Tried and tested: the Dyson Air Multiplier

I’m a huge fan of electric fans because they’re easier on the environment (not to mention, the Meralco bill).
But design-wise, I’m picky. Few fans are ever chuva-approved.
At home, we have ceiling fans in every room. We used to have stand fans too, but they never last long because the maids like to dismantle them to clean the blades.
When I was a kid my hair got caught in the fan of my aunt’s Combi van (yes, I grew up in the ’70s).
Since then I’ve been scared of unsafe fans, especially with three kids at home.
And then there’s the bladeless Dyson fan.
AM08 BlackAM08 White

The first time I ever saw a Dyson was about five years ago, when my Dad got one.
I couldn’t imagine how a bladeless fan could produce air.

AM 01 Air Multiplier (2)

Design is a huge factor for me when choosing things for our house. That’s why I’m thrilled to get the Dyson Air Multiplier. It’s perfect at the corner of our dining room to complement our ceiling fan.

At home

The Dyson fan helps circulate the air around the room. When grilling on the table top, we use it as an exhaust fan by facing it towards an open window.
It comes with a handy remote control.

At home

But don’t expect the Dyson fan to be as windy as your regular electric fan. This one is subtle, and it also works well with an air-conditioner to help bring down your room’s temperature, resulting in lower electric bills.
A bit pricey at Php 31,500 for a pedestal fan. But if design, safety, and quietness are important to you, check this out.

White planet Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Dyson machines in the Philippines.
Check out the Dyson Concept Store at 3/F Century City Mall in Makati and at the following stores:
4/F Rustan’s Department Store, Makati
3/F Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza
LGF Robinsons Appliance Magnolia, Quezon City
3/F Robinsons Appliance Galleria, Quezon City
SM Appliance Center, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
True Value, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
SM Appliance Center, SM Megamall
2/F Abenson, Alabang, Muntinlupa
2/F Abenson Ascott, Bonifacio Global City
True Value, 8 Forbes, Bonifacio Global City
Avant, Trinoma
Avant, Greenbelt 4
True Value, Estancia, Capitol Commons
Anson’s The Link, Makati

For more information call (0917)271.1543 • 722.6587 • 727.4092 loc 123 (office house) or email dysonservice@whiteplanetinc.com
To know more, go to and www.dyson.ph.
Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @dysonphilippines

Found: Cool gift ideas at SM Aura

Some people don’t like shopping. Not me.
When I’m in the mood, I don’t mind going through the mall for hours. For me it’s a chance to exercise and unwind.
This is exactly what I did yesterday to find cool gift ideas at SM Aura.
It’s December 10 and we have two more weeks to shop before Christmas.
I started at the first level at Hoodwink where I found the cool tees by independent French label CLUB LES (ART)ISTS. (Php 3,798 each)
murakami teebasquiat tee
The tees are available in black and white, featuring the names of the designers’ favourite artists from the world of art, fashion and music.
Right next door is the French design wasteland Pylones, which sells the cute salt and pepper mills (Php 1,283 each) among other gift items.

Pylones salt and pepper mills

Still on the French theme and on Level 1, don’t forget to try PAUL Boulangerie’s Eclair Strawberry. At Php 190 each, it’s heaven in every bite!

Paul's strawberry eclair

At National Bookstore (Basement 1) I found the Yayoi Kusama notebooks at Php 1,105 each.

yayoi kusama notebooks

On Level 3 at Bench, I spotted the porkpie hat by Albertus Swanepoel x BENCH at the amazing price of Php 799.

Albertus x Bench hat

More on pop culture, the tomato soup trash bin is available at Quirks (Level 4) at Php 2,950

Tomato soup trash can

and the cute “luxury soaps” at Php 195 each

soap

The Mickey Mouse flip flops can be found at the Havaianas store also at Level 4 (Php 1,245)

Disney x Havaianas

On the tech side, I saw the cutest iPhone 5 case at Digital Walker on Level 4 (Php 1,440)

iphone case

The Crosley turntable is available at Astroplus (Level 4) at Php 8,499

Crosley turntable

As a huge Samsung fan, I love stopping by the Samsung store at Level 2, where I found this affordable Tab 4 “phablet” which is a phone and tablet in one. Affordable at Php 10,990—I want!!

Samsung Tab 4
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For the home and kitchen, I found these exotic bowls and tumblers at L’indochine (Level 3) in various sizes/prices ranging from Php 129.75 to Php 2,999.75.

rice bowls

The Iwatani wireless grill is one of our favourite cooking tools at home. Usually I’ve had to import this from Japan, so imagine my excitement when I saw this gift set at the amazing price of Php 2500.
It includes the wireless stove, the grilling top and three gas canisters. Found at Living Well on Level 3.

Iwatani Grill
Iwatani Grill

Also at Living Well are my kids’ favourite bedsheets by Paul Frank. I swear by the softness of these. Prices range from Php 900 for a pair of pillow cases to Php 4,400 for a queen-size duvet cover (now on sale at 10% off)

Paul Frank bedsheets

Stop by at Scribe (Level 3) if you like paper products, such as these cute labels (Php 195/pack)

labels

I have a soft heart for chefs, so this big toy container with the play grocery items caught my eye at The SM Store‘s Toy Express at Php 1299.75.

chef toy

Also at The SM Store are a trio of kitchen gadgets for making homemade doughnuts, cupcakes and waffles.
Affordably priced at Php 699.75, Php 1099.75 and Php 699.75.

Westinghouse gadgets

I’m a sucker for grey sweatshirts, so this pullover appealed to me at Topshop (Php 2,295)

Chic Happens sweatshirt

Also at Topshop are the metallic phone clutch/wallets with card slots (Php 995 each)

iphone wallet

If you’re going on a winter trip, don’t miss out on the Jil Sander collaboration with Uniqlo, which comes once in a lifetime. I got this flattering J+ long winter hooded jacket for Php 9,990.

J+
J+

Also available is the J+ short hooded parka for Php 7,990

J+

You can wrap all your gifts with wrappers found at Cotton On (Level 2) ranging from Php 50 to Php 199/roll.

Cotton On gift wrappers

Finally, I can’t wait for Crate&Barrel to open at Level 3 next year. Another reason to visit SM Aura, one of the best shopping destinations in now at Fort Bonifacio.

crate & barrel

How I sent my Christmas gift to Alabang for Php 50 only

Oops! I just sent a gift to Alabang for Php 50 only!

Uber

You can too.
From December 15-21, 8AM to 10PM, Uber and LBC will be providing a hassle-free service that allows you to deliver gifts with a tap of a button. On the Uber app, you will be able to request for a motorcycle-riding LBC courier to pick up and deliver your presents to and from any point in Metro Manila.

I tried it and it works! Here’s how:
1) Download the Uber app on your phone and register with your credit card.
2) Use my code ramonag13 when you sign up to receive ₱200 credit on your first Uber ride (if you choose to go for a ride instead of a parcel pick up).
3) Have your parcel ready.
4) Open up the Uber app
5) Move the slider to the Padala motorcycle icon.
6) Request an Uber Padala.
7) When the rider comes, fill out the form and provide the friendly LBC personnel the delivery address
8) No need for cash or tips! Your Uber account will be charged a flat fee of P169 per successful delivery (or in my case, Php 50 because they’re on sale today only!! Unbelievable!!

On Monday, December 15, all Padala trips will be 70% off!

MECHANICS:
Only one delivery address per trip, no additional drops allowed.
Allowed shipments for pick up shall be documents and light parcels, with a combined weight not exceeding 5 kilos or dimensions of 1 cubic foot.
Item subject to inspection by delivery personnel. For a complete list of prohibited items, please visit www.lbcexpress.com.
Return-to-sender is also subject to P100 cancellation fee. Make sure the recipient or an authorized representative is available to receive the package.
For concerns, email uberx@lbcexpress.com

What camera am I using?

I often get asked what camera I am using. The answer is, it’s always a Canon.
I have to add though that I have never been sponsored by Canon. I had a couple of meetings with Canon Philippines in which they offered to sponsor me, but nothing ever happened.
So you can be sure my endorsement of Canon is free and sincere.
The camera I am using right now is the Canon S120 which I bought at BIC Camera in Tokyo last month because my Canon S200 broke during my trip.

Canon S120

This was the Canon S200 I really liked and purchased at Narita Airport last May 2014. Unfortunately it conked out due to lens failure. Fortunately I have a warranty card, which I am sending to my friend Sayoko in Japan. I hope they replace it.

Canon-PowerShot-S200-Weiss

Prior to the Canon S200, I was using the Canon S95 which I still keep as a backup. I have tried the Canon S100 and S110 and didn’t like any of them.

Canon s95

These are the best lowlight cameras out there. I rarely use a flash and have a very steady hand. I take more than one picture to be sure, and I hang the camera on my neck while traveling so I don’t miss a moment.
As for purchasing Canons, I suggest you check Amazon.com for the best prices and have them shipped to Manila via Johnny Air.

Tokyo is always a good idea

Despite all the bad things that happened to me in 2014, looking back I realised something really wonderful also happened—I went to Japan three times this year.
First, in March with my hubby (at Grand Hyatt Roppongi Hills)

Jeroen and I at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Sae (L) and Sayoko in Asakusa
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Hiko at Womb
owl tokyo

108 ichimaruhachi
108 ichimaruhachi

Nui Hostel
NUI Hostel bar and lounge
Nui bar & lounge
Nui bar & lounge

In May, we were back again for Marky’s birthday and Mother’s Day

Kiddyland
Aoyama

Our family’s favourite
Barbacoa
Barbacoa

Expensive robatayaki in Roppongi Hills
Coke at Robata

Donald Muneaki
Donald Muneaki

Mother’s Day cards
Mother's Day for me

Holding hands in the plane
Markus and Jeroen

And once again in November for our 14th anniversary honeymoon

Steak place

The best scallops
Steak place

Wagyu steak with garlic chips
Steak place

Taku’s dog
Taku's house

La Kagu La Kagu
La Kagu

Galali, Aoyama
Galali, Aoyama

Best steak
Galali, Aoyama
Galali, Aoyama

Happy hour on the way back to our hotel
Under the train station

I’ll never get tired of this. Can’t wait to go back in April.
Tokyo, my happy place.

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