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Signs point to Sarah Jessica Parker
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For many months now, my husband has been raving about the SM Aura opening this week in Taguig.

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He’s been there to set up Pepper Lunch’s 16th store, opening at Food on Four on the 4th level (where else?).
Here’s a sneak peek inside. It’s going to be amazing

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SM Aura

Yesterday @thesmstore started tweeting about a Hollywood celebrity who’s flying in for the opening

SM Store guess who

I heard they were considering Jennifer Lawrence, so I tried to guess.
But based on @thesmstore’s tweets today, signs point to Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Confeermed! Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Oscar dela Renta, in Marie Claire

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I’m excited to be there during the preview and blessing.
Can’t wait to be floored by SM!

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To know more, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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8 modern moms on Smart Parenting’s May issue
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Smart Parenting‘s May issue brings together eight modern moms who are “empowered, hands-on, truly inspiring, smart, and discerning about the choices they make,” says Smart Parenting editor-in-chief Mia Fausto-Cruz.

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On the cover are Amanda Griffin Jacob, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Rissa Mananquil Trillo, Rhea Santos-de Guzman, Ria Tanjuatco Trillo, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, and Amina Aranaz Alunan—together with their kids, as they generously share their own parenting and motherhood tips.

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Get the May issue of Smart Parenting at newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets for only Php 125.
To know more, go to http://www.smartparenting.com.ph or like them on Facebook.

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Download “Halalan” app to choose your candidates
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It’s three days before elections and I’m scared.
I just downloaded ABS-CBN’s Halalan app from the Google Play store.

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Upon clicking My Status, here’s what I got:

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I don’t remember missing an election, unless it happened when I was studying in New York???
I voted in the last presidential election and the one before that.
Here’s a picture I took last May 10, 2010 at Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan, where I’ve been voting since I was 18.

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I really hope this is just a glitch in the Halalan app. Otherwise, I’m going to be very disappointed on May 13th. (please let me know if you have the same problem)
The app is great to download now because it acts a handy cheat sheet on who to vote for.
Here’s mine (feel free to copy):

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You don’t have to vote for 12 senators. If you vote for more than 12, your ballot may be considered spoiled. So don’t screw this up.
For party list, I decided to vote in favor of the teachers, who need to get paid properly, in my opinion because they care for our children and shape their minds. It’s a tough job.

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I tried to click on the other buttons of the app, but couldn’t see any entries for congressman, mayor, and vice mayor of San Juan. (Please let me know if you have the same problem)

Halalan app

If you’re voting in San Juan, please consider Ronny Zamora. He happens to be my favorite uncle, very brilliant, funny (ask Teddyboy Locsin), and the best man for the job (I know, shameless plugging).

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Please also consider my kinakapatid, Alan Peter Cayetano for Senator—someone I trust and believe in (tried and tested by me. I tested him and he passed, without his knowing it. Sorry I can’t elaborate, but I know he’s looking out for me.)

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I was at lunch earlier with my friends talking about who we’re voting for and why. I told them to vote for Alan in exchange for one of the senators they’re voting so they told me to vote for Angara. A twitter follower also convinced me to vote for Hontiveros so I added her.
JC delos Reyes is my cousin and a good guy! I know it’s a long shot for him to win, but if you have space in your top 12, please consider him too.
So here’s a copy of my ballot so far. Please me know how the app works for you in the comments section.

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To know more about the app, click HERE.

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Urbanears: a headphone story
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The first set of headphones I ever saw were my dad’s. I was about 3 or 4 years old. We would go down to his music room in our old house in Quezon City and listen to his music. I even remember the song, it was Sergio Mendes’ The Waters of March.

The very first pair of headphones I owned were from a gift from my dad. It was 1979. The Walkman had just come out and he gave me one for my birthday. I like to believe I was one of the first to have it in Manila, because I remember wearing these headphones and people staring at me. It didn’t bother me at all.

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Here’s what I listened to 🙂

In the ’80s I turned to vinyls. In the ’90s, I switched to CDs. I was never really into iPods.
All this time I didn’t need earphones or headphones. But when iTunes and YouTube were invented, suddenly they were important again.
My husband, our kids, all need headphones.
The boys use them to Skype with their friends, while my husband uses them to shut out all the noise in the house.
I use them late at night when everyone is sleeping.
In the beginning, we all used the earphones that came with our iPods. But I find them painful after a while.

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I was really hoping to find headphones similar to the Walkman headphones I used to have—headband-style and lightweight, with foam covers. I finally found them at Urbanears in Podium, Ortigas Center.

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I bought the yellow Tanto initially. It became my favorite headphones.

Urbanears Tanto Yellow

They come in lots of colors.

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Aside from Tanto, Urbanears offers other models to suit your different needs.

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Urbanears releases two collections of headphones each year for spring/summer, fall/winter.
In each collection new colors are introduced in limited quantities. This Spring-Summer 2013, the new colors are Olive, Coral and Petrol. Once sold out, the new colors may not be produced again.

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Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Urbanears makes headphones that fit your everyday life.
In the Philippines, they are distributed by Digits Trading, and available at Urbanears Podium, Astrovision, Automatic Center, Avant, Beyond The Box, Bratpack, Buzz, Complex, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, Egghead, Electroworld, Gadgets in Style, Gui, iCenter, iGig, iStudio, Mobile 1, Power Hub, Power Mac Center, ROX, Switch, Technoholics, Toby’s Arena and Urban Athletics.
To know more, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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