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Food For The Parents

February 2014: Of cooking for the family

Hello, dolls!! :) I can’t believe that I will be home in less than 2 weeks!!! Before I left to go back here in Baltimore, I had decided that I will try to cook everyday. I know there will be some factors that will hinder me from doing this, so I added the word “try” — I have a tendency of over beating myself when it comes to cooking so I had to play it a bit safe for my sanity. So I DID, I did cook everyday for the month of February, I DID IT!

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One of the things that I always do before cooking something at home is to check what we have available.

It’s always fun exciting for me to come up with something on the spot and I often see it as a “fun self challenge”.

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My Dad and I were hanging out on our rooftop one day, and I decided to whip up something quick for him for his afternoon snack — Filipinos eat 5 meals a day so yeaaap.

All of these ingredients that I have on my board are in our fridge.I love impressing my Dad with delish left over meals.

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10.02.2013: Hop on Hop Off

Hello, dolls!! :) Here is the last part of our second day in Hong Kong. This entry is perfect for foodies like A and I. We had a long list of restaurants that we wanted to visit prior to our Hong Kong trip so we made sure that we would try and visit at least 2 each day. A and I have traveled to different places during our first year together, though this was the first time we went to another country, we’ve made sure that our strategy will stay the same — keep our eyes open for beautiful things that we might see while on our way to the restaurant that we want to go to.

In case you haven’t read these yet, click now before you move forward ;)

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/hong-kong-and-us/

http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/hong-kong-diary-1881-heritage/

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We couldn’t wait to see what awaits us at the other side!! :)

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Big Bus Tours played a huge part during our trip. I don;t think we would be able to go to all the places we’ve been to during the day without BBB. The first time we went on a tour with Big Bus Tours was in Philadelphia with my teacher. I remember reading on their brochure that they operate in different countries as well so I Googled it and voila…. they have BBB in Hong Kong! :) Yay Read the rest of this entry »

10.02.13: Of Hong Kong sunlight

Hello,dolls! :) Can you believe it’s already AUGUST?? OMG where did time go? July was too awesome it was so hard for me to see it go, though I know August is going to be as amazing (or even more). So this is the second part of our second day in Hong Kong (If you haven’t read it yet, click this! http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/hong-kong-and-us/#more-8303 ) We’ve decided to go here first after seeing it on our way back from our sumptuous dinner the night before. We had no idea about this beautiful place before until that night, so what are the odds of passing by 1881 Heritage and seeing its amazing facade on an unexpected night! I am so glad we had our eyes open during the entire trip :)

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So who wouldn’t want to go here? It’s very elegant looking and British inspired. Read the rest of this entry »

Hong Kong and Us

10.01.13: Hello, Hong Kong!!!!!

Hello, dolls! :) It’s been a crazy-busy-AHMAHZING week again (but  believe me when I say, it’s the busiest week since I got here). So this is one is a gazillion months overdue, but you know me ,when something is extra amazing I like to keep it to myself until my desktop complains with the overflow. Anyway, this one very very VERY special because of many reasons.

It was our first time to travel overseas, it’s amazing how we were able to do a LOT of things together during our first year as a couple. We celebrated A’s birthday in Hong Kong, birthday week as they say! It was a dream come true for him, to try authentic Chinese cuisine and be at a place that he’s been dreaming of going to — the look on A’s face when I told him I have our tickets for Hong Kong was priceless. It was the perfect getaway after not seeing each other for 5 months. Aaaaaand now, it’s the best reminder of how amazing it feels to travel and be in a totally different place.

So yeaaap, I’ve decided to blog about this now cause I am tooooo excited about August and September! We will be traveling again!!! This time with my entire family!!! Yay <3

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I don’t know what has gotten to me and  I brought leggings with me to the Philippines! So I just had to…. I had to wear leggings on our way to Hong Kong, it gets cold in the plane so it was the perfect excuse. Haha

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 Hello, Hong Kong!!!!!

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YES

04.21.2014: Will you marry me?

Hello, dolls!! :) Today, I will be sharing something very special and personal. I’ve always had trouble opening up,and this blog has been my outlet for years now. I may not dig deep when I share something, but knowing that there is a place where I can pour my heart out is comforting for me. Before, this was just a place for me to vent and put my sadness into words. Now, as years went by, I’ve seen the beauty in life and I promised myself that I will try to inspire people through this blog by talking about all the amazing things that comes my way.

Who would have thought that I would be writing about something that every girl dreams of now? I must confess, I’ve always wanted to find my one true love before I turn 25. There’s something about growing old together and celebrating years and years and yeaaaars of love  with the person you love, you know? Something that made me believe in young love (without being a hopeless romantic) and taking risks. I still can’t believe that IT HAPPENED! I met the love of my life and he is beyond AMAZING! Three years ago I was hopeless and broken, and I ran away….I decided to clean my life and do something that I wouldn’t do in a million years, leave home. 

I flew 8,539 miles, with half my heart left in MNL. 8,539 miles to find myself again and create a better version of me. Until someone, unexpectedly came my way.YES… the time that I wasn’t even trying to find someone and the only time that I told myself that I am not ready. It’s crazy you know? How A found me, how he saw me at my ugliest and still looked at me. How I was so broken for being away from my family, and without even trying he fixed me. And how it just all happened, without me even knowing. It’s crazy…. crazy love.DSC_1295A

…and YES.

It happened. It’s official.

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GORGEOUS! A knows how to make me feel special…in every possible way.

Me: Why did you get this ring? 

Him: When I saw it I just said “thats’ her”. It was the most beautiful ring in the case.

There is something about a man who knows what to give his lady without even asking her.

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Sunday Brunch

02.16.2014: Sundays like this

Hello, dolls! :) I am so happy it’s finally Monday!!!! <3 This could have been a perfect Sunday post, but yesterday was another busy work day so I was not able to finish it. I can’t believe that it is JULY 14 already! Where did time go?? The only good thing about time moving fast is the fact that I am only less than 50 days away from being with my family again. And as if coming home is not enough, God blessed us with another big surprise…..an amazing family trip is coming up and I CAN’T WAIT!

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For my last full Sunday in Manila, I’ve decided to make our usual family day more exciting.

My sister and I woke up at 7AM in the morning to pull an amazing Sunday brunch for our family. Thank God for siblings who loves to learn new things!

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What’s brunch without eggs benedict on the menu?

I made eggs florentine because my Dad and I loves spinach <3

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Momofuku x Milk Bar

04.21.2014: Before the big Y-E-S.

Hello, dolls!!! :) Today, I will love myself more. I mean not that I don’t…In fact, sometimes I think I love myself waaay too much haha. But you see, I had a pretty rough week. I don’t know what hit me but I overthink everything or anything that comes my way. I get in this weird zone at least once in a year, not more than thrice if I may say, but yeah. I am just fortunate that I have A who is very patient who tells me the nicest things, hugs me tighter,and keeps emotional eating away from me.

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For our anniversary this year, A and I went to New York. We are planning to celebrate our anniversary in different cities (last year we were in New Jersey). I’ve always wanted to go to Momofuku, ever since I read about it almost 4 years ago. It took me a while to get there, but trust me, A and I tried to go 2 years ago but something as exciting as going to Momofuku always comes up, that we’ve decided put it on hold until April 21st. It was more meaningful for us anyway because we went on our Anniversary day! ;)

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This.Is.HAPPINESS.

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