Archive | August, 2014

Blessing

30 Aug

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Last February 9, 2014 was Blessing’s Big Day πŸ™‚

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Beautiful bouquets everywhere! πŸ™‚

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Blessing’s beautiful gown was designed by the super talented Julianne Syjuco πŸ™‚

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Hand-sewn details and beading πŸ™‚ Amazing πŸ™‚

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The calm before the storm πŸ™‚Β  Here was our blushing bride, Blessing πŸ™‚

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Blessing reminded me so much of a beauty queen πŸ™‚ Very poised and graceful πŸ™‚Β  Here is celebrity hairstylist, RJ,Β  finishing up Blessing’s loose updo πŸ™‚

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Pretty hair accessory πŸ™‚

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Here comes the bride! πŸ™‚

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Me and Blessing πŸ™‚

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Blessing’s mom… Such a sweet lady, I love her πŸ™‚

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Julianne getting Blessing ready! πŸ™‚

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Thank you so much once again, Blessing, for sharing your big day with us! πŸ™‚ It was such a pleasure to do your hair and makeup πŸ™‚

You were glowing and I could feel the love and joy that day.Β Β  All the best to you both!Β  I’ll be seeing you around, Blessing! πŸ™‚

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Kristina: A February Bride

28 Aug

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It was a beautiful Saturday morning on the 8th of February this year πŸ™‚

(I know, super late post… Hehe!)

It was Kristina’s big day!Β  Her wedding preps were in Acua Verde Beach Resort in Batangas πŸ™‚

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Special thanks to my wonderful assistant makeup artist that day, Ham! I miss you!!!

You were such a big help, thank you, Ham! πŸ™‚

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The bride all dressed up and ready to go…Β  I made the makeup very fresh and natural with some bronzer on the cheeks, perfect for a beach wedding πŸ™‚

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I love beach weddings.

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Congratulations once again to one of my beautiful February brides, Kristina! πŸ™‚

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Market Market in Vietnam

27 Aug

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One of the places I had to go back to several times when we were in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was the Ben Thanh Market. Β It kind of reminded me of our typical “tiangge” in Greenhills. Β The difference was I pretty much memorized what they sell in Greenhills already because I’m always there. Β Haha! Β But here at Ben Thanh, I had to look carefully at each stall and check out the local goods! πŸ™‚

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Looks familiar, right? Β Parang nasa Greenhills lang πŸ™‚

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“Like a moth to a flame…” Β – Dante. Β This is the line I always hear Dante saying to himself when I start approaching stalls that sell cute things… πŸ™‚ Β Haha! Β Well, “That’s the way love goes…” – Janet Jackson.

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Was tempted to buy a tea set… But I drink coffee more than tea.

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Beads! Beads! Colorful beads and things!!! πŸ™‚ Β (“Like a moth to a flame…” – Dante)

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One of my great finds at Ben Thanh! πŸ™‚ I couldn’t leave this crocheted doll behind… Β SOOOO ADORABLE πŸ™‚

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Aside from all these trinkets and cute Vietnamese dolls and souvenirs, there are also so many stalls selling candies, nuts and other snacks I have never really seen before.

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Lots of dried fruits πŸ™‚

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And oh my goodness… coffee everywhere!!!

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There is also a wet market at the back πŸ™‚

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Food stalls in the center selling drinks with all sorts of beans and jellies and Vietnamese food.

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We did spend most of our time at the coffee bean stalls. Β The beans smelled so good and fresh!

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Out of all the coffee beans, we chose to take home “Weasel”.

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Lots of it πŸ™‚ Β They smelled like chocolate πŸ™‚

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While waiting, the coffee lady made me try some sampaloc candy! Β OMG πŸ™‚ Β I’ll take some! Β I only bought 1/2 kilo. Β I wish I bought more! Β It was the best sampaloc candy everrrr….

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While waiting for our coffee beans, sampaloc candy and dried fruits to be packed, picture muna! πŸ™‚

I really enjoyed seeing the local Vietnamese goods here in Ben Thanh. Β Medyo nataranta ako. Β Haha!

Ok, fine, I am a moth.

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A Home Away From Home In Vigan

4 Aug

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Last May 14 to 16, 2014, I had an on location shoot for Style Weekend Magazine in Vigan City.Β  It was my first time to go there and I was so excited.Β  I’ve always wanted to go here.Β  I know this is such a late post but I was reminded about this beautiful place because of a recent post by @peterjuan who was in Vigan with my handmade Batman! πŸ™‚ Hehe…Β  I truly loved Vigan πŸ™‚ It was so worth the eight-hour road trip!!!

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go πŸ™‚

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Arrived in Vigan City during sunset…

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Check out our home away from home in Vigan πŸ™‚ There were just too many pretty things to see in this hotel! We stayed in Hotel Luna, a very charming Museum Hotel, the first of its kind in the Philippines.Β  This used to be an old mansion just like a lot of the places here πŸ™‚

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Check out their lobby…

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So many beautiful things to see πŸ™‚

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It really was like being in a museum! πŸ™‚Β  These artworks were in the dining room πŸ™‚

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Then outside, in the middle of the hotel, is where the pool is πŸ™‚

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The extension of the coffee shop.Β  Look how pretty this hotel is πŸ™‚

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I felt like I was little orphan, Annie, inside this beautiful mansion πŸ™‚

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This was the view from outside the rooms πŸ™‚

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Loved our room πŸ™‚

 

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And this… the highlight of my bathroom experience.Β  Haha! πŸ™‚

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They served us excellent meals.Β  But I was only able to take my breakfast during the first day.Β  Haha! πŸ™‚Β  Breakfast, my favorite meal when out of town because I don’t normally eat breakfast at home πŸ™‚Β  Of course, there’s Vigan longganisa in the mix!

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And my perfect sunny side up πŸ™‚

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Coffee.Β  Black.

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When we arrived inside the hotel, we were looking for places in the hotel to shoot in…Β  And we had such a hard time choosing because every corner of this hotel is photogenic! πŸ™‚

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Thank God for sunny weather!

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Loved the ceilings inside the coffee shop.

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And this was the view from the rooftop of Hotel Luna πŸ™‚

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Meet these gorgeous ladies πŸ™‚Β  Valerie, our fashion stylist for this shoot, and Anna, our model πŸ™‚

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It was an all girls team! πŸ™‚Β  Loved working with such talented and funny ladies! Meet Miss Helen, our hairstylist from L’oreal Professionel,Β  Mau, our photographer, assisted by Kat and our dearest Clara from Style Weekend πŸ™‚

I will be posting more behind-the-scenes photos of what went on in Vigan but for now hope you enjoyed this little tour of Hotel Luna.Β  There is still more to see in the hotel which I haven’t included yet.

Thank you so much to the staff of Hotel Luna for being so accommodating and helpful, especially regarding our important concerns such as where to find Vigan empanada and longganisa, etc! Hehe… πŸ™‚

We loved the hotel and would highly recommend Hotel Luna if you’re planning a trip to Vigan!Β  Class talaga! πŸ™‚

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Have a great week ahead, my friends! πŸ™‚Β  Happy Monday! πŸ™‚