I still remember the first Pylones store I ever saw—at Harbour City, Hong Kong—more than five years ago.
That place is always full.
As a lover of colorful things and stationery, I can’t resist a Pylones store whenever I see one. I just have to walk in and buy something. It feels like I’m buying myself a present.
French gift shop Pylones (pronounced “pee-loan”) opened its first store in Paris in 1987, selling colorful functional gift items. The idea is to take an ordinary object and make it extraordinary through a splash of colors and whimsical design, made by a team of passionate artists in France.
With nearly 100 stores worldwide, Pylones opens its first ever shop in the Philippines today at the 2nd level of Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Center, Makati.
Some of you may have seen this barricade at Rockwell or SM Aura.
I got a sneak peek at what’s behind the barricade and got to be their first customer at Rockwell.
It’s amazing, the store is finished! It looks just like any Pylone store in Europe, with the colorful drums in the middle of the space.
The 78-square-meter space is much larger than the one in Hong Kong
Sensory overload! I didn’t know where to start looking or taking pictures, so I just shot anything.
Pylones is slated to open three stores in Manila—at Rockwell, Glorietta 5 (opening on July 17th) and SM Aura (opening in October).
The prices are affordable, ranging from Php 198 for an eraser to Php 2,798 for a ceiling lamp. You will go crazy with over 1000 SKUs!
To know more, go to http://www.pylones.com/
I’m Filipino, so I cover my books in plastic.
Yes, I still cover my books even though I’m no longer in school.
Some find it therapeutic. Though I have to say I prefer wrapping gifts to covering books.
Imagine my delight when I found these time saver plastic covers at National Bookstore.
The pre-cut rolls of plastic come in three sizes
Easier to store, use, and cut than those mega long rolls we all know (at left)
No, I’m kidding. I bought two of each.
The shortest one is good for small pocket books (below), but I soon found out the most useful length is the longest of the three.
For many years, I’d visit the Bench headquarters in Pasay for various meetings.
On display was the scull boat Richard Gomez used in the famous Sculler TV commercial in 1991.
Now everyone’s moving to the Fort area, including Bench.
Here’s the new Bench Tower at Bonifacio Global City.
I was there last week to see my favorite Korean heartthrob, Lee Min Ho.
Lee Min Ho, one of Bench’s many endorsers, is the star of my favorite Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers.
Earlier that day Bench officially inaugurated the building (L-R:) Virgilio and Nenita Lim, Carlos Chan, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, actor Lee Min Ho, Ben Chan, Lucy and Richard Gomez (Photo: @lucytgomez on Instagram)
When I arrived the fans were still waiting for another glimpse of Lee Min Ho. So organized and civilized
I saw Bench VP Bryan Lim in the elevator and invited myself to the VIP area at the Penthouse.
Saw Tessa Valdes, Arnold Vegafria and John Prats
Small Laude, Korina Sanchez, Anton San Diego
Lucy Torres Gomez with Mayor Len Alonte of Biñan
But more than the who’s who, I was enamored by the VIP lounge, designed by Miguel Pastor.
Reminds me of Cathay Pacific lounge
Of course I saw these! Though I only drink Coke once a week now
Went down to the 21st floor for the Lee Min Ho press conference which was teeming with reporters, bloggers, photographers
It was so full, Ben Chan and his VIP guests gave way to us and sat humbly at the side
Sam Oh interviewed Lee Min Ho. I really love him! Kind of sad I couldn’t scream.
After the press con we were led to the basement, in time for Ronnie Salvacion’s photo exhibit of Bench images through the years. Saw Patrick Uy working.
Bench CEO, Ben Chan
On my way out the fans were still waiting for Lee Min Ho, who passed by quickly in a van. And they screamed! Made me feel lucky he was just three meters away from me. (Hoping to tour the rest of the Bench office
Merienda is underrated.
I seldom get to enjoy merienda because nobody’s home at merienda time—kids are in school and hubby is at work.
When we were kids, merienda was a big deal, especially during summers at my lolo’s house in Quezon City.
The kids would swim while the adults played mahjongg.
In the middle of the afternoon, a bell would ring, heralding the arrival of the Magnolia ice cream cart.
The kids get out of the pool, bug the parents for money, and run to the Magnolia cart.
These were the choices:
1) Magnolia drumstick
2) I’m not sure
3) Pinipig crunch
4) Twin popsies
5) What’s this called?
6) Ice cream cup
7) Ice cream sandwich
Chocolate twin popsies were my favorite, and I have memories of having my tongue stuck in them.
Ice cream cup was also a fave, particularly Super Mocha.
If I’m not mistaken, ice cream sandwich was the most expensive and no longer exists.
Imagine my excitement when I saw this in the freezer of Konbini Store in Greenhills: Lotte’s vanilla monaka or ice cream sandwich
Inside is a nicely portioned wafer so you can share or break parts of it for more convenience
It’s the closest thing to Magnolia’s ice cream sandwich—imagine light vanilla ice cream (not too sweet) in a chewy thin wafer. The taste just brings me back to the ’70s.
It costs Php 150 each at Konbini Store and the best part is, I can call them and reserve whatever I want in advance (Tel. 722-4263).
Konbini Store is at 57 Connecticut Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan.
Now if only someone would bring this back in a glass bottle, that would be fab.
Maccha—or Japanese green tea—isn’t just for sipping anymore.
Maccha is now a sought-after ingredient, lending its multi-layered flavors and hints of luxury to ordinary dishes and desserts.
Produced under the most meticulous conditions, dried tea leaves are stone-ground until it turns into the fine, bright green, talc-like powder we know as maccha.
Imbued with antioxidants, it is said to boost metabolism and help reduce cholesterol levels.
Now maccha has found a perfect partner in Royce’s Green Tea Fair, with three new offerings this July.
Enjoy the fragrance of almonds and the bitterness of maccha with Royce’s Maccha Almond Chocolate
Bite into Prafeuille Chocolate Maccha to savor fragrant green tea sauce sandwiched in lightly textured, chocolate thins mixed with green tea leaves
And for the ultimate indulgence, try Nama Chocolate Maccha—premium green tea leaves blended into chocolate, sprinkled with green tea-flavored chocolate powder.
Maccha Almond Chocolate, Prafeuille Chocolate Maccha, and Nama Chocolate Maccha will be available in all Royce’ stores at Greenbelt 5, Rockwell, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Podium, and The Cake Club in Bonifacio Global City for a limited time only.