I wish I can come up with a “Traveling Mom’s Travel Essentials” post but at this point, after making my own list, I realized that my current list of travel essentials is not as different as that of anybody else’s. My list was finalized through various experiences of traveling around the world and passing through different airports. I would be glad to share with you the many ridiculous stories behind each one too. All above listed, I stash in my shoulder bag that I always keep close with me, if not placed under the seat in front of me. Yes, all these items unbelievably fit. This goes without saying that this is not a small shoulder bag. What I put in my wheeled backpack are just clothes and my bathroom kit filled with supplies in 100 ml or 3.4oz containers. In case I am staying for a few months at my destination, I of course have checked in luggage of at least 15 kilos, filled with some more clothes, books, arts and crafts materials, and a 6-outlet power strip.
Every year, I make it a point to go to the Global Pinoy Bazaar, held every second week of November at the Rockwell Tent Makati, and showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. “At Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012” seems like such a boring blog title when it really should be more aptly titled “Lia Goes to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 (And Has A Field Day)”. Indeed, my annual visit to the Global Pinoy Bazaar has documented my journey of motherhood. From being a harassed new mother to a harassed full-fledged mother to a toddler, Global Pinoy Bazaar has seen it through. When I used to buy baby clothes and toys, and things for myself like clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and make-up, my purchases this year were for toddlers alone. My toddler was too caught up with so many things that we didn’t get to stay long enough to look at other things, much more buy any. Lia wanted to know the names of everything we saw, “What’s this?” “What’s that?” and she wanted to check out things I didn’t want to check out and she wasn’t interested in the things I wanted to look at – except if it was food. We got hungry from all the taste testing we did.
After going around all the booths quickly, Lia and I went back to the booths we liked. Lia absolutely loved this booth selling felt finger puppets and funky hats. She entertained other shoppers while there.
I was told by the owner who was manning the booth that their items are also being sold at Powerbooks. How I love the items at Powerbooks!
Likhang ArteSana, Inc.
17 P.Gomez St. Pasig City
Lia fell in love with the “Fun Artivity Book” and though I thought it was a bit complicated for her age, she didn’t want to let go of it anymore, so we brought her one.
PHMADE PRODUCTS WORTH BUYING FOR
The Yabang Pinoy Filipino Pride movement celebrates its 8th year by celebrating PHmade products worth buying, at the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar on November 10-11 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.
Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 will feature a lineup of brands and products made with 100 percent Filipino Love and Pride: in ladies’, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes, beachwear, travel accessories, home décor, home and wellness products, as well as Filipino art and design.
I absolutely love Global Pinoy Bazaar. I have been actively promoting and participating in it since 2009 with the exception of 2011 when I was based in Naga City and busy with the bar.
Here are my favorite local brands:
Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Agos Pilipinas
‘Agos Pilipinas is a brand fit for the active yet laidback philosophy of the eager outdoor addict. Agos brings out the passion for the tropilokal spots through its shirts, sandos, barabags and rashguards. Agos is more than just a label. Its the outdoor instinct. It’s a lifestyle.’
I first saw their booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 and bought myself a CamSur wallet. I also wanted their surfing shirts and rash guards and absolutely loved their barabags! I bought two barabags from them – that we use to carry our snorkel and fins about. I blogged about the barabags here but the photos are missing because they were embedded from their Facebook account. Note to self: download and have own copies of photos so they don’t go missing. My barabag is by the way stuck at our house in Pili, Cam Sur because I brought my stuff there earlier this year when I was planning to go see and swim with the Butandings of Sorsogon. They have new stuff this weekend and I’m raring to check them out.
Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Punchdrunk Panda
They are a team of Filipinos that ‘funkifies’ the world with passionate, like-minded people through functional graphic-designed products and happiness-inducing events.
Now, Punchdrunk Panda carries ladies’ and men’s footwear, camera straps and other fun stuff.
It’s true. I used to get crazy with seat sales online. These days though there aren’t any real seat sales anymore. It isn’t just how it used to be. Besides, after being unable to use all the tickets I bought for the family last January, February, March and June, I have completely lost interest.
Now, the new craze is group buying and discount coupons. Now I hoard coupons, for a change, at least.
So far, these have been the promos I have managed to, uhm, take advantage of?