Donate old furniture, get a 25% discount from Gus Modern PH
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I’m a believer of updating furniture when you have to.
What you thought was cool ten years ago may not look so great today.
Or maybe you have kids who have outgrown their beds, toys, and furniture.
The playroom they used to love is no longer being used and you dream of converting it into a guest room, home office, family room, or all of the above.
But what to do with the old furniture? You might want to donate them to a good cause.

From now until April 15, 2013, Gus* Modern Philippines invites you to trade in your used furniture and get a 25% discount on any Gus* furniture purchase listed in the promo. These include selected sofas, tables, chairs, beds and storage cabinets
All trade-in items will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

Gus furniture

Terms and Conditions

1. Items not qualified for purchase are timber tables, acrylic-I beam, cubes, lightings, pillows, ottomans, magazine racks.
2. The trade-in discount will be applied to purchases made during the promo period. Purchases made before or after the promo period are not eligible for a discount.
3. Indent orders made during the promo period are included in the promo.
4. A maximum of one trade-in item is allowed for every item purchased.
5. At the end of the promo period, Gus* will forward the donated items to Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
6. Furniture pieces for trade-in must still be usable and intact or Gus* has the right to reject them.
7. This promo shall not be used in conjunction with other promos or special discounts.
8. Trade-in items and can be picked-up by Gus* free of charge within Metro Manila. Outside of Metro Manila will be charged an appropriate fee.
9. Clients also have the option to bring their trade-in furniture to Gus* Metro Manila warehouse at #12 Tagdalit Street, Manresa, Quezon City.
10. This promo available in Gus* Studio Manila at G/F The Residences at Greenbelt, Ayala Center, Makati and Gus*@Design Pod, 59 Connecticut St., Greenhills, San Juan.

For inquiries, call (02) 621-8171 • 940-9580 • 416-0948 or email

We have a Pope
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Blame it on Catholic school upbringing.
Since the 3rd grade, I got used to hearing Catholic school urban legends such as the white lady that walked in the Science Lab, because the school was built on top of a graveyard, and that the end of the world was looming due to the fact that the someone had predicted the last pope.
This was back in 1975, mind you. My classmate said there was a wall in the Vatican that had portraits of the Popes, and when that was filled up, it would trigger the end of the world.
Yesterday while watching CNN, I saw a picture of that legendary wall of portraits my classmate was talking about. So it was true! And it appeared to show two slots left!!

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Does this mean, the new Pope is good and the next one will be the anti-pope that will usher in the end times?
Ever since Pope John Paul II died, it hurt so much. It felt like nobody could ever fill his shoes.
Since Pope Benedict XVIth stepped down last month, I’ve been scared of who will be the next Pope, so I’ve been glued to CNN, watching and waiting.

Black smoke
Black smoke means no Pope

Seagull means cuteness

Black smoke
Black smoke means no Pope

Yesterday I pretty much monitored the news over CNN or Twitter since I was in and out of the house the whole day. Got home at 8:30 PM and was so stressed I wanted to take a sleeping pill to get through the night.
Good thing I didn’t. I kept tossing and turning. Finally around 3 AM, I checked my phone and found a message from my friend Dolan: “WHITE SMOKE!”
I turned on the TV in the dark, shaking. I was really scared to see the new Pope. I was scared to see a doomsday countenance.

I woke up Jeroen. “There’s a new Pope!” I said.
Jeroen looked up from his sleep mask. “What nationality?” he asked.
“South American,” I mumbled.
He had the face of an angel, like a kind grandfather.

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Jeroen went back to sleep.
And I was relieved, happy. On cloud nine. I prayed as he led the Our Father and Hail Mary in Italian.

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They called him “an inspired choice.”
Just like Pope John Paul II, he wasn’t even among the Top 10 contenders.
His marked trait is humility and a deep concern for the poor. He gave up a car and chauffeur to commute, and he cooked his own meals.


I loved him on sight. And then I saw some Twitter hate and had to look away. I went to sleep.
The Pope is not a politician. He is not there to make promises, be popular, and please everyone. His job is to continue the teachings of the Church and be true to it, not deviate. So if you don’t like him, please, walang basagan ng trip.
Give him a chance. Pray for him if you do. Pray for us.

What if you saw your ex?
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More than two decades ago, someone broke my heart in the worst possible way.
The night we said goodbye, before he left for Paris, I had no idea I wouldn’t see him again for the next 20 years.
I spent the next two years crying. It’s a miracle I survived it.


So ugh, I had to bump into him in Hong Kong two years ago. It was Cedric’s fault. Cedric had seen him in the hotel lobby while I was waiting for the airport bus to arrive. When Cedric told me the ex was there, I told Cedric specifically not to speak to him.
But Cedric being Cedric couldn’t help but say hello. The next thing I knew, the boy who pulverized my heart, tore it to pieces and stepped on it, was walking towards me and saying hello.

I was not prepared for this. I gave him the most evil eye and told him simply to f*ck off. (Sorry, I’m not sorry.)
But what I wanted to say was, “No. You don’t get to smile and say hello and be my friend as if nothing happened.”
After I recovered, I saw him maybe three times in various malls since he moved back to Manila. And always, I ran towards the opposite direction. Sorry, I can’t be friends with exes. I’m not sorry.

It’s a different story when mature artists are involved.
Performance artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay met in 1976 and began an intense love story that resulted in a decade of influential collaborative works.
In 1988, when they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to break up at the Great Wall of China, where both artists walked for three months from opposite ends, met in the middle for one last hug and handshake, and said goodbye.

Marina and Ulay in 1980
Marina and Ulay in 1980

From March 14 to May 31, 2010, the Museum of Modern Art mounted a major retrospective and performance recreation of Abramović’s work. During its run, Abramović performed The Artist is Present—a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, where she sat immobile during museum hours, without rest, in the museum’s atrium.
Visitors were encouraged to sit silently across from the artist and become participants in the artwork.
At one point, Ulay came to sit in front of her.
Watch what happens.


Peninsula Moments
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If I were to marry a hotel, it would be The Peninsula Tokyo.
For me, this video captures the charm and elegance the city offers, and staying at the Peninsula Tokyo makes the experience extra magical.

The video is part of Peninsula Moments, a new global brand campaign that shows how The Peninsula Hotels help moments and memories to remember. These are brought to life through local insight and the genuine desire of Peninsula staff to showcase the very best of their cities.
Produced by Ridley Scott Associates, the videos are directed by Jean-Claude Thibaut and Antony Crook, whose previous work includes videos for Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Boss.

“My main objective was to amaze the audience with real stories and authentic moments to capture the overall magic of The Peninsula Hotels, fuelled by the staff’s genuine desire to inspire, both on and off each hotel property, with their unique approach to their work giving an original view on each city,” said Jean-Claude Thibaut.
“My approach was simple: documentary style with particular emphasis on the photography, inspired by the Italian Neorealist movement in cinema with non-professional actors—the staff of each individual hotel—and filming on location without set decoration.”

I love how this captures the shopping bags and the fleet of Rolls-Royces not uncommon in Hong Kong.

Now the Roll-Royces are replaced by jeepneys in Peninsula Moments, Manila-style:

Complementing the videos are images by photojournalist and portrait photographer Russel Wong, a Singapore-based photographer known for his portraits of celebrities, together with his work in Hollywood as a stills photographer for Underworld, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and The House of Flying Daggers.

Pen Moments (Jeepney)
Pen Moments (The Lobby)

“I wanted to be able to capture specific moments that are unique to each Peninsula property and at the same time be able to show some of the people and aspects of service that make The Peninsula Hotels tick. I wanted it to appear very narrative, almost like scenes from a movie,” says Wong. “I tried to inject a romantic notion into the overall campaign, and hopefully it’s all uniquely Peninsula.”

Pen Moments (Pool Party)
Pen Moments (Villa Escudero)

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