Oyster Bay

03.27.14:  Greek Week

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 It’s almost Mother’s Day in the Philippines and I am so heartbroken that I am going to miss another one, to date I think I’ve already spent 4 Mother’s Day away from my Mom. Each weekend has been crazy busy and very exciting! I never thought I would look forward to Mondays this MUCH. I celebrated my first 7 Mondays here with a cocktail in one hand, laughing when I hear the #selfie song and hoping that I won’t scream #yolo by the end of the night. Now, reality came my way and now I am enjoying my weekends doing what I love to do — #kitchenlife.

P.S. I get a little too crazy with hashtags — #AsYouCanSee x #DontEvenGetMeStarted 

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with my Greek <3

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For this year’s Greek Week, A and I were not able to go to more than one Greek restaurant because of his schedule. I was looking forward to going to at least one with him but #kitchenlife comes first in times like this. Luckily, I was able to go to Yasou with Lovely a few days before this so it was a good Greek week for me still 🙂

I am so happy that we were finally able to go to Oyster Bay Grille! I remember being too excited about that night because of 2 reasons — first, their Greek Week menu,and second, I get to see one of the best mentors I’ve had!

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Taco Love Grill

Hello dolls!! 🙂 It’s almost cinco de mayo, one of my favorite cultural celebrations here in America. For the most part, I love it because of Mexican food and uhh who doesn’t love colorful and festive days like cinco de mayo? (I can also squeeze in tequilla here but I am not a tequilla drinker soooo yeah). I am extra excited about cinco de mayo this year because it’s on a Monday!!!! A and I are not going to be crazy drunk like the other amigos/amigas here in Baltimore BUT we are planning to have DELICIOUS Mexican food all day (and maybe a margarita for me in between).

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I love Mexican food and I fell in love with Chipotle 2 years ago when A brought me there for one of our “secret lunch dates” before work.

I don’t think we’ve been to a lot of Mexican restaurants here in Baltimore because of Chipotle. It’s our to-go slash Mexican fix place!

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So yeah this year we are going to get out there and try more Mexican restaurants and I know we will find some good ones like Taco Love Grill because we have a good number of Hispanics here in Maryland! 🙂

I was very excited to go to Taco Love Grill, it was my reward after getting things done at the MVA.

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YES, It happened.

Hello, dolls! 🙂 Hello, MAY!!!! I can’t believe that April is officially over!! A few days ago, we announced the biggest news in our lives (to date) on Facebook  I can’t believe it’s official and it is going to happen SOON!!!  I don’t post a lot of pictures of A and I together even when the moment is all about US being TOGETHER. But today, I am giving you a dose of LOVE.

Warning: Cheesy Road Ahead

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Ever thine

Ever mine

Ever ours

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Asian, Irish, and Greek!

03.15-17.14: Third week highlights

Hello, dolls!!! I am baaaack ,not that I was away for too long or something. But yeah, I am just too happy that I get to update my site tonight after a very awesome work weekend. In 9 days, I will be here for 2 months (what?already?) and I am going to talk about my third week just now (yikes). Just like what I always say, “I’ve been incredibly busy” . In the midst of my crazy-busy-happy life I am still able to do a bit of traveling, EATING and shopping — what else can I ask for?.  I can say that as of now, I’ve got everything that I need. It’s still pretty hard to say this, but I am starting to realize that things are not always pink and pretty and how I want them to be. Sometimes, it’s better and bigger and it could take time to accept and see the beauty in things, or at least I think that’s how it was when it came to believing that distance should not hinder me from being who I want to be.

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Our Mondays are always crazy-fun. We always try to go to places and EAT awesome food.

This Monday, however, has got to be one of the bests. We were able to accomplish a lot of things and celebrate 3 cultures!

First Stop: Pho’ 98 in Glen Burnie.

Glen Burnie is 30-45 minutes away from us, and we only go there for 2 reasons — Roger and Frances or to go shopping. We did both that day, but it was more for the couple that we love and their wedding 🙂

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Chicken Pho

Perfect for the very cold weather that we had that day.

 

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Broth was very light and flavorful. The noodles were good,

If we are to compare it to the Vietnamese restaurant in Towson (which is 10 min away from us) we would say that is better. But Pho 98’s is good enough to keep our tummies happy.

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#TBT First Date Night

03.10.2014 – Of getting things done

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Happy #TBT day!! My favorite day to blog cause I have a valid excuse to post entries that are ages ago. Though, this one’s not a month old (yet) I think it’s perfect cause this happened on a Thursday a couple of weeks ago. I guess for now, this is the best that I can do when it comes to posting something “recent”.

I love productive days like this one, we were literally out all day around the city accomplishing stuff — and I loved every minute of it! What’s more awesome about that day was how we spent the entire day with love and end it with great food…and drinks! 🙂

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Beautiful day with an amazing date

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I am not going into the details of what happened before our afternoon in Inner Harbor, but let’s just say…we accomplished 4 big things prior to that. 😉

 

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Oh hello there

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Half A Month

03.02.14 – 03.09.14

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Let me tell you upfront that this is going to be lengthy (yup, 20++ photos ahead!). So I am squeezing this in my busy weekend.I meant to post this a few days ago but responsibilities just came knocking on my door, awesome opportunities for that matter. I think I have been overworking myself for the past 3 days that all I want to do now is lay in bed and sleep….BUUUUT I must fight this feeling cause I have another fun night ahead of me!! 🙂 I can’t believe that 2 days from now I will be here for a month already! Meaning, it has been a month since I last hugged my family!!! AAAAAH, but no drama cause I know I can make things happen and in less than a year I will see them again! I promise.

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So life has been AMAAAAHZING here, and I think this blog deserves an awesome “update”! 

I’ve been taking lots of photos with my new “baby”, resulting to me uploading 20+ photos for this entry (it’s so hard to choose!!!)

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We take our Monday dinners seriously. If we are not out in an awesome restaurant, we are in the kitchen cooking together.

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The Second Chapter

 

 

 

02.24.14 – 03.01.14 – Baltimore all over again

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 I just started a new week here…and boy I feel like this “welcome back vibe” is not going to end for another month. Time is moving too fast but my tasks and responsibilities are never ending — not that I’m complaining. I like this…I love this! I love looking forward to the things ahead of me and get them done one by one — just like how I, and everyone else that I love, made my return to Baltimore possible.

Exactly 12 days from today I will mark my first month here for the second time. A little over 2 weeks and I feel like there’s this side in Baltimore that I just don’t want to go to, and it’s crazy cause it’s not even a place. Vague and silly as it may sound but yeah trying to stay away from everyone else’s drama is pretty hard when you have no one with you most of the day.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of what transpired during my first 5 days back here. These are just highlights of each day so yeaaaap.

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A and his parents picked me up from the airport — yup I am blessed like that.

I didn’t really feel hungry when I hopped off the plane, and after finding out that Delta left my other luggage in LAX!

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We went to the last restaurant I went to last year, before I went back to the Philippines. It’s so nice to be at the last place I’ve been to for my first hour back.

And yes, I like diners here cause they serve omelettes and I LOVE EGGS!

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A’s scrapple and my garden omelette.

This breakfast definitely made me feel that I am back in the US! I am not an omelette person in the Philippines, but here… I AM!

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Solo Flight 2.0

02.23.2014: See you soon, MNL!

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 Want to hear something crazy? Today marks my first week here in the US. It feels like it was only yesterday when A picked me up from the airport. So much has happened since then — documents here and there , lunch/dinner dates, #ApartmentLife and…uhh my struggle with this crazy crazy weather. The snow is just making me realize how far away I am from home — away from the crazy traffic in EDSA , away from all the jejemons..away from home. What surprises me though is how I have not spent a night on the couch bawling my eyes out.

So my last weekend in MNL (for the first half of the year) was nothing but crazy. I tried to accomplish everything in 48 hours without compromising time for my family. I packed my stuff 3 hours before I had to leave for the airport, and I wouldn’t have done it without the help of my amazing Dad and sister. We arrived at NAIA with enough time for us to forget that I will be flying somewhere far…away from home.

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I miss bullying her before we go to sleep.

I find it really helpful when I think about all the possibilities
and how I can make them all happen…in time.

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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

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

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

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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Ready?

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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

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

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

Where it all started

02.26.13: April is ours

I can still remember the first time we all went out. The first word he uttered when he saw me. How the 4 of us spent the night like we didn’t have to work the next day. It was almost 13 months ago and it still feels like yesterday. I am not the most sociable person that you will ever meet. It takes me a while to loosen up and be “normal” around new people. It’s me, I am modest.

Breaking the shell that’s guarding my crazy self is not too hard. It only takes a few things to make me laugh like a piggy, or talk like the silliest girl ever. One of which is to be a around real people. True friends that would never leave you in times of despair, or who would let you laugh your heart out for hours.

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To celebrate a wonderful year of friendship, we ate our heart out the entire day.

First stop: San Sushi Too

The best sushi place I’ve been to in this city! 🙂

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Octopus….YUMMS!

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Grilled Octopus 

This was so tender!!! Simple and perfect. My kind of appetizer 🙂

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I don’t know which is which anymore *smh*. But one is France’s dynamite. I fell in love with it instantly that I decided to get something with fried shrimp (similar to what I got in Wasabi) and asked the man behind the bar and san suhi too,Bruce, to drizzle some of the sauce on mine! YUMMMS
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More sushi!!!
Yakisoba
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We were so luck cause Bruce was there on a Monday and we scored on being seated at the bar. He gave us a couple of some awesome delights out of the menu.
1st: Upon knowing that I liked the teriyaki sauce, he gave us free grilled octopus. HEAVEN
2nd: Seared tuna in a vinaigrette with mango and some relish. LOVED THE TUNA!
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Bruce and another yummy sushi platter! 🙂
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OOTD: Girly girl
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I don’t know why but I tend to dress up really girly when I’m with Frances.
I am so crazy with these colors lately! They look so sophisticated and candy-ish when combined.
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I like how my hair looooks long!!! took me a year to grow it! no more short hair!
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Top and Wedges: Charlotte Russe
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skirt: forever21
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Dinner: Five
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Lamb Chops x Oysters x Shrimp Cocktail and everything nice….including flatbread and lobster mac for dinner with my very own HIMYMish friends. Haha 🙂
More posts coming up!
R <3 xx

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

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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So happy that she’s back!!!!! 602104_608427122506108_794517630_n

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

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