Baptism Expenses

Someone asked me how much I spent in total for Y’s baptism last Sunday. In my opinion, it was a pretty good celebration, simple but we had a good time (except for the church incident). I knew we made the right choices, especially in the reception’s venue. Here’s a basic rundown of the expenses we made for the baptism.

Church – The baptism took place in St. Mary’s Parish, Buhangin, Davao City. We had to pay P150 for the baptismal fee and P20/ each for the godmothers and godfathers. Then, we had to buy the baptismal cloth, which costs P40, and candles, which they sold for P10/ 3 pieces.

Total cost: P510

Inside the church

Reception – After the baptism, we went to Grand Menseng Hotel for the reception. I was initially wary of going to a hotel for a reception because I thought it would be costly. However, we inquired and found out their rates are the same as other buffet restaurants. They charge P289/person, which includes a free round of drinks. They currently have a promo, too. For every eight person, one person is free of charge! Great!

Total cost: P4,335

One of our tables

Baptismal outfit – I refuse to have my son baptized wearing an itchy Barong Tagalog. It may look good, but I worry about my son’s eczema flaring. The grandparents hunted for a cute outfit and made me buy the perfect one. It’s a tuxedo romper from Doomagic, which costs P595. We also bought a pair of lace-up brown shoes from Zara Baby. I think it’s an overrun pair because it only costs P450. We bought all of these at a baby store in Gaisano Mall, Just One Year.

Total cost: P1,045

THE outfit

Giveaways – Finally, a Filipino event is not complete without giveaways. I didn’t like the idea of giving away figurines or little baby bottles because the guests won’t be able to use them. I decided to give away chocolates. We were supposed to order a batch of chocolate lollipops but we ran out of time. So we decided to play with words and bought cheap chocolates and lollipops. We then wrapped them in blue paper and tulle, and made “Thank You” cards. Voila!

Total cost: A little over P300

One of the giveaways with a monkey card

Taking everything into consideration, the grand total of expenses is just P6,190, or a little over P6,000. It proves that you can have a good celebration without having to burn a hole into your pocket haha. I hope I was able to help those who are planning for a special occasion!

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Y’s Baptism

Y officially became “Christian” last Sunday, September 9. I placed “Christian” within quotation marks because I don’t really believe one becomes a Christian by being baptized as a baby. Babies don’t have any idea what it means to be a Christian. I believe that babies are born children of God and should be brought up by their parents as one. When they understand what it means to be a real Christian, that’s the time they should be baptized.

But because I’m living with my Catholic parents in their house, I abide to their desire, and their desire is for Y to be baptized as a baby. I figure there’s no harm in doing that, so I blew a portion of my salary for the celebration. No regrets because Y was such a dapper young man!

Here are a few photos from the event:

Y’s outfit for the day (Tuxedo rompers from Doomagic and shoes from Zara Baby)

One of the thank you cards for the guests

The priest pours water on Y’s forehead

Group shot with the ninongs and ninangs

Second group shot

Mama, Papa, and sister, C, at the reception (Grand Menseng Hotel)

Y with the yaya, checking out his gifts

Y fell asleep shortly before we went home. My sister and I had so much fun opening the gifts. Thank you, everyone!

Sentiments on a Cold Morning

This blog is supposed to contain just happy thoughts, but it’s hard to think happy thoughts when you’re not even happy.

I’ve never felt more alone in my life. First, Y’s dad is not here to witness Y’s milestones. He won’t be here on Sunday, Y’s baptism. I love to plan events, but this event is simply depressing – if not for Y’s new clothes.

Of course, I’ve been missing J for quite a long time now. And I think I’ve gotten used to it. But I’m thankful that he always makes his presence felt through constant communication.

No, the sentiments are not because of him. It’s not because of Y, either. If anything, these two are the people whom I love and make me feel loved the most.

No, the sentiments are for the friends I thought I have. The same friends I treated as sisters. The same friends whom I knew know I am lucky to have. Now, I’m not even sure if I still have friends. All of them.

One has gone to another country. One has gone to law school. One has gone back to her home. One has gone to her new family.

And no, I’m not stuck in my old life. I remind myself that I was the first one to have a new life. But I still value these people. I keep trying and trying to keep our ties from breaking. I keep on showing them that I remember, that I care.

Even when I was struggling new mom to Y, I was always there whenever they needed me.

Now, I can’t help thinking that all my efforts in keeping the friendship are unappreciated and useless. And I’m tired of making the effort. I might as well focus on the people who will love me in return.

It makes me want to cry but, no, I won’t.

Happy birthday, Gorgeous George!

Years ago, I promised to also make her a birthday post when I made one for Teena, but I was never able to do that. But now, here it is.

We have known each other for six years now, but we “officially” are friends for five. 2007  was the year when we both applied as assistant teachers in Kumon. (Yes, George, I had to check my resume for that.) It was then when I found out that we share the same weakness – cash and luho.

I would always remember that Saturday when we weren’t speaking to each other. I can’t remember the reason, but when we both reported for work at Kumon, she was bringing a big bag. We didn’t speak to each other for the entire day but when we were going home, she suddenly said that she’s going home to my house. That’s George for you!

With personal matters, she’s always the type to keep quiet about her feelings. Contrary to me, it would take hard and long time to get her to speak. Sometimes, she wouldn’t even answer you directly, but would choose a song from a playlist to answer the question. Frustrating! Remember that, George?

Of course, we’ve been drunk together many regrettable times. What kind of friends wouldn’t be? And I remember, one night, at the boarding house, while we were sleeping, she suddenly sat down and ____. That’s a secret hehe.

I can say that I already know her inside out. We’ve shared a room in a boarding house and have been bloc-mates for four years. After graduating, we even worked for the same company, I-Pepper Virtual Network. I already resigned months ago, but she’s still there. And she was recently promoted to Senior Virtual Assistant. Woot!

She always said that she would never get married. But women often eat their words and guess what? She’s the first to be married among our batch (fact check?). She’s now happily married to the man she loves. Yihee! I know her new family is really lucky to have her. 🙂

George and hubby (copied without permission, of course)

I can’t believe that we now have new lives. But these new lives we will still share together. As all cheesy posts say, we’ve been through up-and-downs, but here we are now, older and wiser – I wish!

Happy 33rd 23rd birthday, Daryl George!