During the 90s, I'd say going to Duty Free Philippines was more associated with balikbayans because traveling in and out of the country wasn't as common as it is now. The only reason I am familiar with it is because my family travels often when I was younger and despite the availability of products abroad, we still make it a point to visit Duty Free when we get to the Philippines to buy products that would occupy too much space and weight in our luggage like chocolates, snacks, and canned goods (hello Palm corned beef and Spam!)
But now that traveling is quite the norm for everyone I think you guys should check out what Duty Free has to offer after your trip. You would be surprised to see brands such as Kate Spade, Pandora, Lacoste, Longchamp, Coach, and Mac Cosmetics in prices much lower than boutiques and malls. They also have Japanese and Korean beauty products there as well as Nike, Adidas, and other sports and leisure brands. Ang dami talaga!
So read on and I'll give you a virtual tour of Duty Free Fiesta Mall.
Before anything else, it's important to know who can shop at Duty Free Fiesta Mall. If you're a regular tourist, you have 48 hours from your arrival to shop. If you're a balikbayan or an overseas Filipino worker, you have 15 days upon arrival to shop and if you arrive during the Christmas season (between November 15 and January 15), your shopping privilege is extended to 30 days.
Just present your passport at the Customer Registration Counter and they'll give you a shopping card which you will present when paying for items inside Duty Free.
Check the Shopper's Guide Directory beside the counters so you can plan where to go.
The first section I visit is the Perfumes and Cosmetics Section. They have Asian brands now such as CosRX, April Skin, Purederm, and Missha.
Opposite it is the Home Furnishings Section. They have Corelle sets, cast iron pans, and outdoor grills there and the Christmas decors are already on sale!
The next section we visit is the Liquor Section. The prices are competitive and they have a lot of gifts and giveaways for every purchase. There's also a Tasting Bar so you can sample liquor before you buy it.
And here comes our favorite.. the Chocolates and Gourmet Section! Avail of their good deals, especially bundle packs or the ones with giveaways. And check out the limited edition products like the humongous Toblerone bar and Oreo variants only available abroad.
And here's the section I was telling you about earlier.. The Fashion Walk. There are so many brands here I love and use so I'll just let the photos do the talking.
So that's the whole of the second floor. T and I take the ramp to the first floor towards the Toys and Sports Section. There are more Nike and Adidas shoes and apparel here as well as TOMS shoes. After that is the Appliance Section and the Supermarket. Before leaving, don't forget to check the Go Lokal store featuring Malagos Chocolate, Auro Chocolate, Theo & Philo Artisanal Chocolates, Manila Chocolatier, and Risa Chocolates. These chocolates have bagged awards abroad and we're proud to say that they are all Pinoy products.
Thank you Duty Free Philippines for the tour and to Mayen, Malou, and our pretty guide during our walkthrough. Until our next visit!
T and I can't believe we celebrated our first wedding anniversary already! We haven't picked photos for our wedding album yet so we went through the first batch of files two weeks ago. Let me share with you a few of our favorites.
That's it for now but expect more posts about our wedding preparations and celebrations because going through these beautiful photos brought back so many wonderful memories. Until my next one!
Daisee's Bakeshop started only as a hobby and is now 35 years old! To celebrate this milestone, Daisee's relaunched a classic favorite of theirs, which is a good addition to your holiday parties or potlucks.
It's the Classic Sansrival made from layered crunchy meringue, filled and finished with butter icing and topped with cashews. I shared this with my mom and aunts visiting from California and they love how light it is. It's buttery but not overwhelming, nutty and crunchy at the same time. They also have less sugar or no sugar (sweetened with Splenda) options.
Daisee's Bakeshop has branches here in Las Pinas, Laguna, and British Columbia.. yes, Canada! For more information, you can visit their website at www.yourdaiseesbakeshop.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DaiseeBakeshop/.
And just like that, it's that time of the year again.. Christmas! Have you made your list already? Come and take a sneak peek into Healthy Options' Christmas Collection 2018 so you canget started on your gift shopping already. You'll definitely find something for your family and friends with this assortment of food and beauty products.
Spread the spirit of Christmas with the Vitality Gift Box (PhP2,995) which includes high-fiber and high-protein beverages, grains, and snacks.
The Family Feast Gift Box (PhP2,995) has items for all ages-- savory snacks, refreshing beverages, and easy-to-cook food items.
If you know someone who is sensitive to gluten or is avoiding gluten in their diet, the Gluten-Free Gift Box (PhP2,995) is perfect because you don't have to worry about picking which products to get. Healthy Options has curated a total of thirteen gluten-free beverages, grains & mixes, and snacks in this set for you.
Another diet-sensitive gift set is the Low-Sodium Gift Box (PhP2,995) which contains thirteen items that has low or no salt content.
And finally, there's the ultimate gift set called the Gourmet Gift Hamper (PhP7,495) which includes a premium assortment of products (four beverages, four grains, eight assorted snacks, eight pantry favorites) placed inside this beautiful limited edition wicker basket.
I love how there are beauty gift sets for our kikay friends and family members. The Giovanni Ultra-Moist Gift Pack (PhP1,185) contains ultra-moist shampoo, conditioner, and body wash made with dual moisture complex of avocado and olive oil to keep the hair and skin naturally soft and beautiful.
You can give a Giovani Travel Kit to friend who likes to travel. It comes in two variants-- Volumizing (PhP595) and Moisturizing (PhP595). These travel-sized beauty products hydrate, restore and protect skin and hair with essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants.
The Makes 3 Organic Gift Pack (PhP1,185) contains certified organic products with lavender to soothe and calm our senses. This is perfect for our friends and family members who have highly stressful jobs and careers.
You can also mix and match products that catch your eye and create your own gift set.
For those who don't have time to mix essential oils, there Aura Cacia Essential Oil Blends which are already pre-mixed ones for every need. I want to get a few of these for me and T.
After a trip, I usually do a 'detox', which basically means staying home for a day or two. T and I just got back from Siargao but I'm glad I went to the preview because I ran into a friend who I haven't seen in a long time-- Kat Reambillo. She is currently everyone's fitness (grabe ang abs!) and kili-kili (yes, she's the girl with her arms raised in Dove ads) peg. After checking out the Christmas Collection, Kat and I continued our shopping in Healthy Options. Check out my loot!
You can purchase the gift sets and all the products from my loot at any Healthy Options branch nationwide or online at www.healthyoptions.com.ph. Free shipping is also available for hassle-free Christmas shopping at your fingertips. Enjoy!
I'm back! After traveling to three continents, five countries, and over 30 cities around the world.. Our journey has come to an end. During our trips, I made a conscious decision not to post (save for no-brainer IG stories and photos on memorable dates such as our 'elopement' in Vegas) because I didn't want to have to deal with the 21st century problem of worrying about what photo to post instead of enjoying every precious moment of our vacation and I have to tell you, the social media detox was the best decision ever. Plus, I'll get to relive those memories when I share our photos on my Instagram account @joeiandme and publish posts about our experiences here in my blog. Soon!
Just checking in to say hello to everyone. It’s been a while since I posted because much has happened! But now I have time since I am currently on board a plane with an hour to spare so I decided to update my Joei & Me diary.
I turned another year older two months ago. While everyone considers January 1 as the start of a new year, I consider my birthday as ‘my new year’. T and I spent that week staycationing at Nüwa Hotel in City of Dreams Manila. Aren’t staycations the best? Sleep, eat, swim, eat, eat, sleep, sleep, and sleep. I also actually get a lot of work done whenever I’m on one.
After that, we headed to my favorite place in the Philippines.. Batanes! I’ve been to this island several times before but this would be my first time with T. As an added bonus, my good friends Dianne and Ara were able to go with us as well. We stayed at Fundacion Pacita and toured both Basco and Sabtang Islands.
A month later, T and I headed for Japan to spend a week in Tokyo. We loved it and we can't wait to go back!
After that, we went back to Manila for a few days to get our things for our African adventure.
So that’s it for now. Our plane is about to land in Cape Town. Like I said, so many things have been happening all at once. I get to update my Instagram more so if you want to see pictures of our trips and watch stories (I’m working on IG TV), follow me there @joeiandme.
They say that when you feel hungry in the middle of the night, you're just thirsty. I drank two bottles of water and five cups of chamomile tea and yet I'm still craving for the Kung Pao Chicken I had for dinner yesterday. I'm actually in a hotel room working on a paper and can order room service (one of my favorite luxuries of life because I get hungry until the wee hours of the morning) but before I do that, I’ll distract myself first by writing about where we had dinner this evening. Maybe after posting, I'll feel sleepy instead of hungry. I can continue working tomorrow morning anyway since my mind is already spent.
Earlier this evening, T and I had dinner at Enbu (Robotayaki) in Okada Manila. Robatayaki (or robata for short) is a method of cooking in Japan where food is cooked over charcoal, similar to barbecueing.
Enbu's dining area is composed of several robota counters manned by Chef Atsushi Yoshida and his team and guests are seated around those counters so we can watch our food while it is being cooked. And since Enbu is along the Crystal Corridor, T and I could watch the hourly fountain show from our seats.
But interesting as the counters are, what catches my eye are the thousands of red cochin lanterns hanging from the restaurant's ceiling. Yes, thousands!
Here is a rundown of what we ordered: General Santos Tuna and Salmon Salad Tartar-Style served with Shiso Dressing (PhP560+), Chicken Leg Teriyaki with Japanese Sansyo Sauce (PhP680+), and Foie Gras Saikyo-yaki Marinated in White Miso with Focaccia Bread and Dried Fruits (PhP690+). T also ordered a roll but I forgot what it was. I'll ask him later when he wakes up. I know chicken teriyaki is chicken teriyaki but because I order it all the time, I can differentiate between a good one and a so-so one. Enbu's version falls into the "good one" category for me.
Enbu Robotoyaki also offers the Kushiyaki, which is their eat-all-you-can grilled Japanese skewers promo that comes with unlimited rice and miso soup also. It's only available during Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The person who walked us in told me that it's PhP2,200++ so I didn't do it because I wasn't really that hungry. After T and I were done eating, our server Charmaine tells us about it and I learn that it's only PhP1,200++. Too bad, I would've did that. T said we can come back next time for that.
Thumbs Up! Nice ambiance, especially because of the red lanterns. Friendly and attentive servers (special mention to our server Charmaine and her co-server Regine). Located along the Crystal Corridor so the fountain show is visible from the windows.
Thumbs Down! A bit on the pricey side but quality of food is high anyway.
Verdict T and I definitely enjoyed our dinner at Enbu this evening. We will definitely be back to try their all-you-can-eat Kushiyaki grilled Japanese skewers. I'm excited for that!
T and I went to Evia to watch Jurassic World 2 when we saw this place that just opened at the cinema areas called the Commune Hall. We were rushing to catch the movie so before my full review, here's a quick run-through of the stalls inside.
There's the The Commune Bar (also called TCB), Fiery Style Alamexo Southwestern Flaming Grill, Street Eats (which sells Filipino street food), Boru, Seoul, Chaira's, Nonna's Pasta & Pizzeria, Happy Greens, The Shrimp Hut, The Good Tapa, and The Rib Shack.
I hope to try the food at The Commune Hall one of these days. Maybe during our next movie run in Evia!
Visit Date: 8 June 2018
3/F Cinema Area
Evia Lifestyle Mall
Daang Hari Road
Las Pinas City
Tel No.: +63 2 869 0003 Facebook Page facebook.com/evialifestylecenter/