Author Archives: Karlo Samson

November 15

My Heart Belongs to Miss Honduras

In any beauty pageant, it’s inevitable for the gawker who takes an interest in such things to play favorites. For the ongoing Miss Asia Pacific International Pageant 2017, my hands-down fave candidate is Miss Honduras. I met the disarmingly charming young lady at the press presentation of the candidates, held at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel […]

November 09

Tyler the Creator X Converse Take Two

Last August, Converse Philippines launched the One Star x Golf Le Fleur collection, a sick collaboration between the footwear brand and the rapper slash artist Tyer, The Creator. Exclusively available at SM Aura’s premiere sneak store, Commonwealth, the shoe featured flower contrast stitching surrounding the One Star’s iconic star, embroidered bee logo on heel stay, debossed […]

August 19

Book & Borders Cafe Opens In Cubao

I write for a living, which affords me the freedom to enjoy a peripatetic work routine. My day consists of shuffling from client meetings, interviews and shoots, to cafes and coworking spaces where I just park myself to hammer out an article or two. Of late, I’ve been finding myself working around the Cubao area, […]

July 28

BlueWater Day Spa Launches Two New Massage Treatments

As a writer and editor, I spend the greater part of my day hunched over my notebook, tapping out my stories or mercilessly gutting submissions. It’s not a posture-friendly job, and common work-related afflictions include repetitive stress syndrome, carpal tunnel snydrome, migraine, stiff neck and body pain. When I’ve worked too long and my body […]

July 07

Converse Chuck Taylors Get a Fly Upgrade

It’s no secret to sneakerheads that sportswear juggernaut Nike owns Converse, but to those who like Converse shoes but don’t have the time or interest to delve into a brand’s corporate history, that fact is likely lost on them. Still, if you pay attention, this relationship is staring you in the face. The most obvious […]

May 04

New MINI Countryman Makes Me Long for a Country House

Those of you who know me personally will probably remember that I have a soft spot for Minis. For a few years, I used to drive a 1989 Rover Mini. It was a Flame Red special edition but Cooperized with white racing stripes and bodywork by the previous owner, the most fun I had on […]

May 03

Getting the Royal Treatment for your Leather Goods

I’ve been covering the luxury beat for a few years now and, while my focus is largely on timepieces, I do keep abreast of other luxe categories. That’s why, one Friday evening last month, I found myself at the opening of the Duchess of Luxury Manila, a small boutique that specializes in the care, restoration, […]

May 01

Retro Cons Hit the Shelves

The year 1984 is remembered for many things: the debut of the first Apple Macintosh, watching Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in cinemas, and rocking out to Van Halen’s Jump all summer long. It also marked the release of a running sneaker from Converse called the Thunderbolt, which now, over three decades later, sees new life […]

February 13

Chucks in Movies, Explored by Eleven

It’s not a stretch to say that young actress Millie Bobby Brown has a bright career ahead of her. Her breakout role as the mysterious psychokinetic Eleven in the Netflix series Stranger Things catapulted her into the public eye and made a crowd favorite of her almost overnight. While we fans still have eight months until Season […]

December 10

DC Shoes Drops Two New Kicks for Christmas

Just in time for the final run-up to Christmas, casual kick brand DC Shoes has two new skate sneakers for your holiday consideration: the DC Plaza TC S Tiago Lemos edition and the Lynx Vulc S Blabac from the DC x Blabac collection.   First up is the Lynx Vulc S Blabac, part of the collab […]