Love is Perfectly Imperfect

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NOTE: Grammar police be kind. This rambling was written at 1:00AM. The left brain is in Snoozeville already :)

Every time I check my email inbox, there I find about 2-3 emails asking about relationship advice and/or from kind people who compliment our marriage. Sometimes I let out a little snicker when someone tells us how things seem to be so perfect between me and Patrick (I'm like WHUUU?!?!) which of course couldn't be any further from reality. If I have unintentionally projected this to you, then I apologize. I hope you guys don't think we have zero marital issues, we do, but it just seems counterproductive to blast negative issues on the blog. Yung mga parinigan sa Facebook status or Twitter, hayyy, that's the worst thing you could do to yourself and/or to your partner. 

We do fight and just like any normal couple out there---we fight, argue, debate, and annoy one another A LOT (of course this is subject to your own definition of "A LOT"---if by A LOT you mean more than 3 times a day like morning, noon and night and even in your dreams... naku anak, maghiwalay nalang kayo please! Maawa kayo sa isa't-isa. Hahaha!). 

We are NOT perfect, we are imperfect individuals in an imperfect marriage who happen to serve a PERFECT God who is gracious enough to keep us together. If my husband were to just depend solely on himself (and doesn't cling on to the BIG GUY), matagal na niya akong iniwan---sa mga knock-knock jokes at Boy Tondo Hiphop dance moves ko palang, he'd not only file for legal separation, he'd beg for a restraining order too!

I always tell my husband that he's so lucky to have me, since we don't have all day I will narrow it to 3 top reasons kung bakit naka-jackpot si Filart: 1) they say I have a face of an angel---and that angel's name is Lucifer, hehehehehe fallen angel pala! 2)this body so fine I can make you mine 3) sa mga hirit kong matitindi, it's like ASAP/That's Entertainment/Eat Bulaga/SNL in our home every night, free entertainment palagi! If that ain't a deal, I don't know what is! The third reason always leads Patrick to ask the question "Why did I marry this woman again???! She's cuh-cuh-crazeeeey" then he proceeds to reason#2 and checks out my body so fine and it's all settled. HAHAHAHAHA! Feeling ko naman Miranda Kerr ako! This is my blog, so it's my rules!

We obviously don't have things figured out at 7 months of marriage and I don't see us perfecting this craft any time soon. But we LOVE being married, it's just so MUCH FUN!!!! I can't imagine NOT being married to Patrick and NOT being able to pester him every night. It's wonderful having someone assigned to you forever, your buddy in this buddy system called life, your go-to-guy for every thing. I know I'm supposed to LOVE him everyday, and that's a given, but set aside the LOVE part and I totally dig this fella. I really, actually, truthfully LIKE hanging out with my husband. There are days when I want to strangle him and spike his iced tea with chili flakes and watch him turn red---and I know I piss him off just as much on my "bad days", but our fights don't last as long now that we're married and it usually ends with a chocolate peace offering.  Often times it's like "I'm sooooo maaaaad at you right now and you are my least favorite person, but can you drive me to the bank because I need to pay our credit card bill" then we end up laughing about the stupidity of our issues.  

Patrick and I always try to unite in prayer when things become too much for even our humor to handle. When things sort of turn into an avalanche, it's only when we let go and let God that things get settled. It does get brutal, the words exchanged turn nasty, and hearts get broken in the process---but it's in the fighting that we learn more about each other and we develop skills  and tactics for fighting fairly. I don't have any solid, golden advice to hand you guys but I wouldn't want to sell you short. So I've decided to compile some tidbits of wisdom from my married couple friends, these people were the ones who helped us prep for marriage. Pat and I are very picky with our friends (not that we're snooty and exclusive) because we only want to surround ourselves with positive people, couples who have a firm set of values who will be brutally honest with us and slap us when we screw up. At this age, when you're faced with real life issues, you just can't make time for superficial friendships anymore. When you invest in someone, it has to be worth your time and friendship. It is because of their influence and examples that we were able to enter marriage with a very open-minded and "Kung Kaya Nila, Kaya Din Natin 'To" perspective. This will be a lengthy but meaty blog post for the married and single readers out there :)



Praise Her, Praise Him
Couple Peg: RICA&JOE BONIFACIO 


If you're looking for a real-life love story with both GRIT and GRACE,  then I urge you to visit www.ricaperalejo.ph and search for her old entries. They have been kind enough to share their experiences---lalo na si Rica, she has revealed almost everything about her past and even her present struggles and has inspired countless Pinoys all over the globe. 

These two (although they are just our age) act very maturely as a couple, Patrick and I have picked up so many tips from them and have applied them numerous times. One of the things I learned from Rica&Joe (which I actually also noticed with my own parents growing up) is that they are very generous in encouraging and praising one another, most especially in public. And it's not the kind of bragging that you can see right through or the corny exchange that makes you roll your eyes upon reading. (Arrest me officer, I'm GUILTY OF CHEESY POSTS!!!!) They praise each other, they compliment one another, they say kind words to their partner because it's their way of honoring each other. Sometimes in the middle of a busy day, I just stop and think of one kind act or endearing trait I noticed and I actually make the effort to thank Patrick for it. Sometimes I'll tweet it or blog about it if I'm in the mood to share it. But sometimes just telling my friends about this good thing my husband did is more than enough, it's just a simple gesture of appreciation. After all, he could've been an a**hole, drinking, gambling, and cheating with other women---the world makes it much easier for people to get away with these things---but today he chose to do something kind to me instead, like coming home just in time for dinner or helping me wash the dishes. If you have a good man (or a good woman), HONOR HIM! Shout it out!


Work Life and Home Life Balance
Couple Pegs: STELLA&JULZ ESQUIVIAS 
and SHEILA&JOREM CATILO


My two BFFs are happily married to their best friends who also happen to be their coworkers. So aside from being life partners and co-parents, they also work hand in hand, day by day as business partners as well. Sheila and Jorem are both professional wedding photographers while Stella and Julz run their own law firm. Of course there are PROS and CONS just like in any set up, but I'm so proud to say that save for a few hiccups here and there--these two couples have achieved the ideal work life/home life balance. 

From what I've observed, the lessons I've picked up from these two couples would be 1)Even if you are both working, wives should still honor their husbands as the head of the family 2)And husbands should make an effort to empower their wives whether they choose to stay home and become full time homemakers or career women. 

Forever Dating 
Couple Pegs: BERNICE&CY SORONGON and NICOLE&JAIME DE LOS ANGELES

These two young couples are both first time parents. Bernice and Cy have Olivia who is a delightful little girl with sweet ringlets. Nicole and Jaime have the roundest chub-chub named Alonzo. Their parenting styles are very hands-on, with both parents really investing time in the rearing of their babies. But unlike most couples who sort of kill the romance as soon as the tag "parent" is attached to their name, these two couples have made a conscious effort to continue dating. They've figured out a system, a parenting strategy that allows them to spend time away from their little one so they could enjoy some alone time as a couple. If Patrick and I are blessed with a baby next year (Lord willing!!!), I hope we will also make a conscious effort to keep things romantic and exciting as husband and wife. 

Listen to One Another
Couple Peg:CECIL AND JONSY FILART


It's amazing how listening is something that we often take for granted. Sometimes when you're in the thick of things and the argument gets so intense, you become so engrossed in expressing yourself, defending your side, or reasoning out that listening just gets thrown out the door. If you take the time to just stop and ACTUALLY listen to your spouse, chances are you will be able to sort things out with more tact and logic. In our early stages of marriage, we always sought out advice from these two--to the point of annoyance, hehehe--but I'm glad Patrick and I were both humble enough to ask for help from our siblings when we needed it the most. We learned the art of listening from them and although we still have those little LQs from time to time, we are reaping the benefits of hearing each other out. 


Teamwork
Couple Peg: MARGE AND RG MONTEMAYOR


These two are like coffee and coffeemate (and NO, I am not referring to their skin color.Peace RG!hehehe), salt and pepper, bread and butter. They are so well coordinated in fact that even their schedules (though equally hectic) seem to perfectly mesh. They've created their own rhythm, they've got this groove that's just so impressive. For those couples who struggle with making their work schedules in sync, maybe you should take a little breather and trace your steps in plotting out your days. If you really, really, really want to spend time together---no matter how busy you are, there's ALWAYS a way to make it possible. If you work as one solid unit instead of living separate lives (and just happen to live under one roof), then working on your marriage will become more fulfilling and free from any feelings of resentment. 

Being Smart with Your Finances
LEA AND DREW PACIS


I'm just so inspired by how these two are so money-savvy! They religiously set aside savings, pay off all the bills, and best of all--they still manage to HAVE A LIFE!!!! This is very important! Others just live chasing the paper, just slaving away to accumulate lotsa money that it becomes obsessive already. These two know how to handle their finances but are not obsessed with the moolah, they also invest in other things like travel, nice furniture, and GOOD FOOD!!! A lot of marriages fail because of money matters (some have too much money while others lack in finances) , so if you're not careful it could also cause the breakup of your marriage. It's necessary to be 1)Transparent about your finances 2)Set realistic expectations 3)Make lifestyle adjustments that will allow you to live within (or below) your means 4) And most importantly, give back to the Lord whether it's through your church or community--you need to share the blessings!

Keeping the fire burning
Couple Peg:MIC AND PAUL FILART


Paul is Patrick's eldest brother (9 years apart) and so his marriage with Mic has inspired Patrick for years. One of the things I love most about Mic and Paul is how they openly display their affection for one another. Having been married for almost a decade, it's so nice to see them holding hands, hugging, and exchanging sweet kisses. You don't have to do heavy groping and make everyone around you barf with your excessive PDA, but keeping things sweet and cuddly will do wonders for your relationship.

Being the Best Version of YOU&US
Couple Peg:AMBER AND MARCUS DAVIS


The Pats love hanging out with the Davises. If we want to do something new/something fun, these are the people we call first. The conversation is always engaging with these two and we never run out of things to joke about. But what we love about this couple is their ability to bring out the best in each other. They both thrive in their individual careers because of each other's support---there's no competition at all. Marcus is secure enough to see Amber shine and in the same way Amber looks up to Marcus as someone she respects and admires. In addition to that, they both invest in bettering themselves---whether it's hitting the gym together, taking up a new sport, eating healthy, or learning a new skill. There's always something exciting to look forward to as a couple--you just have to go out there and find the best versions of YOU :)

Sense of Humor
Couple Pegs: JOANN&MIC PALANCA 
and ALESSA&PJ LANOT


Alessa is one of my bestest friends in the universe and we get along so well because of our twisted sense of humor. When PJ and Alessa got together, it just made so much sense! They clicked humor-wise and everything else was just secondary. It is because of their example that I realized there was no need to over think marriage---and it was something as easy as breathing or in their case, laughing.


For Mic and Joann, it's a nice mix of jester/joker (MIC) and number one fan (JOANN). I just find it so adorable when Joann laughs like her tummy's about to explode when Mic cracks a joke. She looks at him so lovingly every time he goes all out with a corny joke and supports him with a hearty laugh as soon as the punchline is delivered. Being your partner/spouse's number one fan---whether it's something as small as his jokes or something as big as his career---is crucial in every marriage. 

Sensitivity
Couple Peg: ANNE AND DRE GONZALES


I have never seen these two fight. It's either 1) They've mastered the ninja art of smiling while fighting that it goes unnoticed 2)They are abnormally happy and have no issues 3)They are sensitive to one another and always choose to respect their partners both in private and in public. For the sake of this blog post, let's proceed with #3. Well for starters, Dre is a sensitive guy so by default may A+ na sya. For the rest of us (ahem, ahem) we're stuck with guys who don't understand that when you say "It's NOTHING"..it's definitely SOMETHING, and something YOU DID that pissed us off. Dun Dun Dun Duuuuun. 

The lesson I've picked up is for guys to make an extra effort to be sensitive to their wives by choosing a proper tone when speaking, using words to encourage and build up, and of course never putting your wife to shame in public. And for the women, we have to make an extra effort to be LESS SENSITIVE and LESS EMOTIONAL naman (nakuuuu poooo, this one's for me!), to not over-analyze, over-criticize, and over-react. If we meet halfway and reach a healthy level of sensitivity for both parties, then things become less complicated. 

Understanding Grace
Couple Peg:JAY AND DANI PONCE ENRILE


Whenever Patrick gets off work early we try our very best to make it to the Enrile's home every Friday night to meet with other young professionals (single and married) going through grueling work weeks and daily middle class struggles. It's a very casual set up of having dinner with friends, reading a few passages in the Bible, and then having an open discussion about random topics. They have become our support group and we are so blessed to have these people in our lives.

When we were talking about GRACE (Acts 15), our friend Jay opened up about the meaning of God's grace in his own life. He explained to the group that his wife, Dani (one of the sweetest, kindest people on the planet!) is living proof of God's grace. He had a very heartfelt explanation  but in a nutshell he said he had a very dark and troubled childhood, many irreversible mistakes and wrong turns in his teens/early 20s, lots of deep issues of hurt---when he met Dani his whole life perspective changed. It was through Dani that he understood the redemption that Christ offered because of her forgiving and non-judgmental behavior. He told her EVERYTHING, lahat ng baho linabas niya, he made sure she knew everything about him---the good, the bad and the ugly. And yet Dani still chose to love him and because of the GRACE she showed him, from that day on he knew that he was ready to live the way God destined for him to live: A life worthy of this beautiful and loving girl who is now his wife and the mother of their super super super (OMG!!! Im not even exaggerating with the 3 supers) baby, Lucas.

When we understand GRACE, like really understand the meaning of God's grace..it becomes something we naturally want/need to show to others as well. Just thinking about how we don't deserve the GRACE of God, these second, third, fourth, fifth chances we are given each day, these fresh new slates to work with---wow, how could you not choose to be graceful to others? Especially to your own spouse?! Hayyy, minsan I lack in this department---ok, not MINSAN but most of the time so it has been my prayer request. :)

So there, people of the Philippine islands. What a lengthy read, huh??? Well, I hope I was able to shed light on some of your relationship issues. As much as I would love to email each and every one of you, I don't have the time (huhuhuhu) so I hope this mass love letter works for now. :)


My Therapy

Thankful for these two girls who keep me sane :) 20+++ years of friendship!
via Sheila Catilo

Look Good, Feel Great with Watsons

As you all know, I'm a happy endorser for WATSONS Philippines. I proudly and boldly promote the whole Switch&Save philosophy to all my friends and family members because it's a brand I really believe in---so much so that if you look at our banyo, we have towers of Watsons bath gels, mouthwashes, and tissue boxes! Hahaha :) My husband can't complain because I get to save a LOT from these purchases! Anyway, last week my home supply was running low so I decided to trek to the Watsons branch in Greenbelt to stock up. And I even got a free blood sugar check (I'm NORMAL!!!) and BP check as well---a service they provide in select Watsons stores. 
In the Philippines, Watsons’ is firm in its commitment to deliver the BEST VALUE to its customers:
Great Savings from Exclusive Products – switching to Watsons label allows shoppers to get quality product at great prices
Exclusive Member Privileges – SM Advantage & Prestige cardholders earn bonus points and exclusive free gifts from featured health & beauty products every month
More Choices - get the widest selection of health and beauty products – personal care, skincare, hair care, cosmetics and a lot more conveniently under one store
Fun Freebies – have a fun and rewarding shopping experience with special gifts with purchase, fab make-overs, health check-up and more


And great news!!! The NEW WATSONS app will be available on August 2013, and you can download it on your phones for FREE!

1. Health tips –know how you can recognize if one person is having a heart attack/ stroke and how you can help/ give first aid in this situation.
2. Beauty tips – know the quick tip to achieve beautiful lashes or how to make perfume last longer.
3. Inform its users with the latest products and promos available in Watsons. Customers will be aware the latest gift, promo offers, and exclusive discount coupons.
4. Have Fun with exclusive discount coupons on our selected products.
5. It even comes with a BMI Calculator that will allow you to track your ideal weight.

With Watsons making you look good all the time, feeling great comes naturally! For more information, simply log-on to www.watsons.com or visit www.facebook.com/WatsonsPH.

Text by Watsons PR&Marketing.



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Change the way you see the world with Eva Air

I really enjoyed watching this new video from Eva Air, it perfectly captures the beauty of travel. The video was beautifully shot PLUS it made me miss Paris even more! My sister Daniela lives there now, so there are days when I just want to hop on an Eva Air flight to get me to the Eiffel tower!!! Hayyyy. If you're stuck in your office cubicle right now, why not take a little "trip" and click on the video link below.
And allow me to announce the BIG NEWS for travel aficionados,  Eva Air is now part of the Star Alliance family! Congratulations EVA AIR! This is such a huge milestone for the airline and I'm really excited about this partnership. According to the SA website, "Star Alliance was founded with the mission of providing seamless global air travel for the high value international traveller. EVA Air’s customers will now have access to a global network of 28 airlines, operating more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries."  For more inquiries, visit www.evaair.com :)
A lot of my readers always ask me about tips on how to score good travel deals, the best advice I could give you is to PLAN AHEAD. 4-6 months is usually a healthy duration to get things settled. Planning ahead allows you to 1)explore more options for airlines, hotels, tour packages 2)take advantage of early bird rates 3)gives you more time to set aside savings for your trip. Speaking of making advance plans, why not visit the upcoming TRAVEL MADNESS EXPO happening on July 12-14 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. Hundreds of travel agents, airlines, and hotels will be setting up their booths and offering exclusive deals! Be sure to drop by the EVA AIR booth, I hear they're giving away lots of discounts!!! See you guys there :)

Go Brown


In our home (that's 2 people and our pet vacuum cleaner), our pantry is normally stocked with brown rice. Even before we got hitched, brown rice was already a staple in the Laurel household so I sort of carried it over when Patrick and I moved into our own home. I haven't completely banned white rice from my diet, we still eat white rice from time to time when we dine out. And yes, a ball of sticky white rice is still the perfect sidekick to my favorite crispy Chickenjoy! hehehe :)

But upon reading about the physical, social and economic benefits of eating brown rice---I decided to be an active brown rice supporter. I'm not asking you to become that annoying person who blocklists all restaurants that don't serve brown rice, that would be counterproductive really. What I hope to encourage is a new attitude towards eating rice, to see rice as a source of nourishment and not just your carb buffer para di ka maumay sa ulam. I urge everyone to invest in good quality, nutritious, and LOCAL brown rice products for your own households. So why brown rice??? Here's some helpful info from our friends at Oxfam:
In 2010, the Philippines became the biggest net importer of rice – a far cry from when it was Asia’s rice bowl. The ballooning population, rice wastage, and shrinking agricultural productivity are some of the factors which have brought this sad state of affairs. Shifting to brown or unpolished rice, on top of more government investments in sustainable agriculture, is one of the solutions to achieving rice self-sufficiency. 
Consuming brown rice has benefits both for consumers and producers. Brown rice is a healthier product, with more complex carbohydrates and vitamins than well-milled rice. The milling of brown rice has less wastage (65% compared to 75% for white rice), and increased production would mean increased tonnage of locally available rice. Brown rice is also mainly grown by farmer-owned cooperatives that practice organic farming. More demand can mean more income for organic small producers and rallying more people behind agroecological or sustainable approaches to rice farming.



Scratch Map Philippines

I'm sure all you travel geeks have heard about the cult favorite world scratch map---well, our friends at Quirks Novelties&Curiosities teamed up with Luckies UK to develop our very own Scratch Map! That's right, PILIPINAS represent!:) Now you can explore the beauty of the motherland and have a scratch map to follow your steps. Wishing you more happy Pinoy adventures!

"They say it's more fun in the Philippines, and we couldn't agree more! Scratch Map Philippines is a large, high quality map which features a gold top foil layer. Why? So you can scratch off all the places you've visited to reveal a whole new country below, featuring vibrant color and geographical detail. The result is a totally unique and personalized Philippines map!"-Quirks Website

You can order your scratch maps from Quirks by clicking here!

You could win a Philippine Scratch Map!
1. Click the LIKE and TWEET buttons below.
2. Follow @quirksallday on Twitter and tell us your next dream Philippine destination. Don't forget to add the hashtag #pattylaurelblog. 

Example: "Hi @quirksallday! I'm flying to surf paradise Siargao next month so I can't wait to scratch it off my map!#pattylaurelblog"

Max of 3 entries per person only. Contest ends on July 5, 2013. Winners will be announced on the Quirks Twitter Page :)

Gold Toes

Thank you so much Tutum Shop for these cute gold shoes!:) Check out their upcoming sale! 
Just click on the image below for more details.

Thank you Speculoos Manila

What a GOOD morning indeed!!!

That's the plan, Stan.

via axsoris

Singapore Day 5

Great news!!! The SG haze has subsided and we were able to see the blue sky in its full glory today! And we didn't have to don those icky masks anymore--alleluia! It was totally cramping my style! Hahaha :) But I really am happy for the people of Singapore, now they can slowly return to their normal routine and enjoy their crisp, fresh air again. 

Patrick's whole weekend will be booked for all the work-related technical trainings and workshops so I told my two Singapore based loves to keep their weekend free to keep ME company! I'm so glad I was able to spend time with my cousin Mia and my former co-teacher Dana. They've been based in Singapore for a couple of years now and have been thriving so well in their respective industries. It was wonderful to hear their life stories---they have successful and fulfilling careers, a close knit group of friends, and an overall very positive outlook towards their new home away from home. It's amazing to see how God is working through these two young proudly Pinoy women in SG.

For brunch, we took a leisurely 5 minute walk to Club Street Social. This little resto is a favorite among expats and though I'm not an expat, it satisfied the tragically westernized Pinoy in me. I had the panini with prosciutto, mozarella and truffle mayo and for a very simple sandwich it was fantabulous!!!! The panini with ham, egg and maple syrup was divine too :) After brunch, Pat headed to work and the girls and I took the MRT to Marina Bay Sands and checked out the Mummy exhibit at the Art Science Museum. And because I get grumpy when I'm hungry, the girls took me to a local Mexican joint to get my fill of quesadillas :) It was an easy and relaxing day with my two favorite girls! 

Singapore Day 4

The Singapore haze reached an all time high of PSI 400 today so we decided to edit our plans just to keep our lungs safe. Luckily, there are a lot of wonderful new attractions in Singapore that are located indoors---one of which is the relatively new S.E.A. Aquarium. Located in the Resorts World Complex, it was a very easy commute from our hotel. All you have to do is alight at the Harbourfront MRT station and take the Sentosa express at the Vivo City mall. 

I've always been a fan of under the sea attractions because seeing all these deep sea creatures in different shapes, sizes, and colors always leaves me with that sense of awe. As Patrick even said to me while we were looking at a school of colorful fish, "It's amazing how God designed each and every little creature in the ocean!" We have such an amazing creator indeed! Here are the photos from our Aquarium adventure. :)

Thank you again to SUITEBLANCO for my pretty floral dress and tan/salmon bag!

Singapore Day 3

They say 30 is the new 20, well, in my case 30 is the new 10!!! I felt like a ten year old today at Universal Studios! Pictures overload in 3-2-1! What a fun day with RG, Marge, Jen..and oh that bearded fella with a green cap who just randomly tagged along. He was awfully touchy-feely, always hugging and kissing me---who are you?!?!! Hehehe!

I'm so happy we now have a decently sized theme park in our region---and the rides are all LEGIT!!! By legit, I mean not the school fair caterpillar, hahaha! I mean actual rides and attractions for kids of all ages. So legit in fact that I am now suffering from a stiff neck because of the CYLON roller coaster ride! I highly recommend paying a bit extra for an Express pass though so you could cut the lines and enjoy more rides! It's a bit pricey at roughly 100SGD a pop (for entrance+express) but it's definitely worth saving up for! I'm so glad we braved the haze for this! 

 
Thank you Universal Studios for giving us enough distractions that allowed us to forget the haze for a couple of hours! And thanks again to SUITEBLANCO for my comfortable outfit for today's theme park day: 1) skinny royal blue jeans that flatter my short legs 2) breathable black top with white animal prints and a simple beaded neckline, and of course my favorite (obvious ba???) coral necklace which I just had to wear again today!:) 

Singapore Days 1&2

Greetings from Singapore!!!The Lah-lah-land of Chicken Rice, Milo Dinosaur, and one of the most efficient MRT stations in the world!! Hooray! I've been to Singapore several times in the past---and mostly because of something work-related so it was nice to be on full holiday mode for this specific trip. Well, it's sort of a workcation for me and the hubby----WORK for him and VACATION for me! Hahahaha!Lugi si Pat!:) Patrick gets to travel a LOT because of his work, so he was kind enough to sponsor my airfare for this trip--and a decent foodie allowance too! Weeeeee!!!

Sadly, the normally very bright and sunny Singapore has been covered in a thick gray haze (due to the fires in Indonesia) for the past few days but we're trying our best to maximize our stay given this unexpected situation.  Here are some photos from our first two days in the city.
I was all set for the hot weather in Singapore so I wore this easy breezy Aqua chiffon dress, Coral necklace, and tan/salmon leather bag all from SUITEBLANCO :) You know how other bags are heavy just as is (even without anything in it??? Grrr, I hate those bags!)--well, this bag is incredibly light and perfect for a looooong day of walking..you can wear it as a sling bag or carry it through it's shorter handle for a more sophisticated look. And with this breathable dress, I didn't sweat at all even if it felt like an oven in Orchard!
I'm glad we were able to schedule this trip along with some of our good friends too, including one of my closest girlfriends---and superstar wedding coordinator, Marge (and her hubby RG of course!). As much as Patrick and I love traveling as a couple, iba pa rin yung may mga kasamang mga kaibigan! It's nice to experience new things with old friends!
The real reason behind this Singapore trip is because Patrick and Joey's company is now the official distributor of Blackmagic brand in the Philippines!!! For production geeks out there, I'm sure you're familiar with this brand so I will make a separate post about Blackmagic in the coming weeks. :) I really hope you will support this new brand!
Blackmagic Design Manila Team: Joey, Jam, RG, and Patrick :) 
Speaking of friends, we also caught up with another favorite couple of mine, Marcus and Amber who coincidentally was also vacationing in SG! Sosyal na ang mga meet ups namin, dati coffee at Rockwell lang, ngayon Marina Bay Sands na! Nakkkks! Hahahahaha!!!:)
Team ThirtySix O representinggggg!!!
Singapore style not-so-dirty ice cream! Walls ice cream chopped into a block and rolled up in either a piece of rainbow bread or wafer, or in my case BOTH! Hahaha! Not bad for a dollar :)
There's no shame in being TOO TOURISTY!!! We were all craving for some good old Chilli Crabs and Cereal Prawns so our Singapore based friends brought us to a local hawker :) 
Chicken Rice for Breakfast at the Maxwell Food Center just a few blocks away from our tiny hotel :) The chicken rice here is so good, it could stand on its own! Ang sarap talaga..at mura pa! I can become a Chicken Rice endorser! Hahahaha! And of course, we had some Milo Dinosaur too!
We took a romantic stroll around Chinatown in the morning, most of the shops were still closed so it was a nice and quiet walk for me and Pat :)
In the afternoon, we traveled to Ikea in Tampines. Of course I had the famous Swedish Meatballs!!!  Takaw tingin ako so I ordered 20 pieces, my stomach bailed on me at 16! Boooo! We didn't buy anything though, trying to still keep things within budget--maybe we will swing by again towards the end of the week if we still have some moolah to spare. :)
My gold double knot necklace also from Suiteblanco
It goes with just about anything!I think I just found my new fave everyday necklace. :)
In the evening, we met up with Patrick's college friends Jillette, Deck, and Didop who are based in Singapore. Thanks to our dear Jillette for arranging the tickets for International Smash Hit (nasa poster eh!) STOMP!!! We had our jaws dropped the whole time. I don't want to spoil it for you--so just go ahead and watch it!!! Let's just say I was saying "HAYUP", "ASTIG", "GRABE NAMAN" all throughout the show. 
              Special thanks to Suiteblanco, my clothing partner for this trip!
            I'll be sharing more looks in my next Singapore post :)

 

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