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So how do you address a married woman?

I am MissBackpacker and I recently got married to the man I’ve known and been loving for almost six years now. We exchanged vows in a bar in Mandaluyong, two places that mean so much to us. We only invited a few friends to witness our special day as we couldn’t afford a big event, we just didn’t (and still don’t) have that kind of money.

He wore a white polo shirt we bought in Greenhills, a pair of walking shorts, and a pair of flops. I flaunted my dirty-white dress we got the day before the wedding, my cute headpiece, and Php-150 sandals. It was pretty casual.

We servedΒ kaldereta,Β chopsuey, fried chicken, and unlimited iced tea. They said everything tasted good. I just don’t know if they lied. Oh, Mel also prepared a few molds of leche flan as his gift. We didn’t have giveaways or souvenirs, we can only give our guests our heartfelt thank yous.

It may not be the perfect wedding for most earthly-minded women there but to me, it’s more than what I could ask for. I didn’t have an entourage but I got a long list of friends who have been supporting and loving us, with or without the fancy wedding. I didn’t get to wear the type of dress I’ve been seeing in chick flicks but I just don’t care.

We both have aged. We now have more wrinkled skins. We both gained enormous weight. We no longer climb or hike that fast unlike how we used to scale mountains before. During lazy weekends, we SOMETIMES prefer to sleep and rest than go out and socialize with the world. Our goals have matured. He can now say, “Pare uwi na ako kasi naghihintay si Misis.

Our perspectives of life may have changed but never will we cease exploring other places and conquering mountains. We still have loads of beaches we plan on visiting. We will continue drinking, getting wasted, and throwing up even if our small rented apartment gets crowded with friends we invited because we were too lazy to go out. He will still call me names and I will still make him do all the hard labor (cleaning of bathroom, cooking, etc.). Our future baby will still be named Margaja or Nalgene. We will forever be Palalabs and we’ll send you an invite to our Greek-inspired beach wedding later.

I am opting to use my husband’s last name. You can now address me as Mrs. Galang. But you know what? I am still the MissBackpacker you’ve all known.

Thanks to my super pretty and loving best friend, Mary, for all the photos!Β β™₯

The Bride, The Groom.
Aren’t we cute? The bags as well!
I honestly cried the whole time.
These signatures are gonna change our lives forever.
With loves: Friends, Husband, and Polaroid.
An unending bond.


  1. yaaaay this is just so sweet! <3
    Happy bride and groom. congrats to you both!

    1. Hello Miss Pauline! Thank you marami. πŸ™‚

  2. Sweet post. You guys look really cute! I know some people who spend so much on the wedding (as in major production), but fail to work on the marriage, which is the most important thing. Btw, I can relate to the weight gain and lazy weekends! Cheers to both of you πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Kara! I’m gonna buy you a beer when we meet. Great to know that someone from PTB loves beer as much as I do. πŸ™‚

  3. At last you blogged about your surprising wedding Kaiz! hehehe…! πŸ™‚
    It’s simply beautiful! ^β—‘^
    Once again, sending you both our best wishes! ^β—‘^

    – wreyzza and robby

    1. Thank you, Cha-Cha! You and Robby should get married na rin! πŸ™‚

      1. Hindi pa pwede, bata pa kami! Nyahahaha! πŸ˜‰

  4. ay ang ganda ng wedding concept nyo! at ang dami kong tawa sa names ng future kids nyo. πŸ™‚

    Here’s wishing you guys a lifetime of love & happiness! πŸ™‚

    1. Hahahaha! Ganun talaga Ate Nath. πŸ™‚ See you soon. πŸ™‚

  5. wow…congratz…at last…at ang galing ng concept ng wedding…simple but memorable…

    wishing the best both…lam ko naman pinagtibay na kayo ng mga bundok, lakwatsa at alak na naging bahagi ng buhay nyo…

    at syempre mga co-weekend warriors ko kayo….

    congratz ulit….sana sunod naman baby na ung mabalitaan ko…^_^

    1. Wow! Thanks Brian. Sana magkita ulet tayo. πŸ™‚

  6. This is so far the unique of all uniques (wedding rites) I’ve ever (read) seen in my entire life. In one phrase, “down to earth” ceremony….

    Congratulations to both of you, Mr. and Mrs. Galang……

    1. Thank you, Sir Bonzi! Hope to bump on you here in Mandaluyong. πŸ™‚

  7. inspiring… gusto ko na uli maniwala sa love. im soooo happy for you both because i can see that you truly love each other. Kaiz, bilib ako sa tapang at paninindigan mo. miss you. stay happy and pretty!!

    1. Hello Ate Badette! Ikaw ang saksi sa simula ng aming pagmamahalan at kung gaano ako nabaliw dati. haha. Miss you marami! Sana magkita naman tayo. πŸ™‚

  8. Congratulations to the two of you! May you both stay happy and blessed! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much, Apple! See you around. πŸ™‚

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