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!

17240081_10202931622528078_7408250839789274788_o

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!

17358900_10202931623088092_1668103662839516910_o

Just look at how amazing the water is!!


IMG_1460

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


17239984_10202931623888112_5227178748401780396_o

My mom enjoying the view!


17358992_10202931625808160_732427956437466888_o

My little cousins Euan and Jehan! 


17349842_10202931626008165_6257292578837483729_o

Hello, Dad!


17425928_10202995833093302_3656267134715725634_n

My dad and little cousin, Szanel

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

17349908_10202935393742356_43574565368342705_o

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!

17388986_10202932283184594_7596286608734089321_o

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

17240319_10202932283424600_6840588393265510166_o

Love these cousins of mine!

17239694_10202932282984589_5973767205577053386_o

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.

17239792_10202931622488077_2077090765312994949_o17349721_10202931624568129_6479146020315011071_o17758298_10202995833053301_1861938782385899100_o17350043_10202931625968164_3994880594489069674_o

IMG_1459

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!

17239659_10202931622368074_4836436426985116066_o

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!

17349599_10202935396022413_3380043616154352206_o

So bluuuue!!


17492742_10202995835173354_7605416190377606259_o

Mesmerizing, so beautiful 


17309898_10202935396102415_7396609879197013109_o

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!
IMG_4162IMG_4140IMG_4120IMG_4107IMG_4082
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.
IMG_4157
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 🙂

IMG_6972

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


IMG_6974

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


IMG_6973

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


IMG_6978

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!

IMG_6969

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!

IMG_6975

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


IMG_6976

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!

IMG_6968

SO. MUCH. TRAFFIC.

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

IMG_6966

My dad getting our luggages on the cart


IMG_6967

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!

IMG_6964

Almond & chocolate croissant


IMG_6962

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!

IMG_6963

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

A Birthday Celebration For A Very Special Woman

Dear Nan, 

Happy Birthday! Roman and I’s prayer for you is to find more peace, wisdom, guidance, and pure joy. May God continue to have His hand on your life and be your refuge. You deserve nothing but the best! We love you!

You are special, loved, unique in every single way and is a big blessing to countless people. 

You are an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend.

We are all truly blessed to have you in our lives and we are forever grateful to the Lord for placing you in all of our lives! 

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to emphasize our love for you and we hope you enjoyed the special celebration of your birthday. 

We love you (Nan) Audrey Page! 

On to the celebration post!

Roman and I, along with his parents Mark and Doni took a day trip out to New Jersey to celebrate his Nan’s birthday! It was not too bad of a drive; only took us about 2 & 1/2 hours without traffic!

FullSizeRender.jpg

Entering New Jersey!

img_6628

Fun fact: George Washington crossed this same exact river on December 25, 1776, during the Revolutionary War. 

We went to Vidalia’s Italian Restaurant to meet with Nan and Papa Ken. It was a beautiful place and the interior as well as the exterior designs caught my eye.

img_6630

The outside patio area had a nice ambience!

img_6631

Roman with the birthday girl!!!

It was so nice seeing Nan and Papa Ken again since the last time we saw them was early December. We were excited to catch up and enjoy a nice meal with them!

img_6634img_6635img_6636

img_6638

img_6639

img_6637

Doni enjoying her citrus salad!

img_6640img_6641

Every single one was DELICIOUS! The chef is amazing. The chef is actually the owner and if you’re ever in Lawrenceville, NJ, we HIGHLY recommend Vidalia’s if you’re craving some Italian food!

After lunch, we headed down to Princeton and had a nice time strolling around. The weather was great so it was perfect to walk around and see the little shops.

img_6643img_6644img_6645

We went to a place called the Greene Street Consignment and oh my gosh, I could stay there for hours! They had the cutest clothes, shoes, bags– everything! Mark recommended the place since he’s been there before and the deals are great. It’s high end products for a steal price. I saw many designer stuff for less than $20 in almost perfect condition!

IMG_6650.JPG

The famous Green Street

img_6648

Doni and I trying on some shoes! Roman found these beautiful, sparkly heels but unfortunately they were a size too big for me! I tried them on anyway. Lol

img_6649

If only they weren’t so big, I totally would’ve gotten them! 

img_6646

You can’t really see in this picture, but Mark found an AMAZING deal on this spiffy blazer– only $18 for this designer and it retails for $300+ how awesome is that?! And actually, Roman was the one to spot it also. He has such a good eye. Lol 

Once we were done shopping around, we did some more walking around and came across this one bookstore. We had to stop and purchase some books!

img_6652IMG_6654.JPGIMG_6655.JPG

We ended the day by going back to Nan’s house. We gave her birthday gifts and she cooked for us her famous lentil soup and hummus!!! THE BEST LENTIL SOUP AND HUMMUS I HAVE EVER TASTED. It was delicious! I’m craving some now just as I write about it.

IMG_6658.JPG

IMG_6659.JPG

Gift from Doni!!

IMG_6660.JPG

Stylish lightweight pants!

IMG_6661.JPG

Gift from Roman and I! 

Roman and I bought her an essential oil humidifier. For Christmas, I gave one to Roman and he absolutely loved it and can’t sleep at night without it so we figured she’d love it just as much! We gave her some essential oils as well and we set it up for her right there and then and she was thrilled with it!!

IMG_6662.JPG

BEST. COOK. EVER! Thank you for all the yummy food!

Nan showed me some of her painting that she’s done in the past and look at this painting!!! She is beyond talented. I wish I got a picture of the other ones she did. She’s a true artist!

IMG_6663.JPG

IMG_6664.JPG

Baby Roman with his pretty grandma!

Isn’t that baby picture the cutest?! I just want to pinch Roman’s cheeks!! Lol we went through some of Roman’s baby albums and my heart was melting the entire time. So cute!!

We ended up leaving around 8pm and got back to Pennsylvania around 10:30.

We had such a wonderful time! Loved every single moment celebrating Nan’s birthday with her in Jersey with the family.

Happy Birthday once again, Audrey Page!

Lots of love,

Roman & Jesci

 

 

 

The hidden gem of the Caribbean: St. Lucia

I want to start off by saying I apologize for not being active and not posting this sooner! The past two months have been quite ludicrous! And that is an UNDERSTATEMENT! I ended up getting the flu and I mean the REAL DEAL FLU! I was away on a business trip, only to soon find myself in a hospital. Not to mention, I ended up losing over 10 pounds. It is one thing being sick, but being away from home and having the real flu; it was the worst experience of my life.

I just wanted to share a quick update about me, but enough about that…

We are on to St. Lucia!

Have you ever heard the saying?

“If you’ve been to one island, you’ve been to them all”

It is one of the most bogus statements that I’ve heard and the worst part about it is that I hear it all the time. How can one make a statement like that without experiencing it? Just like no person is the same; no island is the same. From the food, to the scenery, to the people, and etc. Each island is unique in its own way and the island of St. Lucia stands out like no other.

fullsizerender

Located in the south eastern Caribbean Sea, most people probably have never heard of St. Lucia 

img_3991

The port of Castries

Our ship was docked in St. Lucia a bit longer than the other ports, but there was much to do in so little time! Being in port on Christmas Day, we wanted to make sure that we were able to attend a Christmas Day service in one of the churches. We were so blessed to have found this church!

img_2082img_2096img_2099img_2108img_2109

After the church service, we did not have any excursions planned, but we wanted to explore the island. We stumbled upon an amazing driver named, Eli, who gave us an AMAZING tour of the island. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Castries St. Lucia

We had to stop and take a picture!

St. Lucia Selfie

And a selfie!

img_2179-2

The gorgeous lush green countryside of St. Lucia

St Lucia

More scenic view of the countryside

img_2184

Enjoyin’ the views

img_2191

My mother enjoying one of our many roadside stops! We ended getting some great homemade banana ketchup here that we brought back home!

Caribbean Sea St. Lucia

Beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea

img_2207

Small fishing village in St. Lucia

img_2227

Family shot

St. Lucia Fishing Village

View from the bridge in the fishing village

img_2257

Caribbean Sea view from the bridge

img_3969

Another small little fishing village

img_2292

We began our ascent further into the mountains

img_2290

The gorgeous mountains of St. Lucia

Pitons St. Lucia

We finally had a little glimpse of The Pitons in the distance!

img_3982

The breathtaking view of The Pitons

img_3993

Had to take a family shot

img_4001

Pitons Selfie of my mahal and I

Soufriere Volcano St. Lucia

We then went to see the active Soufriere volcano in the mountains of St. Lucia

Soufriere Volcano Selfie

Selfie at Soufriere

img_3992

We then walked to the hot springs

img_3986

Jesci and I covered in volcanic mud and ash

img_3978

We all had to do it because it has so many therapeutic healing properties!

img_4002

My mom and I

img_2460

Game Face On

img_2452

The natural flowing hot spring water

img_3623

From there, we went to a nearby waterfall and it was FREEZING COLD!

img_6485

After the waterfall, we began to head back to the ship and we went to where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed!

img_2560

We came back to the ship to find this gorgeous sunset on our departure of St. Lucia

St. Lucia is drop-dead gorgeous. The Pitons are absolutely out of this world. They look like they have no place in the Caribbean. If you don’t have this place on your bucket list, you better put it right on. From The Pitons, to the hot springs, to the scenery; countless times I thought to myself, “is this place real?” The views are straight out from a movie. I have never seen views like this in my life and it is truly remarkable to have been able to experience it with Jesci and my parents, especially on Christmas Day. It was a Christmas that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

– Roman

Date night in the Poconos

Roman drove us up to the Poconos on Saturday and the weather was good to us! It was in the 50’s and usually in California, I’d be freezing and bundled up with layers of clothing but here in the East Coast, the 50’s are high and considered warm! Lol

16836019_10202826185692223_863409961105886175_o

My tour guide

The drive takes about 45 minutes but time flies whenever I’m with Roman and it only felt like 20 minutes, not even kidding! I was surprised with how fast we got there. He gave me a tour around town and showed me all the places he used to go when he worked up there. It’s a nice, quiet area! Almost every car we saw was either from Jersey or New York– definitely out of state.

16819405_10202826185652222_3472247090505280946_o

East Stroudsburg

We drove around for a while and we were so close to Jersey! Only 5 minutes away from Jersey and about an hour from New York. One of the reasons why I love the location of where Roman lives is because of how close he is to everything! It’s a nice advantage when it comes to traveling or when we’re feeling spontaneous and up for an adventure!

For dinner, we decided to go for some Japanese food. We picked a Hibachi/sushi restaurant that was packed and when we were in the parking lot, we were already thinking that the wait time must be long. When we got inside, we realized the place was HUGE. It was two story and although it was full of people, we were still seated right away. We decided to just get the sushi table and not the hibachi but next time we come back, we are most definitely going for the hibachi.

16804048_10202826186212236_884939677699293723_o

Loved the interior design and the vibrant color

 

16804039_10202826186652247_5266586541618624695_o

16797699_10202826186412241_3189127793254680738_o

Bacon wrapped scallops

16797467_10202826187092258_4568283170741949331_o

Fried rice, calamari, seaweed salad

16836065_10202826186852252_408075658255828429_o

Lobster roll + diced roll

We confess that we ordered a bit too much but we were hungry when we were ordering lol the rolls came out last and they were HUGE. The pictures does not show it but it’s about 2x bigger than the usual specialty rolls! We got overwhelmed and only ate the center and left out the rice haha but to say the least– everything was delicious. We were amazed with the quality of the food and we were talking about coming back in the near future!

It was a nice little date night and couldn’t thank Roman enough for planning a day for us to spend even more quality time together!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Thanks for reading!

Love,

Jess