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Posts tagged ‘beauty’

Korean Spa and Everything In Between

Hello, sweets! Whew what a cold snowy week this is! It’s one snow day to another, I guess I will be waking up to the sight of snow on our porch until the end of the week 😐 Uhhh we are just so over with winter…I am seriously counting the days until it’s spring again. This cold weather (and crazy schedule) is making me eat every chocolate that I see, being surrounded with tons of chocolate here at home and at work is not helping my “bride” diet!!! (although let’s face, I have not really payed attention to my diet since December) — I just like to say it para I’ll sound like a legit bride-to-be hahaha

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 One of the best things about my relationship with A is our cookbook collection.

We both had a good number of books before we met each other, and our collection started growing in 2012 because we would often give each other books on special occasions. Now that we are engaged, we now call all of our books “ours”, which makes me so happy because it has always been a dream of mine to own all the great cookbooks out there.

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An exceptional day is when you cross off 3 books from our wishlist.

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…and celebrate with Asian food! 🙂 (more…)

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Washington DC: The Girl (03.11)

03.11.14: Picture Perfect Kind of Day

Hello, dolls!!! I am so ecstatic right now, April is just amazing to me. First and foremost, A and I are just 12 days away from celebrating our second year together and I just can’t sit here and hide my excitement cause I know it is going to be ah-mah-zing! Second, I am only a few months away from hugging my family again!!! I can’t wait to travel with them again and be crazy with the sibs again. Lastly, I just accomplished something for school yesterday!! It really is happening!! One of the things that I promised myself when I got into Culinary school is to study abroad — and I am finally a sheer month away from crossing that off my list! 🙂

Read my post about our awesome lunch in Duke’s Grocery here – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/washington-dc-dukes-grocery/

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It’s been a while since my last outfit post. I mean, let’s face it friends, I am not too good at it. LOL

But yeah, I will tryyyyy my very best to make each post worthwhile.

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If there is anything that I can’t give up from my closet, that would be this H&M jacket.

 

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I remember it as my first splurge after being here for only a week 2 years ago. I just can’t help it, the soft pink color and the gold buttons (I have this thing about gold buttons).

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Anghelica’s

 

Hello dolls and hello APRIL!!! It’s official, A and I are only days away from celebrating our second anniversary. The weather is getting nicer now and I am just hoping that our anniversary weekend will be as good as last year’s. Anyway, one of the things that I am missing terribly is authentic Filipino food. It’s so weird cause I am not really the kind of Filipino who requests for Pinoy food every week, when I was still home I would often suggest Japanese,Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, European or Italian food when we go out. BUT one thing that I could not resist are Filipino Desserts! I cannot go a week without having my kakanin or ube fix. And I must say, I go gaga over ube.

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Best ube dessert I had!!!

Uhhhh why can’t I just have this now??? Whyyyy!!?!?

 

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The person behind this amazing ube leche flan cake is probably the nicest and coolest Chef that I know. And I am not only saying this cause she understands my kaartehan BUT because she really is amazing like that.

Two of the best Filipino desserts in one?? YES PLEASE!

I wish I have a better photo of this heavenly delight when I ordered the first time, but my family just massacred this thing  after I opened the box. It was toooo good!!!

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I am such a fan. I can’t sit and  just look at her posts on Facebook when she launched her “Dulce Queso Mamon and Smore’s”.

It’s such a shame cause Chef Ann just came up with another dessert and I am like 1 million miles away from the Philippines!! 😐 I swear when I get back I am going to order the biggest ube leche flan cake and the new baby!! 🙂

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Oh, Manila

April May 2013: A roundup of randomness 

I know… I KNOW, I haven’t been fair to this blog, especially to you readers. I have failed to deliver and make this page as exciting as it was. But despite of my absence, I am really grateful of everyone who has been visiting my blog. My daily stats never went down to zero and I have gained a few dolls on my followers list. So thaaaaank you everyone! <3 🙂

Anyway, I have been contemplating about life deeply for the past few days. The girls and I spent a lovely sleepover this past weekend and it has opened my heart into expressing the thoughts and feelings that I have kept inside, towards my life here in Manila.

It is disappointing to feel like a tourist when I step out of our home. To choose to be on the other side of the world than to be here. I have been very bold when it comes to my family and how they affect my choices in life. But one thing that gets into me is how the people that doesn’t know anything can say so much just for the sake of…speaking. It disturbs me how someone can just make my life his/her business, when they haven’t done anything but to be a professional stalker. My life was an open book before, it’s like a portfolio for some, just waiting to be turned and exposed. God knows how devastated I was and how I struggled just to be who I am now… happy, contented, blessed, loved, and existing.

Existing, yes. I remember when I was still in college, our Logic Professor talked about “life”, he mentioned that “to live is to exist”, and that thought is stuck on my head ever sinceHe said, you make yourself exist by living, by doing things that will make you live, and by doing things,that’s when you exist. A few years after, I realized that I should try to exist and live to have my own identity in this world. So I prayed and told Him, I want to feel good about myself,and be great at something. It took me 2 years to be blessed with such…and I am telling you, it was worth the wait.

So yeah, it still breaks my heart every time I think about my decisions in life. But see, God blessed me with something big and we all know how sacrifices work in our lives. Nothing great comes easy. It’s sad that the thing that made me feel great is at the other side of the world. In just a span of 1 year, I was able to learn a lot and hear the most motivating and flattering compliments from people who are highly-skilled, Top Chefs if I must say. I never thought that I can be that person, and it’s such a shame how I didn’t feel the same appreciation when I got back (aside from my family). Anyway, in a few months I will do what I love the most again and feel great. And be able to make my family proud (again and again and again) and be mum about it (again). “Let them wonder why you’re smiling” , as they say.

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This welcomed me earlier 🙁 I can’t believe that the browser that I have been using for the past 2 years (I think) is retiring!!! I spent almost half an hour transferring my bookmarks and jotting down my saved passwords. #hassle

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WEEK 1: Finally

 

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First official week highlight: A trip to the salon.

It has been 15 months since I last had my hair cut and treated. I had the driest hair in Manila!! I felt guilty after seeing almost 4 inches of hair on the floor 🙁 All for the love of…beauty! Haha 🙂

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Week 2 highlight: T Love

Met up with my college friends, Caloy and LA! <3 🙂

I forgot small servings here in Manila are…and how overpriced they are in unworthy restaurants! I don’t even know how to start with the VERY VERY VERY small shrimp that was served in my brother’s Alfredo pasta 🙁

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Week 3: Vanity and Family

Was craving pizza so I asked my family if we can go to Uncle Cheffy’s for some yummy panizza! <3 Sooooooo goood!

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Week 4: CC is for Chubby Cheeks!

My second Chanel lippy! Happiness! <3 🙂

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Week5:  Piggies

Fattening dinner in Sambokojin. We’ve been going to buffets like crazy lately and my bodyis not entirely happy about it. My baby brother is not a baby anymore, look how big he is! He makes me loook like a midget! 😛

74 days,

R <3 xx

Cross Street Market

03.11.13 – Early For Spring

Hey Dolls! It has been exactly a week since I last posted an entry, and I am glad that my words  has found its way to the rhythm of normalcy.  I hope it lasts though. Haha. Anyway, as what I have said before, I want the last 2 months of my beautiful journey in the beautiful city where I fell in love in to be shared in a different phase until I see my happiness again… in 130 days to be exact! Different dates will be thrown in once in a while, a bit jumbled up if I may say but I will still make sure that it’ll be worth the read, just like what I try to aim every time I write. So here’s another beautiful memory to write about.. a day that is blessed with the bright sun guiding us to see beautiful things,and photos that preserves our memories of how lovely that day was.

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It’s such a shame that it took me a year to know what’s inside this building. I always see it every time we go on a night out with the girls but I never truly cared to ask what it has to offer. And boo, I keep on shaking my head still for not asking sooner! Cross Street Market is the kind of place that I like to go to on a casual and laid back day!

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It has all kinds of food that I couldn’t eat near our apartment! At least, good food with fresh ingredients if I may add. They have food stalls of home-cooked Asian food, desserts that made my mouth melt and FRESH seafood that I can’t buy in the groceries nearby!

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First stop: Bruce Lee Wings! 

Reminded me of Bon Chon and Chicken Charlie!  It was sooooo good it took me straight to chicken land!

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Second: Oishi Teriyaki for some carbs! :))

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Shrimp Yakisoba x Bruce Lee Wings = HEAAAAVEN!

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Last Stop: Nick’s Samurai Sushi Bar

Since we really really want to go to Wasabi again, but we want to save it for a special day and with special people, we’ve decided that our last meal for lunch should be sushi!

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My eel hand roll….sooooo good!!!!!

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Some nice photos during our stroll

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OOTD:

Since it was a nice sunny day I’ve decided to wear a print that can welcome Spring (though I am 9 days early) and colors that are light in the eyes. I like how soft it looks in the sun and how perfect it is on a nice afternoon date. 🙂

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Wore boots during our stroll so I can last walking for hours without complaining and tights to save me from the cold breeze of air! Haha

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Jacket: H&M

Top: Forever21

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Skirt: Wet Seal

Bag: Louis Vuitton

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What I wanted my outfit to look if it wasn’t too cold!

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Paired with the Topshop wedges we got from NYC! 🙂

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A lovely day for curls!! <3 I love dressing up for him! 🙂

130 days,

R <3 xx

Mama’s On The Half Shell

03.10.13 – Those kind of nights

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you felt hopeless and emotionally tired? And the only thing you held onto is the little faith that you have in your heart? I almost lost my grip a few days ago. But  God has amazingly touched my life again and used the people that I love to help me get through something that made my life move into a better phase. When God uses the people that I love to get closer to Him, my soul gets nurtured in a different way. It’s like He gave a new meaning to the word “amazing”. So I spent half of my day thanking Him, and the other half by appreciating my family and friends more. Mother’s day is just around the corner, but the photos below will not transcend to it so I will just let the single word from the title above commemorate my Mom,and how grateful I am for the support that she has given me yesterday. I wouldn’t get through it without her, just like every single day.

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He rarely goes home from work early..especially on a weekend. So when he does,we like to celebrate with nothing else but foooood <3 🙂

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Crab Dip – all time favorite

We didn’t expect it to be this big! So creamy!! Yummms

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It’ll be crazy not to try their oysters. Forgot the 2 kinds that we had but they were sooooo good!

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Met up with our friends after. Funnnnzo!

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#selfie lol

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Made banoffee pie earlier that day for the roomies! 🙂

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OOTD

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Animal print bandage skirt given to me by my sister from Forever 21! 🙂

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Messy curls

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136 days to go

R

Charm City

03.08.13: Hello Alexis

It is somewhat unusual that I post 2 entries in a day. But since productivity and jet lag doesn’t fall into one category in my life right now, I am stuck in my bed most of the time doing whatnot’s while waiting for the only person that can keep me sane in this time of misery. Just like the luggage’s that I have yet to unpack (yes people I am taking my sweet time) my desktop is still a clutter that I have yet to slowly sort. Truth be told, I am in no rush in blabbing about my last 2 months in the city that I fell in love in cause I feel like the words will slowly make the memories slip away. And as much as I want to wait until we see each other again,  we all know that life doesn’t slow down and time doesn’t stop.

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Wednesday: Dinner at Bill Bateman’s! 🙂

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Thursday: Downtown

Spent the day showing Alexis the beauty in Baltimore! 🙂

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Had dinner in Sip & Bite

Gaaaaahd,, how I miss Greek food. I would do anything just to have tzatziki nowwwww 😐 YUMMS!

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They got featured in Diners Drive-Ins and Dives because of their spanakopita

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OOTD

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Top: From my Sister // Coat: Forever 21 // Bandage Skirt: Zara // Leggings: H&M

Eat or sleep?

R

Tenth

02.21.13: Happy 10th!

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it”

It is a blessing to make it this far. No words can ever describe how amazing you make me feel, every single day.

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10th month present from the most awesome 🙂

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The usual: His x Hers = Beer x Smoothie haha 🙂

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We got crazy with oysters during the month of February!! Noms

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Ended the night with friends! 🙂 Will definitely miss this, them.

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OOTD: Forgive the bad lighting

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Winter  = layers and layers of clothing

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The most annoying candid shot ever, cause it looks fake. haha

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I don’t know what has gotten into me. All I can say is, I want to get rid of a bunch of clothes in my closet and before I do so…I want to make sure that I at least wear them once. Haha 🙂

Seriously mentally drained due to over thinking. So pardon my lack of sense. :))

R <3 xx

Tooloulou

02.19.13: Hello again, Frances!

One of the hardest things in moving forward to a different life is to build relationships.Relationships that can help me grow,learn more about life and not forget what I have been for the past 21 years before all these happened. It may be considered as a challenge,but I see it as a blessing. I once thought of listing down all the people that I know…or maybe just met. Crazy as it seems, but then I wanted to know if I matter, or how they stand in my life. I want to be part of someone’s life. I want to be the person that helped or gave meaning into something that changed an aspect in their lives. It is a blessing to be in a place and find people that made me feel like I am not alone. People that made me realize that when I comeback, I have someone that I can call a family. One of my dear friends that I can truly say that has made me feel like I am not too far away from home is, Frances. You can truly appreciate people more when you are in a situation where in you feel like the world is just going to turn on you in any second.

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I was so excited to see her again! I know that her being near me again is going to make things a lot better. For one, I will have someone to confide with and understand what I am going through everyday. 🙂

Tooloulou is one of the best restaurants in the city! The man behind the restaurant is so good in making me feel hungry in every status update. his creativity when it comes to making simple food sound so divine is so admirable that sometimes the boyf and I wishes that we live right next to him.

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Cutesy salt and pepper shakers! Gotta have ’em! 🙂

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The menu….now drool.

Excluding the market specials

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Duck confit pizza. 

I feel like he put this in an oven sent from heaven! This is so awesome it’ll make you cry.

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Chicken Gumbo

A weekend special! It was spicy and savory. This dish is just so hearty it made me want to jump up and down. Haha

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Muffaletta

I am not a fan of sandwiches (weird cause for a year I’ve been making sandwich specials 3-4 times a week). But yeah, when I say I like a sandwich, I mean it! The bread is just so perfect that it made me love everything in it. I don’t know if I made sense but yeah…out of everything that we ordered,this was something that I did not expect to like.

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Gator Po’boy

Mhhmm

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We love you tooloulou!!!!

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So happy that she’s back!!!!! 602104_608427122506108_794517630_n

I redyed my hair don’t worry. Those were the “dark and horrible” days for my hair. haha

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OOTD

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Top: Papaya

Skirt: Forever21

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I have nothing much to say about this outfit…or maybe I am just in a state of shock as of the moment. I am once again blessed with another challenge in life that I know I will get through. Anyway, enough with the life lessons (AGAIN)…

I love how mustard and navy blue looks great together. It whispers classiness to my ears and calmness to the world. with a touch of sophistication.

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And…when there’s a hello, there’s a goodbye.

Til I see you again, JT! Haha

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This was a month ago..but I can’t thank you all enough, dear readers for making things like this happen!! It really warms my heart to know that someone appreciates my words and photos! 🙂

With God, I can get through everything…

R <3 xx

VDAY: Her Outfit

02.12.13: His Princes

Hi lovelies! Before I talk about the last part of my awesome VDay date. I would like to once again, express how grateful I am for all the blessings that has been coming my way since…God knows when! I could’ve been on my way to the airport now..or maybe spending my last remaining hours here in a restaurant or somewhere that I’ve never been before. But God has been nothing but amazing to me for the past 22 years that he opened another opportunity for me. An opportunity to make things possible and for my life to have a direction until the coming year, 2014. It amazes me how one day I can be clueless about things and be excited about my future the next day. I love appreciating and loving life, it’s my obsession.

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Curled my hair cause it’s a special.

An obligatory shot since I am really happy that I can curl my hair without asking for help! Hahaha. #LongHairJoys

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I am a “gold accessories” kinda girl! I love how gold makes an outfit look so chic!

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It was still freezing cold when we went but it won’t keep me away from dressing up! 😛

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My modern “Alice in Wonderland” look. I only realized that when I changed my profile picture on Facebook. The tights and the shoes just makes perfect to be in character that day. Haha

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Tights: Urban Outfitters

Heels and bag: Forever21

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I love paring this blue dress with my favorite lace blazer! It’s not the first time that I wore them together! It just looks perfect for a nice occasion like this! Not too formal and not too simple. Just the right amount of simplicity and elegance 🙂

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One of my favorite necklaces from Forever21

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See you in a month MNL!!!!!

R <3 xx

We Are Young

02.10.13 – eff-you-enn

One of the awesome things that I truly enjoy about my “somehow” independent life here for almost a year now is the fact that I get to experience different things. Things that I could never imagine happening if I did not decide to step out of the shell and move forward. There are things that I have sacrificed to be where I am right now and looking back, the past year has been an amazing journey. A journey that lead me in seeing a bigger picture of how I want my future to be, and why God directed me to this path.

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I love celebrating life, in different ways. One of which is to, hangout with the girls and go our for some weekend fun! 🙂

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It was yet,another f-u-n night for all of us! Nothing much to say buy yeah…you get my drift. haha!

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Went to Quiznos after for some yummy late night sandwich x soup! 🙂

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OOTD:

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Lace Dress: Forever21

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Tights: H&M

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I like how you can transform a simple dress into something so chic when you wear it with tights. One of the things that I have always aspired of wearing in Manila is tights. I like how it shapes up your look.

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So happy cause I was able to curl my hair nicely!!!! MY sister would be so proud of me when I get home. Hahaha 🙂

P.S.. It takes time and practice for a “used-to-be-short-hair-girl” like me!

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VDAY posts, coming up!

R <3 xx

Where’s Waldo?

01.17.13: Happy Birthday, Charm!

One of the things that gives us comfort in amidst of loneliness is to celebrate – birthdays, accomplishments, weekend off, being-cut-off-early-from-work-and-not-having-to-wake-up-early-the-next-day, and yadda yadda just some weird stuff just to give us a reason to have f-u-n. Almost a month ago, my roomie Charm celebrated her 22nd birthday. Lucky for us, I was scheduled to have the day-off,so I was able to help with her birthday shenanigans.

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Charm and Jhade! 🙂

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My outfit screams “Where’s Waldo”. I wanted to wear red for Charm’s birthday, but I accidentally came up with a costume party worthy outfit!  LOL

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Our Grnadpa in Walmart #chos

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I love how you can go all out on decorations here in the US even if it’s just a simple celebration! 🙂 Something that I enjoy doing – decorating for parties or gatherings.

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Made avocado shake for the girls using my pink blender! 🙂

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The many faces of crazy! :))

Inset: Surprised Charm with 22 pink and red cuppies after work! 🙂

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What I usually look like after work! Hello cold weather!

More pretty posts coming up,

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

BOYF

01.10.13: The crazies “First day of tormenting womanhood cycle:

I have been on my bed since I got home from work and all I can think about is how ugly I look and how awful I feel. “Happy endings” has kept me company and my emotions are just way out of control LOL. But still happiness is overflowing in my heart, I am grateful that I have someone who makes me feel special in every possible way ♥ 🙂 Someone who puts up with my crankiness and craziness. #Forever21″ —  It’s one of those days wherein I wish I am a boy,enjoying each day of the month without having to worry about a certain week. A week of pain, uneasiness and discomfort. Lucky for me, I get to be “one of the boys” once in a while. Mine might not be over the top., but it’s something that I am thankful for about this amazing blessing in my life 🙂

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Cooked dinner for the roomies and some friends after a fun day with ze 2 crazies 🙂

(a) Broiled Teriyaki Glazed Salmon and some fried rice!

(b) Went to the Asian Store and bought the 5 of us chopsticks! 🙂

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My not-so-girly outfit! It’s very rare that the chorvs would be so excited in buying me something from Forever21. He got all giddy when he saw this Van Halen top. One of his favorite bands!

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I love this airplane necklace to bits! It screams “me”! 🙂

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I know this is gazillion months late but hyeaaah. I won a $100 gift card from Wasabi!! I can’t wait for our sushi day!!!!! <3 First time that I won something on Facebook. if I can recall. haha 🙂

Happy love month,

R <3 xx

Random Thursday

There’s always something special in a day. Some people overlooks at the principle of beauty in life. If life turned sour for us, look at the beauty in it and make it something special. I am really excited about the coming week, it’s a testament of how God turned around things for me. I just want to live in the moment and thank Him all day for blessing me more and more and more each day. I took another big step a few days ago, and it made me define faith and hope in a bigger way.So yeah, life has been nothing but amazing for me 🙂

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Just some of the shows that puts my sanity into idle mode. Haha :))

(a) Grey’s Anatomy – is it too much to say that I do not ever ever want this show to end?

(b)Happy Endings – Just recently watched this show! I love how it keeps me smiling like HIMYM and Modern Family!! 🙂 And of course, how can I not fall in love with the 3 ladies in this show?

(c) The City – Beuatiful faces in a beautiful city. I am trying not to finish this show yet, just because I love watching how they fulfill their dreams…just like me 🙂

(d) Gossip Girl – I can’t believe that the story that I have been reading since I was in 2nd year highschool is now over!!!! I just had to post something about it cause it’s really heartbreaking!!!! 🙁

(e) The Carrie Diaries – Thank God I read the book, or I wouldn’t be as interested. Personally, I don’t like the person who plays Carrie.. eek

(f) Walking Dead – Need I say more? Can’t wait for Feb.10!

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Currently reading 🙂 Something to inspire me!

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Got my Pandora bracelet!! All I need now are charms!! :)))

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I rarely use pink lipstick, I just feel like it doesn’t look good on me BUT Revlon’s love that pink changed my notion about it! Yay 🙂

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Just showing off my long hair! Haha

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OOTD:

F21 from head to Toe

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Went to the mall with Ysan and Rizelle. Decided to go for a simple look cause it was such a chilly day! 🙂

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Finally wore the heels that I got for my birthday from my Dad! 🙂

Heels: Forever21

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Cardigan x Top: Forever21

Can’t wait for the weekend,

R <3 xx

4712 Club Road

01.07.13: Lucky to be part of the family

If I have to say all of the beautiful things that I love about my workplace, it would take me all night. Going to work happy every day, and loving what I do more each day are just some of the reasons why I thank God for blessing me with an opportunity to learn and be with a group of people who brought out the best in me. It is a blessing to find a place in this world where in you would feel like you are home even if you are away from your family. Work is amazing, I can’t express how happy I am to be part of this family. I get excited to go to work everyday and it’s one of the most awesome feelings ever. To love what I do, to be happy about what I do.

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Dinner party for the staff 🙂 It’s nice to be able to know what it feels like to be a member. Haha! Although the food is nothing compared to what we serve every night, dining in a lovely room, rich in beauty and history is exceptional 🙂

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with my favorite homie,Alyza! Haha 🙂

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with Jamie!!!!!! The person who keeps me sane at work when everything gets too stressful for me haha

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Uhmm.. I am pretty sure I was trying to say something! Hahahaha

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OOTD:

Went for a simple look with a touch of feminine colors 🙂

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Decided to wear this lovely necklace from  Forever21 to cover up the low see through neck line of the dress 🙂

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I love everything about this white dress from Love Culture!!! So glad that I was finally able to wear these awesome babies that I got for my birthday! Some killer heels I got here!

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Heart ring from my Sissy x Gold bangle from Forever21

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Gotta love gold!!! 🙂

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Wore this military styled coat that I got for Christmas!!! Love it!!!!

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100th

The 100th restaurant that we’ve eaten to!! 🙂 Yay!!

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Since we all felt that the night was still young, we’ve decided to go to Ryan’s Daughter! A really nice place near our workplace!!! 🙂

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I died!! I love spinach dip and this was definitely one of the bests!! The dubliner cheese just made this even tastier!!!! Most of them thinks otherwise, but hyeah…gotta love my spinach and cheese! Haha 🙂

Someday, they would understand,

R <3 xx

Million Possibilities

01.11.13 – Oh,happy days

How do you begin when your thoughts are trapped into a place that you don’t want to be into. How do you begin when you just want to move forward and continue with all the happiness that God has blessed you with for the past year. With everything that has been happening, how do you begin? How do you begin to say, this is enough. When would you know, this is enough. I am a stress ball right now, juggling all the anxieties and upsetting shenanigans that happened in just 6 days. The first 2 days were the hardest, the feelings were bigger than me that my sanity just left my own body. The third day was all about waiting with a hint of day 1. The 4th and 5th were all about feelings. And today, it’s about decision making. Most of you might think that these words doesn’t make sense at all. But see, I have learned something about life recently – life is fair in it’s own unfair way. I am blabbing like  a crazy girl again.  — this was me, 2 days ago.

After everything that I have been through for the past decade, I have learned that life goes on and people change – for the better or for the worse. It is your choice if you want to feel trapped, unhappy and be a failure. You can choose to have freedom in your life, be happy and successful. See, no matter how hard a situation is, when you feel like everything that has been going around you is unfathomable, or when you just see yourself on the ground, remember that, God is with you all the way. I have been blessed with a very dire situation last week. I felt awful and I was in a position where in I just want to escape. But, having God in my life made me realize that this is nothing. I resolved to talking to him more often than the usual. My faith is now bigger than my anxieties and I learned how to defy hope without questioning his ability to make things better in just a snap. I am still amazed, and forever will be, on how God can turn around things for us. In ways that we do not expect. Today is Sunday, and I feel blessed for having the opportunity to go to church and cast all of my prayers upon him. Today is Sunday, and I miss my family more than ever, but God showed me how beautiful my life is. Today is Sunday, God bless you all 🙂

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Random Fridate 🙂

Had lunch in The Cheesecake Factory! YUM!!!

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For the apartment! Yay 🙂

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New issues has just arrived and I still have 2 out of 4 to read from my December issues! Whaaaaat

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OOTD

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Orange is not really my color, but I love how these 2 colors screamed “this-is-a-good-day” 🙂

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..and yes, I’m a robot! Haha

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Steve Madden studded flats! Me love <3 Looks really good with jeans!

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What I have on my bedroom wall 🙂 A reminded of how amazing my family is. The people who gives me strength and the courage to go through each day with a smile 🙂

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R <3 xx

Christmas 2012

12.25.12: First American Christmas 

I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities again lately. Life has unfolded answers that I have been seeking for the past few months and I am just too overwhelmed with how God has been showing me how amazing my life is – every single waking day. Excitement is overpowering my entire soul. All I know is, I have my fingers crossed and my prayers and hope are getting stronger each day. Let this be it – I tell myself.

Anyways, I do not want this to be another sappy post about me not having my family beside me during the holidays. I feel like, I should look forward to what’s ahead of me instead of looking back to my not-s-good days. So yeah, I am looking forward to this coming Christmas, cause by all means – I will do everything that I can to be with my family 🙂

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My first Christmas stocking 🙂

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I do not know if  I have stressed this out enough, but yeah..Christmas 2012 was very different. 50% of what transpired was something that I have yearned for a long time.

Say hello to the delicious chicken liver terrine that Gerry made. Perfect 🙂

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Presents from the Stavrides’!! I am such a lucky lass!! <3

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Stocking goodies <3

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Super duper soft and lovely gloves x scarf from Joe,Fran,Erica and Julia!! <3

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The best pair of booties that I have! From Mr. and Mrs. Stavrides 🙂

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Lovely headband from Mr. and  Mrs. Stavrides again 🙂

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From Maria and Alex <3

Their presents really melted my heart. It made me feel like they care about me 🙂 Everything that I love!!

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Presents from the girls 🙂

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Presents from the Chorvs!! 🙂

I love everything!!! From the cutesy Paris stuff, to the cookbook and Vera Wang skirt!! I’m blessed <3 🙂

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Awesome airplane ring from the sissy 🙂

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Fab accessories from the Sissy <3

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My family is awesome! They made sure that I will open something from them this Christmas!! <3 🙂

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OOTD

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Red flats: Wetseal

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another present that I got from my Secret Santa this year: Aldo Bag 🙂

Dress: Cotton On

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Praying for the best,

R <3 xx

Christmas ’12: First Snow

12.24.12: Too much firsts in one day

I can’t believe how time just stabbed me in the back. I feel like I am just a blink away from the life that I have lived in for 20 years. Being here for a year made me realize how much I want to work hard to attain everything that I aspire for – as an individual, daughter,sister and a rightful person to be in someone’s future. My head is wrapped around the thought of me pursuing a future that is relevant to what is happening now. Sacrifices has to be made again and all I know is, if everything goes into plan, in God’s time – it will all be worth it.

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A lot has happened that day. Playing in the snow was the mid-part of our first December 24,2012 in the States.

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It would’ve been more fun and memorable if my siblings were with me. The excitement of my first snow experience just passed too quickly because my siblings were in my head the whole time. Somedaaaay.

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CHRISTMAS EVE:

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Karen & I

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Games x Booze x Great company

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It was a different Christmas Eve celebration, but it was still, just like any other Christmas Eves – FUN! Minus the fambam..

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One of the 2 photos with the back of my dress in it. Such a shame I forgot that my dress has a nice back detail while I was taking an outfit shot. Lol

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It was a very unexpected night. The night ended with a first and I give all the credit to Rizelle, for being an awesome human being! 🙂 Haha

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OOTD:

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Wore this lovely dress from XOXO21

Peplum x Lace..how can I not fall in love?

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Thanks to Charm for putting her finger on the flash,. Hence,the crappy lighting :)) Lol

Will try to keep up with all the back logs,

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

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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

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