Monday, April 20, 2015

How I ended up buying a little black dress in Hong Kong


On Friday night, in Hong Kong living a #Travelife, Mr. XX returned earlier than expected from three days of business meetings in Macau by taking a quick helicopter ride across the New Territories and Victoria Harbour to Central.

"Couldn't be bothered to wait for the ferry," he said, when I saw him, meaning the hovercraft from Macau.

Fair enough, and that gave us a bit of time before dinner to walk around IFC Mall shopping for nothing in particular.

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A WELCOME SURPRISE

Neither of us is a big shopper, and shopping malls full of brand names you can find everywhere hold almost no allure for me unless they're on sale. But it was nice just to walk around and observe everything, and see what was new in stores.

Hong Kong stores have become such an enigma, ever since they began catering to the mainland Chinese market.

Then Mr XX suddenly said, out of the blue: "Let's each buy something we like."

I looked at him with a perplexed expression, trying to decide whether he was stating the obvious, teasing me, or suggesting something extraordinary. We were in Hong Kong's retail mecca, after all, and, yes, I could probably find a hundred things to buy in an afternoon if I really tried.



A WINDFALL AT THE CASINO

Sensing my confusion, he explained with a smile: "I had to go to the casino with some people last night, and I ended up at the blackjack table."

Looking very pleased with himself, he continued: "I actually won a bit of money, so I thought we'd split it between us for a little treat."

How nice of him to give me half. And I can't tell you how much he'd won at blackjack, except to say that the amount was somewhere between "decent" and "something to write home about."

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FIRST STOP: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Straightaway, we went to Christian Louboutin's display at Lane Crawford, obviously for me. I only wear Louboutin and a few other French designers for heeled shoes as the French understand the need for glamour and comfort without looking silly compared to most.

Unfortunately, as this was in Hong Kong, all they had were shoes with incredibly high heels, rather than the more reasonable lower heels I like.


Then for some reason, we forgot about looking for something to buy after that, as it was almost time for dinner at one of the top restaurants he'd booked in Hong Kong.

Dinner on Friday night in Hong Kong,
living a #Travelife

NO SHOPPING EXCEPT FOR GREEN COKE

In the end, after three days in Hong Kong, living a #Travelife, I ended up buying absolutely nothing except a couple of cans of green Coke.This is Coke made with Stevia , and it's been just launched recently in certain cities..

Then the next time I remembered my little cash windfall was at Hong Kong airport as I was killing time before my flight to Koh Samui on Bangkok Airways.



A LITTLE BLACK DRESS
AFTER MY OWN HEART

This was when I spotted the kind of little black dress I like -- classic and comfortable, but with an unusual twist. The type of dress you can wear all the way from a 10 AM meeting to a smart lunch to a cocktail party and then a stylish dinner.

Of course, I bought it, as such black dresses are so hard to find. And so useful in a never-ending #Travelife.

THE MULTI-PURPOSE BLACK DRESS

This morning in Koh Samui,
living a #Travelife

And I bought this just in time, too, because I think I'm wearing this new black dress in a few days to one of these 10 AM to 10 PM things -- from breakfast on a beach in Koh Samui, to lunch in Hong Kong, to the closing cocktail party for Madrid Fusion Manila, and an intimate dinner with one of the visiting Michelin-starred chefs. 

In other words, on just another day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.




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Visiting Jeju Island with Rakso Travel. No visa needed for Filipinos.



Everyone in #Travelife Magazine really lives a never-ending #Travelife.

Travelife Magazine General Manager Gel Bayona recently spent a long weekend in South Korea. And then she flew back to Manila for a day before getting on another plane -- this time for Coron, Palawan.

Gel, who has been around the world, living a #Travelife, more times than she can count, sent in this update about her recent visit to South Korea:

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ANSWERED PRAYERS AND 
A WONDERFUL COINCIDENCE

"In my never ever ending Travelife, Korea was always one of the places on my bucket list for Asia.

"Then, just as I was planning my Travelife for 2015, Rakso Travel suddenly invited me to visit the beautiful Korean island of  Jeju. Talk about answered prayers and a wonderful breakthrough here.

Rakso Travel Agency, the pioneer in organised tours to South Korea and a major operator in the travel industry for 17 years, has been heavily promoting Korea.

And the lovely Jeju Island will be of particular interest to Southeast Asians as it's only a three hour direct flight from the Philippines and Hong Kong.




FILIPINOS DON'T NEED A VISA
TO VISIT JEJU ISLAND

"By the way, did you know that Filipinos actually don't need a visa to travel to Jeju island? 

Yes, you read right. No visas needed for Filipinos wanting to visit Jeju island.

This makes it way easier to plan a visit, as we all know how troublesome applying for a visa to visit a foreign country can sometimes be.


ABOUT JEJU

"Jeju island is the largest island of Korea in its southernmost region.

Luckily, we got there just in time to see Jeju's amazing and colorful version of cherry blossoms -- with canola blossoms to boot.


"Moreover, the spring temperature  was ideal for walking -- it wasn't hot but it wasn't freezing either, so we were able to experience the cold weather plus breathtaking landscapes.

"I was totally awed by the beauty of the colors of Jeju, and it certainly was the perfect destination for April in my never-ending #Travelife.

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