Sharpen Up | John Barbers

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Grooming is an important factor in achieving a certain image or at the very least showing that you respect yourself enough to maintain a clean face, and in some cases impeccable hair. I’ll be the first to tell you that I usually have the former, occasionally the latter but the road to these two isn’t so impossible. Take John Barbers for instance, it’s a cozy albeit well designed barbershop tucked away in Legaspi Village. By well designed, I don’t mean the usual minimalist space with white walls and leatherette couches. Here, the use of steel, wood, glass, leather and warm lighting give a sense of manliness. Here one can get a proper haircut with a barber, who can give you something new, something borrowed, or something that just makes you look damn good.

As always, it is best to make an appointment but walk-ins are very much welcome. The have very comfortable seating while you wait, as well as a good selection of men’s magazines. Look sharp, get the girl.

John Barbers
Somerset Millenium, 104 Aguirre, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila
887-JOHN (887-5646)

In A Sonic State | My Top 5 Audio Companions

Waiting in line, being stuck in traffic, waiting for your order at a restaurant or even waiting for your friend who’s been “on the way” can happen more often than you’d like. New year’s resolutions abound, we’re all trying to be more efficient in one way or another. Why not be efficient with your idle time, and have a good time whilst doing so? Here’s a list of my top 5 audio companions.

JBL CHARGE 2+

Visible drivers to the left and right of this hefty speaker pump out the bass like nobody’s business. Emphasis on power to keep your music bumping, the Charge 3+ ensures that your music device doesn’t give up on you by way of a USB port to charge from when the inevitable low battery indicator comes up. Water resistant, speakerphone, and a sharing mode which lets multiple users play tracks alternately, as well as wirelessly daisy chaining multiple units of it’s kind as well as other JBL Bluetooth speakers makes this a top choice.

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JBL Pulse 2

Clear and balanced sound, speakerphone, Bluetooth daisychain connectivity by way of JBL Connect and a satin smooth metallic design makes this eye-catching speaker stand out from the bunch. A light show in your hand which matches the beat of your music, and can even sample the surface it’s on using it’s JBL Prism Color Sensor which mimics the color it’s pointed at is a definite win!

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JBL XTREME

If you want to be even louder, the JBL XTREME surely lives up to its name.  The ultimate in portable audio, this thing can fill up a room, the one beside it and still have enough power to reach the garage. Massive sound, powerful bass and distinct audio profile and presence makes this more than just a supersized sound machine. It’s definitely the powerful wireless portable solution for any sort of impromptu party, gathering or such in and out of town. Earth shaking sound that you can see with the two JBL Bass Radiators on each side. Splashproof design, dual USB out so your music keeps on going and a mesh/tactical cloth look that looks really premium. 15 Hours of clear, powerful sound to keep the party going!

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JBL Clip Plus

Ultra-portable, ultra-rugged and power for its size, the carabiner style design wherein it takes its namesake makes it perfect for clipping it to backpacks, beltloops and such. This Red Dot Design Award Winner (2015) boasts a dedicated bluetooth button which makes it a cinch to connect to. 3.5mm connecter for input or to daisy chain yours and your friends speakers plus a speakerphone is just the icing on this personal sized cake.

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Harman Kardon Esquire Mini

The sleek, premium metallic look of the Esquire Mini will match your premium gadgets easily, while the crisp audio profile of the device is sure to impress you and your colleague without being too in your face. Keep in touch with its standard speakerphone as well. The Esquire Mini comes with a wrist strap, stand, and battery indicator to let you know when it’s time to charge up again. Speaking of charging up, it can also charge your phone though mileage may vary.

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There it is, my Top 5 Audio Companions. Sure, some of the selection above may cost a pretty penny but what better to honour the musical greats while looking stylish doing it? Now that it’s a new year, time to be efficient and smart with your time. Life is short, buy the speakers!

In stores nationwide.