Kitchen Studio

 

 


Last Friday, I hosted an intimate event at 105 Rada, the showroom of Kitchen Studio.

 


The event was to re-introduce old partners and new ones including Bisazza, Hunter Douglas and Kauffman.

 


I met Kitchen Studio’s Rafael Calero last year through my friends at Bisazza. We are trying to work on my kitchen at home – as soon as I get my act together.

 


David Kauffman talked about new products under their brand.

 


It’s always nice to see old friends – Joan Soro was my Editorial Assistant when I was editor of Metro Weddings eons ago. She then went on to be Managing Editor. Now she is with Cocoon magazine.

 


Flamenco dancers from Clara Ramona.

 


I wore Lanvin x H&M from last year – scored by Ingrid Go in Paris. Lucky me. I swear I had my hair blowdried before the event, but it has a life of its own and prefers to be disheveled. Used an old denim shoulderbag which I converted into a clutch.

 

 

Metrobank Art & Design Excellence

 

Earlier this year, Metrobank Foundation invited me to be a member of the Board of Judges of Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE). It’s a very prestigious annual art/design competition. I had to be sworn to secrecy and not reveal myself as a judge. I was among the company of academics, artists, architects, designers. Ramon Orlina was chairman of the board of judges for sculpture. I was one of the judges for the Interior Design category – I suppose because of my exposure Urban Zone. I approached the “job” as a consumer and editor, as I am not a professional interior designer. I could just as well have judged painting as art is my first love and I secretly buy art. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialist in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto (Urban Studies was my Major). It was a great honour to have been invited by Metrobank Foundation. The MADE awards’ past recipients include celebrated artists like Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Gabby Barredo and recently Ronald Ventura, whose work sold at Sotheby’s for $1.1 million US dollars.

 


There was a little part where all the judges would be called on stage. Initially the organizers told me the attire was “formal.” Good thing I double checked. Formal means gown. But what they meant was business cocktail. As I don’t do business attire well, I opted for something cocktaily-artsy. This dress is from K&Company’s current collection. Wore them with nude pumps in vegetable tanned leather, can’t get any simpler than that. And a little minaudiere in purple, a gift from Katherine Cheng of K&Company. Grabbed my hair in a high ponytail and put make-up on in the car.

 


Just wanted to set the record straight. I am not a TV producer in the Philippines, US and Asian region. I’m just the producer of Urban Zone. But I have won awards for my work in the Philippines, US (Gold in US TV and Film Awards in Los Angeles, CA) and Asian region (two Asian TV awards). Sorry to toot my own horn, I have no publicist or manager, LOL.

 


Aniceto Sobrepena, President of Metrobank Foundation, with other VIPS, awarding the MADE winners.

 


Touches of Varekai…

 


Alexander Roxas, 2nd Prize winner for painting. His work, “Uncorrupted.”

 


A lot of people go shopping for new artists in MADE. I was interested in this but it got bought on the spot.

 


Interesting interpretations of social realism in a very Filipino way. I met one artist who wasn’t among those that competed. She said that she wouldn’t do well here because her art was “too happy.” Cute. Not to say that the art was all dark though. They all had deep socio-political messages, but some were approached with wit, humour and irony. I was on the lookout for technique. I love that there seems to be a move towards photorealism.

 


Great turnout.

 


One of the semi-finalists.

 


I loved the “uniform” of the Metrobank Foundation female staff. They looked distinguised and sophisticated.

 


The grand prize winner for Interior Design, IDr. Angelo Del Mundo. We picked two finalists out of a batch of 18. We reviewed their plans and sketches and deliberated amongst ourselves for one day. Then the two finalists, Angelo and Childy Elamparo, worked on an empty model unit of a Federaland condo for about two months. Then we went back to see the actual space and judged based on the actual. It was fun and taxing at the same time. I thought it would have made a great TV series…

 


MADE 3rd Prize winner Julmard Vicente and his winning piece “Prosti-Tuition.”

 

Sorry for the incomplete photos. I flew solo that day and as you can see, ended up carrying lots of things like my awesome plaque from MADE, a few magazines and stuff. I had to convert my minaudiere into a little bag (it had lapiz lazuli beads as handles).
Congratulations to all the winners and participants of MADE. Thank you Metrobank Foundation for inviting me. Long live Philippine art and design!

 

 

“Bladeless” LASIK at American Eye Center

 

 

 


American Eye Center in Greenbelt 5

 

Last Wednesday I attend the American Eye Center’s unveiling of the most advanced laser technology — the Wavelight Refractive Suite or all-Laser or bladeless LASIK surgery. I had done LASIK surgery in 2005 and I’ve written and spoken about this many times. I admit, it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but it was also one of the best decisions I’ve made. It completely changed my life. Having bad vision for decades was a major disability for me and it became a hindrance. I remember taking crazy risks like scuba diving with contacts on, only to have my contacts fly out of my eye while riding the boat, leaving me half blind while diving. Grr! And all these crazy lightweight titanium glare-free glasses that weren’t actually glare-free on TV (those made me look too serious anyway). And my baby Sophia grabbing and breaking three eyeglasses. It marked the end of needing specs just to function. Best thing I’ve ever done.

 


Sharing my experience about LASIK with RJ Ledesma. I wonder if he’s going to get LASIK done. (I wish there was a similar procedure that could LASIK my arms. But I’m an all-natural kind of girl, except with this eye surgery which was necessary.)

 

American Eye Center had invited me to participate in the press conference by sharing my own experience with LASIK. The media, and I’m sure many of you readers, wanted to know if it hurt. It was completely painless. The worst thing about it was my fear. But the procedure was fast and painless – and I was completely awake. I got perfect vision immediately – after about a 3 hour nap at home. And my vision is still perfect — no, more than perfect — up to now.

The new machine is also LASIK except that it uses an all-laser technology. The one I had still used a blade. But like I said, it was also completely painless and fast. Let me quote from their press kit because it’s highly technical…

 


The all Laser or bladeless LASIK surgery via the WaveLight Refractive Suite.

 

The first of its kind in the Philippines, this new equipment is very much in demand in all premier eye centers around the world. Its acquisition by American Eye Center reinforces the latter’s commitment to be at par with global standards of quality and excellence in ophthalmic laser treatment.

The WaveLight Refractive Suite is known as the world’s fastest refractive platform .  It combines two of the most advanced lasers currently available for performing LASIK surgery—the  WaveLight EX500, a 500 Hz repetition excimer laser; and the WaveLight FS200, a 200 kHz Femtosecond laser.

The FS200 femtosecond laser is impressive because of its speed and ability to make the flap that is needed for LASIK surgery.  There is no need for blades.  The surgeon is given the freedom of choice with regard to diameter, shape, thickness, depth, angle and location of the flap according to the individual needs of the patient. Integrating seamlessly with the FS200 is the EX500, the fastest excimer laser in the market operating at 1.4 seconds per diopter of treatment.  It can perform a wide range of customized treatments.

Source: American Eye Center

 


Dr Alnette Tan, during actual surgery

 


American Eye doctors with host RJ Ledesma and Magic 89.9 TM DJ Jessica Mendoza, who actually underwent the new all-laser LASIK during the presscon! We all watched live as it happened. And she went on stage minutes after surgery.

 


Here I am with Dr. Tan and Dr. Cabrera. It was Dr. Tan who performed my surgery in 2005.

 


The doctors of American Eye Center.

 

As mentioned in Twitter, American Eye Center is giving away ONE FREE LASIK SURGERY to one of my readers. This giveaway is completely transferrable. So you can give the gift of seeing to someone you care about. I honestly am bogged down with birthday party issues and details, so I haven’t figured out how to do this contest. Should we do it completely at random? Or should you share your stories and leave it up to me to choose. I have no idea. Let me put my kids to bed first and I’ll be back with the contest details.

In the meantime, let me know your thoughts.

 

EDIT: August 1, 2011 6:51 PM. Contest is now closed. All comments posted after this time won’t be counted. Thank you.

 

Blue from American Express®

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Last Wednesday I put on my high heels and left suburbia to attend the launch of a new credit card — Blue from American Express®. I have to admit, it was my first time in Republiq. Okay laugh now. You all know I’m not a night owl. But I made an exception for this as I am always on the lookout for credit cards that give a little love in return (I like rewards, memberships, bonuses, benefits). I never imagined I’d care about credit card benefits, but as a consumer, credit cards rule my world.

 

Blue from American Express

 

Here I am with the women of BDO and Kate Torralba, who was feeling under the weather but you wouldn’t guess it by the way she looked (amazing). The bank execs were all wearing a touch of blue. I wish I had taken detail shots. Good thing I chose to wear that chambray dress in keeping with the theme.

So you’re wondering why the launch was held at a hip club when most credit cards and bank events take place in more subdued corporate settings… Well, this new card Blue from American Express is aimed at young consumers. I remember when I was younger, I was given an American Express card upon graduating from university. It’s one of those must have brands to make you feel that you’ve arrived. Or at least you’re on your way there. Blue from American Express is the card for the young and affluent crowd.

Here’s what makes Blue from American Express special and unique —

The new Card carries with it the American Express brand assets of prestige and exclusivity and comes with an innovative clear plastic design with a modern blue accent in the center and a full range of superior and exclusive benefits, perks, and web-based features tailored for fulfilling young and dynamic lifestyle needs.

The key benefits include:
Express Access to hotspots such as clubs, bars and events
Instant rewards and savings at restaurants and retail outlets through the Blue Treats program
Introductory Finance Charge of 0% up to October 31, 2011
Free membership for the first year and a low monthly fee thereafter for the Card
Payment convenience through BDO’s wide payment network.

In addition, Blue Cardmembers can enjoy safe, convenient and hassle-free online shopping at any of Blue’s online shopping partners such as globaleshop, My-ShoppingBox and other Social Buying and e-commerce websites. They can also enjoy savings and freebies exclusively offered to Blue Cardmembers and more perks from BDO, as well as an exceptional selection of year-round savings and offers in dining, shopping and accommodations at 270 merchants participating in American Express SelectsSM program in the Philippines and over 1,000 Selects merchants worldwide.

Source: Press kit

 

Blue from American Express
I can’t think of better celebrity endorsers than Phil and James Younghusband. They’re gorgeous, hip and they’ve definitely achieved so much in their young lives. Guys can relate to them and may want to be like them, and girls… well, we swoon.

 

Blue from American Express
Katrina Stuart (Vice President & Group General Manager, Global Network Services, Japan, Asia Pacific and Australia, American Express), Phil Younghusband and James Younghusband and Ma. Nannette R. Regala (First Vice President and Consumer Lending Group Marketing Head of BDO)

 

Blue from American Express
The plastic card itself is newsworthy. Just check out how it looks. It’s completely clear and transparent. This is a patented design exclusive to American Express.

In 2003, American Express announced that the U.S. Patent Office awarded the company a patent for the invention of clear card technology. This marked the first time a card issuer successfully developed transparent and translucent card products to be used with infrared-beaming machines, such as ATMs (transparency and translucence generally refer to the degree of card clarity, with transparent cards appearing close to the clarity of a glass window). Source: Press kit

 

Blue from American Express
The lovely Georgina Wilson was the host of the show. She joins the Younghusband brothers as an endorser.

 

Blue from American Express
Kate and I were floored when this gorgeous singer – Amber – came on stage the ledge. She had the face of Mandy Moore and the body of Katy Perry. And she can sing and dance. Who is this woman?

 

Blue from American Express
So how could I resist. They were at the next table beside ours. Hee hee. I small talked them about the futsal program in our club. They are coaching some kids this summer. Sadly neither of my girls want to learn futsal. They’d rather do ballet and Glee singing.

 

Blue from American Express
Kate and her wacky shots.

 

Blue from American Express
And here we are, getting cozy. Haha. Just kidding. We were talking about Blue from American Express, ofcourse!

 

In the Philippines, BDO is the sole issuer of American Express. The bank likewise dominates the credit card merchant acquiring business in the Philippines with BDO POS terminals being the only terminals in the industry to accept the most credit card brands and BancNet, MegaLink, Expressnet cards as well. For more information, visit www.bdo.com.ph.

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