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Our friend Joey
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When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is check my phone for messages.
Today I found out a girl friend of ours died after a three-year battle with cancer. So I went along texting a few friends to let them know. I got myself out of bed and picked up my friend Sayoko at the airport and took her to the hotel.

Sayoko and I passed the time talking during traffic and had a quick bite at the hotel lobby.
After merienda, I dropped her off at SMX and that’s when my phone rang.
My friend Tata didn’t sound good. I found out a second friend had died around 4 PM in Bangkok.
Our Thai friend Joey had a massive heart attack at the age of 50.

Joey Makanas

Joey was a talented stylist who seemed to have drunk from the fountain of youth. He loved food, fashion and butterflies.
He always liked my Instagram photos and last night he left a comment and called me a nun.
Joey and I met at UP Fine Arts in 1985. He was my Thai BFF and because I was manang and wore long skirts to school, he called me a nun.

He taught me a lot about Thai fashion and patiently toured me around Bangkok even before Thai food and fashion became fashionable. We used to argue in Bangkok because I wanted to take a taxi and he wanted to walk and take the train :(
(He taught me to kneel down when talking to small children and to pick them up when they cry.)
When we were in UP he made me scream when he placed a giant grasshopper in my hand.

Joey and his mom Salome
Joey’s favorite picture of himself and his mom, who died this April

Joey was the only reason I went to Bangkok. Him and the world’s greatest Thai food at the Mandarin Oriental.
A few days ago I had been thinking about taking the kids to visit, just to eat and see Joey.
After braving the traffic, I got home around 7 PM, plopped into bed and cried my strongest cry in a long time.
I stopped crying when my son and dog entered the room.

Room service at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Room service at the Mandarin Oriental, 2012

“Why do the good die young?” my friend Anne texted.
“I don’t know Anne. If only the bad would die first,” I answered thoughtfully.
And now I am waiting for news on the wake to find out if I can fix my schedule to see him for the last time.
After this, Bangkok will never be the same again. One last time and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
Thank you Joey, for everything.

Joey
Joey Makanas, Best shopping partner

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Big Day Slim Team: Your private slim spa at home
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In this day of monster Manila traffic, I appreciate any kind of service that will go to my house.
If slimming and toning are your concerns, Big Day Slim Team will bring Lipocavitation and Radio Frequency machines to your house.
This is Gina, who gave me firming and slimming treatments every Sunday afternoon for my arms, thighs, face, and tummy.

Big Day Slim Team

We set up a makeshift spa in the kids’ playroom. I love this bed.

Big Day Slim Team

It’s called Big Day Slim Team because they have created packages for those getting ready for perhaps a wedding, debut, event or vacation.
Their non-invasive slimming machines come from South Korea, using multiple paddle sizes, pulse
frequencies, and other techniques to cater to specific problem areas such as face, neck, arms, mid section, and thighs, while considering body type, lifestyle, and Big Day deadline.

After your slimming treatments, you can also enjoy pampering services such as manicure and pedicure, hand and foot spa, body massage, facial, and sugar waxing (hair removal).
Pampering services are only available as add-ons to at least one slimming treatment and must be done on the same day.

Here are some of the treatments I tried:

Lipocavitation is a painless, no-downtime process of melting fat using ultrasonic waves.
With lipocavitation, the body continues to burn fat even after the day of treatment, giving you continued inch loss after just one session. With the new discounted rates, treatments start at P1,000 for the face and neck up to Php 1,700 for the abdomen, thighs, and arms.

Big Day Slim Team

Radiofrequency destroys fat using radiofrequency energy.
The procedure helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and produces collagen. Big Day Slim Team says you should start doing radiofrequency treatments two weeks before your Big Day. Prices start at Php 800 for the face and neck up to Php 1,300 for the abdomen, thighs, and arms.
PS. My favorite treatment is the face RF. I really feel like it makes my face look slimmer.

There are additional discounts if you are having treatments in more than one major area. You can also avail of different packages, depending on what and when your Big Day is.
Appointments must be made at least 1-2 days before the scheduled session.
Services are available from 9 AM-9 PM, Tuesdays-Sundays for Metro Manila residents only.

For more information, go to www.bigdayslimteam.com, call or text (0939) 831 3822, or email bigdayslimteam@gmail.com.

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Win gadgets from Pepper Lunch x Pepsi in 12 Days of Christmas
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Christmas starts early at Pepper Lunch with their 12 Days of Christmas, promo in cooperation with Pepsi!

Pepper Lunch promo

For every order of a regular dish with a Pepsi product, you’ll get a raffle coupon which gives you the chance to win one of the following:
2 16GB iPhone 6
2 32GB Samsung S6
2 GoPro Hero+
2 8GB Samsung Galaxy J5
2 16GB iPod Nano

Every dine-in purchase of a regular dish (Pepper Rice, Premium Steak, Teppan Pasta, Sizzling Curry Rice, Combo Deluxe, Japanese Classics, and Steak & Combo or Hot dish of the month) + any Pepsi product entitles customer to one raffle coupon. You may have as many entries as you want.
In the event that a name is drawn twice, the winner will get the price with the bigger value.
Promo starts October 12, 2015 and ends on December 11, 2015.
Winners will be drawn on December 18, the announcement will be made daily for 12 days starting December 20 until December 31.

Employees of Benmark Group Holdings Inc. and participating Pepper Lunch outlets,including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the raffle promo.
Benmark Group Holdings will shoulder the taxes on the prizes.
For more information, follow Pepper Lunch on Facebook, @pepperlunchph on Instagram and @PepperPhil on Twitter.

http://www.pepperlunch.com.ph

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@chuvafinds goes to Century City Mall (Part 1)
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If you didn’t know yet, I have an Instagram account called @chuvafinds, which is dedicated to seeking unique items everywhere.
Some people have no patience for shopping. I do. Just drop me off at the mall, and if it’s a new mall to me, I’ll start on the highest floor and work my way down.

Last week I was invited to check out Century City Mall in Makati, which is owned by Century Properties. And I’m glad because I’ve never had the chance to explore that mall.
So I started at the top which has an event space and 12 Monkeys restaurant. But I wasn’t hungry so I went down this escalator

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Construction going on. The barricade reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki

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On the 3rd level, Le Petit Souffle caught my eye because of the decor.
Also because Chef Miko Aspiras of Scout’s Honor runs this place, which looks like outdoors indoor. I wonder if the food is as good as the interiors

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Nice floor

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Two of my favorite gadget stores are in the mall. Digital Walker is on the 3rd level

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I can swear by the Rimowa-esque Momax portable charger. Among all my chargers, this is the one hasn’t conked out.

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On the 2nd level is Beyond The Box, which is an Apple reseller

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If you could get only one thing in the mall, what would you? So I got myself the Space Grey Mac I’ve been thinking about for months. At six months to pay, it’s affordable. :)

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Also at the mall is a space called Mystery Manila, which is more for the older kids. It has mystery rooms where groups of people are locked in and given clues to solve a problem in order to get out.

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Basically I’m chicken, so this one’s not for me :)

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I went to Dimensione on the 3rd floor. It’s a homeowner’s wasteland, where I bought my organizing drawer bins a while back

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I love the minimalist home accessories

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They also have unique gift items, like this colorful spice rack

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The little Toby’s Estate on the 3rd floor serves your specialty coffees from Australia with freshly baked goods

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Right next to it are the cinemas, which I have yet to experience

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Especially the premiere cinema which has the lazy boy seats

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There’s a medium-sized Uniqlo on the 2nd floor where you can stock up on basics as well as winter wear, in case you’re traveling for the holidays

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Blue Carreon Home is on the 2nd level, named after its owner, lifestyle and fashion journalist, Blue Carreon.
It stocks home accessories, as well as gift items for that hard-to-please friend or relative. Good prices too!

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I love the macaron serving tray

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The pencils

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And the sosy doggie toys

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Speaking of sosy, there’s a posh-looking children’s store on the 2nd level called Chibi Momo, which looks more like it was plucked out of Madison Avenue.

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At Bench Edited, they have the cute Albertus Swanepoel x BENCH hats

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The Geraldine Javier collab

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and the colorful camouflage slip-ons

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On the first floor there’s a big Rubi store, which sells footwear at a steal

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Check this out: three pairs of flip-flops for Php 500!

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Love the marmy sandals

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Next: I’ll be checking out Hole In The Wall at the 4th level as well as the stores in the basement. The mall isn’t as small as I thought apparently. It needs a second day to explore.
To know more about Century City Mall, click HERE.

(To be continued)

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