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Archive for May, 2013

Victim of the Past

03.14.13: One step forward, 2 steps back

Have you ever heard of the phrase “don’t be a victim of the past?” I know some of us tries with all our might not to be one, or at least I know I have been trying for the past years. But in some rare cases like yesterday, it’s hard not to look back and feel like I am being choked by my past. Past is such a big word for me, it embodies my entire high school life. They say if it’s something good, it becomes a memory otherwise it’s your “past”. One of the beautiful things that happened from my distraught yesterday was that as I relieve my past, I realized WHY this page exists, and WHERE these words are coming from. WHO hurt me,and the people that were there to pick me up. WHAT kept me strong all these times and the reason why I I love talking about life. That tiny bit of hope that I am holding on to, the satisfying feeling of being able to inspire someone. It means the world to me everytime someone tells me that I have touched your life in some way through my words. I have recently made an account on ask.fm. You all know what it’s for, but unlike what happened to Formspring before,where it became a complete war zone because of all the bashers, I want that account to highlight everything about life. So I hope to see you all here —- http://ask.fm/RiannaGalvez

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We go to Virginia for 2 reasons – our future and FOOD! For our Thursdate, we had lunch in Uncle Lieu’s Hotpot. I love hotpot, so I had high hopes when I entered the restaurant.

Since it’s my first hotpot in the states,we’ve decided to get half spicy and half not spicy..wish they had a better name for it cause it sounded ridiculous when I typed it. Ha!

Anyway, I ordered woodear mushroom and lobster balls cause they’re my favorites while ordered fishballs and pork belly! YUMMS

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Most chinese restaurants in MD don’t offer chicken feet! Boo. So we order it everytime it’s on the menu. YUMMS!

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(a) Dan Dan Noodle – his favorite! Not a fan but according to him it’s better than Pei Wei’s (well duhh of course, Uncle Lieu is an authentic Chinese restaurant! haha)

(b) Bang Bang Chicken – I am whatever percent Chinese but I don’t understand the double worded names lol. Anyway, I got curious cause it’s the first time that I’ve heard of this so I gave it a try. Big mistake for me, not a fan of that strong black vinegary taste. So not for me.. the boyf on the other hand found a new love though! The BANG BANG!

(c) Spicy Wonton – finally….something that would satisfy me…NOT! I wish it wasn’t submerged in a spicy and hot sauce! 😐

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So only one of us truly enjoyed our lunch. Good thing they serve their fortune cookie with oranges, that made me smile! haha 🙂

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Since we do not want to be in a jam because of rush hour, we decided to kill time in Sweet Berry, the perfect place to keep me sane!

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Froyo x Gelato x Milk Tea x Crepe x Milk Shake!!! All in one cutesy store!!! ❤

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Strawberry Nutella Crepe x Hazelnut and Nutella Gelato… yumms!

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And as if a cup of gelato was not enough, I’ve decided to take this baby with me as we drive to one of the shopping centers in Fairfax, VA!

Nutella and Vanilla gelato shake! Soooo good ❤

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I’ve always wanted to wear this skirt but since it looks short when I walk  so I figured my trusty tights would save the day..again 🙂

119 days left,

R ❤ xx

Cross Street Market

03.11.13 – Early For Spring

Hey Dolls! It has been exactly a week since I last posted an entry, and I am glad that my words  has found its way to the rhythm of normalcy.  I hope it lasts though. Haha. Anyway, as what I have said before, I want the last 2 months of my beautiful journey in the beautiful city where I fell in love in to be shared in a different phase until I see my happiness again… in 130 days to be exact! Different dates will be thrown in once in a while, a bit jumbled up if I may say but I will still make sure that it’ll be worth the read, just like what I try to aim every time I write. So here’s another beautiful memory to write about.. a day that is blessed with the bright sun guiding us to see beautiful things,and photos that preserves our memories of how lovely that day was.

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It’s such a shame that it took me a year to know what’s inside this building. I always see it every time we go on a night out with the girls but I never truly cared to ask what it has to offer. And boo, I keep on shaking my head still for not asking sooner! Cross Street Market is the kind of place that I like to go to on a casual and laid back day!

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It has all kinds of food that I couldn’t eat near our apartment! At least, good food with fresh ingredients if I may add. They have food stalls of home-cooked Asian food, desserts that made my mouth melt and FRESH seafood that I can’t buy in the groceries nearby!

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First stop: Bruce Lee Wings! 

Reminded me of Bon Chon and Chicken Charlie!  It was sooooo good it took me straight to chicken land!

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Second: Oishi Teriyaki for some carbs! :))

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Shrimp Yakisoba x Bruce Lee Wings = HEAAAAVEN!

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Last Stop: Nick’s Samurai Sushi Bar

Since we really really want to go to Wasabi again, but we want to save it for a special day and with special people, we’ve decided that our last meal for lunch should be sushi!

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My eel hand roll….sooooo good!!!!!

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Some nice photos during our stroll

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OOTD:

Since it was a nice sunny day I’ve decided to wear a print that can welcome Spring (though I am 9 days early) and colors that are light in the eyes. I like how soft it looks in the sun and how perfect it is on a nice afternoon date. 🙂

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Wore boots during our stroll so I can last walking for hours without complaining and tights to save me from the cold breeze of air! Haha

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Jacket: H&M

Top: Forever21

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Skirt: Wet Seal

Bag: Louis Vuitton

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What I wanted my outfit to look if it wasn’t too cold!

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Paired with the Topshop wedges we got from NYC! 🙂

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A lovely day for curls!! ❤ I love dressing up for him! 🙂

130 days,

R ❤ xx

Mama’s On The Half Shell

03.10.13 – Those kind of nights

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you felt hopeless and emotionally tired? And the only thing you held onto is the little faith that you have in your heart? I almost lost my grip a few days ago. But  God has amazingly touched my life again and used the people that I love to help me get through something that made my life move into a better phase. When God uses the people that I love to get closer to Him, my soul gets nurtured in a different way. It’s like He gave a new meaning to the word “amazing”. So I spent half of my day thanking Him, and the other half by appreciating my family and friends more. Mother’s day is just around the corner, but the photos below will not transcend to it so I will just let the single word from the title above commemorate my Mom,and how grateful I am for the support that she has given me yesterday. I wouldn’t get through it without her, just like every single day.

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He rarely goes home from work early..especially on a weekend. So when he does,we like to celebrate with nothing else but foooood ❤ 🙂

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Crab Dip – all time favorite

We didn’t expect it to be this big! So creamy!! Yummms

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It’ll be crazy not to try their oysters. Forgot the 2 kinds that we had but they were sooooo good!

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Met up with our friends after. Funnnnzo!

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#selfie lol

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Made banoffee pie earlier that day for the roomies! 🙂

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Animal print bandage skirt given to me by my sister from Forever 21! 🙂

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Messy curls

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136 days to go

R

Charm City

03.08.13: Hello Alexis

It is somewhat unusual that I post 2 entries in a day. But since productivity and jet lag doesn’t fall into one category in my life right now, I am stuck in my bed most of the time doing whatnot’s while waiting for the only person that can keep me sane in this time of misery. Just like the luggage’s that I have yet to unpack (yes people I am taking my sweet time) my desktop is still a clutter that I have yet to slowly sort. Truth be told, I am in no rush in blabbing about my last 2 months in the city that I fell in love in cause I feel like the words will slowly make the memories slip away. And as much as I want to wait until we see each other again,  we all know that life doesn’t slow down and time doesn’t stop.

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Wednesday: Dinner at Bill Bateman’s! 🙂

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Thursday: Downtown

Spent the day showing Alexis the beauty in Baltimore! 🙂

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Had dinner in Sip & Bite

Gaaaaahd,, how I miss Greek food. I would do anything just to have tzatziki nowwwww 😐 YUMMS!

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They got featured in Diners Drive-Ins and Dives because of their spanakopita

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Top: From my Sister // Coat: Forever 21 // Bandage Skirt: Zara // Leggings: H&M

Eat or sleep?

R

of Moving Forward..again

The week that was..

The past month has been nothing but an emotional ride. My lack of commitment and time on this blog is making me shake my head like I just committed a cyber crime. It’s ugly in its own way and all I can think about is how to keep the juices coming out when the price is a tear for every word.

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04.24.13

The day I learned how to say goodbye and not mean it.

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The first time I missed a flight because of a 3 hour delay. IT was horrible in a way, to spend another full day in LA and make the agony of seeing my family longer. But every time I think about it, it definitely helped me get through another emotional flight.

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Dinner , breakfast and snack

I have to take pride in PAL’s heartwarming service. It took me 3 plane rides to get to Manila and the first 2 were just exhausting and an epitome of disappointment. Apart from the fact that both flights were delayed, the service was just below average. I always choose to fly with PAL. The hospitality of the crew on board and the services they offer are just beyond words. From the clean plane to the complete amenities that you will need to not getting bored.

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Obviously, I was a mess that day. The Fault in our Stars was my companion during my 2-day “solo flight”.

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One thing that I cannot do in life, to travel light. I am used to the weird stares at the baggage carousel already every time I travel.

But one thing I do know is…travel in style. I tried not to knock down the LV when I used it as my laptop bag and I must say, it isn’t LV for a reason. Haha

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Lauren Conrad dress. Tory Burch flats.

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So happy to be in my Daddy’s arms again!
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First Monday back in Manila with my favorite girls!!!

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Cupcakes from Vanilla cupcakery cause they are the sweetest ❤ 🙂
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15 inch Cheese steak! 🙂 The pickled green peppers were toooo much! But everything else was good! After tasting an original and a good one in Philly,  I must say, they deserve a thumbs up from the 6 girls that shared this! Yummms

 

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And as if the loneliness isn’t enough…I have been blessed with another opportunity to learn from. All up to you my Lord.

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Jet-lagged.

 

xx

R

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