aging GRACEFULLY……


As my next (forget it!) birthday is almost in the corner, panic attack is always been a factor in my stress barometer….hiding all the mirrors..trying to get an amnesia test…but why? YOU KNOW WHY!

I have a friend..you know..a friend,..who yearns to look 35 years old again and would willingly sell his soul to Ba’al Zebub to rid himself of wrinkles, sagging skin, enormous belly and witchy look….Then, admitting that he is a coward who cannot deal with the pain and the repercussions of age-defying treatments and surgery…blah,blah,blah…the sight of the knife,the after effect of anaesthesia…the scars etc..etc…drove to wonderland of Alice… and boringly settled down to a life filled with laugh lines!!!!(har! har! har!)

THE STYLEMONGER ON A HUGE CHAIR


After hitting the 40s, (helllooooooooo!!!!)I’ve discovered to my horror that crows’ feet look way better on crows. They just don’t suit me one bit. What makes me even more dyspeptic is that, despite my failing eyesight, I’ve noticed that a lot of people 20 years older than me look about 30 years younger….waahhhh!!!!!

Hey, I’ve seen them throwing kisses on the RED CARPET on television… and Page 3! (hellleeeer!) Okay, so the rest of their bodies don’t quite match their youthful faces but SO WHAT!…. – they still look more presentable than I do….much ado about vanities hmph!!!!.

Then I have this other friend of mine..you know..friend..hehehe…that I swore to my Prada vintage shoes never to squeak come hell and high waters…..plezzzz..hush..hush.. anyway he was boasting that he led thy clean ..very clean…immaculately clean..ultra fabulously clean..did I mention the commercial ad on TV about this Tide ultra..twas very funny!!!..but let’s talk about it next note!..anyway, where were we Mimosa????….ah okey as what I was telling you about him flaunting his super clean lifestyles in his not so younger days…, loading up on colourful organic salads (an euphemism for insect-infected, puke-inducing, ridiculously expensive raw vegetables sold at soaring prices!!!yuck!), spending quality time with their personal hormone filled,six abs packed trainers(beefcake moron!)… using sun block religiously,hey YAYAH….where’s my PHYTO-BLANC white with sunblock chuvanez?…

Shunning nicotine(OHHH) alcohol and French fries and other ‘HEY DUDE I’M ON LOW CARB,NON MEAT BODEE LOVING KIND OF GUY..YO!!!. Unlike poor old self-indulgent. myopic me…..HUHUHU…

But no….my savvy HEALTHY world of my friendliness say, it’s because those not so old creatures have pawned the family silver and bone china to pay for cosmetic surgery!!! and Botox jobs, among other things.

The real tragedy is, I cannot – absolutely cannot – bring myself to do what they’re doing. Not because I’m an annoying and so secured about my looks….aha! , ‘You shallow person, ageing is a natural process, enjoy!’

Not at all. The truth is, I yearn to look at least 18 again……waahhhhhh I would willingly sell my soul to a handsome hunk and cute devil for it if needed; but I cannot deal the pain. So, I’m a wimp, big deal.

Miss Nora Aunor has made me realise that going under the knife to look hot just ain’t worth it. Why should I suffer acute pain to look like an extra from Planet of the Apes? That’s not my role model….so I stick out…..and go chicken….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME……………….!

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the JUNSHUI EXPERIENCE@the BURJ al ARAB


I was looking forward to my high end JUNSHUI gourmet experience at the only 7 star hotel in the world–the BURJ AL ARAB.

BURJ AL ARAB


the state-of-the-art BURJ AL ARAB: A THEATER OF OPULENCE

My first time at the magnificent hotel was during its opening, I was invited to join in an exclusive fashion show.My 20 something collection was in black and gray without any embellishments, in drapes and voluminous gowns.It was simply adorned with the rarest,the biggest and the most expensive diamonds money ever could buy…..

the Elegant Lobby


My second was when I was invited to a dinner hosted by someone whom I can’t mention…ten different personalities from fashion, art,nobility, royalty,society and politics.It was at the penthouse of the BURJ.
Everyhing from interior to the grand piano…. from the fantastic view to the gold laced washrooms with HERMES bathroon products…to the haute food and fireworks outside the hotel while we were dining…..were simply mind boggling…that night was my top moments ever…..until I rediscover TEMPTATION.

JUNSHUi-Asian Fusion


Booking started a month ago, and like car plate numbers,how many persons, occassion…availability..dress code etc…without reservations anybody can’t just barged in.

The magnificent lobby evokes grandeur of the Arabian opulence with its cascading falls and fountains, shimmering gold leif motif and eclectic interiors.

JUNSHUI: Food Indulgence


A warmth feeling enveloped as we walk into the main chic door of JUNSHUI. Eye catching interiors with soft light displayed unhurried charm..we felt welcomed and pampered.

We were lead to the cozy bar while waiting to our table, and offered welcome drinks.

JUN V MOCKTAIL-herbal concoction of lemongrass,kaffir lime leaves,passion fruit,lime and ginger ale..wow, amazingly different, bringing back memories in my hometown when my mother used to gave us this kind of herbal things laced with honey..!

GREENFIELDS- (my order) pineapple juice,kiwi juice,mint,coriander(?)and eldflower syrup..this was more of me than JUN V…and kept drooling for more

I am not exactly a gastro critic,I just love good food and high places…tasting and enhancing the pleasure of my pallate.

The stainless steel and glass-mirror open live cooking station is uncompromisingly asian fusion,complete with authentic asian cook ready to satiate your cravings.
The salad bar is a must try not only for the freshness but also its different and unique asian taste sauce.

the HOST: BUTZ FUENTES/STYLEMONGER


The main buffet area is divided into impressive sections like the fresh and raw fish for your sashimi, the thai portion for those hot curries and the eternal and elaborate range of chinese foods.

MY GUESTS: ALBERT ANDRADA & RENE SANTOS


Peking roasted duck was my favorite..tender and juicy with cruchy skin. The shrimp tempura was cooked live and so deliciously crispy and juicy.Another favorite of the group was the wajad beef..the taste was so amazing…Albert took three orders!!!!

The salmon sahimi was Rene and Albert’s favorite.The food was simply a mouth watering bliss…a tempting indulgence and a breach to my new year’s resolution to fast!!!!…temptation won.

The desserts were my waterloos…mango millifeaulle, layered tropical fruits, surabaya delight and sago..were just arresting in my olfactory senses!!!!…..

MY COMPANION-MOHAMMED SALIH


Over all..the night was perfect.My special guests were delighted and transformed into style royalties and splurged into haute other than couture…

FOURSOME INDULGENCE


As we left…the romantic and fabulous evening remained my favorite moments…twas just perfect