The Skin Maintenance

Last year I battled against really bad skin due to a medical condition. I stopped buying different skin care products because of it. Now I no longer research on new facial cleansers or moisturizer. Or should I say I can no longer rely on good reviews online because my skin can break out if  I don’t follow my routine.


So here’s another update on my daily skin care routine. The routine is completely different from before because I switched to a new derma. My skin has been really good except for the scars remaining.


Review: The Venues

Preps at Ascott Makati

Not a hotel but a serviced residence. It’s more affordable and they weren’t strict about bringing in food and having a lot of guests in the units. I strongly suggest to get Ascott for your wedding preps. Let go of the grand staircase because that’s outdated anyway. You can still take grand photos sans the staircase.


Review: Wedding Program Essentials

On the Day Coordination by Events by Thoffy

We didn’t get stress during the wedding because of Thoffy and his team. The day went smoothly according to plan. Ate Tess who was assigned to me was super helpful. I endorsed all payments and other props for the wedding to them in the morning.  They even bought the chips to be served during cocktail hour for us. If you’re not getting a wedding planner, at least get them for on the day coordination. They’re worth it!

Darlene Tan-Salazar

I received praises for Darlene from our guests. She made our program entertaining and not dragging. Even though we booked her as an emcee, she did so much more. Her posts on Facebook are very helpful for couples planning to get married. And she’s always there to answer queries kahit hindi related sa reception program.


Review: Kris Bacani Makeup Artistry

I first knew Kris when Rod and I attended a wedding in Tagaytay a few years back. I think I saw her name on the SDE video or something. I made a mental note of her name. Rod and I weren’t talking about marriage yet but you know, I liked makeup. I booked her for the wedding without a makeup trial. Sure lang ako na magaling siya!

Ultimate GGSS on my wedding day. And that’s how it should be. Many guests told me I looked beautiful and I felt na hindi nila ako binobola. :P

This is a no-brainer. If you want to enhance your beauty, get Kris. If want to feel like an artista, get Kris. If you want to be happy on your wedding day, get Kris. If you want to look like you even with full makeup on, get Kris. If you want greatness, get Kris! See how much I adore her?


Alex Leyson did my hair. Loved it! He was able to transform my fine hair. If you booked Kris, I hope you get him too.

nood nood ng raw videos, feel na feel ko makeup by @krisbacani, hair by @alexleyson, video by @altxvideos

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Review: Bridal Gown by Gretchen Pichay

So I’ll start to give out reviews because blog reviews helped me a lot during planning. This is me trying to pay it forward.

I was set on getting a Rosa Clara gown but I decided to see one local wedding designer while I was in the Philippines. Out of more than 5 designers I initially contacted, it was only Gretchen Pichay whom I decided to meet.


She understood that I didn’t want a ‘pang-sagala’ gown. (read: super duper mabigat na skirt) I didn’t even wear a petticoat. Thus my gown was so light. I was wearing the gown, not the gown wearing me. I loved how simple it is but still very classy and playful at the same time. Plus, it fitted me perfectly – I don’t think it will ever fit another human being! (Try to find someone with a tiny waist and big arms! hehe!)



I’m happy to share our same day edit by Alt X Videos and photo slideshow by Jaja Lifestyle Photography.

Here’s a list of our suppliers:

  • OTD Coordination by Events by Thoffy
  • Photography by Jaja Lifestyle Photography
  • Videography by Alt X Productions
  • Bridal Gown by Gretchen Pichay
  • Groom’s Suit by Cornell’s Tailoring
  • Entourage Infinity Dresses by Zalby
  • Flowers and Styling by Fullblooms by Inah
  • HMUA by Kris Bacani & Alex Leyson
  • HMUA (Entourage) by Nybie Ng
  • Mobile Bar by Juicebox Premium Mobile Bar
  • Photobooth by Pose and Print
  • Projector by Metrotech
  • Lights & Sounds by Rejectkrew