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During Christmas or Pasko, people love to beautify their homes and make it Christmassy. Apart from Christmas ornaments and lights, what are other decorations people can use?

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Image courtesy of Feelart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s simple really.

Plants!

Now, this can be a good excuse to buy some new houseplants or if your home lacks greenery. The perfect place to visit is the Quezon Memorial Circle Plant Center. There are numerous stalls that offer an array of ornamental plants and orchids. As I always say in my Where to Shop this Christmas series (part 1 and part 2), have patience to walk around. Check out the different stalls and the plants they offer. Don’t forget to ask the price and compare.

Now if you already have plants but interested in replanting, you can search for pots instead. There are various colorful pots perfect for this holiday season. They also have gardening tools, fertilizers and soil available.

You might ask how to create a Christmas décor using real plants. You might also think that Poinsettia is the only plant perfect for Christmas. You are wrong. Simple houseplants are also perfect, you just need to unleash your creativity. Here are a few tips you can follow:

Lights – This is the most common décor for plants. But you can make it more interesting. Use one, two or many colorful lights on a certain part and so on.

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Ribbons – You can use the wider ones for the Christmas tree or a narrow one if the plant is small. Wrap the ribbon around the plant or simply tie the ribbon on the stalk or the pot itself.

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Balls – There are various sizes and shapes available. As much as possible choose the lighter ones to avoid hurting the plant.

Pots – Transfer the plant or plants in colorful pots and rearrange them accordingly.

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Figurines – When you arrange the plants, you can add a figurine or a Santa Claus on the side.

It doesn’t matter what decorations you use on the plant, just make sure to take good care of it and water it.

Happy Christmas shopping!

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Where to Shop this Christmas (Part 3) During Christmas or Pasko, people love to beautify their homes and make it Christmassy. Apart from Christmas ornaments and lights, what are other decorations people can use?

During Christmas or Pasko, people do not only buy Christmas decors and gifts but also new things for the home. In our case, new pillows and chair pads are what we need as well as gifts for our delivery truck drivers and aides. In this blog post, I will be sharing two places worth visiting in Quezon City.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Commonwealth Market
You may think about meat and fish products. Yes, there are many vendors selling beef, chicken and fish as well as fruits and vegetables. But the Commonwealth Market is a big place. It has a number of vendors selling various products such as household items, children’s toys and clothes.

Commonwealth Market

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But what we buy at the Commonwealth Market are chair and sofa pads. We already bought two sets of this in different colors and design. We just needed one more color for Christmas. The only color missing is the color blue. Now, the designs may be the usual or common. But if you look at the other side, it’s just a plain color wherein you can add accent pillows to make it more pleasing to the eyes.

Aside from that, we also buy house clothes, clothes, and children’s toys as gift for our truck drivers and other workers every Christmas. Since the Commonwealth Market is big and has a number of stalls, you will be able to haggle and purchase your desired items at a lower price.

Lastly, in Where to Shop this Christmas Part 1 I advised you to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Same thing should be done here but for the parking, it will be easier. There are many parking spaces available.

SM Department Store
Sure, prices are high at malls. If you buy at flea markets, three throw pillow covers will only cost you P100 – 150. But if you double check and if you are looking for unique and beautiful designs, there are affordable items lying around especially during SALE.

Pillows

And, we did!

As mentioned earlier, we bought three sets of chair and sofa pads – red, green and blue. The throw pillows we found here will be used as accents. There are others that we bought before; some in flea markets (Divisoria and Baclaran) while some in department stores. All in all, we have four sets of throw pillows and three chair/ sofa pads that we can mix and match depending on the occasion.

Christmas Shopping doesn’t have to be a headache. You just have to know what, where and when to buy in order to save money.

Happy Christmas shopping!

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Where to Shop this Christmas (Part 2) During Christmas or Pasko, people do not only buy Christmas decors and gifts but also new things for the home.

During Christmas or Pasko (as we call it in the Philippines), people buy many things – for the home or as holiday gifts. It is the time of the year where people become more generous and giving. However, not everyone has the BUDGET to purchase just about anything. In this first part of the blog post,ch I will be sharing where to shop for Christmas decorations and gifts.

Dapitan - Street Sign

Take a Trip to Dapitan Street


Dapitan corner Kanlaon st. Bgy. Sta. Teresita in Quezon City is the perfect place to shop for Christmas decorations. When taking a trip to Dapitan Street, make sure you wear comfy clothes and shoes. Why you ask? There are tents neatly aligned on the sides of the streets with vendors selling various holiday decorations. There are more selling inside the Dapitan Arcade and another building. In short, you will do a lot of walking. Also, there is no need to worry  if you are bringing a car because there are parking spaces around Dapitan Street and there will be people guiding you where you can park.

Now, you’re all set!

Shop ‘til you drop at Dapitan Street

Here are a few guidelines to help you shop this Christmas.

  • Make sure you know what you want and set a budget.
  • Have patience to roam, roam, roam and ask, ask, ask. This will help you compare prices and decide where to buy.
  • Once you have decided, learn to bargain. The reason why people love to shop there is because the prices are lower compared to malls. There’s no harm in lowering the price a bit more especially if you will be buying many items from that shop.
  • Check the items before buying them. If you will be buying lights or a parol (Christmas lantern), some vendors will say you can bring them back for replacement or they do repairs. Ask for their name and numbers. When we bought a Christmas tree, ornaments, lights, and garlands in one store, we found out that we needed more lights. Since we have the vendor’s number, we simply called her and reserved. Then went there the same day and got our additional Christmas light.

Now, not all items sold there are for the Christmas season only. There are items for Halloween and home decorations as well. There are even unique finds at Dapitan Arcade such as wine bottle lights. As mentioned earlier, have the patience to roam around because good finds comes to those who are patient!

Happy Christmas shopping!

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Where to Shop this Christmas (Part 1) During Christmas or Pasko (as we call it in the Philippines), people buy many things – for the home or as holiday gifts.

Early this year, my ninong took me to a new place along Visayas Avenue. At first I thought he was taking me to the nail spa or to East West bank. Then I heard the guard say, “Dito sir yung daan sa Chef Paul’s!” Then I looked up and saw a number of huge discs on the window.

Chef Pauls Collage

Upon entering Chef Paul’s, I was amazed by the decors and the concept. What I thought were huge discs were actually old vinyl records aligned and hanged carefully on the window and near the counter. Even their menu, it is pasted to an old vinyl record. Not only that, but there were also cassette tapes on the side of the door, guitars, posters and chord book pages on the walls.

Whoever thought of those ideas has one creative mind! Bravo! Oh, how I wished it was my room. Right then and there, I knew people will soon discover Chef Paul’s because it is one unique cafe with delectable dishes and friendly service. I think the girl’s name who served us our Nutella Almond Waffle is Cai, who is also one of the owners. She was friendly and served our waffle with a smile.

As I ate the delicious waffle, I promised myself to go back there and bring friends. So I did! :)

Thank God it’s Friday
My friend and I kept on postponing our dinner date because of our busy schedules. But when we finally found a chance, super Mario (typhoon) visited the country, so cancelled again! Finally weeks after, (even if it was a rainy Friday evening) we pushed through with our plan because I really want to eat waffles and show her the place.

Both my boyfriend and my friend loved Chef Paul’s! Just like me during my first visit, they weren’t aware of it. But now that they are, it will be easier to invite them again and more of our friends to eat waffle anytime.

Chef Pauls Collage with Friends

Yes, anytime because Chef Paul’s offers waffles all day. You can choose from Dessert Waffles, Waffles Sandwich, French Toast Waffles and Omelette, Pasta or Waffle Burger. We had the following and partnered it with our choice of milkshakes.

Indeed, Chef Paul’s is the perfect place for anyone. My first dining experience with friends at Chef Paul’s was a success. We had so much fun and enjoyed our dinner.The waffles were delish especially the milkshakes, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the ambiance is perfect. With this great ambiance, you can work, write, study or chat. Not to mention, their choice of seats are perfect for those bringing their laptops as well as for those just eating and hanging out with friends.

Chef Paul’s is located at 15 Visayas Avenue Quezon City, Philippines. They are open from 10:00am – 11:00pm. For inquiries, call (02) 4561510 / 09178238913 or email chefpaulsLDECo@gmail.com

Happy eating!

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Get Groovy with Chef Paul’s Early this year, my ninong took me to a new place along Visayas Avenue. At first I thought he was taking me to the nail spa or to East West bank.

Be sure to smile and make an act of kindness because every first Friday of October is World Smile Day!

World Smile Day 2014

It was 1963 when Harvey Ball, freelance artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face for a “friendship campaign” of a Worcester-based firm. The smiley became the most recognized symbol which emits good cheer and good will to whoever looks at it. In the early 1970s, the smiley face became the most sold image in the U.S. With an estimated 50 million buttons and appearances in countless products, indeed the symbol attained a life of its own.

However, its popularity faded by mid-1970s but found its way to the top in the late 1980s which continues today. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. Join the celebration this year on Friday, October 3 and help turn that frown upside down. Spread positive vibes and good health!

Benefits of Smiling

  • Reduces stress – Greet everyone with a smile and you help decrease stress in their system and yours as well.
  • Relaxes the mind and body – Studies revealed that a simple smile and laugh lessens risk of heart disease. It also helps lift your mood.
  • Makes you younger – Did you know that smiling makes people look at least three years younger? Instead of spending on plastic surgery and anti-aging creams, just smile and be happy!

Don’t forget to join the celebration. Do an act of kindness. Help one person SMILE! If possible, do it every day!

Happy World Smile Day!

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Hey! It’s World Smile Day Be sure to smile and make an act of kindness because every first Friday of October is…

I have always hated crowds and I try to escape them as much as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I am not claustrophobic. In fact, crowds are good because they cheer up the streets and put color to day and night. Sometimes a person needs a quiet time. It may seem dull to some, but peace and serenity can be as inspiring as those busy streets.

Tagaytay

Then and Now

As I stare at the gloomy but uplifting view of the Taal Volcano, memories came rushing in my mind.

Bag of Memories and Tagaytay

There were a few cars and it wasn’t difficult to find parking spot. In fact, there were more people than cars. Instead of phones, digital cameras and DSLRS, there was only one simple camera per family. The children even parents pose without worries of how the pictures will come out. Not only that, but they made the best of every shot because they only brought maybe 12, 24 or 30 shots, unlike the people I see below.

Each person had a camera – phone, digital camera, and DSLR. Even if there’s only one pose, you get three different copies from each gadget. I do hope they get a clear shot of the great view they are neglecting. I wish they would savor every moment they have of the great view. But that’s their choice. I’m just glad I get to see this again.

I’ve been here many times, in different spots but with the same majestic view. The only difference from my previous trips to Tagaytay is the company I have and place to eat. We used to bring our own food and bond. Nowadays, families would choose the perfect restaurant or hotel. I don’t blame anyone since everything became more convenient at this stage.

So from family picnics to get-together with friends, I went on a short road trip with this very special person and enjoyed an al fresco dining with superb garden setting at Bag of Beans.

Bag of Memories and Tagaytay (1)

On our way back to the busy city, we bought some plants and a pinwheel to remind us of this short and sweet escape.

Striking Pinwheel

Striking Pinwheel

Happy travelling!

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Bag of Memories and Tagaytay I have always hated crowds and I try to escape them as much as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I am not claustrophobic.

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ThyCa Awareness

It’s still September which means it’s not too late to spread the word about thyroid cancer.

ThyCa Awareness

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