Love at first snap: Pink’s hotdogs now in Manila
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It’s been a while since I’ve had a real American hotdog from a hotdog stand. New York 1990s to be exact—so I was excited when Wildflour/Farmacy owner Ana de Ocampo invited me to a preview of Pink’s hotdogs at the Fort last Tuesday.


The aircon was being installed that day, so we sat outside, and it was great to see some friendly faces, I can’t tell you.

Standing from L-R: Tippi Tambunting, Ana de Ocampo, Bea Ledesma
Sitting: Jin Perez, Nicole Ortega, Michelle Tiangco, Irene Marcos Araneta

Best of all, it was lovely to meet the couple behind Pink’s: Richard and Gloria Pink—married for 45 years—who flew in from Los Angeles to celebrate the opening of their first store outside the United States.

Richard and Gloria Pink

Richard’s parents Paul and Betty Pink opened their first hotdog cart in Hollywood in 1939.
At that time, his parents were very poor and out of work. They sold hotdogs for 10 cents at the corner of La Brea and Melrose near Paramount and Universal Studios, and quickly became popular among actors looking for work.
Seventy nine years later, Pink’s remains a Hollywood legend. Just look at all these celebrities who love Pink’s.


One of their biggest fans is Golden Girls’ Betty White, who’s become a good friend of Richard and Gloria’s.

Betty White

It’s funny how they mentioned her as I ordered my very plain hotdog with just a bun. Bread are delivered fresh daily by Wildflour bakers, and the hotdog is juicy and snaps on on your first bite.
Richard said that’s exactly how Betty White likes it, and they call it “the naked hotdog”.

Richard holds my naked hotdog and Gloria has her beaded phone case, which is available at the store for about $15.


When Ana de Ocampo invites, we go. That’s because we are fans of her dining concepts Wildflour and Farmacy, which she co-owns with her sister Margarita who is married to Chef Walter Manzke, who owns and runs Republique and PettyCash in Los Angeles.

Walter Manzke

The talented chef is not only good in the kitchen—he also has an eye for design, having conceptualized interiors for Wildflour, Farmacy and Pink’s in Manila.
Pink’s Manila is designed as outdoor but indoor, since aircon is a must in our tropical climate—complete with old-school signboards, basketball ring, and a Kombi that will serve Farmacy ice cream and shakes.



Pink’s came to Manila by way of the friendship between the Pinks and the Manzkes who dine at each other’s restaurants.
“If there’s anyone I can trust with the recipes, it has to be Walter,” said Richard, whose father created the famous chili dog using all-beef and natural casing.


There are 35 kinds of hotdogs at Pinks, but the best ones were served by Richard himself.


Thanks for the love 🙂


Must come back for burgers and fries. My friends say the fries here are the best in Manila.
Pink’s is now open at One Bonifacio High Street Park, outside Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort.
For more information, follow them on Facebook.

Google celebrates Philippine Independence Day with jeepney doodle
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Google Philippines celebrates 118 years of independence, with a special one-day only doodle on the homepage.
This year’s Independence Day doodle features a multicolored jeepney filled with friends and family on their way to an adventure.

2016 Independence Day Doodle

The seventh Independence Day Google doodle is inspired by Filipinos’ love for adventure and pride for their country.
Clicking on the Google doodle will lead visitors to more information about the history of Philippine independence.

“Doodle” is the term used for decorative changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
Doodles make searches even more fun as we learn new things with each new design.

It began in 2000 when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin asked their intern Dennis Hwang to create a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well-received that Hwang was promoted to chief doodler and doodles began showing up more regularly. Through the years, doodlers have created over 2,000 doodles that brighten the Google homepage and bring smiles to readers all over the world.

About Alphabet Inc.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 50,000 employees worldwide, with a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube. In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google. You can read more about Alphabet’s mission HERE.

Visit Pond’s Institute pop-up shop at BGC until June 14
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Don’t be afraid to drop by Pond’s Institute’s pop-up shop at Bonifacio High Street!
Take advantage of the clearance sale this June 11-12, 2016.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

Get free skin consultations and evaluation through the Skin Analyzer, which can tell you your skin’s age and condition, based on fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, acne, moisture levels, and more.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

Get a customized skincare regimen to address various skincare concerns.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

“We want Filipinas to get the expert skincare and beauty they deserve,” said Mian Datu-David, Unilever Philippines’ Marketing Director for Skin.
Pond’s offers a wide range of products to battle the changing environment’s harmful effects on your skin.
Fight aging and look up to 10 years younger with Pond’s Age Miracle.
For acne and breakouts, use Pond’s Acne Clear Face Wash. Lighten and brighten skin from the cellular level with Pond’s White Beauty.

Pond's pop-up at the Fort

The Pond’s Institute Pop-Up shop is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City (in front of Fully Booked and Serendra) until June 14.
Watch out for the roving Pond’s Institute nationwide. For more information, click HERE.

World’s largest coat hanger lands in H&M Cebu
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Two things I find cute: really tiny things and really giant things.
For example, giant Coke can at Narita Airport

Giant coke at Narita

Giant Swatch watches

Giant Swatches up for grabs

Giant Oishi chips delivered to our home

Giant Oishi bag
Giant Oishi bag

Now the world’s largest coat hanger has landed at H&M Cebu with a Guinness World Record to match.
The impressive 50 x 50 foot installation took one month to build and celebrates the opening of the H&M store in Ayala Center, Cebu.

H&M Cebu

“We want to communicate that fashion has dropped literally straight from fashion heaven. And we believe in bringing fashion to everyone,” said Gino Cruz, Marketing Manager of H&M Philippines.
“We wanted to make sure that when we open in Cebu, we open big time! In fact Ayala Center Cebu is the biggest store in south east Asia,”
The full-concept store consists of 3 floors and is built over a sprawling 4,300 square meters—a true fashion mecca in the Queen City of the South.

H&M Cebu
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