Don’t bring your knucklecase to Hong Kong
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My friend Ginggay has a very interesting iPhone case called the knucklecase.
Made of aluminum, it comes in many colors.

Knuckle case

But don’t ever think of taking it to Hong Kong.
Ginggay was recently there en route to London. As her bag went through the airport’s transit security X-ray, Ginggay found herself being stopped when they saw something suspicious in her bag.
Upon inspection, they found the iPhone and knucklecase.

Ginggay was asked to step aside into the security desk. They took photos of the knucklecase, measured it and called the local police from the city. Within 15 minutes, six cops arrived.
Upon getting Ginggay’s info, the Chinese officials made calls to check if she had any criminal records in Hong Kong, which of course she didn’t. They did make a file on her.
When asked her why she was carrying a weapon, Ginggay said, “No, it’s a phone case. They asked me where I bought it and all, so I showed them the website on my Phone.”


“After some time chatting amongst themselves in Chinese, the pinaka boss of the police went up to me and said they didn’t find anything suspicious and handed the knucklecase to airport security,” she said.
Basically they were letting her go, but it was up to airport security to decide if she can take the knucklecase inside the plane.

Airport security said no. They took the knucklecase and gave Ginggay a receipt. They told her to proceed to the Cathay Pacific Service Desk and get instructions how to claim it on her trip back.
But Cathay said they didn’t know what to do in this case.
Meanwhile, 45 minutes had passed and Ginggay’s flight to London was already boarding. She told them to just forget about claiming it.
All this time, her husband Noel calmly looked over and didn’t interrupt. (Guys, take note.)
“He got kinda scared when the battalion of police came, but he kept out of it. He wanted to joke about it, but then you never joke around airport security, especially on foreign soil. It might make things worse, so he just stood there, looking on from a distance,” Ginggay said.

Ginggay and NOel
Ginggay and Noel dela Merced in Leicester Square: love this couple

“No they were not rude to me naman,” she added. “Besides I just cooperated, kept quiet, and answered questions only when asked. Moral of the story: just check it in or don’t bring it at all. I guess they let me go because I was just smiling, not making taray or pulling my weight around. Ands besides, I look so not suspicious.”

Note to self: Do NOT bring Vlieger & Vandam bag to Hong Kong.

Vlieger & Vandam

P.S. Knucklecases are on sale now on for a limited time only.

Meet the winners: Multiply’s Origination Awards
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I think it’s amazing how Filipinos seem to have changed Multiply from a social networking to a leading e-commerce site in Southeast Asia. Well, at least I think the Filipinos did it.
Today, Multiply has over 5.5 million users. It’s where Filipinos feel comfortable buying and selling online—from fashion to gadgets and even food items—from over 130,000 merchants.
Multiply provides a venue for entrepreneurs, big and small, to compete in the online market without the shouldering big overhead expenses.

Multiply’s Origination Awards seeks to acknowledge the creativity and ingenuity of these Filipino entrepreneurs.
Recently, three local merchants were adjudged winners of the first Multiply Origination Awards.
For their excellence and creativity, the three merchants each received an online business package worth Php 200,000!
Mommy Patch’s handy and all-natural insect repellant Mommy Patch Anti-Mosquito Rescue Stick was awarded Most Original Mommy Management Idea.
Mommy Patch

Most Original Gourmand Idea went to World Fair Trade Asia’s Pineapple Vinegar, a fair-trade product made by a non-profit Christian organization.

Pineapple Vinegar
Manila Sole Shoes—or shoe soles made from recycled tires—won Most Original Fashion Forward Idea.

Manila Sole

Multiply Origination Awards also singled out outstanding merchants for special awards.
The Smart Money Innovation Award went to Soak Swimwear for the innovative development and marketing of its figure-friendly swimwear Cabo Feather Maillot.

Soak Swim Wear

Retailer Honey Baby, which sells infant headwear Hoot Hats, meanwhile, was given the People’s Choice Award for taking a photo studio accessory and transforming it into quirky and practical infant hats.
Hoot Hats

The winners of the Multiply Origination Awards were chosen by a panel of judges comprising experts in both entrepreneurship and e-commerce, including Go Negosyo Founder and RFM President and CEO Joey Concepcion, Co-Founder and Managing Director RJ David, SAVP for BDO’s E-Commerce Consumer Lending Group Cofa Gutierrez, Multiply Philippines Country Manager Jack Madrid, and Cecile Van Straten of 🙂
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Privato Tower: New Kid on the Block
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One good sign of an improving economy is a robust real estate industry. And contributing to this boom is the newest landmark to rise in the Ortigas-Pasig block—Privato Tower by Green Asia Real Estate.
To be professionally managed by Enderun Hospitality, Privato is a hotel where investors can purchase a unit and be part of the rental revenue’s profit.
“Whether it is your specific unit that was occupied or not, you will still receive 70% of the hotel’s generated income. No monthly dues. No repair or maintenance concerns. Plus free renovation every five years,” promises Green Asia’s President & CEO Gab Perez.
“In short, it’s not just a condo unit you’re buying but a hassle-free, self-liquidating rental asset.”

Privato Enderun Signing
L-R: Enderun’s Jack Tuason, Green Asia’s President and CEO Gab Perez, Mabuhay Awards’ 2012 Hotelier of the Year, Mr. Bobby Horrigan

Having officially topped-off, Privato is in full gear to launch this 2013.
“Now that we’re moving onto the next stage of construction, we very excited to execute the designs of some of the best practitioners in Philippine Architecture,” said Perez.

Privato Tower
Progress photo taken last March 7, 2013

Privato’s lead architect is Casas+Architects, who are also behind some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.


It is strategically located along Pasig City’s Shaw Boulevard, by the main Shaw rotunda and across the Ynares Sports Center.
Privato Vicinty map

Interiors are designed by London-trained Architect Juan Carlo Calma, including a rooftop bar with a sweeping view of the metropolis.

Privato Rooftop Bar

Amenities include two ballrooms, six function rooms, a gym, rooftop swimming pool, coffee lounge, and all-day dining.

Privato Swimming Pool
Privato pool

Architect J. Antonio Mendoza, who did People’s Palace, Sala Bistro, and Aria, gives his signature crisp and clean design to Privato’s all-day dining area.
Privato’s Banquets and Cafe will be operated by the Romulo Group, which is also behind the Romulo Café and Cerchio chain of restaurants.

Privato Restaurant 2

“With Privato, we try to revolutionize not just the standards of construction but also the multi-faceted qualities of a sound and savvy investment. By having a self-paying asset, all you will have to do is wait for your dividends without having to lift a finger,” said Perez.

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Are you a “sige mom” or “pigil mom”?
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Sige means yes and pigil means no.

I used to wonder why God gave me three sons instead of a daughter who could go shopping with me.
I still remember my ultrasound tests where they tell you the sex of your baby.
As soon as I heard the word “scrotum” I started bawling.
I tried to think of other moms who had all boys: Princess Diana, Victoria Beckham, Patrice Ramos Diaz, my Lola Paying.
Patrice, mother of three sons, assured me: “Boys are so much fun. And they will adore you.”

Eleven years later, I realized why God gave me three boys.
Boys basically take care of themselves, so this neurotic mom can take care of herself.
That said, I consider myself a “sige mom.”
I don’t mind if the boys come home dirty, with various cuts and scrapes from playing outside. How I wish they would do that more often, now that they’re addicted to Minecraft. Though part of the Minecraft deal is they have to take a break to either swim or play basketball outdoors, which they love.
Now I wouldn’t trade them for a girl. 🙂

ben & markus
Ben loves any kind of animal

We did it!
Fishing in Tagaytay

The boys in Tagaytay
Let them get dark

Lillies from Lily
And plant flowers.

The kids drawing
They like playing with chalk

Ben and Markus
Building sand castles

Ben and Markus at the court
Shooting hoops at Ronac

The boys at Jardin des Tuileries
And rough housing in Paris

Kids can’t help but get dirty and come home with stains on their clothes after spending an hour or two playing outside.
Now Breeze introduces today’s “sige moms”: award-winning actress Dawn Zulueta; women and youth issues advocate Senator Pia Cayetano; socialite and columnist Tessa Prieto-Valdes; and sought-after celebrity mom Carmina Villaroel.

“Parents nowadays get paranoid when their kids play outside. They want to keep them indoors but at the same time you don’t want to compromise their opportunity to learn and experience the things we did as kids,” says Dawn.
“I encourage my son to play outdoors and be physically active. Not only does it build his immune system, it also allows him to meet other kids. That’s why we are moving from a condominium to a house of our own so he can have more space to move around.”

Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo pledges to be a sige mom by placing her handprint on the Breeze pledge wall.
Dawn Zulueta Lagdameo pledges to be a ‘sige mom’ by placing her handprint on the Breeze pledge wall

“It’s fun being a mom,” shares Tessa, whose children were born practically decades apart, which, incidentally, allowed her to spend as much time for each of her kids. Despite the age gap and different preferences, all her kids had their share of being outdoors and pursuing their own interests. They go to the beach during most weekends because her children are into wakeboarding.

Carmina with her two active kids Mavie and Cassie
Tessa (R) with daughter Annika Valdes

Breeze with ActivBleach was recently launched at the Manila Polo Club in an active fun event attended by a large group of excited moms and their kids, including the four Breeze sige moms who encourage their kids to learn new things and explore the world through play—even if it means getting dirty at the end of the day.

Kids expressed their creativity as they filled up the Breeze paint wall.
Kids were able to engage in lots of fun, stainful activities that allowed them to explore and express their creativity.

“My twins are very active. I want them to have the kind of childhood I had. Laking kalye ako, hindi lang halata,” Carmina beams. “I let them do what they want—play with their friends, ride a bike, go swimming, play badminton. They even play with our dogs.
“Of course there was a time I didn’t allow them to go outdoors when they were little. Like typical moms I would say, ‘Wag kasi madumi,’ but after a while I let them be. They also need to experience na madapa o masugatan because that’s how they learn,” Carminda adds.

Carmina with her two active kids Mavie and Cassie
Carmina with twins Mavie (L) and Cassie (R)

Senator Pia couldn’t agree more.
“My two girls play football in school so they really get dirty. And my youngest, who is only two years old, seems to follow the footsteps of her ates.
“Hangga’t kaya, gusto ko nakakalaro talaga sa labas ang mga anak ko because they need to explore. I don’t mind them getting dirty. I think they will miss out on their childhood kapag masyadong maraming bawal.”

“I don’t mind my kids getting dirty at all”, says Sen. Pia Cayetano seen here playing with her son Lucas. “I think they will miss out so much on their childhood kapag masyadong maraming bawal.”
Pia and her son Lucas

Breeze with ActivBleach is packed with a superior formulation to help moms cope with the toughest stains due to their children’s various activities. It uses a 4-enzyme technology that removes more stains, and a patented whitening agent that brings perceivable whiteness right after the first wash.
This fast-acting ingredient works right on target, freeing moms from worrying about stains and dirt.
A unique AD system was also added for better bubbles, while special melamine encaps ensure laundry smells fresh and clean.
Breeze pack shots

With these technological advancements in a laundry detergent, moms can now let their kids enjoy life to the fullest through their experiential activities.
The business of dealing with tough stains is now a thing of the past. Just like Dawn, Sen. Pia, Tessa and Carmina, they can all say Sige sa Mantsa! by simply welcoming Breeze into their homes.

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