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This is how the Dutch do food courts
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My husband comes from Utrecht, so it’s always good to receive news from his hometown.
An exciting new food court has just opened at Jaarbeurs, the Netherlands’ largest exhibition, convention and event center in Utrecht.
It was designed by UXUS, a Dutch retail and hospitality branding company that reimagines customer experiences for the world’s leading brands.

Speys Eten & Drinken

To celebrate the venue’s 100th year anniversary, UXUS created Speys—a central meeting space located between the cimema and exhibition halls.
Speys is an old Dutch word that means “food”, and the food court was designed to be a fast, casual dining experience with an industrious market hall feel. It offers freshly prepared food for lunch, coffee, dining, evening drinks, and work space throughout the day.

Speys Eten & Drinken
Speys Eten & Drinken

Speys seats 520 people, plus 140 including the outdoor terrace. The seat plan can accommodate group meetings, larger events and private parties.

Speys Eten & Drinken

“The standout features of the space are the geometric canopies which break up the hall into food zones and create the Speys signature look. We wanted to play with the height of the building,” said Bart Lans, Architect and Senior designer at UXUS.
“The changing light levels accentuate the mood for day and night while the canopies regulate the acoustics of the space.”

Speys Eten & Drinken

Speys features a mezzanine that divides the space and adds an elevated area with additional seating among the canopies.

Speys Eten & Drinken

UXUS used inspiration from the rich visual heritage of the venue to play
with pattern and scale in the design, including a selection of archive posters displayed as part of the scheme. The vintage posters formed the starting point for the Speys graphic identity, using vintage typography in the different zones.
An art deco feel has been achieved with old cinematic lighting and geometric patterns.

Speys Eten & Drinken

UXUS worked in collaboration with food and beverage concept developers Conceptional to develop the menu, back of house, customer experience and flow of the space.
The food outlets can be broken down into Koffe&Graan (coffee and wheat), Hop (beer),
Rund (beef), Basilicum (basil) and Olie&Azijn (oil and vinegar).
Each outlet has a different color palette and seating arrangements to reflect the cuisine.

Speys Eten & Drinken

To know more about Speys, like them on Facebook.

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HOOQ: A goldmine of Tagalog movie classics
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Wow I can’t believe I’ve hit the jackpot!
Just when I’ve run out of things to watch on Netflix, iTunes, and Xfinity, I suddenly discovered hooq.tv, which came free with my kids’ Internet provider.
Just look at the stuff I’m planning to watch for nights to come!

Tagalog movie classics

I can’t believe they have hard-to-find ’80s classics like Katorse, Underage, Underage Too, and To Love Again with Sharon Cuneta and the late Miguel Rodriguez!!

Tagalog movie classics

Gosh, sorry, this is life-changing for me, I can’t tell you. I just had to share!!
To know more, go to https://www.hooq.tv/

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Balenciaga unveils new Demna-designed store in Manila
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Balenciaga recently unveiled its newly renovated shop at Greenbelt 5, Makati encapsulating the new creative vision of Balenciaga artistic director Demna Gvasalia.
The store houses women’s accessories, along with footwear and eyewear.

Balenciaga Greenbelt 5

The interior design blends contrasting textures that speak of the sophistication of haute couture together with industrial materials of the contemporary.
High-gloss rosewood, used for walls and display tables, are laid alongside concrete, cast aluminium, and glass.

Balenciaga Greenbelt 5

Seating combines industry and luxury, framing tufted leather with Brutalist concrete in a game of contrasts and collage.
Mirrored panels add depth and alter perceptions: the layered fragments reflect multiple views.

Balenciaga Greenbelt 5

The whole is played out in a restricted palette of grays, of stone and metal, with a flash of emerald-green mirrored glass. The result is a dynamic space, disrupting the conventional language of luxury retail.

Balenciaga Greenbelt 5

BALENCIAGA is at the ground floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center Makati
and at Unit 105, 8 ROCKWELL, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati

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VIDEO: CCTV footage shows Resorts World Manila terrorist from start to finish
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I can tell you a number of times I’ve been to Resorts World Manila:
• Our family has checked in the Marriott Hotel once. In fact the Marriott Hotel Sunday buffet is one of our favorites.
• The hubby and I have enjoyed Wolfgang’s Steak House a couple of times.
• We were there when Sting had a concert with Chris Botti in March 2016.
• My son had his birthday party there in 2012.
• We tried to stalk Anderson Cooper at the Marriott during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

We probably go there once or twice a year, but never at the gambling areas.
Last Thursday night, my husband was at Resorts World Manila for work from 8-10 PM.
Then on Friday, while my husband slept around midnight, I saw on Twitter that there had been a shooting and fire at the casino. I wasn’t able to sleep. At 4 AM, the word ISIS came out on Twitter. That’s when I panicked and woke up the hubby.

Resorts World Manila attack
Resorts World Manila on fire (Photo: Inquirer.net)

It is now Saturday night and 35 people have been reported dead. Many of the bodies were found suffocated from smoke inhalation, while hiding in one of the VIP rooms.
While some news organizations like CNN International have reported that ISIS has claimed the act of terrorism, the CCTV footage released by Resorts World tell otherwise.

I was in shock while watching the footage on TV earlier. The way the terrorist acted reminded my of a game my kids play called Grand Theft Auto, as if he was just burning tables, firing shots, stealing casino chips, shooting door locks, and finally setting himself on fire.
It just didn’t make sense and he didn’t seem to have an escape plan.

After viewing the video, my husband and I didn’t think the man looked like a foreigner as reported, perhaps a really large Filipino guy. The man’s identity has yet to be reported. But his costume definitely looked like Grand Theft Auto, like he was really prepared for combat.
Which makes me think, how did he get past the security check of the casino entrance? As far as I know, all bags go through an X-ray machine.
Now I understand why liquids aren’t allowed on airplanes. They could be liquid explosives or gasoline which can easily start a fire. How was this man able to bring bottles of gasoline in his backpack?

Watch this two-part video of CCTV footage shown on TV earlier. It is so unreal, it looks like a crazy man living a real life Grand Theft Auto. I feel like there’s not enough information being reported.
Let me know what you think.

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