How to get a Japanese haircut in Manila

When it comes to hair, our friend Kimachi always gets it right—at a Pepper Lunch meeting (L)

Kimachi, Hiro and Jeroen discussing Pepper Lunch layout



At Bleach Catastrophe

Kimachi and Jeroen

At Pepper Lunch Megamall

Kimachi, Misty, Geran

But where does a Japanese dude get a haircut in Manila? He goes to Natural Hype.
Opened last November 2011 by hairstlist/DJ/bartender Fumio Ohnishi, Natural Hype is tucked inside the second floor of the Blue Sapphire Building in Bonifacio Global City, right next door to fine dining restaurant La Girolle.

Future Hype salon

Natural Hype salon

Natural Hype salon

Kimachi helped design the space

Natural Hype salon

Natural Hype salon

Natural Hype

Here’s the high tech shampoo station where you can watch videos while getting your hair washed

Natural Hype salon

Natural Hype salon

Natural Hype salon

I am not in Tokyo

Natural Hype

I think it’s amazing how Fumio can make Filipina girls look Japanese. I swear to God I was speaking English to them and they answered in Taglish. A haircut here costs about Php 1,800.

Natural Hype

Natural Hype

Natural Hype

I need to take Christian here. Here’s Fumio’s haircut on a baby

Natural Hype

Fumio after a hard day’s work

Natural Hype salon

Salon specials

Natural Hype salon

Natural Hype is at 2-D, Blue Sapphire Building
31st Street and 2nd Avenue
Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City
To inquire or make an appointment, call 478-4226

To know more, click HERE.

Lorenzo Petrantoni x Swatch

I think it’s amazing how Swatch has been coming out with so many cool collections one after the other, and just when you thought you’d seen the cutest Swatch, out comes another.
The latest collaboration between Swatch and Italian artist Lorenzo Petrantoni is something you can’t ignore if you’re a Swatch collector or graphic art fan.
Known for his black and white palette and complex array of illustrative patterns and motifs, Petrantoni achieves his style by cutting pictures from old books and reassembling them into a kind of contemporary patchwork.

Lorenzo Petrantoni

Born in Genoa, in 1970, Lorenzo Petrantoni studied graphic design in Milan before embarking on a successful career as an art director in France. He later moved back to Italy where he now lives and works.
He has created numerous ad campaigns for Nike, Urban Outfitters, Burton Snowboards, among others.
His illustrations have been published in Time, Time Out New York, The New York Times, Business Week, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, Chicago Magazine, Columbia Business School, Wired, GQ, Billboard Magazine, Sunday Magazine, Cigar Aficionado Magazine, La Repubblica, Sole 24 Ore, El Pais, The Globe, and more.
Petrantoni x Swatch

Five new Swatches by Petrantoni are the latest additions to Swatch’s Graphic Designers Collection, which has featured in the past: Keith Haring, Kiki Picasso, Alfred Hofkunst, Mimmo Rotella, Alesandro Mendini, Ivan Navarro and Jean-Michel Othoniel.

Petrantoni x Swatch

The new Petrantoni Swatches come in New Gent models and are titled Lucky Draw, Words, Reflecting Time, Hypnotic Eyes, and Time Trial.
Available beginning March 7, 2012 at Php 3,500.

Find them at SWATCH stores at SM Megamall • Glorietta 4 • Greenbelt 5 • Trinoma
SWATCH Kiosks at SM Mall of Asia • SM City North EDSA • SM City Davao • Glorietta 3 • Trinoma • Rockwell Power Plant Mall • Greenhills V-Mall • Shangri-La Plaza • Robinsons Place, Ermita • Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall •, Festival Mall • Ayala Center, Cebu • Abreeza Mall, Davao
HOLE IN THE WALL stores at Alabang Town Center and Ayala Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga

Summer hair removal promos from Belo

Get your bikini body ready for the summer with Belo’s Laser Hair Removal system.
Unlike other IPL machines used in other clinics, Belo uses the gold standard Light Sheer Diode Laser
specially designed to permanently reduce unwanted hair faster and more effectively, with less discomfort than many other methods.
Depending on one’s needs, it can be used by men and women, young or old who want to get rid of excess and unwanted hair.

How it works:
Light emitted by the Light Sheer Diode laser is well absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, vaporizing the pigment and significantly impeding the hair’s regrowth.
The laser treatment itself can cause a slight tingling sensation compared to an insect bite or a snap of a rubber band against your skin.
The Light Sheer Diode’s special cool tip protects and cools the upper layer of the skin before, during and after each pulse while directing the heat energy to the hair root. This allows for a safe and effective treatment of different skin colors.
The new system also allows the treatment of larger areas within a shorter period of time, plus an improved absorption of energy at the target follicle by increasing the depth of penetration.

As a special promo, enjoy special discounts on Laser Hair Removal (LHR) packages this February 24 to March 23, 2012:
1-2 sessions: 20% discount on LHR (any area)
3-4 sessions: 20% discount on LHR (any area) + 50% off on ZO Peel Armpit
5 or more: 30% discount on LHR (any area) + FREE ZO Peel Armpit + 20% off on Botox Hyperhidrosis


Fine Dining by Lance Katigbak

I just came home from dinner in one of the newly opened fine dining restaurants at The Fort. I didn’t get to eat a lot because I’ve given up meat for Lent. I had a few pieces of bread with butter, a tiny portion of fish, and an ice-cold glass of Coke. What I was really dying for were truffle fries—actually any kind of fries—which they didn’t have.
I didn’t have a bad experience, in fact I thought about giving up meat for good because it makes me eat less.
I totally forgot about this short film I saw earlier this morning.


Filipino filmmaker Lance Katigbak, 18, won the People’s Choice award at the recent Manhattan International Film Festival in New York. His short film, Fine Dining, bested 14 entries from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Belgium, Rwanda, among other countries.
When I first saw it, I thought it would be a typical, sad Filipino poverty film. Turns out it has an unexpected twist, but I still don’t know if I should laugh or cry. And you?

Thanks a MiLi

Anyone who’s been inside my room knows it’s like an episode of Hoarders with mountains of swag and press releases. Lucky for me, sometimes I find something in there that I actually need.
Last Christmas someone gave me a MiLi gadget charger, which got lost in a pile.
Don’t you just hate it when your battery dies inconveniently (read: nowhere to charge)? I hate it so much I actually carry an extra BlackBerry battery. But even that can get stressful as changing batteries means I have to restart my phone, which takes time. So I looked in my box of swag and found this Mili power crystal.
It’s a tiny gadget you charge at home. Stick it in your bag with the attachments you need—you can charge your BlackBerry, iPhone, iPods and more. Every time I use it, people ask me about it, so I decided to blog it and share.
Unlike other mobile chargers I’ve tried, this one really works and costs much less. While it won’t charge your battery fully, it will give you enough power until you can go home and recharge (within the day of course).


I still don’t know who gave it to me, so may I say thank you to that wonderful person.
After doing some Googling I found the local supplier of MiLi saw some other cute gadgets worth checking out.
See for yourself!

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