Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHAT APP: NESCAFÉ Wake Up


I noticed a bad case of insomnia from the past weeks. I tried so many tips to safely feel inaantok (apps, read books, watch a movie), but the harder it is to fall asleep for me, the even more difficult it is to wake up. Lalong lalo na kapag maaga the next day ang gising, the more I can't sleep!

When I saw these Instagram posts from my friends, I knew there is something new coming out in the next few days. Whether it is a legit antukin guy they all coincidentally spotted lang, or just to promote a new product or brand, I can surely RELATE to him big-time especially during long days when I did not get proper sleep the night before. :p Kulang nalang kasing lambot ng unan ang shoulder ng katabi ko sa bus. Lol.

Then I discovered this app that will make waking up in the morning more interesting: NESCAFÉ Wake Up or the Wake App promises to replace your boring alarm clocks.

You can download the NESCAFÉ Wake Up app, the first social alarm clock, via App Store or Google Play Store for free.

How it works: Like the usual alarm clock on your phones, just set the time you need to wake up:

And then the exciting part, choose whether you want to wake up to either...

1) Random Videos from NESCAFÉ Stars included in the Wake Up app:

OR 2) Get more social and interactive! Wake up to a personal video that you can record and share to your friends who also have the Wake Up app in their phones!

Actually, I found out about this app and the sleeping guy and how they are connected to each other via Sammy Snooze Facebook page a friend recently added. Nakakatawa tong tulog sa concert, sayang ang pera! Haha!

In the page, there are different challenges where you have to help wake Sammy Snooze up early for different missions... Like for the most recent one where "Sleeping Pogi" has to attend a Marathon with his barkada (na usually madaling araw ang call-time!).

The best part is the cash prize at stake! Sammy Snooze will choose THE BEST Wake Up App Alarm Video weekly, and the winner will receive P10, 000! Grabe 10k mang-gigising ka lang! So the app is actually not just useful for everyday personal call time, but also a chance to win pang shopping or pang travel money! Gising na gising nako guys! Haha.

There will be a weekly challenge + winner, so make sure to add Sammy on Facebook. To find out more about this App and Sammy Snooze, visit NESCAFÉ Philippines on Facebook!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10.21.14



  


Backpack and Cocoon Jacket - H&M | Watch - Fossil @ WSI | Leather Leggings - Topshop | Shoes - New Balance | Photos - @artsyava

Hello world! In the bus now on our way to BALER! Yung bus mala airplane with a stewardess pa and solo seats, snacks, kumot. I've been asleep for the most part, and super dilim pa when we left Manila...ngayong pag gising ko it's super sunny and green na outside my window! Ang sarap ng feeling, excited for this "break" and adventure!

Anyway! Hello from my new haircut (random lang yan nung sunday, sana ok!) AND ambitious winter peg look yesterday, nung nakita ko sa weather app ko that it's going to rain (our only license to wear coats, hehe). Had to blame the many style and fashion boards on Pinterest na ganyan ang street style pins.. but sana we can wear something like this more often coz ang comfy talaga, wrapped in H&M's cocoon jacket! Anyway, back to my vacation! :) Updatean on instagram @anagon. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CBTL The Giving Journal 2015


This is probably one of my "teaching career" highlights: partnering with CraftMNL. Through Marielle and her team, I was able to teach my long time passion to more people. Last week, I went to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf The Giving Journal 2015 launch in their Net Lima, Fort branch not only as an invited blogger... But a wiring teacher! :) It was a 2 day event, and I was lucky enough to attend both.

Creating samples on-the-spot. Took years of practice kaya mabilis nako gumawa:

Monday, October 20, 2014

European Brands SuiteBlanco, Sfera and Uno de 50 For Philippine Fashion Week

Congrats to:
Elisse Celina M Tan
elisse5tan@yahoo.com

Jade B. Bufete
jadebufete@yahoo.com

Franz Dayrit
chezdayrit@gmail.com
Check your emails!:)
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Make way for the triad Euro brands that will grace this season's Philippine Fashion Week! Find out more about Sfera, Suiteblanco, and Uno de 50 and their newest collections on October 24 at the SMX Convention Center.

THE NEWCOMER

 A Spanish brand from The El Corte Ingles Group, SFERA caters clothes and accessories to the woman who is sophisticated, classy, and elegant. For their Fall/Winter Collection, expect mix textures and color palettes playing with lots of khakis, greens, reds, blues, and grays. Sfera also carries clothes for men, from timeless pieces to casual looks. Its first branch is located at the 2F of SM Makati.


FROM RETAIL TO RUNWAY

Another Spanish brand and PhFW first-timer, Suiteblanco is taking their fashion cred game to the country's biggest runway. What to expect? Rock N' Roll Denim, Safari Standouts, Black & White Binary, and East-Meets-West Eclecticism collections that will definitely make you Fall/Winter-ready! Visit Suitblanco in SM Aura and SM Makati.


MORE THAN JUST ACCESSORIES

UNOde50 searches inside each person to show that which defines them. Their Autumn/Winter collection is not just composed of random accessories, but pieces inspired by sensations experienced by the human being on coming into contact with nature in its purest form. The Connection Collection consists of designs with organic shapes, made entirely of silver-coated metal, letting winter scenes awaken in us. Check out the craftsmanship of UNOde50 intricate pieces in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Aura Premier.


Now the best part... I am choosing THREE winners (of two tickets each) for Suiteblanco + Sfera + UNOde50 Philippine Fashion Week joint show on October 24, 9pm, SMX Hall 4!

To Join:
1) Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @anagon.
2) Follow @suiteblancoph @sferaph and @unode50_ph on Instagram.
3) Instagram this poster with the caption "@anagon is giving away 3 PAIRS of @suiteblancoph @sferaph and @unode50_ph Philippine Fashion Week show passes! Visit www.anagonzales.com! #suitblancoinphfw2014 #sferainphfw2014 #unode40phfw2014"
4) Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this blog post.
5) Comment below with your name, email, IG name, and link of your tweet.

Will announce the winners by October 22, so check your emails and my blog then! Winners must claim their passes in Makati by October 23. More details to follow, good luck!

Azalea Residences Baguio Day 2


Day 2 came by in a blink of an eye. We slept at past 3am already, after spending our first night in our first trip together with so much stories to tell (and kalokohans to share, lol). When my alarm went off at around 7:30am, I woke up slightly disoriented. "Asan na nga ba ako?" Lol. Then we headed to Tradisyon Coffee Shop for the free breakfast buffet, and eventually (with the good food and unli coffee) nagising na din ako.

Chinky Eyes Club, lol:

Finally tried Azalea Residences' famous YUMMY hot chocolate. Super sarap nga and perfect for Baguio weather:

Our first agenda for the day was a hotel tour. After checking out Azalea Residences' different rooms, our last stop was the hotel's super beautiful Presidential Suite:

The Presidential Suite is a dream-come-true for big barkadas or families going to Baguio. It is a 2-level unit with 3 bedrooms upstairs, a huge living room with a digital fireplace, dining area, a common restroom, and a kitchen. The place is decorated to resemble a modernized Baguio log cabin.

Group pic! In love with the giant dream catcher and brick walls:

Ang fashion blogger, basta makakita ng grass, photo op kaagad ng shoes, haha!

After the tour was the start of our Azalea Residences Group Challenges! For the first round, we were grouped by friends and was given a budget of P1000 to shop and shoot an Ukay OOTD in just one hour! The theme they gave to us was "chill spot in Baguio".

They drove us to a thrift shop na open kahit umaga, which is called Bayanihan located near Burnham Park (a 15-minute drive lang from the hotel). Tapos they left us na and let us do our thing within the alloted time. Bayanihan is a huge building, which was formerly a hotel daw, kung saan bawat floors converted into stalls and stalls of second hand treasures. Although a bit expensive than the ukay-ukay that I've been to before, they still sell a lot of branded pieces like Prada bags, Uniqlo top, and leather goods.

The search is on! So many interesting pieces here, like this three-tone brogues and rosette cream top. Our goal was to dress up Trice in vintage-chic style.

After haggling, we got all our desired pieces at P1,000 eksakto! Thank you ates!

We conceptualized a theme, so although hassle and with time constraints pa, we pushed with it and rode a taxi to our desired "location" for our vintage shoot! And in fairness naman, all our cab fares in Baguio less than P100 lang umaabot!

I suggested Mt. Cloud Bookshop, located in Casa Vallejo Upper Session Road, dahil naalala ko how IG-worthy the place is

Every nook and corner of Mt. Cloud Bookshop complemented Trice's all-vintage outfit: from the polka dots blouse, pale blue skirt, tan heeled loafers, and sling bag. And yup, lahat nun P1000 lang!

Siyempre, di ako pahuhuli! Lol. I also bought a book At Large At Leisure written by my UST college prof in Features Writing Sir Nestor Cuartero. Sayang we didn't have time to stay long here in Hill Station, we went back to the hotel na for lunch before the 2nd challenge.

The Round 2 of the challenges was sobrang exciting and mas mahirap for me! A cooking contest! For the cook-off, we were given P1000 again per group, which was formed via draw lots na so we can interact with the other bloggers. They brought us to the local Baguio market where we bought all our ingredients, and the task is to create a "very Baguio dish" in our hotel rooms' kitchen area. All in 2 hours only!

My teammate and group leader Ate Minnie, who thought of using chicken for our main dish. During our short ride to the market, we Google Baguio's famous dishes and ingredients (other than strawberries, hehe), so this dish is basically Baguio Pinikpikan inspired... minus the pukpukan (haha).

My other teammate Ate Jen; and also bumped into Seph and Sarah's team during our "shopping":

So much to see in the market - stacks and stacks of fresh strawberries, cactus and other potted plants, bottled sweets, and fresh vegetables:

Back in the hotel, it started to rain nadin so ideal nadin to stay-in and maximize our hotel rooms. Inside the Azalea's suits is a complete kitchen area - with microwave, pans, chopping board, rice cooker, utensils, lots of plates, etcetera.

My Ates, guiding me with the other tasks na kaya ng isang beginner cook! Hehe! In short, hugasan ang mga veggies, mag cut ng broccoli, buksan ang delata. Haha!

Finally: Our chicken dish with oyster sauce, fried noodles, strawberries and boiled eggs, fresh buttered vegetables, and brown rice (inside the bell pepper!). Best in presentation, galing nila Ate Jen and Minnie!

Yep! We cooked all these in our hotel suite's kitchen! :D

The judging part - along with the yummy dishes of the 2 other teams! 

Before the announcement of winners of the challenges, we had dinner at the Tradisyon Coffee Shop - where it was Pizza, Pasta, Salad Buffet night! I can't believe their buffet is just P350 per head!


Super busog pa from eating and trying all the good contest entries, but I cannot resist their cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna... Di ko na napigilan wag kumain! We also had the option to create our own pasta and Mongolian dishes. I was also eyeing the wine and cheese corner, hehehe.

And finally... They announced the challenge winners! After also awarding special prizes (best in participation si Trice, best in pajama si Ate Rochelle), the best team for the Ukay OOTD Challenge is.... Our group! Yehey! Worth it ang pag cab to Mt. Cloud, hehe!

And for the cooking showdown, my team also won! Felt so lucky that night, haha!

One final group pic before we headed out for the night ukay-ukay. The others will go home nadin ng 4am so they also went to pasalubong centers for jams and raisin breads. A big thanks to this fun batch for the great and very GV weekend!

Ukayan in Harrison with my group Seph, Trice, and Sarah... Ang daming tao and wala kami halos nabili na! :( Although may mga tig 10 pesos parin, a lot of the good finds like DMs and New Balance, mahal nadin nila sinesell (thousands).

So we just went home - I mean, went back to our hotel room. Which is fast becoming "homey" to me nadin, but this was our last night na, huhu. :p

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