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Manila Diaries: XLB and Noodles

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.

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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.

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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.  (more…)

Daddy’s 50th

 

09.03.2014: Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Hello, dolls!! Happy almost weekend 😉 7 weeks — that’s what I have been telling myself all day. I need redemption, I need something that will make me feel stronger to where I am at now…something that will deviate the thought of change. As much as I want for time to freeze, I can’t wait to be home and get married to the love of my life!!! During the last week of January, I had this feeling that February is going to be a scary month to deal with – big opportunities and decisions are in order and sometimes I wish “yes” is not a factor for my family and I to be together.

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The main reason why I went home in September last year was my Dad’s birthday. I’ve missed missed a good number of special moments with my family already, but I can’t go on life knowing that I missed my Dad’s birthday, so I did everything to make it happen.

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We went to Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza for Daddy’s birthday. It was the perfect place to celebrate is birthday, and give A the freedom to eat whatever wants. haha

His first stop? The Asian station.

Spiral is huge! I wish I was able to take more photos but A, jejekid,and I had a game plan — and that is to try everything!

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Best Sunday of the Year

09.14.14: Only beautiful memories

Psalm 30:5  “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”. When I was a kid I used to think that once I am in my 20s I would be strong enough to handle losing a loved one. I was so scared to experience loss that I even said “just let me be 20 first before it happens”. Who was I kidding? I don’t think anyone can be strong enough to lose someone. It’s the worst kind of pain. For the past few days, I’ve mustered up the “art of drifting away”. I drift away from the sad side of my situation now and shift to the brighter side of life —- I move on every time pain pulls me back.It’s hard…. It’s hard to be away from my family during this time. All I can think about is how I wish I stayed longer, or I was ever a good granddaughter, did I ever tell him he is one of the reasons why I love to cook?

This is the most recent that I can get…as of now.

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Our last Sunday back in MNL —- the best Sunday of the year.

We took Lolo and my family to M Cafe for Sunday brunch. I do not want this to be a doleful entry, and I want to remember Lolo with only happy memories and what better way to do it but to talk about food.

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April Showers

01.26.2014: 4 months

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Before I talk about my entry, can I just say that I had the most amazing Easter/Anniversary weekend! I still can’t get over how beautiful each day was and how I wish it never had to end. I can’t wait to share them with you all and talk about the awesomeness of this past weekend— no rush though, cause Instagram and Facebook did their part already. Anyway, it’s been 3 years already since I last spent holy week with my family. I always look forward to Thursday/Friday because of Visita Iglesia, and Sunday for our Easter lunch. We do not follow a lot of traditions for Easter, but one thing that we do not miss is going to church as a family, and I am so sad that I have not done that in a veeeery long time (next year, I promise!!!).

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April is one of my favorite months we get “showers of blessing” almost all throughout the month.

It’s the official start of summer and we celebrate a lot of things — anniversary of our parents, Lola’s Birthday, Holy Week, Easter,  and our anniversary!

I like how April starts and ends with LOVE ❤

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We all woke up early that day cause we anticipated that traffic will be horrible going to Tagaytay, and it was. We were so hungry that we couldn’t wait to get to Tagaytay to have lunch so we stopped at Sta. Rosa, Laguna (a few minutes away from Tagaytay).

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I can’t believe how beautiful it got there in a short amount of time — I mean I was gone for more than a year and seeing that they now have more restaurants and shops made me want to visit Sta. Rosa more! 🙂

Anyway, we went to Chubby’s Rib Shack for lunch cause my siblings are crazy about American food.

Chili Nachos with Cheese — Can I just say….yummms??

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PalawanDiaries: See you again, PLWN!

09.29.2013: on to the next adventure

Happy Sunday, dolls!! 🙂 This is going to be my last post about our Palawan vacation (yaaaaay). So I feel a little different today, and I thought of not being too “personal” with this post. I gotta leave more for myself, you know 🙂

Before I move on, here re a couple of links related to this post that you might want to check if you haven’t yet. 🙂

Day 1

1.#CebuPacProblems – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/palawan-diaries-cebupacproblems/

  1. The Wild Life – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/palawan-diaries-the-wild-life/
  2. Baker’s Hill – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/palawan-diaries-bakers-hill/

  3. Dinner x OOTD – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/palawan-diaries-kinabuchs-x-ootd/

Day 2

1.Underground River – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/palawan-diaries-kinabuchs-x-ootd/

2.Elephant Cave – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/palawandiarieselephant-cave/

3.Dinner – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/6551/

4.#OOTN – https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/palawandiaries-her-outfit/

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Ready for breakfast 🙂

While waiting for the girls to come out of the room, A took this photo haha 🙂 #TheLittleThings

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PalawanDiaries: Her Outfit

09.28.2013: Her new bestfriend.

Hey,sweets!! 🙂 Here is my last entry for our second day in Palawan.Only a couple of albums and this account will be up to date in no time!!! 🙂 So since I am not really that good with “outfit posts” this is going to be short. I hope the photos will deliver and make this post worth your time 🙂

P.S. To everyone who has been viewing my Palawan entries, thank you!!! I am trying to make it easy for you guys to navigate through my old posts.. and so far I’ve been working on classifying them. So just click any link at your right under the category tab  and see what I have in store for you 🙂

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Some lovin’ before we went out for dinner ❤

I  did not get the floor length memo.

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PalawanDiaries: THE Night

09.28.2013: …and so it happened ❤

Hello dolls!!! 🙂 I am OVERJOYED right now. I am using a word that will have its fair share in the near future (indistinct as it may seem, someday this blog will know about it). So my words represent the true meaning of this blog, and how memorable 09.28.2013 is for me (and if this is not such a give away, i don’t know anymore lol). Before I go on with our last dinner in Palawan, let me share with you a glimpse of why I am ecstatic.

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So yuuuup. It happened. We made it happen ❤

I can officially say that I am coming back to the US and I am going to be with the love of my life again! 🙂 But before the maarte girl in me takes over, I will keep in mind that I should set my priorities straight at all times 🙂

With the love,support and understanding from my family and his family 🙂 It happened!!! 🙂

…and it’s all because of God’s grace ❤

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For our last and special dinner in Palawan, Jho suggested Kalui. This has been set in stone even before we got to Palawan…and I couldn’t be anymore glad that we went here 🙂

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