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SEOUL: DAY 3
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden

Day 3 in Seoul was spent mostly in 2 areas - the magnificent Changdeok Palace - and in Gangnam-Gu. This was a pivotal day for me as it really brought attention to the beauty and wonders that Seoul has to offer – from it’s historic places to the amazing nature and of course FOOD! Changdeok Palace offered a plethora of wonders that inspired me nonstop. We went around the area and toured the Secret Gardens. Our tour guide showed us amazing photos of how different the gardens can be depending on the season and the photos were enough to convince me that I need to come back during spring and fall. That doesn't mean I wasn't happy with what I already saw. I think it's an understatement when I say it was an explosion of creative inspiration - myriads and thousands of colors and patterns that bombard your senses wherever you look; mind you I'm just sharing the visual feast. You have to experience the creative explosion your senses will have when you're there - from the melodic sound of birds to the sweet scent of fresh air.

Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden

And of course, what would you do with such creative stimulus? Have crazy fun ---

Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Changdeok Palace - The Secret Garden
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea

We ended the day by rewarding ourselves with a hearty dinner at Elbon, which I believe is found in Ganganam-Gu. It's a unique business idea mixing fashion, nature and delectable food in one - as they say, "to bring out the noble in you". And it does live up to its reputation and of course, a noble's standards. Our palate's had a food orgasm; well I leave that for you to judge based on these delectable photos.

Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea
Elbon Korea

CREDITS: Images & Photography by a.Fasione and Loren Guevara

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SPRING AWAKENING
Spring Awakening Singapore
Spring Awakening Singapore

Last night, a bunch of my friends and I caught Pangdemonium!'s production of the Tony Award Winning Musical - Spring Awakening. And I must say I was delightfully pleased.Spring Awakening is a musical based on the controversial 1892 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind, which tells the story of group of rebellious teenagers as they embark on a tumultuous journey of self-discovery. The play depicts one's experiences early on in life focused on various psychological, emotional, spiritual, and sexual "awakening". The Singapore cast is led by the talented duo of - Singapore musical heartthrob genius Nathan Hartono and the beautiful, multi-talented, Filipina dramatic prodigy Julia Abueva. Both of which I believe has done more than fair justice to the characters they portrayed - originally owned by none other than Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele on Broadway. Truly, Singapore is lucky to have such dramatic talents in their midst!  Tracie Pang directs the play and I must say she did a brilliant job.

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This is definitely one of the must watch plays of the year, so if you haven't had the chance to do so I highly suggest that you grab your tickets now will you still can.

2012 SINGAPORE MEN'S FASHION WEEK
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Being part of the very 1st Singapore Men's Fashion Week last year was definitely exciting for me. The designers that they brought in were truly amazing and the collections even more fantabulous! And so it begins anew again this year with the upcoming 2012 Singapore Men's Fashion Week. Dates are to be announced in the next few days and I’m really uber excited for this! Apart from the fashion and slew of designers that I’m sure will be a myriad of talent, I’m excited about the fact that this year they’re bringing in KOREAN stars for the show!!! Yes, the hottest and most fashionable Korean actors will grace this event. Eeep!

Will keep everyone posted soon as I hear more details but for now, will just daydream till of this event!

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THE TITANIC SALVADOR DALI

For a chill, laid back Saturday afternoon my friends and I decided to run and catch the Titanic Exhibit that opened here in Singapore at the Art Science Museum - Marina Bay Sands. Little did we know that we'd end up immersing ourselves in an afternoon of cultural delight, as lucky us, we got a pretty good deal and got to go to the Salvador Dali Exhibit as well. And I must say, it was worth the trip!

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To say the least, the Titanic Exhibit was mildly interesting. You'll find relics that were salvaged from the ship and it's really intriguing to note how some – such as notes and dinnerware - have maintained quality in spite of the years they've been left underwater. The fun part of it was the experience the exhibit created.

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You go in as one of the actual passengers of the Titanic and you experience the entire ship in it’s majesty – from the glamorous rooms, to the realistic deck showing the view of the sea, to the iceberg that led to the ship’s doom – it was simply mesmerizing.

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I got to play the part of Mr. Emil Brandeis, who unfortunately was not found [unlike my 2 other friend’s characters who were found! LOL!]. Though I must say, my character lived THE life! Check out his real life biography above yourself.

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Moving on to the Dali Exhibit, which I must say blew our minds away. His genius was truly reflected in his work and we just gobbled up everything – from the amazing structures, to the glittering sculptures and even the effervescent paintings – it was well worth the time.

Check out some of the photos from the exhibit [sad to say, no photos were allowed inside the Titanic] with more photos found on my Facebook page:

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