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Where to do Early Christmas Shopping in the Metro

  • Posted on October 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Photo from mrsdubai.wordpress.com

Photo from mrsdubai.wordpress.com

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: http://www.snrshopping.com/location.html

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: http://www.facebook.com/supersalebazaar

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.

 

chilimili.com

 

carolinamilinery.com

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!

 

asamatterofstyle.com

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

Liliw, Laguna: Shoe Haven

  • Posted on June 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Laguna is prolly known for its short distance from Manila. Most people would say that if you want to escape the buzz, just go to Laguna to relax. However, there are more to Laguna than meets the eye. For one, it’s a shoe haven. Meet Liliw.

Liliw is one of the highland towns in Laguna. According to wiki,

“Liliw is a fourth class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is one of the highland towns forming the southern extremity of the province. According to the latest census, it has a population of 33,851.[2]

Liliw has a total land area of 88.5 sq. miles. It is bounded on the northwest by Sta. Cruz; northeast by Magdalena; on the east by Majayjay; on the west by Nagcarlan; and on the south by Dolores, Quezon.”

Now, so as not to bore you with academic stuff, if you want to know more about Liliw, you might want to visit their website at http://liliwlaguna.gov.ph/.

So let’s go to the fun part. Gat Tayaw Street in Liliw basically contains the whole strip of stalls and stores of varieties of footwear. From slippers to sandals to shoes, for people of all ages, and for almost all occasions. Some stores even sell locally-made bags, but please don’t expect much since it’s really not their product. They also have wide variety of pasalubong like chicharon, malagkit, and cookies. But, their best food is uraro. 😀

Shoe Craze

Below are some of the (amateur) photos from the recent Liliw trip.

take-home bags :)

 

Liliw footwear has proven that they can compete with modern styles offered by online and Manila-based shoe stores. Prices are also friendly to discerning consumers. And, the major factor in buying any item: QUALITY! It is also a bonus that most of their sandals and shoes do not give pain and blisters.

The price of footwear ranges from Php200-400 depending on the style and your haggling skills. Php400 is actually expensive in Liliw, so be informed.

Below are the pictures of what to expect in Liliw. Sorry for the poor lighting.

 

 photo from krenggonzaga.blogspot.com

photo from krenggonzaga.blogspot.com

 

If you’re planning to take this trip, from Manila, go to Buendia or Cubao. Look for the DLTB or the HM Bus Transit. Board the bus with the signage Sta. Cruz. The trip will take around 3 hours. The ticket will cost you around Php 145.

From Sta.Cruz (terminal), take the jeepney with the signage Liliw-Nagcarlan. Tell the driver to drop you at Gat Tayaw Street. Then you can go crazy as well. 😀

The Wonders of Malong

  • Posted on February 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

Women in cultural show, using Malong

Last month, I received a malong as a birthday gift. I am not usually a fan of scarves, shawls, and sarong because I find carrying them a hassle. But since it is purple, I automatically loved it! It may be a no-brainer, but for a shirt-and-short-girl like me, back then, I would not know the uses of these pieces of clothing. Not until I brought it with me in one of my travels.

Just a fast-fact, a malong is a traditional garment usually worn by royal families in Mindanao. It is a tubular dress in different colors. Two weeks after it was given to me, I have grown from liking it to making it a must-have, most especially for every traveler since it is lightweight and easy to pack. I made a short list of its amazing uses:

1. Blanket and Jacket in one

I rode a bus going to Camarines Sur, and man, it was so cold. Usually, these buses are colder than those metro buses that we ride on our way to work. And, despite wearing long sleeves and jeggings, the coldness crept in. The malong saved my night! Because it’s tubular, I felt like I was tucked in my bed!

2. Protective and Fashionable scarf

After alighting that cold bus, I was not prepared to face for the sudden change of temperature; the malong absorbed all the heat, and covered my face from the sun. As an added bonus, I was saved from all the dust and dirt.

3. Bed sheet

This part is my favorite use of malong. Being a suplada / maselan and a budget traveler don’t mix quite well. Every time I travel, I see to it that the accommodations that I find are cheap; however, despite the room ads that they are clean, it may or may not be true. Thus, the malong saved me again from unnecessary bites from bed bugs or not-so-clean mattresses.

4. Lona or Beach spread

Of course, my travel would not be complete without the beach! And the malong is my instant lona! It protected me from that sticky sand, which of course is imminent, but the malong avoided that sand from damping my hair.

5. Carry-all bag

Remember when we were all young, o well, I don’t know about you, hehe, there was this cartooned turtle who used to travel carrying all its stuff in a tie-knotted piece of clothing? I was able to carry all my belongings in the same way with my malong J

6. Towel

Of course, it may sound unsanitary but if in case you have forgotten to bring your towel, or would not risk using the towel provided for by your budget inn, the malong comes in handy.

There! Of course, the list goes on, but I can’t wait to put my hands on another malong. I only have one as of now. If not for that great friend who gave it to me, I would not know how much loveable and useful the malongs are! I’m planning of getting a red one. How about you, convinced yet? 😀