Martyn Ashton’s “Bike Party” | Video

Having second thoughts about carbon bike frame strength? Check out this video and see how much abuse a good frame can withstand! An amazing display of handling skills, and major cojones!

The song in the video is the anthemic “Sometimes” by Sound of Guns which is a pretty good contrast to the more unorthodox riding style of Martyn Ashton.

Get out and ride!

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Berocca In Boracay | Beach Bound!

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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Assembling the kite and checking the wind, which took a little longer than expected! 

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Finally got the kite to fly! No, I am not gangnam-ing. Or am I? That’s Jim in the background.

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Achievement unlocked! Kiteflying +100 points haha!

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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? 

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Super gracious and grateful, he was so stoked that his efforts really paid off. Now you can relax! Party na!

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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!

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Thank you also to Discovery Shores for our awesome accommodations in Boracay! (official hotel sponsor)

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Appetite Wars! Showing tomorrow!

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

Casa Lapo | Architecture

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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 surrenderd 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.

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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.

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The open plan devoid of any structure illicits a calm and direct approach to the hideaway.

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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.

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The structure’s ability to take on different skins intrigued me, but figured it was expected that camouflage would be the first choice.

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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.’

– architect florent lesaulnier

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Amazing stuff.