Found: The new Kitson e-mook

The e-mook is a great Japanese invention to encourage (mostly) women to purchase a magazine by including a premium gift inside the package.
A “mook” is a cross between a magazine and a book, and the e-mook is published by Takarajimasha.
E-mooks are typically brand-specific and focused on a single trendy fashion label, which offers a catalog of its latest collection.
I usually buy my e-mooks at Kinokuniya in Singapore or the Hong Kong airport when I want to give myself an inexpensive present.
This time around I bought the Kitson e-mook because of the cute little cube bag.

Kitson e-mook

I used it immediately on the plane from Hong Kong to Manila.

What's in my bag?

It surprisingly packs a lot.

What's in my bag

1. wet tissues
2. kitson mirror (free)
3. Samsung Galaxy Note
4. book
5. eco-bag
6. wallet
7. BlackBerry Bold
8-9. Mophie charger from JFK airport
10. medicine
11. Divine Mercy chaplet
12. tissue

Cheap bags give me as much joy an an inexpensive bag. And e-mooks provide that instant pickmeup whenever I’m in the airport waiting for my flight.
To see the latest e-mooks, click HERE.

Threadless tees for flood victims

Filipino illustrator Feanne and prolific T-shirt designer AJ Dimarucot have collaborated on a T-shirt, proceeds of which will benefit flood victims in the Philippines.
The Bayanihan T-shirt features different aspects of our culture—from the three stars and the sun, the Philippine eagle and carabao, the sampaguita, and the smallest fish in the world.
The tees are available at Threadless for $19.50.

AJ Dimarucot x Threadless
AJ Dimarucot x Threadless
AJ Dimarucot x Threadless

Buy them at

Paul Rudd on Broadway

One of the things I deeply regret is not being in New York when Grace opens on Broadway.
I really, really wish Grace and I could’ve seen this

Grace on Broadway

Paul Rudd in the flesh. I regret.

Grace on Broadway

Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, and Ed Asne, Grace follows a wide-eyed young couple (Rudd and Arrington) who start a new life in Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel motels.
Shannon co-stars as the agitated neighbor, and Ed Asner, a caustic exterminator.
The cast held a press conference last August 21 at the Room Mate Grace on 125 West 45th Street.

Grace on Broadway

No mono-blocks allowed obviously

Grace on Broadway Grace on Broadway

Paul Rudd being interviewed

Grace on Broadway

I wish New York weren’t so far away and expensive so I could come more often.
Grace runs from September 13, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at the Cort Theatre on 138 West 48th Steet (between 6th & 7th Avenues).
To know more, go to

Potted Potter starts this Tuesday

From New York to Australia to Manila comes New York’s West End smash hit, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience.
Created by two-time Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the show is a must-see for Harry Potter addicts and a great introduction for anyone who’s ever wondered what the fuss is all about.
Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is suited for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).


Performing in Manila are Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor, who take on the challenge of playing all your favorite characters, condensing all seven Harry Potter books (plus a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.
Expect a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.

Jesse BritonGary Trainor
L-R: Jesse Briton, Gary Trainor

Potted Potter will run for 10 shows only from August 28 to September 2, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Book your tickets now at Ticketworld 891-9999 or go to Ticketworld.

Ticket Prices:
Orchestra – PhP 3,068
Loge – PhP 1,976
Balcony – PhP 988
Family packages available.

Tuesday, August 28 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 29 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 30 – 7:30 PM
Friday, August 31 – 5:00 PM • 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 1 – 2:30 PM • 5:00 PM • 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 2 – 5:00 PM • 7:30 PM

Potted Potter is written by Daniel Clarkson & Jefferson Turner
Performed by Jesse Briton & Gary Trainor
Direction and additional material by Richard Hurst
Set design by Simon Scullion
Lighting design by Tim Mascall
Music composed by Phil Innes
Associate direction by Hanna Berrigan
Produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Potted Productions and Concertus Manila.
Brought to you by ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, The Philippine Star, Radio High 105.1, Monster Radio RX 93.1, 99.5RT, ClickTheCity,, and RCBC Realty Corp.

Shake Shack!

I’m not really one to jump in the bandwagon whenever everyone raves about certain foods, but Shake Shack I had to try because I kept seeing it on Instagram.
Grace suggested we go to the Upper East Side branch because it has a shorter queue than Madison Square Park.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack began in 2001 as a seasonal hot dog cart in Madison Square Park. It became popular with fans who lined up daily for three summers. Then in 2004, they won a bid to open a permanent kiosk in the park.
Sixteen stores later, Shake Shack is known for delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more.
Grace and I took a cab to 154 East 86th Street and found a reasonable queue

shake shack

I ordered the simplest burger and grabbed a table. Grace followed with this beeper and we waited.


As usual Grace and I were giggling because right next to us were four cute Catholic school boys about 1/3 my age.
Well that’s New York for you—cute boys are everywhere.
Minutes later the line turned to this. Our timing was lucky.

Shake Shack

The beeper lit up and Grace picked up our order

Shake Shack

The fries were hot and crispy—not bad—and I say this because I’m partial to hot, soggy fries.
I had very high expectations, so I thought I would be disappointed. But my burger was perfect. Probably the best burger I’ve ever had. The bread is soft and simple. The burger, crisp on the outside; tender, juicy inside. I like that they understand the meaning of a plain burger.
Perfect with ketchup and Coke

Shake Shack

Grace prefers her burgers normal :)

Shake Shack

A couple of nights later I was back with my mom, sister, and SIL. This time I ordered a strawberry shake because my sister said, what’s the use of going to Shake Shack if you’re not gonna try the shake.
The shake was thick and perfect. I couldn’t finish it though because each sip felt like 3,000 calories.
I also ordered a double burger because I thought double just meant bigger. Turns out it means two patties, which is much too much for me.
Oh and there were cute boys again. No longer 1/3 my age. Maybe half?

Shake Shack

Aside from the US, Shake Shack has two locations in the Middle East.
So I heard they partnered with a really huge F&B group in the Middle East (read: pera), so I wonder if they will ever open in Asia? If so, which country first?

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