Month: January 2012

Discover Baguio City Philippines!

Two months after the launch of Discover Baguio, I’m happy and proud of what our team has accomplished in such a short span of time.  I personally enjoyed every moment of our “field work”: meeting new people and interviewing business owners who were generous enough to give us the information and the support we need to ensure that each article feature will be worth the read; taking photos on location; and the thrill of discovering new things and places.

Discover Baguio, is a travel website that promotes Baguio City in the Philippines, as a beautiful tourist destination.  Here are some of the articles featured on the site and a peek at some of the photos.  If you have time, please visit the links and share your comments.  And, please take a moment to LIKE our Facebook Page by clicking here.  Thanks much!

cordillera world baguio cityThe Cordillera World

mtcloud bookshop baguio citymtcloud bookshop baguio cityMt Cloud Bookshop

hillstation restaurant baugio cityHill Station Tapas Bar & Restaurant

tam-awan garden in the sky baguio cityTam-awan Village – Garden in the Sky

PNKY bed and breakfast cafe baguio cityPNKY Home, Bed & Breakfast & Travel Cafe

Wright Park baguio cityThe Wright Park

The best hotel deals - in 1 simple search

Are you planning a trip to Baguio City?

Check out HotelsCombined.com to find all the best hotels in Baguio City, in one place.

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Beautiful Vintage: Heart Shaped

beautiful vintage banner blue greenheart shaped collectiblesold heart padlock : the lonely heart

1950s Paul Masson Souzao Port & Cream Sherry heart shaped bottle : poetry of objects

Wilton cake pan from 1971 : Tickle Me Tango

heart shaped cookie cutter with corrugated cutting edge :
LuRuUniques

vintage heart collectibles1970’s sterling silver ring with turquoise chip inlay : Bs Jewelry Supply

vintage Coro silver brooch : glass bead treasures

vintage sterling silver dangling heart necklace : jewelsfromthepast

vintage malachite heart earrings : TheLittleSupplyShop

vintage clothes with heart print1950s Modes Royale dress : momandpopcultureshop

50s sweater with abstract heart pattern : TinyWingsVintage

hearts cardigan sweater : show me vintage

red picnic dress : Never Leave Here

Which of these heart-shaped vintage things caught your eye?

The Beautiful Island of Boracay

The beautiful island of Boracay is located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.  The island can be found at the northwest end of Panay Island and is a part of Aklan province.  Boracay is best known for its powdery, white beach sands which for many travelers is the “best in the world”.

boracay islandThe two most popular beaches in Bora are the White Beach and the Bulabog Beach.  West of the island is the White Beach, which is the main tourist destination.  It is about four kilometers long and is lined with hotels, resorts, lodging houses, restaurants and other business establishments.

boracay islandFacing east is the Bulabog Beach, a favorite spot for the adventurous where you can enjoy windsurfing and kiteboarding.

boracay island

Travel & Leisure magazine names Boracay as one (4th) of the Top 10 Best Islands in the World for 2011.

boracay islandA visit to Bora is not at all cheap. You should save-up a considerable budget to make most out your trip but it is definitely worth the splurge!

On the island, you can enjoy fun and excitement from a wide range of activities: such as snorkeling, diving, helmet-diving, banana-boat ride, jet skiing, boating, sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and para-sailing.

boracay island

The island literally does not sleep at night and you can eat, drink, dance and party until the wee hours of the morning at the Beachfront. If you just want some quiet time to relax and unwind, you can take walks along the beach, wait for the sunrise or watch the sunset.

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boracay

Are you planning a trip to Boracay? If yes, these travel tips will come in handy:

1. Book your airline ticket online and make online hotel reservations a few months in advance and avail of special promos.

Check out HotelsCombined.com to find all the best hotel sites in Boracay, in one place.

2. Visit the island during off-peak season when prices are cheaper on almost almost everything including airline tickets, accommodation, food, souvenirs, etc.

3. There are plenty of shops and restaurants outside, just a few walks away from the Beachfront where everything is priced cheaper.

4.  Even if you plan to stay in Boracay for a few days, you don’t need to bring lots of clothes as you can buy swimsuits, shorts, and tee-shirts right from the island.

5. Haggling is encouraged to get discounts from vendors and from locals who are offering island activities.

 

boracayThe best hotel deals - in 1 simple search

Have you  been to Boracay?

All photos on this post by: theshopbug.com

Sweet Things for Under $25

jewelry Hello necklace for $17 : Exaltation
sterling silver with grey pearl for $20 : Forged in Life
tiny heart bracelet for $18.50 : Water Horse Studios
sterling silver daydream charm necklace for $24.99 : hukathryn

housewareVintage basket full of yarn balls for $16 : shepshaberdashery
blue enamel tea pot for $22.63 : Kelly Powell Designs
Original Patina kettle for $18.95 : A Jewels Quest
Vintage rolling pin for $18 : shepshaberdashery

vintage clothesvintage sheer blouse for $18.07 : Extinct Vintage
Liz Claiborne pleated floral skirt for $20 : dalatlanta
floral halter dress : the vintage side show
vintage print button up shirt for $16 : T Town Vintage

An Interview with Photographer: Erica Bushong

For this year, I’m starting this segment with an interview with a gifted and beautiful photographer.  A look at her photography gives you that feeling of warmth and positivity, such vibrance that exudes from within and that she is able to bring out from her subjects.  I discovered her photography when I came across her blog one day and I am simply drawn.  I was so glad that she agreed to do this interview and so may I introduce you all to Erica Bushong.

How did you get into photography?
I have always carried around a camera. Everywhere. Even since I was a kid I was obsessed with documenting life as I knew it. I graduated college with my Bachelors in Graphic Design and was hired on full-time by a photography studio. As soon as I picked up a camera I realized my love of design, color, composition, and light could be intertwined with my love of photography.

erica bushong photography

This interview has been republished on my new blog Me Photographies  Please check out the complete interview here.

Beautiful Vintage: Red

Red is a bold and vibrant color that I don’t wear often but I don’t mind wearing when the mood strikes.  Found these beautiful vintage clothing at Etsy which I wouldn’t mind wearing at all.  I’ve also include housewares if you want a touch of red in your kitchen.

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red vintage dressAnthropologie rockabilly Jenni dress : My Avonlea
vintage sweater vest : Samantha Balk
grunge mini dress : dreaming neon
picnic floral romper : anna Karina closet

red vintagered vintage enamel milk can from the 70s : Freuden Des Lebens
Dansk Kobenstyle set: saute pan,paella pan,dutch oven with lid : for the commongood
vintage Peugeot coffee mill : lapomme
retro West Bend coffee pot : sentimental favorites

Which items do you like?

Functional & Decorative: Wooden Clothespins

I love wooden clothespins, don’t you? They can be used the traditional way which is hanging clothes to dry but the possibilities do not stop there.  I like the idea of having a clothesline by the wall and using these lovely pins to post photos and mementos.  Put them inside a glass jar when not in use to make for a unique and decorative bookend.  Here are my finds from etsy:wooden clothespins

100% cotton twine clothesline and handstamped clothespins with vintage manuscript by pickledsherry ;

apothecary jar filled with vintage clothespins by aint no junk;

clothespins handstamped with French postmarks by cottage in the oaks ;

clothespins embellished with vintage dictionary by craftyclementineswooden clothespinsclothespins custom engraving by bungalow glow ;

wooden folk art clothespin magnets by mooshoopork ;

clothespins in sea glass blue by clip & pin ;

clothespins with vintage floral wall paper embellishment by lucky girl goods