More shopping is a good thing
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Air France and KLM have a new baggage policy effective from 1 April 2011.


New baggage allowance is introduced
First Class: 3 pieces of 32kg each
Business Class: 2 pieces of 32kg each
Premium Voyageur / Alize / Premium Eco: 2 pieces of 23kg each
Economy Class (including Economy Comfort): 1 piece of 23kg

If you’re departing from Manila, excess baggage fees apply:
2nd baggage not exceeding 23kg: US$100
3rd baggage not exceeding 23kg: US$200
3rd baggage weighing over 23kg up to 32kg: US$200 on top of overweight fee
Heavy (overweight) piece weighing between 23 and 32 kg: US$100

I think they’re really good deals!
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Morning girls
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There are certain qualities I admire very much in a person:
1) if they can get up in the morning
2) if they exercise or go to the gym
3) if they can go to Mass every Sunday
Oh, and if they can look good so early in the morning, I am in awe.
I’m not a big fan of taking the first flight to travel, but if I do, I can’t be bothered to dress up because I tend to curl up into a ball when I fly.
For that, my outfit has to be pajamic.
Take a look at magazine editor Carla Sibal’s traveling outfit in 2007, like 6 AM

Carla at PAL lounge

This was Carla and Pamela Garcia about to board the plane in 2007. So chica!!

Carla and Pam

Four years later, there’s Geolette Esguerra of Metro.
Carla, meet your traveling nemesis at 7 AM.


Yes my dears, I flew with her to Hong Kong, and I can attest she wore heels the whole day, including running with me, my luggage, and Alexei Villaraza from Central to Causeway Bay.
She is amazing like dut! In a Mich Dulce hat too!
Come to think of it, I ran around in platform shoes from 1991-1995 while I was studying at Parsons New York. I have a varicose vein to prove it. I know, TMI.
It’s hard to get away with that kind of traveling outfit, but I can tell you, Geolette did!

April 1st is Swatch Zebra Day at Rockwell
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Swatch Zebra day

What’s up with the Zebras?” I asked Tita Virgie over cheesecake at the Rockwell mall.
“Well, it’s supposed to be in fashion,” she said.

Swatch Zebra day

Must be. I’m in Hong Kong today and I’ve already spotted two different people in zebra patterns.
“Can you imagine 100 zebras at the Rockwell mall on April Fool’s Day?” she added.
On April 1st, 25 cities around the world will celebrate Swatch Zebra Day.
On Facebook, Swatch has been searching for zebra wannabes in London, Madrid and Zurich—150 in each of these cities, to be precise.
Participants will receive a free zebra “morphsuit” and a chance to win a Zebra Swatch from the Animal Collection.
In Milan, they’ve even created a tutorial video on how to do the zebra dance.

Not to be outdone, Rowell Santiago has directed five viral videos for Swatch Zebra Day in the Philippines.

On April 1st, Swatch Zebra Day will be staged in a big way at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall, where Tita Virgie and her team have lined up activities and prizes for best-dressed guests who come in zebra, striped and neon outfits.

Swatch Zebra day

She is also threatening to bring a giant zebra or two to the mall but no worries — they’re not real.
On the same day, Swatch opens its new pop-up store on the second level.
Come at 5:30 PM to join in the fun.

Swatch Zebra day

Did you know that every Friday is Sartorial Day at the mall?
One hundred best-dressed guests who have their pictures taken at the ZebrArt Studio on the 2nd level will get fun and exciting prizes.
Lucky winners will either get a Swatch watch, a Zebra morphsuit, Zebra carousel or two Rockwell Cinema movie passes.

Swatch Zebra day

Here’s another cool way to win a Swatch watch:
Using your phone or camera, find the human zebras and take a picture of them at five Swatch color stations all over the mall:
1) By the piano or jeepney at the Concourse or Food Hall
2) By the big zebra at the North Wing, 2nd level
3) Look for zebras playing “Charades” on the 2nd or 3rd levels
4) At the Swatch Pop-Up Store, 2nd level
5) And the cinema, 3rd level
Upon completion, take your camera or phone and show your pictures at the event site located at the Archaeology Main Hall to claim your prize.
First 20 to complete the challenge win!

Swatch Zebras

Now here are the five winners of the Swatch Zebra giveaway on Twitter:
1) @wenggurl19
2) @origamidreamer
3) @mprrortega
4) @fijae15
5) @iamnotzara
Please print out your confirmation email from me, take this to the Swatch Pop-Up store at Rockwell between 5:30-6:30 PM to claim your Swatches.
Be there on April 1st!

30 Years of Michael Kors
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NEW YORK—Renowned designer and favorite judge on TV’s Project Runway, Michael Kors celebrates 30 years in fashion this year.
Started in 1981, his unique pieces have been described as timeless luxury, pragmatic glamour, and having a modern point of view in both ready to wear and accessories.

Michael Kors

To recognize his contribution to the fashion industry, Michael Kors recently showed his Fall 2011 Collection at the Lincoln Center.
This milestone was witnessed by the who’s who of fashion and society and graced by celebrities who have inspired Mr. Kors throughout three decades.


Another milestone is the newly opened Michael Kors Madison Avenue Flagship store, spanning 5,500 square feet and three levels so that clients can enjoy a larger display of his collection.


In Paris, he also opened a 7,000-sq. ft. Michael Kors Flagship retail location at 279 Rue Saint Honoré.
Not only is this the largest Michael Kors store in the world, it is also the fashion house’s first freestanding retail location in France.
The flagship offers pieces from the Michael Kors Collection, KORS Michael Kors and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels.

MICHAEL KORS Fall 2011 30th Anniversary Fashion Show
Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova, Carmen Kass, Frankie Rayder

MICHAEL KORS Fall 2011 30th Anniversary Fashion Show
At MICHAEL KORS Fall 2011 30th Anniversary Fashion Show

To celebrate its opening, an intimate dinner was hosted by Charles H. Rivkin, US Ambassador to France, and his wife, Ms. Susan M. Tolvon.
This was graced by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Emanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani, and Anna Dello Russo, Harper’s Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey, and W Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi along with celebrities wearing Michael Kors designs: Mary J. Blige, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Hudson, Claudia Schiffer, and Karolina Kurkova.

Michael Kors is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with stores at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, The Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Newport Mall.

Maria Taniguchi’s Echo Studies opens March 30
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The Vargas Museum presents Maria Taniguchi Echo Studies, opening March 30, 2011 at the Lobby and West Wing Gallery at 4 PM.

MTaniguchi Echo Studies Invite

Echo Studies reflects Taniguchi’s practice in the “sublimation of the intersections in information sharing and research”.
It focuses on how the researcher’s decisions, sensitivities, and process continuously challenge scientific objectivity in the creation and manipulation of data.
Employing sound, video, painting, drawing, and installation, the artist probes relationships among subject, representation, and process.
Taniguchi brings in this exhibition a large-scale geometric abstract painting, Untitled Mirrors rendered meticulously with black brick-like designs revealing the potential of pattern to “reflect information”.
Echo Studies also foregrounds the artist’s notion of the tropics through a recent work in Romblon, an island south of the Manila known for marble production.

copystand, frieze art fair
(Photo: Stephanie Syjuco)

Maria Taniguchi (b. 1981) graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts, major in sculpture.
She took her MFA Art Practice in Goldsmiths London in 2009. In the same year, Taniguchi was accepted in the LUX Associate Artists Programme, an arts agency supported by Arts Council England.
Taniguchi has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. Her recent exhibitions include Roving Eye: Video from Southeast Asia (SorlandetsKunstmuseum, Norway); JUMP CUT Dialectic Dream (The Barber Shop, Lisbon); Complete and Unabridged (Osage, Hong Kong and La Salle, Singapore); +Pyramid (Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila); and VIDEO e identidad cultural en Filipinas (CAIXAFORUM, Barcelona).

For more information, please call the Vargas Museum at 928-1927, 981-8500 loc. 4024 or e-mail
Exhibit runs until May 28, 2011.