First, let me show you the girls’ dressing room.
It was quite apparent from the things we saw, that the Legarda family was quite wealthy, much wealthier than most Filipinos at the time.
Two of their daughters studied ballet and had beautiful portraits around the house—quite unlike the generic ballerina pics we’ve ever seen. Theirs were so elegant—just look at this beautiful frame and costume.
I’m simply amazed how they kept everything intact.
At last it was time for dinner.
Back in the day, Don Alejandro used this gong to summon his children to the dinner table, instead of the maid yelling out, “KAIN NAAAA!”
My stomach turned once again when I saw the production number they had made out of the table setting
It was just a sensory overload—with the printed table cloth, leaves, petals, candles, scrolls, plates, glasses, cutlery, and a glass bird sculpture on the table.
As a minimalist, I am simply not used to this.
I wanted to call someone to remove all the “junk” on the table.
After all the things I had seen and smelled, I was just hoping for a white table cloth, napkins, and plates.
The service was excellent, with staff that were trained well for more than 40 years, but the food was not good at all. (sorry!)
I’m just grateful that the kids were well-behaved. Ben liked his salmon and ate a carpenter’s serving of rice. Markus had the unconventional sinigang with thick broth, but said he felt sick after.
Christian didn’t eat, but that’s normal. The Dutch ate politely, and so did I. But mostly I moved the food around the plate. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.
I think the best thing to order is plain salmon and plain rice. Thank God they had Coke.
The paella tasted a bit off, I don’t know why.
No butter in this Chicken a la Kiev. Just spinach and goat cheese.
If you look around the internet, you will probably not see any bad review about them. But if you talk to people who have been there, most of them will say the food is bad. And that is the truth.
With all due respect, I feel it’s OK to write this now, because they are finally closing end of May.
Do visit if you want, but don’t expect too much, food-wise. Our bill for eight people was more than Php 14,000.
(To be concluded)
Me: “Do you know Gloria Vanderbilt?”
Mich Dulce. “No. Is she from Gossip Girl?”
Me: “She’s the mother of Anderson Cooper.”
Mich: “Really? So Anderson Cooper is rich???? Vanderbilt sounds mayaman….”
During the ’70s, I came to know of Gloria Vanderbilt as a brand of designer jeans with the swan logo. Not for me, but for moms and titas. Remember this?
Through the years, I came to know more of her from reading books like Once Upon A Time (about her lonely—she was raised by her yaya—and the great custody battle known then as “the trial of the century); A Mother’s Story (where she talks about the suicide of her son Carter Cooper); It Seemed Important at the Time (a memoir of past romances and ex-husbands); and even the Gloria Vanderbilt Book of Collage (which I purchased second hand at the Strand bookstore in New York).
During the ’90s, I tagged along with gay friends to visit the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York (it has a planetarium!))
Maybe more of you would know her better through he son, Anderson Cooper, who famously visited Tacloban after Typhoon Yolanda.
She looks amazing by the way. Here she is at 91 years with son Anderson, 48, taken last year.
Now Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper look back at the American heiress’ life via a full-length documentary entitled Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper.
The documentary, directed by Liz Garbus, premieres April 9 on HBO.
The documentary puts together archival footage and previously unseen home videos with present-day scenes to paint an intimate portrait of one of America’s most fascinating families.
Cooper and Vanderbilt tell the story of their past and present, loves and losses, and show how life sometimes repeats itself in the most unexpected ways.
Vanderbilt and Cooper go through a private archive of letters, home movies, photos and artwork created by her over the years, as well as vintage news footage and newspaper clippings in Nothing Left Unsaid, a journey through life.
“She’s got this public face, but the reality of her life is so different,” said Cooper.
Now 92, Vanderbilt still pursues art, painting every day as a means of self-expression and as a way of coping with what she calls “the grief for the lost places of your past.”
The daughter of Reginald Vanderbilt and his teenage wife Gloria Morgan, Gloria Vanderbilt experienced major loss at 15 months when her father died at age 45. She was raised primarily by a beloved nurse, known as Dodo, since her mother was largely absent.
In 1934, when she was 10 years old, Vanderbilt became the object of a bitter and very public custody battle, with her mother on one side and her aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, on the other. The press demonized her “absent” mother and her “gay” Paris lifestyle, and the court awarded custody of little Gloria to her aunt.
By age 15, she had been photographed for Harper’s Bazaar. By 17, she was leading a largely unsupervised life in Hollywood and dating stars like Errol Flynn and Ray Milland. A marriage to 32-year-old, physically abusive agent Pasquale Di Cicco was short-lived.
Vanderbilt married 63-year-old conductor Leopold Stokowski when she was 20. The union lasted 12 years and produced two sons: Stan, who is interviewed in the documentary, and Chris.
Following a romance with Frank Sinatra and a court battle with Stokowski for custody of the boys, which she won, Vanderbilt married prominent movie director Sidney Lumet. They divorced after seven years. Today, she reflects that a lifelong fear of abandonment would lead her to end a relationship before the other person did.
Vanderbilt finally found a measure of the domestic tranquility when she married writer-actor Wyatt Cooper in 1963, with whom they had two sons: Anderson and Carter.
“For the first time, I understood what it was like to be a parent and to have a family,” she said.
That family suffered a devastating blow in 1978 when 50-year-old Wyatt Cooper died during heart bypass surgery. After her husband’s death Vanderbilt rebounded with the launch of a hugely successful line of designer jeans.
Vanderbilt experienced an even greater loss in 1988 when her 23-year-old son Carter committed suicide, jumping from the terrace of her Manhattan penthouse as she pleaded with him not to. She still struggles daily to understand what happened and to wonder what she could have done to prevent it.
Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper premieres Saturday, April 9, only on HBO.
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I’m reposting this for our newlywed friend Abbie who’s been looking for my recipe online.
Do try this at home!
Knorr pork cubes
Knorr sinigang (tamarind soup) mix
a little oil
1) Cut the liempo into chunky pieces. Remove the skin cause boiled skin is gross.
2) Heat some oil, onions and a Knorr pork cube in a deep caldero (pot).
3) Brown the liempo pieces in small batches and season with a little salt and pepper. This is done to remove the ‘malansa’ taste (I don’t know how that translates to English).
Don’t dump everything in one go as this will make the pan cold and pork will become soupy.
Please be patient and brown them only enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
3) When you’re done, dump the oil.
4) Boil lots of water in an electric kettle if you have one, to make the cooking process faster. If not, go ahead and boil water in the same pot, with the browned pork pieces. Make sure there’s lots of water because it will evaporate and you will regret it.
5) Bring water to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Use a timer.
6) After 30 minutes, add the sinigang mix. Boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
7) Taste it and add sinigang mix according to your taste level. (I like mine sour.)
8) Add veggies, boil and simmer for another 15 minutes.
9) It’s done. Pork should be nice and falling off the bone. Do not try to do sinigang for less than an hour because pork takes time to soften.
Tenor Andrea Bocelli brings his Cinema World Tour concert to the Mall of Asia Arena on April 26, 2016.
The concert, presented by Music Management International, supports the international tenor’s new album Cinema and will feature classic cinema soundtracks, along with arias and duets from the most legendary operas and other classical pieces from Bocceli’s repertoire.
Cinema celebrates some of the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends like David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis.
It also marks Bocelli’s first new studio recording in two years and showcases theme songs featured in films such as Doctor Zhivago, Love Story, The Godfather, Life is Beautiful, Il Postino, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as stage musicals such as West Side Story and Evita.
Andrea Bocelli has recorded songs in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian) and teamed up Ariana Grande on the heart wrenching duet E Piu’ Ti Penso from Once Upon A Time in America/Malena, and Nicole Scherzinger on the epic musical anthem Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita.
With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, Bocceli, has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His Central Park concert in 2011 entered the history of music as one of the greatest live performances of all time. He has sung live before three Presidents of the United States, three popes and royal families all over the world.