Merry Christmas – Buon Natale – Joyeux Noel – Shèngdàn jié kuàilè – Frohe Weihnachten – Vrolijk Kerstfeest – Selamat Hari Natal

Hi guys,

I know it is late but boo and I (The Foodie Duos) would like to wish you guys a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Hope you have a wonderful Christmas this year and a blessed New Year ahead!

Will resume posting a.s.a.p 😉

Yours Truly 🙂

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Tis The Season To Be Jolly…

So today is Dec 23rd.

2 more days before Christmas! Have you had your gifts ready yet?

I, as of today, have bought all the gifts for the beloved ones. and have gift wrapped them. kudos to me.

But, I still need to get one more gift for boo.

And I am about to go and get it as soon as this post is published. 😉

And I am off from blogging probably from Dec 24th until Dec 28th or so. Or if i am indeed having a spare time to blog, I will gonna post something random from my phone.

With that being said…

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015!

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God bless 🙂

Yours Truly 🙂

The Foodie Duos: Chocolate Romance at Serendipity3

We are back! LOL 😀

A lot of you guys are probably familiar with this place, especially since it was featured in the movie of the same name starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. Anyhow, I am not gonna write a long long post regarding Serendipity so just enjoy the video 😉

Dollar meter: $$-$$$ (affordable – expensive)
Address: 225 E 60th Street, New York, NY, 10022
Nearest transit: 4,5,6,N,Q,R trains at 59th Lex, also F train at 63rd Lex station.

Yours Truly 🙂

Christila Watched: Andrea Bocelli @ MSG 12/9/2015

Trying to get a break from all the food posts…LOL

Anyway, yes I went to see Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden last week. I desperately needed a break from all these horrendous work piles and project piles. I was already aware about his concert in New York since last summer but not until like early week of Thanksgiving that I actually managed to get ticket.

Procrastinating much?

Asked boo whether he wanted to go but since it was on weekday (damn i know sooo frigging annoyed) he told me that work might be a lil bit hectic so he could not guarantee. in the end i actually purchased and paid the ticket like 3 days before the concert but it was hard work paid off because 97% seats were already sold out. most of the remaining seats were either at the Chase lounge (which i am not a member of Chase anyhow), at the back of the section, at the floor section with hideous prices, or at the rear side stages. Stubhub is another option for resale tickets but some of the prices were just beyond senses — i saw a floor ticket costs $3,000! LOL — might as well just buy Chanel boy and resale it later 😉 I did not like purchasing tickets thru Stubhub so I looked again at Ticketmaster and was surprised that they still had the remaining re seller tickets on the side stage area. However, some of the tickets were only sold in pair of 2 or 4 so i was literally like giving up. I prayed and was like “okay God, if it was not meant to be then so be it.” refresh and refresh and all of a sudden, bingo! I found one row that allowed me to purchase single ticket! I was so happy and in matter of minutes, i paid and secured myself a ticket!

But sometimes things were not meant to run smooth at all!

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the banner on top of the ceiling

I arrived in front of MSG at around 7.10 pm (concert supposed to start at 7.30) and was immediately greeted with massive amount of people lining. My first thought was like “oh ok, well MSG is big i guess there was another play or concert going on”. nope baby! after asking to 3 different people whether they have a different type of tickets, the answer is – No! We were all in line for the security check! it took me at least 20 mins from the foyer of MSG up to the front of the metal detector. unbelievable! After the security check, i went to the merchandise section to buy the concert program. stupid me, should just bought that later after the concert instead! got my program, ran a little to the left since the clock was around 7.37 ish and lined up again for ticket scanning. at this time, i was so upset and call of nature started to bug me in this inappropriate time! They scanned my ticket and boomed — the guy said “oh you are just one?” i said “yeah, why?” he said “you need to go to the ticket booth, looks like they have re seated you”. in my mind i was like “God please, let me just watch Bocelli and stop this nuisance!”.

So i went back to the ticket booth (or at least what it looks like — too many signage here and there) and i saw an ample of people also lining up with their tickets. I gave the guy my ticket and he was like “hmm, you are by yourself?” and i was like “yeah” to which he kinda gave me the confusing look and said “lemme see if i can give you a better seat”. he took my ticket, went to the back, looked thru the tickets back and forth, grabbed an envelope, and minutes later came back with a new printed ticket. he said “you are gonna be at the floor level, miss. the view is gonna be much much better than the other section. go to your right and fast, ok? enjoy the show!”. without any cue, i dashed thru the remaining crowd, got my ticket scanned, went up to the escalator, and boomed — stupid me again continued! I went up to the 100-200 section instead of the floor level so i had to go back to the floor using the emergency exit stair to which i was already anxious cause the clock was already 7.41. unfortunately after getting in thru the floor level door, i still had to go to the loo so i used the restroom as fast as I could and immediately ran to the seating section. I already heard him singing and I was like “damn, i missed his opening act!” but then this nice man helped me get to my seat in matter of seconds. i have to applaud ushers who work in big arena like MSG because they know seating layout by heart. lol.

So i sat on my seat and i heard a familiar tune from Il Trovatore (from the opera boo and i saw last Oct). it took me 10 seconds to realized that I had just been given a great seat that it would costs me at least $500. I stopped complaining after that and just enjoyed the music he delivered.

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just blessed!

one thing that I really loved about Andrea Bocelli is that he always made a surprise on his show. Like his first concert that I saw last June 2013 in Newark, New Jersey, he introduced new soprano, new musician, and Fantasia Burano as his guest. He was not even that selfish to actually acknowledged the other musicians. On this concert he brought along a famous flute player from Italy (forgot his name, should check on the program), a soprano named Aida Garifullina, a marvelous violinist (again forgot her name), a singer named Heather Headley, and of course the famous Eugene Kohn as the conductor together with NY choir orchestra.

Oh, since I am not really a camera whore when I watch a concert so don’t expect tons of pictures. I went to a concert to enjoy the music and the singer, not to take billions of pictures and waste the memory card and battery. I took a glimpse of pictures with my iPhone and took a lil bit with my Canon as well.

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Ave Maria

And of course aside from all the special musicians he brought along, he also had a special guest that night. In my mind i was like, what? another one? hmm.. wonder who the special guest was while thinking of some names…

Eugene: tonight there will be another special guest. a well known soprano. she has performed at the white house, won numerous awards, performed at the super bowl.

Me: hmm, super bowl, soprano, could it be HER?! (Renee Fleming) — already feeling ecstatic

Eugene: Andrea you want to tell them yourself?

Andrea: ladies and gentlemen. my friend, Renee Fleming!

Me: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…. (went crazy for like 15 seconds!)

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Andrea and Renee 😉

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intermission

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moon river

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New York, New York

 

so how’s the concert? Well, as a devout Bocelli fan, I was very very pleased and happy with the concert. In total there were 25 songs (including encore where he sang Con Te Partiro and Nessun Dorma) and all of them were performed beautifully. the musician guests did amazing job especially the soprano Aida and Heather. when Aida sang Je Veux Vivre it feels like I was transformed into a magical place in France. When Renee and Andrea sang Libiamo, I could not stop humming. It was just too pretty. And when Heather belted that notes on Somewhere Over The Rainbow, I immediately felt goosebumps and thought “wow, if only all the people in the world living life in peace then earth will definitely be a better place”. And of course both the violinist and flute player were incredible in their own way. The costumes for the ladies were beautiful too! I could not stop looking at Aida’s gowns lol! First act from his concert was mostly about opera songs so those who were not familiar would be having a bit tough time to follow. second act was more of contemporary and also to introduced his latest CD called ‘Cinema’ which basically is a compilation of famous soundtracks sang by Bocelli with guest stars.

If you are an Andrea Bocelli fan, you definitely have to see his show at least once in your lifetime! Even if you are not a fan, seeing him performing LIVE is definitely a mind blowing experience as his show always offers a pleasant experience for everybody!

Here’s a lil bit video from that night! enjoy! 😉

Yours Truly 🙂

 

Christila’s 1st GIVEAWAY!

HERE IT IS… MY VERY FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!

In order to celebrate my website/blog 1st birthday, I have decided to held a giveaway. Want to know what you are winning?

TA-DA:

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So I have prepared these yummy finger licking good chocolates for three winners. Yes, THREE super duper lucky winners are gonna get different kinds of chocolates from the beloved Hershey’s, Godiva, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, and also a Hot Cocoa mix. Aside from those lovelies, I have also included a postcard from Museum of Modern Arts aka MoMA. I will personally put your name on the postcard (if you win) and put a stamp that will probably says “CHRISTILA’S GIVEAWAY WINNER” on it so it’ll make it even more official for you!

But apparently I could only secure 1 limited edition GODIVA holiday truffles so I have prepared another things for the other two winners.

the other lucky winners will gonna get another type of gifts… which are:

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Yeap…. Kate Spade pen collection and SAACHI bracelet!

HOW TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY:

just answer this following question:

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE THAT YOU CAN WATCH NUMEROUS TIME AND WHY?

answer this question no later than Friday, December 11th, 2015 00.00 AM EST ( US Eastern Standard Time ) and put your answer down below on the comment box. I will select best 3 three answers based on the reason behind why you like that particular movie. You are more than welcome to write as long as you want.

And after I select 3 winners, I will put their name on small piece of paper and draw whoever gets the GODIVA truffles, Kate Spade pen set, and SAACHI bracelet. This will make it fair and square. I will even record a video on how I draw the winner and I will post the video on YouTube and here as well.

I will pick the winner sometime around Dec 12th-13th and will post the result on Dec 15th 2015.

And yes, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.

And yes, when you write down your answer, make sure to put a working e-mail address that I can contact incase you win the giveaway.

So, GOOD LUCK and I am looking forward to read your answer and announce the winner!

Yours Truly 🙂

Lately I have been…

Lately I have been going to Korean market A LOT! Like twice or three times a week. I am not Korean but for some reason I am a devout fan of Korean food.

don’t tell that to my pop. he’ll freak out and will probably start cursing me. lol.

I even had breakfast from Korean bakery and lunch from Korean fast food joint. 😀

Lately I have been having terrible sleeping pattern. And no joke, I was already laying down on my bed but damn it was so hard to fell asleep. I sleep better whenever I see boo. could it be i am having a separation anxiety disorder?! who knows! I am trying so hard to sleep earlier but there’s always certain things that prevented me from doing so. Like for instance, I accidentally fell asleep or nap in the evening after i came home then woke up hours later and did not sleep till like 2 or 3. Hate that! or sometimes when I watch YouTube videos on my smartphone. man i cannot resist myself not to watch something at least an hour per day — as if it has become a drug to me.

Oh well. I just have to change this habit.

And yes, I need to get back to cooking again. Just had a series of diarrhea since last Sunday. Thank God i did not get a severe food poisoning. Not gonna tell from where I had it but yes lesson learned.

And yes, Giveaway will be there. I will post it a.s.a.p!

Till then! Yours Truly 🙂