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Lacuna No More

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It’s been a year of hiatus on this blogsite but it didn’t mean emptiness. Not at all. It’s just an absence of enough time to spend on writing a blog, I only had time for 140 characters on Twitter and bits of a rant or rave statuses on Facebook.

I missed writing. Modesty aside, I have always believed that I was born to be a writer. It would seem that I have abandoned this belief but that is not the case. I have been busy with a bunch of different things other than writing: with arts and crafts (handmade projects), some upcycling seminars here and there, coordinating a churchmate’s wedding for this month, an administrative job with one of the most respectable wedding suppliers in the country, and assisting my dear mother-in-law in the family business. I should also include being an active member of our Highschool Alumni group in charge of some fund-raising projects and upcoming reunions plus being appointed as the new Secretary of our homeowners’ association. Yes, my plate is overflowing with tasks and activities, but I see them as opportunities to learn and upgrade myself. I don’t plan on growing old as a dull, close-minded woman.

Now, the real reason why I am writing again is because of this website called Language Is A Virus. It provides good writing exercises to help you knock off that writer’s block. Today I’ve got a writing prompt: “I care about…” And this is where I have decided to write about it.

I care about my children. I would like to think that I have been doing a great job raising them but in reality it is a daily struggle for me to decide whether I have to be a protective mother or not. Both of them are teenagers now. *sigh* I just took a cue from Dude Crush when he told Marlin, “…when they know, you know, y’know?”  At least I am confident my teenagers know that I am always here to guide them, whenever they need it.

I care about the environment. If you have seen my other blogsite with posts of my handmade creations I think you have already noticed that I am very fond of upcycling stuff. Climate change is not just a myth now and this is one of the reasons why I love sharing my self-acquired knowledge about upcycling, simply known as creative recycling, to other people particularly with the younger ones. I would like to believe that I can make a change by planting a seed of caring for the environment to other people by doing these upcycling seminars. A small drop of water can still cause a ripple in the ocean.

That’s all for now. Thank you for taking time to read this. See you again soon. 🙂

xoxo

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An End of an Era & a Start of Something Not-So-New

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Change. Change is good. Do not fear change. Change is inevitable. Go with it or deprive yourself from seeing something more beautiful, more awesome, more life.

The end of an era. After almost 3 years of being a “wizard” of the Wedding Wizards I have decided to hang my non-existent magic wand and wizard’s hat. I will not be enumerating here the reasons why I decided to do so but let’s just say that I have finally seen the bigger picture, a realization: the Wedding Wizards team isn’t for me anymore. I have seen changes (which I have chosen to ignore for a couple of years) and I am now moving on with the change. I have left the “old cheese” in pursuit of a “new cheese”. You should read “Who Moved My Cheese” for you to understand the metaphor. It was scary at first, I admit, but there’s no use in staying any longer in a place where you don’t belong in the same page anymore. I am doing this for me, for my own sanity and for my own happiness. I say enough. I say move on.

The start of something not-so-new. As I am still navigating this new maze that I am in I thought of going back to what I can really do best: honing my arts and crafts skills. Way before I joined the Wedding Wizards I have already been crafting and creating something from scratch with my own hands.  I always see things in a different way, in a better light, that’s why I can create a crafting project out of any kind of material. That is also the reason why I almost do not throw anything away. Yes, I am a pack rat. Give me the crafting tools I need, leave me alone with my crafting and I can make a masterpiece out of a garbage-bound material. Thanks to the 3 crafting and DIY influences in my life: my two grandmothers (both really great in sewing, and one of them in crocheting) and my own mother. I have also created some customized items and accessories for the past weddings of the Wedding Wizards.

Now, in line with this not-so-new venture, I have created separate blogsites for my arts and crafts projects. One in Blogspot and one in WordPress. They both have the same content (almost) so you can follow either one. Pardon the quality of photos posted there, I can only do minor adjustments with them. Either I need a new and better digital camera or I need better lighting and more knowledge in camera settings. 😀

Oh, I also have created a Facebook Page for my handmade creations. I hope you will “Like” it. 😉

My final words for this post are already clichés but they are clichés for a reason. Life is too short: Live it. Love it. Laugh with it. Learn to know when enough is enough. Move on as quickly as you can. Accept change. Challenge yourself. Pursue happiness.

Until then.

xoxo

Supporting Handmade: PAPEMELROTI

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I was first introduced to Papemelroti products by a good friend of mine, it was way back in 1994. She was very fond of their recycled papers and notepads, and she’s always sending me handwritten notes back then. Oh how I have loved receiving those!

Since then I have grown to love Papemelroti, even dreaming of having a store like it myself. Their recycled, repurposed, reused products are very inspiring to me (since I am a pack rat myself LOL), and going to one of their stores give me immeasurable happiness.

Fortunately, I am sharing with you that same happiness. (Yay!) Papemelroti is now having an online promo/raffle and the items at stake will surely bring you happiness. For more info, just click this LINK. ^_^

*photo credit to U Create

Tanduay “First 5” 2011 Concert Tour Schedule

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I have been wondering lately why the blog hits on my last year’s post about the Tanduay “First 5” is continuously rising everyday until my husband called my attention earlier to let me see the new kick ass TV commercial of this year’s Tanduay “First 5”! (all I can say to myself was, “oh…so that’s why…”) I better make a blog post now for the sake of those people who are constantly being directed to this blogsite! 😛

Unfortunately, last year we did not get the chance to attend any of the tours even the one that’s nearest from our place…But this time I will definitely make myself attend at least one because this year they have a scheduled tour in Manila! Wooot wooot! It’s gonna be at the SM Mall of Asia on the 14th of October! (source here) 😉

So here it is, the Tanduay “First 5” 2011 Concert Tour Schedule!

Tanduay Rhum First Five Concert Series 2011 featuring ChicoSci, Kamikazee, Wolfgang, Sandwich and Parokya ni Edgar.

Concert Schedule:

March 25 – Palawan
April 1 – Marinduque
April 8 – Masbate
May 6 – Nueva Vizcaya
May 7 – Tuguegarao
May 20 – Bulan
May 21 – Legaspi
June 24 – Panabo Davao
June 25 – Davao
July 8 – Olongapo
July 9 – Angeles Pampanga
July 15 – Cebu
July 16 – Bohol
July 22 – Ormoc
July 23 – Tacloban
July 29 – Marbel
July 30 – General Santos
Aug 19 – Dumaguete
Aug 20 – Bacolod
Sept 2 – Dipolog
Sept 9 – Daet
Sept 10 – Naga
Sept 23 – Butuan
Sept 24 – Nabunturan
Sept 30 – Dagupan
Oct 1 – Baguio
Oct 21 – Malayabalay Bukidnon
OCt 22 – Cagayan de Oro
Dec 2 – Roxas
Dec 3 – Iloilo

Image and schedule in text format courtesy of PhilippineConcerts.com

See you there! Let’s rock!  \m/

My List Of Exhibits, Expos, Trade Shows, Seminars and Forums for 2011

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Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.  ~Hugh Allen

Obviously, I have been hunting for exhibits, expos, trade shows, seminars and forums that I can go to this year. This is of course to help me upgrade myself with new skills, information and to expand my network (a.k.a. handing out our Wedding Wizards’ business card!).

So without further ado, here is my list of events that I am planning to go to (and if I didn’t show up, there are some obvious reasons…lol) :

starting this MARCH 2011:

March 4-5 ~ World Forex Expo Philippines at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel

March 4-6 ~ Babae: Kapuso Ka Ng Bayan: Women Entrepreneurship at the World Trade Center (by GMA7 and GoNegosyo)

March 12-13 ~ Wedding Expo Philippines 18th Edition at the SMX Convention Center

March 15 ~ Total Lifestyle Expo 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

March 16-20 ~ 16th World Building and Construction Expo at the World Trade Center (note: this is for interior design ideas)

March 17-20 ~ Philippine National Trade Fair at the SMX Convention Center

March 17-20 ~ 3rd Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

March 31-April 2 ~ Philippine International Food and Beverage Expo at the World Trade Center

APRIL 2011:

April 1-2 ~ Philippine International Food and Beverage Expo at the World Trade Center

April 7-10 ~ Manila International Auto Show at the World Trade Center

April 15 ~ Princess and Brides 2011 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

April 16-19 ~ Manila F.A.M.E. International Asia’s Best Design Destination at the SMX Convention Center

April 16-19 ~ Fashionation 2011 at the World Trade Center

April 16-19 ~ Bio Search at the World Trade Center

April 29-30 ~ Total Beauty and Wellness Expo at the Activity Center, Trinoma

MAY 2011:

May 12-14 ~ International Food Exhibition Philippines at the SMX Convention Center

May 21-22 ~ Celebrations! Bridal/Events Expo at the SMX Convention Center

JUNE 2011:

June 4-5 ~ The Bridal Expo Year 8 at the World Trade Center

June 15-18 ~ Manila Food and Beverage Expo at the World Trade Center

June 18 ~ Bridal Talks at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati

JULY 2011:

July 6-8 ~ Food Ingredients Philippines 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

AUGUST 2011:

Aug 12 ~ Kasalan 2011 Part 1 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

Aug 25-27 ~ Philippines International Eco Show at the SMX Convention Center

SEPTEMBER 2011:

Sept 1-4 ~ Food and Drinks Asia at the World Trade Center

Sept 7-10 ~ Asia Food Expo at the World Trade Center

Sept 14-18 ~ The 32nd Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center

Sept 19-25 ~ Philippine International Franchise Conference and Expo at the SMX Convention Center

Sept 28-30 ~ PowerTrends 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

OCTOBER 2011:

Oct 14 ~ Kasalan 2011 Part 2 at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall

NOVEMBER 2011:

Nov 15 ~ Total Lifestyle Expo 2011 at the SMX Convention Center

DECEMBER 2011:

none as of this moment…I will update my list soon… 😉

Now, for some of you who would like to attend these events, too, better that you search them over the internet on how to register or if there are some entrance fees to be collected. I will leave that up to you, have some kind of effort! 😛

That’s all for now…until then! 🙂

P.S. Stalkers, please stay away! LOL

The Writing Profession Here In The Philippines

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Last Saturday, January 29th, I had the privilege to attend a once in a lifetime event by National Bookstore and The Philippine Star. It is a discussion about the writing profession here in the Philippines, basically on how to improve our craft and how to make a living out of being a writer, and it was held at the National Bookstore, Shangri-La Plaza.

The forum featured Mr. Butch Dalisay, a world-renowned writer and author, together with three highly acclaimed personalities in their respective fields, Mr. Rico Hizon – Filipino journalist from BBC World News, Mr. Pepe Diokno – filmmaker and executive producer of Rock Ed Philippines, and Mr. Miguel Ramos – marketing head of National Bookstore.

I came in a bit late because I went first to a bridal expo at the Megatrade Hall. Well, a bit late for me to have my own seat during the discussion but just enough time since Mr. Dalisay was still introducing himself and giving out tiny pieces of advice as an appetizer. I positioned myself first at the left side of the platform but all I can see was Mr. Hizon’s back and side-view profiles of Butch Dalisay and Miguel Ramos. But then I got lucky to see Pepe Diokno right in front of me as he arrived for the discussion, yeah, a bit late, too. 😉

I repositioned myself right in the middle of the standing crowd because I really wanted to see their faces as they were introducing themselves. Although I was standing there for maybe at least an hour, I haven’t felt tired and hungry since the forum was really informative and entertaining (the Q&A portion) until I saw those trays of Starbucks coffee cups and Krispy Kreme donuts that the crews were handing out to those who were already seated. I instantly looked at the back of the crowd and saw these people helping themselves to a cup of coffee and a donut or a brownie, of course I couldn’t stop myself easing my way over there and have my share of these free treats!

I know that you are now wondering what have I learned from this discussion (of course not about the free coffee and donut!) and I am going to share them all to you (or at least what I can still remember).

#1. “Eat the humble pie”, said Butch Dalisay. You should let someone see your work and ask for their comments and suggestions about it, and you should not get heavily offended when your article/novel/script came back to you with lots of red circles and lines made by your boss or your editor, even the best writers in the world get their works edited. You should learn how to be humble and also don’t let yourself get too emotionally attached to your work.

#2. Read a lot. Read books, magazines, articles, and news on diverse topics. You should know how to connect everything and anything. When writing non-fiction articles/novels, be sure that you have thoroughly researched all the facts. When writing fiction articles/novels, be knowledgeable on how to use real facts and still make your readers believe that they don’t really exist. Good examples are Andy Molligan’s work like “Trash.”

#3. The writing industry here and abroad needs, according to Butch Dalisay: more novels, more fiction, more funny/comedic stories; according to Rico Hizon: more eye-opening news articles, business articles – because whatever is happening in the business industry will affect the progress of a country; according to Pepe Diokno: more scripts for telenobelas and movies. As Diokno stated, our movie industry here in the Philippines is declining because of lack of sensible and intelligent scripts. That is true, because I for one am never a fan of Filipino movies. I find them either too corny or too shallow. He even challenged everyone in that forum to write more scripts and send them all to him so that he can make a movie out of a really good script.

#4. If you want your novel/book to get published here in the Philippines, you will sweat blood and money just to get the attention of some publication houses, unlike in the U.S.A. and other countries there are a lot of talent scouts/agents who are in constant search for new talents/writers whom they can market to all the publishing houses. Here in the Philippines, Miguel Ramos said that Anvil Publication is your best bet in getting published and automatically get your published works out there in National Bookstores’ shelves right away. If you want to get published abroad, then you have to find yourself a good agent, how? Google them, my friend, for sure you’ll find lots of them out there. Just be sure to know which ones are the real ones and which ones are fake and will only milk you for money. (Oh, and by the way, Mr. Hizon gave us a name of a Filipino editor (not an agent) abroad who is willing to help out a fellow Filipino writer get published in the U.S.A. just send me a message, and I will share it with you.)

#5. For sure you already have an idea of what you want to write, may it be a book, a novel or an article. But for you to know if it’s going to sell, make a brief description of it – like a news headline, and see for yourself if it’s catchy enough or too bland for the taste (of course you should ask your peers to hear your “headlines” and let them comment, remember #1). And you should know the difference of creative writing and news writing. In creative writing, you can write anything you want as long as it is interesting for you and your readers/audience to read and consume. In news writing, you should know and write the facts, and you should write it having in mind that you are doing it for the people and not for yourself, catch their interest and attention, then you’ll have yourself regular readers of your work.

So there you have it, my fellow writers. I hope this post will encourage you to venture more into the writing industry. Yes, we are aware that here in the Philippines we can say that Filipino writers are “tag-gutom” (always hungry) and “isang kahig, isang tuka” (poor) but if you believe in yourself that you can do better, then force yourself into doing it. Being rich and being poor is only a matter of choice. Choose yours wisely, my friend. 😉

On Bridal/Wedding Exhibits and Expos…

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I started having an interest in attending bridal and wedding exhibits since last year. It’s really a result of becoming a partner of the Wedding Wizards and I happen to be the one who’s got more time to attend these expos and exhibits. Well, the goal here is to upgrade myself to the latest trends in the industry and of course to collect brochures from different suppliers for future references.

The first exhibit that I attended was the Wedding Expo Philippines 17th Edition, held at the SMX Convention Center last September 25 & 26, 2010. It was promoted as the biggest gathering of suppliers here in the Philippines. I circled the whole area at least twice just to be sure that I get to see all of the booths of all the suppliers out there. I went home with a lot, and I mean a lot, of brochures that I have to buy a big paper bag for me to be able to take it all home intact. I took some photos from the entrance and was planning to take more photos from the inside but then it was announced that the only people allowed to take pictures of the exhibitors and the whole event were the ones with the media ID tags. Anyway, here are the ones that I got:

Now the second bridal exhibit that I went to was the Weddings & Beyond Bridal Fair, held at the PICC Forum inside the CCP Complex last January 22-23 of this year. I’m quite glad that I attended this event because I’ve found some suppliers who weren’t there at the first expo that I’ve been to. For example, I’ve found some suppliers who offers photo booths that can print photo magnets (great for souvenirs, too!), red carpet/Hollywood set-up and colored balloon backdrops instead of the traditional tarpaulins; and I’ve also seen this amazing supplier of souvenirs and giveaways, their items are all imported (you can really tell by the quality and I’ve already seen their items on display from websites abroad while I am doing some research, I was kind of wondering where to get those so luckily we already have them here!). And this encouraged me more to attend future exhibits and expos because you’ll never know who or what you’ll see and meet. Here are the photos that I’ve got from this event:

And the latest expo that I’ve been to was The 11th Ultimate Wedding/Debut Fair, held at the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall last January 29-30. Was quite disappointing though because it didn’t live up to it’s name, not very ultimate if I may say so. Yeah, they’ve got some suppliers that I haven’t seen before and some bridal gowns on display that wasn’t at the previous exhibit but they got so few suppliers around. It only took me just minutes to see them all which kinda worked for me at that time since I have to be at Shangri-La Plaza for another event which I will talk about on my next post. But in the meantime, here are some photos I took from this exhibit:

So, there you go…you’ve seen my latest hobby of going to different exhibits, expos and seminars. Yes, it is time, energy and money consuming but I feel satisfied somehow since this kind of activity refreshes my mind. More and more ideas coming in…talk about an upgrade! There’s gonna be more exhibits to attend to this year and I will be posting more about them soon! Until then… 🙂