Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Same Sex Marriage - it's all the same love

As I was surfing the net in search of fun reading, I came across this video. Thanks The Indie Pool.

I've always been an advocate of same sex marriage. I believe that we all have the right to choose who we fall in love with, regardless of gender, religion or social status.

In our predominantly catholic country where even a simple Reproductive Health law took 13 years to be passed*, I don't think gay marriages will happen yet.

But making a stand is the first step.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love

[Verse 1: Macklemore]
When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She's like, Ben you've loved girls since before pre-K
Tripping yeah
I guess she had a point, didn't she
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like
Yeah, I'm good at little league
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears what we don't know
And God loves all his children it's somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
3,500 years ago
I don't know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm [x4]

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
"Man that's gay"
Gets dropped on the daily
We've become so numb to what we're saying
Our culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color
Complexion of your pigment
The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins
Human rights for everybody
There is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren't anointed
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Is then poisoned
When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that's not important
No freedom til we're equal
Damn right I support it

I don't know


[Verse 3: Macklemore]
We press play
Don't press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
'Till the day
That my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walkin' around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn't gonna solve it all
But it's a damn good place to start
No law's gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up


[Outro: Mary Lambert]
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Photoshoot with Fireworks (Low Cost Prenup)

Fireworks evoke a very dramatic effect in photos. The shower of light and colors is a sight to behold.

I searched the web for wonderful inspiration and here are some gorgeous fireworks-in-wedding shots I've seen.

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Pretty gorgeous huh?

But the truth of the matter is that fireworks are pretty expensive too.

Want to know how to get these shots at a fraction of the cost?

Easy! Trudge on to Mall of Asia for its annual Philippine Internationa Pyromusical Competition. The show started last February 16th and will run up until March 23rd (every Saturday).

There's an entrance fee and you may check the rates here but to make sure that there's enough room to stage the shots, I think that it's best to just find a good spot away from the crowd.

Ask your photographer to bring his tripod and maybe an extra external flash and you're good to go. Research on the kind of shots and angles that you want taken and discuss this with your photographer. Discussing it beforehand will allow you to maximize the fireworks display.

Happy shooting!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

where is your heart?


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Potluck reception

Eric and I have made a decision to cut down on our TV watching. In fact, we don't have a TV at home and we only get to watch TV when we're at my in laws place during the weekends. Anyway, anything and everything seems to also be available online so we're not really missing much.

At times, certain episodes come up that I really wanted to catch. Bo Sanchez being featured on PowerHouse by Mel Tiangco is one of them.

Being a Feast attendee, I've heard a lot about Bro. Bo's 80sq.ft house I can't wait to take a peek. Of course I had to wait for it to come out on YouTube. Watch it below if you also missed it like me. =)

But this post is not about Bo's house. =D  It's actually about their wedding reception..

Bo said that since he wanted to invite his entire LOJ (light of Jesus) family but he's low on finances, they decided to have a potluck reception.

Potluck is usually done for family gatherings like reunion. It's where guests bring food that they can share with everyone.

Potluck is a nice concept. It's a big money saver especially for those who have a lot of guests to invite. Bo, for example, had to invite approx. 1000 guests. That is a lot. And I mean a looooot!

Wouldn't it be nice to just invite people regardless of the number because they'll be bringing their own food? I'd love to be able to stage one of those. Unfortunately, I don't think I have the guts to pull it off. 

Personally, I think this would work for couples who have very open minded families. Alternatively, I think we can do this if we're only inviting our very close friends who understands why we're doing it.


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Saturday, February 2, 2013


Feeding my nostalgia by watching Savage Garden's Crash and Burn video on YouTube. This was on the last scene and  it got me thinking how important this is. That's why I'm sharing this insight with all of you..

And in case you wanted to watch the video too.. Here is it.. Happy watching. =D


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


let's make a decision to be happy..


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

the flip side of Marriage


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

prepping the Playlist

Just like in the movies, the musical score is a suble yet a vital part of your event. If you hired a live performer (whether that be a band, a singer, a quartet or a whole orchestra) the task becomes a tad easier since you just come up with your list, provide it to the performers and let them take care of the rest.

It's more challenging for those who plan on providing their own playlist media such as a flash drive, mp3 player, CD etc because it requires additional planning.

If the task of preparing for the playlist falls on your shoulder, here are some of the things that you ought to double check. These are patterned for CDs but can also serve as a guideline for other media.

  1. Make sure that all the songs are fully ripped, meaning that your copy is complete from start to finish. It does happen that the actual song you downloaded is complete but the ripped copy is cut short. 
  2. Burn extra copies. Mishaps can happen so better be prepared. 
  3. Give a copy to your OTD. 
  4. Give two copies to your sound technician. 
  5. Ensure that your playlist is labelled correctly. You don't want your bride marching to the tune of your dance number for the reception. 
  6. To be safe, burn your ceremony and reception playlist CD separately. 
  7. Regardless of the medium that you're going to use (e.g. CD, flash disk or an MP3 player) make sure that it can be played by your sound technician. Usually, PAs can accomodate most mediums but it never hurts to be certain. What if your venue (God forbid!) is using a gramophone?
  8. Burn the songs in the correct sequence. 
  9. Give your technician a list with the song title, its sequence and its part in the ceremony or reception. e.g. 1.) Cannon D - Entourage marching song
  10. Check the volume of all the songs. The volume of the song depends on the actual source. It should be reasonably audible without the technician having to adjust the volume. 
  11. Try to achieve the same volume level for all the songs. 

Remember that the music in the background cannot make or break your event but it sure does have its own weight. With advanced planning, you can make sure that everyone is humming to the correct tune. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DIM (do it myself by xheng) showcasing felt bouquets

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Happy New Year everyone!

Today is a very special day for us here at Pinay Bride Guide because for the first time, we're going to feature a bride who was able to use her experience in planning for her wedding as a start-up business venture. Her business is something that I personally support because it's about floral alternatives.

Our special guest today is Cheryl Malayon of DIM (Do It Myself by Xheng)

Xheng started out like us - excitedly planning her wedding and applying some elbow grease on her DIYs. The difference is that after her initial posts, a deluge of other bride-to-bes asked her to help them with their DIYs. The rest - as they say - is history. =D

Here is my interview with her. 

PBG:               Kwento naman dyan. Tell us something about yourself.

DIM:               (mahirap to sis ah) i honestly don't know how to start for this interview. Hahahaha! Well, people call me Che, short for Cheryl, pero when i entered college i replaced it with Xheng. I forgot where i got that name. I grew up in Bacolod, but we decided to live here in Manila since 1992. I am currently working in a Law office located in Alabang, Muntinlupa. In short, working-business mom. I'm living with my fiance for almost 5 years then 2010 kami nabigyan ng angel and she's CZY short for Caiome Zymoun. I used to travel kahit nung bata pa ako, adventurous kasi ako. I love to sing (kahit wala sa tono) hahaha! I love art and crafts (very much). Ang routine ng buhay ko? bahay-office lang. Pag weekends business and deliveries naman. Obviously, I dont have time for gimmicks or social life except na lang pag nagyaya ng divi trip mga kapwa kong bride-to-bes. My life is very simple and I'm very much happy with it.

PBG:               Business minded ka palang talaga kahit nuon pa. Tell us more naman about the new product that you developed?

DIM:               DIM-byxheng makes non-fresh flowers for the whole entourage. Customized ceremony symbols such as ring pillow,candle, matches etc. Makes pre-nup props such as 3D Letters, Coronet, Prenup bouquets etc. DIM also makes cupcake towel souvenirs for birthdays and christening.

PBG:               Halos pala lahat ng DIY e available from you. So how did it start? Bakit ka napunta sa ganitong business?

DIM:               Nagstart ako sa cupcake towels souvenirs nung 2010. Fortunately, nag grow siya ng di ko inaasahan... Super blessed kasi I'm working pa nung time na yun then kabilaan yung order ng souvenirs. Nung medyo nakakaluwag na kami ni fiance, we decided to get married na. 2011 pa namin na plan, pero this year (2012) lang kami nag start sa lahat ng needs for the wedding preps. At dito ko nakilala si GT (Girltalk female Network) That was the time that I realized I can personalize my wedding. From invitations down to bouquets etc. Unang natapos sa DIYs ko is yung bouquet ng maid of honor ko. Nakakatuwa kasi wala pang 3 weeks, a friend from GT asked for my help, na kung pwedeng igawa ko daw siya ng bouquet for the whole entourage. Ayun, nagsimula na si DIM. Naging 2 orders per month then naging 3 and so on. Pero naging super happy ako when a client from Australia asked for the bouquets and she orders the cupcake towel souvenirs and bouquets for her entourage. Overwhelmed lang ako ng sobra sa blessings na binigay ni God. And now, 17 clients na for the whole year of 2013.

PBG:                Wow! Congratulations. Imagine, 17 orders at the start of the year palang. That’s really something. Tell us more about your products naman. What makes it unique?

DIM:               DIM uses felt cloth, fabric, feathers, brooches, beads, crystals, and paper as medium of art. I customized my products based on what the clients want for her wedding. Minsan nagbe-base lang din ako sa kung ano yung gustong ipagaya sa akin ng mga clients ko pero i make sure na may touch of DIM pa rin ang paggawa. I also make sure that it's matibay and hindi basta bastang masisira. 

Uniqueness? Maybe dahil bago sa paningin ng tao. Tumatagal ang buhay, pwedeng maging souvenir for the abay or display sa bahay after the event. 

PBG:               Okay. Ano naman ang price range ng products mo?

DIM:               I give prices depends sa dami ng entourage ng client. And yes, it is negotiable. But my basic package ranges from 5k-6k if all felt cloth materials. And 7k-9k if brooch fabric/felt materials.

PBG:               Very reasonable ang price ha given the fact na pwede pa nila itago. Mas affordable pa ang price nya compared to other real flowers. Where can they get in touch with you for orders naman?

DIM:               They can reach me thru these numbers:
                        09471800757/09237429713/ 09068877099
                        or they can send pms thru my fb page :

PBG:                There you go Pinay Bride Guide readers, make sure to save Xheng’s numbers and get in touch with her right away to book your orders. Thanks, Xheng for your time at pinagbigyan mo kami to do this interview. Last question nalang. What are some tips that you can give for a pinay bride?

DIM:               Preparing for your big day is a very stressful and pressured moment of your life. Choose suppliers that you are very comfortable to be with. Do a lot of research and always look for feedback sa mga suppliers na nakukuha or natitipuhan niyo. Set a budget then make a list of things na "must haves" on your wedding day, if may budget pa go for nice to haves.

Thanks a bunch to Xheng for sharing her works with us. To whet your appetites, here are some of Xheng's amazing creations. Enjoy!

cascade bouquet

felt boutonnieres

roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you.

floral wreaths

wrist corsage

Felt and brooch bouquet


All photos courtesy of DIM (Do it Myself by Xheng)


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