Daphne Diaries Travel Stories

 

 

I don’t know if you have noticed, I’m slowly increasing my posts about travel. It’s not something I planned deliberately. It’s just happening on its own. I remember when I was still hosting F and Urban Zone, I refused a lot of offers to travel. I couldn’t bear leaving my kids even for a few days. But now that they’re a bit older, I have slowly allowed travel back into my work. I can’t do it too much, lest they start protesting and I start feeling guilty. We also try our best to make sure the kids get a grand travel adventure every year – whether to a local or foreign destination. And whenever we can, like every couple of years, Patrick and I try to travel JUNK (just us, no kids).

Last December 2014, I had the chance to film little travelogue snippets for Lifestyle Network. They flew me to Barcelona for a week. There are a couple of interstitials that ran on Lifestyle Network last April. On my part, I filmed my own video diary. The stories are now called DAPHNE Diaries. In case you missed it, here’s the one I made in Barcelona.  And from our “JUNK” trip to Bhutan, I edited some videos. You can view them in my Daphne.PH YouTube channel. There are more videos coming, promise.

I looked back at some of my recent travel photos and realized that I haven’t really shared much about my trips to Canada. Whenever I am there, I just want to savour the moments with my family. And there’s no time to blog too much. But there have been some amazing spots we went to in Canada. And I’m ready to write about them soon.

Here are some photos from our recent family trips and some from my work trips. You will notice a lot of fashion repeats – blue blazer, black leggings, puffer jackets, Burberry trench coat, chukka boots, sneakers. I’ll be traveling again in a few days, and I have packed the same exact things. I have no problem with repeating. Before all these fast fashion brands came in, I invested in good quality clothes. So I don’t really feel the pressure to keep changing them every season. Even if it means my instagram photos may look like I’m wearing the same things over and over.

When I’m traveling there are many things I do not want to busy myself with — my outfits for instance. This is why I travel with basics, neutrals, and most importantly, sensible shoes.  I also always prepare myself health-wise. Health insurance is a must. Even if my credit card company says I am covered etc, I still buy a separate supplementary health plan. My friend once had to pay $2,000 just because her kid has a stomach ache which thankfully turned out to be uneventful. But goodbye $2,000. I also make sure I boost my immunity by taking multivitamins with iron and zinc. The last thing you want is to catch a virus while you’re on a plane.

 

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Sainte Marie among the Hurons, in Midland, Ontario. Not exactly my favourite place when I was a teenager. But now that I am a mom, a trip to Toronto isn’t complete without going here, a couple of hours north of Toronto. My kids love it.

 

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It is a recreation of the 17th century settlement by the French Jesuit Mission in the land of the Huron Wendat people. This was Ontario’s first European Community. There were parts of the fenced community that included areas for the Native People. Here’s one of the teepees. And yes, my girls and I were running, hopping, skipping, and dancing.

 

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This was the time my whole family drove to Montebello, Quebec. Snow was still thick. Whenever I’m home I feel like a kid again because I get to sit in the back of the family car. And my mom and dad take care of me. Haha.

 

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The reception cottage at Kenauk, a nature reserve with 60 lakes and only 13 chalets. My family reserved the biggest chalet. It was beautiful — facing a frozen lake with no neighbours in sight. Kenauk is managed by Fairmont in Montebello, Quebec. So it was roughing it but with glamour. We stayed for three nights.

 

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That is the chalet we rented, behind the trees. Can you see it? The kids loved exploring the woods. I promise to blog separately about this trip.

 

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This is the frozen lake that faced our cottage. This was springtime in Quebec. I didn’t bother using fancy boots. I just wore rubber rain boots and used two layers of thermal socks. The snow was starting to melt.

 

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One of the many highlights was the sugar shack experience. We took a sleigh ride through a maple forest. This is how maple syrup starts… as sap from the maple tree.

 

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This is why we got the biggest chalet.  We were complete.

 

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Selfie in my second home with my favourite sculptor Henry Moore behind. My first real job was here, at Toronto City Hall. And there’s my tried and tested Burberry trench coat and Raybans.

 

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That same time when we were in Toronto, I flew down to New Orleans for a work trip. It was a trip that would take me to New Orleans, Chicago, and Wisconsin — from almost summer to late winter in the woods — I travelled light and just made sure I had layers and warm clothes. My favourite fall back is the blue blazer. It goes with anything.

 

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And I always make sure I have a scarf in my bag.

 

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In New Orleans, they showed us the warehouse that held all the mardi gras parade floats. A bit creepy, but fun. On work trips, even if an event calls for casualness and comfort, I try to look neat even though I spent no time thinking of my outfit. I do this by wearing sensible black leggings (not too tight, they are legging pants), clean sneakers – like these plimsoles from Cath Kidston, and striped shirts.

 

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Then we went to Chicago. I had some free time one morning and decided to take the river boat cruise across the city alone. No one in my group wanted to go, but I went because it highlighted Chicago’s skyscraper history. The downside of traveling alone is you end up with selfies like this.

 

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Here I asked a stranger to take my photo and ended up with the perfect “windy city” shot. Here is the trench coat again. It’s a light one with no heavy lining. But I find that with a thin feather down layer underneath, it keeps me real warm. Best fashion investment ever.

 

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This was back in 2005 when we only had one kid – Sophia. We left her in Toronto with my family. It was a wonderful second honeymoon. Even back then I wore comfy shoes for traveling. Those were my beloved Camper bowling-style shoes. My coat was from J. Crew. It was nice and classic. I recently sold that in my garage sale and I think I regret it.

 

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Winter in Shanghai back in 2012. Muji down jacket, black leggings and Muji boots. (I am mourning the loss of these boots. I am convinced my husband moved them to a part of the house where I will not find them til we are 75. I can’t find them. Sad because they are perfect for walking and they’re not too precious.)

 

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In milder weather, like we had on our last day in Barcelona, the best travel outfit is again… black leggings and a fitted blazer. This was from the Martin Margiela line in H&M a few years ago. Because someone will ask, those are my chukka boots which I bought in Wisconsin. They are so comfy.

 

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Wearing my Celine leather boots in Barcelona. Very comfortable because of its stacked heel and square toes. But I was too paranoid to scuff them. I bring them to wear on fancy nights out when I feel like wearing a skirt. But it’s not the kind of boots to go roughing in. Much to precious. And I doubt I’ll ever find beautiful boots like these because they are narrow enough to fit my skinny legs.

 

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Here’s what I wear when “roughing” it. This was in Bhutan last February. Need I say it again – black leggings, chukka boots, puffer jacket.

 

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And a coat from the most recent season of Uniqlo with their Jil Sander collaboration. Also in Bhutan.

 

I think you get the drift. I stick to the tried and tested classics. I go for comfort and ease. And I really prepare for trips. I’m actually now on my way to New Zealand. It’s my first time. The trip involves urban, rural and VIP meetings. You already know what I’ll be wearing. Haha. Black.

 

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For this trip, we are doing everything in style and comfort. I was treated by Conzace to a luxury car ride to the airport.

 

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As you can see, I keep everything monochromatic – black. So I don’t have to think about matching whatever.

 

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I also made sure I strengthened my immunity by drinking multivitamins with minerals like Conzace daily. I also packed enough for the trip. I will be outdoors a lot.

 

Can’t wait to tell you stories about New Zealand! Stay tuned.

 

 

Gingersnaps Pluggies

 

 

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I was going through some of the Gingersnaps photos I had in my library and found old ones from when Sophia was still a toddler. We have been wearing Gingersnaps so long, that walking into their stores feels like an extension of our home. The girls love their clothes up to now. Sophia is actually in the demographics of Just G already, but she still fits into the biggest size of Gingersnaps. Good thing she has no issues wearing the dresses. They are all so beautiful.

 

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When Lily was a few months old and Soph was around 3.

 

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The same red door, with Stella this time. That dress was from December 2014.

 

We love it every time Gingersnaps introduces a new product – the Mary Jane shoes, the strappy sandals, the handmade fashion accessories. This summer, we are crazy about Gingersnaps Pluggies. They are these different coloured rubber rubber bands that can be personalized by attaching the letter buttons on the perforated straps. There are different collections and themes such as Tropical Punch, Jewel, Sugar and Spice. My girls have been making their own statement bracelets – names, moods, wishes.

 

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Sophia’s Gingersnaps Pluggies.

 

For the month of May, Gingersnaps is having a little Instagram contest. So if you’re up to it, you and/or your kids may have find this real fun! Simply snap a picture of your Gingersnaps Pluggies and post it on your Instagram, tag @GingersnapsPH and use #Gingersnapslovespluggies. The best five photos will win P1,000 gift certificate.

 

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Terms & Conditions:

01  The Gingersnaps Pluggies Contest is open to all our instagram @gingersnapsph followers and residents of the Philippines only.
02  Each participant is allowed to submit one (1) entry.
03  Contest Period: May 1-31, 2015.
04  Five (5) winners will be selected by Gingersnaps Philippines management.
05  The winners will be announced on June 10, 2015.
06  Prizes are final and not convertible to cash.
07  Employees, officers, affiliates, member of the immediate families (up to third degree of consanguinity) of Il Coniglio Bianco Corp. and its group of companies are NOT eligible to join this contest.
08  This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

 

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Gingersnaps Pluggies Bands are P99.75 per piece. The Plug-ins are P129.75 per pack.

 

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Lily’s Pluggies says “Lily is awesome.” That’s been her mantra all summer long. Go Lily!

 

See you in Instagram!

 

 

Watsons Switch and Save

 

 

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Christian Bautista is Watson’s newest endorser.

 

Watsons invited me to shop at their Mall of Asia store to experience the benefits of Switch and Save. I’m all for smart shopping especially because I have a huge household. We go through so many consumer goods to address the needs of my kids, our hygiene, my kitchen, our staff. So whenever possible, I try my best to find ways of savings. Usually this means buying in bulk in order to save in the long run.

Watsons has personal care items, beauty essentials, and even medicines. It is Asia’s leading personal care store, offering a wider variety of products under its own label, giving smart shoppers the choice to save as much as 80% without compromising on quality.

The newest celebrity endorser to support Watsons is singer Christian Bautista. “I’ve always enjoyed shopping at Watsons because it’s very convenient, their store layout is very organized so its easy to find whatever you are looking for and of course they always have those great deals on the products I often buy,” Christian shared. “As a singer, I really have to be extra careful of my oral hygiene so I always have a ready charcoal toothbrush, mouthwash, breath strips and even dental floss in my bag.”

 

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Christian’s Watsons essentials include 01 Triple Blade Disposable Razors,  02 Breath Strips,  03 Tartar Control Mouthwash,  04 Charcoal Toothbrush.

 

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With Ms. Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Marketing Director

 

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Here’s are some beauty items that  I bought during my visit.  01 Watsons Foot Ease Soothing leg gel, cooling leg spray, gel cushions, save up to 77%,  02 Watsons 3 in 1 Hair set, save 71% compared to a branded item,  03 Watsons Firming & Moisturising Facial Mask,  04 Watsons Dental Floss, save 76% compared to a branded version,  05 Watsons Milk & Salt Scrub, save 57%,  06 Watsons Cream Hand Soap.

 

Just like Christian Bautista, you too can maximize your purchasing power allowing you to spend more on the things you really want in life. It’s definitely a lot easier to enjoy what life has to offer when you choose to Switch and Save the Watsons way.

Watsons Label believes that with more value from hard-earned money spent on quality affordable products, every Filipino gets more savings to enjoy the other important things in life with their loved ones.

Drop by any Watsons stores and enjoy more savings with the “Shop to Save” promo. Get a free P300 coupon with a minimum single-receipt purchase of P1500 from the participating Watsons Label products and exclusive participating brands. Promo will run until May 20, 2015!

 

 

Options Studio Timog

 

 

This is great news for those living in Quezon City. Options Studio opened its fifth branch just across GMA-7 studios along Timog. I hosted the official launch and blessing of the studios last week and saw the prettiest pilates studio ever. The decor felt very glamorous in a contemporized neo-Baroque way. It has generous windows and mirrors giving a view of “downtown” Quezon City. I also spotted some major TV stars from GMA-7 enrolled for pilates in this specific location.

For more information on the five Options Studio branches in Metro Manila, visit www.options-studio.ph

 

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The private room.

 

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Cardiolates class.

 

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It was wonderful to see former colleagues from my broadcasting years. GMA’s COO and Chief Financial Officer Felipe Yalong, whom I first met when we were both in ABS-CBN. GMA SAVP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, who was behind the creation of my old show Proudly Filipina, GMA VP for Entertainment TV Marivin T. Arayata, Mrs. Fel Yalong, GMA SVP for Entertainment Lilibeth Rasonable and GMA Executive Reggie Magno.

 

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With founder of Options Studio and pilates master Ole Eugenio, pilates enthusiast Irene Marcos-Araneta, and Options Studio Timog Managing Director Krish Yalong. I was wearing a new pilates outfit and cover up from Mulawear which is sold at Options Timog.

 

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Me and Krish in their custom-made porter’s chair.

 

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President of GMA-7 Gilberto Duavit Jr.  and TAPE Inc.’s Tony Tuviera

 

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The very talented actress Jennylin Mercado, who was about to have her private pilates session, in photo with Jod Penson and Krish Yalong.

 

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The new generation of TV stars Janine Gutierrez, Kylie Padilla, Julie Ann San Jose.

 

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Gigi Lara with actor Alden Richards

 

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Mrs. Yalong with Camille Prats, who is looking so good with her short hair.

 

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Macy Espiritu Tan, Cara Martinez, Andrei Coronado, Karol Usis, Krish Yalong

 

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And there’s me, demonstrating some poses on the reformer. I don’t remember how many reformers they had, but I count eight in this photo. Options Timog is the biggest studio among the five Options branches.

 

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Pilates instructor Alain Buenaventura, guiding me through the Stability Chair.

 

For more information on prices, classes and schedules, contact:

Options Studio Timog
6th Floor, GEMPC Bldg, 132 Timog Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: 0917-771-6549

OptionsStudio – Makati
#103 G/F Nobel Plaza 110 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Tel No.: 553 – 3314 / 585 – 1404
Email: ph@options-studio.com

OptionsStudio – Fort
2201 NAC Tower
32nd St. Corner 9th Avenue, BGC,
Taguig City
Tel No.:(632) 403 – 7154

OptionsStudio – Podium
Podium Mall, Level 4, Ortigas Center, 12 ADB Ave., Pasig City
Tel No.: (632) 695 – 3263

OptionsStudio – Greenhills
3rd Flr, 101 Connecticut corner Missouri Streets, Greenhills, San Juan del Monte
Tel No.: (632) 623 – 8449

 

Read about my pilates journey here and here.

#DaphneandNBS

 

 

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I can’t believe I haven’t even written about the story of the DAPHNE® & National Book Store collaboration yet and the products are over halfway sold already. I’m sort of in a panic because I actually want to hoard as much of these products as I could. They make the perfect gifts. And I love using them myself. Now that I said that, I will try to troop to National Book Store tomorrow and try to stock up on my favourites (all).

Meanwhile, as promised,  I’m sharing with you some of the photos by friends, followers and readers who have posted with the hashtag #DaphneandNBS. I remember doing this when the DAPHNE x Bench Home Scents came out and many of you posted your unboxing and use of the bottle. I looooved that! And now you are doing the same with the Daphne & National Book Store stationery.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with me. I love seeing how you use my products. Yay to Daphnefication. Haha. Keep them coming!

 

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From Rica Peralejo’s instagram @ricaperalejo.ph

 

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We are in good company, with Sen Miriam Santiago’s book. From @krislerismania

 

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From Belo’s @cristallebelo.

 

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From @theabakescupcakes

 

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It is amazing to see my products alongside the greats like Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston. Photo from my friend Elna in London or @sle117

 

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Elna wore my Daphne tote in London Fashion Week! @sle117

 

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From Elle Decoration’s Devi De Veyra

 

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From @marrylerojo

 

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From @charrypotter

 

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More crafting cuteness from @marrylerojo

 

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With lovely rings and a cute pola by @delladeleos

 

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From Kristine Margareth Santos Aba-a

 

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And here is Kristine Margareth’s little girl, totally DAPHNE-fied.

 

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From @juicehut_manila

 

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From @isalcaraz

 

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From Ivonne Capistrano, a teacher in the US.

 

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The Lily pouch from Cheng Flores via FB.

 

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From Ry-Anne, traveling to Singapore.

 

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My friend Ginger Roxas Arzt uses the whiteboard calendar for her menu planning. So do I.

 

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Detail of our journals by @mangofreeze

 

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Lovely desk by @deynakim

 

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Manila Bulletin’s @aapatawaran uses my pen! And that’s some real poetry folks.

 

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Precious baby doodles by @iamtiramisu

 

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Now if I woke up to a scene like this everyday…. wow. By @hazelcaballeroscott

 

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Ok where did that baby Groot come from. I want! Haha. From @elainecarag

 

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Looks like Dulce’s daughter likes making her own plans. From @dulcesia.

 

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Organizing pouch. Photo by @apolonski.

 

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Loving everything in her bedside table. From @catcantada.

 

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My daughter Sophia is going nuts over @beadladymanila’s polymer creations. She wants to learn how to make these little cupcakes.

 

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My hummingbird bag made a cameo appearance at an ABS-CBN soap opera.

 

 

Share your #DaphneandNBS photos in Instagram or FB… I will post them again. Thanks everyone!!