Kate Spade New York 'Gramercy' Watch

I actually bought this Kate Spade 'Gramercy' mother-of-pearl bracelet watch (34mm) on Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom online a few months back for cut-price. It's always kind of gratifying when you get an awesome deal on something that you really like. I love how it looks with the rest of the accessories.

kate spade new york gramercy mother-of-pearl bracelet watch
Kate Spade Gramercy watch combined with Cartier love bangle and Juicy Couture bracelet

kate spade new york gramercy mother-of-pearl bracelet watch

kate spade new york gramercy mother-of-pearl bracelet watch

kate spade new york gramercy mother-of-pearl bracelet watch

This classic and feminine Kate Spade Gramercy bracelet watch has mineral crystal face with modern numerals shine atop the beautiful mother-of-pearl dial. The "gold" watch is currently unavailable but you can buy the two-tone color (rose gold/silver) priced at $250 here and the silver here.

Till next time,

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A Little Shopping at Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Upon arrival at the Kansai International Airport (KIX), we did a little last minute shopping and picked a few Royce chocolates and different flavors of Kit Kat. I noticed a man carrying boxes of chocolates. Then I thought how delicious it must be so I decided to buy some of these Osaka Chocolate Chaine at the Blue Sky Shop. In truth, though, only after tasting it wasn't what I was hoping for. It was more like a cookie, not even a hint of chocolate.

Then we meandered around and I saw a lot of Hello Kitty stuff at one of the shops. It immediately caught my attention. So the "panic buying" began. Hahaha! Not really, I just selected a few pieces. While HB bought some boxes of his favorite Japanese Matcha Green Tea.

Kansai Airport shop

Our travel to our designated International gate was comfortable and fast. We hopped on a "people mover, an automated tram that runs along the exterior of the airport's building.

Kansai Airport automated tram

inside the automated tram (people mover)

Drinks can be purchased from the vending machines located inside the boarding area.

vending machine drinks

Kansai Airport boarding area (travel from Osaka to Manila)

I have to admit I'm always pretty excited to see what kind of inflight meal would I have. It's the best part of the flight I get most thrilled about. I'm not sure why. I guess simple things just make me happy. :)

Philippine Airlines inflight meal

So that's about it lovely peeps our last day of travel in Japan. Sayonara Japan, until we meet again!

Till next time,

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The "Spiral Buffet" at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

The Philippine Government used to own the former Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel (one of the best hotels in the metropolis) until its stake and operations was disposed of to the private sector. Decades after, I've learned that the hotel's name has been changed to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila under a foreign management operation.

Early this month, I thought we were going to dine out in one of the buffet restaurants along the Manila Bay. I was surprised that the driver was being directed to where the Sofitel Philippine Plaza was located. If I had known beforehand, I could have prepared something memorable for the said dine-out!

the lobby at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Hotel Sofitel's predecessor Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel had a special place in my heart. That's where we had our first dine out date with my ex (hahaha!)! Besides, that's also where we held some meetings and conferences during those days where I was so much in love with "career" related matters. Seeing the staircase was like a dejavu, as if I was going down the spiral staircase with my former colleagues and business friends whom I have not seen for more than a decade. I believe the said staircase served as the Hotel's landmark, hence the name "Spiral".

Sofitel's Spiral Staircase

Spiral dining area

But so many changes have been undertaken already after the hotel encountered a couple of typhoons and storm surges which severely damaged particularly the lower levels of the hotel, where Spiral  is situated. Based on accounts, the said restaurant has been renovated to prepare for the worst, with the end view of of providing "full service" to its customers rain or shine or storm surge.

assorted products for sale at Spiral 2 Go

Approaching the restaurant's entrance, we were ushered to our table with comfortable chairs and nice table cutleries. It was good that our dining table was just beside the water fountain installed below the staircase which boosted our mood and added a beautiful relaxing effect on us. 

huge water fountain at the center of Spiral

As a matter of fact, I was tempted to invite everyone to have a photo souvenir with the fountain as the backdrop. (So sorry lovely peeps, the picture didn't do justice to us!) While the lighting was not that bright enough, its softness gave us however privacy from all other guests around us. Since we arrived before the start of the buffet time, we were able to roam around the premises and noticed that the restaurant has a welcome ritual for the night. Some ladies staff brought some kind of a lamp, as if calling the attention of the hotel guests that the buffet time is about to start.

Spiral's ambiance is superb compared to some other buffet restaurants I've been to. It has an almost full-scale food menu.

I super liked the fact that the restaurant has a Cheese and Cold Cuts Room. It looks like a huge freezer where one can just go inside and choose numerous types of cheese and various cured meats (bologna, salami, ham, etc.), capers and olives. Sad to say, I just had some small bits of it.

cheese and cold cuts room

different kinds of cheeses

The bread atelier staff served us newly baked bread placed in a basket and we liked it hot that we almost consumed it. It had a hard crust outside but very soft inside and just right for the carrot soup which we had.

hot delicious bread

One of the staff served us "Foie Gras", a known luxury food made of a fattened liver of a duck or goose, and "au gratin" in a unique way. Surprisingly, a group of foreign guests even requested the staff of the foie gras station to serve them more. But gosh, I realized that I have a simple palate for this kind of French opulent cuisine. Among the four of us, it was June who enjoyed the most. Foie Gras is a french word for "fatty liver".

Foie Gras

June's HB asked one of the staff to give him an expensive gourmet delicacy called "UNI". It's a sea urchin roe commonly known by its Japanese name. I heard June describing that it tastes like an ocean and slimy. :) It was not on the buffet spread but you can ask for it. It's free!

Uni (Sea Urchin)

There are also amazing selection of desserts, from cakes, chocolates, ice creams, gelatos, candies and gummies, and native delicacies, etc. Beverages like soda and juice are not free except for unlimited coffee and tea.

dessert section

Overall, we enjoyed our meal. The music from the live band above us was an added feature. Our generous sponsor for this memorable fine dining indeed experienced a "splurge" for the evening! He spent almost P12,990 for the night (P3,247 per person). Yes, Spiral Buffet is on the upper level of Spectrum. You have to gorge on the luxury food (e.g. foie gras, uni, lobsters, premium beef, etc.) to compensate for Spiral's pricey price tag! If you want  a 50% discount you need to have an Accor Advantage Plus Card.

Spiral 2 Go also offers some homemade cakes and pralines, jams, tableya, macaroons, cookies, etc. where you can take it home for a few pesos.

Once again, an unforgettable Spiral Buffet night at a once upon a time memorable Westin Philippine Plaza, now Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila!

Sofitel Spiral Address:
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City 1300,
Metro Manila, Philippines

Till next time,
Maven and June

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Trendsetter's Pre-Holiday Sale Bazaar at WTC

Here are some snapshots from the Trendsetter's Pre-Holiday Sale Bazaar at World Trade Center. I find the venue itself a bit small. I did plan on shopping till you drop and even brought my huge shopping bag but I just ended up buying two items. Anyway, if there's something catches your attention you might want to visit the place. Today's (Sept. 27) the last day of the Trendsetter's Bazaar.

personalized locket charms from Sweet Charms Manila
contemporary bags designed by Abby Jocson
assorted Christmas items

accessories from Souq Salamanca, the most unique booth

tote bags from Trunk

pre-owned branded bags from Japan

Laureen Uy booth

colorful handcrafted characters from Amimomo

stainless jewelries

boho capes

t-shirts and watches from Love Hope Faith Charity Shop where 50% of the net proceeds will be donated to the medication of a cancer patient and other benefeciaries

beauty products

Furla, Michael Kors and Tory Burch bags from A La Mode Designer bags

The Roma Pack, Califica Tops and Tiptoptoes

Clothes from Kirin Kirin

prada, gucci and louis vuitton bags for sale

Update: If you were not able to visit yesterday's bazaar. They will be having another event named Trendsetter's Fashion Expo and Travel Sale Expo (Hall B & C) on October 23-25, 2015 at World Trade Center Manila.

Till next time,

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