Sunday, February 17, 2013

now open: seda hotel

last week, i got to tour a new hotel in bonifacio global city called seda. it's owned by ayala, so it's located somewhere in between their other BGC properties, serendra and bonifacio high street. one of the hotel's features that excited me was the roofdeck bar called straight up. ladies and gentlemen, a new contender in the roofdeck bar wars: 

i'm sure it looks pretty at sunset and feels relaxing at night. i can already feel the breeze... a select group of media had the pleasure of being toured by no less than the architect himself, conrad onglao. here he is against one of the hotel's distinct walls: 

check out the lobby bar, below. can you tell where i am?? i'm in effin taguig, man!! 

too chic. and if that isn't enough, there is furniture by kenneth cobonpue and wire installations by ann pamintuan. go, filipino design with a global appeal!

and if you think they spent a bundle on the hotel, conrad kept telling us where he had to scrimp and save—but you couldn't really tell. for example, instead of expensive original artwork for the walls, they commissioned photographers to shoot abstract images that were "distinctly BGC," which were then blown up into black-and-white/sepia-toned square frames. cool idea, huh? goes well with the neutral shades and tones of the hotel's interiors.

curious about what the bedrooms look like? here's a typical room, below. quite spacious and so efficiently designed. love that bay window bench!
the hotel is only partially open and will be completed by march. for more information, go to

Saturday, February 16, 2013

what to do when you're sick

i've been sick in bed for the past three days! since valentine's day! although last feb 14 i managed to drag myself out of bed, get dressed, and meet my date for dinner. no, it wasn't the hubby. valentine's day is the busiest day of the year for any restaurant, so i can never have a date with the hubby! so i took out my GBF rhett eala for dinner at elbert's steak room. can you tell who's who hehe...
him in new christian louboutin, me in old prada

so what did i do while lying in bed? i managed to view all the new york fashion week fall/winter 2013 collections on on my ipad. what a luxury! i got to snap my favorites, make mental notes on what to keep and what to buy, and create trend reports. this is what i've come up with so far, so take note!
hold on to your ratty gray sweatshirts! L-R: 3.1 phillip lim, ostwald helgason, rebecca minkoff

black turtlenecks as formal eveningwear. very sharon stone at the oscars, circa 1996 (google it!). L-R: cushnie et ochs, chado ralph rucci, ralph lauren

this is just for me because this is how i like to dress hehe... my favorite mismatched-suit looks in shades of red. L-R: libertine, anna sui, lela rose

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SM/SQ raffle promo

i think it's safe to say that 99% of the population will never get to ride an A380. well, do you want to be part of that 1%?? all you have to do is shop at SM department store! spend P5,000 in a single receipt and you get one raffle ticket—if you have an SM advantage card, you get two! if you win, you get two tickets to any of six destinations (LA, london, paris, zurich, melbourne, sydney) via singapore airlines' A380 suite! yes, sweet! and don't think, bah i never win those things... because guess what? they're giving away a pair of 12—yes, TWELVE—tickets! more chances of winning wooo-hooo! you have till march 31, 2013, so shop na!!

yesterday was the official launch of this promo. it was held at SM makati and look who was there: the two power women behind this promo.
millie dizon of SM and rita dy of singapore airlines

two "authentic" singapore girls flew in just for this event. don't you just love their uniform? classic! 
coffee, tea, or two free tickets on the A380?

and just to give you a feel of what it's like to actually fly the A380, only the best was served: dom perignon, baby!
i'll have a bottle please

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


i live across the manila bay. my flat, though, does not have a view of the bay and i often have to step outside my door in order to view the daily glorious sunset. and although that fact often breaks my heart, it breaks my heart even more to know that there may come a time in the near future that i might not even be able to see the sunset from my building. because there are plans to reclaim more land in order to construct clusters of buildings that will block the sunset view from roxas boulevard and existing buildings and establishments. and these plans were approved by manila mayor lim. seriously?? so when there was an announcement to have a silent protest by having a synchronized sunset viewing and to create a human chain on the manila bay seawall on roxas boulevard, i knew i had to be there. this happened today starting at 4pm. let the photos speak for themselves. 

the neighbors and i came in full force!
this was the stunning view i caught as i arrived. people lined up on the seawall!
this mini chopper thingy with a video camera was flying around, capturing the scene
carlos celdran and his doppelgänger?
even the doggies came to join the protest!
people young and old came to see this unobstructed sunset
doing the wave! (and i hope it wasn't to say buh-bye to this sunset...)
we had an unusual sunset today—half lit and half shadowed. could the bay be telling us something...?

Monday, February 11, 2013

skin is in—are you?

last week, bench skin expert at glorietta 4 had a formal opening. what i didn't know was that this place has been open for nearly a year now! it's a bit hidden—you enter through a staircase next to ascott hotel and you'll see it across bench fix salon. 
look for this sign outside
it's pretty much like those aesthetic centers for the face and body where they can do sculpting, peels, and injectables, as well as the usual facials, scrubs, and hair removal. 
simple but chic interiors—and the latest machines!
ben chan was there to welcome guests and to introduce bench skin expert's brand ambassadors, bea alonzo (so pretty) and enchong dee (so guapo!!). go to the website for contact info and complete list of services. (btw they have a newer branch at mall of asia.)
ben and bea
ben also told me some exciting news about his company suyen's plans in the next couple of months. they brought in the casual-wear brand american eagle outfitters, which will open its first branch by the end of the month! it will be at the existing dimensione building on bonifacio high street. dimensione meanwhile will be moving to one parkade, the same building where you can find cappellini, the italian-furniture store, also owned by suyen. and right next to cappellini, suyen will be opening another italian-furniture store called MDF by next week! if that isn't enough, they're bringing in british brand karen millen, opening at bonifacio high street central by mid-march. they've got fashion, furniture, plus food coming up—the three F's! paul (which is like the starbucks of france, for lack of a better description) will be coming soon—maybe they'll open it at their very own bench building, which is just about done being constructed in bonifacio global city. bench has taken over BGC!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


so what have i been up to in the last five (five!) months since i last posted? well, aside from work, err, more work. last december 2012, i was appointed editor of the fashion & beauty pages of manila bulletin (MB) lifestyle section. my pages appear every friday. aside from that, i am still editor of style weekend (SW), the lifestyle magazine that comes free with MB every friday. and guess what—starting this month, SW is now available in a glossy edition! it'll be sold at select bookstores and magazine stands. not just that, the fash pack is now a column in MB every friday! abangan tuwing biyernes! if you missed last friday, you can still read the fashion & beauty section online on, or download the MB mobile app on your ipad or iphone—it's free! here's what appeared last february 8: 

read me every friday!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

the fash pack is back!

without me wanting to or planning to, i suddenly took a hiatus from blogging. my last post was in september 2012! the reason was simple: i couldn't log on to my own blogger account. i don't really know what the problem was, but i think it had to do with how heavy my photo files were. do you now have to pay to be able to blog on blogger? i don't know. but i had been using the safari browser. one day, on a whim, i decided to switch to firefox and voila! i was allowed in. thank you, blogger!!! *sarcastic tone* 'sup with that? 

so why today? for some people who have trouble getting started on the new year, the new year doesn't officially start till chinese new year, which begins tomorrow. for me, the new year officially starts on my birthday. and since my birthday falls early enough in the year, i can get on with my life after i celebrate it. so since yesterday—february 8—was my birthday, my year has officially begun. my own personal fiscal year, so to speak. and this year, i promised myself that i would start blogging again, and start posting regularly. wish me luck!!!

to grow and look forward