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Happy 27th, A!

10.07.14: Happy Birthday, Love! 

Hello, dolls! 🙂 Happy #ThrowbackThursday. One shift left and we will be on vacation mode…or should I say wedding mode! haha. It’s funny how I find it a bit sad that we are going to be away from Baltimore for more than a month, I mean isn’t that weird? I’ve always loved the thought that I get to be home every year. Being here for 3 years, I still managed to never miss a year in the Philippines, for some reason I get blessed with opportunities to come home. For 3 years, I have learned to love this place and call it my home. So I guess #SepAnx is slowly kicking in..

So before we leave for the Philippines,and start get extremely busy for the wedding, let me share with you how we celebrated A’s birthday last year.

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A’s birthday fell on a beautiful Sunday. Unfortunately, he had to work all day, but was able to convince him to let him come in at noon so we can have brunch together.

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Surprising each other is challenging for A and I. How do you surprise someone that you are with everyday? (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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24: Birthday Dinner

 

 

 

12.01.14: Il Mio Amore

Hello,sweets!!!! 🙂 Merry Christmas!!!!! I am a bit late but I know that the spirit of Christmas is still alive in every part of us. We are only a few days away from welcoming 2015
(whuuuuut!?!?!? already?!) and as my way of thanking you all my dear readers, I will post 2 special entries before the end of the year.

The past 2 months has been very eventful, and I can only thank the my big guy up there for all the blessings that I have received. I may be away from my family for all the joyous moments that happened in my life, but He never failed to make me feel their presence in all different ways. One of the biggest blessings that he gave me is A —- my constant source of happiness.

Before we move on…read about my previous posts about my 24th birthday

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/hello24/

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/24-happy-birthday-girl/

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/24-birthday-brunch/

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Since our November and December are already planned out for work and special events, we couldn’t really go somewhere out of Baltimore for my birthday. Despite of that, A still managed to make me feel like we are away by taking me to a place that he knows I love.DSC_0256AA

It was love at first sight I must say, when A took me to Charles Street for lunch. I told him that the area is unique and that it makes me feel like I am away from Baltimore.

It must be the hill like road…or the beautiful buildings and unique looking stores.

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I really appreciate it when A plans our date. He is really great in choosing the perfect place to take me to.

For my birthday, he chose this 20 year old Italian Restaurant. Sotto Sopra

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It was one of our best dinners to date! (more…)

24: Happy Birthday Girl

11.29.2014: 24 is awesome

Hello, sweets! Ahhh…the past few days has been crazy stressful for me. I am blessed with a challenging situation that I know will make me a better worker. Times like this I am happy that I have this blog to let my feelings out — to unwind, to remember all the great things that happened in my life, and forget about all my miseries.

I do not have a lot of birthday posts like the previous years. In fact, I only have 3 this year. My birthday was eventful and I can honestly say that 2014 has brought me a lot of highs and one major sad event that will never make me forget this year.

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A knew that I will not feel a 100% complete on my birthday because I am away from my family. But despite of that, he still made me the happiest birthday girl!

The thing about A, since he knows I don’t have everyone that I grew up with and need here by my side, he tries his best to be all that.He is super amazing!

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A knows I NEED to have a delicious slice (or more) of cake for my birthday. So the perfect fiance went to one of the best pastry shops here in Baltimore and surprised me on my birthday with a DELICIOUS mango and chocolate mousse cake.

 I love it when A goes behind my back to surprise me! haha (more…)

24: Birthday Brunch

11.29.2014: Hello, I am 24!

Hello dolls!!!! 🙂 As promised, here’s an entry about my 24th birthday. Life got extra exciting after I turned 24. How I wish I could have more hours in a day so I can finish everything that I have to do. The OCD in me is telling me that I should just keep on going…no stopping! But my fun-loving self is telling me to give my body a little break cause it is starting to get exhausted. Aaah how I wish time could freeze…even for just a day.

So I started the first page of the new chapter of my life with so much life. I think it is safe to say that we get rewarded equally by the amount of responsibilities that we face. That’s why I keep on reminding myself that I should embrace everything that comes my way, not complain. 353 days until I turn 25 but there are days wherein I feel like quarter life crisis is knocking on my door early. Haha Oh well, I have 353 days to make each day of my 24th year on earth memorable 😉

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The eve of my birthday I can honestly say that I was not 101% excited about my birthday. I knew both A and I had to work all night so my excitement level was only 100….annnd I am away from my family so it was hard to be ALLLLL the way happy.

But waking up to a beautiful morning made me realize how God can bless us with the happiness that we deserve in different ways.

I know how blessed I am because of A and our family here. I was greeted by A as soon as I woke up and a table filled with presents and one of my favorite things to receive on special occasions…balloons!

It must be a challenge for A to pull off his surprise because I can be pretty nosy when it comes to my birthday and our anniversary (include Christmas as well! haha). I am very blessed to have a man who would wake up early to surprise me.

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Since we only had the morning to celebrate, we decided to go out for brunch.

Not a lot of restaurants close to where we live serve brunch on Saturday so I asked A to choose where to go.

I have to commend him for always knowing where to take me. This is one of the best restaurants I’ve been!!! And I’m sorry if I have to keep it a secret for a little while 🙂 (more…)

Hello,24!

Hello,sweets!!! 🙂 I am officially 24!!! I feel like the past year went by really fast! I have a vivid memory of my 23rd birthday celebration, I feel like it was only yesterday when my family and I were all gathered at Relish for my birthday dinner. I am going to take quick break from my throwback posts today. I have so much joy in my heart right now and I know there is no better way to express my gratitude to the people who made my 24th birthday memorable but to put my feelings into words…especially to my loved ones from the other side of the world who made sure I will not feel the distance of being away from them.

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Today, instead of my usual thank you post.. I will enumerate 5 things that made my birthday PERFECT 🙂

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1. Family Time

This is my second birthday away from my family and just like how many of you would imagine, it’s hard. I get sentimental days before my birthday and spend my nights wishing I have my Dad close to me. Thank God for technology because I was able to Facetime with my family right at midnight. Filipinos are all about birthday salubong and I am so happy that I got to welcome my birthday with my family!!!

They had a party for me with all my favorite birthday dishes. Mama did a great job in making our dinner table look amazing again!! I wish I was home to eat with them all…to eat a huge serving of Mama’s pesto…a bowl of spaghetti…a piece of chicken..and a slice of the avocado cake that they got for me!!!

It was the 2nd time my family did that for my birthday, and I wish we do not have to spend more of my birthday away from each other!!!

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2. Happy Birthday!

This year’s birthday greeting were all heartwarming. I received messages from people I did not expect to hear from. I love reading long messages, and greetings that has a little touch of love.

I know I am a bit slow but I promise to respond to all of you before my bridal shower 🙂

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3. Surprise!

A did everything to make my 24th indelible. I am the luckiest and happiest birthday girl ever because I have an amazing fiance who will do anything just for me to have a smile on my face all day. The effort of waking up early and keeping things a secret from me (which is always a great challenge for him haha!) made my heart melt. He pulled everything off perfectly and I can honestly say I couldn’t have a more flawless birthday!!

 

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4. Happy Tummy!

Since A and I have to work until late on my birthday, so we made sure that we will have a lovely brunch celebration with our family here. A suggested that we go to this beautiful brunch place and it was the most perfect birthday brunch place!! We all had a great time and everything was exceptional!!!

Aaaaah I can’t wait to share everything with all you soon!!!

 

 

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5. 24

I did not have all day to celebrate my birthday with A.. I was away from my family..and I had to endure a long day at work. But believe me when I say, I had a perfect 24th birthday. I wouldn’t have it any other way. All the love that I received on my special day is more than what I could ask for.

I am sending everyone my love and kisses for making me the happiest girl yesterday!!! I am claiming 24!!!!! ❤

xx

R

Hong Kong Diary: A’s Birthday Dinner

10.05.13: 26 and happy

Hello, sweets! 🙂 Here’s the continuation of A’s amazing birthday week in Hong Kong last year (in case you haven’t read the first part yet, here it is https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/hong-kong-diary-happy-birthday-a/ ) We had so much fun lat night for A’s birthday dinner this year, I can’t wait to post tidbits about it on Instagram and hopefully share it here on my blog SOON! We are still away from reality (Baltimore) and we’ve decided to stay a little longer here cause we can’t go back to our apt. life-work cycle yet. Anywayyyy, for A’s birthday dinner last year, we did not plan anything, we just wanted to go out and have a nice dinner in a beautiful place. I am a fan of Shangri-La so I suggested that we go there, which was very last minutes — and it did not disappoint, as expected 😉

Read my previous entries about Hong Kong

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/hong-kong-diary-street-food-diet/

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/hong-kong-diary-pigeon-mantis-shrimp-and-some-afternoon-sun/

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/hong-kong-diary-repulse-bay/

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/hong-kong-diary-island-food-adventures/

https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/hong-kong-and-us/

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They have 2 Shangri-La Hotels in Hong Kong, but we chose Island Shangri-La because we thought we are always at Tsim Tsa Tsui.

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With my love ❤

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Look at this beautiful gigantic chandelier. Shangri-La hotels exude elegance, the perfect place to spend A’s 26th birthday 🙂

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