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.”


Puey ‘fesses up in MEGA August issue

In this digital age of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, more than ever, a social media scandal can cause an individual to lose everything he/she has worked hard for.
Words of praise turn into dismay, disappointment and disassociation. Judgment is easily casted before light is shed on the issue.
Take the case of celebrity designer Puey Quiñones, who became the subject of shame and ridicule which began with a photograph of a re-tagged jacket posted all over Facebook and Twitter.

Puey Quinones_lowres

In the August Issue of MEGA, Puey opens up to Editor-in-Chief Sari Yap to talk about the incident.
“I agreed to do the interview only because of Sari,” Puey said.
It’s never easy to go public and admit your wrong deeds, but Puey braved the odds and apologized to those he let down.
In said interview, he said he didn’t want to prolong his agony and opted to apologize rather than deny the allegations.
It’s easy to create a scandal, but to erase the stigma will take time and effort to erase.
Puey may have done things wrong, but to err is human.
Coming out clean by admitting his fault is a good way to start again.
Read more about the exclusive confession of Puey Quinones in the August Issue of MEGA Magazine with the Maricar Reyes on the cover, out in stands now.


Update: Puey loses job once again

There’s no place like Shang

For many of us living in “midtown” (Makati being “uptown” and QC/Cubao “downtown”), Shangri-La Plaza is like a second home.
As an expert mall-goer, I can tell you a successful mall needs to have the following staples: Mercury Drug, National Bookstore, True Value/Ace Hardware, movie cinemas, supermarket, department store, beauty salon, dental and health clinics, spa and gym mixed in with your favorite restaurants and reliable clothing stores.
Shangri-La Plaza has most of that, so imagine your second home right next to your home—and more.
Enter Shang Properties’ newest residential development, One Shangri-La Place, a luxury twin-tower residential development that will stand on top of new a six-level mall.
Amenities include swimming pools, a fully-equipped gym with changing rooms, a play area and game rooms as well as a four-level parking podium.

One Shangri-La Place Aerial view day shot

Designed by architectural consultants Palmer & Turner Hong Kong; Casas + Architects; BTR Workshop Limited, Hong Kong; LDI Design Limited, Hong Kong, Aecom; Meinhardt Phils., SunAsia, Inc.; and Davis Langdon & Seah, you can expect comfortable units with high ceilings and roomy interiors.

One Shangri-La Place Show Suite master's bedroom

One Shangri-La Place Show Suite living-room

One Shangri-La Place Show Suite kitchen

One Shangri-La Place Show Suite 2nd-room

Right across are the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel and the Chi Spa; connected to it via walkways is the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, which has direct access to the MRT Shaw Station.
One Shangri-la Place is conveniently located near the San Miguel Corporation and Asian Development Bank, Poveda Learning Center, the University of Asia and the Pacific, and Medical City.

One Shangri-La Place site development plan

It joins a roster of residential and commercial developments under Shang Properties Realty Corporation (The St. Francis Shangri-La Place, The Shang Grand Tower, The Enterprise Center and Shangri-La Plaza Mall).
Shang Properties is the Philippine property development arm of the Kuok Group, one of the largest diversified conglomerates in the world renowned for the quality of its Kerry properties in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, as well as the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts worldwide.
Interested buyers may visit the showroom and model unit on the ground level, Shangri-La Plaza Mall (on the side of Mercury Drug) or contact any One Shangri-La Place property consultant through (632) 634-8080, (632) 634-8111, (632) 634-5678. Or email sales@oneshangri-laplace.com.

To know more, go to http://www.oneshangri-laplace.com/

101 People You Must Meet (right now)

Last January, Town & Country USA published a list of 101 People You Must Meet in 2011 with Lake Bell on the cover.

Town Cover

The alphabetical list included personalities like Wendi Deng Murdoch (67), Kate Middleton (64), Sarah Ferguson (34) and Lapo Elkann (30).


This month, Town & Country Philippines does its own version with Liz Uy on the cover.

Liz Uy

Compiled by a panel that includes Lizzie Zobel, Monique Villonco, Sevrine Miailhe, Doris Ho and Margarita Forés, the local version includes Lea Salonga (78), Irene Araneta (6), Tina and Ricco Ocampo (61), Anton Huang (46), Wynn Wynn Ong (62), and me! (100). Haters to the left!
Read all about it in the August issue of Town & Country, out in stands now.



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