Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort
snake charmer,my self portrait photographed by Jon Unson

"Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions.Watch your actions; they become your habits.Watch your habits; they become your character.Watch your character; it becomes your destiny"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Palabok anyone?!?

Im so excited! Ordered this lush jacket. Custom made, from a very creative designer. Whom I shall name when this jacket is in my hands already. Fair enough?

Ofcourse, I will post a glam pic of me complete with all the styling, when its all ready! yay!

Just awhile ago, I recieved a text message from the creator of the said jacket and her message reads: " Andre!!! Your jacket is sooo heavy and its not even halfway done yet. LOL"

I asked, "what is it made of? why is it that heavy?" She replied "Thick linen"

whoa!!!

Geez, then i guess it'll be another one of those "Tiis gandah" moments. I dont mind really, since I think the jacket is an art piece and is so worth it and more.

But really, I cant wait to premiere this "Palabok jacket"(as she named this creation)

Im now imagining events as to where I would wear it and how I would style it... Better verrrqqq it!!! LOL.

Its actually my present to myself for passing the local boards! LOL.

This is how the palabok looks like.

My friend, the uber fashionable, stylist, Andre Chang in his Palabok:




and...Palabok on the runway:



All these mentioning of the palabok is making me so hungry.. hehe.

Gotta go eat.

Ciao.

Drei.

My style icons.

Lately Ive been thinking... who in the fashion industry, inspires me. I came up with this set of people. Their sense of style and individuality is incontestable.

Anna Wintour:

we all know who she is, so its no surprise why I put her here.











Caren Roitfeld, Anna's french counterpart and should I dare say, archnemesis?










Anna and Caren with their spawns..(daughters)



inspiring right??? heres more...

The Olsen twins:
(its dead obvious why they manage to tickle my fancy, couldnt get enough of these girls)



And ofcourse, I saved the best for last, Rick Owens. His pomp, his devil-may-care attitude towards his design philosophy, his clothes is... To put it mildly, umn... Orgasmic.













Nice. no?

drei

Sunday, August 16, 2009

looking the look in lookbook.nu part deux

Here is the last set of my photo for this batch, taken by my good friend, Orly



Monday, August 10, 2009

looking the look in lookbook.nu

Here are some of my looks that I posted in lookbook.nu, I thought I would share them out here. A big thanks to my friend, Orlee aka Orlando Agustin III, who on such a short notice came running all over to Minglanilla just to shoot these set with me. Your Fab! and I deeply owe you one. Big time. Thank yow pow for being such a good sport.

Im looking forward to our next collaboration, yes? This time albeit more crazier and more spunk. game?!?

My looks and their crazy titles:


"Tiny specks of light in my third world paradise"


"racing thru colors"




"Boy lets get rough, I aint no Girl, I can take it like a MAN"


And one more look which i havent premiered yet in lookbook, so I guess I wont preempt it by posting it here just yet...

And a look, which i shot with an ordinary digi cam, with my trustee buddy Jade behind the lens...

Here it is:

"Who needs designer drugs, When I have designer friends"




I hope you guys like it.
Drei. :P

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My want list.

I have been so back blogged, for several reasons ofcourse. Firstly for the past few months I have been busy reviewing for the local liscencure examinations, secondly i took the exam and thirdly, two weeks ago, results were released and Im now a Registered Nurse. So you can just imagine how crazy-crazy the times were for me. But I feel truly blessed.

Anyhow, as of late, Im so into lookbook.nu, hehehe. I go to great lenghts producing editorials for myself. hahaha, narcicistic much? and have discovered a lot of things in the process.

So now, I am lusting for these things, and am hoping that the universe will somehow answer me. hahaha.

Im such an imeldific person, so lets start with the shoes, shall we?

Rick Owens high tops:




YSL's jonny boots in leopard print calfskin: Ferosh!!!



Gucci's native high tops, S/S 2009 Fierce!!!!



Gucci colorful loafers. Delish!!!!




TK society supra xgames colorway..... color so yummy!!!


Diet Butcher slim skin studded hightops... GORGE!!!


Yummy, yummy, yummy. Shoes are my drugs. lol

Thats all for now folks. Will add to my growing wish list as we go by...

Universe please, pretty please answer me. haha.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A furry tale.

Some of the most important life lessons I have learned are amazingly from my friendship with dogs. I have always had dogs, even when I was little. As far as I can remember all of my life stages I shared with dogs.


It must've rubbed off on me, since my grandparents from my fathers side are great animal lovers. I remember my grandma (God bless her soul) was very passionate about her pet dogs which some were actually rescued from an inevitable doom had she not intervened.


She was a very good parent to her dogs, going to the wet market early mornings to buy some fish and meat for the dogs and then cooking it up into a very healthy meal. She never believed in commercial dogfoods, she would insist on preparing and going thru the trouble herself and knowing what she is feeding her dogs rather than just buying something off the rack. And indeed her dogs were very healthy. I could vividly remember, that their coats were always gleaming in health. Their bodies very solid and always full of energy.


My grandma told me once, that a person who is kind to animals is a good hearted person. This I grew up believing and living. Anyhow, the video you are about to see is an ode to all my furry friends, some of them have already crossed over to the rainbow bridge. I hope you like it.


video

Monday, March 9, 2009

The BIG three O.

"I do not know what I may appear to the world,
but to myself I seem to have been
only a boy playing on the seashore,
and diverting myself in now and then finding
a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary,
whilst the great ocean of truth lay
all undiscovered before me."
-Sir Isaac Newton


I actually really don’t know where to begin. Was watching a talk show earlier, and its topic was “30’s is the new 20’s” I thought to myself, really?!? Well, I just turned 30 last december, and up until a few hours ago, if someone would ask me my age I would not think twice of saying I’m 27 without even as much as batting my eyelashes. Well, yeah, yeah. I’m a pathological liar when it comes to my age. But now, I have decided to come clean. Yes I’m three-O and I feel ancient. Worse I’m petrified, scared, of what’s up next…

It feels that my 20’s just flashed right before my eyes and before I know it, BAAM! Im fucking 30!

In retrospect, my 20’s wasn’t really that bad, I have had the chance to travel and see some amazing places, met some fabulous people that have influenced and inspired me and helped shape my character. I also managed to clinch another degree. Not bad to what I have done with my life in my 20’s.

I honestly don’t want to let go of my youth, the carefree easy going attitude. The devil may care outlook in life…But I guess, I have to grow up, sooner or later. And I thought it was just befitting that I celebrated my 30th birthday in the happiest place on earth, where everyone’s a kid form ages 1-100, Disneyland! It was my version of a coming of age ritual. Though, I have been to Disneyland more than a number of times before, but the feeling of being there and being 7 years old all over again, is indescribable. It was a good way to mourn the passing of my 20’s and bracing myself to face head on my 30’s.




What’s next for me? What’s around the block? More surgical enhancement? Expensive under eye cream made of caviar? Tubes and tubes of moisturizer and sunscreen? Ha-ha. But beyond the physical aspect, I have promised to take care of myself and those people around me. I have vowed to take charge of my life and make a linear progress. Of course, the youthfulness I will never let go of. The random acts of reckless abandonment, hmmn, maybe sometimes. This time around, with a bit more of self constraints and considerations of the consequences of my actions.

I plan to value more the people who have always been there in my youth, to cherish and to love them. I have come to realize that this people, my friends, the good ones atleast, are for keeps.

Though I’m scared of what’s the “jack in the box” for me, I am not afraid of moving forward. I am bent on being more fab, to even more so, enrich and cultivate myself in my 30’s and never forgetting to celebrate the glory of my being each day.

So yeah Im 30.

So?

Remembering Tokyo

Many, many years ago, I used to be based in Tokyo as well. Specifically Roppongi

Tokyo, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and also one of the most expensive. There are 4 things I vividly remember about living in Tokyo, namely:

1.)The ski trips!!!(okay, this does not happen in Tokyo but in the nearby Nigata-ken, which is about 2 hours away via the shinkansen also known as the bullet train.) Being a tropical island Boy, I ofcourse get excited with snow,The feeling of the whole place being covered in a mantle of snow, is just so dreamy...


2.)Tokyo Disney Resort, geez the fun times I had there is inenumerable.

3.)My crazy friend Kenchang, who is an aspiring baseball player, and gym trainer. He was the one who got me started in this whole fitness thing.




4.)And ofcourse, the best and certainly not the least, the craaaazy fashion! Hell, its the most that I remember about Tokyo, and the rest is just all blur.





I have realize that after two fabulous years living in Tokyo,I will always look at the tokyoites in just one dimension: "Skinny pale skinned or uber tanned Dior wearing creatures, with prada shoes, carrying their essentials and not so essentials in LV or hermes bags, has funky hair , wears gucci or dolce gabbana to shade their eyes with from the sun and has either of the following: cartier,bvlgari, omega, rolex to tell the time with..eats raw fish in a minimalist interiored restaurant and drinks green tea as water. Shops with their itsy tiny winny desinger outfit wearing dogs.. Doesn't speak a word of english except for `chagee and kureedito kadoo" and to think most of them are waged dependent people" fabulous beings arent they?

That pretty much sums up of what I remember most from the land of the rising sun!

Hai. yorushiku!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Love Ibiza Project. Directing Mr. & Ms. SMU. Memories of SG series

One of my greatest memory while being in Singapore, was directing the pageant for one of the biggest and most upscale university in Singapore which is the Singapore Management University (SMU).
I was handed the project while I was working as a project coordinator for a talents/modelling management company there. It was nerve wracking at first, knowing that some of these kids don't have any background about pageants nor do they have any exposure to modelling at all, and It didn't help much either that I was a foreigner so we have our cultural differences, of course. It also meant that I have to start from scratch and train them in terms of deportment, walking, projection and all the works and hoopla that goes with a pageant.

My initial meeting with the candidates was surprisingly easy, since they were really receptive and cooperative to whatever I was telling them to do. The working committee behind the project were young people who are easy to work with. The vibe was positive, young and fresh.

During the next few weeks,I found myself working closely and training the candidates for the pageant almost every night. It was inspiring, challenging and stressful all at the same time.

Right after my office job, which ends at about 8pm, I would rush to the SMU campus just a walking distance away to work with the candidates. The SMU campus was very upscale, modern and chic. I found out they have their own gym which could rival any high end gym in singapore. Their classrooms, were very modern. and the entire university had this "mall" kind of feel to it. I didnt feel I was in a school at all!

As the days went by I grew fond of the kids. I had my own personal favorites,but of course, I had to keep it all to myself.

There was a pre pageant presentation at the Suntec City and the pageant night which was held at Zouk. My task was to prep them for both events and direct the show at the same time.

Pageant night, everything was organized and smooth sailing.
Committees were compartmentalized and each had its task to fulfill making the entire process efficient and stress free. The winners of the pageant would be awarded a modelling contract from my agency and will be launched hopefully, as the next big thing in Singapore!






My personal favorites clinched the titles of course.(without me manipulating the results, so don't get me started!!)

All in all, the memories I had while working with SMU are definitely for keeps. I thought it is an achievement in my part as the first Filipino to have directed their pageant. Well, till the next project then! :D :D