March 17, 2018

Rex Smith Broadway and Beyond Concert at Newport Performing Arts

Ralph's invite for Rex Smith Broadway and Beyond Concert at Newport Performing Arts was not in my to do list last Thursday. But how can I say no to 2 complimentary VIP tickets to watch an icon?

I wanted to originally bring my husband for this concert but decided it would be a great bonding/date night with my youngest son since he is into music and singing.

Aside from the great performance from Rex Smith and the band and other singers, I'm thankful and happy to have met wonderful people, namely Mr. Kingson Sian, President and CEO of Resorts World, and Ma'am Lolit Avila Lim - Letaba and her family.

Thanks Ralph and Michelle for this invite!

About Rex Smith

Rex Smith (born September 19, 1955, Jacksonville, Florida) is an American actor and singer. Smith made his acting debut in the Broadway play Grease in 1978. He is noted for his role as Jesse Mach in the 1985 television series Street Hawk, as well as being the first actor to play the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil in live action as well, also being a singer and stage actor. During the late 1970s, Smith was popular as a teen idol. He was featured regularly in 16 Magazine and Tiger Beat. He also had a gold Top 10 single, "You Take My Breath Away" in 1979. In the early 1970s, Smith was the lead singer for a band from Athens, Georgia named Phaedra. Smith next sang vocals in a hard rock band called Rex.

In 1979, he had a hit single from the television movie Sooner or Later, entitled "You Take My Breath Away", which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is on the platinum-selling album Sooner or Later, which is also named for the movie. The music for this song was written by Stephen J. Lawrence and the lyrics were written by Bruce Hart. For many years, it was a staple on the play lists of FM radio stations with a soft rock or "lite" format.

In 1981, Smith hit the top 40 again with a remake of "Everlasting Love", in a duet with singer Rachel Sweet. Peaking at No. 32, the song is Smith's last charting hit to date. The song also became Smith's only hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 35. His latest album was released in 2000 and entitled Simply...Rex. It was re-released in 2006 and re-titled You Take My Breath Away.

(Source: Wikipedia)

March 16, 2018

Centuria Medical Makati

I frequent this area within Century City whenever our friends, Arcayena Family, is in the Philippines for vacation because they live within the area. It was a big surprise for me to see Centuria Medical Makati  because I have not seen it there before.  Thanks to Mommy Dons for the invite, I now have other options for medical, as well as aesthetic needs.

Centuria Medical Makati is a one‐stop, outpatient medical-IT facility located at the heart of Century City, Makati. It houses highly‐credentialed medical, wellness and alternative medicine practitioners; as well as ancillary and allied paramedical service providers. 

Services include, Ambulance Transfer Service will be coordinated with neighboring tertiary hospitals through the leading ambulance service provider in Metro Manila, delivering comprehensive critical care service through fully-equipped mobile units with highly-trained and appropriate staff.

The facility’s Concierge Care is a complimentary service available to all patients and guests, and designed to address non-clinical needs. From transportation to information requests and room services, our guest relations team has patient satisfaction as their priority.

Centuria Medical Makati, as a PEZA-accredited building, will be equipped with an electronically- integrated interface and will have the latest technological provisions such as fiber optic cabling and internet telephony

The facility is outfitted with the latest closed circuit television and recording technology (CCTV) at key areas which are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They offer compliant disposal of medical wastes, sharps, hazardous wastes, and pharmaceuticals with DENR-accredited partners. Their policies and procedures assure the use of techniques that will prevent the contamination of waste materials.

They have complimentary service available to all patients and guests, and designed to address non-clinical needs. From transportation to information requests and room services, our guest relations team has patient satisfaction as their priority.

Guest Suites
Exclusive and luxurious hotel-style suites are available for patients who wish to spend extra time to recover from their medical procedures. All rooms are private and fully-furnished in order to create a unique healing environment for patients. Aftercare services include around-the-clock assistance, and choice recovery meals.

Pharmaceutical services will be provided by the largest and most comprehensive 24-hour drugstore in the country. They will offer an array of quality and affordable prescription and non-prescription drugs, personal care products, as well as general merchandise. The pharmacy will be easily accessible and will be in continuous coordination with Centuria Medical’s healthcare providers to ensure a safe and timely delivery of medicines and supplies. 

Centuria Medical Makati brings first-class and personalized health care programs that will optimize the overall wellbeing of its patients. Patients are provided with comprehensive health and fitness assessments that will evaluate their health status, and ultimately improve their quality of life.

The center will put into focus the promotive and preventive aspects of health by increasing awareness among patients, encouraging positive behavioral changes and supporting that platform by offering the best possible environment.

Taking into consideration a patient’s unique medical history and physical examination, basic wellness and screening packages will be tailored to fit each individual’s personal health and wellness needs.

Asian Breast Center

The breast center is a specialty clinic that prides itself as a fully equipped, one-stop specialty unit for the management of conditions of the breast. The clinic provides a holistic, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to breast care, which includes prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Services offered by the center include those for early breast cancer treatment, diagnostic modalities and supportive care:

Early Breast Cancer Treatment

Medical Oncology
Radiation Oncology
Minor Breast Surgeries
Breast Reconstruction
Diagnostic Modalities
Digital Mammography
Breast Ultrasound
Scintigraphy and Biopsy (Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Core Needle Biopsy, Excision Biopsy, Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy, Image-Guided Biopsy)

Contact: (+63) 2 793 8635;

Schedule: Monday to Saturday; 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Peregrine Eye and Laser Institute

The Eye and Laser Center in Centuria Medical Makati is a comprehensive ophthalmic diagnostic facility, providing world-class eye care and cutting edge technology in the field of visual medicine. The expertise of its internationally trained and renowned consultant staff is complementary to its mission to provide excellent patient care through the following services:

Comprehensive Eye Examination
Glaucoma Treatment
Cataract Treatment
Laser Refractive Surgery
Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Neuro-Ophthalmology Treatment
Uveitis Treatment
Pediatric Eye Care
Vitreo Retina Management

Exclusive and luxurious hotel-style suites are available for patients who wish to spend extra time to recover from their medical procedures. All rooms are private and fully-furnished in order to create a unique healing environment for patients. Aftercare services include around-the-clock assistance, and choice recovery meals.

Upon the direction of attending physicians, private duty nurses are available on request.

HP is a pioneer in the laboratory and diagnostic industry, providing precise and top quality healthcare for patients through advanced technology and unsurpassed service at affordable prices. The facility will be furnished with state-of-the-art computerized equipment, which allow highly-trained, licensed medical professionals to conduct integrated and fully automated diagnostic examinations.

Contact: (+63) 2 793 8623;

Schedule: Monday to Saturday; 7:30AM to 4:30PM

Keeping to its promise of globality, Centuria Medical Makati (CMM) guarantees a wide array of clinical care centers that cater to each and every patient’s medical need. The centers at CMM include:

The Urgent Care Clinic is a dedicated 24-hour primary center that focuses on the provision of ambulatory care for those whose injuries and illnesses are serious, but not gravely so as to require an emergency hospital visit. Patients receive prompt and personalized attention from the clinic’s team of urgent care specialists and competent caregivers.

Services provided by the clinic include but are not limited to the following:

Initial Treatment of Minor Conditions (such as cough and colds, headaches, fever, abdominal pain, dizziness etc.)
Basic Wound Care for Less Sever Bumps, Cuts and Abrasions
Routine Vaccination and Immunization
Occupational Health Concerns
Preventive Screening of Lifestyle Diseases
Annual Physical Examinations
Referral to Specialist Care

Schedule: Monday to Sunday 24/7

The Surgery Center

The outpatient day surgical center is a modern and cutting-edge facility that aims to provide a more convenient alternative to traditional surgery, including those for diagnostic and preventive procedures. The center is furnished with comfortable operating rooms and advanced medical equipment which aids in the delivery of operating surgical procedures across a wide range of specialties, including:

Cosmetic Surgery ( Facial Enhancements, Scar Removals and Repair, Hair Replacement, Body Contouring)
Dermatology (Skin Rejuvenation, Laser Treatments,  Microdermabrasion)
ENT-HNS (Polyp Removal, Hearing Aid Placement)
Gastroenterology (Outpatient Bariatric Surgery, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy)
General Surgery (Cyst Removal, Biopsies, Fistula Repairs)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Cleft Lip repairs, Breast Reconstruction, Flap Procedures)
OB-GYN (Colposcopy, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic  Techniques)
Ophthalmology (LASIK, Cataract Surgery)
Orthopedics (Bone Fixations and Reductions)
Urology (ESWL, Catheter Placement)
Procedures will be done by highly-skilled, board certified surgeons that work in tandem with a team of anesthesiologists, internists, psychiatrists, nutritionist and other allied medical professionals to ensure the best possible results for patients in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment.

Contact: (+63) 2 793 8717;
Schedule: Monday to Saturday; 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Century City Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St.,
 Brgy, Makati, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 793 8606

March 15, 2018

House Bill No. 1035

Gabi gabi na lang sa tuwing sasapit and ala-diyes, aarangkada na ang ang aming kapitbahay.  Kakanta ng todo lakas, yung para bang wala ng bukas. Ilan pa kayang "When I dream about you" birit ang gagawin ng neighbor ko? Hindi ko maintindihan kung gaano kalaki ang problema nya sa buhay kaya gusto nya lahat ng kapitbahay ay madamay sa hinaing nya. 

Kaya masaya ako when I heard from the radio news about Quezon 4th District Rep. Angelina Tan proposed bill, under House Bill No. 1035 – “An Act Prohibiting the use of Videoke/Karaoke systems and Other Sound Amplifying Equipment that Cause Unnecessary Disturbance to the Public within the Residential Areas, and Providing Penalties Therefor” – the operation of such equipment audible within 50 feet distance from the source should be considered as evidence." 

Sana lang talagang the end is near para sa mga kapitbahay na walang pakundangang late-night videoke sessions.  Ang wish ko lang sana gawin nilang 1 million ang multa instead of 1 thousand. Kasi, dahil may kaya ang kapitbahay ko, peanut lang sa kanya ang 1 thousand. 

Sa totoo lang, nahihiya na din akong tumawag at mangulit sa aming Kapitan para ireklamo ang ingay ng kapitbahay.  Ngunit, talagang namang napakasakit sa tenga ng ingay na nagmumula sa kanila. Mabuti na lang likas na mabait ang aming kapitan at walang kinikilingan kundi pati sya irereklamo kay President Duterte. Hehehehe. Joke lang.

The scope of House Bill No. 1035:

Rep.Tan wants individuals and business establishments to use sound-producing devices from 8 am to 10 pm in a bid to reduce noise pollution in the country.

Should HB 1035 be passed into law, it would penalize first-time violators with a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months.

Succeeding offenses by business establishments would lead to the revocation of their license to operate.

If the violation is committed by a corporation, partnership, association, or other similar entity, HB 1035 would make the president, general manager, or the most senior officer of the company responsible.

Ruby Palma, volunteer from Friends of the Environment in Negros Oriental suggested five points to be added to Tan’s bill, namely, designation of areas where videoke/karaoke and similar equipment would be allowed, requirement of structural sound-proofing, setting maximum sound volume level, setting maximum time use for private and home use of equipment monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the law’s implementation.

Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. also suggested the specific decibel level to be allowed under the bill.

March 13, 2018

Flush Out Juice

I bought the shirt I'm wearing in this photo last September 2017. I plan to use it for a black and white events last November but I gained weight so it was hidden in the closet for five months.

Last week for Asus and ColorGram Event, I finally had the chance to wear this "X" shirt and my super tight (skinny) Gap Jeans!

My secret for achieving a flatter tummy? Flush Out Juice which you can buy at Lucky Cow Shop, 
Mobile Number: +63917-838-1337, or email at, 
Website is 

Flush Out Juice comes in a box with 10 sachets. It is by Sakusesu and iBasic. Flush out is best people suffering from constipation, irregular bowel movement, obese/overweight, or plainly for colon cleansing.  

What is Flush Out and what does it do for you?

Flush Out juice is a Prebiotics and Probiotics supplement that cleanses your colon. Your tummy would be smaller because all those "dirt" inside your colon is flushed out.

Dieting and slimming is faster with a clean colon. Most of the users of Flush Out, their target is to lose weight. And Flush Out is an effective way of losing weight.

A clean colon makes your body do better at absorbing the food nutriets you eat, making you healthier. This also means that taking supplements is at best when you cleanse your body. When taking other supplements to recover from a health problem, the supplement acts faster in a clean colon.

It'll only take a few sachets for you to feel the difference.  I mostly drink whenever I ate so much because it help release all the toxins from the unhealthy foods I eat.

How to take  Flush Out Juice?

Dissolve in a glass of water, cold or room temperature. Drink immediately. I take this at night as my midnight snack it fills my hungry tummy as I write articles for this blog, edit and upload videos in Youtube, and chat with my friends in Facebook.

March 12, 2018


I have been complaining to my husband the pain I have been experiencing starting from left scapula going down to my ribs.  It was timely when Jay De Jesus called and introduced TimeOut, her colleague's spa in Makati.

Upon entrance to the door, we were greeted with a warm and cute smile from Kris. I checked out their menu of massages and was really happy their prices is actually super affordable. I chose the 2-hour LomiLomi Massage.

For those who aren't familiar with lomilomi massage, it is a traditional Native Hawaiian massage called lomi, which  means "to knead, to rub, or soothe; to work in and out.  It is best known for its long, flowing strokes to promote harmony.

Long story short, going out for a LomiLomi Massage at TimeOut is the best decision I made that day because it relieved me from that pain on my back.

Timeout may not be as big as the other spa but they definitely make it up with the best massage service.  I know this for sure because my husband is a critic when it comes to massage. He'd rather stay home and let me rub his body because more often than not he'll say, "mas magaling ka pa Babe mag massage". At Timeout, John had a different story to tell at Jampacked Lifestyle. He liked the Sports Massage offered by the therapist because of the  right amount of pressure needed by his active body.

Just don't take my word, call TimeOut for an appointment at 0906-5028818. They are located at Unit 401, Melbourne Residences , Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

"Taking some time out for relaxation is vital to help your
 mind and body  switch off from the pressures of life".
 -Joy Mendiola
March 12, 2018

March 11, 2018

Iya Villania and Primo for Bambini Baby Cologne

Bambini Baby Cologne is introduced in 2016. Today, at Glorietta Activity Center, Cosmetique Asia Corporation continuously develops and innovated products to address the needs of its consumers by introducing their Brand Ambassadors, Iya Villania and her son Primo.

The event had fun-filled activities for all guests and shoppers.

March 10, 2018

Shopwise Home Wise Moms

Shopwise and Mommy Mundo partnered for a series of events called the Shopwise Home Wise Moms. I wasn't able to join the other talks but surely happy to be at Shopwise Araneta Center earlier today.

The event featured a cooking demo of new recipes as well as empowering mom talks by co-blogger Richelle Rivera about life-hacks that can help Home Wise moms become more efficient on their day to day errands.

March 9, 2018

Women’s Month celebration at SM Supermalls

March 8 is International Women's Day and I celebrated it at SM MOA for World of  Women at SM for the launch of their Women’s Month Celebration at SM Supermalls.

The event was graced by Miss World Maegan Young, the executives of SM, guests, media and shoppers. A fashion show was held to showcase the latest trends carried by SM.

This season, SM Supermalls and SM WOMAN invite mallgoers to an extra special Women’s Month with SM’s World of Women celebration in 68 malls nationwide. Announced at a media launch in SM Mall of Asia, SM unboxes fun and exciting activities to thank and empower all women to shop and enjoy great deals on their favorite items!

Fun events this month include the much-awaited Women’s Sale on all Wednesdays of March, where ladies can get up to 70% off on exclusive deals and fabulous finds every week of the month. While beauty junkies can go on a beauty spree for discounts and bundles on beauty must-haves, ladies can also indulge in pampering promos from beauty and wellness stores. There is also the Ladies’ Wellness Camp for tips and hacks from style gurus on wellness, nutrition, and fitness.

What’s new this season is the digital promo of SM Supermalls for everyone who wants to make a mark in the wonderful #WorldofWomenAtSM! In collaboration with renowned photographer Niccolo Cosme of Headshot Clinic, this project celebrates empowered females who have made a difference in the lives of Filipinos through their chosen advocacies.

SM Supermalls is on the lookout for beautiful, strong, confident, fierce, and driven women who believe, support, and empower other women, standing tall amidst all challenges that come their way. Women from all ages, sizes, shapes, background, and profession are encouraged to join this women empowerment movement for a chance to win stunning prizes! Plus, winners will each receive a power portrait taken by Niccolo Cosme that will be showcased through an exhibit at SM Megamall on March 22. Visit to know more.

March 8, 2018

Women's Month Celebration at Pasay City Sped Center

March 8 is International Women’s  Day and March is Philippines'  National Women’s Month Celebration. I'm honored to be invited by Principal Lea Marcelo, thru Mrs. Julie Maranan, celebrating this event, with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.”

The annual celebration aim to inspire and empower women and girls to be the positive change this world needs.

Women are potent agents of positive change in our society and I believe real change” can  only be achieved when women work hand-in-hand to foster a harmonious environment that is empowering for all.

March 7, 2018

ColorGram at SM North

Achieve your ultimate summer IG feed #FeedGoals at ColorGram at SM North The Block Atrium until March 22! With colored walls, mood rooms and a huge ball pit at Annex Cyberzone L4, this is the perfect destination to liven up your selfies or groufies.

March 6, 2018

ASUS Philippines Officially Launched ASUS X407 and ASUS X507

ASUS Philippines officially launched ASUS X407 and X507, its newest compact and lightweight premium notebooks at The Fashion Hall of SM Megamall.

Compact and lightweight laptops feature up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU, dual-storage design, slim NanoEdge display bezel, and fingerprint login. They’re powered by up to a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce®MX110 discrete graphics, and feature a dual-storage design with a 1TB HDD and pairable with an M.2 SSD. The X407 and X507 have a super thin NanoEdge display with a slim bezel for an immersive viewing experience. Both feature a fingerprint sensor for quick and easy logins with Windows Hello. Despite its large display, X507 is extremely portable, with an overall weight of just 1.68kg. The 14" version, ASUS X407, weighs just 1.42kg.

The ASUS X407 and X507 is a perfect device for people who are looking for a notebook that offers great performance, portability, premium design without hurting your wallet.

Everyday laptops with amazing performance

Both X407 and X507 are designed for daily computing and entertainment. These Windows 10 laptops also support new and exciting Windows features including Cortana with voice recognition, allowing the user to wake the device from sleep mode simply by saying the “Hey, Cortana” command. For maximum convenience and compatibility, X507 includes a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port and a microSD card reader, as well as 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.2, despite coming in an ultrathin form factor.

Both laptops support fast charging, requiring only 49 minutes to charge a near-flat battery to 60%. In addition, ASUS SuperBattery technology ensures a 3X-longer battery lifespan compared to traditional laptop batteries.

X407 and X507 feature a Full HD NanoEdge display with a slim bezel for an immersive viewing experience. The narrow bezel design provides a larger screen area, while 178° wide-view technology enables viewing from extreme angles without any color shift, making it perfect for sharing content with friends and colleagues. For a 15.6” laptop, X507 is extremely compact and portable — with a thin 21.9mm profile and an overall weight of just 1.68kg. Meanwhile, the 14” X407 weighs just 1.42kg. They are available in a choice of Star Grey or Icicle Gold finishes.

Moreover, with a thin 7.1mm bezel and 73.8% screen-to-body ratio, the NanoEdge display on X407 provides you with more screen area for more immersive viewing.

Built-in fingerprint sensor

Despite being entry-level laptops, X407 and X507 both have a built-in fingerprint sensor for quick and easy logins with Windows Hello. With each fingerprint being unique, it’s a more secure way of ensuring user profiles and data stay safe. A 360° recognition function ensures accurate scanning, even if the user’s hand is wet.

Exclusive ASUS software and technologies

X407 and X507 feature a Tru2Life Video makes any video look amazing. Through intelligent algorithms, it optimizes the sharpness and contrast of every pixel in every frame by 150% to produce incredibly vivid and realistic visuals; while Splendid display technology optimizes imagery to provide richer, deeper and more accurate colors.

X407 and X507 feature exclusive software and technologies including ASUS Tru2Life Video, ASUS Splendid and ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced audio. SonicMaster audio technology — co-developed by the ASUS Golden Ear team — delivers the most incredible sound ever heard on a laptop, thanks to its innovative combination of hardware and software.

“Our goal this year is to bring closer a premium entry-level product that offers both productivity and entertainment to our Filipino consumers. At ASUS, we bring forward the best devices to complement a lifestyle that is performance driven, stylish with a kick of premium look yet very affordable,” shares Joey Nocom, ASUS Philippines Country Product Manager.

Holding true to our promise of bringing the incredible to Filipinos, the latest ASUS X407 and X507 offers amazing performance, unbounded visuals and premium design on a very compact notebook that you can bring anywhere, anytime,” Nocom concludes.


The ASUS X407 and X507 will be available in the Philippines by third week of March and the price starts at PHP 27,995 and is going to be exclusively sold in Lazada Philippines but will be available nationwide to all ASUS authorized dealers and resellers by April 2018. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 16,000 people worldwide and over 5,000 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,511 awards and earned approximately US$13 billion of revenue in 2017.

March 5, 2018

The Alley at Karrivin Plaza

If you're into arts, check out The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, located at Chino Roces Avenue (formerly Pasong Tamo extension) in Makati City. The gallery opened last February 15 and the expansion marks the gallery’s transition as it redefines its programs to distinguish Artinformal’s original location in Greenhills, now referred to as AI1, from its offshoot located in M. akati, AI2.

Photo Credit: John Cueto of Larawan at Kape

Tina Fernandez, Founder and Creative Director explains that both galleries will definitely offer different art experiences with AI1 showing curator-lead exhibitions and AI2 running solo shows by artists. “This makes it more exciting because AI1’s viewers will be presented with angles and ideas that will make them look at the exhibition in its entirety and not only each artist’s work individually,” Tina explains. “In Makati, I choose the artists for the solo exhibitions. This was AI1’s original program which I am moving to Makati. Solo exhibitions will show viewers a particular artist’s current body of works and how these are presented in the context of an exhibition,” Tina continued.

To celebrate Artinformal’s exciting new phase, Tina masterminded its rebrand, starting with the logo which was refreshed by graphic design house, Inksurge. The modified typeface in lowercase is more casual, a nod to the word “informal” and the gallery’s relaxed character.  “We took inspiration on how Artinformal started where there is always a relationship between two (2) points - the artist and the gallery, the audience and the space, the collector and the curator, creative exchanges and encounters, etc., The basis of the dots was derived from the abbreviation of "ai" since it has been the vernacular to ground-zero (Artinformal in Greenhills) . The initials were dissected to create a visual cue,” explains Rex and Jois of Inksurge.

Jagnus Design Studio’s principal architects and co-founders, Sonny Sunga and Arnold Austria, took charge of AI1’s dazzling revamp as well as the redesign of AI2’s location, a former office at The Alley. Sonny and Arnold reined in their signature strong style in accommodation of Tina’s straightforward mandate: The art should be the star.

To prepare the space for the required minimalist aesthetic, Sonny and Arnold knocked down walls and stripped off the wooden plank flooring. Vast planes were created, all painted a pristine white. The architects chose cement for the flooring, its texture and tone extending to an angular stairway (the solitary feature gesturing to the architects' distinctive marks) that leads to the upper exhibition halls. 

Tina called on WE Design’s Mark Wilson for AI2 to support Arnold and Sonny’s architectural design. “We applied our usual signature, which is lighting design with high visual comfort and style, including attenuating the perimeters of the space so that proportion and volumes are accentuated,” Mark explained.  

Just like AI1, the Makati gallery has spaces for art viewing, a backroom that holds inventory, as well as rooms for entertaining. “The area for drinks and lounging is homage to the kitchen at the old Artinformal,” Mark said.  “I suggested this because the volume of this space recalled, to my mind, the spatial volume of the kitchen at the old Artinformal, where everybody liked to congregate and hang out.  The essence of that homage is a wall featuring five sconces made out of dinner plates and water glasses — to my mind, quintessential components of any space where food and conversation take place.”

Arnold and Sonny added a masterstroke in creating a fa├žade that is both unique and yet discreet, or cohesive with AI2’s interiors. A composition of fine textures and geometrics subdued with a coat of white encapsulates the gallery’s new identity as a modern, dynamic exhibition space for contemporary art.

March 4, 2018

Explore Tagaytay via View Park Hotel's Trip Natin To

Tagaytay is just 2 hours away from Manila so this is a place we frequent. We've probably covered most of what Tagaytay has to offer except for trekking to Taal Volcano. 

If you haven't explored Tagaytay yet or just like me you want to trek Taal, you might want to check out View Park Hotel's new offering,  EXPLORE TAGAYTAY #TripNatinTo 2018 packages.

For inquiries and reservations, contact  0922-8851516 (Sun), 0999-8839460 (Smart) and 0917-5446396 (Globe) or message View Park Reservations.

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March 3, 2018

Lara Croft

I fell asleep while watching Lara Croft not because it's boring or I don't like the movie.  It's just that I wasn't able the whole night prior to movie date with my husband.

John liked the movie because it some how faithful the the story of the video games. Plus, Alicia Vikander's stunts were amazingly done.

Lara Croft is about anindependent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination -- a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Other casts include Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie is Rated PG.

March 2, 2018

Death Wish

Death Wish is Director Eli Roth's remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson movie (both based on Brian Garfields' novel) and starring Bruce Willis. The story revolves around Dr. Paul Kersey as a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city's violence in the emergency room. When his wife and young daughter were brutally attacked, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media's attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel -- or the Grim Reaper itself.

I have not seen the original movie of Bronson but most who saw it says this remake is bland. Well, I liked this movie enough that I didn't fall asleep. I'm a Bruce Willis fan since Die Hard.

This movie is R-16.

March 1, 2018

Red Sparrow

My husband wasn't feeling well for the last three days and woke up asking if I want to watch Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence. How can I say no to John knowing that watching movies is his way of de-stressing.

Jennifer Lawrence re-teams with her Hunger Games director for this movie which is based on the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews.  The film also features Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, and Matthias Schoenaerts.

The story revolves around Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova when she faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

I definitely like this kind of movie but it is Rated R-16 so please do not attempt to bring your teen kids 15 years old and below because it deals with complex sexy and emotionally aspect of spy life. There's plenty of gruesome scenes too.