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Valentine’s Day Activities

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Dancing by the Pool

February has become a season of love or as I fondly call it, the love month.

We are not too big on celebrating Valentine’s since we got together apart from the usual quirky bonding dates we’ve done in the past (like here, here and here). It’s going to be different this year though, as we are celebrating as a newly wedded couple, and I wanted to give in to all the mushy and overly sweet acts of love as I can.

If you are like me who is planning an activity with your special someone, here’s a few ideas that I’ve been toying with:

  1. Plan a Valentine-themed picnic. Dine under the stars at your favorite park. Pack a meal for two. Heart-shaped donuts. Cupid’s arrow cookies. Throw in some blanket, a book of poetry and your mushy spirit and indulge in an evening of saccharine poems as you read verses to each other.
  2. Eat your heart out. Any occasion calls for a feast, Valentine’s is one of those. They say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and this is quite true for women, too. You may choose to stay at home and cook a special dinner or if you’re feeling indulgent, make reservations at a magnificent hotel or restaurant that are offering intimate romantic dinner experience.
  3. Spend a night of mystique and romance. Turn your bedroom into a romantic oasis. Create a magical cocoon around your bed with a fairy light canopy using sheer fabrics and glittering holiday lights! Whether you choose to celebrate love in luxury or in simplicity, the most important is to show your beloved how much you truly care.

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How do you plan to celebrate your Valentine’s? I’d love to know! Nonetheless…

Have a happy and memorable Valentine’s everyone!!!

When Uan Met Sally

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…which I originally thought as When Van Met Sally is a quaint, eclectic shop / cafe along Maginhawa St. in QC. I’ve passed by this shop a lot of times whenever we scout for new eats along Maginhawa or whenever I do make-up work at a friend’s studio.

When Uan Met SallyThe shop has this charm that will draw your attention even from the outside. One time before doing my make-up work, I stopped by this shop / cafe and explored what they have to offer. Every piece of item is such an eye candy. If you love artsy fartsy stuff, if you are looking for inspiration to boost your creative juices or simply looking for unique gift ideas, When Uan Met Sally is a must-visit place!

When Uan Met SallyThis shop has clothes imported from Thailand matched with interesting and sometimes intricate handmade accessories. Another impressive sight from this shop are the hand-painted bag designs. Once you stepped in, it’s as if you are transported into a charming little old world full of aesthetically inspired designs. The shop itself boasts design inspired from birds and birds’ branches in a vintage-ly beautiful way hand-painted into their walls, doors, display cabinets and even on their menu.

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Personally, this peacock-inspired handbag and crochet lace handbag caught my eye and my heart!

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If you want a quiet, relaxing place to be by your lonesome and do some thinking or writing, this can be the place for you. Part of their menu offerings are artisan’s coffee, tarragon tea, authentic Thai ice cream, sticky rice and mango, wine and cheese, panini and orange spice cookies.

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If you want to check it out, the address is: 154-A Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

To see more photos of the items and the shop, please view here. Enjoy!

10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair

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Arts and crafts have always been special and dear to me. To hear just the mere word of it excites me, all the more when I’m actually surrounded with brilliant craftsmanship and artistry. And just recently we’ve discovered a venue for hand-makers, crafters and creative souls alike – celebrating their love for everything handmade and artsy fartsy.

Let me share it with you through this photo essay. *smiles*

UPDATE: My B took photos of this fair too. Please visit his blog here.

10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair{ 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair }

10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair

10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair{ Monsterella Plush Art }

10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair{ I.am.handmade }

10a Alabama Arts & Crafts Fair{ Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery }

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Playing Tourist in the City Round 2

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As promised here, here are more photos from our city getaway, this time it’s from my B‘s cameras. Let me share our precious and crazy bonding moments here…

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IMG_1637_dpp_1200{ Our new-old tradition… jumping in bed! }

IMG_1650_dpp_1200{ … in his case, tumbling! }

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Day 2

IMG_1723_dpp_1200{ getting ready by the poolside… }

IMG_1895_dpp_1200{ …and this is the retro concept shoot i was telling you about }

To see more of our crazy photos, view here

♥ ♥ ♥

Photos by: Brian Sahagun

Playing Tourist in the City

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Last March I gifted my B with Polaroid coupons and a hotel getaway is one of them. And since I recently quit my day job (more on that story soon), a hotel getaway sounds even more enticing.

Edsa Shangri-La Tower Wing Deluxe{ Edsa Shangri-La Tower Wing Deluxe hotel room }

Edsa Shangri-La Tower Wing DeluxeQuestion: So what’s a girl to do after her last day at work?
Answer: Celebrate freedom!!! I invited my B, packed my bags, my curiosity and adventurousness and explored the city.

Day 1 Itinerary:
– Checked in at hotel
– Late lunch at Max’s
– Impromptu swimwear shopping (we forgot to pack!)
– Movie date, Bourne Legacy
– Grocery shopping
– BonChon dinner takeout

View more photos here Playing Tourist in the City

Movie date - Bourne Legacy
Shang Cine Bar Snacks

Day 2 Itinerary:
– Buffet breakfast at Heat
– Swimming
– Photoshoot, Retro concept (photo not yet included here)

View more photos here Playing Tourist in the City

My favorite part of staying at a nice hotel is their buffet breakfast — this time we are eating at HEAT restaurant.

Buffet breakfast at HEAT

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Buffet breakfast at HEAT
Our little escape ?
Swimming time!
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Our little escape offered me to play tourist, even just for a day. I feel sparkling again!

Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
11-12 August 2012
To view more photos, view Playing Tourist in the City album.

P.s. These are photos from my camera. More photos from my B’s cameras to follow soon.