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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

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