BURTON & DOROTHY PERKINS | Great British Style

I was invited to attend the launch of Burton which also coincided with the 10th anniversary of Dorothy Perkins in the Philippines. Not one to miss the opportunity to see what’s going on in the retail scene, I made my way over to SM Mega Fashion Hall to see what the new menswear store had to offer.

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Jacket on

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Celebrating my 20something | A Surprise Sofitel Party

Sofitel is a pretty special and memorable place for me. It’s like one of those places that no matter how many things change, it’s a place one can go to and have a good time or get some well needed R&R. Also, it’s where I used to go swimming occassionally when I was a kid, as well as hit golfballs lousily into the sea and pretend I knew the difference between a 9 iron and a driver. Like I said, good times. It was also the place where I attended this one of a kind reggae fest, and somehow ended up in the pool that same night! My good friends, Wyanet and Adrian also had their wedding reception here after tying the knot. Sofitel is also the place where I used to go for sunsets when contemplating the state of my lovelife then. Oh, and I also got very close to this amazing woman that same time 😉

Enough nostalgia!  Here are the photos from my “surprise” birthday party last June 6th
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Celebrating my 20something | A Surprise Sofitel Party

Celebrating my 20something | A Surprise Sofitel Party

Sofitel is a pretty special and memorable place for me. It’s like one of those places that no matter how many things change, it’s a place one can go and have a good time or get some well needed R&R. Also, it’s where I used to go swimming occassionally when I was a kid, as well as hit golfballs lousily into the sea and pretend I knew the difference between a 9 iron and a driver. Like I said, good…

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free time and posed cards

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Divine is one of those people that no matter how under the weather they feel, they’ll still go to work and be more bubbly and hyper than you could be, even after downing a few glasses of diet mtn dew.  Here is a little collage/postcard I put together on a rainy, under the weather kind of day when she proposed we take a few photos to test out a new flash I got.

I positioned the flash a few feet away from Divine, lower than eye level to remove any shadows that cause eyebags in the picture.  At first I was just supposed to take a few straight up photos and post them, but I opted to go the more personal route of making a collage since I believe they take a little more time to make and oftentimes have a scrapbook feel that makes one feel all warm inside.  Hope you like it!

PARIS ’11

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Paris is always so visually stimulating and the 10 degree weather was a few degress lower than refreshing.  But the mornings were great. Having croissants, coffee and fresh orange juice with the occasional celebrity spotting here and there (Kanye West, Karl Lagerfeld, Bradford Cox from Deerhunter and Atlas Sound).  Getting to our hotel was a breeze since everything was ironed out months before our trip, which was expected since Rajo, Divine and Malu are the most organized people I’ve come to know.  I often joke that they should put up a travel agency, or a liaison office.

I really wanted to go to the tourist spots and areas again despite mild protestations from the group.  I lightly defended that there are many good reasons why everyone flocks to Arc Du Triomphe, the Eiffel tower, Le Georges (Pompidou) Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, Place Concorde, etc.  Because aside from these places being synonymous with Paris and must-visits, they are also very picturesque and a great backdrop for portraits of you and your significant other or friends/family.  Eventually went to more places that were off the beaten track for some light shopping since I hardly shop when I travel, I’d rather taste new cuisine, take pictures and absorb the change of scenery.  But clothing store, Kitsune Maison along Rue de Richelieu always plays an exception to my flexible rule.  Though this trip I just got a pique polo and a compilation cd.  I guess I was just excited to take photos since the light during our stay was more than flattering.

I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures as much as I did taking them.  If you have questions for places to go in Paris, drop me a line in my (refer to CONTACT section).  I’d be more than willing to share local haunts and obscure African bbq chicken places where Snoop Dogg and Rihanna rave about.

birthday salubong

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Completely unexpected but I was really surprised and moved when Divine’s fierces (fierce followers) suddenly brought out a birthday cake in the middle of the club.  Being June 5, I really wasn’t expecting anything since I rarely celebrate birthday salubongs the night before.  I was completely oblivious to the floating cake amidst the party goers.

I’d like to say thank you first of all for the amazing gesture, and to applaud all of you whom have supported Divine and I through thick and thin (haha ang drama) and for being such amazing people.  Many people can attest (Robby Carmona included) to the enthusiasm, fun, support, love and life you bring to any party, and gathering.  I feel really lucky for having you guys there and on our side always.  -and for the super yummy truffle chocolate cake from the pen, it was super delicious!

Thank you!

@jenceepay @jvnoel @iheartjasmin @itsmejohnrufo @mallenamnam @alleysonlaurice @kagannedahan @ilavern @treyduenas @salgarciahife @dannalphonse @iamkrazykitty @femmpam @donskiekayv @rocynderella @yanipcee @divinecarmelo @jhoannebisyosa @fifi_abboudie @themeralko @alexavillano @yummylopez @sunshinesashimi @tin2xprettysexy @mommyheidz #Fierces

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in between shows

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Fashion week was a blur to say the least, getting to this show to that show, making sure cameras, phones are charged, finding time to eat, and all the while trying to absorb all the audio and visual stimuli brought by the directors, designers, djs, and the great crowd that attended and appreciated the creative process realized as clothes and shows.  Before the pile of pictures soon to come, here are a few quiet moments captured by yours truly.

Make Your Own Havaianas! | 50th Anniversary

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Since it was a reasonably leisurely day, I decided to have some merienda with D at Sango in Rockwell.   I have to admit that I’ve missed this quirky japanese burger joint, so much so that I may have over ordered.  

Okonomiyaki dog!  Just look at that katsuobushi on top that gives it just the right amount of umami flavor!  I also had a master cheeseburger but I scarfed that down before I remembered to take a picture.  Oh well, charge it to delicious!

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I made these.   Haha, not.

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Make your own Havaianas!  At this point I was already really excited to make my pair of slippers, but of course I was playing it cool.  So I briskly walked in (instead of full on charging the first available slipper technician?)

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Immediately everyone was served pomelo juice, piña coladas, wine, and various sodas (no, no diet mtn dew Lana) aside from the assorted h’orderves that the wait staff were hawking (for free of course).

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Bianca Roque up on stage

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live sand painting shown on a big led wall by Joseph The Artist of Talentadong Pinoy fame.

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Havaianas roulette

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amazing

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Raymond salutes you!

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music to set the festivity’s mood

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caption this.  amazing dexterity!

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confetti!  super stoked!

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hipstagraaam

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sidney probably asking for help with what color combination to get.  seriously, it’s hard when you’re given a choice of what colors and studs to get on your slippers.

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D with BJ Pascual (bjpascual.com)

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my “technician” was Sy, who was super helpful and patient with my odd request of letters.

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Yes, my creation will at last come to fruition!

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…right after these letters are attached

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and voila!  I give you my WAVVES x Havaianas “sky blue”/white combination!  In case you guys are wondering, Wavves is an American noise pop/surf punk band based in San Diego, California.  Alright, they’re an unofficial collaboration but I can at least tell my slippers apart when I hit the beach.  No crazy colors but I think it looks summery [sic].  Those little sunglasses are polarized raybans btw.  Heh…heh.. um ok.

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Congratulations Havaianas!

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“No Hope Kids” by Wavves (video) PARENTAL GUIDANCE


Boracay Weekend, day two/three?

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Boracay was a great trip, if you don’t believe me see the pictures below as well as my previous post with a video up.  Cannot wait to go back, but this time I think I’ll pack extra sunscreen and try not to get sunburned!  Good times!

Say cheese?

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Off The Squall

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Discovering the shores

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Huddle Formation at the Tides roofdeck

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The takeover!

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I’m not at the office right now, but just leave me an email and I’ll get back to you. 

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Summer shades

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Lids.ph

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Ultimate water beach volley championship league

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vilebrequin steez

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Beachy

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Sleepy

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What do you mean you can’t see the sailboat?

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♪ Baywatch theme ♫ (gratuitous)

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Tim striking a pose?

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Marc!

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Phosphor timepiece

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Sunset, we were about a hundred or so feet from the shore

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