Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Checkmate

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A plaid, or checkered shirt is always fun to wear. It hardly ever needs any styling because it already is your outfit's statement piece (although of course you can always insist on styling it). Oftentimes I simply pair one with the right pants and I'm good to go.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Keeping it loose in "Judo shorts"

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Why do people buy stuff that they don't use? I don't know because I, too, am guilty of that. Well, sort of. It's just that it takes me time to wear them, like these denim shorts from the Rafe x Bench collab of last year. They call them "Judo shorts" for some reason, and it comes with a denim belt.

Rafe Totengco's design goes against the usual fitted and tapered lot, sporting wider leg openings that spell comfort and ease. I've always been for slim silhouettes but every once in a while I do also go for loose-fitting clothes.

DINING | TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie (Power Plant Mall)

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Come in!

A brasserie is definitely French although it has of course already evolved the world over. Case in point: a Chinese brasserie, which TuanTuan touts itself as.

TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie offers Hong Kong comfort food in a French-inspired setting. Part of a restaurant chain, the Power Plant Mall restaurant in Rockwell is their fourth branch in the Philippines. I've first tried it in November last year and have been there at least two more times since.

Interiors and ambiance
The restaurant is designed as a single brightly lit space where everything and everyone are in full view all at once. That said, I wish the layout was thought out better, like maybe throw in a couple of partitions here and there. But hey, it serves its purpose as a place where people dine; just not ideal for dates and stuff.

Monday, January 16, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Slippers, not flip-flops

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Currently enjoying what little "cold" this tropical country is getting at the moment. Now while I would love to be pulling out jackets from my closet right now, I often still fall back to my lazy uniform of either a pullover or a sweater.

But I wore slippers to work. Dress slippers, I mean.

Friday, January 6, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Blue and green in this mild sweater weather

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Yes, it's just mild because however I try to fool myself that it's sweater weather, it never really gets cold in this part of the world. Okay, unless you're in the highlands perhaps.

Sweaters and pullovers are my go-to pieces for the office whenever I'm too lazy to iron a shirt, my fallback, if you may. They're pretty basic but very versatile. Pullovers are very easy to dress up or down, too.

Monday, January 2, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Santa Cat with monster feet

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Happy New Year! And good riddance to the year that was! Now what's up with me in this photo, you might ask. Well, I got...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

LIFESTYLE | A Christmas Carol: Appreciating The Manila Hotel's Christmas decor and its old-world glory

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Love how these teddy bears look so expressive.

While driving home from Malabon on Christmas Day, we decided on a whim to drop by The Manila Hotel for some snacks. I haven't been to the hotel since my oath-taking as a CPA ages ago, and thought it was probably time to check it out once more. I know it's a very old hotel but I was also curious how it is today.

It was chaotic the moment we pulled up at the hotel entrance. There were lots and lots of people and cars moving about. It was Christmas after all. It also took a while for a valet to come for our car. But never mind because the moment we stepped in, I realized the hotel takes Christmas decorating very seriously.

A gigantic gingerbread house installation that doubled as a shop stood between the doors and the rest of the lobby. It instantly brought out the kid in me. To be fair, I think the kid in me comes alive with every Christmas installation I come across with (like the impressive winter castle of the Makati Shangri-La). But The Manila Hotel just went all out--and I mean all out--with its classic Christmas theme. I also had a blast with an impromptu OOTD session featuring a piece from Collezione C2's The Sampaguita Collection.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Sampaguitas on my polo: The Collezione C2 resurgence

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Yup, this is how I blog.

I recently scored a few polo shirts from local brand Collezione C2, and I was pleased with their new designs. After hitting it big a few years back with their My Pilipinas (My Philippines) shirts, where they used the map of the Philippines as an embroidered logo on their polos (think Lacoste's croc logo), then later on with their different takes on the Philippine flag, it's been relatively quiet for the brand in the last couple of years.

Until now.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LOOKBOOK | A black and white evening

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It was a black and white theme for our department Christmas party this year. It was also a leeway of sorts for some peeps who didn't want to go through the "hassle" of finding what to where because we were given the freedom to go either formal, casual, or whatever it is that we fancied as long as it's either all-black, all-white, or a black and white combo.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Blue, white, and silver, you say?

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"Hear ye, hear ye!"

That's me declaiming. Or delivering an oratorical piece perhaps? What about delivering a message of good cheer to the king's constituents? Haha! Whatever, I just have to have my photo photos taken by this glorious Christmas installation.

But before anything else--and even before I dressed up as a Christmas tree--my colleagues and I recently attended ISACA Manila's Christmas party at the Makati Shangri-la. The theme was winter wonderland, and they specifically stated that we follow a blue, white, and silver motif. They also said that ladies were encouraged to wear a hat and the guys, bow ties. Now that's confusing because how are bow ties and ladies's hats supposed to fit in a winter wonderland setting? But never mind, because I obliged.
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