Tim Yap “Upwards” Birthday Party | 71 Gramercy

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!

 

Nix and Charms!photo I31B7074_zps59013da6.jpg

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

Upwards!photo I31B7083_zps645cff66.jpg

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!

 

Tim Yap “Upwards” Birthday Party | 71 Gramercy

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!

Nix and Charms!photo I31B7074_zps59013da6.jpg

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

photo I31B7071_zpse35ef7ee.jpg

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

Princess, Trish and Charms!photo I31B7077_zps38e6152a.jpg

Upwards!photo I31B7083_zps645cff66.jpg

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!

Look Like A French Tennis Champ | Lacoste @ 80

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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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photo savillelacoste_zps201ff566.jpgphoto L1090164_zps3c7e956c.jpgphoto L1090158_zps9b426dd7.jpg

Look Like A French Tennis Champ | Lacoste @ 80

photo LACOSTE_zpsbc16ce98.jpg

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.

photo L1090169_zps9f1060e9.jpg

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.

photo L1090229_zps27e9454b.jpg

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

photo L1090216_zps6f14ce6b.jpg

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

photo L1090215_zpsdb254010.jpg

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

photo L1090203_zps375e3661.jpg

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.

photo L1090199_zps5c13c137.jpg

The classic white polo, timeless and still so cool.

photo L1090192_zps4569a05b.jpg

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

photo L1090182_zpsa2a3554a.jpgphoto L1090165_zps176758dd.jpg

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

photo L1090222_zps4a5118e8.jpg

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!

photo L1090233_zps6f20a2c7.jpgphoto L1090241_zps43329c39.jpg

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!

photo L1090240_zps10ad4266.jpg

photo savillelacoste_zps201ff566.jpgphoto L1090164_zps3c7e956c.jpgphoto L1090158_zps9b426dd7.jpg

Sunsoaked | January Jonesing For The Beach

photo sunsoaked_zps9d3fef34.jpgAfter spending a chilly early December in New York, I was so excited to be back and definitely ready to enjoy the tropical weather again. No more thermals, no more scarves! Here’s what I wore during on one of the days of my island excursion!photo I31B6752_zps03a12c4f.jpg

Shirt by GUESS | Shorts by Cotton On | Shoes by Native | Diver’s Watch

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I like wearing long sleeved shirts at the beach because 1) I don’t like wearing sunscreen because it feels greasy 2) I never liked wearing sandos to lunch and 3) it lets me keep my cool better than when wearing the aforementioned (even a tee so long as the right fabric and color is chosen). Paired with beachscape shorts so I don’t look like such a square!

photo I31B6768_zps8e6d9f55.jpgI really like this shirt from Guess, it’s got screenprinted stripes done on very breathable material. Perfect for the sunny weather!

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Sunsoaked | January Jonesing For The Beach

photo sunsoaked_zps9d3fef34.jpgAfter spending a chilly early December in New York, I was so excited to be back and definitely ready to enjoy the tropical weather again. No more thermals, no more scarves! Here’s what I wore during on one of the days of my island excursion!photo I31B6752_zps03a12c4f.jpg

Shirt by GUESS | Shorts by Cotton On | Shoes by Native | Diver’s Watch

photo I31B6765_zpseb4274c1.jpg

I like wearing long sleeved shirts at the beach because 1) I don’t like wearing sunscreen because it feels greasy 2) I never liked wearing sandos to lunch and 3) it lets me keep my cool better than when wearing the aforementioned (even a tee so long as the right fabric and color is chosen). Paired with beachscape shorts so I don’t look like such a square!

photo I31B6768_zps8e6d9f55.jpgI really like this shirt from Guess, it’s got screenprinted stripes done on very breathable material. Perfect for the sunny weather!

photo I31B6761_zps56666a95.jpg

Grooming | J.P. Kempt in Lower Haight, SF

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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

New Year’s Eve at 71 Gramercy!

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New Year! New beginnings and a renewed enthusiasm for a better year to come! Celebrated the end of a year and the start of a new one in the highest restaurant and sky lounge in the country! Dubbed 71 Gramercy, the New York style club is atop the highest skyscraper in Manila.

It was an awesome experience to see the fireworks all around us while counting down the New Year! Took some photos to remember it all!

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Sparklers and champagne, and seeing people who have been so busy this year! Excellent party! The fellows behind 71 Gramercy are the same people behind Opus and Prive (Erik Cua, Tim Yap, Louie Ysmael, GP Reyes, Carlo Miguel) + Euric Lumanog (DJ Euric), Fabinho Ide, Carlo Trillo (Fiamma), Raj Sadhwani (Distillery / Draft / Imperial) and Raymond Gutierrez.

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