Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BEST WESTERN PLUS ANTEL HOTEL

Road trip. Out of town. Out of the country. They all read the same to me. Stress. That is, if your address is Metro Manila. Have you experienced EDSA lately?

My answer to this? Staycation. Not at home though 'coz that would be lame. I'd definitely suggest staying somewhere in Makati… Best Western Plus Antel Hotel perhaps?

Of course I'd recommend Best Western Plus. I already stayed there back when it was just one tower—the A.Venue Suites. Now, they've grown. Three times!

My stay (we're talking about some couple of years ago)? It was pleasant. The room was, as I expected, were meant for people who are always on the go—providing respite from all the exploring you will do in the area! Believe me, there's a lot of things you can do in this side of the metro.

This is my favorite part of the room.
Sitting cozily in this nice sofa while watching TV. Now that's vacation to me.
Best Western Plus Antel Hotel is an international brand that is independently and distinctively operated and managed under Best Western, the largest hotel chain in the world.

So what's with the PLUS? Let me put it this way…

Monday, May 19, 2014

LET'S TALK ABOUT MY MOM

This is a topic my mom is not too keen on talking about. If she can have it her way, she'd rather talk about her sons 24/7 (just like any other mom would). But since Mother's Day only comes once a year, I'm sure she'll understand…

...and forgive me for the humiliation of her #throwback photos being exposed on my blog.

My mom is the most hardworking and most patient person I know. I'm sure yours are, too. but my mom started helping her family long before she even graduated grade school. Singing contests on the radio with a kilo of rice for a prize? Yep, she did/won that. Sometimes if she's lucky, canned goods (sardines!). Beat that. Lol.

She's really hardworking. Spent most of her life working abroad for her family (still is —at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). She's also a very patient woman. Imagine the idea of being away from her family for the most part of the year and being able to spend, give or take, only 40 days in the Philippines with us during her vacations. 

Aside from being all that, my mom's also the best baker I know. Everytime she comes home (usually on the month of either I or my brothers' birthdays or special occasions like graduations and the like) she makes it a point to bake for us.
November 1, 1984 - Mom's birthday where she made her own cake and the rest of her "handa".
Birthdays were extra special because the cakes, on top of everything else, were labors of love.
February 23, 1986 - During my 2nd birthday; back when dad was still alive and my mom's on her bangs and shoulder pads phase.
Last Mother's Day, I thought of surprising my mom by inviting my two brothers to my place (we three live apart from each other) and prepare a meal to share with her online. How am I gonna do that you ask?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

#JUSTAPERFECTDAY AT JOE'S JEANS (SM MEGA FASHION HALL)

I seldom wear black. But when I do, I make sure to go all out. It also helps if a particular brand I'm wearing has "rebel" written all over it. Nothing screams rebel more than black...
Shirt: Joe's Jeans
(Complete look details HERE)
Photos by Sarah Tirona
…And Joe's Jeans!

Known for its unique, narrative campaigns, Joe's Jeans features the strong-minded, independent people, who liberate themselves by throwing convention out the window and following their hearts with no regrets and no apologies.

What if your definition of a perfect day was changing plans on your wedding day and running out wearing your favorite jeans under your wedding dress, or the morning of the walk of shame?

Joe's poses a modern challenge for anyone determined to write his or her own story encumbered by societal standards and opinions.

ONLINE SHOPPING IS SAFE, SIMPLE AND SMART WITH THE MASTERCARD VIRTUAL CARD

With Facebook being a depot of practically all things depressing lately (a scalded dog, a missing airplane, et al), finding something to smile about is quite rare. But if you do, sometimes it's gold!

Like this one.

And my most favorite (just because Superman's in it).
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Black Friday sale + Superheroes? I must admit, it made me lol-ing to myself. Funny enough, it also brought things up from two years ago when I made my first ever online purchase. It was on the same season as the Black Friday sale and yes, a superhero's in it, too. Superman.

Over the years, the Filipino shoppers' appetite for online shopping has been further stimulated by the increasing access to the worldwide web via the smartphones and unlimited surfing made available by local telecom companies. According to the results of an Online Shopping Behavior Study made last year in 14 Asia Pacific countries, more and more Pinoys are beginning to shop online.

Curious to find out what Pinoy kids have been shopping online these days?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

KENNETH COLE AT THE 2014 MET GALA

There are only two Kenneth Cole items in my possession. This pair of orange, suede wingtips...
HYPE on Lookbook
and this watch (sorry, no close-up).
HYPE on Lookbook
Ever wondered what Kenneth Cole looks like in person?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BURBERRY, TORY BURCH, AND MICHAEL KORS AT THE 2014 MET GALA

A recent high-profile "attacking" incident has taken over Google's top search if you type in the keywords 'Met Gala 2014'. While we're still waiting for the story behind the sudden outburst be told, why not we talk about what was actually seen at the gala? About who's wearing who?

But let's just keep the feature at the minimum with just three, starting with Burberry.
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe; Lily Donaldson
Stella Tenant and Mario Testino; Suki Waterhouse
There's also Tory Burch,
Fei Fei Sun, Rashida Jones and Tory Burch
and of course (pardon the rhyme), Michael Kors.
Jessica Pare; Lily Aldridge
Ming Xi; Zoe Saldana
Still on the Michael Kors topic, the global brand brought the Jet Set Experience to Shanghai via The Michael Kors Jet Set Experience, an exclusive event in celebration of the opening of the brand's first China flagship store at the Jing'An Kerry Centre in Shanghai.

The Michael Kors Jet Set Experience is an expansive, 360-degree event that immerses the audience in music, moving images and emotion. Set in a private 30,000 square-foot jet hangar at Hongqiao Airport, the spectacular event will convey the essence of the international jet set lifestyle that is the DNA of the Michael Kors brand.
Michael Kors Shanghai Jing An Kerry Centre Exterior
The Michael Kors Jet Set Experience will include a never-before-seen runway show featuring a signature Michael Kors Jet Set Collection that illustrates the sophistication and global appeal of Michael Kors' design philosophy.

Michael Kors also released MK360, a native (IOS and Android) mobile app, downloadable at www.destinationkors.com/jetset, allowing fans everywhere to experience the Michael Kors Jet Set Experience via an interactive 360-degree video of the event on their phones.

"This is the largest fashion event the company has ever undertaken and our major launch of the Michael Kors brand in the Greater China market," says John D. Idol, Chief Executive Officer. "Our customer is international, so we are embarking upon an exceptional experience that is global in scope."

In the Philippines, Michael Kors is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at The Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Newport.

Friday, May 9, 2014

#WRANGLERSUNCHASER BE ICONIC

And we're down to the last Wrangler Sun Chaser challenge! You know what they say about the best being saved for last? This one is the best... and the toughest!

Now how to "Be Iconic"?

This week's winner will again, receive Php8,000 worth of Wrangler cash vouchers and the chance to win the grand prize: A round-trip ticket with accommodation to the country of choice! How's that for a first time?

For more information, go to www.WranglerSunChaser.com or follow Wrangler Philippines on Facebook!

Don't forget to include the following hashtags to qualify: #WranglerSunChaser #Philippines

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SALADBOX + REGATTA STYLING CONTEST


PHASE ONE: Online Mood Board Styling (May 1-15, 2014) 
1. Follow Saladbox Man and Regatta on your favorite social media. 
 i. Facebook: facebook.com/SaladboxMan and facebook.com/Regatta.Clothing 
 ii. Twitter and Instagram handles: @SaladboxManPH and @regatta_ph 

2. Using the Regatta Summer 2014 Collection pieces, create an outfit mood board of your ultimate summer outfit. Don’t forget to include the products sampled in the Regatta Saladbox! You can use Adobe Photoshop, MS Paint, or any other programs! You can get the photos in this link: http://www.saladbox.com.ph/regatta/contests/mood-board-styling

3. Share (publicly) your mood boards at Facebook and Instagram with hashtags #SBxRegattaStylingContest, #RegattaSaladbox, #RegattaSummer, and #SBManxPaulThePRGuy Be sure to tag Saladbox Man, Regatta, and PaulThePRGuy in your posts! 

4. Online contest will end on Wednesday, May 15th, at 5PM. Winner will be chosen by the Saladbox team and will be announced at 8PM that day. 

5. One blogger will have his/her own winner. The winner will be styled by the host blogger on May 17th, Saturday, at Regatta’s newest branch in SM Megamall during the Phase Two of the contest. 

IMPORTANT: The winner of the online contest should be available and shall attend the Phase Two of the contest on May 17, 2014. Saladbox and Regatta will not shoulder any transportation and/or accommodation expenses of the winner during the contest’s Phase Two. 

PHASE TWO: Personal Styling at Regatta SM Megamall 
1. All bloggers and winners are expected to arrive at the venue, Regatta SM Megamall, on or before 10AM on Saturday, May 17th.

2. Each blogger will style his/her winner using Regatta’s newest collections. 

3. Three winners will be chosen that day. Winners will be awarded special gift sets from Regatta and Saladbox Man subscriptions. 

#BU7 x SUNSILK #SUMMERFAIR

Experience the biggest and most exciting Bloggers United yet on May 10 at the Metrotent Ortigas, as the team partners with Sunsilk for the grandest SUMMER FAIR ever!

Now a biannual tradition for Manila’s top fashion & beauty bloggers, the Bloggers United 7 x Sunsilk’s SUMMER FAIR will feature 50+ bloggers’ booths where your favorite online style icons will be selling affordable pre-loved and brand new items, as well as sponsors’ booths who each have their own exciting promos & gimmicks. Aside from this sought-after shopping experience and meet-and-greet, Sunsilk brings in more fun and adventure to the event with game booths, challenges, a pop-up salon, and other surprises for you and your #SunsilkHairkada.

Get in for free by bringing a 180mL Sunsilk Pink bottle. No bottle? No problem! You could still buy tickets at the venue for P100. This is just a  1 day affair, so don’t miss it! See you there!

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Official Hashtags: #BU7xSUNSILK and #SummerFair

Monday, May 5, 2014

VIVA BRASIL! #MYOH2014

Known for the samba and the most decorated national football team in the world, and home of the biggest and most festive street party in the world, Brazil is a cultural melting pot of ethnicities that has cultivated a very colorful and lively street culture.

To quote Vogue, “Brazilians have the ability to make a party out of nothing, and then make it the most exciting night you’ve ever had.”

While we all may not have the luxury of experiencing the streets of Brazil this summer, Havaianas brings Brazil to the Philippines through Make Your Own Havaianas 2014. As the summer season hits full throttle, it’s that special time of the year when Havaianas gives us the creative license to decorate this season’s must-have accessory—flip-flops.
Inspired by a 200-year old tradition from Brazil, this year's commemorative pair features colorful Bonfim wish ribbons that are worn for good luck. The print wishes every wearer Alegria (Joy), Diversao (Amusement), Empolgacao (Excitement), Euforia (Euphoria), and Felicidade (Bliss) - true to the Havaianas always summer spirit.
In its ninth year, Make Your Own Havaianas returns to its Brazilian roots. After all, flip-flops were made to perfectly complement the Brazilian vibrant lifestyle: vivacious, expressive, adventurous, and always the life of the party.

Make Your Own Havaianas is the ultimate activity for self-expression and Havaianas encourages everyone to be as daring as the Brazilians when customizing their flip-flops. Brand Development Group Director Ammiel De Leon said, “Think of how the Brazilians would do it—always bold and fun in style and a natural stand out.”

“Brazilian culture is all about self expression, and not being ashamed of how vividly you express it.” Anne Gonzalez, Terry SA Managing Director said.
The thrill in this full-customization event comes in the ability to mix and match everything: from the soles and the straps, to color combinations inspired by street art, and to the fun limited edition pins - all exhibiting Brazil.
This year’s event is made even bigger and more accessible.  At the heart of Makati, Make Your Own Havaianas 2014 will take place in its new home at the Glorietta Activity Center from May 8 (Thursday) to 11 (Sunday), 2014 open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM on weekdays, and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on weekends. There will be no entrance fee so everyone is welcome to customize their own Havaianas and celebrate the streets of Brazil.

As you enter this year’s Make Your Own Havaianas Brazilian Carnavale, come in your most festive summer attires and allow the Brazilian roots of Havaianas to unleash the creativity in you. Then flaunt it, the Brazilian way.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

#WRANGLERSUNCHASER KEEP GOING

We're now on Week 3 of the #WranglerSunChaser challenge and I must say that things are getting a bit challenging. Have you seen this entry of mine by the way?

I seldom do "topless" on Instagram but for last week's #StayCool challenge, I just have to bring out the big guns (or lack thereof -lol) in order for me to keep up with the awesome entries! Sadly, nudity was not part of the criteria. I didn't win. Haha.

Now for this week, the theme is #KeepGoing.
We leave in the morning, and stay out until the last ray of the sunlight leaves us. Being a true adventurer is the best full-time job out there! This week, don't look back, keep going to the very end and be rewarded with the most beautiful sunset you've ever seen.
This week's winner will again, receive Php8,000 worth of Wrangler cash vouchers and the chance to win the grand prize: A round-trip ticket with accommodation to the country of choice!

For more information, go to www.WranglerSunChaser.com or follow Wrangler Philippines on Facebook!

Don't forget to include the following hashtags to qualify: #WranglerSunChaser #Philippines

Saturday, May 3, 2014

REFRESHING INDULGENCE WITH VILLA DEL CONTE

Get a taste of summer with the fresh combination of citrus cream fillings and cioccolato as Villa del Conte, the premium artisanal chocolates from Italy, brings the praline stick collection. It comes in dark chocolates with orange and mint cream fillings, or milk chocolates with banana, strawberry, watermelon, and blueberry cream fillings.

Villa del Conte offers a delightful summer-inspired box with 300g of chocolates priced at Php980, available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, and Resorts World Manila. For orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

Visit http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh, Instagram: http://instagram.com/villadelconte and Twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte.