Fun Time and Gifts at Tickles SM North EDSA

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I think I haven't been to TICKLES for ages, so when the opportunity to visit one a few days ago arrived, I grabbed it like there was no tomorrow. I think it stemmed from me not going there because I hoard things and I was cutting down on stuff trying to be minimal-istic but really, the things here are so cute you won't be doing that once you step into the ring. TICKLES is circus themed, and this branch is but a welcome addition to the busy SM North EDSA's Ground Floor because it's a little too formal there with the clothes shops, restaurants and even jewelry stores. This would be the perfect place to find lovely gifts for all ages.The price ain't that bad at all too.

The lovely key chains didn't escape my eyes, I wanted the cute plush ones for my own bags LOL

Utility cans, sports themed picture frames, clocks, nautical wall decos, owl and rubber ducky.
I bought about 3 of these pens, you can manually use it to fan yourself if it's too hot outside, which is like everyday in Manila.

Sticky notes that look like hamburger buns, white rye bread and several pens looked so good I could eat it!

They also have several phone and tablet holders that can be flexed and fit any size of phone.

If you're planning to have a pageant at home or out in your schools or offices, you need not make one because they've got it all ready made.

Kids would surely have fun with these pencils that''s got their own individual erasers. You can buy one and give away for schools eh?

They also have candies, which looked funny as they're in capsules.

Sleepy head? Keep it fashionable with these funny eye shades if you're going to sleep.

Hungry? Well there's really funny statement pillows you can buy that look like your favorite snacks.

No Girlfriend or Boyfriend? Don't worry, they've got these pillows you can hug 24/7 if you're sad being single.

Pillows like pills, hotdogs, Yakult Bottle, Tabasco, or lifesavers are all here.

If you want to prank people, they've got retractable knives, broken phone glasses, trick lunch bags all for sale.

If you want to perform in front of the crowd with your own favorite magic trick, they've got several kits to jumpstart your career. You can be the next David Copperfield!

If you can't stay away from your cute puppies, take these pillows to sleep because you'll love these PUGtato chips!

I think these were coin banks too, but of course you can carry them around like a key chain.

If you're fond of going out to music festivals or night parties, these glow sticks would be fun. It's going to make your party more festive!

Coin purse? They've got it in different colors. Really cheap too!

Tons of plushies again, clown fish, dragons, oh they've got it!

Pet mugs? Tons of dog breeds immortalized on ceramic mugs looked really cute! I guess they won't run out of it!

If you're fond of that scene in the Korean Drama shown on iFlix, well they've got the octopus plushie too!

If you always feel like some friend or family has put something on your head, take it literally with these cute poo head gear which I wore inside the store. Nothing more strange than that!

My favorite find in TICKLES are these COW Plushies, they're hypoallergenic and available in different sizes. I couldn't decide what to get so I got them both! OH SO CUTE!
Here's a video of our short visit! It was awesome!

If you want to check out TICKLES at SM North EDSA, just visit the main mall's Ground Floor and it's just right in front of Jollibee, you can't miss it!

I'll be back there very soon as I've got tons of people to give gifts to!


Indie Film "NAKAW" Makes It To Cannes

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We have seen NAKAW's premier last October as it was one of the few films showcased in the 15th Spanish Film Festival. It's the 7 minute short film created by Buzz Productions and Patsy Ferrer's Cut!Print Productions through the direction of Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo. They have been asked to represent the country for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, enabling them to be shown in Cannes, France from May 22-28, 2017. They will also be having a special screening at Salles Palais F on May 24, 2017 at 4PM. Aside from that, the team will also be participating at the Canne Film Festival Booth come May 17-28 and appear on the Philippine Pavillion on May 23, 2017. It's a remarkable honor bestowed on projects that passes criterion for short films and only a few were able to do this feat in the past. It will be shown together with 3 other short films: Ayo-Ayo by Reena Dunque, Blood and Ink by Jill Damatac and Love Remembers by Ralston Jover.

The film is about a boy who stole a purse and triggers a series of life changing events inside a community. The film stars Kristofer King, Frank Ferguson, Angelo Gammad, Duke San Juan and Sheika Aljunaibi. It's a treat because it's super cool to see how they actually have shot these series of events in just one continous take. The team is also in the works to meet with Producers and Distributors during the special Cloud 21 Panel event at the Eden Hotel on the 22nd of May, to hopefully get more people to watch this short films from the Philippines. 

They have been steadfastly trying to pool funding for their bid to win this for the Philippines and have asked several people and companies for support. Their call has not fallen on deaf ears as they have been supported by the Quezon City Local Government, the French Embassy to the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes Manila, Statement Productions, Got Heart Foundation, The Idea First Company, Rau Atelier De Manila, R2Buds Nail Spa, Chemworld Fragrance Factory, Getz Brothers Philippines, Ripple Events, Aqueous Entertainment and my favorite network Smart Communications all chipped in. They have also been helped by Cine Marcelline, Halikon Films, Mober and GFilmRental during the process of filming, which they are so thankful for!

The 7 minute film has already achieved a lot of impossible things, and now that they've got in the special short film corner, we hope they would make more waves elsewhere. Hopefully, this won't be the last project they'll do. We were just informed, they have a few up their sleeves so let's see how far they'll soar!

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A Lovely Afternoon at Market Basket in Alabang

Dropped by Market Basket this afternoon. It's a restaurant located just outside Festival Mall's River Park area in Alabang Muntinlupa. I was in the mood for sophisticated European dishes or modern Filipino food which the place prides itself with. It's like a modern day "Dampa" dining place with an interior that would remind you of a country home or what is called shabby chic. 

The place can sit about 100-120 people including the seating outside with a view of a fancy fountain. They also have a private room upstairs which you could use for small gatherings or meetings, just let them know ahead of time to reserve.

The concept of a modern day "Dampa" must be amusing, but do know they get the freshest produce around Manila and turn them into delectable dishes in just a few minutes. All you need to do is choose - and tell them what you would like to do with it. The price is accorded to the weight of the produce but their minimum is 200 grams, and you only pay once unlike regular "Dampa" that's got separate bills for the market and for the cooking.

I was with a couple of other people having lunch so it was a nice way to see what they could whip out for us. It was hot so I ordered Iced Tea which they hand in these lovely mason jars. 

Pomelo Salad

Fruits and Nuts Salad

Crispy Parmesan Tacos

Sinigang na Salmon

Eggplant and Mango Salad (my personal favorite)

Fish Ceviche

Chili Crab

Mussels Mariniere

Lapu Lapu Escabeche (Sweet and Sour)

Seafood Hotpot

Sizzling Lechon Kawali Sisig (maygahd!)

Shrimp and Steak

Seafood Thermidore (a great hit!)

We also had Sinigang Na Ulo and Belly of Salmon, Pomelo Salad, Fish Ceviche, Crispy Parmesan Tacos, Sizzling Lechon Kawali Sisig (I know! Lol) for appetizers. Then for our main course we had Seafood Hotpot, Prawn Thermidore, Chili Crab, Steak and Shrimp, Mussels Mariniere and Sweet and Sour Lapu Lapu.

For Dessert, we had Skillet Smores, Nilupak Roulade, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, Sizzling Fruit and Ice Cream, but I was really interested with the various Flavored Pastillas they had in the counter. It looked so yummy!

Thanks Chef Jinelle Juson and Chef Arnel Arjona for preparing great food!

You may check out Market Basket at the River Park section of Festival Mall. They're open from 10am to 11pm or as long as there are customers. Market Basket is also part of the Chef's Quarter Group that owns Chef's Quarter, Old Vine, Uncle Cheffy, Chef's Barrel and Kusé. No wonder it's good! Visit for more information about their restaurant. 

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