Behind the Scenes: Pre-Nup Shoot + Save the Date

It pays to have an Art Director friend during moments like this one. Here’s a video that my super talented and insanely creative friend did for us! Thank you, Markie Mark! 🙂

Photographer: Manny and April Photography

HMUA: Carisa Magno

Location: El Hogar, Manila

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At A Glance: Our Pre-Nuptial Photos

I guess the planning paid off. Here are some of our favourite shots from our shoot with the incredible tandem of Manny and April Photography. They brought our concept to life! Not to mention that the location complemented it pretty well. Don’t you just love the stained glasses? The newspaper on the walls wasn’t really part of our plan but it was there when we got in. I think it added more texture on the photos. Love it!

 

 

Thanks to our awesome photographers, my equally awesome friends who became our production assistants without them knowing it and my hair and make-up artist friend, Carisa Magno. You guys rock!

Our A-Team

Our A-Team

Planning our Pre-Nup Shoot

Being an ad woman, shooting is a way of life for me. That’s why when I had to plan our pre-nuptial shoot last year with the awesome pair of Manny and April Photography, I was so excited! 🙂 I dubbed it as my biggest, most important project to date.

The account manager in me settled in. First things first, I had to do a pre-production organiser. True that it is an advertising thing but it was very helpful! It is the single source of truth that will make the actual production a breeze. To give you an idea, these are the important items on my Pre-Nup Pre-Production Organiser:

1. Concept: The Godfather

It’s very important to choose one since from it, everything else will follow. Often, it’s something that will suit your personality as a couple (like the girl and boy next door, rockstar lovers, etc), but you can also go a little creative and portray characters that you both like.

I’ve always wanted a black and white wedding. Although The Godfather isn’t necessarily black and white, I can associate the mafia and the mob with these colours. That’s why our pre-nup was peppered with the Corleone’s class, wine and guns. This was our peg.

Don Corleone approves of it!

Don Corleone approves of it!

2. Location: El Hogar, Manila 

Choose a location that will bring your concept to life. You’ll never know how much wonders a good location can do.

Such a beauty, this one.

Such a beauty, this one. Photo from: archondigital.tumlr.com

As described in Wikimapia, it is a beautiful beaux-arts building, designed by architect Irrureta Goyena and set by the Pasig River on Muelle dela Industria in Binondo, was built as a wedding gift for the union of a Zobel daughter and a Peruvian count back in 1914. It housed the offices of the lending company El Hogar Filipino (hence its name) and the original headquarters of Ayala Life Insurance Company.

I loved the architecture and the character of this place. The beauty might not be well intact but it’s not yet gone. You can definitely hear it whispering beyond its empty corridors and ageing staircase. An Art Director friend recommended this place and I’ve also done a TV commercial shoot here so El Hogar it was for me!

3. Wardrobe: Old Hollywood

Plan what you’re going to wear. You don’t want to look like you’re just running out on errands, right? Make it special! It need not be expensive! Borrow, get a rental, go to a thrift shop, what you’ll find will surprise you.

You'll never go wrong with Old Hollywood. Holly Golightly, come on!

You’ll never go wrong with Old Hollywood. Holly Golightly, come on!

So for Gel, it was just a suit, a white polo, suspenders and a bow tie. Pretty much what he’s going to wear at our wedding haha! As for me, I just had to snag that little black dress. Easy peasy!

4. The Look

Envision how you want to look, hair, make-up and all. Although your hair and make-up artist can be talented beyond measure, the best person to judge if a certain look is good on her would be you. So feel free to search for a peg. This will also make it easier for both you and the HMUA. No surprises! Trust me, not on this one.

The World Wide Web is full of pegs, you just have to look.

The World Wide Web is full of pegs, you just have to look.

5. Props

Complete the whole ensemble with your props. Be resourceful! List down what you need and ask for help. I wasn’t shy when I “assigned” my friends to look for one. Hahahaha! What are friends for, right?

Yes, I am the crazy "Excel" lady

Yes, I am the crazy “Excel” lady

6. Budget

Do the math. You have to consider the cost of everything. See our actual expenses below in Philippine Peso:

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That’s it! Everything will come in handy after this.

In as much as I planned, a funny yet heart attack inducing thing happened during the day of the shoot, I asked my then fiancé to bring our clothes to the car. I was carrying so many things so that one time I asked his help. When we arrived at the location, we found out that he forgot to put the clothes in the car!!!

Oh no, you didn't.

Oh no, you didn’t.

Good thing my mom was home and brought us our clothes. Haaaay!

Anyway, on my next post, I’ll share with you some of the photos from the shoot. Teehee! 🙂

You, Yes You!

Hello Dream Reader,

I am glad that you are here. You see, I am having a hard time going back to my extrovert self and have resorted to be a virtual extrovert instead. I wasn’t always like this. Making friends was second nature but I don’t know, growing up probably happened. It’s now difficult and socially awkward for me to open up to people I’ve just met. So enough about me, let’s talk about you.

You probably are a reader, if not, you wouldn’t waste time to actually go through my 2 minutes of nonsensical non-sense. I like that about you. No matter what genre, what medium, what form is okay. It widens our perspective as a person. More than a reader, I think it’s you being always thirsty for knowledge.

Are you a writer? Most certainly, because probably you’re doing this assignment with me too. Your pen (or in this case, your keyboard) is your friend. No need to be a pro, I for one am not. We can both benefit with a feedback system, right pal? Let me know if I used that preposition correctly. I suck at prepositions (or is that supposed to be with?).

Perhaps you’re a dreamer? Do you often get lost in your thoughts? It’s a good place to be lost, just remember you are not Marty McFly so you better go back to reality from time to time.

How about an optimist? Do you try to see the good in the bad? The world can be crazy at times but nothing like always hoping for the best, right?

Do you have a good sense of humor? Do you like dogs? Do you enjoy eating good food? Do you like adventures?

If you answered mostly YES to the questions above, then we definitely are virtual pals. You are my kind of reader. Thanks for dropping by!

“So let it be written, so let it be done”

That’s me saying that line in true Yul Brynner fashion.

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I’m a fan of making lists – from my daily tasks to things I want to achieve, I write them down. I believe that there’s some kind of power, of unexplainable magic that happens when you list things down. More than just getting it done, it brings you closer to achieving your dreams. It probably is a form of magnetism, like The Secret, it’s following the Law of Attraction. Enclosed with this list is a prayer to the heavens that I hope soon enough, I get to realize these dreams.

  1.  Our own home. Two months back, my husband and I did some house-hunting (again – we did this in 2012). As a newly-wed couple, it was one of the most exciting (and mature) things we’ve done. Doing the math, we feel that we can push through with this big endeavor but we were nervous beyond nervous to go with it. The financial responsibility was daunting not to mention the fact that we are in the process of a civil case for another property (which hopefully will be ours) as well. Ah. (Sucks to be an adult! Hahaha!)
  2. A more flexible career. Advertising would still be and still is my first love. As much as I love the thrill, the challenges and the creativity that comes with it, a 10-7 (we start rather late) job is starting to feel suffocating. I don’t really see myself as a full-time stay-at-home wife since the domestic life is not my strongest asset (you full-time wives/moms rock, by the way) but I want to make sure I have more time for family instead of guarding my brands (or in the case of the Philippines, sitting through a traffic jam).
  3. An additional income stream. Gone are the days when a job is all you have as source of income. Nowadays, you need to be inventive. You have to find ways. This is what I want. To make sure that on top of what I get from my corporate life, I have something else to rely on when the going gets tough. Whether it be selling something, doing something or writing something, let the cash roll in.
  4. Project Bundle of Joy come 2015. They say it’s ideal to enjoy one year as husband and wife so you can adjust with each other’s 24/7 presence before having a baby in tow. So that’s what we are doing now. Since we are not getting any younger and a baby is just too cute to handle, we are gunning for this next year. Wee! Exciting times ahead.
  5. Learn something new. I’ve got quite a list of things I want to try real soon:
  • Baking, more so because we have a new oven we got as a wedding gift
  • Calligraphy, because arts and crafts, you know?
  • Yoga, because it’s been on my list for a couple of years!

6. Leave on a jet plane. Been a while since I have been wanderlust-ing so I my feet are getting itchy to travel soon. Top of mind destinations in no particular order:

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • All of Japan
  • Siquijor and Dumaguete, Philippines
  • El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
  • Athens, Greece
  • Rome, Italy

…and so many more!

So there goes my list. Nothing outrageous, just realistic goals that I want to achieve soooooon. What’s on yours?

Who am I and Why am I here?

In 2006, we had a project in our Art Appreciation Class. It was a Self-Portrait and I found it to be one of the hardest projects I had to do for school. Here’s an excerpt on how I felt doing it lifted from my now-defunct college blog:

Ironically, a self-portrait is the hardest project I ever had to accomplish. Nineteen years of breathing, moods that would swirl like hurricane Katrina, infinite dreams, unbendable beliefs, a thousand and ten things about me all wrapped up within one piece of art. Tough. Most especially when you do not really know yourself.

Luckily, I think a have a better vision of who I am now.

The basic things, I am Eunice. I am a 20-something newly-hitched ad woman from Manila, Philippines. This sentence succinctly  puts the life stage I am in right now. I can’t stress enough on 20-something because a few tumblings away and I’m hitting 30. I can’t believe it, college feels like yesterday! I am newly-hitched, 6 months today to be exact. Marriage is both a fun and crazy adventure. It’s weird knowing that the Miss Independent in me now has to do an Excel sheet on bills, savings and investments with another human being. I am an ad-woman and I think advertising is one of the most exciting industries ever, especially for a person who doesn’t like exact sciences. I’m all up for Liberal Arts, way to go! I am a shifter from doing traditional advertising (TV, radio and print) to digital (the World Wide Web aka the new frontier). I tell you, its a different animal!

So why am I here? I’ve kept a journal since I was in third grade. It’s funny reading posts of my younger self. There are times I wish I was that girl again so all I need to worry (and write) about would be petty crushes. I am actually new to Wordpress but not to blogging. I’ve been blogging since 2006. However, I’ve shifted from various platforms through the years (Blogspot > Multiply > Tumblr). I migrated some of my content from Tumblr to here and I really do hope to keep this one for long. Can’t say that I am a really good writer but I guess this is one of the few things that I do solely for myself. As I’ve said in my About portion, I write to immortalize my experiences, to keep my grammar in place and to check if I still can put rhythm to my words. Since I find it hard to write on paper these days, I chose the online world as my medium. I can be a blabber online but in real life, I take time to warm up to people but when I do, I can be very chatty too.

For now, I shall dub myself as The Virtual Extrovert. Ta-ta! 🙂

Life with a Dog?

Being in the advertising industry, I’ve been frequently asked which ad I liked best. I would always name the “Priceless” campaign of Mastercard as my favorite one. As marketers, there are ideas that make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s so simple yet so beautiful, so human and so true. This is the case for the “Priceless” campaign. 

The spot starts by showing various things with a corresponding price tag. Then it builds up to a priceless oftentimes tear-jerking moment and ends with the succinctly put tagline: “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.” I think the beauty of it comes from the fact that the idea resonates to all. Even if money makes the world go round, money can’t buy everything. We all live for priceless moments. 

The Priceless ad that stuck to me most was “Life with a Dog” which involves all the things a dog can destroy – a couch, carpet, etc and it ends with a happy dog giddily welcoming its owner. That is your priceless moment. I cannot find the spot on Youtube, too bad. However, this same thing happened to me yesterday when I woke up to this:

 

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Why me?

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Beyond repair

Lui ripped my slippers apart. I was dumbfounded since my husband’s slippers were beside mine. Why me? Then my husband and I cracked a theory on what happened. 

I’ve read somewhere that when you want to discipline a child with spanking, use an item instead of your hand. Something, whether a stick or a slipper, will equate to discipline while your hands should mean love. I shared this with my husband. I guess since we are parents in training (in the absence of a baby bun), we applied this on Lui. Since my slippers would oftentimes be the most accessible item to me, it was my weapon of choice haha! 

Last night, Lui peed on a bag and a carpet. My knee-jerk reaction was to spank, of course it wasn’t a hard one, just a little tap so he knows he did something wrong. I used my slipper and spanked him not once, but twice. Now we’re thinking that maybe, my little doggie connected the spanking to my slipper so he ripped it apart. I don’t know if I’ll be mad because I have to get myself a new pair or be amazed because I think we have a smart (more of cunning) little boy?

That Havaianas slippers he tore apart? P1,000

Life with a Dog? Priceless.

How can you stay mad for so long?

How can you stay mad for so long? You can’t.

Here’s a copy of another “Priceless” Mastercard ad featuring a dog (yes, I am a sucker for our canine friends) on Youtube. Cute spot too! 🙂