Friday, July 29, 2016

FMM: Bridging generations

The great thing about hanging out with my niece and nephew in the U.S. is finding out more about them. One thing I learned about Kai is that she has great taste in music.

During one of our drives, she played this song from 1991. It's from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and is one of my favorite songs:

After listening to the song, I asked her whether she's familiar with the other version of the song.

Yup, there's a remake. It was done in 1997 by the all-girl British group, All Saints. (aka the anti-Spice Girls.)

I actually like both versions, and can listen to them on repeat.

Apparently, Kai doesn't know this other version. So technically, she learned something new from me. Just like I learned something new about her.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sketchy Stories: Purple Reign

Last January, my nephew got engaged and announced that he was getting married in Atlanta in July.


Especially since he's the first from his generation to get married. Plus his Mom - Ate Lissa - is my Ate.

So, when Ate Lissa asked me what she should wear to the wedding, I knew I had to come up with something uber special.

Ate had a few guidelines:
- The color had to be purple
- She didn't want anything too form fitting
- It was a summer wedding

First, I went to "the stash" to check if I had purple fabric. Thankfully, there were a few yards of embroidered lace which I was supposed to use for Kai's party a few years back. After examining it, and taking the guidelines into consideration, this was the chicken scratch I came up with:

It was a sheath silhouette with a blouson top. The back was fully open to let the air in. The skirt had inserts, and the accent was a thin belt with gemstones.

Ate liked the design, particularly how the top was a blouson-type of top. She said that it will allow her to eat and she won't be conscious about her mid-section. (What mid-section?)

So, it was off to our trusted dressmaker to have the sketch brought to life. And as expected, she did a wonderful job with it.

Ate said that the moment she wore the dress, the make-up artist told her how lovely it was and how she looked in it.

Jen's aunt said that Ate looked like a gorgeous 25-year old.

And that was just one of the many praises that Ate received that evening.

(Then, there's Mom's dress. But that's another story.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Philippine (and Italian-American) contingent

"I'm impressed at how you all flew in for the wedding. Your family is very close."

That's what Jen's aunt told me after finding out that family members from Manila and California flew in to Georgia to attend the wedding.

While the Philippine contingent was small, we definitely were the most gregarious of the bunch. Add Lou (Jul's Italian-American father figure) into the mix, and it was definitely a happy and noisy table.

I'm so glad I flew in for this wedding.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sweet cherry pie!

Before I flew back to Manila, I made sure to eat as many things on my wishlist as I possibly could.

And this was one item on the list:

Cherry Pie from Little Debbies! This is so divine!

I also bought the classic Hostess Cherry Pie. But that was so good, I ate it before I could even take a snap.

Treats like these made my short visit (and the many pounds I've gained) so much worthwhile.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Raise the red (white, blue and yellow) flag!

Here's one gesture that made us smile during the wedding.

The bride's family placed the flags of the U.S. and the Philippines together as part of the centerpieces. Stephen - the bride's Dad - said that it symbolizes how our families from both sides of the world are now united as one in marriage.

Such a nice family!

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Presenting the reason why I went on a short and sweet trip to Atlanta.

My eldest nephew, Jul, got married to the love of his life, Jen.

It was a beautiful ceremony that left a lot of the people in Rose Hall teary eyed. Including us. Gosh, someone must've been peeling onions in the vicinity.

Congratulations, Jul and Jen! I'm elated to have been part of your special day, and we look forward to seeing you again (and our new grandchildren) soon.

Friday, July 22, 2016

FMM: Oh, Carolina!

Yesterday, I was able to check out this exhibit at the Savannah College of Arts and Design:

Needless to say, it inspired today's Friday Magic Madness song.

This song was huge in the 90s, and almost everyone danced to it.

But apart from the name, these 2 Carolinas have no similarity whatsoever.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We meet again Panda...

Panda Express that is.

It's still yummy as always. Orange Chicken rocks!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Right on Target!

I must say, there's a certain thrill whenever I realize that Target is just a few minutes away from where I am.

Before, I used to just browse their websites, especially when there are designer collaborations. I'd have to coordinate with my Mom and brother in the U.S. to either buy them or have what I bought on-line shipped to them.

Now, I can just hop over and check out items myself. (Too bad there's no notable collaboration, though.)

I'll be seeing you a few more times before I go back home, Target.