Options Studio Timog

 

 

This is great news for those living in Quezon City. Options Studio opened its fifth branch just across GMA-7 studios along Timog. I hosted the official launch and blessing of the studios last week and saw the prettiest pilates studio ever. The decor felt very glamorous in a contemporized neo-Baroque way. It has generous windows and mirrors giving a view of “downtown” Quezon City. I also spotted some major TV stars from GMA-7 enrolled for pilates in this specific location.

For more information on the five Options Studio branches in Metro Manila, visit www.options-studio.ph

 

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The private room.

 

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Cardiolates class.

 

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It was wonderful to see former colleagues from my broadcasting years. GMA’s COO and Chief Financial Officer Felipe Yalong, whom I first met when we were both in ABS-CBN. GMA SAVP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, who was behind the creation of my old show Proudly Filipina, GMA VP for Entertainment TV Marivin T. Arayata, Mrs. Fel Yalong, GMA SVP for Entertainment Lilibeth Rasonable and GMA Executive Reggie Magno.

 

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With founder of Options Studio and pilates master Ole Eugenio, pilates enthusiast Irene Marcos-Araneta, and Options Studio Timog Managing Director Krish Yalong. I was wearing a new pilates outfit and cover up from Mulawear which is sold at Options Timog.

 

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Me and Krish in their custom-made porter’s chair.

 

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President of GMA-7 Gilberto Duavit Jr.  and TAPE Inc.’s Tony Tuviera

 

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The very talented actress Jennylin Mercado, who was about to have her private pilates session, in photo with Jod Penson and Krish Yalong.

 

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The new generation of TV stars Janine Gutierrez, Kylie Padilla, Julie Ann San Jose.

 

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Gigi Lara with actor Alden Richards

 

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Mrs. Yalong with Camille Prats, who is looking so good with her short hair.

 

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Macy Espiritu Tan, Cara Martinez, Andrei Coronado, Karol Usis, Krish Yalong

 

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And there’s me, demonstrating some poses on the reformer. I don’t remember how many reformers they had, but I count eight in this photo. Options Timog is the biggest studio among the five Options branches.

 

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Pilates instructor Alain Buenaventura, guiding me through the Stability Chair.

 

For more information on prices, classes and schedules, contact:

Options Studio Timog
6th Floor, GEMPC Bldg, 132 Timog Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel No.: 0917-771-6549

OptionsStudio – Makati
#103 G/F Nobel Plaza 110 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Tel No.: 553 – 3314 / 585 – 1404
Email: ph@options-studio.com

OptionsStudio – Fort
2201 NAC Tower
32nd St. Corner 9th Avenue, BGC,
Taguig City
Tel No.:(632) 403 – 7154

OptionsStudio – Podium
Podium Mall, Level 4, Ortigas Center, 12 ADB Ave., Pasig City
Tel No.: (632) 695 – 3263

OptionsStudio – Greenhills
3rd Flr, 101 Connecticut corner Missouri Streets, Greenhills, San Juan del Monte
Tel No.: (632) 623 – 8449

 

Read about my pilates journey here and here.

#DaphneandNBS

 

 

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I can’t believe I haven’t even written about the story of the DAPHNE® & National Book Store collaboration yet and the products are over halfway sold already. I’m sort of in a panic because I actually want to hoard as much of these products as I could. They make the perfect gifts. And I love using them myself. Now that I said that, I will try to troop to National Book Store tomorrow and try to stock up on my favourites (all).

Meanwhile, as promised,  I’m sharing with you some of the photos by friends, followers and readers who have posted with the hashtag #DaphneandNBS. I remember doing this when the DAPHNE x Bench Home Scents came out and many of you posted your unboxing and use of the bottle. I looooved that! And now you are doing the same with the Daphne & National Book Store stationery.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your world with me. I love seeing how you use my products. Yay to Daphnefication. Haha. Keep them coming!

 

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From Rica Peralejo’s instagram @ricaperalejo.ph

 

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We are in good company, with Sen Miriam Santiago’s book. From @krislerismania

 

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From Belo’s @cristallebelo.

 

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From @theabakescupcakes

 

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It is amazing to see my products alongside the greats like Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston. Photo from my friend Elna in London or @sle117

 

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Elna wore my Daphne tote in London Fashion Week! @sle117

 

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From Elle Decoration’s Devi De Veyra

 

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From @marrylerojo

 

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From @charrypotter

 

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More crafting cuteness from @marrylerojo

 

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With lovely rings and a cute pola by @delladeleos

 

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From Kristine Margareth Santos Aba-a

 

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And here is Kristine Margareth’s little girl, totally DAPHNE-fied.

 

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From @juicehut_manila

 

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From @isalcaraz

 

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From Ivonne Capistrano, a teacher in the US.

 

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The Lily pouch from Cheng Flores via FB.

 

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From Ry-Anne, traveling to Singapore.

 

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My friend Ginger Roxas Arzt uses the whiteboard calendar for her menu planning. So do I.

 

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Detail of our journals by @mangofreeze

 

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Lovely desk by @deynakim

 

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Manila Bulletin’s @aapatawaran uses my pen! And that’s some real poetry folks.

 

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Precious baby doodles by @iamtiramisu

 

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Now if I woke up to a scene like this everyday…. wow. By @hazelcaballeroscott

 

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Ok where did that baby Groot come from. I want! Haha. From @elainecarag

 

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Looks like Dulce’s daughter likes making her own plans. From @dulcesia.

 

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Organizing pouch. Photo by @apolonski.

 

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Loving everything in her bedside table. From @catcantada.

 

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My daughter Sophia is going nuts over @beadladymanila’s polymer creations. She wants to learn how to make these little cupcakes.

 

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My hummingbird bag made a cameo appearance at an ABS-CBN soap opera.

 

 

Share your #DaphneandNBS photos in Instagram or FB… I will post them again. Thanks everyone!!

 

The Philippine Literary Festival 2014

 

 

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Announcement from my sponsor, National Book Store –

Raffles Makati and National Book Store present the first ever Philippine Literary Festival featuring international bestselling and award-winning authors Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee from October 23 to 25, 2014 at the Raffles Makati.

Attend three days of book signing, discussions and panels about books and literature with free admission! The Spotlight on Amy Tan panel will be on October 24 at 1:30 p.m. and her book signing will be on October 25 at 2 p.m. The Spotlight on Chang-Rae Lee panel and book signing will be on October 25 at 9 a.m. View the complete schedule and get details of all events at www.philippineliteraryfestival.com.

 

 

 

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Amy Tan is the woman behind ‘The Joy Luck Club’, ‘The Kitchen God’s Wife’, and ‘The Hundred Secret Senses’, which are all New York Times bestsellers and recipients of various awards all over the world. Her works have been translated into 35 languages.

 

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Amy Tan’s new novel ‘The Valley of Amazement’ is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a novel that grabs your soul”. Abandoned by her mother Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai. Her quest will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity, and the loss of her own daughter Flora. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

 

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Korean-American novelist Chang-Rae Lee is the author of ‘Native Speaker’, which garnered numerous awards including Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the American Book Award. He was hailed as one of the 20 best American writers by The New Yorker magazine for his second novel ‘A Gesture Life’. His novel ‘Aloft’, earned him the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Fiction category in 2006. Photo credit ©2009 David Burnett, represented by Cathy Saypol, August 19, 2009, New York, NY, NY Public Library

 

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‘On Such a Full Sea’ is Chang-Rae Lee’s latest novel set in a dystopian future America, which is described by the Washington Post as “a brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait”. In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves, who mysteriously disappears. Her journey will soon become a legend to those she left behind.

 

All events will be held at the Raffles Makati with registration starting at 8 a.m. everyday. Admission is free. Only books purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival will be entitled to signing passes for Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee. Sign up for updates and view the complete schedule at philippineliteraryfestival.com.

Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests. Tag #PLF2014 to join the discussion.

 

 

Altuzarra for Target

 

 

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Joseph Altuzzara, winner of this year’s CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, is known for designing clothes that combine French style with an American practicality. He launched his brand, Altuzzara, in 2008. It is very much influenced by his multicultural upbringing and his international education in fashion. Altuzarra was raised by a Chinese-American mother and a French Basque father.

Target’s newest designer collaboration is with Altuzzara, a designer worn by Michelle Obama, Julianne Moore, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o. He is a big figure on the current New York Fashion scene as well as the red carpet. Altuzarra for Target is a 50-piece capsule collection of sexy dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories including lingerie.

 

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I’ve highlighted my picks from the collection which launched just yesterday. It is also being sold in another luxury e-retail site but at a higher price than Target’s. Like the #7 dress is $142 there but only $69.99 in Target.

So I’ve put links directly to Target, since they are my site partners. I don’t know how long the items will be available on line, just act fast because these things go real fast. Philippine-shoppers, you can use your local credit card and have your Target purchases delivered for free to a US address. That’s what I do. I send my online purchases to my relatives or friends and deal with shipping later.

 

Embroidered Peasant Dress in Ruby $54.99

Python Blazer $49.99

Ankle Strap Pump  $39.99

Faux Croc Belt $29.99

Python Flounce Skirt $34.99

6 Ponte Dress with Lace Detail  $39.99

Satin Floral Maxi Dress  $69.99

 

Penhaligon’s at Adora

 

 

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The Penhaligon’s Artemisia my husband gave me.

 

Last 2012 Christmas, we took our family out of Manila and stayed in a private home in Batangas. There were no resorts in the area. It was very quiet. No Christmas decorations and commercial activities. The only Christmas music we heard was from residents who would drop by and sing carols for us. We celebrated Holy Mass with the seaside community.  We got the pure non-commercial Christmas we’d planned for. We only brought one present each other. The rest of the gifts were left in our house.

The one gift I received was a bottle of Penhaligon’s perfume. My husband chose it for me. It is, to this day, my favourite scent. One word to describe it – powdery. In detail, the top notes are nectarine and green notes; middle notes are green apple, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, tea, violet and vanilla; base notes are oakmoss, sandalwood, musk and amber. It is so good I sometimes sleep with a spray of Artemisia.

 

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A couple of weeks ago, Lily and I went to the Penhaligon’s boutique inside Adora in Greenbelt 5. I wanted to try out the different scents to see if I was ready for a second bottle.

 

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Penhaligon’s holds two Royal Warrants, a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. Going back to the early years of the company towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, William Penhaligon had been appointed Barber and Perfumer to the Royal Court. In 1903 the business was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Alexandra. Penhaligon’s has two long-standing Royal Warrants from HRH The Prince of Wales (granted in 1988) and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh (granted in 1956.)

 

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The two Royal Warrants are displayed prominently by the company’s logo.

 

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Lily took my picture while I was doing my fragrance profiling with the help of the brand manager.

 

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The two most popular scents in Penhaligon’s at Adora. Endymion for men and Artemisia for women.

 

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My favourites. All in my wish list – 1. Tea on the Terrace scented candle  2. The miniature fragrance collection from last season contains five  bottles of best-selling fragrances in 5ml. Set includes Gardenia, Ellenisia, Lily of the Valley, Artemisia, and Malabah  3. Tralala is Penhaligon’s newest fragrance inspired by the fantastical universe of designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff  4. Lily of the Valley  5. Artemisia  6. Malabah.

 

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This is how small the miniature fragrance is. I love this!

 

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And what the set looks like.

 

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One of the newest scents, Tralala is a beautiful complicated fragrance. I sprayed it on my wrist and I couldn’t stop smelling my wrist all day. Head notes start with Aldehydes, Saffron, Whiskey, Ambrette Seed Butter, Galbanum, Violet Leaf Absolute. Heart notes include Carnation, Leather, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, Orris, Incense. And base notes are Myrrh Resinoid, Opoponax Absolute, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Heliotrope, Musk Vanilla.

 

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Juniper Sling, Quercus and Endymion are the popular scents for men. But they were created to be enjoyed by both men and women. Of the three I choose Quercus for my husband. And I’d wear Juniper Sling myself.

 

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Some of the many products of Quercus. 1. Hand Wash and Hand and Nail Lotion  2. Deodorant  3. Cologne  4. Fine English Soap. As I mentioned earlier, Quercus is a popular scent for men, but it is also very much enjoyed by women. A very interesting scent, Quercus starts off with “a light burst of citrus and basil, supported by a heart accord of jasmine, cardamom and muguet that is sweet, spiced and supremely delicate. The greenness of basil persists into the surprisingly resilient musk and sandalwood base notes. These are warmed through with moss and patchouli to create elegant, strong and uplifting cologne.”

 

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During my visit, Iris Prima was prominently displayed with a pair of pointe shoes. This new scent is inspired by the world of ballet. And you know me and ballet… love everything about it (shoes, skirts, hair).

 

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I would describe Iris Prima as powdery and floral, hence the name “iris”, with a base of musky leather, vanilla and vetiver. Very sophisticated but not overpowering.

 

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Like Iris Prima, Vaara is also in the family of woody scents. This appeals to both men and women. Vaara starts with a “blend of coriander and carrot seeds, creamy saffron and juicy quince. The heart of Vaara is inspired by the gardens of Balsamand, the Maharaja’s summer palace, with two glorious roses blended with a white note of Indian magnolia, a touch of freesia and a whisper of iris. Vaara’s base notes are a combination of honey, white musks and resins dripping over an aromatic base of tonka, cedarwood and sandalwood.”

 

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Peoneve, a very feminine and floral fragrance.

 

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Blenheim Bouquet is one of Penhaligon’s original scents made by William Penhaligons himself. It is a wonderful mix of citrus oils, spices and woods. It’s hard to believe this was created over a hundred years ago. Blenheim Bouquet is listed under Gentlemen’s department. But as any of Penhaligon’s scents go, this appeals to both men and women.

 

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It goes without saying that one day I’m going to have to buy this for Lily who patiently sat through my afternoon at Adora. It wasn’t a big chore for her though. She loves this kind of world where everything is pretty and floral. She got to sample Lily of the Valley and she was so careful when washing her hands because she wanted to prolong the scent on her wrist. She’s only eight. Oh Lily.

 

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Gardenia. About that grosgrain ribbon… so lovely.

 

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I recommend you go in for a fragrance profiling so you can see the range of scents of Penhaligon’s and find what suits you. It’s a also a good time to go now, to avoid the Christmas rush.

 

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If you can’t commit to a big bottle yet, you can opt for this “Scent Library”. It contains 10 samples of the most popular scents. I think this is great for traveling, actually.

 

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All gift purchases from Penhaligon’s are packaged with a traditional coach man’s knot.

 

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The husband already knows that I am hinting on another bottle. I haven’t made up my mind if I want Iris Prima, Vaara, Tralala or Malabah. Decisions, decisions.

 

 

Penhaligon’s is exclusively available in the Philippines at Adora in Greenbelt 5, Makati. For more information www.penhaligons.com