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 ofย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our HR arranged a very lovely lunch day for us. He mad reservations inย The Oregon Grill.ย 

One of the best restaurants here,definitely! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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I chose to sit with the fireplace behind me so I would be warm all day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nothing better than a warm bread and good butter to start our meal ๐Ÿ™‚

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Orderedย Seafood Towerย for my appetizer

Lobster, Shrimp and Oysters! <3

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Reminded me of my Dad. ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ This for you, Daddy! Hope I would get to share this tower with you someday ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 forย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bestย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thought to myself: How can this day get any better.

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Our first snow <3

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OOTD

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Wore thisย asymmetricalย skirt with myย DASย heels again ๐Ÿ™‚

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Aztec printed corset, bought somewhere in New York <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Will do better in posting,

R <3 xx

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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OOTD

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Top: From my Sissy ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was scheduled to work from 9-5 that day. Someone made an extra effort in making myย morningย extra beautiful by giving me a bouquet of peach long-stemmed roses while having the mushroom soup that he made ๐Ÿ™‚ Way toย jump startย my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to try them all once I get back! ๐Ÿ™‚

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#HellYeah

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Cutesy note cards! <3

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Petit Louis Dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ His Dad decided to take us to Petit Louis, once of the best restaurants in this state if I may say ๐Ÿ™‚ A lovely fine dining restaurant that definitely made me feel special ๐Ÿ™‚

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My food:

ย Appetizer –ย ESCARGOTS de BOURGOGNE

I love escargot!! It’s hard to pass on this one so Iย divulgedย myself on this buttery appetizer ! YUM

Entree: Steak Frites

Minus the fries, subbed with mushrooms (my fave side) Treated myself with some red meat!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย with candle!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you Lord for another blessed year! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Birthday Dinner Outfit:

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Dress:ย Charlotte Russe

Heels:ย DAS

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Ring:ย Garage

Bracelet:ย Charlotte Russe

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Necklace:ย Forever21

Bracelet:ย Charlotte Russe

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Another wonderful present ๐Ÿ™‚

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” ๐Ÿ™‚ Theย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Birthday Surprise from Mi Familia!! <3

22 presents from Manila! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Yes dolls, my Dad sent me a ย 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!! ๐Ÿ˜›

– My sent me a fab top that is too perfect for winter!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Loooovely shoes from my Dad!! <3

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Cutesy stuff from my brothers!! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pretty bag from Daddy that goes perfect with the lovely shoes that he sent me!! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Presents from the Chorvs!! <3

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Tory Burch, baby!! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Killer heels!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how elegant this baby looks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Miyabi knife!! Yaaay <3

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Spa Soaps from Bath and Body Works! <3 So buttery!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Night out with the girls! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Would’ve been a perfect photo if Karen and Jhade were with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Charm Lovin’

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Went to Cross Street Kabob after! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reminded me of how night outs used to be in MNL! Mister Kebab after a night full of fun with MZATC! ๐Ÿ˜›

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OOTD

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Top:ย H&M

Animal Print Skirt:ย Forever21- present from my sissy <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Tights:ย H&M

Heels:ย DAS

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Jacket:ย 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 thoughย every timeย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Pink M&Ms for everyone!

Shameful photo because of the lighting! ๐Ÿ™

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Had Filipino food cause I know they miss it so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lumpiang Shanghai, Turon, Menud, Chicken Adobo

So glad to see everyone happy in the dining room! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Especially Charm! Lol ๐Ÿ˜›

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Alyza madeย leche flan! yaaaay ๐Ÿ™‚ย Thanks girly!! :*

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Hello Kitty cupcake tower #happiness

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Cupcakes baked by Mrs. Stavrides <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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So pretty with the candles ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ˜›
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Yaaaay! ๐Ÿ™‚
No photos of Ardel, Jhade, Alyza and Ysan’s presents ๐Ÿ˜ #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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Fell in love with the back detail of course! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Top:ย Forever21
Heels:ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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:ย Forever21

Black Bandage Skirt:ย Topshop

Tights:ย H&M

Boots: Bakers

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11.21.12: 7th

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New baby! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lovely baaaaag! Can’t wait to use it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hello Kitty Scrapbook Stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 #love

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Biker style peg! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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What my next post will be about ๐Ÿ™‚

Invites for the girlies!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Shopping today!

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

with JT and Ardel lol

 

Say hi to my long hair! Heehee ๐Ÿ™‚

New books!! yaysy

Thaaaaank you B!

More cutie stuff from the B! :))

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OOTD

 

 

Jacket:ย H&M

Dress: Forever21

Tights:ย H&M

Early birthday celebration tomorrow,

R <3 xx

Soon

ย “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! ๐Ÿ˜›

 

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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thai condiments

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One of my favorite Thai dishes!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Sauceย 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolate x Bracelet straight form Germany!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ From my co-worker and part time Mom at work..Ms Fahimeh!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 listย 

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 reallyย overwhelmedย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Meetย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Wasabi –ย 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 – ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

$75 lunch was soooo worth it!

Must try this next time!

Come to Mama! ๐Ÿ˜›

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OOTD

Black x Yellow = Back to School

Top:ย Wet Seal

Inner Top:ย Garage

Wedges:ย Shoedazzle

 

Went for a comfy and simple look for my awesome day in Virginia! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s as if they were with me while I was talking to the admins. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello, School girl! <3

Loving this week,

R <3 xx

The Space In Between

11.05.2012: Some random dayย 

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 ย 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shopping after work!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

S shaped tables! Coolness ๐Ÿ™‚

Dallas Burgerย 
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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cardigan:ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cutesy iPhone cases from Mama!! ๐Ÿ™‚ BusinessIsMyThing is the best when it comes toย cellphoneย accessories!! <3

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

I am ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Biggest disappointment of the month:ย Hurricane Sandy x Uber Cold Weather = No costume party slash Trick or Treating for us!! ๐Ÿ™ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Greek Salad for the Greek food lover in me! funny how I like Greek food, who would have known that… never mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Wore this ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Spent the entire day with Ysan!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch date in Bertucci’s! ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome Italian place near our apartment! ๐Ÿ™‚

Open kitchen plus awesome staff! ๐Ÿ™‚

WARM bread basket! ๐Ÿ™‚

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,ย pandesal.ย 

Free flowing salad!! Ohhh-some! YUM

Myย Chicken Parmigianaย 

Ysan Baked Tortellini and Chicken Gratinatiย 

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

Got some furn on for winter!! ๐Ÿ˜›

*Thanks to Ate Raffy ofย BusinessIsMyThingย for my cutesy oink oink iPhone case! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Hi Ysan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

R <3 xx

New Jersey: Captain G

10.21.12 – 10.22.12 – Ay ay, Captain! ๐Ÿ™‚

It was just last week when this lovely celebration happened. It’s veryย 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Uber delish homemade cupcakes! ๐Ÿ™‚

How awesome is this cupcake tower?:)

Yes, it was a pirateย themedย party ๐Ÿ™‚

The tower when lighted up! ๐Ÿ™‚ The candles made it extra beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Before the distraught. Hello, beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey, Atlantic City! ๐Ÿ™‚

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OOTD

Top:ย Forever21

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Awesome Mexican Fare in New Jersey! ๐Ÿ™‚

Best chips that I’ve ever had!! This oneย definitelyย tops my list!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

New lippies!! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€

Something for our 6th

Awesome..yes? ๐Ÿ™‚

Crazy about hair candies lately! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 theย exhaustionย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Spent our Sunday in Smithville! ๐Ÿ™‚


ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rode the train with the kiddos!!! <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

Best part of our New Jersey trip! ๐Ÿ™‚ Meeting these two cutie girls! ๐Ÿ™‚ Erika and Julia!! <3

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Had lunch in theย 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Trying not to suck at this,

R <3 xx

Taste of DC

10.08.12: Celebrating Mom’s Birthday
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Something that transpired last week made me realize how eager I want to some things to just work out and make everything that I have been aspiring for happen in God’s time. Knowing that I have been missing a lot of joyful moment is really pulling me down in a sad pit. Missing my family’s birthdays is one thing, but not being there on that special someone’s birthday is a different story..knowing that we are just in the same place at the same time and the same same same..I don’t know. It just really devastates me. And I hope there is still another year for us to celebrate..but all is left uncertain until the end of the year..maybe.
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Anywaysy, God has turned around everything and blessed me with a beautiful Monday off to celebrate two birthdays in a lovely place at an awesome event! If there’s one thing that my Mom and I likes to do..it is to attend events that are related to shopping and food. So this was a perfect way for me to celebrate her birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday off inย Washington, DC! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Got super excited when I saw these food trucks!!

Some of the foods that we tried:

Spicy Beef x Vegetable Curry Patty

Tastes better with the jalapeno salsa! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken Banh Mi!!

YUM

Bought an authentic jamaican patty from a JAMAICAN!!! Whuut

Best beef patty I’ve ever tried! <3

Our favorite food truck ๐Ÿ™‚

Because of this witty and kind American owner and his Fil-Aussie wife (who is very pretty)

..and of course because of this yummy lamb sausage!

My brother Remo will go crazy about their cookies!!!!

Gooey goodness inside!!! These cookies were AMAZING!!!!

Lamb taco..YUM!

Had thai food) no photos..there were a lot of thai food stalls!! Most people seems to be crazy about their food these days…

It was a super duper cold day for me! Went to Barnes and Noble to warm up for a bit and then headed to H&M and F21 to go shopping! This is why I love DC. It’s like my mini New York, only that it’s not crowded ๐Ÿ™‚

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OOTD: I can finally curl my hair with no help!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Top:ย delia’s

bandage skirt:ย topshop

leggings:ย forever21

Embracing the cold weather,

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Color me PINK

Random awesome pink heaps for the month of September.ย 

Sometimes I wish I could just divulge the truth behind beauty in everything that has been happening to me, impart how amazing life has been since the day that I took a risk.But no, I couldn’t just yet and sometimes, it eats me up inside to just skip a beat to all the beautiful moments…just because.

Anyway, I know I have been nothing but a boring human being here in cyberspace. I wish I have more time to do all the things that I love to do without worrying about the fact that it will all come to an end someday. I wish I could have the answers now, but all I know is.. I trust Him. ๐Ÿ™‚

This baby surprised me after I got home from work!!!! Yay

Anotherย investment to our future…… ๐Ÿ™‚ HAHAHA

Made honeydew smoothie one lovely morning! YUM

Cutesy dual purpose storage bin!!!

The chorvaers keeps spoiling me….. hahaha

 

 

Italian dinner with Ms. Lil and Noi ๐Ÿ™‚

Our appetizer minus the portobello cooked in Marsala! ๐Ÿ™‚

Was able to make homemade Italian meatballs with a real Italian lady!!!

Cheesecake x Ice Cream for dessert… #Fatso

Shopping extravaganza last Monday!!!! I was on cloud 9!

For mi Mudra :)) From my hard earned money ๐Ÿ™‚

For my fatso brother who loves drinking soda and maybe beer now!

Can’t get enough of animal print?

The style just hit the spot! Too bad its getting cold already….. ๐Ÿ˜

Under Armour for my brother Remo who fancies hoodies! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the color!! Can’t wait for him to get this baby! Its just too perfect for him <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

“The company was founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank, a 23-year old former University of Maryland special teams captain for the university American football team. Plank began the business from his grandmother’s basement in Washington, D.C.

Plank, who got tired of having to change out of the sweat-soaked T-shirts he wore under his jersey, noticed that his compression shorts stayed dry, which inspired him to make a T-shirt using moisture-wicking fabric for athletic performance. Major competing brands including Nike, Adidas and Reebok soon followed in Plank’s footsteps with their own version of Under Armour’s moisture-wicking apparel.

By the end of 1996, Under Armour had generated $17,000 in revenue purely by word of mouth. In 1997, Plank had $100,000 in orders to fill and found a factory in Ohio to make the shirts. People began to take notice of the brand when a front page photo of ”USA Today” featured Oakland Raiders quarterback Jeff George wearing an Under Armour mock turtleneck. Following that front page, Under Armour’s first major sale came when an equipment manager from Georgia Tech asked Plank for 10 shirts. The deal with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened the door to a contract with North Carolina State. With positive reviews from players, word began to spread and orders began to increase. Under Armour first made a profit in 1998 and received its first big break in the 1999 Oliver Stone movie ”Any Given Sunday”, in which Willie Beamen, played by Jamie Foxx, wore an Under Armour jockstrap. Plank sent samples of his products to the costume designer. Leveraging the release of ”Any Given Sunday”, Plank purchased an ad in ”ESPN The Magazine”. The ad generated close to $750,000 in sales, and nine years after starting the company, Plank finally put himself on the payroll. ย source:ย http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_Armour

Just a little background why I am so excited for my brother! I am so proud of this brand!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t wait to wear this outfit!!!! <3

Received a very lovely dress from someone who treats me like her own, Mrs. Stavrides <3 <3 <3

This has got to be the mostย beautifulย dress in my closet..to date ๐Ÿ™‚

Gold x White <3

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OOTD

Welcoming fall with something long… ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally wore another skirt that my Sissy sent me! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how soft and comfy my outfit was for that day ๐Ÿ™‚

Tangerine x Light Green makes a beautiful combination ๐Ÿ™‚

My after work face!

Some crazy moment with my long hair that kinda annoyed me that day :))

Excited to shop tomorrow,

R <3 xx

Last for the Road

03.02.12: Shopping Extravaganza

Last hoorah in Manila before I left almost 7 months ago ๐Ÿ™‚ My sister and I decided to spend my last remaining hours shopping than to finish packing! Talk about major rush time when we got home from the Super sale Bazaar :))

My face looked pretty weird that day. It was a clear cut view of a nervous slash stressed slash no sleep slash tired face that needs to be covered cause it was nothing but an eyesore! :))

Happy Fanshu!!! My Sissy and I loves Happy Fanshu so much!!!

#MissingOur MercatoNightsTogether

Sophie’s Mom! YUMM

Missing him so much…..

I feel guilty cause I do not have much time to talk to them. Time difference could suck a little bit in the A, you know.

Daddy’s Little Girliesss!!! <3

MY sister and I had our photos taken which we find funny cause we felt like we looked crappy that day! :))

An hour in the Super Sale bazaar made my closet very happy!

My after work face a year ago!!

I have been working for more than a year already! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yaysy ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t wait to go home early tomorrow,

R <3 xx

 

RAVENS

08.05.12: Monday Kick-Off

I hate the thought of wasting a day,especially during my days off. I like to spend my time wisely and make sure that it turns out as awesome as I hope it to be at the end of the day. One thing that helps me get to that point are the surprises that reminds me of how lucky I am to be where I am now is the person who I have now beside me every Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

My first time at PF Chang’s ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wonder if the one Manila is as good as the one here in the States…

Chicken Lettuce Wrap / Mixed Greens with Ginger Dressing / Sesame Chicken / Shrimp Dumplings = YUMMM!

Honestly, I thought it was an upscale Chinese take out place here in America.

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Best part of my 08.05.12!

Purple Nation

Our tickets!!! My first time to watch a football game and it was live! Lucky!

Still in awe on how beautiful the stadium is!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cincinnati Bengals

Never thought I’d be this interested in football!

One quick fact: I used to watch college basketball since I was in high school. Though I know it doesn’tt seem apparent that I watch ball games. Haha

P.S. Volleyball is out of my league, I don’t know why. I am more interested in sports that defy triumph in a hard way. LOL I used to play soccer and softball in college, I may not be good at it but I must say it was a lot of fun!!

Just 8 seats away from the field! Yes,we were that close! ๐Ÿ™‚

Marching band!

Cheerleaders! ๐Ÿ™‚

All of them are so so so pretty!

Fireworks during the national anthem! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful!

Poe the mascot!

Michaek Phelps!! So handsome…and tall!! He is from Baltimoreย ๐Ÿ™‚

Air-forceย aircrafts..gave me chills!

Cause I’m a fatso inside

Grape and egg custard snow cone..YUM!ย My date said the color looks weird

Was not able to take a photo of daiquiri. I don’t know what’s with me, I should’ve ordered coffee cause it was 50 degrees that night! But whatevs..cray cray moment!

Chili dog!

Stadium at night!

The ravens won and I am so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ 44-13 baby!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. They lost against Philadelphia yesterday though. boohoo ๐Ÿ˜

Fan girl mode,

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Barbie Girl

Outfit post for 08.05.12 New York trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Bought this dress from my Sissy during my second trip in New York ๐Ÿ™‚ Wore it cause…that’s how I roll :))

My accessories! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved everything that I wore that night! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my favorite heels! ๐Ÿ™‚ DAS baby ๐Ÿ™‚

Kim K. went to NYC the next day for FNO (I wanted to be in NYC that day but my schedule does not permit to /wrist LOL)

Anyway, I love the fact that our dresses are somehow identical when we were in New York!! ๐Ÿ™‚ How awesome,right?:)

I must be back before October 5th! ๐Ÿ™‚

Not excited about the upcoming season,

R<3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Times Square at night

08.05.12: Bright lights in the city that never sleeps

Last part of our awesome trip in NYC. It’s amazing how Times Square could turn into something different during the night. The bright lights that makes the city more alive and the vibe that you get because of the happy energy that you get from everyone who is there are just some of the things why I love New York…and everyone else ๐Ÿ™‚

Yellow Cabs! ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbie House in Toys R Us

My Barbie girl-ish outfit :))

Find us hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

LOL

Blurry photo cause it was raining. Boo

Say hello to,Kambi ๐Ÿ™‚ A ramen house in 14th street between 1st and 2nd avenue ๐Ÿ™‚

Was able to take a snapshot of the quaint restaurant before the group of Japanese teenagers came. Haha

Yummy chicken teriyaki salad!!

Yummy ramen!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Everything homemade…awesomeness!

Sleepy and tired,

R <3 xx