Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two times the pride

Seeing your former students succeed and receive accolades is one of the proudest moments for any educator. That's why I was doubly proud when two of my students - Meg and Anj - was chosen to be part of the CinePambata. They made a short film with the help of Mike, and it was shortlisted as one of the films to be viewed in Megamall. 

And today, I found out that they were one of the top 5, and won special jury prize!

Even way back in their sophomore year, these 2 girls were the brightest in my class. That's why it comes as no surprise that they got this award.

Congratulations, Meg and Anj!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bloody nice

Red is one of my all-time favorite colors, and I gravitate towards anything with this hue.

Mom recently brought this pair of oxblood colored New Balance 574, and the shade of red is just stunning.

And yes, I spilled water and tea on my shoes before this shot was taken. Good thing it didn't hit the red part of the shoe.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Packaging is everything

When I ordered siopao at Chowking, I was expecting it to be served on a small melamine plate like they usually do. 

Surprisingly, it came in this faux dimsum basket. Faux because it was still made of melamine.

I think it's nice that Chowking thinks of small things like packaging. It adds to the "Chinese" fast food experience.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LSS: Lovin' Swift Syndrome

Some folks think that Taylor Swift shouldn't move too far away from her country roots. But after hearing "Shake it off," I'm glad that she did.

This song is everything! Catchy, happy, easy-to-groove-to, makes-you-want-to-stand-up-and-dance, and most importantly, LSS-inducing.

The last one is particularly true since I've been listening to this song - non-stop - the whole day! In fact, it's my anthem as I wrapped my first batch of Christmas gifts today.

Looks like I'm not going to shake off this song anytime soon.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cara mia

Judging by its current choice of endorser, it looks like Penshoppe isn't taking the H&M invasion sitting down.

They upped their endorser ante by signing up fashion's current it-girl, Cara Delevingne.

Cara has the same I-can't-be-bothered-by-fashion and devil-may-care attitude that most of the H&M models do. Heck, if I didn't know this ad was for Penshoppe, I'd think it was for H&M. I don't know if that's a good thing, though.

I think Penshoppe should support this campaign with a lower price strategy. Imagine, if you can get the H&M look for less than H&M prices, I'm sure that'll be a hit.

Friday, October 24, 2014

FMM: Just Deserts

If there's one song that defined "Friday Magic Madness" for me, it's definitely this song.

"Sahara Nights" by F.R. David was always one of the first songs they'd play at the strike of midnight. It would usually come in after the DJ announces: "It's Friday Magic Madness!"

Listening to this song always brings back a sense of nostalgia. And that's what Friday is all about.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bean there. Done that.

Probably due to the threat of Family Mart, 7-11 has been coming up with really good food items lately.

One super yummy item they recently added is this red bean bun. I tried it once, and have been coming back for it several times already.

The taste reminds me of the red bean buns in HKG, and every bite transports me back to the 7-11 store below my flat in Tak Hing Street.

This is a worthy addition to my snackers repertoire.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adios, Oscar.

The lights on the fashion runway dimmed today as it lost one of its brightest stars.

Oscar dela Renta passed away last Monday, and not surprisingly, celebrities, fashion editors and fashion lovers were saddened by his passing. Aside from being a great designer, he was also a very nice, genteel man.

I saw snippets of him in "The September Issue," and he came across as a very calm, amiable person. No wonder a lot of people are saying that he'll be missed.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crazy good

When we joined last month's office bowling tournament, we already knew that we weren't the strong team. So, we decided to be the crazy team.

Every game, we were the rowdiest group. We'd scream, hoot and trash talk our opponents, and even ourselves. And that made the entire 3-week tournament a blast each time.

After the final scores were tallied, we ended as the 2nd highest in our group, and 5th overall in a group of 12 teams.

I guess aside from being crazy, we're good as well.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tres chic!

It's easy to tell if Ate Bullet likes the dress you give her. The surest indicator is when she wears it. If she wears it the next day after you give it to her, that means she really, really, really, really likes it. (That's channeling Sally Field's Oscars speech, by the way.)

As it turns out, that's how she felt about the Altuzarra x Target collection. 

She wore these 3 dresses just days after I gave them to her. In fact, she wore the dresses just a day apart from each other. She wore one to work, the other to church, and the ruby one to a hotel function. Her choices were so appropriate, and she looked so chic for each occasion.

There's one more dress from the collection that she's yet to wear. I wonder when that'll be.