Archive for ‘Travelnotes’

November 28, 2011

Wicked, Mystere, Fantasy, Voyage de la Vie

Finally made use of the complimentary tickets to Voyage de la Vie (courtesy of Edward T). Well, sitting in the theater reminded us about all the fantabulous shows we’ve seen in Las Vegas and New York. Oh, we-miss-so-much! Now that WICKED is coming to town, I’m a little curious and keen to re-watch.

Here’s a recap (and personal review) of some wonderful shows:

(1) WICKED The Musical at Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st Street, Manhattan
Cast:   Sets/Props:   Costumes:   Music & Lyrics:   Special Effects:
(Attempt to keep this post relevant to Veira ;)) Bag worn to the show: Satchel Mailer Bag
Right, this is obviously biased and ratings seem redundant. Anyway, there were immense amount of beautiful talents (Fiyero’s voice – sooo dreamy) and the atmosphere was fantastic. My favorite character had to be Glinda. She’s hilarious and brings the best out of the role; watch out for the *toss toss* moments that are so precious and yet bimbotic.

The lovely playbill:

Now that I’ve posted this; noticed that the main cast are from different touring teams. Katie Rose Clarke & Teal Wicks (Broadway) versus Suzie Mathers & Jemma Rix (Marina Bay Sands). This is a good reason to watch Wicked in Singapore again.

 

Cute exit points

The truth – initially I was pretty reluctant to catch the show at Broadway for various stupid reasons, of which I find absolutely ridiculous at this point in time. Thankful that the boyfriend insisted on going no matter what and boy, it was wicked good. I tell you, mind blowing. I’ve always liked musicals since young so yeah absolutely the best so far, the other that had always been in my mind is “Green Tea” by School of Music, UCSI (I know it’s only a college production but tops the rest of the musical productions during University days and beyond).

Need I say anymore? Wicked good, MUST watch! And please do not forget, standing ovation!

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September 5, 2011

[Travelnotes] San Francisco, California

The journey:
Singapore-Hong Kong – 3 hours 45 mins and 1 hour refuel stop
Hong Kong-San Francisco – 17 hours 35 mins
Duration: 5 days, 4 night

[1] Good Hotel – Our hotel is located pretty near to Market Street and the shopping district. Good enough 🙂 Cute and very clean room. Apparently, the hotel was designed to inspire the “good in us all”.

[2] Union Square San Fran Visitor Information Centre (get all the brochures/maps you need and Muni passport (for unlimited bus/train/cable car rides)), Macy’s, Forever 21, Gap etc etc etc etc etc. All those sites I shop from..they are all physically here and I swear I flipped on the first day.

[3] Chinatown

Dim Sum – tried some stuff from a recommended dim sum shop (no idea what’s the name because the boyfriend did the research and I just well, tagged along) and another dim sum place (which offers proper tables & seats). The char siew baos weren’t great but I have to say I love the egg tarts to death. But nothing has beaten the memory of delicious dim sum from Yat Tung Heen – Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong yet.

American Ginseng for the sister from a little shop at Clay Street.

[4] Lombard Street, San Francisco’s Crookedest Street Nothing much but super crowded. Just a place to snap pics..I suppose a touristy spot to fulfill the San Francisco tourist eligibility. The real fun was when me managed to squeeeze (and I really mean squeeze and hang on)  on to the cable car ride downhill. Super cool. That’s the only time too because the queues for cable cars are always crazy long.

[5] Hyde Street Pier, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf etc

It was really refreshing the first time we got to the piers. However, after 4 days I think we have enough of sea gulls, sea breeze and sunshine. Some highlights were Musee Mecanique (must visit! we love it so much – all those vintage mechanical games), USS Pampanito (submarine museum and memorial), Ghirardelli Square and piping hot clam chowder with oyster crackers.

[6] Stow Lake & Golden Gate Park – My least favourite place. Needless to say, I was never a nature lover. Well, the boyfriend was happy to see trees and sunlight and roses, I have no idea why.

[7] Haight Ashbury – Real hippy place! Wished we had visited earlier as most shops were already closed by the time we got there. Dined at Asqew Grill, total LOVE! slurps.

[8] Alcatraz – I wasn’t too excited about this tour initially but the IHOP breaky was an awesome start to the day. It wasn’t too bad; the audio tour was really good and the place didn’t turn out as spooky as I expected.

[9] Golden Gate Bridge – In awe of the structure and view. I realize I am much more of a building person than a tree person. People in the cars driving past the bridge were spontaneous and funny; waving, cheering and saying hellos.

[10] Japantown – Tried a recommended Japanese curry cafe called On the Bridge Cafe. Simple but quite good.

[11] 4th July Fireworks – Super crowded as expected but we went with the flow. It was a pleasant experience to watch “foreign” fireworks. The weather was cool so even though it was crowded, it was tolerable and people were courteous.

This is a backlog post that I intended to post a month ago. I am not the right person to even write about this. Simply because I was never the planner and have practically zero knowledge of what/where we were going to. I would always admit truthfully that I am nasty travel partner and so itineraries are required to contain 90% non-nature, non-exciting activities. Hence, this ain’t the best of San Fran yet 🙂

August 28, 2011

Fashion Walk of Fame

Exactly a month ago at New York City, Fashion District – Fashion Walk of Fame – 7th Avenue.

Just a few shots as the walkway was getting too busy for me to stand & snap more pictures.

According to one of the tour bus guide at Gray Line, this is the world’s largest button…fake one that is.

In view of Hurricane Irene passing by the city, may the New Yorkers stay safe and dry.

July 22, 2011

More of trompe l’oeil in Las Vegas

As we travel along the West Coast, here’s another trompe l’oeil concept spotted at Bellagio shopping gallery. Trompe l’oeil in French translates to “deceive the eye”,  is a type of art technique using realistic imagery to create optical illusion so that the depicted objects appear in three dimension.

Pretty umbrella pretending to be all flora! 🙂 don’t you just love how it tricks the eyes?

Stay tuned to see how we translate some trompe l’oeil concept in our upcoming F/W 2011 collection.

July 21, 2011

Shopping Tips in NYC

I was just doing some quick research on shopping & dining for our upcoming trip to New York this Saturday and totally LOL at this:

Credits to NYC Tourist Website

If you’ve yet to master the art of shopping in NYC, you’ll want to prepare for your trip to Century 21 by reading NYCTourist’s list of NYC shopping tips, the Guerilla Shopping Guide:

  • Shop at Odd Hours: With such great deals on designer clothes, Century 21 is a madhouse on weekends. Try to visit the store at off hours – on a weekday morning, for example, or in bad weather. The store will be tranquil by comparison.
  • Shop Hard: When you shop at Century 21 NYC, you have to dig to find those deals. Look in shoeboxes that aren’t your size. Open ugly shoeboxes to find the cute pair of shoes another shopper has stashed away on her lunch break. Check the racks in the dressing room for adorable discards. Shop hard!
  • Dress Smart: If you plan on trying on clothes at Century 21 NY, dress appropriately. Wear something that you can change out of easily, or otherwise wear tights and a tank top so you can try on clothes on the floor, without fighting the dressing rooms.
  • Stay Positive: Perhaps the best advice on shopping in NYC is this: don’t get discouraged. It’s easy to be intimidated by the massive size of Century 21 and the aggressive shoppers who flock there. Stay positive. Remember you’re taking advantage of outrageous deals.

Now, now I am not really sure that sounds all so fun to shop at NYC anymore. I will try to stay motivated & positive 🙂

Signs off,