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A Happy New Y2013 Indeed

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A Happy New Y2013 Indeed

This was our first time to celebrate the New Year as husband and wife. We celebrated the New Year in my parents-in-law’s house together with my sister-in-law and her husband. We had a happy celebration.

To reserve our energy when celebrating the New Year, we planned to have all the food cooked outside and cook a little only. Seafood was the major course with a couple of other dishes such as pork, but not chicken. Not chicken, since there was a saying that chicken may bring a “One Kahig, Isang Tuka” luck to the family. All the seafood dishes were cooked from Dampa (in Paranaque), the chosen dishes were crabs in oyster sauce, shrimps in garlic sauce, kamaron (breaded shirmp) and calamares (breaded squid).

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The dessert was a pan of leche flan, oozing with caramel on top.

The dishes were all placed in a chafing dish, and were warmed by a burner using fuel jelly. The smell of the seafood aroma made our stomachs crumble, but we saved our appetites after hearing mass.

We were early at church and have occupied one pew. It was my first time to hear mass in my husband’s village, they have a very nice church. They say that first timers can make three wishes. I only made one wish, hope it will come true πŸ™‚

After hearing mass, we look forward to our New Year dishes, but before we change to comfortable clothes, we opted to have our Christmas/New Year pictures taken first.

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My husband was then excited for fireworks. He suddenly changed to comfortable clothing and made his way to the pile of firecrackers. We started with the “kwitis” and Roman Candle. I was actually scared coming near firecrackers, but thought that taking firecracker photos will be a challenge.

Of course before lighting up firecrackers, my husband was geared up for safety. As TV advertisements would say “Safety First”!

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The “kwitis” were lined up to an old corrugated sheet pointing upwards. I had fun catching the firecracker trail when it soars high up to the sky.

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Excited for the boom boom boom!

Excited for the boom boom boom!

It was only 15 minutes to January 1, 2013, and we were all anticipating the colorful fireworks in the sky. Our cameras are ready and set to for our creative fireworks shot.

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5, the lens is in circles during the exposure

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 5, the lens is in circles during the exposure

When our firecrackers were already consumed, we went inside the house to review our shots. However, our creativity mode is still active and we want to make more creative shots. My husband, together with my sister-in-law and his husband played with the camera.

Using Plumplum's musical wand; Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Using Plumplum’s musical wand; Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 at an exposure of 10 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 20 seconds

Camera settings: ISO 100 with an exposure of 20 seconds

We lastly tried to write names, using long exposure and we were successful on this. The camera settings of the pictures below is ISO 100 at an exposure of 20 seconds.

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We were proud with the result of our creative shots that we weren’t able to keep track of time. We slept at about 4am in the morning. Though we’re still in the mood to post our shots in facebook, our eyes are already droopy. Its time to take a rest.

Welcome Y2013, we are excited with the things that are in store for us!

… I hope that the wish that I made in my first church visit will come true πŸ™‚

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Chemical Pregnancy

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When my husband and I got married we both looked forward to having a child, and we really want it the soonest time possible. We were so fond of our niece Plumplum that we want a kid of our own.

A few years back before we got married, which probably could be due to the call of motherhood, I would stare at a kid wishing I would have my own one day. The thought has lingered for some time until we got married. While we wait for our little one to be conceived, we enjoyed each other’s company by travelling and enjoying photography.

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To be exact, come November 20, 2012, I did a home kit pregnancy test since I am already 3 days late my monthly period. I would know that I am delayed since I am in a 28 days cycle. I could say that morning was the happiest day of my life, I tested positive for pregnancy! I then texted my husband, who is out of the country the good news, and he couldn’t believe that our wish has been granted. We were both so happy! Out of excitement he eagerly searched for baby names.

While driving to the office, I was in such a happy mood that I was willing to give up office poise (goodbye high heeled shoes) and figure (hello rice!) for our baby. My mother and mother-in-law was infomed of the good news and they were very happy.

My husband and I were planning to visit Japan during that time. I already have submitted the VISA requirements a day before I found out I was positive for pregnancy. I thought that our little bundle’s first travel will be in Japan πŸ™‚

I suddenly felt the urgency to visit an Obigyny (OB) on the same day due to pink discharges that I have found. Since my regular OB did not have clinic hours on that day in the nearby hospital, I opted to the OB of my officemate’s wife which was highly recommended. I was asked to take two (2) weeks bed rest due to the spotting. I was shot with progesterone hormones and have taken progesterone gels/capsules to keep the blood in my uterus and a medication to relax the muscles in my uterus (Duvadilan). I ate healthy foods and have literally rested on bed.

While I rested on bed, my mom and the rest of the family have taken good care of me. Cooked healthy foods for me and have given foods that I crave. My brother learned to cook pancakes because I requested pancakes πŸ™‚

On the weekend of that same week, I asked to be rushed to the hospital due to excessive spotting. I was so afraid, I thought I would lose our baby. Our doctor was phoned by a resident who attended to me to report my case and I was recommended to ensure that I make my follow-up check-up the following week.

My sister and my mom, even though how busy their schedule is will give way to accompany me to the hospital since I thought that driving might stess me out and add may trigger spotting.

During my follow-up check-up, Transvaginal Ultrasound revealed that there is no sac and my uterus is less thick as compared the week before. My doctor ruled out pregnancy. Sadness have not yet enveloped me during that moment, however when I see babies, baby picture frames and when I go to sleep at night, I feel the sadness and can’t help to cry.

I still thank God for the wonderful feeling of motherhood anticipation, I guess God just gave me a nudge on how it would feel to be a parent. My husband was also saddened. We still look forward when a baby will be granted to us. We know that in God’s time our little bundle will go back. He or she is probably still in heaven with Plumplum, waiting for God’s time. We will wait for you anak πŸ™‚

My Bridal Shower

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Its only about a month more to go before our big day. I was busy with preparations and doing wedding detail checks. I was happy and excited as all bride will feel.

Nothing could have felt more good with people around you feeling the same way for you. I was overwhelmed with the Bridal Shower thrown by my dear friends and adorable office mates. The effort exerted, the happiness that they also feel and their excitement made me feel very special.

I always cherish happy thoughts, I consider these my drive to look forward for more to come.

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Bridal Shower by Officements….Β 

I still remember the exact date, it was on January 20, 2012. A week before this, Lanie our party organizer, have sent an email to all saying that there will be a party for the January birthday celebrants. Everybody then anticipated this event. January 20 is a Friday, since my then boyfriend (now husband) is in the country, we usually try to maximize time, so I am usually in a hurry to leave the office at 5pm.

All through out the day, most of them would ask if I could make it to the party, to which I always respond to “I’ll try”. Come 5pm, Marcel (my husband’s Β friend too)Β was in a hurry to go to the event, which I find odd because he usually stays late in the office. Then everybody now has been asking me to go to the event. Since my boyfriend has not yet responded to my text message, I thought I pass by the event then ask him to proceed to the event as well. Our manager, Mr Mike, which we happen to bumped into the elevator, promptly told me that I go along with him since he will bring his car anyway. I then started to get suspicious, since I did receive a message from Jo that she is happy for my birthday and congratulations to us, but she is apologetic that she can’t come. Hmm… But I then thought that, probably she was just happy for us and for my birthday.

When we arrived at the event, my suspicions were gone since everybody just seem to be doing their usual thing in parties, laughing out loud and singing. Lanie was also the host of the event. At the middle of the party, she asked me to go up the stage and sit on the chair that they have brought at the stage. Then the giling boys (Vermon, Lito, Migs, JP) came in the party, oh my gosh! I was honored that they have prepared this dance number.

All the sudden, they blind folded me. I suddenly heard wailing, everybody was screaming as if a celebrity has come to the party. I came to the impression that a macho dancer was hired for the party. They have asked me to touch somebody’s body parts, I was haha screaming and so hesitant to lay my hands! Then after that, I was so surprised, somebody was singing our favorite song, and I recognize the voice, its was my boyfriend! The body parts that they asked me to touch was actually also him, and my office mates was wise to instruct him not to wear his perfume.

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After the event, we went to another venue to have “2 bottles” of beer, the counting of which came out to be the first and last bottle πŸ˜‰

It was a very memorable day, I was elated that everybody has made the effort for this party. Thank you so Β much guys! πŸ™‚

Bridal Shower by Dear Friends…

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Just about a week after the bridal shower thrown by my office mates, my friends scheduled a bridal shower for me. It was held in Karen’s house (my Maid of Honor). I was also honored that they have made this effort as well and thanks to Karen for organizing this event! I have so much use of the gifts that you have guys given! πŸ˜‰

Thanks Divine, Karen, Alma, Tin and Kristine, see you guys soon! πŸ™‚