Since I’m such a “jet-setter,” it was only appropriate for me to do a segment on travel. I love luggage with 360 wheels, and I never buy bags in black, so I can easily spot my stuff. SHUBI was brought to my attention by a friend in NYC, and are super cute…you can find them at http://shubilove.com. If you want to shop, shubi’s are 15% off (til the end of January 2009) with promo code: DECODRIVE …and shout out to “Michael Antonio Footwear” for providing the fashionable kicks for the Shubi spot! The travel jewels are from Susan Hanover Designs…I actually found them, reading the SPIRIT Magazine on a Southwest flight! She also makes special bracelets as part of JOIN RED, to help fight AIDS in Africa!
Happy Holidays! Here’s a nice way to get into the spirit of the season…a trip to Aquanox Spa inside the Trump Int’l Resort on Sunny Isles Beach. Basically, they took three regular spa treatments and gave ’em a Christmas Twist – a “Grinch” Martini Facial, Candy Cane Scrub, and Mistletoes! Peep my massive mane…time for a haircut or else they’re gonna start calling me “PUFFY!” Sometimes the straightening just doesn’t work for me in Miami, even in December when the humidity dies down!
I cook for my co-workers once a year for our holiday pot luck…and this year I made two (Filipino) dishes… Leche Flan and Pancit (Canton)! Last year it was lumpia (and they were looking for it), but I just wasn’t up to the rolling and deep frying this time around. Anyway, I’m happy to say I got another “gold star” for my cooking skills and I’ve been dubbed a “Renaissance Woman!” Thanks to my Mom (Leche Flan) and Arlyn & “Mamacita” (Pancit)…for the last minute tips to get my food just right!
When you think of Miami music, you think Luke, booty music, Trick Daddy, Trina and now there’s Rick Ross, Plies, Pitbull, etc… Well, Slip N Slide Records is respoonsible for so much of that hip hop music and they’re celebrating 15th years in the biz! The rooftop party at Hotel Victor in South Beach had a big turnout, and I had a great time…worked a little, then had to help ’em celebrate! BTW…Keith Sweat performed and it took me way back…think San Jose, Hot 97.7 in the late 80’s…lol I was just a youngin back then! *sigh*
Doubt is a new movie based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play Doubt: A Parable, both directed by John Patrick Shanley. It’s a very intense drama that explores the subject of abuse in the Catholic Church. When I went to the screening, it was almost like sitting through mass! I really enjoyed it. The film had my full attention and just when you think you have it figured out, a little doubt might creep in on ya! After I left, it took a minute for me to snap out of it… The acting was great, and the film’s been nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards! I was a bit apprehensive about interviewing Meryl Streep, but she’s a seasoned pro and very sweet! I couldn’t help but to reminisce about my school days at St. Patrick’s in San Jose, and yes Mom, I was listening when you told me stories about the nuns ripping your skirt hem when it was too short…I even told Meryl!
Lil Wayne’s “I Am Music” world tour kicked off at Miami’s American Airlines Arena last night. My NY fam came into town, but (big bro) Tone said, “No paparazzi” and wouldn’t let me take his picture, but it’s all good, since the effort was for the homie Jae Millz (who gladly posed with me for a blog picture). He’s on tour with Young Money and is featured on the “Dedication 3” mixtape…go out and get it!
The show was nice. Millz did his thing and was looking good! He introduced me to some of the other Young Money artists, like Mack Maine, who might just be the next big thing! T-Pain and his THR33 Rings performed before Wayne and Young Money…it was definitely circus-like, the crowd loved that he closed his set with “I’m So Hood,” by bringing out local favs – DJ Khaled, Trick Daddy and Ace Hood. I missed Keyshia Cole and Gym Class Heroes, but I’m sure they put on a good show too! Also spy-ed in the crowd (from my ‘VIP’) backstage vantage point…Birdman, actress Lauren London, Super Producer Timbaland, Miami HEAT Rookie Forward Michael Beasley and Floyd Mayweather. Here are more of the pix I took during the show…
Art Basel came through Miami last week and I took part in an “art workshop” hosted by Nike, called “Make Something.” I’m not the most artistic person…like I can see it in my mind…but not really skilled in using my hands to bring it to life! Anyway, I got to interview Jose Parla who started out with graffiti on the streets of Miami, and has since taken his art worldwide!
And a special THANK YOU to 8th Degree Black who let me sport one of their T-Shirts for my segment!
Last night Las Vegas was painted with “Pinoy Pride.” Manny Pacquiao dominated Oscar De La Hoya from the opening bell and won with a TKO. This is a really BIG deal in the Filipino community. I’m sure the celebration in the Philippines is far from over…and no doubt, Filipino-Americans are beaming in the victory too, with a renewed sense of pride in our heritage! I’ve always told people it is very different to be Filipino born in the States… My Dad has an extremely stong affection for his native country, one I don’t quite get, since I’m not from there, but if there’s one thing we Filipino’s do collectively…it’s support our own! Congrats Pacman and thanks for giving us that “CHAMPION” shine!