Friday, February 26, 2010

Pinoy Exhibit

Got this invite about a month ago, and was only able to check it out earlier last week:
Hosted by Bench, Human, and Kashieca; collaborations between these brands and designers are on display and on sale as well. With works by Joey Samson, John James Uy, Brian Leyva, Dennis Celestial. This exhibit ends this Sunday, so visit the Playground (3/F Dimensione Building, Bonifacio High Street, The Fort, Taguig)

Here are some of the photos I took:

Most of the clothes on exhibit are items used for the brands' fashion shows

All of them have an ethnic Pinoy flavor

I'm liking this cardigan—slouchy and lounge-y

Some of the pieces even have photos of the celebrities wearing it (during the fashion show)

This is my favorite area of the exhibit. I love sarongs and bustles—so girly and has an old-world romantic feel to it.
Instead of mannequins, the use of these cardboard illustrations is a refreshing choice.

So many pretty skirts :D

Wah!!! I am so tempted to go back and get one of these skirts/sarongs, priced at around P2,000. Other clothing items are being sold from P1,800 up. There are some pieces that go over P10,000 too! Other than these very limited clothing, they also have Pinoy statement tees on sale. So, do check them out—exhibit is only until this Sunday.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Can You Guess Where I Am?

Pardon the lack of posts this week. It's because I am not in Manila right now. Just for fun, can anyone guess where I am? :D Sorry, no prize for this one ;) Here are two clues:

It's part of the group—Small Luxury Hotels

and here's a picture of the place, taken from their official website.
Apologies as I have yet to upload my own photographs :)
Isn't the photo above breathtaking? :D

Let's see if you can guess it right, and I hope you didn't click on the photo above to find out where I am hehe... no cheating! Oh, and I just realized if you follow my tweets, you'll know where I am, too! :o Oh well... ;)

BTW, I've been getting quite a number of entries for the ENJOY contest, and I hope to get more. It's great to get feedback from you, so I'll know what you want to read more of in the future. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wanna Watch Owl City?

Owl City will be here on March 14 at the SMX Convention Center, and you can WIN 3 tickets for the show! Here's how:
Just send a video of you singing the chorus of the song "Fireflies," and e-mail the video link together with your name, address, birthday and mobile number to
Deadline of entries is on March 12, 3 p.m. For more details, please check

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bora Getaway

Another contest! Not mine to give, but you can join as well :D
Summer is nearing, and Boracay is usually on everyone's list.
Here's how you can go—for free!

    Win a Free Boracay Vacation Package by WOW Philippines Travel Agency

    WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc. is celebrating it's 5th year in business during July of 2010, and we would like you to have a chance to celebrate with us, so we have decided to give-away a FREE Boracay Package complete with 5 Star accommodations at the luxurious Le Soleil de Boracay Hotel on Boracay Island. The lucky winner will win the following Boracay vacation package.

    Vacation Package Inclusions:
    - 5 Days / 4 Nights Luxury 5 Star Accommodations at the Le Soleil de Boracay Hotel
    - Flights to Boracay from Manila to Caticlan Airport on Philippine Airlines
    - Island Transfers - Door-to-Door from Manila to the resort and back to Manila
    - Three (3) Meals each day, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    - Boracay Activities - Horseback Riding, Island Hopping, Glass Bottom Boat
    - PLUS - 5,000 peso Spending Cash

    Read More Information:

Good luck, everyone :D

Monday, February 22, 2010

Enjoy Kits—Up for Grabs!

As promised, I am giving away FOUR (4) Enjoy Kits. Here's how to join:

1. Only one entry is allowed per person.
2. I will pick the winners with the use of; the first four names will be the winners.
3. Winners should be able to pick up the prize—I live in Metro Manila. I still haven't found a place nearby where I can have them delivered :( sorry...
4. Contest starts now (Feb. 22, 12 m.n.) and ends Friday, February 26, 2010—11:59 p.m.
5. Winners will be announced next Monday, March 1, 2010
6. Simply leave a comment under this post with the following:

a. full name
b. e-mail address (I don't want you to put in your mobile/landline numbers for privacy reasons, right?)
c. what do you like about this blog?
d. what do you want to see/read more of?
e. where was this picture (below) taken? *hint: I wrote about this a few months ago.
f. for those who can post this contest in their blog OR in their facebook profile page, please include the link in your entry/comment. And if you're one of the four winners, I'll throw in a special prize ;)

*All comments will be visible only after the contest is over, when I've announced the winner :)
Good luck and have a great week, everyone!

Friday, February 19, 2010

How to Greet Happy Chinese New Year in the Philippines

I know it's a bit late, but I just had to share this article. Did you ever wonder why there are different "Chinese New Year" greetings? For those who are curious, below is the explanation :)

Oh, and to celebrate the year of the Tiger... I'm giving away ENJOY kits to four (4) lucky readers. Contest rules will be posted on Monday, so visit us again next week :D Happy weekend everyone!

Kung Hei Fat Choi or Kiong Hee Huat Tsai?
By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News | 02/13/2010 8:07 AM

A Chinese-Filipino finally puts the dilemma to rest

MANILA, Philippines - This Chinese New Year, you no doubt wonder which greeting is correct: Kung Hei Fat Choi or Kiong Hee Huat Tsia?
Both greetings refer to the same set of 4 Chinese characters that literally means “Congratulations and wishing you prosperity!”
Which one is the more approriate term when you are in the Philippines? (Actually, one term doesn't even mean "Happy New Year.")
“Kung Hei Fat Choi” has obviously been the more popular one, commonly said and printed on banners, advertisements and different forms of media. But this greeting is Cantonese.
Considering that majority of the Chinese Filipinos here in the Philippines speak the Hokkien dialect, I recommend that we say the greeting in Hokkien, which is pronounced and spelled as "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai."

Lost in translation
Tsinoys will appreciate to hear the greeting in the dialect they understand.
Cantonese is one of the 9 other groups of dialects in China and is most commonly spoken in Hong Kong, Guangdong, and Macau.
Hokkien is the dialect spoken in Fujian province where most of the Chinese-Filipinos come from.
If you happen to be in China and if you want to say the greeting in Mandarin, China's official language (and spoken by the most number of people in the world), pronounce the greeting as "Kong Xi Fa Tsai" (written and spelled formally as "Gong Xi Fa Cai").
I suspect that a Hong Kong or Cantonese restaurant started to popularize the Cantonese greeting here, which is weird because there is a very scant population of Tsinoys from Guangdong or Hong Kong.
Quite disappointingly, the Cantonese greeting has been mercilessly repeated and spread in print ads and gigantic banners in commercial banks, restaurants, department stores and shopping malls supposedly owned by Hokkien-speaking Tsinoys who should know the difference.
I remember a jingle from a TV commercial of a fast food chain years ago that goes: “Kung Hei Fat Choi ay nandito na….” This is ironic, because the fast food chain is owned by a Chinese-Filipino who hails from Fujian.
Well, Tsinoys do not understand and speak “Kung Hei Fat Choi.” It’s like saying “Maayong buntag” (Good morning) to a Tagalog who doesn’t understand and speak Bisaya.

Spread the word
So, let's start banishing "Kung Hei Fat Choi" from our vocabulary and start to pratice saying the greeting in Hokkien, "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai," which is widely understood by Tsinoys here.
Spread the word, “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!”
If you want to greet your friend “Happy New Year” in Mandarin, say it as “Xin Nien Kwai Le” (formally written as “Xin Nian Kuai Le”). In Hokkien, say it as “Sin Ni khòai lok.”
Also, don't also be confused with the lion and dragon dance, which are sometimes interchanged.
The four-legged dancing creature is a lion, which is maneuvered by two dancers (one moves the head while the other moves the tail).
It has wiggling ears and blinking eyes and is the one that also goes around the streets and reaches for the angpao or red envelope hung at the door. It is usually led by a masked man with a fan.
On the other hand, a dragon has a longer body that is maneuvered by more dancers. It is a guided by a man that holds a dragon ball.
Point out the difference when people say "There’s the dragon!" while the dancing creature turns out to be a lion.
Those are just some cultural nuances to take note of. To Filipinos and Filipino-Chinese alike, "Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Denim Promo

(left) Evisu skirt - Php 2,995.00
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bootie Blowout

I've always been fascinated with boots. I couldn't care less that we live in a tropical country, and I sure am glad booties are so hot right now :) Anyways, here are some shoes that I'm eyeing...

I like the zipper detail. I "think" they can be unzipped and turn into ankle boots.

Gladiator + studs = tough chick

thigh high boots—sweet!

matte wooden platform heels + shimmer leather = casual luxe
(okay, okay, they're not booties, but I still like them)

white + booties = perfect for summer!

grey works well for both winter and summer outfits

black peep-toe sling back versions can be worn for summer, too!

purple is a refreshing option

lovin' the bubble-esque embossed heel; would look good when paired with skinny jeans or leggings

a great mix of everything metallic

mary janes just got sexier!

a new look at stilettos

mesh is so very in trend now

this pair is so space age in design—fascinating!

Anything pink makes me giddy, and this pair? drool! ;P

Sexy dominatrix—I love!

Metallics in all forms—FTW!

Strappies take on a whole new level

So many, right? There's more in their multiply and facebook pages—I don't even know where to start :o Even better news is that they're all on sale!

Got this post from HOUSE OF HIGH HEELS:

SUPERSALE!!! the obscenely large summer shoe sale, just got bigger! 3000 for high heels, 3500 for boots + FREE SHIPPING. All imported from Los Angeles, California, shipped thru usps (air cargo); waiting time 7-9 business days. Call or text for faster transaction +63917 9098923. NO RETURN NO EXCHANGE POLICY FOR SUPERSALE!

For more designs (both on sale and new arrivals), click on this link.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shades On Sale


up to 70% OFF!

Get additional 10% off the sale price when purchasing with your BDO credit cards*

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Had a very busy weekend. How was yours?

Went to Dangwa to buy flowers for V-day:

Had dinner with my in-laws, and at the stroke of midnight of the new year,
my side of the family lined up to ask for blessings—in different temples in Chinatown...

lighted candles for the "gods"

Had ginger tea for good fortune and prosperity

had lunch with my family at Shang Palace at Makati Shangri-la hotel. It's the first time we had this dish:
while tossing the ingredients together, you say all the Chinese New Year proverbs to bring in good fortune :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai, everyone! :D

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sweet Treats


Bring a friend new to browhaus to get a browgraphy and get 50% off on both your treatment, only until Feb 14. Call 856-9140 and 501-3998.

Come visit us at Beauty Bar on February 14, and get a FREE CUPCAKE on us with any purchase. Good only until supplies last.

On Saturday, February 13, 2010, the ATENEO BLUE EAGLES will team-up with AHON (Acts of Hope for the Nation) FOUNDATION and THE WHITE HAT (TWH) – Italian Frozen Yogurt to show their love towards Filipino public school students. Together, they will raise as much money as they can by selling & serving authentic Italian frozen yogurt at The White Hat’s SHANGRILA MALL store. TWH has pledged to donate HALF of the entire day’s sales to AHON FOUNDATION who, in turn will use the money to build more libraries for public schools to raise literacy rates among the poor. According to AHON FOUNDATION, more than 90% of our students currently study in public schools, but only 10% of the 37,000 public schools have adequate libraries. This is then the mission of AHON, to inspire future leaders of our country by making sure they are literate. AHON has already helped build 30 libraries, the latest one in Pateros (Sto. Rosario Elementary School) which luckily escaped the wrath of ONDOY. On the other hand, the ATENEO BLUE EAGLES have generously agreed to volunteer themselves as guest celebrities in The White Hat’s CELEBRITY-FOR-CHARITY event whereby customers get served the best-tasting frozen yogurt by celebrities. To make the event even more fun, customers who buy yogurt on this day can have souvenir photos taken and even ask the BLUE EAGLES to autograph memorabilia on the spot. Indeed it’s a fantastic team-up of three prestigious groups demonstrating to the world that LOVE is all about sharing blessings to the less fortunate. So mark your calendars and help support this worthy cause by dropping by SHANGRILA MALL on Feb 13 from 1 to 5 pm. Grab some yogurt, high-five with the BLUE EAGLES, and share YOUR love too.

Have you been bitten by the love bug? This season of Love, show your appreciation to your loved ones, significant other, friends or even yourself with these sweet and seductive gift items from Culte Femme!

Express your thoughts with Culte Femme’s graphic-print Valentine tees with sweet quotes such as “Totally in like with you!” and “I heart you.”

Have a good night’s sleep in ribbed tanks and tees with matching velour heart-pocket shorts that even come with their own drawstring pouches. Top it all off with Culte Femme’s cute eye masks with catchphrases like “Dream on”, “Kiss me”, and for the bitter, “Love sick”.
Perfect bathroom staples this season would be cute L-O-V-E and heart-shaped barsoaps engraved with “Love Stinks”. Pamper yourself with the Culte Femme Petit Spa line. There are three invigorating scents to choose from - Almond & Honey, Pinacolada Crush & Uji Green Tea.

Welcome the year of the Tiger with our tiger print matching make-up kits and lucky-colored coin purses in gold, red and turquoise. Also available are tiger-print tanks in bright colors to match with your cuffed shorts & jeans for a super fierce look.

These fabulous finds will definitely touch your heart and make your roar!

* Advanced orders of these products can be made through Jenny Padua at or 0917-8865459.

* Culte Femme is designed by Hindy Weber-Tantoco and is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Edsa Shangri-La, Alabang Town Center, Gateway and Cebu.


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