Friday, October 9, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 08Oct2015: Camo corporate


Last night I found myself in unfamiliar territory when I attended ISACA Manila's annual general membership meeting. ISACA is an international professional organization focused on IT governance, its membership comprised mainly of IT auditors, IT security guys, and other IT professionals. I don't really feel like I belong in such company, though. Every time I go to such events -- a rarity, I must say -- I feel out of place, keeping mostly to myself or to whoever colleague's with me. Never mind that I'm an IT auditor myself.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY | 08Oct2015: The cat in the bag and the Manila Bay sunset

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Save for the people in the background, there's three of us in the photo. Can you spot who's the third? This was taken in April of 2007 when we went on a sunset cruise along Manila Bay.

Sunsets at Manila Bay have long been regarded as one of the most beautiful. Given the right weather conditions, this is very true. A month ago I had the chance of driving along Roxas Boulevard but I found the baywalk quite dry, boring actually. I was reminded of the time when the seaside promenade was bustling with activity. With a number of establishments lined up then, it was once a happening place.

It was around this time when we boarded one of those ferries offering sunset cruises complete with food, drinks, and a live band for entertainment. I didn't know if pets were actually allowed on board or not but just the same I snuck in Kwittie Boy, who at the time was our only cat.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 03Oct2015: Come to the dark side


Went malling with Kwittiegirl yesterday. I wore something comfy in anticipation of the hours to be spent standing and walking. Yes, malling can also be good cardio (Haha!). So joggers and sneakers were in order.

Friday, October 2, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 02Oct2015: Not quite like Friday


Jeans are de facto Friday wear at the office and boots are not at all uncommon in my case either. But a long-sleeved shirt? I must have been in the mood.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 30Sept2015: Heneral Luna and a squirt of mustard


Isn't he cute? Obviously it's not really part of my outfit today but something I used to accessorize my bag. It's a crocheted doll of General Antonio Luna, a Filipino hero and military tactician during the Philippine-American war, and the subject of a local film that's currently taking the public by storm. Unlike most local biopics of heroes where the subjects are almost portrayed as saints, this film -- Heneral Luna -- makes no attempt at glossing over him and instead presents his humanity -- his temper and brashness included.

Somehow this depiction has endeared him to a lot of Filipinos at the moment. After a slow start at the tills, people who have seen it early on have been fervently campaigning through social media for people to support and watch the film. The positive feedback has snowballed into an inescapable noise and suddenly everyone just had to watch it. It was like the people took ownership of the film and overturned what would have been a flop into a box office hit.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 28Sept2015: Against the black wall


Sorry if my shirt is blinding you. Believe me, I already desaturated the photo a bit. It just pops out no matter what, especially with that black wall behind me. Oh yeah, I just love that black wall.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

FASHION | Still can't get over the Financial Times 'how to spend it' underwater menswear shoot

It's been weeks now since I was blown away by photos of an underwear menswear shoot in shark-infested waters for how to spend it of the Financial Times. And every time I see them, that sense of amazement and admiration has never diminished. Now I hope to share that feeling with you just in case you haven't seen or heard of it yet.

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Singin' in the rain?
This and all other photos from how to spend it.

Although underwater fashion shoots are not at all that uncommon, this is the first one I've seen that was done atop a diving wreck and amidst a gam of sharks. Sure, the sharks may not be the man-eating type but they're still very capable of inflicting harm, however unintentional it may be, like a swipe or a nip.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 23Sept2015: Windowpane joggers for the office


It seems that I can never have enough joggers, especially since brands have continuously been reinventing this piece of clothing left and right, churning out design after design -- and it's driving me nuts.

After recently mulling over whether I can wear joggers on a regular office workday, today I did it. Thanks to Uniqlo, I found just the right piece that I can confidently wear to work. Just like my last one it also has a fly. And save for the requisite drawstring and puckered hemline, it almost looks like pants any regular office guy would wear to work. I was able to comfortably wear it with a long-sleeved shirt (air tie optional) and a pair of ombre lace-ups sans socks.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

DINING | Manila Pavilion's Seasons restaurant revamps its menu

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What a pretty dish, don't you think? After all, we also eat with our eyes.

Seasons, the Manila Pavilion Hotel's flagship lifestyle restaurant, has just clicked the 'Refresh' button on its menu for a festive selection of international a la carte dishes starting at Php 280 nett. For a hotel restaurant, let alone a 4-star one, that certainly is a reasonable price to pay. Even the buffet breakfast will only cost you Php 600 nett!

The result is a streamlined menu that's not overwhelming, as it has just about the right number of options available to the diner yet still offering enough variety from appetizers, noodles, mains, desserts, and even a few select Filipino dishes. Think succulent carvings and grilled items, gourmet sandwiches, even burgers and pizza. Even the kids have their own corner in the menu, so diners young and old alike are in for a truly rewarding dining experience.

At the heart of this reinvigoration is the hotel's executive chef Giovanni Sias, who was given free rein to experiment with ingredients and fulfill his vision of a more innovative Italian cuisine and an integration of traditional recipes with contemporary flavors. A seasoned culinary master, the Italian-American Chef Giovanni was executive chef of the upscale Jolly Hotel Madison Towers in New York, and with the opening of Ristorante Cinqueterre has established himself as one of the city's leading chefs.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

LIFESTYLE | Taiwan Excellence's 'Made to Enjoy Singing Contest'

Taiwan Excellence brings you the newest online contest

Judging by the number of videoke machines we see at celebrations like fiestas, birthdays, and the like, Filipinos do love to sing. Never mind that a great percentage of the singing public aren't exactly great singers because the Filipino's love affair with the microphone is palpable. Besides, we do have many musical gems we either are or can certainly be proud of.

Now why not put this love for singing to good use, to some potential personal benefit? Why not join The Taiwan Excellence - Made to Enjoy Singing Contest?


The Made to Enjoy Singing Contest is a new and innovative contest brought to you by Taiwan Excellence, a project that assists Taiwanese branded companies in raising brand awareness, consumer preference, and consequently, sales, around the world. With the Philippines being one of their target markets, music-loving Filipinos are lucky to be offered a platform to showcase our musical genius. Apart from the prizes at stake, who knows it could also be your ticket to stardom, or get noticed at the very least?
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