Photos of My Life No. 7: My Gadgets
Posted on: 16th of December 2010 | Under: Life & Love

Taking some time off wedding planning, here’s an overdue post on my seventh Photos of My Life: My Gadgets, as requested by Vince (duhdoctor) on Twitter.

Productivity and Gaming:

  • iPhone 3GS: This was the hubby’s old iPhone, before he upgraded to an iPhone 4. I don’t plan on upgrading, until they release the white iPhone! :)
  • Blackberry Curve 8320: I had a short love affair with Blackberries before I switched to the iPhone. I gave up on it when it started slowing down and dying unexpectedly. I use it as an extra phone now.
  • Motorola V3 in hot pink: This phone is almost 5 years old and should really retire soon, but I still use it as an extra phone when traveling.
  • iPod Touch: This is actually the hubby’s, but he passed it on to me when he got his first iPhone. I used it mainly as a gaming device. =P
  • iPod Nano: The hubby got this for me several Christmases ago. :)
  • Nintendo Game Boy Micro: I only play Mario Brothers on this =D
  • 13″ Macbook Pro: Replaced my old White Macbook for this last year.
  • iPad: This makes browsing on the internet easier and more convenient while in bed. Great for reading e-books, and an awesome gaming device too. I’m currently addicted to Jenga HD. =P We’re also using this for our wedding reception. :)

Cameras:

  • Fisheye 2: I’ve had this since last year, but I haven’t had time to use it. :(
  • Vivitar PN2011: I used to use this a lot. Makes pretty panoramic photos.
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S: I bought this to replace my polaroid when they stopped making films. This develops smaller prints than the real polaroid, but I love it just the same.
  • Canon Ixus 80 IS: My trusty point and shoot. It’s two years old, but it still takes pretty photos. :)
  • Holga 120 CFN: I love Lomography and the pretty photos it develops. Haven’t used this in ages, because thanks to iPhone apps, I get to digitally process my photos looking like lomo shots now.

  • Polaroid Spirit 600. This is love! I still have one unused film, which I’m saving to use on a special occasion. I have a Polaroid i-Zone too, but I left that in Manila.

  • What I use most of the time: Canon 350 D and extra 50mm lens. This still works like a charm, but we really should upgrade soon! :)

What about you guys, what gadgets do you use?

** For more photo requests, please comment in my Photos of My Life post. **

Sixteen Days ’til Christmas
Posted on: 9th of December 2010 | Under: Life & Love

A little over two weeks to go ’til Christmas!

By this time, I should be busy shopping for gifts for family and friends. I should be baking cookies and cakes to give out. I should be making plans for Christmas dinners and get-togethers, and making sure I am able to meet up with everyone close to me. But, this year will be a little different—the husband and I are spending our first Christmas and New Year away from home.

To battle the homesickness, we decided to buy our very first Christmas tree.  We assembled it in the living room and adorned it with shiny trimmings. The tree is only half the size of our tree at home in Manila, but it’s enough to liven up the place.

Our first Christmas tree.

Now I catch myself watching the lights, almost every night, dancing to reflect shapes and shadows on the glass walls of our living room. Somehow, I find a familiar comfort in this. <3

With all the travel deals out there, it would have also been the perfect time to go on a nice vacation somewhere. But we decided it would be nice to spend our first Christmas as a married couple, quietly in our first home.

This year will be different, but we’re definitely excited to experience this first as a married couple. :)

Wedding Planning
Posted on: 24th of November 2010 | Under: Life & Love, Our Wedding

A little less than three months to go ’til the big day!

It’s been a busy past couple of months, flying in and out of Manila. The main details of the wedding have been set and all suppliers have been booked. All that’s left is to finish working on my DIY projects, buy a few other things and polish all the small details.

With February just around the corner, I’m starting to worry about getting everything done. I’m such a perfectionist that I find myself worrying about everything down to the tiniest detail! Our wedding planner has been a great help with all the ideas and organizing, but I just can’t stop myself from injecting my personal touches in every single thing.  =P

All the ideas are starting to materialize one by one, and I’m excited for that big day when all the hard work will finally fall into place. :)

Most of my time has been spent working on the wedding that I obviously had no time to spare for this blog. My backlogs have piled up and I am so behind replying to all your comments, but I promise to get them done in the next few days. :)

Anyway, wishing you guys a Happy Thanksgiving!

Preview: Vintage Prenup Photo Shoot
Posted on: 13th of October 2010 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Fashion & Beauty, Life & Love, Our Wedding

I never thought planning a wedding would require so much effort. I’ve spent so many nights researching online for tips and suggestions for my dream wedding, and I can’t believe that in just a little over four months, all that will finally materialize. I’m glad we hired Christine Ong-Te‘s full coordination services, because she has definitely made handling all the little details a breeze!

JR and I were a little hesitant about getting an expensive photographer for the wedding at first, but Christine was very persistent in recommending John Mateos Ong. Jong’s rate was a little more than what we had initially planned on spending, but being the photography enthusiasts that we are, it only took a little effort to convince us to finally book him.

We had our pre-nup shoot with Jong last week, and all I can say is WOW. WOW. And WOW again. He truly knows his craft!

JR and I love photography, but thinking up of poses in front of the camera is definitely not our cup of tea. During the shoot, Jong was there to guide and direct our every pose. He made modeling feel so easy! Almost four hours of hopping from one location to another with him was actually fun. :)

The theme of our wedding in February is Nostalgia, so we also wanted our pre-nup to be vintage-inspired. We styled ourselves in 40’s/50’s clothes and accessorized with pearls, fascinators, vests, suspenders and hats. And to complete the nostalgic feel, we had our shoot around Singapore’s City Hall area, where beautiful colonial architecture are well-preserved.

Here’s a preview of our photo shoot:

At the Old Supreme Court.
Photo by John Mateos Ong.

On Me: Black tube dress (Forever 21), Black Mary Janes (Charles and Keith), Fascinator (Bugis), Pearl accessories (Forever 21 and Far East Plaza).
On JR: Black slacks (G2000), White long sleeves (Uniqlo), Vest (Topman), Black leather shoes (Doc Martens), Fedora (Bugis).
Photo by Wenting Li (c/o John Mateos Ong).

One of my favorite photos during the shoot. <3
I didn’t know JR could jump that high! LOL! :)
Photo by John Mateos Ong.

Photo by John Mateos Ong.

I also did my own makeup. :)

Face:
MAC Prep+Prime, MUFE Camouflage Cream (Orange for my under-eye circles, and green for my blemishes), MUFE HD Foundation (#123), MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NC30), MUFE HD Powder, Sephora Blush Me Twice (used to contour), MAC Blush Ombre (Ripe Peach).

Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot (Painterly), MAC Eyeshadows (Ricepaper, Honey Lust, Sable, Nocturnelle, Sketch, Black Tied, Shroom), MAC Fluidline (Blacktrack), MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil (Engraved), Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascarra, Nichido Eyebrow Pencil, Fanny Serrano Eyebrow Powder.

Lips:
Sephora Lip Pencil (Royal Rose), MAC Lipstick (Russian Red).

We ended up with almost a thousand photos during the shoot. It was quite hard picking out only a few to post online, because I loved all of them. =P

Definitely no regrets that we booked John Mateos Ong. :) Even my mom was thrilled to see the photos, she was bugging me the whole day after. =P So excited for the wedding day! :)

A few more photos on my flickr and FB. :)

** Oh, and yes, I did go a little crazy on the details in this post (plugging my outfit and listing every single makeup I used!), but that’s just what happens when I go blog-less for over two months. I missed it. And my fingers just wouldn’t stop typing as soon as I started this post. =P