Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tea with my Newbie

Afternoon Tea with my Gemma
With a couple hours spare, I pulled the bestie away from her very busy motherly duties and took her out to her first afternoon tea experience. I found a small, quiet hotel restaurant just off Belgravia. Nowhere too concealed; although... my Gems somehow managed to get swallowed in by the streets of Victoria and get herself lost. Beyond shadow of doubt, she found her way! 

Distant from the daily stresses of life, we sat & enjoyed the moment. Served with unlimited tea, a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and enough sweet nibbles to keep us chit chatting away. A care-free, chic way to begin the week and with my favourite company =)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

"A bit of stardust blown from the hands of God"

Saturday 2nd July was a very special day; my precious little wonderful, Alaya Chanel Apan (my best friend's baby) was finally baptised. The day was blessed with lovely, warm weather perfected to set the occasion. Babygirl made her presence into Our Lady of Lourdes Church with her beautiful Sarah Louise ivory silk robe with a laced overlay. It was a quick and pleasant ceremony surrounded with close friends and family. I was most delighted to attend this wonderful Christening day but even more gratified to have been given the honour to be one of the godparents.

The proud parents & godparents of Alaya Chanel

Gemma, Mark & Alaya
Alaya, Sean & I

The reception followed soon after at a nearby hall and as successful as most Filipino party usually are, there was food. Plenty of it! A buffet of Filipino cuisine & desserts; you were certainly spoilt for choice.

It was a great day for the little one indeed. Thank you Gem, Mark & Alaya for letting me be a part of it. I love you guys x

My precious God daughter, Alaya x
"May the Lord give His angel charge over you, to guide you in all your ways" 
-Psalm 91:11

Sunday, 3 July 2011


This post I dedicate to all those I know who took on their PGCE course 2010/11. After a full-on year of hard work, stress and commitment, it must be at your relief to finally say, 'its over'. Technically it isn't, as you still have an amazing journey ahead of you; a responsibility of a lifetime. As I've watched many of you through your course experience, all your hard work has definitely paid of - you're all going to make fantastic teachers. A special acknowledgement goes out to my other half, who to passed his course; I couldn't be more proud of you!

On celebrating their wonderful achievements, I pulled together a gathering at Grace Bar & Restaurant in Piccadilly. Brought by some old familiar faces which was a special touch to the occasion. We drank, we ate, we drank some more... it was a great evening indeed =) Again, well done and all the best throughout your teaching careers.

"Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted." 
~ David Bly