Sand, I see it every day and when I was younger built amazing things with it. Like an amazing sunken hole that I believed could have reached the center of the earth, or a magnificent fort with plastic cups to protect the walls from being swept away by the water. As I got older, I still found joy in the sand with its rough and soft feeling between my toes and my feet. The feeling of running and playing it never got old.
A few days ago, me, Tricia and her family, decided to pack up our bags and head up north to visit the province of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Our first stop was the oft-photographed and recently acclaimed Vigan City. A Spanish city akin to Intramuros with all its colonial splendor and grandeur.
Bazaars are absolutely fun! This year alone I have been to many and thanks to these places, the knick-knacks in my room have expanded and the trinkets on my bookshelf have grown. Through bazaars I have met a lot of great people (Poala Esteron of Crafty Kitty and Ebony Paguia of Hands Love Papers, Lorenzo Gabutina and the people of Bicspokes) and have also reconnected with some (Migz Valdez of Artsy Kit). This time around my last bazaar visit would be the pop-up bazaar of Craft MNL in Estancia Mall in Pasig City.
I usually dread the Christmas season, not because of the added pounds I gain from all the food I consume. But because of the malls and how it bloats up and shopping becomes more of an exercise than an enjoyable venture. It is for this reason that I usually do my shopping just before the Christmas season actually hits. Sometimes I also rely on the people I've met in Escolta, Greenfield or even old friends who've decided to set up shop in the vast online world. The first time I heard about Crafters Depot was when my college classmate, Raiza, asked me to like her store's Facebook page. Obligingly I did, not as a favor but because anything artsy usually catches my attention.
Continuing our adventures into Japanese cuisine Tricia and I tried out Osaka Ohsho in Megamall. Osaka Ohsho claims to have the world's number one gyoza, the title certainly caught our interest since we are fans of the really delicious Japanese dumpling.
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.