Life of an Empress

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Break The Rules

In Europe, I was a nobody. I was a nameless businessoman sitting in meetings after meetings, learning the world of cement and construction business being the VP Business Development of a European company and because of this I had to study the French language and adapt to their culture fast. Interestingly the limitation of understanding French conversations, allowed to me observe more, listen better, and think about which Sly businesses to grow this year. My heart and soul is focused on my brand - everything else is my way of learning what's outside the world I created. What I learned from my two months stay in Europe is exactly what Audemar Piguet's advertising line : To break the rules, you must first master them. It was my exact mindset.

(Audemars Piguet's advertising headline)
Tick Tock.

30 minutes before the take off - thinking of my Manila.
My #Selfie Bag ♡
Bye Europe!
Take-off Dubai
Welcome Drink 2: Bloody Mary + Nuts
Fireplace Up In The Air
Show Off Starters 
Very Cheesy List

Medium Rare - exactly how I like it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snowflakes All The Way

Amazing how snowflakes can make a place so magical. 

I was watching snow pile up outside the garden while having breakfast and suddenly, I was whisked into an enchanting village inside a winter crystal ball. Hypnotized and turned into a little empress, I quietly tip-toed outside - hoping no one sees what I'm about to do. I played as if I was 5 years old again. I made a snowball, threw it, laughed at it and stuck out my tongue to taste the falling, glittering, sweet snowflakes.  

This is definitely the most magical morning I have ever experience. I could wake up to this everyday.

What a wonderful morning. 

Bonjour Monsieur/Mademoiselle ♡
Breakfast View
Happiness All Over
Early Morning Shot
More Happiness
Frost After Frost


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dubont & Bryne

King surprised me last night when he brought me to the super fancy 1 Michelin Star, Relais & Chateaux,  "Le Lion D'Or by Dupont & Brynes." I was expecting a simple dinner - I thought he was bringing me to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants so I didn't dress up. But there we were celebrating our 5th month at (for me) the best seat of D & B, enjoying the wide spacing between tables, exquisite service and the magnificent view of the lake. 

I was blown away (again).  

After Rosés and teasers, giving him tons of compliments for choosing this jaw-dropping gourmet restaurant and ordering our starters and main courses, we started talking about business - as usual - his, mine and ours. Things could be overwhelming sometimes so it really helps when you can share your business ideas and visions with another entrepreneur and someone you love, who think the same as you do and understands the challenges of starting business ventures and deals. And what's more amazing is when you have someone who's so willing to teach you how business works, and sincerely supports and loves your entrepreneurial passion. That's MRCL, my King, my Mr. Grey. Thank you for this super date!

I would have worn a little black dress if I knew
he was taking me here;
but somehow my racing shoes worked


Aperitif / Rosé Champagne
Off The Menu / Artichoke Soup

His / Lobster Ravioli

Mine / Rack of Lamb

Finale / Cheese Platter

Just lovely / 6 Kinds of Cheeses, Figs, & Walnuts