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Archive for the ‘LOVE in MNL’ Category

Almost..I do.

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 Aaaah finally!!! I am sorry for being MIA for a week. Being in Manila means dealing with poor service. For the past 2 weeks A and I have had our fair share of annoying stories about being taken advantage of government officials/ traffic enforcers and having no internet for a week (just because PLDT decided to do maintenance i the area FOR A WEEK!). So it has been a busy 2 weeks, I’ve always dreamed of being a hands on bride, but gaaah I never thought it would be this challenging (not that I am complaining). I am kind of getting frustrated about not documenting most of the things that has been happening since I’ve been home. I don’t know why but maybe it’s the fact that I have been so worried about being so bloated/swollen because of the sudden change of weather (from 18 degrees to 97!). My ring finger is having an allergic reaction to the hot weather that I am so afraid my rings won’t fit next week! #StoryOfMyLife. Nonetheless, I feel like we are pretty much ready to say I do…suppliers are picked out and all I need is for my guests to RSVP! Haha So as I mentioned above, I failed to document everything, so let me share some throwbacks for you that shows how my life has been like for the past 2 weeks. DSC_0898A

Greek Easter: Greek Easter was this past Sunday. We missed it this year and aaah I was dreaming about Greek food all day!

Thinking about Greek Easter reminded me of the Greek Festival last year.

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it was a Friday and luckily both A and I got the night off. So we invited this little egg tart to join us

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Manila Diaries: XLB and Noodles

September 2014: Hello again, Manila!

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 Aaaah, Manila! It’s almost a week since we’ve been home and about 2 weeks left until our big day! If there’s a chance for me to stop or slow down time, now would be the perfect time to do so. A and I have been taking afternoon naps because of jet lag, not that it is important, but it’s something that we have not done before! RELAX and not worry about work the next day. Although I must admit, my decision is kind of making me nervous about the first 3 months of my return to Baltimore. Ugggh. Why do I have to overthink everything?

Manila means food tripping everyday for A and I. Whether it be home or somewhere A would get stared at haha. I am only have a few posts left from our trip here in Manila last year, and I hope I could finish all of it before I say I do.

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Before A and I would go on a trip, we would make a list of ALL the things/places that we want to do/go to.

Being a person who makes lists on almost everything, this has been really effective for us. The deal is to go out for lunch and check one thing off our list, then come home for dinner with family. Easy.

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One of the places that A wanted to go to last year was Lugang Cafe.

It’s a restaurant by Bellagio Group based out of Shanghai and Beijing. Lugang Cafe specializes in authentic Chinese cuisine.  (more…)

Sirius Espresso

09.12.14: Great food makes a trip

Hello,dolls!!! Happy hump day 😉 Aaah I can’t believe we only have less than 3 weeks left until we officially start our wedding journey. 2 Mondays left to accomplish everything that we need to do before our departure…oh the excitement of knowing that I will have a month filled with adventures and LOVE!!! <3

Looking at photos from our trip in Asia 6 months ago pumps me up more. I can’t wait to be with my family again and eat delicious food with A!!! One of our food adventures in Manila last year, and definitely one of my favorites is our trip to Bulacan to finally try my friend Karen’s baby… Sirius Espresso.

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I am always happy to see my friends become successful. As soon as I found out that Karen opened a cafe, I wanted to hop on the next flight back home and try all the delicious things that she is whipping up.

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I do not mind driving all the way to Bulacan just to try her food! Anyway, Bulacan is not that far from us. It only took us less than minutes to get to her restaurant without traffic…awesome! (more…)

Hello, Bangkok!

BANGKOK DIARIES

09.05.2014: S̄wạs̄dī

Hello, dolls!!!! 🙂 I am very very excited to share with you our trip to Thailand. I can’t believe that it has been 5 months already…and boy do I miss it! Last year, A and I were introduced to “family trips”. After our trip to Bangkok, I don’t think I can no longer say “my family and I with A” because A is now part of the family,and vice versa. Whether it be it with our family in the Philippines, or here in the US, we are all considered as one family now. So anyway, I am very happy that I am now sharing my first Bangkok post 🙂

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To be in another country with A and our family is probably one of the best blessings that I received last year

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One of the best trips ever!!! Especially because it was for the best Dad who turned 50 last year! 🙂

We had an early flight to Bangkok. Getting 8 people to wake up early and be ready before 7Am is not easy. So after dressing up, we went straight to the airport.

No breakfast for us!!! Everyone was excited and in a hurry because we did not want to miss our flight. We were so ready to have our first meal of the day after checking in our luggage. (more…)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello, sweets! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day <3 What a cold snowy Valentine’s day it is! It’s so funny whenever people asked me what I am doing for Valentine’s day and I would abruptly say “work” and “I don’t do Valentine’s…it’s a Dad thing for me”. Then I go on and on how my Dad never fails to buy flowers for me, most of the time with balloons, and a cute Vday card. He still does that even when I am far from home. This year, it kind of made me wonder if “Valentine’s is really not my thing”. I mean I have A now….but it feels weird you know? Because I know A and I will be working all day on Valentine’s day for the next (n) years so it never really occurred to me that my Vday is going to be extraordinary. If anything, I am just glad that I have someone to come home to and call my Valentine.

A gave Valentine’s a new meaning for me. Although we don’t get to do anything special on the day itself, we see to it that we spend time together before or after the day of hearts to celebrate our love for each other. And let’s face it, it’s also a reason for us to eat out 😉 

So let me share with you some of the 3 things that made me change my mind and think about Valentine’s as a romantic day for lovers.

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1. It can be anything

A and I received a lot of presents last year. We gave each other significant gifts that can remind us of every special occasion from last year. We also have our wedding coming up in less than 3 months. Meaning, more surprises for the two of us. So for Valentine’s this year, I thought….why not keep it simple? We decided on making it fun by doing a theme, and it revolved around a book that we want to give each other (we have a never-ending list of books that we want to get so yeaaap). I find it really amusing to find things that will match the book that I got him. Instead of giving each other one big gift, we received small trinkets.

I am not a big fan of flowers (geeez how many times do I have to say this? lol) so flowers are out of the question. A week ago I already told A to not give me balloons because I’ve had enough balloons to make me happy until the end of the year from my 24th birthday and bridal shower. I guess, my point is…..it can be anything, or it could be nothing cause the best present of all is having someone to spend Valentine’s with.

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2. Valentine Date

Let’s face it, one of the joys of having a boyfriend/fiance/husband for Valentine’s day is the fact that I know I won’t be joining the “I am single for Valentine’s slash I wish I have a boyfriend” FB status club. I know in the end, whether we give each other presents or not, or if we go out or stay in, I’ll have A.

But A showed me that he is more than just a date. I am not the most romantic showy person ever! And most of the time I feel guilty for not being affectionate more. Anyway, A is more than just a date because he does not make me look forward to Valentine’s, he makes me excited about the things that are yet to happen after that. He is the perfect Valentine every day. (more…)

Daddy’s 50th

 

09.03.2014: Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Hello, dolls!! Happy almost weekend 😉 7 weeks — that’s what I have been telling myself all day. I need redemption, I need something that will make me feel stronger to where I am at now…something that will deviate the thought of change. As much as I want for time to freeze, I can’t wait to be home and get married to the love of my life!!! During the last week of January, I had this feeling that February is going to be a scary month to deal with – big opportunities and decisions are in order and sometimes I wish “yes” is not a factor for my family and I to be together.

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The main reason why I went home in September last year was my Dad’s birthday. I’ve missed missed a good number of special moments with my family already, but I can’t go on life knowing that I missed my Dad’s birthday, so I did everything to make it happen.

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We went to Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza for Daddy’s birthday. It was the perfect place to celebrate is birthday, and give A the freedom to eat whatever wants. haha

His first stop? The Asian station.

Spiral is huge! I wish I was able to take more photos but A, jejekid,and I had a game plan — and that is to try everything!

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Manila Eats: September 2014

09.02.14: Anghelica’s, Borough, Black Chicken, and Mama’s Hainanese Chicken

Hello, dolls! Happy snowy Monday 😉 I can’t believe that my “weekend” is almost over again…and that in 8 and half weeks I will be home again!!! I don’t think I can hide the fact that I am pretty scared about February coming so soon. I feel like I still have tons to do… for the wedding, our life after the wedding, my sister’s future, my family taking a big step for togetherness..and you know? THE WEDDING! The past weekend was nothing but a riot and aaaah…I am just happy to finally let my thoughts out and clear my mind…even for just a little while 🙂

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When I think of home, one of the things that come to mind is Anghelica’s.

Chef Anne’s brainchild. (which makes me realize! I need to place my orders soon!)

DSC_0348AWhen A and I came home in September, I told Chef Anne I want to try all of her new creations. Having her ube leche flan cake with the family is one of the reasons why I would always come home.

Anghelica’s promote desserts with Filipino favorite ingredients and flavors or as she puts it — Anghelica’s is a tribute to Philippine sweets.

The ube leche flan cake is the killer, but there is so much more in Anghelica’s that you have to try. (more…)

Nomama Artisnal Ramen

09.01.14: My Asian Guy

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 Happy Monday!! The past week was very rewarding and blessed for the Filipinos due to the Papal Visit. Hearing stories from my family who went to see him 4 days in a row just gave me so much happiness. I feel like it was a very fruitful 4 days and I wish I could have went with them. It’s been 4 months since I’ve been home and I miss it terribly. Lucky for me, I have this blog and a gazillion photos to share so I get to reminisce about moments during my homecoming and feel like it wasn’t very long ago.

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I was very happy to welcome September 2014 in Manila. Apart from the happiness that I was feeling for being home, A arrived at 3AM in the morning, making September 1st one of the best day last year.

So what do we on A’s first day back in the Philippines? Try to fight jet lag until 7AM, take a nap, then leave for lunch. Probably not the most ideal time frame but it worked for us a couple of times. haha

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So what did we do to make a feel at home in the Philippines??5 letters—- RAMEN!

We went to Nomama Artisnal Ramen because I am on a mission…and that is to take A to all of the great ramen places in the Philippines. I did not want to exhaust A so I’ve decided to go somewhere close to us. Nomama, which is 15 minutes away from us, came to mind so we went there.

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Home Run for The New Year

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DOLLS!!! 🙂 I know I promised that I will post an entry yesterday, but aaah the last day of 2014 was a crazy roller coaster ride that ended with so much excitement! Anyway, looking back I realized that posting an entry on the first day of the year is probably a good way to start a progressive blogging year 😉 Only 3 months until I get to be in the arms of my family again,and aaaah I can’t wait! So today, as my first blog of the year, I will look back to my memorable trip back home.

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I don’t think I can ever get used to not being with my family, especially during the holidays. A lot of people tell me that it seems like I have adjusted to my new life here already. but honestly, I still yearn for my family’s presence…every waking day.

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I left a week before A. We all know how hard it could be to ask time off from work. I am blessed that I work with people who understands my situation so they allowed me to get a month off.

It was a bittersweet departure for me. It’s always hard to leave Baltimore alone.. (more…)

Best Sunday of the Year

09.14.14: Only beautiful memories

Psalm 30:5  “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”. When I was a kid I used to think that once I am in my 20s I would be strong enough to handle losing a loved one. I was so scared to experience loss that I even said “just let me be 20 first before it happens”. Who was I kidding? I don’t think anyone can be strong enough to lose someone. It’s the worst kind of pain. For the past few days, I’ve mustered up the “art of drifting away”. I drift away from the sad side of my situation now and shift to the brighter side of life —- I move on every time pain pulls me back.It’s hard…. It’s hard to be away from my family during this time. All I can think about is how I wish I stayed longer, or I was ever a good granddaughter, did I ever tell him he is one of the reasons why I love to cook?

This is the most recent that I can get…as of now.

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Our last Sunday back in MNL —- the best Sunday of the year.

We took Lolo and my family to M Cafe for Sunday brunch. I do not want this to be a doleful entry, and I want to remember Lolo with only happy memories and what better way to do it but to talk about food.

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EDSA Shangri-La, Manila: HEAT

10.13.13: Sunday’s Best

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 I only have 10 minutes to finish this blog (good luck to me) so this is not going to be long. Today is Friday, and it’s a thing for our family to go to Quiapo church after dinner. I just made something delish that the piggies enjoyed and I want to be more productive so I am going to post this entry before we leave!! Haha

#Throwback: Since my departure is getting closer and closer by the minute, I can’t help but be excited of all the awesome adventures that A and I are going to have. Our first year together has been nothing but ah-mah-zing and we plan to keep it that way 🙂 Here are a couple of trips that really made my 2012/2013 extra awesome! 🙂

Hershey Park – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/hershey-park-2012/

Georgetown Cupcakes – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/georgetown-cupcake-2/

Cause tomorrow I am hosting a Japanese Night –http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/rianna-dreams-of-sushi-3/

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For A’s last day Sunday in Manila, we went to EDSA Shangri-la’s HEAT.

We were supposed to go to Spiral, but they were full that night 😐 I knew I should’ve called days before!

I tried my best to take photos of each station, but A and I were too busy devising our “buffet plan”. It really helps to have a food buddy cause I get to taste everything that I want and share the calories with someone! :))

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The Lobby at Peninsula Manila: Afternoon Tea

10.12.2013: His Princess

Hello dolls!! 🙂 February just started and I can already feel that it will bring me nothing but happiness everyday.This entry couldn’t be more timely cause I just hosted an afternoon tea party for my favorite girls yesterday. I really want talk about how lovely and successful the tea party was, but I need to be diligent to this blog,and the wonderful photos I have on my desktop waiting to be shared,so I will just share this one first.

BUUUUT before I do so, let me give you a little #throwback again.Don’t worry guys, this will be over before you even know it. My love for throwback will come to an end soon….hopefully.

Anyway, since I am going to talk about a delightful dining experience,  let me share with you some of my favorite casual food adventures here in Manila.

Van Gogh is Biploar – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/para-kay-jetro/

Jupiter, Makati – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/jupiter-and-everything-in-between/

Relik – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/relik/

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Every girl wants to be treated like a Princess. Lucky for me, I have the 2 most amazing men in my life who never fails to make me feel like one, everyday. A has been nothing but a gentleman to me since the first time we met. I know it sounds really cheesy but he really is, you know?A tall, handsome, and amazing gentleman!

I never thought that one day, I would look and feel like a princess on a date. Don’t judge me but, ever since A came into my life, all I can think about the previous dates that I’ve had are…crappy. Especially to the ex who brought me to a food court almost every Saturday. Like c’mon dude, my Dad feeds me delicious food everyday! I would rather be home.

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And the countdown begins

10.10.13 First Rooftop Party

Hello, sweets!! 🙂 It is Saturday and I am….home. Before I got back I promised myself that I will try to stay home every weekend and spend time with my family. I only have 4 weekends left here and I want them to feel my presence at all times! I could’ve been cooking now, but for some reason, I am going to hold back to it until tomorrow. Yikes!

I am going to share with you our first “rooftop party at home”. I’ve always wanted to have a rooftop party since…ever! But it wasn’t possible until this past October 2013. I am lucky that I have a very hardworking Dad who only gives us the extreme best in life.

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One of A’s birthday celebrations here in MNL is this dinner that we had with my favorite girls.

The weather was very unkind to us so not everyone was able to come. And the “rooftop” scenario was not something anyone would hope for.

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TWG: Her Outfit

Little Miss Tea Lover <3

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 It’s been a while since my last outfit entry.On account of me being here, I still have my very reliable sister to take my photos, so we are going to abuse the 30 days that I have left and take as many photos that we can lol. I’ve noticed that I’ve been pretty lazy on doing so, you know… standing in front of the camera and hope that something magical happens so I will look nice in photos (haaaa). But really, I am just too shy to pose when I know someone is looking at me! But as what most people tell me, “don’t put your outfit to waste”. 

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Hopefully, in the next couple months I will be able to post more outfit shots. And publish shameless style related posts.

You know…cause I like to share haha

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TWG (again and again)

10.08.13: Tea-b-Tea

Hello, dolls! 🙂 It’s #tbt time, the time when the universe makes it acceptable for me to post entries that are 3 months overdue. This week, I feel like I have time on my hands. Though, I must admit, it is not how I want it to be. My face is still swollen and I am saving Manila from seeing another jeje-face so I am locking myself up in this room until my face gets visibly better. (#MaarteGirlProblems).

I am milk “tea” lover, I love it so much that during my first 13 months in the US, I would die every time A would get me a milk tea (or should I say 2 large taro milk teas!). I never appreciated drinking hot tea alone, until we had afternoon tea with his Mom. For the past years, I would always try to add sugar, honey, or milk on mine. Up to the point that it loses its original flavor already (yikes). So yeah, that afternoon made me fall in love with tea all over again.

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A introduced me to afternoon/high tea, and I introduced him to…. TWG <3

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Red Onion Cafe

10.08.13: Forever21 x 21 on 21 <3

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 So the past 24 hours has been cuuuuhrazy! I had my right wisdom tooth extracted yesterday and I look like Jollibee again. It was,as expected, successful. Just like my previous molar extraction,I was in the loving hands of my Aunts again. I am going to stop myself now and just give my second oral surgery its own shining moment just like the first one 🙂

Anyway, A and I are celebrating our 21st month together. I think this is the first time that I really said it “out loud” on this blog. So yeah, I think sharing another snippet from his 3 week vacay here in the Philippines is just perfect for today 🙂

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Red Onion Cafe with PPG

Another heavenly delight for my favorite fake-Asian <3

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Our Kitchen Diaries

October 2013

Hello ,dolls!!! 🙂 I am back with another blog post about A’s 3 week vacation here in the Philippines 🙂 I am going to skip to our “pre and post Hong Kong trip”…just because. But really, I just want to work on that when I have a clearer view about things. Like no travel jitters about next month– just me, my piece of mind and the happiness that we felt during our 6 days in Hong Kong. So before I get to that sappy lane of being lonely and excited about my departure for the US next month, I will stop myself now and proceed to the photos below 🙂

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Before we left for Hong Kong, A and I decided to cook dinner for my family.

Since we just got back from Palawan the day before, we promised my parents that we will only go out to buy ingredients for our…BURGER NIGHT!!! 🙂

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PalawanDiaries: See you again, PLWN!

09.29.2013: on to the next adventure

Happy Sunday, dolls!! 🙂 This is going to be my last post about our Palawan vacation (yaaaaay). So I feel a little different today, and I thought of not being too “personal” with this post. I gotta leave more for myself, you know 🙂

Before I move on, here re a couple of links related to this post that you might want to check if you haven’t yet. 🙂

Day 1

1.#CebuPacProblems – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/palawan-diaries-cebupacproblems/

  1. The Wild Life – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/palawan-diaries-the-wild-life/
  2. Baker’s Hill – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/palawan-diaries-bakers-hill/

  3. Dinner x OOTD – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/palawan-diaries-kinabuchs-x-ootd/

Day 2

1.Underground River – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/palawan-diaries-kinabuchs-x-ootd/

2.Elephant Cave – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/palawandiarieselephant-cave/

3.Dinner – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/6551/

4.#OOTN – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/palawandiaries-her-outfit/

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Ready for breakfast 🙂

While waiting for the girls to come out of the room, A took this photo haha 🙂 #TheLittleThings

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PalawanDiaries: THE Night

09.28.2013: …and so it happened <3

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 I am OVERJOYED right now. I am using a word that will have its fair share in the near future (indistinct as it may seem, someday this blog will know about it). So my words represent the true meaning of this blog, and how memorable 09.28.2013 is for me (and if this is not such a give away, i don’t know anymore lol). Before I go on with our last dinner in Palawan, let me share with you a glimpse of why I am ecstatic.

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So yuuuup. It happened. We made it happen <3

I can officially say that I am coming back to the US and I am going to be with the love of my life again! 🙂 But before the maarte girl in me takes over, I will keep in mind that I should set my priorities straight at all times 🙂

With the love,support and understanding from my family and his family 🙂 It happened!!! 🙂

…and it’s all because of God’s grace <3

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For our last and special dinner in Palawan, Jho suggested Kalui. This has been set in stone even before we got to Palawan…and I couldn’t be anymore glad that we went here 🙂

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PalawanDiaries:Elephant Cave

09.28.2013: The Afternoon before “THE” Night

Hello, sweets! 🙂 It’s the first Sunday of the year, how are you spending it? I hope it’s as meaningful as mine. I am getting closer and closer to my first big day of the year.I can already feel the butterflies in my stomach….raging. Honestly, I am not too worried about Tuesday, I know everything will be perfect. My faith and trust in Him are so much bigger than anything that can possibly put me down. I can’t believe that it’ll be only less than 50 days until I open that big chapter of my life!!! (aaaaah!!)

Before I go on with the part 2 of our day tour, here are some entries that I posted for the past 2 weeks (I think) about our vacation in Palawan (for those who haven’t seen them yet, or missed one)

Day 1

1.#CebuPacProblems – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/palawan-diaries-cebupacproblems/

  1. The Wild Life – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/palawan-diaries-the-wild-life/
  2. Baker’s Hill – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/palawan-diaries-bakers-hill/

  3. Dinner x OOTD – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/palawan-diaries-kinabuchs-x-ootd/

Day 2

Underground River – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/palawan-diaries-kinabuchs-x-ootd/

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After our Underground River adventure, we went to Gusto Grill & Restaurant for our lunch (yay). After waiting and hopping on & off the boat, all I wanted to do after was to eat something good.

Luckily, our package includes a buffet lunch. A pretty good deal indeed!

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