Q & A
I’ll answer the questions running in your head first.
– Why 43.1? Because there’s a 43.2. I wore two dresses on this day.
– Why “The English Garden Love”? Let’s clarify the “garden” first..it’s because here I was on that day:
As you can see, I was like a garden! The dress I was wearing had butterfly prints and beadworks on it; the bag I was carrying was scattered with prints of flowers and berries; and even the flats I was wearing had a huge flower appliqué! And this wasn’t deliberate: I wore the dress because it was new and dainty and I was excited; I used the bag because it was the bag I last used (so it had my things) and I was running late (no time to move my things into another bag); I wore the shoes because they are my most comfy pair of flats, and I was expecting there will be a lot of walking.
Ooops, by the way, we were in Tagaytay. Again.
“English” and “love”
So why “English” garden and why “love”? “English”, because Mom has just arrived from London, and the bag and dress I was wearing were from there. Mom gave me the bag while my cousin (yes you are…forever!) Ate Marivic who works as a nurse there sent me the dress (and more fab dresses! Love love love you Ate!). hence the “love”. 😉
So what were we doing in Tagaytay? At that time, we were to attend the Philippine reception of the wedding of my first ever BRAIN TRAIN teaching protégé, Rachel Joy Rojas-Herweynen. Rach and her groom got married in Australia last year, but to share the momentous occasion with Rach’s friends and family in the Philippines, they also had a Philippine reception (tutyal!)
Since Randy got himself a new SLR, he really looked forward to this trip even though we’ve visited Tagaytay just more than a month ago. The reception was at 5 p.m., yet we were already in Tagaytay at noon because we wanted to go around and go sightseeing.
HOWEVER, the sightseeing on this day did not push through. Bakit kamo? Ganito kasi ‘yun. Before we left, I berated Randy for the outfit he intended to wear. Ayan, mapapa-Taglish na ako. Emotional eh. Pa’no ba naman, Randy has only one—I repeat—ONE long-sleeved polo! Trulili, ONE, as in ISA lang talaga! Aaand, in all of our photos during weddings, ‘yun at ‘yun din lang ang outfit niya. And ito pa: he dores not have black leather shoes. Yes ladies and gentlemen, all of Randy’s footwear are just rubber shoes and Sanuk. At eto pa: Wala. Siyang. Black. Socks!!! I pointed out to him how ridiculous that was! So I was able to convince him to, utang na loob—bumili naman siya ng bagong long-sleeved polo!
You think I’m one selfless wife? Shempre since we were talking about shopping for the wedding, isiningit ko na rin ang fact na wala akong proper shoes for the wedding. Of course, he found it hard to believe. But he believed anyway. 😉
I suggested to drop by Paseo de Sta. Rosa or Nuvali in Sta. Rosa City on the way to Tagaytay. But he said he wanted to arrive in Tagaytay as soon as possible. He said that there’s an Ayala Mall in Tagaytay raw. I vetoed him because I was one of the Nuffnang bloggers tapped by Ayala Land to write about its development in Tagaytay, and as far as I remember the Ayala Mall is yet to be constructed. But he insisted—sure daw s’ya, napuntahan na raw n’ya ‘yun some years ago.
The “Ayala Mall” in Tagaytay
So after having lunch and camwhoring at Taaleña Restaurant,
At Taalena Restaurant, Tagaytay City
we proceeded to this “Ayala Mall” in Tagaytay that, according to Randy, was mala-Alabang Center. Turns out that:
- It was a Robinson’s mall.
- It was selling groceries and had a tiannge outside selling: kakanin, toys, and very casual clothes.
- The only similarity it bore with Alabang Town Center was that it was breezy and had lots of open space.
- So we had no choice but to head back to Sta. Rosa City, as Randy had nothing to wear to the wedding.
- —my Grendha flats would have been so off with the dress I brought along.
Shopping for the Wedding
As quickly as we could we bought what we had to buy: for our footwear we went to Aldo (I was able to score an extra pair of semi-wedge cage sandals pa, aside from my shoes for the wedding, haha!), and Randy bought his long-sleeved polo and bunch of black socks from Marks & Spencer (a big round of applause for Randy’s second long-sleeved polo and bunch of black socks!!!)
Insider Tip: Go shopping at Nuvali and Paseo de Sta. Rosa because it’s an outlet stores haven!!! We got the Aldo footwear and Marks & Spencer clothes at a fraction of their original prices!!! The Aldo Outlet Store can be found at Solenad in Nuvali, while the Marks and Spencer outlet store is beside the Debenhams outlet store at Paseo de Sta. Rosa (less than five minutes away from Solenad if you’re in a private vehicle).
And then off we went back to Tagaytay to check-in Raviv and Yaya Gigi (you will meet Yaya Gigi later. But don’t worry—Yaya Isay is still with us ;)) to our hotel room at Tagaytay Crosswinds.
Wardrobe Diary #43.2—moi in the wedding—will come next. 🙂
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