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I don’t know if you remember this, but during the ’80s, Imelda Marcos had the Manila International Film Festival.
I was in school then, but I remember half day only because we had exams. So I would rush home in my uniform, park the folding table in front of TV, eat KFC, and watch foreign subtitled movies—every single day until the festival was over.
I had the time of my life. I wasn’t an A student, obviously, but I passed all my exams.
Thus began my love affair of foreign movies.

Last Saturday night I couldn’t sleep. I started watching various trailers on iTunes, until I stumbled upon a 2006 French movie called Hors de Prix.

Hors de Prix

It stars Audrey Tatou (Amelie, Da Vinci Code, Coco Before Chanel) as Irene, a gold-digger on the prowl in the French Riviera. She likes them old and rich.

Hors de Prix

French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh co-stars as Jean, a hotel employee, who gets mistaken for a millionaire when Irene finds him drinking at the hotel bar.

Hors de Prix

A one-night stand leads to a second, and Irene discovers who Jean really is.

Hors de PrixHors de Prix

Smitten, he allows the material girl to drain his life savings, forcing him to hook up with a wealthy widow.

Hors de Prix

But let’s not give away the rest of the story.
I have to say watching this made me feel like high school again—with my uniform, TV tray and KFC.
Except I watched this in bed while everyone was sleeping, under the blanket and with headphones.
I love how Gad Elmaleh transforms into a lowly bartender into a dashing gentleman, while Audrey Tautou has the body to die for!!
Makes me wish I were young again. I could study French again, visit Paris more.
And I need to watch more foreign films.
Now don’t let this trailer fool you. The movie, though a bit long in some scenes, is really worth watching.

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Thanks for sharing: I Love Kusama at Ayala Museum
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To celebrate 40 years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation and the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, Ayala Museum, with the support of the Japan Foundation-Manila, invites you to the I Love Kusama exhibition from July 16 to September 1, 2013.
The exhibit will feature Yayoi Kusama works from the treasure troves of Lito and Kim Camacho, two of the leading collectors of Kusama in the country.

草間彌生 Yayoi Kusama

Born in 1929 in Japan, Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s leading and most influential figures in the avant-garde scene. She remains active and relevant at the age of 84.
Notable Kusama installations include her immersive infinity mirror rooms that have been featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art and Tate Modern, and her iconic spotted pumpkin sculptures.
In 2011, Kusama collaborated with Marc Jacobs for a line of whimsical products and corresponding window displays for Louis Vuitton.

Kusama Soho Concept Store4

With the assistance of the Camachos and the Japan Foundation-Manila, and the guidance of Ota Fine Arts, Yayoi Kusama Studio, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the exhibition at Ayala Museum will be the first major Yayoi Kusama show in the Philippines.

As part of its education component, Ayala Museum has invited Akira Tatehata, one of the world’s leading experts on Kusama and the curator the Japanese Pavilion during the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993 (when Kusama represented the country) for a one-time lecture on August 10, 2013.

Akira Tatehata
Akira Tatehata

Kusama exhibit

For more information, call (02) 757-7117 to 21 or email museum_inquiry@ayalamuseum.org.
http://www.ayalamuseum.org

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Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir: Riccardo Tisci’s first fragrance
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Dahlia Noir by Givenchy is artistic director Riccardo Tisci’s first fragrance for the luxury brand.
Simplicity marks the essence of his vision, as seen in its timeless bottle—because Tisci believes you don’t always need to shout to be heard.

Riccardo Tisci

Dahlia Noir embodies the elegance and style of the couture brand.
It is sensual, sophisticated and dangerous—presented as a “Fatal Flower” for the mysterious and fascinating woman.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir

It comes in two versions. The Eau de Parfum is a powdery fragrance of dusty chypre – floral structure.
The scent opens with top notes of mandarin, pink pepper and mimosa which then lead to the extensive and intensive core of rose, iris and patchouli. Finally, the base wraps up the composition in a mysterious veil, made with notes of sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean.

The Eau de Toilette has a juicy and luminous start in which fresh and citrusy aromas of mandarin and lemon intertwine skillfully with thick and sweet peach zest. This extremely fruity opening leaves more space for a floral bouquet in the heart of the perfume—the fragrant petals of which make the flirtatious pink cocktail more playful. The base then incorporates creamy and soft shades of sandalwood and vanilla, accompanied with warm amber and cedar.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir

Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette is available in 30 ml (PhP 2,750), 50 ml (PhP 3,950), and 100 ml (PhP 4,700
and Eau de Parfum in 30ml (PhP 3,300), 50ml (PhP 4,700), and 100ml (PhP 5,600).
Givenchy Dahlia Noir is exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Corporation and is available in leading department stores nationwide.

http://www.dahlianoir.com/

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Gates of Hell: Chilline’s T House in Tagaytay
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Be very afraid of websites that don’t update and accommodations that don’t renovate.
Take the description of Chilline’s T House in its website:

PRIVATE. COZY. SPACIOUS
Feel the cool air with a touch of Greek-Balearic flavor. Sitting at the edge of a cliff, T has a spectacular view of the Taal volcano and its lake. The first Asian home to be featured in Architectural Digest, T is a homage to modern design with an uniquely organic flair.
A gracious example of Filipino hospitality, T accepts private bookings as a weekend getaway and is a venue for corporate retreats, private parties and exclusive events.
T now opens its doors to guests with discriminating taste. We invite you to come home to T.

RENTAL RATES
Weekdays: Php 25,000
Weekend Rates, One Night Only: Php 30,000
Weekends (Friday to Sunday) Php 55,000
Rates are exclusive of 12% VAT; Plus 10% Service charge
Please call for holiday, peak season rates and Commercial shoot rates.

Now view the professional photos, starting with the house itself. Not bad…

Chilline's T House in Tagaytay
Chilline's T House in Tagaytay

There’s the day view

Chilline's T House in Tagaytay
Chilline's T House in Tagaytay
Chilline's T House in Tagaytay

and the night view

Chilline's T House in Tagaytay
Chilline's T House in Tagaytay

The bedrooms

Chilline's T House in Tagaytay
Chilline's T House in Tagaytay

And the rest of the features listed on the website:

2 Master Suites
2 Bedrooms
5 baths
Lake View Patio
Hidden Zen Garden
Custom Gourmet Kitchen
Additional Service Kitchen
Swimming Pool
4 Hot Tubs
Sauna and Steam Room
Free Wi-Fi Access

You wouldn’t blame Candy Dizon’s friends and family for wanting to book this, would you?
They paid Php 33,000 for one night but soon found out the website isn’t quite accurate.
Check out the reality of the accommodations, starting with the bedroom—it looks like the chambermaid needs to learn her “hospital corners”…

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

Maybe Woody Woodpecker was a guest?

Chilline's T house Tagaytay
Chilline's T house Tagaytay

Or a really lazy boy

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

Need an extra bed? Go help yourself to the mattress in the dressing room

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

This bathtub has an element of surprise and it ain’t bath salts and petals

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

It has “insect eggs and poop” in it

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

I can’t brush my teeth in here

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

And my poop just backed up. But hey, there’s toilet paper!

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

So Candy searched around the house to look for a cleaner bathroom among the five baths, and found these instead

Chilline's T house Tagaytay
Chilline's T house Tagaytay
Chilline's T house Tagaytay
Chilline's T house Tagaytay
Chilline's T house Tagaytay
Chilline's T house Tagaytay

Wait. It gets worse

Chilline's T house Tagaytay

I swear, I would sue this place ten x Php 33,000 for the agony of seeing these in person. I would scream and run, run far away back to Manila.
So be careful when viewing hotel websites, especially in the Philippines. Trust me!
But wait. Candy says there was a positive side to their stay—I just wonder what that is and I wait for her next entry.
Read Candy’s story HERE.

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