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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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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