A boutique stay at AurumOne Makati

27 October 2016 Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

When I was in Manila 2 weeks ago, AurumOne Makati became my home for the first 2 nights. After arriving at Ninoy Aquino International airport, I went straight to find a Grab booth and booked a ride to the hotel. Luckily, Grab offers a PhP 100 discount for TBEX delegates. After 15 minutes, I had arrived outside the entrance of AuromOne Makati.

With This Ring I Thee Wed: The Truth About Planning A Wedding

24 October 2016



Anyone who has ever arranged a wedding knows only too well that you're never just planning a wedding. Yes, the ceremony is part of it - a quite important part. But there is always more to it than that. And in many ways, the wedding is the easy bit.

Yes, there'll probably be some people scoffing at that last line, but it's true. As much as you may fret over what you're wearing, what they're wearing, and where you're marrying, it's simple. Simple enough, anyway.

Getting married is simply standing in front of someone official, telling each other you'll always love one another. You'll probably exchange rings. But this part can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

Here's a little secret that the friends of people getting married never tell the couple. They're not especially excited about the ceremony. Don't misunderstand: the fact that you're getting married is exciting. People do genuinely care about that part, and are happy for you. And this is the key part - a marriage and a wedding are different things. The former will go on, hopefully, for the rest of your life. The latter can take a matter of minutes.

The Reception, On The Other Hand...


When you tell people you're getting married, and they're invited, their excitement comes from two things. The first is their joy for you as a couple. The second is the reception. The fact that they will be sitting in a church, a registry office or a vineyard for an hour or so while you go from fiancee to bride? They may or may not be excited by that bit. But the party afterward? That's the enthralling bit for them.

And because the reception is the bit that excites people, that's the bit you have to get right. You need to make sure it's tightly planned, and that you hit all the right notes.

"Isn't The Reception About Us, The Happy Couple?"


It is, absolutely. And the theme for it, if there is to be a theme, should reflect you both correctly. That includes things like color scheme, dress code and entertainment. What you want to avoid is annoying anyone or making them feel left out. That means a strong focus on things like:

Food: Find out about people's dietary intolerances and preferences. If someone's vegan or lactose intolerant, don't insult them by offering them no options in these areas.

Table Settings: Don't put people who've been at each other' throats for months next to one another. Especially if there is alcohol involved. Also remember your theme. Tablecloths and catering napkins need to fit in with it.

Guest List: Some people will be more than happy to miss the ceremony, although close friends and family members won't. For the reception, though, you need to make sure you don't miss people off. It's especially awkward when you ask a guest if they're having fun and they say "Yes, but I'd be having more fun if [Uncle X] was here." Don't be the person who forgot Uncle X.

If all of the above sounds a little cynical, it's not meant to. The simple truth is that people want to be part of celebrating your wedding. And in the end, that's the part you need to get right. The actual marriage is for you two more than anyone else.

When You Know He's The One - What Comes Next

So you’ve had the talk. Maybe he’s down on one knee, and you know you’re going to say yes. That moment when you see the whole of your life as a happy half of a wonderful relationship feels pretty good. But it’s not long before the stress and worry of the one event that celebrates your love starts to creep in. Don’t panic. There may be lots to do, but you can get ahead of the hassles by knowing what needs to happen next.

If you’re getting engaged, chances are you’ve already picked out a ring. Perhaps you’re even wearing it. Diamonds have become the traditional gemstone of choice, but there are no rules saying it has to be that way. After all, it all came about thanks to a clever marketing campaign from a diamond retailer! Once you’re wearing the ring, you will have to announce your engagement. Visit each of the parents, pop the news on social media, or even take out an announcement column in the local rag.



One of the first things you have to do when you’re planning your wedding is to pick a venue. You may have a date in mind for your big day, but the availability of your preferred venue may force a different one upon you. Companies like Riverhouse Hospitality can take you through all the things you might need for your big event. You will need to have a rough idea of guest numbers. Some smaller venues may not be right for you if the guest list is likely to be large.

A simple wedding may require nothing more than a large space that you can decorate yourself. Friends and family might provide a buffet. Then all you need is some great music to toast. But the reception is only one part of the wedding. You need to find someone to take you through the legal marriage ceremony. They need to be licensed. In some places, the venue in which you marry will also need to be licensed. Some religious weddings may not meet the legal requirements for your local area.



The wedding dress is one of the most important parts of the wedding for a bride. Shopping for one can be a lot of fun, or it can be quite stressful trying to find exactly what you want. You can have one made just for you. Or you can buy something elegant off the peg in a department store. Bridal boutiques usually stock dozens of beautiful dresses you can hire or buy. They usually have a tailoress that can fit the dress for you perfectly.

Finally, it’s time to decide on your vows and take that walk down the aisle. There are only a few legally binding words you need to repeat. The rest of the ceremony is up to you. You could read a poem or make up your own vows to reflect the love you have for your husband. Most venues allow you to choose any non-sacred music you like. And you can decorate your venue to be the most romantic place you’ve ever been. Congratulations.

Perspex Sheets

11 October 2016

Clear cast acrylic, also commonly referred to as Perspex Sheet, is a high-grade and versatile clear plastic materials offering high levels of strength and clarity. The perspex sheets can be cut to size acrylic as you needed and it is very suitable for many applications.

These perspex sheets possess endless possibilities: from fashion to furniture, aquariums to architecture, boats to bathrooms, and glazing to gliders and shop signs to shelving. The list is almost unlimited.

Optical clarity. Clear Perspex Sheet has a near perfect optical clarity and are great alternative than glass creating an unparalleled crystal clear finish. Not even glass can achieve this level of optical clarity.

Hard wearing. Cast acrylic is one of the hardest thermoplastic Sheets of Perspex materials available and its attractive aesthetics remain for longer than other plastic sheet materials.

Light weight. While offering higher levels of clarity than glass, clear cast acrylic weighs half as much as an equivalent glass panel making custom plastic fabrication, installation and transportation a far more attractive proposition.

High gloss finish and easy to clean. Its high gloss finish is not only very attractive but also more practically very easy to clean.

Weather resistant. With excellent resistance to the elements, cast acrylic performs well outside. No significant changes in appearance are expected over 10 years.

Manufacturing process. Cast acrylic is manufactured by pouring monomer between two sheets of high quality glass and polymerised in batches in a carefully controlled manufacturing process.

Recyclable. These amazing perspex sheeting can be recycled all the way back to its original raw material, the monomer.

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