A date with Sergio Mendes in Manila

I believe that parents shape the taste of their children. Not all of it, but some of it.
The music, I got from my dad.
I have fond memories of my dad in his music room with the hi-fi stereo and the huge headphones he would put on the ears of my siblings and I. And we heard the happy music of Sergio Mendes.

Sergio Mendes gives me warm, fuzzy memories of childhood and growing up in the ’70s.
I have never stopped loving his songs.
So when I heard he was coming to Manila, I really couldn’t miss the chance and booked the tickets online a week before. The moment wouldn’t be complete without my best friend Jeroen who appreciates the music too.

Jeroen van Straten

Traffic was a killer on Saturday so Jer and I left the house at 7 and reached the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7:45 PM.
Cubao still has a wonderful ’70s vibe that’s so festive in the holiday season. I can’t remember seeing a Christmas tree this big, up close, ever.

Christmas in Cubao

Jeroen and I were so thrilled to see senior citizens all around, some of them with white hair and holding hands. So adorable.
We found our seats at the fifth row. At first we thought the place would be empty—the VIP section right in front of us certainly was.
Veteran jazz singer Jacqui Magno opened the show. Sadly she sang with a low-tech minus-one recording instead of a live band. She can’t hit the high notes anymore, had to sit in the middle of her set, and apologized for taking sips of water in between songs.
The audience didn’t seem to mind though and I certainly didn’t because she just added to that nostalgic vibe I was craving. She felt like an auntie singing at a family reunion.

Jacqui Magno

After Jacqui’s set, there was a 15-minute intermission. Jer and I looked for something to eat (sadly, not much choice at the coliseum). When we came back at 9 PM, the VIP area was already full.
Sergio Mendes came out in his signature Panama hat and yellow shirt.

Sergio Mendes in Manila

Just wow!

Sergio Mendes in Manila

His three singers included (L-R) his wife Granciha Leporace, Ayana Layli, and Katie Hampton

Sergio Mendes in Manila

“They sound exactly like the CD,” Jeroen noted.
Visually I was thinking I wish I could style them. What would I make them wear?
They sounded amazing though. Shot me right back to my father’s music room.
The concert also featured Sergio Mendes singer Joe Pizzulo, who is known for the hit song, Never Gonna Let You Go. I could imagine the lols finding him hot

Sergio Mendes in Manila

Joe Pizzulo certainly aged well. Look at him in 1984

At one point Sergio paused to acknowledge the presence of his good friend, Mr. Jorge Araneta, whose family owns the Araneta complex in Cubao. He also mentioned the presence of President Aquino who was seated at Lower Box with cabinet members and security guards.
That certainly added excitement to the evening. And yes, we saw him dance!
Also spotted: Mar Roxas, Frank Drilon, Herbert Bautista

President Aquino and friends

It was awesome to hear my favourite songs, like Pretty World, Goin’ Out of My Head, Look of Love, Girl From Ipanema, live and in person.
How I wish Sergio could live on and on, and how I wish I could pass on the music to my boys.
I’d like to thank Jeroen for coming with me and the awesome photographer, Magic Liwanag/Ovation Production for sharing the photos.
Thank you Dad, and thank you Sergio Mendes for the music.

If you want to know what the concert was like, here’s the exact concert (minus Joe Pizzulo) they performed in Vienne, France, earlier this 2014

H&M Home to open at Robinsons Magnolia

Last July 2014, Pottery Barn opened at Central Square, The Fort.
Crate & Barrel is opening on November 20 at SM Fashion Hall, and I’ve heard that Zara Home is coming soon.
On the home front, we are getting spoiled in Manila!
But price-wise and design-wise, I really like H&M Home, which I’ve been to only in Amsterdam.
I find it frustrating to look at the online store and not be able to buy anything.
This was H&M Home in Amsterdam last year.

H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home

And just like that, the H&M Home concept will be coming to Manila on November 20, 2014, as H&M opens its second location at Robinsons Magnolia. The two-level 3,000-square-meter location will carry the brand’s full assortment for women, men, teenagers and children, as well as H&M Sport and Mama. It will be the first to offer H&M Home in the Philippines.
Have a look at what you can expect this holiday season!

H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home
H&M Home

Those shopping on opening day will get exclusive opening deals, such as free umbrellas and magazines for the first 500 shoppers. Tote bags and gift cards worth P200 to P2,000 each will be given to the first 150 shoppers, and the first one in line will get a gift card worth P5,000.
Store hours on November 20th will be from 11 AM to midnight, while regular store hours (10 AM to 10 PM) will resume on November 21.
See you there!

What’s new: Dover Street Market Ginza right now

Jeroen and I take a special honeymoon trip every November 25th, usually in Tokyo, and this year marks our 14th wedding anniversary. So in a couple of weeks Jeroen and I will be in layers and cold weather.
Jeroen and I get along because he lets me be me. He’ll wake up early, find a cool place to eat and be back when I wake up. On my shopping day he’ll rent a bike from Muji at Yurakucho and go to places I’ll never see.

Here’s one place he’d rather not see —Dover Street Market in Ginza. :)
It’s one of three CDG stops for me, namely:
1) Comme des Garçons flagship in Aoyama
2) Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Omotesando
3) Dover Street Market in Ginza.

Have a look at what’s in store right now as Simone Rocha x J Brand launches today


Louis Vuitton ‘The Icon and The Iconoclasts’


noir lei ninomiya by Rei Kawakubo’s protegee and former patternmaker, Kei Ninomiya


Comme des Garçons x 2


Comme des Garçons Tricot


Comme des Garçons Shirt (Girl)


Comme des Garçons Homme


Eye can’t wait.

Watsons goes nationwide in three-day sale

Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I’ve started in small batches, but am no where near completion.
Sometimes I’ll buy a bunch of gift items that are cute and affordable and just keep them in stock because you’ll never know who you might forget.
Watsons is great source for buying little gifts for friends, classmates, officemates, Kris Kringle or stocking stuffers.
And this weekend is a good time to start Christmas shopping as Watsons (including SM department store’s Beauty Section) goes on nationwide sale from November 14-16, 2014.

Watsons 3-day sale

Here are just some of the gift items you’ll see in Watsons stores now:
Buy three for Php 399 boxed bath and beauty sets

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

Or buy one for Php 149

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

Body lotions and skin conditioner sets

Watsons 3-day sale

Buy three for Php 279 or Php 99/piece

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

Christmas caps and stockings

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

One Direction makeup kits at Php 675

One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits

Php 1475

One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits

and a three-tier One Direction Tour Case at Php 2699

One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits
One Direction makeup kits

Affordable makeup tools

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

and more premium boxed sets at affordable prices

Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale
Watsons 3-day sale

More deals and additional discounts will be given if you shop from November 14-16 at all Watsons stores nationwide.

Watsons sale


Perks and offers for Smart iPhone 6 customers

Smart Communications, Inc. has announced its pricing offers for postpaid subscriber interested in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as the new phones become available on November 14, 2014.
The iPhone 6 (16GB) is offered, starting at Smart Postpaid Plan 999, with Php 800 monthly cash-out or a total of P1,799 per month.
The iPhone 6 Plus (16GB) starts at Plan 999 with P1,050 cash-out every month, or P2,049 per month.
Both iPhone offers come with FREE all-net texts, all-net calls plus consumable data every month which can be used for video and music streaming, file uploads, and downloads, and chatting.

Wipeout promo
Existing subscribers who want to upgrade to the new iPhones can do so with Smart’s Wipeout promo, which allows them to “wipe out” their existing contracts as long as they have less than 20 months left on their contracts.
Corresponding discounts on the wipeout fee will be applied, depending on the number of remaining months in the contract.
Every subscriber that avails of the wipeout promo can get FREE 1-year handset insurance on their new iPhones for repair and replacement of the units in case of accidental damage or loss.
For more information, go to smart.com.ph/wipeout.

Free Uber rides for Smart customers
Subscribers who want to check out or claim their new iPhones can get free rides to and from selected Smart Stores from November 14 to 16, 2014.
All you have to do is download the Uber app on your phones, book a ride, and enter the SMARTIPHONE6 promo code to get the ride for free. Upon arriving at the store, look for the special lane so you can get your device on the same day.

Choose your number
For a limited time period, postpaid subscribers getting a new iPhone will be able to choose their own mobile number, if available (first-come, first-serve), when you sign up at any Smart store nationwide.

Free Blink movies
As an added treat, each subscriber to any iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Smart will get three FREE movies through Blink, a new mobile app that allows you to watch Hollywood movies and TV shows on your mobile phones.
Subscribers can purchase additional movies by texting BLINK 60 (catalog movies), BLINK 99 (latest movies) or BLINK 250 (unlimited TV series) to 3161.
To enjoy the videos, download the BLINK app from the App Store.

For the full list of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans and cash-out options from SMART, please refer to the table below:

Smart Postpaid Plans
Smart Infinity Plans


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