Mayon Volcano: The Muse Behind Catriona Gray's Ms. Universe-Worthy Gown

If  the intricate beading and fiery color were not enough hints for figuring out

the inspiration behind Catriona Gray's Ms. Universe-winning attire, then I guess

its moniker "Lava Gown" was a dead giveaway.

I never expected anything associated with the term "lava" to be synonymous

with something sexy; but, designer Mak Tumang proved everyone wrong when

Catriona Gray had donned the intense-looking gown before she strutted down

the 2018 Ms. Universe stage with what we now call as the "lava walk."  

Having seen the Mayon Volcano up close, it's no wonder that the designer and 

the new Ms. Universe were so captivated to the point of creating an evening 

gown because of it.

The first time we saw this natural wonder located in Albay, the volcano's perfect 

cone was barely visible due to a group of obstinate clouds unwilling to let 

visitors bask in the volcano's complete glory.  Old folks, however, have a 

different interpretation on this matter. 

Legend has it that whenever the clouds envelop the mountain, Panganoron

the brave warrior who loved Magayon, the only daughter of the tribal chief of 

Rawis, is indeed kissing her; and, when the rains do trickle down the slopes, 

they are actually Panganoron's tears as he mourns for his lost love.

Clouds swirling around the world-famous Mayon Volcano in Albay

What Starbucks Was Like In Hangzhou & Shanghai (China)

Several months ago, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced that the coffee giant will close down about 150 stores in the US by 2019.

I can't help but ask whether this decision will affect its global satellite branches as well?

Though I'm in no position to speculate about such financial matters, I guess I have a thing or two to say about customer service in Starbucks' international stores like in China. What I'm pretty sure is that Starbucks in Mainland China handles clients differently from my home country, the Philippines. 🤓

Starbucks in Hangzhou Songcheng Park

If you're flying to China this holiday season, chances are, you're more than likely to get your cup of java and frappe fix from good ole Starbucks. Some people maybe biased against this juggernaut for a number of reasons with the La Boulange Mess at the helm of its most controversial business decisions. 😠

Despite this ill-fated, heart wrenching yet premeditated tactical maneuver, as some sectors believe, we can't deny the incredible pull we feel whenever we're confronted by Starbucks' delectable array of Hot Drinks, Frappes, Cakes and Pastas.

Revisiting Hui Lau Shan Desserts in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Despite the gnawing chill that day, the fambam braved the 11 degrees Celsius temp to visit my fave desserts bar, Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts. It might be ironic, to say the least, but the best way to beat the cold weather is by eating cool stuff as well.

I have to credit my dear Gyu Hye Sun who portrayed Geum Jandi in Boys Over Flowers for that nugget of wisdom. While filming one of my all-time fave K-Dramas, she was asked how she dealt with the freezing temperature and she answered matter-of-factly, "By eating ice." 
                                       Second Time's a Charm @ Hui Lau Shan Healthy Desserts Hong Kong