Thursday, June 30, 2016

LOOKBOOK | The "Duterte shirt"

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Doing Duterte's fist sign that was a hallmark of his campaign.

Call this my tribute of sorts to our new president, Rodrigo R. Duterte, who was officially sworn into office today at exactly 12 noon in accordance with the Constitution. I may not agree with him on a lot of things but, like it or not, he is our president. I'm only hoping that God or the powers that be guide him as he leads the country toward realizing that genuine change he has promised during his campaign.

Much has been said about Duterte's fashion sense, or lack thereof. He definitely is no Trudeau in terms of style and he couldn't care less about how he looks. He is often seen wearing slightly baggy pants and of course, his trademark short-sleeved checkered shirt, which I'm totally embracing today. Yeah, you can call it plaid or whatever but in this part of the world, it's also fondly called the "Duterte shirt" by some.

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.”
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