Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Today's last song syndrome is brought to you by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars!

I can listen to this all day!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015


While I was walking down the corridor, I heard someone call me "Kuya Jun." I ignored it, of course.

Then, upon reaching the creative area, I saw Jun. And now I know why they thought I was him.

Yes, it's one of those "My-gosh!-We're-wearing-the-same-thing-day."

Monday, March 02, 2015

A shadow of it's former jean-ius self

Back in the 90s, one of the must-have brands was Girbaud. It was a French brand of apparel and accessories, and one of the first European fast fashion brands to arrive in Manila.

They were known for their revolutionary and innovative designs, particularly with jeans. While Levi's, Wrangler and other denim brands went for simple and classic, Girbaud went for wild and unconventional. Their jeans were either super slim or ultra baggy, and had interesting details like oversized belt loops or denim fringes that went down to the floor.

Another defining characteristic of Girbaud was its price. Back then, it was one of the premium jean brands with some styles running up to P4,000. (That time, a Levi's 501 would be somewhere within the P1,500-P2,000 range.) That made it more coveted, and the brand became a status symbol of sorts.

Last weekend, I dropped by the Girbaud store in SM. It was merely a shadow of its former self. The store wasn't well-stocked, with only a few pieces of apparel and a raggedy collection of wallets and bags. Most of their items were either 50% off or on a Buy 1, Get 1 promo. And the jeans... sadly, there were very few styles available, and the innovative designs I liked about this brand were all gone.

There was one design that I liked, though. I asked for my size, tried it on, and it turned out to be really nice. When I checked out the price, it was less than P1,000. A Girbaud, for less than P1,000. That's how far they are from the Girbaud of the 90s.

Then again, I got a nice pair of Girbaud jeans for a really good price. So, being a shadow of your former self isn't all that bad.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Thai-ed up

I've always been a huge fan of Thai food.

Back in HKG, we had a number of Thai haunts, including our favorite "Thai Auntie apartment" in North Point. Then, there's the former "Great Food Hall" in Pacific Place. (Which later became Lane Crawford.)

In Manila, I've tried some Thai places that I really, really liked. My favorite was the Thai canteen which used to be in U.P., but that closed several years ago. 

One place that I've always liked and is still open is Chariya's Authentic Thai canteen. I first tried this many years ago along Jupiter Street, and their Pad Thai was da bomb! It was legit and reminded me of Bangkok each time I ordered it.

The one in Jupiter is closed now, but thankfully they still have a stall in Manila. And since I was craving for Pad Thai today, that's where I ended up eating.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Keep in Mine

Javier is a Minecraft freak. Last week, I bought him a Minecraft stuffed toy, and the moment I showed it to him, his eyes lit up and shrieked:


And when I showed him the other toy I bought, his eyes lit up again and he shrieked:


That's why when I saw this toy during my lunch break, I knew I had to buy it!

 It's an action figure set, and it has some of Javier's favorite Minecraft characters. That includes Stevie, Armor Stevie, Zombie Stevie, Enderman and Creeper.

As expected, Javi was thrilled when he saw this toy. He immediately asked me to open it so he could start playing.

Now I know what to get Javi as pasalubong.

Friday, February 27, 2015

FMM: Maneuvering

It's another wave of New Wave this Friday!

And one of the most popular New Wave bands from the 80s is OMD, or Orchestral Manoeuvres

 in the Dark. (As a kid, I thought their name was so wickedly cool!)
Now if you're a kid from the 80s, then you probably danced to "So In Love."

You probably fell in love after hearing "If You Leave," too.

After hearing these songs, I began to wonder whether OMD ever performed in Manila. Heck, if they find themselves in Philippine soil anytime soon, I'm maneuvering to the front of the line!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


After many years, the DY&R triumvirate of Clyli, Creno and Clest were finally reunited. Funnily, our lunch was along Emerald Avenue, the very street where we used to work and became fast friends.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We've got the power!

During the People Power revolution, we were still living in Morato. Channels 4 and 7 were within close proximity to our house, so while there was a revolution happening in Crame, there was one happening near Timog.

Because of that proximity, I still remember the People Power revolution like it was yesterday.

I remember how people camped out and filled the streets of Morato.

I remember how strangers became friends and a disparate group of people became one big family.

I remember how Mom made sandwiches and we gave them to the people who camped out near our street.

I remember the sound of the helicopters flying above us and the scary sound of the tank as it passed near our house.

I remember  how everyone started to jump in jubilation when it was announced that Marcos left the country.

I remember riding the back of the Toyota Liftback and we paraded around the area.

I remember flashing the "L" sign with thousands of people as we traversed Morato, Timog and Quezon Avenue.

It's been almost 30 years, yet I still remember it like it was yesterday.

Today is one of those days when I feel fortunate to have experienced a monumental event such as People Power.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pretty Happy Woman

Among the many Oscar speeches that I've seen and heard throughout the years, one of the most earnest, most honest, funniest and most inspiring has to be Julia Roberts' speech when she won for "Erin Brockovich" in 2001.

Listening to her speech was like riding a rollercoaster. It was one emotion after the other, but ending up with a feeling of gratification and exhilaration.

She was so good in this, she should win another one again.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The other Oscars

Before I watch tonight's Oscars, I'd like to talk about another Oscar.

Oscar Maxwell, that is.

Last Saturday, Chrissie and David's baby boy was welcomed to the Christian world. They asked me to design both the invitation and the cake, and I was inspired by Oscar the Grouch when I did.

And voila!

I like the coolness of the colors and how the entire invite felt so relaxed. Chrissie's sister, Cynthia, told me how much she liked it, too.

Will talk about the cake later.