First things first (I’m the realest #waley): I’m happy to share that Jim has recently been hired by JB Music as their marketing head (woohoo!!). This is a super big deal as he’s perfect for the job, the right balance of musician and businessman! LOVE IT! Anyway, in between his previous job and starting his new one, he decided to take a 2-week break to help with the transition and more importantly to help me manage the wedding requirements. A few months ago I let go of my driver because I was pretty unhappy with him and I don’t have taping for a TV show right now anyway so I can drive myself. Drive myself crazy, that is. Chos. But seriously, each day that Jim and I would go around to run errands, about half our time was spent in the car!!
We could have been checking so many things off our to-do list but instead we could only do a few things at a time, carefully planning our strategy and timeline for each day. Kaloka talaga, it’s not supposed to be this hard… C-5 and Katipunan ave have been CRAZY all because apparently the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) implemented a NO APPREHENSION POLICY. This means trucks with no business traveling on a national road are allowed until August 29 to do so!! This resulted to an 80% increase of trucks along C-5 and Katipunan!!
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) revealed that there were 15,000 trucks that traversed along Katipunan last July 25. That’s double the number last year. Besides, there’s a daily truck band from 10AM til 5PM and 10PM til 5AM but when I’m driving, I see trucks all around me! WHY?! Also, just this Monday, a 14-wheeler dump truck carrying sand lost its brakes and killed 1 person in an 8-vehicle collision.
The dump truck, which reportedly had engine trouble, was parked by its driver along a steep portion of C5 but slid backwards and hit a six-wheeler truck, three taxis, a closed van, a sport utility vehicle and a private sedan car. (Inquirer)
The guy who died was only 24-years-old. And just yesterday another truck rammed into a wall along Katipunan.
I mean.. Come on. Get these slow but reckless trucks off the streets already!!
Anyway, I’m still glad we got a lot of stuff done this week. I’m very happy when I’m productive! Last Monday we went to the gym and we were about to go to a one-on-one pre-marriage seminar from 4-6PM along so we left Ortigas at 3PM. It was pretty crazy, we re-routed from Katipunan extension to Marikina but traffic on Marcos was horrible as well. It was already 4:30pm and we were still on Marcos highway, we had to cancel our seminar because we probably would have arrived at 6PM if we braved the traffic. The traffic and the rain even caused us to get so annoyed with each other and later we laughed it off like, “mukhang kailangan nga natin mag marriage counseling” CHAROT. May breakdown pa kasi ako na “I feel like we’re so bad at this! Why are we failing at getting requirements?” with matching tears (#gustomoyun?). Jim’s an angel, he actively changed his cranky mood and told me we could do this! We just needed to plan our day better and kick Manila traffic in the balls!
And so we did! Tuesday was spent at The Medical City, Jim needed to get his requirements for his new job so I figured I’d get my annual pap smear as well. As I exited my OB Gyn’s office, a blog reader of mine asked to take a photo with me. After the photo, I automatically said “uy hindi ako buntis ha!”
My #FanGirl moment! :) Saw @saabmagalona. Naglakas loob akong mag “Hi”. Nguniti sya at nag “Hi” din. Kinapalaan ko ang mukha ko para magpapicture, pumayag sya at kinikilig ako! Sa halos ilang minuto ko syang nakausap (habang nanginginig pa), bukod sa pagiging mabait at accommodating nya, dalawa sa pinakatumatak sa akin na kanyang sinabi ay::7″ 1. “hindi ako buntis ah”. Sobrang tawa ko dun kasi alam ko naman na hindi, dahil fan ako ng blog nya at wala naman ako nababasa dun at halata naman sakanya. 2. “I-tag mo ako”. Yes! Ito na! This is it! Thank you, Ms. Saab Magalona! God bless you and your family! #ThisIsTuesday #Lucky #Blessed
Hahahaha I had to say talaga na hindi ako buntis because about 4 or 5 years ago I went to the OB to get a cervical cancer shot and I saw on Twitter that some girl was saying she saw me at the OB and I looked pregnant!! GRABE ANG SAKIT NUN HA. HAHAHHAHA. Bwisit.
Anyway, we originally planned to go to Katipunan on Thursday very early in the morning but we were feeling lucky on Tuesday. After lunch, Jim said we should just go to Katipunan and get it over with. SO WE DID AND IT WAS GREAT. For some reason, 1PM was a good time to go to Katipunan! No traffic at all! We went to Ateneo so Jim could request for his transcript. Would have been nice to take photos but we promised the guard we wouldn’t park so I had to drive his car around while he dealt with the registrar. Ateneo is still so beautiful. Saw a lot of cute girls, too! Jim said we’ll actually roam around the campus once his transcript is ready for pick up so I’m looking forward to that!!
Our next stop was at Sta. Maria Della Strada Church to pick up Jim’s confirmation certificate (trivia: I’m not yet confirmed so will do that this Sunday, hopefully!!). You need to get your baptismal and confirmation certificates that says FOR MARRIAGE PURPOSES when you get married at church. It’s only valid for 6 months from pick-up FYI! We got there at 1:30pm but sosyal yung church staff, 12nn-2pm ang lunch break. We had time to kill so Jim took photos of me hehe.
Once we got the certificate, of course it started to rain. We ran to the car and took a U-turn to get to Intermatrix, a company that prints anything you need. We got our Save The Date printed and it took about an hour to have 200 copies made.
It was our last task for the day and it was a day well spent :) You know what Jim and I realized?! We haven’t had any carbs or beer since Monday!! Of course it was a conscious effort but still, it was much easier to keep off the
good bad stuff when you’re busy!
Wednesday, we separately went to the gym at 10AM and then headed to Makati to run more errands! First stop was at Hans Brumann to look at wedding ring options! Fun!!
Oops, this one’s too small!
They’ve got this ring full of rings (ringception) to check the size of your finger. I’m a 4.5!
After the jeweller, we headed to Jim’s Ministop branch where he had a meeting! Then we picked up my ate Unna who works in Makati and went to CCP for the gala night of Elmo’s Cinemalaya indie film #Y!
It was so amazing, it deserves a separate post but I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to take photos, I was feeling very sick that night. I’ve had a runny nose and cough for 3 days now huhuhu. Got a bit claustrophobic with all the people at CCP but I’m very happy at how successful #Y turned out!! YAYY!! We got home so late na haha but still very happy because it was once again a productive day!
Both Jim and my car are coded every Thursday so I took an Uber to my meeting at The Fort. After a very fun meeting (can’t reveal much right now!), I passed by Nuffnang’s office where I always feel so welcome! Nuffnang pretty much manages all the ads on my blog and when I called the country manager on my way to The Fort to ask if I could get help with my layout, he said yes without any hesitation! I’m so happy Ritz of Nuffnang helped me fixed a part of my home page I thought was doomed! It’s a long story haha but anyway, Ritz is now my go-to guy when it comes to my layout! He is 20 but looks 13! I said goodbye to the folks over at Nuffnang (hello to my faves, Marianne and Arriane!) and went to Jim’s place where we watched an episode of Masters of Sex.
We’re currently on season 2 episode 2 and I am not loving the lead characters (yeah, that’s “lesbian” Janis Ian from Mean Girls lol). We also watched Noah since we missed it in the theaters. Emma Watson was pretty fantastic and I have to admit, I didn’t like her in Perks of Being A Wallflower so I was surprised!
Love her ♥
So we took a break yesterday but productivity won again as I was at a coffee shop at 7:30 this morning waiting for my ate Unna, my Matron of Honor, for our early meeting about my wedding. Maxx, my Maid of Honor, couldn’t make it because of a work shop but I’ll see her tomorrow! Ate Unna also taught me a little bit about budgeting to get me ready for managing a household! Omg, mother Saab. Exciting but also scary haha. She had to leave by 10AM to pick up her daughter from school so Jim passed for me and we went to the mall to do more stuff. It was pretty awesome getting to Shangri-la at 11AM because it was like a ghost town. Some stores were just opening their doors. I love almost-empty shopping centers! We got a LOT of stuff done and left the mall by 3PM.
And now I’m writing this blog post after taking a nap! We’re about to head out to have dinner with our friends Manny and Ernest and then we’re going to our first “gimmick” of the week at Cubao X for LockedDown night. Our manager thought we’d be out of town today so we aren’t part of the lineup haha but we still love LockedDown so we’ll be there! I haven’t had beer for 6 days and my tummy is thanking me for it. I plan to skip it tonight as well. ANYWAY MAT-TRAFFIC AKO NITO. BYE!