Found: Hot dudes reading in trains

Leave it to Grace to point me to this Instagram account—only two weeks old with nearly 205,000 followers—that posts pictures of hot men reading in trains.
More than actors or models who were born with great DNA, here are characteristics that would make a guy hotter to me:
1) Talent—be it in art, design, architecture, or music. Not your typical rockstar. mind you. I prefer “deep” musicians, like Ryuchi Sakamoto (L) and Charlie Siem, hehe.

Ryuichi Sakamoto Charlie Siem

2) Intelligence and kindness combined. A successful man who is humble and can talk about anything, isn’t a snob and doesn’t think he’s better than all of you.
3) Someone with a great sense of style, good hair, and still looks like a man.

I guess a cute guy reading on a train would present himself as an intense person you can converse with and has good taste in music. It also helps that in winter time, people generally look better because of the Fall/Winter attire of outerwear and dark colors.
You can imagine cuddling up to a bear in a thick jacket, opening the door when you come over, and saying, “Let me defrost you” while a cup of hot coffee/chocolate awaits.
Which begs the question: Bakit walang ganito sa Pinas???

Hot dudes reading in trains

Intense!!

Hot dudes reading in trains

The coat! The apostolic look!

Hot dudes reading in trains

The one you can’t wait to introduce to your family.

Hot dudes reading in trains

See the rest of them on http://instagram.com/hotdudesreading/.

No credit card? Now you can buy from App store and iTunes using your Smart phone

Personally, I can’t live without credit cards.
But did you know that credit card penetration in the Philippines is only at 3%?
That means there are less than 1 million credit card users in the Philippines.
This limits Filipinos who would like to purchase certain items online.
It is for this this reason that Smart Communications Inc. has launched Pay-With-Mobile, a service that allows subscribers to buy apps, games, books, magazines, music, and movies from the App Store and iTunes even without a credit card.

smart

“Not everyone owns a credit card but that shouldn’t stop people from realizing the full potential of their mobile devices. This is why we have worked hard to bring this groundbreaking service to Filipino users, which we believe will further revolutionize the way they enjoy their favorite lifestyle apps and content on their devices,” said Charles Lim, EVP and Wireless Consumer Division Head at Smart.
Starting February 16, 2015 with full availability by February 18, Smart postpaid and prepaid subscribers can purchase app downloads, in-app purchases, and digital content using Pay-With-Mobile.

Here’s how:
1) First, you need to have a Smart iPhone.
2 Text REG to 4949.
3) You will receive your Pay-With-Mobile number, security code and other details.
4) On your iPhone, go to Settings and click on your Apple ID.
5) View your Apple ID and click on Payment Information. Select Mastercard.
6) Enter your Pay-With-Mobile number and other details, in the corresponding fields.
Once the card number is associated with the account, you can start purchasing apps, games, movies and music on your phone. This includes in-app purchases for games like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans.
7) The service will deduct your purchases plus a 15% convenience charge from your prepaid load or add it on to your monthly postpaid bill.

To know more about how to use Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service, visit smart.com.ph/paywithmobile.

smart

Singapore Two Years Later (Part 2)

Here’s a typical scenario at home:
Me: “Aiza, pakihanap nga ng blouse na black na butas-butas,” or “Lita, nasaan na yung grey sweater ko na mahaba?”
Every time I look for an item of clothing I can’t find—which is typically black, grey, or navy—the maids give me a blank stare like “here we go again.”
My closet at home is a disaster area. Purchased at BoConcept 11 years old, it is literally falling apart and has collapsed on me. One of the doors is gone.
I’ve been canvassing at stores all over Metro Manila. The nice closets are 500,000 pesos up. If I choose the closet I really like, it will cost about Php 1 million and will take months to order from Italy, and I can’t wait.
Nor do I have the budget.

Poliform closet

Ah….those Poliform closets….

Poliform closet

So this trip, I told my husband I intended to order closets from IKEA and have them shipped here.
Jeroen and I took the measurements at home before going to Singapore.
First, a look around the store…That little blue cart is one of my favorite things at home, given by my sister

Ikea

I want this Billy/Oxberg corner book case for my bedroom

Ikea

Affordable!

Ikea

I want to fill up my stockroom with lots of these

Ikea

Tall shoe closets are next on the wish list

Ikea

And bag storage. Lots of it.

Ikea

Here’s a nice, simple bed with storage

Ikea

The rugs are a steal at $49 each

Ikea

A nice study area

Ikea

A room for two little kids

Ikea

Finally, these are the closets we chose for the house. Not Poliform, but will do the job!

Ikea

And the nice lady who helped us ship the items to the Philippines. You are an angel, Jannie Han!

Ikea

Thanks to Jannie Han and Mr. Mohamed Kassim of PTC Logistics Limited, we should have new closets in a few weeks. I love you IKEA! The maids and I are excited!

Must see: Michael Kors suitcase six pairs of shoes!

Here’s a great gift for fans of Michael Kors shoes.
Michael Kors has just launched the Michael Kors Jet Set 6 Shoe Collection for Spring 2015.
There are six pairs in the collection: the Irving sneakers, Odessa platform sandals, Kristen mid-heel sandals, jelly sandals, Somerly wedges, and Walton ankle boots—all in multiple colors.
If you want to go all out, a specially designed luxe croc-embossed designed with compartments will be available for sale at select stores.

Michael Kors. Jet Set Six_Collection Image

Michael Kors says these are “the season’s must-have pairs to take everywhere you need to go, from St. Barths to Shanghai.”
The collection will debut at MichaelKors.com as well as Michael Kors stores in the US, Asia, Europe and South America in Spring 2015.
A new edit of the Jet Set 6 collection will be released in the following fall and spring seasons.

Michael Kors. Jet Set Six_Suitcase

In the Philippines, Michael Kors is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI)—a member of The SSI Group—and is located at The Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Newport and Bonifacio High Street Central Square.

Singapore two years later (Part 1)

I have a love-hate relationship with Singapore. I used to go there a lot and it was there that I first experienced Pepper Lunch, which changed my life forever.
But ever since Japan granted me a three-year VISA, I started going to Japan more whenever I can.
The last time I was in Singapore was Valentine’s Day, 2013.
I find it amazing how Singapore Airlines has changed in two years
The business class seats are HUGE! The seats are so wide they give you two kinds of pillows

Singapore Airlines

It’s not a flat bed but you can stretch

Singapore Airlines

My legs aren’t long enough but it’s good to have a place to rest them

Singapore Airlines

I can charge my gadgets. Look, there are two USB, plus one universal outlet (110 volts only)

Singapore Airlines

There’s a dedicated drink holder that’s out of harm’s way

Singapore Airlines

A place to park your bag

Singapore Airlines

and shoes

Singapore Airlines

The food was OK. Jeroen was surprised I ate on the plane cause I rarely do. Can’t say no to chicken rice.

Singapore Airlines

Changi Airport is still beautiful and spacious

Changi airport
Changi airport

At the Grand Hyatt Hotel We got a room upgrade at the old wing. This was a good bed with freezing aircon (nice)

Grand Hyatt Singapore

This opens up to the bathroom. Sorry, I find the sink outdated

Grand Hyatt Singapore

I like the spacious dressing table, but the lighting is bad for makeup and the stool is way too low #chuvaproblems

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Separate shower and toilet. No need for bathtub

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Nice little walk-in closet

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Spacious retro-modern suite

Grand Hyatt Singapore
Grand Hyatt Singapore

The office chair is a bit outdated (read: matigas) #morechuvaproblems

Grand Hyatt Singapore

Other than those little things, we did enjoy our stay!
I had chicken rice everyday. If you ask me, my favorite is the roast chicken by Sergeant at ION Orchard or Food Republic. I wish Sergeant would come to the Philippines! We have nothing like it in Manila and there is nothing like chicken rice in Singapore.

Sergeant chicken rice
Sergeant chicken rice

Another store I wish we had in Manila is Kikki K, the Australian stationery store. There’s a nice branch at ION Orchard

Kikki K.
Kikki K.
Kikki K.

COS at ION Orchard is a must-stop for basic minimalist clothes

COS at ION

(Up next: IKEA)

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