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Hooray Thursday: Wedding Wow

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It’s Hooray Thursday once again! Today I am overwhelmed with the thought that it is only 118 days before OUR wedding. I must admit that we have been lax in our planning and preparations and one day, it just dawned on us, that it’s really time to move our b*tt and get kicking! *laughs* To keep my sanity, I am sharing to you some of our wedding tasks that we have accomplished, as I go through the status on our checklist.

photo(9) Wedding Ring. We have finally booked the jeweler whose got the design that my B fell in love with. I am happy that he is getting the ring he wanted. Brides-to-be, let us not forget that weddings are not only for us bride, but is also for our grooms, so include him in the planning and give into the details that he wants too. *wink*

photo(11)Wedding Cake. I couldn’t be happier to have found the cake maker who makes the prettiest, daintiest and most whimsical cake I have ever seen! Not only the design perfectly suits my taste, the inner “design” and actual flavor that I want will be done! Amen to that!

photo(10)Wedding Gown. The couturier is one of the earliest suppliers we have booked. As of this month though, we are still in the process of perfect-ing the actual gown to suit the design I have in mind. Crossing fingers that all goes well on our next fitting this coming August.

Being a hands-on bride-to-be, I am learning a lot of tips and tricks in planning and preparing for my own wedding. We are going to hire a coordinator but only for the actual day. With that said, it is very important that I understand clearly what I wanted to achieve for the wedding in order to communicate it to the suitable suppliers. It’s also important that you clarify and review the “contract” or “terms of agreement” for you to have a smooth transaction up until after the wedding.

It has been a whirlwind few months behind us, but I am excited that we agreed to accomplish at least one task per night. Hooray for more accomplished tasks! Hooray for the wedding details we are about to tackle!

For all the other brides-to-be AND grooms-to-be, happy prepping! *smiles*

Hooray Thursday: High Hopes

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IMG_1559_dpp_1200{ Ethnic bag from Vietnam which received TONS of compliments from Manila Airport to Singapore up until Changi Airport on our way back home! Which made me crave to go back again to Vietnam and hoard these pretty babies. }

What better way for me to greet July, the start of the 2nd half of 2013, than to bring back one of my favorite curated posts — Hooray Thursday! Today’s inspiration is from the things around me, current happenings, or recent experiences that are giving me high hopes for the things that are yet to come. It’s also a good way to keep you updated on what’s happening over here at The Dollhouse.

IMG_7770{ Our recent visit to Singapore and TONS of photos that comes from this whirlwind trip! Sadly we were faced with “work” the minute we arrived back home and so we are looking forward with high hopes for the weekend ahead to catch up on fun stuff — like browsing and reminiscing about our trip through our photos. }

photo(8){ Group classes at the gym gives me hope that I can achieve my ideal body weight. We have TONS of photo-shoot lined up and I can’t muster to have the excitement and proper frame of mind until I get “back to shape”. Diet + exercise = hopeful me }

IMAG2457_1{ Parcel in the post office straight from a blog reader in Florida — how sweet!!! ^_^}

 P.s. 1st photo above was from our Playing Tourist in the City getaway.


NamNam, truly malinamnam

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More and more restos are sprouting in Makati and I’ve visited one that is perfect for small, medium or large group, it’s called NamNam — a fresh and delightful take on Filipino comfort food.

IMG_7045{ Even the interiors have a modern take on Filipino restaurant look }

If you are the type who craves for a classic Pinoy dish, expect NamNam to satiate your cravings. And if you are the type who wishes to put twists on your classic Pinoy favorites, be ready to be surprised with their version of twisted classic Pinoy dishes!

IMG_7032{ Ensaladang NamNam Php115, small }

I love the combination of pomelo and green mango taste. Just the right sour taste enough to whet your appetite.

NamNam is just one of the concept restaurants by the same team behind Que and Burger Bar. Their urge to put up this concept sprung because they feel that Filipino cuisine is under-served hence the birth of NamNam last January 2013.

IMG_7038{ Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon Php215, small }

This one surprised me. I’ve been eating that red thing (see above) and thought it was tomatoes and was so surprised to know that it is the watermelon! It gave the classic sinigang a spun of sweet against its sour taste.

IMG_7034{ University Fried Rice Php135, small }

Perfect for solo eaters. Its comparable with rice bowl meals — you have your meat embedded in the flavored rice and now top with sunny side up. Comfort in a bowl!

IMG_7036{ Caramelized Patis Wings Php155, small }

Don’t be fooled with the name. Although it says patis (fish sauce), this is not salty at all. It has the right crisp to the bite, enough sweet, salty and spicy to the taste. Sarap papakin!

IMG_7041{ Buko Pineapple Shake }

Another menu item that has a surprising twist. Tastes more Pineapple than it looks.

IMG_7047{ Gata Leche Flan Php85, small }

A classic Pinoy dessert twisted with rich flavor of gata (coconut milk). If you are not too much of a sweet tooth, better share the small serving with a buddy.


What I personally liked about them is that they have small (good for 1), medium (good for 3) and large (good for 6) servings which I think is brilliant. They also presented their menu in a 50/50 presentation — half classics – half twists (if only I have a better photo of their menu, you’ll know what I mean!)

So even if you’re a solo eater, there’s surely a dish for you. Same if you’re dining with a big group, you can opt to choose several dishes in medium so you can share and you can taste a lot more dishes than just eating your own dish order.

Have a taste of malinamnam goodness at NamNam!

G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St cor Greenbelt Dr
Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 625-0515