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Off to the beach I go!

by jed
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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Off to the beach I go!

I can be heard somewhere in our March issue (on page 48 to be exact, in our Happy Thoughts section) saying something along the lines, “This summer I’m not going anywhere near a beach—instead I’ll go to air-conditioned places where I can wear my new leather jacket, LOL!” Well I’m particularly fond of breaking my grand statements of never doing things, and so I went to the beach. For what it’s worth I did wear my leather jacket on the plane going there.

Along with some colleagues from the press, I was whisked away by the folks at Nivea to El Nido for a much needed mid-week vacation. We were invited to try out Nivea’s new Protect and Bronze sun spray, a natural tanning formula with SPF20, and #embracethesun.

At Lagen Island I was beyond excited to find out I’d be staying at a Water Cottage, one among a row of cabanas built on stilts, lining the boardwalk. In my room I can open the windows and see schools of fish swimming freely beneath my borrowed abode. Out on the porch situated above the water, one can marvel at the view of absolute serenity.

In theory, having to spend a good twenty or thirty minutes on a boat just to get to where lunch is being served is torture I’d rather not be subjected to. But in El Nido things are different. I didn’t mind living the countless Life of Pi episodes as I was surrounded by unrivaled, breathtaking gorgeousness—imagine a wildly psychedelic Peter Pilotto jacket melt into liquid, the seafoam pale yet undoubtedly green, and the cerulean waters crystalline, filling in vast expanses between majestic limestone formations.

Apart from the island hopping, on our itinerary were water sports, a smoothie workshop, and yoga lessons at 7 a.m. Alas no yoga for me, as I failed to wake up on time on all occasions. (In fact more than once I found myself making a mad dash to the clubhouse for a last minute attempt at a cup of yogurt for breakfast.) At night there were also samba lessons. The multi-talented among us shook their hips as instantaneously as the Brazillian percussions were sounded, while the comparatively meeker, including myself, were resigned to watching in awe and amusement.

Our last night in El Nido was nothing short of magical. Dinner was once again a sumptuous feast. I remember unabashedly frequenting the grilled seafood station, where the prawns were lightly seasoned and so perfectly cooked that you can almost still taste the ocean in their flesh. We sipped red wine and munched on roast beef, while watching fireworks being set off from what looked like the middle of the sea. Too bad I was far too exhausted to have witnessed people jumping into the pool at 3 a.m., by which time I had perhaps already been reminiscing about the great past few days that those were, in my dreams.

Photos courtesy of Belle Rodolfo and featured brands.

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My Weekend Getaway

by jed
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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Jed's weekend getaway

Since January, when the temperatures in Manila were plummeting to a record low of 15°C, my friends Anthony and Rico and I had been talking about spending a delightfully cold weekend in Tagaytay. When Anthony’s mom heard about our plan—moved by our many charms and perhaps also knowing that an empty vacation home without a caretaker would make us miserable—she decided to foot the bill for our lodging and send us away with a driver to boot. What more can chill-seeking boys ask for?

On the day of our departure, over a lunch of coffee and tiny almond croissants, we talked about what we can do overnight. Looking back, our plans were wildly unrealistic, so I shall spare you details of our embarrassing ambitions. Finally after a long drive we arrived at our hotel, where at the lobby we were welcomed with a glass of fresh lemonade. We were then escorted to our room, a cozy space overlooking a sprawling landscape of pine trees and lush highland foliage.

To kill time before dinner, we played tennis sans ball boy, where the losing player would referee between sets. Though it pains me to recount that I couldn’t do a proper backhand (among other things) to save my life, I couldn’t nonetheless imagine a more enjoyable Saturday night spent elsewhere.

That evening I curled up in bed, watching a documentary on the Discovery channel. The riveting subject was Dominique Lanoise, a single mom from Miami who can’t undergo gastric bypass surgery due to complications that may arise from being morbidly obese. I dozed off with a personal pact to never eat again. (My phobia was immediately quashed the next day when, while admiring the exquisite view, we had Angus beef and local greens for lunch.)

The following morning, my friends had the audacious idea to take the vertiginous trek down to the lake, located at the far end of the resort club. I was told we can go boating, fishing, play mini-golf, or take a dip in the pool there.  Several miles downhill I realized I forgot my sunscreen—quelle horreur—and had to walk back. After fetching my sunscreen—it’s the new Nivea Sun maximum protection lotion with SPF 50 and collagen protection—I thought it to be a fantastic opportunity to run to the front desk and ask to be brought to that faraway lake via shuttle. I guess this is what you call a life hack.

Time flies and the next thing I know, we were Manila-bound, slightly tanner and fatter. On the way home we dropped by Café de Seoul along Taft, where I had their patbingsu, a Korean dessert of sugared red bean paste served over finely shaved ice and strawberry gelato. Outside, gray buildings obscuring the sunset stuck out like a cruel nudge that I’m back in the real world. But with a refreshing spoonful of my delicious sherbet, I really didn’t mind being back.

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alter ego me!

Here’s me mixing and matching pieces from “Alter Ego”, the fashion ed I worked on in this month’s issue. (Flip over to page 74 to see all the looks!) So who wore it better? LOL!

How are you mixing and matching your clothes this summer? Tweet me or show me on Instagram @jedgcandy!


Infinite in Manila

by jed
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
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I have a terrible habit of asking people I’ve just met if they like K-pop. (As you might already know, social convention would call for small talk on the weather, one’s favorite color, or anything presently airing on The CW.) The upside to this habit is I get to meet bright people who’d answer something along the lines of, “Duh.

Anyway, the matter of this blog post is Infinite’s “One Great Step” concert that transpired at the Araneta Coliseum some two weeks ago. Before progressing, allow me to begin with My Knowledge on Infinite.

My Knowledge on Infinite

  • I know all the members by name. (Duh.) And by personality. Kind of. (L likes kimchi jjigae and the color black; Sungjong is a mean maknae; and other such pertinent information and gossip.)
  • Of the twenty songs (rough estimate) they performed at OGS, I was able to sing along (i.e., mumble in made-up Korean) to maybe eight. (Who dare cast the first stone?) These include: “She’s Back”, “The Chaser”, “Before the Dawn”, “Nothing’s Over”, “Special Girl”, and “Man in Love”. I’m sure I’m forgetting two or three more.
  • What I don’t know in the realm of discography, I can make up for in variety catalog. I’ve seen episodes of You Are My Oppa, Sesame Player, and Ranking King.

Moving on to more important stuff… Photos!

destinyOGS opens with “Destiny”! ‘Cause you’re my destiny… Oohh oohh ooohhh…

beautiful girlHere’s Hoya and Dongwoo performing “Special Girl”. As they say in Korean, nomu joahhh!!!

myungsooToken Myungsoo shot. Annyeong!

infiniteThat’s Woohyun in front singing a ballad. Infinite daebak! ^_^v

Feel free to spazz in the comments section. ‘Til the next K-pop concert!

One of the main reasons you have to get yourself a copy of our August issue is because you absolutely shouldn’t miss one of our fashion eds, ‘Countryside Idol’. ^_^

‘Countryside Idol’ is a showcase of some of the seasons hottest trends: black and white checks and stripes, digital prints, the scalloped hem, among others. And because impeccable taste knows no time or place, I decided to shoot it in a farm! Expect to see cute clothes, greenhouses, and unending rows of lettuce!

One of the trends we chose to highlight is this super cool, high-low sensibility of dressing up. What to wear with a novelty, Optimus Prime top? Why not a luxe-looking floral bolero and a strand of pearls?

countryside idol GTL

Main photo: Maan wears necklaces from Forever 21 and Landmark, a jacket from Mags, a top from Forever 21, Levi’s jeans, and Keds sneakers. Styled by Jed Gregorio and photographed by Kaity Chua for Candy, August 2013.

STYLE CRUSHES: Pre-Lucky editor-in-chiefdom, Eva Chen pairs a floral evening jacket with a plain gray top, ripped jeans, and pointy-toed sandals. Cara Delevingne also gives her take on high-low, wearing a T-shirt with black trousers and velvet pumps.

BEAUTY NOTE: Last week I dropped by SM North EDSA to check out Too Cool For School‘s new store. Too Cool For School’s Marjarelle Pascual was kind enough to tour me around and introduce me to the products. Too Cool For School has an impressive range of beyond-cute stuff, from skincare and makeup, to bath salts and brushes.

Coincidentally I spotted several products there that you can use to get the ‘Countryside Idol’ beauty look. For ‘Countryside Idol’ we went with a straightforward, minimal makeup, fresh face to show off Maan’s newly-colored locks. Other than that, the look is just about groomed brows and a subtle flush of pink on the cheeks and lips. Of course you can also go the Cara Delevingne route and pair bedhead waves with lots of mascara and a stunning red lip. Easily copy the look with any of Too Cool for School’s neat trio of matte lipsticks—a bubblegum pink, an electric tangerine, or a deep red. (Meanwhile their purse-friendly Lip Crayons are perfect for touch-ups!) For the face, I immediately fell in love with the Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion, an instantly-illuminating makeup base that comes in translucent and tinted variants. After application, you can use their Oil Control Paper (needless to say, it comes in cute packaging) to blot around areas of the face you wouldn’t want too shiny, like the sides of the nose, the temples, and the jawline. Also one of my favorite finds is their Cluber Highlight highlighter. Think of it as liquefied fairy dust that provides bits of spotlight to the face, all in a tiny bottle. Who wouldn’t want that?

I went home with the Cranberry + Brown Rice smoothing and firming face pack, which I’ve exhausted over the weekend. I’m glad to report that Monday wasn’t as dreary with a Too Cool, bright face.

TCFS store opening

Visit Too Cool For School at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.

Are you a true blue fashionista even on lazy days? Hats off to you! :)


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