Mike's Surprise Birthday Party at HOLIDAY INN MANILASunday, December 22, 2013
A group effort just for Mike's 26th Birthday Party.
One of the many things I love about Mike is that he constantly surprises me like what he did on my recent birthday where he traveled all the way to Baguio just to make his presence felt by popping out at a corner of a mall. He loves doing it even on a random date like when he asked me to hold his jacket for him and then I found out that the jacket had two Banana Peel Veronica Lodge slippers hidden underneath. Whether there's an event or not he makes it a point to warp me with his unexpected da moves and so for his 26th birthday I wanted to return the favor. With the help of the Chikadoras (Jov, April, Marcus & Hancel + Alex) I whipped out the biggest surprise yet.
Before anything else, I asked permission to Tita Jackie (Mike's mom) if she has plans on the day of Mike's surprise, luckily there was just a family lunch (the party is at night), Tita was very helpful with the surprise she even gave me a donation (Thanks again, Tita!). So I sent out virtual invites to Mike's friends in HS, College and workmates.
On his actual birthday, I gave him a Gift Certificate (which I just made) for an overnight stay at the Penthouse of Holiday Inn Manila with breakfast for two. I told him that we haven't had a staycation so this will be the first (or so he thought)
|Mock up GC|
Jov helped in arranging the hotel thru Ms Ruby of Holiday Inn, she was very nice and accommodating and even gave us a big discount. The luxurious Penthouse has two rooms both were spacious and each has its own bathroom. It also has living room and dining area perfect for the party plus it has a jacuzzi at the second floor with bathroom.
Thinking of a theme was hard, I was torn between Mike Wazowski (from Monsters Inc) or Japanese theme but eventually settled for the Japanese theme since he loves gyoza and tempura. Jov, April, Marcus, Hancel & Alex helped me in buying food, drinks and utilities.
|Chikadoras: Marcus, April, Hancel, Jov and me|
They also helped in decorating, arranging and food styling.
|Marcus fixing the banner, April & me making the pinwheel, Hancel & Alex putting up the banner & Jov fixing the dessert bar|
|Food styling :)|
Tadaaaah!!! Our amateur event styling! Very minimalistic and JAPANESE!!!
|Japanese buffet area|
|Keep calm and eat Japanese: Tempura, Gyoza and Maki|
It's Miketime dessert buffet setup
|It's Showtime? It's Miketime!|
I asked Mike to pick me up at 8pm at my apartment in QC (Yes, I went back to QC via MRT just so Mike wouldn't be suspicious). While in the car, my heart couldn't stop pounding! I was so scared something would screw up (like sending wrong texts to Mike or saying the wrong words) and just as we entered the parking lot, Jov texted me 'cham di namin macontact dad ni mike. hold your horses... tagalan nyo magpark hahahaha' (kalurkey!) So I had to delay Mike, fortunately we had a difficulty finding the Holiday Inn parking so we were just in time. And so the surprise began...
|Waiting game: 1,2,3 pass!|
|Here comes the guests!!!|
|Mike couldn't believe Tito Jet was here|
|Mike's brother and cousins|
|Make a wish, Babe <3|
|l-r: Kevin, Cam, Vea, Jon, Tito Jet, Mike and me|
|Poker Group l-r: Kc w/ sister Cam, Marj & Rosc|
|With GF April|
|With #Maroanna Marvin and Joanna|
|Melchor and Tito Jet|
|Marvin the bartender :)|
|A shot a tequila for the bday boy|
|Shot! Shot! Shot!|
|lr-: Anthony, Jov, me & April|
|Ready… get set...|
|Shot! Uhmm Kevin, what's up with the look?|
|with the poker friends :)|