Tried and tested: Delta vs. Japan Airlines

Dreams do come true—for some of us, later in life.
It’s been my dream to go Japan as often as I can and as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Luckily I got my three-year multiple-entry visa after the Japanese government relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos.
When I was younger I studied Nihongo for two years and wanted to marry Japanese because I find them adorable. But my dad said, better not. He was right. :)
This year my husband and decided to take our family vacation in Tokyo and travel for the first time without a yaya. I must say it was quite a success.
As the official travel agent of my family, I chose Delta Airlines because of our pleasant experience last time. Prior to this we usually flew Japan Airlines until I rediscovered Delta through an online sale.

Here’s why I prefer Delta:
Delta seats are better. I find Japan Airlines seats not as comfortable. This is a normal business class seat on JAL

Japan Airlines

while Delta has cabin-like seats (like Cathay Pacific Business Class) which recline and lie flat.
Jeroen and I can hold hands when I’m scared

Jeroen on Delta

Each seat comes with a bottle of Evian (a huge comfort for me), a fluffy pillow, and a thin, quilted comforter
It has a very convenient outlet, so you can charge your gadgets before you land. (Can’t leave without my Samsung Galaxy Note 3!)

Delta

The flight attendants are so warm. There’s nothing like Delta flight attendants. The Americans have a great sense of humour and the Filipinos feel like family.

Delta flight attendants

Here’s a shoutout to fellow Assumptionista Fara Campos Lacson (middle) who was a commercial model back in the day

On the other hand, Japan Airlines serves food I like

Japan Airlines food

and allocates three pieces of luggage per passenger, versus Delta’s two pieces for business class.
So if food and shopping are your priority, fly JAL. But if comfort is more important to you, fly Delta.
Looking forward to my Japan visit, but next time I’m going to try Haneda Airport, instead of Narita.

NAIA renovation update

This was the scene at NAIA last week. Street level is boarded up

NAIA renovation

Busy at the other end

NAIA renovation

Much activity on the inside

NAIA renovation

And….aircons are not working. Iwatas everywhere.
So bring a fan in case this goes on until August like we heard.

NAIA renovation

I’m in Tokyo. More to come.

Tried and tested: Palmolive’s new body wash

1987 was a good year for fashion—but a bad year for hair—as you can see in this vintage Palmolive TV commercial.

The TV commercial was such a hit, it launched the career of an 18-year-old Alice Dixson.
Twenty seven years later, Palmolive launches its new body wash starring globally popular actress Angel Locsin.

Angel Locsin

Angel is really lovely. I caught her talking to the press at a recent media event at The Spa Wellness.

Angel Locsin
Palmolive Naturals body wash

In 2007, I met her at a press junket in Hong Kong and really liked her, like we can be friends :)

Angel Locsin

After the Palmolive launch, we were all treated to a massage. Oh, the hazards of the job….

Me at The Spa
The Spa

I took home three of these and tried them all

Palmolive Naturals body wash
Palmolive Naturals body wash

Officially I am hooked—to the yellow one! It feels silky and smells so good.

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Prior to this, I had been using my favourite soap bar for decades.
Well, 2014 is a year for change, so I am open to good changes in my life.
This yellow Milk & Honey body wash smells like shea butter, which is one of my favourite scents. You can smell it on your skin after taking a bath.
I’m not one for strong scents, so I find this really refreshing, perfect for the summer. I really like it!

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Now watch this!
To know more about Palmolive Naturals, like them on Facebook.

Dreams do come true for BMW winner Bernabe Abando

I’m one of those lucky people who win often at bingo games or raffle draws. I’ve won an electric car from Toy Kingdom, a set of Simpsons dolls from Burger King, and an HP Touchsmart computer among others—but I’ve never won anything like this!!
Last February-March 2014, Watsons and The SM Store Beauty Section invited customers to shop for a chance to win one of 50 iPad minis, iPhone 5s, Watsons gift cards, or a brand new BMW 116i in the grand draw.

Triple Treats A4_MALL

Well, dreams do come true for grand prize winner Bernabe Abando, who won a brand new BMW 116i in Watsons’ Triple Treats promo

Watsons winner of BMW1

Except the car turned out to be black, not red—but hey, who’s complaining?
Mr. Abando now holds to key to many hearts (and a brand new car!)—presented by Watsons Marketing Director Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Marketing Head Sharon Presbitero, and Watsons Marketing Assistant Hal Echave

Watsons winner of BMW

More pogi points for the lucky Mr. Abando

Watsons winner of BMW

and he’s not dreaming. It really did happen!

Watsons winner of BMW

It really pays to shop at Watsons. Watch out for their future promos!

Watsons winner of BMW

Couplings and uncouplings

Kris and Herbert
When Kris Aquino announced she was dating former actor and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, I actually thought they made a cute couple and thought that maybe they would last “forever” like she said.

040714_krisHerbert

She looked really happy.

Kris dinner

A few days later my hairdresser told me that Kris had cut her hair. Then I found out Kris and Herbert had already broken up.

KRIS

Tonight my nurse told me Kris’s peg for cutting her hair was Anne Hathaway.
Ooookay….I have no further comments, your Honor.

Anne Hathaway

Zsa Zsa Padilla and Conrad Onglao
I can’t remember who told me these two were dating, but whoever told me also said, “Buti pa si Zsa Zsa. Isang blind date lang may jowa na.” (“Lucky Zsa Zsa. She got a boyfriend after one blind date.”)
I know who Zsa Zsa is obviously. She came to fame in 1984 after singing that Nescafe jingle.

In 1989 she famously eloped with Dolphy, who was 36 years older and left Alma Moreno behind.
I remember it being the biggest scandal at the time.

Dolphy Alma Zsa Zsa

To her credit Zsa Zsa loved Dolphy till his last breath at the age of 83.
Two years later, Zsa Zsa is now partnered with architect Conrad Onglao, whom she met through a blind date arranged by Sharon Cuneta.
Writes Thelma San Juan: “Zsa Zsa and Conrad set their date through text messages. Zsa Zsa didn’t know who Conrad was, except that he is an architect. Conrad didn’t and still doesn’t know show biz. Both move in disparate worlds…Zsa Zsa didn’t know of Conrad’s credentials until they Googled each other before their blind date. Now, quite impressed with his achievements, she fondly calls him ‘my rock star.'”

Prior to their coupling, I also wouldn’t know what Conrad Onglao looks like. Here’s a photo of him grabbed from The FashPack.

Conrad Onglao

Okay, not bad for a talented, successful, older man. But this is reality.

Zsa Zsa and Conrad

That said, I’m happy for both of them even though I don’t know either of them. I do think they look good together.
Oh, and nice house :)

Zsa Zsa and Conrad

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Never since John Kennedy Jr. coupled with Carolyn Bessette in 1994 and married in 1996 has there been another couple that looks so perfect—individually and together. These pictures, taken before their tragic death in 1999, look as if they could’ve been taken yesterday. Their style is timeless.

Carolyn and John Kennedy

And now there’s George Clooney and Amal Alumuddin.
We all know George Clooney is perfect (even though he’s not my type).

George Clooney in Michael Clayton

After a failed marriage and dating the typical actresses, models and cocktail waitress, he’s finally proposed to a 36-year-old Lebanese lawyer whose work includes issues related to Syria, drones and Wikileaks.
To me, she looks so perfect.

lawyeramal_amaluddin

Not only does she look perfect, she sounds perfect.
It’s a good thing George isn’t my type, otherwise sarap patayin.

Throwback 2004: Cholo, Chico and Delamar

I just started going through my past blog entries to see how much my writing has changed.
When I started blogging in 2001, blogs were fairly new and not everyone had Internet.
As Internet became more accessible, all sorts of trolls and unhappy people came out started to attack people that seemed to have a good life online. That changed the way I wrote and blogged, plus the many sponsors that saw bloggers as a marketing tool/partner.
Starting today I’ll be resurrection past blog entries from my Livejournal, sort of like the throwback on Instagram, beginning with this post on July 19, 2004.

Cholo, Chico and Delamar

I wish I were like Martha Stewart who could survive on two hours sleep per day, or even five or eight hours.
I’ve always needed like 10-12. Otherwise I’m like a zombie.

I’ve been having sleep problems since my son got sick.
A couple of nights ago I woke up shivering at two in the morning. I was filled with terror. I wanted to go check my son’s room, but I stopped myself. I asked Jeroen to hug me. He was sleeping of course, but he squeezed me tightly.
The following morning I found out my son vomited at two in the morning and the yayas and the maid had to change sheets and stuff.

The following evening, I kept vigil in his room. I couldn’t sleep. He vomited at 2:30 in the morning, then I cleaned him up and transferred him to our room so the yaya could rest.
He wanted to watch cartoons, so we did that up to 5:30 am and I was so sleepy. He fell asleep in my arms and it was so sweet. I love him.
When he woke up at 6:30, he was so sick, I jumped up and took him to the doctor by 8.
He almost got confined in the hospital, but a miracle saved him from the IV, and he is OK now.

Bruised Ben

Last night I couldn’t sleep again.
At 4:30 I opened my laptop and searched for something to read, and I found the funniest LJ of Cholo. I hope he won’t mind my mentioning it.
He is the funniest guy, and the thing is, I sort of know him.
I was introduced to him more than ten years ago, but never had a conversation with him.
I don’t know a thing about him, except that he had an ex-boyfriend that I knew.
He writes so well. I finished his LJ at 6:30 am, found out what his job is and the funny things he does.
I love his Malate escapades. I love reading about gay stuff. It’s a world I hear about and am part of, but never experienced really.
I have never been to BED. I doubt that I’ll ever go. I don’t even go to Gay Pride.
But I love gay men, they amuse me so. I can’t imagine a life without gay men, how boring would this place be.

Excerpt from Cholo’s blog:
Cholo is met by the Lady Colin
Lady Colin: Oh djaaaahling. I’m a bit occupied right now. Let me get back to you in a bit. I just have to brief the emceeeeees of the show…Chico and Delamar. (Colin points out the two emceeeeees.)
Cholo turns to look and sees a couple who really look like theyre going to Unimart.
Cholo: (thought voice) Who the hell are Chico and Delamar?
Cut to:
Sequence 4. EXT. onstage in the streets. way after midnight.
The Unimart couple start off a raffle sponsored by blah..blah..blah
Chico: And the first winner will win an assortment of products from balah..blah..blah…and a gift certificate from FAIRMART!
A thick gasp is heard in the crowd! To mention the name of a department store long banished by the gay community was unspeakable!
A parlorista in the crowd: FAIRMART!?..ay anu ba yun!?
A gay German in the crowd: Heavens!
Delamar was quick to check the cue card of Chico and rushes to correct the grave error.
Delamar: Oh sorry guys…hihihi…it’s a gift certificate pala from FIRMA!
Cholo: (thought voice) Who the hell are Chico and Delamar?

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