See You soon Singita!

Like all great adventures, this one had come to an end but not without giving all of us another dimension to it’s beauty. On our last day in Singita we awoke with the the whole river views enveloped in fog. Creating this dreamy spectacle. I loved how the sun rose above the fog and greeted everyone with a bright farewell. We all had time to have one more delicious breakfast in this amazing setting before heading toward another adventure. This time we would be flying off to the exotic Zanzibar!
However before we go, I would like to share with all of you one last look at this amazing place. I would also like to thank everyone in camp for taking so good care of us and making this experience truly a magical one.

When I woke up the whole camp was in a cloud of mist.

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#JCandB

One of my most favourite person in the world recently got married and it was one of the most unique and special wedding receptions I have ever experienced. That says a lot because I have been in the bridal business for quire a while and I have never had a wedding at the Araneta Coliseum!

 

I was wowed when I saw this!

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A proper African dinner!

One of the things I love most about travelling is that I get to experience new cuisines , new flavours, new tastes and textures of the places that I visit. In my recent adventure to Africa we were all treated to a beautiful and proper African/Tanzanian meal in the Singita Camp.
We were really spoiled silly in this camp as they even flew a private chef for all of us from South Africa. His name is Frank Louw. I was very impressed with him as he was really quite passionate about his food and it showed in his work. For that evening he and his team worked almost the entire day to prepare this special meal for all of us that evokes African cuisine. It was really quite unique as there were influences of Arabic and Indian flavours but entirely all very African. My personal favourite was the small dried fish that reminded me of “dilis” cooked in a very flavourful curry sauce. I thought that was delicious! Also the various kebabs were very satisfying!

The main camp at night!

Nix styling our dear Kitty over the camp fire.

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RAJO! X-Mas Party 2014

I have always been deeply grateful for all my employees! With out these hard working men and women I truly wouldn’t be where I am right now. I always look forward to all our company activities out of the studios, office and work rooms to just let loose and enjoy!
Seeing all the smiles in their faces is my personal prize and each Christmas we all gather together and share delicious food, lots of laughter and dance ourselves silly. This year our theme was MTV and it was such a hoot to see many in my team go and dress up for the occasion.
We really all had a terrific time! A huge heap of thanks to my sister Samantha who organised the entire party and  pulled it off exquisitely! The highlight was the band she found that jammed with my entire family from my nephew and niece, my brother John my sister and of course my Mom. You all might not know this but we all can actually sing and we pride ourselves in being like the Von Trapps because we truly can entertain a crowd! LOL!
I just want to share with all of you images from our super fun party and I would like to personally thank everyone in my team for the dedication, passion and love for their work. It is because of each and everyone of you that I work very hard! You made my dreams come true and I will forever be thankful!

Happy Smiley faces!

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La Nightingale

When I heard that Lani Misalucha was going to have a concert in Manila my heart skipped a beat! Ms. Lani Misalucha is one of my favourite singers in the Universe. I have had the privilege and the pleasure of designing gowns for her and I am so proud to call her a friend. What I love about her voice is the absolute control she has over it plus the fact that she has the most expressive tones in the universe. You can really feel the emotion in her voice. The pain, the joy, the anxiety. I was really over the moon with happiness with the concert and each song she sang made me realise why I am still one of her biggest fans!
I wish I can upload more than just the images for all of you but let me tell you it was one of the most enjoyable concerts I have ever experienced in a really long time. I love you LANI!

I really like the poster. I thought that it was really chic.

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LION’S GONE WILD!

The beauty about being in a Safari is that you really don’t know what your going to get. You are working with nature and because of this you really cannot predict what you will be experiencing and seeing. On one particular beautiful morning we all saw one of the most incredible images ever! We saw two lions making babies! LOL! This was really quite something to see as they actually have sex repeatedly for several hours or even days. The bursts of sex drives would last for a few minutes at each time then they would take a rest and do it all over again. It was really quite fascinating.
The best part about it is that we were all able to catch this rare experience in film and photos. It was like lions gone wild! LOL! Do enjoy the photos and also take a look at other amazing images of this once in a lifetime experience.

Good Morning views from the Mara river!

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First game drive at the Mara in Singita!

When you are in Safari, you end up waking at the crack of dawn to see the first light. This is the time of the day when  animals are most active and you can really get to see some action. I have been sleeping so well in this trip. I attribute this to the very clean environment in Africa. It is still devoid of human pollution and because of this I feel so engaged and healthy.

I woke up to one of the most incredible sunrises ever.  Our tents were situated on the banks of the Mara river, which meant that only a few steps away you will encounter these majestic animals such as Hippos, Alligators and many more!

Woke up to see this outside our tent.

Gorgeous!

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RITUALS by Patrick Rosas

I recently attended the book launch of my friend Patrick Rosas. Patrick Rosas is one of the Philippine’s best Make up artists. I have known him my entire career and I am so very proud of him. This book is his third project and I have to say probably his best.
Patrick is more than a make up artist, he is what you might consider an image maker. Transforming people into dreams. I have to admit that in our town where events happen constantly you end up being quite jaded and bored. However Patrick’s launch was really fun, fresh and exciting. I particularly loved the way the images were displayed. They looked like the images were floating on air, suspended like the dreams that they truly are.
I am so honoured to be part of the book and I really loved the image that Patrick imagined for me. I just want to congratulate Patrick on this magnificent endeavour. You Patrick are a National Treasure! Bravo to everyone in your team as this book really captured all your dreams and made it real!

There were loads of images in the book and in the exhibit. This is Mother H!

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SINGITA RIVER MARA CAMP!

There are life experiences that really make an impact in your memory banks, something that will really create a significant imprint in your mind. I believe that I recently had one of these when me and my friends had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the Singita River Mara Camp in Lamai, Tanzania. http://singita.com/mara-river-tented-camp/ After several hours literally travelling using several planes and car rides we finally get to one of the most awesome places that I have ever experienced.

After a really long journey, seeing this was quite a relief.

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The Baro’t Saya challenge for Face Off 2014

I always appreciate it when I am given a challenge. It keeps me on my toes and makes me think more. I was recently given a design challenge by Life style editor/impresario Ms. Thelma San Juan who has been a long time champion of Philippine fashion. Ever since I started my journey as a fashion designer I have always felt her guiding hand graciously leading me to a better direction. So when she asked me 2 months ago to join the Inquirer FACE OFF fashion show I immediately said yes!

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