Shopping with the dolls at SM Shoe City

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It’s been a while since I got new shoes for myself. If you listen to my show, you may have caught me sharing many times that I take extreme care of my shoes, bags and clothes. I do what I can to extend their lifespan although I know that it also depends on my usage and the quality of the material.

With my hair and make-up artist Apple. :-)

With my hair and make-up artist Apple. 🙂

Would you believe that I’ve had that white dress since I was 16? 🙂 When I buy shoes, I make sure that I can use them many times and that I can wear them with a lot of my clothes. My rule is to get the basics–shoes for casual days (meaning jeans, shirts and shorts), dressy shoes for special events, formal shoes for teaching and speaking engagements and some stylish, fashion-forward pieces for those days when I wish to make a statement through my clothing. I remember attending the launch of SM Shoe City a little over a year ago. I’m grateful to have witnessed the wonderful milestones of SM Shoes and Bags–they always have something to offer everybody. For the bold, fashion-forward crowd, they partnered with Rajo Laurel twice [I am so looking forward to another collection :-)] and I am a proud owner of four Rajo Laurel for Parisian pieces. They also launched their men’s line: Salvatore Mann and Milanos and they’ve continuously surprised the ladies with fresh, wearable designs for Parisian. Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast The Musical in Manila

beauty and the beast

Some friends and I were able to catch Beauty and the Beast the Musical at the CCP Main Theatre just this week and we were doing our best not to sing out loud during the musical numbers. It’s not that we’d be ejected from the theatre, it was more of avoiding dagger looks from those who wanted to really watch and concentrate. :-p

Beauty and the Beast the Musical was first seen on Broadway 1994. Susan Egan (also the voice of Meg in Hercules and Cinderella in some Disney Princess recordings) originated the role of Belle, while Terrence Mann played the Beast. It’s impressive how they mounted it onstage in less than 3 years since the movie was released (this makes me all the more excited for Frozen on Broadway). For the touring cast, Hilary Maiberger takes on the role of Belle, Darick Pead as the gruff, temperamental (but soft-hearted) Beast, Adam Dietlein as the self-absorbed Gaston, Paul Crane as Maurice, James May as Cogsworth, Emily Matthenson as Mrs. Potts, Hassa Nazari Robati as Lumiere and Andrea Leach in the expanded role of Babette, the feather duster.

If you’re seeing this for the first time and haven’t listened to the original cast recording, you’d be delighted to hear some songs that aren’t part of the original movie soundtrack. Songs like “Home” (which Belle sings as she is detained by the Beast in his castle, waxing sentimental on the true meaning of ‘home’), “Me” (another obnoxious self-centred song by the musical’s vain antagonist Gaston) and “If I Can’t Love Her” which is sung by the Beast after he realises how he let his anger get out of control again, prompting Belle to leave the castle.

Beauty and the Beast in Manila is made possible by Broadway Entertainment Group, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks, MKFAE and Ovation Productions. The shows began on January 9 and were supposed to run until the 25th but due to the Papal Visit, some shows were moved or cancelled. They’ve extended their run until February 1, 2015 so go and grab your tickets at http://www.beautyandthebeast.com.ph and http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Ticket prices: P7,895; P6,845; P5,790;P4,740; P4,210; P3,160; and P2,105

Thank you so much Ovation Productions for a fun evening!

with Tito Renen de Guia, CEO of Ovation Productions.

with Tito Renen de Guia, CEO of Ovation Productions.

with Ms. Grace Foronda and my dolls!

with Ms. Grace Foronda and my dolls!