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Book Review : Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Honestly, I’ve stumbled upon this book a month ago over at the Kindle store, but because I’ve always preferred reading on paperback I was able to get a copy from my uncle, who merely finished this in 2 days. I know, him already! It took me about 2 whole weeks to finish this book because I am too tired to read it once I reach home. I can only count on myself to read 3-5 pages or a whole chapter and then finally dozing off in my bed. There were even times when my mom had to wake me up because my head is lying on the book as if it were a pillow. She would even tell me, “Nagsasayang ka na naman ng kuryente!” (You are wasting electricity again!)

Anyways! Lets not anymore beat around the bush and lets get down to it! The only thing I know about the rich Chinese Asians are those who are in the Forbes List of Top Billionaires here in the Philippines. The Sy’s. Tan’s and Go’s. As in sila na talaga!

Francesca tossed back her long, wavy black locks and sniffed. ‘You know I only wear six designers: Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Etro, my dear friend Stella McCartney and Brunello Cucinelli for country weekends.

To be honest, if you love Vogue Magazine just as much as I do, then you are in for a treat with Crazy Rich Asians, a novel by Kevin Kwan. It’s the literary version of Rich Kids on Instagram where everybody both left and right talk about labels and nothing but labels. But even more to that, there is also a love story involved between star-crossed lovers and a wedding, but not just any wedding. “It’s Colin Khoo and Araminta’s Wedding” according to Wye Mun. This is after all entitled, CRAZY, RICH ASIANS.

There’s the welcome party tonight on the yacht, the wedding tomorrow morning, which will be followed by a reception, and a wedding banquet in the evening. And then there’s a tea ceremony on Sunday…And everyone is going to be decked out in jewels and ball gowns for the wedding banquet! It’s going to be the grandest event of the decade. There will be be big-time celebrities and royalty there!

But the main story revolves around a crazy rich Nicholas Young meeting a not-so-rich-American-Born Chinese (ABC) Rachel Chu while studying in America and brings her to his cousin’s wedding in Singapore without her knowing what kind of family he has. Set in Asia, this means that people have cathedral sized mansions, millions and billions of shopping sprees in Paris and the parties with food. Delicious and scrumptious food only available in Asia.

But with every good and light read there are also some not-so good aspects of the book. The story between the two characters were very light. It starts off very strong in the beginning where Rachel learns more about the life of Nicholas but because of the number of back stories with Araminta, Astrid, Eleanor and so much more Chinese characters the story of the star crossed lover is not even worth keeping up with.

Instead, you may enjoy the boldface names of logos and brands that Kevin Kwan name drops into the book. From Prada to Gucci to diamonds raging up to 39 carats. Gold is everywhere and servants even comes from the Sultan of Thailand.

Crazy Rich Asians is the story of a love affair with labels and more labels. If you are into the glossy magazine who enjoys the ads as much as the editorial pages, then this book is for you. Its light, funny and downright crazy. Put on your designer labels, and enjoy a martini in a glass. Crazy Rich Asians is just a light read, nothing too fancy … except the characters living in it.

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Five Favorites : January 2013

So January has quickly passed by and we are now down to just 11 months before 2014 kicks in. I’ve recently want to publish a few of my favorites of the month. I know it’s a bit late for a January Favorite Post but I think it’s never too late to post these few quirks of mine that I’ve been loving this month of January and hopefully you’ll love them as well.

1. Benefit That Gal Brightening Primer – You can never go wrong with Benefit! My generous uncle has previously given me a sample size of Benefit That Gal Primer that is included within the Confessions of a Conceal-a-holic Kit. And this is by far my most favorite primer of all time. By rolling the screw from the bottom part of the bottle it will squirt out an ample amount of the primer where you will rub it in your fingers and dab to your face. What you will get is an instant brightening of the face. You can either use it with or without makeup/foundation. I love how sweet it smells when you get it out of the bottle, and how as you dab it on to your face, your face will instantly lit up because it gives a very sheer glow.

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2. Nivea Creme Moisturizer – I’ve recently purchased this without my mom’s consent. She said that it would make my skin more oily but it has proven otherwise! This product has been around decades ago, probably when my grandma was born and it is amazing on the skin especially if you have normal to dry skin like I do! It leaves your skin moisturized, soft and supple like a new-born baby’s skin. I’ve also noticed how fast it can make my pimples dry up and it never leaves any blemishes after a couple of days!

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3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Utter Perfection (You can read my rave reviews about this book here.)

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4. RadioLab Podcast – I give it up to Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich for creating this program and keeping me company during sleepless nights when my thesis happened. Their radio podcast are very entertaining as they mix and match science and the art of storytelling through audio effects. With just a couple of episodes per day, you can actually learn something new about the world we live in and they make it as relatable as possible. From Genghis Khan to the art of Deception, who says science needs to be boring when you have these two! RadioLab is a free podcast that you can download at the iTunes store. You can also check out cool yet informative articles about their show and their guests here.

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5. Mango Tweed Blazer – January has become one of the coldest seasons here in the Philippines for 2013. So whenever cuddle weather is on, this blazer is my go-to-jacket. I got this on sale from Mango for 1,400 pesos (it was about 20% off?) and it reminded me so much of Chanel’s signature black jacket. Anything that reminds me of Chanel, I quickly grab it and this one is no exception! With its tweed clothing material plus the gold chains that wraps along the lining, this can quickly glam up any outfit from just t-shirt and jeans and some tank top and shorts. Kudos to Mango for this, I’m loving you more than ever! You guys should also check out their cool blog about fashion week as well as cool parties to attend via their blog “Keep The Beat”.  And have you guys heard? Miranda Kerr is the new face of Mango! <3 <3 <3 I totally agree with them in having Miranda as their New It Girl! She defines all that it is to being a Mango Girl! Not that I love Kate Moss, ScarJo and the Cruz Sisters, but there is something cool and eclectic about Miranda that makes her unique! :) More power to Mango!

You can see me rocking this blazer a month ago via my twitter:

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Here are some more ideas for this jacket that I scoured over the net:

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From the Mango Fall/Winter 2012 Collection with Kate Moss as the Mango It Girl

So that’s basically my five favorites for the month of January! :) I can’t wait to post more as I am done with thesis. Hopefully I can update this more often that I used to.

Whoops by the way for those of you who are asking whatever happened to me and my thesis, I passed my Thesis Defense and was awarded Best Thesis for the Non-Traditional Advertising Campaign. So WOOT for that :) I’m practically over the moon and on the cloud nine after hearing that. I’m still enjoying my quick break before school comes back again.

Til next time

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