April 29, 2017

#SupportLokalPH: The Round-Up

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.

Alas, dear reader, we've come to the end of my #SupportLokalPH series.

I will be starting a new chapter in my life soon (more on that in my future blog posts), and because of this I won't be able to try out locally-made products for some time. It was a good run, I have to say. I really enjoyed discovering indie businesses and trying out items made in the Philippines. I was able to appreciate local craftsmanship a little bit more, and most importantly, realize that our range of products extends beyond exotic handicrafts like batiks and Capiz shell decorations.

For your convenience, here is a list of all my entries under the #SupportLokalPH hashtag:
  1. Arajera. Trinkets and Silver Linings
  2. 10 North Creative. Hand made watches inspired by vintage graphics
  3. Lulu Swing. Transforms classic styles into fresh unique statement pieces
  4. Alunsina Handbound Books. An indie crafts business that creates & sells hand-bound journals & leather accessories
  5. Germano's Chilli. The 1st and only chili garlic sauce cooked in Olive Oil to a Perfect Crisp, bringing out its Unique flavor
  6. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms. Update: I've been seeing Ilog Maria products being sold in ECHOStore kiosks, in various malls.
  7. Donardo's Chili Garlic Sauce. Anghang Sarap!
  8. Vela Manila. Of Tradition and Modernity
  9. Activista. Stylish, modern, and affordable fitness apparel made in the Philippines
  10. Exonomad. Durable Carry Solutions
  11. Common Room.  Arts & Crafts Supply Store | A place where makers gather
  12. Simoy ng Haraya. Pabango | Pambahay | Aromaterapia
  13. KiN Leather Collection. KiN products are made of genuine leather, locally handcrafted by the the best Filipino artisans (MNL,PH)
  14. Wanderskye | Bags by Rubbertree. Wanderskye™ Travel Covers Designed by Filipino Artists | Purposeful leather pieces, hand-cut and hand-stitched
  15. Perfect Mushrooms | Kabutehan. Training and Seminars | Fruiting bags | Growing technical support | Fresh Gourmet Mushrooms | Grower's Kit Mushroom Chili Sauce™
  16. Zin Manila. Gourmet Finishing Salt
  17. Costal Bags. Everyday Leather Bags
  18. Free For Me. Vintage Style Handmade Watches and Fashion Jewelry
  19. Atsui | Perfectform. ...For the serious athlete and those in between. | 100% local sportswear perfect for any workout!
  20. Renegade Folk. Everyday leather sandals. Handcrafted in Manila by local artisans
  21. Happy Skin Cosmetics. Makeup that cares for your skin!
  22. Little Black Box. The Premier Jewelry Subscription Box Service In The Philippines
  23. Ibarra Manila. Filipino Time. On Time. Ibarra Time
  24. Sweet Side Jewelry | Eye For Treasure. Wearable Art | Artisan Fine Jewelry
  25. Sikat Salted Egg Potato Chips. Freshly Made. This, crispy, and tasty!
  26. The Leather Company. GENUINE LEATHER 100% HANDMADE
  27. Sinaya Cup. Sinaya Cup is a brand of menstrual cups and a community of modern active Filipinas
  28. Pravi. Genuine Leather Accessories Handcrafted in Manila
  29. Galileo Enoteca Deli. Authentic Italian Restaurant
  30. NLighten CC Cushion. A product of NWorld. Distributed by Health & Skin Care Plus
  31. Human ❤ Nature. Pro-Philippines. Pro-Poor. Pro-Environment
Hoping that you can try some of them, or all of them (even better!), to continue spreading the much-needed love for our country and its products (Disclaimer: I wasn't able to verify if all of them are still in business as of today, but I hope that they still are).

Yes, it really is.

April 24, 2017

Entry posted April 19, 2014 @ 08:04 AM PST

Unearthed yet another poem I made in my younger days, when hormones are all the rage.

For the life of me, I cannot remember for whom this poem is for.

Love is for the youth
and for those blind with faith.

Faith, like any other romantic notion,
hides under the guise of truth.

The irony of it all is that there is no truth,
only what you choose to believe.

Those scorned and tainted
by the bitter truth
have no use of romantic notions
like faith and love.

April 20, 2017

#TravelokaPH: How Travel Changed My Life

I'm not gonna lie; I had a nice childhood. I was raised in a middle-class family, the second of three children. My grandparents from my father's side were immigrants in the US; I had a chance to visit them and tour the country as a bonus. It was during summer break of '94; I was twelve that time. Admittedly, I didn't remember much of that trip, because I was just tagging along my mom and my sister; nevertheless that was my first taste of travel and I enjoyed it.

Left: San Diego, California
Right: Manhattan Skyline (Pre-9/11)

Fast forward to my college years, when I realized how sheltered my childhood was. One day, my friends and I passed by a street vendor selling ice scramble, then they began to talk about their favorite childhood street foods... and I had no idea what they were talking about (I didn't even know what iskrambol was). I was almost eighteen that time, and I would still make my parents bring me to/from school. I had close to zero commuting experience, and all I knew about the world was through my parents' eyes. That was when I decided to live life's adventures on my own.

By learning how to travel, you also learn how to live your life.

Throughout college I was living in a dorm, as travel time from my house to the university takes at least two hours (I was studying in Los Baños). Because of this, I had to learn how to survive on my own, away from the protection of my parents. I learned how to ride a jeepney--specifically, to choose which routes will quickly take me to where I need to be--, how to cook for myself (even if it is just instant noodles and egg, but I did learn how to cook adobo!), and how to get along with people having different backgrounds--not everyone is as sheltered as I. I learned a lot from them, and they from me, and even though this four-year experience is trivial compared to others' gap year in India or in Tibet, I still consider it a life-changing travel experience.

Left: Pahiyas Festival at Lucban, Quezon (c.2001) 
Right: Peak Two, Makiling Rainforest Park, UPLB (c.2004) 

April 17, 2017

#SupportLokalPH: Human ❤ Nature

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.

Human Nature

Pro-Philippines. Pro-Poor. Pro-Environment.

(Online Shop: https://humanheartnature.com/buy/)

I'm the type of person with an ever-changing facial care or makeup routine. Rarely do I stick to a particular product or brand, as I do not want my skin to become too dependent or hiyang on a product--I've experienced countless times liking a product so much, only to discover that the brand has reformulated or (worse) discontinued the product. I try my VERY best to finish a particular product before trying out another to avoid hoarding stuff and wasting money on products I end up not using.

Prior to trying out Human Nature's skin care line, I was into a couple of brands. For cleansing, I like Etude House, but lately I've been getting frustrated with how they market their cleansing oils; every few months they keep pulling out the product, forcing me to look for alternatives elsewhere. For skin care, I was using the Nuxe line for oily skin (Aroma Perfection), but the items (which I admit are quite  pricey) aren't always available in the Philippines, so I decided that it is time to look for cheaper alternatives.

My current Human Nature haul. I've also bought a couple of soap bars before, but they're all used up.

My first purchases from Human Nature are the Balancing Face Toner, Day Moisturizer, and Night Moisturizer, to replace the Nuxe stuff I have emptied. Since, like Nuxe, Human Nature is all-natural, so I figured out that my skin won't have to adjust that much to the change of brand.

My skin did calmly accept the brand (DISCLAIMER: My skin is far from perfect, as I suffer from hormonal acne; what I meant that is my skin didn't react harshly by breaking out more than it usually does), so I decided to try out more of their products.

To avoid blabbering on some more, allow me to categorize my current stash into products that worked for me and products that didn't quite impress me.

April 11, 2017

#SupportLokalPH: NLighten CC Cushion

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.

NLighten CC Cushion

A product of NWorld. Distributed by Health & Skin Care Plus.

(Health & Skin Care Plus Online Shop: https://www.facebook.com/bernsteam/)

Disclaimer: While the product itself isn't made in the Philippines, all of the retailers are self-employed Filipino entrepreneurs, deserving of a feature in this series. For those familiar with NWorld, I will only be discussing the NLighten CC Cushion and not the nature of their business.

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It has been a while since I've had a portable base make-up in my kit, so when I was presented with a catalog of NWorld products, the CC Cushion immediately caught my eye. From what I understand, the products of NWorld's NLighten line are aimed to instantly brighten the skin upon application, and to lighten the skin over time.

 
NLighten CC Cushion only comes in one shade, and retails for 1,640 PhP.


April 10, 2017

Next-Day Edit: UPLB


SDE (i.e. Same-Day Edit) videos to show highlights of a particular event are all the rage for a few years now. These videos are usually shown at the end of a programme, especially on weddings, where the emcee would usually say, "This will be the couple's first time seeing this video, so please refrain from approaching them while the video is playing."

Companies that are hired to do these SDEs usually invest in state-of-the-art equipment and software, from high-definition cameras to drones, to the latest Mac (sorry, oldie here, I mean Apple) movie-making software. But now, thanks to the wonders of mobile application technology, we can also make our own SDEs from the convenience of our own mobile devices!


April 07, 2017

#SupportLokalPH: Galileo Enoteca Deli

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.

Galileo Enoteca Deli

Authentic Italian Restaurant

(Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Galileoenoteca/)

This is my first time writing about an establishment for my #SupportLokalPH series, as I feel that supporting local brands should not be limited to buying local products. Granted that this establishment isn't exactly selling "Pinoy" products, the fact that this isn't a franchise from a foreign brand should be enough to be considered as local.


I stumbled upon this restaurant when I was looking for local sources of Guanciale, a type of Italian bacon. Guanciale is one of the ingredients of authentic carbonara (i.e. no cream), a recipe I learned in YouTube. Being a type of processed meat, I expected to find the bacon in the usual delis here in the metro such as Säntis, Earle's, or even in upscale groceries like Rustan's Fresh, but alas, to no avail.

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Guanciale - 166.30 PhP per 100 grams


It was through the comments section of Market Manila (in a post dated 2006!!!) that I found out that Galileo Enoteca Deli is one of the few establishments that sell this elusive bacon.

 


April 06, 2017

Changing my Blog Layout (Again)

Sharing a blog header of my defunct Tabulas blog because I want to.

For the Nth time, I changed the layout of my blog.

(That's because changing layouts is easier than actually writing a decent blog entry. Always.)

Blogger has provided three new templates, so I decided to try one of them out. I've been seeing this type of layout from bloggers nowadays; I suppose this is the current style they use in order to showcase their content with a... fresher... aesthetic.

As usual, some of the previous posts' layouts were destroyed (i.e. the ones where I used blockquotes), but I'll stick to this layout (for now) because my photos look better here.

 Now, off to break this blogging lull.