Debuts are serious events, and I want my ate to have the best night evah, so we exhausted ALL possibilities until she finally finds “The One” that will put a smile on her face, and a song in her heart! ;)
Besides, half the fun in organizing an event is going around “IN” places & discovering hidden gems you never thought existed.
Initially, she wanted The Conservatory at The Pen, but after seeing it up close & personal, she decided she didn’t want it after all…
|Image on the website which made us love the venue|
|However, after ocular inspection, it didn’t look so romantic after all with those curtains drawn close! :P|
Good thing too because the minimum consumable for The Conservatory was 400k! @_@ Would have made a SERIOUS dent on my piggy bank!!! ;))
On a side note, people I talk to tell me that they’d rather go on a trip, or buy a car, than spend for a debut. WHY??? :'(( You can always go on a trip, or buy a car, in the future -when you are working, or have a family of your own & have a rich husband hehe. But debuts come only ONCE in a lifetime. It’s not like you can bring back time & be 18 again, right? Is it just me???
Ok back to regular programming! ;P
So discovering Salon De Ning, also at The Pen, was just the highlight of our day.. just LOOK why it caught our attention! <3 <3 <3
|Mysterious foyer. I’m so loving it!!!|
|The ZEPLIN room|
|The BOXING room|
|The SHOE room|
|The SHANGHAI room|
|The shining-shimmering-splendid stage. No need to decorate anymore, actually! <3|
|The DJ booth. Kewlness!!!|
The Events organizer was on leave until feb 14, so we wait in anticipation for the minimum consumable for this BEE-YOO-TIFUL place! I’m betting it’s gonna cost me an arm, a leg, a liver.. and most probably a kidney & cornea thrown in as well!! @_@
One thing that I learned that day was confirming Ate‘s eclectic taste & edgy personality. She didn’t like any of the girly venues below…
|Makati A/B function room in Shangrila Hotel Makati|
|Rizal ballroom A, also in SHM
Incidentally, this is where she had her 1st birthday! :)
How nostalgic would it be to celebrate her 18th birthday here as well??
But no, she wouldn’t have that! :P
Instead, her 2nd choice is in Opus, resorts world.. in case Salon de Ning’s consumable is exorbitantly crazee! @_@
|Ate really likes edgy, more unconventional decor.
She’s not a girly girl who likes frills & pinks! :P
|Area just off the Lounge where the oldies a.k.a. ate’s 9 pairs of 18 Treasures
can chill, dine & wine while the kids party the night away.
|The no-frills entrance to Republiq|
|But I think Republiq is too big a venue for her intimate party of 100-150.|
I would really love for her to get Salon de Ning for the beauty of the place, but I’m also a bit hesitant because the rooms are built in such a way that the guests are secluded & grouped apart. Mingling is almost impossible. And the stage is off center, so the other guests can’t really see what’s happening if there will be a short program.
Opus/Republiq on the other hand is in Resorts World, so it’s not really as private as being in a hotel. A lot of people are wandering outside the events place, too busy I think. Just think how busy RW will be on a saturday night! Nightmare!!!
Arggghhhh!!! Decisions, decisions! @_@ Ultimately, it’s ate’s choice. It’s her party after all. I’m just there to guide her, and pay the bill haha.
All that walking made us VERY hungry, so we had a light dinner at Old Penang in Resorts World..
|Sweet & Sour Pork|
|oooppppssss.. ate‘s eyes are closed here haha.
Probably so tired & sleepy already from all that excitement! ;P
And yes.. my babyson is noticeably absent. Why? Because he had to stay home & practice an upcoming play with his classmates. He’s the male lead, btw (proud momma moment!)
|With half of his class. Half weren’t able to make it.
So they’d probably have another excuse for a practice/hang-out next week! ;)
|Of course momma bear wouldn’t just leave them without FOOD! :P
Such hungry hippos.
Ordered a huge BigA$$ pizza from PIZZA NERO
‘Til the next big hunt for ate’s debut! :)