Let me eat cupcake

I was never really into cupcakes, but when you watch or hear about a certain kind of food repeatedly, you develop a craving for it.
In my case it was the Real Housewives of New York City where one of them might suddenly say, “I need a cupcake.”


In New York, one of the go-to places for cupcakes is Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village.

Magnolia Bakery NY

In Manila, there’s Cupcakes by Sonja.
Sonja Ocampo worked at Magnolia Bakery in 2005 before opening her own shop at Serendra. And lucky for me/us.

Cupcakes by Sonja

Opened in 2006, I never even tried her cupcake until 2011—and only because of the Real Housewives.


Not a fan of frosting (too sweet) I walked in and bought a variety only to scrape it off. Until one day, I decided to ask if I could buy them without frosting. And they said yes! So the plain vanilla cupcakes are the ones I like best. (Even in food I am quite the minimalist.)

Sonja's cupcake

Meanwhile my friend Jiki loves Red Velvet (Photo: Gela Abores/FLICKR)

Red Velvet Cupcake from Sonja's Cupcakes

I also think bag obsession is passé, but I was amazed at how detailed some of these bag toppers look.
I’m just waiting for an occasion to order it for a friend.

Sonja's handbag cupcakes

Cupcakes by Sonja is at 1C 03 Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

New openings for Louis Vuitton in Manila and Singapore

After an intensive expansion and renovation program, Louis Vuitton will reopen on October 15, 2011 at Greenbelt 4.
First opened in 2003 on Makati Avenue, the Louis Vuitton store has always been one of the most popular anchor brands in the shopping district of Makati. Today, this expansion reaffirms the Malletier’s confidence in the Philippine retail market.
Featuring a uniquely conceived façade inspired by the brand’s signature Damier pattern, the new store will be transformed into a two-level luxury retail space.

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The store’s main entrance opens up to a travel area on the left and an expansive leather goods bar to the right.
The mezzanine floor will hold a dedicated Men’s Area.
The main staircase will take you down to the Women’s Universe featuring a vast array of leather goods, shoes, and accessories. An entire wall will showcase Rare and Exceptional pieces on the lower floor.
Aside from a special room dedicated to after-sales services, a highlight of the new store will be the unique and luxurious VIP salon, offering the ultimate personal and luxurious shopping experience.

Meanwhile, Singapore will open its first Island Maison at the Marina Bay Sands on September 18, 2011.
The Maison will sit on the waterfront of the Marina Bay promenade and will feature nautical-inspired interiors exclusively designed by internationally acclaimed and award-winning architect Peter Marino.

Singapore MBS Facade

Visitors can look forward to a unique and sophisticated retail experience as the first Louis Vuitton Maison in Southeast Asia will incorporate art and cultural elements in its retail space.
The ground floor of the Island Maison will feature a complete selection of men’s and women’s leather goods, ready to wear, shoes and accessories.
The mezzanine level will have the first Travel Room in Asia Pacific, dedicated to travel luggage and accessories. There will be a private lounge for intimate presentations as well as an outdoor loggia reminiscent of a deck on a luxury yacht.
From the island, visitors can travel through a tunnel that will showcase pieces of contemporary artwork.
The tunnel connects to the Marina Bay Sands mall and visitors will arrive at the Louis Vuitton bookstore, where they can browse through a specially curated range of design, cultural and art books.
A spiral staircase on the same floor will lead visitors up to a magnified space which will display timepieces, fine jewellery and exceptional leather bags.


Mothercare invites new and expectant moms to a “meeting”

Mothercare Philippines holds its 2nd Baby & Me Club meeting on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Greenbelt 3 Exhibit Area from 1:30-4:30 PM.

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On August 20, guest speakers will discuss proper nutrition and proper dental care for new and expectant moms.
Snacks and refreshments will be served, plus participants can join a raffle where Mothercare toys and a brand new Phil & Teds pushchair will be given away.

Phil and Teds pushchair

Registration is free! Just go to http://www.facebook.com/MothercarePhils and post the following on their wall:
1) Full Name
2) Contact Number
3) How far along are you in your pregnancy/How old is your child?
Only the first 80 successful registrants will receive a confirmation text from Mothercare.

Zombadings 1 in theaters August 31

From award-winning filmmakers Michiko Yamamoto (Magnifico, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros), Jade Castro (Endo), and Raymond Lee (Anak, Milan, In My Life, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) comes a one-of-a-kind thriller/comedy/coming-of-age story about a curse, gay zombies, and a boy’s journey into gayhood.

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Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington brought the house down when it premiered to a fully packed CCP Main Theater last July.
Entirely shot in Lucban, Quezon, the movie follows the life of Remington, a happy-go-lucky young man content at being another tambay along with his tagay-loving comrades. Until, of course, the lovely Hannah, a childhood friend, returns to their small, quiet town.


Hannah rebuffs Remington because she finds him lazy and uncouth. Then Remington starts becoming neater, nicer and more sensitive.
While Hannah begins to appreciate what seems to be a new Remington, his transformation is actually just the beginning of wearing baby tees, swaying his hips while walking, and sensing a strong attraction to his best buddy Jigs even as he also feels a liking towards Hannah.
Around town, curious things are also happening. A serial killer is on the loose and gay men are the target.
In Remington’s dreams, ghoulish characters are taking over.


With the help of Hannah and their friend Jigs, Remington investigates why masked macho dancers are all of a sudden invading his sleep, why he’s suddenly fluent in gayspeak, and why gay zombies are roaming the streets.
Directed by Jade Castro, produced by Raymond Lee, and written by Raymond Lee, Michiko Yamamoto and Jade Castro, the movie stars Martin Escudero, Lauren Young, Kerbie Zamora, Janice de Belen, John Regala, Roderick Paulate, Eugene Domingo, Angelina Kanapi, Narcies Cabico, and Odette Khan.

Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington opens in theaters nationwide on August 31, 2011.
The will be limited sneak previews before the nationwide release. Parties interested in block screenings or fund-raising events may contact Tammy at tammy@origin8media.com or (0916) 664-5806 and (0920) 906-4793.



It could be very hard to out-polka-dot me.


Me on Plant magazine

Cause half my wardrobe are spotted.



Thanks Jappy!

Ghostly me

Thank you Tickles!

How could I not go to Tita Virgie’s polka dot party


To launch the new dotted/printed Swatches?



Spotted: Luis Manzano


Billy Crawford


Nikki Gil


Jerome Lorico


Dong Ronquillo


Tessa Valdes


Rowell Santiago


Robby Carmona


Tita Susan Joven


Joyce Oreña


Chloe dela Merced


Who belongs to these?




Cibo served themed food



This has to be the prettiest showroom in Greenbelt 5, thanks to Gino Gonzales



See what I mean?


Japan: Kingdom of Characters at the Met

The Japan Foundation together with the Embassy of Japan in Manila, celebrates Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this with the traveling exhibition, Japan: Kingdom of Characters.
Currently running at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s Tall Gallery, the exhibit focuses on characters that fill the world of anime and manga and how they have come to permeate into the daily landscape of Japanese life—from bank passbooks and train passes to supermarkets and vending machines.


Japan: Kingdom of Characters gives Philippine anime and manga fans a chance to closely examine the cultural and historical background behind the Japanese love of characters and the future of characters in contemporary Japan.
Divided into three sections, the first part of the exhibit examines the changes in Japanese society from the 1950’s (when Astro Boy made his manga debut) to the present and the characters that have emerged in each decade—from the classic geek favorites Ultraman, Masked Rider and Mobile Suit Gundam to more recent beloved children characters Chibi Maruko Chan, Pokemon and Tamagotchi, among many others.

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The second section showcases the bond the Japanese have with characters from a faithful reproduction of a high-school girl’s room completely filled with Hello Kitty.
A final section, dubbed The Future of Characters, looks at the emerging forms of characters.
It also gives a glimpse on some of the factors that play a vital role in their future development, such as the rise of new Internet and computer software and the prevalence of anime-based cosplay.
“We hope that through this exhibition, the viewer might come to better understand the close and extremely futuristic relationship that the Japanese people have with characters,” says Aihara Hiroyuki, President of Character Research Institute Co., Ltd in Japan.


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Other activities included in the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month are the 2011 Eiga Sai, which will screen several acclaimed Japanese movies in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao; and a free concert and workshop featuring Japanese acoustic instrumentalists Aki & Kuniko in the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, Makati City, College of Music in UP Diliman and at the Conspiracy Garden Bar in Quezon City.
The exhibition is organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and supported by Toshiba (Philippines) Inc.

Japan: Kingdon of Characters is open to the public and will run until August 20 at the Tall Galleries.
The Met Museum is at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.
Open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM – 6 PM.
For inquiries call 523-0613 or email mailto:info@metmuseum.ph.
Visit http://www.metmuseum.ph or http://www.facebook.com/met.museum.manila for more details.

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