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There’s a Moshi bag for your every need

Useful and stylish

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Three bags, for three needs. In this quick feature, we’re looking at Moshi bags that handle the various needs of members of the team.

Vacanza Travel Bag (Charcoal Black) | Rodneil

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While browsing through Moshi’s website looking for the kind of everyday bag I need, I didn’t even think to look at their weekender series. My first choice was the Carta Compact Messenger Bag. But good thing our Associate Creative Director pointed me in the right direction. 

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You see, I bring A LOT of stuff so I need a bag with plenty of room. But I also didn’t want it to be a backpack. I already look like an adult mutant ninja turtle as it is. A bulky backpack will only solidify that image. Naturally, I don’t want that. Thankfully, we spotted the Vacanza Travel Bag and I kid you not, it is EVERYTHING I have always wanted. 

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I like to just grab and go. That’s why my default way of carrying it is with the handles. It’s easy to lug around despite the number of items inside. 

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It does have a strap so you can carry it like a shoulder bag. I always have it handy with me but in the few weeks that I’ve had the bag, I haven’t exactly needed it so far. 

Carries everything I need

On the daily I carry my camera, a pouch-like thing for my cables, power banks, and my WF-1000XM4 earbuds. Then of course a laptop, whether that’s my trusty 13” M1 MacBook Pro, or whatever laptop I’m reviewing which can range from really compact ones to the bulky gaming types. 

Beyond what’s mentioned, I carry any number of devices that we’ll shoot. That can be up to four smartphones, or a variety of smart accessories and wearables. They all fit in nicely since the bag is super spacious. 

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There are also quick access pockets where I usually put my hand sanitizer, vaccination card, and bluelight glasses. 

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I haven’t been able to go on a vacation with it yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure to bring the extra bags and pouches inside which can be used for used clothes. 

Overall, it’s been EXACTLY everything I need.

Urbana Navi Travel Briefcase (Herringbone Gray) | MJ

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Having the liberty of working literally anywhere, I’m always on the lookout for a stylish bag that can carry all my essentials, without looking like a native urban dweller. Think: dark, bulky briefcases and heavy backpacks. Moshi’s Urbana Navi Travel Briefcase in Herringbone Gray perfectly suited my style and preferences.

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It’s lightweight and easy to carry using its handles. If you’re the sling type, it comes with a removable strap that you can easily store in one of its discreet compartments. (Surely, I’m not.)

Stylish briefcase

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On the outside, this Moshi briefcase looks small but it’s spacious enough to fit a 13-inch Macbook Air. Its padded sleeve inside comes with small compartments that perfectly snugs your power bank, extra phone, pen, and a few, small essentials.

There’s also an RFID pocket where I store the cards I need. I feel assured knowing my important cards are protected in a separate pocket, and it’s conveniently placed where I can easily reach them to enable my cashless lifestyle.

Ever since I had my hands on the Urbana Navi, I haven’t let go of it. It’s become an everyday companion — for work meetings and even errands on the bank and school. I’m certain it’s an ideal space for my gadgets when I travel on a plane soon. 

Carta Compact Messenger Bag (Vintage Brown) | Vincenz

Being always that indecisive person in the team, it took me some time before I decided to choose Moshi’s Carta Compact Messenger Bag in its Vintage Brown colorway. I almost withdrew my pick after knowing MJ made first dibs on this bag but I thought this is best suited for my needs.

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I’ve always wanted a bag that feels light when worn yet looks stylish and can still fit my essentials whenever I go outside for a work shoot. Unlike other offerings from Moshi that look too serious or curated for the business-minded, I’m looking for that bag where I can pair it to my completely casual attire — and the Carta Compact is the best candidate for this.

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This may be a hard color to pair on with  #OOTDs, but my wardrobe mostly consists of shirts and button-downs ranging from black to orange and definitely the “earth tone palette” in either dark brown, khaki, tan, green, and even cream.

I also thought this would be the perfect addition to my tan-colored bag collection. And while the brand is totally different, I like how it’s also made with the same Daily Vegan Leather material such as my satchel, tote bag, and a smaller sling bag. This means it’s weather-resistant and I don’t have to worry about sudden splashes of water or rain when I’m outdoors.

Compact but spacious

With more pockets inside this Moshi bag, I can easily separate my belongings. I carry my sharp home keys, vaccination card, and coin purse. I separate them from the devices I bring such as a pair of wireless earbuds, an external SSD, and the four phones I’m currently holding. 

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Storing items in different pockets will also help me locate the items easier without mixing up everything inside. And just like in MJ’s Urbana Briefcase, this one also has a pocket with an RFID shield in it so it blocks out unwanted card taps from our wallets.

Moreover, the Carta Compact was also able to fit my other usual belongings such as a 10,000mAh powerbank for the phones, a larger 26800mAh powerbank for my laptop, a 100W GaN charger with two USB-C to USB-C cables plus one USB-C to Lightning cable, and even an extra shirt.

If there’s one downside, it’s the fact that it can only fit a smaller 13-inch laptop. I’m currently using a 15-inch MacBook Pro so I haven’t really tried to use it with my laptop inside. But judging by  the sleeve opening, the latest M1 Pro 14-inch MacBook Pro can actually fit inside – and I hope I can have mine soon so I can try and finally see if it really fits. 🥺👉🏼👈🏼

 

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Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming

And a Gran Turismo show

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After years of terrible video game adaptations, the entertainment industry just can’t get enough of them in the past year or so. Shows and films based on popular video game titles are setting the world on fire. If Sony’s latest investor’s meeting is anything to go by, it looks like we’re not done with the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War are reportedly getting TV series soon.

Sony had a lot to say during its latest meeting. However, amid all the announcements, the general implication was simple enough to understand. The company wants to expand and grow its branches outside of console gaming. That plan includes adapting more of its exclusive properties into television.

Reported by analyst David Gibson on Twitter (via IGN), Sony has officially confirmed development for a Horizon series on Netflix, a God of War series on Amazon, and a currently untethered Gran Turismo series.

Unfortunately, the presentation did not reveal any other details for the upcoming shows. Plot and casting details are still an unknown.

All three titles, especially Horizon and God of War, are part of Sony’s prized possessions. An adaptation for any of these titles is huge. However, it’s always a hit. Most recently, Sony allowed an Uncharted film to show in theaters, and the response was… mixed. While the sheer number of video game adaptations are impressive, their quality is definitely all over the place for now.

SEE ALSO: Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

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Dyson just upgraded the Airwrap — here’s everything we’re loving about it!

The upgraded version is something you’ll love even more!

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The Dyson Airwrap has got to be one of the most talked-about hairstyling tools in the market. Anyone who’s remotely interested in gorgeous hair has seen the video tutorials all over YouTube and TikTok.

Known for its hefty price tag, it’s still highly coveted due to its technology and ability to create different hairstyles without damaging one’s mane. Four years after it hit the market, Dyson released a new, upgraded version.

Is it time for Airwrap virgins to bite the bullet? Should current Airwrap owners upgrade their sets? Let’s discuss.

First, here’s everything that comes in the case once you get your Dyson Airwrap Complete for long hair.

Quick, pro blow-out at home

Something the Airwrap brought to the table when it first launched is the promise of salon-quality blowouts in the comfort of one’s home. The upfront expense, off-setting frequent salon visits for styling. Sure, there’s quite a learning curve with using the curling barrels.

However, once you do master how to make the Coanda effect work for you, styling one’s hair with the Airwrap becomes such a breeze. This, of course, continues with the upgrade.

While the body looks and feels similar, I must admit that it took me even less time to dry and style my hair with the newer version. I’ve been growing my hair, wanting to stick to a 70s blowout to go with my fringe and I was able to achieve precisely that. From wet to fab in 20 minutes. Who doesn’t love efficiency?

I have naturally curly hair and this style took me only 20 minutes! I also slept with a silk cap on and it still looked great the following day.

Coanda smoothing dryer

Airwrap users were feeling pretty left out when Dyson’s Supersonic Hairdryer got a flyaway attachment. If you’re someone who uses the Airwrap’s Firm and Soft brushes to straighten your hair, the flyaway attachment would have been the perfect finisher for your style.

This was addressed with the upgrade. In lieu of the pre-styling dryer attachment, we now get a Coanda smoothing dryer.

When straightening your hair, you can start and end with this attachment. It pre-dries and it can also tame fly-aways!

You can also use this to pre-dry your hair prior to styling. After all, you need your hair to still be a little wet for the Airwrap to work its magic. What’s different is that with just a quick turn of the cool touch tip, it can now act as your very own flyaway attachment. A nifty, two-in-one piece!

Attachment upgrades

While most of the attachments look familiar, there were quite a lot of tweaks in their respective departments as well. The Firm and Soft brushes employ enhanced Coanda airflow which attracts and aligns hair with increased control. They propel air along hair strands, for a smoother, straighter result.

During the media briefing, we were also assured that even attachments like the Round Volumizing Brushes were improved, allowing better airflow through the bristles.

For people with tighter curls (think 3A and above in the scale), Dyson also came out with a wide-toothed brush attachment that’s sold separately.

The new Dyson Airwrap’s attachment line-up for the complete set.

What’s extremely exciting though is what was done with the barrels. Now, there’s no need to keep switching from one barrel to another just to change the direction of the airflow. A quick turn of the cool-touch tips allows you to do just that, saving you more time when you do your hair.

Easier to store 

With that said, there’s no more need for two barrels of each size. With the new Airwrap, you only get two barrels – one thin, one thick. Fewer barrels also mean fewer attachments to store. The case of the new Airwrap is noticeably smaller and sleeker than its predecessor’s.

The case’s cover also fully comes off. I love how it makes taking the attachments easier from any side. However, one must be vigilant if you want to travel with your Airwrap in this case as the cover doesn’t lock into the body like the old one.

Sleeker and will take up less space.

Sustainability

It’s been quite common for tech companies to force users to upgrade to the next generation of their products. This, by producing newer accessories or essential peripherals that won’t work with the older versions of their products. It’s a business and they do need to keep making money.

However, one thing I really loved about the Airwrap’s upgrade is how Dyson took sustainability into consideration. Users of the older Airwrap can have the choice to only purchase the new attachments.

This is because the new attachments will still fit and work perfectly with the older version. Yes, even the Coanda smoothing dryer!

The rich copper and bright nickel colorway is such an elegant combination.

Frizz-free

Something I always loved about the Airwrap is how it’s able to keep frizz at bay by producing negative ions. This is something we totally need in the tropics, especially for ladies with wavy and curly hair. So it’s an essential yet often overlooked feature in hairstyling tools.

With the Airwrap, the curls you make with the barrels always come out smooth and adds to a more natural, gorgeously flowy blowout. This is something that’s hard to achieve with a hairdryer. When straightening your hair, it comes out sleek with a beautiful sheen.

This time, without the faux freckles. Washing your hair at night doesn’t have to be a chore. You can now style it quickly before bed for a more efficient morning routine!

Price and color availability

Dyson’s new Airwrap is available starting today, 26th of May, and will retail for PhP 32,900 in the Philippines. It comes in the chic, rich copper and bright nickel color combination as well as in rich copper and Prussian blue.

Should you get it?

So, should you upgrade to the new Airwrap? I’d say get the attachments if you already have the older version and if it’s still working fine. You’ll be able to achieve the same effects after all. If you haven’t gotten the first version, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Run. Don’t walk.

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Uniqlo celebrates individuality with its latest UT Collection

Wear your world 

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Express yourself and be who you really want to be. That’s what Uniqlo encourages with its latest UT Collection launched during the UT Convention 2022. The collection draws inspiration from pop culture. This includes the realms of art, music, film and more.

The different UT designs are available starting May 2022. You can wear what you love based on your personalities and hobbies.

Wear your world 

Everyone feasted their eyes on the launch of the Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary UT which features different shirts designed according to your favorite Final Fantasy main series.

The Final Fantasy craze was even hyped up by cosplayer Zack. He perfectly portrayed Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII during the event.

Anime lovers were also treated to UTs featuring beloved Japanese titles such as Gundam, Doraemon and Pokemon. There were also collections spotlighting popular and iconic concepts from Lego and Mickey & Friends.

Art aficionados also will get to enjoy the collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), one of the largest and most influential institutions of its kind, which feature art masterpieces.

Another art-inspired collection is the partnership with Magnum Photos. This is international photographic cooperative that has documented most of the world’s major events and personalities since the 1930’s.

And there’s also The Brands Car collection which features automobile designs from legendary automakers.

Lastly, winning designs from the UT Grand Prix (UTGP), a design competition that uses t-shirts as a creative medium, were showcased during the convention and the theme of this year’s competition was Peanuts.

Shop for the latest UT Collection at Uniqlo’s online store or at UNIQLO stores nationwide. You can also purchase items through the UNIQLO App that you can download via Google Play Store or Apple Store.

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