Furla meets high tea at Raffles Makati’s at Prêt-à-Portea

Raffles Makati launches its second Prêt-à-Portea series at the Writers Bar, this time in collaboration with Italian luxe brand Furla.
Enjoy high tea with teacup sandwiches, ham and cheese layered in an apricot chutney spread, bruschetta tapenade topped with finely sliced olives and cherry tomatoes, orange-coated macarons, lip-shaped truffles, and nutty pralines—all inspired by Furla’s Spring Collection.
Priced at Php 1550++ for two, you’ll get a three-tier assembly of raspberry beignets dusted with pink snow powder, apricot-flavoured scones, and a vanilla éclair donned with edible silver leaves.

Furla Afternoon Tea at Writers Bar, Raffles Makati

The highlight of the day are the toasted marshmallow macarons with Furla’s Neo-Pop print design and the Candy Bag taking form in a black and red religieuse. Add a sparkling glass of Rosé champagne for Php 1000++.

Furla Afternoon Tea at Writers Bar, Raffles Makati 3

Afternoon Tea will be offered March 16 to May 16, 2015, available daily from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM.
For more information and reservations, call 795-1840 or email dining.makati@raffles.com.

The Odd Couple returns via RTL CBS Entertainment HD

I’m old enough to remember The Odd Couple when it aired on TV back in the ’70s.
From 1970-1975, the original sitcom starred Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
Forty years later, The Odd Couple returns as RTL CBS Entertainment HD brings it back to the small screen on March 13, Friday at 9:55 PM.

Jack-Klugman-Tony-Randall-Odd-Couple THE ODD COUPLE

This time around, The Odd Couple stars Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger.
The two former college buddies become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Not long after Oscar lets Felix move in, Oscar fears he’s made a monumental mistake.

THE ODD COUPLE

Oscar’s jack-of-all-trades assistant, Dani, and his long-time agent, Teddy, have their hands full trying to keep Oscar’s career as a sports radio host on track as he deals with his new living situation.
Fortunately, their quirky next door neighbour Emily helps Felix adapt to his new life as a bachelor and rein in his many eccentricities.
Despite how exasperated Oscar and Felix make each other, in the end, these mismatched friends agree they can help each other move on from their divorces and make their crazy living arrangement work.

Aside from starring in The Odd Couple, Matthew Perry also serves as one of the show’s executive producers. Also in the cast are Lindsay Sloane, Yvette Nicole Brown and Wendell Pierce.

The Suffering: What I gave up for Lent

This Lent I decided to give up four things that are difficult for me: Coke, cake, cookies, and ice cream.
In the beginning the list also included chocolate, but I need to have some sugar, so I’ve had a little bit of chocolate since Ash Wednesday.
Cake and cookies are the easiest to give up. Ice cream is hard but bearable. But not having Coke is hell.
I’ve tried to Google why one can skip fasting on Saturday or Sunday, but someone pointed out that Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights—why can’t I give up those things that aren’t good for me any way?

No to Coke

Since giving up Coke, I haven’t been enjoying eating as much. I try to compensate with orange juice and the thought of banana-Q for dessert, but food doesn’t taste as good without Coke.
Let me tell you it is a suffering. As I type this my mouth feels parched no matter how much ice water I drink. My teeth hurt!
I am almost delirious thinking of Coke and Chippy—that salty sweet and cruchy combination.
I can’t tell you how many times I have thought of throwing in the towel, but the suffering will end on April 5, Easter Sunday, when I can finally feel the ice-cold Coke down my throat. That’s 25 days from now.

A few years ago I gave up shopping for Lent, except for necessities. I used to think giving up shopping was harder than giving up Coke. Now I know better.
So far I have lost only 1 lb. so the fasting isn’t really a diet plan. If I could lose 5 lbs. then I would think about giving up these things for good.
And you, did you give up anything for Lent? How are you coping?

Why do Filipinos have mirrors on their desks?

Being married to a foreigner opens up your eyes to things you never even noticed about your country or fellowmen.
For instance, Jeroen wanted to know why almost everyone at his office has a mirror on his/her desk.
Well, as soon as I moved into my new office more than a year ago, I also had this urge to put a mirror on my desk and I have no idea why.
When I first put a mirror there, I found myself looking at myself too often, so I moved it to the shelf.
The mirror is now there for when I have to go somewhere after office and reapply makeup.

mine

So why do Filipinos put mirrors on their office tables? I don’t mean inside their kikay kits or drawers. The mirror is usually placed below the computer monitor.
To prove his point, I asked Jeroen to take pictures of all the mirrors in his office and here’s what he got:

Benmark Benmark
Benmark Benmark
Benmark Benmark
Benmark Benmark

Amazing isn’t it? I also asked my Twitter followers if they had mirrors on their desks. Here’s what I got:

andy virrey graceylou
L-R: Andy, Gracey Lou

'owi
Owi

berl corpuz
Berl

paul
Paul

Toni Quimbo
Toni

Hannah, a receptionist at my office, said she needs to check in the mirror, particularly if there is a visitor. But as the person who answers the phone, Hannah has a more practical use for the mirror.
“Whenever I answer the phone, I look at it to make sure I am smiling. When I am smiling, my voice is livelier,” said Hannah.

Hannah

Another girl in the office, Grace, also uses her mirror to check her face when answering the phone.
“It’s a matter of habit,” she said. “I used to work at SM Hypermart with the accounting department and I needed to answer calls from suppliers. I would look in the mirror to check my face because my expression would reflect on my tone. I needed to be friendly and professional.”

Grace

Finally, I googled “Why do Filipinas have mirrors on their office tables?” and learned that some BPOs or call centers require their agents to talk to customers with smiles on their faces, so a mirror is very helpful.
So tell me, do you have a mirror on your desk and why? Feel free to post pics in the comments section.

MAC reveals Spring/Summer makeup trends for 2015

Romero Jennings, MAC Cosmetics’ director for makeup artistry, was recently in town for the beauty brand’s Spring/Summer 2015 Trends Presentation at Shangri-La Boracay.
For Spring/Summer 2015, runways were all about luminous and effortless beauty. Nothing was overdone and makeup was applied in a carefree but calculated manner. There were also lots of bold and fun looks.

Romero Jennings
Romero Jennings in Boracay

Jennings said that while the Internet is all about highlighting and contouring, this season there will be more light than shadow. He said the season was about four key makeup looks:

1) Re-view
Jennings described this look as “framing the eyes in a painterly way.”
Lashes are exaggerated and sometimes even clumpy by design. This look deconstructs the traditional rules of applying eyeliner and mascara. Essential products are Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash and Super Slick Liquid Eye Liner in Defiantly Feline.

Ann Demeulemeester
Ann Demeulemeester

Alexis Mabille Giles Deacon
L-R: Alexis Mabille, Giles Deacon

Aquilano Rimondi Costume National
L-R: Aquilano Rimondi, Costume National

2) Enlightened
This trend is about flawless looking skin, with minimal makeup coverage.
“Use oil and primers to make the skin look really luminous,” said Jennings. “Play with matte and shiny textures to not make it look greasy.”
For the runway, the look was about making the skin of the models look almost plastic. The essentials include Mineralize Skinfinish Perfect Topping in Lightscapade and Strobe Cream.

Issey Miyake Prabal Gurung
L-R: Issey Miyake, Prabal Gurung

3) Free Party
Inspired by the girl at Coachella who did her own makeup using her fingers. Colors don’t have to be applied precisely. Speaking of color, watermelon is a big trend. Jennings said there’s no need to use foundation for this look. Concealer should be applied sparingly and only where needed.
The result is makeup that looks messy and lived-in. Essentials include Blue Forecast and Superfresh from the Trend Forecast S/S 15 Eye Palette and Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Perky.

Aquilano RimondiDerek Lam
L-R: Aquilano Rimondi, Derek Lam

Max MaraMoschino
L-R: Max Mara, Moschino

4) No Makeup
You know that girl who doesn’t look like she’s wearing makeup but still looks perfectly beautiful? The No Makeup Trend is all about them. The look is about clean, hydrated skin, perfectly groomed brows, no mascara, sheer highlights, a natural-looking flush, and soft looks without lipstick.
“It should look like you applied everything using your fingers. No hard lines,” said Jennings.
The essentials include Must Have Melon and Go Guava from the S/S15 Lip and Cheek Palette and MAC Eye Brows in Lingering and Strut.

Desigual Simone Rocha
L-R: Desigual, Simone Rocha

Chloe Ohne Titel
L-R: Chloe, Ohne Titel

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