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).

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Cozy ambiance.

I was looking for a place to sit and while away time when I spotted the cafe. I was initially skeptical because of the word organic but I went in anyway.

The glass door opens up to a typical coffee shop counter with menu boards against the wall, an all-glass chiller for pastries and bottled drinks, and a plethora of countertop signage advertising offers and what have you.

The gray walls, wooden accents, ambient lighting, and the combination of classic and irregularly shaped tables peppered with some plush green chairs--together they afford the cafe a warm and cozy feel. Also noteworthy are the wooden cylinders that drop from the ceiling at varying lengths. It may not be a one of a kind design but it's nice nonetheless.

While their interiors are not really the same, the place reminds me of that other Korean cafe chain Caffe Bene.

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The counter reminded me of another Korean cafe chain.

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Green chairs!

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I'm loving the irregularly shaped tables here.

Their coffee was nothing out of the ordinary for me, a tad too weak for my taste actually. They also offer tea, juices, ade (a sweetened, fruit-flavored beverage), smoothies, and as with that other Korean chain, bingsu!

As for bites, they have some pastries and gogam (which are essentially sandwiches). Being advocates of "organic," I was expecting all healthy stuff here. And then I saw Spam.

Yes, Spam, the processed canned luncheon meat loved by many everyone. I was confused. But I didn't care, so I ordered a Spam Gogam--and it was surprisingly good! I mean, of course Spam tastes good, but the sandwich as a whole was good. It could be the mayo or whatever dressing they used but there's also egg, tomato, lettuce, and cheese in it. Expensive price point aside, the Spam Gogam is a must-try.

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Taste organic...with Spam!

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Other stuff for sale at the counter.

Here's a look at their menu:

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I can't say much about the food and drinks. I guess I'll just have to update this post when I've tried other stuff here. But if you're looking for a fairly quiet spot for coffee (or maybe bingsu) and with a nice atmosphere to boot, Deété Espresso - Organic Cafe just might be right for you.

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Deété Espresso - Organic Cafe is located at the 4th floor of Century City Mall in Makati. It now also has a branch in SM Megamall.

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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

GADGETS | The Pokéball power bank: Just because it's so cute!

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Because I gotta catch them all.

I'm one of the millions who's been hooked on the Pokémon Go craze. For someone who's not into games, that's highly unusual. But then I don't really consider it that much of a game to begin with.

So far I haven't done any battle, never been to a gym. I just couldn't. I mean, to subject all those pocket monsters to fighting, that's just plain barbaric! Much like animals, they do have "monster rights," don't they? So despite reaching Level 24 as of this writing, I still don't have a team, although I'm kinda inclined to pick Team Instinct for the simple reason that I love Spark's outfit.

I guess I just enjoy collecting and evolving all these adorable Pokémon. But whatever your reasons for playing Pokémon Go, you know that it's very taxing on your phone's battery and power banks are a necessity. And then I saw this Pokéball power bank (Magic Ball power bank actually) from Takatack, an online marketplace aggregator from Voyager Innovations. Oh my.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

FRAGRANCE | Gucci by Gucci Sport (Pour Homme)

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It's a fragrance I wonder why I even bought in the first place. It's not a bad fragrance, don't get me wrong, but it's a purchase I kind of regret.

Packaged in a sturdy yet elegant bottle, Gucci by Gucci Sport Pour Homme is a fresh and not-too-ordinary scent. If the liquid's green color is any indication, this fragrance hints at fresh, aromatic leaves--pine, actually. And combined with citrus top notes, it's a rather sophisticated alternative to the usual shower fresh scents of some sporty colognes.

But then the party comes to an abrupt stop.

Monday, September 5, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Peeking duck

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I'm never one who shies away from wearing cutesy stuff, like t-shirts with cartoon designs, for example. And never mind how old I am because I don't care.

But of course I understand there are others who prefer subtlety to loud prints, a route which I also take depending on my mood. So here I'm keeping it discreet with a tiny embroidery of Donald Duck peeping out of a pocket. Ironically, though, a lot of people seemed to notice it more. Talk about small design with a big impact.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Introducing plaid to the varsity

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Nope, never been on any varsity team back in school. Besides, I've never really been into sports to begin with. So wearing a varsity jacket is nothing but a so-called fashion thing.

A few who asked where I got the jacket were surprised when I told them it's Bench, a local brand. I've had it for a while now and yeah, it's a nice jacket. It's got small quilted patterns and it's warm enough for the office air conditioning.

Monday, August 22, 2016

FASHION | Worry no more about creases with T.M. Lewin's new Infinity Suit

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It's all too real. You leave for work in the morning looking sharp and neatly pressed. You get in the car, or take the bus or train, and in the process collect a medley of creases on your suit, shirt, and trousers. And you haven't even stepped into the office yet.

Yes, the struggle is all too real. No matter how careful you are to preserve that spiffy look of yours for at least 8 hours, you always seem to end up disheveled by the end of the day. Okay, maybe just a little.

But what if you could go on about your day like Chase Armitage here, with nary a care about creases and what-have-you? Parkour your way to work perhaps? The answer to all your woes is T.M. Lewin's new Infinity Suit.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

EVENT | Discover Taiwan’s best brands at TriNoma, August 19 to 21

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Taiwan Excellence brand partners showcased their products at the press launch earlier this year.

Mall goers will once again be treated to a wide selection of high quality products from Taiwan’s best brands at the third Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone, currently happening at TriNoma mall in Quezon City from August 19 to 21.

Led by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and in partnership with the Taiwanese government, the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone is an interactive product showcase featuring brands that bear the Taiwan Excellence seal, which assures customers of the products’ superior quality.

Over 140 products from 54 Taiwan Excellence-accredited brands will be offered at the Experiencing Zone. The wide range of products covers needs for Information and Communications Technology, Home and Living, and Sports and Leisure. So apart from familiar brands like ASUS and ACER, you'll get to check out STRIDA’s durable bicycles designed for convenient and reliable urban transport, SH-RD’s protein cream that avoids hair damage and promises softer and shinier hair, and FECA’s storage products that help in maximizing the home space. 

Performances, fashion shows, games, and raffle draws are lined up to keep shoppers entertained while exploring Taiwan Excellence products. Customers can also watch out for surprise gigs from favorite bands such as Silent Sanctuary (August 19), Callalily (August 20), and Up Dharma Down (August 21).  

There will also be booth tours and brand presentations to educate consumers on how the featured products can complement their lifestyle. Selling booths from brands such as Tatung, MSI, FECA, and Asus will be available, while generous discounts from brands like Kymco, MSI, Pacific, Tatung, Tern, and Thermaltake will be offered on-ground.

Don’t miss out on the latest gadgets, home appliances, fitness gear, and many other treats from Taiwan Excellence-approved brands and head to TriNoma on August 19 to 21!

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About Taiwan Excellence
The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 100 countries.

Organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA
The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT's role and position have been adjusted regularly to meet the needs of the ever changing international economic and trade environments. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally.

Implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 overseas offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

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