Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DINING | Elevating the Filipino sabaw experience with Sabao

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Touches of color on Sabao's native-inspired walls, with a contrasting whimsical ceiling to boot.

We got to try out newly-opened Sabao Filipino Soup Bar last week. A sister restaurant of next-door neighbor Bait''s Seafood Kitchen, Sabao has set its sights on Filipino cuisine, particularly on traditional soup-based dishes, or sabaw in Filipino.

Now how was it? Let me answer that.

Interiors and ambiance
As with Bait's and practically all other establishments on the ground floor of Signa Designer Residences, this restaurant has a really high ceiling and with half of its perimeter surrounded by glass panels that afford it an airy and less restrictive feel.

Sabao also has a nice, uneven accent wall that takes inspiration from traditional Filipino materials like sawali (interwoven bamboo splits) and banig (woven mat). They didn't necessarily employ such materials, though, but instead used other implements to afford the same effect, or at least some semblance to it. The inclusion of light boxes likewise adds to the overall updated look.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FASHION | Spring savings with East Dane's 'The Big Event'

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A handsome carryall and a gorgeous tote. Aren't those money clips nice, too or what? And oh, the shoes! Want anything? These are all from luxe accessories brand WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

I agree their exquisitely crafted items may be a tad too expensive for most of us but hey, online menswear shopping site East Dane is allowing us all to get them for less. Rejoice, for the site is bringing back its site-wide sale called "The Big Event" just in time for Spring 2015!

As with last November, the sale involves a tiered discounting scheme as follows:

Spend at least USD250 and you get 15% off!
Order at least USD500 worth of items and it's 20% off!
Splurge with USD1,000 or more and you get 25% off!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 28Feb2015: The hatted jogger

Waaah! There's a Transformer right behind me! Run!

Well, I didn't know at face if it was an Autobot or a Decepticon. I would love to meet Megatron, though.

Anyway, hats off to the Meralco guys for this. They always seem to come up with all the fun stuff, like how they turn their office grounds into a dazzling display of lights and everything Christmas that is the annual Meralco Liwanag Park. So we were there again last Saturday for the last hour of Make and Break: A Festival of Creators.

Friday, February 27, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 25Feb2015: Bringing back the tie, casually

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Oh yes, I have a photo bomber behind me. Anyway, this was last Wednesday, which was my back-to-work day after getting sick for two days.

Now on with the outfit.

I missed wearing ties and so thought of wearing one here. I sometimes lament how business or "corporate" wear in this part of town has become less and less...well, corporate. Not that I'm totally free of guilt on this but everything seems to slip more and more into casual. And mind you, I see a lot that I can't even call casual -- even on non-Fridays.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DINING | Barbecue and everything grilled: Rediscovering Larsian

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Dinner for two.

It became a trip down memory lane when I suggested that popular barbecue place called Larsian near the Fuente Osmeña Circle for dinner one night when we were in town. The place, after all, was just a short walk from Pillows Hotel Cebu where we were staying.

I have frequented the place many times over with board-mates back in college, and the last time I've been there was more than a decade ago already. It simply used to be a strip of barbecue stalls, each one with a few tables behind the grill for diners and a basic sink for hand-washing. People who went there ate with their hands (kinamot in the local dialect), as did I of course. Given the layout, it was a given you'd be leaving the place smelling like smoke.

I don't know when they did decide to overhaul the place but today Larsian is totally different from what I remember.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

TRAVEL | Basic comforts at Pillows Hotel Cebu

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Our king-size bed at Pillows Hotel Cebu.

Finding a place to stay in a city like Cebu can be daunting, not because there aren't much choices but because there are just so many options. On our recent trip there we tried out a smaller hotel, one that's still a relative unknown because it's still fairly new. It's also got a really cute name: Pillows Hotel Cebu.

Here's a rundown of our stay:

Friday, February 20, 2015

FASHION | Black and blue

Just saw on East Dane recently its feature on combining outfits in black and blue. I was surprised with the caption that read, "Thought you couldn't wear them together? Think again." To me it's a combo that works but apparently some people don't usually think of these two colors in one outfit ensemble.

Well, I just wanted to share with you their mini-lookbook that will convince non-believers that black and blue are as perfect a combo as anything else.

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Long-sleeve shirt from Schnayderman's.
T-shirts from S.N.S. Herning and Wings + Horns.
Montoro Derby Shoes from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOOKBOOK | 18Feb2015: A touch of Chinese


Chinese New Year. Happy it's a holiday here. So yesterday I thought of wearing something with a bit of an Oriental touch. Just a bit.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PETS | Forcing the idea of Chinese New Year on our cats

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I know, how cute is our dear Kwittie Boy. But he's not happy at all that all these New Year's Eve paraphernalia are being shoved in his face. And apparently our three other cats share the same feeling. Well, it's Chinese New Year and I thought we could use all those old cardboard trumpets for fun. It's still a New Year celebration, right?

So what happens when you force this idea of Chinese New Year (even though we're not Chinese) on all four of our furry friends? Here's what...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TRAVEL | Suroy-suroy sa Fuente (Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City)

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The Fuente Osmeña fountain, with remnants of Christmas in the foreground.

Never really thought much about it. Throughout my college years in Cebu City, Fuente Osmeña has always been just one of those places that's just...there, hardly an attraction to me, though we did loiter around there several times before. But one night while in the city recently, I just thought of taking a stroll there with Kwittiegirl after a filling dinner at Larsian. Suroy-suroy 'ta! (Let's go take a stroll!)

The night was a little chilly, perfect for a leisurely stroll. Because it's a rotunda and traffic is therefore free-flowing around it, crossing the street to get there takes a bit of courage and timing. At one of the gates I noticed this worn-out marker with a QR code:
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