It's been 10 years, Baby!

Yesterday, hubby and I celebrated a milestone in our married life… we celebrated our 10th year anniversary!  Woohoo!
It may be a surprise to many but now it can be said, we got married thru civil rites 17 months prior to our big church wedding. Why? Well, it was one of those juvenile yet life-altering decisions we made out on a whim. Hahaha! Thank God we didn’t make a mistake!
It was on December 10, 1999 at the Manila City Hall when we first said our vows in front of our friends and a family member.

These are the shallow yet very valid reasons (at least in my book) why we decided to get married then:
  1. December 10 was our anniversary as boy friend/girl friend. I wanted our wedding anniversary to be the same. In 1999, that date fell on a Friday. A perfect day to be married. If we let that chance pass, we’d have to wait for another 5-6 years for the date to fall again on a weekend. That is just too long a wait for us! (of course I didn’t realize back then that we can actually get married on any day of our choosing)
  2. It was our 7th anniversary… lucky number!
  3. I really believed in the saying: “When you’ve found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, you’d want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible!”. (in fact, this line was included in our church wedding invites)
We also prepared for the special day. I wore a white dress and silver sandals. Hubby wore a white long-sleeved polo and dark gray pants. As witnesses, I had a good friend with me (she had to go on leave just for this!) and hubby had his brother and a friend along. They also dressed appropriately. =) The ceremony was officiated by a little man wearing barong (later we found out that he was a minister from a religious sect). After the ceremony, we all dined at the Max Restaurant nearby where hubby had a table reserved. It was definitely a special day for us!
To be honest, I really thought it was all a joke. Hahaha! I mean, the intention was there, but I really thought the whole ceremony was a hoax. Something to assure couples… to give them a sense of union without being bound legally.  It actually reminded me of the experience in the marriage booth we got married in during our high school foundation day….until a few years later and I was processing our application for our passports and I had to request for an NSO copy for our marriage contract. When the document arrived, I expected the date to be May 2001. Lo and behold: It showed December 10, 1999! What happened in that dingy little room at the Manila City Hall was actually binding and legal! Hahaha!
Anyway, it’s been a decade and there are no regrets! =)


How To Love Your Husband

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So many marriages fail today. In my opinion, it is because we stopped communicating with each other. One day you wake up not knowing your partner was unhappy. You're lucky if you find out before it's too late.

Don't take your husband for granted. Sure, we expect them to treat us like princesses, but they deserve to be treated like a king too. =)

Here are some ways to show your husband you love him:

  1. Pray for him daily.
  2. Speak words of kindness.
  3. Give him unexpected gifts.
  4. Thank him for something good he has done.
  5. Praise him for one of his good character qualities.
  6. Be humble enough to confess your own failures.
  7. Reaffirm your commitment to him.
  8. Initiate a special time of lovemaking with him.
  9. Spend time with him doing something he likes to do.
  10. Obey God and let your husband see Christ in you.


Yummy Dinner @ Piazza Pazzo

Last friday, hubby and I had a late dinner at the Piazza Pazzo at the Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Makati. I was craving for pesto, and Rockwell was the closest place we could go to... We were thinking of eating at Amici's but Megamall and Greenhills is just too far away, considering that the friday-night traffic jam was simply terrible!

The ambiance in the restaurant was relaxed. not pretentious at all. the staff who served us was very helpful in guiding us through the menu. we explained that we wanted a simple pesto dish...she offered that they can whip up a pasta dish with pesto sauce and shrimps, even thought it was not on the menu, she said that they can accomodate our wish! =)

We planned on ordering just the pasta dish, but when we saw their list of pizzas, we just had to try the eggplant sausage thin crust pizza. yummy! They even had an authentic italian hot sauce to go with the pizza.

The food was definitely scrumptious. they also had various flavors of gelato, but we were just too full to eat dessert. we agreed that there's always a next time... and then maybe we'll just eat lots of gelato!


Our 7th Year Anniversary

We wanted to celebrate having hurdled the 7 year itch hahaha! that's why we went all out last year... =)


The Secret:: Create Your Tomorrow

To create your tomorrow, go over your day tonight when you are in bed just before you fall asleep, and feel gratitude for the good moments. If there was something you wanted to happen differently, replay it in your mind the way you wanted it to go. As you fall asleep, say “I will sleep deeply and wake up full of energy. Tomorrow is going to be the most beautiful day of my life.”

Good Night!


- From the THE SECRET


My Lucky Charm

Berto and I went on a date earlier... it was payday, a glorious time for us wage earners! We went to the Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. Upon entering the mall, we were greeted with posters of the movies being shown in the cinemas... we wanted to watch a movie, but it will be too late already by the time the movie ends... and Makati is still a long way from Marikina... so we just decided to eat dinner at a chinese restaurant. We ate a Mongkok. It's a chinese dimsum restaurant that we've been wanting to try for so long but never really got around to actually sitting down to eat there. Well, tonight we finally went and had dinner there. It was yummy!
After dinner we decided to stroll around the mall. I saw a kiosk where they sell beaded accessories... and guess what? Berto surprised me by buying me a vintage charm bracelet with only 2 charms attached...2 four leaf clovers... for luck. =) I found it very sweet that even after years of being married to berto, he still surprises me with little gifts. =)

What can i say, i must be the luckiest girl in the world... to be gifted with a lucky charm bracelet by someone whom i consider as my very own lucky charm =)


a marriage is a promise...

When we got married almost a decade ago, Berto and I were told we were making a public promise to one another. no one really told us what this promise was all about. all i knew was that it would be the most memorable day of my life... so much so that the biggest bulk of our wedding budget went to photo/video coverage... to make sure every detail of THE DAY was caught on tape. =)

I knew that this was a promise to God... and to our selves...made in front of hundreds of friends and family... but what does a marriage mean?

Here's the inside scoop from someone who's been married for years now...

When you say I do, you are actually saying "honey/darling/babe i promise that..."

I will always love you.

after God, you will be my first priority.

i am forever committed to this relationship and will always work on this marriage.

i will always be faithful to you.

i will always be truthful with you.

i will always be there for you... no matter what.

(fred lowery, covenant of marriage)

along the way... life will have many surprises. your spouse will react in a manner that you never would've thought that he would. you thought you knew him when he was your boyfriend? wait till you're living under one roof, then reality sets in... try living under one roof with your in laws... then desparation sets in hahaha!


This is our story

We are a regular couple who’s been in love with each other for more than half our lives… and this is our story =)

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