Wednesday, October 31, 2012

[Lookbook 10.31.2012] Halloween outfit: Cute or creepy?

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Yes, that's me right there. At the office today. Forgive me for my silliness but it's Halloween. Okay, forget about the bear for a moment and let's get on with the outfit first because without that bear head, this ensemble is not a costume at all.

And oh, my colleagues transformed our conference room into a makeshift playroom for trick-or-treaters. So I'm taking advantage of the colorful "set."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[Lookbook 10.30.2012] Setting a casual tone with teal

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October's almost over and this is only my second lookbook post for the month. Oh well. Anyway, today I'm keeping a more casual look, with my shoes practically setting the tone. Definitely not dress shoes, they also have quite the color - teal.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Red hot sunglasses: Sporty Oakleys and Ray-Ban aviators

We call them sunglasses, sunnies, or shades, and through the years we've seen them evolve immensely in terms of style. Of course they're still functional, providing that much-needed protection from UV rays and the sun's glare (although I still can't understand some people wearing sunnies indoors -- and at night!). Styles now range from classy and understated to the blinged-out and loud.

For the outdoorsman, though, sunglasses from Oakley seem to be the perfect choice. The brand fuses form and function so well that it's become the de facto choice of runners and cyclists. Aside from looking sporty enough, their sunnies have that firm grip on your temples so they don't slip easily even with excessive sweating.

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Oakley Fast Jacket sunglasses in polished black

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My impression on Impressions at Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila

I was looking through some photos and totally forgot all about Impressions, one of them high-end restaurants at Resorts World Manila. It's been months since My Bibe and I dined there for our 7th anniversary earlier in July. It may be late but I'm sharing our experience anyhow.

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The place
As you can see above, the place is awash in warm, yellow light, punctuated by the bluish glow emanating from the wine cellar on full display on one side. It sports an elongated layout that slants a little on one end. It looks fancy enough. What diluted the fanciness a bit was when they covered the table with a huge sheet of paper. I guess they weren't too keen on washing linen a lot.

I wasn't able to take photos of the place but you get a glimpse of the place on both ends from where we were seated in these two photos below:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

GQ goes "linsane" this November 2012

I may already be a little late in posting this but what the heck -- it's Linsanity in GQ's November 2012 issue!

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I haven't heard from NBA phenom Jeremy Lin in a while, and I, for one, thought that the whole Linsanity thing was over. But GQ put the man on the cover and brought him back into everyone's consciousness -- okay, at least in mine.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Travel with at least one less worry

It's always a great thing to be in some other place, be it an island, a nature resort, or simply another urban jungle. It's always great to wake up to the sound of splashing waves, birds chirping, or to a fantastic view like this:

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But every traveler knows all too well that not everything's nice and rosy when traveling. Gone are the days when flying or boarding a luxury liner meant prestige of sorts that everyone had to dress up. Today, traveling can be as inconvenient as it can get. There's the endless queuing, flight delays, exaggerated airport security measures, screaming kids -- it's a long list.

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And sometimes, even dealing with foreign currency can be a hassle. There's always some planning involved there, checking out currency exchange rates and all. Sure you can always charge everything to your credit card but there will always be times when cash is needed. Besides, if you're the type of traveler who works around a budget, then using your plastic every time can easily lead to overspending without you even realizing it until you receive your billing statement. Que horror!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

[Lookbook 10.08.2012] For love of wine

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It's the color that I mean here. I really can't drink alcohol anymore so I'm just taking comfort in wine's color instead. And it is a beautiful color. I love its deep, dark hue and its rather muted personality -- there's a touch of color but never loud at all.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fashion cruising

It was another round of stress-relieving "cruising" for me online, and today the cruise ship has docked at Cruise Fashion, where a sweet selection of clothing, shoes and accessories abounds. While it now retails both men's and women's pieces, Cruise actually started with menswear back in 1981.

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Personal stylists are available on hand to help customers in their stores although their online boutique is just as fine. Apart from its style blog, I also appreciate the site's Editor's Highlights section, which could come in handy to those who get easily overwhelmed at the sheer number of items to peruse. At least the choices are narrowed down for you here. Come to think of it, it may just be the online equivalent of Cruise's in-store personal stylists!

I have a weakness for shoes, and I'm glad to have been introduced to some gorgeous brogues by Grenson, as well as some pointy, hip designs from Jeffery West.

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Grenson Dylan brogues in tan brown

Monday, October 8, 2012

Questioning the lawfulness, reasonableness, and plausibility of enforcing and implementing the Cybercrime Prevention Act

With at least eleven petitions already filed with the Supreme Court against RA 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, there's no denying that it is one very questionable law, if not totally bad. With much ado about cyber libel and all its consequences that effectively curtail freedom of speech or of expression, arguably at least, I have a lot of questions on how this controversial law will be implemented.

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Protesters against the Cybercrime Law [Source]

Although DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima promised that the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) will "harmonize" the Cybercrime Law, the fact remains that there is still no IRR and none of us has any clue as to how RA 10175 will actually be implemented even if the law already officially took effect on Oct. 3, 2012, fifteen (15) days after it was first published in the Official Gazette. As such, I believe I cannot be faulted for raising some questions.

Isn't this wiretapping?
Section 12 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act provides law enforcement authorities with, well, authority to collect traffic data in real time. But with due cause, of course. The section makes it clear, however, that traffic data do not include content or identities, as these would require a court warrant.

Still, doesn't this all sound a little too much like wiretapping, which, by the way, is illegal in this country according to RA 4200?

Of course one may argue that realtime collection of traffic data is not wiretapping especially when there are no wires or cables to tap, as in the case of WiFi and other wireless internet technologies like LTE, HSPA, HSDPA, WiMax, 3G, GPRS, et al. (although even these technologies involve wires and cables at one or more points in their transmission).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

[Lookbook 09.28.2012] Mint and maroon

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The good thing about maroon, or bordeaux, whatever you call it, is that a lot of other colors can easily go with it. Here I'm pairing it with mint.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Can Edwin Lacierda potentially be a cyber criminal?

Oh yes, I'm talking about no less than Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, whose boss, President Noynoy Aquino, had just recently signed into law the controversial Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (read my moderately lengthy rant here).

Oh common, with libel lumped together with cybersex, child pornography and cyber fraud, how else would you call someone who can potentially be guilty of cyber libel (or online libel, whatever you call it) but a potential cyber criminal?

Apparently, Lacierda was a blogger.

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Who knew he kept a blog curiously called the San Juan Gossip Mills Outlet! Thanks to Jojo A. Robles of the Manila Standard Today, I got wind of Lacierda's past life before he became the Palace's mouthpiece and by default, a staunch defender of the infamous law. He called himself then -- at least at the time -- "a veritable fanatic of the Internet" and was himself a guest lecturer at De La Salle University on "Freedom and Regulation in Cyberspace."
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