Typhoon Hagupit network readiness advisory from Smart/Sun network

SMART & SUN mobile networks are prepared for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to make landfall this weekend.
Check out this Google Earth animation of the current storm threat to the eastern Philippines.

SMART and SUN are monitoring the typhoon’s movement, and plans are in place to maintain communication services and ensure speedy response and restoration should facilities be adversely affected.
Restoration equipment and personnel are already in the Visayas, Southern Luzon & Northern Mindanao regions. Their equipment includes generator sets and batteries that will support capacities of telecommunications equipment in the region, as well as equipment for free call and free charging services.
This will enable Smart-Sun to respond quickly to failures and community needs as they occur.
Rest assured that Smart & Sun are exerting all efforts to minimize, if not prevent, interruptions to vital telecommunications services that may be caused by typhoon Hagupit.

All mobile phone users are encouraged to:
1. Fully charge cell phone batteries.
2. In the event of power outages, conserve battery power. Make sensible use of voice calls. Text messaging uses less power.
3. Store emergency numbers in your cell phone, including family members, TV and radio stations, and relief agencies like the National Disaster Coordinating Council, local government units, local police, local chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, etc. Keep a hard copy just in case.
4. Keep a battery-operated radio handy as well as spare batteries to stay up to date on evacuation warnings, storm and rescue developments, in case electric and communication facilities shut down.
5. Keep your cell phone dry and keep in protective plastic bag if necessary.

Dotcomme.ph pop-up store at KISH this weekend!

When I was younger I liked to dress in all colors of the rainbow, but as I got older and especially when I had my kids, I thought less about making a fashion statement and more about comfort and what is age appropriate.
Now in my 40s, I still love fashion but not everyday.
So most of my wardrobe now are no-color. I stick to my blacks, navies, and 50 shades of grey, with the occasional red.
Funny that my inner circle shares this same sensibility. Whenever my friends and I would meet up, we all just seem to match, sometimes wearing the exact outfit, from grey T-shirt to Birkenstocks.
So one day, seasoned designer Patrice Diaz, and retailer/buyer Penny Ong and I decided to put up an online store that would offer the clothes we like to wear.
Since we’re still tweaking our website, we decided to offer our clothes initially at STYLE SESSIONS at KISH this December 6-7 from 1-7 PM only.
Here are just some of the pieces you can expect:
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook
dotcomme.ph lookbook

PHOTOS: Everywhere We Shoot
STYLIST: Melvin Mojica
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Apple Faraon for M.A.C
MODEL: Olga Zhukova / ELITE MODEL MANAGEMENT

Joining us at the event are German accessory brand LOUP NOIR, Filip + Inna, J Makitalo, and Maureen Disini.

Loup Noir
Loup Noir

Our stocks are very limited so please come early and bring cash.
KISH is at 233 N. Garcia Street, Bel-Air, Makati
For inquiries call 896-8366 • (917) 531-1681 or email info@kish.ph.

For updates, follow us on Instagram @dotcomme.ph or like us on Facebook.
To know more about Style Sessions, click HERE.

Casa Artusi hosts pasta-making classes and degustation in Manila

Italy’s premier culinary institution Casa Artusi recently held hands-on cooking classes at The Commissary, Whitespace, Makati last November 26 with restaurateur Margarita Forés and Casa Artusi executive chef Carla Brigliadori.
Traditional pasta shapes, basic pasta sauces, piadina and selected antipasto, lifted from Pellegrino Artusi’s bible of a cookbook Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well were taught to students, both young and old.

Casa Artusi in Manila
Casa Artusi in Manila
Casa Artusi in Manila
Casa Artusi in Manila
Casa Artusi in Manila
(Photos: Anthony Prudencio)

Forés launched the very first offshore campus of the prestigious school in Manila back in 2012 and sets things back in motion this year. Apart from the classes, Forés and Brigliadori will prepare a special one-night only degustation on December 4, 2014.

Casa Artusi in Manila

These are just a taste of things to come from the Manila satellite branch as Fores holds more classes next year.
Casa Artusi Philippines would like to thank Qatar Airways, Fairmont Makati, Bacchus International, and the Department of Tourism for supporting this undertaking.

Scenes from Osaka

We were there for less than 48 hours and still don’t know much about Osaka. But we’ll be back to take the boys to Universal Studios one day.
Meet the girl with the perfect hair. There so many girls with perfect hair in Japan, it’s unreal.
I love everything about this girl. To me, she looks perfect.

Osaka 2014

Zara Home in Japan is much better than Hong Kong. I ended up buying two stools in Tokyo. Show you when I get them. :)

Zara Home

The crossing near the Intercontinental Osaka

Osaka

Lunch at our family favourite, Barbacoa

Barbacoa Osaka

The bacon salad I made from the salad bar

Barbacoa Osaka

Our favourite churasco

Barbacoa Osaka

An old bookshop, I love

Osaka
Osaka

The store Jeroen will not enter

Osaka

Sexy mannequins in winter lingerie

sexy mannequins

Stylish eyeglass display

Osaka

Neymar, stop stalking me!

Osaka

Next time, will take the kids to Peko restaurant

Peko
Osaka

The only person that stopped me from taking a picture. I wasn’t even taking her picture but the cute outfit of the girl behind her. Very weird.

Osaka

I prefer Shakey’s in the Philippines. This one had a pizza and pasta buffet :)

Shakey's Osaka

Bumped into two readers at the outdoor mall. Nice to meet you two!

Osaka

A great crystal store. Please don’t judge me for buying amethyst!

Osaka

Quick stop at the Loft wasteland

Osaka

Here’s a place where you can buy a bowler or top hat, just like that

Osaka

Actus, a beautiful Swedish home store and coffee shop next to the Intercontinental

Osaka
Osaka
Osaka
Osaka

Dinner at a hole in the wall is a hit or miss. This one’s a miss :{

Heizo-Chicken
Heizo-Chicken
Heizo-Chicken

My Coke, his beer

Heizo-Chicken
Heizo-Chicken

Better luck next time :)

Heizo-Chicken

How to take a train from Osaka to Tokyo

It was our first time to visit Osaka, and didn’t know how to go to Tokyo by train. But Jeroen is a train expert. I let him take care of me whenever taking the train in Europe. And I love trains. I feel so relaxed and I love looking out the window. Trains feel like an adventure, unlike the airplane which feels like terror for me.

1) The day before our trip, we asked the hotel concierge where to buy train tickets. We took a cab to the train station and bought the tickets. Then we asked where the platform was just to be sure. We were told that the actual train was at another station. So good thing we asked!

2) The following day after checking out of our hotel, we met the Intercon’s GM, Mr. Jerome Palacoeur, who, upon seeing our luggage told us we could actually send the luggage ahead of us to Tokyo so we need not haul our stuff during the trip.
For instance, we could ask Intercontinental Osaka to send our luggage to Peninsula Tokyo for 1500 yen a piece. If we send the luggage before 5 PM, it will be at the Peninsula by 12 noon next day, 101% guaranteed.
So ideally we could just prepare one luggage with our essentials and then ship the rest.
Take note that we were traveling with three Rimowa trunks, two carryons, and a handbag (cause I can’t travel light). So next time, we will follow Mr. Palacoeur’s tip.

Osaka 2014

3) This is Japan, so the trains arrive and leave like clockwork. Make sure you are there 30 minutes before. Find your platform and look at your ticket to make sure you are waiting in front of the number of the car of your train. You only have a few seconds to board so make sure you are standing at the right spot.
Our 1 PM train left at exactly 1:01 PM.

Osaka 2014

4) The bullet train is extremely quiet. Japanese people don’t make noise and silence their phones in trains and buses. #respect. If you’re willing to pay extra, get a reserved seat so you get to sit with your people for sure.

Osaka 2014

5) Japan is so beautiful. I loved seeing the hills covered in clouds and little town, it’s a quiet village…
I feel very safe with the bullet train and cannot wait to explore Hokkaido or Karuizawa with the kids next time :)

Osaka 2014

5) Although there are food and drink carts available on the train, try not to eat or drink anything because the toilet tends to get really smelly after a two-hour ride. Promise.

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