Tuesday, September 23

Fashion at the 2008 Emmy Awards

One of the things i look forward to during awards shows is the red carpet arrival of the stars. At this year's Emmy's they did not disappoint. I'm loving the fact that the major crowd drawers are now parading around in gowns by the more cutting edge designers. Of course the classics will always remain but this year found a good mix from the two.
My top two fave gowns as worn by Vannessa Williams

I love love this Elie Saab gown worn by Marcia Cross. It has all my favorite elements working for it: the tulle, the lace flowers, the complete gily girl statement.

Monday, September 22

Trip to Macau

It was something out of a whim. Jean texted us that there was a Piso fare promo by Cebu Pacific. And then within minutes it was decided and immediately tickets were booked for Macau. After that people were already starting to doubt the sanity of the plan. Were we all just a little too spontaneous?

Days before everyone was excited. All the little kinks have been finally resolved.

the little bomber man is yours truly.  
Was hiding from my boss who also had a flight to HK that day.

When we arrived it was a mad rush from start to finish. The Venetian shuttle has already left. So we were left with no recourse but to take the airport cab (also by Venetian) for MOP60.00. We thought that was cheap until we found out that the ride is only 2 minutes away. Darn it. Naisahan kami don ah. Upon arrival we waited for Pinky and Precy to check us in. Loitering around the lobby and taking photo ops whereever possible.

Venetian Hotel costs about Php 50,000 per room per night.  But it's pretty big and with roughly 8 or so travelers sharing, the costs was not that painful to one's pockets.

We were supposed to watch the greyhound match. But we arrived nearing midnight already and the match ends by 1130. So after our power meal we opted to just check out the place. It was sooo huge that my legs hurt from all the walking.

Manong couldn't wait to play Sicbo. He kept on educating us about the rules of the game. And later that night after everyone was in bed, he, kwai and Norvin would go down and play.

The next day, the group was divided into 2 teams. The Econos would stay in Macau and check out Fisherman's Wharf and other tourist sites while the AB group would meet up with Yao at Hong Kong Disney Land.

We almost got thrown out of the bus even before we arrived. The bus stopped here. And Dear Fiance had to apologize so that we can continue on with staying inside. Sigh. Major Disaster # 1

Day three. This was a very jam-packed day. We had breakfast at the Venetian fast food. Fat Burger for me! Picture taking by the poolside before proceeding to Macau Tower. Yaoie had to go to Germany the following day so he had to say goodbye after the photo op session by the pool. I kissed Kwai by accident. I thought he was Dear Fiance and I wanted to reassure him because I have been teasing him that morning. To my surprise, Dear Fiance's normallly smooth cheeks had spikes of beard attached to it. Ay si Kwai pala!

On the bus, we saw a couple who was headed towards the tower as well. We would later see them on the 61st floor geering to jump. Friends stayed at the 360 café and later at the ground floor restaurant to catch Dear Fiance and me jump.

After that we went to Senado Sqaure to buy some pasalubongs and see the ruins of St. Paul. Having already been to Macau, we didn't climb all the way up (because we know there's just a bunch of rocks on the other side) Instead we just opted to do another round of photo op with the ruins as backdrop. If you walk towards St Paul, you would find yourself being offered all sorts of dried beef/pork goods. We tried most of the goods and had jean and Dear Fiance haggled on our behalf.

The girls were on a mission to look for THE perfect boots. So we stopped by this quaint little store. Kwai had the hots for the store owner so he convinced us that we better buy something inside. And we all did. But kwai's "moves" were stucked to "what time do you open and what time do you close" phase, unfortunately. He was probably embarrassed, here he was making his moves and all his friends were mocking him in Filipino.

Since the French restaurant we originally wanted to have dinner at was already closed. We decided to try something local. The place had Filipino waiters. Pretty cool we get to have neat service. Except one waiter wasn't as friendly as most of the Filipinos we bumped into at Macau.

After dinner, again we were supposed to watch the greyhound match. But having three more Casinos to visit. There just wasn't enough time. Coupled with this the fact that we actually rode the wrong bus. So we had to go out and since we were already in the vicinity of Grand Lisboa we decided to do our Casino tours instead.

Grand Lisboa - as Dear Fiance pointed out was a place where a lot of ummm Comfort Women hang out. In fact in the basement, there's a bunch of them who will just approach you and ask if you want to "get out of this place" (hint hint). Of course we went there with a different agenda in mind, well I don’t know about Kwai!

We wanted to see Stanley Ho's jewels. It must be nice to be related to that Man. My god. In his hotel stands the largest single piece of jade and gold I have ever seen. And if you go to the second floor, you will find His Diamond. A whopping 200 karat stone. Norvin beware, I think pinky wants a piece of that!

Jewelry hunting done, we walked a good mile towards Wynn Hotel. Wynn Hotel is one classy place. Inside you'll find an array of high end stores such as Prada, Louie Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and the likes. We first waited outside to see the fountain show ala-Bellagio. It was pretty great. The marvels of technology. But inside the show was even better. Dear Fiance has been harping about the golden tree since we got there (this apart from Sicbo education) The ceiling and the dome from the ground would open and a chandelier like structure would lower itself down to meet with the "Golden Tree" coming from down below. It was really something else. Afterwards we were all in unison clapping and exageratingly saying "The Tree deserves a clap" until Kwai our director had to be a downer, "May isang panel hindi in sync eh" WT!?! Hehe

After the Wynn show, we found out the the last shuttle to leave Wynn for Venetian was going in less than 2 minutes. So we had to dash all the way from one side of the hotel to the next. Whew!

For our last day.  We went to check out Restaurante Fernando.  It's a Portugese place that has been getting a lot of raves from people there.  Unfortunately our timing kinda suck.  It was closed that day.  So we had no choice but to have brunch at a nearby noodle house.

After that it was back to the hotel for some shopping and giving the gondola ride a try.

Before catching up our 10pm flight we had dinner at Hoku in inside Venetian.  It's uber expensive but totally worth it.  Love Japanese food and this restaurant served the freshest sashimis this silly blogger has yet tasted.

This trip is full of running!

More from our trip in my next posting.

Sunday, September 21

What's on Television: Gossip Girl S2

It's GG time once again. I love the show. I know I'm way beyond high school years but seeing the fashion on the show always makes me want to wish i was studying in that preppy school in NY. Hmm or maybe just that filthy rich that i can afford Channel's all around. So far i have been able to catch the first few episodes of the latest season (courtesy of my future SIL) here are some note worthy appearances:

What she wore during the White Party

Little J, still grounded but defintely bringing her A game

Blair worried that the Lord might think she's too much of a commoner to meet The Duchess

Current Obssession: S/S 09 Luella

Lately i have been fixated with wearing girly girl dresses. And i must say after seeing Luella's S/S collection i couldn't be any happier. This season, Luella has launched what i thought was her best to date, with quirky ensembles splashed in cotton candy shades. There's frills, laces, tulles, and yet she still made it look feminine yet proper (not too much frou frou going around)

Must Try: Bungy Jumping

oooh, im not worried at all! Not one bit!

getting harnessed up

Wednesday, September 17

(day) Trip to Hong Kong

So I havent been able to post anything for awhile. September has always been a crazy month. Weddings, Mooncake Festival, Birthdays, Vacations?!? Anyways, I just got back from Macau. Suuuppper Fun! Well, and suupper tiring! I felt like we were in a race against time. Will post a separate entry for most of our adventures in Macau and I'm excited to share bungy pics, outfit pics, disney pics and a whole slew of embarassing shenanigans while we were on our mini break..but for now here's some anecdotes from our day trip to Hong Kong.

The plan was to leave for Hong Kong by 8 in the morning, 830 at the latest. But what kind of vacation is this if we followed that plan. 8AM we were just waking up. After a quick shower by the four of us, we went to the shuttle area that will take us to Macau Ferry. Minor incident. Dear Fiance almost got us kicked out of the bus. We were seated in the front and he put his legs up to rest. When the annoylingly rude bus driver noticed this he spoke in an angry gibberish mandarin tone that implied Dear Fiance should put his feet down. He did. But stubbornly put them back up again. The bus driver stopped the bus mid-bridge and shouted. The whole bus was silent. And I had a feeling he was inches away from pulling the controls to the door open to kick us out. Dear Fiance laughed and just said sorry. Rude bus driver muttered something rude and started driving again. Once we reached the Ferry, we were hoping that like in the Philippines, some scalper will approach us and offer us some cheapo ticket for the TurboJet. NO such luck that morning!

When we finally got to Hong Kong, we had one mission. To find a restaurant that served suckling pig. We figured, hey this is HK, every corner eatery must have that in their menu. So we went inside Jackpot resto (yes that's the name of the place) I didn't bother picking up the menu. My friends know that I am useless when it comes to anything Chinese related. But even for Dear Fiance, who was a pro when it comes to Mandarin and Jean who studied Mandarin in China, a nose bleed feeling was followed from trying to decipher what i deemed to be ancient writings. We tried to order in vain. Jean kept on insisting that one of the ancient writings resemble Century Egg. Yes! We travelled all the way to HK to eat just century egg. Poor us. After what seems like forever the waiter had a light bulb moment, rushed to the cashier and got us english versions of the menu. Whew! Thought we would go hungry throughout the day.

At Jackpot, with Manong's other woman

After lunch, we took the MTR to the Disney train. This is the coolest train ever. It has Mickey Mouse shaped windows, handles, and even MM miniature statues inside. 

Wednesday, September 3

Night out with the Boys - Driving Home the Point

Ok, so i was hanging out with dear fiance's friends a little while ago. And talks soon turn to bachelor/shower parties. Again, it was unanimous - a stripper is a must in any bachelor-ette's party. They are even planning for a bevy of girls for theirs! So is it too much to hope for just one!?! *faints in embarrassment* Afterall, this will be the last time to "legally" ogle scantily clad blokes and exhibitionists!

Same disclaimer applies!

I Spy with My Eyes

Hat obssession. I have roughly 30 hats in the closet. It's just an easy solution to spice up a boring outfit or to hide drabby hair situations... Hehe i even have the Enchanted Kingdom hat!

cowboy hat. newsboy hat. trucker hat. santa hat. you name it, i want it! :)

Monday, September 1

Things to Do: Bungee or Die!?!

Macau Tower

I thought about doing this...Free Falling. Jumping more than 700 feet up in the air...Really i did!... Until i saw this video

Wait until you reach the 35 second mark. Seriously!? WTF!?!

The First in the Gang

Tong's getting married in less than a week's time. So how can friends go and show their support ?! Why, throw some kick-ass PG 13 bridal shower, of course! Yes honey, that's PG because we couldn't get around to hiring a stripper. There were too many objections from the uncorrupted ones. Sigh. I have only attended my sister's prior to this, and let me tell you i was slightly disappointed because this sacred right of passage was not properly honored.

" i havent attended any bridal showers prior to this one, but being the
hollywood-film obssessed person that i am, i had certain umm
expectations..expectations that to my dismay i would found out early on will not
be met that particular evening...READ: Where the hell was the male stripper????
the one that's supposed to be decked out in a
fireman/policeman/fill-in-desired-blue-collar-job uniform...he was supposed to
ding dong his way into the room..
" Posted August 2006, Sister's shower

So I vowed that the next time around, there will be a friendly neighborhood fireman/policeman to corrupt the minds and eyes of the seemingly youth. But alas, not on this one. Maybe at Pam's? Perhaps. Still keeping my fingers cross. And again same disclaimer as before...it's not because i am this sicko who will enjoy the sight of a scantily clad bloke gyrating his way for a living in some sleezy motel but again "isn't this some sort of right of passage...in the same league as going to the prom, turning 18, falling in love, graduating, getting your heart broken, and whatever crazy stunts kids do nowadays...im just saying...some life experiences, no matter how presumably repugnant to the point of convulsion, are sacred and must definitely definitely be explored"..

The theme was Lady Mafia
Attire: Dress to Kill

The Mob Squad

the boss

The Crew
Some adult entertainment...

The Gifts
The place?!?