July 31, 2012

Thank You For The Feature!

STYLE STAR PICKS, Alabang Town Center
SUESH

MOCHIKO
I know it's a bit late but I want to thank them for featuring my blog. There are other companies like Asos, Primadonna etc. but alas, I was not able to get a screen shot of their websites/Facebook. I still want to thank them though!

Mark's back in Sydney while I'm busy with some stuff and my Manager's Course. Also, Mark and I have been thoroughly enjoying True Blood Season 5 while waiting for The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones. It's been raining like cray here in Manila, I hope everyone's safe. 
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July 29, 2012

On People: Kadiboy Belarmino, Vocalist of Fherrond


Kadiboy Belrmino, Vocalist of Fherrond
Rock artists are notorious for difficult interviews - be they high, shy or incoherent without an instrument in their hands. Kadz, the frontman of the hugely talented alternative band, Fherrond was definitely not the shy type, but pretty high at the time. Here we finally get an insight into the creative mind and inspiration of a rock star. Poetic, vigorously intellectual and brutally honest, Kadz’ mind perfectly mirrors his music.



Kadz' band, Fherrond.
Tell us something about yourself.
They say I'm weird;
Really, I'm a Simple guy
But yeah, Simple is hard.

Tell us a weird quirk of yours.
My imagination is somewhat brimming, allowing me to construct such things on the spot. I love to watch television to lull me to sleep [setting the TV timer] instead of just turning it off. I have sexual fantasies with a teen dressed as Tinkerbell [what the fuck I just said!].



How did you start your band, Fherrond?
First began as an actual side project band way back in 2009 in Dasmariñas Cavite. It was a diminutive and complicated word, single syllable, and a prompt for us to free ourselves of a lot of inhibitions and other tuneful interests and just seek for a simple, cruel and pointed form of music. The lineup was made up of friends who met through the local music scene.


Tell us something about your music.
Musically, Fherrond takes influence from mid 1990s Industrial, Alternative metal, Electronica and Post Rock bands like 'My Bloody Valentine', 'Mogwai' , 'Tool', 'Deftones', 'Nine Inch Nails' and JESU. Lyrically, Fherrond has songs that feature Positive Ideology about teenage life from dark times, more specifically, Fherrond was inspired by bands that raised questions about drugs, violence, feminism, personal responsibility and artistic freedom.



Tell us about your typical day with your band.

Writing, drinking, striking up random conversations, smoking and using that herbal vigor w/ my band mates.

Who or what inspires you and why?
 
Alejandro Jodorowsky- filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, comic’s writer and spiritual guru. Sometimes, you have to learn how to dismember objects, sounds, images, and texts to produce new combinations of objects, sounds, images, and texts. Make your own shit, Make a unicorn poop.

What was the best thing that ever happened to you?
Can’t pick just one. Maybe one them is when I met my beautiful, peculiar friend: Ms. Millie. Yeahh!

What can you say about the music scene in the Philippines, particularly here in the South?
I'm attracted to music where the combining or exceeding of genres happens as a significance of following ideas and experimentation, more than the mindful intermingle of genres as a strategy. Maybe that's why I lean to enjoy bands that are moving from metal into other genres, more than the other way around.

What is the most memorable moment you have had as an artist?

One of our gigs in Manila from last year (2011), when some random girl approached me after our set and started confessing about her sexual intercourse w/ his boyfriend while listening to our demo CD. Didn't know how to react at that moment, but yeah! I just said, "Thank you!".

What message do you have for people aspiring to have their own band?

Don't rely on TV, Internet & Radio. 
Concentrate on making something intuitively.

Kadiboy's websites:

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Hazelnut Chocolate Fawn Treasures

 Dress from Forever 21 Korea, necklace, belt and ring from Singapore, my sister's bag, Ray-Ban Outdoorsman Aviator from the 70s, People Are People wedges

 Coolest thing I found in my parents' drawers: An original Ray-Ban Outdoorsman Aviator from the 70s.

About the dress:
I got this beautiful dress from Forever 21 in Korea through 
My friend Joel gave this dress as a gift for my birthday through his sister Joanne who is currently in Incheon, South Korea  and who owns this amazing online store where you can buy branded clothes and beauty products at discounted price. Apparently, a lot of famous bloggers buy their Forever 21, Topshop and other branded clothes from them, so I highly recommend this online shop.

About Davao Tlcshop Fab Finds from their Facebook


THE LITTLECOOL SHOP (The Little Cool Novel Ventures)

DAVAO: 18A Sasalit St. Nova Tierra Village Lanang Davao City

MANILA: Blk 3 Lot 15 Diamond Road El Dorado Villas Better Living Subd. Paranaque City


FAB FINDS, GREAT PRICES, TRUSTED SERVICE Since 2009


WE COMBINE PREORDER SPREES AND ACTUAL OFFLINE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES WITH CUSTOMIZED SHOPPING AND SHIPPING OPTIONS DEPENDING ON OUR CLIENT NEEDS!

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We offer both Retail Prices and ~Discounted BULK BUYING Rates (Minimum of PHP 4,600 Product Purchase for our Bulk Buying Rate).

~We also allow clients to order items in Korea and ship their items to our Korean address. We do the consolidation and Shipping of the packages to the Philippines.

TO ORDER KOREAN ITEMS, PLEASE USE OUR KOREAN ITEMS ORDER FORM:

***For any special requests or questions, send in your queries by PM-ing us or emailing us at joeanne@thelittlecoolshop.com***

APRIL KOREAN SHOPPING SPREE:
ORDER AND PRICEQUOTE TAKING: March 16 ~ 31, 2012
ALL ORDERS MUST BE IN BY MARCH 31!!

ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES: APRIL 16 ~20, 2012


2. US SHOPPING PROGRAM

AMAZON.COM, DRUGSTORE.COM, NORDSTROM.COM, MAC COSMETICS, SEPHORA, Anything you want from the US we can get for you!

We offer THREE (3) SHIPPING OPTIONS for our US Shopping Program:

~Air Express (WE HAVE MONTHLY US TRIPS, SCHEDULES ARE POSTED EVERY 30TH OF THE MONTH)

~Discounted FEDEX Rates. We offer 50% Discounted Fedex International Rates from the US to the Philippines

~SEA FREIGHT BALIKBAYAN BOX. If you're willing to wait and items are big and bulky, we offer LBC's SEAFREIGHT BOX service from the US to the Philippines. 

To get Pricequotes on US item pabilis, please use our US SHOPPING FORM: 

TLC SHOP US SHOPPING PRICE QUOTE AND ORDER FORM:

APRIL US SCHEDULE:
March 16 ~ April 5: Order Taking for April Batch
US Trip Schedule for April will be posted on 30th of March.

3. DUTY FREE SPREES. 
Get your dutyfree fix at the BEST PRICES. LONGCHAMPS, PERFUMES, ANYTHING YOU WANT FROM THESE DUTYFREE SHOPS: dfslotte.com and dfsshilla.com!!! We run dutyfree sprees when J comes to the Philippines. All dutyfree items are personally carried to the Philippines.

NEXT DUTYFREE SPREE:
ORDER TAKING: MAY 1 ~ 24, 2012

ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES: MAY, 26, 2012


4. RETAIL SERVICE
We stock up on our more popular items. Please check our Onhand Album or visit our multiply shop:www.thelittlecoolshop.multiply.com

IF YOU WANT TO GET US AS YOUR SUPPLIER OF KPOP, COSMETICS, US PRODUCTS OR ANY ITEMS YOU WANT FROM THE US OR KOREA, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL SO WE CAN SEND YOU OUR BULK BUYING PRIMER:

joeanne@thelittlecoolshop.com , davaotlcshop.com


YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT US THOUGH THE FOLLOWING MEDIA:

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July 28, 2012

How To Store and Take Care Of Your Make Up

Like any of our possessions, our make up also deserve a lot of caring and loving. Storing make up properly will not only help you save space, it will also be able to maximize the use of each product by prolonging its shelf life. Here are 6 easy tips on how to store and take care of your make up products.

1. Use containers and train cases.
First thing you have to do is find sturdy and clean containers/cases for your make up. If you're from the Philippines, you can buy most of these in any SM department store, make up stores like Suesh or Divisoria.
It's good to buy clear containers so you can easily see your products.

This is my container/mini drawers on my desk where I put my lippies, nail products, meds and then some.

These lippies are for personal use since I use lipstick palettes for photo shoots. These are the usual colors I use everyday that's why I made sure that I could see them and easily grab them when I'm in a hurry. The Le Sportsac case used to hold my Blackberry. 
This is my new make up kit from Suesh. Make up inside here is for personal use. I use a different make up "luggage" for filming or shoot.


As you can see, it doesn't really hold a lot especially my palettes but it's just super gorgeous and does its job.
For more make up cases you can go to SUESH.
2. Sort cosmetics according to type.
Believe me, it's a lot easier when you know where everything is. Take a look at my kit for example, at first glance it may look a bit messy but it's actually organized.
I also arrange my palettes according to types. By the way, I'm selling my concealer palette and shimmer eye palette. PM me on facebook if you're interested. I haven't used any of them :)
 3. Throw out old make up.
This is a must. Please stop hoarding make up products especially when they are obviously off. Using old make up will give you a lot of skin/health problems and it is best to keep your stash updated. Sort out your make up kit every year. This is will not only save you space but will also save your skin. 
So how would you know when to throw your make up product? Here's a simple guide.

a. FOUNDATION- Get rid of your foundation when it starts to disintegrate-- when you see the oil and the product not meshing well. Foundation can last up to 2 years.

b. MASCARA- Shelf life is 3-6 months.When it gets dry and flaky, dish it. Also, a good tip is to swirl your mascara wand instead of pumping it in the tube to prevent getting more air inside.

c. POWDER- Lasts 2-3 years. If you accidentally crack yours, try putting moisturizer to glue the powder back together.

d. LIPSTICK and LIP GLOSS - Lasts up to 2 years. If it starts to smell bad, throw it.

4. Clean brushes regularly.
Brushes get dirty because oil, sweat and make up tend to stick on the bristles. Bacteria/germs thrive on dirty, unwashed brushes and I know you don't want that on your face. 
1. You can either buy an expensive brush cleaner from MAC or
2. You can do it my way when I'm too lazy to buy my brush cleaner: use Olive oil/baby oil and baby shampoo.
Just mix your oil on a plate with baby shampoo, dip your bushes and brush your palms with the bristles. The oil will keep your bristles soft while baby shampoo will sanitize your brushes.
5. Store make up at room temperature.
We don't like gooey lipstick and your make up products ruined because of sunlight.

6. Use creative storage solutions.
Like these:

If you don't have a budget for a nice make up case, be creative! Use bowls, plastic wares, boxes etc.

I hope this post helped. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me a message on Facebook. I'm also selling some make up products so watch out for that. Have a happy weekend!
x
Millie

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July 25, 2012

15 Things To Do In Davao



Seated in Mindanao is a shining gem of opportunity and progress. It is home to over a million people, governed by leaders who know how to discipline a populace and are swift executors of justice. Signs of success and affluence abound as infrastructures are built tirelessly to meet the demands of the people. It truly deserves to be called an Asian City of the future. Its vast land is home to a diverse ecosystem with Mt. Apo as its foreboding guard. The air is fresh and is ruled by a winged king. Its waters rejuvenate those whose minds and souls have withered. 

This is Davao, gateway to paradise.
So, why Davao?

1. Samal 
Dying to show off your knock out bod? Are you exhausted and stressed? Davao offers the best solution for these situations. Just a short boat ride away from Sasa Wharf, Samal is home to a variety of beaches including the world renowned Pearl Farm Beach Resort and the very accessible and all time people’s favorite Paradise Beach Resort. After island hopping and deep sea diving, let the waves of Samal’s white sand beaches caress you to a much deserved moment of relaxation. 




2. Eden Nature Park
Laying in surrender at the foot of Mt. Talomo, Eden Nature Park offers tourists and locals alike a reprieve from Davao City’s urban rumblings. In Eden, one can conduct different activities such as embarking on a tour, hiking, and camping. Its gardens give the mind a refreshing sight and at 2,650 feet above sea level, it offers the best panoramic view of Davao City. Arriving at Eden entails one to let the soothing hand of mother nature rest atop your chest and breathing in her fresh scent allows one to unite with her infinite beauty.



3. Crocodile Park
The Crocodile Park in Davao City is ideal for educational tours. The park offers its visitors a chance to see and even interact with these ancient creatures. Aside from crocodiles, the park is also home to other reptile and bird species. After a visit, you’ll realize that not all crocodiles in the Philippines are in the streets of EDSA or in congress.


4. The Philippine Eagle Center
“Bow down to the king”. This immediately perpetuates in your mind once your sight catches the awe inspiring stand and compelling stare of the Philippine Eagle, Davao’s symbol of prosperity and progress. The Philippine Eagle Center in Bgy. Malagos, Davao City houses 36 Philippine Eagles and is the country’s center of conservation efforts for this endangered mighty raptor. In Davao, our king can fly. 


 5. Davao Museum
A kaliedescope of color, culture and history, Davao Museum is an incredibly well-curated showcase of Mindanao ethnology and cultural history. In a progressive city with endless construction, Davao Museum is a breath of fresh air. Take a gander at the life-size diaromas, the traditional craftwork and religious artifacts of the T’boli, Mandaya, Marinao and Bagobo, as well as gems like Spanish colonial maps, original Arabian texts pointing to the island’s moorish roots, and the priceless Bagobo Giangan Dagmay figures, hewn from ivory.


 6. Lon Wa Buddhist Temple 
Carp filled lily ponds, marble walls and bacchanalian Buddha statue will transport you to your own slice of Buddhist serenity. One of the largest temples in the Philippines, Long Wa is best enjoyed for a pleasant stroll through the temple grounds. But don’t let the calm fool you, the dragon temple is home to Kung Fu monks. It’s best to avoid visiting at midday when the monks break for lunch, or during a prayer service.




7. Abreeza Ayala Mall
Mall rats rejoice! Davao is kind to you. Arguably the best commercial complex in the country, Abreeza Mall in Lanang, Davao City boasts of a very varied and wide array of retail concepts and brands, both foreign and homegrown, to spend on. It also provides shoppers with a multitude of dining choices which will surely ease your hunger and please your belly. The movie lover is sure to salivate as Abreeza Mall also houses state of the art cinemas. The mall is distinctly designed for Davao as its creative use of colors reflect the City’s culture and heritage-A true testament of the harmony between the modern and the traditional.



8.Jack’s Ridge
Jack’s Ridge is a must-go destination when you are in Davao. Located in Shrine Hills overlooking the city, Jack’s Ridge is home to restaurants which offer delectable food in generous portions for an affordable price. The experience is even more enhanced by the great ambiance which only Davao can offer: having a conversation or simply admiring wide-eyed from an invincible height while the dance of the night sky and the metropolis’ bright lights endure in the backdrop. A truly wonderful gastronomic experience. 



9. Hilltop Restaurant
An alternative to the often bustling Jack’s Ridge, Davao’s Hilltop restaurant is located in Ma-a. Smaller and a bit more relaxed than its counterpart, this place is ideal for a small meeting or a very romantic date. This restaurant serves delicious Filipino food and offers a scenic view of Metro Davao. This is also a place for the adventurous as they have exotic food offerings in the menu. Anyone wanna try crocodile sisig? 





10. Aldevinco Shopping Center
Tourists need not fret about souvenirs when you are in Davao City. Aldevinco Shopping Center, located in Manuel Roxas Boulevard in front of Ateneo de Davao, is home to an assortment of necklaces, textiles, and other crafts which are ideal “pasalubongs”. From colourfully designed authentic “Batik” to tribal “kris” swords, Aldevinco doesn’t run short of merchandise. The shopping center also serves as a gallery. In Aldevinco, one can bask in the truly unique culture and heritage of the Mindanaoan.




11. San Pedro Cathedral
If any infrastructure is witness to the evolution of Davao, the San Pedro Cathedral fits the category. Prominently located in San Pedro street in downtown Davao City, the cathedral has been in existence since 1847 during Spanish colonial times. The church itself is a sight to behold, with its aesthetics and saintly images emblazoned on its walls evoking a divine upheaval from your core. It continuously serves as a place of worship and refuge for the faithful. The San Pedro cathedral is Davao City’s timeless beacon of spirituality.


12. China Town
The only Chinese enclave in Mindanao, Chinatown bustles with some of the best Chinese fare in town, divisoria-style items and Chinese-themed malls, some of which date back to the turn of the century. Chinese ties run strong here, with many of the established families and companies hailing from Fujian.

13. Correctional Institution for Women
As one of the few people fortunate to visit the Correctional Institute, my experience was unforgettable. Seeing women, young and old on the path to rehabilitation was both humbling and inspiring. I was lucky enough to view a cultural presentation and talk candidly with all the inmates.





14. Eat Durian!
No explanation needed. Just do it.

15. Pearl Farm Beach Resort 
To see and learn more about Pearl Farm Beach Resort go to my 
PEARL FARM PHOTO DIARY<--click

To see more pictures of Davao, you can visit my DAVAO 2010 post.

For this post, we asked our very good friend Mr. Joel Agarano to write for our blog since he is currently living in Davao City and has toured Millie several times around this wonderful place. We would like to thank Joel for his wonderfully written articles about the different places in Davao and we wish to work with him again soon. We hope this post helped.
See you in Davao!
x
Joel, Millie and Mark

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