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Happy Birthday ❤️

Last Tuesday, I turned 33 (though I'm still feeling 22 😅) and it's my first time to celebrate my birthday as Paolo's wife. 😊
So today, allow me to share what it's like to spend my special day as a married woman. When I got out of the bathroom, Pao was already holding this beautiful cake. 😍 

Good thing I didn't open the ref the night before. Otherwise, I would have spoiled his surprise. 😁 But because my husband is such a genius, may "Plan B" daw siya. Thus, the note. 😂

We had a delightfully sweet breakfast. 🥰

While I was washing the dishes, my husband was busy installing our towel rack. Then I did the laundry while he was installing the window blinds.

For lunch, I decided to cook noodles (for long life 😁). And my "misis" heart was very happy when Paolo commented, "para akong nasa restaurant." 🥰🥰🥰 You see my husband is the better version of myself, and it's not an exaggeration to say that  everything I can do, he does way bette…
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It's been seven months since I married the man of my dreams and every day, I discover something about him that makes me fall in love even harder. Today, let me share seven (of the many) reasons why I always say that I married the best man. 😊

1-3: He cares for all living things - humans, plants, and animals.  He cooks our meals and prepares our baon for work. He buys me things he knows I need even if I don't ask him to. He looks not just after my welfare but he is also genuinely concern about everyone we come in contact with. He is full of gentleness and compassion. He doesn't want to cause any inconvenience to anyone. Most of the time, he gives way. He's a defensive driver, a reliable friend, a loving son and sibling, a passionate and practical man. More than anything, he is a better version of myself. It's true that everything I can do, he does better. 😊

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Freedom to Dream ♥

As we commemorate the 121st Philippine Independence, I celebrate my own FREEDOM...  ...TO DREAM. 😊
Two months ago, I attended the first Freedom to Dream Summit organized by the Viviamo team (thanks Ms. Dar and your awesome girls!). Until now I'm reaping the fruits of that summit.

I got to talk to two amazing coaches, Coach Rezza and Coach Celine. With their help, I learned a lot about myself, what truly matters, what I really want in life. Since the summit, I've been more enthusiastic and more determined to not just dream, but dream big dreams, to challenge myself, and to really make things happen. ❣️
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Love Is A Verb ❤️

I travelled to Baguio last weekend to attend the graduation of the last batch of cadets I took care of during CFC Singles for Christ's Christian Life Program back in 2015. My husband was not able to come but he made sure I'd have everything I need for the trip. ❤️
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And so I had a very emotional (in a good way) weekend in Baguio. I got to see and talk to my girls, I bonded with my SFC brothers and sisters, and finally got to eat at Arca's Yard and Cafe Adriana. Every now and then, he would send me a text message to check how I was doing, if I had already eaten (I've been following a strict diet - food and timing - since April)…

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Labor Day Honor List ♥

I've done tons of projects in my life but one I consider the biggest (so far) is our wedding. 😍 Yey! Finally, I'm sharing about it after five months!!! 😊
To be honest, I still feel like it just happened yesterday. And until now, I'm still overwhelmed at how the Lord worked through the people around us to make it such a beautiful occasion. It wasn't my "dream" wedding. But it's everything that I needed it to be. ❤️
And so today, on Labor Day, and on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, allow us to honor the beautiful souls who worked so hard to make our wedding as perfect as it could be.
Ceremony and Reception: Sta. Maria Della Strada Parish Church Thanks to Ate Tere and everyone in the Parish Office! And of course to Rev. Fr. Dante Martinez for saying yes to be our officiating priest. 😊

Flowers:L&R Flowershop Thanks to Ryan and his team for accommodating all our requests. They were highly recommended by our caterer (we'll get to them later) and w…