Mik ❤ Poi

While typing the title of this blog entry I almost put “Solon” instead of “Mik”, we should really stop calling him that. All throughout college we were so used to calling him by his last name so naturally we were doing just that during the entire wedding reception, I was actually surprised that we weren’t turning a lot of heads considering that half of Mik’s guests were related to him and they probably had Mik’s last name too. Haha.

Amidst the crazy circumstances and the time constraints, I’m glad we got to witness one of our closest guy friend get hitched to the long time love of his life. I think the last time I saw Solon was right before I migrated to Houston, he moved to Chicago too but in those years that we spent in the US we never found the time to meet up. I’d like to think it was perfect timing for us to still be here, imagine if we moved back to Houston a few months earlier then we would have completely missed this celebration of love.

Like every one else I knew these two were going to end up with each other, it was clearly just a matter of time. Solon and Poi got hitched in the US before coming home to the Philippines so they had a simple renewal of vows by the ocean, in front of closest family and friends. It was a wonderful and intimate celebration and I do have to agree with Missy, the place looked like “Pinterest ideas that came to life”. I loved how everything was charming and rustic. Hats off to Poi…I know how hard it is to plan a wedding fro across the miles but you pulled it off and the details were just gorgeous.

Sharing some photos of this wonderful wedding…

Btw, thanks Ninang Ito for the wonderful Kate Torralba dress, you are a life saver!

LaVista ladies made it to Moalboal

Mrs. and Mr. Marco Mendezona with our little one on the way

Jau and Gelala

When cousins think alike, Kuya JV in yellow too!

This way to the reception. 🙂

Gela, Missy and I waiting for the rain to stop pouring

Little Diego

The set up

Everyone settling down for the night

Classic appetizers

The happy groom and bride

Slicing of the cake

Sandbox—the Kid’s Area

Diego and Mateo having a grand time at the sand box

Tonight’s Menu…Yumm

Tito Marco and Mateo

There were TWO goofballs…

…then THREE

….then FOUR

…and then there were FIVE. Hay nako boys…

I caught my godson coloring the night away

And he’s at it again..

Nacho recruiting the boys to the KLG (Kagat Labi Gang)

Pauline and Nacho

Missy and Andoni

Gela and Jau

Our little family and the Santos(es), the photo bombers

Solon and Poi, thanks so much for having us, it was a fun and relaxed wedding and I’d have to say we enjoyed it immensely. We love you both and we’ll see you in the States.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

~Rhea

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Plantation Bay: Mogambo Springs

January 14- 15, 2015

 “Ghetto moment” story but I promise I’m going to make it short—our flight to Cebu arrived 1am on the day we were supposed to check-in Plantation Bay. We were availing a GC that we got from our wedding and we weren’t sure when else to avail of it since we’re supposed to be flying back to Houston any time soon, so amidst the Sinulog craze they said they could squeeze us in, it was only for one day anyway. The only problem was we couldn’t get any flights later than the one we took because all the mid-morning flights’ prices were jacked up so we decided to take that early morning flight and figured we’d just bum around the Plantation Bay premises and wait until check-in time at 3pm.

There we were, Marco and I, sitting at the lobby  and it was only 2 am. I suddenly realized we still had 11 hours to go, so naturally Marco ended up sleeping in one of their couches in semi-fetal position. Although I was extremely exhausted, I was too embarrassed for both our sakes to do what he was doing so I dozed off  sitting down. At 5am, Marco felt a slight poke….it was the lady at the front desk, thank God, she was nice enough to feel bad for us and allowed us to check-in 10 hours before the time we were supposed to. And that’s how being “ghetto” got us a comfy bed and a restful night’s (more like early morning) sleep. Thanks Plantation Bay!

Christmas is still in the air here in Plantation Bay

Checking in at 5 am. That bed really looks inviting!

Goodies from Cebu, compliments of Plantation Bay

Fully rested and off to explore with the husband

Of course we had to stay in a suite that was complicated to pronounce.  No worries, we got it eventually…haha. Chenonceu. Mmm hmm..it’s French.

The view from our balcony…how beautiful is that!

A place where tourists could experience our local butong (coconut)

Marco and I opted for an hour of foot massage and greatly enjoyed the Zen-like ambiance of Mogambo Springs

We were advised to come in an hour early so we could also enjoy the hot springs, sauna and other amenities

Green Tea upon arrival…refreshing

The contrast of Zen rocks are lovely, don’t you think?

Can’t help but think we’re in Japan because of their cute village setting

Checking our neighbors out.

Dinner date with the husband at Kilimanjaro Kafe

What I wore on the last day:

(DRESS: Reversible; from Mami/ PURSE: Kate Spade; from Mami/ SANDALS: orange gladiators; No Boundaries/ SUNGLASSES: Kerry Cat Eyes; Sunnies, P399/ EARRINGS: gold hoops; from Mami/ NECKLACE: orange statement necklace; from Yessenia/ BRACELETS: colorful assorted beads; Beals)

~Rhea

The South Reclamation Project Engagement Shoot

Here are 15 shots from the second part of our Engagement Shoot.  I decided not to slack off and post them a few days before going back to Manila. Currently in CDO right now for one of my best friend’s wedding—I’ll be raving about her wedding soon on this blog.

#marcoandrhea

Location: SRP

Photographer: Mark Cantalejo

Hair and Makeup: Ramil Solis

I could have easily put “SRP Engagement Shoot” as a title for this post but for some reason when I kept repeating it to myself, it sounded so tacky. “South Reclamation Project” sounded more legit…more regal. When Mark Cantalejo suggested this place as our venue for the second shoot I was down for it, I was down for anything and I trusted him completely but I found myself thinking,”Wait, where’s this again?”. You see, this road is like our go-to highway…To me and my family, SRP is really just the quickest way to get to Cebu City proper if you’re someone like us, from Talisay (South of Cebu). Mark described the place where he wanted to shoot and I easily knew which structure he was talking about. I’ve passed by it so many times and never knew what it was until he brought it up, apparently this area was government property and on it was a government building where by the way, we asked for our permit to shoot. The process was simple and hassle-free, a few days before the shoot I simply went into the building, told them what I wanted to do and they just had me fill up 2 slips, they signed it and handed one back to me. Easy.

Once again, we were not ready for this shoot, if you’ve noticed we only changed our outfits once and mind you, one of those two outfits was what I was wearing as I was running errands for that day. It wasn’t so hot as we expected it would be but Marco was sweating anyway. I really was impressed with how the photos turned out, it didn’t show the sweatiness and ickiness and the bug bites and the itchiness of it all. We could have fooled ourselves looking so relaxed, so calm and serene in those photos. And Mark, you really are the real thing! You just made a slob of a place look like paradise, you truly see the beauty beyond what is there. I’m telling you, if y’all visited the place, you’d be like ” Woah, they had the shoot here?” Shout out to Mami Ramil and company for making me beautiful that day and for the sweat proof makeup. Haha. Kudos to you and Mark Cantalejo!

~Rhea

50’s Cafe Engagement Shoot

Here are 15 shots from the first part of our Engagement Shoot. Enjoy! I’ll be finishing up on the next batch of photos next week.

#marcoandrhea

Location: Fifties Cafe at Crown Regency Towers

Photographer: Mark Cantalejo

Hair and Makeup: Ramil Solis

 

Not prepared—that was the last thing I wanted to be for the Engagement shoot but what do you know, we were NOT prepared at all. The first time we met with Marky at Starbucks Ayala Center-Cebu, Marco and I were unsure of what we wanted for the shoot. We were so preoccupied with other wedding preparations that we ended up putting this aside. We had some ideas but they were never final until we got to talk to our photographer. Marky helped us come up with pegs for the shoot and he also suggested a few locations that would be good for our “theme”. Another problem was the apparel and I think that was what frustrated me the most. I have my closet just sitting there in Houston while I didn’t know where to get clothes here in Cebu; Marco on the other hand just didn’t have anything at all that he could pass off as vintage or 50’s.  But with Mark’s expertise and Mami Ramil’s magic touch, we were able to pull off a good shoot considering that we were limited in our change of clothes. Thank God, it all worked out in the end.

Btw, here’s the Engagement Shoot AVP that Mark Cantalejo showed on our wedding day.

~Rhea

Honeymooning: Cebu

June 15- 17, 2014

Reservations for the day after the wedding were already made in Shangri-La Mactan. We didn’t waste any time and decided to start working on our “mini-honeymoon”. Since we made a decision to stay in the Philippines until early next year so I could finish my thesis in UP, we decided to hold off on the real honeymoon that we’ve been planning and just explore the Philippines little by little. When you live out of the country you grew up in for a few years, that’s when you realize the beauty of it and appreciate what it has to offer, so right now the best thing to do is take advantage of our situation and just see where the wind takes us.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot of “honeymooning” posts after this, they call the 1st year of marriage the “honeymoon stage” right? Well then, honeymoon it is!

How cute is this World Cup inspired flower centerpiece.

We’re gonna get to use them already…woohoo. Thanks so much Tita Teresing for the 2-night stay in Shang. 🙂

Gigantic bed just for the two of us.

We also had to bring the gifts with us since we didn’t get to open them yet.

Dinner buffet with the new family. Thanks mom and pop for the treat!

World cup time in Shang, so they had a bunch of these guys lurking around.

Our cutie pie Diego and his Ninong Marco

What a great day to be on a honeymoon, I would love to wake up to this everyday. Met up with mom and pop for breakfast before they checked out.

Good Morning Husband! Watching NBA on our 2nd day as a married couple.

Happy to be hitched.

Hit the beach for an early morning swim my mister.

For lunch, Marco and I decided to try a local restaurant nearby so we went out of Shangrila and took a jeep.

And this is where we ended up eating… MANNA STK FOOD HOUSE. 🙂

It was pretty empty when we got there, only 2 other tables were filled probably because it was a Monday and a little past the usual lunch time . If I’m not mistaken, one of the tables were a group of Malays doing a documentary/ film about Filipino food and I overheard the owner/ manager explaining to them what SUTUKIL was.

To those who have not been to Cebu, and to those who don’t know what Sutukil is, it pretty much stands for…

SUSugba (Grill)

TUTuwa (Soup)

KIL Kilaw (Raw)

It seriously is a must-try!

What we ordered for the both of us, what else…SUTUKIL baby!

And while we were enjoying our food, a man came in and played classic songs on something that looked like a portable harp.

Marco and Rhea with happy tummies, I’m glad we came here.

Since it was just outside the “Sutukil Area”, we took a 3-minute walk and visited the Lapu-Lapu Shrine.

Philippine History 101: Lapu-Lapu was one of our first national heroes, he was the head of the native Filipinos when they defeated the Spaniards in a historical battle called the Battle of Mactan.

I think this plaque reiterates everything that I just said, haha.

Trying to pose like Lapu-Lapu

The marina just outside the Lapu-Lapu Shrine

After walking around the vicinity, we decided to head back to Shangri-la for another swim, this time we plan to check out the poolside first.

Trying to soak up what’s left of the sun, then we headed back to the beach until the remainder of the afternoon

The obligatory photo op by the shore, you could tell Marco wasn’t so happy about it. Haha.

Since it was just the two of us, Marco and I had to look for a sturdy rock to put our phone on so at least we could take a decent picture with the both of us in it #honeymoonhits

We stayed by the beach until dusk, the atmosphere was simply beautiful

Shangri-la Mactan at night

Next stop..Boracay.

~Rhea