Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January favorites- shoes

I was crushed when I couldn't find these Airmax 90 Sneakerboots anywhere in my size during my last visit to San Francisco, but thankfully my friend Pauline who runs Sole Search MNL snapped a photo in Hong Kong with a couple of Airmax 90s. They are seriously my favorite pair right now!!! They keep my feet warm now that we're experiencing temperatures as low as 16ÂșC in Manila and most of you know that I HATE the cold. These are actually the men's version of the previous sneakerboots I posted about (another fave). 

A lot of my girl friends kept asking me about these black on black Airmax 2014s- they're actually available in Manila (last time I checked the Nike store at High Street) BUT they're at the men's section. I keep telling my friends that guys are lucky cos they get the nicer sneaker designs. I usually don't buy women's shoes just because they have too much pink/pastels/animal prints on them. I love these for working out, they give great support especially during high jumps and sprints. The white version was what I wanted at first but I guess black is just easier to pair with given that 3/4 of my wardrobe is in black. 

Haven't purchased heels this month, sneakers are just more practical for traveling and for work! I only change to heels before meetings and special events. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

#YOLOstrea [via iPhone]

Yup, another sideboob LBD! Dress from American Apparel, earrings from Guess 

With the bride-to-be! Just a week before the big day.

I know I have a lot of things to blog about- January's been crazy busy so far! Still here, you guys... trying to keep it together. Took this night as an opportunity to slip onto something more feminine compared to my usual jeans-jacket-sneakers combo, but ah, forgot about the part where girls like myself were supposed to comb/tame their hair... 

Updates on this site of the web soon. xx 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

UBER: Everyone's Private Driver [via iPhone]

So glad Uber is finally here in Manila! 

I've heard of Uber some time ago and only wished our taxi apps were more reliable & safe. It's been available in major cities worldwide and last week I got excited after my friend Christine sent me an e-mail about it coming to Manila. It's only been 2 weeks since they've started it and they initially have 6 cars. 

It was very timely that last Tuesday I was scheduled to have dinner with my friends at Rockwell. I would normally send my driver home after 8 PM so I took it as an opportunity to finally use the app. The app is free and signing up is easy. It looks like this : 

Getting a ride is really easy:

1. Open the app and register with your name, email, mobile number and credit/debit card details- all transactions/receipts/trip details will be emailed to you. It tells you how much will be charged so you don't have to worry about putting in your card details. 

2. Wait for a few minutes (4 minutes in my case since I was just at Rockwell) to get the automated confirmation via text and track your car on the app itself with an estimated time of arrival, your driver's name, his photo and plate number

 3. The app will notify you when your car arrives. Just tell the driver your destination and that's it! 

Things I love about Uber:

You don't have to hand in cash/pay the driver
• You can track the car on the app and cancel trips easily
• You can get the estimated cost of your trip 
• You pay with your credit card- you have no idea know how I've always wanted our cabs here to take credit/debit cards. I don't carry around a lot of cash since I know it isn't safe to be walking around with large sums of money here in the city! I also hate having a lot of money in my wallet since I'm always tempted to spend.
• It eliminates the problem of cab drivers asking for the extra Php 100-200 during long trips/busy days 
• It's safe- no crazy and creepy cab drivers who'll leave you hoping your seatbelt will save your life 
• You can SPLIT YOUR FARE as long as you all have the app! 

Right now, the service is available from 7am to 3am. It's so convenient if your personal driver/car isn't available or if you're not too sure about riding a cab late at night. 

Download the app and enter the promo code UberRaleene to get Php 1,000 worth of Uber credits
You can also click on this link to sign up and avail of the promo. It's valid for a whole month! 

And to my girl friends, you now have no excuse to skip our weekly dinner dates cos of "scary cabs". Get on Uber!!! 

It's only been 2 weeks since they've started here in Manila so spread the word! 
Follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@Uber_Manila)