Tuesday, March 31, 2009

hi Melchor!

Just like to blog these cute pictures of Melchor, taken during our Webcam session:
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Looked near, yet so far, right? hahaha!
Hi Melchor!! ;)

Granny and Aunts' Gowns

Last Saturday, March 28, before we went to Mall of Asia, we spent the morning at a dress shop in Binondo - Yifu Fashion.
I saw my batchmate, Effie Yap there one time and since the name is so like Fookien - Yifu translates Clothes in English, it's hard to forget that there's an Yifu shop in Binondo.

While waiting for their designer, we had our lunch in Yifu's neighbor - Dong Bei Dumplings. This is a very small shop... being managed by Chinese couple (I'm assuming from Dong Bei! haha!) We had the following: Seafood omelette, Pan-fried Dumplings, Veggie Dumplings for Granny, Tofu. Also, a reminder, count your dumplings order! Just making sure you got the right number of dumplings per order!! That costs Php 150.00 you know!!!
- err.. I won't comment too much, but I think I will not visit this place anytime soon.
I'm researching and there are a lot of good reviews, but for me, I think I'm okay with trying it out that day. Sorry, but remember the lack of exhaust in that place, makes me feel like wanting to take a bath over and over again!



I believe Yifu Fashion's starting to draw some loyal customers.
Here's something about Yifu from the site:
Yifu Fashion is a dress shop located in the busy street of binondo, they cater to wide range of tailoring service!

They can create a wedding gown that would truly fit you on your special day. Need to look sharp for your business meetings? they can tailor fit an office attire for you. having an special evening in cocktail party? Yifu Fashion got the unique cocktail dress that would make heads turn your way!

They cater barong and pants for men.

Address: 644 Nueva St., Binondo, Manila
Tel No: 632-2476948
Mobile: 0916-7357105
Email:
yifufashion@yahoo.com

* Taken from here: http://ph.88db.com/ph/Services/Post_Detail.page/Personals_Household_Services/Tailoring/?PostID=245491

So when my aunt Becca said that she'll be going to Yifu to have my Granny's gown made, I was interested. I took some photos last Saturday, with my Aunts and Granny holding their gown sketches!
My mom will have to find her Thai silk to be use as the cloth of her gown, so I'll post my Mom's sketch then.

For the meantime, here are the wonderful sketches of Yifu's Allan:


Let's now wait for my Mom's design! ;)
I also have to think what I'll wear for Cheska's wedding!! hahaha!

Hot Pot in Manila

My mom, sister and I had dinner last night at Golden Fortune Restaurant in Soler Gandara Street.
It's a very popular resto here.. and I heard it's usually full during weekends.
Hearing that, I quickly reserved for a table for the night.

Here's our "shabu-shabu" dinner:


The dimsum there was great! Since we just ordered 2 kinds, it was good.
Golden Fortune Resto did improved a lot since I was last there.
The contact details:

  • Golden Fortune Seafood Restaurant

  • G/F, Peace Hotel # 1283 Soler St., Binondo
  • Manila, Metro Manila
  • (02) 244-2777

It was really fun! Eating with my Mom and Erica.
I was full.. it's not cheap.. hahaha!
But definitely, a different hot pot than in Shanghai! :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

hauling Paul & Joe

When I was in Shanghai, I heard from my mom that they love Paul & Joe stuff, and I remembered they said they got a lot of stuff from P&J. I was not too excited about it.. The packaging was not as appealing as the others I use! hahaha!

Now that I'm here in Manila, I was curious.. After the SA Von there tried the new stuff with me... and I tried my best not too look excited! hahaha! It looked very nice, the foundation doesn't feel too heavy.. and it made my skin looked glowy!!! I have a lot of stuff already, and I don't think Melchor will be happy to know I'm not relaxing here for the operation! hahaha!

But then, Happy thoughts are Make-up right? So I need happy thoughts and these P&J are really nice!! I like them.. and I'm trying my best not to buy any more. I love to get my hands on the Disney Balls!! hahaha!! Please note that I got the above items in 2 purchases! The very preggy SA Annabel was really nice, which made me buy some stuff for the 2nd time!

Oh, I got the following so far:
1) Paul & Joe Protective Fluid Foundation UV
2) Paul & Joe Protective Foundation Primer UV
3) Paul & Joe Protective Dual Powder Foundation UV
4) Paul & Joe Eyebrow Duo
5) Paul & Joe Moisturizing Compact Foundation Refill
6) Paul & Joe Disney Milky Treatment

Oh, i got the makeup case bag and a suitcase for my freebie! Of course, not only did I got some stuff in order to avail the freebie, my Mom, sister and Aunt/Cousin also got some P&J stuff!! Adorable indeed!!

I'm also interested in their skincare!! And maybe I don't know.. lippie maybe? hahaha!

Hey Melchor, I'm doing my best not to buy makeup here.. but I cannot resist not getting P&J!! hahaha!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

bridging the Gap

Since Melchor's in Shanghai, and I'm here in Manila.. We only have the phone and internet to use for our communication. Like right now, we're chatting and using the webcam, waving like crazy, sending flying kisses!! And at present, I can see him dozing off!!!

tulog na!!!All smilesyawning MG

Smile smilemy hubbySerious naman
My happy hubbyMG waving

It's not easy, but we're doing the best we can!
You can say, I can't wait to be with him once again..
But for now, we're both happy to see each other, even if just using the webcam.

reminiscing the Preps

Yesterday, I got a surprised YM from Candy Chu-Chao.
To be honest, I'm not really a very active W@Wie.. I mean, I'm part of this e-group up to now.. until I finally finish my Supplier's rating, which is taking me forever to wrap it up!!
I remember adding up Candy in my YM list, because I had some questions regarding entourage gown maker - Farley. I believed I considered before to have Farley do the entourage gown, but in the end, I chose Veejay Floresca.

As I am not really active in W@W, I got a message from Candy, asking about my picture as avatar in my Yahoo Messenger. It's actually me and Melchor's pic last October 18, of course me in my bridal gown.

We kinda talked about wedding!! Hahaha! Comparing suppliers.. Veluz, Niko, Threelogy, Clarice, Alex Franco, Balay Kandila... sharing fun times of the wedding preparation. Hahaha! I felt we once again went back to the prep days... though of course, we now know the outcome of the wedding.

It felt really nice.. to reminisce the good times, especially the wedding! It went perfectly for us!!
I hope to get marry again and again and again!! hahaha!
I wonder if it's okay with Clarice to have us making "kulit" to her!! hahaha!!
And I will surely savor and smile Clarice saying: "Kalokahh!!!" hahahahah!! :)

tests and findings

I have a mission here in Manila.
With that, I think I've basically gathered a handful of my possible OB-Gyn Doctor.
After my operation, I think I will blog the list of doctors I've found, researched and thought of.

So, I've arrived Manila last Tuesday - March 17.
March 18, I was checking forums, internet, reading of some entries regarding good doctors for my case.
I'm so thankful with my friends - Aimee, Debbie and Sweeney... Aimee gave me a handful of Ob-Gyn doctors, courtesy from her sister, Angie. Debbie also gave me some suggestions based from her sister, Mae. Finally, it was Sweeney who jolted all my nerves and got me really going. She told me a story about her acquaintance, and got me all worried. hahahah!

So I immediately asked my mom to set an appointment with well-known oncologist/general surgeon - Dr. Samuel Ang of Chinese General Hospital.

CGH had been too familiar with me. I remember my Mom was confined there and gave birth to premature baby sister Erica. So this hospital is not really new to me. My mom and I hurriedly visited Dr. Samuel Ang, as his receptionist said that he'll be leaving by 2pm, for an operation. So I drove and asked my mom to immediately go to Dr. Ang's office for a lineup, then, I so looking for a place to park. The parking lot of CGH is soooo small!! It's a bit frustrating trying to park there!!! I finally end up parking at the place opposite CGH. Though I won't recommend it, it was my last chance to park and join my mom.

And so, I finally met the fab Dr. Samuel Ang. He actually said, in his opinion, a mass less than 6cm is nothing to be worry about. But then, he's not an Ob-Gyn Doctor, so he suggested to better consult a good Ob-Gyn. He recommended a fellow CGH doctor - Dr. Irene Sy. He helped us made an appointment, and we hurriedly met up with Dr. Sy.

Dr. Irene Sy asked us to do another Ultrasound and have my blood tested for CA125. We immediately went to New World Diagnostic Laboratory center in D. Tuazon, Quezon City.

I was nervous during the blood test. It took like less than 1minute to get my blood, but the waiting of a day for the result was nerve-racking!! I did a search for CA 125, and here's Wikipedia have to say about it:
CA-125 (cancer antigen 125) also known as mucin 16 or MUC16 is a protein which in humans is encoded by the MUC16 gene.[1][2] MUC16 is a member of the mucin family glycoproteins.[3]tumor marker or biomarker that may be elevated in the blood of some patients with specific types of cancers.[4]
CA-125 has found application as a

CA-125 is clinically approved for following the response to treatment and predicting prognosis after treatment. It is especially useful for detecting the recurrence of ovarian cancer. Its potential role for the early detection of ovarian cancer is controversial and has not yet been adopted for widespread screening efforts in asymptomatic women. The key problems in using the CA-125 test as a screening tool are its lack of sensitivity and its inability to detect early stage cancers. An operation would be necessary to confirm that a woman with elevated CA-125 has ovarian cancer, with the associated risk of death from major surgery. In addition, even if cancer was confirmed in such circumstances, it usually would be at an advanced stage where therapy is less effective. The goal of many cancer biologists is to develop a test that would be employed to diagnose ovarian cancer at an early stage, when the effects of therapeutic interventions are optimal.

Specificity and sensitivity

It is best known as a marker for ovarian cancer,[5] but it may also be elevated in other malignant cancers, including those originating in the endometrium, fallopian tubes, lungs, breast and gastrointestinal tract.[4] CA-125 may also be elevated in a number of relatively benign conditions, such as endometriosis,[6] several diseases of the ovary, and pregnancy.[7] It also tends to be elevated in the presence of any inflammatory condition in the abdominal area, both cancerous and benign.

Thus, CA-125 is not perfectly specific for cancer nor is it perfectly sensitive since not every patient with cancer will have elevated levels of CA-125 in the blood.[8] For example, 79% of all ovarian cancers are positive for CA-125, whereas the remainder do not express this antigen at all.[9]

Hahaha! I know these are a lot of words, but copying everything is better to have a better understanding what's the CA-125 is all about. I kinda got worried about the test results. Fortunately, I got my results back, which showed I'm within the normal range of 0.35u/ml. My result was 11.40u/ml. I was so relieved!
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Here's the ultrasound equipment of New World Laboratory:
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So far, these are just about what I can share for now.. I will have to save some to blog next time.
But I'm really okay... :) I'm super good! :)


Updates...

Today marks my first week here in Manila.
So what's been up with me?

Well, after researching tons of possible doctors.. I finally felt ease and settled. I think I almost memorized the doctors in St. Luke's Medical Center! hahahah!
I'm awaiting time for my upcoming operation.
My mom's been prepping me up and strengthening me!!
Can you imagine what that is? hahaha! That includes eating some herbal Pigeon soup, Black Chicken soup, and bird's nest!! Yes, I know they're not cheap, but our health is the most important of all.

To be honest, since I have some time to spare, I contemplated of going back to Shanghai, and be with Melchor for now, then we just come back for the operation. But since the doctor's advise that there's a possibility of rupture and it can become painful that will need immediate operation. This kinda made me and Melchor decide that it will be better that I just say in Manila for now.

And so, here I am... waiting for Melchor, eating, preparing myself for next month.. So what have I been eating here...? hahaha!!


My food for the first week here in Manila. More nutritious food for the coming months!
It's not I'm craving them.. but more of I now need to focus on my health.
Thanks to My Mom, Aunts, Grandma, Sister and Melchor.. for making me realize I now need to prepare and take care of myself!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

touchdown: Manila

So I'm here in Manila na.
The weather temp is warm.. really warm!!
This kind of temp made me a bit glad.. because my jeans now fit me perfectly and without the thermals!! You'll be out of your mind if you wear thermals here!

I'm into my mission here in Manila. I hope to finally start meeting and rounding up choices for me and Melchor to decide later on.

I will update soon! :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Earlier is better

I found this quote that can well suit my post for the day:
"The earlier the better, so do it right now."

So how come I'm talking about having things done earlier? hahaha!

I know, I'm known for being a real crammer! I love the chase, the rush.. I think more clearly with time constraint! But of course, not everything should be crammed.

Melchor and I went to visit a hospital for a check-up! Yes, we went to a hospital here in Shanghai. It's not really easy, if you visit a local hospital. With all the medical terms in Chinese! Haha! Yes, they're not really easy! After that we also went to American Sino Obgyn Center here, which also conclude the first ultrasound that I did.

Here are the ultrasound images:
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Anyway, to make the long story short, I will take an early vacation to Manila this time.
I'm not sure about the duration yet. As per my husband and family's encouragement, I will have to take tests again in Manila, and wait for the right time for the operation.

So what am I feeling right now? Actually, I'm more sad in the thought that I'll be leaving my husband here in Shanghai for some time! Hahaha! We've been inseperable since like forever!! And I'm so used to him being with me.. doing my packing, chores.. hahaha! Sorry!! I'm not really that scared in this thing inside me.. I know I need to remove this inside.. I'm thinking that I will not be with Melchor eh!! Hahahaha!! Ewww.. na ba? :) He'll be lonely and boring without me e! haha! But better alone and boring.. or else... hahah! Thank God for IP Cards, GPRS.. I think our phone bills will burning up soon!

I'm relieved and thankful for my Company for allowing me to go back Manila. I'm so sorry that I have to do this and I have this thing with me. I hope to come back here as soon as possible.

I'm happy with my family's encouragement.. I think they're worried that I'm thinking too much and get depressed! hahaha! I'm not actually.. I'm relaxed!! I think this is just normal.. If ever, I will have my first hospital experience!! So this is normal right?

Fine, I won't think too much anymore.. Or else my Blood pressure will start shooting up!! haha!

In conclusion, earlier is better right? So I'll be with my family soon.. but of course, my thoughts will always be with Melchor! These are all I can say for now. I'm strong, I'm okay.. I will defintely get through this.. :)

Monday, March 09, 2009

BB Cream and Marbleade

It's been awhile since I first read about BB Creams.
To be honest, I'm not too clear about what the hype of these creams.. but I guess you can say, I'm very curious!
So, with that, I gave in and bought myself a BB Cream to try.
I'm searching for the best BB Cream, so that I'll just buy that.. instead of testing some of the BB Creams in the market! But then, I'm not sure if I like to do that.. :)

Anyway, it says here that: (*taken from here)

INTRODUCTION to BB cream

Blemish Balm, also call BB Cream, is known to have been formulated as an after-treatment cream to help patients who have gone through laser skin surgery to soothe and regenerate the skin. Soon, it became popular with many Korean celebrities.

Advantage

-Helps to soften skin texture

-Prolonged used of product may help to improve overall texture of skin & fade acne scars

-Act as a makeup base & foundation

-Helps to cover the irregularities on the skin, even out skintone, camouflage undereye circles, scars & add radiance to face

I got myself Dr. Jart+ Rejuvenating Blemish Base Silver Label. Here's the poster of this BB Cream!
I will try this BB Cream tomorrow. A bit excited! :)

Also with that, I got myself Etude blushers called Marbleade!
I think these kinda look like MAC Mineralized Skin Finish... Since MSF are a bit pricey and hard to find, I found myself wanting to try these Marbleade!
They're pretty, right? Should I get myself the MAC Stippling brush to use this? hahaha! :)
I hope to use these soon! :) Yehey!!!!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Gelato!!!

Once in a while, Melchor and I indulge ourselves with some desserts after meals!
One of our favorites is Gelato!
Since we first tried them during our out of country, we can't seem to resist having Gelato!! :)

Look who's all smile eating his gelato!!
From the Gelato shop near our hotel
Of course, to be honest, I already forgot the taste there and if it's still the same as what we're having here. Haha! But then, since the shop here in Shanghai says it's Gelato - then, I guess it is!!
His facial expressions said it all!!
So it's also yummy!!
Here's the Gelato here in Amorino.
Yummy!!!

Friday, March 06, 2009

first time I saw the big Melchor

I think I already wrote somewhere that Melchor and I met when we were youngsters.
He of course doesn't remember any of it anymore! Hahaha!
I think the reason I remembered him, because he was so thin and had a very big round eyes!
Most of Chinoy peeps are born with chinky eyes!! Like me!! hahaha!
So that's the only reason on why I remembered him maybe 20 years ago!

Fast forward to 2006, when I was with my friend Anita, at the office, when we received an email from someone sending his resume! hahaha! And so we opened the file, I remember that my initial reaction at that time was -- hahaha! "Ano ba yan... Ang haba ng hair!! Unusual name naman, Melchor!" *sorry!
This was his picture back then! Haha! I think you guys will agree with me!! hahaha!
Looking back, when I think my reaction back then, I never thought that the guy whom resume I saw and read was the guy I'll be with forever!!! :)

small haul for the day

I got myself some treats for today!
I first got the 3M Acne Dressing I ordered online.
I'm having some acne troubles for the last few weeks, and I hope this will work! :)
After that, I finally got my Jill Stuart stuff!!! Happiness!!!!
I got myself - Jill Stuart Lipstick #17 Sunset Glow and #7 Hush Blush!
They look pretty, right? Smelled good too!! Hahahah!!
I still haven't tried them yet.. but the looks of the lippies... I'm wanting more! hahaha! Happy happy!!!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Pudong Shangri-La

We love staying at this hotel!!

Very relaxing! Hahaha!
We also like Yi Cafe's buffet! :) Small portions of everything only..

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

our Wedding Invites

It's been awhile since I last posted something wedding related.
Let me blog this time, about our Wedding Invitation.

I remember that my parents always get to receive some wedding invitations from friends, and I recall that I do like looking at them. I think during those times, the common invitation was the Gold and Red one. It's been tradition to use these 2 colors - especially Chinese Weddings - for good luck I guess.
Abundance, Luck, Prosperity - Red and gold. hahaa!

I personally never wanted to really spend too much on invites. Who keeps this things anyway? haha!
But I guess looking at sites related to wedding, I was amazed by Letterpress.
I love my invitation to be Letterpress!! hahaa! I think to Melchor's relief, this was not that available yet in Manila. And with my family and coordinator located in Manila, it will be better if it was done in Manila.

Looking at the suppliers in Manila, Melchor and I only visited one - The Write Impression.
But I did inquire at WEG design, also with Village Projekt.
In the end, we chose The Write Impression. Simply because we don't want our invitation to screw up! hahaha! With TWI's rep in Manila, it is one of the most reliable printing company there is.

I don't know where to start to this entry.. Doing the invites was one of the most challenging for me.
I wanted a not so usual invites kasi.. And I have to thank Melchor for enduring with me those sleepless nights of research and rantings!! Hahaha! I also have to say thank you to my wonderful coordinator, Clarice, for keeping up with us!! Hahaha! Really appreciate her help.. :) Melchor and I were bad not able to meet up the deadline! hahaha! sorry!

I have to also thank The Write Impression - Jong and Joanne! Especially to Joanne!!! For keeping up with me and my Mom and my sister, Erica! hahaha! They were really helpful!! The Invites were more than what we expected!! :) Thank you for the patience and the 7 drafts! Hahaha!

Lastly, I have to thank my Mom and Erica!! Erica, for personally going to the office of The Write Impression and helped us chose and finalize the Invites! If ever she wasn't able to go there, I don't think we'll get the invites in time! hahaha! Then my Mom, who helped us finalized the Chinese invites perfectly!! I believe she had 12 drafts, for the Chinese part!!! Hahahaha!


I have all praises for the The Write Impression! Quality, service, reliability...
They smell really nice pa!! I think some of our friends commented on that!
I still have some copies of the Invites! Melchor said we'll used them on our 25th Silver Anniversary?
Hahahaha! :) For inquiries, call them at (632) 867-4207.

a Jin Mao night

I'm back blogging some of the adventures that Melchor and I had since we got married.
One thing's different, my stuff inside the luggage tend to be packed well and neat! Courtesy of Melchor, who have this thing for really packing our things well.

One of the most popular hotel here in Shanghai is the Grand Hyatt Shanghai.. also known as the Jin Mao Tower. It is located in Pudong part of Shanghai. I think everyone who traveled to Shanghai may be quite familiar with this hotel, as it was the tallest building in Shanghai before... :)



The room was okay. Well, we weren't able to splurge to an expensive room.
I like the bath area.. haha! The showers were pretty neat!
Also, with my Gold passport card, we got free Coffee the next day.. and got a Champagne as part of our stay! hahaha! At least we can now say, we did stayed and spent a night in the tallest hotel here in Shanghai! :)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Ring ring ring!

Just like to post, we got ourselves partner rings! :)
Our Rings :)
Mine's on the right - one loop ring
While Melchor's on the left - 3 loop ring