Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs

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Merry Christmas!  This Christmas don't forget to give your fur friends their presents too.  Although there's not much dog stores here in Manila.  I've tried my best to include dog gifts into my Christmas shopping itinerary. 

Santa Lychee
So here are my Christmas gift ideas for dogs.  I bought these stuff from Bow & Wow and Hobbes and Landes

 My maltese Lychee is a small dog and she's a treat lover.  I bought her lots of treats.  When choosing dog treats, I always go for the premium ones which are wheat-free.  

  • Newman's Own Premium Dog Treats Cheese Flavor
    •  If your familiar with Newman's Own organic product lines for humans, well they've ventured into dog snacks too.  Our seven dogs love the cheese flavor.  I bet your dog will like it too.
  • Cloudstar Wag More Bark Less
    • I chose Cloudstar Wag More Bark Less because they have peanut butter cookies.  Both humans and dogs can't resist the delicious taste of peanut butter so I'm sure my dogs will love them.
  • Delicio Baked Pet Treats
    • Delicio is a new brand for us.  Their products are very cheap so we decided to give it a try.

  • Taste of the Wild
    • Our dogs love Taste of the Wild but its too expensive here so they only have this for special occassions.  Their default dog food is Acana and Canidae.
  • Nylabones
    • We only trust nylabone as chew bones for our six Chinese sharpeis
How about your?  What did you get for your pets this Christmas?

Christmas Attractions in Metro Manila 2012

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Christmas is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  Everywhere I go I could feel the beauty of Christmas attractions and the warmth of the people celebrating the joy of Christmas together.  

What I like about Christmas is that there are a lot of activities anyone can enjoy.  Like when I visited Symphony of Lights this year, just light I did last year... As expected, group of friends and families have flocked the area just to see the wonderful melody together with the blinking colorful lights.  Every night, the place would be filled with a different batch of people.  

Last year's Symphony of Lights were dominated by stars, this year it was colorful balls.  The brilliant twist with them is that they move up and down.

The music and lights this year is much more lively.  I guess it's keeping up with the times. =D

Overall, it's a must watch.

Christmas also has its solemn times.  Sometimes I just walk alone and appreciate the lights on the street.  After all, I could only do that during Christmas.

I guess I'm on of these people, who wants to sit on the floor sometimes and admire the Christmas lights on the tall buildings and streets of Makati.

Around the Ayala Triangle, there are also bazaars with cool Christmas gift ideas for the busy workers in Makati.

There's also a mini food market set up.  It was a bit crowded so I didn't stick too long.

Another great activity to do during Christmas is to go hotel hopping just to appreciate the Christmas attractions of hotels.



The most Christmas Tree decor I've seen is at Dusit Thani Hotel Makati.

In addition, they have a Santa and a sleigh.

Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio High Street is also a great place for shopping or window shopping or maybe just strolling.

There's the annual Lego display.  This time there's a huge  R2D2 built in Lego.  Who doesn't love Star Wars right?

Kids can watch a FREE show in the big High Definition scene.  During my visit, they had Lion King on.  It's one of the best Disney movies ever so it's nice to watch some scenes from it again.

Luneta Park
There's a fair by Quirino Grand Stand where families and friends would just seat on the grass while some go for the rides.  

And, if the Ayala Triangle in Makati has a Symphony of Lights, Luneta Park has a light show by the fountain.  Although there's no music, it still has a lot of audience.  

The the fountain side, there's a lot of food stalls and random booths to cater to the large crowd.

How about you?  Where have you felt Christmas this year?

Kalikhasan: Eco-Friendly Gift Packages for Christmas

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If you think this Christmas is the same as all the other years, well for me it isn't.  This year, I've decided to include the environment and the country in consideration when buying gifts for my loved ones.  Wouldn't it be  a good deed to do this Christmas?

My proud find this Christmas is Kalikhasan's  Eco-Friendly Gift PackagesKalikhasan is an all Filipino small scale company that makes eco-friendly, organic and natural-based solutions.  What makes them different from other well-known brands is that their products are:

• Non-toxic
• Environmental-friendly
• Bio-degradable
• Non-pollutant
• Can act as a composter
• Helps repel disease-carrying insects
• BFAD approved
• Cost efficient

“Who’s Vain?" Gift Package (650 php)
Now, they offer a lot of gift packages but I feel that the “Who’s Vain?" Gift Package is the perfect gift for every woman.  It is a fact that every woman is vain.  Yes, I have one myself see. =D

The “Who’s Vain?" Gift Package is the key to a pampered Christmas.  The package contents are:

  • 1 piece 100 ml GANDANG UMAGA or MADALING ARAW Cologne Spray
Whether you choose GANDANG UMAGA or MADALING ARAW for a Cologne Spray, you'll surely love the refreshing scent and feeling it gives you.  I've loved how the GANDANG UMAGA emanates the smell of ginger and grapefruit.  It's an nergizing scent but not overpowering.  Since this is chemical-free, this is also good and safe to use for kids.

  • 1 piece 100 ml PARUPARO or SALAGUINTO or KULIGLIG or ALITAPTAP Room & Linen Spray
I've always been a workaholic.  Even if I want to, my mind just wonders off and doesn't seem to rest.  But, ever since I've used the SALAGUINTO, I've been having calm, relaxing and deep sleeps.  The spray this to your room, linen and even pillows and the effect is just magical.  The SALAGUINTO is a wonderful blend of chamomile and green tea essential oils.

  • 1 piece 100 ml ULAP Massage Uplifting Massage Oil
The heavy traffic I've been encountering these past few days has made me more tired than usual.  You know what I do whenever I feel down and still need to study at home?  I just grab my bottle of ULAP Massage Uplifting Massage Oil and rub it on my sore parts.  And, its scent and effect on my skin just soothes me.  The ULAP Massage Uplifting Massage Oil contains A mixture of lavender, orange and lemon essential oils combined with virgin coconut oil, grape seed oil and vitamin E. The best part is that it has no harsh chemicals which is good for me because I have a very sensitive skin.

  • 1 piece DALISAY Glycerin Soap
The DALISAY Glycerin Soap has a nice natural scent with moisturizing effects.  It has orange essential oils, virgin coconut oil, aloe vera and colloidal oatmeal.

If you're looking for other packages.  Kalikhasan also have these:

Mom Knows Best (1000 php)

  • SAPA Handwashing Liquid (500 ml)
  • LAWA Dishwashing Liquid (500 ml)
  • BATIS Liquid Laundry Detergent (500 ml)
  • AGOS Fabric Conditioner (500 ml)
  • DAGAT All Purpose Cleaner (500 ml)
  • DANAW Disinfectant (Kitchen/Bathroom Deodorizer) (500 ml)

The Mom Knows Best  Gift Package is useful for the household.  You know these products are amazing espcially if you don't want your hands to get rough because of the harsh chemicals.  These are just as effective but more eco-friendly and skin friendly too.

Itch Away (600 php)

  • Clearzone 10 Non-Toxic Double Coils (20 pieces)
  • Terracotta Coil Holder
  • ALISAP Insect Repellent (100 ml )

With so many mosquitoes these days, I'm sure anybody would find the Itch Away as a necessity.

You Deserve It (550 php)

  • Essential Oil of Your Choice (30 ml )
  • Oil Burner
  • ULAP Uplifting Massage Oil (100 ml)
The You Deserve It will grant you the uplifting you need after a hard days work.

Better Safe Than Sorry (350 php/200 php)

  • ALISAP Insect Repellent (100 ml /50ml)  
  • ULAN Hand Sanitizer (100 ml /50ml)  
  • DANAW Disinfectant & Deodorizer (100 ml /50ml)  
The Better Safe Than Sorry is you're must-carry safety kit.  Protect yourself from disease-carrying insects and keep yourself and environment clean and safe.