Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tryin' on Kyan

Kyan Douglas from "Queer Eye" was on "The Racchel Ray Show" not too long ago talking about some of the current trends on men's fashion for the winter. He sited four of his favorites:

1) Skinny jears: No matter what size or shape you're in, you can pull them off. Make sure there's no break in them, and if your high tops cause them to scrunch up, it's okay.

2) Scarves: Straight men can pull them off: Wear ones with shredded ends if you're wanting to look more casual, but if you're going to wear a suit, choose one that's dressy and formal.

3) V=Necks: They're continuing to drop deeper into the chest. Uf you're used to wearijg crew necks and never worn a v-neck before, it will take a while to get used to the look Wear them for one week everyday to quickly adjust to the look. And if you have too much chest hair showing, either shave or wear ones with less of a tdip.

4) Jewelry: Wear ones that suit your personality, whether it's dainty or chunky. Whether it's a necklace, watch, or ring, it should match your style. For those of you who want masculine pieces that rock out, consider purchasing one from David Yurman.

Most important advice: Wear only what you feel comfortable in. If it's too different from you personality, wear something that still follow these trends, but are more subtle in nature.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In Spite Of The Roosters, The Mosquitos, And The Poverty,..

I love it here. Part of me doesn't want to go back. But I'll miss Paul, my sister, my best friend, my family, my house, my dog, and most of all, my Louis Vuitton.

Weather here has been low 90's in the afternoon but 70ish at night.

Most of the repairs from the storm are completed. Thank you sponsors (you know who you are!) It wasn't possible without your support. You all were so generous. I'll post pictures soon.

(This sign as posted out the entrance to the church and my parents' house where I'm staying.)


There's nothing like being awaken at 5AM by roosters crowing in the backyard. Especially after being on planes for nearly 27 hours.

And then there's nothing like trying to blog at an internet cafe with four of you cousins looking on and reading every word you type.

Other than that, I'm fine.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Customer Service Overdose

Singapore Airways is rated one of the top airlines when it comes to amenities, food, and most of all, customer service.

Since I'm practically blind and traveling alone, Paul arranged it so the airline staff would assist me from point of check-in all the way to Manila. They've been very helpful indeed, I've barely walked around in the terminals because they're always pushing me around in a wheelchair.

On the plane was top service as well: flying buseinss class gives you special attention, but when they're told that a passenger needs extra care, well, they give it to you. Whenever I got up, a flight attendant was at my side asking, "Mr. Deocampo, where can I take you?" Although the bathroom was right behind me, they insisted on escorting me. My water glass was always full, I was always tucked in, and I never went hungry.

Grand finale: while eating a steak, the flight attendant manager walked over to me and asked, "Mr. Decampo, may I cut your beef into chewable sizes for you?"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Melrose Place

My one night kayover stay in Los Angeles too good to be true!

My cousin that I'm staying with asked me where I would like to go Friday night. I told her Kidrobot. It was in Melrose, not far from Beverly Hills.

Get this: across the street from Kidrobot was Bathing Ape. Two doors down from Kidrobot was Flight Club LA, who sells crazy sneakers that I love to wear. And right beside Kidrobot was Paul Frank.

Was this a block of stores especially made with me in mind? It sure seemed like it. I was speechless! (And broke afterwards).

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sad Man For Astro Boy

In the same vein as Paul Frank, who gave up its exclusivity and unique brand by licensing it out everywhere like Target stores, now comes Astro Boy, hitting movie theaters everywhere today.

I remember the original Astro Boy japanese cartoon. It was pure, innocent, and came on right after Kimba, the White Lion.

Now Astro is a computer graphic, enhanced vicious little boy superhero who will be this year's hot Christmas toy, in the form of cheap mass-produced figurines that punch and kick to kid's tees and diapers sold at KMart.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

First Class Boy In A Third World Country

I can't believe it! It's actually happening: I leave for the Philippines tomorrow. The last time I was there was when I lived in Sydney, Australia about two years ago and I spent nearly two weeks there.

One observation about being there is that you can never have enough money to hand out. As you walk around the neighborhood where my family lives you see so much poverty that all you want to do is ask, "How much money do I need to give you to make your health, house, and your life a little better?"

I remember taking my family out to eat at a filipino fast food restaurant. I fed about twenty hungry mouths and it only cost me about $40 US dollars. They loved it because they were too poor to eat out. They had smiles on their faces like they just had surf and turf entrees with dessert.

So off I go. I will have internet access periodically at an internet cafe up the street so don't think I am going to disappear. I'll have many stories to share from my spoiled American point of view.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm Back- Attack!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently: I was in Nueva Jork all weekend long and just got back today. Paul and I went to visit my sister and brother-in-law, who just moved to their penthouse condo in Brooklyn and are now on the bubble of their first baby due in five weeks.

This weekend was my first time to visit Brooklyn. Very eclectic area, indeed. It's got its charm, with plenty of public parking on the street, and store parking lots, something non-existent in Manhattan.

My sister took me to Kidrobot yesterday and in typical fashioin, I spent way too much on useless stuff and clutter when I should be saving every cent for my trip to the Philippines Friday. But I'm too weak and powerless when I go to Kidrobot, it's like I'm like Oprah at a Southern Barbeque Pit.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Poor Taste

Some people who can see well don't realize they have no taste.

I can't see (well) and I realized I don't have much taste either. That is, taste of food.

Over the weekend, I noticed that the food I ate tasted different: popcorn wasn't buttery or salty, ice cream tasted bland, and orange juice wasn't sweet.

Yesterday, I ate a Krispy Kreme doughnut and it tasted like sand. I called my doctor. Apparently, one of the brain tumors damaged my sphenoid sinus, numbing the taste buds near and around the tup of my tongue. Now my food tastes like I have a cold.

What's next? My hearing? Sense of touch? Taste in fashion?

In conclusion, when life gives you lemons and the lemons taste bland, buy a tasty piece of Prada.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Autobiography

I'm #1 on

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Not Much To Report Here.

I'm okay, only that the weather was nice today, so I decided to get out of the house and walk around the block It took me a long 15 minutes and by the time I got back, my body was so tired and completely exhausted.

In two weeks, I leave for the Philippines to visit my relatives who were directly affected by the horrible weather. Since I'm too weak and tired to help fix their house, I'll be busy distributing the money that many of you generously gave.

And because I'm traveling alone, the airlines were informed that I'll need special assistance at points like going through security, switching planes, and getting to the proper gates.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Why, Yes You Are A Photo Hog...

And yes, it always has to be about you.

(The photo is of ME walking into MY surprise burfday party.)

(And get it over you, you. Birthday month is over with- it's the middle of October. Happy Columbus Day, people.)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

You're Such A Photo Hog,Ernie.

It has to always be about you, doesn't it?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Bad News, List Anew

Last week, my opthomalogist told me that there's nothing he can do to prevent my one eye from finally closing up. He doesn't know how soon it will happen, but at the rate it is closing now, it's just a matter of time. And when it does, I am supposed to call and tell him that my life is over. Just kidding.

Following this bad news, I updated my list of "Things I Want To See And Do Before I Go Completely Blind":

1. See (not hold) my niece when she graces the world with her presence around the 21st of November. After all, I did buy her the Juicy Couture diaper bag.

2. See and visit my relatives in the Philippines especially after the waves of disaster weather that recently blew through and tore up their little village.

3. See Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Kids, one last time when they open their new facility in Mid-November.

4. Go to a resort in a climate that iss stinky humid and hot, where Paul and I are laying poolside in a cabana. The weather is so unbearable that we have to jump in the pool every half hour to cool off. Of course, there's poolside service ready to serve drinks and food at the snap of our fingers,

5. See Paul's face in Sydney, Australia, inhaling deeply and smiling, saying, "This is where I belong. This is home."

6. See, stay, and feel the impact of City Center in
Las Vegas, when they open in Mid-December. It will really shake up and change everything on Las Vegas Boulevard.

7. See and watch Paul get a pedicure that will clean up and polish those cute little feet he has.

8. See Paul behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Carrera or some other exotic sports car, as he feels the torque and the responsiveness of a true sports car. Overnight stay somewhere local, such as St. Michael's, Maryland.

9. See my parents, Paul's parents, and perhaps my brother-in-law's parents all together in a church service or eating a filipino meal in Charlottesville, Virginia, my hometown.

10. Rescue my best friend Dave from his horrible and taxing job and just go somewhere, anywhere, where there's no agenda, no list of things to do, but to do nothing, or anything we want to do. The poor boy (and his wife) needs a break.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Like Father, Like Son.

This is my other son, Evaen Carlen.

He takes up after daddy.

Friday, October 02, 2009

"I got five pieces of candy!"

"I got a chocolate bar!"

"I got a quarter!"

"I got a rock."