Hot male alert: Matthias Schoenaerts
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a crush ng bayan with really “long hair” like Jenna Hamilton in Awkward?
Dinna stopped watching Awkward because she says, “Siya na ang pinakamaganda. Every guy is after her. Parang fan fiction.”
But it does happen in real life. Not to me, but when my friend told me about a friend of ours and all her pedigreed exes, leading to her heartthrob husband, I was impressed.

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Last night I watched Far From The Madding Crowd, which stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene, who gets three marriage proposals from her suitors:
1) Gabriel Oak, a gentle, soft-spoken, hard-working, handsome sheperd played by Matthias Schoenaerts
2) William Boldwood, a rich farmer, older man played by Michael Sheen
3) Sergeant Francis “Frank” Troy, a “dashing” but good for nothing soldier who sweeps Bathsheba off her feet, played by Tom Sturridge

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As I watched the movie, it was clear to me who Bathsheba should marry—obviously a choice between #1 and #2. Both seemed like really good men, except that #1 is hot and #2 is not, but he’s rich.
She chose to marry #3 which leads to much bad luck for everybody.

While watching the movie I couldn’t help but think: why everybody is in love with Bathsheba? It must be a really small town with slim pickins because I didn’t find anything amazing about her. But that’s just me.
What got me transfixed was Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts with his apostolic, rugged, gentle looks.
Notice how most of the time his head is bent down—special angle?

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Such a dreamboat

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Notice how he kind of looks like Jesus—and not because he plays a shepherd.
Also how he always looks like a Gap model in every scene (great styling?).

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Matthias Schoenaerts #1 (R) with co-star Michael Sheen #2 (L) and director Thomas Vinterberg

Belgians are kind of neighbors and cousins to Dutch people, which probably explains why I like him. 🙂

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Watch the trailer. Which would you choose?

Must watch: The Danish Girl
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1) My friend Grace is mad about Eddie Redmayne.
2) We are both fag hags.
3) We both love the cinema, although most of the time we end up watching really bad Tagalog movies.
4) As for this movie, eye. can’t. wait!

The Danish Girl posters

The Danish Girl is based on the 2000 novel written by David Ebershoff. It stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery and Alicia Vikander as his wife Gerda Wegener
In early 1920s Copenhagen, illustrator and artist Gerda asks her husband, Einar to stand in for a female model.
The popularity of her paintings leads to Gerda to paint more pictures of her husband as a woman.
This awakens the “female” in Einar who begins living as a woman named Lili. Ultimately Lili becomes the first ever recipient of male to female sex reassignment surgery.
While Gerda supports her decision, their marriage becomes strained when Gerda realizes that Lili is no longer the same person she married.
A childhood friend of Lili, Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and forms a complex love triangle with the couple.
The movie was first screened in the main competition of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, and was selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film is scheduled to be released in a limited release on November 27, 2015 by Focus Features. (Source: Wiki)

5) Watch this.

Lesson in Boy George
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One of my kids’ favorite things is to listen to my stories about when I was young.
Sometimes I would show them ’80s videos to educate them on fashion and music 🙂
I have shown them everything from the Thomspon Twins and Kajagoogoo to The Animal Song by the Europeans.
Ben doesn’t get the ’80s hair and music, but I really love it.

The other night we had a lesson on Boy George because our dog Anwar was nicknamed Warwar by his Ninang Grace.
So I started singing “Warwar stupid and people stupid.”
Ben says, “What are you singing?”
So I explain there’s this song by Boy George of Culture Club, The War Song. It goes like this.

Grrrr….I can’t believe I had such a crush on him in high school.
Ben said, “How can you have a crush on him? He’s so gay.”
Me: “I didn’t know he was gay because all I saw was a picture.” This one. And during the ’80s, lots of guys had long hair and makeup.

Boy George cover

At 16, I had a problem discerning who was gay or straight. Now, no more 🙂
I loved how Boy George dressed and I still do like to wear the oversized tops and hats.
I finally got a chance to meet George in person when he toured Manila as a DJ in May 2005.
Colin McKay hosted a dinner for him at Sala in Malate. I had a 2 megapixel camera, I think, so the pictures sucked so much.

Boy George in Manila

It was 2005, so our mobile phones did not take photos. Nobody in fact pulled out a camera until dinner was almost over.
Here are the photos I saved from that night.
Sala in Malate used to be the chicest restaurant in town. It is now closed.
This was the table setting

early bird

This was my plate. I do believe George did/does not eat meat.


The lucky dinner guests included Tim Yap, RS Francisco, Hindy and Gippy Tantoco, Elbert Cuenca and Lisa Ilarde, and people from George’s entourage

i love the Brits!

Also Anton Barretto, Leah Puyat, Rhett Eala

seat mates

Mimi and Juliet Tan

Sisters Tan

DJ Mark Vedo

we all got Coke

At the end of the night some of us finally had things autographed 🙂

lolo George

I actually made a blog entry about it but Livejournal sucks and all my entries from May 2005 are missing. What I do recall was Boy George offered me a job because I told him I loved him.
He asked me to stand up. He looked at my outfit and told me to come follow him in New York. It was like Jesus calling a disciple, but I told him, I’m sorry I have kids and George said, “Bring them.”
How I wish he would have asked me when I was single and studying in New York.
But now I couldn’t do that. A few months later George was arrested in New York on drug charges and it’s a good thing I never followed.
But I told my kids that whole story and they are fascinated.

Giveaway: How Save My Bag can save your back
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I used to suffer from a severe back problem about eight years ago. I swear, there were times I couldn’t get out of bed, sit up or walk without much difficulty.
I tried many things: I switched to a Tempur pillow and forced myself to sleep on my back instead of my front. I had a healing session with Fr. Suarez. And then I found out a lot of it had to do with the heavy bags I was carrying.

Cecile van Straten
Photo: Joseph Pascual

I used to carry my bags on my right shoulder until Dr. Vicki Belo told me my shoulders were uneven due to my curved spine?? I got scared so I started to carry my bag on my left shoulder. It took a while to get used to. Now my back rarely acts up.
I also started to buy smaller and lighter bags, or carry two bags—one for essentials, and another one for the other stuff I don’t need all the time—I can just leave that in the car, just in case.

So if you’re having a back problem, here’s one product that might help you.
Save My Bag is a line of handbags made of a water-resistant, ultra-lightweight material called polylycra (similar to neoprene but lighter). Made in Italy, it was created by Valentina Azzia who first made the bags as holiday gifts for friends and business contacts who loved them.

Save My Bag at Little White Box

Save My Bag eventually ended up in the hands of Oprah Winfrey and celebrity stylist Patricia Field, who started to sell them at her store. The bag gained popularity especially among women who take them to the beach and resorts, like the Hamptons.

Save My Bag at Little White Box

Valentina says the bags are for modern women “who pay a lot of attention to style. They buy the bags in multiples and there are different colors to choose from.” The bags are water-resistant and washable.

Save My Bag at Little White Box

Valentina was in the Philippines for the launch of Save My Bag at Little White Box, a space found in selected SM Stores, such as SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM BF, SM Southmall, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, SM Iloilo, SM Davao and, SM Lanang.
The bags start at Php 6,250 and come in different styles and sizes.

Save My Bag at Little White Box

Here’s the fun part.
I’m giving away four bags from Save My Bag’s Icon collection, made of polylycra.
How to join:


1) You must have a Philippine address and an Instagram account.
2) Follow @chuvaness, @littlewhiteboxph and @smaccessories on Instagram.
3) Repost my Instagram photo of the giveaway and tell me why you want the bag.
4) Tag @littlewhiteboxph and @smaccessories and hashtag #chuvasavemybag.
5) Make sure your account isn’t locked so I can check your entry if you win.
6) Register for the electronic raffle HERE

Contest runs until September 15, 2015. I will choose the winners via and post the winners here and on Facebook.

To know more about Save My Bag, go to

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