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Archive for December, 2013

TheHolidays: Noche Buena ’13

12.24.13: The rock and roll Christmas

Hello, dolls!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ We are only a few hours away from kissing 2013 a sweet goodbye! ๐Ÿ™‚ So before I get too caught up with my agenda for tonight (Holiday Kitchen Lovin 2.1 y’all) let me do one last entry for the last day of the year! ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been an amazing 2013, and I think I have expressed it a lot on this blog (and if not enough, here I am again for the last time this year). 2012 was the beginning of the beauty of 2013, 2014 will be just as amazing and even more cause God has never failed to surprise me with bigger and greater things each time.

I find myself wondering sometimes what I did to deserve all these — my beautiful family, my love Argerios, my family in the US, my passion for cooking and travelling,friends and everyone/everything around me that reminds me of His love for all of us. I am beyond blessed and I have another 365 days to love, inspire and give meaning to.

To you all who visits my blog and puts a smile on my face, Happy New Year!!! Let’s all keep inspiring one another <3

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Our home all lit up for the Holiday Season.ย 

We are still in the middle of renovation BUT I couldn’t be any more proud and grateful to my parents, most especially my Dad,for helping us make all our dreams come true. For not only giving us a beautiful home, but a big happy and loving family that we can go home to <3

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Palawan Diaries: KINABUCH’S x OOTD

09.27.13: ….and that’s a wrap

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I can’t think of a better intro than this.

I am lost in translation. My head is seriously going to burst any minute now. and I wish….I wish people can be more respectful and selfless.

I have reached my boiling point, and you know how I hate to turn this blog into a drama-fest, BUT when you give your all and spend n days working on things THE LAST MINUTE, and make everything perfect, it sucks when someone makes you feel like you did not do enough. It sucks when the work that you’ve done is not being reciprocated well…especially when the only thing that you asked for is not even going to cost them a dime. I worked like a machine for days while being sick, and sacrificed time for my future. I think I have every right to lose my temper. I am physically and mentally exhausted, is it too much to ask for some ME time?

Anyway, before I suck the life out of this blog…here is my last entry for our first day in Palawan (yaaaay).I did it!!! So here’s a food x fashion post! A little bit of both ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hola

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Kinilaw na Tanigue (Mackerel Ceviche)

ย I loveย kinilaw/ceviche! I grew up eatingย kinilaw with my Dad. I know A would love this, and I am glad he did!!!! The fish was so fresh…yumms!

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I forgot the cocktail that we ordered..but I think it wasย weng-wengย cause they can’t do sex-on-the-beach.

A had Jack and Coke. I remember him not really liking it.

The drinks were okay…I had better.

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Palawan Diaries: Baker’s Hill

09.27.2013: The best part is….hopia

Hello,sweets!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the last part of our day tour in Puerto Princesa (yay!)A glimpse of my awesome Christmas at home will be posted soon. We are only 3 days away from kissing 2013 goodbye, and honestly, I am not too excited in seeing it go by yet. A lot has happened this year,amazing things for that matter. I want a little bit more time with my dear 2013…and just take it all the memories in once again. With how my 2013 has been, I know for sure that my 2014 will be more amazing!

Anyway, enough with the very premature New Year introduction. Since we started our tour late (thank you Cebu Pacific!) the tour guide had to revise our itinerary and cancel some of the destinations that we were supposed to go to, and make each trip quick.

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Palawan Diaries: The Wild Life

09.27.2013: “I did not sign up for this”

Hello,dolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I am going to stick to my plan of working on our PalawanDay1 entries. This blog will have a different rythm before the year ends…and I am kind of happy about it!

We arrived in Puerto Princesa at around 1PM.. with no decent food in our bellies! We were picked up by a private shuttle with a tour guide holding a huge placard with my name on it. Kudos toย Edward’sย Place for making us feel special ๐Ÿ™‚ We were expecting a 10 minute drive (at least) to the hotel, but to our delight EP is only 2 min away from the airport…which made us all laugh (cause we can all be weirdos like that). So yeah, we were all so hungry and we thought we have enough time to have lunch somewhere, but the front desk advised us that we only have 30 minutes until our tour starts! yikes.

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We are all pleased with our hotel..it’s not a 5 star type hotel, but it was really decent.

Puerto Princesa,as we were told, does not have a lot of luxurious hotels. They are still in the process of developing things,and there are only a few (and I can only remember one, and we didn’t find out about it until we got there). So yeaaap, staying in a lovely place like EP is pretty comforting, considering that it is in a very safe area AND it is near all the awesome local restaurants.

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Palawan Diaries: #CebuPacProblems

09.27.13: Cebu Pacific = “we guarantee you that your flight will be DELAYED”ย 

Hello, sweets! <3 I know we are all still on thatย CHRISTmas vibe!ย I am not going to write a separate post for it this time as I want to finish all of our first-day-in-Palawan entries before we kiss 2013 goodbye ๐Ÿ™‚ I had an amazing Christmas this year, one of the best I must say! So I’ve decided to do another take on my “recent-for-recent-in-between-my-lazy-backlogs” again. I’ve had an amazing year, and I just do not want each memory to fade away just because I can’t devote enough time on this blog. Anyway, I wish you all had an amazing Christmas just like I did. AND rememberย Christmas is not about the presents that we get under our tree, it’s about the big guy up there ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let me share with you the first part of ourย Palawan trip.

The girls and I have been wanting to go to the beach since..forever. A trip that doesn’t involve my driver driving us to some place 2 hours away from Manila. We need a SOLID beach trip. So months before A got here, we planned to go to Palawan,cause we feel like Boracay is too mainstream..especially when someone is visiting the Philippines! Pluuuus, my girls are too adventurous and Palawan has so much to offer.

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Cellar x En Route

09.27.2013: Way too chill for a Thursday night out

Hello dolls!! It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow and I am so excited!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been very very VERY busy these past few days. I don’t know how I got into this beautiful situation but I am loving the feeling!! It feels like December 2012 all over again! 13 hours in the kitchen, grinding like there is no tomorrow! So I’ve been starting my day earlier than usual.. doing kitchen duties for the family and awesome people who believes in my talent (soooo happy that I get to spend my entire day doing what I love). As much as I want to blab about my Christmas high, I NEED to keep this short cause I promised my chopping board that I will only be away for a couple of minutes.

So before I get too caught up with my Christmas lovin’ here at home, let me share with you a part 2 of A’s third day here in MNL ๐Ÿ™‚

Went out with the interns for dinner

So happy we got to see these babies again!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Since proximity is a big factor when hanging out with people who lives outside Manila, we had to compromise on a place where it will be easy for everyone to go to. So Ortigas was on top of the list.

Another thing that we considered was the crowd, most of the girls wanted a chill spot…where we can have cocktails and not worry about smokers that much. So we’ve decided to giveย Cellarย a try. A resto bar/lounge owned by a high school classmate ๐Ÿ™‚

Food and drinks were good..unfortunately… Thursday in Metrowalk is a dead scene. I don’t know if it was just a coincidence cause it was also raining that day.

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Kenji Tei

09.26.2013: Gelato = Reward

Hello dolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ So it has been more than a week since I last update my page ๐Ÿ™ I have been extremely busy…and I will be AGAIN starting tomorrow. My Mom and I just finished our Christmas Eve menu and I am excited! I am so excited to make my family happy with the food that I will be making for the Holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚ In between my crazy kitchen sesh (orders here and there and family dinners) another blessing came my way after I heard mass with my family (for those who do not know, there is a tradition here in the Philippines calledย Simbang Gabi).ย The fastest answered prayer happened last night! We were so stressed out for the past few days and we have been praying hard for things to turn around, and it did!!! I don’t know how I can express it even more on this blog, but LIFE GETS TRULY AMAZING WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN HIM! The word “amazing” is an understatement even, with all the blessings that he has given me, I don’t think I can ever thank Him for…eternity! Last night is an epitome of miracle ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, so I am totally backlogged with all the heaps that I want to post here (#uhh). This blog just turned another year older yesterday (yay!).I pondered about random stuff earlier (you know during my wee hours) and I can still say the same since I started this “riannagalvez.wordpress.com” thingy…I am not a blogger, and will never be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Riannas Seafood Ramen

I don’t know why we ended up in Kenji Tei,ย but it was in my “okay slash s0-so” category. I’ve had better ramen, and I know there are far more better ramen places here in Manila. But,since we met up with his long time friend (who also visited the Philippines) we had to compromise with the place that we were going to.

Location wise, I really want us to be in Greenbelt that day. I love Greenbelt and I can recall all those times my family and I would be there every week (until traffic became to unbearable for us that we learned how to value proximity). But yeaaah, if only I can bring Greenbelt 50KM closer to us, I would be okay with that haha

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Anyway, going back to my ramen story… I’ve read a lot about good ramen places here in Manila, but most of them are not in Greenbelt. And such a shame cause we were such in a hurry to find out about a ramen place in Greenbelt that I just googled “ramen house greenbelt” and Kenji Tei came up!

It wasn’t disappointing, it’s just that I feel bad that the only ramen that he had here in Manila is not as good as the ones that we had in the US! ๐Ÿ™

 

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Hisย Curry Ramen

Just 2 of the things that he is crazy about… curry and ramen!

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This came in a very very big bowl (one of the good things about KT! Their servings are good enough for 2)

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Gomoku Shio Ramen

My Seafood Ramen

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“everything that I love in one bowl….seafood x veggies and a slice of pork”

This was really good, though I kind of wish that the broth is a bit thicker than this. I don’t know but, the broth was not too amazing for me ๐Ÿ˜

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Extra toppings for my hungry man

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Fresh Dalandan Juice

I made him drink fresh juices that he won’t be able to drink in the US when he was here.ย Calamansi, Buko,and dalandanย are his favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gyoza

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We went to Glorietta for a little while cause I had to check something for our Palawan trip.

He said the view from the bridge looks nice comparing to the streets that he saw in some areas outside Makati…so he took a photo of it haha

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..and since we had Asian food beofr eour Hong Kong trip…

I got rewarded again!!! Gelato fo me <3

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Coconut x Lime for A

Pistachio x Verones Chocolate for me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The breakfast series:

 

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Since he really wanted to try Chowking… and cause he can’t have enough Asian food in a day.

breakfast delivery for A!

…all for him!

 

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Filipino delicacies!! YUMMS

Cause my Dad is so crazy about making him try everything that Filipinos love <3 haha

xx

R <3

Cookie Monster

Hello,dolls! I am going to take a little break from my “LOVE in MNL” series. My head is just in this blank space now, and my words are somewhere out there. So here are two of the few things that I did in the kitchen for the last few months. One of my biggest frustrations is to take amazing food photos! The kind of photo that would make you, my reader, say “I want to do that too!”. So far, only half of the things that I did in the kitchen are blog worthy (and I know I still have a lot to improve when it comes to my “photography” skillZ).

I try to cook for my family at least twice a week (our cook will have nothing to do if I do it everyday) and I make sure that I leave something on the table for “emergency snack” aka baked goodies. I took up Culinary, so I feel like I am still at the “I-enjoy-doing-the-basic-stuff” phase when it comes to baking. The ting about baking, it’s not like Culinary where in you can just make one good cookie or a slice of cake that is enough for one. So when I bake something, I try to think if my family can eat it. Lucky for me, I only have to deal with one picky eater, my sister!

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Mongkok x Morelli’s

09.25.2013: Win-Win

Hello,sweethearts! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are all enjoying my “LOVE in MNL” posts! It’s been a while since I last did this, but I would like to say… THANK YOU to everyone who followed my blog these past couple of days, and those who regularly views my page ๐Ÿ™‚ Never did I imagine that I will get more than 200 WordPress followers,and readers outside WordPress, and from all over the world for that matter! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, remember how I said I tried my best to stay away from Asian food when he got here? Well that didn’t happen lol. A loves Asian food so much, and for his first 24 hours here,all he kept on talking about is how he can’t wait to eat delicious Chinese food. I tried so hard to convince him to just wait until we get to Hong Kong BUT his beautiful eyes just kept on asking for it. So wish granted! ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, the least thing that I can do (or maybe the best) for someone who flew 8554 miles for me is to satisfy his Asian cravings.

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Tocilog for his breakfast. Very pinoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

I will try to include his breakfasts in my posts. Cause I am happy that he was able to try different kinds of foods every morning (thanks to my Dad) and caaaause I love breakfast! Haha

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We were originally supposed to go toย TWGย for lunch, but since like I said earlier, his eyes were too convincing that I just decided to S it up! lol

It took us a couple of minutes to decide where to go..but when he saw Mongkok’s ย dim sum cart he just turned into this super “f”Asian mood!

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Nolita

09.24.2013: Anywhere with you

Hello, dolls!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is now December, the most wonderful time of the year! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ I know everyone is just as hyped as I am! But I still can’t believe that we are just less than a month away from welcoming 2014!! It may be too early to think about it now, but there is just so much in store for me for next year…and I am so excited!!!

One thing that I look forward to next year is to have the amazing feeling that I had when A was here for 3 weeks. Everyday seemed like a dream, and we made sure that each day would be an adventure for us. That’s why we didn’t waste any time as soon as he got here! After resting for a couple of hours (though I know he must have this horrible jet lag) we went to Bonifacio Global City for our late lunch. Since he wants to be in sync with the time here in Manila, he decided to sleep on the plane so he would be up all day here. Which, I am glad to say, WORKED!

I didn’t plan anything for his first day here since I was expecting him to be asleep during the morning. I was having a hard time figuring out where to take him on his first day, and I couldn’t think of anywhere else but BGC. He finally saw how horrible traffic here in Manila is, and my driver was getting too stressed out cause he knows it is A’s first day here! But everything turned out perfectly, and he was able to sleep for more than hour,ridiculous cause it shouldn’t take us that long.

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I was still uncertain where to bring him when we got to BGC. All I can think about is how we shouldn’t go to a Filipino restaurant cause my Dad wants to bring him to one for dinner. Chinese, though his favorite, is out of the question for his first day! I was thinking that I should try to stay away from it as much as possible since we will be going to Hong Kong for 6 days. And then I recalled how good the pizza inย Nolitaย is.

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Of Turning 23

11.29.2013, Friday

Hello, 23!

To all of you who remembered my special day, THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t put into words how I happy and grateful ย I am to everyone who made sure that it will be nothing but perfect.

I am going to do my acknowledgements here cause a memorable day like this deserves a bigger page than a small box on Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

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My ultimate wish for my 23rd was…TIME.

I only wanted one thing for my birthday,and that is to spend time with my loved ones here.

Nothing big…nothing elaborate.

Cause the best part of my day was waking up and knowing that I have my family to spend the rest of the day with.

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And even if we were miles and miles away from each other,

ย A was still able to make my birthday special..by just being the most awesome man one could ever have ๐Ÿ™‚

The video call with everyone greeting me..the letter..and the TIME.

It all paid up for his presence during my day

…and I know someday soon,I will be able to celebrate my birthday with him and my family.

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Today, I am officially 23.

I can’t believe how time flew by. I have learned and experienced so much when I was 22. I made each day count and as I look back to my 22nd year, I am very satisfied with the lady that I became of since that Hello Kitty party! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am so grateful to all the people that I have in my life now. And I will make sure that I will never let a day go by without telling my loved ones how much they meant to me.

I couldn’t be any happier about my future, it is looking so bright that everyday I am just getting more and more excited to do things.

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(shameless birthday selfie haha)

I wouldn’t have my birthday any other way. I got everything that I wanted, everything that I could possibly ask for. It was perfect.

To everyone who greeted me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and who took an effort in sending me a private message..THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚ Each wall post, comment or message made me smile.

To my friends, who gave me an awesome Saturday night.THANK YOU! For supporting my introvert”ism” (#HAHA) — me not wanting to be with a crowd and my love for intimate dinners! It was yet another perfect night that ended into a “memorable” sleepover.

To my loved ones in MD, who made me smile on the first hour of my birthday, and made me feel that I am loved. THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚

To my love, who did everything just to see me happy. THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚ You are my purple balloon <3

To my family who made sure that I will feel loved and special, THANK YOU. I was the happiest daughter and sister this past November 29 <3

I will rock 23.

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KEEP CALM CAUSE I AM 23

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R

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