Tuesday, December 31, 2013

LOOKBOOK #142 - FRASER PLACE

Ending 2013 with yet again, another look post. Why? Because I'm gonna embark on a new personal challenge I just initiated on myself as a blogger. Never missing at least one post regardless of content per day this year (that's the challenge), I'm challenging myself (again) to start and end 2014 with a look post per day. That's 365 looks for 2014!

Here's hoping that I can do it.

Happy new year everyone! Maraming salamat sa suporta. May God bless you and your family more this year.
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About the title, will post a different entry about that (It's that swank serviced apartments in Makati where I had this shoot). In the meantime, details of the look first,
Suiteblanco jeans | Thread 365 shirt | SM Accessories bag
Converse Jack Purcells | Uniqlo socks | Nixon watch

TRENDING: #BU6


Will update this with more photos later. I just need to put a gap between the previous look post and the next one. Don't ask. I'm OC like that. Happy New Year!

LOOKBOOK #141 - RIVERDALE HIGH | RIVER ISLAND STORE VISIT (SM AURA)

Channeling Archie meets Reggie in this ensemble.
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But really, I'm more of a Jughead. Have you seen my food posts? OK.

In details,
River Island jeans | Basic House polo | Topman letterman jacket
New Balance 420's | Rayban wayfarer | SM Accessories watch and knapsack
Found the perfect skinny jeans (which I've been abusing lately) from River Island. RSSI just made the brand available locally by opening two branches in the Philippines. I went to the launch of their SM Aura Premier branch (the other one is at Glorietta 5). Have you been?

HOW TO EMERGE A VICTOR IN A "HUNGER GAMES" THEMED COOKING SHOW

If there's such a thing as a cooking show with a "Hunger Games" concept (minus the killing) wherein instead of weapons, ingredients and kitchen tools are scattered in and around the cornucopia, then this is my surefire way to win the competition. (Keep in mind that this contest is time pressured)

Katsu & Veggie Sticks

Grab a pack of classic Top Torikatsu,

and to make an impressive touch, these:
1bunch Celery
2 medium size Carrots
2 medium size Cucumbers
Garlic Ranch Salad Dressing
Leftover Doritos
With minimal skills in frying and slicing, you can finish this task in less than 15 minutes! Now, let's get cooking!

Monday, December 30, 2013

LOOKBOOK #140 - DISTRICT 12

Putting all the Peeta talk to rest by giving in and dressing up as...
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…that other guy in District 12.

What's his name? The coal miner? No, not Katniss' dad you oaf.

Wore this to Bloggers United 6.
Bershka trousers w/ suspenders | Thread 365 shirt | Zara Puffer Vest
Skechers Steel Toe Boots | Rayban Flash Aviators | Zoo York watch
Watch out for my next two posts. Both are also related to this one. Yeah, more Hunger Games and Bloggers United for you. Woohoo!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

SINFUL SUNDAY #5 - GRAHAM CREAM & JAM SANDWICH


Buffering...

PUMA TIME INTRODUCES WOMEN'S ULTRASIZE

PUMA Time launches a Women's Collection that features the same ubercool maximal take on minimalism of the PUMA Time ULTRASIZE watches. ULTRASIZE's signature modern face, known for its visually commanding combination of simple elements, including elevated hour/minute marks, stylized '3' at 15:00 & leaping PUMA cat log at 12:00, now sits in a Women's 44mm oversized brushed metal dial case and proportionally over-sized motor racing inspired left-hand down.

Men's 50mm Collection also expands this Fall with a range of custom created options including brushed stainless steel link bracelet, black and grey dials with coordinating racing leather bands as well as a deep navy dial with 'night vision' ready hour/minute marks on a lightweight, super comfortable PU navy strap.
ULTRASIZE Explorer Php6,750
ULTRASIZE Leather Silver/Black Php5,950 | ULTRASIZE Leather Green Php7,250
ULTRASIZE Silver Metal | Silver Black Php6,250
Launched to success in 2012, Holiday 2013 brings select case metal finishes and band materials for those who prefer style with options:
  • Brushed stainless steel case and coal black face (white elements) with stainless steel link bracelet and deployment clasp
  • Brushed stainless steel case and white face (black elements) with stainless steel link bracelet and deployment clasp
  • Brushed stainless steel case and coal black face (white elements) with refined black leather strap
  • Custom brushed deep bronze plated case with taupe green face (white elements) and taupe, green leather strap
  • Custom brushed matte black plated case with deep navy face, glow in the dark hour/minute elements and ultra-comfort deep navy PU strap
The Women's ULTRASIZE Collection is specifically designed to bring the right sense of 'boyfriend' insouciance to the modern woman's on the go lifestyle. Whether racing from work to cocktail party, of from the playground to date night; the ULTRASIZE's oversize silhouette is a look that reads 'statement style' without frills, frippery and other 'trying too hard' embellishments. ULTRASIZE Rose Gold features a day-to-night ready soft rose gold IP plated brushed case with sexy coal black dial, paired with an up-the-minute blush nude color leather strap.
ULTRASIZE Ladies Beige Php6,950
For the ultimate 'sportif feminin', the Collection also showcases a stainless steel case with a deep fuchsia pink face, finessed with the stylized '3' o' clock symbol and PUMA cat logo in mirrored silver and PUMA Time's signature super-comfortable, anti-sweat PU band in optic white.
ULTRASIZE Ladies Pink | Navy Blue Php4,950
This season, the ULTRASIZE's over-sized statement silhouette can be worn by boyfriends and girlfriends alike. Major style for people who get that proportions matter.
ULTRASIZE Ladies Metal Night Blue Php5,950 | ULTRASIZE Ladies Gold Black Php7,450
The Women's ULTRASIZE debut collection includes:

  • Brushed stainless steel case and marine blue face (polished silver & blue elements) and marine blue PU comfort strap
  • Brushed stainless steel case and deep fuchsia face (polished silver & fuchsia elements) and bright white PU comfort strap
  • Custom brushed stainless steel case and link bracelet in "Russian gold" IP plate with coal black face & black and gold elements
  • Custom brushed vintage rose gold case with deep taupe face (white elements) & blush nude refined leather strap
PUMA Time Ultrasize is available in PUMA KIOSK (SM Megamall Atrium), L TIMESTUDIO and TIMEGEAR BOUTIQUES nationwide.

REVIEW: OLLOCLIP QUICK-FLIP CASE

My favorite iPhone accessory (not counting the cases since they're more of a necessity to the iPhone 5) would be the Olloclip. Why? Click HERE for a detailed review. But I must admit that using it (alone) is sometimes a pain in the ass. My iPhone 5's love affair with the floor was ignited because one day it just decided to slip away from my hands when I tried to do a super-quick installation of the Olloclip. You see, you have to remove first whatever's on your iPhone in order to use this accessory.

If you own an Olloclip, then the Olloclip Quick-Flip Case might be the next best thing to happen to your iPhone 5 since well, the Olloclip!

Kit contents:
iPhone 5 case | iPod Touch 5th Generation Adapter | Pro-Photo Adapter
Since I don't have any use for the iPod 5th Generation Adapter, I'll just divide this feature into two parts.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

SAVORY SATURDAY #1 - PASTA W/ TRUFFLE OIL & CHICKEN BREAST

As fancy as it may sound (any dish with Truffle is, usually), this is really easy to make. Affordable, too!

What you need:
Truffle Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Linguine Pasta, 500g
1 can Cream of Mushroom
1 can Whole Mushrooms, small; drained
1 can Nestle Cream, 300g
Olive Oil
6 cloves Garlic
4 Chicken breasts
Bunch of parsley
Truffle Oil too expensive for you? Then try Truffle Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Works and tastes like the real thing. Bought this 1/4 liter bottle (CIRIO) from Santis Delicatessen at around Php200 only.

Let's get started!

Friday, December 27, 2013

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION: J. LINDEBERG IN MANILA

Less is more when it comes to certain types of apparel movements. This rule is one that definitely encompasses the J. Lindeberg enterprise, a brand that sticks to the philosophy of Avant-garde minimalism, intimating at the elegant bohemian. Their approach cuts away at the unnecessary trappings of style without ever skimping on creativity. Slim-fitting, sleek, and decidedly practical, the label’s candid sensibilities are a welcome alternative to the local clothing scene.

Founded in 1996 by Johan Lindeberg, the company emerged from a desire to unleash a wealth of imagination. From a platform used to exercise a personal impetus, J. Lindeberg came to be known for its pared down silhouettes, unexpected details, and adherence to a distinct Swedish aesthetic, in over 30 countries worldwide. From shirts, pants, and jackets to belts and shoes, each piece is very well crafted and highly progressive in terms of design.
"A few years after J. Lindeberg materialized, many were immediately drawn to their vision," says Justin Benson Lim, Chairman of Delta Links Corp. "Both golf and fashion lines are extremely popular because of the advanced nature of the craftsmanship and the great attention to detail."
Fabric innovations are not unknown of in J. Lindeberg circles. Hardcore sportsmen, in particular, value their breathable and moisture wicking capabilities that prove vital both on and off the golf course. These specifics are also prevalent in the fashion collection which pulls on myriad influences to create its strong sartorial presence. The brand’s success is unquestionable from an international standpoint to rave runway reviews and growing global reach.

Never superfluous and always on the brink of modernism, J. Lindeberg’s footing in the industry is one that is as sure and steady as its upward momentum.  The J. Lindeberg collection is currently available at SM Aura and at Powerplant Mall, Rockwell.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

AXE APOLLO SPACE ACADEMY SELECTS FIRST FILIPINO ASTRONAUT

Last January, AXE – the no. 1 fragrance brand in the world – unveiled a campaign to take the first Filipino to space with over 20 others from over 160 countries worldwide to celebrate the launch of AXE Apollo, its newest and possibly most iconic fragrance yet.  

The Philippines was among the top countries that participated in the global campaign with over 28,000 applications for the opportunity to become the first Filipino to ever go to space.  From thousands, three candidates were selected to represent the country at the international AXE Apollo Space Camp held at the Kennedy Space Center in the U.S.  The three candidates underwent astronaut training with over 100 others from all over the globe.  Finally, one has been chosen to take to space by 2015 as the first Filipino astronaut. 

After five days of grueling tests and challenges at the AXE Apollo Space Academy Space Camp, 22-year old Crossfit trainer and De La Salle University psychology graduate Chino Roque was declared the first Filipino astronaut by no less than legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.  The ceremonies were held at the Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden.
"At the awarding ceremonies, when they called my name, all I could think about is how fortunate I am. From the start, this had been the experience of a lifetime. I'm grateful to the team of admirable guys I went to Space Camp with -Ramil and Evan -as well as the support of family, friends, and my countrymen," said Roque.
Roque is set to become the first Filipino astronaut by 2015, joining 23 other AXE Apollo Space Academy winners on a sub-orbital space flight.  The AXE Apollo winners are Patrick Carney (USA), Théo Abbaci-Nel (Canada), Marco Gorrasi (Brazil), Oliver Knight (UK), Felix Stach (DACH), Cyril Garnier (France), Jordi Ollebek (Netherlands), Eduardo Luruena  (Spain), Róbert Vokál (Slovakia), Denis Efremov (Russia), Halil Kayıkçı (Turkey), Omar Samra (Egypt), Vinay Singh (India), Takanobu Yoneya (Japan),  Rizman Adhi Nugraha (Indonesia),  Pirada Techavijit (Thailand), Thanh Long Vu (Vietnam), Tim Gibson (Austrailia),  Hamish Fagg (New Zealand), Tale Sundlisæter (Norway), Mandlenkosi Maseko (South Africa), Qing Guo (China), and Daniel Angelo “Chino” Roque (Philippines).
The AASA astronauts proudly display their certificates.
More About the AXE Apollo Space Camp
The three Filipino representatives – Evan Rey Datuin, Ramil Santos, and Chino Roque – underwent training at the AXE Apollo Space Academy in Orlando, Florida.  They experienced Zero-gravity Parabolic Flights on board a Boeing 727, Air Combat Training on-board an SIAI Marchetti SF260, and Hyper-gravity G Force Training. 

The entire Filipino delegation, especially Roque, impressed the AXE and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) judges with their performance on the challenges.  Roque was one of the few who were able to maneuver the plane.  All three delegates pushed their bodies to the limit as they took on the incredible pressures of hyper-gravity at four times the force of Earth’s gravity.

AXE Apollo’s Space Camp officially ended with the graduation of all 107 delegates and the awarding of the 24 space flight winners.  The graduation ceremony was led by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the chairman of the judging committee.  Other members of AXE’s judging committee were XCOR Aerospace COO Andrew Nelson, whose rocket engine company is manufacturing the space craft that will fly the 24 winners to space; Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) CEO Michiel Mol; SXC Test Pilot Mission Control COO Harry Van Hulten; and SXC Director of Commercial Space Marlous Mens.

“AXE Philippines, as I am sure the Filipino people as well, are proud to have had Chino, Evan, and Ramil represent our country at the international AXE Apollo Space Camp.  They showed that Filipinos are courageous, determined, and resilient,” says AXE Brand Manager Gem Laforteza. 

Leave a man, come back a space hero
“AXE Apollo is about heroes.  It’s about setting out to do what seems impossible,” says AXE Apollo Philippines judge Luis Manzano.

“We would like to believe that AXE’s campaign has inspired Filipinos and people everywhere to imagine the unimaginable,” says Laforteza.

Since its launch, AXE has received more than 1 million AXE Apollo Space Academy entries globally with the Philippines ranking 4th in the world and 1st in Asia in terms of applications.  The space flights are set in 2015.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

TRENDING: #HELLOKITTYAROUNDTHEWORLD (+GIVEAWAY)

Ever wondered what it's like to walk down the streets of London? Or witness the dance of lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris? Or simply bask in the afterglow of a night out in New York? Now, you don't even have to set a single foot outside the Philippines to have a truly unique holiday celebration this 2013 as Hello Kitty brings popular international landmarks and cultural sights to the local malls near you!

Fun and fantastical displays featuring popular and most loved Sanrio® characters will take all visitors into a quick and wondrous trip to their favourite and most coveted Western destinations. You can take your pick as several SM Malls showcase the marvelous sights and sounds of different tourist countries.

You can take a ride around London to see the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben in an iconic Double Decker Bus with Hello Kitty and friends such as Keroppi, Pochacco, and Bad Batzmaru in SM North EDSA.

Or you can choose to hang out with Hello Kitty in Italy in SM Southmall while having authentic Italian Pizza and Gelato in a Venetian Gondola.

If you prefer the bustling lights and tall buildings of the urban city, New York in SM Megamall is the perfect spot to visit!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MAKE 2014 YOUR YEAR WITH THE HAVAIANAS PLANNER

What's the best way to start a year with a nice, hip and handy planner where you can scribble, write big plans and fun shenanigans for 2014?

This holiday season, Havaianas launches a special offer to its customers with the Limited Edition Havaianas 2014 Pocket Planner!

Starting December 1 to 31, 2013, Havaianas customers can avail of the pocket planner for only Php150 with a qualifying minimum purchase of Php1,500 worth of Havaianas merchandise.

These planners were patterned close to the well-loved Havaianas DNA with its iconic embossed rice patterns and lively hues of Red, Blue, Green and Lime throwing in the fun vibes in every writing.

Make these cool, notes-loving planner journey with you in making 2014 your year and spread instant joy with Havaianas!

*A percentage of the proceeds of the Havaianas Pocket Planner will aid UNICEF relief and rehabilitation efforts to help communities recover from the devastating impact of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Monday, December 23, 2013

LOOKBOOK #139 - WHY SO SERIOUS?

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In details,
River Island skinny jeans | Lyle & Scott button downs | Bespoke suede moto jacket
Bensimon sneakers | Puma watch
Will talk later. I'm tired. #seriously

Sunday, December 22, 2013

SINFUL SUNDAY #4 - FRIED OREO (AND THEN SOME)

F-R-I-E-D O-R-E-O-S

And then some!

Nothing gets better than that.

What you need:
A pack of Oreo | Grahams crackers | Bite-size chocolate bars
GnD Spreads Choco Cookie Butter | Powdered sugar | Cinnamon
For the batter:
Oil for frying | 1 egg (medium) | Vanilla
Fresh milk | Pancake mix | Olive oil
Prepare the batter by mixing the ingredients (1 cup pancake mix | egg | 1 tsp vanilla | 1/2 cup fresh milk | 1 tsbp olive oil) in a deep bowl.

PROJECT REBUILD

Coca-Cola Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity will be embarking on a massive program to help our brothers and sisters in Visayas get back on their feet this January 2014.

This is Project Rebuild.

Believing that no act is too small to make a difference in the lives of Yolanda survivors, the project proponents are calling for more donations and more hands to aid in full reconstruction and recovery.

Watch this:

If you want to learn more about Project Rebuild, check out the below online sources and follow updates via #rebuildPH

#RebuildPH Website: http://cokeurl.com/rebuildph
#RebuildPH Hotline: (02) 462-1333

Saturday, December 21, 2013

THE DEL MONTE #GOREALGOLARGE EXPERIENCE

Happy holidays from Del Monte!

Catch Del Monte's Christmas 3D Video Wall-Mapping Showcase last day today, December 21, 7pm onwards at 30th Street, Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

CRUMPLER

Complete your Christmas gift list with fun and quirky Crumpler bags at up to 70% discount at the Crumpler Outlet Sale!

Visit Crumpler at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia today until December 22, 2013 only.

Friday, December 20, 2013

SM CONSORTIUM CONFIDENT TO WIN LIGHT RAIL SINGLE TICKETING PROJECT


SM Consortium, led by SM Investments Corp. with members BDO Capital and Investment Corp., Advanced Card Systems Ltd. and Penta Capital Investment Corp., is confident of a favorable result in the ongoing financial evaluation of the MRT/LRT Automated Fare Collection System Project.

“With no cost to the government to build and modernize the ticketing system and a one-time concession fee of P1,088,000,000 to be paid to the government unconditionally, we believe that our proposal is most advantageous to the government and the riding public,” said Norman T. Pe, senior vice president of Penta Capital.

The Department of Transportation and Communication is now evaluating the proposals of the three bidders – AF Consortium led by BPI, SM Consortium and Comworks Berjaya Consortium – which passed the technical proposal stage.

“SM, the country’s largest retail chain, will be able to maximize the potential of this innovation through the wide retail acceptance and other applications,” added Denny Wong, chairman of Advanced Card Systems Ltd of Hongkong.

The winning bidder will be announced before Dec. 24 and notice to proceed is expected to be issued in the third week of January 2014.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

'TIS THE SEASON TO SHARE WITH TOKYO TOKYO'S SUMO MEALS (+TOKYO TOKYO RAMEN TRIVIA QUIZ GIVEAWAY)


This season, Tokyo Tokyo’s Sumo Meals, one of the brand’s most popular items, offers huge helpings of delicious food, all with that authentic Japanese flavor.

Bringing together great combinations into one complete, oversized meal, it makes the perfect alternative for those looking for bigger portions to share. Customers get their favorite Tokyo Tokyo dishes at twice the satisfaction and value.

"This time of year is about eating together, whether it's a friend, loved one, or a family member. It's especially common for Filipinos to celebrate with someone," says Harvie Sering, Product Manager for Tokyo Tokyo. "The Sumo Meals allow them to enjoy any of their preferred dishes at twice the amount, while giving them a complete Japanese dining experience, including rice and drinks."

Sumo Meals combine any two Tokyo Tokyo signature meals such as Beef Misono, Pork Tonkatsu, Fried Chicken Karaage, Prawn & Vegetable Tempura, and Honey Chicken Teriyaki. The entire bento box comes with two steaming bowls of Tokyo Tokyo’s unlimited rice and two glasses of refreshing Red Iced Tea. It’s the ideal combination for those looking to snag a two-in-one dining experience.



Good, piping hot, and ultimately satisfying, Sumo Meals are sure to suit even the biggest appetites. This Christmas, new memories are made even better with everyone’s Tokyo Tokyo favorites!

Check out Tokyo Tokyo’s Sumo Meals at your nearest Tokyo Tokyo restaurant or visit Tokyo Tokyo Philippines on Facebook and Instagram (TokoTokyoPhilippines) and get ready to have a Meri Kurismasu!

But wait, there's more!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LOOKBOOK #138 - WARS OF THE ROSES

What do you do when you have a lot of conflict (black + roses = not your kind of peace) going on in your shirt?
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Nothing!

But it would be good if you keep everything else's color spectrum on mute. Let's say black, for example.
Photos by Ana Gonzales
In details,
Topman pants | Topman shirt
Wade loafers | Esprit watch | Ray-Ban clubmasters
Wore this look on the first day of #2GOBloggersMeet HERE.

JOY OF GIVING

Admit it. We find joy in shopping.

But nothing beats the kind of joy in giving.

Ayala Malls are giving you the chance to experience the bliss of shopping and at the same time help fellow Filipinos affected by recent calamities in the Visayas region through the silent auction "Joy of Giving."

Here, you can bid on items* from Ayala Malls merchants and designers like shoes,
*Items in this post are from the Greenbelt 5 leg of the silent auction held last December 2 - 8, 2013.


gadgets,

watches,

and for the "real" shopper -the ladies, accessories...

...and more!

Catch the auction this week in Trinoma until December 22, 2013.

'Joy of Giving' is a joint project of Ayala Malls, Look Magazine and Inquirer Lifestyle. Winning bids of the items from Ayala Malls merchants and designers will be given to the Ayala Foundation for the benefit of Bulig Bisaya, an appeal for the typhoon and earthquake victims of Visayas.