Smart offers free tickets and more to the 7107 International Music Festival

SMART Communications, Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with the 7107 International Music Festival this February 22-23, 2014.
Headlined by international acts (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kaskade, Empire of the Sun, Kendrick Lamar) and local bands (Up Dharma Down, Taken by Cars, Radioactive Sago Project), the 7107 International Music Festival will be held at Global Gateway Logistics City, in Clark, Pampanga.

Now Smart, along with its online music portal SPINNR, will be giving away more than 1,000 tickets to lucky Smart Prepaid, Postpaid and Broadband subscribers.
What’s more, Smart has prepared exciting events and attractions—including a dedicated Smart headquarters, where subscribers can lounge and hang out for the duration of the entire event.
Lucky Smart subscribers will also get the chance to meet and greet the artists back stage, take home exclusive merchandise, and get exclusive perks on the festival grounds.


To know more, go to, follow @SMARTPromos on Twitter, or like Smart Communications on Facebook.

Smart, the leader in mobile services in the Philippines, has over 56 million subscribers as of 2013.
SPINNR, powered by Smart Music, is the country’s biggest online music portal with more than 3 Million songs available for download. For as low as Php 49, users can enjoy unlimited music streaming from SPINNR on their PCs, smartphones and tablet with no data charges for 30 days.
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7107 International Music Festival Executive Producer Tina Herrera, Smart Innovations and Product Development Group Head Melissa Limcaoco, and Smart Prepaid Marketing Head Joel Lumanlan unveil a groundbreaking partnership that will give Smart and SPINNR users an amplified music experience during this year’s most anticipated music event.

L-R: Smart’s Media, Trade Activation and Touchpoints Group Head Darlene Chiong and Data and International Services Marketing Head Michele Curran join Melissa Limcaoco, Tina Herrera, and Joel Lumanlan at the press conference.

Home away from home: the Grand Hyatt Singapore

It’s wonderful when you find your home away from home. In Tokyo, I prefer the Peninsula. In Singapore, it’s pretty much the Grand Hyatt.
I didn’t use to like this place so much, but when the Ion Orchard mall opened right across from it, the location suddenly became very OK.
Prior to finding this place home, I preferred the Mandarin Orchard for location and the famous overpriced Chatterbox chicken rice, which I love.

Chatterbox chicken rice

I also used to like the Quincy, but the place has gotten old. They really need to renovate.
But all things considered, I love the Grand Hyatt Singapore because of its design.
To further prove my point, last year I saw Tyler Brûlé and the Monocle team here.

Tyler Brule and Co.

I’ve heard a couple of people say the Grand Hyatt rooms and bathrooms suck, but I did not see it at all during this trip or or last year.
The bed is nice and comfy, and the thermostat is really easy to control. I love the convenience of the nightstands with the two shelves.
We didn’t really use the office corner because there were plugs everywhere. We could use the fast Internet while in bed.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

This nice chair ended up as my husband’s sabitan (rack) of used clothes because Euroboys like to recycle their clothes :)

Grand Hyatt Singapore

The TV was not complicated

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Sliding doors open up to a marbled bathroom, which is chuva-approved.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

It has a bathtub and separate shower stall

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Enclosed toilet, thank you very much

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Dressing table—how convenient

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Spacious counter sink—a must for me

Grand Hyatt Singapore

And a closet that opens from inside and outside the bathroom. No need to run out for pieces of clothing.

Grand Hyatt Singapore

The only thing I don’t really like was the food. Room service sucked. But I did enjoy the cereal-crusted KFC with Hainanese chicken rice my hubby bought next door. How convenient! Though I wish I had discovered this earlier on the first day. I could eat this everyday.

KFC golden cereal crunch

Please try when in Singapore.

KFC golden cereal crunch

My take on Vhong Navarro

Not a few people have been asking me: “What’s your take on Vhong Navarro?”
For one thing, I was in Singapore when it happened. The first time I head about it was on Ping Medina’s Instagram.

Vhong statement

vhong navarro

Vhong Navarro

From what I gathered, Showtime co-host Vhong Navarro was beaten up by a certain Cedric Lee and his gang because of a girl named Deniece Cornejo, who cried rape.

Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo

FYI: Deniece is supposed to be deniece of news anchor Mel Tiangco, while Cedric Lee is the baby daddy of Vina Morales’s daughter.
Apart from starting out as a member of the Streetboys dance group, the only other thing I know about Vhong is he certainly has his way with chicks, as I’ve heard one young “pedigreed” actress has reportedly slept with him, eek!
Other than that, I know nothing.
I am not particularly interested because Vhong Navarro is so not hot, and I am not interested in guys who have a silent “H” in their name.

vhong navarro

I take exception to dancer Jhong Hilario who had the funniest mishap on Instagram, just Google it.
P.S. I do wish for Vhong Navarro’s swift recovery and that justice be served.

NAIA revisited

It’s my first trip out of the country this year.
My husband and I decided to meet the Dutch in-laws to celebrate his birthday.
It’s been a while since I blogged about the worst airport in the world, also known as NAIA Terminal 1.
While it’s great that the terminal fee has been lowered from Php 750 to Php 550, one still wonders where all that money goes?
Perhaps we need a Benhur Luy kind of whistleblower to let us know exactly what happens to the terminal fee.
Because as far as I know you can buy a can of paint with Php 550? A can of paint to fix certain portions of the airport, such as this check-in counter.
I mean look at this afam* checking in at Business Class.

NAIA revisited

Actually no paint job can fix this. This counter needs to be changed like five years ago.

NAIA revisited

I can think of a couple of reasons for whoever is curating the shops at NAIA: either bad taste or corruption or both.
I mean look at these shops—do they even make money? Who is the target market of these stores?
Tourists with bad taste? I mean check out the names…

NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited

Look closely—there is a walis behind the dried mangoes. Who the freaking hell wants to carry a walis in the airplane, do tell??

NAIA revisited

Let’s check out the ceiling.

NAIA revisited

Neil Armstrong was not here.

NAIA revisited

And it’s not art.

NAIA revisited

Hoping this ceiling will not collapse

NAIA revisited
NAIA revisited


NAIA revisited

OK, this kind of looks like art.

NAIA revisited

Terminal fee can buy cans of paint, people!

NAIA revisited

And if you look down you’ll see the sorry state of the carpet.

NAIA revisited

I mean the carpet looks paper-thin.

NAIA revisited

Thank God five international airlines are slated to move their operations to NAIA 3—including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air, KLM and Emirates—according to ABS-CNN.
I have never been to NAIA 3, but once I set foot in there, do expect a review from me. XO


Muji opens at Ayala Center, Cebu

Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI recently opened its seventh store in the Philippines at Ayala Center, Cebu.
The 417-square-meter store is located at the mall’s new second-level expansion wing, and is home to a complete selection of furniture, housekeeping tools, kitchen and dining utensils, storage solutions, health and beauty products, travel accessories, men’s and ladies’ apparel, stationery, and food items.

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Muji Cebu
Muji Cebu
Hard Carry Cases with Wheel Brakes
Muji Cebu

In the Philippines, MUJI is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with locations at Robinsons Magnolia, Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Center, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, and Ayala Center Cebu. Muji will reopen soon at Bonifacio Global City Central.

Good news! Ilabas ang fur!

If things go well, we should be experiencing cold weather until the second week of March this year.
Therefore, ilabas na ang fur, ang Ugg boots, and scarf at iba pa!

MANILA, Philippines—Metro Manila on Saturday morning recorded a 16.9 degrees Celsius, the lowest temperature since year 2014 started.

16 degrees

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the coldest temperature was recorded at 6:20 AM at the bureau’s science garden in Quezon City.
The temperature in Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bicutan also dropped to 18.30 degrees Celsius at 5 AM, the state weather bureau said.
Last Sunday in Baguio City, the mercury dropped to its this month at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
Pagasa said the cold weather, brought by the northeast monsoon or “amihan” in the country will continue until the second week of March this year.

Thank You Lord!
Cecile van Straten


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