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Archive for January, 2009

Muahhaha, i’ve taken over.

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Ruff Ruff!  As you can see, I’m cute as a button and happy217 spends all her time taking care of me now.  So you can blame me for her time away from blogging.  Now where’s my treat?!  Muahahahhaha.

 

I started my own blog, so if you’re looking for some “cute” stuff, go to:  Happy Doggy


$175 million dollars of Free Beauty products given away

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Starting today (Jan 20th), several big retailers will giveaway $175 million worth of free high-end cosmetics as part of a class-action settlement alleging that the stores planned to fix prices. Department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom will distribute free cosmetics as long as supplies last to shoppers who bought certain cosmetics between May 29, 1994 and July 16, 2003 to settle claims that the stores violated antitrust laws and tried to fix prices.

 

All you have to do is show up to the beauty counters at your major department store (if they are participating), sign a form stating that you did buy cosmetic between the dates listed above.  They will be giving an assortment of small and full size products valued up to $25.  =)

 

Shoppers are only permitted to receive one product made by cosmetic companies that include Chanel, Estee Lauder and L’Oreal USA, among others. Stores participating in the settlement include: Bergdorf Goodman, Bergner’s, Bloomingdale’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Dillard’s, Gottschalks, Herberger’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Parisian, Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

The following is a list will be distributed, while supplies last, through the stores listed above:

  •     Boucheron (USA) Ltd.:            Femme Eau de Toilette (1 ounce/30 ml) 
  •     Chanel, Inc.:             Coco Mademoiselle body lotion (3.4 fluid oz) 
  •     Christian Dior Perfumes, Inc.:             J’Adore Eau de Parfum (15 ml) 
  •     Clarins U.S.A., Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):                                         Clarins Energizing Morning Cream (30 ml) OR Clarins Beauty Flash Bomb (30 ml) 
  •     Conopco, Inc. (distributed by Coty, Inc. on behalf of Conopco, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of three products, while supplies last):                                                                                                                                                                Calvin Klein Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème (6.7 oz)  OR  Vera Wang Princess Body Polish (5 oz) OR Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Shower Gel (6.7 oz) 
  •     The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):             Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (15 ml/0.5) OR Clinique Moisture Surge (30 ml/1 oz) 
  • FOR A COMPLETE LIST, PLEASE VISIT:  http://www.cosmeticssettlement.com.

These are the only products that will be distributed, while supplies last, as part of the settlement product distribution. Not all products are available in all stores; rather, stores will be distributing products from the participating brands that the particular store ordinarily sells.

For more info, go to:  http://www.cosmeticssettlement.com.

 



Out and about (day 15)

Today was definitely more eventful, since I didn’t have to roll solo.  Enjoy!

 

Favorite shopping area - Shibuya

Favorite shopping area - Shibuya

 

Some crazy rocket like building

Some crazy rocket like building

I spy...McDonalds!

I spy...McDonalds!

Yep, it was so for real...stand & eat

Yep, it was so for real...stand & eat

 

A cute noodle shop

A cute noodle shop

 

order ramen fr vending machine first

order ramen fr vending machine first

Ewww...Ed Farty & Christian Audinger in Japan.  bleh

Ewww...Ed Farty & Christian Audinger in Japan. bleh

 

Lil Sheep Hot Pot in Japan!!!

Lil Sheep Hot Pot in Japan!!!

Japanese girls promoting something on the street.

Japanese girls promoting something on the street.

Lots of Japanese school girls

Lots of Japanese school girls

 

Subway map is like a puzzle.

Subway map is like a puzzle.

Cute ski poster in subway

Cute ski poster in subway

Woohoo! I finally found my tokyo bananas!

Woohoo! I finally found my tokyo bananas!

 

Shinjuku is a happening place!

Shinjuku is a happening place!

Huge jumbo trons with super advertisments

Huge jumbo trons with super advertisments

 

Shinjuku @ night

Shinjuku @ night


Roaming around Roppongi (Day 14)

I woke up today still feeling a bit sick from my PI trip.  = (  This is the 1st year I actually skipped Tokyo Auto Salon, but I heard the attendance was pretty light anyways.  Sooooo, I spent the day browsing the shops and having a quiet day to myself.  Here are just a few things that caught my attention.  Enjoy!

 

Spaghetti w/basil and cheese. Tasty!

Spaghetti w/basil and cheese. Tasty!

 

Beautiful mini arrangements @ the local florist shop

Beautiful mini arrangements @ the local florist shop

Special preserved flowers that still look fresh & vibrant

Special preserved flowers that still look fresh & vibrant

 

Fillico water from Japan.  $100 per bottle!

Fillico water from Japan. $100 per bottle!

 

This packaging makes Voss look like 99 cent water.  hahah

This packaging makes Voss look like 99 cent water. hahah


Tokyo! (Day 13)

It feels lovely to be back in Tokyo again and my first day was very exciting!  Our journey started with long commute on the “limo bus” to Roppongi Hills.  Can’t wait to have a hot bowl of ramen.  Yummmmmy.

 

Checking in...

Checking in...

Hahah..caught this guy wearing silver glitter shoes!?

Hahah..caught this guy wearing silver glitter shoes!?

 

Ice cream on demand!

Ice cream on demand!

Japan never fails to impress w/novelty drinks

Japan never fails to impress w/novelty drinks

All smiles...

All smiles...

 

Famous ramen joint @ Roppongi crossing

Famous ramen joint @ Roppongi crossing

Japanese deserts after dinner

Japanese desserts after dinner

 

Creme puff shell w/green tea ice cream & azuki beans

Creme puff shell w/green tea ice cream & azuki beans


Alas, I’m back in Singapore (day 12)

The weather in Singapore has been pretty cool this year with less humidity and rain.  It’s really abnormal weather, but I must confess, it feels great.  

 

I’m back in Singapore for just one day, which means more relaxing time by the pool & good eats.  Next stop, Japan!

 

 

Chilling by the clubhouse...

Chilling by the clubhouse...

More fun in the sun!

More fun in the sun!

 

The Official National Geographic Store...so cool!

The Official National Geographic Store...so cool!

Lots of beautiful gifts and photos in the NG store.

Lots of beautiful gifts and photos in the NG store.

 

Oodles of coin operated toy machines @ ToyRus

Oodles of coin operated toy machines @ ToyRus

 

Finished the day with massages @ the mini-spa in Vivo City

Finished the day with massages @ the mini-spa in Vivo City


3 weeks, 3 countries…shall we continue? (Day 9, 10, 11)

The final 3 days in the Cebu (Philippines), consisted of more local food and several trips to the spa.  Unfortunately I fell sick, either because of the water or I ate something with germies on it.  =(  

 

Anyhow, here are a few pics from the last few days in Cebu.

 

Eye glass store & Mac computer store...all in one!

Eye glass store & Mac computer store...all in one!

 

The Spa @ Cebu was grrreat!

The Spa @ Cebu was grrreat!

 

Very festive decor @ the Spa

Very festive decor @ the Spa

 

Relaxing scenery

Relaxing scenery

 

Very tropical!

Very tropical!


Mushi Mushi!

I’m back in Tokyo and loving it!  I packed really light, so my Macbook is back in Singapore.  =(

Will continue to update my bloggy with more pics in a few days.  I still need to post up the rest of my Philippines trip!

XoXoXoXo.

Where to go?!  =)

Where to go?! =)


Im in PI biatttch! (day 8)

This trip to Cebu consisted of lots of dinners out with friends and family.  However, today I must highlight one of the best eateries in Cebu, Cafe George.  They also have another restaurant called, Oh George (inside Ayala Mall).

 

The owner of this cafe trained at the culinary institute in San Francisco, and later return to Cebu to open up a chain of cafe’s offering Western food fares.  You can find everything from chinese chicken salad, lemongrass chicken over rice, or a classic tuna melt.  

 

Another thing I love about Cafe George is their modern and simplistic decor.  Bon appetite!

 

Cafe George

Cafe George

Menu offerings

Menu offerings

Oh George Cafe (Ayala Mall)

Oh George Cafe (Ayala Mall)

And, for breakfast, we enjoyed some waffles and beef tapas at the Pancake House at The Terraces.

The Pancake House

The Pancake House

Fresh cucumber shake

Fresh cucumber shake

Crispy waffles and syzzzzzrup!

Crispy waffles and syzzzzzrup!

Beef Tapas w/side of vinegar

Beef Tapas w/side of vinegar

Tops, a view of the entire city

Tops, a view of the entire city


In the Philippines! (day 7 – part 2)

My first impression of Cebu was totally different than what I saw when I landed.   Unlike Manila, Cebu is still lacks infrastructure and is still very rural.  

 

My heart really broke when I saw people lined up on the side of the streets working in the trenches in little shops with limited electricity and no air conditioning.  Let me remind you that it is about 100 degrees outside and sunny.  =(  I must say it was a total culture shock to see so many people living in extreme poverty.  I mean, this is like 10 times worst than Compton.  And, to make things worst, the wealthy here live in houses that put Newport Beach to shame.  

 

However, I must give credit to the beautiful dressmaker’s in Cebu and the massive “Irvine Spectrum” like shopping/restaurant plazas.  Did you know world famous designer Monique Lhuillier is from Cebu?

 

Anyhow, here  is where I went on my first day in Cebu.  The Terraces, which features 37 new restaurants and even Starbucks!

Cafe Laguna features local specialties like cripsy prata, sauteed squid, fresh green mango shake, and four seasons drink!

Cafe Laguna

Cafe Laguna

dinner rush @ cafe laguna

dinner rush @ cafe laguna

 

Front pic of The Terraces Plaza

Front pic of The Terraces Plaza

 

Inside pic of The Terraces

Inside pic of The Terraces

 

Coffee Bean!!

Coffee Bean!!


In-transit (Day 7 – part 1)

I got up early this morning to catch a flight out to Cebu, Philippines.  The airport is about 25 mins from where we live, so we had to call a taxi.  Surprisingly, we had a white E-class Mercedes waiting for us downstairs.  They normally have a wide variety of new and old cars for taxi’s, but the E-class was definitely more comfy.  Now that’s my kind of taxi!

 

I probably never mentioned this before, but Changi airport is the best airport in the world.  No, I’m really serious.  Here are the amenities (free of charge):

 

–  Movie theatre

–  Free game zone and internet zones 

–  Huge giant screen lounge area 

–  swimming pool

–  orchid and botanical gardens

–  massage and spa lounge

–  overnight sleeping quarters

 

Changi Airport amenities

 

This is one airport I wouldn’t mind having a long layover at.  In addition to the free amenities, there are tons of restaurants and snacks for you to enjoy.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Chicken and mac noodle soup

Chicken and mac noodle soup

 

Mr. Bean "healthy snacks"

Mr. Bean "healthy snacks"

 

Grass jelly drink & hot ginger beancurd...yum!!!

Grass jelly drink & hot ginger beancurd...yum!!!

 

Chili lime roasted soya nuts

Chili lime roasted soya nuts

 

7-eleven in the airport!!!

7-eleven in the airport!!!


New Updates in a few short days.

Hello all!  My Macbook is back in Singapore, so I haven’t had the chance to update my travel journal.

I will have lots of things to share with you soon.  Until then, I hope you’re enjoying 2009!

XoXoXo.


I heart singapore (Day 6)

 

Gloomy day

Gloomy day

It’s officially Jan 1, New Year’s Day here in Singapore.  The sun was out earlier this morning, however the dark clouds started rolling in and took away all the sunshine.  =(    Lightning and roars of thunder soon followed.

 

Today is recovery day from a long night out at Zirca.  The music was a bit off, but we had good company.  The whole night, I was hoping that Tiesto would magically appear and spin a quick set, but sadly he was no where to be found.  It’s almost 6pm and everyone is still knocked out.  Dinner time is coming up, so I’m sure we’ll venture out to grab some good eats.  Hope to be back in a few hours with some exciting pics.  

 

XoXo.


I heart Singapore (day 5)

Since it was NYE day, we decided to have a little R&R.  The weather has been perfect, so it was time to pay a visit to the pool and tennis courts! 

 

The breakfast of champions!

Breakfast of real champions!

Bikini ready!

Bikini ready!

It's swimming time.

Swimming time.

Tennis anyone?

Tennis anyone?

Dumpling soup @ Imperial Treasure

Dumpling soup @ Imperial Treasure

Scallion pancakes & egg custard

Scallion pancakes & egg custard

Almond beancurd & longan...yummm

Almond beancurd & longan...yummm

 

Ringing in the New Year @ Zirca.

Ringing in the New Year @ Zirca.

 

In about 2 days, I’ll begin sharing some pics from the Philippines!  XoXo.


Hello 2009!

lucky_cat_baby_j57_smallHappy New Year!  Wishing you good health in 2009.