I am cleaning up my Digital Scrapbooking Links and it is taking so long to go through the list. I realize that I have missed out on a lot of news from blogs that I used to visit at least twice a week. It’s nice getting re-acquainted though. It’s also very inspiring to look at all the lovely layouts showcased in many of those blogs. And of course, i’m happy to see all the freebies available 🙂
One particular designer blogger I was glad to have visited again is Vicki. She now sells at a new store with some of her friends, and that is amazing. One ad from her blog caught my attention, it was for Photobook Philippines! I checked out their website and things look promising. Kodak stations and Digiprint offer printing for photobooks and albums but if you choose bound ones, I don’t know if the photos will line up for two-page layouts (not that I have those). Photobook Philippines has a software that will probably help you figure that out. I don’t intend to have a book printed anytime soon, I don’t have enough layouts for that, but it’s nice to know what my options are.
OOohhh and looking at the various digiscrapping blogs have got me to thinking that I probably should be using templates more. Just a thought.
I still have a lot of mail to catch up on, but I’ve decided to stick it out with cleaning one particular mailbox for now. I have two email accounts that receive shares through sharing groups and I don’t get to see to them everyday. There are so many lovely graphics sent through them and it’s such a waste because I don’t get to see them right away. I probably should think about delisting from either one or both of those groups…
I’ve also tried to catch up posting Project 365 photos on DigitalMe. I’m still far from being caught up, but I know I must do this otherwise I will just forget why I took those photos or what they represented to me at the time. I wonder if I’ll ever scrap pages for those? Hah, I don’t want to say I’ll find time, that somehow jinxes things for me. Anyway, here are the photos I’ve added to the gallery:
You’ll see a photo of my big brother (who could be an Ely Buendia or John Lloyd look-alike depending on the angle haha), taken on January 16 at the entrance of San Benissa Garden Villas. We visited the site of our condo units to sign our contracts for the unit improvements. He and his girlfriend were actually back there yesterday to submit the signed contract for the property management office to take care of renting out our units to interested parties. I hope they find renters soon. That would definitely ease a bit of my financial woes.
There’s also the photo of my nephews and niece from my father’s side of the family (the other half of my family that hardly gets mentioned on this blog). The only girl in the photo is the beautiful Samantha or Sam as she is fondly called. She is so sweet, but also a handful! The whole time during the wedding ceremony, she couldn’t keep still. So endearing really. 🙂 Bench is the big boy here and he’s the same age as Sam. He talks a lot too and together, they can be a tough pair to care for. I have not seen these kids in a long time and it was good that they were there on my cousin Bryan’s weddin on the 15th of January. The baby in the stroller is Bryan’s little boy. He was christened right after the wedding ceremony. I don’t think I wrote a post about the wedding did I? Honestly, I think I kept myself from writing about it at the time, because I didn’t want to say anything nasty. But until now I can’t help it. I didn’t like the bridesmaid dresses! Haha. It was in bright green satin, a material that should never be used for such a purpose. I’m sorry, I really just don’t think it flattered anyone. The motif was green and yellow/gold. To be honest, the green and yellow combination in the linens and decor used in the reception turned out better than the bridesmaid gowns did. The bride was lovely though, no contest with that. And the wedding reception was held in a nice cozy place. Food was excellent too. Too bad we didn’t get to chat with my cousin (who is actually US based and only came home for the wedding) and his mom since we had to drive home already. We had to sleep soon since there was work in the evening.
The odd photo in the group is my March desktop. Both photos used here are ones that have me and my brother together. We’re six years apart. If you look at us now, you wouldn’t notice that age gap. Oh and I have to say this, I love that cute dress I had on in the bottom photo. My Lola Maggie (grandma) did that. She made us (me and my cousins) many lovely dresses while we were growing up, and she made some for my eldest nieces too when they were very small. I wonder if we have pictures of those? I hope so. They looked like dolls in vintage dresses. Seriously. Hehe 🙂
The last P365 photo is a very bad photo of my leg, to show off my ballet flats that I always wear to work. To be honest, I forgot to snap a photo for that day, January 17th, so I took a photo of the first thing I could think of. Hehe.
Anyway, I have a magazine to read and a letter to the editor to compose (haha). I really should go to bed instead, but it’s so darn hot!
UPDATE: I just remembered something that I tried catching up on today – Les Miserables, the book. Oh my god, I forgot exactly when I started reading this but I know I’ve finished at least two books since. And I don’t like doing that, picking up other books while I’m in the middle of another, which is why my to-be-read pile is just growing in number. It’s just that Les Miz is quite draining to read, with all the history and study of that time’s Paris society. And all that talk about the gamin of Paris is a reminder of the street children of Metro Manila at present day. And all the injustice in their prisons? Don’t those still exist today in prisons the world over? That’s sad. All I knew about Les Miz was a romanticized version of it I guess, and I wasn’t prepared to read all about the history of France or a study of it’s society. But it is a wonderful piece of literature, and I will finish the rest of the book someday. Haha 🙂