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No wifi, no life
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This past week our internet at home conked out and my kids got really upset.
At the same time, my SIM card died. The landline was dead. The water pump got busted, and our aircon was dripping.
You’d think Mercury was in retrograde—but only in our house.
It was hell being a house manager while trying to recover from my surgery.
To fix the internet, I made a few tweets to @PLDThome, but it took them about five days to fix the problem. Apparently a fiber optic was corroded.
My SIM card was replaced the next day through my dad’s secretary and account officer.
Our driver was able to fix the water pump by himself, and the aircon guys arrived the next day.
Prior to repair, the kids were feeling withdrawal from internet, so I took them to our small apartment at the Shangri-La and stayed there until 8 PM for two days.

The boys in the apartment

I can’t tell you how traumatized I’ve been this last week.
The solution: get a backup internet from another company—one in our room and one in the kids’ room.
We also have two landlines now.
Long before wifi and cellphones, we had three landlines at my parents’ house. Back in the day there was only PLDT and it wasn’t easy to get a line. You kind of had to have connections to get a phone number.
Telephone lines would easily conk out, especially if it was raining, so it was important to have a backup line.
During that time, no telephone, no life.

Nowadays people don’t care much for the landline, but I still prefer to use one when having a conversation.
So after this week’s trauma, I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at the thought that we now have two wifis at home—both with speeds of 7 mbps. If one conks out, I’ll have a backup, and I never have to go through that suffering again.
Unless of course both conk out at the same time, then we’ll just go to the apartment.
Didn’t realize how important wifi was until only this week. No wifi, no life.

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Bench presents Lee Min Ho concert in Manila
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Korean superstar Lee Min Ho comes back to Manila in his first-ever concert tour on July 6, 2013 (Saturday) at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Named after the release of his first album, My Everything—World Tour 2013 will be a 10-city tour that will take him to Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Osaka, Hong Kong and the United States.

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Lee Min Ho’s acting career started in 2005 with small roles in Korean dramas, but the big career break in his career came when he took the lead role as Gu Jun Pyo in Boys Over Flowers.
He continued to star in several blockbuster dramas, including Personal Taste (retitled Perfect Match in the Philippines) and the action drama City Hunter.
Lee Min Ho is also one of BENCH clothing’s international endorsers.

Lee Min Ho for Bench

Tickets available at all SM Ticket outlets or go to http://www.smtickets.com.
For VIP tickets or more information, call Wilbros Live at 374-9999.

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Father’s Day specials at Cibo and Pepper Lunch
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To celebrate Father’s Day, CIBO offers Gamberoni—king prawns, garlic, capers, anchovy, olive oil, sautéed spinach, balsamic vinegar with parsley rice pilaf—from June 9-16, 2013 at all CIBO branches.
As an added treat, every order of Gamberoni comes with a free glass of white wine or iced tea.

Gamberoni

CIBO is located at Glorietta 4, Shangri-La Plaza, Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Promenade Greenhills, Gateway Mall Araneta Center, Greenbelt 5, Lucky Chinatown Mall and Robinsons Magnolia.

This June 14-16, 2013, Pepper Lunch offers a combination of shimofuri pepper steak and karubi cut steak with sweet yakiniku sauce—for a special price of only Php 477.
And yes, you can have it even if you’re not a father 🙂

Pepper Lunch 2013

This Pepper Lunch promo will be available at Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center (2F Corte de las Palmas), SM Megamall-A, Robinson’s Ermita, SM Mall of Asia, and Eastwood Mall.

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H&M announces Isabel Marant collab
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Swedish retail giant H&M is proud to announce its autumn collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant.
Known for her effortless style, Isabel mixes urban attitude and boho elegance with a rock ‘n’ roll spirit to deliver a genuine French allure.

Isabel Marant

For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style.
It will be available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online.
The collection will include clothing and accessories for women and teenagers, and for the first time for her, a collection for men.

“I am flattered by this collaboration,” said Isabel. “H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality” says Isabel Marant.

Born and raised in Paris, Isabel Marant started customizing her own clothes while still at high school.
A graduate of the famed Studio Berçot, Marant worked her way up the fashion system starting with a jewellery line, adding knitwear, then finally launching her eponymous collection in 1994. Today she runs an internationally successful fashion powerhouse with a string of boutiques worldwide. Her Parisian chic style, a mix of bohemia and masculine tailoring, grows in popularity season after season.

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