Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Having opened five stores in the country since its grand launch last October 2014, H&M Hennes & Mauritz Inc. continues with its rapid Philippine expansion, as it prepares for the opening of its 6th store in SM City Fairview tomorrow, August 6th.

The over 2,400-square meter location will be a full concept store, carrying ladieswear, menswear, kids and HOME. The store opening will coincide with the Fall season, which continues to take nostalgic inspiration from the 70's but with a modern minimalist twist. H&M will also continue to feature its Garment Collecting initiative in this store, where customers can donate their used clothes and get a discount voucher to use for their next purchase at H&M.

Those shopping on the opening day will get exciting offers: a Php5,000 Gift Card for the first person in line and Php2,500 Gift Cards each for the second and third. The first 200 shoppers will also get gift cards in varying amounts ranging from Php200 to Php1,000, and a free tote bag, while the next 300 in line will walk away with a free umbrella. A special treat also awaits stylish shoppers --10 of the most fashionable people spotted in line before opening will be selected and given Php2,500 Gift Cards each. For all other shoppers, a storewide 20% discount on regular-priced items will be offered from 11am-1pm, and selected items will be on 40-50% off.

"We are thrilled to be the next fashion destination in the northern part of Manila. After the success of our first 5 stores in the city, we are excited to cater to even more fashion-conscious customers with the opening of our 6th store in Fairview. Founded by our business idea of offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, everyone will always have something at H&M," said Frederick Famm, Country Manager for South East Asia.

The store will open from 11am-12mn on August 6th, and regular operating hours from 10am-9pm will resume thereafter.


Good news to sneaker heads and fans of shoe brands like adidas, Puma, New Balance, Gourmet, and Clae far down south! Sneakpeek is opening its 7th store at Solenad 3 Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna tomorrow, August 6!
I'm wearing Clae in case you're looking for the "connect" of the title and this post.


My younger brother skates.

Don't wonder if you bumped into me at the DC 'Trase Yours' art exhibit last week. Even with differing interests (me and my brother), I still make it a point to somehow find something we can talk about in agreement. We don't argue. He won't win any arguments with me in the first place. Shoes, regardless if it's for skateboarding or not, is our common ground. I'm sure he'd love to see the designs that was on exhibit last July 29, 2015 at A Space, Makati.

The DC Shoes South East Asia TRASE YOURS Design competition called out to all artists, creators, and designers from each participating county including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines to submit their original custom design for the new DC Trase shoes, which features a vulcanized low profile silhouette and clean upper design - making it perfect for applying almost any artwork.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning and the pages of a newly bought book (I still buy the real thing). These are nirvana in my list of little things that make me happy. I seldom get to do both at the same time just because I don't usually drink coffee while reading a book. It's my inner neat freak talking. But if it's somebody else's book we are talking about, especially if the owners encourage you to do so, then I'm game! Hehe.

Now you can do both at the latest themed cafĂ© to open in Quezon City.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


One of the highlights, if not the ultimate highlight, of my blogging career is being signed up as one of Smart's digital ambassadors. This is also a perfect case of things coming full circle given that my first infomercial back when I was still pursuing a modeling career was for Smart Padala.

All those who know me, personally and online, expect me to push for all Smart-related promotions and activities because that's part of my responsibilities as a Smart family member. That's what I signed up for. But more than the people's expectations, I'm the type of person who will push for something I personally believe in. I believe in living the #SmartLife.

And this is how I'm enjoying it!

I don't like long travels. I also don't like getting stuck in traffic (who does?). Aside from easily getting bored, I don't like the idea of not being productive always. If I can get away by being productive while sleeping, that would be ideal. But that's impossible. Productivity for me doesn't necessarily mean being actually productive in the "work" sense of things. Being able to finish a book that I started reading some four months ago --that's also productivity in my vocabulary. Or catching up on my favorite TV series minus the comforts of home. Now, I get to do that with iflix. Especially when I'm stuck in traffic. How's that for entertainment everywhere?
iflix is a video-on-demand service that lets you watch movies and TV shows for only Php99/month (special price for PLDT/Smart subscribers). You can link up to five devices to your account, letting you experience entertainment in multiple platforms wherever you are. Visit to know more.

Speaking of traffic, how do you cope up with it? I remember saying this at one of my talks, "EDSA traffic is like our parents. We can't do anything about it." But I outsmart it with Waze. I'm not saying that the app is the perfect solution to this long-standing problem of Manila but it helps me spare a few minutes to get to an event a little earlier and probably ample time to park without getting late to an appointment. That is, if I'm the one who's driving. Well, you get the idea. That's convenience everywhere.

If you're following me on Instagram, I'm sure you've witnessed my travel exploits. Little did people know that I was also running half of my company while abusing the #ThePRGuyGoesTo hashtag. I was able to multi-task between jumping from one tourist spot to another to giving the thumbs up to the campaign layouts that was sent to me on Viber. At a recent product launch that my company organized, I and my team were able to visually update each other with the weather status and traffic conditions during our setup seamlessly using the app. Peace of mind everywhere. That's what I'm enjoying lately as someone who runs a company and a personal blog site at the same time.

And then there's the #SmartFreeIG where Smart Prepaid and Postpaid subscribers can now browse feed and upload photos and videos without data charges for free on Instagram. When used responsibly, #SmartFreeIG can be a very helpful and creative tool in updating the world with relevant updates on current events and what-not. But that deserves a different post.

Are you ready to live the #SmartLife?

Visit to know more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I made the mistake of not bringing enough summer-appropriate clothes during my recent trip to Hong Kong. I didn't expect it to be that hot knowing that summer has just ended here in our country. I assumed that things are going to be the same with the two countries having no time difference and all but yeah, I was wrong. Good thing I was able to squeeze in my baggage (on top of other million things) my Cushe 'Foreshore' flip-flops. At least I was able to experience summer in Hong Kong on this short visit to the Pui O beach in Lantau Island, the right way.
Foreshore features Cushe Soft which places the foot directly onto the sole unit, negating the need for removable insocks. This construction has the added benefit of being wholly good for you with zero degree decrease in heel to height, resulting in a completely balanced sole.

What's the "right way" you ask? Comfort, for sure. Shades, tank top, shorts, and sunblock are just 75% of the comfort you might need while walking on a sweltering day on the beach. You also need a good pair of flip-flops to protect you from the hot sand and uneven terrain. Regular flip-flops won't do the trick, I tell you.

Anyway, here's a little glimpse of the beach, which was just a good 10-minute walk from where I stayed.

If you have Superman's eyes, you'll see people trying to learn how to surf.

That's all I can share for now. See you again soon.
Cushe 'Foreshore' retails at Php1,590 and is available at the following COALITION Stores: Eastwood Mall | Newport Mall | Festival Supermall | Shoppesville Greenhills | Powerplant Mall | Fairview Terraces | UP Town Center

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


The big screen...

...and even our McDonald's Happy Meal!
Chatting Bob | Egyptian Hula Minion
Groovy Stuart | Guard Minion | Guitar Strumming Stuart
The Minions are everywhere!
Lava Shooting Kevin | Marching Minion Soldier
Martial Arts Minion | Minion Caveman | Minion Vampire
Have you seen the movie? No? Yes? But you still wanna see it again? Here's an idea: Instead of the usual popcorn and soda, why don't you grab McDonald's limited edition Minions Combo for your movie snack? How's that for an awesome Minions Movie experience?
Banana Crumble McFlurry | Banana McFlurry with Oreo
Honey Banana McFloat | Minions McDip

Minions BFF Fries 'N McFloat Combo Php165 | Minions BFF Fries 'N McFlurry Combo Php225
Minions Medium Fries N' McFloat Combo Php65 | Minions Medium Fries N' McFlurry Combo Php95
Head over to McDonald's to see the Minions Movie come to life! Bring the entire family or barkada and find a Minion treat for everyone. Minions Happy Meal and limited-edition menu offers are all available in McDonald's stores nationwide.

Share your love for the Minions at McDonald's via the official Facebook fan page or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny McDo moments on Twitter or Instagram. #MinionsAtMcDo