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The Sari-sari Store

As promised in an earlier post, here is an informational piece on the sari-sari store . My Filipino friends will certainly not need to read this post as they might even know more than I do about the topic. For those who are at a loss, this might shed some light on the matter. The term sari-sari is actually a Filipino word that means an assortment or many kinds. Applied to a store, it simply means a store that sells most anything. Sounds like 7-11 doesn't it? A sari-sari store means more than a 7-11 does, I think. For me at least, it brings back memories of childhood...I knew I reached a milestone in my life when I was allowed to go to the sari-sari store about a block away from our house on my own....I go back in time when I was a child and carefree, looking for comfort food in our grandma's sari-sari store. For many Filipinos, the sari-sari store is part of life. It is where they go to when they suddenly run out of eggs. Or sugar. Or cooking oil. Or safety pins.

Construction to Start Tomorrow

It's starting and it's becoming real. And now I am starting to really feel scared. The carpenter has arrived and we are starting construction tomorrow. It's not really a big job - we just need to move a few partitions and paint the living area behind the store. Wait, come to think of it, I think I have not written about our decision to move out of the current apartment unit to another one downstairs. The unit is larger but we will be using the front as a sari-sari store. That's the Filipino version of a Mom and Pop store - not exactly the same but something similar. More on this later. Anyway, we're starting the work on the unit tomorrow and hopefully, we'll have it done in 3 to 5 days. Our target is to move in by the 16th of October (that's when our current contract ends). There is so much to do, so much to spend on, and so little money... Now I am starting to feel that range of emotions that one experiences when taking a leap of faith. It is e

Everyday Romantic Ideas

I never thought I would be posting something like this but I couldn't help it - blame MSN Lifestyle ! Actually, I found most of the items on the list quite amusing but here are some that I just might try out. If you do try them out, let me know how it goes! Get away from it all close to home — spend a night in a very luxurious hotel or cozy bed-and-breakfast in your own city. Absence is an aphrodisiac. Spend a weekend without each other (substitute your best pal, your sister, your old college roommate) and plan to meet back at your place after 48 hours apart. Lol, these are the only two that I actually find appealing. Here are some quirky ones that are way too cheesy: Stuff a little love note in your sweetie's pocket, sock, or shoe. For maximum impact, try email. Burn a CD with tunes from your dating days and include your first dance (or favorite) song. Spend the day at a museum, holding hands.

Appliance Shopping

Livi told me about this sale that's going on near my place. They sell small appliances - coffee machines, espresso machines, ovens, etc. - at very low prices. The good thing is that they are all quality brands like Brun (I forget the others). Gotta get up early so I can drop by before I go to work...good luck with that!

Cebu Pacific Gives FREE Tickets

I was meaning to write about this but somehow I overlooked it but last week, we received an e-mail alert from Cebu Pacific that they were giving away tickets for local destination for absolutely free. Of course, I was skeptical but I tried booking anyway. Ren and I were able to get 4 tickets (roundtrip) to Iloilo for November and YES we didn't have to pay a single centavo! So I guess that means we're going on a trip in November. This also means that I need to get new luggage for the trip - our old bags are beat up.