Anne Curtis for Plains & Prints

Bold and Elegant: The Plains & Prints Pre-Fall Collection 2014

There was no way I was going to fade into the background in these -- my first thought on seeing the clothing brand Plains & Prints' new pre-fall collection. As with More »

Etude House Princess Run

Educational charity to benefit from the Etude House “Princess Run”

In celebration of mothers and families in May, Etude House Philippines is holding a fun run dubbed “Etude Princess Run.” It features 3K, 5K and 10K categories, and will happen on May More »

Starting Over Again

Things we learned after watching Starting Over Again

  1. Architecture is a hot career for rom-coms The similarly titled One More Chance from 2007 also featured a bad breakup, a second chance, and a female lead as an architect. How exciting are More »

iAcademy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year open house at iAcademy

iACADEMY celebrated its first Open House for the year 2014 on February 1, with delegations from Metro Manila and the nearby provinces. It had a Chinese New Year's theme, More »

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

A holiday in Makati

The new Holiday Inn and Suites in the Ayala Center in the Makati business district is a curious yet welcoming mix of business hotel and family vacation place. It's located near More »

Singapore. See where the world is heading.

Singapore is gearing up to entice more Filipinos to visit

Pinoys can't get enough of Singapore, it seems. With a fabulous array of shopping options, endless cuisines from different parts of the world, breathtaking sights, exciting activities and a multi-cultural population, the More »

WD My Passport Air 500 GB

REVIEW: WD My Passport Air Portable Hard Drive

Everything's mobile these days. And, increasingly, we've had to adapt and be mobile ourselves. And not just when it comes to being able to work anywhere, anytime — we have to think More »

Sharwin vs the Caucasian - Cheese Flatbread

Sharwin vs the Caucasian

With the success of the Philippine Week Food Promo at Swissotel in hand, I could now turn my attention to enjoying Moscow. The Philippine Embassy, ever the gracious host, planned a Moscow More »

The Wolverine

Review: The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine picks up after X-Men: The Last Stand left off. There are very few actors who can brood really well while looking buff and gorgeous, and in this case, no More »

Bold and Elegant: The Plains & Prints Pre-Fall Collection 2014

Anne Curtis for Plains & Prints

There was no way I was going to fade into the background in these — my first thought on seeing the clothing brand Plains & Prints’ new pre-fall collection. As with all of the brand’s designs, the collection is unapologetically urban and feminine.

Anne Curtis sits down for afternoon tea with media, style bloggers and fans at the unveiling of Plains&Prints Pre-Fall Collection 2014

Educational charity to benefit from the Etude House “Princess Run”

Etude House Princess Run

In celebration of mothers and families in May, Etude House Philippines is holding a fun run dubbed “Etude Princess Run.” It features 3K, 5K and 10K categories, and will happen on May 25, 2014, at 5 a.m. at the corner of 34th and 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Proceeds of Etude Princess Run 2014 will support the YesPinoy Foundation, an organization founded and headed by actor Dingdong Dantes, Jr. that rally all Filipinos, of all ages and from all sectors and background, to support diverse advocacies and programs. The foundation aims to empower Filipinos to help those in need and to contribute effectively and efficiently.

Dingdong Dantes, head and founder of the YesPinoy Foundation


“We encourage men, women, students, professionals, athletes, celebrities, health buffs and even, cosplayers to sign up and participate in the Etude House Princess Run. We want to bring together Filipino families for this fun event. We hope to see everyone enjoying with their loved ones on May 25,” said Etude House Philippines President Andrea Amado.


Registration for the Etude Princess Run is from March 15 to April 15. Entry fees are P600 for the 3k and 5k races and P800 for the 10k category, inclusive of a race kit with a singlet, race bib and race map.

Things we learned after watching Starting Over Again

Starting Over Again
  1. Architecture is a hot career for rom-coms
    The similarly titled One More Chance from 2007 also featured a bad breakup, a second chance, and a female lead as an architect. How exciting are your lives really, female architects? Maybe we should switch careers!

  2. Ancestral homes are lovely
    Starting Over AgainAn old family home and whether it should be sold, renovated, or restored is at the center of the film. Reminded us of these hidden gems in our crowded city.

  3. Piolo Pascual, meanwhile, can switch careers all he wants
    As Marco Villanueva in this movie, Piolo starts off as a history teacher, but switches careers several times. But the smolder is consistent!


Are you ready for fitness boot camp?

Photo from Medicard facebook page (facebook.com/MEDICard.Philippines)

While we’re always careful to avoid infections, the most common causes of death in the Philippines are actually life-style related: heart-disease, diabetes, etc. Why not make lifestyle change a priority resolution in 2014?

Westgate Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is offering health hopefuls take the first step to fitness through fast, short, and fun exercises in Medicard Philippines “Metafit Fitness Boot Camp,” set at the Westgate Cul-de-Sac from Feb. 3-28, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 6:30 pm.

The 12-session boot camp of high-intensity workouts is a program to encourage Filipinos to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Fitness experts such as Jim Saret, fitness coach of the ABS-CBN show “The Biggest Loser” and developer of the Metafit program and his wife Toni Saret, co-founder of the Metafit program, will guide participants and supervise them on their fitness journey.

Medicard Boot Camp Photo from

“The boot camp is a perfect venue for health and wellness advocates as we help provide them a comprehensive health and fitness package,” Saret said.

Chinese New Year open house at iAcademy

iAcademy Chinese New Year

iACADEMY celebrated its first Open House for the year 2014 on February 1, with delegations from Metro Manila and the nearby provinces. It had a Chinese New Year’s theme, with Chinese-styled lunch and a live Lion Dance and school tour. Delegations were composed of a mix of senior high school students, parents, guidance counselors and faculty members from the following schools: Maquiling School of Los Banos, St. Joseph Academy of Valenzuela, Harrel Horne Integrated School from Cavite and San Isidro Catholic School of Pasay. Several walk-in participants also attended.

iAcademy Open House 2014

A holiday in Makati

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

The new Holiday Inn and Suites in the Ayala Center in the Makati business district is a curious yet welcoming mix of business hotel and family vacation place. It’s located near enough to some of the most important business headquarters of Metro Manila, yet sits comfortably beside one of it’s most popular shopping destinations.

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

The rooms are — well, not too large, but they’re rather roomier than similarly-priced hotel rooms in the area. But the bathrooms are simple, and all but the most expensive suites have only a shower, and no bathtub — how does one have a proper vacation without a tub in one’s hotel room? (The wonderfully scented bath products — ginger and lemon! — almost made up for it. Almost. But I do appreciate it when a hotel pays attention to small details like bath products, because most hotel soaps are boring. Yes, I’m looking at you Intercon.)

Singapore is gearing up to entice more Filipinos to visit

Singapore. See where the world is heading.

Pinoys can’t get enough of Singapore, it seems. With a fabulous array of shopping options, endless cuisines from different parts of the world, breathtaking sights, exciting activities and a multi-cultural population, the lion city is a favorite destination for Filipinos looking for a great holiday with friends and family.

Erwan Heussaff is #theCuriousTravellerJust as the Philippines is progressing as an emerging player in the world market, so are the Filipinos becoming more sophisticated travelers. As more of us have incorporated travel into our lifestyles, we have become more selective in our choice of holiday destinations. Because of this, the Singapore Tourism Board now works to spread awareness of Singapore as a tourist destination for Filipinos through in-market engagements with consumers and travel partners, and also to acquire a deeper understanding of the Filipino traveler’s tastes in order to serve it better.

Spacious, Green and Luxurious Living at the Heart of Ortigas

CDC Millenium Ortigas-Residential Apartment Lobby

CDC Millenium Ortigas-Infinity pool

In a crowded suburb like Manila, breathing space has become an luxury. Which is why Team MJ is excited about an urban haven that will rise within the Metro — the CDC Millennium Ortigas. The brainchild of Philippine property developer CDC Holdings, Incorporated, the 32-storey development will consist of serviced residences, residential apartments and commercial spaces.

The serviced residence Citadines suits the global lifestyle of independent business travelers. To be managed by The Ascott Limited (Ascott), the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, it combines the privacy and comforts of home and the convenience and services of a hotel.

CDC Millenium Ortigas-Roof deck sky garden

REVIEW: WD My Passport Air Portable Hard Drive

WD My Passport Air 500 GB

Everything’s mobile these days. And, increasingly, we’ve had to adapt and be mobile ourselves. And not just when it comes to being able to work anywhere, anytime — we have to think of how to work efficiently, and about the security of our data.

While flash drives are currently a favorite way of carrying around and transporting files, sometimes it just may not cut it. At least not if you prefer something you can copy files from and to fast enough. And when working with sensitive and/or confidential files, you’ll want something you can securely encrypt with a password.

WD My Passport Air 500 GB

Team MJ got to test the WD My Passport Air 500GB recently. First off, there’s none of that flimsy plastic — this one has an all-metal casing. At a light 160 grams and 3.27″ x 4.41″ x 0.43″ size, it won’t cramp your style even when you’re toting it around in your smallest purse.

Sharwin vs the Caucasian

Sharwin vs the Caucasian - Cheese Flatbread

With the success of the Philippine Week Food Promo at Swissotel in hand, I could now turn my attention to enjoying Moscow. The Philippine Embassy, ever the gracious host, planned a Moscow tour for me. Consul Jeff, who graciously volunteered to give me a tour brought me to Elardji Restaurant. A few blocks away from the embassy and the famed Arbatt Street, Elardji looked like an old home. It had a great cozy feel to it, something I’ve been preferring lately to grandiose or ultra modern looking places. It was described as a “Caucasian” restaurant, something which I later learned generally meant Georgian food.

Chef Sharwin Tee in Russia - Eggplant and Mousse Chef Sharwin Tee in Russia - Cheese Flatbread

Georgian food? Me likey. Jeff and I ordered the Georgian “table for two” — a set meal composed of some appetizers and a main course.