Mendezona- Ramas Civil Wedding

On October 17, 2013, my fiancé and I decided to get married civilly in Houston, Texas when he came to visit me—-exactly a month before our 10 year anniversary and 8 months before our church wedding in the Philippines. We could have opted to just get married exactly on our 10th year anniversary but he had to fly home to the Philippines earlier for a much needed follow up appointment with his eye doctor.

Long Distance Relationships are no joke and we weren’t taking any more risks, 7 years of LDR should be enough! The earlier we got married, the earlier we could process our papers and the sooner we don’t have to be apart anymore, that was the simple logic behind this. To those who wondered why we couldn’t wait for a few more months until the church wedding, try putting yourselves in our shoes and going through what we did…spending the holidays and special occasions with Skype dates, waiting for the other person to wake up because he’s still asleep in the other side of the world just to tell him what’s troubling you, constantly saving up to fly every 1 year and a half just to see each other for 30 days or so… maybe you’ll be singing a different tune. I don’t wish for anyone to go through LDRs, it can get tough and lonely and sad and miserable, it truly is a test of the strength of your relationship but in the same breath I can say that I would not want to change what Marco and I went through. It taught us patience and perseverance (we’re still both working on this) and it made us realize how much we loved each other.

Marco, Rhea—nervous much?

John, practicing his ring bearer duties.

Saying our vows

Our First Legal Kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

Ceremony Done! It lasted for 10- 15 minutes. Wow, that was quick.

The judge handing us out marriage certificate.

This is the real thing, it’s legit, sweetie. Haha

Thank you pop and Javi for flying all the way from LA just to be with us, for the Tupas(es) for being there to support us on this special day and for my dad for making it just in time for the ceremony (still jet lagged from the Philippines). Mom, we missed you on this day and God knows how much we wanted you and the rest to be here.

 

Heading out to Prima Pasta for our “mini-reception”

Cake Cutting

We’re practicing for the actual day

The Mendezonas

(…and missing a whole lot of them)

The Ramas(es)

Thanks so much to family and close friends who made it to this last minute gathering. Special shout out to my boss, Tita Clavel for being on top of things, for helping us settle down in Prima Pasta, getting us the cake and for lending us your special wedding cake plate and silverware.

Oh yeah, Mom, Pop…thanks for this (you know what I mean). I love you!

~Rhea

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Tribal Beat

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(TOP: giraffe print tank top; streets of Bangkok/ SKIRT: tribal pencil; Ross/ WEDGES: GoJane.com/ TURBAN: Forever 21/ EARRINGS: from Kuya JJ and Ate Roma/ CUFF: from Roxi/ BRACELET: Bead, from Marco/ WALLET: from Camille P.; Cambodia)

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Memorial Weekend—-was tempted to go for something Nautical and all-out Patriotic (blue, white and red) to pay my respects to all those who fought and died for this country. This country, although it may not be a 100% home yet since half of my heart is still in the Philippines, has given me and my family a chance to a new beginning and for that I will be eternally grateful Uncle Sam. A silent prayer deemed more appropriate for the occasion, and to all those Veterans and all men and women that served this country…Thank You!

Unlike 75% of the population of the U.S that took advantage of the long weekend and went out of town on roadtrips, flew out of state or out of the country or even headed to the beach or the local outlet mall for the Memorial Weekend Sale, we just had a quiet get together at our neighbor’s house a few blocks down and after dinner, my brother and I headed out to grab a few drinks with some friends we haven’t seen in awhile.

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All gifts from special people in my life..and to think I didn’t even plan to wear them all at the same time.

The Houston heat managed to make it’s way back to us and I welcomed it in all my tribal glory..haha. The island girl in me was dying to come out and it’s ecstatic that summer is fast approaching. Woohoo! Most of the pieces of this outfit are special to me: the giraffe tank top; one of my favorite purchases during my Bangkok trip, it has small giraffe designs on it that remind me of Marco (giraffe=long neck=Marco..get it?), the beaded bracelet; an unexpected pasalubong Marco got me 5 years ago when he and his family took a trip to Zoobic, the elephant cuff; one of Roxi’s (one of my closest girlfriends) gifts from my most recent birthday, the elephants remind me of my slight obsession with riding an elephant in the jungles of Thailand a-la Jungle Book. Haha, the Ikat print wallet; a very handy pasalubong from Camille during her trip to Cambodia (right mare?), she made an effort to actually bring it with her when she came to visit Houston, the neon earrings; my 1st gift from the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Sullano. Even in Boracay you still remembered us. Awww—and the rest are my finds. Take not of the overused peeptoe wedges, they truly ARE my favorite.

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Well, that’s about it. I hope y’all did something fun during the Memorial Weekend.

~Rhea

And This Is How You Do a Pyjama Party

“I  cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of  friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life  a lot more fun…”

Charles R. Swindoll

Seems like we just can’t get enough of each other (haha) that’s why a Thanksgiving party with these people is rightly due. I have to admit that you guys have given me something to look forward to during the weekends (and even on the weekdays sometimes), other than my usual inconsistent Skype dates with Marco. And thanks to you, I am actually learning to enjoy life in a less rigid way, still learning to be carefree as we speak; all of you are my walking stress-relievers. It’s been proven–y’all are not just for the good times. Thanks my dearest(s).

 

Because we went all out on preparations

An all-girls picture before the rest gets here, or else there will be crowding. Of that I am sure. Haha

Hot Momma: Vynna and her mommy duties.

Terno forever….sheesh you boys are too much

Spot the not…there’s two of them. Haha

Our lovely host(ess). Thanks for having us dear.

Amil, Paulo, Katsie and Roxi

Fluffy Friends

Paulo and Katsie

Nikki getting comfortable

with my loves Vynna and Hessa

If you could just read our SMS conversation prior to the party, it’ll get you laughing. I’m telling you when all of us are lazy we can be an indecisive bunch. No theme was set for the night, we just thought that would be over the top so I assumed to come in a semi-cocktail dress for a Thanksgiving Dinner would suffice. And then we got that “you can bring your pyjamas and comforter” text from Roxi. All it meant was ‘anyone who has had too much to drink can sleep over’ but of course it was misread as ‘ we’re having a pyjama party’ and that’s where the confusion all began. In the end, we all decided that we wanted to be comfortable and that dressing up would be a waste of outfit since we’re not going out anyway so sleepwear for the night it is. That didn’t stop all of us from adding up little quirks to our outfits. Haha. FAKEERRRSSSSS. Yeah right, as if we all sleep like this—Falsies, Pearls, Beanies and Minnie Mouse Ears. Hai, we’re too much for our own sake. I’m not complaining though, not at all…

Happy Post Thanksgiving!

x’s: More photos up in Facebook!

~Rhea

Here’s a little clip from the party. Yey to karaokes and being Filipino..haha.

The Vintage Photo Aftermath

Gathering all the members of a family of 9 has never been an easy task especially when the older ones have their own schedule and the younger ones are….well, young (haha) always out and about. A week ago while doing some grocery shopping, they had a stand there offering family portrait promos for $13.00 and the theme was of course a personal favorite of mine—Vintage. How convenient right, since we’ve always considered having one of those sepia vintage photos done but never had the time to do so, So I decided to grab a slip and I signed up my family for one of those photo sessions and if it sucks then at least it’s not a lot of money put to waste. I just didn’t know if everyone could free their schedule for this. Talking to my dad made the whole process simple, he imposed that everyone be available for that day. And so it happened…

Scheduled for December 14th to see the print-out of the photos. Eep. Let’s see how that goes…

In the meantime, we decided to have some little photo fun of our own in mi cuarto (kwarto in Filipino) , exclusive for girls. Here are some of those pics…see more in Facebook.

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I know…we got it mixed up. It should be see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. Whatever. Haha.

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The Pillow Connection

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This is what happens when you have a remote for your SLR camera (or self-timer, even)…

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Okay, enough of me, Pauline and Marie.

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The Complete Ramas Sisters

Ramas Girls Complete

The Complete Ramas Sisters with Mom, haha.

(She refused to fit in and had to wear orange)

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And it started to get rowdy in my little room

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Love you mum!

I guess I’ll never understand the concept of sibling rivalry or how some people can’t stand their siblings. I mean sure they can be annoying at times (just to put it mildly) and yes we may fight a lot and most of the time they do put me through a lot of crap but these are people I cannot live without. Seriously!

Definitely good girl-bonding before “Kuya Marco steals me” as my sister, Ann Marie would like to put it.

(Don’t worry too much, Marc, its just a joke. I love you my gwapo fiance)

~Rhea

Slight Jungle Fever

One Thing I am VERY thankful for—My Family.

My grandparents, being able to fly here to Houston for the Holidays, is such a great blessing. After 3 years they finally made it back.

(P.S: It’s their 1st time in the house. The last time they were here they were just standing on an empty lot)

Missing Pop in the picture, he was at work sad

Let the Holiday craze begin…

Thanksgiving is here…woohoo!

…then Christmas then New Years then Valentines…then Marco’s Graduation!

(HEADWRAP: Forever 21, $5.99/ SUNGLASSES: Thrifted, $1/ TOP: No Boundaries, $5/ SWEATER: American Eagle/ LEGGINGS: thrifted from Florida/ BOOTS: Necessary Clothing, $12.99/ PURSE: Forever 21/ EARRINGS: thrifted, 50cents/ RING: Forever 21, $3.99)