Mami & Papi’s 30th Anniversary

It was quite a wonderful surprise that Papi could come home to the Philippines even just for awhile, especially since he and Mami were celebrating their 30th Anniversary. Instead of some lavish party and renewal of vows to celebrate this milestone, my in-laws decided to dedicate their time and commitment  to serve in BLD’s (Bukas Loob sa Diyos) Family Encounter. We thought this was going to be one of those times where  poor Javi, who’s all the way in LA, would miss out on all the family activities (like Mom’s 50th Birthday) but mom surprised everyone by sending him home. No one knew (not even Papi) except Yok2x who picked him up and Yaya Diday who arranged the pick-up from the airport. It was a wonderful and emotional reunion of all sorts and we have the big guy from up above to thank for giving us a chance to celebrate this wonderful occasion as a complete family, even for just a short while.

Marco and I were blessed to have been present at his parents 30th Wedding Anniversary with every single one of us there. Those few days I spent with all of my in-laws made me realize how blessed I am to have married into a big family just like my own with their own set of squabbles, their own quirks, their own issues—everything that I love about my own family. Let’s face it, I know a lot of people who complain about their in-laws, monster-in-laws and what not; not everyone who marries into a family gets along with their in-laws but I’d have to say mine have treated me like their own and accepted me and my maarte drama queen self even before Marco and I got married. I in turn have learned to love them as much as I love my own family, my sister Ann Marie even teases me that I might be enjoying too much with my “other family”, but seriously they are the easiest bunch to love.

Our move to Houston will be in a few months and it’s another blessing that Marco and I will be present for my own parents’ 30th Anniversary. I pray that my family too will be complete when the time comes, with the addition of our own “little one”. Who knows, Marco’s family of 9 and my family of 9 might just “inspire” us to make our own family of 9, hahaha. (Uhhh, in the US? maybe not.) We’ll see where God takes us.

So in the light of this very rare occasion, I’m sharing a few of our family photos. Nacho and Pauline surprised Mami and Papi with this family photoshoot session for their anniversary so it was a good thing everyone was present. These photos were actually taken a few days after their actual anniversary.

Meet my family. 🙂

Happy 30th Anniversary Papi and Mami!

With Marco and our “little one” inside me. We’re having our own little family too. 🙂

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The Cuenca-Mendezonas: Nacho, Pauline, Diego and Mateo

Anya and Pilica—looking more like twins by the day.

The boys. I love how my godson is sticking his tongue out.

Our little gwapitos, Diego and Mateo.

Wacky Boys

This little rascal!!! love him to pieces.

And he loves his “nomnom” too.

The girls.

Peace out.

The Mendezona siblings

Love the faces guys, pang theater arts. Hahaha.

And where would we be without our ever-reliable manangs? (incomplete photo since the rest were too shy to be photographed)

~Rhea

Chateau Hestia

Chateau Hestia,a small hidden garden restaurant nestled in Cavite was where my husband decided to bring me for our Valentines date and the ambiance that night was perfect— just a mixture of quaint and romantic all rolled up into one. Shout out to Jiro for telling Marco to take me here (haha, he told me he asked advise from you).

Had to change into flats, it was really slippery heading to the main dining place since it started raining

Marco reserved a place for us outside with the night sky ambiance while having dinner but it was raining that day so we ended up having dinner inside which turned out to be such a wonderful experience.

The set menu for the night but we were feeling quite adventurous and opted for our own picks from the menu

I just love dating this guy. I’d date him for the rest of my life…haha

The start of our romantic night, candle lit path.

Even the lighting inside was quite romantic.teehee

Yep, we were early birds. No one was there yet.

Something I have to get used to being married to Marco….people constantly messing up our last name. I’ve had Mendez, Mendoza but never a Mendoxa, I’d have to say that this is a first. We were Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendoxa for the night.

Just outside the loo… I doubt you’ll ever get confused.

A little nook of random things and such

Here’s the set-up downstairs

It’s all in the details

The receiving area downstairs just outside the deli

An alcoholic’s logic..haha

Handpicking wine for dinner

For the love of cheese…

Marco did the handpicking of the cheese

Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendoxa… I mean Mendezona. haha

They were handing out Hanuta hazelnut chocolate to the women before leaving the place. A good treat to end the night.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines celebration!

~Rhea

My PUN-ny Valentine ❤

❤ Happy Hearts Day, Everyone!!! ❤

Here’s a short post just to show y’all how my last minute DIY gift for my husband turned out. To those who know Marco, we know how much he loves to be “Pun-ny” (or corny for that matter) and I figured since the best way to Marco’s heart is really through his stomach, food puns would be the best way to pay him back for all those corny “hirits” in the past. I wasn’t too happy with the way it looked since I am a bit particular when it comes to aesthetics but to come up with this within 10 hours or less is pretty impressive considering that I had to make up the rest of the puns. Forgive the cheesiness.

Thanks to eighteen25 for the inspiration and some of the free printables on your website. You saved the day! The rest I had to do hurriedly through power point, so they weren’t as pretty.

Details about our Valentines celebration coming soon—-for now, I have to date my husband. It’s our first Valentines as Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

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His Pun-ny package. 😀

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Catch y’all later! Hope you enjoyed. Haha. Mwah! ❤

~Rhea

Breakfast in Bed

“The difference between an ordinary marriage and an extraordinary marriage is in giving just a little ‘extra’ every day, as often as possible, for as long as we both shall live.”
-Fawn Weaver

Usually, I just tell my husband to sleep in Alabang when he has to work at the clinic because his shift doesn’t end ’till 10pm and I would hate for him to drive an hour or so exhausted just so he could be with me here in LaVista. Better safe than sorry, right?

This guy surprised me by coming home to me late last night….I thought he deserved a reward for being the sweetest husband ever so Breakfast in Bed it is. (Well, by our bed anyway..haha)

Happy Wife, Happy Husband. Happy Husband, Happy Wife.

I love you, Sweetie! Just wanted you to know that you are appreciated.

~Rhea

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