Romantic Engagement and Fine-Dining By the Sea at Shangri-la Mactan

Iโ€™ve just been engaged! And itโ€™s a different kind of engagement, way, way better that how I thought it would beโ€ฆ In case youโ€™re interested to find out, you can check my 2 previous posts. This is about our unique engagement and this one’s about our bespoke engagement rings… 

For this blog post, I just want to make a special shoutout to Shangri-la Mactan for creating a one-of-a-kind engagement / romantic fine-dining experience for us. And in case you want a similar one, I’ll share with you the inclusions and how much a set-up like this can cost. Read on…

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When it comes to jewelry, especially rings, I donโ€™t like surprises. I want jewelry that I consider one-of-a-kind, truly beautiful, symbolic, and something that I will never get tired of looking at for the rest of my life. I think this is one of the reasons why Mahal doesn’t like surprising me. He wants to please me as much as he can and wants only what’s best for me and what can make me happy.

And so, we chose to have our engagement rings customized. Normally, itโ€™s just the girl who gets an engagement ring, right? But as you may know, if youโ€™ve been following me for a long time now, you know that I donโ€™t follow the trends or whatโ€™s considered normal (lol!) I personally wanted us all to have one ring each to symbolize our promise to each other that we will soon become one legal family.

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As J. Lo wrote in her inner circle newsletter โ€œOn the JLO: โ€œLife is an artโ€ฆ and we are the artistsโ€ฆ make it as beautiful as you want and create it exactly as you want it to beโ€ฆโ€ โค โค โค 

Growing up, I never really had a clear vision of what getting engaged and getting married should be like for me. I remember attending very few weddings during my childhood and teens and it always left me with feelings of lack and sadness coz I felt like I can never have that kind of wedding. My automatic negative thoughts were: “Iโ€™m too poor to be able to afford that.” “That will never happen for me”โ€ฆ etc. True enough, you attract what you think. Despite the amount of money Iโ€™ve had in my early adult years, I never had that kind of engagement nor wedding. 

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