LIFE WITH JENN

posted on April 22nd, 2014

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Time sure does fly! It’s almost been an entire month since Jenn joined me in San Francisco for three weeks. I seriously don’t think i would have been able to successfully choose the furniture, build the furniture, AND put them in places that make sense without her help. Oh and also choosing the right appliances and all that other stuff. It’s the first time either of us have experienced this kind of thing so it’s been real fun and actually not too stressful.

For the three weeks Jenn’s been here, we really got to experience a little taste of how it’d be like to live with each other. We learned a lot of things about each other and have also learned a lot together.

Aside from the misalignment of our definition of “clean” I can’t really think of any negatives about living with Jenn.

Here are some of the positives though!

1) She makes awesome food!
Jenn’s really been stepping up her cooking and has been experimenting a lot with different types of food that aren’t that easy to make. She’s cooked things from Tonkatsu, Chicken Souvlaki, and even baked tilapia with parmesan cheese. Coming home from a long day of work to her delicious creations have been awesome.

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2) Someone to explore the city with
Exploring and walking around a new city can be fun, but it’s always a lot more fun with someone else. I found that sharing these experiences with Jenn is a lot better than just experiencing it on my own! When we go to food cart places I don’t only have to try one thing, Jenn gets to order what she wants and I get to try two things! That way I don’t have to come back or suffer from a self inflicted food coma.

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3) She makes sure my packages are alright
I could say I have this “minor” issue with package anxiety. I always like to check whether or not the item has been delivered. Having Amazon Prime in America where I never need to go to the border to pick up my packages and everything just comes to the place does not help at all. There are days when there is only one package, but there are days when there are four or five! I know there’s tracking numbers but they don’t always leave it in front of the door and I am afraid someone will get my packages. With Jenn being here, she’s always there to check when I ask her, she’ll get a message from me every few hours asking if the packages have arrived.

4) Waking up to her
It’s awesome to wake up in the morning and the first thing that I see is Jenn. I wouldn’t want to start my day any other way.

Anyways, that’s all for now! I’ll update the blog with some pictures from our recent adventures in San Francisco together so stay tuned. I can’t wait till Jenn gets back to San Francisco though! I really miss her and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her. If these three weeks are any indication of what’d it be like, it’s going to be super awesome!

WEEKLY CHALLENGES ARE BACK!

posted on April 21st, 2014

With Romel in San Francisco and myself in Vancouver, we wanted to do something that we could sort of do together even though we’re apart! Thus, we’ve decided to bring back weekly challenges. I think it’ll be great to push each other to be more creative and also bring out the competitiveness in us.

For this week, I challenge you, ROMEL ANGELO DRIS, to create a double exposure-esque photo.

Here are a few awesome examples for our inspiration!

Source: http://www.dylandsara.com/wedding-photography-portland-ha-david-engagement/

Source: http://vectroave.com/2013/08/city-silhouettes-by-jasper-james/

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25670129@N04/5061805995/in/photostream/

Come back and check the blog next Monday to see what we come up with! Good luck, Roms!

LIFE WITH ROMS

posted on April 19th, 2014

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For the past three weeks, I’ve been in beautiful San Francisco helping Romel settle into our new place! It definitely was an interesting experience and offered us a glimpse of what marriage life would be like! As we each live(d) in our parents homes for our entire lives up until now, this move was a first for the both of us. We had to learn how to do a lot of things for the first time and I will definitely write up on that soon. For today’s post, however, I wanted to touch on the pros & cons of “life with roms”.

First, the pros:

(1) There’s always someone there to cook you bacon. 

Yup. Every day. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Bacon. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a teeny bit. But I am not lying when I say that this boy is always ready & willing to make you some bacon when you need it. Our apartment is testament to this – as soon as you walk in, you’ll smell it.

(2) There’s always something to look forward to. 

With Romel working 9-5, Monday to Friday, it’s always sad having to send him off in the morning. I either spend my time at home – drawing, designing, watching Korean dramas, catching up with my family, cleaning or cooking, or walking about in the nearby area AKA Uniqlo, Macy’s or Trader Joe’s. But with whatever I am doing, I’ve always got something to look forward to at the end of the day – getting to see Romel! Yeah, it’s cheesy. I know.

(3) Every night is a sleepover with my best friend.

I think my favourite thing was that he didn’t have to say good bye at night and drive home. I love having someone to cuddle with at night and someone handsome to wake up to in the morning.

Oh boy, now for some cons… I’m going to try to limit them to just 3…

(1) The attack of Hurricane Roms. 

I’m the type of person who likes things organized. So, while Romel’s at work, I like to tidy the place up and put things where they belong. When Romel comes through that door, all hell  breaks lose – backpack gets dropped in the middle of the hallway, jeans go on the floor, shirt gets thrown on the desk, amazon boxes get opened and tossed aside …  It’s not pretty.

(2) You have to drag him out of bed.

Every morning, the alarm goes off and nothing happens. Romel stays there in bed no matter how many times you tell him he’s going to be late for work. When he finally does get up, he moves like a sloth. I literally have to push him out the door to make sure he isn’t so late.

(3) Those farts tho.

If you know Romel, you know he farts A LOT. I’m sure all of our friends can attest to this. Need I say more?

Jokes aside, these past 3 weeks have been a great learning experience. It made me realize that no matter how much Roms farts or how messy he may be, I still want to spend the rest of my life with this guy and I can’t wait to do so!

MASTERCHEF JENN

posted on April 4th, 2014

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It is the sad truth, but, in the past twenty-two years of my life, I’ve never really cooked a real meal. I’ve been spoiled by my ma & pa with their wonderful cooking and I’ve never really had to cook something for myself, other than egg and rice. So, the thought of coming to San Francisco with Romel and I having little to no cooking skills had me thinking that we’d be eating take out everyday. Fortunately, my parent’s cooking skills rubbed off on me just a little and surprisingly enough, I actually enjoy it. It’s probably the chemist in me that loves to measure things out, put things together, boil things like crazy, and watch in amazement as these materials synthesize into the final product. The plus, of course, is that the ingredients smell much nicer than the chemicals in the laboratory.

So far, I have attempted to make Chicken Pesto Pasta with Fresh Kale Salad, Pork Tonkatsu & Baked Vegetable Tempura, and Chicken Souvlaki with Greek Salad. I also made some Filipino Chicken Adobo and although it was tasty, it doesn’t photograph as well. I’ve simply been finding some easy meals on Pinterest and attempting to create them in our kitchen. The real difficulty here in San Francisco is finding all the ingredients… The closest grocery we live near is Trader Joe’s, which I absolutely adore but is definitely a little on the expensive side. Hopefully, as we become more familiar with the area, we’ll be able to find some more grocery options!

If you know any delicious & simple recipes, let me know! I would definitely love to try it!

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

posted on April 3rd, 2014

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The past few days have been crazy busy building furniture and putting the apartment together. Although we’re on a rather tight budget, we really hope to make this place our own with some creative touches! We’re excited to show you the finished product…. that  is, after we’ve received the rest of our furniture. Our dining table & chairs were lost in translation, so we’ve eating our breakfast on kitchen counters, my lunch in bed, and our dinners on our bedroom floor. Thanks, IKEA!

San Francisco Adventures – Ikea!

posted on March 29th, 2014

Hi friends!!! Last Tuesday, I hopped off a plane at SFO with a dream and my roshes. Welcome to the land of yuppies, hills, whoa! – am I gona fit in?

Okay I’ll stop being lame. I am in San Francisco visiting Roms and it has been an interesting few days! If you haven’t been keeping up with Romel’s instagram, we found a place! It’s a cute little studio apartment in this old building. Finding an apartment in San Francisco is tough, so Romel was really lucky to find this amazing place in the city!

Last night, we headed to Ikea to find some furniture. We arrived at around 6:30pm and of course, we first had to grab a bite to eat at the Ikea Restaurant. Afterwards, we went through the different showrooms – trying out different chairs & beds, opening and closing all sorts of drawers, over-filling our carts with a variety of home accessories, and listing all the products we would have to pick up at the self-serve area. I think we arrived at the self-serve area around 8:45. Romel, having not been to Ikea recently, was unaware that we would have to pick up everything on our list… He thought we would hand someone our paper with item names and location numbers and they would magically pick everything out. By the picture below, you can tell he wasn’t too happy after all was said and done!

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Stay tuned for photos of our new place!

Adventures on Main Street

posted on March 18th, 2014

Last week, we had the opportunity to shoot some adventure photos with the amazing Tomasz Wagner. We are absolutely in love with this man’s work and were thrilled when he agreed to shoot us one lovely morning in our favourite neighbourhood – Main Street. Here are a few of our favourites!

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Destination Wedding Photographer in Africa by Tomasz Wagner

Thanks again to Tomasz for taking the time to capture us in these beautiful photos! There were just so many good ones that we couldn’t choose one favourite. We are keeping a couple secret for the Save the Date cards, so stay tuned for those! We’re also hoping to do another adventure shoot in San Francisco. We can’t wait!

Much love,

Jenn & Romel

The Best of Both is engaged!

posted on March 7th, 2014

Hi friends!

It has definitely been quite awhile since we last posted on here. But we are back with some exciting news… We’re engaged!

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The question that everyone is asking… How did he do it?!

From my perspective:

First, some background information – We’ve been talking about the future for the past few years, with some hiccups here and there, but we were on the same page that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Over the holidays, Romel was approached by a company in San Francisco for work. He entertained the idea as it has been one of his goals to work abroad. We would just fantasize about how exciting it would be to start a new life together in a whole new city. A couple of weeks and many interviews later, those dreams became reality, and Romel received a job offer… I remember we went to dinner to celebrate and we just stared blankly at each other and said, “What just happened?” over and over again. After we regained consciousness, we tried to be responsible adults and talk about the pros and cons of accepting the offer and what this might mean for our relationship (although, we both knew that he should take the job!)

A few weeks later, I set up a little farewell party for him with all of his friends at 8 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge. The night before the dinner I began to be a little suspicious. If you know me well, you’ll know that I love solving mysteries – I like to pretend I’m Sherlock trying to solve a case!) Anyways, Romel was telling me to invite more of my girl friends (who he knew I would have as my bridesmaids) “because I was leaving too”. That was clue #1. On the day of the dinner, one of my best friends (who is also very good friends with Romel) texted me that she needed to talk to me right before the dinner about advice and what not. This was clue #2. My dad works both day and night shifts, and the time she wanted to hang out was during that little window that both of my parents would be home so that Romel could ask for permission. Aha! I said in my head – I’ve solved the case…

When I told Watson (Romel) of my findings, he responded that he had no idea what I was talking about and that he hadn’t even gotten a ring. This is when Romel is going to tell you that I cried…. I didn’t! Okay, maybe just a little… Can’t a girl be disappointed?! I thought I had it all figured out and then he tells me with the best lying face in the world that he doesn’t have anything prepared. I was seriously heartbroken… for about 30 minutes. Then I told myself – it’s not going to happen today but it will happen when it’s supposed to happen!

Fast forward to having coffee with my friend before the dinner. We talked about life, love, the future – everything. I was feeling much better and hopeful that things would work out eventually. We headed to the dinner and it was so heart-warming to see all of our friends there to celebrate Romel’s new adventure!

I remember Romel telling me that he wanted to do a speech to tell everyone that he was thankful for them coming out and that he was going to miss them. I told him it was a good idea. He looked so nervous now that I remember it. He kept pacing back and forth, drink in hand. I said it’s not a big deal and to just do it! He spoke to the waitress to turn down the music and then he started saying thank you to everyone for coming out, etc. I sat in the corner, munching on a chicken wing.

Then he turned to me, and started saying thank you to me for planning this dinner… And I’m like okay… Then he kept going… About the past five years… And I’m like what’s going on… Then in my head, I was like Please stop talking about me… This is so awkward… I really want to eat my chicken wing but everyone’s watching me…

That’s when he told me to come up where he was standing… and I had to put my chicken wing down. I couldn’t stop shaking and was really confused what he was going to do. Then he struggled to find something in someone’s bag… he knelt down.. pulled out a ring and I said “yes!” and the rest is history! Oh, and then the Mario Kart Love Song started playing in the background! (When Romel first sent me this song 5 years ago, I knew he was the one for me!)

Thank you to everyone who came out that night to share this special moment with us. We love you dearly!

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Thanks to Jonathan for the photos! :)

The Best of Both in NY!

posted on December 20th, 2013

Last week, Jenn and I travelled to New York and went on a little adventure! This is the first adventure that we’ve had together that has involved a flying aircraft. It was an amazing experience, and New York is  definitely one of our favorite places and we hope to be back again!

Here are a few photos from the trip. We’ll be posting a full blog post about it soon!

Also expect a lot more posts from us this coming year! We know we haven’t been posting at all recently but we’ve made a promise to ourselves to try and post more!
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Brand New Me

posted on October 6th, 2013

It’s been awhile since my last post and a lot has changed since then. I feel like a new person, with a new perspective on life. This past month has been one of the most challenging I’ve gone through. I’ve learned a lot about myself and still have a lot more to figure out. But despite all that’s happened, I’m happy to be where I am now.

I’ve also notice a change in my style. I’m inspired by what others wear and what the latest trends are, but I’ve always just worn whatever I’ve felt like and I’ve always expressed myself through how I dress. Lately, Romel has been inspired to wear all black which has (sort of) reflected onto me. I feel drawn to very simple pieces in neutral colours. However, as obvious in the photos below, I still love to throw in a bit of colour into my outfits.

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