They’re here!

Homme et Femme just got a fresh delivery of Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchels at the Shangri-La Plaza.
I was there to pick up my reservation (well one of them), and saw that they have all five colors in two sizes.
The black and brown satchels are priced at Php 16,298 for 13″ and Php 16,998 for 15″.

Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchel
Comme des Garçons x Cambridge Satchel

The gold, silver, and white satchels are priced Php 17,698 for 13″ and Php 18,598 for 15″.

comme des garçons x Cambridge Satchel

comme des garçons x Cambridge Satchel

comme des garçons x Cambridge Satchel

Homme et Femme is at Level 3, Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Tel. 633-7009

Oliver Tolentino for Samsung Metrowear

METRO Magazine proudly presents Oliver Tolentino in its second installment of Metrowear on October 24, 2011.
Oliver started by designing gowns, including the one worn by Imelda Marcos at her 80th birthday gala.
Within the first year of opening his own boutique on Melrose Boulevard, he has showed in different fashion events mounted by EcoChic at the United Nations in Switzerland, Milan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Among his clientele are actress Vivica Fox, One Tree Hill beauty Sophia Bush, and our very own Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

Oliver Tolentino

In celebration of his success abroad, Metrowear will stage Oliver Tolentino’s first gala fashion show at The Harbour Garden Tent, Sofitel Philipine Plaza on Monday featuring a 60-piece collection of cocktail dresses, red carpet gowns and menswear.
The show will also benefit Bantay Bata, a non-government organization that Oliver supports.
To donate to Bantay Bata and Sagip Kapamilya via Metrowear Icon show, call 415-2272 local 6551 or 6552 or email
For every Php 10,000 donation, you will receive two invitations to Metrowear Icon: Oliver Tolentino as well as credit mention in the event and the post-event feature in Metro Magazine.

Don’t mess with our volcano

Just yesterday, Sayoko and I were enjoying an unobstructed view of Taal Volcano.



Now this:

Hollywood-like sign in Batangas mulled


Photo from the Office of the Vice Governor of Batangas

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Batangas may soon erect a landmark similar to the iconic Los Angeles’ “Hollywood” sign, a Batangas official told a newspaper.
According to an Inquirer report, Vice Governor Mark Leviste II said the Batangas provincial council has approved a resolution to erect a “hard-to-miss landmark and potential tourism draw,” which allegedly is an idea of Governor Vilma Santos-Recto.
The report said the resolution was approved on October 5.
Leviste said the proposed landmark will be erected on Taal Volcano and will be positioned following the contours of the volcano.
The letters of the proposed “Batangas” signage, which would measure 14-meters tall and cover around 110 meters of land, would use the same font as that of the Hollywood sign, said Leviste.
According to the report, Batangas tourism office official Emelie Katigbak also proposed the construction of floating restaurants or fish pens on Taal Lake.
Katigbak said the restaurants or fish pens would form the words “Ala eh,” an expression commonly used by Batangueños.
Governor Recto, meanwhile, said the proposals are still under review. She added that the local government has yet to allocate a budget for the project.
(end quote)

Dear Ate Vi,
With all due respect, may we suggest a much better sign?

Nora Pa rin

Please don’t mess with our volcano.
Thank you very much,
Cecile van Straten
Member, GANAP
Grand Alliance for Nora Aunor Philippines

Wow Philippines!

So many sad things have been happening all around:
1) The security guard in our neighborhood convenience store was shot dead by a robber.
2) The motorcycle of my hairstylist’s husband was stolen by a 16-year-old neighbor.
3) The brother of my assistant was killed for the payroll.
4) So I read KLM is pulling out flights to Manila because of high taxes slapped on the airline by the Philippine government. Not good for my Dutch family. Is it true that Philippine Airlines is not allowed to land on Schiphol because it owes the Dutch airport $2 million in fees?
5) The other night I had an argument with a traffic enforcer who wanted to confiscate my driver’s license. I am still confused whether confiscating of drivers licenses is legal or not?

More than ever, I feel like this country is going to the dogs.
I’m confused because I love this country, there’s no place like home. And yet—where do we take some Dutch and Japanese to see and experience the beauty of the Philippines?
A group of us planned a day trip to Tagaytay via Black Fleet and specifically to dine at Antonio’s Garden.
We decided to meet up at The New World Hotel where our Japanese friends were staying.

Back: The Dutch contingent (my father-in-law, Joris and Jeroen)
Front: Kristine, Sayoko, Keri, Junko, Jay, Jude

To make it more fun, I hired the highly imposing Black Fleet to take us to Tagaytay.


I first saw the Black Fleet outside the hotel Justin Bieber was staying at and wondered what the hell it was. Besides Justin Bieber, The Black Fleet recently had Westlife as passengers.
The Dutch boys hung out in the back.


While the rest of us behaved like school kids in the front seats. We enjoyed the fully stocked minibar and DVD movie with Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The driver and “conductor” were very courteous and professional. Though the ride was a bit too bumpy for comfort, these two plus the company of friends and family made the journey very exciting.


But first, Keri needed to find buko pie for her son along the way. We were frantically searching for Colette (not the legendary French boutique as the Japanese thought) but the legendary buko pie baker.
After passing by four Colette stores (they are everywhere but on the wrong side of the road), Keri mentioned that Rowena’s had better buko pie. Within five minutes, we were parked at Rowena’s store.
What a relief to get down for a bit. I think we all bought something. The store is nicely stocked with all  kinds of interesting products, definitely worth a stopover.

Kristine and I planned the trip with Sayoko

Jay found the most exotic dried fish we have ever seen


Joris and Jeroen tried the apple pie


Love this bus


We stopped by the Cliffhouse to view the Taal Lake



Jude and I dress like twins, almost


We also toured one of the four rooms in the Inn at the Cliffhouse


Had a quick snack at Café Breton


Must-have: butter and sugar crepe!


And back to the bus


We arrived a bit early at Antonio’s Garden. This is Junko


Joris and Jan


They prepared this beautiful table setting for our party of nine



A view of Antonio’s Breakfast, open from 7 AM to 4 PM only


Romantic brick lane


Huge garden, good enough for a small wedding


Jude suggested we spend some time exploring the compound before dinner




Indoor dining area



We also had a choice to sit indoors, just in case it rained


But Chef definitely loves the outdoors


Dinner was served


I had the best fresh mango juice served in a glass of mango ice (made me think about making Coke ice cubes at home)


We shared a small lechon ordered in advance


Jeroen’s steak


A trio of panna cotta


plus a host of other dishes I didn’t photograph.

Chefs Jude and Jeroen

All done


And we’re back at the New World Hotel at 10:45 PM.


Thanks very much to Sab Jose of The Black Fleet for the special arrangement.
To know more about them, go to

To know more about Antonio’s, go to

Apple to shut stores Wednesday for Jobs memorial

By Poornima Gupta
SAN FRANCISCO | Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:50pm EDT


(Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to shutter U.S. retail stores for several hours on Wednesday so employees can take part in a company-wide celebration of co-founder Steve Jobs’ life, a person familiar with the celebration said.
Store employees in United States will use that time to view a live broadcast of the event, which is being held at an outdoor amphitheater at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.
The celebration — which will be held from 10 a.m. PT to 11:30 a.m. PT — follows a private memorial service for the late tech visionary at Stanford University attended by Silicon Valley luminaries, politicians and celebrities.
Many stores across California were not accepting online bookings for Wednesday morning, either for tech-support or tutorial appointments.
Employees across Asia and Australia will be able to view a re-broadcast of the celebration, the person said.
An Apple spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.
Jobs died on Oct 5 at the age of 56 after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Chief Executive Tim Cook had said in a memo to employees on October 10 that a celebration of his life would be held Wednesday.

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