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31/52: Sunny Side Up

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Photographs

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.





Our darling fashionistas sporting their new sunnies.

Guess there was no need to say good bye to summer here in the Philippines! It may be the monsoon season now, but it’s good to know that there will always be warm sunny days all year round.








I don’t know if Rain being born 2 minutes ahead of Dawn any indication of what their personalities were going to be like. Even though it’s just 2 minutes, Rain seems to be the one who acts more like an older sister, while Dawn seems to be the more playful, carefree one. Exhibit A, these photographs above. If you’re confused, Dawn is the one whose face looks like she’s planning something schemy, and Rain is the one smacking her head at her sister.


These photographs were taken last week, just before Rain got the flu, and Dawn caught the virus from her sister. It’s been a crazy week of anxiously nursing two sick and cranky babies, on the week of our anniversary no less, and I’m just so relieved that the worst is now over. I have a separate post in the back burner for our recent ordeal with flu. For now, let’s just say, I’m so glad that we’re seeing those smiles on their faces again.

Having twins is just.. beyond me. If it isn’t obvious enough, we so love being parents to these two!

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Three years ago

| Posted in Married Life, Photo Dump

Three years ago today, we were about to come home from our honeymoon, excited to start our life together. Wow. So much has happened since, and I mean that in the most amazing of ways.










Every once in a while (and by “a while” I mean “a year”), I like having an excuse to relieve memories from our wedding day and go through old photographs. And what better time to do that than now, yes? Besides, my Timehop has been bursting with wedding posts this whole week!

So bear with me for this photo dump of sorts, I can’t help it! It’s that time of the year. :)









The truth is, even though our wedding day was one of the most special, much-awaited events of our lives, I don’t really remember a lot of details from that day. It was as if I was placed inside a bubble where it was just me and David, and everything else faded in the background and nothing else mattered.

In retrospect, it’s good we had someone else taking photographs that day, without which we probably wouldn’t have a recollection of what was happening outside our little bubble!




It was such a happy day, and at that point we didn’t think anything can top the happiness that we felt and the joy in our hearts. We were proven wrong, of course, because three years later, God is still giving us reasons to be even happier (and more in love) than we were a year ago. :)

Our wedding is Josiah’s Catering’s Wedding Throwback this week. Check it out!

Remember this 30 Day Blog Challenge? It feels good to look back.

Photos taken by our brothers, Ed Roderick Canuto and Nate Sanchez.

Love comes tumbling down

| Posted in Love Life

David and Rhiza - Prenup

David and Rhiza

Dear David,

Do you remember that day? We ran around the old Philippine Air Force museum grounds with our small crew of 3, cramming our prenup video. We had to be quick because the sun was about to set that day and we didn’t have a lot of days left. Our wedding was less than a week away.

Do you remember that day? We were grinning from ear to ear, couldn’t keep our eyes off each other, couldn’t contain our joy. We awkwardly posed where they told us to pose, jumped when they told us to jump, chased each other when they said we should, smiled for the camera till our cheeks hurt.

Do you remember that day? We were so happy like we were living in a dream, except that our eyes were wide open and you’re, well, for real. And while we knew then that the best was still yet to come, we still couldn’t have guessed what God had in store for us!

Do you remember that day?

It’s been three years since then. So much has changed and so much has remained the same (we still chase each other around and smile til our cheeks hurt, that’s for sure). But in the midst of the big and small changes, the good times and bad times, you still remain to be the boy who makes my heart sing.

Thank you for being a huge part of the happiest days of my life, and even the ordinary ones. You’re my most favorite blessing. A lifetime thanking God for you is not enough.

Happy third year anniversary!
I love you, don’t forget.

Love, Riz 


30/52: This Weekend Is The Annual Twins Days!

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Photographs

Photographs of our twin daughters, every week, once a week, this 2014. Week 30.



This pretty much the scenario when we tell them to “hug!”






I think these photographs need no further words :)



30/52: Daddy

A little shout out to my partner-in-crime—my runner and assistant, the twins’ referee and creative director, the reason behind Dawn & Rain’s smiles (and mine). Thank you, D, for your patience and enthusiasm, even though we drive you crazy sometimes. You’re awesome.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Do you know that the world celebrates “Twins Days”?

That’s right, it’s “Twins Days“, plural, because, as they say, “each twin needs her own day.” It’s an annual festival that happens on the first weekend of August, every year, at Twinsburg, Ohio. A tradition that began in 1976, the Twins Days Festival is dubbed as The World’s Largest Gathering of Twins, and has attracted thousands of biological twins—identical, fraternal, even triplets and quadruplets—of all ages, from all over the world.

I didn’t really know such festival exists until today. I just spent the past hour reading about the festival, amazed that somewhere in Ohio, people actually celebrate this curious case of twindom in such a huge way.

I came across this special Huffpost Live episode which featured 3 adult biological twins (2 of them identical, and 1 fraternal), and I watched all 16+ minutes of the episode with such fondness and excitement and curiosity. In fact, I watched it twice.(I’m a mom of twin, I’m excused to watch it twice! Lol.)  (more…)

29/52: Who do you share your Mcdo BFF fries with?

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Food Trips

Photographs of my daughters, every week, once a week, this 2014. Week 29.


Dawn goes, “I’m eating, no pictures please.”
And Rain’s like, “Don’t touch my fries.”

We tried it, my husband and I, to finish one order of BFF fries, just the two of us. We couldn’t finish it. There were some leftovers, and I felt like I gained 5 pounds after, which was horrible. I must have vowed never to order BFF fries again, until a few weeks later, when we found TWO valid excuses to order BFF fries.

Yep, these two french fries monsters!



We try to keep their french fries consumption in moderation, of course. But sometimes, we just can’t help it. We have to order french fries! Ordering french fries means we can let them eat on their own, minus the gooey mess, while my husband and I finish our burgers in peace. Hello, Mommy and Daddy’s new favorite place!



It doesn’t feel like a long time ago when I celebrated my 25th birthday with a McDonalds Kiddie Party. Or when my husband and I went to McDo one Saturday afternoon just to get caramel sundaes. And now? Now we’re taking our daughters to that place.

At the risk of sounding like a McDO groupie, I love the thought that McDo gets to keep small pieces of everyone’s memories and milestones just by serving us some burgers and fries.

It used to be just the two of us eating sundaes and fries at McDonalds, and now we have these two little girls sharing our McDo BFF fries with us. I know it’s nothing grand, this double scoop of fries; but we all know that at the end of the day, it’s simple joys like this that keeps us going. ;)

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

28/52: Post-typhoon Blackout

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Photographs

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

28/52: Dawn

28/52: Rain

It was Wednesday, dusk, post-Glenda, when I took these photographs. There was a Metro Manila-wide power outage, and for us, the blackout started at 6AM and lasted til 9PM. It was getting dark, and, unsure of what to do next or where to evacuate, we took the twins to the rooftop to see the situation in the neighborhood (which can be seen from up there).

28/52: My loves

28/52: Rain

28/52: Dawn

28/52: Rain





I could have processed the blue tint out of these photographs but chose not to. These frames captured exactly what the mood was that moment, with whatever remaining day light our camera could catch. The emotions were just so raw, the gloominess a diversion from the usual happy happy joy joy moments I try to capture as much as possible for Project 52.

My husband was getting a little impatient and frustrated around this time, but he remained calm and collected just as we needed him to be. Dawn & Rain would get a little cranky once in a while, but they remained innocently happy in spite of the situation. I’m so proud of them for not giving us a lot of headache and stress, at least not more than the blackout was already giving us.

Shortly after these photographs were taken, God sent angels in the form of our friends, Normi and Daniel, who surprised us by appearing right on our doorstep! And so we spent the night somewhere with electricity and good food and yummy ice cream, with four little ones (3 toddlers and a 3-month old) in tow.

By the time they took us back home, the electricity was back on, and we’re just grateful for the gift of friendship, and for a God who knows exactly what we need and who to send us when we need them.

I don’t think I need to blog in detail how our electricity got cut off again the next day, leaving our area power-less the whole weekend, which caused us to evacuate to our house in Caloocan for 3 days. Let’s just say, these photographs pretty much sum up how the week looked like in our side of the world, and I’m just truly grateful for the people the Lord sent our way to make our situation easier to bear.

Ultimately, I’m so thankful that the whole family is safe; that however good or bad a day (or week!) can be, as long as we’re together, we’ll find a way to survive.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Project 52 Update and “Dawn & Rain’s Website”

In other news, I’m finally back on track with my 52 Week Project! Hooray. I’ve been playing catch up for what seemed like forever, and now I finally caught up with the other Mommies around the world who are doing it too. This week is Week 29.

Fact: I made a vow to myself that I won’t blog about anything else but Project 52 until I’m done catching up. Which explains why I haven’t been, well, blogging about anything else! No regrets, because it seems that Dawn & Rain have grown a following that’s even bigger than this blog’s readership, LOL, so yay for the traffic I’ve collected during this Dawn & Rain marathon.

A friend of mine shared my site on Facebook with the caption, “Check out Dawn & Rain’s website!”, and okaaayy, I guess this space is really becoming their website already! Thing is, I don’t really mind. After all, this blog has always been about my life, and right now, these two are my life.

It reminded me of this tweet:


So yes, feel free to call this “Dawn & Rain’s Website”. It is what it is! :)

However, to Dawn & Rain’s fans, I hope you don’t mind that I also share a thing or two about my profession here. Haha. (Am I seriously asking permission?). Chasing Dreams, of course, is still largely about the other thing, which is my passion, and my professional mission to help others make their dreams happen. So I’m going to try to do a little more of that, now that I’m finally on track with Project 52.

It’s the end of another week, and I have piles of projects, work stuff, and other things lined up for the weekend. But before I dive again into my ever-growing, never-ending to-do list, I think I’m going to take a little break tonight. It’s Friday night, after all, and Friday nights are supposed to be spent wisely. Preferably, away from the internet. :)

Have a great weekend!

27/52: Don’t you just love the sound of the word “photographs”

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Photographs

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 27.




Just another one of those Sunday afternoons, back from church. The girls were wearing these dresses from their Ninang Mae, and had already taken off their shoes when I remembered to take photographs.




Dawn: This little charmer, always ready for a photo shoot. The sight of a camera makes her run to the nearest wall to pose, no matter what her mood is.




Rain: Wasn’t really in the mood for a photo shoot that afternoon—mostly she just wanted to play—but, like a good sport, she gave Mommy and Daddy a smile or two.



^The rest of the photographs in this set were just like these last two, like they’re asking me, “Can we play now, Mom?” LOL. So I got my cue and let them play, besides, I was happy with my few takes from that day.

On a totally related note, I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but you’ve probably wondered why I keep saying “photographs” instead of just “pictures”. And I know, judging from the number of syllables, I probably should just stick to the shorter of the two.

It’s just that, I love the sound of the word “photographs”, almost like it’s vintage or something. And more than just the sound of it, I love the origin of the word. Here’s a little trivia:

The word “photograph” was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light“.

Ahh, don’t you just love the idea that you’re “drawing with light” when you’re taking photographs? :)

I know. The little things I bother myself with. Hay.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

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