There’s a silver lining in the corporate cloud.

Sorry for the lack of updates, too many things IRL1 were keeping my hands full.

Most notably, our bi-annual labor of love:
The new Wedding Essentials (July-December 2007) issue is out, and has actually been out for a while now. In case you haven’t seen it yet, be on the lookout for one of these four covers.

Wedding Essentials July to December 2007
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Cover photos by Pat Dy

It’s also our thickest issue to date, this one clocks in at over 300 pages!
Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

Wedding Essentials July to December 2007

Highlights:
– Four new dream themes that represent wedding traditions. Be amazed at what our local event stylists can do to make the wedding of your dreams come true.
– Check out our WE Discoveries section and know new talents WE found and are proud to share with you.
– Don’t know where to hold your wedding yet? “5 Star Receptions” is a wonderful article by Zoe Gabe on why a hotel might still be the IT place for you.
– WE’s little beauty wonder Tatin Yang helps solve your beauty dilemmas- fast and quick. It’s so good even WE’re hooked!
– Introducing a hip new celebration concept: Creative Cocktails.
– Delectable Menagerie. Sweet additions to your wedding feast by Candice Lopez Quimpo

PLUS:
Fabulous fashion editorials: Love in Lomo (colorful dreamy lomographs by Jake Verzosa and At Maculangan for Lomo Manila), A Day at the Carnival (shot on location at EK by Keith Dador), and The Vibrant Colors of the Sinulog Festival (a fashion spread shot on location at the Sinulog Fiesta by Wesley Villarica enhanced graphics-wise by Nico & Katwo Puertollano)2.

And to our dear friends and readers: watch out for this year’s WE Beautiful Weddings, it’s due out in October. 🙂

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Sheila: Palanca Winner

Pretty please join me in congratulating one of my bestest friends Sheila for winning her first Palanca! She’s actually won a load of international advertising awards already so this is simpy icing on the cake but still, awards are always nice to have — right, Shei? 🙂 You can read her winning entry here3. Check her blog from time to time too to see what goes on in a multi-award-winning brain. 😉

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Pret-a-Party in Trinoma

There’s good news for all of us QC-dwellers: we don’t have to make the trek to Ortigas or Paranaque just to get our hands on pretty party dresses anymore! My dear friend Tippi‘s Pret-a-Party line is now available at The Ramp in Crossings at Trinoma. Now isn’t that sweet? Tips is definitely one of the most creative designers out there so please go and check out her stuff. 🙂

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Arn & I managed to sneak in a bit of R&R when we hied off to Dumaguete4 and Siquijor with my family to attend a cousin’s wedding.

Dumaguete collage

They’re such beautiful, peaceful little towns. Do yourselves a favor and plan to visit them at least once in your lifetime. 🙂

  1. in real life, lest you’ve forgotten[ back]
  2. Many thanks to our pals Rex + Jois for hooking us up with them![ back]
  3. It’s such a feel-good, heartwarming story! You’ll see why it won.[ back]
  4. My dad is an Outstanding Alumnus of Silliman University so we got to tour the campus too.[ back]
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If life is just a stage, let’s put on the best show.

I’ve been so delinquent in updating that — I have to admit — I’ve forgotten how to do this. And then I remembered that lists are always foolproof. So here are some random things that I’ve either recently discovered or am currently into that I would like to share with you:

Sean Lennon
FRIENDLY FIRE – I really loved Sean Lennon‘s debut album “Into The Sun1 when I first heard it in it’s entirety about eight years ago. It was so good from start to finish that I thought there was no way his next album can possibly be more beautiful. So I was wrong. “Friendly Fire” serves up a more mature sounding Lennon and musical growth is apparent in the more complex and experimental instrumentations right down to the heart’s-been-broken and world-weary subtext in his lyrics. Consider the first track “Dead Meat“.

Dead meat, don’t you know you’re dead meat?
You just messed with the wrong team
Better not try and fall asleep now.

Watch the video here or download the mp3.
At first glance2 and maybe because of his trademark mellow vocals, it seems like a harmless albeit angry letter to a person who wronged him. It turns out that the song is addressed to an ex-girlfriend3 who cheated on him with his childhood friend who subsequently died in an accident before he and Lennon could reconcile. Yep, heavy stuff, a big departure from the easy, breezy, crashing-on-Yuka Honda4’s-couch days of old. With that back story in mind, give it — and the entire album — another listen. It just brings a whole new dimension to it. As for my favorite tracks, everything sounds fabulous really but I like listening to “On Again, Off Again”, “Spectacle”, and “Tomorrow” over and over.
I think what I especially admire about Sean Lennon is that he struggles to make the music he wants without resorting to the obvious (i.e. going the POP music route and capitalizing on his larger-than-life surname).

Scrubs
SCRUBS5 – Because of the void left by “Heroes” and the demise of a certain feisty little blonde girl’s tv series, I had to look elsewhere for entertainment. I remembered that Budz & Nest told me that it was a good show so I decided to check it out. Suffice it to say that now, a day is not complete if I don’t get to “spend time” with JD and company. I think it’s also because I’m reminded of when I wanted to be a [insert gasp here] doctor when I was 56. It also doesn’t hurt that a lot of Felicity alumna appear in the series from time to time.

Harry Potter 7
HARRY POTTER 7 THEORIES AND WHATNOT (SPOILER ALERT). In anticipation of the final book of the series, fans all over the world — yours truly definitely included — have been speculating: Will Harry survive the final battle with old Voldy? Will Hogwarts reopen? What or where are the remaining horcruxes and will some of them represent the 4 Hogwarts founders? Will Harry reconcile with Ginny? Will Ron & Hermione end up together? Will Dumdledore reappear ala Gandalf or Obi Wan? Was Snape ordered to do the deed (see book 6) by Dumbledore himself? Alas, only she knows. Incidentally, with regards to the last speculation — I personally believe that Snape was under Dumbledore’s orders and that he is not evil.

I seem to be getting quite a number of hits for the following terms: “Arnold Arre” (ahem, my hubby), “Andong Agimat“, and “movie”. So… is there anything you guys would like me to confirm?

Sorry I have to cut this short, work awaits. Follow my tweets, if you will. 🙂

  1. And I have to credit an old …friend for giving me that album as a birthday gift hence introducing me to Sean’s music.[ back]
  2. and if you don’t follow his career like fans (like me) do[ back]
  3. Not Yuka Honda. I’m talking about the more recent ex, Bijou Phillips.[ back]
  4. Don’t get me started on Yuka, she’s another musician I greatly admire. It broke my heart when she and Sean broke up.[ back]
  5. I know, I know, I’m 6 seasons late in the game![ back]
  6. My mom’s a pediatrician and I used to tag along when she did her rounds/attended to her patients in the hospital. My bubble burst when I didn’t make the cut to enter PSHS by a mere 4 points — I passed the screening to take the test though. On hindsight, I think pursuing the arts instead did me good.[ back]
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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my graphic novelist husband Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]

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