Hey! I’m back!!
Happy new year! Sorry for the absence. I’ve been going through A LOT. But doing just fine. I’m feeling very positive about 2018 for a change.
In 2017 my biggest achievement was to lose 22 lbs. from August to December.
I’ve had to give away much of my wardrobe (from medium-large, I am now a small-XS).
I’ve had to buy new clothes, including underwear.
I’ve been obsessing with underwear because I prefer boyish underwear. That’s why thought this was worth publishing. I’m not a fan of the Kardashian lifestyle and shows, but I really love the new Calvin Klein underwear.
I’m a huge fan of typography in fashion, so I appreciate the Calvin Klein logo on the elastic bands.
Of course the Internet is going crazy because Kylie Jenner’s tummy is covered in a blanket, which fuels the rumor that she is pregnant
I’m loving the black underwear though
Shot by photographer Willy Vanderperre, the new campaign features sisters Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.
The styles worn by the siblings are available in stores and online now, including CALVIN KLEIN Modern Cotton and the new CALVIN KLEIN Body range.
In the Philippines, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans are exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., a member of SSI Group, Inc.
Find Calvin Klein Underwear at Greenbelt 5, Shangri La Plaza, Robinsons Midtown, Bonifacio High Street, Rustan’s Makati, and Alabang Town Center.
Calvin Klein Jeans is located at Greenbelt 5, Shangri La Mall, Robinsons Midtown, SM Mall of Asia, Trinoma, and SM Megamall.
Pre-fabricated designer homes, museums and a manmade beach on a 142-hectare land seems like a lofty ambition for a real estate company. But as Century Properties Group chairman, Ambassador E. B. Antonio said, “We are no ordinary real estate company.”
Century Properties built Essensa East Forbes in 1997. It was an ultra-luxurious residential development designed by international architectural company Pei, Cobb, and
Freed with the legendary
“starchitect” IM Pei. Essensa was the first such development in the country.
Later on, Century Properties also launched collaborations with Paris Hilton, the Trump Group, Giorgio Armani, the fashion label Missoni and Philippe Starck.
Batulao Artscapes in Batangas, Philippines is Century Group’s most ambitious project to date. It is the company’s first leisure and tourism development, featuring an “artventure” park and designer homes
by Revolution Precrafted, a company headed by Robbie Antonio, who is also managing director of Century Properties.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s Hedera Homes will be the main feature of the Commune Village.
Budji+Royal Architecture+Design of Budji Layug and Royal Pineda will fill the Collection Village with their Tranche and Facet Homes.
By the way, Layug and Pineda are also the brains behind Revo Basics, the most affordable structure under Revolution Precrafted at Php1 million.
The fourth section, called the Curated Village 1, will feature 12 one-of-a-kind homes by international architects and designers, including the Billboard Home by David Salle + AA Studio
Eden by Marcel Wanders
Instrumental Home by Marmol Radziner & Kravitz Design
Modular Glass House by Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects
Butterfly Home by Elizabeth de Portzamparc
We Home by AFGH for Wallpaper
Adaptation II by Studio Libeskind Design
Daphne Skin Home by Daphne Guinness
Cabin Stack Prefab by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Home prices range from Php4 million for a 56-square-meter unit at the Cluster Village to the larger homes at the Curated Village, which start at Php 17.4 million and come with their own private pool and guest home.
These limited-edition homes will be built using a combination of conventional construction methods and prefabrication, and will offer different sizes and specifications to meet individual tastes and preferences.
“Revolution Precrafted has cut the building time by about a year or more. We use advanced robotics in some cases so houses can be built in six months or maybe even less,” said Robbie.
L-R: Architects Royal Pineda and Budji Layug with Robbie Antonio and Joey Mead King
Batulao Artscapes hopes to attract families, weekend adventure seekers and active retirees with its cool climate, world class amenities, and proximity to Metro Manila’s financial district – with only a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Makati via four access points—through Daang Hari Road towards the
scenic Nasugbu-Kaybiang Tunnel, the Star Tollway to Tanauan Exit, the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX). Once the 49-kilometer Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEX) is built, travel time to nearby Tagaytay City will only take less than an hour as announced by the tollways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC). Construction of the proposed CTBEX is expected to start by the 1st half of 2019.
As the project targets active retirees, special assistance to secure a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) for foreign nationals and former Filipino citizens will be offered, while the public amenities of the development aim to attract art and design enthusiasts and weekend adventure seekers and families. Domestic tourism figures in the Philippines have reached close to 40 million passengers as early as 2014 and are still growing. The development’s world-class and one-of-a-kind tourism facilities are also expected to draw foreign tourists.
This latest project the fulfillment of the company’s Century 2020 plans that include the expansion of its portfolio into the leisure and tourism business. Total sales revenue for the entire 142 hectares is over Php50 billion. In 2019, the company is also scheduled to deliver the four-star Novotel Suites Manila in Mandaluyong City.
When I was a kid, my favorite bread was called “potpot.”
We used to live on Hemady Street in Quezon City where this man would pass by on his bike in the afternoon, with two giant tin drums on either side, filled with all kinds of bread.
Potpot was a sweet part of my childhood. It was five centavos a piece and I haven’t been able to find it since.
Long gone are the bike-riding bread vendors, but quaint little bread shops can still be found in local neighborhoods. Now you can buy all kinds of bread in chains around the mall.
What makes Panaderya Toyo special for me is, first of all, how it looks.
I was drawn to its interiors, imagined and created by Architect Arts Serrano.
Because it was conceptualized by the same people behind Toyo Eatery, which I love, you know this isn’t your typical bakery.
For one, Panaderya Toyo has its bread on display in the middle of the store and in limited quantities, instead of heaps.
It has tables and chairs for those who would like to have their bread with coffee. They have fillings or palaman if you want something extra. Your sourdough could be topped with scrambled eggs and eggplant, and when you bite into it, there are unexpected flavors and textures, such as crispy dulong (silver fish) and shallots.
The breads, made by Panaderya Toyo head baker Richie Manapat, aren’t your usual, too.
Most of the breads are sourdough, except for the bicho-bicho, or the twisted Filipino version of doughnuts.
The breads, which include pan de sal, pan casero, baguette and buttermilk loaf, are all crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The recipes use real butter instead of just margarine or oil.
Richie is very passionate about breads and baking.
“The style of bread making in the Philippines is very Americanized. Lots of white bread. People are afraid to make breads this dark and crusty,” said Richie, who studied culinary arts but is a self-taught baker.
Panaderya Toyo breads, said Richie, are rustic. He compared it to breads baked in European villages in the old days.
“We don’t use additives or preservatives. The bread is wholesome. We use bleach-free flour. You don’t want to eat bleach.”
Toyo Eatery executive chef Jordy Navarra met Richie when the latter had dinner with Margarita Fores at the restaurant. Since then, Richie has helped bake Toyo Eatery’s breads, including their famous Tocino Bread.
“We’ve been doing our Tocino Bread for a long time but Richie helped professionalize our bread program,” said Jordy.
For me, what makes Panaderya Toyo a must-visit is its visual appeal, with interiors fashioned out of mango tree wood and walls in plain-gray cement.
The bakery is divided into sections. There is the open bread-making area with the equipment. Then, there’s the bread display which reminds me of the glass box in church, where they keep the Black Nazarene (but that’s just me). Then, there are the tables and a long counter which chairs—the best area for me, if you are alone.
Panaderya Toyo is at The Alley, Karrivin, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Open Tuesday to Saturday from from 11 AM to 6:30 PM
To know more, follow them on Instragram @panaderyatoyo