It’s Krrunch Time, get Playful!

Filipinos are known to be generous and thoughtful, that’s why wherever part of the world they may be, they don’t forget their loved ones left in the Philippines. Thanks to technology, we can keep in touch with each other and the misery that comes with distance is somehow alleviated. From time to time, our loved ones in the US always remembers to send a little something for relatives here in the Philippines, hence, the emergence of Balikbayan Box. For those who aren’t familiar, the box is full of imported goodies, new and used clothes, imported chocolates, Spam (not the email kind, hehe), sausages, perfumes, toys and other things for your whole Filipino clan.

the box
the “box”

And here’s the fun krrunch part, opening the box! Let’s begin the Krrunch time at home…

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A “spa retreat” at Blue Water Day Spa

A “spa retreat”, that’s what I want to call the experience when you have your massage at Blue Water Day Spa’s Capitol Hills branch. One doesn’t have to go for a 2-hour drive to Tagaytay just to “escape”  and relax from the stress of living in the city. Just visiting the Capitol  Hills branch will bring you to a different atmosphere, a relaxing retreat. You’ll see greens provided by the golf course nearby and fresh breeze because of the strategic elevated location of the spa. Watching the sunset is another relaxing experience aside from having a spa.


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My Shopaholic Confession

Hi my name is Badet and I’m a shopaholic!

My love affair with shopping started 10 years ago when I was in high school, it became full-blown when I was in college and after earning my first paycheck. At present, I’m still recuperating, getting better as I get older. Haha! Seriously, there’s a shopaholic in each and every one of us. Although, women are the most evident ones, men too are guilty of being a shopaholic. For some women including me, shopping is a sport, we find challenge on scouting the best bargains and rummaging through the pile of clothes on sale. Some women find solace at the sound of the cash registers and bringing home a bag full of new clothes, shoes and bags. The truth is, we are all shopaholics and we all have our reasons.

My shopping buddy is my mother and my husband Jeff. I can’t shop alone, I can’t decide what to buy when I’m alone so I always have someone to ask for their nod when I’m buying or I”ll end up buying two things. My mother supports me in this hobby, she encourages me to look in other stores first before making a decision. She won’t mind being tired and being dragged to different stores until we can find the best bargain. Shopping with Nanay became a regular girl bonding for us, be it in SM, Greenhills, Tiendesitas, bazaars and 168 Mall in Divisoria.

Throughout the years, I had my share of booboos and triumphs in the field called retail therapy. There are those shoes that hurts like hell when worn but looks so perfect in the store, those colored jeans that fits well but can’t seem to match with any of your wardrobe, the jacket that was the envy of other girls, etc… Anyway, let me spill the beans and tell you my confessions and realizations I made.

Shopaholic confession #1: Travelling is more fun when paired with shopping.

I just can’t imagine
myself coming from a different place without bringing home a remembrance or a souvenir, so that whenever I use something bought from a specific place, it can bring back memories. Whether it be native products and delicacies from different products within the Philippines or imported goodies from Hongkong, Bangkok or Singapore, it’s a must for me to buy even just a tiny keychain. I also take the opportunity to buy things that are cheaper in other places. I bought my Ipod in Singapore because it’s cheaper compared to mall prices here while clothes and other fashionable items are cheaper in Bangkok.

Shopaholic confession #2: I became an online seller because of my love for shopping.

It all started when I was shopping for accessories, I can’t decide what to buy so I bought lots of different designs and colors. I just realized when I got home that I can’t wear all of them and might end up in a pile collecting dust. I just love the joy of buying beautiful things, after bringing home the things I buy, I tend to forget about them with their tags left hanging on them. An idea came to mind, since online shopping is booming, I started to sell some in Multiply. Good thing others liked the accessories too and continued selling as of this writing. In this way, I get to satisfy my addiction for shopping and earn too! I guess it also tamed my spending habits because it made me realize the value of money and how hard it is to convince people to buy from you so that you can earn.

Shopaholic confession #3: Having a collection eats up most of my salary.

Havaianas addict

Aside from a shopping addict, I once became a flip-flops addict, a.ka. Havaianas addict. Yup, those buttery soft rubber soles and cute designs are so tempting. I started out with two flip-flops but seeing the collections of other people especially Pia Magalona’s, I’m set to start my own. For a pair of rubber slippers, they don’t come cheap but in the name of collecting, I still buy them despite the occasional frowns I get from Jeff whenever we’re in an All Flip Flops branch or whenever I’m carrying an Air21 pouch from an online seller. I got loco for limited edition pairs that I even paid for Php 2,000 for a particular pair. I lost count of my Havaianas after I had my 12th pair. I lost count because some of the newer pairs are left unused, some pairs I immediately kept in a box so that Jeff won’t know I purchased new ones, ssshhh!

Shopaholic confession #4: I love going to tiangges/bazaars!

Imagine a kid jumping for joy because he/she is in Disneyland, that’s how I feel whenever I visit World Trade Center bazaars or Greenhills tiangges. The clothes may not be branded/designer, but who cares? Getting a good bargain gives me a natural high. I am always excited during Christmas Season because bazaars are sprouting everywhere during that time of the year. I am always looking forward to the World Bazaar Festival and Noel Bazaar held in the World Trade Center, remember my good finds at the World Bazaar last year?

Shopaholic confession #5: MEN LOVE SHOPPING TOO!

Maybe it’s not my
own confession, but it’s my discovery! I read about this once and I’ve proven that it’s true. Men won’t admit it but just observe your boyfriends and husbands when you’re in the mall. I know that Jeff and most men in our lives gets bored whenever we drop by at the make-up counter or whenever we visit boutiques like Kamiseta, Bayo, etc. Jeff always sits at the sofas in Kamiseta while he waits for me but I can tell that he’s bored. Try letting them lead the way when you’re inside the mall, you’ll soon realize that he spends more time checking out new computer gadgets, cellphones, and cameras.

Whew! Those are the confessions I can think of, but I learned my lesson, especially in this trying times, when global recession is at its peak, it is best to spend our money wisely. I now have a “save or splurge” mindset when I buy something. I also keep these shopping tips in mind:

Shopping tips from a tiangge shopaholic:

1. Haggle, haggle, haggle. This is a shopaholic mantra. We all love to haggle right? One most abused line when shopping in tiangges is “Ate, wala na bang bawas to?” or “Ate, last price?”, with matching puppy eyes. Even if it’s only a 10-peso discount, we would gladly accept it from “Ate”. One good practice on haggling is to give your best price a little above half of the original price given to you. For example, for an item that costs Php 300, you can haggle starting at Php 200. Expect that they won’t give in to your offer but at least you can haggle your way up until you both agree. Haggling is perfectly fine as long as you don’t insult the seller by haggling really low. Keep in mind that sometimes, they are only “tinderas”and not the store owners.

2. Buy in bulk. Get more so that you can save more. This applies especially when you’re shopping in 168 Mall, Divisoria Mall, Tutuban Mall or Meisic Mall in Divisoria. You can avail the items at half the original price when you do wholesale. They give you wholesale prices when you purchase 6 pieces and above of their merchandise. So it’s better to be with friends sometimes when you go shopping so that you can buy lots from the store and avail of big discounts.

3. Keep a list of the things you need to buy. Malls and tiangges are very sinful places for a shopaholic, when we see beautiful things, we tend to buy them on impulse. Having a list will help us focus on what we really need to buy.

4. Do not bring your credit card especially during a 3-DAY SALE/MIDNIGHT SALE. This happened to us most of the time, we are so gravitated with the 70% off the tag price even if we don’t plan to buy the item, heck, we don’t even need it at all. So to minimize temptation, just leave your credit card and just bring enough moolah in shopping.

5. Think before you buy. Again, do not buy on impulse. Remember that it’s still hard-earned money that you’re using so don’t waste it on a gorgeous-yet-too-big-for-you maxi dress. What you can do when you’re having second thoughts on buying the item from the store, take a breather, leave the store and take some time to consider if you really really want the item. If you still want it, you can always go back to the store and purchase it. A friend of mine does this trick, if she decides to buy the item, she’ll go back to the store a week later. There were instances that when she went back, the item was already sold out, instead of dismay, she will just just shrug off her shoulders and say “Well, it’s really not for me.”

6. BYOB, bring your own bag. Huh? Well, being a shopaholic doesn’t exempt you from being responsible to the environment. When shopping in tiangges, they don’t pack the goods in paper bags, all they have are those colored plastic sando bags. One thing I’m proud of doing is I bring my own canvass bag or katsa bag when shopping so that I can just dump my loots. Besides, you’re gonna throw all those plastic bags when you get home anyway. Don’t forget to educate the salesladies along the way, ask them not to use plastic bags as much as they can.

Meanwhile, it’s time for shopaholics to unite to watch Becky Bloomwood’s experiences . Catch “Confessions of a Shopaholic” in cinemas on February 18, 2009.

Not just your ordinary spa… it’s a Spa Movie Theater!

I was invited by Mr. Francis Simisim of Blue Water Day Spa to join the contest for a chance to win and experience the first Spa Movie Theater in the world! Yes, it’s the first in the world and you can be one of the few people to experience it by clicking the link to know more about the details.

Blue Water Day Spa is one of the famous spa haven in Metro Manila which offers excellent customer service and backed by their well-trained masseuse, I know because I had my massage at their Mother Ignacia Branch in Quezon City (oh and their ad with Piolo Pascual and Marian Rivera is so enticing!)

Piolo Pascual for Blue Water Day Spa

Marian Rivera for Blue Water Day Spa

I always go for a Swedish Massage to ease my shoulder pains, though I’d love to try other services. And to have my foot spa in the Spa Movie Theater at their Ortigas Branch makes me excited already!

Spa Movie Theater – first in world!

Come to think of it, having a foot spa can be such a bore especially when you’re all by yourself. You can bury yourself in magazines or better yet, bring along a friend to save you from a relaxing slumber while waiting for your foot spa session to finish. With the Spa Movie Theatre, it’s taking relaxation at the next level! You get to watch your favorite Blu-Ray movies, play PS3, sing your hearts out in videoke while making your feet happy.

One perfect plan is to take your family with the kids in the Spa Movie Theatre and have a Spa Party, you can invite maximum of 28 people from your family/clan, it’s like having a family get-together on a Sunday! Moms and Dads will have their Foot Spa treatment and enjoying chit-chats while the kids will watch their favorite cartoon/kiddie movie. It’s also a great bonding moment with your girlfriends, high school reunions and bridal showers can also be held here.

With the hustle and bustle around the city and the demands from our everyday chores, it’s perfectly okay to do something good to our body, take a long hot shower, have a massage, sip a warm cup of tea and watch a movie.

Blue Water Day Spa Ortigas Branch
2nd Floor BPI Greentop Condominium,
Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila

They also have branches at Greenhills, Alabang, Makati and Mother Ignacia and Capitol Hills, Quezon City.

My first Sony experience is with my Sony Walkman

Every household has a Sony product inside their homes. Thus, everybody has their own share of first experiences with their Sony products. Let me share with you my stories with my Sony gadgets, errrr, the title should have been “My first Sony experiences are with my walkman, TV, etc…

My experience with my Sony Walkman:

My first Sony Walkman

My father whom I call Papa is a seaman, he would be out of the country for 1 or 2 years braving the seas just to give us a better education and a decent comfortable life. Like any other OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), my father as a seaman experiences homesickness. At that time, cellular phones and texting were not yet invented and real-time communication was far from reality. The only way to battle loneliness in the middle of the ocean is to listen to voice tapes sent by us through snail mail and sound trippin’ with his casette tapes by Porkchop Duo, Yoyoy Villame and other Filipino novelty artists… (Papa will kill me for telling the whole world what he listens to back then, hahaha)

my treasured cassette tapes

When Papa arrives home, I would then be so excited to open up his luggages for pasalubongs. While everyone is busy with their balikbayan loots, I am also occupied with tinkering the numbers of Papa’s suitcase because in there, I would find his Sony Walkman. However simple as it may seem, I am happy that I can bring the Sony Walkman to school so that by lunch time, I can listen to the countdown from LS FM (97.1). Around 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon, I would then listen to some love songs together with my classmates. When I was in 2nd year high school when alternative bands are all the rage, if my walkman could scream at me to stop using it just for one day, it will. Oh by the way, when Papa left again for another contract, he left the Sony Walkman with me!!! From then on, it became my constant companion throughout my remaining high school days and went on till my college days. My Sony Walkman even witnessed my transformation for the music I’ve listened to. From metal, rock, alternative music for perk-me-up days, to classical music when I’m reviewing, to new wave music for feel-good days and to love songs for in-love moments, the Sony Walkman has heard a lot. It was updated with the popular bands and the popular music genre back then. And if the Sony Walkman has a built-in memory in it, it would have saved in its memory all the Eraserheads songs back then, yup, a die-hard Eraserheads fan here, and so is my Sony Walkman.

My first experience with my Sony Colored TV:

Sony Colored TV

I don’t know about you but I experienced watching in a Black and White television back then. Albeit most of our neighbors were boasting of their colored TVs, our living room still has the good ol’ Black and White TV. I will be very embarassed everytime my friends from school will visit our house, they will look surprised that we still have a Black and White TV. My parents have this trait of still keeping an appliance until they are truly broken and cannot be repaired by the neighborhood repairman. Good thing one of our neighbors pawned their Sony Colored TV to us when they needed money, we got to experience what it feels like to watch on a colored TV. Another hurray because our neighbor didn’t come back to get the Sony Colored TV so we get to keep it, a blessing in disguise indeed. From then on, my brother and I bled our eyes out from watching cartoons every day, we never knew that cartoons looks great when watched in a colored TV! Until now, when I got married, we still use the Sony Colored TV in our bedroom. We just bought a converter for us to watch cable channels. Our living room now has a 25″ Sony Wega. We plan to have a Sony Bravia if budget permits or if Sony hand us one, hehe…

My first experience with my Sony PSP (Playstation Portable):

newest gadget: Sony PSP

I never had a Sony Playstation. The last game console I had was a Game Boy where I played Super Mario. My husband, Jeff, knew that I’m fond of playing games in the computer especially The Sims that’s why he suggested to buy a Sony PSP as our first gadget as a married couple. So technically and legally, it was our first conjugal gadget, if there’s such a thing! Both game addicts, we even set our weekly schedules on who will play on that day and how long is the playing time. A year later, the Sony PSP is still our companion when boredom strikes. During the lull hours in the office, my officemates and I will play Bomberman, or when Wi-Fi is available, I sometimes use it to check on my emails and online shop. Jeff also uses this for storing his music and photos.

my life with Sony

Sony has the right products for the young and old alike. My Sony gadgets definitely gave significance in my life just like the Sony’s World’s First Slimmest Camera with Optical Image Stabilizer, the Cyber-Shot T77, which became a girl’s bestfriend because it can be brought anywhere without making a girl’s bag too heavy and bulky.

I won! I won! I won!

I know this is very late but I just want to thank Angel of Happy Family Matters for choosing my entry for his contest which ended last April 23, 2008. I won 1,000 Entrecard credits which I can use to advertise my blog. I know this doesn’t matter to some but it is for me as a newbie blogger.

Thank you and more power!

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