Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Trip to the Philippines

Last month, I went on a vacation for two weeks to the Philippines - and it was awesome. I reveled in the warmer weather, since the sun was shining almost every single day I was home (it only rained for one day, and even then, just for a brief moment). I also enjoyed being surrounded by my loved ones - Macky, my family and some of my best friends. I ate a ton of good food, got a chance to sleep in for a couple of days and basically just had the time of my life.

While I was very relaxed during my two weeks away, I was also extremely productive. I dove straight into meetings with the various people who were helping me with my wedding in September - the priest, the venue coordinator, the dessert chef, the photographer/videographer and the dressmaker. I also met up with people who I invited to be a part of my entourage (which was mostly my relatives, so that was fun!). All in all, I can say that I got at least 30% of the wedding stuff down - and there's still a whopping 70% ahead of me.

Now that I'm back, I do miss it (especially because this cold weather makes me feel miserable and my allergies are acting it), so I thought I'd share a few photos from my trip this time around with you all! I've missed doing my personal posts on the blog, so consider this as me starting that up again.

My cousin Carmela and I are color-coordinated.
(P.S. She's also a big reader, which I love!)
My sister Melissa & I went to a really cute dessert place!
[You may remember her from this post, this post & this post.]
I love my family to pieces! This is all five of us.
My sister Mel, my cousin Mela & my other sister Rachel, a.k.a. my faves!
This is my grandmother (mom's side).
This is my grandmother (dad's side).
My family is... weird.
This is my other family (a.k.a. Macky's family).
Of course, here's a photo of Macky & I.
I also got to meet up with my BFFs Mutya & Bianca.
These are Mela's dogs: Charley (who wouldn't stop moving!) and Crammy.
Hope you enjoyed my little recap of my visit to my homeland! I missed it so, and I now wish (after seeing these photos) that I could go back... and soon. Oh, and while I was there, I did take a quick video of my shelves at home, in case any of you wanted to see - I promise that's coming up soon!

35 comments:

  1. You have such a beautiful family, Alexa! I love the decor in that dessert shop. How cute are those chairs?! I'm happy you got to spend some time at home with Macky. I know you miss him! The wedding will be here before you know it :)

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    1. It's coming up so fast that I can hardly believe it! Only 5 or so months left before the big day. And thank you!

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  2. Awesome recap, Alexa! And sunshine? Warmth? I want some of that now! It's so gloomy here ... :(

    It looks like you have such a fun family! It must be nice to have them all together at once. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My family is crazy, but I love them. It was a treat to get to spend time with most of them while I was there :)

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  3. Awww, I love the pictures! Especially the one with you and Macky and with you and your sisters and parents! And yay for getting started on all the things you have to do for the wedding! It's so exciting! I'm happy for you that you got to spend some time with your loved ones!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I don't actually take a ton of photos, but when I do, I try to make sure they're nice :)

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  4. You are too cute and so is your family! It looks like you had tons of fun visiting everyone! Of course, now I have tons of questions for you, which I love about personal posts - gives me a chance to know my blog friends outside of books! :)

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    1. Ask away! I'm usually very open about my life and what's happening in it. I've missed doing personal posts, so this was fun!

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  5. Your family is gorgeous Alexa! I bet it's a huge relief to get some of your wedding planning finished and getting to see your friends and family at the same time. Good luck with the 70% and I can't wait to see more pictures of your journey :)

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    1. It is TOTALLY a relief that a lot of it really got started during my visit. I'm still nervous about all the details of the rest that is to come, but I'm just believing that it's going to be a beautiful, wonderful celebration when it comes!

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  6. Looks amazing! I've always wanted to visit the Philippines! And your family is beautiful! What a fin and special trip!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit someday. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, in my opinion.

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  7. Ahhhh, what an amazing pictures Alexa :D

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    1. Thanks Mel! I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

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  9. I love seeing posts like this, your family looks so happy and it sounds like you had a fantastic time!

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    1. I did! My family was really glad to have me home, since I'm the only one who really is living somewhere far away. It was really good to see them :)

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  10. You're all so attractive! My family are a little scary to look at. ;) I'm glad you had a great time in the Philippines, Alexa. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Sam! I'll be sure to tell them that. We only looked nice because we all actually dressed up for that day... ;)

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  11. You guys are ADORABLE! Glad you had a great time!

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  12. Love this!! Your family is adorable and you and your sisters are all beautiful!!! So glad you had a fantastic time! Yay for getting married!!! :)

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    1. Aww, thank you! I'm pretty excited about getting married, even though I'm also worried that the planning is going to drive me crazy the closer it gets...

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  13. Such a great post! It looks like you had a blast while you were there :). Also, I love that you have a sister named Melissa :) hee hee.

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    1. Of course you do ;) I definitely managed to have fun and get lots of rest, even with all the wedding stuff that I was doing!

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  14. Your family is adorable! A September wedding?! I got married last September! When's the big day? I remember thinking I was never going to get everything done, but I had help from my amazing family - looks like you will too :D

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    1. September is a good month for weddings ;) I'm getting married on the 8th! And yes, my family is being incredibly supportive and helpful, as is Macky's.

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  15. I'm squeeing over getting to see your photos, Alexa! Thanks so much for sharing, and you are lucky for having such a large, supportive, and loving family. I hope your wedding planning goes well and that you keep us in the loop! Oooooooh, weddingsssss... ^o^

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    1. Thanks Steph! My family is great (and this is probably only 2/3 of them - there are MORE). And thank you for the well wishes! I'll definitely try to keep you guys posted on plans for the wedding ;)

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  16. Looks like a great trip! Planning a wedding can be stressful but it's also a lot of fun. Soak it all up!

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    1. YES! Planning a wedding is probably the most fun I've had in a while, especially since I pretty much get to make most of the executive decisions about it ;)

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  17. Oh my goodness Alexa, your family is stunningly beautiful. What a blessing, too - so many of them! I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH.

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    1. I love having my family around. They're AWESOME. And this is only one part of them - there are many, many more. I'm glad you liked my post!

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  18. Were you having an engagement party? That dress is gorgeous!

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    1. We were actually doing something else! But thank you <3 My friend helped me pick it out!

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