LIFE WITH ROMS

posted on April 19th, 2014

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

IMG_1878

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!

IMG_1959

IMG_1972

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

posted on April 3rd, 2014

IMG_1945

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!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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!

IMG_8971

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!

IMG_8982

IMG_8992

IMG_9007

IMG_9016

IMG_9018

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!
IMG_1197

IMG_1212

IMG_1214

IMG_1260

IMG_1274

IMG_1335

IMG_1373

IMG_1436

IMG_1448

IMG_1458

IMG_1498

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.

IMG_1787

IMG_1790

IMG_1793

IMG_1810

IMG_1809

IMG_1818

Photography Party

posted on September 23rd, 2013

This past weekend, we celebrated my little brother’s birthday. He’s finally 19 – and you all know what that means… Alcohol (and lots of it!). I mean… Cameras (and lots of it)! Against my brother’s better judgement, I invoked a photography theme to his party. I decided to make a camera cake, camera cookies, camera cupcakes & a “happy birthday” polaroid banner. I even challenged him to take a shot every time someone said the word “picture”. That plan didn’t follow through as my mom said it three times before we even ate dinner. You know how filipino parents love taking pictures of the table of food before it’s all devoured.

P1020094 My brother holding the cake!

P1020146 Peanut butter and chocolate cake… Mmm…

P1020035 Camera sugar cookies made using a DIY camera cookie cutter!

image (2) Red velvet cupcakes with a cupcake topper I designed on Illustrator

P1020045 Happy Birthday banner with my brother being silly…

P1020061 There’s the alcohol!

As such, this past week’s illustration is a card for my brother. Happy 19th birthday little brother! Hope you enjoyed your day. :)

jomar

Seasons Change

posted on September 16th, 2013

This past week, Romel and I encountered a huge bump in our relationship. It’s scary how things can change so quickly. But, I’m confident that we’ll get through this, like we always do. The seasons are also quickly changing, and so has my wardrobe. I love dressing for fall weather – the colours, the layers, the cute leather booties! This is the outfit I wore to work today. These sneakers are the best thing that’s happened to me (not really, but really). They are so comfortable and versatile! I wear them to work, to volunteer, and to the gym.

P1020017

P1020028

P1020030

Today, Romel and I went to Granville Island. After a long day at work, going to one of my favourite places in Vancouver made me feel so much better. We shared a chicken pot pie from A La Mode and Blueberry Bread from Terra Breads. We were planning on going to the gym, but ended at Marble Slab for some delicious ice cream.

Hope you all are doing well! :)