Look who came to Chuvaness deals Goods
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My friend Tere is an in-demand OB-Gyne, while I consider myself part-time blogger, part-time mom.
Tere and I have talked about what we would like to do if we didn’t have our present jobs.
Both of us secretly want to work at Comme des Garçons. Obviously my designing days are over. But would I love to be a salesperson at Comme des Garçons.
Just look at these girls at Dover Street Market Ginza (with my passport and purchases).

Dover Street Market girls

At left is Dr. Tere with one of my fashion idols, Kumiko Sato who works at Comme des Garçons Aoyama, the mothership.

Tere and Kumiko

So during my birthday last month, I dressed like a Comme des Garçons staff (sorry no makeup yet!).

Cecile Zamora van Straten

That night I had a conversation with Jappy Gonzalez, Managing Director at H&F Retail Concepts, which operates Comme des Garçons in the Philippines, about my secret desire to work at Comme des Garçons.
The Universe has funny ways of giving me what I want because I am a very lucky girl.
Jappy suggested having a Chuvaness shopping event at Comme des Garçons Rockwell. Much as I tried to act calm and collected while we were talking about it, I was really screaming inside!!
I just didn’t want to tell my friends right away because I wasn’t sure if Jappy was serious. A week later, Jappy and I met up at Cibo Shang to talk about the event.
I had a week to invite friends from my phone and social media accounts, while H&F also sent their text blasts to regular customers.
I arrived at CDG Rockwell on May 25th at 6:30 PM. Tere’s husband, Dr. Gerard Henson, was the DJ for the night. He was already spinning when I arrived.

Gerard Henson

From 6:30 to 7 PM I was able to fulfill my dream of working behind the counter to wrap purchases. I actually served four sets of customers before the place started to fill up.
I can tell you now that in those 30 minutes we already had 1/5th of our quota for the night 🙂

Among the earlybirds were artist Mikko Sison with CDG Philippines country manager Elaine Domingo, Denise Peralta, and designers Rita Nazareno and Parice Ramos Diaz.

Mikko, Elaine, Denise, Rita, Patrice

Also spotted: Japan addicts Maxene and Pia Magalona

Maxene and Pia Magalona

Carlo Tanseco who runs and owns the Tickles stores, among others

Carlo Tanseco

My friend and Bleach collaborator Tinay Villamiel

Tinay Villamiel

Stylist Andre Chang

Andre Chang

Tita Tessie Singson (also known as @lolaandrogynous on Instagram) and her son JP

Tessie and JP Singson

My hubby Jeroen with our Japanese friends Taka Terada and Fumio Onishi of Natural Hype

Jeroen, Taka and Fumio

The place started to fill up. When it got jampacked, I could no longer go back to the cashier because I would be a slow nuisance. So I let go and watched everyone enjoy themselves.

CDG shopping party
CDG shopping party
CDG shopping party

CDG shopping party
Photo: Fumio Onishi

Comme des Garçons is magic.
Thank you Jappy for a fun night and to everyone who came. 🙂

Photo: Jo Ann Bitagcol
Photo: Jo Ann Bitagcol

Level up your selfies with Vivo’s new V5s phone
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Selfie lovers can rejoice as Vivo—one of the top five global premium brands—launches its newest selfie phone from the V5 line.
In a big reveal at SM North Edsa last May 19, Vivo launched the V5s as the newest perfect selfie phone that caters to the needs of millennials.

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Vivo Philippines Vice President Hazel Bascon leads the launch of the new V5s phone and explains why this next big thing in the smartphone industry is the best choice for selfie lovers.

With a 20-megapixel front camera and f2.0 aperture, the V5s gives you crystal clear, high-resolution selfies.
The 13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high-definition mode also renders stunning ultra HD images of up to 52 megapixels.

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True to its promise of producing clear and complete images that tell vivid stories, the V5s also has the newest and exciting group selfie technology, which allows landscape-panning effects in “groufies.”
This new feature allows up-close panoramic landscape panning effects in capturing a group without squeezing in or missing anyone. The Vivo V5s also supports portrait and landscape orientations so that no one is left behind in barkada shots.

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The stage is set for the much awaited big launch of the newest perfect selfie Vivo V5s smart phone, led by hosts Verniece Enciso and Nikko Ramos.

Actor model Tony Labsrusca gets a warm welcome from fans and mall goers as he graces the much awaited launch of the Vivo’s newest perfect selfie phone, the V5s, at SM North Edsa last May 19.

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Vivo national sales manager Robert John Decillo, marketing director Lindsay Guan, and vice president Hazel Bascon grace the big reveal of the V5s phone at SM North Edsa last May 19.

The V5s features a selfie softlight technology that creates lighting effects similar to those in a professional photography studio, with an enhanced night mode for clearer and more fabulous selfies taken at night or even in poor lighting conditions. The V5s also includes a beauty mode 6.0 feature, which works like a skin care tool that automatically detects your gender and applies beauty touches accordingly.

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The Vivo V5s is equipped with 5G-ready capacity for a more stable Internet connection—an upgrade from the 4G capacity of previous V5 units and other phones in the same price range. For its storage, the V5s also has a bigger capacity of 4GB RAM, perfect for games and applications and a 64GB ROM—expandable up to 256 GB—that can store up to 302 films, 20000 songs or 26,000 pictures, and other documents.

Still another new feature of the V5s is the App Clone, which allows users to log on to two different accounts using the same social media app, thus separating one’s professional and personal lives. The said feature currently supports important chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, BBM, Zalo and Viber.

The V5s shares the elegant and sleek design of the V5 series, with slimmer bezels and a large 5.5 inch display in 2.5D corning gorilla glass that gives impressive video-viewing effects. Vivo designers also gave the V5s an amazing new look with finer details, as the U-shaped cover lines make the back cover look even more premium and high-end.

Other notable features include a smart split 2.0 that enables the V5s to keep two tasks on screen at the same time, an eye protection mode that filters out all the blue light and makes the screen light softer, and a 0.2 fingerprint unlocking.

To know more about the Vivo V5s, visit and follow their social media accounts
Instagram @vivophil
Twitter @vivo_phil

Good night, Roger Moore
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You probably won’t believe this but I think, I think, I know I may have ESP.

I started watching the premiere episode of The Bachelorette around 9 PM, Manila time.
As the bachelors were coming out of the limousines wearing suits, I couldn’t help but think of a man in a white dinner jacket, how I love that, and how nobody ever wears that now, except maybe the headwaiter of Lusso.
I’m so in love with that debonair vintage look with the slicked hair.

For some reason, I also kept getting a vision of a mole on a man’s face—a flesh colored mole. What the hell was I thinking??
My son Ben came home from a friend’s house and brought me home a midnight snack of McDonald’s Chicken Fillet. I ate that while watching the rest of the show.
When I finished watching at 11:30 PM, I went to Twitter and found out that Roger Moore had just died at the age of 89.
I suddenly realized why I kept seeing the white dinner jacket and the flesh-colored mole.
Perhaps it was a sign of Roger Moore.

For me there were only two James Bonds: Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The rest don’t really matter.

Roger Moore

Good night, sweet prince.
Roger Moore, 1927- 2017

P.S. I love Rachel Lyndsay. Best Bachelorette so far!!

Master and Servant (Part Three)
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My friend Anna said one mustn’t post negative stuff because the energy will bounce back to the author. But I feel that this story has to be told because there are really bad people out there and it’s scary.
I’ll try to cut this story short so that I can move on with the rest of my day…

To make a long story short, my lawyer cousin woke up early to go to the hospital to convince Nilo to sign the waiver. But first they had to wait for Nilo’s boss who was driving from Pampanga. They waited a few hours.
• When the boss arrived, they signed in the agreement that I would should the medical bills and that’s all. They even accepted a settlement of Php 50,000 for Nilo’s rehab and loss of income during his recovery.
• The Php 50,000 was pocketed by Nilo’s boss, saying he doesn’t trust Nilo with the money. He said Nilo might spend it on women and drinking (a statement which later enraged Nilo’s siblings).
• I don’t understand why a middle-aged man like Nilo is not able to make decisions without clearing it with his boss first.
• Nilo’s concern was to get well as soon as possible because his boss relies on him for the business.
• The boss said it was Nilo’s responsibility to find him a reliever during his recovery period.
• Nilo’s wife was not allowed by the boss to visit Nilo during his one-week hospital stay. According to the relatives, that was because Nilo’s wife was running the boss’s laundry business, where she was being paid Php 5,000/month (less than minimum wage).
• Nilo could not claim Philhealth because his Philhealth and SSS had lapsed months ago. If Nilo’s boss really considered him “family”, why did he not take care of the Philhealth? Is it because Nilo’s family is a free border at the boss’s compound?
• Nilo was placed in a private room. When I asked him to be transferred to a semi-private room to lower the bills (especially the doctor’s fees), his only question was “Does it have a TV?” It does not. He asked if he could stay in the private room because of the TV, and we agreed.

Our driver was released later that day. Our lawyer had the pay the cops a “gift” of Php 5,000.
Our driver and car were unharmed. Our driver said he was free to roam around the vicinity and buy food. He did not suffer. While the cops refused to speak to our lawyer on the phone, they were very friendly when they met, and happily received the cash.
I didn’t speak about it with our driver because aside from Nilo, I think he and I suffered the most. He—because he had to spend a night in the precinct, and I, because of how the boss treated me.

At first it was feared that Nilo would need a second surgery, but he really wanted to get well and we prayed for him. I believed he dodged a second surgery because he’s a good man. I believe good people are blessed with speedy recovery.
After one week I paid a total of Php 352,000. It’s sad that the doctors in Medical City that treated him wanted to be paid in cash. We had to fight with the nurse to accept my credit card payment. It was a Friday and there was no way I would get cash late in the afternoon. They did not want to accept a check.
After an argument, the doctors finally agreed to a credit card payment care of the hospital. I am still paying for that bill through a 0% payment scheme.

I sincerely hope Nilo is OK now. As for the boss, my brain has chosen to erase his name. It is no longer in my memory bank and I don’t want to remember.
I also don’t want anything to do with the cousin who refused to vouch for me.

In hindsight, I wish I had followed the Medical City doctor’s advice to move Nilo to a government hospital, then the cost wouldn’t hurt so much.
We have installed a dashboard camera so that we can be protected in case anything like this happens.
I would also like to request the City of Pasig to create a zebra crossing in front of Ayala Malls the 30th because a lot of people still pass there.
This shouldn’t happen to anyone again. Not to impatient pedestrians, and not to innocent drivers and car owners like us.

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