Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bargain Shopping in Greenhills, Metro Manila


At Greenhills indoor flea market, you will find santos (religious statues), costume jewelry, authentic South Seas pearls, clothes, shoes, knock off branded handbags, Oriental furnishings, Christmas decorations, paintings, souvenirs and linens. There are stalls upon stalls of goods and you walk down narrow aisles teeming with shoppers who are at this moment doing their Christmas shopping.


I was particulary interested in new costume jewelry trends and there are a variety of stones and glass beads on display. The latest is a headband made of shiny glass beads, a unique party accessory. I was pleased to find wood carvings and paintings at much more reasonable prices than elsewhere in the city, except in Divisoria which I have yet to check out.


Weekends and holidays are the worst times to come though you can shop their night market during the holidays. Crowds notwithstanding, I plan to spend more time shopping for home furnishings at Greenhills after the holidays.

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Photos by Charie

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lonely Planet's Best Value Destinations List for 2010


Lonely Planet's list of destinations for 2010 is for the traveler seeking to get more for his hard earned money. This list includes Iceland, Thailand, London, South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico, India, Kenya, Bulgaria and Las Vegas. For more on the story, check the link below.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Balay ni Charie Celebrates 4th Year of Service to Schoolchildren


On Thursday, November 5, 2009, we distributed school supplies to 92 children at the Manuel Arnaldo Memorial School in Milibili, Roxas City. Three sections of the third grade and one section of the fourth grade were the recipients of pens, pencils, erasers, and pad paper. Some students who won in the informal math contests we held received children's books, crayons, notebooks, pencil cases and other prizes. It was a great day to help the kids in Milibili. Many thanks to Leda Albar, Bock Loo, Terri Smith, Monique AlbarJen, Diane Acas, Anthony Albar for their generous support.

For more on Balay ni Charie, follow this link:  http://www.balaynicharie.blogspot.com/.

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Image by Charie

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Fruits of the Philippines


My favorite fruit is the mango. The best of the breed comes from Guimaras Island. It is sweet and every scoop is a treat. Green mangos make for a sour face but are great to eat when paired with shrimp paste. In the above photo are green guavas (front right) and tangerines ( back left).


The smaller pineapples are usually sweeter. You can find these on the road from Iloilo to Roxas City. Papayas are easy to grow. Drop some seeds in your garden and pretty soon you have 7 feet papaya trees (if you live in warm climates).

Watermelons are perfect wholesome snacks anytime especially in a hot and humid country. These bananas are smaller than the Chiquita variety but great tasting.

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Photos by Charie