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Forever21plus2: R is for Happiness

11.29.13: Hello, Happiness!

“That’s why every year I make sure that we get to celebrate their birthdays”.  It was one of the best stories that I’ve heard and those words has been on my mind since then.It crushed my heart in some way, and made me realize how blessed I am to have a Dad who gave us more than what a child could ask for. Cliche, but there’s no other way to put it. I’ve always had amazing birthdays, and I can only think of one that I really didn’t like — but it was all me (and my drama).  Amusement park birthday, weekend getaway birthday, debut, bowling party,night out “cause I am 19!” and karaoke party — these are just some of the birthday celebrations that I had before I turned 20. As time went by I realized I want my birthday to be more intimate, and not about me partying with friends (and people I do not really like), it’s about me celebrating with the people I love the most — my family. I know it is pretty difficult to celebrate my birthday with them because of my status, BUT I found a way to make up for it — make theirs more memorable instead or any event when I am home.

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Anyway, I have been really busy lately. My soul is so inspired and motivated for the past few days. I’ve committed to “ore “kitchen loving” until THE day. I cook or bake at home often, but there are days where in I let my lazy bone take over me. So yeaaaap, I am going to make this happen cause I love seeing my parents’ happy faces every time I serve them something good ❤

Before I move forward, let me share with you a little “#Throwback” thingy again. I am going to “commit” to this as well and finish what I’ve started. Since I talked about being inspired, here are a couple of entries that I posted relating to it 🙂

Drama Free – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/drama-queen-no-more/

Life and life –https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/page-5-of-366/

Of it happening again SOON https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/february-first/

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We went to Relish for my birthday dinner.

It wasn’t my first choice, in fact it was not in my choices at all. I originally wanted to go to Cafe 1771, but since my brother does not get dismissed at school until 7PM, we had to go somewhere nearby so I thought “oh, Mario’s would be a good option”. But just my luck, they were closed for the day! 😦 My Dad has been insisting to go to a buffet since November 1st, I’ve graciously turned him down every time, cause I want to enjoy a nicely plated meal for my birthday. So yeah, it was 8:45PM  and I know that restaurants will be closed soon so we ended up going to Relish since we were already in the area.

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300th: Good Morning, 23

11.29.2013: Birthday lunch and things that made me smile

Hello,dolls!!! This is my 300th post!!! Wow!! I can’t believe that I actually made this “riannagalvez.wordpress.com” happen! 🙂 From a “drama queen” who just needed an outlet for her dark moments to a “fun loving lady who loves life”.The transition of this blog has been serious some sort and I am just grateful to everyone who has graciously clicked the follow button, and who has been continuously reading my entries!

300 posts and I feel like I am still a newbie. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to beautifying my page. — A little segue, does anyone know how to do that “read more” thingy here on wordpress? You know that link in the middle of each entry that lets the reader read the full length of the blog! This is so shameless…but yeah, sometimes WordPress plays tricks on me by making me feel sttttttttu.. yeah

Anyway, I told you I have something not too big for my 300th post. And since I love #throwbacks too much, I am going to give you a bit (or maybe more) of a throwback for the next couple of dates. I chose a couple of links that is going to be nice to look back to.. entries that will tickle that “inspiration” bone or just memories that I love ❤ Some posts made me smile and say “aww”, cringe and just want to delete some photos, but mostly be reminded of how beautiful life is and how grateful I should be 🙂

Since this is an entry about my 23rd birthday, I will give you a little throwback of my 21st and 22nd! 🙂

21:Dinner —  https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/forever21-birthday-dinner/

21: Her Outfit —  https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/forever-21-hey-birthday-girl/

21:Sugar high —  https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/forever21-sugar-high/

22 – Dinner —  https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/forever21plus1-petit-louis/

22: Hello Kitty Party —  https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/forever21plus1-hello-kitty/

22:  Oh you know —  https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/forever21plus1-material-girl-meets-the-stalking-horse/

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A few days before my birthday, Alyza surprised me with a bag of “ramen happiness” from Ryu Ramen.

She drove all the way to my house and braved the traffic in Manila. This has got to be one of the sweetest things a friend has ever done to me 🙂

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And the countdown begins

10.10.13 First Rooftop Party

Hello, sweets!! 🙂 It is Saturday and I am….home. Before I got back I promised myself that I will try to stay home every weekend and spend time with my family. I only have 4 weekends left here and I want them to feel my presence at all times! I could’ve been cooking now, but for some reason, I am going to hold back to it until tomorrow. Yikes!

I am going to share with you our first “rooftop party at home”. I’ve always wanted to have a rooftop party since…ever! But it wasn’t possible until this past October 2013. I am lucky that I have a very hardworking Dad who only gives us the extreme best in life.

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One of A’s birthday celebrations here in MNL is this dinner that we had with my favorite girls.

The weather was very unkind to us so not everyone was able to come. And the “rooftop” scenario was not something anyone would hope for.

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TWG: Her Outfit

Little Miss Tea Lover ❤

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 It’s been a while since my last outfit entry.On account of me being here, I still have my very reliable sister to take my photos, so we are going to abuse the 30 days that I have left and take as many photos that we can lol. I’ve noticed that I’ve been pretty lazy on doing so, you know… standing in front of the camera and hope that something magical happens so I will look nice in photos (haaaa). But really, I am just too shy to pose when I know someone is looking at me! But as what most people tell me, “don’t put your outfit to waste”. 

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Hopefully, in the next couple months I will be able to post more outfit shots. And publish shameless style related posts.

You know…cause I like to share haha

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TWG (again and again)

10.08.13: Tea-b-Tea

Hello, dolls! 🙂 It’s #tbt time, the time when the universe makes it acceptable for me to post entries that are 3 months overdue. This week, I feel like I have time on my hands. Though, I must admit, it is not how I want it to be. My face is still swollen and I am saving Manila from seeing another jeje-face so I am locking myself up in this room until my face gets visibly better. (#MaarteGirlProblems).

I am milk “tea” lover, I love it so much that during my first 13 months in the US, I would die every time A would get me a milk tea (or should I say 2 large taro milk teas!). I never appreciated drinking hot tea alone, until we had afternoon tea with his Mom. For the past years, I would always try to add sugar, honey, or milk on mine. Up to the point that it loses its original flavor already (yikes). So yeah, that afternoon made me fall in love with tea all over again.

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A introduced me to afternoon/high tea, and I introduced him to…. TWG ❤

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Red Onion Cafe

10.08.13: Forever21 x 21 on 21 ❤

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 So the past 24 hours has been cuuuuhrazy! I had my right wisdom tooth extracted yesterday and I look like Jollibee again. It was,as expected, successful. Just like my previous molar extraction,I was in the loving hands of my Aunts again. I am going to stop myself now and just give my second oral surgery its own shining moment just like the first one 🙂

Anyway, A and I are celebrating our 21st month together. I think this is the first time that I really said it “out loud” on this blog. So yeah, I think sharing another snippet from his 3 week vacay here in the Philippines is just perfect for today 🙂

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Red Onion Cafe with PPG

Another heavenly delight for my favorite fake-Asian ❤

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Our Kitchen Diaries

October 2013

Hello ,dolls!!! 🙂 I am back with another blog post about A’s 3 week vacation here in the Philippines 🙂 I am going to skip to our “pre and post Hong Kong trip”…just because. But really, I just want to work on that when I have a clearer view about things. Like no travel jitters about next month– just me, my piece of mind and the happiness that we felt during our 6 days in Hong Kong. So before I get to that sappy lane of being lonely and excited about my departure for the US next month, I will stop myself now and proceed to the photos below 🙂

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Before we left for Hong Kong, A and I decided to cook dinner for my family.

Since we just got back from Palawan the day before, we promised my parents that we will only go out to buy ingredients for our…BURGER NIGHT!!! 🙂

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