Friday, September 23, 2016

FMM: Out of the (black) box

During our shoot tonight, we were talking about the 90s. Particularly, how almost all of the 90s hangouts have all been demolished.

It began from the fact that they're demolishing the Intercontinental Hotel, and with it, Euphoria. This spurred a discussion which included names like Faces, Mars, Rumors, and the like.

Then, it bridged to songs that defined that "disco" generation.

And the consensus of the group, it's not a disco if you didn't have Black Box playing.

The music of the 90s. Just gotta love it!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Newsy nephew

We were in the brainstorming room discussing some work. While leafing through an issue of Inquirer Libre during the break, something on the page made me spring up from my seat and run into the creative area.

Kevin was in the papers!

Not only is he a pilot now, he's a pilot who makes public appearances! Harhar.

He's really taking flight these days.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Working relationships

It's always a joy when you work with your friends. Everything feels brighter, easier and more fun.

That's why it's always a joy to work with this team.

I've known them for decades and we've collaborated on so many awesome commercials, including the Myra 300-E series with Eula Valdez and the Goya "Everyday" series.

And like many excellent working relationships, it always results in excellent work.

Can't wait to see how our commercial for this brand comes out!

P.S. I look like Dad in this photo. A lot!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

InStyle's Big O!

Call it a cover casting coup, but InStyle is putting the FLOTUS on its October cover!

I need to buy this magazine, STAT!

(Props to the new Editor-in-Chief for making this happen.)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Something's gotta Givenchy

The first reaction I had after seeing this Givenchy dress that Cate Blanchett wore to the 2011 Oscars was a jaw drop followed by a huge "Wow!"

Everything - from the design, to the fabric, to the color, to the embellishment - they were all so modernly and beautifully done. It was something so unique that it was seared on my mind as a major fashion moment.

It was a moment that I happily relived last Sunday when I saw this:

Yes! It was the exact same dress that Cate Blanchett wore, now on display at Isetan in Shinjuku.

Needless to say, my jaw dropped and I had to let out a huge "Wow!"

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mark's double celebration

Yesterday was Mark's birthday, and we decided to continue tradition and spend it together. We've always been doing it since 2006 - whether it's in Tokyo or Manila - but we skipped it last year.

So, we had to make it a double celebration! (To make up for last year's skip.)

First, we had birthday lunch at TGI Friday's in Roppongi. The folks were so awesome that they gave Mark a free birthday sundae, a dance number, and a cool card with our photo in it.

Then, for dinner, we had a celebration at Pau's room in IH2. I whipped out the cake that Ate Bullet made for his birthday, and it was awesome!

Happy, happy birthday again, Mark! Looking forward to the next celebration!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

So convenience!

This is one of the sights that i look forward to in Tokyo.

Whenever I enter a convenience store and see the onigiri display, it gives me such a thrill! I can just sit here all day and eat onigiri!

Alas, i can't. I only have 2 days here, and there's a lot to do and see.

Friday, September 16, 2016

FMM : That's a Rap!

On my flight to Tokyo tonight, I discovered this series that I've heard about a few months ago.

Entitled "Empire," it's the story of a music mogul who builds up rap and hip hop stars, and all the drama that happens behind his music label. Think "Dreamgirls" with a lot more grit.

The episode was so engaging that I'm totally binge-watching the series when I get back home.

In the meantime, I'll get into the 90s rap gig with this classic from Coolio. He reminds me of one of the lead characters in the series - Luscious.

This is a fitting Friday Magic Madness song for my current mood.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Foodie-scoveries: Sodalicious

Okay, technically this isn't food. It's a drink. But it's still a discovery.

Discovering F&N Ice Cream soda was a case of drink envy. While we were eating at the beehoon and wing store, I spied it at the next table. It was being enjoyed by a little boy - maybe around 7 years old - and he looked like he was having the time of his life.

So, in the tradition of "When Harry Met Sally", I said: "I'll have what he's having."

And it turned out to be a great decision because this Ice Cream soda was SOOOOO GOOD! It's like A&W's rootbeer float, raised a few notches higher. (That doesn't mean I'm replacing A&W rootbeer float with this.)

It was so good, I had it twice before I left.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rajo's Return

Rajo Laurel is one of Plains & Prints' more prolific collaborators. He's already done 2 previous collections for the brand, and in both cases, my sisters were able to get some pieces from the collaboration.

After the announcement came that he'll be part of the new collaboration for the brand, I was very interested his dresses. So, when the lookbook came, that was the first page I turned to.

Just like the other designers, he was tasked to design 2 dresses. One was a silk dress with a doodle print, while the other was a color blocked dress made of a waffle-textured fabric.

Compared to the other designers' creations, Rajo's looked a bit more subdued. That's why I ended up buying the ones created by Vania Romoff and Randy Ortiz. But when I had the time to really look at both dresses, that's when I began to appreciate them.

Well, the printed silk dress looked very much like the galactic dress from 2011. And since Ate Bullet had that, there was no reason to purchase it.

The second dress, though, had a lot of things going for it.

First, the fabric was beautiful. It had that weight and texture that makes if fall nicely on the body. Second, the cold-shoulder, cape combination was a fresh look at 2 of the more current fashion trends. Third, the play of colors was nice and refreshing.

Taking those into consideration, I decided to add this to my Ate's stash, too.

Four down, any more to go?