Another Big Thing
Monday, August 18, 2008

How could I forget to mention another big thing that I am thankful for in my previous post?!

Jax and I just purchased a lot in South Forbes!

This is definitely a dream come true. (Well, fine not really because I used to dream of Laguna Bel-Air but that was ages ago, and now I think this one's better - for me, at least). We've been eyeing this since last year but we weren't really ready and sure then so we decided to just deal with it as the plans for the wedding and our future becomes more concrete.

Actually, we've tried looking for a condo unit somewhere in Makati. It seemed to be the most logical short-term thing for us because Jax works in Makati while I have my shuttle (with a pickup point within the area) to and from Calamba anyways. However, we decided against it because we just feel that the investment might not be worth the price. Also, though the amenities are tempting, we thought that several years from now it might not be fun anymore to share it with a thousand other unit owners. But of course that's just our opinion.

Why in Sta. Rosa? Living in Manila was never really an option for us since we've always loved the suburbs. Yes, we love the city too, but we imagine ourselves raising our little Jax's and Pearl's in the (more) quiet south. Besides, the real estate forecast says it's going to be the next Makati (only much less congested!)

How about the house? Our contract says we can start building our house by mid-next year. *ehem, Architect Kay Anne!* However, Jax thinks we have to wait a bit until he finds work somewhere in the south so we'll wait and see, probably in 2 years. Well, I really don't mind waiting, because I'm sure it's gonna be our dream house - truly worth the wait! OMG I'm getting all giddy and excited already just thinking about it!!!

Right now, we're in the process of trying to find the "meantime house" - a small condo unit or apartment will do while we're still trying to get the hang of the hubby-wifey set-up. =)

Thank you, Lord, for all these blessings... You really know what we want and need.

@ 9:54 PM

To God Be THE Glory!
Saturday, August 16, 2008

I've been meaning to blog about this the past few weeks but I always end up putting it off for "next time", waiting for something even better (or even more) to happen. Now thinking about it, I say to myself, "how selfish and ungrateful could that be?" So I'll stop the waiting now.

First, I'm not stressing about our Christian-Catholic wedding anymore. My parents have finally decided to accept that we are going to have a Christian wedding - and I love them even more for this. Now I am able to openly discuss our wedding preps updates to my mom without making her mad or teary-eyed. They are now supportive of our plans - we've even gone wedding ring shopping all together - their gift to us! *happy!* Truly, God answers prayers and I cannot be any more thankful that He opened my mom's eyes and made her understand that this is exactly where her "baby" is supposed to be according o His plan.

Career-wise, I have just been promoted one level up. That means that I have the same designation but one job grade higher. Actually, this has been long overdue since last February (the same time the performance increase was given) but I'm not complaining. *wink!* Aside from this, I was also awarded 1st runner-up for Model Associate of the Year. Don't ask me how that's possible because I can't believe it either. Hahaha! This is a portion of my email to my ex-boss who made all these possible:

I'd just like to say to thank you for everything you've done for me - for nominating me as model associate and now this [promotion]. Honestly, I never really thought I was meeting any of your expectations amidst all the pressure and sermons, so this totally came as a surprise to me. I learned a lot from you. Thank you very much.

And I meant every word. I used to hate him but now? Can't believe I actually miss the pressure he was giving me before.

Finally, Jax and I could never be better. Early this year, we've had a lot of fights and heartaches here and there. But now, it feels like we're new boyfriend-girlfriend still in the lovey-dovey stage. Maybe it helps that we've been attending marriage counseling sessions with our pastor. Maybe it's knowing that we're only months aways from being together forever. Maybe it's just a change of heart, accepting each other for what we are and what we're not. I'm not really sure. But whatever it is, all I know is that I'm so very happy.

I know I've said "when it rains, it pours" several times before, but this time it's different. Because the raindrops are very much welcome. =)

@ 11:37 PM

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

That's how long (and tiring) my weekends have been for 3 times in a row now.

May 30 - June 1
* Took a "sick" leave on Friday to relax and unwind in Subic
* Accidentally "bumped" into our cute inaanak, Denver, and his parents, Daren and Berto, along NLEX
* Lunch at Coco Lime with Jeff (AJ's racing buddy), window shopping at Royal Subic & Freeport Zone, night karting, and drive thru at Jollibee
* RWYB at the SiR
* Tammy's (as well as Jax & Pearl's) first tow truck ride, bonding with AAP manong's
* Birthday dinner at Silk in Serendra with family and Jax

June 7 - 9
* Measurements taking & post-birthday merienda at home (plus cooking session bonding with mommy!)
* Emily's sleepover a.k.a Starbucks + motormouthing session until the wee hours of the morning (and extended during, & after brunch the next day, and on our way to Alabang)
* Tammy's slalom at SM Southmall
* Trip to Divisoria - bought half the quantity of our souveneirs!!!
* Dashed to Greenhills for Jim's Play Station and my pre-nup dress

June 13 - 16
Trial make-up at 6am
* Hair benders from Makati to Subic - hello, Medusa! lol
* E-session with Zandro of Smart Shot Studio - SiR, The Lighthouse, SCTEX
* Pre-wedding video viewing at New Life - met new soon-to-be husband & wife friends
* Visit to Charlie, Ghie, and Graice (since we couldn't attend Graice's 1st birthday party the next day)

* Dinner with Jax's family as advanced father's day treat
* Supposed track day at Subic turned getting-to-know-you with SCTEX patrol guys
* Second tow truck ride!!!
* Father's day dinner with mom, dad, and Tita Jo (we missed you, Don!!!)
* Took Tammy to the doctor a.k.a. Mohspeed in far away Fairview!
* Got my new eyeglasses! (hope I won't lose it this time!)

@ 8:21 PM

My Idea of Heaven
Saturday, May 24, 2008

... is having blueberry cheesecake underneath the stars on a quiet night.

... is laughing with wonderful friends until my sides hurt.

... is lying on the beach with a good book, with sand between my toes, and never getting sunburn.

... is getting 10 hours of sleep a day for the rest of my life.

... is having a long vacation with my family.

... is someday seeing my baby for the very first time, amazed at how God knew that all I ever wanted in my life was to be a mother.

... is walking on the streets of an unfamiliar city while holding hands with the one I love.

... is waking up next to a man who loves me more than he loves himself, whose idea of heaven is giving me my idea of heaven.

@ 9:04 PM

The Line
Friday, May 23, 2008

From one of my fave movies.. Cried bucketfuls over this.

: I just don't know how we got here. Our entire relationship, I have gone above and beyond for you, for us. I've cooked, I've picked your shit up off the floor, I've laid your clothes out for you like you're a four year old. I support you, I supported your work. If we ever had dinner or anything I did the plans, I take care of everything. And I just don't feel like you appreciate any of it. I don't feel you appreciate me. All I want is to know, is for you to show me that you care.
Gary: Why didn't you just say that to me"
Brooke: I tried. I've tried.
Gary: Never like that, you might have said some things that meant to imply that, but I'm not a mind reader...
Brooke: It wouldn't matter you are who you are. Just leave me alone ok? Right now, just shut my door.
Gary: Listen...
Brooke: Alright Gary just please, just leave the room. Gary just... I don't want to be near you right now, please just shut the door, please.

@ 10:56 PM

From Vitamin Overdose
Friday, May 16, 2008

► Almay, Alma, Almaymats
► Oct 16, June 1, Sept 12
► scolded Shakey's delivery hotline, ate my super late delivery dinner (had to wait for 1.5 hours!!!), posted pics in my multiply
► remember good times, be content, be with the one/s you love
► Bubbly, Once In A Lifetime, Catch My Disease
► smiling eyes (that seem to disappear when he smiles), match that with dimples, and "manly" skin color (I don't like too-fair-skinned men)
► Celes, Ching-ching, and Nix (only because I don't see them as often anymore)
► talking, watching TV, net surfing
► MOA, Festi, Glorietta
►water (pretending to be health conscious), mango smoothies, vanilla frapuccino from SB
► pink, gold, white
►Starbucks, my room, my cube?
►jeans, golf shirts, sneakers
► God, Jax, my family
► Jax, Mom and Dad
►my gadgets - Twinkle (my digicam), Reese (my Zen Vision), and Yo-yo (my laptop)
► honest, understanding, and reasonable
► photoshop, wedding preps stuff, eating

@ 9:40 PM

55 Months Today!

Yep, Jax and I have been together for 55 months now. And today marks exactly 5 months to go before our wedding day. Woohooo!

@ 9:28 PM

3 Hours of Sleep

Jimbo's graduation dinner (which lasted until 10:30-ish) didn't stop Jean and I from seeing each other. Oh no no no no!

We met up at Starbucks, took a cab home, and went right at"it" the moment we stepped into my room. Too many stories to tell, a lot of catching up to do... we didn't waste any time. What was funny was, we just kept on talking non-stop that a coupla times we had to repeat our statements and think for a while because for a moment it seemed like it didn't make any sense.. but we figure it out what the other person was trying to say anyway. That's what you call same wavelength, people.

Therefore, I'm sooo SLEEPY now. And unproductive. And wanting to go home so much. This bed weather is really getting to me.

P.S. I miss blogging. Maybe I should update this site more often. =)

@ 11:51 AM

Steady Wedding Prep Weekend
Sunday, April 20, 2008

Right this moment, still can't believe the weekend is over just like that *snap*. It was quite productive/relaxing for Jax and I though. We managed to:
  1. Finally check out the gig of this acoustic band we've been eyeing and have decided to get them
  2. Pay 50% downpayment to Casablanca
  3. Scout for churches in the Tagaytay area (to no avail! huhu... nobody seems to agree with the set-up we're proposing!)
  4. Bond with my super kulit but uber cute nieces
  5. Have a long chit chat with my cousin and his wife over al fresco dinner at their home
  6. Update our guest list
  7. Swim (got barely 6 months to get my color back!)
  8. Check out model houses
  9. Drop by my favorite buco tart place (yummmm!)
  10. Meet up with Jorge (unexpectedly)
It was a nice way to spend the weekend, and I really hope we could have more of this in the coming months. Next weekend is bound to be very busy: Karting on Friday, Race Wars in Clark on Saturday, and Slalom at Festi on Sunday.

@ 10:23 PM

almay here. i'm 25 and act like it when the stars are aligned. i'm currently attached (and loving it!) to the most spoiled big boy in the world aka jax. i'm an augustinian and an iska. i'm not a party person, more of the dinner-coffee type. i miss dancing though (it's been ages!). i'm a self-confessed crybaby and drama queen. i talk a lot, often even in a language only i could understand. recently, i've turned into that boyish kid. i love cars. i like driving, sometimes alone when i want to get away and think. i have a sweet tooth. give me chocolates with almonds and blueberry cheesecake and i'm yours forever.

(someday soon) i'd like to: swim in the pacific ocean. ride a hot air balloon. be (and drive) in a real racing circuit. sing with a band. have a month-long vacation without having to think about work. see the egyptian pyramids. lie in a bed of roses, literally. climb a mountain. have my own butterfly garden. complete my bath and body collection. finish reading the Bible, cover to cover. be in the set of grey's anatomy. go on a totally unplanned road trip. learn three other languages.
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