robyee Dinner for days. Braised oxtail: shiitake, king mushrooms, daikon, citrus peel and dried beancurd. #oxtail #oxtails #braisedoxtail #oxtailstew #beancurd #meatlover #chinesefood #foodporn #foodphotography - Forest Hills, NY 3d

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robyee Hiking crew assemble! Now with bigger sandwiches, more hydration and extra hyperventilating. 🌲😬 #ramenandtofutrail #hiking #hikingtrail #natureporn #naturetrail #trail - Alpine, NJ 6d

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robyee Here's to two great people...two wonderful friends. We've been through so many memories, so many good times. Can't wait for what's in store for your next chapter as you make your journey to the west coast. Good luck. Safe travels. We'll see you guys very soon. #TellyTravels #AceChangKyon #ChezCarome - Maywood, NJ 2w
  •   tjkyon We love you bro @robyee 2w
  •   kellychang7 Yeah bro! Lol thanks for everything!!! Can't wait to meet ace's cousin love the #ChezCarome hashtag Hahaha 2w
  •   robyee @tjkyon wtf bro you're suppose to be driving LOL. @kellychang7 haha I'll buy a dog right now if you promise to just turn the car around. We love you guys too! 2w
  •   kellychang7 @joelliee is @robyee for real???!!!!?? we are still in Jersey you know... Haha 2w
  •   robyee @kellychang7 haha turn around first and we will talk 😎🏿. 2w
  •   mramos Small world, my parents live in maywood I'm there all the time lol 2w
  •   robyee @mramos it's nice there. Spent the weekend with friends. 1w

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robyee A magical place. Tobacco-fantasizing with @jaarome while the wives shop. #cigars #cigar #tobacciana #jrcigars #cigarshop #cigarlounge - Paramus, NJ 2w

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robyee It's about to go down. Dinner prepared by chefs @jaarome and @connie21. Best B&B ever. Be on the lookout for the tripadvisor review . #porkbellyfordays #porkbelly #porkfat #pork #porkrules #foodporn #ChezCarome - Maywood, NJ 2w

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robyee I'm sure these kirbies are COMPLETELY natural 😶. It's pickling time again. #ProbablyNotOrganic #kirby #kirbies #pickles #cucumbers #pickling - Forest Hills, NY 2w

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robyee This guy's reservation has ended at Chateau RoJo. Checking out today and heading back home. Sad to see him go but EXTREMELY excited to have our sleep schedule and breathing back. #letmekeepfelix #fatcat #catstagram #instacat #petstagram #bigcat #catsofinstagram #4amFeedings - Forest Hills, NY 2w

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robyee Found this dude in our bathtub when we got back from our trip. Not sure how he got in here but looks like it was a one way trip 😐. #bumblebee #bee #macro #natureporn #naturephotography #insect #microworld - Forest Hills, NY 3w

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robyee I had no expectations. But from the first moment I stepped off the tarmac I found myself enamored by the sights, sounds and smells. The crazy traffic. The worn out local storefronts. The honking, trucks revving and trikes & bikes whizzing through the busy streets. The aroma of construction, wood fires, street food and exhaust. I woke up excited every morning about what the day would bring. Are there problems? Dangers? Negatives? Of course...what place doesn't, but the pace, mentality and simplicity of life really resonated with me in a big way. Life is different, but different doesn't mean, worse.
At the heart of it though, what truly made this place great was being surrounded by family and friends. Everyone was full of warmth, generosity and genuine kindness. I immediately felt welcomed and at home. I've never had a huge family, so to experience the outpouring of love between all the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins was wonderful. The stories that were shared, all the jokes, the deeper glimpses into their lives. I am so grateful for all the time they took out to cook, drive us around and plan our days. The experience was only as memorable because of them. I hope to return the favor when they visit us.
It think it's safe to say: I really loved Zamboanga and the Phillippines. Already thinking about when to go back.
#ZamboGoing #RojosTravels #zamboanga #philippines #thephilippines #santacruzisland #igworldclub #travelphotography #ig_philippines - Zamboanga, Philippines
3w

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robyee Sports Illustrated: farmhouse edition. Giblets here was a feisty one. Broke free in the back of the truck and had to ride shotgun to stay secured--guess that free-range lifestyle makes a difference. It's important that kids know where their food comes from. Only way to really value every bite. #ZamboGoing #RojosTravels #chicken #livechicken #farmlife #freerange #zamboanga #phillippines #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines 3w

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robyee Lasting tastes of #ZamboGoing PART 2:
Lechon (Top-left): The real deal. Whole roast pig with the crispest skin and moistest meat ever. Underrated parts IMO are always the ears, tail and tongue.
Chicken Sio Pao (Top-right): Ground chicken and a boiled egg in a steamed bun. Unlike the Chinese pork bun, this version comes with a tube of sweet and tangy red sauce separate to add as needed.
Tamal (Bottom-Left): little steamed pillows made of ground rice, filled with ground shrimp, pork and rice vermicelli, wrapped in banana leaves.
Satti (Bottom-right): a true Zamboangeño exclusive for breakfast. A deeply rich spicy curry soup served with pressed sticky rice steamed in coconut leaves alongside sticks of grilled meat. Sweet, spicy and savory. Served at Satti houses all over the city. I could've eaten this every single morning!
Jetlagged and definitely hungry (can you tell?) #satti #lechon #tamal #siopao #rojostravels #zamboanga #phillippines #filipinofood #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines
4w

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robyee Some of the lasting tastes of #ZamboGoing--
Latu (top-left): a type of seaweed that's made up of tiny bubbles that pop like caviar. Great with spicy vinegar.
Maràng (top-right): a large spiky fruit that is comprised of dozens of fruit covered seeds. Imagine a sharp durian filled with sweet custardy, buttery lychee--All without the putrid smell!
Garlic-fried rice (bottom-left): eaten almost every morning, sometimes with spam. This one includes the crispy burnt crusty rice at the bottom of the wok: "Tus-Tus", my favorite!
Lastly, Lanka (bottom-right) also known as the jackfruit, is delicious but also highly fibrous, notorious for creating some havoc on the intestinal tract.
Final hours in Manila before we head home...#rojostravels #ZamboGoing #marang #jackfruit #seaweed #friedrice #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines.
4w

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robyee That Barong tho. A traditional Filipino embroidered shirt worn formally to celebrate special events and occasions. @joelliee and I had the honor of being secondary sponsors for Liane and Francis' beautiful wedding day. As a result, I got to up my swag-levels. #ZamboGoing #rojostravels #baronglife #barong #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines 4w

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robyee In many Asian cultures, the appearance of a moth signifies an ancestor/loved one who passed-on but has now returned for a visit. During a church rehearsal for a cousin's wedding, we spot one that's the size of a donut, sitting in place outside the glass door. When I approach it, it doesn't fly away, but instead follows me as I try to walk around it--always trying to face in my direction. Later, when we were leaving, we turned and saw that the moth walked away. The family believes it was their beloved Lola Granny wanting to see her grandchildren...and possibly to get a good look at this Chinese guy who joined the fam. #rojostravels #ZamboGoing #moth #natureporn #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines 1mon

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robyee Ride back to the mainland. The engine sounded like 10 tractors put together. The ear-ringing and fumes added to the view. #ZamboGoing #santacruzisland #rojostravels #boatride #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines 1mon

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robyee Meet "Uncle Hermie", the hermit crab. We found him walking along the same path as us along the beach. #ZamboGoing #santacruzisland #rojostravels #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines 1mon

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robyee Hooked up indeed. Two big platters of these little guys. Fingers are sore from shell-cracking. #ZamboGoing #santacruzisland #crabbing #rojostravels #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Santa Cruz Island, Phillippines 1mon

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robyee Catch of the day! Locals hooked us up... #ZamboGoing #santacruzisland #rojostravels #crabbing #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Santa Cruz Island, Phillippines 1mon

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robyee Santa Cruz Island. Remote island. Quiet and clear blue water. I see myself here with a nice hammock for the rest of my days 😎. #santacruzisland #ZamboGoing #rojostravels #igworldclub #ig_philippines - Zamboanga City, Phillippines 1mon

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