It’s so hot, what to wear?!

The sun is up so proudly, radiating its heat waves to us, and never standing down. And it’s not going away any sooner.

If ever you get the dilemma what to wear in an everyday basis, I think it’s high time for you and me for a change in wardrobe. Well, of course, all this summer heat does not give us grace to even travel to the mall. That’s how online shops, like Zalora, comes into mind.

When shopping for summer, there are some things to remember. Read up on some tips how you can make an efficient use of your summer wardrobe budget!  Read more

#KnowYourCandidate

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Are you voting this May? If you are, and even if you don’t, read up on the who’s who of the senatorial race! Especially it’s less than a month before the elections, it is very crucial that we inform ourselves well of those who seek to serve the public.

Be a responsible citizen and vote wisely, everyone!

The xx Asia Tour: Y U NO GO TO THE PH

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I’d be disappointed in myself more than I am disappointed with the fact that The xx has missed out on the Philippines in their Asia tour IF I don’t exhaust all my resources to watch them live.

Preferably in Hong Kong, since I’ve never been there.

And P.S. it’s not capital x.

Talk2GLOBE emerges finalist at Short Awards 2013

Let’s congratulate Globe Telecom, one of our proudest local brands that has been making waves in the social media sphere, specifically @Talk2Globe, for being a finalist in the Best Use of Social Media for Customer Service Category in the recently held Shorty Awards a.k.a. the Oscars of Social Media.

“Started in 2008 by the tech startup Sawhorse Media, the first annual Shorty Awards ceremony was a lively event at the Galapagos Art Space on February 11, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York. CNN anchor Rick Sanchez hosted the event with special guests MC Hammer and Gary Vaynerchuk. A motley crew of winners flew in from around the world to attend the ceremony. Shaquille O’Neal made a virtual appearance, and the #advertising category winner revealed her true identity for the first time.”

Really proud of what Globe did with their online customer service portal, especially now that they also have Globe Community, one of the many ways how we can find help with our Globe connection. Twitter-wise, they’ve done a good job with coming up with different personalities for Talk to Globe, and eventually those individual community managers have gained following personally as well! (How I wished Globe got me too, lol)

So I guess, no more switching? DEFINITELY.  Read more

Heima Design Discussions 4

I’ve always loved Heima! And I’d give up anything I’m doing for the day to be at their Design Discussion! PLUS PLUS PLUS. SUPER PLUS! The line up is so good — there’s design studio Inksurge, Ang Nawawala director Marie Jamora, and sought-after typography and branding artist Isabel Gatuslao among others! (I’d love to pretend that I know the others but I do not — more reasons to come, new discoveries! And I’m commencing stalking. LOLz. No. Please don’t be scared of me.)

At any rate, if you’re interested, or even just curious, in style and design like me, or have been making a living out of it, I highly highly (redundancy in this post has never been redundant) recommend this!

I’ll see you there 🙂

 

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This Saturday (April 20) at Co.Lab Brixton, Marie Jamora will be at the Heima Home & Lifestyle Design Discussions, talking about her inspiration behind the design of Ang Nawawala (What Isn’t There).

She will elaborate about the process with her various collaborators for the film — from costumes (with stylist Mara Reyes), to set design (with Production Designer Trinka Lat), to cinematography (with Director of Photography Ming Kai Leung), to posters (with photographers Everywhere We Shoot! and typographer AJ Dimarucot), and album art (with graphic artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre).

We know that the slots are limited, so in case you cannot make it, please go celebrate Heima’s 4th year anniversary and Heima’s other half, Bong Rojales’ birthday at their BBQ! You can ask Marie your design questions as she is drinking beer.

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How to go to Heima Brixton? Here’s a map to help you out! If ever you get lost tweet them @HeimaStore

MTV Movie Awards 2013

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Do not misunderstand me, I love the Oscars. I revere the Academy. BUT if it means irreverence, as they want to call themselves, MTV gets the Oscars for giving a version of the Oscars! PLUS they have the most outrageous copy for awards – who awards The Best Ass-shit Performance, huh? Nobody! So that’s why this is in my radar.

And I love MTV. And I miss MTV Singapore.

Find below if you’re favorite movie or movie star gives an ass-shit performance or not! Pardon the uncensored shit. Haha!

Winners of the “2013 MTV Movie Awards” are as follows (*denotes new category):

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

· “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

· Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

· Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

· Rebel Wilson – “Pitch Perfect” (Universal Pictures)

BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE

· Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi” (20th Century Fox)

BEST ON-SCREEN DUO

· Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane — “Ted” (Universal Pictures)

BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE*

· Taylor Lautner — “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” (Summit Entertainment, LLC)

BEST FIGHT

· Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston — “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

BEST KISS

· Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)

BEST WTF MOMENT

· Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson – “Candieland Gets Smoked” in “Django Unchained”?(The Weinstein Company)

BEST VILLAIN

· Tom Hiddleston – “The Avengers” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

BEST MUSICAL MOMENT*

· Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee – “Pitch Perfect” (Universal Pictures)

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MTV Movie Awards Press Day

Oh how I wish I get invited to this one of these days. *crossing fingers!*

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Matchbox Concept Hostel

What to do on an impulsive trip, with a 20 grand budget minus music festival ticket and airfare? If we’re on the same page, then read up.

First things first. Don’t. Deprive. Yourself.

One of my concerns when I was in Singapore for the Laneway Festival was an affordable place to stay. And I didn’t just go to the cheapest hotel I found in Agoda, no matter how I wanted to. While this hostel might not be the cheapest place there is, I booked impulsively, just as before the beds ran out, because it’s beautiful. And I have to admit, they had me at unlimited cereals and milk!

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Matchbox has been recognized in the hostel industry as one of the most creatively thought of places, not only in Singapore, but also in the world. And not to my surprise, it did match my expectations – from the reviews I read and from friends’ recommendation. I really liked that the beds are in pod style. Apart from the aesthetics and the space saving, I’d just really really like to sleep in a pod. My favorite place was the loft though – where I spent my first night.


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They really don’t offer the loft for sleeping. It was more for lounging around when you feel like just staying in the hostel. But do let me allow myself a little digression.

In the spirit of maximizing my budget, I booked a flight that arrived in Changi Airport by 1am. While there is nothing wrong about that – the city is still much alive even if you land by 4, I entirely forgot to book an earlier day just to save my bed share. (Personally, I think my system in tipid, thirift in English, mode made a subconscious decision to just leave that one out.) So I arrive in the hotel, bed-less and no sleep from the flight, they let me sleep in the beautiful designer loft upstairs. I just had my first impromptu couchsurfing experience in a hostel. I’m really thankful that they did not throw my out and instead let me sleep in the couch. These little things add to the overall feel of the hostel for me. And I love staying in that couch, may I just say!


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Anyway. Enough of that. It was fun to reminisce though.

Amenities-wise, You just gotta love everything in the hostel. The toilet and shower room is clean, complete with toiletries so you wouldn’t need to bring your own. Just bring your own toothbrush and toothpase, or buy at their store. Aside from that, everything’s provided. You can even do your own laundry for a small fee there!

I think I cannot emphasize more that breakfast cereals and milk are unlimited and available throughout the day. When you lose your money there and go practically broke, you can live out the rest of your days with cereals – I’m pretty fine with that scenario (but. not. hoping. for. that.)

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Matchbox is in the middle of a quaint, artsy street in Chinatown, so explore a bit when you’re around the area. Ann Siang Road is pack full of similarly quirky restaurants and bars, and is quite accessible to hawker center (Maxwell), museums (Red Dot Museum) and the train (Tanjong Pagar station).

When booking a bed with them, you may go directly to their website and watch out for last-minute beds ’cause they go on a sale! I got mine for S$75 instead of S$90 for two days (and yes, that free night on the loft). This is my first time to stay in a hostel, and I’m really happy to stay in a dorm-type room instead of having my own. I got to meet other people and even met a couple of Filipinos who are there for Laneway as well! But if you’re iffy to share a room with a couple of strangers, then you may book for their solo rooms – which are of course available for a higher price.

God, making this post makes me wanna go back. AND OH! They give you 10% discount if you’re a returning customer! If it’s your first time to stay in a hostel like me, then I highly suggest you try Matchbox. Or if you’re the veteran hostel-staying backpacker, give yourself a treat once in a while, won’t you?

Say hi to Shah for me if you’re there!

Matchbox Concept Hostel
39 Ann Siang Road
+65 6423 0237
[email protected]

Homies

It’s National Siblings Day, and I won’t be one to miss it. Especially, I miss hanging out with the sibs. Gotta be home one of these days.

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Of fedoras and spectacles. Love you, homies!

How do you make a call?

A little infomercial from this blog’s sponsor, multi-awarded 2012 Best Telco of the year Globe Telecom, on how are calls mad, connected, and eventually ended. I find it really thoughtful of Globe to educate us on how they do their job. Click that play button and inform yourself more about the one thing you most probably can’t live without.

Remember what they always say, and apparently their Twitter account too — Always enjoy Globe!

So I got to talk to a few students…

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Public speaking has never been one of my strengths. I’ve always mumbled and stuttered in front of a group. But that doesn’t mean I would pass up the opportunity to inspire a group of students. Blogging has done a lot for me, all the more I want to share to these kids how it really helps one’s career

I was invited by a class to talk about social media. This is my second time already, and though I was still the same dorky guy with a mic, and feeling completely nonsense, I really am thankful for the chance to meet and inspire these hopefuls from a small college in Pampanga.

I see myself in these young hopefuls — I was in my senior year in college when I started blogging, and quite frankly I wasn’t happy with my course so I resorted to distract myself every once in a while to keep me sane. This eventually proved to me the power of a blog. I got to know a lot of people, some became good friends, and some became good bosses and mentors. And it does come with perks! Lots of them. It kept me sane and it gave me a job — good enough reason to share what blogging can do to your career.

I really hope my inability to speak effectively in public didn’t hinder these students to learn from me! I hope they get me again though! I’d love to see them again.

And maybe, I’ll take a John Robert Powers class to kill this stage fright. Haha!

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