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After the long wait, it’s finally here! :) I’ll be blogging about my US tours and please forgive me as they will be taking a while before I get to blog all of them as I need to dig in my memory hole and edit, resize and upload the photos one by one.
Before you start scrolling down, I’d like to thank Miguel, one of my really good friends in my six month stay in the US, for being one of the best tour guides/driver/photographer in the world. I know it’s Erika and I’s job as a tourism major to do that part but then kudos to you for bringing and touring us around in New Orleans and in other 2324839483 places! :) Doncha worry, it will be payback time once you get your butt back here and it’s our/my turn to kidnap you. We’ll be seeing each other sooner than soon fo’sho, BBY!!! :) Thank you, thank you, thank you again! I’m so grateful for this :)
From Florida, we crossed two states before reaching Louisiana: Mississippi and Alabama! It’s so much fun to hop on from one state to another. The roads are wide enough so long drives aren’t much of a pain in the butt unlike in Manila. Haha. No traffic, not much tolls, and the view is unbelievably beautiful. :)
So we stopped in Alabama first and stopped by in Miguel’s house before we drove again for two more hours to New Orleans. Tita was too kind to treat us for lunch at a Chinese buffet restaurant! Imagine my delight when I finally saw an Asian restaurant aside from the Japanese resto I always go to near my workplace! Plus, this one’s buffet! Hurray says my tummy! I don’t usually accept people who treat me out but his mom insisted, soooo haha. Thank you, tita! :)
If you’ve been a reader of mine since forever, you must’ve noticed how much I love taking photos of road/street signs.
I’ve been also ranting on Twitter how bipolar the weather is in Florida for the past few months right? Well, I didn’t know that it was the same with Alabama and Mississippi! Anyway, as we drove to NOLA (That’s New Orleans, Louisiana for short, incase you’re wondering) the weather was just bad. Dark heavy clouds everywhere, almost to the point that it was thisclose to flooding. I kept on checking my weather radar app if it was also raining in Louisiana. My radar said it wasn’t but I was kinda doubtful about it, not to mention that I almost raped the refresh button. :P Well anyway, it turns out it was summer-y with blooming sunflowers and sundried tomatoes in NOLA!! Hahaha. Yay for good weather! :)
We checked in at Ambassador Hotel, 5-10 minutes away from Bourbon St. It was a 3 or 4 star hotel so it wasn’t so bad. :) It’s near everything too. Tips to those going to NOLA is find a good location for your hotel. Preferably near Canal St. so you won’t be walking too far. Don’t bring your car when going to places too so could explore more of the place! Alright, get ready for some Asian invasion! :P
If I were to describe NOLA, it’s like New York city with less people and buildings. It’s beautiful and clean considering there’s red light district places all over town. There’s also so much historical places in NOLA. I won’t get started ‘cos I don’t want to be labeled as a nerd for now :P I suggest you visit NOLA if you’re 21 and above to enjoy the whole place. I mean, it’s not as if you won’t have fun if you’re not legal yet (I miss being a minor too, jsyk) I just want everyone to make their trip worth it by trying out every thing there is to do in NOLA.
Hello, Bourbon Street! Bourbon St. is a street known for its bars and strip clubs in the French Quarter, which is an old neighborhood in New Orleans.
I just had to post this!!!! Hahaha. Miguel being Miguel! Or maybe Miguel being an Asian dude, as he calls it. :P
Look at Bumblebee from Transformers! :O He’s real, people! Hahaha.
… and spotted another monster and a drunk Homer in Bourbon Street. I swear this got to be the weirdest place on earth! In a good way, of course! :) Haha.
We have Fat Tuesdays where I worked before and can I just say? I LOVE THEIR DAIQUIRIS! :)
When I thought my friends were being serious getting me Paris Hilton drunk. Won’t. Happen. My. Dear. Friends. :)
Meet my drinking buddy/best friend/on call buddy/girlfriend/lesbian lover, Erika. Notice our bead necklaces? We got them for free! It doesn’t symbolize anything though, it just means you went to Bourbon St., and/or attended the Mardi Gras. Did I mention that we got these drinks for free? :P A guy approached me while I was in line to order these hand grenade drinks and asked me if I was even 21 years old. Hahaha. Oh hell yes I am! Haha. The next thing I knew he paid for our hand grenades! :) Thank you, Lord for generous people! Hahahaha. Unfortunately, it was only Erika and I who were given free drinks. Oh well, perks of being a girl. Hahaha. Kidding :)
So what’s the next thing to do? Hit the strip clubs! Haha. I feel like a bad influence for kids under 21 who read my blog. :( But then, please take note of the precautions! Haha.
I wish I could take photos inside, but then no matter how hardheaded of a person I am, I just can’t bend rules in the US. Hahaha. I don’t want to end up in a jail, especially now that I’m legal (I can throw in money at the casinos, go in strip clubs and drink in the US and basically can get arrested too.) But anyway, it was fun. I don’t want to elaborate it much cos I am aware how this blog used to be under PG category, lol. What an experience!
To be honest, I forgot what this place is called. All I remember is that there were shops selling artworks, graffitis on the wall, and lights. Haha. I think we were just walking around NOLA when we accidentally passed by this place.
This is Lafayette Square. The second oldest park in NOLA.
That’s Henry Clay’s statue in the middle, and Erika and Jessa on the right. HAHA. Okay, sorry. I’m feeling hyper right now. Time check: 1:54 AM!
Obligatory jump shots. Hahaha. Very touristy… and Asian!
This beautiful church behind me is the St. Louis Cathedral! My supervisor in Florida was from Louisiana so he gave me which attractions are worth visiting. We went inside, prayed and wished before we left. I love churches Jackson Square!
Had afternoon snack at Cafe du Monde. They’re famous for cafe au lait and beignets. The whole place was packed so we had to eat at another branch to try it out. It was worth it! Make sure you check it out if you’re visiting NOLA!
Dress from ROMWE, heels from Parisian.
Here’s my long overdue Halloween costume! Haha. I wore this when we celebrated Halloween at Solaire last October 31. I was supposed to attend a Halloween party at URBN with friends but decided to just chill and cap of the night with just a few glasses of wine in my hands. :) Plus, I didn’t have any decent costume to go to a Halloween party, too. Lol! Thank goodness this stunning dress from ROMWE came just in time. I love the surprise skull cut out at the back! Since there was nothing to show and flaunt in front, I can definitely balance it off by showing off my back.
Nothing’s sexier than a conservative front with a surprise sexy back!
I’ll be throwing a giveaway too this coming Friday. :) The good news is, this dress is part of it! <3 Are you excited?? Because I am!
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I waited for two weeks to blog again because I know how off it would look if I posted something unrelated to the current state of the Philippines after super typhoon Haiyan destroyed the east of Visayas. For those who didn’t know, it was the strongest typhoon to form and hit the Philippines in world history with sustained winds of 315 KPH (195 MPH), gusts as strong as 380 KPH (235 MPH) making it equivalent to a Category 5 Hurricane. This killed almost 5,000 people leaving people no homes, food or water to drink. Most of them lost their loved ones and are hungry so some had to loot from destroyed malls to get food. To add, those who didn’t know Hurricane Katrina (that hit most of the parts in Mississippi and Louisiana, USA) was only a Category 3 Hurricane, so imagine the disaster that Typhoon Haiyan brought to my home country. Not to mention that a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Central Visayas weeks before Typhoon Haiyan arrived and it killed nearly 222 people, and injured 1,000 people. Anyway, here’s to hoping that better things will come our way after this. I know God has a reason for all of these: a wake up call and an eyeopener for the world.
Nevertheless, I am very much proud and still happy that amidst the tragedy, people have been joining hands to help my fellow Filipinos. I couldn’t be more grateful that we’ve got the whole world beside us. In behalf of everyone who were affected by the typhoon, thank you. May God bless you more. :)
Dress from Margarita and heels from Parisian
(Hype this look on Lookbook here.)
I will be leaving for Macau tomorrow morning and good job self for not packing yet! Haha. I’d like to make an excuse that I’m still looking for inspirations what clothes to wear for three days. I will be watching the Pacquiao vs Rios fight live at the Venetian tomorrow and I hope I serve as a lucky charm for our national boxing champ! Haha! I kid :) But hopefully, he wins tomorrow! :) I’ll be queuing posts while I’m away so my blog won’t feel much neglected again.
Anyway, I checked in at the Solaire Resort and Casino during the Halloween season. It was a first for us not to attend trick or treating, but still had the same level of fun when we checked in. More of that on a separate post, together with all the other trips I’ve been to this year. :) Moving on, as a girl, we tend to excuse that we’ve got nothing to wear when our clothes are filled up with so much unused clothes, so I always resort (see what I did there?) to wearing a little black dress. For me it’s a must for a girl to have an LBD and a LWD. Stock up on gold accessories and high heels or royal blue or emerald green for a non-mature look and you’re set for the night!
How You Can Help The Philippines
Typhoon Yolanda (International code name: Haiyan), the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, has hit and left my home country—specifically the Visayan province—with total devastation. My country receives more than 20 storms a year but it has never been this dire.
Based from the news I’ve read and my friends have told me, the City of Tacloban and nearby areas is like a setting in a zombie apocalypse movie. There’s no electricity, water, communications and even food to go around. A lot of the victims have been starving for 3-4 days because it’s too difficult to send relief goods, and many had to resort to looting. Many people are still missing and dead bodies are scattered everywhere. It’s just too heartbreaking.
With this in mind, I decided to collate a list of websites and resources where you can donate. At this point, any kind of donation will be most helpful.
If you want to send clothes, please sell them at the Katipunan #baHAIYANihan because 100% of the proceeds will be used to post-Yolanda rebuilding efforts. And please donate medicines that still hasn’t expired.
If you live outside the Philippines, you can refer to the following organizations to help in the relief efforts. (Compiled by HuffingtonPost.com)
World Food Programme
WFP has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.Red Cross
Emergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.
The relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.UNICEF
Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.
100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.
Within The Philippines
Donate to Philippine Red Cross via SMS
Text RED AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart). Example: RED 100
You can also donate online using your credit card of Paypal.
Google Person Finder
If you’re looking for someone, please use Google’s Person Finder.
The Food For A Cause Operation
If you’re in Metro Manila, you can join the food for a case where 100% of their proceeds will go to the victims and relief efforts.
Relief Operation Centres
This is a huge list of open relief operations centres and online donations for both locals and overseas. Please refer to this list if you want to know where you can volunteer.
I would also like to thank for the donations and relief efforts our fellow countrymen and other countries are doing. Please don’t stop helping out. Right now, our country needs all the help we could get. Thank you.