Saturday, 29 November 2008

gifts from manila

when i was in manila, my colleagues were kind enough to take me out during the weekends. on the second weekend, they took me to a place called "greenhills", where there were numerous stalls selling jewellery made of pearls. there are several islands off manila where pearls were cultured and exported. i was pleasantly surprised to find that prices were really affordable.

i bought the pair of fresh water pearl earrings with a 14k gold backing for my mum, for PHP1,500, which is about GBP20 or US$32. it matches nicely to the bracelet which i bought her back in september.

i also bought several bracelets which makes great presents to friends, each at around PHP120 which is about GBP1.60 or US$2.50!! seriously, a mcdonalds meal here in london costs way more than the pearl bracelets!!

we love cheap thrills!

8 comments:

  1. even the Spanish Royals buy their South Sea Pearls in Greenhills.

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  2. you are such a good son!:-) Hope your mum likes it. and the pearls are beautiful.

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  3. ha!
    it's funny to see that the shitty shit that is mcdonalds is expensive next to some pearls
    lol

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  4. I love greenhills too. that's where I buy pirated DVDs. LOL

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  5. dd: spanish royals too?! won't they get mobbed?! i like southsea pearls but it is very expensive!

    kev: yes mum loves it, she wore it for dinner before i left :)

    sd: yea mcdonalds is expensive here

    allan: piracy!! don't think i can get that past singapore's security!

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  6. they go incognito of course. i dont think many would recognize them in the Phils anyway.

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  7. awww... that is so sweet. greenhills is one of the shopping destination here in metro manila

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what's he wearing?