Bacolod: Of Babies and Pigging Out

Dropped by Bacolod before flying back to Houston to take a break from running wedding errands and also to see Marco’s family, especially the babies!!!

Seeing my adorable godson, Mateo, for the first time. Look at that handsome smile!

After eating, Diego memes (nap). He grabs a pillow, puts it on the floor and pretends to sleep, How cute is that?!?

Mateo, Diego and Yaya Diday joining me for breakfast.

Brotherly love. Probably like Marco and Nacho when they were kids. Awww….

So Pauline gave me the most recent episodes of Carrie Diaries and the first season of Reign to watch in my room and this little guy jumps up on my bed, lies down next to me with his little stash to nibble and he stays there and decides to keep me company the entire time. He’s such a palangga.

Date at Timezone with Little Diego.

He likes to play “the ducky”

He’s pretty good in basketball.

He likes playing with drums

And I think he’s already very eager to drive. Haha

Then I brought him to Payless and bought him those Spider Man shoes that lights up.

Ayala at Night.

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When in Bacolod, you can’t help but try out a number of the food places they’re known for. Eating out is a must so we went to…

Manokan Country

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and….

Tyrol

Pepe’s

(Try their Steak Salpicao)

Aboy’s

(Try…ummm…EVERYTHING.)

…and last but not the least

I finally got to try Ohana Musubi’s Spam Musubi. It’s to die for..click on the link and check ’em out.

Little Paola with My flower girls Xime and Natya.

Mateo and Mikel

One last photo with this happy baby, Ninang will miss you so much.

Thanks so much Mendezonas for having me. See you in a few months at the wedding!

Here’s a video of Diego on my first day in Bacolod. 🙂

~Rhea

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Destination: Cebu,Philippines

Cebu will always have a special place in my heart, the city that fashioned a million and one of my fondest childhood memories, the city that taught me to dream. In it’s streets I look for that surge of familiarity but I see nothing, just remnants of my past. The feeling of being a stranger in your own home is indescribable—it’s a bit painful. But seeing the people that I love and the people that I grew up with make up for that sadness I feel every time I go “home”.Clearly, I missed out a lot and I can’t say that I know my “home” anymore but maybe one day, if given the chance Cebu will feel like home again. Maybe.

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Here are random photos of my stay in Cebu:

(more photos on Faecbook)

Wine Night at La Vie. They were right, the ambiance is lovely.

Quickly, spot my old Nokia flip phone.:)

Great company—although half the time I was mixing my Cebuano, Tagalog and English. Thanks Gels, Thanks Jau for wine night in Cebu. (and to think I’m supposedly the one from here, right?)

After the crazy traffic, we finally checked in at White Sands. Dinner with Ninang Ofel, Papa Berns and Mama Joy.

Our room for the night

…And by the way Gels, we found your chocolate. CEBU, baby!

Childhood Memories: White Sands

The much needed Rest and Relaxation while waiting for my ride

Being a loner in Cebu while my fiance was studying for his board exams

The new section of White Sands that I haven’t seen before where I spent most of my time swimming—alone. Haha.

Random Sunday Lunch out with the Family at Lantaw. Thanks Mommy and Daddy!

Lami-a uy. 

My Cebu Family (mom’s side): The Tabaquero- Odilaos

The Traditional Philippine Jeep de Pasahero

After Lantaw, we had a side trip to the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod

My grandparents…after more than 50 years they still are the sweetest.

Outside San Pedro Calungsod— Notice the very modern architectural design of this chapel.

First time I got to see my Cebu lovies at Kei and Nino’s Engagement Party.

<Lon, Ating, Dadz, Me, Kei and Kat with the boys Paul and Waning>

Tyns, Bani, Dadz and I—Dinner at Casino Espanol.

When dinner became wine night at Casino Espanol. Nothing beats childhood friends

<Kabs, Tyns, Dadz, Me, Bani and Macho>

Ongoing repairs outside the Cathedral. Praying that they’re done by the time of the wedding.

The inside of the Cathedral on a regular day.

Outside Ayala Center Mall, where we usually hang out on Saturdays. I almost didn’t recognize it, it’s changed so much.

Pagdaong Sa Talisay: Where the Americans docked in 1945 which eventually lead to the freedom of the City of Cebu and the surrender of the Japanese. Funny how the locals treat this place like dirt, so much for Philippine History.

Candy Colors and Carrie Diaries

Carrie Diaries —  the story of Ms. Carrie Bradshaw way before Sex and the City and is currently one of my ultimate guilty pleasures. Yes, very guilty as charged.

Growing up in the traditional, conservative Philippines, I’ve always steered away from the Sex and the City series on HBO mainly because of 2 reasons: #1: It had the word “sex” in it and my parents would die if they found out I was watching it and #2: The ideas depicted in the series were very bold and liberating—very un-filipino like. Now that I’m clearly beyond the “age of innocence” to be able to watch endless episodes of Sex and the City readily available in season DVDs, Blu Ray (or even Netfilx?) I find myself intrigued with younger Carrie’s life, or should I say closet…every episode, new eye candy outfits. And can I just say, I specifically enjoy the 80’s soundtrack, the 80’s fashion… 80’s everything!!! #certified80sbaby

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Colorful and Fun? Absolutely!

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…and very 80’s playful, I absolutely adore it.

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…not to mention Austin Butler ( who plays Sebastian Kydd) is extremely hot and they make such a cute couple on screen.

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So here’s Anna Sophia Robb’s (who plays Carrie Bradshaw) outfit that was somewhat the inspiration of today’s outfit.

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I only wish my I could pull off something as fun as this. This outfit might be “too loud” for Missouri City, Texas and might not be very age appropriate for someone in their late 20s. (Ouch, haha)

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(BEANIE: Forever 21/ COAT: Body Central/ TOP: American Eagle; knitted longsleeves/ SKIRT: thrifted/ LEGGINGS: Wet Seal/ SCARF: from Muyi; floral , infinity/ SHOES: peeptoes/ PURSE: Forever 21)

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~Rhea