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Official NBA store opens at Glorietta
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When the boys were born, my Dutch husband and his brother Victor were really hoping the kids would play football and play for the Netherlands team. But having been brought up in the Philippines, the boys naturally took up basketball instead. My son Markus was already dribbling a ball before he could even speak at 1.5 years old.

Our boys are extremely passionate about basketball, particularly the NBA.


Boys playing basketball in Tokyo

The boys shooting hoops with Japanese kids in Roppongi


So despite last night’s Friday traffic, I dropped everything to go to the VIP opening of the NBA store at Glorietta 3.

After the opening of NBA Cafe at SM Aura comes the NBA store, located where CPK used to be.

We’re talking about two floors and more than 1,000 square meters of retail space. This is the largest NBA store outside of the USA, which probably means our economy is good :)

The store carries authentic NBA merchandise from all 30 teams. You’ll find head-to-toe gear for all ages and great holiday gifts, starting with adorable kiddie clothes (for early conditioning)


NBA store opens in Glorietta

NBA store opens in Glorietta


Plush dolls


NBA store opens in Glorietta


A fun spot where guests can measure their hands and feet against famous basketball players’


NBA store opens in Glorietta

NBA store opens in Glorietta

NBA store opens in Glorietta


A place to order personalised jerseys


NBA store opens in Glorietta


Backpacks


NBA store opens in Glorietta


Graphic socks


NBA store opens in Glorietta


Shoes!!


NBA store opens in Glorietta


Caps


NBA store opens in Glorietta


Apparel


NBA store opens in Glorietta

NBA store opens in Glorietta

NBA store opens in Glorietta


and all kinds of signed memorabilia that are actually for sale!


NBA store opens in Glorietta


The store also carries products by Adidas, New Era, Spalding, Stance Socks, 2K Sports and many more.

As a mom of NBA fans, I could not contain my excitement. Let the hoarding begin.

The NBA Store is located at Glorietta 3, Ayala Centre, Makati.




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Typhoon Hagubit network readiness advisory from Smart/Sun network
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SMART & SUN mobile networks are prepared for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to make landfall this weekend.

Check out this Google Earth animation of the current storm threat to the eastern Philippines.



SMART and SUN are monitoring the typhoon’s movement, and plans are in place to maintain communication services and ensure speedy response and restoration should facilities be adversely affected.

Restoration equipment and personnel are already in the Visayas, Southern Luzon & Northern Mindanao regions. Their equipment includes generator sets and batteries that will support capacities of telecommunications equipment in the region, as well as equipment for free call and free charging services.

This will enable Smart-Sun to respond quickly to failures and community needs as they occur.

Rest assured that Smart & Sun are exerting all efforts to minimize, if not prevent, interruptions to vital telecommunications services that may be caused by typhoon Hagupit.


All mobile phone users are encouraged to:

1. Fully charge cell phone batteries.

2. In the event of power outages, conserve battery power. Make sensible use of voice calls. Text messaging uses less power.

3. Store emergency numbers in your cell phone, including family members, TV and radio stations, and relief agencies like the National Disaster Coordinating Council, local government units, local police, local chapter of the Philippine National Red Cross, etc. Keep a hard copy just in case.

4. Keep a battery-operated radio handy as well as spare batteries to stay up to date on evacuation warnings, storm and rescue developments, in case electric and communication facilities shut down.

5. Keep your cell phone dry and keep in protective plastic bag if necessary.




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Casa Artusi teaches pasta-making classes the Artusi way
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Italy’s premier culinary institution Casa Artusi recently held hands-on cooking classes at The Commissary, Whitespace, Makati last November 26 with restaurateur Margarita Forés and Casa Artusi executive chef Carla Brigliadori.

Traditional pasta shapes, basic pasta sauces, piadina and selected antipasto, lifted from Pellegrino Artusi’s bible of a cookbook Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well were taught to students, both young and old.


Casa Artusi in Manila

Casa Artusi in Manila

Casa Artusi in Manila

Casa Artusi in Manila

Photos: ANTHONY PRUDENCIO


Forés launched the very first offshore campus of the prestigious school in Manila back in 2012 and sets things back in motion this year. Apart from the classes, Forés and Brigliadori will prepare a special one-night only degustation on December 4, 2014.


Casa Artusi in Manila


These are just a taste of things to come from the Manila satellite branch as Fores holds more classes next year.

Casa Artusi Philippines would like to thank Qatar Airways, Fairmont Makati, Bacchus International, and the Department of Tourism for supporting this undertaking.




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Dotcomme.ph pop-up store at KISH this weekend!
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When I was younger I liked to dress in all colors of the rainbow.

When I got older and especially when I had my kids, I thought less about making a fashion statement and more about comfort and what is age appropriate.

Now that I’m in my 40s, I even care less about fashion. I still love fashion but I not everyday.

So most of my wardrobe now are no-color. I still to my blacks, navies, and 50 shades of grey, with the occasional red.

Funny that my inner circle shares this same sensibility. Whenever my friends and I would meet up, we all just seem to match, sometimes wearing the exact outfit, from grey T-shirt to Birkenstocks.

So one day, seasoned designer Patrice Diaz, and retailer/buyer Penny Ong and I decided to put up an online store that would offer the clothes we like to wear.

Since we’re still tweaking our website, we decided to offer our clothes initially at STYLE SESSIONS at KISH this December 6-7 from 1-7 PM only.

Here are just some of the pieces you can expect from our collection:


dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook

dotcomme.ph lookbook


Joining us at the event are German accessory brand LOUP NOIR, Filip + Inna, J Makitalo, and Maureen Disini.


Loup Noir

Loup Noir


Our stocks are very limited so please come early and bring cash.

KISH is at 233 N. Garcia Street, Bel-Air, Makati

For inquiries call 896-8366 • (917) 531-1681 or email info@kish.ph.


Follow us on Instagram @dotcomme.ph

Like us on Facebook.


To know more about Style Sessions, click HERE.


PHOTOS: Everywhere We Shoot

STYLIST: Melvin Mojica

HAIR AND MAKEUP: Apple Faraon for M.A.C

MODEL: Olga Zhukova / ELITE MODEL MANAGEMENT




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Scenes from Osaka
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We were there for less than 48 hours and still don’t know much about Osaka. But we’ll be back to take the boys to Universal Studios one day.

Meet the girl with the perfect hair. There so many girls with perfect hair in Japan, it’s unreal.

I love everything about this girl. To me, she looks perfect.


Osaka 2014


Zara Home in Japan is much better than Hong Kong. I ended up buying two stools in Tokyo. Show you when I get them. :)


Zara Home


The crossing near the Intercontinental Osaka


Osaka


Lunch at our family favourite, Barbacoa


Barbacoa Osaka


The bacon salad I made from the salad bar


Barbacoa Osaka


Our favourite churasco


Barbacoa Osaka


An old bookshop, I love


Osaka

Osaka


The store Jeroen will not enter


Osaka


Sexy mannequins in winter lingerie


sexy mannequins


Stylish eyeglass display


Osaka


Neymar, stop stalking me!


Osaka


Next time, will take the kids to Peko restaurant


Peko

Osaka


The only person that stopped me from taking a picture. I wasn’t even taking her picture but the chic girl behind her.

Very weird.


Osaka


I prefer Shakey’s in the Philippines. This one had a pizza and pasta buffet :)


Shakey's Osaka


Bumped into two readers at the outdoor mall. Nice to meet you two!


Osaka


A great crystal store. Please don’t judge me for buying amethyst!


Osaka


Quick stop at the Loft wasteland


Osaka


Here’s a place where you can buy a bowler or top hat, just like that


Osaka


Actus, a beautiful Swedish home store and coffee shop next to the Intercontinental


Osaka

Osaka

Osaka

Osaka


Dinner at a hole in the wall is a hit or miss. This one’s a miss :{


Heizo-Chicken

Heizo-Chicken

Heizo-Chicken


My Coke, his beer


Heizo-Chicken

Heizo-Chicken


Better luck next time :)


Heizo-Chicken




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How to take a train from Osaka to Tokyo
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It was our first time to visit Osaka, and didn’t know how to go to Tokyo by train. But Jeroen is a train expert. I let him take care of me whenever taking the train in Europe. And I love trains. I feel so relaxed and I love looking out the window. Trains feel like an adventure, unlike the airplane which feels like terror for me.


1) The first thing we did was ask the hotel concierge where to buy train tickets. We took a cab to the train station and bought the tickets. Then we asked where the platform was just to be sure. We were told that the actual train was at another station. So good thing we asked!


2) After checking out of our hotel, we met the Intercon’s GM, Mr. Jerome Palacoeur, who, upon seeing our luggage told us we could actually send the luggage ahead of us to Tokyo so we need not haul our stuff during the trip.

For instance, we could ask Intercontinental Osaka to send our luggage to Peninsula Tokyo for 1500 yen a piece. If we send the luggage before 5 PM, it will be at the Peninsula by 12 noon, 101% guaranteed.

So ideally we could just prepare one luggage with our essentials and then ship the rest.

Take note that we were traveling with three Rimowa trunks, two carryons, and a handbag (cause I can’t travel light). So next time, we will follow Mr. Palacoeur’s tip.


Osaka 2014


3) This is Japan, so the trains arrive and leave like clockwork. Make sure you are there 30 minutes before. Find your platform and look at your ticket to make sure you are waiting in front of the number of the car of your train. You only have a few seconds to board so make sure you are standing at the right spot.

Our 1 PM train left at exactly 1:01 PM.


Osaka 2014


4) The bullet train is extremely quiet. Japanese people don’t make noise and silence their phones in trains and buses. Respect!

If you’re willing to pay extra, get a reserved seat so you get to sit with your people for sure.


Osaka 2014


5) Japan is so beautiful. I loved seeing the hills covered in clouds and little town, it’s a quiet village…

I feel very safe with the bullet train and cannot wait to explore Hokkaido or Karuizawa with the kids next time :)


Osaka 2014


5) Although there are food and drink carts available on the train, try not to eat or drink anything because the toilet tends to get really smelly after a two hour ride. Promise.




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Winners: Cinemajam tickets this November 29
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November 29, 2014 is Cinemajam time at the Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong City.

A full day of outdoor activities like wall climbing, zip line, outdoor movies and a midnight concert await ten winners of two tickets each. Winners be contacted on how to claim their tickets.


Chosen via random.org are:

Reginald Uy

Dianne Carino

Rowena Antonio

Julian Corpus

Cristine Lopez

Monica Eunice Apostol

Lorraine Villanueva

Glenn Melford Gonzales

Marissa Bacsan

Poala Mercado


They can enjoy outdoor movies like Letters to Juliet and Now You See Me, and a concert features Franco, Urbandub, Imago, Itchyworms, Cheats, Chocolate Factory, Autotelic, Group Hug, Pedicab and Banda ni Kleggy.


Cinemajam 2014 lineup


To know more about Cinemajam 2014, go to http://cinemajam.ph/

Or follow Cinemajam 2014 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @cinemajam2014


CinemaJam 2014 is made possible by C-Interactive, Greenfield District Central Park, Myx, the Official Music Channel, Cinema One, Police, Toby’s, Medicard Philippines, Grab Taxi, the Official Sponsor Ride of Cinemajam 2014, Play FM, and WhenInManila.com.




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Music meets fashion at "Live in Levi's" customisation shops
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Got Levi’s?

Old or new, here’s a chance to make your Levi’s jeans and apparel one of a kind, as Levis invites you to its Live in Levis Customization Shops at select malls in Metro Manila this November and December.


Levi's


Meet and greet Levi’s celebrity ambassadors and performers as they share their own Live in Levi’s stories.

To avail of free customisation, purchase a minimum of Php 3,000 worth of regular items (single receipt) at select Original Levi’s stores and department stores in the Greater Manila Area.

The first leg happens at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Atrium on November 28, 2014 with musical guests Barbie Almalbis and True Faith’s Medwin Marfil.

On November 30, 2014, Up Dharma Down and Wolfgang’s Basti Artadi will be there to entertain customers.

My creation

Clockwise from left: Barbie Almalbis, Basti Artadi, Medwin Marfil, Up Dharma Down


“The Live In Levi’s Customization Shop is a great opportunity to have your Levi’s jeans customised just for for you. It’s also a chance to share with us your Live in Levi’s stories,” said Kaths Laudit, Levi’s Philippines Marketing Lead.


Levi's


The second leg of the Levi’s Customization Shop will be held on December 12 to 14, 2014 at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Popular bands, disc jockeys and, and celebrity ambassadors be there to entertain the crowd.

To know more, like them on Facebook or go to http://www.levi.com.ph/ph/.




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First stop: InterContinental Osaka
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Jeroen and I take our honeymoon a couple of times a year, usually on Valentine’s or our wedding anniversary.

Most of the time it’s in Tokyo because I’m Japanese inside. This time, however, Jeroen wanted to see Osaka.

Some of our Japanese friends, Chiyo and Kimachi are from Osaka, and my Galang cousins love to hit Osaka for their #Osakain tours.

Chiyo Tagami suggested we stay at the InterContinental Hotel, instead of the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, which has scary bathrooms, according to Trip Advisor. I’m so glad I listed to her. This place is heaven! For me, a beautiful hotel room is a vacation in itself.

This way to InterContinental Osaka


Intercontinental Osaka


Have no idea where this goes, but I lovett


Intercontinental Osaka


This tree at the lobby would be perfect for our house


Intercontinental Osaka


This is our room. I want to marry this room!


InterContinental Osaka


Jeroen is snoring softly as I type this. He loves this bed.

Behind the glass is the bathroom with optional sliding doors. Thank God because I hate exposed bathrooms


Intercontinental Osaka


This way to the bathroom from the main entrance and a real door. The Japanese toilet has automatic flush, which we both love.


Intercontinental Osaka


The sink has a slightly elevated sink—usually a pet peeve—but I’m OK with this. Cause it’s so damn clean!!


Intercontinental Osaka


Packaging is everything


InterContinental Osaka


Here’s the bath area


Intercontinental Osaka

Intercontinental Osaka


and the toiletries


InterContinental Osaka


The toiletries multiply by the day, I tell you


Intercontinental Osaka


Outside is the very stylish pantry


Intercontinental Osaka


which opens to a coffee station and chiller


Intercontinental Osaka


Hello Nespresso!


Intercontinental Osaka


What’s inside the chiller


Intercontinental Osaka


Here’s the desk with the signature stone feature


Intercontinental Osaka


This shot is for my cousin RJ


Intercontinental Osaka


and what’s behind the stone chuchu


Intercontinental Osaka


Finally, the walk-in closet with automatic lights


Intercontinental Osaka


It has an iron and board for the O.C.


Intercontinental Osaka

Intercontinental Osaka


Plus lots of hangers. Okay, I always overpack because sayang ang winter clothes!!


Intercontinental Osaka


P.S. Thank you for the wine, Mr. Jerome Palacoeur. We lovett!!


Intercontinental Osaka

Intercontinental Osaka


We love this place. And the wifi rocks. Next time we’ll bring the kids :)


Intercontinental Osaka


http://www.icosaka.com




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Baby steps: Checking in NAIA Terminal 3
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It’s my first time to check in at NAIA Terminal 3.

Jeroen and I were on our way to Japan for our 14th wedding anniversary. From Pasig, Terminal 3 is faster to go to than Terminal 1. Terminal 3 is so spacious


NAIA Terminal 3


We checked in three pieces of Rimowa trunks at Cathay Pacific.


NAIA Terminal 3


Bearer of Philippine passports still have to fill out a departure card (not Jeroen).


NAIA Terminal 3


No line at Immigration!!


NAIA Terminal 3


Compare to the nightmare that was NAIA 1


NAIA chaos


There’s a shoe shine section waiting for customers


NAIA Terminal 3


Tons of seats that that are not disgusting


NAIA Terminal 3


Compare to NAIA 1


NAIA


Here’s the thing: there’s still nothing to eat. Just dried mangoes everywhere.


NAIA Terminal 3


This is not Mann Hann by the way. I wish it were. Very wrong!!


NAIA Terminal 3


The food at the business class lounge doesn’t look edible


NAIA Terminal 3


So no, there is nothing to eat at Terminal 3


NAIA Terminal 3


I would’ve eaten Krispy Kreme, but it was blocked by glass and barricades. No access for me.


NAIA Terminal 3


They do sell Maltesers Teasers


NAIA Terminal 3


And Birkenstocks (can’t eat those)


NAIA Terminal 3


and cute baggage tags. Got three


NAIA Terminal 3


Here’s the best part of all: an odorless, squeaky clean toilet at the airline lounge. THANK YOU LORD!!!!

My stomach + my ass thanks you!!


NAIA Terminal 3


Here’s what Terminal 3 needs to improve on:

1) Aircon. Hang inet!!

2) Lighting. Darkness + white lighting = depression.

3) Decent food choices with global-friendly brands.

4) Embargo on too many kinds of dried mango and polvoron. So boring.

5) Scenting. Seriously. Shameless plug: http://aom.ph


Other than that, we’re on our way. Baby steps.

As Field of Dreams said, “If you build it, they will come.”

One day, NAIA Terminal 1 will become world class. We hope.


NAIA Terminal 3




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