Now watching: The A-List New York

Now that all my favorite reality shows are on hiatus, I’m getting bored following teenage shows like Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth. Somehow I stumbled into The A-List, a gay version of the Real Housewives of New York.

It stars Reichen Lehmkuhl, known for winning the 4th season of The Amazing Race with former husband Chip Arndt, and his relationship with singer Lance Bass. Lehmkuhl is a model, jewelry designer and actor.


His boyfriend in the beginning of Season One is, Rodiney Santiago, a model from Brazil, who’s trying to find a job in New York. Santiago is bisexual and his relationship with Lehmkuhl is his second with a man.


Mike Ruiz is a film director and fashion photographer whose work has appeared in Interview and Vanity Fair.
He is known for transforming celebrities in unusual portraits, and has appeared on other reality series like America’s Next Top Model and RuPaul’s Drag Race.


Trouble maker Austin Armacost is a former model trying to lose weight in Season One. He was known for dating designer Marc Jacobs for a short time. It’s interesting to hear how Marc Jacobs caught him taking home “friends” to Marc’s house and how five minutes later all his things were in two trash bags and a Louis Vuitton duffel that were thrown out onto the street.


Derek Lloyd Saathoff is a former model turned casting agent who hates Austin’s guts and I can relate!


And Ryan Nickulas is a celebrity hair stylist with his own salon in Chelsea. (Source: Wiki)


I’ve downloaded the entire Season One but only seen the first episode. I can tell you now it’s juicy, but beware—if you cannot stand the sight of two men kissing, DO NOT WATCH.
As for me, I needed something new to watch after the horrible way Real Housewives of New York ended in Season Four. So excuse me while I go on to Episode 2.
Meanwhile, Season Two of The A-List just started in July with a new cast member.


Armani 101: What to wear to a royal wedding and gala dinner

Giorgio Armani is pleased to announce that for the marriage of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, the bride chose to wear a Giorgio Armani Privé wedding dress for the religious ceremony.

HSH Princess Charlene

The dress had a flowing line and was made from off-white silk duchesse, with a long train.
Crossover detail on the front and back formed a second “à l’andrienne” train.
Ramage embroidery depicting flowers, crafted with stones in gold shades, and Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues, embellished the front of the dress, the trim and the central main section of the train.
A long veil was made from off-white silk tulle, with a front tier and subtle embroidery.

HSH Princess Charlene and Michael Wittstock
HSH Princess Charlene and Michael Wittstock

For the Gala Dinner on the Opéra terraces, HSH Princess Charlene wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening gown in off-white silk chiffon with broad neckline and four-tiers; embellished by graduated embroidery crafted with Swarovski teardrops and stones in gold and platinum color.

HSH Princess Charlene and HSH Prince Albert II

On the occasion of the religious ceremony, HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium wore a Giorgio Armani Privé cocktail dress in wisteria silk crepe with cape softly enveloping the shoulders at the front.

HSH Princess Mathilde of Belgium (1)

For the Gala dinner she wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress in fuchsia mirror-effect fabric, bodice with irregular pleating and full skirt.

HSH Princess Mathilde of Belgium (2)

For the religious ceremony, Roberta Armani  wore a Giorgio Armani Privé cocktail dress with cape in wenge silk cady and powder pink silk satin.

Giorgio Armani and Roberta Armani
Giorgio Armani and Roberta Armani

For the Gala dinner she wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress in lapis blue silk cady, with Ton-sur-ton Swarovski crystal embroidery detail.

Roberta Armani

HSH Princess Charlene’s father, Michael Wittstock, and her brothers, Sean and Gareth Wittstock, wore Giorgio Armani Made to Measure morning for the religious ceremony.

Sean and Gareth Wittstock (1)

For the Gala dinner they wore a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure tail suits.

Sean and Gareth Wittstock 2)

In the Philippines Emporio Armani, is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Call for entries: Project Runway Season 3

Project Runway Philippines Season 3 is now searching for the next big Filipino fashion designer.
Set to premiere on ETC in February 2012, model Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales takes over as host for the new season.
Joining her are returning judges, designer Rajo Laurel and top model Apples Aberin, and designer/mentor Jojie Lloren, faculty head of the Asian Institute of Fashion.
From L-R: Rajo Laurel, Apples Aberin, Jojie Lloren, Tweetie de Leon

Awaiting the winner of Project Runway Philippines are a 10-page fashion spread in Mega magazine, Php 500,000 in cash, a start-up business package of 10 sewing machines, a short-term fashion design course at a top European fashion school, a two-month apprenticeship with Asian Institute of Fashion’s top industry professionals, and a full scholarship for a 4-year AB Fashion Design program at the Asian Institute of Fashion at iACADEMY.

Auditions for Project Runway Philippines Season 3 begins this month at:
• Pryce Plaza Hotel, Carmen Hill, Cagayan De Oro City from August 20-21, 2011
• Marco Polo Hotel, Lahug, Cebu from August 27-28, 2011
• Hotel Supreme, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City from Sept. 3-4, 2011
• Jungle Gym, Kamagong Street, Makati City from Sept. 6-7, 2100

Applicants must be at least 21 years old, Filipino citizens, and bring with their portfolio including three completed outfits of his/her own design.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila welcomes new GM

MANILA, Philippines—Richard Simmons has been formally announced as the new General Manager of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. Richard comes to the Philippines from China, where he held the position of Hotel Manager of Grand Hyatt Macau which opened in October 2009.

Richard started his career in the hotel industry with the Hyatt International in Sydney, Australia in 1986.
After completing an intensive Management Training Programme in Hyatt Regency Dubai in September 1990, Richard pursued his hotel career with various roles in Rooms Division and Sales and Marketing.
Since 1994, Richard has remained in Asia with senior appointments in Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Macau and now, the Philippines.
His commitment and dedication has gained him over 20 years of rich experience working for the Hyatt brand.

Richard Simmons, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila's New General Manager

The Australian national looks forward to the new challenges ahead, most especially with the support of the team behind Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila.
It’s not his first time to be posted in the Philippines. Between 2004 and 2007, Richard made a career move to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts which brought him to Beijing and Mactan Island, Cebu.
“I am excited to be back in the Philippines. I had the privilege to experience the world renowned Filipino hospitality and it is always an honor to return to a country where people are genuinely friendly and naturally hospitable, on every level. To be part of the wonderful team of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is brilliant and I am inspired everyday by my colleagues,” shares Richard.
“I am eager to catch up with old friends and make new friends here in Manila. I look forward to being part of the dynamic hospitality industry in Manila and to actively contribute to the growth of tourism in the Philippines and the exciting Manila Bay area.”

Dissecting the Real Housewives of New York

I’ve been watching Real Housewives of New York since the beginning up to its fourth season, which ended recently with two reunion episodes.
I read on Twitter that Part 2 of the reunion was especially toxic, and true enough, it was one of the most stressful 65 minutes of television I have ever seen.
I watched it in the wee hours of the morning by myself and halfway through I wanted to cry at how mean these women are to each other.

From L-R: Cindy Barshop, Kelly Killoren-Bensimon, Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps, Andy Cohen, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Alex McCord (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

Here’s what I thought of each housewife while watching the final episode:

1) I hate LuAnn the most. She is a mean girl, the Queen Bitch. I cannot stand her hair, her songs and even her chaka boyfriend (kahit na mabait). Plus points: She has a nice house at the Hamptons.
2) Jill Zarin is Mean Bitch #2. But I am partial to her because I find her the most sosy. Plus points: I love her husband Bobby. So mabait.
3) Kelly is psycho and Mean Bitch #3. I’m scared of her masculine body. Plus points: She is the prettiest and has the nicest house. At masarap siyang kakampi.
4) Cindy Barshop is just simply boring. I don’t know if she really belongs to the show. Plus points: She has good taste in art and is a hard-working woman (read: idol).
5) Ramona Singer is a train wreck and how I don’t want to grow old. I find everything about her baduy. Plus points: she seems like a good mom to Avery.
6) Sonja Morgan could be really pretty in a Lauren Hutton/Barbra Streisand sort of way—but the way she dresses is so bastos with all her private parts hanging out. I am really scared of her old townhouse and her toaster oven. Plus points: maganda siya.
7) Alex McCord is the most kawawa. The brunettes are so mean to her, I feel so bad. Yes she is baduy but I think she is the kindest one in the cast. She just doesn’t know how to mind her own business. Plus points: payat siya.

Standing from L-R: LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan
Seated: Cindy Barshop (L) and Kelly Bensimon

While watching the last episode I started to think about grading the housewives just to see how I feel about them adds up.
I really hate LuAnn the most and think Alex is the kindest one, but according to this chart, it looks like Ramona is the one I hate the most.
Check this out: (highest score possible: 100)


What’s your opinion of the housewives and did the last show make you cringe or cry?
Who’s your favorite and who’s your hatest? Tell me in the comments section below.

Cathay Pacific scandal solved

When I first saw photos of the Cathay Pacific sex scandal, my immediate concern was safety. I mean who wants the pilot messing around with a flight attendant during a flight?
This video is in Chinese, but you get an idea.

Now Cathay Pacific has released an official statement. The incident didn’t happen during a flight (thank God) and the pilot and flight attendant are no longer connected with the airline. One wonders what kind of job they can get next?
The following statement is issued on behalf of Mr. John Slosar, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways:

Statement by Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar

12 August 2011

“I can confirm that two members of our crew shown in compromising situations in photographs published recently in Chinese-language daily newspapers are no longer employees of the company.
I can also report that we have found no evidence to suggest that the incidents happened on any of our flights while airborne.
We will now produce a report of our findings and pass it to our regulator, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. We will continue to co-operate with the CAD as required.
I know that many people were disturbed by the damage this incident caused to the reputation of our cockpit and cabin crews, all of them serious safety and service professionals, and to the airline itself.
I want to assure the public and all of our staff that we conducted a thorough investigation into the circumstances in which the photographs were taken and published.
And I can provide further assurance that our investigation was fair, conducted without fear or favour and with no special consideration or regard for rank or position in the company.
As Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, let me be crystal clear about one thing: I find any behaviour that recklessly soils the reputation of our company or our team members as totally unacceptable.
That’s why we moved as swiftly as we could to ascertain the facts of the case, and to take decisive action.
I appreciate that some people wish to know more details of our findings.
However, the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance strictly limits us from discussing matters between the company and individual employees.
For this reason, we cannot release information about the specific actions that have been taken by management or individual members of staff, or comment on rumours relating to individuals.
This is the law, and we must and will respect it.
But I am satisfied that the actions we have taken are the right ones and that the lessons learned will make all of us in the company even more conscious of our responsibilities under our own Code of Conduct and the privacy provisions of Hong Kong law.
Finally, I would like to thank the Cathay Pacific team for their understanding and concern as we carried out our inquiries, and also to those who conducted the investigation with diligence, determination and commitment to a fair process.”


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