Finding each other again. The phrase itself is so hopeful, idealistic and definitely romantic. It brings to mind, well my mind at least a person being lost at sea and suddenly finding the lighthouse which will then lead you back to shore. Melodramatic, but such is the case when yearning for feelings of the past when one really should be looking to enjoying, appreciating, and experiencing the love that is present. I am, by no means an expert on this sort of thing. But hopefully by this post I can share a little thing or two I know about the mystery that has brought about many a chick-flick.

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Being with my girlfriend has been great, we share a lot of common interests despite our seemingly different personalities. She, the outgoing, outspoken and vibrant person. While I, the more imperceptible and careful with words one. Yet somehow, we’ve influenced each other positively to gain the traits of one another. But I suppose the reason for this may be that old saying “tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell who you are” or to something of that extent. I say this because that’s exactly what Divine and I are, first and foremost we are incredibly good friends in addition to being significant others. It’s the reason why it just works.

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We talk to each other like friends, oftentimes sounding like pals arguing on who gets the last slice of pizza or who gets to choose which channel to watch. If I see something I don’t like, I call it out. Also if she doesn’t agree with my opinion, she says it likewise. Being open and speaking to each other as individuals best irons out any misunderstandings.

I watched this really sweet video http://youtu.be/UswehbXFNsI and I really saw that no matter how small or simple the surprise, making the effort can show your partner that you really appreciate them. Flowers, a handwritten note, or cooking works! Kahit na hindi masarap yung niluto niyo, sigurado maappreciate niya yan!

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There is no magic formula or secret guide to be read or applied, just keep listening to one another, remember that being friends help set the foundations for your being together. Talk to each other, laugh, text, talk (whenever you feel like saying “I love you” at any given moment, do it. I shouldn’t matter where you are) and smile a lot! Being on the same page is huge for couples! Also, don’t forget that you’ve already found each other that will give you the faith to get through any stormy weather so long as you’re sailing in the same boat. 

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Who is excited about the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert on March 16?! I know I’m definitely looking forward to the concert at the MOA Arena! 8PM!

I just realised that I’ve been listening to Seattle based hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis longer than I knew, as randomly shuffling songs sometimes can make you singalong to hidden gems. My first discovery of how great their music was when I heard “Fake Empire” a couple of years back. It was one of those songs that hint at social commentary without being blatantly remonstrative.

Fast forward to the humorous and tongue in cheek(?) idealism of “Thrift Shop” which puts style above expensive clothes and logos, and eventually the horn led and incredibly catchy rhythm of “Can’t Hold Us” featuring the perfect combination with vocalist Ray Dalton can easily make fans out critics.

As brilliant and passionate the duo is about their music, they also have evolved consciences. In their song “Wing$” they speak of life in the hood as a kid wearing your new kicks while feeling you’re part of a bigger movement of sorts, the insatiable desire to be “cool” and while also being nervous of getting your precious pair creased, dirty, or even mugged for is surprisingly accurate of how the sneaker craze has evolved for young(?) people. In addition, in their song “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert they call out issues of homophobia in the hip-hop community, and also urge people to second guess their language and be mindful of their sometimes automatic expressions such as uttering words like “that’s gay” even if meant as a joke. Great example of how good music can also be intelligent and sometimes refreshingly pro-equality.

Alright! Definitely excited to see these guys live! I’m sure you guys are too! So I am giving away Two (2) Lower Box B tickets to their show on March 16, 2014 valued at P2650 each! All you have to do is join the contest below!

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photo 1_zps94f6193c.jpg Ice hockey is definitely my favourite sport, not only because it was predominantly the only sport that I’ve played since I was 12 years old (see photo above, the one on the left!) but because of the skill, practice, dedication, wits, and speed needed to excel at it. I mean, first you have to know how to skate, handle a puck, avoid getting knocked down by an opposing team, and then when the rare chance opens up when you can shoot the puck, you have to then defeat a goalie who takes up more than half of the net! Those are a few reasons to begin with!

(some photos of the old rink at SM Megamall)

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In case some of you are wondering, that structural post used to be part of a much larger DJ booth back when the rink first opened up. Yes, one had to skate around it. It was like a permanent defenseman!

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I suppose the fact that being in Manila where frozen lakes are unheard of also made the notion of speeding across the ice while whacking a little rubber disk into a goal sounded like a really cool idea not to mention a fun game.

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Oh, and who could ever forget the famous Disney movies Champions… 

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…and The Mighty Ducks! Knucklepuck! Hahaha! These films really inspired a lot of the earlier players to try out the sport!

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Anyway, before I keep talking about the Wingers, the SM Ice Skating Rink in Cebu, or some other dated reference, let me talk about today’s scene!

With the winter olympics recently concluded, wherein Canada grabbed the gold for Men’s (and Women’s) hockey. I suddenly wondered what was happening with our local league. Having skated a few weeks prior, I caught up with one of my old teammates (since 1995) Bong Pestañas and asked how things were going on the local level. He said that the games were fairly regular with a regular season as well as playoffs! I wondered, olympics na ba yung next target? So with every intention to start playing again, I made my way over to the SM Mall of Asia to check out how the guys today play, checking out the competition!photo L1100084_zpsa24d1ccf.jpg

I caught the Mustangs vs Omni match, and snapped away!

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Fighting for the loose puck!

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Nice to see the intensity of the game again!

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The goalie watching the play on the other end of the ice.

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The referees were very competent and made good calls, but in a game this fast-paced some fouls may have slipped by them. photo I31B8237_zps6aa79540.jpg

I would say that there’s contact during the games, but it’s a good sportsmanlike kind -to get to the puck, and not to send your opponent flying across the ice.

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Mustangs made the first goal of the night, while Omni was on a powerplay no less!

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To which Mike Wang (#9) of Omni quickly replied by sending one into the net!

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It’s great seeing the teamwork the teams showed, the seamless line changes and speed of the game!

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On the breakaway!

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Rejected by the goalie!

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Scrambling for possession. 

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Protecting the puck.

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The Mustangs’ goalie making sure he knows where the puck is.

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In this game you only have a few moments to decide what to do, pass, dump, or take it over the neutral zone!

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You really have to earn your space on the ice!

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Playing your position properly is a real deciding factor if your team wins or loses! No room for puckhogs here!

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Now that’s a breakaway!

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Omni coming into the neutral zone.

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and into the offensive zone.

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Ended up just watching the game, so by this time I already put down my camera! Haha!

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Amazing to see the game live and breathe in the sport again! Looking forward to playing next season! Games are now played Monday, Wednesday and Fridays! Awesome! Catch them around 8:30pm at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink!

If anybody’s interested in learning how to play ice hockey. You can contact these numbers below.

Mall of Asia 556-0469

Southmall 800-0426

and check SM Ice Skating’s Facebook Page here.

If you’ve played in the past and are looking to get back into it, check out..

Hockey Philippines’ official site, home of the Manila Ice Hockey League.

Manila Ice Hockey League Facebook Page here.

…and to find out who won this match and the schedule of other matches check out the MIHL League Lineup page here

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The Nokia Lumia 1020, at first you look at the phone and it’s like one of those phones you’re not quite sure of. First of all it’s yellow, yes yellow! Which.. is kind of… let’s just put it this way who in their right mind would choose a phone that’s yellow? But honestly after how many days of use, the color starts to grow on you. Maybe it’s just refreshing after having black or metallic phones.

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Let’s skip the outward appearances for now as well as the other phone features because through the lens is where the magic really happens. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a whopping 41MP pureview lumia camera, which is just waiting to be used and to quote unquote replace your DSLR! Below are a few shots from various situations so that you can be the judge.

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The dynamic range on its sensor is great, though one experiences a little bit of lag when shooting it’s forgivable when realizing you can digitally crop to your heart’s content.

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A little lowlight test during a charming Nokia dinner.

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Morning gloom seems to look artistic and deliberate.

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How many of you guys have stood up from your non-window seat inflight to snap a few shots?

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More lowlight.

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Hotel lobby photo! Handing your phone to someone to take a picture also doesn’t spell disaster or out of focus shots since it’s easy enough for anyone to use. DSLRs usually require further instructions to get at the very least a decent photo.

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Casual shots outside a car window.

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I really enjoy the wide field of view the camera gives 25mm @ 16:9 aspect ratio with Carl Zeiss optics with the widest aperture at f/2.2. It’s not as wide as let’s say an action sports camera but there is obviously less distortion to post process.

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Simple street shots can easily be fit to print!

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The phone also encourages one to shoot considering it’s so small and doesn’t make you feel like you’re carrying Fort Knox with all your expensive lenses and gear. More shots and definitely more keepers.

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Perfect tool for food blogs too, without disturbing fellow diners. Listed macro focus is at 15cm, though I didn’t have a tape measure with me I felt that the camera had a little trouble focusing at that distance.

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At the Grove, Nokia was having an event which I walked over to get a closer look and photo and was spotted by one of the emcees and won a wireless charger kit!

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They also gave me some stickers with my photo, haha!

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XBOX One, cleared out.

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My buddy Pancho, candidly shot.

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Better weather this time, don’t mind the “not bad” face.

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Details seem to pop out at you, the images the camera produces may be a bit contrasty to some but I like it.

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More of the stock photo look. I say that in a good way, meaning the images are good enough to license out!

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All in all I believe the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a great addition to your existing camera gear, though it is convenient and discreet for shooting, the lag one experiences with the software leaves more to be desired. You can use this for casual shots, street snaps or portraits. If you are looking to shoot sports or lowlight images, one still needs the more robust DSLR systems or mirrorless cameras. But I’m being unfair aren’t I? This is one camera that you will always have on you, and the habit of seamlessly sharing online or storing straight to your Skydrive encourages one to keep shooting, be it for personal, work, or social media usage.

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7107 International Music Festival! So excited about this. If you guys don’t already know, it’s happening in Pampanga and will feature a lot of foreign and local acts as well as electronic DJs! See if you recognize some of them! 
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Empire of the Sun, The Asteroid Galaxy Tour, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Natives,Kendrick Lamar, Kaskade, Kid Ink, Alvaro, Luciana, DJ Riddler, Reid Stefan, Scarlet Heroes,
 Up Darma Down, Radio Active Sago Project, Sponge Cola, Pulso, The Ringmaster, She’s Only Sixteen, Yolanda Moon, Runmanila, Pulso, Jensen & The Flips, Maude, Abra & Loonie, DJ B-Cal, DJ Ron Poe, Nix Dam P, Encounters with Yeti, Runway Crimes, Rocksteddy, Cheats, Itchyworms, Musical O, Sleepwalk Circus, Hidden Nikki, Skymarines, Child/Ren of the Pilgrimage, The Charmes, Popular Days, The Sleepyheads, Not Another Boy Band, Wilderness, Taken by Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, Techy Romantics, Keith Bryan Haw, Marc Marasigan, Aryan, Travis Monsod, Katsy Lee, Carlo Atendido, Patrick Po, Jessica Milner, Motherbasss, Skratchmark
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After a night of merrymaking, I completely forgot I reserved for lunch at Balesin’s “Fish Fun” (it’s a seafood restaurant on stilts where kids/kids at heart can also try their fisherman skills and have their catch prepared as their meal) So I haphazardly put these clothes on and was off to make it to my reservation, and shot a few of these photos while on the way!

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The 9Five shades go well with the shirt, right, right? I also donned the shorts so I could easily pop into the pool when the temperature rises. 

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Guess Shirt | bright neon shorts | slippers

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I like how it isn’t screaming a logo, which is great at the beach which is supposed to be time to relax.

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My friend Tim Yap threw a print on print themed Birthday party at 71 Gramercy (which we all know is the highest point in the metro) perfectly appropriate I think as the the venue suited his new mantra for 2014 which is “Upwards” or as the birthday boy would like to say “Yapwards” Really fun party with lots of familiar faces who were all smiles that night to celebrate Tim’s birthday bash!

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Tim Walters and G, who suited the theme perfectly! (I had trouble with this theme)

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Dong, Nix and Leah! (happy Birthday Leah!)photo I31B7076_zps911995f3.jpg

Princess, Trish and Charms!photo I31B7077_zps38e6152a.jpg

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Nix looking happy with the main course!photo I31B7087_zps03bc1bb3.jpg

Dinner was tremendous!photo I31B7110_zps2f227747.jpgphoto I31B7093_zps1f9848df.jpg

Ignore my pants. Print on print nga.photo I31B7096_zps6d1a6452.jpg

Tessa and CJ!photo I31B7099_zps70c154e1.jpgphoto I31B7104_zps9de8039e.jpg

Rajo was just one of the people who gave a toast slash speech in honor of Tim!photo I31B7132_zpsaf09ea24.jpg

Tim looking on candidly(?)photo I31B7122_zpsa4ac4146.jpgphoto I31B7143_zps156505b5.jpg

My lighting settings were all over the place that night, oh well! It’s a party!photo I31B7171_zps94978646.jpgphoto I31B7174_zpsf8553486.jpg

Tim in his element (the party)photo I31B7136_zpsf99817b1.jpg

Solenn and Biancaphoto I31B7176_zpsa4cf0af2.jpgphoto I31B7178_zps69185e2e.jpgphoto I31B7179_zps6c7d6695.jpgphoto I31B7192_zps3e2808cd.jpgphoto I31B7202_zps4c2f0f9f.jpgphoto I31B7139_zpsc1fe6064.jpgTim really pulled out all the stops, may fireworks pa!photo I31B7246_zpsa7b08eec.jpgIt’s Billy! (sung with a tune)photo I31B7249_zps76a98b51.jpgphoto I31B7251_zps82408091.jpgIzzy (thedandyproject.com), Martine, and Nix!photo I31B7190_zps280b4912.jpgMond and Xeng!photo I31B7253_zps0f5832e0.jpg

Meeting de avance ba? I kid, I kid.photo I31B7258_zpsf706c849.jpg

Lorelie and Marc Soong with Tim and my awesome chef of a friend Aaron Isip!photo I31B7265_zps59c45d34.jpg

Rowie and Duncan Yu!photo I31B7278_zps234345d7.jpgphoto I31B7283_zps93014cef.jpg

Yours truly with Astley and Manolet!photo I31B7284_zpscbc75e63.jpg

Rocco and Lovi, cute couple(?)photo I31B7286_zps92f8fd73.jpg

Whian Rhian who came appropriately dressed for the theme that nightphoto I31B7288_zps63a08141.jpg

RJ and Vanessa Ledesma by the photo wall (Tim started out taking photos of people in clubs to get in once upon a time)photo I31B7289_zps07a600ba.jpg

Happy birthday Tim!

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René Lacoste invented the Polo in 1932, then called the L.12.12 Polo. Afterwhich he established the brand Lacoste. When I think of Lacoste, I think casual yet elegant clothing which ranges from perfume, shoes, bags, watches, eyewear and of course the ever famous polo.

I’ve always been a fan of the brand, the ease and effortless “unconventionally chic” clothing which I’d wear ever since I was in grade school or knew what personal style even was. Naturally, when I received the invite for Lacoste’s 80 Year anniversary, I had to make my way over to Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing to see what was happening for the special occasion.

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David Celdran was one of the hosts that evening, and explained a little about the history of the French brand and how tennis champion René Lacoste got his “Alligator” nickname from the American Press because of his tenacity in playing the game. We were then led through the different advertisements and historical photographs within the Lacoste world.photo L1090235_zps2cf8f373.jpg

Staying true to their roots, the Lacoste exhibit dominantly shows tennis, then the other sports such as golf and… is that a futuristic game of racquetball?photo L1090217_zps6b54c8eb.jpg

Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Bianca Valerio and David Celdran in full force.

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The photos really bring the Tournoi de Roland-Garros to mind.

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How exciting it must be to have been to watch the greats during that time.

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The exhibit also had different Crocodile types, this French flag one was definitely my favorite.

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Marqueed along the walls were historical dates and facts relating to Lacoste. 1973 marked the year that Glyceria Tantoco of Rustan’s signed an exclusive agreement with Bernard Lacoste, a son of the brand’s founder, René Lacoste bringing the iconic brand to our shores.

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The classic white polo, timeless and still so cool.

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All-over prints, collaborations (which include the one with Karl Lagerfeld among others) were very pretty and desirable, but alas, all not for sale.

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Store Specialists Inc.’s executive vice-president Anton Huang and Malu Francisco together with French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon.

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Group photo! I believe every one of us was wearing Lacoste, but Pepper Teehankee trumped us all with his Lacoste x MICHAEL STIPE / REM ‘Crowd - Red’ Visionaire 54 Polo!

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The newly opened store which also has a section of the more vibrant and out there designed pieces of Lacoste L!VE. But what I was really excited about was the Peter Saville collabs which I first saw in a closed boutique in New York during my last night, and I was to leave really early the next morning giving me absolutely no time to swing by and feed my obsession with anything Joy Division/New Order/Factory Records/Saville related! It’s fate, it’s here, and I have to have it!

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When I was in high school, I used to get my haircut at a no-frills barbershop across the street from where I played counter-strike. It was great, very convenient and not to mention a pittance for the quality of service one would receive when requesting the standard “barber’s cut”

I’d get the same old haircut, little off the top, clean the sides, the usual. It was really consistent, I was happy with that until I had a quasi-punk “rebellious” phase in college and decided that a faux-hawk was the way to go, then eventually an indeliberate off center mohawk which I had almost DIY’ed but gave up and asked the help of my older sister. Oi oi oi! (it was a fun thing to do, but wasn’t very versatile I soon learned. Barong and mohawk don’t mix!)

Fast forward to my being a model and getting exposed to different hairstyles and such, I then found Toni & Guy and have never left. Nelson Cruz (creative director) and who also happens to be a good friend of mine is incredibly talented. So why am I writing about a barbershop?

Well, hairsalons get the job done. But still don’t have that old-fashioned style service that one imagines The Rat Pack (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis among others) would have. The heated towels, big ol’ metal barber’s chairs, and like it or not a mixture of hair tonic/talcum powder smell. Blame it on nostalgia but I sometimes want to get my monthly trim at a traditional barbershop. Better judgement of course wins as I know that my finicky hair requirements demand more advanced techniques that kuya might not be skilled at.

Still. It’s a manly haven, an off-limits safezone from women when you don’t want to go shopping for bedsheets or scented candles. So when I was in Lower Haight in San Francisco, I had to check out this J.P. Kempt place when I saw it when my road manager Ben was checking out another store right next door. The place looked just like any traditional barbershop, but upon research using the ever trusty google I learned that they combine modern techniques to keep up with the times. 

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The shop’s proprietor was dubbed the “Rock and Roll Barber” by VH1 and the Village Voice, and “one of the best barbers in the country” by Esquire and Best Life magazines, Shorty Maniace is considered a leading expert in men’s grooming. - from their website. I wanted to get a haircut but alas, I only had ten minutes before I had to regroup and be shuttled off to dinner. So I figured I’d just check out their hair stuff (a few minutes of grooming goes a long way fellas)

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The place was well-stocked with various pomades, hairwax, aftershave, and shaving cream. I was looking for shaving cream.

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The gentleman who helped me out suggested Musgo Real shaving cream, which was decidedly old world. (Art of Shaving supposedly tries to mimic what Musgo Real is. Hmmm) I automatically bought the neutral yet demographically correct sales pitch and left the shop happy to have found such a place.

I’ll definitely be back, get a haircut and see what they can do. I wonder if they have a new and improved J.P. Kempt equivalent of gupit binata.

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When in San Francisco, check out

J.P. KEMPT BARBER & SOCIAL

Website: http://www.jpkempt.com/

351 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Book an appointment online
or call (415) 437-1300

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Berocca threw a really great party at Bonifacio Global City a few days back, reiterating the fact that one can really be on full blast despite hectic schedules with their delicious orange/citrussy effervescent tablet packed with B-vitamins + vitamin C + zinc amongst others. A slew of DJs took the crowd from relaxed cocktails to getting everyone pumped with their own brand of top 40 mixes and hip-hop mashups.

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Everybody looked fresh and ready to hit the dance floor.

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Wave 89.1 DJs Julia Quisumbing and Ron Poe

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These fellows need no introduction! Always great to see the trio out on the town!

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On full blast!

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Melissa Ricks and Jed Madela hanging out

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Dj Ron Poe, Sam YG and Slick Rick horsing around.

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Mico Palanca and Troy Montero

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These guys were dispensing water and Berocca in cups to keep everyone #OnFullBlast! ;-) no hangover tomorrow

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All of the lights!

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Such a great vibe from everyone that night, must be the Berocca yesss!

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They also gave out a bunch of prizes including an iPad Mini!

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Nightvision!

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Dani Castaño and Jay-R 

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Eri Neeman, Dimples Romana with her hubby and the awesome Berocca people!

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"Trust me and do what I say, I’m with the Party Crew - DJ Tina Ryan"

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Yehehes! Moment ni DJ Tonytoni!

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One year free Berocca! Super envious!

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The quartet one by one explaining why the ladies should go for them, kidding they were just talking about game mechanics!

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Divine, super competitive!

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Smiles all around!

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What a night! Pretty epic, and I love how the whole LED installation at Hyve was set to green to match the party host. Congratulations to Berocca Performance for a job well done, hassle free entrance into the club plus free-flowing drinks and refreshments. I feel kind of bad that this is the last of their party series, looking forward to next set! Complete attendance ako jan sigurado! Haha!

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