Being outdoors is such a luxury in Manila, especially if one lives in a condo. It just isn’t as simple as stepping out into your backyard to get a glimpse of nature or at least some greenery. That’s why when I learned where the P&G launch of Olay’s AquaAction and Pantene Aqua Pure would be, I knew I had to make the trip out considering how gorgeous the sunset and feel of Sofitel is. I believe it was the perfect place to showcase their new and innovative products.
Always the early bird! I arrived sooner than I expected, and waited for Danielle (whom I was supposed to be chaperoning) The hotel staff were friendly and had a “welcome back” predisposition as I’d recently celebrated my birthday successfully at Sofitel.
Postcard worthy if I should say so myself.
The moment I saw the invite to Ruffa’s birthday, I knew I’d quickly be out of ideas of what to wear. You see, there’s a fine line between looking good and in theme, and looking like you rented a costume so I decided to tread lightly. Was my choice a hit or miss? Who knows? The ladies on the other hand I’m sure did their homework because they came in what appeared to be all the rage in 1978! Everybody looked great, and Ruffa truly was the star of the night looking like a hollywood glamourpuss! Incredible party!
Being as active as I am, I find myself feeling peckish at odd times of the day (case in point, right after merienda) Being in Mckinley Hill, I remembered reading that there was this great New York inspired bagel place headed by New York Native Chef Cuit Kaufman (Borough, Nolita). So when I spotted Tuscany from the road, I knew I had to make a quick detour.
Immediately upon entering, I noticed that the sweets were front and center. At arm’s reach even!
Figured dessert would mess up my macros, I decided a bagel would be a better bet. Until I saw the cream cheese selection, oh well, minsan minsan lang naman. I might as well do a food review!
What interested me right away were these two, the garlic and chive and bacon and cheddar.
then these… sundried tomato and basil sounds like a good one. Lox is a crowd favorite, Nova-style cold smoked salmon and cream cheese!
Of course the the bagels, which were numerous in variety. Plain, wheat, sesame seeds, you name it! Bagel care instructions also included.
The cream cheese offerings also listed, lest you forget.
I finally decided on the The L.E.S. Addiction which is a pumpernickle bagel with chived cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomatoes, onions and capers! The thing was massive. Like I was trying to overdose on cream cheese and carbs. Managed to finish all of it though!
The launch of the Original Penguin x Pepsi LIVE FOR NOW Capsule collection was an exciting and suitably timed event, especially considering the World Cup Fever taking over many countries recently. (Brazil literally sounds like a warzone everytime their team scores a goal) The limited edition collection featured cutting-edge international artists with their designs linking the passion of football and art into the pieces. The attendees featured a mix of celebrities, athletes, bloggers, and media personalities.
I was in very good company of course, Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Kelly Misa and Maxene Magalona (all wearing Original Penguin)
Foosball! I may have been a bit competitive that day. No spinning!
A ton of photos after the cut.
I was invited to attend the launch of Burton which also coincided with the 10th anniversary of Dorothy Perkins in the Philippines. Not one to miss the opportunity to see what’s going on in the retail scene, I made my way over to SM Mega Fashion Hall to see what the new menswear store had to offer.
I’ve grown fond of double monkstrap dress shoes, tailored trousers, and unstructured jackets over the years. Still, I find the relaxed and unassuming style donning black and white with a Stockholm sensibility impressive. Also, the choice of a DIY cut sleeve tee makes the outfit appropriate for our weather. Thanks Mikyle!
I’m watching you too.