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Winter 2015

Hello,dolls! Hello, 2017!!!! How’s 2017 for you so far? Mine’s been pretty exciting! A couple of changes here and there and tons of planning for our upcoming trip!! Aaah I am really excited to be with my family again. Year 2017 is all about “getting ready, planning, and making things happen” for me.

Getting ready to start something new. Do something more and get out there.It sounds vague right now but soon it will be out there for everyone to know…and taste 😉 Getting ready to become a part of something big aka the big move — which will also help me make things happen. Getting ready for Christmas this year because it is going to be SUPER AWESOME to have everyone here! 🙂 I AM SO EXCITED!

Planning… I am the Queen of plans! I can never go a day without planning anything. Whether it be the clothes that I wear, how I schedule my time at home and work, or anything that could possibly help me go on life without strangling anyone! lol

———- I wrote the first part of my entry before we went to the Philippines. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it #FacePalm.


I think I am just going to “officially” start my entry by saying.. I AM REALLY EXCITED to have dinner with my family every night again. I am still a working Momma, just with better hours! I am really happy about it because I can spend more time with baby A and still be able to do what I love to do!

I look forward to eating more pasta this year! Just like this delicious plate of spaghetti with clams.


Before Alexander, A and I were “okay” with our set up. Dinner together once or twice a week. It sounds pretty sad but we made it work.

So now, let me look back to our awesome dinners (and some random heaps) when we were still living at our first apartment. Pretty soon we will be using this entry as a reference lol

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Wedding Diaries: Bachelorette

04.18.15:  Last Fling before the Ring!

Hello, dolls! Hello— Good bye, December! Ahhhh what a month! Before I shamelessly apologize for not updating my blog (again for the nth time) let me just say that the past 2 months has been crazy hectic for me. I can’t even believe that I am finally able to do this now….blog.

I missed my birthday thank you blog, Christmas post, and the “this-is-what’s-up” entry. I honestly feel weird working on this post right now because I feel like I should be talking about how amazing my birthday with Mama was, and how we celebrated our Thanksgiving at our new house, and of course how memorable our first Christmas with baby A was. But aaaah, I guess I will just talk about it next year SMH because I am really really so behind now.

ANYWAY, can you believe we are only 2 days away from 2017?? It’s still surreal to me! 2016 is such an amazing year in so many ways (eventually I will be able to share my adventures here). The best part about this year,of course, is baby A! Aaah my sweet sweet boy ❤ I am looking forward to a lot of things next year. One of which, is to see my best friends again!!!


You know you have the best girl friends when they surprise you with a bachelorette party! 🙂

Look at this lovely invitation that one of my bridesmaids/best friend designed for the party! I love it so much!!! ❤


Happy bride-to-be ❤ Read the rest of this entry »

DC Diaries: “Our Spot”

03.9.15: DC before I do

Hello, dolls! Hello, Halloween!!! Growing up, Halloween is something I did not look forward to. Trick or treating is not a thing in the Philippines and I’ve always envied kids here in the US because they get to do that. Like how awesome is it for a child to come home with a bucket of candies? When I was 18, my best friends and I threw a Halloween party, we decorated an empty house and turned it into a Horror House! It was one of the best parties hat we organized!Every year after that we would all see each other on Halloween,dressed up as “someone” with clothes from our closets.

Last year was special. I can narrate everything that happened on that 24 hour period…but of course I am not going to do that because it might just bore you haha. So anyway, we went to Peter and Ali’s house party. I was so busy from work that I just decided to be “North West” (lol). Dressed in ALL black, leather jacket, and a tutu looking skirt. Anyway, what makes our Halloween special was my announcement to Gerry. I don’t know what hit me that morning but I remember walking to the Rite Aid close to my workplace. I bought a pack of pregnancy test, went back to work, and without hesitations I did the test. I remember being so antsy that night. I was thinking of a way to tell A, I was so excited to see his reaction! I took an uber to his workplace because I really couldn’t wait any longer. I remember thinking I couldn’t just show him the stick, I want to add a little arte to my announcement. So I bought a bunch of candy bars and put everything in a brown bag with the PT (I cleaned it first of course haha). I can’t believe it was a year ago already!!! We celebrated the great news in DC and had dinner at Momofuku…which I will be blogging about soon, hopefully.


Hello, DC ❤


We love trying new restaurants whenever we are in DC. For spontaneous date trips like this, we like to be extra adventurous by trying something new. We passed by Chicken Rico on our way to our favorite museum. I was super hungry so I told A it would be nice to try Chicken Rico because I know food will be served right away.  Read the rest of this entry »

Manila Diaries: Almost I Do

April 2015

Hello, dolls! Hello, October!! What an eventful first week of October. We are celebrating 3 birthdays this week — Gerry, Peter, and Mama’s. I am so happy I get to celebrate Mama’s birthday with her this year, last time I was home for her birthday was 2013. Hopefully starting this year I won’t miss any birthdays again!So Alexander is 14 weeks old now…wow how time flies! It really is amazing to see him grow. Every milestone in his life is joy to all of us. Can you believe he prefers to stand during playtime and talks A LOT now. Aaaah my cute boy! ❤

Anyway, Only 2 months left until we kiss 2016 goodbye. As much as I hate to see another awesome year go, I am (once again) excited for January to come. There will be lots of adventure for us! 🙂


I love 2016 because I did not feel like I was away from my family at all. My sister was here to welcome 2016 with me, my parents arrived in the US and June and Mama is staying until December so yeah.. I love 2016.

Although I have to say, even if my family could stay here for n months, I still miss the Philippines — I miss my Lola most especially. So yeah, 2017 you are going to be even better!


Now that we have baby A, every adventure is extra exciting, extra memorable, and filled with extra extra extra love.

I used to wonder how it would be when my family and A’s family are together. It happened a year and a half ago when A’s family (now my family too!) went to the Philippines for our wedding.

They were only there for a couple of weeks and most days we had to devote for the wedding/wedding prep. Here’s one of the awesome adventures that we had during their first week in Manila. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter 2015

Hello, dolls! Hello, work! sigh x100 This month was a whirlwind of emotions. We started September with gratitude and happiness as we celebrated Daddy’s birthday and baby A’s baptism. Going back to work full time was pretty overwhelming for me as a new Mom, I have to take a “break” for milk time very 2 hours — if I am lucky because duuh who am I kidding? Working in the kitchen is pretty demanding which ends up to me postponing milk time to another hour or two (which I really hate!). Anyway, Daddy is now back in the Philippines and my sister is leaving in less than 2 weeks — I AM SO NOT EXCITED ABOUT THIS. The energy here at home is not going to be the same when everyone is back home again.

September is going to end with lots and lots of rain…which makes me want to stay home and cuddle with my boy…baby A. Did I mention it’s Fall already? second favorite season is finally here!!! I sometimes think about how life was when it was just A and I. I always end up looking at our “date night photos” and reminisce about the good food and awesome Mondays that we’ve had.

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Date night at Maggie’s Farm.


…and yeap, this happened almost 2 years ago!  Read the rest of this entry »

Winter is Coming 2016

February to March 2015

Hello, dolls! Hello, September! So I want to something new, nothing big, I don’t think it’s even that important that I am now questioning myself why I am spending n minutes typing about it HA. Anyway, every year my first entry for the month of September will be titled “Winter is Coming”. #YunLang lol

Obviously the reference is from Game of Thrones (I can’t believe we have to wait until next summer for season 7!!! It eels like a gazillion years!). Anyway, September first marks the “first day” of the Christmas season in the Philippines. I can’t really say that here in the US because we celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving before Christmas and the end of September is all about fall so yeah. I kind of miss being excited about Christmas once September rolls in.


The other day, A made a comment about how horrible this summer has been (because it was tooo hot everyday) and how he wishes it’s already winter.

I told him I want to try not to say “I can’t wait for winter” during summer, and “I can’t wait for summer” during winter. We sound like a broken record every year, and honestly I feel like we will always complain about the temperature towards the end of each season.


Good thing there’s food for us to enjoy every time we get too whiny about the weather!

Here are a couple of our food adventures during winter last year.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 😉


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. 


Love At First Sight

Mara Chua x Jimmy Choo


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.


I was speechless when I saw my dress!!!


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!)


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!


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 😉


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

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


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.


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


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 🙂


…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.


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!!



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