Bridal Shower #3: Lace and Pearls

9 May

So one day mom tells me that she’s planning a bridal shower for me, I told her “sure mom, that would be great” but in my head I knew there was a 50-50 chance of it pushing through. Not that I doubted mom’s party planning skills nor did I question her creativity, it was just that she’s literally one of the busiest people that I know. If she’s not working in the hospital, you’ll find her working at home, surely she wouldn’t be able to find time to do this. And another thing, she wanted to go all out on DIY-ing this party without asking for my help. How the heck was she going to do that?

 “Give me a date when you’re free, you don’t need to worry about anything. We’ll plan this.”

I thought she wasn’t serious until she brought these DIY printed-out invitations home. That was the only time she let me help…wrapping the invitations with doilies and burlap strings (very rustic vintage) before she handed them out.

Mom had one of her co-workers (who btw also was crazy about DIY) come up with the invitation print-outs

And on the day of the actual shower, this table at the entrance blew me away.

There it was… mom’s mirrored vanity tray that we bought from one of the past estate sales, Vynna’s assorted glass perfume bottles, the vintage off-white gloves that I bought from the lady next-door in the old neighborhood we were living in, a photo of me and marco (mom made sure to buy vintage frames for that), faux pearls, a cream colored candle inside a bird cage, a lace fan, Mae’s DIY guestbook in pink/gold/ pearls, a DIY cake towel made by one of mom’s friends (its at the far corner—yes, that thing was made out of towels) and just a hodge page of trinkets and treasures.

Walked in the room and saw my thrifted vintage wedding dress on a mannequin.

The homemade mocha cake Tita Mymar made. Isn’t it lovely?

Mini Cupcakes. :)

My sister’s home made oreo cake pops—Thanks Pauline!

Loved the wonderful flower arrangement made by a lady from church.

Dessert/ Punch table setting.

And they also prepared a slide show presentation for me ℅ the Sandils.

They were showing some embarassing pictures of me growing up, How delightful (not, haha)

Practice for the wedding day— I also had cake slicing during my bridal shower.

…and of course they also had a Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. The models from each group: Tita Mymar, Angelie and Tita Connie.

Opening of gifts: L-I-N-G-E-R-I-E….lost count.

This is a tad bit too late but I want to thank everyone who made it to the bridal shower and also thank you for all the presents, the cards, the gift cards, cash, stuff from the wedding registry, inspirational books on marriage, the lovely rosary and most importantly words of advice as I start a new chapter in my life. Mom was right, each and everyone of you has been an important part of my life, true women of wisdom whom I won’t hesitate to run to in times of need.

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Here’s a run-down of the people who made it to the bridal shower:

Tita Flora, our closest family friend/ mom’s second mom here in Houston.

My boss and my second mom at work.

CFC-FFL Titas with Mae, all of them are my second-moms in the community.

Mom’s friends and co-workers.

The Singsons, the first ever family who housed us in Houston.

Mommy Norma and Ate Jen, one of our very few relatives here in Houston. They just moved in a couple of days ago.

The infamous Tita Mymar, cake extraordianire.

The Ladies of the Pinoy Community of Sienna Anderson Springs, our closest friends in the neighborhood and the most down-to-earth bunch I know.

with the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Costales (they’re also getting married this year!). Thanks so much for hosting, Mae!

With the youngest girls in the family—Ate loves you!!!

And of course my dearest mom, the brains behind the bridal shower.

Mom, you’ve really outdone yourself! I know you’ve been silently stressing out on the preparations for this bridal shower and for a while I did feel kind of helpless not being able to pitch-in with the planning or the execution of this whole thing. I’m so used to us tag-teaming with you, doing chores, running house errands, telling the kids off but you know what with the help of our family, close friends and neighbors the whole thing just turned out quite perfect. We really are so blessed and loved. I want to thank you for going out of your way to make me feel appreciated and for making sure that my last few days in Houston were memorable. And in turn I too appreciate you for sacrificing your time and effort just to make this send-off a blast. You really would do anything for us, mom. Thank you and I love you so much!

~Rhea

Bridal Shower #2/ Birthday/ Despedida Party: Luau

9 May

May 9, 2014— my last day at work and ironically also my boss’ (Mrs. Abaya) birthday. Coincidentally, my first day at work fell on September 7 which also happened to be my birthday. To those who’ve always wondered what I do (or did) for a living in Houston, I was a medical assistant for one of the best Filipino Nephrologists in the Houston Medical Center  (no bias at all). And the Texas Medical Center in Houston is in fact the largest medical center in the entire world as of the moment so I would want to assume that Dr. Abaya is one of the best nephrologists out there.

Now I know I took up BA Theater Arts in college, I majored in “performance”, clearly I had no medical background whatsoever. And just to add up to that, I never did like the medical field, I could tolerate it but never did I go looking for it. To my advantage, this husband and wife tandem took me in and took a chance on me. I’ve always wondered what they saw in me, heck if I interviewed myself I wouldn’t even hire “me”. I didn’t know what I was taking about but I acted like I did though, of course I am a performer, surprisingly after a few days they called and I started working with them part time at first and eventually full time. Maybe it was the fact the Dr. Abaya went to the University of the Philippines and he saw on my resume that I did too, other than being Filipino that was our only connection, in our fields of expertise we had null.

The Abayas were my first ever employers in Houston and my last before flying back to the Philippines to live there temporarily. That small, skinny girl from 7 years ago who knew nothing is no more, today I can honestly say that I am a medical assistant in the full essence of it. I can handle difficult patients, triage medical complaints, memorize procedure and diagnoses codes, charge visits, check vital signs, verify medication, get claims paid, appeal ones that aren’t paid, do credentialing for the doctor and the practice but most importantly I have learned to genuinely care for my patients and I have learned to get to the bottom of their problems and concerns with their insurance, their health, their medications, their appointments, their everything.

I will miss you all and I will miss our patients. To those patients who scheduled appointments just to see me before I leave…Thank you. To those who went into the trouble of getting me a little something and writing me sweet notes…Thank you. And to those who came by on my last day even without scheduled appointments just to give me a hug and send me their well-wishes…Thank you. I cannot promise you that I’ll be back in a year to work as a medical assistant again but I hope that our paths will cross someday and when that day comes I hope you will still remember me.

Instant Luau at our kitchen/ break room

My mentor and today’s birthday girl— Mrs. Abaya

Today’s pika-pika. Yessenia tried to compromise by throwing in some healthy stuff like carrots, broccoli, pretzels and some fruits but we obviously went for the cheese, crackers, m&m’s, cupcakes and donut holes.

Mrs. Abaya brought in lunch from La Madeline

For the past few years my boss would get me this awesome cake for my birthday or special occasions, here’s one last for good times sake

The famous Sacher Torte from La Madeline

Flowers for Mrs. Abaya from Yessenia

I got her white tulips

Dr. Abaya and Mrs. Abaya

Yessenia, a new found friend that Im leaving so soon.

P.S. She’s also getting married this July 2014.

Bernardino F. Abaya, MD and staff

….I am what I am today, Dr. Abaya and Mrs. Abaya, because of you. Thank you for taking a chance on me, for being patient with me, for training me and for teaching me everything I know today about the medical practice. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. One way or the other, I know I’ll get to use all of these skills you’ve taught me, hopefully when Marco starts his own practice in the future. I am forever grateful, Abayas.

~Rhea

Bridal Shower #1: Sweet Pastels

26 Apr

“We can’t wait to hand out the invitations, they’re so YOU”

It all started when these two wonderful sisters that I met in the St. Angela Merici Choir decided to throw me a bridal shower, and true to their word they did. 

The invitations? Oh they were right alright, it was so ME. Just after my own heart,

These things taste good as they look, I promise.

Matching centerpiece—invitations, platelets, cups, table cover, food, EVERYTHING.

R for is for Regina Ramas. Cookieeeesssss!!!

Table Set-Up.

Pin the Flower on the Wedding Dress. Would you believe my brother John won? Haha.

And they got me gifts… LOTS of it.

Opening one of the gifts, this one happens to be from the Tecsons

Last time I opened gifts in front of everyone was when I was 10 I think, now I’m 27 and this was weird for me alright.

Thanks so much SAM Choir for having my family over too.

I wore pastels and accidentally matched the theme of the bridal shower. I guess my SAM family does know me too well.

Here it is—my St. Angela Merici Choir Family. I love this bunch.

And these are the two sisters responsible for this whole thing—Patty and Barbara. Thank you for this wonderful shower and for treating me and my family like your own. Love you both so much!

 

~Regina (Rhea)

Tweak and Repeat

8 Mar

I usually wait for a good 3-6 months before repeating a dress especially if its something people notice like a printed floral one but I figured wearing it in two different places around different people should be okay, and if you love it so much then why not, right?  Enjoying this comfortable peplum dress, now off to church. #vintageflowers

(DRESS: Floral; 5,7,9/ SWEATER: Mossimo/ HEELS: Wet Seal/ BRIEFCASE: thrifted/ EARRINGS: from Roxi/ BANGLES: F21 and Charming Charlie)

Sitting this one out

Necklace and Earrings from Roxi’s vintage stash. Thanks mane!

Keeping it simple, long gold necklace against the floral dress.

Fell in love with the texture of this briefcase. The previous owner didn’t even get the chance to use this. A good thrift find at $10.

 Crisscrossed and Complicated.

Oh, and here’s the only other time that I wore this lovely, a month and a half ago in Cebu for Kei and Nino’s engagement party. #itsmorefuninthephilippines

Have a blessed Sunday!

~Rhea

Slipping Into Seoul

9 Feb

 Thank you Asiana Air for that long stop over in Seoul, you’ve given me a chance to sleep straight on a comfy bed and to explore another unfamiliar country. I’ll definitely be back with Marco.

Welcome to Hotel June Room 313, my home for the next 8-10 hours.

Score! An actual PC with internet connection in my room…now if I only I could understand Korean.

YIELD.

Why Hello there brother #Paul, I took this photo just for you.

Remnants of the snowflakes this morning.

I braved the streets of Seoul with my peeptoe wedges. My feet almost died.

That uncanny attraction to another country’s culture.

…Yes, I stopped by to watch. I’d have to admit, I’ve been dying to try one of those hanboks (traditional korean dress)  ever since I took Art Sudies in college.

I couldn’t resist, I had to try it too. Had fun dabbing ink on Hanji (traditional Korean paper).

The Design: Hojakdo (Magpie and Tiger); to avert evils and misfortunes.

Gamsahabnida, Seoul.

See you in awhile Houston! #Asianaair

~Rhea

Destination: Simala Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines

9 Feb

I’ve forgotten how much fun I used to have traveling to the far South, and I say “far” because Talisay, the place I grew up in was already considered south with Cebu City as the point of reference. That song from Anastasia “Journey to the Past”…literally what it felt like during the 2-hour drive to Simala. I didn’t realize how lucky we are to still have design remnants from the Spanish Coloniazation Era. If I’m not mistaken, we passed by 4 old churches along the way and I was so tempted to just stop and take pictures but we were on a tight schedule so I decided to save that for another adventure, maybe next time I can do that with Marco.

A quick shot taken of the San Isidro Labrador Church in San Fernando, we already passed by 2 old churches prior to this one (one in Minglanilla and the other one in Naga) but I didn’t have Reno, my camera, ready.

Here’s another quick shot that I took from inside the car…. Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church in Sibonga.

My first sight of the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist—-a magnificent sight indeed. It’s amazing how they started this with a mere bahay kubo (nipa hut), now it resembles a castle in the sky.

Feeling so blessed to be here.

I kept looking up until my neck hurt, so I decided to just snap a photo.

This Way…Mama Mary Halok (Kiss)

Just a thought: What if I come back and my footwear is no longer there? #barefootbeauty

The line was this long. Imagine how many visitors they get everyday.

Ang Birhen sa Simala

Praying for intentions.

My dates for today—Mama Joy and Mommy Babe. Kuya Noe is taking the photo.

Thanks Mommy Babe (grandmother) for making this trip possible, she knew this would satisfy my troubled heart. I have the best grandmother, she prays with me for

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Lighting candles for Marco’s board exam

Bumped into a monk just after submitting our prayer petitions

I’m confident that we will be adding Marco to this wall of Board Passers. CLAIMED.

One last shot before completely heading out.

We didn’t have time for Stations of the Cross but I did make it to the First one.

Stopped by Jollibee on the way home. A view from the entrance—-The Carcar Rotunda.

UPDATE: Marco did PASS the Medical Board Exam. Thank you, Lord!

~Rhea

Niño ❤ Kei

8 Feb

THIRTY—-a bunch of girls I go way back with, some since kindergarten but the past few years (maybe a decade or so) I have unconsciously dropped out of their lives partly because of Theater 110 and partly because my family had to migrate to Houston. Either ways I’ve missed out on everyone’s debut (except Din’s), Batch Reunions, Annual Christmas Parties, Random trips to the Beach and now I am starting to miss out on Weddings, too. Bummer.

This January, I scheduled a trip to the Philippines to check up on my wedding suppliers and make sure everything was okay—-it was a BIG plus to make it just in time for Sinulog, a BIG plus to be able to check up on Marco and wish him luck before the Philippine Medical Board Exam and another BIG plus to be able to make it to one of my closest friend’s wedding and catch up with the rest of the girls. The day started out hectic thanks to Cebu’s ever growing traffic that I can’t seem to get used to but everything turned out great.

Once again, Congrats Nak, Congrats Ninz, I’m blessed to be able to witness your union! Love you both.❤ #ninoandkeiwedding

We made it!!! Nino and Kei Reception…here we go. :)

Who doesn’t love a good red velvet wedding cake?

The cutest kiss…awwww. Congrats you two lovebirds!

Lovin the Beach rustic set up.

One of my most favorite couples—- Waning and Dadz.

Reunited with my Houston loves—we’re next in line down that aisle.

uhhh..yeah, I would hang out  by the dessert table. :)

Nay and Chang—my after -ceremony buddies over Dimsum and Starbucks. Cravings satisfied, danke.

FIREWORKS.

Our faces—wahaha. WTH. Kiat ra.

While gapapicture mi with the couple….

Gakiat ang duha. Haha

One last photo with the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez.

Same OLD girls, according to Meyan. Lagi, ‘old’ na ta. :)

My Cebu lovies and we’re slowly adding more to this bunch❤

Never got to thank you Chawi, Chipee and Chang for taking me home to Talisay! Layo ra ba…glad we were able to catch up during the drive.:)

I’ll see you in May, girls. Until then…❤

~Regina (Rhea)

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