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in culture, family, holidays

Budget-Friendly Christmas Gifts for Your Last Minute Shopping

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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A few weeks from now, everyone will be celebrating Christmas. Feasts laid all over the table, gifts under the Christmas trees, the titos and titas catching up, and kids running around. It’s the typical scenario.

But have you found the perfect gifts for your loved ones yet? I know most of us love Christmas shopping, but there are some that also love delaying shopping & buying gifts at the last minute.

Are you a diligent gifter?
Or a crammer?

Whether you’re already 90% complete with your lists or are just about to shop (panic mode: on), here are some nice budget-friendly Christmas gifts for your last minute shopping! 🙂

in culture, Manila, philippines, photography

11 Ways To Appreciate Manila (More)

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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With all her splendor and history, if you have never explored Manila before, you might have a hard time exploring her now, right? Good point. But it took me, what, less than 6 months to fall in love with her, all while doing these intentional activities. So yes…

in culture, events, philippines

FIRST OF MANY: The 8th International Pyromusical Competition + Bulalo Date

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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Last Saturday (March  18, 2017), Jec invited me to watch the 8th International Pyromusical Competition Finale with him at SM Mall Of Asia. For the last leg of the competition, Australia is the last country to show its firework displays. I thought it was going to be like watching fireworks on a New Year’s Eve, but it was actually more than that.  It was magnificent, up-close, and really magical. The fireworks made the sky look like a blank canvas splashed with all sorts of colors and patterns. Every time there would be a highlight of fireworks, everyone would exclaim in delight and amazement. It was a beautiful crowd. Everyone was so appreciative.

in culture, events, fashion, heritage, local

Escolta Fashion: Hipsters

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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Yesterday, I volunteered to document the Escolta Block Party for Heritage Conservation Society (HCS). They didn’t really need the video, but I thought it would be good exposure for the street party. Escolta, for one, doesn’t get the proper recognition it gets, so what’s a little effort to make it more popular, right? As I roamed the streets of Escolta, I noticed some nicely dressed people. They sure scrub up good! I took the opportunity to ask pictures of them. I was already doing a lot of candid shooting, so I thought I’d just ask their permission for a photo. Anyway, it’s much nicer to have them smiling at the photos!

Here are the photos I took. There are way more people I wanted to take photos of the longer we were there. But it was getting pretty late, they were becoming busier by the hour, and my phone camera doesn’t really work well at night. Here’s a gentle reminder that if you like hippie crowds, tita music, cheap booze, and heritage, then the Escolta Block Party is for you. Take some fashion tips from them:

in banaue, culture, family, travels

#BaeTravels: Banaue Trip Day 2

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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So you’ve finally reached Day 2 of our Banaue trip. Well, good for you. But hang in there as I have more blog posts to follow. On Day 2, we woke up as early as 6:29 am. I was the last one to get down from the hut and they said that it was freezing outside so I wrapped myself in layers of jacket, bonnet, and hand gloves before getting out of the hut. True to their word, it was freezing cold.

in banaue, culture, family, local, travels

#BaeTravels: Banaue Trip Day 1

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Bae Milanes

Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.

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Hi, guys! I’m finally writing about our recent Banaue-Sagada trip, and I’m so excited because I have so much to share with you all! I’m gonna do a short disclaimer here and warn you that this is not my typical blog post wherein I take Instagrammable pictures and get so nitty-gritty with the layout and chronological order. What you’re about to see are just random shots I took (enhanced with VSCO app, of course) since I want to show you how we naturally spent our days sans the curated images. All in all, we spent 5 days in the North. We left even before dawn on Tuesday and went home at Saturday afternoon, reaching the house before midnight (the secret: fast speed and lots of overtakes).

Now, this is the part where I really blabber.

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