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April May 2013: A roundup of randomness 

I know… I KNOW, I haven’t been fair to this blog, especially to you readers. I have failed to deliver and make this page as exciting as it was. But despite of my absence, I am really grateful of everyone who has been visiting my blog. My daily stats never went down to zero and I have gained a few dolls on my followers list. So thaaaaank you everyone! ❤ 🙂

Anyway, I have been contemplating about life deeply for the past few days. The girls and I spent a lovely sleepover this past weekend and it has opened my heart into expressing the thoughts and feelings that I have kept inside, towards my life here in Manila.

It is disappointing to feel like a tourist when I step out of our home. To choose to be on the other side of the world than to be here. I have been very bold when it comes to my family and how they affect my choices in life. But one thing that gets into me is how the people that doesn’t know anything can say so much just for the sake of…speaking. It disturbs me how someone can just make my life his/her business, when they haven’t done anything but to be a professional stalker. My life was an open book before, it’s like a portfolio for some, just waiting to be turned and exposed. God knows how devastated I was and how I struggled just to be who I am now… happy, contented, blessed, loved, and existing.

Existing, yes. I remember when I was still in college, our Logic Professor talked about “life”, he mentioned that “to live is to exist”, and that thought is stuck on my head ever sinceHe said, you make yourself exist by living, by doing things that will make you live, and by doing things,that’s when you exist. A few years after, I realized that I should try to exist and live to have my own identity in this world. So I prayed and told Him, I want to feel good about myself,and be great at something. It took me 2 years to be blessed with such…and I am telling you, it was worth the wait.

So yeah, it still breaks my heart every time I think about my decisions in life. But see, God blessed me with something big and we all know how sacrifices work in our lives. Nothing great comes easy. It’s sad that the thing that made me feel great is at the other side of the world. In just a span of 1 year, I was able to learn a lot and hear the most motivating and flattering compliments from people who are highly-skilled, Top Chefs if I must say. I never thought that I can be that person, and it’s such a shame how I didn’t feel the same appreciation when I got back (aside from my family). Anyway, in a few months I will do what I love the most again and feel great. And be able to make my family proud (again and again and again) and be mum about it (again). “Let them wonder why you’re smiling” , as they say.

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This welcomed me earlier 😦 I can’t believe that the browser that I have been using for the past 2 years (I think) is retiring!!! I spent almost half an hour transferring my bookmarks and jotting down my saved passwords. #hassle

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WEEK 1: Finally

 

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First official week highlight: A trip to the salon.

It has been 15 months since I last had my hair cut and treated. I had the driest hair in Manila!! I felt guilty after seeing almost 4 inches of hair on the floor 😦 All for the love of…beauty! Haha 🙂

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Week 2 highlight: T Love

Met up with my college friends, Caloy and LA! ❤ 🙂

I forgot small servings here in Manila are…and how overpriced they are in unworthy restaurants! I don’t even know how to start with the VERY VERY VERY small shrimp that was served in my brother’s Alfredo pasta 😦

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Week 3: Vanity and Family

Was craving pizza so I asked my family if we can go to Uncle Cheffy’s for some yummy panizza! ❤ Sooooooo goood!

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Week 4: CC is for Chubby Cheeks!

My second Chanel lippy! Happiness! ❤ 🙂

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Week5:  Piggies

Fattening dinner in Sambokojin. We’ve been going to buffets like crazy lately and my bodyis not entirely happy about it. My baby brother is not a baby anymore, look how big he is! He makes me loook like a midget! 😛

74 days,

R ❤ xx

Forever21plus1: Back to Back

11.30.12: Birthday Treat

Last birthday post: Went to Westfield Mall to treat myself. I don’t want my birthday week to just come and go because my family was not here. It sucks that my parents were not with me to give me a birthday hug nor my siblings to be surprisingly kind to me (lol). what sucks more is that, my grandmother is the one who greets me first during my birthday for 21 years. And now, everything just drastically changed in a matter of 9 months. No one can truly understand how it feels like, to be away, to leave and to miss out a full year. So much for my sappy words, so yeah.. just 3 more months.

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Loaded baked potato (YUM) and Grilled Chicken with Provolone wrap! Happy Tummy!

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Awesome finds of the day:

(1) Dress from Forever21 (2) Dress and cutesy top from Lauren Conrad’s collection (3) Dainty top from Papaya (4) Awesome tops from delia’s! 🙂

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J.Lo Heels!!! ❤

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Another birthday treat from the Stavrides’ ❤

Made fresh pasta with the chorvs 🙂

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Super delicious pasta!!! Too yummy for words ❤

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Heart shaped chocolate marble cake baked by Mrs. S ❤ I am so blessed 🙂

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Top: From my Sissy 🙂

Pants: Cheap Monday

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for me on January 1st,

R ❤ xx

Forever21plus1: Petit Louis

11.29.12: Happy Birthday

This post has transpired almost a month ago. I know, I know.. I haven’t exactly been what I was supposed to be for the past few weeks. I even feel like I am still not myself up to this date. I will try my best to refresh my memory and share the itsy bitsy details about my birthday 🙂

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I was scheduled to work from 9-5 that day. Someone made an extra effort in making my morning extra beautiful by giving me a bouquet of peach long-stemmed roses while having the mushroom soup that he made 🙂 Way to jump start my birthday 🙂

My morning before work became extra beautiful when I talked to my whole family. Who still celebrated my birthday. Thanks to my Mom who cooked yummy food 🙂 Can’t wait to try them all once I get back! 🙂

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#HellYeah

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Cutesy note cards! ❤

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Petit Louis Dinner 🙂

http://www.petitlouis.com

I thought we were just going to have dinner at their house (which would still be perfect) but his family once again surprised me 🙂 His Dad decided to take us to Petit Louis, once of the best restaurants in this state if I may say 🙂 A lovely fine dining restaurant that definitely made me feel special 🙂

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My food:

 Appetizer – ESCARGOTS de BOURGOGNE

I love escargot!! It’s hard to pass on this one so I divulged myself on this buttery appetizer ! YUM

Entree: Steak Frites

Minus the fries, subbed with mushrooms (my fave side) Treated myself with some red meat!! 🙂

His food: Ris de Veau (Sauteed Sweetbread – YUM) and Lotte Rotie (Monkfish)

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So sweet of them to give me a complimentary homemade vanilla ice cream  with candle!! 🙂 2 candles for 22! #IDontThinkItMadeSense

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My birthday was not the same without my family around. But God turned around things for me still and made me feel special in a very beautiful way. I will always be grateful to everyone who took an effort in making sure that I am extra happy on my special day, especially his family 🙂

Thank you Lord for another blessed year! ❤ 🙂

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Birthday Dinner Outfit:

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Dress: Charlotte Russe

Heels: DAS

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Ring: Garage

Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

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Necklace: Forever21

Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

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Another wonderful present 🙂

I won a hundred dollar gift card from Wasabi (one of the best sushi place that I’ve been to) Yaaaay!!!

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Young, Wild, and Free #ForReal

R ❤ xx

Meet the Staff

11.19.12: Staff Meeting

I’ll be turning 22 in 5 days, and if you’d ask me the excitement that I should be feeling by this time is somewhere far that I can’t seem to reach. The matrix of how things are happening now seems to be too overwhelming for me. I have learned to appreciate time more and more each day. It seems like it is slipping away from me too quickly and all I can hope for is to not miss anything valuable in life while I am still young. I think life is too beautiful for me to miss..

Charm x Ysan x Rianna

Tennis Court in Roland Park!

One of the reasons why I am grateful to be part of BCC! 🙂 Roland Park and Five Farms are just too beautiful! This is why we are #21 on the top 40 list of the best country clubs here in America! #yeah #lol

My looovies! 🙂

with JT and Ardel lol

 

Say hi to my long hair! Heehee 🙂

New books!! yaysy

Thaaaaank you B!

More cutie stuff from the B! :))

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OOTD

 

 

Jacket: H&M

Dress: Forever21

Tights: H&M

Early birthday celebration tomorrow,

R ❤ xx

Soon

 “It’s not going to be the same without you all. It’s the saddest thing that could ever happen this month. I just want you to know that it breaks my heart to be away from you and all I want to be is your baby girl forever. Just 4 more months and I’ll be the little oink oink in our home again. #MyLifeToday” — that was me last night, telling the whole world how sad I am for being away from my family.

Truth is, amidst of all the awesome things that I’ve been adding to my closet, shoe collection and whatever stuff that I have been getting, no amount of many can ever repair this loneliness. Having a fabulous life is every girl’s dream. But, being incomplete inside just puts me in a dark phase. I can find differentiate being sad and lonely in so many ways. I am happy…blessed. But this loneliness is making me crappy most of the time, especially this month.

But as what I’ve always believed in, we have to look at the beautiful side in any situation… Just like this beautiful place that we went to 2 Mondays ago.

 

I love how scenic Gaithersberg is..or at least where the mall is! 😛

 

Drove for almost an hour and a half to watch a Filipino movie — “A Secret Affair”

Can I just say that Anne Curtis and Andi were so pretty in that movie?? #FanGirlMode

Too bad this mall is far from our place. They have a lot of nice shops and restaurants #Bummer

Thai for lunch!! 🙂

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Tom Yum

One of my favorite Thai dishes!! 🙂 Not the best that I’ve had cause it was rather on the sweet side for me. It was still good despite the fact that I was too clumsy for words that I spilled half of my soup on my WHITE pants and turned it into orange..did I mention that I smelled like fish sauce until I got home? Spell HORRIBLE!

Shrimp in Spicy Green curry Sauce

YUMM!!

Minced Chicken with Flat Rice Noodles in Yellow Curry Sauce 

THE BOMB!! This was so delissssh!

New booties from ze B!

I know I can’t use this until next year,but……

New lippies of the week! 🙂

Chocolate x Bracelet straight form Germany!!! 🙂 From my co-worker and part time Mom at work..Ms Fahimeh!!! 🙂

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OOTD:

I can’t explain how lazy I was to dress up that day…this outfit is just too….blah!

Must eliminate the word LAZY out of my system,

R ❤ xx

Rianna Dreams of Sushi <3

11.04.12: Another dream crossed off my list 

I can’t help but laugh at myself for typing such a silly blog title, but that’s how I am…silly. I am still hyped about the recent direction that I stepped into. It’s another stage full of joy, wisdom and a hint of loneliness. It still seems like a dream to me, but all I know is I am really really really overwhelmed and grateful to the Big Guy up there for His never ending love and blessings. Also, to my family most especially to my Dad for supporting me in every decision and goals. My heart is pouring out of love and happiness, I still can’t believe it. I have yet reached a juncture where in life has unfolded something beautiful for me..something that answered my questions and something to look forward to. That’s what I love about planning, it gives you excitement and a vision of what awaits you. To my life next year (or should I say the next 2 and a half years), I can’t wait to be a better version of me. To my future life, you’ll get where you want to be soon – without loneliness and with your family 🙂

Meet Jiro Ono.

A great sishi Chef that inspired not only me, but everyone else who has watched his documentary. Hence, my blog title. Sushi may be a simple food to some, but he gave more life into it. He expressed more out of it and that’s what made me fall in love with the documentary. Everything about the documentary is still fresh in my memory, it’s just too beautiful and invigorating that it made me realize how fortunate I am to love what I do and to have the passion in what I do.

You must dedicate your life in mastering your skill . That’s the secret to success and is the key to being regarded honorably” – Jiro Ono

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Silly me

School x Shopping Day

Went to Virginia and visited my future 🙂

Had lunch in this awesome awesome awesome (did I say) AWESOME place in Tyson’s corner!

Wasabi – rotating sushi in the middle of the mall!

Say hello to the sushis that we ate!!! They were all so yummy!! I have no words but NOMNOMNOM!

Finished 3 packs of this yummy Japanese peanuts!

 

My favorite! Such a shame that I forgot the name! (But I’m going back so…) I devoured myself with this baby!! Reminded me of Teriyaki Boy’s Philadephia Roll!! Only that this has my favorite – shrimp!

Eel Sushi –  Top 2 on my list! Definitely one of the bests that they have!! This was so yummy that it took me straight the sushi land!!!

 

Mango Mousse – super creamy and not too sweet. MY kind of dessert! 🙂

$75 lunch was soooo worth it!

Must try this next time!

Come to Mama! 😛

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OOTD

Black x Yellow = Back to School

Top: Wet Seal

Inner Top: Garage

Wedges: Shoedazzle

 

Went for a comfy and simple look for my awesome day in Virginia! 🙂 It was bright and sunny that day despite of the the cold breeze of air. I wanted to resemble someone that is bright and full of life so I picked the color yellow. Also for good luck, both of my parents love yellow – and it worked! 🙂 It’s as if they were with me while I was talking to the admins. 🙂

Hello, School girl! ❤

Loving this week,

R ❤ xx

The Space In Between

11.05.2012: Some random day 

Multiply has eaten most of my free time for the past few days. It made me exhausted physically and mentally. With them focusing on being a cyber Marketplace, I’ve been spending most of my time sorting and and downloading almost 25k media files from my account. Yes, I’ve uploaded that much of photos and videos for almost 6 years. On a lighter note, I’ve always wanted to download everything from my Multiply account cause  I have lost a bunch of photos (and I can’t figure out how!). Anyway, this is just what I have been waiting for – a one-click tool that can download everything! But I didn’t know that it would cause such an annoyance and too much downtime in my happy days! Oh well, I just have to suck it up and just wish that my 25k files would be sorted out in no time!!! 🙂

Shopping after work!! 🙂

Charm a.k.a Nicki Minaj

Say hello to hr new hair-do! Psh. Hahahaha!

Just because we can fit inside the locker!!!!! Lol

Tried Bobby Flay’s burger Palace in Arrundel for our late lunch!

I love how it screams awesome in every spot! From the lights,tables and menu!

Arrundel = Potbelly’s Low-fat Oreo Milkshake!

Sauce variations! 🙂

S shaped tables! Coolness 🙂

Dallas Burger 
Spice Crusted / Coleslaw / Monterey Jack /
BBQ Sauce / Pickles

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I love how this Forever21 top from Ate Raffy hugs my body! I am not into animal photos on my shirts, but this one is an exception cause the top itself looks awesome in any pair of jeans that I have!! 🙂

Cardigan: Cotton On

Was kinda feeling animal-ish so I wore my awesome animal printed bootie and animal printed accessories (no photos – boo me!)

Finally catching up on my posts,

R ❤ xx

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