The World of Ukay-ukay


“What is that strange sound you are making? Ukay-ukay?”

This is probably one of the comments you will receive if you say, “ukay-ukay” out loud.

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Tagaytay fun in a day

Tagaytay 2To celebrate our recent Wedding Anniversary, my husband and I decided to take it easy and explore nearby Tagaytay.

Famously known as the main city on the rim of Taal lake and volcano, it’s only 55km from Manila and only  a 25 peso (approx. 70cents) bus ride from where we live, which is only about 20mins away.

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Manila cafés that would rival Sydney’s best

IMG_444622231I have been missing the breakfast/brunch café culture of Sydney in recent weeks. For those that have visited Australia, you would have noticed people on the weekend and their slow mornings spent sitting in the sun with friends, eating delicious avocado and smoked salmon on toast, while casually sipping their green juice…YUM! I did some digging to find something to satisfy my taste buds and found a café or two (with some help from my niece who lives in Manila) that would hopefully do the trick.

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5 things: Travel Finds

untitled5.3 I don’t get the opportunity to go shopping here in the Philippines often due to my busy work schedule, but when I get the chance to go to Manila – a mall is always on the itinerary! Last weekend my husband and I went to Makati again to spend some time with my niece and eat some delicious food (more on that later!). Here are a few things I bought that I think would make great souvenirs or presents for your friends back home – wherever your home is:

  1. Acacia wooden bowls (Kultura Filipino, SM Makati)
  2. Traditional Filipino embroidered coin purse (Kultura Filipino, SM Makati)
  3. Soludos espadrilles (Shoe Salon, Glorietta 3, Ayala Centre, Makati)
  4. ‘How to be Parisian’ book (Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4, Ayala Centre, Makati)
  5. Pearl ring set ( H&M, SM Makati)

Happy shopping!