Old Navy opens at Bonifacio High Street

Stores Specialists Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the first Old Navy store in Manila tomorrow, March 22, 2014.
The flagship store will be at Bonifacio High Street (1700 m²), followed by Glorietta (1550 m²) on March 29.
Both will offer a complete selection of fashion and accessories for men, women, children, baby, and maternity.


Stores Specialists, Inc. has partnered with Gap Inc. to operate the Gap brand and Banana Republic stores in-market.
The Old Navy brand’s arrival into Manila is the first franchise store for Old Navy and is a key step in the company’s international expansion as it works to grow in the global retail apparel market.


Follow Old Navy Philippines at http://www.facebook.com/oldnavyph and sign up at http://www.oldnavy.com.ph.

Jean Pigozzi opens “My World” exhibit in Beijing

Long before photobombs and selfies were coined, there was Jean Pigozzi—a photographer who often pictured himself among celebrities.
“I take photos of friends, relatives, architecture, landscapes, the food that makes me hungry, the people I admire, the women I desire. I have the intention to keep taking photos as long as I can,” he said.
Now showing for the first time in China, Jean Pigozzi is usually introduced as the photographer of the jet set.

My World invitation

Heir to a European car empire (Simca), he suffered dyslexia from a young age and started taking photographs of his daily life as a teenager.
Instead of writing a diary, he kept a visual journal of his life in the high society since the 1960’s.
His current exhibition in Beijing covers four decades of capturing celebrities in their off guard moments—like Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Jack Nicholson, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Kate Moss, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, and even as recent as Leonardo Di Caprio, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts during the 2014 Oscar parties.

Jean Pigozzi and Mei Ting (actress) and Huang Jue (actor)
L-R: Jean Pigozzi at the opening with actors Mei Ting and Huang Jue

Jean Pigozzi and the Luu Triplets (from the film, Pacific Rim)
Jean Pigozzi and the Luu Triplets from the film, “Pacific Rim”

Both an insider and outsider, friend and fan, his photos reflect moments of intimacy in the life of the rich and famous. They provide access to a world that is usually hidden from sight: the Oscar or Cannes Festival parties, yacht trips, private dinners, weddings, even backstage of Rolling Stones concerts.
Appropriately titled Jean Pigozzi—My world, the exhibition at UCCA (Beijing) includes 250 photos shot in black and white, curated by famous film director Alexi Tan.

Jean Pigozzi My World exhibition in Beijing
Jean Pigozzi My World exhibition in Beijing

Before his return to China as a film director, Alexi Tan was a photographer in New York who shot numerous portraits of Hollywood celebrities for major fashion magazines.
By introducing Jean Pigozzi’s photographic work to China today, director Alexi Tan nods to his own past as a photographer.

Brothers Fed and Alexi Tan
Brothers Fed and Alexi Tan at the opening

Li Xinyi (TV host)
TV host Li Xinyi

Jean Pigozzi My World exhibition

Presented by GQ China, Audi, ThinkPad, and Moët & Chandon, Jean Pigozzi—My World, curated by Alexi Tan will be on view at the The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), 798 Art District, Beijing from March 14 to 24, 2014.

Macha Green Tea Fair returns to Royce’

This April, the Maccha Green Tea selection comes back to Royce’ chocolate stores.
After a successful run last year, the Maccha Green Tea Fair returns with your favourites, including maccha-flavored chocolate wafers—green tea in rich cream, sandwiched between crunch wafers and covered in machha cholocate.
The result is a rich, creamy, bittersweet taste in one perfect bite.


Maccha green tea and Royce’ chocolate combinations will still be available, including Royce’s Maccha Almond Chocolate, Prafeuille Chocolate Maccha, and Nama Chocolate Maccha.


Maccha is a fine, bright green, talc-like powder that is produced when dried tea leaves are stone-ground.
Produced under the most meticulous conditions, maccha is said to be packed with antioxidants that help boost metabolism and reduce cholesterol levels.

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Find Maccha Almond Chocolate, Prafeuille Chocolate Maccha, Nama Chocolate Maccha, and Maccha-flavored Chocolate Wafers this April in Royce’ shops at Greenbelt 5, PowerPlant Mall, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, The Podium, and at the Cake Club in Bonifacio Global City.
To send a Royce’ eGift Card to your loved ones, go to http://www.giftaway.ph/royce.

Return of the It bag

Oh my. Just when we thought It bags were dead and were just too happy to carry a Goyard, Herve Chapelier, or even an LL Bean tote—comes the new Chanel bags for Spring-Summer 2014.
I didn’t think it was my type until I saw the pictures on the website and they are just WOW.


I’m not a backpack person, so I’m more likely to get this—if I could ever get my hands on it—who knows?


As for girls who prefer the classic Chanel flap, this one looks like art


I should’ve checked while I was in Tokyo, but there was so much to do, so little time.

Adidas Originals x Topshop launches March 20th

Two popular labels collide as the Topshop design team raids the Adidas Original archives for Spring/Summer 2014.
Classics Adidas shapes are re-animated in bespoke prints and re-engineered to create the ultimate capsule collection.

An exclusive range of Topshop prints are inspired by London landscapes, while Adidas’ iconic three stripes and trefoil shout out from graffiti graphics.


Three originals footwear favourites—the Superstar, the Tech Super and the Attitude—are recreated in luxury leathers, splashed in Topshop’s dedicated I ♥ London graphics, with enhanced detailing in contrast threads.


The collaboration launches globally on March 20, 2014.
In Manila, the adidas x Topshop collection will be available exclusively at Topshop Greenbelt 3.
To know more about it, click HERE.

Welcome to our studio, Part 2

Dear Rob,
It took us ages to renovate the apartment for several reasons:
1) I had to find the right designer.
2) The Philippe Starck toilet was so much cheaper from Amazon and had to be shipped here.
3) Kellyn and Rex, the designers, had to leave for Australia for a few months.
4) The TV cable had to be relocated.
5) The lamps had to be relocated.
6) The wallpaper was ordered from the UK.
7) The lamps came from Hong Kong.
8) The beds had to be specially ordered from Kristine Dee. Etc.

Here’s the work in progress:
The ledge had the least problems—except when the cushions we ordered were too big and had to be redone.

Window and ledge

I’m happy with our small kitchenette. Though we don’t want to cook inside. We do have a microwave oven, coffee maker, and rice cooker, just in case.


This study area was inspired by a stay at Hong Kong’s former JIA Hotel (now J-Plus). My idea was to create a hotel feel—therefore, no cooking, just minibar, refrigerator and simple appliances


The bed area had to be redesigned. I felt the wooden board made the place look smaller, so I had it removed and turned into a ledge.


The bathroom had to be re-done three times before it was chuva-approved. The workers broke the sink by accident so I had to buy another one

shang condo

After two years, it was time to move in! Yes, it took that long. I’m not a trained interior designer so it was hard to make decisions.

Shang studio

The amber sticker was ordered from Amazon, for bathroom privacy, in addition to blinds.
The idea I got from Singapore’s Quincy Hotel

Putting up the amber sticker

The wallpaper was ordered from the UK, inspired by yoo by Philippe Starck

Shang studio

This is my work area, with books, knick knacks, and a portrait of Chloe Sevigny by Terry Richardson

Shang studio

The lamps are by Innermost UK. The animal stool is from Dimensione, and the Kartell Mademoiselle chairs by Philippe Starck were purchased from Dexterton.

Shang studio

Only 38 square meters. I want to design spaces for a sideline!

Shang studio

The bathroom is tiny, but chuva-approved, with counter sink, wall-mount Duravit x Philippe Starck toilet, and glass enclosed-shower

Shang studio
Shang studio

Unfortunately the bathroom emits a funky smell—perhaps because it isn’t used often?
Someone please tell me what to do about it.
My hubby waiting for me to finish taking pictures for my blog. Not only is he hard-working, he is an angel.

Shang studio

Here’s a funny selfie we took some time ago. We plan to have movie dates/sleepovers here with the boys and popcorn.

Jeroen and I mini-selfie

One day I will list our apartment for rent online. Here’s the key to my one-room hotel.
In the future, maybe I will have my own little hotel.


Love, Me

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