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December 22nd, 2014

Zanzibar here we come!

On our last leg in our African adventure we headed to Zanzibar! I have always wanted to go to Zanzibar for the simple reason that it just sounds so exotic and beautiful. The name itself conjures so much mystery and splendor that I just had to see the place for myself. Getting there was also an adventure as it took us two small airplane rides and a couple of hours by land. However by this time we were all getting used to this kind of travelling and in a way I kind of enjoyed the process. What I enjoy most about the whole adventure is you get to see the landscape of Africa up in the air.It’s high enough to get a real birds eye view of how beautiful this part of our world is. I often sit beside the window and look out and just enjoy the amazing views. Before we all knew it we landed in the island of Zanzibar! I immediately took some street photos because I loved the vivid colours that the women were wearing. I just wanted to share with all of you a part of our journey to this exotic place.

Here comes our ride!

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December 17th, 2014

See You soon Singita!

Like all great adventures, this one had come to an end but not without giving all of us another dimension to it’s beauty. On our last day in Singita we awoke with the the whole river views enveloped in fog. Creating this dreamy spectacle. I loved how the sun rose above the fog and greeted everyone with a bright farewell. We all had time to have one more delicious breakfast in this amazing setting before heading toward another adventure. This time we would be flying off to the exotic Zanzibar!
However before we go, I would like to share with all of you one last look at this amazing place. I would also like to thank everyone in camp for taking so good care of us and making this experience truly a magical one.

When I woke up the whole camp was in a cloud of mist.
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December 15th, 2014

#JCandB

One of my most favourite person in the world recently got married and it was one of the most unique and special wedding receptions I have ever experienced. That says a lot because I have been in the bridal business for quire a while and I have never had a wedding at the Araneta Coliseum!

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December 11th, 2014

A proper African dinner!

One of the things I love most about travelling is that I get to experience new cuisines , new flavours, new tastes and textures of the places that I visit. In my recent adventure to Africa we were all treated to a beautiful and proper African/Tanzanian meal in the Singita Camp.
We were really spoiled silly in this camp as they even flew a private chef for all of us from South Africa. His name is Frank Louw. I was very impressed with him as he was really quite passionate about his food and it showed in his work. For that evening he and his team worked almost the entire day to prepare this special meal for all of us that evokes African cuisine. It was really quite unique as there were influences of Arabic and Indian flavours but entirely all very African. My personal favourite was the small dried fish that reminded me of “dilis” cooked in a very flavourful curry sauce. I thought that was delicious! Also the various kebabs were very satisfying!

The main camp at night!
Nix styling our dear Kitty over the camp fire.
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December 8th, 2014

LION’S GONE WILD!

The beauty about being in a Safari is that you really don’t know what your going to get. You are working with nature and because of this you really cannot predict what you will be experiencing and seeing. On one particular beautiful morning we all saw one of the most incredible images ever! We saw two lions making babies! LOL! This was really quite something to see as they actually have sex repeatedly for several hours or even days. The bursts of sex drives would last for a few minutes at each time then they would take a rest and do it all over again. It was really quite fascinating.
The best part about it is that we were all able to catch this rare experience in film and photos. It was like lions gone wild! LOL! Do enjoy the photos and also take a look at other amazing images of this once in a lifetime experience.

Good Morning views from the Mara river!
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December 5th, 2014

First game drive at the Mara in Singita!

When you are in Safari, you end up waking at the crack of dawn to see the first light. This is the time of the day when  animals are most active and you can really get to see some action. I have been sleeping so well in this trip. I attribute this to the very clean environment in Africa. It is still devoid of human pollution and because of this I feel so engaged and healthy.

I woke up to one of the most incredible sunrises ever.  Our tents were situated on the banks of the Mara river, which meant that only a few steps away you will encounter these majestic animals such as Hippos, Alligators and many more!

Woke up to see this outside our tent.
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December 3rd, 2014

SINGITA RIVER MARA CAMP!

There are life experiences that really make an impact in your memory banks, something that will really create a significant imprint in your mind. I believe that I recently had one of these when me and my friends had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the Singita River Mara Camp in Lamai, Tanzania. http://singita.com/mara-river-tented-camp/ After several hours literally travelling using several planes and car rides we finally get to one of the most awesome places that I have ever experienced.

After a really long journey, seeing this was quite a relief.
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December 3rd, 2014

The Baro’t Saya challenge for Face Off 2014

I always appreciate it when I am given a challenge. It keeps me on my toes and makes me think more. I was recently given a design challenge by Life style editor/impresario Ms. Thelma San Juan who has been a long time champion of Philippine fashion. Ever since I started my journey as a fashion designer I have always felt her guiding hand graciously leading me to a better direction. So when she asked me 2 months ago to join the Inquirer FACE OFF fashion show I immediately said yes!

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December 1st, 2014

We’re off to Tanzania!

My African adventure moves on towards the next destination and this time we’re off for Tanzania! It was really quite a trek as it took us several plane rides and car rides to get there. What was fascinating about travelling in Africa is how different it really is. Firstly because of the vastness of the continent one really has to take plane rides from one place to the next.

This is what an airport in Africa looks like.
This is duty free shopping African style!
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November 28th, 2014

Cottar House

On the final night of our stay we had a lovely dinner at the main house of the Cottar’s cottage. We were treated to a really beautiful meal with Kenyan dishes. Kenyan food to me is a blend of several cultures that remind me of Arabic and Indian influence that really tasted quite exotic and very delicious.

This was one of the entrances of the house. At first it did not look like much.
The dining room set up.
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