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


Helping Out During Eleksyon 2013

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It’s May 13, 2013, the second monday of the month and more importantly, election day for the whole nation! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important this day is because our leaders play a huge role in the quality of life in the country. From the President of the Philippines to the local government officials, these positions must be filled by capable men or women. On that note, when I was given a chance to help out, I was immediately on board! Continue reading

On Juice.ph: It’s More Fun In the Philippines Blog Series!

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It’s a new year and the Philippines is flourishing! The economy is doing great, people are happier and wiser while other nations are acknowledging our successes. It’s quite a coincidence that the most famous tagline to describe our country at the moment is the Department of Tourism’s new motto: It’s More Fun in the Philippines! It says a lot about how people are feeling in the country and I couldn’t be prouder of what has been happening. Continue reading

Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Journal #2

Okay, I apologize for the delays yet again! But I will always keep on trying to get these posts out on time. One of these days maybe I should share how my schedule looks to prove that I’m not intentionally slacking off haha :p Anyway, I ended the last photojournal entry with team SAINN starting the many, MANY promo tours that GMA has lined up for us. I guess, that’s where I’ll start this post :D

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On the Philippine Star: I Steak My Life On It

I Steak My Life On It
By Mikael Daez

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Admittedly, I am a food-lover and I think I am going to stay that way for the rest of my life. Although I always try to stay open and adventurous when it comes to trying different kinds of cuisines, there are particular dishes that I tend to gravitate towards. One of those would be steak!! I am very much a carnivorous person and with all the red meat that I’ve chowed down in my lifetime, I would like to think that I have developed the ability to at least discern a quality steak from a sub-par one.

Thankfully, we have a multitude of steakhouses in Metro Manila and I have made it my personal mission to try out each and every one. From the very pricey steaks in the high-class, formal-only restaurants to those that they serve in weekly bazaars, I never miss out on a chance to try out some good meat.

With that, I would like to share some of my most memorable steak experiences:


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I vividly remember my first experience with Mamou a few years back. It had just opened and was the talk of the Metro as a must-try restaurant. I even recall rumors that our former president GMA, was there regularly to munch on their Angus Ribeye steaks – it was that popular! One fateful weekend, I finally had the chance to check out what the hype was all about.

I entered their homey restaurant and, right away, asked for their steak! When it arrived, I immediately took notice. The presentation was very different from all the other steaks I’ve tried. There was oil drippings to dip my steak in and a slight crust around the edges of the meat. With my attention fully focused on it, I went in for that first bite! In quick succession, the first bite became a second then third until I had practically vacuumed the 300gram steak in well under 5 minutes (that’s frighteningly fast for you information). I had no idea what came over me but I cleaned my plate, put down my utensils and told my eating buddies that it was the best steak I had ever tried!!! That came as a huge surprise because I usually try to be careful with superlatives when describing my food experiences but I unwaveringly and unquestioningly consider that meal to be one of the best I have ever had!

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Up to this day, I would revisit Mamou and order the same medium-cooked Angus Ribeye steak whenever there is a celebratory occasion. It just never fails to satisfy which is also a testament to their consistency as an establishment. As an added bonus, I would suggest that you pair their steak with their amazing Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream pasta and end your meal with their palette cleansing keylime pie. After you’ve eaten and moved on to food heaven, you can thank me later for giving you this tip.

Lu Restaurant

This restaurant is one that I have always noticed and heard about but only tried very recently. But, when I finally got my chance, I wondered why had not eaten there sooner!

Actually, that fateful night, I had lost my laptop and I was all sorts of depressed as any normal person would be. Consequently, I decided to try and cheer myself up and eat my way out of my funk although I didn’t really believe eating was going to help much.

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This is where Lu comes in. I dragged myself into their nicely lit restaurant and ordered their Ribeye steak. As they served my food, I didn’t really feel the usual excitement that I would get when trying something new. I simply wanted to get the night over with and drown in my misery. As I sliced the surprisingly very tender steak and depressingly took a bite out of it, something unexpected happened –my dejected look broke into a smile!!! As weird and shocking as that may sound, I was even more surprised at what had happened. As I chewed the steak, I just couldn’t help but be amazed at how tasty, juicy and amazing it tasted!! Even the misery that came from losing my laptop and all my files was overcome by the taste of their steak! I was literally smiling from ear to ear and felt like I had a split personality at one point! Actually, my eating buddy also was surprised but completely understood my reaction as soon as she tried the steak. It was definitely an unforgettable gastronomic moment!

Today, I look back at that food experience and am ultimately thankful for it. For one, it definitely made me forget about my problems during that day but it also showed me how powerful food and our sense of taste can affect us. Overall, I think that emotion is a great way to describe how food tastes and these little anecdotes clearly make my point. To all those willing to take a risk on food, goodluck and please drop me a line if you have any recommendations or good food findsJ

For any comments or words of gratitude for letting you know about these two amazing restaurants, email me at mikael.daez@yahoo.com

Also, follow me on Twitter @mikaeldaez 

Official Blogger for Juice.ph

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During my time away from this blog, I was actually busy working on My Beloved as well as setting up a new blog for Juice.ph! That’s right, I officially have two blogs now :) It’s actually pretty fun given that we both have very different markets. In that way, the my topics on each blog get to be more specific :) Just so you know what I mean, drop by and please support my Juice.ph blog here

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I guess I’m in the same boat as co-My Beloved and co-blogger for Juice.ph, Saab Magalona! By the way, you should also check out her personal blog here as well as her blog on Juice.ph

That’s all for now and please continue to support our blogs and of course our show in GMA! :D Woohooo ;)

On the Philippine Star: Paradise Country

Paradise Country
By Mikael Daez

It’s the middle of summer and everyday seems to get hotter and hotter. We sweat as soon as we step out of the shower, it’s impossible to walk outdoors without getting burnt and our clothes always feel sticky and annoying yet with all the complaints and problems we have with the heat, once we hit the beach, we just forget about everything else. Nobody can blame us because our country just looks that magnificent. Just look around the internet and you’ll find that most of the beaches, vacation spots and scenic pictures usually come from our magnificent tropical paradises. It’s not even singular for our country—we have a lot of places to show off! For us Filipinos, finding paradise is a regular event and just to be able to say that says so much about what we have to be thankful for. The following are just a few examples of what we have to offer. Continue reading

On The Philippine Star: OutBreak Manila — A Zombie Survival Fun Run

OutBreak Manila: A Zombie Survival Fun Run
By Mikael Daez

Earlier this year, I caught wind of this event that looked to be an exciting and innovative take on an old activity. In a nutshell, Outbreak Manila was a fun run with zombies littered throughout the course, hell bent on chasing after you! I found it to be such an intriguing concept because it was a fresh take on the countless other non-exciting fun runs held every weekend. Also, it was very timely because the hit television show, “The Walking Dead,” was peaking when the organizers launched this event. With that, news about Outbreak Manila went viral over Twitter and Facebook with zombie fans and running addicts rushing to sign up – you can include me as one of the zombie fans.
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On the Philippine Star: More Than Meets The Eye

More than what meets the eye
By Mikael Daez


Like a boss! – first ever test shoot

In my opinion, modeling has to be one of the most misunderstood jobs. There are so many negative stereotypes that prevail over the industry which distort how society perceives it. Some say the industry produces bad role models because they promote unhealthy lifestyles. Others assume that all models have no intellectual capacity because their job only requires physical gifts. Another problem that society points out is that they are reckless and party too much which makes them irresponsible. It’s really sad to admit the reality that modeling is looked down upon by many because there are actually a lot wonderful things that come out of it. Continue reading

On the Philippine Star: The Penshoppe Experience

The Penshoppe Experience
By Mikael Daez

It was roughly a year ago that my manager called me and broke the great news – I was going to get my first endorsement deal! I was going to be the new face of Penshoppe and I was simply ecstatic about the whole thing! Obviously enough, I was happy about the financial implications of the whole deal but more significantly, I felt very honored that such a huge brand would put their trust in me to help them grow. In the twelve months that followed the signing of that deal, I would discover many things about myself and Penshoppe and how much that relationship has made an impact on me. Continue reading