The World of Lisa Frank

Who doesn’t know Lisa Frank? Saw this video on the Brit List, and it immediately took me back to a younger me. I wanted this huge Lisa Frank binder for school but it was freakishly expensive. Unfortunately.

I think I only ever managed to get stickers out of my allowance.

Was that a young Mila Kunis in the video? Haha!

Hmmm. Like Lisa, I’m still a kid! So maybe it’s not too late to start a collection at my age πŸ™‚

SMAC at Watsons

SM Advantage Card holders had a treat last July 31: a ten percent discount for pretty much anything inside the department store.

Alfred and I shopped for clothes the previous day. We didn't get 10 off for all items, but there was enough discount that it wasn't such a loss not waiting til next day to do it. I was wearing one of my new tops in this photo, taken on Friday afternoon:

It's gray and that heart in the middle are sequins. It has 3/4-type sleeves. And the material is light enough to wear on an afternoon.

Since there was no additional budget for a second round of clothes shopping, I just went toiletry shopping on the 31st to still take advantage of SMAC sale day. Here's my loot from Watson's:

The only item missing in the photos the second big bottle of body cream wash which I already started using before I thought of photographing the lot. You'll notice two types of a few items like the day pads, tissue, and even wet wipes. These are essentials that I need daily. I got a pack of the more expensive and less environmentally-friendly, individually-packed Carefree so I can take them with me in my purse of vanity kit. For hygienic purposes I need them packed but I really actually prefer buying the packs that use one plastic for all 15 or 20 pieces.

I also got travel tissue packs that fit in my regular bags, but also the mini ones that would be perfect for days/nights I only carry a purse/clutch or small bag. I also get big boxes of 100-200 pulls for my desk at work. When my current box runs out, I'll get the set of three boxes again. Big savings on those bundles.

My wet wipes also come in two sizes. I've been caught without wipes a lot of times and let's just say I feel better knowing I have some with me everytime.

Not only did I save 10% from each item, the huge 250ml bottles of body cream wash were on buy 1 get one offer. I got them in lavender and frangipani, smells soooo good. πŸ™‚

To top it off, I also redeemed my SMAC points (all 659 pesos) so my cash out was only 99.46 pesos πŸ™‚ If you're not yet an SM Advantage Card or BDO Rewards card holder sign up now! Get points for every peso you spend shopping (also saving and charging for BDO credit card holders) and eventually use the cash equivalent for future shopping sprees. I've bought toiletries a lot of times before with my points, or sometimes I get other items I wouldn't normally buy with my cash.


15% Off from Your Zalora Purchase

Most people who know me also know how much I love shopping – online and offline. Recently, perhaps because of my still recovering back and leg, I have taken to online shopping more. No need to walk so much and no waiting in lines. Sometimes I worry I’ll get off balance while trying on the clothes I wish there were always tubular handles I can hang on to everywhere. In June, I got this small box of happiness from my favorite local online shopping destination, ZaloraPH:

Zalora box

No, it wasn’t a surprise box, I ordered it after all. Alfred paid the delivery guy directly, we didn’t have to use a credit card nor rush to a bank or to 7/11 to make the purchase. I paid cash on delivery. So convenient!

What’s in the box? Happiness in the form of earrings!

Zalora earrings

These pieces are bound to stay in my jewelry box for awhile, to be taken out and worn over and over again. They add a nice boost of color to my outfits, and puts a smile on everyone who notices them. Lakas maka-sosyal kasi.Β πŸ™‚

Since my first Zalora loot last year, Β all I have are positive experiences from this online retail store. Delivery only takes 2-3 days, and they make sure to contact you via SMS or thru a phone call for updates. Truly feels like there’s still a personal touch to the service.

If you have yet to sign up at, let me give you a good reason too. Sign up now and enter your order. Use this coupon code to take 15% off your first purchase:Β ZBAPMzr. Easy peasy. Share the code with your family and friends too. πŸ™‚

Piso Fare!

We are booked for a trip to Cagayan De Oro (and Camiguin!) in February next year. Thanks to Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare promotion, everyJuan can fly! πŸ™‚

CebPac promotional banner from

CebPac promotional banner from

The seat sale is still on going. Heard about it at work yesterday morning and I kept getting kicked out, server errors are common when so many people try to get cheap flights. I don’t always luck out with these things so I figured I’d try when everyone else had the pickings. 1AM apparently is a good time, and since flight dates are January to June 2014, there’s still plenty of available flights.

Where would you like to fly to?


Alunsina Handbound Books

The first time I held an Alunsina Handbound book in my hand was at the 10A Alabama Arts and Craft Fair before Christmas 2011. I liked it, but skipped buying. I wanted to get one only if I were sure to use it.

This month, I held my own handmade book.

Verabear's Alunsina Journal

I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it. It came packaged in brown paper, tied up with string. The leather is so soft and didn’t make the book heavy at all. The paper is so soft and smooth and felt like it was really really meant for writing. All I can think of to describe the paper was buttery soft. πŸ™‚

As if being handmade wasn’t personal enough, I love that the artisans who made my book attached a hand written note to the package. It truly felt like it was a gift, rather than a purchase. And in some way, I do consider it a gift.

Alunsina Handbound Books

I’ve written my first page. My handwriting, sadly, didn’t magically become better looking. Haha. But I wrote my intention of making this book a chronicle of my life in my 31 years. I will be turning 32 next month and before I do, I’d love to fill this book with photos of what made my 31st year an awesome one. Hideous as it may look, I will snap a photo of my stitches and add them in. It’s a huge part of why I want this book made right now. I’ve never been good at keeping up with memory keeping projects, so wish me luck on this one πŸ™‚

Check them out on Facebook if you want your own Alunsina Handbound Book. If you’re the type who uses Moleskin notebooks, consider this a better alternative. It’s beautiful, local and handmade.

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