We went in Manila for 2 days and 1 night and attended Liah Freyl’s first birthday celebration. This was our shortest vacation in the Philippines.
Liah Freyl EJ’s niece and my god daughter brings a lot of joy in the family. We loved her deeply and we really wanted to join her on this special occasion. Her birthday party held at McDonald’s Luzon Commonwealth branch. This was our first time to attend a birthday party in Mcdo.
Even though we are in the midst of planning our wedding we gave time as she’s very special in our heart. Good thing our pre-cana seminar every Sunday ended it’s session one week before the celebration date. Her birthday is actually August 23, but celebrated in August 28.
Our ticket on Cebu Pacific cost us $360.16 SGD, still under a promo fare. The flight was supposed to be at 1:35AM but it was delayed and moved into 3:30AM. We arrived around 7AM at NAIA Airport Terminal 3. EJ’s family fetched us at the airport and we went directly at Roosevelt to check our wedding venue – Felicidad Mansion.
We had breakfast in Jollibee Congressional. I was amazed with so many food selections. I loved it!
My mom was very excited, we reached home around 11:00AM. My mother hugged me so tight. We talked about our delayed flight, the venue and all about the wedding stuffs.
I was very sleepy, I slept on our wooden sofa while Ate Vicky (our manicurista friend) applies me nail polish, she’s very good at doing our nails.
I woke up around three in the afternoon and invited my brother, sister and cousins to joined me in Laybare Congressional. Girls did eyebrow threading and half leg. My brother Junjun and cousin Marlon waited for us outside for merienda. We went at Shakey’s Congressional after and ordered group meal deals.
I waited for EJ to picked me up along Congressional Ave, we had a schedule to meet Chef Kiko of Toy’s Cakes and Pastries at Araneta Cubao. Our meeting time was supposed to be between 4-5:00PM but we arrived closed to 6:00PM already due to traffic. We met him inside Starbucks and he gave us sample cakes. We just had a little chat. We wanted his Buttercream cake but we haven’t decided yet what flavor. He told us we can have cake tasting on October.
After meeting Chef Kiko, we looked for envelopes for our Save The Date invites in National Book Store. There were no much choices we just picked the white envelope for A5.
Around 7:00PM we headed to SM North for dinner and we bought gifts for Baby Liah.
We checked The Wedding Library in the 3rd level SM North main building. We found all the accessories we’ve been looking for such as pillows, cords, veils, arras, etc.
This is our first time to check prices of each item and they aren’t cheap. We thought with 3,000-5,000 budget you can have all those. One set of nice pillow for rings and arrhae cost 1,000 pesos, the beautiful rosary cord reached almost 2,000 and wedding garter for almost 500 pesos. This is our estimates only. But, we are happy to finally find one stop shop for all the wedding accessories we will surely need.
Mama and Pa Resty waited me outside and gave them Chowking Buchi (pasalubong). I’m very thankful eventhough were tired and we spent much time on the road we are safe and at home.