February 1, 2004: First day as husband and wife
We were eyeing Star Cruises for our honeymoon. Unfortunately, the scheduled cruise starts on January 31, so we spent it at Singapore instead.
Omar and I went for a city tour, Sentosa Tour, Night Safari Tour, and Johor-Baru Tour.
We met Omar's friend - Alvin, and he treated us out for dinner with his then-girlfriend, now-wife, Jane.
We very seldom spent our days together as bf-gf since my parents were strict. It was a new experience for us spending days together. So new that my husband was not used to sleeping with somebody else that on the third night, he asked for my permission if he could sleep on the floor!!! Grrrr!!
On our way home, my in-laws fetched us from the airport. We went straight to my parent's house where we will be staying in the mean time while the apartment at Mandaluyong was being renovated. We opened all our gifts in front of our parents.
After opening all the gifts, my husband was saying good-bye to me and my mom for he is going home with his parents!!! Huh?! He said he wanted to catch up some sleep since he wasn't able to get some sleep - NOT from what you're thinking - but because he is not used to sleeping with somebody else. Of course he wasn't allowed to go home.
It was days spent happily together, getting to know each other, planning our days ahead together, planning not only for our married life, but for our family life as well.
Monday, February 2, 2004
'So it's You' were being sung when I walked the aisle on January 31, 2004 to my now-husband, Omar. As I was trying really hard to stop myself from crying when I saw Omar wiping his tears, hiding behind his best man and his mom. A surge of happiness swelled inside me that tears inside me froze and I smiled all my way to the altar.
I got ready for my wedding at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel. My bridal gown was from Patis Tesoro, while my make-up artist then was Cocoy. The photographer was Pierre Oliver Cruz and the videographer was Visual Studio.
We got married at Mary the Queen Parish at San Juan. The celebration was held at 3:00pm, led by Monsignor Flint and Fr. Albert.
My aunt generously offered me Gazebo Royale as venue for our wedding reception for free. It's a very nice place for events and it was new that time so it will be the first time for all our guests to visit the place! We grabbed it the first time it was offered. Hizon's Catering provided us with the sumptuous dinner buffet with lechon baka from my parents. Everybody loved the over-flowing food.
Ojay, Omar's brother, led the program. He prepared the AVP - I'll try to grab a copy so I can post it here, Papa Oka sang, my cousin and Omar's friend sang too, and of course the surprise number of all my brothers-in-law as they sang 'I do'.
It was a day prepared for months. A day that will make a difference. A day that will start the new chapter of my life. It was remembered, not only be me and my husband, but our families, friends, and relatives who happily shared the moments with us.