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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

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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

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… 🙂

Where Have The Days Gone?

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“Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.”  ~Dion Boucicault

2010, gone…oh, how time flies…didn’t even noticed it. But I’m pretty much glad that that year is now over, let’s just say that it wasn’t my year. There was just at least one thing that made my 2010 worthy to be remembered and that’s when the Wedding Wizards came to life. You can read all about it here.

And now, January’s over…but I must say, I’m already liking this year…so far, so good! I now have a reason to use a personal planner and my phone’s calendar notification system. Got my schedule full of events to attend to, mostly bridal expos and exhibits and some business/investment related seminars. I’m grabbing every opportunity out there to build up my network. *wink*

This year, I will definitely revive my passion for writing…I’ll tell you the reason why on my next post. I don’t want to clog it all up in this one post…I have to avoid that writer’s block that’s been paralyzing me for so long. hehehe…

Until my next post! 🙂