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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
I’ve created the perfect KPOP playlist for when you’re flipping through the fashion ed I worked on in our July issue, ‘Cutie Player’. Further below, see several things that inspired the ed. Happy reading!
- Lee Hyori – Bad Girls
- M.I.B. – Nod Along
- SHINee – Why so Serious?
- Secret – Yoo Hoo
- EXO – Wolf
- 4Minute – What’s Your Name?
- Henry – Trap (feat. Taemin, Kyuhyun)
- CL – Baddest Female
MAIN PHOTO: Hye Won wears Dorothy Perkins sunglasses, Forever 21 necklaces and bracelets, Topshop top and skirt, Primadonna crossbody purse with a Clipper Giftshop bear charm.
1 Topshop long-sleeve body-con dress • 2 As seen on the Versace fall 2012 runway presentation: a slim dress styled with micro-bangs and bug-eye sunnies • 3 Forever 21 gold chain choker • 4 Decked out in major bling, Lee Hyori performs her song “Bad Girls” in Music Bank’s May 24 broadcast • 5 Zara leather crossbody purse • 6 Rooney Mara sports micro-bangs on the red carpet • 7 The Faceshop Power Perfect BB cream • 8 Shu Uemura Black V false eyelashes • 9 Missha M shimmer blending ball blusher in pastel glow
BEAUTY NOTE: Piling on statement accessories call for less-than-statement makeup. For ‘Cutie Player’, we went for a luminous, bare face, with very minimal lip and cheek makeup, and even less definition for the brows. You can replicate the fresh, dewy complexion we did here by using a glossy finish BB cream as base, then a final dusting of high-shine powder like Missha’s pastel ball blushers. With precision eyeliner and mascara, finish the look with a strong eye; false lashes, optional. I like the Black V falsies from Shu Uemura, they add subtle length to the lashes with a balanced distribution of volume.
Check out our July issue to see the rest of ‘Cutie Player’. It features photography by Tricia Gosingtian, styling by Jed Gregorio, makeup by Sari Campos, hair styling by Roy Cervantes, and model Hye Won Jang.
Erin and I recently joined the #100happydays bandwagon and I've been noticing that I do feel happier and more appreciative of my life and the people around me. :) Here are some snippets...
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- 2. 5 Best Pink Lips
- 3. 28 Movies to Watch This Love Month
- 4. 10 Moments From The Book We Need To See In She's Dating The Gangster Movie
- 5. Inside Kathryn Bernardo's Bag
- 6. 7 Things That Are Better Than A Boyfriend
- 7. A Step-By-Step Guide To Scoring Tickets To Taylor Swift's Concert In Manila
- 8. Kathryn Bernardo's Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes
- 9. 5 Best High Ponytails
- 10. Kathryn Bernardo Holds On To Daniel Padilla's Arm During Got To Believe Presscon
1. Kathryn Bernardo Made Up For Her Debut Pictorial
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- 3. 7 Things That Are Better Than A Boyfriend
- 4. I'm Single and In Love
- 5. Kathryn Bernardo's Cover Shoot: Behind the Scenes
- 6. 5 Best Pink Lips
- 7. 28 Movies to Watch This Love Month
- 8. Julia Barretto, Kim Chiu, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and 2 Other Stylish Girls This Week
- 9. 5 Best High Ponytails
- 10. Inside Kathryn Bernardo's Bag
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- 3. Inside Kathryn Bernardo's Bag
- 4. Kathryn Bernardo Made Up For Her Debut Pictorial
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- 7. 5 Best Pink Lips
- 8. 10 Moments From The Book We Need To See In She's Dating The Gangster Movie
- 9. LOL of the Day: Daniel Padilla's "Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat" x The Divergent Trailer
- 10. Candy Cutie Twitter Talk: 10 Tweets From Alexander Diaz, Daniel Padilla, Elmo Magalona and More This Week
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