Thursday, January 26, 2012

WANDERLUST goes to Canton, China!

the Canton skyline at dusk

the Guangzhou Opera House 

fireworks in Canton, China

Canton, or Guangzhou is a place in China I love to visit. There are now fantastic infrastructures. It is now a highly industrialized city in China and there are direct flights operated by China Southern Airlines , PAL, or Cebu pacific.

Read about my discoveries in Canton as i try the Pearl River treatment at the luxurious Chi Spa in Shangri-La Canton, eat dessert at the beautiful Westin Pazhou in the summer issue of Lifestyle Asia magazine.. =)

DREAMING OF RUSSIA Tessa Prieto Valdes' super fab party

 nice table set up 
 Tessa's Christmas tree decorated with snowflakes
 The game host
 Matryoshka dolls with the images of Tessa and hubby Dennis
 other matryoshka dolls designed by Tessa's guests =)
 Girlie, Michelle, Pepper
 Tessa with daughter, the super cute Athena with her matryoshka dolls
 One of the games was design the dolls using playdoh! our team won third place 
 I love Mark's Vivienne Westwood loafers
 With the bubbly Rosan, my coach Jen, cool guy JR, gorgeous Teresa and dapper in white Jonjon
 Alex Escat with her visiting friend
 Melo, Callum David, Derek
 the host with the night's best dressed winners 
 Tessa's house angels with Derek-they are the other women!! =)
The gwapings now- Ricardo, Derek, Chris and Rikki


Thank you so much Tessa for a wonderful party. We are truly blessed to be the recipients of your generosity and super fun events!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

IM NOW AN ABIDAL FAN! THIS MADE ME CRY


Cancer survivor Abidal gives Rolex to sick boy

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has confirmed his reputation as one of soccer’s most warm-hearted stars by making an extraordinary gesture to a young cancer sufferer.
Abidal, who recovered from a cancerous tumor in his liver last year, stunned 15-year-old Juan Garcia after ending a team visit to a local hospital by presenting him with a Rolex watch.
Garcia’s father, J. Garcia Serra, relayed the tale in an open letter to Catalan newspaper Herald, revealing how Abidal’s fight against cancer had inspired his own son’s fight against the disease.

Eric Abidal recovered from a cancerous tumor in his liver last year.
(Getty Images)
“The only thing I was able to tell my son was, ‘You have in your head the same thing Abidal had in his liver, and tomorrow they will take it out,’ ” J. Garcia Serra said. “My son said, ‘Dad get me the shirt of Abidal; I will fight like him and will win my own Champions League.’
“He didn’t cry; he was the only one not to. He went to the operating theater with the shirt of Abidal, and he had it in his bedstead at the hospital. After five months of operations, radiation and chemotherapy on Jan. 5 some Barca players visited the kids at the hospital.”
During the visit Abidal spoke at length with the youngster and other children on the ward. Juan Garcia broke down in tears when he met his idol, which prompted the 32-year-old France international star to present him with an incredible memento.
Abidal took the Rolex Daytona watch from his wrist and presented it to the boy, refusing all attempts to make him take it back.
Through contacts at Barcelona and the French Football Federation, Yahoo! Sports has attempted to discover to origin of the watch, a Rolex Daytona that normally retails for more than $30,000.
There are conflicting reports, although two contacts believed it to be a limited edition watch presented to each member of the Barcelona squad at the end of last season to commemorate their double triumph of winning Spain’s La Liga and the Champions League.
Another source thought it was a personal gift made to Abidal, while a fourth believed it the prize for winning a Barcelona fans’ player of the year award. Regardless of how Abidal acquired it, there is little chance of his greatest fan ever parting with his most treasured possession.
“It was impossible to get Eric to take the watch back,” Garcia Serra wrote. “He told me: ‘It doesn’t matter what this is worth. I want your son to be happy.’
“He embraced all of us and continued his visit to other sick children. I looked at my son, and I will never forget the look of happiness in his face. I’d forgotten what he looked like when he was happy. At night he kept switching on the light to look at the watch’s inscription.
“The visit of the players improved the spirit of the children more than any medicine. For my family the great idol will always be Eric Abidal; he is more than a player for us.
“Abidal told my son: ‘Come, come, brother, I am here to give you courage. I am also fighting against this disease and will set up a foundation that gives joy and helps all the sick children.’
“He was affectionate, tender and friendly, and for 10 minutes he never let my son out of his arms. We were all so emotional and grateful.”
Abidal is no longer an automatic first-choice selection at Barcelona and looked set to leave the club recently before he surprisingly signed a new contract that runs until June 2013. One of the contacts Yahoo! Sports spoke to revealed that Abidal’s spirit and popularity within the locker room was a significant factor in the club offering him a new deal.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WANDERLUST lunches at Chelsea, New York inspired eatery

we have almost finished the portobello mushroom before i remembered to take a photo. Would have been nicer if it was with arugula but the waiter said they had none so changed it to mixed greens instead.

my friend orders the pastrami sandwich coz that's what friend feels like eating today. I tried it, and it was okay. i like the cheese melting on top and the pickle that went with it. Potato wedges were good,too.

I ordered the herb walnut crusted sea bass topped with three long stalks of green asparagus. The fish was cooked right, and was topped on very delicious mashed potatoes. Cream around the fish was good, too. major calories.
while i had the lemon verbena tea for detoxifying, i had spoonfuls of the apple peach crumble pie topped with ice cream. the waiter did warn that the cake was frozen but i really wanted it. hence, the frozen apples inside that were hard to chew. but he did warn us.


CHELSEA is at Serendra. I am sure most of you know where it is! =) It is my no fail option when I cannot think of where to dine in that area. Praise God for a wonderful lunch today! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

ENTER THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON

the talented schwarzkopf ambassador nikki bacay

some hair do nikki has done

hey, i think u should consider going curly for a few more days sis! =)

aurelio icasiano's new do . super love it bro. 
Today is technically the first day of the New Year for me since I am Chinese! So, to start the new year right, i thought i should get a hair cut, new color while maintaining my perm. I decided to go to Nikki Bacay salon at Northeast Square in Connecticut st Greenhills and brought my mom and my sister. When i was there, i bumped into Wedding Essentials editor Aurelio Icasiano and Metro magazine's Geolette Esguerra. I really liked Geolette's curls that was perfect for her night out katy perry concert. And her beau Aurelio was rockin his new short do! He has had long hair and this was the first time I saw him with short hair. I guess with the magic of Nikki Bacay's hands, his new hair fit him perfectly!

garlic garcia, dong ronquillo,birthday girl leah de guzman,cristalle belo,miriam quiambao,cj jaravata, ruffa gutierrez, rocio olbes
As for me, met my favorite girls for the after party of Katy Perry and birthday party of Leah de Guzman in Republiq with my new do with highlights! Kiong hee huat cai!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Speeding Around The World in Under 5 minutes Time Lapse

In a little less than five minutes, viewers are treated to beautiful shots of the U.S., England, France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru.

On Lam's official site, he explains that he didn't really have an itinerary in mind when he set out.

I had a direction I wanted to head and a goal of following the sun to get as many warm days as possible. 2010 was a particularly cold year in San Francisco and I just wanted to wear shorts and flip-flops as many days as possible to make up for that. I would usually figure out my next destination when I was ready to leave my current one. Sometimes it was a particular dish, sight or story that brought to the next city and sometimes it was the company I kept and our desire to travel together for just a bit longer.

It may have been one man's off-the-cuff trip, but viewers would be excused if they thought this was something produced by National Geographic. All told, Lam took 19 planes, 58 buses, and 18 boats to see what he wanted to see. And, according to his site, he did it on the cheap, staying in hostels for about $3 to $15 per night. By Mike Krumboltz | The Upshot

Friday, January 6, 2012

CANADA MAP


FOOD and WINE magazine top places to dine in TORONTO


Toronto

F&W's roundup of the best restaurants in Toronto, from star chef Susur Lee's newest place to a seafood spot launched by a World Oyster Opening Champion. For more great restaurants, check out our guide to the world's best places to eat.
    By Amy Rosen

Restaurants

C5 RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

Cantilevered over the city in Daniel Libeskind's new addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, C5 has sweeping views of the skyline. In the open kitchen, chef Ted Corrado produces elegant "Toronto cuisine," a mix of influences, as in a perfect smoked octopus with Iberico ham, yucca, red pepper gelée and pea tendril.
We loved: The new Afternoon Tea—from the Dungeness crab and wasabi finger sandwiches to the foie gras profiteroles.

CAVA

The menu at this tapas spot runs from fun (chipotle-caramel popcorn) to high-minded (the house-made charcuterie and pintxos—small bites—of sea urchin with pickled cabbage). Diners can't go wrong with dessert at the restaurant (spiced plum clafouti with pistachio ice cream) or at Cava's just-launched chocolate shop, Xococava.
We loved: The chorizo truffle (milk chocolate encasing chorizo ganache).

COLBORNE LANE

Now in its third year, this industrial-chic restaurant is still the city's hottest. Chef-owner Claudio Aprile bristles at the term molecular gastronomy, but there are futuristic elements in uninhibited, borderless dishes like prawn ceviche with avocado and two kinds of aioli, puffed corn noodles and corn nuts, and desserts like Thai-chile ice cream with a cardamom-caramel powder prepared tableside with a nitrogen dispenser.
We loved: Crispy stir-fried squid with caramelized peanuts, Asian pear, Chinese sausage and pink grapefruit.
Insider tip: Book the chef's table in the kitchen for a 15-course tasting menu.

FOXLEY

Chef Tom Thai gets inspiration for his menu of simple dishes with unexpected flavors from Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean and Latin America. He sautés frog's legs with Sichuan peppers, for instance, and stuffs his ingenious potstickers with duck prosciutto and lamb. The ceviches, especially the sea bream flavored with yuzu and shiso, are a triumph.
We loved: Pork ribs with a sticky caramelized-shallot glaze.

LAI WAH HEEN

At this modern Chinese banquet hall (think maple paneling, framed Chinese calligraphy and lacquered high-back chairs), seafood from both coasts is kept live in tanks until cooked. Dishes like wok-fried lobster medallions with deep-fried claws are wonderful, but the restaurant is most famous for its innovative dim sum, like the fillet of bass with thousand-year-old egg in a rice roll.
We loved: Delicate dumplings of egg white, minced scallop and Japanese fish roe.

LUCIEN

Chef Scot Woods has returned from an apprenticeship at Chicago's Alineawith more experimental ideas for his two-year-old spot near the St. Lawrence Market—an emerging restaurant area that's also home to Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar and Colborne Lane. His reworking of the classics includes a fried chicken he makes by cooking the breast sous-vide, then frying the skin to a crisp.
We loved: The Chocolate Complex, pure chunks of artisanal chocolate.

MADELINE'S

When star chef Susur Lee announced he was shuttering his famed Susur and decamping for New York, Toronto's food cognoscenti mourned. And then—surprise—he turned Susur into Madeline's (named after his mother). The Mediterranean-inspired family-style dishes include everything from sautéed chanterelle mushrooms in a Marsala cream sauce served in a copper pot to spot-on roasted duck breast with a honey and chili-orange glaze.
We loved: The crispy lobster in noisette (brown butter), with chili lime and lemon balm.

NOTA BENE

Chef David Lee and partners decided to take advantage of the opening of Toronto's new Opera House to set up shop nearby with this more affordable alternative to the team's high-end Splendido. Lee turns out finely wroughtFrench-, Latin- and Asian-inspired dishes like Yucatan hot and sour soup with goji berries and smoked chicken, and 60-day dry-aged steaks from his private stock of naturally raised cattle.
We loved: Sumac-dusted crispy duck tossed with green papaya slaw and cashews.

PIZZA LIBRETTO

Owner Max Rimaldi's pizza joint on the white-hot Ossington strip serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven imported from Italy. Starters include charcuterie like house-made duck prosciutto, but the clear draw is the pizza: crunchy, blistered crusts topped with things like homemade sausage, wild mushrooms and duck confit.
We loved: The pizza Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, and local cow's milk mozzarella.

STARFISH OYSTER BED AND GRILL

What happens when a World Oyster Opening Champion launches a restaurant? In the case of Starfish owner Patrick McMurray, the results are a stellar, daily changing selection of oysters, fish and seafood, plus fun dishes like Lake Huron pickerel with lobster pierogies.
We loved: The oyster tasting at the bar, with everything from sweet Prince Edward Island Malpeques to little Kumamotos from Washington State.

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