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Still from my trip to the Shanghai Masters 2014, this time featuring current men's world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Novak has so many fans at the court and when he arrived, he was really playing to the crowd's delight. But of course as soon as he started getting into the groove of his shots, seriousness set in.

As soon as he finished hitting, however, he obliged fans (me included) who wanted his autograph. Below are some shots I took and you can see the rest in my Flickr account: ofDreamaginations

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Watching the Shanghai Masters 2014 last week was definitely a personal highlight for this year.

It's no secret that I'm a huge Roger Federer fan and when I started playing in late 2006, it was him that inspired me to become better at the sport. I saw a match of his on television and this was the time he was practically winning every tournament.

I would go on and watch YouTube clips of his and would read up every article written about him.

The decision to go to this year's Shanghai Masters was something I decided late last year and so at the start of 2014, the ticket to Shanghai was already booked. I really had to see him play live and I even made a post about it here: The Plan 2014

A week after realizing that plan (DREAM COME TRUE), I'm still on a high. If you want to see the very first time I saw him in person, you might want to check out my Instagram account @fedxmatilla for the video of him making his way to the practice courts. He was just an arm's length away and I knew all the trouble of getting to that exact moment was worth it.

As someone who's passionate about tennis, I just couldn't believe it. As a photographer, I felt so fulfilled having photographed the greatest tennis player of this era.

Below are some of the pics I took. See the rest at my Flickr account: ofDreamaginations

Congratulations champ for winning this tournament finally!
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Finally, they're here.

H&M, the popular fashion brand from Sweden will open its first store in the Philippines--at the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

I'm one of those who are happy with this news. Any time I'm travelling outside the Philippines, I make it a point to visit an H&M store to look for some really cool and casual clothing. What I love more than anything else is the fit of H&M's clothes whether it's the shirts, polos, or suits.

Over the years, I've collected a certain amount of these and I'm sharing some of the more recent ones I really love:


I'll definitely be looking at the very sports-inspired Alexander Wang collection.

H&M will reportedly open additional stores at SM Makati, SM North Edsa, Robinson's Place Manila, and Robinson's Magnolia.
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I've been hearing a lot of positive things about Kettle at the East Wing of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Ortigas. And after having a go at its Buttermilk Chicken, I would have to agree that it is indeed well worth the visit. 

I don't think I need to add anything more to the praises because the Buttermilk Chicken could very well be the crowning glory of Kettle. It's crunchy, it looks good, and it has that sweet mildly spicy goodness that is hard to find in any of the run-of-the-mill fried chickens around. 

The serving is quite gracious and its cornbread large and complements the chicken well. Even with my appetite, we had more than enough for take home. 

But of course, I had to try out what else was available that would actually go well with this particular dish. Based off the menu description, the Truffle Gorgonzola Pasta sounded good.

And it was. Though it may look simple enough but the Gorgonzola has that strong and creamy taste that embraces the pasta perfectly. 

Kettle's interior is homey enough, the seats are quite comfortable, and nothing really screams of intimidation. The servers smile often and more importantly, are always attentive. 

If there's anything I didn't like about Kettle, it's that they served the coffee with sugar in packets, which for me can cheapen any dining establishment easily. It's not that big a deal really but having sugar in a bowl changes a lot. 

What's certain though is that I'll be back for more Buttermilk Chicken and another pasta dish. 

Kettle is at the 5th level of the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza. It is open Monday to Sunday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm.
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As a season offering to all children, Kids Acts Philippines proudly presents “ THE WIZARD OF OZ ” with script and lyrics by Luigi Nacario and music by Eugene Belbis.

The story is adapted from the popular version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.

The Wizard of Oz is story of a young girl named Dorothy Gale from Kansas who always imagined of beautiful things somewhere over the rainbow. One day, a cyclone came that hit her house and spinned up inside the cyclone, floated down through clouds and crashed to the beautiful and colorful land of the munchkins, the Munchkinland. Her adventure started by following the road paved with yellow bricks to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and asked her way to Kansas.

Along the way she met Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion who became her friends and went with her to also seek help from the Wizard.

Their journey became so thrilling and enchanting because of the magical powers of the four witches of Oz, the Wicked Witches of East and West and the Good Witches of North - Belinda and South - Glinda. All Witches had magical things that made Dorothy’s adventure delightful, from the Silver Shoes of the Witch of the East to the broomstick of the Witch of West and from the magical kiss of Belinda to the Glinda’s revelation of the charm of the shoes. The story is about determination, love, courage, honesty and an important place like no other in the world – home.

Discover the true charm of the Silver Shoes! Is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz true or a humbug? Kids Acts Philippines will unfold the whole story on stage showcasing the genuine portrayal of the TheCampArt Kid Actors, the scholars’ pool of the company ages 7 to 15 years old. This is a musical play for kids and by the kids augmenting children’s interests in performing arts.

The cast of “ THE WIZARD OF OZ ” features TheCampArt KID ACTORS - Kyline Alcantara (The Wicked Witch of the East), Joshua Ang (Guardian of the Gates/Prince Quelala), Walline Calderon (Princess Gayelette), Woersha Calderon (Queen Mouse), Noel Comia (The Wizard of Oz), Shanelle Comia (Auntie Em), Danica Cortina (Head of the Munchkins), Nadine Cortina (Dorothy), Liam Crisologo (Head of the Winged Monkeys), Van Crisologo (Tin Woodman), Kyla Depositar (China Princess), Nathan Flores (Guardian of the Gates/Prince Quelala), Ella Gonzales (Head of the Munchkins), Denzel Guiao (Tin Woodman), Ivan Jacolsalem (Head of the Winged Monkeys), Alliah Lagulao (Auntie Em), Angel Lagulao (China Princess), Yedda Lambujon (Wicked Witch of the East), Amy Libot (Wicked Witch of the West), Hya Leonado (Belinda), Liza Marcos (Princess Gayelette), Gabie Mendoza (Dorothy), Atascha Mercado (Wicked Witch of the West), Allen Orolfo (Scarecrow), Raven Orolfo (Cowardly Lion/Uncle Henry), Justin Orolfo (Scarecrow), VJ Parreno (Cowardly Lion/Uncle Henry), Jo Angelie Salandanan (Glinda), Kara Salvanera (Red Soldier Girl), Kyla Salvanera (Glinda), Jewel Yu (Queen Mouse), Angel Yu (Belinda)

The artistic team of THE WIZARD OF OZ is composed of Eugene Belbis (Orchestration); Christian Bautista (Lighting Design); Emma Doverte (Production Management); Jasvir Basra (Stage Management); Manuel Edralin (Set Design); Luigi Nacario (Choreography & Costume Design); and Arvin Mercado & Navette Flores (Photography).

Press Preview: SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 at 1:00PM
Venue: STAR THEATER, Star City Compound, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Regular Run: SEPTEMBER 26 (Friday) and 27 (Saturday), 2014.
Time: 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 4:00PM & 7:00PM
Venue: STAR THEATER, Star City Compound, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Ticket Price: Php 450
call TICKETWORLD at 891.9999 or visit

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