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0916.2014: Hello, beautiful!

Hello,dolls! :) Happy throwback Thursday!! Today marks the first month of our marriage. I can’t believe that it has been a month already!!! A lot of people would often ask me how married life has been and I think so far I have only come up with 2 solid answers. First, before we left Manila I would say “oh you know, I like looking at his ring (haha) or the classic “we are very happy”— which is true, we really are very happy to be married now. Second, after arriving here in Baltimore whenever I would get asked how married life is, I would often laugh and say “what married life?cause honestly we both feel like people should ask us how career life is”.

 We were both blessed with great opportunities before we arrived in Baltimore. It’s amazing how God worked in our lives in the past year. I remember talking to A about our jobs and how we dreamed of advancing our careers. How we would it make it happen,the things that we could possibly do so we can cook the food that we both want to do. We never thought that we would be blessed with such amazing opportunities before we said I do. If there’s anything that I could say about our married life, that would be “amazing, because God is the center of our love, passion, and faith”.

So obviously I was not able to finish my entry last night. haha


Since it’s our wedding “month-sary” I would like to share a big piece from our wedding.

But of course, before I do so let me talk about food first lol


So one of the things on our list when we came home last year was to visit the venue of our wedding ceremony and reception. I don’t know what has gotten into me but I felt like we should have a wedding outside Manila.

I am a city girl and everything that I love and know coincide with the city. Everyone asked me before if I would like an out of town wedding and I would reply with a no because I feel like I am not an outdoors kind of girl.

Everything changed when I realized that A deserves more,especially his family who is going to travel from the US. It changed when I realized how much I love doing things differently and how I embrace trying new things. It changed when I saw myself with A in a big white tent that I have always dreamed about. Read the rest of this entry »

09.07.14: จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร

Hello,dolls!Aaaah what a week it has been! I can’t believe that we’ve been back for a week now, it honestly feels longer than that. So 2 hours after we arrived in Baltimore, I got a cold. A was already sick when we left Manila so the flight was already hard for him. Coming back and knowing that we to deal with jet lag and cold was torture! We spent the only rest day that we have for the week trying to feel better.

We were both blessed with amazing opportunities after the wedding. Advancement of our careers has been on our list for a year now,and with God’s grace, we were able to accomplish that before the wedding. 2015 is really off to a great start for the both of us. So yeah, we spent the past week working. For some reason,even though we spent longer hours at work, I felt like we had more time for each other.

The past week felt like a whole month (not that I am complaining). I just pray that I can get through this busy month without losing my sanity. So yeah, for now, let me share with you a page from my Bangkok diary.


I was not able to go to Chatuchak during my first visit to Thailand. I had 2 objectives for that Sunday in Bangkok — family time and chatuchak.

We are very fortunate that our hotel is very close to the train station because it only took us a train ride (less than 30 minutes) to get to Chatuchak.

Chatuchak is a weekend market. It has more than 8,000 stalls (which drove us all CRAZY). We knew that chatuchak is the biggest market in Thailand, BUT goodness, nobody told us how wild it is there every weekend ha ha.


Look what welcomed us! Mango sticky rice…aaaah THE BEST! And it’s only 20baht!! In the arport they sell it for about 120baht…crazy. Read the rest of this entry »

10.07.2014: Parisian feels

Hello, dolls!! :) Aaah I can’t believe it has been a month already…our Manila trip is now another chapter to look back to. This is the 4th time that I left for the US in the past 3 years and I don’t I can ever get used to it. Leaving home is never easy, uncertainty is a killer. This time, I only have my plans and aspirations to hold on to (and if ever none of it happens–which I doubt, I push through with plan B!). So anyway, I do not want to think about the sadness anymore, I have great memories with me that I can think about until I get to be a full time sister here in the US.

Yesterday was the easiest trip to the US for A and I. No exhausting connecting flights and we did not spend 24 hours in the air, it felt like we just drove to Ilocos or something. So JFK will be our official airport when travelling to Asia, which to me is exciting because NYC is close to my heart in so many ways.


Today, let me share with you the continuation of A’s birthday celebration in New York

They had a mock set up of the cafe that was presented on the Friends TV show.


We like to pay a visit to A’s Nounas and Nounos whenever we can. They live in Bay Side which is about an hour away from Manhattan. I asked A if we could stop at this Korean bakery that we saw along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello, dolls!!! :) Aaaah where do I begin? The past week has been truly magical for me! I am now married to the love of my life!!! I still feel like it was only yesterday when all of our loved ones gathered to witness our becoming one. I am still speechless about everything, there are things that I wish I could have said during our big day, but since I do not leave any room for regrets, I will just look at it as an opportunity for me to share it on this blog. untitled-68

Today, I would like to thank everyone who made our wedding the best day ever! :) Read the rest of this entry »

09.06.14: SATURDAYS

Hello, dolls! Happy Friday! :) So I today I am going to write about something that is not related to the wedding.. I need a little piece of something that can help me keep my sanity before the wedding. haha So travelling has been on my mind since March. A and I have been talking about going somewhere after the wedding (we are not going to have our honeymoon until next year) but up until now we couldn’t decided where to go. This is the first time that I am putting travelling aside, which feels very weird. Our Bangkok adventure is not over yet. I still have 2 more days to share and aaah it feels good to look back to all the things that we did…and all the food that we ate ;) DSC_1225A

Here’s the second part of our Amphawa advenutre.

Can you see A?


Amphawa is a very great place to go on a food trip! They have EVERYTHING!  Read the rest of this entry »

Almost..I do.

Hello, dolls!!! :) Aaaah finally!!! I am sorry for being MIA for a week. Being in Manila means dealing with poor service. For the past 2 weeks A and I have had our fair share of annoying stories about being taken advantage of government officials/ traffic enforcers and having no internet for a week (just because PLDT decided to do maintenance i the area FOR A WEEK!). So it has been a busy 2 weeks, I’ve always dreamed of being a hands on bride, but gaaah I never thought it would be this challenging (not that I am complaining). I am kind of getting frustrated about not documenting most of the things that has been happening since I’ve been home. I don’t know why but maybe it’s the fact that I have been so worried about being so bloated/swollen because of the sudden change of weather (from 18 degrees to 97!). My ring finger is having an allergic reaction to the hot weather that I am so afraid my rings won’t fit next week! #StoryOfMyLife. Nonetheless, I feel like we are pretty much ready to say I do…suppliers are picked out and all I need is for my guests to RSVP! Haha So as I mentioned above, I failed to document everything, so let me share some throwbacks for you that shows how my life has been like for the past 2 weeks. DSC_0898A

Greek Easter: Greek Easter was this past Sunday. We missed it this year and aaah I was dreaming about Greek food all day!

Thinking about Greek Easter reminded me of the Greek Festival last year.


it was a Friday and luckily both A and I got the night off. So we invited this little egg tart to join us

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September 2014: Hello again, Manila!

Hello dolls!!! :) Aaaah, Manila! It’s almost a week since we’ve been home and about 2 weeks left until our big day! If there’s a chance for me to stop or slow down time, now would be the perfect time to do so. A and I have been taking afternoon naps because of jet lag, not that it is important, but it’s something that we have not done before! RELAX and not worry about work the next day. Although I must admit, my decision is kind of making me nervous about the first 3 months of my return to Baltimore. Ugggh. Why do I have to overthink everything?

Manila means food tripping everyday for A and I. Whether it be home or somewhere A would get stared at haha. I am only have a few posts left from our trip here in Manila last year, and I hope I could finish all of it before I say I do.


Before A and I would go on a trip, we would make a list of ALL the things/places that we want to do/go to.

Being a person who makes lists on almost everything, this has been really effective for us. The deal is to go out for lunch and check one thing off our list, then come home for dinner with family. Easy.


One of the places that A wanted to go to last year was Lugang Cafe.

It’s a restaurant by Bellagio Group based out of Shanghai and Beijing. Lugang Cafe specializes in authentic Chinese cuisine.  Read the rest of this entry »

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