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Happy's Ms. to Mrs. Bridal Shower Bootcamp

I got invited to Happy Andrada's Bridal Shower Bootcamp. Naturally, any event that has something to do with being a bride-to-be gets me super excited. The timing is just perfect 'coz I'm actually checking out different wedding gown designers online for options. 
So just to give you a quick background on Happy, she's a fashion designer and make up artist who is set to tie the knot this November! She took up fashion courses at Central Saint martins in London and has been making a name for herself in the fashion industry. Currently, her wedding collection is doing well both here and abroad. She won two major awards in the 3rd Asian Weddings and Arts Competition in Hong Kong and Miami Fashion Week International Emerging Designer. You can check out her designs in this beautifully curated website, Happy Andrada Wedding. Surprisingly, her wedding gown packages are not that expensive so I might actually consider it. 
During the event, Happy showcased her Cuban Chic Collection…
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Newton's Third Law

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction
When I signed up for a Leadership post, I knew that it's a very big responsibility and that I will really need to step up my game 'coz I wouldn't be just thinking about my own stats but also the stats of each and every single individual in my team. It's like instantly having kids of your own, kids with different personalities. I haven't been in this position for a long time yet it feels like a lot has already happened. I've witnessed a lot of transitions in my team, movements both good and bad. I'm trying my very best to be strong and to keep up with the never ending and mostly challenging tasks at hand, for my team's sake. 
I guess for some they would say that I'm doing okay, that it's normal to feel inadequate sometimes. It's all part of the role I took up in the first place. I get that. I know what I signed up for and I told myself that no matter what happens, I'll be strong. B…

My Turn to Pop the Question

One of the important lessons I've learned in life is that people, of all ages and in all walks of life, fall out. I actually have really close friends before that I no longer see or talk to. It's not that I've chosen not to be friends with them anymore. Life just happened to move us into different directions and nobody bothered to reach out. It's fine though. That's how you learn to appreciate and value friends who stick around no matter what. 
It was actually a no-brainer deciding on who to include in my entourage. I only want to share the biggest moment of my life to those who will always have my back. That's why I feel grateful and blessed to have my girls!

(From L to R) Trisha, Shev, Nads, and Ferge The Bridesmaids
I met these lovely ladies in college. We were batchmates, dormmates, and PARTYmates! It's amazing how far we've all gone, from sleepless tugs-tugs Friday nights to pacoffee coffee ala titas of Manila catch up sessions. And even though I&#…

The BIG Two-Nine

Hooray, I made it to the last year of my twenties! Woot!!! This year's birthday is special 'coz it's my last birthday as a twenty something, and my last as a single woman!

So this is how I spent my 29th birthday...

I didn't drink, went out, partied with friends, or had cake! It was my first time to celebrate my birthday without cake 'coz of my no sugar diet, huhuhu! As Liv (Kate Hudson) would say in Bride Wars, "You don't alter Vera Wang to fit you, you alter yourself to fit Vera!" How I wish I can get married in a Vera Wang wedding dress! I've been checking out Vera Wang gowns online and I love its classic and elegant look. Perhaps a Vera Wang inspired gown will do. But regardless, I need to keep on dieting so I can look good in my wedding dress.

So I spent my birthday with my mom inside the Parish office of Sacred Heart Church in Alabang, waiting patiently for a Ms. Patty. She's in charged of wedding bookings. EJ couldn't come with me t…

"Bend the knee" a GOT Inspired Proposal!

He bent his knee and I said YES! 

Bend the knee my lord and we'll be allies for a lifetime!
God knows how many times I prayed for this moment. Every time I would hear about a friend getting engaged or whenever I get invited to a wedding, I couldn't help but to imagine what it would be like if it's already my turn...how will I react when EJ finally pops the question...how will he pop the question. 
I'm not good when it comes to waiting, especially when I have no idea when it's going to happen or if it's ever going to happen. I think any girl who is in a long term relationship can relate to this. Sometimes, I would pick fights with EJ just 'coz I'm frustrated he hasn't asked me to marry him yet. I mean come on, I'm not getting any younger. Also, I don't like the feeling of getting left out. Most of our friends are already engaged and it made me very very as in very insecure. It made me think that perhaps there's something wrong with me or w…

Choose Your Battles

All I want in life is simple. I just want to be happy. I just want to live a life close to my loved ones and do away with unnecessary stress. Stressing over situations, work, people, is not a healthy way to live. Call me naive or whatever, but I'd like to imagine a world where there's no conflict. A world where everybody gets along, respects each other, and no one thinks of himself higher or above the other. Could be possible especially when you're surrounded by the right people, but in most cases you're not. 
No matter where you are, regardless of what you do, you'll always encounter someone who will test your patience and understanding. Someone who will make you question or doubt your abilities. These people are sharks. The moment they smell blood they won't hesitate to attack. 
So what do you do when there's a shark in the horizon lurking, swimming in circles waiting for a good time to strike? Be strong. Don't let them smell the blood. Be still, cal…

Waiting

It's hard to see how blessed you are sometimes especially when you're focusing on the things you don't have rather than being grateful for the things you do have. Sorting through my travel photos and compiling them into one social media account really helped put everything into perspective for me. Special thanks to all of the artsy travelers and celebrities I follow on Instagram. Their accounts truly inspired me.

Do check out @diaryofaneko on Instagram and follow me so I can follow you guys back! 😀
I realized that I've dedicated the past 4 years of my life to travel and relationship goals. The career paths I've chosen lead me to its accomplishment and for that I'm eternally grateful. I really believe in the Law of Attraction. If you claim for something to be yours, then it shall be yours. It just might take a while sometimes but eventually the universe will conspire to give you your heart's desire. No matter what happens just focus on your end goal. But I…