A continuation of the Christmas parties I attended, and things I did in between. If you’ll notice, my last Christmas party was held in January!
December 29, 2011: SM Mall of Asia
January 1, 2012: SM Mall of Asia
For the first day of the year, the folks and I were in Mall of Asia (again) to catch the Uncle Sam’s Flying Circus. It was their last day and my mom wanted to see the show. The show was entertaining. They weren’t as good as the acrobats we saw in Shanghai, whose tricks were flawlessly done, but the Flying Circus made up for it by doing stunts I’ve never seen before and for being upbeat. The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe was serious while the Flying Circus focused on having fun. The members were from different countries, from Brazil to China to Romania and I think there was even one Filipino. My favorite stunts were where these guys would perform flips over trampolines. And the ringmaster is actually also a performer and he did flips, too!
January 10, 2012: Ninang Daisy’s Christmas party
My last Christmas party for the season is with my Ninang Daisy, my mother’s manager when she was still modeling. This party is starting to become a tradition after last year’s success and is mainly composed of the models my ninang handled, many of whom are also my ninangs, some of who I haven’t seen in ages. It’s been so long that they regaled me with stories of me as a kid and they called me Kallyboy the entire night, my childhood nickname. One of them is Maria Isabel Lopez, who was in Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay and more recently, Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown. The night was filled with food, wine, stories, and fawning over AJ, my ninang‘s first grandson. He’s an adorable kid, with a cute smile to boot. The night concluded with the distribution of gifts (kids not included), but my ninang gave me hers, a paper bag filled with beauty products: a L’Oreal moisturizer (really good stuff), a Garnier exfoliant, a Kerastase anti-dandruff spray, and a bath kit from Biotherm Homme, all courtesy of her son Jappy, who is the Marketing Research and Intelligence Manager at L’Oreal Singapore. I haven’t seen Jappy in years, but we were really close growing up. He’s gay, too and he wanted to meet me to talk about our sexuality, but by the time the party rolled around, he had to get back to Singapore. But his mom took up the pace and we talked about it, along with my mom and two of their amigas who also have gay sons. At the end of the night, another event seems to be shaping up into a tradition: one of the moms who has a gay kid is setting me up with him. My mom seems to think it’s a brilliant idea, which makes it even more awkward.
Continued from here.