Monday, August 31, 2015

Thakoon's journey

Last Saturday, we were watching portions of "The September Issue" in my AVP class. At one point, they featured an interview with Thakoon, and I immediately wondered: "Where's Thakoon?"

He was one of the young designers to watch a few years ago, especially after he created looks for the FLOTUS. While he was on that streak, he designed a capsule collection for Target.

After that, I didn't hear as much about him as before. So, I decided to search on google and check what he's been up to. That's when I found out that he's the Kohl's designer for their Designation collaboration series.

Like his predecessors, he was asked to choose a city to be inspired by, and his choice was London. So, it's not a surprise to see a lot of plaids and florals in his new collection. And since it's a F/W collection, the colors are more muted and dark.

Historically, Kohl's collaborations don't get as much mileage or hype compared to Target or Macy's. So, let's see if this collaboration will be more successful than the ones that came before it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Perfect Ten(don)

A few months back, Tempura Tendon Tenya opened their first branch in SM Megamall. And despite its proximity, I haven't dropped by to check whether it's as legit as the one in Tokyo.

To me, Tempura Tendon Tenya will always be one of our go-to eating places when we're in Tokyo. When Mark and I run out of ideas as to where to have lunch or dinner, we often end up here. Particularly the branch in Nakano.

Their soba sets are really good, as well as the prices. So it's no wonder why we always end up here.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Crimson Tied

Tyler has always been a good source of "classics with a twist."

When they were just starting, I'd often go there for their tailored pieces and easy fabrics. What I liked about Tyler's clothes was the fact that there would always be a nice detail. Whether it's a hidden pin tuck or a slight drape - it always added character to the garment.

After it was acquired by a big fashion company, I noticed that their clothes became more mainstream and commercial, and I didn't drop by as often as I did before. (Even though they have more branches now.)

But I'd still drop by occasionally, in the hopes of finding a piece that's classic Tyler. And when I did yesterday, I was rewarded with this great find.

It was a classic, well-tailored shirt dress in a bright, crimson hue. The top was cut close to the body, and the skirt had a lot of body and flounce. It was a fashionable and flattering combination.

What made it even more striking was this large ribbon tied in front. It elevated the dress from the usual to more chic!

Ate Bullet is a big fan of shirt dresses, and I'm sure she'll be glad to have this in her closet.

Friday, August 28, 2015

FMM: O Captain (and Tennille), my Captain (and Tennille.)

Captain and Tennille was a major music force back in the 70s and 80s.

The duo was best known of their monster hits such as "Do that to me one more time," and "Love will keep us together." Songs that we know and often sing in videoke joints.

What I didn't know was that they had their own version of "Happy Together." Yes, that classic song by The Turtles.

The arrangement is very different - thanks to that touch of electronica and pop - but it's still fun to listen to. And the video, can you say cinematically psychedelic? Hahaha.

I think I'll put this song on repeat for a few hours.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Last week, when we went out Ikebukuro station, this stall automatically caught my eye.

I'm used to seeing "Cold Stone Creamery" in Manila, but it was the first time to encounter a "Cold Stone Ice Candy" store.

By the way, "Ice Candy" in Japan means popsicles. And boy, did they have popsicles in every make and flavor. Some were simple and refreshing, while others were elaborate and rich.

Mark and I pored through the menu for a few minutes before buying our ice candies. He went for a milk concoction with toppings that can rival a cake, while I chose the grapefruit-lychee sherbet popsicle. How me!

We were happy campers after this little dessert detour. If we had the time and appetite, we would've probably gone with another order. But I had a flight to catch that evening, so we'll just go back here some other time.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lemaire at it!

After poring through the lookbook of the Lemaire x Uniqlo collection, methinks this dress is the key piece.

It has a very easy-going, laid-back yet luxe and modern vibe to it, which is what Lemaire is all about.

The question is, will this collection be available in Manila?

We shall see.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Greeking out

Since Creamy Delight is the account of one of our sister companies, I decided to try it out.

And I'm sure glad that I did! This is really, really, really good yogurt! It has the right level of sweetness, and the consistency is so creamy, much like soft serve.

Initially, I thought I wouldn't like it because it didn't have fruit bits, or any bits for that matter. But it was definitely a surprise. A creamy, delightful surprise.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meals with Mark: D.I.Y. - Dinner It Yourself

Mark knows that I'm a frustrated cook. I'd like to do D.I.Y. dishes, that's why I like places such as Slappy Cakes and Project Pie. That's also why I always take on the role of breakfast cook whenever I'm in Tokyo.

On this trip, he told me that we're going to a restaurant that I'll surely enjoy.

What restaurant was this? A D.I.Y. Okonomiyaki restaurant, of course!

Tucked away in a part of Harajuku, the place was packed on a Friday night. The entire restaurant was filled with a cacophony of chatter, laughter, and sizzling grills. You could order ingredients for Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba and Monjayaki, and we went for the first two.

The cooking process was a bit trickier than it looked. You had to do a lot of stirring and flipping to make sure the ingredients won't be overcooked. At one point, the waitress helped me out because she thought my okonomiyaki was too big.

By the end of the night, our dinner was a success! We were able to enjoy Seafood Okonomiyaki and Squid Ink Yakisoba. And the best part was, I got to cook it myself!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lost in Translation

Last Friday, Mark and I dropped by Flying Tiger in Odaiba to check out some cool stuff. 

Apparently, they're into the whole adult coloring book craze, too. There were a few coloring books at the shop, and even the name itself is, uhm, adult. Harhar.

And here's another book that will outdo anything beside it.

The Danish language and Tagalog will definitely make strange bedfellows. Harhar.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hello Cocoa!

Yes, one of the things I had to do while I'm in Tokyo is to buy my favorite cocoa drink.

This is going to be a good weekend in Japan.

Friday, August 21, 2015

FMM: Color of the day

Today's shoe choice is the inspiration for my Friday Magic Madness song.

Time to cue in one of Coldplay's most popular songs - "Yellow."

These yellow shoes took Mark and I to a lot of places today. And it's going to take us to a few more this weekend.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Let's fly!

Made it to the airport with some time to rest, grab a snack, and log on for this entry.

See in you in a few, Tokyo!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Packing a pantry, part deux

You know my trip to Tokyo will be a short weekend trip when my bag looks like this:

But yes, there are a few pieces of clothes underneath all that food I'm bringing to Mark.

Whether it'll be filled with clothes on my way back... that remains to be seen.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In the Mix

Unlike "American Idol" who produced successful singers such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, "X-Factor USA" hasn't really proven its mettle in producing musical stars.

In contrast, its original version, "X-Factor UK," has produced some international calibre artists. Its 3rd winner, Leona Lewis, has had considerable success worldwide. So did the 2013 winner, Sam Bailey. Of course, she's best known as "the prison guard who could."

Then, there's the most famous non-winner of the program, 2010's 3rd placer - One Direction.

But when it comes to winners, my favorite one from "X-Factor UK" so far is the 2011 champion. They're a girl group who auditioned individually - but failed. When they banded together as a group, they went all the way to the winner's circle.

The group I'm talking about is "Little Mix."

They've already released a good number of songs, most of which have been hits and LSS-inducing ditties. And my current LSS is their 2012 hit, "Wings."

This group has the makings of pop success. They've done it in the UK, and they're gaining a bit of headway in the US. And since we haven't really had a cool all-girl pop group in a while, I hope this group does what their song says and fly.

Monday, August 17, 2015

CousCous Confusion

Last night, I dropped by SM Supermarket in Cubao to buy CousCous for Mark. The last time he requested me to bring CousCous, I was able to get a few boxes at SM Supermarket in Megamall, so I figured they'd have it in Cubao, too.

So, I walked up to the guy who was refilling the shelves and our conversation went:

ME: Excuse me, meron po ba kayong CousCous?
HIM: Meron, sir! Dito po tayo sa shelf number 23.

He accompanies me to the shelf. When we get there, what do I see?

Steel wool and sponges.


Breathing a sigh of frustration, I asked what these were.

ME: Uhm, ano 'to?
HIM: Pang-kuskos, sir!

Apparently, they don't know what CousCous is in Cubao.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Let's see how this goes...

Finally, the beep card system for the LRT is in limited operation. Stress on the "limited" since you can only use it on LRT and on the Southbound line of LRT 1.

This is supposed to ease congestion and speed up the train riding process. But with the learning curve on how to buy it and how to use it, I'm expecting some major lines when they do implement this on the MRT. People will have to learn how to use the self-service ticket kiosks, and I can imagine the confusion there.

But it's a good first step to improving our train system. I just hope it works as well as they think it will.

(P.S. So now I have 4 train cards from 4 different countries: HKG, SG, JPN and now, PH.)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Because we don't eat our friends...

There was a facebook post about this eat-all-you-can Asian buffet at a restaurant in Pasig. And while the food selection is very eye-catching, another thing in their promo caught my eye.

They have "stir-friend" noodles!

In the immortal quote from Finding Nemo, "We don't eat our friends." Harhar.

Proofreader, please.

Friday, August 14, 2015

FMM: That's Hat

One of my favorite Cyndi Lauper songs is this very beautiful and quiet song from her 1992 album. It's not as mainstream as her other hits, but it's a big hit in my playlist. Both then and now.

After hearing "Hat full of Stars" again, I wish Cyndi Lauper would go back to Manila and have a concert, too.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dolce Doppelganger

A few seasons back, Dolce and Gabbana send a series of red lace dresses down the runway.

The color red and lace. Now that's a killer sartorial combination.

Now, the trickle effect is in full-force. There are a lot of red lace dresses in fast fashion places, and I found an uber pretty one in SM Department Store.

Since it's from SM, it was a very affordable dress. (LFLTAT material actually, but I haven't found shoes to make it a legit outfit.) And the lace is top notch, in terms of color and fabrication. Even the edges were super pretty. For the price I got it, this is practically a steal.

This dress is so much like the Dolce & Gabbana, it's enough to make the wearer feel like she's living La Dolce Vita!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Train your patience

One of the nice things about working in Ortigas is the fact that I don't need to take the MRT to work.

When I was still a denizen of Makati, I lived and re-lived all the horror stories of MRT commuters who had to contend with kilometric lines, uber packed trains and unreliable service.

Tonight, I had the misfortune of taking the MRT home from Makati. It was past 8pm, so I thought the crowd would've dissipated and the ride wouldn't be as difficult.

Well, I thought wrong.

Gosh! I almost lost my patience because it took me more than 30 minutes in line just to get inside the platform. And there was another 10 minute wait since the trains that passed by were also full.

I admire the people who have the patience to go through this cray-crayness everyday.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Strange Sale

Aren't you supposed to pay a lesser amount whenever you buy an item on sale?

Someone please tell that to the people at H&M in SM North EDSA. Harhar.

Strange indeed.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lip service

"Limited Edition."

These two words are enough to get products flying off the shelves. Thus was the case with the L'Oreal "Collection Star" lipstick line.

I recall these lipsticks being on the shelves as early as June. It was a collection that was inspired by the women of L'Oreal, including Blake Lively, Freida Pinto, Julianne Moore, etc. They were readily available back then, and I even bought one for Ate Bullet to use for the ball she was attending.

Then, around mid-July, there were advertorials for the same line of lipsticks, and they repositioned them as the "Limited Editon Matte Reds line."

And suddenly, they were out of stock. People were buying them like they were the most precious thing on Earth.

I was trying to buy another tube of Pure Garnet for Ate Lissa, and it was out of stock for almost a month! But since I came back so often, the nice cosmetic counter girl kept a stash for me when the new stocks arrived.

Thus, I was able to get an almost-full line of the "Limited Edition Matte Reds line." Also known as "Collection Star which people didn't pay too much attention to when it was called such."

Oh the difference the name makes.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Hello there, My neighbor.

So it's confirmed. H&M's next branch is right here in Cubao!

They've finally put their billboards all over the boarded-up part of Gateway Mall. While there were already talks that they were taking over that area, we still had to wait for confirmation. And this is it!

This is so cool! Dangerous in terms of shopping, but still so cool!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Double Double

Today is an auspicious day for the Chinese.

August 8, or 8/8, is doubly lucky. The number 8 is the luckiest number for the Chinese, and having two of it doubles everyone's luck today.

But that's not the only double today. There's also a double birthday!

Two of my cousins - Cristy and Harold - both celebrate their birthdays on 8/8.

Happy Birthday Prima y Primo! Here's to double luck and happiness to both of you!

Friday, August 07, 2015

FMM: Wait up

Back in the 80s, Deniece Williams had a lot of hit songs. Surprisingly, though, this one wasn't one of them.

"I can't wait" didn't hit the stratospheric success levels of "Let's Hear it for the Boy" or "Healing," but it had its share of airplay back in the 80s.

I liked this song the first time I heard it. That's why it's still on my playlist until now. And since it's Friday, I couldn't wait and had to play this song.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

White lace and promises

Nope, this isn't a post about that very famous song by The Carpenters. That's more of Friday Magic Madness fodder. 

Then again, The Carpenters can be enjoyed any day of the week, so here it goes:

This post is actually about a piece of lace fabric that I found while fixing "The Stash" this week. The original intent was to fix how everything was folded and make space for some newly bought fabrics. While digging through yards and yards of silk, jersey, chiffon and dupioni, I discovered a few yards of white lace at the bottom of the pile.

It was a few years old, but thanks to the magic of black plastic bags, it still looked pristine and very useable. This was guipure lace, and it had this floral motif which is once again very much in vogue.

While double checking the fabric's overall condition, I thought that it was about time for it to be made into something. After all, fabrics like these shouldn't be left stuck at the bottom of a pile, wrapped in a black plastic bag.

I have an initial idea of what this will come out as. But I think I'll hold on to it for a few more days and find a place where there's room for it to grow. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself from making that Carpenter reference. Harhar.)

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Color me interested

Was finally able to download the Colorfy App on my phone. And since we're in an editing session, I had a lot of time to spare and started coloring some animal photos.

Now, there's something more interesting to do during downtime.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Circle of Friendsters

Yes, our monicker puts a date our friendship.

We got together during that time when "Friendster" was the social networking site du jour. We did the whole Friendster thing - invited each other, wrote each other testimonials - cheese and all. Eventually, we started hanging out, having impromptu dinners, going on road trips, and other things friends would do.

But we weren't just friends, we were "Superfriendsters." I don't remember who came up with that monicker, but it stuck. And it's stuck with us until now - two marriages, three kids, and several job jumps after.

So while the social networking site "Friendster" might be gone, the "Superfriendsters" are still very much around.

Monday, August 03, 2015

And still even more Florties!

It was during a meeting in BGC last week when I wandered off into some random shop inside Bonifacio High Street. From afar, a print on the rack caught my eye and drew me in. Turns out that the print was a floral print on a 40s-style neoprene dress.

That sealed the deal for me. And the dress went home to Ate Bullet.

To keep that 40s vibe going, Ate paired it with red mary janes, also a hark back to that era.

The total look might be 40s-inspired, but it definitely looks very current.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Aldo it!

Today, we welcomed my newest Godson to the Christian world!

Welcome, Aldo! You're such an adorable and nice little baby! No wonder your Mother Lyli can't get enough of you.

I can't wait to spend more time with you and your Kuya Rafa.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Juice mio! Part deux.

Presenting the Tamarind variant of the new juice drink brand I talked about a few days ago.

This one doesn't disappoint. It has the real, rich flavor of tamarind that I've grown to know and love. And when you chill it until it's really, really, really cold, gosh! It's sublime!

I'm still waiting for the Mangosteen flavor to come out, though.