Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
THE FORTUNE HUNTERS: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married
by Charlotte Hays
In it you will discover the secrets behind social climbing, gold digging and reinvention by international bold faced names. None of them used pepper spray to win their men and quite a few did manage matters 'amicably' as Ricardo Po likes to do... (kilala mo ba ako?) These women make Madonna's Re-Invention Tour look like a school musical. They make Philippine gold-diggers and social climbers we know look like scavengers on Smokey Mountain.
They can only be labeled BIG GAME HUNTERS.
The book opens with "Prospecting for Gold: What Kind of Woman Does It Take?"
-Believe me, if I read this book earlier and followed everything, I wouldn't be doing lowly blogging. Instead, I would be fitting at the couture and living in various homes around the world.
This juicy book is very easy to read and organized by 'personality.' Of course you can read Thackery's Vanity Fair but this is easier (even the movie sucked!).
Learn to be a 'calculating optimist' not fixated on the past. In other words, MAKAPAL!
Read about Jackie O (Never liked her), Ivana Trump (NOT a gold digger as many think), Melania Knauss (also not a gold-digger but rather very lucky), Arianna Huffington (from pillow-biting husband to Democartic powerhouse), Carolyn Bessette, Georgette Mosbacher (founder of La Prairie), Princess Diana (Never liked her, either---simply an idiot with no sense of duty and too much Hollywood), husband stealers Mercedes Bass, Pamela Whore-riman and the queen of them all, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor who may have had the best jewels and made the best-dressed lists but STILL looked more manly than her husband. (I'm just jealous)
Whether I like the women profiled or not, over all, I admire them greatly and really wish that I could have done the same. But then here I am....
Siya--I have to feed the dogs and my husband (not at the same time), mag-microwave pa ako, mag-lalaba pa ako...
If I was a Fortune Hunter we wouldn't be having this conversation. I wouldn't even be talkin' to you-s.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A: A LOT! (and there's going to be a whole lot of shakin' going on after you read this post! And I ain't talkin' booty!)
This is going to be a long and complicated post so you better make a cup of tea and sit down to read it.
Readers of this blog may not exactly be dropping off the Rich List (because they were never on!) nor have they exactly seen their net worth halved in a few days. You may not even know (or care) about the opinion of Jim Rogers who believes the US dollar is "a flawed, maybe even doomed currency." His Hollywoed-length CV: banking guru, author of "The Investment Biker" and "The Adventure Capitalist," sold his 15 M USD NY house and moved to China with his family.
BUT I do try to look for stories in the business pages that apply to our lives of petty gossip and (mis)information.
The Analysis page of today's Financial Times has a sidebar by one of my favourite journalists, John Kay (he of the 'I'd rather walk than take Alitalia..." quote). Here are a few paragraphs that apply to us not only in finance and economics but moreso in general information---read: news and 'current' events in the genre of www.donavictorina.blogspot.com and www.delfindjmontano.blogspot.com. I would like to think my books are part of this crystal balling of society.
My mother used to (still does!) harp about my negativity and my opinions that question people's credibility, etc. Good examples---When the former burger-flipper was going out with Patricia Borromeo, he could do no wrong. Then he turns around and married Her Royal Whiteness. Others that have 'come out of the termite-infested woodwork"---Yoyo Tan, Alicia Santos-Daniels (perhaps he would like to check what his staff uses as reference to 'learn' more about their boss), The Nivera Twins, Corinna Caballero, and others too toxic to mention. I rest my case.
Anyway, back to John Kay and the future of the world:
"....Extrapolation assumes that the future will be like the past, only more so. We project current preoccupations--the rise of China and India, global terror, climate change, (blogger comment: the increasing number of baduy people on earth)---with exaggerated speed and to an exaggerated degree.
"We forget that our preoccupations change. The people who worry about these issues today would 20 years ago have worried about the coming economic hegemony of Japan and the cold war. These issues were resolved in ways that few predicted....
(blogger comment: Like who knew that the internet would be so powerful a tool in organizing and disbanding groups, disseminating information and smearing reputations?)
"Still, you might think there would be large rewards for those who succeed in anticipating these events. You would be wrong. (blogger comment: If only I knew!) People who worried before 2000 that the 'new economy' was a bubble, or warned of the terrorist threat before Sept 11 2001, or saw that credit expansion was out of control in 2006, were not popular. They were killjoys.
(blogger comment: When my husband decided to sell our London flat, I felt worse than London on a rainy day....But now, I am very grateful)
"Nor were they popular after these events. If these people had been right, then others had been blind or negligent,and the latter preferred to represent themselves as victims of unforeseeable events. (blogger comment: I am JUST WAITING to see the getting high society fall then let's see who will be the real victims) As John Maynard Keynes observed, it is usually better to be conventionally wrong than unconventionally right." (blogger comment: uh..oh...too late for me!)
Thus, I think the truthfulness and frankness of Gorrell and Amiel have made great inroads in creating a revolution on the blogosphere at least for Philippine readers and the diaspora. Perhaps people now want to know about what USED TO BE conventionally wrong??
OH YES---the photo....I forgot--the most important thing!!!
Heard along the patola vine (because yesterday, for my 8th wedding anniversary --Im NOT COPYING chuvaness, okay??---I didn't have lunch out, instead ate leftover (chicken)shepherd's pie) -----Gorrell has closed his blog temporarily because he is tired but more likely 'sick and tired' of cyber bullies.
I cannot say it enough but I hate cyber bullies who hide behind pseudonyms or anonymity. It is the worst form of cowardice.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
TO ALL THE GIRLS AND BOYS AND GHEYS who have been asking me what happened to Papa Brian's blog, here is what I know not from the patola vine or the grape vine...excuse me, but from the Di-vine-- Brian Gorrell his-self.
1) www.delfindjmontano.blogspot.com is TEMPORARILY closed. Dat means it will open again but when, we don't know. Gorrell really needs a break and is working on a new blog template (yet again! already!) while I am still trying to work my blog. Juice ko!
(I think the Mayans were right--the 'information/technology gap' is fast closing into 21 days and I still don't know how to use a phone camera!)
2) Although he loves the Philippines and our getting high society scandals have catapulted him to fame, he is going to start a global blog which will center on HIV/AIDS advocacy. It should launch on International HIV/AIDS Day.
(baka secret pa ang URL pero get this---PP rin ang initials...o, di ba??)
3) Papa Brian is also trying to gain some weight which is not exactly my kind of problem. But it is THE problem of HIV and cancer patients. Which reminds me....
I had lunch with one of my editors who is sort of a cancer survivor (five more years she reckons) and she said...SHE SAID okay, NOT ME.. that the best part of having cancer was that she was size 0-2 and she could buy all the samples. Now that she is back to her old weight, she just got depressed at the Ferre-Cavalli sale yesterday. (o--five years to go nag-sha-shopping pa..)
Heard at lunch sadly not at the Ivy but NOT from the patola vine, either. More like the premiere cru Le Montrachet grapevine: It seems like the Estee Lauder Company (c/o Aerin Lauder) is planning a Bollywood-themed new fragrance launch in India.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Since we were so RUDELY interrupted by Pa Pa (para-ting paranoid) and her weapons of mistress destruction, I forgot to post these two pictures I took at the Lodi Gardens in Delhi.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"Alam mo naman Ma'am nandito si Lord Patten sa Linggo. Siyempre mas gusto namin makita si Aga. Kung wala sna si Lord Patten nandiyan na kami kay Aga....."
HOKAY---in other words, if you had a choice between choosing to meet Aga M. or the last governor of HK, former EU commissioner for foreign relations and current chancellor of Oxford University, of course you would choose Aga...Would you?
Ask Kofi Annan.
Lord Patten is addressing the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) at a sold out dinner in HK tomorrow but I am sure he will not get the pandemonium Aga caused even if he wrote Not Quite the Diplomat which made my husband laugh out loud. He certainly doesn't do that when watching Wow-wowee.
In fact, he doesn't 'get it.' This is why we will never qualify for the quiz segment.
Heard at lunch (if Vic Agustin can do the grapevine, I should be able to do lunch):
Social climbing ex-pat head (puti to you and me) of the Philippine office of one of the biggest banks in the world, with HK and EU (okay--sige clue: UK) head offices, seems to think that maintaining and developing client relations is not imporant. (Of course it's not PNB, BDO, DBP, LGT, DBS, UPS, FYI, BTW.... pero OMG!! initials rin ang pangalan....but aren't they all except for Banque Rothschild?? hahaha!!! )
You know the type--The white guy who is SIMPLY DELIGHTED he is a super-star VIP in a turd world country who makes the social pages when in his hometown he probably wouldn't even make the county police circular--- beats living with sheep in Shropshire! baaa..baaa...
After receiving complaints about the bank's unprofessionalism, he went as far as telling a potential new client to take his business to another bank.....(like next door's BPI?)
BUT the slick-haired, relatively distinguished European (read: old and well, you ARE comparing him to Giordano-wearing Pinoys and not exactly London City types in Anderson and Sheppard) kisses up and apologizes to the likes of Yoyo Tan (thanks to a call from the bank for late payment and the caller calling him a bakla--e--kung totoo...what can you do? Lie about your balance or im-balance?)
In fairness naman, he did call the potential client to apologize for his behaviour....
AFTER he found out WHO the client WAS.
O--- good service naman di ba?
But Andok's might be a tad better.
Sha--sige, being a chekua I have to count pa the few cents I have under my banig....
Monday, November 3, 2008
I never knew I would ever write something on Pinoy showbiz but I sense major changes in my life -- no, NOT taking Ricky Lo's job or liposuction but God knows I need a brain transplant.
Aga M. (I don't want to get into spelling bec I already had a problem googling this) was here in HK for a show in Wanchai yesterday to promote SunCellular-Smartone.
Maraming Salamat, Ate Pat sa SunCellular for the free tickets delivered directly to me in HK.
I gave my maid the tickets and who wooodda THUNK that sending her there would lead to a heated marital exchange without the subject/s even being present or knowing about it?
It was very difficult to get into the stadium because the crowd was out of control as early as 2-3PM. The show was at 330 PM and by 4Pm, I received several SMS messages from my maid saying things like.
"We can't get in even with the tickets," "the lines are so long," (I think HK Immigration's are shorter) "the police are here, (what else are they doing on a Sunday?), "may nahimatay na maid.." (as usual) 'nagwawala ang mga DH.,"( as usual) "walang seats," (what was this, the MTR?) "hindi nag-e-english ang mga pulis" (I think it's bec we are in China), 'nagco-complain ang mga nag-bayad," (wouldn't you??) etc.."etc...
Unfortunately for me (and my husband), the messages and beeps were interfering with The Wire. Nothing, not even death, recession or robbery, interferes with The Wire.
But Aga M. indirectly did.
We watch The Wire with subtitles because both I and my British public-school educated husband can't understand 'hood-speak. Unfortunately it isn't one of the Romance Languages. "Where you at? Bitch, riding with my homies in da 'hood..." does not exactly qualify.
We also need subtitles for Texan, heavy New Yoik and Southern American accents and Cockney.
Basically we need subtitles for everything in English except Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage. But we rewind a lot.
So when Nora's Pinoy texting (another form of subtitling) was interfering with The Wire, my husband had this final say ---aside from 'Just tell her to push her way in and wait for the show to start!"
"Pinoys are always nag-wa-wala...Did she think you gave her tickets to Yoyo Ma at the HK Performing Arts? Tell her that it is more like Araneta Coliseum. "
After that, we switched to the extremely long and boring "The World at War."
Does that tell you anything?
Anyway, after all that, the only thing Nora could say to me when she came home was, "Guapo si Aga."
What does that tell you?