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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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Greek Easter 2014

Hello, dolls!! :) I thank the #TBT gods for gracing us Thursday for throwbacks, the day that is “quite” okay for me to post an entry that is at least 2 months old. “Quite” cause I know I should be doing a better job in updating my page. My goal for this blog this year is to be up to date with everything and have no entries that is more than a month old wish me luck.  The amount of entries that I have yet to post is not getting any smaller, but I am getting close to bringing this page up to date so yea, I have 5 months!!! ;)

Anyway, I have always been excited about embracing new traditions and one of the things that I looked forward to when I came back here is Greek Easter. A has told me a lot of amazing things that they did over the years, and he leaves me drooling each time.

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This year, I was finally able to experience it and I couldn’t be any happier! ;)

I missed their huge Greek Easter celebration 2 years ago because work got in the way, and this year, A missed having dinner with his family in the apartment because of work…again. Haha

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Delicious Greek food!!!!

This entry will also include a couple of snippets from New Jersey after Greek Easter.

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Japanese Night

02.08.14: Moshi Moshi!

Hello, dolls!! :) Happy Sunday!! It has been another exhausting work weekend and I am so glad I will be embracing Monday in less than 12 hours!!!! So my mind is preoccupied with anything relating to the big W next year…and I am guessing it is going to be like this for the next 9 months (AAAAH save me). I promised myself not to be the capricious about the entire thing, but I guess it is common nature you know? To sleep with one thought in the head and wake up with a brand new one the next day. So maybe, it is safe to say that I am driving myself…nuts. Haha

Anyway, so I was able to cross off something on my list and that is to let my favorite girls know about their importance throughout the entire process, and their participation. I wish I could have asked them personally, but yeah…my life is so awesome right now, God reserved something exciting for me instead. Since today is family day, let me share with you a post about the girls that I consider family.

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I hosted a pre-Valentine’s day dinner for the girls. And as usual, we can’t not have a theme. I chose Japanese cuisine so I can practice on my sushi skillZ (yes with a Z haha) AND so we can play around with fun outfits..

We’ve decided to go for “Japanese Street Style” as our peg for the night, you will see our outfits later on but yeah…it was so much fun to be extra weird with my favorite girls! <3

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Frances x Roger

 

Hello, dolls!!! :) One of the things that I really love about the American culture is how they celebrate life and love in so many ways. Growing up, I’ve always been jealous of kids abroad who can go “trick or treating” during Halloween, ; teenagers who can experience being asked to prom in a cute-cheesy way; and women who can celebrate their bachelorette party with all things fun and crazy. I can see a lot of people back home who started embracing these fun celebrations, so I am really happy cause it won’t be too bizarre if I try and bring a couple of traditions from here when I celebrate our big day next year.

I have not been to a lot of weddings, and all of the weddings that I’ve been to I was a part of the entourage…which is weird cause at that time I felt really young! haha. I’ve been a flower girl, a junior bridesmaid, and a secondary sponsor. So just imagine how excited I was when Frances asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. I was very happy because I am going to be a part of something beautiful.

View More: http://sarahmichelephotography.pass.us/black-wedding

R x F

(c) Sarah Michele Photography

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Got more excited when I saw our invites. I asked A for this as soon as I got back from Manila.

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