I love the beach, I mean, I really enjoy the sun, sand and the ocean breeze and taking photos of something other than cityscapes and urban staples. I wasn’t sure though if I would be able to squeeze in a trip to Boracay considering the hectic schedule as of late. But lady luck shined pretty bright on this sun-starved individual and I was off to the famed island care of Berocca Performance!
Rainbow as seen from the top, always a good sign!
How’s that for a powdery white sand and turquoise blue water greeting? I’m super lucky to have been able to join the Berocca in Boracay challenge!
Forget something? Your shades? No worries, as there are a number of vendors peddling entry-level eye protection! I forgot my sunglasses in my excitement so I copped a pair!
First stop was in Station 3! Spotted these two crazies, Sanya Smith and Kim Marvilla (who interestingly enough, I’ve known since my ice hockey days!) They were completing challenges too! Pero, picture muna!
The “On Full Blast” tat guy! We had to take a photo of him for one of the challenges! After taking photos of certain tasks, contestants had to instagram and tweet their progress.
Did somebody say shots? Berocca shots! (intermixed with an orange alcohol shot) Had to guess which one was the Berocca one by drinking your choice! I think I got it on my third try haha! I must say I really like the taste and love how it has no caffeine, sugar or artificial stimulants.
Next was the riddle/math problem. Good thing I’m pretty decent at multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting and their respective orders so this one was a cinch. But honestly, I did hear the answer before I could compute due to my excellent eavesdropping skills. (wasn’t on purpose though!)
Assembling the kite and checking the wind, which took a little longer than expected!
Finally got the kite to fly! No, I am not gangnam-ing. Or am I? That’s Jim in the background.
The Berocca Paraw! I barely got a shot of it since it was going so fast! Pati ba yung paraw on full blast din? Completing 9 challenges is tough! Okay. I’ll be honest and admit I missed a few but only because I had so many electronics on hand that I was wary of having new (non)waterproof cameras and cellphones haha.
Sunset by Willy’s Rock before heading to the hotel to freshen up for the party, everybody had their cameras out and were snapping pictures of this amazing sight.
Nestey (who is also a member of the Geek Army, he regularly watches our tech podcast GeekyNights) won the Berocca race! He was sporting a new haircut as well to celebrate his victory!
Here’s Nestey hanging out with Saab, Sanya and Kim. New phone, thrill of winning, plus partying in one of the most beautiful islands of the Philippines. What more can you ask for?
Super gracious and grateful, he was so stoked that his efforts really paid off. Now you can relax! Party na!
Going home, that was such a fun trip. You really realize how many things you can do in a day when you’re game and on full blast with a glass of Berocca. Thanks Berocca for flying me in and I hope kasali uli ako next year!
Thank you also to Discovery Shores for our awesome accommodations in Boracay! (official hotel sponsor)
The premiere episode of Appetite Wars is going to be shown tomorrow on 2nd avenue, May 20, Monday at 6pm!
Here’s a little teaser to give you guys an idea of what’s going to happen!
The show is hosted by yours truly, and Victor Aliwalas with Appetite’s editor-in-chief, Nina Daza-Puyat and food editor, Migs Borja-Yambao Premieres May 20, 2013, Monday, 6PM with replays on Sunday, 1PM on 2nd Avenue
Lapo Elkann, the New York born Italian’s name in 1977’s name is synonymous with sports cars, bespoke suits with a little more flair than usual, beautiful women and camouflage transportation. The impulsive, never surrender’d tattooed individual is also the designer behind the innovative brand Italia Independent which strikes me as a sort of extension to his massive closet, and creative impulses.
It doesn’t surprise me that when the fast living Fiat heir rests his hat, he prefers a contrast to the busyness and excess he deals with from day to day.
The open plan devoid of any structure illicits a calm and direct approach to the hideaway.
Designed by French architect, Florent Lasdesaulnier, it is a sober yet personality rich structure that will indeed impress Italian entrepreneur Lapo Elkann’s distinctive taste.
The structure’s ability to take on different skins intrigued me, but figured it was expected that camouflage would be the first choice.
Quote from Designboom:
“The mixing of disciplines, materials and colours are his trademark. a global artist, pressed for time, driven, anxious to understand, to assemble, to visit
and revisit products, places and spaces. his creative energy is even expressed through his look. all of it seemed so familiar without my knowing why. my reaction was not so much fascination but rather curiosity, and once i reached the end of the interview, the project was fixed. it was incredible. a first time experience.’
If you guys know me, you’d know that I like my raw denim and jackets. But for the overenthusiastic tempuratures we’ve been having lately, I figured to be practical for a change and wear something more weather appropriate.
polo: American Apparel, tank: Hanes, shorts: The Hundreds, shoes: Superga, bag: SM Accessories
Get ready for one surreal summer experience as Karpos Multimedia Inc. proudly presents Wanderland, an annual outdoor music and arts festival with sights, sounds and a little something extra. Slated to rock music-loving Manila on May 18, 2013, this whole-day event is the first of its kind in the Philippines and will be the first major concert at the new Globe Circuit Events Ground in Makati.
Wanderland makes its scorching debut this summer by bringing together the hottest indie pop and indie rock bands and up-and-comers, both foreign and local, all on one stage. All the rage activities also await revelers, such as performances by live art artists Anjo Bolarda x Martojaks, Secret Fresh and Thursday Room, inflatable slides, jousts and a Velcro wall.
Headlining the music festival is Australian five-piece outfit The Temper Trap, best known for upbeat joyride tracks “Sweet Disposition,” “Fader” and “Need Your Love.” Composed of Dougy Mandagi (vocals), Jonathon Aherne (bass guitar), Toby Dundas (drums), Lorenzo Sillitto (lead guitar), and Joseph Greer (keyboards, guitar), The Temper Trap formed in 2005 and steadily built a solid fanbase while playing at numerous music festivals in Australia, the UK and beyond. In 2009, the band took the mainstream music scene by storm with its critically acclaimed debut album Conditions, whose ethereal carrier single “Sweet Disposition” shot up the European music charts and spawned several remixes, including the popular house version by Axwell & Dirty South. The Temper Trap went on to land two distinctions — “Best Group” for Conditions and “Most Popular Australian Single” for “Sweet Disposition” — at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards. That same year, the band broke into the US market, with “Sweet Disposition” gaining heavy radio airplay and figuring prominently in various TV shows (“Skins,” “Greek,” “One Tree Hill”), commercials and films (“500 Days of Summer,” “Eat, Pray, Love”). Conditions also spawned two more soundtrack staples: the infectious ditty “Fader” (“The Vampire Diaries”) and the easy, breezy “Love Lost” (“Pretty Little Liars”). After an extensive touring circuit, the quintet released their eponymous second album in May of 2012 by Infectious Music, which includes the lead track, “Need Your Love,” and the most recent single, “Trembling Hands.” The band enjoyed a stellar 2012, debuting the record across sell-out tours of the US, UK and Australia in March, April and May, including two sold out shows at London’s Koko. They completed a sell out US tour ahead of a run of summer festivals, including appearances at T in the Park, Wilderness and Truck Festival, and a show at Somerset House that sold out in less than 48 hours. They closed the year supporting Coldplay on their autumn stadium tour of Australia, before heading back to the UK to play Xfm’s Winter Wonderland.
Joining The Temper Trap are two American alt-rock bands: Neon Trees, who rose to popularity with certified charttoppers “Animal,” “Everybody Talks” and “1983”; and Nada Surf, who’s responsible for the ‘90s coming-of-age track “Popular,” the melancholy “Inside of Love” and its unforgettable rendition of the new wave anthem “If You Leave” from the seminal soundtrack of “The O.C.” The lineup offers more indie-pop goodness in the form of New Zealand-based folk group Avalanche City, Australian pop duo Colour Coding, and the female-fronted indie quintet from Melbourne, Tully on Tully. Homegrown talents Up Dharma Down, Taken By Cars, Pulso, Yolanda Moon, and She’s Only Sixteen round up the cast.
VIP tickets are priced at PhP 4,800 and Gold tickets are priced at PhP 3,000 (exclusive of ticket service charge), available at all TicketNet, TicketWorld and SM Tickets outlets. Gates open at 11AM.
For more information and updates about the art and music festival, check out Wanderland.ph and the following social media sites: