The start of my tea cup collection


Remember the Royal Albert tea cup and saucer set I gifted myself with for my birthday this year? I bought that from @paperstrawlove, an IG seller carrying the finest brands of home and kitchenware. Her catalog of vintage tea cups is to die for! Since then, I have been dreaming of my own tea cup collection.  I am especially drawn to those in white, black, gold and blue ... READ MORE

The Bobby and the Guard

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This isn't much of a blog post.  I stumbled across this salt and pepper shaker set in the shape of a British bobby and a guard, which I think is too cute not to share! Quirky British touch + vintage design + floral plate in the background.  Parang Cath Kidston noh? It's from Cath Kidston nga! Oh please be mine! ... READ MORE

On budgeting household expenses


How do you budget your household expenses?  I do it the very traditional way - through the "envelope system". Yes, these are the actual budget envelopes that I use.  They are made of recycled mail envelopes, prettified with craft papers and alphabet stamps I got from Divisoria last year. I used to have an old set of these envelopes, made also from recycled mail ... READ MORE

A Photobook {Give Away}!


I was on a 'spring cleaning' mode last weekend, but instead of cleaning cabinets and storage boxes, I cleaned my computer files and personal emails at home.  As a result, I was able to free up a big chunk of space in both my PC and email storage space. Among the already forgotten emails that I found is this voucher I bought from Photobook Philippines way back in 2010, for an ... READ MORE

Sweet Birthday Moments


A big THANK YOU to all who greeted me on my birthday last Thursday! And in case you didn't know, The Bright Spot also turned 1 last February 5 so it's like a double celebration for me. AJ also surprised me with my favorite New York Cheesecake from Purple Oven and baked this Sugar-Dusted Moroccan Chocolate Cake na naubos agad! I chose to celebrate my turning 36 ... READ MORE

Waste Less: Disposing juice boxes and milk cartons


Now that the use of plastic is banned in Makati, we have ran out of plastic shopping bags to re-use as garbage bags.  We buy those plastic garbage bags available in groceries and even though the package says 'biodegradable', they're still plastics to me and not totally environment-safe. To maximize the 'cost' of using these grocery-bought garbage bags, I have been folding ... READ MORE

My Key Chains Collection


I'm sure that like me, you receive a lot of key chains as pasalubong from your family, relatives and friends.   Key chains from around the country or around the world in different shapes, colors, and finishing.  Add to these the key chains depicting product brands and well-known characters and personalities that you receive as token or gift.  I love receiving them, especially ... READ MORE

Product Review: Terro Ant Killer


I'm introducing something new at The Bright Spot this year, and that is a regular feature on the products that I've tested or used, and can swear by its effectiveness (or the lack of it). I've done product reviews in this blog years ago but they're not as detailed as I wanted them now to be.  Also, product reviews this time will have a label ("Product Review") in the post ... READ MORE