Saturday, November 18, 2006

Stranded in an airport for the 2nd time

For the second time in my life I have been forced to stay overnight in an airport due to visa related issues, now the location has changed and "improved" from the last time but, it is anyways a painful experience.
 
The first time was in El Salvador while traveling to attend the international AIESEC conference ALDS 2003, back then I trusted an OC member that assured me Venezuelans did not require a Visa to enter de country, which was confirmed by the AA lady that let me board in Puerto Rico. But that mistake lead to a one night stay in the airport in a police small room with only 1 desk and 2 chairs, sleep on the floor (on some couches pillows borrowed from the immigration coaches while immigration was closed) with 2 policemen sleeping in the same room with me, wait until next day to fly back to Miami, get my Visa and then fly back to El Salvador.
 
Even though the damage was not major I was delayed by 3 days, as I was a facilitator I was arriving 3 days in advance so it was manageable, but It was a very uncomfortable experience, it put me off-balance, wasted my time, damaged my conference preparation and team-bonding with other facilitators and did not allow me to be at my best for the rest of the conference. At that time I had sworn not to let it happen again.
 
Yet, here I am writing from Dubai airport waiting for news from my DHL colleagues about when my Visa will be ready.
 
You might ask "how is it that after that experience I got stuck here again?" Well as usual I had checked my visa requirements online, I had mentioned to my colleagues that I needed a Visa and if it was not to be ready on time it would be better either to postpone the meeting or to change the location, I had suggested to change it to Bahrain as the G-Tech is also going on right now in Dubai and getting a hotel is quite difficult, ... , but I was assured that my visa was going to be ready and worse come worse they can always issue me a 96 hours transit Visa at arrival. Know what? It wasn't ready and I couldn't receive the 96 hours visa!
 
Some pointers for those of you traveling to Dubai who need a Visa and are planning on getting the 96h visa, here are some pointers:
  • You can be issued a 96h visa on arrival only if you are transiting from one location to another one. Meaning for me coming from Europe, I should be going to Asia or another location in Middle East in order to get it.
  • Even if you are issued a transit Visa it will cost you some money.
  • If you have a hotel reservation they can work out the visa for you, but in my case the hotel's night manager was not willing to come at midnight to sort it out, even after talking to the immigration officer and he confirmed they just needed my visa application form from the hotel. So I had to wait till next day
  • Some nationalities can be issued a tourist visa on arrival, just check before traveling.
So for the time being: I couldn't stay in the airport hotel as it was full (so I am not the only one that has this problem), I had 5 hours sleep (not bad for an airport chair), I just had some hot breakfast (because the air conditioning in this place is extremely cold even in the middle of the desert) and I will be waiting for a call on my Visa in order to get out, gather my luggage, get changed, get ready and start my meeting.
 
I just hope there are no more surprises like this one in the rest of the trip.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Some crazy couple of months

Just to provide a short update of this and next weeks, here's a short plan of the activities in them:
 
9-10 November: Transition with my manager in Slovakia
14-16 Nov: Training on Project Management
17-22 Nov: Meeting in Dubai
22-23 Nov: Final transition with my manager in Brussels
28-29 Nov: Meeting in Bonn
30-01 Dec: Meeting in Croatia
4 Dec: Interns meeting in Bonn
5-6 Dec: Meetings in Brussels on Payroll
8 Dec: My parents arrive for visit (they will stay until January 13th)
16 & 17 Dec: Start of holidays and arrival of my sisters
 
As you can see a pretty tight schedule until next year, but having my family over for the holidays will for sure make it worth while.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Taking Halloween to the office

Just wondering how colleagues would react to any of these ha, ha, ha. It's Hilarious!!

It's not easy being young in today's world

A new study from the International labor Office (ILO) gives interesting insights into the labor market for young people all over the world, and it does not look good.

While the youth population grew by 13.2% between 1995 and 2005, employment among young people grew by only 3.8% to reach 548 million. From the 1.1 billion young people between 15-24 worldwide, one third is either seeing but unable to find work, has given up the search entirely or is working but living on less than US$2 a day.

The Developed Economies and EU region where the only ones to show a considerable decrease in youth unemployment over the last 10 years, but the report attributed this to a declining number of young people in the labor force rather than successful employment strategies.
The highest regional youth unemployment rate was observed in the Middle East and North Africa at 25.7%. Central and Eastern Europe (non-EU) and CIS had the second highest rate in the world with 19.9%. Sub-Saharan Africa's rate was 18.1%, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (16.6%), South East Asia and the Pacific (15.8%), the developed economies and European Union (EU) (13.1%), South Asia (10%) and East Asia (7.8%).

With the persistence of poverty among as many as 56% of young workers - and the possibility that they may be facing long working hours, temporary and/or informal contracts, with low pay, little or no social protection, minimal training and no voice at work - it becomes clear that having a job is not the same as having a decent job. The ILO report estimates that at least 400 million decent and productive employment opportunities will be needed in order to reach the full productive potential of today's youth

Read the Communication from ILO.
Read the Report

Conclusion: Entrepreneurs, support for them and education availability is needed.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Marketing concept

I have not been blogging for long and there's tons of things to say like: Stories from work in Morocco, stories from my personal trip with Perla and Daniela in Morocco, all the rush at work lately, my boss changing company, me not being promoted but only getting more responsibilities and work, Daniela getting Bronchitis, meeting Isabella - a great friend from Brazil whom I haven't seen for 10 years, my family from VZLA coming in December, etc. etc.

So I thought I would break the silence with this text I got from Tugba which I found very interesting

Professor was explaining marketing concepts to MBA Students:

  1. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: "I am very rich. Marry me!" - That's Direct Marketing
  2. You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a gorgeous girl. One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you says: "He's very rich. Marry him." - That's Advertising
  3. 3. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and get her telephone number. The next day, you call and say: "Hi, I'm very rich. Marry me." - That's Telemarketing
  4. You're at a party and see gorgeous girl. You get up and straighten your tie, you walk up to her and pour her a drink, you open the door of the car for her, pick up her bag after she drops it, offer her ride and then say: "By the way, I'm rich. Will you marry me?" - That's Public Relations
  5. You're at a party and see gorgeous girl. She walks up to you and says: "You are very rich! Can you marry ! me?" That's Brand Recognition
  6. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: "I am very rich. Marry me!" She gives you a nice hard slap on your face. - That's Customer Feedback
  7. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: "I am very rich. Marry me!" And she introduces you to her husband. - That's demand and supply gap
  8. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say anything, another person come and tell her: "I'm rich. Will you marry me?" and she goes with him - That's competition eating into your market share
  9. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say: "I'm rich, Marry me!" your wife arrives. - That's restriction for entering new markets

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Belgium - Beer Lover's Paradise

Belgium is considered by many as the Beer Lover's Paradise, mainly because there are currently about 115 breweries that brew more than 1,000 different beers. So when I moved into Brussels I decided to set myself a goal "Drink at least 1 new beer each week" that way although I will not try them all after 1 year it would be for sure a well spent year. So we moved to Brussels last December 3rd which means I have been here for 38 weeks; although I have only tried 23 different Belgian Beers so far, if I include all other beers I have tried it comes up to 47 so I am not doing that bad.
Belgian Beers are divided into at least 6 different types, and following what I have found on the internet I will also give you the list of beers I have already tried separated, and my preferred ones are in italic and bold, so go and try them!!. If you want to know more about Belgian Beers you can go into http://www.bierebel.com/ or check wikipedia

Belgium


Pils:
The name comes from the town Pilsen in Bohemia (currently Czech Republic) where it was made for the first time in 1842. It's a beer of low fermentation, golden pale ale with a slight bitter taste. It is always filtered and saturated, has an average of 5% alcohol and is drunk cold. They represent currently more than 70% of the beers drunk in Belgium.

BavikCristal
MaesPrimus
Stella Artois

White Beer:
It is a turbid (un-filtered), refreshing, thirst-quenching beer and its taste is raised by coriander, generally they are fermented again in bottles. They made their appearance in Eastern Brabant in the 14th Century and the capital of this type of beer is not other than Hoegaarden
Blanche de Bruges (Brugs Tarwebier) Hoegaarden

Strong Blondes:
They are high fermentation beers with a golden color, a strong alcoholic strength and a bulky foam collar, they are referred to by certain specialists as the "virtuoso beers". The leader of this type is without any doubt Duvel, brewed by the Moortgat brewery in Breendonk
Duvel Hoegaarden Grand Cru

Specialties:
This category is for non classifiable beers, most of the time these beers are attached to a city or area. They are generally beers of high fermentation.
Mc Chouffe Brun (The blond is still at home) Kwak


Trappiste:
These are beers manufactured in the community of an abbey, the life of these monks is shared between prayer, reading and work. Thus the monks manufacture beer, cheese, meat products, bread and even fruit and vegetables.
They are generally a strong alcoholic strength (6º to 12º), they could be blond or brown and have a second fermentation in bottles.
There are only 6 brands which can carry the Trappiste name: Achel, Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and Westvleteren.

Chimay Cinq Cents (Creme)Chimay Grand Reserve Trappiste Ale (Blue)
Chimay Premier Trappiste Ale (Brown)Westmalle Tripel
Orval


Beers of Abbey:
Although the abbeys remain as the recipe's owner, and they give the name to the beer, over the years they have entrusted the brewing process to independent breweries.
The Beers of Abbey are high fermentation, strong, malted, fruity and quite round ones. The term "Tripel" indicates a pale beer of approx. 7-9º of alcohol and the "Double" a dark beer of aprox. 6º

Grimbergen Optimo BrunoGrimbergen Blonde
Grimbergen Cuvee de l'ermitageLeffe Brun & Blonde
St Feullien Blonde

Kriek:
It's a beer with cherry taste. To obtain this beer they macerate cherries in an oak barrel where lambic is being fermented, once they are added a new fermentation starts because of the sugar in the cherries. After 9 months of maturation the Kriek is filtered bottledtted.
Belle Vue Kriek


Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell Staropramen Light & Dark
Budweiser Budvar Dark & Light beer from Novometsky Pivovar


Turkey

Efes Marmara 34
Turkish Tuborg


Slovakia

Golden Pheasant or Zlaty BazantTopvar Light & Dark
Saris


Egypt

Sakkara & Sakkara Gold Stella


India

Cobra King Fish


Other

Asahi (Japan)Baltika 13 (Russia)
Carlsberg (Denmark)Kronenbourg & Kronenbourg 1664 (France)
Obolon (Ukraine)

Willard Wigan - Doing the Impossible

I received a email forwarded by a friend about a dyslexic artist who was able to create the most amazing art pieces in microscopic scale, his name Willarg Wigan. So of course I thought it was one of this internet era urban legends, but I was proven wrong!!

He was born in Birmingham, England in 1957 and his work is ground-breaking - partly because of the astounding beauty of vision which challenges the belief system of the mind and partly because it demonstrates that if one person can create the impossible.

He works in total solitude at a quiet retreat in Jersey mainly at night when there is a greater sense of peace in the world and less static electricity to interfere with the immeasurable precision and tolerances required to create the pieces.

The smallest sculptures can only be measured in thousandths of an inch which is why they can sit, very delicately, on a human hair three thousandths of an inch thick. When working on this scale he slows his heartbeat and his breathing dramatically through meditation and attempts to harmonize his mind, body and soul with the Creator.

He then sculpts or paints at the centrepoint between heartbeats for total stillness of hand.

Have a look at some of the pictures attached or on his webpage and be amazed.

Barn Owl perched in the eye of a needle

Elephant on a pin

Girl with balloon walking an eyelash

The Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Another good weekend in Brussels

Although the weather was not the best for sightseeing as it was rainy a good part of them, having some friends over visiting is always a good and refreshing way to spend the weekends.

This time it was Liz Adrianza and her boyfriend Koen who were visiting. So it was a weekend of catching up, her playing around with Daniela, Koen practicing some Spanish and we catching up on our lives.

It's just really interesting how things evolve and change because I met Liz in my first AIESEC Conference (SCL 2000) while we were both delegates and newies in AIESEC, now 6 and a half years later we meet each other again in another continent and still enjoy the friendship that started in that event. That's the kind of thing I love about AIESEC

Liz and Koen in Brussels

Liz, Koen and Perla in Brussels Park

Daniela in Brussels' Park

All in the Atomium

GG Family in the Atomium

Perla - The Atlas Lady

Vene-Mexican Dinner

Last Thursday (17/08) we invited 12 people for a little get together in our place in order to finally inaugurate our apartment and showcase a bit of our Mexican and Venezuelan cuisine.
For the night my wife and me cooked:

  • Pollo al Mole: Chicken in a mole sauce. Mole is a typical Mexican sauce which is composed of between 17 to +30 ingredients (depending on the Mexican state or taste of the cook)
  • Pollo desmenusado: Chicken breast boiled, then minced into small pieces and cooked with spices
  • Empanadas de Pollo y Queso: Empanadas are a typical Colombo/Venezuelan dish made of corn flour shaped as a semicircular and filled with Chicken or cheese (those were the 2 fillings we had) and then fried
  • Chicharrones: Normally fried pork skin but in this case they were made out of flour
  • Arepas: Typical Venezuelan dish made of corn flour in a round shape, they are normally eaten instead of bread or filled with anything available.
  • Tacos Dorados: Tortillas filled with potatoes and then fast fried for it to be crusty

Of course that all accompanied by 3 different types of spicy and non spicy sauces, it was definitely a very good dinner.

Next one should be in the end of September or early October as I will be out almost all of September so Maria and Goncalo, please let me know when you guys are available.

Ven-Mex Dinner 1Ven-Mex Dinner 2
Ven-Mex Dinner 3Indians resemble Mexicans

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Brussels amazing 2006 Flowers Carpet

This past weekend Brussels' Grand Place (or Groete Markt in Dutch) was beautifully decorated with its famous and traditional Flower Carpet. It's a tradition that started in 1971 by the landscape architect E. Stautemans, who having already made several flower carpets in other towns in Flanders took the challenge of building the first one to cover almost all the Grand Place with Begonias.
It has been instituted as a tradition ever since and every 2 years for a weekend this beautiful square shows off a new design and is covered in Begonias and grass in a predefined pattern, to see all previous design click here. This year's Flower carpet was inspired in the Alchemy of the Middle Ages and is the first time that it includes moving parts.
See here some of my own pictures and a couple I borrowed from other flickr users.

Flower Carpet
Flower Carpet - Perla and DanielaFlower Carpet - Rafa and DanielaFlower Carpet - Town Hall
Flower Carpet - Brussels SymbolFlower Carpet - PigeonsTown Hall Detail
Flower carpet 2006, Brussels, Belgium
Taken by Anja+Andreas
Bruxelles - Brussels flower carpet
Taken by guillaumeo

Thursday, August 03, 2006

July gone and post delayed

It's amazing but July's almost gone already. It was a month that included:

  • The hottest days of the summer in Brussels, a summer so hot that it beat all of the historical data reaching 38º some days without even a soft breeze. Thanks to god it is much cooler now and the forecast is that it will remain like that for the whole week
  • 1 trip to Slovakia for 4 days to have some meetings with my boss, meet with Misho - my Trainer from ITC - a short hike to a hill near Zilina with some really interesting talks
  • Me forgetting my camera on the plane after coming from Slovakia, but it was found safely by the crew of Slovak Airlines and now by boss is safekeeping it for me until our next meeting
  • 9 friends coming over for dinner and to get to know our apartment, so that means I prepared 2 waves of sushi rolls and chicken salad; and now we are scheduling one training session for me to teach them how to make sushi (I hope that goes well)
  • A virus infected our computer which meant we had to backup our data, format the hard drive and reinstall everything (the good thing is that it is running better now)
  • Indian dinner in Brussels with AIESEC people on last Thursday, thanks to Kuntal it was a lovely night and dinner
  • Problems with my publishing my blog, the reason for this and other postings to be delayed.

August will not include a lot oftravelingg but it will be a very busy month with a lot of preparations for the things to come, September promises to be a crazy month with at least 3 out of 4 weeks on the road and tons of stuff to get done, so let the work KICK IN!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Little Challenges that bring joy when overcome

One of my passions has always been to solve puzzles, almost any type of them; and last October I decided to give myself a new puzzle from the collections of Tavern Puzzles to feed that passion. But I didn't want any puzzle, I wanted a really challenging one, one that will take me longer than 45 min to solve (as the Blackbeard's Revenge took) and will expand my horizons, I decided to go for the famous and traditional Patience Puzzle.
As its names states, you need patience and time in order to solve it and after 3 hours the first day and 2 hours the second one, I realized I had finally met my match!.
The puzzle was boxed due to hurricane, packing, moving to Belgium, moving in Belgium, etc. and then finally in March I had in my hands again. It rested in our library looking and challenging me, like that annoyingg mosquito you can't get rid of at night. But I didn't listen to its call, I didn't try to solve it until last June 1st, when I decided to give an end to this unfinish business and take as much time as needed to complete it.

After 45 min more I MADE IT! and it is now at home waiting for anyone that is interested to take the challenge and try to solve it too, if that is your case and you are in Brussels, I will be more than happy to introduce you two.

Here are a couple of pictures ot the puzzle, the whole point is to let loose the long metalic piece in the middle:

Patience PuzzleFINALLY RESOLVED!!

PS: Feels good to finish one challenge and to be able to focus that energy into another one.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Some interesting High Tech News

I decided to post some Tech News to feed my inner nerd, who is always taking a look at the new gadgets out there:
BMW is developing a Turbosteamer: An overall 15% improvement could be obtained by using the energy from the exhaust gases (heat produced) of the traditional Engine to power a steam engine. The best part of it is, that it's designed to be installed in the current cars.
Do you want to have cool, flat, flexible, big, digital clock? Even if it is being sold by $4,000? Well Then you should try out Citizen's upcoming flexible digital wall clock, which measures 21-inches high by 52-inches wide and can wrap around corners, so you'll always know either the hour or the minute depending on where you sit.
US and Canadian Skiers to get body armor: I know, it is not winter anymore, and it is actually quite hot, but how cool will it be to have a body armor that whenever it is hit it gets hardened? I can imagine about a 1000 usages for it, but I am sure at least dody will enjoy it for the horse riding lessons!!
PQI packs an amazing 16 GB
into a credit
card sized
drive, just
3 mm thick!

Robot surgeon performs world's first unassisted operation. Physorg.com has the story of a robot which using the experience of over 10.000 performed operations, it has learned the procedure and made a 50 min surgery in Milan Hospital on his own.
Are you ready to be the next patient?

Honda's Asimo gets mind control interface. Developers have made an interface that gives humans the possibility of controlling the robot only by thinking. In the tests the robot copied the action of doing a fist after his commander. Do you think any time soon they will do some cool stuff?
How much would you pay for an self suspended (as a matter of fact levitating) bed? Would you pay 1.2 million Euros for an out of this world sleep?
Well Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars thinks his bed is worth that much, and is preparing a scaled version for 115.000 Euros, Anyone?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stuff that happened to us in the wedding trip

I was just looking at old posting which I never posted and found this interesting things of crazy stuff that happened to us before the wedding trip. It was definitely worth posting it:
  • I cut my hand 1 day before leaving to Venezuela, a deep long cut in my left hand while chopping some fruit for Daniela, which translated into me having a bandage over my hand for 3 days(now there's almost not even a scar).
  • The Flower shop did not arrange for the calla lilies to be delivered before the wedding, so 3 days before they had to run and find them; we almost didn't have any flowers nor bouquet.
  • The van in which we picked up my wife's family had no air conditioner but only a hole on the roof. I take my hat off for them as they made the best out of that situation, but we were really afraid on what to do if it rained.
  • Money Exchange: It was truly a challenge, because if you change dollars in an exchange office they would pay you about Bs 2000 per dollar, if you do it in the black market about Bs 2300 per dollar, and my family wanted some dollars and they were buying them at Bs 2500, but they ran out of cash on the 3rd day.
  • We did not have much time to go to the church before the wedding, so we did not rehearse the ceremony or had any idea what to answer during it, it was truly an adventurous experience with the priest telling us softly exactly what to respond during it.
  • The priest had written in his agenda that the baptism was at 9:00am but told us at 9:30, so he left after 9:15 as nobody arrived and we had to wait until 11:00 for some friends to pick him from his residency and return to do the ceremony.
  • Due to several intercultural misunderstandings, my wife's family ended up not even wanting to enter our house for the celebration of the baptism, which resulted with everyone being uncomfortable and not feeling welcome. But hey at the end it worked out.
  • The road to go down to La Guaira Airport was closed several minutes before us leaving Caracas, so we had to take the old 2 way street through the mountains, but thanks to god for that extra toast in my sister's apartment, otherwise we would have been stuck in the traffic without making it to the airport on time.
  • On the flight back a crazy Portuguese guy that was sitting next to us read the newspaper for 7 HOURS straight, thus not letting Daniela or anyone else in the part of the plane sleep properly. You never know where you will meet the next asshole with insomnia.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fireworks at work

So after a weekend in Alsace (France), another one in Bruges (for me the most beautiful city in Belgium), 1 week in Morocco and a French test that did not go too well because of my Passé Composé not working properly in the oral test, I came back to work only to get some fireworks in the office.

But let me clarify, there weren't any fireworks close to the office or outside the office, they were IN the office.

So it was a normal summer morning in building 6 when at about 10:45 there is a power surge and all electricity goes out in our half of the 3rd floor. Everyone starts to walk around, get some tea, do any paperwork, talk, anything that is not computer related.

Suddenly 10 min after there's some kind of ZZZZZ sound and a colleague starts saying that her monitor just got cooked!! Of course I went there to get a look at the bizarre event and it was definitely fried, with smoke coming out of it and the smell of burnt capacitors (which I know closely from my University years).

5 min later another colleague comes in with the same problem and while standing there an talking about it, another one just gets cooked in front of us too - ZZZZZ.

30 min later we all have power, the monitors were already replaced and things are back to normal. Some people that were in meetings didn't even realize all of these happened, but for us the smell is here to remind us of it.

Is there a better way to have a short break from work? It has Drama, mystery and surprise elements! Definitely something to keep in mind for future power surges: If the power goes off, just unplug everything for security reasons!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Amazing weekend

Last Thursday was a holiday in Belgium, so we decided to take Friday off, rent a car and go to Alsace, a very well known region of the Southeast France. This Region is well known for it's Wine Route, Castles, Black Forest and good gourmet.
So after 4 amazing days of Wine tasting, 1200 Km of road, tasting typical food of the Region, almost going crazy due to the works on the road to Luxembourg I am now back in Brussels with a ton of pictures to finish to upload, so more from Alsace and Venezuela soon.

By the way, I am also celebrating as I have just finished putting together our new desk, so from now on blogging from my desk at home. Pictures of the apartment and a little inauguration dinner to come.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The crazy hour

Crazy hour is a new invention in Venezuela were at a certain moment of the Party the Groom and Bride will distribute hats, masks and different things so that the attendees could disguise themselves and then just enjoy some great fun.

In our case to the hats and masks we added mustaches and tequila, it was a very good combination. Enjoy the Pics

Crazy hourDeliver Tequila to everyone
Crazy Hour disguisesCrazy Hour disguises
Crazy Hour disguisesCrazy Hour disguises

Wedding Traditions

Some of the typical traditions that happen in a wedding reception include the toast by the best man and maid of honor and the bouquet and Garter throwing. The last is a tradition where the groom will take the Garter from the bride with his teeth and then toss it to the single guys in the party, and the tradition says that the one who catches it will be the next one to get married.

In our case after the 2nd attemp of tossing the bouquet and the Garter (as both first attemps were not fruitful) both of them were captured by my best man and his girlfriend, so now we are waiting for the good news of when will it happen. Here are some pics of it

Perla's First attempt of throwing the bouquet
Final attempt of throwing the bouquetToasts for the newly wedsJust before going to get the Garter
Getting the GarterGarter TossAnd I got the Garter

Highlights from the wedding

I have finally uploaded 73 of my wedding pics into my flickr account. If you want to view them all click here.

Our wedding took place in my old church (Sacred Cour) in Barquisimeto, it was a rather small celebration with close friends and family. Although we arrived late and the priest was in a hurry it turn out to be a quite beautiful celebration.

From there we went to a reception in the Hosteria Hotel where we had the chance to dance until 3am, enjoy our time with family and friends and follow some of traditional ceremonies as the bouquet and Garter tossing ones. Here are some highlights of the wedding, enjoy the pics!

Newly Weds outside the church
My in-laws in front of the churchMy wife's in-laws in front of the churchPerla once married
Newly Wed, my sisters and both my grandmasCheersCheers
The cousins from my Mother's sideAIESECersWhat are you doing Aunty?