Shop for less at Dapitan Arcade

Dapitan Arcade, QC

Soul and character is the drawing power of the unobtrusive Dapitan Arcade, tucked in an area in Quezon City (within eyeshot from the peopled streets of Manila). The swift travel through a Roxas-Dapitan jeepney from Malate was painless. I walked a few meters to the corner, leaving me more opportunities for street photos.


The window shopping was supposed to be a date with my friend Alma, but time was not on her side. Characterized by a tiangge-type of setup, Dapitan Arcade has everything under one roof, making it much more conducive for busy housewives and budget-conscious decorators and event stylists. The variety of wares is amazing. I caught sight of chic decor like fabric lanterns and votive lamps, and recognized similar colorful Byzantine-inspired lamps I photographed at Greeka Kouzina recently. Christmas adornments and props made me maniacal. Santa comes in every imaginable expression. Organizers, candelabrums, jars of all sizes, indigenous art, Filipiniana accents, local materials (like jute fabric and ropes), one of a kind pieces, wedding ornaments, artsy ceramic figurines, tableware, kitschy clocks, among others, will satiate the The Selbys kind of artist in you. Prices are insanely low as compared to those in malls. Most of the items at handicraft stalls are made by the artisan owners themselves.

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Stall # 29-31
Mylene for lighting fixtures and home decor
0919 9439330

Stall # 59
For made-to-order lampshades
Lito 0927 3991588
Jhing 0915 1308944

Stall # 10
Joyce Saraos
Specialty home decor
9048379 / 0998 3925408

Dapitan Arcade
39 Dapitan cor. Kanlaon Sts., Brgy, Sta. Teresita, Quezon City, Philippines

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

Writing the Ilocos adventure story for Mabuhay Magazine

Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Magazine October 2014

Life never ceases to surprise. I was asked by Mabuhay Magazine, the inflight magazine of Philippine Airlines, to write about my own turf. Though I’ve been writing little stories in the blog, writing for a magazine that goes around the world is a totally different ballgame — I was excited and confident. My timetable consisted of different shoots and interviews at five different locations. I traveled as far as Narvacan in the south and Capirispisan in the north, then I had to go back again to the south hoping to catch big waves in Cabugao. I trekked, baked under the red-hot sun, waited at plazas, rode public transportation (buses and tricycles) — for authenticity counts.

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The Mabuhay Magazine October 2014 digital copy is not yet up, but my own copy finally arrives. Thanks to my friend Alma. And then I receive another one from Eastgate. I like the photos they chose. The bike photo was a personal favorite. The zebra photo stood out even when I first posted it in the blog. And the photos of Kingfisher brought to mind the intoxicating scent of this particular beach. I enjoyed reliving the memories of the adventures. Thank you, Mabuhay Magazine!

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“An environment advocate by choice and a travel and lifestyle writer by accident…”

Having to write a blurb about yourself is by far more inconvenient than having written the actual adventure story. About the contributor’s photo — I was required a hi-res photo and, of course, I wanted it current. I was fortunate that my good friend Marianne Gaces Pasion had time for my silly randomness. Behind the photo, it was awkward ‘coz I’m not used to being photographed for something like a profile photo and cool ‘coz a professional took my photo.


Taking this opportunity, once more, to thank Eastgate Publishing Corp., the PAL Mabuhay Magazine editorial team, Ms. Ira Inquimboy, Kingfisher Beach, Mr. Mon Manotok, Miss Zarah Chua, MJ Cahilig, Boyet Leano, Councilor Cherry Agtang, the Batibol Bikers, the Karyutero Bikers, Kido Cabasug, Surfing Ilocos, Althone Borja, the LEAD Movement, Reny Tan, the Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub, Lester Susi, Mr. Arthur Valente, Capt. David Luxford, Marianne Gaces Pasion Photography, Jana Siratranont and Alma Ajero for being part of the experience. And to you, lovely readers, who have made writing and blogging wonderful and inspiring.

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in the bag

Popped in at the Red Dot Happy Skin launch to say hi to makeup maven Mara Manuel who was giving makeup lessons the whole Saturday afternoon. My Ziya bag is deceiving because I can’t leave home without my D90 and there’s really nothing much inside. You’ll find Happy Skin — Shut Up & Kiss Me in First Kiss for my lippie fix and Don’t Get Mad Get Even powder in Soft Beige which I’m into right now. The Anastasia brow powder Ericke was supposed to send me was nowhere to be found, so I bought two K-Palette 1-day tattoo products to test. Luckily, they are 25% off. Got grayish brown for the brows and darkest brown eyeliner. I also never leave home without a pair of sunglasses. My wallet suits the “barya” I’m very used to. LOL.

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Get strappy with Renegade Folk and Gold Dot flats

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OOTD: Shirting


Dress length is getting longer. We don’t get fall in the Philippines but Amihan is here, so it’s comfy getting covered these ‘ber’ months. Picked this offbeat midi, part granny and part preppy, with a vintage undertone to it, from Red Dot. Love the hidden hibiscus pattern. It’s actually a tricky dress to wear, but stretching its versatility is the challenge. I can imagine it with classic manly tennis shoes like Stan Smiths, loafers or brogues. If I had rangers, those would be cool too. It has side slits, btw.

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