Saturday

Hong Kong—Started with lunch at the Mandarin Oriental. Mom and I had Hainanese chicken rice (again!). Diday had noodles.

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Then I took the subway to the other side in search of this new mall called The One.
On the food front, they have Tonkichi

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Another place serves Thai chicken rice :)

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Do-it-yourself frozen yogurt

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I would like to eat here with Jeroen or Ana. This one’s called FULL/half

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I walked through this entire mall and concluded that only the 8th floor is worth going to. But considering its location (near Granville Road), I don’t think I’ll be coming back, ever.
Spent the longest time at Homeless, a new store called Lost & Found

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This place is magical

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But this is my favorite store in the mall: The Blacksmith

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I wanted to buy everything.

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Silvercord is a must stop for me.
Capital I.T is where I spend the most time in the fitting room.

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Spotted at small i.t: girl with cute Cambridge Satchel

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Met up with James and Jiki for dinner.
First stop: Mannings, to buy the miracle Tomato pill.

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Both Jiki and James lost so much weight. Jiki’s on the Dukan Diet and James is on the Tomato pill.
I bought the last two boxes at Mannings.
You take the pill 30 minutes before bedtime (no midnight snacks allowed) and it burns your fats while you sleep. James swears your tummy disappears!!

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We swore to diet together and keep tabs on Twitter.
But first, dinner at Cuisine Cuisine at IFC.

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Sea bass with the best leeks in the world

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Prawn balls in salted egg = heaven!!

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We came here for Peking Duck only to find out you have to order a day in advance. So we ordered fried chicken instead, which was just average.

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Jiki’s veggies

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We talked diet the entire time + Manila gossip

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For dessert, I got to meet Jiki’s boyfriend, Kester

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Kester, please marry my friend!!

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Parted at the Four Seasons where Jiki discovered an ATM near the restrooms—how convenient!

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I love these people cause they don’t force me to go to Lan Kwai Fong.
With that, I went upstairs and proceeded to pack. :)

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Friday

HONG KONG—I took it really slow today. Did some work/writing in my pajamas—spent a lot of time on this spot.

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Then room service came. I had lunch with Jeroen on Skype. :)
Jeroen had Pepper Lunch and I had Hainanese chicken rice with fresh orange juice.

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Took a cab to Innermost to look for two suspension lamps for our dining room.

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I chose the Lighthouse lamps with a nice price. Plus, they’re light enough to go on the plane.

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Spent the rest of the day buying shoes, pens, makeup.
Last stop: City Super, where I had early dinner at Ganpachi—I know, chicken/rice/orange juice na naman.

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Then the supermarket, where I saw all kinds of Coke—from France

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Japan

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and Korea, in cute little PET bottles

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And ooh, no High Fructose Corn Syrup! I bought five bottles to take home. Good luck to my luggage.

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I saw crabs from different countries. I heart crab. I would like to eat this.

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and these

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It’s my first time to see a crab face—how sad!! :(

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I love oysters too :(

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But I do not have enough stomachs to eat what I want in Hong Kong.
Tomorrow’s task is to repack the lamps into two sturdy boxes to take on the plane. Wish me luck.

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Four days to go!

Please vote for Kerin & Niña for Clean & Clear in the next four days.
If they win, I will give away the following to five winners (one prize per winner):
1) Php 10,000 gift checks to Kira Plastinina at Shangri-La Plaza
2) Php 10,000 gift checks from Adidas
3) Php 5,000 gift checks from National Bookstore
4) Php 4,000 electronic gift checks from Ayala Malls
5) Php 3,000 gift checks from Pepper Lunch!

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Here’s what you have to do:

1) You need a Facebook account and a Philippine address I can ship the prizes to.
2) LIKE Clean & Clear Philippines here: http://www.facebook.com/cleanclearphilippines
3) Click here to vote for Kerin and Nina: http://apps.facebook.com/cleanclearph/gallery/81/
4) Take a screencap of your proof of vote.
5) LIKE Chuvaness on Facebook and post your screencaps there to join the lottery. Vote everyday for more chances of winning.
6) P.S. LIKE na rin Pepper Lunch on Facebook. Thank you very much!
7) If Kerin and Niña stay on number 1 until the last day (July 12), I will give away these prizes (one each) to five winners.
8) Winners will be chosen via lottery and announced on this blog and Chuvaness Official on Facebook.

Who’s happy now?

Maybe some scandalized moms and the other clothing company that spent a ton for a foreign endorser.
But most of us are not.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos has asked Bench to take down the hottest billboard on Edsa-Guadalupe.

Bye-bye sexy Bench ad along EDSA?
By Camille Naredo and Ira Pedrasa, abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines – Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos is asking advertisers to take down the billboard of the Philippine Volcanoes along EDSA-Guadalupe. (My note: clean up Pasig River first.)

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The Bench billboard features the members of the Philippine rugby team posing in their underwear.
“Hindi ko pinapaalis, I am just requesting advertisers to have it removed,” Abalos told abs-cbnNEWS.com. (My note: pareho na yon.)
He said the advertisers have already committed to removing the ad.
The Bench billboard features the members of the Philippine rugby team posing in their underwear.

 Throw Your Support Behind The Philippine Volcanoes!

Abalos said the advertisement was inappropriate, especially since it was placed prominently along a busy area. He added that he was specially concerned about children who see the ad.
Abalos, mayor of the city where the billboard is located, said he found out about the ad from Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian.

Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian
Photo: Patrick Gan/FLICKR

Gatchalian said he covered his nephews’ eyes when they passed the billboard.
“That road is in the center of Metro Manila, ang daming dumadaan,” Abalos said.
But the mayor insists that this is not a moral issue.
“Baka sabihin nila nagpapaka-moralista ako. I’m not very conservative,” he said.
He also said that he did not know the players who posed for the ad.
Abalos will also check another Bench billboard located along EDSA Guadalupe, which features the Azkals’ team captain, Aly Borromeo, also posing in his underwear. (end quote)

My note: Let me save you the trouble, sir.

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The mayor may take down some billboards, but he can’t stop Bench from selling the calendar.
The new Bench calendar featuring the Philippine Volcanoes are available for only Php 69 at selected Bench and Herbench stores, plus all Bench Body stores nationwide. Percentage of sales will go to the Philippine Rugby Football Union.
(My note: 69 pesos talaga? Di ba puedeng 68 or 70 pesos? Baka magalit si Mayor :))

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My note: ang dami kong notes, hehe.
http://www.benchtm.com/

The Grand Makati Sale this July

This July, all malls, department stores and major stores in Makati will participate in the first ever Grand Makati Sale 2011, a shopping event that should be comparable to sale seasons in Singapore, Hongkong, Thailand, and Korea.
This annual shopping extravaganza invites shopaholics to splurge on goods and services marked down up to 70% off at Greenbelt, Glorietta, Rustan’s Department Store, Stores Specialist Inc., Power Plant Mall, SM Department Store, Waltermart and Cash & Carry.
The Makati Medical Center will also offer discounts on its Executive Check-up packages.

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The Grand Makati Sale 2011 joins Makati City in celebrating 341 years, and is organized by the Makati Tourism Foundation Inc.
“We are committed to a sustainable tourism program to further boost the premier city’s leadership position in the international map. We hope that The Grand Makati Sale 2011 will enable us to achieve this,” said Vinchu Lapid, Chairperson of the Makati Tourism Foundation, Inc.
“The Grand Makati Sale 2011 is poised to be an annual event that will equal other international shopping destinations,” declared Gilbert Uy, President of the Makati Tourism Foundation, Inc.

“Me” time

Yesterday I was getting quite depressed (mid-lifing is more like it).
Much as I love my boys more than anything in the world, sometimes I vant to be alone.
I need some “me” time.
I want to hide and sleep in a place all by myself.
I wish there were a nice nearby hotel I could just hide in. And then I would go home after one sleep.
Luckily I had this trip to Hong Kong planned with my mom and sister.
Tonight I’m at the Four Seasons in my sweats and I’m loving it. I wish we could stay for five days.
I’m not planning to shop that much, although I did shop a little today.
I want to enjoy this room and get some writing done.
Thank God Hong Kong is just next door. Although I have to say nothing beats traveling with the boys.
Here’s what happened today:
NAIA—That renovation sign is still in the same place and this particular restroom is still stuck in the ’70s, although they’re taking great pains to keep it clean and odor free. When will they ever fix it?
Noynoy, please wake up!

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The airport Duty Free is on sale, so I finally bought this tiny Celine camera bag I’ve been eyeing—for 70% off.

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The airplane was so maluwag. I sat alone and the plane was shaking like crazy, but I was under control. I prayed the Rosary and kept my eye on the flight attendant. If he’s still standing, it’s OK.
My water was shaking. If the glass isn’t falling, it’s OK.

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I actually ate a little.

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Hong Kong is pretty

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This is my room

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My banyo

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The nice flat counter sink with no tacky bowls.

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The toilet

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The view

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The Internet speed

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Had late dinner at Ikea, standing up

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Bumped into folks from Ayala Land Premiere

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I’ve been eyeing this chair for years. How to take home?

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I like this too.

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Tomorrow I wanna check this out

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