Our brother has so many things to juggle - help with the preparations for his upcoming wedding (which will take place the day after this) as well as watch over us, making sure our short trip would be very memorable.
We started the day quite early - with a breakfast at Mom's Corner, tasting their signature dish, the Lumpiang Sariwa (fresh spring rolls). While eating breakfast, brother shared stories about the upcoming wedding as well us inform us at how our day will be laid out according to schedule as he has to make sure to get things done.
It is mandatory for us to visit as much Catholic churches and shrines while on an out of town trip, so our next stop was the St. Augustine Cathedral, just a long walking distance from Mom's Corner. There we just prayed mostly about gratitude with a little hint of intentions for our brother's married life.
Near the Cathedral, brother told us that our next stop was the old water tower. From afar, we were wondering what's so special about it, until we realized that this was transformed into a museum. Photographs weren't allowed in the second and third levels of the museum, and the first level didn't have that much to offer, so very few pictures were taken.
The sun was way too bright and the overall weather was quite hot, so mom suggested we head back to the hotel and just continue with the sight seeing come mid-afternoon. Getting back to the hotel, we hired this motorella - a fusion between tricycle and a jeepney, something very unique for our eyes. This small vehicle can take up to ten passengers - eight in the back side and two in between the driver - perfect for all of us. One of our companions (Tita Malou) expressed her desire to have her picture taken inside this unique mode of public transportation, so when we spotted a parked motorela, we took turns in having our pictures taken. Nothing to worry though, as the driver was having his siesta nearby.
Back at the hotel, brother told us he would just run some errands for his wedding, and since sister and I didn't want to spend our short vacation inside the hotel room, we decided to tag along with him. We first went to Pearlmont Inn where the wedding reception will be held, then we went to Limketkai Mall so brother could deposit payments for some of the things needed for the celebration.
While waiting for him to finish his bank errand, sister and I went to Missy Bon Bon to eat some gelato, to fight off the high noon heat. Quite a weird way to eat lunch, but we all decided to have a heavy snacks later, so this was just the appetizer.
By 2pm, we all met at Big Flat Bread to eat late lunch. This is a pizza place, and because we all didn't want to eat rice, we went for their huge pizza. The wait staff suggested we go for the four flavor pizza, and at first we didn't anticipate its size...all we knew was that it was big because it was expensive. Imagine our surprise when it was served! Needless to say, we didn't get to eat all.
Sister and I as well as brother's best man were needed at the church for the wedding rehearsal at 4pm. Brother told the "oldies" that they could stay in the hotel if they want, but they thought this would be a great way for them to socialize with Emmy's family, so all of us went to the church.
It was just a short rehearsal - we were just informed of what we should do during the wedding ceremony, and after, we went to the wedding shop to fit the gowns again. Sister and I weren't totally pleased with the gowns from yesterday's fitting and we were expecting all will be corrected by this time as the wedding will be tomorrow.
We waited nearly three hours for the gowns to be delivered, and to our dismay we had more complaints today than yesterday - most especially with Jenn's gown. It was so annoying to find out that the sleeves were not proportioned anymore (the left sleeve and arm hole suddenly was so tight while the right one was slightly loose) and that the stain that we complained from yesterday was still there. As if our complaints were just all dust in the wind, the shop worker decided to take out the stain by dropping some bleach for colored clothes, gave it a light scrub between her knuckles, and pack it. Jenn, who is usually quiet and can adapt well with situations checked her gown again and to her horror, the stain was bigger and more noticeable than ever! I was so mad with how they handled everything... and started voicing my concerns. Brother was so pissed off with everything, and our saving grace was that the owner of the shop just entered the shop. It was nearly 9pm... all of us were tired, our heads aching and Jenn started to get sick.... and when the shop owner started talking to one of her staffs, that's when we aired our concern. The shop owner assured us that all will be well by 8:30 tomorrow morning, and asked Jenn everything she wanted to get down. Pissed, my sister just said she can deal with the sleeves (she feared that it will lead to more problems if she would ask them to fix the disproportionate sleeves), but the stains, she couldn't... and was firm to say that if the stains would still be there when they deliver it, the shop shouldn't expect any payment for their services. In all fairness, the owner of the shop refused to accept the partial payment my brother was supposed to pay for that day.
After a long, tiring, day... we didn't have the appetite to eat dinner anymore, but we did go to Centrio Mall around 11pm to have a cup of coffee. I, being a lover of Red Velvet Cakes, wasn't able to resist the temptation and gave in to a needed comfort eating. There, we voiced out opinions and us siblings becoming groom-zilla and bridesmaid-zilla.
The downside though was that... Jenn wasn't able to cope up with the sudden change of temperatures - the cold air conditioned rooms (hotel and establishments) and the hot weather outside. She started complaining about headaches and was always in the bathroom as her body was rejecting all the food she ate. I just prayed she would be better for the wedding, it would be sad if she would have flu at this time.
* Jesz *