long live olive

i am giriish

painter, writer,
designer, martial artist,

and these are my jottings...


Whenever your style jotter would go through final security check at domestic airports, one would cringe at the thought of inconvenience. Much as I’d love to, I can never get myself to wear flip flops on a plane unless it’s Caticlan bound and since these days, most of my flights are to and from Manila for design work, the only way to go is comfortably and presentably.

The easiest to wear and most comfortable travel shoes I’ve come across thus far are Columbia Sportwear Company’s convertible moccasins from the ZUGO series. The pair I picked is of soft suede in a light tusk color with chili stitching. With its lightness, supple texture, and distinct unusual shape, this pair looked fun, practical, and versatile.

Initially, I wasn’t so sure about the homey form, they’re not exactly the tapered shape that I prefer since my feet are narrow, but once I had them on, I instantly recognized its design ergonomics. Its wideness freely accommodates and makes it so much easier to slip them on and off. The collapsible heel also transforms them into slip-ons and I see its usability when you need to go that far on longer flights.

The Techlite midsole compound is engineered specifically to provide superior comfort and cushioning for outdoor footwear. This durable, impact absorbing material delivers consistent support in a lightweight package that keeps feet protected and snug whether one is spending leisurely time at the beach, on a rigorous weekend on the trail or simply listening to music within the fuselage of an aircraft.

The shoes foot bed has Contour Comfort sock liner, which interacts with the natural contours of the foot bringing up the level of support and ease. The AgION antimicrobial technology, based on silver ions, protects against a broad spectrum of bacteria to keep the foot bed clean and odor free.

Ever since I started travelling in my ZUGO’s, I’ve been breezing through final security checks. For travelling, this pair is probably the best.


here are some sketches that i have already made into clothes.

cloud coat and stretch tulle romper

raw silk tops

jersey and crystal dress

i'm still searching for the images of the actual garments.

Fits like a T

Your style jotter is never one who goes crazy over flip-flops because when you come right down to it and strip off the hype, slippers are just slippers, or so one thought. Thus, when I was invited to check out the new styles of flip-flops that allegedly give you a workout while you walk I was uncharacteristically curious.

More than just a fashion brand, FitFlop was designed with most people who barely have the time to go to the gym or follow a fitness regimen in mind. Former spa owner Marcia Kilgore with lecturing bio-mechanist Dr. David Cook developed a pair of footwear that will help people stay in shape while walking

The innovative Fitflops make use of the groundbreaking ‘microwobble-board’ technology used on the mid-sole. This single-fused underfoot foam with varying hardness engages the lower body muscles more than any footwear with every step. In effect, this results to shapely legs and thighs, and even firmer derriere. Additionally, they also force your legs and feet to align naturally, resulting to an increased speed of movement thereby working out the calf muscles.

What’s most interesting about Fitflops however is that it allegedly eases out different sorts of back pains, arthritis and knee problems. I have none of these conditions but a day of walking in these comfortable slippers proved the point. I am quite particular about daily footwear since I get pains in the sole of my feet after doing errands or even just going up and down my workrooms in the wrong pair. I have more than a dozen pairs of sneakers yet I have a favorite pair, which I’ve almost worn to tatters and surprisingly I liked my Fitflops after just an hour of walking in them. There was no pain at the end of the day either.

These gold pair that I wear now are not in the forefront of fashion but boy, are they comfortable!

Fitflop is available in Res|Toe|Run (Trinoma, Galleria, Gateway and Ayala Cebu), Shoe Salon, The Spa, Bratpack, ROX, Chimes Specialty Store – Davao, Bettina Boutique – Cagayan de Oro. To see this season’s styles check out www.fitflop.multiply.com