Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Red Dress

 

I know I write mostly about my food and travel experiences on this blog, but sometimes readers ask me about random stuff, too. Like where I got the red dress I wore to Manila Bulletin's Arabian Night Thanksgiving Party. I received 7 emails, 8 private messages on Facebook, 3 direct messages on Instagram, and 5 text messages with the same inquiry.

 

 

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This red dress

 

 

It is an old dress I got from Tango in Glorietta many, many years ago. I cannot remember the exact price, but I paid nothing more than P2,500 for it.

It's jersey so it's versatile. It will fit even if I grow to be 250 pounds.  

I've worn the dress twice only.

 

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Once was to my cousin Ritchie's wedding in 2010. See post here.
Until now I still do not know how to accessorize. Lol.
My style is always the simpler, the better. 

 

 

The second time was for Manila Bulletin's thanksgiving party last week. 

Because it was Arabian-themed, I needed to add some shining, shimmering, splendid to my outfit.

I searched the drawers and found a bunch of my sister's gold necklaces (she, on the other hand, loves her blings). I wore a few around my neck, and a few around my waist. 

Like this:

 

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And voila!
Arabian in 5 minutes! 

 

Now the question is, if I can wear necklaces around my waist, does it mean that my waistline is as small as my neck?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!  :D  :D  :D

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Manila Bulletin Arabian Nights Thanksgiving Party 2014

 

Without any bias, I say that Manila Bulletin throws the best thanksgiving parties!

Last year, it was a gathering of superheroes. Think Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman... See post here.

 

 

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This year, we went a little exotic and did Arabian Nights

 

 

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So many Aladdins greeted guests at the door

 

 

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Our receptionists in Arabian garb. Check out the MB newspaper print! 

 

 

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I think some men were not comfortable wearing dresses! Lol! 

 

 

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Kathy, our AVP of Advertising, looking like a queen

 

  

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GENIE!!!

 

 

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Everyone had fun with the magic carpet photo booth

 

 

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My cousin Jordan

 

 

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And, of course, me!!! :D

 

  

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Le Pavillon was transformed to create an ambiance of Arabic decadence

 

 

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How beautiful are these Manila Bulletin lanterns

 

 

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To dine on magic carpets!

 

 

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Belly dancers pranced around the ballroom

 

 

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They were so sexy it made me feel just a little bit insecure

 

 

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But that didn't stop me from checking out the buffet spread! Hahaha!
I was excited because food was catered by Manila Hotel.

 

 

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The folks at Manila Hotel prepared a Middle Eastern feast. This was the appetizer
station with baba ganoush, seafood salad with lemon dressing, an assortment
of olives, tomatoes, and greens 

 

 

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Hummus and pita

 

 

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More appetizers

 

 

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Warak Enab

 

 

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Taboulleh

 

 

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Mixed Seafood Salad

 

 

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Kofta Kebab

 

 

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Grilled Lapu Lapu with Tomato Salsa

 

 

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Chicken Sashlik 

 

 

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Mussels stuffed with rice

 

  

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Seafood Paella

 

 

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 Samosas and Lebanese Style Chicken Wings

 

 

For the not-so-adventurous eaters, there was... 

 

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Beef Stew

 

 

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And Baked Mac

  

 

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 Desserts were baklava, savarin ring, pineapple upside down cake,
green tea chiffon, and ube roll 

 

 

If you are already impressed with the indoor set up, wait till you see the outdoor area!

 

 

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It was converted into a souq or an open-air marketplace

 

 

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The MB Graphics team did such an excellent job!

 

 

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With people walking around in costumes, it really felt like I was transported to a Middle Eastern city!

 

 

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Fruits and vegetables stand

 

 

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Henna tattoo station

 

 

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Where guests got themselves inked

 

 

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There were also games to keep everybody entertained.

 

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Puzzle Quest

 

 

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Plinko

 

 

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Memory Game

 

 

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And a mini golf area called "A Hole New World!"  LOL!

 

 

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Shisha Station

 

 

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Ladies having their hair and make up done at Empire Salon

 

 

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The biggest hit at the market was the Shawarma Shed

 

 

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Look at that meat!

 

 

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Ice cream because it is hot in the Middle East  :P

 

 

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These people must be dying from the heat!!! Lol! :D

 

 

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There was also an Animal Encouter booth where you could get up close and personal 
with this python. Some people were afraid to go near and used their GoPros.

 

 

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Guess who was brave enough?
FYI, I ALSO EAT SNAKES!!!

 

 

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Because weather had been quite unpredictable lately, there were
umbrellas for guests. Manila Bulletin really thought of everything!

 

 

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I loved the costumes of our media partners

 

 

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The program started with a spectacular performance by Folies de Mwah

 

 

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Event hosts Sam YG and Giselle Sanchez were a riot and
had me laughing all night. 

 

 

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Manila Bulletin Chairman Basilio Yap welcomed all media partners and thanked them
for their support through the years. "114 years of business, 114 years of meaningful 
changing time. Without you, we will not be here today."

 

 

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And then, DINNER TIME!!!

 

 

What I ate:

 

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It was really impressive how much preparation and effort our media partners put into their dance numbers for the competition. It was hard to choose a winning team!

 

 

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The dance competition judges: Jill Ngo of Goddesses of Bellydance,
Pocholo Malilin of Club Mwah, and Liza Ilarde, Fashion Editor of MB

 

 

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Last but not the least, a special number by MB's very own Advertising Team

 

 

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And more glitz and glamour by Folies de Mwah

 

 

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 It felt like I was in Vegas… or Bangkok! Haha!

 

 

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What a performance!!!

 

  

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MB's Emilio Yap III presented special awards to outstanding clients and partners including
 Pilipinas Shell, Megaworld Corporation, Zenith Optimedia, Starcom MediaVest, and
Ominicom Media Group. They were the most beautiful trophies I have ever seen! 

 

 

Manila Bulletin also gave away raffle prizes to the lucky ones. There were power banks, portable speakers, GoPros, Instax, Tiffany & Co. jewelries, iPhones, Apple Packages (iPad + iPhone), complimentary room and spa packages at Manila Hotel, and many more!

 

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And then, the most-awaited part of the evening - the announcement of the Grand Prize
and its two winners - one from advertising agencies and one from direct clients.

 

 

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 The Grand Prize was a vacation trip for 2 couples at Anantara Resort in Dubai, complete with 
luxurious accommodations, meals, plane tickets, and even visa assistance!!!

 

 

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The lucky winners Allen Catindig of Federal Land and Cris Zepeda of Maxus

 

 

But before the night ended, the Genie, in his strong, booming voice, announced that there will be one more grand wish!

 

 

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The Chairman picked out one very lucky person

 

 

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And that person was Aida Valido.
Aida, along with everyone else in the audience, was clueless about the grand wish
when she went up on stage.

 

Of course, I knew what it was and I was dying of excitement for her! Hahahaha!

 

 

And the Grand Wish was...

OH MY GOD!!!

 

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One million pesos worth of wishes in whatever form Aida wanted - house and lot, car, 
appliances, dining coupons (lol!)… Of course, she chose cash!!!

 

 

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 What an unforgettable evening for Aida and for all of us who were there to experience
the most lavish Arabian Night!

 

 

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 MB Lifestyle Team

 

 

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The glowing Kathy So-Chua, AVP for Advertising

 

 

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Congratulations, Ahia Emil!!!! You've outdone yourself again this year!
Can't wait for 2015!!! 

 

 

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