Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Give the gift of Timex this Christmas!

It's almost time for the merriest holiday of the year--- Christmas! And I know a lot of us would definitely be busy making plans for this wonderful season. I'm pretty sure we'd all want to look our best while we're making the best out of every second.

That's why I was so excited when the new Timex Fall-Winter 2015 Collection finally came out last November. They really have chic and classic statement pieces that would go well with people of all kinds of lifestyle. Whether you enjoy fancy parties or the wild outdoors,  this collection has something for everyone and they make really great gifts, too!

The Timex Chesapeake is a very nice choice for that perfectly classy gentleman in your life. They say this watch is all about confidence and I can see why. With its fancy polished mineral glass lens paired with either a stainless steel bracelet or a stitched black or brown leather strap, this fancy timepiece completes the 'top gun' look. On the other hand, the Timex Easton Avenue paired with either a black or brown leather straps or a stainless steel bracelet could definitely match well with the more hip and fashionable type of man with all the charisma.

Dimitri has his game on as he wears a Timex Chesapeake watch
Tyson looks ready to woo some ladies
with Timex Easton Avenue in silver   
Of course, this collection offers something for us ladies, too! I really looove how the Timex Ashland is such a treasure with Swarovski crystals and genuine mother of pearls decorated around the lens. This watch also comes in tones of gold, rose gold, silver and in two-tone combination of silver and gold.

Tola likes her Timex Ashland in gold-tone. She's simply gorgeous!

If you're looking for a little something that fits that big-city man with an active lifestyle, the Timex Metropolitan+ can be the perfect gift. This analog watch has a sleek-looking activity tracking band that tracks the steps, calories and distance you're making which can be monitored by syncing the data through Bluetooth in an iOS or Android device. On the other hand, if you want something with a little more color but fit for the active routine, then the Timex Ironman Essential 10 in full-size, which is available in various neon colors, is lightweight, comfortable and waterproof.

Tyson's the total urbanite as he wears the
           chic Timex Metropolitan+

         Tola and Carlo are ready for a workout at the gym with their Timex Essential 10 in full-size
But if it's for the complete sports fanatic and total outdoorsman and woman, then you can opt for either the Timex Expedition Grid Shock, which, as the name implies, is shock absorbent and water resistant and has INDLIGLO night-light, perfect for those 'after-dark' activities; or the Timex Expedition Scout that can be paired with a light brown leather strap or blue or red color checkered straps, the perfect timepiece for that outdoor vintage cowboy and cowgirl. 

   Time for some really extreme skateboarding for Carlo
    and his Timex Expedition Grid Shock in camouflage                   

     The cowboy look really suits Dimitri! Especially when he pairs it with his Timex Expedition Scout
Timex has really made time glisten and glow for everyone this upcoming Christmas season, thanks to its new 2015 Fall-Winter Collection. Merry Christmas, Timex!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Launch of Havaianas Filipinas 2015 brings the ultimate Pinoy throwback

When I look back on my childhood, I can't help but notice all the changes, especially now that we live in the age of digital technology.

 While I think that this is a good thing, sometimes it also makes me want to go back to the good ol’ days, when I don’t need a ton of gadgets to entertain myself. This was exactly what I got when I attended the Havaianas Filipinas 2015 launch last Nov. 25 – a nostalgic throwback!

Bright lovely rustic atmosphere filled the hall as lawn furniture, colorful graffiti walls, and Filipino street food carts were placed around the venue.  Add to that a very cute VW Combi, and I felt like literally being thrown back in time!

Themed LakbayLasap and Laro, in collaboration with contemporary Filipino artists -- letterer Abbey Sy, crafter and designer Alessandra Lanot and digital artist Patrick Cabral -- the event featured tons of exciting activities that every guest enjoyed to the fullest!

And as the first theme by Abbey Sy, Lakbay, would convey it, a VW Combi coupled with street signs,was the perfect set up for that fun, playful and dauntless spirit. After all, what is life without living it adventurously, right? And where else would it be perfect to start than around the wonders of our own motherland?

For the second theme designed by Alessandra Lanot, Lasap, we were given the perfect emblematic experiences - a taste of yummylicious sorbetes sa pandesal, a sip of cool sago gulaman or pandan, and a spoonful of sweet, sweet taho. People my age all enjoyed scouring the streets for a bite of fish ball or banana cue;  waking up in the morning, hearing the vendor calling out "Taho! Taho!" and running out, grabbing the first coins we could find, hoping to catch a taste of this sweet drink; and in the afternoons, patiently (restlessly) waiting for manong sorbetero to ring his bell, hoping he hasn’t ran out of our favorite chocolate, cheese or ube sorbetes. 

The last but definitely not least theme designed by Patrick Cabral, Laro, was inspired by the outdoor games of yesteryears. We'd recall the sounds of fun and laughter as we join other children outside playing tumbang preso, piko, patintero and the classic rock-paper-scissors or in tagalog, bato bato pick. So to bring back the thrill and joy of those days, Havaianas set up the Pinoy games booth, where we tried outdoing each other as we toss our slippers to see who gets the farthest in tumbang preso

The Havaianas Filipinas 2015 launch was definitely a throwback thriller for us grown-ups but still very young at heart. It was also an interesting and fun-filled adventure for the younger generations, who are growing up at the peak of the digital age. I mean, even Project Runway mentor Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez and fitness expert mommy Maricel Pangilinan had a go at tumbang preso while enjoying street food! Lifestyle columnist Tessa Prieto-Valdes along with models LA Aguinaldo, Tola Orendain and Dimitri Tolenaars were all smiles and laughter as well at the Combi van. I just wished my nephews and nieces were there too so they could have experienced what it was like to be their age during my childhood days.

Thank you so much, Havaianas Philippines, for helping my inner child relive the fun and joy of those glory days!

Loooove the 3D effect on this big Havaianas logo by the entrance
Havaianas co-owners Jon Syjuco and Anne Gonzales posing for the camera

Seeing the young artists at work. Really love how they used color pens and watercolors to make such lovely art!
Letterer Abbey Sy beside a big version of her Lakbay flip-flops design for Havaianas Filipinas

Watercolorist Alessandra Lanot smiles sweetly as she poses with a big Havaianas Filipinas flip-flop with her Lasap  design
Digital Artist Patrick Cabral proudly poses with a big Havaianas flip-flop display of his very own design called Laro

Actress Carla Humphries

Sportscaster Janeena Chan

Lifestyle & fitness expert Maricel Laxa Pangilinan

Project Runway mentor Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez
Model Tola Orendain posing beside the big Laro Havaianas flip-flop

Model Dimitri Tolenaars trying out some of the games in the game booth

It Boy LA Aguinaldo eating delicious ube sorbetes! Yummy!

Singer Kai Honasan has such a lovely voice

Havaianas co-owner Jon Syjuco, The Moment Group founder Abba Napa , lifestyle columnist Tessa Prieto-Valdes & The Moment Group Brand Director Tara Yuchengco Santos

Model Dimitri Tolenaars, fashion editor Donna Cuna-Pita, former model Maribel Steinmann with her son, Sacheen, enjoying some irresistible classic Pinoy snacks and drinks

Me with the ever-so-fashionable Editorial Director Myrza Sison and Fashion Editor Donna Cuna-Pita

Ha ha! I guess I'm having too much fun deciding on what activity to do first to notice the camera aiming at us!

I'm not the only one who loves this authentic light blue VW Combi. Editor Chelo BanalAlessandra Lanot, Maribel Steinmann, Keren Pascual and Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez all hopped in with me!
So many Havaianas Fillipinas flip-flops! I hope to get more of these designs soon!

Friday, October 30, 2015

#GonewithTheLind: The Lind Boracay Experience

Writing and reading play a huge role in my life. They are my favorite hobbies and they are essential for my line of work. But as often as they are my strength, there are still days they serve as my weaknesses when stress and pressure overflow and I worry that I'll lose my focus and control. 

On one of those dreadful days, I was scouting through the internet looking for motivation and I came across a quote from the wise Mahatma Gandhi and it goes: In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into a crystal clearness.

That's when I realize I probably need a little bit of time-off and when I got an invitation to The Lind Boracay, I felt like I was truly falling on cloud nine when I found that perfect classy place where I can just get lost in pure tranquility and bliss.

I couldn't find the exact words for this opportunity as this 5-Star Hotel is just beaming with class! I mean, besides the hotel's serene ambiance, cozy rooms that are simply tres chic, their excellent hotel service, ravishing food and lovely gardens, they also have the most wonderful swimming pool with the mesmerizing view of the white sand beach and a quick access to that, too. It was a glorious moment where I just felt like getting myself lost in paradise. Plus, I got to share this wonderful trip with some really good friends such as Cosmo mag Fashion Editor Donna Cuna-Pita, Preview mag Executive Editor Isha Andaya-Valles, Keren Pascual and models Tola Orendain, Monika Sta. Maria, Carlo Gonzales, Raph Robes and Dimitri Tolenaars. Well, what can I say? The more the merrier, right?

So if you're dying for a glimpse of paradise, looking for a romantic rendevouz by the beach, or simply just want to get away from the hustling bustling city noise, look for The Lind Boracay at Station 1, Broacay Islands as they are now accepting reservations!

To the Lind Boracay Team, the stay was truly heavenly. I was definitely #gonewiththelind!

Love how the lights glisten around the hotel! It seems so hypnotic

Team #GoneWithTheLind
Looking from above, it felt like I was truly a bird in paradise!
Uh-oh! These lovely birds are on the lose!
The Bird Cage Cabanas were so cozy.

Everyone at the reception area was so friendly
Monika Sta. Maria and Raphael Robes

Dimitri Tolenaars

The Garden Room with a view. I feel so much like a duchess, being able to stay in a grand bedroom like this
This pretty young lady, Tola Orendain, deserves a good break after just finishing her college thesis! Congratulations, girl!
They call this the Crust, a great outdoor dining area near the white beach

Perfect night for a Luau

This lounge felt so homey! 

The famous infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the white beach

It's Mojito Night! Or should I say day?

The one and only Boracay lioness Donna Cuna-Pita

I miss you already The Lind Boracay! I'll definitely see you soon