(SPOT.ph) The cool, the chocolatey, the cute, and Ramon Bautista are converging inside our treasure trove this week. We’re letting the comedian navigate our love woes as we enjoy the loveliest plates we’ll never want to eat on, convenient travel cup holders, and super cool postcards that make us want to start mailing letters again.
Cocoa Parlor’s Popped Quinoa (P275)
We have to admit that the adorable brown-paper packaging drew us in first. Then the 70% cacao content. Then the quinoa that replace the usual rice krispies. The dark chocolate is vegan, which allows more people to enjoy its deep, silky, subtle flavors. Cocoa Parlor opened up shop early this year: the pair of owners, Karen Webster and Richard Pascall, make their truffles by hand and from scratch, then convert them to fun flavors with an attitude.
Available at Healthy Options
Help!!! Ayoko Na Sa Syota Ko by Ramon Bautista (P175)
We could all use a little love advice. Let this funny man teach you about breaking up-his way!
Available at National Book Store
Burger Coaster (P290)
A set of six, with the buns, patty, lettuce, tomato, and cheese!
Available at Rustan’s
Game of Thrones Pop-Up Guide (P2,995)
Make sure to blast the Game of Thrones theme song while perusing its pages. The book brings Westeros (and the lands beyond it) to life with a 46"x30" map of the kingdom and over thirty pop-ups to marvel at. It also features information on the different locations, Houses, creatures, and key events in the story.
Available at Fully Booked
Playground: London by Meryll Soriano (P1,600)
We can now officially describe her as actress-turned-photographer. Meryll Soriano offers us a collection of photographs from her stay in London, a city she calls her playground. You might ask, why not Metro Manila first? Try shooting in the streets of Makati and count how many guards will tell you "Bawal po mag-picture dito ma’am."
Available online at 5 Ports Publishing
OUCH! Soothing Gel Pack (P295)
Even superheroes get the occasional bumps and bruises, and this gel pack makes an awesome sidekick. Just keep it in your fridge for some quick relief for black-and-blues or sore muscles, whether they're from fighting bad guys or crazy gym trainers.
Available at Rustan's Department Store
"Mad Hatter" plate (P470)
Fancy some afternoon tea like Alice in Wonderland? Get yourself a Mad Hatter plate from the MSA Wareshop to add a touch of whimsy to your salads or dessert. There's also a "Playing Cards" plate and "March Hare" plate if you're keen to own the full Alice collection.
Available to order at Seek the Uniq
Wooden postcards (P350/piece)
These postcards from Craftsmith are probably not the usual kind you send in the mail. They're made from Swedish pine wood and carved with cool lettering-quite the catch for any avid collector. Grab a few pieces before they run out as pieces are limited.
Craftsmith is at 2J Crown Tower, 107 H.V. Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Contact them at 869-8022, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their Facebook page.
Sunnies by Charlie x Avon (starting at P299)
Your friendly neighborhood Avon Lady now has Sunnies by Charlie in her stash of stuff, featuring exclusive designs that aren't available in stores. Hello, great gift idea!
Ask your Avon Lady for details
Travelstacks Pack ’Em, Stack ’Em & Go (P700)
Upgrade your car’s cupholder with some storage space! Throw in your keys, your parking ticket, pens, and loose change in one useful container. You can even keep snacks in there, so you’re ready for a long drive home for work.
Available at Qrius