Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vanity In Fair

That's what they call this shot that we took after tonight's on-line at Post Manila.

It's nice. In fair.

Monday, August 21, 2017

How Sui it is

Macy's has been absent from the designer collaboration scene for quite sometime. A few years ago, they launched a series of partnerships with major designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Alberta Ferreti, Doo Ri, and Giambattista Valli. Luckily, my sister was able to get some items from the last 2 designers.

While leafing through the September issue of InStyle, I found out that they're back! Collaborating, that is.

This September, Anna Sui x Macy's I.N.C. will drop! Woot!

I've seen the campaign and it combines Anna's penchant for details with a modern western flair. I'm still waiting for the whole lookbook to drop to see if there are must-buys from the collection.

We shall Sui.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

LFLTAT: All white, alright!

And in other Uniqlo + SM Department store = LFTAT news.

Presenting, the pristine look from these 2 fast fashion haunts.

The top is from SM Department store's Teen section. It's a crisp, button down with a billowy ruffle detail.

It's perfect pair, a white, a-line skirt from the Uniqlo U collection. On sale. Less than P500! 'Nuff said.

You just gotta love sale hunting on weekends. And I'm sure Ate Lissa will rock this all-white ensemble.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

LFLTAT: Utilitarian chic

There's something about the combination of fatigue and denim that appeals to me.

It has that utilitarian feel to it, plus it feels like a very classic combination. I remember wearing this combination a lot back in college, but eventually outgrew it.

This weekend, I dropped by Uniqlo and instinctively went to the sale area. Lo and behold, I found this pretty skirt in fatigue - which I just had to buy for Ate.

One look and I knew this would look great with something denim. So, it was off to SM Department store where I found this denim button down shirt.

The combination resulted in this functional and chic looking ensemble.

And since both items were on-sale, this entire look rang up to less than P1,000.

This is why it's useful to drop by and check out sales on weekends.

Friday, August 18, 2017

FMM: The Elevator song

Back in the 90s, everyone was dancing to this infectious song that no one really knew the title of. They usually referred to it as the song with the lyrics: "Elevator mind."

That, of course, is Stereo MC's, "Elevate my mind."

They played it at the office today, and everyone had the same reaction to it. We all sang "elevator mind."

Some things never grow old.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

No words needed, part 3: The Nuclear edition

Because we were all curious about that "nuclear noodle challenge" on youtube, this came to our department, courtesy of Migs.

Judging by the color and the evil stare of the chili peppers, you knew this would be bad news. But curiosity and a sense of adventure got the better of us, so we tried it.

And yes, it's as spicy bad as it looks.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

No words needed, part 2

I can't understand the text of the poster, but the visual says it all.

And in my mind, it says: "Ouch!"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Scent to be

When I went to MiniSo in search of a spray bottle, I saw an interesting set of scents in one area.

In particular, there were scents named after the signs of the zodiac. Among the lot, there were only 2 zodiac signs left, and they were positioned side-by-side on the shelf.

Here are the signs and scents:

Definitely a good combination.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hey Mr. DJ!

Thanks to Google, I got a tutorial on being a DJ!

It turned out to be quite fun. So fun, I'd like to try it IRL.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Street food

Yes, more food.

This weekend, I went to the Uniqlo store in U.P. Town Center in search of a nice pair of chinos. (They didn't have any.)

Since I was already in the area, instinct and a grumbly tummy brought me to U.P. Diliman. The craving for the street food that I used to eat as a student was just too strong.

And what was on today's menu?

Fish balls and dynamite sticks, of course!

Let's not forget dessert - ice cream in a bun!

As I messaged D' Frendz, street food from U.P. will never grow old.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

See food!

This was definitely one of the highlights from this week's trip to Davao. Cheap, fresh and delicious seafood!

Would you believe that a big chunk of tuna is just P300! And it was enough to feed 8 of us!

I'll definitely be back, if only for this.

Friday, August 11, 2017

FMM: A timely Expose

There's a great thing about having a team with 50% of the members from the same generation. We all equate Friday with Friday Magic Madness.

So, whenever Friday arrives, everyone talks about singers from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and we all get to reminisce together.

Today was a 90s kind of day, and the conversation led to girl groups, after all, this was the Spice Girls era. While the Spice Girls pretty much eclipsed everyone, there were a number of groups that shone bright, thanks to their memorable music.

One of my favorites, the group called "Expose." And even if the name doesn't sound that familiar, I'm sure their song is:

"Never get over you" was one those songs that they'd play on the air whenever the show was about love advice and heartache. Think "Love Notes by Joe D' Mango." For the millennials, this is what they call a "hugot song."

Just shows that Expose was way ahead of its time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My nephew is larger than life!

He's actually billboard sized!

I saw 2 billboards of Kurt in downtown Davao:

And some at the airport:

I wonder if he'll be mobbed when he goes there.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

I Kid(apawan) you not!

There's always a thrill when you visit a place for the first time.

On this trip, we went from Davao to North Cotabato - Kidapawan City to be exact.

Kidapawan, according the Prichy, is the "City of Fruits." The monicker came from the fact that a lot of the region's produce is from there, and the fruits they grow are more flavorful. It must be in the soil, or the way they grow it.

We had breakfast at the hotel just in front of the City Municipal Hall. So, I quickly skipped to the other side of the street and checked out their White-House-inspired edifice. It's really nice! And around it, they have a park, an amphitheater and a market. Nifty!

I like how the city has kept its provincial charm, but still with touches of progress. It's like being in a place where the old and new come together.

It's my first time here, and after experiencing Kidapawan for a few hours, I think it won't be my last.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Davao deux

After a few months, I'm back in Davao!

The last time I was here, it was for a wedding. Now, I'm back for work.

It turns out, it's the Kadayawan Festival next week! The atmosphere is so festive already, and according to our driver, it's going to be one of the biggest yet.

We should've scheduled our Davao trip to next week!

Monday, August 07, 2017

It never grows old...

I'm not talking about the Lola, of course.

I'm talking about seeing our commercial on-air!

I've been in the biz for more than 20 years, but this still gets me everytime!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Perfect Thai-ming

It's been a while since I've been to BKK, and lately, my tastebuds have been looking for their milk tea.

Luckily, Chatime introduced their seasonal flavors just in time!

I've tried it this weekend, and it's legit!

New milk tea addiction, coming up!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Moschino's lost sibling

Apparently, this brand has a relative in the Philippines that it doesn't know about.

Behold, the bag I saw at The Landmark.

Definitely a distant relative.

Friday, August 04, 2017

FMM: Sunday on a Friday

This Friday Magic Madness, let's go back.

Really, really, really, really, really, really back.

Like, Petula Clark levels of back.

I've been listening to this song the past week. And now it's stuck in my head.

I'm sure it'll still be playing in my head on a Monday, a Tuesday, a Wednesday, it's very, very good.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Tap out!

And I thought "tapered" was an easy word to spell.

Apparently not.

Proofreader for Bench - please!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Missing Missi

The bus I rode to work had a pleasantly surprising film choice. They were showing the 2005 version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

It's been more a decade since I saw this film, and now that I'm seeing it again, it reminded me of one of the character actors who appeared in the film. She's a long time fave of mine, and it's been a while since I've seen her.

She's Missi Pyle.

One thing about Missi is that she has mad comic chops. Aside from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," she also made me laugh in "Galaxy Quest" and "Along Came Polly."

She also had an independent film that I caught a few years back. The title was "Pretty Ugly People" and it showed me the depth of her dramatic capabilities. She was superb in it.

After I got off the bus, my first thought was: "When do we get to see Missi on screen again?"

Pretty soon, I hope.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Eight is great!

And just like that, it's August. The 8th month of the year.

When I think of 8,m the first thing that comes to mind is the Sesame Street sketch on the "King of 8." I loved this as a kid, and memorized it word per word.

And to quote the king: "Eight is great." And I'm sure August will be, too.

Monday, July 31, 2017

First time high!

You'd think that after 20 years in the industry, I've worked with most of the advertising suppliers already.

Apparently not. Because for our latest TVC, there were 3 folks who I've worked with for the first time!

Experiencing something new - and for the first time - is always a welcome feeling.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Feeling Grand(ma)

It's always a grand feeling when you see your work on air.

Just like how I saw the agency's latest TVC for Lola Remedios early today!

This makes my job so much fun.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cause Sale-ebre

What's better than finding an awesome piece of clothing at Uniqlo for this price?

Finding out that this was the original price!

Sales are awesome!

Friday, July 28, 2017

FMM: Universally understood

Let me get ready for this coming weekend with this oldie but goodie (and relevant-ie) ditty from the Brand New Heavies.

(Let me just say, Siedah Garret's voice never disappoints.)

Time to face the universe!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

No words needed

Kevin, my nephew who's a pilot and flies to South Korea regularly, brought home this snack which I just had to try.

Whilst I have no idea what it says, I think the visual says it all.

Let me proceed with caution on this one.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When the universe conspires...

I get to work with some of my favorite folks, plus a cool director who I last worked with almost a decade ago in HKG.

This is going to be fun, fun, fun!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Just looking at his announcement is already making me excited to see the type of prints and clothing that Erdem is churning out for H&M.

Let the stalking begin!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Taraji is rollin'!

Taraji P. Henson is one of the reasons why I tune in to "Empire." Her character in that series is just compelling to watch.

Today, I saw this trailer for her new film:

Looks like another reason to love Taraji even more. Cookie might be bad-ass, but this character is going to whoop Cookie to the ground.

Show this film in Manila, please!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Closing of Crossings

It was a lazy Sunday, and I thought of making a quick stop at Crossings Department Store in Quezon Avenue.

This branch is the last remaining branch of the then-department-store-chain. The opening of their first branch in Shangrila Plaza Mall is still fresh in my memory. For me, Crossings was the midpoint between SM Department Store and Rustan's Department Store. It was classy, but not alienating.

Eventually, Crossings transformed into Crossings - The Ramp. This focused more on clothing, and it was my constant source and haunt for unique and fashionable items. My sisters' closets are still lined with beautiful dresses and shoes from The Ramp.

Slowly, the branches of The Ramp started to close. First, it was the one in Shangrila, then in Glorietta, and eventually in Trinoma. Those were sad days for fashion, but my only consolation was that the Quezon Avenue branch was still open.

Until today. Because this is what greeted me when I got there:

And with that, Crossings and Crossings - The Ramp are both completely closed.

It's sad, but it was a good run.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Happy Sad

No, this isn't about one of my favorite Pizzicato Five ditties. But hey, let's play it anyway!

This afternoon, Mark and I decided to hit the merienda buffet at Dad's. We've been thinking about it for a while now, but today, we found the time and opportunity to go. So, it was a happy afternoon of food, food and food.

Surprisingly, the crowd wasn't as wild and "PG" as we initially anticipated. The last time we ate here, it felt like people were on panic-buffet mode - loading up their plates as if they were feeding a multitude. Today, it was calmer, more orderly, and there was actually food on the buffet spread. Again, another reason to be happy.

Sad? Well, that refers to their taco. Behold:

Thankfully there were other buffet offerings to make up for Mr. Sad Taco. (Like Mr. Corn Dog. See left side of photo.) Overall, I'm very happy at how our Saturday was spent.

Friday, July 21, 2017

FMM: Sheila E - xcellent!

The topic of conversation was music, more specifically, awesome drummers.

One name immediately popped in my head. The first, awesome, and up until now, the only female drummer which could out-beat and out-drum her male counterparts.

If you're familiar with the 80s, you'll definitely know who I'm talking about.

Sheila E!

Looking at this more than 3 decades after its launch, I can safely say that she's still the best female drummer I've heard.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mart my words

Unimart has a special place in my heart.

When we were kids, we'd go there every Sunday and Lolo Iking would give us P20.00 each. Then, he'll let us roam around Greenhills and let us spend the money any way we want.

More often than not, I spent my P20.00 in Unimart, buying chocolates, cookies, chips, or even comic books.

Then, we'd all meet up at the Unimart food court for Coney Island or Orange Julius, then it was back to Morato.

Because of these childhood memories, I find myself going back to Unimart every so often. The nice thing about it was some of the cashiers were there since I was a kid! And they're still there! How's that for a throwback?

When I heard that they moved Unimart to its new location, a visit was non-negotiable!

Their new digs are impressive. Wider aisles, bigger space, more varied selection - basically, they found new ways to entice Unimart loyalists like myself.

What's even better? The old cashiers are still around!

Looks like I'll be back in Unimart a bit more often now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Isle like it!

After much anticipation (and google searching), the look book and items for the J.W. Anderson x Uniqlo collaboration has finally dropped.

The collection is very apt for the F/W season when it'll drop. They're mostly heavy pieces - parka jackets, pea coats, trench coats and a lot of sweaters. There are also bags and scarves.

While we can't wear most of the items here in MNL, I must admit that I'm liking their fair isle sweaters. (Or, in Tim Gunn speak, "I'm responding to this very well.")

There's something very vintage and very grandpa-ish to it. And me likey!

Now I wonder if this will be available in Uniqlo stores here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Holy street food, Batman!

One nice thing about hearing mass in OLPH in 13th avenue is the street food cart outside the church.

This one cart has pretty much everything: fish ball, squid ball, kikiam, chicken ball, hotdog, sago't gulaman and mangga't bagoong. Seriously, what more can you ask for?

Street food carts outside churches remind me of my childhood.

Every Sunday, the family would hear mass at Sacred Heart Church in Kamuning. After mass, I'd see all these carts parked outside the church - fishball, scramble, popcorn, corn and nuts. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to eat any of that. So, all we could do is look.

So, I guess stopping by this cart every after mass is my way of making up for my lost street-food childhood. Harhar.

Monday, July 17, 2017

One shirt, two ways: Happy tiers

As it always happens in June, everyone's on sale! There's Zara, Uniqlo, H&M - you name it, they're on sale. 

H&M - of course - doesn't disappoint. There are so many covetable pieces on the cheap. Among them is this on-trend item, a classic white shirt with a very fashionable tiered sleeve.

It's both fashionable and versatile, and something you can easily wear in two ways.

For a night out, pair it with patterned, silky pants. 

The loose and streamlined silhouette gives it a feeling of relaxed nonchalance.

On a weekend, tuck it in a pair of khaki, paper bag shorts. 

It's a carefree ensemble, but the top elevates it into something more fashionable.

Best part was, each piece was on sale! So you get more bang for your buck, and more options for your outfit. Now how can you beat that?