Monday, May 26, 2008

Our Most Recent Studio Smiles

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Jedd's 12 Months' Monthly Photos

How time flies so rapidly.
From a tiny little baby,
you are now a walker, a singer,
a dancer, our JOY.
Happy 1st Year Cuddly!

Pictures taken @
Podium Mall, Ortigas

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Jedd's 1st Birthday Party @ Fun Ranch


PARTY VENUE: Blue Whale Grill, Fun Ranch

PARTY DATE: May 11, 2008





Thanks to everyone who joined this fun-filled day with us!!!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Tear Jerker Surprise AVP / VTR (Please watch these three! You won't regret it!)


Favorite music: Audrey and If by Bread
Celebrator: Roberto “Bobby” Santiago
Event: 40th Birthday

On your 40th birthday … fade….
We made a little something for you …. Fade ….
so sit back … fade…
relax …. Fade…
and enjoy the presentation …. Fade

Let us reminisce your 40 yesteryears… fade…
(photos of Bobby – refer to CD entitled Bobby’s AVP under the folder “Bobby only” in the following order: Early Years-Recent Years-Current)

Have we not told you … fade…
how much you mean to us? … fade …

Note: the following are the names of the people in the video footages in order:
1--Ronelia and family – Bobby’s youngest sister
2-- Lucita Santiago – Bobby’s mom
(show pictures of Bobby and Mommy. Refer to CD entitled Bobby’s AVP under the folder “Bobby and his Mom”)
3-- Ate Lhor, Kuya Gonzalo, Maricel and Al – Bobby’s Tito, Tita and pamangkins (no message, just greetings)
4--Kuya Boyet – Bobby’s elder brother
5-- Ate Neri – Bobby’s Aunt
6-- Ate Rowel, John Mae, and Ella – Bobby’s elder sister and pamangkins
7-- Ate Roma – Bobby’s eldest sister
8-- Ardhel – Bobby’s nephew
9-- Kim – Bobby’s niece (no message, just greetings)
10-- Ikang – Bobby’s niece
11-- Kelvin – Bobby’s nephew (no message just greetings)
12-- Joey – Bobby’s nephew
13-- Tita Tuin and Joey
14-- Kuya Riz – Bobby’s elder brother
15-- Jett and Jedd – Bobby’s sons (no message just greetings)
16-- Jett – Bobby’s elder son (no message just singing)
17-- Johnny Alcaraz – Bobby’s father-in-law (no message, just greetings)
18-- Karla, Jero, Rica, and Ten-ten – Bobby’s Pamangkins (no message just greetings)
19-- Rica – Bobby’s niece
20-- Venus – Joan’s bestfriend
21-- Cathy – Bobby’s sister-in-law (no message just greetings)
22-- Patricia, Patrick, Cacai – Bobby’s pamangkins (no message just greetings)
23—Editha Lamberte – Bobby’s mother-in-law
24-- Joan – Bobby’s wife
(show pictures of Bobby and Joan, refer to CD entitled Bobby’s AVP under the folder “Bobby and Joan”)
25 – Dhel – Bobby’s younger sister

I prefer the sequencing of the video footages in the following order (thru its numbers):
4-6-7-14-25-5-8-10-12-13-19-20 ….
Voice Messages of:
Renan – Bobby’s youngest brother; and
Kuya Ronnie – Bobby’s eldest brother
(voices from CD entitled Bobby’s AVP under the folder “Voice messages”)
NOTE: Pls don’t forget to put their names
continuation… 23-2-25
NOTE: Pls put the word in texts if audio is poor

On this special milestone in your life … fade …
Allow us to greet you a …. Fade …
(videos of all relatives on the video saying “Happy Birthday!” “only”)
(last video is Jett singing Happy Birthday – then overlapping text saying “Happy 40th Birthday Bobby!”)

Oooppss .. fade…
We’re not through … fade…
Just yet … fade…
Be ready .. fade…

Coz you were caught on tape …
(video footages from the dvd entitled “Caught on Tape” )
(background music is something playful)
with the following timestops:
0:03:56 – 0:04:10
0:16:04 – 0:16:20
0:30:20 – 0:30:50

0:00:23 – 0:00:57
0:03:41 – 0:04:06
0:08:50 – 0:09:35
0:10:34 – 0:11:21
0:20:30 – 0:21:05

Lastly, picture of Bobby (with effects) showing these words: (picture from CD entitled Bobby’s AVP, filename “last picture”)

“Happy 40th Birthday Bobby!” …
“Thank you for touching our lives!”


This is the script of the VTR/AVP that I personally, intensively, and thoroughly thought-of for this momentous once in a lifetime event of my dearest better half. I sought the service of a professional to do the digital effects and the proper lineup of each amateur home videos taken at different dates, different places, and different media, like the internet and GPRS (wheh!thank you techie-buffs!).

The video has a total of nearly 30mins in length. And it was partitioned in two parts. The first part was an AVP of Bobby's photos from before to present. It was viewed right after the ceremonial toast. The other half, was played right after the games, consisting of videos and voice messages of his relatives and loved ones. My favorite part is Jett's singing a Happy Birthday Song to his Dad. After he sang, he said I Love You Daddy, then lean to the camera to kiss. It was so touchy and cute! (we rehearsed that about three times? Hehe).

Im really thankful to my sister-in-law, Ronel, for helping me convince their relatives to stepout from their comfort zones for a while, and give their birthday messages to Bobby in front of the moving lense. Believe me, it wasn't easy as we thought it would gonna be. It took roughly a month to complete the video materials for this VTR, including the voice messages of Honey's brothers from far provinces that I personally contacted and asked if I can record their birthday messages thru the mobile. And they gladly graced my request simply because it is Bobbys' birthday.

All in all, the preparation for this VTR per se, including the script above is about six weeks. A feather to the cap for a hands-on Mom like me (ehem!). And I was so right, Bobby cried several times upon viewing the final product of this video. He was surprised to hear the voices of his brothers he haven't heard and seen for years. And for those who have spoken in this video, from the bottom of my heart, I really wanna thank you for spilling some heart warming, genuine words of love and gratitude, that for sure, Bobby will never ever forget with his lifetime.

Have a safe trip Honey! See you at the airport later with your kids! Love yah!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Honey's 40th Bday Photos - Late Post

The emotion was overflowing. No word would nearly justify how fun and moving the event was!

I started to conceptualize this once in a lifetime "surprise" 40th birthday bash eversince the day one we started this relationship. Oh yeah, you read it just right, since more than 5 years ago, hehehe. But technically, the materialization took place last September of 2007. I had to do an emergency-slash-panic booking at Ibarra's Garden upon learning that their weekends of December and January were jampacked. So I was left with no choice. The supposedly just an ocular visit or venue inspection, turned out to be a ten thousand pesos reservation drop by =).

The only available slot left for weekends before January 6, which was Honey's schedule to fly back to Bangladesh, was a Friday, dinner of January 4th. Having it my way, I wanted it to be a Saturday, just to allow the visitors and relatives to have the luxury of time preparing for the special dinner. But then again, it was a successful event, so no use of dwelling to that little detail, hehe.

We arrived the place at nearly 8pm. We were super late since we were expected to be there at 7pm. However, the best thing about it is that, everybody was almost there, so everyone was an eye witness on how amazed, astonished, astounded, cum teary-eyed, my husband was when he entered the venue. Well, you must be asking how did I get his ass on that place, without giving any hint? Simple. I told him it was my bestfriend Venus parents' 25th wedding anniversary. My poor, hindless husband, didn't know it was his own birthday party, until he walked that lights-off facade (wow, dramatic!). Upon walking the aisle, the only thing lighted on the whole garden was coming from four small candles embeded on a small cake with Honey's mini-me replica, an engineer on his phone. And then, when the lights were finally turned-on, everybody lead by the party host, was singing an emotional Happy Birthday song. And yes, indeed, a "dramatic entrance" it was. (awww... it was so touching, I tell you!).

Honey was speechless and teary. All his loved ones were there. Relatives from provinces came over. His former colleagues and friends he haven't seen for ages were also there sharing the moment. The place was soooo perfect. The mood was romantic, formal, dreamy, fancy, all in one. I just couldn't wait what will happen next.

When we reached the stage, everybody was holding their glasses of wine already (I prompted my sister-in-law via text to tell the house staff to prepare the wines already 5mins before we arrive the place), and a ceremonial toast was given. The party officially started.

Immediately followed the toast, was an AVP of Bobby's photos from his teenage days, to his first Americana suits, to his travels, and up to his nearly 40 years old looks. Some guests didn't help but laugh on how the pictures unveil the transfiguration of Bobby's physique, from thin to a little thick, hehe. It certainly served as a teaser of a very happy long night of fun. Then we had dinner of mouth watering dishes, that I hardly tasted, since I was too busy entertaining and thanking the guests for being there. After dinner, there were games and dancing, personal messages from his friends and family, no dull moments in fact. And then a VTR of overflowing "thank you(s)" (which I will share to you on my next posts) was shown tendered by siblings, pamangkins, titos, titas, to Bobby's delight and surprise. And finally, the blowing of candle cake. After the another happy birthday song, and Bobby unlighted the candles, a balloon burst added to the festive ambiance. And to cap off the night, photo op with the celebrator at the enchanting background of the garden for all the guests.

Sigh! It was one emotion-bursting night! Honey has never been happier! I've never been happier, seeing my husband's overjoyed! Upon retiring the day, we keep chatting till dawn. The stories and the sharing of captured moments are endless. Honey has so much queries how I was able to manage that one hell of a party. That, I plan to detail on my next posts.

Happy Birthday Honey!!! We love you so much! Congratulations for having a fruitful, blessful, and meaningful 40 years of life!