A pair of this, a pair of that

I finally got the two pair of pants from the tailor, to whom I have approached exactly a week ago. I was really excited because they were the first non-black pants I have asked him to do. When I got in their shop, the tailor was not there but his assistant took care of things and I paid the remaining Php 400 balance.

Getting the pants from the tailor

 

 

Reaching my room, I immediately took them out of my bag to try their fit. I first tried the khaki pants and it was what I exactly expected. A bit snug but I can still move and I was fine with that. As for the navy blue one, it was a different story. It was so ill-fitting that I cannot even lift my foot off the ground without getting some unwanted ‘squeeze’. LOL I had to return to the tailor hours after, hoping that he can do something about it. I also threw in another pair of pants I have been intending to get altered and hopefully get both of them tomorrow.

My new pair of tailor-made skinny khaki pants

 

Trying on my skinny khaki pants for the first time

 

From a pair of pants, I also got another pair of black leather shoes from Ebay. I don’t have a conservative plain black leather shoes, as the other pair of oxford shoes I currently have is on the dark charcoal gray side — a shade sort of black. If I were to go on interviews in the coming months (ehem, ehem), I can’t show up in my Doc Martens because there is always a time for everything and I know when to stop pushing my stubbornness. Then along came this pair of black leather shoes and I instantly fell in love.

A pair of black Paul Smith Dip Dyed Cervantes Oxford ShoesAt first, I did not know what brand this pair was because it was very handsome in itself, with the veins on the leather giving it more character. Not to mention, it was the same style as the other Prada pair (i.e. oxfords). And then I saw that it was actually a pair of Paul Smith shoes!

Black Paul Smith Dip Dyed Cervantes Oxford Shoes and details - Original Dip Dyed Footwear

After several searches on Google, I found out that the style was called ‘Cervantes’. Selectism.com did two articles about the shoe back in 2009: one when the style was first released in March 2009; while the other was in August 2009 when the style was updated with a floral touch. Its listed price in the website of Gravitypope was US$ 319.99. O_O Mon was astounded on how easy it was for me to find a pair of shoes in my size. Well, I wear a US 8.5, so compared to his bigger feet, it was really way easier for me.

 

Hats off to my five years!

I left the house quite early because we had to be in the office for our ride, which left exactly at 2:15 PM. I was not quite sure with the Jil Sander shirt I planned to wear, so I brought another shirt with me just in case I had a last minute change of heart.

Gray CK Calvin Klein and Jil Sander dress shirts - Manila, Philippines

But in the end, I decided to stick with my original plan, even if I had an inkling that I might be under-dressed for the event because of the shortage in sleeves. The invitation called for ‘Business Formal’ but I just pretended that I didn’t get the memo.

Mirror, Mirror - Jil Sander dress shirt, short sleeves

Jil Sander shirt with contrasting cuff sleeves, tailored skinny pants,  black Lanvin leather belt, Prada leather shoes and black Gucci sling bag - Manila, Philippines

We arrived early in the venue at Endurun, McKinley Hill. It was my first time to set foot in that place and I readily appreciated the architecture of the building upon entering ‘the gate’.

Enderun in McKinley Hill

While waiting for the event to start - Enderun, McKinley Hill

I was with few of my officemates that I sincerely like(Ayen, Kait and Rev), and it was also delightful to be with other people I knew from other teams. It was like one big reunion and nostalgia as we all realized that we have been employed for five years already in the company. We can now search for opportunities elsewhere, just kidding.

Rev, Ayen and I

Ayen and I

The program immediately took off with the awarding of plaques of appreciation, first, to those who have been employed for five years in the company. Of course, none were paying attention to the plaques but as to WHAT would be the other thing handed out. It was a paperbag for a TechnoMarine watch. We all sighed in relief. Days before, there was a rumor that they might give us Tiffany ballpoint pens instead and I was personally hoping that the rumors were not true. The year before, they gave out Charriol bracelets and I expected no less than that. In fact, I’m fine with the bracelet but a watch was of course more welcome. =D As there was a disproportionate number of people who were employed for five years, it took a much longer time to hand out what must be given.

With Angel

Then a sort-of appreciation speech was given by two people from each batch and Angel, a classmate/course mate of mine from UP Diliman, was one of them. She went to to give her experience right from the beginning, and I mean from the beginning beginning when she started out with her interview. She also mentioned memorable events from her first months, particularly that Manila Peninsula rebellion on November 29, 2007, which was also the same date that I have signed my contract before officially starting four days after. She proceeded to share everything that happened to her, including her growth within the company and it made me realize one thing — girl was lucky to have that opportunity because she has been promoted four times within half a decade. And what about me? I realized early on, like right on my first year, that I have limited growth opportunities within the group I found myself in. Then I decided to go back to school and take my master’s degree. =D Let’s see what might happen within the following year because I see significant changes happening.

Enderun at night - McKinley Hill

Pretty yellow lights - Enderun, McKinley Hill

With our former manager, Ms. Fen

Anyway, the night had fallen and the program was finally finished. We proceeded outside for the cocktail party and we have been b*tching moments before how famished we were. Frankly, I did not care much about the things I put on my plate, and the only thing I can remember was that they served three kinds of pasta. The waiters were frequently passing by our side of the ‘lawn’, and we just kept on getting sweets after sweets. LOL Rev managed to get boxes of cupcakes for us, which I have reserved to give to Mon. He likes desserts a lot, non? =D

Cupcake for Mon

So now, what about that watch? I had opened the box in the venue right after receiving it but I waited until I got back in the office to inspect what was inside. It was a Technomarine Cruise Original 110042 watch. I searched for it online and it was at sold at US$ 375 in their website. *wolf-whistles* It wasn’t bad after all, even if I knew that they might have gotten a considerable discount since they have bought a lot.

The watch - TechnoMarine Cruise Original 110042

Had to change from white to black immediately - Technomarine Cruise Original 110042 watch

My initial instinct was to remove the white straps and change it into black. More discreet and less prone to any grime and dirt (though I’m perfectly sure that the straps were made to be more or less resistant to superficial dirt). Then I found out that there was a hidden ‘something’ underneath the white strap — our company logo. It was as if I instinctively removed the white straps, without deliberately knowing about that. But think about it, with the changing of the straps, I can be creative with the combinations so it was like getting several watches in one. LOL

I remember categorically saying in my first interview with my then-soon-to-be managers that I would stay in the company for two years, three years tops. Never say never. I definitely know that I will not stay to reach ten years and I foresee a maximum of 18-24 months before I call it quits. Time to plan this time well.

Something bright and cheery for a wedding

Last Friday, I was resolute not to wear white because of the prospect of wearing something similar to the waiting staff in the wedding was big. So I opted for a bold color, which was really out of my comfort zone as I’m the Switzerland-type of person a.k.a. always neutral.

PS by Paul Smith Orange Linen Shirt - Manila, Philippines

While planning on what to wear, I suddenly remembered what Luna Lovegood mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows about wearing sun colors to a wedding, for luck. Well, the shirt was not yellow but orange was also a sun color, right? A bus stop from Halloween might also be appropriate but I did not mind anyway. =D

PS by Paul Smith Orange Linen Shirt with flower detail - Manila, Philippines

The shirt was pure linen and with flower details from the chest up to the hem, and given that the wedding was to take place in an overcast Saturday afternoon, the breathable fabric made the garment very comfortable.

DIY red leather bracelet and Louis Vuitton Trousse - Manila, Philippines

I also saw this leather string from a little box and had a quick DIY project of making my own red leather bracelet! I also noticed that as much as I like carrying a bag, I thought that it was too much to carry one in a wedding given that most of the things I have are big. So I just opted for my trousse toilette, which was normally a toiletry kit. This reminds me that I needed a good leather portfolio for future events like this.

Mt. Carmel Shrine in New Manila, Quezon City

Stained glass panels inside Mt. Carmel Shrine

The wedding took place at around 3:30 PM in Mt. Carmel Shrine in New Manila, Quezon City. It was the last wedding for the day, and we were almost late and that was a bad thing because Jannet was one of the bridesmaids. I’ve been seeing  Mt. Carmel from LRT-2, but it was my first to be actually inside the church. It was very beautiful, especially the ten (I think) stained glass panels.

The bride walking down the aisle with her parents - Wedding at Mt. Carmel Shrine Parish

The wedding in the altar of Mt. Carmel Shrine

And there was a photo bomber behind us!

It was a very beautiful ceremony but none of us cried. It was very humid inside, though, and I did not regret wearing linen. I just can’t imagine how ‘hot’ the men in the entourage were feeling because they were in full shirt-suit regalia. I personally thought that it was a bad call to wear them in lieu of the traditional barong tagalog, unless the wedding was in an air-conditioned place.

Mon and I after the wedding, waiting to go to the reception

(My shirt was originally untucked but upon reflection,  I should have just tucked it in the first place. Oh well!)

Mon with my high school classmates Jannet, Jayel, Marcial and Alex

The reception took place in the Oasis Pavilion Garden in Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City, just a few blocks from Mt. Carmel Shrine Parish. There were about 200 guests and we were seated with other guests by the 15th table. There was also a live band to provide entertainment to the people while waiting for the food (which took forever to arrive).

Waiting for the food! - Oasis Pavilion Garden

Hungry was an understatement, more of famish

On another note, my digital camera’s battery was exhausted after the first few pictures inside the reception. I then resorted to my cellphone’s crappy camera to take photos. It was fortunate, though, that the venue was well-lit so the pictures turned out relatively okay. Similarly, we were so hungry that I did not even bother taking pictures of the food!

The "Money Dance" of the couple - Wedding at the Oasis Pavilion Garden, Quezon City

The program was quite long but it was expected. All sorts of things that usually happen in a wedding took place, from the tossing of the bouquet to my favorite ‘money dance’. Upon introspection, the tradition of ‘money dance’ was taken differently by different cultures. Other cultures had this idea of the guests having a one-time dance with the bride and pinning money onto the veil. But here,  from what I’ve noticed from all the weddings I’ve attended, it was usually just the newly-weds dancing in the middle with the guests pinning money on BOTH of them.

They had several audio-video presentations, but my most favorite one was the production done inside NAIA Terminal 3 (which was evidently done at the same time of their pre-nup shoot). I did not cry during the wedding, but seeing the video did really make me tear up. :’)

With the bride, Czarina <3

They say that the bride was most beautiful during her wedding and Czarina was definitely one. But I was kicking myself last night for that camera mishap because I took a barely-passable shot with the bride using my cellphone camera. I wanted to take another one but she was obviously ‘in-demand’ and she was immediately whisked away by other guests after this photo.

Photo with high school friends before leaving the wedding reception! - Orange PS by Paul Smith, black tailored skinny pants, Lanvin belt, Prada leather laceup, Louis Vuitton trousse clutch

My camera then miraculously became alive and I was able to take a few more photos before leaving the venue. Jayel, unfortunately, had to to go mid-way the program because she had to attend a practice for some work-related Intramurals. It was funny to imagine how she brought rubber shoes and training clothes inside her bag.

Photo booth! - The Oasis Pavilion Garden

Photo booth picture with Mon

Of course, we had to take an obligatory picture in the photo booth set up by venue’s the entrance. We also had a picture taken with the whole group but Jayel took it home as an evidence for her mother that she indeed went to a wedding (a decade after and she was still like that).

As it was also Mon and I’s 4th year and 1st monthsary, we originally intended to go somewhere else and watch a movie (i.e. Taken 2). But as it was already late when the whole thing was finished, we just went home and bought food from KFC to eat with my family, who was busy watching the finals of X-Factor Philippines.

Best wishes to Mike and Czare and happy 4Y1M Mon! <3

Supporting your niece’s first dental appointment

When I went to the dentist last week, I asked if I can go back to have my niece’s teeth checked — it was Brie’s first dental appointment!

Her face was quite unreadable

I still remember her brother’s and it was a mayhem. He kept on thrashing around the dentist chair so we were anxious on how she will receive her first time. Fortunately, it was peaceful, save from 10 seconds of screaming because she felt some pain in the particular tooth that bothers her.

Big AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH - First dental appointment

 

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