Remember Chuckie Dreyfus?
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Was Kuya Germs, creator of That’s Entertainment, a genius? misunderstood? ahead of his time?
Just take a look of some of the gems we grew up with.

That’s Entertainment was the most popular cheesy daily TV show back in the day, where every kid who wanted to be in showbiz wanted to be. Plus points if your parents are already in showbiz.
Part of That’s Entertainment’s Wednesday group was Chuckie Dreyfus, who starred in this Colgate commercial with his love team, Isabel Granada and Jennifer Sevilla in the ’80s.

Not too long ago I found Chuckie Dreyfus (@chuckiedreyfus) on Twitter, or maybe he found me.
My friend Ginggay, a true blue That’s fanatic got jealous and started tweeting Chuckie while I was asleep.
Jay got jealous and started tweeting him too.
Soon a meet-up was inevitable. When Grace found out we were having dinner at Pepper Lunch, she wasted no time in inviting herself and Kevin.
So last night we all met up for a cheesy ’80s flashback with Chuckie Dreyfus and his wife Yen.

L-R: Ginggay, Yen and Chuckie Dreyfus, Jay, Grace, Kevin

We found out that Chuckie is now almost 37 years old, married for ten years to Yen. They have two kids, Ella and Ralph.
He left show biz when he found the transition from child actor to actor “difficult.” Today he works as a song writer and composer, with plans to come back as an actor.
Very strange dinner, we all had our phones checking Twitter the whole time.


I decided to ask my followers to tweet their questions to Chuckie (in 140 characters or less) , such as:

Is it true they paid you PHP 200,000 to be on a notebook cover?
@chuckiedreyfus: Yes

How much did he earn for that Colgate TVC?
@chuckiedreyfus substantial but I can’t remember how much

Were Chuckie and Isabel Granada really a couple or just love team?
@chuckiedreyfus: Love team only.

Approve ba sa yo si Mommy Guapa noon?
@chuckiedreyfus: yes! Close kami ni Mommy Guapa

Who was the crush ng bayan in That’s?
@chuckiedreyfus: Noon sa GMA, si Nadia (Montenegro) talaga

Who were his crushes in the show?
Chuckie refuses to answer. Yen says: Vina Morales, Jennifer Mendoza, Jessa Zaragosa

Did Kuya Germs have a favorite in That’s Entertainment?
@chuckiedreyfus: Mon Alvir

Was there ever a time he ever got scared of kuya germs?
@chuckiedreyfus: bat ako matatakot?

Who were his friends on the show?
@chuckiedreyfus: Robert ortega! Gary Berena.

How did you lose 40 lbs?
@chuckiedreyfus: I gave up pork and beef for three months and then I worked out.

Asan na si Caselyn Francisco?
@chuckiedreyfus: Alam ko, Germany.

How did you meet Yen?
@chuckiedreyfus: Blind date.

Where was your first date?
@chuckiedreyfus: Peach & Plum at Crossroad Arcade, Greenhills. Favorite namin talaga, Tom Sawyer.

Did he get bullied in school?
@chuckiedreyfus: Ya! Malayo pa lang maririnig mo talaga sa hallway ang That’s Entertainment song.

Predetermined ba ang mga winners sa That’s Entertainment Show? Laging Thursday Group kasi nananalo.
@chuckiedreyfus: no

I had a warm fuzzy feeling sitting next to Chuckie, who brought me back to the days of Shoppesville and Tom Sawyer.
I wanted to squeeze him like a stuffed toy, pero nakakahiya.
So nice to know he grew up normal and ended up with a loving wife and good-looking kids, unlike some of the kids in this book that I gave him


Oh and I gave away swag bags to all the guests containing products from That’s Entertainment sponsors. (Unfortunately I could not find any C.Y. Gabriel Wonder soap.)


We had special cupcakes baked to order from Mrs. Field’s


Chuckie signs a pack of Besuto Prawn Crackers for my bud, Lloyd Joven


Super nice evening. Thank you Chuckie and Yen for meeting us and see you again in real life and on Twitter!

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Repost: Zuca!
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It’s summer time and I’m reposting this for the moms out there who want a schoolbag option for their kids in the coming school year.
My friend Patrice and I share the same problem about our boys’ school bags.
I have a problem with the hideous, boxy local school bags available in the market, while Patrice was complaining that her eldest son’s bag weighed 40 lbs.
These are bags that are pulled and carried six flights of stairs each day. PIty the boys and their backs.

The wheels of my son’s bag were damaged during the first week of school. Considering the bag cost about PHP3,500, I was really annoyed.
Though these bags supposedly have a lifetime warranty, I found out from SM that the repair would take time, unless you want to take it yourself to some factory in Bulacan. So I blew my top upon hearing that.

The problem is the amount of stuff they have to bring everyday.
Patrice spoke to a teacher and suggested a kindle for each student. I simply thought: not gonna happen in the third world.
It would take time before textbooks are made digital, and imagine the bidding and corruption that could happen at the Department of Education (sorry for being nega).
I also thought the school should probably provide lockers or lockable cubicles for each boy so they don’t have to keep lugging the same stuff everyday.

And then I remembered the Zuca bag.
Designed for travelers, athletes, skaters, and makeup artists, the Zuca bag is a sturdy-framed and wheeled trolley that can be customized according to your taste.
You can choose the metal frame and ballistic nylon shell you want. The choices are numerous and irresistible.
The extra wheels on the back are supposed to aid you in pulling it through steps and stairs.

zuca bag

I am tempted to get the Zuca with organizers for myself.

zuca bag

I love things that are practically a house. Plus, you can sit on it. Imagine while waiting at the airport.

zuca bag

Watch the video for more features.

For my son Ben, I chose a camouflage bag so that he won’t say no. Ordered online and shipped via Johnny Air, shipping cost a reasonable PHP 4,000+.
All his stuff fits, except long folders and envelopes have to be squeezed in.
He is thrilled that he can sit on it while waiting for his ride, or use it as a side table when the desk is too small.
The two extra wheels on the back of the bag allow him to drag it upstairs more easily. Plus, the bag weighs much lighter than the boxy bag used previously.


So I just heard Zuca bags are already in the country. Price is around PHP 9,000, which is more than the online price, but cheaper if you minus international shipping.
I have not checked the supplier myself, but here’s the contact info:

In2 Skating Garments and Accessories
#40 San Joaquin Street
San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City

I’m still tweaking!
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We’re not yet 100% where we want to be, but Mark and Yodel don’t work on weekends, so let’s wait for Monday.
I am taking notes on your suggestions on how to improve the site and most of them are valid.
I am going to talk to Yodel about moving the sidebar to the right side.
I can also repost here entries you want to see again from the archives. Just leave a comment below.
As Tina Tagle said, it’s like moving into a new house. It takes getting used to and it needs to feel lived in.
Move in with me! Thank you for your patience.

The shoes!
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I just love marmy shoes with socks because I can’t do open-toe shoes.

Banana Republic shoes

For Summer 2011, Banana Republic lines up soft, drapy dresses, sleeveless jackets, and knit maxi dresses, that can take you from beach to chic—in colors and patterns inspired by the rain forests, lagoons and gardens.

Banana Republic shoes

Complementing the dresses are the wedges that would certainly add some lift your height, as well as your mood, just because they’re cute.

Banana Republic shoes
Banana Republic shoes
Banana Republic shoes
Banana Republic shoes
Banana Republic shoes

Banana Republic is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Casual Clothing Specialists, Inc. (CCSI), a subsidiary of Stores Specialists, Inc., and is available at Greenbelt 5 and Rustan’s Department Store Makati.

April 1st is Swatch Zebra Day at Rockwell!
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This April 1st, 25 cities around the world will celebrate Swatch Zebra Day.
In Manila, Swatch Zebra Day will be presented at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall, where prizes await best-dressed guests who come in zebra, striped, and neon outfits.
To celebrate the launch of Swatch’s Zebra collection, we’re giving away five Zebra Swatches on Twitter.
Choose from neon yellow, green, orange, pink or blue.

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All you have to do is Follow jiritajackson on Twitter and tweet this message:

April 1 is Swatch Zebra Day at the Rockwell mall!
Follow @jiritajackson to win one of five #swatchzebras

Winners will be announced on March 29, 2011 via Twitter and Chuvaness.
Prizes must be claimed on April 1st at the new Swatch pop-up store opening at Rockwell’s Archeology Wing on the 2nd level.
More details to follow!