Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weekend DIY Project

Because I was feeling under the weather last Sunday, I opted to do just three things: First is to stay home (which meant I have to miss attending the Mass. I wanted to but I couldn't risk getting sick and unable to go to work the next day), Second was to write about my second solo trip for my personal project and lastly, I did a DIY project.

It's not really a complicated project. I decided to do some weekend clean up of my office desk before I went home last Friday for the weekend. And while a mug is usually seen in the kitchen for your morning dose of caffeine (I have a separate one for coffee), I use this for a different purpose: something to hold pens, markers and other desk supplies. Yeah, I am a paralegal-slash-human bookstore!

Yeah, I might be working as a paralegal, but I was and
still am a writer first prior to that. This is the proof.
The project was just easy-peasy. I just wanted to transform my ceramic mug from being plain, boring white to a lively one. And the trick was accomplished by using the stash of washi tapes that I have in my craft box. I bought those from an online store, Paper Blush. I've used those materials for other do it yourself projects (particularly with scrapbooking) but last week was my first attempt at using it for something fragile (READ: breakable). 

It was kind of a struggle the first few tries especially that I am a bit OC when it comes to the alignment (shallow, I know!) But after an hour of trial and error (I just realized afterwards that I should have bought a mug with an even cylinder shape), it was worth the struggle because the end result looked good. I just ended up getting the look that I wanted. Not to forget, the project was a good stress and boredom reliever too.

I tried locating more DIY projects using washi tapes on the internet and found a lot. I just have to select a few though and see for myself what I can produce out of those colorful things -- and it will also be posted here :-)

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The OC Project: Our Lady of Light Parish Church

It has been a while since I first wrote about the first church for The OC Project series. as much as I wanted to finish the series in just four weeks, some things would just show up unannounced heath and work wise.

But since I got a free day yesterday (thanks to the rainy weekend weather) after running a few errands, I got to devote time to travel for the second location for my personal project-- Iglesia de Madre Santísima de la Luz or more known as Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta, Rizal.


The church is located along Andres Bonifacio Avenue in Barangay San Andres Cainta, Rizal just a few steps from the municipal hall and right next to Cainta Catholic College. While I have been to this place some years ago (in 2011 I think) when my family did the traditional Visita Iglesia, yesterday was really the first time I was able to explore the place and took the opportunity of doing so when the weather slightly improved. And if during my visit to St John the Baptist Church, a wedding was being held, during yesterday's visit to this church, there was a requiem mass being held so I had to wait for an hour before entering the church (and just to be safe from being in an awkward situation  :-)

The parish is an example of baroque architecture.While parts of the church has been renovated, the bell tower was kept in its original form. From the time it was constructed in 1760 the church belonged to the Archdiocese of Manila until it was placed under the the Diocese of Antipolo when it was established in 1983. Our Lady of Light Parish was declared a historical site  by NHCP in 2007.

Cainta Church is also the second place of worship that I have visited with a renovated altar. What reminded me of theirs was that of the chapel in Manila that I used to visit. Only that this church has a more rich detail with regards to how it was designed.

I stayed for like an hour inside the church to say my prayers and marvel at the place, not to mention take time to appreciate the beauty, silence and solemnity that one can get in a deserted place of worship. Unfortunately, I failed to see the commissioned work of  National Artist Fernando Amorsolo that can be found in the church. But given that Cainta is just an hour or so away from where I live, I might as well give the church another visit.

Two old churches down and I've got about four more in Rizal to go. And maybe, instead of doing this as a weekly thing, I'll make it a monthly activity. Where will the next place be? Stick around this blog because I'll post the upcoming trips here :-)

Our Lady of Light Parish Church
A. Bonifacio Avenue Bgy San Andres
Cainta, Rizal

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Paralegal Just Got Promoted

To a more challenging yet beautiful role of becoming a wife that is.

My colleague Joelee married her longtime beau Joseph in a Christian ceremony last weekend. In more than four years that I have been in the law firm, two other colleagues have been promoted from being a "Ms." to "Mrs.". I have been invited to a number of weddings but this is technically the first time I was there present. When Joelee told me a month ago that she wanted me to be there on her wedding day, I decided it was time to go and that it was something I simply couldn't miss for the world.

Her wedding also became a mini reunion. Here I am with our former accountant, Christal (we call her CJ) who is also a new wife herself having tied the knot just last January. 

And because it's our paralegal's wedding, the squad from our group, Baranggay Tibay are all present as witnesses (yeah, as if we were in court). Here we are in our #SquadGoals photo.

Joseph and Joelee's wedding was one wonderful celebration of love. I'm glad I was there to honor these two and witness a milestone in their lives. Yes there were some tears (myself and another colleague got teary eyed hearing the pastor narrate their love story and the groom's speech when he thanked his parents) but for the most part were nothing but cheers for this couple. Theirs was a proof of that love is that powerful for it can find and bind two people regardless of distance, and modifying that usual Filipino cliché, ilang milya man ang haba ng prusisyon, sa forever pa rin talaga ang tuloy. :-)