Weekend Picks: This Week's Must-See Highlights

A pink-themed grocery, bridal separates, and merienda-flavored ice cream!

PHOTO BY Dani Osmena, Joanna Manalastas Calasanz, Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) What do you know, it's October! While we're still mostly cooped up in our homes, we're happy to see lots of exciting things and new places that we can check out for when need to head out. For this weekend, we round up the most interesting things we've come across the past week—there's a Korean and Japanese grocery that's a dream for pink lovers, bedroom slippers that are too pretty to be used just inside the house, and the third branch of % Arabica in the Philippines.

A few ideas for your weekend, based on highlights from the past week:

Take a trip down memory lane with all the F4 groups in existence.

ICYMI: A new Thai version of the Flower Four boys a.k.a. F4 is arriving in 2021, which has led us to look back at all the previous iterations of the four-memeber boy group. The story originated from a '90s Japanese manga series called Hana Yori Dango, which translates to “Boys Over Flowers” written and illustrated by Yoko Kamio. It follows the life of a middle-class girl attending an elite school who comes across the F4, a group of rich and popular boys. The various adaptations have made Jerry Yan and Lee Min Ho household names especially in the Philippines.

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Check out ice-cream flavors taking inspiration from Pinoy merienda faves.

PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
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Hapag and The Lost Bread have teamed up with Auro Chocolate to bring the Filipino Flavors Ice Cream Line—or ice cream inspired by Filipino merienda favorites! There's Champorado (P450), which makes use of 100% Auro Chocolate Cacao Tablea and with black rice andpalad brittle for crunch; Espasol (P450), nutty treat made with toasted rice flour, espasol bits, and Auro's 32% Roasted White Chocolate with Cashew; and Banana Cue Ice Cream (P450), which has a grilled banana ice-cream base with cashew streusel and Auro cacao nibs. Pro tip: You can also get all three flavors for P1,350!

Start off your day with cookies for breakfast.

PHOTO BY Patricia Baes
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Who says you can't enjoy cookies for breakfast? Post's Chips Ahoy! Cereal (P399.75) is here to make it happen! It takes after the popular cookie appearance wise, but with a crunchy and nutty twist thanks to its corn-and-oat cereal base. You can also expect a lightly sweet and chocolatey flavor in every bite. If you can't head out, you can order it for delivery from Landers Supermarket's website.

Gotta catch 'em all bags from this new Longchamp collection.

PHOTO BY Longchamp

Ever wondered what a mashup of French elegance and Japanese kawaii would look like? Longchamp has an upcoming Pokémon collection which launches on October 13 and it features the French luxury bag brand's classic silhouettes in Pokémon-themed prints and designs. We don't know about you, but our eyes are on the cute Pikachu charm!

Find Korean and Japanese snacks at this all-pink store.

PHOTO BY Facebook/Go Grill Mart - Korean & Japanese Store
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Fans of everything and anything pink, this grocery in QC is for you. Go Grill Mart has an extensive selection of Korean and Japanese grocery finds, ranging from sweet and savory snacks, meats, ready-to-eat sushi, bento boxes, and microwavable meals. It's also where you can get rare finds like White Rabbit milk drinks! But if you can't head out, no worries as they also deliver in Metro Manila—just send them a message on Facebook or Instagram to place an order.

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Do some early Christmas shopping. 

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Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself struggling to think of a good gift idea that can be given to both males and females—we know we have! Well, Starbucks is making things a little easier this year with their collab with Stanley, one of the most well-known brands in the world for hand tools. This new line of flasks and tumblers comes in colors that are exclusive to the Philippines, and they can be used for drinks other than coffee. Best part? They’re available in stores now in case you’re doing some early Christmas shopping!

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Get comfy in some stylish slippers. 

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Most of us are spending the bulk of our time at home these days, and we’re spending that time clad in comfy workout clothes or pajamas that double as lounge wear. Who could blame you, after all, if the only time people see you is when you have a Zoom meeting—and even then, you can attend wearing a nice pajama top? These pretty slippers by Indiana Jane add one more stylish detail to your daily ensembles so you don’t feel quite so unkempt, and you can keep them on whenever you need to step out to pick up a package. Nifty, right?

Plan a wedding, because why not?

PHOTO BY Bridal by Dani Osmeña
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Love is love, and no pandemic can stop you from planning your wedding if your significant other just popped the question. If you’re looking to have a low-key ceremony, these dresses are just the thing: Bridal by Dani Osmeña has a collection of separates that brides can mix and match to suit their personal style. Prices start at P5,000, though rates vary depending on fabric and customization.

Stream some award-winning Filipino movies.

Mark your calendars: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is going online this year, and you can start registering this weekend. The film festival is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and a good number of notable Filipino films are going to be available to stream, including Lino Brocka’s Insiang and Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’Rosa, which was screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Early-bird access costs P450; you can register at the FDCP website.

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Soak in the sunlight at % Arabica's newest branch.

PHOTO BY Joanna Manalastas Calasanz

BGC is once again the home of % Arabica’s latest branch, and it’s so gorgeous you’ll want to check it out as soon as you feel comfortable about venturing into the outside world. Designed in collaboration with German architect Alexis Dornier, it’s got a high ceiling and amphitheater seating, all awash in bright light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Planning to drop by? It’s at 257 McKinley, on the corner of 25th Street and 7th Avenue.

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