Exodus: From Imperial Hotel to Andaz Tokyo within two hours

I blame it on my cousin, Dr. Gerard Henson.
Last May, he kept sending Viber pics of his Tokyo trip that I was filled with envy.
I asked my brother Dennis (a frequent Tokyo traveler) if he had any trips planned. He said, 3rd week of June.
So I booked my ticket and his office booked Imperial Hotel.
We took Japan Airlines. It was bumpy all the way, but I am learning how to deal with fear. It is a miracle I tell you.
Their business class isn’t so great… That guy in the back is knocked out

Japan Airlines

But we got there in one piece and that is all that matters

flight tracker

I had not seen Imperial Hotel since 2009 and have forgotten how it looks (pretty much the same).
This is really a businessman’s hotel more than anything

Imperial Hotel

Lobby looks retro and well-preserved

Imperial Hotel

Once upon a time Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe checked in here

Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe

It’s a good thing I didn’t share a room with my brother, because I would’ve abandoned him.
This was my room: charming in a retro way (if you’re into that)

Imperial Hotel

The bed

Imperial Hotel

The desk

Imperial Hotel

The easy chair

Imperial Hotel

I could handle all of that until I saw the bathroom. Let’s start with the lavatory with stool

Imperial Hotel

Very cute and lola-approved

Imperial Hotel

I love the amenities

Imperial Hotel

So dami…

Imperial Hotel

However, the shower kind of shocked me to say the least

Imperial Hotel

The most terrifying of all—there was a Monobloc stool in the shower!!!!!!!
*screams* Look at the floor!!

Imperial Hotel

I Skyped with Jeroen who convinced me to just pack up and move to Andaz.
Luckily everyone at Imperial was so nice, even as I checked out their other bathrooms. They allowed me to check out and only charged me 80 yen for phonecalls to Andaz.
I am in now at Andaz Toranomon Hills. Sayoko says location isn’t good, but hey, I’ll take a nice bathroom before a great location with scary bathroom.
My bedroom has a long couch with two tables—just the way I like it: one for working, and one for eating

Andaz Tokyo

The dining table

Andaz Tokyo

The work table

Andaz Tokyo

Nespresso and consumable mini bar

Andaz Tokyo

The bed looks kind of plain, but it works for me. This is where I’m blogging now. I love that there are power outlets everywhere.

Andaz Tokyo

The bathroom and walk-in closet are luxuriously huge and chuva-approved
It’s summer so I didn’t bring much clothes…

Andaz Tokyo

Adorable slippers

hotel slippers

Tissues, towels and the best makeup mirror, which I will look for at BIC Camera

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Unique wooden sink

wooden sink

Beautiful

Andaz Tokyo

Shower and bath

Andaz Tokyo
Andaz Tokyo

This one really floored me

Andaz Tokyo

It contains the chicest amenity kit ever! I don’t even want to use it. Can I buy it?

Andaz Tokyo

It’s all about the details

Andaz Tokyo
Andaz Tokyo
Andaz Tokyo
Andaz Tokyo

To know more about Andaz Tokyo, click HERE.

MAC launches Philip Treacy collab

Millinery meets makeup in MAC’s Philip Treacy collection.
For the collaboration, the London-based milliner created three hats that emphasize different parts of the face—an eye, the lips, and cheekbones.
A colorful feathered headdress inspired the lipsticks: No Faux Pas (hot pink), Cardinal (burgundy) and Hollywood Cerise (magenta berry).

Philip Treacy x MAC

A black-lace mask, which covers the entire head, reveals only one eye and inspired the Pro Longwear Paint Pots (Genuine Treasure and Chrome Angel) and Fluidline liners (Blacktrack, Blue Peep and Royal Wink) in shimmering metallics and tropical blues. There’s also the False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara.

Philip Treacy x MAC

The sparkling metallic hat from Treacy’s archives inspired the High-Light Powders (Blush Pink and Nude Pink) designed with Art Deco arches in pale pink and silver.

Philip Treacy x MAC

The collection is now available at MAC boutiques and counters.

Philip Treacy x MAC

To know more about the collaboration, click HERE.

Nackymade back in Manila

Nackymade—maker of Japanese hand crafted eyeglasses—comes back to Tala Manila this June 26-28, 2015.
This time, Tomoko and “Nacky” Nakagawa will bring special whole cherry wood frames in very limited quantities.

Nackymade

As always, Nacky will be happy to adjust your Nackymades.
And for those who expecting their pre-ordered custom-made/bespoke frames, your Nackymades shall be ready for pickup.
​For appointments, call Shiela Lobo at +63 (937) 372-5441 or email talamanilaonline@gmail.com.

Nackymade

http://www.nackymade.com/

Insomnia

Sorry for being quiet these last two weeks. One of my dearest friends just died last Monday after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
Even though my mind has been busy like Divisoria, I feel like I’ve lost my voice and don’t know what to say.
I’ve had insomnia for about two weeks, though the migraine and stomach ache have disappeared since my friend passed away.
Tomorrow is the last day and interment of ashes. I’ve taken Melatonin but can’t sleep.
I’m OK but not OK. I can’t even cry.
So many thoughts, don’t know what to say, but this is a start.

Winners: It’s a hair affair at Watsons

Hello!
Sorry for my absence this week. I’ve had a lot to deal with and I need to get back on track and work.
I did pick out three winners of our giveaway yesterday via random.org.
They are:

Sheryll Austria of Palawan
Kristine Joy Fontillas of Baguio City
Ria Hazel Lumandog of Tondo, Manila

So wow! I get to ship all packages to them!
All three winners will have these delivered to their addresses:

W Elite

Inside: The W Elite Gold Curl and Straight Nano Ceramic Tourmaline Styler, W Elite Gold Nano Ceramic Hair Dryer and Watsons Heat Active Hair Serum.

W Elite

Winners, please check your email. Also, watch out for my next giveaway!

http://www.watsons.com.ph/

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