The Manila Collectible Co.

As we visited Intramuros a few months back, we passed by TMCC or The Manila Collectible Co. along our way to the Manila Cathedral. It is a gift shoppe but they offer more activities inside! The shop is located at the top level of a building.

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Once you are inside the shop, you will hear Filipino music being played. What caught my attention was the wide variety of Filipino items being sold! They are quite unique too. Not the ones you usually see in malls.

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There were handmade crafts, ethnic attires and textiles, Filipino jars and bags, accessories

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For the kids, they offer workshops like Kid Archeology! Sadly, there was no activity when we went on a Sunday. It is best to contact TMCC facebook page when you plan to go with your kids.

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The place is a cultural experience itself! It was like going inside a museum… and learning more about the roots of the Filipinos.

For more information, you can contact The Manila Collectible Co Facebook page They are open everyday from 10am to 6pm.

 

Sun Phobic? Love History? Come to Britain.

Although we have a severe lack of sunlight and get a lot of rainy and cold days, tourists flock to Britain every year to soak up her sights and her history. I think that’s the main thing: history. People can’t get enough of our history. But, Britain isn’t just about historical sites, no. Britain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We have the perfect climate for things that grow. We have mountains, lakes, rolling hills, and thick forests. New Zealand can leave, as Britain is the true Middle Earth. Tolkien’s inspiration was these British Isles and I’m going to briefly talk about the highlights of each nation within these green isles.

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England

Let’s start with England. A lot of people confuse Britain and England. England is just one of the countries within Britain, but it does have London … and the Beatles … and Shakespeare … and Harry Potter … and Alfred Hitchcock … and Cary Grant … and Lawrence of Arabia … I could go on. England is the best and I’m not just saying that because I live here … Okay I am; sue me. England has got some great sites, like the West Country, the Lake District, the New Forest, the Forest of Dean, and the Yorkshire Moors, to name a few. Look for some dog friendly hotels by My Pawson and come along. England is the perfect dog lovers’ country. We love dogs over here, plus the best way to see England, in fact the whole of Britain, is to walk it and with a dog, it’s even better.

Wales

The home of Anthony Hopkins, T.E. Lawrence (although, as stated above the film was English – just saying), Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, and Tom Jones. Wales is England’s sister, and Britain’s soul. A very patriotic and passionate people. When the Welsh break out in song, the world shivers. Wales is a definite stop when visiting Britain. The coast is magnificent as are the hills and fields, as well as places like Cardiff and Carmarthen.

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Scotland

Ah, the Scots, home of William Wallace, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Annie Lennox, and the bag pipes. If you come to Britain, make sure you time your visit to coincide with the Edinburgh festival as it is the largest arts festival in the world and proves to be spectacular every year – even the uber-reclusive Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami put in an appearance last year. The Scottish people are fiercely loyal and when they feel strongly about something, there is no stopping them … unless it’s an independence referendum …

Northern Ireland

The last stop on our British tour: Northern Ireland, where Van Morrison hales, as does Liam Neeson, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney, Kenneth Branagh, and ‘Danny Boy’. Northern Ireland, has recovered well from the Troubles and places like Belfast are now booming with culture and commerce. The whole of Ireland – Northern Ireland included – is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and should not be missed.

There you have it. The highlights of Britain, although there are way too many to mention, so these are the highlights of the highlights …

A Lasting Memorial and Tribute to Those Who Have Served

A great way to say thank-you to someone you hold dear could be found in a simple gift that conveys a bit of appreciation and respect. This is easily achieved when you want to give a nod and appreciation to someone who served in the military. One of the proudest groups that you will find are those that have dedicated part of their life to the Marines, which makes it a fitting salute to give Marine Corps memorabilia in honor of their sacrifices.

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There are many great options on the market in terms of military-themed products, but the best gifts might be those that allow the recipient to put their own signature or touch on it. A wooden shadowbox or frame that contains a Marines decal or motif could be the perfect item to commemorate those that have served in the military. This would give the recipient an opportunity to choose what photos, souvenirs, or documents they want to display in their special gift.

Another excellent way to show someone that you value them is through a military-inspired plaque that can be hung in a prominent spot in their home. These are great accents for offices, dens, and work-spaces!

Cello

Cello is  a member of the violin family of musical instruments. It can be used for solo or as part of music ensemble. It brings a distinct sound to and is typically used for classical pieces.

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If you want to have your own, the muscians friend online music store is a great place to look for this interesting piece of instrument. They offer good deals and have a wide variety to choose from. You can be sure that the instrument you are buying is original and has quality assurance.

Wedding Souvenir

When we got married 13 years ago,  our wedding was simple and we didn’t had much funfare. I’ve attended a few weddings the past years and I noticed how personalized weddings nowadays are and how each wedding is different from the other. Wedding souvenirs have become personal and customized as well. The latest I’ve seen is giving your wedding entourage tank tops! This Bridesmaid Tank Tops is a great souvenir item for your bridesmaid.

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This souvenir is not limited to the bridesmaid but to all the members of your entourage. It certainly is a fashionable way to celebrate a wedding to remember!