- I was never a fan of frappuccinos.
- I do not like dark chocolate.
- I have a sweet tooth, and this drink is not sweet.
Monday, June 23
Guess who made it to People's Hottest Bachelors of 2008...
He can sing in front of millions of people, but the 25-year-old American Idol winner admits that his stage bravado doesn't always carry over into his personal life. "Looking a pretty woman in the eye and convincing her I'm worth taking a chance on is different. It takes a specific brand of guts, and it's not the kind I have."
Thursday, June 19
Friday, June 13
I have an obsession with shoes. I would choose them over bags, accessories and clothes.
When I was a child I did not understand how and why Imelda Marcos could have two thousand pairs of shoes. Now that I'm in my 30s, my views on Imelda's shoe collection are certainly different. I totally empathize why she ended up with so many pairs.
While my shoe collection does not even resemble that of the former first lady, I have the basics - dress shoes, casual shoes, trainers, etc. I certainly won't have no problem adding more pairs to my collection. The only problem is I don't think I can afford more, especially when I'm currently obsessing over Cole Haan - Nike Dress Air collection.
Last week, I watched an episode of Oprah which featured the Cole Haan - Nike Air technology. Oprah was raving about it, and that caught my attention.
What pushed me to research more is an entry from ShopCrazy with the headline, "Angelina Jolie's red carpet secret." A very pregnant Angelina Jolie wore these shoes to the Cannes Film Festival. Shopcrazy describes the shoes as:
These are no ordinary heels. They use Nike Air technology to cushion the ball and heel of the foot. Date from the Nike Sports Research lab showed rear wearing heels throws the entire weight of the wearer onto the balls of the feet, coming down with the same force as it would if she were running.
Further studies show that just like sports shoes, the appropriate cushioning could counterbalance the pressure. The Nike Air technology in the form of Air “bags” offers the perfect solution.The Cole Haan Dress Air collection includes a selection of pumps, wedges, slingbacks, sandals, maryjanes, and thongs—all with at least three-inch heels, leather lining, padded leather-wrapped sock lining, and beautifully concealed Nike Air cushioning. The styles come in neutral and earth colors with the occasional shades of green and red, and textures such as patent, suede, animal print, metallic, denim, and linen.
Now that just sounds fantastic. It's an answer to every woman's wish of a dress shoe that is comfortable and stylish.
Going through the Dress Air collection, I fell in love with these styles:
Jena Air Mary Jane
Fiona High Air Pump
Thursday, June 12
Vol. XXI, No. 222
Thursday, June 12, 2008 MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Arts & Leisure
Cooking isn’t for wimps
There was also a silent chef’s auction.
The winning dishes were Cebu’s appetizer of Nova Scotia lobster with spicy mango salsa; Manila’s soup of Nova Scotia lobster bisque, lobster salad green pea shooter, lobster foie gras terrine, and mango ravioli, Cebu’s wild card of smoked B.C. sockeye salmon and crab meat; Manila’s main course of slow-roasted Alberta prime rib with pine cone potatoes, maple leaf root vegetables served with Yorkshire pudding and rich au jus; and Manila’s dessert of maple chocolate fondue, chocolate mud pie with maple Saskatoon berries, macaroon almonds, and aum?niere maple berries.
Creativity, appearance and taste were factors, of course, but it was a very close fight, with Mr. Tayag being much impressed with the "flavorful" Manila wild card of B.C. sockeye salmon ravioli in truffled forest mushroom nagé, scented with fumé de sal Chardonnay sauce — which didn’t actually win.
Mr. Stacyszyn, who donated two of his best cooks to the teams, observed the process from start to finish and noted how the chefs worked together. "My judging [includes]... how they got to that creation, because my cooks are going to get some experience today, and hopefully they’re going to bring that back to us, under the ship, and we’ll try some of it," he told BusinessWorld.
The auction of the chefs will be tallied this week, with the top 10 bidders able to select a private dinner for four to be prepared by their chosen executive chef at their respective hotel properties.
Last year, the first cook-off in Cebu garnered P240,000; it’s expected that the final count for this one will be much higher with minimum bids for the auction starting at P15,000 and the added fun value of pitting Cebu vs. Manila.
At the end of the day, the winning team won a trophy (which they’ll be surrendering to the winners of the cook-off challenge next year), and the chefs their citations and goodie bags, but the real winners were the dinner guests who had a gustatory experience anyone would envy.
Of course, one could shell out P1,000 for the cookbook, which will be sold in each hotel and participating bookstore, and try out the recipes for themselves. — JDP
Sunday, June 1
I love weekends. If only it wouldn't end...
Especially when I've spent more than a month preoccupied with work. I have never been this busy at the office. I couldn't remember a time I was this stressed and agitated. My own wedding preparations were not this stressful and demanding. It's probably because I am working for a Miranda who expects her close to impossible ideas to be implemented. She thinks she is God. The big day is this Thursday, June 5th.
In the last two weeks, I had been going home late, or going home exhausted. I hate it that I can't be the wife I wanted for my husband.
Well, thank God for this weekend --
- Jed worked for a couple of hours only and then he was free to spend the weekend with me.
- I slept as much as I could. Have to store as much energy which I will use when I go back to work tomorrow.
- We watched the World Pyrolympics last Saturday, together with my family, at the San Miguel by the Bay in Mall of Asia. The show was worth the traffic, crazy crowd, and expensive dinner. My jaw probably dropped a few times out of amazement.
- I spent Sunday afternoon hanging out with Ding at the Power Plant mall. We found the perfect place to have lunch - nice, quiet and cozy - at the UCC Cafe. After lunch, we watched Sex & the City the Movie. We both loved the movie. It's best watching it with a girlfriend who remembers the clothes Carrie wore on Season 1.
- I caught up with household chores I put off doing last week, out of exhaustion. My dear husband helped me with the chores and I had time to write this important entry.
- Jed dragged my butt to ULTRA and we jogged for an hour. That felt great! I've been feeling sluggish as I had no time for the gym because of too much work.
- There was the American Idol Season 7 marathon on QTV11. When I can, I watch Mr. Cook's earlier performances and saw his transformation to the star that he is now.
So am I ready to face the challenges at work?
I don't think I will ever be ready. I'm praying for my best behaviour. May God be with me as June 5 comes close.