Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Initial Wedding Reflection

I should write about the wedding weekend I coordinated in San Francisco at the beautiful Terra SF and Bently Reserve however there is so much I want to write about. I know I’ll miss something as there were so many details.

First and foremost, my bride and groom were fantastic! You couldn’t ask for better clients. No Bridezilla outbursts, raising of the voices or smashing of cakes. I lucked out and after a few hiccups that I had to troubleshoot by executive decision, their sincere appreciation for my and my team’s hard work was communicated verbally, thru hugs, sincere face expressions and in writing. It made the 20-hour days back-to-back, aching muscles and foot blisters all the worthwhile.

The planning portion covered a variety of tasks and I learned so much. I am thankful for the bride and groom’s trust and the very opportunity to learn as much as I did while on the job. A few tasks I am more familiar with include vacation rentals in San Francisco, the variety of rental items and prices from many rental companies, policies and permits regarding street closures, outdoor tent set-up and heater/flame usage. I have researched horse rentals for baraat ceremonies, witnessed and hired dholi drum players, trash and recycling centers, drove a 17-foot U-Haul truck on the streets of San Francisco and dealt with a vendor’s accusations. This, I think I handled well as I work in a law firm during the day with screaming lawyers and I know how to deal with hungry and highly intoxicated customers in a bar/club setting.

There are many details in the planning process that I’d like to reflect on but the execution of the two-day event couldn’t have been accomplished without my staff. I had a 2nd in Command and a 3rd in Command and they really helped me out. I also am thankful for the muscle I hired as well. He was the only male that worked both days and though my lady workers were strong, I will make note in the future to hire more muscle.

At this time, this is all I can reflect on during the wedding. It was a great experience.

Friday, October 2, 2009

When will I slow down?

When will I slow down? I have no idea. I have a lot on the brain right now. Just heard a family rumor that someone in our generation has received more bad news. I guess it's around my age now that things start to seem like a reality. You read about illnesses, accidents, deaths and there are people that are around it all the time, but at my age it's probably inevitable. A few cousins are getting together to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in San Francisco on Saturday, October 17th. I usually do these sorts of things with my boyfriend, but it's nice that I'll have family members with me this time. If you have a moment, please sponsor TEAM LAGADE. Make a tax-deductible donation to help us make new discoveries in the fight against (breast) cancer. I haven't done that well of a job fundraising. Times are tough nowadays and I feel guilty for asking for money. I guess I should be asking folks that have a lot of money... I don't know a whole lot of folks with that kind of cash though.

Other things that are on my brain: this wedding that will be taking place three weeks from tomorrow. My inability to have time for the gym. I haven't lost or gained much weight but definitely feel I don't have much muscle mass. Things are 'looser' than 2 months ago and I hate it. I did go yesterday and felt really weak. I tracked everything on (which my sis turned me onto) and I think I hurt my knees doing leg presses. I did wake up sore this morning though. Gotta go to the gym tomorrow. Definitely.

I feel guilty that my little pup, who is turning one year old on the 14th, isn't getting as much attention from mommy. We did go for a long walk yesterday. Hopefully I can take him to the dog park this weekend.

I've also entered the Los Lonely Boys 'Roadie for a Day' contest. I'm in fourth place. It ends today. Hopefully I win something!! :)

OK, gotta work.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I am super busy but as I’m almost a week into my 30th year of life, I should take a moment and write down moments and feelings that make up my life. I’m not doing this because I think people are very interested in my life but for me to look back on and think about things that make me happy, make me sad, the challenges I’ve faced and have overcome in this whirlwind they call life.

This past weekend I’ve come to realize again that there is not enough time in the day to everything I need to do and I need to make some changes. But I will one day at a time. No need for drastic changes but minor improvements will go a long way. Not only did I miss a homework assignment I needed to do last weekend, I was at church yesterday at a Filipino mass/festival in Martinez, CA honoring the first Filipino saint, Saint San Lorenzo Ruiz. It was at the same place where we had my grandmother’s, Luisa Abran, funeral at three years ago. And also the same place that my father first got to hold his first grandchild. I vowed that I will do a better job of making time for those loved one. And yet I am here again burning the candle at both ends like I always do. School, working on a wedding, having a full time job and the bf, dog, the household and friends and family get the short end of the stick. Come November or officially on October 26th, I can relax for a bit. The wedding will be done. But like all things, these are choices I made and therefore I must own up to the responsibilities that come with them.

But things that make me pushing along is the success I accumulate along the way, the unconditional love of my boys, my friends and my BOYS! BOYS meaning my Los Lonely Boys. I just received an incredible birthday present at my 39th LLB concert at Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, CA. They wished me Happy Birthday, told me they loved me (which wasn’t the first time J ) and they sang “Nobody Else” for me. So it was an amazing birthday weekend which is really an understatement. YouTube it! Tasina was so thoughtful to record the whole thing. She’s an awesome friend.

I would go on but I HAVE to actually work.