New look and shopping spree at Watsons!
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What mom or girl wouldn’t love a shopping spree at Watsons?
Last week, a bunch of us bloggers and writers were invited to experience Watsons new revamped look at Greenbelt 1, Makati.
The revamp includes a modified Watsons logo, store interiors, brand visuals, uniforms, and a new store front.

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I was given a bunch of gift cards and a shopping assistant (below) to carry my loot 🙂
Then I was free to look for anything I fancied, starting with the candies for the boys.

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Bumped into fellow bloggers Mike Lim

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Divine Lee

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Kim Palanca and Shen Gee

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Here’s the new staff uniforms

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And enhanced, new pharmacy

Watsons Pharmacists

The revamp will be seen across the region in over 3,200 outlets in 12 Asian and European markets.
“Loyal customers say they love Watsons because they enjoy browsing and discovering new products and new experiences,” said Robert U. Sun, Watsons Philippines General Manager.

Well count me in. Here are some of the products I love or caught my eye:
Disposable panties I use when traveling, in the hospital, or having some surgery 🙂
I prefer these to bringing dirty underwear home.

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Cute hair coloring. I don’t use these, but they look so cool and Japanice

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I love discovering new kinds of toothpaste as a break from Colgate white

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These are for the kids

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Wet tissues are a must in my bag. Better if they’re Hello Kitty

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I’m a sucker for variety packs. But I don’t know this brand, so I passed 🙂

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Another variety pack

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For my hubby

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Didn’t know Marrionaud sold these at Watsons

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Cool fever patches are such a comfort for migraines

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I have too many facial cleansers at home. These are cute though

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Japanese brand Majolica Majorca makes the best mascaras, in my opinion

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So much color—in nail polish

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Lip glosses, plumpers

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Slimming drops!

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My entire loot cost around Php 5,000+. I had them boxed to avoid using plastic bags. You should too.

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Watson's loot

I’m a happy camper.
Want to experience the new Watsons—and a shopping spree like we did?

Here’s how:

1) You must have a Twitter or Facebook account.
2) Click the tweet button or like the Facebook button at the bottom of this entry.
3) Follow Watsons on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
4) Register HERE for the electronic lottery.
4) Deadline for entries is on 11 PM of July 6, 2103. Please join only once.
5) Only one winner of Php 10,000 gift cards will be selected via electronic lottery.
6) Winner will be contacted via email with a message on how to claim the gift cards.

Taylor hotness for Bench
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American actor, model and martial artist Taylor Lautner, best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series starts in Bench’s new ad campaign shot in Los Angeles by photographer, videographer and director Anthony Mandler.
Taylor, who has been acting since he was nine years old, has also appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl, and the John Singleton thriller, Abduction.


Bench CEO and founder Ben Chan personally flew to LA to meet Taylor as the brand’s newest endorser. At right is director Anthony Mandler, who has worked with Rihanna, David Beckham, Beyonce, Usher, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber.

Bench's newest endorser Taylor Lautner and director Anthony Mandler with Bench CEO Ben Chan

Taylor was styled by Samantha McMillen, who’s included in The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 25 Most Powerful Stylists.
For the Bench shoot, Samantha outfitted Taylor in smart casual pieces, like a light cardigan or check shirt over a low-cut tank top and jeans.

Taylor Lauter is relaxed wearing Bench's cool cardigan as he was posing for the campaign.
Taylor Lautner does his own stunts for the Bench Campaign

Taylor Lautner shows us why actors are sometimes better models than models.
Watch him as he works behind-the-scenes (no stunt man) for BENCH.

New NAIA: In our lifetime please!
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I’m a simple girl. At least I like to think I am.
All I wanted was a nice, clean, modern bathroom at NAIA so I wouldn’t have to stuff my face with tissues when entering the loo. Can you smell this?


Oh, and the food problem. We need food in NAIA. Not mass-produced dense siomais, noodles cups and other smelly food.

NAIA Terminal 1

I feel so sad for me and all the foreigners who leave with the worst image of the country—NAIA.
Then things started to improve. They started to fix some toilets—not all.

NAIA restroom

But the food still sucks.
And now, something more than we’ve bargained for—an overhaul by some of the biggest names in Philippine design—Kenneth Cobonpue, Royal Pineda, Budji Layug, and Leandro Locsin:

Cobonpue group to design NAIA-1’s interiors for free
June 26, 2013 4:19pm

The government has tasked the team of world-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue to give the interiors of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) a facelift, a Malacañang spokesperson said Wednesday.
Quoting a text message from Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Cobonpue’s group “will be allowed to do the interior of the NAIA 1 building” for free.
Lacierda added that the Leandro V. Locsin & Associates (LVL) architecture firm, ran by the son of national artist Leandro Locsin, will be in charge of the airport’s architectural services after it was awarded the contract to redesign NAIA-1 two years ago.
“The Cobonpue group will help out with the interiors, but Architect Locsin will still be architect of record. The Cobonpue group has offered their services pro bono,” the president’s spokesman said.

new NAIA
new NAIA

I have no words. Thank You Lord, for Filipinos who care.
And as Filipinos would say, “NAIA, bigyan mo naman kami ng kahihiyan!”

YES I know we still need a visa, but this is life-changing for me
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wanderlust (ˈwɒndəˌlʌst)
a great desire to travel and rove about
[German, literally: wander desire]

I’m one of those people who dies a little inside whenever I want to travel and just can’t take off.
Because of the kids, because of my fear of flying and other fears (bathrooms) etc.
The last time I traveled was to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my husband in Singapore—and to try yakitori sauces for our new food concept opening soon at SM Aura (shameless plug).

Yakitori One opening soon at SM Aura

Then Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013. In my heart I wanted to fly to the Vatican and see him, but he said, give the money to the poor instead.
Summer came. My kids didn’t want to travel and there were court hearings for my son’s adoption.
So we stayed put.
It is now the end of June. I am still thinking of the Pope. I am still recovering from lipo and I can’t buy new clothes yet.
But I woke up to such great news: Japan relaxes visa rules for Filipinos.
This means I no longer have to apply for a freaking visa every time I want to go there—which is twice a year!!
Yes, I know we still need a visa. BUT I can get a multiple entry VISA for three years—that’s all I want.
I’m so tired and I can’t tell you how tedious it is to get a Japan visa.

Japan visa collection

Japan is like my second home. Japan is in my heart. Now I don’t have to go to Hong Kong every time I feel like I need new clothes. This changes everything.

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