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Sugar, spice, and a pinch of GLAM

Archive for January, 2012

Dora wants to go out..again.

A month and a week overdue post. Yikes. :)) Since I am yearning to get out with my girlfriends since we last saw each other, I’ve decided to work on ย this post today! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how my girlfriends and I celebrated our annual Christmas dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

c/o Jho

We booked a room in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. The view from our room oversees the entire vicinity of Eastwood! We all fell in love with it!

Peeping out the window reminded me of my Singapore trip with Leigh. The city lights and our hotel room made me feel that I was in Singapore.

Diane made the night extra fun by suggesting to have a “costume party” with Disney as the theme. We only had less than 24 hours to prepare for an outfit so everything that I wore was from my closet.

Diane as Minnie Mouse (A++++ for effort! Hahaha)

Chelsey was “transformed” into different characers that night.. From Pocahontas to Jasmine to Tinkerbell! Hahaha :))

c/o Diane

Me as the “modern and very maarte” Pocahontas!

c/o Chelsey

So happy that I was able to use the op that I bought over a year ago prior to this :))

Utilized my feather earring by adding it as a hair accessory.

Used animal print wedges to for that “jungle” feel Hahaha

Chicken Charlie madness! Devoured ourselves with 70 pieces of chicken from Chicken Charlie!! <3 <3 <3

My Sissy and I

Minus Jayce, Maricor and Zion ๐Ÿ™

To make the night crazier we went out and “played” truth or dare!

The weird stares that we got during the night did not stop us from walking around Eastwood haha :))

c/o Jho

c/o Jho

Tumbling is something that I haven’ done since…forever! It always leads tp me doing the egg roll instead…FAIL! Hahaha

Craaaazy night indeed!

The morning after

c/o Jho

Morning swim with the girls ๐Ÿ™‚

Bian in heels at the pool… YOU ALREADY! hahaha

<3 <3 <3

Since we only have one bathroom, my sissy and I decided to go down to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for our brunch ๐Ÿ™‚

Hot Chocolate <3

chubby morning fezz

My favorite breakfast meal in CBTL – Eggs Benedict!

Who wouldn’t love Eggsย Benedict? It is very overloaded with awesomeness!

My sissy’s breakfast set!:)

It was an AWESOME Chrismas celebration with the girls! Our sleepovers never fails to leave a mark on our hearts <3

Cheers to the best girlfriends one could ever have! <3

I love you all girls, MZATC will always be in my heart..no mater what! <3

<3

R

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Upgraded

I’ve upgraded my media space today (yay for this account but nay for my credit card lol).

Aside from receiving a message from Facebook that my page will be automatically switched to their new timelineย format, WordPress also shocked me by posting a message on my dash that I have no more media space left.

I thought deleting some photos would do me good for a while, so I pulled an all nighter for that BUT to my dismay the removed files were replaced by white boxes on my page! ๐Ÿ™

Unfortunately, I don’t have a back-up copy of some of my photos..so some posts will live by words (and white boxes) forever! ๐Ÿ˜

I know my files are safe in WordPress’ media library so I did not think twice on upgrading.

One perk of upgrading my media space is that I can upload videos and audio files from my laptop directly, no need for host sites anymore! Yaaay <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been wanting to post some videos from my iPhone since the holidays, but I feel like it is such a hassle for me to upload it to another site and upload it again on this account.

So yaaay! Cheers to more media space! <3

<3

R

Baguio Experience in Tagaytay pt. 2

Last post for our recent Tagaytay trip ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to make this quick and short cause we are bound for a Sunday bonding night with the family (we will make it extra fun cause it’s my Sissy’s birthday) Heehee <3

Here are some random photos from our last day in Tagaytay (January 23,2012)

Sooooo in love with mangosteen! My Dad and I loves to munch on this nomnomnom

Ate more or less 4 kilos of mangosteen during our Tagaytay trip! Hahaha

Rowena’s choco tart! My looove <3

Rowena’s “lava” cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

What I love Rowena’s aside from the wide array of Filipino delicacies are their desserts. Most of their desserts are not too sweet so it makes me feel less guilty (..and go for a round 2..yikes!) haha

The newly renovated Rowena’s cafe! So beautiful!! <3

Had a quick stop-over at Nuvali ๐Ÿ™‚

Went to Rockwell after cause we felt that it was still too early to go home and say hello to realiy again #chot

Animal print dress paired with Zara heels ๐Ÿ™‚

Hehehehe <3

Fire Lake Grill

One reason that keeps me going back to Tagaytay aside from the weather and the mix of rural and urban environment are the restaurants. The thing that I always keep in mind when dining in a restaurant in Tagaytay is that,we don’t only pay for the food, we also pay for the location and ambiance of the restaurant. Tagaytay has so much to offer when it comes to restaurants, and I see to it that I try something new (wait…don’t I always do?haha) every visit.

My Dad originally planned to take us to Antonio’s.But, unfortunately, the number that we have were out of reach. My Dad doesn’t want the uncertainty of us not having a table so he brought us to Fire Lake Grill instead. I was very excited cause love going to Cliff House! It reminds me of Ayala Hillside.

Our family was torn between 2 restaurants, Fire Lake Grill and Cafe Breton. My Dad really wants us to dine in FLGย altogether but Renzo,Chella and my Mom was deeply attracted to Cafe Breton’s crepes so we had to part ways for dinner. Boo!

Very serene atmosphere ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to take photos of the restaurant,especially the “semi”open-kitchen, but I was glued to my seat and the calm ambiance of the restaurant makes it hard for me to walk around with my camera! haha ๐Ÿ™‚ #ShyGirlMuch?

Pumpkin Soup

My Dad and I had to force this down to our system. It wasn’t to our liking. There were only three soup choices: Chicken Consomme,Pumpkin Soup and Tomato Soup. I told my Dad that a bowl of thick soup would be perfect for the cold weather so the consomme was immediately crossed out to our choices. It was a battle between tomato soup and this (pumpkin soup), I love anything that has tomato so I know that the tomato soup would not fail BUT being the risk-taker that I am (and the essence of me trying something new – though pumpkin soup is not really new to my palette) I went for this..and sadly it failed us ๐Ÿ™

Freshly baked bread never fails to set-up my appetite! ๐Ÿ™‚

I convinced my Dad to help me finish my meal..bu food is a different story to my Dad. Him helping me means I should take part of his meal too! He is such a giver..to the point that it makes me faaaaat. #chot

250grams of Angus Rib-Eye (grilled medium rare – my desired doneness)with 30 grams of pan-seared Fois Gras in Red Wine and Shallot sauce with Sauteed Vegetables

The picture speaks for itself..actually it doesn’t since it did not give justice to this plate from heaven! Everything on this white plate was PEEEERFECT!

My brother Remo’s plate

250 grams of Angus Rib-Eye in herbed gravy with potato wedges and sauteed vegetables

My brother wanted his steak to be well-done but unfortunately only 1/3 was accorded to his desire and the rest was medium well.

1st batch of my share from my Dad’s plate.

My order

Braised Australian lamb shank with saffron-herb risotto lamb stock reduction with roasted garlic

It was VERY tender! The sauce was very rich and the risotto was divine! I still prefer lamb chops though! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had to force each other to finish everything to the point that I felt my abdomen nearly bursting out of too much food consumption! Haha

Blurry shot. Chubby me. But worth keeping since I am with my Dad and the dinner was memorable!

Happy tummy!

I disliked the service though. I had to repeat myself 2-3 times to our server every time I say something,our soup spoon arrived when our soup was already lukewarm. With a restaurant like Fire Lake Grill, it deserves better servers. The 10% service charge was not justified ๐Ÿ˜

My brother’s crepe at Cafe Breton!! (my dessert) hahaha! Chot

My parents <3 <3 <3

These babies screamed out my name when we arrived at our suite..who couldn’t resist Cheeto’s Jalapenos, Cheese Puffs, Clover Chips and Ruffles?? Whoooo??

My late night snack buddy ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t wait for another food indulgence with my Dad! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

<3

R

Baguio experience in Tagaytay

This is how my family and I spent our “long weekend”. We originally planned to go somewhere far than the vicinity of Tagaytay,but since time was against us AGAIN and life has just poured us withย responsibilitiesย that we had to attend to, we had to cancel one night and spend it on Tagaytay instead.

When I was younger, I wouldn’t understand why my parents would plan out-of-town trips when they feel like it,I would always be the snitty daughter who would opt to say at the hotel room when my siblings were swimming (teenage years).Until I’ve started working (and yes,it was just recently when I’ve started realizing the joy of out-of-town trips with the family). I would spend my weekends at work wishing that I am somewhere far or relaxing with the family,and when an opportunity opened up, I did no think twice on grabbing it.

Listening to Sunday Morning on a Sunday Morning. Haha

First stop in Tagaytay: Mr. Moo’s

I love fresh goat’s milk! I don’t like drinking milk,my Dad would always tell me that he is scared for me that my bones might be too weak for the lack of calcium. Scared me a little bit so I consume it with my cereals. It was until my Dad and I went to Tiendesitas and found this store who sells goat’s milk, I tried it and fell in love instantly. My Dad was too happy that he even attempted to buy a dozen for me (glad I was able to stop him!)

Their bottle is sooo cute!

If it weren’t for the Jollibee drive thru that we had 20 minutes prior to this, I would’ve tried their creme brulee and panna cotta ๐Ÿ˜

We felt like we were in Baguio because of the cold weather and the location of our unit! We were surrounded by beautiful huge trees and the architecture of the units reminded me of Camp John Hay,specially Manor!

Some blurry pictures of our suite! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shared this room with my siblings ๐Ÿ™‚

My brother Renzo played with my camera and took some random photos. I’m glad he took a shot of the beautiful view from our room! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Do not forget me! ๐Ÿ˜›

R <3

Christmas Spirit on Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Truth be told, the only thing that excites me about this celebration is receiving tikoy. Though we have a Chinese bloodline,our lifestyle is nothing like it. Studying in a Chinese school (where all I can really remember was the way my Chinese teacher cusses me for doing anything not related to her class) was the only recognition to this heritage.

Anyway,here’s another backlog. Since we are celebrating a holiday today, I’ve decided to post a holiday entry from last year. One thing that hypes the month of December is he shopping streak that my family and I engage ourselves to. December is such a busy month,especially to my Dad! We tryย not to plan any family trip on that month cause we’ll end up getting disappointed because of last minute changes due to my Dad’s schedule. We try not to, but we still end up planning something “just in case”..so yeah, the former always happens – last minute changes hence cancellations!

Memorable dinner in Teriyaki Boy because of the conversation that my Dad and I had.

One thing that I love about my Dad is that he does not expect too much from us. He gives the best of the best to us but does not expect anything in return. He is the most generous person that I know so I see to it that he gets all he love,time and care that he does not need to ask for every time. Telling him that I’ll accompany him puts this overwhelming joy on his face,and I love seeing it. It warms my heart every time,to see him light up and say how happy he is to work and spend time with me or his family both at the same time.

Every year, I help him buy gifts for the people that are associated with his business. And booooy,I just love every minute of it! We spend long hours away from home, looking for the perfect gift for each person. I always end up wanting to keep everything that he buys for them so it’s no easy task ๐Ÿ˜› Also, it has been a tradition that I open every present that my parents receive during Christmas! Lol

We love shopping in Duty Free! Lots of great finds and super hassle free! ๐Ÿ™‚

Duty Free makes every balikbayanย made each balikbayan feel the Christmas spirit! Beautiful lights and a choir <3

Here are some of my favorite finds from our Christmas shopping extravaganza in Duty Free!

Grourdo’s paella pan (used this during New Year)

Microplane cutesy zester

Wilton mixing bowl

— I was very excited to use these when I got home! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy toolbox!!

I loved these cookies when I was a kid! Especially the apple pie! nomnomnom

Scored an iPhone case in Mac at Duty Free!

We had dinner in Dampa. I remember my Dad bringing us there once in a while when we were sill younger, and I would love the feeling of eating with the sound of airplanes taking off. It’s been years since we last ate in Dampa Paranaque,and dear it has changed already. Theย restaurantย that we always go to has a different owner already and the choices of seafood were too limited!

We headed to Newport o watch Ghost Protocol! We all love Tom Cruise!! As expected, our eyes were all glued to the screen. I find Mission Impossible 3 better though because of Michelle Monaghan – fan girl right here!

At the beautiful Christmas tree in Newport! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lace on lace. –wore a lace blazer and Jeffrey Campbell inspired lace shoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Top: SeventhStreet

Skirt: Forever21 (so in love with this skirt!!)

I look like I cried a bucket of tears when I got out of the movie house! Yikes.

So delighted to see Vila del Conte in Newport! I would always buy my Dad and I a small bag of their heavenly praline balls in Greenbelt! So delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

How was your long weekend,everyone?

R <3

Pancakes and strawberries on my mind.

One of my dream jobs is to work in a breakfast diner. I want to make pancakes,french toasts and fry eggs all day. I want to do a lot, I even aspire to be a ย Starbucks barista and a baby sitter. These are just some of the weird facts about me. Before you conclude anything irrational, these are at the bottom of my list, the bigger visions are better left unpublished for now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here’s how my family and I spent our Friday last week ๐Ÿ™‚

Pre-dinner with ze parents and mi brother Renzo at Mary Grace while waiting for Remo,Chella and Klariz ๐Ÿ™‚

Peach Iced Tea and Sangria

Seafood Chowder

Tasty and comforting BUT where’s the “seafood”?

Grilled Ensaymada

Dining in Mary Grace wouldn’t be complete without a plate (or two) of grilled ensaymada and grilled cheese roll ๐Ÿ˜‰

Prawn Salad with Mango Papaya Vinaigrette

Had to send this back cause the size of the greens seemed like it was just harvested. I would’ve let it pass,but the fact that it was warm did not give justice to it. I prefer having my salad chilled.

Loved the vinaigrette though the amount of toppings couldn’t suffice to the huge serving of greens.

Fili Beef and Grilled Tomato

My brother’s sandwich. The beef was overcooked (period)

Headed to Sumosam after an hour of strolling.

Sumosam,John & Yoko, and Mr. Kurosawa is under one company. I’ve already dined in the 3 restaurants,and their rolls always disappoints me so I skipped the sushi’s on the menu.

California Maki Salad

Loved this! Had to order another batch of kani and mangoes to make it more refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

Oysters with Bacon and Spinach

My Dad loves crustaceans! A must on our table every time it’s on the menu ๐Ÿ™‚

Oyster with a savory flavor..yum!

Oyster Tepan

“nothing special”

Chicken Teriyaki

forever mi love!

Back Ribs

Brother’s favorite

Bacon Kani

Sweet and savory. Should’ve ordered the bacon wrapped dory instead ๐Ÿ˜›

Shrimp Tempura

What is a japanese dinner without a tempura, right?:)

Southcoast Gindara

A bit overcooked but the sauce saved the bad doneness of the fish.

Seafood Yakisoba

A must order when dining in Sumosam, Mr. Kurosawa or John & Yoko!!! <3

New babies!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love buying kitchen tools!! It makes me a happy kid <3

<3

R

Cebu: Dessert Factory

Backlog

Since Cebu has just celebrated the Sinulog Festival a few days ago, I’ve decided to post something during my stay in Cebu last summer.

I spent my first Friday in Cebu by going to Ayala Mall..for the first time! I was feeling a bit depressed and lonely already at that time. Depressed cause I miss living with my family and the “easy-breezy” life that I have back home,and lonely cause I miss being surrounded by anything urbane. Don’t get me wrong, I am a City girl (and will always be). Living in a rural place where wearing heels is like wearing red in a funeral,and where the population of goats and cows are higher than the vehicles is a bit dejecting for me. I lived in Lapu-lapu,where SM and Ayala is almost an hour away and almost everything is brown and green,so yeah..you get the picture.

Had dinner with a friend in Dessert Factory. One of the most posh restaurants in Ayala Cebu! I loved the whole interior of the restaurant ๐Ÿ˜‰

I tend to order a lot when I get too excited and amused! Entering in Dessert Factory made me feel that I was in Manila, so I’veย savored every minute of it by indulging with food.

I sometimes prefer to have my dessert as my first course. Everything looks delicious so I ordered 4. I couldn’t remember anything that did not satisfy my sweet tooth. ๐Ÿ™‚ nomnomnom

3 drinks for me,and 1 for my friend. Lol

Just for the sake of eating something “healthy” for dinner! Haha

Chicken parmigiana – wrong move! This made me miss home terribly! Mama’s chicken parmigiana tastes better!

When I returned to Manila from Cebu, I asked my Mom to cook this for dinner. It made me feel that I was definitely home..not dreaming or something!

My friend’s burito. blaaah HAHA

Bibimbap..nomnomnom

Chicken Quesadilla – our second best quesadilla in Cebu! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So yeah, basically I’ve just defined what gluttony is in photos and lame captions.

<3

R

One of those days

So where do I begin?I am out of words and currently lost in translation — or at least that’s what my body wants me to say. Don’t get me wrong, I am more than okay. I am just exhausted,ย preoccupiedย and too glad. The only thing that reminded me that my sanity is still intact was the extra-crunchy cereals that I had earlier. I don’t understand why I am “extra” snitty lately, I’mย exaggeratingย by thinking that this is post PMS. Lol

Anyway, here’s what transpired during our recent Saturday Family time ๐Ÿ™‚

Crossing the street of Bonifacio Highstreet with a lot of people made me feel like my family and I was in Singapore once again! Street lights, obedient people following the traffic lights and a serene environment! Take me back to Singapore!!

My brother Remo chose to dine in Texas Roadhouse Grill.

I love dining in Western restaurants with my family! The ambiance is homey and the food is always comforting ๐Ÿ™‚

Was seated beside the grilling station.

Dining in a restaurant with an open kitchen is always fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bar station.

Complimentary peanuts!:)

The pale amused me! Very rustic ๐Ÿ˜‰

Roadhouse Lite Salad

We love shrimps on our salad so I ordered extra grilled shrimps for this! The blue cheese dressing was very light and perfect for the fully-loaded salad! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Will order this forever!! LOL

Seafood Basket

No words but nomnomnom

Texas Quesadilla

Meatball Pasta

Sauce was a bit too sweet but I did not mind it cause the pasta was al dente! Haha

The Baby Back Ribs

One thing that will always be present on our table when dining in a restaurant like this – ribs! My brother’s favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ol Texas Burger

El Paso Fajitas Chicken

My brother orderedย additionalย grilled shrimps for our fajitas! Creamy mashed potato = yum!

We did not ordered much cause we all ย know we are bound to Mercato ๐Ÿ˜‰ But all in all, it was a great dining experience! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We had almost 3 hours to kill before the Midnight Mercato so we spent it wisely…by shopping! Lol ;))

Blurry picture c/o my brother Renzo

Mama and I in Mercato! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cutessssy!!!

Mio Gelati’s truck! <3

Pistachio gelato <3 <3 <3

All of us were teasing Renzo cause he chose alcoholic flavors! He has been consuming a lot of alcohol lately. Yay or nay? Just as long its in moderation we will let him be. :))

Another blurry picture c/o my brother Renzo

My Sissy and I ๐Ÿ˜‰

Black cover up: Topshop

Tube top: F&H

White Jeans: Zara

The shameful mirror shot! Lmao. My Dad and I had a brief conversation about him wanting to buy me a better camera. He observed that I have been taking lots of food shots lately whether at home or when we dine out. THING IS, I don’t want him to buy it for me. I’ve been planning to buy myself another camera since last year but up until now I haven’t “really” decided which to get! I do not want a DSLR. It’s too high maintenance for me. I have to make up my mind fastย before my Dad insists to pay it for me..again! So yeah, less blurry and shameful shots..soon?;)

<3

R

Food for the Soul: Peach Melba Bars and Chicken Con Chili

Made this lovely dessert yesterday – 1.11.12

I prefer having fruits as my snack than junk food.I eat it with my cereals,pancake or anything that I can pair it with.Peaches is at highest point of the fruits that I love, so my Dad and I makes sure that we have a bottle or two stocked up in our refrigerator every week. One of the brands that we’ve tried is Kirkland. Unfortunately, it is not to our liking. The tartness of the peaches were dominant and a bit mushy compared to Dole’s, Del Monte’s and this Chinese brand (my favorite) that we usually buy. Plus, Kirkland’s syrup were too sweet and thick. I don’t want to put it to waste so I decided to do something about it. First that came to my mind was Peach Melba.

Peach Melba is a classic French dessert. Consisting of: peaches,raspberries and vanilla ice cream. I wanted to challenge myself by trying a new recipe so after an hour of researching, I’ve finally found the perfect recipe for my peaches – Peach Melba Bars.

40th minute in the oven.

Peach Melba Bar with Raspberry Sauce and Merry Moo’s Quezo De Bola Ice Cream

I made some minor adjustments to the recipe that I used:

ย I reduced the amount of sugar by 20% and substituted it with the peaches’ syrup (I don’t have anything to do with the syrup so I’ve decided to use it plus to add more peachy flavor)

It turned out really lovely! The tartness of the peaches compliments the flavor of the raspberry and the saltiness of the ice cream balances the sweetness of the bar! What makes it lovelier is the crunch in every bite because of the almonds! Yum

And of course! I had to let the most honest “critics” that I know give the verdict to this baby – my Dad and my favorite Uncle.

They both loved it and finished one plate immediately! Yaaay!

And no, they don’t sugarcoat.

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The Mistress of Spices is still on my mind and so is India! I have a bag of Tostitos waiting to be massacred and I don’t want to eat it as is so I thought of a way to “spice” it up. “Tomato and spices” are the ingredients that I wanted to use and first that came to my mind? Chili con Carne!!

Though Chili con Carne is not a staple from India,it uses various spices so I still felt like I was a costumer of Tilo from TMOS who just bought a bag of ย spices from her Spice Bazaar. Anyway, Chili Con Carne traditionally uses ground beef BUT since I am very maarte, I used ground chicken instead.

I know how I want my chili to taste like. I love chili con carne and it disappoints me when it lacks flavor and spice!ย 

I wanted to make it “extra hot”. Bu since it was my first time to do this, I can’t take that risk “yet”.

I was very happy with the outcome! Spicy and very flavorful! My kind of chili definitely ๐Ÿ™‚

My Dad liked it as well. Yay!

Will wait for my Uncle’s feedback tomorrow!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I don’t get everything right on the first try.Trying a new recipe is a hit or miss thing. But when I “hit” it, it really warms my heart and motivates me more ๐Ÿ™‚

Nothing can be more amazing than doing what I love and sharing it with the people I love! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

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So yeah, I find it very weird that every time I write a kitchen entry I feel like all this snippets about my life draws into my entire being and translates into words. Vague but whatever. All I’m trying to say is that…I’ll be ending this entry with “grateful” words again! <3

1. Unwrapped another gift from above yesterday. Such a precious blessing to be gifted with TIME ๐Ÿ™‚

2. My favoriteย Uncleย gives me “brownie points” every time I do something great in the kitchen. He is like my Dad, a food lover – very particular with flavor, presentation and texture! Home cooked or not it has to be according to their standards. Receiving good feed backs from him every time I make him taste my food leaves me overwhelmed every single time. What I love when he talks to me is that he sounds like my Dad – proud and happy. And that’s what I want them to feel, to be proud of what I have become. Receiving brownie points from him is just a bonus. Having an amazing Uncle is a blessing indeed!

3. Fixing papers for the “life that awaits for me” gives me chills and excitement. THIS IS IT! Aaaah.

It’s the weekend again!! Yaaay!!

<3

R

Entertainment 101

I’m a movie junkie and an avid series watcher. I spend most of my time watching flicks or episodes. And no, I don’t just sit like a pig while watching. I can watch while doing some important stuff –whether I’m burning some cals,plotting on my planner or doing whatever I have to do on my laptop and at home.

Since I am deeply corrupted with thoughts of the movies/series that I have watched lately, I can’t squeeze any words out of my warped my mind as of the moment. So what better way to clear my mind? Talk about it and let it out.

This movie has opened a new idea and goal for me. After watching this movie, I found myself eating up my own words of ย not wanting to go to India (don’t ask me why). The movie is so rich in flavors literally that made me want to fly in to India immediately and learn intensively about spices! I am actually in search for an authentic Indian spice house here in Metro Manila.

One of the movies that touched my sensitive heart was Love Actually. Same plot as Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve.

Love Actually and Valentine’s Day is better than New Year’s Eve. Liam Neeson was so adorbs and so is Hugh Grant!!

I am not here to convince you or write a review about these movies. I just want to unleash the fan girl in me! Haha #chos

Julian McMahon of Nip Tuck!

I am now at the boring part where Michelle enters the scene and makes every episode rated R and so is Matt’s annoying pathetic decisions since S01E01!!

Gordon Ramsay.. need I say more? Really!

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I updated my “Hello,Stranger” page today! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

Check it!ย http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/about/

<3

R

365 days of blog lovin’

Today is the 1st year of my WordPress site. Yaaaay! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 Before I share how happy I am of being able to stick to this blog and update it regularly, I will blab about our recent dinner in Burgoo, Powerplantย first before it can rot and turn into a “long-overdue-post” again! ๐Ÿ˜› So much for backlogs! I should really keep up with time and keep my phase in posting (one thing that I should work on before my second year in WordPress heehee).

My siblings and I in Burgoo ๐Ÿ™‚

This was one of the best family days ever! Veryย laid backย and full of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ Delicious food really makes our family tighter! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Daddy and I <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Burgoo Stew

We all loved this ๐Ÿ™‚

The level of sweetness is a bit above of the regular tomato based stews BUT it’s perfect for young families ๐Ÿ™‚

Seafood Caesar Supreme

This was so gooood!!! Will keep ordering this in Burgoo!

Four Seasons

Chocolate and Strawberry Milkshake

Chella and Renzo’s ๐Ÿ™‚ Both heavenly!! nomnomnom

Boneless Buffalo Chicken

Very tender and not too tart ๐Ÿ™‚

Supreme Sampler

Dips

I love them equally! Dipped my foodย alternatelyย in these. Hahaha

Shrimps and Ribs Platter

Huge platter of awesomeness! It was so bountiful that the 6 of us called it quits instead and opted to have the leftovers wrapped :))

Thumbs up to Burgoo for serving my Dad’s extra order of celery with ice! The freshness and crisp was preserved ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’ really remember anything that we did not like from the dishes that we ordered. Everything is just too delicious and delighting for our family dinner. Comfort food at its finest indeed!

What I wore:

Top: Forever 21 | Overused bandage skirt from Zara | Wedge from SO! Fab

I made some minor revamps on my page to commemorate the first year of my WordPress! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of which is to change my header! I remember listing down those words in class and going home immediately to put up a decent header. I’ve alreadyย dwelt with those words and kept them in my memory box. Since it’s a new year, I will challenge myself with more exciting stuff and new words to live by! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to everyone who has been viewing my page! Those page views and comments really inspires me to update this site ๐Ÿ™‚

To more and more and more blog posts,

R <3

Mama’s 42nd Birthday

This is a loooong overdue post (and I have piles of folders yet to publish dated 6-8 months ago *yikes). If it wasn’t for my second visit in Blue Water Day Spa, I wouldn’t be “working” on this entry :))

Anyway.. here’s how we celebrated my Mom’s 42nd birthday last October 7,2011. Refreshing my memory from the past once again! ๐Ÿ™‚

Flowers for Mama from Daddy ๐Ÿ™‚

I made dinner reservations in Romulo’s for her birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

One thing that I love about Romulo’s is their lounge. Very posh! ๐Ÿ™‚

Romulo’s has different dining areas.

I am so glad that the General Manager showed me the private rooms when I went there a few days before my Mom’s birthday.

Unfortunately..all rooms were already reserved so we had to make a table reservation instead.

Chick Flick

My siblings and I loved their signature mocktails! ๐Ÿ™‚

This one’s my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚ Milkshake in a martini glass!

Banshee

Banana Milkshake

c/o Renzo

Pomelo Salad

I felt like I was having dessert and appetizer both at the same time. Loved how the strawberry vinaigrette blended with the subtle flavors of pomelo and the greens ๐Ÿ™‚

c/o Chella

Ensaladang Filipino

Ensaladang Filipino never fails each Filipino dining table whether for breakfast,lunch,dinner or merienda!ย 

c/o Chella

Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare

I swear, Romulo’s and LJC’ group’s Kare-Kare is at the highest point of my favorite Filipino dishes of all time!! This was beyond great!

Pancit Puti

My Dad was quite hesitant about this because it lacks sauce BUT this dish was such a revelation that up until now he can’t stop raving on how simple yet very flavorful this dish turned out to be! ๐Ÿ™‚ A must try definitely!

c/o Chella

Bagoong Rice

Just because I love bagoong rice!

c/o Chella

Flying Tilapia with 3 sauces

My brothers loved this! It goes perfectly with the Ensaladang Filipino ๐Ÿ™‚

c/o Renzo

Bagnet Pakbet

Our table wouldn’t be complete with a vegetable so we ordered Renzo’s favorite vegetable dish — pakbet.

c/o Renzo

Callos

My Dad misses my late grandmother’s callos everyday! So glad he loved Romulo’s callos ๐Ÿ™‚

Remo and Klariz

Mama with Lolo and Daddy

<3

Jeje

For dessert, we decided to go to Bubble Tea since it was nearby

Oreo Cheesecake

Matcha Green Tea Cake

Taro Milktea <3 <3 <3

Klariz and Remo’s birthday gift to Mama — Estrell’s caramel cake! ๐Ÿ™‚

A must on every birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

I treated my Mom in Blue Water Day Spa as my birthday gift to her ๐Ÿ™‚

We both had a relaxing and serene time in Blue Water Day Spa ๐Ÿ™‚

<3

R

Page 5 of 366

Since “Page 5 of 366” is trending on Twitter, I’ve decided to use that as the title of this entry. Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is worth remembering,definitely one for the books. Once again,my heart is overflowing with joy.It’s like Christmas and New Year’s eve combined. I know I’ve been using the words “blessed/blessing , amazed/amazing” A LOT. But,there’s just too much to be grateful about each day and the least that I can do for Him is to share and inspire others by sharing how he touches my life everyday — either by words or through actions.

Nothing can be more exciting than the miracles of life ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ฅ Let your soul walk with Him each day and every goodness of the heart will follow! ๐Ÿ™‚ #MidnightThoughts

I posted that last night,cause that’t what I feel everyday ever since I’ve surrendered my entire heart and soul to Him. One gift that I offered to him when I’ve decided to be a better person was to submit to him. And believe me when I say that it has been and will always be the best decision ever. Blessings has been pouring over me since then. Every pain is being enveloped with pure happiness. Happiness that is enough for me not to worry about any endeavor that will come my way. Happiness that can make every pain and suffering bearable.

I like to visit the past once in a while.It reminds me of how blessed I am right now,and how amazing my life will be in the future. The past reminds me of how life gets better with Him.

I walked through memory lane today,and these are the stuff that I realized and was reminded with:

1. Miracles happen through Him. Life alone is a miracle,but it is not the only miracle that he shows us. Getting over pain and being extremely happy is a miracle. Walk with God and he’ll tell you why I am saying this ๐Ÿ™‚

2.I’ve finally came up with a list of the blessings that I value the most: Family; faith ; life ; time ; curiosity..and my heels! #chot

3. I don’t know if this goes to all of us,but to me,curiosity goes hand in hand with passion ; inspiration and motivation. Our mind translates the words from our hearts. Curiosity helps me: know my passion ; find my inspirations and keep me motivated.

4. A person that is beautiful inside and out will never let anyone suffer.No matter what the other person’s role is in her life.

5. True success comes to those who truly work hard for it. Hard work comes from passion and faith. Without these,you are just cheating on yourself.

6. Lastly,today, I was reminded on how I fabricate stories to my Dad just to cover up my sneaky deed of commuting. Hahahaha. Funny how I was too eager to try every public ride before. You’ll never learn if you don’t try.

Talking to people that reminds me of how blessed I am is a gift. Meeting people who inspires me is a blessing.

Don’t you just love life?

R <3

CHRISTmas in our hearts.

One thing that I look forward to (just like all of you) every year is Christmas. Don’t you just love how it’s at the end of the year and just a few days away from starting a new year?:)

12.24.11

I spent my morning doing last minute errands again.I fancy going to the grocery during holidays, don’t ask why :))

I decided to make tiramisu upon seeing Mascarpone in the cheese station. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t tried Valor yet. But since it has 70% cocoa, I’ve decided to go for this.

Dark chocolate blends perfectly with the flavor of the rest of the ingredients for tiramisu, especially when the cocoa percentage is around this number ๐Ÿ™‚

My first tiramisu was not a success in terms of texture. ๐Ÿ˜

One thing that you should keep in mind when making tiramisu: make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature or of the same level to refrain it from curdling.

I followed Gordon Ramsay’s advice to let the tiramisu set in the chiller for a few hours to let the flavors blend well.

When stored properly, the tiramisu gets better in time. ย Perfect flavor in every bite! ๐Ÿ™‚

Will do this again and try not to make the cheese mixture curdle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday Batoots and Jesus! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mass with the family ๐Ÿ™‚

Nicko paid a visit at home and was finally introduced to the family. :))

Gave my Dad an envelope with all of our shameful pictures. Lol :))

12.25.11 – Christmas Day

Love you Bebe!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Our first Christmas with Baby Caleb!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 <3 <3

I’m the smallest ๐Ÿ™ huhu

Cutie cutie baby Caleb!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

HAHAHAHAHA Bea <3 ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Cutie Bea with pretty Tita Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

Mama and Daddy ๐Ÿ™‚

Hahahaha what’s with the faces? :))

Wrapped my present for the kiddos in colored paper! ๐Ÿ™‚

Spending the holidays with he family is a blessing and a reward ๐Ÿ™‚

God gives us the bes present every year, to be united with our loved ones during His day ๐Ÿ™‚

Spread love all year round y’all! ๐Ÿ™‚

Much love,

R <3

2012


I still feel the same up until now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted this on Tumblr. Photo is not mine ๐Ÿ™‚

The last day of 2011 for me was craaaazy! I was so busy that I even forgot to eat. Yikes! Fun and worth it are the words that can perfectly describe how I spent the entire day before welcoming 2012! ๐Ÿ™‚

A silly (but awesome) idea hit me while grocery shopping with my family – to assemble a chocolate tower!

We used gold chocolates to resemble the tradition of “luck” in welcoming a new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the chocolates that we used:

Ferrero Rocher for the top most.

Violet Kisses: Dark Chocolate

Gold Kisses: Almonds

Gold and Violet was the color motif of our tower! ๐Ÿ™‚

Reeses’s and Hershey’s Nuggets

Gold Coins from Aji Ichiban and Goya

All of these are chocolates!! ๐Ÿ™‚

My sissy helped me in assembling this tower! Took us an hour and a half to finish it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I originally planned to use my gold cupcake tower,but my Mom lent it to her friend so I had to improvise.

I used baking pans and theย card board from the tissue rolls.

My sister painted it with gold spray paint to make it look presentable :))

The outcome really made us happy!

Everybody in our home loved it, specially our parents! ๐Ÿ™‚

Proud with our masterpiece! heehee

Too bad our picture with Lolo is blurry ๐Ÿ˜

Ordered Queso de Bola w/ Fiesta Ham from Merry Moo!!

Glad that my Dad loved it too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

First thing that I did when I woke up that morning was to bake!! I really wanted to do it the day before but my family and I went out so I had to put it off!

Made 2rounds and 16 mini cheesecakes! ๐Ÿ™‚ My sister helped me by shaping the mangoes into balls and in designing the minis ๐Ÿ™‚

So happy with the outcome of my cheesecake!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I made paella for everyone!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So so happy with my paella!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Accomplishingย everythingย is a blessing!<3

White Chocolate fondue <3

Renzo and Lolo

My Dad was very very VERY busy last December!!

He was too busy with work projects and in distributing gifts to all business contacts ๐Ÿ™

The boys ๐Ÿ™‚

If my Dad was not too busy and tired, the family trip that we planned could have pushed through ( and his eyes wouldn’t be too red on New Year’s Eve! Haha)

with mi boys ๐Ÿ™‚

with Tita Arlene and Ate Ruffa ๐Ÿ™‚

Very overwhelemed with their love and support!! <3

Matching outfits again with mi sissy!! <3 <3 <3

We welcome every New Year with a bang! Literally.

Uber loud firecrackers and beautiful fireworks!

My Lolo fancies buying huge and deadly fireworks every new year while my Dad loves ordering dragon fireworks worth 10-15 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ So it’s always a blast during New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nothing can ever beat spending the holidays with loved ones!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Such a blessing to see the beauty of each new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know for sure that 2012 will be amazing and life changing! I loved 2011, it was way more than I hoped for ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to unfold the beauty of 2012 each day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 2012 everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lovin’ life each day,

R <3

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