One of my “neophyte days” events that I did was a grand wedding by an Indian couple in Phuket. It was a very festive event, with 5 days of parties and celebrations and parties…and more parties, surely the guests really had fun (we had fun also).
One of the night party that was tasked to me was to create a cozy, warm (not that all out rave party) venue. A place where guests can really talk and chill-out with one another. I think the key word there was “chill-out”.
Our venue was the Banyan Cafe in the Banyan Tree Hotel. We played and got inspired with the orange and brown combination like an “Hermes” box. We painted the existing columns in tangerine and wrapped around a rich brown ribbon (wrapping those ribbons were a bit of a headache). We also played around with fabrics of the same motif and created a festive look from a plain resort type cafe.
This is the schematic sketch that I did for the main entrance area. We framed the existing buddha statue with fabrics and ribbons to create a vertical reference. For carpets, instead of red, we thought of using a bolder shade ——yes it is orange!
Here is a schematic sketch for the whole venue. We installed a dance floor and a DJ table. Also we created pocket areas for seating (lounge type)
The set-up was a bit nerve wracking, I started coordinating everything early in the morning with painting started a couple of days before, except for the dance floor. The weather was not participating also because it was cloudy with a bit of a drizzle. All in all we did it (Thank God)! It was awesome because we stayed true on what we have designed and it turned out pretty chic and classy.
It was a blessing to have worked with these lovely folks. I learned a lot for my first big event gig. After this, I did a lot of events but I must say, this team has a big place in my heart.
A trip to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower is like not visiting Paris at all. With all the museums that I visited and macarons that I ate, the Eiffel Tower I must say was the highlight of my trip. The Eiffel Tower is symbol of this magnificent city and one of the most recognizable man made structures in the world.
Just a few minutes walk from my house, the view of the tower became the highlight of my everyday adventure. I know, I know, people may say that this huge steel structure towering along the River Seine is overrated but seeing it in person, I then understand why this became a symbol of France’s queen city.
The tower stands 320 meters tall, overlooking the whole city. It is the tallest structure in Paris. The moment I saw it, my heart was enveloped in an overwhelming feeling of joy. Maybe because I have been dreaming of traveling this part of the world since I was a kid.
During my short backpacking trip, every time I feel tired and needed to clear my head, a quick gazed at the tower will just remind me to not complain and be thankful to God that He brought me in this place.
It was a surprise that my friend Wilma (who is a cabin crew) was also in Paris. We met at the foot of the tower and of course did some pictorials.
I spent my last day in Paris climbing the Tower. The observatory platform (Third level) was open for the public, it costs 13Euros to go there including lift charges. I met a lot of tourists (like me), some came from Spain, China, US and Germany.
The view of the city from the top of the tower was magnificent. (sometimes you just want to sing and belt out a song). It was summer, but it was very cold at the observation deck, so as a tip, you should bring a jacket or a scarf.
In the evening, the tower sparkles like a diamond in the city (and literally if you wait long enough, you will really see the lights sparkle).
With three of my Dubai friends passing by in Paris at the time I was there, we planned a dinner in one of the Eiffel Tower restaurants. We booked a table in 58 Tour Eiffel and had a 3 course meal where I tasted my first Foie Gras.
With a glass of champagne and with stories from traveling friends in one of the most iconic places in the world, it was indeed a perfect way to finish a long and tiring day.
I’ve been dreaming and hoping that I will have one of these to accompany me with in one of my travels very very soon.
As what I have mentioned in my previous travel blog (click here), my luggage was declared missing during my arrival in Paris. After waiting for 3 days, I decided that it was about time for me to move on and buy new clothes to wear ( I still have a lot of days left for my “back packing trip” and I don’t want to spend them wearing the same khaki shorts and souvenir shirts).
I walked along the street of Champs Elysees and found an H&M shop! PERFECT! I love H&M! I love how their clothes perfectly fit my asian built (not to mention very affordable), that is why it was a no brainer that this should be the first shop where I will get my new ensembles for this trip.
The first thing I looked for was a blazer (and a scarf to follow), although it was summer, Paris weather was still very cold for me in the evening.I also grabbed a few colored skinny pants, a couple of T-shirts and checkered slim fit shirts, sets of underwear and lastly I bought a leather bag so I can use it as an alternative to the one I lost in the airport.
I love what I bought and from the looks of it, there was no need for me to look for another shop! I completed my whole outfit for the whole trip! Thanks to H&M! ….NOW I AM REALLY READY TO HIT PARIS!
You already landed in Paris, found your hotel, unpacked your luggage and ready to hit the road ——> so where to begin? There are several ways to roaming around the City of Love. Here are (just) a few of the one’s I tried.
The Bus Tour (Les Cars Rouges). This is a must (try) for every first timer! It will give you a clearer picture of where to spend most of your time. At the same time, you will be able to tour around Paris in no time ^^
The Seine River Cruise —the same as the Bus Tour, this will allow you to tour Paris in a jippy but with the view from the historical Seine River. You will surely love the view from this point.
Because the subway is really a huge thing in Paris with 14 stations, I thought of posting several photos of it! This is the most convenient way to go around Paris! I love observing the people inside the stations and the inside the train.
Aside from the Metro, there are other trains around Paris—and going outside the city (I rode this going to Disney, Versailles and the South of France)
If you’re tired —- standing on a walkalator will do the trick!
Basically, people on a budget are staying away from taxis because they are very expensive. I got the same tip also, but, I thought of trying it when I was rushing to catch our dinner booking. From Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower it costs me 10 Euros
If you’re a tourist (and not tired), walking is still the best way to enjoy the city. Paris is so rich, that everywhere to look you will surely see something wonderful and historical.
Lastly—if you wanna go around in class, you can always grab a carriage like most of the Disney Princesses do…. ^^
“You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden”. -Allen Ginsberg
Paris is indeed one of “the” traveler’s dream destinations. I’ve been waiting for this day ever since I saw a clip of the Eiffel Tower lit proudly in one of the city’s New Year’s Celebrations (I think I was in grade school back then).
——and SURPRISE SURPRISE—my baggage was declared lost upon our arrival in Paris CDG.
So here are some of the things that I learned from my short and sweet backpacking adventure in Paris—and some side stories. ^^
Always start your tour by getting as much resources a possible. A handy dandy map (look for an English one of course) and some Ctiy Guide brochures to know what the city is currently offering.
Learning how to commute is really helpful. Paris is really commuter friendly, with a metro station (Metropolitain) in every corner, you can really find your way around. The tricky part is, there are 14 (i think) metro lines in Paris, so you better get the hang of it before you can be a pro (I was able to—so you can also).
To know more about their subway system check out this helpful guide:http://www.paris.com/tourism/getting_around/metro
The first landmark that I saw was the Arc de Triomphe. It was indeed “wow”. My house was near this place—in fact, it was just a 10 min. walk.
With the help of Ate Annie (she’s the Aunt of my friend back in Dubai) I realized that the Eiffel Tower was just a few walks away from where I was staying (just walk opposite from the Arc).
When I first saw the Eiffel Tower, I forgot that I lost my baggage in the airport. I can stare at it for hours and hours!
As an artist, the Louvre was at the top of my priority list. They do offer a Museum Pass where you can go to every museum in Paris w/o lining up and no limit (w/in a period of days). I was about to avail this, but because I was visiting during the first Sunday of the month, they advised me not to buy because —most public Museums are free every first Sunday, then Mondays they are closed. (I will do a separate post on the Louvre soon)
The Seine River Paris
This was my first Disney Land Visit ever! So I was a happy traveler! The happiest place to be! I only wish I was with my nieces.
What I wore: 21 Men maroon long sleeved shirt, Topman peach striped round neck t-shirt, Topman khaki shorts (I wore this pants for 3 days while waiting for my bag—then decided to buy new pants for my trip, for shirts,I started buying souvenir shirts and used them while I waited)
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Moulin Rouge. Makes me wanna sing—hey sister go…sister..
The marvelous Chateau de Versailles. My experience here was magnificent and surely deserves a separate blog! One of my most memorable Paris destination.
My trip became really awesome because of the people I met. They said that people in Paris are all snob and arrogant but I must say they were the opposite based on my experience.
I met a number of kakabayans who really stretched their Filipino hospitality to me. Ate Annie helped me a lot to know the basics, specially commuting. Also, she and her sister gave me basic toiletries that needed to survive while waiting for my bag to be found.
Pastor Vir (wearing the vest). I didn’t get a chance to have a photo taken with him because both of our schedules were not really working together, so I asked Ate Aimee (who made a way for us to meet) to send me a photo of him. He was very generous to offer his studio for me to stay in. (free house! yey)
The Beranger family! I met them in Versailles. They were touring also and they adopted me for the day! I love this family and now I became good friends with the youngsters!
Paris is really a great city. The culture, the art and the people are just oozing with color. There are still a lot of places that I haven’t visited and things I haven’t done—that is why I will be back very very soon!