Happily Ever After — Take One!

Summer in Butuan City is a season long celebration of weddings. So here is a throwback to my friends, Alrex and Suzette’s big day.

Marriage, they say, shouldn’t be showy. But I guess it wouldn’t hurt if we add up a little thrill on wedding days to add hype to everyone’s experience. I considered sharing this very coherent movie-themed wedding I attended last 2011 that I believe was well thought of and most of all hindi pinagpilitan. The fact that the couple are frequent moviegoers make the conceptualization a no brainer.


INVITATION: caricature of the couple at a movie house


GIVEAWAYS: paper mache of a popcorn

Another version of the souvenir was corn kernel placed inside a transparent bottle and wrapped with ribbons. 404919_10150507962897940_1877598777_n


Popcorn Bouquet

The popcorn bouquet was used during the reception in place of the calla lily used at the ceremony.

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TABLE NUMBER: movie titles


CAKE: movie clapper and film strips





ENGAGEMENT SHOOT: took along friends as extras 🙂



Although not in photo:

*their pre nup pictures were mounted on the side of the reception area like movie poster

*their menu and programme cards were laid out like movie tickets

*an excerpt from a musical movie was re enacted by the couple and selected friends, filmed, and was show during the reception

What better way to add romantic aura on your big day than to have String Musicians play while you walk down the famous aisle or to your first dance as a married couple.


Slash and Burn: My Unfinished Story

Chapter 3: Bleeding Love
by Johanna Almendras
July 31, 2008


I have to be honest to myself, after the break up I had a hard time. In fact it must have been the most difficult phase of my life. After school I go home to a place of no assurance. I find myself worrying for I have nothing to do. I had no one to inform that I arrive home safely. I had no one to wake up in the morning or follow up academic home works at night. It seems that a big chunk of my time, effort, concentration, emotion, finances, and memory was now empty, spacious and unused.

At 9 in the evening I prayed but was surprised that intentions came out from me with so much effort. What once was a smooth sailing, free flowing conversation turned into a scripted one. it was precisely because I was resisting my own thoughts and feelings. I was so used to praying for him, his family, his studies, his health, his friends, his service,etc. but we are no longer to together and this “obligation” is no longer necessary. But is it really like that? Should one stop praying for a person because that person is technically  no longer his concern? Yet as much as I want to still pray for him what shall my prayer sound like? Of course I can’t be praying that his new relationship be well. So I’m only left confused, reminded and saddened of how my prayer was like so I have chosen not to pray instead.

The sun continued to shine, the workers go on with their daily routine, my sisters go to work and so I’d do my thing too. I’d take a jeepney, cry in there when I’m once again haunted with my loneliness and wait until the 45-minute ride ends, enter the room and while waiting for the professor, do chit chats with my blockmates.

“How are you now?”, asks Indie a blockmate who herself has not been into a real relationship but lives in Dumaguete, a place which I imagined to be perfectly romantic for lovers and a haven for barkadas.

“Still not okay. It’s very hard. I still cry myself to sleep and wake up crying still.”

As expected from any broken hearted person, I started telling my story.

“He was really a good boyfriend and if there was anything wrong with the relationship it was only on the latter part where the relationship was on the rocks.”

I mentioned a couple of incidents to convince them how perfect it used to be even if I feel that they don’t want to know and even if they do, will still feel indifferent to what I feel. They  may feel sympathy but after that they’re okay. There is nothing they can do and they exactly knew that but still continued to console me. Human nature has always been this way. When someone suffers all we can do is ask, make them share their thoughts and how they feel of the situation, give advise when ask for one but we will still remain indifferent. We cannot equally feel their pain for one’s suffering is always different from the other no matter how similar the situation may be. But nevertheless I went on conversing with them.

“He must have fallen out of love”, comments Angel, a tall pretty morena but an NBSB blockmate. Noticing that I remained silent and a bit confuse of the idea she further explained.

“You know, one day he woke up and realize that he does not love you anymore. A lot of people say it happens.” then the door opened and our professor stepped in.

After class I went straight home because heavy tears are about to pour. Even before I can undress, raindrops started to fall. Could it be heaven’s way of accompanying me in this miserable lonely night? Well it really doesn’t have to, even the rain is indifferent to my suffering. Indeed things changed, even how I see the rain changed. I used to see it as a blessing, a shower of fireworks from heaven. On the night we became a couple it was raining hard and I took that as heaven’s approval and confirmation of what just happened. In our 2-year relationship, it has always rained every 9th of the month at least in places where we were at. It was pleasing to hear raindrops embracing the earth but now, there is so much bitterness in hearing it clash the rooftop.

Fall out of love? that’s weird. I never knew that falling in love was reversible but if it is then it means that falling out of love is favored when falling in love is saturated, in that way the direction shifts to falling out of love. That’s how chemistry describes it through Le Chatelier’s principle.

no love <—-> love

But wether this is the case or not, being the partner of the person who fell out of love is as painful as the idea sounds.

The rain continued and I finished preparing supper. My siblings arrive and we ate together like we usually do only this time I need not worry if Lino has eaten too.

Breaking up with me was painful enough to hate him but hate isn’t the absence of love. I may have hatred in my heart but I have love too, I feel them both.

If by any moment now I die, it has got to be due to internal bleeding.


Eye Bag Miracle for Dummies (Photoshop)

We all have that one almost- perfect portrait that we can no longer recapture but left only to caption what the obvious mishap is. In my case it usually involves dark circles under my eyes. And so for dummies like me, here is a 1-2-3 to basic eye bag enhancement using Photoshop.

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Left: Original Photo Right: Enhanced Photo

Step 1: Use the “Patch Tool” found in the same selection as the Healing Brush Tool.

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Step 2: Draw a circle around the dark crease of the eye bag. Make this as thin as possible for more natural output.

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Step 3: Position your mouse inside the circle and gently drag it downwards just a few centimeters from the edge of its original location.

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Although only a case-by-case basis, when you drag the circle too far from its original point, you end up having a distinct color difference. Which would entail using other editing tools and would no longer make a tutorial for dummies like me 😀

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Step 4: Finally release your mouse and hit Control + D or Commad + D (Mac) to deselect the area. And there you go 😀

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Pardon my narcissistic side.

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While there are superb moments we failed to capture on cam, there are also instances where we brought our cameras yet failed to experience moments.


Genius Pink

It is not thursday thrift yet but I can’t go to sleep without sharing my “wise buy” from today’s Sundate at the mall.

My boyfriend and I were just killing time before we check out the Guardians of the Galaxy by strolling around gadget and accessories stores nearby. I did plan on giving my phone a new case but I don’t really spend much on accessories. I normally wait for the old one to wear and tear. And since Mr Smiggle is not giving up on me yet, I have been enjoying a very low maintenance iphone.

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But look at this “shocking pink” iphone case I got from CD-R King, isn’t it lovely?


What makes it “shocking” though is that it only cost me Php 20.00. Yes that’s around 0.45 USD. Now that’s genius. It is not made of rubber but snugly fits iphone5. It’s light weight too so I still get to enjoy the essence of a slim phone.




Sunny Side Up :)

okIt has been raining in Butuan City for weeks now and I’ve been wanting to do some fun shoot. I was so happy so see Mr. Sun today and immediately called up my instant photographer 🙂SAM_6212See how nice the sky is today?

SAM_6223 grass necklace SAM_6187Wearing my mom’s new pair of wedges so I had to be extra careful.

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