Tenth

02.21.13: Happy 10th!

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it”

It is a blessing to make it this far. No words can ever describe how amazing you make me feel, every single day.

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10th month present from the most awesome 🙂

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The usual: His x Hers = Beer x Smoothie haha 🙂

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We got crazy with oysters during the month of February!! Noms

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Ended the night with friends! 🙂 Will definitely miss this, them.

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OOTD: Forgive the bad lighting

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Winter  = layers and layers of clothing

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The most annoying candid shot ever, cause it looks fake. haha

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I don’t know what has gotten into me. All I can say is, I want to get rid of a bunch of clothes in my closet and before I do so…I want to make sure that I at least wear them once. Haha 🙂

Seriously mentally drained due to over thinking. So pardon my lack of sense. :))

R <3 xx

Freeze

02.20.13:  7 weeks overdue

Have you ever been scared of losing something that you have been holding on for so long in a single step? Like something close to perfect, and there are no other option but that inevitable thing that you are bound to do. As much as I want to stay away from that sappy lane, I can’t help but wonder, how amazing would it be if we can just freeze time.

My head is spaced out and my heart is overwhelmed.  That’s all I know.

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I can still remember how happy we were  that day, how that rainy day turned bright and sunny for us.

I hate to say that sometimes, it’s such a shame how things change drastically in a split second. Just like that.

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There is no other way of celebrating a day of enlightenment but to go to a Chinese Restaurant and have good chinese food. I just have to emphasize on that cause Asian food here are so Americanized.

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Mmhmm

 

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Shrimp in Egg Sauce

The best that I had in a year!

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Wonton Soup

Perfection in a bowl…nomnomnom

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Roasted Platter: Duck, Pork and Chicken

Sooooo good. We died. It’s official, we love Full Key.

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OOTD

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Forever21./Red x White

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Top x Heels: Forever21

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Bad hair day solution # 1: Wear a beanie.

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10 days to go

R <3 xx

Tooloulou

02.19.13: Hello again, Frances!

One of the hardest things in moving forward to a different life is to build relationships.Relationships that can help me grow,learn more about life and not forget what I have been for the past 21 years before all these happened. It may be considered as a challenge,but I see it as a blessing. I once thought of listing down all the people that I know…or maybe just met. Crazy as it seems, but then I wanted to know if I matter, or how they stand in my life. I want to be part of someone’s life. I want to be the person that helped or gave meaning into something that changed an aspect in their lives. It is a blessing to be in a place and find people that made me feel like I am not alone. People that made me realize that when I comeback, I have someone that I can call a family. One of my dear friends that I can truly say that has made me feel like I am not too far away from home is, Frances. You can truly appreciate people more when you are in a situation where in you feel like the world is just going to turn on you in any second.

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I was so excited to see her again! I know that her being near me again is going to make things a lot better. For one, I will have someone to confide with and understand what I am going through everyday. 🙂

Tooloulou is one of the best restaurants in the city! The man behind the restaurant is so good in making me feel hungry in every status update. his creativity when it comes to making simple food sound so divine is so admirable that sometimes the boyf and I wishes that we live right next to him.

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Cutesy salt and pepper shakers! Gotta have ’em! 🙂

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The menu….now drool.

Excluding the market specials

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Duck confit pizza. 

I feel like he put this in an oven sent from heaven! This is so awesome it’ll make you cry.

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Chicken Gumbo

A weekend special! It was spicy and savory. This dish is just so hearty it made me want to jump up and down. Haha

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Muffaletta

I am not a fan of sandwiches (weird cause for a year I’ve been making sandwich specials 3-4 times a week). But yeah, when I say I like a sandwich, I mean it! The bread is just so perfect that it made me love everything in it. I don’t know if I made sense but yeah…out of everything that we ordered,this was something that I did not expect to like.

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Gator Po’boy

Mhhmm

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We love you tooloulou!!!!

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I redyed my hair don’t worry. Those were the “dark and horrible” days for my hair. haha

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OOTD

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Top: Papaya

Skirt: Forever21

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I have nothing much to say about this outfit…or maybe I am just in a state of shock as of the moment. I am once again blessed with another challenge in life that I know I will get through. Anyway, enough with the life lessons (AGAIN)…

I love how mustard and navy blue looks great together. It whispers classiness to my ears and calmness to the world. with a touch of sophistication.

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And…when there’s a hello, there’s a goodbye.

Til I see you again, JT! Haha

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This was a month ago..but I can’t thank you all enough, dear readers for making things like this happen!! It really warms my heart to know that someone appreciates my words and photos! 🙂

With God, I can get through everything…

R <3 xx

ALICE IN WONDERLAND INSPIRED OUTFIT

02.12.13: His Princes

Hi lovelies! Before I talk about the last part of my awesome VDay date. I would like to once again, express how grateful I am for all the blessings that has been coming my way since…God knows when! I could’ve been on my way to the airport now..or maybe spending my last remaining hours here in a restaurant or somewhere that I’ve never been before. But God has been nothing but amazing to me for the past 22 years that he opened another opportunity for me. An opportunity to make things possible and for my life to have a direction until the coming year, 2014. It amazes me how one day I can be clueless about things and be excited about my future the next day. I love appreciating and loving life, it’s my obsession.

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Curled my hair cause it’s a special.

An obligatory shot since I am really happy that I can curl my hair without asking for help! Hahaha. #LongHairJoys

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I am a “gold accessories” kinda girl! I love how gold makes an outfit look so chic!

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It was still freezing cold when we went but it won’t keep me away from dressing up! 😛

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My modern “Alice in Wonderland” look. I only realized that when I changed my profile picture on Facebook. The tights and the shoes just makes perfect to be in character that day. Haha

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Tights: Urban Outfitters

Heels and bag: Forever21

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I love paring this blue dress with my favorite lace blazer! It’s not the first time that I wore them together! It just looks perfect for a nice occasion like this! Not too formal and not too simple. Just the right amount of simplicity and elegance 🙂

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One of my favorite necklaces from Forever21

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See you in a month MNL!!!!!

R <3 xx

VDAY: Restaurant Nora

02.11.13: My Valentine

Hey there loves! Here’s the second installment of my lovely Valentine’s day celebration. My first and real Vday has got to be one of the best dates that I have ever been. I never thought that a day like this would come so soon in my blessed life. 🙂 The first time we passed by “Restaurant Nora”, 10 months ago, we told each other that we would one day, eat there for dinner. I told him the place looks nice and it seems expensive. Black shiny cars and men in suit are just some of the few things that I noticed after passing the premises of Restaurant Nora. So yeah, I was like “maybe in 10 years lol”.

Being treated like a lady is every girl’s dream..or should I say a smart girl’s dream.  It still feels like it was only a dream. Me being treated like a lady every waking day. Every day, I would wake up and say, “can anything get better than this?”. And yes, it can. Special days like this. Days where in cupid and God work together to make people like us happier and feel more blessed. 🙂

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A glimpse of Restaurant Nora’s kitchen

I had no idea that we were going to Restaurant Nora. There’s something about a guy making a reservation in special moments like this.

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Samuel Smith and some drink that he forced me to order cause it’s a special night. haha

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Grilled Calamari with tomato and chickpea ragout, harissa, fresh arugula. 

I am so glad I ordered this! I am still having dreams about this appetizer. It was soooooo good!!

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Charcuterie

Something that we do not fail to order. YUMMS!

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Braised Beef Short Rib with Polenta, Brussel Sprouts, Turnip and  Swiss Chard

The sauce was so good that I had to ask for more. Short rib, on the other hand, was too tender for my life. My entree was too delish I can’t even…haha

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Spring Lamb Stew with Heirloom Vegetables

Flavorful and amazeballs! YUMM

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Had dessert in one of my favorite places in the world, Dolcezza. Which was only a few blocks away from Restaurant Nora.

Don’t hate me for not blogging too much,

R <3 xx

Valentine’s Date in Washington DC

07.11.2013: First and Real

Hi dolls!!! 🙂 Especially to the awesome readers who never fail to make me smile every day 🙂 I know I really suck at the “consistency” part when it comes to updating this blog.So as I drown myself in embarrassment for leaving this page on idle mode. I hope you all had an awesome love month! Cause I sure did!!! 🙂

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We started our day by waiting for almost 2 hours in the city for a dentist’s appointment. We visited this Peruvian restaurant to kill time and have lunch. For less than $10, it was so worth it! The serving was very generous that I only ate a third of the food that I had. Boo :))

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It was a bit late in my clock to go to DC. But having the most awesome chorvs, he still insisted in going to one of the best places that we can ever be for my first and real VDay date.

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The major thing that we sacrifice for the career that we love is time. Time for our loved ones and ourselves. We sacrifice the best days of the year just to make families, couples, friends, individuals, professionals and everyone else who loves food happy. It’s a blessing to be part of this industry, a lifetime commitment that I will always uphold in my life.

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Hahaha lol

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Valentine’s Day has always been a thing about my Dad and the women in his life. My Mom, my sister and I. Every year we would get the loveliest bouquets from him with a sweet letter and chocolates. This year,again, was different. Not a single flower nor a bar of chocolate from the Dad. Only a heartwarming text message from him that made me smile while I was working. Enough to make me feel like I am not too far from him. My Dad will always be my favorite Valentine. 🙂

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I have never really had a decent Valentine’s day. No romantic dinner, no surprises and no dressing up. It has always been a family thing until this past month.

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I am so lucky to have the most perfect VDay date with the most awesome person.

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One thing that we do not miss when in DC, is to visit the African-American Art Museum for some scavenger hunt! Something that I really really love to do! 🙂

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Decided to have a new “thing” that we can enjoy doing together, collect pins or prices from our scavenger hunts!!!  Yaaaay! 🙂 *nerd mode on*

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Bubble tea after our museum trip. Something that we never fail to do every time. Haha 🙂

P.S. Wore the super soft and awesome gloves that my Sissy sent me for my birthday! 🙂

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Tried Red Velvet’s cupcakes! Perfect for our Valentine’s week!

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We messed up the cupcakes big time 🙁 but nonetheless we still enjoyed them!! 🙂

Flavors that we got: Southern Belle aka Red Velvet , Cookies and Cream , Peanut butter Cup, Carrot Cake , Summertime (our fave!) , flourless chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate shavings (their featured cupcake for Valentine’s Day)

I loved their frosting’s! I’m a frosting freak, I can eat a tablespoon of it just because haha. Anyway, I can’t help but compare RV’ from DC Cupcakes. I would still go for Georgetown any time of the day 🙂

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Most girls got flowers during Valentine’s. I got 6 huge red heart balloons, the most awesome thing a guy could ever give me. 🙂

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I love balloons!!!!!! 🙂

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His

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Asian Snacks for the Asian girl! 😛

Going home soon,

R <3 xx

We Are Young

02.10.13 – eff-you-enn

One of the awesome things that I truly enjoy about my “somehow” independent life here for almost a year now is the fact that I get to experience different things. Things that I could never imagine happening if I did not decide to step out of the shell and move forward. There are things that I have sacrificed to be where I am right now and looking back, the past year has been an amazing journey. A journey that lead me in seeing a bigger picture of how I want my future to be, and why God directed me to this path.

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I love celebrating life, in different ways. One of which is to, hangout with the girls and go our for some weekend fun! 🙂

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It was yet,another f-u-n night for all of us! Nothing much to say buy yeah…you get my drift. haha!

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Went to Quiznos after for some yummy late night sandwich x soup! 🙂

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OOTD:

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Lace Dress: Forever21

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Tights: H&M

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I like how you can transform a simple dress into something so chic when you wear it with tights. One of the things that I have always aspired of wearing in Manila is tights. I like how it shapes up your look.

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So happy cause I was able to curl my hair nicely!!!! MY sister would be so proud of me when I get home. Hahaha 🙂

P.S.. It takes time and practice for a “used-to-be-short-hair-girl” like me!

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VDAY posts, coming up!

R <3 xx

Rockville,Maryland Eats: Ren’s Ramen

02.09.13: Everyday is Valentine’s day

The shallow me has been paying my world a visit more than the usual lately. It’s been telling me that everything will change soon. But, my happy and mature self has been telling me to pay no mind cause life just keeps on unfolding  beautiful things right before my eyes during the least times that I expect them. I am anxious and excited at the same time. Summer 2013 will be nothing but a fun ride. I am excited to see my family after more than a year, and make each day count more and more. I am also excited about the life ahead of me. I feel like my life is planned and unplanned at the same time that all I can think about is how awesome it would be in 2014. The year has just started,and I am already excited about next year,is that even acceptable in anybody’s book? Maybe yes, all I know is.. I am blessed 🙂

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I can’t remember the last time that A and I had a decent Friday schedule. After working my morning shift, the both of us hurriedly changed at work and drove to Rockville.

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I asked A to watch Ramen Girl with me. Watching one of my favorite movies with my boyfriend is my kind of relaxing date night! We probably skipped a few scenes just because he was only interested about ramen,but it was enough for him to google map the word “Ramen” and only one restaurant showed up…

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Ren’s Ramen.  

A hole in the wall restaurant that brought joy in our hearts and delight in our tummies. All I can think about is how exceptional everything was. It felt like a dream…my mouth was probably dreaming while savoring the ramen.. oh God.

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Yakisoba will always be a favorite of mine. I never understood my Mom when she would never miss in ordering out Yakisoba when we are in a Japanese restaurant. Until one day, I craved for it and ordered Yakisoba with a friend one lunch date way back during my Culinary days.

RR’s yakisoba jump-started our date night. It was not too salty and the flavors were just right. YUM!

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I ordered one of their specials Chanpon Men.

This was just too perfect for me! Seafood with lots of veggies flavored with sesame oil. Ren’s Ramen is a sapporo style ramen house. The noodles were to die for!

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Perfectly cooked gyoza for our appetizer.

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OOTD

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Since it was a breezy Friday date night, I decided to go for a not-so-girly outfit. Wore this top from Gap that my sister sent me! Too perfect for the cold weather 🙂

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Used black accessories to give more edge to my plain winter top/dress

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I am so in to self shots lately. Haha #ForgiveMe

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Happy girl,

R <3 xx

Happy 19th,Sissy! :)

01.29.13: Happy Birthday, Boobie!

Probably the last birthday that I will miss this year. It’s so hard to let my family’s birthdays to just come and go. I may be 8,000 miles away from them but I see to it that I always do something to celebrate their birthdays even in a small way.  I might have failed on the Dad part since I am saving it for the best,though it’ll be a gazillion months late, I just want it to be special..just like him. Anywaysy, missing out on my sister’s birthday was really saddening for me,apart from the fact that she makes sure that I get something special from her on my birthday, I feel like I have not given enough to make her feel that I am really blessed to have her as my one and only sister. I don’t know how to express how much I want to make my sister happy in every way possible. It kills me inside every time we talk and I can’t pull her hair or squeeze her or just be the silly big sister that I am to her. It’s been almost a year and it still feels like I have just been here. The loneliness in my heart will never go away when I’m away with my family. But one thing that keeps my life moving forward is the blessings that God has been giving me. One of which is the gift of understanding. Understanding why I am here and my family understanding the path that I chose. It was never easy, it never will be. But that fulfillment that I feel everytime I go to work and learn something is just priceless. And the look on my Dad’s face everytime I tell him stories about work is a gift.

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It was a cold Monday and a bowl of soup is just too perfect . Lucky for me, the both of us were blessed with Monday-Tuesday off again. Perfect to celebrate my sister’s birthday for 2 days! 🙂

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Summer Rolls for our appetizer. The peanut dipping sauce that came with it was just to “AHHH-MAHHH-ZANG” (As Penny of Happy Endings would say it lol)

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Side of veggies for our bowl of awesomeness!

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Avocado shake for  a very cold weather. Nothing can stop me! Haha

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Beef Brisket for me!!! Made me feel like I am home again. This was rally good! We’ve been to a couple of noodle bars already and I must say, this was the bomb!

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Got myself a new baby from Forever21! Yay! <3 🙂

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Jon, chorv’s bestfriend brought us some cuppy cakes from Georgetown Cupcake!!!

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YUMMMS! Happy tummy! <3 Perf for my Sissy birthday! 🙂

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Made Italian chopped Salad, Carbonara (made with pancetta,eggs,parsley), Lamb Chops with Pan-fried Veal Kidney and mushroom ragout for an awesome sissy birthday celebration! 🙂

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OOTD

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Red Skinny Jeans = Birthday! 🙂

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\Wore this top cause to me, my sister is a Princess! 🙂

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Top: delia’s

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Flats: Tory Burch

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Mustache accessories from my siblings!! 🙂

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Almost a year and a month ago 🙂

Happy happy birthday to the best sissy ever!! I can’t wait to bully,shop and do silly stuff with you soon!! Ate Inday should prepare herself for us now cause the best tag team ever will rock her world like boom-boom-shakalaka again! Haha! Me loves you so!!! <3 🙂

Anxious,

R <3 xx

Where’s Waldo?

01.17.13: Happy Birthday, Charm!

One of the things that gives us comfort in amidst of loneliness is to celebrate – birthdays, accomplishments, weekend off, being-cut-off-early-from-work-and-not-having-to-wake-up-early-the-next-day, and yadda yadda just some weird stuff just to give us a reason to have f-u-n. Almost a month ago, my roomie Charm celebrated her 22nd birthday. Lucky for us, I was scheduled to have the day-off,so I was able to help with her birthday shenanigans.

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Charm and Jhade! 🙂

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My outfit screams “Where’s Waldo”. I wanted to wear red for Charm’s birthday, but I accidentally came up with a costume party worthy outfit!  LOL

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Our Grnadpa in Walmart #chos

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I love how you can go all out on decorations here in the US even if it’s just a simple celebration! 🙂 Something that I enjoy doing – decorating for parties or gatherings.

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Made avocado shake for the girls using my pink blender! 🙂

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The many faces of crazy! :))

Inset: Surprised Charm with 22 pink and red cuppies after work! 🙂

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What I usually look like after work! Hello cold weather!

More pretty posts coming up,

R <3 xx

Fall Outfit Ideas I

01.15.13: Things that I love doing with you

Some people think it’s silly that I like doing things that are out of the norm. The stuff that they expect me not to do, are most likely to be the things that I would be happy about. If there’s one thing that I would hate when I look back at my life, I would hate to realize that my life has been nothing but a routine. I hate doing the same thing over and over and over again (I hate saying over 3 times but I did it anyway just to express how much I dislike having a routinized life). I do not enjoy going to the same restaurant in 3 months. I just need to be out there,and go place. That’s part of who I am. I walk, I look, I observe — I’m a traveler. I love how my life is different. How I can go with the flow of my own wave, how I have my own wave. And most of all, I love how God blessed me with a very blissful extraordinary life. A life that I am always grateful for. So yeah, that’s me getting caught up about life. Once I start talking about it, I just can’t stop. I JUST LOVE IT!

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Spent the first half of our afternoon downtown. Federal Hill brings joy to my eyes. It never fails to make me feel like I am somewhere in NYC. Weird but hyeaaah, that’s me. Haha

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We finally tried Stuggy’s. A quaint restaurant that serves specialty hotdogs. YUM!

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We forgot what this wild thing is called (boohoo) but this was a special. 😐

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Chili with cornbread for me! 🙂 I love how moist their cornbread is!

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Went home to this! 🙂 My roomie Charm made “lugaw” / rice porridge! 🙂 YUMSS!

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Best part of my day!!! PITANGO!!!!!! <3

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OOTD:

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Since we do not have any plans for the day, and all I know is we are going to the dentist I’ve decided to wear something comfy and simple. Jeans and a white tank top! 🙂

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I chose the colors tan and brown to give accent to the world’s simplest but still stylish pair.

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This bag is so me! It scrams travel!

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White Tank Top: Forever21

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I love this layered satin blazer! Not entirely perfect for the winter but I like how it made my simple look still stylish! I basically revolved my accessories on this blazer! 🙂

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Happy love week!

R <3 xx

4712 Club Road

01.07.13: Lucky to be part of the family

If I have to say all of the beautiful things that I love about my workplace, it would take me all night. Going to work happy every day, and loving what I do more each day are just some of the reasons why I thank God for blessing me with an opportunity to learn and be with a group of people who brought out the best in me. It is a blessing to find a place in this world where in you would feel like you are home even if you are away from your family. Work is amazing, I can’t express how happy I am to be part of this family. I get excited to go to work everyday and it’s one of the most awesome feelings ever. To love what I do, to be happy about what I do.

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Dinner party for the staff 🙂 It’s nice to be able to know what it feels like to be a member. Haha! Although the food is nothing compared to what we serve every night, dining in a lovely room, rich in beauty and history is exceptional 🙂

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with my favorite homie,Alyza! Haha 🙂

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with Jamie!!!!!! The person who keeps me sane at work when everything gets too stressful for me haha

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Uhmm.. I am pretty sure I was trying to say something! Hahahaha

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OOTD:

Went for a simple look with a touch of feminine colors 🙂

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Decided to wear this lovely necklace from  Forever21 to cover up the low see through neck line of the dress 🙂

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I love everything about this white dress from Love Culture!!! So glad that I was finally able to wear these awesome babies that I got for my birthday! Some killer heels I got here!

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Heart ring from my Sissy x Gold bangle from Forever21

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Gotta love gold!!! 🙂

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Wore this military styled coat that I got for Christmas!!! Love it!!!!

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100th

The 100th restaurant that we’ve eaten to!! 🙂 Yay!!

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Since we all felt that the night was still young, we’ve decided to go to Ryan’s Daughter! A really nice place near our workplace!!! 🙂

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I died!! I love spinach dip and this was definitely one of the bests!! The dubliner cheese just made this even tastier!!!! Most of them thinks otherwise, but hyeah…gotta love my spinach and cheese! Haha 🙂

Someday, they would understand,

R <3 xx

Million Possibilities

01.11.13 – Oh,happy days

How do you begin when your thoughts are trapped into a place that you don’t want to be into. How do you begin when you just want to move forward and continue with all the happiness that God has blessed you with for the past year. With everything that has been happening, how do you begin? How do you begin to say, this is enough. When would you know, this is enough. I am a stress ball right now, juggling all the anxieties and upsetting shenanigans that happened in just 6 days. The first 2 days were the hardest, the feelings were bigger than me that my sanity just left my own body. The third day was all about waiting with a hint of day 1. The 4th and 5th were all about feelings. And today, it’s about decision making. Most of you might think that these words doesn’t make sense at all. But see, I have learned something about life recently – life is fair in it’s own unfair way. I am blabbing like  a crazy girl again.  — this was me, 2 days ago.

After everything that I have been through for the past decade, I have learned that life goes on and people change – for the better or for the worse. It is your choice if you want to feel trapped, unhappy and be a failure. You can choose to have freedom in your life, be happy and successful. See, no matter how hard a situation is, when you feel like everything that has been going around you is unfathomable, or when you just see yourself on the ground, remember that, God is with you all the way. I have been blessed with a very dire situation last week. I felt awful and I was in a position where in I just want to escape. But, having God in my life made me realize that this is nothing. I resolved to talking to him more often than the usual. My faith is now bigger than my anxieties and I learned how to defy hope without questioning his ability to make things better in just a snap. I am still amazed, and forever will be, on how God can turn around things for us. In ways that we do not expect. Today is Sunday, and I feel blessed for having the opportunity to go to church and cast all of my prayers upon him. Today is Sunday, and I miss my family more than ever, but God showed me how beautiful my life is. Today is Sunday, God bless you all 🙂

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Random Fridate 🙂

Had lunch in The Cheesecake Factory! YUM!!!

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For the apartment! Yay 🙂

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New issues has just arrived and I still have 2 out of 4 to read from my December issues! Whaaaaat

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OOTD

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Orange is not really my color, but I love how these 2 colors screamed “this-is-a-good-day” 🙂

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..and yes, I’m a robot! Haha

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Steve Madden studded flats! Me love <3 Looks really good with jeans!

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What I have on my bedroom wall 🙂 A reminded of how amazing my family is. The people who gives me strength and the courage to go through each day with a smile 🙂

ASDFGHJKL,

R <3 xx

2013

12.31.12: Crossed out

A New Year is an opportunity to start fresh on life, to tell yourself to be a better version of you for the next 365 days, and to let the whole world that you exist. I am not perfect and so is my life. It’s funny how people would give me that look once I start blabbing about the miseries in my life. But, as what I always preach about – there is beauty in pain. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t dwell with the negativity of life, whatever situation I am at.

New Year’s Eve 2013 was really different for most of us. For me, I am used to a home full of people that I love. We welcome the New Year with loud firecrackers and beautiful fireworks with hot chocolate on our dinner table. This year, I started the year by crossing out one thing on my bucket list and then it was followed by craziness, loud music and good company.

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Love these girlies!!!

I don’t know why I am hugging Charm like she is some tree. haha

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Ordered a boneless lechon from a Cebuano! #YUM

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So I really thought that orange is the color of the year cause that’s what I have been told. Boo. I should really research when it comes to this kind of stuff. Yikes

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Bandage Skirt: Forever21

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Wore a not-so-sparkly top since it’s New Year’s Eve! Yay 😛

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01.01.13 – Hello, 2013!

Had a simple dinner with everyone. Cooked Filipino food – which I am not good at HAHA. But yeah, I’m really happy that everything went well and everyone was full after the dinner. Yay! 🙂

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With Rizelle and Luana 🙂

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We also celebrated, Jhade ; Dea ; and Kuya Alan’s birthday! 🙂

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Hearts, bow and laces for the New Year! 🙂

Cant wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon,

R <3 xx

Christmas 2012

12.25.12: First American Christmas 

I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities again lately. Life has unfolded answers that I have been seeking for the past few months and I am just too overwhelmed with how God has been showing me how amazing my life is – every single waking day. Excitement is overpowering my entire soul. All I know is, I have my fingers crossed and my prayers and hope are getting stronger each day. Let this be it – I tell myself.

Anyways, I do not want this to be another sappy post about me not having my family beside me during the holidays. I feel like, I should look forward to what’s ahead of me instead of looking back to my not-s-good days. So yeah, I am looking forward to this coming Christmas, cause by all means – I will do everything that I can to be with my family 🙂

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My first Christmas stocking 🙂

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I do not know if  I have stressed this out enough, but yeah..Christmas 2012 was very different. 50% of what transpired was something that I have yearned for a long time.

Say hello to the delicious chicken liver terrine that Gerry made. Perfect 🙂

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Presents from the Stavrides’!! I am such a lucky lass!! <3

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Stocking goodies <3

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Super duper soft and lovely gloves x scarf from Joe,Fran,Erica and Julia!! <3

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The best pair of booties that I have! From Mr. and Mrs. Stavrides 🙂

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Lovely headband from Mr. and  Mrs. Stavrides again 🙂

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From Maria and Alex <3

Their presents really melted my heart. It made me feel like they care about me 🙂 Everything that I love!!

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Presents from the girls 🙂

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Presents from the Chorvs!! 🙂

I love everything!!! From the cutesy Paris stuff, to the cookbook and Vera Wang skirt!! I’m blessed <3 🙂

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Awesome airplane ring from the sissy 🙂

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Fab accessories from the Sissy <3

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My family is awesome! They made sure that I will open something from them this Christmas!! <3 🙂

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OOTD

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Red flats: Wetseal

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another present that I got from my Secret Santa this year: Aldo Bag 🙂

Dress: Cotton On

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Praying for the best,

R <3 xx

Christmas ’12: First Snow

12.24.12: Too much firsts in one day

I can’t believe how time just stabbed me in the back. I feel like I am just a blink away from the life that I have lived in for 20 years. Being here for a year made me realize how much I want to work hard to attain everything that I aspire for – as an individual, daughter,sister and a rightful person to be in someone’s future. My head is wrapped around the thought of me pursuing a future that is relevant to what is happening now. Sacrifices has to be made again and all I know is, if everything goes into plan, in God’s time – it will all be worth it.

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A lot has happened that day. Playing in the snow was the mid-part of our first December 24,2012 in the States.

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It would’ve been more fun and memorable if my siblings were with me. The excitement of my first snow experience just passed too quickly because my siblings were in my head the whole time. Somedaaaay.

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CHRISTMAS EVE:

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Karen & I

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Games x Booze x Great company

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It was a different Christmas Eve celebration, but it was still, just like any other Christmas Eves – FUN! Minus the fambam..

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One of the 2 photos with the back of my dress in it. Such a shame I forgot that my dress has a nice back detail while I was taking an outfit shot. Lol

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It was a very unexpected night. The night ended with a first and I give all the credit to Rizelle, for being an awesome human being! 🙂 Haha

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OOTD:

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Wore this lovely dress from XOXO21

Peplum x Lace..how can I not fall in love?

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Thanks to Charm for putting her finger on the flash,. Hence,the crappy lighting :)) Lol

Will try to keep up with all the back logs,

R <3 xx

Christmas’12: The Oregon Grille

12.24.12: First Snow

Hey Dolls! I know it has been a while AGAIN. I was,and still, caught up in between life and life. It’s really hard for me to step foot into the world of requiescence. Most of the time I find myself wishing for another hour of sleep, or more time for me to go shopping and devour myself with beautiful stuff for my closet..but on top of all that, I wish I have my family with me while I experience all these. To have them beside me when I go through the beauty of life. Christmas 2012 has been very different for me, first time in my 22 years of existence that I was away from my family. No Christmas hugs and kisses from the parents,and silly quality time with the siblings.And above all, hearing mass together is something that I terribly miss.

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Got picked up by a stretch…..awesome! 🙂

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Our HR arranged a very lovely lunch day for us. He mad reservations in The Oregon Grill. 

One of the best restaurants here,definitely! 🙂

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I’ve got no words but “wow” when we arrived in the Oregon. It was beyond beautiful. And ideal place for a romantic date or special family gatherings.

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We were given a private room, made our special day more especial 🙂

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I chose to sit with the fireplace behind me so I would be warm all day 🙂

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Nothing better than a warm bread and good butter to start our meal 🙂

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Ordered Seafood Tower for my appetizer

Lobster, Shrimp and Oysters! <3

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Reminded me of my Dad.  He is such a seafood lover! I have always eaten whatever he tries to make me eat. Whatever he likes, I like. I’m like his mini me when it comes to food…and discipline! 🙂 This for you, Daddy! Hope I would get to share this tower with you someday 🙂

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Since I know there are big meals that are coming way for the next 2 days, I’ve decided to lay-low on my entree. I went for Chicken Madrilena.

I can’t entirely say that I wish I ordered something else, but this was definitely not for me.

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Mushroom x Parmesan Fries for my sides! 🙂

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Best Creme Brulee I’ve ever had!!! This was the BOMB!! I swear.

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It started snowing while we were having lunch. It was really lovely watching the snow fall 🙂

Thought to myself: How can this day get any better.

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Our first snow <3

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OOTD

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Wore this asymmetrical skirt with my DAS heels again 🙂

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Aztec printed corset, bought somewhere in New York <3 🙂

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Will do better in posting,

R <3 xx

Forever21plus1: Back to Back

11.30.12: Birthday Treat

Last birthday post: Went to Westfield Mall to treat myself. I don’t want my birthday week to just come and go because my family was not here. It sucks that my parents were not with me to give me a birthday hug nor my siblings to be surprisingly kind to me (lol). what sucks more is that, my grandmother is the one who greets me first during my birthday for 21 years. And now, everything just drastically changed in a matter of 9 months. No one can truly understand how it feels like, to be away, to leave and to miss out a full year. So much for my sappy words, so yeah.. just 3 more months.

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Loaded baked potato (YUM) and Grilled Chicken with Provolone wrap! Happy Tummy!

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Awesome finds of the day:

(1) Dress from Forever21 (2) Dress and cutesy top from Lauren Conrad’s collection (3) Dainty top from Papaya (4) Awesome tops from delia’s! 🙂

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J.Lo Heels!!! <3

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Another birthday treat from the Stavrides’ <3

Made fresh pasta with the chorvs 🙂

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Super delicious pasta!!! Too yummy for words <3

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Heart shaped chocolate marble cake baked by Mrs. S <3 I am so blessed 🙂

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OOTD

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Top: From my Sissy 🙂

Pants: Cheap Monday

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for me on January 1st,

R <3 xx

Forever21plus1: Petit Louis

11.29.12: Happy Birthday

This post has transpired almost a month ago. I know, I know.. I haven’t exactly been what I was supposed to be for the past few weeks. I even feel like I am still not myself up to this date. I will try my best to refresh my memory and share the itsy bitsy details about my birthday 🙂

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I was scheduled to work from 9-5 that day. Someone made an extra effort in making my morning extra beautiful by giving me a bouquet of peach long-stemmed roses while having the mushroom soup that he made 🙂 Way to jump start my birthday 🙂

My morning before work became extra beautiful when I talked to my whole family. Who still celebrated my birthday. Thanks to my Mom who cooked yummy food 🙂 Can’t wait to try them all once I get back! 🙂

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#HellYeah

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Cutesy note cards! <3

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Petit Louis Dinner 🙂

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I thought we were just going to have dinner at their house (which would still be perfect) but his family once again surprised me 🙂 His Dad decided to take us to Petit Louis, once of the best restaurants in this state if I may say 🙂 A lovely fine dining restaurant that definitely made me feel special 🙂

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My food:

 Appetizer – ESCARGOTS de BOURGOGNE

I love escargot!! It’s hard to pass on this one so I divulged myself on this buttery appetizer ! YUM

Entree: Steak Frites

Minus the fries, subbed with mushrooms (my fave side) Treated myself with some red meat!! 🙂

His food: Ris de Veau (Sauteed Sweetbread – YUM) and Lotte Rotie (Monkfish)

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So sweet of them to give me a complimentary homemade vanilla ice cream  with candle!! 🙂 2 candles for 22! #IDontThinkItMadeSense

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My birthday was not the same without my family around. But God turned around things for me still and made me feel special in a very beautiful way. I will always be grateful to everyone who took an effort in making sure that I am extra happy on my special day, especially his family 🙂

Thank you Lord for another blessed year! <3 🙂

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Birthday Dinner Outfit:

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Dress: Charlotte Russe

Heels: DAS

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Ring: Garage

Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

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Necklace: Forever21

Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

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Another wonderful present 🙂

I won a hundred dollar gift card from Wasabi (one of the best sushi place that I’ve been to) Yaaaay!!!

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Young, Wild, and Free #ForReal

R <3 xx

Forever21plus1: Material Girl meets the Stalking Horse

The Word Too Much is an Understatement

Hello, dolls! Life has once again shocked me with another surprising blessing. With details that I will not fully disclose again, all I can say is “I never thought that this day would come” 🙂 The occurrences in my life lately has tickled my soft bone in a big way and I can’t help but wonder, what have I done right to deserve all of these?

Anywaysy, here’s another post about my awesome birthday week! 🙂

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(1) Card and Amazon Gift Card from Tall Mike (2) Cards from the Stavrides’ (3) Card and Forever 21 gift card from Jon (4) Keep Calm cards that I bought a few weeks before my birthday! Haha 🙂

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Birthday Surprise from Mi Familia!! <3

22 presents from Manila! <3 🙂

P.S. Yes dolls, my Dad sent me a  mighty bond cause I tend to break a lot of stuff when I’m in the zone. Lol :))

– MY sister sent me a lot of awesome stuff! Tops and accessories that I cannot wait to use!! 😛

– My sent me a fab top that is too perfect for winter!!! 🙂

I love how they bought most of the stuff in Forever 21 and wrapped the presents in Forever21 bags! They just know me too well! 😛

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Loooovely shoes from my Dad!! <3

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Cutesy stuff from my brothers!! <3 🙂

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Pretty bag from Daddy that goes perfect with the lovely shoes that he sent me!! <3 🙂

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Presents from the Chorvs!! <3

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Tory Burch, baby!! <3 🙂

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Killer heels!!!! 🙂 Love how elegant this baby looks! 🙂

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Miyabi knife!! Yaaay <3

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Spa Soaps from Bath and Body Works! <3 So buttery!! 🙂
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YSL lipstick!!!! <3 Need I say more?

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Christmas ornaments from the Stavrides’

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Pretty coat from the Stavrides’ again! 🙂

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Night out with the girls! 🙂

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Would’ve been a perfect photo if Karen and Jhade were with us! 🙂

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Charm Lovin’

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Went to Cross Street Kabob after! 🙂 Reminded me of how night outs used to be in MNL! Mister Kebab after a night full of fun with MZATC! 😛

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OOTD

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Top: H&M

Animal Print Skirt: Forever21- present from my sissy <3 🙂

Tights: H&M

Heels: DAS

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Jacket: H&M

See you soon blog world,

R <3 xx