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(lg2a) bakya mo, van gogh

Posted in architecture, artifacts, culture, fashion, history, letsgopinas goes to america, lifestyle, locales, nature, people, tradition, travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by mijodo

Somehow this blog has reached Dutch country – Holland, Michigan, that is.

Cousin Barbara, and her husband, Eliot,  invited me to go aboard their recreational vehicle to visit the quaint city of Holland, about 190 miles, West of Detroit, or about 2 hours and 30 minutes of  drive while enjoying the lavish accommodation and some good conversation inside the behemoth vehicle.

Apparently, at that time, we missed out on some pretty tulip blossoms which usually make their abundant presence felt during the month of May. But I knew aside from the tulips, there would be other attractions that could be seen in this settlement, founded by the Dutch settlers that arrived mid 19th Century to establish their own religious sect, outside Holland – the country, that is.

And most definitely, there is a wealth of Dutch knowledge to be had at Neli’s Dutch Village Theme Park. Costumes, dances, music, and food which includes their famous cheese are all featured by young kids that come from generations of Dutch people who braved settling to this area.  The theme park and other Holland City landmarks celebrate the famous people from Holland where arts and crafts are salient part of its culture.

Famous Flemish painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer have their works featured at Holland’s museum while there is a depiction of Vincent Van Gogh, painting his famous “Sunflowers” series inside Neli’s theme park.

Aside from the windmills that create power and  the charming blue and white ceramics, it is their use of a pair of klompen that can generate some smiles and heartening guffaws from us outside of Holland.

Klompen are those danish wooden clogs, used during the olden times for farming and everyday use, specially for wet and damp grounds. It may feel hard on  the feet, but the wearer has put on thick socks for convenience. Today, klompen is just a reminder of Danish culture and tradition (even for folkloric dancing), and has become a favorite tourist souvenir kitsch, particularly the miniaturized ones.

In the Philippines, we have something quite similar – the bakya. These are wooden strapless sandals that were for everyday use, by women in their kimonas or other Filipino traditional dresses, particularly in the 1950s. Unlike in using the klompen, the Filipino women didn’t need to use socks or stockings when putting on the bakya hence it may be inconvenient on the feet. Hence the bakya production dwindled when the more comfortable rubber slippers were introduced.

But then bakya made a comback in the late 1970s up to  the early 1980s when the lowly bakya was adopted by a Filipino brand, Happy Feet. The bakya became a rage for the college crowd that went almost subversive against the elite shoe fashion brands from Europe.

During the 70s and 80s, the women and even the more avantgarde men happily wore bakyas for them to be seen as cool and unpretentious. However bakya, particularly in 1950s was synonymous to the hoi polloi or the masa hence Filipino director Lamberto Avellana angrily coined the phrase “bakya crowd,” particularly for the Filipino audience that appreciated low brow movies which the National Artist never subscribed to when making films. Today, such derogatory phrase has moved on to just one word – “bakya” – that is to describe a mentality that is unhip, unfashionable, unsophisticated and unclassy even outside the realm of movie preference, again, associated with the Filipino masses.

Are Van Gogh and his art bakya? Sosyal!

shirts by urbanities: comfy cool

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by mijodo

Urbanities shirts - comfort and cool

After much interest and inquiries on the cotton shirt feature (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/the-great-classic-cotton-shirt/), Urbanities brings out its own line of shirts which have been popular and much requested too. The look is decidedly faded and worn in because the shirts have undergone a special dyeing process to develop this vintage appeal. The set of Urban-Tees gives out a cool and relax feeling to the wearer. And because of the procedure, the shirts have acquired a much more breathable and cottony feel such that many have used the shirts to the gym or for sports. The loose comfort fit and almost uneven hemming exude the “take it easy” attitude which is best worn in beaches and in the summer heat. The shirts are perfect for the slacker, the chiller, and the dreamer in all of us.

Those interested may want to text or call 0917-8339894.

Available in men’s and ladies’ sizes.

For prices and other Urbanities Products check https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

laptop bags by urbanities: buckle up

Posted in fashion, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by mijodo

 
 

 

buckle up the bag

After much interest on the Advincula (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/bags-by-urbanities-slithering-in-white/), Urbanities presents the Borromeo tote bag in supple black leatherette and bronze colored strap which could be adjusted according to your comfort. With the antique finished buckle, the Borromeo compliments you as the strong individual ready for fun and the outdoors.

Again the insides have cushioned compartment which provides secure treatment and protection of your techie gadgets such as 14.1 inch laptop, macbook, upmc or ipods. Of course, there is a pocket just for your much needed cellphone. Again, the lining* is in this surprising and wondrous colors for the funky person like you who also happens to appreciate such design for easier access to your thingeemajigs.

For more inquiries call 4180776 or 09178339894.

For prices and  other Urbanities Lifestyle products: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

*pattern and color of lining can change from what is seen on the picture.

laptop bags by urbanities: slithering in white

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by mijodo

something snaky

Sexy. Strappy. Snaky.

One’s laptop bag need not be in basic black. For the more fashion intuitive, there is white to conquer. 

Urbanities presents the Advincula bag which combines lambskin and snakeskin in pure white as its exterior finish. But there is more to the new set of Urbanities Bags – fanciful and colorful lining* to make the bag more exciting and and to make possessions easier to manage. The Advincula Bag has a special compartment that can accommodate 14.1 inch laptops and 13 inch macbooks. Of course, the slimmer and smaller UPMC laptops could fit comfortably in such bag.

With its long straps, carrying the laptop case makes it easier. In fact, one gets the confidence while having the Advincula.

For inquiries, please call 0917-8339894 or4180776.

*pattern and color of lining available bags can differ from the picture.

For prices and other Urbanities Products –

https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

laptop bags by urbanities: corporate returns

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by mijodo

 

urbanities laptop bags

It has been a while since my lifestyle and travel brand Urbanities has created and introduced new products for the more stylish set. And just before the year 2008 comes to a close, Urbanities produces laptop bags for the ladies who are independently chic and have that stubborn will to rise to the top. The Carlos  Laptop Bags are made of sturdy leatherette in mat weave finish – either in light magenta or teal blue shade.  Each bag, together with the laptop sleeves has ample padding cushion to secure your most protected mac or pc laptop. The Carlos bags have generous compartments for pda and cellphone gadgets, and other knickknacks which still define the glamorous woman in you. The Janelle Laptop Bag is available in two sizes – medium (for 12 – 14.1 inch laptop notebooks, or 13 inch macbook) and large (for 14.1 -15 inch laptop notebooks, or 15 inch macbook). Well, if you are interested then you may want to call beforehand at 4180776 or 0917-8339894 for the availability of such bags afterall production is kinda limited at the moment.

For prices and more Urbanities Laptop bags, please check the Urbanities Lifestyle Store: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

fashion sizzle

Posted in events, lifestyle, people with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by mijodo

With the valuable help of hot Davao designer, Ronan Opina of Beadworks, I was able to get in and watch the Design Fusion Collection segment of Philippine Fashion Week – Spring/Summer Forecast for 2009. Obviously this time, the whole collection was less glitzy but more wearable than what was presented about six months ago at the Philippine Fashion Week – Holiday Collection. https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2008/05/28/fashion-salvo/

I wanted to take better photos, but the models’ runway walk from the other side of the ramp hampered them to come my way (apparently, the middle portion of the ramp had wet paint). Hence the pictures I have was kinda similar, limiting and less exciting – well at least to me. But definitely that does not mean that the collection was similar, limiting and less exciting as well. There was more skin to brag about, and more use of cotton to be creative about, and more funky bag accessories to gadabout.

Participating designers for the Design Fusion Collection were Alodia Cecilia, Anna Leah Salvador, Ciege Cagalawan, Dax Bayani, Dimple Lim, Happy Andrada, Kenneth Chua, Manelle Chamian, Ronan Opina, Ziggy Savella.

(As I was busy taking pictures, I failed to remember as to whose creations the models wore. If you are familiar with any of the clothes in the pictures, please supply the name of the designers who created them. The designers and I appreciate your efforts much. Thanks)

made in china

Posted in lifestyle, people with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2008 by mijodo

Well a friendship, that is.

Sometimes in life, once a personal connection is made, there are requests that are easier to fulfill for a friend. And this has happened between the guy model and the maker of the cotton shirts from Parson Enterprises (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/the-great-classic-cotton-shirt/).  They have been good buddies since they came from the same school in China years ago.

Simon Vincent Kodnar, college student who is half Chinese and half Austrian gamely posed before the camera. And he made sure that his presence was felt during the recent shoot. Not bad for a first timer.  I am quite sure that his friend/host is pleased as well.  With that, the friendship which started in Shanghai has crossed seas and has been made stronger at some remote islands of Palawan.