Friday, December 15, 2017

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LOOKBOOK | A green, white, and gray kind of day

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I was giddy when I first saw this sweatshirt in a tweet from Penshoppe last month. Apart from being a really nice-looking piece, what struck me was the brand's old logo from the 90s embroidered across the front--plus that cute little pen logo applique on one of the sleeves. Apparently it's part of Penshoppe's Old School collection, which I really like, probably due to nostalgia as well. I'm old after all.

Monday, December 11, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Patches united for Coachella in December

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All sorts of parties and celebrations are of course commonplace this time of year, and we just had our share with office colleagues last Friday where we went for a Coachella-themed Christmas party.

While the popular festival is currently held in April each year, nothing could stop us from going all Coachella in of all months December. Talk about the benefits of living in a tropical country where we can afford to dress up like it's forever spring and summer! Because it is.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

FRAGRANCE | Lacoste Booster: An old favorite

halfwhiteboy - lacoste booster EDT

Among Lacoste's range of fragrances, Lacoste Booster so far is the only one that seems to agree with my body chemistry, at least among the ones I've tried. I've sampled a few at stores and actually like some of them--until the drydown when I get that familiar metallic, bug spray-like smell that I also get from a slew of other brands. It might not be the case with others, of course.

Anyway, Lacoste Booster is a light and refreshing fragrance that starts off with a citrus note tempered by mint and eucalyptus. It gradually mellows down with faint hints of wood yet still retaining its freshness. To me it remains a citrusy and minty green scent all throughout.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Fisherman's pants for the non-fisherman

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It's almost always shorts that we wear to the beach, sometimes loose-fitting pants in a lightweight fabric. But how about we throw in fisherman's pants into the mix, even if we're not in Thailand?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

LOOKBOOK | A touch of ethnic

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Bright colors, florals and tropical prints, and nautical style outfits are the usual suspects when going on trips that involve the sea, be it a beach getaway, a sailing expedition, or a fancy cruise. How about we add a touch of ethnic into the mix?

Monday, November 13, 2017

LOOKBOOK | Urban safari

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So I thought of wearing this multi-pocketed shirt--or should I say safari style shirt--while going around Hanoi's Old Quarter on a not-so-recent vacation. Because why not? Let's just say that instead of an African safari, I was on an urban safari.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

LOOKBOOK | A non-surfer in surf town

halfwhiteboy - faded denim and brown 01

So you're in a surf town like La Union and you don't surf, nor do you have any intention of trying it out. What do you wear when you just want to go around and check what else the place has to offer on dry land?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

TRAVEL | Our Ha Long Bay cruise experience (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from:

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Thien Canh Son Cave all lit up.

Thien Canh Son Beach and Cave
We approached an island with a small patch of white sand, one of the very few throughout the bay. This was Thien Canh Son Beach and here we were treated to a barbecue lunch by the beach. It was another great multi-course meal with turnip salad, a host of different grilled stuff, some rice dish wrapped and cooked in tin foil, and fruit.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

TRAVEL | Our Ha Long Bay cruise experience (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from:

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Endless variations of these limestone rock islets along Ha Long Bay.

Bai Tu Long Bay
And so it began: the seemingly endless sight of limestone islets jutting out of Ha Long's placid, emerald green waters. Yes, it was surreal and I couldn't stop myself from snapping photos, like I had this urge to immortalize them in pictures I most likely would rarely look at again. Eventually I grew tired but every now and then there's an outcrop or formation that I found intriguing enough to photograph.
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