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Of missing out

Backlog: First of March 2012

One thing that really pulls me down since I’ve been here is theย actualityย of missing out on important moments for our family. It has been almost 3 days already since my brother’s 20th birthday, and I’m just 3 days away from missing another happy moment – my Dad’s birthday. I am the daughter slash sister who made sue that I will always be there in every event for our family, even if it would be just a random school activity or whatnot. It really breaks my heart to sacrifice a full year of being away and let each event pass with us not being together.

So whatever-ever-chorva (haha).ย Here’s a very memorable day that I would always love to look back to ๐Ÿ™‚

Antipolo Church – home of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

I miss going to the church with my family ๐Ÿ™ Especially with my Dad!

Our trip to Antipolo will not be complete without trying their local and simple food outside the church!

A must every time we go to the church ๐Ÿ™‚

Received a present from Ate Raffy and a sweet letter from Tita Weng <3 <3 <3

Hello Kitty love <3

Last dinner with the family before I left! ๐Ÿ™

Chose a nice and innovative Filipino restaurant since I know I’ll be missing Filipino food a lot

Tuna Salad

Duo of encrusted sesame-peppered tuna and sashimi with crispy tempura bits and wasabi mayonnaise

Everything grilled in a platter! YUM! Oh how I miss charcoal grilled food!!!


Must cook this baby soon here in the apartment! I miss

Adobo ala Florabel

Florabel’s take on our Filipino dish adobo – served with kesong puti YUM!

Crispy Pata aftermath haha

Went to Borough for dessert! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the best cookies that I’ve ever had!!! <3 I miss!!!

Animal-ish ย day for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

Family <3

Went to KoKo for an after dinner bonding with my cousins x aunts ๐Ÿ™‚


Outfit of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

I miss you Zara heels!!!

Sleepy and tired,

R <3


701 Restaurant

08.20.2011: Dinner for our 4th

One weird fact about me is I love white tablecloths. I am such a sucker for restaurants who has tables with a full set-up and white tablecloth. I feel like it is nice to eat in a neat looking dinner table,so one ย factor that we look at when we eat out during our fancy days are “tablecloths”. Weird…I know :))

701 restaurant has one of the classiest interior design that I have seen. The place is very perfect for corporate people who works nearby ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade breads to start off our dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Basil Pickled Peaches, Caramelized Banana Peppers, Star Anise Cracklings

Albacore Tuna Tartar
Tomato Water Ponzu, Snap Peas, Radishes

Homemade Basil Spaghetti with heirloom tomato and ricotta cheese

The pasta is at its perfect doneness and the basil flavor spaghetti is just too amazing for my life! Simple dish turned into something awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

Sockeye Salmon
Corn, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Shrimp, Bacon, Leeks, Sorrel Sauce

Semi Sweet Chocolate Truffle Cake
Smoked Salt Caramel Ice Cream, Caramel-Coffee Gel, Crispy Rice

This was too perfect for my life!! I can’t even….. Aaaah, it still haunts me at night. I just want this every single day. The ice cream was so amazing with the truffle cake. The consistency and everything just made my soul float up to cloud 9. I loved this so much!!! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚


Blueberry Cobbler


The reason why I bought this dress…. :))

It rained so I had some wet spots on my dress…euw


Time to relax and unwind this week aka ME TIME,

R <3 xx

Washington DC: FOURever21

08.20.2012: Advanced for the fourth

What I love about my location now,apart from the fact that it’s a rich state is the idea of just being minutes or hours away from most of the beautiful places here in the States. One of which is, Washington DC. I love DC for its food and how it boldly teaches us about America’s history. This place is very rich in beauty and they have ZARA!! Lol :))

Started our trip in DC’s Chinatown (of course LOL)

Best General Tso’s chicken that I’ve had!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

My fortune cookie was very accurate!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

visited a couple of museums after lunch ๐Ÿ™‚ย Photos below:

Best part of our museum time!! Scavenger hunt!! <3

Pins as our prize for finishing the “hunt” ๐Ÿ™‚

This area is very beautiful!! Saw a lot of youngsters hanging out with their laptop/books ๐Ÿ™‚


Julia Child’s kitchen is finally open!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy!

First ice cream truck experience. LOL

I know my blog had a little downtime, but I hope this won’t keep you off or bored or whatever-ed (HAHA) :)) I’ll try to move away from my boring side and blab more..more..and more! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hoping to be somewhere 3 hours away from here SOON,

R <3 xx


SuperDuperBackLog: 08.22.2011ย 

Don’t you just love reminiscing about happy moments? Especially moments that made an impact in your life. It was a year and a day ago from now when something big happened and made an impact in my changed life. To some, graduating could be just about going up the stage and embracing a stress-free life. To most of us,it could be a stepping stone. But to me, it’s a gift, a blessing. I wasn’t really excited to graduate for myself, if I have the option to stay in school I would. I like deadlines, I feel like I have something to look forward to, it defies “aim or goal” to me. I was more excited to graduate for my parents. I may not be the best student that you may know, but one thing is for sure, I made sure that my parents would be proud of me when I graduate while I was in Culinary School. I just love the idea of making them proud, it’s a commitment that I have made to myself.. And yes, I still look forward to making them proud every single day. No matter how far I am right now, or how busy I could get.

I could still feel the joy that I felt during my graduation up until now. The overwhelming feeling of seeing my parents go up the stage thrice,and the look on their faces every time they would hear my name is just too priceless. That day commenced a lot of opportunities and realizations to my life. And I will forever uphold the joy and gratitude that He blessed me upon ๐Ÿ™‚

Random snaps during our Commencement Exercises ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

not your typical graduation.. ours is more awesome. LOL




My teary-eyed Lola ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss you so much!!!

I love you so much Daddy!!!

From my sweet jeje-brother,Batutsy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

We will all make our parents proud ๐Ÿ™‚

Tarp edited by Klariz and Remo <3 <3 <3

Bestfriend and I


A lot has happened in a year, but one thing that will never change in my life is this joyous moment. Everything happened because of Him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Missing the family…

R <3 xx

Feed The Pig

08.16.2012: I kinda feel like jogging now

Last week was kinda crazy for me, apart from the fact that most of my time each week is for work, I was also busy making each moment count a.k.a pigging out!

Soyo – my favorite place in Cockeysville <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally triedย El rodeoย in Towson! I’m such a sucker for Mexican food. #OlaChikka #LMAO

Festive decors!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chips x Salsa. My favorite!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wings for our appetizer. Yum!

Fried to perfection, not overcooked unlike most restaurants that serve wings.

Vegetable Fajitas

I should’ve ordered something else. I went to the right place,but ordered the wrong dish. So much for being aย consciousย freak. Haha

Beans x Pico De Gallo x Guacamole x Rice x Tortilla

Sides for the Fajitas!

Some overloaded burrito!

Some quaint park in Towson! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the reasons why I love Towson!

Urban Outfitters lovin’

Cutesy cutesy!!!

Addition to my piggy collection :@)

So grateful that we were able to try this restaurant before the week ended! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rotating Sushi Bar! OH EM GEE <3

What we got…

Most of the sushi’s that we got were good. They have a hugeย arrayย of choices and I swear, I wanted to try all of it. If only I was skinny enough to eat everything I want, I would. I still find rice evil for it makes me look like a pig. and yes, I do understand that I sound soย maarteย now. But just so you know, that’s how I roll…like a sushi roll. #OMG #CORNY #CRAZY

9 plates for 2 in just 30 minutes!

Orane Buttercream x Kahlua cupcakes!

I SWEAR! THESE BABIES ARE THE BOMB! They were so moist and yummy!! Drooling right now…… YUM


Driving to Washington DC today,

R <3 xx

I scream “TRAVEL”

08.14.12: Awesome Monday

I feel like my head is about to shut down in just about 15 seconds, as much as I want to make this a happy post, I feel like I’ll just turn it into a sappy and boring entry. So before I do so, I’ll just let my fingers do the job. #headache

I fell in love instantly when I saw this top inย H&M

Went to Annapolis Mall for some tax free shopping.

It was quite disappointing cause I felt like they hid all the good stuff because of this week long tax-free event. Boohoo

Aztec day again! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wore this awesome airplane necklace from my siblings! Looks perfect with my ” I LOVE LONDON, NEW YORK, PARIS” top! Don’t you think?:)


Went to Sheila’s going away backyard party after shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

I know I look horrible in this photo, but I will def miss you babycakes!!! We make a good team (hahaha) and I’ll miss working with you ๐Ÿ™

Scents from Bath and Body Works x Undies from Victoria’s Secret

Love at first sight

My pink knife bag!!!!

Thank you chorvaers!!!!!!!!!



Rearranged ze room! (a habit that is hard to break lol)

Pink lamp from the chorva!!!!!

Furry box that is hard to resist.. another stuff from the chorva! lol :)))) I’m such a spoiled baby!

Dealing with a headache now,

R <3 xx

Stalking Horse

08.12.12 – Horse x Shoe(s)

I’m hungry and I feel bad for not updating this blog as often as I could. Anyway, my words are somewhere and I couldn’t seem to find it. All I know is, I’m excited to be off tomorrow!! I cannot believe how time flies, after tomorrow I’ll be embracing another weekend again. How awesome is that? And then another Monday!!!

Saturday habit with ze girls ๐Ÿ™‚

Loving the background!

Always a fun night with them!!

Cray cray night as usual!

Blue x Tangerine Peg!!!

Heels:ย Forever21

Top:ย Muffin clothing

Clutch:ย Accessorize

Bought this topbecause of the heart-shaped buttons! Lol


Shoe addiction

Oh yes!

Was so excited to open the box!!!

One of my favorite

After 203 months, I finally had a size! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love the awesome box!!!

Can’t choose what color to buy, so I bought both!!! hahahah

colors of summer <3

Heading out for some sushi lovin’ now,

R <3 xx

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