HBO GO launches in the Philippines!

What’s your guilty pleasure? Mine are TV shows I watch when everyone at home is asleep.
It’s my quiet time, and my current favourites are The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Scandal, and Girls. (I wonder what these shows say about me?)

Some of these shows I watch on iTunes, and some I download. Girls is my favourite HBO show, even though I’m not a fan of TV nudity. I’m a mom who prefers to keep the young ones innocent.
At first it seemed like Girls Season 3 was getting boring, but the last three episodes when Hannah and Adam got jobs and their lives began to improve, the show became exciting again.


For those who enjoy Girls like me or other HBO and Cinemax original series such as Game Of Thrones, True Detective, Veep, and Strike Back, you can now watch them twelve hours after they premiere in the US—even before they air on HBO, as HBO Asia launches its broadband streaming service, HBO GO, in the Philippines, exclusively on SKYcable.

HBO Go - Girls

Subscribers of HBO GO can watch over 1,000 hours of uncut, award-winning HBO and CINEMAX Original content on computers, tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android) anywhere, anytime.
They’ll get unlimited access to an extensive library of original movies, concerts, documentaries, and series, including complete seasons of all-time favorites like Sex And The City, Band Of Brothers, The Pacific, The Sopranos, Entourage, Angels In America, and John Adams.
Special behind-the-scenes content of HBO Originals such as Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and Banshee is also available exclusively on HBO GO.

HBO Go - Banshee

The HBO GO service is free for SKYcable subscribers of the HBO PAK.
The HBO PAK subscription includes the full suite of HBO channels: HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, and HBO Hits (in either SD or HD).
Subscribers of the basic HBO channel on SKYcable can subscribe to HBO GO for only Php 199 a month, while select SKYbroadband subscribers with SKYcable subscription of HBO can enjoy the service for free or at Php 99.

Magalonas copy
Pia Magalona and her daughters Maxene (L) and Saab (R) get to try the HBO GO service first on their favourite devices

To subscribe or know more about SKYcable’s digital cable TV plans, go to, or call the 24-hour customer service hotlines:
(02) 381-0000 for Metro Manila, CAMANAVA, and Rizal
(046) 484-4701 for Cavite
(049) 534-2814 for Calamba and Binan, Laguna
(02) 520-8560 for San Pedro, Laguna and Carmona, Cavite
(04) 693-5877 for Bulacan
(032) 421-1818 for Cebu
(082) 305-5456 for Davao
(074) 442-4841 for Baguio
(034) 431-0051 for Bacolod
(033) 300-1210 for Iloilo
(035) 225-1010 for Dumaguete
(083) 301-3134 for Gen. Santos City.

Download the HBO GO App for free from App Store or Google Play or go to

Nothing but a 3rd world, trying hard, cuppy cat!

Wait. Hindi ko kinaya.
I haven’t been on Twitter lately due to tons of jejes, but I saw this on Alex Vergara’s Facebook and was shocked!!


Sorry but I find it so baduy.
I’m not sorry, it’s really baduy.
Pinoy celebs copying Ellen’s selfie stunt in the Academy Awards, which was apparently sponsored by Samsung.


I mean, WTF right.


Ayaw ni Homer Simpson!!


But since John Lloyd is already in the picture, sana nag-order na run sila ng Greenwich pizza.
Like maybe Greenwich’s Hawaiian Overload pizza? Yum!!

Hawaiian Overload (1)

But wait! This is cute!!


The best group selfie for me is still the one with Pope Francis.
That’s one selfie I wouldn’t mind being in.


Look who wore Ferragamo at the 86th Academy Awards

Salvatore Ferragamo lives!
At the 86th Academy Awards, presenter Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet in Ferragamo’s pale satin champagne peep-toe shoes

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

while Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress for American Hustle chose Ferragamo’s silver double-facet mirrored clutch.

Jennifer Lawrence

Presenter Kristen Bell arrived carrying a Ferragamo pale silver satin minaudière with Vara bow

Kristen Bell

At the post-Oscar Vanity Fair and Elton John AIDS Foundation party, Angelina Jolie added a Salvatore Ferragamo nude minaudière to her ensemble

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Adam Levine wore a Ferragamo black one-button tuxedo with skinny shawl collar while his fiancée Behati Prinsloo carried a Ferragamo stingray and gold metal double facet clutch.

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

Also photographed with a Ferragamo accessory was Kate Hudson with her black stingray minaudière.

Kate Hudson

In the Philippines, Salvatore Ferragamo is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with locations at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Makati, Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Shangri-la, Rustan’s Cebu, Newport Mall, and Alabang Town Center.

From NAIA to Narita

I used to fly Northwest Airlines a lot during the ’90s, between Manila and New York, and I had forgotten how nice it was.
These days Northwest is known as Delta Airlines, and last January I received an email from Delta offering ticket sales that seemed too good to be true. Business class to Narita started at US$589, plus taxes of US$240, came to about US$829.
Last year Jeroen and I cancelled our anniversary trip to Japan because of Yolanda, so I thought this was a good time to go and see if I can get a three-year visa (I did!). Never mind that the weather is a bit too cold for me.
Last Thursday, we left the house at 5 AM and arrived a bit early at NAIA for our 7:45 AM flight.
Good news: the airport looks like it’s finally getting renovated.
Never mind the chairs and the carpet—these should be gone soon. We hope.


Those horrible souvenir shops and food stalls are now boarded up.


Hopefully to make way to better brands, edible food, and more international-friendly concepts (read: not native). Eek.

NAIA Terminal 1

The Delta flight was so pleasant! I am not a morning person. I did not sleep a wink because I had to wake up at 4:30 AM, so the flat bed seat with a view of my husband was really comforting to me.


I slept for most of the flight. Or I prayed even thought it was only slightly bumpy. I am still afraid of flying. But the flight attendants were so nice, like Badette who reads my blog and Stephen who is an old friend of ours.


Also met a reader named Gem or Jem who said hi to me before boarding :)
Travel tip: if you have a cold/cough, Drixine will be your best friend 30 minutes before landing.
Spray this into your nostrils to avoid painful eardrums and temporary deafness on the plane.


We landed safely at Narita, which was amazingly deserted. I have never seen this before.

Narita airport

This was after 12 noon. Why oh why??

Narita airport
Narita airport

I don’t understand

Narita airport

We got our luggage quickly and was out of there in minutes.

Narita airport

Is that why the tickets were on sale? Is everyone landing at Haneda instead?
Somebody please explain.

Pretty Diaz girls on HOLA! cover

“We all have an innate sense of style. It’s something we’ve been exposed to and it’s influenced how we dress,” shares Martine Cajucom about her and her four cousins.
“It’s absolute madness every day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” adds 28-year-old model and host Georgina Wilson.
In a first for the Diaz family, the five stylish young women of the famous showbiz clan share a slice of their coveted lives in HOLA! Philippines’ Fashion Issue, now out on newsstands.

02 Diaz Girls

Also in this issue, HOLA! Philippines dresses up model and PR professional Apples Aberin in the latest sports inspired looks, chats with actress Lovi Poe and model, actor, and entrepreneur Fabio Ide; catches up with celebrated Filipino designers Mich Dulce, Boom Sason, and Francis Libiran; discovers a different side to Tweetie De Leon-Gonzales; and talks shop with the families of Mila Dayrit and Jul B. Dizon on their jewelry empires.

06 Mich Dulce
Mich Dulce

Also inside HOLA! Philippnes’ pre-summer offering are coverage of the season’s most exciting events—from Paris Fashion Week to the 56th Grammys, Tim Yap and Raymond Gutierrez’s birthday parties to Das Reyes and Bea Tantoco’s wedding, and, finally, The annual Zobel Cup.

Diaz girls

HOLA! Philippines is available in print (Php 160) and digitally via the Zinio app for only $34.99/year.
For more information email or go to

The new Louis Vuitton: a preview of things to come

It was around 1997 when I purchased my first Louis Vuitton bag—an Amazone! It was the only thing I could afford at that time. It wasn’t until 2001 when Marc Jacobs created the Stephen Sprouse bags that I became officially obsessed. Takashi Murakami followed in 2002 and the love affair continued for a few more years until it became, well, tired.
I can’t tell you how many Louis Vuittons I’ve acquired. Many of them I have sold or given away, but I still keep some special ones.
Truthfully I haven’t found the brand that exciting, until they announced that Nicolas Ghesquière (formerly of Balenciaga) was taking over Marc Jacobs’ position as creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton.

Nicolas Ghesquière

Meanwhile my friends and I have been wondering what kind of change he can bring to the fashion house which had tuned American, pop, and J-Lo, under the direction of Marc Jacobs.
To answer our question, my friends, here’s a preview of things to come in Fall/Winter 2014-15.
A series of photographs, titled A Dozen Girls was recently photographed by Juergen Teller at the Louis Vuitton Headquarters in Paris.

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A patchwork zipped leather coat is worn with a Silver Épi Petite-Malle in its removable cover

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A leather knitted top is paired with and a printed moleskin skirt

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A crocodile zipped coat is worn with a Monogram Petite-Malle

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
The beauty is in the details

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
Black patent leather boots

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15
A brushed shetland coat with leather details and black patent leather belt is worn with an Alma bag in lambskin with diamonds drawing; a gold metal earring; signet ring and crystal rings; with black calf leather boots

Collection Prêt-à-porter Femme Automne Hiver 2014-15

To see more of the new Louis Vuitton collection, click HERE.

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