Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Color story: Egg-citement!

This must be a by-product of working on an egg account the past few weeks.

Recently, I found myself gravitating towards egg-related colors. Even when I was traveling. Yup, even when I was in SG two weeks ago, and in JPN last weekend.

This was the yield of that gravitational pull.

An egg colored ensemble!

The top is from Iora in SG, and it has that nice, egg white hue.

The skirt is from H&M in Shinjuku Sanchome. It's made of guipure lace in a lovely pattern.

It's safe to say that this ensemble is definitely sunny side up!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wi not?

Look! We now have wifi along EDSA!

At least we have something to do when we're stuck in traffic. Which is pretty often.

Baby steps. Baby steps.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Let it BnB

Several of my friends have stayed in AirBnBs. So far, the reviews are mixed. Some say it's better than conventional hotels, and others say that you're better off with the tried and tested mode of accommodations.

For this Tokyo trip, I decided to try an AirBnB.

The property description sounded ideal. Just a 2 minute walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae station. Near supermarkets and food places. And the apartment was all to ourselves. (Unlike some AirBnB options where you share an apartment with strangers.)

True to its advertisement, my chosen apartment was centrally located, and it was in a quiet part of Shinjuku. Despite that, Shinjuku-sanchome (hello shopping!) was just a station away. And that makes everything worthwhile.

The only downside was the fact that the lift broke down that weekend. So Mark and I had to go up 9 flights of stairs each time. Can you say "wheeze?"

Despite that, it was a good first time experience with AirBnB. And the next time I'm in Tokyo, I wouldn't mind staying here again. (Not the building in the photo, but the building across it. This was my view from the balcony.)

(And if you look hard enough, you'll see me in this photo.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Konnichiwa my old Tomodachis part 2!

After the onigiri, can Van Houten Cocoa be far behind?

Of course not!

Two days into my trip, and I've drank 3 cartons of this sublime chocolate drink.

And there's 1 more day to drink more.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Konnichiwa my old Tomodachis!

Well hello there, onigiri!

Yes, it's 7:00am in Tokyo and the first thing I bought was onigiri. Heck, I bought the onigiri even before I bought my ticket to the city.

Let the weekend Tokyo adventure begin!

(And I'm writing this from inside the bus. How cool is that?)

Friday, June 23, 2017

FMM: Bond-ing

Since I'll be spending the long weekend in Tokyo, I thought of bringing out another Pizzicato Five ditty as today's Friday Magic Madness song.

Although they're more known for "Sweet Soul Revue," this group's other songs are equally catchy and fun to listen to. Perfect example is this oddly titled but supremely catchy number from 1994:

"Twiggy Twiggy vs. James Bond."

Need I say more?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Shirt Day

Way back when I was in grade school, I remember my sisters owning a shirt from a very popular and very exclusive brand in the 80s.

The shirt was emblazoned with "ESP" in the front, and "RIT" in the back. That's when we were introduced to the brand name "ESPRIT."

In the 80s, every preppy and cool kid just HAD TO HAVE anything Esprit. Whether it was a shirt, jeans or bag, it was the brand to have.

On my way home, I saw this poster at the side of SM Megamall:

The shirt is back!

Further proof that what's old is new again.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Patch Madams

Sometimes, it takes months, or even a year, for a trend to really kick off.

A year ago, I spotted a shirt with patches in Tokyo and SG, both of which I bought and gave to Ate Bullet.

By the end of 2016, these patches started appearing in fast fashion places and in my Divisoria haunts.

Now, they're everywhere! Just check out some of the patched shirts that are available at The Landmark.

This is a nice patch, but on a bad shirt:

This is okay. Gingham is another recurring trend, as well as blue and white.

This is too "Tita Baby" for its own good.

There are some good ideas here, but unfortunately, the executions are quite spotty.

That's a sure sign that a trend is about to end.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Foos and play

While attending today's off-line session, we saw this box lying on one of the tables.

A mini-foosball!

And it's from Flying Tiger!

I'm going to look for this when I go to JPN this weekend.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Putting my finger on it

Apart from visiting my usual food haunts, I try to check out new restaurants when I'm in SG.

A few friends have talked about and given rave reviews about this new chicken place called "4 Fingers," so it was one of the places on my list.

The raves are worth it! I tried their chicken burger, and it was awesome!

Chicken patty was extra crispy and the glaze was perfectly sweet and savory. The black bun had the right amount of softness. And the fries, the fries! On its own, it was already worth the visit.

Now, I can put my finger why everyone's raving about this chicken place.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Carl is calling

Of course, no visit to SG is complete without a trip to Carl's Jr!

The alarming thing is that the number of Carl's Jr. branches are dwindling with each visit. Before, they had more than 10, and now, it's down to three!

Don't give up on me, Carl. You have to be there in SG!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

This Panda is a Matcha

And the first find on this trip to SG?

Hello Panda! But not just any Hello Panda, it's Matcha!

I've been so used to my favorite Strawberry and Double Chocolate that this is going to be something delightfully new to the palette.

This trip is off to a good start - food wise!

Friday, June 16, 2017

FMM: Eternal Flames

Occasionally, an old song would pop in my head and I'll spend the next few minutes trying to figure out the title of the song. After snippets of the song play in my head, I immediately go to google and type in the lyrics. More often than not, I end up with the correct title of the song.

That happened to me today as I was thinking of a song that would go best with a commercial that I was doing. Suddenly, the words "do you, do you, do you feel the power of a woman" played in my head. And it played over and over and over and over and over again.

Thanks to google and youtube, the song and the artist was revealed:

It's "Power of a Woman" from a girl group called "Eternal." Honestly, I can't remember the group, but upon hearing the song, I knew that was it.

Better add this to my usual playlist. It's as nice and catchy as I remember it to be.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Throwback Thursday: First job high!

Thanks to our Ex-Adformatix reunion last week, hundreds of old photographs emerged. And among them, this photo of me in my first job as a copywriter, at Adformatix, of course!

This was Optima, my first creative team.

Some of the people in this photo became my closest friends.

Two of them already passed on. (You're missed, Kuya Nips and Manong.)

All of them made my first advertising agency experience worthwhile and worth thousands of good memories.

So yes, it's true, that you'll never forget your first.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The land of the free-standing!

This weekend, I discovered that there was a free standing Uniqlo store in Quezon Avenue, just beside Fisher Mall!

It was so intriguing that I had to check it out. Boy, it felt like I was in Japan when I was there. Heck, there were 3 Japanese staff there, too.

I'm sure I'll be visiting this branch again soon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Second course: Scallops!

The day after the Marigold dress, Ate decided to wear the scallop dress from the Victoria Beckham x Target collection.

She paired it with ballet flats that are also scalloped, which is clever.

This collection really suits her style.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mod Marigold Mondays

And the first Victoria Beckham x Target dress out of the gate is...

The Marigold shift dress!

Ate Bullet paired it with white slides which gives it a very 60s, Mod-ish feel.

Now that's a bright way to start the week.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Here's the Tea

This drink was a discovery a few months ago, and it's been a regular ever since.

It's called Essoil's Calamansi Iced Tea. Off hand, the name is a bit weird since it sounds like something you'd put in an oil burner. But weird name notwithstanding, this drink is really, really good. It has the right blend of sweetness, the flavor of calamansi and lemongrass, and the kick of tea. If I could drink this everyday, I would.

The thing is, it's only available in 7-11, and not all branches have it. That's why whenever I come across one, I drop everything and buy it.

This goes up there with Vita Lemon Tea as my favorite bottled tea drink.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

From animation to live action!

Remember the three animated kids who appeared in our Gardenia Pocket Sandwich commercial?

They're alive!!!

Things like these make my work so much more fun.

Friday, June 09, 2017

FMM: She did it!

While trying to find out whether Britney is going to have a concert elsewhere in Asia, I came across an interesting piece of trivia.

"Oops I did it again" is already 17 years old!

Gosh! That compounds my feeling old. It feels just like yesterday when I first heard it, and now it's officially an "old" song.

At least it now fits into the Friday Magic Madness mold.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

What sorcery is this?

I'm an MRT veteran, so I know how bad things are during rush hour. When I used to work in Makati, I'd try to make it to the train before 5:30pm, because after that, it's just mind-bogglingly mind boggling.

There was a time when the line would literally snake from the MRT gate, to the entrance of SM Makati, then back to the MRT gate, then all the way to the stairs that lead to EDSA North bound. Needless to say, it's a long, long, long, long, loooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg line.

So, imagine my surprise when I saw this scene at 6:30pm. On a weekday. At Ayala Station.


Can it be like this everyday? Please?

Wednesday, June 07, 2017


After many years of hoping, the reunion of the Ex-Ax folks finally happened tonight!

It was so awesome to see people who I haven't seen in decades.

Even though Ax is no more, and even though we've gone our separate ways, tonight proved that the tagline of my first advertising agency still rings true:

"Together we're awesome!"

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Victoria at last!

Humongous thanks to Biboy who bought it, and Espie who brought it, the Victoria Beckham x Target pieces have finally arrived in Manila!

Due to the demand, I never thought I'd get any of the pieces from this collaboration. But thankfully, my brother was able to snag some on-line before they went out of stock.

The great thing was, Biboy got about 90% of the stuff I had my eye on! And here they are:

1. The Marigold Tulip dress - Very mod and chic! It's like an updated 60s frock.

2. The Scallop dress - The reviews are true. This dress looks much better in person.

3. The Tulip Ruffle dress - Of course, this dress is having a resurgence, thanks to Ivanka.

4. The English Pressed Flowers dress - The print is everything!

Victoria Beckham x Target, baby!'

I'm sure the Ates will feel pretty victorious once I give them these!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Error to the Max's

Mark and I had dinner at Max's tonight, and this automatically caught our eye.

Were you able to spot the difference?

But hey, Max's still has awesome chicken! Too bad they don't have awesome proofreading skills.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

I sea me!

Thanks to Jun, we have awesome snaps from our outing this weekend.

Here's one of my favorites so far.

You just gotta love summer!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Sea-ing is believing

What's a trip to Laiya without a boat ride?

So that's what we did when we got to the resort. Take a boat tour!

Needless to say, we were happy sea creatures today.

Friday, June 02, 2017

FMM: Let's Go-Go's!

Finally, our summer outing is happening tomorrow!

You know what that means, right?

Count on the Go-go's to get our vacation spirits up.

Let's go!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Wonder where it all began?

Finally, today is the first day of the Wonder Woman film!

But before we even watch that, I think it's worth looking back to where it began.

Presenting, the opening credits of the original Wonder Woman series in the 70s!

Can we just discuss the lyrics of this song?

"In her satin tights, fighting for her rights."

It's no wonder she's such an icon!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Walking on flowers

Still on the subject of floral prints.

Yes, they look good on ladies' shoes and sneakers, but I've always been wary about it on men's shoes.

Until I saw this pair of New Balance sneakers:

And just like that, I'm on board the floral shoe trend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dress distress

While passing through The Landmark, a bright floral dress caught my eye.

Yes, both the color and print are eye-catching, but what I noticed was beyond that.

It was this particular detail:

Printed fabric usually has registration marks because it goes through 4 passes. And normally, that's cut-off after the fabric has been printed. But in the case of this dress, not only did they fail to cut it off, it was also included in the final product.

Quality control, please.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Try saying it several times...

Yes, it does sound like a good name, especially if it's in a native English speaking country.

But say it several times, and with a Tagalog accent, and you'll see.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Of Sagalas and Skateboards

Ortigas Center, particularly Emerald Avenue, is a joy to visit on Sundays.

Today, I passed by and saw two events unfolding on the street.

First, it was a sagala featuring some beauty pageant candidates.

Then, a few steps down, there was a skateboarding competition.

Two competitions from both ends of the spectrum, and from both ends of the street. Where else can you find something like this?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Was there ever a doubt?

Nope, no doubt here.

Julia Roberts really is the most beautiful woman. Trust People Magazine. And People of the world in general.

Nope, Julia Roberts isn't just a Pretty Woman, she's the World's Most Beautiful!

Friday, May 26, 2017

FMM: Join the (Breakfast) Club

During our color grading, the production folks and I talked about our favorite topic, the 80s!

One conversation topic that made us all guffaw was Filipino movies in the 80s, and how it had a penchant for random, left-field and campy dance numbers. Just watch a Regal or Viva comedy film, and you'll see what we mean.

Then, the question popped up: What's your favorite "random, left-field, campy dance number" song. Our choice was unanimous:

It has to be "Rico Mambo" by Breakfast Club.

This song is iconic. So is the dance number, wonderfully done by Maricel Soriano.

My Friday is made!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

As Gwen Stefani would say...

This sh** is:

Who would've thought that there was such a thing as a Banana festival! In Eastwood, no less.

You learn something new everyday!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pin it!

The pinstripe is one of the recurring trends that's appearing in almost all fast fashion brands - both local and foreign.

Just like the embroidered jean, it's actually a trend that took off in the 90s. And now, it's back!

One of my favorite incarnations of this trend is this Zara pinstripe dress with a knot.

But this piece is just one of many, many, many, many, many, many, many pieces that I've seen everywhere - from the swankiest mall to the smallest Divisoria stall.

And truth be told, my sisters have a lot of pinstriped items in their closets already. Thanks to both Zara and Divisoria.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A commercial family

It's always fun to make commercials. But the fun increases exponentially when the commercial you're making involves family.

Case in point, our latest commercial for Orocan features my 2 nephews - Miggy and Kurt!

It feels just like yesterday when they were little boys. Now, they're all grown up and making commercials.

Looks like advertising will really run in the family.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Feeling animated!

The last fully animated commercial I did was way back in 2012. It was a lot of work, but definitely a lot of fun.

It's an experience I got to relive this year with this fun and catchy commercial for Gardenia Pocket Sandwich.

Yup, it was a lot of work, but the end result is so nice and uppity, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I'm excited, actually!

Mark and I agree that "Love, Actually," is one of the best. films. ever.

That's why we're both psyched about the reunion, even if it's just a short film.

I hope they make this available in the Philippines.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


It's been a while since I've last browsed the Ann Taylor website.

Time was when I'd look at that site about twice or thrice a month and be surprised that a lot of the nice dresses there are made in the Philippines and can be found at my usual haunts.

This weekend, I found myself browsing through the website again, and found a dress that not just screams style, it roars!

The dress is aptly called "Jungle Cat," and has a mesmerizing print set against a classic flared silhouette.

Now, I'm inspired to drop by my usual haunts. Who knows, I might catch this dress there.

Friday, May 19, 2017

FMM: The shakes

One of the things I do in advertising that's really enjoyable is listening to songs and finding one that we can use for our next ad campaigns. The great part is when you rediscover all these older songs that you've forgotten. That's also when you realize how cool these songs are.

Case in point, Manhattan Transfer and their iconic song:

This group is one of my Dad's favorites. He had a lot of their cassette tapes back then, and that's how I learned about "Shaker Song." It was a constant in our house back in the 80s and 90s, and after listening to it again today, I realized that I still know the words to it.

There are some things you just can't shake off.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Up in the Attico

The great thing about reading In Style is learning about new and upcoming designers.

In the US, there's a designer born every minute - just check out Project Runway! And among the gamut and plethora of designers, a handful actually make it big in the business.

In Style has that knack of finding those promising ones, featuring them, and finally giving them the platform to be known by people who have the penchant for fashion forward clothes.

While leafing through one of the current issues, I saw a photo of a thoughtfully fashionable dress and was interested to see who designed it. After looking at the credits, it was a new label called Attico, and the designers are two beautiful and statuesque women, Giorgia and Gilda.

They say women designers are better at making clothes for women. And in the case of Attico, it's very true. Their aesthetic is very clean, modern and feminine - very women in the now.

And yes, it helps that these women designers look like model themselves. They're in the same rank as my other favorite designing pairs - The Olsen Sisters, and Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman of Marchesa.

Let's see if Attico is available in Japan or HKG. I'm so interested to see their clothes up close.