Sunday, July 8, 2012

Paragedevan (our cake supplier)

Rating - ♥
Fee – 4,500 (supposedly 2layers all-edible cake and 50 cupcakes)
Delivery Charge – P500
Cupcake Tower - P500

If there's one lesson that I learned with coordinating our wedding, it was to trust my instinct.

Paragedevan was one of those suppliers that I was really hesitant to book. Reasons are:
  1. The cupcake taste is just so-so.
  2. It was quite pricey. (we've sampled more delicious ones at a more reasonable cost.)
  3. She was laguna-based.
The owner and baker of Paragedevan was a member of TPC lente. We considered her for this reason alone.

She quoted me P1,500 for a 2layers kitkat cake, which looked like this. I understand that there will be add-on charges for the toppers. 

She also offered me a package of 2layered cake and 50pieces of cupcakes for P4,500. I discussed it with Eric and we decided that it was an okay deal.

I sent her a PM and we gave it a go, thinking that we already agreed on the price. Imagine my surprise when she texted me that she will canvass the price for our cake. I told her that our budget is only the price she quoted me. Her texts felt irritated after that. Eric already wanted to cancel but out of “pakikisama” we went ahead with it.

We thought that it was the last of our issues with her. We were wrong.. It got worse.

What pissed us off

Nagging us about the payment - We made a DP 3weeks prior to the wedding. After a week, she was already nagging us for the rest. She badgered us day and night, sending text after text after text.

As if we're not stressed enough, here she was hounding us like as if we plan to run away and not pay her. She haven't even delivered the cake yet! We found out later on that she had other pending dues that's why she pestered us for the money. What was really unnerving was the fact that we personally know her.

Condescending to our coordinator – she called Candy, our coordinator, and made certain demands. When she didn't get her way, she shouted at her and was downright mean. The thing is our coordinator was Eric's friend from way back. When we confronted her, she denied everything. But who are we to believe? An acquintance or a friend?

Early Delivery – we found our that the reason she got mad at Candy was because she wanted to deliver the cake a day before the wedding and just have Candy set it up for her on the day itself. Naturally, Candy wouldn't agree.

It means that if she delivered the cake on the 24th*, she would have made it 2days before the wedding. All the hassle for a stale cake? Not a chance! Besides, setting up the cake is the supplier's responsibility and not the coordinators not the reception crew.

The reason? She have other appointments. The gall! We booked and paid her. Therefore, she should deliver. If she took on other commitments, it's not our problem anymore.

At this point, Eric was adamant to forget the payment and just cancel. But it's almost a week before the wedding and with so much to do, I didn't feel that I can squeeze having to find a supplier at such a short notice. So we still pushed through but by now we're totally pissed.

Cake delivered was not the one we agreed on – Here's the clincher!
  • Only the bottom layer was edible eventhough we agreed on a 2layer all-edible cake.
  • Our cat toppers looked different from our cats eventhough I sent her their photos.

She told us that she's throwing in 10 additional cupcakes to our orders and we were grateful. It would seem that she exchanged the 2nd cake layer for the 10 cupcakes. The thing is we don't need the extra 10 cupcakes. We needed the 2layer all-edible cake so that it would look like 3tiers when the topper is placed.

We felt so cheated.

Extra Charges – like Adlay catering, she kept on springing additional charges to us along the way which was not brought up during the initial discussion.
  • Cupcake Tower – This is only P200 in Divisoria. Had she told me that this is not included in her package, I would have just purchased one when I was there.
We're very easy to talk to. Had she laid out all the cards beforehand, Eric and I could have discussed it and weighed our options. It was a bad customer experience. One that we would rather not experience again.

Atleast the cake and cupcakes looked nice.

the alien cupcakes

aliens in different face and shapes

Our two babies.. Moon and Ash.

But it's still not worth it. =(

*(our wedding was the 25th,)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Providence (stonefree) - a great video concept

We don't have T.V. at home.

The news is just too depressing, the noontime shows are too corny, the dramas are too overplayed and there are just but a handful of shows worth watching on cable.

Also, when Bro. Bo Sanchez said "Here's something to think about: If you live until 75 and watched 3hours of TV a day (and you removed normal sleeping time, You would have wasted 14years of your life."* it was a sort of wake-up call for us.

I stumbled upon this video during the rare times that I get to sit in front of the tube. The lyrics is not about romantic love. It is however, about, a more deeper kind of love.

It talks about how God always provides for us and being alive is the greatest gift of all.

The concept of the video is fantastic. It was a great idea for a prenup, not to mention socially relevant.

Watch it and be inspired..

Love is really worth sharing..


*read the rest of the article here.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

HMUA - Casey by Carol and Kim

RATING : ♥♥♥♥♥

Website :

Fee : P4k / bride + 2heads (with retouch during reception)
         P700 / extra head
         P1,200 - trial make-up


This duo was referred to me by one of my bridesmaid. They both work for the company I used to work for. Although Carol got there way after I'm gone, Kim, on the other hand, was my batchmate.

Being budding entrepreneurs ourselves, Eric and I know how important it is to build a portfolio. That's why we've always preferred to get suppliers who's just new in the industry. It's our way to help. Also, often than not, their rates are more affordable and they're much easier to transact with.=D

What we liked

Affordability – their price is fairly reasonable. It is very competitive with the current market price.

Fun – I don't know about other brides but I was a nervous wreck during my wedding. Thank God, these two were there. There were a constant stream of friendly chatter and funny anecdotes that helped me forget how nervous I was. 


in a fit of giggles

Output – I'm not a fan of heavy make-up nor big updos. Carol and Kim were able to capture the look that I wanted. Just right make-up and a 'do that compliments me. 

Kim, working on my locks

finished product

my hair from the back

Photos lifted from Casey: by Carol and Kim

The HMU done to my mom, sister-in-law and friend was also fab!

Eric and I really hated the Imeldific dos done on mothers and the espasol-like approach to bridesmaids and lady sponsors' makeups. I'm proud to say that Carol and Kim was very great in their craft that my mom looked fresh and young, my SIL kept her vibrant looks and my friend looked naturally beautiful.

my wonderful friends, Anj and Asy

Extra help – It never dawned on me how hard it was to get into a wedding gown, not until I was there and trying to get into one. Kim was my saviour and helped me all throughout. He tied my corset, pinned the brooch at the back of my dress and helped me into my petticoat. I don't know how I would have managed it without his help. 

Moral Booster – I had wanted to forgo the retouch for the reception because the oldies are getting impatient*. However, Carol and Kim kept reminding me that it's my day. Therefore, they should wait out for me. They were such a moral booster during those stressful times during the reception. 

Not to mention that I love (and Eric did too.. ) my evening hair and makeup. 

what was that???

A very sweet moment..

My hair swept sideways

I'm so glad I booked them. =D

Carol and Kim; the duo who's responsible for my beautiful wedding look


*We kept on reminding them that the reception is not going to start until 6PM. However they were already at the reception venue by 5PM. No wonder they were losing their patience by the time we arrived at around 6.20.

H.H. Restaurant

Peso Value : ☻☻☻☻☻
Taste : ☻☻☻☻☻
Rating : ☻☻☻☻☻

Visiting Divisoria became a habit as the big day approaches.

Doing so brought us to side streets and alleyways we've never ventured to before.

Like most soon-to-wed couples, this is enevitable. And since this means more expenses, it's important to save a few pesos here and there. We stumbled upon this eatery during one of our visits.

Located at the food court of Divisoria Mall, H.H. Restaurant specializes on various types of mami ( noodle soup. )

The Filipino traditional mami is a soup usually using thin egg noodles and sometimes flat rice noodles with either beef, pork, chicken or wanton garnish and topped with chives.*

This eatery offers that.. plus much much more.

The choices doesn't stop with choosing the topping. Here, your choice starts from the noodle all the way to the stock.

The choices are presented Mongolian style for easy picking.

We chose the "Mixed mami." For only P50, this is a treat.

The noodle we chose were the flat, dry ones. These are available in supermarkets.

They also have sotanghon (cellophane noodles), canton (chow mien), miki* (lo mien) and instant noodles.

Mixed "mami" entitles the customer to pick 5 toppings from their array of choices. Unfortunately, the displays doesn't have any label and I was only able to recognize the tofu. hehe! 

We had to ask all the topping names from the server just to make sure that it's something we'd eat.

We went for scallops, fish, squid, pork and wanton.

Other choices would include tofu, kikiam, beef, chicken, isaw (barbequed intestine of chicken or pork), eggs and others that are quite foreign to me.

We chose beef for the broth, giving it a dark, brownish color. Chicken and pork stocks are also available.

The broth was steaming hot, the toppings were flavorful and the serving was big enough for 2 people.

Aside from the chives, bok choy also gives the soup an added flavor. 

The food is filling at a very affordable cost. Strategically located in Divisoria, it's great for those who wanted to have extra money for more shopping.


* Miki is the noodle mostly used here in the Philippines for mami.


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