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Where to do Early Christmas Shopping in the Metro

  • Posted on October 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm
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September flew by so fast. We all know what happens when October hits. Filipinos get into this shopping frenzy—spotting bazaars, visiting depots, waiting for warehouse sales, and rushing to Divisoria. Everyone is waiting for Christmas whether for gift giving or receiving. And thus, a list of shopping haven is helpful. Below are certified places (in no particular order) where you can find really good deals:

1.    Divisoria

Need I say more? :)

2.    Greenhills Shopping Mall

Just like Divisoria, Greenhills is a one-stop shop. They have clothes, pieces of jewelry, gadgets, appliances, plants, restaurants. It is just an upgrade from Divisoria.

3.    Dapitan Arcade

Kanlaon Avenue, Quezon City

This place is a haven for those looking for home décor, furnishing, and furniture. From souvenir items up to cutleries, and rattan chairs, they have it. If you’re planning to go shopping, it is better if you have your own vehicle. Parking slots are limited though, but you can park in nearby establishments (ask politely).

4.    S&R Membership Shopping 

For branches, you may visit their website:

A great place in the Metro for shopping bottles of wine, hams, cheeses, chocolates, and other imported products. Comparison of their prices with local supermarkets reveals a good deal most especially on wine.

5.    Duty Free Clark or Subic/Marquee Mall in San Fernando, Pampanga

If you have the time and the means, you might as well spend it on going to Duty Free shopping in Clark or Subic. The toys are really cheap. You could buy a great doll for 250php. If you have a lot of godchildren, the trip up North (with gas and toll fee) could actually be worth it.

6.    World Trade Bazaar/Superb Bazaar

Bazaars are really fun, because most of the exhibitors just get together to participate in these events. But the downside is, bazaars happen occasionally. The Worlbex Bazaar is every December. While the Superb Bazaar will have an event on October 23-27, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center. For more details, check it here:

7.    Hole-in-the-wall (HIW) stalls

Who doesn’t like them? Other than the fact that they’re cheap, sometimes for clothes mostly overruns, you really get to buy unique items. No matter whether you’re thinking of buying for yourself or as a gift, hole-in-the-wall stalls are fun! But be ready to get lost, if you’re really not familiar with the places, you might

a. HIW along Domingo Guevara St., (formerly Libertad St.), Mandaluyong City

They have jackets, sports wear, under wear, shoes, pants, dresses, and other apparel. It’s worth a visit

b. HIW along Paraiso St. (route: From Del Monte Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue, take Paraiso St. and you will definitely pass by it.)

They sell underwear, corsets, girdles, and other lingerie.

c.    Galileo Enoteca Deli

                  Calbayog corner Libertad St., Mandaluyong City

It’s actually a restaurant but they sell Italian bread, cheeses, wine, and other Italian which are great on your table and for gift-giving. They also prepare gift-baskets.

Find your HAT!

  • Posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

Part of a woman’s wardrobe is accessories. It could be pieces of jewelry, belts, scarves, and hats.

To confidently strut your hat, one must wear it with the right clothes, perfect weather, and proper occasion. But ultimately, one must wear it knowing the shape of their face.

To help you choose and style below is a compilation of must-read tips to find your perfect hat:

1. Know your face shape.

Find a full length mirror. On the mirror, trace the line of your face using your index finger dipped in soap or powder. When done, you can now compare which of these images resemble the shape of your face.

2. Compare.

Many have probably  thought of our dilemma, thus for a more specific and active photo on what hat to choose, we look on how celebrity style ’em!

3. Cheat list.

For a more detailed discussion, here’s a compilation of  tips on what hat to wear and how to wear it.

For Oval Face:

People with oval-shaped face are fortunate. Their options are virtually limitless. Most hat styles will suit this facial structure. Hats should generally be worn straight across the forehead or hairline.

Best Style: Streamline shapes, worn forward, square or round crowns, brims swept up on the side(s) or back; Almost Any Style

Celebrities with this Face Shape:

Eva Mendes, Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie, David Beckham


For Long Face:

Long Face is also called the narrow, oblong, elongated or rectangle face. It is considered an elongated oval. Experiment with hats that have full brims such as sun hats, picture hats or floppy hats. Crowns should be deep enough to cover an ample portion of the forehead to even out the length of the face. Wide brims can be worn, especially ones that are turned downward.

Best styles:      Experiment with Wide Brims, Sun Hat, Beret

Medium to wide brims, worn straight or forward. Sharp, straight styles.

These straight brim styles “cut” the length appearance of your face.

Stay Away From: Deep or Tall crowns as they add too much height to the face and head area.

Celebrities with this face shape:

Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, Molly Sims, Liv Tyler, Teri Hatcher, Kate Hudson, Ryan Gosling, Ricky Martin, Russell Crowe, Kiefer Sutherland, Eminem


For Round Face:

Round Face is noted for its full round shape without angles or points. When choosing a hat for this face shape the big hats are best. Asymmetrical shapes and wide brims worn at an angle go best with the facial features. Brims that are the accented feature are great choices. It is best to steer away from hats that are narrower than the face.

Best Styles:     Newsboy, Fedora, Ivy/Flat Cap

Hats worn at a slight tilt or angle.

Asymmetrical brims will lessen the roundness. Wear profile brims in varied sizes.

Stay Away From: Styles which are narrower than the face.

Celebrities with this Face Shape:

Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Winslet, Kte Upton, Kanye West


For Square Face:

Square Face is noted for its broad features: forehead, cheek bones and chin. Hats with wide brims will flatter this face shape. A slight tilt or angle of the hat will balance the broad chin of this face shape. Almost any crown will work with the exception of crowns that taper to a sharp point at the top.

Best Styles:     Bowler, Center Dent Fedora, Fashion Beanie

Large brims with soft lines, upturned brims, round crowns or curved edge square crowns.

Hats worn at slightly tilted angle.

Round and asymmetrical hats provide contrast to sharp jaw lines.

Stay Away From: Crowns that taper at the tip and hats with short brims.

Celebrities with this Face Shape:

Jessica Simpson, Fergie, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Ritchie, Eliza Dushku, Demi Moore, Keith Urban, Brad Pitt


For Heart Shape Face: Asymmetrical designs, Square or round crowns tilted to one side, Profile hats and brims with soft curves.

Heart face is noted with wide cheekbones, wide forehead and a pointy chin. Any hat with a medium-sized brim is perfect for someone with a heart-shaped face. The concern in this case is to balance out a wide forehead. If the brim is too large, the forehead will have an even wider appearance than normal. Other than that, this shape allows for a variety of different styles.

Never choose a hat which has a crown that is narrower than the cheek bones.

Best styles: Cloche, Picture hat, Pillbox, berets, turbans, sailors or boater styles work well.

Stay Away From: Fedora, Trilby and styles with a narrow crown.

Celebrities with this face shape:

Helen Mirren, Dakota Fanning, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Gabriel Union, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Anniston, Michelle Phiffer, Halle Berry, David Beckham, Leonardo Dicapario, Will Smith


For Triangle Face:

Triangle face shape is much like the oval face. They are both easy to style. Both are notable for the wide fore head, cheek bones and pointy chin. Hats should be worn straight across the brow line. Experiment with styles, however avoid styles that have crowns that are narrower than the cheek bones.

Best Styles: Any style hat will flatter this face shape.

Stay Away From: Crowns which are narrower than the cheek bones.

Celebrities with this Face Shape:

Katie Holmes, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kelly Rowland, Sigourney Weaver, Victoria Beckham

Online Shopping Tips: How to shop like a Pro

  • Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:40 am
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Nowadays, they say that the ultimate test for customer service is convenience to one’s clientele. Hence, everything is made easier. Added services like talking to a customer service rep, free pick up and delivery, and online shopping are trending.

Despite these entitlements, consumers still have to be wary of purchases. It cannot always be for convenience only. But rather, it is still wise to be discerning in every thing that we buy. Many are becoming online shoppers due to their hectic schedule. But how does one protect themselves from tricky purchases? Below are practical tips for online consumers:

1. Window shop, physically. Not virtually yet.

This works best for clothes, most especially coat, blazers, and pants. Before buying clothes online, you really have to know your fit. Online photos can be tricky and may not yield the best fit for you. Thus, if you know a store carrying the same brand or the same product, you might want to fit there first. Just when you have the chance and time. This can work as your future reference.

You might ask why not buy it from the store at the instance. Yes, you may. But as said, this can be used as a future reference. Plus, online stores most of the time give discounts and further reductions.

2. Know your precise measurements.

This works best for footwear and pants. Most online stores have product measurements. You can easily check if their size matches yours. If you’re not sure, you can always ask them. Please do note that sometimes sizes vary. The US, UK, and Asian sizes are different from each other. Thus, it is wise that you measure your foot/waist and match them with the store’s posted measurements.

3. Test if hypoallergenic and if compatible with skin tone.

This works best for hygiene and skin care products including make up. You cannot always rely on brand description and ads. You really have to be sure. The best way is to purchase a small one i.e. shampoo/conditioner and if you liked the results, you can continue purchasing in bulk. Another is by looking for forums where the products have been tested. However, what may work for them may not work for you. Thus it is still best that you try it personally. Start with the smallest bottle.

4. Know the material, check the zippers, and double-check the internal make.

This works for all of the clothing and accessories. But can also work for bags and wallets. Some online stores offer zoom-in and enlarged-but-not-pixelized feature of photos. This way you can see clearly almost all the details of the bags/wallet. Aside from the item description, it is best to check the internal and external make of the wallet/bag. Is it handwoven, double-lined, made of real leather or synthetic, or is it made of canvass? Usually canvass-made lasts longer. Are the zippers made by YKK?

5. Check for expiration date.

This works best for food and other perishable goods. Always always always check for this, especially if it’s on sale. Then check for the ingredients, you might be allergic to one or two of the contents.

6. Triple check the details and highlights of the deal.

This works best for vouchers and gift certificates. Most consumers overlook the details like required number of voucher purchase (for travel vouchers, it’s minimum of two), location of restaurant or store, shipping method or pick-up, time of redemption, prior reservation and other minute details that if overlooked would actually cost you more.

7. Sign up for free online newsletters.

This works best for plane tickets and vouchers. This will keep you posted for best travel deals like Piso-fare and the likes. Travel bloggers usually score their plane tickets at cheap prices this way.


This is the ultimate tip that can ever be given. We cannot always rely on other’s opinion, but as convenient as shopping can be, Google is as convenient! We can always find reliable information on the net. Hope this helped! Online shopping may be far from convenience after all. Surely, every one wants value for their money, whatever and wherever venue the shopping occurred! :)