Good news for Super Mario fans!
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I can’t believe the Universe heard me!
Every time my kids and I enter gaming stores at the mall I always take time to look at the shelves and inquire if they have Super Mario 3 in stock in any format. The answer is always no and my kids ask why am I looking for that game?
I tell them Super Mario 3 is the best game ever. Jeroen and I used to play it all the time.
I bought my first Super NES console in New York back in the ’90s. I was in college and I even called my dad (long distance) just to ask if I could spend $139 on Nintendo. He said yes right away.
It looked like this:

Nintendo Super NES

Twenty years later, I am still missing the game. Last month I thought, I can’t be the only person in the world who still wants to play Super Mario 3. It was just a matter of time and Nintendo would be catering to its old school customers and re-release the game.
True enough, Amazon has announced the release of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition in November 2016.
The Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition will have the original look and feel, only smaller, sleeker. Instead of individual game cartridges, the console will have pre-installed games.

NIntendo Classic

Here’s the complete list of games:
Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Final Fantasy
Ghosts’N Goblins
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Ninja Gaiden
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The box will include a standard HDMI cable, one old-school NES Classic Controller, and an AC adapter. Additional NES Classic Controllers will be sold separately.

NIntendo Classic

It will retail for $59.99 in time for Christmas!
Thank You Lord/Universe/Nintendo!! Eye can’t wait!!

NIntendo Classic


Xavier Dolan stars in Louis Vuitton campaign
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Gosh, who is this creature?
If Nick Rhodes had a baby, he would look like this.

Xavier Dolan for Louis Vuitton

Nick Rhodes, the keyboardist of Duran Duran. This was him in the ’80s, when guys wore makeup.

Nick Rhodes

He also has that John F. Kennedy Jr. vibe in this cap.

Xavier Dolan for Louis Vuitton

JFK Jr. back in the day.


Xavier Dolan is a chameleon.

Xavier Dolan for Louis Vuitton

I have yet to see his work. I remember him winning the Grand Prix in this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his film, Juste la fin du monde.

Xavier Dolan Cannes

Xavier Dolan is a 27-year-old Canadian film director, actor, voice actor, screenwriter, film producer, and film editor, who stars in this Louis Vuitton campaign by Kim Jones (style director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s ready-to-wear division), shot by Alasdair McLellan.

See all the looks HERE.

Second generation Kienles reinvent Philux brand
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Twenty years ago there weren’t many choices for furniture in Manila. I remember buying Philux furniture at SM Megamall back in the day. Even though it was bulky, it suited me at that time.
In 2005, I admired their glass wardrobe at Rockwell.

Glass closet by Philux

That was 11 years ago. Now there are many other choices, such as Habitat, Crate & Barrel, West Elm and Pottery Barn entering the market, as well as Dimensione and Triboa Bay.
Not to be left behind, Philux Home opened recently at the Shangri-La Hotel shopping center at the Fort.
It is the passion project of second generation Kienles in the furniture business.

Jessica Kienle Maxwell and Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez

Sisters Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez (R) and Jessica Kienle-Maxwell did everything—from the planning to the concept to construction. The sisters didn’t even hire an architect. Their parents Max and Zelda, who founded the original Philux, only saw the store a few days before it opened.

Hubert D'aboville, Max Kienle, Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Boris Eschmann
L-R: Hubert D’aboville, Max Kienle, Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Boris Eschmann at the opening

Nenet Schmid and Zelda Kienle
Nenet Schmid and Zelda Kienle

Stephanie, Vice President for sales, marketing and business development, was an economics major at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She also took up Sciences Politiques at the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris and a short marketing course at the London School of Economics.

Andrea and Stephanie Gonzalez
Stephanie with daughter Andrea Gonzalez

Jessica, interior designer and Head Designer of Philux and Philux Home, studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, as well as interior architecture at Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques in Paris.

Anton Barretto, Jessica Kienle Maxwell, Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez, Raul Manzano
L-R: Anton Barretto, Jessica Kienle Maxwell, Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez, Raul Manzano

The Kienle girls, though educated abroad, grew up seeing how furniture was made at the Philux Sucat manufacturing facility, thanks to their father who would bring them to work. This gave the girls a feel of how to make fine furniture.

Philux Home Vignette with the Oslo Bed and Oslo Night Tables

Philux is a homegrown brand with 35 years of manufacturing premium furniture. It employs highly skilled Filipino workers and artisans who use age-old Filipino craftsmanship and combine it with innovative techniques.
The company manufactures made-to-order pieces for homes and industries, including hotel and leisure.
Clients include Ayala Corporation, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Solaire Resort and Casino, among others.
The company also offers design consultation, furniture rental and a wedding and gift registry.

Some customers have the impression that Philux furniture is dark, heavy, and unaffordable. The Kienle sisters hope to change that by going for a younger market while keeping their loyal customers.
Their latest collection, called Scandiniana, is influenced by mid-century Scandinavia with touches of Filipiniana. It features woven saguran and solihiya or woven rattan. Lines are curvy and speak of minimalism, simplicity and functionality.

Philux Home Center Vignette 2 with the Stockholm Set and Pouf Ottomans
Embla Dining Set- Lifestyle Shot

The Stockholm side tables can be grouped as nesting tables, while the Copen media storage and shelves are made of ashwood with saguran matting.
The Chevert table, designed by Max Kienle, has a glass top and is made of crisscrossed bentwood.

Copen Media Storage _ Shelves- Lifestyle Shot
Copen Media Storage and Shelves- Lifestyle Shot- Close Up

Philux Home also carries home accessories and accents sourced from some of the country’s best designers, artists, artisans and social enterprises. There are marble pieces from Romblon, abaca rugs from Bicol, baskets from Negros, fragrances from Grace Home, and bar accessories manufactured by a local supplier.
Their children’s furniture, called Little Philux, has tasteful, calming palette that combines white, sea foam, peach and rose quartz. The finishes are water-based.

Andrea Gonzalez

There’s an entire wall in the showroom dedicated to chairs in different shades and finishes.

Philux Home- Chair Story

Vignettes feature wooden dining tables, wingback chairs, consoles and sofas from Philux’s latest Scandiniana collection. These showcase proudly Filipino home accents and accessories, including throw pillow cases from Baguio and marble trays from Romblon.

“We want younger people to come here and say, ‘Oh, that’s something I can save up for and it’s going to last for years and it’s so beautiful,’” Pauline Moscoso, brand curator and marketing specialist at Philux.
While guests staying at the hotel may not buy the furniture, “they can get a candle or pillow, take it home and say it’s made in the Philippines,” said Pauline.

Philux Home- Valencia Bench, Copen Shelves, Chevert Coffee Table, Marquis Sectional

Philux Home is now open at Unit 2F7, 2nd floor, Shangri-La at The Fort
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Telephone (632) 772 1335 • (+63 917) 632 3755
Open Monday to Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM

Raffles Makati collaborates with Tiffany & Co. in bridal offerings
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This year, as Tiffany & Co. celebrates the 130th anniversary of its classic Tiffany® Setting engagement ring, Raffles Makati launches its new and elegant bridal packages.
An invite-only event will be held at the luxury hotel from July 29-30 where both partners will present the best in engagement and bridal.


A Bridal Afternoon Tea will be offered exclusively to couples who purchase a classic Tiffany® Setting engagement ring and a Raffles Bridal Package from August 1 to September 30, 2016.
The couple can invite 8 guests to experience the Bridal Afternoon Tea, which offers Tiffany-inspired sweet and savoury treats along with freshly baked scones and a glass of champagne.

Will You? Bridal Afternoon Tea

Raffles Makati will offer three Bridal Packages, namely: Classic, Deluxe and the Prestige.
A wedding at the Raffles Makati includes pre-wedding preparations from food tastings to overnight stays and photo shoots.
On the big day, the wedding package will include a bridal car, floral arrangements, stage design, string quartet, photo booth, dedicated butler, wedding cake, indoor confetti, among many other services and amenities aimed to personalize each bridal affair.

Raffles Makati Ballroom

For more information and inquiries on the Raffles Makati Bridal Packages, call 555-9737 or email

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