Houston revisited
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Last month I had a chance to have dinner with angels, when I accompanied two friends to a special gathering of women who have had breast cancer.
The dinner was held at Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe in Pasig.
I think there were only two people there that did not have cancer—me and a husband who had accompanied his wife—he deserves a medal!

Cancer warriors and survivors

The minute I entered the room I really felt like I was in the presence of angels. I cannot describe it. Maybe it is because people who go through cancer see the world differently. They’re like warriors, touched by God.
I used to be very scared of cancer until I looked it in the eye when my cousin was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in 2007. After that, I learned a lot. I am still deathly afraid of it, so my defense mechanism is to help people with cancer, hoping that by doing so, maybe God will spare me?

Now in my 40s, it seems like I know quite a few people who are being diagnosed with cancer in their 30s, 40s, 50s.
Too young if you ask me. That and my recent discovery of Grey’s Anatomy (I am now in Season 8) have made me think about the three weeks I spent in Houston, taking care of my cousin at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

In January 2008, my other cousin and I first took an EVA Air flight to Taiwan before landing in Los Angeles

Los Angeles

From LAX we changed planes to Houston’s Bush International Airport


After dropping our bags at a nearby hotel, we went straight to the hospital


I am always happy to see older people working (except at NAIA)


This way to my cousin


She passed away in 2008


This is where I prayed


The chapel was built in memory of Mirtha Dunn, who had been a patient at the hospital


Bless this couple

chapel sign
Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero (left) was my cousin’s main doctor


Dr. Charles Koller, bless him

Dr. Charles Koller

Some of the nurses were Filipino


My cousin and I used to trip on this male nurse


and this is what chemo looks like. My cousin used to call it her “Christmas tree” 🙂


My shift was from 2-11 PM—or earlier if my cousin got sleepy.


This was the cafeteria with Filipino staff too


Some cute guy buying ice cream


Here’s what I ate in Houston: my favorite chicken salad


Cafeteria food—that’s chicken, fish and pork chop


Really good steak from the hospital’s Oaks restaurant

MD Anderson restaurant

and fish if I wanted healthy


Meet my favorite couple in Houston: Dr. Benjamin and Paz Tiongson


and their baby Aston five years ago


Is it crazy to say I miss this place?


Cause I do, but not hoping to visit a patient or be one


Because in spite of what happened in 2008, I had good memories too that I’ll always keep with me.
I just want to visit one more time and hopefully, maybe, not again.


Hugo Boss presents Winter 2013 in Shanghai
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Shanghai’s Power Station of Art museum became the venue for Hugo Boss’ Mens and Womenswear Collections for Winter 2013.
Opened last October 1, 2012, the Power Station of Art is China’s first public museum of contemporary art.
The current name is a vestige of the building’s past: it was constructed in 1897 for the Nanshi Electric Light Factory.

BOSS Winter 2013 Fashion Show Shanghai at The Power Station of Art in Shanghai on 30.05.2013 (11)

Inspired by the building’s legacy, the shape of the runway echoed a bolt of lightning.

Location of the BOSS Shanghai Fashion Show on May 30, 2013 (5)

LEDs illuminated the 200-foot-long runway on which top models showcased the collection.

BOSS Winter 2013 Fashion Show Shanghai at The Power Station of Art in Shanghai on 30.05.2013 (34)
BOSS Winter 2013 Fashion Show Shanghai at The Power Station of Art in Shanghai on 30.05.2013 (41)
BOSS Winter 2013 Fashion Show Shanghai at The Power Station of Art in Shanghai on 30.05.2013 (31)
Models in BOSS

Some 1,000 invited guests—including Asian and international stars such as Carey Mulligan, Gerard Butler, Chow-Yun Fat and Cherie Chung, press representatives from around the globe, and buyers—attended the show.

China Chow
China Chow

Gerard Butler (1)
Gerard Butler

Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan

Marcel Nguyen und Damla Cavdar
Marcel Nguyen and Damla Cavdar

Lin Chi-ling
Lin Chi-ling

Kwon Sang-Woo
Huang Xiaoming

Tan Yuan Yuan
Tan Yuan Yuan

In the Philippines, BOSS is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and Newport Mall.

How Korina Sanchez lost 15 lbs. in one month
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“Have you seen Korina Sanchez’s arms?” my friend texted me the other night.
“No. Why?”
“Ang O.A. ng arms niya,” my friend said. “Ang liit. Totoo ba yon?” (Her arms are ridiculously tiny. Is that for real?)
Well I finally saw them today, when she shared her Cohen diet tips on her program.

KORINA SANCHEZ Photo: Marlo Cueto

Cohen is an expensive diet regimen, which costs about Php 50,000 and is based on one’s blood type.
It requires many blood tests and (so I heard) a seminar or two.
I don’t mind the blood test and the fee; the seminar, no thanks.
But I got a copy of the diet basics, which Korina Sanchez enumerates.
I know her weight loss is real because Mich Dulce followed Cohen without paying or enrolling, and no blood tests.
Look at Mich’s arms—no Photoshop.

Mich Dulce

What Mich said basically is you have to have a gap of 4-5 hours between meals.
If you get hungry in between you can take two pieces of crisp bread and water. You can buy crisp bread at Healthy Options.
If not, two Skyflakes would probably do.
Plus you have to give up a whole lot of stuff, like sugar, and well, Korina explains it in Filipino.
Obviously it’s not the easiest diet, but it works, no matter what blood type you are.

Naomi Watts wears Tod’s in Diana film
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The first time I heard about Tod’s, my sister told me it was Princess Diana’s brand—back when she was alive.

Princess Diana, Tod's

In fact her favorite Tod’s bag, the D-Bag, was named after her.

Tod's D bag

It makes sense then that Naomi Watts uses Tod’s iconic pieces, the D-Bag and Gommino (driving shoe) in the film Diana.

Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews onset of the film 'Diana'

The film is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews, produced by Ecosse Films.
It highlights the last two years of her life when Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.


Diana had its worldwide premiere in London last September 5th, followed by a premiere in Paris on September 6th,
and then released in cinemas worldwide.

Last March, Tod’s was the sponsor of the Timeless Icon Book, a photographic book edited by Electa charting the extraordinary life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Part of the sales of the book will be devolved to Clic Sargent, leading charity organization supporting children and young people with cancer and their families.

Timeless Icon book

In the Philippines, Tod’s is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc, and is located at Greenbelt 4, Makati.

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