"I dont mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it." ~Marilyn Monroe

"I don't mind living in a man's body as long as I can be a woman in it." ~VinVin Jacla

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Dominic Samoisette for Salvatore Mann (bags)

Check out the latest collection from Salvatore Mann Shoes and Bags from The SM Store.

And an added plus is that my fitness coach Dominic Samoisette is their newest image model. Teehee!

Like Salvatore Mann Shoes and Bags on Facebook for more of their latest fashionable offerings.

Dominic Samoisette also has a Facebook page. Check him out, too (click here).

Watch this quick AVP below. Looks really nice. I believe they shot this at SM Jazz in Makati.

I'll post about the shoes next time. *wink*



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Robot dog is a girl's best friend - “A.R.C.H.I.E.” in cinemas June 7


Known for the iconic classic blockbuster “Back to the Future” franchise, Michael J. Fox is back in the modern-day comedy adventure movie “A.R.C.H.I.E. (Artificial Robotronic Canine Hyper-Intelligence Experiment).”

Directed by Robin Dunne and inspired by classic endearing movies such as “Iron Giant,” “Short Circuit” and “Air Bud,” “Archie” is an enchanting tale about a young girl named Isabel (Sarah Desjardins) who makes friends with a robotic dog that possesses many special abilities. Archie is initially owned and created by world-renowned roboticist Brooke Benton (Katharine Isabelle) to help those in need. Though he looks like a normal dog, he is anything but. He can talk. He can run at blinding speed. He’s got super strength and x-ray vision. On the news of her research program being shut down by the military, Brooke helps Archie escape in the hopes of finding a family to care for him.

As Isabel and Archie’s paths connect, they find a bond and become fast friends helping out and relying on each other for company. Things are going well for both Isabel and Archie until a con artist named Hugh (Fred Ewanuick) tries to steal Archie for his own evil plans.

“Archie” explores the universal themes on the power of friendship, the importance of being true to one’s self, and what it means to belong. This humorous yet heartfelt story also explores themes of putting aside one’s own ambitions to do the right thing.

“Archie” opens June 7 in cinemas from CrystalSky Multimedia.



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Daniel Ekegren is now the most handsome Filipino male model for me ♥♥♥

photos from Seven Barretto/Facebook/Instagram

Before anything else, I would just like to say that these photos are really magnificent! The last time I've seen something like this was with a similar fashion shoot that Mark Alvarez, one of my favorite photographers, did in the past.

Now going back....

Everyone, meet Daniel Ekegren.

He's a Filipino-Swedish male model who was based here in Manila for a short while at the start of this year but unfortunately, while I'm writing this, he's probably already en route back to Sweden. But he'll still be back this coming October, a month after my birthday.

I first met him during the Bench Fashion Show at the Bench Tower last March.

Well, I actually initially had a chance encounter with him even before the show when I was on the elevator going down to the show's venue. A guy wearing a jacket and a backpack entered my elevator. He was wearing a cap so I couldn't quite see his face. At first I thought he was Tanner Mata (LOLZ!) so deep inside I was like contemplating as to whether or not I should ask for a selfie with him. I've been running some lines on my head on how to talk to him.

"Hi, are you Tanner? Can I have a pissshhhuuuurrrrr with you?" LOLZ! CHOZ!

And then I remembered that Tanner is endorsing Penshoppe. Not Bench.

Anyhow, if you can still remember, I once mentioned that Johannes Rissler is the most handsome Filipino male model in Manila for me. That was last March.

But, I'm very sorry, Johannes, I've just had a change of heart. I'm really sorry.

I'm now declaring Daniel Ekegren as the most handsome Filipino male model in Manila for VinVin.


For the next 3 hours. Only for the next 3 hours because his flight going to Sweden is at midnight tonight so technically he's not gonna be in Manila anymore. LOLZ!

But, ok, maybe even after that. He'll still remain as the most handsome male model for me because...gahhhhhddddd....he's just really very  handsome! And lemme show you why....

Oh, look at him. He's like a puppy. Look at those puppy eyes. Cutesie patootsie. I so hate you right now, Daniel. You're so cute here.
And then the puppy turned around and all of a sudden he became Mr. Christian Grey. I'm biting my lower lip now.
I think we need to zoom in this photo....
There. Daniel probably has the most perfectly shaped eyebrows that I've ever seen in any male model to date. Teehee!
And his jawline, his chin, his nose...they all shout perfection!
Oh, dear God, I think I'm in love again. Teehee!
Thank you Seven Barretto for capturing these wonderful photos of the very handsome Daniel Ekegren. I can't even....

That's all for now. But, rest assured that this won't be the last time that I'll be blogging about Daniel.

I'll most probably be bombarding my blog with tons of Daniel Ekegren's photos anytime soon. Teehee!

In the meantime, I'd like to invite you guys to follow Daniel on Instagram @danieleken4.

Safe travels, Daniel! See you when I see you. ♥♥♥



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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My first "Bambike" experience in Intramuros (plus meeting a cute guy)

My first "Bambike" experience in Intramuros was also my very first experience in riding a bike. I never learned how to ride a bike before when I was a kid and I never even rode one. That's why I was so more than surprised on that one Saturday afternoon when I had my first "Bambike" experience.

I didn't know that you could actually learn how to ride a bike in a matter of minutes!

Or maybe it's also just part of being an adult. The older you get, the quicker it is for you to learn those things that you were supposed to have already learned when you were still a kid. LOLZ!

I'm a late bloomer. I know.

Anyhow, lemme just share with you some photos that I took when I went to Intramuros on a humid Saturday afternoon to try out "Bambike." And I'm telling you...I had so much fun! I also met a cute guy. CHOZ!

Bambike is located at Casa Manila in Intramuros while the Bambike Ecotours that I had is located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St. cor. General Luna St. I'm not really sure about the spatial location of these two but I believe they're in the same vicinity. LOLZ!
The whole place itself is actually a museum.
I decided to check out the area first before I challenged myself to go biking for the very first time afterwards. I loved how friendly the people there were to all of their guests.
I like visiting old places because they have this kinda history in them. Kinda eerie but I love revisiting the past from time to time. See that? This so reminded me of the Spanish era. I so loved it.
And this was the bike that I used. It has a bamboo frame, thus, I believe, the name "Bambike."
Our first stop was an old historic church nearby.
Foreigners as well as some locals were my companions during that afternoon.
They all knew how to ride a bike.
Except for me.
I was always almost left behind but good thing that there were 2 other guides aside from the main tour guide that was leading our tour so I still felt really safe.
Just a humid Saturday afternoon to enjoy nature.
And the beauty of the walled city of Manila, Intramuros.
As well as the couples doing PDA here and there.
And this golf course over here.
And that cute German guy over there (on the left). LOL. Our tour guide is the one wearing a wooden hat (a salakot I guess?).
I wouldn't mind going back to Intramuros again someday.
That building over there (beside Mapua) is a pivotal location in Intramuros and in the entire Manila. Our tour guide said that if you go on the rooftop, you'll get to see a perfect 360-degree view of he entire Manila. Sans the photobomber building near the Rizal Shrine probably.
The floors were wet.
I believe that's the Comelec building in Manila?
And this one over here is the iconic Manila Cathedral.
It was my first time to go there so I went inside to pray and make a wish. I wished for true love and a a Caucasian boyfriend. Serious.
But I guess God already answered my prayer right away because he showed me that guy over there wearing a black top, a pair of black shorts and neon green rubber shoes. The sad thing about this, though, is that I never got to see him again. *sigh*
Nonetheless, I had so much fun! I recommend this "Bambike" tour to anyone who wants to experience a combination of historical, cultural immersion with the thrill of riding a bike with a bamboo frame!

BAMBIKE (Bamb EcoLogical Technology Inc.) is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Our Bambike builders come from Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based community development organization for the poor, working to bring an end to poverty. We are also working on a bamboo nursery for reforestation and have plans for a reef rehabilitation project. Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to do better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.

Bambike Ecotours Intramuros is an exciting and educational ecotourism activity in the heart of Manila’s old walled city of Intramuros. Guests will be riding through the streets on bamboo bikes that have been handmade by Gawad Kalinga villagers here in the Philippines. Tourists will be led around the area, getting to cover more ground than if on a walking tour and having a more interesting experience than if going around on a calesa.This ecotour will both teach visitors about Philippine history and make them feel like kids again.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday
9 am - 6pm

Tour times: 10 am and 3 pm
(Please arrive 30 min before tour departure.)
Trip Duration: about 2.5 hours
Price per person: PHP 1200 (includes Bambike and helmet rental, entrance fees, and a bottle of water).

1 hour custom tours are available
Choose your own adventure
Price starts at PHP 600 per person
Please inquire for details and reservations

Places of interest include:
Plaza San Luis Complex
San Agustine Church
Baluarte de San Diego Gardens (entrance fee included)
Puerta Real Gardens
Escuella Taller
Baluarte de Dilao
- A trip up on the Wall
Puerta del Parian
Intendencia Ruins
Puerta Almacenes/Maestranza
Plaza Roma
Manila Cathedral
Fort Santiago (entrance fee included)
Rizal Shrine
We then ride outside the Walls to see:
Jose Rizal's final footsteps
Legazpi-Urdaneta Monument
Cardinal Sin Monument
Cory and Ninoy Aquino Monuments
Juan Luna Monument

Call them at +63 (2) 525 8289 or email them at ecotours@bambike.com for bookings.

For more information, visit Bambike and Bambike Ecotours on Facebook.



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Monday, May 22, 2017

“ANG ARAW SA LIKOD MO” - Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board


Internationally and locally acclaimed Phils.-based produced full feature film “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo (The Sun Behind You)” directed by Dominic Nuesa starring Ping Medina, Bong Cabrera and Mike Liwag has recently been graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board.

For its consistent and deliberate effort to give the audience a fresh take and affecting story about the country’s long-time battle in Mindanao, Nuesa’s “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” now joins the roster of other acclaimed Filipino films that have been graded A by the board such as Mario Cornejo’s “Apocalypse Child,” Paul Soriano’s “Thelma” and Albert Martinez’s “Rosario”. The film made the board’s cut in terms of excellence in direction, screenplay, cinematography, editing, production design, music scoring, sound and acting making it worthy of the 100% amusement-tax rebate incentive from the government.

Directing from his own script, “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” follows an elite team of Phils. Scout Rangers headed by Sgt. Benjie Calayan (Medina) tracking down lawless Islamist elements in the southern tip of the country. Caught in the middle of this conflict are brothers Omar (Liwag), a young Muslim scholar turned radical and his older brother Jamiluddin (Cabrera) turned government informant.

The title of the movie, “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” is symbolic of one’s trust and loyalty to a revered family or friend and inspired by Islam’s daily prayer before sunrise known as Fajr. In the film, this is further emphasized as Jamil and Omar share an unbreakable bond of trust despite belonging to opposing sides.

On developing his script, Nuesa is mindful of the humanity of each character from both (opposing) sides, which is centric to the film. “Direk Marilou Diaz-Abaya, my mentor, once told us that she was fascinated with Islam when she was making “Bagong Buwan”. I thought I understood why, that it was only an interesting subject matter, nothing more. Only when I started listening to Professor Darwin Absari and Imam Bedejim Abdullah was I able to grasp what my dearest Teacher meant. I was invited to Mosques and conversations over sweet drinks. You don’t really research Islam. I had to feel it. I had to feel the struggle of our Muslim brothers. I had to feel the joy of their Faith. I had to feel the Oneness of Allah. I had to reach deep into Mindanao and find at its center, the soul. Like Marilou Diaz-Abaya in “Bagong Buwan”, I found myself captivated by some aspects of Islam, and I hope that “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” reflects this,” Nuesa shares.

An anti-piracy film ambassador, the director strongly supports Globe Telecom’s #PlayItRight anti-piracy campaign which aims to respect the hard labor and protect the livelihood of the crew. “Piracy is no longer cool nowadays, we want everyone to start having a conscious effort not to download from illegal sources that could possibly harm the hard-earned devices of the customers,” Yoly Crisanto, Globe’s SVP for Corporate Communications shares.

A highly-recommended viewing for students, “Ang Araw sa Likod Mo” opens May 24 in cinemas nationwide from An Earth Below Productions in cooperation with HERO Foundation.

Opens in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga, Subic, Bacoor, Laoag, General Trias, Cagayan De Oro, Bacolod, Iloilo and Tacloban – check out Ayala Malls Cinemas, SM Cinemas, Robinson’s Cinemas, Shangri-La Cinema, Festival and Gateway Cinemas for schedules.



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Who is that "gay" I see staring straight back at me...?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?

When will my reflection show...who I am inside?