Monday, August 30, 2010

Shoes for August

I indulged myself again to my shoe addiction.  Bought myself four pairs within a month. 
Of course, it includes my all-time fave: wedges + a platform.

 multi-colored Fila wedge with floral-print sole bought in Limketkai Mall CDO City 

 Nina Ricci platforms bought in Gaisano CDO

white wedge, local find at Metro Ayala

love this white sandal with 'architecture-d' heel, local find at Leaveland - Ayala Mall

What's your latest shoe purchase?

Kublai Millan

the  h o t el - g a l l e r y :

Ponce Suites 
is located at Corner Roads 3 & 4 Doña Vicenta Village, Bajada, Davao City.
How I find out about this hotel?
  I was in search for places to stay for our trip in Davao and when I clicked on the link to the suite, I was astounded with all the optical grandeur.  From then on, my excitement never stopped till the day we arrived at the lobby of the hotel-gallery.  The place was far better from the pictures that were posted on their website.  Aside from the outrageous virtual masterpieces in and out of the hotel gallery, what I liked about the place is that Ponce Suite is situated in a peaceful, safe, quite village, so unlikely right?
It is indeed a must-see for art lovers like me. 
It did quenched my craving for the arts.

the  a r t i s t:

Kublai Ponce-Millan,
who created all these giant works, was born on July 8, 1974 in Cotabato City. He finished schooling at the University of the Philippines with a degree of Fine Arts. After which, he dedicated his life back in Mindanao, sculpting the culture from which, where which he grew up, as a human being and as a soul. The massive pieces magnify calm, passion and grief proportonately in the stone-grain finish accomplished with the five-year technique developed through various weathers accompaning their inceptions and growth, from steel and wiremesh underpinnings above and below ground, to the finishing of the last detail of the gesturing hand.

more about the artist on this link: kublai millan
my  s n a p s h o t s:
 these are just a few of the many shots I have taken, Kublai's creations overwhelmed me

Welcome to Ponce Suites! 

the lobby

the ceiling at the lobby

the artist's manifesto

a few of his paintings

his 3-dimensional artwork

staircase leading to the second floor are filled with mementos and graffiti

artworks filled the walls of the second floor

another form of his art

second floor hallway

metallic art and the use of real human hair are a few of his creative experimentations
this staircase leads to the third floor of the hotel

a great manifestation of his faith, as seen on one of the walls at the third floor

fluid humanity

these heads greets you upon entering a cafe on the rooftop 

at the rooftop

outside the hotel-gallery is wrapped with gigantic golden sculptures, here's a few of them

the famous durian

the hotel's neighborhood is filled also with Kublai's structures

and this is the humble beginnings of a grand masterpiece

More power Kublai Millan!

i Travel - Davao City

August 6-8, 2010
I may have underestimated this city, but being able to step on their soils and traverse their metropolis,  I can definitely say now that it is such a wonderful place down under in Mindanao that is worth visiting over and over.

Durian sculpture by Kublai Millan greets you at the airport grounds
Ponce Suites: an art gallery and hotel rolled into one.  
It's definitely one of its kind.
It houses Kublai Millan's artistic creations. 
A separate post will be dedicated to this Filipino artist and his masterpieces.

 Queensland Park houses two full-sized replicas of famous European statues:
1. David, originally sculpted by Michaelangelo Buonarroti in 1501

2. The Little Mermaid, originally located at Copenhagen, Denmark

People's Park

I was into floral prints during this trip.
on me:
red-black floral dress paired with black textured leggings and a pair of Ipanema thongs purchased in Singapore by my dear sister, black Nike watch, white gold ring

on me:
black biker cropped hoodie, black-white floral dress, Nina Ricci platforms that I bought in Cagayan de Oro (during this trip)

Have you been to Davao City?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

i Travel - Mindanao

My First week of August 2010 was spent on a not-so-well-planned travel to Mindanao.  

from Cagayan de Oro City to Davao City...

St. Augustine Parish in Cagayan de Oro City

to Davao City via Bukidnon, thru an 8-hour bus ride

pineapple plantation

we stopped over at Valencia City's (Bukidnon) bus terminal at 1:30 pm to have lunch

we were nearing Davao City but we had to pass this foggy areas for an hour

the day after arriving Davao City, we headed to General Santos City first then,

to Polomolok, South Cotabato

final stop:  Davao City

Street Fashion - Cebu City, August 2010

Style Sightings in the city.

tattered top and her main accessory: American guy

Koreans have invaded the city, both wearing their Sunday's best dress

a tierred micro-mini skirt, a thong wedge and
her accessories: a conspicuous tattoo on her leg and a wedding ring

black fitted tee, hot pink skinny, wedge shoe, sling bag

hats are in! + a sheer maxi and flip flops

vertical-striped short shorts, neon top, ballerina flats and blingblings

skinny and nude pumps on the street

and spotted Gizelle Faye of vanilla ice cream (wearing white top & rolled-up denim) when we were dining at Red Kimono at the Terraces last August 25, 2010.  I guess she just got back from her Bangkok shopping trip.