Parisii String Quartet live at SM Aura

The Alliance Française de Manille and SM Aura Premier with the support of the Embassy of France present the Parisii String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8 PM at the IMAX Theatre, 4th level, SM Aura Premier.

Parisii String Quartet

Formed in 1983 by four lauded graduates of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, the Parisii String Quartet is composed of Doriane Gable (2nd violin), Dominique Lobet (viola), Arnaud Vallin (1st violin) and Jean-Philippe Martignoni (cello).

They have won acclaim at three major international competitions: Banff (1986), Munich (1987), and Evian (1987), and have toured regularly throughout Europe, the United States, East Asia, South America, as well as Africa.
Noted for their performances of distinctive and wide ranging repertoire of the l8th, l9th, 20th and 21st centuries, Parisii String Quartet has distinguished itself with award-winning recordings of works by French composers as Menu, Pierné, Tailleferre, and Reynaldo Hahn, as well as the complete works for string quartet by Anton Webern.

Program of the concert in Manila: Philip Glass / Boccherini / Haydn/Webern /Schumann / Regis Campo / Debussy / Schubert: Quatuor n 14 D. 810. La Jeune Fille et la Mort.
Ticket Prices: PHP 500 (orchestra seats) and PHP 400 (balcony seats), less 20% for the AFM students and AFM members and groups of at least 20 persons. Call SM Tickets at 470-22-22.
To know more about Parisii Quartet go to

The Parisii String Quartet in Concert is organized by the Alliance Française de Manille and SM Aura Premier, with the support of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and our official media partners, Solar News Channel, BusinessWorld, High Life,, and Travelife Magazine.
This event is part of the yearly French cultural program, FrancoPhil, with events that include the Superpoze Live in Manila, Silence, on tourney ! by the Pockemon Crew, the 19th French Film Festival, Fête de la Musique and the Tête d’enfant Modern Circus performance.

Armin van Buuren at MOA Arena this May 30

Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren is a man driven by an unbridled and relentless passion for music.
A born perfectionist and flag-bearer of the trance movement, he strives to stay on top of the scene he’s helped to grow.
Living the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most popular DJ’s, Armin van Buuren is always on the move—whether through the music he creates in his studio, or flying to the next high-end club or festival somewhere around the globe.

Armin van Buuren
Photo: Fernando Vega

DJ, producer, labelowner, and Grammy nominee, Armin van Buuren has hosted a weekly radio show called A State of Trance since 2001.
The show, which has more than 20 million weekly listeners in 26 countries, has propelled him to superstardom and garnered an intense following of trance fans around the world.
His 2008 studio album, Imagine, entered the Dutch album chart at No. 1—a first for a dance music artist in Dutch music history.

Armin Van Buuren on A State of Trance 650
Photo: Haviz Maulana

On October 19, 2012, DJ Mag announced van Buuren as the world’s number one DJ for the 5th (non-consecutive) year.
To celebrate the 600th episode of A State of Trance, Van Buuren performed with various artists all around the world in a tour called A State of Trance 600: The Expedition. The tour brought him in 2013 to Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, New York, and Den Bosch.

Armin poster

This year, he takes his ARMIN ONLY INTENSE Tour all over the world, naming it after a brand new album released this May.
On May 30, 2014, BIGFISH International brings ARMIN ONLY INTENSE to the Mall of Asia Arena.
The all all-night dance event will feature a solo performance by Armin van Bureen, trance music, lights, lasers, fireworks, plus supporting acts of vocalists and artists such as Sharon den Adel, Nadia Ali, Racoon, Ilse de Lange, Audrey Gallagher, Eller van Buuren.

For ticket info, click HERE.
For VIP tables, call 808-8080 or (0917) 884-7333.
VIP tables are good for 10 pax and comes with 2 bottles of premium vodka + mixer + waiter.

Found: Double eyeglass case at Lesportsac

So I’m back to glasses. Nothing serious, I think my grade is 50 or something. Dr. Alnette knows.
I have my regular glasses and my reading glasses. I don’t use them all the time but I don’t like not knowing where to look when I need one of them.

Left: reading. Right: seeing

I need a case for two pairs of glasses, I thought. Has that been invented? I looked online but the results were funny.

double eyeglass case

Luckily I walked into the Lesportsac store at Greenbelt 5 earlier and found this double-zipped pouch.


It looked like the perfect size too, so I grabbed it.


Ah, it’s perfect.


Blue is not my favourite colour, but I prefer gingham to the other prints they had, and so I am happy.
My glasses have a case!

Lesportsac is at the ground level of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati.
Tel. 728-8766

Limited edition Simpsons x Moleskine now at National Bookstore

To celebrate 25 years of the longest-running scripted show in TV history, Moleskine releases The Simpsons in a limited edition notebook collection.

Simpsons x Moleskine

The notebooks have different debossings of Bart and Homer on the covers and feature an illustrated view of Springfield on the endpapers.

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The Simpsons notebooks are available in large or pocket, plain or ruled, and in yellow or black.

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Also included are Simpsons-themed stickers placed in the back pocket.
Simpsons x Moleskine
Simpsons x Moleskine

The Simpsons Limited Edition Collection is available at selected National Book Store and Powerbooks branches.
You can also buy Moleskine online at
Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates, events, promos and contests.

Maleficent inspires MAC colour collection

We grew up knowing the story of Sleeping Beauty, but know little about the jealous, evil witch that wanted her dead in the first place.

Sleeping Beauty

This May 30, 2014, Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent, about the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain.

Inspired by the movie, M.A.C cosmetics offers a limited-edition colour collection in specially designed packaging to delight the most demanding of sorceresses.

Angelina Jolie

The collection includes a lipstick (Php 1100), lipglass (Php 1270) and lip pencil in bright red (Php 1230), eyeliner in Rapidblack (Php 1290), and eyebrow pencil in taupe ash blonde (Php 1100)
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There are three nail lacquers called UNINVITED (neutral nude), FLAMING ROSE (true red) and NOCTURNELLE (black) at Php 830 each, as well as a Prep+Prime Highlighter Bright Forecast pen (Php 1400)


A Beauty Powder comes in soft peachy pink (Php 1800) and a Sculpting Powder in soft taupe matte (Php 1430)

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The eyeshadow has a palette of GROUND BROWN dirty deep brown (matte), CONCRETE muted taupe brown (satin), CARBON intense black (matte), and GOLDMINE intense gold with shimmer (frost) PHP 2530

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To complete the look, LASHES 36 and LASH 30 are available at PHP 830 each.

Find them this June 2014 at MAC Makati and Rockwell only.

Japanese artisans at Univers this weekend

“You look cute mommy,” Ben said to me while looking into my eyes last night. I was wearing new glasses—a birthday gift from Michael Concepcion of Ronnie & Joe at SM Aura.
I was wondering how the boys would react to my glasses—if they would think it made me looked old—so Ben’s comment was really sweet.

About two weeks ago I started getting a migraine on top of my left eye. I had my eyes checked with Dr. Alnette Tan of American Eye and got two prescriptions for reading and normal glasses.
A few days ago I started using the glasses—not the whole day but during times I felt like a headache was coming.
The glasses have been a lifesaver.
My eyes aren’t that bad, having had LASIK at American Eye 10 years ago. In fact, Dr. Alnette was quite impressed that my vision had stayed good that long. But this year I felt like the old age was creeping in.

Chic glasses are hard to come by. I get so amazed with people who always have nice frames—like my Uncle Greg Garcia and Jappy Gonzalez of Homme et Femme.
Yesterday I got an email from Jappy inviting me to check out nackymade‘s popup store at Univers this May 23-25 only.
Naoki (Nacky) Nakagawa is an eyewear designer based in Kobe, Japan who has made a name for himself by creating handmade bespoke eyeglasses. He personally customises each piece based on the client’s face shape, personality and lifestyle.
Naoki-san was busy seeing clients when I arrived at Univers around 4 PM.

Nackymade at Univs

He was assisted by his cute wife Tomoko-san

Nackymade at Univs

On the table are various frames that are available for sale

Nackymade at Univs
Nackymade at Univs

Plus some that are a little bit strange (Yoko Ono is a client after all)

Nackymade at Univs

Then there are many loose frames, hinges and stems to choose from to customise according to your taste.

Nackymade at Univs

Naoki-san is very effective in helping you choose a frame that will suit you best. He will also make sure the fit is perfect by measuring the distance between your eyes and ears.
Naoki-san and his wife spend six months in a year in Kobe, and travel the rest of the year to Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and Manila to meet the clients.
Bespoke glasses are typically 25,000 pesos each, but ready-made pieces may be purchased at Univers for 20,000.

Also at Univers this weekend are Takashi and Miki Uokawa who make clothes and accessories under the Tougher and Katano Kaban labels.

Tougher at Univers
L-R: Miki (left) and Takashi Uokawa with their daughter Mizuki

There are many pieces on display—both for men and women, with prices much more affordable than the nackymade glasses :)
Some of the pieces I liked under the Tougher label were these summery tops and dresses

Tougher at Univers
Tougher at Univers
Tougher at Univers
Tougher at Univers

Under Katano Kaban, I liked the circular bags that turned from this

Katano Kaban

to this—well, in a different colour, but you get the idea.

Tina Ong

Meet the Japanese artisans at Univers, One Rockwell East Tower, Rockwell Drive this May 23-25, 2014 from 10 AM to 7 PM. For inquiries call 553-6811 or 553-6881.

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