Dream Big

I have always wanted to be a lawyer since I was younger.  My dream of becoming one had to take a backseat when I was an incoming freshman in College. Our financial status then could not meet our financial demands. Luckily, I  was able to pass the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Scholarship program. It is an academic scholarship wherein you have to take a test given by the DOST and meet the required passing rate.

But passing the scholarship also meant I had to take an Engineering / Technology course. During our time, we were provided, among others, monthly stipend amounting to Php2,200, tuition fee, book allowance and uniform allowance. As long as you meet the required average per end of each semester, you are good. Otherwise, your scholarship shall be put on hold. Which I cannot afford to happen. So I studied, hard I must say. I was able to maintain my GWA higher than the required average.  And after finishing that course, I pursued another one to earn a Degree while working for a government agency.

I can still clearly remember how I cried a river before I signed the scholarship agreement. This is not what I wanted, but for that time-being, I was left with no other choice. It’s either take a different path or not be able to go to College at all.  To pacify my heart-broken inner self, I accepted it as a blessing in disguise. That God sent his helpline just when I needed it most. I will be able to finish college with an academic scholarship and get a job after.   After that, should I still want to go to law school, I would be able to finance myself.

Fastforward. I finished College, still working for the same government agency, got married and now have a super smart 21 month – old baby girl. I almost totally forgot about this dream until a recent incident which certainly rekindled my desire to be a lawyer.

Finally, after years of contemplating – pros and cons, what ifs and buts – I collected my thoughts and told myself, this is it! I have waited for this moment to come for almost a lifetime. I checked on schools and requirements and found out that the Legal Education Board will hold it’s first ever Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT)  to all aspiring law students before they can be admitted to law schools. An exam aside from the entrance exams given by Universities. My jaw literally dropped . I was like – what the. Seriously?? What a perfect timing! As in now? This year? Huhuhu

So PhilSAT we go! I took the nationwide exam last April 16 at the University of Santo Tomas. It was a 3-hour of “please, somebody take me out of here!” exam.  There are other testing centers nationwide. UST is the venue for Manila. For me, it was difficult and time – pressure(d). After the exam I literally told my parents, I just want to forget about it. hahaha but silently prayed to God that this PhilSAT will determine my future. If I pass, I’ll go to law school. If not, I’ll cross the bridge when I get there. I really don’t know what to do next should I fail.

The result came a day or two earlier that the target release date. And God has really ways of surprising us. My husband was the first one who saw this article from Rappler and informed me that I passed. My heart was screaming with so much happiness.  It was a sigh of relief – truly in God’s own time.

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It may have took me several years to finally take that leap of faith. What is important  is that I am now one step closer to finally reaching that dream. I know it will not be easy. Working full-time while studying (full-load) , not to mention my almost 2-year old baby who equally needs time and attention, will never be easy but I will not let this chance slip-off my hands- never again! As long as I have my support group ( husband, daughter, parents, relatives, friends, workmates, bosses, classmates and most especially, our God Almighty) with me, I’ll be fine.

I know there will be some who will raise their eyebrows and will give their unsolicited advice and comments like “You’re already 31, isn’t that too old to enter law school? or you have a child, focus on her, or you won’t be able to make it trust me. You are just wasting your time. ” So I’ll save you from having a heart attack for really wanting to burst my bubble. I only have this to say “No one has the right to say what  is right or wrong or what you should do or not. You are the author of your own story. Live it and create that wonderful ending you have always imagined and longed for! Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there. After all , there is no age limit for those who dream and have plans of making that dream into a reality”

After having said all that, now signing in, Student No 2017xxxxx.  I’ll be officially back to school tomorrow. Hopefully soon, I’ll have my own Roll of Attorney No. 🙂 Dream Big Aiza, dream big!

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Foodie in Me : Birdhouse Fried Chicken

Good food need not to be pricey! Birdhouse exactly knows how to deliver that. I chanced upon this restaurant when my friends and I were looking for a place to dine in Uptown Place Mall in BGC. Located at 4th Floor , The Food Hall. One can easily find this place from the entrance beside Harry’s.

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There are several sets, or Barnyard as they call it,  to choose from.

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Picture not mine. Grabbed from their website 🙂

 

I settled for Set C. As for my side dish, I opted for Dirty Rice and Garlic Fries and milky gravy for my sauce.

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I could not think of anything else that will match their signature chicken other than Dirty Rice! It has a distinct taste that will make your palate want for more.   Their chicken has its own flavor that sets it at par from the usual “fried chicken” from our favorite fastfood / restaurants.

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Their Garlic fries is a must try too. I love how crispy their fries is. Not too oily and the flavor is not too overpowering. And the chicken skin?! It’s super crunchy! It also goes well with the milky gravy.

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Hayayay!! I think Birdhouse is a good find for those who are in a budget but want to have a superb meal. You don’t have to break the bank just to have a good and satisfying one. Their Peached Iced Tea might be a little bland but other than that, Birdhouse is a- OK! Go and try it  yourself 🙂

 

FB Page : Birdhouse
Website : Birdhouse 
Location : 4th Level, The Food Hall, Uptown Mall,
                     9th Avenue corner 35th Street, Uptown Bonifacio,
                     Fort Bonifacio , 1621 Taguig

 

CUSTOMIZED GIFT TAGS , CHRISTMAS CARDS, MONEY ENVELOPES ETC.

The season of gift-giving is just around the corner and we wanted to make the gifts we shall be sharing to our loved ones more personalized so we opted to have customized Christmas cards for the Holidays!

I chanced upon Lee and Sons Printing Corporation in Facebook and their products are very nice yet affordable. So I sent them an inquiry right away to avoid the pouring of orders by next month.  I ordered for 60 pieces Chirstmas Gift Tags (3×3) and 30 pieces of Gift Tags (3×3) which we can use on Birthdays and other special events. 🙂 Please click here for  their pricelists. 🙂

I loved how smooth our transaction was. They are very open for suggestions and requests. My orders were all ready for shipment when I noticed a minor error on our surname and they gladly corrected and reprinted them.

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Christmas Tags : 60 pcs (Php250) / 30pcs (Php150)

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Gift Tags : 30 pcs (Php150)

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Should you want to have your tags and card customized, you may contact Lee and Sons printing Corporation through the following:

FB Page : Lee and Sons Printing Corporation

E-mail:  leeandsonscreativeprints@gmail.com

Address: 2838 Aurora Blvd., Sta. Cruz 1003 Manila

Contact Numbers:  7111572 / 7111509

 

Suppliers Review: Balloons by Frida

Balloons by Frida is an OLX.ph find.  I saw this balloon releasing ceremony from a wedding SDE and I wanted to have the same on my wedding. 🙂

I ordered for 15 metallic blue and 15 metallic pink balloons with 2 heart balloons, each at Php18.00 free delivery if within Manila and cash on delivery .

I love how prompt they were.The balloons were delivered 30 minutes before the ceremony ends.

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Tips:

  • Check if you’re church or venue allows such.
  • Book you’re balloon supplier once you have booked your church or venue. It would be better if your supplier is near your event so the quality of the balloon won’t be compromised.

Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Question:

Will I book Balloons by Frida should we be needing balloons again or recommend them to friends?

Answer:

Definitely, yes!🙂 I had a very smooth transaction with her.

Balloons by Frida (OLX.ph)
Contact No. 09156502713

 

Suppliers Review: Prestige Maker

Our wedding rings were customized by Bulacan-based  jeweler Prestige Maker. Though they are based in Bulacan, they accept meet-ups in Manila. We had our meetings at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay.

Tita Lyn and her husband are very accommodating. They even shared some bits of information when it comes to choosing your diamonds. Not all diamond-looking thing or with the word diamond are real diamonds. Take note of that. You may be lured with a lower price tag, but if you want a real investment on your bling, opt for the real ones. 🙂

Below is our wedding ring, I opted not to divulge the details 🙂

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For inquiries and quotations, you may reach Prestige Maker thru the following FB accounts:

Pres Mak

Prestige Maker

Prestige Maker II

Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Question:

Will I book Prestige Maker should we be needing customized jewelries again or recommend them to friends?

Answer:

Definitely, yes!🙂 I super love our wedding rings 🙂 Plus the engraving on both rings made them extra special and personalized.

Suppliers Review: Hangers By Hannah

Hangers by Hannah is a W@Wie find. If you want personalized hangers made for you and your soon-to-be husband’s special day, contact Hangers by Hannah!. Lea is very easy to deal with. I ordered a total of 11 customized hangers for me and my twinnies! (If you follow my blog, I have this new found friends who also got married on the same day as ours. We were brought together by that one special date, 12-13-14)

We were lucky enough that there was an ongoing promo by the time we ordered. And Lea was even generous enough to give as additional discounts for the hangers! Isn’t that the most amazing thing in wedding planning? DISCOUNTS!!! hahaha

Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Question:

Will I book Hangers by Hannah should we be needing customized hangers again or recommend them to friends?

Answer:

Definitely, yes!🙂 The hangers are so cute and with quality.  We are still using the hangers up to present.

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Hangers by Hannah
Email : hangersbyhannah@gmail.com.

Suppliers Review : Studio1 Photography and Videography

We booked Studio1 Photography and Videography during the Weddings and Beyond Bridal Fair .

Photographers and Videographers of Studio1 are very prompt and nice to work with. From the pre-engagement shoot to the wedding day itself,they showed nothing but professionalism.  They did not rush our pictorial sessions just because the contract is for a specific number of hours or so. They made sure they were able to capture beautiful photos of their clients. I can still remember Eugene climbing up the basketball ring just to have our pictures taken.

I could have given them a perfect score if not for the following minor glitches :

  • I have repeatedly requested to the office staff for Eugene’s team to cover our wedding and assured me that my request was noted. A different team arrived on that special day. Nonetheless, the photographers and videographers really delivered and I love them to bones 🙂 Lucky us!
  • They forgot to bring the LED Frame included in the package we booked so I called them after we came back from our honeymoon and they gladly updated our picture frame in lieu of the LED Frame.

Below is our wedding album layout 🙂 Should you wish to view our wedding videos by Studio1, please feel free to click the links provided after the layout. 🙂

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SDE: https://vimeo.com/115471803
Preparations : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmCUqPrl4rQ
Ceremony : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ugviy1GS3U
Reception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHpmE82qq70

Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Question:

Will I book Studio1 again on our future events or  recommend them to my friends?

Answer:

Definitely, yes! 🙂 Both for Pre-Nuptial Shoot and Wedding 🙂