Royce and Singapore.

My ombre nails are ready to see my husband in Singapore tomorrow. Just like the good times, we will be “rendezvous-ing” in Singapore. I just committed a crime right there for “verb-ing” a noun. Wait, make it two crimes. But it feels right at this moment so I am sticking my tongue out at you! 😛


That’s a nasty pair of lady’s feet. That’s what happens when you work for six years with closed high-heeled shoes on. 😦

Moving on, I will be taking home with me my favorite chocolates in the world—NAMA!!! For me, Royce and Singapore have almost become synonymous. I cannot be in Singapore without buying a few boxes of Nama (Royce) chocolates for take-home.


NAMA is a very exquisite chocolate brand from Japan that tastes like no other. It melts in your tongue and you get that explosion of velvety chocolate, and then it is over before you know it. Because it is very sensitive to the body temperature, it doesn’t even get to your throat. But there will be no disappointments. It will only leave you asking for more.

I have tasted a few brands of expensive gourmet chocolates like Godiva, but Royce is a league of its own. One has to try it to know what it is all about.

This is one weird combination but very tasty.

This is one weird combination but very tasty.

So I would like to give away a Nama chocolate box and another pack of Nama chocolate-coated chips to a lucky reader somewhere out there who will say hi to me at the comment space below. I have never given anything away for readers (let me pretend that I have readers other than my school friends and my husband), I would like to try it for the first time. This is my No. 1 favorite chocolate in the entire universe so this giveaway is personal to me. Since I will be in the Philippines next month, I will be handing this over to the winner in person.

This chocolate is very hard to ship because it melts easily. It even comes with its own cooling gel pack. So this is only open to anybody in Manila or Dipolog, friends or not. Leave your name, then come back after a week, which would be the 8th of May, on a Wednesday. My husband will pick the winner because he will be buying it for me ( he does not know it yet). 😉



To Royce fans in the Philippines, it is wonderful news to us all that there are several stores now in the Philippines that sells Nama chocolates. That is a lot of stores of Nama. For about P550 a box, the Philippine economy must be doing fine.

ROYCE’ Power Plant Mall Shop
Stall 318A R3 Powerplant Mall,
Rockwell Center, Makati City,
TEL: +63-2-492-5051

ROYCE’ Greenbelt 5 Shop
Level 1 Greenbelt 5,
Ayala Greenbelt Complex, Makati City,
TEL: +63-2-489-6946

ROYCE’ Trinoma Shop
Third Level (Mindanao Side),
Trinoma, Quezon City,
TEL: +63-2-394-5242

ROYCE’ Eastwood Mall Shop
Level 1, Eastwood Mall,
Quezon City,
TEL: +63-2-409-1354

ROYCE’ The Podium Shop
Ground Floor, The Podium
Ortigas Center, Pasig City,
TEL: +63-2-379-3224

Cake Club,
Bonifacio High Street Central,
Upper Ground Level North East,
Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City,

If you happen to pass through the New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Japan, Royce even has a chocolate factory and museum inside the airport. Check this out.



Following Maricel.

What a stunning photograph of the London sunset by an old friend, Maricel. This makes me look forward to another trip to the land of my most beloved royal goddess, the Duchess Catherine of Cambridge. I should write a fashion post about her because I just love this woman like fat-free marshmallows!


I had enough of the city’s touristy pit stops. All of them are worth visiting, though. And like I did, you might just walk in on two girls in one toilet cubicle with one of them bending over the sink with her bum exposed. Hmmm… And I have a bag too many of London key chains, fridge magnets, snow globes and what-nots.

Next time is the time for shopping. Not anymore at Primark, woman!

There goes the Primark queen, circa 2000.

There goes the Primark queen, circa 2000.

I have my eyes fixed on London’s reigning best vintage thrift store. What you will find in thrifts stores might surprise you in a nice way. My best find so far is a pre-loved pink Gucci bag from a Sunday market in Zurich. 🙂

Where all the action happens.

Where all the action happens.




When feminity was desired and chivalry was alive.

When feminity was desired and chivalry was alive.

That's several decades in your fingertips.

That’s several decades in your fingertips.


Jane Austen’s turquoise ring.

For over a year now, I have developed this secret love affair for colored gemstones. Diamonds are always pretty but colored gems can not only match with the color of your outfit or highlight the ocean in your eyes, but they also give the wearer a distinct personality. The turquoise gemstone is my personal favorite because of its opacity. Quite on the right timing, Jane Austen’s turquoise ring was sold at an auction today for a massive £152, 450. The bidding was won by the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson.

What a beauty!



Sold together with the ring was a handwritten note by Jane Austen’s sister-in-law, Eleanor. The note, dated 1863, reads:

“My dear Caroline,” Eleanor wrote. “The enclosed ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon as she knew that I was engaged to your uncle. I bequeath it to you. God bless you!”


The perfect little black dress.

Charlize Theron stopped heartbeats at this year’s CinemaCon. She wore a little black dress with some sexy cutouts by Dion Lee.

I would definitely kill to own a dress like this. Won’t you?

the front

the sexy back

the hot, strappy heels. Ankle straps are perfect for skinny ankles like mine.

Also last April, Kim Kardashian was seen flaunting with diamond-studded gold earrings with Kanye West’s initials. I am in love with how they are very personalized and very unique at the same time. I would love to make my own when I have extra money.


My 30 yuan haircut.

Thank you so much Shanghai underground market for my very significant finds. This should be one of a girl’s bestfriends.

This is the clip-on fringe that I was talking about.I can get a fierce hairstyle in 5 seconds.

Fringe on


Fringe off


My fringe during a windy day.


With Renee


On Renee


Me and Zac


P. S. Don’t watch The Lucky One in Dubai. They cut anything that was sexy. Grr! I have to watch it again somewhere else. Argh! We are two disappointed ladies.



His first pair of cufflinks.

My feet in high heels landed once again into Dubai, very fresh with pleasant encounters from the largest city in China only two days ago. That would be Shanghai, in case you did not know. I came home with my cutest purchase so far–my little bumblebee’s, Buyugix, first pair of cufflinks.

And what spells royalty more than a horse in a turquoise background color?

Surprisingly, I found them in one of Shanghai’s underground market. That is the place to buy imitation products and kill for your dear life just to get the best bargain with your haggling skills.  A friend of mine told me that the trick was to pretend you are really interested into the product. Then whatever price they will give you, agree only to half of that. If they refuse, say no thank you and leave the store. The owner will always call you back and give you the price that you want. It works 99% of the time, believe me.

Personally, I hate going to any bargain markets. I have no patience with haggling and I prefer quality over savings at any day. But for the love of some kinky wigs and clip-on fringe, I marched to the market with my girlfriends at ten in the morning.

That day was absolutely mine because I found the clip-on fringe too. I paid 30 Yuan only and I am quite happy. Forget about the wigs because they made me look 15 kilos heavier on the face alone. Eww.

So after I was done with my shopping, some cute tweed ensemble for little girls and boys on the window display caught my eyes. They were absolutely the cutest and poshest tweed outfits that I have ever seen, complete with leather and metal details and Burberry silk linings. Each coat was around 1,300 yuan each (6, 000 Php). I could imagine Victoria Beckham’s baby girl wearing those clothes. They were not the mass produced Chinese clothes at all! Whatever that shop owner was thinking of putting up a shop in that area, it was beyond my understanding. But I was glad he was there at the same time I passed by.

I immediately rummaged through the boys’ shirts on a 50% discount. They were pricey. But for a reduced price with an additional 50% discount, I paid only 200 yuan (1, 000 Php) for each shirt. I usually pay 80% of that amount for a crappy kid’s shirt from H&M so I was more than satisfied with the deal.

Here is what I bought. The attention to detail was impeccable. And it is a shirt with cufflinks. Seriously, where can you find kid’s boutique that sells shirt that has cufflink holes? It would be very rare. Perhaps if you go to Armani or Gucci then you might find them.

It has several pleats at the back for a better fitting.

The cufflink on the shirt.
By tradition, cufflinks are worn only when the man is over 30 years of age. But recently, as long as you have fun wearing them, do as you please. Too bad for my husband, the store owner, who also made the clothes himself, only make clothes for kids.

I only had an embarassing amount of Yuan currency with me, but I just could not resist to buy this white shirt on the hanger.

Up-close, you will also notice that it has a dedicated space for the necktie. That is why I love the tailor so much. His attention to detail was very amazing.

He only uses shell buttons, never plastic.

I even found the hood jacket that I really like inside his store. But it was not for sale. He said he was not proud of it. He needed to make adjustments and will later on add some leg straps which are necessary for horseback riding. He told me that the clothes that he made were designed for those of Royal Blood. The details on his clothes were consistent with traditional gentleman clothing. His brand’s name, Esquire, in fact, meant a boy training to be a gentleman. While he was packing my purchase, he was also giving me lessons on how men should wear their suit 101. Told you he was the most fascinating boutique owner ever.

Before I left, he gave me something extra for my husband. That is a top secret at the moment. Will tell about it later.

By the way, we have moved to a new hotel in Shanghai. I hope the reason was not because the previous hotel kicked us out. We now stay at the Jumeirah Himalayas. Prepare to be awed. This has got to be my most favorite hotel facade so far. It is a piece of art on a grand scale. No wonder, it is owned by a company from Dubai.

photo is grabbed from destinasion.com

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel - Shanghai at night

Sky lanterns at the ceiling of the lobby.

Reception desk

Very chic lobby furnitures

Updated Chinese furniture design.

White carpet moment in my bedroom. Hubby will love the wood floors, for sure.

This very stylish chair has balls on four corners so it glides smoothly on the floor.
Anne Hathaway gave me the creeps.

The closet matches the furniture theme of the room.

Opaque view of the bedroom from the bath.

It was no less than love at first sight.