November HiFi Show at the Dusit Thani this weekend

The country’s premier audio event, the November HiFi Show, takes place this November 19 and 20, 2011 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati.
The event is the largest gathering of high fidelity enthusiasts, dealers and Hifi restorers using old world technologies, and its purpose is to provide a platform to display the finest consumer and professional electronics as a total lifestyle package.

Calibre ad 1 copy

Each year more than 1,000 enthusiasts from all around the country come to the show to see latest products from some of the best high-end foreign brands to our very own Filipino inventors.
From solid state to vacuum tubes amplifiers, CD players and modern high end turntables, mammoth plasma and LCD TVs to ultra high definition projectors, Audiophile CDs to vinyl records, vintage audio gear to the most ultra modern audio and video electronics—expect more than 300 brands at the November HiFi Show.
Entrance is free.

tube amp


For more information, go to or like them on Facebook.

CareDivas for Cancer Warriors

This December 3, 2011, watch CareDivas and help make Christmas a little merrier for kids fighting cancer.
CareDivas is an original musical comedy-drama produced by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) that has been receiving rave reviews from critics and theatergoers alike.
The musical follows the lives of Overseas Filipino Workers who strive to earn a living away from home, while continuing to yearn for acceptance.

Care Divas poster

All proceeds from the December 3rd show will go to the Cancer Warriors Foundation, a non-profit organization helping underprivileged kids in their battle against cancer.
Students from the Center for Culinary Arts will prepare a selection of yummy treats for the audience; a portion of their sales will be donated to CWF.

CareDivas is on December 3, 2011 at 8:00PM
PETA Theater Center, 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City
Balcony tickets are still available at Php 800 and 700 each.
For more information click HERE or call Aimee at (0918) 900-5370.

Céleteque swag bag winners: Nov. 8-13

The first batch of winners are:
Nov 8: Caroline Gordiel of Cagayan de Oro
Nov 9: Karen Galano of Sta. Cruz, Manila
Nov 10: Jocelyn Lim of Mandaluyong
Nov 11: Denisse Aromin of Sta. Ana, Manila
Nov 12: Ofelia Goden of Fairview, QC
Nov 13: Precious Enriquez of Malabon

Here’s what they get:
A swag bag with the full range of Celeteque Dermoscience products worth PHP 10,000.

Céleteque bag

Winners will be informed by phone and email how to claim their prize, while provincial winners will receive their prize via courier. To find out how you can win one, click HERE.


Our last day in Hong Kong.
After getting everything packed, I asked Jeroen to walk with me to the mall to get some “breakfast.”
Since we were in an out-of-the way hotel in Taikoo Shing, the closest mall was the depressing City Plaza.


I wasn’t really in the mood for fast food, but no choice. I hardly ate this, but at least I got a toy.


Watched the livestream of Pacquiao-Marquez at the lobby while waiting for the van to take us to the airport

Watching Pacquiao while waiting for van

In case you missed it, Jimi Jamison, former lead singer of Survivor, sang “Eye of the Tiger” as Pacquiao entered the ring followed by his entourage, Freddie Roach, and Pambansang Anino.

To me, Jinkee looked Japanese

JInkee Pacquiao

Fell asleep on the way to the airport. Loved it.
Here’s something NAIA needs: a police station where people can easily report stolen bags and corrupt customs inspectors

Police station

We could also use the mini carts for our carryons—especially upon arrival cause sometimes that trek from gate to immigration can be quite a bummer

HK cart

Spotted: Rachel Rillo and Isa Lorezo of Silverlens Gallery on their way to Seoul

Rachel and Isa

Made it to the plane at 4 PM for our 4:30 flight. The banyo was nice and big!
You wanted to see my Belo-fied arm (lipo + BodyTite), here it is!

My arm

Slept all the way and woke up as we landed in NAIA, where Jeroen pointed out, how come there’s no “Nothing To Declare” exit? There’s Goods to Declare

Goods to declare

OFW Lane


and Express Lane (6 pieces of luggage or less)

Express lane?

What about the other people?

Manila Hostage Crisis next Sunday on National Geographic

Watch another view of what really happened on August 23, 2010,when 21 Hong Kong nationals along with 4 Filipinos were taken hostage aboard a bus in Manila, Philippines.
National Geographic analyzes the events and what went wrong. November 20, 2011 at 11 PM.

Facts: Hostage Crisis Massacre

• The hostage taker was Ex-Police Senior Inspector (Captain) Rolando D. Mendoza.
• Rolando Mendoza’s demand was to be re-instated into the force.
• Rolando Mendoza was armed with an M-16 ArmaLite assault rifle.
• 8 tourists died by the end of the 11-hour hostage taking.
• The gunman stopped the bus in Rizal Park, one of Manila’s most famous public spaces, where it sat, with the hostages aboard, for the 11 hours.
• The driver of the bus, Alberto Lubang, was handcuffed to the wheel of the bus. He escaped during the violent bus siege by using a nail file attached to his keys.
• 88 percent of some 3,000 kidnappings and hostage incidents within the United States have been resolved through negotiations.
• Foreign relations between Hong Kong and the Philippines have been greatly strained due to this incident.
• The Hong Kong tour group held hostage by Rolando Mendoza consisted of three families, two couples, a mother and daughter, and the tour leader.
• At the end of the siege, 43-year-old mother Ng Yau-woon lost her husband and two daughters, and was left with a comatose son.
• 39-year-old Fu Cheuk-Yan died while trying to save the rest of the tour group.
• The Wong siblings were orphaned during the incident.
• An elderly woman named Li Tsui Fung-kwan complained of stomach pains and was the first to be released from the bus.
• President Benigno Aquino III, facing his first major crisis since taking office on June 30, declared August 25, 2010 as a day of national mourning, “in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and the bereaved families of the slain.”

About time: Comme des Garçons to open at One Rockwell

MANILA, November 4, 2011—H&F Retail Concepts, Inc. has boarded up its space in preparation for the opening of the country’s first stand-alone Comme des Garçons store at One Rockwell, Makati City.

Comme des Garçons will open in Rockwell

The store is expected to open first quarter of 2012 in the same vicinity as the country’s premier multi-label
store, Univers.
H&F Retail Concepts, Inc. headed by Jappy Gonzalez is the Philippines’ sole franchise holders of Fred Perry and Balenciaga.
The shop will be designed under the creative supervision of label matriarch, Rei Kawakubo, and is expected to stock all lines under the Comme des Garçons umbrella, with the exception of Junya Watanabe, which will be retained in the company’s Homme et Femme flagship store at Shangri-La Plaza.

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