Monday, October 18, 2010
CHURCHES IN MANILA:
• Basilica De San Sebastian -734-8908, 734-8931, Plaza del Carmen Quiapo Manila
• Holy Spirit Parish -711-1332, 1912 Rizal Ave.Sta. Cruz Manila
• Malate Catholic Church -523-2593, 1016 M.H. del Pilar Malate Manila
• Manila Cathedral -527-3889, 1016 M.H. del Pilar Malate Manila
• Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene -733-4945, Plaza Miranda Mall Quiapo Manila
• National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels -735-1611, J.P. Laurel St.San Miguel Manila
• Nuestra Senior de Guia -523-2754, M.H. del Pilar cor. A. Flores St.Ermita Manila
• Nuestra Señora De Salvacion Parish -714-7210, Anonas cor. Hipodromo Sts., NDC Compound Sta. Mesa Manila
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish --532-1770, Punta, Sta. Ana Manila
• Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish -564-0638, 1343 Gomez St. Paco Manila
• Paco Park -525-7853, San Marcelino St.Paco Manila
• Pope Pius XII Catholic Center -536-1820, 1175 United Nations Ave. Manila
• San Agustin Church, Gen. Luna St.Intramuros Manila
• Santo Niño Parish -563-3211, Jesus St.Pandacan Manila
• St. Anthony of Padua Parish -536-7120, 2126 Singalong & San Andres Sts.Malate Manila
• St. Peter The Apostle Parish -563-2480, 1260 Pres. Quirino Ave.Paco Manila
• St. Pius X Parish -563-6487, Neptuno cor. 7th Sts., Onyx Ave.Paco Manila
• St. Vincent De Paul Parish -525-7853, 959 San Marcelino St.Ermita Manila
Thursday, October 14, 2010
•FATHER BLANCO'S GARDEN
•BALUARTE DE SAN DIEGO
- PUERTA REAL GARDENS
- Clamshell Tent
- Casa Manila
- Casa Marinero
- Plaza Moriones
- Manila Metropolitan Museum
•PAN PACIFIC HOTEL
•MANILA PAVILLON HOTEL
•WESTIN PHIL. PLAZA
•CENTURY PARK HOTEL
•LE PAVILLION TENT
•SWISS INN RESTAURANT
•Palacio de Maynila
•Ramon Magsaysay Center
Looks like La Castellana was opened about 2 years ago so it's fairly new. =)
Saturday, October 09, 2010
If everything else fails, this is my backup plan.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
My first choice for the venue is La Castellana. More photos can be seen here.I totally died when I saw the photos. And then when I found out that it's a whopping 70K pesos for a 4-hour reception, I died again. =( I am not sure if we can afford it but I surely love, love it!
I am honestly scared to see it in person because I might fall in love with it and then later realize we can't afford it. =( Keeping my fingers crossed!
Friday, September 24, 2010
So perfect for my wedding motif! Blue and green! I found out that these babies are not available anymore anywhere. Yes, not even ebay. I died again.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I have been on a hunt for the perfect wedding shoes. I know the wedding is still more than a year from now. But at the rate I'm going in my search for the perfect blue shoes, I think a year is probably not enough. I want my perfect blue shoes!!!
If I could just afford these Louboutins...
Or perhaps the Carrie shoes (Manolos)...
But then again, high heels for my wedding? I don't think that's going to happen. LOL.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I have been trying to get sample fabric swatches for my bridesmaid gowns and it's been difficult, if not impossible to get them for free. Thank God I stumbled upon this website while I was looking for gown designs. Once you get to the forum site, look for "webguy", one of the admins there and request for free swatches. You may need to sign-up to be able to send him a message.
I love, Dessy, After Six and Mori Lee bridesmaids' gowns! Check out their site and get your free swatches. =)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Talk about sale, there's an ongoing grand opening sale at Party City in Glendale, AZ. It's the store by 80th ave and Bell rd. I got buy 1 get 1 7x7 solid colored table napkins for our wedding. I know it's still more than a year before our wedding but this sale won't last long! I just thought I can start my wedding D-I-Ys soon.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Oh, don't get me wrong... I am very much excited to start my DIY projects for the wedding since: 1) it takes my mind away from work, 2) my free time waiting for the husband to come home will be spent productively, 3) i can polish my artsy side.
To emboss or not to emboss??? I am currently obsessing about customizing our wedding napkin. I checked online if I can have it printed somewhere costs around $25 for 100 pieces which is unjustifiable! I cannot throw away that much money for something that I know will just be thrown away quickly at the wedding. So in my attempt to be a recessionista bride, I will attempt to make my own personalized wedding napkins. I'll try to make some sample napkins when my materials arrive. Wish me luck!
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
So what now? I actually have a list of things to do after receiving my permanent resident card aka. Green Card.
1. Report to Social Security Administration that I no longer have restrictions in my employment. Yeah boy!!! Which basically leads to #2.
2. Find a new job... less stressful, pays more and more free time to do other stuff. I wonder where I can find this kind of job in this economy.
3. Plan our church wedding in Manila. With the GC, I can travel to the Philippines all I want. Yehey!
4. Plan our honeymoon... well, all depends with #2 if we can afford a Paris trip.
Exactly 4 mos since we filed our AOS papers to receiving the GC! Happy days ahead!
Friday, July 02, 2010
Tip: Bring all of the 797 Notice of Action documents that USCIS sent you. You may need to refer to the A# on the notice of action for your I-485.
Both my I-485 and I-765 filing was touched on the same afternoon I went for biometrics. I got an email of "Card production ordered" for my I-765, 3 days after biometrics. This morning, I got another email notification of "card production ordered" for I-765. Weird huh? Just 7 days apart I got two notifications with the same content. So I guess I can continue working! Yehey!!!
Now, I need to wait for my EAD card and an update to my I-485 and I-130.
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How many vain men do you know? I think they're more popularly called metrosexuals. No, they're not homosexuals! Although a lot of these metrosexuals are easily mistaken to be gays by those jock-type men but they're definitely heterosexuals and maybe they have some gay friends. Let's just say they dress in a more sophisticated look, well-groomed, stylish, fashionable and good-looking. I have a lot of these metrosexual friends back home in Manila. Unfortunately, my husband is not one of them. My husband still thinks that men who wear pink shirts are gay. Funny!
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Thursday, July 01, 2010
Download the full version on iTunes under Glee Cast. =) These Broadway stars really are the awesomest performers!
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1. I thought of finding a white network cable to match the color of the wall and then use big staples to hook the long wire in place. Cheap, easy and ugly but it'll work.
2. Get a cable cover or a wiremold to cover the running wires. I checked ebay, home depot, lowes, ace hardware but the cheapest I found is about $7 for 6feet. I probably would need 40ft of cover. If I get the cheapest one, I might have to paint it to match the color of the wall. Expensive solution so I'm trying to stay away from this.
And for the final solution...
3. Rearrange the electronics are closer to the socket while the big furnitures cover the wires.
Ultimately, I chose #3. Not a really ergonomic floorplan in our home office but what the h*ck... it works! No more tripping on wires. No more ugly, visible crisscrossing wires. Happy wife and husband. =)
Monday, June 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
About a month after I moved here in Arizona, an officemate friend of mine took me to the Chinese Cultural Center near downtown. We went to Golden Buddha, located inside the COFCO complex in downtown where real chinese food can be found! To my delight, they were serving dimsum in carts. Several carts would pass by our table with different set of menus. My favorite cart was the steamed dimsum cart. I love pork and shrimp siomai with chili sauce and soy sauce over hot white rice. OMG! I'm drooling now just thinking about it. Give me siomai and rice any day and it'll surely make the pinoy happy in me. Other dimsum items i like are the shrimp ball over tofu, shark's fin dumpling, fried taro ball and sesame ball with red bean. Me and my husband attended a lunch party there last weekend and he loved the steamed barbecue pork bun. Finally he appreciated something real chinese! I like the baked barbecue pork bun over the steamed one. Dimsum is served only during lunch time everyday. If only I live close to this place you would definitely see me there everyday. Hahaha.
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When I was a kid, I have always thought I will become a teacher. I remember how I tutored my younger sisters in their homework everyday. Though I did not pursue a career in teaching when I was in college, that old dream of belonging in the academe has never disappeared until now. I noticed that in my current job, I enjoyed doing presentations, talking to clients, providing lectures and trainings for my software projects.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Fyi, I needed about 5 passport photos so I spent over $20 for passport photos at Walgreens. Few days ago I needed passport photos again for my Philippine embassy document. I was already fed up with the overpriced photos at Walgreens so I decided to take action. I googled diy passport photos and I found a site that allows you to create your own passport photos. Armed with my own point and shoot camera, we set-up our own passport photo studio... white table cloth, heavy duty tapes and a tripod. We just had to make sure that we have enough lighting to avoid shadows. Upload your photo at epassportphoto.com after selecting the desired country for your passport photo (NOTE: each country have specific sizes for passport photos). Move the box to the desired cropping area of your photo then download cropped photo and save it on a mobile drive (eg. thumbdrive, memory card, etc). We took this softcopy photos and printed them at Target/Walmart which costs around 15cents to 22cents each 5"x6" photo print which contained 5 US passport sized photos or 7 Philippine passport sized photos. Yehey! The print looked professional!!!
I don't think I'll ever pay more than a dollar of passport photos ever again. I personally recommend this epassportphoto.com for all techie but frugal people out there just like me.
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Note to self, never attempt to serve the husband unfamiliar meat especially innards. Lol. At least I was able to feed my cravings and have 3-weeks worth of Goto to finish!