Christmas is just around the corner and I love going around the metro attending the many holiday bazaars. One of the new additions to the bunch is Pop Up Town, a bazaar by Ayala Land featuring fashion, food, and art, and I’m looking forward to going!
One of my favorite places in Metro Manila is the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the quiet pocket of green right in the middle of the city. It’s tranquil for the most part except during the holidays, when it transforms into a lights and sound show featuring a million twinkling lights. I got the watch this year’s series of shows and felt the Christmas spirit!
The Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights is a much-awaited event during Christmas, captivating Filipinos for the past eight years. It’s not just Filipinos who love the show: Conde Nast has called it one of the most spectacular lights in the world.
For some strange reason, friends always ask me for dating tips. I find it unusual that people would ask for my advice since I’ve been single for so long and I don’t talk about my dating life. But yes, I have gone on quite a few dates and a lot of them have been fun, so I’m going to share my fool-proof first date tips:
There aren’t a lot of family-run non-governmental organizations (NGOs), but there are advantages to them: a smaller team makes it easier to mobilize teams and resources, and a team composed of family members makes it more personal and intimate. It’s also a great bonding experience.
I was recently introduced to nine advocacies run by families at the 7th Jollibee Family Values Awards. The award-giving body recognizes families who lead exemplary advocacies, and it was inspiring to see Filipinos giving back to the community.
When I watched Jurassic Park for the first time, I thought it would be cool to have a park where we can get up close and personal with dinosaurs. Of course, it’s not possible because we haven’t developed the technology to bring them back to life and it’s a bit dangerous. I somehow got to live my childhood dream because The Mind Museum has set up Dinosaurs Around the World, an impressive exhibition featuring life-sized animatronic dinos!
Recently, author and illustrator Mike Curato visited Manila to discuss Little Elliott, his line of children’s books about the titular polka-dotted elephant. He read Little Elliott Big Family to us and I fell in love with the gorgeous illustration and the sweet yet minimal text about the power of family. I was given the chance to sit down with the illustrator, where we talked about his inspirations, his upcoming works, and his favorite children’s books.
The streets are darker and the holiday cheer is not as cheerful, but there’s one holiday tradition that seems getting stronger: the mad race to collect stickers for Starbucks’ planners. This year, the brand released the designs for 2018 and I have all the details for you!
The holidays are coming up and you know what means: people are starting to collect stickers for Starbucks’ planners! It has become a new tradition and I’m here to tell you what to expect from the coffee chain, from its coveted planners to its handcrafted beverages, food, coffees and tea, and cards!