Mangetsu obsession

This Lent I’ve found myself craving more and more for Mangetsu food, specifically fish.
My friends and I find all sorts of excuses to go there—whether to eat spicy tuna or gossip or both.
Jeroen, Grace and Keri are obsessed with spicy tuna, which comes in a roll or in a bowl.
When Keri orders both, she has a no-sharing, no leftover rule :)
If spicy tuna is your thing, Mangetsu is a must.

Spicy tuna roll

I like to order a hamachi sashimi and a bowl of sushi rice, instead of ordering it in sushi form, because I don’t like wasabi.

Hamachi sashimi

I find the portion too small, so I order a second dish: breaded shisamo with a small salad and the loveliest kropek in town

Shisamo katsu

For those who haven’t tried, shisamo is a long fish that is stuffed with roe from neck to tail. Try it with a squeeze of lemon and dip in soy sauce or Japanese mayo—yum!

Shisamo katsu

You know what’s surprisingly good in a Japanese restaurant is the fresh mango shake that is not too sweet or watery.
Oh, and I loved looking at the specials menu, which looks like it was written by the Japanese chef.
As an editor I enjoyed proofreading it. XO

Mangetsu

Mangetsu is at 38 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati
Open 11:30 AM – 2 PM (last order 1:30 PM)
5:30 – 11 PM (last order 10:30 PM)
To reserve, call 478-3292 or email mamagotoinc@gmail.com

http://www.mangetsu.ph/

Karl Roy’s last night

Last Saturday night, Grace, Jude and I drove over to Mt. Carmel Church in Quezon City to pay our last respects to the rock legend, Karl Roy, who died last Tuesday at the age of 44.
I’m so glad I made it out there, and I apologize to my friend Lia, for not having taken her with me on such a late evening.
When we got there, I was immediately moved by the amount of people gathered around at the courtyard.
My camera’s battery had died at the Comme des Garçons launch, so I made use of my BlackBerry camera and Grace took photos with her iPhone. I feel so emotional looking at these…

Karl Roy 1967-2012

Filled with all sorts of tattooed and pierced young rockers, I hardly knew a soul, except for singer Cooky Chua, whom I knew from the band Color It Red and Karl’s brother, Keith. Also spotted: Earl Ignacio, a familiar face from the ’90s, musicians Ira Cruz, and Paul Zialcita.

Karl Roy was 44

The actual room where Karl’s ashes were was practically empty, save for a few mourners. Understandably, everyone was outside to see the informal concert staged by Karl’s friends.

Karl Roy's ashes in an urn

Karl Roy 1967-2012

Like I said, Karl photographed really well. Portraits stood on easels inside the chapel.

Karl Roy 1967-2012

Karl Roy 1967-2012

After saying our prayers, we stepped out to check the scene. The wake was well organized with so much food, shawarma stands, and even some bouncers. I don’t remember seeing any alcohol on the scene, which was good, considering these are still church grounds.

Karl Roy 1967-2012

Karl Roy 1967-2012

Karl Roy 1967-2012

“I want a shawarma stand in my wake, and Cibo food and Coke and Haagen-Dazs ice cream,” I told Jude and Grace after smelling the nice aroma of grilled shawarma. Not that I have a death wish, just saying :)
I had a warm feeling for Karl seeing the turnout. I knew he would approve. I also thought, just because you are pierced, tattooed, shaved and skinny—doesn’t make you a bad person. I saw the love for Karl and I felt that if so many loved him on earth, then God would also be merciful.
Well, either that or the shawarma was really good—just kidding :)

Karl Roy 1967-2012

https://www.facebook.com/KarlRoyBand

Mich Dulce in the Wall Street Journal

A Hat to Upgrade Any Outfit
By Robert Michael Poole

Choosing a hat is more about how you feel than how it looks, says luxury milliner Mich Dulce.
In fact, to ease the bareheaded into the world of designer headgear, she has created a line of “introductory” hats for first-timers who don’t want to start off too showy.
Ms. Dulce, who counts British pop star Adam Ant and Japan Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo among her customers and was named “International Young Creative Entrepreneur” at London’s 2010 fashion week, works in a studio outside Manila but lives and handles marketing from London.

Mich Dulce
Mich Dulce in Paris

Her designs often incorporate aspects of their wearers’ personality, and previous themes include saints and sinners, with references to religious imagery, and fairytale motifs such as kings and princesses.
“Hats are really about upgrading your outfit,” she says. “Even a cozy headband makes a statement.”
The finished products range from simple pieces worn on the crown to abstract, asymmetrical sculptures that perch on one side of the head. Even when a hat is worn at a tilt, however, comfort is key, Ms. Dulce says. “There is nothing worse than watching someone constantly playing with or adjusting their hat.”

Mich Dulce AW 12-13

In Pasig, a suburb of Manila, she works with natural fabrics from indigenous Philippine tribes.
Her latest material of choice is tinalak, which is hand-woven by the residents of Lake Sebu, in the South Cotobato province. Used in her winter 2012 collection, “In Dreams You Are,” tinalak is made from a fiber called abaca that derives from plants in the banana family.
Ms. Dulce employs seven women from the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, a social-entrepreneurship nonprofit. This has the added benefit of improving the product, she says, since the women are familiar with the local materials used. They sell at retailers such as Fenwick in England and online at Yoox for more than $300 each.

Mich Dulce AW 12-13

Mich Dulce AW 12-13

When you’re ready to try one on, here are some things to keep in mind.
Look for a hat that has a lining — an indicator of quality, since cheaper manufacturers omit it. The color should complement and provide accent to an outfit but doesn’t need to match its color, she says — someone wearing all black, for example, might select a hat in yellow.
Men should look for a hat that fits the head snugly — you should be able to slip one finger under the rim without it slipping off, Ms. Dulce says. “If you are going to measure your head size, one or two centimeters above the eyebrow is the way to do it.”

Mich Dulce AW 12-13

Mich Dulce AW 12-13

Contrary to what some people believe, hats can work for all face shapes. People with rounder faces should avoid hats placed directly on the top of the head; instead, they should look for pieces that can sit at 45 degrees. A more narrow face, meanwhile, can pull off a wider variety of designs but will need a smaller size so as not to look ungainly.
In addition, hats require more care than other accessories and are more susceptible to wear and tear, Ms. Dulce says. “Make sure when you buy a molded hat that it is not soft, so it doesn’t lose its shape too soon,” she says.
Boxes are essential and too often neglected, she adds, since they keep hats from getting crushed. She stores all her own hats in cases, though she also suggests keeping them in cabinets to keep them in good condition.

Mich Dulce AW 12-13

Photos: Everywhere We Shoot
Model: Jasmine Maierhofer
Stylist: Melvin Mojica
http://michdulce.com/

Spotted at the Dutch Embassy

Guess who is this self-made millionaire who made a fortune selling cheap cologne to the masses?
Spotted him at the Dutch embassy escorting his mother and followed by a young lady.
The entrepreneur was wearing a pink printed shirt, striped bellhop pants and stiletto boots. :)
They were picked up by a large black SUV and assisted by three uniformed bodyguards.
Our Yaya Bhing was the one who recognized him and was awestruck while describing his mansion featured on TV.
Hats off to this man who worked hard and is is now living his dream.

Joel Cruz entourage

Joel Cruz entourage

Joel Cruz entourage

Joel Cruz entourage

Joel Cruz entourage

Mood: Amused :)

Soul Good Fridays at Pepper Lunch

For the next three Fridays (March 16, 23 and 30 only) enjoy special deals on these seafood items, only at Pepper Lunch. Located at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell • Greenbelt 5 • Mall of Asia • Shangri-La Plaza • Robinson’s Place, Ermita • Trinoma (2nd Level, Food Choices) • SM Megamall A • Alabang Town Center

Soul Good Fridays 2

http://pepperlunch.com.ph/

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