Friday, July 25, 2014

FOOD | A sip of Banrock Station wine on a rainy day

On a very rainy day in Metro Manila, it was such a challenge to make it on time to SM Aura. I was supposed to just spend the entire day at home, blogging, or maybe watching TV and sleeping but I could not resist a lunch invitation from renowned Australian winemaker Paul Burnett. After a grueling 2 hours on the road, I made it in one piece at the venue in Todd English. 

Paul just got off from a 7-hour flight from Adelaide to Manila so I realized I am not exactly in the position to complain. The Aussie wine master visited the Philippines as part of the promotional efforts to market his wine products under Banrock Station. The man was energetic during his presentation and he was all smiling when he joined us in our table. It was his first time in the Philippines and he was excited to explore the Filipino cuisine as much as he was very eager to introduce his amazing wines.

Braved the rain for an elegant meal at Todd English 
partnered with great wine from Banrock Station

Thursday, July 24, 2014

EVENT | DJs and music lovers welcome Pioneer DJ in PH

While you were sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels with your friends in a club at two or three hours past midnight, do you still care about the DJ. Sure you'd love to have great songs but do you care about how the DJ is doing it. 

For most of us, a great set list is all we need. Yes, there are moments when we hear comments like "Ano ba yan, ang hina naman ng sounds!" but I have still to hear a conversation about the DJ's equipment. It wouldn't be as often as discussing about mobile phone apps for a prettier Instagram photo.

Pioneer DJ Philippine launch
The sons of It's Showtime's DJ MOD were doing the spinning duties at Pioneer DJ's trade show at the SM Aura SMX in The Fort last week. Pioneer DJ's turntables are so user-friendly that even kids can be artistic with it. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Men can't understand why women have to keep a lot of handbags while women are puzzled when men collect several wristwatches. People have different wants and all these are making the fashion industry alive. 

In my case, I kind of have an idea a lot of women want so many shoes and bags. Cliche it may be but again, these are tangible aspects of what we call "the expression of individuality". This subject I can identify a lot since I have so many friends who cry when they are using the same satchel or tote bag for the third straight day. They happen to have a common denominator. They keep wide kinds of shoes and bags from designers to value-for-money, purchased from designer shops to those from clearance stores, and from foreign to Philippine made.


Monday, July 21, 2014

TRAVEL | From Lost To Luxe At The Marina Bay

It started as the most convenient train ride I've been. Singapore's MRT is the same as Hong Kong's when it comes to organization, size, comfort and speed but less crowded. However, as we approach the end of our trip following the MRT's yellow-labeled Circle Line, the luxury turned to confusion. 

We are on our way to Marina Bay Sands from Novena station which is just two blocks away from our hotel. After two train transfers, we boarded the red-labeled North South Line to the Circle Line. When I'm in Asian big cities, I always look forward to riding the train. I love deciding routes on where to alight, how many stations to travel and which direction is better to save time. It's like your own larger-than-life, reality show-inspired maze game which you can't experience, unfortunately, in Manila. But that time, I kind of wished we rode a taxi instead.

marina bay sands singapore
Lost, walked, found and worth it. This is the stunning view of the Marina Bay from the roof deck of the Marina Bay Sands. 

In 2012, the Thompson Line is not completed yet. It would have been a quick 6-station travel from Orchard to Marina Bay. During our Singapore trip two years ago, we need to use the Circle Line and the Circle Line Extension which boasts a subway connecting station that is so huge you cannot afford to commit a mistake. Walking from one end to another will absolutely eat up time and energy. We got off the HarbourFront station and we were hoping we could walk our way easily to the platform for that final train to the Marina Bay station. But easy wasn't the case. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT | The Grown-up Gangster

she's dating the gangster review

The Urban Dictionary defines "Gangster" in two ways: (1) a wannabe thug, often illiterate and an inhabitant of a downtrodden ghetto that hangs around in "gangs"; (2) those behind an organized crime like the Mafia which are responsible for black market trade, espionage, assassinations, etc. 

These are too much of definitions if we talk about Daniel Padilla and his character in Star Cinema's "She's Dating The Gangster." Let go of our unrealistic glossary. We're not gonna see dirty sidewalks of slums and men in leather jackets here. In pop culture, the word "gangster" evolved from frightening to cute just as how the KathNiel tandem is evolving from being a teen craze to being serious actors.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

EVENTS | The Lifestyle Hub is nominated at the Globe Tatt Awards 2014!

Something great happened to The Lifestyle Hub this week. We are among the shortlisted blog sites for the Globe Tatt Awards Best Lifestyle Blog/ Microblog! I consider this nomination an achievement for my 2-year old blog which from the start had this one simple dream, to update you on how to live life the happiest and the best way you can.

vote for the lifestyle hub at the globe tatt awards 2014

I'm gonna need your votes as we are up against other amazing websites like Mad House Manila, When In Manila, Our Awesome Planet, and the Nomadic Experiences. In this field, The Lifestyle Hub has the simplest structure and we are among the babies so this nomination is nothing short of an honor. 

To vote, you can just log in to any of your social media, Facebook or Twitter, and go to this link click on the yellow VOTE button beside and you can share if you want to. Voting is ongoing and will end on August 3 with the winner to be announced on August 8. Votes comprise 50% of the total score with the other half of the percentage to be awarded by the Tatt Awards Council.