Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Cupcake cuteness

It's been a while since I've posted about cupcakes because I never thought another cupcake store could top Sonja's but now...


Cute sayings on the wall


Quirky cupcake and coffee ware



Lots of flavors including cheesecake in jars



Love their packaging!




Cupcakes we bought for my daughter's school party


Even the wash room is a delight to go into!








One of a kind chandeliers


Hanging tea cups



They even have made-to-order cakes!









Great place to hold intimate parties like bridal or baby showers.













Proof that chairs don't always have to match. :-)
























Although their savory dishes could still be improved, Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is now my go to store for cupcakes (even if Sonja's followed suit by having more branches).

They even provide set-ups for parties. Go visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VanillaCupcakeBakery for details.



Vanilla Cupcake Bakery branches:

Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Glorietta, Makati City
Alabang Town center, Muntinlupa City
Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City
Market! Market! Taguig City
Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City



San Pablo Sweethearts

Just last December, I attended a wedding in San Pablo, Laguna. My officemate and her fiance, now husband, are both from San Pablo.

There is something so charming about weddings done in the countryside, especially where you grew up. Every thing feels more personal, more familiar, more relaxed. Every one focuses on the fun and the love. :-)

Congratulations, Totie and Penny!


  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jewels in the Jungle

After I read books about Cambodia when I was a child, the images of ancient temples were forever imprinted on my mind. So, for my birthday this year, I finally checked this off my bucket list.

Cambodia is a simple but beautiful country with lovely treasures, friendly people, delicious food and a place where I wouldn't mind having lots of photographs with my loved ones.

Temples are not normally the top-of-mind location for engagement photos but being in Cambodia might change your mind. Hubby and I really enjoyed our trip, and since we only scratched the surface of Siem Reap, we will definitely be back.






Instead of the usual morning tour going to Angkor Wat, we chose to go to the 3rd location first so that we can have Ta Prohm to ourselves and then go to Angkor Wat  later in the day (while the other tourists were already in Ta Prohm).

Photos of the boutique hotel where we stayed.




Below was our welcome food and beverage.























The mandatory reflection pool photo.







Hidden in Siem Reap's jungles are centuries-old temples. 





















One of the highlights of our trip was riding the elephant around Bayon Temple!




















Restoration work being done in the background thanks to the support of various countries.














Missing stones from the walls. :-(


























There was an altar of sorts in one of the temples and our guide asked hubby and me to be in a praying position. This would be to ensure long-lasting love. :-)


















The next day, we went to a different area with more temples. It's just amazing how the Cambodians were able to preserve all these beautiful structures given their very volatile history.

Unlike the machines now used to restore some of the temples, the original structures were built by hand, stones mined from the mountains and carried by elephants. No cement. Just stones on top of each other.      It was just fortunate that Cambodia has been spared from nature's harsh elements. No major earthquakes, flood, volcanic eruption. If ever there were portions missing like buddha heads or slabs of stone, these were looted by soldiers during the Khmer Rouge or vandals (sometimes tourists).
























The intricate carvings at Bantay Srei were just jaw-droppingly beautiful.
























That's our friendly tour guide, Muny.
















Such a beautiful place for engagement photos. We will definitely be back!