Blast from the past: Tom Sawyer reopens at Tiendesitas

There was a time I could and would eat the same food everyday.
During high school, I ate KFC almost everyday for four years. When I got sick of that, I ate Tom Saywer chicken for two years.
Looking back I wonder how much money I would’ve saved if I didn’t buy all that fast food. I asked Jeroen that question the other day.
“But you ate the food. It’s not a waste,” Jeroen said. And I enjoyed it.
These days I don’t eat as much fast food, but I still enjoy it at least once a week.

Tom Sawyer logo

Back in the ’80s I bought a long red gingham skirt in Tokyo, which became one of my favourites.
And I wore that while studying at UP Fine Arts. One day after school I stopped by Tom Sawyer in Greenhills for my usual takeaway.
Upon entering the restaurant during lunch time, an unusual silence greeted me. The diners stopped eating. The waiters stopped serving. And the cashier stopped counting.
Everyone was staring at me with their mouth open.
I was wearing my red gingham skirt

red gingham

which matched the restaurant’s curtains, table cloth, and napkins.

red gingham

I went in, ordered takeaway, and made a mental note not to do that again.
Tom Sawyer eventually closed and I missed it.
Thirty years later, it’s back and in my neighbourhood! Imagine my excitement when I saw this window at the newly renovated Tiendesitas.

Tom Sawyer

Luckily my friend Rem and I were starving. I dragged her from the car to the store.

Tom Sawyer

Gone are the red gingham country interiors. Instead, a fast food restaurant with just the basics—table, chair, counter, white lights. Nothing Pinteresting or Instagram-worth.

Tom Sawyer

Rem is much younger than me so I had to brief her on what Tom Sawyer was all about in the ’80s.
We ordered all wings. It looks dry. Rem loved the mashed potato with gravy.

Tom Sawyer

The taste is still the same but I was disappointed that the chicken had come out of the heating lamp and tray, unlike the ’80s when we had table service and food was fried to order. So basically it was a blah experience.
Maybe I’ll try again next year.

Found: Great gift ideas at Adora

Four days to go and I’m not yet done Christmas shopping but nearly there. Just a few more family members and I’m done.
Some people are easy to please and some people are really hard to find gifts for, and I’ve found that Adora has gift items for those who have everything.
Adora has a Maison Francis Kurkdjian corner that sells the award-winning perfumer’s line of fragrances, body line and candles, including the Discovery Set Fragrance Wardrobe for Him and Her.

Francis Kurkdjian
Francis Kurkdjian
Francis Kurkdjian
Francis Kurkdjian

Also at Adora are fragrance sets by English perfume house Penhaligon’s. Beautiful packaging that looks more expensive than its actual price.


For ballet lovers, Penhaligon’s Iris Prima captures the spirit of ballet in a bottle.

Iris Prima

I’m in love with Votivo scented candles. This white one greeted my nose at the entrance, so I bought one for myself.
Beatiful, festive packaging too.


Adora has a selection of Anya Hindmarch accessories that are labeled for the organised woman who appreciates quirky luxuries

Anya Hindmarch
Anya Hindmarch
Anya Hindmarch
Anya Hindmarch

The handbag department carries designer brands such Chloe, which offers this boxy Dalston Classic with three zippered compartments

Chloe Dalston Classic
Chloe Dalston Classic
Chloe Dalston Classic

Adora has a Comme des Garçons fragrance bar which has the latest CDG scents, including Pharrell Williams GIRL

Comme des Garçons fragrance bar
Comme des Garçons

I love Rimowa for its sleek design, its light weight, and four spinner wheels. Adora has them and they’re the best gifts you can ever give yourself or someone who loves to travel.

Rimowa at Adora, GB5

Adora is at the second level, Greenbelt 5, Makati.
To know more, like them on Facebook.

Tried and tested: the Dyson Air Multiplier

I’m a huge fan of electric fans because they’re easier on the environment (not to mention, the Meralco bill).
But design-wise, I’m picky. Few fans are ever chuva-approved.
At home, we have ceiling fans in every room. We used to have stand fans too, but they never last long because the maids like to dismantle them to clean the blades.
When I was a kid my hair got caught in the fan of my aunt’s Combi van (yes, I grew up in the ’70s).
Since then I’ve been scared of unsafe fans, especially with three kids at home.
And then there’s the bladeless Dyson fan.
AM08 BlackAM08 White

The first time I ever saw a Dyson was about five years ago, when my Dad got one.
I couldn’t imagine how a bladeless fan could produce air.

AM 01 Air Multiplier (2)

Design is a huge factor for me when choosing things for our house. That’s why I’m thrilled to get the Dyson Air Multiplier. It’s perfect at the corner of our dining room to complement our ceiling fan.

At home

The Dyson fan helps circulate the air around the room. When grilling on the table top, we use it as an exhaust fan by facing it towards an open window.
It comes with a handy remote control.

At home

But don’t expect the Dyson fan to be as windy as your regular electric fan. This one is subtle, and it also works well with an air-conditioner to help bring down your room’s temperature, resulting in lower electric bills.
A bit pricey at Php 31,500 for a pedestal fan. But if design, safety, and quietness are important to you, check this out.

White planet Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Dyson machines in the Philippines.
Check out the Dyson Concept Store at 3/F Century City Mall in Makati and at the following stores:
4/F Rustan’s Department Store, Makati
3/F Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza
LGF Robinsons Appliance Magnolia, Quezon City
3/F Robinsons Appliance Galleria, Quezon City
SM Appliance Center, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
True Value, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell
SM Appliance Center, SM Megamall
2/F Abenson, Alabang, Muntinlupa
2/F Abenson Ascott, Bonifacio Global City
True Value, 8 Forbes, Bonifacio Global City
Avant, Trinoma
Avant, Greenbelt 4
True Value, Estancia, Capitol Commons
Anson’s The Link, Makati

For more information call (0917)271.1543 • 722.6587 • 727.4092 loc 123 (office house) or email
To know more, go to and
Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @dysonphilippines

Found: Cool gift ideas at SM Aura

Some people don’t like shopping. Not me.
When I’m in the mood, I don’t mind going through the mall for hours. For me it’s a chance to exercise and unwind.
This is exactly what I did yesterday to find cool gift ideas at SM Aura.
It’s December 10 and we have two more weeks to shop before Christmas.
I started at the first level at Hoodwink where I found the cool tees by independent French label CLUB LES (ART)ISTS. (Php 3,798 each)
murakami teebasquiat tee
The tees are available in black and white, featuring the names of the designers’ favourite artists from the world of art, fashion and music.
Right next door is the French design wasteland Pylones, which sells the cute salt and pepper mills (Php 1,283 each) among other gift items.

Pylones salt and pepper mills

Still on the French theme and on Level 1, don’t forget to try PAUL Boulangerie’s Eclair Strawberry. At Php 190 each, it’s heaven in every bite!

Paul's strawberry eclair

At National Bookstore (Basement 1) I found the Yayoi Kusama notebooks at Php 1,105 each.

yayoi kusama notebooks

On Level 3 at Bench, I spotted the porkpie hat by Albertus Swanepoel x BENCH at the amazing price of Php 799.

Albertus x Bench hat

More on pop culture, the tomato soup trash bin is available at Quirks (Level 4) at Php 2,950

Tomato soup trash can

and the cute “luxury soaps” at Php 195 each


The Mickey Mouse flip flops can be found at the Havaianas store also at Level 4 (Php 1,245)

Disney x Havaianas

On the tech side, I saw the cutest iPhone 5 case at Digital Walker on Level 4 (Php 1,440)

iphone case

The Crosley turntable is available at Astroplus (Level 4) at Php 8,499

Crosley turntable

As a huge Samsung fan, I love stopping by the Samsung store at Level 2, where I found this affordable Tab 4 “phablet” which is a phone and tablet in one. Affordable at Php 10,990—I want!!

Samsung Tab 4

For the home and kitchen, I found these exotic bowls and tumblers at L’indochine (Level 3) in various sizes/prices ranging from Php 129.75 to Php 2,999.75.

rice bowls

The Iwatani wireless grill is one of our favourite cooking tools at home. Usually I’ve had to import this from Japan, so imagine my excitement when I saw this gift set at the amazing price of Php 2500.
It includes the wireless stove, the grilling top and three gas canisters. Found at Living Well on Level 3.

Iwatani Grill
Iwatani Grill

Also at Living Well are my kids’ favourite bedsheets by Paul Frank. I swear by the softness of these. Prices range from Php 900 for a pair of pillow cases to Php 4,400 for a queen-size duvet cover (now on sale at 10% off)

Paul Frank bedsheets

Stop by at Scribe (Level 3) if you like paper products, such as these cute labels (Php 195/pack)


I have a soft heart for chefs, so this big toy container with the play grocery items caught my eye at The SM Store‘s Toy Express at Php 1299.75.

chef toy

Also at The SM Store are a trio of kitchen gadgets for making homemade doughnuts, cupcakes and waffles.
Affordably priced at Php 699.75, Php 1099.75 and Php 699.75.

Westinghouse gadgets

I’m a sucker for grey sweatshirts, so this pullover appealed to me at Topshop (Php 2,295)

Chic Happens sweatshirt

Also at Topshop are the metallic phone clutch/wallets with card slots (Php 995 each)

iphone wallet

If you’re going on a winter trip, don’t miss out on the Jil Sander collaboration with Uniqlo, which comes once in a lifetime. I got this flattering J+ long winter hooded jacket for Php 9,990.


Also available is the J+ short hooded parka for Php 7,990


You can wrap all your gifts with wrappers found at Cotton On (Level 2) ranging from Php 50 to Php 199/roll.

Cotton On gift wrappers

Finally, I can’t wait for Crate&Barrel to open at Level 3 next year. Another reason to visit SM Aura, one of the best shopping destinations in now at Fort Bonifacio.

crate & barrel

How I sent my Christmas gift to Alabang for Php 50 only

Oops! I just sent a gift to Alabang for Php 50 only!


You can too.
From December 15-21, 8AM to 10PM, Uber and LBC will be providing a hassle-free service that allows you to deliver gifts with a tap of a button. On the Uber app, you will be able to request for a motorcycle-riding LBC courier to pick up and deliver your presents to and from any point in Metro Manila.

I tried it and it works! Here’s how:
1) Download the Uber app on your phone and register with your credit card.
2) Use my code ramonag13 when you sign up to receive ₱200 credit on your first Uber ride (if you choose to go for a ride instead of a parcel pick up).
3) Have your parcel ready.
4) Open up the Uber app
5) Move the slider to the Padala motorcycle icon.
6) Request an Uber Padala.
7) When the rider comes, fill out the form and provide the friendly LBC personnel the delivery address
8) No need for cash or tips! Your Uber account will be charged a flat fee of P169 per successful delivery (or in my case, Php 50 because they’re on sale today only!! Unbelievable!!

On Monday, December 15, all Padala trips will be 70% off!

Only one delivery address per trip, no additional drops allowed.
Allowed shipments for pick up shall be documents and light parcels, with a combined weight not exceeding 5 kilos or dimensions of 1 cubic foot.
Item subject to inspection by delivery personnel. For a complete list of prohibited items, please visit
Return-to-sender is also subject to P100 cancellation fee. Make sure the recipient or an authorized representative is available to receive the package.
For concerns, email

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