Experience the absurd this October 28-31 at Imaginarium

Stuck in Manila during sem break?
Fear not as The Imaginarium:A Multi-Arts Festival of the Absurd, runs this October 28-31, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila.
This first-of-its-kind multi-arts festival hopes to attract more than just students, young professionals, and 20-something millennials to experience presentations, collaborations, and experimentations in film, visual arts, dance, physical theater, food and beverage, music, fashion, photography, improv, and theater.
See the poster for the list of shows and artists.


For tickets call Ticketworld at 891-1111 or click HERE.
For inquiries, contact (0917) 890.8633 or (0917) 899.6680.
To know more, go to http://thesandboxcollective.com/shows/blueprint/.

Good finds at Bench Tower sale

The Bench Tower at Bonifacio isn’t far from my office building, so I decided to drop by their ongoing Pink Ribbon Sale, where all Suyen brands are on sale up to 80% off until the end of October.
Because October is breast cancer awareness month, part of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to Pink for Life.
First thing I saw were the Magis puppies. I have two of these at home and we love them.
Large is now Php 34,265 (dowm from Php 49,950), while X-large is Php 48,895 (down from Php 69,850).

Magis Puppy Chair

The Jackson Crazy multi-colored armchair by Laetitia Zichy and Jacques Deneef is now Php 152,100 (down from 338,000)—(I know, still expensive)


The Motley 40 High table made of Scandinavian birch that was Php 119,800 is now on sale at Php 59,900

Samuel Chan Motley side table

Because you never know when flowers are coming, Marcel clear vases are now Php 3,188 (down from Php 3,985)


I bought a couple of these Christmas snowflake lights, marked down at Php 1,036.


The retro folding carts I was eyeing at Dimensione are now Php 5,577.

retro folding carts

On to clothes and accessories, Casadei shoes are marked down from Php 35,295 to Php 24,706

Casadei shoes
Casadei shoes

Repetto wallets now Php 2788.50

Repetto wallets

Lots of marked down Opening Ceremony shoes for men

Opening Ceremony

Bench underwear for only Php 100/piece

bench sale
Bench underwear

My boys love wearing plain T-shirts at home. I hoarded F&X tees at Php 160, down from Php 400

F&X tees

Cotton On Kids shorts (Php 400) and T-shirts (Php 300) for the little ones

Cotton on baby
Cotton On kids

The Mothercare section has a lot of good deals


The collapsible Inglesina strollers are now Php 4,500 (down from Php 9,000)


These are pricier (Php 12,500 down from Php 25,000)


and these are for rich people with chic babies (Php 30,000 down from Php 60,000)


Humphrey’s Corner Cot Bed is now Php 18,200 (down from Php 26,000)

Humphrey's Cot bed

and the Fruity Pebble high chair is now Php 5880, down from Php 8400. Not bad! (If only I had a baby…)

fruity pebble high chair

The Bench Pink Ribbon sale is on at the Bench Tower until October 31 only.
Bench Tower is at 30th Street and Rizal Drive, Crescent Park West 5, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


How to sync contacts from Blackberry to Samsung

Never ever give up. That’s how I am when it comes to gadget problems, even if it means sleeping at 3 AM to find a solution.
I consider myself a techie. Not a major techie, but a good enough one. I am grateful for times I don’t have to bug another human being for my tech problems.
The most recent one I had was how to move 900 contacts from my Blackberry 9900 to my Samsung K-Zoom.

I am one of the last Blackberry users I know. I loved my Blackberry because of its touchscreen and raised QWERTY keyboard combination. But when my Blackberry started to hang everyday, even after deleting many photos, messages and apps, I decided to give it up and switch to Samsung K-Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy K zoom

Problem was I didn’t know how to move the contacts. I started thinking about how to do it—first by trying the Blackberry desktop app (doesn’t work) and Googling. But nothing online worked for me.
I tried other options using my Mac and USB, Mac and bluetooth, and NFC between phones. None them worked.
Finally after many hours, I tried the simplest solution which worked:

1) Turn on Bluetooths of both Blackberry and Samsung
2) On your Blackberry click Options (it looks like a wrench)

Blackberry Options

3) Go to Network and Connections
4) Click on Bluetooth and pair your Blackberry with the Samsung through Add New Device
5) Choose the Samsung device on your Blackberry and press the bellybutton of your Blackberry.

select your Samsung

You will see this screen

Transfer contacts

6) Click on Transfer Contacts and watch all your Blackberry contacts move to your Samsung phone. It works!

Transferring contacts

So now I have to figure out what is the best way to clean up my Contacts because it has so many duplicates.

H&M Philippines: Open at last (Part 5)

On October 16, the day before H&M opened to the public, we heard there people already in line outside SM Megamall as early as 9AM.
H&M promised gift cards (up to Php 6,000) to the first 200 in line, plus opening offers up to 50 percent off.
As a mom and H&M customer who has lined up previously for special collabs in Tokyo and Hong Kong, I worried about the kids camping out in front of EDSA.
Good thing the October weather cooperated. It was slightly breezy when I checked outside our house.

H&M opens in Manila
H&M opens in Manila

During the night, H&M distributed bottled water and cinnamon buns to those in queue. And just before going to bed, I checked Instagram for updates. The kids posting told me there were already 400 in line. I tried to ask them where’s the toilet and how do they charge their gadgets, but nobody replied.
On October 17, this was the scene outside Megamall: check out the scary long line around the building.

H&M opens in Manila
H&M opens in Manila

Finally the doors opened the H&M staff in a flash mob dance. Only in the Philippines.

H&M opens in Manila
H&M opens in Manila
H&M opens in Manila

Then H&M awarded the first three in line: Olivia Iglesia (first) said she was heartbroken and ready to spend Php 10,000 at the store (she received a Php 6,000 gift check).
Her brother, Sean Iglesia was second; he got Php 3,000. And Love de Ocampo (third) received Php 2,000.
All three already knew what they wanted to buy.

H&M opens in Manila

Just before opening its doors to the public, the ribbon was cut by (L-R) Magnus Olsson (H&M Philippines Country General Manager), Line Juhlin (H&M Regional Sales Manager), Gene Fajardo (H&M store manager), and Karl-Johan Persson (H&M CEO)

Ribbon Cutting

“The anticipation over our launch in the Philippines has been intense, and I am proud to welcome Filipino shoppers into our very first store,” said Karl-Johan Persson. “We hope that we can offer our customers added value through fashion, quality and sustainability at the best price.”
H&M at SM Fashion Hall carries a full assortment of fashion items for women, men, teenagers and children, including athletic wear and lingerie. The store is now open during regular store hours of 10 AM to 10 PM.
To see more of what’s in store, go to http://www.hm.com/ph/

H&M Philippines: VIP night (Part 4)

After seeing the entire store on the afternoon of the 15th, I decided to go home and rest before the VIP event at 7 PM.
I knew beforehand that 1500 guests were invited—most of which were sure to come. So I did the math: if the H&M store at SM Fashion Hall is 3,000 square meters, divided by 1500 guests, we’re looking at two people per square meter including racks of merchandise. I just knew there would be pandemonay.

Store interior 2

So I went home to rest and told my friends to meet me at home at 9:30 and plan to leave past 10. We also monitored the crowd density through live updates on Instagram. Here’s who came to VIP night:
Karl-Johan Persson, CEO and president of H&M, flew in from Sweden and came straight from NAIA (H&M was founded by his grandfather Erling Persson)

Karl-Johan Persson

Rachelle Ann Go performed at the red carpet

Rachelle Ann Go

while Japanese DJ Mademoiselle Yulia played inside the store

DJ Mademoiselle Yulia

Spotted on the red carpet were celebrities Maggie Wilson Consunji

Maggie Wilson-Consunji

Mike Concepcion and Jess Connelly

Mike Concepcion and Jess Connelly

Model Vanessa Matsunaga

Vanessa Matsunaga

Models Valerie delos Santos and Robby Mananquil

Valerie delos Santos and Robby Mananquil

Editor Ria Prieto with son Dimitry

Ria Prieto with son, Dimitri

Model Phoemela Baranda

Phoemela Baranda

and half of the Magalona family (L-R): Arkin, Saab, Pia, Clara, Frank Magalona

The Magalonas - Arkin, Sab, Pia, Clara and Frank

Inside, I saw actor Elmo Magalona

Elmo Magalona

Model Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez

Tweetie Gonzalez

My neighbors Paolo and Rissa Trillo

Paolo and Rissa Trillo

Editor Liza Ilarde

Liza Ilarde

H&M followers Larisse Wan and Tricia Pancho

Larisse, Tricia and friends

Also saw stylist Andre Chang

Andre Chang

and his sister Daryl Chang of Preview magazine

Daryl Chang

The crowd had already thinned out when we arrived at 10:30 and guests were mostly paying, like Inquirer’s Tatin Yang (left) and Pam Pastor

Pam Pastor
cashier scene

Also spotted Margarita Fores’ friendly waiters Rene Balbin

Rene Balbin

and Homber Mijares, whose tray of scallops I wiped out (yum!!)


On our way out I saw my friend, makeup artist Eliza Santiago, still looking fresh late at night.

Eliza Santiago

My friends and I left SM Megamall close to midnight, with only one day, nine hours, and 28 minutes before H&M Philippines opened to the public.

one day to go

(To be continued)

H&M Philippines: the calm before the storm (Part 3)

H&M at SM Fashion Hall has three floors. The first two levels are dedicated to women’s wear.
From what I saw, the first floor has the pricier, premium items

inside the store
inside the store
inside the store

while the second floor has more of the basics and the teeny stuff

inside the store
inside the store
inside the store
inside the store

The only thing I picked up for myself are a pack of the softest black socks (as usual).
As a mom of three boys ages 6, 12, and 13, my favourite was the boys’ section on the 3rd level with great prices. Amazing to see H&M prices in our own currency. The 20% discount on VIP night was enticing, but I limited my haul to these:

H&M receipt

Here’s a great gift idea for all your nieces and nephews and godchildren—H&M gift cards that get loaded at the cashier from Php 300 up.

gift cards

Spotted working before the guests arrived were Dan Mejia (PR Responsible, H&M Philippines) with Magnus Olsson (H&M Country Manager, Greater China and Southeast Asia)

Dan and Marcus

Friendly faces from L-R: Jose Baccol from Cibo di M catering, photographer Daniel Tan, Dan Mejia of H&M, and photographer Ryan Ong


Surprised to see our former security Salvador Odeña (left) and his colleague Baineg Julit at the door

store guards

Outside, events director Jackie Aquino and his team made sure everything was in place

Jackie Aquino

As did Alexei Villaraza (Director of Media Content, Bridges PR) and Nikki Verzo (H&M Showroom Manager) with Philippine Star’s Monique Buensalido

Alexei, Nikki, Monique

(Up next: VIP night)

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