#PRAGUE May time!

I was so excited to explore this new place called Prague. I have been meaning to visit this place for quite some time and I am so glad that I finally was able to do it. Since we only had 3 days in the city, Nix and I decided to take a full day tour of the place and leave the rest for us to do on foot.
We started our day with a power breakfast Eastern European style with dark bread and meat ball soup. The weather was really perfect for it as it was -4 degrees when we began. 

Breakfast of East European champions.

Nix is Winter ready. This coat was the fundamental core of his wardrobe.

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#OnceuponaTimYap

If there is one person who knows how to celebrate his birthday party with much gusto and pizazz, it would have to be my very good friend Tim Yap. He recently celebrated another amazing year by having an intimate dinner for 50 of his closest friends in a banquet fit for royalty!
He asked everyone to be in his new club the Valkrye at 11:11 am. A nice change prompting me to think that Lunch could be the new midnight. LOL! I was very fortunate to be part of his 50 chosen friends. We all gathered waiting in the foyer with lovely bottles of bubbly to keep us hydrated. After a few minutes Tim arrived and lead us into this majestic space magically decorated with a giant floral crown surrounded by tables decked with treasure chests filled with more gold. A really good omen of what’s to come.
The event had so many beautiful surprises in store for the birthday boy. Starting with a reading from his favourite musical Into the woods . Then the ABS-CBN philharmonic played filling the whole palace with a different kind of music than it was used to. The highlight for everyone was the surprise song number of our national treasure Lea Salonga! She sang so beautifully that this brought tears to our birthday boy’s eyes. So much emotion filled with love and friendship.
I just want to wish my friend Tim a very happy birthday and thank you for you! As the song goes…..Because of you …We all have been changed for good.

Bravo to Javi Martinez who organised the whole birthday! Imagine having to hide this floral crown from everyone.

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#Beric2015

I am so filled with joy and happiness as one of my favourite couples recently got married. I love weddings! I think it is part of my DNA already as I have been around the wedding industry practically my entire career. I love weddings even more when I can just be a guest and enjoy the festivities and not be anxious about every little detail that would make my clients nervous or be concerned about.
So imagine my glee when I found out that my loves Bea Soriano and Eric Dee were getting married. It was a full day affair beginning in the afternoon at the Cabana of Antonio’s Tagaytay. I have always loved Antonio’s and it was my first time to visit their new space which was so tropical and absolutely perfect for the occasion.
The bride and groom prepared many games and activities for the guests which made the wedding more fun and lively. They had so much wonderful prizes which made everyone’s participation truly worthwhile. After the fun and games the wedding rites took place under this amazing cornucopia of flowers, vines and tivoli lights making everything extremely romantic. I loved the fact that the couple really made their wedding intimate and truly their own. Considering that they could have a “circus” of a wedding they managed to have under 180 guests. A huge feat in Manila.
We then moved to the wedding banquet which was tastefully decorated by Jo Claravall in an abundance of white blooms and modern candelabras. The Six course meal was so delicious and flawless which is the reason why Antonio’s is truly the best restaurant in the country.
I just want to personally congratulate and offer my best wishes to Eric and Bea. May your married life be filed with only joy and laughter and be blessed by children and bliss. Enjoy the photos!

Passed by Anne to convoy with the girls!

My darlings! Bianca and the “self-appointed” bridesmaids Liz, Anne and Isabel.

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An Eastern European Christmas!

FINALLY! I have found a bit of time to blog, sit down gather my thoughts and write about what has been happening to my life in the last few weeks. My blog is my diary where in I keep all my memories. I always refer back to them to recall a trip, a restaurant or a hotel where I stayed in. These memories are all logged in my blog for me to remember and for me to share with everyone.Because of the unusually long holiday schedule that we had in 2014 I decided to take advantage of the long break and head out to one of the areas of the world that I have been meaning to visit but never had the opportunity to do so. Eastern Europe. I have only heard amazing things about this part of our world and I was so excited to go. I was also excited because my favourite travel companion was going to be with me. What’s not to be excited about!  The only draw back was that I was not going to spend Christmas with my family. I always spend the season with my family and the only time I did not spend the holidays with them was when I was a student abroad. So it was bittersweet.

Happy that we got to reach our flight in the nick of time! I mean the gates closed behind us. LOL!

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My Golden Globes 2015 Red Carpet review! – part 3

There’s more!

Looking very pase' in Plisse' is Lana del Rey! this look is so weak and painful!

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My Golden Globes 2015 red carpet review part 2

I see a lot of RED on the carpet!  this is part 2 of my review.  Hope you are having as much fun as I am.

Heidi Klum's body is AMAZING! I mean she really has great genes. Loving the colour of her Versace gown but I am iffy about the neckline.

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My Golden Globes 2015 Red Carpet review! – part 1

HELLO!  Happy new year everyone!  It’s been quite some time since I last blogged, I have been so back blogged it’s not funny anymore!  However I have to push forward all the work on my plate and give all of you my annual Golden Globe red carpet review.  Gosh!  Has it been a year already?  It feels like only yesterday when Lupita Nyongo rocked my world in that delicious red Ralph Lauren number.  Now she is a bonafide style star.  So moving forward to this year lets see what we have on display!  I love seeing whats going on in the red carpet as it’s really channelling the coming trends for 2015.  Enjoy the review.

Primary colors are the big trend this season. I like the ease and look of Allison Janey in Ella Zahlan

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The Tasting room

I am so happy with the gastronomic revolution that is occurring in Manila. There are so many food options opening at a feverish rate that often one cannot keep track. However I am convinced that there will be one destination that will definitely make a huge and lasting impression in town. This is The City of dreams.
They recently opened their doors and from what I have seen so far it looks amazing. I had the privilege of being invited to try the fine dining restaurant called The Tasting room. The restaurant is very elegant with luxurious details of gold and earth tones. I really loved the Mabolo flower arrangements that added warmth to the whole place.
Chef de Cuisine William Mahi prepared a fabulous degustation menu that reminded me of art food. His talent lies in  the pairing of his flavours that were sure handed but also quite adventurous. I also admired his precise plating style leaving each plate a true spectacle.
I also loved that fact that I felt very light after the meal even if we had so much beautiful food to enjoy. What I enjoyed about the experience was that they set up a TV in the dining room which showed the chefs preparing the meal. I felt like I was in the kitchen seeing all of the action. I thought that was a really novel idea. So if you are looking for that special dining experience try the Tasting room and be prepared to go on a fabulous gastronomical adventure!

Loved the flower arrangement created by MABOLO in the tasting room.

We started our meal with an Amuse Bouche which looked like food sculptures.

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Chris’s Surprise birthday party

I love birthday surprises! It’s just one of those things that really make me happy. One of my oldest and dearest friends Chris Lopez was recently treated to a surprise birthday party given by her husband Mike. December is always very stressful to everyone but perhaps more so for Chris as this involves so many important events in her life. Apart from her birthday it is also her wedding anniversary and amidst all the Christmas parties, reunions and what not. I can only imagine how a working woman like Chris gets to balance it all.
But just like all the superwomen in my life, she does, and with much style and panache. So there we were in a penthouse overlooking the gorgeous Makati skyline surprising our dear friend Chris who is truly much loved by everyone. Looking around the room and surrounded by all our high school friends and family I am reminded by what truly is important. Thank you Chris for being in my life as you truly are a blessing! Happy birthday and may we continue to share our lives together both as family and as friends.

Enjoying the Makati Skyline. The weather was excellent as well.

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Zanzibar here we come!

On our last leg in our African adventure we headed to Zanzibar! I have always wanted to go to Zanzibar for the simple reason that it just sounds so exotic and beautiful. The name itself conjures so much mystery and splendor that I just had to see the place for myself. Getting there was also an adventure as it took us two small airplane rides and a couple of hours by land. However by this time we were all getting used to this kind of travelling and in a way I kind of enjoyed the process. What I enjoy most about the whole adventure is you get to see the landscape of Africa up in the air.It’s high enough to get a real birds eye view of how beautiful this part of our world is. I often sit beside the window and look out and just enjoy the amazing views. Before we all knew it we landed in the island of Zanzibar! I immediately took some street photos because I loved the vivid colours that the women were wearing. I just wanted to share with all of you a part of our journey to this exotic place.

Here comes our ride!

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