Hello again

My dad invited me to go to Singapore for a few days with my mom and sister for wala lang.
Singapore is my dad’s second home because his BFF lives here. My nephew studies here now, so we wanted to see him too.
When we arrived at NAIA I saw this cute surfer looking dude complaining to the guard at the entrance that his big bag disappeared just as he was about to go in. With it, he lost his travel documents. It was so sad, the guard looked clueless on what to do. I prayed that somebody would help him. What a horrible last day in the Philippines.
Inside I saw another cute Japanese-looking surfer dude hand-carrying a bag of Max’s fried chicken. So cute.

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Here’s the front view. My sister Ana drew it

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Some of the food stuff people hand-carry:
1) Cebu lechon
2) Davao pomelo
3) Krispy Kreme donuts
4) Royce’chocolate
5) Hainanese chicken rice from Singapore
6) Bacolod chicken
7) In the ’70s my uncle used to bring home McDonald’s from the U.S.!!
8) Magnolia ice cream
9) Famous Amos cookies
10) Jean-Paul Hevin chocolate, and so on….

The flight to Singapore was scary—for me anyway. (Ana told me later she was scared also, but didn’t tell me because that would be the end of me.) The plane flew through turbulence for about 30 minutes—the kind that had the crew stopping inflight service to sit and buckle up. I was so restless. I held my sister’s hand while praying the Rosary many times. It was Our Lady’s birthday on September 8. I prayed really hard.
After what seemed like an hour, the plane finally calmed down and we landed safely.
We’re now in this really big hotel room. I love it here. Ana is my roommate.

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So much space

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I was jogging here last night

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The bathroom is really big too, and more spartan than anything. Nothing spectacular.

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It needs some warmth

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The lavatory fixtures are old, so that’s a disappointment. And just for that little thing, I’m not coming back—haha.

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Everything else is lovely though. Especially our dinner tonight was so amazing!!
Went to this place called Ming Kee at 556 Macpherson Road.

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Started off with fish skin chicharon, which tastes better than pork chicharon, I kid you not.

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And then these clams cooked in this special sauce. (Ana put the Award pin from Zombadings, the movie.)

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The sauce was so good, I ate it with a spoon and the Singaporeans were alarmed. Too much sodium, they said. But I didn’t think so! I would go back for this.

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And then, the pièce de résistance, this huge mountain of gigantic enormous crab cooked in salted egg and cereal.
So good, Ana gave it an Award

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She even gave the Coke an award

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This was a seriously huge crab claw that dwarfs the fork next to it.

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Mom had the shell with the crab fat

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My dress was a mess! Full of crumbs all over.
I had no more space to enjoy the bamboo clams covered in garlic.

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Ming Kee Live Seafood is at 556 Macpherson Road, Singapore
Tel. 6747-4075

Ana has a funnier version of this entry. Click here.

Bulgari’s house of mirrors

Bulgari recently reopened a renovated and enlarged version of its historical store in Switzerland, located in the heart of Geneva, in Rue du Rhone. 
The 270 square-meter store features a luminous façade with two entrances, one in Rue du Rhone and the other one on the corner of Place de la Fusterie, thus enjoying great visibility.

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Parastas in gris pulpis marble—a trademark of Bulgari architectural design—were added to the pre-existing building.
From the outside, you can sight the metal decoration at the ground floor, which is a unique feature of the store.

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From the main entrance on the corner of Place de la Fusterie, visitors can admire the double height volume which gives emphasis to the entire store. 
Metal mirrored steel leaves, inspired by Bulgari’s high jewellery one-of-a-kind pieces, closely links the historic boutique to the city of Geneva, through a creation recalling the Jet d’Eau.

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The huge tree represents the heart of the store, enriching the space from floor to ceiling, while creating a spectacular attraction from the street.

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Upon entering the store, customers can admire the jewellery collections, as well as the “veneziana” marble floors with a great star in alabastro marble.
High-end watches have a dedicated space in the store, while a special area is entirely for accessories.
Two spectacular VIP rooms, accessible by elevator, offer a private shopping experience with a great view of Geneva and the lake.

http://bulgari.com/

Pepper Lunch Rockwell’s new look

After serving more than 500,000 customers since May 2008, it’s time to renovate and improve the first ever Pepper Lunch restaurant in the country.

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Designed by Takatoshi Kimachi and his team, expect the 190-square-meter store to reopen next month featuring my favorite colors (what else?) of black and natural woods.
The result should be very chic and Japanice.

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We’re striving to improve ventilation by installing an exhaust system in the dining areas, as well as additional aircon units.

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It’s gonna look amazing!!

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While waiting, enjoy your favorite Pepper Lunch dishes at Greenebelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Ermita and Alabang Town Center (Corte de las Palmas).

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To know more, go to http://pepperlunch.com.ph/.

My favorite cases

In this digital/electronic/Internet age, gadgets are everything. For some of us, it’s our life.
Luckily I work at home and don’t really have to lug too many gadgets around, except the BlackBerry and the occasional tablet.
In this country, you may be eating in a restaurant, sitting in your office, or shopping. If you’re not careful, something will disappear. That’s why I love things that don’t look like they’re worth stealing, like the Undercover laptop case I bought for my nephew Miko’s Mac.
Got this at Quirks novelty store at Shang but I’ve also seen them at The A.Shop at Eastwood Mall.

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My sister gave me and Jeroen a pair of BookBook iPad cases purchased abroad.
Can you tell there’s an iPad on this shelf?

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The BookBook looks just like an old ledger nobody wants to steal.

BookBook for Macs

They only make cases for Apple products, by the way, such as the MacBook Pro

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BookBook for Mac

MacBook Air

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and even the iPhone

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makes me wish I were an iPhone user

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I was recently gifted with a BlackBerry Playbook. I’ve been obsessed with this gadget, particularly the Tetris game which raises my heart rate—if only I could lose weight playing Tetris. You can pair it with your BlackBerry in order to text, email and BBM.

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Naturally, I needed a case. For this, I ordered the Dodocase online. It looks just like a Moleskine

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with a bamboo frame that holds the Playbook very snugly

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You can also view it like this

Dodocase for BlackBerry Playbook

Hide it inside a pile of books, nobody can tell what’s really in there.

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Ordered this online and shipped only through Johnny Air. (Do not order this directly to Manila as shipping + customs will set you back $88.)
To enjoy 10% off your order, click here and use the 10% off coupon code upon checkout.

Like Tempur, win prizes!

Here’s a special promo from Tempur to readers of Chuvaness.com.
Just by “liking” the Tempur Philippines Facebook fan page and registering in an electronic raffle, you can win Tempur products and a brand new iPad2.

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Joining is easy:
1) You must have a Facebook account.
2) You must have a Philippine address.
3) Like the Tempur Philippines Facebook page here. Existing fans may also join, as long as they register.
4) You must register HERE.
5) Register only ONCE and only one entry per home address.

Winning:
1) When Tempur’s FB fans reach 1,000, five sleep masks will be given away via electronic raffle.

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2) When the number reaches 2,000, three Symphony pillows will be given away via electronic raffle.

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3) When the number reaches 3,000, one iPad2 (wifi, 16GB) will be given away via electronic raffle.

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4) Promo ends once the number of fans reaches 3,000.
5) Register early for more chances of winning (but please register only ONCE).
6) Winners will be announced at Chuvaness.com and the Tempur Facebook page. They will be contacted by Tempur representative for instructions on how to claim their prize.
7) Relatives of Tempur, Focus Global, Inc. and 360 Digital up to the second degree of consanguinity/affinity are disqualified from joining/winning in the promo.

To find the Tempur store nearest you, click here.
http://www.facebook.com/TempurInthePhilippines

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