Preview (Philippines) - - Editor’s Note -

At this point, it’s hard to imag­ine life with­out tech­nol­ogy. Here’s some­thing re­ally un­think­able: a life with­out your mo­bile phone. I ex­pe­ri­enced be­ing with­out my mo­bile for a full week. I was leav­ing Paris for home, and I un­wit­tingly left it in the seat of the Uber we had taken to the air­port. My sav­ing grace was the ipad I had in my carry-on. Con­nect­ing to Wi-fi, I man­aged to use imes­sage and email my travel com­pan­ions who were stay­ing on longer about the in­ci­dent, as well as my hus­band to co­or­di­nate a ride home for my near-mid­night ar­rival. I was quite lit­er­ally a bun­dle of nerves think­ing about the im­por­tant files stored in my phone, as well as what would hap­pen when I landed. Imag­ine ar­riv­ing at NAIA Ter­mi­nal 1, where the Wi-fi sig­nal stops at the bag­gage claim, not know­ing how to con­tact the per­son who is meant to pick you up at the drive­way. There were pay­phones, but no one, not even the lady at the help desk, could break my bill to give me coins. Thank­fully, things worked out and I got home fine. I also man­aged to get my phone back. Jan­lee Dungca and Martin Cas­tañeda of Cas­tro PR de­serve a shoutout of grat­i­tude as they were the ones who man­aged to con­tact the driver (thank good­ness for Uber’s ef­fi­cient sys­tem), re­trieve my phone from him (bless him for re­turn­ing it!), and bring it back safely to me in Manila. Mean­while, I got through my work­week with the aid of only email and Face­book Mes­sen­ger as my modes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. It was lib­er­at­ing in that my world was a lit­tle less noisy and a lit­tle more fo­cused with­out the usual calls and pings from What­sapp. How­ever, rather than claim­ing I was tech-free, I would say that it was the week I used all my al­ter­na­tives and back­ups. It was still tech that saved me from the loss of a piece of tech­nol­ogy. For all of you who, like me, en­joy gad­gets aplenty and dis­cover your who’s, its and what’s-its on the in­ter­net, this is­sue is for you. We have a roundup of in­ven­tions and in­no­va­tions that an­swer fash­ion and beauty ques­tions you have yet to ask, a pick of tal­ented de­sign­ers and beauty mavens who have stood out on our In­sta­gram feeds, and our own imag­in­ings of what the fu­ture might hold. From our cover star, Solenn Heussaff, who has kept it real as a celebrity in the very fil­tered age of so­cial me­dia, to online shop­ping like your fa­vorite style icons (I’ll have the track­pants Aaliyah would’ve worn!), we give you Pre­view’s world of fash­ion and tech­nol­ogy.

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