Apple to shut stores Wednesday for Jobs memorial

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

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(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.

Stop me!

I used to think stuffed toys were for kids, but some time in the ’80s, I was toured around designer Paolo Basa’s home and saw a cute little teddy bear on his beautiful bed. It looked like an old bear that had been loved for years.
I happen to love bears. So when I saw this cute little bear at the Jean-Paul Hevin chocolate store in Hong Kong, I just had to take it home.

Jean Paul Hevin bear

The bear sleeps on my bed. Add this to the Peninsula Bear I got in Hong Kong in 2005, which the boys claimed as their own.

Yay for Peninsula bear

Last week I found the agnés b. bear at the IFC mall in Hong Kong. I had to have that too. So cute!!

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Then I took a picture of them together and I got scared.

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I’m scared because when I saw the bears together, I thought, I don’t wanna be one of those people who collect things like clowns. Yikes!! No offence, but the idea is so Kuya Germs.

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No offence, but I’m scared of people who collect clowns or figurines or thimbles or refrigerator magnets.

Clown Collection

Clowns on Stage

Afraidy Aguilar!!

Yikes! I just saw the Cathay Pacific bear. Stop me! #afraid!!

Cathay Pacific bear

The CBTL Great Exchange

What does it take to enjoy a good cup of tea or coffee?
Do you have to wait ten minutes as your coffee maker brews a pot of cuppa?
Do you have to pass by a coffee shop on your way to work to and wait in line for a latte?
Does it have to be so complicated?
Not if you head to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s CBTL Great Exchange.

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“To put it simply, the CBTL makes it possible for coffee and tea aficionados to take the distinctive Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf experience inside their own homes,” says Walden Chu, President of the The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Philippines.
“To get everyone started, all they have to do is bring their used coffee machines to designated exchange sites to get Php 2,000 off their purchase of the CBTL single-serve system.”

CBTL

The CBTL allows you to create over 50 of your favorite Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf hot drinks with ease.
Think four types of brewed coffee (House, Decaf House, Viennese, and French), four espresso variants (Italian, Premium, Premium Decaf, and Continental), and four of the brand’s top-selling tea blends (Moroccan Mint, Chai, and Tropical Passion).
Blends are packed in vacuum-sealed capsules to preserve the freshness and full flavor of the drinks.

CBTL capsules

Take advantage of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Roving Great Exchange:
October 17-23, 2011 at the Power Plant Mall
November 4-13 at Ayala Terraces, Cebu
November 30 at the Greenbelt 5 Galley
December 2-6 at the Greenbelt 5 Galley

http://www.coffeebean.com.ph/

True Value private sale only at Shang

I don’t really know what that blonde woman has to do with a True Value sale, but I wish I could be there!
I ♥ True Value!

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The sale is exclusive to True Perks members, Robinsons-Cebu Pacific Mastercard holders, and VIP customers.
Aside from exclusive discounts, treats and a prize for the biggest spender, True Value will be giving away Greener Options bags to the first 100 shoppers.
Be there on October 19, Wednesday at True Value Shangri-La Plaza from from 11 AM-6 PM.

Saboten

When I was younger, my favorite airport stopover food was the Beef Bowl in Narita. I would purposely not eat on the plane so that I could have space for that dish. After Narita renovated, the beef bowl was no longer served at the same spot, but I found a place called Bowl Bowl that has it.

Bowl Bowl, Narita

It’s really not the greatest dish. It’s more of a comfort food/sentimental memory lane thing for me. This is something I enjoyed as a student going back and forth Narita and JFK.

Finally, a beef bowl for me

Now one of the things I look forward to is Saboten tonkatsu at the Hong Kong airport.
Located in the food court area near the Disney store, Saboten is always busy with a queue of hungry guests waiting to be served.

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This is my normal order—breaded pork tenderloin and the works

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Not fond of tonkatsu sauce, I pour two portions of yuzu salad dressing over the crushed sesame seeds. I prefer this dipping sauce

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Other combos: Loin and tenderloin

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Loin and shrimp

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Just loin, and more.
Now, where to find really good tonkatsu in Manila? Please tell me and not the fastfood kind please :)

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Saboten, which specializes in deep-fried pork cutlet and its popular ground sesame sauce, is expanding all over Asia.
In Hong Kong: Find them at the airport and at the Lower Ground Floor, Henry House, 42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Korea: Myeongryebang-gil, Myeong-dong (Tel. 02 756 4510)
Bangkok:
• Isetan Emporium, 6th Floor, Isetan Department Store, Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan
• 5th Floor 622 Soi 24, Sukhumvit 24 Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand (Tel. 66-2-259-8455)
Singapore:
• 9 Raffles Boulevard, #P3-01 Parco Marina Bay, Millenia Walk, Singapore (Tel: +65 6333 3432)
• Changi Airport
Taipei:
• Mitsukoshi Tien Mu, 7th FL, No. 68, TienMu East Road (Tel. 02-2874-3971)
• Mitsukoshi XinYi, A9, 6th FL, No. 9, Song Shou Road
Manila: Coming soon!!

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