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Less than two weeks from now, my now husband and I will be celebrating our 8th year of togetherness. Yes, it has been 8 years since we admitted to each other that we are each other's special someone. Thus, ending the agony that is unrequited love that both of us has been nurturing unknowingly. It was bliss, knowing that I would not have to suppress the feelings I have for a dear friend, and the mere fact that "I am loved as much as I have loved him".

Of course, committing ourselves in a relationship does not mean a smooth "happy ever after" like in those fairy tales. All relationships have their own share of ups and downs, ours notwithstanding. But thinking back, what I really hold dear to my heart are the sudden "dips" in this roller coaster of a ride. Each trying moment is like a "baptism of fire" -- that every time we go through it and manage to successfully emerge from it, we feel as if our relationship has gotten stronger and ourselves, maturing in the process. Sure there were times when we almost gave up on each other, entertaining the thought that the way out is the easiest path to take. What reins us in is the reason why we are here in the first place -- that we love each other and both of us committed in making this work.


Eats a Date: Papa John's

Papa John's sits among rows of restos in Bel-Air's foodie haven that is Jupiter Street. Though we came all the way from Taguig City, sampling their signature dishes was a good enough reason to brave the BGC-Buendia rush hour traffic with my hubby. Also, this opportunity given to us by OpenRice is too good to miss!

Arriving there at past 6PM, the place was quite deserted (maybe it's still too early for dinner?), but before we made our way out after eating, most of the tables have been filled up by their followers. Upon entering the place, we were greeted by this counter cum cashier that has several pizza peels (a bit of trivia: pizza peel is that wooden paddle that's used when sliding pizzas off into the oven) printed with flags of countries. I bet these are the countries where Papa John's have branches in.