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Archive for March, 2018

4 Fun Things To Do in Baltimore

08.31.15: Orioles Vs Rays

Hello, dolls! Hello, Opening Day!!! Today’s blog is pretty timely because I will be sharing my first experience at Camden Yards. Earlier this month, I shared on this blog Our Greek Wedding. My girlfriends Alyza and Joana traveled all the way from the South to witness us say “I do” (for the third time lol). I couldn’t be any happier! To be with the girls that know me so well in Baltimore that weekend definitely made my 2015 one of the best.

I was so busy with work and the wedding, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to plan anything for the only day for me to take my girls around Baltimore. Thank God my best friends are not high maintenance! They were up to do anything.

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Our coordinating outfits were coincidental. #GMTA

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1. Visit the Inner Harbor

A and I decided to take them to the Inner Harbor.  Any Baltimore trip is not complete without seeing this beautiful view.

The Inner Harbor has attractions for everyone, from families, couples, or individuals who are up for a new adventure. The National Aquarium is a must-see especially because it has been known to be the best in the country. There are cool ships docked by the water, the mall if you want to go shopping, and restaurants surrounding the water so no one will get hungry for sure! Everything is walking distance so you can just park your car in one of the garages (which is not as expensive as New York, DC, or Philadelphia! ;P ) (more…)

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Birroteca

08.2015

Hello, dolls!! Hello, weekend!! <3 The perfect word to describe this week is refreshing. I got my snow day in the middle of my work week and it was AMAZING! It felt like a “mini weekend” since I got off at 3PM on Tuesday and was able to go in a little later on Thursday. Getting extra time with baby A is always a blessing for me. My time is very calculated. Since my work schedule doesn’t change, I was able to come up with a schedule that works for me as a Mom and an individual. So whenever I get extra time in a week, I get super ecstatic! It means more time with my family and more things for me to accomplish.

Spring is officially here but it doesn’t feel like it! Baby A and I are so ready to wear lighter clothes! lol Though I have to say, I am just SO ready to put away his winter stuff so I can have room for the new ones!

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I am almost done with my 2015 entries. I know I know, it’s not ideal but I have so MANY great adventures from the past 3 years and I would hate to not share it!

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Whenever A and I get a night off on a weekend, we make sure we go somewhere nice to eat. Being in the food industry, we see it as an opportunity to learn something new. As husband and wife, it’s a great way for us to spend quality time and catch up 😉

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DC Diaries: Georgetown

08.27.15: Celebrating Birthdays From Miles Away

Hello, dolls! Hello, SPRING!!! <3 So the forecast for this week is keeping my hopes up. We are expecting snow for the next two days and here I am watching the weather news like a hawk! GIVE ME MY SNOW DAY THIS YEAAAAR!

One of the challenges of living away from my family is the reality that I can’t be with them to share every special moment. Growing up, my parents made sure that WE will always be there to support one another. From little contests in school, pageants, or sports activities. It doesn’t matter if our participation is big, what’s important is that when we look at the audience, we will see the rest of the family.

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I still try to celebrate special moments even though I am far away from them. I make sure I do something that will remind me of my family. For instance, when my brother turned 23 three years ago, I decided to go to Georgetown Cupcakes because that’s one of the places that he told me to go when he found out I am going to the US for my internship.

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Read about my first Georgetown Cupcake visit here.

Look at ’em perfect babies <3 (more…)

Our Greek Wedding

08.30.15: Third Time is “the” Charm

“You are my today and all of my tomorrows”

Whenever I tell people I got married thrice, they give me a funny look. They often think I am exaggerating! I then jokingly say ” yeah…I married the same man 3 times…..unfortunately (followed by a wink)!”. Then they ask me how, where, and why we had 3 weddings.It’s a beautiful long story.  Today, let me share with your our third wedding! <3

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I remember being nervous and very happy that day! I looked around and I honestly couldn’t express how happy I am that we were given the chance to say “I do” in front of our family and friends here in the US. Not everyone gets the chance to celebrate with EVERYONE that they love, but we did!

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Our Greek wedding was less stressful compared to our wedding in Manila. I love how we were able to celebrate and enjoy every moment of it without worrying about something going wrong. (more…)

Mommy Diaries: CollapseAndGo

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Hello, dolls! Hello, “SMonday” (ugh). So Sundays have become the day that I pour my heart out and post about my baby A on Instagram. It must be the sad feeling that I get when I realize I am only hours away from embracing another Monday. I used to love Mondays because that’s when A and I were both off. Now that I have a “normal” working schedule, Mondays have become one of those things that I dislike thinking about.

I noticed that it’s been a while since I last published an entry about baby A here on my blog. I’ve been busy trying to work on my ‘backlogs” as you can see (I am almost done with 2015 yay!). Since I am starting a new entry on a Sunday (my baby A appreciation day lol), I’ve decided to take a break from my “pre-baby A” life and write about my boy instead. Read my 2 entries about baby A (Hello, Alexander! and We Are Home).

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When I became a Mom, I started seeing things differently. The little things make the biggest impact in my life. This weekend, I planned activities for baby A. I realized he is getting big and smarter so it’s time for me to insert new child-friendly adventures to our weekend plans. He can understand A LOT of things now and express his emotions really well. So yeah! It was a very fulfilling weekend for our little family.

Growing up, my parents took us to museums, the zoo, bike-riding, or weekend getaways that we really enjoyed. I still remember our most of them until now and I am truly grateful that they did things for us to have a memorable childhood. I want baby A to grow up with great memories and stories to tell. Traditions that he would continue doing and pass on to his future family too! (more…)

Artscape 2015

07.19.2015

Hello, dolls! Hello, weekend!! <3 Is it weird that I am kind of disappointed that I did not get any snow days this year? 😛 I know I at least have 10 days left until we officially welcome Spring, but anything that would save me from waking up at 4AM seems to be out of the equation. I know I’ve mentioned this a gazillion times already, but summer this year is going to be AMAZING and I can’t stop thinking about it! I am already dreaming about our little “traditions” and how baby A is going to be part of them this year. One of the events that I enjoy going to is Artscape.

Artscape is an annual event held in Baltimore, Maryland — Mt. Royal specifically where I used to work! 🙂 It is America’s largest free arts festival with over 350,000 attendees every year — trust me, I know this because I had to serve thousands of people in 3 days!  The theme every year is different and there are performers that people look forward to.

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Mt. Royal is the perfect spot for Artscape. It’s the center of arts in Baltimore so there is always something interesting to see. I remember adoring the buildings in the area whenever I walk to my yoga class from work.

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It could get really hot and crowded so major tip, be comfortable! 🙂 (more…)

Ate Diaries: Summer 2015

Summer 2015

Hello, dolls! Hello, March <3 Two months down..wow! Is it just me or is 2018 flying by too fast? I may have said this sometime last month, but I honestly feel like I can’t keep up with time anymore. With so many things lined up for us until the first week of May, I know I am going to be a busy Mama…what who am I kidding? June is going to be busy too with baby A’s birthday and lots of summer adventures with my A boys. So I guess it’s safe to say that the first half of the year is going to be VERY memorable.

Anyway, I sometimes think about my life before baby A. How I was okay working a million hours every week and sacrificing my day off once in a while. I also like to think about how I spent my “me” time. How easy it was to get 8 hours of sleep without getting interrupted and going on with my day hoping I could at least get a full hour to watch my show and write a blog. You see I got a lot of time for myself before, but I have never been this happy and content. I used to make lists just to push myself to be productive. Now, I know I could sleep at night knowing I did something great to make my day meaningful.

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2015 was all about being the best sister for my OG partner in crime, Chella.

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Here’s the link to the blog I wrote a couple of months ago when our adventure together here in Baltimore started. Read about it here. (more…)

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