#BlackIsTheNewClean | Colgate Total Charcoal Deep Clean


Charcoal is black, teeth are white. Two questions are raised in my mind. How does it make your teeth whiter since the concept seems so counter-intuitive? And what other possible benefits can I get with this new product from Colgate?

Here’s a snippet from good ol’ wikipedia

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, activated coal, or carbo activatus, is a form of carbon processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.[1] Activated is sometimes substituted with active.

Due to its high degree of microporosity, just one gram of activated carbon has a surface area in excess of 500 m2, as determined by gas adsorption. An activation level sufficient for useful application may be attained solely from high surface area; however, further chemical treatment often enhances adsorption properties.

This microporosity and surface area in just a minute amount of charcoal is more than a football field! I now realize the logic behind how it can remove toxins and stains from your teeth resulting in whiter teeth! Benefits from a substantial amount of toxins and bacteria being expunged from your mouth are stated on the the professional looking tube of toothpaste, to protect from cavities, plaque, sensitivity, tartar, staining, bad breath, et cetera.


On top of the aesthetic quality of whiter teeth and social appeal of fresh breath, removing bacteria also contributes largely to better mouth health. Now I know why #BlackIsTheNewClean.



A Decidedly Men’s Store in High Street Central | GENERAL


Linen Jacket by Uniqlo, Linen Shirt, COS Trousers, Massimo Dutti driving shoes, American Apparel Belt, Vintage 1973 Seiko Watch. (mirror shot. I really need an intern!)


GENERAL!  A decidedly Men’s store, one of the few in Manila. I was invited over to check out the new collection of Lyle & Scott, being on a holiday and fond of the brand, I decided to make the visit. The moment you step into the GENERAL store, a feeling of quality is felt. The polished concrete floors, geometric tiles, oxblood chesterfield couch all lend an air that is very british and longstanding.


I particularly liked the window display as it was travel themed and had an informed explorer feel to it as opposed to a glossy, well-heeled yet out of place checklist traveller.


I love Harrington jackets, they have always been quintessentially british to me. The red one is perfect for people looking to incorporate (a lot) more color into their wardrobes.


I take a long time looking and selecting clothes, thinking of how to incorporate into my existing closet, if the stitches are clean, if the material is natural or synthetic, and the walang kamatayang “is this a good investment?”


Trying things on, I opened the curtain just for the photo of course! This is an older piece, but fits really well, felt like Steve McQueen until the moment I took it off.


No fail oxford shirt, with some nice details that make it unique.


Of course a discussion about the different brands available in the store, top of my head I remember Lyle & Scott, Penfield, Johnston & Murphy, SWIMS, Clae, Herschel, Hedgren, Boxfresh and Reyn Spooner. Well established brands that are identifiable for us guys and with rich brand histories. GENERAL is a good store to check out if you’re looking for new styles or upgrades to your existing favorites.






Your Top Blogs | Nuffnang Country Manager’s Dinner

I31B0057Ritz, ang blurry ng photo mo! Haha, black and white nga lang. The one right next to me is Abe, Country Manager for Nuffnang Philippines! Usually in Geekynights he’s the tech guru and Mr. Yugatech, or plain ol’ Abe but that night he was hotshot bigwig mode haha!

Nuffnang is the world’s leading blog advertising community which connects brands with bloggers, as well as strengthens ties and relationships between other bloggers as well. It’s like a big summer camp with lots of talented folk, wherein everyone has their own expertise or speciality. You have style and fashion bloggers, tech bloggers, food bloggers, fitness bloggers, et cetera. It’s a great mix of interesting characters! Interaction is usually more online than offline (irl) so it was great to hang out and share ideas and of course eat, drink and be merry at the Nuffnang Country Manager’s Dinner which happened at Vyne at Bonifacio Global City.


A flurry of drinks and cocktails were served.


Together with a 9-course meal!


I am sure the food bloggers’ photos are way better! Our table couldn’t resist the food long enough to shoot it!


Developing opinions on the food served.


I am easily pleased, burger burger burger!


On to the awards! Project queen (person with most projects) this year was Jackie Go!


Highest …hair was David Guison! Haha just kidding bro!


I was a runner-up in that category as well! Okay ba?


Other awards were given that night as well as King of Projects, as well as top hits! But more importantly, we had a name that tune game which I was sure I’d win.


Impromptu hosting courtesy of Nyko.




The party was divided into teams, one team per table!


The Soshal Network with their best guesses cracked everyone up!


I had a chance to win but I messed up Britney Spears’ song title, apparently it’s “…Baby One More Time” and not “Hit Me Baby One More time” Grrrr… sayang! It’s ok, I’m not pikon. Honest!


Congrats.                                        Haha!


My running discussion buddy, Jinoe Gavan of Takbo.ph!


Photobooth pictures were also on the agenda!


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Overprepared | Bloggers United 8


H&M for Brick Lane Bikes Jacket, Ohio State Deadstock Tee, Cheap Monday Pants, Saucony Shadow 5000

Bloggers United 8 was fun! A little rushed since I had to make my way back home again to pack relief goods, but fun. I think I must’ve listened to the internet too much about the weather as I came too prepared wearing a rain jacket to overcast conditions. I knew I had to take a photo as evidence! Haha, thanks Divine for taking the photo. Pwede na.


Lots of great pieces from very informed and stylish people! Hi JP!


Cotton candy! Was tempted but opted for some “real” food instead.


I liked how Sbarro was here this year! Like I said, real food! Pizza is a major food group.


Divine and Dani


Divine and friends!



Will have to stay longer next time! Congratulations Bloggers United, we did it!



Seeing A Band Live Is A Great Way To Spend A Wednesday Night | CHVRCHES


artwork by: Rob Cham http://robcham.me/


I don’t remember which band I’ve seen perform live last, it always used to be a sort of checklist or a matter of updating the list I have on songkick.com. When the announcement was made (when I saw the news on Instagram) I knew I had to see CHVRCHES! I had only seen them once before, during Coachella early this year but the stage was ultra packed and I could only get so near. Music festivals are great, but going to a venue for the sole purpose of seeing one band perform live has its advantages as everyone is really there just to see them, and you’re more likely to get a better spot relatively up front. The energy of the crowd is very enthusiastic and infectious, half of which with phones up trying to perpetuate their performance. Met some fans who lined up as early as 3PM, talk about dedication! I had a great time, they sound very electro live and have a bit more edge and attitude. Whatever is in the water in Glasgow works, as so many notable music acts have emerged from there.

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Amazing night, congratulations to such an extraordinary show Vybe Productions, SM Accessories and should I say Laneway Productions? Perhaps Manila is ready for its very own Laneway Festival as well. Excited for the coming year!

A Luxury Within Reach | BDO Autoloan


I, like millions of Filipinos have commuted my way around the metropolis and even to some provinces!  In high school, my friends and classmates all had their rides, which I didnt really envy since I didnt really have to be anywhere important at that time. Plus, I didnt have to worry about gas money or parking! This mindset of mine went well on until college, wherein I still took both the MRT and the LRT to get to DLSU everyday. The everyday commute, eventually got me dreaming about a car. To tell you honestly, the yearning for a set of wheels was inevitable. I was tired. Tired of having to deal with cramped riding spaces, the rush hour lines, and patting myself down for stored value cards. Id had enough! True, the savings made with choosing to take public transportation could prompt one to reconsider the big decision of purchasing a vehicle, but Id like to believe that as a person moves up in life, their time becomes even more valuable to themselves and to others. Time is a definite luxury and the ability to choose what to do with it is worth more than gold. A car gives an individual the opportunity to manage time.


A car is independence. It is freedom. The liberation from queuing up at a taxi lane, and the ability to act when an emergency (heaven forbid) should happen. One can also expect to be as safe in a car as they can be within their own home. These conveniences, luxuries coupled with safety, are yet more pros to add to the numerous benefits to owning a car. If you have read this far, Im sure youve already weighed the pros and cons of ownership.


Still, factoring in the downpayment, the monthly amortisation and all other expenses, including maintenance can seem very daunting especially to first-timer buyers. Besides the usual worries, there is also that doubt if your loan will be approved or not! See, it makes no difference if youre a college student or an accomplished businessman, that worry will always be present. Before, one would have to wait a week or two, or even longer to find out the decision. Nowadays however, it can be within 24 hours be it a loan for a brand new or used car! This type of convenience and efficient service given to borrowers is a refreshing change and is one of the many things why I appreciate BDO Auto Loan. Flexible terms are also given importance and can be tailored to your lifestyle and budget, with a minimum downpayment of 20% (brand new) or 30% (for used cars) one can be sure to drive off with a great deal. If you are also feeling more confident and/or want to lower your amortisation, you can simply increase your initial cash out.

So lets have a quick rundown.

Flexible payment terms that fit your budget, check!

Option for both brand new and used cars, check!

Fast loan processing. Approval within 24 hours, check!

Lower amortisation with increased initial cash out, check!

Payment convenience, check!

One other neat thing is that you can earn BDO Rewards Points with your BDO Auto Loan which can be redeemed at any SM Department store for items of your choice. Now hows that for sweetening the deal.

End of the day, some luxuries seem too lofty, extravagant and hard to reach. But I believe that BDO offers luxury within reach. To finally wake up in the morning, head to your garage and to start up the engine of the car you’ve always wanted and be filled with that feeling of confidence that you can go anywhere and anyplace.

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