I’m beck!

I had a mission to buy shoes and a bag while in Singapore, and I got those and more. Not bad for only two days of shopping. I got three pairs of shoes and finally, the PS Selma chair I’ve been eyeing for years in Ikea.

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I love this chair because it comes with “pages” of printed graphic cushions.
You can adjust the seat to the height or print you want. This was the Hong Kong price (HK$2,990 = Php 16,300)

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The New York price (US$349 = Php 14,800)

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In Singapore it cost SG$399 (Php 17,000, but with the GST refund, maybe the same as HK price).
It took me a while to buy the chair (about six different trips) because I was afraid of its size and 18-kg. weight. Turns out the box wasn’t as big as I thought. Ana helped me tie it.

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I was able to check it in the plane earlier (no overweight, so yay!!).
Another thing I really wanted was the Nightingale trolley by Givenchy.
For a few years now I’ve been using the same Chanel trolley and lamenting that you once you put your laptop in, you can’t really put a whole lot of things inside.

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I love bags with wheels. This is the trolley on Rachel Bilson

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Then the Givenchy trolley came out, and thought hey that looks cute, though it looks a little big and heavy

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But not on Blake Lively

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It took me two trips to Singapore to decide that I need it, so my Dad got me one and it fits in the overhead compartment! Yay!

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So yes the trip was a success and I’m glad to be back.

Tempur winners!

As a special promo for Chuvaness readers, Tempur Philippines offered to give away  five sleep masks when their Facebook following reached 1,000.

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The five winners are:
Elizabeth Marie Teotico
Kimberly Arevalo
Michelle Dacanay
Anna Margarita Abesamis
Kristine Torreno

Upon reaching 2,000 followers, they would give away three Symphony pillows

Tempur Symphony pillow

The three winners are:
Mark Evan Lim
Ana Margarita Comia
Lloyda Lim

Looks like Ana Margarita Comia already got her prize!

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As a final treat, Tempur Philippines is giving away a brand new iPad 2 (wifi, 16 GB) when the number reaches 3,000.

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And you still have time to join! Only 250 followers left before the number reaches 3,000.
Hurry and  find out how to qualify! Click HERE

Friday

Ana and I have to take turns using the Internet because there’s no wifi in this room.
This was me last night

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This was Ana. Take note, we both have one leg raised while working

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I had a deadline for the STAR, so I stayed in and had room service for lunch (nothing spectacular)

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My nephew Miko slept on our couch last night. Today I had to take him out for a haircut (photo to follow).
I was really impressed that he offered to carry my shopping bag. I can only hope that my boys would do that for women in the future!!

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Dinner was at the St. Regis

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with the cathedral-like ceiling

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and this view outside

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I had fresh oysters

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and a 1 kg. steak shared with Ana (and no, we could not finish it)

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We ended by shopping at Cineleisure, which is one of the few places open until midnight.
I found my mutant Frankenstein gingham Nikes!

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For Jeroen, mutant KZK x Adidas shoes

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I really hope he wears them. I intereviewed KZK Kuraishi in Singapore two years ago, and he is an insanely high-tech designer.

Kazuki Kuraishi at Surrender

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/