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Baguio Loot

I’m back in town! I’ll surely miss the cold weather but I must admit, nothing beats Manila heat. Anyway, I managed to squeeze in some shopping finds while I was freezing my butt off in the city of pines. Here’s my Baguio loot.

SCARVES

I got these two babies from the public market, where they sell tons of pasalubongs and souvenirs of every possible kind. Yes…they still carry those wooden “man-in-the-barrel” thingees.

Anyway, original price for each scarf is PHP 150 but I managed to bargain the price down to PHP 100 a pop. These make for a nice artsy get-up especially when matched with a nice pair of jeans and plain white or black top. Below is a product shot and some shots of yours truly, wearing them scarves.

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MESSENGER BAG

I love finding stuff that doesn’t conform to mainstream fashion. Especially when their dirt cheap! This piece actually looks a lot like our old puffy blankets in Baguio, which probably made me want to purchase it right away. Got it also from the market at PHP 170, from the  original price of PHP 180. I like that it looks a bit moroccan-ish in design especially with the little frillies at the bottom. Another plus is the satin lining inside.

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BELLY RING

You can’t go to Baguio and not buy silver. In my case, since I haven’t changed my belly ring since I got pierced a few months back, I felt it was about time for an upgrade from stainless steel to silver. Got this shiny jewel at PHP 200, from the original price of PHP 250. Also available in Baguio Market.

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BRASS PENDANT

Found this little jewel in Tam-Awan Village, which by the way is one of the must-sees in town if you want to experience the rustic outskirts and discover the rich culture and heritage of the Cordillerans. Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes because the trip involves a little bit of a hike going up. Do check their website for details. Adult entrance is PHP 50.

Going back, this pendant shows a symbol of luck and fertility. Yup, you heard it right… fertility. But no need to freak out ladies, because that’s just based on old folklore. The same symbol comes in pure silver which is priced at PHP 470 versus brass which is priced at PHP 55.

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EXPORT OVERRUNS GALORE

When you’re done scouring the market and session road for your one-of-a-kind shopping finds, you may also want to check out Camp John Hay’s Mile- High, which is now a popular shopping destination as it offers outlet stores for popular brands, as well as bazaars that offer heaps and heaps of export overruns! I shopped for the black top that you see above (refer to SCARVES) for PHP 285 and another Old Navy long sleeved top for PHP 325. Prices aren’t exactly cheap but if you’re diligent enough in wading through the piles of clothes, you’ll definitely find a good buy or two.

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Post-report of Cebu trip

Okay so I’m back in Manila and unfortunately, even if I did manage to get a tip from a friend to check out this cool accessories place in town, I wasn’t able to go….BUMMER!!! Oh well.  Next time I guess.

So for this post, I’ll just be sharing some budget-friendly tips.

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When travelling to Cebu or anywhere else in the Philippines, my personal airline of choice is always Cebu Pacific. The rates are reasonable, the online service is quite efficient and easy to navigate, the planes are newer and most importantly, I’ve noticed that you don’t feel as much turbulence as compared to when you’re flying PAL. I am not exaggerating but all my domestic PAL flights have been a traumatic experience for me. It’s so friggin bumpy, like you’re on a 4×4 trekking a rough road.  The only smooth ride I’ve ever been on while I was on PAL was when I flew international, that’s about it. cebu-loot-003

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When looking for a place to crash in Cebu and you’re not very particular about the frills, you can book an economy room for just PHP 960 a night at Regal Business Park Hotel. It’s just a stone’s throw away from Ayala Center.  This photo that you see here is a snapshot of my tiny room and yeah, my unmade bed. The little bed actually suits me just fine. I don’t really like staying in big rooms when I’m alone after a scary experience in the old Albay hotel before. I swear I felt a sudden strange weight beside me in bed… Okay, don’t mean to freak you out. Moving on…

Anyways, these are the amenities found in the hotel’s website:

Air-conditioned Guest Rooms with Hot & Cold Shower
PABX Telephone System with National & International Assisted Long Distance Calls
Cable Television
24-hour Room Service
Guest Services and Business Center
Housekeeping Services with Laundry & Pressing
Safety Deposit Boxes at the Reception Counter
Wi-Fi Internet Connection
Fine Dining Restaurant with Private Function Rooms
Lobby Lounge, hosting Breakfast, Lunch, Tapas Hours & Dinner
Al Fresco Dining
24 Hour Internal & External Security
Stand-by Generator
Secured Lower Ground Level Parking Area

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This was the Christmas decor that I saw in the hotel cafe. I just found it to be a really creative piece. Obviously, those bristles that you see on the top are made of walis, just dyed in different colors. Cool huh?  Too bad I tossed my old walis. This would have been a nice project to work on.

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Take note of the price. PHP 180 for a lunch buffet. Not too bad eh? What you see here are pakbet, inihaw na sugba and puso ng saging, which I really loved.

cebu-loot-005This is where I stopped before heading to Mactan Airport. I’ve been to Cebu about 5 times but this was the first time that I actually stopped here. Didn’t really shop  much though. Just got my friend a plain top with CEBU DIVA written across the front and I got this cool cap for the hub.

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stuff-002The sales lady humored me by allowing to take my photo with all the pasalubong merchandise behind me

stuff-004stuff-005You should never leave Cebu without these. I got a bunch of Otap and some other delicacies at a local concessionaire near the airport. Shopping-wise, I know I could have done better, but I’m glad that I got pretty good deals while I was there.