Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Almost dandy

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Yeah, I held back a bit on this one. No tie since it's supposed to be another office-to-happy hour outfit, so I'm keeping it casual, or close to. Besides, I just sported a dandy outfit in a recent blog post, however unintentional it was.

My starting point for this getup is the shirt: a pink long-sleeved number with French cuffs from London clothing brand T.M. Lewin. The shirt looks a tad loose on me but that's because I lost a hell lot of weight since I bought it. Otherwise it should have fit me perfectly because T.M. Lewin shirts come not just in different sizes, but in a wide variety of collar and sleeve length measurements. You're sure to find the perfect fit for you here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Summer wedding feels

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As if there's a wedding in the first place! Second, unlike countries in the West where summer weddings are a thing and attendees wear anything from seersucker to lightweight suits--usually in lighter shades--there's really no such thing here in the Philippines. There's just weddings. And it's practically summer all year round.

But I felt like I was attending one with my outfit.

TV | No Sibling Rivalry: Brother and sister are happy to compete for the title of MasterChef Australia

I still remember the first time I got hooked on MasterChef Australia back in 2011. It was actually reruns of the show's 2nd season where 20 year-old Callum Hann made it to the finale but lost to Adam Liaw. The world’s most famous cooking show franchise all began with MasterChef Australia’s ingenious take on UK’s original MasterChef series. The Australian version started the now popular format of hundreds of home cooks competing to be part of a small group of contestants, cooking from challenge to challenge to make their way to the title of MasterChef.

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Judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris return to offer their guidance to the group of contestants in the eighth season of MasterChef Australia, premiering July 4 on LIFETIME and airing 8PM all weekdays.

Now on its 8th season, MasterChef Australia, premiering July 4 on LIFETIME and airing 8PM all weekdays, has only gotten bigger and better. Judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris return to offer their guidance to the group of contestants. Joining them are big international names such as the Queen of the Kitchen herself, Nigella Lawson, as well as Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White.

Part of the current crop of contestants are Singaporean-born siblings Jimmy Wong and Theresa Wong-Visintin. They were exposed to the world of food as children, when their family operated various local grocery stores and restaurants. Both pursued a career in design until realizing that their true calling lay in cooking. MasterChef Australia gives them the perfect opportunity to hone their craft and show the world what they can do.

Monday, June 20, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Fit for Friday with T.M. Lewin

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So this was officially my first day back to work (not counting the days spent working at home) after hospital confinement. As luck would have it, I guess, my first day wasn't even at the office as I was attending a 2-day conference at a hotel. Consider it my temporary office anyway.

I didn't want to be all suited and stiff. I wanted something a bit more relaxed but which would still qualify as an outfit that's office-appropriate that could easily transition to happy hour at some pub while waiting out the rush hour traffic. A fit for Friday outfit, yes.

I started off with a business shirt from T.M. Lewin. I love that they don't simply make shirts in small, medium, and large but in a combination of various measurements for, say, collar and sleeve length. I've had several runs with other brands before where the shirt fits nicely around your body but the sleeves are either too long that slouch just above the cuff or where I'd turn blue if I insist on buttoning up the collar.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

LIFESTYLE | Taiwan government project “Taiwan Excellence” strengthens Taiwanese brands’ awareness in the Philippines

Taiwan continuously reinforces its importance as a trading partner of the Philippines. According to 2015 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Taiwan is the 4th top country in the world for imports (with $5.2B imports) and 9th for exports (with $2.2B). With this, the Taiwan Excellence campaign, which is organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) of the Taiwan government and implemented by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), is again rolling out for the third year in the Philippines to further strengthen trading ties between the two countries. Last year they capped it with a singing contest via video submissions.

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(From left) Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Deputy Executive Director of Strategic Marketing Department Scott Yang, Taiwan Economic & Cultural Office (TECO) Ambassador of the Philippines Dr. Gary Song-Huann LIN, Manila Economic & Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Amadeo Perez Jr., and celebrity guest Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

This year, Taiwan Excellence, the symbol of superiority of products from Taiwan, will have more exciting and more comprehensive activities. Through experiential activities to be staged throughout the year, TAITRA aims to let Filipino consumers experience how they can enhance their lives and create a truly “Excellent Lifestyle.”

Monday, May 16, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Wearing long sleeves to the beach

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Long sleeves? In the heat of summer? And on the beach at that?

Why not? Whether your intention is to cover yourself up because you simply abhor the sun (but ironically want to be on the beach) or because you just want to for whatever it's worth, the key is to wear a shirt in a breathable, lightweight fabric. In my case I picked linen, which is as summer as it can get. You can also opt for something sheer if you want. Leave your flannels and all those heavy fabrics at home.

Friday, May 13, 2016

GADGETS | Live with the King

This is personal. My smartphone that's not even a year old yet totally went dead on me. None of the combination of long presses of buttons to restart it worked. Even the repair guy couldn't revive it. Worse, it happened while I was confined at the hospital and when I needed a phone not just for communication but to keep myself entertained as well.

I started to question my preference for that brand (which we shall not name), and then I saw this:

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The Huawei Nexus 6P!

Touted as the King of Android, I was intrigued. I honestly haven't used a Huawei phone before but given its dominance in the field of telecommunications equipment (microwave, transmission, core equipment -- you name it), I suppose they're more than capable of producing a quality smartphone. I haven't seen a Nexus 6P up close yet but its features are quite impressive and very tempting. I'm no tech geek but the following appeal to me a lot:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Batman on the beach

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I've been down for a week and have just been discharged from the hospital yesterday. Bummer, I know, but life goes on. As I'm psyching myself up for my return to work tomorrow, I'm trying to have nothing but good vibes. I'm even thinking of when I can make another trip to the beach while it's still summer (*wink wink*).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Summer and ombre swim shorts

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Perfect framing, right? No, not me. The cat!

Found it yet? I thought I only get photo-bombed by cats at home. But of course they're all alike, so even on vacation, there's always some furball who wants to get in the frame. I should've known better.
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