When we would travel from the Philippines to Jakarta and back (we were posted in Jakarta for 4 years), we would take budget airlines Cebu Pacific because we can buy up to 45 Kilograms of weight per person. 90 Kg for the two of us was plenty and worth it, because it is cheaper to [read more]
One thing that I haven’t been able to live without since getting posted to Jakarta is Allercon Dust Mite Spray. It is regularly sprayed on our bed every few days and I bring a small bottle of it whenever we travel because you never know which hotels have them, especially when we are on a budget [read more]
I’ve meant to write this post for a while. Guess what we usually ask our Filipino friends to bring us when they come to visit us in Jakarta? Everything can be found in a supermarket like Rustans Fresh. Another possible title for this post was “things to buy in the Philippines before going to Jakarta.” [read more]
As a diplomat’s wife, I attended many receptions and parties. There are many times when I have to wear a Filipiniana gown or party dress and high heels. These receptions are usually cocktail-style so you are eating and socializing standing up. By the end of the night my poor tootsies hurt like heck and I’m dying to remove [read more]
My husband received a neat gift from a pinoy in Jakarta lately. Thanks Jeff ! I love muscovado sugar with my coffee! And also loving how this resurgence in interest in healthy natural living in making Muscovado more popular!
You would never believe what my most popular blog post is (most number of hits) – aside from “Sergio Ramos’ Girlfriend” that is. It’s my post on FINO leatherware! People from all over the world are searching for their website. Unfortunately they don’t have one. They have limited designs and quantities of their bags that [read more]
I am making this list for friends who are visiting or moving to Manila. If you are going to Manila to visit for a few days I hope this helps you decide where to go for shopping and where to eat. Manila is a great place for shopping. If you know where to look, it’s [read more]
One of the things I noticed in the recent dinner party we hosted was that I didn’t know where to place the serving spoons while the lids on the different dishes were on (to keep them warm). I remembered the super cute serving spoon rest that my best friend had for her rice paddle or rice [read more]
I was getting hungry while waiting for our domestic flight to depart in NAIA 3 so we went to the convenience store to buy a snack when these colorful mini-Jeepney carts caught my eye! To my delight they were selling yummy healthy Malunggay snack products! If you see these babies around Manila or anywhere in the [read more]
We always get the coolest travel related gifts from my friend Christine and last Christmas was no different! She gave us this super cool Travel Essentials Flight Organizer that is absolutely amazing!
I first found the idea of a travel charger kit from 101 Grams of Eye Candy. I also check out the ones from Chuvaness and Daphne O. So when I found myself in MakeRoom Bonifacio Highstreet, it was the first thing I looked for (and also how I discovered the Travel Medicine Organizer). The only [read more]
When I am in Manila I already have go-to brands and stores. Jakarta is a very brand conscious city and it can be unnerving for someone like me, who never used to be into brands. Check em out after the jump!
As I was walking towards the Fino store in Powerplant Mall Rockwell, I discovered a new store that reminded me of another favorite of mine (FIRMA). The new store is called CURA V and it basically sells beautiful things curated from all over the world for the home, novelty items and fashion accessories, just like FIRMA. [read more]
After having lunch with OC Mom in Manila and (eye)candy at Chelsea in Serendra, I went with OC Mom to EchoStore where she was hoping to get refills for her Messy Bessy cleaners. I love that we have stores like this in Manila now!
Just received an invitation from my friend Mutya Laxa Buensuceso, owner and creative force behind the uber chic baby line SPINKIE and TULLERIE, to this open house event on November 3. Perfect! I am really hoping I wont be too tired to catch it! I’ve drooled over all the cute Spinkie stuff online but I [read more]
OMG I’ve exciting news to all lovers of amazing interior design! PLC107 is having it’s annual sale this weekend! This only happens but once a year when the Camerich showroom pieces go for up to 50% SALE. I’ve been dreaming about a certain LAZYTIME chair for a while now… It’s the perfect chair to read [read more]
I first heard of the PocketBac hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works when some girlfriends from Manila came over to Jakarta and Bali for a vacay. Each of them had one in different scents and colors hanging from their bags. They told me it’s so common know in Manila “everyone has it!” So on [read more]
Another shop I must visit when I am in the Philippines is FINO. I love their gorgeous leather and the amazing quality of their products! They provide a lifetime warranty for their leather, which tells you that is how sturdy their leather and workmanship is! Recently went there and bought a few amazing items. Read [read more]
Remember I told you about how they broke our Victorinox locks when we flew Garuda Airlines going to Lombok? I made sure to visit The Travel Club Shangri-la Mall, Mandaluyong for replacements.
Doesn’t the Tanduay Ice bottle remind you of something?!? ….Yup you got it! It totally reminded me of Smirnoff Ice or one of those alcopops! It tastes just like it too! Not bad at all Tanduay! It’s something you might wanna try if you are in the Philippines.