Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Velvet and waffles

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No, this isn't something I'd just wear while walking along the streets of Metro Manila. Not in this heat, no. But in an air-conditioned office, yes, more so when it's gloomy or raining outside, in which case it becomes even colder.

I'm making a conscious effort to wear my suits more often--mostly dressed down, of course--and I thought it was time to bring out this reddish brown velvety suit once more.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

LOOKBOOK | A day for gray...and squeaky white shoes

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After my little foray into colorful outfits, here I am doing a full 180 with gray. But contrary to its association with dull, gloomy days, gray can also be interesting. For one it can serve as an ideal backdrop for some other colorful piece in your outfit, allowing that piece to shine while toning things down.

Another trick to keep gray interesting, be it an all-gray ensemble or a gray and white combo like my getup here, is patterns. My suit here, for instance, sports a rather subtle checkered pattern. It's understated enough that you'll probably won't notice it from afar but up close, that's where the appreciation begins.

DINING | Let's get messy at Mando's Wing Shack

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It's no secret that the Poblacion area of Makati is fast becoming a foodie's haven, what with the steadily growing number of food haunts in this part of the city. While most of these restaurants are concentrated around the Burgos area, we're starting to see establishments spill over onto nearby locales.

One of these is Mando's Wing Shack, which popped up on a rather quiet residential area near the Makati City Hall. Because it's very near our place, I've been here three times already, so I decided to write about it.

Monday, October 3, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Coral on land

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Though I also dig black, neutrals, and darker hues, I'm not one to shy away from color either. I even have this thing for wearing colored pants for years now, and I don't care if it's pink. Yes, pink.

Guys wearing pink shirts may no longer be a novelty these days but guys wearing pink pants isn't all that common yet. I understand it takes guts to wear something as loud as this but you can always start with safer bets like dusty or muted pink trousers. You'll get used to it soon enough.

As for me, I'm going for coral, though.

Friday, September 30, 2016

LIFESTYLE | Manage your life with Taiwan Excellence products

I know a lot of people are yearning for that seemingly mythical thing called work-life balance. With today's work demands, not to mentioned the added stress brought about by the worsening traffic situation in the metro, it appears to be an impossible feat. Some even say that work-life balance doesn't exist. We live in a converged world after all, but I don't think it's wrong to aspire for it either.

Yes, we can take steps to balance out the stress we face at work, like by exercising. I know it's hard to even find time to sweat it out but we always have a choice and we can make time if we really want to. So how?

Bike to work
Aside from contributing to lessening the number of vehicles and commuters on the road, biking to work and back is already an exercise in itself. Take the versatile Link B7 from Tern for a fun and different urban transport. It's one of Taiwan's best brands that bear the Taiwan Excellence seal, assuring customers of the product's superior quality.

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The Link B7 from Tern, one of the featured brands of Taiwan Excellence.

LOOKBOOK | Baby colors

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Baby pink. Baby blue. They're fairly common references to lighter, pastel shades of pink and blue. But they aren't just for babies, are they? I mean, I also like wearing them on occasion. Pastels are easy on the eye, inoffensive, and refreshing.

Pairing pastels with darker colors always works in clothing as long as the colors are complementing each other, like pastel yellow and brown, or mint green and navy. It's like a fail-safe bet each time. But then we often forget that pastel on pastel, or at least pastel on a similarly lighter shade, also works. Just look at them babies!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Slytherin's Arrow

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I know, what a poser, you might say. That I admit. When my colleagues and I tried our hands at archery, the Green Arrow outfit (unsurprisingly) came to mind. Katniss was obviously for the girls and although there's also Legolas and Hawkeye, Oliver Queen was at the top of my mind.

Of course I never intended to go full regalia because that would be crazy and Halloween is still a month away. I just wanted to casually sport something from my daily wear that's inspired by the character. Yup, like a green hoodie.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

LOOKBOOK | A craftily subtle Baguio City shirt

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Nothing says Baguio City more than pine trees and the cool mountain air. When our team at the office went there last summer for our now annual summer outing, I was sadly confined at the hospital. But at least I got this red souvenir tee (yeah, we're so cheesy we've been having souvenir t-shirts for 2 years now).

Designed by a colleague, it's basically the coordinates for the place. I love its simplicity and I thought, what a crafty way to wear a "Baguio City" shirt without actually having to wear something with "Baguio City" printed on it! And I finally got to wear it while at the so-called City of Pines!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

DINING | Deété Espresso - Organic Cafe

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The Korean zombie flick Train to Busan has been making a lot of noise lately. Add to that the fact that a considerable number of Filipinos are also hooked on K-Drama and K-Pop, it can't be denied that the Korean influence on this country is expanding. Not that I'm complaining because I love Korean ice cream and bingsu. So thank you for that.

All this just reminded me of this cafe at Century City Mall that I chanced upon last July. It's called Deété Espresso - Organic Cafe, a Korean chain (please don't ask me how it's pronounced).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Blazing in blazer and shorts

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It was a pleasantly cold day in Baguio City. It wasn't too cold that I still got to wear shorts but a little nippy at times that I needed a jacket. It was a lightweight blazer that I brought with me.

The blazer and shorts combo is not something I usually wear because, well, it's uncomfortably hot and humid in Metro Manila. Besides, it's not something that I can wear to the office, so I'm left with weekends and other days off as the only occasions to wear them. But then the thought of it simply escapes my mind each time.
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