Finally! After waiting for a week, my Four Eyes glasses finally arrived! I sent the home try-on kit back to them last Friday (August 22). After waiting for 7 days (2 days because of the weekend and another day because of the holiday) it arrived in its blue package, hard case, microfiber cloth and care card.
Thank you to all those who submitted their entries to this blog's first-ever blog giveaway contest. I really appreciated the creativity you went through with your shots. Here are selfies of the contestants and their names.
Check out the winner here!
Last August 2, Tricia and I took the Bambike eco tour around Intramuros. Armed with a GoPro camera we took a lot of videos of the experience. Check it out!
It has always been said that if there are three characteristics that would define us Filipinos it would be: innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. True enough we have exemplified these characteristics time and time again, weather natural and man-made calamities with finesse, bravado and an indomitable spirit that burns every brightly with each passing disaster. But I don’t need to go all deep and philosophical about the Filipino spirit and character, I don’t need to dig through political and social issues to know these problems. If you would like to see these traits in action, a quick visit to bazaars and weekend markets would surely be evidence enough. One such bazaar was Yabang Pinoy’s Global Pinoy Bazaar held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
For the first time ever, the Manila Traveler and Bookworm in partnership with Four Eyes (foureyes.com.ph) will be having a blog giveaway contest! Check out the details below:
The mechanics of the contest:
FOUR EYES VIRTUAL TRY ON SELFIE
1. Like the Four Eyes Philippines Facebook page
2. Log on to www.foureyes.com.ph
3. Choose the frames you like and click on the virtual try on
4. Upload or take a photo of yourself with the glasses you like
5. Save your photo with the virtual try on glasses of your choice
6. Post the photo on Facebook with the caption "Check out my Four Eyes Virtual Try-On Selfie! "#foureyedpride" and "#manilatraveler" and tag Four Eyes Philippines and Manila Traveler and Bookworm.
The selfie with the best frame and smile gets to win free eyeglasses from foureyes.com.ph
The contest will run for one week starting today up to August 27, 2014. All entries must be submitted on or before 12nn of August 27, 2014. Winners will be announced in the Manila Traveler and Bookworm and also on the Four Eyes Facebook page.
It was a quick debate with Tricia which frame I would choose from the home try-on kit of Four Eyes. With much fanfare we decided that I would be getting the greyhound first. Maybe next month I'll get the venom, unless a new frame pops up.
With that, the sticker has been placed, and I'll be emailing Four Eyes to have the set picked up ASAP. Can't wait!
As early as Grade 3 I started needing glasses, it all started with random headaches that popped up every now and then. After awhile I complained to my mom that I couldn't handle the pain anywhere and she took me to an optometrist. At first I didn't even know what that meant nor had it ever dawned on me that I would need eyeglasses. However, when the optometrist placed a cover on my right eye that's when I exclaimed (with enthusiasm) "It's blurry! It's blurred!" that was when I started using glasses.
If there was one thing I would like to do when I retire is to have my own bookstore. Ever since I watched You've Got Mail in the 90's and got awestruck I knew that if I didn't become a teacher I would much rather be a bookseller. Since then I go back to that dream every now and then and try to imagine what it would be like managing one. I am pretty sure the day-to-day operations would be boring but I also believe that inside my bookstore there would be adventures akin to any high-fantasy and mystery thriller book that would adorn my imaginary bookstore.
Of course that dream would have to wait but reading about bookstores is even more fun. A few weeks ago I was glad to have stumbled upon Fullybooked's entry on Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, the title alone was enough to catch my attention.
Going out on dates isn’t exactly cheap, having dinner in a fine dining isn’t exactly cheap or something I normally do. But considering that Tricia and I will be celebrating our first year together means that I have to step up my game. We both love to eat, we’ve gone to a lot of places and eaten our fair share of interesting food. This year alone we have slid into a comfy dining experience, not too fancy and not too cheap, somewhere in-between where we don’t really have to worry about pronouncing the food in the menu. But for this weekend, I didn’t want to slide into that zone of having a great dining experience, I wanted to dress up and see a menu with the words aperitif, starters, and entrees written on it. I wanted to have a complicated table setup, complete with the many types of spoons and expensive cutlery. I wanted this but still be practical and affordable, thus, I looked no further than my good friend Deal Grocer for such a place. What I found was an inexpensive deal right smack in the place where Tricia and I would enjoy, Ilustrado in Intramuros, Manila.
Like most countries we have a deep fascination with cars, everyone wants one and everyone has one or actually needs one. The result of this fascination and love are: pollution and an un-walkable city. Since practically everyone has a car there’s practically no need for sidewalks, sidewalks have been widened and taken over by irritating motorcycle drivers, if not that, then vendors of all shapes and sizes. It’s actually a pity since the city and our country still has a lot of places that are worth exploring by walking or biking.
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.