Weekend Story: Monasterio de Santa Clara Katipunan+ Pelina Shoes Marikina + Din Tai Fung BGC + ATC with Family

Last weekend was quite an adventure. On Saturday, the hubby and I drove to Monasterio de Santa Clara in Katipunan to say some prayers. From there, we went all the way to Marikina to go shoe shopping at Pelina Shoes. It’s a shoe factory/shoe shop that sells women’s ballet flats, mules, sandals, and slippers in various designs. (We also saw a few pairs of loafers for men there.) We then headed for BGC to take our chance with Shake Shack but ended up dining at Din Tai Fung because the queue at the former was super long, as in.

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crazy long line at Shake Shack

at Din Tai Fung BGC

we loved their Xiao Long Bao (and all the other food we got)!

The highlight of my weekend would be Pelina Shoes. I learned about it from my blogger friend Diane who lives in Marikina. She even wrote a detailed review of the said establishment here. Read it to learn more about this shoe haven (you know you want to!).

And if you love wearing ballet flats like I do, they have tons of sturdy and lovely pairs at Pelina Shoes and at dirt-cheap prices, too! Like the shoe prices there range from PhP280 to PhP380 only. Note that these are the same ones being sold at bazaaars for Php500 and up. Diba ang laking mura? Sasadyain mo nga lang talaga sa Marikina kaya kung pupunta ka, damihan mo na ang bili at magsama ng maraming girl friends para mas enjoy ang shopping!

Marikina, known as the shoe capital of the Philippines, is proud of its shoe industry and you could tell just by looking at the shoes sold at Pelina Shoes that Marikina shoemakers are really at par with the best in the world.

the pairs that made the cut 😛

actual amount we paid (they only accept cash payments!)

On Sunday, we woke up a bit late and did household chores. In the afternoon, we joined Mame and my sisters Jodie and Nyam in Alabang Town Center (ATC) to buy some supplies. The hubby, on the other hand, bought an iPad Mini 5 on installment to my “slight” consternation. Slight lang because he gave me his old iPad Mini 3, haha. My sister Jodie also treated us to dinner at Italliani’s because she was feeling generous after receiving a windfall from work.

how he reacts when he can’t contain his anticipation of a gadget 😛


dinner with family at Italliani’s ATC

my sister Jodie’s fave — spinach and artichoke formaggio

Illustrado’s baked cheesecake and chocolate decadence cheesecake FTW

Here are more photos from our weekend:

Jasper the friendly dog trying to keep his cool despite the Sunday afternoon heat

Super Delights brownie bites prove that you don’t have to pay much for yumminess (I asked my brother to buy these for me in Divisoria for only Php35 per pack)

Have a joyful and peaceful week, friends! 🙂

May you choose happiness always,

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6 Replies to “Weekend Story: Monasterio de Santa Clara Katipunan+ Pelina Shoes Marikina + Din Tai Fung BGC + ATC with Family”

  1. Hi Edel!

    Sobrang natuwa ako kasi naging bad influence ako ahahahahahahahahaha (sana hindi naman) I love it when I’m able to convince people to visit my hometown, kahit for food trip and shoe shopping. Enjoy ang bagong shoesssss 🙂 sana pati si Mame natuwa and next time sana kasama na siblings, para full force :p

    As for the iPad, curious lang ako about iSwitch. Is it cheaper or better in other ways to buy sa store nila, kesa sa PowerMac or iStudio?

    1. Di naman masyadong bad influence, slight lang, ahahahahhahahaha. Per Edwin, same prices lang silang tatlo kasi pare-pareho silang authorized Apple reseller. Nagkakaiba lang sa ino-offer na payment terms pag installment, merong 6 months lang, 12 at 24. Kay iSwitch, naka 24 months sya sa iPad Mini 5 nya (mas magaan “daw” sa bulsa). 🙂

  2. I work in BGC. Pero never ko pa na-try ang Shake Shack, even yung Tiger Sugar kasi ang tamad ko talaga pumila. Haha!

    Grabe, ang saya ng mga shoes! Ako kasi ang pandak pero mahilig sa ballet flats! I currently use 2 pairs for work – Melissa and Butterfly Twists. Pero for years, mga Marikina-made shoes from local online sellers lang ang ginagamit ko. They lasted for years! Ang layo lang ng Marikina sa akin. 🙁

    1. Lately, puro local shoes (same thing with my other stuff) ang gamit ko. Naku Je, sulit ang trip ko sa Pelina Shoes. Sana makapunta kayo one day, pwedeng isabay nyo na lang sa errands na banda run din, hehe. 🙂

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