i’ve never..episode one: the broiled duck embryo

so my friends ‘attempted’ a belated surprise birthday for me until i ran into them on my way inside ayala and found them mulling over which cake to buy in vanille patisserie. i actually felt bad at first because i was supposed to meet karen there at 8:00 PM and she told me she would just text me when she’s on her way, only to find her with our other friends without texting me. it took me a minute to realize after seeing their shocked faces that it was a surprise for me. so i gave them time and told them i had an errand to run and will be back right after. but yes, even when i busted them planning my surprise, it was still pretty sweet. they had the waiter bring my birthday cake (the small balls on top are super yummy truffles) and my balloons. and guess what? they gave me a jane austen book too! yey!
anyway, so on to the much awaited balot challenge — one of the many challenges my friends and i are going to make over the next few weeks. we drove midtown and found a balot vendor by the city’s rotunda and each bought a 16-day old balot — one with a slightly formed duckling inside. with the help of the dark street, some vinegar and salt, suffice to say, it wasn’t much of an excruciating experience for me as it was for karen. she really had a hard time swallowing the duck embryo. here are some photos:
grey dress – props
leopard-print flats – parisian, sm dept store
bangles – gifted
rings: starfish and round white – props
necklaces: fairy – props | handbag – parkmall

ps. Join Fashionista Fortune Cookie’s First Ever Giveaway! She’s giving away 3 jackets!

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  1. Bleurgh, the very thought of it revolts me but you are SO brave to have done it! What's next on the list?


  2. balut! yummy! i love balut i just don't eat the chick! hahaha. kinds defeats the purpose eh?

    thanks for the link! i hope more ppl will join soon.

    about your question: i'm due at the end of this month. and it's a boy!


  3. looks like a lot of fun! I, too admire your courage, I have only tried eating balut (except for the chick itself) once in my life. belated happy birthday by the way.


  4. Wow I cannot believe you were able to eat balut!!!! Congratulations on your first task love…this is like an amazing race thing, where you need to do something you haven't done before. I really don't think I can do this kind of stuff, but maybe someday!

    Aww it is just so sweet to have great friends like them, they support you all the way.

    Belated again gorgeous!

    have a wonderful weekend Gizelle, thanks for the heads up with the giveaway. Take care love



  5. happy birthday! looks like you had a lot of fun and i've only had balot once in my lifetime and that was over 30 years ago as a little girl visiting the Philippines. however, i vividly remember not enjoying it at all. : )


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