Last month I saw my friend Chiyo wearing the Bench baller band for earthquake relief.
Chiyo said she got them at Bench for only Php 50.
Bench says proceeds of its sales will go to the victims of the Japan earthquake.
This is being done in cooperation with Italians in Japan for the Re-birth of Tohoku Region.
The group will mobilize and ensure proceeds will be given directly to the victims of the Japan earthquake.
Bench says: “We were asked to donate through our Italian contacts in Japan because they are working directly in the affected areas, where a lot of the residents have been displaced or lacking in basic necessities. We are helping out by providing undergarments especially at this time when the affected area in Japan is experiencing cold weather.”
New York has FAO Schwarz. Tokyo has Hakuhinkan Toy Park.
Photo: Carlo Fumarola
Guess which one is better? Hakuhinkan of course. It’s a must stop for me every time I visit Tokyo.
I think I’ll never tire of cute things and colorful stationery. Hakuhinkan is located in Ginza, right across from Ten-ichi, where I always get my tendon.
Just leave me here for two hours
You get the idea
My boys love the top floor, which has all the boys’ games and gadgets.
My favorite is the first floor with all the cute little knick knacks
This is where I discovered the silicone purses that come in various sizes and colors
It became my favorite pasalubong and traveling accessory. The big-mouth coin purse opens up so you can see all your foreign coins in one go. I like the colorful purses because they’re easy to find in my mostly black bag collection.
It comes in other shapes and functions:
This is the one I really want to have!
Have not seen them though
But hey, they have the other pouches at Fully Booked and STUFF at Rustan’s.
I just bought a red coin purse today at Php 550, which is cheaper than the Japanese price.
Check them out here.
Do you remember life before Megamall?
I was already a writer at Daily Globe when SM Megamall opened in 1991. I was there when it was empty!
I even used to work there when my sister and her husband opened a little printing shop called Flashcards.
Megamall is where I had a first taste of Jollibee Chicken Joy. I never used to eat Jollibee until I saw my co-workers enjoying one of the best fried chickens in town.
It was by working in Megamall that I became acquainted with the mall and its layout.
Recently the mall has been upgrading to accommodate more contemporary brands such as Forever 21, which is packing them in.
One of the more exciting brands slated to open around August is Pepper Lunch, the original Pepper Lunch franchise (not to be confused with the local copycat which also has the word “pepper” in it—beware of imitation!).
Now take a look at the design renderings for Pepper Lunch Megamall.
About 126 square meters in size, the new Pepper Lunch branch will seat 60 people.
In keeping with the new and exciting brands SM is striving to bring in, we wanted a chic looking Pepper Lunch in the mall.
The new store will be located on the ground level of Megamall A, in between Yoshinoya and Bonchon Chicken (opening soon).
Truly, new and exciting things are coming to Megamall. Up next: Pepper Lunch Robinson’s Emita (mid June) and Mall of Asia.
And while we’re at it, check out our new menu.
Japanese people are so high-tech, even with their pranks.
I would not wish this prank on any of my friends, maybe some enemies, keke.
Watch as this unsuspecting man uses a mirror in a dressing room, even picks his nose with a tissue, only to have Sadako pop out in the most unexpected places.