Sunday, November 29, 2015


My first coffee shop journal for 2016 was from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®. Here's what you need to know about it.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® took their tradition of handcrafted care and used it as the central theme of the 2016 Giving Journal. Every month, as seen through the illustrations of CBTL's iconic flavors, features various coffees, teas, and products. Yet, the purpose of The Giving Journal stays the same; to encourage each and every one of us to brew our best year and chronicle your journey moment by moment, day by day, one step at a time.

And since giving back to others is a tradition that is kept at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf®, they're working side by side with the Real LIFE Foundation for the Giving Journal, empowering scholars to reach their dreams by supporting their educational needs through it.
The 2016 Giving Journal comes in four vibrant colors- Mustard Yellow, Tan, Teal, and Purple- and has pages overflowing with positivity and inspiration, all designed to encourage individuals to live a flavorful life.
To avail of the 2016 The Giving Journal, a minimum single-receipt purchase of regular or large sized Original Ice Blended, Espresso/Coffee-based, or Tea-based Beverage, Holiday Featured Beverage, or Hot Chocolate/Hot Vanilla, or CBTL capsules qualifies a customer to get a stamp card, and each card consists of 12 circles with corresponding purchased drink/item assignments.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's holiday drinks: Toffee Nut Ice Blended®, buttery flavors of caramelized sugar and a hint of nut combined with coffee for a sweet treat and Winter Dream Tea® Latte, a special blend of spices, tea and everything nice mixed with CBTL's French Vanilla and steamed milk can both be enjoyed hot or iced.
For more information, like The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® (Philippines) on Facebook, follow @CBTLPH @BREWPH on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to


I'm sure you've heard of (or maybe even had one done or two) customized bags where you get to personalize it by having your initials stamped in gold letters. It also applies to perfume bottles, in case you didn't know. But have you heard of personalized shoes?

Flip-flops, yes. But shoes? It's time to take your wallet out for some exercise.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Welcome the holiday season with a visit to Circuit Makati Bazaar 2015, the biggest outdoor bazaar in Makati, featuring over two hundred sellers including famous celebrities, Instagramers Manila, artisans, kidtrepreneurs and merchants from Karl Edwards International.
Kicking off on November 27-29 at the Circuit Events Ground at Makati's newest and most dynamic entertainment district, the three-day bazaar promises the widest and most exciting selection of gift items, great fashion finds, accessories, knick knacks, electronics, toys, and great food finds.

Circuit Makati Bazaar 2015 is just one of many activities lined up at the entertainment district to celebrate its traditional holiday festivities. Celebrate the rest of the holiday season in a series of OPM Concerts on December 3, 10, 25 and January 1 at the Circuit Events Ground. Bring the family to Circuit Makati on December 26 to 30 for an outdoor movie screening and usher in the Christmas vibes with Christmas performances in Circuit Lane on November 21, December 5 and 12.

Entrance to the Makati Circuit Bazaar is Php50 only! For added information, check out or check

Circuit Makati is Ayala Land's 22-hectare integrated, mixed-use development anchored on entertainment. It showcases some of the most exciting places to play such as the Circuit Events Ground and have a whole day of fun at the Gatorade Chelsea FC Blue Pitch, the Mountain Dew Skatepark, and City Kart Racing, and now Circuit Lane's Power Mac Center Spotlight. The 300-seater black box theater has already staged its inaugural show Chuva Choo Choo: The Mister Kupido Musicale and was followed by #NoFilter by Sandbox Collective.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Ah, Sunday. Why do you have to be so short? So uninspiring? You make me wanna stay in bed all day long but alas, I have other important things to do.

Like ending the weekend at a buffet restaurant.

Friday, November 20, 2015


We've seen the movie, mesmerized by Sam Smith's "Writing's On The Wall", now let's talk about James Bond's best looks in Spectre.

Or not. What's the point in talking about it when we can just look at everything and just appreciate? Here's my top 7 picks starting with what he wore at that beautiful funeral scene with Monica Bellucci.


Sharp and alway clean-shaven, James Bond has got to be my human style/super hero (the alien one's Superman). On top of his style, I like the idea that shaving is on the list of his grooming priorities (Though they don't always show it in the cinema but you get drift, yes?). Have you seen a bearded James Bond? No? Me, too.

Now, to achieve that close shave which Daniel Craig has been sporting ever since he landed the role of being Mr. Bond himself, I recommend using Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology. It even looks like it's something Q has in his arsenal of all things amazing!
  • A reimagined handle dock, which responds to contours and maintains close contact, giving the cartridge a full range of motion to get virtually every hair
  • Better adherence on nooks and curves for a smoother finish
  • More ergonomic grip for precise control
  • 4-way flex for superior control
  • Re-engineered, low-cutting force blades with thinner, finer edges
  • Advanced, low-resistant coating on the blades for efficient cutting with less tug and pull
  • Stabilizer to maintain optimal spacing between the blades
  • Enhanced Lubrastrip to enable effortless movement over the skin and maximize comfort and performance
  • Can be enhanced by a complementary product, Fusion ProGlide Sensitive Shave Gel, which preps the skin and encourages an even smoother shaving experience
The new Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology is available nationwide at Watsons, Shopwise, Rustan's, Landmark, Robinson's, Mercury Drug, South Star Drug, and Puregold.

Much like the Bond Girls, I also found the perfect partner to go with my Gillette Fusion ProGlide in the form of this shaving kit from The Body Shop.
The Body Shop 'Modern Gent's' Shaving Kit contains a shaving brush, 200ml of Maca Root Shave Cream, and 100ml Maca Root Razor Relief
Not only will you look good like 007 but you will also feel good by helping WaterAid, who transform lives in the world's poorest communities through access to safe water, in providing a family in Ethiopia with one day of safe water when you buy a specially selected gift like the Shaving Kit and the ones below at The Body Shop.

Modern Gent's 'Activist' Fragrance Kit
Modern Gent's Fragrance Kit (Arber, White Musk, and Kistna)
Drops of Youth set
The Body Shop's goal is to provide over 1000 families with safe water over the next 10 years.

To know more about the campaign and to see more gift options, go to or follow The Body Shop Philippines on Facebook and @thebodyshopph on Instagram.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


The show that set Seoul on fire is finally coming to Manila! COOKIN’ NANTA will be playing for a limited season at The Theatre at Solaire from November 10 – 15, 2015.

The Korean word NANTA means “to strike relentlessly”, just like striking in a boxing match or hitting a drum. That is the main theme of the performance: the use of knives and sticks, scoops and spoons to “NANTA” the whole stage. NANTA is a non-verbal performance of reckless rhythms that dramatize customary Korean percussion in a strikingly comedic stage show. It integrates unique Korean traditional tempos with a western performance.

NANTA is derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori.” The roots of Samulnori come from Nong-ak which is known as famer’s music and it is played to cheer up farmers when they work. The kitchen is its backdrop, chefs its main characters. Knives and other kitchen utensils are transformed into musical instruments in the hands of the performers. They thrill the audience with acrobatic cooking shows, a surprise wedding ceremony, and an exciting dumpling challenge. The highlight of the show is a “Water Drum Sequence” where drummers beat 5 standing kitchenware drums with water and LED lights on them and this climax leaves the audience wondering whether it’s the drums or their heart beating.

NANTA has been one of the most popular shows in Korea ever since it premiered in October 1997, drawing the largest number of spectators in Korean theatre history. Instead of remaining where it is, the artistic and cultural values of NANTA has constantly been upgraded. NANTA made its international debut in 1999 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for the best performance. Since then, NANTA has performed in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, etc. Eventually NANTA made it all the way to New York, premiering at the Minetta Lane Theater (off-Broadway) on March 7, 2004 and had a run for one and half years. Currently NANTA can be seen in exclusive theatres in Seoul and Jeju, and is also highly recommended by tourists and locals alike as a “must see performance”.

The Manila season of COOKIN' NANTA opens on November 10, 2015. Tickets are on sale through Ticketworld. Call 891-9999 or visit For group bookings, email

Ticket prices are at:
Php4,500 - VIP
Php3,500 - A Reserve
Php2,800 - B Reserve
Php1,200 - C Reserve
Php600 - D Reserve

Monday, November 9, 2015


Flossy wants you to "Live on Your Own Terms" with its latest campaign and series of workshops tailored-fit for the youth of today.
  • Instagram Photography 101 by Jelito de Leon
  • Fashion Styling by Bea Constantino
  • Fitness by Jessey de Leon
  • Fashion Poses 101 by Yanna Cowper
  • Music Mash-Up by DJ Nina Saputil
If you want to secure a spot on each one, like Flossy Footwear PH on Facebook to know how.

Now, this is me trying to achieve all the things you might learn from the workshops in just one photo.
Espionage60 knit shirt
Zara trousers
Flossy footwear

You see, I posted this on Instagram. Styled an almost all-black outfit which I hope gets Bea's approval. The pose? Side glance while walking. I also have The Commodores' "Easy" and Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" on loop in my head (how's that for a mash-up?) while doing all these. The fitness part? Err... Let me just say that I lost a significant amount off of my tummy.

Of course, it wouldn't be Flossy relevant without the brand making an appearance in the look.

Flossy also launched these latest styles along with the campaign.


I'm very particular when it comes to my siopao. It must be the Chinese in me (or what little blood I have) speaking.  I like it warm (who doesn't?) and with just the right amount of filling. I prefer my siopao's filling to be proportionate with its bun meaning, not too much, not too little.

Most importantly, it has to be masarap! Chowking's Chunky Asado Siopao tops my favorite list.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


It has always been a tradition at the Ayala Malls to usher in the holiday season with its lineup of excellent shows, great music, and unique concepts (let's not forget the awesome shopping deals!) and this time, it's bigger and more magical than ever.

From Fairview Terraces to Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Malls will let you feel the Yuletide cheer by bringing you "The Sound of Christmas", a concert series featuring top singers together with the well-renowned Manila Symphony Orchestra.

Hear your favorite singers perform live at the Ayala Malls starting November 5, 2015.