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TheHolidays: The Season of Giving

12.24.2013: Old Stories for the New Year

Hey dolls!!! Happy New Year! 🙂 So I meant to work on this blog yesterday (January 1st here in the Philippines) but since family comes first, I had to delay this for a little bit. But hey! It’s still January 1st somewhere, right?:) Anyway, so after this I will take another breather and work on our “day-2-in-Palawan-diaries” (cause this blog is just out of the rhythm like that).

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I had an AMAZING first day of the year (told you my 2014 is going to be just as amazing as 2013!).

This status pretty much sums up my night, and I feel like it will be a better intro than me trying to find new words for a beautiful moment. I feel really blessed that I had the opportunity to listen to my Dad and his siblings’ childhood. All the stories were beautiful and moving that I find myself promising that I will do everything that I can to make each day for my family just as lovely as it is now. All my life I looked up to my Dad, but after last night, I feel like I can do so much more for him and give more. I feel like I am the luckiest daughter for having him as my Dad <3

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My Dad is the most generous person that I met, and Christmas here at home is not complete without seeing boxes and boxes and boxes of presents.

These are just 1/3 of the presents, and every year my Dad would giveaway these beautiful calendars straight from China.

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White Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

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Palawan Diaries: KINABUCH’S x OOTD

09.27.13: ….and that’s a wrap

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I can’t think of a better intro than this.

I am lost in translation. My head is seriously going to burst any minute now. and I wish….I wish people can be more respectful and selfless.

I have reached my boiling point, and you know how I hate to turn this blog into a drama-fest, BUT when you give your all and spend n days working on things THE LAST MINUTE, and make everything perfect, it sucks when someone makes you feel like you did not do enough. It sucks when the work that you’ve done is not being reciprocated well…especially when the only thing that you asked for is not even going to cost them a dime. I worked like a machine for days while being sick, and sacrificed time for my future. I think I have every right to lose my temper. I am physically and mentally exhausted, is it too much to ask for some ME time?

Anyway, before I suck the life out of this blog…here is my last entry for our first day in Palawan (yaaaay).I did it!!! So here’s a food x fashion post! A little bit of both 🙂

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Hola

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Kinilaw na Tanigue (Mackerel Ceviche)

 I love kinilaw/ceviche! I grew up eating kinilaw with my Dad. I know A would love this, and I am glad he did!!!! The fish was so fresh…yumms!

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I forgot the cocktail that we ordered..but I think it was weng-weng cause they can’t do sex-on-the-beach.

A had Jack and Coke. I remember him not really liking it.

The drinks were okay…I had better.

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Palawan Diaries: #CebuPacProblems

09.27.13: Cebu Pacific = “we guarantee you that your flight will be DELAYED” 

Hello, sweets! <3 I know we are all still on that CHRISTmas vibe! I am not going to write a separate post for it this time as I want to finish all of our first-day-in-Palawan entries before we kiss 2013 goodbye 🙂 I had an amazing Christmas this year, one of the best I must say! So I’ve decided to do another take on my “recent-for-recent-in-between-my-lazy-backlogs” again. I’ve had an amazing year, and I just do not want each memory to fade away just because I can’t devote enough time on this blog. Anyway, I wish you all had an amazing Christmas just like I did. AND remember Christmas is not about the presents that we get under our tree, it’s about the big guy up there 🙂

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Let me share with you the first part of our Palawan trip.

The girls and I have been wanting to go to the beach since..forever. A trip that doesn’t involve my driver driving us to some place 2 hours away from Manila. We need a SOLID beach trip. So months before A got here, we planned to go to Palawan,cause we feel like Boracay is too mainstream..especially when someone is visiting the Philippines! Pluuuus, my girls are too adventurous and Palawan has so much to offer.

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Kenji Tei

09.26.2013: Gelato = Reward

Hello dolls! 🙂 So it has been more than a week since I last update my page 🙁 I have been extremely busy…and I will be AGAIN starting tomorrow. My Mom and I just finished our Christmas Eve menu and I am excited! I am so excited to make my family happy with the food that I will be making for the Holidays! 🙂 In between my crazy kitchen sesh (orders here and there and family dinners) another blessing came my way after I heard mass with my family (for those who do not know, there is a tradition here in the Philippines called Simbang Gabi). The fastest answered prayer happened last night! We were so stressed out for the past few days and we have been praying hard for things to turn around, and it did!!! I don’t know how I can express it even more on this blog, but LIFE GETS TRULY AMAZING WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN HIM! The word “amazing” is an understatement even, with all the blessings that he has given me, I don’t think I can ever thank Him for…eternity! Last night is an epitome of miracle 🙂

Anyway, so I am totally backlogged with all the heaps that I want to post here (#uhh). This blog just turned another year older yesterday (yay!).I pondered about random stuff earlier (you know during my wee hours) and I can still say the same since I started this “riannagalvez.wordpress.com” thingy…I am not a blogger, and will never be. 🙂

Riannas Seafood Ramen

I don’t know why we ended up in Kenji Tei, but it was in my “okay slash s0-so” category. I’ve had better ramen, and I know there are far more better ramen places here in Manila. But,since we met up with his long time friend (who also visited the Philippines) we had to compromise with the place that we were going to.

Location wise, I really want us to be in Greenbelt that day. I love Greenbelt and I can recall all those times my family and I would be there every week (until traffic became to unbearable for us that we learned how to value proximity). But yeaaah, if only I can bring Greenbelt 50KM closer to us, I would be okay with that haha

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Anyway, going back to my ramen story… I’ve read a lot about good ramen places here in Manila, but most of them are not in Greenbelt. And such a shame cause we were such in a hurry to find out about a ramen place in Greenbelt that I just googled “ramen house greenbelt” and Kenji Tei came up!

It wasn’t disappointing, it’s just that I feel bad that the only ramen that he had here in Manila is not as good as the ones that we had in the US! 🙁

 

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His Curry Ramen

Just 2 of the things that he is crazy about… curry and ramen!

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This came in a very very big bowl (one of the good things about KT! Their servings are good enough for 2)

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Gomoku Shio Ramen

My Seafood Ramen

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“everything that I love in one bowl….seafood x veggies and a slice of pork”

This was really good, though I kind of wish that the broth is a bit thicker than this. I don’t know but, the broth was not too amazing for me 😐

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Extra toppings for my hungry man

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Fresh Dalandan Juice

I made him drink fresh juices that he won’t be able to drink in the US when he was here. Calamansi, Buko,and dalandan are his favorites 🙂

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Gyoza

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We went to Glorietta for a little while cause I had to check something for our Palawan trip.

He said the view from the bridge looks nice comparing to the streets that he saw in some areas outside Makati…so he took a photo of it haha

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..and since we had Asian food beofr eour Hong Kong trip…

I got rewarded again!!! Gelato fo me <3

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Coconut x Lime for A

Pistachio x Verones Chocolate for me!! 🙂

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The breakfast series:

 

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Since he really wanted to try Chowking… and cause he can’t have enough Asian food in a day.

breakfast delivery for A!

…all for him!

 

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Filipino delicacies!! YUMMS

Cause my Dad is so crazy about making him try everything that Filipinos love <3 haha

xx

R <3

Of Turning 23

11.29.2013, Friday

Hello, 23!

To all of you who remembered my special day, THANK YOU 🙂

I can’t put into words how I happy and grateful  I am to everyone who made sure that it will be nothing but perfect.

I am going to do my acknowledgements here cause a memorable day like this deserves a bigger page than a small box on Facebook 🙂

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My ultimate wish for my 23rd was…TIME.

I only wanted one thing for my birthday,and that is to spend time with my loved ones here.

Nothing big…nothing elaborate.

Cause the best part of my day was waking up and knowing that I have my family to spend the rest of the day with.

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And even if we were miles and miles away from each other,

 A was still able to make my birthday special..by just being the most awesome man one could ever have 🙂

The video call with everyone greeting me..the letter..and the TIME.

It all paid up for his presence during my day

…and I know someday soon,I will be able to celebrate my birthday with him and my family.

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Today, I am officially 23.

I can’t believe how time flew by. I have learned and experienced so much when I was 22. I made each day count and as I look back to my 22nd year, I am very satisfied with the lady that I became of since that Hello Kitty party! 🙂

I am so grateful to all the people that I have in my life now. And I will make sure that I will never let a day go by without telling my loved ones how much they meant to me.

I couldn’t be any happier about my future, it is looking so bright that everyday I am just getting more and more excited to do things.

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(shameless birthday selfie haha)

I wouldn’t have my birthday any other way. I got everything that I wanted, everything that I could possibly ask for. It was perfect.

To everyone who greeted me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and who took an effort in sending me a private message..THANK YOU 🙂 Each wall post, comment or message made me smile.

To my friends, who gave me an awesome Saturday night.THANK YOU! For supporting my introvert”ism” (#HAHA) — me not wanting to be with a crowd and my love for intimate dinners! It was yet another perfect night that ended into a “memorable” sleepover.

To my loved ones in MD, who made me smile on the first hour of my birthday, and made me feel that I am loved. THANK YOU 🙂

To my love, who did everything just to see me happy. THANK YOU 🙂 You are my purple balloon <3

To my family who made sure that I will feel loved and special, THANK YOU. I was the happiest daughter and sister this past November 29 <3

I will rock 23.

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KEEP CALM CAUSE I AM 23

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R

Melbourne Prime: Test Kitchen

Cause life couldn’t be better <3

Hi dolls! 🙂 So remember the girl who almost talked about the darkness of life? She’s gone…and let’s hope that she’s not going to be back until (never).

Disclaimer: this is a series of the beauty of life.

Just like most of my posts, I will yet again, talk about LIFE. A few weeks ago, I’ve been wallowing in complexity, We all have those moments in life, wherein we feel like we are stuck inside a hole that we can’t seem to find a way out of. That the moment you realize that you are your own enemy, it makes you feel more trapped. Have you heard of the phrase “God can turn mistakes into miracles”? Well it’s true..and it has been proven to me for a billion times already, just like today.

I’ve been feeling restless for the past few days, and I all I wanted to do earlier was to hit that 8 hour mark of sleep. But, there are things that I am willing to sacrifice my sleep for, and that is….that piece of paper that we got in the mail today. I still can’t believe that we are step closer, which is ironic cause all this time all that we have been doing is to BELIEVE in the power of His love for us. We stood by our faith and we got rewarded by an amazing early birthday present.

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I know I do not post that much about what I do,but here’s a glimpse of me…doing what I am passionate about.

The second thing that I am celebrating today, is the gratification of being appreciated. I will never ever forget that time I prayed to Him and said “I want to be great at something”. And though I know I have so much to learn (and I am so excited about it), I am deeply overwhelmed with the people who notices my talent, those who appreciates the things that I can do…and those who believes in me.

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Anyway, before I turn this blog into a reflection paper, let’s move on to….FOOD.

He are some of the things that we did at work. I work at a company that imports meat from Australia, so as much as we want to try all of the recipes that we have on hand, we had to focus on the main star — the meat.

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Cause I enjoy trussing beef. I hope that one day, when my Chef from our Butchery class sees this she will be proud….hahahaha

But yeaaaap, it may seem unlikely but trussing beef is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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I am back in the land where “parsley” is the favorite garnish.

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Tried two recipes for our meatloaf test day…

 

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We thank Paula Deen for making our day easy.

 

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Rochelle’s take on Crispy Tapa

 

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My Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Will fly again soon,

R<3 xx

Tea, Wine..and some Greek.

08.13.13: Secret and lies

I am not the most sociable person. I get mistaken as a snob most of the time,and I can only blame it to the only thing that makes me shake when I meet new people…my extreme shyness. I do not know where this is heading, all I know is my heart is at this stable happy stage. I might have given away some hints ever since it happened. My anxiety has risen up to level 100 to the point that any minute now I can just tell the next person to me the…SECRET.

There are only a few people on my list that I want to hangout with over and over again. I may not be a picky eater, but I am very particular with the people that I hangout with. I have experienced the worst when it comes to people,and as years went by I have learned how to be cautious. It’s beyond disappointing when someone disrespects your existence, when they do hurtful things just to get their way. I am the kind of person that can forgive the biggest “butt” in the world. But lying…lying is just way off my league. I don’t know, once you lie to me I feel like everything that you do is just a big effin’ joke. I have heard lies that can make you flip, lies that made me laugh and say “seriously”…and there are lies that ruined my relationship, or friendship for that matter with someone. I don’t know where I am getting at this, but all I know is, it is heartbreaking (and yes let’s face it annoying) to know that someone out there is so convinced to make each waking day horrible for someone.

Anyway, despite of all that, I am blessed that I have a girl friend that I can relate to. Who I can hangout with in places that has no traces of jejemons (my annoyance to jejemons just skyrocketed when I got back, and I have been very vocal about since then lol). I only open up to a few people,and Alyza is definitely one of the few.

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My first TWG experience was in Singapore. If you would go back to my SG posts, you would notice that I always take a quick trip to TWG for their macarons,every day that we were in Singapore.

It was a bit of a shock when I found out that TWG is coming here in Manila. I never thought of Filipinos having afternoon tea like English people.

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Wine x Tea

I am fortunate that my love introduced me to the joys of having afternoon tea. I was too caught up with my addiction to milk tea that I overlooked the best thing.

Simpler is better…definitely.

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Choosing a tea is not easy when you have more or less 400 choices in front of you. If it’s your first time in TWG, it is advisable to consult the “tea book” before you place an order.

I decided to try their Sweet Jade Tea for the first time, a recommendation from our server.

There are times that I would doubt a server’s suggestion, cause I feel like they are just up-selling the product or something, but boy…. I am so glad I trusted the server that day cause sweet jade tea is now a new favorite of mine…next to Matcha of course! 😛

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I was so close to getting Matcha as my tea, but I can’t let the boring part of me win.

So to satisfy my Matcha addiction,I decided to have my tea with a Matcha macaron. 🙂

Honestly, it’s nothing like I expected it to be. I thought the texture would be as heavenly like the ones I had in SG, but it wasn’t.

Nonetheless it was still good and I can definitely say that I had my “Matcha Fix”

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And since I miss my favorite Greek, I always welcome any opportunity that can make me feel like we are not really far away from each other.

P.S. And because I really really love Mediterranean food! 🙂

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..and because I need to learn how not to make “the face” every time I drink anything with alcohol haha

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My faovrite!!! Chicken Gyro!!! <3 

The tabbouleh was so good I can eat a full plate of it *no kidding*

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I had to order more grilled tomatoes cause nothing is better than having my gyro with grilled veggies…smothered with tzatziki of course! 🙂

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It will all happen,

R <3 xx

Other Side

April 2013

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

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

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

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

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…and I love it when he cooks pasta <3

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

 

 

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

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Last bible study in MD for 2013.

Shutdown is over,

R <3 xx

Atlantic City: Wanderers

04.08.13: I LOVE THEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grilled Clams. Simple yet sooooo good!

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Tomato-Basil Pasta for two.

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

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

“Thy will be done”,

R <3 xx

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

Fast Car

June 2013: “Is it fast enough so we can fly away?” 

If I can blog like how time flies, this account would be updated like it’s Twitter. But thinking about it, I can’t even update my Twitter account regularly, often times I forget that I have one! #SMH Haha. Anywaaaaay, I know I always blab about time, and how each month seems like it’s only a day in my book. Being excited about a lot of things really helps,especially now that time has been the number one reason of my sadness. So life has been nothing but wonderful lately,despite of the rain and annoying internet service that we get here at home. I am officially a busy girl now. With how fast this process is going, I know that anytime soon I will be too caught up with my “future” next year. But with all the craziness that I have to deal with, I always see to it that I have enough time for my full time job, as a daughter and a sister. I am lucky cause my job (like the real thing haha) is not too demanding.

So here;s another rundown of my lovely June 2013.

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Sundays are usually spent with family. And if I’m lucky, I get to spend it with this cutie! 🙂

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IPL day is Sissy day!!!! 🙂

I am very particular when it comes to my armpit, and I swear…once you go IPL youcan never go back! haha:P

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Dinner in Momo, one of her favorite restaurants. My Sister is a certified picky eater, and it is such a pain in the butt-erfly. Going out with her means “limited restaurant choices” so yeaaaaap. Thank God for Momo!

I had a bowl of sqush soup,that tasted like bolognese sauce. And Caesar Salad that needed more of everything, considering the price. I just can’t understand how stingy some restaurants can be when it comes to salad. I mean like, seriously, there is no cooking involved and you are going to price it like an entree? C’mon Manila! :))))

Anyway, my sister enjoyed her beef tapa, but I bet she wished she was having her usual meal — Southern Style Fried Chicken. what really made me smile was the free choc-nut. It really made me feel that I was home. 🙂

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Going to Eastwood on a weekend is a treat! I love looking at the nice booths lined up inside the mall!

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Ube and Pistachio Macarons!!!!!

I dieeeeed. I love Macarons and if I can have this everyday I WOULD!!!!

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Stopped by the new cupcake shop and bought some yummy oreo cheescake cookies!!! SO GOOOOOD!!!!!

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So obviously my passion revolves around food…. eating them, and making them 🙂

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Dinner in Mary Grace with my girlfriends.

Yes kids, I like having  salad for dinner. Not only because I like to watch what I eat, but because I love anything healthy!! There’s something about salad that makes me really really satisfied when I eat. I love Mary Grace’s mushroom “pate” , but unfortunately the first one that they served us had hair in it 🙁 What make it more gross is that, I was already halfway done with it when we saw it!! Eek

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Malunggay Pandesal

This is sooooo good! Especially when freshly baked, and lucky for us,fellow Filipinos, they really serve this fresh from the oven!!! mmmm

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One of my favorite Filipino snacks, Piaya!!!! I find myself buying one every time I pick up my brothers from their Uni. I love anything with Ube!!!!!!

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Italian food for lunch at work 🙂

….cause I miss my half Greek half Italian <3

counting the “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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 months today,

R <3 xx

Oh, Manila

April May 2013: A roundup of randomness 

I know… I KNOW, I haven’t been fair to this blog, especially to you readers. I have failed to deliver and make this page as exciting as it was. But despite of my absence, I am really grateful of everyone who has been visiting my blog. My daily stats never went down to zero and I have gained a few dolls on my followers list. So thaaaaank you everyone! <3 🙂

Anyway, I have been contemplating about life deeply for the past few days. The girls and I spent a lovely sleepover this past weekend and it has opened my heart into expressing the thoughts and feelings that I have kept inside, towards my life here in Manila.

It is disappointing to feel like a tourist when I step out of our home. To choose to be on the other side of the world than to be here. I have been very bold when it comes to my family and how they affect my choices in life. But one thing that gets into me is how the people that doesn’t know anything can say so much just for the sake of…speaking. It disturbs me how someone can just make my life his/her business, when they haven’t done anything but to be a professional stalker. My life was an open book before, it’s like a portfolio for some, just waiting to be turned and exposed. God knows how devastated I was and how I struggled just to be who I am now… happy, contented, blessed, loved, and existing.

Existing, yes. I remember when I was still in college, our Logic Professor talked about “life”, he mentioned that “to live is to exist”, and that thought is stuck on my head ever sinceHe said, you make yourself exist by living, by doing things that will make you live, and by doing things,that’s when you exist. A few years after, I realized that I should try to exist and live to have my own identity in this world. So I prayed and told Him, I want to feel good about myself,and be great at something. It took me 2 years to be blessed with such…and I am telling you, it was worth the wait.

So yeah, it still breaks my heart every time I think about my decisions in life. But see, God blessed me with something big and we all know how sacrifices work in our lives. Nothing great comes easy. It’s sad that the thing that made me feel great is at the other side of the world. In just a span of 1 year, I was able to learn a lot and hear the most motivating and flattering compliments from people who are highly-skilled, Top Chefs if I must say. I never thought that I can be that person, and it’s such a shame how I didn’t feel the same appreciation when I got back (aside from my family). Anyway, in a few months I will do what I love the most again and feel great. And be able to make my family proud (again and again and again) and be mum about it (again). “Let them wonder why you’re smiling” , as they say.

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This welcomed me earlier 🙁 I can’t believe that the browser that I have been using for the past 2 years (I think) is retiring!!! I spent almost half an hour transferring my bookmarks and jotting down my saved passwords. #hassle

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WEEK 1: Finally

 

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First official week highlight: A trip to the salon.

It has been 15 months since I last had my hair cut and treated. I had the driest hair in Manila!! I felt guilty after seeing almost 4 inches of hair on the floor 🙁 All for the love of…beauty! Haha 🙂

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Week 2 highlight: T Love

Met up with my college friends, Caloy and LA! <3 🙂

I forgot small servings here in Manila are…and how overpriced they are in unworthy restaurants! I don’t even know how to start with the VERY VERY VERY small shrimp that was served in my brother’s Alfredo pasta 🙁

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Week 3: Vanity and Family

Was craving pizza so I asked my family if we can go to Uncle Cheffy’s for some yummy panizza! <3 Sooooooo goood!

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Week 4: CC is for Chubby Cheeks!

My second Chanel lippy! Happiness! <3 🙂

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Week5:  Piggies

Fattening dinner in Sambokojin. We’ve been going to buffets like crazy lately and my bodyis not entirely happy about it. My baby brother is not a baby anymore, look how big he is! He makes me loook like a midget! 😛

74 days,

R <3 xx

Mother’s Day ’13

05.13.13 – Happy Mother’s Day It has been 2 years since I last celebrated Mother’s day with my family. Though  life has been nothing but amazing, sometimes it’s hard not to wallow into my own sadness and say “why do I have to miss those moments”. The perplexity of what I am feeling right now is just too much that even I couldn’t seem to fathom WHY I am feeling this way when I am supposed to be….happy. Not that I am sad or anything, it’s just that it’s one of those moments where in I am too overwhelmed that my entire sanity just decides to shut off.. or maybe it’s just the excruciating pain that I am feeling because of my “wisdom tooth”.. Oh wisdom, if only I didn’t like that word enough I wouldn’t care this much about the future, but I DO. And I love that I want procure as much wisdom that I can get in this lifetime. So how can I start blabbing about my tooth and lead it into life? Easy…my insanity has taken over me and all I know is, there’s one thing that I want now and it’s to be beside the only person that can keep me sane. IMG_6408

Since Monday was a national holiday because of the election, we’ve decided to celebrate on that day instead. Away from the busyness of what Sunday could’ve brought us.

Downside: Various restaurants were closed, including the restaurant that took our reservation and failed to inform us that they are going to be closed. BUMMER.

Anyway, we started our day by going to our local precinct to vote. I am a 2nd time voter and every time I get out of the room with that ink on my finger, it doesn’t fail to make me feel responsible. Ha ha :)) Unfortunately, most of the Senators that I voted for didn’t make it…. And trust me, I am just as disappointed as the people who has been expressing their dismay about the results but there’s nothing much that we can do but to hope for the best and pray for those who made it to the Senate…

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Spent the day in The Fort roaming around and eating whatnots with the fambam 🙂

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Then headed to Podium for dinner!

Ang Mo Kio is a Singapore hawker style restaurant. Unfortunately for us, they were in the middle of menu change so most of their items were not available.. #boo

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First dinner out since I got back and it felt kind of weird since I wasn’t really in the mood to binge. So I was only able to take a few food shots…2 photos to be exact. #smh

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Hong Kong style fried noodle with seafood 

Soooooo yummy and flavorful!!!

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Haianese Chicken

Our favorite!!! so perfect with ginger!! <3

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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the only reason why we decided to have dinner in Podium… Borough! 

Decided to treat the fambam in the best place to get freshly baked chewy cookies!!!! They’re sooooo good I feel like I’m in heaaaaven!

I doubled it up for my siblings! So we got 24 pieces of awesome goodness!! <3

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Butter Bread Pudding for the jejekid! #fatty

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OOTD:

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Skirt: Topshop

Wedges: Forever21

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Philly post coming up!

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

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

Forever21plus1: Material Girl meets the Stalking Horse

The Word Too Much is an Understatement

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

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

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

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Birthday Surprise from Mi Familia!! <3

22 presents from Manila! <3 🙂

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

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

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

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

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Loooovely shoes from my Dad!! <3

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Cutesy stuff from my brothers!! <3 🙂

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

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Presents from the Chorvs!! <3

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Tory Burch, baby!! <3 🙂

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

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Miyabi knife!! Yaaay <3

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

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Christmas ornaments from the Stavrides’

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Pretty coat from the Stavrides’ again! 🙂

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Night out with the girls! 🙂

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

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Charm Lovin’

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

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OOTD

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Top: H&M

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

Tights: H&M

Heels: DAS

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Jacket: H&M

See you soon blog world,

R <3 xx

Forever21plus1: Hello, Kitty!

11.26.12: First of First

Hello World! I am 22 years and 9 days old today. A lot of people has asked me if I feel old or different. One, I do not feel old. I do not know why but there’s something about embracing another year of celebrating life is something that gives me excitement. It does feel weird though every time I say “22” when someone asks for my age. Second, things has been very different for the past 9 months. Would you believe, I forgot about my 9th month a few days ago until today. #SMH

This week has been nothing but crazy busy. Christmas Shopping x Work has made me eager to just go away for a while and live life to the fullest for a couple of days. #sigh

Anywaysy, thank God for my week long birthday celebration. It has totally eased my mind off from all the stress and weirdness around me.
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Pink x Hello Kitty birthday celebration with the girls! 😀

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Pink M&Ms for everyone!

Shameful photo because of the lighting! 🙁

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Had Filipino food cause I know they miss it so much!! 🙂

Lumpiang Shanghai, Turon, Menud, Chicken Adobo

So glad to see everyone happy in the dining room! 🙂

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Especially Charm! Lol 😛

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Alyza made leche flan! yaaaay 🙂 Thanks girly!! :*

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Hello Kitty cupcake tower #happiness

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Cupcakes baked by Mrs. Stavrides <3 🙂

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So pretty with the candles 🙂

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#PinkLoving

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Presents from the girls #yay
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One thing that I learned that night #ISuckAtBeerPong HAHA!
Pink cups for our girly beer pong!
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The girls, wobbling! Lol 😛
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Yaaaay! 🙂
No photos of Ardel, Jhade, Alyza and Ysan’s presents 😐 #Boo
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#FirstBirthdayCelebrationLovin’
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My outfit screamed Hello Kitty and Pink! Just too perfect for my simple birthday celebration! 🙂
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Fell in love with the back detail of course! 🙂
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Top: Forever21
Heels: Shoedazzle
More me-time please?
R <3 xx

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