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Pablo:I wore this last week to the Picasso exhibit at MOMA which was amazing, to view the sculptures up close gave me greater appreciation of his astounding talent.

Harris tweed jacket;Thrifted,Cashmere turtleneck:Vintage Banana Republic,Shirt:Proper Cloth,Pocket square:Robert Talbott,Cords:Club Monaco,Boots:Alden #405

All photos of me taken by Nancy”Pookie” Tomlinson

5 Reasons Why We Heart Maine Mendoza AKA Yaya Dub (Aside From Her Hit Dubsmash Videos)

Even before her hit pairing with actor Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, the woman now known as Yaya Dub, has been delighting people, albeit in the form of Dubsmash videos.



Despite her usually distorted face while miming to your local showbiz lines, one could catch a glimpse of Maine being quite the looker in her videos. And if that, in one way or another, piqued your curiosity, we bet you also proceeded to stalk check her out more via her social media accounts.

These days, most of you may have already followed Maine on Facebook, Twitter, and most especially,Instagram, but we felt the need to reacquaint you to her captivating, not-so-crazy side. (Or, in case, you still haven’t yet, here you go.)

Here we are with just some of the many reasons why we love the woman dubbed as Yaya Dub (pun intended), based on her IG posts:

1)    THAT SIMPLE-YET-KILLER SMILE


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2)    THOSE ‘MOWDEL’ POSES THAT COME OH-SO NATURALLY FOR HER


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3)    THOSE ALLURING CLOSE-UP SELFIES


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4)    HER BIKINI-READY BOD


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5)    HER ABILITY TO TURN WACKY INTO WOW


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So what’s stopping you, Alden?


source: FHM.ph

THE PHENOM THAT IS ALDUB

Dahil sa sobrang sikat na sikat, uso at palaging trending ngayon hindi lang sa Pilipinas kundi worldwide ang tambalang ALDUB (Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza o Yaya Dub) ay naisipan kong gawin ang sanaysay na ito. Ang Aldub lang naman ang kauna-unahang kalyeseye sa tanghaliang tapat na nakakapagpasara ng sari-sari store, nagpapaextend ng lunchbreak ng mga empleyado, nakakapagpatigil ng mga biyahe ng tricycle, nakakapagpa cutting classes sa mga estudyante, nakakapagpatigil ng mga gawain sa mga establisyemento kahit sa ospital, nakakawala ng antok at ayaw mo nang matulog sa tanghali at i-skip ang siesta. Pabebe wave, pabebe pinky swear, babala…asawa ni babalu, aldub you, mainenamahal kita, maalden kita at iba pang aldub lingo na nauso dahil sa aldub. God gave me you, Thinking out loud, Sa isip ko, makita kang muli, paalam na, ngiti, kunin mo na ang lahat sa akin, cant fight this feeling, i wont give up, ikaw at sayo ay ilang lang sa mga aldub tracks. di lang dito sa Pilipinas kundi maging sa ibang bansa ay sikat ang aldub.  ilan lamang ito sa mga senyales ng kumakalat na epidemyang aldub.

BAKIT NGA BA SIKAT NA SIKAT ANG ALDUB?

1) SIMPLE and DIMPLE. yan daw ang sekreto sabi ni Joey de leon sa isa niyang tweet. dimple ni Alden plus pagiging simple ni Yaya Dub. Hindi ako Psychologist at wala akong background sa psychology pero mahilig akong magbasa ng isip at body language ng tao. Pogi si Alden kaya di malayong magka crush sa kanya si Yaya Dub. dahil marupok ang mga babae sa pogi ay bumigay siya at di na niya nagawang itago na gusto niya si alden. natural na natural ang emosyon niya at dahil nga pogi si Alden ay take advantage naman siya.

2) CINDERELLA CONCEPT. Ang mga pilipino ay mahilig sa mga drama, teledrama at serye. Ang pinakagusto nilang topic ay yung may konseptong mayaman na maiinlab sa mahirap. katulong na maiinlab sa amo. karaniwan kasi ng mga nanunuod at nakikinig na drama ay mga tao na naiiwan sa bahay, kagaya ng katulong. at tsaka ganyan talaga tayong mga pilipino, walang ibang mahalaga kundi pera.

3) IBA TO. iba kasi wala namang dialogue yung dalawa. nag uusap lang sila thru dubsmash o kaya ay nagsusulat sa bond paper. may mga bagay talaga na di na dapat pang sabihin at mas mainam kung ipapadama na lang.

4) INTANGIBLE. madaming nakakarelate dito kasi may mga relasyon na nagsimula lang thru internet o kaya fb. di pa sila nagme meet pero sila na. okay, balik sa aldub. Almost 6 weeks na pero up to now ay di pa din sila nagkikita. lahat hinihintay at ina anticipate ang TAMANG PANAHON. may mga times na muntikan na silang magkita pero in some what reasons ay di pa din talaga magawang magkrus ang kanilang landas. yun mga fans nga nila kinikilig sa lambingan nila sa split screen eh paano pa kaya pag nag holding hands at nag kiss na sila ng personal.

5) SPONTANEITY. kala ko spontaneousity ang term. buti na lang at may dictionary kaya chineck ko muna kung tama ba yung term ko. Ito lang ang serye na alam kong kinukunan ng live, spontaneous at natural na natural ang dating. hindi rehearsed at hindi taped, walang take 2. tuloy-tuloy ang flow at nakukuha sa adlib ng mga characters. dahil na din sa galing ng buong casts at nadadala nila ng maayos at maganda ang kalyeserye. kudos to that.

6) UNEXPECTED TWISTS. mga twists na hindi mo inaasahan na pwede pa lang mangyari. kahit nga yung pagkahimatay ni Yaya nung kasal ay hindi natin ineexpect kasi wala naman yun sa script. tapos yung 2nd wedding, ineexpect ko talaga na magkikita na sila pero di pa din pala at kahit si alden ay di alam na ganun ang mangyayari.

7) KILIG PA MORE. syempre, nakakakilig. kahit nga ako kinikilig sa loveteam na ito. sa kagwapuhan pa lang ng pambansang bae na si alden, ewan ko na lang kung sinong girl ang hindi kiligin sa kanya. kinikilig ako pero hindi dahil kay alden. nililinaw ko lang. dun sa episode na pupunta sa kasal si alden para pigilan ay naluha ako. ganun din yung naramdaman ko nung nag follow up dunk si Sakuragi nung kalaban nila ang Ryonan.

8) UNADVERTISED ito ang loveteam na hindi pinag isipan, hindi pinagtambal at hindi pinag workshop. hindi katulad ng KathNiel, Jadine, LisQuen, Gabru at BiGuel. ang mga tambalang ito ay pinagpareha. di tulad ng aldub na bigla na lang nadiscover. take note. Aldub lang ang loveteam na meron sa WIKIPEDIA, kahit check mo pa. at heto pa, ang mga karaniwang loveteam ay puro kabataan lang ang tagahanga, pero ang aldub all ages. lahat kinikilig kahit mga matatanda.

9) LESSONS. dapat syempre may lessons. may mga quotable quotes na nagpapa alaala sa kabataan tungkol sa love at life.

Kung ako ang tatanungin, ayoko pa silang magkadaupang palad. mas exciting kasi ang isang bagay pang hinihintay. parang pasko, mas excited ka pag parating na tapos pag mismong araw na ng pasko ay masasabi mo na lang na, “ganito lang pala yun”. tapos kinabukasan, wala na. But i know for sure na magkikita din sila sa takdang panahon. pag nagkita na sila ay tiyak na madami na silang naka line up na guestings, mall shows, teledrama, movies at kung ano-ano pa. yun ang dapat nating abangan.

This sequence spoke the loudest to me yesterday afternoon.

I got truly kilig when Yaya Dub slash Maine turned around to see a heavily breathing Alden. It’s one for the books, yes.

But the part that really stood out for me was when Yaya Dub seemed to have given up on seeing Alden in the flesh. She started shaking her head in devastation when the best 50 seconds in Philippine television history happened.

Alden pulled through. Finally. After keeping me at the edge of my seat, and after both of them ran in ridiculous circles.

Alden appeared at the end of the hallway just when Yaya Dub was about to give up on them seeing each other.

And that’s when it hit me.

Lola Nidora was right all along.

Love comes at the tamang panahon.

And this makes me deliriously happy because my tamang panahon may just be lurking around the corner, and I can just imagine that when that time comes - I’ll be wearing that pure smile Yaya Dub had.

I’m envious right now, but I know everything will be worth it when the right time comes.

Q & Answer: Fear and Clothing (aka How to Take Care of Your Suede Shoes)

Nathan writes: I recently bought a pair of Alden unlined chukkas as a graduation present for myself. The process wasn’t without a lot of anxiety, however, over the ridiculousness of spending this much money on shoes. Now I’m afraid of wearing these boots because I don’t want to ruin them. Do you have any advice on proper shoe care, so I can actually enjoy my purchase?

There’s this old story about George Hoby, a famous bootmaker in London during the early 19th century. Supposedly, a customer walked into his shop one day complaining about a pair of split top boots. Hoby took one look and them and exclaimed: “Good God! You’ve been walking in them!”

Shoes are meant to be worn, of course, and the good news is that when you buy something well-made, they’ll only look better with age. That goes for everything from dress shoes to work boots, suede to shell cordovan. Like a pair of raw jeans, good leather looks better once it has some character beaten into it. 

That said, there are good and bad forms of wear-and-tear. Here’s how to make sure you get the good kind:

  • Practice Basic Shoe Care: Rotate your shoes so you’re not wearing the same pair two days in a row. The sweat from your feet can break down the leather, so give your shoes a day to dry before wearing them again. Also, insert cedar shoe trees when you’re not wearing your shoes. Good ones can be had at Sierra Trading Post for about $12/ pair (just use their DealFlyer coupons).
  • Use a Waterproofer: Protect your shoes from dirty roadside splashes and spilled drinks by spraying the uppers down with a silicone-free waterproofer, such as the ones sold by Allen Edmonds and Tarrago. Check out this video from Leffot, where they pour a full cup of coffee on ~$500 suede shoes after spraying them with a protectant. Seriously, this stuff is like magic. 
  • Clean Them Up: If your shoes start to get dirty, brush them down with a suede brush and eraser. You can also give them a more serious cleaning by washing them with a 50/ 50 mixture of water and Saphir’s Omni Nettoyanat Shampoo, scrubbing them with a suede brush as you go, and then letting them dry naturally outside in the sun. For more serious stains, put some kind of absorbent powder on the area, such as baking soda, talcum powder, or Terre de Sommieres. Those three steps should take care of most jobs. 

Other than that, just enjoy your shoes. Suede will naturally get a bit dirty, and even bald in certain places over time, but that’s all part of the charm. Once the soles grind down, send them to Alden or B. Nelson for a resoling. With good care, your chukkas should last you ten or fifteen years (and look even better than the day you first got them). 

(Photo via Yo-han)