Win Samsung phones and more from @chuvaness
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I dislike any form of online voting, but I couldn’t say no to Style Bible when they shortlisted me this time for Blogger of the Year 2013. And thanks to all who voted and persevered and a miracle, I won!!

Best Of 2013 _ Stylebible

I don’t believe in vote buying, but I believe in prizes and thank yous.
That’s why I’m giving away two wonderful phones from Samsung Philippines.
I personally love my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and don’t leave home without it. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a larger device called a “phablet” (phone/tablet) which is similar to the Note 3, minus the S-pen tool.


If you don’t win a phone, eight of you can also win a pair of plush toys from Line, the Mobile messenger app with various stickers, plus free voice and video calls over 3G/4G & Wi-Fi.
Now please read carefully…


To win a phone, you must be able to pick up the prize at the Fort (my office) or a Pepper Lunch Shangri-La Plaza, Rockwell or Greenbelt.
To win a plush toy, you must have a Philippine address (I can ship them to you).

1) Must have a Philippine address.
2) Must have a Facebook or Twitter account.
3) Share this entry by clicking the Facebook or Twitter button below.
4) Register HERE.
5) Contest starts on February 12, 2014 and ends on February 15 at 11 PM.
6) There will be two winners of Samsung phones and eight winners of Line plush toys (two plush toys each).
7) Winners will be chosen via electronic raffle and posted here on
8) Winners will be informed via email or text on how to receive their prizes.
9) Only one entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

A “posh” Puregold opens at Fairview Terraces
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Aside from my favorite, deserted Puregold Jr. on Pioneer Street, the only other Puregold supermarket I’ve ever been to is on Shaw Boulevard.
I get to save a lot in that branch, but I avoid that place because of all the people—mostly store owners who buy wholesale. Imagine the lines.
Interior-wise, most Puregold stores are no-nonsense supermarkets like this old one on Commonwealth.

Old puregold

This customer service counter will take you back about ten years…

Old puregold

Well, Puregold isn’t just for time warps anymore, as they recently opened a more upscale store at Fairview Terraces in Quezon City.


My friend Rem and I got a special tour from Puregold recently.
Upon seeing the lights, Rem said, “Wow. Singapore!”


The new Puregold Terraces offers a saner shopping experience to Fairview residents who prefer quality and convenience. But don’t let the interiors scare you. Prices here are same as in other Puregold branches, though its focus is more on household use.


It has a wider assortment of imported and branded items, plus full fresh operations offering Australian beef, organic products, and wide selection of cheese.

Dutch cheese

For those who love spaghetti, worry not, they have Farmer Sanchez.

Parmesan cheese

My friend Chuck swears by these Baygon dengue sprays. They are deadly!! You must plan to leave the premises after spraying. It will kill all mosquitoes and even pets! Keep away from children!! (I bought three.)

Dengue spray

If size matters to you, they have large packages of household items

Knorr mixes

This means the branch stocks a very limited assortment of sachets.
But for small business owners, Puregold Terraces also has its own Tindahan ni Aling Puring for members who want to purchase wholesale.
The checkout counters are plenty and feature good design


We spotted Jessica Zafra hoarding cat food (surprise!!)

Jessica Zafra
Cat food

Finally, these guys brought our groceries to our car. If you’re shopping at Puregold or anywhere, make sure to bring your eco-bags. Most of the time I find that I’m the only one using eco-bags.


Thank you Puregold for the tour!
Puregold Fairview Terraces is at Quirino Highway corner Maligaya Drive, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Read about Jessica Zafra’s shopping experience HERE.

Ai Weiwei and Elmer Borlongan at Ayala Museum
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Don’t panic. It’s not a collab.
To celebrate National Arts Month, Ayala Museum presents back-to-back exhibitions of two powerhouse figures in contemporary visual arts today: Zambales-based figurative painter Elmer Borlongan, and controversial Chinese multimedia artist/political activist Ai Weiwei.

In City and Country: Elmer Borlongan 1992-2012, will showcase the artistic contributions of the man fondly called ‘Emong,’ whose lifework is composed mainly of powerful portrayals of the destitute and neglected in Philippine society.

Mobile Record Shop, 1999

Opening the day immediately after is Ai Weiwei: Baby Formula, an art installation of 1,815 milk cans in the shape of the Chinese map, originally exhibited in Hong Kong in response to the growing issue of children’s milk safety in China.

Ai Weiwei milk cans

Closeup of milk cans

Ai Wei Wei
Ai Wei Wei

Both Ai and Borlongan use art as a medium for social and political commentary.
Borlongan, who started painting during the Marcos era, was an active member of cause-oriented art collectives such as Artista ng Bayan (ABAY) and Salingpusa.
His paintings acknowledge the existence of various pedestrian characters in the Philippines, and recognize their loneliness, struggle, poverty, confusion, and resilience.
Effectively marrying style and satire in his art, Borlongan was awarded the Thirteen Artists Award by the CCP in 1994 for his contributions to Philippine modernism. He has also enjoyed travel grants to Japan, ASEAN, Australia, and other countries to exhibit his work there.

Elmer Borlongan

Ai created a buzz in international art news after boldly staging protests against the Chinese government and other cultural practices, mainly through art and communications via web and social networking sites.
The artist has produced installations, photographs, videos, performances, sculptures, and even Internet art that are always in response to pressing issues in Chinese society.
Through the help of artists and curators worldwide, the artist is able to exhibit internationally despite having his passport confiscated by the government and barring him from traveling abroad.

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds

In City and Country, Elmer Borlongan 1992-2012, opens to the public from February 18 to April 6, 2014.
Ai Weiwei: Baby Formula, is on view from February 19 to March 16, 2014.
Ayala Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 AM to 6 PM.
For more information call (632) 759-8288, or email

Found: cute gift boxes at SM Megamall
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What do you call people who love colorful stationery like I do?
I go crazy whenever I see a shop full of cute items.
As much as I love hoarding cute things, I also find joy in giving gifts in cute packages.
One thing I’ve noticed in Manila is the lack of cute wrapping papers and boxes. There’s a box store I sometimes go to at Rockwell but I find the shop girls so deadma and unfriendly, like you wonder if they missed lunch or something.
The boxes at National bookstore are more functional than anything, but good enough if you have a ton presents to wrap.
I am not fond of this box store in Mandaluyong. I understand they make a killing during Christmas, but the boxes there are really flimsy and cheap-looking. How I wish they would make boxes for people who are willing to pay for better quality. Also the shop girls, not very friendly.
So my favorite box store would have to be Muji for the kraft paper boxes.

Muji boxes. Completely plain, unmarked, unlabelled. Because it DOES matter.

Packaging is everything! If you’re going to give a nice present, you might as well pack them nicely.
Recently I found a source of cute boxes at SM department store in Megamall A, at the ground level.

sm boxes

All these boxes are sturdy and imported and cost more than your ordinary cardboard box. Expect to pay more than Php 100 each.

SM boxes

So pretty, you don’t have to use wrapping paper or ribbon

SM boxes
sm boxes

Found a couple of boxes that are Mich Dulce-approved

sm boxes
sm boxes

You have to check them out if you love giving gifts

sm boxes
sm boxes

and so much more.

sm boxes

Find them at the Gift Wrap section, ground level, SM Department Store at Megamall A.

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