Lee Min Ho makes me want to visit Korea

When I was studying at Parsons New York during the ’90s, some of my best friends were Korean.
There were so many Koreans enrolled, we called it Parsons Seoul of Design.
The Koreans were cliquish but they were the best darn illustrators in class.
I had no idea that one day Korean fashion would take over my world—well some of it.
I have yet to visit Korea, and I wish I knew Seoul like I do Tokyo. One day soon I hope to visit—mostly for fashion purposes. And I also love the TV shows. I think Koreanovelas are the best tourism ads, that’s why it just makes sense to put Lee Min Ho in the official tourism TV commercial.
Now when are we doing our own TVC with Piolo Pascual?

Flavors of Spain at Pepper Lunch

Like paella? Who doesn’t love this Spanish rice dish served on a hot plate, topped with seafood, sliced egg, chicken, and a lemon wedge?
An order of paella usually takes 30 minutes at least, but at Pepper Lunch you can have it in a jiffy as it launches its Paella Festival with three takes on this Spanish favorite.

Pepper Lunch paella

Seafood Paella (Php 335) has plump mussels, fat shrimps, and juicy squid, while Chicken and Chorizo Paella (Php 315) has tender chicken chunks and slices of Spanish chorizo. Hearty eaters will love Supreme Paella (P355) with seafood, chicken and chorizo!
All dishes are served on Pepper Lunch’s patented hot plates, so if you’re craving for toasted rice at the bottom of the dish, come and get it.
Pepper Lunch Paella Festival is ongoing until October 31, 2015.

Ladurée opens at 8 Rockwell

Macaroon (not to be confused with macaron)
A macaroon is a small circular cake, typically made of ground almonds, coconut, nuts or even potato, with sugar, egg white, and sometimes flavourings, food colouring, glace cherries, jam and/or a chocolate coating.
Macaroons are often baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray.

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Macaron (not to be confused with macaroon)
A macaron is a French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white or aquafaba, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring.
A macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or maccherone, the Italian meringue. (Source: Wikipedia)
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Sorry, I just had to put that out because I can’t stand it when people call macarons macaroons. It bugs me to death!! To me, macaroons are coconut thingies, while macarons are like fancy meringue that come in (mostly) pastel colors.
Among all the macaron brands, Ladurée seems to be most popular.
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Founded in Paris in 1862 by Louis-Ernest Ladurée, the brand was acquired by Groupe Holder in 1993.
Now, with locations in 30 countries worldwide, more than 15,000 macarons are said to be sold everyday.

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Ladurée in Paris

Earlier this afternoon, Ladurée Philippines invited friends and family to a private event at its first store at 8 Rockwell. Ladurée is franchised in the Philippines by H&F Retails Concepts Inc., which also owns/runs Homme et Femme, Univers, among other luxury brands in the country.
The store looks really beautiful and authentic.

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When we arrived at half past three, there was a long line at the counter.
Each guest was given a little card to be filled out and used to claim two free macarons.
It was a great idea because everyone had a reason to enter the store and line up in a civilized manner. Of course most guests are likely to buy other items once they are in line.

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At first I was scared to line up, but it went smoothly because there were so many people manning the counter

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To give you an idea, one macaron costs Php 150. You can buy per piece, or you choose your favorites and put them in cute boxes (ranging from four to 55 macarons).

Boites Macarons permanentes

Macarons aside, here’s what else you’ll find in store: jams and spreads

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Lovely scented candles

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Room scents, adorable tote bags, and charms. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to photograph the other items due to the number of people inside the store.

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Spotted at the private event were H&F’s Managing Director, Jappy Gonzalez, who was on hand to answer everyone’s questions

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Also, Ben of Ladurée was helping out

Ben

H&F/Univers’ Press Relations Officer, Mano Lotho

Mano Lotho

Preview Magazine’s Daryl Chang

Daryl Chang

Esquire Philippines’ Erwin Romulo

Erwin Romulo

SM Supermalls’ Steven Tan

Steven Tan

Miguel Ramos of National Book Store

Miguel Ramos

Rowell Santiago

Rowell Santiago

Belle King

Belle King

Yodel Pe and Patrice Diaz

Yodel and Patrice

And here’s what I got: two scented candles, milk chocolate bar, and two boxes of macarons for my friend Chinky and my Dad.

Laduree

I just need to go back to look at the other things I missed, like the totes and charms, but I can wait till the line is over.
Ladurée opens to the public on August 29, 2015.

https://www.laduree.com/

Best in hair: CNN’s Ivan Watson

Aside from being vertically challenged, one of my biggest frustrations in life is the hair. I was born with naturally thin curly hair, so most of the time when I look at a person, I notice the hair first.
I think people with great hair are so gifted. Lots of people are born with good hair strands, but not everybody has great hair.
I think that’s what made me notice Ivan Watson in the first place.
Aside from having a romantic job (as CNN Senior International Correspondent), Ivan has really good hair.
I have no idea if he’s married, single, straight or gay. All I know is he’s now based in Hong Kong (so near) and previously, he was based in Istanbul, Turkey for five years.

Ivan’s job at CNN takes him around the world—from the Philippines to Haiti, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia—basically where the action is.
Of course the job is only romantic because he’s cute (sorry!).
Last May, 2015, I got to briefly meet Ivan Watson at the CNN Philippines office on Shaw Boulevard.
I found out he was in town because I follow @ivancnn on Instagram.

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Ivan with his newborn nephew. The hair is just killing me!!

After leaving a comment on Ivan’s Instagram, Angel Jacob messaged me on my phone.
Angel hosts MedTalk on CNN Philippines and told me Ivan was going to drop by the office soon.
So on May 4th, 2015, I woke up abnormally early to stalk him.

Angel is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. I met her 13 years ago at a children’s party when Ben was just a few months old. She met me at the entrance of the CNN office.

Angel Jacob

Bit of trivia: I wanted to be a broadcast journalist when I was younger, but I froze the first time I was on cam, so I decided to write instead.
Here’s a quick peek around the office. News anchor Hilary Isaac was still with CNN at that time.

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All the people behind the scenes. I would’ve liked to work here if I were younger.

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I really envy people who can talk in front of the camera

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Ivan arrived before lunch and was introduced to the bosses

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

We were waiting in a lounging area when Ivan Watson walked in wearing a jacket over jeans and leather shoes.

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

I took a picture of Ivan and Angel. Angel took her fan out because she is a “fan”

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

I would’ve wanted to talk to him but he had to go on cam for an interview.

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

Hay, ang pogi ni ankel, as Angel would say. LOL.

Ivan Watson

Ivan is the second CNN reporter I have stalked.

Kanye West and adidas Originals release Yeezy Boost 350

Following the successful release of the YEEZY BOOST 350 in a white colorway last June, Kanye West and adidas Originals announce the global drop of an all-black version on August 22, 2015.
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The shoe marks the third footwear model between West and adidas.
First seen in New York last February during the YEEZY SEASON 1 Fashion Week presentation, the lo-top YEEZY BOOST 350 in black features uppers composed of tonal Primeknit—a breakthrough material using adidas’ most advanced digital engineering techniques to fit like a second skin.
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The YEEZY BOOST 350 hits stores globally on August 22, 2015.
For more information go to www.adidas.com/KANYE

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