Eva’s Ice Cream Party

This little baby decided to spend her 1st birthday here in the Philippines (Bacolod to be specific) and coincidentally Marco and I were really planning to be there around that time. It was quite a family affair, a mini reunion if I must say. Here are a few snippets from her Mint/ Baby Pink Themed Ice Cream Party. DROOL.

The Venue Set up (thanks Nans for the photo)

The Birthday Girl and her family— Tito Tommy, Rachel, Sophia and Eva

“All you need is Ice Cream”

Cute little frames with Eva’s photos as center pieces

The 2 “Pilars” hosting the event once more

“Make your own ice cream” stand

…And here’s Sophia showing off her creation

w/ Abu Viol this time around

I love this candid photo of Abu, Ninang Ito and Cali

The “Babies” Table. As you can see they’re busy coloring. 😀

Just had to take a photo.

Not only was this good, it was also in theme. Haha, Thanks Pia!

The mommy and the birthday girl

We had nowhere to hang the patin…

Improvisation. The key is to have two tall guys hold up the pabitin for the kids, Hans and Nacho to the rescue.

Scurrying for candies, chocolates, coins and such

Standing (or should I say sitting) still in the chaos

Favorite tita Pica? Need I say more.

Handing out the give aways

Btw, thanks to Mariana Lopa and Angel Lopa for some of the photos! I can’t seem to figure out where I saved my shots on the details of the party including the delectable invite. I’ll update this post once I get a hold of ’em. Enjoy!

~Rhea

It wasn’t NIU, It was Me.

This was probably my 2nd visit to SM Aura’s NIU by Vikings and with no fail I would feel sick right after. During the first visit, I thought it was the lamb I ate but Marco seemed perfectly fine so maybe it was something else. The vomiting in the middle of the night was mad and I thought I got food poisoned so explain to me why I was hopping from one buffet table to the other, when we went for Mikel’s birthday dinner. I was extra cautious because I still couldn’t determine what had happen the last time. Right after dessert, there it was again the feeling of nausea but this time milder. This time around I was convinced that it was the mixture of food smells that had caused it, thank God I was fine when we left Niu.

A few days later Marco and I would find out that I was pregnant and that alone would explain it all….It wasn’t NIU, it was me. Pun intended. haha.

A simple quiet dinner for Mikel’s birthday on a Tuesday night at Niu by Vikings.

Mikel and the obligatory birthday cake shot

Still goofing around. Happy Birthday Mikel!!!!

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Niu Ambiance

Pilica and I at Uniqlo after the dinner. Yeah, we wanted these hats.

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What I Wore:

(TOP: sheer blouse; Cotton On/ BOTTOM: tartan plaid leggings; from 168, P100/ SHOES: wedges; Qupid/ SUNGLASSES: Sunnies/ EARRINGS: art deco earrings; F21/ BRACELET: white faux leather with gold cuff; Terranova/ WATCH: gold; New York & Company; RING: druzzy; Minted Jewelry)

~Rhea

 

Our Mini Birthday Getaway

Here’s a little sneak peek of our birthday shenanigans. We finally scheduled our mini-getaway out of the bustling city of Manila to avail of our wedding gift from one of our godparents. Of course a “birthday celebration” is always a best excuse to go out of town for some longtime overdue rest and relaxation and Tagaytay was the key to a very merry birthday for the both of us. Happy Birthday, sweetie!

Sonya’s Garden

As soon as Marco got out of work (it was night shift this time), we headed straight to Sonya’s Garden, one of the most sought out food places in Tagaytay for brunch.

Nurture Wellness Village

Thanks Ninang Ofel and Ninong Jun for the spa suite, this was such an amazing experience!

Ready for our massage

Located right below out cottage, how convenient is that.

This is the life! Happy Birthday to us indeed.

~Rhea

Bridal Shower #2/ Birthday/ Despedida Party: Luau

May 9, 2014— my last day at work and ironically also my boss’ (Mrs. Abaya) birthday. Coincidentally, my first day at work fell on September 7 which also happened to be my birthday. To those who’ve always wondered what I do (or did) for a living in Houston, I was a medical assistant for one of the best Filipino Nephrologists in the Houston Medical Center  (no bias at all). And the Texas Medical Center in Houston is in fact the largest medical center in the entire world as of the moment so I would want to assume that Dr. Abaya is one of the best nephrologists out there.

Now I know I took up BA Theater Arts in college, I majored in “performance”, clearly I had no medical background whatsoever. And just to add up to that, I never did like the medical field, I could tolerate it but never did I go looking for it. To my advantage, this husband and wife tandem took me in and took a chance on me. I’ve always wondered what they saw in me, heck if I interviewed myself I wouldn’t even hire “me”. I didn’t know what I was taking about but I acted like I did though, of course I am a performer, surprisingly after a few days they called and I started working with them part time at first and eventually full time. Maybe it was the fact the Dr. Abaya went to the University of the Philippines and he saw on my resume that I did too, other than being Filipino that was our only connection, in our fields of expertise we had null.

The Abayas were my first ever employers in Houston and my last before flying back to the Philippines to live there temporarily. That small, skinny girl from 7 years ago who knew nothing is no more, today I can honestly say that I am a medical assistant in the full essence of it. I can handle difficult patients, triage medical complaints, memorize procedure and diagnoses codes, charge visits, check vital signs, verify medication, get claims paid, appeal ones that aren’t paid, do credentialing for the doctor and the practice but most importantly I have learned to genuinely care for my patients and I have learned to get to the bottom of their problems and concerns with their insurance, their health, their medications, their appointments, their everything.

I will miss you all and I will miss our patients. To those patients who scheduled appointments just to see me before I leave…Thank you. To those who went into the trouble of getting me a little something and writing me sweet notes…Thank you. And to those who came by on my last day even without scheduled appointments just to give me a hug and send me their well-wishes…Thank you. I cannot promise you that I’ll be back in a year to work as a medical assistant again but I hope that our paths will cross someday and when that day comes I hope you will still remember me.

Instant Luau at our kitchen/ break room

My mentor and today’s birthday girl— Mrs. Abaya

Today’s pika-pika. Yessenia tried to compromise by throwing in some healthy stuff like carrots, broccoli, pretzels and some fruits but we obviously went for the cheese, crackers, m&m’s, cupcakes and donut holes.

Mrs. Abaya brought in lunch from La Madeline

For the past few years my boss would get me this awesome cake for my birthday or special occasions, here’s one last for good times sake

The famous Sacher Torte from La Madeline

Flowers for Mrs. Abaya from Yessenia

I got her white tulips

Dr. Abaya and Mrs. Abaya

Yessenia, a new found friend that Im leaving so soon.

P.S. She’s also getting married this July 2014.

Bernardino F. Abaya, MD and staff

….I am what I am today, Dr. Abaya and Mrs. Abaya, because of you. Thank you for taking a chance on me, for being patient with me, for training me and for teaching me everything I know today about the medical practice. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. One way or the other, I know I’ll get to use all of these skills you’ve taught me, hopefully when Marco starts his own practice in the future. I am forever grateful, Abayas.

~Rhea

When Duty Calls

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The Military Look

(DRESS: Hoodie; from Tita Joy & Tito Bernard/ VEST: Forever 21/ PURSE: Valentino clutch/ SHOES: Qupid/ EARRINGS: Givenchy; from Roxi/ BRACELET: thrifted, $5/ WATCH: thrifted, $10)

Sporting the military look can be kind of tricky, it’s hard not to get carried away with the camouflage uniform, sewn-in badges and those round shiny gold buttons that just make the entire outfit look official. Keep in mind that we’re going for a “look” and not a “costume”. The key is to incorporate military pieces into an outfit that we’d wear on a casual day, like wearing an all-black ensemble and maybe throwing in a double-breasted coat over or the typical white top and denim jeans tandem pair it off with a camouflage jacket, accessorize with a cute dog tag to complete the outfit.

In my case, I picked an olive dress hoodie that I’ve had since I was in grade school. I think we can all agree that we unconsciously associate the color olive green to the “military look” and that is how the term “army green” came about, that color is actually a darker shade of the olive green we know. Cinched the dress with a skinny black belt to create an illusion of curves (haha) and threw in a military button vest that I got from Vynna.

No duffel bags and backpacks here, I picked a dainty clutch instead.

I could have opted for cutout combat boots to make the outfit more casual (and more military) but I still wanted my outfit to have a feminine touch so I picked these heels with buttoned straps, it still had the military feel and the same time it gave me the few inches that I needed badly.

~Rhea