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Manila Life

Passionate about PYRO

[World Pyro Series.1] Awesome World Class Fireworks!


Where can you find the fireworks of 10 nations all in one venue? Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, Only here in the Philippines and it would be sad if you miss even just one of these 5 day World Pyro Olympics event in the Esplanade (formerly Promenade), in the Bay City Central Business Park, Pasay City. It is like the Y2K Fireworks experts of China, Australia, US, Russia, Korea, Germany, South Africa, UK, UAE and the Philippines all in a spectacular five-day show. Day 1 has been the show of China and Australia, and watching the Australia fireworks show is literally ground shaking and the entire dark sky is lit up in one spectacular colorful painting of light. After watching this, the Ayala Mall Fireworks would be a cheap baby version of these fireworks. Literally you would hear aahhs, and oohhs, in the crowd and at first I was not doing it, but the Australia show was so spectacular that the oohhs and aahhs just comes out of your mouth.

I encourage you to go even just to support Philippines on the last day Friday. I’ll share with you some tips on how to get the best experience and you’ll be glad you read this before going…

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Awesome Festivals

Test Drive of World Music Room @ Promenade

Finally, a third option for a Karaoke Gimmick aside from Red Box and Music 21! I was excited to hear this and it is located @ Promenade in Greenhills, so we sing our hearts out on Christmas Day with our cousins. It boast of high end facilities (LCD Plasma Screen TV and BePro Double Speakers for resonant acoustics) at competitive prices of P85/hour. What I love about it is that the food is great a lot better than Red Box and Music 21, the room acoustics are great, and the price for a gimmick would be P550/person including food and the room rental. What I hate about the place, is that the rooms are a lot smaller than Red Box (for a 10 person room, there is no room to dance which is critical); the sound proofing of the rooms was not done very well (people can here you even if the door is closed or even more if it is opened); and lastly, the songs are still not updated like you cannot find all the songs of eraser heads (only 3 songs), or songs of cueshe or other of the popular pinoy bands. But of course, Pinoy Ako (theme song of Pinoy Big Brother) is available which is now part of any Karaoke repertoire 🙂

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Movie Reviews

Watching Metro Manila Film Fest @ Promenade, Greenhills


Christmas Day in our family is a day of making our little cousins happy. It is usually spent in the malls and watching a Metro Manila Film Festival entry. We wanted to try out the new Promenade mall in Greenhills. On a usual day, this area is soo traffic specially during the Christmas season but we knew that Christmas day would be a lot better. I would say that Promenade made the usual gimmick in Greenhills more than just shopping but also eating (new restos), watching movies (added 3 new cinemas in Promenade), Fully Booked 🙂 and finally a new karaoke place (world music room)…

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Mall of Asia

The Perfect “Dampa” in Seaside Macapagal Blvd!


This is actually the perfect Dampa place in Manila because it is near Manila Bay (reclamation area), the parking is spacious, the restaurants are clean, there is open air ambiance better than any of the dampa’s in the whole Manila. There are a few “Dampas” already in Metro Manila: the Original Dampa in Paranaque is soo far for most Manila folks, while the Original Seaside along Roxas Blvd is actually right inside the wet market so cleanliness would be an issue. The other Dampa in Libis is soo crowded that parking and waiting time is a problem. The Seaside Dampa in Ortigas have an awkward ambiance because of its location.

This Seaside along Macapagal Blvd is definitely beside the sea, and addresses the cleanliness, ambiance and parking issue. This place is perfect for the family or friends reunion and for those balikbayans wanting to treat the entire family (cheaply) and at the same time satisfying their craving for Filipino Food. The only criticism is that the wet market seafood is not fresh, but I have a tip for you on how to address this.

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Shopping Secrets

A Peak into Irene’s Closet


To be fair to Irene, she told me that most of the items/ accessories in her closet was on display in a Tiangge so the place actually is empty except for the vintage clothes. So, this post, will just really be a teaser or just a peak into another one of unique shopping place in the tradition of I Love You store and Marni’s room. Although, since I we have not seen the accessories, I would defer including this in the Unique Store series.

Irene’s Closet is a tucked away closet — a store within a home setting wherein you can find the latest hip lines — from one of a kind Vintage Fashion, Mixed Media Accessories and other unique finds. Each piece is meticulously designed to make it savvy and one of a kind art piece. Just a tip, go here for the Mixed Media Accessories and not for the vintage clothes. Here is a peak inside the room of Irene’s Closet.

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Shopping Secrets

[Unique.Stores.6] The Color Theory on Proudly Philippine Made Products

Here is another interesting store which features all Philippine Made, specially designed and locally manufactured home decoratives, aromatherapy, bath & beauty products, gift novelties, and fashion accessories. COLOR THEORY subsists on the endeavor to provide consumers affordable yet valuable commodities, support local industries and pioneer in commerce. The store is nice and this is one of those that you go to if you don’t the hassle of Tiangge’s and Mall traffic this holiday season. This is a good place to buy gifts that is proudly Filipino made (although one could argue that you can also get them from Tiangge or Tiendesitas). I got this also from the Shopkeeper article.

My wife was not so happy about this place because I told her there would be dresses here and she was disappointed to see that there was none. Also, they don’t give you price incentive to buy it here versus their outlets in the malls or other establishments. Anyway, I’ll give you a virtual tour of this place and decide for your self if you want to check it out.

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Shopping Secrets

[Unique.Stores.5] Exciting Vintage Shopping @ Marni’s Room


Maarni’s Room – 11, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

This vintage shopping trend was started by the
I love You Store and I’m now sharing another secret Vintage shopping place called Marni’s Room. This is the fifth in the series of unique stores in Manila, and we loved this store even though most of the stuff are pre-owned, some are on consignment basis. The fashion dresses are carefully selected by designer Louis Caparol and his business partner Bobby Carlos ( thanks to Jenni Epperson’s Shopper Keeper article for the lead on this) . Louis is very hospitable and you can really take time selecting the dresses, and to top it off he serves drinks sometimes beer if you go late at night or “early” in the morning. This redefines the concept of a shopping gimmick. So where is this place? Who is Marni?

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Shopping Secrets

[Unique.Stores.4] Souk Gallery Surprise


Unique Stores, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

I will not attempt to describe what is in store for you in Souk Gallery. Much has been written about this off mall store, and its unique fashion finds are enough reason to visit their two stores. One in Ortigas (covered in this post) and the other one in Estrella in Rockwell.

Lets just say that my wife loves the trendy outfits and I’m glad she think twice about buying it — Aidan’s clothes vs. a trendy christmas dress ? 🙂 You pay the price for getting unique fashion but this is one store that you should check out this Christmas season. Let the photos do the talking, here’s a virtual tour of the Souk Gallery.

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Shopping Secrets

[Unique Stores.2] We heart I Love You Store!


I Love You Store – 1, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

This quaint basement store along Makati Avenue is a hidden gem in Makati. Carlos had a short but interesting post on the I Love You store and we pass by at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. They are selling very unique and beautiful clothes that my wife did not hesitate to try on. What surprises me is that they sell vintage stuff, including lomo cameras. We also had a chance to meet Sharon who is one of the wundergirls and she played with Aidan using a mechanical jumping frog (how cool). Highly recommended shop as long as you have cash or check to pay for the unique finds.

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