hi there! i'm michelle, southern california based photographer and curator of the coco gallery.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

mila | orange county wedding photographer . wedding mba

last week
hanssie, alice, michelle groom and myself spent 4 days in vegas. we attended the wedding mba convention. it was enlightening! all these wedding vendors gathering to talk about the business side of things. sponsored by wedding wire, the knot, martha stewart weddings, brides.com to name a few. we learned so much! there were classes every hour and there was something for everyone!

alice, the ever resourceful girl was able to secure a couple of booths for us to display our work and to take headshots of everyone that stopped by. we met some amazing talent and some really fun people. thanks to everyone that stopped by to chat with us!

if you were an attendee of that event and got your headshots done by me you can dowload copies of your photos from this link.

this week i'm spending time recovering from an over indulgent moment that hanssie and i had. ok maybe it was longer than a moment. if you follow me on facebook you might have read about the 3 hours we spent at the paris buffet where they were serving all you can eat alaskan king crab legs. oh lord. and as if that wasn't enough... we topped it off with crepes. no exaggerating. and i'm only telling you about the parts we spent the most time on. i won't bother listing all the other things i crowded into my belly with the baby.

on other news...

how many of you guys remember the devastation that was typhoon katrina? on sept 26 (just a couple of days ago) typhoon ondoy hit the philippines and it was worse than katrina...."Hurricane Katrina dumped an inch of rainfall in 3 hrs in '05. Typhoon Ondoy dumped an average of 2.24 INCHES PER HOUR for 6 HOURS!"

fortunately my family is ok and my friends sound ok too but not everyone is as fortunate. everyone i know back there is doing everything they can to help with the relief effort. i'm just doing my share as best i can ..

i want to share this with all of you who might want to send help ... Ondoy New York Disaster Relief drop off center @ Pandayan Center, 406 W40th St. Between 9th and 10th Aves. New York, NY 10018 or call 212.564.6057 OR for CA residents send via island pacific supermarkets.

According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council's latest Situation Report, the storm affected 89,953 families and 451,683 people.

About 23,147 families and 115,990 people having to evacuate in 205 evacuation centers.

The report also states that 7,908 people have already been saved by rescue teams.

Overall, there are 100 reported deaths (with 56 people in Region 4-A alone), 32 missing, and 5 injured.

The estimated cost of damages to both infrastructure and agriculture is over P108.9 million.

read more about it here.



  1. I was watching about the flooding on the news, and I thought of you. So glad to hear that all your family and friends are okay. I am praying for everyone there right now.

  2. WOW! I am so glad you guys are OK. What a scary experience.