Basilur teas are perfect gifts for the holidays
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I love books and bookshelves, but I’m also a sucker for anything disguised as a book. It could be a clutch bag, a pen case, a lipstick set, or a place to hide money in your bookcase.
That’s how I discovered Basilur teas. I was browsing at Angel’s Kitchen in Greenhills when I stumbled upon these adorable tea books by Basilur.

Basilur teas

Open them and you’ll find 32 assorted tea bags inside.
When they’re gone, you could always use the tin book to hide your stash because kids never look in bookshelves 🙂


There are many sources of tea in the world but tea from Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is special because all tea leaves are handpicked and manufactured the Orthodox way, instead of the crush, tear and curl methods employed by mass-produced brands.
Basilur only uses the finest ingredients from around the world to produce its teas.
Their machines are made in Italy, and teas are packed in foil to ensure freshness. You certainly won’t find staple wires in Basilur tea bags.

Basilur teas

To ensure the best taste, Basilur tea blenders curate hundreds of tea samples every week.
Basilur Tea carries the Ceylon Lion Logo symbol of quality.
The name “Ceylon Tea” and the lion logo indicate that the tea—grown, manufactured and packed entirely in Sri Lanka—conforms to the strict quality standards laid down and administered by the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

Aside from the tea books, I’m in love with the tea packed in wind-up music boxes. Makes me miss my Lola.

Basilur teas

For the Christmas season there are special teas in festive packaging. These are filled with Pure Ceylon Black Tea.

Basilur teas

There’s also a selection of teas for those who like them fruity.

Basilur teas
Basilur teas

For those who prefer a more traditional presentation, there are boxed assortments available for home, restaurants, or gift-giving.

Basilur teas

Basilur is available in 67 countries and sold in specialty boutiques, hotels, high-end boutiques and supermarkets.
Order online at or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @BasilurTeaPH.


Imports below P10,000 now tax-free
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Good news for online shoppers like me!! And thank you Duterte government for this piece of good news, which I got from the Philippine Star.
Based on this article by Evelyn Macairan, starting October 5, goods worth Php 10,000 and below will be exempted from Custom duties and taxes.

BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said the new rule is one of the salient features of Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 02-2016, which covers imported goods with de minimis value.
The CAO will implement Section 423 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, which provides that “no duties and taxes shall be collected on goods with a freight on board or free carrier value of Php 10,000 or below.”

De minimis refers to the value of goods exempted from duties and taxes.
Goods with de minimis value are considered importation with negligible amount and entitled to immediate release.

The new rule is an upgrade from the decades-old Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, which only provided P10 as the de minimis threshold.
“This is good news for Filipinos, who can now fully enjoy their small purchases from other countries. I trust that everyone will strictly abide by the provisions of the CAO,” Faeldon said.

Change is indeed coming.

VIDEO: How to tie the scarf tutorial from Burberry
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Most Filipinos don’t know how to tie a scarf, given that we don’t have winters here.
I sure didn’t. It was my sister-in-law who taught me the importance of scarves as a great heating element during one winter in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2000.
It took me a while to figure out how to tie one fashionably.

Burberry scarf
Burberry scarf

Now when I look at Instagram photos of Filipinos posting winter travels, I can’t help but check who knows how to wear a scarf and who looks fobby (sorry!!!).
Luckily, Burberry recently released a series of videos of how to tie a scarf fashionably.
Here are some of my favorites:

1) The Braid

2) The Side Bow

3) Tuxedo Fold

4) Waterfall Knot

5) The Girl’s Cravat

6) The Twist Knot

Visit the Burberry Scarf Bar for a complete range of cashmere scarves all made in Scotland.
Available globally in-store and online, the Scarf Bar offers heritage and lightweight scarves made from the finest quality cashmere renowned for its featherlight weight and silky feel.
You can also have your scarf personalized through a monogramming service, up to 3 letters in over 30 shades of thread.
Scarves are available for men, women and children.

Burberry scarf

In the Philippines, Burberry is located at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Makati, and Rustan’s Shangri-La. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram.

Burberry scarf

New, convenient ways to donate to Jollibee’s “Maaga Ang Pasko” program
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I always encourage my kids to share their blessings with others. Sometimes it’s hard for them to part with their things, but as the holidays approach, I’m going to ask them to sort through their toys and books to see what we can donate to Jollibee’s Maaga ang Pasko. (Have a feeling books will be easier to give away).

Jollibee’s Maaga ang Pasko is the country’s biggest and longest-running annual toy and book donation drive.
More than 5,000 kids benefited from last year’s program with over 600,000 toys and children’s books that were collected from Maaga ang Pasko donation boxes in Jollibee stores nationwide, as well as corporate donors, partners and online channels.

On its 22nd year, Maaga ang Pasko welcomes actress Jodi Sta. Maria and her son Thirdy as campaign ambassadors.

Jodi Sta. Maria for Jollibee

“Seeing your kid grow up to be a loving, kind and generous person is the most fulfilling thing for a parent. That’s why I wanted Thirdy to learn sharing early, and he started that right here at Jollibee,” said Jodi.
Jodi and Thirdy are inviting families to place their pre-loved gifts, toys, and children’s books inside Maaga ang Pasko boxes at Jollibee stores nationwide, or send their donations online through campaign partners Lazada and Blink and via

Donate using Grab
For busy people, I’m happy to share that donations can now be sent through Grab Express.
For a minimum of five donated items, delivery is free! (Note: Coverage is for Metro Manila only.)
Just follow these easy steps:
1) Download the Grab app on your phone.
2) Open the Grab App and click on the GrabExpress icon.
3) Input your pick-up point and any Jollibee store near you as the drop-off point.
4) Input your contact details
5) Enter promo code “Jollypasko” and book.

Donate through Lazada
You can also shop at Lazada for quality toys you can donate to Jollibee Maaga ang Pasko. Go to and choose among Lazada’s various offerings.
Lazada will deliver gifts to your chosen address, which you can bring to any Jollibee store.

Donate through Blink
With Blink, you can donate NEW books to Maaga angPasko and bring joy to more kids this Christmas.
Here’s how:
1) Go to
2) Click on the bundle of your choice and pay for your chosen items.
3) Wait for the thank you message sent by Blink, confirming your purchase.
4) Blink will deliver straight to Jollibee’s Maaga ang Pasko donations warehouse.

Donate through Avida
Those living in or near Avida communities can bring their toy and book donations to any of the following and drop them in Maaga ang Pasko boxes there:

South Luzon
Ridgeview Estates NUVALI
Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI
Avida Village Cerise NUVALI
Avida Residences Dasmariñas
Avida Settings Cavite

Metro Manila
Avida Towers BGC 9th Ave
Avida Towers San Lorenzo
Avida Towers Alabang

Avida Towers Cebu
Avida Village Iloilo
Avida Village North

Or donate the old fashioned way
Just bring your donations to any Jollibee branch nationwide so you can add to the 3.1 million gifts unwrapped and embraced by new owners since the program was launched in 1994.
To know more, go to

H&M opening soon in Bonifacio and Iloilo!
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H&M Hennes & Mauritz, Inc. will open its 19th and 20th stores in the Philippines this November.
The first store in Iloilo will open at SM City on November 17, followed by Uptown Place Mall in Bonifacio Global City on November 18.

“2016 has been an amazing year so far,” said Fredrik Famm, Country Manager for South East Asia. “Our stores in Cagayan de Oro and Davao have been welcomed with so much enthusiasm, and we are eager to reach out to more shoppers outside of the capital with our latest venture into SM City, Iloilo. Alongside this expansion, we also continue to increase our presence as we open our first store in BGC, in the exciting Uptown Place Mall.”

H&M Uptown Bonifacio

Iloilo’s first H&M store will be 1,800 square meters and carry fashion for Ladies, Men, Kids, Divided, and H&M Sport. Within all of these you’ll find an array of Conscious and sustainably produced products. You can also donate used clothes to get a discount voucher to be used for your next purchase, courtesy of H&M’s Garment Collecting program.

Standing at 2,100 square meters, H&M Uptown Place Mall will have the same offering and product assortment.

H&M Uptown Place

Both stores will open with great offers. Gift cards of varying amounts from Php 300-Php 2,000 will be handed out to the first 200 in line, with a special prize of Php 5,000 for the first in line.
The next 300 will receive special H&M umbrellas and tote bags.
A special treat also awaits stylish shoppers, as five of the most fashionable people in line before opening will be selected and given Php 2,000 gift cards each.

H&M SM City Iloilo will open on November 17 and H&M Uptown Place Mall will open on November 18, 2016 from 11 AM to 10 PM. Regular hours from 10 AM-10 PM will resume the following day.