The Shoe Game

I’m a very practical person. I spend my money wisely, I’m conscious about saving and I am generally very clear minded and objective when it comes to buying material things. With shoes, I’ve never really been a fan. I know I need several kinds of shoes for different occasions and that’s about it. I don’t need more than that and splurging on branded items are just a waste of money. It’s been like that for the past 25 years! I’ve never had more than 2 or 3 pairs of sneakers all my life yet recently, things have changed big time! Continue reading

My First Love Is…

First off, I had no idea the final video was going to look like this. It looks really good— right?? When I was first asked to be a part of this project, I thought it was going to be a simple video greeting with a smartphone camera. I was so wrong! The prod team visited me on the set of Adarna and there were almost 10 people in the whole crew along with lights men, pro DSLRs and a director!! Yikes! I wasn’t ready for that at all but hey, I composed myself and went along with their short interview.

The second surprise came from my mom. I was at work when she received the link to the video along with some flowers sent by the company and she was ECSTATIC! She texted me right away along with a lot of capital letters, exclamation points and I-love-yous. Since I’m not a big Valentine’s person, I guess I’ve forgotten how the simple things are what make people the happiest. So a HUGE thank you to Breeze because they helped me put an even bigger smile on my mom’s face. :D Also, I’m making a mental note to put a bit more importance on the day of hearts. I love seeing people happy so I might as well do that as often as I can. :)

Happy Valentine’s to everyone! Writing this gave me several ideas already so off I go to get some belated Valentine’s Day gifts haha! :D

Tino Suits

I’ve always loved wearing suits. They make me feel so classy and proper even if I’m goofing around. Ever since I started hosting, I’ve had to wear suits more often than I thought which meant that I needed a bigger collection. Topman and Zara were my usual RTW brands when it came to my coat and tie needs and to be honest, I was quite happy with them. I even felt the urge to collect several colors. Black, dark blue, gray, light gray, pinstriped, etc… Aside from needing them for works, I liked having the suits lined up in my closet hehe.

Tino2 On that note, in comes Tino. They are a shop that produces custom-made suits and barongs. They offered to make me my first tailored suit and I happily obliged

Tino1 I had never seen a tailor’s shop but as expected, they had their wares hung up for everyone to see.

Tino8 Before we got started, I met the daughter of the master tailor and she briefed me on what their shop was all about. Her dad, one of the supposedly few master tailors in the Philippines, creates bespoke suits and barongs. (Bespoke– meaning a product made to your exact specification)

Tino13 After that little intro, I met the master tailor himself :D Both of them overwhelmed me with info about suits, the types, the cuts, where to wear them, what colors to use at particular times of the day and whole bunch of other things!

Tino10 I was measured..

Tino12 They even told me my left shoulder sloped slightly lower than my right..

Tino14 At the end of it all, we came up with this :)

Tino7 Before leaving, I chose the color of my suit and they told me to come back in a week or two for my first fitting. Overall, it was a great experience and I loved how they tried to teach me about what to look for in bespoke suits. They told me new things about my body and what to look out for when I’m buying certain pieces of clothing. I couldn’t wait to see what kind of suit they’d come up with.


A few short weeks later, here is the fabulous suit!! I love the color and I think it looks amazing with my kicks! Some classic Nike Cortez sneaks that totally shows off my kind of fashion. Yay or nay?! Either way, I like it!

Tino 114 Ground Flr., Herco Center, Benavidez St. Legaspi Village, 1740 Makati
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https://www.facebook.com/tinosuitsandbarongs

 

Work, work, work…

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I’m on the set of Unang Hirit as I write this post. Man, I have not written in the longest time! Oh wait.. I’ve been writing, I just never got around to publishing any of them. I’ve been so busy doing other things that I haven’t given myself time to sit down and share some of my thoughts. Even on social media I’ve been very intermittent! :(

On the flipside, being busy should be a good thing, right? Especially in an industry that stays true to the quote, “no work, no pay,” having a busy schedule is a blessing. I’ve been taping Adarna since November and the people there have been extremely nice. It’s unfortunate I didn’t get to work with everyone because the fantasy characters never really met the human characters. Also, I’ve been irregularly co-hosting in Unang Hirit! Although sometimes I think that I’m asked to host because I’m the only one excited enough to wake up at 4am to go to work! Haha. But hey, I love doing the morning show! Awesome people to work with and I get to start my day 5 hours ahead of everyone else. Of course, there’s also Midnight Express! My pride, my joy, my absolute favorite show at the moment. Just watch it and you’ll understand.

With those three projects going around, the occasional promo tour and some brand-related activities, I end up with not a lot of time to do other things… Or so I say that now. But really, I think with a bit of time management, I can still do a lot more things! I just make it an excuse that I have three projects on my plate at the moment but there’s still a lot of free time to go around.

Let’s see… I want to travel! I want to travel and shoot Midnight Express. I want to go all over the world and share my experiences. So… I think I’ll do that! :D There’s a travel expo coming up this weekend and I’m definitely planning to check it out! C’mon world, I’m ready!

I want to keep writing. I miss writing on the blog and for Philippine Star. I’ve had so many ideas but another thing that’s been stopping me is my compulsion to always edit and come out with the perfect piece. I think I’ll do away with that and start churning out more on-the-fly posts. Game! Let’s do it! I have some past experiences that I still want to share. Let’s hope this works out now! :)

Stories from the Yolanda Relief Operations

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Last Friday, I decided to help out in the Villamor Airbase relief operations. It was around 10pm and I assumed that they might need an extra hand during the graveyard shift. During several hours there, I learned so much more about the situation our country is facing. Here are some of the stories that stood out.

Misguided heroes

As I was walking around the airbase, I tried talking to some people in the area. I assumed that most of them were victims from Tacloban. Surprisingly, some of them were waiting to get on a flight to go to the devastated provinces. I was shocked and asked them what exactly they had planned. Why would they even think of going back there? Most of them told me that they wanted to fly back to their hometown to personally look for their loved ones. On so many levels, regardless of how courageous their plans were, it was also very misguided and uninformed.

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First of all, they had absolutely no idea what was going on in the airbase. All they knew was that planes were flying in and out of Tacloban and landing in Villamor. They decided to wait it out in the airbase, hoping they could talk the military into giving them a seat in their C-130. That obviously wasn’t going to happen.

Secondly, assuming they got back to their hometown, their plan was to look for their relatives on foot. They had no previous contact with them which meant they were going to be looking for needles in a dangerous haystack. If they managed to find their relatives, they also mentioned that they were hoping to get another ride with the military back to Manila.

From one perspective, we could look at their efforts as very silly and borderline reckless but then again, desperate times call for desperate measures and our situation definitely fits that bill. I guess my takeaway from this story is how devastating this calamity has been. On top of that, even those who were not directly affected are being driven to careless and illogical decisions. I can only pray for them and hope that proper guidance goes their way.

I felt so helpless because even if I had the chance to set them straight, they just seemed so determined that they actually might lash out on me if I told them to back out of their plan. I could see in their eyes that they had their plan and nobody was going to talk them out of it. Oh, and they had been waiting in the airbase since 3am that day. I spoke to them at 1am of the next day. :(

Conditional help

There have been a lot of donations and goods being delivered to help our fellow Filipinos. Earlier that day, a volunteer explained to me that they were supposed to repack goods but were not allowed. The reason being that the government agency spearheading the relief operation had not given plastic bags that had their logo on it!

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That’s just downrgiht selfish! Victims of Yolanda are waiting for relief goods, everyone all over the world are sacrificing to give what they can and yet this government department delays the distribution because they can’t put their name on each bag being given out?!

I’m hoping this was an isolated story or the message was exaggerated as it was passed along because it is unacceptable. Not only is this an issue during normal operations but what more during a response to a unprecedented disaster?!

What’s next for the victims?

I was able to speak to a family who had just arrived in the base. They mentioned they had relatives in Novaliches but had no transportation. Volunteers were asked if they could lend their cars but there wasn’t enough organization and coordination to ensure that all the victims were going to be taken care of. These families had no money, no cellphones and no work. Yes, I’m extremely happy that they don’t have to live in the devastated areas but how far can they go if they can’t sustain themselves in Metro Manila?

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The government department in charge was severely undermanned and unprepared to handle the influx of victims. I’m aware that this disaster has had overwhelming effects on our country but our weaknesses to response to these situations are being heavily exposed. We can’t expect our government to be perfect and fully prepared for such a calamity but I do hope that they learn from this. In the future, I hope we have better response solutions in place. I hope we use this experience to improve instead of drowning in self pity for our current missteps.

Big hearts, no system

I’ve always believed that human beings have this ability to do amazing things when they work as a unit. It’s a proper example of the whole being exponentially more than the sum of it’s parts. Right now, that’s what we need. We need a system that unites us all so we can attack the problem with great efficiency and speed. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we were lacking last friday.

In Villamor Airbase, there were no maps or signs that told me where to go. There were no steps to follow when the victims arrived on the tarmac. Everyone was littered all over the base that you couldn’t tell who were the victims or who were the volunteers. Yes, there was some semblance of organization but it was nowhere near the level needed to properly make the most out of all the manpower and resources available. A good example was that, when I asked several people, none of them could even name or point out who the director of the whole operation was. Where was the leader? Who was in charge? Thank god for those volunteers who were trying to create a system out of thin air but that will always be lacking compared to a holistic plan that synergizes the efforts of everyone.

Personally, even if I was there to help, I still felt useless at times because I knew so much more could be done.

If you have more stories that you want to share, be it good or bad, email me at mikael.daez@gmail.com or tweet me @mikaeldaez :)  

 

 

Loving Those Snacks at Midnight

It’s no surprise that I am completely in love with my relatively new project entitled Midnight Snack. It’s like a dream come true where I get to go around the Philippines and try out all sorts of different food. As I write this, it’s around 3am in the morning and I can’t sleep because I will be taping for Midnight Snack in a few hours. I’m EXCITED!!! The show has been running for a couple of months now and I’m still losing sleep over what awesome food I’ll have to try next.

On another note, I remember when I was younger, my lola would always tell me this one thing– “Mikael, you are always eating!!” Even if I was a relatively skinny kid, I was so proud that she would always tell me that. It got to the point wherein I would make sure I would be holding food whenever my lola would see me. It’s funny that two decades later, I find myself STILL always eating and if my lola could remember what she used to tell me, she would be proud!! :D 

With that, thank you to all those who watch the segment and I’m always looking for more ways to improve it. Cheers!!! :D 

PS. I like this kind of blogpost.. Just me, laying down my thoughts :D This seems more sustainable I think

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One Republic Concert Giveaway! :D

one repOh yes! I’m back to blogging and I might as well start it off with a bang :D I’ll be giving away two tickets to the One Republic concert on November 6, 2013! I’ll pick just one winner so that he/she can bring a friend to the concert.

Let’s make it simple and fun. Since I’ve been insanely busy for Midnight Snack, let’s tie it up so the contest mechanics are relevant to me :D All you have to do is..

1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @mikaeldaez
2. Tweet and Like this blogpost :D
3. Post a photo with your favorite midnight snack! Add a little caption about your food to make it interesting.
4. Use the hashtag #MidnightSnackForOneRepublic
5. I will pick the winner on Oct. 30, 2013 :D (No spammers please!!!)

Goodluck! :D

 

The Adventure Through Manila-Indonesia-Singapore Part 2

Continuing where the previous post ended, I had just landed in Indonesia and it didn’t seem like the adventure was over just yet. A slew of unfortunate events came my way but definitely added to the whole experience.

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4. How to get to Bali

Touchdown Jakarta! Unfortunately for me, I had nothing planned beyond landing in their airport. It was 1am and I had no idea what to do next. All I knew was that I had to get to Bali. It took around half an hour to familiarize myself with the airport and talk to some people on how to buy a ticket. I found out that there was a flight to Bali at 540am but I had to wait until 3am to buy a ticket. That was easy enough. I just had to wait for the ticketing offices and check in counters to open so I just gave myself a walking tour of their airport. It wasn’t anything great but I loved that they used an Indonesian design theme.

5. The chance passenger!

3am on the dot and I was patiently waiting outside the Garuda Air office. I assume that’s their budget airline. To my surprise, the 540am and 740am flights to Bali we’re full! :( There was one more available seat in the 1040am flight so I took it. I asked though if there was any chance of getting on the earlier flight. I was told that I could be a chance passenger but I would have to wait until 510am before I could find out. I killed time right in front of the check in counter. Even before 510am I would talk to the flight officer and tell him I wanted to get on the flight! By 510am, he just kept telling me to wait. There were so many passengers lining up and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to fly out early. I was sleepy and tired from traveling all night but I was determined to get on the first flight. Since the flight officer didn’t tell me where to wait, I stood right next to him looking over what he was doing every so often hahaha. 10min before the flight he looks at me, half annoyed at my persistence I assume, and he gave me a boarding pass!! Hahaha! Yay! #PinoyPersistence

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6. Homeless in Bali

Touchdown Bali!!! I was so excited and I couldn’t believe that I had made it to Bali. The trip was so hastily and spontaneously done that it didn’t sink in that I was so far away from home. I took a taxi from the airport to Ayodya resort for 125,000 Rupiah. (Yeah, they’re prices are CRAZY). And just when I thought I was going to be able to rest, I walk up to the reception and they tell me that the place is FULLY BOOKED! I was in shock. I wasn’t counting on that at all! I was so tired and disheartened that I sat in the lobby for a good half hour before deciding on what to do. Thankfully there were hotels nearby so I took my bags and walked over to Novotel and Marriott. Just my luck, they were also FULLY BOOKED! We’ll technically, there was one room in Novotel but it was for 6 people! I wasn’t going to spend on that.

Seemingly out of options, a receptionist told me to check out their business center so I could call other resorts in Bali instead of walking in to each one. On the way, I was on my iPad googling hotels then I decided to use agoda.com. That was my saving grace! At first, I checked Ayodya hotel just to see how much it would’ve cost if I stayed there. But then I decided to try searching for a room on that day. I didn’t think it’d allow me to book on the same day but I was wrong!!! I hit search and there were TWO basic rooms available! I was SO HAPPY!!! I used my credit card and bought it online! Then, I ran back to Ayodya and told the receptionist that I had a booking pala! She was dumbfounded. She couldn’t understand how I could have a booking when I just walked in a few minutes ago and she told me they were full! I couldn’t believe it myself but I had the confirmation receipt and they were obligated to give me a room! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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7. Agoda explained

Apparently, websites like Agoda purchase rooms by bulk. Because I had walked in, the hotel had to report they were fully booked but that didn’t necessarily mean that Agoda did not sell all their bookings yet. So for those who travel like me, always know that there’s still a chance if you book through websites like Agoda.com :)

8. Vacation begins!

Yes, my hotel dilemma was the last straw in my crazy trip to Bali! I was able to final enjoy and relax. A day later, I flew out to Singapore for my first F1 Grand Prix. :D

The Adventure Through Manila-Indonesia-Singapore Part 1

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Indonesia and Singapore to take a break from the craziness of work. Taping for With A Smile and Titser had just ended and it seemed like a perfect way to “get away.” I would check out Bali for a bit then head over to Singapore to catch the F1 night race. It seems that these kinds of vacations don’t always go as planned especially when there is NO PLAN! :P The trip was a semi-spontaneous decision and this is was the adventure that resulted…

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It was Friday and I had a Watsons presscon for the #SwitchNSave campaign. My call time was at 3pm along with Patty, Tessa and Iya in Aracama but at that time, I didn’t even have a ticket to Indonesia yet!! When the presscon ended at 5pm, I realized I had to go back to QC to get my passport and then I encountered my first problem.

1. Booking woes

I had been calling PAL all day and nobody was picking up! Finally, at 6pm, they answered and I was able to book a flight to Jakarta at 9pm. That sounds crazy considering I still had to travel back to QC to get my stuff. THREE HOURS to go to QC and back to the airport! :/

2. Beating Manila traffic

Next roadblock was traffic! It was 8pm and I was still in EDSA-Ayala! I didn’t think I was going to make it but I was able to have myself checked in at least. All I had to do was get to the airport before the boarding gates closed but even that was going to be difficult! Luckily, I got to terminal 2 at 840pm and got to the plane JUST ON TIME. Thank you to the extremely nice people of PAL for taking care of me when I got to the airport.

3. The Midnight Snack problem

And if you thought that making my flight was my biggest problem, it wasn’t!! I was inside the plane with the door closed and the engine running and I realized, I hadn’t done my voice over for the Midnight Snack episode for that night!!! It was like a mountain came crashing over me at that very second :( I panicked and called my EP and we were both hysterical! The engine noise was so loud and my signal was weak. We were going to take off at anytime!!! But then, I told myself I had to try! I leapt to the lavatory, opened my mail and voice over-ed using my iPhone! I read the VO hoping to just give them enough material to use. I thought maybe they could edit and filter out the noise. I just wanted to be able to read everything. I finished in a little over a minute and the moment of truth was up next, sending it over 3G before taking off. I fumbled with my phone while trying to send the email before the flight attendants could tell us to switch our phones off and before I lost my signal.

BOOM! Audio file sent! The amount of relief I had felt when I saw the email go through was unlike any other moment in my life. All was well and I could only hope that the file was good enough to use. As the plane took off I listened to my recording and it didn’t sound bad at all! Huge win for technology right there :) There was minimal noise and my voice was still relatively clear. Whew.. Go Midnight Snack!!! Haha. Looking back, this is a story I will tell over and over again hahaha :)

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The GROW Challenge | Oxfam Philippines

 

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Recently, I’ve been posting a lot about Oxfam and it’s about time I give a few more details on what that is all about. Basically, it’s an international, non-governmental organization that was set up in the Philippines to fight poverty. I was asked to be an ambassador for this coming year and after listening to their vision and goals for the year, I enthusiastically hopped on board.

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This year, we are launching the GROW campaign which aims to promote better ways of growing, sharing and living together! We will be officially launching this campaign TOMORROW! That is July 4, 5pm in the Trinoma Activity Center! It’s free for all so I am happily inviting everyone who is free to come join us :)

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Part of the GROW Challenge is a campaign called “Eat Brown Rice.” I personally volunteered that I would help out with this particular campaign because it’s an advocacy that I already live out. I’ve always had a relatively healthy lifestyle and this brown rice campaigns aims to promote that to Filipinos all over the country. But more so, I’ve learned that there are more social and economical implications for eating brown rice. So if you want be aware (and you should) then please drop by our launch tomorrow and support our campaign. :) FYI, Erwan Heussaff, Stephanie Zubiri, Tuesday Vargas and Cherry Pie Picache are also ambassadors of this campaign and will be in the event.