ala-Shabby Chic

We were sorting out stuff we kept in the storage room one afternoon and I saw this sad-looking magazine rack tucked away in the corner, barely visible under the pile of rags draped over it. I instantly knew what to do with it and vowed to find the time.

I did find the time, and I had all of two days to make-over the rack. This is what it looked like.

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It looked much worse than it does on the picture above because some of the parts were already broken off. I enlisted the help of the hubby and his carpentry skills put the thing back together. This was taken while I was assembling the parts back. Continue reading ala-Shabby Chic

Tea Tree Oil Magic

For our anniversary, my husband and I went up to Baguio to lavish in the cool weather and explore. That was Uma’s first long trip and to a hilly destination at that but we still braved it. He wanted to test her endurance.

If you’re wondering who Uma is, she is hubby’s pre-loved Nissan Sentra B14, his project and prized possession. Isn’t she beautiful? Those are new shoes he had just bought.

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Yeah. I didn’t care for cars before I met him but now I take a second to look at any car’s drop, the hum from the muffler, bumpers and side skirts and mags and… oh, the list goes on. Continue reading Tea Tree Oil Magic

Our DIY Wedding

My husband and I watched the movie “27 Dresses” and James Marsden’s character mentions that weddings are a billion dollar industry. That couldn’t be more true!

weddingThat was not the case for our DIY wedding though. I was leaving for Abu Dhabi to work and my then-fiance and I decided to tie the knot before I left instead of the planned one a year after. We weren’t sure when I can actually come home for it so it sounded like the best plan.

We had two weeks until the date, and didn’t even have a marriage certificate yet. By some Divine Intervention we were able to secure that, and a beautiful church (Mt. Carmel – which is usually booked for weddings!). We arrived just before 4pm at the Church and it had been raining but it stopped when we got there. My sisters-in-law surprised me with my very own bouquet (I had insisted that we didn’t need flowers, but I’m so glad they did that!). We had our immediate family with us and at 4pm on October 6, 2008, we were wed. and I decided to tie the knot before I left instead of the planned one a year after. We weren’t sure when I can actually come home for it so it sounded like the best plan. Continue reading Our DIY Wedding