mortality, mystery and feligree

Last Saturday Bea Ledesma and Ria Prieto launched their jewelry line dubbed Narra:  Mysterious and Migratory Jewelry.  The stingray like invite alone intrigued me enough to go.  Coupled with the all too attractive notion of handcrafted artisanaIly created finery, and not to mention the venue and time of the said event (I’ve grown fond of afternoon events lately as they don’t snowball into another night out)

twin skulls up top, these immediately caught my eye. and looking below, the display was perfect, expired corals lent a perfect backdrop for the well crafted pieces.

pieces are in 0.925 silver dipped in gold

Bones, shark jaws, fish fossils, skulls, shark teeth, there’s a very morbid feel to this collection, but perfectly balanced by the marriage and romanticization of the designs with precious metals.

I must say the bone cuff was a crowd favorite.  Most pieces are meant to be worn everyday, but do not look out of place at the slightest for a night out or a formal gathering.

Perfect weather and perfect venue.  The desserts from the Cake Club were splendid.

Sunny day-ers.

and of course one of the two designers herself.  Bea Ledesma.

Narra Jewelry is available at AC+632 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Do visit their facebook page also.

The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel
2/F Bonifacio High Street Central,
East Superblock 
30th St. cor.. 7th St.,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

ear to the street!

Urban Ears Tanto.  These minimalistically and well designed scandinavian headphones feature brushed aluminum accents and a matte painted metal adjustable headband, which go very well with the rubbery like plastic (reminds me of resin) that give the whole package a very quality feel.  Man, I just love any type of audio equipment!

great packaging

Since these portable headphones are also so sleekly designed, one will also notice that these do not completely seal off the wearers ear.  I find this perfect for our warm weather and for more prolonged usage.  As holistically as these headphones were designed, one may still easily easily discount, at first glance how well engineered they are.  I tested these with a bunch of songs including:

Safari Disco Club by Yelle

Bad Kids by The Black Lips


Love Out Of Lust by Lykke Li

I imagine the urban ears design team test their headphones with at least one Lykke Li song since the Swedes really seemed to love her last time I was there.  A taxi driver even started playing her then newly released album (Wounded Rhymes) on his iPhone (connected to car stereo) upon learning that I was a big fan of hers and recommended I check out Södermalm (also know as SoFo) which is the hip, trendy yet unique and charming area of Stockholm known for their boutiques, art galleries, and vintage stores.  Alright, going back.  I’d say the headphones are pretty well rounded and suitable for a number of genres, I highly recommend these for the casual and even avid listener.  

1 year premium warranty (which I imagine will come handy when you need to replace the foam from wear and tear) microphone and remote capability for cellphones, round braided cord for tangle free listening, super lightweight design.  all for Php 1,950

mazda cx-5

I’ve always been a fan of Mazda’s compact SUV offerings, especially the CX-7 and the more luxury geared CX-9 that senses the slightest hint of precipitation and deals with the situation accordingly, leather seats and a moonroof for when you need to gaze up and thank your lucky stars you’re behind the wheel of such a fine automobile.  But the main reason I dropped by the tent at the Fort the other day was to get a glimpse of Mazda’s new CX-5 in the flesh (or in the metal if you want to get technical, which I won’t with this blogpost since I am by no means an auto blogger, just a guy who digs trains, planes and automobiles not to mention the occasional cafe racer)

It wasn’t so hard to find, as it was obviously the star of the show.  Mazda had two CX-5s there, one in white and the other in blue that shocked me at first but eventually started to grow on me given the vehicles inclination to fun and sportiness.

Gwapo ng harapon bro.  I can just imagine walking up to this car in the parking lot, playing with the keys with a good feeling of self satisfaction. (though I wouldn’t need to stick the keys into the ignition since this model comes with an oh-so swabe push button start like that of Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and many other dreamcars)

HID headlamps, all the more to see you with. (or you to see with respectively)

Sharks fin? Jaws?  No, it’s an antenna reminiscent of many european cars.  Looks cool.

Interiors are sporty yet streamlined, a good mix of functionality, ease and eye candy.

Here’s the blue one, with the blue SKYACTIV engine.  The engine stays blue no matter what color you choose by the way.  I asked that silly question, and learned that I wasn’t the only one that did.  Heads up!

Passenger side.  I’m not sure if it’s my imagination, but the windshield seems to be a bit raked to give that illusion of more space.  I like that part, more breathing space and you don’t feel like your face is right in front of traffic.  It was a little dark inside so I went outside where they were having free testdrives, too bad I forgot my license back in my car.  And honestly, it was too hot out to brave the 38 degree weather.  Luckily the airconditioning was more than up to challenge, I had to increase the temp to 18 because I was actually feeling cold!  

Better light and me behind the wheel daydreaming.  Interiors are great, black, matte silver? and what I would describe as a beigy gray.

The center console with all the high tech auto climate control that lets you stay cool while your girlfriend can enjoy her own temperature zone.  

Radio looks legit and you can plug in your iPod via USB or any other music player/laptop thru a baby pl AUX socket thing.

Summer shades.  Now this was just gravy already.  All in all, it was an awesome experience checking out the cars.  The Mazda people were very helpful, not pushy at all and just happy to share whatever information they had about the models they had on display.

Not my picture, but from the net to show how clean the layout is.  No clutter, just well designed interiors.  Also fold flat seats in addition to the generous cargo space in the boot.

a 2.0 liter version of the SKYACTIVE-G will have 155 HP, 210 Nm of torque.  Loaded with HID headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, integrated audio system with USB for your iPod and Bluetooth!  Safety wise, it’s got six airbags, ABS, brake assist, stability control and traction control.

More info at:

azuthai at salcedo market!

Yesterday morning, I woke up extra early no thanks to a bad case of jetlag.  After exhausting instagram and numerous facebook and twitter refreshes I decided to go and get some sun to try and balance/fix my body clock while getting some nourishment at the same time.  So I decided to troop on over to the Salcedo market with the notion of getting some good pad thai for brunchfast (thanks Divine and Rajo for telling me that there would be a miracle of a food stall by the name of Azuthai at the Salcedo Market)  Heavily pictured post ahead.

Being a weekend, I drove myself all the way to Makati and surprised myself that there were parking slots still available near the market. (I may have circled the block twice or more though, the weekend traffic around the area is in a word blockbuster)

Having been to Salcedo Market only once or twice, I wasn’t entirely sure where everything was situated.  So I did the only right thing a guy would do.  Don’t ask for directions and just rely on your gut (mine was protesting already at this point)

azuthai, where art thou?

not here…

nor here.  but apparently the seafood’s really fresh according to one hawker.  fresh from where I asked?  laguna, batangas, thereabouts.  nice.  but still no pad thai.

flower power.

both taken with a grain of salt.  get it? (ha-ha) erm.  anyway.

at long last!  I found it! man instincts 1, hunger 5

green chicken curry and penang beef curry served to you with brown or white rice

bagoong rice and PAD THAI!

lechon kawa.. I think it’s called something else but it looked delicious!

some pomelo salad, fresh spring rolls, thai halo halo and thai iced tea!

I wasted no time and ordered my well deserved pad thai which I have to say was the best pad thai I’ve ever had.  Texture wise, and it just tasted so fresh and healthy.  But I’m not really a thai coinneosuer.  coueneiersur.  coinu… fan.  This dish prepared by chef J Gamboa completely changed my mind about the cuisine entirely.  It is now a notch higher than Russian cuisine on my list.

I ate under a tree and enjoyed the balmy weather of 95°which is about 35°yikes!  Still, my meal was very enjoyable, thanks to the food and great company (Hi Malu!) and of course it was a nice change of scenery.  After filling up I took a walk around and wondered if there was a rogue croquembouche or even creampuff to be found since I chanced upon a french food stall that had these enticing offerings.

eh.. no creampuffs.  oh well.

the ministry of mushrooms was also there, interesting display!

red hot chili peppers

sausage fest

some us rib eye, and wagyu (grade 6 according to a supplier)

and takoyaki! made me miss japan so much as well as the geisha gang.

cotton candy!

and that concludes my market day.  guys, you should check it out!  and drop by azuthai for some killer pad thai!

some canned info:

The Salcedo Community Market is located in the heart of Makati City. Situated on Salcedo Street, near the Makati Sports Club, Salcedo Market is one of the biggest weekend community markets in the Philippines. Every Saturday, over 100 vendors come together and bring a wide variety of produce including meat, cheese, fish, wine, milk and pastries.

It is an ideal place for a family day out and well worth the visit. The festive atmosphere, surrounding views and diversity of products available has made it a favorite weekend destination.

The Salcedo Market is open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.