Bendigo Filipino Fiesta 2018

And so this blog was silent for over 10 days. Well, if we have to blame it on something, it will have to be the Filipino Fiesta, which we helped organise and also sponsored.

Serious planning started as early as January of this year. Roles were assigned and defined. Suddenly, the weeks and months passed by oh so quickly and next thing we knew, it was April!

Thankfully, a lot of our supplies arrived in the last two weeks, after being delayed by the Easter break and what-nots. Then came the job of repackaging, pricing, and deciding on the mock set-up.  Plus, there was also the shopping of lollies, biscuits, toys and other inexpensive novelty items for the children’s games.

By Saturday morning, hubby wakes me up around 7am, but I sleepily and jokingly asked if I could just arrive at the fiesta venue much later at 10am. Of course, not. I dragged myself to the venue, with a car loaded with TQB merchandise and children’s game props and prizes.

And tah-dah! Here’s one of the children’s games that I prepared for the fiesta:


It is called “pabitin”. During the game, kids stand below this, to this sight…


…and somebody (an adult) holds the other end of the rope and pulls the rope back and forth, so the pabitin goes up and down, teasing the kids, who would jump up and down to try and grab some of the goodies that they could reach.

Here was our stall. We were sharing the marquee with a friend, who’s also selling some bracelets, rings and necklaces, as well as some refreshing drinks.  Those milk crates and white storage boxes served dual purposes – to hold the goods as they were transported, and to hold/elevate the displays at the stall.


Before it got busy, I was able to take a quick walk around to snap some shots.



Then, the Santacruzan parade started. Traditionally, in the Philippines, this parade is held in the month of May. But because May is the last month before it’s winter in Australia, we just couldn’t have it in May, because all those pretty gowns don’t quite match with beanies and ugg boots. 🙂




This was the last decent shot I had taken. After this, a friend of mine from high school arrived, so I had to entertain her. Then customers started coming to the stall. The program started and the games had to be done. Oh well, you can just imagine how busy it became.

But this yummy treat nearby was beckoning me. Luckily, hubby was nearby, so I asked him to buy some of the tempting “ensaymada” (a type of soft Filipino sweet bread) for me. Oooohh! It was delicious! I regretted not buying a dozen of it. (OK, I was too busy to regret during the day, but when the fiesta was over and we were relaxing at home, and there were a couple of these left in our bag, I did regret not buying more.)

So, the fiesta was quite a success, but we are all relieved that it’s finally done and we can relax and get back to our normal lives. Lol!

So now, what do we do for FIG Activity Day?


My New Shoes – Feet Shoes!

Every once in a while, you finally find some time to do the project that you’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. And that’s good, because we, crafters & artists, are often swamped with all these craft/art supplies that we’ve hoarded because we want to do something someday. Bwahaha!

So some aeons ago, I bought a pair of plain white canvas shoes. The inexpensive pair – probably between $5 to $10 at Big W. I had wanted to create some sort of art work on them. But, of course, I procrastinated. And procrastinated. Over. And over. Again.

Till one glorious late afternoon when I finally thought, “Let’s do it! Now!”

So I took out the pair, which thankfully, I had managed to keep out of dust and dirt. I took a pencil, sat on the couch, and traced my feet on the shoes while watching a good action film with the hubby.

Then I took some of hubby’s acrylic paints. And painted the shoes. Nice and neat.

This is how they looked in the morning, after I had let the paint dry overnight:


After taking this photo with my phone and being super excited about my little accomplishment, I got some paints again, spread layers of old newspaper on the carpeted floor (so the landlord doesn’t kill us in case of accidents… lol!), and did my toenails… on the shoes, I mean.


At first, hubby said they look quite flat and needed some shading to look more 3D. I skipped shading on purpose because I didn’t want to put too much layers of paints on them and risk cracking the paints when dry. But hubby admitted later that my feet shoes didn’t look so bad after all, because when they’re worn, natural shadows appear here and there, thus making the painting more 3-dimensional. When I was happy with my paint job, I sprayed varnish on them to protect the paint.


I wore them to the Girls Cancer Night Out activity at church some nights later and, yep, everyone laughed at my shoes in amusement!

Rings Of Love

We often hear about various types of rings that a person can give to another to show romantic love.

The most popular is probably the wedding ring. There’s also the engagement ring, which is usually loaded with a precious stone, such as a diamond. But what about other rings? What do they mean? How did they originate? And on which finger of which hand do you wear it?

Pre-engagement ring

A pre-engagement ring is given to a romantic partner to symbolize a commitment to a monogamous relationship. This kind of ring, which is given any time before an engagement ring is given, is worn on the left ring finger, although some prefer to wear it either on the left middle finger or the right ring finger, to avoid confusing it with a real engagement ring. It is also known as a promise ring or friendship ring.

Friendship Ring

A friendship ring is also known as a pre-engagement ring. Traditionally though, a friendship ring is given when there is not yet a commitment to marry. A friendship ring can be worn on any finger.

Promise Ring

A promise ring is another name for a pre-engagement ring. Unlike the friendship ring, however, a ring can be called a promise ring when there is an existing promise to marry. In the early days, when a man could not yet afford to get married, he would give a promise ring to his beloved until such time when he could already afford to marry her.

Engagement Ring

An engagement ring is a gift presented by a man to his prospective bride when he proposes, and is usually placed on the ring finger of the woman when she accepts the marriage proposal. It is traditionally placed on the left ring finger, as that finger contains the vena amoris or the “vein of love.” In other European countries, however, the tradition is to wear it on the right ring finger.

Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh ring is a traditional ring in the Irish custom, given in friendship or as a wedding ring. The distinctive feature of this ring is the design of two hands (representing friendship) clasping a heart (representing love) and surmounted by a crown (symbolizing loyalty). The meaning of the ring depends on how it is worn. If worn on the right hand with the heart facing outward, it means the wearer is looking for love. Inwards, it means the wearer is in a relationship. On the left hand, heart outward, means the wearer is engaged. Inward on left hand, the wearer is married.

Gimmal Ring

A gimmal ring is composed of two or three hoops that fit together to form one complete ring. The word gimmal closely resembles the Old French word which means twin. Centuries ago, gimmal rings are very fashionable and often used as engagement rings. The bethroted couple would wear one hoop each, with the third hoop (in the case of triple link gimmal rings) being held by a person who would witness the couple’s vows. On the wedding day, the bride would get all the three hoops together to form a beautiful ring. In England, during the Elizabethan period, a gimmal ring was also known as a joint ring.

15 Etsy Finds For A Purple & Green Wedding

The most lovable thing about the color green is that it’s nature’s colour – trees, leaves, vines, etc. – therefore, it goes well with almost any colour you can imagine. Especially when you’re decorating your wedding with flowers, you just cannot help but have a little bit of greens here and there, with the flower stems and leaves.

Today, I’m sharing with you my 15 Etsy finds which are perfect for a purple and celery wedding. And just because I typed in ‘wedding’ does not mean it’s strictly only for weddings. You can use the list as inspiration for planning an engagement party, a birthday party, a bridal shower…any event at all! OK, maybe not so much with sporting events. 🙂

And of course, while you’re planning your wedding, don’t forget to add more fun to your big day by providing speech bubble props at your photo booth, like this:

Sage and Chocolate Brown For A Wedding

I have been tasked to organize a bridal shower for a bride-to-be who’s going to have a sage-and-chocolate-brown color scheme for her wedding.

And I am excited!

Let the parade of inspiration begin!

The first item I found on Etsy was this:

Shoe Clips! Made by the talented domesticallyURBAN.

I think this would be lovely as a little present for the bride-to-be, or favors for the bridal shower attendees to enjoy.

Guest book by InvitingMoments! This one’s for the wedding, but then one can make something more suitable for a bridal shower.

Perhaps, as a decor in the party? Or additional props for the photo booth? HarperJanssen’s pillow will surely be useful somewhere there.

A shabby chic bubble burlap wreath would be perfect at the door, welcoming the guests and delighting the bride.

Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses

You may have probably been well acquainted with the ever popular bridal shower game of creating a wedding gown out of toilet paper.

Indeed, it is an inexpensive way to unleashing your creativity in fashion, not to mention a perfect excuse to look silly.

However, there are toilet paper wedding dresses created by some truly talented and hardworking people in some areas of the world which are far from silly looking. In fact, one would be truly amazed at what an ordinary toilet paper can become.

Unlike the usual bridal shower game, some people give a little more extra effort to make beautiful toilet paper dresses. It’s not just a careless, hasty process of wrapping the toilet paper around the model’s body, like a fake Egyptian mummy. There is a combination of various paper crafting, such as papier mache and origami, and of course, a lot more patience and hard work.

Just last year, in Israel, to celebrate the ninth of September, 2009, which was the most requested wedding date, seven designers worked on making beautiful bridal dresses, out of toilet paper. That project was also a part of an advertising campaign for one of the toilet paper companies.

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images Europe)

Amazing, aren’t they? If you are quite creative and would love a challenge (and an extra US$1000 in your pocket), then the 6th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest of Cheap Chic Weddings would be good news for you.

In 2005, Cheap Chic Weddings, a site dedicated to ideas for weddings on a budget, held their first ever toilet paper wedding dress contest. This was probably inspired by the famous bridal shower game, only that they took it to a higher level. Toilet paper, glue and tape were all a contestant can use to create a lovely wedding dress as an entry to the contest. Rebekah Shuman, who created a stunning strapless dress with light blue and cream accents, took the $500 gift card award.

Since then, it has become an annual event. In 2006, it was Stephanie Stutzenberger, who made a sleeveless wide-skirted gown, who took the top prize.

The second place winner of 2006, Hanah Kim, came back in 2007 with a pleated dress with uniquely designed cap sleeves, and this time, won the $500 prize for the first place.

Following Hanah’s footsteps was Katrina Chalifoux, who won second in 2007 and bagged the top prize the next year, which was then increased to $1,000. Out of 564 entries in the 2008 contest, it was Katrina’s sheath dress with raised flower pattern which impressed the judges the most.

2008’s third place winner, Ann Kagawa Lee, accepted the challenge and presented a Gone With The Wind themed dress in the 2009 competition. That wonderful creation, which featured some origami details, earned Ann the top spot and $1000.

Last week, the 2010 toilet paper wedding dress contest began. It is open to anyone in the whole world whose age is 18 or above. These next two months will surely be exciting as contestants work on their entries and as we await June 4, 2010, which is when Cheap Chic Weddings will announce the new winners. Good luck, contestants!