Even though I've had my rough times, I'm still pretty grateful for this year.
In a nutshell, I've had a few unforgettable moments this year:
I partied on New Year with my cousins (a first!), I joined an org. A tough decision to make and accept, I switched schools. I started blogging again. I had my first giveaway. I met a lot of new people cause I joined the Davao Bloggers group. I got reunited with my best friend from pre-school, Ayessa. I opened my online shop. I got a job doing what I love. A few days ago, bagged an internship over at CollegeFashionista (hope you guys get to read my posts early next year!) and after 12 years in the States, my grandmother is back in the Philippines!
As I've said from my post on The Peak, I'll be writing more about Don Beppe in another post and..here it is! :)
My mom's friend told her that Don Beppe has the best pizza and pasta that she has tasted ever, so my mom put it on our must-try places. A few nights ago, when they picked my sister up from Tae kwon do at the Bonifacio area (Don Beppe's old location), they found out Don Beppe has moved to The Peak at G-Mall.
That is what Christine Banayat of Plethora Shop had in mind when she chose to name her shop that. Besides, it's memorable, don't you agree? Say it. Plethora. Plethora. Plethora.
Plethora Shop was started in 2008 because nursing jobs were hard to come by and Christine wanted to be financially independent from her parents. She decided to relive her love for fashion and started her small business. Like any other business starting out, the first few months were hard because there was a lot of competition. Christine had to learn how to present her products well. Plus, sometimes there would be problems with other circumstances, like with the courier. But, at the end of the day, she learned how to deal with all of these for the love of the business.
She says having an online shop is one of the best things that happened to her. Aside from the other reasons mentioned above, she loves having her online shop since she gets to do the things she loves--fashion and photography.
Plethora Shop sells vintage pieces. They cater to budget-savvy, confident girls that are tough on the inside. They have dainty chiffon and lace pieces which can be paired with animal prints and leather. Her regular clients usually request vintage dresses, sheer tops and cardigans--those are her best sellers. However, Christine has her share of "treasures"--her most favorite pieces! They even have their own place on her blog! (See them here)
Lastly, to new shop owners, Christine shares her favorite Steve Jobs quote:
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
"Never settle for anything, always improve yourself and your store, if you're not selling retake photos of your products, reinvent your site, add as many contacts as you can! Learn from your mistakes, Learn form others mistakes. Do some research, just never give up, If you're passionate about something just continue and never worry or be scared :)"
After going to The Peak yesterday, we headed off to the bazaar at Davao Convention Center upon the insistence of my sister Feebee. (By the way, she has a blog so please click the link and check her random 13 year old musings out) Here are some random photos I took.
Because of the cayenne, Chubby posed like the jalapeno from Plants vs Zombies. Think he got the look down pat, right?
Remember the scene in the movie "Friends with Benefits" wherein Mila Kunis shows Justin Timberlake where her secret sanctuary is---the topmost floor of a building? Well, Davaoenos can recreate the feeling now--and with a better view.
Located on the rooftop of Gaisano Mall, The Peak is the next place to be.
Anagon Collection is an online shop owned by Ana Gonzales of The Fashionista Commuter. It formally opened in December 2005 but before that Anagon, as everyone now refers to her, liked selling stuff back in college. She tells me she even sold tie-dyed sandos and beaded slippers! But then, her friend suggested she sell accessories so it's easier to bring. Since Anagon loves crafts, she tried her hand at accessory making. And thus came Anagon! :)
The story behind the name Anagon Collection is quite funny. She said because her classmates were so used to selling her things, one day, a makulit classmate of hers would tease her "O, ayan na si Anagon Collection!", and the name stuck.
Like every other business starting out, Anagon recounts that the first few months that she opened her online shop, she had to learn the ropes. "Everything was experimental", she says. But because of love for the craft, she pursued and slowly, everything is paying off. She gets featured in a lot of publications, like PhilStar, Candy Mag, and even Business World! But more than the recognition she gets, she says meeting new people, the feeling that she was able to create something that people will love and actually earning from it is something that Ana loves about having her own business.
Anagon Collection sells accessories which caters to the modern day flower children who love accessorizing, don't want to spend a lot and still look hip (that would explain the logo then :P). Right now, their best-selling items are the wire accessories because they're unique. People have been clamoring for the personalized wire key chains, which are ideal to give out for Christmas, though Ana's personal fave is the gold wired headband, which you can wear to holiday parties.
Ana's advice to new shop owners:
Find your niche, and don't rely on fads. Not saying you don't follow them, but create something that will make you standout.
Junnie Artajo was my fashion design teacher when I took a short course in Fashion Design at FIDA last summer. He is 2 years older than me, quiet, soft-spoken but definitely has a passion for fashion.
He recently made the Philippines and Davao proud by winning second place at the Japan Fashion Design Contest last October. His design called Dreamweaver took two days to design and 30 days to make. It was made of abaca twine.
Some pictures from the event I attended last Saturday. Sorry haven't been able to blog much. I was busy working on my giveaway, which I'm VERY excited for you guys to know about! :)
So, me and a few other Davao Bloggers attended the VIP Dinner for Benmore Scotch and Whisky at Alor's Home Kitchen in F. Torres Street with Benmore's endorser, the hunky Borgy Manotoc. Georgina Wilson was also scheduled to come but couldn't cause she had another event to attend to in Cebu. (sad face) I'm obviously a Georgie, aren't I? (Georgina Wilson's fans call themselves that--Georgies. hahaha)
It is also available at National Bookstore Abreeza or G-mall. I've read bits of it and I want to read it whole! They should make a Philippine version of this, written by Liz Uy. I wonder what it would contain.
Memories of summers spent devouring book after book.
What happens to Elizabeth and Jessica 10 years after?
Well, I already know. I was too excited to find out that while I was at the book store, I immediately jumped to the end. I still want to know how and why it happened though so pleeeease give me this book. I will love you forever! :)
We went to Banana Beach last Sunday for my cousin Iago's 5th birthday. We had always planned to go to Banana Beach but it never pushed through til recently. I really loved the place! The party/lunch was held at Lanikai, a two-storey house which was so homey, it felt like you were at an old house's lanai (receiving area).
Afterwards, we took a tour of the plantation. The younger kids got on the e-walk, or elevated walk which led to the "jungle" part. We rode the van to check out The Spot, which features the beach as well as the infinity pool.
8 View of the beach outside Lanikai
9 Inside Lanikai
10 Feebee enjoying the welcome drink, near the pool
11 Chubby didn't miss a beat! He went swimming right away!
12 Feebee going on the e-walk
13-14 The "jungle" part
15-16 View on the way to The Spot, perfect for a wedding!
17-20 The Spot
21 Back at Lanikai for merienda. Iago's birthday theme was Ben10
22-23 By the pool at Lanikai
24-25 By the beach at Lanikai
Banana Beach is the only beach in the world located inside a banana plantation. It's about an hour's drive away from Davao.
Visit them at Brgy. Madaum, Tagum City
Contact Number: (+6384) 400-3358
Like their Facebook page here.