Sunday, August 6, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Denim on denim

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For years menswear bibles often wrote against wearing denim on denim, and wanted you to cringe by flashing photos of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears clad in matching head-to-toe denim back in 2001. Later, though, these menswear authorities softened their stance and even offered advice on how to pull it off, like the jeans should be darker than the denim jacket and all that.

Today, denim on denim is commonplace, and the hues couldn't be any lighter. What their position is now, I don't know.

Monday, July 31, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Denim but not jeans

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Denim and jeans are often used interchangeably. But what if we wear pants that are not jeans but are in a denim fabric?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

ART | Appreciating contemporary art at Pinto Art Museum

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One of the galleries at Pinto Art Museum.

Taking selfies and photos for their OOTDs and Instagram accounts is arguably on a lot of the minds of people who flock to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal. Yup, and that includes me. After all, Pinto Art Museum is perfect for OOTDs and Instagram shots.

I hope, however, that people don't forget something that makes Pinto so important in the first place--the art. The museum houses an extensive collection of contemporary art, mostly from up-and-coming artists. Let's take a look at some of them.

Monday, July 17, 2017

TRAVEL | Pinto Art Museum: For art, food, OOTDs, and selfies

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The roof deck of one of Pinto Art Museum's several buildings.

Everyone's probably been to Pinto Art Museum already, or heard of it at least. But because I'm such a lazy driver and I dread the traffic going to Antipolo, it took me forever to finally decide on making that trip.

Pinto, (pronounced pin-TÔ, as in door) of course, is primarily intended to be a venue for showcasing art. But its idyllic setting along an expansive, tree-covered, hilly terrain, coupled with its white arched buildings, landscaping, and layout in general, has made it more than just about art. It has now become a destination for the Instagram and selfie-loving lot.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Oversized shirt and joggers

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Hello, weekend! Now wouldn't you want to feel comfortable as you go about these two most precious days of the week? Wear something loose, like a blousy shirt or an oversized shirt.

By loose, however, I don't mean lousy. Loose-fitting pieces are specifically tailored that way but somehow the proportions still conform to your body's measurements. So if you're a size medium, it doesn't mean wearing large or XL because the overall fit would simply be off. You still wear medium.

Friday, July 7, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Dressing up a t-shirt for work

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Uniqlo is one of my favorite brands. Every time I go in any of their stores, chances are I leave with a paper bag of stuff. They always seem to have something that I like--and can afford--there, this Super Mario tee being but one example.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

TRAVEL | Pililia Wind Farm: A closer alternative to Bangui

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So close to Metro Manila, this wind farm.

Everybody knows about the coastal wind farm of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, which through the years has turned into a tourist attraction and is now practically a requisite stop for anyone traveling to Laoag or Pagudpud. But did you know that there's now such a wind farm that's so close to Metro Manila?

Although it's really no secret, a lot of people probably still haven't heard of the Pililia Wind Farm. Located on the hills of Brgy. Halayhayin in the town of Pililia, Rizal, the place is steadily becoming a tourist attraction of sorts, though most likely as a brief stopover on the way back to Metro Manila.

Monday, July 3, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Lousy blousy

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They say fit is everything and oft we've been told by many a menswear bible to wear shirts that stay close enough to the body but not too much that the buttons are pulling at the fabric. But what a boring world it would be if everyone wore form-fitting shirts all the time! After all, loose is also a type of fit, right?

Yes, I perfectly understand the concept of wearing the right fit, and in fact I abhor shirts with too much excess fabric around the waist when you tuck them in. But there are shirts that are intentionally tailored to be loose-fitting in the first place, like this blousy pastel checkered long-sleeved shirt I'm wearing here.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

DINING | Aleng Taleng's Halo-Halo in Pagsanjan, Laguna

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Tempting, isn't it?

It was my first time trying the famous Aleng Taleng's Halo-Halo in the town of Pagsanjan, Laguna but apparently I had no idea just how popular it is. To say that the place was packed when we arrived at half past three in the afternoon is probably an understatement. It was chaotic!

Normally I would have bailed out when faced with a long wait at a restaurant but we thought, since we were already there and it's not everyday that we get to drive to Pagsanjan, we might as well brave the storm.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Dialed-down nautical for cloudy and rainy days

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Summer may have officially left this part of the world but it's still hot AF despite the rains. Besides, the sun still makes a frequent appearance in between. So might a little touch of nautical in your weekend outfit still do?

Hell yeah!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DINING | Ted's Kitchen in Sta. Cruz, Laguna

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Countryside feels with Ted's Kitchen in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

So we spent two nights at Ted's Bed and Breakfast in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, which we called our base as we ventured out into nearby towns like Pagsanjan for food and Luisiana for its waterfalls. The B&B, however, is just an expanded venture as Ted's is, first and foremost, a restaurant.

Design and ambiance
Ted's Kitchen evokes some countryside feels with its design--from its signage, to the wall shingles, and down to the distressed door and furniture. Inside, the shabby chic aesthetic is also carried out in its walls, which are lovingly decorated with all sorts of random paraphernalia.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

TRAVEL | Ted's Bed and Breakfast (Sta. Cruz, Laguna)

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Bonfire pit, cottages in the background.

When we called Sta. Cruz our base for a not-so-recent getaway to Laguna, we were met with questions like: "why Sta. Cruz?" "what's in Sta. Cruz?" or "what are you gonna do in Sta. Cruz?"

Admittedly the town has little to offer--at least that I know of--but we just needed a place to stay from where we could drive to other places of interest like the Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna. Suffice it to say that we found in Sta. Cruz a bed and breakfast that looks just like our kind of place: small, nice, and quiet.

Here's a rundown of our experience at Ted's Bed and Breakfast in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Monday, June 12, 2017

TRAVEL | It comes in threes: The waterfalls of San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna (Part 2: Hulugan Falls)

This is the last of two parts.

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A closeup of the upper part of Hulugan Falls.

After sweating it out to get to Talay Falls and Hidden Falls, we were ready to see the pride of San Salvador, Luisiana--the more than 200-foot high Hulugan Falls.

The trek
We traced our way back to about a quarter of the trail to the first two waterfalls and came back to a clearing before diverting to a different route. The clearing is said to be a camping ground for those who wish to stay overnight. According to the barangay captain, they purposely designated a campsite that was far enough from the falls to prevent littering as well as for safety reasons.

The trail took us through gigantic pandan (screwpine) plants that are several feet tall. Or should I call them trees already because of their height? The pandan I know are much smaller, so seeing this variety was a pleasant surprise. Pandan, by the way, is one of Luisiana's agricultural products.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

TRAVEL | It comes in threes: The waterfalls of San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna (Part 1: Talay Falls and Hidden Falls)

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The beauteous Hidden Falls in San Salvador, Luisiana, Laguna.

I've been to at least two waterfalls in South Cebu this summer: the crowded but really beautiful Kawasan Falls in Badian and the super fun, multi-tier Aguinid Falls in Samboan. Those two trips were really calculated for fear that I might end up with another "episode" as a result of too much physical activity and dehydration.

But after making it through with no fever at all, we geared up for yet another waterfall trip, this time in nearby Laguna. The more than 200-feet high Hulugan Falls was our prime target, which was, based on what we've read, accessible via a relatively short (around 30 minutes) but very steep and difficult downhill trek. And then you have to go back up.

But there was another option, a longer but supposedly much easier trail that will take you through two more waterfalls--Talay Falls and Hidden Falls--before getting to the big one. Banking on "easier," we chose this route.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

LIFESTYLE | Dad's Day at Manila Pavilion Hotel

Father's Day

Last month it was all about the mothers of the world. Now it's Daddy's turn to get some love and affection because it's Father's Day on Sunday, June 18. Don't have any plans yet? The Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino can help you with that.

LOOKBOOK | Trekking in orange and ombre

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Instead of beaches, this summer saw me visiting a couple of waterfalls. Outfit-wise, it was mostly blue for my first two waterfall trips, both in South Cebu. There's the blue shirt and swim shorts combo I wore to Kawasan Falls in Badian, and the multicolored pastel shirt and cerulean blue shorts I donned for our trek through the five-tier Aguinid Falls in Samboan. Though multicolored, the latter was still heavily anchored on blue.

This time around I consciously picked a different color, orange. As plain as this V-neck tee is, I thought it just pops, so I went for it and paired it with ombre printed swim shorts. I can't explain how the colors complement each other but for me it simply works. I subscribe to the thought that if it feels right, then it must be right.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Not quite a Minion

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I don't get to wear it often but I sure am glad to own dungarees. Also called overalls, it's something I've wanted for years but never found one until early last year. For me they've always been around although they've never made it to becoming a mainstream fad. Or have I missed a trend here?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Linen and denim

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A number of people are usually averse to long sleeves during summer for obvious reasons. But given the right fabric, we still can wear long sleeves and be just as comfortable. Because they're very breathable, linen and lightweight cotton are the usual suspects and are probably your best bet in beating the heat.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Color to the world

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With the midday sun casting harsh shadows, I look like I'm wearing shades. 😎

After getting ourselves all soaked at Aguinid Falls in Samboan, I had a change of outfit and carry on with our little town-hopping in South Cebu. It's summer and wearing color is definitely in this season.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

TRAVEL | Samboan's Aguinid Falls: A fun experience in 5 levels

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Frosty hand.

Samboan in South Cebu is blessed with a number of waterfalls. I wanted to see them all, or two of them at least, but concerns over my medical condition forced us to pick just one. And we ended up with the town's most popular and most accessible, Aguinid Falls.

Friday, May 26, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Wet and not wild

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Goofing just a bit by the waterfall.

Another day, another waterfall. Another outfit, of course. And because I was trying to veer away from my default t-shirt or tank top when going on trips like this, it was another buttoned shirt and swim shorts combo for me then.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TRAVEL | Samboan's trio of heritage sites (South Cebu)

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The Samboan church facade.

Samboan is arguably known best for its multiple waterfalls but this small town in South Cebu also has its share of well-preserved heritage structures from the Spanish colonial era. Three of them are clustered within short walking distance from each other, with the parish church as focal point.

St Michael the Archangel Church
Made primarily of coral stone, this 19th century church saw some restoration efforts in recent years after it was partially damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the provinces of Cebu and Bohol back in October 2013.

As a result, the stones look new although it's encouraging to see moss growth in some spots already. This, along with the ferns and other plants sprouting from crevices in the church's facade, should help bring back the structure's old, weathered look soon. Just a few years ago, even the walls inside the church have moss growing on them. Now they're squeaky clean.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TRAVEL | Jaynet Ocean View Resort (Boljoon, Cebu)

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Mornings be like...

Yes, that view from our room is definitely the selling point of this resort for me. This is Jaynet Ocean View Resort in Boljoon, Cebu, which was our home for three nights while we checked out the Boljoon Church and surrounding heritage structures, toured neighboring towns, and simply enjoyed some Vitamin Sea.

How was it? Here's a rundown of our experience.

Friday, May 19, 2017

TRAVEL | Appreciating the church and surrounding attractions of Boljoon, Cebu

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The full moon (well, almost) rising early over the Boljoon church.

It was Palm Sunday, in Roman Catholic tradition the start of the Holy Week. We missed the last mass and the church doors were already closed, but the plaza outside was still pulsating with life--kids playing, people strolling, a couple of others on either bicycles or motorcycles, and food vendors attending to customers. What a lovely scene, I thought.

Envious of photos Kwittiegirl had shown me before from her past trip to Boljoon, I've been meaning to visit this town in South Cebu for about three years now. Darkness was just around the corner, so we proceeded to at least go around the old church and save the interiors for another day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Mornings by the sea

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It sure is great to wake up to mornings like this, sun shining brightly through huge glass windows, with unimpeded views of the vast blue sea. But this isn't some secluded private villa atop a cliff in an exotic remote island where you can simply look out of the window in your birthday suit. I mean, sure you can, but I choose to wear clothes.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Basic

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For all my thoughts on how to wear colored pants, how to wear plaid, how to wear print on print, how to wear this and that, sometimes it's also nice to just go basic. No fancy designs or loud prints whatsoever, just plain basic stuff.

So here I am with a plain tee, nondescript jeans, and cheap sneakers. Perfect for a no-frills weekend romp.

Friday, May 12, 2017

TRAVEL | Aloguinsan's Baluarte Park

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"Walang forever," which translates to "There's no forever," a popular Filipino expression on failed romantic relationships, often said in jest and usually by those who aren't in any relationship.

Parks are seldom a big thing in the Philippines, and it's quite sad that we don't have much of these green public spaces around. People instead go to malls or play on the streets--basketball, badminton, and all sorts of games, you name it--disrupting traffic and posing a lot of dangers in the process.

So it was a pleasure for us when we were in Aloguinsan, Cebu to walk amid a landscaped, hilly spot right next to the sea, and with really tall trees towering over us. Built around the ruins of a baluarte, or fortress, that was used as defense against marauding Moro pirates during Spanish colonial times, Baluarte Park is something to be appreciated.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Forgotten and unearthed

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Do you have clothes that have remained hidden for so long that you've forgotten about them already? Yup, guilty here. And you know how they say that if you haven't worn something in about a year then you should probably part with it already? Heard of it, yes.

But what if you chance upon such an item while rummaging through your closet and all of a sudden you fall in love with it again? You know it's time to sell or give it away but now you just can't?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DINING | Modern fusion cuisine at KAYU: Kitchen + Bar (Cebu)

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A sampling of KAYU's modern fusion cuisine.

Lechon would probably be top of mind for many people when visiting Cebu, and no one can fault them because the place certainly has the best-tasting lechon (roast pig) in the country. Be it in Talisay, Carcar, or dining in at the Vito Selma-designed Rico's Lechon Acacia branch, lechon will always be a pleasure. But Cebu is more than that, and there are a lot of noteworthy restaurants to try in the city, restaurants with no lechon on the menu.

On my last trip there we tried KAYU: Kitchen + Bar at 32 Sanson by Rockwell. Here's a rundown of my experience.

Monday, May 8, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Casual Monday with Collezione C2's Wataru shoes

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Kwittie Boy (our white fluffy ball of fur) looking at my shoes, wondering why such footwear on a Monday.

Is Monday your most dreaded day of the week? Yeah, and why do Mondays tend to be so stiff? Would it help if we dress a little more casually so we could feel just a wee bit better about the start of another week? Let's have casual Mondays then!

Another unplanned trip to the mall yesterday netted me two new pairs of shoes from Collezione C2. The brand calls them Wataru shoes and they couldn't be more perfect for summer. They're essentially espadrilles, having that same rope sole that characterize such footwear, but with a modified design. They're quite comfy, too, and I just couldn't resist wearing them to work today.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Tourist in the province

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Admiring the Bojo River in Aloguinsan, Cebu.

I don't know what's with me lately but on our recent trip to some towns in Southern Cebu, I made a conscious effort to wear buttoned shirts--both short and long-sleeved--with my swim shorts. Normally I would have simply worn a t-shirt or a tank top with them.

When we did the Bojo River Cruise in Aloguinsan, for instance, I paired my orange patterned swim shorts with an old blue long-sleeved shirt. Much like the blue and white tropical print shirt I wore to the beach at Ronda, it's a shirt I used to wear to work. The color's a bit faded now, so I had no qualms about it getting wet with seawater.

Friday, May 5, 2017

TRAVEL | Les Maisons d'Itac: A perfectly relaxing experience

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A native hut for lounging at Les Maisons d'Itac.

Sometime last year I came across Les Maisons d'Itac on the web. It's a beach resort located in Ronda, a town in Southern Cebu that I've never heard of before. Apart from being a promising vacation spot, I was intrigued at what or who Itac is since Les Maisons d'Itac translates to--correct me if I'm wrong---"The houses of Itac."

So last month when we did a little South Cebu trip, we made Les Maisons our home for two nights after spending time in Aloguinsan. Here's a rundown of our experience.

Monday, May 1, 2017

TRAVEL | Kawasan Falls (Badian, Cebu): Wonderful waterfall but manage your expectations

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Top view of Kawasan Falls and its majestic pool.

I've spent my college years in Cebu City and it's a shame that I've never been to Kawasan Falls. One of Cebu province's better known and most visited tourist attractions, Kawasan is a three-tiered waterfall located in Badian, some 130 km southwest of Cebu City, or about 3 hours by bus. I've always been meaning to visit the place, and finally I've made that trip last month--nearly 20 years after.

The trek to the falls starts right next to a church by the highway where dozens of vehicles shuttling visitors are parked. The trail is very well-established that you really won't need a guide, although there will always be someone or a small group who will offer you their services.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Summer fresh with linen

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Along with floral and tropical prints, linen is yet another summer staple that we've all come to love. Or at least I do. I mean, I haven't always liked linen. In fact I hated anything linen before, especially shirts. But over time I've come to terms with all the unavoidable wrinkles and creases that come with wearing a linen piece. I've also come to appreciate how light and breathable the fabric is.

Because of its association with summer, oftentimes linen shirts are regarded as resort or beachwear. But they're just as perfect an item you'd wear in the city and in my case here, the office. The shirt's peach color here goes well with the brown pants and of course, the pink ombre boots.

Monday, April 24, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Prints and stripes make it from office to the beach

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Cliché as it is, tropical prints are so summer that they're meant for the beach. In fact it's a shame that it's only now that I've worn this shirt to one. Buttoned shirts have always been city wear for me, like this time when I paired this tropical print shirt with white pants while strolling around The Henry Hotel Manila and felt like a haciendero.

I even wore it to the office with light blue seersucker-like pants for an all-blue ensemble. From afar it looks just white or a very light blue but up close you'll see the fine stripes, which makes it safe to pair with a loud printed top. Come to think of it, save for the shoes, it's the exact same pairing I'm sporting on the beach right here. But office or beach, what's the difference?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

TRAVEL | The Farmhouse in Aloguinsan

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Part of the so-called "full tour" of the Bojo River cruise, The Farmhouse in Aloguinsan is a small-scale organic farm where we were served our snacks. Its couple of hundred square-meter area is mainly devoted to growing vegetables, a few livestock, and some fish.

Friday, April 21, 2017

LOOKBOOK | The case of the blues

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When going on trips to the beach or any place that involves swimming, I often reach for tank tops and t-shirts to go with my swim shorts. On our recent trip to Cebu, however, I made a conscious effort to also try buttoned shirts.

So here I was sporting a long-sleeved shirt--sleeves rolled up--while enjoying the Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. It's a blue on blue swimwear ensemble: light-hued top and dark-colored shorts, plain vs printed. And oh, even the sandals I was wearing were blue! Hmm...the dry bag, too.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TRAVEL | Bojo river cruise in Aloguinsan, Cebu

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Even with overcast skies, the Bojo River's beautiful hues shine through.

Ever since Kwittiegirl showed me photos of Aloguinsan from her trip there nearly three years ago, I've always wanted to visit this sleepy little town in Southern Cebu. Time may have passed but I'm glad that I was finally able to earlier this month.

We stayed at Lunhaw Farm Resort and planned on taking it easy while checking out what this town had to offer. The Bojo River Cruise, of course, was on top of our list.

Monday, April 17, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Stripes and anchors

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Wearing prints with a different set of prints can be tricky, which is why it's best to pair them with something in a plain and solid color. But then what's left to enjoy of summer when the majority of beach and swimwear come in prints of all colors and patterns?

For one, you can choose a bright-colored top with printed swim shorts so both pieces stand out without clashing. Go for neon if you may. Conversely, if your top is quite busy, tone it down with something solid but in a color that still stands out, like I did before with an Aztec print tank top and plain green swim shorts.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

TRAVEL | Lunhaw Farm Resort in Aloguinsan, Cebu

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The entrance to the resort's lobby and common area. The napping dog is Oniol (or Onyol; I don't know how it's spelled).

Aloguinsan may not ring a bell to most people but this sleepy town in Southern Cebu is slowly but steadily building up its reputation as a prime eco-tourism site, thanks to its popular Bojo River Cruise. We spent a good two nights there and stayed at this lovely place called Lunhaw Farm Resort. Here's a rundown of our experience there.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Peach and flowers

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They may not be groundbreaking to Miranda Priestly but there's nothing that says spring/summer like florals. So on a recent trip where I spent an afternoon in the church complex of Boljoon in Southern Cebu, I donned an old floral short-sleeved shirt.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Rolled-up cargo

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Cargo pants and cargo shorts are often frowned upon in the fashion world. I don't exactly know why but I'm guessing it's the usually lousy fit that fashion overlords find unappealing. Or it could be that because it has so many pockets, the wearer is wont on stuffing all sorts of stuff into them, resulting in unsightly bulges everywhere.

But I can't fault cargo lovers out there because these clothing pieces are so utilitarian and comfy. I, for one, wear cargo pants and shorts from time to time. It's been probably years, though, since I last wore one, then I found these cargo shorts on sale at Uniqlo and thought, hey, why not?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Pink and greenery

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I'm mostly a casual dresser, even at work. But I also like to wear a suit at times, though I always have to dress it down considering how casual our work environment is. I know it would be nice to go on full dandy and all but I guess I don't have the guts to do it consistently and not mind what everyone else around me is wearing.

Anyway, here I am in another dressed-down army green suit.

Friday, March 24, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Mint fresh

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I don't think anyone would hate t-shirts. Be it a graphic print tee, a biker/rocker tee, a classic anime like Voltes V tee, or a cutesy character tee, there will always be a tee for everybody. Its print or design may have a lot to do with a t-shirt's appeal to someone, especially since simply pairing it with jeans, joggers, or shorts already makes for an outfit in the most convenient way possible.

But there's also a lot to be said of its plain counterparts. Because there are no distracting or clashing prints whatsoever, a simple plain t-shirt offers the wearer a canvas on which to build a whole look. Of course it looks just as fine with jeans, joggers, or shorts, but it most certainly looks way better with more formal trousers than any printed tee would. A plain tee is simply more versatile.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Cropped and quilted

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Okay, so I'm wearing my flower lapel pin too high here. My cluelessness is apparent. But anyway, let's talk cropped pants, which I really like. Slim silhouettes look good, no doubt, but roomier cuts prove to be just as great with the right cut.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FRAGRANCE | Dear John by Lush: Pretty decent and inexpensive

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Alas, not all expensive fragrances are good and not all cheap scents are bad! A fragrance's price point isn't always commensurate to quality, and I've had my share of disappointments with some pricier ones from well-known brands. But I try all sorts of stuff and am occasionally surprised to find some gems among the inexpensive lot.

Take, for instance, Dear John from Lush, the cosmetic company I've always associated with soaps. Consistent with all things Lush, this cologne is packaged quite simplistically. But don't judge it from the bottle alone because Dear John is a wonderful scent.

Monday, March 20, 2017

DINING | LōLa Cafe+Bar: An underwhelming experience

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To drive all the way to Quezon City from Makati is a big deal for me, let alone to try out a restaurant there. But sometime during the Christmas holidays, I purposely did just that.

Tucked away in a nice, quiet spot of Scout Lozano, LōLa Cafe+Bar isn't anything new. It's been around for several years now, an old house that's been converted into a restaurant. I know it's been quite a while since trying it but I felt I still had to write about it, so here goes.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Pale shades

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It's usually all bright colors, florals, and tropical prints we see as the summer heat marches in. It's a good thing, no question, because they all look good under the sun. But whites, pastels and other pale shades also offer another option for keeping ourselves fresh-looking amid the heat. This white polo shirt with pastel blue accents I'm wearing is but one example.

Friday, March 17, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Matchy-matchy in shades of cobalt blue

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Yes, I know it's horrible: I deliberately went for a matchy-matchy getup. I know how overly color-coordinated outfits are often frowned upon but I went with it anyway. Whether I realized it too late or I was really aware of it from the start doesn't matter because I was matchy-matchy in cobalt blue.

Blame it on the shoes.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DINING | Kitchen 1B: For the health-conscious but well-heeled

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I recently chanced upon Kitchen 1B in Makati's Legazpi Village, which, apparently has been in existence for more than two years now. Part of the Apartment 1B chain of restaurants, this one appeals to the health-conscious lot with organic and supposedly healthier dishes.
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