Showing posts with label Events/Gatherings/Occasions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events/Gatherings/Occasions. Show all posts

Friday, July 14, 2017

Miss Saigon on Broadway


I really want to blog about this while everything is still fresh in my memory. So, here I am at midnight, on the last few days of my summer holiday here in France, jet-lagged and all, but I find enough energy to write about this experience. I have just been to see the musical for the first time ever last Monday, 10th July. I have always been a big fan of Miss Saigon for obvious reasons -- because Lea Salonga was in it, and also being in my pre-teen years the first time it came out, I had a predisposition to crave sappy, romantic love songs.

I almost saw this musical back when they were doing it in Manila. It was in the early 2000's. My best friend from the university invited me to see it with him for free! Unfortunately, it was at the same time I had to go to a very important job interview. Had I known I would not have passed for that job, I would've just seen Miss Saigon. It would've been sooo nice to see it with Lea Salonga (I think it was her) playing Kim.

Anyway, fortunately enough, Miss Saigon is again on broadway at the same time as hubby and I were in New York. I booked well-ahead in advance a very nice seat, third row from the front on the left side facing the stage and right next to the aisle so nobody would bother me. It was such a fantastic seat! There were only six seats in our row. From there, I could see everything -- the pores, the sweat, the tiny microphones, and even the tiny spittle of saliva from the actors' mouths.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Toulouse Visit 2017

It's been a week since I've arrived in France for the Summer Holiday. I spent the first week eating, drinking, visiting the fresh market, enjoying the first few days of the Summer Sale, getting a hair cut from one of my friends, and hanging out with them!

Place du Capitole de Toulouse at sunset

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mothers' Month 2017

Last Mother's Day -- hubby treated me to a lovely lunch at a nice restaurant.
While I am thankful that a lot of the hassles of taking care of a small baby have gone away with the passing of time, I could never really be whole-heartedly grateful to dear old time, as I realize that the more my daughter grows the less she will be needing me. I know this is too early to start worrying about when she will become a teenager and will be wanting to leave her parents' care... but this is the stuff that mothers do. And I can't help it. I'm deep into it now. Especially since I have been a mother for already half a decade now!

But worrying aside, I am very happy to see how she has grown... what mother wouldn't?! She is very beautiful. She loves to dance a lot, and she sings all the time. She is always cheerful but she is also quick-tempered like her mother... and very makulit like her father.

Here are some of my favorite snaps taken during the past year that make me appreciate being a mom every time I look at them...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Unicorn Theme Birthday Cake

Although I promised myself I would never again organize a big birthday for my daughter, I just couldn't help but do it again this year. This time around, I tried to keep the size of the party a little bit smaller than last year. I also tried to do less stuff so I wouldn't stress myself too much. But what I always fuss about the most is the birthday cake. I just think that it's very central to the celebration. It's what the celebrant and the kids attending the birthday party really look forward to. I wanted to make a special cake for my daughter for her birthday but I just became really busy this year to do it all from scratch. It was a very lucky coincidence that I stumbled upon this cake decorating workshop where I can take home the cake, and that the workshop fell on the day right before my daughter's birthday party.


Believe it or not, the workshop took five hours (half the day) to finish. Prior to attending, I was wondering why it was that long, but during the workshop I immediately realized, it's not really enough time to do everything, actually. I had fun decorating this cake, although it was a lot of pressure to make it look really beautiful and not mess it up because I'd be using it the day after for my daughter's party.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend Staycation at Raffles Hotel Singapore

The holidays came and went just like that... just like 2016.  And since the start of the year, I have been ever so busy with work, etc. But now, I finally found a weekend to write about the previous weekend when we had an opportunity to stay at Raffles Hotel. I had been waiting for a long time for this. It's such a magnificent and historical site that I wouldn't want to miss checking out, especially since I have been living in Singapore for a really long time now.

The magnificent facade of Raffles Hotel along Beach Road

Read on for more pics and video of the Courtyard Suite that we stayed in...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Art at Curate, Resorts World Sentosa

Hubby and I decided to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary a bit earlier than usual this year. He told me about this restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa called, Curate. I immediately checked it out and found it interesting.

food for thought :)

They regularly invite Michelin-starred chefs from all over the world for a sampling of their artistic cuisine. This particular weekend, we went for a lunch menu prepared by two-Michelin starred chef, Guy Martin of France. He is quite famous as he has a TV show called, Epicerie fine on TV5Monde (the French cable TV network) that we regularly watch on weekends.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mother's Month

In our household, we have two Mother's Day celebrations -- the second Sunday of May, as most of the world know it, and the last Sunday of May, otherwise known as Fête des mères in France. But why limit myself to just two days when I can choose to celebrate Mother's Day the whole month? And in celebration of Mother's Month, I am writing this blog to impart some useful tips and talk about my experience on being a mom of four years... whether you like it or not. I rarely ever write about being a mom, so please bear with me.

My daughter and I at Federation Square in Melbourne, April 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Strawberry and Pink Theme Birthday

This year, for my daughter's birthday, I decided to exert a little extra effort for her party. We never really hosted a real children's birthday party before because hubby and I are both lazy when it comes to organizing events. But I was thinking that our daughter is now at an age when she will really appreciate having a birthday party with her friends.

I have shared some useful links at the bottom of this post to make my site more useful to parents planning to hold a birthday party for their kids.

Strawberry and everything pink theme

Friday, April 15, 2016

And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Emergency flight back home

Grieving this week on a week that is supposed to be meant for celebrating numerous happy occasions... life's many ironies.

This week has been quite an extraordinary week -- there were two birthdays, a wedding and a funeral. Life is like a soap opera, or even a movie sometimes.

It's really difficult to lose a loved one. Especially one that is closest to you. And one who cared and dedicated her whole life to you, even though she didn't really have to.

I find it really difficult to search for words about how I feel, but I just want to say, I will forever be grateful to those who have been very sensitive to really feel and partake with my grief, despite miles and oceans of separation -- friends who took the time to ask and to listen, family and neighbors who lived close and far away, long forgotten faces who suddenly appeared out of nowhere to condole and console. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore

While browsing for events to keep my daughter occupied during her upcoming two-week school break, I chanced upon Sistic's ad on Les Misérables. I have always been a big fan of this show because I have always been a big fan of Lea Salonga.

Les Miz in Singapore! :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Hearts Day



Rainbow-colored roses and delicious cake, hand-picked by my daughter for Valentine's Day

I have been feeling all lazy this weekend. I didn't feel like going out, so everybody went out this morning, except for me. But what a surprise it is when hubby and daughter came back bringing colorful flowers and lovely cake for dessert... both of which just about summarizes how my love life has never been more colorful and more delicious than ever before.

Happy Hearts Day, everyone!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

The last few Christmases have been really wonderful, especially with the coming of my precious daughter. For quite some time, the thrill and excitement of the holidays have really waned for me over the years. But through my daughter's eyes, I am experiencing Christmas again as I have experienced it during the wonder years.

My dining table centerpiece pour Le Réveillon (Christmas Eve) -- candles and candle holder from Crate and Barrel, some christmas décors from La France, courtesy of my mother-in-law

It's also a great bonus for all the moon lovers out there that the full moon appears on Christmas this year, not since 1977, coincidentally my birth year.

May we all have a wonderful holiday season with family and loved ones.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This One's for France

Warning: profanities



There is no way in the world we should hate back on hate and give back violence to violence... we should just carry on with our normal daily lives as usual.

And guard our smiles and laughter.

As one great writer once said, "The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A350 Flight Simulator Session at SIA Training Center

look ma, flying the plane with no hands! :D

I just came back fresh from the Singapore Airlines Training Center to experience how it is to fly the newest Airbus plane, the A350. They actually had an Open House a few months ago, in celebration of SG50. But we were back in Europe for the summer holiday at the time. Luckily, hubby has a friend who is an ex-pilot who now works for SIA conducting the Trainings for the A350. And he invited us to try it out today, along with a couple of hubby's colleagues.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The AirFrance La Première Experience

This year, the opportunity of traveling on the New Air France’s La Première (First Class) flight presented itself right around the time we were planning our family's yearly trip to France. This first class cabin was only introduced late last year! We were so happy and looking forward to the experience, especially since it will be the same time as our Fourth Wedding Anniversary.



Here is my amateurish review of some sort...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Le nouvel an chinois

Cette année, on a décidé de rester à Singapour pendant le nouvel an chinois parce qu'on était trop paresseux de decider de quoi à faire et où peut-on aller pour les vacances.

This is how you make Spritz... first, some bubbly drink (prosecco or champagne, or this time, we had some cava from Spain)


Monday, May 5, 2014

An Evening With John Cleese

i've been a big fan of Monty Python ever since i was introduced to this movie, with this favorite scene:


what's so funny about it is the silliness of the dialogue and behavior of the characters, bordering on cartoon-ish. it reminds me so much of the times i was watching silly Bugs Bunny cartoons when i was a kid.

we felt a bit scammed when we realized this  row of seating is the most uncomfortable and awkward in the theater, despite being so near the stage, and not to mention, expensive!

last night, i had the luckiest time of my life to be able to see John Cleese perform live here in Singapore. he talked briefly about his early life, family and a lot of funny anecdotes in the span of his works and career.


some random fan

he mentioned that his early inspiration for writing comedy are children's programs. in fact, some of the members of the Monty Python were writing for a children's TV show before they started collaborating together. i guess that is why their type of humor appeals to the silly and those with an overindulgent sense of the ridiculous.

the show was delightfully entertaining. i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. literally (due to the awkward seating placements of the theater) and figuratively. people were laughing from the very first line, and it didn't feel at all like two hours had passed when he said his last.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pidgin Bar and Restaurant

last December, we've taken our visiting in-laws to the Pidgin Bar and Restaurant at Dempsey Hill for lunch. the place has a lot of rave reviews all over the internet. so we decided to give it a try.


first impression: the ambience was very relaxing amid the surrounding greenery. and i just love the colonial architecture that gives an old-world charm to the place.



they also have very interesting dishes on the menu. as mentioned in the reviews, the place offers a refreshing fusion of local and western dishes.

some finger food for appetizers

we were not disappointed with the appetizers either. they all tasted as good as they looked.

something mighty meaty for hubby

salmon confit for me

frog legs!

the mains were all superb too.

free dessert for everyone to share... i was already full but i still managed to sample this one too. very delish!

luscious chocolate ice cream

i don't really remember what this is. some berry-flavored gelatin, i guess.

crème brulée

even the desserts were heavenly.

the service was excellent and the price was reasonable and fitting for the well above average dishes, and excellent service that the restaurant offers. the staff were very friendly and we never had to wait too long for the dishes to arrive. we're definitely going back for more.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Qunci Villas

While searching for a place to go to for our family's Christmas Holiday, I chanced upon this beautiful resort called Qunci Villas in Lombok, Indonesia from a friend's facebook photo. and I was mesmerized with the beauty of the place.

Arriving at the place, I did not feel disappointed seeing how beautiful the hotel surroundings are. I immediately fell in-love with the open shower in our room. You can see the tree tops outside while you take the shower because half of the shower area is roofless. It reminded me so much of the batalan in the Philippine provinces. :)

The beautiful bathroom with the shower's roofing half exposed to the elements :)

All the art works in the resort are created by a collaboration of french and local artists. I super love them. We tried to visit the gallery where the art works came from but they close really early and they only sell huge wood carvings.

Hubby says the woman in the painting looks like me.

Our bedroom with comfy window seats :)


That's our room as seen from one of the restaurants

Our bedroom directly opens into a view of one of the swimming pools right in front of the sea. That huge mountain from across is in Bali. It's quite famous and I had a pic with the view of it when I visited Bali but I forgot the mountain's name.

One of the three gorgeous infinity pools facing the sea towards Bali
They actually have three gorgeous infinity pools with salt in them, not chlorine, which is quite fortunate since I have just had my hair colored for the first time.


Beautiful and serene setting

They also have two restaurants which serve really good food for quite a reasonable price.

Breakfast by the sea... super loved it!

The Christmas Dinner, though, was a bit of a scam. It was more expensive than usual but there was nothing so special about menu.

They also have a bar, which we would always visit before having dinner at the restaurant.

Sipping some frozen cocktail while enjoying the view of the sunset

You could also order room service and dine in at your very own balcony, if you're feeling lazy to go out.

Lovely christmas treat waiting for us in the balcony on Christmas morning
The ambience is just so relaxing. They have lots of chaise lounges by the pool and even some beds to nap on while watching the huge waves from the sea. And also these bed areas can be converted into cozy nooks like this for romantic dinner dates:


Hubby notes that only cheesy Asian people like this romantic stuff (i.e. people like moi)

And to complete the relaxation, they also have a spa. I had the facial and the full body massage.

Nothing like a good old spa! :)


The spa room

Here are some more beautiful captures from around the resort:

Enjoying the view with my baby

Hubby and baby
I have totally enjoyed my Christmas Holiday, hope you all did too! :)

Please book your stay at Qunci Villas here: