May 24, 2016

#SupportLokalPH: Little Black Box

Recently, I've been discovering a number of local (i.e. Filipino) independent businesses. Some of them I've discovered online (on Facebook or on Instagram), others in bazaars. I realize how challenging it is for them to compete with the global market--just look at the shops in our malls and you'll see that most of the brands are from foreign companies ("local" businesses are usually re-sellers na lang)--so in my own little way, I would like to help promote their brand by featuring some of my favorite purchases in this blog.

Little Black Box

The Premier Jewelry Subscription Box Service In The Philippines


A few years back, there was a boom of subscription boxes here in the Philippines. First, it started with beauty items (i.e. BDJBox, Glamourbox, etc), then came diet meal plans (I'm only familiar with The Sexy Chef). I was able to try the former, but eventually stopped subscribing because my vanity table was overrun with samplers that I never got to use.

Then recently, as I was browsing through Instagram for the latest trends in accessories (currently, I'm into dainty jewelry so much that I've hoarded a LOT of them during my past trip to Japan), I came across @wearLbb.

As far as I know, Little Black Box (LBB) is the first (and only, I think) jewelry subscription box in our country. There are four subscription options available for LBB: a one-time subscription (1,650 PhP), a three-month subscription (1,350 x 3 PhP), a six-month subscription (1,200 x 6 PhP), and a twelve-month subscription (950 x 12 PhP). As per Wholesale Principle, the per-month price is less expensive if you subscribe to a longer period of time.

The deciding factor for me is that LBB benefits two non-profit organizations: Habitat for Humanity PH and Mano Amiga Pilipinas. Proceeds from subscription sales are donated to these organizations, which means that you get to (indirectly) assist a family looking for a decent home, or help provide decent education to a child. Charity work through fashion; saan ka pa?

Little Black Box, quite literally.

May 20, 2016

When in Singapore: DIY Walking Tour Feat. Monument Trail

It's been over a month since my short stint in Hyderabad (and even shorter visit to Singapore). I've been busy with work once I got back to Manila, thus was not able to publish the last narrative of my trip left in my queue.

It always amazes me how Singapore is able to show me new stuff to explore, each time I visit that little red dot on the bottom of mainland Asia. First time I went to Merlion Park, only the Esplanade was there. Then on my second time, there stood Marina Bay Sands. And now on my third time, there was the Gardens by the Bay. New things are sprouting like mushrooms on that one area!!! This is one of the reasons why hindi nakakasawa pumasyal sa Singapore, even if that country is barely the size of Luzon.

But first, an obligatory photo of the Gardens by the Bay, because the Merlion is so passé. This isn't part of the tour, but I had to see it because it is soooo preeettyyyy.

Captured using Samsung Galaxy S6. Post-processed by VSCO Cam.