Free Pokemon GO for Smart subscribers in the Philippines
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The wait is over. Pokemon GO just launched in the Philippines and they’ve already been spotted in our house!

Pokemon Go

As Smart subscribers, we’re enjoying free Pokemon GO for a week, because Smart Communications is giving Smart and TNT subscribers 7 days free data access to Pokemon GO without data charges.
Offer is good for both iPhone and Android users.
A location-based augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon GO lets players assume the role of trainers who discover and catch Pokemon or “pocket monsters” using GPS and the camera of their smartphones.
Players level up their Pokemon and battle other trainers to gain Pokécoins that can be spent on in-game items.

Pokemon Go
Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO has swept gamers since it first launched in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on July 6, 2016.
The game is now available in over 30 countries, including Japan, where the original Pokemon game and anime series originated.
Pokemon Go

Smart and TNT subscribers can easily level up their gameplay through convenient and secure Pokemon Go in-app purchases even without a credit card.
Using Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing for Android, users can easily purchase Pokecoins by charging directly to their prepaid load or postpaid account.
Smart Postpaid subscribers who are iPhone users can also buy Pokecoins, charged to their monthly billing through Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service.
To know more, follow Smart communications on Facebook, Snapchat (LiveSmartPH), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Not for the faint-hearted: Vetements now at Univers
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It’s been a while since I’ve felt really excited about a clothing brand.
I can compare the feeling of European brand Vetements (pronounced “vet-mohn”) to the first time I encountered Martin Margiela in New York in 1993.
The similarities are there—from the exaggerated sleeves to the gigantic proportions.
And no wonder, since Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia did work at Margiela for more than three years.

Demna Gvasalia photographed by Dominique Maitre

But before he started Vetements with a team that includes his brother Guram, Demna also designed clothes at Louis Vuitton.
Most recently he took over Alexander Wang as artistic director of Balenciaga, making the brand once more exciting after a few blah years of Wang.

Now for the good news: Vetements is here, thanks to Mark “Jappy” Gonzalez of H&F Retail Concepts Inc., which owns Univers at One Rockwell.
The store carries a compact collection of unisex streetwear that includes Vetements’ collaboration with Levi’s (the first time the company has allowed double branding, said Jappy), oversized bomber jackets, sweatshirts, and T-shirts.

Vetements 2016

Vetements 2016
Vetements 2016

The price points are not for the faint-hearted, in fact the Snoop Dog T-shirt costs more than a Louis Vuitton wallet.
I tried on a sweatshirt with extra long sleeves and a gigantic bomber jacket that is ten sizes bigger than me. I loved it. It would look great in Tokyo, but my boys would refuse to walk with me, and it’s not my price point.
I had to take a moment, sit down, and check prices online. Jappy’s prices are not bad, maybe slightly higher.
But in Manila, you can try pieces on and don’t have to pay Johnny Air for shipping.
I would rather buy here to support a Filipino entrepreneur who’s trying to make a difference.

For Spring/Summer 2017, Univers is bringing in the men’s line and more styles, including Vetements’ collaborations with Hanes, Brioni, Reebok and Champion.
“The prices will be different, lower for some of the items,” said Jappy.

Obviously, Vetements is not for everybody.
As Jappy put it, “It really is an attitude. You either have it or you don’t. Not everybody gets it.”

Univers is located at One Rockwell East Tower, Rockwell Drive.
Follow them on Instagram @_univers_.

Before you take another food shot, consider this
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“What kind of Instagram accounts do you hate?” my kids were asking the other night.
“I don’t really like fashion posts,” I said. “I don’t like too many selfies.”
“I don’t like food posts,” said my son. “Why do people have to take pictures of food?”

I laughed. To be fair, I think I am one of the first people to take food pics, as early as 2004 with my low-res digital camera. I was in Singapore for a junket for the Philippine Star and I simply thought this dish was too pretty not to be captured. This was Chatterbox’s famous Hainanese chicken rice.

Chatterbox chicken rice

I still remember marveling at this dessert sampler at Mezza9, Singapore in 2005, when taking food shots was a novel thing. Flickr was a new thing, so early adopters would post them online and label them “food porn.”

dessert sampler

My brother Dennis used to groan whenever I would pull out my huge camera before a family meal.
And now it’s like a normal thing. I try not to do it often, and if I do, I do it really quickly. It must be done within a few seconds so I don’t like a fool.
That said, this video is worth sharing, I can’t wait to show my kids. I especially love the tag line in the end.
Watch and see how silly it all looks.

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