Old Navy Philippines is jumpstarting the holiday season with Plaids, Plaids and Plaids. Yes, you heard it right! It will be all about the exciting and merry Plaids this November. From oxfords, flannels, shirts, scarves, accessories to shoes. Plus, it comes with a holiday offer and everything paired with it.

From Nov. 15 – 23, 2014, Old Navy is “Plaid To Meet You” and offering 25% OFF on all Plaids and any item paired with it. You can easily match it with your favorite Old Navy Famous jeans, flip-flops, shorts and even a tumbler; anything paired with a Plaid is 25% off. Good deal, indeed.

The trend was big during the 90s and it’s coming back with a bang for the same reasons. This time around though, Old Navy is making it more accessible for the whole family. So drop by at your nearest Old Navy store and be one of the firsts to finish your Holiday shopping list.

In the Philippines, Old Navy is exclusively distributed by Casual Clothing Retailers Inc. (CCRI), a member of the SSI Group, and is located at Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 3, SM Megamall and Fairview Terraces.

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Jerome took us out to dinner, and we always look forward to this :-)  This trip he took us to Marta, the latest restaurant concept of Danny Meyer at the Martha Washington Hotel.  It’s very hard to make a reservation and we were lucky to get one

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 Rustic thin crust Roman pizzas!!!Marta by Danny Meyer (1)

We sat right in front of the brick ovens :-)Marta by Danny Meyer (3)

Our host and good friend, Jerome :-)  Thank you for this wonderful experience!!Marta by Danny Meyer (2)

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A simple one page menu!Marta by Danny Meyer (4)

Insalata Verde! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Marta by Danny Meyer (8)

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 There are so many pizza places opening left and right and you would think how else can you make a pizza?  Well, the pizzas we had here were so  unique and so yummy!!!!!  At Marta there are two sections Pizze Rosse ( red) and there is Pizze Bianche ( white).  Not many places have white pizzas and I am so happy there is just as many white pizzas here as reds :-)  We did not try all but this pizza was so so good!! I love thin pizza!!!  Patate Alla Carbonara – potatoes, guanciale, black pepper, pecorino and egg.  It looks rich but you don’t feel too heavy after having it

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 Coppa Cotta – YUM!!!!!! Marta by Danny Meyer (10)

Salsiccia!!  SUPER YUM also!!!Marta by Danny Meyer (11)

In between pizza and dessert, Jerome and Caloy spotted Danny Meyer!!!!! I was following him and I was so glad he went nearer to our table.   I made sure I called his attention to take a photo!!!!!  Of all the times to not have my camera!!!!  So this is a phone photo! I hope to see him again one day, hopefully in the Philippines with a Shake Shack branch!!!  Danny Meyer if the owner and founder of Shake Shack  He owns theUnion Square Hospitality group ( USHG) which include Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 ( located at the MOMA ), Matalino, Untitled at the Whitney, North End Grill and of course Marta!

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 Ice Cream Panino!!! SUPER YUM!!!Marta by Danny Meyer (13)

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Last Christmas our friend, Ina, gave us these recyclable bags!!  Mine of course was the pink one :-) Flip and Tumble (2)

It is my most favourite bag because it is so easy to bring along since it becomes a ball

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and when you use it even if it feels so thin and light, it is very sturdy

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I don’t see it available yet here, but it is available online in amazon or  in their website and it gets cheaper as you buy moreFlip and tumble shopping cart website

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Super enjoy being with these two. I could laugh the whole time because Caloy even with a straight face is cracking jokes and saying funny things.  Ria on the other hand I love because she loves pork belly like us haha!!  They took us to Brooklyn where they both used to live and it is now the trending place to be with many new restaurants opening here and just many things happening on this side of town.  So we are happy to explore and hoping to visit and try more new places in this area.  It was raining that day so they were not able to take us around during the day- next time! :-)  Traif (2)

We tried Traif which was recommended by a friend of Ria and we all loved it especially me!! Small portions and all yummy.  Even if it was small, we still shared all so we can all try it.  They can actually make a degustation for US$ 50.00 per person with your choice of 9 dishes. I wish we could try everything in the menu!!!Traif (1)

Buffalo milk burrata cheese, piquillo pepper romesco, black olive caramel challuhTraif (3)

 Hampshire pork belly, tippy’s black lentils, brown butter apple sauceTraif (4)

 Dayboat scallops,  butternut quash risotto, huckleberry , pistachio sage brown butterTraif (7)

 Sauteed broccoli rabe, roasted mushrooms, truffle toast, fried egg, aged asiagoTraif (9)

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 Baked Muenster cheese, smoked chorizo, golden apples crostiniTraif (10)

 Our parmesan spaetzle, slow cooked broccoli,  vodka sauce, braised leeks, mushroomsTraif (11)

 Spice crusted lamb tenderloin, toasted sesame hummus, pomengranate walnutTraif (12)

 Pomengranate braised tamworth pork cheeks, quince, persimmon, toasted barleyTraif (13)

 Quail n’ biscuit buttermilk fried quail, sausage gravy, duck fat drop biscuit, honeyTraif (14)

 I can’t seem to remember what this is – but everything we had was good including this :-)Traif (15)

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Ignite the warmth with a thoughtful gift from Starbucks

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The first-ever Starbucks Mini Card in the Philippines. Available at an initial consumable load of ? 500.

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Available at an initial consumable load of ? 300.

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New food items and returning favorites celebrate the flavors of the season

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Love this new place in midtown, The Smith.  The original one is in the VillageThe Smith (2)

We came at 1130am which explains why its empty, but a few minutes later, the whole restaurant was fullThe Smith (3)

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Love the bread! It came in a brown paper bag like it came straight from the supermarket or bakeryThe Smith (6)

YUM!!!! Hot Potato Chips Blue cheese FondueThe Smith (7)

Crispy Fried CalamariThe Smith (8)

Bacon Wrapped ApricotsThe Smith (9)

Bone in Rib Eye- Yum!The Smith (10)

Love the ketchup!!The Smith (12)

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and the bernaise!The Smith (11)

Grilled ShrimpThe Smith (13)

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Brooklyn Blackout CakeThe Smith (16)

Restroom :-)
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With a photo boothThe Smith (19)

And a shoeshine :-)The Smith (20)

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Jerome, Marco and Jackie organized brunch at Cherche and they told us to meet them at 1 pm.

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Oh my!  Brunch in New York means up to 4pm! :-)  Jerome is our Zagat and we just ask him where to go when in NYC and he took us here.  Cherche is by Keith Mc Nally, the same restauranteur who brought these other restosCherche Midi Restos Keith Mc Nally Cherche MidiCherche Midi (2)

I love the place though the lighting is a bit too orange :-)  Which explains the orange menu and all the orange photos :-)Cherche Midi (3)

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French Toast – YUM!Cherche Midi (5)

Pot de Fromage ( parmesan custard with Anchovy butter toast )  which Jerome and Marco ordered! YUM!!!!!!  I like how the cheese custard went so well with the anchovy bread!!

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Yummy anchovy bread!!

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BeignettesCherche Midi (8)

Kale salad which was a specialCherche Midi (9)

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Lobster scrambled eggsCherche Midi (11)

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Vermont bacon – side dish
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I love the restroom!!  Cherche Midi (16)

 These two doors actually lead to the same place!!!  :-)  Cherche Midi (17)

Here it is from the common area :-)Cherche Midi (18)

They both open to the washing area – then it is only when you go to the toilet, there are separate doors/areasCherche Midi (1)Click below to go to their websiteCherche Midi NY (20141117)[email_link]

 We wanted to see our niece, Mia, who majors in Advertising in Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and since she was in the city interning at a Japanese Kimono shop, we met up with her near where she was.  She was looking Japanese and had her new red hair colour – both fit her so well.  How fast time file and it has been four years since she first came to Brooklyn for College and she is soon graduatingNew Wonjo (1)

 We have been wanting to have Korean and so as usual we end up at Won Jo ( 34th street ), our favourite.  New Wonjo (2)

 ManduNew Wonjo (7) Pork BellyNew Wonjo (3)

 No charcoal for lunch which I found strange, so they brought out this cooker to grill the meatsNew Wonjo (5)

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It was good but I still prefer the charcoal grill cookingNew Wonjo (8)

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Mia suggested we eat here, but I was afraid we might not get a seat and it would be so cold so we chose indoors. But this is a nice pop up of many food stalls right in Greeley Square Park located at the intersection of Broadway and 33rd street

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Click below to go to their website and find out where there next pop up is :-)

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