Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pre-Nup Shoot? D-I-Y is More Fun in Boracay! (Part III)

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

From Bulabog Beach, we move on to the famous White Beach of Boracay to capture the blue water, multi-colored people, fine white sands, artistic sandcastles, kaleidoscopic view and stunning sunset! 
Flash Mob! We didn't talk to any of these people to be part of the shoot, but they seem to be prepared and wear our motif colors. Look at her slippers!

I can't believe we are now our third outfit change for our Do-It-Yourself (D-I-Y) Pre - Wedding Photoshoot here in Boracay! Surprisingly, I didn't get any complaints from the man in the house and not much cajoling is needed to get him into those outfit changes and poses hahaha. Oh well, guess he is enjoying the "touching" during our exploratory shoot capturing Philippine flags, sailboats and musical notes and the "kissing" while on board a boat to do Helmet Diving (lol). Seriously, it is the spontaneity, the no-fuzz and the no - props features of a D-I-Y Prenup that makes it ideal for us! (and it didn't cost us anything more than what we already have!)

White Beach is the most famous of the 12 beaches comprising Boracay and has 4 kilometer long beach and footpath. Accommodations of all types and restaurants lined up along its full length up and down. It is divided into three sections called "boat stations" which has reference to the drop off points for boats years back, although now the boat stations are no longer existing. I was actually surprised to learn that there's just one place for passengers to get off and take tricycle to chosen hotel by the White Beach.

Day 2 - White Beach [Boat Station 1]
Time of Shoot: 5pm
Outfit: Green Hawaiian tees by Ducks Unlimited [Greenhills], Red's white beach pants from D'Mall Boracay and my old white beach pants from US
Sandcastle: Made by two 11 -year old kids for a tip of Php 150.

For the photo shoot, we chose Boat Station 1 as it is home to most luxurious hotels and where the beach is said to be the widest and the sand is at its finest . Maybe that's the reason why the kids finished this sandcastle in just a few minutes since the sand easily sticks when wet. 
Ok much of the prenup photos. Boracay will not be complete without us dipping into the cool blue waters.

Boat Station 2 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pre-nup Shoot? D-I-Y is More Fun in Boracay (Part II)

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

For our first day of D-I-Y prenuptial shoot in Boracay, we scored some photos with Philippine - Flags, sail boats and musical notes along Bulabog Beach. The pictures are decent and we were not forced to act like this and like that or felt rushed in any way, since we have no photographers or make - up artists to work with during limited hours of shoot. We were spontaneous and simply had fun clicking and posing when we find something that blends with our wedding theme and concept - "Love is "The Cure": Our Journey To Forever".

Day 2 - Morning 
Location: In front of La Oviedo Villa Resort
Time of shoot: 9am
Photographer: Mark (not my ex-beau but a friendly hotel staff who volunteered to take our photos)
Attire: couple tees by Ducks Unlimited (Greenhills) and shorts by Sports store in Greenhills
Slippers: I got mine in Boracay (Ipanema for P100)

Mr. Tripod started his day early by taking this photo just outside our room.
La  Oviedo Villa Resort Boracay is a far cry from the plush hotel usually involving  pre-nup location shoots but it is perfect for our needs and that's what matters. We got a MetroDeal voucher from my travel blogger friend that allows us 3-days/2-nights stay for two in a deluxe spacious room, fully equipped with aircon, hot and cold shower, refrigerator, TV and free internet WiFi connection and use of kitchen for those who wants to cook. More, we found our color motif right at the door step!

Korean peg for our dream shot (lol). Possible only with Mark as our photographer.
Boracay is a haven for water enthusiast and there are lots of activities to chose from both in and out of the water. Since we do not have an underwater camera but love to have some pictures underwater, we opted to go Helmet Diving since the fee of P700 each person  comes with a free CD of our video and pictures while underwater. Besides, I haven't tried helmet diving before and this is a good start for Red who haven't tried any water sport yet.

From Bulabog shore, we were taken to a floating anchored barged in the middle of the  sea. Travel  time was like 5 minutes and for the whole time Mark has been taking our pictures!

Location: Boat near the platform for Helmet Diving
Time of shoot: 10:30 am
Photographer: Mark (staff of the hotel)

even the barge has our motif colors!

On this colorful barge, we were taught the hand signals to communicate while on the water since once the helmet is on, you cannot be heard even if you shout! From the platform, we were brought down the ladder to shoulder level of water and fit a helmet that goes down to our shoulders. When the helmet was on, we descended further on the ladder until we reach the sea floor where we could walk and breath normally like you would do if out of water. It was a fun experience to see, play and feed colorful fishes. We were given bread to feed the fishes to attract more fish before taking the pictures. (note: i'll post some pics once I transferred the pictures from the CD to this computer). 

photo caption by my friend Neal Minosa

We left the platform barge feeling like Jack and Rose of Titanic (only much luckier and happier!) And Red scoring and stealing a kiss!

Pre-Nup Shoot? D-I-Y is More Fun in Boracay!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

We can't have the wedding as planned and didn't want to waste the plane tickets for that "supposedly" honeymoon trip in Boracay and Bacolod. The result? A Do -It-Yourself Pre - Nuptial Shoot last June 13-18, 2013. Thanks to my friend Arlene for the D5100 Nikon Camera with remote and Alain for lending us the tripod.

Boracay is a tiny island located on the western part of Visayas, in the province of Aklan. It was voted as the Best Island in the World and is a very popular venue for engagements, weddings, and prenuptial shoot because of its powdery white sand, crisp cool blue waters and stunning sunset!

Day 1Bulabog Beach ["Number 1 Kiteboarding Beach in Asia"]
Time of Shoot: around 5pm
Outfit: Yellow Polo shirt from a certain store in Shoppesville, Greenhills
Make - Up: None on both except Forever sunscreen

Bulabog Beach is busy and colorful during Habagat season (from June to October) with all types of boating, jet skis, helmet diving and parasailing activities, since the wind blows "westward" onto the famous White Beach. Our accommodation, La Oviedo, was only a stone's throw away so this was our first stop for the pre-nup shots! 

I chose this spot to take our picture because of the Philippine flags which is our motif colors  (Philippine Flag Inspired Wedding by May Merdegia), the sailboats (that symbolizes journey) at the background and the Forever mesh bag Red happened to be carrying that time. Red and I met on Independence Day in 1991 while I was waiting to participate at a  motorcade rally against U.S. Bases at Vinzons Hall in UP Diliman campus. Red was jogging along with his brother whom I recognized as LDS. They invited me to jog along with them and that was the start of our journey to forever (with 22 years of detour  lol). 

I remembered my friend photographer's advice: Touches!

Haven't seen Red with a smile this BIG!  He was surprised to find me so heavy and we couldn't help laughing as I clicked the remote lol

I like this because of the musical note on the sailboat!  Red and I shared passion for music, although he has the talent and I don't lol. He has such a good voice and plays the guitar very well. We attended lots of concerts by OPM rock bands and I particularly like the Band Explosion concert just before Red left for his mission to Cagayan de Oro in September 1991. While he was asking me if I will wait for him after his two (2) - year mission, the Hayp band sang "I'll Wait For You". (click to listen) and he asked me if that was my answer. I didn't say anything but smiled...


I'll wait for you
For how long it takes
Baby, I'll wait for you
Believe in me, baby / You gotta believe it


Baby, I know how life's been unkind to you
Surely you've seen the baddest times of your life
I'm not in a position to change
What has transpired, no

(Baby/Honey) I saw you and I knew what's on your mind
Somethin's hangin' that has got to be (cut loose)
Only you can make it happen if you decide
I want you to know

Some things, you just got to do for yourself
I'll be there just to see you through
I must confess, baby, I'll help

In any little way I can

Now I'm sure Red knew my answer! I can't believe how this song sounded exactly how our love story unfolded - 22 years of separation and knowing what he had gone through! So we say, Cheers to that!
Click here for Pre-nup shoot? D-I-Y is More Fun in Boracay (Part II)! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Friends of the Forest": The Paradise Ranch way of Giving Back and We're In It!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Going on trips and giving back to charity seems to be on the opposite end of the pendulum as people usually can do one or the other on a given occasion. But not if you are in Paradise Ranch Clark's Nature and Conservation Park in Sacobia Valley Clark Airbase, Angeles, Pampanga.  Each visit to Paradise Ranch is a two-fold opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature amid its 100-acre environmental project, while being provided a chance to help save the environment and help the poor through a "Responsible Charity" instead of a "dole out" by giving them something to do at the ranch for a fee with the packages we availed of. 

Paradise Ranch was an easy choice for venue for our annual family reunion last April 30 to May 1, 2010 with the theme "A Family That Plant Trees Together, Keeps the Forest Forever".  The idea behind the chosen theme was to find a place where the family could enjoy nature at its best and educate the kids on protecting the environment and saving wildlife. The ranch's large campsite, nipa huts accommodation, bonfire area, cottages, villas, themed gardens, butterfly sanctuary, aviary, fish pond, organic vegetable and floral orchard, Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Vista Montana Pool did just that for us!  For Php 750 per person (old rates), we have enjoyed an overnight accommodation at the three (3) nipa huts, three (3) eat - all you -can meals (dinner,breakfast and lunch) and full use of all the facilities for activities like swimming, rafting, hiking, and sightseeing. My whole family especially the kids all enjoyed feeding ostriches, teasing the monkeys, learning about and playing with the butterflies, rafting and fish feeding, visiting the bat cave, touching the iguanas,learning more about birds, playing and taking pictures with the bubbles, climbing tree, doing obstacle course, watching the sky at night, feeling the rain,hearing the sounds of the night, making natures' collage, playing scrabble, and swimming. 

But that's not all!  Our family have started a tree planting tradition and now one of the Friends of the Forest'  of Paradise Ranch which includes schools, companies and individuals as follows: 

1. Asian Computer College of Calamba City 
2. Asian Institute of Science and Technology ( Dasmarinas Branch)
3. BDO Foundation Inc. Go Green Program
4. Child Future Guided Academic International
5. Conception Catholic School (EGT Tours)
6. Diliman Preparatory School ( Sen Nikki Coseteng)
7. Dr Carlos Lanting College
8. Fuji Xerox Philippines
9. Galing Pilipino Movement
10. Gueco Balibago Elementary School
11. Holy Family School of Quezon City
12. Ina ng Buhay Catholic School
13. Infant Jesus Montessori Center
14. Jollibee Nicdao Dela Fuente Group
15. Jose Feliciano College Foundation
16. JPIA System Plus College Foundation
17. Juliever Academy Valenzuela City
18. Laguna College of Business and Arts / NSTP Department
19. Manggahan High School Pasig City
20. Mapua Institute of Technology
21. Marciano Del Rosario Memorial National High School
22. Mary Help Christian School
23. Metropolitan International Christian Academy
24. Miriam College
25. Morning Dew Montessori
26. Mother Theresa Of General Trias
27. Ojeda Family Reunion Lovers of God’s Creation 
28. Pabaza Shell Retailers Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales
29. Pampanga Colleges
30. Philippine Air Force
31. Republic Central Colleges Boyscout of the Philippines
32. Rotary Club of Bagumbayan Manila
33. SM City Tarlac
34. Southville International School
35. St. Ann Study School
36. St. Benilde International School
37. St. Paul College Island Park
38. St. John of Beverly
39. St. Mathew College
40. St. Paul College of Paranaque
41. St. Therese Child of Jesus School
42. St. Therese of the child Jesus Academy
43. Stella Maris College
44. Sunlife Financial Corp Cypress
45. System Plus College Foundation
46. System Plus College Foundation High School Dept. Organization
47. University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Pharmacy
48. University of Santo Tomas
49. UP Aguman
50. Westfields International School Angeles City
51. World Tourism Day

'Friends of the Forest' program requires participants to commit in planting 300 mahogany trees for a fee of P50 per tree  or a total of Php 15,000.00, not only as a massive reforestation effort but also to help provide more jobs for the poor.  We were told that with the amount we paid, the ranch can hire one Aeta (native of Pampanga) who will take care of the trees for at least three months,  until the trees can grow on their own.

Everyone participated in the tree planting - young and old - (kiddos) Mikaelah Alliune - (2), Shanara Mae (2 1/2), Franchette Anne (4),Shaznay Anne (4 1/2), John Anthony (5) ,Francine Kyle (5), James Bernard (9),Jay-M (9 1/2),Ian Benedict (10 1/2) and Michellyn (11) (adults) - Belenda, Imee,Amelyn,Allan,Mhe-anne and Michael Anthony and even our senior citizens - Papa Lito and Mami Tita.

Indeed, It takes very little to give back a lot!

You too can be one of the Friends of the Forest to make a difference to the environment and to the community. Call Paradise Ranch today at: 0922--860-0317 or 0917-510-8266, from the USA please call 916-222-2220. (Note: I am not in any way connected to this NGO so the contact details is from the website).

This is my entry to PTB BLOG CARNIVAL for June 2013: Let's create a Travel Guide (with a cause) hosted by Grasya Bangoy of This Grasya on The Road of Life blog.

Check out the previous blog carnival topics in Estan Cabigas' Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival.

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