Tuesday, December 20, 2011


MPRS Christmas Party. Cowboy attire for all but we both didn't have cowboy clothes. We decided to have a little fun by dressing up as Indians. I went to Google for an idea and Joy rushed the sewing by hand until we made it to the venue.

Who would've guessed? We won Best in Costume in the couple category hahaha! I guess it pays to be different! :)

Anyway, we won a box of Choco Pie for it :)

 Here are additional pictures:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Costume Party at the Insti

We attended our first costume party together last December 16 at the DPIR. It was her first time to attend one. She dressed up as a witch and I, being the superhero geek, went as Captain America.

 We both won 2nd place in the male and female category. YEY!

Naturally, we were happy to win. A little surprised too since we just rushed to make our costumes the night before the event. We even arrived late at the party because we had to finish her hat, her dress, her broomstick and my shield haha!

Here she is with the other winners:

L to R: Batwoman Nikki, Witch Joy, Wonder Woman Jessica

We enjoyed the party and, with a baby on the way, we think it might take a while before we can do things like this again :)

Here are a few more shots:

Me with grand winners Dante (Aries) and Batwoman (Nikki)

DC Vs Marvel
With all the winners!

With our ward mates

 PS. I wrote a more detailed blog entry about how we completed my homemade Captain America costume over at my PlanetMarkus site. Click the link if you want :)

Monday, December 12, 2011


She's been asking for weird food lately (halo halo in the evening, Snow Bear candies in the morning, etc) and she's a bit cranky haha..

Today, she woke me up with this surprise:

An awesome early Christmas gift for the both of us :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Joy Is Busy

... Busy slaying zombies, that is!

And mostly just letting our frustrations out since the Avatar DVD we rented kept on failing us :(

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Trip to Cebu Philippines Temple

We recently had our chance to visit the Cebu Philippines Temple. This is a dream come true - thanks to awesome friends Sherron and Agnes!

Here are some pics upon our arrival at NAIA:

While waiting for our flight, we were surprised to see this old man reading THAT magazine:

I approached him and introduced myself. Turns out he was a former bishop at Cebu... It was really nice to meet a fellow LDS at a huge airport. What are the chances, right? :) 

Now here we are upon hitting Mactan Airport. We arrived past 9pm already. 

We were tired and hungry (but still managed to crack a smile while Manong Guard took this shot) and so we rushed our way to the temple housing. 

We got to visit the temple the following day and it was truly a majestic sight to behold.

Naturally, we cant resist but take a few pictures of ourselves as well :)

We then went out to have a dinner with Bishop Gaso at AAB BBQ. Such a kind-hearted family!

Now this is how the temple looks like at night:

With several sisters from Bacolod :)


Third day started really early with the two of us visiting the temple again. We just love this place! So peaceful and beautiful!

We also too the time to visit the nearby Taoist Temple but that might be a separate blog entry. For now, I'd say one of the highlights of our whole trip was the mini-PDM Reunion with Bro. Faune - another mission-friend who is based in Cebu.

Day 4 was even earlier since our flight was scheduled around 5am. Surely, we hope to come back next time and travel the place more..

Goodbye for now, Cebu! We hope to see you again soon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Birthday

We bought an acoustic guitar and a Beatles songbook. We also purchased a harmonica - which she immediately learned to play after her first few attempts. I was amazed and it took her some time to convince me that its really her first time to play it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ailin's 18th Birthday

We were invited to attend Ailin's 18th birthday last November 5. This took place at Star Plaza Hotel.

Here are a few pics:


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Movie Marathon

Thanks to the long weekend, we got our chance to stay at home for two days and catch new movies we've recently missed - plus a few classics we've always wanted to see.

Here are some titles we loved among the videos we rented:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
I loved Jack Sparrow, she liked the mermaids - until she saw what they can do! Heheh.. This was another fun installment of the hit franchise. Looking forward to more adventures with everyone's favorite suave pirate!
Gnomeo and Juliet
Its Shakespeare plus Elton John music plus Pixar-flavored animation. She picked this one and we had fun watching it. This is one movie where you will hear Ozzy Osbourne's voice as - believe it or not -a garden deer. Hahah!

This is highly recommended for families.

 Green Lantern
 Finally had my chance to catch this. Personally, I couldn't get while a lot of people were pissed with this.

Of course, it's not the best superhero film out there (that spot belongs to Captain America, I think) but this is nonetheless good. Ryan Reynolds fits right in as cocky pilot Hal Jordan. The CGI was pleasing and the story's really simple. This one is about being chosen, living up to the expectations and turning weaknesses into strengths.

As for my favorite scene, I'd say it would be Sinestro's transformation into a Yellow Lantern!  

Patch Adams
I've heard lots of good things from friends about this film and so we also got this. Simply put, we weren't disappointed. Hope more doctors would watch this film and learn from it. If they don't want to be as funny as Patch, well, fine! Just at least try familiarizing themselves with patient names and show more care and concern :)

Message in a Bottle
An outdated yet cute love story with a tragic ending. The film stars Robin Wright Penn, a Chicago Tribune researcher and Kevin Costner, a guy who writes letters for his dead wife and tosses it on the sea. Overall a great film. Nuff said!

 I Am Sam
This was a must-watch for the both of us, she being a Special Education student and me being a Beatles fan since high school. This is a touching movie about a mentally-challenged father trying to keep his daughter. The first few minutes of the film was a good way to learn what's going on inside the mind of people with developmental disability.

Sean Penn's performance was praiseworthy.

Of course, Eddie Vedder's rendition of "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" was both unexpected and particularly exceptional. And oh. I NEED a copy of this film's soundtrack!