Death by KitKat

I used to eat KitKat everyday—only the plain ones. I know it’s unhealthy but I had KitKat and Coke for breakfast everyday for a year as a student in Parsons. That was when I weighed 98 lbs. (those were the days).
I also ate it for a few weeks in Holland when I found out the supermarket didn’t stock any Hershey’s. That was 12 years ago and I was still 98 lbs.
Now I no longer eat them (I am no longer 98 lbs.), but I met a guy who wants to eat all KitKat flavors. His name is Mark and I had a conversation with him at this new pizza place, Nolita, at the Fort.

Mark said all the KitKat flavors are listed in the Wiki page and most of them are in Japan.
When I saw eight kinds of KitKat at Narita airport, I already thought it was a lot. Apparently, that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.
Yesterday I walked into this Japanese grocery on the 2nd floor of Metrowalk (just before you enter the pirated area).


Inside, so many kinds of KitKat. I was in shock.






Of course I remembered Mark and got him the small ones only kasi Mahalia Jackson (Php 60 each).
Can wait to give it to him! The salesgirl said they get new KitKat flavors all the time and a new shipment arrives next week. I wonder which ones are good?


Charlotte Casiraghi in Gucci’s “Forever Now” ad campaign

I grew up watching Grace Kelly movies, reading about her children in Hello magazine, and seeing the Grimaldi grandchildren grow up through the glossies. Never have I seen Charlotte Casiraghi ever look awkward. So unfair!
Aside from her timeless, flawless beauty, Charlotte has never been known to be in a scandal (at least none that I’m aware of). She is as regal as royal can be.

Now Gucci is pleased to announce its collaboration with Charlotte Casiraghi, who stars in the Italian luxury house’s new Forever Now ad campaign, conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini.
Over the next two years Charlotte will be photographed by four of the world’s most respected fashion and portrait photographers, beginning with Peter Lindberg, who shot her against the backdrop of a stable, wearing Gucci’s signature green and red stripes.

Charlotte Casiraghi

Frida says: “Over the last two years I have had the pleasure and privilege to get to know Charlotte through our shared passion for horses. She not only embodies the beauty and the grace of the equestrian, but is also a wonderful ambassador for the sport. While designing her riding wardrobe, I have gained an appreciation for her innate ability to combine family traditions with a uniquely modern attitude. I am delighted to be able to celebrate Gucci’s icons of heritage with someone who is so connected to the history and essence of this House. Charlotte brings the spirit of Gucci to life so elegantly.”

Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte said, “There was great synergy while working with Frida and her team to elaborate this unique collaboration with Gucci and we really had the same desire to make it something special and creative. I admire Frida’s talent as a designer; she has really managed to reinvent the codes of Gucci by giving them a modern twist and timeless elegance. It is also very exciting for me to have the opportunity to work with some of the best photographers in the world to celebrate Gucci’s heritage.”

Gucci’s Forever Now campaign will appear worldwide beginning March 7, 2012, in newspapers and fashion and lifestyle magazines, complementing the House’s seasonal fashion campaigns.
All video and photography was shot by Peter Lindbergh. The director of photography was Jean Michel Vecchiet.
The soundtrack was composed by Charlotte Vecchiet and Paul De Coudenhove.

In the Philippines, Gucci is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center and Rustan’s Tower Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

How to market Magnum ice cream

In Paris, Karl Lagerfeld directed three short films for Magnum ice cream starring former O.C. actress Rachel Bilson.
In this Black Swan-inspired video, ballerina Rachel Bilson rushes to her dressing room after a performance to enjoy Magnum ice cream along with kisses from Chanel man-muse Baptiste Giabiconi.

In the U.S., Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria enjoys a mini Magnum, which we should have in the Philippines, especially for those watching their waistlines.

And just in time for the summer, Magnum recently introduced its brand ambassadors in the Philippines in a media launch at Enderun in Taguig. They are from L-R: Raymond Gutierrez, Liz Uy, Solenn Heusaff, Tessa Valdes and Erwan Heusaff. (Not in picture: Rajo Laurel who was out of town.)

Raymond Gutierrez with the Magnum Ambassadors Liz Uy, Solenn Heusaff, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Erwann Heusaff

After being served a very light lunch of soup and salad, we sat through a brief chocolate masterclass by Pastry Chef Andreas Gillar

Chef Andreas Gillar

After which trays of chocolate were passed around for sampling—in dark

Dark chocolate


White chocolate

and milk

Milk chocolate

Also spotted: Unilever-RFM CEO and Managing Director John Concepcion

Unilever-RFM CEO and Managing Director John Concepcion

Selecta Marketing Director Bindoy Baltazar with Magnum Launch Creative Consultant Raymond Gutierrez

Selecta Marketing Director Bindoy Baltazar with Magnum Launch Creative Consultant Raymond Gutierrez

Magnum Brand Manager Jean Madrid with Liz Uy

Magnum Brand Manager Jean Madrid and Liz Uy

Chef Andreas Gillar and host Patti Grandidge

Chef Andreas Gillar and Patti Grandidge

Unilever PR & Events Manager Nikki Abella with Magnum Assistant Brand Manager Brian Chanyungco

Unilever PR & Events Manager Nikki Abella, Magnum Assistant Brand Manager Brian Chanyungco

The all-new Magnum is a velvety, smooth and creamy ice cream bar is coated with a thick layer of cracking real Belgian chocolate. It is a collaborative effort between Unilever and RFM, the mother company of local dairy giant Selecta.
Priced at only Php 50 or 60 per bar, it is available in three flavors—Classic, Almond and Chocolate Truffle—in singles or multiple packs, at convenience stores and supermarkets all over.

Magnum Ice Cream - Classic - Almond - Chocolate Truffle

Meet the Haiku fan

One of the best investments I ever made was the installation of the Big Ass Fan in our living room last year.
I was scared to spend that much on an electric fan, but it has proven to be worth it, especially during hot summer days.
Our house used to be an oven worthy of a Bikram studio during summer, but after the addition of a roof garden, new blinds, and the Big Ass Fan, summers aren’t as scary anymore.

BIg Ass Fan at home

The energy efficient Big Ass Fans can be used in homes and commercial spaces. It is also a great conversation piece.

Big Ass Fan


Big Ass Fans Provide Energy Savings

Element - Nova 535 - Saint Petersburg, FL

But what about smaller spaces? Lower ceilings?
Personally, I can’t live without ceiling fans, as each one of the rooms in our house has one.
Some of them are Hunter fans and some are G.E. Between the two, I prefer Hunter. Still I’m not 100% satisfied.
Hunter fans usually come with lights, which we never use because we can never reach the cord used to turn it on.
The Hunter fans I’ve seen without lights don’t look very nice—in short, I have a problem looking for a ceiling fan I really like.
Enter Big Ass Fan’s HAIKU fan.
Beside its miminalist design I really like, each fan only uses 30w (less than most lightbulbs) and is 80% more efficient than conventional fans. It comes in four finish options:
Bamboo – in caramel or cocoa
Matrix Composite – in black or white
Its motor comes with a lifetime warranty and is powered with a Direct Current (DC) motor.
Traditional ceiling fans use AC (alternating current) motors, which get louder over time because steel laminated cores eventually separate in the motor, resulting in increased vibrations.

Haiku fan

The aerodynamic design of the blades mean that they move air more efficiently compared to other fans that use flat blades. Also, the blades have been finished with automotive grade paint, which means it won’t dull over time.

Haiku fan

Each fan can handle spaces roughly 6m x 6m in size. There are various speed settings, but a favorite feature is the “whoosh” setting…which simulates the natural breeze by the beach, and changes speed over time

Haiku fan

Because of the quality of the fan, you can use it in outdoor (covered) locations like patios, verandas, etc.
It can take the extra humidity.

Haiku fan

Depending on the model HAIKU fans run from P50,000 to P60,000 a piece.
For more information, go to

New chairs at Dimensione

Looks like the container arrived. So much cool stuff at the Dimensione flagship store.
Lots of gorgeous tables, I wish I could change our tables just like that. As for chairs, I wish they had these when I was doing our courtyard two years ago:

Magis Proust chairs

The MAGIS Proust chairs make for great outdoor seating
MAGIS Proust chair
MAGIS Proust chair

New in stock are the Marc Newson Nimrod chairs that are great for lounging around. Comes in four colors

NImrod Chair

NImrod Chair

NImrod Chair

The DIMENSIONE flagship store is at Unit 901 Quadrant 5, Block 6
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. (632) 856-6756

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