Jardin

Do you need a hassle-free venue for a wedding reception in Tagaytay?

Check out Jardin De Padre Pio, which is conveniently located at the compound of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

The event place offers room accommodation, a beautiful verdant garden reception area and an indoor hall perfectly suited for your simply made perfect moment.

They are one of the most competitive venue rates in the area.

My wife and I was introduced to Bro. Allan Samson, a Capuchin brother who was in-charged of the venue back 2013. He was very cordial and very accommodating.

Jardin de Padre Pio

The beautiful Jardin de Padre Pio in Tagaytay.

Kuya Willie Gatpandan, the ever-reliable wedding supplier in upland Cavite introduced him to us.

The venue is suitable for wedding, baptism, birthday celebrations and small conferences.

After five (5) years of having our wedding reception in the venue, I had a chance to visit the place and I was amazed on the improvements and it looks more amazing as ever.

FB_IMG_1526649013689

If only the trees could speak and share the beautiful occassions held in the place. I would be glad to hear it and share my wonderful memories as well.

FB_IMG_1526649056996

Fifth

“I have tomorrow to look forward to, for God has given me you.”

I will always look forward to your smile as my strength to fight all our battles.

I will always remember what you said: “I know nothing about having a perfect marriage or at least a good one, but if God comes first before ourselves then we got nothing to worry about. So whatever comes our way – by prayer, love and petition we will overcome in victory! We are one of God’s miracle & living testimony. Cheers to more years of faith, love and healing.”

More years of serving & loving the Lord!

Thank you Lord for all the graces.

See you soon my blessed half.

I Love You 😘 Happy five years of serving and loving the Lord misis ko! ❤❤❤

Fifth

Five things that my wife and I love doing together: eat, eat, eat, eat & eat plus a little travel. 😁

More years to come! #healed #loved #grateful

Joy

On the eve of our 5th church wedding anniversary, Sis. Jude and I would like to thank you for your love and prayers in our journey.

Amidst difficulties, hiccups and challenges; there were so many blessings.

Bishop Camilo Balin once said that adversities and trials means becoming more closer to God.

Take courage!

Indeed, courage it is!

My wife is in Riyadh now, I would like to ask for your prayers for the security and protection of everyone in KSA.

Grief

A selfie on the location of my new mission area in the coming days. The beautiful Our Lady of Remedies Church in Malate. In today’s Gospel, Jesus too was preparing His disciples for an awesome phenomenon they were about to witness – the Ascension. He knew that when He ascended to heaven, life as they knew it with Him in their presence would all of a sudden go dark with no apparent explanation. He reassured them: “You will grieve, but your grief will become joy” (Jn 16:20). The Son was hidden for a time, but the darkness gave way to light.

I had a chance to visit today Our Lady of Remedies in Malate, Manila for a thanksgiving mass and also to meet Bro. Edward Centeno for our weekly Light Group (LG) meeting.

Adorned in pristine white orchids, the church was a sight to behold- there was a wedding before the 6pm mass. The priest reminded the couple to have a heart of gratitude. Marriage life is a marathon and never a sprint. Enjoy the journey!

Fr. Michael Martin shared this meaningful verse:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” John 16:20

Grief, mourning and even weeping is a part of life. Children will often weep at the slightest difficulty, but all of us face grief and sorrow throughout life.

In this passage above, Jesus informs His Apostles that sorrow and grief will be a part of their lives. This is a very sober but realistic statement on the part of our Lord. It’s an act of love, on His part, to be up front with His Apostles about the coming hardships they will face.

The good news is that Jesus follows this statement with the hopeful news that their “grief will become joy.” This is the most important part of what Jesus says.

The same is true in our lives. Jesus does not promise us that our lives will be free from hardship and pain. He does not tell us that following Him means that all will be easy in life. Instead, He wants us to know that we will follow in His footsteps if we choose to follow Him.

He suffered, was mistreated and ultimately killed. And this would be tragic if He did not ultimately rise from the dead, ascend into Heaven and transform all prior grief and pain into the very means of the salvation of the world.

If we follow in His footsteps, we need to see every bit of grief in our lives as potentially a means of grace for many.

If we can face the hardships of life with faith and hope, nothing will ultimately keep us down and everything will be able to be used for God’s glory and will result in great joy.

This verse spoke to me a lot. Do not despair when suffering is placed before you. Surrender all things to our Lord and let Him transform it into the joy that He promises in the end.

Lord, I surrender to You all suffering in my life. My grief, hardships, sorrow and confusion I place in Your hands. I trust that You are all-powerful and desire to transform all things into a means of Your glory. Give me hope in times of despair and trust when life is hard. Jesus, I trust in You.

23

You give me hope in my times of trial, joy in my saddest hours and love in all I do.

Happy 23rd day of the month to the most loving and caring woman – my greater half Jude Borja! #blessed #grateful

Distance never separates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there.

But whenever I start feeling sad, because I miss you, I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss. I love you!

#ldr #tighthugs #mwahmwahtsuptsup

23

You are a special gift from the heavens. Your smile warms my heart and your presence makes me whole. I love you today and forever! You make me complete. Your perfection I adore. There is no distance I cannot go to see you smile each day. I love you! You make my love melt at you, when your eyes gaze at me I become addicted at you my sweet heart. I love you so much my dear! You changed my world from the day you entered into my life. The change is not simple and subtle, it’s a change brought color to my life and made a meaning for the same. Words cannot describe how much you mean and important to me! You are my angel and I would like to see your smile always to boost up my day. I cannot imagine a day without you and without your smile. I like to be in the shadow of your love and affection forever. Thank you so much for being my wonderful wife. ❤

 

Cheesy

A fellow volunteer from Awesome Kids Ministry gave me a piece of Hello chocolate while waiting for our after service meeting last Sunday.

Lo and behold there was a cheesy line that caught my attention printed in the label and I shared to my wife.

“A stormy day with you is better than a sunny day spent all by myself.”

*Giggles*

Cheesy

Photo caption of the little boy and the little girl. Minamalat na naman ang puso ko.. *** paano kasi, laging sinisigaw ang pangalan mo.

Cliches are often cheesy because they are an obvious and artless way of making a point. A movie might be cheesy if it contains ‘on the nose’ dialogue, like “I can’t live without you” or “You had me at hello.”

It also means using phrases when hitting on a girl at a “club” or any social setting.

Here are some compilations of cheesy lines from Rania Naim of ThoughtCatalog.com:

1. Are you a magician? Because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears!

2. I’m not a photographer, but I can picture me and you together.

3. Do I know you? ‘Cause you look a lot like my next girlfriend/boyfriend.

4. Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend/girlfriend material?

5. They say Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. Well apparently, no one has ever been standing next to you.

6. For some reason, I was feeling a little off today. But when you came along, you definitely turned me on.

7. Are you religious? Because you’re the answer to all my prayers.

8. I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?

9. I’m lost. Can you give me directions to your heart?

10. Are you a parking ticket? ‘Cause you’ve got fine written all over you.

11. Are you sure you’re not tired? You’ve been running through my mind all day.

12. Is there an airport nearby or is it my heart taking off?

13. Was your dad a boxer? Because damn, you’re a knockout!

14. I was wondering if you had an extra heart. Mine was just stolen.

15. Would you grab my arm, so I can tell my friends I’ve been touched by an angel?

16. There’s only one thing I want to change about you, and that’s your last name.

17. Aside from being sexy, what do you do for a living?

18. Hi, how was heaven when you left it?

19. Do you believe in love at first sight or should I pass by again?

20. Is your dad a terrorist? Cause you’re the bomb.

21. Did the sun come out or did you just smile at me?

22. Kiss me if I’m wrong, but dinosaurs still exist, right?

23. Hey, you’re pretty and I’m cute. Together we’d be Pretty Cute.

24. Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?

25. Can I follow you home? Cause my parents always told me to follow my dreams.

26. Is your name Google? Because you have everything I’ve been searching for.

27. Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only ten I see!

28. Hello, I’m a thief, and I’m here to steal your heart.

29. I may not be a genie, but I can make your dreams come true.

30. If nothing lasts forever, will you be my nothing?

31. There must be something wrong with my eyes, I can’t take them off you.

32. I’m sorry, were you talking to me? [No] Well then, please start.

33. Was you father an alien? Because there’s nothing else like you on Earth!

34. Was your father a thief? ‘Cause someone stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes.

35. Do you have a pencil? Cause I want to erase your past and write our future.

36. I’d say God Bless you, but it looks like he already did.

37. I must be in a museum, because you truly are a work of art.

38. Are you my phone charger? Because without you, I’d die.

39. Can you take me to the doctor? Because I just broke my leg falling for you.

40. You don’t need keys to drive me crazy.

41. Are you a dictionary? Cause you’re adding meaning to my life.

42. You remind me of a magnet, because you sure are attracting me over here!

43. I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty good with numbers. Tell you what, give me yours and watch what I can do with it.

44. Didn’t I see you on the cover of Vogue?

45. Somebody call the cops, because it’s got to be illegal to look that good!

46. Sorry, but you owe me a drink. [Why?] Because when I looked at you, I dropped mine.

47. You must be a broom, ‘cause you just swept me off my feet.

48. My buddies bet me that I wouldn’t be able to start a conversation with the hottest person in the bar. Wanna buy some drinks with their money?

49. Is it hot in here or is it just you?

50. Hello. Cupid called. He wants to tell you that he needs my heart back.

Prenup

Let’s sing: “You have taught me how to feel, what is false and what is real. Of all the things I ever wanna do, I think I’ll start and end with loving you.” ♥♥♥

Facebook reminded me about our quirky cartoon wedding invitation inspired by our prenup photos held in the sand dunes of Arabia.

I still remember our prenup session or engagement shoot.

The place was called “the edge of the world”. It was a famous location among Riyadh photographers.

The session was sponsored by our godparent Ninang Saharia and Ninong Sam.

Prenup

Wedding bells are ringing, plans are jotted down and one thing’s for sure in the list – wedding prenup photo shoot! This is a look back of our prenup in Riyadh, KSA.

Engagement or prenup shoots have been around for several years now and they are so important for so many reasons in the run up to your wedding.

They are a great way to spend some quality time together before the big day; they help you and your photographer get to know each other and talk about the final plans for your wedding; they allow you to get some stunning images of you both as a couple saying goodbye to one stage of your relationship before you become Mr & Mrs; but most importantly they allow you to ‘practice’ in front of the camera before your big day meaning you will be sure to get rid of any nerves!

So how do you make it fun, personal and get the most out of it as a couple? Here are some top tips from BridalMusings.com:

1. Location
Think about your location, it is lovely to go somewhere that is meaningful to you as a couple but also has a variety of backdrops to make things more exciting and give you real variety in the images. City centres, villages, fields, beaches, farms, lakes, rivers all make fabulous backdrops so think of somewhere unique to you!

It is a good idea also to think seasonally, if your shoot is in the autumn why not take advantage of the amazing red and orange trees, winter could you do your shoot in the snow, spring in the daffodils or rape seed fields or, in the summer, the lavender fields or beach?

Villages and towns can provide some great quirky backgrounds, eclectic or antique shops, colourful doorways and old brickwork look great. If you have an amazing home or perhaps are hiring a really special bridal suite this can make a great place for some more intimate shots. Of course the beach is always fantastic especially if there is variety ie: old groins, colourful beach huts and long grasses in the dunes.

It is also a good idea to think about your history as a couple…if you met in Starbucks start the shoot there over a cup of coffee!

2. Activities
Activities are fabulous in engagement shoots, they give you something fun and natural to do while making the shoot individual and interesting.

You could hire a rowing boat on a local lake, do you have a horse and could go horse riding, does your dad have a vintage car you could borrow for a country drive or how about a vintage camper, you could visit an antique market, hire a tandem bike, or how about a picnic or trip strawberry picking?

Fruit fields look fabulous and strawberry picking is a great activity that is fun and looks very cute in the images. Take a picnic to the woods or beach for some really romantic shots. Ice creams are very English and again any experience you can be seen sharing makes the images really romantic.

3. Hobbies & Pets
Incorporating hobbies is another way to make your shoot personal to you as a couple. Obviously Zumba and squash might not work but both in cute golf outfits out on the course, boating or perhaps cycling (think vintage bikes with baskets) are great ideas.

If you have a pet this is something we could incorporate too they are after all part of your little family. Bringing your dog along will be sure to make it a fun experience!

4. Hair & Make Up
You really want look and feel your very best on your engagement shoot.

If you are a bit of a makeup/hair novice why not arrange to have them done professionally. Pop into your local salon or head to a blow dry bar. Perhaps you could even arrange your wedding hair and/or make up trials for the morning of your shoot?

If you’re doing your hair and make up yourself take a little extra time, perhaps buy some new items to make you feel great and remember to wear a little more makeup than usual while still keeping it fairly natural as makeup doesn’t show up as much on the photos.

5. Clothing
Choose colours that go together and keep the same colour palette as this will unify you together in the shots. I also think it is important to wear colour rather than blacks and whites which can look harsh as colour really lifts your photographs.

Think about where we are shooting and choose appropriate clothes ie: if we are in the fields in winter wellies hats and scarves or on the beach in summer think sun dress and flip flops.

Think classic, no big motifs or wording on your clothes and nothing too fashionable as this will date your images quickly.

If we are going to an appropriate location why not dress up a bit, a dress and heels looks fabulous or jeans, a shirt and suit jacket for the guys you will feel amazing and in turn look amazing.

Style it up – this really makes your photos sing. You could dress in a cute vintage way (not fancy dress!) perhaps a 40′s style dress and jeans and a waistcoat for your guy.

If it’s a winter shoot in the park don’t just pop your jeans, trainers and winter coat on…tights and a little skirt or tweed shorts, a chunky knit cardigan with a belt, hat scarf, gloves and cute knee high boots and wellies are far more stylish.

6. Props
Think about the kind of props that might go with the shoot you have chosen. Perhaps you have decided on a woodland picnic in which case you could bring a beautiful picnic blanket, hamper, pretty plates, and gorgeous looking food like strawberries, cupcakes, olives. You could bring a vintage tea-pot or a posh bottle of lemonade and glasses with fun straws.

If you are going strawberry picking bring a pretty basket, a woodland winter walk maybe a knitted blanket to hang round your shoulders and a flask of hot chocolate, even a bunch of flowers looks great as it looks like you are on a ‘date’.