Is it safe to go to Uniqlo now?

Judging from these opening day photos, I think not.
Bouncers guarded the line this morning at Uniqlo Mall of Asia. (Photo: @czar_kris)

Uniqlo's first day at MOA

“I was there at 9 AM and the 94th customer!,” tweeted @houstonaddix. “By the time the store opened at 10am, line was very long na! Met Nikki Gil.”
“I arrived 10:20 AM and had to wait an hour to get in. Buti na lang I knew what I wanted to buy na,” said @rianski.
The line went around the 2nd floor. Uniqlo entrance is on the far right. (Photo: @theredlippie)

Uniqlo's first day at MOA

My friend Catherine was there around 2 PM and found this line. She had her driver queue for her while she waited at a nearby Starbucks.

Uniqlo's first day at MOA

Inside the staff tried to organize


Panic buying

Uniqlo's first day, Mall of Asia

At 6:45 PM the line was still snaking, captured by @joelcruise

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So scary. I wanted to come back and buy more AIRism lounge pants in large. But maybe I’ll come back next week when the promo is over. On a weekday. Or maybe I’ll just wait for the other 49 stores to open. :)

Visit from Solane

Grace: What are you doing tomorrow?
Me: I’m writing about Solane.
Grace: Heussaff?
Me: No. Shellane is now Solane! Haven’t you heard?


Gas vs. Electric
When Jeroen and I started building our house ten years ago, we decided to have two kitchens: one for us and one for the maids. Our kitchen upstairs has an electric stove, due to the fact that we’re scared of how gas works.
As an afterthought, we decided to put a gas range for the maids downstairs to save on Meralco (go figure).
Ten years later, the Meralco bill has doubled and we’re in dire need of a renovation. On top of my list are a Smeg kitchen and gas range, now that I’m no longer scared of gas.
All because of a visit from Solane.

First we called 887-5555.
The Solane man showed up in the maids’ kitchen with a tank of Solane.

Visit from Solane

Say goodbye to the Shellane tank. You’ve served us well.

Visit from Solane

He checks the environment and makes sure the cylinder is in an open, well-ventilated area, away from fire hazards.

Visit from Solane
Visit from Solane

He checks the rubber O-ring inside the valve to make sure it’s scratch- and crack-free
Then he checks the regulator and valve connection. It’s old.

Visit from Solane

He decides to change it at an additional cost of Php 360, for our safety. Regulators need to be changed every 3 years.

Visit from Solane

He also changes the hose, at an additional cost of Php 175. Hoses need to be changed every two years, for safety.
New clamps cost us Php 28. Good thing he brought everything.

Visit from Solane

He changes the tank, but not before weighing it to show us it’s fair and full. Tank cost Php 728 for the refill only.

Visit from Solane
Visit from Solane
Visit from Solane
Visit from Solane

The cook mentions the left burner is weak. He cleans it and pokes its holes using a barbecue stick. As a final check, he makes sure the flames are good. Et voila!

Visit from Solane

Optional: we gave him merienda :)

Visit from Solane

As a parting gift, he left us a Loyalista Plus Card, some cellphone load that I gave to the maid (she loved it), and a prize mug due to our purchase. Each time you call 887-5555 you’ll get some sort of reward.


That said, we are no longer scared of gas ranges, with the Solane guy checking for safety each time.
Call 887-5555 or order online. To know more, go to

Guess who’s wearing Plains & Prints?

One of the country’s leading fashion influencers steps out from behind the scenes and into the spotlight as the new face of the popular working women’s brand.
Career-driven, stylish, and successful, she perfectly embodies the Plains & Prints woman.
Guess who she is by watching this teaser video, and be one of five (5) winners of Php 5,000 worth of Plains & Prints gift certificates.

Guess Who’s Wearing Plains and Prints? from Plains and Prints on Vimeo.

1) To join, you must have a Facebook or Twitter account. Follow @PlainsandPrints or like them on Facebook.
2) Guess the new Plains & Prints girl and register HERE.
3) Contest will run from June 15 to June 25, 2012.
4) Winners will be drawn via electronic raffle and announced on and Facebook on June 26, 2012.

Rajo goes to BENCH

Just before visiting Uniqlo, we made a quick stop at BENCH Mall of Asia to take a look at Rajo Laurel’s new scents and jeans line. At first the guard stopped us from taking pics, until she realized Rajo is actually part of the BENCH family.


I spotted these cool tropical fedoras


Then we all just kind of went nuts with the soft neon tees


I love the feel and cut of this


Here’s my favorite caramel popcorn


Spotted really soft knit tops with interesting patterns


Keri tried it on


Grace found something she’d wear


Rajo found some fans


And I found some basic tees at a special price


Rajo’s scents come in two variants. Do you want to win a pair of Rajo scents?

Rajo Laurel x BENCH

Here’s how:
1) To join, you’ll need a Philippine address and Twitter account.
2) Follow @benchtm @rajolaurel @chuvaness
3) Join the electronic raffle HERE.
4) Promo runs until June 19 at 11:59 PM.
5) Winners will be chosen via electronic raffle and announced on Twitter and Facebook.

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