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My Curls Are Back!

Published December 3, 2009 by starvillanueva


*After 9 hrs flight, more than 30hrs of being awake, no make-up at all, this is me around 1pm…


*….and this is me around 5pm, after 3cups of coffee, after 4hrs of sitting there.

Went to Tony & Jackey Salon in Tomas Morato Branch to have my 2nd digital perm. They charge P3000 pesos for korean hair products in any length of hair and P5000 for L’oreal. The difference is that you can use the korean products if you have healthy, virgin hair. For my hair they recommended L’oreal products because I’ve told them I had a digi-perm last May 2008.
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1st Digi-Perm @ Tony & Jackey

After 9hrs flight from Doha, Immediately went to SM Mall of Asia, to finish off my last session of upper lip laser Hair removal, then from MOA went to Tony & Jackey. After series of washing, putting hair products and digital perm machine. The complete procedure ended after 4hrs! Even if I’ve had 3 cups of coffee, I’m still so sleepy that time but I’m glad there is WiFi atleast there’s something for me to do. After that my family pick me up and had a dinner in Shangri-la Restaurant in West. Ave. Then back to Diamond Hotel for early morning wake up call for tomorrows’ flight. I’m so glad I had 4 Manila flight last November! =)
* Dinner time @ Shangri-la with my dear family…

 

Doha Home Makeover and Christmas Tree!

Published November 28, 2009 by starvillanueva

We only have 9 days OFF in Doha each month because most of the time we are out of country, all over the world or simply flying but it’s always good to know that at the end of the day, after a tiring flight you’ll go home to a clean and homey atmosphere so we’ve decided to makeover our flat. (Flat is the common term used for Flight Attendant accommodation here in Doha, just like buying a condo unit you have a choice whether Flat or Loft.)

We want to convert our boring spacious living room into a lively area and our common dining area to a special one but that will not happen overnight because we have to clean first, do some laundry, lots of vacuuming, then my favorite part “Shop” for home accessories, Christmas ornaments and a Christmas tree!

A beautiful, symmetrical tree is a perfectsymbol of the Christmas season. But simply by decorating it you’ll create a one-of-a-kind memory of the season…

 * This is our ordinary and not so lively living room, we rearrange it and transfer one sofa to another location in the flat near our rooms.

  * The Dining Table used to be there, now it’s our welcome/chill area since it’s directing towards the main door and that’s our little Christmas tree. It may not be as big like the ones back home in Manila but what’s more important is to feel the essence of Christmas… It’s the thought that counts! =)

* Pictures in our Flat (Taken last Feb 2007)

 

Ways To Enjoy Singapore

Published October 5, 2009 by starvillanueva

Singapore is simply amazing! Our 2 ½ stay in Singapore is not enough. There is much more to see and do. From the famed Chili Crab and Hainanese Chicken Rice to Sentosa Island and the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Experience for yourself the towering skyscrapers in the business district, the hustle and bustle of the Orchard Road shopping belt or the friendly chatter of Singaporeans going about their daily tasks in the heartlands. The number of activities that can be packed into this pulsating island, day and night will astound you. And the best part is that you can visit Singapore at all times of the year as its tropical climate means sunshine all year round.

After 8hrs 20mins travel time from Doha to Singapore, Finally arrived at the Hotel (Holiday Inn Atrium) around 3pm of Sept 28. Jero was then waiting for me in the lobby since 12 noon, he arrived on the same day, from Manila via Philippine Airlines and he just booked his ticket online on the last minute because he just knew that I have a flight to Singapore.

From the hotel we made arrangements for our tour in the Night Safari. Minutes later, a shuttle service came at the hotel to fetch us and all the other tourists from other hotels in downtown, it was $58 Singapore Dollars per person. But next time I rather go to Sentosa, it’s more enjoyable and picture friendly unlike Night Safari where it’s not allowed to take pictures to the animals because they said camera flash may cause blindness to the Nocturnal animals, etc.


The Night Safari (they call it Singapore Zoo during the day), where it has been much acclaimed for its open landscape and spaciousness wherein the animals live in enclosures simulating that of their natural habitat. The zoo is filled with exotic animals like white tigers, polar bears, and Asian elephants etc. It is the world’s first such attraction. We experienced wildlife on a 45-minute tram ride, we refused the Walking Trails to get a feel of the park in eight geographical zones covering forty hectares of forested park. The sight of watching over one hundred different species of nocturnal animals (including leopards, lions and tigers) is simply amazing and something you will always remember.
  

At Underwater World in Sentosa Island, the hidden life of the sea unfolded before our captivated eyes as we plumbed the depths of the underground living museum that houses some 2,500 marine and freshwater animals of 250 species from various parts of the world.

 

Inside the oceanarium, a travelator moved us along a submerged glass-encased tunnel from which we watched at close range a plethora of underwater creatures including stringrays, eels, turtles, jellyfish, sharks, sea cow (also known as dugong) and other fishes.

 

 

Also tried Singapore’s tallest observatory tower, still located in Sentosa offering guests panoramic views high above sea level across Singapore even up to neighboring Malaysia and the Indonesian islands. The Tiger Sky Tower has a capacity of 72 in its enclosed, air-conditioned cabin.

 

No trip in Singapore is complete without Shopping. Singapore is a Shopping haven for fashionistas around the world. It has the best brands, the best shopping malls, at fantastic bargains and if Saks Avenue or Beverly Hills needs a little competition, Orchard Road it is! There is just way too many great shopping malls not to be missed and our friend can spend hours shop, window shop or just walk around the Orchard Road area to soak in the city’s atmosphere.

* View All The Picture of Singapore Tour

My All Time Skin and Beauty Secret!

Published September 9, 2009 by starvillanueva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I somehow avoid naming brands for a long time in this blog because I don’t want to associate this into advertisement page from where people are earning from their blog through their reviews, but thanks to demands of people asking for my skin care secret, I finally got inspired to write about it. I’ve been an avid user of Clinique’s 3-Step for 5 months now starting with:

Step 1: Cleanse-using Mild Liquid Facial Soap
This cleanser promises to clean the face lifting off all dirt and oil without drying skin out. It also preps skin for the exfoliation in Step 2.

Step 2: Exfoliate using Clarifying 2
they call this the ‘difference maker’ as it is chosen specifically for my skin type. It has exfoliating properties to shift dead skin cells from the face.

Step 3: Moisturize with Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Described as a ‘moisture drink’ this light lotion hydrates and helps the skin maintain its moistures balance.

* Also got this travel sizes from duty free so that I can bring it to layovers.

My skin is actually low maintenance and white since birth, the explanation why it’s getting fairer and fairer is because I’m not an outdoor person. I don’t have a regular dermatologist neither tried expensive treatments or magic creams, I’m not prone to breakouts but like an average person, I get pimple too! Sometimes I’ll go for a diamond peel but that’s rarely. With Clinique products my skin became smoother and blemish free with or without make up maybe because it’s allergy tested and fragrance-free, which avoid any harsh reaction to face. I have one complain though, large pores are visible up-close! But as the saying goes, nobody’s perfect!

 

Do things that make you happy, wake up with a smile, bring out the child in you go to the playground. Swing and slide with your siblings. Things like that will surely brings out the natural glow in you and don’t be ashamed to collect toys! Who would have thought that I’m still collecting Hello kitty stuff from all over the world! And my room is still surrounded by little mermaids and Hello Kitties!

 Life is actually full of humour a small practical jokes that dont hurt anyone makes me laugh. Television does provide humor of course but for me real life humor is the best, often subtle, sometimes missed, but so valuable. Laugh literally lifts the spirits and helps you burn calories as well! 

 

Genetics plays a role too. Here’s a fact!  I don’t remember seeing my mom with an acne breakout in my entire life! She also uses Clinique products eversince and just like me she doesn’t go to derm clinic but spas, people always mistaken her as my sister, at her age it’s really amazing that she don’t have fine lines or wrinkles! Her hand is even more smoother than my hand!

 

Lifestyle factors also contributes because I don’t smoke, I don’t drink and I don’t expose myself to harmful rays of the sun (I always have umbrella! and sunglasses with me) I exercise not regulary but whenever time permits – in the hotel’s gym or simply use their spa ameneties or have a soothing massage. While at home night swimming is my exercise followed by jacuzzi or my portable steambath then relax on one of the lazy boy massage chairs in our house.

Have a puppy! Having a dog makes you happy because loving someone steadily makes you happy. It’s easy to love a dog – because of how cute a puppy is, but it is easy to love a dog for years because the dog loves you back, faithfully.  She shows excitement when you come home or when you get down on the floor to be near her.  A dog reminds you how good it feels to make someone else happy.  This will make you feel great!

 

Last but not the least, Trust God. God has set a proper time for everything. He is the controller of the universe, there will be mistakes and misunderstandings, but you can trust God to work out every problem. Instead of stressing over difficult circumstances, trust God to take care of everything.

“He Make All Things Beautiful in His Time…”

The Truth About Flight Attendant Travel Benefits

Published August 23, 2009 by starvillanueva

First of all, free or reduced rate travel is always based on space available. Whether you are the crew or employee’s family traveling at a discount, you will only be issued a seat after all of the revenue passengers, including standby paying passengers. They are always the priority so if there’s no seat available they will ask you to just try your luck on the next flight which has always been a problem for me because all Qatar Airways employee must be back in Doha 10 hours before the next duty time but still I usually try my luck to go to Manila on my 3-4 days off. (What to do in Doha on 4days off!?! I’ll be crazy!)

What this means is that you must be very aware of the available seats on any given flight. This requires some legwork by using the company computerized reservation system to determine which flights are best for you. In my case, it’s always hard to get a seat because Manila Flight is always full or overbooked! Even if it’s not vacation period or holiday! There’s no off peak seasons in Manila flight because there are lots of Filipinos all over the world! And even if there’s a vacant seat, those seats are for senior ones! It’s better to have a full fare ticket as a back up, or else you’ll end up buying a business class full fare ticket!

* The Picture shows there’s no more passenger on cue but me, sitting near the subload check in counter, the other picture is while waiting for the delayed aircraft. There’s no more seat available on the waiting area so the rest are just standing. I’m sitting on my trolley! This inconvenience were just making me decide to resign sooner!

Last April, I flew to manila on my 4days off, August 17-19, I went to MNL again on my 3 days off and same dilemma happens! Fully booked! There’s one jump seat available but there’s one crew who’s more senior than me got the seat.

 

 

What makes it worst is that the departure should be 17:30 but the aircraft arrived at 19:40 from Doha! Super delayed! I waited in the check in counter for more than 2 hours sitting there like a beggar and 2 hours again in gate 10. I finished eating 4 BreadTalk’s Cheese Floss and Chef Tony’s popcorn because of boredom! There’s no sign of chance whatsoever but still I stayed there. Just a minute before I call someone to pick me up at the airport, I heard 3 people arguing, they sounded dismay about something. I never knew what is it all about until the ground staff told me that they have been offloaded from MNL Flight! Because they have visa problem. I feel sorry for them but at the same time thankful because their situation gives me a vacant seat! Yehey! Then I arrived in Doha around 12:40 am of August 20 – Just in time for my next duty at 10:50 am (Pick up time).

* After all the inconvenience, this view from the aircraft window simply draw a smile in my face for a minute! I’m glad to see my condo unit nonstop construction and The Venetian Mall as my View from the Top! 

 * Related Post: My Condo Unit

* April 4 Days OFF

 

GMA 7 Taping in our House!

Published August 21, 2009 by starvillanueva

Sine Novela Presents: Ngayon At Kailanman is a Philippine Drama on GMA Network. The original movie was released back in 1992 starring Sharon Cuneta & Richard Gomez. Now The series stars Heart Evangelista and JC De Vera .


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

The story begins in Hacienda Noche where Ayra Noche (Heart Evangelista) and Edwin Torres (JC De Vera) are best friends. Later on, they develop a love relationship. When Ayra’s father, Don Artemyo (Charlie Davao) finds out about this, the two are separated and Don Artemyo forced Ayra to move to United States. When Ayra returns, she finds out that Don Artemyo died and Ayra’s brother, Ronald (Luis Alandy) blames Edwin for it. Ayra listens to Ronald. Ayra also finds out that Edwin became the new owner of Hacienda Noche after Don Artemyo’s death. Ayra and Edwin become big time rivals. Ayra wants the Hacienda back but Edwin says no.

 What makes this really worse is that Edwin has a new girlfriend named Donna Benitez (Arci Munoz). Donna feels hatred for Ayra and comes up with schemes for Ayra and Edwin. But soon, Edwin tricks Ayra into loving him.

Heart Evangelista, Bernard Palanca, JC De Vera,Joy Folloso (Recently Played little Darna), Dion Ignacio & Yayo Aguila, Used our house as for their taping of the Soap Opera.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life of a Flight Attendant on Vacation Leave

Published August 4, 2009 by starvillanueva

I was invited as a guest speaker at NCBA (National College of Business and Arts) for their 3rd-4th year HRM (Hotel & Restaurant Management) student with Tourism subject. The discussion firmly focuses on my travels to different countries, International Tourism, customer related information and life as a flight attendant.


 

 

My seminar only last 40-50 minutes but the question and answer portion made my stay longer. At first they were hesitant to ask, Later on they started calling Ma ‘am Star! Ma’am Star!  Ma’am Star from each corner of mini theater room even some professors asked few questions too. It turns out to be a conference!


 

I actually had fun speaking in front of a crowd while sharing my stories and of course with pictures along with my stories because I’m not the type of person who keep telling things what they have but no evidence or proof at all (but words). I’m just laughing in my mind while listening every time I’m hearing stories such as I have this-that, Bought this at and there. haha! But I rather be quiet. I’m used to those kinds of personalities already. Oh come on, words are not even considered hard proof evidence in court hearings. The Judge may just condemn you right away. What I mean is, if you have it SHOW it. End of story. Not just by words. As the saying goes, puro kwento-walang kwenta! Again, I rather be quiet and let you boast your exaggerations and that’ll make me a good listener. Hehe!


 

 

After the Seminar, The College Dean personally thank me and told me that I should come back, etc. Then we proceed to HRM room to have lunch because they prepared lunch for us. After that went to Gateway Mall, then had a soothing massage at Blue Water Day Spa in Capitol Hills. The spa has a great ambiance and greenery view of a golf course, it’s like being away from the busy life of Metro Manila but it’s just actually in Quezon City near Celebrity Sports Club. (See Their Website)

 

I won’t summarize my speech anymore because it’s so long, but here’s my final message to them “Never get afraid of things which are achievable by you. Nothing is Impossible in this world. Many individual who’ve had a dream in their

childhood and succeeded in achieving those dreams has proved it. So I suggest we should aim and dream for a goal and try to succeed them without any laziness & losing control of ourselves. Let’s make every time worthwhile because Time is Gold!”


 

 

 

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Legal Possesion of Firearms!

Published August 2, 2009 by starvillanueva

We live in increasingly uncertain times, in fact whenever we turn on the news channel or open a newspaper, there’s always unpleasant news about home invasion, kidnapping, rape or holdup around us. I strongly believe that women should have and be able to effectively use, a firearm for self-defense, and defense of others (children, in particular).

Besides from alarm systems and electric powered window grills, and the newest motion activated lights. I remember growing up with several guns in our home (For Safety) but a gun inside the house without training is like a dog in the park without a leash. It will only get you in to trouble. So it’s better to get some training before you get your own.

I may look innocent with my colorful girly outfits but I’m equipped with pepper spray and firearm! Being a businesswoman & investor gives me the license or permit to carry a handgun for (self-defense). The one I’m holding is Glock 17 9mm. I’m confident that it will give me a decent chance to do what is needed in time of crisis and a chance at surviving an attack. Better safe than sorry!

From Expert Advice: Gunlocks and unloaded are bad idea-they will keep you from using the gun in an emergency. A quick-access safe is the best choice-it keeps the gun out of sight, away from kids, but accessible quickly.

So the Story Goes… (July Vacation Summary)

Published July 31, 2009 by starvillanueva

Living in my mom’s mansion is like living in a holiday resort. It’s a real comfort zone, every corner of the house are elegantly furnished and well decorated. It made me realized what I’m missing. I’m missing the life that I used to have. Few more flights & Travels and I might resign next year! I will resign NOT because I’m getting married, I will resign because I miss my life and I want to focus on managing my business, list goes on…

In Balcony

My leave started dining out in Pepper Lunch at Rockwell, shop 2 Carts of Groceries in Duty Free, Ate in Aristocrat Roxas Blvd. Then Went home in our previous house to get some stuff & check my mails then slept in our new home for the 1st time.

1st Floor Dining

My family & visitors can have an option to have breakfast by the poolside in our backyard, have lunch casually by the Zen type dining table in the kitchen or dine in the contemporary dining table at the other corner of the house with the view of the pool area or in one of the spacious balcony around the house, in façade or better yet eat while standing on the nook located in bar area. If your choice is none of the above then you can be humble to dine with the maid or driver in the mini-kitchen like my mom!

Maruja Wenn Deramas House

One gloomy day, my little sister Kristine and I decided to swim but it was very cold. Since it’s not sunny, I invited Christian to jog with me around the subdivision but to my surprise in the middle of our jog it became sunny! Thank God I have my umbrella with me! The 2 of us just ended up walking around. The neighborhood is very peaceful, the only public transport inside the village is 1 shuttle bus available 24hrs, security guards are patrolling from time to time, other homeowners are just busy gardening during that morning while some are cleaning their cars and polite enough to say Good Morning with a smile!

Few blocks away from our place was Maruja’s house (featured in my previous blog), I really like that house, it was so big and nicely landscaped, their swimming pool even have a bridge and no need to mention it was PINK! Loveeet!

Also saw Director Wenn Deramas’ corner house, they said Gabby Concepcion & Lorna Tolentino started filming new teleserye entitled “Dahil May Isang Ikaw” in that house. Ok enough of those Teleserye stories back to my vacation leave topic! Haha! The following evening was our house blessing & Christian’s sweet 16th birthday celebration but it’s like a debut celebration! He has 16 gifts, 16 wish, etc. It was raining the whole day so the LCD projector was installed late but the party went well, and the menu from the caterer is nice.

Blue Water Day Spa Family  Hall

Next day, went to Baguio with Jero, walk around Burnham Park and SM, stayed in Veniz Hotel in front of Burnham Park then Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto the following day. I want to see lots of places such as mines view, etc but still have business to do for the day so we went back to their Goldland Resort, pick up some documents in pawnshops and visit their Drive-in-Hotel (Also owned by them) to pick up some stuff and to try our Guns in the mini-firing range!

July 21 – Is a long day, I was invited as a guest speaker at NCBA (National College of Business and Arts) for their 3rd-4th year HRM student with Tourism subject. The discussion firmly focuses on my travels to different countries, International Tourism, customer related information and life as a flight attendant. My speech only last 40-50 minutes but the question and answer portion made my stay longer. At first they were hesitant to ask, Later on they started calling Ma’am Star! Ma’am Star!  Ma’am Star from each corner of mini theater room even some professors asked few questions too. It turns out to be a conference! After the speech went to HRM room to have lunch courtesy of the School’s Dean. Then went to Gateway Mall simply because of craving Dairy Queen Ice Cream! Then went Blue Water day spa to have a soothing massage. Later that evening, we’re all in family hall having fun with videoke! (Will upload the pictures later)

July 22 – Jero’s family went over because they want to buy the 750sq. meters Mansion beside our house. It was initially offered to us by then P16Million! But months after my mom bought our house, the P16Million mansion decrease it’s price for only P10Million! Sayang sana yun nalang nabili ni Mama! Same price but much bigger! 6 Cars will fit in the garage! The owner said the reason why the value decreases was because nobody affords it and naremata na lang sa bank! (Foreclosed property) Sayang talaga! But anyway, Jero’s mom are interested to buy it but to my dismay it’s already SOLD the day before Jero’s mom went there to inquire!!! Sayang! Sayang talaga! Kung sila nakabili edi sana neighbor ko lang ang family ko in the future when I got married!

Burnham

We’re eyeing on the other house on sale but it’s not finalized yet dahil busy na ang sched ni Tita no time na to see the interior setting of the house and nagdadalawang isip pa because the garage can only fit 2 cars! Yes, it is a problem! & parang hindi ko masyado gusto ’cause the design was too simple (see here) then color beige pa parang ang dull, gusto ko bright colors! (Like this one) pero bakit ba ako nakikielam hindi naman ako ang bibili! Hehehe!

Before I left, we headed to Antipolo Church, it has always been my ritual to visit Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage on all my vacation leave.  Later on, went to SoleMare Parksuites near Mall of Asia to see the developments. They said they will turnover the unit on December 2010, While my condo in McKinley Hill-The Fort will be on June 2012.  Maybe by that time I should still have my nightstop kit or suitcase with me so that I can sleep over wherever I preferred!

***See Related Pics:

* Everyday is a Holiday

* Baguio & Pangasinan Tour

* House Blessing & Christian’s Birthday

My Mama’s Mansion

Published July 29, 2009 by starvillanueva


 

Ever imagine yourself standing inside your dream house while you are actually stuck on the traffic? Then you know the power of visualization or better known as daydreaming! This mind-body tool let us preview a better life, which gives us the focus to help make it happen. I know you’re all wondering why I am writing this way. Positive thinking matters.


My mom like everyone else always dream of a house, she successfully owned a house but still dreams of a bigger house with swimming pool. She used to say “maybe not now but sooner or later, I know that dream house will come – in God’s will.” After years of hard work & investments here’s the result!

OUR NEW HOME in an exclusive subdivision in the heart of Quezon City! where most of the local movies, teleseryes and commercials were being shot.with Swimming pool, 2 Jacuzzi, 5 Bedrooms with maid’s room, 3 spacious balcony, Attic on 3rd floor & grand staircase. Worth $230,000 US Dollar paid in cash and yet she doesn’t want to sell our other house (
http://starvillanueva.multiply.com/photos/album/61/My_HOME_Sweet_HOME ) for a very sentimental reason and because it’s where it all started. In short, it’s a lucky house.

Looking at those advertisements about Homes for Sale inspires me a lot that someday I will be owning one of the fabulous house. Every one dream as I do. Who doesn’t want a house on their own? Of course no one wants to stick in just renting a house or company provided apartments. But in the process of living we will start at a low level. It’s not quiet that easy. It might not happen overnight, but if you stay focused and have a strong faith to God, what you want should eventually come your way in his will.

Journal of an H1N1 Patient

Published July 9, 2009 by starvillanueva

 

I want to share this information as a caution for all of you to be more aware of the pandemic.

 

 

I never imagine myself to be hospitalized and rushed by the hospital by an ambulance because I rarely get sick. Even If you surround me with people with cough or runny nose I will be the only person who won 19t be affected. Even if I took vitamins without food I won’t be acidic. Even if I ate different cuisines or try out many desserts my stomach won’t be upset nor sleep deprivation won’t stop my body from being well.

 

 

But when I got sick, it’s always controversial! The last time I’ve been hospitalized was during the midst of Dengue outbreak when I was in high school because of Dengue Fever. Also had Chicken Pox during summer of 2002, when I was 17 years old and about to enter college! It was horrible! Every time I look in the mirror I was crying because I look like a zombie!

 

And to date while H1N1 pandemic are still going on. I became a suspect patient and rushed to the hospital after 4 days of experiencing the symptoms.

 

My previous flights are Manila & New York from where we had a confirmed H1N1 case. I didn’t have any symptom by that time. I even flew to Milan on July 3-4 and I’m fine during the flight although I already have sore throat – Happy 4th of July! The following day, I had cough, body ache and slight fever but I thought I was just tired so I didn ‘t bother to go to the clinic, just stayed home and didn’t inform anyone.

 

 

Welfare office were calling me on July 6. To ask my condition because one of the crew I’ve flew with was already in the hospital and 2 crew from my accommodation are already in the hospital. I wasn’t  able to answer the phone it was on silent mode because I’m sleeping.

 

 

 July 7 – Though I’m not feeling well I still attended Q’ways Magazine Meeting. The meetings starts at 8am till 2pm, since I’m already within the vicinity, I headed to QRMC (Qatar Airways Medical Center). After speaking to the doctor she then recommends that I should stayed in Hamad Medical Hotel for some tests. The place was nice. It’s like real hotel. It’s used to be Athletes Village where the athletes stayed during Asian games in Doha. We were provided unlimited sandwich and bread, Tea/Coffee in the lounge and 4 Meals a day. Only had one complain –  NO INTERNET CONNECTION!!!

 

* To everyone esp. those crew I’ve flown with and people I’ve encountered double your vitamin intake and if you suspect any flu symptoms go to hospital immediately. We are exposed to different nationalities from all over the world. We might as well take extra measures to prevent any sickness. Health is Wealth and Internet connection is an asset!


 

* Especial thanks to Jero for cheering me up by calling at least 8 times a day. Ate Camille for cooking for me and for being “on call-24/7” and Gandings courtesy of Rachel for coming over just to bring something much much much appreciated! And Rumana for dropping me off to my accommodation such a big help… Sometimes you’ll find a helping hand to people whom you least expected…

My Condo Unit…

Published June 19, 2009 by starvillanueva

I finally found the condominium with a perfect location. It’s in posh area of McKinley Hill in The Fort Global City. It’s very accessible from all vital roads in Metropolis. It’s direct access to the Makati business district through McKinley road by passing through Forbes Park. Direct access to The Fort, Ortigas and Airport through C5 road and Edsa.

When people think of buying pamper gifts for themselves, they usually go to the mall to check out cellphones, clothes, gadgets or Make-ups. But not me, I went out and bought myself a condo unit. Not bad for 24 years old lass. It’s just that I view home ownership as a part of being a responsible adulthood.

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My Mckinley Hills studio unit interior decorated by my mom..

 

Although, I still have my 2 existing bedrooms in my mom’s 2 houses in QC. I still want to pursue my dream of owning one. “iba kasi yung sense of fulfillment pag naisip kong sakin yun or pundar ko talaga yun” and I want to start buying home stuff in different countries then I’ll put it there.

I’m planning to stay at my condo whenever I feel like having my “Me Moments/ independence” or Every time may tantrums ako and I just want to be alone! Hehehe! Kidding aside, I just couldn’t resist the thought of wanting it, because it offers location of advantage, ease and convenience. The unit that I purchased is in front of Venetian Mall with Gondola ride in the impressive man-made Grand Canal. Parking will not be a problem.

It’s supposed to be zero down payment but I preferred to pay P500,000 downpayment to make the monthly mortgage low and the turnover lump sum on December 2012 will be less. I was about to get the unit on the 6th floor but then I’ve realized there isn’t much view on 6th floor so I chose 15th floor.

 

After 9 hours flight, when we reached our hotel yesterday (June 18′ 2009) where Qatar Airways crew stays. I began to write the details in my personal checks, but because I’m tired and sleepy. Some of the checks are just wasted because of date/year mistakes or my signature becomes Estretita instead of Estrellita! Hehe!

* Mckinley Hill Website

* Megaworld Corporation

 

* My First Real Estate Investment in Tagaytay

Maruja

Published June 6, 2009 by starvillanueva

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Few Blocks away from our house in Casa Milan, I saw the house being used for the taping of Maruja. Also saw the location shoot of another TV show from ABS-CBN “Your Song”  in the clubhouse on the same day. The caretaker of the subdivision said Casa Milan are amongst the favorite location shoot of local movies, commercials & teleseryes and even asking us if we can add our house to their list for future location tapings.

If you were a fan of Supernatural or Ghost Whisperer, you would surely love the series – Maruja. It comes with simple special effects compared to other horror stories but those are enough to give you goose bumps. Besides, having grotesque effects would only turn it into a comedy. It is the story that will grip you. And of course the way the story is being told. There is so much mystery!

* See Behind the Scenes

* Watch the Pilot Episode

Merry Month of May

Published June 5, 2009 by starvillanueva

“Life is about getting the things you want the way you want it to be”

 

3 Manila Flight: I swapped my 4 days roster Munich-Germany and 2 days roster Milan-Italy while the 3rd one is pulled out from Standby! It’s my 1st time to be pulled out to operate Manila so I 19m so happy when they called unexpectedly! I had a nice time during the flight because of Filipina Mafia, around 9 hrs flying time is not that tiring – but for sure I gained weight because I can’t stop myself from habitual eating even if I’m not hungry! And everyone has food to share, from Najji 19s Pichi-Pichi & Puto, Tanj-  Adobo, Michelle, Chicken Tocino, Giony- Ensaymada, Clarissa – Cheddar Popcorn and my Cinabbon Roll we just ate, munch and laugh  whenever time  permits!

 

While in Manila, I just do my usual errands, church visit, grocery, massage, facial, manicure, bought another shith zu with Jero in Tiendesitas, dinner in Burgoo-Timog. And because he knows I felt bad for not being able to attend Levi’s Sale in Greenbelt, he just surprise me with one. The next day,  ate in Aristocrat-Roxas Blvd.

 

 

Then I went home, my family didn’t know I was coming. We celebrated my little sister’s pre-birthday at 10 in the evening, Gave my post Mother’s day gift and my belated birthday gift for my sister all at the same time. What a Cabin Crew life!

 

 

 

 

After trying my portable steam bath went to our new house in Casa Milan but the renovations are still going on and my mom are still busy enhancing the house’s security, completing the appliances, furniture and repainting the exterior and interior of the house so there’s no much pictures yet but a sneak peak!

 

Few Blocks away, I saw the house being used for the taping of Maruja (See Pics here). Also saw the location shoot of another show from ABS-CBN ‘Your Song’ in the clubhouse on the same day.

Then on my 3rd Manila flight, I went to Global City – The Fort to see the model unit of Megaworld 19s  Mckinley Hills I’ve been eyeing that project since December 2007. Now I’m torn between McKinley Hill, The Fort and Century City in Makati. Anyway, I’ll just blog about it some other time when everything is finalized already. My Journey to buying a perfect condo! Hehe!

* View The rest of the Pics Here


 

16 Ways of Knowing You’re in the Desert

Published May 29, 2009 by starvillanueva

 

1.     You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.

2.     You can stay 45 degrees without fainting.

3.     You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off.

4.     You can make instant sun tea.

5.     You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

6.     The temperature drops below 30, you feel a bit chilly.

7.     You discover that in July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.

8.     You discover that you can get sunburn through your car window.

9.     You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

10. Hot water now comes out of both taps.

11. It’s noon in July, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets.

12. You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

13. You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. before work.

14. No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning.

15. Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"

16. You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

COACH Bags Are Worth It!

Published May 24, 2009 by starvillanueva

I was never a fan of huge bags, I’m more of a collector of cute & stylish little bags even if they are not practical choice because only quite few stuff will fit inside. But lately, I was thinking of having a Coach Travel Tote that’s more of functional than stylish. I want to have a classic style, quite simple, roomy inside with multiple pockets (for a change) plus it will match any color of my outfit and the print of my wallet. This Khaki Coach Travel Tote was definitely a perfect choice. It can carry my umbrella & water bottle while walking around Manhattan NY…


The smooth texture of the leather somewhat makes it look kind of plain, but the contrasting trims with zigzag topstitching adds to its overall design. The pleated detailing on the front looks fastened by the two gold tone safety pins, giving this a rich yet edgy finish. Hybrid silhouette with alternate shoulder strap for convertible satchel to shoulder bag functions. This Coach bag weighs in for a hefty $395 and is available in pink, black, brown and gray color you can choose from.

Coach handbags is established in 1941, over a century after the birth of another luxury brand Hermès, but it takes the similar logo. One is the Bonnie Canvas tote, and the other is Jeweled Canvas large tote, both are combinations of soft cotton twill, contrasting leather trim and graphic print. Inside zip pocket, cell phone and multifunction pockets, ring to clip an accessory or key fob are available for your convenience. While the second has a framed clasp and magnetic snap closure, outside front pockets with turn lock closure, outside back framed pocket, removable leather threaded chain-link strap, but their capacity is definitely not the same. * I saw this at Macy’s at $298.
 

Choosing the Color: Color is an important factor to consider for a handbag. You may want a handbag that will match your outfit, shoes or accessories. If you want a handbag for everyday wear, identify the colors that you usually wear so that you can coordinate. If you wear a lot of neutrals, you may want a neutral Coach handbag for day wear such as beige, brown, white or grey. For a night out or event, you may want a black handbag. Or if you want to make a statement and bring some change to your fashion, you can go for bold colors. The latest trends have come out with bright and even pastel colors for the spring collection. In fact, looking at the season is a great way to figure out what colors to choose if you want to be trendier.

Identifying the purpose: The first thing that you would have to take into consideration is identifying the purpose that your handbag will fulfill. In other words, what is this handbag for? Do you want a Coach handbag that is more casual for everyday wear or do you want one that is a bit more elegant for a night out? Many career women love Coach handbags for their classy professional style. Do you want something that you can put your entire life into or do you want a handbag that has a specific function? Once you narrow down the purpose of this next handbag, you can move on to other factors.

Source:

Purse Page. andI love Coach Bags

This Coach Scarf Print bag that I was holding can be worn over the shoulder or as messenger style good to use while shopping or touring the city. The bag lies flat for the most part, making it incredibly safe when traveling and it’s very fashionable.

 

* http://www.coachhandbags101.com is dedicated for all of Coach handbag Lovers. Here you will find most interesting information about coach handbags like:



This Coach Penelope Art Travel is another of the brand’s colorful creations. This gives you another option in purchasing a bag that will fit the season’s multicolor trend, or perhaps another addition to your seasonal collection. This bag obviously made of very chic and feminine hues that make this bag all the more appealing. The metallic trim all throughout this bag adds style and richness to it, making this classier and elegant. Of course, other than just being a stylish bag, this also shows practicality, which would probably make this as your favorite everyday carryall for the season. (Available at Coach Outlets for $698)

Levi’s Greenbelt Sale

Published May 16, 2009 by starvillanueva

I received an invitation from Levi 19s Greenbelt last week that they will have 3 hours private SALE this day, MAY16 19 09 exclusively for members. I 19ve tried so hard to swap my Shanghai China flight but unfortunately, no one accepted it or the flight is not legal to swap. It took 10,000 pesos just to be a member of Levi 19s Loop club and here I am in Doha, just came back from Shanghai and I cannot use the privileges! Grrrr!

 

                                              

MUNICH, GERMANY (Travel Review)

Published May 4, 2009 by starvillanueva

The Flight from Doha to Munich was only 6hrs, the flight departs around 02:00am by the time we arrived in our hotel – Hilton Munich, it’s only 09:00am local time.

 

I told my colleagues that it’s my 1st time to do the flight because I keep on swapping it for Manila! But since I already swapped my 2 days Milan for a 24hrs Manila, I guess it’s time for me to explore Munich!

 

The signage was pretty good and I had no trouble finding my way around even though German names (double ss’s and double ff’s) were a bitof a challenge! Because I was with Sandy & Jennifer (my tour guides) they always have Germany Flights (Berlin, Munich & Frankfurt). Through a €9.00 tram. We went to Marienplatz Central Square. The ride was about 20 mins.

 

Marienplatz was full of nice boutiques, shoe shops and eating places.  The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is also there it plays to visitors from all over the world. There are figures mechanically danced around the clock tower. (usually around 5 past the designated hour).

 

Also had a very huge snack of grilled veal sausages in Old Town then went to Galeria Supermarket to buy some food while on the hotel and my favorite comfort snack CHOCOLATES!!! As I munched my way around the supermarket I realized it’s no wonder the German’s call Munich Munchin’… I mean "Munchen" Then later on had gluttonous pork dinner on Weisses Brauhaus Restaurant  in front of Old City hall.

***More Pictures in my Photoblog-Click Here***

HOUSTON, TEXAS (Travel Review)

Published April 15, 2009 by starvillanueva


It was 16hrs direct flight from Doha, but they gave us 5hrs 45mins rest. We arrived in Renaissance Hotel around 17:30 similar to arrival time whenever I have Washington & New York flight, but Houston layover is longer stay! 2nights/3days! Sarap mag inter-state! Knowing Vegas is just around 2hrs away & Miami is just an hour away! (Via plane.)

 

Since Houston is the newest destination of Qatar Airways, I might as well share these infos…   

 

·       There’s no public transpo available around the area. Puro lang for hire Limo & shuttle bus. (The best parin maging commuter sa Washington/Virginia)  

·       There’s a food court located in the ground floor inside the hotel pero exagge ang closing time ha! 2:30pm Close na! Pati Starbucks close narin! Pag weekend Close din! 

·       Since mahilig ako mag grocery because my pantry should always be fully stocked coz I don’t cook,  isa nnman itong magastos na layover, dahil kung ang Virginia ay may 24hrs walking distance na Harris Teeter or Target Supermarket while New York has 24hrs din na Duane Reade or CVS Pharmacy/Supermarket or K-mart. Houston naman has Kroger Supermarket located just in front of the hotel! 

·       There’s ATM Machine located in the Ground floor. 

·       Free wired Internet connection – Same as in New York wherein you’re being asked to sign in with your name & room number but they will remove the charge when you checked out. Wifi is only available in the lobby. 

·        Meron dun Much talk about NASA Space Station it will cost you $60 to go there by tour 9-1pm, but I suggest If you already went to National Air & Space Museum in DC. No need to go there kasi pareho lang ang makikita. (View it here) 

·       Free USA Today Newspaper! Gusto ko lang I-mention.. Hehe! sa IAD & JFK kc wala… 

·       The best parin ang sales tax ng Virginia 4.something lang… Eh dito 8.something parang N.Y but in Fairness, meron silang Tax Refund parang sa Europe! Pero Hello!? As if naman may time ka pa mag refund sa airport… If delayed departure cgro… 

·       As I was watching CNN, I noticed there’s QR short Commercial every 5-10mins! 

·       Qatar Airways’ huge Promotional Tarpaulins are scattered all over Galleria Mall, pati sa elevator, Ice Skating rink at food court.   

  • TX’s Galleria Mall is bigger than Tyson’s Corner in VA. It reminds me of Lakewood Center Mall in LA because of the similar interior and Ala Moana Mall in Hawaii because of the high-end shops.
  • *** Hope this helps.., Add nlng ako ulit ng info next week coz April 15-18, I’ll be in Houston, Texas again.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Do You Have What it Takes To Be A Flight Attendant’s Boyfriend?

    Published April 13, 2009 by starvillanueva

    Somebody made this and I would like to share this with you all… it’s soo funny! i’m sure you would like it too!

    DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A FLIGHT ATTENDANT’S BOYFRIEND?
    by: ARLENE LEGASPI

    You think you have what it takes to be a flight attendant’s boyfriend? Here are FEW things you have to put through. And that’s why they say these jet setters are the Top 3 Most Spoiled Girlfriends in the World. If you’re in a relationship with one: man, we give it up to you…. And If you’re planning to have one:

    Be prepared, Be very very… prepared.

    1. Do Not expect her to drive the car. She’s most not likely to have a driving license, she’d say “Babe, I only have a passport.”

    2. Familiarize yourself with SKYPE, YM’s. VoIPs. She worships those amazing discoveries.

    3. DO treat her like a princess before she can treat you like her king. Get ready for statements like “Buy me food, or else Ill break up with you!”

    4. DO NOT be surprised if she wants you to take several shots of vaccines: Hepa B, Hepa A, Meningitis, Yellow Fever etc. etc.

    5. Stay away when her roster comes out. That’s the next worse time to PMS.

    6. BE grateful of her smile. You get it for free. IN the skies, it’s worth 6 digits.

    7. BE READY to see yourself 5 to 10 years from now. She wants a man who knows his direction.

    8. DO give importance to time, preferably Military time. 21:16 is NEVER the same as 21:17

    9. DO NOT wake her up when she’s sleeping, even if you wonder “ she must be hungry after sleeping 18 hours already!” Again, LET her wake up by herself.

    10. DO NOT mess with how she arranges her suitcase. Boots are for Boots sack, shampoos are for toilettries, undies are for undies bag and so on.

    11. DO NOT expect her to remember names of your friends in one sitting.

    12. DO NOT accuse her of bragging when she says she went to Paris for Coffee or just hit the gym in Berlin. She’s just plainly, innocently telling you a story.

    13. Do not get intimidated by the beautiful men around him, chances are she’s already used to/sick of seeing hotness in form. Those men have lost their beauty.

    14. DO NOT call her on the phone when she’s on Standby. DO NOT… ever.

    15. Do NOT question why Half of the dresses in her closet has never been worn, and she still complains, she doesn’t have anymore.

    16. Do Not remove any clothes you think is too much in his suitcase, remember: she has four sets of outfit in her suitcase: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Fall.

    17. She expects you to learn how to read an Aviator watch.

    18. And when she gives you that expensive Aviator watch, Do not Ask her: “ what time is it there in Khartoum?”

    19. The next best gift to a Limited Louis Vuitton bag is a fancy Dual Time Watch.

    20. She carries a First Aid Kit with her and 26 kinds of Supplements: Vit C,E,A,B, anti-Oxidants, Gingko Biloba, Evening Primrose Oil, Horseradish Capsules, etc. etc. even those Pills (damn-those!) you request her to take everyday!

    21. At least buy McDonalds before your holiday flight, she prefers it over aircraft food, and yes even over the caviars in first class cabin.

    22. Understand that discovering a designer dress on the clearance rack can be considered a peak life experience.

    23. Make sure of the inaccuracy of your bathroom scale.

    24. Remind her which country she is in first thing when she wakes up in the morning

    25. During dinner, when she asks you whether you like chicken or beef… Oboohooy! you better think fast!

    26. Begin to be scared when you oversee a long line in Immigration, she has zero tolerance on airport queues.

    27. Work your muscle for a trip together, you’ll be carrying at least four baggages for her. A Gucci make-up bag, a Paul Smith, a World Traveller Trolley, and a Burberry Laptop bag at least for a Domestic Flight.

    28. A bouquet of flowers is THE if not, THE ONLY way to say “I missed you” when you pick her up at the airport.

    29. Prepare yourself for her jetlag, otherwise known as the PFS or the POST Flight Syndrome. You should be awake when she is and asleep when she is . You don’t want to see a whole 72 hours of tantrums.

    30. And lastly, it might seem like she thinks she is overqualified for love. But DO remember that in reality, she feels like she is just an ordinary girl standing in front of a boy, asking him…

    For a foot rub… after a damn…long flight. ☺