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11.30.12: Birthday Treat

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

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

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Awesome finds of the day:

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

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J.Lo Heels!!! <3

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Another birthday treat from the Stavrides’ <3

Made fresh pasta with the chorvs 🙂

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

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

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OOTD

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Top: From my Sissy 🙂

Pants: Cheap Monday

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

R <3 xx

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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 🙂

http://www.petitlouis.com

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

Meet the Staff

11.19.12: Staff Meeting

I’ll be turning 22 in 5 days, and if you’d ask me the excitement that I should be feeling by this time is somewhere far that I can’t seem to reach. The matrix of how things are happening now seems to be too overwhelming for me. I have learned to appreciate time more and more each day. It seems like it is slipping away from me too quickly and all I can hope for is to not miss anything valuable in life while I am still young. I think life is too beautiful for me to miss..

Charm x Ysan x Rianna

Tennis Court in Roland Park!

One of the reasons why I am grateful to be part of BCC! 🙂 Roland Park and Five Farms are just too beautiful! This is why we are #21 on the top 40 list of the best country clubs here in America! #yeah #lol

My looovies! 🙂

with JT and Ardel lol

 

Say hi to my long hair! Heehee 🙂

New books!! yaysy

Thaaaaank you B!

More cutie stuff from the B! :))

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OOTD

 

 

Jacket: H&M

Dress: Forever21

Tights: H&M

Early birthday celebration tomorrow,

R <3 xx

Soon

 “It’s not going to be the same without you all. It’s the saddest thing that could ever happen this month. I just want you to know that it breaks my heart to be away from you and all I want to be is your baby girl forever. Just 4 more months and I’ll be the little oink oink in our home again. #MyLifeToday” — that was me last night, telling the whole world how sad I am for being away from my family.

Truth is, amidst of all the awesome things that I’ve been adding to my closet, shoe collection and whatever stuff that I have been getting, no amount of many can ever repair this loneliness. Having a fabulous life is every girl’s dream. But, being incomplete inside just puts me in a dark phase. I can find differentiate being sad and lonely in so many ways. I am happy…blessed. But this loneliness is making me crappy most of the time, especially this month.

But as what I’ve always believed in, we have to look at the beautiful side in any situation… Just like this beautiful place that we went to 2 Mondays ago.

 

I love how scenic Gaithersberg is..or at least where the mall is! 😛

 

Drove for almost an hour and a half to watch a Filipino movie — “A Secret Affair”

Can I just say that Anne Curtis and Andi were so pretty in that movie?? #FanGirlMode

Too bad this mall is far from our place. They have a lot of nice shops and restaurants #Bummer

Thai for lunch!! 🙂

Thai condiments

Tom Yum

One of my favorite Thai dishes!! 🙂 Not the best that I’ve had cause it was rather on the sweet side for me. It was still good despite the fact that I was too clumsy for words that I spilled half of my soup on my WHITE pants and turned it into orange..did I mention that I smelled like fish sauce until I got home? Spell HORRIBLE!

Shrimp in Spicy Green curry Sauce

YUMM!!

Minced Chicken with Flat Rice Noodles in Yellow Curry Sauce 

THE BOMB!! This was so delissssh!

New booties from ze B!

I know I can’t use this until next year,but……

New lippies of the week! 🙂

Chocolate x Bracelet straight form Germany!!! 🙂 From my co-worker and part time Mom at work..Ms Fahimeh!!! 🙂

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OOTD:

I can’t explain how lazy I was to dress up that day…this outfit is just too….blah!

Must eliminate the word LAZY out of my system,

R <3 xx

Rianna Dreams of Sushi <3

11.04.12: Another dream crossed off my list 

I can’t help but laugh at myself for typing such a silly blog title, but that’s how I am…silly. I am still hyped about the recent direction that I stepped into. It’s another stage full of joy, wisdom and a hint of loneliness. It still seems like a dream to me, but all I know is I am really really really overwhelmed and grateful to the Big Guy up there for His never ending love and blessings. Also, to my family most especially to my Dad for supporting me in every decision and goals. My heart is pouring out of love and happiness, I still can’t believe it. I have yet reached a juncture where in life has unfolded something beautiful for me..something that answered my questions and something to look forward to. That’s what I love about planning, it gives you excitement and a vision of what awaits you. To my life next year (or should I say the next 2 and a half years), I can’t wait to be a better version of me. To my future life, you’ll get where you want to be soon – without loneliness and with your family 🙂

Meet Jiro Ono.

A great sishi Chef that inspired not only me, but everyone else who has watched his documentary. Hence, my blog title. Sushi may be a simple food to some, but he gave more life into it. He expressed more out of it and that’s what made me fall in love with the documentary. Everything about the documentary is still fresh in my memory, it’s just too beautiful and invigorating that it made me realize how fortunate I am to love what I do and to have the passion in what I do.

You must dedicate your life in mastering your skill . That’s the secret to success and is the key to being regarded honorably” – Jiro Ono

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Silly me

School x Shopping Day

Went to Virginia and visited my future 🙂

Had lunch in this awesome awesome awesome (did I say) AWESOME place in Tyson’s corner!

Wasabi – rotating sushi in the middle of the mall!

Say hello to the sushis that we ate!!! They were all so yummy!! I have no words but NOMNOMNOM!

Finished 3 packs of this yummy Japanese peanuts!

 

My favorite! Such a shame that I forgot the name! (But I’m going back so…) I devoured myself with this baby!! Reminded me of Teriyaki Boy’s Philadephia Roll!! Only that this has my favorite – shrimp!

Eel Sushi –  Top 2 on my list! Definitely one of the bests that they have!! This was so yummy that it took me straight the sushi land!!!

 

Mango Mousse – super creamy and not too sweet. MY kind of dessert! 🙂

$75 lunch was soooo worth it!

Must try this next time!

Come to Mama! 😛

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OOTD

Black x Yellow = Back to School

Top: Wet Seal

Inner Top: Garage

Wedges: Shoedazzle

 

Went for a comfy and simple look for my awesome day in Virginia! 🙂 It was bright and sunny that day despite of the the cold breeze of air. I wanted to resemble someone that is bright and full of life so I picked the color yellow. Also for good luck, both of my parents love yellow – and it worked! 🙂 It’s as if they were with me while I was talking to the admins. 🙂

Hello, School girl! <3

Loving this week,

R <3 xx

The Space In Between

11.05.2012: Some random day 

Multiply has eaten most of my free time for the past few days. It made me exhausted physically and mentally. With them focusing on being a cyber Marketplace, I’ve been spending most of my time sorting and and downloading almost 25k media files from my account. Yes, I’ve uploaded that much of photos and videos for almost 6 years. On a lighter note, I’ve always wanted to download everything from my Multiply account cause  I have lost a bunch of photos (and I can’t figure out how!). Anyway, this is just what I have been waiting for – a one-click tool that can download everything! But I didn’t know that it would cause such an annoyance and too much downtime in my happy days! Oh well, I just have to suck it up and just wish that my 25k files would be sorted out in no time!!! 🙂

Shopping after work!! 🙂

Charm a.k.a Nicki Minaj

Say hello to hr new hair-do! Psh. Hahahaha!

Just because we can fit inside the locker!!!!! Lol

Tried Bobby Flay’s burger Palace in Arrundel for our late lunch!

I love how it screams awesome in every spot! From the lights,tables and menu!

Arrundel = Potbelly’s Low-fat Oreo Milkshake!

Sauce variations! 🙂

S shaped tables! Coolness 🙂

Dallas Burger 
Spice Crusted / Coleslaw / Monterey Jack /
BBQ Sauce / Pickles

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OOTD

I love how this Forever21 top from Ate Raffy hugs my body! I am not into animal photos on my shirts, but this one is an exception cause the top itself looks awesome in any pair of jeans that I have!! 🙂

Cardigan: Cotton On

Was kinda feeling animal-ish so I wore my awesome animal printed bootie and animal printed accessories (no photos – boo me!)

Finally catching up on my posts,

R <3 xx

Hello, birthday month!

Cause everyday is my birthday! <3

November has got to be my most favorite month of the year! For me it’s the most awesome and joyful 30 days (plus 10 days cause I usually have a hangover from all of the amazing things that happened during my birthday). This year, it’s going to be different. My family is not around and I know it wouldn’t be the same but I also know that it shouldn’t be a reason for me to make everyday amazing. 9 days has passed and all I can say is – I am grateful to Him for blessing me more and more and more each day!

Welcomed the month with this box from my family!!! <3

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Some of the stuff inside the box! 🙂

Cutesy iPhone cases from Mama!! 🙂 BusinessIsMyThing is the best when it comes to cellphone accessories!! <3

Love it so much!! thanks Remo and Klariz!! <3

I am 🙂

Cutesy rings from my Sissy! She knows me too well <3

Thank you, Daddy!! xx

Look how cute my iPhone is!!! <3

Hahahaha LOL. Wattup

Cutie from Topshop!!!

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OOTD: Greek Festival

Wore the top that my Sissy sent me!!! Look very lovely with white jeans!! <3

Awesome finds! <3

More awesome days to come,

R <3 xx

New Jersey: Captain G

10.21.12 – 10.22.12 – Ay ay, Captain! 🙂

It was just last week when this lovely celebration happened. It’s very uncomfortable to see how this beautiful place turned into something that is very heartbreaking to see in a matter of one week. Who would have thought that something like Sandy would come along New Jersey.

Pirate cuppies!!! 🙂

Uber delish homemade cupcakes! 🙂

How awesome is this cupcake tower?:)

Yes, it was a pirate themed party 🙂

The tower when lighted up! 🙂 The candles made it extra beautiful 🙂

Before the distraught. Hello, beautiful 🙂

Hey, Atlantic City! 🙂

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OOTD

Top: Forever21

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Awesome Mexican Fare in New Jersey! 🙂

Best chips that I’ve ever had!! This one definitely tops my list!! 🙂

I love how it screams homemade tortilla chips in every bite. We chose pico for our salsa which is supposed to be mildly spicy. YUM

My shrimp tacos…. THE BOMB!

Outlet shopping after lunch! 🙂

New lippies!! Yay! 😀

Something for our 6th

Awesome..yes? 🙂

Crazy about hair candies lately! 🙂

Will try to catch up with my writing,

R <3 xx

New Jersey: Smithville x The Historic Smithville Inn

10.20.12: Meet,Greet and Eat

Hello world! I know my page has been idle for a long time, and I am not sure what pushed me to this plight – the fact that I do not have enough time for everything, or the exhaustion that has been running through my system for the past few months. To make things uglier, I am not well as of the moment and I have been dreading it since Thursday! And let’s not forget the hurricane news that has been circulating around here. I don’t know how bad it’ll be but I hope it doesn’t ruin our Monday off. Cause that would suck big time knowing that in 4 months time, I’ll be in Manila again.

Anywaysy, here’s what transpired last weekend. We drove to New Jersey to relax and see more of what’s in the City 🙂

Spent our Sunday in Smithville! 🙂


 The cutesy little houses and the entire vibe of the place made me feel like I was a smurf!! :)))

We were fortunate cause there was a car show that weekend! More attraction for us! 🙂

Rode the train with the kiddos!!! <3 🙂

Best part of our New Jersey trip! 🙂 Meeting these two cutie girls! 🙂 Erika and Julia!! <3

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Had lunch in the Historic Smithville Inn

The whole place is so rich in history and beauty. I love how they kept the original facade of almost the entire house and shared it to everyone to see.

We were seated in a private room, beautifully decorated and lovely arranged. I love the story behind the room, it made me realize how blessed I am to be able to go to this place. and be with a family who has treated me so well since day 1.

Went go -karting before cake time!!! 🙂 <3

Trying not to suck at this,

R <3 xx

Bluer than BLUE

10.01.12: Hello, October!

I love celebrating the first and last day of each month. There’s something about looking forward to a joyful month or knowing that you have spent each day awesomely in every possible way in a month. My absence here on my blog has eaten up my sanity. I feel like this page deserves more and it’s such a shame that I do not have enough time to juggle everything that I want to do. Needless to say, I am still grateful for all of the bigger things that has happened to me.

This has got to be one of those days where in I felt like a Queen cause I was being treated like a Princess. I know I doesn’t make sense much, but when you have these amazing people around you, you just can’t help but be overwhelmed and be speechless.

 

Finally tried Pei Wei! 

It is owned by PF Chang’s China Bistro.

This is like the faster version of PF Chang’s. If you want Asian Food fast, this is definitely the place to go!

My spicy korean chicken! 🙂 YUM

Touch screen vendo machine! AWESOME!

Oh really? LOL

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OOTD: Something something for a cool day

 

Awesome stuff from Mrs. S!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

So in love with these babies!

 

Awesome shopping finds!! <3

Will try my best to update this often (just like how it used to be)

R <3 xx

7 down, 5 to go <3

It’s that time of the month again.I post random heaps from the previous month and cap off another month with an entry. September has been extra overwhelming. I felt like it went by rapidly unlike any other month, or was I just too preoccupied with exciting shenanigans the whole month?

2 random Saturdays last September 🙂

Tooloulou for our Saturdate!  🙂

Shrimp Pesto Pizza. YUM!!!!!

Catfish fingers

One Saturday night in Hightopps! Went there with ze girls after work 🙂

My shoes remind me of a poodle. Pretty evident I think.

Therefore,I was a poodle that night. Haha

But you know what I really think? I suck at describing my outfits. I’m not a fashion blogger. I love fashion and I’m a slave for style. I feel like I don’t make the cut for that,you know? So I’ll just continue posting and not expect anything more from myself when it comes to blabbing about what I wore. Who knows? Maybe one of these days I’ll get to type more than 5 sentences about my outfit! :))


My weird face…. :))

Hoping for the best,

R <3 xx

KJ and the 2 packages

07.23.2012: The Twisted Awesome Monday Off!

I’ll be embracing another awesome week again! God really loves me!!! He blessed me with another awesome schedule to look forward to.. yaysy! 🙂 Anyway,I’ve had a pretty rough Monday morning! I don’t know why but my mood was just out there! We had to go to 2 shopping malls just to make me feel happy,but it did not suffice. Until, we went to Noi’s house and my 2 packages arrived! I really love how things turn around in just a split second.

Went to Columbia for lunch and our first shopping trip.

Lunch by the lake!! 🙂

Clyde’s for lunch.

Hummus with Warm Pita and Vegetables

I love hummus because it reminds me of Baba Ganoush and I fancy Mediterranean food…but this one was quite disappointing, it needed more tahini.

Bison Burger

First time to try bison meat!

Chicken Kabob

I substituted spinach x mushrooms for rice…of course :)) The chicken lacked flavor and I think it’s such a shame that they don’t serve it with any dipping sauce that would make this dish seem more “kabob-ish” (haha) I loved the grilled zucchini and squash though HAHA

They almost forgot about this…*sigh*

So yeah, I could tell that our lunch was pretty dismaying.

Went to Noi’s house after and met Chef Keyon’s son KJ!

Authentic Thai Chicken Curry from a Thai #labo! 🙂

Noi made me a thai curry cause I was feeling gloomy that day! It was the first time that I met her but it felt like she has known me for ages. She was very kind and caring, and her home would make me fat if I go there regularly haha :))

My packages arrived in an unexpected time!!! I was screaming and jumping like a fat little kiddo!

1st box: New heels from PLNDR!

I was a bit worried that this wouldn’t arrive before I leave for NY so I was so relieved when this arrived with the care package that my family sent me!

Wore this during our NY trip…so yeah you’ll be seeing more of it in the coming posts :))))

2nd box: Heart warming care package from the family! I was looking forward to this package for almost a month!!

Topshop goodies from the Dad and the Sissy!!! 🙂

Awesome iPhone case from https://www.facebook.com/businessismything

Thank you so much Klariz and Remo!!!

..and to Mikee to for sending the cutesy accessories!!! 🙂 *no picture*

Thank you so much Ate Raf!!!! <3 <3 <3 https://www.facebook.com/businessismything

Love my batutsy so much!!

Jejekid’s artwork! He is so talented!!! I promise to buy you more awesome sketchpads and books!!!! 🙂

My cutesy side drawer!!!! 🙂

Teddy Bear from my batutsy!

Some random stuff that I made almost 2 weeks ago!

Family wall <3 🙂

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OOTD!

My annoyed face. LMAO!

Top: Forever21

Skirt: Pink Manila

Excited to post NYC photos,

R <3 xx

 

Maybe..

..all I need is to be invisible. So take me away, let the world shut me off.I won’t mind. I’d be here hiding inside this bubble,where no one can hear nor see me. I’d be here writing,about me,you or you and I.

When you find me,I’m yours..forever yours.


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