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Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for the Year of the Horse!
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Chinese New Year Filipino Style: Where to buy a Cheongsam in the Philippines?

I've decided to wear a red cheongsam to welcome the year of the Wood Horse. (If you're looking for ideas on what to wear on Chinese New Year you should read my previous entry here.) Now the challenge was where to buy a cheongsam in the Philippines? I've tried searching on these auction sites: Sulit, Ayos Dito and Ebay PH and I haven't found a single red cheongsam for teens/adults! I considered placing an order from outside the Philippines but I prefer to fit the clothes before I buy them, and I wasn't confident it would even arrive on time for the Chinese New Year. I told my sister about it and she agreed to come with me to the 168 Shopping Mall at Divisoria. We could have gone to the mall, but we're pretty sure we've seen stalls that sell cheongsam inside the 168 during our shopping sprees.

How do I commute to 168 Shopping Mall?

If you don't know how to commute to 168 here's a link to my favorite commuting guide: Commuting to 168 Mall. The mall's website actually has a guide as well: How to commute going to 168 Shopping Mall but I prefer Commuting in the Philippines 101's guide since it's more detailed, and it has more commuting routes compared to the official site's guide.

Where can I buy a cheongsam in the 168 Shopping Mall?

Since the mall was renovated and they added the Soler-Recto wing, I've only been to 168 a few times and frankly the layout of the stalls is a little confusing. So my sister and I probably missed a few but we did a good sweep of all floors. Out of all the stalls we've checked, we only found 3 that sell cheongsam and 2 of them only sold children's size. In retrospect, I should've taken note of the stall numbers of other 2 shops that sold cheongsam. I'll update this post next time I'll keep an eye out for them. I promise!

Anyway, after hours of looking for a shop that sells adult-sized cheongsam, we finally found one that did: Stall 3J-15! They sell adult size ones for P580 and the children's size for P480. The salesperson claimed that the price is fixed, but we were still able to haggle the price down. Always try to haggle!

Unfortunately, all they had were traditional cheongsam. For the adult size, they had 3 designs available:
Dragon (Red)

Flower (Red)

and a pink one that had the clasps going down the front center of the dress. I wasn't able to take a picture of that one. They had a wider selection of colors and designs for children's size cheongsam and I regret not taking a picture of those.

Got more pics?

Of course I do! BTW all pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S2. These next pictures were taken here at my bahay kubo (nipa hut):





Zipper

CON: No lining!



So there you have it! Thank you Stall 3J-15 and 168 Shopping Mall! Now I have something to wear on Chinese New Year! Oh! If you know a shop that sells modern style cheongsam please let me know! If you go to 168 and buy from this shop, please tell them about my blog! (lol) So, what are you wearing on Chinese New Year? Post pictures of your outfit of choice in the comments section below!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chinese New Year special: What to Wear?

It is traditional to wear new clothes in red and gold for the Chinese New Year celebration to honor the birth of fresh, new energy, and to symbolize a new beginning for the new year. If you want to support and nourish your energy, you can wear specific colors based on your personal birth element. If you don't know what your Chinese Zodiac sign and Ba Zi element is, you should check out my previous post here. Since I'm a weak yin Earth Tiger, my favorable elements are Fire (red) and Earth (yellow). That's why I've decided to wear a red cheongsam to welcome the year of the Wood Horse!

So, what are you going to wear on Chinese New Year?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Chinese New Year special: What is my Chinese Horoscope and Ba Zi element?

This coming Chinese New Year 2014 we are welcoming the year of the Horse! The Ba Zi element for this year is Wood. Do you know what your Chinese Zodiac sign is? What about your Ba Zi element? Chinese zodiac signs are easy enough to look up. Ba Zi element however is not so easy. What you would need is a Ba Zi element calculator. There are free Ba Zi element calculators online but if you don't understand this:

Screenshot of my Ba Zi element result from Helene Weber's website.

you'd either have to purchase a personalized report, or pay for a subscription to make sense of it all. Because most of these websites do not provide free interpretations!

You're in luck though! Because I'm going to share a website that has a Ba Zi element calculator that comes with free interpretation/analysis. The website is currently the top result when you Google "Ba Zi element calculator". It probably has the #1 spot for a good reason too. It provides a free personal Ba Zi / Feng Shui Element Report without requiring you to sign up as a Member. Also, unlike the other websites, this one provides other Feng Shui information such as your Kua Type, Big Luck Summary, Good and Bad directions, and your Best Sleeping and Working positions (lol)!

What is my Chinese Horoscope and Ba Zi element? 

First, here's what you need:
  • Name (optional)
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Hour of Birth (optional)

The link will take you to Geomancy.net's Daily Forecast page. Now all you need to do is scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow these simple instructions:

Update: 
Scroll down until you see this box.

Step 1: Enter information

Step 2: Click the "Find out >>" button

Step 3: ???

Step 4: PROFIT!!!

Here's my results:
Screenshot of my Ba Zi element result from Geomancy.net.
Taken using my Samsung Galaxy S2.
So what's your Chinese Zodiac and Ba Zi element? Comment below!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

First post for my new old blog!

New old blog?

First, a little background story! I have a total of 4 blogs here on Blogger/Blogspot. The first one I made is unlisted on my profile page since it's my personal blog. The next blog was created as part of a project for the Psychology of Human Development course that I took last 2008. If for some reason you're curious about that one, here's a link: Nyaonyao's Bebi-Tamago. The last two I registered, is this blog right here and Buy Me Nyao (I'm saving that one for when I set up shop). Both blogs have existed for at least half a decade now, but it's only today that I'm making my first entry for one of them! So now let's talk about Catnippy!

Why Catnippy? 

In case you didn't know what catnip (scientific name: Nepeta cataria) is, it is an herb from the mint family that is known for its behavioral effects on felines. Catnip elicits an amazing reaction from felines exposed to it such as rolling in it, pawing at it, licking it, or chewing it. This reaction can go on for several minutes before the felines lose interest in it and go on with their business. If the cat is exposed to catnip again after at least 2 hours, it would have exactly the same response! That is the power of catnip!

My goal for this blog is to publish posts (as regularly as I can) such as product/service reviews that will be like catnip for my readers. I hope the entries captivate you enough to make you stay for more than a moment, read one (or more) entries, suggest a topic, leave some comments, and share a few posts to your friends. Like catnip, I expect that at some point you'll have had your fill and would need to go. I would consider the purpose of this blog achieved if you come back and when you do, the blog will once again captivate you like it had the first time. Let's just call it the catnip effect.

Where else can I find you?

Since there's not much to see here yet, here are a few links:

You can follow me on Tumblr
Follow my boards on Pinterest

That's it for now. Thanks for reading!
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