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Sugar, spice, and a pinch of GLAM

Posts tagged ‘Friendship’

Sirius Espresso

09.12.14: Great food makes a trip

Hello,dolls!!! Happy hump day 😉 Aaah I can’t believe we only have less than 3 weeks left until we officially start our wedding journey. 2 Mondays left to accomplish everything that we need to do before our departure…oh the excitement of knowing that I will have a month filled with adventures and LOVE!!! <3

Looking at photos from our trip in Asia 6 months ago pumps me up more. I can’t wait to be with my family again and eat delicious food with A!!! One of our food adventures in Manila last year, and definitely one of my favorites is our trip to Bulacan to finally try my friend Karen’s baby… Sirius Espresso.

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I am always happy to see my friends become successful. As soon as I found out that Karen opened a cafe, I wanted to hop on the next flight back home and try all the delicious things that she is whipping up.

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I do not mind driving all the way to Bulacan just to try her food! Anyway, Bulacan is not that far from us. It only took us less than minutes to get to her restaurant without traffic…awesome! (more…)

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It’s a Kate Spade thing

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 It’s the third day of March,how has it been for you so far? For me, I am literally counting the days until winter is over (YESSS!!!) and our trip to Manila! I can’t believe that I can now say “we will be home in 27 days”. I feel like it was only yesterday when we booked our flights..and now I have to worry about packing SOON! Last month, I mentioned that my head’s a riot…well multiply that to 2 this month (and the month just started…yes!) I feel like I am still planning things even in my sleep which is crazy…beautiful. haha. There is no escaping….the wedding shenanigans and stress is crawling up to my sanity slowly.

So tonight I want keep it light…post something simple but worthy. Cause seriously, I feel like I’ve been thinking way toooo much that it’s almost like my head is going to explode any minute.

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I am going to start this entry by saying “happy almost 1st birthday, love!”

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When I say that A is the perfect man for me, I mean it. I sometimes think that he is a pdychic or something because he has never failed to give me the perfect present. (Or maybe I am just that easy to please….which is actually a fact)

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I noticed that every year I have a brand that I go crazy about. Like unconsciously or without even trying so hard, I tend to consider that brand when buying stuff. I am so into it.

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49 West

08.06.14: Annapolis Run

Hello, dolls!!! Happy #ThrowbackThursday —- the day when it’s (quite) acceptable for me to post my overdue entries.

We are at the hype of winter. It has been snowing every other day and so far I’ve been going out with at least 4 layers of clothing. I have a love-hate relationship with March. I want it to end soon because of the cold weather, but on the other hand I kind of want it to slow down because I NEED to accomplish a lot of things this month. I feel bad for A because I am a riot right now, I find myself talking about different topics at once, and doing numerous things everyday that we can’t keep to each other anymore — or at least that’s how I feel.

Oh time…please be good to me.

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With all the craziness that’s been happening in our lives now. A and I would see to it that we make time to just sit down,eat, and not worry about anything. We also make sure that we see friends once in a while.

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Our hungry stomachs brought us to Annapolis, since we were already going to be at the area we called Frances so we can all have lunch together with out little egg tart.  (more…)

Of Wine and Friendship

09.04.14: Girl friends are forever

Hello, dolls! Happy #ThrowbackThursday 😉 Whew! I just got home from a challenging shift. One of the things that I truly appreciate about my job is how we can create beautiful things in just 5 minutes…amazing if you make it 10.. and breathtaking if you give us at least an hour. The nature of my job is stressful, we are always under pressure and for the past few years I have managed to not lose my temper (although this year I had a minor hiccup when my sanity gave in to the cliche and yelled at someone —- which made me feel horrible for 3 days!). Tonight I had the opportunity to work alongside my Chef, for a 7 course tasting for 5. It was very last minute! I swear it was a roller coaster ride that I am happy to be part of. If I can have more days like this, wherein I was able to exercise my creativity and be respected for the my craft… I can definitely stay away from the negative thoughts that I’ve been having lately.

So yup..just thought I’d share how my day went.

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A few days ago I expressed how I feel about distance interfering with the growth of my relationship with other people.

As disappointing as it can be sometimes, I am grateful that I have these girls beside me.

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A trip back home is never complete without seeing my girls. Since I only had 3 weeks in Manila to see friends, I made sure that I’ll put my girls on top of my list.

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We decided to do “wine night”…you know, no more sparkling welch grape juice for us… we drink wine now. haha

Our sausage and cheese board

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November Girls

It’s never too late to have a new BFF!

Hello, sweets!!! 🙂 I can’t believe we are almost halfway through my birthday month!(time, you need to slowdown!!!). November is always sweet to me, even though I do not try to make it extra amazing, blessings come pouring to remind me of how beautiful life is (and that turning a year old is not too bad!).I am not the only one who looks forward to November (well….duhh) what makes it even more special now is that one of my best friends birthday is also in November!

There are times where I feel like I am not being a good friend. Times that make me realize that being away could be challenging in every way. Recently it would take me up to more than a day to get back to messages from my friends, and it makes me feel horrible (of course!) because it shouldn’t be that way. Last night I felt overwhelmed about everything that I NEED to do in the next couple of months, all I wish right now is to have TIME to make them all happen.

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Days like this makes me miss having my girlfriends close to me. I wish I could just give them a call right now and meet up an hour after.

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I miss having lunch dates with Alyza, I wish I was home for her birthday to celebrate our birthday month together, just like last year! But the least thing that I can do for the person who made being in a LDR relationship bearable for me for 10 months is to write an entry here on my blog. (more…)

Halloween Hits

“The Gift of Friendship”

Hello, sweets!! Happy Sunday!!! Sundays remind me of home..my family..my friends..my closet..everyone and everything! Halloween is fast approaching and I am still not sure if I will be able to dress up and party it up with my friends here (cause I have to work  late every weekend!!!!) Luckily I brought good memories with me to write about, so my Halloween is not going to be as lame as I think it would be. I am not big on scary stuff, and candies come first to mind when I think of Halloween. I don’t know if I will be able to give out candies this year but I know someday soon I can get crazy and make trick or treaters happy. Last year, I spent Halloween with my friends and I deliberately waited until this month to write about the good times that we shared together when I was home.

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 The reason why I am also writing about this a few weeks early is because I  recently saw these kitchen babies that my good friend Cams gave me during my going away party this year.

They brings me back to our “panic spatula” slash Culinary school days. I love how my friends know me, and how they give me the perfect presents! Just like the tea infuser cause I am a tea lover <3

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A few weeks before I left this February I had dinner with PPG at Mad for Garlic,The Fort.

We all do the same thing, we cook. Setting a date for dinner with all of us is always a challenge so I was very happy that we got to see each other before I left.

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Afternoon Tea with The Girls

 

02.02.14: Half of my beautiful m’s

Hello dolls!! 🙂 I can’t believe how EXHAUSTED I am right now.  My arms feel like they are going to fall off and uhh I slept an hour longer, I am pretty displeased about that cause to me oversleeping is me wasting time. I do not want to be hard on myself today, so I am going to stop myself now… I deserved that 1 hour extra,after all tonight is another crazy busy night at work!

Anyway, so today, I am going to share with you one of my favorite afternoons this year. Before I left, my girls and I decided to do a weekly themed gathering. For the first week of February, I hosted an afternoon tea party. Jho and I decided on this after our weekday afternoon tea date.

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After some research and conceptualizing, I am happy that I was able to pull this off.

It was the first real afternoon tea party that I hosted! I was excited and nervous.

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Channeling my inner Martha Stewart<3

Will start this post with food, add a little bit of friendship, and finish off with fashion <3 “F” that!

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Katsu

12.11.13: Of Wednesdates

Hello, dolls! 🙂 Today feels like my first official Wednesday here in Baltimore. It seemed like last week was nothing but a dream, I spent most of my days trying to beat jet lag and this crazy winter weather. So I finally gave in and updated my location on Facebook… I am now embracing the fact that I now live in Baltimore. It’s silly you know? A lot of people asked me before I left if I ever saw myself living in the US, I would always reply with a no and explain that when I was in high school I hated the thought of leaving home or one of my siblings living abroad. But now, now look at me…fate brought me here and it wasn’t all that scary after all.

Today is Wednesday and it feels weird that I am just here in my apartment waiting for this day to be over, and how I spent my afternoon without Alyza — laughing over great food and talking about life with the presence of our #COTD (cocktail of the day — yup I am coining it now! haha). It feels different you know? To not look forward to dinners anymore cause my family’s not around..and how I do not have to workout early so I can whip up something in the kitchen for my family.

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I can’t think of a single person that I know that doesn’t like Japanese food. I love how it’s so simple but very satisfying..you know? Uhhh I can just go for some awesome sushi right now!

I am so glad Alyza suggested to try Katsu cause I really loved everything that was on our table 🙂

 

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Crazy Maki ; Ebi Nigiri ; and Salmon Sashimi 

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Rooftop Party: Coachella on December

 

 

12.22.13: Of hosting dinners

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 We are only 3 days away from Valentine’s day and I am so excited!! I know most of you are looking forward on spending that lovely day with your special someone wink wink. I, on the other hand, is so thrilled to be with my favorite Vday dates — my parents!! My Dad has always made it special for me since..ever. I am planning to do something that I am good at for them this coming Friday…and I can’t wait to share it on this blog,hopefully SOON and not 3 months late.

For MZATC’s annual Christmas dinner, we had a “Coachella themed” party. Since we couldn’t all go to California, we brought Coachella to us…anyway we are just up for the dressing up part if ever we can so whatevs lol.I like themed dinners! It makes it easier for me to come up with a menu and cook more than 2 dishes.A  themed dinner will not be complete without dressing the part,that’s the second best thing about it — I get to dress up!. I’ve been crazy about hosting parties lately, and this is just one of the many rooftop parties that I will be sharing on this blog 🙂

#throwback: Cause it’ll be like this again. Wonderful memories in Charm City

First month – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/is-retail-therapy-a-curse/

First Timer – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/ravens/

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Merry Christmas, MZATC!!!! <3

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Of Forever Roomies

10.24.13: The greatest paycheck is not money

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 Happy #tbt day!!  I am really hesitant if I should post an entry today, cause I feel like I’ve hit my limit when it comes to updating my social network accounts.Yup, 1 twit, a #tbt on Instagram, and an outfit post on Lookbook seems a lot to me now! Beofre I make your eyebrows raise with my weirdness, here I am, writing an entry cause I need to organize the clutter on my desktop. It’s that time of the month again, where in I feel uneasy about the huge mess that I’ve created on my hard drive. So you know how I try to make my posts “appropriate” with how I am feeling, or my silly fun life? Well I think this one hits the #tbt category, probably my favorite cause it gives me an excuse to post all the photos I “forgot” to upload.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the exciting feeling of flying again. How soon it is going to happen and how amazing things will be. I talk to myself…just like this…so I can forget that at the other side there is still loneliness.

Throwback:

Of flying alone – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/on-the-fly/

All over again – http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/see-you-soon-manila/

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10 days after A left MNL, I had the opportunity to see the person who helped me make things “happen” and be with the people who made my journey almost a year ago extra exciting.

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And the countdown begins

10.10.13 First Rooftop Party

Hello, sweets!! 🙂 It is Saturday and I am….home. Before I got back I promised myself that I will try to stay home every weekend and spend time with my family. I only have 4 weekends left here and I want them to feel my presence at all times! I could’ve been cooking now, but for some reason, I am going to hold back to it until tomorrow. Yikes!

I am going to share with you our first “rooftop party at home”. I’ve always wanted to have a rooftop party since…ever! But it wasn’t possible until this past October 2013. I am lucky that I have a very hardworking Dad who only gives us the extreme best in life.

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One of A’s birthday celebrations here in MNL is this dinner that we had with my favorite girls.

The weather was very unkind to us so not everyone was able to come. And the “rooftop” scenario was not something anyone would hope for.

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Of looking at..CHANGE

September Random Heaps Hello, dolls! 🙂 So this is finally my last entry before I make you sick of my awesome 3 weeks with A here in the Philippines. I want to preserve all of our happy moments in every possible way,and sharing them here is one way. Anyway, I am turning 23 in a couple of days and I am glad that I made the right decision by not rushing things…cause I will be celebrating with my family this year!! Yay! It was so hard for me when my family was not around when I turned 22. I felt really really cold inside, I felt like a zombie the whole month of November last year. Though, I’ve already accepted the fact that celebrating my birthday with my family and A for the next 2 years is out of the question, I still die a little inside. I really wish that in the next 3 years, I will have not to miss another special moment with my family whether it’s my birthday, or theirs. It is pretty upsetting when you set your mind into something and you see a chance of it not happening. Cause life decides to shake you a little and make you think of other countless possibilities about the choice that you’ve made. I don’t know, but, either way there’s always sadness along the way. So enough with the sappiness.. it’s ramble time. ha ha IMG_8364

A book that I can’t dare to finish. I always get hungry after every page.

My longing for Paris and New York gets too out of control every time I open this book.

This book has addiction all over it!! For travel…life…and desserts!! Aaah<3

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I wanna say still not good enough..

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A different take on a Filipino favorite!! I was so ecstatic when Alyza gave me a bag of this!! YUM

P.S. My Dad ate most of it…which I kinda like cause I do not want to feel guilty for having too much sugar in my bodeeeh haha!

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First time I had this was after our lovely dinner in A’s house 🙂 His Mom offered me some and I fell in love instantly!! This is too good!! so just imagine my annoying giddy face when I saw this here in Manila!! Never thought I would but…YAY!

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Cause Matcha and I has a special relationship.It’s too deep I always give in…EVERY TIME!

I love anything Matcha…and I am so happy I found this in our local grocery 🙂

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Random tea time in my favorite CBTL branch in the Philippines…Resort’s World!! 🙂

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MZATC

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Random Yogurt Date

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The day I won over my brother’s long hair and made my Dad happy. Haha #UhhNoONeCanGetIt

The driver and jejekidzz

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Loves

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Best part of this post. My sister cooking me an egg for brunch.

Mind you that, my sister sucks in the kitchen.

xx,

R <3

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