How we planned our wedding

Planning a wedding can be stressful, I am not even going to sugar-coat that. But it can also be fun – it can be bonding time for you and you fiance, your family and close friends. You are planning the start of a happy marriage so of course you want it to be perfect but you also have to keep in mind that things will not always go the way you envision it.

It has been 3 months since I’ve been married and around this time last year was when I started planning our wedding. So I decided to make a list that will hopefully help newly engaged couple and brides out there with planning their wedding.

Note: this is based on my personal experience while I was planning our wedding. We got married in San Antonio, Texas, so most of the vendors that I will mention will be local.

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Lunchbag

R: I got a red one and a blue one. Which one do you like?

M: I’ll take the blue one.

Paguwi nya ng bahay, mas gusto pala nya nung blue, so red ang napunta sa akin.

Officially, may lunchbag na ako. Ngayon lang ako nagkalunchbag na dahil kailangan ko. Hindi na lang sya ung impulse buy na “Uy cute ng kulay” o kaya “Uy Hello Kitty”. It is more of a need dahil nagbabaon na ako ng lunch araw-araw. Yup, nagbabaon na ako. Sa tagal ko nang nagtatrabaho (since 2005), never akong nagbaon. Lagi akong kumakain sa labas, laging sa fastfood o kung saan mang restaurant. Never akong naging part ng “Baon Gang” sa office dahil lunch lang ung time ko para makabonding ung mga katrabaho ko at makaalis ng opisina. Ganyan ako for almost 10 years, kaya nakakapanibago na ngayon, may bitbit na akong lunchbag palagi.

Bago lang ang lunchbag ko dahil nagdadala lang ako ng plastic bag para lalagyan ng tupperware. Bitbit ko lang ung plastic bag papasok ng opisina. Keber kung sino makakita diba, haha. Pero narealize ko, mas environmental friendly and it just made sense na bumili ng lunchbag. Syempre, bumili din ang asawa ko ng sa kanya.

R: Soon enough, you’ll forget how it is being single.

Nasabi nya yan nung minsang lumabas kami. Tinanong nya ako kung naaalala ko pa ba ung panahon na single ako. Masaya naman nung single ako, pero mas masaya ang buhay ko ngayon. May kashare na ako sa lahat. Uuwi ako ng bahay, makikita ko sya, kwentuhan, kain, lahat ng bagay na ginagawa ko nang magisa, ngayon kasama ko na sya. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam. May security. Mas nakakapagfocus ako sa ibang bagay.

Isa lang masasabi ko, masarap ang may asawa. May kakwentuhan ka kahit anung oras, kasama manood ng sine, mamasyal at tagabili ng lunchbag na terno pa kayo. Un nga lang, compromise din ang pagaasawa. Katulad na lang kapag mas gusto pala nya ung kulay blue kaya kailangang magbigay. :)

Welcome back to WP!

Wala pang ilang oras, naset up ko na itong WordPress blog ko, nailipat ang domain at habang ginagawa ko itong entry ko, nagttransfer na lahat ng Tumblr posts ko dito sa WordPress blog. May lumang WP blog din ako na I decided na ilagay na din dito, parang isang blog na lang.  All this, para lang ano? Eh hindi pa din naman ako magboblog ng madalas, haha.

Nung nasa Tumblr pa ako, panay Instagram posts lang ang laman nito. Napakadali lang kasi na magpost ng picture sa IG tapos diretso na sa Twitter, Tumblr at Facebook. Convenient. Wala nang isip-isip pa, post kaagad. Gusto kong bumalik sa pagboblog, ung tipong mahabang post na pinagisipan ko. Ung kaya kong magkwento tungkol sa nararamdaman ko na hindi kailangan ng picture o video. Salita lang, pwede na. Magpost man ako ng litrato o video, parang supporting document lang.

Namimiss ko ung dati — ung as in super dali lang magblog. Na lagi akong may update. Laging may kwento. Kahit na tungkol pa saan yan, laging alam ko kung paano isusulat. Pero un nga, after how many years, medyo tinamad na akong magkwento. Hindi na madalas ang pagpopost. Ang dami na din kasing nangyari sa buhay ko na minsan hindi ko alam kung tama pa bang i-share lahat dito.

Ayun. Nagbasa-basa din ako ng mga luma kong posts. Inimport ko din kasi dito ung mga posts ko from 2009 until 2011 siguro un. Medyo nawala ung pagkainggit ko masyado, hehe. Ang lulungkot ng posts ko noon, blog ko ang naging way ko para makausap ang ibang bloggers na naging kaibigan ko din naman. Nabuhay ako sa mundo ng intrawebs, at dito din umikot ang mundo ko. Ngayon, iba na ang buhay ko. Mas madalas na akong offline at mas naeenjoy ko na ang buhay. Bihira na akong magonline lalo na kapag kasama ko ang asawa ko. Ngayon ko narealize na ibang-iba na talaga ang Karmi noon sa ngayon. At may mga experiences na kahit anung pilit kong ilagay sa salita ay hindi talaga kaya. Hindi mabibigyan ng justice.

Anyways, ayun nga, hello ulit WordPress, medyo namiss kita. Kung malulungkot ang posts ko noon, iibahin ko naman na ngayon. Sana hindi ako tamarin! :)

Exactly a year ago today, Robert asked me to be his wife. So to celebrate, we had dinner at the same restaurant where he took me a year ago and we went to the spot where he proposed. It has been a great year for both of us and looking back, I am really glad I said yes. :)

Old soul

Carme, you are an old soul.

That’s what my manager told me a few weeks ago after we started talking about typewriters and vinyl records. I told her how I wanted to own a typewriter and that I enjoy crate digging. I took that as a compliment – I like the sound of it, “old soul”.

It is just now that I did realize that I am an old soul. And I think that I am married to one too. While I am writing this blogpost, my husband is busy grading papers and we have some 40′s – 60′s music playing in the background. We both chose that playlist, because why not. We both love that style of music, it is relaxing and very catchy too. When we were still dating, we would go crate digging together – I actually got him to buy a record player (we own 2 record players). I think he is a better crate digger than me since he is always the one who will find good records that usually date as old as 1930s. We also both love Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Ahhhh, Frankie Valli – we bought tickets for his show in Austin this August. I can’t wait to hear him sing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” live. He also owns a film camera and he developed his own pictures. Yup, he had his own dark room when he was in college. That is pretty legit if you ask me. We also enjoy visiting museums and watching antique roadshow. Oh, we bought some of our furniture at a flea market – some old toy chest and an old tool box. I guess we just like old stuff.

I can now hear him sing along to “This Magic Moment”.

I used to be the first one to know about a song, a new tv show or movie. But that changed which I don’t mind at all. I never thought that I will enjoy all this. Especially the part where I can dance to some Elvis and sing along to Four Seasons.

J: I brought you something, but I won’t see you until Thursday. It’s on my desk if you want to grab it, you’ll totally know it if you see it.

It is official – after 2 months, my co-workers are aware that I love Hello Kitty. 🐱