Saturday, July 31, 2010

you have a month!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

master class

last night we watched "master class," the play about maria callas. this is the second time they're staging this run. we missed it the first time around, which was about two years ago. we're not really into plays, but since we want to inject some culture into our life (naks), who are we to turn down this invitation? and are we glad we went! the play was written by terence mcnally and the [edited] synopsis reads:

maria callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience (us). she's glamorous, commanding, larger than life—and drop-dead funny. callas' first "victim" is sophie... and now what has started out as a class has become a platform for callas. she glories in her own career, dabbles in opera dish and flat-out seduces the audience...

maria callas is played by the inimitable cherie gil, and indeed she seduces us. cherie gil gives a very powerful performance and you are locked in for the next two hours. the words are delivered in such a way that makes you re-think your life and what you do with it. doesn't matter what your career is or if you are in a creative field; it's all about being passionate about it and giving your all in what you do.

"master class," directed by michael williams, will run for 10 shows at the carlos p. romulo auditorium, RCBC plaza, makati city, on july 29, 30, 31 and august 6, 7, 12, 14 at 8pm; on august 8, 15 at 3:30pm. for tickets, call philippine opera company at 892-8786, 881-7168; or ticketworld at 891-9999. for more information, go to

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

style your plueys

plueys is having a styling contest on facebook! it's basically a fan interaction contest where they will be accepting your rainy-day photos for the next month. the three most stylish win! so what type are you? (click photo to enlarge)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

you have a month and a half!

Launch of the Prix Émile Hermès 2011

September 15, 2010: entries are invited for the second Prix Émile Hermès for design.

The Prix Émile Hermès establishes design as a key focus for the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, complementing the Foundation's distinguished record of support for the visual and performing arts. Following the prize's first European edition in 2008, the second Prix Émile Hermès (to be awarded in 2011) will be open to entrants from all over the world, with a particular focus on support for young designers.

The triennial award aims to promote new, creative thinking in the applied arts and design from designers at pivotal stages in the development of their careers. The award aims to support the winner in the launch of a new phase in his or her professional life.

The award will recognize designs exploring the meaning and purpose of the object, and responding to society's current and future needs.

The prize will acknowledge new criteria for 2011: a keen awareness of the craft skills and industrial manufacturing expertise required for the production of each entry, and a sustainable, environmentally- friendly approach to the manufacturing and distribution of the finished product.

The Prix Émile Hermès is aimed at

• professional designers, graduates from schools of design, architecture, decorative ats, fine arts, or engineers.
• professional, non-graduate designers or engineers with at least three years' proven experience in the field of design;
• final-year students on masters programmes at schools of design, industrial design, architecture and the visual, applied or decorative arts.

Entrants must be aged 40 years or under by 30 November 2010.

The members of the jury and the theme will be announced on September 15, 2010, along with the call for entries for the award.

Amount of the award
1st prize: 50 000 euros
2nd prize: 25 000 euros
3rd prize: 15 000 euros

Key Dates
September 15 – November 30, 2010: Applications online at
December 1, 2010 – February 15, 2011: Submission of projects and designs (also online)
mid-March, 2011: Jury meets to select final shortlist
March 31, 2011: Announcement of finalists
April 1 – June 30, 2011: Protoypes in development
June 30, 2011: Prototypes delivered to the Foundation
July 2011: Final jury meeting to assess prototypes October 2011: Presentation of the awards

Conditions and rules of entry for the Prix Émile Hermès will be available online from September 15, 2010 at

Monday, July 26, 2010

guilty pleasure: magkaribal

yesterday, we talked about the future of print publishing going online. the truth is we are lamenting the slow death of print publishing. it's a worldwide trend: circulation has gone down, advertising has dropped, people—especially young people—have stopped buying magazines off the newsstand and prefer to get their information online, and so many of our favorite magazines have been shuttered (domino huhuhu...).

personally, we love paper. we love flipping through magazines, cutting up pictures we like and pasting them onto scrapbooks or taping them on the wall for inspiration, the scent of a brand new issue when it arrives, curling up on the sofa and reading articles or just drooling over pictures of beautiful clothes, interiors, or destinations... we can go on and on!!

but still the ipad has its advantages. one of them is being able to watch missed episodes of "magkaribal" hehe... like tonight! yes, we admit, we caught the first episode and have been hooked since. we often miss the actual telecast, so we usually download from youtube. thank you, bunjoyz! her/his downloads are the most organized. for example, since we missed tonight's episode, we simply search magkaribal episode 21, which is divided into three parts, since youtube only allows videos up to 10 minutes—which means, minus the commercials, each episode is only 30 minutes long! so we open three tabs on safari and download 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3.

but since we now switched from eastern to sky broadband, we'll be signing up with iwantv! so we can watch "magkaribal" on demand (we're just waiting for our account number).

some thoughts on magkaribal:

1. victoria and vera have got to be at least 10 years apart. so why do they look the same age?

2. why doesn't gelai remember her real last name (which is the same as manuel's) and why doesn't she remember her father? didn't she ever see him? was she that young? (we don't remember na)

3. angel aquino is a revelation here. we always knew her to be a good actress, but this is a role she obviously relishes. she gets the best lines and scenes. but the writers/directors better watch it and not turn her character into a caricature.

4. for us, bea alonzo was always one of those young actresses to watch out for. she is really proving herself here to be the best among the new crop of leading actresses. (and what a beautiful face!)

5. we thought it was just us, but apparently a lot of viewers are distracted by gretchen's face. we'll say no more!

6. enchong dee is adorably cute. and who knew a champion swimmer could act!

7. derek ramsay... he's ok but we feel he lacks the depth to play a guy who grew up on the streets and went through a lot of experiences that shaped who he is today. and we had a feeling he was dos! (show na the branding-iron scar!!)

8. we don't know her real name but one of the best-cast characters is gigi, the hometown beauty queen. she is the probinsyano's concept of a beauty queen just because she's tall and slim and poised, but her face isn't pang beauty queen. her character is waiting to be discovered as a model. sana some designer shops for tela in divisoria and spots her! (a la joann bitagcol in the pancitan in bulacan and wilma doesnt making walis in cavite, odiba??)

9. other well-cast supporting characters: robert arevalo as ronaldo valero (underplays the aging gay designer. gotta respect an award-winning actor for not wanting to steal the spotlight); nina ricci alagao as donna, vera's trusted assistant (we noticed she's the only staff member who doesn't call her miss vera); the two clowns who play vera's senior designers gianfranco and jean paul (RS francisco and toffee calma, respectively); arlene muhlach as gelai's masungit adoptive mother (she could be bea alonzo's real mother in real life).

10. naloka kami sa pangalan na alexander jacobs!!

and what are YOUR thoughts?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

the future of magazines?

naku we've been neglecting this blog. even anton huang asked us why we hadn't updated our blog. ngek. parang pinag-sabihan kami ng boss namin hahaha... so here we are playing catch-up. today we are going to talk about the ipad. because yey! we have one! it's actually a hand-me-down from the hubby who bought a new one as soon as the 32GB wifi + 3G version was out. by then the original ipad was like a dinosaur to him. well, it works for us!
as you can see, the case is so dirty because when it's in the backseat of the car, tinatapak-tapakan lang ng aso namin. and the screen is full of tiny fingerprints because when our nieces get to it, it's doodling and games time (who taught them to play plants vs zombies??). but what we like to do is read magazines on the ipad. we recently discovered zinio, where you can buy magazines by the issue or subscribe for a year. since we already subscribe to the paper version of vogue (and each year, we swear that we will cancel it and never do), we decided to subscribe to bazaar (hello, one issue is US$4 and a whole year is only US$8—that's about P365, the price of ONE issue here!). here's the cover of the august 2010 issue with cameron diaz. so clear and sharp.
you can start "flicking" it to view or you can view the thumbnails of the pages below and tap on a page you like.
you can also view all the thumbnails at once...
or go to the table of contents.
we like to read the magazine by the page. but when you get to the fashion editorials...
you might want to flip it to get the whole story.
this is the future of publishing! all magazines will soon have an ipad version! we love it! now we no longer have to collect more clutter at home! no more buying of magazines! no more fire hazards! less trees to be chopped down! less garbage! yey for the environment!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

let's eat: bale dutung

if you are a foodie looking for a unique dining experience, may we recommend bale dutung? hey, anthony bourdain recommended it too! bale dutung, which means house of wood in kapampangan, is the home-turned-restaurant of artist-slash-chef claude tayag in angeles, pampanga. it's about a two-hour drive away from makati city. today, we went for the second time this year. it's a bit of an effort to go here, not just because of the trek, but also because you need to make a reservation and there is a 12-person minimum. sometimes, if you're lucky, they can take two of you if the restaurant is already fully booked but has an extra two seats (which is what happened the first time we ate here). this time, we were a group of 10 and we opted for the lechon-5-ways menu. (tip: give yourself at least four hours to sit and enjoy this meal. + 2 hours to get there + 2 hours to get back home = 8 hours. IOW, an entire day!)
claude's wife mary ann loves to entertain, so it always feels like you are a guest in their home. she goes from table to table to explain the food, give little historical tidbits, and oversee the service. and she remembers everyone's name!
so she tells us that before we eat oily pork, we have to line our stomach para hindi sumakit ang batok namin bukas haha.. you know how some people line their stomach with olive oil by drinking a tablespoonful before a night of drinking? well, this is the opposite. let us begin the, er, pigging out! first we are given a welcome drink of dalandan juice with ice cubes made with muscovado sugar, so as it melts it sweetens the juice. along with that, crackers and three dips—pesto with pili nuts, crab fat, and balobalo (fermented shrimp). we like to combine the pesto and crab fat:
the tasting menu begins with a thai-inspired cold sotanghon noodle dish, flavored with cilantro and soy-sauce-based sauce. very refreshing:
after that, we are served ensaladang pakô. mary ann tells us that when she was a child, this was the type of thing you serve your maids and drivers, never for guests. it was as common as weeds in the backyard. but today, pakô costs hundreds of dollars per kilo abroad!
then we get piniritong lumpiang ubod sa claude '9 oriental sauce, which is like patis flavored with thai basil, cilantro, and calamansi. there's a nice crunch inside care of the strip of fried fish:
if you like chicken inasal, you'll like their version, inasal na manok at claude '9 talangka rice. you're given just one stick of a chicken wing and a tiny cup of crab rice. the kapampangan style of cooking is to marinate in lemongrass and calamansi, but if you want a stronger flavor, dip it into vinegar:
finally, before the main course, you pop into your mouth a couple little sushis: talangka sushi and hito at balobalo sushi wrapped in mustasa leaves:
ok, time for serious eating! time for the main event! time for the best pig ever! full disclosure: we gave up pork in the year of the pig, which was in 2007, but when claude tayag serves you lechon 5 ways, you eat lechon 5 ways!
1. balat ng lechon at liver sauce. the sauce is homemade and you can see chunks of the liver, which makes it extra flavorful:
2. fried lechon flakes binalot sa tortilla at claude '9 oriental sauce. a lot like making peking duck rolls, but here the pork is shredded:
3. inihaw na tadyang na lechon. this isn't served with rice and most people might want it with this!
4. sinigang na lechon. this is served with rice wrapped in banana leaves. this dish was our favorite. we actually went back for a second bowl!
5. inasadong pata ng lechon. another nice-with-rice dish because of its sweetness, something that appeals to the filipino palate:
it isn't over yet! finally there's dessert called paradiso (christened by the late great food writer doreen fernandez), which is three little balls of ube, yema, and macapuno in a bed of pastillas de leche brûlée, washed down with kapeng sinaunang panahon:
the total bill for lechon 5 ways for 12 people is P17,500 (we still had to pay full price and divided it into 10, so our bill came to P1,750 per person). the juice is bottomless and there is no corkage if you wish to bring wine.

bale dutung is located at villa gloria subdivision, angeles, pampanga. for reervations, call/text (+63917) 535-9198,
(2) 6684038 or (2) 5024527, or email

Friday, July 23, 2010

fun [expensive] day at greenbelt

today was pampering day at jing monis salon. we received a gift certificate for a hair makeover during the salon opening last october 2009 and it was expiring in a few months! so it was time to get our grays colored, eek! we didn't realize how technical the procedure was. jing whipped out the haircolor bible and wrote some number codes on head sketches to indicate to the staff exactly where on our head to apply what shade.
jing told us that he was the only filipino to pass the exam for the master class for haircoloring to be held in london in october. wow, congrats! since we were going to be tied to our chair for the next couple hours, we decided to get a foot spa and pedi as well. plus jing threw in a hair treatment as part of the hair makeover. we spent a total of four relaxing hours there! ooh we better savor days like these while we're jobless... after, we had a late lunch (3pm) at lusso with some amigas. ordered our favorite lobster and river prawn sandwich, washed down with two glasses of prosecco. yum :-) then we swear we were on our way back to the car when we were sidetracked by a sign at the tory burch window (click to enlarge and read):
oh why can't we just buy these super-chic cuffs?? (sorry, pic isn't very good, it's just a stolen shot from our iphone hehe..)
well, there was a sale and we ended up buying these heels at 45% off, woo-hoo! but we still weren't eligible for the cuffs, boo-hoo!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

filipino's design copied

filipinos have a reputation of being copycats—from mimicking our favorite singers to replicating the latest trend off the paris catwalks. but we were surprised to hear this story of the tables being turned—of a filipino's design being copied. and not by some fly-by-night entity but by an international company with branches all over the world. ok, take a look at this cute T-shirt design below:
marco angeles, a singapore-based filipino has been selling these T-shirts via under the name ivejustquitsmoking. members can submit designs for T-shirts and, if chosen, will be produced and sold via the website. marco's original design called "hoot! night owl!" was submitted in june 2009. it appeals to owl lovers, coffee drinkers, and T-shirt wearers. now take a look at this ad below for beans & beyond, a coffee place or a brand of coffee beans. the ad was designed by JWT in mumbai, india and was published in december 2009: didn't take them long to find "inspiration," did it? so they filled the cups with coffee, but isn't this a blatant rip-off??? we have not verified this story or gotten the story from either side, and we don't know if marco has contacted JWT or vice-versa. all we know is that one of them is a copycat!! (or should we say, copyowl... ;-)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

pay less at payless

months ago, when we first heard that the tantoco group of companies was bringing in payless shoe source, we thought, oh please don't market it as a high-end brand!! the tantocos are known for being the exclusive distributor of luxury labels like hermès, bottega veneta, and gucci; mid-range designers like tory burch, kate spade, and marc by marc jacobs; and high-street brands like zara, gap, and nine west. but they have yet to bring in an internationally recognized "budget" brand. or shall we say cheap and chic, fast fashion brands like H&M, old navy, uniqlo, target, and yes, forever 21. so today when we attended the press launch of payless shoe source, our first question to payless' marketing communications manager crickette yu tantoco was, how much is your cheapest pair of shoes?? only around P350 for flip-flops! ok, that sounds promising! here she is welcoming the guests (and check out her cute sandals by payless of course!):
the event was held at the atrium of enderun colleges, the culinary-art school in bonifacio global city. check out the fancy interiors and the simple but effective setup:
see the stage? it was so high that during the mini fashion show, the shoes the models were wearing were at the guests' eye level. genius! there were tabletop setups for a few of the 50 brand names available at payless (though we're not sure if they'll be carrying all of them here): [EDIT: we were requested by local payless representatives to take down the photos with the designer shoes by isabel toledo, lela rose, and christian siriano. we will put them back up as soon as we get the go signal to release them]
now here's what they look like on actual feet! the first store is set to open on july 30 at festival supermall!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

cute printed bags!

lately we've given our designer bags a rest and have taken to using cloth tote bags. some came free as giveways during press events or with magazines (usually british editions), others we bought because we loved the print. we love prints! and we are tempted to go back to designer bags because they now come in adorable prints!! we likey!!!

kasey crossbody by lilly pulitzer for le sportsac:
deluxe everyday bag by lilly pulitzer for le sportsac:
deluxe everygirl tote by lilly pulitzer for le sportsac:
bon mot june shopper bag by kate spade:
pitrizzia dot louis bag in multi dot by kate spade:
floral-print overnight duffle bag by room it up:
pink circles overnight duffle bag by room it up:
floral-print roller duffle by room it up:
pink circles roller duffle by room it up:
and something for the boys! hepburn bag by boss green by hugo boss:
lilly pulitzer for le sportsac available at rustan's makati; kate spade located at greenbelt 3, power plant mall, shangri-la plaza, alabang town center, and rustan's makati; room it up available at the stuff section of all rustan's; hugo boss located at greenbelt 4 and shangri-la plaza