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05.27.14: Virginia and us

Hello, sweets!! 🙂 Happy (almost) weekend! Halloween is literally right around the corner and guess what??? No dressing up for me this year :(( It’s a shame that I can’t have weekends off unless it’s for something really important. No need to fret though cause I have good weekends ahead of me (hint: birthday month).

A few days ago, I was blessed with another challenging situation. It’s not as complicated as the other things that I am dealing with now. I wasn’t planning to react to it but I thought this could also be a perfect opportunity to inspire someone who is going through the same thing. I hope I can make this short so I can move on to my happy post. Haha

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“I don’t understand why someone would do this to you. You are always busy here in the apartment, sitting on the couch while watching your shows if not blogging or talking to your family, most days you are at work. Why would someone do this?When you’ve done nothing”. Those were A’s words when I showed him what’s happening, It is very peculiar to have someone cyber bully me when I’ve done nothing but to live my life here. It’s crazy how I am a gazillion miles away from my home country and yet someone finds a way to try and hurt me (but news flash: it’s not working!). We all have our fair share of struggles, and I like mine to be dealt discretely as possible. I think everyone who has seen me before would agree that I look VERY different now,I matured and love life more. No make up, clothes,and shoes can ever make me look the way I am now than the love I have inside of me. Love for my family, partner in life, passion, life -life- life,and my faith. I sometimes think that the people who chooses to hurt others are those who needs love and affection. I pity them because they find happiness in trying to hurt someone and think that it’s okay to find happiness in someone else’s misery. These are just some of the things that I think about my #hater/s. As crazy as it sounds,someone actually took the time to make fun and torment me. All I can think about now is how

I wish that person know s how hard it is for me to wake up each day and know that I won’t be eating breakfast with my Dad..or lunch..or dinner. That most of the time I choose not to eat anything because there is no one to eat with. I wish I can tell that person how I spent years and years of being called names and made fun of for being fat. I wonder if that person knows how it feels like to be bullied…because I do.

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Soooo moving on….I still think it’s crazy (…and cute) that I am marrying a man who is so fascinated about Asian food. Whenever I tell him  about an Asian restaurant he does not think twice about going to that place. Even if it will take us an hour or so…just like our trip to Fairfax. (more…)

First Anniversary: Ram’s Head Inn x Stewarts

04.21.2013: 365 days

Hello, dolls! 🙂 Today, I am going to share something really special. I know this is almost a year late but just like what I always say, I like to keep some things to myself until the right time — just like this one. I can still remember all the little and big “firsts” that A and I shared together, and how cute he was each time. Like how shy he was when he asked me on our “FroYo date” –which turned out to be our “first date” as well. The time that he was so excited to get off work early and pick me up from my apartment and bring me to one of the best Italian restaurants here in Baltimore for our “first real date”. The first time he let me drive his car , first movie we watched together , first Asian restaurant we went to , first NYC trip , first month together , and the first time he said I love you — the list goes on and on and ON and everyday is just amazing with him.

You see, I do not talk about our relationship that much here on my blog, but this week is like an exception. I can’t believe that we are going to celebrate our second year anniversary in 3 days!!! It’s crazy!!! Where did time go?? I feel like nothing much has changed, only that our love for each other grew (or to make it cheesier — blossomed like the beautiful flowers of spring). We are still the crazy kids who gets too excited about food and cooking and loves to travel and talk about whatnots in the middle of the night.

Everyday is an opportunity for firsts. 

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I’ve always wanted a man who will make dinner reservation for us and tell me “wear a lovely dress tonight”. Lucky for me, I met a man who did that on our first week of being together (major brownie points!!).

A made a reservation in one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve been to. For our first anniversary, we went to Ram’s Head Inn in New Jersey.

But, before I tell you about the delicious food that we had, let me start with the nice afternoon that we had.

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We started our day by giving each other our presents.

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Real Soon

April 2013: A round up of lunches

Hello dolls!!! Today, the world reminded me about two things. One, that life is really…really (REALLY) short. I’ve been having deep thoughts (and weird if I must say) about time and how it affects life. Second, I will be turning 23 in 28 days!!! I have never been excited about getting  a year older, and I know this year is the only exception (for some reason).

As a tradition, I posted my first birthday wish for the upcoming year. I had this silly idea when I turned 20, that every year (before I hit the big 3-0), I will create a birthday wishlist and try to make them all happen in 365 days. I did bad last year as I wasn’t able to come up with 22 wishes.

Anyway, I will be posting everything on Tumblr, so if you want to be inspired you may check this link from time to time 🙂 http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/riannabirthdaywishlist23

Before I start talking about non-sense, here are a few photographs that I took before I went back here in Manila. Looking at these photos made me more excited about the life ahead of me! It’s going to happen real soon…..and I have nothing but mixed emotions about it. (P.S. most photos were taken out of boredom lol)

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Best for those sudden cravings

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I love making my own cards, but since America is big on giving cards, I’ve decided to buy myself a nice set to give away to the people who touched my life in some way! 🙂

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Cutesy

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Getting better at it! 😛

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Vogue’s September 2012 issue.

Just because I think it is silly that my boyfriend is still getting magazine subscriptions for me. Wait for me babies! Lol

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The cutest Hello Kitty that I own now. I left this in the states and I kinda wish that I didn’t! I was so happy when I got this for Christmas from my boyfriend’s sister!!! ❤

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Random Sunday lunch in Chili’s.

I remember how happy I was that I got to eat out with my boyfriend for lunch on a Sunday. I also remember him telling me that he is so glad that I was just wearing my pink hoodie and some comfy gym pants #MaarteGirlProblems

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No one can ever stop me from eating anything sweet. Not even myself.

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One of best lunch dates that we’ve had. Never did it cross my mind to try Nordstrom’s Cafe. I am so glad that he took me there!!

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Cause something this good can’t wait,and I am not going to spoil it by being too full. Had my dessert first cause this baby looks so delish. And I was right, it’s too heavenly! YUMMMS

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Tomato Basil Soup

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Chicken and Wild Mushroom Gnocchi

It’s so funny how I was thinking to my head that I wish I could have gnocchi that day. We didn’t know that they have it until we sat down.

Everything that I love in one big plate. I died…..and went straight to heaven. I swear, this was tooooo good.

“I love you I love you and I miss you”. This is what I am feeling right now, and yes..I’ve gon’ crazzzy!

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Oh you know…the usual… his sandwich

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Straight from Korea!!!

My sister bought this VERY VERY SPICY instant noodles during her trip to Korea and sent it to me in the US from MNL.

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Another delicious escapade in Towson! 🙂 It really is true when they say…the food trucks/carts in America are AMAZING!

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Superduperkaduper yummy gyro!!! I have no words but AAAAAH! I can’t wait to go back to Towson for this!!! YUMMMS

Eternal is what we will have,

R ❤ xx

New Jersey: LBI

04.09.13: Never Too Early For a Beach Date

I am now at the stage where in I feel like I am just going to blurt out the biggest news in my life any minute now (I am pinching myself now as I type this). Something beautiful is making me happy, and when I say beautiful I mean…. the-most-beautiful-thing-that-I-have-ever-worn in my 23 (almost) years of existence. Speaking of beautiful, let me share with you a very beautiful day that we had a “few” months ago. Can I just say that I have the most loving man that a silly girl like me could ever have. I remember telling him that I wish we can go to the beach again,and before I know it he was already driving down to LBI in the middle of Spring, in a cold lovely weather.

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Cause I am lucky to have a man who brings me to beautiful places 

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Say hello to our “brunch”

Best pizza I’ve ever had (so far..or maybe the best that I will ever have HA)

Tomato x Mushroom x Cheese…just the way we like it! YUMMMS

I had 2 1/2 slices….and the rest,well… let’s just say he loves to it! Haha 🙂

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My own little piece of summer with best boyfriend ever ❤

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Cause we take every trip seriously. Haha

What’s a beach trip without ice cream?? 🙂

6 scoops of ice cream and a milkshake! ❤

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Our favorite!! Scrabble!!

Since we are away from each other now, we use the “Words with Friends” app to continue with our addiction. haha

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Cause I love grilled hot dogs!!

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Asian Snacks!!

I love bringing snacks for him every time we go on a trip 🙂

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Kitchen time: Sausage x Mushroom Risotto!! Yuuuums! My favorite ❤

It was an amazing trip!! And it was just the start of all of our beautiful adventures together ❤

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OOTD

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I think it’s safe to say that my “nail polish skillzzz” has improved over time haha

Missing you terribly,

R<3 xx

Other Side

April 2013

Someone pinch me now….this is my third consecutive blog for the week! I never thought that letting myself drift away from my crazy “I-always-need-to-do-something-productive” self can be this damn good. I have always lived my life like my world is going to fall apart if I do not do anything that requires me to be on my feet for more than an hour. Life has its way of letting the productivity into my life even if choose not to entertain anything but “calmness and relaxation” (but let’s face it, laziness is the word that I am getting to lol). I have no concrete explanation of why I am in this “#BumLife” mode since he went back home, maybe it’s my way of drifting away from the sadness (which I must say, we did a really good job on) or maybe it’s my way of telling myself that it’s okay to stay in bed for more than 8 hours. All I know is, I am only giving myself until this Sunday to wake up and see the world again.

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What do you do when you have 2 white frames from IKEA? 🙂

Make it look fab with a nice set of Keep Calm stickers from a scrapbooking shop! ❤

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Cause I love making him smile by doing something in the kitchen when he gets home from work 🙂

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…and I love it when he cooks pasta ❤

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I wasn’t a fun of scones…until that afternoon. When his Mom made freshly baked scones for our “afternoon tea” 🙂

 

 

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Tried Master Chef’s Creme Brulee Recipe while he was at work. I am so happy I watched that episode, cause this recipe is the BOMB!!!! So smooth and creamy. It’s perfection.

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Last bible study in MD for 2013.

Shutdown is over,

R ❤ xx

Atlantic City: The Girl

 

04.08.13: More than you’ll ever know

Hi, dolls! 🙂 My soul is still in cloud 9 because of the amazing heaps that transpired during the past 3 weeks. It was nothing like I imagined it to be. A simple plan that turned out to be more than a blessing. I am holding onto something that I can’t wait to unfold next year!! Anyway, I am still surprised with how God turned around things for us last night. From an emotional roller coaster ride, to a joyful nightcap that made us even more stronger. Though my words are as vague as how my life 3 years ago used to be, I know someday,these context clues will be crystal clear as a DIAMOND ❤ 🙂

 

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Spring, to me, is such a lovely season. I love how the trees blossom, and how the nice breeze of air touches my skin.

I also like how I can play around with soft slash pastel colors. It makes me feel very feminine 🙂

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I decided to make my outfit pop by wearing these beautiful boots that my awesome lover got me for my birthday!

Wearing something dark as an accessory for a soft colored outfit gives it a certain “strike” 🙂

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Top: Lauren Conrad

Second garment that I have from her collection. I really really love how soft this top is! And how I can use it for my casual or corporate agendas.

 

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Skirt: Charlotte Russe

Leggings: Urban Outfitters

 

 

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Bracelet: Forever21

Ring: Love Culture

 

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My favorite nail polish!! It dries quickly and the color is just too pretty! 🙂

Pardon my ugly chipped nail polish.. that was after 2 days of me trying my best to make it look like at least half of what my sister can do haha

P.S. Don’t you just love how this matches my skirt?:)

124 days,

R ❤ xx

Atlantic City: Wanderers

04.08.13: I LOVE THEE

Hello, world!! 🙂 I am so happy that I can say that on this blog., seeing my meter go up each day and have visitors from different parts of the world makes me really really happy! 🙂 Countries that I would love to visit someday. I have a heart of a traveler, I love to experience new things and see beautiful places, and I am so happy that I was able to travel with the love of my life recently.

We both love to plan our itinerary according to the foods that we would like to try, so I feel like when I post blogs about the places I go to, I have more food photos than the beautiful sights that one would love to see. Anyway, we love going to NJ for our own piece of “vacation”. Working in the kitchen can get physically and sometimes mentally stressful, it’s a lot of fun and each day is fulfilling. We both like to reward ourselves by spending time with each other,and going to NJ for some quality time and have delicious food (which is always on top of our list).

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My attempt of taking a nice panorama shot of Atlantic City while the car was moving.

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They definitely have the best subs!!!!! Can’t wait to go back to Atlantic City and order an Italian Sub!! Mmm

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We always order their cheesesteak and Italian Sub.Both equally delicious, but the Italian Sub is my favorite! 🙂

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The best part of going to NJ with him is when we cook dinner together. Sharing the same passion with him is one of the greatest things God blessed me with.To be able to talk about food for hours, get excited about new dishes that we can try, and stand side by side with him while cooking.

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Grilled Clams. Simple yet sooooo good!

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Tomato-Basil Pasta for two.

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The best lover knows how to feed my addiction!!!!! Harry Potter candies for me!!!!

These made me feel like I was on the train going to Hogwarts! Haha 🙂

“Thy will be done”,

R ❤ xx

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