Thursday, September 26, 2013

He's Double 1

My baby boy is exactly 11 months old today. Whoa! That means I only have 1 month to prepare for his birthday party. Preparing for his party was a lot different with his Ate’s. As in, a LOT! Uno’s 1st birthday party preparations were relaxed and cool, to think I only had 1 month of preparations then. Now, I feel stressed and frazzled. Admittedly, money was a big factor here. Then, I only have to say “I like this” or “okay” and the planner will do as told. Now that the family's disposable income is no longer in existence, every detail should be scrutinized. I planned to do everything by myself, to save money.   

But I couldn’t seem to start. All the possible venues I could search online were already reserved. I started scouting for possible venues more than 2 months before the target date but all those that fall within budget were booked, those that weren’t booked yet have sky-rocket rates. I am not talking about a handful of venues here, I think I called-up every-single-party-venues in QC, Ortigas and Manila. Even the planner could no longer give a place that I didn’t know or called yet (yes, I still contracted her, I needed help you know. hehe) Same thing with the party host, the most recommended host/magician online were no longer available. I have to put-up a different show for this 1. I’m thinking, Dos’ birth day must be the happiest day in the Metro with all these simultaneous merrymakings.

With these turn of events, I hope I could still put-out a great party for Dos. I hope this would be as fun and memorable as his Ate’s. I hope that everyone would have a good time.

My kids may be too young to remember their 1st birthday parties, but I will never forget.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Young Star, Superstar

“Photos are the best souvenir you can give your baby”. During those years that babies are unaware of their own antics, only photos can prove that it did exist. I may be a little guilty of not capturing as much precious moments of Dos as compared to Uno before (blame it to the non-existence of a reliable phone camera) but at least I tried to document quite a few.

Last July 5, the family was invited to a party in honor of my good friend’s daughter’s birthday. Since I know that my ever reliable photographer/friend, Fidel, will cover the event, I took the chance and booked him for Dos’ photoshoot session after the party - the occasion, just because Dos can then sit-up. J

Of course you know Fidel if you’re a regular here (just a review, he did a photoshoot with Uno, covered Uno’s 1st birthday party and my maternity photoshoot). He’s a part-time, freelance photographer who learned photography by mere passion (mind you, you’ll be the best once you’re passionate about your craft). Aside from his regular work in the corporate world, he also attends to various photography needs as a 2nd source of income. He operates a photobooth for all occasions, he (photo)covers for various occasions and now he does videography too. I warned you, passions can be lethal. For his complete package and rates you can check Uno Events and Multimedia.

Oh btw, he told me he can give free frame (if you booked any of his photo packages), just tell him you read this article. PW: “Blog ni Hushie”. 

PS: If you're a photo critic and saw some flaws in the following photos, blame me. I have to put watermarks.  


Monday, September 23, 2013

Wanted: An Autobot

I just needed to break this coma – coma of writing an article, that is. My last “valid” blog entry was written in July for a story which happened in June, coma indeed right? This coma was simply brought about by overwhelming experiences that was overlapping with each other, overwhelming and overlapping enough that I didn't know which 1 to write 1st. Will I write based on occurrence, based on importance or based on price?lol The last was of course a joke. I just wished I was paid to write, my sponsor stopped sponsoring too, which killed my passion to write. #ImSoMukhangPera #IKnow I also became work-related busy which came side-by-side with the preparations of the past milestones in my personal life, my family life and my life in general (what's the difference between those 3 lives? Nothing, I just thought it's fun to dissect. J). And of course, plain laziness was never out of the list of culprits - or maybe it is the only culprit, after all. 

I sometimes wish my PC can read my mind and automatically type what I’m thinking, or maybe my brain would have an optic nerve or something that can send messages to my PC, transcribed it and viola a blog post. Either way, I know that won’t happen, at least not in this lifetime. So here, I’m trying to keep my acts together, saying nonsense, wasting your time and typing away to break the drought. 

This post is like vocalization of some sort, where every singers needs to do in order to perform well. And so, I wouldn't need to explain in my opening paragraph in case I thought of writing again, tomorrow. I hope I motivated myself well enough, the file in this PC specifically dedicated to blogging is about to self-destruct.