What’s in my bag?

My stuff

1. planner
2. house keys
3. wallet
4. pen case
5. card case
6. Puffs tissues
7. Goody comb
8. checkbook, receipts organizer
9. wet tissues
10. Newman’s Own mints

And they all fit into this train case I bought from a trip abroad.


Everyone who sees the bag asks about it, so I decided to bring it in to the Philippines.
It comes in four colors: red and brown, pink, brown, and orange and brown.
They remind me of Globetrotter luggage, minus the price tag.
This train case only costs Php 5,800.


It comes in one size only and measures approximately 12.5″ (L) x 9″ (H) x 5″ (W).
Material is vegan friendly PVC, made in China.
It’s lockable with two magnetic closures, fits an iPad and all your other essentials. Think of it as your little bag of secrets. It also comes with a convenient detachable shoulder strap and smaller strap to attach to your carry-on luggage.

Train cases

They are currently available at Madison Rockwell (2nd floor, near National Bookstore) and online at http://www.dotcomme.ph/.
Add Php 300 for shipping within the Philippines or pick up at Pepper Lunch Shangri-La or Greenbelt. I do not recommend shipping abroad as I have inquired and it costs almost like the bag itself.

Madison at Rockwell, Power Plant mall




OMG. I’m in love.
If I could marry fragrance, I would marry Margiela’s Untitled.

Maison Martin Margiela Untitled

Maison Martin Margiela Untitled

mmm untitled

I don’t really collect perfumes. Right now I have five bottles on my dresser:
• Hayden’s Green Tea and Peony, a gift from Hayden and a favorite of Vicki Belo
• Acca Kappa which is truly sexy on a man or a woman
• Gap’s Close (which reminds me of Patrick Robinson in Tokyo)
• L’Artisan Bois Farine (a fave of Sofia Coppola)
and of course this Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela.


Found a sample at the I.T counter in Hong Kong while I was shopping and I gave it a try.
It brought me back to Houston to the hotel Zaza, which is one of my most favorite hotels in the world.
Zaza had this wonderful fruity scenting that haunts me to this day. I think Margiela’s Untitled comes very, very close to it.
They say scents are a powerful trigger of emotions and memory. When I smell Japanese crayons, I’m back in Grade 3.
When I smell Untitled, I’m back in Houston keeping my cousin Chelo company.
It’s been three years since she passed and not a single week goes by that I don’t think about her.
So these are the things I love in just one bottle: Martin Margiela

Margiela exhibit

I.T, Hong Kong

Chica girl, I.T.

Hotel Zaza

My bed. Yum.

This is in front of my bed


My dear cousin. Get well soon!

Isn’t that amazing?

Win free tickets to Zombadings from Keratin Complex

Keratin Complex Philippines, along with Orgin8 Media and SM Cinemas, present a special advanced screening of Zombadings 1: Patayin si Remington sa Shokot, on August 30, 2011 (Tuesday), 7 PM, at SM Megamall Cinema 9.
The event will also feature a brief Zombading “beauty pageant” styled by Keratin Complex client hairstylists.


From the makers of Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros comes this critically acclaimed horror-comedy, starring Martin Escuedero, Lauren Young, Janice de Belen, and Kerbie Zamora with the special participation of Roderick Paulate and Eugene Domingo.

Wanna win free tickets to the advanced screening?
Like Keratin Complex Club Philippines on Facebook, and post your name and email address on the wall.
The first 50 people that post on the wall will win 2 tickets each to the premiere.


About Keratin Complex

Founded by renowned stylist Peter Coppola, Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, is a revolutionary, professional, revitalizing and rejuvenating treatment that penetrates the hair’s cuticle to reduce 95% of frizz and curl.
This advanced formulation smooths hair by infusing 40% percent hydrolyzed natural keratin deep into the damaged cuticle.

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy is recommended
• to those who do not want stick-straight hair
• to those who want to take away the frizz but not sacrifice the curls
• to those with damaged hair due to bleaching or rebonding
• to those with chemically damaged hair.

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy takes 2 1/2 hours. The effect lasts anywhere from 3-5 months depending on the client’s lifestyle and original hair condition. For best results, client is not allowed to wet her his/hair up to 72 hours after the treatment.

Here’s good news for those who can’t last the 72-hour no-shampoo rule.
Keratin Complex’s Express Blowout is a one-hour treatment that gives you smooth, sexy, shiny hair in a snap.
You are allowed to shampoo your hair after 8 hours the treatment. Effect should last up to six weeks.


Experience beautiful hair with Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, in any of these top salons:
Creations Salon
Emphasis Salon Peninsula
Henri Calayag
Indigo Salon
Jesi Mendez Salon
Jing Monis Salon
Justine Barbara Salon
Le Maquillage
Louis Philippe Kee salons
Manila Polo Club Salon
Piandré Salons
Philippe Salon
Regine’s Salon
Studio 546
Salon de Matt
Studio Salon Fix by Alex Carbonell
Toni and Guy Essensuals
Bridges Salon Cebu
Evolutions Salon
Expose Salon Cebu
Pink and Gold Salon Davao
Studio 28 Bacolod
Virtu Salon
and at selected branches of Bench Fix and David’s salons.

Spotted at National Bookstore

Moleskine’s long-awaited Writing, Traveling and Reading collections, including pens, pencils, bags, reading glasses, cases, reading stands and USB rechargeable book lights.


Designed by Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti, the new collections are compatible with Moleskine notebooks and planners through special clips and holders.


The new accessories retain many of the familiar features of the Moleskine notebooks: elastic band, smooth and rounded corners, black color, “in case of loss” label, and essential, contemporary-classic aesthetics.



Available now at National Book Store. To see the complete range and prices, click HERE.

The Assumption tote

Here comes another Assumption batch which is not mine and has very good fundraising ideas. It makes me so angry!!!! Arrgh!!
But seriously, I walked into this photo-printed tarpaulin bag at the Pop’s store in the Milky Way building on Pasay Road.

Assumption bag

How ingenious! Obviously the design is based on the Banane Taipei.
The bags cost Php 500 each and were produced as fundraising merchandise for Assumption Batch 1990’s high school reunion.

Assumption bag

As such, do not expect the highest quality. Some of the bags are well-printed and some are not.
Think of it as an extra shopping tote to save the earth/show Assumption pride/for a good cause.
To order, call or text (0917) 530-0866 • (0917) 817-0419 • 892-0941 (landline).

Chefs and their signature dishes in Unilever’s new cookbook

Unilever isn’t just about home and personal care anymore. It’s about Best Foods mayo (truly the best, as far as Chef Jeroen is concerned), Knorr seasoning and all kinds of food solutions.
Now Unilever gathers eleven international chefs in the country to put together a special cookbook called Signature Dishes 2011.

UFS Signature Dishes Cover

Signature Dishes 2011 is Unilever Food Solutions’ way of giving back to food lovers and professionals in the Philippine food service industry by providing them the tools to create signature dishes that will satisfy and excite their guests,” says Pinky Laurena, Unilever Food Solutions Managing Director.

The first-of-its-kind cookbook is top-billed by renowned chef and Unilever Food Solutions culinary ambassador Cyrille Soenen who, along with other Manila-based international chefs, offers Filipino restaurateurs and food service operators an intimate peek into their signature renditions.
The featured top chefs share their sources of inspiration, letting readers privy into the secret ingredients that make a truly successful signature dish.

Chef Cyrille Soenen

A seasoned food industry stalwart with experience from Michelin star-restaurants worldwide like Duc d Enghien and Le Drouant in Paris, Chef Cyrille serves up delicious insights into his trailblazing cuisine, made more mouth-watering with Knorr Western Sauces.
He shares signature innovations flavored with Knorr Napoli Tomato Sauce, Knorr Cheese Sauce or Knorr White Sauce.

Unilever food solutions

Other featured food experts who share their masterful recipes are chefs Angelo Faoro and Freddy Thierry Schmidt

Chef Angelo Faoro Chef Freddy Thierry Schmidt

Norbert Gandler and Mats Loo

Chef Norbert Gandler Chef Mats Loo

David Pardo de Ayala and Franco Brodini

Chef David Pardo de Ayala Chef Franco Brodini

Nick Anderson and Josef Miklavc

Chef Nick Anderson Chef Josef Miklavc

Mark Mulder and Patrick Fournes.

Chef Mark Moulder Chef Patrick Fournes

From tarts to slow-cooked roasts, their exciting flavor combinations and the stories told in every recipe will enthrall readers with mouthwatering ideas.

Tournedos Rossini

Bresse Chicken

Blackened Gravlax

Pamora Farm Egg Cocotte with Duck Liver Leaks and Mushroom Sauce
Pamora farm egg cocotte with duck liver, leeks and mushroom sauce

Big Tiger Prawns in Citrus and Olive Oil Dressing
Tiger prawns in citrus and olive oil dressing

Tart Fine with Tomato Fresh Sardines and Goat Cheese
Tart fine with tomato, fresh sardines, and goat cheese

Signature Dishes 2011 is now available in leading bookstores nationwide.

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