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In Between Wedding Bells

04.2015: Food and “I do”

HELLO HELLO HELLO DOLLS!!! Aaaah I can’t believe it has been 2 months since I last posted something here! Probably the longest “blog vacation” since I started this blog — 5 years ago.

A lot has happened since my blog vacay. I am going to talk about each “new beginning” on a separate post, but since I feel like I owe it to this blog for being away for quite sometime, I am going to do a quick rundown of some of our beautiful moments.

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1. We finally moved in to our home. 

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2. I can’t wait to see my family soon!!!

3. WE ARE EXPECTING! The world is going to gain another cutie this summer <3

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So aside from those 3 things that I am focusing on right now, work and life has been pretty amazing too. I can’t believe that I have been “living the dream” for 8 months now! The journey of being a Chef is challenging,everyday has been an inspiring lesson for me — where I am right now is where I want to be.

My laptop has been pretty naughty for the past 2 months as well, adding up to the nausea that I have  to deal with everyday during my first trimester ha. My laptop is going to be 8 years old this year… EIGHT. I have no plans of getting a new one any time soon (meaning in the next 5-10 years haha) and I know any technician would tell me to just replace it just because my mouse pad was acting funny so I had to do some research and fix it… and I did. haha

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I have been missing home/Manila a lot lately. Maybe it’s the hormones, or maybe because we haven’t been home for almost a year now.

The closest that I could be to feeling like I am in the Philippines is to cook/eat Filipino food. That’s why I always encourage my Filipino friends here to get together haha

Anyway, going back to the Philippines with A means eating…a lot. We go out everyday to try a restaurant we haven’t been to, or go back to the ones we love. Planning a wedding is stressful (in case you haven’t heard about it haha) and it’s not just the couple who gets stressed out, the families too! So A and I would go on “quick lunch dates” to accomplish or do things for the wedding so we can talk about things as a couple.

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12.6.14: Pretty Little Things

Hello,dolls!! Hello, December!! :) So this time last year I was having the best time at my bridal shower. This year, we are looking forward to moving to our house!! After months and months of finding for the perfect one and dealing with the stages of getting the keys in our hands..we are finally just a step away.

December 6 last year was amazing. I remember feeling excited and nervous. Nervous because I will be opening presents in front of 25+ ladies! Meaning, I will be the center of attention which I am not used to haha.

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“being yourself is the prettiest thing you can be”

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Before I talk about the “bride to be” let me share with you some of the things that made my bridal shower extra special.

Just like this pretty sash that the interns gave me! :)  Read the rest of this entry »

09.29.2014: Little Steps

Hello, dolls!!! :) I can’t believe that my birthday month is almost over and I am only posting my 2nd entry for the month of November. My laptop has been acting up and as much as I want to get annoyed about it, I feel sad because I know it is getting old (like me lol). My brother told me to start looking for a new laptop because mine is 7 years old, I told him no and that I will do everything to save it — and I am going to.

Anyway, just a quick intro of why I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks. I still have a lot of things to share here and let me start with our wedding!! I love how my blog can take me back to the amazing feeling of a bride-to-be again. Looking at the photos that we documented when we were still planning things makes me feel like it was just only yesterday when we said I do.
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I think one of the things that most brides do first is to meet with a designer or look for the perfect dress. I had an idea of who I want to make my dress — someone young (like me), unique, and talented! I will dedicate a special post about Mara Chua soon. So yeah, looking at her sketch made me look forward to my wedding day more and more each day. I would literally look at this photo 5x a day!!

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Wedding registry is a BIG thing here in the US. I was super excited because I only saw it in movies before and now I finally got to do it…with the love of my life ;)

We chose Sur La Table because it’s our favorite store. I consider it our Toys R Us ;) Read the rest of this entry »

12.6.14: Oui!

Hello, dolls! Hello, November!! <3 Birthday month!!! Yay :) It’s a very exciting month for A and I. We started November with something BIG that will change our lives forever. November is super exciting because we are just a couple of days away from moving in to our house after my birthday. It was just a vision before, and I can’t believe that it’s really happening now!!

People talked about quarter life crisis a lot and kind of warned me about it. Truthfully, I am not scared. I have an amazing year ahead of me and the way I see it, with the amount of blessings that I have been given, there is no doubt that I can’t overcome whatever obstacle I will face.

With only less than 60 days left before we kiss 2015 goodbye, I wish I have enough time to talk about all the amazing things that happened to me last year. 2014 was the year I fell in love with Baltimore more. It was the year I opened my heart to creating a life here with A. And no I am not leaving Manila behind.

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Perfect image of pretty

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One of the best things that happened to me last year was my first bridal shower hosted by my Mother in Law and Maria :)  Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Ten Ramen

11.3.14: Ramen Season

Hello,dolls! Happy weekend :) Aaah what a week!!! 2015 has proven to us that it is really one of our best years. It’s not December yet but we already received a lot of blessings from the Big Guy up there.All I can say over and over again is “Thank you, Lord” since Monday. So to give you a quick recap of why 2015 has been an amazing year… as you all know A and I got married this year, we both advanced our careers, we traveled a lot, we were able to be with both of our families at the same time, and now this…WE ARE GOING TO BE HOMEOWNERS SOON!!! <3 Aaaah! Thank you, Lord! Thank you,2015!

Today was a great Sunday. Breakfast with the family, church, a little shopping, Roger & Frances’ housewarming party, and delicious dinner with the family to celebrate how amazing this week has been. Weekends for A and I will be busy and different until we settle. I am not going to lie, as soon as we found out that our offer was accepted, I was already thinking of my “moving out game plan”.

Anyway, before I get caught up in the craziness of moving out of our apartment and moving in to our new home, let me share with you one of my favorite fall adventures last year.

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An adventure is not complete without the perfect outfit ;)

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We go hard during the cold season — and by that I mean, we eat ramen or pho every week. haha Read the rest of this entry »

Journey to Forever

03.30.2015: Hello, Manila!

Hello, dolls!! Hello, FALL!!! Only 2 and a half weeks left until we kiss October goodbye. We just celebrated A’s birthday last week,and today I woke up realizing that it’s almost my birthday and the holidays again. I really wish I have more time this month to accomplish everything that I need to do before I get in full holiday mode — but really I think I am just wishing for more time so I can relax and watch OTWOL all daaay. haha

Anyway, speaking of OTWOL aside from swooning over James Reid, I am missing home a lot! My brother Remo just made us proud again by passing his board exam, he is now a certified Engineer.My Mom just celebrated her birthday, 2 days after A, and ahhh the holidays!! It’s always the beginning of September that I think about home more. Every month there is something or someone to celebrate.

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I know I still owe you guys stories about our wedding. I’ve been thinking about it too! How I wish I really have enough time for everything cause I feel like each week is just passing by too quickly.

Todaylet me share with you our most exciting trip to Manila this year — our journey to forever.

It was our first time to travel to Manila together so that added to my excitement. A has been to the Philippines twice prior to this trip and I always leave before him since my schedule is more flexible. This time,we made sure that we will go home together.

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It was our first time to leave from New York. We were so happy when PAL announced that they have flights to/from JFK again. It saved us a lot of time and money to just drive to New York as opposed to flying to California and being exhausted because of all the connecting flights.

I have to say that it was easiest and smoothest trip to Manila from the US. I went back to Manila 4 times since 2012 and boy…this was the best! Read the rest of this entry »

Ejji Ramen

10.28.14: Ramen and Fall

Hello,dolls!!! It’s almost fall!! Aaah <3 I told A the other day that fall is my favorite season weather wise. After the summer’s heat the cool air from the fall breeze feels amazing.This week has been exhausting, my team and I are getting back in the groove of our busy season — a season that will not end until next year.

It might seem overwhelming to some. Heck, I am already wondering if I can take time off to go on little adventures with A outside the state. We’ve been through this before, juggling the demands of work and our personal lives and the more I think about the more that I get excited. I know that at some point in the next 3 months, the last 3 months of the year, I will be able to squeeze in some short vacays and aaaah it will be ah-mah-zing!

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A and I take pride in the places that we go to. It’s flattering when people tell me that they get inspired with the things that we do,food that we cook,and restaurants that we visit. We are always happy to share…though of course we get catty when we see this certain couple go to EVERY place and do exactly the same activities that we do once we post about it haha

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There are days when I just want to sit at the bar and watch someone work ;) Thank you Ejji for having an open kitchen ;) Read the rest of this entry »

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