Win major swag from Céleteque!

As a lifestyle writer, I get swag all the time, but not all swag are created equal. Once in a while we get swag that’s overwhelming, simply because it’s a LOT. That’s the kind of swag we like.
Not too long ago, I received two big boxes from skincare company Céleteque.

Celeteque loot bag

Inside: a kind of “medicine cabinet” with all the new Céleteque Dermoscience products

Celeteque loot bag

Celeteque loot bag

After the successful launch at SM Makati, I took home another swag bag

Aerial View2

Celeteque loot bag

Looks like I have enough Céleteque for years!

Celeteque loot bag

Now Céleteque wants to share the love with 29 Chuvaness readers in this simple giveaway.
Here’s how:

1. Promo runs from November 8 – Dec 6, 2011.
2. To join, you must have a Philippine address. Register HERE.
3. Participants may only register and win once.
4. Daily winners will be selected every week’s end by via electronic raffle. Every Monday, starting November 14th, winners will be published on and
5. One (1) bag of Celeteque products will be raffled everyday.
6. Winners may claim their prize from:

Innovitelle Office
2/F Bonaventure Plaza, Greenhills, San Juan (across from Greenhills Shopping Center)
Look for Sheryl, Vita or Roan
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM only

8. Winner must present one (1) valid ID with photo when claiming his/her prize. Prizes may be claimed within 60 days upon publishing. Prizes not claimed within this period will be forfeited in favor of Innovitelle. Provincial winners will receive their prizes via courier service.
9. UNITED LABORATORIES, Inc. shall have the rights to all submitted answers in the contest. UNITED LABORATORIES Inc. reserves the right to disqualify any entries.
Employees of UNITED LABORATORIES, Inc. and its event organizers, agencies, promo suppliers and their relatives up to the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this contest.


Roast Turkey by The Commissary

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day (November 24th), Christmas and New Year with a special roast turkey and your choice of sides from The Commissary of Margarita Fores.
Each turkey weighs a minimum of 5.5 – 6 kilos and serves 20-25 persons.


Roast Turkey with Foccacia, Pate di Fegato, dried mangoes and chestnuts (PHP 7,750)
Candied Yams
Whole Cranberry
Cranberry Jelly

Roast Turkey with ensaymada, jackfruit and jackfruit seeds, Antipolo kasuy and prunes (PHP 8,250)
Candied Yams
Cranberry Jelly
Fresh Langka & Pear Compote

Roast Turkey with Rustico, Sage, Minoyan Honey, Sultanas and Pata Negros (Organic Prosciutto from Negros) (PHP 9,350)
Candied Yams
Cranberry Jelly
Apple & Sultana Compote

To order (at least two days ahead), contact Anna Lopez at 729-0030 or (0917) 513-8945.

Go West live in Manila!

Not sure if I’ll be in Manila on November 11 and 12, but if I were, I would really love to be here.
Go West gives me the warm fuzzies. I truly love Go West.


English pop duo Go West was formed in 1982 by lead vocalist and drummer Peter Cox and guitarist/vocalist Richard Drummie.
Among their top hits: “We Close Our Eyes” and “Call Me” (1984), “King of Wishful Thinking” (1990) and “What You Won’t Do for Love” (1992).

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls presents GO WEST LIVE!
11 November 2011 Friday 7:00PM at Eastwood Mall Open Park
12 November 2011 Saturday 7:00PM at The Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill

Tickets/Reserved Seats: Php 1,350
For inquiries, call Megaworld Concierge: 709-0888/ 709-9888

Leaf Pie

TOKYO—Mom was tired so my sister and I went out to look for food at the depachika—or basement food hall found in Japanese department stores.
I get so overwhelmed every time I step into these. I don’t know where to look, I don’t know what to buy. I wish I had 10 stomachs.


Going to the depachika is a must when visiting Japan. It is a great source of pasalubong for the whole barangay.

Wagashi part

My sister bought 24 boxes of this highly addictive corn snack. A box contains small packets of Japanese flavored popped corn. I can eat five in one go—with ice-cold Coke. They are sooo evil!!

Diday's deadly corn snack

I’ll tell you what I really think is evil though—West Confectionery’s Leaf Pie. I know you’re gonna say we have that here and it’s called palmier—but this is the closest thing you can get to heaven in a bite.

WEST's Leaf Pie

I truly regret having bought just one teeny pack due to my so-called diet, while my sister bought a box for my dad.
(I have to ask Sayoko if she can buy for me.) I want to marry Leaf Pie!! I am down to my last piece and I am SO, SO SAD!!! :(

leaf pie

Watch this brainwashing video:


NAIA-1 gets P1-billion face-lift

By Recto Mercene, BusinessMirror
Posted at 11/07/2011 7:16 AM | Updated as of 11/07/2011 1:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A newly refurbished Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will rise from the shell of the old, much-maligned main gateway, but still would not provide free sleeping quarters for vagrants and those on a tight budget. The repairs will cost P1 billion.

According to Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basanta, the NAIA-1 had a “dayroom” decades ago, rented at P840 per day ($20) and located near the arrival area, just beside the duty-free shops.
(The “dayroom” is still there, available for those who may want to use it, although it’s not being properly advertised by airport authorities. Most of the time, however, the area is used as a holding room for those scheduled for deportation and who are awaiting their flights.)

The face-lift of NAIA-1 will start in January and is expected to be finished within 2012. The 67,000-square-meter building has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers a year. Last year it served way beyond its capacity—or some 7.3 million people.

The tight space and limited amenities have irked some bloggers who, unable to find sleeping quarters at NAIA-1, graded it the worst in the world.
NAIA-1 was recently voted as the “World’s Worst Airport to Sleep In” by the “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,” a web site of  low-budget travelers who used the airport as overnight motels to save on money.

But Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said this is not why the passenger terminal is being spruced up; the undertaking had been discussed by various administrations in the past.

Honrado said the firm of Leandro V. Locsin and Associates, the original architect of NAIA-1, is helping conceptualize ideas about how the newly rebuilt structure would look.
Also part of the project are furniture and interior designer Budji Layug, architect Royal Pineda and Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who are providing their expertise pro bono to give the NAIA-1 a major face-lift, 30 years after it was constructed. The original design was by National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin.

NAIA Terminal 1

Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II is spearheading the NAIA-1 restoration. He held consultations last week with top officials of the customs, immigration and quarantine bureaus, as well as the Miaa.

Customs Commissioner Rozanno Rufino Biazon, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr., Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. and Honrado attended the meeting.

The interior renovation will cost P450 million, while the park development will fetch P500 million.
“The proposed P1-billion budget will help build a new image of the Philippines,” according to Pineda, who said in a recent interview that Naia 1, like all modern airports, would provide a “boutique” experience, “not so much for its modest size as for its distinct atmosphere of civility and expedience.”

To expedite the flow of arriving and departing passengers, concessionaires such as banks and insurance companies that are now located smack in the middle of the arrival and departure zones would be moved to the sides.
“Flow takes precedence. The proposed master plan includes freeing up the space to accommodate more passengers by transferring the offices and banks elsewhere,” Pineda said.

The arrival area, which had been expanded recently, will be surrounded by glass so that passengers could see all the way to the lobby and beyond, according to Honrado. He also said the wall that separates the customs from the luggage section would have to give way so that natural light from the outside would illuminate the area.
There are also plans to make the waiting lounge more pleasant and to add restrooms, Honrado said.

The proposal calls for refurbishing the facilities, decongesting, developing a park and enhancing the retail environment. It also calls for NAIA to work equally hard on the software, and the services.

Honrado said the National Competitiveness Council Program (NCCP) asked Layug, Pineda and Cobonpue to offer their own suggestions on the face-lift as part of a program to improve the country’s image. The NCCP was established by Presidential Executive Order 571, which seeks to improve the country’s competitiveness from the bottom third of competitiveness rankings to the top third by 2016.

According to the three designers, the airport and Roxas Boulevard need the most attention since they provide the visitor his or her initial impression of the country.

Pineda said the renovation of NAIA-1’s structure would  be limited; it can no longer be expanded; nor can it accommodate extra load, he said in their web site. “We will create a boutique airport. With a small terminal, we can show efficiency and hospitality.”

Pineda said function would be the main priority. “It’s not just about adding toilets and rectifying the look, but also verifying the structural integrity of the building,” he said.

The team also recommended improvements in the operations, such as incorporating the terminal fee in the ticket instead of letting people line up. Only those with exit clearances, exempting them from travel tax and terminal fees, should queue in the counters. “Let majority of the passengers enjoy the smooth flow in the airport,” Pineda was quoted as having said.

Taking into consideration the Filipino culture of hatid-sundo, Honrado said the designers have addressed the need for an arrival extension for families and friends sending off or welcoming the passengers.

Honrado said the design team had proposed that the concrete open-parking lot in Terminal 1 be transformed into a three-story parking space and a lush landscape lined with select food outlets. The proposed park will showcase not only the best of Filipino dining brands but also changing art exhibits. A canopied walkway will lead to the greeters and well-wishers’ lounge.

Welcome parties can wait in the restaurants and enjoy the garden so that the lots can also become income-generating spaces.


Rose Bakery + Comme des Garçons

I walked back to Marunouchi to pick up a Genten bag for Penny and Comme des Garçons for me.
Sayoko told me to check out Rose Bakery at Comme des Garçons but told me all the food was healthy and organic (read: McDo na lang). So before heading out I ordered room service: grilled salmon, yuzu ponzu sauce, and rice :)

Room service

It was an overcast day in Tokyo

Marunouchi crossing

The older I get, the more I appreciate plants, trees, flowers

nice grass

This is the second Comme des Garçons in the area. Both stores are marked in dots.

Comme des Garçons Marunouchi

Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons

The first thing you will see is Rose Bakery on the left, Comme des Garçon’s first food venture, as far as I know.
They have branches in France, UK, Korea, and Japan.

Comme des Garçons Marunouchi

Feels like a classroom with a store

Rose Bakery

In typical Comme fashion, there’s no music inside the store. Only the sound of busy staff working around a stainless steel open kitchen stocked with fresh ingredients, teas, baked goods

Rose Bakery

Rose Bakery

I decided to buy two kinds of cookies before hitting the shop

Rose Bakery cookies

It didn’t take long to find my red plaid skirt and two pairs of Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens

Comme des Garçons Marunouchi

The best part about being older is I can now afford to buy the clothes I’ve wanted since I was a teenager :)

Comme des Garçons Marunouchi

Comme des Garçons and Rose Bakery are at
2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis Marunouchi MY PLAZA (Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Building)
Open from 11 AM ~ 8 PM
Comme des Garcons 03-3216-0016
Rose Bakery 03-3212-1715

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