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H&M Home opens in Manila
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And just like that H&M home opened at Robinsons Magnolia. I did not expect it at all.

Last week I even asked my friend Rem to buy me H&M Home stuff in New York, where most of the stuff I wanted were sold out. So Rem only got two items for me.

Then I found out H&M Home was opening at Robinsons Magnolia today.

I am not a morning person but I woke up early and was there to take pictures before it opened to the public at 11 AM.

Here’s what I saw: Christmas items, like throw pillows, napkins, sacks and ornaments


H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home


Tabletop and party ware


H&M Home

H&M Home


Beddings


H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home


Cushion covers and inserts


H&M Home

H&M Home


Bath towels and rugs


H&M Home


Gift boxes and gift cards


H&M Home


And many other gift items, just in time for Christmas


H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home


The H&M Home concept is part of a two-level 3,000-square-meter H&M store at Robinsons Magnolia.

H&M’s second location in Manila, Philippines carries the brand’s full assortment for women, men, teenagers and children, as well as H&M Sport and Mama.

To know more about H&M Home and what to expect, click HERE.




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Giveaway: Win free tickets to #cinemajam2014 #makeastatement
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November is perfect for a night out under starry skies.

Treat yourself and special someone to a midnight concert, outdoor movies, zip line, and wall climbing on November 29, as Cinemajam 2014 happens at Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong City.

Movies lined up are Letters to Juliet and Now You See Me, and concert features Franco, Urbandub, Imago, Itchyworms, Cheats, Chocolate Factory, Autotelic, Group Hug, Pedicab and Banda ni Kleggy.


Cinemajam 2014 lineup


Here’s how to win 2 tickets FREE to Cinemajam 2014:

1) You must have Twitter or Facebook account.

2) Share this entry by clicking on Twitter or Facebook button at the end of this post.

3) Like Cinemajam on Facebook or follow @cinemajam2014 on Twitter.

4) Register HERE until November 25, 2014 only.

5) Ten winners of two tickets each will be selected via electronic raffle.

6) Winners will be announced on this blog and contacted on how to claim tickets.


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




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Get ready for Cinemajam 2014
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Great music, blockbuster movies under starry skies, exciting outdoor activities, and other surprises all come together at Cinemajam 2014 on November 29, 2014 at the Greenfield District Central Park in Mandaluyong City.

Now on its second year, Cinemajam 2014 has fun activities lined up, including a zip line and wall climbing in the daytime, followed by outdoor movie screenings of Letters to Juliet and Now You See Me.


Now You See Me Letters to Juliet


A midnight jam finale will feature popular bands like Franco, Urbandub, Imago, Itchyworms, Cheats, Chocolate Factory, Autotelic, Group Hug, Pedicab and Banda ni Kleggy.


Franco

Franco


Urbandub

Urbandub


Pedicab

Pedicab


Imago

Imago


Presented by Crizal Traditions lenses, “Cinemajam 2014 aims to promote good eyesight and positivity through a celebration of arts, music, and camaraderie, along with the launch of our latest product Crizal Transitions Signature Green,” said Jinky Navo, marketing manager of Essilor in the Philippines.



CinemaJam 2014 also supports the humanitarian organization World Vision.

“We are very excited to help the beneficiaries of World Vision and we hope to touch more lives in the upcoming years,” said Dra. Emelita Roleda, general manager of Essilor, the exclusive distributor of Crizal Transitions.


Be part of Cinemajam 2014 on November 29, 2014 at the Greenfield District Central Park, Mandaluyong City.

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or go to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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

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.


Up next: How to win free tickets to this event!




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Looking for a couch? Furninova is a couch potato's heaven
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I never really knew the importance of a couch until we owned our own home.

A couch is the centerpiece of one’s living room and the rest of the pieces—from the coffee table, rugs, paintings, accessories—usually follow.

When we moved into our own house in 2003, we didn’t have a lot of choices in Manila.

A few years ago I was shocked at the prices of couches being offered in Manila’s better showrooms—who knew Filipinos could drop 1-2 million for a couch?


For those who are renovating, upgrading or starting a new home, luckily there’s Furninova, a Swedish furniture brand that specialises in couches, with prices ranging from Php 70,000 to 200,000.

“Before we brought in Furninova, there were no great mid-range couch brands in the Philippines,” said Joseph Tay, managing director of Dot Mobel Corp., which distributes Furninova in the country.


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Joseph first discovered Furninova in Singapore, when he sat on a couch at a furniture store.

Impressed, he asked where it was made and found out that Furninova couches have a defect rate of .3%, which spoke volumes about the brand’s quality.


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I learned out about Furninova’s showroom through Instagram while we were looking for a dining table.

I am simply amazed how a showroom located at the second floor of Hemady Square in Quezon City, is doing brisk business despite its unusual location.

Clients are mostly young but upwardly mobile couples who live in houses are smaller than their parents’.


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“They want couches they can sit on comfortably. They want something sturdy that their kids can jump and play on, yet attractive and stylish for their guests. They can’t afford the million-peso couches, so they come here and are amazed that Furninova has pieces that fit their requirements,” said interior decorator Dana Uy, business partner of Joseph and his wife Stenie Coyuito.


Dana Uy, Stenie Coyuito & Joseph Tay

(L-R: Dana Uy, Stenie Coyuito and her husband Joseph Tay)


At Furninova, customers can choose from any of their 500 fabric and leather swatches for their modular sofas. Furninova Philippines also employs interior decorators who help customers choose the right sizes of sofas and furniture for their homes.

Dana Uy, for one, is studying interior design at the Philippine School of Interior Design. She also designed the layout of the store.


Furninova swatches

Furninova swatches

You’ll go crazy with the swatches


For couch potatoes, Furninova is heaven. Every couch has options for bolsters. Some have pockets on the side for remote controls, magazines, or iPads. You can choose couches with trays for drinks.

Furninova couches all have solid frames and solid foam, not just scraps put together. Comfort level is very high, and each couch is built to last a lifetime.


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“We’re a service-oriented store. Our customers love our personalized service. Despite opening without a formal launch in March 2014, we’ve had a lot of referrals and repeat customers. Because we don’t just sell sofas and other furniture, we will look at your floor plan or your house, and suggest what will work,” said Joseph.


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The showroom also offers pieces from other brands like Conform, Oliver B and Woodpoint.

See for yourself at the 2nd level, Hemady Square, 86 Dona Hemady Street, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.

For more information, call 975-4470.

http://www.furninova.com




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A date with Sergio Mendes in Manila
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I believe that parents shape the taste of their children. Not all of it, but some of it.

The music, I got from my dad.

I have fond memories of my dad in his music room with the hi-fi stereo and the huge headphones he would put on the ears of my siblings and I. And we heard the happy music of the Carpenters and Sergio Mendes.



Sergio Mendes give me warm, fuzzy memories of childhood and growing up in the ’70s. I have never stopped loving his songs.

So when I heard he was coming to Manila, I really couldn’t miss the chance and booked the tickets online a week before. The moment wouldn’t be complete without my best friend Jeroen who appreciates the music too.


Jeroen van Straten


Traffic was a killer on Saturday so Jer and I left the house at 7 and reached the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7:45 PM.

Cubao still has a wonderful ’70s vibe that’s so festive in the holiday season. I can’t remember seeing a Christmas tree this big, up close, ever.


Christmas in Cubao


Jeroen and I were so thrilled to see senior citizens all around, some of them with white hair and holding hands. So adorable.

We found our seats at the fifth row. At first we thought the place would be empty—the VIP section right in front of us certainly was.

Veteran jazz singer Jacqui Magno opened the show. Sadly she sang with a low-tech minus-one recording instead of a live band.

She can’t hit the high notes anymore, had to sit in the middle of her set, and apologized for taking sips of water in between songs.

The audience didn’t seem to mind though and I certainly didn’t because she just added to that nostalgic vibe I was craving. She felt like an auntie singing at a family reunion.


Jacqui Magno


After Jacqui’s set, there was a 15-minute intermission. Jer and I looked for something to eat (sadly, not much choice at the coliseum). When we came back at 9 PM, the VIP area was already full.

Sergio Mendes came out in his signature Panama hat and yellow shirt.


Sergio Mendes in Manila


Just wow!


Sergio Mendes in Manila


He had three singers, including his wife Graciha Leporace (at left) and two amazing younger singers


Sergio Mendes in Manila


“They sound exactly like the CD,” Jeroen noted.

Visually I was thinking I wish I could style them. What would I make them wear?

They sounded amazing though. Shot me right back to my father’s headphones.

The concert also featured Sergio Mendes singer Joe Pizzulo, who is known for the hit song, Never Gonna Let You Go.


Sergio Mendes in Manila


I could imagine the senior women finding him hot


Sergio Mendes in Manila


Joe Pizzulo certainly aged well. Look at him in 1984



At one point Sergio paused to acknowledge the presence of his good friend, Mr. Jorge Araneta, whose family owns the Araneta complex in Cubao. He also mentioned the presence of President Aquino who was seated at Lower Box with cabinet members and security guards.

That certainly added excitement to the evening. And yes, we saw him dance!


President Aquino and friends


It was amazing to hear my favourite songs, like Pretty World, Goin’ Out of My Head, Look of Love, Girl From Ipanema, live and in person.

How I wish Sergio could live on and on, and how I wish I could pass the music to my boys.

I’d like to thank Jeroen for coming with me and photographer Magic Liwanag of Ovation Production for sharing the photos. Thank you Dad, and thank you Sergio Mendes for the music.


Sergio Mendes in Vienne, France, earlier this 2014




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Christmas finds and how to make your own Christmas basket from SM
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I’ve always been a Megamall girl, even when it wasn’t chic to go there.

I was there when it opened in June 1991, as part of the media tour (I was a reporter at Daily Globe at that time).

I got to know the mall very well when I took a job at Flashcards at SM Megamall-A, which my sister used to own. It was in SM Megamall where I got to try Chicken Joy for the first time, early ’90s.

I have so many memories there and people would get shocked when I tell them I go to Megamall. Even more shocked that I know my way around.

But times have changed and SM Megamall just became the coolest mall in town, with the very first H&M store in the Philippines, the first Tim Ho Wan, and Crate & Barrel opening soon.

It house a three-storey Uniqlo and a huge Zara, apart from the skating rink, IMAX theater, and Director’s Cut Cinema on the 5th level. SM Megamall is simply the place to be.

Just the other day I spent a couple of hours at SM Department Store in search Christmas items and materials for three Christmas baskets I wanted to make.

I started at the basement of SM Department store and spotted this giant red Christmas ball (Php 430)


SM department store


This wreath hanger (Php 250) I could’ve used four years ago when Fiori di M gave me this unique wreath


SM department store

FC-12 (P1750)


As a lover of Candy Crush, I’ve got my eye on these Christmas ornaments (Php 300-350 each)


SM department store

SM department store


Here’s a very popular gift everyone appreciates: SM gift cards at Php 500, 1000 or 2000 each


SM department store


Tons of boxes and gift bags


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SM department store

SM department store

SM department store


Gift labels and money envelopes


SM department store

SM department store


Here’s what I ended up getting (for now): three small canvas caddies at Php 380 each


Making the Christmas basket


I went up to the first level to the candy section and went nuts choosing what goes in the basket


Making the Christmas basket


Okay I went overboard


Making the Christmas basket


I took these home and arranged them on the floor


Making the Christmas basket

Making the Christmas basket


I found three giant plastic bags I’ve been keeping (cause I’m a hoarder like that)


Making the Christmas basket


Put this in


Making the Christmas basket


Put the goodies in


Making the Christmas basket


Taped it, ribboned, and cut the plastic jaggedly


Making the Christmas basket

Making the Christmas basket


Et voila! Can’t wait to give these to the people in the office I have to thank. No need to wait for Christmas :)


Making the Christmas basket




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H&M Home to open at Robinsons Magnolia
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Last July 2014, Pottery Barn opened at Central Square, The Fort.

Crate & Barrel is opening on November 20 at SM Fashion Hall, and I’ve heard that Zara Home is coming soon.

On the home front, we are getting spoiled in Manila!

But price-wise and design-wise, I really like H&M Home, which I’ve been to only in Amsterdam.

I find it frustrating to look at the online store and not be able to buy anything.

This was H&M Home in Amsterdam last year.


H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home


And just like that, the H&M Home concept will be coming to Manila on November 20, 2014, as H&M opens its second location at Robinsons Magnolia. The two-level 3,000-square-meter location will carry the brand’s full assortment for women, men, teenagers and children, as well as H&M Sport and Mama. It will be the first to offer H&M Home in the Philippines.

Have a look at what you can expect this holiday season!


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H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home

H&M Home


Those shopping on opening day will get exclusive opening deals, such as free umbrellas and magazines for the first 500 shoppers. Tote bags and gift cards worth P200 to P2,000 each will be given to the first 150 shoppers, and the first one in line will get a gift card worth P5,000.

Store hours on November 20th will be from 11 AM to midnight, while regular store hours (10 AM to 10 PM) will resume on November 21.

See you there!




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What's new: Dover Street Market Ginza right now
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Jeroen and I take a special honeymoon trip every November 25th, usually in Tokyo, and this year marks our 14th wedding anniversary. So in a couple of weeks Jeroen and I will be in layers and cold weather.

Jeroen and I get a long because he lets me be me. He’ll wake up early, find a cool place to eat and be back when I wake up. On my shopping day he’ll rent a bike from Muji at Yurakucho and go to places I’ll never see.


Here’s one place he’d rather not see —Dover Street Market in Ginza. :)

It’s one of three CDG stops for me, namely:

1) Comme des Garçons flagship in Aoyama

2) Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Omotesando

3) Dover Street Market in Ginza.


Have a look at what’s in store right now as Simone Rocha x J Brand launches today


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Louis Vuitton ‘The Icon and The Iconoclasts’


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noir lei ninomiya by Rei Kawakubo’s protegee and former patternmaker, Kei Ninomiya


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Comme des Garçons x 2


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Comme des Garçons Tricot


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Comme des Garçons Shirt (Girl)


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Comme des Garçons Homme


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Eye can’t wait.

http://ginza.doverstreetmarket.com/




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Watsons goes nationwide in three-day sale
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Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I’ve started in small batches, but am no where near completion.

Sometimes I’ll buy a bunch of gift items that are cute and affordable and just keep them in stock because you’ll never know who you might forget.

Watsons is great source for buying little gifts for friends, classmates, officemates, Kris Kringle or stocking stuffers.

And this weekend is a good time to start Christmas shopping as Watsons (including SM department store’s Beauty Section) goes on nationwide sale from November 14-16, 2014.


Watsons 3-day sale


Here are just some of the gift items you’ll see in Watsons stores now:

Buy three for Php 399 boxed bath and beauty sets


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Watsons 3-day sale


Or buy one for Php 149


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Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale


Body lotions and skin conditioner sets


Watsons 3-day sale


Buy three for Php 279 or Php 99/piece


Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale


Christmas caps and stockings


Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale


One Direction makeup kits at Php 675


One Direction makeup kits

One Direction makeup kits


Php 1475


One Direction makeup kits

One Direction makeup kits


and a three-tier One Direction Tour Case at Php 2699


One Direction makeup kits

One Direction makeup kits

One Direction makeup kits


Affordable makeup tools


Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale


and more premium boxed sets at affordable prices


Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale

Watsons 3-day sale


More deals and additional discounts will be given if you shop from November 14-16 at all Watsons stores nationwide.


Watsons sale


http://www.watsons.com.ph/




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Perks and offers for Smart iPhone 6 customers
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Smart Communications, Inc. has announced its pricing offers for postpaid subscriber interested in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as the new phones become available on November 14, 2014.

The iPhone 6 (16GB) is offered, starting at Smart Postpaid Plan 999, with Php 800 monthly cash-out or a total of P1,799 per month.

The iPhone 6 Plus (16GB) starts at Plan 999 with P1,050 cash-out every month, or P2,049 per month.

Both iPhone offers come with FREE all-net texts, all-net calls plus consumable data every month which can be used for video and music streaming, file uploads, and downloads, and chatting.


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Wipeout promo

Existing subscribers who want to upgrade to the new iPhones can do so with Smart’s Wipeout promo, which allows them to “wipe out” their existing contracts as long as they have less than 20 months left on their contracts.

Corresponding discounts on the wipeout fee will be applied, depending on the number of remaining months in the contract.

Every subscriber that avails of the wipeout promo can get FREE 1-year handset insurance on their new iPhones for repair and replacement of the units in case of accidental damage or loss.

For more information, go to smart.com.ph/wipeout.


Free Uber rides for Smart customers

Subscribers who want to check out or claim their new iPhones can get free rides to and from selected Smart Stores from November 14 to 16, 2014.

All you have to do is download the Uber app on your phones, book a ride, and enter the SMARTIPHONE6 promo code to get the ride for free. Upon arriving at the store, look for the special lane so you can get your device on the same day.


Choose your number

For a limited time period, postpaid subscribers getting a new iPhone will be able to choose their own mobile number, if available (first-come, first-serve), when you sign up at any Smart store nationwide.


Free Blink movies

As an added treat, each subscriber to any iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Smart will get three FREE movies through Blink, a new mobile app that allows you to watch Hollywood movies and TV shows on your mobile phones.

Subscribers can purchase additional movies by texting BLINK 60 (catalog movies), BLINK 99 (latest movies) or BLINK 250 (unlimited TV series) to 3161.

To enjoy the videos, download the BLINK app from the App Store.


For the full list of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans and cash-out options from SMART, please refer to the table below:


Smart Postpaid Plans

Smart Infinity Plans


http://www.smart.com.ph




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