Found: Haagen-Dazs Caramel Cone ice cream
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Something’s up with Haagen-Dazs’s coffee ice cream. It’s not the same anymore. I feel like they changed the recipe.
Beside, Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream isn’t easy to find anymore, not even abroad.
That’s how I happened to try Haagen-Dazs Caramel Cone, found at Rustan’s supermarket. Cause they had no coffee.

Haagen-Dazs Caramel Cone

I bought a tub of this and it tastes like caramel coffee with Oreo cookies. Best eaten frozen, and I mean it has to be frozen at a certain temperature, not soggy.

Haagen-Dazs Caramel Cone

I had the bad luck of buying soggy ice cream at The Marketplace, Rockwell.
How to know if the ice cream you’re buying is not good: there is frost on the cup


That means the ice cream had previously melted, so it is likely to have ice chips inside. Not good.
It could mean the ice cream had melted in transit, or the freezer itself is not set to the right temperature.
Haagen-Dazs is not cheap so it doesn’t feel good when you have to throw away a cup that is soggy.
Know your ice cream.

Parisii String Quartet live at SM Aura
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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
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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
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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