Wednesday, February 28, 2007

back to bora...

nami private villas is a hillside resort on the far end of boracay island, so if you want to be away from the madding crowd, get personalized butler service (each guest is assigned a butler or “nami”), and have fantastic views all around, nami is it. our room: the view from our room: today’s activities: lounging around the deck, getting a tan, napping, making chismisan, reading books and magazines (while drinking champagne the entire time)… getting a massage at their newly renovated spa… and of course partying the night away. the first night’s theme: fantasy island. the gals interpreted it by wearing hothouse colors and florals that would fit right in at some remote island where your dreams and fantasies can come true. really now? more of the fun fun fun people who were there to eat, drink, and get drunk! on champagne, of course!

to be continued! tomorrow: day 2 and 3...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

we're back!

and we can’t wait to tell you all about our trip to boracay. as we mentioned earlier, we hadn’t been back in 10 years. or is it 12 years? whatevah. basta matagal na. may koche na pala sa boracay. hahaha! the fash pack may not be boracay virgins, but we’re definitely nami virgins. this is the fifth year shu uemura has held its annual trip to boracay, in cooperation with the nami resort and, for the last couple of years, motorola, but this is the first time we were invited. and we’re soooo glad we went. so last sunday, we took a seair dornier 328, which claims to take just 35 minutes from manila to boracay (actually it’s more like 45 minutes—we know, we timed it). and when you’re flying at just 15,000 feet above the earth, you can see all the grossness that you didn’t know surrounded you in the city (ugh, look at all that dirty brown muddy water)… then we reached this layer of thick white fluffy clouds… and when we got passed it, it was a sea of blue. literally (that’s the edge of luzon and the shore of batangas—we assume)... then, there it was: bora here we come!!… hmmm, lots of boats surrounding the island, something we never noticed before (yeah, 12 years ago, hello!!)... tomorrow: more on bora!

Monday, February 26, 2007

aahhh the life...

how would you like to have your morning coffee with this view?

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Saturday, February 24, 2007

can you guess where we are?

we went to this mall to pick up a macbook for a friend and decided to have lunch there. as we were looking for a place to eat, we happened to glance down from the second floor and were surprised to see this. can you believe we were in robinsons place manila?? the place is called chaikofi expresso, and it's a little piece of class in the middle of crass. you order your meal and drinks at the counter and take your seat in one of the funky booths. they even have a little private "room" for bigger groups. we heard it was owned by a young russian guy. chaikofi has another branch in mall of asia, but we have no idea what it looks like. or where it is. and with the size of that mall, good luck finding it. anyway, they serve rice dishes with iced tea for P125. but they also serve coffee, tea, imported beer, and wine. it was strange sitting and eating there. parang hindi bagay ang ambience. mahal kasi ang ambience, 'di ba?

Friday, February 23, 2007

pearly shells

last night, we attended an event for BPI’s (bank of the philippine islands) preferred clients, presented with jewelmer. the highlight of the event was a fashion show by rhett eala to showcase jewelmer’s latest pearl-jewelry collection. we heard that every member of that audience had at least 50 million pesos in the bank. whaaat, reeeally…? then how come they were fed cheap catered food na mas bagay sa office canteen? and their paper napkins were so magaspang, masusugat ka when you wipe your mouth. and the wine was served in water goblets! and please we’re so over chocolate fountains (which ran out of chocolate). but never mind, we shouldn’t complain because we don’t have 50 million pesos in the bank (not even 50 million centavos). thank god for the show, though, at least we were entertained. rhett sent out at least 40 pieces (that’s a full-fledged show!) of cocktail dresses, eveningwear, and bridal gowns that were fresh and contemporary, but did not compete with the pearls; they perfectly complemented each other. here are some of our favorites (yes yes the pix are blurred so we'll run them big as non-preferred clients we were even lucky to get a seat and certainly not in the front row more like the fourth row but you get the picture pun unintended):

Thursday, February 22, 2007

spot the difference

this past week was mall week. we spent a lot of time pounding the pavement, searching for what’s new, what’s fresh, what’s hot. and what’s not: we were shocked at the amount of fake designer goods in the mall! well, maybe not quite fake, not quite counterfeit because this was not the tiangge. more like knock-offs, copyright infringement, blatant copies. to wit: at SM department store, we spotted these cute stuffed cell-phone charms in time for the year of the piggy: now doesn’t that pattern look a lot like louis vuitton’s classic monogram canvas sans initials?? then we went through shoe-store row with the new collections in full display. including this one by VNC: veeeery similar to burberry’s bakya, only the original plaid pattern is diagonal, tanner, and has a red line through it. the “faux” one has blue. and in the most blatant gaya-gaya, we were almost fooled into thinking cinderella was now selling YSL! now tell us, isn’t this an exact copy of yves saint laurent’s muse bag? the only difference is the brand—this is australian, selling for P1,850 (which is probably the price of the real thing in US dollars). compare with the original muse (this one in biscotto). oh, we see the difference—the bagtag on the "faux" one is shorter, and the number of topstitches isn’t the same. does no one have any more originality???

photo credit:
louis vuitton schilling coin purse:
YSL muse bag:
burberry bakya: paloma728 on

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

ack! britney is bald!

...and we're not talking down there... click here for the complete evidence.

Friday, February 16, 2007

mobile innovation meets avant-garde design

tomorrow, milan fashion week begins. which brings the world closer to the launch of the much-awaited, much-hyped, much-coveted prada phone. possibly on the 20th when prada shows its fall/winter collection. click here to get a sneak peek at this sleek, chic phone: experience the interface, hear the ring tones, drool over the accessories, and more.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

post-VD report

so how did we spend valentine's day? we usually don't because we don't want to deal with traffic, [no] parking, overpriced valentine's day dinners, and lovey-dovey couples making googly eyes at each other, which only remind us that the romance has completely left our lives (inggit lang kayo!!). thank god there was an event that took the whole afternoon and made us forget just for a little while that men exist because the event was for women: the relaunch of YSL cosmetics, which is now handled by the luxasia group in the philippines (it used to be with either RMK or RCC—whatever, both companies are owned by the tantocos). meeting time was 1pm at le soufflĂ©, rockwell club, where we were greeted with mimosas. well, it's not too early to have a cocktail now, is it? by 1:30pm, we were all herded towards a fleet of jaguars, which was to take us to marionnaud in mall of asia, where the event was to be held. brill idea, baby, because no one wants to drive waaaay across town just to check out a makeup counter! even if it is YSL... when we got there, makeup artist jenny tan was waiting for her first victim, er, client to sit on the makeup chair... jenny is really making a name for herself in the field of makeup, as the official makeup artist for guerlain (also distributed by luxasia). what a lot of people don't know is that back in the 90s, jenny was one of the most in-demand editorial models. her wacky personality really shone through in her pictures back then. still does. and looky who we spotted in the chair of the makeup diva himself, ricci chan: it's the bag hag herself! we recognized her by that yummy chanel by her puwit. lovely, mrs. T! we got ourselves made up too, and as we sat on the chair, we barked, pile it on! none of that natural-beauty crap. everyday we look natural, i.e., no makeup, so we wanted something different. so we got smokey eyes, pale lips, the works! and there we were, all made up with nowhere to go... how sad :-(

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

you likey?

"at $2,000 a pop, the new luxury editions of nike's air force 1 sneaker—in anaconda or crocodile skin (above), complete with 18-karat gold shoelace tips—are no mean retail feat. still, if buying ready-made sneakers, no matter how exotic, seems too pedestrian, the next phase of nike's AF1 25th birthday celebration may be more your style. starting thursday, the nikeID studio, at 255 elizabeth street in new york, will begin taking appointments for the ultimate sneaker customization. for $275, aficionados can create their own AF25 nike basketball shoe in more than 25 different materials, including those apparent new kings of the concrete jungle, crocodile, iguana, and ostrich. prospective customers will be selected at random; apply for a slot at" from the new york times