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2:33 pm

Why I love cab drivers

26/05/2009, Manila

Why I love cab drivers

Had to take a cab earlier this morning to run very important errands cause our driver is sick.  Ten minutes into the ride, the cabbie started questioning me…

Katrina Halili Hayden Kho scandal;photo of a taxi driver

"Napanood nyo na ba yung video? Ang gandang lalaki ni Hayden Kho. Grabe ang katawan niya noh? Ang libog libog niya! Ganun pala sila (mga doctor), ang hihilig sa sex!"

I died.

You should've seen my face when I heard him say that. He was dead serious and he delivered his speech with conviction I've never heard before. You'd think he'd go on and on and on about Katrina but no, out of all the characters in this so-called KatKho brouhaha, Hayden was his main focal point.


8:54 am

Celestina Home

24/05/2009, Interiors, Manila

Celestina Home

Celestina (designed by Filipina designer Tina Maristela Ocampo), purveyor of ultra luxe and ultra chic hand-crafted minaudieres to Hollywood celebs, is launching a Home collection next week.

Celestina by Tina Maristela Ocampo
Celestina Home by Tina Maristela Ocampo

This ought to be interesting. Can’t wait to see photos!

Celestina accessories are available online at Net-a-Porter and Vivre.

photos via celestina maynila new york

5:02 pm

Posing Guide

23/05/2009, Manila

Posing Guide

In light of that whole Alec Baldwin and Filipina mail order bride joke brouhaha, I saw this poster at the photo developing shop the other day. I wanted to print some photos (white border please) for a scrapbook project.

Anyhoo, I simply could not believe my eyes when I saw this on the wall. Now I know why some photos look a certain ‘way’.

Posing Guide for Filipina Mail Order Brides

I wish I brought my camera with me (instead of using my cell) to get a clearer picture. I laughed so hard when I saw the poster until it hit me.

Here in the Philippines, photo developing shops also act as mini studios where anyone under the sun could get photos taken for whatever purpose. When you look at the poster, half of those poses are so sexually-charged and sleazy. It’s almost bone-chilling to think of a photographer to use the said guide as a point of reference to unsuspecting gullible souls.

I dunno. What do you think?

6:19 am

Swine Flu in the Philippines

22/05/2009, Manila, Swine Flu

Swine Flu in the Philippines

 Oh no. I just got up and when I went to the kitchen to get breakfast (1 bowl of lettuce… I’m on a diet), I overheard my mom talk about swine flu. She heard it on the radio. I immediately went online and it’s all true. H1N1 virus aka swine flu is now in the Philippines! This from the Associated Press via Boston Herald:

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Thursday confirmed its first case of swine flu in a girl who had traveled to the U.S. and Canada.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the 10-year-old had developed cough, fever and soar throat a day after returning to Manila on Monday and tested positive for the virus Tuesday.

She was treated with the antiviral drug Tamiflu and her condition has improved, Duque told reporters. She remains confined in a Manila hospital, he said.

Swine Flu Philippines. Photo of Louis Vuitton nurse mask

 I don’t know about you but now, more than ever, I want that Richard Prince for Louis Vuitton mask.

*photo credit: catwalking

9:03 am

The Cobrasnake and Steve Aoki in Manila

16/05/2009, Manila

The Cobrasnake and Steve Aoki in Manila

Mark Hunter aka The Cobrasnake (who I love) and Steve Aoki are visiting Manila once again.

The Cobransnake and Steve Aoki in Manila

For inquiries, call (02) 819-5481.

3:37 pm

A Trip to Theodore’s

08/05/2009, Manila, Shopping

A Trip to Theodore’s

When it rains, it pours. We had a storm here in the Philippines this week but the rain didn’t stop me from getting out of the house. I have so much work on my plate at the moment if I don’t dedicate a whole day to myself then who knows when I’m able to accommodate basic necessities in life such as getting a haircut.

Theodore's Store Denim Markdown Event

Before going to a shoot in the afternoon, I popped by the store Theodore’s where they’re having a huge denim markdown sale going on. Get any two pairs of jeans from their stock for about P6995 (roughly around $150) for both pairs. I thought it was a good deal. I think it was last year when I enforced a personal policy of not paying more than a hundred bucks for a pair of jeans. That’s why I love Cheap Monday. I mean come on, it’s denim!  Also, I get more compliments from people around the world when I wear my cheap-ass jeans. You know those black jeans I ripped using a box cutter? $20 from Folded & Hung!

Anyway, click click click!


5:30 pm


07/01/2009, Manila


I just got back from the kitchen and I overheard some AM radio commentator make irresponsible comments about the global financial crisis. He went on and on and on about the recession in the United States and Europe and how it's not affecting the Philippines because majority of the Filipinos are having a hard time already. I have no idea what station or who the commentator was but I can't believe there are people out there who give such rubbish on the radio.

* photo credits: wireimage, national library of australia

6:30 am

Not by the Book – Fashioning Design by Tippi Ocampo

14/11/2008, Fashion and Style, Manila

Not by the Book: Fashioning Design by Tippi Ocampo

Filipina designer Tippi Ocampo is launching a book entitled "Not By the Book: Fashioning Design by Tippi Ocampo" on November 24, 2008 (6PM) at the Greenbelt 3 lobby here in Manila. She will also have a fashion exhibit (curated by Yael Buencamino) which runs from November 24 – 30 at the same venue. I wish I could attend the event (I haven't gone out in weeks) but alas, I'll be away at that time.

The "Not By the Book" fashion exhibit of Tippi Ocampo curated by Yael Buencamino (Managing Director for the Ateneo Art Gallery) coincides with the book launch of "Not By the Book", a design book of the creative process of the designer.  It is an event that playfully merges the various disciplines of art and design, taking visitors along the creative journey up to the culminating fashion exhibit of a new  fashion creations.  The week-long display in the Greenbelt 3 Lobby will be interspersed with book signings and meet-and-greet activities with the designer aimed at spreading a younger, more dynamic, Filipino design philosophy to a broader audience.

Tippi Ocampo, Not by the Book - Fashioning Design by Tippi Ocampo

Tippi has been generous enough to email me a sneak preview of her new book.

Tippi Ocampo, Not by the Book

Her little labor of love will be available for sale at the Greenbelt 3 lobby area for the duration of the exhibit. You may also email or send an SMS to +63.915.710.0357 for details.

Congrats Tippi!

*credit: tippi ocampo

1:52 pm

Tuesday Afternoon at Theodore’s

29/10/2008, Manila, Shopping

Tuesday Afternoon at Theodore’s

After an entire day’s worth of back-to-back appointments and meetings yesterday, I popped by Theodore’s the store. They have their year-end sale going on with items up to 80% off. I thought I’d ditch the Canon G9 camera and use my Nokia Carbon Arte phone to take photos.

Theodore's the Store

Click click click!


12:21 am

Rustom Padilla in Drag at Urian Awards

06/10/2008, Manila

Rustom Padilla at Urian Awards

Let's take a break from all that fashiiiin. Here's something for monkeys in the the third world. I know I said I'll no longer blog about third world showbiz but this is just wayyyyy too outrageous (and hilarious) for me not to post on my site.



PS. Good on ya Rustom. Hysterical!!!!