Sunday, April 20, 2014

Smartening up with a Pebble Steel

Sleek box for the Pebble Steel.

I use a smartphone in my attempts to smarten up the dumb in me. Apparently it's not enough and now I have a smartwatch, thanks to My Bibe. This is a long-delayed post, though.

When smartwatch maker Pebble announced in January at the CES 2014 that they're releasing an update to the original Pebble watch--the Pebble Steel--My Bibe immediately got me one. Well, because it was on pre-order, and with free shipping to the Philippines to boot, we had to wait. And sometime first week of March, the watch finally arrived. (We actually kind of forgotten about it already.)

For whatever reason, however, I only got to unbox it a couple of weeks later.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[Lookbook 04.15.2014] Summer cool


Today was one of those days when at last I got to wear one of my purchases from probably December or January. Thanks to the unbearable summer heat this rather simple blue shirt has finally left my closet and seen the light of day.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Return to Moon Garden

Just one of the beautiful lilies at Moon Garden, its petals ruffled by the wind.

It was a return to one of our nice, quiet spots in Tagaytay two weekends ago, especially after all the humidity and chaos of Enchanted Kingdom where I got myself a funny hoodie. Although we've only been here once before--just last year actually--we loved Moon Garden, and I'm glad to see that practically nothing has changed since our first visit. Even the room rate was still at Php 2,990!

Reading through my year-old review of Moon Garden, I think it's safe to say that everything I wrote there still stands. The room's the same, the service is the same, everything.

Friday, April 11, 2014

[Lookbook 04.11.2014] Urban wizard


So this is what happens when an old wizard makes an attempt at going urban--he wears a hoodie. Haha! And of course he wears it with jeans and some rubber shoes, with a wrist watch to boot.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Throwback (Travel) Thursday 04.10.2014] Braving Basilan

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Still couldn't reconcile Basilan's beauty with the terror that engulfs the island. The kid on the right seems just as puzzled, but with me.

The mere mention of it almost immediately makes you think of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. Basilan, after all, was where those kidnapped tourists from Dos Palmas Resort in 2001 were brought to and held captive for over a year (throughout that time frame some have escaped, others ransomed). Needless to say, a venture into Basilan is either an extremely far-fetched idea or a downright stupid one. Or maybe not.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Window shopping: Kenneth Cobonpue and Hive

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I usually go for clean lines and minimalist stuff but for some reason I'm liking this dainty piece of furniture right here. 

A couple of my colleagues and I recently attended a general membership meeting for a professional organization (surprisingly I belong to one) at The Residences in Makati. We arrived way too early and looked at the shops around to while away time. We found ourselves outside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom and were gawking at the pieces behind the glass windows.  We decided to enter.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

[Throwback (Travel) Thursday 04.03.2014] Looking for black, we found brown in Tiwi, Albay

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 A small neighborhood resides along this lovely stretch of beach in Bgy. Lourdes, Tiwi.

My mind is always on some beach these days and yet my body is still pathetically holed up in the office. I thought about my early trips with My Bibe, back when we'd go to these far-flung areas with no advance bookings or anything. But it was fun, those days.

Back in February 2005 we had one of those trips and Bicol was our destination. It was the first time I saw Mayon Volcano (yeah, poor me) and the butanding (whale sharks) of Donsol, Sorsogon. We wanted to be in some black sand beach for some reason. We tried Tabaco, a town a few kilometers away from the capital Legazpi City, but no one could point us to one. We tried the next town, Tiwi, and savored the magnificent views of Mayon and ricefields along the way.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

[Throwback (Travel) Thursday 03.27.2014] Fond memories of Dos Palmas

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The water cottages of Dos Palmas back in February 2004. They've since been repainted with hues of brown.

That infamous Abu Sayaff kidnapping in 2001, Rico Yan's death in 2002--Dos Palmas Resort was arguably reeling then from all the negative publicity it sustained from those two events even if they weren't really their fault. At the time people shied away from Dos Palmas but they held on, and more than a decade later they're still very much in operation.

On February 2004, around the time when the resort was still recovering from the slump, I had the chance to try out Dos Palmas with my colleagues. We went there as a department and our trip was substantially subsidized by our company. Ah, those were certainly the days!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lustlist: Zara March 2014 new arrivals

Apart from the Zara swim shorts and other summer outfits I'm drooling over, I still have a couple of other items from the Spanish brand that I'm so in love with right now.

T-shirts with bold prints
How all those flowers are weaved together to form a skull is just awesome to me, though I'm torn between the black and white tees. Bold prints such as these are simply eye-catching.

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Skull T-shirt with flowers (Php 1,495).

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lovely time at Art in the Park 2014

Installation by Maxine Syjuco.

I've heard of it before yet I still keep on missing it year after year anyway. But yesterday, March 23, I was finally able to catch Art in the Park at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City. Although I only arrived at past-five already, I still had a good two or so hours looking around, perusing the artworks, and grabbing some dinner and coffee.

Art installations
The steel frames and enlarged photographs installation by artist Maxine Syjuco first greeted me at the park. I then made a right and into artist Pete Jimenez's exhibit dubbed "Iron Will," a visually intriguing display of everything iron, cast, twisted, and welded in every which way. There were huge pieces involving car hoods and doors, pipes and pipe elbows, as well as smaller items that would fit perfectly atop a console.

Pete Jimenez's "Iron Will."
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