Keri’s dream come true

My cousin Keri’s obsession with Korean dramas is contagious. She got me into Boys Over Flowers, which is the Korean version of Meteor Garden (Taiwanese drama I loved).
Luckily, my friend Mae gifted me two boxed sets of Boys Over Flowers, plus Mischievous Kiss, which star singer/actor/dancer (triple threat) Kim Hyun Joong. So yes, I find him cute and never mind that I was already in college when he was born.

Kim Hyun Joong collection

As far as Kim Hyun Joong fans are concerned, Keri (L) is a certified diehard. She has traveled to Seoul, Shanghai and Yokohama to stalk him watch his concerts.

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Kim Hyun Joong in Yokohama (Photos: Keri Zamora)

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You can imagine the damage to my ear when I told her Kim Hyun Joong was coming to Manila for a Face Shop tour.

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Last Friday morning, Keri came over to our house with makeup artist Tatin Yang, who did both of our makeup.
Left the house 11-ish to the Rockwell Club for a media lunch.

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Do you think she’s excited?

Keri and Kim Hyun Joong

While having our lunch, we couldn’t help but notice the hunky bodyguard, Mr. Jeong, who has his own Facebook fan page. He made sure the platform was stable. He looked under the chairs, inspected the flowers, and checked if the outside was clear.

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Here’s a stolen shot by me

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Then our On The Radar group (Keri, Grace and I) was called for a briefing upstairs as we were scheduled for a one-on-one for the Philippine Star (basically guidelines on what we can and can’t ask).
As we were talking to his Korean handler and interpreter, I noticed this entourage coming downstairs.
Watch Kim Hyun Joong walking slowly behind his bodyguard, with the golden hair, moreno skin, as he scans the room with his eyes.

That was our cue to proceed to the press conference. We took the elevator, they took the stairs. So we stalked him on his way there. Now watch the security and handlers with Kim Hyun Joong. Watch him scan the room and glance at us again.

He entered a room full of girls trying to stifle screams. (Here we have settled down.)

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Oh, and he sat right across from us :)

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Filipina-Korean radio/ TV personality Grace Lee hosted the program. (Why so pretty??)
Check out Gelli de Belen in the background.

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Was he spaced out or checking her out?

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So perfect.

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If Paris Hilton has Isha Dinio, Kim Hyun Joong has 74-year-old Patria Ragasa. Her daughter spent Php 100,000 to win his cropped pants in a charity auction. As a bonus, they also got to meet and greet the Korean pop star.

Kim Hyun Joong's cropped pants for auction

Lola meets her crush idol.

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She reportedly gave Kim Hyun Joong a key and said, “This is the key to my heart, I give it to you!” #afraid
She also begged him to kiss her!! That’s one aggressive lola, I tell you. He was very sweet to her though.

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Lola’s 15 minutes of fame

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Here’s the photo op, with Lola’s daughter on the left

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The Face Shop donated the money to Abiertas House of Friendship, “a non-government organization that provides a temporary home to needy women, especially unwed mothers.”

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During the press conference we were called to go back upstairs in preparation for our one-on-one.
The aircon wasn’t function so Keri peeled off her jacket. We were debating if she should interview him in a Roland Mouret bustier—or NOT!!

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In no time we were called into this function room full of people and Kim Hyun Joong.
As soon as I saw the formal setting, I whispered to Grace, “Roland Mouret bustier is definitely not appropriate.”
Keri was assigned to interview him. I took photos and Grace held the Flip video.
To be fair, Keri acted professionally and did not fumble her lines/questions.

Keri interviews Kim Hyun Joong

Check out the body language ;)

Kim Hyun Joong in Manila

After answering our ten questions, we were whisked away to accommodate the other reporters, not even allowed to ask for an autograph.
So Keri followed him to Trinoma at 5 PM while I had to attend two other events.

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

You can imagine the place was packed

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Grace Lee hosted

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Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Meet and greet for Face Shop promo winners

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Watch for Keri’s coverage in the Philippine Star in a few!
To know more about the Face Shop, click here.

Manny & Kim & Rajo x beabi

beabi, the organizer store recently launched its Limited Artist Edition 2011 Tote Bag and Bag Organizer in collaboration with Manny Pacquiao, Kim Chiu, and Rajo Laurel—three personalities admired in their respective fields.

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The three celebrities were asked to design bags that capture their personalities, with part of the proceeds going to their chosen charities: Bantay Bata, Bantay Kalikasan, and Pacqman Partnerships for the Poor.
The bags come in two sizes: medium and large.
The medium sized bag retails for Php 1,395 while the large, which includes a nice zippered pouch is priced at Php 1,695.

Beabi x Rajo Laurel

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Get them at beabi stores at Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Galleria, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Place Manila, TriNoMa, SM North EDSA, Eastwood City, and SM Fairview.

What’s in my bag?

My stuff

1. planner
2. house keys
3. wallet
4. pen case
5. card case
6. Puffs tissues
7. Goody comb
8. checkbook, receipts organizer
9. wet tissues
10. Newman’s Own mints

And they all fit into this train case I bought from a trip abroad.

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Everyone who sees the bag asks about it, so I decided to bring it in to the Philippines.
It comes in four colors: red and brown, pink, brown, and orange and brown.
They remind me of Globetrotter luggage, minus the price tag.
This train case only costs Php 5,800.

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It comes in one size only and measures approximately 12.5″ (L) x 9″ (H) x 5″ (W).
Material is vegan friendly PVC, made in China.
It’s lockable with two magnetic closures, fits an iPad and all your other essentials. Think of it as your little bag of secrets. It also comes with a convenient detachable shoulder strap and smaller strap to attach to your carry-on luggage.

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They are currently available at Madison Rockwell (2nd floor, near National Bookstore) and online at http://www.dotcomme.ph/.
Add Php 300 for shipping within the Philippines or pick up at Pepper Lunch Shangri-La or Greenbelt. I do not recommend shipping abroad as I have inquired and it costs almost like the bag itself.

Madison at Rockwell, Power Plant mall

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http://www.dotcomme.ph/

Untitled

OMG. I’m in love.
If I could marry fragrance, I would marry Margiela’s Untitled.

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I don’t really collect perfumes. Right now I have five bottles on my dresser:
• Hayden’s Green Tea and Peony, a gift from Hayden and a favorite of Vicki Belo
• Acca Kappa which is truly sexy on a man or a woman
• Gap’s Close (which reminds me of Patrick Robinson in Tokyo)
• L’Artisan Bois Farine (a fave of Sofia Coppola)
and of course this Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela.

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Found a sample at the I.T counter in Hong Kong while I was shopping and I gave it a try.
It brought me back to Houston to the hotel Zaza, which is one of my most favorite hotels in the world.
Zaza had this wonderful fruity scenting that haunts me to this day. I think Margiela’s Untitled comes very, very close to it.
They say scents are a powerful trigger of emotions and memory. When I smell Japanese crayons, I’m back in Grade 3.
When I smell Untitled, I’m back in Houston keeping my cousin Chelo company.
It’s been three years since she passed and not a single week goes by that I don’t think about her.
So these are the things I love in just one bottle: Martin Margiela

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Chica girl, I.T.

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My bed. Yum.

This is in front of my bed

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My dear cousin. Get well soon!

Isn’t that amazing?

Win free tickets to Zombadings from Keratin Complex

Keratin Complex Philippines, along with Orgin8 Media and SM Cinemas, present a special advanced screening of Zombadings 1: Patayin si Remington sa Shokot, on August 30, 2011 (Tuesday), 7 PM, at SM Megamall Cinema 9.
The event will also feature a brief Zombading “beauty pageant” styled by Keratin Complex client hairstylists.

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From the makers of Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros comes this critically acclaimed horror-comedy, starring Martin Escuedero, Lauren Young, Janice de Belen, and Kerbie Zamora with the special participation of Roderick Paulate and Eugene Domingo.

Wanna win free tickets to the advanced screening?
Like Keratin Complex Club Philippines on Facebook, and post your name and email address on the wall.
The first 50 people that post on the wall will win 2 tickets each to the premiere.

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About Keratin Complex

Founded by renowned stylist Peter Coppola, Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, is a revolutionary, professional, revitalizing and rejuvenating treatment that penetrates the hair’s cuticle to reduce 95% of frizz and curl.
This advanced formulation smooths hair by infusing 40% percent hydrolyzed natural keratin deep into the damaged cuticle.

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy is recommended
• to those who do not want stick-straight hair
• to those who want to take away the frizz but not sacrifice the curls
• to those with damaged hair due to bleaching or rebonding
• to those with chemically damaged hair.

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy takes 2 1/2 hours. The effect lasts anywhere from 3-5 months depending on the client’s lifestyle and original hair condition. For best results, client is not allowed to wet her his/hair up to 72 hours after the treatment.

Here’s good news for those who can’t last the 72-hour no-shampoo rule.
Keratin Complex’s Express Blowout is a one-hour treatment that gives you smooth, sexy, shiny hair in a snap.
You are allowed to shampoo your hair after 8 hours the treatment. Effect should last up to six weeks.

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Experience beautiful hair with Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, in any of these top salons:
Creations Salon
Emphasis Salon Peninsula
Headzone
Henri Calayag
Indigo Salon
Jesi Mendez Salon
Jing Monis Salon
Justine Barbara Salon
Le Maquillage
Louis Philippe Kee salons
Manila Polo Club Salon
Piandré Salons
Philippe Salon
Regine’s Salon
Studio 546
Salon de Matt
Studio Salon Fix by Alex Carbonell
Toni and Guy Essensuals
Bridges Salon Cebu
Evolutions Salon
Expose Salon Cebu
Pink and Gold Salon Davao
Studio 28 Bacolod
Virtu Salon
and at selected branches of Bench Fix and David’s salons.

Spotted at National Bookstore

Moleskine’s long-awaited Writing, Traveling and Reading collections, including pens, pencils, bags, reading glasses, cases, reading stands and USB rechargeable book lights.

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Designed by Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti, the new collections are compatible with Moleskine notebooks and planners through special clips and holders.

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The new accessories retain many of the familiar features of the Moleskine notebooks: elastic band, smooth and rounded corners, black color, “in case of loss” label, and essential, contemporary-classic aesthetics.

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Available now at National Book Store. To see the complete range and prices, click HERE.

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