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Planning a wedding in the Philippines? Take your gift registry online with Knots and Pans

An ecommerce site perfect for time -and cost-conscious newlyweds-to-be

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Two weeks ago, I got married. On January 13, I married my boyfriend of seven years at a garden ceremony and reception in Tagaytay. After being engaged for more than a year and a half, the event itself just flew by, and it was surreal seeing all of the work we put into preparations pay off within a single day.

To cut costs and indulge our pickiness, we decided to book suppliers ourselves and hire an on-the-day coordinator to take over the actual date. Much like handling a long-term work project, finding the right suppliers to trust with our vision was enjoyable, but also exhausting. As the date inched closer, one thing we started handling relatively late was prompted by friends and family asking if we had a wedding registry. Oops.


Enter Knots and Pans: an online wedding registry website, the first and only (so far) of its kind in the Philippines. We discovered it when a friend used it for her own wedding, and we were impressed by the convenience of not having to trek to a physical store for purchases. We waffled about on whether to try it for ourselves until ber-months rolled around, and we realized we didn’t have anywhere to direct guests to whenever they asked about gifts. Not having enough time in our schedule to open a registry somewhere else, we dove in.

Creating an online gift registry on Knots and Pans is simple and straightforward. It’s totally free, and registering is like creating an account on any other ecommerce site. From the get-go, you select the occasion you’re building the registry for — wedding, birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, housewarming, or fundraising — and can use either your Facebook account or email address for logging in. Next, you select your personal aesthetic for product suggestions from a few choices and can then customize your registry page by creating a custom URL and adding a banner image.

Of course, the most fun comes from building the registry itself, which feels just like messing around on Pinterest. Most items come from local brands, and are usually unique. There’s a search function if you’re looking for specific needs (bed sheets or appliances, for example), and guests can find your registry simply by searching your names.

We could always go back to the website and add new things, and even add spaces for monetary gifts with different labels (like travel, home fund, etc.) to be deposited directly into an account. You also have a gift tracker to see which items were already purchased and by whom. Getting an email notification that somebody bought something was always exciting, but I turned that option off because, well, spoilers!

One comment though is that the search function is extremely bare-bones and could do with a few more filters, which reflects how items are organized in the main product catalog, as well. It can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for as categories are too general — although, it isn’t a big problem now due to the limited types of items available.

But there’s a caveat: despite there being a large number of items to choose from, I did feel limited in the look of things we saw (as everything is pre-curated). I’m sure some couples wouldn’t be fans of this site if their personal aesthetic may not match the products.

Despite that, it worked out fine. While we did still receive physical gifts, most came from Knots and Pans. That little blessing manifested itself on the day, when some unlucky circumstances meant we ended up with less car space going home than anticipated. It definitely took a load off us; we didn’t need to spend too much time stressing out on how to Tetris a bunch of gift boxes (and leftover food, leftover wedding cake, wedding gown and suit, and more) for the way back to Manila.

Now we’re here, two weeks after the wedding, and we’ve already received and found places for the first set of gifts our guests purchased from the site. Some friends bought gifts closer to the date, and Knots and Pans’ customer service team was very responsive on Viber, letting us choose whether we wanted to wait a little longer to receive everything in one go or have them delivered in two batches. Delivery straight to our home was free, and all boxes came neatly packaged with custom wrapping paper. A nice surprise was that they took the time to attach printed cards with messages guests could customize while they were buying on the site!

Overall, we had a great experience with this supplier and would recommend it to any engaged couple aiming to save time and money. While ecommerce has become ubiquitous in everyday life, it would be interesting to see what other needs and niches future players in the industry can address, just like this one did for us!

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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5 coolest Airbnb places you can rent in Tagaytay

For when you want to escape Manila’s heat

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Tagaytay is one destination you can visit when you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It’s popular for its cold weather, picture-worthy cafes, and an overlooking view of Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano. In addition, it’s just a two-hour drive away from Manila.

If you’re planning to stay in this city for a couple of days, here are our top five Airbnb rentals:


Dalton’s Lakeview Point

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Dalton’s Lakeview Point is a stylish, modern-themed Airbnb. It’s spacious enough to fit groups up to six people, and its artistic interior design gives you that cozy and calming feeling. Stay here when you want a refreshing view of Taal Lake.

Book it here.

Nordic Jewel

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Couples might enjoy staying at Nordic Jewel, a Scandinavian-inspired Airbnb located in Tagaytay Prime Residences. Despite being small, every corner is Instagrammable. If that doesn’t convince you, let me tell you this: Small spaces make you closer with a person. Now go and have a good time with the love of your life!

Book it here.

Unit 217, Tower 1, Wind Residences

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Even though it looks like a hotel room, Unit 217 in Tower 1, Wind Residences exudes an elegant, contemporary vibe. Its yellow accents give life in this Airbnb’s dominantly black and white design, and its patio invites you to relax and take a peek outside. This is perfect for those who want to feel that hotel vibe with a touch of the usual bed and breakfast.

Book it here.

Chalet de Tagaytay

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If you want to retreat from the hustle-bustle of life, Chalet de Tagaytay is a rustic Airbnb that oozes privacy. Perched on a mountainside, it has the perfect view of Taal Lake for when you want to contemplate about life. Take the time to forget the world and your problems, and just relax during your stay.

Book it here.

Windsor Vacation House

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Windsor Vacation House is the perfect place for get-togethers. It’s spacious enough to let everyone have their own space, and every corner is definitely picture-worthy. Next time you have an occasion to celebrate, bring your families and friends here for a wonderful experience. It can comfortably fit people up to 12 people, and it’s guaranteed you’ll make new memories with a beautiful Airbnb like this!

Book it here.

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4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

Small but packed with features

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Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.

Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:


1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way

The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.

It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.

2. Definitely a travel companion

This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).

In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.

3. For the times when you want to express yourself

If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.

Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.

4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go

Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!

The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.

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