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Found: World-class banyo at the Shang
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Manila is my town. But restroom-wise, Singapore is the winner.
I never have to worry about calls of nature when I’m in Singapore. Nothing like Singapore restrooms—even if you’re in the mall. You can expect lots of clean, modern stalls with great design, like this one at Orchard Central

Restroom, Orchard Central

Quincy Hotel

Restroom, Quincy Hotel

Mandarin Orchard

Sink, Mandarin Orchard
Restroom, Mandarin Orchard

Four Seasons

Restroom, Four Seasons

Ion Orchard

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Some of Singapore’s restrooms are beautiful enough to make you cry.
Manila’s restrooms can also make you cry—for the wrong reasons. That’s why I’m in a constant hunt for Singapore-class restrooms.
Finally stumbled upon one at the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza.
First of all, walang tao

Shangri-La East Wing restroom

So many stalls, no queue

Shangri-La East Wing restroom

They thought about important details, such as a place to park your things (say no to bagteria)

Shangri-La East Wing restroom

There’s even a baby station. Forgot to check if there is a breast-feeding chair

Shangri-La East Wing restroom

So much space

Shangri-La East Wing restroom

And clean-looking undercounter sinks!! Cause I hate over-the-counter bowl sinks!!

Shangri-La East Wing restroom

Smelled so clean, it’s unreal. Only thing is, you pay 10 pesos to go in. I don’t really mind, but seriously, nice toilets should be a standard, not a business.
P.S. Isn’t Shangri-La a Singaporean company? Maybe that’s why. #worldclassbanyo

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Smart Bro’s Live and Loud concert series starts October 4th
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Enjoy the country’s first interactive concert from SMART as they bring together four of the biggest names in the local music scene. Get to vote for their finale song through social media and win prizes!

The four-leg concert series will start on October 4, 2013, featuring Ely Buendia, Rico Blanco, Barbie Almalbis and Raimund Marasigan at Trinoma’s Mindanao open parking lot.
October 19 will bring Rico Blanco to Batangas
November 9 will feature Barbie Almalbis in Cebu
and November 23 will have Rico Blanco and Barbie Almalbis in Davao

To know more or to get free e-tickets to the main concert on October 4, click HERE.

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Winners: KFC + Quirks giveaway
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After more than 1200 valid entries, the following winners were chosen via Random.org:
Maricel Hipol of Pateros
Felyn Orejudos of Benguet
Jennifer Calingacion of Sta. Cruz, Manila
Karen David of Taguig
Francesca Rosario of Antipolo City

They will all receive a box filled with fun goodies:

Giveaways from Quirks and KFC
1) Java Jr. coffee creamer • 2) Like tea mug • 3) Sparrow egg magnet • 4) Paper card holder • 5) Obsessive-compulsive disorder hand sanitizer • 6) Doodle a Shopping Bag — all from Quirks
7) Php 1,000 gift checks and 8) T-shirt — both from KFC

I’ll be contacting the winners via email on how they’ll get their prizes.
To know more about Quirks, click HERE.
To know more about KFC’s new offering, watch this!

Watch out for my next giveaway for food lovers in Metro Manila!

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Metro Manila, the movie (Part 1)
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When I heard that a Tagalog movie was chosen by the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) as its official entry to the Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film category), I had to ask, why is it a UK entry instead of Philippine?
Well, because the director of the movie, Sean Ellis, is British.
My friend Melvin says Sean used to date British model Erin O’Connor, and after Googling him, I thought, OMG he’s so chica.

Sean Ellis, Metro Manila

After further research, I realized this was the same movie Celine Lopez co-produced and accepted an award for at Sundance Film Festival last January.
From what I gathered, Sean Ellis took a trip to the Philippines and fell in love. He decided to write a story after witnessing two armored truck drivers having an argument.
To finance the movie, Sean even had to mortgage his house.
The movie was written in English, and he allowed the Filipino actors to translate it in their own words.
After seeing this trailer and the fab logo, I was intrigued.

I wanted so much to see it, I looked for downloads online (there are none).
I decided to join an online Twitter contest to win tickets to a special screening. Lo and behold, the lead actor, Jake Macapagal, read my tweet and gave me tickets!!

Jake Macapagal

Trivia: Jake Macapagal played my son Ben’s father in an Orange and Lemons video directed by Marie Jamora

Last night, my friends and I saw Sean Ellis at an intimate screening of Metro Manila at SM Megamall.
OMG he’s so chica in a Robert Downey Jr. way, with the jacket, the jeans, and the trainers!!

Sean Ellis, Metro Manila

The suit and the trainers remind me of Comme des Garçons CEO Adrian Joffe (left, with Jappy Gonzalez)

Adrian Joffe and Jappy Gonzalez

In other words, chicang afam! (To be continued)

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