11 October 2012

Supreme Court Tour

My classmates and I went to the Supreme Court one Friday for our Legal Research and Bibliography class. Where I studied my undergraduate course, UP Manila, is actually located beside the Supreme Court and I happen to pass by the SC building almost every single day for the past 3 years, but I have never been inside. So even if I'm so fed up with Padre Faura St. (:p), I still went with the tour just to satisfy my curiosity and besides it's required and it's not everyday that you'll be given a chance to get inside.

This is where the En Banc sessions of the Supreme Court are being held.

That's the seat of the Chief Justice at my back. :)

Dress - 168 Mall
Blazer - Mom's
Bag - Guess
Necklace - R&K Manila
Prescription Glasses - c/o Firmoo.com
Shoes - Scarlet flats from Zalora

Well the tour was not really a tour, but more of an introduction and explanation of the history and the features of the Supreme Court. But nonetheless, I learned a lot. And I was really amazed to see a place that I only get to see in the television. Maybe someday, I'll be working in this same institution. Hmmmm. We'll see. :)

XO, Mish

06 October 2012

Planning for Z's 1st Birthday

Z's birthday is still more than a month away, but I can't help but feel worried about not having prepared everything yet. It's not like a wedding or something that needs long preparation, but I wanted to throw the best party cause it's Z's 1st. I was actually relaxed about the idea of the party because I was thinking that I still have a long time to plan and prepare for the birthday. But it suddenly hit me that one and a half month would go by really fast. So here I am trying to figure out if I am missing something or if there is something that I can improve.

I realized that birthdays are more complicated than baptisms. While baptisms have more elements into it, birthdays are more intricate and detailed than the other. Planning for Z's baptism was in my opinion easier cause there was no pressure to have it extravagant. I've always wanted it simple and intimate. I did have a hard time working on Z's baptism because of the limited time, but still it went well because of the small number of guests. However, this time we decided to invite more guests who were not able to come to the baptism.

So here are the things I have prepared so far:

1. Venue
  • Long before the party, we have already planned to have it at either Mcdonalds Regalado or Jollibee Regalado which are, by the way, opposite with each other. :p Anyway, we decided to have it in Mcdonalds because the party packages are a little bit cheaper than the latter and we like their food better.
  • What I like about having it in a fast food restaurant is that they offer everything that you need. The food, host, decors, loot bags, invitations are already inclusive in the party package or are available at their store.

2. Theme
  • We initially wanted a Sesame Street theme. However, Mcdonalds does not carry that theme. We have to decided between Mickey Mouse, Ronald Mcdonalds and Gang, and Toy Story. We chose Toy Story. We'll do the Sesame Street theme next time. :)

3. Guest list
  • We have already reserved food with Mcdo for 80 guests. We haven't finalize our guest list yet, but we might exceed 80.

4. Costume
  • Since we're having a Toy Story theme, Z would be Woody! :) I haven't bought the costume yet cause the seller's not yet sure if there's still a size for him. *crossesfingers* It's quite hard to look for costumes at this time cause Halloween's coming soon. As for me, will probably go for a Barbie costume. :p

5. Invitations and Tarpaulin
  • There were 30 pieces of invitation that were included in the birthday package. I'll give those to Z's godparents and other relatives. As for the other guests, will probably send an e-invite again just like what I did in his baptism. I already downloaded a template and I'll just edit it using Photoshop. :)
  • I am not sure if I'll print a tarpaulin cause Mcdonalds already has one. Will have to inquire first with them regarding this.

6. Souvenirs
  • Also included in the package are 30 pieces of loot bag with Toy Story toys. Will probably add candies in the bag. :)
  • My mom rented a photobooth to serve as a souvenir for the adults. I am pretty sure that they won't appreciate figurines and stuff. I am not sure which supplier my mom got.

7. Cake Supplier
  • We initally wanted to get the cake from Mcdonalds to save ourselves some time and effort but they only have generic birthday cakes. I decided to get Sheryberry cause I've heard some great reviews about her at SP Forums. Unforunately, she's already fully booked. I'm considering other bake shops, but they do not respond asap. :( I want a one or two layer cake with a Woody topper. If you guys have any cake supplier suggestions, please comment below. :)

8. Photo Services
  • I am not sure if I'll get one. My dad has a nice camera, but I think no one can deal with taking the photos during the party, just like what happened during Z's baptism. Will have to talk my mom into this. :)

That's my list so far! If you have suggestions please comment below or send me an email to starmishie@ymail.com. :) Thanks!

XO, Mish