Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cut it out!

Here's another Erdem x H&M piece worth coveting!

A dress with the iconic Erdem print, but with cool cutouts on the side.

Let's see how this looks like in person.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Boy, oh Boy!

A few weeks ago, my colleague came up to me to ask about Dexter's making a cake for Boy Abunda's birthday.

After confirming with them that Ate can make a cake within their time frame, they put me on the spot and asked me to sketch a cake design.

This is what I came up with.

And this is how Dexter's executed it.

Pretty cool, eh.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Topsy turvy

They say when you buy cheap stuff, you can expect quality control to go out the window.

Was checking out a black dress in SM Department Store last week and wanted to look at the size.

And voila!

The tag is inverted!

Quality control, please.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Going up!

Found this bottle of Red Bull stashed in one corner of the elevator inside Shangrila Mall.

Guess the operator needed a pick-me-up while shouting, "Going up!"

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Makan is gone

More than a year ago, I was writing about how excited I was about Makansutra opening in Manila.

And when I passed by their area today, this is what I saw.

Bye, Makanstura MNL. Back to visiting Makansutra in SG, then.

Friday, October 13, 2017

FMM: Unforgettable Faces

When we - the 90s kids - get together at the office, it's usually one big nostalgia trip. Especially on Fridays since we all grew up on Friday Magic Madness.

Today's topic was discos in Manila. Apparently, no one uses the word "disco" now, and whoever mouths that word is automatically dated.

Among the gamut of discos in the 90s - Euphoria, Rumors, Where else, Cats, etc. - one of the most iconic is this "place to be seen" in Paseo De Roxas. The disco known as "Faces."

And just as iconic is their theme song. Their TVC had Joanne Zapanta dancing and flying in mid-air to this classic 90s ditty.

Talking about this definitely put a smile on our faces.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Erdem x H&M: The (big) money piece

Finally, the full lookbook of the Erdem x H&M collaboration is out!

Looking at the past collections (Balmain, Kenzo, Versace), it seems like there's a conscious effort to bring up the price points for their capsule collections. More and more, they're introducing pieces that are considerably above the prices that H&M consumers are used to.

Not sure how that's working for them since their recent collections didn't move as fast as Lanvin or CDG, which had more approachable prices.

In any case, the pieces from this new collaboration is true to Erdem's aesthetic. A lot of romantic florals and dreamy dresses.

My favorite among the lot, this snowdrop gown.

In SG, it'll retail at SG$399, so that's roughly PhP14,000. Pretty steep for a fast fashion brand.

But looking at how pretty this piece is, I would'nt be surprised if it's snapped up in an instant.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Color story: The OK Corals

One of the most ignored colors in my 64-piece Crayola set was Coral Pink.

Back as a kid, none of my coloring books or art projects needed this hue. Frankly, I found it a bit confused for a color. It was like a mish-mash of pink, orange, and red. Plus, I was never a fan of pink, so this was automatically off my consideration set.

But as I grew older, my appreciation for Coral Pink started. Especially when I saw them nicely executed in fast fashion brands. Usually, they'd come out in the Spring-Summer collections, and they'd always look refreshing on the runway.

It's no longer summer, and we don't have spring, but that didn't stop me from whipping up this Coral Pink outfit for Ate.

Both pieces are from my Greenhills haunt. While I don't go there as often as before, they never disappoint when I'm there.

The first piece is this top with ruffled sleeves. I got this for Ate Bullet in white, and she loved it. So, when I saw this deep Coral option, it was a must buy.

Then, I saw this pair of printed pants, also in a lighter shade of coral. And it was a nice contrast to the heavier shade up front.

Given how funky and chic this ensemble is, I'm sure Ate will be tickled Coral Pink.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

(Cebu) City of Lights

Food trip was on the agenda on this trip to Cebu. The group decided to try places that we wouldn't find in Manila.

One of those places was a casual French restaurant called "La Vie Parisienne." It was just a few minutes away from our hotel, so we decided to have dinner there.

First impression, it was legit. The owner was a young, French guy who was manning the register. The breads were delicious. Their cheese selection was massive. Their deli, well-stocked with cold-cuts.

And of course, there was wine, wine, wine.

Just like Paris, this restaurant was filled with lights. Everything had that nice glow. Usually, I'd find this type of decor cheesy, but somehow, this works.

Surprisingly, their prices were uber affordable! No wonder the place was packed during the 2 nights we were there.

I'll definitely be back here the next time I'm in Cebu.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Best laid Unplans

As they say, the best plan is to have no plan at all.

For the past 2 years, my production friends and I have been trying to plan an out-of-town trip. The planning usually happens whenever we have a shoot. We've planned to go to places as far as Tokyo, and as near as Batangas. Strangely though, it never happens.

Until this weekend. Because of a project, we found ourselves in Cebu!

While we were having lunch, the consensus of everyone was: "Finally! Natuloy din!"

As they say, the best plan is to have no plan at all.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Straight to the (Sacred) Heart

One of the places in Cebu that I knew I had to visit was Sacred Heart Church. This is where Lu-Ann got married a few years back, and it has a special place in my heart.

Luckily, it was near our hotel, so that's where I heard mass.

To my surprise, they've renovated and spruced up the place! I'm loving the more architectural and modern look.

It was a heart-enriching visit indeed.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Double take

In one of my trips abroad, I chanced upon this pretty dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.

The dress was a new take on her iconic wrap dress. It played on color blocking and a bit of proportion. And it made the dress interesting.

A few months after, this dress from Plains and Prints came out.

It made me do a double take because there are similar elements to the DVF dress. The Plains and Prints version was shorter, though, which makes it more wearable for everyday. And of course, the price point is much better.

Ate Bullet already has the Plains and Prints one. Who knows, the DVF one might find itself on the Lane Crawford outlet rack in HKG, and we can make it a double.

Friday, October 06, 2017

FMM: Verni max

Today's Friday Magic Madness song started with dinner.

It was a dinner with Devi Ever and some of the office folks at this fun, Filipino restaurant called XO 46 in SM Aura. They have a great modern-Filipino concept, plus really awesome food!

That "XO" eventually led to what the letters mean, which is "Hugs and Kisses." This then led to an old 80s song entitled "A little kiss," and ended up with one of the singing divas of the 80s, Verni Varga! (Look her up, kids!)

So, today's FMM is a medley of her disco ditties!

Now this is the way to spend a Friday.


Gossip Girl

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Old and new

After decades in their original place in UPSC, Rodic's opened another - and more modern - branch, just in front of their first.

How's that for old meets new?

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Random Scary Stuff

It's amazing what scary things you find on the street.

Creepy, eh.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Cats and Chicken

Found these 2 cats outside the KFC branch in Telus.

They were actually meowing for attention, and I can only surmise that they were asking for chicken.

What's interesting is that even if the door to the store was open, they stayed outside and tried to catch people's attention from where they were sitting. I mean, they could've easily gone inside, but they didn't.

These cats must really be disciplined. Or maybe they're just chicken. Harhar.

Monday, October 02, 2017

LFLTAT: Cool-lottes

By the looks of the window displays of fast fashion brands, it looks like culottes are back! From Topshop to H&M to Zara to SM to Uniqlo, denim culottes in different washes and colors are making their presence felt.

Even The Landmark is getting into the program. I got this pair from their department store this weekend.

Not only is the denim nice and light, the silhouette has this modern vibe, thanks to the tucks in front. And this pair is less than P400!

To match the loose and cool vibe, I found this blouse with balloon sleeves and the appliques du jour. Cost: less than P400 as well!

So, here's a relaxed and fashionable outfit, for less than a thousand bucks!


Sunday, October 01, 2017

LFLTAT: Breathe!

"Knock-out Sale! Items P399 and below!"

Those words were emblazoned on posters in front of the Oxygen store in SM Megamall. And with a poster like that, resistance is futile.

Truth be told, Oxygen is too young and trendy for my liking. But there are times when I found some gems in that clothing store, so, what the heck.

Yes, they were on sale! And yes, things were on the cheap! And yes, I was able to put together a look for less than a thousand.

The top was a nice, loose black shirt which was labeled "Cool Girl Fit." This is true because it has the loose, nonchalant vibe to it.

Plus, this dark, boyfriend jeans. The cut is nice and roomy, and the fabric has some stretch to it.

Put them together, and it's a weekend look for Ate Bullet when she's feeling relaxed and unfussy.

And did I say this outfit was less than P600?

Saturday, September 30, 2017


It's now official and legitimate!

I'm a Lolo!

Presenting my new grandson, Noah Edgardo. He's the first born of my eldest nephew, Jul.

Welcome to the family!

Friday, September 29, 2017

FMM: All Duked out

Some songs have this effect on you: it makes you stop whatever you're doing, relax, look into nothingness, and smile.

For me, this classic by George Duke is one of those songs:

"Sweet Baby" is one of the songs that I can listen to again and again and again and again and again and again and again.

Which is obviously what I'm doing now.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Company we'd like to keep

The first time I encountered this SG clothing brand was in Ion Orchard. I stumbled upon in while in search of COS.

It was called "In Good Company," and while browsing their store, one realization was that it was very much like COS - modern, minimalist and very fashion forward.

After that, In Good Company became one of my stops during my SG trips.

Imagine my delight when I found out that they're now open in MNL!

Yup, their first store is in SM Makati, and it looks like they transplanted their SG store and brought it here. Way, way cool!

I'm definitely keep this store company.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Man from Uncle

While we were still in HKG, we received the piece of sad news that our Uncle Coye passed away.

I always remember him as the gentle and quiet uncle who would look after us whenever we spent our summers in Malinao. His demeanor, just like his voice, was very calm and comforting. This was one of the many reasons why we enjoyed hanging around with Uncle Coye.

The last time we talked was in 2014, when we attended their golden wedding anniversary. And as per usual, he was his calm and comforting self.

And that's what I'll miss most about him.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nets in Line

If you're an 80s and 90s kid, you'll know how significant this photo is:

Yes! Aqua Net is still very much around.

Question is: are the "tsunami" and "cobra" far behind?

Monday, September 25, 2017


Before I flew back to Manila, I saw this sign at the HKIA branch of Zara.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed the jeans were shorter than usual.

Yes, we're short. But at least we're special.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


There's something magical about empty airports.

Maybe it's because we're so used to seeing it so busy and frenetic that a quiet, empty one is a sight to behold.

Just like HKG airport when I arrived.

I was so entranced, I had to take a snap for posterity.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

FMM: The PH-HKG connection

Since I'm spending the weekend with my niece in HKG, I thought that it would be apt to have a Friday Magic Madness song that brings together my former home with my homeland.

And that, of course, is the super popular 90s duet between Regine Velasquez and HKG's Jacky Cheung.

They should do another song. They make a great combination.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Everything's coming up (black) roses

Found this guipure lace with an interesting rose and web pattern.

And it's on sale! At Carolina's!

To buy, or not to buy.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Taste the Unicorn!

Yes, it's true! Dr. Pepper has a Limited Edition Unicorn soda.

Strange, but interesting. In a glittery, rainbow kind of way.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Parallel Universe

And our second commercial for Goya - featuring Miss Universe 2015 - is out!

What's great about this one is that we got to use her iconic line from the pageant.

We've got another winner here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mall right

I've been seeing the billboards for the new mall beside Trinoma, and I've always been curious to see how it looked like. That's why one weekend, I decided to check it out.

Called Vertis North Mall, it's part of the new development in the Quezon Avenue area. Because they built the space from scratch, they had more room to work around. Thus, the mall is very vast and airy.

The ceilings are high. There's a lot of open spaces and greens. And it feels very premium.

Plus, it has H&M. 'Nuff said.

This mall is all right. I'll probably drop by again sometime soon.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mark the date

So, it's been a year since our double celebration in Tokyo.

That means, it's Mark's birthday again!

It's great that this year, we celebrated his big day in Manila. Nothing like spending your birthday at home.

Happy Birthday Mark!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Moore to see

Way back in 2006 and when I was still living in HKG, one of my favorite InStyle issues was the one with Julianne Moore on the cover.

In the accompanying article, she talked about how it felt to live alone for the first time. She talked about the thrill of independence and the fear of being home all by your lonesome. And this resonated with me so much. So much that I still have that issue on my bookshelf.

This October, she's back!

Well, I know she's fronted the cover several times after that 2006 issue, but somehow I'm excited to get my hands on this issue.

Who knows what Moore words of wisdom I'll pick up from her interview.

Friday, September 15, 2017

FMM: To dance or not to dance

When you go to The Landmark food court on weekends, it's common to see musicians playing there.

It's either a showband, or a brass band. In any case, it's a nice cacophony of catchy sounds to accompany you while you eat.

But take note, you should only listen to it. And they have a stern reminder about this:

This rule is very much against the philosophy that the Bee Gees wants to espouse. The same philosophy that inspired today's Friday Magic Madness song.

Personally, I agree with the Bee Gees. We should be dancing.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

This restaurant is Cat-chy!

Speaking of old photos, it was pleasant to see some of the photos that we took from our lighting HKG visit a few weeks ago. Gosh! I forgot I even took all those photos.

This shot is from the restaurant at Best Western Plus Hotel. 

Their restaurant is called "Pasta Kitchen by Chef Gatto."

So, it's no surprise that their poster has a shot of their chef, the "Gatto" himself.

He looks grumpy in this shot, though. Despite that, this poster was enough to cat-ch our attention.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Smore than the usual

While trying to locate a photo in my phone's library, I saw this shot which was taken 2 weekends ago during our family dinner at the new food park in Cubao.

Yes! It's a Smores Milkshake.

Smores - I'm in!

Milkshake - I'm in!

So, if you put these 2 together, take my money. Please!

And yes, it tasted as great as it looked.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time to be excited

This trailer just popped up while I was watching youtube.

I'm not familiar with the story or the narrative basis of the film, but judging by the trailer, I'm definitely going to watch out for this.

Aside from the fact that it's Disney, it's also an eye candy! There's a lot of mysticism and magic - which I love! Plus, you can't ignore the powerhouse cast. (Hello Oprah!)

Time to start counting down to when this film will be shown.

Monday, September 11, 2017

LFLTAT: Call me, Navy

In the continuing saga of why I just adore G.U.

When we were there a few weekends ago, they had some off-season items on-sale. The great thing was, those items were actually very season-less and versatile.

Like this crisp, white blouse with a non-traditional shape.

And this pair of high waisted and belted navy blue trousers.

Together, it's a very nautical look with a modern edge.

And together, it was less than a thousand pesos!

That's something worth calling out.