TOMS Anniversary Sale!

TOMS

 

Who loves TOMS? (These pretty, super comfy T-strap flats are my favorite TOMS pair!) Get up to 70% off on select styles for men, women, and kids at the TOMS Anniversary Sale, which is ongoing until the end of the month (July 31)! TOMS Bags are up to 30% off and TOMS Eyewear up to 40% off as well.  The best part? For every pair of TOMS you purchase, another pair goes to a child in need–that’s the TOMS One-for-one philosophy.

TOMS stores are located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Aura, Glorietta 1, Rockwell. Also available in all Nothing But H2O stores: Alabang Town Center, Glorietta Trinoma, Ayala Cebu, Robinsons Galleria, D’Mall Boracay, and SWIM Rockwell.

Common Room X Power Plant Mall

If you’ve always wanted to visit the magical happy place that is Common Room, but can’t seem to find the time or energy to trek to their shop in Katipunan, Quezon City, great news: they’ve just opened their new (pop-up) branch at Power Plant Mall in Makati! This charming arts & crafts treasure trove will be there for the next six months, hence their pop-up hashtag #180daysofmaking.  (Note to self: the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping!)

Junior Lab Rats Sari, Mikey, and Gita at Common Room x Power Plant Mall

Junior Lab Rats Sari, Mikey, and Gita at Common Room x Power Plant Mall

Arts & crafts

Drool over the handcrafted creations from over 60 local artists, crafters and makers (that’s double the amount of partners and concessionaires when they started just a year ago)

 

Craft supplies! Stationery! Paper flowers! Journals! Accessories! Horsies! Handmade dollies! And so much more...

Craft supplies! Stationery! Paper flowers! Journals! Accessories! Horsies! Handmade dollies! Dreamcatchers! But wait, there’s more…

 

Run by sisters Roma (of plushie brand Pop Junk Love) and Maan Agsalud (who runs the Type Kita collective) and a host of dedicated partners, Common Room provides a wonderful home for a growing family local crafters and makers, as well as a workshop space for artists, dreamers, and crafts enthusiasts.

 

Sandwiched between sisters Maan and Roma Agsalud, the fairy godmothers of the Common Room family, and cheerleaders of the local arts and crafts community

Sandwiched between sisters Maan and Roma Agsalud, the fairy godmothers of the Common Room family. I’m so thrilled that beyond lovely arts and crafts, they have a cool indie book section too, which includes my little poetry book The Heartbreak Diaries!

 

Don't forget to take a #shoefie by the succulents of The Greenhouse Project!

Don’t forget to take a #shoefie by the succulents of The Greenhouse Project!

Catch Commom Room at the Archaeology Section, Level 2 of Power Plant Mall till the end of the year. Just look for the paper cranes!

A Don Quixote Dinner

It has been a while since the International Wine and Food Society had a dinner by JC de Terry. Certainly one of the most creative (he says he’s crazy) spare-no-expense chefs you can find in Manila, I’ve certainly enjoyed my fair share of JC’s creations, some of which I have shared on this blog.

For the Society, JC proposed a dinner to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publishing of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece, Don Quixote. All the dishes for the dinner would be modern interpretations of food that appeared in the book, or dishes inspired by the book. These would be accompanied by Spanish wines, except for a Tokaji donated by the Society President, Bernie Sim.

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Japanese Design Today 100 at the MET

Did you know that July is Japanese-Philippine Friendship Month? How kawaii! To commemorate 60 years of Japanese-Filipino friendship, Japan Foundation Manila has lined up exciting activities, and we’re particularly keen on these two: the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, and EIGASAI (the Japan Film Festival). If you’re a fellow fan of the Japanese aesthetics and ingenuity, you must visit the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, which is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Japanese Design Today 100

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Up close and personal with Issey Miyake’s No. 1 Dress, featuring the revolutionary method of folding cloth in three-dimensional patterns and cut in certain areas

Roaming the world since 2004, this traveling exhibition features a range of everyday and iconic modern Japanese designs from the 1950s through the 1990s which have influenced the designs of today, as well as a few product designs from recent years. Beloved Japanese inventions such as the Sony Walkman or  Nikon camera are sure to spark a wave of nostalgia for many. But the exhibit’s main focus is to generate appreciation for the beautiful simplicity and functionality that elevate “ordinary” items, such as disposable plates you won’t be embarrassed to use, or ice cream spoons that conduct heat from your hand to make it easier to scoop and serve your favorite dessert.

The exhibition's chief curator Hiroshi Kashiwagi tells us that his wife likes to use these ice spoons, which transmit heat from your hand to make it easier to scoop!

The exhibition’s chief curator Hiroshi Kashiwagi tells us that his wife likes to use these ice spoons, which transmit heat from your hand to make it easier to scoop!

 

Don't you love how the Japanese put so much thought into everyday products?Exhibit #9: the simple "G-type" soy sauce bottle allows you to pour sauce without leaving any annoying residue in the spout. OC heaven!

Don’t you love how the Japanese put so much thought into everyday products?Exhibit #9: the simple “G-type” soy sauce bottle allows you to pour sauce without leaving any annoying residue in the spout. OC heaven!

 

"Cupmen 1 Hold On" is shaped like a man and holds down the lid of your instant ramen noodles cup, and also changes color according to the temperature. Sugoi!

“Cupmen 1 Hold On” is shaped like a man and holds down the lid of your instant ramen noodles cup, and also changes color according to the temperature so you don’t burn your tongue. Sugoi!

 

The Children’s section features the Teteo Mugseries, which are sippy-cups that follow the progressive development of a baby’s mouth, and the Bentwood Cycle, a bicycle made by craftsmen with local beech wood

The Children’s section features the Teteo Mugseries, which are sippy-cups that follow the progressive development of a baby’s mouth, and the Bentwood Cycle, a bicycle made by craftsmen with local beech wood

 

An upgrade on plastic cups and boring paper plates, these durable, disposable dishes are almost too pretty to throw away! Plus, it's made from tree-free renewable material, so it's environmentally-friendly, too

An upgrade on plastic cups and boring paper plates, these durable, disposable dishes are almost too pretty to throw away! Plus, it’s made from tree-free renewable material, so it’s environmentally-friendly, too

The 100 pieces in the exhibition are divided into 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture and Houseware, Tableware and Cookware, Apparel and Accessories, Children, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, Transportation, and my favorite, Stationery!

Yoohoo, fellow stationery lovers!

Yoohoo, fellow stationery lovers!

Now why isn’t their high-tech, butt-warming, music-making toilet included in this exhibit? The Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition runs from June 30 to August 19 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, held in partnership with the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) and the Embassy of Japan, with the support of JT International Philippines Inc. P.S. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post, where we’ll be sharing details on EIGASAI (AKA, the Japanese Film Fest), happening on July 7!

Warung Indonesian Cuisine

It’s been awhile since we tried one of the new places that are sprouting around Kapitolyo. It seems like pretty soon, the entire East and West Kapitolyo will be nothing but restaurants, as many of the houses that line this quiet residential neighborhood convert to  providing commercial spaces for new restaurant concepts.

Among the latest to join the the crowd is Warung Indonesian Cuisine. Warung is run by two sisters who spent many years in Indonesia. A few years back, they started a food stall at the Legaspi Sunday Market in Makati, and the success of that stall inspired them to start a restaurant. The menu is isn’t fancy or very extensive, as it changes daily. But many of the most familiar Indonesian favorites are on it. The restaurant itself is quite large, with many large but separate dining areas. The decor is minimal but with well-chosen Indonesian accents and the staff are, of course, all in batik. The effect is a place that is very clean and elegant but unmistakably Indonesian. Although there are many choices for Southeast Asian cuisine in Kapitolyo, Warung is the only one doing Indonesian.

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Bar Pintxos

Although I’ve been to Bar Pintxos a couple of times (thoroughly enjoyed myself each time I’ve been there), I never got around to doing a post about it. I suppose it’s because I get so caught up with all the friends I find there that taking pictures of food doesn’t cross my mind.

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to an event at Bar Pintxos featuring a special menu to show off the wines of Barcino Corp., one of the suppliers of Spanish wines and food to Bar Pintxos. Although it was another great event with lots of friends around, I did have the presence of mind to document it.

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Old Favorite, New Place: Va Bene Pasta Deli in Circuit Lane

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This week’s happy place is actually an old Happy Lab favourite: Va Bene Pasta Deli! Before they opened at BGC, we would regularly frequent the Pasay Road branch (read about it here, here and here). When we heard that Chef Massimo Veronesi was opening his newest branch last night, of course we had to go.

Located at the ground level of Circuit Lane in Ayala’s Circuit Makati, this branch may be a bit of a drive for us northern Manila folks, but it is definitely good news for those of you who frequent the Makati area.  The original Va Bene branch at the Petron Gas Station on Pasay Road will always have a soft spot in our hearts; the Circuit Lane branch, however, offers the same wholesome Italian goodness but with more elbow room and, more importantly, better parking!

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A view of the Circuit Lane courtyard from the restaurant

Unique landscaping along the Circuit Lane walkway

Unique landscaping along the Circuit Lane walkway

Of course, what we were really after was the food, and we were very happy to see all our best-loved dishes still on offer. All the items were served in bite-sized portions on opening night, so we were able to sample everything. As in ALL.

Clockwise: crispy polenta arancini; pizza prociutto; bruschetta trio (mushroom salami, salmon tartare with tuna sauce, pumpkin & ricotta)

Clockwise: crispy polenta arancini; pizza prociutto; bruschetta trio (mushroom salami, salmon tartare with tuna sauce, pumpkin & ricotta)

Black Ink Fusilli

Black Ink Fusilli

Ricotta Eggplant Ravioli

Ricotta Eggplant Ravioli

Duck Ravioli

Duck Ravioli

Mojitos!

Mojitos!

Basil Panna Cotta with Calamansi Sherbet

Basil Panna Cotta with Calamansi Sherbet

Mini Cannolis

Mini Cannolis

The Happy Lab contingent with Chef Massimo and Carol Veronesi

The Happy Lab contingent with Chef Massimo and Carol Veronesi

There were a couple more dishes that were served (profiteroles, mango panna cotta, among others) but we scarfed them down before we remembered to take pictures.

At the moment, the Circuit Lane branch will be open only for dinner starting at 5pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and lunch and dinner on Sundays.

Va Bene Pasta Deli’s third branch is at LC#106 G/F Ayala Malls Circuit Lane, A.P. Reyes St., Barangay Carmona, Makati City (Old Sta. Ana Race Track).  For reservations and pick-up orders, you may call them at 02-9609954/ 02-6241029.  

Other outlets are at the 2nd floor of Petron Gas Station on EDSA cor. Pasay Rd., Makati; and at the cinema level of Central Square Bldg. in Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers for Mom

Mother's Day

 

This pretty pair of pumps  is probably the next best thing to getting fresh flowers, don’t you think? Happy happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms and mommy figures in our lives, and to you, lovely mommy readers!

Ankle-strap pointy-toe pumps by Red Herring at Debenhams.

JC de Terry’s Vega Sicilia Dinner

Juan Carlos de Terry, importer of Spain’s most famous wine, Vega Sicilia, hosted a special dinner to showcase the range of wines produced by the wineries in the Vega Sicilia stable.

I arrived early and was greeted by a glass of silky Kripta Cava 2007 in the distinctive round-bottomed bottle. This went nicely with a generous spread of various nuts and cured meats include some excellent ham being passed around while waiting for all the guests to arrive.

Kripta Cava 2007

Kripta Cava 2007

Various cured meats for the cocktails.

Various cured meats for the cocktails.

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Hot Picks at Row 101 Summer Pop-Up

There are very few things that would make us consider moving a muscle on a Saturday (and in this paralyzing heat!), but we hear that the Row 101 Summer Pop-up happening tomorrow at White Space has some sizzling fashion and lifestyle picks in store!

 

All roads lead to Row 101 this weekend!

All roads lead to Row 101 this weekend!

 

Row 101’s Miel Villamor shares that they’ll be featuring a lot of exciting  indie and start-up brands that are creative, affordable, fun, and proudly Filipino. “What we try to do with Row 101 is that we really curate the brands we feature, because nowadays there’s just so many bazaars,” says Miel. Alongside big beauty brands like Benefit and Inglot, discover over 100 up-and-coming local brands, including: Abby Jocson, Eve & Kelly, Myrrh and Gold Manila, Abby Jocson, Everyday Love, Dolly Wink, Dirty Paws Apparel, Flex Apparel, Meta Footwear, Cuesee Creations, MDSN Manila, Shine Designs, One for the Road, Ink Scribbler/The Craft Central, Anma Lifestyle, Cocooni, Lulu Swing, Luang, Lumos The Label, Sparrow Fragrances, Honeycomb Children’s Clothing, Heart & Bolt accessories, and swimsuits by Sundae and Sirena Swimwear, and so much more!

 

Here’s a sneak peek:

Fab footwear by Eve & Kelly

Fab footwear by Eve & Kelly

 

Genuine leather  Sunday Tote in Fuchsia and Sunday Wristlet in Cream by Cocooni

Genuine leather Sunday Tote in Fuchsia and Sunday Wristlet in Cream by Cocooni

 

We hear that there will be fab freebies and prizes from beauty fave Benefit!

We hear that there will be fab freebies and prizes from beauty fave Benefit!

 

Get fabulously fit in Flex Apparel!

Get fabulously fit in Flex Apparel!

 

Irresistible tees for dog lovers by Dirty Paws Apparel (10% of sales goes to CARA Welfare to help support our furry friends!)

Irresistible tees for dog lovers by Dirty Paws Apparel (10% of sales goes to CARA Welfare to help support our furry friends!)

 

Crushing on that pineapple sling bag, backpack, and coin purse by Abby Jocson!

Crushing on that pineapple sling bag, backpack, and coin purse by Abby Jocson!

 

InkScribbler turns this beautiful quote by Albert Schweitzer into frame-worthy calligraphy! A great gift idea for a friend--or yourself!

InkScribbler turns this beautiful quote by Albert Schweitzer into frame-worthy calligraphy! A great gift idea for a friend–or yourself!

 

Check out these lovely lippies and other beauty must-haves from Inglot!

Check out these lovely lippies and other beauty must-haves from Inglot!

 

Pretty playsets. Want.  By Lumos the Label

Pretty playsets. Want.
By Lumos the Label

 

Catch Row 101’s Summer Pop-Up this weekend, April 16-17 at White Space, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. For more information, visit www.row101.ph or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/row101popup.