First Snow Experience

Hola Chicos! I'm going to be doing a little back post here. I figured, I've had a lot of experiences in the past worth writing, so why waste them? :) One of my most unforgettable experiences is the first time we saw (and held) snow. My family and I went on a tour of the Alpine countries last 2008 and we were lucky because it was still the early part of Spring.  Just to enlighten some of my other friends, the Philippines is a tropical country that only has summer and rainy seasons. This photo was taken somewhere in Italy on the way to St. Moritz in Switzerland.

 I know I know it's stupid to be playing with someone's backyard snow but what can we do? :) It was so exciting to see snow for the first time :)
 Even the adults enjoyed it :) Our tour mates from different countries found joy in taking our pictures enjoying the settle wet ice of this unknown Backyard.
When we left for St. Mortiz in Switzerland, (we traveled by tour bus), we were brought to Hotel Laudinella which was on higher ground and it was reeeeally cold. 
 That evening it was just cold...
 ...and the place was picture perfect when the lights of St. Moritz are on...
 Our parents from the other room called us in the morning to look out the window and look! It's snowing!!!! Even if it was just wet snow or rain that turned into ice because of the temperature, for u, it was winter wonderland!! :)
 Temperature was down to 3 degrees celsius :)

 It was amazing to see and feel falling snow :) 
 While I took pictures, my cousins and my sister played snowball flights with our Canadian tour mate Bryan :)
 Too bad that we were on our way to another place so while preparing our things, we just admired the view of snowy St. Moritz :)

 It made everything look different. It was just....fantastic! :)
Our next destination was in Como Italy. It was the exact opposite of St. Moritz beause it was really hot. But after Como, we went to Mt. Zermatt in Switzerland which was only accesible by cable train because any non electric vehicle was not allowed up there to preserve the glaciers. But it wasn't snowing there. It was just freeeeaaaakin' cold. It was a quiet, and less polluted place which we really loved. After Mt. Zermatt, we left again for Switzerland, in Lucerne where we experienced the cable cars up Mount Pilatus. 
 From the cable car you can see a beautiful view of Lucerne :)

 The higher you go, the foggier it is

 That instrument behind us is called the Alphorn. It's a large horn that was used before by the people of the Alpine area to communicate with the other people from nearby hills/mountains.

 When we went higher, we saw a biiiiiig chunk of snow!!!!

 The adults had fun too as if they went back in time and became children again :)
 According to this sign, Mt Pilatus is 20132 m or 7000ft high :)...or does this mean we're on the 7000th feet mark?...oh well :)

 Sliding down the chunk of snow :)
 My cousin and I and the Pilatus picture thing :)
This experience is really unforgettable for us and I love hearing about other people's First Snow experiences as well. If you have one,  I'd like to know yours :) Hasta luego!! :)

Marold-Ranara Nuptials 24 June 2012

It's my first time to write about a wedding I attended :) I became the unofficial official photographer of my friends' wedding. meaning, they have their own official Photographer which was Dizon Photography, but I was uncluded in the list of Official Photographers so that I would be allowed to take pictures in the "no unofficial photographers allowed" areas. The Marold-Ranara Nuptials was held last 24 June 2012 at the Fernbrook Gardens, Alabang.

Meet our Bride Joyce Ranara, the Rockstar Barbie, and Thor Wigan Marold, the Demigod. That was the theme of their wedding. Rockstar Barbie meets Demigod

I met the groom, who I usually call "Daddy Marold" (But I will call him Thor in this entry), year 2008 when he was still a cadet at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP). People who graduate from the Academy are automatic Ensigns of the Philippine Navy (Reserve) hence the Uniform. One day he told us that he will introduce us to this beautiful woman who he apparently stalked in a 7-11 Convenience Store....
 that was 2008, and now they're married! haha I must admit, they planned their wedding first, but I got married first :)
 The Fernbrook Gardens is a very beautiful place to get married in, it's just a little warm inside but the pictures after the event turn out great that you hardly need to edit the pictures except for a few lighting and brightness enhancements. Like this photo for example of the incumbent 3rd Class or 2nd year cadets of MAAP as they lined up snappily to welcome the entourage.

 The groom flashed me an excited smile as he walked down the aisle :)
 The Groom's Parents :) Mr. Marold is actually German and the Mother is a native of IloIlo Philippines
 One of the best parts of a wedding ceremony is the entrance of the bride :) During my wedding, the coordinator always told me that this is the part where all eyes are on the bride and the bride alone because this is the only time that the spotlight is on her and the only time that one can marvel at the beauty of the bride :)
The MAAP cadets in place as they welcomed the bride

 During my wedding, I saw my groom cry from afar so I made sure that after taking satisfying shots of the bride, I must focus my camera on the groom so that I don't miss that moment when he wipes his tears and look!! He did ....and with a beautiful and emotion filled smile on his face that made the picture more unforgettable :)
 The bride :) Joycie, (or Mommy Joycie in our case), as people would call her, is one of the sweetest women in the world and that's the reason why we clicked with her as soon as she was introduced to us. 
 This is the hardest part for the parents, "giving away" their daughter :)

 The beautiful couple finally in front of the priest. The priest was the priest from the school where the groom studied in high school
 cuuuuuutie little flower girl :)

 Exchange of Vows :)
 "wear this ring, as a sign of my love and fidelity..."
 So what's with the groom laughing? haha it's because they wore the wrong rings :) During the wedding march of the entourage, the rings on the ring bearer's pillows are only mock rings because we have this superstition that if the bearer accidentally drops the rings, it's bad luck so we only put mock ring on the pillows and as soon as the ring bearer finishes his walk, the Best Man will exchange the mock rings with the real ones. But the Best Man forgot to do that because of his excitement (The best man was the bride's brother),...
 So the bride and groom had to repeat the exchange of rings saying "Joyce/Thor, wear this REAL ring..." (yes with emphasis on the word REAL)

 I wasn't able to get a good shot of the "kiss the bride" part because of course I didn't want to block the view of the Official Official Photographer. The bride and groom deserve perfect pictures by their real photographer :)

In military weddings, before the exit, the couple has to pass through pairs of their draw sword group and with consequences given by each pair. But because the draw sword group was composed of junior classmen of the groom, he was able to talk to them and request that only the last pair would give a consequence, and a simple one only for that matter.

 ...a simple 10 second long kiss :)
 This is the ballroom where the reception was held. 
 The couple had a mobile bar placed with free flowing drinks :) My friend Crystal and I wanted to try their Mojito so while waiting for the couple, we hung out by the bar :)

 One of the local wedding traditions here in the Philippines is when the couple is on the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple, guests are invited to hang/pin/stick money on either the bride or the groom
The dinner was buffet style with lots of delicious food to choose from. And while waiting for our table number to be called for photo ops with the couple, we ate as much as we could
 Photo time :)
 After dinner and after the program, the people either went to the Photo booth outside or the mobile bar inside. In our case, we went to the mobile bar to hang out with the groom with these colorful drinks. We didn't want the strong drinks because we weren't really there to get drunk. Just a simple toast for the groom.

 Then we found the streeeetch limo outside by the lobby so we took some pictures by it :)
I hope you enjoyed today's photo heavy entry :) ciao!!


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