Archive for December, 2008

LVs in the post; new year’s greetings

I thought my previous one was my last entry for 2008, until the Monogramouflage Mousepad that I won from Bagaholicboy came in the mail today. And I just had to blog it and share how extremely joyful I am. I also got the Cruise 2009 Collection catalog in the package. Thanks so much, Alvin!


And while we’re on the topic of LVs in the post, why not post the exquisite Christmas card I got from an SA friend at the Louis Vuitton Oslo boutique I got in the mail a few weeks back. It features the mysterious monumental statues called moai of Easter Island. Thanks so much, T!


I got lots of love and fell in LVoe in 2008. And I wish it back to everyone who has been a part of my life and my blog this year that is to pass. 

Pop the bubbly, fire the rockets, enjoy your dinners, and welcome the New Year with much glee, hope, peace and love.

Have an amazing 2009 guys!


silent night, holy shite

After spending three weeks in Manila I found myself back in Oslo in time for Christmas Eve celebration. This year, Christmas Eve dinner was an intimate affair shared with Knut and three very good friends. Our white retro Malibu glass cabinet turned buffet table was laden with Knut’s perfectly-baked turkey, Waldorf salad, gratinated potatoes and vegetables. We had scallops for the appetizer, while  a cloudberries dessert was served during gift-giving and I came bearing presents from the Philippines. I got a white leather-covered Porto Go iPod docking portable music player from Knut (very cool I love it!) and a bottle of Hermes Eau D’Orange Verte from Neil (hmmm, I love Hermes scents).

The capiz Christmas lantern from the Philippines also made its debut that night and I’m glad it got to Oslo in one piece. I had a little drama at the Oslo airport since it went missing on the baggage carousel. Turns out it turned out on another belt, beh! The running colored Christmas lights I brought from the Philippines decked a fresh pine tree and it was fab! So you see I had loads of stuff from Manila that I had 14 kilos in excess baggage. I had to pay 360 darn Euros at the airport in Manila. Holy shite! Well, that’s that.









Here’s to wishing everyone a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration! Stay safe guys! I’ll see you all in 2009!

postcards from manila, manila: week three

My last week in Manila was spent mostly with family – visiting my grandma again in Batangas to say goodbye, celebrating Bernice’s 1st birthday, having dinners and donuts together, and wrapping Christmas gifts. It was also this time when I shared some momentous news with my family, which finally made me happy and complete. 





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A big thank you to my family and friends for spending time with me and making my short holiday in the Philippines yet another memorable and lovely one. Until we see each other again.

I love you all!

merry christmas!


A Pinoy Parol in Oslo, Christmas gift from my parents

I’m wishing everyone a very merry Christmas! May you all have good tidings, loads of love and peace this season and the year to come.

I am now back in Oslo, where I celebrated Christmas eve with Knut and three very good friends. Will update my blog with my last week in Manila and our Christmas eve dinner once I’m fully rested and recuperated. I have a terrible bout with colds and  coughing brought about by the change in climate. 

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays guys! 


OMG I WON!!! Results – Bagaholicboy Giveaway #12 – Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Mouse Pad X 1!.


It is 12.27 pm now in sunny Singapore, and I just woke up from a Graffiti-filled dream. It was wonderful. 

And since it is Christmas in 3 more days, I hope the person who wins the Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Mouse Pad will have a wonderful X’mas too. Congratulations to Mark Joseph Carandang of Oslo, Norway, the winner of my 12th giveaway to date. Your comment cracks me up every time I read it. You probably won’t get it in the mail before X’mas, but happy holidays nonetheless and hope you enjoy it when you eventually do.

And I never use all-block letters in my titles. Woohoo! I can’t believe I won! 

Thanks bagaholicboy! You made my Christmas LVoelier and a lot merrier!

artists from the 2008 nobel peace prize concert

I totally forgot that the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and Concert were staged in Oslo last week. And like last year, I missed watching the concert this time too. But thanks to a Robyn spotting at paolosavi’s blog, here is a picking of the artists that graced the stage where the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari “for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.”

Robyn (With Every Heartbeat and a brilliant version of Be Mine – make sure to watch the second half of the clip)

Marit Larsen (If A Song Could Get Me You)

Jason Mraz (A Beautiful Mess)

Il Divo (Adagio)

Diana Ross (Do You Know Where You’re Going To and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough)

postcards from manila, manila: week two

The second week of my stay in Manila started with my dad’s 60th birthday celebration at Party Avenue in Quezon City. The theme was 70’s disco so we all came in the trademark styles of the decade. It was a fun and successful event marking a milestone in my dad’s life as it gathered family and friends in one memorable evening. Two years from now, my brother and I have some party planning to do for my mom who’ll then turn 60.

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Since the news of my arrival has been revealed, meeting relatives and friends ensued and we visited my grandmother and some relatives in my dad’s hometown in Batangas. It was nice seeing my grandmother again, who used to take care of me and tell me bedtime stories when I was a kid. While there, I caught some virus and immediately fell sick. I was sick for like the next few days so I had to stay in before meeting my friends from Rustan’s, and later that week friends from college. 





I didn’t know that Filipino celebrity crush Piolo Pascual was crazy for me. Haha! The sight of that yummy Max’s chicken reminds me how much food I’ve had since I arrived. I’ve tried the fares of the ever-favorite Jollibee, California Pizza Kitchen, Via Mare, Cibo, Teriyaki Boy, Pepper Lunch (again) and even the Filipino dishes sold at the foodyard of Market! Market! OMG, just look at all these food!

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I’ve also spent some time with my three nieces who I love so dearly. Bea is an active and brilliant student at her school, Bianca trumps me with her English skills, while Bernice seems to be growing quickly and melts my heart with her shy smiles. 



Bea and her school’s choir participated in a Christmas choral competition at the Powerplant Mall and won the semi-finals! They are moving to the grand finals next Saturday. We were all so proud of Bea as she stood in the front line with her clever stance, brilliant performance, and that Close-up smile. 

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Just yesterday, we took the kids to the Avilon Zoo in Pasig where I had a close encounter with big cats, an albino carabao, the mighty Philippine eagle and other creatures both cute and creepy. It was pretty cool actually.


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One week left in Manila. Aaaaaah! Thanks for looking!


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