Friday, September 30, 2016

LIFESTYLE | Manage your life with Taiwan Excellence products

I know a lot of people are yearning for that seemingly mythical thing called work-life balance. With today's work demands, not to mentioned the added stress brought about by the worsening traffic situation in the metro, it appears to be an impossible feat. Some even say that work-life balance doesn't exist. We live in a converged world after all, but I don't think it's wrong to aspire for it either.

Yes, we can take steps to balance out the stress we face at work, like by exercising. I know it's hard to even find time to sweat it out but we always have a choice and we can make time if we really want to. So how?

Bike to work
Aside from contributing to lessening the number of vehicles and commuters on the road, biking to work and back is already an exercise in itself. Take the versatile Link B7 from Tern for a fun and different urban transport. It's one of Taiwan's best brands that bear the Taiwan Excellence seal, assuring customers of the product's superior quality.

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The Link B7 from Tern, one of the featured brands of Taiwan Excellence.

LOOKBOOK | Baby colors

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Baby pink. Baby blue. They're fairly common references to lighter, pastel shades of pink and blue. But they aren't just for babies, are they? I mean, I also like wearing them on occasion. Pastels are easy on the eye, inoffensive, and refreshing.

Pairing pastels with darker colors always works in clothing as long as the colors are complementing each other, like pastel yellow and brown, or mint green and navy. It's like a fail-safe bet each time. But then we often forget that pastel on pastel, or at least pastel on a similarly lighter shade, also works. Just look at them babies!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Slytherin's Arrow

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I know, what a poser, you might say. That I admit. When my colleagues and I tried our hands at archery, the Green Arrow outfit (unsurprisingly) came to mind. Katniss was obviously for the girls and although there's also Legolas and Hawkeye, Oliver Queen was at the top of my mind.

Of course I never intended to go full regalia because that would be crazy and Halloween is still a month away. I just wanted to casually sport something from my daily wear that's inspired by the character. Yup, like a green hoodie.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

LOOKBOOK | A craftily subtle Baguio City shirt

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Nothing says Baguio City more than pine trees and the cool mountain air. When our team at the office went there last summer for our now annual summer outing, I was sadly confined at the hospital. But at least I got this red souvenir tee (yeah, we're so cheesy we've been having souvenir t-shirts for 2 years now).

Designed by a colleague, it's basically the coordinates for the place. I love its simplicity and I thought, what a crafty way to wear a "Baguio City" shirt without actually having to wear something with "Baguio City" printed on it! And I finally got to wear it while at the so-called City of Pines!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

DINING | Deété Espresso - Organic Cafe

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The Korean zombie flick Train to Busan has been making a lot of noise lately. Add to that the fact that a considerable number of Filipinos are also hooked on K-Drama and K-Pop, it can't be denied that the Korean influence on this country is expanding. Not that I'm complaining because I love Korean ice cream and bingsu. So thank you for that.

All this just reminded me of this cafe at Century City Mall that I chanced upon last July. It's called Deété Espresso - Organic Cafe, a Korean chain (please don't ask me how it's pronounced).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Blazing in blazer and shorts

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It was a pleasantly cold day in Baguio City. It wasn't too cold that I still got to wear shorts but a little nippy at times that I needed a jacket. It was a lightweight blazer that I brought with me.

The blazer and shorts combo is not something I usually wear because, well, it's uncomfortably hot and humid in Metro Manila. Besides, it's not something that I can wear to the office, so I'm left with weekends and other days off as the only occasions to wear them. But then the thought of it simply escapes my mind each time.

Monday, September 12, 2016

GADGETS | The Pokéball power bank: Just because it's so cute!

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Because I gotta catch them all.

I'm one of the millions who's been hooked on the Pokémon Go craze. For someone who's not into games, that's highly unusual. But then I don't really consider it that much of a game to begin with.

So far I haven't done any battle, never been to a gym. I just couldn't. I mean, to subject all those pocket monsters to fighting, that's just plain barbaric! Much like animals, they do have "monster rights," don't they? So despite reaching Level 24 as of this writing, I still don't have a team, although I'm kinda inclined to pick Team Instinct for the simple reason that I love Spark's outfit.

I guess I just enjoy collecting and evolving all these adorable Pokémon. But whatever your reasons for playing Pokémon Go, you know that it's very taxing on your phone's battery and power banks are a necessity. And then I saw this Pokéball power bank (Magic Ball power bank actually) from Takatack, an online marketplace aggregator from Voyager Innovations. Oh my.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

FRAGRANCE | Gucci by Gucci Sport (Pour Homme)

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It's a fragrance I wonder why I even bought in the first place. It's not a bad fragrance, don't get me wrong, but it's a purchase I kind of regret.

Packaged in a sturdy yet elegant bottle, Gucci by Gucci Sport Pour Homme is a fresh and not-too-ordinary scent. If the liquid's green color is any indication, this fragrance hints at fresh, aromatic leaves--pine, actually. And combined with citrus top notes, it's a rather sophisticated alternative to the usual shower fresh scents of some sporty colognes.

But then the party comes to an abrupt stop.

Monday, September 5, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Peeking duck

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I'm never one who shies away from wearing cutesy stuff, like t-shirts with cartoon designs, for example. And never mind how old I am because I don't care.

But of course I understand there are others who prefer subtlety to loud prints, a route which I also take depending on my mood. So here I'm keeping it discreet with a tiny embroidery of Donald Duck peeping out of a pocket. Ironically, though, a lot of people seemed to notice it more. Talk about small design with a big impact.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

LOOKBOOK | Introducing plaid to the varsity

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Nope, never been on any varsity team back in school. Besides, I've never really been into sports to begin with. So wearing a varsity jacket is nothing but a so-called fashion thing.

A few who asked where I got the jacket were surprised when I told them it's Bench, a local brand. I've had it for a while now and yeah, it's a nice jacket. It's got small quilted patterns and it's warm enough for the office air conditioning.
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