The Grand Opening of The City of Dreams Manila

I was recently invited to the grand opening  of The City of Dreams Manila! The property is one of the most exciting and unique concepts that we have in the Philippines. Boasting of 3 major international hotels like Hyatt, Crown and the first NOBU hotel in asia!

I was commissioned to dress up the dancers of Ballet Philippines for the opening.

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Hello Budapest!

One of my absolute favourite journeys is the one that I am about to take, especially if it is for the very first time. I was really so psyched to see and explore Budapest. Nix and I decided to take a train to Budapest from Prague which proved to be quite fun and  scenic.

Waiting for our train to arrive.

Ready for Budapest!

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Christmas Day in Praha

Woke up on Christmas day with the bluest skies. I decided to just spend the day exploring Prague and perhaps to get to hear a Christmas concert at the grand opera. Prague is really easy town to explore on foot and it’s small enough to finish in a few hours. Nix and I did exactly that. We simply just wandered around town and soaked in the beauty of this gorgeous city.

Love the dark winter trees amidst the bright blue skies.

when in Prague always look up!

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SAG AWARDS 2015 Red carpet review! PART 2

This is part 2 of my red carpet review.   Overall there seems to be more misses than hits but that’s just me. The beauty of it all is that it’s just fashion and we can all have a go at being the peanut gallery.  It’s really very subjective and there is so much to learn in terms of proportion, colour and overall design.  Let’s take a look at how our celebrities are doing for the the SAG awards.

Masie Williams looks every inch a lady, a huge jump from her tomboy role in Games of Thrones. I love how age appropriate this looks and how the proportion of the dress really suits her frame.

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SAG AWARDS 2015 Red carpet review! PART 1

The Screeen Actors guild awards or SAG is considered by many to be a close second cousin of the Golden Globes and the Oscar’s in terms of prestige. I think it’s another wonderful opportunity to see what is happening on the red carpet.  So for all of you people who love fashion and celebrities this entry is for you!   I also can’t help but put a few of my personal opinions and views as this is what makes it all so fun and exciting.  Join in the fun!

Alysia Reiner Channeling her inner Flamenco heat! Love the colour of this Christian Siriano piece. I am not loving the silhouette and the choice of fabric. Is it me or does she look like Olive Oyl?

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Christmas at Villa Richter

I don’t remember the last time I spent Christmas away from home. It felt like forever but I like changes and I like new adventures so Nix and I made plans to celebrate Christmas by hearing Mass and then having a simple dinner in a beautiful restaurant.
Prague actually has several michelin star restaurants under it’s belt but since we just got in most were fully booked or closed. Good thing the concierge at Yasmin hotel was so helpful that she gave us several options for our Christmas dinner. In the end we decided on Villa Richter which boasts of some of the most beautiful views of Prague and gorgeous interiors.

The restaurant is also a winery. This glass dome area looks really beautiful during the day.

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#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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