Family Getaway to Palm Beach, FL!

Hi! Hope everyone is doing well! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I’m sure you all enjoyed reading Roman’s latest post about his amazing trip to Israel! What an incredible blessing that his mother, Doni, and himself were able to partake on that spiritual journey together. I’m looking forward to the day that I’ll be able to experience the Holy Land myself! 

Recently, Roman and I went down to Florida with both sides of our family! We traveled with his parents and met with my parents and his grandparents in Singer Island, where we stayed the entire time. First off, a big thank you to Roman for planning the whole trip and doing an extensive amount of research. The way Roman executed everything was perfect. So thank you, Roman!

What made this trip even more special was that it was my parents first time meeting Roman’s grandparents so that was very exciting!!!

We stayed at the beautiful and luxurious condo, Ritz Carlton, that’s located right off the beach. Pictures don’t do justice– we highly recommend staying in this place to truly see how elegant and lovely it is in person!

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One of the buildings of Ritz Carlton. We stayed on the 25th floor!

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Balcony view that oversees the inner part of the island

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With my love!

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My parents loving the view!

 

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LOVED the kitchen, especially the stainless appliances!

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The kitchen window overlooks the beach

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The interior design of the place is beautiful. Loved the wooden and elegant look!

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Masters bedroom. Overlooking the beach and has access to the beachfront balcony!

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View from the master bedroom! Breathtaking!!

I was not able to take a picture of the other rooms, I must have been deep in “the moment” and forgot to take pictures! Lol however, I was able to take pictures of the movie room and the social room!

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Private theatre room

What’s nice about the movie room is you can rent it out and it’s completely private! Unlimited movies and a whole private theatre, what more could you ask for?!

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Pool table located in the Social Room

The Social Room included a pool table, a library, and tables to just sit and relax! It was neat to see all the amenities the condo had to offer.

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One of the two pools at the Ritz Carlton

 

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The “infinity” pool overlooking the beach. Our favorite! We swam in this pool almost everyday!

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Candid photo of Roman just relaxing in the pool

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Overlooking the ocean with my mahal!

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Say cheese, Mark and Doni! 🙂

 

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Nan and Papa Ken relaxing under the shade!

 

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Fun fact: my parents, just like any other Filipinos LOVE to pose for the camera and take lots of pictures! lol

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See what I mean? Always posing! Lol

We spent majority of our time relaxing by the pool but we also LOVED being in the water! Roman in particular loved to swim in it– I didn’t want to get my hair wet (such a girl problem lol) so I didn’t go in as much as he did but I know he definitely had a great time!

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Good life…More like BLESSED life!

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Roman and I did a little bit of walking and ended up at this nice little peaceful spot!

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Heading into the water!! Lol

 

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My mom admiring the pretty view!

Being by the beach is always an amazing feeling. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and pure bliss.

One of my favorite bible verse is from Psalm 36:5-7 NIV

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

 

The ocean will always be a reminder to me of God’s unfailing and unconditional love for us. How blessed are we to have such a loving God!

Everything about the trip was such a blessing. One of the main highlights though is simply being with our families, all together, just enjoying each others presence and having a great time! And in Florida!!! From California, to Northeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey— we were all able to be in Florida all together. Family time is the best time! God truly blessed Roman and I with such loving families and for that, we are forever grateful! Here are some of my favorite pictures with them!

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Group picture with Roman’s grandfather and Katie after breakfast!

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My parents and Roman’s parents! LOVE!

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Selfie with the lovely Nan!

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At CityPlace in West Palm Beach

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The Rubando’s!

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Playing golf!

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Jupiter, FL!

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Roman with my mom and I!

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My love

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With my dad!

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My lovely parents

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Smile! 🙂

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Smiling before getting ready to devour the food!

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@ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Fountain from Jerusalem

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Courtyard @ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Beautiful Doni!

SO. MUCH. MORE. PICTURES and that’s just a small gist of it from our one week trip! lol

Knowing Roman and how he LOVES to plan our trips, he already had it all planned out that we were definitely going to see a basketball game in Miami and as always, he kept his word and we were all able to go watch the Rockets vs Heats! It was a great game and it was my first time being in Miami, as well as my parents, so it was an awesome experience!

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Roman got us GREAT seats! Thanks my mahal!

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So excited! lol

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Selfie with my love, of course!

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We were so close!!

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Hey, AllStar!

The next day, my aunt from the Philippines messaged me and told me that she saw Roman and I on TV! Lol what are the odds! She sent us this picture and it was so cool to see!

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A little blurry but yep, that’s us!

I looked up the Instagram of Houston Rocket’s the next day and saw us again!! Lol

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In addition to Roman’s list of “must see in Miami”, he took us to this AMAZING and AUTHENTIC Cuban restaurant! He first heard of it while watching the travel channel sometime last year and it was exciting to finally try the place and see what the hype was all about. Everything was delicious!!!

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Group selfie!

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Hopefully in the near future, we’ll be having Cuban food in Cuba! It was so yummy!

And speaking of yummy, we literally had the BEST steak of our lives at the Flagler’s Steakhouse. I am not exaggerating when I say it is the best filet mignon that I have ever had in my 23 years of life and I think it’s safe to say I speak for everyone else as well. I can’t get over how mouthwatering and enticing the food were!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Menu at the Flagler’s Steakhouse.

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Everything was delicious

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Hello my handsome!

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Excited to try the Filet!

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Group photo!

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Everyone was stuffed and happy! lol

Although my parents were only able to join us for a few days, we were blessed and thankful that they were granted the time off from work and was able to come and spend time with us all!

Upon the day of their departure, was the arrival of Billy, Mitch, Gloria, and Dave!! It was a sad goodbye to my parents but a happy welcoming to our family friends! We went out to dinner to a nice pizza place the night they arrived and it was a nice little Giant Floor reunion in Florida!

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Billy has been with Giant for over 50 years and Mitch is on his 25th year!! That’s dedication!!

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Giant Floor Crew!

We had a great time spending quality time with everyone! Roman’s grandfather took us out deep sea fishing the next morning. It was my first time and oh my goodness, it was so fun!!!

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Fishing boat!

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Grandpa with grandson 🙂

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Excited to catch some fish!

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All smiles before departing out to the deep sea!

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Watched them filet the fish!

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Look how pretty the water was!

There were actually pretty big waves and 90% of the people on the boat, including myself, were seasick! BUT despite the 5 ft waves, I caught a fish!!!! Lol I was so excited!!!

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How cool! My first catch–ever!!!

Billy and Mitch caught some fish as well so they brought it back to the condo and grilled it! I’m sure it tasted fresh! lol

We all had such a wonderful time and can’t wait to do it again!!

We spent the last few days in Florida just relaxing and having a cookout right by the pool, swimming in the beach, and having dinner cooked in the condo!

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Deep talks in the jacuzzi 

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Billy taking a little snooze after swimming! Lol

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Can never get tired waking up to this view!

Thankful for all the great and new experiences and being with amazing company during our trip. It went by so quick, but words can’t express how much fun we all had!!

God is so good for making it all happen! 

And Roman,

THANK YOU! Thank you for all the long hours you put in planning and making sure everything was perfect. All your hard work and effort are very much appreciated.

Mahal Kita, Roman Marcus! 

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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 

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

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

A day in paradise: Antigua 

Hello Antigua!

We arrived at the beautiful island of Antigua on December 24, 2016. This was our pretty view from the balcony! The sun was beaming and radiated positive vibes right when we stepped out on the balcony for some fresh air. Roman and I knew we were going to have an amazing day on this beautiful island!

Roman with his yummy breakfast

My breakfast plate

Before we got off the ship and ventured off the island, we had a scrumptious breakfast that fueled us for the day! The food definitely did not disappoint on this cruise ship– every single thing was delicious and fulfilling.


When we got off the ship, we walked around and explored some local shops. They had music playing and everything was lively!


We were on our way to the beach via taxi and we were excited!



When we arrived at the beach, we were truly amazed with the color and clearness of the water. It was quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. We felt so much at peace and enjoyed every single moment. We loved the whole island feel especially when this kind gentleman offered us a fresh coconut and opened it up right in front of us! It reminded me of being in the island in the Philippines because fresh coconuts are a must when you’re by the water! 


It was so fresh and yummy!


In addition to fresh coconut, he also cut open some Aloe Vera and put it all over our skin! In this photo, he was putting some on Doni, Roman’s mom, and she loved it. Being pampered in Antigua– absolute best!

It was a blessing meeting this man. He was singing Christmas Carols and his heart was just so pure and genuine which radiated nothing but love! I wish I had a better picture but I snapped a quick photo and was completely mesmerized by his beautiful voice and enjoyed being serenaded to!

After we got done relaxing and having a blast at the beach, we headed back towards the ship and Roman wanted to stop by a few jewelry stores before boarding. I’ve mentioned countless times how much of a romantic man my boyfriend is but let me just emphasize once again because he is just the sweetest thing ever! For his Christmas present, he bought me a diamond cross necklace as a reminder of what the true meaning of Christmas is all about; the birth of Jesus! He wanted me to have the necklace because it symbolizes many things such as how we met through Christ and that as I wear it everyday, it’s a reminder that Jesus is always with me!Thank you again Roman Marcus for this beautiful, thoughtful, and heartwarming cross necklace. My very first one! Having you in my life is one of my biggest blessings but having you as my ultimate partner in Christ is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Thank you for leading us closer to God every single day and being the man of Christ that you are! You inspire me everyday, I love you!


And we boarded the ship afterwards! Our experience in Antigua was truly one for the books! We’ll never forget this memorable experience; God is so good for making this trip possible!

Thank you for reading! Roman and I are hoping to be fully caught up on our cruise posts– life has been crazy busy but praise Jesus for all the blessings!! ❤️

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Love,

Jesci

 

A day in St. Thomas, USVI.

The island of St. Thomas was a must have visit on our cruise itinerary. I have traveled throughout almost all of the Caribbean and St. Thomas is one of my favorite places to visit. Put St. Thomas on your bucket list. You will not regret it.

Cruising into St. Thomas

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Port of St. Thomas

We did not have any scheduled tours for the island, but I already knew where I was taking Jesci and my parents…

Magen’s Bay

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View of Magen’s Bay from the hillside

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Breathtaking view of the beautiful Magen’s Bay Beach

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Priceless.

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Selfie

This beach happens to be one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! It has some of the clearest, cleanest, and calmest water that I’ve ever seen in my life. The pictures do not do justice to show how beautiful it is; you have to go and see it for yourself!

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View of the British Virgin Islands in the distance

After spending a few hours at the beach, I wanted to take Jesci and the parents to Paradise Point. The view from Paradise point is gorgeous! There is a great restaurant/bar, as well as a nice little gift shop, at the top. It is definitely a must see upon visiting St. Thomas.

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Paradise Point

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The lovely Jesci and I

I could have not asked for a better day.

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Until next time St. Thomas!

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Off to Antigua!

Roman