How to get GrabCar from NAIA
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Not sure if UBER cars are being banned from the Manila airports, but please let me know if you have any info. Just in case, I’m posting this for the benefit or friends and foreigners who are arriving in Manila and need a safe and decent ride from the airport.


GrabCar is now available in NAIA

Grab is the first transportation network company to be officially accredited by MIAA. Operations began on March 14, 2106.
You can book a ride at Grab booths at designated areas in the terminals where booking agents will assist passengers.
You can book a ride with or without a smartphone or mobile data connectivity.

Pick-up locations:
Terminal 1: Main Arrival Curbside
Terminal 2: Inner Arrival Curbside between Bays 7 and 8
Terminal 3: Secondary Arrival Curbside between Bays 5 and 6
Terminal 4: Curbside

To know more about Grab, go to

P.S. If you are using UBER in Manila for the first time, use my code UBERCHUVA to get Php 200 off your first ride. Please share it with friends!

Got unneeded clothes? Drop them off at H&M for World Recycle Week and get something back!
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I have a slight problem recycling my clothes.
First, a lot of them cannot be garage sold because they’re too strange for the village people.
Some of my designer clothes, I consign with JP Singson’s Unisex Rewind. But JP zips in and out of the Philippines, I can barely keep track of him. 🙂
So H&M’s latest global initiative, World Recycle Week, appeals to me. I can’t wait to empty my closet of clothes I no longer need. I need the space!!
I intend to drop them off at H&M between April 18-24, 2016.

H&M recycling program

During this period, H&M aims to collect 1000 tons of unwanted or worn-out garments from customers worldwide in its more than 3600 stores. All textiles are welcome—from odd socks, old towels, the dress with a hole—and nothing is too torn, worn or used for a second life.
Find the recycling box at your nearest H&M store so that H&M can create recycled textile fibers for new products.

This April 11-24, for every bag of old garments collected, customers will get two vouchers (instead of the usual one) worth 15% off each to be used for their next purchase.

Since 2013, H&M has collected over 25,000 tons of clothing. Two years ago the company introduced its first new garments that used recycled textile fibers—important steps in closing the loop in fashion.

H&M recycling program

As of January 2016, the Philippines has already collected 9.120 tons of garments and for every kilo collected, H&M Philippines committed to donate about Php 1 to UNICEF.

The long-term goal is to have zero garments going to landfills, as well as saving on natural resources.
By recycling just one T-shirt, 2100 liters of water can be saved. Imagine the impact of 1000 tons garments collected during World Recycle Week.

To know more about the initiative, click HERE.

Look: Gaultier x Target collab
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Jean-Paul Gaultier was one of the most important designers of the ’80s. When I was in college, many of us aspired to own a Gaultier, but most of us couldn’t afford it. I could probably count the number of Gaultier items I had with one hand or two.
Then Gaultier became a designer of the ’90s and got stuck there. It’s been a while since I’ve bought anything Gaultier, so I became interested when I head about his collaboration with Target.
Don’t hold your breath because this is Target in Australia.
In fairness, he looks like he hasn’t aged since the ’90s.

Here are my favorite pieces from the collection:
The adult and baby tutu skirts

Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target

Biker jackets for men, women, and children

Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target

Slip on shoes and sneakers

Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target


Gaultier x Target Gaultier x Target

Bags and pouches

Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target

Notebook clutch

Gaultier x Target

Kiddie stuff 🙂

Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target

Had this been a United States Target collaboration, I’m pretty sure it would have sold out to Ebayers.
Luckily it is in Australia, where it is still in stock and I have relatives. My chica sister-in-law Joy van Straten gifted me the tutu skirt, which was hand-carried with love by Ed Uy 🙂

Gaultier x Target
Gaultier x Target

For prices (in Australian dollars) and to view the collection, click HERE.

Fat but not exactly fabuluous
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By Dinna Vasquez

I just watched a video where plus-sized YouTuber Elayne Peddy talked about her four-day trip to El Nido, Palawan which she described as the “worst four days of my life.”
According to Peddy, she was called everything from “fat” to “black monkey” in the four days that she stayed in the island.
Groups of people would turn to look at her, pointing and laughing. A vendor selling souvenirs held her stomach, laughing and saying, “Fat, fat, fat.” Tricycle drivers charged her double because she was fat.

Elayne Peddy

Peddy said she went to Metro Manila and Cebu where “everything was okay.” It was only in El Nido where she felt bullied, although she said she didn’t want to use that word.
The video is very difficult to watch. I actually couldn’t finish it because I wanted to hug Peddy and tell her, “It’s okay. You are beautiful.”

Peddy and her friends went to El Nido because they heard so much about the beauty of the place.
“It was like being in paradise,” said Peddy.
However, she was not able to see El Nido’s attractions because during the day, she preferred to stay at the hotel than being laughed at outside.

As a plus-size person who has been overweight all my life, I know how Peddy feels. I’ve learned how to ignore children pointing at me while giggling and saying, “Taba, taba.” I avoid family reunions so I don’t get sassy with titas who will point out that I’m overweight.

Tumaba T-shirt

Truck drivers will stop to point out what is obvious: I’m fat. Many thin people seem to be under the impression that fat people don’t know they’re carrying extra pounds. We do. We just don’t feel to need to apologize for it. In fact, when I take the UV Express vans, I volunteer to pay two fares, not one, to avoid unnecessary and unwanted remarks.
So while watching Peddy’s video, I knew she wasn’t exaggerating or lying while telling her story.

Earlier this week, actor Wentworth Miller was the subject of a fat-shaming meme showing his Prison Break photo next to one of him with extra pounds and the caption, “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly…”

Miller went on Facebook to explain, but not in the way body shamers expected him to.
“In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be. And I put on weight. Big f–king deal.”

The photo of Miller wearing the red shirt was taken in 2010.


He continued:
“Now, when I see that image of me in my red T-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without. Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist. Anyway. Still. Despite. The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is strength. Healing. Forgiveness. Of myself and others.”

Yes, fat people like to eat. We take up more space. But we’re also human and most of us try to be productive citizens, we’re just heavier.

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