Sunday

Our last day in Hong Kong.
After getting everything packed, I asked Jeroen to walk with me to the mall to get some “breakfast.”
Since we were in an out-of-the way hotel in Taikoo Shing, the closest mall was the depressing City Plaza.

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I wasn’t really in the mood for fast food, but no choice. I hardly ate this, but at least I got a toy.

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Watched the livestream of Pacquiao-Marquez at the lobby while waiting for the van to take us to the airport

Watching Pacquiao while waiting for van

In case you missed it, Jimi Jamison, former lead singer of Survivor, sang “Eye of the Tiger” as Pacquiao entered the ring followed by his entourage, Freddie Roach, and Pambansang Anino.

To me, Jinkee looked Japanese

JInkee Pacquiao

Fell asleep on the way to the airport. Loved it.
Here’s something NAIA needs: a police station where people can easily report stolen bags and corrupt customs inspectors

Police station

We could also use the mini carts for our carryons—especially upon arrival cause sometimes that trek from gate to immigration can be quite a bummer

HK cart

Spotted: Rachel Rillo and Isa Lorezo of Silverlens Gallery on their way to Seoul

Rachel and Isa

Made it to the plane at 4 PM for our 4:30 flight. The banyo was nice and big!
You wanted to see my Belo-fied arm (lipo + BodyTite), here it is!

My arm

Slept all the way and woke up as we landed in NAIA, where Jeroen pointed out, how come there’s no “Nothing To Declare” exit? There’s Goods to Declare

Goods to declare

OFW Lane

OFWs

and Express Lane (6 pieces of luggage or less)

Express lane?

What about the other people?

Manila Hostage Crisis next Sunday on National Geographic

Watch another view of what really happened on August 23, 2010,when 21 Hong Kong nationals along with 4 Filipinos were taken hostage aboard a bus in Manila, Philippines.
National Geographic analyzes the events and what went wrong. November 20, 2011 at 11 PM.

Facts: Hostage Crisis Massacre

• The hostage taker was Ex-Police Senior Inspector (Captain) Rolando D. Mendoza.
• Rolando Mendoza’s demand was to be re-instated into the force.
• Rolando Mendoza was armed with an M-16 ArmaLite assault rifle.
• 8 tourists died by the end of the 11-hour hostage taking.
• The gunman stopped the bus in Rizal Park, one of Manila’s most famous public spaces, where it sat, with the hostages aboard, for the 11 hours.
• The driver of the bus, Alberto Lubang, was handcuffed to the wheel of the bus. He escaped during the violent bus siege by using a nail file attached to his keys.
• 88 percent of some 3,000 kidnappings and hostage incidents within the United States have been resolved through negotiations.
• Foreign relations between Hong Kong and the Philippines have been greatly strained due to this incident.
• The Hong Kong tour group held hostage by Rolando Mendoza consisted of three families, two couples, a mother and daughter, and the tour leader.
• At the end of the siege, 43-year-old mother Ng Yau-woon lost her husband and two daughters, and was left with a comatose son.
• 39-year-old Fu Cheuk-Yan died while trying to save the rest of the tour group.
• The Wong siblings were orphaned during the incident.
• An elderly woman named Li Tsui Fung-kwan complained of stomach pains and was the first to be released from the bus.
• President Benigno Aquino III, facing his first major crisis since taking office on June 30, declared August 25, 2010 as a day of national mourning, “in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the bereaved families of the slain.”
Source

About time: Comme des Garçons to open at One Rockwell

MANILA, November 4, 2011—H&F Retail Concepts, Inc. has boarded up its space in preparation for the opening of the country’s first stand-alone Comme des Garçons store at One Rockwell, Makati City.

Comme des Garçons will open in Rockwell

The store is expected to open first quarter of 2012 in the same vicinity as the country’s premier multi-label
store, Univers.
H&F Retail Concepts, Inc. headed by Jappy Gonzalez is the Philippines’ sole franchise holders of Fred Perry and Balenciaga.
The shop will be designed under the creative supervision of label matriarch, Rei Kawakubo, and is expected to stock all lines under the Comme des Garçons umbrella, with the exception of Junya Watanabe, which will be retained in the company’s Homme et Femme flagship store at Shangri-La Plaza.

Georgina Wilson + Bench on ANTM this Monday

British/Filipina model and TV host Georgina Wilson will appear in the US reality search America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) as a guest model and stylist, representing Philippine retail giant Bench.

Georgina Ad

Bench will be worn in the semi-finals of the “all-star” competition among selected finalists from the past ANTM seasons.

Bench Body products used for the America's Next Top Model  shoot

Filmed in Greece, the episode aired in the US on November 9, and will be shown in the Philippines this November 14th, 8-9 PM on ETC. (Hint: You can already download via Vuze.com or iTunes)

America's Next Top Model

bench ANTM

bench ANTM

bench ANTM

bench ANTM

“The participation of Bench in this upcoming episode of America’s Next Top Model is definitely one of the most memorable milestones in the 25-year history of our brand,” said Bench founder and CEO, Ben Chan.
America’s Next Top Model has always captured the essence of the fashion world—energy, youthfulness, vitality, creativity, beauty, global appeal, and x-factor—which are all the things the Bench brand stands for too. We are so honored to be part of the show and certainly hope it won’t be the last time.”

America's Next Top Model photoshoot's creative director Jay Manuel and Bench CEO, Ben Chan.
America’s Next Top Model director of photo shoots, Jay Manuel with Bench CEO, Ben Chan

To know more, go to Bench’s official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

The new Business Class

HONG KONG—I’m here as a guest of Rustan’s to cover a Diptyque event, as the French parfumeur opens its first shop at the IFC mall (more on that later).
I’m also here to meet my husband who is flying in from Amsterdam after Uncle Hans’ funeral. So yes, he is bound to walk in the door any minute now. I’m so happy. I haven’t seen him since November 3.
That in mind, I flew to Hong Kong by myself (read: no one to hold hands with if the plane starts shaking).
Luckily I spied Dennis Valdes (Tessa’s husband) checking in at NAIA and waiting at the lounge. At least I knew somebody.
Through Twitter I also found out Angelika Schmeing (a.k.a. Belo endorser and Angelicopter on Magic 89.9) was also on board. That makes two!
As soon as I entered the Cathay Pacific plane (777-300ER), I was so happy to see it had the new Business Class seats.

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It’s my first time. I was the first one inside, so I shamelessly took photos. That’s my seat

Cathay Pacific new Business Class

My next door neighbor was an Indian man whom I’m assuming is older than I.
I also took a sneaky shot of Dennis who was on the same row (window seat, two seats away)

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I kind of missed the cocoon feeling of the previous business class. But I understand a lot of people feel cramped in it. This seat is much wider, it really feels like a first class seat.
There’s this compartment for your drink, gadgets, and reading materials

The New Business Class

Shoe storage

The New Business Class

And oh, I really love this hidden mirror. I can comb my hair and apply lipstick before landing.

The New Business Class

You can recline all the way flat if you want

The New Business Class

There’s this “ottoman” (foot rest). Unfortunately it only works if you’re Swedish or 6-feet tall.

The New Business Class

Way too far from my short legs, so I put my bag in there. But you know flight attendants are KJ—they always want to put everything in the overhead bin.

My bag

Because they took my bag away, I was too lazy to get my reading materials after take off. I decided to wear my earplugs, pray the Rosary, and sleep.
Mid-flight, I was startled by an announcement by a female voice (flight attendant). I had my earplugs on, and maybe due to watching National Geographic’s documentary on air disasters (wrong mistake), I thought I heard the words “engine trouble.” I started to panic inside. I looked at the time and we were 49 minutes away from Hong Kong.
It didn’t make sense to go back to Manila which was also 49 minutes away.
I looked at the Indian man beside me who was lying down and I gave him the look I always give my sister Ana at times like this: Are we OK?
He looked at me weird. I gave him the thumbs up sign to ask if we’re OK. He looked at me weird.
I looked at Dennis Valdes who had earphones on and reading the Steve Jobs book. He didn’t see me, but he looked like everything was OK.
I also thought, if we’re in trouble, the pilot should say something right?
Fortunately a flight attendant walked by and I asked her, “Excuse me, what’s happening? What did they say?”
“Oh just return to your seat and buckle up,” she chirped. “We’re expecting turbulence.”
Sheesh. Thank You Lord! I was so relieved. For the first time I thanked God for just turbulence. So I braced myself and prayed. Soon enough we landed in Hong Kong.
I spotted Angelika in the airport’s Citibank ATM section

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Had a quick lunch at Crystal Jade before heading to the hotel.

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Meanwhile, I have to shower na. Work starts at 10!

Thank you for caring

PNoy inspects NAIA-1 ladies’ CR

By Raoul Esperas
Posted at 11/10/2011 9:28 PM | ABS-CBN News

NAIA restroom
NAIA restroom as I saw it this morning

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino made a surprise inspection of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Thursday, shortly after his arrival from Bacolod before 6 p.m.
The President inspected the main arrival lobby of the NAIA Terminal 1 and suddenly proceeded to the ladies’ comfort room.
President Aquino first asked the duty janitress if there is someone using the female rest room, and after learning that there was none, the President went inside the female comfort room.
Dante Basanta, NAIA terminal 1 manager, explained to the President the present condition of the 30-year-old airport and the major renovation being undertaken at the terminal.
Basanta also showed the President the newly-renovated flooring at the arrival area and sleeping lounge open for rent for incoming and outgoing passengers.
The President was also briefed by Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas on the planned P1-billion face lift of the entire NAIA Terminal 1 complex.
Basanta added that the whole arrival area will be expanded, and a multi-level parking will be built to accommodate the growing number of visitors and passengers.
Aquino lauded the airport authority on its planned renovation despite the criticism that the international gateway has been receiving from foreigners.
The NAIA was tagged the 5th most hated airport by CNN’s Jordane Rane.
It was also rated the world’s worst airport by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website.
The President’s surprise inspection lasted for about 30 minutes.

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