98% packed

During lunch at my parents’ house, I developed a terrific stomach ache due to anxiety and stuffing myself with chili crabs. Much as I wanted to go home and lie down, I still had some odds and ends to buy for the trip.
After lunch, the kids wanted to get hot chocolate at Seattle’s Best, so I had some time to lie down in the back of the van. Then the little one wanted to buy donuts at Krispy Kreme, Bonifacio High Street. I took it as a sign to get dropped off at Muji and check out what they have.


Luckily they still have some winter stuff—some of it on sale. I called Jeroen and asked him to go home with the kids and send the driver back because I needed to try on stuff.
Armed with two baskets full, I entered the fitting room and chose a black puffy jacket, long sleeve tees and cable knit cardigans, and the most genius pair of layered pants I’m going to wear on the plane tomorrow. I wanted to buy three pairs, but they only had one left in my size.
The pants were a bit long, so I took it to Alterations at Rustan’s supermarket in Shang, where they shortened the hem for me in one hour (more fun in the Philippines).
Went home and finished packing and even had time to watch Back To The Future with the boys. The questions they ask are so funny, I tell you. They think 1985 is so backward. I have to explain why the phones and the women’s hairstyles are so big.


Now that I’m in bed I can finally relax and show you a couple of packing videos you should see.
The first one demonstrates an expandable Tumi luggage you will love.

The next is my favorite packing video because the guy is so OC, you almost want to kick him in the ass.
But the Yoshida three-in-one split-type bag is just genius. You have you check this out. Source


I started having anxiety attacks a few nights ago because of our Europe. We’re leaving on Monday for Amsterdam with two kids, a yaya, Jeroen and myself. Our youngest has no passport yet and will be taken care of by friends and relatives.
A lot of things are making me nervous, a huge part of it has to be the weather forecast.

Weather forecast

25-26 degrees is what I’m used to at home. In order to fall asleep, I need 22-23 degrees, while my kids need 16 degrees and are looking forward to the cold weather.
My friend Ginggay left for Europe last week and sent me this message:


I am really scared of Winter weather, especially in Spring. I hate bundling up because I can’t move. I literally get frozen. I look so haggarda. I can’t deal. I don’t know what to pack.
Last Thursday night I took the boys shopping at Zara, Gap and Debenhams for long-sleeve tees and warm jackets.
Yesterday I went looking for a jacket for Yaya Bhing. Rajo Laurel correctly advised me to check out the Greenhills tiangge, where I scored a North Face overrun for Php 1,100 and a scarf for Php 150—both in black of course. (North Face jackets cost Php 10,000-12,000 each at Shangri-La Plaza.)
I bought a cute little Dowell rice cooker at Abenson’s for Php 650 (so cheap!), plus tons of microwaveable Japanese rice at the Konbini store.
Dowell rice cooker, 3 cups

I bought a travel iron, collapsible hamper and lots of electric adapters at True Value.
I’ve chosen my reading material, filled out the immigration forms and all that.


Tomorrow I shall pack my clothes and shoes and on Monday all the rest of odds and ends I’m going to need on a two-week trip.
I already miss Manila. Times likes these I really know where my heart belongs and it is in a warm place called home.

The Cherry Princess

Once upon a time, in 19th Century Paris, there was a princess known for her porcelain complexion. She turned pink whenever she was complimented, that the most graceful cherry tree with pure white petals was named after her.

Hortense de Beauharnais

It’s cherry blossom season in Japan.
So important is the tradition of flower viewing that the Japanese have forecasted the blooms to start opening this March 31st in Tokyo and April 2nd in Kyoto and Osaka.

*Cherry blossoms*  blooming!

To celebrate the season, L’Occitane of France brings the cherry tree into blossom in a limited-edition collection called the Cherry Princess, containing cherry extract from the Luberon region in Provence.

Eau de Toilette (Php 1,950) blends the juicy scent of cherries with a delicate floral softness, while
Hand Cream (Php 495) is enriched with nourishing shea butter, is lightly perfumed, and leaves hands soft and supple

Cherry Princess EDT 50ml_Php 1950Cherry Princess hand cream 30ml_Php 495

Solid Perfume (Php 495) is a delicate fragrance you can take with you at all times

Cherry Princess solid perfume 10ml_Php 495

Silky Body Gel (Php 1,450) is a velvety soft moisturizing body gel that melts into your skin
and Pearlscent Shower Cream (Php 1,250) turns into foam when wet, gently cleans the skin, and leaves a lingering scent.

Cherry Princess body (gel) lotion 250ml_Php 1450Cherry Princess shower cream 250ml_Php 1250

In the Philippines, L’Occitane is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati • Rustan’s Shangri-La • Rustan’s Alabang • Rustan’s Cebu • Power Plant Mall, Rockwell • TriNoma Mall • Greenbelt 5.


Tutti fruity!

Sorry I can’t help it! I’m so excited to read the new issue of Yes! magazine. It looks juicy inside.
I am torn between reading it now or packing it for the plane trip—which is this coming Monday.
But I don’t think I can wait that long.
This month KC Concepcion is on the cover, showing off her new home. (Verdict: I like the kitchen.)


In other news, I just had to stop and scan this for you. This is not your normal Gluta-C ad


I nearly fell off the bed when I saw this girl’s name in print: Apple Cherry Chico


Like I said, sorry, I can’t help it!!

Shop and win prizes at True Value’s private sale

True Value holds a Private Sale this March 29, 2012 at the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell from 11 AM-6 PM only.
All True Perks members, Robinsons-Cebu Pacific MasterCard holders, Go! Mastercard holders, and Robinsons Shop Card holders are invited to come and shop to their heart’s content.
Non-members may sign up for any of the participating cards at the store.
Enjoy up to 70% off on great finds.

The first 100 customers will get a free Greener Options bag, while biggest spenders will take home the following prizes:
• Biggest spender gets a 10-piece patio set and gazebo
• 2nd placer gets a Delonghi deep fryer and Kenwood blender
• 3rd placer gets a Black & Decker food processor

You can also win a Breville Meal Maker, a Moen tub shower set, car care items, LED lighting set, a VEATU faultless lock set or True Value shirts during hourly raffle draws.
Free popcorn, coffee and other snacks will be served.



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