Winners: Watsons Bath to Basics Giveaway

After more than 1,200 entries to this giveaway, I’m pleased to announce five winners chosen via

Watsons spa party giveaway

They are:
Cheryl Castillo of Quezon City
Jacqueline Macalalad of Taguig
Arlene Blanco of Sta. Cruz, Manila
Mariz Gabriel of Rodriguez, Rizal
Luzviminda Reyes of Caloocan City

Each winner will reductive a train case filled with random items from Watsons’ Bath to Basic range.

Watsons spa party giveaway

Winners, please check your email from me.
Thank you for joining and watch for my next giveaway very soon!!

UPDATED: Philippine tycoon takes on ALS ice bucket challenge

Prior to this ice bucket challenge going around the Internet, I have to admit I wasn’t really aware of ALS or Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis.
Also known as Lou Gehrig‘s disease—named after the legendary baseball player who was diagnosed back in 1939—ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, leading to death.
Other known ALS sufferers were Morrie Schwartz, who was the subject of the book Tuesdays With Morrie, and physicist Stephen Hawking, who is living at 72.

L-R: Lou Gehrig, Stephen Hawking, Tuesdays with Morrie book cover, Morrie Schwartz

“Local versions of the #ALSicebucketchallenge have been popping up on my feed,” lamented my friend Grace. “Is there a Philippine-based Lou Gehrig’s disease foundation? Because I think it becomes a useless exercise if one just douses themselves with ice water and does not actually donate to a local ALS foundation.”

One Filipino who heeded the worldwide call to raise funds in the fight against ALS is Megaworld chair Dr. Andrew L. Tan, who took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge as well as making a substantial donation in US dollars. Dr. Tan’s participation was proactive and voluntary on his part.

Following the tradition of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Dr. Tan nominated three personalities from the business sector to do the same: Dr. Steven DeKrey, president of Asian Insititute of Management; Manolito Tayag, country head of Accenture Philippines; and Kenneth Yang, president of Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines).
Dr. Tan is the chairman and CEO of Megaworld, one of the Philippines’ largest real estate developers and the country’s leader in business process outsourcing (BPO) office developments.

UPDATE: McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang has accepted Megaworld chair Andrew Tan’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Aside from donating to ALS and Ronald McDonald House Charities, Kenneth also enlisted the help of a special someone to pour ice water over him.

Also, AIM President Dr. Steve DeKrey accepts the challenge

Accenture CMD Lito Tayag recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

To know more about ALS, go to

Pauline Egge: Meet the blogger behind Petite Passport

If I were a blogging professor, Petite Passport would get an A.
For me it’s one of the best blogs out there. Visually, her photos make me cry.
Pauline has an eye for the coolest places and would rather choose a restaurant for its interiors before the food.

Mr. Frank, Madrid
Mr. Frank, Madrid

The Barn Roastery, Berlin
The Barn Roastery, Berlin

“I just love, love, love hotspots,” Pauline writes. “Not the ones you will find in every guidebook, but the more special ones. Shame on me, but I don’t go to a restaurant because the food is superb (well that’s a nice extra) but because of the interior. I like to sit on a Jake chair by Koskela or eat under a Tom Dixon lightbulb.”

Meet Pauline Egge, 32, author of

Pauline Egge
Pauline Egge photographed by Anne Timmer

While studying Journalism, Pauline dreamed of becoming Editor-in-Chief of ELLE magazine.
“When I interned there I found out I liked writing about restaurants, shops and hotels more than fashion,” she said. “After that I wrote for several Dutch magazines—and still do—about this subject. The more people I can make happy with my [recommendations], the better!”

Story Signalfabriken, Stockholm
Story Signalfabriken, Stockholm

“Looking back at my youth, I was into traveling and searching for cool addresses for a long time. When I was 11, my father and I went to London to visit interesting places I had found in the magazines back in the day. When I was 20, I went to Australia, New-Zealand, and Indonesia for six months, which was a trip of a lifetime and planted an irresistible lust for travelling and discovering beautiful places in me.”

Hotel Dwars, Amsterdam
Hotel Dwars, Amsterdam

The Plantshop, Antwerp
The Plantshop, Antwerp

“I started my blog because people knew I was the one with the great new addresses and I always had to write long e-mails with all the recommendations on Paris, London, New York etc. So I thought: let’s build a free WordPress site and put all my recommendations on it. So, if people search for Paris, then all the recommendations are there. I thought I would run out of addresses in six months, but here we are, more than four years ahead, and I’m still not running out of cool places to go.”

Hotel Droog, Amsterdam
Hotel Droog, Amsterdam

Nino Viejo, the brand new restaurant of Albert Adria and Paco Mendez (former El Bulli) in Barcelona
Niño Viejo, the brand new restaurant of Albert Adria and Paco Mendez (former El Bulli) in Barcelona

Pauline Egge’s Top 5 hotspots right now:

1. Merci, Paris
I was one of three people who were able to sleep one night in this beautiful concept store in Paris. It was a collaboration with Dutch design brand Droog Design.


2. Hotel ICON, Hong Kong
One of my favorite hotels around the world. I stayed in the Vivienne Tam suite, which has an incredible view over the city.


3. The Jane, Antwerp
The new restaurant of Dutch chef Sergio Herman in a stunning environment: an old chapel. Definitely worth visiting —but make sure to make a reservation.


4. Gallito, Barcelona
I always go to Gallito when I’m in Barcelona. It’s the perfect beach club.


5. Stout & Co in Amsterdam
Sleeping in your own apartment in an old brewery—beautiful design, even better atmosphere.

Stoutco, Amserdam

—With Gian Cruz
Photos courtesy of Pauline Egge

Join Watsons Bath To Basics Giveaway! @WatsonsPH

Watsons is my happy place. :)
As a mom and (semi) working girl, there’s always something new to try and discover. It could be a pimple cream for my son or a skin conditioner for me.
I grew up without a bathtub, so when I had my own house, I made sure we had three at home.
I don’t use it very often, but it’s good to have one on standby for when I’m extremely tired or simply having a bad day.
This is where I get to try all kinds of bath salts, body scrubs, body washes and exfoliating creams—and Watsons has a lot of these.
Now you can have your own pampering ritual at home. If bath products are your thing, join this simple giveaway:

I’m giving away five train cases filled with Watsons products.

Watsons spa party giveaway
Watsons spa party giveaway

Each train case will contain ten random products from Watsons’ Bath To Basics collection.

Watsons spa party giveaway

1) To join, you must have a Philippine address.
2) You must have a Facebook and/or Twitter account.
3) Share this post by clicking on the Facebook or Twitter links below this entry.
4) Like Watsons Philippines on Facebook and/or follow @WatsonsPh on Twitter.
5) Register HERE.
6) Promo runs from August 19-23, 2014.
7) Five winners will be chosen via and posted here on
8) Winners will also be informed via email or text on how to receive their prizes.

KOKON: My collaboration with Locsin International

We all have our dark days. There were times I just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide there, but those days are behind me now, thank God!
When Reg Locsin and Brian Hagedorn of Locsin International asked me to design furniture for them, I grabbed the opportunity to create a hiding place where one could get away, read, work, sleep, be alone, and cocoon.
I decided to call it KOKON.
It started with a scribble on a small piece of paper. Then Locsin did a miniature mockup like this


A trip to Locsin’s workshop in Bulacan where I saw the full-size frame for the first time


To get a feel of the space, we placed a temporary mattress inside


I sat inside as Reg Locsin (at right) discussed with craftsmen where to put the shelves

Reg Locsin

During the development of the project, a huge fire destroyed this workshop


We started again and lots of things happened. Reg and Brian got married and revamped the Locsin website.
We hired Everywhere We Shoot to photograph the KOKON with model Sam Lewis


Garovs Vergara, 1/2 of Everywhere We Shoot


We shot it in daytime and nighttime. Sam called it one of her best shoots ever.


Pillows by Tinay Villamiel of Bleach and Yu Hokazono of Kikastyle, Aoyama


It is amazingly spacious. Five people can sit inside and two adults can sleep with a child


The KOKON daybed is priced at Php 164,000 for the indoor version and Php 232,000 for outdoor, inclusive of mattress and plain throw pillows. KOKON is now available to order at or through their showrooms at LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air, Makati, or at 4th level, SM Megamall-B.


To know more about Locsin International, click HERE.

Celebrate Cibo’s 17th birthday with 1997 prices

As thanks to Cibo fans for their support through 17 years, Cibo says “grazie mille” once again by offering its best sellers at 1997 prices:
18 August (Monday): Tagliata di Manzo, Aglio Rosmarino at Php 195
19 August (Tuesday): Spinaci Zola at Php 85
20 August (Wednesday): Uva Nera at Php 50
21 August (Thursday): Crema di Zucca at Php 95
22 August (Friday): Penne al Telefono at Php 175


1. Promo runs from August 18-22, 2014 for dine-in transactions only.
2. A chosen item from the original Cibo menu will be selling at its 1997 price for a specific day. A maximum of three orders per transaction will be allowed.
3. The 1997 price is inclusive of 12% VAT, valid only on the specified date.
4. Cibo’s other dishes will be sold at regular prices.
5. Promo not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or government-mandated discounts.

CIBO’s 1997 price promo will be available at all Cibo branches:
• Alabang Town Center (842-7285)
• Gateway Mall, Araneta Center (913-2426)
• Glorietta 4 (729-2426)
• Greenbelt 5 (758-2426)
• Eastwood Mall (470-2426) 
• Power Plant Mall (898-2426) and Cibo Bimbi (895-6426)
• Promenade Greenhills (727-2426)
• Robinsons Magnolia (642-2426)
• Shangri-La Plaza (633-2426)

Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 1654, Series of 2014.

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