Thursday, August 27, 2015

THE GOURMAND MARKET

The nature of my work as a part-time blogger and as a business person entail work extended up to the weekends. Even Sundays! To keep me sane, I make it a point that even for a short period of time, I need to experience non work-related activities. Like my usual weekend escapades with my older brother. The Gourmand Market was another opportunity that I'd regret to miss. I originally planned on going on the second day but since it was my "usual" work weekend, we managed to go on the last day.
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The Gourmand Market was held last May 22 - 24, 2015 at Bonifacio High Street, Central Square.
The Gourmand Market, aside from being a weekend shortstop for foodies, was like a page straight out of an Instagram rockstar's feed! I mean, take a look at these...

WHAT'S IN MY BAG? // SPRAYGROUND

I have two sets of bags. One for work and the other, play. This bag I'm featuring obviously falls on the latter category.

I brought this (along with a luggage) last long weekend, August 29 - 31, to Cebu. It held my laptop and other gadgets, some reading materials including the August issue of Smile magazine where the Sprayground bag brand was also featured, and my survival pills. I didn't use the bag to its maximum potential though, meaning: I didn't carry that much stuff. If I did, I'm pretty sure the bag can handle the weight.
The "Cut & Sew" backpack (Php3,900) stands as an exemplification of sleek style and fashion. With its clean and minimal design, this backpack takes on a more mature aesthetic. It features faux snake skin on the front pocket, suede fabric on the body and custom mesh on the side panels of the bag. Constructed with reinforced metal zippers and metal hardware.
Here's a closer look at the Sprayground Gray Future Cut & Sew Backpack.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ESQUIRE WEEKEND COOKOUT

Me and my older brother were way past our gaming phase (or is he?). He was the one who introduced me to that online bait of a game Ragnarok which I took, hook line and sinker. It was how we bonded then. At the sewers of Prontera Culvert. Hunting for the Golden Thief Bug card. With him, playing the awesome assassin, and me, the wimpy Priest. I got played! And well, too.

Fast forward to five years later, my brother introduced me to the art of drinking beer with food (those years in between were spent drinking beer just for the sake of drinking beer, without art). It was also his way of us two reconnecting with our dad whom we lost when I was just five. Our dad was a healthy beer-drinker, by the way. He preferred the San Miguel Beer brand, of course.

Drinking beer became like a regular tribute of some sort to our dad that's why as much as possible, me and my brother go out on weekends to drink, outside the comfort of our home. It's also our way of bonding as mature people. Our dad would've been proud.
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We're over frequenting bars and any nighttime setups to drink beer, by the way. These days, we prefer somewhere with enough natural lighting (I like to take good photos, too), chill setup, and good food to enjoy with our beer. Apart from ourselves, we also like good company. Not that we need to chat with those people but it's nice to be under the same mini-atmosphere of individuals who prefer the same things as you do. The Esquire Weekend Cookout which was held last April 18 at the Power Plant Mall was exactly what we were looking for.

Monday, August 24, 2015

IN & ON MY SHOES

Okay, before anything else, this is not a personal post about what it's like to be living in my shoes. I don't do sappy stuff.
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This is just simply my way of promoting a contest which is being hosted by my friends from Bucketfeet.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

RECESSION COFFEE

If you want to gauge a person's stability in life, take him to Recession Coffee.

That way, you will know if he's husband material (if he pays above Php200) or if there will be no second date (What? Php50 for a good cup of coffee?).

Recession's Pay-What-You-Want concept challenges coffee aficionados to show their love for coffee by giving them the freedom to pay as much as they want for a cup.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

LESS EFFORT, MORE STYLE

I usually don't talk much about what I wear on a Lookbook entry here on the blog. It's just not my style. If I did, then I'm doubting two things. First, my sense of style what looks good on me. Second, my photographer's eye. I don't wanna insult myself and the latter, so I'll just shut up and let the photos do the talking.

I'm at a stage where I'm over seeking attention with my style choices. With years of hits and misses, I already know what I want and what looks good on me and I'm confident about it. That's what Axe Black's latest campaign, "Less Effort, More Style", is all about. AXE Black, with its light and refined notes, caters to the understated guy, one who is confident in himself and does not need to demand attention.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

THE YEEZY BOOST 350

Launched this past February with an epic New York Fashion Week presentation, YEEZY Season 1 by Kanye West and adidas Originals ignited a global sensation with an unprecedented public live-stream and the subsequent release of the YEEZY BOOST,

and following the unprecedented global anticipation of the YEEZY BOOST 350 released in a white colorway this past June 27, 2015,

Kanye West and adidas Originals now announce the forthcoming global drop of an all black version on August 22, 2015.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

SPACE TO BREATHE

What I initially thought was somebody's idea of a meme joke was actually a conscious effort to raise awareness about hika otherwise known as asthma. It was ironic that the person who had the funny intention in showing me this poster suffers asthma himself. He works for me.
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Admit it. You smiled when you got the joke. But the truth is, asthma is not a laughing matter. I was able to witness my employee suffering an asthma attack and believe me, there's nothing funny about it.

Did you know that in the Philippines alone, around 10 million people have this disease?

"With medication, better knowledge about the disease, and improved indoor air quality, no child should have to stay home from school or get excluded from the community," says Henrik Sundström, Vice President, Group Sustainability at Electrolux. "With this initiative, we want to inspire people to take a stand and help create safe and healthy environments that don't exclude children with asthma. Reducing asthma triggers is easy and we can all help."


To reach school staff members, sports coaches, librarians, politicians and other policy makers, Electrolux will send out 10,000 straws with some easy-to-follow steps for those who want to create an asthma-friendly environment. Electrolux invites the general public to decide who should get a straw by nominating their names at electrolux.com/spacetobreathe. "By asking decision makers to breather to a straw, we want to remind them about their responsibility to create asthma-friendly environments. Every child should have the space to breathe," Sundström continues.

Why send a straw?

"Electrolux is dedicated to creating a clean and safe home environment for children and families," says Andrea Pionilla, Marketing Manager of Electrolux Philippines. "We are committed to improving the indoor air quality of homes through our highly efficient vacuum cleaners and air conditioners. Cleaning is important, but this campaign presents a wide range of actions that anyone can take in order to reduce asthma triggers at home and in public environments."

Send a straw to someone in your community. Visit electrolux.com/spacetobreathe to learn more.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

IMAGINE DRAGONS SMOKE + MIRRORS TOUR (LIVE IN MANILA)

I instantly became a fan of Imagine Dragons after watching them perform Radioactive + Maad City with Kendrick Lamar at the 2014 Grammys. It was intense!


I can't wait to see them perform live here in Manila on August 27.

Presented by Smart and Spinnr and promoted by MMILive and Live Nation, Smoke + Mirrors marks the band's very first Asian Tour so don't miss the chance to see one of contemporary rock music's most important bands on August 27, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Visit #MMILive, SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com), or call (+632) 470-2222 for the latest information.

Monday, August 10, 2015

IT'S ROBINSONS REWARDS VIP DAY ON AUGUST 11!

It's the biggest and most exclusive sale event for Robinsons Rewards VIP members tomorrow, August 11, 2015!

Simply use your Robinsons Rewards Card to enjoy great deals and offers from Robinsons stores and participating Caltex stations nationwide.

Mechanics:
1. Exclusive to Robinsons Rewards members only.
2. Members must use their card to avail of the following offers:

  • Robinsons Department Store: 10% off on all items except Healthy & Beauty Aid and Snack items; 5x points with a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php2,000
  • Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Selections and Robinsons Easymart: 5x points with a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php3,000
  • Robinsons Appliances: 5% off on all items
  • Handyman: 10% off on select items
  • True Value: 10% off on select items
  • Robinsons Builders: 5% off on all items
  • Toys "R" Us: 10% off on all items except Batteries, Confectionary and R-Zone items
  • Daiso Japan: 5x points on all items
  • Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Burton Menswear, Warehouse, River Island, Shana & G2000: 10% off on all regular priced items
  • Shiseido (operated by Robinsons Specialty Stores Inc. only): 3x points on all items
  • Benefit (operated by Robinsons Specialty Stores Inc. only): 3x points on all items
  • Caltex: 5x points on fuel purchase (other terms and conditions apply)
3. These exclusive offers do not apply in conjunction with other existing promos.
4. Offers available in participating stores and establishments nationwide.

COOLING DOWN IN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA WITH URBANEARS

Cool down. That's what we did in between our walks exploring Singapore and Malaysia last June. I was with my blog bff/travel buddy Ana Gonzales and if there's one thing that we mutually agree on when it comes to travel, it's to stop every now and then to rest and catch up on our breaths and at the same time, refresh and rehydrate in random but Instagram-worthy cafes along the way. It was not exactly sweltering that day when we went to Haji Lane but paired with of a lot of walking, our exhaustion meter lit up sooner than we think.

Cold beverage, preferably coffee, is always a good idea so we took refuge in Shop Wonderland for a short period of time that day.
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We shared a slice of Earl Grey Lavender Cake and I had a Peppermint Mocha to go with it. And before we knew it, we're back to the sunny streets of Singapore once again.
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Good thing that part of our itinerary on the last day of our ala-Amazing Race trip to Singapore-Malaysia was to spend it in the colder region of the latter --Genting Highlands. One of the highlights of our tour in Malaysia was this visit to the Strawberry Leisurely Farms where there's also a Lavender Farm. Of course, a decent OOTD was in order (more of that later). Nothing beats layering in a straight-out-of-a-Korean-soap-opera setting while experiencing the cool breeze of the region.
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Accompanying us in this cool experience was Urbanears' newest collection. Find your favorite Urbanears headphones in the refreshing colors of Chick, Mint, and Jam available at the following stores:

Abenson, A-commerce, A-Shop, Astroplus, Astrovision, Automatic Center, Avid Surfer, BCG Computers, Beyond the Box, Bratpack, BZB Gadget Hive, Digital Arena, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, District 32, Egghead, Electroworld, Fashion Rack, Gadgets @ Xtreme, Heima, iBook, iCenter, iGig, iLiberty Tech Gadgets and Accessories, Islands and More (NAIA T3), iStore, iStudio, Lazada Online, Le Kitsch Specialty Shop, Listen Up, Listening Room, Mobile 1, Music Colony, Odyssey, Powerhub, R.O.X., Red Dot, Rockwell Online, Secret Fresh, Senco Link, SM Department Store, Sole Patrol, Switch, Tack this, Trilogy, Urban Athletics, Vertex, and YouPoundIt.

For more information about the product, visit http://www.facebook.com/digitstrading or follow us at https://twitter.com/digitstrading.

The Urbanears Color Cycle
Urbanears releases two color collections each year --one for the Spring/Summer season and one for the Fall/Winter season. Each collection features three fresh and new colors. It carries over two colors from previous seasons each time, in addition to five standard shades that are always in its collection. The result is a grand total of 10 fresh and handpicked colors each season. In addition to this, it releases a handful of Urbanears Editions, which are special models with a little something extra.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

H&M OPENS ITS 6TH STORE IN MANILA

Having opened five stores in the country since its grand launch last October 2014, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. continues with its rapid Philippine expansion, as it prepares for the opening of its 6th store in SM City Fairview tomorrow, August 6th.

The over 2,400-square meter location will be a full concept store, carrying ladieswear, menswear, kids and HOME. The store opening will coincide with the Fall season, which continues to take nostalgic inspiration from the 70's but with a modern minimalist twist. H&M will also continue to feature its Garment Collecting initiative in this store, where customers can donate their used clothes and get a discount voucher to use for their next purchase at H&M.

Those shopping on the opening day will get exciting offers: a Php5,000 Gift Card for the first person in line and Php2,500 Gift Cards each for the second and third. The first 200 shoppers will also get gift cards in varying amounts ranging from Php200 to Php1,000, and a free tote bag, while the next 300 in line will walk away with a free umbrella. A special treat also awaits stylish shoppers --10 of the most fashionable people spotted in line before opening will be selected and given Php2,500 Gift Cards each. For all other shoppers, a storewide 20% discount on regular-priced items will be offered from 11am-1pm, and selected items will be on 40-50% off.

"We are thrilled to be the next fashion destination in the northern part of Manila. After the success of our first 5 stores in the city, we are excited to cater to even more fashion-conscious customers with the opening of our 6th store in Fairview. Founded by our business idea of offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, everyone will always have something at H&M," said Frederick Famm, Country Manager for South East Asia.

The store will open from 11am-12mn on August 6th, and regular operating hours from 10am-9pm will resume thereafter.

SNEAKPEEK UNLOCKS NEW DOOR DOWN SOUTH

Good news to sneaker heads and fans of shoe brands like adidas, Puma, New Balance, Gourmet, and Clae far down south! Sneakpeek is opening its 7th store at Solenad 3 Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna tomorrow, August 6!
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I'm wearing Clae in case you're looking for the "connect" of the title and this post.

DC TRASE YOURS: MAKE YOUR MARK

My younger brother skates.

Don't wonder if you bumped into me at the DC 'Trase Yours' art exhibit last week. Even with differing interests (me and my brother), I still make it a point to somehow find something we can talk about in agreement. We don't argue. He won't win any arguments with me in the first place. Shoes, regardless if it's for skateboarding or not, is our common ground. I'm sure he'd love to see the designs that was on exhibit last July 29, 2015 at A Space, Makati.
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The DC Shoes South East Asia TRASE YOURS Design competition called out to all artists, creators, and designers from each participating county including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines to submit their original custom design for the new DC Trase shoes, which features a vulcanized low profile silhouette and clean upper design - making it perfect for applying almost any artwork.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

BOOK & BORDERS CAFE

The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning and the pages of a newly bought book (I still buy the real thing). These are nirvana in my list of little things that make me happy. I seldom get to do both at the same time just because I don't usually drink coffee while reading a book. It's my inner neat freak talking. But if it's somebody else's book we are talking about, especially if the owners encourage you to do so, then I'm game! Hehe.

Now you can do both at the latest themed café to open in Quezon City.