Pupung goes SOLO

Back in the day when there was no Internet or cellphones, we read comics during weekends—everything from Archies to Tintins, to Pinoy komiks found in the pages of the newspapers.
Back in the ’80s, one of the more popular komiks was Pupung, created by a young cartoonist named Washington “Tonton” Young.
My Little Pupung started in the Tempo tabloid on December 15, 1983. It revolved around a young boy named Pupung, his family, and their congee restaurant.
The comic strip moved to the Times Journal until January 1986, when Young was fired after spoofing a radio ad for then-President Ferdinand Marcos.
Pupung later moved to the Manila Bulletin, where it appears to this day. (Wiki)
Solo Online Model Search 2012 Poster

This September, SOLO celebrates Pupung through its Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series, which featured Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life in 2010, followed Tony Velasquez’s Kenkoy in 2011.
Tonton Young’s characters appear on SOLO his and hers graphic tees, varsity jackets, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, men’s long sleeve shirts and shorts, necklaces, pouches, and coffee cups.

Mens (P1695) and Ladies (P1595) varsity jacket
fuschia 745 ladies oversized graphic tee
black, white 745 three fourths his and hers graphic tee_2
Mens (P1695) and Ladies (P1595) varsity jacket_2
Pouch A (56)
white,black 545 his and hers all over print tee_2
black, white 745 three fourths his and hers graphic tee

The collection will be launched along with SOLO’s Online Model Search, now on its 4th year.
Interested parties must complete an entry form and submit their creative photo entries wearing any apparel from the Pupung x SOLO collection.
Contest and voting period starts September 1 until November 30, 2012. Grand Winners will receive cash prizes, gift certificates, and a chance to appear in SOLO ad campaigns in 2013.
To know more go to http://www.facebook.com/mySoloOnline or http://www.solo.com.ph.

Midtown Manhattan

So I found out I’m no longer a midtown kind of girl. I would like to take Jeroen to New York once but not stay in midtown where everything is normy and touristy (no offence). I would like to stay downtown instead.
Not too long after I had settled in the hotel, I heard the doorbell ring.
Grace and Alexei had walked over from their friend’s place.

Alexei and Grace

Alexei studies in NYU and Grace is a graduate of Fordham, so they know the place pretty well.
Since it was late at night only a few places were open. The weather was cool.
Across from the Peninsula hotel is the St. Regis

St. Regis

Two blocks away is the Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Trump kung Trump

Trump kung Trump

One block away is the Louis Vuitton store where Yayoi Kusama recently launched her collection

Louis Vuitton

Don’t worry, it’s wax

Yayoi Kusama

We walked over to the Apple store, which is open 24/7, 365 days a year

Apple store at nght

What can I say, it’s a man’s world

Apple store NY

A hotdog stand

hotdog stand

It hate Duane Reade. Each visit costs a minimum of $200, it’s not even funny.


It has crazy things. Don’t worry, I didn’t buy these weird scents


Bulutong levels (eew)

Scary makeup

Nail “art”


I was tempted to buy one, but they don’t offer single cups


(To be continued)

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 http://www.threadless.com/product/4023/Bayanihan

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 http://www.graceonbroadway.com/

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