as I would like to be a member of Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club @ Discovery Suites Manila, the location won’t work for me.  Obviously, I won’t be able to go there on a daily basis since I have mommy duties in the morning and I have to be in school before 1pm.  So it narrows down to only two choices– I have signed up for free trial for Slimmers’ World and Fitness First.  I will do my very best to try at least one and see if it will work with me.

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taken @ the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club in Discovery Suites Manila

First of all, it has to fit my budget if ever and it has to be near our place and I can get the privacy I want.  I do not want to engage in group exercises and other activities.  In my next post, I will be sharing with you about my experience in visiting the club (At this moment, I am still thinking which fitness club to visit).  Do you have any suggestions?

UPDATE:  I called Slimmers’ World for a free trial workout on Saturday (November 11, 2017) in SM Marikina.  Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from Fitness First and I will have the trial workout on Sunday (November 12, 2017) in Robinsons Metro East at 10am.  I will be posting a separate review about their clubs.

 

My Wedding Anniversary Photoshoot Outfits

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Despite of the stressful week, I have managed to schedule my wedding anniversary photoshoot at Discovery Suites Manila last week.  Since this will be something very special, I had to choose my outfits carefully.  I have used three long dresses for the said photoshoot.

 

 

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Black dress by Karimadon

I bought the two dresses last year at Karimadon in Robinson’s Metroeast.  Each dress costs more or less P3k.  It fitted me well because I personally went to the boutique unlike the last dress that I just bought online, the bust part was too big 😦

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I ordered this dress online via Lazada. I chose INT’L Medium because it fits my hips (37-38) but it doesn’t fit the bust area.  I brought a pocket sewing kit with us and the pin saved my day, but it was not comfortable and I felt like anytime, the dress would go down and I would be stripped, heheh.  Thanks to our photographer, Mr. Aldrin Quisay for the beautiful and creative shots.

Happy Tummy: Breakfast Buffet @ Discovery Suites

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Part of our stay in Discovery Suites include the free buffet breakfast for 4 adults.  Since I brought my daughter with us, I paid half of the buffet price which is P400+.  We were able to go to Restaurant 5 at about past 6am and there were Koreans already for the breakfast.   They are strict with the dress code– smart casual attire only and no casual shorts or sleeveless are alowed since that is a business hotel.

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the pretty receptionists @ Restaurant 5

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I have taken photos of their foods served for breakfast.  There were variety of foods to choose from and I was quite pleased with my experience on that day.

Of course the kids went to the cereals station and chose their favorite chocolate cereals 🙂

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I cannot skip chicken if ever there is any in the buffet.  I only have gotten few pieces because I would like to try the other dishes as well.

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I’ve tried the hash brown potatoes and they were tasty.

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Bacons and sausages

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Tuna Salpicao

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Bread and butter pudding

I was too busy taking photos and assisting the kiddos in getting their meals that I totally forgot to taste this 😦

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Hungarian Cheese Sausage and Breakfast Bangers

 

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Pancake with cherry toppings

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I know I’m in a diet (It just doesn’t look that I am since I am still not in shape, hehehe).  I couldn’t have breakfast also without having fried rice in my plate, but I only had 1 cup to be safe.

 

I love pasta but there’s something with pesto sauce that I didn’t like– too salty.

I also had a slice of vegetable pizza and it was so yummy.

I had a bowl of egg drop soup and it was good.  Usually, if I do not like the soup, I don’t get to finish it, but not this time 🙂

The kids had a glass each of Dalandan Juice.  As much as I would like to have a glass of juice also, I already had a cup of hot chocolate.

 

I had a carrot cake– I forgot to get a piece of cinnamon roll.  I wanted to have a slice of bread and butter spread but I might overeat, hehe!

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Hubby enjoyed the fresh fruits.

We all visited the egg station.  My son Kyle requested for sunny side-up, my daughter and I had scrambled eggs and hubby had the omelette.

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My breakfast

To sum up my tummy’s experience at Restaurant 5. I will give a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Yes, I did enjoy the buffet breakfast.  I just didn’t eat much 🙂

RESTAURANT 5

AddressDiscovery Suites Hotel,, ADB Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila

 

Pretty in Pink (Shapes & Curves Swimwear)

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This is my favorite brand in swimwear- because of the classy styles and it suits my personailty as well.  I haven’t achieved my beach-ready body yet so I need a swimsuit that would look best in me and I found my perfect match 🙂

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Photo Credits:  Aldrin Quisay

Taken at:  Discovery Suites Manila