Love my bag: Mills Canvas

Bags make me happy. A bag doesn’t have to be expensive, I just have to like it.
For me to like a bag it must be roomy, organized and not too common. It must not be too heavy and should be easy to open and carry around.
I found my Mills Canvas tote at Rockstar in Singapore. Rockstar is tucked inside the top floor of Cineleisure off Orchard Road.

Rockstar at Cineleisure

It specializes in kind of preppy, understated finds, such as Alphabet Bags

Chuvaness x Alphabet Bags

And the sturdy William J. Mills canvas bags.

MIlls Canvas bag

Mills canvas

mills canvas

Mills Canvas bags are like L.L. Bean, but more expensive.
Made in Greenport, New York (at the tip of Long Island’s North Fork) Wm. J. Mills & Co. has been in the business for five generations—first as sailmakers (now a small part of the business) and more recently known as makers of high quality awnings, tents, umbrellas, shelters, and bags, among others.

Mills canvas

Mills Canvas

They were not that cheap, so hoarding was not in the picture. I bought just one simple tote with shoulder handles that I love.

Mills Canvas

It can stand on its own and it packs a LOT

My bag

Comes in many colors, shapes and sizes for men and women

miss canvas

mills canvas

As for me, I’m just happy to have one. :)

HISTORY™ moves to SKYCable Channel 25

Home to the most compelling TV programs that make true-to-life happenings entertaining, HISTORY™ makes the move to SKYCable Channel 25.
HISTORY™, formerly known as The History Channel, brings you a mix of reality shows and documentary programs with fictional and non-fictional historical content, together with speculation about the future.
Seen in more than 80 million households, its programming covers a wide range of periods and topics.
Tune in to Pawn Stars, featuring a family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, and The Pickers, where Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology, and business partner Frank Fritz embark on a mission across America to uncover hidden heirlooms.

Pawn Stars 2

Also on HISTORY™, planet Earth takes the spotlight with exciting encounters featured in reality-based shows like Modern Marvels, Swamp People and Hidden Cities, which takes viewers on a tour of Asia’s undiscovered gems.
Hosted by Anthony Morse, the second season (starts November 23rd at 9 PM) zooms in on a new line-up of countries (including the Philippines) in a bid to uncover some of the continent’s buried relics and untold stories.

Hidden Cities 3

Extremely action-packed and energy-driven, Top Shot and Ice Road Truckers present the trials of tough contenders who beat it out in their struggle to dodge countless challenging and deathly encounters.


Ice Road Truckers chronicles three of the world’s most experienced truck drivers as they take on the frozen wastelands of the Canadian Tundra, racing across the ice in mammoth 18-wheeler trucks to bring lifesaving equipment and supplies to isolated communities.

Ice Road Truckers 2

Combining extraordinary CGI imagery, field exploration, dramatic recreations, and expert interviews with each episode, HISTORY™ creates a thrilling, exploratory and revealing experience for viewers of all ages.
Watch HISTORY on SKYCable Channel 25 • Cablelink Channel 44 • Dream Channel 27 • and Destiny Cable Channel 56.

To know more, go to

Céleteque winners, Week 2

Nov 14: Amanda Jane Camilon of Muntinlupa City
Nov 15: Ma. Victoria Concepcion of Binan, Laguna
Nov 16: Luz Doma of Cainta, Rizal
Nov 17: Nino Hernandez of Agusan del Norte
Nov 18: Ghia Sarena of QC
Nov 19: Ellen Rose Nonesa of Taguig
Nov 20: Franchesca Soleta of QC

Metro Manila winners can pick up their swag bags at the Innovitelle Office in Greenhills, while provincial winners will receive theirs by courier.
The swag bag contains the full range of Celeteque Dermoscience products worth PHP 10,000.

Céleteque bag

Twenty nine swag bags will be given away.
To find out how you can win one, click HERE.

To know more, like Céleteque on Facebook.

Tonkatsu story

Tonkatsu or Japanese pork cutlet is something I like to eat but don’t get to eat often except when abroad, because what we have here in Manila is usually close to a breaded porkchop.
In Singapore, I used to eat this with Ana, at the basement of Takashiyama

Romankan Yokohama

romankan yokohama

Until something better came along: Tonkichi can be found in many places in Singapore and Hong Kong.
My favorite combo is pork (rosu katsu) and oysters


Don’t forget a side of soft-shell crab

Soft-shell crab, Tonkichi

As far as the real thing goes, there’s Maisen, practically an institution in Omotesando


It’s not my favorite tonkatsu, but I get this warm fuzzy feeling when I’m there because Omotesando is one of my favorite places in the whole world

Maisen tonkatsu

Recently I’ve been looking forward to Saboten at the Hong Kong airport. I always plan my meal around it—meaning, I make sure I have appetite and time to eat before flying. There’s always a crazy line


Here’s my favorite meal


Now, Yabu comes to SM Megamall. Recently opened last November 11th, I was invited to have dinner there by its owners Peachy and John Concepcion. One wall has manga


The other has sake cups

Wall of sake cups

Peachy tells me it started with her husband’s obsession to bring authentic tonkatsu to Manila. The concept of Yabu was developed through the help of a Japanese consultant.
I can’t tell you how much food we ate.

Keri, Grace, Jay, Len

What I liked most were the rosu katsu (pork with a little bit of fat) and the plump Japanese oysters (Hint: I don’t like tonkatsu sauce, so I dip this in ponzu sauce and sesame seeds, which they have on the table as a salad dressing).


Here’s the seafood combo

Mixed seafood katsu

They were on soft opening when we dined there last week, so the service still needs some polishing (sesame seeds should arrive before food) and the seafood tended to crumble in its breading. But I’ll definitely be back with Jeroen very soon.
I’m just happy with have something like this in Manila, and very close to home.

Yabu, the House of Katsu is now open on the 2nd level Atrium of SM Megamall.
Open daily from 10 AM-10 PM.
Tel. 576-3900
To know more, visit

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