Saccharine Irony

This site is a compilation of fluid thoughts, a collection of poetry, random glimpses of humor and tragedy, spontaneous notions of an extremely sensitive mind.

Proud of her Faith, Proud to be a Christian December 22, 2010

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On that note, Merry Christmas everyone!

May we always remember the child who was born in a manger in Bethlehem, who grew up to preach us about love, peace and forgiveness, and gave the world salvation.

 

May your Holidays be filled with love, laughter, and peace of heart. πŸ™‚

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27 Things I Did and Learned On my 27th Year October 12, 2010

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In a few weeks I will be turning 28.

The past year had been stormy, heartbreaking, gratifying, and liberating all at the same time. I had my share of heartbreaks, learned a few things, accomplished some, and made a few worthwhile discoveries along the way.

Before I turn a year older, I would like to share a few things which had made me a year wiser – these are nothing more than the ramblings of a girl who lives inside her head most of the time – and some things which afforded me a few laughs here and there. So here goes.

I spent my 27th year…

1. attending my high school 10th year reunion.

2. learning how to swim.

3. dressing up for three weddings – my brother’s included.

4. learning that decent guys are a rare breed.

5. hoarding books.

6. visiting the melancholic mountains again, after two years.

7. trying to forgive myself. πŸ™‚

8. hitting the jogging oval during summer afternoons.

9. attempting to get drunk. Beer and margaritas, anyone?

10. allowing myself some spiritual growth.

11. baking! Muffins, cupcakes, sweet rolls, and chocolate desserts.

12. helping organize my best friend’s wedding.

13. meeting up with friends for coffee/hot chocolate/tea and very deep conversations.

14. learning that mothers are not perfect, but you can love them with your whole heart anyway.

15. wishing I could spend a week in Europe.

16. failing to attend at least one of two very important weddings of two of my girlfriends, held on the same date, with the same color motif, but oceans and miles apart. 😦

17. making new friendships and deepening old ones. Though I have to say that some friendships have gone sour, too.

18. going out on a date, flirting with a player, and discovering that pointless dating, flirting, and playing are just that – pointless. (!)

19. hoarding summery, frilly tops. It’s perpetually summer in the country when there are no rains.

20. obsessing over my skin. When you’re nearing thirty you better have some strict skin care regimen to keep those pores from expanding and those dark eye circles from magically appearing during odd snapshot moments. (Wait, did I just say thirty? How did I get so old all of a sudden? :-()

20. witnessing drunk girls striptease-ing at some lousy bar for some lousy prize money. The things that alcohol makes you do, tsk.

21. going gaga over Glee!

22. trying to keep my weight down. I’d like to think I’m doing good. Bye bye McDonalds!

23. curbing my shopaholic tendencies.

24. wanting to be a pastry chef.

25. allowing myself a good cry when I need to.

26.Β Facebooking and blogging. Haha.

27. discovering, through Paulo Coelho, that true freedom is not a place, a hobby, or a person. “The true experience of freedom is having the most important thing in the world without owning it.”

Happy birthday to me. πŸ™‚

 

Of Wedding Hopes and Dreams August 20, 2010

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photo credits to Armand Ansaldo and Marty Bryan of Ansaldo Photography

This is a bird’s eye view on the breathtaking ornate altar of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Ormoc City the morning of June 25, 2010 when my brother got hitched to his long-time girlfriend, Carla. The long church aisle was dotted with yellow and red flowers – red roses, yellow mums and daisies, green ferns. There were also lighted candles hanging from gold-painted iron flower stands. The choir was lovely, and even lovelier was the fact that they were able to perform an amazing rendition of Chantal Kreviazuk’s Feels Like Home for the bridal march.

Someday I would love to have my own beautiful wedding, but I want more than just a picture-perfect one. More than anything, I hope to have a happy celebration, where there is laughter from beginning to end, and a few tears that signify happiness, nothing else.

Here are more wedding pictures. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

that's me! πŸ™‚

i love you, guys!

 

Got It! October 27, 2009

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Dead Until Dark on my bookshelf πŸ™‚

I got the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris as a birthday present from my very good friend Nashy. I also got a gorgeous scarf as a pasalubong from her recent trip to Baguio. I’ve been wanting to buy the first book of the series for so long, but I’m so thrilled now that I got it for an early birthday present. With my birthday only a mere 3 days away, I have no expectations whatsoever. I do plan to have a good time and to blow a candle on my birthday cake. I’ve already made early morning plans with a friend, whom I’ll be spending my birthday breakfast with. And except for the birthday dinner and happy hour with the family, I’ve made no other plans so far.

Well, there will be no roses or sweet-nothings this year I guess, but I think I’ll be fine. I hope so. I never thought I’d be able to say this conviction in my lifetime, but now I can: Even with a broken heart, life can still be grand. Jessica Zafra got it right, nobody dies of a broken heart.Β  It’s actually a case of swallowing the bitter pill for me, since I was the one responsible for getting my heart splintered in the first place. I can only wish for forgiveness and love on my birthday, but I am not in the position to say that I deserve it now, or if I still deserve it period. Missing my cheri is all I ever do these days, but I know I’ll get by. After all, everything has a time under heaven.

In the meantime, I have Charlaine Harris to keep me company. I’m still on the first few pages, but already I’m looking forward to more books.

Wish me a happy birthday, will you! πŸ™‚

 

Searching for a Wedding Theme? Go Bali!

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Last week, the family was invited to attend a Bali themed wedding party at the Country Village Hotel. The simple wedding ceremony was held at a secluded chapel, in the hilly areas of the city. While the ceremony was simply routine, the after wedding party was anything but.

ASIAN LANTERNS

beuatiful asian lanterns

Arriving early at the reception, we were able to appreciate the well-planned Balinese setting.Β  There were Asian lanterns hanging from the draped ceilings, and the lighting was subdued enough to bring out a romantic yet festive atmosphere. Happy, pulsating Balinese drum beats greeted us as we arrived at the venue, so it was difficult to feign excitement. I almost wanted to hop and grind in my orange summer dress! LOL.

Bali drapes

drapes and summer hats

As you can see there were also lighted palm trees, which were strategically scattered all throughout the venue. To add a bit of privacy to the outdoor setting, drapes were hung, but these were also ingeniously tied with native summer hats for that authentic and exotic beach feel.

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Me in my Bali summer dress

That’s me, taking a pose beside the cupcake tower and the dainty fondant wedding cake. I donned an orange and fuchsia number, with a cinched waist. The hunt for the perfect summer dress began since the time I received the invitation.Β  Of course, any occasion presents the perfect excuse to add another dress to my wardrobe, so I was more than happy to begin my search. The search ended when I found this pink-strapped orange dress at Mags.

flowers

roses, mums, lilies

Okay, roses are not exactly too-Balinese, but what wedding is complete without roses? It’s a good thing that Malaysian mums, ferns, and some orchids and lilies were added into the flower arrangements, so as to create a more eclectic, less formal feel. The roses came in yellows, peaches, and whites, while the mums were either bright pink, white, or orange yellow.

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roses and candlelight

And I should tell you how I adored the table settings. Each table had more than three candles, an exquisitely arranged floral bouquet, rounded stones, and smaller pebbles that remind you of beaches and glorious sunsets. The tables were just the right size, so they were both cozy and intimate, seating only about six to seven people each.

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the view by the poolside

The venue was right by the pool moreover, and with the sound of the Balinese drums and the pull of the exotic ambiance, it was easy to forget that we were partying in a small hotel within the city of Cagayan de Oro.

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cupcakes!

Finally, I should say something about the desserts. I think every wedding should have delectable, mouth-watering desserts. Well, these sweet treats are nothing fancy, just a few chocolate and coffee cupcakes with butter icing, cheese squares, Chantilly bars and tarts, but they were served profusely and were delightful to the taste buds.

The wedding was one of the most fun celebrations I’ve been in; there were none of the strict formality and stiffness prevalent in many traditional weddings, and everybody came to have a good time. The emcee captured everyone’s attention with her crisp voice and effortless segues. The girls came in their cute summer dresses while the guys were dressed down to their short-sleeved polos, light-colored slacks, and loafers or sneaks.

Nonetheless, there was elegance to be seen everywhere – from the lights to the flowers and from the dainty desserts to the first-class photography. It was a happy affair, which is what every wedding after-party should be.

To Jojo and Charise, may you stay in love, for life! πŸ™‚

 

A Potluck, Strawberry Punch, and Margarita Party in One! October 16, 2009

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The potluck party with the grade school buddies at Odessa’s place was a huge success. There was food – pasta and lots of meat-, dessert, and lots of drinks, too. For the ladies, some strawberry cocktail punch and lemony margaritas, while the guys had their usual beer. It rained heavily several hours before the dinnertime party, but the precipitation failed to “rain” on our parade. We all had a whale of a time sharing stories, trading jokes, drinking booze, playing withΒ  Odessa’s wacko dog, Jacko, and of course, posing for pictures.

Our bartender for the night, Angela, who I hope will be our official bartender from this party forward, devised a wicked strawberry punch highlighted with spiked gelatin bits. And by spiked I mean the gelatin cubes had alcohol in them. So there I was munching on the gelatin, not realizing that I was actually taking in more alcohol than I initially thought. As for the lemon margarita, it was divinely delish, and if not for the strawberry punch which I gulped down unthinkingly, I would have had more.

the wicked, wicked punch

the wicked, wicked punch

the gradeschool gang! :)

the gradeschool gang! πŸ™‚

the party planners :)

the party planners πŸ™‚

Odessa, our lovely hostess, in black.

Odessa, our lovely hostess, in black.

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090909 September 9, 2009

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I should be doing a post about this day, September 9, 2009, which happens only once in a century. But I still have some articles to write, so my blog post needs to be on hold for a while. Will get back to this blog soon. πŸ˜€

— Fast forward two days later —

District 9

District 9

So the date was 090909. The 9th of September two-thousand nine. I’m not a big fan of numerology, although I have researched into the topic and have written a few articles about it, but something about the date struck me. Some of the cynics I knew cautioned me about going out that day, the number was supposed to translate to 666, the devil’s number, when turned upside down. Nonetheless, others saw the date as an extremely lucky one, and one of my bestfriends even plannedΒ  to purchase a lottery ticket that day. However I saw no big deal about it, until two of my gradeschool friends invited me out for a movie, dinner, and cocktails that night. Indeed, why not celebrate the day with friends, chitchat, and cocktails? Why not create a specific memory for a specific date, and look back one day and think “Ah, the 9th of September 2009, I went out with a few friends and had fun!”

However, however, the cocktail night did not push through. One my friends backed out from the plan, saying she’s not feeling well, so it was just Amor and myself. It looked kind of lonely, yes, but we decided to go with an altered plan: watch a movie, grabe a bite to eat, skip cocktails, and talk about anything. At the very least, I was not sitting at home on September 9, 2009, which was a Wednesday. Both Amor and I agreed that we should do something on that day, anything other than work,Β  so she skipped work (she works as a nurse in some private hospital) and I left my PC to brew for a while.

The movie was phenomenal, and I was expecting so. District 9 (District 9 in 999, i like to say :)) got a 90% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, which is about the meanest movie review website you can ever imagine. I was pretty much blown away by the film and by the time we left the cinemas, we were already famished. I wanted to eat at some fancy cafe, but after a few minutes of rumination we decided on McDonald’s. We were famished, we wanted instant gratification, and we got it not five minutes after entering the restaurant.

Dinner was filled with nonstop talk. Amor and I went to the same primary school together, our parents were close acquaintances, and we knew each other’s siblings. However we lost contact all through highschool and college, and it was only just this year that we reconnected again, after meeting up for our grade school reunion last July. Next time we plan to have a cocktail night, and hopefully, a few friends could join us.

Well, my 090909 was not really that incredible, no booze or dancing whatsoever, but I’m glad I spent one working day of the week quite differently. It was not really a celebration, but I had fun — watching a really good movie does that to you, and when you have a great girlfriend you can really talk to and share some caramel sundae and fries with, all the better.

Looking forward to October 10, 2010, November 11, 2011, and December 12, 2012.

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