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Planters Cheese Balls in ManilaIf you grew up in the late 80s and 90s like I did, chances are you’ve been missing Planters Cheese Balls terribly. I have fond memories of spending lazy summer afternoons demolishing an entire can in one sitting while reading Archie comic books.

Saw this at Rustan’s Supermarket the other day. I posted a photo on my mom group on Facebook, and so many went to hoard that for a moment, I worried they would run out of stock before I could go back for more. Hahaha. The shelves were empty this morning, but they had more stock at the back, so yay! ♥

It’s been wonderful hearing people’s stories of their childhood memories with this. Now if only Jack & Jill would bring back Bacon Strips.

Planters Cheese Balls in Manila

  • Denn Tan

    Does it taste the same? The original spelling was Cheez, so I am worried that it might not be an official product. The official website makes no mention of the product.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Not exactly, but close enough. The Cheese Balls still melt in your mouth. It’s Rustans, so I’m inclined to believe it is. I’ve also searched online and found the same thing released in Hong Kong and Kuwait. Maybe they only released it in some parts of Asia?ReplyCancel

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I remember five years ago, when Jeff and I got hooked on vinyl records, we couldn’t find new records anywhere in Metro Manila. There were old ones being sold at Makati Cinema Square and Cubao X, but that was mostly it. I had to ask relatives to ship new ones to me from overseas. One time, a whole bunch of records got bent from shipping. I may have cried a bit from the heartbreak. So when Satchmi launched and started selling records in Astrovision branches, we were thrilled. We got to have a steady supply of vinyl, at last. We limit ourselves to one new record every month now.

Been following Satchmi on Instagram so I knew they just opened their very first shop in SM Megamall a few days ago, but it was my friend Benz‘s message with photos of the place that convinced me to drop by. I went there and fell in love, as expected. There’s lots and lots of records to make any music lover happy. There are a couple of listening rooms. There are books, letterpressed notebooks, coffee, and film. It feels like they packaged all the things I love into one little analog lifestyle shop. Definitely worth a visit.

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Satchmi | 4th level, Fashion Hall, SM Megamall | @satchmi on Twitter | @satchmiteam on Instagram

  • Satchmi already took most of my money. I dont want to visit that store… I’ll go broke for real lol

    How was the coffee though Lisa?ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Hi, Dennis! Haha. They already took lots from me even before the store opened, too. Coffee’s pretty good!ReplyCancel

  • Wow I didn’t know Satchmi is selling films as well! Thanks!ReplyCancel

Whenever Jeff and I are shooting abroad, I always clear an hour to pop by the nearest Typo shop. I go nuts for their little knick-knacks and stamps and paper. Basically, it’s a bunch of ridiculously cute things you don’t really need but want anyway.

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There’s been a little stall in Trinoma that’s been under construction for what feels like a year now with Typo written over it. I’ve gotten used to seeing the tarpaulin cover every time I pass by, but today, they finally opened! Typo is officially now in Manila.

There are lots of charming little notebooks and chalkboards that I didn’t get around to taking pictures of. Should be worth a visit. Enjoy!

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Update: Below is a panoramic shot of the shop by Jenki Fernando.

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Typo | Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, near Cotton On

  • Liza

    Been waiting forever for it to open! Everything looks cute! ❤️ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      I thought they were never going to! Lol.ReplyCancel

  • I liken me going into Typo to an addict going into a all-you-can-have hit party. Every time I see a shop, I can’t resist coming in for a browse – and more often than not, I take something home with me. I love their moleskin rip-offs, the cheeky document stampers, and the quirky bits and pieces they have for the home office. I absolutely love this store. The other one I can’t resist is Kikki K.

    I’ve already earmarked different pieces from there that I want to buy one week at a time that we can use at the wedding. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      I LOVE Kikki K! I’m finding I do a better job at leaving these shops empty handed with time. But I still really enjoy going through their stuff. Ooh! That reminds me, I saw little wooden chalk boards, Claire! You might want to use them for name cards or something. Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • I’m in love with the tiny clothespins – the only reason I haven’t done a crazy shop us because I haven’t managed to decide on my color scheme. I also
    love the tiny wooden letters in candy colors. Sooo cute!ReplyCancel

  • I love the Manhattan sign!
    Can’t wait to check this out when we head to that area soon. 😀ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Hi, Cheryl! Me, too. They’re expecting more items next month, so I’m excited about that.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE Typo! Whenever I’m in SG I always buy something from there. This is exciting news!!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    xx Patricia
    http://ohxpatricia.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • random person

    I saw party straws like those sown in one of the pictures in a mall in Divisoria (along with some other items). Just saying.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Yes. They’re also available online with FB and IG sellers.ReplyCancel

  • the first time i saw typo was in KL. Glad that typo is finally in Manila. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      Haven’t been to KL yet, but I’ve been to their shops in SG, HK, and Sydney. Always fun. Same here. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • guin yap

    OPen in makati pleaseReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      They’re opening a Greenbelt branch!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my, I finally found my home! Do they have other branches open yet? :3 so excited to enter the store!!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      ^^ They’re opening a Greenbelt branch. 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Hanna

        Hi guys do you know a store here in the Philippines that sell kikki k planner?ReplyCancel

  • nicole

    Hi! I was just wondering how much are the notebooks there?ReplyCancel

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We’re looking into having a new table custom-made for the office, so we dropped by Costa del Sul this afternoon. It’s this little furniture shop inside MC Home Depot at Bonifacio Global City, owned by a French couple who now live in Manila. (Incidentally, their beautiful home was featured on Daphne’s blog. You’ll definitely want to see that.)

All their pieces are made with recycled hardwood from old houses, boats, train rails, and more. It’s environmentally friendly and no two pieces are exactly alike, both great selling points if you ask me. It’s a lovely shop worth a visit. We got two bar stools for the office last year from them. I almost forgot how much I like it here. More photos below.

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Costa del Sul | MC Home Depot, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City | projects@costa-del-sul.com | +632.856.23.83

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I came across Craftsmith when The Delightful Miss Joyce posted photos of their shop on her Instagram account, way before they opened. I followed them on Instagram then, and have been falling in love with Mia and Kitty’s work since. (Incidentally, Mia is also the woman behind Mobu Days. The pillow we got from Urban Abode was designed by her.)

Craftsmith opened very recently, and I was able to drop by this afternoon. I tried to keep it together but I may have gushed a bit. I was just so ridiculously happy to be there in that space, I felt like hugging myself. I get a little high from being around great design.

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More than anything, I think it’s the love and passion that goes into it, the thoughtful design and curation of all the lovely handmade things in their little shop, and this is something that always gets me. I will always love a good story, and this place is overflowing with it.

CRAFTSMITH | Unit 2J Crown Tower, 107 HV Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City | @craftsmithliving | info@craftsmithliving.com

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A former bride of ours and our assistant both told me that the Luckies Scratch Map I picked up in Sydney and blogged about is already available locally through Quirks. I saw on their page that they commissioned Luckies to make a scratch map of the Philippines, and was thrilled. Made arrangements to get one soon as I could.

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I was pretty surprised by how large the map is, if I’m being honest. It’s taking me forever to finish it because they’re pretty big areas to cover, but it’s still pretty awesome. I’ll post a photo on Instagram of the map when I’m done.

If you have an older kid, you could make this a family activity and do it together. Corwin is still two years old, so I’m just going to enlist the hubby’s help on this one.

scratchmapI posted this photo on Instagram recently and I’ve been getting asked about it, so I figured I’d share it here, too. It’s a scratch map, where you scratch off the places you’ve been to with a coin. It’s pretty cool, and I can’t wait to scratch off more countries.

Incidentally, I remember one of our brides got this as a gift from her groom recently, and I think it’s a brilliant gift for someone you want to see the world with.

Picked this up at the Lonely Planet shop at the departure area of Sydney Airport, but it’s also available online. This is the one I got: Luckies Travel Scratch Map. I also came across these other Luckies travel goodies, which I’d love to have: Deluxe Scratch Map, if you’d like it in black, and this Travelogue.

Planning on getting the Travelogue eventually, but first, must travel more.

Edit: I just found out that this is also available in Manila through the shop Quirks! And I saw a scratch map of the Philippines on their Facebook page, too. Oh, boy.

I’m a sucker for things wooden and handmade. That’s why our house is filled with all sorts of wooden toys even though my two year old son’s favorite toys are cups, bottle caps, and paper straws. That’s why I have an Etsy habit that I can’t quite shake. There’s a romance to things made well by hand. I feel like there’s a wealth of stories in them.

Urban Abode

I learned about Urban Abode from a client, and I’ve been following them on Instagram since (@urbanabode), but haven’t had the time to go there ’till three days ago.

The shopping part of the visit was so distracting, I didn’t get to take more photos. Funny that. Jeff and I got two wooden crates for the office, and a lovely throw pillow designed by Mobu Days. The shop also has burlap throw pillows if you’re into that sort of thing. I like the idea and the look of it, but burlap just doesn’t seem very comfortable as a pillow case, so I passed on that one. Still gorgeous though. I’ll probably pop back in when they have new stock and take more photos then. Be sure to go upstairs and check out their furniture.

Urban Abode

Urban Abode | CW Home Depot Ortigas, #1 Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Unit 08-B , 1604 Pasig | +632.586.0026