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16 entries categorized "St. Petersburg"

August 03, 2010

Merry Memories With Mary Katrantzou

Merry Memories With Mary Katrantzou

I cannot count the number of times I'd sit here in front of the computer and reflect the incredible amount of people I've met over the years. Some were good, some were bad... and then there are some who are true gems. London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou is one of them. Although we've met once a few months back in St. Petersburg, Russia, she made a long-lasting impression thanks to the fun times we shared during our travels.

Note from Mary Katrantzou

I checked my mail earlier today and Mary sent a note card as a reminder of those times, along with some snaps she took. What a delightful gesture!

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May 29, 2010

MamaLiga Restaurant, St Petersburg

MamaLiga Restaurant, St Petersburg

Are you an adventurous eater? I am. There's more to life than having a ceasar salad or a club sandwich. I'm not talking about devouring insects or exotic genitalia but hey, no judgment if you're into that. What I mean is that I'm someone who likes to try things I've never had before. Me and my siblings were raised by my parents to try things at least once. On a side note, read this NY Times article.

I have my limits, of course: you won't see me eat insects, domestic animals and yes, genitalia though I once had sheep testicles in Iceland many years ago. Depending on my mood, I'll try it. Ostrich meat? Had it in London. Rabbit? Had it in New York. Frogs, snails, duck fetus (balut)? Done, done and done.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Instead of saying "no" when Alexey asked if I've tried Caucasian food before, I played devil's advocate and channeled the Debbie Dumber in me. "Caucasian food? What's that? White people food?" was my reply.

So after a disappointing and fruitless trip to a Russian flea market (I was hoping to see kitschy Soviet-era things and Russian antiques but I was greeted with Made-in-USA/Made-in-China second-hand cast-offs), we went to Mamaliga for lunch.

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May 28, 2010

Arsenicum Fall Winter 2010 - St Petersburg, Russia

Arsenicum Fall Winter 2010

Russian fashion designer Dmitry Loginov founded Arsenicum in 2004. Here are some photos that I took during his fall/winter 2010 show at Aurora Fashion Week in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Arsenicum Fall Winter 2010 Aurora Fashion Week St Petersburg, Russia

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May 25, 2010

Grand Hotel Europe St Petersburg

Grand Hotel Europe St Petersburg

If you have been to St. Petersburg, you'll know about the bridge situation. The city is interconnected with many, many bridges and they shut them down at certain times of the day (or should I say night) to pave way for incoming ships. What to do after a night out of clubbing while waiting for one of the bridges to open? Well, Alexey, Dima and I popped by the Grand Hotel Europe for tea at 4:30AM. I've stayed here many, many years ago and it's one of St. Petersburg's oldest and ultra luxurious hotels.

Bryanboy at Grand Hotel Europe

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May 22, 2010

It's All About Russian Navy Cadets

It's All About Russian Navy Cadets

OMG YOU GUYS!

I made a new friend yesterday.

Russian Navy Cadets

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Mary Katrantzou on Mafia

Mary Katrantzou on Mafia

Have you ever heard of/played the game 'mafia'? I haven't. Let fashion designer Mary Katrantzou (who makes some of the most spectacular printed dresses today) explain it to you.

It's funny how Mary and I met for the first time -- inside a lift with a fellow passenger who couldn't decide whether to go to the third or fourth floor.

Next thing you know we're having blinis, caviar and vodka shots!

Mary's here in St. Petersburg for Aurora Fashion Week. Her show is on Sunday night.

May 21, 2010

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

After visiting the stunning  Balenciaga store here in St. Petersburg where the usual US$300-something sunglasses are being sold at US$1,200++ each, Alexey and I went to the Hermitage for a leisurely evening stroll.

Hermitage, St. Petersburg

I told him this place reminded me of Place Vendome in Paris where there's a big thing in the middle of the square with all these beautiful buildings and skateboarders etc then he told me something really, really funny. I wanted to capture that on camera but then he went all shy and wouldn't repeat.

Hysterical!!

The Sailorialist

The Sailorialist

There are several navy cadet academies here in St. Petersburg so all these budding sailors roam free around the city in their spare time. They're mostly from other parts of Russia and they all go here to study. Look at who I met yesterday.

Russian Navy Cadets

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Mari Vanna St. Petersburg

Mari Vanna St. Petersburg

A few days ago, I had (very) late lunch at Mari Vanna with Alexey and his friend Lena, who works at Paul Smith here in St. Petersburg.

Mari Vanna Restaurant St. Petersburg

Mari Vanna Restaurant St. Petersburg

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May 19, 2010

From Russia With Love #108,833

From Russia With Love #108,833

I was having a cigarette outside Kolizey where they held the screening of the Marc Jacobs x Louis Vuitton documentary and a few lovely readers came up to me. After a few moments, I'm like, hold on a second.. you guys are taking pics of me, lemme take pics of you LOL!

It's always a pleasure meeting some of my readers. It doesn't matter where they are in the world -- Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Australia, USA, wherever! I'm always thrilled and happy to see people, especially those who follow my little website. I'm very thankful and consider myself very lucky to be able to travel to places and meet those who read my stories or to see what I'm up to. It's such an honor, really.

I love you all!

DJ Bryanboy?

DJ Bryanboy?

When was the last time you did something for the first time? I always, always ask myself that question. Life is too short not to try things so when I got invited to guest DJ at an event, I said yes.

I DJed for the first time last night at Bar Begemot. It's funny because I only organized my tracks like an hour before my set in my hotel room. I'm so glad people danced... and some even came up to me after my set.I really had fun. I swear I'm gonna practice more and who knows, maybe I'll DJ at a club haha lol!!

The most important thing I learned: you need 24 tracks per hour of play. Oh and Traktor is my new best friend. Ditto with Dasha who REALLY helped me out. :-)

I'll post my tracklist later...

Speaking of White Knights...

Speaking of White Knights...

Meet Alexey.

I have to give mad props to this awesome guy for taking care of me here in St. Petersburg. He's my host with the most.

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White Nights in Saint Petersburg

White Nights in Saint Petersburg

Can you guess what time it is based on the photo below? Normally it would be pitch black in my neck of the woods, but no...

White Nights St Petersburg, Russia

10:43PM and the sun is still up!

White Nights Saint Petersburg, Russia

It's amazing to experience "summer" way up here in the north.

Now I need a white knight during these cray cray white nights. The $64 million question is.... where to find one?

Welcome to St. Petersburg, Russia!

Welcome to St. Petersburg, Russia!

After almost two days of traveling, I'm back in my adopted motherland, Russia. 

St Petersburg Airport

To those of you who are new to my site, I started my blog in 2004 because I went to Russia for a vacation.

I know I went to Moscow November last year for the Cycles and Seasons event but this time, I'm in beautiful St. Petersburg for Aurora Fashion Week. It's my second time herein SPB... can you believe it's been what, six years since I last went here?

May 29, 2006

Moscow Needs Some Faggotry. Big Time., Meet Dhani Lennevald, Bryanboy Loves... and Random Cheesemax, LOTS OF LOVE From Around the World

Moscow Needs Some Faggotry. Big Time.

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I'm sure you've heard the news on how Moscow's first ever gay pride got trashed by a ton of nationalists, skinheads, religious fanatics and such. Thanks to Moscow's homophobic mayor Yuri Luzhkov (who put a ban on the event), Russian fags and queers were deprived of such celebration... and some of them even got beaten up.

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