Monday, February 28, 2011

End of February

So it's the last day of February, 2 and 40 mintues before midnight and I just want to recap everything that has happened this month that was worth remembering, at least to me.


This month seemed to go REEALLY slow! I don't know why! By the time it hit the 9th of February, I was so ready for it to be over already!


Nearly all my weekends I was doing a wedding. The weddings were gorgeous! As all weddings were. In ever wedding there were hydrangeas and roses of different kinds. Pink seemed to be in all the weddings too. This month was definitely filled with love.


I missed out on having a Valentines because of work. :( That was my bummer.


Let me see, I went to town this month to take the New Employee Training. That was SO boring! I thought I was going to fall asleep! Don't get me wrong! I appreciate and understand why it's important to attend, but it was just so non-fun! I personally think that I can be a preschool teacher because I have the energy to work with the children, without getting TOO tired out [because I do get tired out at times], so making me sit down for more than an hour is torture for me. Even just 15 minutes sitting still is impossible. Five minutes even! But I did learn a lot. 


The last day though, the teacher fell and the class had to cancelled because she had to be rushed to ER. Not fun. I hope that it's not going to be all the way in Ewa Beach! There are rumors that it is! I hope that it's just that rumors and nothing true!


We have got a new girl in our class. She is my every day challenge and I love her for that. I can understand why she is acting like that since my boss told mer her background. My heart hurts for her, but I know that she can make it, and she is her own person, her parents do not define her, so I am working with her. But she challenges me everyday. She is a beautiful little girl, inside and out, and I know that she can make it. 


I didn't get to go swimming as much as I wanted too. Nope, I didn't. I did go swimming whenever I could, but I didn't get to go as much. Last weekend, I made up for it a little but, but I miss swimming. It was way to busy and I seriously had no time...hopefully since this "love month" is now over, I can start a schedule up for swimming. But then again, the other day as I was swimming I was out in the "ocean deep" with my brother and friend Kaleo, and we were trying to touch the bottom [they say that I float like a cork in the ocean! *laughs*] I hit a coral; I felt super bad, and now my leg hurts! Never again!


Well, I'm "talking" to someone. Well, I shouldn't have put that in "quotation" marks, but I am. I know that I will try my best not to get it get carried away, because I don't do long distance, but I sure miss him in my life. Lets just say that he is one of my best friends, and he was one of the reasons why I was able to get through things that happened in the Philippines. For a few months we lost contact because his over-jealous girlfriend was making our friendship [mine and his] a big deal, and I didn't want to mess anything up, so I laid low, now that they are broken up, we are back to talking again. So yeah, I shouldn't put "talking" in quotations, but it is.


My brother's ran in the Great Aloha Race. This was their first race, and I am so proud of them. They are continuing to train for other races. I am trying to train for swimming races since I like to swim better than run.


Oh, I talked to my parents more since they were able to get a wireless up to the rural area where they do mission work. The connection is SO crazy, that it's hard to keep patience when the phone keeps hanging up, but it's okay coz it is so good to hear their voices again. 


I went tidepooling for the first time. That was super fun! I loved it! And I would LOVE LOVE to do that again!


Well here's to February. I'm happy you're over, but I'm glad you happened. 


"Away in a meadow all covered with snow/The little old groundhog looks for his shadow/The clouds in the sky determine our fate/If winter will leave us all early or late"-Don Halley





Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sparrows.

"Sparrows symbolize love, dedication and trust. Sparrows mate for life and will always return home no matter how far they travel. A sparrow is different from most birds, when they find their soul mate, they stay with them until their life's end."



Drawn by my friend, Chris Carswell.

For a detailed meaning of sparrow tattoos, click here.

Surprises.

I love surprises. Present surprises. Phone call surprises. Surprise parties. Just because surprises. Anything surprises. As long as they make me smile. I love surprises.

So I get home last friday and my sister told me that her and Tracy went out to have a girls day. And I got sad, coz I use to go with them to have girls day on Friday's because that was the day we would have off. But now I work. They went to go do their nails, and I have been wanting to do that for a long time now, but never had any time.

Anyways, they ended up going shopping for me!

My sister gave me this blue tube dress with a belt. Super cute...and perfect for Hawaii!  I love tube dresses! I want to buy all kinds! :) The belt is cute too...

My sister also gave me this pink top which I think is adorable! I wore it already I loved it so much! [I love all the stuff they got me!] But I wore this on Saturday when we walked to the Saigon Noodle House, with black tights and cute pink and white dangly earrings. It's super comfy yet dressy.

 Tracy bought me this cute sunny yellow tube dress. I love the details on the bottom...and I love when I tried it on how comfy it was! It even has pockets!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Tracy also bought me this pink top. Yep, my favorite color is pink...and I love to wear pink too! It makes me feel happy! I love how it feel light against my skin and not heavy; that's real good, coz it's hot here in Hawaii, and sometimes dressing up can get really hot!

But yeah, I love the stuff that they bought me! They so know what I love! :) I love them lots!

That's them! This picture was taken last December for Tracy's bridal shower...but that's them. I love them lots and will NEVER take them for granted. Ever. My sissy is silly. :)

On Saturday, I helped my sister to the car [coz she was going to church, and I don't] coz she had baked a lot of stuff for potluck. Before I came back to the house, I checked the mail...and my bestest friend, Marlee, had sent me a late Valentine and a letter! I love her and miss her lots! I love getting surprises in the mail! You never expect them, and they usually make me smile [as long as they are NOT bills! *laughs*]
 She made the card herself! And I LOVE LOVE the black rose ring she sent me!!

Yes, she is a HelloKitty fan! :)

And my last surprise came after I was swimming in the ocean for a few hours on Saturday, and I checked my phone...my good friend Achalu called me from the Philippines! He is one of my two best guy friend, and I miss him so much! I'm super bummed that I missed his phone call, but I was happy to hear him again, even if it's on my voice box! He's graduating next March and I'm so proud of him. Then he's going to go home [Ethiopia]...I miss him and I loved the surprised phone call. 

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us."

Perfect weekend.

Last Friday, I prayed for a "perfect weekend" and I love you God, because you delivered. I had a perfect weekend. It's been a long time since I had a good, relaxed weekend and I loved it. This month has been crazy with events and weddings, and I was so happy to just sit back and enjoy this weekend. A true pick-me-up from the chaoticness of this world.

Saturday, I met up with my friends Tracy, Kaleo, and Adam along with my brothers, Jeremy and Neal and my sister, Faith, and we went to the beach in Waimanalo. It was so beautiful. While we were driving there, we saw the clouds coming and Adam and I were wishing them away. Before going there we went to Great Harvest Bread here in Kailua to get sandwiches to eat at the beach since they didn't get to eat at church for potluck and I didn't eat at home.

I do have to say that the Great Harvest Bread in Kailua was very yummy. It was my first time going there and I got myself a Turkey & Swiss cheese sandwich [minus mustard and onions]. Yes, I am a sucker for turkey & cheese sandwiches! But this place I would so recommend to others if they are looking for a good sandwich place here in Kailua. They are super friendly, and the sandwich was really yummy and fresh tasting.

When we got to Waimanalo Beach [on Manana Road], there were a lot of people! A lot more than normal at least...but we were able to get our regular spot. As we were eating we felt a few drops of water splatter down, but it was okay because the dark clouds were just passing by so by the time we were finished with our sandwiches and had slathered ourselves with sun block, we jumped into the water. It was perfect. The sun was out by that time and we were having a lot of fun.

It had been awhile since we all had gone out to the beach together. Cicco [Kaleo and Tracy's dog] even came out in the water with us on my brother boggie board. So cute! The boys and I were racing: who can hold their breath the longest, who can freestyle swim the longest on one breath, who can underwater swim the longest, who can glide the longest, who can do the longest handstand underwater...my sister and Tracy were being the judge, and we were just joking around and throwing each other in the water, playing volleyball and football...and who can jump over me *laughs*...but the one that killed it was, the boys were trying to teach Tracy and I how to do a handstand under the water [it's so hard coz you have to deal with the waves on the top and then the current on the bottom, so it's so hard to stay balanced!], when Kaleo told all of us to go back on shore! We were quite a ways in, since we could all swim and tread/float really easily...so we swam fast towards shore without knowing why.

See, we all fool around with each other and mess around with each other and joke with each other...but when someone is serious, we can all tell and we have to listen right away...coz we just do. My first thought was jelly fish...my first time in the water when I first moved here, my right had got it pretty bad, and I didn't want another encounter. But when we got to shore, Kaleo said that someone SHITTED IN THE WATER!!! and it was floating all over in pieces where were. He was a little bit further out...and he stayed back a little to make sure that it would go on us while we went to sure...but that is SO disgusting!

Anyways, we ended up going back to our house, where everyone showered and us girls dolled ourselves up and we decided to eat at Saigon Noodle House [I have been craving this place for the longest time!!] And this is another place that I recommend. I love this place super much! My favorite is their Beef Kalbi Ribs and their vegetarian spring rolls. Their vegetarian dishes are also yummy. The owner is super nice as well. It's a must go place in my book if ever you come to Oahu.

We walked to Saigon Noodle House, and we walked back. It was fun. I love my friends. We stopped at Safeway to get Cicco food, and we saw these yummy strawberries from Watsonville! So we got three containers and came home and watched A*Team and ate strawberries as dessert.

Next day, today, we went swimming for 4.5 hours. Then went to get Jamba Juice. It was beautiful day out. I'm sad that it's over...but I loved that it happened. :)

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Off the wall.

No, I do not mean that in a "cool" way...but more like that is literally how the kids were today. The head teacher, Miss Nicole, and I kept saying, "yep, today is a Friday!" I'm telling you, kids are smart! They know when the weekend is here, but unlike us, they are unable to control themselves and they get crazy. Super crazy...they were everywhere!

I love them. Don't ever get me wrong about that; I love "my" little kiddies, but sometimes they frustrate me! Yes, I know that is how it will be like when I finally have kids of my own, but right now, I don't have kids of my own and so I'm not used to kids acting like this!

They are good kids. Yesterday and today we were concentrating on rainbows, so art was rainbow everything. We made rainbow sun catchers, rainbow wind catchers, rainbow collages, rainbow paintings, and I am so proud of them because they even made rainbows together using one piece of paper and sharing the crayons.

One of our more, how do you say this delicately, harder-to-handle child learned how to make shishi [basically pee] properly, meaning he didn't have to take off all his clothes and straddle the toilet! He actually pulled his pants down half-way, his underwear half way and stood on the stool and made shishi properly! Yes, I am proud of him.

Another of our "harder-to-handle" child helped clean up the mess of another "harder-to-handle" child when she threw a temper tantrum and threw all the toys everywhere! This other child tried to help calm her down and when we told him to just step away from her [because she was be very disruptive], he started to organize everything in their proper place and started to clean up after her!

See, "my" children are really smart. The early two's...a lot of people say the "terrible two's" but I just say the "terrific twos" who are "terribly misunderstood" because they are smart. They pick up the littlest things, and even the biggest things. They all love to sing, they love to use their imagination! They love because they love to create; they love discovering new things--especially bugs! They know how to clean up after themselves too! Yes, I am so proud of them.

This week has been pretty crazy for them too though, because we didn't have school on Monday, and on Tuesday and Wednesday they had a substitute because Nicole and I had to go to a new employee training in town. Friday's the children are usually sad because they will not be going to school for two days, and they do get used to a set schedule at school and they won't have it for two days. So it is hard for them too...

But I do have to say that I am so thankful for the weekends. At least the weekends where I actually have a weekend....and I am so happy because this is my first and only weekend in this month that is actually mine. I hope it stays like that and nothing pops up that I have to do. Because I need this weekend. Yes, I do. I need this weekend!

"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tidepool pictures

I got some of the pictures of when Tracy, my sister and I went tidepooling while the boys went hiking in Olomana on February 12! So I'll post them up now! Oh yeah, credit goes to my sister, Faith!

 We saw a lot of hermit crabs and this hermit crab decided to make a tube worm shell his home! It was pretty cool to see!

 You can't really see it here...but this beautiful shell was  semi-transparent so we could see the crab curled up inside!  We left this one at the tide pools though...

 There was many vanas [sea urchins] there! 

 We saw a really big beautiful shell, but when we tried to pick up, it was stuck fast, so we left it alone. 

A really crazy, beautiful, sea slug!

"A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets"-Gloria Stuart

Earthquake.

So, this week has been a different from the other weeks because in the mornings I had to go to town for a new employee training thingy, and it was suppose to end today, but when I got to school [I would work for 1.5 hours before driving to town-Honolulu-to go to the training classes, then after the classes I would come back to work!] this morning my boss, Charlotte, said that today's classes in Honolulu was cancelled because the lady who was holding it today fell and hurt herself! Oh no! I hope that she's okay...she was older, and I know that when you're older it takes longer to heal.

But anyways, during my break [1:30-2:30pm] I was SO tired, so I came home to take a quick nap. I was sleeping when all of sudden I thought my bed was shaking. It wasn't that strong...and then all of a sudden for like 5 seconds or so, it was a pretty strong shake and my sister yells "Earthquake!"

As soon as it was over, I dozed of again, but I couldn't help but remember when I was in school, elementary school, we would have earthquake drills because they were so frequent in California that we had to prepare ourselves! But mandope! First thunder and lighting last night and earthquake today! I hope that's it for a long time!

"Sometimes you have to get hurt in order to grow. Sometimes your vision clears only after your eyes are washed away with tears."

Thunder and Lighting.

Last night I was so tired. Oh goodness gracious, I was super tired. So I went to bed early....but it was so loud that not even the fan that I leave on [because I like "fresh" air circulating in my room and] to have some sort of sound [I hate total silence when I'm sleeping!] couldn't drown out the loud sound of the thunder. It also looked like a strobe light was going on in my room. The lighting was beautiful! But it seriously look like a camera flash every few seconds followed by a million loud truck growling past my house! *laughs*

Then the rain came. And came. And came. It never let up, until the wee hours of the morning rolled around, and even then I thought that it was only going to be a short break. But it stopped. So my lullaby last night was the thunder and rain falling. I can't complain though, because it is one of my favorite nature sounds.

Oh yeah, and "he" called me to say goodnight. That put a smile on my face. *smiles*

"On the first page of our story, the future seemed so bright, then this thing turned out so evil, I don't know why I'm still surprised. Even angels have their wicked schemes and you take that to new extremes but you'll always be my hero, even though you've lost your mind."-Rihanna Love the Way You lie (part 2)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fucking Perfect



Made a wrong turn, once or twice
Dug my way out, blood and fire
Bad decisions, that's alright
Welcome to my silly life

Mistreated, misplaced, misunderstood
Miss "No way, it's all good", it didn't slow me down
Mistaken, always second guessing, underestimated
Look, I'm still around

Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than fucking perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you're nothing 
You're fucking perfect to me!

You're so mean, when you talk about yourself, you were wrong
 Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead
So complicated, look happy, you'll make it!
Filled with so much hatred...such a tired game
It's enough! I've done all I can think of
Chased down all my demons, I've seen you do the same

Oh pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than fucking perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you're nothing
You're fucking perfect to me

The whole world's scared so I swallow the fear
The only thing I should be drinking is an ice cold beer
 So cool in line, and we try try try, but we try too hard and it's a waste of my time
Done looking for the critics, cause they're everywhere
They don't like my jeans, they don't get my hair
Exchange ourselves, and we do it all the time
Why did we do that?
Why did I do that?

Why do I do that...?

Yeah, oh, oh baby, pretty baby..!

Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than fucking perfect
 Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel
Like you're nothing, you're fucking perfect to me

You're perfect, you're perfect!

Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less that fucking perfect
Pretty please, if you ever feel like you're nothing
You are perfect to me.



Monday, February 21, 2011

Coconut.

I'm a little coconut
Sitting in a coco rut
Everybody stomps on me
That is why I'm cracked, you see
I'm a nut
I'm a nut
I'm craaaaaaa-zeeeeey!

[sing 10000x]

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I think I'm pretty lucky...even royally blessed to be able to have two jobs that don't really seem like jobs [on a good day!] I love working with flowers and crafts and events in general. The end results are nearly always breath-takenly beautiful. And during the week, I love working with children. 

Last week, I was super tired for some reason, but I love working with kids and knowing that I helped them learned something or discover something new makes me smile...every day I am rewarded with smiles and hugs and "I love you's". 

One thing that I found that is quite funny [and somewhat annoying at times] is I find myself singing children songs to myself! The kids LOVE the coconut song...and I find that it somehow locks itself in my head when I least expect it! I just hear myself humming it to myself and I start laughing. It's a cute song with cute motions and sound effects. 

I live in Hawaii. I work with kids. I work in the wedding/event industry. I am with my family again. I live right there next to the beach. Life sure has it's down time for me, but right now, I can't complain. God has blessed me. Royally.

"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."-Benjamin Frannklin

Another February Wedding: Sunday

Early start. I kept waking up at night, but when it was time to get out of bed, I didn't want too! But I did. We still had a lot to work on. The wedding was beautiful [and I can't wait until I get the professional pictures!], but it was a super long day! We had tried to do as many arrangement as we could last night at the studio, but a lot of the stuff we had to do onsite. It was going to be a long day.

And it was. With only one 15 minute break from 9am-7pm we worked. We worked on the ceremony site first and while they were doing the [LONG] ceremony, we did the reception. Actually we had to split up our time. We still had 12 long center pieces, 4 square center pieces, the sweetheart table, [I think it was] 10 tall pieces and other miscellaneous things to do! Oh yeah, and I can't forget the ostrich wreaths!

Here is when we were already at the wedding site. We were given an air-coned room to work in. Here are the bridesmaids bouquets and the brides bouquet, right beside the lysol wipes and behind the small glue gun [the one laying down] you can kind of see the grooms boutonniere.

You can't really tell, but here are the 12 long center pieces. *laughs* I guess I will have to wait for the professional pictures to come out so that I can post one that actually looks like a proper arrangement!

 Here is a better shot of just one of those 12 arrangement. Simple, yet beautiful.

The Ostrich Wreaths! These were fun to play around with! Aunty Daisy was the one who glued the feathers onto the wreaths that Marci made with the curly willow back at the studio Saturday night. At the site, Marci colored the wreaths with purple/pink cimbodium orchids, using both the flowers and the buds. She also used bear grass. 
Hands down there were the prettiest "flowers!!" I love my brothers!
Taking down the decorations was scary! I had to stand on top of a 6 foot ladder! But I have to admit that the decorations were beautiful...I was worried about the ostrich wreath, but they turned out beautiful, and gave just enough color to make it look beautiful!



This is Aunty Joyce. She worked on the tall Ostrich arrangements. Here she simply used ostrich feathers branched out and later on added bear grass to give it different textures.

Aunty Joyce is VERY talented in her designs!

 Shilhi and Aunty Joyce hard at work trying to get the pieces done.

You can't really see it properly [I never said I was a photographer! *laughs*], but this is one of the tall center pieces.


Here is a side view of the menorah tree and the table card settings.

Sweetheart table. I LOVE the flowers used here!!
Another shot of the sweetheart table.

I did take pictures with my sister's camera of when everything was all set out...but I'll post them up later. But this is behind the scenes of a wedding! Enjoy!

Marci and I taking a quick picture before going back to work.

"You asked me what was wrong, and I said nothing. Then I turned around and whispered, 'everything.'"

Another February Wedding: Saturday

Saturday. For a short few hours I had a break from working. I do try to go to church. I have this thing with God,  as long as He doesn't give up on me, I won't give up on Him. But I do have to say that I struggle with going to church every Saturday. I feel like I'm just going there to hang out with friends. I know that even if I do decide to stop going to church, I won't give up on God. So many things have happened in my life that I can see His hand in it. Coincidence?! I don't know...I'm pretty sure the Big Guy up there had something to do with it.

We were going to go to this Sand Castle competition on Kailua beach...but as we were going out to the truck [Kaleo's truck], it started to rain. Not that hard. So the boys all jumped in the bed. Tracy, my sister and I along with Cicco sat up front and Kaleo drove. We had gone maybe a100 feet when the heavens opened it started to rain! The boys in the back made motions to keep going...so we started to have fun...stopping, breaking fast...not slowing down for speed bumps, and we girls up front made an executive decision that we would stop to get shave ice to see if the rain will let up.

I guess everyone else had that idea as well, because the place was packed. I love Island Snow. The ice isn't as smooth as other places...but I do love the shave ice there. But on Saturday, it was pretty packed. We got our shave ice [I usually get regular with ice-cream on the bottom, snow cap, lilikoi, snazzberry, and raspberry-the blue one...YUMMY!]. And we waited for a bit to see if the rain would let up, it didn't so we ended up going back to our house...everyone this time smashing in the cab up front since it was raining pretty hard.

Well, we got home, and everyone decided to go to town to go to the Heath Expo that the Aloha Run was holding. [Yay! For my brother's who ran it today! 8 mile race!]..bu that was in town...and lucky me, I had to work that night, so I decided not to go, coz it was already 3pm. And it's like 1 hour to get there, 1 hour to get back...and so only an hour there...coz I was going to start working at 6.pm...but everyone had fun and...

I went to work.

 I realize that I didn't take that much pictures of us doing arrangements and stuff because we just wanted to get as much as we could and get out of there. But the first thing that I did was work on the menorah tree with the gems. I used these really cute, small half circle oasis that was stick on the other side and stuck them on the tree and zip-tied it to be safe. Then I started out with pink carnations. On site [Sunday] I added fuschia pink spray roses.

Here's a closer shot of it. There were a lot of the gems. When I first saw what I was suppose to do with this tree I was thinking, what IS this!! [You can see the ostrich feathers in the back too!] I was kind of "iffy" about this tree, but when we put it on the sign-in table with the elegant table cards, it look really nice!

 Bridesmaids bouquets. It was very interesting to make. At first it didn't look like it didn't have a form, but it's what the bride wanted. It was made out of 10 or so purple stalk, then 2 pink dendrodium orchid stems, 2 purple dendrodium orchid stems, fuschia pink spray roses, green amaranthus, bear grass and curly willow. These ones haven't been dressed yet. 

Another shot of the bridesmaids bouquet. There were seven of them.

"A friend is one who walks in when others walk out."-Walter Winchell

Another February Wedding: Friday

Starting last Friday, I helped with this last wedding that happened yesterday at the Ihilani JW Marriott Hawaii Hotel in Ko Olina, Oahu. Oh, it was so beautiful there! The people there are so friendly as well. Working in the wedding industry allows me to enter these beautiful 5 star resorts and get to know the people and work some "magic" to create a "magical" moment for a young [or old!] couple.

This time at the Ihilani Hotel it was a very interesting, but beautiful wedding. The couple met on e-Harmony, and the way they interact with each other brings a smile to my face when I think back to the wedding. They are so happy and the bride was so beautiful. Her dress was AMAZING! I can't wait until I get the professional pictures of the wedding..her dress was beautiful! She had two of them!

When I first got to the studio on Friday [I was processing flowers when my sister called me about her accident!], I was overwhelmed with the heavenly smell of the garden roses. They are SO beautiful! [Note: I want fuschia pink garden roses at MY wedding!] The past weddings that we had done this month were all Victorian like weddings with lots of traditional "romantic" flowers...lots of whites and pale pinks...all beautiful...but this wedding was a breath of fresh air. The first thing that you would notice [if you had a stuffy nose and couldn't smell the flowers!] if you had walked into the studio that Friday morning as the bright colors! Super bright purples and pinks and lots of tropical greens and tall curly willows. And boxes. Lots of boxes with purple vases. And a couple boxes of HUGE ostrich feathers! Oh, and can't forget the white menorah tree and a box of different pinks and purples gems tied on purple ribbon. And pearls. Pearls GALORE!

I have to admit I was kind of scared for this wedding. It was a "no-theme-but everything-theme" kind of wedding. Lets see, where do I begin. Lets start on Friday. I processed A LOT of flowers with Marci. We had a lot of fun processing too. I'm telling you, this girl is really amazing and I really admire her coz she is going through a tough time, but she is staying strong and not dwelling on what could have been. We had the music bumping really loud and we were dancing and talking and of course, processing flowers.

We got there at 11:am [well I got there at 10:30am to unload the boxes of flowers], and there were SO MANY flowers we estimated our time  to finish by 2:pm...we were having so much fun that when were were through and we looked at the time it was only 1:30pm! We're good. :)

 Fuschia pink spray roses, ameranthus, purple stalk, pink dendrodium orchids and pink/purple cimbodium orchids.
 Fuschia Pink Garden Roses


 I'm sad coz all the spray roses didn't open as they were suppose to. I don't know about the place were we order our flowers...but this is the third wedding that not all the spray roses didn't open. :( But we had a lot...and we were able to work with what we had. The closed ones were also pretty too.

 More spray roses and white and pink/[purple cimbodium orchids. There were SO many orchids it was crazy! But they are SOOO pretty!

 You can see the open spray roses in the front and the ones that we tried to process again to try to help them open in the back...and if you look towards the right, you can see my favorite Billy Bobs! But no, we didn't use any in this wedding...I'm telling you, those Billy Bob's last FOREVER! I love those little balls of sun!

 Curly Willow, Tea Leaf branches and some green tropical leaf. Oh, and bear grass. I like working with bear grass...you can come up with SO MANY designs with them!

 Another picture of the beautiful flowers...this was not even half of it! I guess I forgot to take a picture of the other side of room! We also had two buckets of white hydrangeas, purple dendrodium orchids, as well as purple/white dendrodium orchids too. 

We had so many beautiful orchids, I know that my dad would have LOVED it. Back when we all use to live in California, my dad had the best orchid garden thingy...and roses. My daddy use to give me a rose when they were in bloom whenever he saw a beautiful one. Also a spray of orchids whenever there were in bloom. I miss my daddy.

"Earth laughs in flowers." -Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Hamatreya"



Oasis Estate Wedding Pictures.

Well, I got the pictures of the wedding that we did two weeks ago at the Oasis Estate. Compliments of Stefanie and Anna Riedel of Absolutely Loved.

The beautiful, beautiful [and super sweet] bride! While we were setting up here reception area, she was walking hand in hand with her soon-to-be hubby...and they were so cute together. You can tell they are so happy together.

I really don't like Dusty Millers, but in this case, it really help set the atmosphere. 

The simple, elegant and beautiful wedding cake with orchid flowers.

 Those float arrangements really was beautiful! The pool in the middle of courtyard is beautiful, but add orchid flowers and simple candle/orchid arrangements set atop mirrors make it look so romantic.


 An overview of the outside part of the reception area. So beautiful, ya?! Oh, I love weddings...they make me smile! And feel all kilig...[kind of like love butterflies in your tummy. *laughs*]

 One of my favorite shots of this wedding. It was such a beautiful wedding...and everything turned out great. Another beautiful wedding. 

 I love this picture. They look so happy. 
One day it'll be my turn.


If you would like to see more pictures of the wedding, here is a direct link to more!

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like and earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. you have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being 'in love' with any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both and art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two." -Captain Corelli's Mandolin6. Love is the beauty of the soul.