Meet: Mari Jasmine, TV Presenter, Food Blogger & Model

mari-jasmine-squareMari Jasmine is a breath of fresh air. I was visiting Manila a few months ago where I ran into her and we started talking instantly- from our casting experiences in different countries, finding apartments in new cities, and what our personal visions are for our blogs.

Getting to know Mari better, I realized this girl is the epitome of global. Born in Tokyo, raised in Australia; this half-Japanese, half-English model worked in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, France and now, the Philippines. Currently, she is in Manila working as a TV host and Food Blogger, with health and wellness being one of her true passions.

Mari’s experiences through traveling and working in so many cities has added so much depth to her- that anyone who crosses her path is instantly enthralled. I know I was, and now you’ll see why. It’s time to meet Mari Jasmine…

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Click: Banago Kickstarter Campaign

A few months ago I wrote about Banago bags, a social business founded by Renée Patron, that creates handmade, wild grass bags and home accessories.

These bags, made in the Philippines, are sold internationally in stores like J. Crew, Nordstrom, and Anthropologie, as well as featured in magazines like Lucky and Vogue. But apart from the international fame, it’s real success was it’s ability to provide livelihood for over 400 local women artisans and their families within the local community.

However, after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan affected the Banago business both in their facilities, natural resources, and tragically many artisans lost their homes and members of their family. It’s been a long road to recovery since the typhoon hit, and supporting this Banago Kickstarter campaign is one step that you can do to help.

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Attend: Jewelle Yeung Exhibit

Cebu, Philippines

Based between Hong Kong and Cebu City, Jewelle Yeung is an undeniably talented artist who will be having an exhibit this September 12th. Her paintings are influenced by the “space between reality and the dream,” which hold the images, emotions, and energies of what is conscious and unconscious at the same time.

Listen: Hiātus by DJ Wreck-One

HiatusHow appropriate is the timing of this mixtape? My friend Barry, aka Ninjascrawl (his graffiti/design name) aka DJ Wreck-One (His DJ name) hit me up via whatsapp to let me know he finished his latest mix called Hiātus.

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