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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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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: The Wild Life

09.27.2013: “I did not sign up for this”

Hello,dolls! 🙂 So I am going to stick to my plan of working on our PalawanDay1 entries. This blog will have a different rythm before the year ends…and I am kind of happy about it!

We arrived in Puerto Princesa at around 1PM.. with no decent food in our bellies! We were picked up by a private shuttle with a tour guide holding a huge placard with my name on it. Kudos to Edward’s Place for making us feel special 🙂 We were expecting a 10 minute drive (at least) to the hotel, but to our delight EP is only 2 min away from the airport…which made us all laugh (cause we can all be weirdos like that). So yeah, we were all so hungry and we thought we have enough time to have lunch somewhere, but the front desk advised us that we only have 30 minutes until our tour starts! yikes.

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We are all pleased with our hotel..it’s not a 5 star type hotel, but it was really decent.

Puerto Princesa,as we were told, does not have a lot of luxurious hotels. They are still in the process of developing things,and there are only a few (and I can only remember one, and we didn’t find out about it until we got there). So yeaaap, staying in a lovely place like EP is pretty comforting, considering that it is in a very safe area AND it is near all the awesome local restaurants.

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Pink Tree

04.03.13: I kinda like it here

As promised, here’s another post…and I am thinking that maybe I can stretch this weekend and post another one before the most amazing Tuesday of my life happens 🙂

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So this is how my desktop looks like as of today. I like to “organize” each folder according to my insanity’s liking. There are is only one thing that I can think of, as of now,that can win over my OCD. And that is my desktop. So before I get gaga over sorting photos for the next 3 weeks, I want to make room (literally).

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I am crazy over anything by Kinder. Almost 10 years ago, I stopped by 7/11 in Hong Kong and decided to buy “dinner” for myself. Back at that time, anything unpleasant smelling would set me off so I settled for the good stuff…..chocolates! Haha

For a week I would have Kinder Bueno with every meal! It was crazy love that I decided to marry Kinder….forever.

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Oh…hey there cutie! 3 bites of goodness. Yuuuum!

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I’ve always wished that I can have a bar of Kinder with more filling…..

…..and it was granted!

Hello Kinder Happy Hippo! You are perfection! <3

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Went to Bertucci’s for lunch..

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Starters: Mushrooms x Polenta

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I forgot what I ordered….SMH.

On the right is his Chicken Piccata.

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OOTD

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Dressing up during winter can be fun, but not wearing 3 layers of clothing is sooo much better!

Sweater: Forever21

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I decided to compliment my animal printed bag and booties with green. Making me realize that I kind of resembled the jungle. Cheetah x Trees. 

P.S. One of my necklaces had an elephant pendant! #TarzanPeg HAHA

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I do not really like wearing pants, I want the feeling of being feminine when I go out. But in the States, it’s either that,leggings, or…..suffer from the cold weather!

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If we have pink trees like this in MNL…I will go out more often!

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To end this post, let me share with you 2 of the dishes that we cooked together 🙂


Pancit x Steamed Fish!! I can’t wait to cook with the person that I love to cook with soon!!!!! We’ve had some great memories inside the kitchen and I can’t wait to have more!! <3 🙂

P.S. It was my first time to cook pancit,, and weird as it may sound but he is so crazy about it! Which makes me do a silly face every time! And I am so happy to say that he liked it! Yay 🙂

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I love pasta!! If I can eat it without getting fat I will have it everyday!!! I am so fortunate to have a boyfriend that can cook really good pasta….and allows me to smother my pastawith cheese (even if he hates it when I do it on seafood)

Roasted Pork Fried Rice with Bacon that I made for him before he went to work!! Irony of life…I am an Asian but I will choose pasta or Greek food over Chinese Food…While on the other hand, he will die for Chinese food anytime of the day!!!

Busy bee mode ON,

R <3 xx

Victim of the Past

03.14.13: One step forward, 2 steps back

Have you ever heard of the phrase “don’t be a victim of the past?” I know some of us tries with all our might not to be one, or at least I know I have been trying for the past years. But in some rare cases like yesterday, it’s hard not to look back and feel like I am being choked by my past. Past is such a big word for me, it embodies my entire high school life. They say if it’s something good, it becomes a memory otherwise it’s your “past”. One of the beautiful things that happened from my distraught yesterday was that as I relieve my past, I realized WHY this page exists, and WHERE these words are coming from. WHO hurt me,and the people that were there to pick me up. WHAT kept me strong all these times and the reason why I I love talking about life. That tiny bit of hope that I am holding on to, the satisfying feeling of being able to inspire someone. It means the world to me everytime someone tells me that I have touched your life in some way through my words. I have recently made an account on ask.fm. You all know what it’s for, but unlike what happened to Formspring before,where it became a complete war zone because of all the bashers, I want that account to highlight everything about life. So I hope to see you all here —- http://ask.fm/RiannaGalvez

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We go to Virginia for 2 reasons – our future and FOOD! For our Thursdate, we had lunch in Uncle Lieu’s Hotpot. I love hotpot, so I had high hopes when I entered the restaurant.

Since it’s my first hotpot in the states,we’ve decided to get half spicy and half not spicy..wish they had a better name for it cause it sounded ridiculous when I typed it. Ha!

Anyway, I ordered woodear mushroom and lobster balls cause they’re my favorites while ordered fishballs and pork belly! YUMMS

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Most chinese restaurants in MD don’t offer chicken feet! Boo. So we order it everytime it’s on the menu. YUMMS!

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(a) Dan Dan Noodle – his favorite! Not a fan but according to him it’s better than Pei Wei’s (well duhh of course, Uncle Lieu is an authentic Chinese restaurant! haha)

(b) Bang Bang Chicken – I am whatever percent Chinese but I don’t understand the double worded names lol. Anyway, I got curious cause it’s the first time that I’ve heard of this so I gave it a try. Big mistake for me, not a fan of that strong black vinegary taste. So not for me.. the boyf on the other hand found a new love though! The BANG BANG!

(c) Spicy Wonton – finally….something that would satisfy me…NOT! I wish it wasn’t submerged in a spicy and hot sauce! 😐

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So only one of us truly enjoyed our lunch. Good thing they serve their fortune cookie with oranges, that made me smile! haha 🙂

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Since we do not want to be in a jam because of rush hour, we decided to kill time in Sweet Berry, the perfect place to keep me sane!

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Froyo x Gelato x Milk Tea x Crepe x Milk Shake!!! All in one cutesy store!!! <3

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Strawberry Nutella Crepe x Hazelnut and Nutella Gelato… yumms!

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And as if a cup of gelato was not enough, I’ve decided to take this baby with me as we drive to one of the shopping centers in Fairfax, VA!

Nutella and Vanilla gelato shake! Soooo good <3

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OOTD

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I’ve always wanted to wear this skirt but since it looks short when I walk  so I figured my trusty tights would save the day..again 🙂

119 days left,

R <3 xx

Freeze

02.20.13:  7 weeks overdue

Have you ever been scared of losing something that you have been holding on for so long in a single step? Like something close to perfect, and there are no other option but that inevitable thing that you are bound to do. As much as I want to stay away from that sappy lane, I can’t help but wonder, how amazing would it be if we can just freeze time.

My head is spaced out and my heart is overwhelmed.  That’s all I know.

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I can still remember how happy we were  that day, how that rainy day turned bright and sunny for us.

I hate to say that sometimes, it’s such a shame how things change drastically in a split second. Just like that.

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There is no other way of celebrating a day of enlightenment but to go to a Chinese Restaurant and have good chinese food. I just have to emphasize on that cause Asian food here are so Americanized.

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Mmhmm

 

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Shrimp in Egg Sauce

The best that I had in a year!

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Wonton Soup

Perfection in a bowl…nomnomnom

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Roasted Platter: Duck, Pork and Chicken

Sooooo good. We died. It’s official, we love Full Key.

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OOTD

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Forever21./Red x White

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Top x Heels: Forever21

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Bad hair day solution # 1: Wear a beanie.

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10 days to go

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

9 down, 3 to go :)

The Birthday Month

One thing that you should know about me – I take my birthday month seriously. Birthday month that extends before Christmas. sounds funny or petty to some but celebrating more than the usual for a month is something that feeds my excitement about this blessing – my awesome life.

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11.18.12: Alyza’s Birthday Celebration in Power Plant 🙂

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Oh, hello there photo bomber . #Ugh

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#RoomieLove

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Went to PBR, Angel’s and Lucky’s Tavern! #HellYeah

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Top: Forever21

Black Bandage Skirt: Topshop

Tights: H&M

Boots: Bakers

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11.21.12: 7th

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New baby! Yay 🙂

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Lovely baaaaag! Can’t wait to use it! 🙂

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Hello Kitty Scrapbook Stuff! 🙂 <3 #love

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Biker style peg! Haha 🙂

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What my next post will be about 🙂

Invites for the girlies!! 🙂 <3

Shopping today!

R <3 xx

Thanksgiving 2012

11.23.12: First

To start off this blog, I would like to express (again) how embarrassed I am for putting this account on idle mode for a very long time! I am not yet done accomplishing all of the birthday shenanigans that I do every year. Per se, my birthday wishlist (ugh). It sucks you know? To not have enough time for the things that you want to do. My mind tells me to do this,and that… but time just won’t permit me. Anyway, here’s what happened during my first thanksgiving here in the States! 🙂 Turth be told, I don’t know what to expect (aside from the Turkey) nor how to celebrate this Holiday. It’s something new but all I know is, I have been thinking about my family all day and I am so grateful that I have another family here who makes me feel happy every day 🙂

Huuuuge Turkey for Turkey day! 🙂

Turkey Stock

Some British Beer HAHA

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Deep fried Turkey in the making.. 🙂

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Mr. Gus doing the works hahah 🙂

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Lovely Thanksgiving afternoon with the Stavrides’ 🙂

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Hello Turkey!

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Thanksgiving table set-up 🙂

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Apple and Pear Salad
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Wild Mushroom Soup… YUM!

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HAd a lovely Thanksgiving with the Stavrides’ 🙂 I have so much to be thankful for each day. Being away from my family is hard, but the Stavrides  family makes it bearable each day. 🙂 I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! 🙂

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OOTD: Fall Colors

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My outfit screams Fall! 🙂 I love how these 2 colors go pretty together!! 🙂

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Top: Charlotte Russe – obviously, the back detail got me! 🙂

Pants: Papaya

Heels: Shoedazzle

Will work on birthday posts soon,

R<3 xx

P.S. I was not able to take photos of all of the food that we had! 😐 Boohoo

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

8 down, 4 to go <3 (maybe)

See you again next year, October! 🙂 

Last post for the month of October 2012. Time did not give justice to my excitement of wrapping up another month. I was yet again, too busy juggling life and life that I wish there is more time in a day. Anywaysy, life has been nothing but extremely amazing since November started. I cannot wait to disclose the details here, but I’m afraid that I might jinx it if I do it too early!! All I know is, time has just befriended me on my LifeBook! 🙂

Biggest disappointment of the month: Hurricane Sandy x Uber Cold Weather = No costume party slash Trick or Treating for us!! 🙁 There’s always a next time, and I am thinking of doing it with my Sissy cause it would be extra fun!

Yadda yadda, here are some random heaps from the 10th month of the year 2012! 🙂

Greek Salad for the Greek food lover in me! funny how I like Greek food, who would have known that… never mind 🙂

Wore this  rad skirt from mi Sissy <3

Drive thru banking..something that we do not have in the PHL yet

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Awesome Finds #1

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Shopping day with Mrs. S

Awesome Finds # 2

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Last day of October – Happy Halloween! 🙂

Spent the entire day with Ysan!! 🙂

Lunch date in Bertucci’s! 🙂 Awesome Italian place near our apartment! 🙂

Open kitchen plus awesome staff! 🙂

WARM bread basket! 🙂

I love warm breads! It really sucks my A every time I am being served with cold bread!! Heating it up wouldn’t hurt…right? Anywaysy, this reminded me of our local bread in the Philippines, pandesal. 

Free flowing salad!! Ohhh-some! YUM

My Chicken Parmigiana 

Ysan Baked Tortellini and Chicken Gratinati 

Their servings were so generous that we had a hard time finishing it!

Got some furn on for winter!! 😛

*Thanks to Ate Raffy of BusinessIsMyThing for my cutesy oink oink iPhone case! 🙂

Let me play again…please!! Too bad the pink one doesn’t fit me!!!

Hi Ysan! 🙂

OOTD:

Animal Print x Royal Blue = Something uber simple for a cold day!

Early dinner in Cheesecake factory!

Ysan’s Red Velvet Cheesecake!

My fried zucchini! (just because we had been eating all day haha)

Super YUMMY hot chocolate!!!!!

“Chillin’ at the bar” LOL

What I have on my bedside now 🙂

Can’t wait to watch A secret affair tomorrow!!

R <3 xx

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