Principal Sponsors

Hubby and I were invited to stand as Principal Sponsors to our niece’s wedding next month. It’s an honor really to be given such an opportunity to attest to the love story of the young couple who will be entering a new chapter in their lives as husband and wife. I remember A (our niece) was only 12 years old when hubby and I got married 22 years ago and now we are going to be their Ninong and Ninang. By the way, A’s parents also served as our witness when we had our civil wedding in 1996.

Our daughter will also be at A’s entourage as one of the bridesmaids.

In the Philippines, couples who are about to get married usually get their aunts and uncles as their Ninong and Ninang. In the absence of close relatives, couples get the close friends of the family.

Basically, Principal Sponsors serve as witness to the wedding ceremony. But the most important role the Ninongs and Ninangs do is to give support, guidance, and wisdom to the couple over the course of their married lives.

3 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Gift Basket

Whether you’re buying a gift for your personal assistant, your grandmother, or your kid’s math teacher, you can’t go wrong with a gift basket. These versatile gifts, stocked with assortments of gourmet foods and treats, are always a big hit. Choosing the perfect gourmet gift baskets for your recipients can be tough, however. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide between candy-filled baskets, wine-themed baskets, and savory snack baskets. Here are three great tips sure to help you choose the right basket for your recipient.

Packaging

If your recipient values style, choose a basket that looks good enough to eat. Baskets come in many sizes, shapes, and styles, ranging from unadorned wicker options to colorful baskets covered in ribbons and bows. The presentation is an important part of any gift, so choose a basket style that suits your recipient’s taste.

Contents

While bows and ribbons make for fun embellishment, they’re not as important as the contents of your basket. Before shopping, consider your recipient’s tastes and preferences. Are they chocolate lovers, or do they prefer relaxing with a scone and a hot cup of tea? Are they always munching on salty snacks? Do they have a subscription to a wine of the week club? Are they more likely to enjoy artisanal cheese or caramel-coated popcorn? Once you’ve narrowed down their preferences, you can start shopping for gourmet gift baskets. Options range from baskets filled with epicurean goodies to baskets filled with soup mixes. You’re sure to find a basket that makes your recipient smile.

Shipping

If you’re sending a basket to a friend or loved one who lives far away, make sure the gift basket you’ve chosen can be shipped to their location. If the basket contains perishable foods, for example, like fruit, it’s important to choose a company that guarantees freshness on arrival.

Gift giving can be hard, but choosing gift baskets is easy. They’re the perfect present for the person who has everything!

Something positive

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We were just talking about how life is getting harder as days passed by. But in the middle of it all we were blessed with children who hold education in high regard. One of them is about to graduate from college in a few weeks. We are thankful that no matter how difficult the financial situation is we were able to support our daughter’s college education. We are more thankful that she managed to maintain her (partial) scholarship all through her stay in the institution. We are only paying 50 percent of her total tuition.

I told my husband this development in our lives is the best Father’s Day gift he could ever have more than the worth of a musical device that he likes (from this site http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6/Spider-IV-15-15W-1×8-Guitar-Combo-Amp-Black-1274034483007.gc. My husband is teary eyed but I assured him we will be okay.