Fancy Footwork | RAJO! for MILANOS

My good friend Rajo Laurel launched his shoe collection the other day, citing inspiration and influence from Japan. This made me curious since I’ve always been fascinated with the place, and I also knew that one could trust Rajo to come out with something well made, presentable and at the same time unique and with a good amount of quirk and twist. These are a number of pieces that I really liked (especially the Toshi, refer to photos above and below) I expect to acquire a few more pairs from this range, as a collaboration like this doesn’t come everyday. …

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Foodtrip | Yakiniku Sakura

After a pretty uneventful day of changing watch straps and leisurely driving in Manila (yes, I like to drive) I stopped by a favorite restaurant of mine. Yakiniku Sakura in my book is one of the best restaurants to visit when you’re in Makati, it’s quiet, unassuming and simply delicious for it’s price range. When dining here, I highly recommend the US prime rib karubi which is a set you can order for two or three persons. I was feeling a little more than peckish so I ordered the latter. Just look at that beautiful marbling! (refer to photo above) …

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Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila | Metropolitan Museum of Manila

portrait of Margarita Cojuangco, 1968 In celebration of strengthening ties between Chile and the Philippines, the Embassy of Chile and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) present Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila, a landmark exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The inauguration of the exhibit is timed to coincide with the National Day celebraton of Chile.    The paintings of Bravo produced during his stay in Manila in 1968 will be featured in the exhibit.  Bravo looked back at his work in the Philippines as his “most lucid paintings, because it was a different race –beautiful! …a different vision of the world and …

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RETROSUPERFUTURE | Sunglasses, Handmade in Italy

Flat Top Francis Hieroglyphics Clean lines go well with the hieroglyphics inspired design, for a little bit of flash and urban appeal. I can understand why the brand has gotten so much attention from the Hollywood set. Giaguaro Horizon Split mirroring on the lens blocks out the sun’s rays while the lower portion is lighter for accurate color viewing. I like this pair because they add a little quirk to the otherwise standard pair of metal/acetate frames. Trust SUPER to always surprise with their designs. Racer Keyhole bridge, and subtle details keep this on the top of my weekly rotation …

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Unique Bisyo | A Collector's Dream

A gem of a watch store, tucked away on the top floor of Makati Cinema Square is a veritable haven for vintage watch enthusiasts looking for new old stock, drawer aged mint pieces, and rare peculiar examples that will impress even the more accomplished watch connoisseur. Seikos This piece really sung to me, just look how great those square sub-dials are! I also really like the baton hour markers, and of course the day function. Hopefully next time I visit their shop it’ll still be there! Another interesting piece was this one below, it has a qibla compass which tells the …

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TOMS x Tyler Ramsey | Benefit for Flood Relief Ops of Philippine Red Cross

Tyler Ramsey was in Manila to collaborate with TOMS for the benefit of the flood relief operations of the Philippine Red Cross. At first I thought he was the guy from Band of Horses, who happens to have the same name. But after further research (ie: googling, bing-ing, yahoo-ing) I learned that our energetic and adventurous American painter has garnered a number of high profile clients with his passionate style of painting without brushes. His creations that night reminded me of Jackson Pollock’s style, dynamic and expressive. It was also great seeing him in person creating, and showcasing his art …

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