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M & M ADVENTURE: Arashi x Te Papa 

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Posted: August 25, 2014

M & M Adventure: Arashi x Te Papa x Waffle 

Last Friday, I met Miguel after his lecture (in our relationship: education always comes first!), then we ate in a Japanese resto called Arashi. It’s such a cozy place. I like their interior and the music they play. The food and service was nice. It’s very affordable! That’s a BIG PLUS for me hehe! But if I were to compare it to Origami, I’d choose Origami. However, Arashi is worth visiting too! And I think, I’d still go back and try their different dishes with my family or friends! 

For some reason, I felt like going to Te Papa so we headed there afterwards. This time, we didn’t just roam around the museum and take photos, we really did try to experience Te Papa in a very interactive way. So we read, tried their gadgets, went to earthquake house, see the hollogram feature of journey to a new land, and experienced the Golden Days. I also went in to the Blue Whale’s heart for the first time. It was fun! We also went to the highest level of the museum and check out the Wellington view from there. And boy was it amazing! This is one of the things I like about us. We can visit the same place over and over again and still manage to have fun and make new memories together. 

Afterwards, we went down to Courtenay Place and tried The Little Waffle Shop. It was good but I am more of a pancake girl. Then we headed to the Hutt, played at Timezone, got some ice chocolate and called it a day. Just like most of our dates, we didn’t really notice the time passing, because we’re having so much fun. Unlike most couples out there, Miguel and I don’t see each other almost everyday. We see each other once in a week or once in two weeks. Of course, we do miss each other but I guess this works for us. So whenever we go out, we really make the most of it. But actually everytime we see other, it doesn’t feel like we’re apart for days/weeks. I guess, we’re that compatible naks! (; And for that, I am grateful. God has blessed me with an amazing man who also knows how to live, love and laugh. 

Here’s to more adventures together! 

Posted: August 24, 2014
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Weekend Adventure: Swimming x Thai Food

Last weekend, our family went to go swimming. It was totally unplanned. Just when I finished my shower, my sister ran up to me and said: ’we’re gonna go swimming!!’ Of course, I gave her the what-are-you-serious-kind-of-look. I really thought she was joking, but I was wrong. So we headed to Naenae pool. It’s been years since the last time we swim as a family. And of course, like they say, the best moments happen when they are unplanned. It was a joyful day. Swimming is actually a good family bonding idea! I haven’t seen Papa enjoyed that much in awhile. He was like a child—happy, carefree whilst reveling in the water. Seeing him and the joy in his face—folks, that was priceless. He grew up near the sea, so swimming was really a big part of his childhood. Sadly, I didn’t get that skill from him. He was trying to teach me some swimming techniques that day but I just kept on laughing. I find it awkwardly funny for some reason. But anyway, we all had fun. I just love my spontaneous family!

After the almost two hour swim, we headed to Upper Hutt to have late lunch. Yes, we’re all starving. We ate at Thai House Express. There’s nothing surprising about their food but I really like their service. Smiling crew is a big plus! We’re meant to get ice cream somewhere but we’re already full and tired. Of course, there’s nothing better to do when you feel full and tired than to rest!!! So we chose sleep over dessert. And the moment we reached home, we went straight to our room and reunite with our beds! 

This weekend adventure was close to perfect. It was indeed a happy day. I was happy, really happy. We didn’t spend much, but we had so much fun. That’s the thing I love about my family, we prioritize our family’s happiness more than anything else. Oh I can’t wait to go on more adventure and see the world with them. 

To end this, here’s the short vlog from our weekend adventure: 

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Posted: August 14, 2014
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A few snapshots from our Disney On Ice Adventure :)

Most of the photos were taken by Miguel through his S4. Thank you, Miguel :)

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Posted: August 13, 2014
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M & M ADVENTURE: Disney On Ice

Last week, Miguel and I had the chance to watch Disney on Ice with a mini food trip on the side. I have to say that this experience is definitely one for the books! We were both excited! Here’s a trivia: I’ve never been to Disneyland (Miguel have), so by far, this was the closest I’ve ever had a taste of Disneyland hehe. 

Upon entering the TSB Arena, we saw kids wearing costume of their favourite Disney characters. It’s such a joyful sight to behold! There were also stalls where you can buy Disney products/collectibles. Miguel bought a popcorn with Mickey Mouse bag. He also got me a Cinderalla cup. They were a bit pricey for me, but boy were they worth it. We felt like we went back to our younger days, where Mickey Mouse was the coolest character on earth.

And when the show finally started, I was left in awe. I couldn’t remember how many times I said 'Aaaah', 'Wow' and how often I put my head on Miguel’s shoulder and widened my eyes in amazement. The Lion King scene was my personal favourite! Disney on Ice is definitely a show for all ages. Indeed, tno one is too old for Disney. It’s very entertaining and inspiring. Knowing that this whole thing started with a dream and a mouse makes the show even more inspiring! It’s defnitely an evening of nostalgia. Miguel and I were sitting there, watching and at the same time reminiscing our childhood. Of course, watching Disney On Ice with the person you love most makes the experience so magical. In fact, this VLOG above doesn’t do justice to how magical the event was. 

If Disney On Ice already amused me, what more if I get the chance to visit one of the Disneylands on earth!  Aaaah I can’t wait for that day to happen! For now, I hope you enjoy our Disney On Ice Vlog as I save up for more adventure like this! :)

Marah 

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Posted: August 13, 2014
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Two weeks ago, we’ve celebrated the birthday of the most beautiful woman on earth. Mama is one of the kindest, wisest, hard working and most loving women I know. She turned 52 this year. She devoted half of her life to us. And as a give back, we wanted to make her the happiest woman on earth on her special day. 

Despite of the bad weather, we braved the storm and went on a roadtrip. 

Our first stop: Denny’s at Porirua

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We had brunch here. Denny’s food doesn’t disappoint, but I’m not really a fan of their service. I wish their staff could be more friendly. Smiling won’t hurt, just saying. 

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The birthday girl with the love of her life. Yieeeee #PBBTeens 

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Expectation vs. Reality hehe

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We headed to K-Mart afterwards to buy some stuff. Then drove to Lindale in Kapiti to get some ice cream. 

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I swear, Kapiti Ice Cream is the best. 

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After Kapiti, we drove down to Johnsonville and Lower Hutt to shop a few more stuff. 

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We ended our night with DIY Samgyeopsal

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Regardless of the pouring rain, we still had a wonderful day. It was a day of food, long drive, fun, love, gratitude, and family. It was solid! We were solid! We’ve never had that much fun as a family in a while. We were just laughing throughout the day. Though it was tiring, that day was a kind of day when you can’t think of anything to say aside from “Thank You, Lord!” Of course, there’s nothing greater than seeing mama in pure bliss. I swear, I’m at my happiest whenever I see my family happy. I look forward to more days like this.

Again, happiest birthday mama! We love you!

To end this, here’s our roadtrip video blog:

Posted: August 12, 2014
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Just in case it’s not obvious yet, Miguel and I are both foodie. We love to eat and try out different cuisines. We have pretty much visited almost all the asian restaurants around town and hutt, so we thought it would be nice to go out of our comfort zone and try out something new! After days of research (yes, we’re pretty serious about researching new restaurants! #certifiedfoodies), Miguel suggested Mama Brown. I checked their site and also find it really interesting! And that only means one thing—off we go!

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According to their website, Mama Brown offers an “electric mix of great food”, and I couldn’t agree more to that! It doesn’t say what particular cuisine they specialise in though. However, in our opinion, this place definitely gives us a taste of America!

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Of course, the first thing I noticed was their seats with seat belts. I find them really cool. I guess, they are necessary because their food can take you to an astounding ride where you have to fasten your seat belt tightly! Or else, you’ll die! hehe I kid!

And speaking of food, I ordered their Kentucky Hot Brown Boy. It’s consist of sliced chicken breast with cheese, bacon and pico de gallo on savoury french toast. It’s my first time to finish a whole dish without the help of Miguel. I was really happy and satisfied!! Worth all the gains and carbs! Definitely 10/10 for me!

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We also ordered Adobo Tacos on the side 

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Miguel ordered PO BOY Sloppy Beef and he enjoyed it too! 

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Smile of a very satisfied customer :)

They have huge servings. Not to mention, Mama’s Brown is very affordable and has good service too! We left the resto as happy customers. In fact, I’m too happy with our Mama Brown experience that I consider it as my new favourite resto next to Origami! This is the kind of resto worth going back to!

We supposed to have dessert in Louis Sergeant but we’re way too full, so we spent the rest of our date walking in Civic Square and Library instead. 

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#ootd 

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Here’s Miguel imitating Ronald McDonald hehe :p

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In front of the bench we were sitting is this building. Yes, those were pigeons. I find it really interesting why these birds stay on this building when they can fly anywhere, then realised that I’m just exactly like them. *cue emotional song* Isn’t it amazing how God works to show us the things we need to reflect on? 

To end this, here’s a vlog that will give you more of what happened that day:

M & M Adventure: Mama’s Brown + Library from marah roque on Vimeo.

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Posted: August 11, 2014
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