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April 2015: Before “I do” is “let’s do”

Hello dolls!! Only 5 days left until we kiss August goodbye, how are you going to spend it? It’s another bittersweet month for me. I honestly don’t know how I feel about September yet. August is my last full month with baby A before I go back to work — hello loooong hours at work again. After spending 3 months here, Daddy is going back to the Philippines. So yeah, I am not sure if I want August to end yet. sigh.I am happy that A is off for the next 2 weeks so there will be plenty of adventures before we go back to reality.

Speaking of adventures and reality. Last year was filled with love for A and I. We stayed in the Philippines for a month and got married. It was an amazing journey showing A the things and places that I grew up loving. We’ve been reminiscing about our “life in Manila” lately and how he wants baby A to try all the Asian dishes that he ate when he was there. Haaay… I can’t wait to go back to the Philippines with #MyABoys😉

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Before “I do” is “Let’s Do”

Having a destination wedding is not easy. There were a lot of things that I had to consider — like, I really wanted to do a lot of DIY stuff for my wedding but travelling or shipping a lot of stuff from the US to the Philippines is another challenge that I will have to deal with, so I minimized the DIYs that I had to do here. Every time I have to make a decision I would always remind myself to be smart about it.

Prior to our wedding day, A and I would go on “lunch meetings” to talk about our big day. No distractions, just the two of us making decisions —it’s really helpful to have alone time with your fiance when finalizing details. Instead of pressuring A, I get his full attention with a one on one date and food. 

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Love At First Sight

Mara Chua x Jimmy Choo

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One rule I had for myself as a bride-to-be: only hire the best

Best caterer (K by Cunanan), best photographer (Pat Dy), best videographer (Jason Magbanua), best wedding coordinator (Monina E), and best fashion designer (Mara Chua)

These people made my life easier. All I had to do was to trust them.

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I was speechless when I saw my dress!!!

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I told Mara I am not traditional. I do not want white. No lace either. I let her design a dress for me. She did not really have to draw anything in front of me when I first met her, cause in my head it was already a YES. I did not really have a clear vision of what I want my wedding gown to be, just 4 things that I want to see — not white, no lace,long trail, and off shoulder ( I love off shoulder too much!)

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Mara definitely made me the happiest bride by making me something so beautiful and unique! Every part of my dress was well crafted.. Look at all the beads on my dress, it was sewn one by one!

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The trail was one of a kind. Not your typical plain jane. Look at that beautiful accent that more than 3 people had to work on. I remember going to her office several times and seeing her employees working on my dress for days. My dress was full of character and made with love, which I felt as soon as I tried it on.

One day, I am going to wear it again! A gave me an idea of doing a photoshoot like our pre-nup in New York. So leeeet’s see😉

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Maid of honor, bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, Bride-to-be.


This post is not going to be complete without me talking about food!😉

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My family and I love Singapore! We adore their food so much!! Bugis is now one of my favorite restaurants in Manila. Their laksa is soooo good I could literally buy a plane ticket now just to have a bowl of it.

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Other dishes that we tried. I wasn’t really able to try most of it because I was enjoying the laksa too much.

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Hainanese Chicken to make our Singaporean dinner complete!🙂


One of my favorite moments in the Philippines. When Daddy and A went on a lunch date before our wedding🙂

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…so of course they went to Le Ching for dim sum! ha


A lot of bride-to-bes go on a strict diet and workout routine before the wedding. I wasn’t able to do that because I was already on my feet at least 50 hours every week, work became my workout.

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Since I love boxing, I told A that I do not want to go back to the US without us boxing together. So we did it a couple of days before the wedding. It became more of a laughing experience with him!

2 days before the wedding!!

xx

R

Kitchen Diaries: Winter

Winter 2015

Hello, dolls!! Hello, August!! It feels a little weird to blog about winter when it’s super hot right now. The best month for our family this year has come to and end and I really wish it did not have to. My camera is full of beautiful pictures, and my hearts is filled with beautiful memories from the past month. I honestly couldn’t wait to share it here — which we all know is going to be next year because I am still working on entries from last year HA

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The brutal weather right now is making me miss fall and spring, when the weather is just right. Winter is my least favorite but I have to say, I am pretty excited to dress up my baby A in winter clothes this year.

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I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t get to cook for my family that much. One of the perks of living with parents is having food on the table all the time. Before I could think about what to cook for them, Mama or Daddy has a pot of sinigang or adobo already waiting for us.  Read the rest of this entry »

Winter 2015

Hello, dolls!! How’s your July so far? Mine’s been surreal. I can’t believe that after 14 months, our family is complete again. I’ve always imagined what it would be like to live with my family here in the US, and now it’s finally happening — we are living the dream. Having my family here means being surrounded with food all.the.time. The best part of being with them here is eating together. Geez how I missed that! I wake up with the smell of Mama’s garlic fried rice, and then we all gather at the dining table to talk about what we will eat for lunch, plan our day and go on an adventure, then we all sit down again to have dinner (if we’re lucky, we get to have dessert before we go to bed).

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I would sometimes think about how life was for A and I before. We spent most of our time at work, go on adventures during our days off, and make sure we get to cook together at home.

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One of my favorite dishes that we cooked at home.

Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna with Bok Choy, Chinese Noodles, and Soy-Ginger Sauce Read the rest of this entry »

Lola’s 75th

04.13.2015:My #1

Hello, dolls!!🙂 What a month! I can’t believe that our baby A is 13 days old now — did I really give birth 2 weeks ago? My family keeps on telling me it seems like I did not give birth at all because I am back to my normal groove (keeping myself busy with stuff!).Only difference is I have the cutest little boy in my arms!I love devoting my time for his feeding , changing his diaper doesn’t bother me (cause it doesn’t smell yet!haha), and I also like seeing our family hold him. I know some people can get overprotective with their newborn, not me when it comes to family! He is loved by many and I want him to know and feel that.

Anyway, I bet my family felt the same way when I was born. Especially my Lola,just like how my Mom and Mom-In-Law are with baby A! They always say it’s different with the first grandchild, and I can see why. The anticipation, the feeling of having a new role in someone’s life, and the love. I am my Lola’s first, and I remember growing up and seeing her every week! Growing up, every Sunday I cried because that’s the day that she would go home. I remember her taking me to Quiapo to watch a movie and it’s still by far the best movie date ever. My Lola is my #1, so what are the odds of her turning 75 the same year we are home for our wedding? We all know it’s not easy to go home when you live abroad, but aaah God is just really good to us!

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My Lola is the simplest person that I know. She is not hard to please. I remember every Saturday my siblings and I would make sure we order pizza for merienda (afternoon snack) because that is her favorite. I would get really emotional when she goes to our house and she has pizza for us. I feel like we should be the one treating her! Not the other way around.

She is not a shopaholic and maarte like me. She will only buy something if she really needs it, like when something breaks and she has to replace it. Her happiness is us, her family. She doesn’t like the thought of spending too much .She is the most selfless person that I know.So for her birthday, Mama planned a simple celebration with the entire family — Lola’s siblings, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and us!

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We went to The Food Club. A new buffet restaurant in Manila.  Read the rest of this entry »

Laduree New York

12.23.14: Our best brunch date (so far)

Hello, dolls!!! Happy weekend!🙂 This “waiting game” is making me the most impatient person in the world right now. I know some Moms can relate to me about this anxiety I am feeling right now.WE ALL WANT TO MEET YOU NOW BABY A! –That’s what I am literally yelling in my head for the past week now. I am not overdue yet, technically I can go until July 4th which is my 41st week, buttttt it’s my due date and I want him ouuuut! I guess it’s the fact that his room is ready, everything’s ready for him.. I find myself going to his room more than 10 times a day to organize and see if I have everything for him for the nth time. We have over 1000 diapers and almost 2000 wipes waiting to be used (I do not want to sound excited about the #DiaperLife but yeaaaah). I guess, I just can’t wait to hold his tiny hands and smell his tiny feet <3 Save me the “are you guys ready” lecture, I do not need to hear it for the 100th time this month wink

Maybe I am just getting frustrated because I miss work…I miss working!!! I NEED to be responsible of something other than myself, so yeah I am excited to take care of baby A!🙂 Anyway, I am also excited to go on adventures with our little family. I know I am making it sound easy and I am being presumptuous that we can actually go on adventures anytime soon..but hey! With the right set of mind it’s possible😉

*P.S. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy the very next day I was working on this blog. I uploaded my birth story on Facebook and it’s shared to public. Read about it here :) Alexander Constantine Stavrides❤ 

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So for now, I am just going to look back at our adventures and think about the future ones on our list🙂

I know it took me a while to work on this entry. It’s too beautiful and I feel like I need to be in the right moment to work on something like this. haha

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Heaven❤ Read the rest of this entry »

04.07.2015: K by Cunanan x Chinatown

Hello, dolls! Happy weekend!! Aaah finally, time to relax..wait, do I really have time to relax this weekend? 

My parents are going to be here in less than 48 hours!!! Meaning I only have less than 48 hours to gussy up our home. It’s a bit challenging because today is a work day so there goes half of my 48 hours :( Anyway, my parents said (especially my Mom) they do not mind the mess that they would rather help me…but I do!!! So yes I am crossing my fingers that this house will be in good shape when they get here. P.S. my pregnant self can’t do all the work obviously so I hired some help. I can’t wait!

I love reminiscing about our wedding, and I also like to look back and remember the things that we did to get ready for it.It was challenging of course, but definitely worth it.

*okay so obviously I wasn’t able to post this 2 weeks ago because things got prettty crazy again haha

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I love white.

Every time I plan a party, I always opt for the color white. Maybe because I am super OC so I like things to look clean…or maybe because I love the purity of white.

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I know some brides had to drag their grooms when it comes to the feminine side of wedding planning. I mean, let’s be honest, planning a wedding is not easy and it involves a lot of kaartehan aka details that men don’t want to deal with.Women are great when it comes to nailing down things like planning a wedding because we can handle the hour long meetings about flowers or cake tasting.

I am blessed because A was there beside me all the waaaaay. He even helped me make the bouquets for our entourage — hopefully I can work on my entries about our wedding soon so I can share the photos soon!  Read the rest of this entry »

Cunningham’s Bakery

Fall 2015

Hello, dolls!! Hello, memorial day weekend!🙂 I feel like I am in Manila again because of the weather! Seriously, it’s not even summer yet but it feels like it. Now I understand why pregnant women are extra moody when it’s hot — the level of discomfort is x100! back pain, nausea, and sweat!

June is around the corner meaning…I will be seeing my parents in a week and our little love a couple of days/weeks after that!🙂 Our excitement in meeting him is building up everyday! Which reminds me…I have to finish organizing is nursery SOON! yikes

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A lot of people go to the beach on memorial day weekend. This year,since we still have a couple of things to do around the house (and since I look like a giant watermelon) we decided to stay here in Baltimore.

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One of my favorite cafes here in Baltimore is Cunningham’s.  Read the rest of this entry »

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