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sunday snapshots

With above zero temperatures this Sunday, we decided to explore a little bit of the city, particularly the development area of harbour district Bjørvika. On the way there, we stopped by the Opera House.

If you’ll remember, the Norwegian Opera House won the 2009 Mies van Der Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture). There’s an ongoing exhibit at the National Museum of the 48 finalists for the award, so if you’re in Oslo do check it out. The exhibit runs until April 11, 2010.

One of the founding buildings at the Barcode project in Bjørvika is the PriceWaterhouseCoopers building. I spotted this huge steel pillar with etched anthuriums so I had to pose next to it.

The Bjørvika redevelopment area is right next to the old town, which has been a subject of debate among city developers and constituents but I don’t wanna go there. So after a quick survey of all the construction projects in Bjørvika, we swung by the old town. Look at all those graffiti. Not pretty!

We saw a graveyard of  road signs on the way home. Now where do the lost ones go?

And looking back, we saw an Oslo on the rise. I like how I’ve captured that bridge in construction and the newly opened Holmenkollen ski jump tower in the background. The steel and glass Radisson Blu hotel dwarfs the dome and spire of the Oslo Cathedral. That’s old and new for you.

Happy Sunday!


friday reveal: shooting the messenger

Do you remember this?

The Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Initiales Tanger Sac Plat in ebony from the Spring/Summer 2005 men’s collection.

So maybe you remember this too?

Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Initiales Amman messenger on the runway.

The Amman was one of the four Mini Lin Initiales bags that was launched in Spring/Summer 2005 (the other three being the Keepall, the Isfahan travel bag and the Tanger sac plat pictured above) for men. It was produced in two colorways – camel and ebony. And as one of the show bags, I heard/read the Amman is extremely limited. So when I found one for sale online, moreso it’s from the same previous owner of my Tanger Sac Plat, the collector in me had to get it.

Presenting my Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Initiales Amman messenger bag in ebony!

Crafted out of the durable cotton-linen Mini Lin fabric, the Amman has three compartments reinforced with calfskin leather. The compartments are separate from each other so when your bag is full, it looks like an accordion for lack of better description. Haha! The brass hardware is similar to that found in my Tanger. The adjustable shoulder strap is made from natural fiber rope, with a leather shoulder pad. As in the other Initiales bags, the prominent feature of the Amman is the screen printed initials L.V. in rosso corsa on top of two screen printed race stripes. Makes you wanna take a ride out to Jordan.

But Jordan is too far so intead, I took it out on a spin when I went to middle Norway last weekend on an emergency trip. Here in front of the royal residence in Trondheim. It’s very practical for days when you want a hands-free bag. I think I’ll be using this bag more this spring and the coming summer.

I LVoe! =)

wintertime in the city

So I had my camera with me today. After work, I took the bus and got off at the National Theater station and decided to walk to where I’d meet up with Knut for a tapas dinner. Along the way, I played tourist and took shots of Oslo in the wintertime. I realized I haven’t done it yet this year. Today is the mildest, at -4°c to -2°c, in a long bout of subzero temperatures. So the snow on the ground turned into slush, poor Dolce boots.

Anyway, here’s Oslo today.

By the National Theater

Skating rink on Spikersuppa

Karl Johan between the National Theater and the Parliament Building

The Royal Palace at one end of Karl Johan

The Grand Hotel on Karl Johan

The Parliament Building

Parliament Square, locally known as Dasslokket after the underground toilets in the middle of the square

Alice in (Winter) Wonderland? Her legs are inside the manhole.

New shopping center Eger, which stocks Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and J.Lindeberg among others. Oslo’s first Nespresso boutique is also located here.

Egertorget (Eger Square) with the landmark Freia (chocolate-maker) neon sign and clock display.

Oslo’s first and only Hermes boutique, at the first floor of luxury department store Steen & Strøm.

The Oslo Cathedral

Stortorvet or the Grand Square

King Christian IV on Stortorvet

We are leaving Oslo tomorrow morning on an emergency trip to middle Norway. We were able to book train tickets and hotel room tonight. I hope things will go well…

Have a nice weekend guys!

postcards from gran canaria: island excursions

It’s been three weeks since Knut and I were at the sunny island of Gran Canaria and it all seems like a distant memory now. Luckily, we have these photos to look at to remind us how we pulled off an early summer in the middle of winter.

As I mentioned earlier, we stayed at the quiet seaside resort of Playa del Cura and from there, the man-made beach of Playa de Amadores could be easily reached on foot. While the beach itself is quite postcard pretty from a bird’s-eye view- it has two outstretched arms creating a glorious bay of turquoise waters and light colored sand – we felt it was too commercialized and just swarming with people. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most sought-after beaches in Gran Canaria.

From here, Puerto Rico, the sunniest place on the island can be reached by a 20-minute walk (longer if you decide to enjoy the stunning views of the ocean) via a cliffside path that winds along the Atlantic Ocean. Puerto Rico has a lot of hotels, and I mean a darn lot! There’s just a high saturation of hotel blocks and white walls everywhere. I didn’t even bother taking pictures. The beach is also busy and there is a marina for small boats. One can take a glass-bottom boat from here to the other parts of the island. But we did not do that, no thanks.

Not feeling too beachy one day, we headed to the capital Las Palmas and joined in the buzz of the city life. We didn’t see that much as we only had a few hours to spend. Apart from a customary visit to some shops at the commercial zone of Triana, we visited the twin-towered Santa Ana Cathedral, the first church in the Canaries dating back from 1500. It was quite peaceful when we got there. The square fronting the Cathedral is dotted with palm trees that line Spanish-looking buildings. We took the lift to the Cathedral’s roof to enjoy views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ve read about the picturesque Puerto de Mogan and a trip was indeed necessary. And boy it did not disappoint. This lovely place has left a very good impression as it was so pretty. It has gained the nickname “Little Venice” as channels between the marina and the fishing harbor pass under arches. Rentable two-storey apartments are painted in white with colored borders. Everywhere you look, there’s a bursting of colorful bougainvillea, which reminded me of the Philippines. There’s also a good array of quayside bars and restaurants, and the marina is magnificent. It was amazing to see schools of fish just swimming around at such close range. If you ever find yourself in Gran Canaria one day, be sure to visit Puerto de Mogan. You’ll love it here!

Probably the most visited places in Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas (with its spectacular sand dunes) were on itinerary, too.

Playa del Ingles (The English Beach) is a looooong stretch of beach that’s famous throughout Europe. It offers plenty of sun and fun by the sea during daytime, but changes into a kaleidoscope of lively bars and restaurants at night. There’s a huge commercial center nearby called Yumbo Centrum, where at night the gay crowd is in full swing. There’s plenty of clubs, discos and lounge bars for every taste and lifestyle.

The sand dunes of Maspalomas – all 400 hectares of it – was high on my list. They say the golden sand has blown over the sea from the Sahara desert creating this natural attraction. After all, Gran Canaria is outside the western coast of Africa. You can cross from Playa del Ingles to Playa del Maspalomas by camel if you’re feeling like Lawrence of Arabia or by foot and stop and pose for the camera as you please. Make sure to bring a bottle of water lest you start seeing phantoms caused by the blinding sun/sand. Try not to squint though when you see nudists relaxing and walking around, an area is designated for them after all.

So long!

louis vuitton birdcages; from oslo to soho

For Valentine’s/Spring 2010, Louis Vuitton Oslo (and many LV stores around the world) has updated its window display to feature these wonderful golden birdcages. I love how the leafless trees are reflected on the window; looks like the cages are hanging on them.

Featured in these cages are bags and shoes/slides in the Monogram Vernis leather, as well as accessories from the Animania collection, inspired by wooden toys collected by Gaston Louis-Vuitton in the early 20th century.

I have been featuring Louis Vuitton window displays every now and then, in Oslo and in places I travel to. And then there is this creative, funny and brilliant NY-based blogger named Julia Chesky who’s mastered (and captured) the art of window shopping and dedicated an entire blog on the ever changing window displays of Manhattan. Her blog has become my comfort food – or the equivalent of that in the blogging world. It’s refreshing to see our favorite fashion pieces – from Prada to Burberry, Chanel to Dior, and most of the other brands you could imagine in between – pictured in settings other than your normal ad campaign or press release. Up close and personal.

She’s also taken photos of the Louis Vuitton windows in Soho recently, featuring the same birdcages. And she says she loves them. :-)

Like window shopping and want eye candy? Visit Modelizing by Julia Chesky: the Art of Window Shopping. Go!!!

postcards from gran canaria: playa del cura

It’s been a week since we were at Gran Canaria, where we spent lazy days under the sun. No work, no worries, no winter. Jetting away in January is such luxury. Suddenly, winter got shorter. Skins got darker. Souls got lighter.

After seeing the other places around Gran Canaria, we were happy we made the right choice with our hotel. It’s nestled at the quiet resort of Playa del Cura, on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, with a beach cove and a relaxed atmosphere. Our hotel, Sunprime Riviera Beach & Spa is a designer property that’s sitting right on the beach. Marketed as a child-free hotel, one’s guaranteed quiet and peace. There are a variety of sunbeds and fringed parasols around the hotel’s two pools. A few steps away and one can enjoy the revitalizing waters of the Atlantic. Our suite, located at the topmost floor and on the edge of the hotel, afforded a sweeping view of the ocean. Every afternoon as the sky turned golden to crimson, we got to admire the sun disappearing into the horizon.

Oh how I miss thee!

Welcome to Sunprime Riviera Beach & Spa!

Once you enter, you are greeted by these lovely lilies and a great smelling reception lobby!

Reaaally good mattresses, these ones. How thoughtful that our robes and towels were of differing shades of green, no mix-up!

Yes, that’s an open shower right there!  LOL.

This view greeted us every morning as we ate our breakfast on the balcony.

These fringe pool parasols were fabulous! And that’s our balcony right on the edge, where we watched the beach life unfold from down under.

The rugged terrain of Gran Canaria serves as a picturesque backdrop to the hotel pool.

Even Edward got to soak in some rays.

Weeee! Let’s get soaking wet!

Life’s a beach.

The final sunset over Playa del Cura. Oh how we will miss thee!

birthday LV reveal

Following tradition, I got myself a little Louis Vuitton present as I turned 28 yesterday and my self-imposed LV ban has finally come to an end. If you would remember, I got the Damier Graphite Ieoh last year.

This time around, I got this.

What goes hiding inside that brown bag?

A brown square box comes out and look, a drawstring dust pouch!

Tadaa! It’s the LV Initiales Monogram Belt, which features a shiny, silvery LV buckle!

But wait, did I tell you it’s reversible too? Monogram canvas on one side, smooth black calf leather on the other!

Following the same codes as the Monogram Macassar from F/W 09, the LV Initiales Reversible Monogram Belt can be used for work and play. The Monogram canvas would look good on jeans, while the reversed side suits better for business. The easy pop-and-snap button on the buckle allows for easy transition from formal to casual. How’s that for utility and duality?

To borrow a quote from a fellow blogger – happy happy, joy joy! ;-)

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