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Hoodwink at SM Aura
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From the founders of homme et femme (H&F) retail stores comes Hoodwink, a playful yet sophisticated store that caters to a young male demographic.
Interiors were designed by H&F’s Mark (Jappy) Gonzalez in collaboration with architect Rola Vizmonte.

Hoodwink at SM Aura

Look closely and see crafty details like billiard sticks for door handles, darts for clothing hooks, and clothes racks and shelving made of tubular steel.
From the street view, a storefront window will feature a seasonal collab with a deviant artist.
This month however you’ll see Comme des Garçons PLAY balloons on the windows.

Hoodwink at SM Aura

So what’s on the shelves this season? A well curated collection that caught my eye, including Kitsune Tee and Lazy Oaf, among others.

Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura

Now if only these came in women’s cuts, we’d be in a bit of trouble.

Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura

Hoodwink is on the ground level of SM Aura. Open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM

Hoodwink

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Tried and tested: Delta vs. Japan Airlines
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Dreams do come true—for some of us, later in life.
It’s been my dream to go Japan as often as I can and as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Luckily I got my three-year multiple-entry visa after the Japanese government relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos.
When I was younger I studied Nihongo for two years and wanted to marry Japanese because I find them adorable. But my dad said, better not. He was right. 🙂
This year my husband and decided to take our family vacation in Tokyo and travel for the first time without a yaya. I must say it was quite a success.
As the official travel agent of my family, I chose Delta Airlines because of our pleasant experience last time. Prior to this we usually flew Japan Airlines until I rediscovered Delta through an online sale.

Here’s why I prefer Delta:
Delta seats are better. I find Japan Airlines seats not as comfortable. This is a normal business class seat on JAL

Japan Airlines

while Delta has cabin-like seats (like Cathay Pacific Business Class) which recline and lie flat.
Jeroen and I can hold hands when I’m scared

Jeroen on Delta

Each seat comes with a bottle of Evian (a huge comfort for me), a fluffy pillow, and a thin, quilted comforter
It has a very convenient outlet, so you can charge your gadgets before you land. (Can’t leave without my Samsung Galaxy Note 3!)

Delta

The flight attendants are so warm. There’s nothing like Delta flight attendants. The Americans have a great sense of humour and the Filipinos feel like family.

Delta flight attendants

Here’s a shoutout to fellow Assumptionista Fara Campos Lacson (middle) who was a commercial model back in the day

On the other hand, Japan Airlines serves food I like

Japan Airlines food

and allocates three pieces of luggage per passenger, versus Delta’s two pieces for business class.
So if food and shopping are your priority, fly JAL. But if comfort is more important to you, fly Delta.
Looking forward to my Japan visit, but next time I’m going to try Haneda Airport, instead of Narita.

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NAIA renovation update
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This was the scene at NAIA last week. Street level is boarded up

NAIA renovation

Busy at the other end

NAIA renovation

Much activity on the inside

NAIA renovation

And….aircons are not working. Iwatas everywhere.
So bring a fan in case this goes on until August like we heard.

NAIA renovation

I’m in Tokyo. More to come.

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Tried and tested: Palmolive’s new body wash
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1987 was a good year for fashion—but a bad year for hair—as you can see in this vintage Palmolive TV commercial.

The TV commercial was such a hit, it launched the career of an 18-year-old Alice Dixson.
Twenty seven years later, Palmolive launches its new body wash starring globally popular actress Angel Locsin.

Angel Locsin

Angel is really lovely. I caught her talking to the press at a recent media event at The Spa Wellness.

Angel Locsin
Palmolive Naturals body wash

In 2007, I met her at a press junket in Hong Kong and really liked her, like we can be friends 🙂

Angel Locsin

After the Palmolive launch, we were all treated to a massage. Oh, the hazards of the job….

Me at The Spa
The Spa

I took home three of these and tried them all

Palmolive Naturals body wash
Palmolive Naturals body wash

Officially I am hooked—to the yellow one! It feels silky and smells so good.

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Prior to this, I had been using my favourite soap bar for decades.
Well, 2014 is a year for change, so I am open to good changes in my life.
This yellow Milk & Honey body wash smells like shea butter, which is one of my favourite scents. You can smell it on your skin after taking a bath.
I’m not one for strong scents, so I find this really refreshing, perfect for the summer. I really like it!

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Now watch this!
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