Online Shopping with GCASH American Express Virtual Pay

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been checking the local Kenneth Cole shops for a very specific model of a watch that I saw on their website. Unfortunately, this elusive model was either out of stock or was no longer sold here in the country that I decided to give up on it and started scouting for alternatives.

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The Kenneth Cole KC1885 as listed in the brand’s own website

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Review: Sa Wakas, A Pinoy Rock Musical

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Dale’s Review:

Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2013 — Sa Wakas has been subject of mostly rave reviews since it opened last April 13th at the PETA Theater. After catching the show yesterday, we were glad to see that it wasn’t just hype.

Sa Wakas is the type of show that you tell your friends about just because you want to share something special with them. It is the type of show that you would want people to see because you know that at one point in their lives, they may have walked the path of at least one of the characters and seeing it onstage calls to mind gut-wrenching conversations you may have had over several bottles of beer.

And that really is how the show felt like. It is as if you or your closest friend had just had his heart torn into pieces and he shares with you, over a couple of six-packs, the nitty-gritty details that led him to where he is now. Told backward, it is a painful journey of recollection and as an audience, you feel every bit of the pain because you know how this story will end.

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Review: The Graduate

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During the first act of The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock exclaims in a fit that his father, as well as everyone that his father knows, are grotesque. I think there couldn’t be a more appropriate description of what follows in the next hour of the show.

Based on a novel of the same title written by Charles Webb and the 60s film starring Anne Bancroft and the very young Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate is characterized by that feeling of being trapped, the need to break free and ultimately, one’s inability to escape fate. The stage version, however, seemed to miss the point of the story and portrayed relationships of repulsive, whiny people and even rewarded them with a happy ending.

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Always Forever by Ansh Das

Saw an old friend at an event recently and we briefly discussed this book, Always Forever. I have long wanted to buy it but have been putting it off until I have the time to sit down and read it. I did, however, read the preview at Amazon and already I felt like I was reliving the most private thoughts of the author.

With mostly friends and familiar people playing major characters in the story, I almost felt guilty, like I was peeking at someone’s diary. The book’s author, Ansh Das though is hardly a stranger. We started communicating through Facebook not long after the time when the story in the book started. As a fellow supporter of gay rights, Ad and I had discussed about writing for a website called globalgam.com then known as sfgam.com.

The book’s subject, Mikee, was a constant companion when I used to cover for the Mr Gay World competition here in the Philippines. Mikee died in 2011. He was only 24.

More than a personal tribute, this is a story about love and loss. It is a story about soulmates and a promise that is kept, Always Forever.

Penshoppe’s hot acquisition – Joyce Ramirez

After years of playing second fiddle to Bench, Penshoppe got a hot new acquisition that is putting them right back at the top of the game. No, I am not talking about Ed Westwick, Mario Maurer or even superstar Zac Efron. I am talking about Penshoppe’s muse, Joyce A. Ramirez of PR Asia Worldwide Communications Inc.

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I still recall when Penshoppe seemed insignificant and whatever they did (and whoever endorsed them) just seemed dull compared to Bench’s plethora of hot endorsers and events. Then last year, as quickly as those Bench Volcano billboards were taken down in EDSA (and Bench’s decision to make endorsers out of people like Willie Revillame), Joyce Ramirez announced that Ed Westwick from the popular teen show Gossip Girl would be endorsing Penshoppe.My twitter timeline went ku-ray-zee with the news and Penshoppe was in the center of the limelight once again. And this wasn’t about to become a one-hit-wonder that is bound to be forgotten as fast as these clothing brands change styles per season. In just a few months, Joyce once again announced an even hotter new model – Asian Superstar, Mario Maurer.

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