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I Bought 28 Books for Less Than P2,000 at the NBS Book Binge Bazaar

I am so officially back!

I owe you a post or two (or three) about my absence and now my come-back, but first, let’s talk about something awesome. My book loot from the National Book Store Book Binge Bazaar!

I hoard books, so naturally, I eagerly awaited for the Book Binge Bazaar after I first heard of it on Facebook. Even though there’s a growing pile of unread books on my shelf! Because why not, books don’t have an expiration date heehee.

Imagine how thrilled I was to receive an email from NBS, inviting me to a special preview of the bazaar. Because of my excitement, I made sure to come as early as I can (8:30 am call time); I even think I was one of the first bloggers/ media people inside the venue. I literally said “wow” when I ente red the function hall. So many books! I was so blown away by the selection that I had trouble — only at first — figuring out where to start.

It feels good to be back <3

Because it’s almost Christmas, I set my mind on prioritizing buying gifts for inaanaks and Yuri’s friends. I made a beeline toward the kids’ section where — surprise, surprise! — almost everything was priced at P75!

Christmas came early for me, too. Thank you so much, National Book Store!

I spent the entire time browsing every single section, savoring the peace and quiet before the mall officially opens. I want to show you every single book that you can find there, but that’s impossible, so here are some pictures of some of the books you can see at the Book Binge Bazaar.

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Places Review

Yuri’s First Big Boy Haircut

Fun Cuts Just For Tots SM Lanang

Yuri has a history of not getting decent haircuts because he screams bloody murder each time he gets one.

So I tend to avoid pricey kiddie salons because I wouldn’t want to pay hundreds for a botched haircut. I don’t know; I kept imagining Yuri punching the barber and running out of the salon with only one side of his hair shaved.

But a few weeks ago, I decided that it’s high time for him to get a proper haircut at a proper salon (at age 4!). I may or may not have bribed him with an hour at the playroom. I chose Fun Cuts Just for Tots at SM Lanang Premier because it’s near Eye Level. Also, I’ve passed it a number of times and think it’s clean and hygienic.

I prepared for the worst (and was ready to throw money down the drain), but surprisingly, Yuri was really well-behaved. He just sat through the entire thing! I attribute it to the cool seats, the TV screens, and the skilled barber. I belatedly realised though that I should’ve had Yuri’s hair cut even shorter. I didn’t know his hair grew that fast.

Another pleasant surprise? The kiddie haircut didn’t cost me a limb! It was just P220 per cut.

Fun Cuts Just For Tots SM Lanang

Getting comfortable – he loved the seats!

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Lifestyle Shopping

Saturday Sale Finds From Forever 21

Even though they’re marketed toward teens, Forever 21 is one of my guilty pleasures.

To be honest, I don’t go gaga over their dresses – although I like most of what I’ve bought throughout the years! The main reason why I still shop at Forever 21 is because they can be dirt cheap.

The damage has been done. 💔 #forever21 #sale #salefinds #shopping

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What to expect at Forever 21’s Season Ender sales

While I like buying a shirt or a dress at regular price, I go crazy whenever Forever 21 holds a season-ender sale. Unlike other stores, where a “sale” doesn’t really feel like a “sale,” here I can shop ’til I drop without feeling guilty like at all. You can buy a dress for as low as P150! Of course that’s really rare (I was able to buy a good dress for just P175 I think a year ago though!) and you really need to dig into hangers and hangers of clothes.

Also, don’t expect to see the good stuff right away. Piled with good clothes are clothes with tears, but don’t lose hope. There might be a real gem hiding behind what seems to be a reject pile.

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Food Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Family Dinner at Kuya J

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

I’ve been writing about restaurants since last week (and I still have two more in my drafts plus a couple of travel posts!). Bear with me — I’m just trying to clear my overdue drafts and I’ll be back in regular programming.

A couple of months ago, we had dinner at Kuya J. I’ve been hearing and reading about Kuya J on my social media fans that I just couldn’t resist trying it! The good news? It was so worth it — we had a hearty meal at an affordable price. Read on!

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

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Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Celebrating My Friend’s Pregnancy at Vikings

Vikings Davao

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

Ideally, the reason why my colleagues Jona and Sarah and I went to Vikings a couple of weeks ago is to celebrate Sarah’s pregnancy.

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That’s what we’d like to think. Truth is, the lunch at Viking’s had been planned because Sarah had a 50% discount thanks to her credit card. When she asked us if we’d like to go, of course we said yes. We never say no to food and we’re notorious for being eating machines.

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Let’s just assume we were celebrating this lady’s pregnancy…

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Me, Jona, Sarah

Then a day before our Vikings date, Sarah found out that she’s having a baby girl. Wee! So it made perfect sense to tell people that we’re going on a trip to food-coma-land to celebrate.

And not because of the 50% discount.

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