Sunday, November 30, 2008

The 08 Reception AVP...

The08project from Phonam Gatela on Vimeo.
Made for the couple... of the the couple...

Sunday, August 24, 2008


(A long over due pasasalamat) Enough of the drama,lets give thanks muna...

Plenty of salamats to everybody who drove all the way to Nasugbu Batangas for the wedding. Caleruega "Close to Nature, Closer to God" sabi nga nila. Mahal na kayong lahat ni Lord sa layo ng ni-drive nyo Naglevel up kayong mga friends and family namin. Definitely a test of true friendship. hehehe ;)

All the imperfections and the mishaps made our wedding very special. Comedy...

- Thanks Fr. Bosi for celebrating the mass, we really appreciate it po!
- Sa pamilya Garcia, de Vicente, Calces and Gatela. Salamat at walang pasaway! ;)
- Everybody loved our bible bearer-Skye, ang kulit! Salamat Hazel ha!
- Thanks Chicano Family for the bringing music to our wedding. Sayang walang nakuhang keyboard nung reception, would have been a lot of fun hearing you guys. Hazel, naiyak ako sa kanta mo kainis.... di pala ako bato.
- Danna my beautiful shy pamangkin thank you for an impromptu song,were so proud of you!
- Des and Mae our coordinator/friends thanks for making things happen, I would definitely gone berserk if it weren't for you guys!
-Our Photog/Sponsors Jessica and Eugene thanks for making things easy for us.
-Mamang Kalbo, Lawrence, Camilo... Our paparazzi's, maraming salamat for the lovely photos.
-Tito Mark our "hunky" videographer lufet mo Tito Mark buti di ka nacorner ng mga hair and make up ko . Ang lalaking bading nun! Winner! Beth Tamayo ka daw nila!
-Our NZ mates, life's easier with you guy around. Abangan ang pagbabalik ng mga Garcia..LONG LIFE!! ROCK' EN ROLL!
-My Momentum family .Maraming Salamat po. It would have be fun if you guys were here too.
-Salamat Ms.Coy Sta.Maria for the beautiful invites!
-Mica del Rosario thanks for the rosaries po;)
-Thanks po Ben and Achie for hosting
-Friends, Kamaganaks, Opismates salamat po!!!
- To Our Ninongs and Ninangs of course thank you.It will be a lifetime relationship as well ;)
- To St. Jude for making the impossible possible...
- Sta. Clara for a rain free wedding. The weather the whole week was so crappy, and during the wedding day itself everything was perfect! Now I could attest the "heaven and eggs" concept does exist.

Maraming Maraming salamat po! You know who you are! Mahal namin kayo!

And to our best friend.Healer. Supplier. Provider.Problem solver. Joy giver.
Lord Papa Jesus we love and praise You!

Amen? Amen!

love P & R

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The drama and the search for Dr.Mcdreamy ...

It was wedding was more than what we've hoped for.  Perfect weather... solemn ceremony...the people that mattered we're there... For us it was dreamy...

But the day after was a different story. 

Saturday - on our way back to Manila, Richard received a text message saying my sister had a seizure and they to rush her to Medical City. All I could do is pray and cry. Traffic pa sa SLEX. We had to stop at Muntinlupa then when home to Quezon City after which we went to Medical City to visit my sister. At that time, all was unknown to us what caused her seizure.

Sunday - we had to push thru with lunch with relatives and friends that was planned weeks before the wedding. Nobody knew about Ate's situation. Just Tatay, Kuya and Me. We had to keep it among ourselves, even from Nanay. Mahirap mag entertain ng guests, knowing Ate is in the hospital and that evening Kuya was leaving for the US. 

Monday- still no word from the doctors what was wrong with Ate.

Tuesday- 1am she had her MRI. Come morning we knew what it was... A 4.5x4.5cm tumor on Ate's left brain. It was putting pressure on her brain hence the seizure.  

Come wednesday we were discharged from Medical City and we were advised to shop around for a Neuro Surgeon.

Thursday -  We talked to 2 Neuro Surgeons, still looking for Mcdreamy... Was supposed to fly out  and go back to work but had to rebook. Sis needs me here. 

Friday -  Talked to Doctor number 3. Still confused on who we trust Ate's life with.

Ate is doing fine these days doing normal stuff. But we need her "bukol" to be removed soon. We're scheduling her operation on August 21 and we definitely need your prayers. Let us pray for her doctor, for Ate and her recovery. 

Also please pray for me na I'd be strong for my family. I am physically, emotionally and financially drained.  :(  I do hope I still have work waiting for me in NZ.  Work will take a back seat for now as i'd be in Manila indefinitely...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The week after...

Thank you guys so much for sharing the experience with us. It was indeed a very beautiful day. Friends and family gathered to witness Richard and I stand before the Lord to be blessed in Holy Matrimony.

The weather was perfect, people we grew up with, people we love were there, food was fab and ceremony was hilarious! There were a few mishaps but it is what it is and I love it, It brought character to our wedding. We feel so blessed! We can't thank everybody enough for taking time, traveling all the way to Batangas to be with us last friday. Happiness!

We're still waiting for our paparazzi's photos. We had 6 photographers last friday, diba panalo!

Anyway, here are some pictures from Kuya our friends Arnel "Mamang Kalbo" :), Bendelu ,Lawrence and Badong. Heaps of salamats! To Des and Mae dami din salamat!!!

There are a lot of people to thank, and photos to upload but we need to tend to life's drama first ... I will still be in Manila indefinitely...

Monday, August 4, 2008

The lovers, the dreamers and me...

We had a few mishaps lately with the wedding stuff. But it does happen. No such thing as a perfect wedding...
Just read somewhere that life can never be perfect without it's imperfections...

Am not expecting much, I know there'll be lot of surprises... I have my faith.

Come hell or high water tuloy ang kasal! :D

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Thanks mates!

Salamat friends for making time for us despite of life's daily drama you guys were there. We won't be able to make chika during sa wedding so thanks for meeting up with us. Thanks mates!!!
High School friends, It's been ages since I last saw these girls. Ahh high-school.. sayang bitin! Yalski, Invites mo asa akin pa, pupunta ka maski alang invites ha!! MWAH!
My beautiful college buddies. Sayang di kumpleto, binaha sila eh.Met up at Trinoma - by the way Trinoma sounds like a disease "Sorry sir may Trinoma ka".
BAA- Badminton Addicts Anonymous. Baddicts friends, two times na postpone. Natuloy din!

Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day.

Heaps of stress today. Just the small details though but hey it will be over soon. It's still pouring outside, still praying for good weather on friday. But saw the 5 day weather forecast on CNN a bit of good news I may say! Sta. Clara work your magic!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

8 days to go for "The 08 project"

Oh yes 8 more days folks. Matatapos na!!! Weee!!!!Praying for good weather, happy guests and enough food for everybody!

Sana din Lord tumaas din ang dollar at bumaba presyo ng gasolina... :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

All systems go!

Finally finished my NZ homework. Heaps of salamat to the internets and yousendit. Heaps of salamats of course to my NZ family (Chief Ant,Ms T and the boys Braden and Benny Boy ) for still giving me work, trusting me with all the projects despite the distance and the time. Happiness! Can't wait to see you guys in a few days.

Chief Ant's bday is the same date as the wedding... so If I don't get to greet you HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHIEFSTER!

Despedida de Soltera con los amigos (sin la puta del hombre)*

Yup would rather have friends over lunch than see strippers parading their family jewels in front of screaming ladies.
Fun times with my RNI mates at Pancake House Greenbelt 1. Had a surprise dessert, It was Polly's deadly chocolate.Yummy!
Thanks to Mausy, Charlie, Arie, Yard and Professor Mayk na nagcutting classes. Then we all went to Roadrunner, nangulo kami sa tech.Thanks titser Bob! Kakamiss!!

Thanks Mausy for them lovely earrings!
Happy days!

*"Goodbye as a single person with friends (without the dancing stripper)"

Monday, July 28, 2008

Caleruega-Close to Nature,Closer to God

Naku, layo pala kasal namin talaga! The distance will be a test of true friendship. We went to Caleruega around 8am, a wee bit early for our Pre-Cana and Canonical Interview with Father Stephen. The Pre-Cana was fun and bitin! I must admit was a bit skeptical about the seminar, thought it was boring and thinking it'll be a total time waster. Father made it very interesting and fun. Salamat po! Richard remembered na Fr. Stephen, when he was just a Seminarian pa lang, He conducted a recollection/retreat at their school at Sta.Catalina. So ang nangyari the Canonical was just kwentuhan. :)

After the interview and the seminar, we took a short walk around Caleruega (with our beautiful Michan), It's definitely worth the trip. So friends, wag nyo kami isumpa kasi malayo. Di po namin kasalanan pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina. Its a beautiful place, we would love to share this experience with you.

Sabi nga ng tagline nila its "Close to Nature,Closer to God!" Dahil malayo idri-drive nyo, mamahalin kayo ni Lord! Promise!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Heaven and Eggs.

Richard and I just got back from St. Claire down at Katipunan Ave. There's no harm in trying the age old tradition of offering eggs for a "rain-free" weather on our wedding day. I still don't get the connection but hey, wala naman mawawala.

So St. Claire, sana makagawa ka ng madaming leche flan at please help us pray for good weather sa 8-8-8. :)

Ay, we went to Mang Jimmy's sa Balara. Still yummy though I think nagtitipid na si Mang Jimmy's di na sya 2 ulams plus 1, 3 ulams plus 1 na lang. Ang may picture na menu nila! Asenso na si Mang Jimmy's!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

All apologies...

Sorry po, but as much as we want it to be grand,
limited lang po budget namin. 150 guests lang.

Dami pa kamaganak namin naku...kung alam nyo lang...

Pasensya po.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A walk in the park...

Mau's hubby tris had a dream last night,
I was walking (pa skip skip)sa park, all smiles and wearing a red shirt... hmm am i gonna die na kaya? hahaha...ay may dalang supot pa daw ako.. ano kaya yun? funny!

Everything is under control...

Almost everything is set.
Had my last fitting yesterday,
the gown is pretty...too bad just have to wear it once.

Am a bit excited...

Must focus I still need to work...
got tons of homework from NZ!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Not your typical girlie girl here

I just want to surrender.
A wedding is just a day and a marriage is forever.
Don't want to fuss over the small details...
am no bridezilla (so far) hehehe
Lets get this over with.

Life is more complicated than this.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Break muna!

I had a fun weekend with sis. A quick trip to Davao, met up with Jessica - my ever reliable shawarma partner, dinner at Jack's Ridge, snorkeling sa Pearl Farm and bought some suha of course...yumyum!

Sunday, June 29, 2008


I finally found you! Salamat kay ate.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Be home soon Taba!

Uwi ka na po... Dali

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Been having funny dreams about the wedding. Imagine all the stuff you don't want to happen on your wedding day happened in this "funny" dream. It's just paranoia. Everything now is under control however things are intangible.

Oh well,all will be over soon.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm no superman.

Yup my Superman complex is back.
Being a superhero can be rewarding
but this superhero,wanting to do good haven't achieved much.
Too much worrying not much work.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008


My First task would be the gown.
Went there today with our every reliable friend/coordinator Des.
Edd Sy was very nice and friendly, I just hope that he'd meet my expectations.

Naku, Lord sana maganda po gown ko.It's the most expensive dress I'd be wearing in my entire life.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hello Philippines!


FInally got home safe and sound.
Flight was terrible. Domestic flight from Melbourne to Sydney was delayed,
Sydney to Manila flight was also delayed because of the domestic flights.
Was being paged at Sydney airport. Lots of running with a 10kg backpack.
I was second to the last person on the plane. It was an 8 hour flight, I was so anxious to get home.
Was so stressed. Am very thankful the 8 hour flight is over.
Now, I need to relax and enjoy this...

Hello Manila! Am back!!!!

Am back Aussie!

First stop, Melbourne. I had to visit my Awesome Aussie Aunties. They might not be there on our wedding day kaya I had to stop over and spend time with them... Went on a road tour, shopping spree, watched a movie, lovely lunches etc... Totally grateful for it! Thank you Awesome Aussie Aunties, bawi ako sa susunod:D

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Uwian na!!!

Bye New Plymouth! Will be back soon! :D

Friday, May 30, 2008


Richard was received the sacrament of confirmation tonight. Fr Tom was very accommodating.
Then right after, we went to Tita Gemma's for some drinks and yummy food! Rockenrol! Apir

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rings atbp...

Got the rings today.
A friend doing the favors
Ferreros are in my luggage.
Done my last minute shopping
Leaving NZ for OZ in 5 days.

Now we're excited!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Flora and Phonam

bulaklak kay ganda ng bulaklak... bubuka ang bulaklak sasara ang bulaklak... lalalala

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Me like!

This will keep us busy when I get back. Busy eating i guess..Sama ka?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Just a few more days...

yes friends, just a few more days... last leg of the race... kitakits na lang sa finals

Friday, March 28, 2008

One ring to rule them all...

one pair i mean.. hehhee
Thanks My Aussie Mamas! mwah mwah!!
Very much appreciated sobra!

we will soon join "The Fellowship"!!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

dear santa...

does anybody want to buy us this? we would love you forever! *wink wink*

P & R

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Auckland Prelude Trip

wala lang balikan New Plymouth- Auckland-New Plymouth. trip lang
fun fun fun!

hello anybody home?

the hiatus gave us time to rethink the game plan..
lapit na sa finish line mga preeng!

Monday, October 22, 2007

He's Baaack!!!

Went to Windy Wellington Saturday morning...

Explored a bit, sight seeing and of course shopping!!! Lamon to death!

He flew back from Manila and will be staying for good! Yay!

Maraming salamat pamilya Linao for the warm accomodation! Sa uulitin!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

This little missy went to Aussie..

Lakwatcha time! Instead of being busy for the wedding...

Saturday, September 29, 2007

This little piggy when to Leyte...

This is not your usual pamamanhikan. Parents of the groom wasn't there. The bride was no where to be found. But alas, finally it happened. Richard flew to Leyte on a stormy saturday morning to meet up with the bride's super mega extended family. Then paid a visit to one of our Lolo's at the Leyte landing.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Wedding Rosary cord

I just placed an order online. Me thinks that it is so nice... would love mau to do it but she's been really busy.

Wedding mode

Finally, we're on wedding mode again. Our birthdays are over and finally got our birthday present. Richard received his visa a day before my birthday... saya! So his next stop would be NZ, find work then save save save for the wedding. We're getting back on track. Salamat to friends who keeps us on our toes, some of which more excited than us. This would be fun for sure.

By the way highway, its our seventh year anniversary today!!!!

fun fun!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A year from today.

Oh yes! A year from today,we're getting married!! wohoo!

Caleruega, Transfiguration Chapel
Nasugbu Batangas
August 8, 2008


Monday, August 6, 2007

Our 1st ever wedding prezzie!

Just recieved a parcel the other day... many thanks Lego
Our first wedding present.
Ain't it cute!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

So the 08 project begins

Friends. We're getting married.

(technically we're in a civil union but we need it to be the real thing)
We need all the help we could get. Am in New Zealand and Richard in Manila.How the hell could we pull this off?