Thursday, August 21, 2014


I recently attended the #ConversePHFall14 event, bringing some of the GMA Artist Center talents: Ruru Madrid, Hiro Peralta, Kenneth Paul Cruz, Thea Tolentino, and Gabrielle Garcia.

I had a great time because of several reasons.

It was like a reunion. I saw Gianna and Dinna of Manila Standard Today after forever (and after trying to schedule a lunch meeting and failing miserably), stylish blogger-sister Verns and Verniece Enciso after forever (also), and other friends from different publications.

I also saw a couple of interesting personalities: Kean Cipriano, who was as usual wearing shades so I didn’t feel like saying hi to remind him we met once a long, long time ago; Christian Vasquez, who I follow on Instagram but didn’t say hi to; and Epi Quizon (aka the Johnny Depp of the Philippines), who was nice enough to say hi to me and shake my hand on his way out even if we’ve never met before.

And then there are the shoes. I didn’t have the time to look at everything since I was busy introducing the artists to everyone, but a lot of the styles really caught my eye. Good thing I have a press kit so I can stare at all the beautiful shoes. Lots of different beautiful styles but the following are my favourites, and where I’d wear them.

CONS Weapon

These black and white kicks remind me of the shoes my hunky grade school classmates would wear during P.E. so I guess I’d wear them when I wanna be one of the (straight) guys. Or make them get close to me, complimenting my shoes.

CONS Weapon Skate

These are the perfect sneakers for quality time at the mall with Sadako. They are lightweight and comfy (thanks to plush cushioning), they allow feet to breathe, and they have a traction rubber that enhances grip and durability. This means I can easily run after Sadako, and that slipping would be avoided.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber

I really stared at these when I saw them during the launch, not just coz they were submerged in water, but also because the red and yellow ones are so attention-grabbing. I’d wear the red or yellow or white ones anywhere, as long as I’m wearing an all-black outfit.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Woven

I’d wear these ethnic-inspired hi-cuts if I’d attend a music festival – and I wanna look as young as the other guys. Of course, I’ll partner them with a pair of colourful shorts, a tank top, sunnies, and a cap. And a backpack.

Converse Jack Purcell Cross Stitch

These brown beauties are perfect for casual Fridays at work. They’re very casual but the leather upper and square wax cotton laces make them appropriate enough for the office, or at least lunch meetings.

Converse Jack Purcell Ox

These shoes have a tight, water-resistant weave designed for winter wear but I so want to use this Wild Honey one for a summer outfit that involves a tank top paired with khaki or denim shorts.

Converse Jack Purcell Mid

These mid sneakers are perfect for those lifestyle events that I attend together with the GMA Artist Center talents. They look hip but also very respectable because it’s made of leather and has aluminium eyelets.

Converse by John Varvatos All Star Multi-Eyelet

These look really good. I’d wear these to those lifestyle events, too, and I’m sure they’d get compliments. I especially love those multiple eyelets. Don’t you? Look closely. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I attended the opening of the Exploreum last week. Located at the SM Mall of Asia, it used to be the SM Science Center, and after a renovation and rebranding, it is now bigger, better, and more exciting.

I never got to check out the SM Science Center, and during the opening last week, I didn’t really get to explore much of the Exploreum coz I needed to rush to a meeting, but based on the press kit and what I saw, I am definitely bringing Sadako there very soon.

Sadako doesn’t go to school yet but is very curious, so a place like the Exploreum is perfect for her. It has 118 all-new interactive exhibits, and eight major interactive galleries – Natural World, Human Adventure, Zoom, Connect, Cyberville, Space Camp, The Living Earth, and Science Park – that promise to teach kids all about science. In a fun way, of course.

One thing I’m excited to show my four-year old daughter is the Science on a Sphere, a globe that projects awesome moving images onto a six-foot diameter sphere. It’s more fitting for older kids, since it can show stuff like atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature, but any kid of any age would definitely be amazed just seeing this version of the earth, complete with amazing moving images.

Sadako also hasn’t been inside a moviehouse yet and I think I’d rather have her go inside the Planetarium first. Situated inside the Exploreum, the 158-seater Planetarium boasts of a 180-degree screen and an advanced audio-visual system sure to make viewers feel as if they can touch the images in front of them. Some of the shows played in the Planetarium are the Journey to the Stars, We are Astronomers, Timespace, The Zula Patrol, Down to Earth, and One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.

So many thing to explore, learn, and enjoy with Sadako. Can’t wait!

The EXPLOREUM is located at SM Mall of Asia and SM Lanang Premier.  For more information, visit

Sunday, August 10, 2014


It looks like people are really into this wellness thing. Take, for example, how the wellness studio OneLife is growing. After the first branch in Greenhills, they now have a second branch in Makati.

The list of classes they offer is also getting longer. Apart from Yoga, Mat Pilates, and Suspension Training, they now also offer Zumba, Bellydancing, and even Poi classes.

But what health nuts should be happy about is how OneLife has new passes created to give you guys access to even more classes.

For example, they have an All-Access Mat Pass, which gives you access to all non-equipment classes like Yoga (Pilates Infused Flow Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga, Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga), Mat Pilates, Tai Chi, Zumba, and Bellydancing.

If you want to add the equipment classes, then you’ll want the All-Access+ Pass, which gets you all the above plus Reformer Pilates and Suspension Training.

Both passes are available in 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Months, 1 Month unlimited packages or a 10-class pass package valid for 3 months.

This means you can take multiple classes a day, which should be good for your pocket, considering the savings you’ll make.

If you’re a first-timer, your first class is free so why not try and see if you’d want to get one of their all-access passes.

OneLife Studio can be found at 2F Citiplace Building, 8001 Jose Abad Santos St. cor. J. Abad Santos and Calderon Sts., Little Baguio, San Juan City, and 2F BCS Prime Building, 2297 Chino Roces Avenue, Kayamanan 9, Makati City.

For more information, visit