Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 was:

This year, I opt not to make a lengthy entry on how my year 2011 went. It was what it was- a bumpy ride with lots of stop overs. But to sum up my 2011:

It is my year of LEARNING.

I've learned to appreciate more,
learned to give more,
learned to say sorry,
learned to forgive,
and be forgiven,
learned to love,
learned to listen,
learned to give,
learned to understand,
learned to be grateful,
learned to smile,
learned to know the value of good friends,
value of money,
value of time,
value of family,
learned to shut up,
make new friends,
learned to laugh at myself,
learned to change mistakes,
and most of all, learned that change is good.

Let us leave 2011 with all the baggage and start anew at 2012!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why it is never a good idea to buy FAKE TOMS

I love Toms. Comfortable, easy to wear and really nice designs- what is not to like about Toms?
Currently, I have 4 pairs of Toms- gray canvas,black canvas, black/white with design, and red canvas(not in the picture). Funny thing is, I love Toms so much that I even use my black Toms for school ( with my med school uniform! oha!). And I've been using it for 2 years now! Comfort always comes first for me. So I dare not wear heels for school and yet, somehow I manage to attract other students to start wearing Toms to school as well. :)

Anyway, Just a month ago, we were shopping at GH when I saw this fake Silver Toms in one of the vendor stalls. I don't know what got into me, maybe it was the lining of the Toms ( thinking how the hell were they able to copy the linings of the original one even the sole is close to the real one!) or the price and decided to buy and see how the fake pair fairs with the real one.

The Fake one cost me P300 ($6) while real Toms costs about ($60) a pair. So that's x10 price difference!

(Fake VS Real)

In far view and untrained eyes, you wouldn't see the difference of a fake Toms to a real one. But look closer and you would see it! Here is an in depth comparison of an Original Toms and a Fake one.

Canvas Toms uses soft cloth all over even in it's lining. It is Toe-stitched and has that elastic V in the middle.
Notice also the TOMS tag in the right side of the shoes.

the back

the inner sole

the back tag

While Compare it to this:

the back (notice the uneven glue below) Original Toms Toe-stitch each pair and not glue them!

Sadly, when I pulled the soles of the fake one, I saw this. BAD imitation at it's best!

The side tag

the back of the tag says: Made in China

and after one wear, look what happened.. the sides are getting torn apart..

Notice the difference in the back tag as well? The craftmanship is undeniably missing in the fake one! Look at the side sewn of the Toms of the fake one.. really bad!
and lastly, the saddest part of all, the glitters started to come off after one wear.. SAD!

But beside from the aesthetic of each pair, the most important difference of a real one from the fake one is: COMFORT! The fake one still can't copy how comfortable an Original is and yes my choosy feet got hurt from wearing that fake one after a day..

and comparing the original one and the fake one, I use my Black Canvas Toms everyday for almost 2 years now without any damage and the fake one, I used for a day and easily got torn apart- now that's where they differ in quality.So to say the least, fake ones are just a good for one day shoes.

Lesson learned: best to buy the original one. Quality over quantity. :)

and yes, I love my Toms.. Original that is!

St. Giles Hotel, Makati: A review

If you are looking some where to stay along Makati area and at the price point of relatively pocket friendly; I would recommend staying at St. Giles Hotel Makati.
Strategically locating along Makati Avenue (which is where A. Venue is as well as other hangout place such as Chihuahua and more) and Kalayaan Avenue. This hotel is 5 minutes away from Rockwell Powerplant and about 10minutes away from Greenbelt and Glorietta. Accessibility wise, this hotel has my high marks.

Our rooms during our stay
sadly, we only had one pillow each... :(

the restroom
the view

the vanity table.
and this was me, all cocooned under the cover. freezing coooold!!:]

Yummy breakfast!
They had me at Coffee, bacon and arrozcaldo. :)

Price per room: P2000-P4000 ($40-80)
good location
Includes free breakfasts (which I loved by the way.. :))
free use of gym and pool
with hair dryer
with Iron and Iron table
Nice staff

Need to pay P300 ($6) for 1 day Wi-Fi access
premier location thus can be a little traffic at times...

Will I book again? definitely!

St. Giles Hotel
Makati Avenue
Corner Kalayaan Avenue
Makati City,Philippines.
Tel No. (632)988-9888

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This Piggy Bank

This Christmas, I opt not to open my piggy bank just yet and spend it for a "Christmas gift" and instead it'll just have to wait...for the "next trip" to somewhere memorable and exotic! ;)

Excited? Guess where! :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What to eat at Korea:Korean Barbecue Chicken

In the land of kimchi's, bibimbaps and jiampoongs, We ended up not much of those but instead much of these- Korean Barbecue Chicken! I think the reason why we ate much of these was because korean love their barbecue too much that everywhere we go it is being served. Sadly, I haven't tried any bibimbaps or jiampoongs when I was at Korea (at least I have reason to go back again!! Nonetheless, I love the Barbecue Chicken so much!!! :))

Here is our food whore photos:

Korean Barbecue Chicken ( @ Nami island)
They serve Beef and Chicken Barbecue

Waiting for our Chicken to cook!!
mmmmmm.... Looks delicious huh?

Koreans love their side dish!
Lettuce wrap!
Mongo clear soup
Fascinating Exhaust machine!
Amah showing us how to eat the Lettuce wrapped chicken
Now you see it!
Now you don't!

KBC for the win!!!

oh how I miss this! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

TOMS Give Fair

I love Toms and everything about Toms. So when last December 4,2011, Toms held a Give Fair event at Trinoma, I just had to go and visit. Sadly, it rained on the event itself which made the event started a bit late.
So anyway, upon registration each person will be given Give paper with (Treats, Fun, Photo Booth, Face Painting, Fun). Each Paper corresponds to each booth which you can use the paper to redeem treats, photo and more!

The stage set-up

The Give Joy, Fun Booth

Give FUN I-Spy
Since I was early in the event and most of the booth aren't open yet, I've only used my GIVE fun paper. It was an I-Spy game wherein one will be given 60 seconds to find 3 items from the TOMS wall.
You will draw what you need to find and mine says:
when you find the 3 items at the given time, you get a prize! Krispy kreme Original Glaze!
The theme of the event was fair/carnival and there were tall acrobats in the crowd!

I had to leave a early and wasn't able to witness the concert and the Toms Hunt (which was a bummer since I had an exam the next day and needed to study). But before I left, decided to drop by at the Toms Pop-up store (which was so cute by the way!)

Photo grabbed from Toms FB. :)

I just love TOMS. From it's soft soles to it's company's principle!

One for One. :)