Muji opens at Greenbelt 3 + win tickets to Japan

Good news for Makati’s busy people: the third Muji store opens today at the 2nd level of Greenbelt 3.
Got a sneak peak last night and the easiest way to get there is to go up the escalator right by the Hermés store.
Spanning 406 square meters of floor area, Muji Greenbelt 3 may be the smallest store in the country but it doesn’t come short on the mix of Muji staples and new merchandise for the season.
Come to the store and get free samples of Muji food items—such as pea and corn snacks, dried fruit mix, lemon and strawberry marshmallows, and choco-coated peanuts—this Friday to Sunday only at Muji Greenbelt 3.

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As a special promo, Muji Philippines partners with Delta Airlines by giving away a pair of round-trip tickets to Japan to one lucky shopper.
For every minimum, single-receipt purchase worth Php 10,000—including at least Php 500 worth of any featured MUJI to GO travel item—the customer is entitled to one raffle ticket.
One winner will win a pair of plane tickets that are valid for one year.
Promo runs from September 1 to 30, 2011, with the official raffle draw to be held at MUJI Bonifacio High Street on the first week of October, under the supervision of a representative from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Promo does not include visa processing, insurance, travel taxes, pocket money, hotel accommodations and the like.
Interested participants should be at least 21 years old with a valid passport for at least 6 months prior to departure.

In the Philippines, MUJI is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Bonifacio High Street, Rockwell, Greenbelt 3 and opening soon at SM Mall of Asia.

Moshi Moshi

Spotted at Dimensione: my favorite phone accessory, the Moshi Moshi handset!

Moshi Moshi

Bought this at Lane Crawford Hong Kong recently, for when people call me for long conversations on my BlackBerry. Personally I don’t like making chika on the cellphone because of the radiation, oiliness, heat and all that. I prefer the Bayantel Wireless Landline. But if someone wants to call my Globe phone, I’ll put them on the handset.

moshi moshi

Price ranges from Php 1,875 for just the handset, to Php 3,450-4,050 for the handset + weighted base.

Moshi Moshi

Available at Dimensione, Bonifacio High Street.

2nd’s

I needed to get out of the house today, so I invited Grace and Jeroen to dinner.
At first we wanted to eat bone marrow and pancakes (not as a combo) at Malcolm’s Deli but no one was picking up the phone. We didn’t want to go there and be told there are no pancakes and bone marrow tonight.
So we took Jer to 2nd’s, a hidden little restaurant at Bonifacio High Street where mag:net used to be.

2nd's

It’s my 3rd time here. Oddly enough, the one who introduced me to 2nd’s was my Hong Kong-based friend, the hip and happening The Wanderlister.
The restaurant’s signature dish is Bacon Chicharon. Nothing spectacular really, but ordering it is a must.
What it is basically is crispy batter-fried bacon served with vinegar and a small salad. Jeroen said he wished the bacon was served warm, not room temperature. I may be wrong, but it seemed like the bacon had been precooked some time ago since every table orders it. In which case, maybe they should keep it under a hot lamp or inside the oven?

Bacon chicharon

The onion soup was a disappointment because it was sweet, which French onion soup is not supposed to be.
Based on the color of the soup, one can suspect that the sweetness of the soup did not come from onions but something else.

Onion soup

The strongest point of this restaurant is its presentation. The ribeye steak looked so amazing served on this wooden board, with a side of mashed potatoes and buttered vegetables. We were excited to split this into three. However it turned out to be ordinary. Veggies were good; potatoes, ordinary.

Ribeye

Had this with a side of garlic and olive pasta, which is OK if you’re vegetarian. Bread was not good.

Garlic and olive oil pasta

The sea bass sinigang is OK if you don’t eat meat (read: diet food).

Sea bass sinigang

We ended with a chocolate lava cake that was lava-less, to be frank, but we finished it.

Lava-less cake

Overall, the place looks cool, with a full-house on a Wednesday night, families and good-looking couples. So business must be good. But to sum it up, the food is prettier than it tastes.

Read also: Man Eat Manila

2ND’s is on the 2nd level, Wumaco Building 1
Quadrant 3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street
Tel. 846-5293 • (0917) 500-8828

Ryan Reynolds + Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer’s Autograph Autumn-Winter 2011 collection features hot Hollywood celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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For its latest campaign shot in the elite St. Pancras Hotel in London by official BAFTA Awardee Greg Williams, the collection was captured in an understated feel with its almost melancholic vibe as it depicts an aura of minimalist sophistication and style.

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Perfect individuals to represent the brand, Rosie and Ryan exude beauty, exclusivity and are absolutely contemporary. On set, they worked together to deliver flawless images that literally sizzle with excitement and an air of mystery.

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“I was thrilled when M&S asked me to be in their campaign and Rosie was a pleasure to work with. I’m from Canada and grew up with the M&S brand. Going to an M&S store with my family or friends always gives me a pang of nostalgia. The Autograph is a modern take on the classic style I love and feel most comfortable wearing. The pieces in this collection are lasting staples that’ll never go out of style.” — Ryan Reynolds.

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“I am extremely excited to be working with M&S on the new Autograph Autumn 2011 campaign. I feel proud to be associated with a British high street favorite that holds fond memories for so many people, particularly the Autograph brand, the collection is sophisticated, elegant and effortless which I hope to embody in my own personal style.” — Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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“It’s a very different campaign for M&S as it’s the first time that we have focused on one of our brands in this way. We are proud of the result – a set of truly stunning photographs that truly encapsulate the Autograph brand.” — Steve Sharp, M&S Executive Director

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Marks & Spencer is exclusively distributed by Rustan Marketing Specialists, Inc. and is available at Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 4, Rockwell, Trinoma, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Place Malate, Gateway Mall, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM Pampanga, Marquee Mall, Ayala Cebu, Lim Ket Kai Center – Cagayan de Oro, Eastwood Mall and the Marks & Spencer Outlet at Paseo de Sta. Rosa

Louis Vuitton Island opens in Singapore this Saturday

Of all things Louis Vuitton, I find the groom cutest.

Louis Vuitton groom collection

It reminds me of Tintin x Yoshida Porter

Tintin 2009 01 12_2013 Yoshida porter

This September 18, 2011, Louis Vuitton will open the very first LV Island which will float on the waterfront of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
To mark the event, they have produced a special animation featuring the Little Groom, offering us a sneak peek inside the Marina Bay Island Maison.

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison is one of two stand-alone glass and steel crystal pavilions designed by architect Moshe Safdie as part of his overall design for the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.
The inside of the pavilion has been designed by Peter Marino, featuring nautical inspired interiors.

Singapore MBS Facade

The Louis Vuitton Island is the fifth Louis Vuitton store in Singapore, the first Maison in Southeast Asia and the 12th Maison in the world.
Visitors can access the Louis Vuitton Island three ways: by outdoor bridge, by boat disembarking on a jetty, or from the mall via tunnel and ascending travelator which will lead them to the center of the pavilion.
Aside from offering the complete range of Louis Vuitton products, the Maison will incorporate art and cultural elements within its retail space, as well as a specially curated book store on travel, design, art and culture.

Watch the live streaming of the opening this September 17, at 7 PM on Facebook.

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