Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall fawning and winter wishing

If there’s one thing good about living in the tropics, it’s that you get to enjoy the beach almost year-
round. And with that, you get to wear the lightest of clothes from t-shirts to tank tops and shorts. However, there’s always that yearning somewhere for layering, which would only most likely result in beads of sweat trickling down my face.

This is when I wish I were in a different climate where fall and winter come each year. I don’t necessarily long for snow; just the cooler temperatures that give me the perfect excuse to wear clothes on top of another. These are but a few of the stuff I’d love to, and wish I could, wear this season. So here goes.

1. A double-breasted coat
Oh, wouldn’t it be great to saunter down the city streets in a DB coat, with its tails flipping graciously in the cool autumn wind as you take a sip off your Starbucks cup? It’s sartorial elegance at its finest.

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Double-breasted coat by Dolce & Gabbana.

2. A cape
As if the flapping hems of a coat weren’t enough, when temperatures go down even further it’s time to put on a cape. It instantly ups the swag factor while keeping yourself comfortably warm in winter.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

[Throwback (Travel) Thursday 09.11.2014] A sampling of Siargao Island sans the surfing

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The winding wooden walkway at Cloud 9 in Siargao Island. 

With the Siargao International Surfing Cup drawing near – which is now on its 20th year, by the way – I'm taking a look back at that one time I visited the lovely Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, Philippines.

Dubbed as the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines," Siargao first came into my consciousness after I chanced upon an article from our company employee newsletter. It was about a certain international surfing competition where our company was one of the sponsors. I got intrigued.

Fast-forward to February 2002, I found myself in Surigao City for a work assignment. With Siargao just 3 hours away by slow ferry and about 1.5 hours by fastcraft, the chance to visit the island was just too good to pass up even if rains are expected in the area from January through July. Undaunted by the weather, I embarked on this little journey of mine – alone – and sailed for three hours while huge waves rocked our vessel.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

[Lookbook 09.08.2014] Clean and khaki


So this is what greets us in the morning when we're about to leave the house: cats giving us some curious and judging stares. It could be "What's taking you so long? Go now and leave us in peace!" or "You're late. What are you looking at?" But then it could also be "That outfit's horrible!"

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rediscovering old school at Back Alley Barbershop

I've always been a salon kind of guy. As a kid it may have always been a trip to the local barber for haircuts but once that "consciousness" arrived in my teenage years, I graduated to salons. I guess it had to do with this perception that they're more attuned to current hairstyles than old barbers. But then not all salon-based stylists are good.

Anyway after twenty-something years I found myself at a barbershop again just yesterday afternoon. Following a failed call for an appointment at my go-to salon, My Bibe suggested I try Back Alley Barbershop, which she'd been following on Instagram. Alright, I thought, time to try something new by going old school (ironically).

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As old school as this place can get, they play music from vinyl.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

[Lookbook 08.28.2014] Militarized


Military jackets were once the toast of designers a few seasons ago. But just because they're no longer in vogue doesn't mean we can't wear them anymore, right? At the end of the day it's still a jacket anyway.

So today I found the perfect excuse to wear one. I think it's because I woke up feeling cold. It was raining and the slightly cooler temperatures outside were further intensified by the air conditioning in the bedroom, which, as expected would be the same in the office.

Back to school in style

The end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere also signals the start of something that a lot of people surely dread: school. Good thing I've already graduated ages ago. But for the rest of you who will once again be facing the daily grind of books, homework, boring professors and whatnot, maybe school can be a little more bearable if we think of what to wear on those long schooldays. Yeah, we probably need to be a little shallow sometimes.

Online menswear shopping site East Dane has put up a special selection of stuff that's perfect for all you school-going guys. Here are but a few of the items you'll probably need to face the tiring months ahead.

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A Jansport backpack. The backpack is every guy in school's go-to bag to stuff everything in.

[Throwback (Travel) Thursday 08.28.2014] Sauntering through the Batad rice terraces in a loincloth


An Ifugao warrior wannabe. Or better yet, an Ifugao warrior poser. This was taken back in April 2005 in Batad, a small village in Banaue, Ifugao, famed for its amphitheater-like rice terraces. I was with a group of four other friends to catch Banaue's Imbayah Festival that year. After the festival we proceeded to Batad and spent the night there.

The bahag, or loincloth, is mine, by the way. I got it from a shop in Banaue while everything else from the headgear, the spear, and the wooden shield were lent to me by the inn's owner. I guess he was amused by this half-white guy in a bahag.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bootie call

I just finished cleaning up two of my boots. I haven't worn them in a while so I decided to check them out, planning to wear them soon because it's been raining again lately. But to my horror I found molds on them. Ugh!

I like boots. I feel like they lend me some degree of badassery. But of course they come in different shapes and styles, not just the usual leather lace-ups. Here are a few of my picks for you:

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Clockwise from top:
Dearborn NYC wingtip boots by John Varvatos Star USA. I love the contrast between the formality of the broguing and the casualness of the aged leather.
Leather lace-up boots by Viktor & Rolf. This is simply badass.
Richmond boots by Bespoken. It's a classic design that I like given a touch of attitude with some camo canvas trim.

Wearing colored pants: Bright and rusty

I do admit that wearing darker-hued trousers leaves a man with much less trouble in picking a shirt and jacket to go with it. Now colored pants--much so bright ones--can be a little challenging at times. But then it's nice to wear some color, even on occasion.

After showing you some ideas on how to wear green pants, let's see about bright, rust orange jeans this time.

They're jeans, so t-shirts are a no-brainer, even polo shirts. But it's not about them, right? It's more about what colors go well with orange. For starters, white, blue and brown go nicely with orange. But putting on more colors, like this graphic print shirt here, can also work. While there's blue, yellow, green, and red on this tee, there's also some orange on it, which conveniently ties everything else to the jeans's color. For footwear, it's brown high-cut sneakers here because like I said, it goes well with orange.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dancing baby Groot

Still hung up from the fun-filled Guardians of the Galaxy, I so want a dancing baby Groot toy for myself, maybe something in this mold:

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