Shutterbug club shares its passionPhilippine Daily Inquirer 11:30 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
When Billy Mondonado decided to put up the Leica Club Manila, he and other founding members wanted to create a club that represented their passion for photography and love for the legendary photography equipment. Coincidentally, the club was formed last May on the same day Leica celebrated its 100th anniversary.
“In the club, we don’t compete with each other. We just love to shoot. We prefer to go on photo walks during our free time to leisurely take pictures while enjoying what we produce with our Leica cameras,” says Mondonado.
For photographers, both amateur and professional, a Leica camera represents the Rolls- Royce of camera brands. It manufactured its first camera in 1913 and eventually became popular for street photography, used by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Joining Mondonado in the club are Century Properties’ Joey Antonio, Joaquin Lagonera, Francisco Balagtas, lawyer King Reyno, Dr. Benjo Campomanes and Arnel Murillo. All are members of the Camera Club of the Philippines, which is the oldest camera club in the country.
Except for Murillo, none of the members is a professional photographer. All, however, profess their love for photography and the Leica brand.
For Reyno, the passion for the brand started in 2011. “I started with Nikon then moved to Canon shortly after. But when I experienced the beauty of shooting range finders I was sold,” he says.
Campomanes started his passion with photography back in high school. Starting with film before eventually transitioning to digital, he says he has used nothing but Leica cameras.” I just love photography and when you love something you just find the time for it,” says Campomanes.
The Leica Club Manila recently held an exhibit in partnership with the St. Luke’s Medical Foundation at the main lobby of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City. Proceeds from the sale went to indigent patients supported by the St. Luke’s Medical Foundation.
New stores open at popular lifestyle and design buildingPhilippine Daily Inquirer 11:15 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
With more than 35 showrooms, art galleries and interior design studios, LRI Design Plaza is dedicated to homestyle, lifestyle and creative art by specialized contemporary artists.
The one-stop shopping destination on Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel Air II, Makati City has additional stores including Atelier Aguila, which displays multi-functional “furnisculpture” made of mahogany and charred Balinsuha roots marketed as “charcoaled wood.” Felix is the exclusive distributor of award-winning LED lights manufacturer QisDesign and Zuny in the Philippines.
Sigvard Selections offers seven classic and modern selections: Portfolio (Mediterranean); Orly (fun and colorful); Manhattan (rectilinear and modern lines); Provençal (French Provincial); The East Collection (Asian styles); Kali (transitional style from classic to contemporary); and Classic (enduring style).
Oz Gallery specializes in custom-made furniture, home accessories and furniture restoration that appeal to global tastes.
Prizmic & Brill is an eclectic design house; its signature style combines hardwood, hand-forged brass and selected leather hides.
My Apt (My Apartment) by Heima is a contemporary lifestyle store providing unique solutions for a modern gentleman’s dwelling. It specializes in bespoke furniture, artisan creations, collaborations, art and design, vinyl and music.
Design Matters is a one-stop shop that offers creative interior design services, customized furniture and innovative accessories.
LRI Design Plaza is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Call 8951772.
Muji launches Ultrasonic Aroma DiffuserPhilippine Daily Inquirer 11:00 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
The Zen lifestyle is a holistic experience involving all senses. Design concepts and home décor can create a serene look that gives one an escape from the hustle of the city.
The Zen lifestyle includes signature scents that induce a feeling of ease and calmness.
Japanese premium lifestyle brand Muji launches in the Philippines the global bestseller, Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser.
An iconic home accent, the Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser gives off a scented dry mist to fill the room with a relaxing, fine fragrance.
It’s become a favorite in Japan, China, Korea and Europe. It is a key home fixture that spreads the aroma of essential oils in their truest form.
Its three hours of soothing scents can transform the room into a private cocoon. With its two-level brightness option, it bathes the room with soft, ambient glow using its adjustable LED light.
It uses the technology of ultrasonic function, consistent temperature setting and indirect room lighting.
A few drops of essential oil can be blended into 100 ml of water to release a dry, scented mist in the room.
The Muji Home Fragrance line has a variety of essential oils extracted from a rich selection of flowers, leaves, fruit skins, tree barks and roots. These oils can be enjoyed either in their own, pure scent or as blended with other essential oils.
The Muji Essential Oils have three categories: Relax, Refresh and Power Up. There’s lavender to relax, eucalyptus or Japanese cypress to refresh and Summer Leisure to recharge.
Muji has other aromatherapy solutions:
Aroma pot—With a few drops of Muji Essential Oil, its aroma envelopes the room as the oil is warmed under the candle’s heat. The heat allows the release of a more intense aroma as compared to that of an aroma warmer.
Mini candles—They come in value packs. The burning time of each candle is four to five hours. These complement the Muji Aroma Pot. Available in both scented and unscented variants.
Interior fragrance sticks— Available in different shapes of City, Ball, Tree and Circle, the wooden rattan sticks dissipate the scent when inserted in Muji fragrance bottles.
Incense sticks—With a burning time of approximately 25 minutes per stick, each set of incense sticks gives off distinct aroma. The scent can enhance focus and concentration to refresh the mind or subtly greet guests with a pleasant home scent.
Muji is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc.—a member of The SSI Group and is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Center, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing and Ayala Center Cebu.
‘Frozen’ figures launched at annual Toy ExpoPhilippine Daily Inquirer 10:45 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
At Toy Kingdom’s Toy Expo recently held at SMX Convention, Mall of Asia, kids of all ages were amazed at the wide range of new toys launched.
There were Disney’s Singing Snow Glow Elsa and Olaf Dolls, the Disney Princess Palace Pet, Barbie and the Secret Door, Big Hero 6’s Armor-Up Baymax, Driveclub from Sony PS4, and the newest Leap Band from Leap Frog.
During the three-day event, the venue was transformed into a gigantic playhouse. There were spectacular Lego showcases of famous tourist spots in Asia, and the pretty in pink Hello Kitty Café with its theme interiors, furniture and pastries.
Toy exhibits, fun games, and Meet and Greet activities completed the fun.
Kids had the rare opportunity to meet their favorite characters during the expo including Hello Kitty and Friends, My Little Pony, Lalaloopsy, Sylvanian Families, Monster High, Transformers and Max Steel. The cast of Adventure Time, Tom & Jerry, Trashpack, Playdoh Tubby and Mr. Potato Head were also present.
The fun continues at Toy Kingdom Express outlets in SM Stores and Toy Kingdom Stores at all SM Supermalls.
Countdown to ChristmasPhilippine Daily Inquirer 10:30 am | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Yes. You’ll already be hearing Christmas carols even as you read this. It’s never too early to plan holiday gift-giving.
Christmas is for kids, and the kids-at-heart. That’s why Wellworth is building up its holiday lineup of kids’ fashion.
Wellworth Department Store at Fairview Terraces in Quezon City celebrates Children’s Month.
We have picked some good finds for that special little one.