While Japan and the United States are obviously richer countries than the Philippines, there are certain privileges we have at home that people have to struggle with abroad.
Like nannies for instance. It’s normal for us Filipinos to have nannies or yayas at home, since the day we were born. You don’t even have to be rich to have a yaya. Some yayas even stay forever, long enough to take care of the babies of their former wards.
In my house we have nannies to pick up the kids from school. We have a cook to prepare our meals and maids to clean the house. It’s completely normal to have these.
But watch how Corinne of the U.S. show, The Bachelor is frowned upon as a spoiled brat or freak because she still has a nanny.
Compared to other countries, I think the Philippines is very gay friendly. We’re pretty used to seeing gay men that nobody really gets their panties in a twist whenever they see girly boys at the mall.
But in some cultures it’s not that easy. Take this “genderless danshi” who says, “For us, our fashion choices aren’t necessarily easy—putting on makeup and picking outfits. To be frank, we are shamed a lot from other people.”
He goes through lengths to say he is heterosexual, while explaining his preference for manicured nails, bobbed hair and cosmetics.
If he were in the Philippines, no explanation necessary.
When I first found out a new mall was opening right in my neighborhood, my immediate thought was, oh God. More traffic. But then it opened today. I was curious, and I visited. And wow, I’m so happy!
The place is called Ayala Malls The 30th, named after its official address at #30 Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig.
This is where you get dropped off. The stairs lead up to the mall.
You’ll be surprised at the open space that will greet you.
We love Ayala because they respect green.
It may look small from the outside, but inside, it is pretty deep.
It covers two hectares and includes four cinemas, a full-sized Rustan’s Supermarket, and a corte—or outdoor activity center.
I can’t wait to take the hubby to the cinema. There are four of them—two have all-reclining seats.
Don’t forget to bring your jacket or blanket. The mall has full-blast airconditioning.
I always say a mall is not complete if it doesn’t have a National Book Store and a Mercury Drug. It has both, including a Watsons which is not yet open.
Of course it has our family favorites, like Pepper Lunch, Mrs. Field’s, Max’s, Pancake House, and Potato Corner.
The mall was designed to be a neighborhood place for professionals, students (St. Paul’s Pasig is just within walking distance) and residents of the nearby villages like Valle Verde, and condominiums such as Renaissance Towers and The Alexandra.
The idea is that people can just walk to the mall—or in my case, get dropped off by car, walk home or get picked up by driver.
Among the other dining options are Conti’s, Ramen Nagi, Mamou is going to open, Genki Sushi, Morganfield’s, Wangfu, La Maripili, Kenny Rogers, and many more.
Another pleasant is Floating Island’s first restaurant outside Makati Medical Center. Everyone has his or her favorite dish at Floating Island. Mine is chicken skin.
If you’re craving for S&R pizza, it’s right here.
For the AFAM* community, there’s Draft and Lartizan
The mall also offers basic services such as LBC, money exchange, laundry, Nail Tropics, Bruno’s Barber Shop, Piandré, Bench Fix, plus three levels of basement parking.
I love the new look of Bruno’s barber shop. They even serve coffee
This way to Service Avenue
For the kids there’s Timezone and Mystery Manila. In May, Gold’s Gym will open.
For those who love to bake, there’s a Wonder Bake store where you can get baking supplies and take lessons.
Ayala Malls The 30th will also open 20 floors of office space for lease to BPOs and corporations.
Oh, and I’m so pleased with the restrooms. They are plenty, they are spacious, and they are airconditioned.
Ayala Malls The 30th is the first project of Mariana Zobel de Ayala, daughter of Jaime Augusto and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala, for the Ayala Group.
I’m one of those people who friends and family say are hard to find gifts for.
I won’t deny it though. But when I get something I really like, I won’t hesitate to show my appreciation.
One of the best things I received this Christmas was the Dyson Pure Cool Link which I found happily standing by the Christmas tree.
Let’s tell the truth here: beauty and function are not easy to find in home appliances. That’s why I love Dyson.
Lately I’ve noticed I’m getting more of the itchies. I’ve been getting mysterious bites.
Among my three sons, Chris is the one with the most allergies and sensitive skin. I have to make sure his room is cleaned thoroughly with all the junk and toys he collects.
But Bobby Yan, communications director of Whiteplanet Inc., which distributes Dyson in the Philippines, explains that allergens are everywhere, even in the cleanest homes.
Major indoor air allergens include gases from cooking and central heating, mold, dust mites, pet hair and pollen.
“These allergens are invisible to the naked eye so no matter how clean your home is, you won’t be able get rid of them. They are ultra-fine and airborne,” said Yan.
So what are other indoor pollutants? They include things we use every day such as scented candles, antiperspirants, deodorants, household cleaning materials, and more.
Dyson Pure Cool Link purifies the air inside our homes by removing 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as tiny as 0.1 microns. Most purifiers can only catch up to 2.5 microns but Dyson can capture even those that are invisible to the naked eye.
“The Dyson filter uses a unique 360-degree HEPA filter and borosilicate fibers, which are super compacted so they trap the tiniest allergens,” says Yan.
The filter also has activated carbon, which removes contaminants from vapor streams. Carbon’s large surface area per unit weight allows contaminants to adhere to the activated carbon media. The filter is also capable of intelligent purification, meaning there are sensors inside the machine that can detect air quality at home, which you can monitor on your phone through an app. The filter is replaceable and can last up to one year if used for 12 hours every day.
Plus, it has this cool magnetic design where you can stick the tiny remote to the top of the fan so you can always find it. I lovett.
The fan has long range projection to circulate the air across a spacious room and the Quiet Mark seal, which measures the world’s most quiet products. The fan is also engineered for night long purification and cooling so you can save up on electricity costs.
Because we sleep in a high-ceiling bedroom, my husband and I have always used an electric fan to bring the temperature—as well as the Meralco bill—down. Trust me, it works!
There’s a Dyson Link app, which you can download from Google Play or the App Store, allows you to monitor the air quality in your home, even when you are not there. The app shows you immediately if the air quality in the room where the fan is in is Poor, Fair or Good. You can see the days and time when air quality is poorest and schedule purifying at that time. Aside from this, the app also works as a remote control.
Dyson Pure Cool Link is available at Dyson stores.
Check out Dyson’s Greenbelt 5 store for the complete line of available products in Manila or go to www.dyson.ph.
Last July 2016, Silverlens suffered a painful loss when its warehouse—filled with the owners’ personal collection, plus the work of 40 artists—was gutted by a fire.
It took Silverlens co-founder Isa Lorenzo a month to recover with the support of partner Rachel Rillo. It’s a good thing they had something huge to look forward to.
Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, Silverlens has said goodbye to its former location at 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension and moves just a meters up to Lapanday Center at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension.
When Silverlens’ former landlord decided to raise the rent, Isa and Rachel, who started the warehouse gallery movement in Manila in 2006, drove up and down Don Chino Roces Avenue in search of a new location. They stumbled upon another warehouse space that was formerly a commissary of the Pancake House—with a much lower rent.
Continuing its tradition of adaptive reuse, the new Siverlens was designed by Anna Sy of C/S Design.
Its façade is made of panels of polycarbonate material that provides UV protection and thermal insulation.
These stairs lead up to the second level, which houses exhibition spaces, viewing rooms, artist studios, offices and a library, while the ground floor holds an art storage facility, artist’s studios, and a pantry.
Three galleries with bare concrete floors and white walls range from 65 square meters to 150 square meters with a 4.3-meter wall height.
A special feature of the main gallery are the Italian lighting fixtures that were custom-made for Silverlens. The lights are controlled by a mobile phone app that allows it to change direction and temperature.
Using her phone, Rachel showed us how they can easily adjust the lighting, ranging from natural warm sunlight to what Isa describes as “Icelandic” bluish white.
Silverlens Gallery is at Lapanday Center
2263 Don Chino Roces Ave Extension, Makati City 1231
To know more, follow them on Twitter @SilverlensG or Instagram @silverlensgalleries www.silverlensgalleries.com
Genting Dream, Asia’s first luxury liner, caters to the region’s growing high-end market that appreciates luxury in terms of experiences, goods and services.
Genting (pronounced gen-ting) is derived from the Latin word for gentleman or well-born.
To those who have been to Malaysia, Genting Highlands, otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, is a hill resort in Malaysia developed by Genting Group.
Now Genting Dream is the first ship of Dream Cruises, a sister company of Star Cruises and Crystal Cruises.
We recently embarked on the Genting Dream’s maiden Asian voyage in an itinerary that took us from Singapore to Vietnam and finally, to Hong Kong.
Our small group—consisting mostly of editors and writers from the Philippines—was never bored or hungry during the voyage which also took us to Ho Chi Minh, Nha Trang and Da Nang.
Genting Dream, which was built at a cost of about one billion euros, had just arrived from a shipyard in Germany. The ship is indeed luxurious with over 70 percent of staterooms having their own balcony. There are ocean-view staterooms as well as 100 connecting staterooms to accommodate families and large groups.
Genting Dream has swimming pools and sun decks, six giant water slides, ropes courses and a rock-climbing wall. There’s a cigar lounge, a karaoke room, a club for kids, health club, beauty salon, spa and a barbershop.