Not a lot of people know that Singapore is made up of more than one or two islands (Sentosa). In fact, there are about 63 more islands in Singapore, most of them uninhabited. Last Sunday, we got to see two more outlying islands. Since most of our friends also did not have any out-of-town plans for Chinese New Year, someone came up with the idea of chartering a yacht for a couple of hours.
Hello there! Happy New Year to you and your families!
Pardon the silence on this space. JP and I have been unpacking stuff we brought from the Philippines, and also doing a bit of spring cleaning around the house. Our vacation was short, but we were able to spend time with both our families, plus managed a day at the beach!
Christmas was spent with my family in Manila. It’s actually mine and JP’s first Christmas together. I got to show JP how we spend our holidays. First it was a walk around the neighborhood, looking at houses in our village. The owners of these houses really go all-out to decorate their houses every year.
And then of course, the food–lots of yummy food.
Then there was the traditional giving and opening of gifts…
Here are my nephews and nieces (the gremlins, I call them), waiting for midnight to grab and open their gifts.
On the 26th, we flew to Cebu to visit JP’s family. We also attended his best friend’s wedding.
Then we took a short drive to Mactan for some beach time!
We went back to Singapore on the 31st, where I battled a high fever, thereby making me spend New Year’s Eve in bed. It’s the first (and hopefully last) time I forego New Year celebrations. But no worries, I was feeling much better on New Year’s day.
I’m definitely looking forward to what 2014 will bring. 2013 was life-changing for me (ie. our getting married), but it was also challenging in other aspects, so I really want to move on to the next chapter.
What about you, what are you looking forward to this 2014?
I shared this to family in Facebook, but I’m putting it here too. This is a slideshow I made of what we were up to before the wedding, set to Taylor Swift music, which I think was this summer’s theme. We played her “Red” album a lot last month.
I think this is my second slideshow, after our f1 weekend last year. I should make more of these, you get to see a lot more pictures while listening to music, ‘no? haha.
Enjoy your weekend!
When I was preparing for the wedding, I looked at a LOT of wedding sites, magazines and books for inspiration. Pinterest was a big help to me, but it can actually overwhelm you if you don’t have any sort of idea about what you want for your wedding. One of the first things I decided on was the color and the theme. check out my Pinterest wedding board to get an idea.
In the end, I think everything worked out well. I loved the idea of Japanese lanterns, so I asked to have it at the reception. The cake was really pretty. JP and I had a bit of a hard time slicing (blame it on nerves), but we managed to get a piece. I took a picture of the entourage gowns when they were delivered to my suite. Beautiful! The personalized M&M’s were a last-minute thing I thought of. I had my mom bring it over from the States.
The flowers were pretty and so were the letter-pressed invites
Even if there were a couple of minor things that I thought didn’t go as planned, in the end, I really didn’t care that much anymore. I just let the day go on, and we had a lot of fun.
hair and makeup: vanessa t. gamus
gown and entourage attire: dino lloren
photos: christopher colinares
video: franz arrogante
flowers: pink flora
lights & sound: gap mobile
cake: marissa unchuan
event coordination: snoogie mata
reception: casino español de cebú