Summer isn’t my favorite season but when my favorite channel growing up holds a summer-themed party in an airconditioned mall, I knew I had to go. That’s how I found myself in TriNoma on Mother’s Day, watching episodes of Adventure Time and kids playing games themed to The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, and We Bare Bears.
Who says coffee chains can’t collaborate with fashion labels? Two of my favorite things in the world just collaborated and I can’t get enough of the collection. I’m talking about Starbucks and cats!
Starbucks recently partnered with French fashion house Paul & Joe for a line of limited-edition drinkware, tote bag, Starbucks Card, and the Bearista inspired by Gipsy, Paul & Joe’s founder Sophie Méchaly’s pet cat. Paul & Joe fans will instantly recognize Gipsy, who has also become the brand’s symbol.
Hong Kong is home to many Michelin-starred restaurants but I always seem to miss them whenever I’m there. I always find out about it when I’m home, so I end up waiting (and praying) for them to open here or hoping that I remember to visit it the next time I’m in Hong Kong.
One of the restaurants I’ve yet to try is Kam’s Roast, a legendary spot known for their roast goose. Kam’s Roast is run by Hardy Kam, the third generation of restaurateurs behind the Michelin-starred Yung Kee Restaurant, and Robert Chua, a prominent TV and movie producer in Hong Kong who has ventured in the culinary scene. The restaurant has been so successful that they earned a Michelin star, one of the culinary industry’s top recognitions, within four months of opening.
Now, Kam’s Roast is in Manila and I got to try it ahead of its opening on May 15.
A lot of people lead busy, multi-faceted lives that sometimes, meals take the backseat. I make time for breakfast, lunch, a little snack in the afternoon, and dinner no matter how busy I am because food fuels me and I feel unmotivated when I’m hungry. On busy days when it looks impossible to eat, I make a quick stop at Starbucks.
Starbucks may be known for their coffees and Frappuccinos but the coffee chain also has a line of lunch menu options for days when you want a little pick-me-up.
Gavel&Block, a subsidiary of of the country’s premier auction house, Salcedo Auctions, partnered with International School Manila (ISM) for benefit, an auction to raise funds for ISM Vicky SyCip Herrera Filipino scholars.
One of the most iconic musicians of the late ’90s to the early ’00s was Ja Rule, who had songs like “Always on Time,” “I’m Real,” and “Between Me and You.” Now, Filipino fans can relive the earlier decades because the rapper will be in Manila for a concert!
Lately, it has become almost impossible to not complain about the heat every day. Whenever I meet someone, my opening line would usually be, “Grabe, ang init, no?” (Wow, it’s so hot, right?). Along with the extreme temperature come temper flares, a shorter fuse, and generally impatient behavior. After all, no one has time for mistakes this summer.
I’ve noticed that I’ve become irritable so I decided to list down ways to keep my head cool during the hot weather. Here are some of my recommendations:
I’m an aspiring minimalist but it can be hard when you’re juggling so many things. When I work, my desk is a mess of press releases, products I need to review, books, magazines, and other ephemera that I use as a digital freelancer (and homemaker, but more on that in another post). The photo above is my desk on a good day, but when I’ve hit my groove, it looks more like the photo below, which is the office of the New York Review of Books: