Bloomsburg Fair 2017

First and foremost, can I just acknowledge the fact that in just a few days, it will be exactly one year since I’ve moved across the country to be with Roman? How surreal! When Roman and I started this blog, I was still living in California while he was here in Pennsylvania and we were sharing with all of you our travels together as well as how we were managing long distance! Time flies!

But to get back to the main topic of this post: Bloomsburg Fair! Roman and I went this past weekend along with his parents Mark and Doni. I had 3 days off and we thought, what better way to spend it than go to the fair?! We went on Saturday late afternoon and we could not get over how perfect the weather was. We picked the best day to go! I heard it usually rains this time of year so we were thrilled with our high 90’s weather! 

Parking was full! Lots of people!


It was Roman and I’s first time attending the fair together, which made it special but even extra special to have spent the day with his parents as well! When we got to the parking lot, I was excited to see a helicopter! I’ve never been to a fair that offered helicopter rides so that was interesting.

Watching them prepare for takeoff!


And they’re up!


We were pretty hungry by the time we got inside considering we saved our appetite and we were not disappointed! There were HUNDREDS of food vendors right from the entrance and it was pretty overwhelming but in a good way of course! The very first thing we got was edible cookie dough and I couldn’t contain my excitement because earlier that day I was telling Roman how I was craving it and when he pointed it out to me, we made sure to get some right away!

We spot the edible cookie dough truck!


Roman trying the cake batter flavor and loved it


Happiness in a little cup


After getting our cookie dough craving out of the way, we continued on our food adventure! Lol 

Can’t go to a fair without some fries!


Deep fried everything!


And you definitely can’t go without having some deep fried Oreos!!! We tried the deep fried peanut butter too but the Oreos were better


Mark & Roman having the best apple cider! All natural!


BBQ is a MUST!


Turkey BBQ! So tasty.


Teriyaki noodles; full of flavor!


By the end of the night, we were stuffed lol but all the walking around we did made up for it. We had such a great time! Truly blessed to have experienced it this year and with the loved ones ❤️ 

Cute little bunny!!!

Reaching sunset 🌅


Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Love,

Jess 

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Life update from Roman

Hello fellow bloggers! It’s been a while since I have last posted and I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the final remaining days of summer! I can’t believe the summer is practically over! This summer of 2017 went by too fast. Way too fast. I wish I could hit the rewind button to enjoy some more warm days, but I am looking forward to the fall. Living in Pennsylvania, we are blessed to be able to see some of the best fall foliage in the country and Jesci and I will definitely be sharing that in some of our upcoming blog posts.

As for a life update:

Jesci and I just recently got back from New York City with my parents and we had a wonderful weekend getaway to remember. Being so close to the city (2 hour drive exactly), we have seen and spent a lot of time throughout the city, but there are still so many places that we haven’t experienced. We wanted to do something different for this short trip, so we decided to spend our whole New York City trip in SOHO.

Myself, Jesci, and my parents!

Our view uptown!

View of the Hudson River and Jersey City

Jesci and I had to take that selfie 😂

My favorite part of the room! BREATHTAKING VIEW! The skyline view was remarkable at night. And yes, I did take a bubble bath 😂

We got to enjoy the beautiful weather and get a little sun

We had to stop in Little Italy for dinner! (Close walking distance from SOHO)

Dessert from Ferrara’s! Definitely a must visit while in NYC

We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! Can’t wait to get back to New York City!

Our First Novena at St. Ann’s Basilica

Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing well! A lot has happened this past month but one thing that’s very special and dear to us is being able to do the Novena this year! It’s our first one together and we are truly blessed to be able to experience it together and at one of our favorite church, St. Ann’s Basilica!

For those who are not familiar with the Novena, it’s practiced in the Roman Catholic Churches which goes on for 9 days and it’s a form of worship consisting of special prayers. It starts off with regular mass and then followed by the novena and guest speakers from all over the world!

Despite our busy work schedule, we managed to go for all the days! There were days where I worked a 12 hour shift after attending the mass and novena which lasted for at least 3 hours but the sacrifice every single day was well worth it!

Our faith has gotten so much stronger since the first day we met and we give all credit to the Lord for never leaving our side and always giving us strength to overcome anything and the best part? He has blessed us with one another to go through the trials and tribulations together.

I am thankful for my partner in Christ. There’s not a day where he does not pray for me, our faith, and our relationship. Attending this novena together renewed us spiritually, mentally, and it healed us.

Here’s a few photos from the novena! St. Ann’s Basilica is a BEAUTIFUL church and the service was outside when the weather was nice and they had food sale every single day so we ate there literally all 10 days lol!

 

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Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a great week!!

Love,

Jess

Life Update! 

Hi everyone! Roman and I have gone MIA these past few months and as much as we wanted to blog, so much has happened that we hardly had any time to sit and write! But we’re back and have plenty to share with you all! ❤️

Updated selfie with my love! I dyed my hair to brown! Lol


I came back from the Philippines to Pennsylvania first week of April. I had an amazing time there with family (I actually still have a few posts to make from the trip which will be up soon!) but it was nice coming back home to my love! 

So during my last week of vacation in the Philippines, I received an email from the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine stating that I was officially licensed and can practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner! I was licensed in California but when I moved to the East Coast, the process of getting my license took MONTHS and at times I was getting discouraged but God is so good because it came and after the big trip to the Philippines! When I got back to PA, I sent out ONE application to this one hospital that’s literally only 15 minutes from the house and the next day, I got an interview and the following day after, I got offered the job! 

One of the biggest blessings of 2017, thus far! I prayed for an acute care hospital job as a Registered Respiratory Therapist since I graduated and I am more than thrilled to have received an offer at a Level 3 NICU center as a full time employee and with a highly generous sign on bonus! I’m still in shock honestly and I’m already 3 weeks going on 4 into the job. Lol I love what I do– from working with babies to kids to adults and everyday is something different! From being in the ER, NICU, ICU, or on a patient transport from one hospital to another and being part of the critical care team… it’s surreal to think back to how much I’ve learned and gained as an experience these last few weeks.

First day on the job!


I’m so thankful for the support I’ve been receiving on the daily basis from Roman, his parents, my family, Nan and everyone else!!! I would not be able to go through these 8-12 hour shifts without them and their love and continuous support. 

My schedule has been all over the place with orientation and now that I’m off orientation, my shifts are from 2-10pm and 2pm-2am! Roman and I are adjusting to this schedule because we have been used to being together everyday, but it’s a constant reminder for us to give it all to God and to let Him take care of our relationship and we know that He will never fail us! 

So asides my work, these other events have taken place!

Roman always loved nature but this Spring, he’s been into planting and gardening and it’s the cutest thing ever!! He’s made the front + backyard look so colorful with all the trees and flowers he’s planted!

My little gardener


And he has been such a handy man lately… he’s been setting up new furniture for the backyard and look how pretty this solar umbrella is!


He found his new hobby! Lol and me on the other hand… I started golf lessons with my friend Olivia and Roman’s mom, Doni! And it’s at one of the most beautiful golf clubs in North East PA!

Glenmaura Golf Club


Our classes are every Thursday night and each week they provide us unlimited drinks and a different theme! lol so far we’ve had Sangria and Margarita night! How awesome is that? Although I don’t drink, I’m sure everyone else is loved it! ☺️

And the last update for today:

Mark, Roman’s father, bought us these awesome new bikes!!!!! We were beyond excited and that was so thoughtful of him.

Mark,

Thank you so much! You are the real MVP!!!

We love our new bikes!


Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend! Roman and I will be back to posting regularly and keeping updated with everyone’s post again! ❤️

Love,

Jess 

Day one in El Nido, Palawan

Hi everyone, I’m back from Paradise! 3 weeks of being in the Philippines was nothing but amazing, but at the same time I’m glad to be back in California and next week, I’ll be with Roman back in Pennsylvania! The jet lag is REAL. The last two nights I’ve been adjusting trying to get back to the same time zone but I’ve failed and continued to sleep at 6am and waking up at 5pm. Hopefully I’ll adjust soon!!

I can’t wait to share so much with you all. A lot has happened, new memories were created and met a lot of awesome people from all over the world!

The very first experience I’ll be sharing with you all is when my family and I went to El, Nido, Palawan. I can’t emphasize enough how much I loved it there and how much of a paradise it was. There were a total of 8 of us: my parents, my cousins, and my moms two sisters! We all had a BLAST. It was lovely just spending time with family but even better being in paradise!

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Love the crystal clear green water and the amazing rock formations

We went kayaking through the small lagoons of El Nido. We were mesmerized by the clear water and the beautiful rock formations!

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Just look at how amazing the water is!!


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All of us! Sorry it’s blurry, the guy who took the picture was not used to the GoPro lol


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My mom enjoying the view!


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My little cousins Euan and Jehan! 


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Hello, Dad!


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My dad and little cousin, Szanel

We kayaked for about 45 minutes before we went off to another island!

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Island hopping

Each island that we went to only took about 15 minutes via boat. The weather was sunny with a little breeze and we loved the company– everything was going so perfectly!

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They were cooking our food on the back of the boat!

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Love these cousins of mine!

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Do you see those little huts? They’re selling coconuts!! Refreshing and delicious!
When we got to our next island, we went snorkeling! So much underwater beauty.

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These photos do not do justice with sharing the underwater beauty of Palawan, but luckily I have more! Just not for this specific post 😉

Moving on, after our snorkeling, we had our lunch on the boat! Remember when the guys were cooking it behind our boat? Well ta-da! Here are all the food!! They are such chefs lol the way they cooked it all on the boat with just a grill and even the presentation.  Absolutely loved how everything was so fresh from the fruits to all the seafood! YUM!

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Grilled eggplant with soy sauce + tomatoes, squid, chickem, fish, mussels, bananas and watermelon, rice, and more!!

After lunch, we were all food coma lol we went to go visit more islands and did some more snorkeling and adventure!

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So bluuuue!!


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Mesmerizing, so beautiful 


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Photo op with the cousins!

I have way, way, way more pictures and events to write about but this was just on the first day in Palawan! I’ll make sure to share more photos and write about the adventures on my next post regarding day 2!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Jess

Blizzard

Blizzard March 2017

It’s currently Tuesday afternoon and I’m sitting here writing this in cold and snowy Pennsylvania, while my other half, Jesci, is in the Philippines enjoying the beautiful weather. It still bothers me that I could not go, but the timing just didn’t work out as planned.

Jesci is currently in El Nido, Palawan enjoying her vacation and soaking up the sun…
El Nido, Palawan

El Nido, Palawan

And I’m in a blizzard…literally
The whole northeastern United States is getting hit by this storm (Winter Storm Stella) and we are getting some of the of worst of it in Pennsylvania. Originally, we were only projected to get a couple of inches, maybe up to a foot, if we were lucky; That changed last night when Blizzard Warning was issued and the total total storm accumulation was projected to be between 20-30 inches by this evening, with some areas getting close to 3 feet!
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THAT’S A LOT OF SNOW!
and it is far from over!
Not to mention, there will be winds of up to 45+ mph.
This is what you call a BLIZZARD
Most people do not like the snow, but I LOVE it. There’s just something about the snow that is so peaceful and relaxing. I just love sitting by the fire and just kicking back enjoying the snow fall down. There is nothing like the calm and tranquil air; it’s pure euphoria. I wish that Jesci was able to experience this because storms like these don’t come around too often.
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BLIZZARDS do not come around too often.
But I know she’s having a great time in the Philippines and I can’t wait until she comes back home! I miss my PINAY!

Traveling halfway across the world!

It’s currently 9:37am and I’m here in LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) waiting with my parents to board in an hour for our 11am flight to Seoul, Korea! Although that’s not our final destination because…we’re going to the Philippines!!! Excitement is an understatement. The last time I visited was during summer of my Freshmen year in high school. It’s been long overdue and I can’t wait to see all my family and friends!

A little insight of my background, I was born in the Philippines and moved to America with my parents and my younger brother when I was 5 years old. I grew up in Southern California but I’ve kept in touch with my family and my childhood friends through social media! It’s always an amazing time going back home and spending quality time with everyone even if it’s just for a couple weeks. Roman was supposed to travel with us but the timing did not work out since he is busy with work, but in the future we’re definitely planning another trip to visit together!

I spent most of last night doing some last minute packing and even went to the mall during the day to buy some more gifts for my friends and family. I packed every single person a “gift bag” with personalized items!

Roman’s mom, Doni, gave me some Daily Bread to give to my family back home. It was so sweet of her and I already know everyone will love it and will be excited to read it and incorporate it to their daily routine! I added a book in each gift bag 🙂

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Daily Bread + Ghirardelli Chocolate + iPhone 6s for my younger cousin


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Make up bundle for my aunt! Colourpop + Mac + Caudelie + Lorac + Daily Bread


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Daily Bread + G-shock watch + Colourpop for another aunt


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And some more of the personalized gifts! Ranging from a pink polaroid Instax camera, to a MacBook, to a Nikon D5000 camera!

I packed light clothing wise and for my personal stuff but I had a whole luggage just filled with their gifts so I still ended up with two luggages. My goal really was to only bring one luggage though! Lol

My parents also bought gifts for everyone so despite the 3 of us packing light, we ended up with 9 luggages!

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All packed and ready to go!

In between packing and getting everything ready last night, my grandmother cooked up some grilled chicken and prepared us a DIY lettuce wrap dinner! It was so goooood!

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Lettuce + grilled chicken breast + tomatoes + avocado + mini jalapeños + cilantro + blue cheese dressing & blueberries and raspberries for dessert!


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It was so good! Definitely making some for the fam back home in PA when I get back!

Fast forward to 5am today, our ride picked us up (we did the Airport Van Service since all of our luggages weren’t going to fit in a regular van) and it took us two hours to get to the airport with all the LA rush hour traffic. Without traffic it usually only takes 45 minutes!

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SO. MUCH. TRAFFIC.

After two hours of being in dreadful traffic… we arrived!

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My dad getting our luggages on the cart


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Entering the Tom Bradley International

We checked in and since it’s not a full flight, Asiana Airlines offered us different seat arrangements where my parents and I would each get our own aisle so we can have extra space. It’s perfect because the flight will be more enjoyable and relaxing!

We had time to spare so I stopped by this cute little bakery and got some croissants!

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Almond & chocolate croissant


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My dad got me a strawberry & banana smoothie from Pinkberry! Yum

My dad wanted me to share this picture since he’s excited to read this book that Mark, Roman’s father, gave him to read during the flight!

Thank you again Mark for the other books as well! We’ll definitely be reading them!

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My mom & dad showing off “How to Make Money in Stocks” from Mark!

It’s almost time to board so I’ll be off in a bit!

The time difference is 13 hours ahead from Manila to the East Coast. I miss Roman already and will miss him even more especially the different time zones we’ll be in for the next 3 weeks. But thank goodness that my cellphone provider T-mobile provides unlimited text and data so I’ll still be able to text him and everyone else back in America and of course post some pictures as well as write in the blog!

Thanks for reading and hope you all have a great weekend!

To Roman,

I’ll see you soon!! I’ll send you lots and lots of pictures! Mahal kita sobra!! 

Love,

Jesci