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THE GOURMAND MARKET

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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.
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

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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. Here's a closer look at the Sprayground Gray Future Cut & Sew Backpack.

ESQUIRE WEEKEND COOKOUT

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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 da…

IN & ON MY SHOES

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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.
This is just simply my way of promoting a contest which is being hosted by my friends from Bucketfeet.

RECESSION COFFEE

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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.

LESS EFFORT, MORE STYLE

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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.

THE YEEZY BOOST 350

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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.

SPACE TO BREATHE

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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.
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 …

IMAGINE DRAGONS SMOKE + MIRRORS TOUR (LIVE IN MANILA)

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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.

IT'S ROBINSONS REWARDS VIP DAY ON AUGUST 11!

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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 Php2,000Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Selections and Robinsons Easymart: 5x points with a minimum single-receipt purchase of Php3,000Robinsons Appliances: 5% off on all itemsHandyman: 10% off on select itemsTrue Value: 10% off on select itemsRobinsons Builders: 5% off on all itemsToys "R" Us: 10% off on all items except Batteries, Confectionary and R-Zone itemsDaiso Japan: 5x points on all itemsTopshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Burton Menswea…

COOLING DOWN IN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA WITH URBANEARS

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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. 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.
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…

H&M OPENS ITS 6TH STORE IN MANILA

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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…

SNEAKPEEK UNLOCKS NEW DOOR DOWN SOUTH

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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! I'm wearing Clae in case you're looking for the "connect" of the title and this post.

DC TRASE YOURS: MAKE YOUR MARK

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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.
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.

BOOK & BORDERS CAFE

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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.