The Sarah Jessica experience at SM Aura

Last Thursday, everything was all about Sarah Jessica Parker opening the new SM Aura mall in Taguig.
Almost everyone I knew was going to be there, including my husband who opened the 16th Pepper Lunch store at Food on Four.
I was invited by SM’s Millie Dizon to SJP’s press conference at 6 PM.
I left the house around 5 PM and got there at 5:30 PM.
Here’s what greeted us: massive but moving traffic.

SM Aura opening day
SM Aura opening day

It was well-organized.
A couple of days prior, everyone was asking if I would be attending, and some asked if I could bring them in, like Paulo and Jujiin who are known to dress crazy, even on a regular day.

Paulo and Jujiin

I told Jujiin, “If you go, can you please not wear a costume?”
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw them all dressed up like this:

Jake, Matt, Jujiin, Paolo
L-R: Jake Galvez, Matt Gozun, Jujiin Samonte, Paulo Castro

We all went in for the presscon, but it was crazy crowded. I have to thank these guys and Elmer Lapeña of SAGA for helping us get through security. Joey Mead was hosting.

Joey Mead

Everyone was there

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Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura
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I’m so grateful I was able to secure a front row seat, but the presscon was crazy. Not a good idea to mix the press with the fans, because this was my view:

My view
My view
My view

Behind me: Saab and Maxene Magalona with Mary Ann Tinio and Teddyboy Locsin, who patiently tried to listen through the noise

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Seriously. The fans would not stop chattering, we could not hear a thing.
Anyway, Sarah Jessica Parker was a vision in a simple black dress, no vulgar jewelry, just simple hair and makeup.

Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura
Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura

She is much more beautiful in person, I just can’t put my finger on why as she is not a conventionally beautiful woman.
We are the same height, but she is probably 30 lbs lighter.

Sarah Jessica Parker at SM Aura

I wish I had better pictures, but butts were in my face.
These pictures I borrowed from Instagram. She is really beautiful.

Photo: liza ilarde
Photo: Liza Ilarde

Photo: Deneb Villanueva
Photo: Deneb Villanueva

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Photo: Deneb Villanueva

Photo: kat malicsi
Photo: Kat Malicsi

I wasn’t able to look inside the SM Store with its new look, but I’ll be back when the crowd thins out.

The SM Store

Tried to eat at Pepper Lunch but it’s been packed since it opened at 11 AM on Thursday.

Pepper Lunch at SM Aura

My friends and I ended up checking out what’s open. Digital Walker has a gorgeous store on the 4th level

Digital Walker at SM Aura

Forever 21 had a crazy queue when it opened to the public yesterday

Forever 21 at SM Aura

Passed by Cotton On

Kevin and Cedric at Cotton On

Spotted: Yvette Fernandez after a shopping spree

Yvette Fernandez shopping

Passed by briefly at the cocktails, where I saw Robby Carmona, Cedric Cid, Dong Ronquillo, and Tim Yap

Robby, Cedric, Dong, Tim

Ended up at Uniqlo to buy the lounge pants I’m wearing now

Uniqlo at SM Aura

Overall an exciting experience. Haven’t seen so many people in suits in Manila, and SM Aura has the aircons to accommodate them, even in this heat.

SM Aura on opening night

I’m scared of crowds, so I’ll be back to check out the rest of the mall—maybe next month. :)
Watch this!

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  • http://twitter.com/seallet seallet

    Did the person in front of you pee on his pants? Hahaha!

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  • http://twitter.com/gradededgar Edgar Callos

    i love love love SJP!!!! congrats to your newly open branch! :)

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  • Marla

    Did anyone get pics with her? Been trying to look around! Even tim yap?

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    CVS Reply:

    try Rajo’s blog

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  • Marla

    Did you get a pic w her? Who was able to?

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  • http://twitter.com/mai216 M A R L A

    The SM song never fails to bring me back to my childhood days!

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  • http://twitter.com/teadrinker05 teadrinker

    How quick of SM Aura to issue the video! Wow.

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  • Ithasbegun

    you should see http://www.rajolaurel.com/blog
    he got so lucky from the rest

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  • http://twitter.com/celia_enchanted Celia Laforteza

    Ang GWAPO ni Paulo Castro :-)

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  • http://chenmeicai.blogspot.com Chai Chen

    Bongga talaga SJP pa! Will go there siguro when the crowd is not that big na rin. Premier rin pala to. Sosyal! :)

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  • ABChick

    I totally agree with you in saying she’s not a conventionally beautiful woman but there really is something about her. I saw her long time ago in the lobby of the condo I was living in. I didn’t even know it was her because the moment she stepped out of the elevator, I was stunned on how well-put together she was. It’s not just what she was wearing but how she wore it and how she looked. May dating talaga. I didn’t recognize her because I expected her to be taller, but like what you said, she is more beautiful in person. She came and stood in front of me, like only a foot away, because the lobby was crowded. Lucky for me I got to see her upclose although it took the concierge behind me to whisper to me her name before I realized, kaya pala she looked familiar, so beautiful and above all, looking every-inch a fashionista! And she was so friendly to everyone, smiling and asking how everyone is doing. Matthew Broderick, on the other hand, looked much older in person. He was shooting Inspector Gadget that time, that’s why they were there.

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  • KUMAGCOW

    I’m in one of the photos :)).. photo #8… bigyan ng jacket!! LOL

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  • Em Dy

    Congratulations to Pepper Lunch Express SM Aura. I personally saw people who headed there as soon as the doors opened last Friday.

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  • Ludel

    Did you check out the toilets?

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    CVS Reply:

    oh I didn’t. i must!

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    Em Dy Reply:

    Found the restrooms small in size

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    CVS Reply:

    agree

  • http://twitter.com/divasoria divasoria

    they have the uniqlo lounge pants there?!?!? need to go when there’s no crowd na

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    CVS Reply:

    meron but not Airism

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    Johbeth Espeleta-Faulkner Reply:

    you should try monrow sweat pants. like butter if you like lounge pants

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    CVS Reply:

    what’s that?

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    Johbeth Espeleta-Faulkner Reply:

    sweatpants na super soft and comfy. mahalia jackson nga lang. available shopbop, revolve clothing online.