Posts Tagged ‘Moscow’

PUSHKIN!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Pushkin is one of Russia’s most beloved literary giants!  It is also one of the most amazing Russian restaurants that I have ever been to.  If you’re in Moscow you all must get a table here at Pushkin.  The place is dark and mysterious and it feels like it is steeped in so much history.  We are already getting the hang of putting our coats in the cloak room.  The cloak room alone is fascinating.  Even the toilets are fully decorated! LOL!

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 I can't read Russian but I guess this is the sign.

I can't read Russian but I guess this is the sign.

Vic leads the way to one unforgettable dining experience.

Vic leads the way to one unforgettable dining experience.

The interiors.  Had to be quick!  Bawal pala ang photos.

The interiors. Had to be quick! Bawal pala ang photos.

 Another view of the dining room.

Another view of the dining room.

Coat check!

Coat check!

 Was this an elevator?

Was this an elevator?

Happy to be here!

Happy to be here!

 Even the loo was decorated! LOL!

Even the loo was decorated! LOL!

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There are 3 dining areas that one can choose from. The more posh one is upstairs and it looks like a library filled with so many wonderful objects that I could see myself getting lost there for several hours. There was another one that looked like you were dining in a green house but it only had small tables.  Since we were a big group, we could not get a table here so we were placed on the inner dining room.   The Pushkin is like dining in the IVY of London  It’s a very CHI-CHI place that does not accept jeans or sneakers! So we all had to dress up.  Being myself, I began to take many photos.  Apparently it is forbidden to take photos here.  But I had to!  LOL!  Good thing my new camera is so small that I was able to take a couple more.

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The bar!

The bar!

The view from my seat.

The view from my seat.

Nix and I at the Pushkin.

Nix and I at the Pushkin.

 I love the ambience!  Old world glamour!

I love the ambience! Old world glamour!

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We were having lunch with the Ambassador and his wife.  There was a great lunch set that was attractively priced so most of us went for this.  The food here was really Russian!  There were no if’s or buts about it.  LOL!

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Tita Connie and I.

Tita Connie and I.

 Wall details.

Wall details.

Ran up to the second floor dining area where I would have been lost for hours!  There were so many things to look at.

Ran up to the second floor dining area where I would have been lost for hours! There were so many things to look at.

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Many consider this restaurant to be the best in Moscow and rightfully so.  The sophisticated ambiance and the quality of the food was exceptional.  We all had an amazing time!  I suggest you log on to www.cafe-pushkin.ru for more details.  I also think that going there at lunch offers you the best value for money as I think the prices change during dinner.  Nevertheless, this place is a must visit in Moscow!  I know I will never forget eating here ever.
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 The set meal!  Some of us had this smoke pike.

The set meal! Some of us had this smoke pike.

 I had this beautiful plate!  It reminded me of a peacock!  Royalty must have eaten this way.  So chic and yummy!

I had this beautiful plate! It reminded me of a peacock! Royalty must have eaten this way. So chic and yummy!

This is very typical Russian!  A seafood salad with a light mayonnaise base.  I also loved the plating!

This is very typical Russian! A seafood salad with a light mayonnaise base. I also loved the plating!

BORSCH!!!!  Must have had several of these in our trip.  This one had a fruit element to it.  Apricot it was I believe.

BORSCH!!!! Must have had several of these in our trip. This one had a fruit element to it. Apricot it was I believe.

Saw the  beef stroganoff on the menu so we had to try it too!

Saw the beef stroganoff on the menu so we had to try it too!

The good ones had some grilled fish.

The good ones had some grilled fish.

 I had this!  It was like siomai with  a cream sauce.  This  meant  dumpling is very typical of Russian food so  I had to try it.  It was what I would say an acquired taste. LOL!

I had this! It was like siomai with a cream sauce. This meant dumpling is very typical of Russian food so I had to try it. It was what I would say an acquired taste. LOL!

NIx's dish was really good!   It was a deep fried veal meat ball!  SO YUMMY!

NIx's dish was really good! It was a deep fried veal meat ball! SO YUMMY!

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HUGS!
RAJO!

MOSCOW SIGHTS!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
I really love winter!  I love how I can layer my clothes and test different looks, wear scarves and sweaters and not sweat!  Ever since I can remember, I loved the cold!  I must have been an Eskimo in my past life.  Well, since it was the tail end of winter in Moscow, me and the gang took full advantage of the weather and had a virtual fashion shoot at every pit stop we did.
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Tessa and I in front of our hotel!

Tessa and I in front of our hotel!

It is still winter in Moscow.

It is still winter in Moscow.

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Obviously we did the major highlights like the Victory Park which only took literally 3 minutes because it started to rain.  Then we had to make take a bathroom break and discovered a forest in the back all blanketed in snow!  We all had one thing in mind and had an instant photo shoot!  I mean Divine and  Tessa was with us so we just had to.  Turned out to be the best photos in the trip!  LOL!
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The gang in Moscow's Victory Park

The gang in Moscow's Victory Park

Malu in our instant photo shoot.

Malu in our instant photo shoot.

The  bathroom break that became an instant photo shoot.  Had to show you how Russian public toilets look like?  Impressive ano?  Super linis!

The bathroom break that became an instant photo shoot. Had to show you how Russian public toilets look like? Impressive ano? Super linis!

Nix and I take advantage of the great setting!

Nix and I take advantage of the great setting!

Nag papacute lang po!

Nag papacute lang po!

Malu, Nix and Rosan on top of Moscow's view sites.  The weather was grey, making the views really unclear.

Malu, Nix and Rosan on top of Moscow's view sites. The weather was grey, making the views really unclear.

 I love these metal objects.  I have a small collection at home but I was proud that I did not buy anything on this trip.

I love these metal objects. I have a small collection at home but I was proud that I did not buy anything on this trip.

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After that we did the rounds of the sights like the Novodevichy convent where the Czar’s would banish their wives and sisters that proved to be inconvenient…whatever that means?!  Here you will also find a beautiful church that is a UNESCO world heritage sight.  I loved our time there as it was tranquil and peaceful.  We then proceeded to the Christ the Savior Cathedral which is actually called the Church of the Nativity.  This great Cathedral was actually rebuilt from the original structure of 1939 in the 1990′s.  It is the tallest church in Moscow and it is quite impressive.
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This was the entrance to the Novodevichy convent.
This was the entrance to the Novodevichy convent.
Spotted a super beautiful door with a great green color so Divine and Nix had to pose.

Spotted a super beautiful door with a great green color so Divine and Nix had to pose.

NIx and I in front of the Smolensk Cathedral which reminds one of a really fun fairytale castle.

NIx and I in front of the Smolensk Cathedral which reminds one of a really fun fairytale castle.

 Vic with the girls!

Vic with the girls!

 I loved walking along the gardens in the convent.

I loved walking along the gardens in the convent.

 Nix underneath a dramatic tree.

Nix underneath a dramatic tree.

Rosan, Malu and Tessa in full on winter mode!  We heard that it was getting really hot in Manila so we took full advantage of the cold.

Rosan, Malu and Tessa in full on winter mode! We heard that it was getting really hot in Manila so we took full advantage of the cold.

Ganda na sana? Nakapikit ako!

Ganda na sana? Nakapikit ako!

 I too wanted to have a photo in front of that green door.

I too wanted to have a photo in front of that green door.

Then just as we were approaching the Christ the Savior Cathedral the sun came out!  What a blessing!

Then just as we were approaching the Christ the Savior Cathedral the sun came out! What a blessing!

Since they don't have palms in Russia, this is the symbol they use for Palm Sunday or to signify the start of spring.  They remind me of Pussy Willows.

Since they don't have palms in Russia, this is the symbol they use for Palm Sunday or to signify the start of spring. They remind me of Pussy Willows.

The boys shot!

The boys shot!

Local color!  People buying the twigs.

Local color! People buying the twigs.

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The traffic can get really unbearable in Moscow so it’s  a godsend that they have a metro/subway system that is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.  Can you imagine a metro stop that could rival any of our ball rooms in Manila?  It was outstanding!  We had to take a tour of the Metro and it was really a sight to be seen.  I felt the city come alive and in a way felt a connection with Moscow.
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Nap time muna!  Trapik!

Nap time muna! Trapik!

Here I am with our young guide to take us on a Metro tour of Moscow.

Here I am with our young guide to take us on a Metro tour of Moscow.

The escalators are one of the deepest in the world!  I took about 3 to 4 minutes from start to finish.

The escalators are one of the deepest in the world! I took about 3 to 4 minutes from start to finish.

Ball room style interiors!  It was fascinating!

Ball room style interiors! It was fascinating!

The marble and details were really special.

The marble and details were really special.

Went to another metro stop that had these brass sculptures.  One had to touch the dog to get good luck!  We all had to do it!

Went to another metro stop that had these brass sculptures. One had to touch the dog to get good luck! We all had to do it!

Nix's turn.

Nix's turn.

Nix waiting for the train.  Mind the gap!  LOL!

Nix waiting for the train. Mind the gap! LOL!

Another impressive metro stop. Sadly I forgot the names of these places as it felt like a whirl.

Another impressive metro stop. Sadly I forgot the names of these places as it felt like a whirl.

Admiring the details.

Admiring the details.

Beautiful Bas reliefs.

Beautiful Bas reliefs.

Grand gestures of Russia's past.

Grand gestures of Russia's past.

Mosaic decorated ceilings.

Mosaic decorated ceilings.

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HUGS!
RAJO!

SMILE-LOVA!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

If there is one thing we Pinoys  love to do when we travel, that is to SHOP!  Throughout the years I have been seeing the world with my travel group, it is essential that we balance the our trips with SHOPPING expeditions.  Imagine our joy when  we found out that Wednesday is the the “wholesale” day in IZMAILOVO or IZMAILOVSKY park!  This is like the Divisoria of Moscow. If you’re fortunate to be here on that day just like us, then by all means, shop away!  This is the best place to get all your Matrioshka dolls, khokhloma wooden sculptures and Faberge egg copies.

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This is how SMILOVA  looked from afar.  I felt my heart skip a beat.

This is how SMILOVA looked from afar. I felt my heart skip a beat.

Outside the entrance.  I like the bright graphics.

Outside the entrance. I like the bright graphics.

The gang all ready to SHOP!

The gang all ready to SHOP!

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We took the Metro to get there and I suggest you get a guide to take you there as there a very few English signs.  Also, do not wear your nice shoes as the market is on soil and with the  rains and snow this turns into mud.  However all the inconveniences  disappear when you get to see this market.  The whole place reminded me of the Disney ride “Its a Small World”.  There were these colorful structures that only left all of us smiling.  You can find almost all things Russian here in the Market. Dolls, plates, gas masks, music boxes, traditional toys, Russian cameras and to Tessa’s delight  FUR!!!!  Tons and tons of FUR!  We all bought some sort of hats here in the market.  We all needed it because it was really getting cold.  I really loved being there, too bad that the rain and snow made us shorten the shopping and the fact that the market closes at noon.  So wake up early and get yourselves to the Smilova.    The best shopping you will ever ever have in your stay in Russia.  Enjoy the photos!
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Old style shops!  So charming!

Old style shops! So charming!

A must buy in Russian the Matrioshka dolls!  My eyes went bezerk!

A must buy in Russia - the Matrioshka dolls! My eyes went bezerk!

Malu and I with the dolls!

Malu and I with the dolls!

Faberge easter eggs for the taking!

Faberge easter eggs for the taking!

The local scene.

The local scene.

I ended up buying more than half a dozen of these beauties!

I ended up buying more than half a dozen of these beauties!

Malu and Tessa with FUR galore.

Malu and Tessa with FUR galore.

Old world style shopping.

Old world style shopping.

Russian cameras

Russian cameras

How does this make me look?

How does this make me look?

This is how you dress when you come here.

This is how you dress when you come here.

Russian shoes!

Russian shoes!

Russian costumes.

Russian costumes.

More of these music boxes.

More of these music boxes.

Militray caps.

Militray caps.

Nix got a great fur hat to keep him warm.

Nix got a great fur hat to keep him warm.

 Then it began to pour!

Then it began to pour!

 Took shelter in a meat shop!  Divine in head to toe fur!  LOL!

Took shelter in a meat shop! Divine in head to toe fur! LOL!

Nix and I outside the market.

Nix and I outside the market.

 Can you feel how cold we are?

Can you feel how cold we are?

 One of the hats we got!  LOL!

One of the hats we got! LOL!

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HUGS!
RAJO!

The Red Square!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

When one thinks of Russia, there are several iconic images that come to mind.  For some, it’s the KGB.  For others, it’s caviar and vodka. For me it has always  been the St. Basil’s  Cathedral .  Built in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible.  Legend has it that its creators, the architects Barma and Postnik were murdered by Ivan the Terrible because he did not want them to replicate the beauty of the Cathedral.

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Check out these light scones along the metro!

Check out these light scones along the metro!

Bas Relief designs inside the Metro.  Design is indeed everywhere.  I adore the floor detail too.  Tee hee!

Bas Relief designs inside the Metro. Design is indeed everywhere. I adore the floor detail too. Tee hee!

Like kids up and down the escalators!  LOL!

Like kids up and down the escalators! LOL!

Moscow walking street.

Moscow walking street.

The gang with all our hats!

The gang with all our hats!

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I was rendered speechless as I was looking at this majestic feat of design and architecture.  I must have taken at least 80 photos of the cathedral. Amazed by the use of color and materials.  It is one of those iconic edifices that just leave a great impression on anyone that sees it.  The cathedral  is situated in the Red Square where the Kremlin is located.  In Russian, I was told that the Red Square roughly translates to “a beautiful place” .  This is indeed very true.
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The most iconic Russian structure!

The most iconic Russian structure!

Another angle of this amazing cathedral.

Another angle of this amazing cathedral.

Photo op.

Photo op.

One day, I will have a birthday cake like this!

One day, I will have a birthday cake like this!

Malu is our travel leader and I play Sergeant at Arms!

Malu is our travel leader and I play Sergeant at Arms!

 Inside the St. Basil cathedral.  Check out the amazing details.

Inside the St. Basil cathedral. Check out the amazing details.

Handpainted details.

Handpainted details.

Antique icons!

Antique icons!

Stole these shots but I had to take it for my blog.

Stole these shots but I had to take it for my blog.

Dramatic lighting.

Dramatic lighting.

Pogi pose!  Yikes!

Pogi pose! Yikes!

Tessa and I.

Tessa and I.

One for the mantle!  You know, i have to print these photos out.  Eversince I started having i-photo I don't print out photos anymore.  I should!  Will make it a project in a few months and make a real photo album and not a virtual one.

One for the mantle! You know, i have to print these photos out. Eversince I started having i-photo I don't print out photos anymore. I should! Will make it a project in a few months and make a real photo album and not a virtual one.

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Coming to Russia and just being at the Red Square is already worth the entire trip.   There is much to do when in the square.  You can visit the Kremlin and walk amidst in treasures.  You can also pay your tribute to Lenin’s tomb where he is is still encased in wax.  You can also go inside St. Basil and enjoy its beauty from the inside. There is also the Russian history museum and if you time it well enough you can also see the changing of the guard.
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 Nix, Divine and I at the Red Square.

Nix, Divine and I at the Red Square.

VIc joins us in the photo.   He really takes amazing photos!  I do hope that he really pursues this as he is really good!

VIc joins us in the photo. He really takes amazing photos! I do hope that he really pursues this as he is really good!

The State Historical Museum.

The State Historical Museum.

Our Russian troupe!

Our Russian troupe!

Amazing architecture!

Amazing architecture!

Inside the church.

Inside the church.

Again stole some photos in the museum.

Again stole some photos in the museum.

Fantastic medals!  One day this will be part  of a future collection. I so know it!

Fantastic medals! One day this will be part of a future collection. I so know it!

An amazing collection of objects.

An amazing collection of objects.

Nix and I loving the stairs!

Nix and I loving the stairs!

Russian costumes.

Russian costumes.

 Ceramic wow!

Ceramic wow!

Guards in traditional costumes.

Guards in traditional costumes.

 Russian grey skies!

Russian grey skies!

 The kremlin walls.

The kremlin walls.

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I particularly loved the changing of the guards because these “guards” were so darn cute, it killed me!  All in all, it was the my highlight of my Moscow visit!
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Cute guards!

Cute guards!

Changing of the guards!

Changing of the guards!

Boy! These Russian soldiers sure are cute!  LOL!

Boy! These Russian soldiers sure are cute! LOL!

I love all these metal work designs!

I love all these metal work designs!

Outside the GUM mall entrance with Malu and Nix.

Outside the GUM mall entrance with Malu and Nix.

Gum's interiors.

Gum's interiors.

Rosan and her cotton candy.

Rosan and her cotton candy.

Mr. Ed Mananayaw, his daughter Kim and another Mr. Ed who served as our guides all throughout Moscow. Maraming maraming Salamat!

Mr. Ed Mananayaw, his daughter Kim and another Mr. Ed who served as our guides all throughout Moscow. Maraming maraming Salamat!

After the red square I went back to my room and played with my toys!  I got this fabulous Matrioshka doll!

After the red square I went back to my room and played with my toys! I got this fabulous Matrioshka doll!

 It has 20 layers!

It has 20 layers!

 INCREDIBLE!  The smallest one is smaller than a mung bean.

INCREDIBLE! The smallest one is smaller than a mung bean.

Went wild with these wooden toys.

Went wild with these wooden toys.

Managed to buy an entire Russian village.

Managed to buy an entire Russian village.

 These tiny animals are just too cute for words!  My inner child comes out!  LOL!

These tiny animals are just too cute for words! My inner child comes out! LOL!

When in Russia, you have to drink this!  It's really smooth.

When in Russia, you have to drink this! It's really smooth.

Moscow at night!  Check out the cars!  I mean vintage cars everywhere!  LOL!

Moscow at night! Check out the cars! I mean vintage cars everywhere! LOL!

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HUGS!
RAJO!

MOSCOW!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
We all stayed at the well appointed Grand Hyatt Ararat.  I really liked the impressive interiors of the lobby and the open style elevator but got a bit disappointed in my room. It was just ok and failed to give me that “WOW’ factor I expect when I stay at the other Grand Hyatts before.    It felt quite spartan and basic.  Nonetheless, I was not going to complain.  I was just glad that we were all safe and sound.
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The Lobby of the Grand Hyatt Moscow.

The Lobby of the Grand Hyatt Moscow.

Loving our Rimowas!  All of us were traveling with this! Everything was perfect except for Nix's as the handle broke!  Must be a factory defect! Hope they replace it!  Paging RIMOWA!  Please replace Nix's luggage!  Pretty please!

Loving our Rimowas! All of us were traveling with this! Everything was perfect except for Nix's as the handle broke! Must be a factory defect! Hope they replace it! Paging RIMOWA! Please replace Nix's luggage! Pretty please!

Our room!  It reminds me of a basic hotel in HK.  Hmph!

Our room! It reminds me of a basic hotel in HK. Hmph!

The bathroom! Chuvaness would not like it!

The bathroom! Chuvaness would not like it!

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Nix and I immediately toured the hotel and decided to visit the bar which had great views of the Moscow skyline. We gingerly walked outside and enjoyed more of the snow action and took photos and called it a night.
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The impressive open elevator structure.

The impressive open elevator structure.

The top floor.

The top floor.

Night views of Moscow.

Night views of Moscow.

Nix and I! So excited to be here.

Nix and I! So excited to be here.

Still snowing!

Still snowing!

Our hotel!

Our hotel!

More views of the lobby.

More views of the lobby.

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The next day, we went back to the Philippine embassy to pick up our guide to go to the Smilova market.  This is where everyone should go shopping!  Leave it to the Pinoys to find the best deals in Moscow.  Russia is SUPER expensive!  My advise is to hold on the shopping and just buy the Russian arts and crafts, the rest can be bought somewhere else around the world at a third of the price.  Will be blogging about the market in my next entry!
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The view outside my window!  Very grey!  Very Moscow!

The view outside my window! Very grey! Very Moscow!

To the Philippine Embassy.

To the Philippine Embassy.

We were in the single digits!  BRRRR!!!!!

We were in the single digits! BRRRR!!!!!

 Nix and I outside the metro system

Nix and I outside the metro system

Getting our tickets.

Getting our tickets.

The metro interiors in Russia is quite beautiful.

The metro interiors in Russia is quite beautiful.

Malu, Rosan and Nix experiencing the deepest metro system we have ever been in.  The escalator alone took more than 9 minutes from start to finish.

Malu, Rosan and Nix experiencing the deepest metro system we have ever been in. The escalator alone took more than 9 minutes from start to finish.

Muscovites in the Metro.

Muscovites in the Metro.

Tessa already in Moscow mode!  I have seen the world with my friend Tessa and each time we visit a country she imbibes the culture and the fashion.

Tessa already in Moscow mode! I have seen the world with my friend Tessa and each time we visit a country she imbibes the culture and the fashion.

Me inside the beautiful subway system of Russia.

Me inside the beautiful subway system of Russia.

The Metro map!

The Metro map!

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HUGS!
RAJO!

Moscow here we come!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
I have always dreamt of visiting Russia.  There is this romantic notion I have with Russia with all the dramatic stories of the Czar’s and Czarina’s and all the fairy tales that come with it.  So finally being able to visit this fabled country was a real blessing.  Our first stop was its capital Moscow. When we were landing  I  already saw that it  was blanketed in snow and this made me more excited because I love cold weather!  LOL!
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The beautiful airport in Paris!  SO CHIC!

The beautiful airport in Paris! SO CHIC!

 In true Pinoy spirit!  Having to move stuff around to avoid the overweight charges!  LOL!  Check out the amazing fur clothes of Divine!

In true Pinoy spirit! Having to move stuff around to avoid the overweight charges! LOL! Check out the amazing fur clothes of Divine!

 Took the Russian carrier Aeroflot!

Took the Russian carrier Aeroflot!

 Looks like Moscow is still in winter mode!

Looks like Moscow is still in winter mode!

Views of the Moscow airport.

Views of the Moscow airport.

Our gang with our dear friend Mr. Ed Mananayaw.  Maraming salamat po, Sir Ed!

Our gang with our dear friend Mr. Ed Mananayaw. Maraming salamat po, Sir Ed!

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My first impression of Moscow was, it was really grey and dreary. Plus the traffic was a nightmare!  OMG!  If you think Manila is bad, multiply this by 100 and you get Moscow traffic!  It was really really challenging!  The traffic was so bad that we were late in attending Ambassador Victor Garcia‘s birthday party which was happening exactly on our day of arrival.  Can you imagine how fortunate we all were?  I mean, we land in Moscow and boom! there is a huge party waiting for us?! LOVE IT!
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Modern Moscow airport!

Modern Moscow airport!

It was snowing when we arrived!  YAHOO!

It was snowing when we arrived! YAHOO!

 Check out the giant buildings!  I am not sure if this is Stalin or Lenin style!  It really felt like GOTHAM city!

Check out the giant buildings! I am not sure if this is Stalin or Lenin style! It really felt like GOTHAM city!

TRAFFIC GALORE!  As in GRABE!

TRAFFIC GALORE! As in GRABE!

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I have to extend my deepest appreciation to the Ambassador and his wife Tita Connie for without them, we really would not have the best time in Russia.  Their kindness and valuable assistance from securing our visas all the way to  the efficiency  of their entire staff made all the difference in our vacation.  I felt the love in Russia because of them.
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We rushed ourselves into the party.   We arrived exactly when  Tita Connie and her friends were doing a dance number for the Ambassador.  Tita Connie is what I consider a legend in the diplomatic corps.  I have had the pleasure of meeting her in Paris and in Austria  and she never fails to brighten up any environment with her exuberant personality and style.
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The receiving room of the Philippine Ambassador in Moscow.

The receiving room of the Philippine Ambassador in Moscow.

That's Tita Connie leading the dance!

That's Tita Connie leading the dance!

 TIta Connie is an accomplished artist!  She did these Icons.

TIta Connie is an accomplished artist! She did these Icons.

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The party was already in full swing when we arrived.  Filled with distinguished guests from all over the world.     It was so cool to find crispy pata on the buffet table and seeing all the foreign guests eat the pancit and adobo with much gusto.  It was such a great treat meeting so many Ambassadors from all over the world in one room.  It  made me miss my Lolo Pepe who was also an ambassador to Japan for several years.   Being there made me proud to be a Filipino and to see our culture being celebrated thousands of miles away from home!  Happy Birthday Ambassador  Victor Garcia!  Thank you so much for having us!
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The birthday buffet!

The birthday buffet!

Me with Tita connie and Divine!  Divine went to school with Tita Connie's daughter Roxanne.

Me with Tita connie and Divine! Divine went to school with Tita Connie's daughter Roxanne.

Russian style salmon!  I loved how it looked medieval.

Russian style salmon! I loved how it looked medieval.

 Tessa and Tita Connie!  A kinship in the exuberance!

Tessa and Tita Connie! A kinship in the exuberance!

The guests!

The guests!

Malu loving the buffet!  Imagine Pancit and Adobo in Moscow!  LOL!

Malu loving the buffet! Imagine Pancit and Adobo in Moscow! LOL!

Our gang with Tita Connie.

Our gang with Tita Connie.

Happy birthday Ambassador Victor Garcia!  Flanked by my travel buddies!  VIc, Malu, Divine, Nix, Rosan, Me and Tessa!

Happy birthday Ambassador Victor Garcia! Flanked by my travel buddies! VIc, Malu, Divine, Nix, Rosan, Me and Tessa!

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HUGS!
RAJO!