Are Coke, chocolate, and dairy causing my migraines?

The older I get, the more frequent my migraines.
Migraines have been such a part of my recent life that I got used to it. If you are close to me you have probably seen me wearing a cool gel patch on my head. (Cool gel pads and Biogesic are always in my bag.)
A few days ago I got sick after eating my favorite strawberry eclair. It started with a slight headache, which escalated to a migraine after snacking on Coke and Chippy. (sorry)
I ended up with stomach cramps and nausea. I decided to do something about it.

My friend Mel Ongsue had convinced me to take a food intolerance test at home. Basically a med tech will go to your house and take some blood. Ten days later you will receive an email or hard copy result that looks like this:


Those highlighted in red are not good for me!

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Never mind the fig, squash, casein, beans—I can live without those.
But what does eliminating the following mean for me?

Milk — say no to ice cream, milk shakes, fresh milk, leche flan, butter, cheese, chocolate
Cola nut — no more COKE???
Wheat — no to bread, Kikkoman, pasta, flour, pizza, churros
Egg whites — no more cake, cookies, fried eggs
Corn – no to corn flakes, Chippy, pop corn

So basically my snacking life is over.
Last Wednesday I started my new diet. It has been kind of tricky choosing what to eat. Instead of Coke, I had orange juice. Instead of chocolate, I had dried mango.
And guess what? I didn’t get a migraine! It was very strange because migraine usually creeps up on me after merienda. And while waiting for my migraine to set it, it didn’t.
Today is my third day of this diet plan, and as I write this I am dying to reach out for a Coke and Chippy. I am asking the cook to make banana cue instead.
To be honest with you, I’m not sure how long I can do this. I know I’m going to reach out for a Coke one of these days, but for now I am willing to try and see I can stick to it and lose weight in the process.

Not too long ago I asked God to help me stop drinking Coke, and here is my answer.
Be careful what you pray for.
P.S. The test is quite expensive at Php 15,000. But if you are suffering from headaches, bad skin, or depression, or bad stomach and you can’t stand it anymore, it might be worth investing in a food intolerance test.
Call 741-7777 to book a home test or go to a Hi-Precision branch near you.

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Justin Bieber + Lara Stone = Marky Mark + Kate Moss

Music meets fashion in Calvin Klein’s latest multi-media global ad campaign, featuring Justin Bieber along with Dutch model Lara Stone.
The latest ad campaign echoes one of Calvin Klein’s most iconic campaigns in the ’90s, which featured Mark “Marky-Mark” Wahlberg and Kate Moss.

1992: Marky Mark and Kate Moss
Marky Mark and Kate Moss

2015: Justin Bieber and Lara Stone
Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (4)

Shot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in New York City, the campaign will roll out worldwide in 20 countries spanning digital, outdoor and print advertising, as well as exciting experiential components, timed to coincide with March 2015 magazine issues.

Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (1)
Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (7)

The Spring 2015 global media campaign was produced under the creative direction of Calvin Klein, Inc.’s in-house ad agency and creative studio, working with creative agency Wednesday London.

In the Philippines, Calvin Klein Jeans is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. with stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, Bonifacio High Street Central, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Robinson’s Place Midtown, Magnolia Town Center, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Fairview Terraces, and Abreeza Mall Davao City.
Calvin Klein Underwear is located at Greenbelt 5, The Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Bonifacio High Street, The Podium, Rustan’s Makati, 158 Designer’s Boulevard Alabang Town Center, Robinson’s Place Midtown, Rustan’s Cebu, Inside CK Jeans Store in Century City Mall, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Mall of Asia, and Abreeza Mall Davao City.

Louis Vuitton’s tribute to Christopher Nemeth

I was probably 20 years old when I met Christopher Nemeth at his first shop in Tokyo called Sector.
It was the late ’80s. He apologized for having a bad cold as he sneezed into a tissue.
I remember being overwhelmed by the unpolished store and the Japanese kids that trickled in.
I bought the John Moore shoes, a Judy Blame hat, a John Galliano dress, and a Nemeth suit.
Through the years I made it a point to visit the shop whenever I was in Tokyo.

Nemeth store, Tokyo
Christopher Nemeth, Tokyo
Nemeth store, 2008

Nemeth store, 2009

Nemeth under renovation
Renovation, 2014

Christopher Nemeth

His wife Keiko has always been the shopgirl and their baby whom I saw as a baby, is all grown up.
That’s how old I am.

Mrs. Nemeth at Christopher Nemeth, Aoyama
Keiko Nemeth in 2012

Now Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Christopher Nemeth in its Men’s Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection.

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth
Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

“I think Christopher Nemeth is the most important designer to come out of London alongside Vivienne Westwood,” said Kim Jones, Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.
“He is Savile Row, he is the street, he is the club. His designs define London. He trained as a fine artist and came into fashion from being an illustrator. I can see the influence of his work in so many collections, and yet it is not often acknowledged and still seems unknown to many. That’s why, as we approach the fifth anniversary of his death, I wanted to openly celebrate Christopher Nemeth’s life and work this season at Louis Vuitton.”

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth
Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

Christopher Louis Nemeth was born in 1959 in Birmingham, England. In 1979 he moved to London to study painting at Camberwell College of Arts. It was after college that Nemeth began making clothing for himself.
Self-taught in pattern cutting, he made use of use canvas he would paint on, as well as discarded sacks and old suiting. Each became distinct signatures of his ‘deconstructed’ style.

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth
Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

He was ‘discovered’ by photographer Mark Lebon who had seen the young artist riding his bicycle, wearing his self-made clothes. Mark Lebon was already a fixture in i-D and The Face, which were our ’80s bibles.
By this time, Christopher had started selling his clothes at Kensington Market.
In 1986 he moved to Tokyo, where his spirit of creativity and craftsmanship remain uncompromised until his death in 2010. He was 51.

Nemeth working

New store openings: What’s coming in 2015

“All these new store openings are slowly removing the thrill of traveling,” my friend Ginggay noted.
“Wala pang Ikea,” I said.
“Ikea would be the game changer,” Ginggay said.
“We would no longer be third world,” I said.
While waiting for Ikea to come here, here are eight stores you can look forward to in 2015:

1) Ladurée
What: French luxury bakery and sweets maker known world-famous double-decker macarons
Where and when: May 15 at Lopez Tower, Rockwell
Owner: H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.

Laduree, Paris - new favourite munchies

2) PB Teen
What: Teen version of Pottery Barn offering an entire collection of furniture and decor just for teens. Expect an exclusive range of furniture, bedding, lighting, accessories and gifts for every teen’s bedroom, study area, lounge space and more.
Where and when: Mid 2015 at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig
Owner: Stores Specialists Inc.

PB Teen

3) West Elm
What: Launched in Brooklyn NY in 2002, West Elm offers a complete assortment of products for the home including furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, decorative accessories, dinnerware, kitchen essentials, and gifts.
Where and when: Between second and third quarter of 2015 at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig
Owner: Stores Specialists Inc.

West Elm

4) Maisen
What: Old school tonkatsu restaurant close to my heart because it is in the heart of Aoyama (walking distance from my friend Sayoko Hokazono’s store. Known for its deep-fried pork cutlets and sandwiches, the Aoyama restaurant has a variety of rooms including Japanese rooms, bars, and high-ceilinged western-style rooms.
Where and when: Opening third quarter of 2015 at SM Megamall, followed by SM North Edsa and Bonifacio High Street
Owner: Suyen Corporation/Bench group


5) Pablo
What: Originally from Osaka, people line up for its Baked Cheese Tart, which has a gooey creamy center. Choose your preferred firmness—medium or rare.
Where and when: Opening third quarter of 2015 at SM Megamall, followed by Robinsons Ermita and Greenbelt
Owner: Suyen Corporation/Bench group

Pablo cheesecake

6) Danish Bar
What: Founded in Japan in 2010, it is known for its baked goods—either cigar-shaped dough or balls that come in different variants—with apples, sugar, maple, hotdog, macadamia, chocolate, cinammon, and more.
Where: Opened this January at SM North Edsa’s Main Mall, near National Bookstore
Owners: Andrew and Beryl Ong

Danish Bar

7) Dean & Deluca
What: First opened in 1977 in SoHo, New York, the specialty food store has evolved into a café setting with additional locations in the US, as well as Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and The Middle East.
Where: Opening this February in Rockwell
Owner: Caroline Tanchay

Dean & Deluca at Rockwell

8) Linda Farrow
What: Luxury eyewear brand established in 1970, known for its cutting-edge designs and collaborations with some of the world’s most acclaimed designers (Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Matthew Williamson, Kris van Assche, Jeremy Scott among them).
Where: Now open at City of Dreams Manila
Owners: Simon Jablon and Tracy Sedino

Linda Farrow

Wednesday Movie Nights at the Goethe-Institut

I’ve always wanted to go inside the Goethe-Institut in Salcedo Village because it looks so pretty from the outside and I’ve always wanted a library like this.

Photo: Grace Velasco

And now I have a reason to, as they screen German movies for free every Wednesday night.
Their current film series is called A Visual Tour Through German Literature, featuring film adaptations of various German literary works by authors such Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Kaestner, and Daniel Kehlmann.
Just like their novels, many of these adaptations are highly acclaimed in the German cultural scene.
Wednesday Movie Nights are a permanent feature of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen.
The following 6 PM screenings are free and open to public:

January 28, 2015 — Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)

The Blue Angel

February 4, 2015 — Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom)

The Flying Classroom

February 11, 2015 — Nikolaikirche (Nikolai Church)

Nikolai Church

February 18, 2015 — Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World)


February 25, 2015 — Der Turm (Part 1), (The Tower)
March 4, 2015 — Der Turm (Part 2), (The Tower)

Der Turm

Goethe-Institut Philippinen
121 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Tel. +63 2 840-5723 • 840-5724 • 817-0978 • 817-0979

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