The Philippines welcomes H&M


We’ve heard stories about the horrific lines at the launch of H&M Philippines. I was one of the people who got thrilled about the Swedish brand’s entry into the Philippine retail scene. It’s not just a hype.

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I don’t get excited anymore about super expensive big brands. I even hardly go to the malls. But anyway, it might be worth dropping by H&M for key pieces as the season changes. There are fun items that I don’t get to see around other stores. I bought chunky mandals at a store last month and came across chunky man lace-ups, but they were not available in my size. The problem with shoe stores in the Philippines, imao, is they are delayed to some extent. Like the classic white Stan Smith is not even available in ladies size after a year it was revived from the ashes of fashion pages. I found at H&M some of the things I’d want to buy and they are priced fairly. Price matters to me. Like most expressive people, perhaps, I easily get tired of fashion.

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I went to the Robinsons Magnolia Branch. Very convenient for the commuter. The other stores are at SM Megamall, SM Makati and Robinsons Place Ermita.

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Home accessories come in catchy, stylish and classic themes. Love the Pretty in Pink and Rustic Charm collections. Oh, and the cheeky cabinet knobs

If your state of mind is normcore, there is an abundance of big-on-style basics. But the racks are also spilling off on-trend pieces. Fashion watchers are always on the lookout for H&M and designer collabs.

There are steals and there are items like a real leather tote that would be more expensive.

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The Ramen Nagi Adventure

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Forever the noodle kid, Reny spotted the 2 week-old Ramen Nagi branch at Robinsons Magnolia. Before Ramen Nagi’s arrival in Manila last year, local food bloggers have been raving about its HongKong counterpart, Butao Ramen, already. Ramen Nagi, however, originated in Shinjuku, Golden-Gai, and is one of the most popular ramen shops in Japan.

The huge posters wave, but when you see the price, you probably would think twice. Price doesn’t matter, though, if you are getting what you pay for.

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No one would share with me the Black King gushing in squid ink. So we ordered an Original King (Butao) and a Green King (Midorio), spiced up with fresh basil, olive oil and Parmesan, which is reasonably Italian in nature, yet still very Japanese to the last sip.

You are able to customize your order with the soup’s richness, the noodles’ firmness, the level of firesauce and garlic, and if you want pork shoulder or belly. We checkmarked mostly normal (the chef’s recommendation), but settled for rich taste, with belly and onions. The soup base is so appetizing. It is said to be made with dried fish, so you will notice something like the Chinese sate grit that settles into the bottom of your shabu-shubu pot. Additional meat, tamago (egg), nori (seaweed) and other extras are priced separately. They also have a Limited King with mabotofu.

If you’re a ramen lover, Ramen Nagi will be a daring departure from the usual. Highly recommended for the adventurous foodie. Oh, and before I forget, the noodles are the right size and firmness, and quite generous.

The place was full, but service was attentive and quick. The Black King still seduces me to no end. Hurting.

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