Day two

Hello, I’m bored na!
After lunch at Paragon, we took the boys to Giordano Kids and Toys R’Us. Then the boys hit the hotel pool for the second time today while I shopped till I dropped. It didn’t take long as I didn’t buy much. I was just tired from walking.
I got stuff at Sephora, Kinokuniya, Takashimaya, Watson’s, Forever 21, agnés b. I covered a few other stores like Muji and Rockstar and bought nothing. In short, I am bored.
I even saw leaf pie at Takashimaya and had no desire (read: sawa).

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We still have until Friday to entertain the boys and hopefully make the trip more fun for them. I seriously have to explore other countries. I am bored with Hong Kong and Singapore. Parang Greenbelt lang (no offence).

Hello Singapore!

We’re back.
This trip was planned months ago and for some reason we could only get a booking to depart at 5:10 PM.
Left the house at 2:30 PM with one hour to spare at the Singapore Airlines lounge. I know it was the day after Christmas, so the male staff working at the lounge were very creepy and oversolicitous, like they were expecting a tip or pamasko. I think Singapore Airlines needs to know how creepy they are. I had no more pesos on me as we just had enough money for travel and airport taxes, so even if I was tempted to tip them, I didn’t.
The plane was an Airbus and not a 777 as I originally booked, so I was kind of scared. But Singapore Airlines has a good track record, so….

Singapore Airlines

I prayed a lot and read four magazines while the boys ate. This was Jeroen’s starter

Jeroen's food

I don’t normally eat on the plane, but I it was 7 PM and my last meal was at 2 PM. There was grilled tapa on the menu. Not bad at all. Jeroen helped me eat this.

Grilled beef tapa, Singapore Airlines

Could not resist an extra serving of garlic bread = busog

Garlic bread, Singapore Airlines

We landed safely. First to leave the plane

First to leave the plane

No wonder Changi is one of the world’s best airports. Simple yet lovely

Changi waiting area

The kids loved the indoor jungle

The boys loved the airport "jungle"

We took the free shuttle to the hotel

Quincy Christmas

Here’s the room

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The bed

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The bathroom

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The coffee

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The welcoming committee

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I fell asleep reading Time Out Singapore and saw this woman on the back page

Her name is Tae

Her name is Tae, how sad :(

Her name is Tae

Christmas 2011

My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. That’s why I’m hiding behind the wall.
Cape: Initial • Skirt: Comme des Garçons • Socks: Forever 21 • Shoes: Acne • Bag: Billykirk x Opening Ceremony • Glasses: Cune

Me, Christmas 2011

Skinny Mich Dulce at the same door

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Mich and her mom opening my present*

Mich and Mrs. Ileto open my gift

Heather Miss Grey placemats

Heather Miss Grey placemats
*Placemats by special order at Bleach Catastrophe, Greenbelt 5

e-cigaret

Jude wants to kill her

Traffic

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Merienda at Gilda’s

Visit with Gilda

Paul Jatayna spotted in Proudrace at Rockwell

Paul Jatayna in Proudrace

A Christmas greeting from the STAR

Philippine Star writers
Erwin Romulo, Stephanie Zubiri, Adel Tamano, Jessica Zafra, Quark Henares, Cecile van Straten

Beautiful chocolate from Villa del Conte

Villa del Conte

Thank you, Villa del Conte

I always love it when the Oishi truck comes around

I always love when the Oishi truck comes around

Our first real tree

O Christmas tree

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Carolers

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Big things come in big packages: a gift from Beabi

Gift from Beabi

Christmas eve

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Lechon!

Lechon at Wack Wack

How to say goodbye?

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Looking forward

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Yesterday at Rockwell

It has been tradition of sorts to get together with Ferry Corsten and his wife Lia whenever they’re in town. Not all the time, but at least once or twice a year.
Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten is married to a Filipina with the cutest daughter Gabby, so it’s inevitable that they will stop by Manila during a break from his many gigs.
The get-togethers are arranged by my friend Ginggay who is related to Lia Corsten.
Our first meeting was in Gaudî in December 2010.

Ferry, Jeroen Joris
Ferry, Jeroen, Joris

Ginggay, Ferry, Tonichi, Lia
Ginggay, Ferry, Tonichi, Lia

Last April there was lunch at Heat, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel

Jeroen, Lia, Ferry, Victor, Joy
Jeroen, Lia, Ferry, Victor, Joy

Tonichi, Jeroen, Ferry, Victor
Tonichi, Jeroen, Ferry, Victor

This year we really wanted Ferry to try the new Pepper Lunch at Rockwell. We were really happy when Ginggay texted to say the Corstens were available on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM. Tell you the truth, I’m so starstruck I don’t even talk to him.

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Lia, Noel, Jeroen, Joris and Ferry shaking the salad

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Ginggay and Penny gave Jeroen an iPhone for Christmas, so a thank you was in order

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Rockwell has an ongoing Baker’s Fair at the food hall in the basement. I bought the yummiest cupcakes from Costa Brava. The caramel cupcake is better than Estrel’s!

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The Dutch contingent arranged according to height: Lia, Ligaya, Ferry, Tark, Jeroen, Joris (he is 6’5″)

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Ferry’s next stop: Club Ageha in Tokyo, Japan this Thursday, December 29, 2011.

See you next time!

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