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Fairfax Inn

05.27.14: Virginia and us

Hello, sweets!! 🙂 Happy (almost) weekend! Halloween is literally right around the corner and guess what??? No dressing up for me this year :(( It’s a shame that I can’t have weekends off unless it’s for something really important. No need to fret though cause I have good weekends ahead of me (hint: birthday month).

A few days ago, I was blessed with another challenging situation. It’s not as complicated as the other things that I am dealing with now. I wasn’t planning to react to it but I thought this could also be a perfect opportunity to inspire someone who is going through the same thing. I hope I can make this short so I can move on to my happy post. Haha

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“I don’t understand why someone would do this to you. You are always busy here in the apartment, sitting on the couch while watching your shows if not blogging or talking to your family, most days you are at work. Why would someone do this?When you’ve done nothing”. Those were A’s words when I showed him what’s happening, It is very peculiar to have someone cyber bully me when I’ve done nothing but to live my life here. It’s crazy how I am a gazillion miles away from my home country and yet someone finds a way to try and hurt me (but news flash: it’s not working!). We all have our fair share of struggles, and I like mine to be dealt discretely as possible. I think everyone who has seen me before would agree that I look VERY different now,I matured and love life more. No make up, clothes,and shoes can ever make me look the way I am now than the love I have inside of me. Love for my family, partner in life, passion, life -life- life,and my faith. I sometimes think that the people who chooses to hurt others are those who needs love and affection. I pity them because they find happiness in trying to hurt someone and think that it’s okay to find happiness in someone else’s misery. These are just some of the things that I think about my #hater/s. As crazy as it sounds,someone actually took the time to make fun and torment me. All I can think about now is how

I wish that person know s how hard it is for me to wake up each day and know that I won’t be eating breakfast with my Dad..or lunch..or dinner. That most of the time I choose not to eat anything because there is no one to eat with. I wish I can tell that person how I spent years and years of being called names and made fun of for being fat. I wonder if that person knows how it feels like to be bullied…because I do.

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Soooo moving on….I still think it’s crazy (…and cute) that I am marrying a man who is so fascinated about Asian food. Whenever I tell him  about an Asian restaurant he does not think twice about going to that place. Even if it will take us an hour or so…just like our trip to Fairfax. (more…)

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First Anniversary: Ram’s Head Inn x Stewarts

04.21.2013: 365 days

Hello, dolls! 🙂 Today, I am going to share something really special. I know this is almost a year late but just like what I always say, I like to keep some things to myself until the right time — just like this one. I can still remember all the little and big “firsts” that A and I shared together, and how cute he was each time. Like how shy he was when he asked me on our “FroYo date” –which turned out to be our “first date” as well. The time that he was so excited to get off work early and pick me up from my apartment and bring me to one of the best Italian restaurants here in Baltimore for our “first real date”. The first time he let me drive his car , first movie we watched together , first Asian restaurant we went to , first NYC trip , first month together , and the first time he said I love you — the list goes on and on and ON and everyday is just amazing with him.

You see, I do not talk about our relationship that much here on my blog, but this week is like an exception. I can’t believe that we are going to celebrate our second year anniversary in 3 days!!! It’s crazy!!! Where did time go?? I feel like nothing much has changed, only that our love for each other grew (or to make it cheesier — blossomed like the beautiful flowers of spring). We are still the crazy kids who gets too excited about food and cooking and loves to travel and talk about whatnots in the middle of the night.

Everyday is an opportunity for firsts. 

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I’ve always wanted a man who will make dinner reservation for us and tell me “wear a lovely dress tonight”. Lucky for me, I met a man who did that on our first week of being together (major brownie points!!).

A made a reservation in one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve been to. For our first anniversary, we went to Ram’s Head Inn in New Jersey.

But, before I tell you about the delicious food that we had, let me start with the nice afternoon that we had.

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We started our day by giving each other our presents.

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Real Soon

April 2013: A round up of lunches

Hello dolls!!! Today, the world reminded me about two things. One, that life is really…really (REALLY) short. I’ve been having deep thoughts (and weird if I must say) about time and how it affects life. Second, I will be turning 23 in 28 days!!! I have never been excited about getting  a year older, and I know this year is the only exception (for some reason).

As a tradition, I posted my first birthday wish for the upcoming year. I had this silly idea when I turned 20, that every year (before I hit the big 3-0), I will create a birthday wishlist and try to make them all happen in 365 days. I did bad last year as I wasn’t able to come up with 22 wishes.

Anyway, I will be posting everything on Tumblr, so if you want to be inspired you may check this link from time to time 🙂 http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/riannabirthdaywishlist23

Before I start talking about non-sense, here are a few photographs that I took before I went back here in Manila. Looking at these photos made me more excited about the life ahead of me! It’s going to happen real soon…..and I have nothing but mixed emotions about it. (P.S. most photos were taken out of boredom lol)

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Best for those sudden cravings

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I love making my own cards, but since America is big on giving cards, I’ve decided to buy myself a nice set to give away to the people who touched my life in some way! 🙂

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Cutesy

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Getting better at it! 😛

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Vogue’s September 2012 issue.

Just because I think it is silly that my boyfriend is still getting magazine subscriptions for me. Wait for me babies! Lol

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The cutest Hello Kitty that I own now. I left this in the states and I kinda wish that I didn’t! I was so happy when I got this for Christmas from my boyfriend’s sister!!! <3

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Random Sunday lunch in Chili’s.

I remember how happy I was that I got to eat out with my boyfriend for lunch on a Sunday. I also remember him telling me that he is so glad that I was just wearing my pink hoodie and some comfy gym pants #MaarteGirlProblems

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No one can ever stop me from eating anything sweet. Not even myself.

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One of best lunch dates that we’ve had. Never did it cross my mind to try Nordstrom’s Cafe. I am so glad that he took me there!!

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Cause something this good can’t wait,and I am not going to spoil it by being too full. Had my dessert first cause this baby looks so delish. And I was right, it’s too heavenly! YUMMMS

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Tomato Basil Soup

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Chicken and Wild Mushroom Gnocchi

It’s so funny how I was thinking to my head that I wish I could have gnocchi that day. We didn’t know that they have it until we sat down.

Everything that I love in one big plate. I died…..and went straight to heaven. I swear, this was tooooo good.

“I love you I love you and I miss you”. This is what I am feeling right now, and yes..I’ve gon’ crazzzy!

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Oh you know…the usual… his sandwich

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Straight from Korea!!!

My sister bought this VERY VERY SPICY instant noodles during her trip to Korea and sent it to me in the US from MNL.

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Another delicious escapade in Towson! 🙂 It really is true when they say…the food trucks/carts in America are AMAZING!

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Superduperkaduper yummy gyro!!! I have no words but AAAAAH! I can’t wait to go back to Towson for this!!! YUMMMS

Eternal is what we will have,

R <3 xx

New Jersey: LBI

04.09.13: Never Too Early For a Beach Date

I am now at the stage where in I feel like I am just going to blurt out the biggest news in my life any minute now (I am pinching myself now as I type this). Something beautiful is making me happy, and when I say beautiful I mean…. the-most-beautiful-thing-that-I-have-ever-worn in my 23 (almost) years of existence. Speaking of beautiful, let me share with you a very beautiful day that we had a “few” months ago. Can I just say that I have the most loving man that a silly girl like me could ever have. I remember telling him that I wish we can go to the beach again,and before I know it he was already driving down to LBI in the middle of Spring, in a cold lovely weather.

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Cause I am lucky to have a man who brings me to beautiful places 

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Say hello to our “brunch”

Best pizza I’ve ever had (so far..or maybe the best that I will ever have HA)

Tomato x Mushroom x Cheese…just the way we like it! YUMMMS

I had 2 1/2 slices….and the rest,well… let’s just say he loves to it! Haha 🙂

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My own little piece of summer with best boyfriend ever <3

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Cause we take every trip seriously. Haha

What’s a beach trip without ice cream?? 🙂

6 scoops of ice cream and a milkshake! <3

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Our favorite!! Scrabble!!

Since we are away from each other now, we use the “Words with Friends” app to continue with our addiction. haha

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Cause I love grilled hot dogs!!

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Asian Snacks!!

I love bringing snacks for him every time we go on a trip 🙂

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Kitchen time: Sausage x Mushroom Risotto!! Yuuuums! My favorite <3

It was an amazing trip!! And it was just the start of all of our beautiful adventures together <3

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OOTD

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I think it’s safe to say that my “nail polish skillzzz” has improved over time haha

Missing you terribly,

R<3 xx

Other Side

April 2013

Someone pinch me now….this is my third consecutive blog for the week! I never thought that letting myself drift away from my crazy “I-always-need-to-do-something-productive” self can be this damn good. I have always lived my life like my world is going to fall apart if I do not do anything that requires me to be on my feet for more than an hour. Life has its way of letting the productivity into my life even if choose not to entertain anything but “calmness and relaxation” (but let’s face it, laziness is the word that I am getting to lol). I have no concrete explanation of why I am in this “#BumLife” mode since he went back home, maybe it’s my way of drifting away from the sadness (which I must say, we did a really good job on) or maybe it’s my way of telling myself that it’s okay to stay in bed for more than 8 hours. All I know is, I am only giving myself until this Sunday to wake up and see the world again.

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What do you do when you have 2 white frames from IKEA? 🙂

Make it look fab with a nice set of Keep Calm stickers from a scrapbooking shop! <3

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Cause I love making him smile by doing something in the kitchen when he gets home from work 🙂

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…and I love it when he cooks pasta <3

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I wasn’t a fun of scones…until that afternoon. When his Mom made freshly baked scones for our “afternoon tea” 🙂

 

 

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Tried Master Chef’s Creme Brulee Recipe while he was at work. I am so happy I watched that episode, cause this recipe is the BOMB!!!! So smooth and creamy. It’s perfection.

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Last bible study in MD for 2013.

Shutdown is over,

R <3 xx

Atlantic City: The Girl

 

04.08.13: More than you’ll ever know

Hi, dolls! 🙂 My soul is still in cloud 9 because of the amazing heaps that transpired during the past 3 weeks. It was nothing like I imagined it to be. A simple plan that turned out to be more than a blessing. I am holding onto something that I can’t wait to unfold next year!! Anyway, I am still surprised with how God turned around things for us last night. From an emotional roller coaster ride, to a joyful nightcap that made us even more stronger. Though my words are as vague as how my life 3 years ago used to be, I know someday,these context clues will be crystal clear as a DIAMOND <3 🙂

 

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Spring, to me, is such a lovely season. I love how the trees blossom, and how the nice breeze of air touches my skin.

I also like how I can play around with soft slash pastel colors. It makes me feel very feminine 🙂

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I decided to make my outfit pop by wearing these beautiful boots that my awesome lover got me for my birthday!

Wearing something dark as an accessory for a soft colored outfit gives it a certain “strike” 🙂

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Top: Lauren Conrad

Second garment that I have from her collection. I really really love how soft this top is! And how I can use it for my casual or corporate agendas.

 

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Skirt: Charlotte Russe

Leggings: Urban Outfitters

 

 

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Bracelet: Forever21

Ring: Love Culture

 

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My favorite nail polish!! It dries quickly and the color is just too pretty! 🙂

Pardon my ugly chipped nail polish.. that was after 2 days of me trying my best to make it look like at least half of what my sister can do haha

P.S. Don’t you just love how this matches my skirt?:)

124 days,

R <3 xx

Atlantic City: Wanderers

04.08.13: I LOVE THEE

Hello, world!! 🙂 I am so happy that I can say that on this blog., seeing my meter go up each day and have visitors from different parts of the world makes me really really happy! 🙂 Countries that I would love to visit someday. I have a heart of a traveler, I love to experience new things and see beautiful places, and I am so happy that I was able to travel with the love of my life recently.

We both love to plan our itinerary according to the foods that we would like to try, so I feel like when I post blogs about the places I go to, I have more food photos than the beautiful sights that one would love to see. Anyway, we love going to NJ for our own piece of “vacation”. Working in the kitchen can get physically and sometimes mentally stressful, it’s a lot of fun and each day is fulfilling. We both like to reward ourselves by spending time with each other,and going to NJ for some quality time and have delicious food (which is always on top of our list).

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My attempt of taking a nice panorama shot of Atlantic City while the car was moving.

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They definitely have the best subs!!!!! Can’t wait to go back to Atlantic City and order an Italian Sub!! Mmm

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We always order their cheesesteak and Italian Sub.Both equally delicious, but the Italian Sub is my favorite! 🙂

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The best part of going to NJ with him is when we cook dinner together. Sharing the same passion with him is one of the greatest things God blessed me with.To be able to talk about food for hours, get excited about new dishes that we can try, and stand side by side with him while cooking.

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Grilled Clams. Simple yet sooooo good!

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Tomato-Basil Pasta for two.

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The best lover knows how to feed my addiction!!!!! Harry Potter candies for me!!!!

These made me feel like I was on the train going to Hogwarts! Haha 🙂

“Thy will be done”,

R <3 xx

Pink Tree

04.03.13: I kinda like it here

As promised, here’s another post…and I am thinking that maybe I can stretch this weekend and post another one before the most amazing Tuesday of my life happens 🙂

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So this is how my desktop looks like as of today. I like to “organize” each folder according to my insanity’s liking. There are is only one thing that I can think of, as of now,that can win over my OCD. And that is my desktop. So before I get gaga over sorting photos for the next 3 weeks, I want to make room (literally).

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I am crazy over anything by Kinder. Almost 10 years ago, I stopped by 7/11 in Hong Kong and decided to buy “dinner” for myself. Back at that time, anything unpleasant smelling would set me off so I settled for the good stuff…..chocolates! Haha

For a week I would have Kinder Bueno with every meal! It was crazy love that I decided to marry Kinder….forever.

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Oh…hey there cutie! 3 bites of goodness. Yuuuum!

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I’ve always wished that I can have a bar of Kinder with more filling…..

…..and it was granted!

Hello Kinder Happy Hippo! You are perfection! <3

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Went to Bertucci’s for lunch..

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Starters: Mushrooms x Polenta

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I forgot what I ordered….SMH.

On the right is his Chicken Piccata.

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OOTD

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Dressing up during winter can be fun, but not wearing 3 layers of clothing is sooo much better!

Sweater: Forever21

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I decided to compliment my animal printed bag and booties with green. Making me realize that I kind of resembled the jungle. Cheetah x Trees. 

P.S. One of my necklaces had an elephant pendant! #TarzanPeg HAHA

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I do not really like wearing pants, I want the feeling of being feminine when I go out. But in the States, it’s either that,leggings, or…..suffer from the cold weather!

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If we have pink trees like this in MNL…I will go out more often!

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To end this post, let me share with you 2 of the dishes that we cooked together 🙂


Pancit x Steamed Fish!! I can’t wait to cook with the person that I love to cook with soon!!!!! We’ve had some great memories inside the kitchen and I can’t wait to have more!! <3 🙂

P.S. It was my first time to cook pancit,, and weird as it may sound but he is so crazy about it! Which makes me do a silly face every time! And I am so happy to say that he liked it! Yay 🙂

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I love pasta!! If I can eat it without getting fat I will have it everyday!!! I am so fortunate to have a boyfriend that can cook really good pasta….and allows me to smother my pastawith cheese (even if he hates it when I do it on seafood)

Roasted Pork Fried Rice with Bacon that I made for him before he went to work!! Irony of life…I am an Asian but I will choose pasta or Greek food over Chinese Food…While on the other hand, he will die for Chinese food anytime of the day!!!

Busy bee mode ON,

R <3 xx

Solitude

03.25.13: Seasons of L-O-V-E

I’ve always wondered how it’ll be like to experience seasons change. To have different sets of clothing 4 times in a year, and see leaves change from green to yellow. Two seasons has passed and I am just about to share to you how spring went by too quickly for me this year. I have lived two separate lives in the past 2 years, and both are wrapped in solitude. Despite of all the things that I’ve accomplished, and all my loved ones surrounding me, how do I get out from this labyrinth if the antagonists are the thoughts in my head?

Drifting away from the road of being sappy, I try to be on the positive side of life and feed my crazy cells with anything that my sanity can get a hold of. Vague,yes. That’s what you get if you watch 3 movies in a row and put yourself to sleep with different tvShows that makes you more…gaga over life and life. The questions in my head that I am trying to deal with are comparable to the things that I am still trying to figure out with the programs that I follow. “So why is Miranda Bailey’s husband in The Mistresses, is he coming back to GA?” “Okay…I love 2 broke girls, but there’s something bothering me about it….Caroline’s ignorance or Max’s bold attitude?”….”but wait, all I really care about are the cupcakes!” “The only reason why I watch this show is because of Remi (Devious Maids).

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When she was only a month old. Dent and scratch free.

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First 2 cases that I bought for the baby that I tried to protect. But one must know, no gadget can last scratch free in my hands haha

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My last trip to the best grocery I’ve ever been to.

buffet x organic produce x everything-that-I-love-and-can-possibly-love-in-one-store!

I knew there’s a reason why I didn’t like going to Walmart as much as the others, cause that space is meant for Wegman’s haha

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FYI: It’s already hot and sunny in the States now. So you can laugh at how overdue this post is 😐

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The only reason why I love winter/spring, I get to wear an outfit like this! <3

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Fresh herbs: Mint and Sage

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Having a Chef as partner can be a curse for someone who has a different passion. But for us, it is a blessing. Having someone who loves and does the same thing that I do makes me feel like I won the lottery every single day. It’s always an adventure in the kitchen for the both of us 🙂

Another Greek dinner for us! Work free days like this becomes more special when you spend it with great food and the people that you love. No day off is wasted with an amazing dinner at home.

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Made lamb burgers. The most amazing lamb burger that I’ve ever had!!!!

One of the most awesome things that we did at work. This recipe was from a Chef that I truly admire and look up to. I am still in awe every time I think about the dinner services that we had and that “it’s easy if you just try” moments.

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Lamb Burger with romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, saffron aioli, manchego cheese on a ciabatta bread. BOOM (yes I just said boom like I just said  a “yo! mama”  joke).

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God knows how long it has been since I had a scoop of ice cream.(Disclaimer: I prefer gelato or froyo) But this beauty is just too irresistible that I had to give in! Who wouldn’t? Especially when its prepared by the love of your life’s Mom! <3

18 days,

R <3 xx

Boardwalk Mmm-pire!

03.28.13: Road trip with friends (3 days that I would love to go back to!)

There are things in life that I thought I would never get to experience until I’m on my mid 30’s. With the exaggeration making it sound horrible, I just had a different mentality about “the future” before. Almost 6 years ago, I thought earning 15k a month would make me happy and “wealthy”. Oh the horror of being young…and naive.  Anyway, I AM SO GLAD that someone woke me up from the horrible nightmare and made me realize that I am headed towards something bigger and better. Thank God!!

As I look at my life now, I am still on cloud 9 pinching myself trying to comprehend the fact that THIS IS really happening. “This”, this moment! I didn’t know that a small-digital-squared-shape-device could make me look at my future. Knowing that there is something permanent about my life now builds another layer of shield against anything lamentable. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any tougher in life, God hands me another blessing.

So this post is like a gazillion months late. And trust me, I’ve tried to keep my pace. But bTV has taken over my life on a different level. I spend my free time watching shows that makes me mad, laugh and excited all at the same time! And spend my busy hours daydreaming about the next episode of whichever show (haha) #exaggeration. So I am still trying to understand how I was able to watch 4 seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey in a week. Yes a full week! And yes, I still have a life. I find myself staying up late just to catch up on my shows. And now, I’m watching Sex and the City again for the nth time. LIFE COULDN’T BE BETTER! Haha

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“Drive sober or get pulled over”

If we have signs like this in the Philippines, maybe drivers would’ve cared more. #MAYBE

Fact101: I love packing! I love to pack. I love the feeling that I get when I pack for the both of us. I LOVE PACKING (period). Unlike most people, I don’t complain about it. The thought of going somewhere makes me excited about packing, it’s like an addiction, sometimes I go on trips just for the sake of packing.. haha

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 I remember going to subway with my Dad 2-3 Saturdays in a month. After we drop off my siblings in Glorietta’s “Kids at Work” we would go straight to Subway and order a sub each with a bag of lays. This occurred when I was big enough to tell him that I am already the tallest and “fattest” kid in the playground. I remember enjoying my sub and how my Dad would look at me like I’m a fat boy.

When I got to the States, a lot older from my  subway days. I tried to drift away from the sandwiches, I just felt like I was already pass that stage – me eating like a fat kid. And besides, my agenda was to try something new! I felt like subway has been in the Philippines long enough that if ever I crave for some “ummm-some” sandwich, it’ll be just there.

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Italian Cold Cut Submarine!!! 

On a cold normal weekday, it is surprising that we were welcomed with a line outside the door. The “sub shop” is not too glamorous looking, but even people who are wearing a coat and tie are seated by the bar enjoying a sub. We were lucky that there are 4 of us so we got a booth. Otherwise, I would be seated by the bar with the chorvs feeling uncomfortable #ArtreGirlProblems

Since we already had breakfast prior to our late lunch trip to White House, we compromised on getting a full 24 inch…yes 2 feet!!! Italian Sub!!! It was divided into 4 and I swear, I would’ve eaten more, but since we are in Atlantic City, I know that I would be spending the entire day nibbling on something.

P.S. This is really really really good! And I am lucky that I have the best chorvs ever that brings me to places like this!!!

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I don’t know who were we fooling but a full sub was not enough for the 4 of us…

We just had to give in and order another full sub!! this time, a very delicious Cheese steak!!! 

Mmm so good I can’t even!!!! And yes our subs were served with hots!! that made them even more delicious!!!

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A few moments after nutella crepe, hazelnut drink, a pair of shoes and a bag, we found ourselves walking towards the Boardwalk. I haven’t seen it on a daylight like this, and I must say, I appreciated it more this time.

So while waiting for our friend who is trying to win some money at the Casino, we took advantage of the nice sunny day and “bonded” with the camera.

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Happiness in Atlantic City… <3

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My first Sonic experience. It’s crazy cause we have in Baltimore, but it’s always on the other side of the road when we go to that area.

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This reminded me of Roller Rush, a game that I was so hooked on almost 10 years ago!

So after a quick shopping trip somewhere on NJ, we all decided to cook dinner (or at least the amigos did haha). What better way to spend a road trip with friends 🙂

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Grilled Fresh Clams and Garlic & Herbs in Oil

The clams alone were already perfect, but putting some of this very light and fresh condiment makes it even more tasteful! Mmm

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Grilled Chicken x Carbonara x Grilled Portobellos and Asparagus

I can truly say that we had an amazing dinner. Having the amigos cook for us is a bonus! Haha 🙂

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The next day…. (back to reality) 😐

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Since I want to minimize the leftovers that we will be bringing back home, I’ve decided to make use of the ingredients that we have left.

I made a batch of crustless grilled asaparagus and portobello parmesan quiche. 

I used a muffin pan and lined each hole with a parchment paper to have that “fancy” or should I say…”cutesy” feel! Needless to say, I was very happy with how this turned out, and of course, the amount of stuff that we brought home!

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Pretty make up brushes that I snagged in Forever21! <3

P.S. This blog was meant to be posted Tuesday last week, but I was too busy that I shamelessly forgot about it 🙁

40 days,

R <3 xx

MD Chapter

03.18.13: Where I truly belong

One of the things that truly amazes me about life is how God puts me in a position where I can learn a lot… and when I say A LOT, it means more than a handful of what I expect and deserve. I have been blabbing about the turning points in my life for years now. It’s just hard not to, especially when I realize that I can inspire someone.

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Went to one of my favorite bookshops in the States! Ukazoo! They sell previously owned and new books.  Trust me, I tried my best not to go out with so much books, but these are just so hard to resist! I went back a few more times after that Monday!!

P.S. Sadly, I can’t bring all of the books that I bought. I had more or less 18 books in total and I was only able to bring home 6 🙁

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Fact: I LOVE MEDITERRANEAN FOOD! I am so lucky that my boyfriend is half Greek cause I get to enjoy the same food that I love with him.

Wait…. don’t we always do? Haha 🙂

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Appetizers: Grilled Calamari, Hummus and Tzatziki

I love tzatziki!!! I eat it with everything!!! I can eat it with my steak, fried chicken or whatever is in front of me LOL.

It is safe to say that “we got served”. Served with too much pita breads! Pita has got to be one of my favorite breads, maybe next to brioche even! We went home with a bag of pita bread enough for 6 people!

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Grilled Octopus in red wine vinaigrette with tomato-cucumber relish

Soooooooo goooood! There’s something about octopus that makes me feel like I’m a beast. haha #Weirdo

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And of course! A Greek food trip will not be complete without these yummy babies! Gyro and Souvlaki! Mmmmmm

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I first knew about ACF from our school, I never really thought much about it until my graduation, when they handed me that certification. I became more interested about it when I worked at BCC, all of the great Chefs that I worked with are part of this. And I though to myself…. wow I have that too (though mine was just on the student category only that time). So when the time came that mine expired (I was in luck cause I was still there when it happened) I didn’t hesitate on renewing. With God’s grace, I was able to do so and much more, I got upgraded to a Certified Culinarian. It means a lot to have this with CC beside my name. (apart from the fact that I am crazy about cards haha)

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU HAVE A WEAK HEART, OR IF YOU ARE EATING….especially PORK!

AGAIN, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE GROSSED OUT!

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After our uber late lunch, we went straight to Stratford to witness a demo. One of the perks of being part of ACF is that you get to attend meetings, demos or any Culinary related stuff arranged by your chapter.

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A french chef butchered a pig. He looked like he was filleting a fish. Haha

I liked the insights that he told us too! Made me want to attend to more ACF meetings! <3

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Oh hello there! If the meeting took place here in the Philippines, this head would be a sisig after a few hours! haha

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OOTD: And of course, to balance everything about this blog (weirdo style) here’s an outfit post!

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Unfortunately for me, I can blab more about food. I love fashion! I love dressing up! I love style! But cooking is my passion so it’s easier for me to speak from the heart and talk about it all day.

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It is a delight for us to have a warm weather right after winter. So I took the opportunity to dress the part. I wore a floral skirt to scream SPRING and a jacket to say “hey it’s not summer yet” HAHA!

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Forgive my face, the wind was blowing too hard that it made my face freeze. Not warm enough apparently! haha

Jacket: H&M | Skirt: Zara | Flats: Tory Burch

15 months today,

R <3 xx

A Very Asian Day in Philadelphia

03.16.12 – Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It has been raining like crazy here in Manila everyday. Despite of the annoyance that it brings to my life it’s still a constant reminder of the beautiful rainy day that we had in Philadelphia 3 months ago. Though it was a bit inconvenient to go on a tour while it’s raining, knowing that the rainbow will come out after the rain made me realize that nothing should ever hinder me from achieving my goals and dreams. We are currently taking it “day-by-day”. I said we cause I have “my person” now, someone that keeps me sane and insane both at the same time. haha

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It didn’t occur to me that it was St. Patty’s Day until we saw this group 🙂

We passed by a couple of Irish Pubs and booooy, they were already packed by 4PM!

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We got back from our sightseeing tour before 5PM but since it was already drizzling we were 5 minutes late so we failed to see the Liberty Bell up close. 🙁

But you know what they all say…”there’s always a next time” 🙂

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Love Philadelphia <3

One of the things that I learned from our trip to the city of Brotherly Love  is how creative their people are. We saw murals in every corner and I am telling you, they are far from being ordinary.

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The second part of our trip that we can’t stop raving about!

If you google “philly cheese steak” it’ll probably show you Pat’s or Geno’s links/reviews these are tourist traps, a real Phildelphian knows where the real deal is…. Ishkabibble’s.

 

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Best cheese steak ever!

Despite of me forgetting to add sauteed onions for our man sandwich this still made me love Philadelphia even more.

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After our delightful afternoon in the city and our little shopping trip. We went to another Asian Restaurant, Sangkee.

I loved the interior of the restaurant! It is situated at the corner of a simple looking one-story building. But upon coming inside, it made me forget that we are dining in an Asian REstaurant!

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Tom Yum Soup

One of my favorite Asian Soups of all time. Sadly, this was a bit too sweet for my liking 🙁

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Crab Wontons

Soooo juicy and flavorful. YUMMMS

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Crispy Pan Fried Noodles with Roast Pork, Fried Squid and some Market Special that Charm ordered! 🙂

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Free Asian Flavored Ice Cream for our table!!!! 🙂

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A thoughtful present from our wonderful hosts 🙂

2 down, 3 to go 🙂

R <3 xx

Philadelphia ’13

03.16.13 – A Saturday served RARE

I can only count the times that we spent the entire Saturday together. On a rare occasion like this, it’ll be such a shame to put it waste. Lucky for us, we are surrounded with people who takes care of us dearly and makes each moment during our first year in the States extra memorable. It was an adventure, all I know is we were jumping like crazy people  inside the apartment by midnight cause we were going to the city of Brotherly Love early in the morning.

I have been meaning to work on this entry for almost 3weeks now but since I suck at remembering things when I go on a trip (something that should change PRONTO) I had to call for help from the best travel bud ever, the boyf! 🙂

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Quick trip to the rest stop to grab some food. We woke up later than expected so we had to omit eating breakfast at home.

Chili dog for him x Ham & Egg Muffin for me!

P.S. It’s such a shame that I forgot to take a photo of my newly manicured nails! Shame cause it was my first time to use the nail polish that my brother sent me for my birthday! Eek. Anyway, if you look closely you’ll see that posh nail polish that I had on for that weekend! 🙂

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Confession 101 : I love sightseeing tours!! Though I suck at taking notes, I enjoy the  fact that I get to  discover new things. Pretty much the main purpose why I love to travel! 🙂

Anyway, we were lucky to have Mrs. Angel with us. She arranged this half day tour for us and I am telling you this “hop-on-hop-off” sightseeing tour is like one of the best ways to see Philadelphia. I enjoyed it too much despite of the VERY cold weather that lead to some light rain…was it? Haha

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The top of the Statehouse where they signed the Declaration of Independence

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Benjamin Franklin Bridge

This bridge connects Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey!

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One of the oldest streets in the US. Buildings are from the 1700s! 🙂

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Quick stop at Philadelphia’s Chinatown! Main reason why he joined us 😛

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Stir-fried squid

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Roast Pork

A bit dry for me.. I like my roast pork served with all the juices from it! But nonetheless, the taste took me back to Ongpin.

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Congee

This was too plain. Not enough flavors in it but he managed to finish this still….. haha #fasian

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Beef Brisket Noodles

Big bowl of awesomeness! The meat was just too tender for my Asian life! The broth was so flavorful it took me straight to Chinese land! YUMMMS

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Soy Chicken x Roast Duck

Sooooooooo goooood! Inexpensive Chinese fare at its finest! 🙂

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and what is an Asian lunch without milk tea? Haha 🙂

The chorvs found this awesome milk tea place called Tea-Do! Just a few blocks away from  the bus stop! 🙂

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Us waiting for the next tour bus 🙂

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Thank you so much for the fun day tour!!!!! <3 🙂

Part 2 up next!

R <3 xx

Victim of the Past

03.14.13: One step forward, 2 steps back

Have you ever heard of the phrase “don’t be a victim of the past?” I know some of us tries with all our might not to be one, or at least I know I have been trying for the past years. But in some rare cases like yesterday, it’s hard not to look back and feel like I am being choked by my past. Past is such a big word for me, it embodies my entire high school life. They say if it’s something good, it becomes a memory otherwise it’s your “past”. One of the beautiful things that happened from my distraught yesterday was that as I relieve my past, I realized WHY this page exists, and WHERE these words are coming from. WHO hurt me,and the people that were there to pick me up. WHAT kept me strong all these times and the reason why I I love talking about life. That tiny bit of hope that I am holding on to, the satisfying feeling of being able to inspire someone. It means the world to me everytime someone tells me that I have touched your life in some way through my words. I have recently made an account on ask.fm. You all know what it’s for, but unlike what happened to Formspring before,where it became a complete war zone because of all the bashers, I want that account to highlight everything about life. So I hope to see you all here —- http://ask.fm/RiannaGalvez

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We go to Virginia for 2 reasons – our future and FOOD! For our Thursdate, we had lunch in Uncle Lieu’s Hotpot. I love hotpot, so I had high hopes when I entered the restaurant.

Since it’s my first hotpot in the states,we’ve decided to get half spicy and half not spicy..wish they had a better name for it cause it sounded ridiculous when I typed it. Ha!

Anyway, I ordered woodear mushroom and lobster balls cause they’re my favorites while ordered fishballs and pork belly! YUMMS

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Most chinese restaurants in MD don’t offer chicken feet! Boo. So we order it everytime it’s on the menu. YUMMS!

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(a) Dan Dan Noodle – his favorite! Not a fan but according to him it’s better than Pei Wei’s (well duhh of course, Uncle Lieu is an authentic Chinese restaurant! haha)

(b) Bang Bang Chicken – I am whatever percent Chinese but I don’t understand the double worded names lol. Anyway, I got curious cause it’s the first time that I’ve heard of this so I gave it a try. Big mistake for me, not a fan of that strong black vinegary taste. So not for me.. the boyf on the other hand found a new love though! The BANG BANG!

(c) Spicy Wonton – finally….something that would satisfy me…NOT! I wish it wasn’t submerged in a spicy and hot sauce! 😐

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So only one of us truly enjoyed our lunch. Good thing they serve their fortune cookie with oranges, that made me smile! haha 🙂

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Since we do not want to be in a jam because of rush hour, we decided to kill time in Sweet Berry, the perfect place to keep me sane!

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Froyo x Gelato x Milk Tea x Crepe x Milk Shake!!! All in one cutesy store!!! <3

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Strawberry Nutella Crepe x Hazelnut and Nutella Gelato… yumms!

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And as if a cup of gelato was not enough, I’ve decided to take this baby with me as we drive to one of the shopping centers in Fairfax, VA!

Nutella and Vanilla gelato shake! Soooo good <3

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OOTD

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I’ve always wanted to wear this skirt but since it looks short when I walk  so I figured my trusty tights would save the day..again 🙂

119 days left,

R <3 xx

Cross Street Market

03.11.13 – Early For Spring

Hey Dolls! It has been exactly a week since I last posted an entry, and I am glad that my words  has found its way to the rhythm of normalcy.  I hope it lasts though. Haha. Anyway, as what I have said before, I want the last 2 months of my beautiful journey in the beautiful city where I fell in love in to be shared in a different phase until I see my happiness again… in 130 days to be exact! Different dates will be thrown in once in a while, a bit jumbled up if I may say but I will still make sure that it’ll be worth the read, just like what I try to aim every time I write. So here’s another beautiful memory to write about.. a day that is blessed with the bright sun guiding us to see beautiful things,and photos that preserves our memories of how lovely that day was.

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It’s such a shame that it took me a year to know what’s inside this building. I always see it every time we go on a night out with the girls but I never truly cared to ask what it has to offer. And boo, I keep on shaking my head still for not asking sooner! Cross Street Market is the kind of place that I like to go to on a casual and laid back day!

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It has all kinds of food that I couldn’t eat near our apartment! At least, good food with fresh ingredients if I may add. They have food stalls of home-cooked Asian food, desserts that made my mouth melt and FRESH seafood that I can’t buy in the groceries nearby!

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First stop: Bruce Lee Wings! 

Reminded me of Bon Chon and Chicken Charlie!  It was sooooo good it took me straight to chicken land!

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Second: Oishi Teriyaki for some carbs! :))

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Shrimp Yakisoba x Bruce Lee Wings = HEAAAAVEN!

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Last Stop: Nick’s Samurai Sushi Bar

Since we really really want to go to Wasabi again, but we want to save it for a special day and with special people, we’ve decided that our last meal for lunch should be sushi!

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My eel hand roll….sooooo good!!!!!

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Some nice photos during our stroll

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OOTD:

Since it was a nice sunny day I’ve decided to wear a print that can welcome Spring (though I am 9 days early) and colors that are light in the eyes. I like how soft it looks in the sun and how perfect it is on a nice afternoon date. 🙂

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Wore boots during our stroll so I can last walking for hours without complaining and tights to save me from the cold breeze of air! Haha

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Jacket: H&M

Top: Forever21

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Skirt: Wet Seal

Bag: Louis Vuitton

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What I wanted my outfit to look if it wasn’t too cold!

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Paired with the Topshop wedges we got from NYC! 🙂

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A lovely day for curls!! <3 I love dressing up for him! 🙂

130 days,

R <3 xx

Mama’s On The Half Shell

03.10.13 – Those kind of nights

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you felt hopeless and emotionally tired? And the only thing you held onto is the little faith that you have in your heart? I almost lost my grip a few days ago. But  God has amazingly touched my life again and used the people that I love to help me get through something that made my life move into a better phase. When God uses the people that I love to get closer to Him, my soul gets nurtured in a different way. It’s like He gave a new meaning to the word “amazing”. So I spent half of my day thanking Him, and the other half by appreciating my family and friends more. Mother’s day is just around the corner, but the photos below will not transcend to it so I will just let the single word from the title above commemorate my Mom,and how grateful I am for the support that she has given me yesterday. I wouldn’t get through it without her, just like every single day.

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He rarely goes home from work early..especially on a weekend. So when he does,we like to celebrate with nothing else but foooood <3 🙂

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Crab Dip – all time favorite

We didn’t expect it to be this big! So creamy!! Yummms

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It’ll be crazy not to try their oysters. Forgot the 2 kinds that we had but they were sooooo good!

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Met up with our friends after. Funnnnzo!

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#selfie lol

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Made banoffee pie earlier that day for the roomies! 🙂

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OOTD

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Animal print bandage skirt given to me by my sister from Forever 21! 🙂

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Messy curls

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136 days to go

R

Charm City

03.08.13: Hello Alexis

It is somewhat unusual that I post 2 entries in a day. But since productivity and jet lag doesn’t fall into one category in my life right now, I am stuck in my bed most of the time doing whatnot’s while waiting for the only person that can keep me sane in this time of misery. Just like the luggage’s that I have yet to unpack (yes people I am taking my sweet time) my desktop is still a clutter that I have yet to slowly sort. Truth be told, I am in no rush in blabbing about my last 2 months in the city that I fell in love in cause I feel like the words will slowly make the memories slip away. And as much as I want to wait until we see each other again,  we all know that life doesn’t slow down and time doesn’t stop.

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Wednesday: Dinner at Bill Bateman’s! 🙂

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Thursday: Downtown

Spent the day showing Alexis the beauty in Baltimore! 🙂

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Had dinner in Sip & Bite

Gaaaaahd,, how I miss Greek food. I would do anything just to have tzatziki nowwwww 😐 YUMMS!

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They got featured in Diners Drive-Ins and Dives because of their spanakopita

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OOTD

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Top: From my Sister // Coat: Forever 21 // Bandage Skirt: Zara // Leggings: H&M

Eat or sleep?

R

of Moving Forward..again

The week that was..

The past month has been nothing but an emotional ride. My lack of commitment and time on this blog is making me shake my head like I just committed a cyber crime. It’s ugly in its own way and all I can think about is how to keep the juices coming out when the price is a tear for every word.

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04.24.13

The day I learned how to say goodbye and not mean it.

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The first time I missed a flight because of a 3 hour delay. IT was horrible in a way, to spend another full day in LA and make the agony of seeing my family longer. But every time I think about it, it definitely helped me get through another emotional flight.

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Dinner , breakfast and snack

I have to take pride in PAL’s heartwarming service. It took me 3 plane rides to get to Manila and the first 2 were just exhausting and an epitome of disappointment. Apart from the fact that both flights were delayed, the service was just below average. I always choose to fly with PAL. The hospitality of the crew on board and the services they offer are just beyond words. From the clean plane to the complete amenities that you will need to not getting bored.

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Obviously, I was a mess that day. The Fault in our Stars was my companion during my 2-day “solo flight”.

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One thing that I cannot do in life, to travel light. I am used to the weird stares at the baggage carousel already every time I travel.

But one thing I do know is…travel in style. I tried not to knock down the LV when I used it as my laptop bag and I must say, it isn’t LV for a reason. Haha

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Lauren Conrad dress. Tory Burch flats.

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So happy to be in my Daddy’s arms again!
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First Monday back in Manila with my favorite girls!!!

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Cupcakes from Vanilla cupcakery cause they are the sweetest <3 🙂
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15 inch Cheese steak! 🙂 The pickled green peppers were toooo much! But everything else was good! After tasting an original and a good one in Philly,  I must say, they deserve a thumbs up from the 6 girls that shared this! Yummms

 

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And as if the loneliness isn’t enough…I have been blessed with another opportunity to learn from. All up to you my Lord.

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Jet-lagged.

 

xx

R

Frances’ Bridal Shower

03.03.13: Happy Sunday

One fact about me – I have never been to a bridal shower. I am 22 years old and I feel like, bridal and baby showers are coming my way and I am nothing but excited! For me, B & B showers celebrates womanhood and all the love connected to it. As a fiancee, wife and a mother. So yeah, just imagine my excitement when Frances handed me an invitation to her bridal shower.

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Started our Sunday by meeting up with our Angels in MD at church 🙂

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Hello, Charm City!

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Homemade slat scrub!! 🙂

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Food….obviously! Had a light fare of American snacks during the party!! 🙂

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Irina, Frances and I 🙂

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A “Bow” kind of day! 🙂  Knowing Frances, I knew that everything will be cute  and girly! 🙂 So tadaaaah, another girly girl day for me! 🙂

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This ZARA  pleated skirt has been with me for more than a year, and I haven’t worn it even one. So just imagine my delight when I was finally able to! Haha 🙂 #simplejoys

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Top and Heels: Forever21

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Some annoying self photos to show off my curls! 😛

No no noooooo, I am not ready for thissssssss

R <3 xx

Up HIGH at the TOP

Random shenanigans. Days that are worth remembering. Moments that I will never forget. To be young and free. All in one weekend.

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Thursday Pizza x Pitcher night

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Clearly, someone tried to sabotage my outfit shot. Hahaha (as if my face was not tormenting enough for the public….. )

Top: Forever21

Tights: Icing

Firs ttime to wear fishnet stockings like this!! Looks so rad when you’re going out on a simple night like this! 🙂

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Paired my outfit with red wedges from Forever21 and a cute bag! 🙂

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Friday Night Out

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Color me pink: Went for a girly chic on a Friday night! Someone who is just up for a chill night and away from the dance floor.

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Heels: Aldo

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Blazer: Forever21

Floral Top: Bayo Kids (yes kids!) 

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Saturday Night is for Matt! Happppy Birthday 🙂

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Celebrated Matt’s birthday by catching up with Lauren and Sheila who came from Michigan just to see everyone again!:)

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I love Lauren’s bun!!!!!!! Must learn how to do this soon! 🙂

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Again with the tights! so in love. this time, it made to the dance floor! 🙂

One more post before the end of the night, yes?

R <3 xx

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