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A Celebration of Life

Life is precious. It is beautiful and what better way to celebrate life than with a party.

Last Saturday, my sisters organized a shower for me, in celebration of our coming baby boy.  Hubby and I were overwhelmed by the warmth and love that surrounded us.  In the company of family and friends, we rejoiced in  the presence of this little one in me.  We pray that all will be well and sometime in November, we’ll be holding a healthy, happy and normal baby boy in our arms.

Like any mother to be, I have moments when my mind is riddled with doubts and my heart is filled with fears.  I worry that I may not know how to be a good mother.  I haven’t even changed a baby’s diaper! We’ve been without small babies in the family and it doesn’t help that we’re isolated from our other relatives (Yup, my parents  moved away from the rest of their siblings for work and found home in Bacolod.)  =) I know that books will only get you so far and it’s the actual experience that’s necessary.

That said, I know  that I have hubby (who’s a nurse), my two sisters and brother in law (a nurse, an OB res and a pedia, respectively), my mom and parents-in-law to help me embrace motherhood.  More importantly, I have the Lord guiding me through this journey.  I cast all my cares upon You Lord. Quiet my heart and grant me the grace to have faith in your wisdom. Amen.

p.s. Just some pictures from the party.

The Week that Was

My whirlwind week started with a trip to Manila last October 16, 2011.  Taking my Mickey Mouse trolley on its first outing since I bought it on our “not so honeymoon” trip to Singapore, I flew to Manila to work on my papers for a possible new assignment.  I came back home on the 19th to prepare for our regional convention on the 20th and the 21st of October.  It was wonderful to do an emcee stint again.  It was exhilirating to host an organization that was so dynamic, where intermission acts and ice breakers came together on the day of convention,where  the city mayor just happened to send two separate representatives with 2 different speeches, where there was not just one but two Masskara opening numbers!   It was short of miraculous how together the convention seemed despite the “spur of the moment” planning.

I guess that’s what makes Bacolod a great host–the love for Bacolod inherent in every Bacolodnon.  Come crunch time, everybody just embraces the spirit of things and individual concerns are forgotten.  It was beautiful to see everyone working in harmony, making sure that all needs were met and going out of their way to make sure that the delegates would enjoy themselves. It is this love for our city that makes us, want them, the “tourists”, to see what we love about Bacolod too.  I got quite “high” from the experience.

On the afternoon of the 21st, I rushed to the pier to catch the latest trip to Iloilo in time for my Corporations in Distress class at 8:00 am on the 22nd.    During the next two days, I got to know FRIA or the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act of 2010.  An afternoon group activity got me into debate mode.   Six years–that’s how long it’s been since I’ve last debated before an audience.  I loved the rush of adrenalin running through my veins, the flurry of ideas passing through my mind.  At that moment, I said a silent prayer to the Lord, thanking him for leading hubby to enrol me in the program.

On Monday, (24) I rushed to Bacolod to work on the urgent tasks on my desks before rushing to catch the last ferry trip to Iloilo.  I had a 5:50 flight toManila to catch on the 25th and this, I did not want to miss.  Waking up to a hubby-prepared breakfast was a wonderful start to an early day of non-stop activity.  I flew ahead of hubby who had to get a later flight as he had a morning meeting to attend to.  With Dee, I explored the streets of Divisoria, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of various wares and merchandise and trying my best to control my Christmas spirit (!).

After we had our fill of Divi, I returned to our hotel to await hubby’s arrival from the airport.  It would be our first time to witness an international act perform..the BEP–no less.  We would be celebrating our 1 year anniversary in 2 months’ time and new priorities would have to be put in place.  This would be our last frivolous purchase for the next five years and hubby and I knew that we had to make it count.

Despite my aching legs (worn out from my Divi excursion), hubby and I along with some FFPs (“friends from the province”) danced the night away to the pulsating rhythm of the BEP.  My heart soared with pride when they showed Apl de Ap’s infomercial advocating the education of children.  I cried with Fergie when she spoke of missing “the brothers she never had”..I love the BEP because more than the beat, their music is positive and full of meaning.  They have made “helping others” cool..something that is quite a feat in the  often “selfish and egocentric” music industry.

As they said goodbye as the BEP for the last time, fireworks lit up the sky to signal the end to a wonderful celebration of the 10 years of BEP.

A Fun Wedding Needs a Great Host

The 2 months I had to prepare for the wedding were spent scouring the internet for tips and ides.  Thanks to a number of wedding blogs I chanced upon, hubby and I had a wealth of ideas to choose from.  I noticed though that when it came to the actual wedding reception, there wasn’t much material online.  We used a mix of the tips and through the help of our able and lively emcee, my sister and bestfriend, Dr. Kaye Parreno (now Parreno-Bautista), we came up with a program that we though would inspire our guests to unwind and just enjoy.  A special thanks goes out also to my other sister Mimin, who was the “sous chef” of Kaye.

In the spirit of giving back, I’m posting the draft of our wedding reception program to serve as reference for brides to be…

DINNER RECEPTION Program and Script

By Kaye Parreno

Call to Order

NOTE: Test microphone before speaking.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. May I have your attention please. We are about to begin our Dinner Reception so please find a seat and make yourself comfortable.

Let us begin this celebration with a prayer to be led by __________. Let us all stand, bow down our heads and put ourselves in the presence of God. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Opening Prayer by __________

Heavenly Father,

Love has been your richest and greatest gift to this world.
Love between a man and a woman which matures into marriage.
Today, we celebrate that love.
Lord for the joy of this occasion, we thank You.
For Your presence here and now and at all times, we thank You.
Protect, guide, and bless Raymund and Val and everyone present here.
Surround us with Your love now and always.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Welcome Address

A pleasant evening to everyone!  Welcome to the celebration fo Raymund and Valerie’s Greatest Day Ever.  This beach is indeed a fitting setting for our newlyweds as we mark the beginning of their life together.  So sit, down, enjoy the cool breeze, and enjoy the rest of the evening.

I am Kaye, the Maid of Honor, and your host for the night.  We thank you all for gracing this occasion, especially those who took a leave of absence from work or school, and those who have traveled miles just to be with us today.  In behalf of Raymund and Val, and their proud parents, I would like to express heartfelt gratitude for your presence tonight.  It is indeed a pleasure to have you all here.

Introduction and Acknowledgments

Parents of the Newlyweds

Before anything else, we would like to acknowledge the persons who took a great part of this joyous affair.  For without their support, this even would not have been made possible.  Ladies and Gentlement, it is with great pleasure to introduce to you the Parents of the Bride, Mr and Mrs. Joe and Carmen Parreno.

(Optional:  description of parents?)

And of course, let us get to know the Parents of the Groom.  Friends, let us give a big hand to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron and Nora Alova.  (Optional:  description of parents?)

Principal Sponsors

We would also like to acknowledge our Principal Sponsors.  Starting off with the ladies..

  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description
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  • __________________ – description
  • __________________ – description

So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, our most distinguished set of principal sponsors.  A Round of applause!  Thank you Sir and Madam, for taking time out to be with us.

Family and Friends

A wedding brings two people and their families together.  It refreshes the family ties and friendship that have gone stale and almost forgotten against the toll of time and distance.  For this allow me to give a very special welcome to the families and friends who traveled away from home to be here.

From the Bride’s Side:

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____

From the Groom’s Side:

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____

Also with us here togight, it is our pleasure to have Rev _____________, our officiating priest for the wedding ceremony.

So I guess that’s about it.

Entrance of the Bridal Party

At this point, I assume everyone has settled down. May I request our lovely cousin _____ (Manang Grace?) to please facilitate the welcoming party for our newlyweds.

Background Music:  __________________

Description – voice over/MC

  • Flower Girls:
    • ______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
  • Bearers
    • Bible:_______________  Description:
    • Coin:_______________  Description:
    • Ring:_______________  Description:
  • Secondary sponsors
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
  • Groomsmen + Bridesmaids
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
  • Best man + Maid of Honor
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:


Tonight calls for a grand celebration and it is my distinct pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time Raymund and Valerie as husband and wife.  So without further ado, let us all rise and give our warmest welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Raymund and Valerie Alova!

(Newlyweds enter the hall)

(Grand entrance of the couple with effects like bubble and fog and confetti?)

(Spotlight on the couple)

BRIDAL PARTY DANCE: Music: Marry Me song c/o Mimin

– Whew!  What an opening number!  Excitement and positive energy are already starting to brew in this splendid beach wedding party, and that’s only the beginning!

To facilitate the official opening of this night’s event, a few words will be given by the Groom’s Parents.  May I request Tito ______ and Tita  _______ for the opening message.

OPENING MESSAGE:  from Groom’s Parents?

Thank you tita and tito.  Well I guess it’s time.  The food is ready and dinner will commence in a while.  May I call on _________________ to say grace.

GRACE before meals:  Nang Aileen

Just before DINNER

All right, dinner is served.  But not so fast, ladies and gentlemen.  First you have to prove you deserve this sumptuous feast by proving to us all that you know a little something about the Bride and the Groom.  So here’s the mechanics of this little pre-dinner game.  You are grouped according to your table. Each table has a name corresponding to every little adventure Raymund and Valerie have experienced.  I give out a Trivia Question and one member from each table stands up, shouts out the table name, and is given the chance to answer.  If the answer is correct, then congratulations!  Your table gets to approach the buffet table first!  Val, Raymund, you watch out for who stands up first.  If the first answer is wrong, the other tables get a chance to steal.  Ok?  Is that clear enough?  All set?

Now for the first question…

Trivia questions c/o Manang Pech

  • ??? – Congratulations table Corregidor!  To the Buffet Table now! J
  • ???  and so on…


May I have your attention please.  While you are eating to your tummy’s content, the newlyweds would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone personally for your presence.  As your table is called, please approach Raymund and Valeie to have your picture taken.  Simultaneously, our beautiful Bridesmaids will be distributing wedding giveaways and passing along the guest book so please stand by in your seats.

–           Souvenir Picture Taking while Background Music: “Favorite Hits”

–          Wedding Giveaways

–          Guest book

Val’s dear friend Dee and her dear boyfriend ______, will now have the chance fill your hearts with songs.  May I call on Dee and ___________, for a lovely serenade.

Thanks u Dee.  Now, may I direct your focus on a little presentation here, prepared by the Bride and Groom, to share with you the simple travels they have shared in their journey of knowing each other

–           AVP:  Video/ powerpoint presentation of Adventures

Thank you for sharing those memorable times with us, Raymund and Val.  Now give us the chance to share something special with you..

–          AVP:  Messages from people who are not present

CAKE cutting by Bride and Groom

Okay.  So are you guys done with the main course?  Ready to go for dessert?  By all means, help yourself.

Speaking of dessert, it’s now time for the traditional Cake Cutting by the Bride and Groom.  Raymund, Valerie, can you guys join me here..

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  The cake has been cut.  May I now request the waiters to please serve the cake to our guests.

–          Happy Marriage Secrets.  Each time the guests “cling” their glass for the couple to kiss, the couple would kiss and the MC would have them call on another married couple to share their “secret” to a happy marriage and then kiss.


–           Mechanics to be clarified further

–          Singled Out Bridal Catch

P.s. It drizzled during dinner.  We didn’t let that dampen our spirits though.  Of course, the chair covers got wet, hence, the “naked” chairs. =)

–          Picture with new “couple”


A celebration is never complete without a toast and a bottle of good wine.  While the wine is being served and poured, let us hear from the well-wishers who have been a significant part of the lives of the couple, who love them and wish the best for them.  Starting off with:


  • Tito Tony:  description
  • Gay:  description


Best Man waits for everyone to stand up and see to it that everyone has raised their glasses and says:  (something like)  Here’s to good health, happiness, good luck and prosperity to Raymund and Val! Cheers!

  • all guests are requested to rise and participate
  • what to serve?  Wine?

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen.  You may now be seated.

GAMES:  Introducing the Game Masters:  Jill and Boogs!

–          Married Couple Statue Dance.  All the married couples at the wedding join the newlyweds  on the dance floor and each couple will be eliminated based on the # of years they’ve been married (the fewest to the most years).

TRIBUTE to parents

Video Presentation:  Tribute

Mother/Son – Father/Daughter Dance followed by FIRST DANCE:  Music: Teenage Dream

It is said that our parents are our first teachers, raising us patiently from childhood to adulthood.  They have been our source of comfort, support and inspiration.

Raymund and Valerie are truly blessed with such wonderful set of parents, and I’m quite sure when it comes to knowing what marriage is all about, hey always have a word or two to share to their children.  We would like to call on the Father (or mother?)  of the Bride, Joe/Carmen Parreno, to say a few words of wisdom.

Thank you, Dad/Mom.  Thank you for that inspiring message.  Now we would like to call on the Father/Mother of the Groom, for words of wisdom that life and experience have taught.

Thank you once again.  Let us give them a big hand for such wonderful and meaningful testimonies.  Tito and Tita, Mom and Dad, this video is for you.

–            Video:  c/o Nong Raymund and Manang Pech

–          (Music plays in the background, and the newlyweds invite their father/mother to dance)

–           Father/daughter and Mother/son dance

BRIDE & GROOM speech

The night and this celebration has almost come to an end but for our newlyweds, it is just a start of their new life together.  As we each go our separate ways, may this day be as memorable for all of us as it is to them.  To personally convey their heartfelt gratitude let us now listen to what Raymund and Valerie have to say..

(After speech, Raymund invites the guests to go by the shore and form a farewell circle)

THE FAREWELL CIRCLE: Raymund and Val go on inside the circle and starting from opposite sides, bids each guest thank you and goodbye until reach each other.

(Everybody hold hands.  Bridesmaids distribute sparklers)  Raymund and Val dances while the sparklers are lit up.

Music fades in from the background: ___________________

Another dance from the couple

EXIT: Golf cart with “Just  Married”

(MC leads the applause as the couple drive away.. Mimin, takes over..)

(People head back to the reception area.)

Well, what an exquisite ending to a beautiful day.  We have finally reached the end of our program, ladies and gentlemen.  It has been momentous, sharing this evening with you all.  Again, thanks for coming.  God bless, and enjoy the rest of the night.

MIMIN takes over and the DANCING BEGINS!

— Open Ending—

Falling in Love With the Law

Back when I was in law school, a mastery of the law was something I aspired to.  I was in love with the law. I found beauty in its complexities.  I breathed it.  I enjoyed dissecting opinions, drafting case briefs and going on Socratic journeys with my professors.

When I passed and joined a firm, I began to appreciate its application in the real world.  I loved the thrill of finding jurisprudence that was all fours with my own case.  I loved drafting legal memoranda, legal opinions, petitions for certiorari.  However, I didn’t like how work pervaded every part of my life.  I didn’t have real vacations as I’d have to check my email and reply to clients, despite being away from work.  I remember receiving calls while on the street, speaking with a very demanding client as I waited for a bus in HK.  It was very exacting work and it didn’t really give me the quality of life I desired.  Also, I was away from my family and RE (my then boyfriend, now husband).

I finally felt the compulsion to leave the firm in early 2009.  I applied and was accepted for a government job in my hometown.  September 2009 remains to be among the saddest months of my life. I said goodbye not just  to a firm, where I had spent a good 4 years of my early lawyer years but to the associates — friends, who to this day, I count to be among my soul sisters.

I will forever treasure that time in my life.  It was the season of my rebirth.  It was the time where I found out the person I wanted to be.  I was free to explore life, free from the constrictions of living in a small town.  I embraced travelling/backpacking, immersed myself in the arts (plays, museums, shows), “lived” in bookstores and became a “yes” girl (I grabbed all opportunities that came my way).  Before I left to come back home, I had accomplished what I had set out to do, I  found the version of  “me” that I loved.

I am now back in my hometown.  I have been for almost 2 years now.  It hasn’t been easy coming back home. In fact, my travails on this matter is material for an additional lengthy post.

I am now an aspiring master of laws student.  Being in the government service has its pros and cons but the most important thing it has given me is the luxury of time.  I am untouchable at 5pm on weekdays plus my weekends are absolutely my own to enjoy.  Of course, there are days when I decide to work late, but the decision is up to me.  There are no deadlines.  There is just my old self aiming to please even litigants and lawyers, wanting to finish work in “old RBG lawfirm” fashion.

I love being back in the academe.  I love being among a throng of people who care enough about the law, to study and discuss it.  I love having a professor who pushes me to demand more of myself.  I love having the opportunity for “eureka” moments.  I love having to fall in love with the law again.

My special thanks go out to our dear Lord up there and my loving hubby RE, who made this journey possible.

Yes to life! Yes to love! Yes to the law. =)

The Layout to Love

Six months after our wedding and a few days before our relatives arrived for my sister’s wedding, our wedding scrapbook arrived.  This is what a DIY Boracay wedding looks like.

beach wedding, Raymund and Valerie

The Little Things That Make a Wedding

Knowing we had only two months to plan, hubby and I made the most of every waking hour.  We employed the help of family and friends.  It was amazing how things fell into place.  We only made one visit to Boracay to meet with our suppliers and yet we pulled it off. It really was because our Lord guided us every step of the way.

What a blessing Nonoy (our make up artist) was to us.  Before him I had had at least 3 trials with 3 different make up artists.  Luckily, hubby and I bumped into his Tita who was also a wedding organizer.  She referred us to Nonoy and that was it.  A match made in beauty heaven. 🙂

Sibling Love

As early as 6:30 am, hubby and I were already up preparing for our 2:00 pm wedding.  Make up session began at 7:00 am.  My sisters Kaye and Mimin joined me on my last night as a singleton.  We were all exhausted from all the travelling we had to do.  Suffice it to say that we just slept the night through.

The Holy Rosary Chapel, Boracay Island, Philippines

Since we were staying at the Boracay Plaza Resort, which was located right in front of the church, I opted to walk to my wedding.  With my brother holding an umbrella to shield me from the warm rays of the sun and my younger sister holding my train, it was a fitting start to a beautiful new life.

The Groom – My hubby, a loving, kind and adventurous man who takes good care of me. =)

The entourage – Our hearts swelled at the sight of relatives, family and friends who came all the way to Boracay from the Philippines and all over the world despite the short notice.

A Walk to Love

Mixed emotions..that’s what I felt.  I was certain that the man standing, waiting for me at the altar was the one but still, it was a little sad kissing my mom and dad and leaving them, to walk toward him.

“When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in that house and sing for joy.”  ~  Indeed, it was a joyful affair.  I’ve always loved weddings and I’m proud to say that I loved mine the most. (haha, love your own.)

Love is beautiful and weddings, well, they are the most definitive form of celebrating love.

A wedding is not just joining of two souls.  It too is the joining of families, the union of two houses.  I am now not only a Parreno but also an Alova.  🙂

We hadn’t thought of how we would get from the Church to the venue.  We figured we could easily walk to the reception.  After all, it was just across the Church! However, Ms. Vicky of Boracay Plaza Resort lent us her car and driver for the occasion.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a wedding car waiting to take us to the venue.

Boracay Plaza Resort

Our 90 or so guests were treated to cocktails and some light snacks while we went off to the beach in search of the perfect shots.  We prepared a hosts of things for them to do, a jigsaw puzzle, a DIY photo and video booth.  However, the concept of Do It Yourself in the Philippines hasn’t quite caught on.  While we had put signs asking them to record a message for us, no one actually did.  Still, it was a pleasant exercise in understanding the pysche of the Filipino wedding goer.

Our host and my maid of honor Kaye, kept the mood light and breezy.  Also, since only close relatives and friends were there, they  knew each other and were excited at the opportunity to reconnect.  Besides, Boracay is a paradise, guests pretty much entertained themselves.

It was a beautiful night filled with lots of singing and dancing.  Laughter filled the air as we celebrated love, the love between a husband and wife, the love among family, relatives and friends.

Boracay beach wedding

The Greatest Adventure of Our Lives

  And this is the story of our love. 🙂

This my friends, is the start of our greatest adventure yet.  Hope you enjoyed viewing the pictures.

3: Journeying On

It’s been 3 months since we began our greatest adventure yet.  It still feels surreal.  We both feel like we’ve been married forever.  (in a good way)  You know, the kind where you’ve found someone you wouldn’t mind being trapped in a foxhole forever with (not that I’m wishing for that to happen!).  I am reminded of why we started this blog…our desire to give back..to let people know that a budget beach wedding is an achievable goal.


We chose Boracay or rather, my Mom chose Boracay.  On a whim, she broached the idea of a December Boracay wedding   and the idea just took over our hearts and minds. When she changed her mind later (following a discussion with dad and after realizing that most of her friends wouldn’t be able to attend), we wouldn’t budge.

First off, we moved our wedding date to December instead of November of this year (2011).  The move was caused by the following factors:  1) hubby’s sister and entire family were visiting for the holidays from the Netherlands; 2) we couldn’t afford a Bacolod wedding (we’d have to invite a lot of people plus December was wedding high season and we didn’t feel like having to compete for venues given the 2 month time frame).  The Boracay idea had everything going for it: 1) we had a legitimate reason to keep our wedding small and intimate; 2) a quick call to the Holy Rosary Church in Boracay revealed that we still had a date; 3) hubby and I have always been spontaneous adventurers and loved the idea of a spontaneous wedding, 4) who could say no to having the white pristine waters of Boracay as the wedding backdrop plus 5) a beach wedding was just so romantic;

We started on a 30k budget and went on to spend at least 6x the original amount.  Still, it was a steal compared to a typical Boracay wedding.  This is how we did it:

1. Holy Rosary Church and Fr. Placer – Contact Number (036)2883219 -The first thing I did was call the Church, after all, we couldn’t get married if we didn’t have a church and a priest who would marry us. Google came to rescue, and I obtained the number in the net, called and found myself speaking with Fr. Placer who graciously said “yes, I’ll marry you” and gave us a date too – December 28, 2010.  The use of the church inclusive of priest stipend and choir cost 10,000 php.  (I hear that that is the going rate 🙂

2. Venue for the beach reception: Boracay Plaza Resort, Station 1 – 09189089808 – Now that we had a Church, we needed a venue for a wedding reception.  We called them all..but the rates were just too stiff.  After making several inquiries and realizing the mammoth rates that would be charged (we had decided on 50 to 70 guests and the usual rates were for 30 guests, any additions would be costly), we were getting desperate.  Earlier, we had decided that if we couldn’t get a similar rate to Bacolod, we’d just let our Boracay wedding go.

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Fortunately,we got to talk to Ms. Vicky of Boracay Plaza Resort, (who just happened to be the sister of hubby’s college schoolmate) . We’d stayed at Boracay Plaza on one of our summer trips and felt that it’d would be perfect to have our  reception there.  The thing was, Boracay Plaza didn’t cater for weddings.  That’s when Ms. Vicky suggested that we get a caterer from Caticlan and introduced us to Ms. Christy of Quency’s, our caterer…

Quency’s, 09209517729 –  Ms. Christy of Quency’s is a success story of sorts…She is an inspiration to people like me as she transformed herself from someone who knew little about cooking to being the premiere caterer of Caticlan and Boracay,catering for the likes of ex-pres PGMA and ex-VP Noli De castro.  She even has a cafe at the D’Mall in Boracay where you may feast on her sumptuous cakes.

The shells are edible!

To be continued…

A Map to Our Happy Ever After: A Wedding Map

From another site, I got the idea to create a wedding map.  We were getting married in Boracay and to correct the misconception (as there are no churches in Boracay) that we were having the ceremony at the beach , I set out drawing a map of the church and the venue for the reception.  Despite my awkward attempts to draw, our map was well-received.  At the back portion, we included information about Boracay, where to go, what to do, where to eat.  I love how we were able to personalize our wedding despite our limited budget.  Like I’ve always said, research pays off. =)

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Eat All You Can Veggie Meal

On October 9, 2010, Yuan Thong Temple will be opening its doors to vegans and non-vegans alike with a P150.00 “Eat All You Can Veggie Meal” promotion from 11 a.m. to 2 pm.  The temple is located at Burgos St. (near the Lopue’s East Center), Bacolod City.

Driving Lessons

I woke up early today, excited to begin my road to independence. You see, I had decided that after nine years of holding a driver’s license, it was now time to actually drive. I had braved the long lines at the LTO to renew my dormant license, I had bought a car with my rent’s financial help, only one thing got in the way, I had to learn the skills. At 7:10 am, the instructor was nowhere to be found. I had a bad feeling about it, the fact that he was late smacked of unprofessionalism but I needed him as I have a desperate need to drive. I no longer like being dependent on people to drive me around. I hate having to wait to be picked up. I want life to happen at my own pace and that means being able to do as I please.

Suffice it to say that I didn’t quite enjoy my morning drive. I wasn’t ready to go on 3rd and 4th gear but my instructor made me. It made me feel uncomfortable as I wasn’t ready yet. I thought it was just me. There was something about him that I didn’t like but I just shrugged it off.
On the way back, he helped me park the car at home. We used the same path my boyfriend and I used just a few days ago. This time though, it wasn’t a worry free ride. I could see him expressing his exasperation at my less than stellar performance in shifting gears. Whereas I encountered no difficulty before, this time the car’s engine gave up on me several times. Still, I thought maybe the problem was with me and decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.
At the office, I compared notes with a co-worker who had just completed her driving lessons with their other branch located in the downtown area of Bacolod. She had signed up for 10 hour lessons and had just completed her 9th hour today. She expressed disbelief that the instructor had urged me go on 3rd and 4th gear on my 1st lesson. I’m changing instructors tomorrow. I’m not giving up yet. Please bless me with a good instructor tomorrow dear Lord. Help me get to “independence” day ASAP.