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?


20 Wedding Traditions From Around the World

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It’s interesting how there are lots of various wedding traditions observed around the world. What’s common in one place might be unheard of in other parts of the world. Some places may have similar traditions, especially if they have been influenced by the same country or group of people.

 Here are 20 of wedding traditions from around the world:

  • Chinese

In China, they have a unique tradition that hides the bride in her mother’s home and the groom has to pass through “obstacles” (from the bridesmaids) to get his bride out. If he needs to bang on the door, he does it and thus, making a fake commotion.

  • Danish

During a Danish wedding reception, if the groom goes to the washroom, all the boys in the party rush over to kiss the bride in the cheek. Vice-versa, when the bride goes to the washroom, too, all the girls in the party rush to the groom to kiss him in the cheek as well.

  • Indian

In Indian weddings, it’s part of their tradition to decorate the bride with henna. The depth of the color of henna symbolizes the depth of the couple’s love.

  • Hungarian

In Hungary, during the wedding dance, some of the bride’s relatives and friends will try to steal her from her new husband.  The groom’s party tries to prevent it. If the action is successful, they will negotiate for a ransom, which is normally taken lightly at first. But as time passes, the groom becomes more uneasy and lenient about the ransom.

  • Pakistani

In Pakistan, the bride and groom both wear flower garlands.

  • Brazilian

It’s usual to give the wedding guests a small cake-like sweet called “bem-casado” meaning ‘well-married’, in Brazil. It apparently represents the joining together of the bride and the groom.

  • Jamaican

 The bride is taken to the street for everyone to see.

  • Japanese

In Japan, the newly-wed couple takes a sip of sake to formalize their wedding.

  • German

In Germany, the family is planning ahead for the financial expenses of their child’s wedding. If a baby girl was born, many trees will be planted. These trees will be sold in the future for their daughter’s wedding expenses.

  • Norwegian

In Norway, the bride is wearing a traditional silver or gold crown with small spoon-shaped bangles that cling when moved. They believe that the music produced from these bangles will push away evil spirits.

  • Wales

A Welsh bride carries myrtle, in her bouquet, that is a symbol of love. She, then, gives a cutting of the plant to her bridesmaids. If the bridesmaid plants the cutting in her yard and it blossom, she’s the next one to get married.

  • American

American weddings always include a garter toss. The bride’s garter will be tossed to all single men in the party. Whoever catches it, will be the one marrying soon.

  • Malaysian

At the wedding, each guest will receive an creatively decorated hard-boiled egg to signify fertility.

  • Russian

In Russia, only civil weddings are considered valid. If the couple wants to have a religious ceremony must also have a civil one.

  • Italian

Part of the Italian tradition is not to marry on a Friday or Tuesday as this will bring the couple bad luck.

  • Mexican

Mexican weddings include a part when the groom gives 13 gold coins to his bride. These symbolize Jesus Christ and His twelve disciples.

The Guest List

Creating your wedding guest list is not exactly as easy as 1-2-3. It can be stressful and confusing. It can mean having to make some tough decisions. And of course, every bride would not want to forget any important guest, nor miss to record a positive reply from a couple of invitees and end up having more guests than the final head count you gave to the caterer two days ago.


Do not worry if you cannot come up with a final guest list overnight. Nobody does that, unless your wedding is tomorrow and you started planning today. The guest list often starts as a draft, with everyone you would like to share the special event with on it. As you gain a clearer vision of how you want your wedding to be, you get a better idea of how small or how large your final list ought to be.

You may also start planning with a specific budget in mind, which you will consider in determining the size of your guest list. While you would like to stick to this budget, it is also possible that in the next month or so, there might be changes in this budget, such as an additional donation from Uncle Joe, or on the opposite, a loss of one important source of funds. These possibilities are also factors in determining your guest list.

Even if you think you have finalized your list, there’s still the guests’ availability on your wedding date. You may have prepared a list of 100 guests, but when the invitations are out, you get 17 replies that they can’t make it. This is where you’ll need your B-list, where you invite some more people to make up for those who can’t attend and still keep the same intended number of guests of the wedding.

On the other hand, you should also be prepared to cut down your guest list if necessary. This is pretty tricky and if you are not careful, you might offend some dear ones. Often you might want to keep only “the dearest and nearest” in your list. Some of those you might need to consider getting off the list are:

~ People you haven’t spoken to in five years or more.

~ Boyfriends or girlfriends of your guests whom you haven’t even met or aren’t close to.

~ People you aren’t really close to but are in your list just because they also invited you to their weddings, or just because they sent you a gift in advance.

~ Co-workers whom you aren’t really close with or don’t socialize with after office hours.

~ Children, especially those who aren’t family. If most of your guests have lots of kids, this can cut down the list dramatically.

~ You don’t have to allow your single guests to bring a date. If you are worried that some singles might not know others or might feel alone & out of place at the event, the better option would be to invite a mutual friend, or to arrange them to be seated beside some of your friendliest guests.

~ Ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends, or ex-spouses, of you and your spouse-to-be are definitely not to be invited, even if you are still “friends”. All wedding planning experts highly discourage inviting them.

~ It is also wise to avoid inviting people who tend to drink too much. You wouldn’t want to run the risk of them getting drunk at the reception and ruining the party, nor would you want to have a large bill on alcohol.

~ Also avoid inviting people whom you think would “speak up” instead of “holding their peace” at the ceremony and people with whom you aren’t exactly in good terms. You want to be happy and relaxed on your big day, not worried about these people and their behavior.

Be sure that you and your fiance have a good communication about your final guest list. Bear in mind that you’ll need to prepare at least an invitation, a stamp for that invite, a copy of the wedding/reception program, a place card, a favor, a meal, a drink, and a slice of the wedding cake, to each name that you have on your final guest list. These are just some of the reasons why your guest list has definitely a lot to do in all your wedding planning.