Holiday Highlights {2015}

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For the first time in many years, I started my Christmas preparations late.  As in really late.  If not for our week-long break due to the APEC summit held in Manila last November, I wouldn't be able to start wrapping gifts. Swamped with work and project deadlines, I skipped decorating our apartment for Christmas.  I thought I'll have to forego Christmas shopping as ... READ MORE

Best Selling Korean Products are now in Manila through NWorld!

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Celebrities and beauty junkies swear by the instant effects of Korean beauty products.  I have been doing my research on them for a while now so when I heard that there’s finally a Philippine-based distributor for them, I grabbed the opportunity and bought a package immediately. However, I think I got more than what I bargained for.  I was just supposed to buy the products ... READ MORE

A Week-Long (Free) Vacation

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Where and how did you spend your APEC week vacation? I spent mine mostly at home; taking the days off as opportunity to catch up on cleaning and to do the things that were forever in my to-do lists. It was not purely R&R though; I have to check my office email at least once a day to see if there are urgent matters to attend to, update reports and review our ... READ MORE

From Russia with Love: Lomonosov Porcelain

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Here's another teacup story, originating all the way from Russia and with a colorful history to share, too. A teacup collector would not miss Lomonosov's Cobalt Net design because of this interesting fact: it was based on the blue net pattern painted into the porcelain dinnerware pieces of Catherine the Great (source). More than that, I think what makes owning a ... READ MORE

Feel-good favorites from Robinsons Selections

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It has been said that the things that constitute one’s daily life are extensions of who they are, and the products they surround themselves with, a reflection of their personalities. These are what shape their moods and it is important that they always have these staples around, to keep them feeling good all the time. Despite being subjected to an ever-changing ... READ MORE

Product Review: Lenovo Vibe Shot

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I got myself a new Android smartphone 2 weekends ago, the Lenovo Vibe Shot. I've been using Lenovo gadgets for close to 2 years now and I'm very satisfied with their performance.  The smartphone I was using before the upgrade was Lenovo K900 and it has served as my camera backup in many occasions, earning raves from my colleagues and readers alike when they saw my crisp and ... READ MORE

Christmas Home Decors at The Landmark

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It's that time of the year again! Christmas trees are now on display at the Landmark and they're all so festive! My favorite is the one decked with polyresin figurines of Santa Claus, angels and snowmen: Up close: I found the wooden carousels as ornaments in another Christmas tree.  It comes in pack of 6's and costs only ... READ MORE

Christmas Candy Jars

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It's gonna be October in a few days and I have not even started with my Christmas list yet!  But I have a good idea already of what to give as Christmas giveaways this year: glass jars filled with Christmas-themed candies.  I like the idea of giving something reusable and filled with sweet treats! How about these as inspirations? Here's another version of ... READ MORE