Monday, December 11, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Patches united for Coachella in December

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All sorts of parties and celebrations are of course commonplace this time of year, and we just had our share with office colleagues last Friday where we went for a Coachella-themed Christmas party.

While the popular festival is currently held in April each year, nothing could stop us from going all Coachella in of all months December. Talk about the benefits of living in a tropical country where we can afford to dress up like it's forever spring and summer! Because it is.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

FRAGRANCE | Lacoste Booster: An old favorite

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Among Lacoste's range of fragrances, Lacoste Booster so far is the only one that seems to agree with my body chemistry, at least among the ones I've tried. I've sampled a few at stores and actually like some of them--until the drydown when I get that familiar metallic, bug spray-like smell that I also get from a slew of other brands. It might not be the case with others, of course.

Anyway, Lacoste Booster is a light and refreshing fragrance that starts off with a citrus note tempered by mint and eucalyptus. It gradually mellows down with faint hints of wood yet still retaining its freshness. To me it remains a citrusy and minty green scent all throughout.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Fisherman's pants for the non-fisherman

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It's almost always shorts that we wear to the beach, sometimes loose-fitting pants in a lightweight fabric. But how about we throw in fisherman's pants into the mix, even if we're not in Thailand?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

LOOKBOOK | A touch of ethnic

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Bright colors, florals and tropical prints, and nautical style outfits are the usual suspects when going on trips that involve the sea, be it a beach getaway, a sailing expedition, or a fancy cruise. How about we add a touch of ethnic into the mix?

Monday, November 13, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Urban safari

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So I thought of wearing this multi-pocketed shirt--or should I say safari style shirt--while going around Hanoi's Old Quarter on a not-so-recent vacation. Because why not? Let's just say that instead of an African safari, I was on an urban safari.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

LOOKBOOK | A non-surfer in surf town

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So you're in a surf town like La Union and you don't surf, nor do you have any intention of trying it out. What do you wear when you just want to go around and check what else the place has to offer on dry land?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

TRAVEL | Our Ha Long Bay cruise experience (Part 3 of 3)

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Thien Canh Son Cave all lit up.

Thien Canh Son Beach and Cave
We approached an island with a small patch of white sand, one of the very few throughout the bay. This was Thien Canh Son Beach and here we were treated to a barbecue lunch by the beach. It was another great multi-course meal with turnip salad, a host of different grilled stuff, some rice dish wrapped and cooked in tin foil, and fruit.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TRAVEL | Our Ha Long Bay cruise experience (Part 2 of 3)

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Endless variations of these limestone rock islets along Ha Long Bay.

Bai Tu Long Bay
And so it began: the seemingly endless sight of limestone islets jutting out of Ha Long's placid, emerald green waters. Yes, it was surreal and I couldn't stop myself from snapping photos, like I had this urge to immortalize them in pictures I most likely would rarely look at again. Eventually I grew tired but every now and then there's an outcrop or formation that I found intriguing enough to photograph.

Monday, October 2, 2017

TRAVEL | Our Ha Long Bay cruise experience (Part 1 of 3)

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Though of course different, somehow this reminds me of that vantage point going to Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan.

It was an unplanned trip but in less than a week we found ourselves aboard a Chinese junk-style boat, cruising along Vietnam's famed Ha Long Bay. With 2,000 or so mostly limestone islets spread across more than 1,500 square kilometers, Ha Long is a surreal experience. Yet with such a vast number of islets there is hardly any beach here and the best way to explore the bay is aboard a cruise.

The sheer number of cruise options alone can be overwhelming, with each operator offering something different. Your choice depends on what you want. Is it comfort and luxury or are you on a budget? Do you want a bigger boat with more amenities, but which means you'll have to share it with more guests, or do prefer something more intimate with fewer people aboard? Are you in for a lesser known route or are you more comfortable with what's tried and tested, but which will expectedly be more crowded? Are you pressed for time or do you want to go full 3D/2N?

As for us, we shortlisted several options and gradually narrowed them down. In the end we settled for Dragon Pearl Junks, which offered a 3D/2N cruise aboard a smaller boat with fewer guests but with smaller rooms. Here's a rundown--albeit a lengthy one--of our experience.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FRAGRANCE | Vial trial: Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss

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I recently went through one of our drawers at home and realized I have quite a few unused fragrance samples--you know, those little vials in tiny packaging handed out by department store sales people whenever you buy fragrances from them. I thought I should use them. And review them perhaps. After all, my fragrance reviews on this blog tend to be generally positive because they're mostly fragrances that I bought, that I picked after several rounds of sniffing and trying stuff on at stores.

These samples, on the other hand, were merely given to me. I didn't choose them, so I think it would be a little fun to review stuff with which I don't have any biases to start with. Hence, my "vial trials!"

First off is Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss.
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