15 Practical Wedding Registry Ideas for 2016

Planning a wedding can be tedious. From pre-nup photos, to choosing the venue, food tasting, giveaways, to the wedding guests to invite, it could give the couple to be married lots of stress! Do they need to add additional stressors after their big day when they opened your gift – a chandelier, that they could not hang in their small apartment? Whoever created the idea of a wedding registry must have been a bride or a groom at some point. Not only will it ensure convenience for the newlyweds, but to guests as well. According to wiki,a bridal registry or wedding registry, a...

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What You Need To Know About Annulment in the Philippines

Annulment - Legal procedure of declaring a marriage void ab initio We know how hollywood celebrities spend so much money on divorce papers and processes, but how well do we know our own laws in relation to annulment and divorce? Divorce is not a legal option in the Philippines, however we have annulment which declares a marriage void from the beginning. However, there are 2 types of annulment. The Civil Annulment and the Church Annulment. If you are annulled in Church you are still binded by marital contract under the eyes of the law, while being civilly annulled gives you the...

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Why I say, “Marriage is for the weak!”

I've noticed recently that my facebook feed is being swarmed by wedding photos of my friends, relatives, celebrities and a lot of people I don’t personally know. I don't really mind that at all. It's their lives and they have every right to get married if they so please. What I don't like is when people tell me that I should too. It just pisses me off every time. I just put on my poker face because I don't want to make a scene. Inside my crazy little mind though, resides my alter - ego, Nina, who is running a...

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Marrying a Man You Met Online – Does Online Dating Really Work?

If I had a nickel for every person who asked me how I met my husband, I would have enough to fill a bathtub. Everyone assumes (because he is American and I am clearly not) that we met online through the multi million industry that is online dating.   The Funny thing is, we did meet online. But in no way was it intentional and we were not looking for Love. Love found us (char! so cliche'). Let me give you a snippet of our story.   I was a church youth leader and was always looking for uplifting quotes, verses,...

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Things my non-Filipino husband will never understand

I don't think my husband completely understands when I tell him, I miss my mom. Or when I say I miss my family, in general.   This particular melancholy settles in during the in-between seasons, Spring and Autumn. There is something so poignant about the change that it triggers nostalgia in me. Or maybe it's just my age. I miss my mom and I wish she were nearby so I can visit her and spoil her a little: cook for her or take her out, buy her some nice sandals, sigh... I miss my sisters and I want to chat...

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Simple Pleasures in Life (aside from sex)

I have mentioned about how it can be reasonably inexpensive to have fun with the family here in Germany because of many beautiful open spaces we can all frollick in for free. I am talking about the whole family. Karsten and I can sit down and read a book while the kids play on the bank of the river, or climb trees, etc. But what if we don't want to have the kids with us? What if we want to go out? THEN, it gets expensive! Babysitter alone charges a whooping 10€ per hour! We sometimes ask a neighbor to...

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What Happens When your Husband is of a Different Faith?

  Marriage is already difficult as it is. You have committed yourself to a person who is most likely very different from you, with different ideals, beliefs, value system. If you were Catholic and he were Protestant, that in itself is a source of discussion: who converts to what? The families will try to put in their two cents worth, the pastor will be called in, the priest will be asked, the congregation will be asked to pray for the decision. At least in the Philippines. We are a Christian nation, populated by devoted followers. The church is always a...

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Why and How I Get Along with my Mother-in-Law

For starters, let me just say that I am really lucky because my MIL is a genuinely wonderful person and I honestly, really like her. Had she been a complete monster, always butting into our business, telling us how to do things better, I would never, ever cook for her! But as she is indeed a really nice and loving person, how could I just not like her?! It must be said also that my husband, obviously, loves his mom. He wants to visit regularly, tries to include an overnight in her place into our plans when it's possible, and...

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Can you pass the US Citizenship exam?

Now that I have my new, super shiny, super green, permanent resident card, I have to start thinking about the next step. Naturalization. U.S. Citizenship. Whoah. Just saying those words give me goose bumps. So I went down the rabbit hole and started digging around. I spoke to a few Filipinos and here are some of the questions they mentioned that came up at the US Citizenship exam. Now the questions is, do you think you can pass the US Citizenship exam? Can I? hmmmm. When do we celebrate Independence Day? DUH What is one promise you make when you...

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A Typical Weekend with my Family in Germany

Because my husband is always on businesstrips, we try to spend as much family time on weekends as we can. Sure, there are those Saturdays that are just BLOCKED because there are the inevitable cellar cleaning (c/o husband) or the cabinet sorting (my task) but otherwise, we make sure that we always do something together as a family. We are a middle class family, so spending euros is not really something we would jump at. These are simple activities that do not cost us money (or at least not a lot, if at all). Family in Germany 1. BOARDGAMES Yes, board...

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6 Things I Learned from my German Husband

  We come from opposite ends of the world, oceans apart. We do things differently, we think differently, we speak differently and not just because we're man and woman and therefore there mars and venus difference comes to mind. I remember when we were planning for our prenup pictorial, our photographer asked me what were our common interests, our similarities, so that she could conceptualize a cohesive theme to the photo spread, and we were stumped. Karsten and I stopped short because we could not honestly name a hobby we like in common aside from sleeping and eating. Slowly but...

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I Paid in Pizza for my Philippine Marriage License

  This is very embarrassing for me. Unfortunately, sometimes it is needed to bring light to a horrible problem in the Philippines. Corruption. As I was writing my article on buying wedding dress in the Philippines, I was reminded of my unfortunate experience where I had to bribe some people with Pizza just to get our marriage license. Yes, you heard that right, PIZZA. Here's what happened. In Sta Rosa, Laguna, or maybe everywhere else in the Philippines, you have to attend a whole day seminar on marriage before getting your marriage license or permit to marry. This created a...

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