Vote and win a trip to Japan from UNIQLO!

Before Uniqlo opens at SM Mall of Asia next month, participate in its UT VOTE & WIN promo and get a chance to win UT products or a free trip for two to Tokyo, Japan (includes two round-trip tickets and hotel accommodation).

UT VOTE & WIN is an online and on-site promotion for UT, UNIQLO’s T-shirt brand.
It gives Filipinos a chance to see UNIQLO products up close and experience what UT is all about before the store opens in Manila this June 15, 2012.

Uniqlo rendering

Uniqlo rendering

“It’s all about personal expression and a tool for making a statement,” said Katsumi Kubota, Managing Director of Fast Retailing Philippines, seen below with Jasmi Cruz, Assistant Marketing Manager of Fast Retailing Philippines, at the Activity Center of SM Mall of Asia.


There are two easy ways to join:
1) To join via Facebook, LIKE the UNIQLO Philippines Facebook page.
• Click the “UT VOTE” button and you will be redirected to the “App” page.
• Allow the “App” to start voting for your favorite UT design, and you can instantly win a UT product.
• Vote on UT designs that feature Barbie, Hello Kitty, Concord Graphic, Metal Gear, Lords of Liverpool, Andy Warhol, Orla Keily, Laura Ashley, Gundam, and Corporate Collaborations among others. All designs will be available at the UNIQLO Philippines store.

2) You can also visit the UNIQLO Hoarding Wall at SM Mall of Asia every Saturday or Sunday and log on to Facebook using the iPads provided in the activity area.

• To increase your chances of winning, share the UT VOTE & WIN promo link with your friends and contacts.
• There will be 100 winners of UT merchandise weekly.
• The winner of the Japan trip will be chosen via electronic raffle among participants who vote for the winning UT design.
• The winner will be awarded during the opening of UNIQLO Philippines on June 15, 2012.
• When UNIQLO hits 150,000 Facebook likes, more UNIQLO fans will have the chance to win trips for two to Japan.
• Online winners of UT products will be sent a confirmation email before they can claim their prizes at the UNIQLO Redemption Booth at the UNIQLO Hoarding Wall, while those who vote in person at SM Mall of Asia can claim their UT prizes immediately at the UNIQLO redemption booth.
• Promo period: April 28-June 10, 2012.

The Search for Manila Hotel memorabilia

The Manila Hotel, on its centennial year, invites the public to participate in an exhibit at the Lobby Lounge this July to December 2012.
If you have in your possession any memorabilia of the Manila Hotel from years gone—in pictures, newspaper clippings, objects or souvenirs—you are invited to share these items in the exhibit.
Displayed items will be kept under glass cases for security and preservation.
For more information about the memorabilia search, please email

Manila Hotel poolside
The Manila Hotel poolside

Tyrone Power at Manila Hotel
Tyrone Power at Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel before and after WWII
Manila Hotel before and after World War II

Manila Hotel, Luneta beach, Tranvia electric street car, Unknown date before WWII
Manila Hotel by Luneta Beach

Scary shit

I feel sick.
I can feel my stomach rumbling, it feels like diarrhea coming
when I look at this picture of a loo.

scary bathroom

“A volume that was originally intended for a second elevator and was never installed becomes a powder room with a glass floor that looks down all the 15 levels.” —Source

Dick Bruna Huis

My dad traveled often to Japan when we were young, so we grew up with all these Japanese toys and stationery.
You could say my love for anything Japanese probably started with the toys.
One of the things my dad used to bring back were Miffy items, long before I came to know Hello Kitty.
The Japanese are gaga over Miffy. I myself haven’t outgrown them.


Created in 1955 by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna, the cute little rabbit is called “Nijntje” (pronounced nein-che) in Holland. Dick Bruna, now in his 80s, continues to live and work in Utrecht with his wife.
A few years ago, Jeroen had even seen him on a bike. To me, he looks as adorable as Nijntje.

For me, it was a must to visit the Dick Bruna Huis while we were in Utrecht.
Jeroen knew the way and held my hand as we walked from our apartment in Plompetorengracht to the museum center.

This way!

Dick Bruna Huis

This gilded Nijntje will greet you at the entrance

Dick Bruna Huis

I love the cute little details against the high ceiling

Dick Bruna Huis entrance

Cuteness everywhere

Dick Bruna Huis

The space is really more for little children, not adults on their second childhood (like me).
It has a library of all the Nijntje books to read and listen to

Dick Bruna Huis

Many interactive activities for the young ones


Dick Bruna Huis

Dick Bruna Huis

Cute TV stand

all incorporated within great Dutch design

Dick Bruna huis

Of course my favorite kind of display is the kind you can buy and take home. I cannot leave a museum without stopping by the store.

awesome shop at the dick bruna huis

I got my eye on the Miffy lamps next time, for Christian’s room

miffy lamp!

Miffy lamps

I also wanted the Rietveld Junior chair, but it was bordering on the heavy

Rietveld child's chair

Rietveld child's chair

Comes in other colors

Rietveld child's chair

We bought Christian the cutest little T-shirts, and for me, just a postcard which reminded me of me—until friends pointed out it looks like a girl in a coffin, when I thought it looked like a girl in a greenhouse.
What’s your interpretation: girl in a glass coffin or girl in a greenhouse?
I wish I could ask Dick Bruna himself.
Dick Bruna
To know more about the Dick Bruna Huis, click HERE.

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