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(In this column, globetrotters Divine Lee and Victor Basa look back on their travels and regale us with their fun, intriguing, exciting, and often wacky stories.) 

Photos by Victor Basa

D: I have always been a fan of dynasties and family sagas. So it’s no wonder that when I was younger, I would gladly skip watching Disney movies for Spanish teleseryes. I think I got my overdramatic streak from it (yes, I’m the type who would run to the E.R. screaming and shouting, as if my life depended on it…and this was for only a bad case of eye stye). During our last trip to Russia, it was pretty obvious that I’d be learning more about the Romanovs (Who knows, maybe I am related to the “lost” Anastasia?), but one thing that caught my attention during our tour was another clan: The Yusopovs. The Yusopovs were not royalties like the Romanovs, but with their lifestyle, heritage, and fortune, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have got nothing on them! Let’s start our story by touring their palace!

V: I first heard about the name Yusopov when I was searching for places to visit in Russia. Upon further research, I learned that the family was involved in the brutal murder of the Russian mystic and claimant of prophethood, Rasputin. The Yusopovs were a Russian noble family that descended from the Khans of the 10th century, but they were more known for their incredible wealth and philanthropy. Although they weren’t royalty, they had immense influence and power. Browse the gallery for my travel notes!

Read more about our adventures with more photo ganaps HERE!

http://kristn.com/index.php/article/378/the-non-royal-royalty-yusopov-palace

 

Much love,

D+V

Grabbed from V’s blog. Thank you to everyone. Kc Concepcion, Bianca Gonzales, Julie Elmo fans, fierces, Robby Carmona, Mrs. Tweets, Elmer Lapena, Iza Calzado, Ronald Singson, Bubbles Paraiso, Neil Arce, Dos Quizon, Nino Barbers, Sam Singson, Flawless, Nuffnang, Mandaue, Fierces, our twitter friends, Flawless, Juliana Gomez, Denise Heredia, Margeaux, Jr Isaac, Charmy Palermo, Will Hsu, Xeng Zuleata, Gab Tatad and her borta boys, Watsons, the beckies-alam nyo kung sino kayo. Actually, si Jake has all the list. Sya ang thanking committee kasi ang tamad nya magrepack. :) love you jake! Floor director daw sya. Other thank yous na sa baba. Basta isang malaking hug and kiss for all you guys.

God sent us angels for friends.

Much love,

D+V

victorbasa:

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The monsoon relief was tough, but not as tough as a lot of families had it during these really trying times with homes being flooded, power outages, and hunger. We would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts who helped out our humble relief.  Thank you so much to. SM Supermalls, Shao of SM Megamall, Trixie Esguerra, Nuffnang, Watson’s, Ryan Sison and Roselynn Yu. Valenzuela City Government, Councilor Marlon C. Alejandrino, Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, UA&P (University of Asia and the Pacific) San Mateo Rizal, Tbram Cuyugan, Mandaue Foam, Alta Redor, Speedy Lyttle, Tita Ana Redor, Tim Yap, Jenni Epperson and Family, Nix Alanon, Rajo Laurel, Toph De Venecia, John Cruz, Ana Canlas, Dale Azcueta, Majesta Bugarin, GEEKYNIGHTS, BULGAR, Tina Daniac, Elmer Lapena, Jake Galvez, Matt Gozun, Beckynights, Mark Lim, Abe Olandres, KC Montero, Rhian Ramos, Mark Africa (DJ SKRATCHMARK) Khaz Alim, Rescue5, and Arnel Ignacio

And of course the Fierces! Jephy, Jasmin A. Somera, Divine Carmelo, John Rufo, Jencee Amba for clearing out their schedules and also coming in to help on a Sunday.

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Photos below are by Denise Heredia

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Most of you guys saw this already…

And some of you guys saw this channel…

http://www.youtube.com/thedivinemlee

or V’s better editing here…

http://www.vimeo.com/vbasa

BUT PLEASE HELP ME FIND WHO MADE THIS! Eyyfort! I really want to thank the person personally. Nagulat ako napagsamasama nya our videos and photos. 

Its one thing that we believe in our love story, but more that others actually believe in it too. Masnatoutouch ako sa ginagawa nyo. Giving me more reasons to fall in love over and over again….

Dahil pinakilig nyo ako ng bongga at pinangiti nyo ako… THANK YOU :)

Help me find whoever made this please? 

BREAKING NEWS… i found her na! Thank you @chizmoza SUPER DUPER THANK YOU!

Much love,

D

D + V says: V Spotted | Philippine Fashion Week ‘12

Eto na, ang sisteraka ko. Haha! Buti si V nakakuha ng photo.

Much love,

D + V

victorbasa:

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She may not be seen out as much as her sibling (Divine), but Danielle shows us that she knows a thing or two about dressing for the occasion.

I’m watching you too,

-V

D + V says: free time and posed cards

Bongga talaga ng jowang mahilig magphoto! May graphics pa! Lamang yung blog nya when it comes to photos and graphics. May collage collage pa! But d naman nya keri yung mga comments ko! AKO LANG MAY KAYA NUN! haha!

I was sick and syempre… ayoko ma bore. So ayan nagpictorial! haha! NO JUDGMENT! Wala akong mukup nyan!

I wish i can edit graphics chenellin like him.. ay wag nalang pala. Pagawa ko nalang sa kanya! haha!

Much love,

D + V

victorbasa:

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Divine is one of those people that no matter how under the weather they feel, they’ll still go to work and be more bubbly and hyper than you could be after downing a few glasses of diet mtn dew.  Here is a little collage/postcard I put together on a rainy, under the weather kind of day when she proposed we take a few photos to test out a new flash I got.

I positioned the flash a few feet away from Divine, lower than eye level to remove any shadows that cause eyebags in the picture.  At first I was just supposed to take a few straight up photos and post them, but I opted to go the more personal route of making a collage since I believe they take a little more time to make and oftentimes have a scrapbook feel that makes one feel all warm inside.  Hope you like it!

D: V loves taking photos of people. And nagrereview kami paguwi. haha! So i told him, why don’t you blog the people na bet bonggels ang look?

So finally! Sa wakas sumunod nadin! Para naman masight ng tao ang mga photos nila! Kung may fierce followers ako (yes, tuloy pa yun, upgrading lang kaya delayed) eto naman sya. V SPOTTED. So mag bihis na lagi… V is watching!

Much love,

D + V

victorbasa:

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I’m watching you too.

-V

D: Bat ganun? parang ang cool ng kanya! haha! damihan ko nga mga artsy photos sa vlag! Tapos dapat pala ang description yung hindi connected sa photo para mas-cool. choz! At bawal mahaba. One or 2 words lang. choz!

Much love,

D + V

victorbasa:

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Boracay was a great trip, if you don’t believe me see the pictures below as well as my previous post with a video up. Cannot wait to go back, but this time I think I’ll pack extra sunscreen and try not to get sunburned! Good times!

Say cheese?

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Off The Squall

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Discovering the shores

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Huddle Formation at the Tides roofdeck

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The takeover!

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I’m not at the office right now, but just leave me an email and I’ll get back to you.

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Summer shades

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Lids.ph

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Ultimate water beach volley championship league

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vilebrequin steez

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Beachy

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Sleepy

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What do you mean you can’t see the sailboat?

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Baywatch theme ♫ (gratuitous)

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Tim striking a pose?

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Marc!

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Phosphor timepiece

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Sunset, we were about a hundred or so feet from the shore

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D: We might have some similar photos pero bakit pag si V nagkwento iba? Parang ang cool! choz! hahaha!

Check out his version of Boracay… MAGKASAMA BA tayo? haha!

Much love,

D + V

victorbasa:

Decided to spend the labor day weekend in Boracay since I haven’t had the chance to hit the beach this whole summer, and it’s all been chilly weather activity with the recent trips and travels. ie: Cold-chella 2012. It was definitely a welcome change, and it’s always great to enjoy the beaches back in our islands. It’s pretty hard to beat the balmy weather, and powder fine sand of the mostly party itinerary that is Boracay. This is a snippet of what happened last weekend.

Laureen (of Break My Style) was at the White House party snapping away and enjoying the festivities of what seemed to be a “chill” party that grew to a massive event level as the night progressed.

Derek was there in his retro looking Vans shades.

Laneway Festival buddies, Janina and…

Half of Your Evil Twin Diary

Ubiquitous sunset shot for posterity.

Nikki, Divine (DivinemLee.com), Laureen (Break My Style) and Camille Co (itscamilleco)

The party just about to pick up. Dino was emceeing, not bad *claps*

DJ something… great set though!

Let’s have a toast for the douchebags.

Sunset city.

Tat’d

This guy was probably resting up for the long night ahead. I should’ve done that. Ended up going to bed at 9PM! Fail.

The party ensued.

It got pretty crazy! People were pouring beer all over the place ala victory champagne bath while singing along to club anthems.

Take note, all these pictures were taken before 8PM. Mind blowing!

This was just one of the days, more to come!