the adventures of yoshi

Philippine Fashion Week: Triumph S/S 2012 Show @ SMX

Posted in Fashion, Travel and Trips by yoshi on November 4, 2011

When I left CoLab, I walked across the street to freshen up for a few fashion shows that evening. R picked me up from the condo and we headed over to Mall of Asia’s SMX convention center.

After 125 years of shaping the female figure (literally), Triumph showcased their Spring/Summer 2012 Collection at Philippine Fashion Week. As Europe’s leading undergarment brand, Triumph presented some really cute pieces, obviously not as sexy as Victoria Secret, rather timeless and classic playing with nudes and blacks. Ruffa Gutierrez (former beauty queen turned model and actress) stole the show as she closed the catwalk with her voluptuous corseted figure!

Before the show, we hung out at the L’Oreal lounge for some little snacks and drinks, L’Oreal is actually the main sponsor for PFW, they’ve gone alllll out and even provided a complimentary hair and make-up station.

Rosario always working!

Ms. Tina Herrera - the BAWSE of PFW

R and my new friend JanJay (@JanJayCoquilla)

This being my first fashion show in the Philippines, front row no less, it was interesting to see the differences in model/talent selection for these shows. As a lingerie/undergarment brand, the first thing you think is: VS Angels with their perfect abs and tightened butt-cheeks. Here, notsomuch. Perhaps it was because we were practically toe to toe with the models, maybe the items were too small or the models just weren’t prepared to walk down the catwalk practically naked. I was told, however, lots of models are hired because they are skinny, not fit. If that’s the case – I’M FOR HIRE! LMAOOOO – “Skinny fat welcomed here!” Nonetheless, I was shocked at how beautiful the models’ were as well, I mean, there were tall ass Filipinas walking the show – now why couldn’t I get that side of the genes?!

After the show we all met up to head over to SMDC center to watch a few designer shows hosted by Sarah =) We loaded up on drinks and more snacks hehehee….

@BanjBillions !!!

JanJay with PBA player and awesome guy all-around Sean (nice one Ter lol)

Me with the wonderful Teresa =P This is the most I’ve seen her in one year! lol!

Triple Threat Herrera Girls: Ter, Tina, R (minus Vicky) – LOVE THEMMMMM, hardest working and most loving family you’ll meet! Looks like R is wearing a flower topper looooollll!

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Philippines 2011: Day 1 and 2…

Posted in Travel and Trips by yoshi on November 3, 2011

I’ve finally returned to the motherland after almost a year and a half. I’m telling you, the Philippines is growing so fast, sometimes I can’t even believe it’s still the same country I visited years and years ago when I was a kid!

My aunt, as usual, picked me up right when I got off the plane with her lovely staff members to help me. Then we hopped in the car with Ric (her driver for almost as long as I can remember, he’s literally watched me grow up!) and headed over to the condo we’d all be housed up in for the next 3 weeks in Makati.

Oh lookie who it is! Sarah and Teresa!

After settling in, we passed by my aunt’s office at the DOT (Department of Tourism) to grab a quick bite to eat – of course I requested bangus lmaoooo! There I finally met DOT’s social media/marketing guru Brian who helped me figure out how to connect to the internet and put minutes on my phone – WHICH by the way loves to turn on and off every 10 minutes…. it’s AWESOME. . . . . . lol.

I was exhausted from the long flight and decided to call it a night early so I could rest up for the next few days of Philippine Fashion Week! After my aunt left for work the next day, I hit up Banj and Sarah and they let me know they were getting some work done and CoLab, which was really close to our condo. I looked at Google Maps and sure enough, it was, so I opted to go for a walk. A few turns later, I was definitely not where I needed to be LMAO. Luckily, Rosario called me and asked where I was and where I was trying to go and told me to stay where I was so she could come to my rescue. I waited in front of the Mc D’s and heard her call out my name and I hopped in the car. We did a quick stop and then headed over to CoLab which was nearby. Got to the office, looked out the window, and low-and-behold, my condo was DIRECTLY across a parking lot in front of us. FML.

CoLab Manila is a collaborative workspace and studio for creative folks to work, be inspired, and to make shit happen! It is a beautiful space and reminds me of a loft we would find in NY!

Taking a photo of R and Banj while Sarah comes out of her hiding place lmaooooo!

R had to run and prep for Fashion Week activities and I hung out to have some lunch at the office – we had um…Kenny Rogers?! I think that’s what it was called?! Oh wait, is that a singer… Anyway it was gooooood – rotisserie chicken, cornbread, fruits – deeeelish. Unfortunately, I was so hungry I forgot to take a photo.

I also was introduced to a lovely lady named Margaux (not pictured in this post) who offered this amazing chocolate dessert! NOM NOM NOM! I ❤ Margaux and all of the new people I’ve been meeting!!!!! More to come!!!

I’m at the condo feeling under the weather so you can expect a few more blog updates today/tonight! Woot Woot! Enjoy!!!!

Oh wait – check this out… CORNED BEEF FILLED PAN DE SAL?!?!?!?!

dinner with the herrera sisters…

Posted in Because I'm Fat, Friends & Familia by yoshi on February 12, 2011

iiiiiiiiits NYFW here and that not only means fashion fashion fashion, but also calls for the arrival of the ever so successful, and not to mention beautiful, herrara ladies (well, minus vicky – next time!!!).

i met up with the “LBC” girls: rosario (status mag / owner of trilogy and grey one social), teresa (model and tv host extraordinaire), tina (finally met the last sibling lol – tv producer and “cousin” of peter som bahahahhaa!) and their cousin (crappers, i forgot her name ah! but she works at lancome) in the upper east side at a turkish restaurant called beyoglu.

i’m grateful to have friends like the herreras because their entire family – all successful in their own rights, are ever so humble and truly have a strong family bond. it must be nice to have siblings that share the same interests and work in the same field – their momma raised them right!

so back to the food. we had our fill of hummus, some amazing turkish bread, fish and chicken kabobs and plenty of good laughs.

tina and teresa (teresa making fun of my "stalker sniping technique" LMAO)

i heart rosario!

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