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TheHolidays: The Season of Giving

12.24.2013: Old Stories for the New Year

Hey dolls!!! Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I meant to work on this blog yesterday (January 1st here in the Philippines) but since family comes first, I had to delay this for a little bit. But hey! It’s still January 1st somewhere, right?:) Anyway, so after this I will take another breather and work on our “day-2-in-Palawan-diaries” (cause this blog is just out of the rhythm like that).

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I had an AMAZING first day of the year (told you my 2014 is going to be just as amazing as 2013!).

This status pretty much sums up my night, and I feel like it will be a better intro than me trying to find new words for a beautiful moment. I feel really blessed that I had the opportunity to listen to my Dad and his siblings’ childhood. All the stories were beautiful and moving that I find myself promising that I will do everything that I can to make each day for my family just as lovely as it is now. All my life I looked up to my Dad, but after last night, I feel like I can do so much more for him and give more. I feel like I am the luckiest daughter for having him as my Dad โค

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My Dad is the most generous person that I met, and Christmas here at home is not complete without seeing boxes and boxes and boxes of presents.

These are just 1/3 of the presents, and every year my Dad would giveaway these beautiful calendars straight from China.

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White Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

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Palawan Diaries: The Wild Life

09.27.2013: “I did not sign up for this”

Hello,dolls! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I am going to stick to my plan of working on our PalawanDay1 entries. This blog will have a different rythm before the year ends…and I am kind of happy about it!

We arrived in Puerto Princesa at around 1PM.. with no decent food in our bellies! We were picked up by a private shuttle with a tour guide holding a huge placard with my name on it. Kudos toย Edward’sย Place for making us feel special ๐Ÿ™‚ We were expecting a 10 minute drive (at least) to the hotel, but to our delight EP is only 2 min away from the airport…which made us all laugh (cause we can all be weirdos like that). So yeah, we were all so hungry and we thought we have enough time to have lunch somewhere, but the front desk advised us that we only have 30 minutes until our tour starts! yikes.

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We are all pleased with our hotel..it’s not a 5 star type hotel, but it was really decent.

Puerto Princesa,as we were told, does not have a lot of luxurious hotels. They are still in the process of developing things,and there are only a few (and I can only remember one, and we didn’t find out about it until we got there). So yeaaap, staying in a lovely place like EP is pretty comforting, considering that it is in a very safe area AND it is near all the awesome local restaurants.

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Palawan Diaries: #CebuPacProblems

09.27.13: Cebu Pacific = “we guarantee you that your flight will be DELAYED”ย 

Hello, sweets! โค I know we are all still on thatย CHRISTmas vibe!ย I am not going to write a separate post for it this time as I want to finish all of our first-day-in-Palawan entries before we kiss 2013 goodbye ๐Ÿ™‚ I had an amazing Christmas this year, one of the best I must say! So I’ve decided to do another take on my “recent-for-recent-in-between-my-lazy-backlogs” again. I’ve had an amazing year, and I just do not want each memory to fade away just because I can’t devote enough time on this blog. Anyway, I wish you all had an amazing Christmas just like I did. AND rememberย Christmas is not about the presents that we get under our tree, it’s about the big guy up there ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let me share with you the first part of ourย Palawan trip.

The girls and I have been wanting to go to the beach since..forever. A trip that doesn’t involve my driver driving us to some place 2 hours away from Manila. We need a SOLID beach trip. So months before A got here, we planned to go to Palawan,cause we feel like Boracay is too mainstream..especially when someone is visiting the Philippines! Pluuuus, my girls are too adventurous and Palawan has so much to offer.

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Vanilla Cupcake Bakery (and Pie)

09.12.13:ย Brunch lovin’

Hello, dolls!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I’ve been spending a lot of time in our kitchen here at home (yay! the joy having a newly built kitchen). I have so much to share on this blog -food, the awesome 3 weeks of my 2013, and more FOOD! One of the things that I love to do here in Manila is to save a day for a restaurant that I want to try,or sometimes when I’m lucky I get to have another day for a restaurant that I want to go back to. I love dining out and be inspired to “experiment” on something new in the kitchen.

So this happened 12 days before A got here in the Philippines…and obviously I am over 2 months late again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But, guess what?? this blog will be back on track in no time! Just like how it started! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My attempt of making this photo cuter than it actually is. I wanna say…#FAIL

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Inviting cupcake set-up by the entrance. No one would pass up on a VCB experience once they see this (and this is only 10% of their pretty interior decoration).

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Made me regret not buying the cupcake stand that I saw almost 8 months ago that is similar to this ๐Ÿ˜

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I’ve always adored the pretty chairs in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. They all look so comfy that will make you want to stay for hours…and order 4 cupcakes!

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More cuteness! ๐Ÿ™‚

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If I can have this set of spoon and fork without making my future husband look gay…I would buy a set pronto!

VCB just proved to me that they can show “cute” in every way! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Eggs and Biscuit

Cause I love biscuits (and I kind of wish that we have Popeye’s here — I can already see A giving me that look haha)

And..and cause…I love home fires for breakfast..or potatoes.yes, potatoes (I am crazy about potatoes)

Lastly, EGGS! I can have egg anytime of the day (breakfast food for dinner?? AWESOME!)

(So yeah…that was the fatty inside of me talking!!)

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I was very happy with my order! Although I wish the biscuits were bigger…just like Popeye’s. Haha

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Yes kids, they have 94 cupcake flavors!! #Heaven

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I was stuffed by the time we finished. So I passed on having a cupcake for dessert.

Anyway, I really wanted to go there to try their food! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So good to finally see my SDF after almost 3 years ๐Ÿ™‚ It was an afternoon full of laughter and realizations โค

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Almost there! ๐Ÿ™‚

xx,

R โค

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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Cause I love making him smile by doing something in the kitchen when he gets home from work ๐Ÿ™‚

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…and I love it when he cooks pasta โค

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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” ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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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 โค xx

Pink Tree

04.03.13: I kinda like it here

As promised, here’s another post…and I am thinking that maybe I can stretch this weekend and post another one before the most amazing Tuesday of my life happens ๐Ÿ™‚

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So this is how my desktop looks like as of today. I like to “organize” each folder according to my insanity’s liking. There are is only one thing that I can think of, as of now,that can win over my OCD. And that is my desktop. So before I get gaga over sorting photos for the next 3 weeks, I want to make room (literally).

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I am crazy over anything by Kinder. Almost 10 years ago, I stopped by 7/11 in Hong Kong and decided to buy “dinner” for myself. Back at that time, anything unpleasant smelling would set me off so I settled for the good stuff…..chocolates! Haha

For a week I would have Kinder Bueno with every meal! It was crazy love that I decided to marry Kinder….forever.

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Oh…hey there cutie! 3 bites of goodness. Yuuuum!

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I’ve always wished that I can have a bar of Kinder with more filling…..

…..and it was granted!

Hello Kinder Happy Hippo! You are perfection! โค

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Went toย Bertucci’sย for lunch..

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Starters: Mushrooms x Polenta

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I forgot what I ordered….SMH.

On the right is his Chicken Piccata.

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Dressing up during winter can be fun, but not wearing 3 layers of clothing is sooo much better!

Sweater:ย Forever21

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I decided to compliment my animal printed bag and booties with green. Making me realize that I kind of resembled the jungle.ย Cheetah x Trees.ย 

P.S. One of my necklaces had an elephant pendant! #TarzanPeg HAHA

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I do not really like wearing pants, I want the feeling of being feminine when I go out. But in the States, it’s either that,leggings, or…..suffer from the cold weather!

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If we have pink trees like this in MNL…I will go out more often!

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To end this post, let me share with you 2 of the dishes that we cooked together ๐Ÿ™‚


Pancit x Steamed Fish!! I can’t wait to cook with the person that I love to cook with soon!!!!! We’ve had some great memories inside the kitchen and I can’t wait to have more!! โค ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. It was my first time to cookย pancit,, and weird as it may sound but he is so crazy about it! Which makes me do a silly face every time! And I am so happy to say that he liked it! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love pasta!! If I can eat it without getting fat I will have it everyday!!! I am so fortunate to have a boyfriend that can cook really good pasta….and allows me to smother my pastawith cheese (even if he hates it when I do it on seafood)

Roasted Pork Fried Rice with Bacon that I made for him before he went to work!! Irony of life…I am an Asian but I will choose pasta or Greek food over Chinese Food…While on the other hand, he will die for Chinese food anytime of the day!!!

Busy bee mode ON,

R โค xx

Solitude

03.25.13: Seasons of L-O-V-E

I’ve always wondered how it’ll be like to experience seasons change. To have different sets of clothing 4 times in a year, and see leaves change from green to yellow. Two seasons has passed and I am just about to share to you how spring went by too quickly for me this year. I have lived two separate lives in the past 2 years, and both are wrapped in solitude. Despite of all the things that I’ve accomplished, and all my loved ones surrounding me, how do I get out from this labyrinth if the antagonists are the thoughts in my head?

Drifting away from the road of being sappy, I try to be on the positive side of life and feed my crazy cells with anything that my sanity can get a hold of. Vague,yes. That’s what you get if you watch 3 movies in a row and put yourself to sleep with different tvShows that makes you more…gaga over life and life. The questions in my head that I am trying to deal with are comparable to the things that I am still trying to figure out with the programs that I follow. “So why is Miranda Bailey’s husband in The Mistresses, is he coming back to GA?” “Okay…I love 2 broke girls, but there’s something bothering me about it….Caroline’s ignorance or Max’s bold attitude?”….”but wait, all I really care about are the cupcakes!” “The only reason why I watch this show is because of Remi (Devious Maids).

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When she was only a month old. Dent and scratch free.

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First 2 cases that I bought for the baby that I tried to protect. But one must know, no gadget can last scratch free in my hands haha

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My last trip to the best grocery I’ve ever been to.

buffet x organic produce x everything-that-I-love-and-can-possibly-love-in-one-store!

I knew there’s a reason why I didn’t like going to Walmart as much as the others, cause that space is meant for Wegman’s haha

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FYI: It’s already hot and sunny in the States now. So you can laugh at how overdue this post is ๐Ÿ˜

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The only reason why I love winter/spring, I get to wear an outfit like this! โค

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Fresh herbs: Mint and Sage

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Having a Chef as partner can be a curse for someone who has a different passion. But for us, it is a blessing. Having someone who loves and does the same thing that I do makes me feel like I won the lottery every single day. It’s always an adventure in the kitchen for the both of us ๐Ÿ™‚

Another Greek dinner for us! Work free days like this becomes more special when you spend it with great food and the people that you love. No day off is wasted with an amazing dinner at home.

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Madeย lamb burgers. The most amazing lamb burger that I’ve ever had!!!!

One of the most awesome things that we did at work. This recipe was from a Chef that I truly admire and look up to. I am still in awe every time I think about the dinner services that we had and that “it’s easy if you just try” moments.

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Lamb Burger with romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion, saffron aioli, manchego cheese on a ciabatta bread. BOOM (yes I just said boom like I just said ย a “yo! mama” ย joke).

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God knows how long it has been since I had a scoop of ice cream.(Disclaimer: I prefer gelato or froyo) But this beauty is just too irresistible that I had to give in! Who wouldn’t? Especially when its prepared by the love of your life’s Mom! โค

18 days,

R โค xx

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