I like it dem blings

Back in high school (at a time when bubble beads and shambala bracelets were hot), I’d buy me some strings and beads to make my own bracelets. That’s because mom’s and dad’s income at that time were only enough to buy for our daily needs, and buying something to fulfill a girlish whim (i.e. the bracelets) were simply out of the question. So in order to keep up with a teen trend, I’d save my daily allowance, which was Php10.00 at that time, to buy beading supplies.

Although the designs were childish in nature, I was happy to wear to them at school and not feel left out by my trendier friends. Little did I know, it was the beginning of my love affair with accessories. I did stop, however, as I started college and onto becoming a researcher and ESL teacher. The passion was re-kindled when hubs and I moved to Palawan, an exotic Philippine island, and opened an online pearl accessory business. I wanted to cut down on the cost so I thought I buy my own supplies pearl necklaces, earrings, bracelets and many accessories on my own. It worked!

Unfortunately, we closed our business when we moved back to my hometown as we couldn’t find a reliable pearl supplier. Despite that, I couldn’t find myself to let go of my love for this craft. My heart still flutters when I think about it. In fact, I feel happy when I look at the gorgeous handcraft jewelry pieces and can’t help but dream that one day I’m going to make own too.

Well, with the support of my hubs, I saved some of income and bought supplies. Instead of making pearl accessories, I ventured to wire wrapping. I couldn’t be prouder of what I created. As matter of fact, my excitement was so contagious that hubs decided to try it himself. That’s what I love about him. I’ll show you a knock off he made from a piece he saw on Pinterest.

How was my wire wrapping skills? Well, to be honest, they still need  more practice, but the pieces I made are wearable. Check them out:

 

 

Notice that this doesn’t have a watermark. It’s because hubs didn’t design himself. It’s a knock off of a pendant he  saw on Pinterest. If you know who owns the design, let me know. I’d be happy to give he/she due credit for this creative work of art.

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? Will it pass fashion standards? Hehehe.. Well, I’m planning to sell my creations to fund my hobby. I’ll keep you posted on soft opening.

Have a fun weekend!

Thank God for Friends (Part 2)

The crazy friends: Amor, Dara, Reasol, Janice (she would’ve sat beside Reasol if she came. bleh!)

 

La Vie Parisienne’s dining area
Hubs who had a hard time following our girl talk.
Ate Jo, the official photographer
Al fresco dining area with Angel Moroni in the back drop
The famous Pink House

 

Ate Jo’s former primary kids except Amor (who is adopted)
The world of Pizza house
I found it weird to see a pan of pizza with sunny side up.

Hubs and I. Aint he a cutie?

La Vie Parisienne’s dining area at night. Ain’t it lovely?
Selfies ^_^
and more selfies ^_^

One of the things that I’m grateful is the assurance that no matter where life takes us I’ll always have friends to keep me sane.

Last week, I had the chance to meet up with one of my oldest friends, Reasol and Amor. Actually, Reasol and I go a long, long way back. During our primary days to be exact. My family moved into this uptown part of Cebu City, and she was the first person I became friends with at church.  Amor, on the other hand, well, we only became friends during our youth days thanks to stake youth conferences. She attended a different church ward that’s why. But when her family moved and went to the same church we do, well, things have never been the same.

We’ve since moved on with our lives, found love and a new family, but we’ve remained friends, even though we keep in touch mostly online. Last weekend was the perfect time to get together again before Reasol sailed back to Mindanao.

It was a fun time. Too bad our other friend, Janice, wasn’t able to make it. We met up at the French bakery I blogged about a few months ago. At first, I thought we were just going to catch up for an hour or two, but it lasted well until past dinner time. We just chatted and ate. Then chatted and ate again like there was no tomorrow. hehehe.

I don’t know when we’ll see each other again, so it was great that we had the chance to meet up. To Reasol and Amor, God be with you till we meet again.

Cheers to friendship!

Happy Mother’s Day

 

Happy Mum’s Day, Mama!

 

I miss you terribly. Today is not the same without you.
I’ll see you in my dreams.
xoxo!
 

Happy “Mum’s” Day, Aunt Carmen!

you’re like a second mum to me so you deserve a shout out too. I miss you. See you soon. 

xoxo!

Thank God for Friends! (Part 1)


The aftermath of a sumptuous meal.  ^-^

Radissons Blue hotel Lobby


“To be with old friends is very warming and comforting.” ~ Ian Zeiring

That’s what I felt when, after a long time, Charo, Ann and I got together again after, I think, five years or so. This time, we met again with our hubbies.

For a bit of history, the three of us met at the MTC — not the training center LDS peeps know so well. It’s a medical transcription training center where we studied five years ago for six months. I don’t really recall how we started hanging out. All I know is that they’re good people, they’re fun to be with, and we shared the same frustrations when we transcribed medical reports from doctors who had heavy accents. They’re really good friends, in short. And that’s why they were short listed on my wedding guest list. Ha!

I was fresh from my mission at that time, but I’ve learned a lot from them. They’re not LDS, but their deeds are more Mormon-ish than most of the people I know at church.

Our reunion was, indeed, a happy one. We’ve finally met Ann’s husband for the first time after hearing so many wonderful stories about him through her. We also met Charo’s mystery man, who I think, is making her happy too. Both of my girl friends looked great. They never seem to have aged as well. Charo looks blooming since the last time I saw her. Although she has two kids now, you could never tell she’s a mom. She’s got her hands full on a lot of things, like her hubby, her business and her kids. I wonder how she did it. Charo dear, it’s time to spill your secret. Hehehe…
Ann looked great too. She still dons the long hair I envied back in the days. She told us her hair care secret one time. I tried it, but I can never manage my hair. It’s like it has a mind of its own that frizzes all over the place. Hahaha! She gained weight since she moved to the US, but she looked healthy and happy as well.
Neither of us ended up as medical transcriptionists. After we got our certificates, we went our separate ways. Charo and I went on to work in our separate industries, and Ann went to the US. We just keep in touch through Facebook until we finally got together last week.

We had dinner at the the Feria at Radisson Blu hotel. Although it wasn’t my first time at the hotel, it was my first to dine at the well-known restaurant. They serve all-you-can-eat buffet with a wide variety of food. We kept saying, “There’s so many food!” There are so much of it that I only ended up eating just a few. They also have a sushi bar with all kinds of makis and sashimis to choose from. I tell you, my stomach wasn’t prepared for it. So just a tip: if you plan to dine there, don’t pass by their dessert corner without tasting their creamy mango ice cream. So heavenly! Mmm-mmm…

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It’s a nice feeling to reconnect with old friends. It makes you feel that you’re not alone in this world. Even if you’ve gone on to separate paths in the road called life, you have this assurance that somewhere, you’ll come across a junction or corner where you’ll meet again.

Friends. They’re some of the things that I’m grateful for.