Thursday, August 16, 2012

Japanese Sunday

I hoped to go on an Eiga Sai 2012 marathon last weekend but as the usual story of my life goes, my bones got a bit lazy and had to finish up some work on Saturday. I missed out on the Friday screening too because it was scheduled for The Bourne Legacy (By the way, Red Tani summed up the movie well: "Lots of tedious foreplay, & when you think the sex is about to start, your partner dresses up & leaves"). So, I swore to make it on Sunday, the last day of Eiga Sai.

Japan Food Fest, Ayala Center Cebu

I love Japanese food so it was such a bonus finding out they got a Japanese food festival set up at The Terraces, too. It wasn't a grand feast as I imagined it, there were only less than 10 food stalls there I think, but it wasn't such a big deal to complain about. As long as I get my Japanese food fix, I'm a happy panda.

Japan Food Fest, Ayala Center Cebu
Japan Food Fest, Ayala Center Cebu

Ed isn't a Japanese food person - he LOVES Sunburst, pizza, pasta, burgers and fries... the kind you regularly see in Man Vs. Food. Something like that. So I really appreciate it when he is supportive of my food preferences.<3 p="p">
There were exhibitions, cosplaying, and a show inside the mall.

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Japanese display

We only got to watch two screenings (there were three) that day: the animated Colorful and the funny-sad tale of small village women in Permanent Nobara.

sakura, cherry blossoms

I wish I could grow cherry blossom trees in my own backyard!


x Roan

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The New Human ❤ Nature Cebu City Branch

The old Human❤Nature branch in Cebu City (they have branches in Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, too) was located in Galleria Fuente beside Sampaguita Suites. Now, they've transferred to The Strip with a cosy, new store design. Theirs isn't any different from the main branch at Quezon City - same concept and theme.

The first Human❤Nature branch I'd been to was in Davao (where I bought quite a haul). I was impressed how relaxing the ambience was. If I remember correctly, there were couches, chairs and a coffee table, and a little water fountain with bamboos. They got wooden shelves and yellow lighting. Very cosy and attuned to nature which I really, really like.

I wished the Cebu City branch was the same. Now it is!

I planned on going to their opening last weekend but the rain was making me too warm, fuzzy and comfortable in the couch to even care going out. So, visited the store yesterday instead.

The manager was very gracious in allowing me to take photos of their store. I think it has to do with her name being Grace. :D

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Upon entering, this is on the left side.

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Center display. Things you put on your face.

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Mineral make-up display. This is on the right, adjacent to the cashier/counter.

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Shampoos, conditioners and hair masks

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More shampoos and conditioners featuring their new vanilla variant.

They were still putting on more product displays for the face and skin care shelves.

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Merchandise

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Produced by Sulu coffee farmers

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Display behind the counter

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The ceiling! ❤

Now let's go upstairs...

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❤❤❤

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Little corner for the kids

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Free Cafe de Sug coffee

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Products made of and with rattan c/o GK Enchanted Farm weavers

I really dig interiors with bamboo anything and wood fixtures. So Zen and relaxing.

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Display of products from Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm and partner communities

Even though not a coffee drinker, I tried their Cafe de Sug coffee. Since I'm no coffee connoisseur, I couldn't really properly articulate how it was, but it smelled good!

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There are coffee tables and chairs outside, too.

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It was raining outside

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What I bought

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The Human❤Nature Cebu City branch! Visit them!


x Roan