Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Movie star

Making my mark down in Universal Studios.

We started our day early by reaching there at 8.30am. I know!?!?!? to think that i cant even get up for work to reach there at 9am. Oh well, i suppose when you're on a holiday. You're pretty much up and running for anything. We bought our tickets and i was surprised that my ISIC card worked there. Finally, some use in the card. So, i got $10 off the ticket. We took the tram tour which was bringing back memories of before. I remember being so tiny back then. This time new sets were there and i actually so i wild wolf on the set of Bruce All Mighty. Was stunned for a good 30 mins.

Since, the lower lot had less things to see. We did that first. We actually took Mummy on the Mummy2 Ride which off course had to turn out to be a crazy roller coaster ride. All grandparents are too delicate for it. Hehehe she was screaming and also shutting her eyes which was what i did.Felt sick. We did the Jurassic Park Ride, tee hee. Tito Nelson got soaked and offcourse i screamed when we were heading down.

* PROUD, i wasnt being a party pooper and went on all rides.

Funny moments= the picture of me and tita as star wars chics, funny head video & the house of horrors(as i was totally dragging both my tita and tito on the ground. It was so scary that we skipped the last round. I coudnt bear the snarling in my ear and the touching too...eeek*

We finished everything by 6.30pm with the extended time of buying souvenirs to remember this trip of mine. We were also constantly eating because we had the pass where you could eat all you want.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A round of trips

Turkey Day: Thanksgiving Day
It was great to have celebrated the day at Tito Gin-gins house in Tillie Court.
We had our festive feast with a twang of pinoy touch & offcourse picture
taking the whole day. The house was a point of memory for me as i did stay before
when we came to visit with mama in 1991. Can you imagine? i was only 7??
Weird how time has passed by. The house had changed with more space & light
and haha a bigger TV.
JC also has gone so much taller, the last i saw him was at Mummy & Daddy's 50th Anny.
Midnight Madness: Omg ....thats all i can say. Not about the sales but the line to just purchase something and even to get into the stores. Not to mention the traffic it took when we had to park a car.
Time spent: 12.10 pm till 7am
Hahaha i hope ness & ed were fine on their plane back to sings. Better check on them tom!
i officially do not intend to go for any crazy sales that start that late...
House hunting day: We just took some time and decided to look at real estates around tita izah's and tito nelsons area. It was great. loved the layout especially this one unit with beautiful sunlight coming from all directions. Ate: One World Vegetarian, where all vegies are imatated to taste like meat.
It was good and they do catering for celebrities too!

GettY Centre: It was beautiful, had to hitch a tram on that since its way up on the hill.
It had great exhibitions and collections. I was so happy they had Degas and also Van Gogh & Monet. Poor Mummy had to walk with us everywhere. Missed out on the other part, as i wasnt
to keen on seeing anymore 1600's paintings.

Greystone Park: Its never complete without driving down pat Bel Air and Beverly Hills to check out the mansions which i was clearly impressed by because it was bigger than kl's. Anyway , we dropped by Greystone Park. A mansion owned by a rich oil tycoon.
Surprisingly, a number of familiar moves were filmed there, Spider Man 3, Charlie's Angels, X-men, Austin Power, Holiday and etc....

"The largest home ever built in Beverly Hills, Greystone manor, wasn't built by a movie star, even though many movies have been filmed at this spectacular estate.
Beverly Hills is known for its many grand mansions. Unfortunately, you can only drive past most of these majestic estates. But here is a surprising exception to that rule. At Greystone Park, can drive through the fancy wrought-iron gates of one of the most dramatic estates in Beverly Hills, stroll its lushly landscaped, 16-acre grounds, and admire the 55-room castle up close. And it's all free!
This fortress-like Tudor mansion was built by famed oil-tycoon Edward Doheny in 1928,
as a gift to his son. With over 46,000 square feet of living space, it cost more than $4 million to build back then (one might imagine what it would cost today). Many people hail this massive home as one of the grandest mansions on the West coast, second only to William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon (although, to the casual visitor, the mansion may not seem to merit that kind of praise).
Several Hollywood movies have been shot here at Greystone, using the stately mansion and its gardens as backdrop.

In 1993's "Indecent Proposal," real estate agent Demi Moore showed millionaire Robert Redford through the empty living room of the mansion. (He didn't like it.)
Remember the scene in the 1998 "Godfather" spoof, "Mafia!," where Christina Applegate walks into the family dining room and announces "Oh good, Italian food!"? That scene also was shot in the Greystone mansion.
In the movie "Town and Country" (with Warren Beatty, Dianne Keaton & Goldie Hawn), the home stands in for Charlton Heston's mansion in Sun Valley.

Other films shot here include "What Women Want" (with Mel Gibson), "The Bodyguard" (starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston), "The Phantom" (with Billy Zane), "The Witches of Eastwick" (Jack Nicholson & Cher), "The Big Lebowski" (with Jeff Bridges), "All of Me" (Steve Martin & Lily Tomlin), "Ghostbusters II" (Dan Aykroyd & Bill Murray), "Death Becomes Her" (Goldie Hawn & Meryl Streep), "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (starring Whoopi Goldberg), "The Beautician And The Beast" (with Fran Dresher), "Guilty By Suspicion" (Robert De Niro), "Air Force One" (with Harrison Ford), "Nixon," "Batman & Robin," "Heat," "The Loved One," "Forever Amber," "The Winds of War," and "Dynasty, the Movie." They shot an episode of "Alias" here. And back in 1991, they shot episodes of the vampire soap opera "Dark Shadows" here.
On TV's "Gilmore Girls," Greystone is seen as the exterior of Chilton Preparatory Academy, the prestigious private school that Rory (Alexis Bledel) attends.

Even the famous marriage of "Luke & Laura" on TV's "General Hospital" was shot in the gardens of Greystone (where it posed as the Port Charles Mayor's mansion.)
Actor James Woods was married - for real - at the estate.
So was Kirk Douglas. In May of 2004, Mr. Douglas and his wife of 50 years, Anne, were re-married at Greystone, at a ceremony with 300 guests in attendance, including Lauren Bacall, Nancy Reagan, Tony Curtis, Karl Malden, Merv Griffin, Sidney Sheldon, Red Buttons, Don Rickles, Angie Dickinson, Jennifer Jones and many more.
In 2001, the Elton John music video "I Want Love," was shot in one seamless take; it shows actor Robert Downey Jr. wandering about inside the Greystone mansion, lip-syncing the words to the song.
The estate has been leased on a semi-permanent basis by the American Film Institute. So don't be surprised if you bump into a film crew shooting yet another movie.
Alas, the home is now empty, and is closed to visitors; there are no regular public tours of the house itself. Most months we are limited to exploring the peaceful, forest-like grounds surrounding the home, with an occasional peep through a dusty window for a brief glimpse of the mansion's vast interior.
However, they DO offer a short series of classical (chamber music) concerts each year, held inside the living room of the mansion. The events include a small reception and a tour of the first floor of the mansion, in addition to the concert. Ticket price is $20, and advance reservations must be made at (310) 550-4796. In 2003, concerts will be held on four weekend days: January 25, February 23, March 23 and April 26.
Despite their incredible wealth (a fortune of over $100 million), the members of the Doheny family had their share of tragedy. Edward Doheny was involved with bribery charges in the infamous Teapot Dome scandal, and his son's life ended in a bizarre murder-suicide at the home. The son's widow lived on at Greystone until 1955. The estate was eventually willed to the city of Beverly Hills, and it is now a public park.
But few people seem to know about it; Greystone is one of L.A.'s better kept secrets.
The park's hilltop parking lot offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city below. You'll also find a bulletin-board nearby, studded with black and white photos which show the Greystone estate during its glory days.
A self-guided tour of the grounds will take you along a maze of winding stone walkways and brick stairways, past sweeping green lawns and wonderful vistas, sculpted hedges, hidden courtyards, and lush landscaping. Keep to your right as you make your way downhill, and you'll eventually find the paths that lead to the mansion itself. (There's a lot of walking and stair-climbing to be done here, if you wish to fully explore the estate, so wear comfortable shoes and be ready for some exercise.)
The mansion resembles a modern castle, with three-foot-thick grey limestone walls, heavy wooden doors, stone courtyards, and a slate roof; it's not hard to figure out why they called it "Greystone"...
There is a tranquil, rarefied atmosphere up here on the hilltop, amid the towering redwoods. There's a pine scent in the air, and every turn seems to reveal a new view of the cityscape below.
Take a peek through the smudged windows of the mansion. A brief look reveals vast marble halls and glorious old ballrooms, replete with parquet floors, crystal chandeliers, massive marble fireplaces, and sweeping stone archways. This is where Robert Redford and Demi Moore walked during their scene in "Indecent Proposal."
Even so, all is not well in paradise.
The house and grounds, for all their former grandeur and current beauty, seem uncommonly vacant and aloof today. Like a giant stone castle abandoned in some tragic fairy tale, the home sits vacant and forlorn, its rooms now empty of both furniture and of the people who once brought the house to life. There is an undeniable sadness to this deserted mansion.
Likewise, the beautiful grounds have been fairly well maintained, but not with the same kind of loving care that a devoted owner would lavish on such a handsome estate. Mr. Doheny must have loved water, because the property is dotted with numerous swimming pools, fountains, reflecting pools, waterfalls and ponds. Yet, almost all of these now stand bone dry and melancholy. Only one tiny lily pond remains filled, but the large koi fish that swim in it seem oddly listless as they drift among the lily pads.
Greystone Park is well worth a visit. After all, how often do you get invited to a millionaire's grand estate in Beverly Hills? But the mansion has such wonderful potential that it seems a crime to let it sit empty and idle. With a little effort, the home could be opened to the public for docent-led tours; the history of the property told to visitors. At least a few of the mansion's 55 rooms could be furnished and restored to their former grandeur, and perhaps rented out for festive occasions...
As it is now, the mansion seems chilly and lifeless.
There were too few visitors to the park when I last visited, on a warm Sunday afternoon; just an occasional family on a picnic, or an out-of-town tourist, which only added to the estate's sense of isolation. Fortunately, there is a park ranger on duty, stationed near the mansion's rear courtyard. And even in its current diminished condition, Greystone is still a sight to be seen.

On April 15, 2000, President Bill Clinton visited the Greystone mansion, the site of a major fundraiser hosted by DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. This wasbe the President's second visit to Greystone; a 1999 fundraiser was also held there, and featured opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Among stars on the guest list for the dinner at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills were Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Whoopi Goldberg.
The park grounds are open daily: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.(until 6 p.m.in the summer months); the mansion itself is not open to the public. Parking is in a free hilltop parking lot, within the gates. No admission charge.
Update: As of 2002, the mansion and grounds are undergoing a major renovation. I've heard that the estate's pools & fountains may work again when the job is finished. But in the meantime, the mansion is closed and parts of the grounds may be off-limits to the public."

Rodeo Drive---> It was just plan fun walking up the road and looking at all the big brand names in their best display. My favourite were the street chandeliers displayed for x-mas. The best shop front was prada with their underground display.

The number of cars were crazy..Ooohh spotten one of Baldwins brothers but other that no one who i knew was like famous famous there.
PIGGED OUT AT IN AND OUT BURGER..hehe had to try the upsize beef burger..hehe
better than MC D's
Next Stop--> Hopefully Hollywood :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

my final countdown

Woot woot

finally here in LA, super excited because im spending time to
see my mums side of the family.

Area: West Covina, LA, California
worked my butt off to save for the ticket so now all im going to do
is sit back and relax.
Flight details, i am summing up to---> Qantas is not that great, so i still love MAS airlines
Stopover Auckland, it looked so beautiful def have to make it a destination next time.

Delay in the terminal for 2 hours plus, delay in plane because some fiber glass broke...another 2 hours....arrived...delay again cause tow bar broke then delay again because police were on board, someone was sick....
but now im safely here in Tita izah's house which is beautiful.

Went shopping today with Van and eD.

Area: Dessert Hill, evil evil
mood--> satisfied with purchases :)
finally van bought her coach bag!!
have to thank them for bringing me out shopping tooo!
love u guys

Monday, November 12, 2007

all spooks galore

I decided that since it is li's first year in melbourne,
we both hosted a joined bday party with "halloween" as the theme.
(li's bday actually lands on the 31st) With all the crazy events happening
such as exams and the races, we finally decided on the 10th of Nov.
That date shall be the day where all the spooks would be out.
All i can say is thanks guys for making the effort and also coming
out to join us on our belated birthdays. It couldnt have been better!

Monday, November 05, 2007

almost done

im almost almost done.....just a few more things left to do
and im officially free for the next few months.

Well looking back and thinking maybe im not
a free bunny after all. With 2 jobs to handle , thats not
really a holiday is it.

I just forgotten that i didnt take time to express how
my birthday went. I did an exam in the morning, got approving smiles..
which was good i think?!?? cleaned the house in the mid morning and rested.
Did hot yoga with li for the first time. It was really good and well the place
didnt quite smell nice and had dins with good company at COOkie...
I obviously stuffed my face but hey it was my bday.

then it was li's bday. Morning brunch ...hehe i mean lunch

but the highlight of the cake is OUR BDAY PARTY THIS WEEK.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

so you think you can dance?

I am so psyched they are here, and guess what im giving it a go. I havent dance in 5 years.... it is just something i have to do for myself and my bday :)

Calling all Movers and Shakers

The Search for Australia's Favourite Dancer Is On!

So You Think You Can Dance Is Looking For People With Incredible Dance Abilities

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Australians (18-35 yrs) to perform to millions and win a professional dance prize, hard cash and the title- Australia's Favourite Dancer. If you have a passion to perform Urban and Street Styles, Classical Technique, Acrobatic Hip-Hop, Commercial Pop-Routenes, Ballet, Contemporary, Traditional, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Avante Garde, Exotic, Lyrical Storytelling, or your own creative fusions it is time to show us your stuff! We want to see it all. Come down and get involved in the most exciting new television event this year...

Contestant Requirements

  • You Must be between the ages of 18 and 35 on February 1st 2008 to be eligible.
  • Auditions are open to all professional & amateur dancers
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Contestants must be available exclusively to the production for the following periods:

- 1 week between 13/11/07 & 07/12/07

- 04/02/08 - 04/05/08

  • You must bring to the audition the following:

- 2 commercially available CD's purchased from a physical store, no downloads or remixes allowed. You may have to dance to these

- ID - Driver's License, Passport or Birth Certificate

  • Full Terms and Conditions of the competition are available at the audition as part of the Agreement/Release. You will need to sign this agreement in order to participate in the competition.



Date: Sunday 7 October 2007

Venue: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Grainger Studios,

91 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA. 5000


Date: Saturday 13th and 14th October 2007

Venue: RNA Showgrounds, Coffee Club Auditorium

Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD. 4006


Date: Sunday 21st October 2007

Venue: Burswood Theatre

Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA 6100.


Date: Saturday 27th and 28th October

Venue: Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre

Swan Street (via Entrance D), Melbourne, VIC 3000


Date: Saturday 3rd and 4th November 2007

Venue: Entertainment Centre

35 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour, NSW.2000

If you dance with a partner or in a group make sure you bring your partners. Hot Ballroom and Latin isn't half as sexy as when you fly solo and a choreographed piece for 5 isn't the same on your own.
Week after week the chosen finalists will be challenged by a fusion of hot dance styles such as Tango, Rumbas, krump, Jive, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Samba, Popping and Locking, Blues, Broadway, Paso Doble and Mambo to name just a few.

If you are up for the adventure of a lifetime and you think you have what it takes to become Australia's favourite dancer, you will be judged by three of the most accomplished australian-based dancer/choreographers in the world. They'll be seeing you soon but only if you come.

Dress to impress. There's a $500 cash prize for the weirdest, wildest, most wonderfully presented dancer at EVERY audition centre.

All contestants must bring with them two pieces of their own music to perform infront of the judges. It MUST be on a commercially purchased CD.

We can't wait to Meet You. Good Luck Australia!

Monday, October 08, 2007

a splash of colours

Last month, this month has been filled with details, i cooked heaps this month due to puasa, I also won a contest to SUPER BAD! haha that was awesome, i mingled with friends(plenty of bday babies going around) and music and hope there's more to come this bday month of mine :) and spent good time with li bee! also went crazy had super long hair now back to short :)