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WK: The Girl and Charmery

 

06.13.14: The Girl

Hello,dolls!!! 🙂 Happy (almost) weekend! It’s very seldom that I look forward to Fridays here because I am usually at work until late which makes it feel like a Monday. But tomorrrrrow, I get to embrace it just like this one! A night off with my fiance,and I am too hyped about it because we are going to the Greek Festival then celebrate being youth with our dear friends. So here’s the part two of our friday date night. We made sure that we will have pictures of everything that we did and saw during that day, weekend date nights does not happen very often for us so we wanted it be well documented 😉

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I wanted my previous post to be solely for Woodberry Kitchen (http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/woodberry-kitchen/)

so I’ve decided to create another entry for my #OOTD and…..

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our Charmery experience.

As painful as this may sound, I’ve stopped eating ice cream a couple of days ago. I was the biggest ice cream freak until I gained so much weight that I had to give up some of my favorite indulgences. I remember downing 2 cups of Nestle’s Rocky Road in one sitting, and how I loved Cornetto! Aaaaah just thinking about it makes me want to go to work now and get a pint of honey graham ice cream!!!!

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Home 2.0

Hello, dolls!!:) I can’t believe that I am back in MNL!! Aaaah it still feels surreal that I am in my pink room now blogging!! 🙂 The past 2 days has been lovely and I am so grateful for warmth welcome that I received from everyone especially my family. It is so nice to wake up in the morning and have breakfast with my parents again, have my sister as a roommate, and just be in the presence of my family — it almost feels like I never left.

It’s a blessing to have 2 places that I can call home. Last year, I thought I couldn’t let go of the idea of not calling Manila my only home, I felt like if I do so I will spend my life fighting time just to be with my family or it will make my chances of going home slim — and yes, I do not take family matters lightly. But with the help of A, his family, and our friends, I realized that I do not have to let go of MNL just so I can call Baltimore my home too. Some people, like me, are just fortunate to be blessed with an amazing life at the other side of the world, miles and miles away from home..

I know I have not posted enough “B-more updates” since February. Not enough cause there is a handful of amazing things that happened since I returned to my second home. So here is one,some of the things that helped/helps me love Baltimore everyday.

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What I have on my vanity.

Family picture, a photo of my Dad and I when I was only n months old, cute little bear from my jeje-brother, the heart pen that my sister gave me…

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…personalized key chain from my brother Remo,and an Eiffel tower stand up pin from my sissy. <3

Having these on my vanity makes me feel like they are not too far away from me. It reminds me of how blessed I am to have a family that is so understanding and supportive.

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Washington DC: The Girl (03.11)

03.11.14: Picture Perfect Kind of Day

Hello, dolls!!! I am so ecstatic right now, April is just amazing to me. First and foremost, A and I are just 12 days away from celebrating our second year together and I just can’t sit here and hide my excitement cause I know it is going to be ah-mah-zing! Second, I am only a few months away from hugging my family again!!! I can’t wait to travel with them again and be crazy with the sibs again. Lastly, I just accomplished something for school yesterday!! It really is happening!! One of the things that I promised myself when I got into Culinary school is to study abroad — and I am finally a sheer month away from crossing that off my list! 🙂

Read my post about our awesome lunch in Duke’s Grocery here – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/washington-dc-dukes-grocery/

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It’s been a while since my last outfit post. I mean, let’s face it friends, I am not too good at it. LOL

But yeah, I will tryyyyy my very best to make each post worthwhile.

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If there is anything that I can’t give up from my closet, that would be this H&M jacket.

 

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I remember it as my first splurge after being here for only a week 2 years ago. I just can’t help it, the soft pink color and the gold buttons (I have this thing about gold buttons).

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Anghelica’s

 

Hello dolls and hello APRIL!!! It’s official, A and I are only days away from celebrating our second anniversary. The weather is getting nicer now and I am just hoping that our anniversary weekend will be as good as last year’s. Anyway, one of the things that I am missing terribly is authentic Filipino food. It’s so weird cause I am not really the kind of Filipino who requests for Pinoy food every week, when I was still home I would often suggest Japanese,Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, European or Italian food when we go out. BUT one thing that I could not resist are Filipino Desserts! I cannot go a week without having my kakanin or ube fix. And I must say, I go gaga over ube.

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Best ube dessert I had!!!

Uhhhh why can’t I just have this now??? Whyyyy!!?!?

 

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The person behind this amazing ube leche flan cake is probably the nicest and coolest Chef that I know. And I am not only saying this cause she understands my kaartehan BUT because she really is amazing like that.

Two of the best Filipino desserts in one?? YES PLEASE!

I wish I have a better photo of this heavenly delight when I ordered the first time, but my family just massacred this thing  after I opened the box. It was toooo good!!!

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I am such a fan. I can’t sit and  just look at her posts on Facebook when she launched her “Dulce Queso Mamon and Smore’s”.

It’s such a shame cause Chef Ann just came up with another dessert and I am like 1 million miles away from the Philippines!! 😐 I swear when I get back I am going to order the biggest ube leche flan cake and the new baby!! 🙂

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Of Forever Roomies

10.24.13: The greatest paycheck is not money

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 Happy #tbt day!!  I am really hesitant if I should post an entry today, cause I feel like I’ve hit my limit when it comes to updating my social network accounts.Yup, 1 twit, a #tbt on Instagram, and an outfit post on Lookbook seems a lot to me now! Beofre I make your eyebrows raise with my weirdness, here I am, writing an entry cause I need to organize the clutter on my desktop. It’s that time of the month again, where in I feel uneasy about the huge mess that I’ve created on my hard drive. So you know how I try to make my posts “appropriate” with how I am feeling, or my silly fun life? Well I think this one hits the #tbt category, probably my favorite cause it gives me an excuse to post all the photos I “forgot” to upload.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the exciting feeling of flying again. How soon it is going to happen and how amazing things will be. I talk to myself…just like this…so I can forget that at the other side there is still loneliness.

Throwback:

Of flying alone – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/on-the-fly/

All over again – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/see-you-soon-manila/

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10 days after A left MNL, I had the opportunity to see the person who helped me make things “happen” and be with the people who made my journey almost a year ago extra exciting.

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Of looking at..CHANGE

September Random Heaps Hello, dolls! 🙂 So this is finally my last entry before I make you sick of my awesome 3 weeks with A here in the Philippines. I want to preserve all of our happy moments in every possible way,and sharing them here is one way. Anyway, I am turning 23 in a couple of days and I am glad that I made the right decision by not rushing things…cause I will be celebrating with my family this year!! Yay! It was so hard for me when my family was not around when I turned 22. I felt really really cold inside, I felt like a zombie the whole month of November last year. Though, I’ve already accepted the fact that celebrating my birthday with my family and A for the next 2 years is out of the question, I still die a little inside. I really wish that in the next 3 years, I will have not to miss another special moment with my family whether it’s my birthday, or theirs. It is pretty upsetting when you set your mind into something and you see a chance of it not happening. Cause life decides to shake you a little and make you think of other countless possibilities about the choice that you’ve made. I don’t know, but, either way there’s always sadness along the way. So enough with the sappiness.. it’s ramble time. ha ha IMG_8364

A book that I can’t dare to finish. I always get hungry after every page.

My longing for Paris and New York gets too out of control every time I open this book.

This book has addiction all over it!! For travel…life…and desserts!! Aaah<3

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I wanna say still not good enough..

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A different take on a Filipino favorite!! I was so ecstatic when Alyza gave me a bag of this!! YUM

P.S. My Dad ate most of it…which I kinda like cause I do not want to feel guilty for having too much sugar in my bodeeeh haha!

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First time I had this was after our lovely dinner in A’s house 🙂 His Mom offered me some and I fell in love instantly!! This is too good!! so just imagine my annoying giddy face when I saw this here in Manila!! Never thought I would but…YAY!

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Cause Matcha and I has a special relationship.It’s too deep I always give in…EVERY TIME!

I love anything Matcha…and I am so happy I found this in our local grocery 🙂

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Random tea time in my favorite CBTL branch in the Philippines…Resort’s World!! 🙂

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Random Yogurt Date

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The day I won over my brother’s long hair and made my Dad happy. Haha #UhhNoONeCanGetIt

The driver and jejekidzz

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Loves

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Best part of this post. My sister cooking me an egg for brunch.

Mind you that, my sister sucks in the kitchen.

xx,

R <3

Real Soon

April 2013: A round up of lunches

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

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

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

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

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Best for those sudden cravings

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

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Cutesy

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Getting better at it! 😛

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Vogue’s September 2012 issue.

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

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

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Random Sunday lunch in Chili’s.

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

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

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

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

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Tomato Basil Soup

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Chicken and Wild Mushroom Gnocchi

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

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

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

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Oh you know…the usual… his sandwich

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Straight from Korea!!!

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

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

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

Eternal is what we will have,

R <3 xx

New Jersey: LBI

04.09.13: Never Too Early For a Beach Date

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

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

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Say hello to our “brunch”

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

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

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

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

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Cause we take every trip seriously. Haha

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

6 scoops of ice cream and a milkshake! <3

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Our favorite!! Scrabble!!

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

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Cause I love grilled hot dogs!!

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Asian Snacks!!

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

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

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

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OOTD

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

Missing you terribly,

R<3 xx

Atlantic City: The Girl

 

04.08.13: More than you’ll ever know

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Top: Lauren Conrad

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

 

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Skirt: Charlotte Russe

Leggings: Urban Outfitters

 

 

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Bracelet: Forever21

Ring: Love Culture

 

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

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

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

124 days,

R <3 xx

Boardwalk Mmm-pire!

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

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

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

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

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“Drive sober or get pulled over”

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

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

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

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

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Italian Cold Cut Submarine!!! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happiness in Atlantic City… <3

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

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

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

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Grilled Fresh Clams and Garlic & Herbs in Oil

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

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Grilled Chicken x Carbonara x Grilled Portobellos and Asparagus

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

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The next day…. (back to reality) 😐

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

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

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

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

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

40 days,

R <3 xx

Sunshine in my mouth

06.15.13: two roads, one destination

If you are to choose between knowing why & when you will get hurt, and just it unexpectedly happening, which would you prefer? Isn’t it crazy that no matter how hard we try and no matter what we do, pain is still inevitable. I have been thinking about the road that I am taking now, and how it will affect my life,especially my family. It is still a puzzle to me, a dream, that I was able to make it this far. From being this average and laid back student to a person who works hard to achiever her goals. It’s amazing how my life took a 360 degree turn in just a matter of 3 years.

But, I will never win. No matter which path I take, I will still have to face the inevitable. And it saddens me that as early as March 2013, I have been crying my heart out already.Just thinking about the sacrifices that I will be taking with every move,no matter when or how. 2013 has proven me that, loneliness is my companion in life.

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Anyway, my weekend will not be complete without a trip to a nice restaurant with y family. Simple or upscale, it doesn’t matter, just as long as food is great and we are all together! 🙂

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For that weekend, we went to Sunshine Kitchen in The Fort. 

I’ve seen some photos of the place on the internet before,and I told myself that I have to go there when I get back. I get easily amused with restaurants that add a touch of creativity to their food, so Sunshine Kitchen never left my bookmarks bar. Unfortunately (just like the usual) I wasn’t able to take photos of the beautiful place for me to share. It’s such a shame cause they have a beautiful open kitchen and a simple but nicely decorated interior. The fact that it is not your typical box type restaurant puts that rustic feel not only to the food, but also to the whole ambiance of the restaurant.

first appetizer: Mixed Mushrooms with Poached Egg

A new found love for all of us. Everyone loved this and I feel like my Dad and I can just go back for some mushroom and bread fix. The only downer on this dish is the fake “poached” eggs. I get easily attracted with dishes that has “poached” eggs ( I blame the boyfie for this haha), and when they say “poached” I GD expect it to be POACHED! Unfortunately for this, the eggs were baked…I know the difference between poached and baked…and this definitely didn’t looked like it. 🙁 Despite of that, the mushrooms were amazing that we ordered this thrice! YUMSS

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Second Appetizer: Callos

My Dad’s favorite! He is very particular with how he wants his callos, and when he likes it, it means it is GOOD!!! He had to order more bread for this cause he was eating it like it’s some dip or something haha

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4 cheese pizza and Porchetta

Both were equally good!! I was planning to eat half a slice for each only, but I ended up eating 2 slices of 4 cheese and a whole slice of porchetta! Adding arugula to the 4 cheese makes it even more better! Mmmmm

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American Southern Style Fried Chicken with Gravy

fried to perfection! My siblings and I loved this!!! The gravy was too perfect I can stop putting ketchup on my chicken if only I have this at home….

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Beer Braised Shortribs

This brought me back to Ram’s Head Inn in New Jersey.. the day that I was treated like a Queen! I swear I didn’t expect it to be that good! The sauce was so good I can just sip it with a big spoon!!!! The beef was so tender it melted in my mouth. mmmm

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OOTD: Teal is the new PINK!

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Since I got back, I’ve been complaining to my sister how my closet looks too “girly”! It screams “teeny-bopper” and I am not entirely happy about it. I want to add a touch of maturity on my outfits now but I feel like I am failing on it haha. anyway, this is me trying to kiss dressing up like a teen….goodbye!

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My Dad is not a fan of black. He hates it when we look like we are about to go to a funeral. So to drift away from that notion, since I will be with him. I’ve decided to match my outfit with a beautiful color.

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Ring: Love Culture

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Necklace: a gift from my brother

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Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

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I have the ugliest feet ever. I used to wear sneakers all the time, cause I felt so conscious about it. But as I grew older, I’ve decided to embrace it with nice heels!!! My addiction to shoes became therapeutic for me.. haha #ExcusesOfAShoeAddict

Wedges: Charlotte Russe

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See you next month,

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

Frances’ Bridal Shower

03.03.13: Happy Sunday

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

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

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Hello, Charm City!

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Homemade slat scrub!! 🙂

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

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Irina, Frances and I 🙂

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

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

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Top and Heels: Forever21

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Some annoying self photos to show off my curls! 😛

No no noooooo, I am not ready for thissssssss

R <3 xx

VDAY: Her 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

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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

Random Thursday

There’s always something special in a day. Some people overlooks at the principle of beauty in life. If life turned sour for us, look at the beauty in it and make it something special. I am really excited about the coming week, it’s a testament of how God turned around things for me. I just want to live in the moment and thank Him all day for blessing me more and more and more each day. I took another big step a few days ago, and it made me define faith and hope in a bigger way.So yeah, life has been nothing but amazing for me 🙂

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Just some of the shows that puts my sanity into idle mode. Haha :))

(a) Grey’s Anatomy – is it too much to say that I do not ever ever want this show to end?

(b)Happy Endings – Just recently watched this show! I love how it keeps me smiling like HIMYM and Modern Family!! 🙂 And of course, how can I not fall in love with the 3 ladies in this show?

(c) The City – Beuatiful faces in a beautiful city. I am trying not to finish this show yet, just because I love watching how they fulfill their dreams…just like me 🙂

(d) Gossip Girl – I can’t believe that the story that I have been reading since I was in 2nd year highschool is now over!!!! I just had to post something about it cause it’s really heartbreaking!!!! 🙁

(e) The Carrie Diaries – Thank God I read the book, or I wouldn’t be as interested. Personally, I don’t like the person who plays Carrie.. eek

(f) Walking Dead – Need I say more? Can’t wait for Feb.10!

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Currently reading 🙂 Something to inspire me!

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Got my Pandora bracelet!! All I need now are charms!! :)))

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I rarely use pink lipstick, I just feel like it doesn’t look good on me BUT Revlon’s love that pink changed my notion about it! Yay 🙂

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Just showing off my long hair! Haha

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OOTD:

F21 from head to Toe

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Went to the mall with Ysan and Rizelle. Decided to go for a simple look cause it was such a chilly day! 🙂

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Finally wore the heels that I got for my birthday from my Dad! 🙂

Heels: Forever21

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Cardigan x Top: Forever21

Can’t wait for the weekend,

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: 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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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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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

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