Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dancing baby Groot

Still hung up from the fun-filled Guardians of the Galaxy, I so want a dancing baby Groot toy for myself, maybe something in this mold:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wearing colored pants: It can be easy being green

I do admit that wearing darker-hued trousers leaves a man with much less trouble in picking a shirt and jacket to go with it. Now colored pants--much so bright ones--can be a little challenging at times. But then it's nice to wear some color, even on occasion.

Take, for instance, green. Just what do you wear it with? Here are a few ideas that I've pulled off myself, extracted from my lookbook archives.

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I don't know what shade of green this is but pairing it with a white shirt is your safest bet. White belt, why not? The bold color just screams casual, so loafers are in order. A dark blue jacket probably wouldn't hurt but if you're feeling a little adventurous, why not put on a madras jacket like this one? Even if it's a patterned jacket, it still works because the dominant color is blue. Besides, it's also anchored on the little blue, red and white details on my loafers.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dog days: There's still time for swim shorts

While monsoon rains and the occasional typhoons are upon us this part of the globe, it's the dog days of summer elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Oh how I envy you guys because I so miss the beach already. Now while most people pick up their swimwear early on at summer's onset, there's still pretty much lots of time to grab a couple more. It doesn't hurt that a lot of them are also on sale. Now let's take a look at what's still in store.

How about some swim shorts that could pass off as regular shorts? It doesn't sound like a bad idea to be sauntering around town in them and then in some spur of the moment decision take a plunge into the water.

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Thigh-length swim trunks with front-seam pockets, chino-style top block, and adjustable waist tabs, from Swim-Ology.
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Mid-length swim trunks in a gingham pattern, with a lace-up waist, Velcro fly, and adjustable side tabs, from Parke & Ronen.
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Mid-length swim trunks with contrast trim, also with a lace-up waist, Velcro fly, and adjustable side tabs, from Parke & Ronen.
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Mid-length printed swim trunks with front-seam pockets, micro-mesh lining, and zip fly, from Onia.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To Hong Kong and Macau via Schick's Smooth Lee Promo

I've been growing my facial hair for a while now but I guess it's time to pick up that razor once again and enjoy a nice clean shave because Schick is offering us all a chance to win a trip to Hong Kong and Macau.

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Oh yeah, it's a 4 days / 3 nights trip with free Ocean Adventure and Hong Kong Disneyland tours, not to mention USD 500 in pocket money! All you have to do is join Schick's #SMOOTHLEEADVENTURE promo where participants will be asked to create their own Schick TVC using the Smooth Lee Adventure mobile app. The app is available for both IOS and Android phones.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Upgrade that backpack with some leather

Yes, it's hard to let go of a backpack. It's functional, it keeps your hands free, and it's just plain easy to carry around. But sometimes the backpack can look a bit out of place if you're in an office attire, let alone a suit. It could even ruin an otherwise stylishly casual outfit. You can't be in jeans or shorts and sneakers all the time, can you? But still, you just don't want to trade that backpack with a briefcase or something.

Fortunately designers of late have found ways to give that trusty backpack an upgrade that it won't look out of place in a business suit. The use of leather, of course, comes as no surprise. Here are some gorgeous leather backpacks that you can consider for those days when you just can't be too casual.

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J.W. Hulme Co. Continental Backpack
A gorgeous rucksack design in a fantastic color, this backpack has 3 pockets and a padded tablet sleeve inside.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Philpop 2014 Top 12: A belated discovery

While everything else was drowned out by The Voice Kids Philippines finals last Saturday night, the 3rd Philippine Popular Music Festival (Philpop) was happening elsewhere at the Meralco Theater where 12 finalists competed for the Php 1million top plum.

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I watched neither of the two shows but my online meandering led me to an article citing that the winning song "Salbabida" (by composer Jungee Marcelo) was interpreted by Kyla, who's making a comeback of sorts in the local music scene. It got me interested because I kinda like Kyla's voice, so I watched the video, which led to many other clicks until I was done with all 12 songs.

While Salbabida (a life buoy or floatation device) to me deserved the win, there were a couple other nice songs in the list, and it was particularly refreshing to see a lot of fast-paced entries in the mix. I don't know what Philpop's criteria were but here are a few of my personal picks (in no particular order):

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Composers: Knowa Lazarus and Flava Matikz of of Q-York
Interpreters: Jay-R, Elmo Magalona and Q-York
My favorite of the bunch not because it has some profound meaning or anything but because it's downright catchy. I love the song's feel-good melody and vibe and I'm reminded here that Jay-R is a really good singer.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crunch time: Additional 25% off on sale items at East Dane

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Menswear online shopping site East Dane is holding a 2-day special sale until Wednesday, July 23 at 11:59 PM PST. Already in full swing as of this writing, the sale entitles customers to an additional 25% off on items that are already on sale to begin with! Just enter the promo code "25EXTRA" upon checkout. The offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order. Check out this page for more details.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Care for some Scotch & Soda?

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Cliché as it may sound, white and blue works for that bit of nautical feel in your outfit.

It's been around since the 80s but since its rebirth in 2001, Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda has seen an explosion of style that's high on quality, detail, and affordability. The brand usually takes inspiration from classic and vintage styles of yore infused with modern inspirations from around the globe.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In and around the church at Samboan, Cebu

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The little angel is bored, waiting for the Flores de Mayo service to start.

Last May, after enjoying the lure of eco-tourism in Aloguinsan, checking out the heritage richness of Boljoon, and then making a quick stop at the town of Oslob, My Bibe and company also dropped by the church at Samboan.

Samboan is a fifth class municipality with its own share of history and is home to a couple of waterfalls and a marine sanctuary. My Bibe wasn't really able to check any of these out, just the church. Nevertheless I had a peek into this town's simple yet arguably charming life through her Instagram photos.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oslob: Beyond Sumilon and the whale shark frenzy

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Remnants of the Baluarte at the town of Oslob.

I haven't been to Oslob, a fourth class municipality in the southern part of Cebu province. But I probably know Oslob because of Sumilon Island and regrettably, the whale shark feeding in Tan-awan, of which I'm totally against. Little did I know that the town also has a few historical places of interest, thanks to My Bibe's Instagram photos from her Southern Cebu trip some 2 months ago. And might I say they made me want to check this town out myself.
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