Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wedding on a Budget

Few people realize that having a beautiful wedding does not require spending their entire savings.

Photo credit: LamparaStudio.com

If you're planning a wedding, learning where to cut costs and how to budget will leave you with money to spare.

"There are many ways to have the wedding of your dreams without the nightmare of huge bills," "You just have to be resourceful."- said one wedding expert. 

Here are some tips on how to create a designer wedding on a budget.

* For something old, wear a vintage wedding dress. You can save hundreds on a wedding gown by shopping in consignment or vintage shops, in newspaper classifieds and on the Internet. You also can update your mother's, grandmother's or aunt's wedding dress with a new neckline or hemline, beading or lace.

* Print your own invitations. There are many wedding accessories that can be made instead of bought - the veil, the centerpieces and even the invitations. Do-it-yourself kits are available to help you create designer looks without the designer price tags.

The Wedding Studio, for example, is an entire line of paper-related wedding accessories - from invitations to menu cards to guest books and photo albums - designed for brides who want original and elegant paper goods. The invitation kit comes in four styles in three color options and includes envelopes, reply cards and printing instructions.

* Use an antique or classic car instead of a limousine. Contact a local antique or classic car club to rent a luxury vehicle, such as a 1939 Rolls-Royce or a 1952 Cadillac DeVille. Most of the owners will be thrilled to loan out their cars and you'll have more than enough room for the married couple at a much lower price. And, whereas a limousine is rented for a couple of hours, you have the benefit of keeping the antique vehicle for 24 hours or longer.

* Keep the flowers simple. Instead of hiring a florist, contact a floral-design school and hire students to provide you with flower arrangements. You also can create your own flower arrangements. Buy one color of flower in bulk. It creates a visual impact while saving money. Contact a wholesale florist; many will sell flowers directly to the consumer.






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Friday, December 19, 2014

WeChat & Food Panda Join Forces for Good Deed


By: Divine Quizon  
Contributor
Christmas season is really one good season for me this year. So happy  that I have now the time to write for friend bloggers sites and practice again my passion in writing, hence I have time to attending parties and enjoy great events this December.

And on my first writing experience it was at the Prive Luxury Club, The Fort Strip Bonifacio Global City last ?.  So lucky that my former colleague and now famous blogger Evo Joel Contrivida invited me to represent his blog site for I thought was just a Christmas Party of Wechat Philippines. I was so excited and prepared my writing journal and some extra batteries for my phone to cover the event. Everyone was glam and dressed up for this bar was known to be one of the most expensive bars in the metro. Open bar and unlimited Japanese cuisine for everyone plus good music mix enlightened the event.

Party program event started when Mr. Mauro Cocchieri Co-Founder and Managing Director of Food Panda Philippines announced that the event not only host the Christmas Party but also the merge of giving away free food for the Filipino people. Cocchieri stated that as part of being the number one online food delivery in Southeast Asia they partnered with Wechat to help more people especially the less fortunate once this coming Christmas eve. Philippines is just one of the beneficiary with the help of Habitat for Humanity. Other countries who will also receive the same benefit include Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.

3 winners from the party also got the chance to win and get some freebies from Wechat and Food Panda by the end of the night. We uploaded our photos on facebook and instagram and used #selfie #foodie # fun. 
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Golcondia Cultured Diamonds, for real and forever.


Woman’s Best friend is Diamonds, it is the symbol of engagement of any man to the most love of their life. It is expensive because its forever.

In the changing world, Diamonds as jewelry become  unimportant due to some luxury that woman of today needs, such as bags, designer bags or even travelling bag or fashion bags. There are also watches that became a collector’s item not only for girls but for man as well.

But still Diamonds are the luxury that majority want to have, own or even inherited from. A marriage is not complete without a guy giving a girl the diamond ring to get that yes feeling. It is the ultimate symbol of surrender.

As per history, during the middle ages only men wore diamonds as a symbol of courage and virility, the first recorded diamond gift to a woman was in 1477 for an engagement.  In science the diamonds is a crystalline form of carbon, formed miles below the earth’s surface, it is the hardest material 58 times harder than anything else in nature.

Pearls for instance have a seatback as its value depreciates when cultured farming is introduce, the price even until now is cheaper, and due to farming it’s now easy and fast with mass production as well. That situation is now happening into Diamond family, from well research and study creating diamonds is now easy but not that cheaper. This is the new era of Diamonds.

Golcondia, the first Diamond Showroom in Asia located in Shangri-La Plaza Mall here in Mandaluyong City, is now offering cultured diamonds. During a seat-down interview with Golcondia staff, we were educated on how this Culturing technology of diamonds works.  From the diamond seed (meaning real diamonds) is put on a certain machine that replicate the process of creating diamonds, the whole process could last from three weeks to one month’s depending on what color they want to achieve.

But Golcondia insist to us that it is not fake nor imitation either, it is 100% pure original Diamonds as per content is concern, the brilliance and value is identical compare to the Diamonds that were dig from mines.  Plus it saves environment, no pollution and no digging happens.  And also it can be pawn if time and emergency needed.

Regarding the price, its only 30% cheaper compare to the Diamonds that were mined, this because original diamond is use for the cultivation. For example, 1 Carat (Mined Diamonds) is worth P300, 000., while the cultured one is P200,000 only.

Goldcondia is a mining region in India were the finest Diamonds are found, one of is called Hope Diamond, a famous stones that originated in the same place. In the modern times, “Golcondia” is used to define diamonds with the purest attributes, and this showroom is name to that to echo its heritage, and of course to give tribute to the place where the best diamonds were born.

Golcondia in Shangri-La Plaza is from the company of T.Florencio Jewelry, one of Manila’s creative and retailers of fine Diamond Jewelry.

Golcondia exact address and location is at Mid-Level 2/3 Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing, EDSA Corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City 1552 Philippines. Telephone nos. (632)997-9456, email add – info@golcondia.com or visit their site www.golcondia.com

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kalaw, a crisp Cinematography and well written screenplay.


A Review by Aga Posadas
Contributor

At a time when "hipster" became "mainstream", there are some artists who strive not to be labeled, those who understand the true meaning of art. Immy Rempis' short film "Kalaw" is proof that budding filmmakers do not need to please a certain audience.

The 16-minute film "Kalaw" explores the effects of sexual child abuse. Monik goes back to Kalaw, a river where she spent her childhood together with Bagyo and her younger sister Eca. As she and Bagyo live through the present, they reminisce their dark youth and raise questions that may never be answered. What really happened to Eca? How can they move on with their lives without the shadow of the past?

"Kalaw" is one of the films in the New Breed category of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival which will be shown in cinemas together with Gymsnatch and Magkakabaung. Compared to other films made by students in this film fest, Rempis' masterpiece can be ranked among those made by professionals. With her great choice of actors, crisp cinematography, well-written screenplay, we can see a bright future in the international scene for this autuer. According to Rempis, she wants the audience to be disturbed because when someone is disturbed, they start to think. Her mission is accomplished.

Verdict: B+. Thank you MMFF for creating this category. We now have a choice between films that matter and recycled movies that make us look stupid.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Adding Personal Touches to Your Wedding

A perfect wedding isn't only beautiful, it’s personal. It’s got carefully selected details that are meaningful to you and your fiance.  
Photo Credits: Lampara Studio

Here are some very simple ways to add your own subtle, unique touches to your ceremony and reception:
  •  Write your own wedding vows. It doesn't have to read like poetry; the important thing is that it comes from your own heart. Print it out on an index card and keep it handy during the ceremony. 
  • Compile a CD with songs that symbolize your relationship or how it evolved. Play this during your reception or even burn a copy and distribute as souvenirs. Insert a small piece of paper explaining why you chose those songs.
  • Instead of tossing your bouquet, present it to your mother (or a dear friend or mentor) during your reception. You can also have an additional bouquet made for your groom to present his mother at the same time. 
  • Guests often have free time on their hands during their reception. In the center of the table, place several pens and small pieces of paper in a pretty basket. Ask them to write their wishes, prayers, or advice for you and your fiancé. Compile in a scrapbook.
  • Most wedding reception programs revolve around the couple: friends give speeches. Do something for the guests. Make a video of you and your fiancé talking about the people who've taught you what true love means. Mention friends who've demonstrated real loyalty, or family members who made great sacrifices for you. Intersperse your video with their photos. This is your chance to say thank you to all of them.
  • If you have a close friend or family member who passed away, make him or her part of the occasion by inserting a small photo in your bouquet, or lighting a tribute candle at the church ceremony. 
  • If you have ethnic roots, incorporate a marriage ritual from your culture into your ceremony or perform it during your reception.  
  • Wear an heirloom. For example, you can use your grandmother’s veil, or wear a locket that belongs to your mother. This is an excellent way of creating a sense of continuity between generations, celebrating your own family even as you go on to begin your own. 
  • Prepare an audio-video presentation that will be played during the last dance of the bride with the father. This can be just a simple montage of childhood photos. A guaranteed tear-jerk-er!  
  • If you have kids, help them feel like they’re part of the new family by asking them to stand next to you as you say your vows.
  • Add little elements that say something about your relationship as a couple. For example, if you’re giving away picture frames, insert a poem that you wrote or a copy of your wedding vows. If you met at a beach (and would rather not have a beach-themed wedding) incorporate shells into your table centerpiece.



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Parties Beyond Ordinary only at Victoria Court (PR)


 Victoria Court offers world-class suites, each one distinct from the other. The most sought after suites are the Asgard inspired from the movie Thor, the romantic Marrakesh Suite, Batcave from The Dark Night and other fun exciting themes for you to choose from. Our guests have a wide choice of rooms depending on size, design and preferred themes: Standard, Deluxe and Suites with variants of mini-suites, regular suites and super thematic suites, all different themes. At Victoria Court, no two rooms are the same.
 Now known for its Thematic Parties and Events, Victoria Court offers a wide array of Suites and Amenities that promises a party beyond ordinary. Bachelorette and Stag parties are one of our biggest clientele but we have our share of Celebrity Shoots, MTVS and Press Conferences too.

We’ve recently had several Press Conferences such as Asia’s Next Top Model and Juana Change the Movie. We also housed the Flip Top International Artists for their Araneta Dreams Battle Royale and Japan’s RWB Legend Nakai-San.  Hitting number 1 on the MYX charts is Kyla who shot her MTV in our James Bond inspired room – Casino Royale.
We also have an award-winning F&B team working round the clock to create extraordinary dishes available 24 hours a day. Our team has recently won top cooking competitions such as the Chefs on Parade, the Philippine Culinary Cup Challenge and the MAFBEX Cooking Competition. Try our extensive menu. Taste our distinction. 

So many events, so many suites, all with different themes… Choose the theme that suits your needs. Parties Beyond Ordinary… Only at Victoria Court. For inquiries and reservations, please call us at 0917-9810084. Follow @victoriacourtvc on Twitter and Instagram and like our Facebook Fan page facebook.com/VictoriaCourtPH or check our website at www.victoriacourt.biz for new promos and events. 



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

ALUFORM: Modular Homes in the Philippines

What comes to mind when you hear the word “pre-fab home”?

Bet you thought of soldiers’ barracks, temporary shelters or low-cost houses that the government put up for mass housing in the 60s and 70s.

But prefabricated homes have come a long way. Whether its purpose is to be a family home, a vacation getaway, or a home that one can use for business, one can now find a trendy modular home to cherish and be proud of because it looks good and performs superbly as a dwelling unit too.

Façade of the Aluform pre-fab home
Pre-fab homes today are practically custom-built, beautifully designed, sturdy, long-lasting, energy-efficient, and ready to meet the challenges posed by the elements. Although built in quick time, no compromise has been made on its quality or integrity. New homes that use this fast and flexible building technique have also been hailed for using sustainable, recycled, low-energy materials and fixtures that result in functional, space-efficient, eco-friendly design.
Master’s bedroom
Aluform PreFab Construction and Consultancy, makers of office buildings and technoparks, has brought stylish modular housing to the Philippines to meet the needs of young families, investment-seekers and upwardly mobile professionals on the lookout for homes that are ready for occupancy within a shorter waiting time. The modular dwellings are convenient to construct, flexible in terms of space usage and cost much less than a conventionally built home.

Cozy second floor seating area
Classy looking and stylish, Aluform Pre-Fabricated Homes come in two designs: Country and Zen. Both are airy, with their respective charm and appeal, are spacious and energy efficient, and make good use of available light and ventilation to lower energy bills by as much as 20%. The energy savings of up to 20% is due to good insulating roof and wall materials, plus sufficient air ventilation that keeps the stylish home in a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius zone at high noon!
Stairs leading up to the bedroom.
The façade is made of wood-like planks of finished materials, while the actual panels are reinforced with pre-cast concrete filled with insulation materials for total thermal, moisture and acoustic protection. These give the homes their energy-saving properties.

Designed for both luxury and function, strategically placed windows and doors allow natural light to enter the home. The windows use a certified double-glazed system that insulates the house from external noise and other kinds of pollution. Louver features below the roof keep the ceiling well ventilated at all times.

The houses have a floor area of 135 square meters and have a multi-purpose Lanai, which is one of the best features of Aluform Pre-Fabricated Homes. The generous space opens up the home investment to many possibilities. The lanai area can be used to make a bigger dining room, if desired, an entertainment area, a bigger garage. Or even to open up a business space like a home office, a mini grocery, barber shop, parlor, snack shop, kitchenette, or other enterprise that can make the home earn additional income for its owners. 

Built to withstand the elements, Aluform Pre-Fabricated Homes are easier to put up than conventional on-site constructions. One can have a home built in 60 days or less that is immediately livable because furnishings are already in place within that period. Highly versatile, they are also good for export and are transferrable to other locations in the future, if desired.

“Aluform Pre-Fab Homes are highly desirable during these times when more and more families and individuals lead an active lifestyle and are discovering their entrepreneurial spirit. They can be lived in as simple residences, but can also make good home offices or the site of income generating ventures. Enterprising owners can make them places where they can “live and earn”. There are infinite possibilities,” says Ritchie Catalan, Marketing Officer of Aluform Industries, Inc.

Aluform Industries, Inc. supplies the materials for the homes but would-be owners can engage their own contractors if preferred. They can also avail of Aluform’s services for the house construction.


For more information and dealership inquiries, call (0917) 828-8189 and (0917) 891-1088. Or email modular.creation@gmail.com.

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