National, Hap Chan, etc.

The Sartolialist

I’m a follower of The Sartolialist for current and chic street fashion photography. Scott’s photo book is available at National Bookstore, now open at the Ilocano Heroes Hall turned mall. Waiting for Scott’s latest,  Closer.

Kate Lanphear

On one of the pages of the book… I admire US Elle style director Kate Lanphear’s fearless style.

Walked to nearby Red Dot…

T-Strap Sandals

Got my aqua vegan Jelly Nellies at the store. Been eying these classic Onitsuka Tigers and the fierce flats below, teehee, ballet bayonets!

Onitsuka TigerOnutsuka Tiger campaign ad, a page from an old mag

a page from my old mag.

Fierce Ballet FlatsGingersnaps

Marianne got cute outfits for my goddaughter Marylaine. Chose the Hello Kitty Vans for the cute little girl.

Hello Kitty Vans

Oh, our first stop was actually Hap Chan. Joy bought us a dim sum lunch consisting of hakaw (shrimp dumplings, ham siok (fried meat-stuffed dumplings), seafood noodles, asado pork and sweet carrot and squash, kinda like sticky rice cakes. A jolting earthquake was felt while we were dining. It frightened us especially that the tea house is located in a crowded vintage building. Frozen for a minute.

Hap ChanSeafood NoodlesShrimp Dumplings (Hakaw)Asado (Chinese Barbecued Pork)Ham ShiokSweet CarrotSweet SquashMarianneHappy Faces

Joan came in late, so we accompanied her to the nearby fastfood. After our heritage tour in Bacarra, we filled ourselves again, to the brim, with toasted isaw, fishballs and kikiam at Tayamen’s. Thank you, Tsang!

Tsang of Tayamen's

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

Jelly and Beans

country road

“Road testing” my new pair of jellies, a gift from my friend Me-Ann, who has always been more than gracious.

Jelly Nelly T-Strap Sandals

The unbelievably soft t-strap sandals (with no pinching whatsoever) are from Jelly Nelly, a pretty new Filipino company. Saw them in Preview last summer and wanted a pair after discovering they’re vegan. Besides, they’re laid-back, yet unboring and easy to clean. They also come in girls’ sizes. Alexa’s asking me for a pair of lilacs since she outgrew her old pair of Grendha t-straps. Mom-and-daughter fashion has never been this fun!

Jelly Nelly

Rain or shine, they’re appropriate, at least for me.

During my lifetime, jelly shoes, specifically fisherman sandals, reincarnated three times. Funny how fashion comes and goes, and then comes back to haunt you again.

Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea

Literally full of beans, my fourth Share Tea drink is matcha red bean milk tea. Matcha is powdered Japanese green tea that’s grown in the shade. I like it that the matcha was mild, but the beans were kinda overcooked. If you’ve tried green tea ice cream, it’s like a thinner melted one.

I’ve always loved azuki beans. My earliest memory of red beans is the tip of the now defunct local Majestic popsicle, like cherry on top. Those were so good!

Two sweet memories of my growing years:)

Photos by Surprisingly Kitsch and Blauearth
© Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012