The best times

At my age, I can honestly say I’ve found The One who truly makes my life complete. I’ve been with the same guy since April 19, 1997—so that makes us 14 years and counting.
Still I can’t help but reminisce when I was younger and giddy with the thought of meeting The One, trying to get permission to go to parties, experimenting with outfits and being, well, awkward.
Last night I slept really late watching six episodes of MTV’s new series, Awkward, truly one of the most delightful things I have watched since John Hughes stopped making movies.


The plot revolves around 15-year-old Jenna and her schoolmates. She’s not exactly a cheerleader and not exactly an outcast—sort of in the middle of high school’s social ladder.
Though she just about average, you’ll feel so kilig that three boys in school are into her: Matt, the popular jock who only wants to be friends with benefits; Jake, the guy she should be with but doesn’t realize it yet; and Kyle, the creepy stalker in black I would probably fall for, if he didn’t wear black nail polish.



To know more about Awkward, click here.

Yellow Cab celebrates 10th year with grand Vespa raffle

After 10 years of great pizza, innovative quick casual restaurant Yellow Cab gives back to its loyal customers by raffling off ten limited-edition vintage Italian Vespas through its grand anniversary promo, One Great Decade, One Great Vesparade.

Vespa Raffle Promo Pic

From July 1 to September 30, customers for dine-in, takeout, or delivery can get the chance to take home one of these much-coveted Yellow Cab icons.
Every Php 500 purchase (that includes at least one Coca-Cola product) entitles customers to one (1) raffle coupon and a chance to be one of the ten (10) lucky winners of exclusive limited-edition Yellow Cab vintage scooters to be given away in three monthly draws.
The Vespas have been cleverly customized to represent Yellow Cab’s bestsellers and icons.
The classic chocolate brown and camel-hued scooters personify the savory Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta

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Vespas in two shades of red embody the spicy goodness of Yellow Cab’s popular Hot Wings

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These original, vintage yellow scooters represent the signature look and feel of the highly-successful restaurant.

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“More than serving mouth-watering pizzas and tasty dishes to our customers, Yellow Cab is also about the bonding experience—sharing the warmth, comfort, and good vibes with people you enjoy being with the most,” says Marketing Manager Alexandra Bustaliño. “This experience is the reason why 10 years of Great Pizza at Yellow Cab is cause for a Great Celebration—and why we invite everyone to join in.”

With these iconic Italian Vespas up for grabs, Yellow Cab certainly gives its patrons even more reasons to enjoy Great Pizza and the wonderful experiences that come with it.
Promo period for the first month is from July 1 to 31, 2011 with 3 scooters to be given away at the draw on August 10.
Raffle entries submitted from August 1 t0 31, 2011 will be included in the succeeding draw to be held on September 10, where another 3 units will be raffled off.
The final draw for entries submitted from September 1 to 30, 2011 will be held on October 10, where the remaining 4 Vespas will be handed over to winners.

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. operates in five countries worldwide, with over 80 branches located in the Philippines.
To know more, go to or follow them on Twitter.
Call 789-9999 for great pizza delivery 24/7.

How cute!!

Look what stopped in front of our house today


Jeroen and I were having lunch when this bright green truck passed by.
I was in pajamas, so I told Jeroen to go down and take pictures.
Soon the boys were downstairs too with the yaya, and the cousins from the neighboring house.
Our neighbor has three dogs. Little shih tzu goes in first.


Jeroen said the dog immediately settled down for some pampering.
Makes me wanna have a shih tzu again. This is my favorite kind of dog :(


Clean Paws Mobile Pet Salon is a cute and convenient way to keep your furry friends groomed.
It services clients in Makati, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Manila, San Juan, Ortigas and select Quezon City and South MM locations, while its home base is located at 78 Estrella corner Zodiac Street, Bel-Air, Makati.

clean paws mobile pet salon

Dog salon services cost about Php 550 only. Let these happy dog pictures make your heart melt.

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

clean paws mobile pet salon

To know more, call 668-4708 or (0999) 551-7381 or follow them on Facebook!

AJ Dimarucot In Ayala DesignTalks

AJ Dimarucot, fiercely independent graphic artist behind Googoo & Gaga, Collision Theory, and the official logo of has always followed his instincts and his truth.
From a rogue, satirical website to T-shirt designs for global brands, his brash, color-awash artworks have broken through to international recognition and commercial success.
With clients like Nike, Adidas, Zoo York and ESPN, AJ embodies the Filipino creative entrepreneur—global, independent, inspiring.

Nike Pacquiao tee

Zoo York

Adidas/Dwight Howard

2011 - ESPN Classic identity artwork "INDIVIDUALS"


Chuvaness logos


On September 3, 2011, join in as AJ shares his creative journey, revealing how doing what you love gets the world to love you back.
Starts 3 PM at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati.
Tickets at Php 300 each or Php 150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members.
For inquiries, call 757-7117 to 21 local 35 or 24 or email

Ayala Museum’s DesignTalks is a lecture series that brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to the center stage. Find out more at

Time for a giveaway

My house is a stockroom. I have so much stuff to give away, please forgive me for taking so long to do it.
This time around I decided to put together eight swag bags. The bags were chosen by me at Beabi.


Beabi currently sells the best clear totes. Two winners will get this swag bag.



It contains the limited edition Majolica Majorca makeup set

Majolica Majorca gift

Gift from Majolica Majorca

Various Veet hair removal products



My favorite Dove soap and travel case!


Thomas Sabo Sterling Silver Neon Yellow Lightning Pendant

A Kenkoy watch from Solo

Kenkoy watch

The Akala Mo Wala Nang Slumbook by Witty Will Save The World


and a Zombadings: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington movie poster (in theaters this August 31st, 2011)

Zombadings poster

Six winners will get the Beabi x Rajo Laurel Limited Artist Edition 2011 Tote Bag and Organizer

The Rajo Laurel Tote Bag Large

Rajo Laurel x beabi

It contains three Dove boxed sets, Veet hair removal products, and the Kenkoy x Solo watch.


How to join:
1) Open to anyone with a Philippine address.
2) Eight swag bags will be given away. Winners will be chosen via electronic lottery.
3) Promo starts now until August 30, 2011 (Tuesday) midnight.
4) Please don’t clog my Inbox and join only ONCE.
5) Write your real name and address for claiming purposes. Otherwise your entry will be disqualified.
6) To join, simply fill out this form.
7) Winners will be announced here and on

Keri’s dream come true

My cousin Keri’s obsession with Korean dramas is contagious. She got me into Boys Over Flowers, which is the Korean version of Meteor Garden (Taiwanese drama I loved).
Luckily, my friend Mae gifted me two boxed sets of Boys Over Flowers, plus Mischievous Kiss, which star singer/actor/dancer (triple threat) Kim Hyun Joong. So yes, I find him cute and never mind that I was already in college when he was born.

Kim Hyun Joong collection

As far as Kim Hyun Joong fans are concerned, Keri (L) is a certified diehard. She has traveled to Seoul, Shanghai and Yokohama to stalk him watch his concerts.


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Kim Hyun Joong in Yokohama (Photos: Keri Zamora)

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You can imagine the damage to my ear when I told her Kim Hyun Joong was coming to Manila for a Face Shop tour.


Last Friday morning, Keri came over to our house with makeup artist Tatin Yang, who did both of our makeup.
Left the house 11-ish to the Rockwell Club for a media lunch.


Do you think she’s excited?

Keri and Kim Hyun Joong

While having our lunch, we couldn’t help but notice the hunky bodyguard, Mr. Jeong, who has his own Facebook fan page. He made sure the platform was stable. He looked under the chairs, inspected the flowers, and checked if the outside was clear.


Here’s a stolen shot by me


Then our On The Radar group (Keri, Grace and I) was called for a briefing upstairs as we were scheduled for a one-on-one for the Philippine Star (basically guidelines on what we can and can’t ask).
As we were talking to his Korean handler and interpreter, I noticed this entourage coming downstairs.
Watch Kim Hyun Joong walking slowly behind his bodyguard, with the golden hair, moreno skin, as he scans the room with his eyes.

That was our cue to proceed to the press conference. We took the elevator, they took the stairs. So we stalked him on his way there. Now watch the security and handlers with Kim Hyun Joong. Watch him scan the room and glance at us again.

He entered a room full of girls trying to stifle screams. (Here we have settled down.)


Oh, and he sat right across from us :)


Filipina-Korean radio/ TV personality Grace Lee hosted the program. (Why so pretty??)
Check out Gelli de Belen in the background.


Was he spaced out or checking her out?


So perfect.


If Paris Hilton has Isha Dinio, Kim Hyun Joong has 74-year-old Patria Ragasa. Her daughter spent Php 100,000 to win his cropped pants in a charity auction. As a bonus, they also got to meet and greet the Korean pop star.

Kim Hyun Joong's cropped pants for auction

Lola meets her crush idol.


She reportedly gave Kim Hyun Joong a key and said, “This is the key to my heart, I give it to you!” #afraid
She also begged him to kiss her!! That’s one aggressive lola, I tell you. He was very sweet to her though.


Lola’s 15 minutes of fame


Here’s the photo op, with Lola’s daughter on the left


The Face Shop donated the money to Abiertas House of Friendship, “a non-government organization that provides a temporary home to needy women, especially unwed mothers.”


During the press conference we were called to go back upstairs in preparation for our one-on-one.
The aircon wasn’t function so Keri peeled off her jacket. We were debating if she should interview him in a Roland Mouret bustier—or NOT!!


In no time we were called into this function room full of people and Kim Hyun Joong.
As soon as I saw the formal setting, I whispered to Grace, “Roland Mouret bustier is definitely not appropriate.”
Keri was assigned to interview him. I took photos and Grace held the Flip video.
To be fair, Keri acted professionally and did not fumble her lines/questions.

Keri interviews Kim Hyun Joong

Check out the body language ;)

Kim Hyun Joong in Manila

After answering our ten questions, we were whisked away to accommodate the other reporters, not even allowed to ask for an autograph.
So Keri followed him to Trinoma at 5 PM while I had to attend two other events.

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

You can imagine the place was packed

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Grace Lee hosted

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Meet and greet for Face Shop promo winners

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Watch for Keri’s coverage in the Philippine Star in a few!
To know more about the Face Shop, click here.

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