A Pinatubo Trek | ECCO



I rare to go to places that I’ve never been, with people who are just as excited to be outdoors as I am. I always see my friend Marc’s photos of the whole Pinatubo experience on facebook complete with 4x4s and always find myself incredibly envious! So when SSI contacted me for this trip out to the active volcano with Scandinavian shoe brand ECCO I immediately accepted even if was to arrive from Boracay on that same day. But hey, no rest for the wicked right? My plane had arrived late in Manila (no surprise there) so I just high-tailed it to the north with sand still stuck in between my toes.

I love the drive to the north, it’s really smooth and can even be a bit too comfortable if you’re driving alone because it can be hard to stay awake when all you see are road reflectors and you’ve got cruise control engaged. I reached Green Canyon (a peaceful, eco friendly hotel which features a lot of wood carvings by artist Nico Jose) in about an hour or so, I missed the dinner they had for everyone but I was determined to join in the adventure the next morning with ECCO.

I was greeted with this “Go Anywhere” kit! ECCO 02 shoes, a cap, shirt, towel, socks and umbrella (just in case) after a quick inspection I was off to bed.


After a rejuvanating sleep, probably thanks to the peaceful surroundings I was ready for a whole day of trekking and filling up my camera with photos. Slipped my ECCO 02 shoes on, and was surprised with how breathable they were.

Good morning guys! Roy Macam and Alyanna Martinez were there also, I was glad there were more than a few familiar faces in the group.


Tall guy in photo is Martin Hein, who is the Business Development Manager for ECCO in Asia. He was with his team from Singapore.


Up and at ’em.


We got a covered 4×4 which I was thankful for when the sun started to really come out.



Bloggers united! Paul aka Paultheprguy was there too!


The ride is around 45 minutes until the start of the trek, it’s mostly lahar and looks very otherworldly. No traffic, no roads, just an appetite for adventure!



Kwentuhan underway, I learned about the brand’s origins as well as how Martin started out with ECCO and the brand’s range and commitment to producing quality shoes. Was pretty impressed with the care and detail given to each shoe, it isn’t mass produced and is premium.


Talking about triathlon now, totally bro-ing out. I found out Martin is training for his first IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon!


Quick stop for photos!


Roy’s ECCO 02 pair!


Daniel Tan! Mr. Photog, aerial cam extraordinaire!


Shoe selfie. I like how sleek they are without looking too-fashiony. You get what I mean? Classic lines but still stylish without looking overly designed.


“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Dr. Emmet Brown


ECCO 02 shoes with smart air channelling system and breathable yak leather uppers, which offers more effective heat transportation as well as a waterproof and breatheable GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ membrane.


Okay, I admit it. I didn’t actually drive. This was more of my shoot with Paul! Haha!


The trek begins! Daniel must have been carrying 20lbs of camera equipment!


Admiring nature’s art.


Here we go!


Water is no problem whatsoever.


No trailblazing please. Even if it’s really tempting!


After a few steep climbs, narrow paths and streams we made it to the caldera!


And what a site she is! It’s hard to believe this place looked like the end of the world when Pinatubo erupted.


Friendly reminders were scattered about.


Requisite OOTD! Thank you Paul! Ray-Ban Aviators, ECCO shirt, APC x Carhartt trousers, ECCO 02 shoes.


What a view. I was speaking to Martin about how this is how I imagine this is how the Fjords in Norway look like. He has been there and agreed, I have yet to confirm this in the future.


Paul with his trusty Fujifilm camera! Mirrorless revolution!


Roy said that swimming was allowed before, but alas no more.


Daniel’s drone, excited to see his video!


Utterly breathtaking!


The walk back!


“Artsy” shot of Sam.


Every corner a sight to behold.


Back by the 4x4s complimentary cleaning was offered, to show how easy to maintain and clean ECCO shoes are. They are clearly a company that cares about the lifespan of a shoe and doesn’t just churn out pair after pair.




ECCO is exclusively distributed by Store Specialists, Inc. (SSI) in the Philippines. Located at Rustan’s Makati, Glorietta, Bonifacio High Street, Robinsons Midtown, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Robinson’s Magnolia, Gateway, TriNoma, Fairview Terraces, and Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu. Visit http://www.ssilife.com.ph for more information!

In Living Color! | Watsons Color Manila Challenge


I finally got to join an actual color run! I’ve been wanting to join one since I saw the photos from indian holy powder festivals (Holi) where people throw coloured powder into the air and mostly on other people.


Watsons Color Manila Challenge was at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds and the perfect starting point which was essentially a big pre-party party with everyone ready to get down and colorful. Sam YG hosted and rallied the crowd to do a warmup and a couple of dance moves.



I ran the 10K, which was surprisingly challenging considering the number of obstacles and of course the time the run was held! So early! But the climate was perfect and the sun was barely creeping in, but of course I still applied sunscreen. One can never be too sure. It’s like that one song “Don’t forget the sunscreen” which I always remember when heading out for a run, bike or swim. Ah, the triathlete life haha!





This run featured obstacles which were challenging and a bit daunting at first since you have to get through some of them with people throwing powder at you! But of course seeing how game the other participants were, I eventually just jumped in! My friend Noelle De Guzman (Kikayrunner) paced with me as I had just started building up my mileage again, consistency beats random bursts of sprints any day.



Finally the finish line! Was too busy taking photos to pay attention to runtimes and PRs which was very refreshing and no pressure! Also saw Mikyle and Dani Baretto at the finish line! Others who joined were Yael Yuzon and Karylle, but they must have gotten an earlier wave so I didn’t get to see them! The run was a whole lot of fun and will be sure to join next year’s one, I encourage others to join also, but of course “Don’t forget the sunscreen”!



Watch the video to learn about UV rays!

Back To The Island | #SMARTSUMMER


Talk about action packed! Looks like I am going to have my hands full this Boracay trip! Will try to relax a bit on some days and get some swimming in for my upcoming triathlon. Balance! Though I usually just run one morning and sleep in the rest during labor day. We shall see!

Made Fresh, With More Flavors Than You Can Shake A Stick At | Wingstop Opening Glorietta 2


Wingstop just opened up their 9th fast casual (as they would put it) restaurant in the country! Wingstop is America’s largest wings chain and I am pretty stoked that the Table Group decided bring it in to the Philippines!  Wingstop Glorietta 2 (across landmark) is now also serving up the signature wings with 9 different flavors!  They launched with a big party, with great music, hip-hop dancers, wings, and a refreshing guestlist. Badkiss played first setting the tone for the evening -block party, which also felt to me like an actual backyard barbeque atmosphere complete with seemingly unending drinks in iced metal drums.


My personal favorite right after the diabolical Atomic wings are these! Garlic Parmesan for the win! All wings are crisped perfectly, sauced liberally, and soft and moist on the inside. I am getting hungry just writing about them again!


Cajun (foreground) and Atomic on the far end. Nice to go through the whole spectrum of spiciness ranging from mild to Atomic!


As I said, free flowing drinks! They had a number of these iced drums for guests. Ice cold!


Hand sauced and tossed, the wings are made fresh. Troy Aikman swears by them (NFL Fans, may know him). These are the type of wings that are just plain delicious.


There are 9 flavors available, Hickory Smoked Barbecue, Hot Buffalo, Mild Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, Cajun, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Louisiana Rub and my personal favorite the hottest and spiciest Atomic! One thing I like about it is that it’s not just plain old heat but actually flavourful combined with the sweat inducing heat! Great ice breaker I tell you!


Great seating areas which all have quick access to paper towels, and sinks to wash off the sauce from your fingers. Others use provided plastic gloves but where’s the fun in that?


This little fellow’s wing game was strong, he was just walking around enjoying his wings and apparently acting grown up (according to his mom)


Nix Damn P! This was my second time to see him play that day, he is all over the place! Great tunes, always surprising what he decides to play.


Chino, giving me the “I just had a couple of atomic wings my mouth is on fire” look.


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Glorietta 2, Greenhillls Promenade, Estancia, Eastwood, University Mall, Trinoma, Fairview Terraces, Starmall Prima Taguig, Starmall Las Pinas

Timely | SevenFriday

“What time is it”

A beautiful woman asks your group of friends, and while the rest reach into their pockets for their phones you proudly announce the time, ask her what’s the rush, get her number, have an amazing conversation and ride off into the sunset. The end.


This never happens. But it could if you were wearing a Seven Friday. These watches have a sense of excitement about them, when on your wrist you look like you’re about to break a course record or close a deal. It’s a watch that exudes confidence, it doesn’t say country club money or finesse. It’s big on the wrist, well designed and slightly aggressive. I would say rough around the edges but it’s so well made that that wouldn’t be a fitting description.

The watch case looks retro but not to the point of novelty, and though the dial isn’t so easy to read, one doesn’t get sick of looking at it and will be impressed how much refinement is in it.


It’s a watch that isn’t conservative, traditional, or usual. It makes a statement, it shows you know a thing or two about design but aren’t looking to flaunt your wallet size.

Espoused with 15 years of in-depth experience in the watch industry, SevenFriday

founder Daniel Niederer shares his passion for advancement, product performance,

and mélange of styles. “Our intention was to create a timepiece with the best

standards and highly perceived value, but still quite affordable. We wanted to

produce a watch that you just don’t put in a drawer. Normally, you look at a watch

and you think—it’s either a jewelry watch or a sports watch. But when you look at

this watch, you’re actually not sure. Is it classic or modern? I don’t want to specify

what it stands for. I believe a good design shouldn’t explain too much,” he said.

As Niederer’s individualistic nature and lifestyle preference mirror his creations,

SevenFriday shows every self-driven and bright bloke a different take on profoundly

engineered items with the mix of two superb major features in its wristwatches—the

iconic box with an aluminum animation ring and made of stainless steel that serves

as a protective casing; and the impressive interface of mechanical layers composed

of multi-layer dial, unique hands, and complex watch movement.


Meticulous focus on material and finish combined with a workhorse Miyota caliber which keeps time better than you can makes for an excellent companion on your wrist. Highly recommended.

SEVENFRIDAY is available at the following retail stores—SevenFriday Watch Boutiques (Promenade and Mega Fashion Hall at SM Mega Mall); Washington Jewelry Emporium (Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, Festival Mall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Robinsons Place Manila, Shangri-La Plaza, Powerplant Mall Rockwell, and SM North EDSA); and Urban Superior Store at Banilad Town Center Cebu City

Unlikely Love Songs | Walking Through A Record Store Scene

These are a selection from my “favorite tracks” on my Deezer account. Meaning they are synced and ready to listen to whenever slash wherever. Good serving of mush this sweltering afternoon. Enjoy.

“Sonsick” by San Fermin

“Stadium Soul” by Adam Green

“Everything Is New” by Slow Club

“Galaxies” By Laura Veirs

“Rolling Waves” by The Naked and Famous

All are also available on http://deezer.com of course!

#BlackIsTheNewClean | Colgate Total Charcoal Deep Clean


Charcoal is black, teeth are white. Two questions are raised in my mind. How does it make your teeth whiter since the concept seems so counter-intuitive? And what other possible benefits can I get with this new product from Colgate?

Here’s a snippet from good ol’ wikipedia

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, activated coal, or carbo activatus, is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.[1] Activated is sometimes substituted with active.

Due to its high degree of microporosity, just one gram of activated carbon has a surface area in excess of 500 m2, as determined by gas adsorption. An activation level sufficient for useful application may be attained solely from high surface area; however, further chemical treatment often enhances adsorption properties.

This microporosity and surface area in just a minute amount of charcoal is more than a football field! I now realize the logic behind how it can remove toxins and stains from your teeth resulting in whiter teeth! Benefits from a substantial amount of toxins and bacteria being expunged from your mouth are stated on the the professional looking tube of toothpaste, to protect from cavities, plaque, sensitivity, tartar, staining, bad breath, et cetera.


On top of the aesthetic quality of whiter teeth and social appeal of fresh breath, removing bacteria also contributes largely to better mouth health. Now I know why #BlackIsTheNewClean.



A Decidedly Men’s Store in High Street Central | GENERAL


Linen Jacket by Uniqlo, Linen Shirt, COS Trousers, Massimo Dutti driving shoes, American Apparel Belt, Vintage 1973 Seiko Watch. (mirror shot. I really need an intern!)


GENERAL!  A decidedly Men’s store, one of the few in Manila. I was invited over to check out the new collection of Lyle & Scott, being on a holiday and fond of the brand, I decided to make the visit. The moment you step into the GENERAL store, a feeling of quality is felt. The polished concrete floors, geometric tiles, oxblood chesterfield couch all lend an air that is very british and longstanding.


I particularly liked the window display as it was travel themed and had an informed explorer feel to it as opposed to a glossy, well-heeled yet out of place checklist traveller.


I love Harrington jackets, they have always been quintessentially british to me. The red one is perfect for people looking to incorporate (a lot) more color into their wardrobes.


I take a long time looking and selecting clothes, thinking of how to incorporate into my existing closet, if the stitches are clean, if the material is natural or synthetic, and the walang kamatayang “is this a good investment?”


Trying things on, I opened the curtain just for the photo of course! This is an older piece, but fits really well, felt like Steve McQueen until the moment I took it off.


No fail oxford shirt, with some nice details that make it unique.


Of course a discussion about the different brands available in the store, top of my head I remember Lyle & Scott, Penfield, Johnston & Murphy, SWIMS, Clae, Herschel, Hedgren, Boxfresh and Reyn Spooner. Well established brands that are identifiable for us guys and with rich brand histories. GENERAL is a good store to check out if you’re looking for new styles or upgrades to your existing favorites.






Your Top Blogs | Nuffnang Country Manager’s Dinner

I31B0057Ritz, ang blurry ng photo mo! Haha, black and white nga lang. The one right next to me is Abe, Country Manager for Nuffnang Philippines! Usually in Geekynights he’s the tech guru and Mr. Yugatech, or plain ol’ Abe but that night he was hotshot bigwig mode haha!

Nuffnang is the world’s leading blog advertising community which connects brands with bloggers, as well as strengthens ties and relationships between other bloggers as well. It’s like a big summer camp with lots of talented folk, wherein everyone has their own expertise or speciality. You have style and fashion bloggers, tech bloggers, food bloggers, fitness bloggers, et cetera. It’s a great mix of interesting characters! Interaction is usually more online than offline (irl) so it was great to hang out and share ideas and of course eat, drink and be merry at the Nuffnang Country Manager’s Dinner which happened at Vyne at Bonifacio Global City.


A flurry of drinks and cocktails were served.


Together with a 9-course meal!


I am sure the food bloggers’ photos are way better! Our table couldn’t resist the food long enough to shoot it!


Developing opinions on the food served.


I am easily pleased, burger burger burger!


On to the awards! Project queen (person with most projects) this year was Jackie Go!


Highest …hair was David Guison! Haha just kidding bro!


I was a runner-up in that category as well! Okay ba?


Other awards were given that night as well as King of Projects, as well as top hits! But more importantly, we had a name that tune game which I was sure I’d win.


Impromptu hosting courtesy of Nyko.




The party was divided into teams, one team per table!


The Soshal Network with their best guesses cracked everyone up!


I had a chance to win but I messed up Britney Spears’ song title, apparently it’s “…Baby One More Time” and not “Hit Me Baby One More time” Grrrr… sayang! It’s ok, I’m not pikon. Honest!


Congrats.                                        Haha!


My running discussion buddy, Jinoe Gavan of Takbo.ph!


Photobooth pictures were also on the agenda!


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