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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPECIAL

Your Christmas guide to 25 shops and gift ideas across Cebu Pacific’s network

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1 BOOK IT
Wondering what to give this Christmas? A novel or self-help book always makes for a meaningful gift. And in Manila, Fully Booked High Street is a bibliophile’s dream come true, with five levels jam-packed with neat rows of books and more books. It even has a Starbucks on the third level (in case you need a breather from your browsing), a listening station and a roof-deck for special events. Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
2 GO LOCO OVER LOCAL
Tiendesitas has a wide array of Filipino antiques, art and handicrafts that are perfect for pasalubong! What’s more, you get a unique shopping experience, milling about the shops in pavilions inspired by Maranao architecture. Frontera Verde, Pasig City, www.tiendesitas.com.ph
3 TRENDY TECHNOLOGY
Bring on the bling with Philips Swarovski Active Crystals headphones. Women will love how it adds a touch of sparkly style to their outfits. What’s more, Philips’ new range features USB thumb drives that double as a prized jewel. The heart-shaped Heart Ware Crystal Vitrail Light and padlock-shaped Lock It can function as a pendant when not being used to save those special files. For more details, log on to www.philips.com

4 INTERNATIONAL BAZAARS
Check the newspapers for dates and information on special bazaars in Manila like the Karl Edwards International Bazaar and the American Women’s Bazaar, which offer interesting, oneof-a-kind gift ideas.

5 HEAD FOR KLCC!
By the time you read this, the Malaysia Savings Sale would have already started. But don’t fret: it runs until January 4, 2009. Plan your shopping spree to Malaysia now! Log on to www.tourism.gov.my

6 LEATHER TREASURES
Stumped for gift ideas for discriminating people? Impress them with luxurious pieces such as a leather bag, a diary planner or a wallet from Fino Leatherware. Classy and worth showing off. 1st Level, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City

7 TABLE TRINKETS
Looking for holiday-slash-housewarming presents? Check out a wide range of glassware, dishes, cups and trays, all of which make for giveaways that are practical and easy on the pocket. The Landmark (Makati Avenue, Makati City) and TriNoma (North EDSA, Quezon City)

8 TEA TIME
Tea lovers will find it hard to choose which tea to try when they see what’s on offer at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. There are 250 varieties from the world’s best tea plantations, such as yellow tea buds from Sichuan, China and Immortal Moment Tea, which is a blend of Ceylon black tea and vanilla. Elegant tea canisters and accessories are also available, so there’s no need to wrap the teas up if you want them as gifts. 61 Kim Yam Road, Singapore, tel: +65 6733 7997

9 HOT BUYS IN HCMC
Update your wardrobe in Ho Chi Minh! Head to Labella Blue, 140 Pasteur Road, District 1, for shift dresses, handbags and hats. For custom-made ao dai (Vietnamese dress), silk shirts or even faux snakeskin platforms, head to Min Hanh, 24 Dong Khoi Street, District 1

10 ALL-YEAR-ROUND BAZAAR
Market! Market! has a ground floor bazaar that’s large, organized and neatly divided into themes — toys, gifts, houseware, furnishings — which help save you time once you know what you’re looking for. You’ll appreciate that it’s also conveniently located inside a nice, airconditioned mall. Bonifacio Global City, Makati City

11 BAUBLES YOU’LL LOVE
Before Mau Caidic pursued her hobby of making jewelry as a full-time business, she worked as a special effects editor. Now, Caidic is a regular at tiangges — you may have spotted her eye-catching MAU pendants and bracelets at events like the Assumption Bazaar and the Christmas Wish Bazaar. You can order by calling tel: +63 (920) 920 3134 once you’ve seen her jewelery collection at www.mauc.multiply.com

12 HONG KONG MUST-VISIT
For reliable basics as well as high fashion pieces, H&M in Hong Kong has everything you need. They carry clothes, underwear, accessories, shoes, socks and even men’s and kids’ clothing! Suite 1101-02, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

13 FLOWER POWER
Designer Michi CalicaSotto’s wedding store at The Oasis now offers all-occasion blooms! Order a Christmas bouquet at tel: +63  
(2) 725 7124
and at www.michicalica.com and flowersexpress.com.ph

14 SPLURGE IN MACAU
Treat yourself to an indulgent present at The Shoppes at Four Seasons in Cotai Strip, Macau’s luxury shopping mall. There’s even a personal shopper and limo service to spoil you silly!

15 GREENHILLS AND GO!
Greenhills’ famous bazaar features stalls that sell South Sea pearls at low prices, wrap dresses a la Diane Von Furstenberg, cellular phones, potted plants, bags, shoes, toys, and virtually everything on your wish list. Bargaining is fun and very much encouraged here! Log on to www.greenhills.com.ph

16 INTERIOR MOTIVES
Into modern furniture?  
Mosey on over to Dimensione High Street for stylish brands like Umbra and Bodum. Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

17 UNDER ONE ROOF
Lazy shoppers, head to SM Makati. This mall offers enough of a selection of everything, so you will definitely find a worthy gift among its shelves. Think home accessories, appliances, gadgets, and wonderful scented candles. For a listing of other SM department stores, click on www.smdeptstore.com

18 HELLO, GOOD BUYS
Budget-conscious shoppers will want to get lost inside Off-Price Store, a Filipino fashion outlet that sells a wide range of international clothing and accessory brands at very affordable prices. Check out their six branches across the Philippines. To find the closest Off-Price Store to you, log on to theoffpricestore.com

19 SPORTING GOODS GALORE
Get an early start on becoming more fit in 2009 by dressing the part. Head to the Riverbanks Center in Marikina City for merchandise by Converse, Guess, Nike, Hammerhead, Mossimo, Van Heusen and World Balance, www.riverbankscenter.com

20 FRUITY FRAGRANCES
The scents and body care products from Fruits & Passion are irresistible! They come in cute, bright and colorful packages, and are made with natural ingredients. Whether it’s a bottle of handwash, perfumed oil, shower gel or even an ambience room spray, the ladies on your Christmas list will appreciate these sweet treats. Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati City, www.fruits-passion.com

21 FUNKY FINDS
In Singapore, the young and hip will love ICON@Bugis Point (530 North Bridge Road) for its wild and street savvy fashions from China, Hong Kong and Japan. Also, check out The Heeren (www.heeren.com.sg) on Orchard Road. It has a new level of food outlets to refresh you after a day of shopping!

22 GLOBAL GOODS
Robinsons Galleria is worth a visit if you’re into top UK high street brands like Topshop, Warehouse and Dorothy Perkins, as well as proudly Filipino fashion labels like Bayo, Kamiseta, Plains & Prints, Bench and Folded & Hung. Tired? There are loads of cafes and a cinema here too! EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

23 SHOP ON THE CHEAP
If you’re spunky enough to brave the crowds for a great bargain, then 168 Shopping Mall is your kind of store. Touted as a shopper’s paradise, you can buy items in bulk here — perfect if you have a big family or many friends. A casual or dressy top costs around PHP150, a basic tee costs PHP80, and hair accessories are just PHP5. Along Felipe II Street near Reina Regente Street, Manila, 168shoppingmall.com

24 ARTSY STREET
The shops at Ann Siang Road in Singapore are filled with great design elements, and feature quirky-cool accessories, clothes, music, books, gadgets and more from all over the world. Make your way to Front Row (5 Ann Siang Road, tel: +65 6224 5501, www.frontrowsingapore.com) for labels like Fly Now and Cosmic Wonder. Next stop is Asylum (22 Ann Siang Road, tel: +65 6324 2289, www.theasylum.com.sg), where you will find stuff that will blow your mind! Think green roller skates designed by Harry Allen that work as bookends or doorstoppers, and a bowl shaped like a bunch of bananas! It’s no wonder Asylum has gained a cult fan base!

25 GOOD LACQUER TO YOU
Dress up your dining table with creative touches this festive season. NGA in Ho Chi Minh sells high-quality lacquer merchandise like trays and bowls, as well as glossy boxes in different shapes and sizes you can use as jewelry holders or precious gift boxes. They also have Buddha busts, wood accessories and lighting. Visit their two branches: 49-57 Dong Du Street, District 1, and 103 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh

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