Why I never fly domestic

Part 1: Cathay Pacific/NAIA

In 2005, we were invited to a Louis Vuitton event in Hong Kong. Four of us were booked on a Cathay Pacific flight departing at 12:30 noon from NAIA 1.
Alex Vergara and I agreed to carpool on the way to airport and arrived around 10 AM at the airport.
Upon checking in at Business Class, we were told that the 11 AM flight prior to our flight wasn’t full—would we like to take that instead of the 12:30?
Alex and I looked at each other and said why not?
We had barely enough time to plant our asses in the lounge as were nearly boarding.
The other two in our party, however, arrived at NAIA around 11:30 AM, only to find out that our original 12:30 noon flight was delayed to a much later flight.
Alex and I were lucky! Arriving in Hong Kong earlier than planned meant we had extra time to relax before attending cocktails that night.

Cathay Pacific 747-400 at NAIA Terminal 1
Photo: Paulo Ordoveza

Part 2: Singapore Airlines/Changi

Jeroen and I were checking in for a 2:10 PM flight to Manila when the ground staff looked at our tickets and told us our fight was actually booked for the next day. Say whuuuu????
My head started to spin. How could I make this mistake? Our flight was booked for July 22, not 21.
What do we do now? Do we go back to the city and try to book a hotel? What do we do for the next 24 hours?
I did not say a word. I didn’t freak out like Claudine Barretto. I let Jeroen talk to the Singapore girl, who then told us the 2:10 flight wasn’t full—she could actually squeeze us in today!
Whew! I can’t tell you how relieved we were to be able to go home that same day.

Singapore Airlines
Photo: Jerry Wong

Part 3: Philippine Airlines/Caticlan

Luckily this did not happen to me or Claudine Barretto. I’m sharing it because it could happen to you and PAL needs to know something is really wrong with their customer service.
Read about what happened to Roxanne Lu as she tried to board a Manila-bound Philippine Airlines flight from Caticlan: it’s called Airline Bullying.

Hooked on Revenge

I gave in to reader pressure and downloaded 19 episodes of ABC’s new hit series Revenge via Vuze.com.
To be honest, the show isn’t all that great, but there’s no denying that I finished 19 episodes in only three sittings.
At first I didn’t want to watch because the main character is a contrabida (read: evil person) and I can’t stand stressful shows with killings, kidnappings, and plotting.

On the first night I watched a few shows. Second night, a few more. And on the third night the marathon ran up till 4 in the morning. I actually just wanted to get it over with because the show is mega stressful.
I’ll tell you why I continued: one of the lead characters is just my type.
British actor Josh Bowman plays Daniel Grayson, the JFK Jr-esque heir to the Grayson fortune.


Here’s what I think about the cast and characters:

Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) is the main character.
As a nine-year-old girl, her father David was framed for a horrific crime by the Grayson family and was killed in prison. Emily never saw her father again. Through the years she gets to know the truth behind her father’s misfortunes. She comes back 17 years later to take down everyone who contributed.


It’s not clear why she’s mega-rich, what her net worth is, or how she can spend 20 million dollars like it’s 20,000 pesos.
She loves to speak in poetry while lisping, and can be heard saying:
“Amanda Clarke no longer exthith.”
“When I wath a child my father wath framed for a crime he didn’t commit.”
“We all have theecrets we lock away from the reth of the world.”
“Truth ith a battle of pertheption. People only thee what they’re prepared to confront.”
“A conflicted heart feedth on doubt and confusion.”
“Did he fixth the phone?”
“No, I’m just enjoying the thunrithe (sunrise).”
“Yeah, I’m thorry. I’m juth getting uthed to thomeone thleeping nexth to me.”

It’s a good thing she is neither drop-dread gorgeous nor annoying. It isn’t clear whether she is good or evil and I neither hate nor like her, but I hope that she ends up with Daniel.
She’s sharp and intelligent and I love it when she puts down the psychotic Tyler Barrol in an argument about Aruba.


Victoria Grayson (played by Madeleine Stowe) plays the matriarch of the powerful Grayson clan.
Some say Gretchen Barretto is her peg, some say Lucy Torres Gomez 20 years from now.


Madeleine Stowe plays really well because I hate her to death. I hate that she always smiles, even while saying something evil. Planning one event after another seems to be her hobby.
Queen of the Hamptons, her throne is the nicest chair in the house.


She doesn’t ever wear pambahay (house clothes) and has a preference for Herve Leger.
She also has grey kili-kili (sorry po….)

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Daniel Grayson (played by Josh Bowman) is Victoria’s golden son who falls deeply in love with Emily.
I find him so adorable, he reminds me of a young Peter Lawford with his smiling eyes and the British accent I can only imagine as he speaks American in the show.


He doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. You just want to take care of him.


He is awfully sweet to Emily, it just kills me because it isn’t clear whether she really loves him or not.


Jack Porter (played by Nick Wechsler) is the other man in Emily’s life.
Unknown to Jack, Emily is his long-lost childhood friend, who was taken away when Emily’s father was arrested.
Jack’s peg seems to be Rufus Humphrey of Gossip Girl.
Even though he is the nicest guy, I don’t want Emily to end up with him, simply because I find him too short. :(


Declan Porter (played by Connor Paolo) is Jack’s brother who’s in love with Daniel’s sister Charlotte.
I cringe every time I hear the name Declan. But I’ve liked Connor Paolo since Gossip Girl. It just takes a little getting used to seeing Eric van der Woodsen making out with a girl.


Charlotte Grayson (played by Christa B. Allen) is the Greyson heiress, sweet, pretty and only 17.
She dumps her rich boyfriend to go out with busboy Declan Porter against her mother’s wishes.


Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) is the bestest friend any girl could have: he’s gay and a hacker.
He’s the 7th richest billionaire according to Forbes magazine’s youngest billionaire, having made his fortune in the techie world. Nolan is Emily’s strongest ally in seeking revenge for her father and I think he’s all right, if you can get past the apple-cut hair.


There are many other characters I didn’t mention, but get the feel of the show by watching this trailer.

Can’t wait for the next three episodes before season finale. :(
To know more about Revenge, click here.

Dream coming true

This morning I had a dream that Jeroen and I had a date to watch Chris Botti at the Peninsula. I arrived early and didn’t have my hair done. Chris Botti was also early and no one recognized him because he had dyed his hair black.
So I was talking to him and Chris said he wanted to start early for a change. Concert was 8 PM and he wanted to start at 7:30. It was a dinner show and he wanted to play while everyone was having dinner.
Jeroen arrived and I introduced Chris to my husband. I asked Chris if I had time to go to the salon downstairs and he told me to take 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Jeroen was hungry so I accompanied him to the salad bar, where we encountered a rude waiter. (end of dream)

Well, this afternoon I received an email inviting me to watch Chris Botti on June 19 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater! Jeroen and I love this venue!

Chris Botti

The last time we saw him was in Tokyo two years ago, we were late and had the last two seats on top of Siberia.

Where we sat

Luckily my camera could zoom.

Chris Botti in Tokyo

No worries, we got to meet him after and he gave me (and Jeroen) a hug! Read about it here.


Here’s the 411 on the concert:

Radio High 105.9 brings back Grammy-winning trumpet master Chris Botti for a one-night performance at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater on June 19, 2012.
After a live gig which formally launched Radio High 105.9 at the Greenbelt Fashion Walk last November 4, 2011, Botti is set to come back to Manila with an all-new repertoire, with new faces in his band lineup.
A pre-event warm-up show will feature jazz vocalists Richard Merk and Verni Varga.
Chris Botti Live in Manila will benefit the Young Musicians Development Organization (YMDO), and is presented by GLOBE TELECOMS and RESORTS WORLD MANILA.
Tickets will be available at http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Hope we get good seats!
Now, watch Chris Botti with vocalist Paula Cole and my lolo crush, Burt Bacharach.


Celebrity Deathmatch: Live at NAIA-3

As a blogger/reporter/natural-born chismosa, I never leave home without a camera.
I’m always on the lookout for a story or scoop. But even though I take lots of pictures, not all of them are for publishing. Some of them are just for me or my memory.
I may have video-ed a woman making a scene outside the bank or a severely burned beggar in the Chatuchak weekened market in Bagkok, just because I had never seen anything like it.
Whenever I do this, Jeroen would get nervous and tell me to stop, lest I get into trouble.
As a reporter, this is probably what happened to reporter Ramon Tulfo, who was taking a picture of actress Claudine Barretto while she was dressing down a ground staff at NAIA Terminal 3.
While it was natural for him to take a picture of a “scene”, it is also natural for Claudine’s husband, Raymart Santiago, to let out his inner “action star”, causing this brawl inside the airport.
P.S. How cute lang the matching pink and white outfits :)

Who do I think was wrong? Claudine may have had a point but was wrong to make a scene in this day and age of camera phones.
Tulfo just acted like a reporter and Raymart like an offended husband. Raymart Santiago is trained in self-defense. I would not mess with him.
Does the brawl merit the front page of the newspaper? I don’t think so.
What’s your take on this?


Arthur Boorman, a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, was told by his doctors he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again. Then he stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga.
Because he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, he tried DDP YOGA instead.
Watch how as Arthur loses weight, and more importantly learns to walk and run beyond everyone’s expectations.

To learn about DDP Yoga, click HERE.

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