What Will You Go Outside For?

Go out on an adventure. Try something different. See something new.

Meet friends or make new ones, try something different, relax and unwind, see something new. Those are the things I will go out for. How about you?

See people. Meet friends, make new ones!

See people. Meet friends, make new ones!

With the crazy traffic in Metro Manila, and the inconvenient delays of airline flights lately, most people opt to stay at home and just do a movie marathon,  sleep in, rest and read. While it is underatandable, it wouldn’t hurt if you go out from time to time and enjoy life outside your comfort zone.

R.O.X. has taken it in stride to do all that it can to promote the sheer goodness of the outdoor. And it found a way to do so with its “Get Outside” campaign.

R.O.X. launches the What Will You Get Outside For app. Bent on getting more people to realize the fun and excitement of getting outside, the App asks the quintessential question. What will you get outside for?

Go out on an adventure. Try something different. See something new.

Go out on an adventure. Try something different. See something new.

Whether it is camping at your backyard or an afternoon barbeque with your buddies, to a challenging climb or an adrenaline-pumped wakeboarding session or have you always wanted to try out trail running or surfing? Or perhaps hike or climb Mt. Pulag? Or better yet, is it something as awesome as paragliding or maybe something self-reflective such as camping out in the woods!

Get Outside and Win an Adventure Promo

Now, the thrill and excitement will no longer be stuck in your imagination as R.O.X. gives you a rare chance to turn your dreams of adventure into a reality. Hurry and don’t miss the opportunity to experience the ultimate outdoor adventure trip of your life. Log on to www.facebook.com/roxphilippines, click on the app and answer the question “What Will You Get Outside For?” R.O.X. will be choosing three grand winners to experience the different outdoor activities like camping/glamping, trekking, surfing, rapeling and others .While ten runners-up will have one adventure activity granted by R.O.X., submission of entry is until November 8, 2014.

What will you go outside for?

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R.O.X. offer is a one-stop outdoor shop offers limitless doors to an outdoor lifestyle by offering rare products and equipment for all ranges of outdoor activities such as cycling, watersports, adventure travel, and even wellness. On top of all that, all products are by a dynamic selection of world-class outdoor brands such as The North Face, Salomon, Columbia Sportswear, Quicksilver, and even rare yet premium labels such as Eddie Bauer, Osprey, Nalgene, Sea To Summit, ZEM Gear and Black Diamond among others.

For more information about the Get Outside campaign and the different outdoor activities you or your friends and family can try out, don’t hesitate to head out to any R.O.X. branches and feel free to ask and look around.

Visit R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Camp John Hay Baguio, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Centrio Mall Cagayan De Oro and the District North Point Bacolod. R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.

A life spent outside is a life well lived.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

I Can Fly! My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience

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It feels really great to be able to cross-out again something on my bucket list! Finally, I was able to fly and even swing twice on a flying trapeze at the Flying Trapeze Philippines!

Mind you Flying Trapeze Philippines, is the FIRST and ONLY full size Flying Trapeze rig in the Philippines and one of only a few in all of Asia. Measuring 32ft high by 12ft wide.

Here’s a video clip of me flying! My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience!

 

The first try is always the scariest. But once you let go there's no stopping you!

The first try is always the scariest. But once you let go there’s no stopping you!

Was it difficult?   No. It was just like swinging on an ordinary swing the difference was instead of sitting you are hanging 32 feet above the ground!

I Can Fly! My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience

The first drop is the scariest! Just hang on, listen to instructions and enjoy the ride

Were you scared?  Yes at first I was. The first try and the first drop is always the scariest.  The fear of doing something because of pressumed danger is the hardest to overcome.But once you have gathered the courage to let go and  just listen well to instructions, there’s nothing to fear at all.  In fact conquering your fear and doing something for the first time is a great achievement.

The fear of doing something because of the pressumed danger is the hard to overcome. But once you get the courage there's no stopping you!

The fear of doing something because of the pressumed danger is the hard to overcome. But once you get the courage there’s no stopping you!

Do you need strong muscles/ upper arms so you can swing or lift yourself?  I think you need a strong grip and maybe stretching before you fly as it will stretch you from head to toe.  If you think you are fit, no injury or other healthy issues (ask your doctor if you can do such activity, this one is somewhat extreme) you are good to go.  Plus you will be asked to sign a waiver/consent form before flying, so better read it well before signing.

My Flying Trapeze Experience

When you’re out there swining it is pure fun and freedom. Actually it reminded me of my childhood when I play on the swing and would do stunts like stand on the swing up or hang down on a monkey bar!

Is it safe?  With an entire team of kind and encouraging Trapeze experts led by Will Shu guiding you all througout, there’s nothing to fear. The facility looks sturdy and safe and it looks like it can carry the biggest and heaviest person I’ve see at the scene when I was there yesterday for the San Marino Corned Tuna #WhatsNewWhatsNext event.

My Flying Trapeze Philippines Experience

My awkward drop!

There’s a net to catch you when you fall, harness on both of your sides incase you fall because you didn’t grip well or your grip was bad. A cushion below the net for additinal safety precaution.

I really don't have fear of heights to begin with, I just have fear of falling and hitting the ground and break ny bones! Haha!

I don’t have fear of heights to begin with, I just have fear of falling and hitting the ground and hurting myself badly! Haha!

Will you do it again? Absolutely!  I swung twice. For my second time up there I was able to hook my knees on the swing and let my hands go. It was super fun! I will do it again and maybe next time experience being caught by another swinger or even catch someone that  would be awesome! Haha!

Flying Trapeze Philippines team lead by Will Hsu sample performance for the San Marino Corned Tuna event.

Flying Trapeze Philippines team lead by Will Hsu sample performance for the San Marino Corned Tuna event

How and where to go if I want to try flying?

If you want to try flying, just go straight to Flying Trapeze Philippines located at the open grounds at Bonifacio Global City near Mercato BGC Tent.  The one I just tried is what they called Open Swing which you can avail of. Rates for open swing is Php300.00 for 1 swing and Php500.000 for 3 swings and is open for walk-ins.

But if you are serious about flying, they also give flying lessons rate starts at Php1,000 on weekdays to Php1,250 on weekends and holidays.

They also accept booking for flying party just visit www.trapeze.com

Let me know if you tried it ok?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

Archery at Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range: On Target Date Venue

What I've realized with the competitive on target game we had was that balloons are harder to pop than hitting a bullseye!

This would be my third venue to try archery since my first one last July 2014 and I must say, I love Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range better than the other one because of the size of the range and the facility.  I should say that Gandiva is on target if you want a nice venue for your bonding date with your friends, coworkers, family member or lover.

Why I think Gandiva is an on target dating venue?

  1. Gandiva is bigger. The archery range longest reach is 18 meters, the other one I’ve been to is just 10 meters. Gandiva Cafe aArchery Range
  2. Gandiva has a bar and snack area where you, your friends or date can eat while waiting for your turn or just having a break.
  3. Gandiva Cafe serves vegetarian and vegan menu. The owners are vegan themselves so they are promoting healthyveating at their cafe too. I hace tried their veggie sisig and wow, it doesn’t taste veggie but very regular sisig yummy!

    Aside from the archery range, they also have a cafe/bar area where you can sit and snack with your date.  My favorite is their Ebi Mushroom, Veggie Sisig and the cupcakes.  That's Icy Mendoza, Rhea Bue and Alyssa Lapid enjoying the snacks with me at the cafe.

    Aside from the archery range, they also have a cafe/bar area where you can sit and snack with your date. My favorite is their Ebi Mushroom, Veggie Sisig and the cupcakes. That’s Icy Mendoza, Rhea Bue and Alyssa Lapid enjoying the snacks with me at the cafe.

  4. Their regular rate for 1 hour archery, with free use of equipment (bow, arrow, protective gear, use of range, target paper) is Php980.00 but they have an ongoing promo for Mondays to Thursday 1 hour playvrate of Php680.00.
  5. The range is open from 9am-7pm Mondays through Saturdays only.
  6. Gandiva promotes fun and fitness at the same time.

I was able to shoot few arrows when I was invited by Icy Mendoza and surprised myself by hitting bullseye on the target game we had at the event.

What I've realized with the competitive on target game we had was that balloons are harder to pop than hitting a bullseye!

What I’ve realized with the competitive on target game we had was that balloons are harder to pop than hitting a bullseye!  I also realized that their bow was different from the other range I’ve tried.

Gandiva’a first branch opened in SM Mall of Asia in 2009 with the aim of popularizing the sport and of becoming a one-stop’shop for fitness, focus and fun. Some of their basic offerings are the 1-hour archery package, range and equipment rentals, Archery training (recurve and compound archery), Archery armory (archery equipment repairs and servicing) and offset archery range setup and facilitation. 

Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range

Getting tips from the expert archer with Paul Riyahd Chuapoco, Rhea Bue and me Earth Rullan

Some celebrities who have graced the ranges at Gandiva are Sarah Geronimo, Matteo Guidicelli, Liza Soberano, Richard Gomez, John James Uy, SlatT Young, Rafael Rosell, and many others. Celebrity ambassador Bangs Garcia is currently enrolled in Gandiva’s basic and advance module. 

As a training facility, Gandiva also desires to further bring pride to the country as it makes more Filipino athletes competitive and equips them to be at par with Archery champions around the world. 

Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range is located at the 7th floor of One Corporate Center in Ortigas Center.

How about you, have you tried archery yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

Stay gorgeous everyone!

EverydayMe: P&G Community Website Launch

EverydayMe P&G Community Website launch

Geared at making the women’s life easier, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines launched EverydayMe.com.ph, a by membership community website with informative global and local lofestyle content, relevant conversation and delightful rewards.

EverydayMe P&G Community Website launchYes you read that right it is by membership the great part is once you sign-up you will get a starter kit of P&G lifestyle products and a membershop card with discounts and coupons worth Php900.00. The membership card gives you priviledge on first dibs on the lates P&G products and you can even request for product samples for testing.  You can also get first hand news on latest events and news about P&G.

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EverydayMe P&G Philippines community website has various sections that cover topics that are relevant to the lives ofthe modern, multi-tasking Filipino woman: Family Life – Whether , Health and Well- Being-Tips Home and Garden , Beauty and Fashion – and Smart-Shopping.

The launch was held at The Peninsula Hotel Conservatory where their first celebrity contributors were introduced.

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During the launch Kim and Jenni’s fab finds and insights come to life through installations showcasing their travel finds and must-haves.
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There was also a DIY lip balm station
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And my favorite the Tea station where wr get to create our our own tea mix!
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EverydayMe.com.ph memvers can also expect content from top bloggerd and personalities like Camille Co,Frances Amper Sales, Patty Laurel, Jackie Go and Sam Oh.

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Like I mentioned earlier upon signing in you will recieve a membership card and a starter kit of P&G products liek what we got from the event. This was just somenof my favorite things from the loot.

Olay CC cream

It was a pleasure to see Ms.Jenni Epperson too she was with her family daughter Aryanna and husband Tom.
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I also love the home-made chocolates from the Peninsula Hotel taste like imported brands!
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Visit EverydayMe to signup and become a member to read member exclusive content and get privileges.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

Matam-Ih: Authentic Exotic Kapampanggan Gastonomic Adventure

fried frogs and crickets

I just hate it that when it comes to exotic food from the Philippines, the top food suggestion on everyone’s list would be Balut. I believe there are far more better exotic food we can have our visitors to try like frogs, crickets, adidas and isaw.  Right?

fried frogs and crickets

These are just some of the delectable exotic and authentic Kapangpangan dishes you can try at Matam-Ih Restaurant in Angeles City, Pampangga. In Aeta dialect. Matam-ih simply means delicious. For bona fide foodies in Pampanga, however, the word also refers to one of the province’s most delectable restaurants—a place where Kapampangan cuisine converges with cultures of both the old and new world.

Matam-Ih Restaurant

“Matam-ih offers authentic Kapampangan cuisine behind a fascinating ambiance of an elegant and classy rendition of our indigenous people’s culture infused with Hispanic traditions and modem gadgetries,” described Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez owner of the restaurant along Manuel Roxas Highway in Angeles City. 

 

Matam-Ih Restaurant

Matam-ih opened its doors to restaurant goers last August 19, 2014 and has quickly established itself as a dining destination for locals and day-trippers in the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. 

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Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez added, “Matam-ih promises an exciting and unique gastronomic adventure you can’t find elsewhere.” 

Moreover, the restaurant is not only home to great cuisine. Genuine members of the Aeta and Abelling indigenous people of Capas (also known as Kulots) have found opportunities in Matam-ih as food attendants. 

with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

“Creating opportunities for indigenous people is actually one of the reasons behind the restaurant’s establishment. We wanted to offer them jobs after their accreditation to empower the local community,” claimed Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez. 

A marriage between old and new

During the daytime, Matam-ih showcases indigenous arts and crafts and Hispanic heritage in the form of antique-style wood and steel furniture and decor. At night, the contrast between old and new is emphasized with frenetic light displays—achieving a breath-taking effect for diners.

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“The interiors of the restaurant provide a meaningful glimpse at the past, with the comforts and conveniences of the new world,” explained Cheryl Ann C. Rodriguez.

“Here, the stories of the old and new simply, magically co-exist.”

The main hall is named after Apu Namalyari, a deity who—according to local legend—dwelled in Mount Pinatubo. The section features a one-of-a-kind birdcage chandelier, as well as a giant fish trap called Balisasa, an olden cmde fisherman’s implement. At the hall’s sides there are six safari-style tents named after the major Aeta Sitios of Capas. 

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Restaurant goers can also indulge themselves in a number of recreational activities, like Adiu-Adiu — where they can try out a primitive bow and arrow to hit a target.

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Mouth-watering dishes

The menu of Matam-ih features a smorgasbord of dishes that appeal for cautious eaters and more adventurous diners, from all-time favorites like Begukan Babi (pork sauteed in shrimp paste) to exotic delicacies like Betute Tugak (stuffed frog) and Adobong Salagubang (beetle cooked in soy sauce).

Begukan Babi is their version of Binagoongang Baboy

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Betute Tugak is the fried feog that definitely tadte like fried chicken!
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Adobong Salagubang is so flavorful!
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Bule Baluga is like Pork Sinigang in Red Sauce with patani or giant white beans.
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Sale Manok is like Tinola with lemon leaves.
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Pritong Hito made special with that sauce/paste!
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Tamarind Shake sweet,sour, salty abd refreshing! I love it!
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The food taste good as it looks and I am not surprised. Kapangpangans are known to be of the best cooks in the country!

How about you, have you tried any exotic Filipino food before? What is it? I Would like to know!

Stay gorgeoua everyone!

 

Apl de Ap Mission and Vision for Clark Field Pampangga

Once upon a time, decades ago, when people were downright backward and racist as I put it. I was often teased and experienced “bullying” (when I don’t know the word yet) because I experienced name-calling to its meanest sense, when they call me Negra, Baluga and what nots because I was dark-skinned (morena) and being tan when colonial mentality was in, is out and ugly.  So, excuse me, and this very personal note I will say about a photograph of me and some indigenous people of Capas in  Pampangga the Aetas and Ambelling.  “Ngayon lang ako naging pinakamaputi sa pichur!”

Aple de Ap and Earthlingorgeous with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

Aple de Ap and Earthlingorgeous with the Aetas and Abelling indigenous people of Capas Pampangga

Some of you may give a remark that I am so mean and racist to say that about this picture. You may say that because you are not me and you have not experienced the humiliation I felt when I was being teased as ugly coz I’m dark.  This is just the same as veing teased as fat or short or whatever label you got as a child. Take a look at this pic, I am free from all your biases and personal preferences because we are all gorgeous.

Apl de Ap and Earthlingorgeous

Yes, that is Apl de Ap and the photo was taken at Matam-Ih Restaurant in Clark.  Apl was there to forge an agreement with the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Clark with his Apl Tree Foundation and investors from Singapore.

Apl Tree Foubdation and BCDA agreement

Apl wants to help develop and promote his visionary project with Clark to become the Queen City of the North.  Together with BCDA and his business investors they will make Claek  the tech hub of Southeast Asia as well as the center of education, technology, and entertainment.

It is great to know that someone who is already as successful and popular as Apl de Ap would want to come back to his roots and help.  I wish him the best and I support his advocacy because part if developing Clark he promises to take care of the indigenous folks and give them an equal opportunity. Kudos to you!

Apl said he also plans to bring a Lalapalooza like event gere in the Philippines and it will happen in Clark!  So watch out!  I can imagine with his influence the type of talents and entertainment people he can bring!

 

 

 

A New Workout Routine to try out at Flying Trapeze Philippines

Flying Trapeze Philippines

Each kid had this crazy dream of being in a circus.  I think at one point in our lives we wish we can cross a tight rope or do that somersault up in the air while swinging your way from one person to another like those who do the Flying Trapeze.

Well, it is time again to live a childhood dream, even once. It is time to try out the flying trapeze and cross it out on your bucket list for good or if you enjoyed the experience that much take lessons and be a pro circus star!

Today is the official launch of Flying Trapeze Philippines (FTP) at the Bonifacio Global City!

Flying Trapeze Philippines

But more than just circus fun, plus, having long been exclusively relegated to professionals, FTP is excited to offer the general public the chance to fly! In addition to the thrill of soaring weightless through the air, the sport of flying on the trapeze has long been proven to be a great fitness routine that tones all of the body’s muscles from head to your toe.

Flying Trapeze Philippines (FTP) is the first and only flying trapeze school open to the public in Metro Manila. Located in Bonifacio Global City, just behind the soccer turf on the corner of 34th Street and 9th Avenue, FTP is one of the crown jewels of Ayala’s new Active Zone and will be offering an experience not found anywhere else in the country.

More than that, flying trapeze teaches students how to control their bodies and improves their reflexes, especially when making a catch in mid-air. These two aspects of the trapeze combine to provide students with a challenging workout in a fun and exciting environment.

Since flying trapeze schools have opened around the world, their popularity has only been on the rise. Celebrities like Hugh Jackman and the musician Pink have joined the act, each citing it as an alternative to lifting weights. Pink even went so far as to incorporate her trapeze training in her 2009 MTV Video Music Awards performance and then again at the 2010 Grammy Awards show. Even Al Roker, the NBC News personality, broadcast his experience flying on the trapeze in New York City.

There is something for everyone at FTP. We provide classes for those who want the full experience of learning to fly and learning new tricks after they have mastered the basics as well as the opportunity to take just one swing during our daily Open Swing Sessions. There is nothing else quite like flying through the air, and we hope to see you soon at Flying Trapeze Philippines!

FTP will hold numerous classes six days per week with each class capped at 10 students so that everyone who comes will be able to fully participate. Sign-up on your own and meet new friends or come bond 25ft in the air with your closest barkada. ☺

For additional information, class schedules and to book a class / corporate event, please visit: http://www.trapeze.ph or email: hello@trapeze.ph.

Watch this short clip!

 

About Trapeze Inc.

Incorporated in 2014, Trapeze Inc. operates Flying Trapeze Philippines, the FIRST and ONLY full size Flying Trapeze rig in the Philippines and one of only a few in all of Asia. Measuring 32ft high by 12ft wide, FTP is located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and offers students of all ages, skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), shapes and sizes, the chance to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Trapeze Inc. was founded by William Hsu, who has been flying since the age of 8.

P.S. I wanna try it out but with the way the weather is today I may skip.  Might try some other time when the weather is fine.  Good luck to those who will go today!  I am so excited for you!

Stay gorgeous everyone!

18 Holidays with 8 Long Weekends on 2015 Philippines

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Plan your travels now and save money and time. Here is the Palace official release of the list of holidays for 2015.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued a proclamation declaring all national holidays to be observed for the year 2015.

Malacañang released the copy of Proclamation No. 831, which was signed by the President on July 17.

The proclamation listed 18 holidays, with 8 long weekends on 2015.

Regular Holidays:
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Thursday) Maundy Thursday – April 2
Good Friday – April 3
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Thursday) Labor Day – May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Friday) National Heroes Day – August 31 (last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day –November 30 (Monday) Christmas Day – December 25 (Friday) Rizal Day – December 30 (Wednesday)

Special (Non-Working) Days:
Chinese New Year – February 19 (Thursday)
Black Saturday – April 4
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Friday) All Saints Day – November 1 (Sunday)

Additional Special Non-Working Days:
January 2 (Friday)
December 24 (Thursday)
December 31 (Thursday)

Special Holiday (for all schools):
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Wednesday)

8 long weekends of 2015

List of Long Weekends of 2015

  1. April 2 (Thursday) – April 5,2015 (Sunday)
  2. April 9 (Thursday) – April 12, 2015 (Sunday) altho April 10 is a Friday and not declared Holiday you can get a leave or something haha!
  3. May 1 (Friday) to June 2,2015 (Sunday)
  4. June 12 (Friday) to June 14,2015 (Sunday)
  5. August 29 (Saturday) – August 31,2015 (Monday)
  6. August 21 (Friday) – August 23,2015 (Sunday)
  7. November 28 (Saturday) – Novemver 30, 2015 (Monday)
  8. December 24 (Thursday) – December 27, 2015 (Sunday)
  9. December 30 (Wednesday) – January 4, 2016 (Sunday)

The list does not include other specially declared Holidays yet such as Ramadan, End of Ramadan and even Iglesia ni Kristo anniversary of sorts.

So! Happy planning your getaways!

Sneakers Clash #Clashwall – Converse Street Art Installations Philippines

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Have you been stuck in a massive traffic and saw a giant blank gray wall beside you?   Don’t you imagine yourself playing vandal on that wall and create something more pleasing to the eyes?

Converse, Inc. announces Sneakers Clash – a series of artistic installations that brings together top street artists to transform blank walls into massive art pieces; designed to disrupt and clash against a gray world. Sneakers Clash is directly inspired by the bold and colorful spirit of the Chuck Taylor All Star, with the series now coming to Manila.

Sneaker Clash #Clash Wall Converse Street Art Installation

Sneakers Clash is inspired by the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, featuring dynamic color pops and elevated silhouettes to provoke youthful self-expression. The undoubted hero of the collection is the Converse All Star Chuck ’70 – a new take on an American icon.

Timed against the launch of the Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, the Sneakers Clash series will be brought to life on Philippine soil through #clashwall. Converse teamed up with 3 local artists to contribute to the creative initiative, uniting these local street artists with clashing styles at unexpected locations – challenging them to unleash their most visceral work against a static wall.

Kicking off the Sneakers Clash Philippines series was artist and designer Chad Manzo. The #clashwall project will be followed by the next two artists in the three-man roster, artist Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster, and designer Nicolo Nimor.

Sneaker Clash #ClashWall

 Archie Geotina, a.k.a. Chichimonster, works on the 200-foot mural called #CLASHWALL, the local artistic initiative for Converse’s “Sneakers Clash.” Inspired by the colors of Spring 2014 Converse All Star sneaker collection, this project is meant to offer a visually arresting statement amid the gray of the urban environment. 

Archie Geotina a.k.a. Chichimonster 

Since his Graffiti days, Archie or ‘Chi’ has now torpedoed his interests and efforts into changing the perception of Manila’s society into what street art’s identity, ideologies and aesthetics could be. Chi’s mixed media paintings are a play on the abstract and references from pop to baroque history deconstructed by his signature “static” style of paint application.

Chi will be bringing his art to the streets of Cebu this March, and through an online photo contest via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, will give fans the chance to submit images of their best memories wherein the winning entry will be used as inspiration for Chi’s #clashwall piece. 

Following Chi’s #clashwall is Cebuano designer, illustrator and creative director of local shirt brand, Nick Automatic, Nicolo Nimor.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next installation of the Converse “Sneakers Clash” #clashwall.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of “Bend and Snap”

Kodanda Archery Range

If you are familiar with the movie Legally Blonde, you know this part where Resse Witherspoon taught the ladies in a salon about attracting men using the bend and snap method. While her style involves showing off your physical assets to the boys you wanna attract, my kind of bend and snap involves a bow and an arrow! I am the huntress. Acquire target and shoot! Hahahaha!

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Last week, I went to try out Archery at Kodanda Archery Range in Makati Square with my clingers male blogger friends. Kodanda is the only archery range in Metro Manila that is fully-airconditioned and is open to the public (unlike the other’s who has open range and by membership only).

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
They also have the most affordable rate compared to others, at Php550.00 per hour you get free coaching, free use of archery equipment and protective gear that adheres to international standards. You can pay an additional Php30.00 for the target paper which you can take home as a souvenir. If you have your own gear you can rent the place for Php200.00 per hour.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
 

Photo grabbed from John Michael Bueno or Kumagcow.com
 

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Distance of the archery range target is 5 meters short range, 8 meters middle range and 10 meters longest range.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

For beginners you can aim for the 5 meters but if you feel comfortable on a longer range you can have your target move to mid to the longer range, like what we did.

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
Now here are the rules: The Archers Etiquette Guide

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Now I’m ready to bend and snap!

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Bend the wick, snap the arrow in place, aim and shoot!
Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap

Let the games begin! Clockwise: Rodel Flordeliz of nognoginthecity.com and John Michael Bueno of Kumagcow.com

Archery at Kodanda Archery Range: My Kind of Bend and Snap
3 Benefits of trying out Archery:

  1. Albeit there’s not walking running and too many movements, this sport is physically and mentally demanding as well. You have to keep your upper body aligned, and there’s a proper form you have to keep up to so you can take shoot the bulls-eye you are aiming for.  Drawing the bowstring places stress on the arms, chest, shoulders, and back, developing upper body and arm strength with repetition.  Constant practice also helps improve posture, balance and hand-and-eye coordination!
  2. The exercise of targeting helps develop focus, patience and allows you to center and calm yourself, which can, in the long run have a positive impact on one’s mental health and well-being.
  3. Despite the apparent individualistic nature of archery, it can be a fun social activity with your family, friends, and co-workers where you all can bond like what I did with my clinger friends haha!

Why choose Kodanda Archery Range?

  1. They holds monthly Fun Shoot Competition to regular clients and interested archers.
  2. They offer lessons for those who want to take it seriously.  For Php6,000.00 for 10 sessions at 1 hour sessions a student will be issued a Certificate of Completion.  Schedule will be adjusted to the students availability.  Equipment and coaches will be provided.
  3. There’s a possibility that you will be coached by Syd Nerickzon Fraginal (former player and Philippine SEA games record holder),  Ronnalyn Alvarez (former NCR Team member and Palarong Pambansa Winner) or  Rona May Alvarez (former member of developmental team Philippines).
  4. Group packages is available maybe for office tournaments or school activity or bonding party with your large group of friends

For reservations you may call (02)621.9109 or 0932-8436614 or you may email them at kodandaarchery@gmail.com.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

 

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