Christmas shopping in June

Have you thought about Christmas this early?
I have. I want to get all my shopping done before December so that all I have to do is wrap and deliver before Christmas. This way, I don’t have to stress about the Christmas traffic and slim choices in Manila. I get to enjoy the holidays.
This early Vizcarra invites you to a two-day event showcasing new designs of customized holiday presents and
corporate giveaways for pre-order.
Vizcarra makes those cute caddies and baskets I love using and giving as presents, among other things.
S.C. Vizcarra
S.C. Vizcarra
Your logo here:
S.C. Vizcarra
The event will also offer S.C.Vizcarra bags on sale, up to 70% off select styles.
Christmas in June takes place at One Roxas Triangle, 3rd Floor Social Hall, Paseo de Roxas (entrance on Cruzada Street), Makati, behind Manadarin Oriental Hotel, from 10 AM-6 PM.
Vizcarra Corporate will be offering 10% off if you confirm your order during the event.
A 5% discount will be given to those who have a signed order confirmation by July 31st. Plus, all attendees will take home a free gift from Vizcarra Corporate.

CIJ 2012 Invite

Alternately you can also visit the S.C.Vizcarra Workshop Store at 737 Roxas Boulevard.
To get there, drive towards Coastal Road, make a U-turn on NAIA Road. The S.C.Vizcarra Workshop will be on the right side after Petron and Shell.
For more information, call (632) 854-6755 or email info@vizcarra1925.com.

The best Thai sampaloc

I can’t remember how I discovered this product. Maybe my sister gave me. But this is seriously the best sampaloc I’ve had. Bought this at the Gourmet Market (supermarket) in Paragon, Bangkok.
I’m not a huge fan of spicy, but this one really hits the spot. I consume so much ice water while eating this, and I can only take a few bites at a time because it’s so tasty, I cry a little when eating it.

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Besides the cute packaging, I love that the tamarind is mixed in a bed of large salt crystals.
A kind warning though: it causes much gas and diarrhea. As in, you should stay home. Don’t go out on a date and don’t eat this before boarding a plane or train.
So forget Juju cleanse and all those fancy detox diets, Tamarind House makes one of the best tasting laxatives out there.

Loft

Loft is probably the biggest wasteland chain from Japan, where you can get lost looking at everything you need and have—only cuter. Loft is one of my must-stops in Yurakucho (walking distance from Ginza). This one is right next to a very large MUJI store.

Loft and Muji

There’s a famous one in Shibuya.

Shibuya, Loft (2008)

Maybe this is heaven for me.

Loft, Shibuya

I have a recurring dream where I’m looking for the wasteland in Tokyo. Imagine if we had a loft in Manila. It would Christmas everyday.

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Loft catalogue
Loft catalogue
Loft catalogue
Loft catalogue
Loft catalogue
Loft catalogue

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Shopping in Bangkok, Part 2

One of the stores I really loved in Bangkok was Loft at Siam Discovery. This is a really nice wasteland, and I have been to Loft in Tokyo. I don’t even have to buy a lot. Whenever I see colorful objects and stationery, my eyes are already getting full. Just leave me here for two hours and I’m good.

Loft, Bangkok
Loft, Bangkok
Loft
Loft, Bangkok

I wish some visionary businessman would bring LOFT to Manila. Check this out.
Another store I hoarded in was Uniqlo in Central World

Uniqlo at Central World

straight to the Undercover collab with Jun Takahashi.

Uniqlo at Central World

I bought tons of basics, pajama pants, and clothes for Christian

Uniqlo at Central World

Can’t wait for Uniqlo to open at Mall of Asia. I’ll be there in a couple of days for an exclusive preview!!
Next, Joey took me and Jeroen to the Chatuchak weekend market via Mr. Chim’s van.

Mr. Chim's van

I think I’m too old for Chatuchak. I really suffered through the heat, but was able to get some loot from this nameless store.

Chatuchak

Chatuchak is where you might see artists selling their own wares, like this one. I had him sign this really comfy tee that cost 250 baht.

Chatuchak
Chatuchak

Why not?

Chatuchak

Spotted Manny Pacquiao among the world’s most recognizable icons (150 baht each)

Chatuchak

We crossed over across the street and saw this nature-loving tourist walking barefoot in the 38-degree heat

No shoes

Maybe he was looking for this store

Would you shop here?

Saw some unpolished furniture. Nice design, bad finish

Chatuchak furniture
Chatuchak furniture

Then back to the hotel for a much needed shower and merienda before heading out again.
Yes, we love the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Room service at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Room service at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

And here’s my loot for the day. Thank you Joey!

Uniqlo and  Chatuchak loot

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