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12 Online Stores That Deliver Plants For Your Indoor Garden Project

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If, just like Kathryn Bernardo, becoming a plant parent has given you your daily dose of happiness during while in quarantine, the good news is that there are online stores that can cater to your needs during the MECQ or modified enhanced community quarantine! You’ll just have to pay a little extra for a third-party courier, such as Grab, Lalamove, Angkas, or Mr. Speedy, so you can be safe at home while waiting for your beloved succulents.

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Here are some online stores that are open to serve you.

Cessgieanna

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For beautiful houseplants without the hefty price tag, check out this Instagram seller (@cessgieanna) from the Quezon Memorial Circle Garden Center. Browse through her feed for available plants like rubber trees, creeping Charlies, monsteras, peace lilies, and more. You can book a third-party courier for deliveries.

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Fresh Spaces Manila

If you’re looking for houseplants that can clean the air inside your home, this plant shop located in Commonwealth, Quezon City can help. They mostly sell air-purifying and ornamental indoor plants including bestsellers like snake plants, peace lilies, pothos, corn plants, and areca palms. Visit their Facebook page to order (facebook.com/freshspacesmnl). They do curbside pick-ups — book your choice of courier or come pick up plants yourself if you live near the area.

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Halamanin

This online shop doesn't just sell plants — they are also helping out less fortunate communities and giving them gardening starting kits so they can grow their own food! Shop from their Facebook page (facebook.com/halamanin.ph) and send them a message to order. Apart from indoor plants, they also sell ready-to-use organic soil mix that's perfect for planting vegetables!

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Happy Plant Co

This shop will help you achieve your #plantgoals by selecting the right kind of plant fit for your personality. Message them on Facebook (facebook.com/happyplantco) and Instagram (@happyplantco) and specify your requirements — whether you’re looking for a desktop-sized or floor-sized arrangement and where you’d like to put the greenery.

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Lush Plants Manila

Based in Ermita, Manila, this plant shop can transport small ornamental plants (sanitized before delivery) via Lalamove. Bigger plants are scheduled for delivery after the quarantine restrictions are lifted, but you can choose from their selection now (visit their Instagram @lushplantsmanila) and have it reserved. Payments are via bank transfer or GCash.

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Lush & Pots

This home and garden store located in Taytay, Rizal, regularly updates its social pages with what’s on hand this quarantine. Just message them on Facebook (facebook.com/lushandpots) or Instagram (@lushandpotsph), and they will send the photos of the plants that are in stock.

Lush & Pots Manila sells indoor plants and accessories like pots, hangers, and plant stands. For delivery, the client must book Lalamove, Grab, Transportify, or other similar couriers.

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Masitera Lifestyle Gardening

Its physical shop in Makati may be closed because of the MECQ, but the store can still deliver succulents within Metro Manila. They also encourage clients to grow their own vegetables with their “veggie grow kit.” Right now, they are giving out hundreds of free seeds!

“Our goal is to teach people to grow their own food so that in the future, harvesting their crops is just within reach,” the owner tells SmartParenting.com.ph. To avail of the free seeds, message them on Facebook (facebook.com/masiterasucculentsolutions).

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Nest Plant Studio

If you’re looking for beautiful greens and personalized pots, this online store can still cater to your needs this MECQ. Browse their Instagram feed (@nestplantstudio) for available stocks and send them a direct message for your orders. Metro Manila deliveries will be done via Lalamove.

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Spruce Plant Shop

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If you live in Metro Manila, you can get IG-worthy plants from this online shop — just send them a direct message on Instagram (@spruceplantshop). They offer potted plants, stands, watering cans, macramé plant hangers, pots, soil, and soil toppers. All items are sanitized before delivery!

Their bestsellers include the snake plant, rubber tree, heartleaf, fiddle leaf fig, and selloum. “These are the top air-purifying plants, and are low-maintenance, too, kaya people love them,” shares the owner. They have a very stylish watering can, too! Payment is done via fund transfer. They have an in-house delivery service but they can also cater to orders via Lalamove.

SucculentsPH

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If you’re looking for a post-Mother’s Day gift for mom, why not indulge in succulents? Browse their feed (facebook.com/succulentsph) and message them for inquiries — the store does not have a catalog due to a quick turnover of their inventory. This MECQ, they will deliver individually potted plants and garden supplies via Grab or Lalamove. If you’re eyeing their terrariums, they can only deliver within Quezon City.

Plant Parenthood PH

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This online shop based in Quezon City curates the plants they sell so they will only stock a few of each type for a certain period. Browse through the shop’s feed and send a direct message when you see one that you like—the owner will discuss with you if your chosen plant is suitable for your space, light, and plant care confidence.

If you’re ready to “adopt,” pay through bank transfer or credit card via PayPal. The owner will ship through Lalamove or Transportify but will not be able to guarantee prompt delivery service as it may take a while to book drivers or riders during MECQ. 

Tierra Plants

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These plant curators have 30 years of landscape design experience, so expect beautifully hand-picked plants that will complement your space. Apart from houseplants, they also design and build gardens, just in case you want to level up your #plantgoals. To order, visit their website at www. tierraplants.com and choose from their selection of table-top and shelf plants, medium-sized plants, and tall plants. Pay via PayPal, bank transfer, or credit card. Expect a slight delay in deliveries as they have just resumed operations.  

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Plant Project PH

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While this store cannot deliver during the quarantine, it's still worth a follow as the owner also educates its followers on how to grow your own food. She conducts online learning sessions in gardening, so if you're serious about becoming a plantita, she's the right person to ask. Follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/plantprojectph/) or Instagram (@plantprojectph) to see their schedule for online workshops.

This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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With the world suffering by crisis and chaos today, where everyone of us seems to be caged, may be in our home, in our thoughts, with our regrets, or even with someone whom we can never have, while sulking in our house with our home works and household choirs, there are those idle moments when I stop and stare into oblivion, I can’t help but to think about those moments where we are the happiest, or we are the most sad, we have our own highlights of our life, either our downfall or shortcomings, sometimes our triumphs, but how about those moments caught in between but played as much as important episode to those we remember the most?

Sometimes you can’t help but to think about those moments in between. We think that our life is built by big moments, but little do we realized how little they play in our lives, we barely even consider the little things, that made a huge impact in our lives, maybe it wasn’t about the medal you’ve got from winning an essay contest, but the stranger who let you borrow his/her pen because you forgot yours at home, maybe it wasn’t the brand new watch that your parents gave you as a present but the person that you saved unconsciously, asking you what time is it because he/she was worried he/she might be late for the class.

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Admit it, or not, we have all took those moments for granted, those moments when everything is in between. In times like this, where a crisis is on the midst, our mind often wanders elsewhere, there will always be that moments that the silence of our room will be filled by the cacophonies of our thoughts that strangle us in the subtle ways. The only solace we could find in this misery is sometimes our memories, not the big ones but those moments we once thought idle, who would have guess that the last time you drink your favorite coffee was a month ago, or the comfort of your favorite street you passed after school, hoping you could meet the person you want to talked to accidentally, the way you rush to the favorite fast food chain after a tiring day, hoping for a cone of ice cream, our life will always be built by these moments.

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There will always be something in between, that stiches two extremes into a one fine art, between love and pain, there is learning, the midnight always reminds us that yesterday is over but there is always a tomorrow waiting for us to rise, between our dreams and our failures, there is hope, the wisest person sometimes understand that life is a prism, it can blind us with all the colors and wonders of its side, but there is one source of light that made all those colors possible. Take a chance to be that light, that sees not only the parts that we hide, nor the highlights of our lives but those moments of everything in between.

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TITLE: Good night

It was the morning of May 5; I went to the ICU to take the morning shift. I peeked from the sliding door and saw a female doctor and 3 nurses probably making their rounds. Half asleep, I entered the room not realizing what was happening. I sat in front of my grandma’s bed, waiting for the doctors to leave. My aunt was crying from the corner of the room, I thought that perhaps my grandma was deteriorating. Then the monitor on the upper left part of the bed kept beeping, then the lady in white coat announced “time of death 8:50”.

Everything froze, I didn’t understand a thing. I saw my aunt hug our grandma so tight, shaking out of grief and desperation. I sat there frozen and speechless, it was so surreal I thought it was a dream. My sister who was sitting beside me took a few heavy steps towards grandma’s bed. She hugged our grandma and whispered words lost in between her sobs.

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When it was my time, I held her right hand, the hand I used to wipe and hold. It wasn’t cold, it was still warm, soft and wrinkly. The bruises from countless injections she endured. I pressed her hand trying to wake her up, more tears rolled when she wouldn’t respond. “Inang! Agriing kan a, bigaten!” (Granma wake up, it’s morning already) I wrapped my hands around her, she’s the same Inang I used to hug but this time she isn’t hugging me back. I tried to wake her up a couple more times more desperate than the last. I wanted to see those little eyes open again and look at me. I wanted her to ask me “apaya nakkong?” (why my dear?) once more. How about calling me miss Universe when she forgets my name. I loved her and will love her even if she calls me the wrong name.

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After all the restless nights she can finally sleep. I wiped my tears as I marvel the way she looked. It was a painful but beautiful sight. I wanted her to wake up but how could I ask that if she looked so peaceful now? After all the pain she endured she is finally resting. I couldn’t ask her to come back when I know she’s in a better place. She is free now, free from pain and suffering. I stop waking her up and held her hand tightly, in between my cries I bid goodbye. To my dearest Inang Nani, go on find the light. I know Tatang and Tito are waiting for your arrival. Rest well Inang, Good night.

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Loneliness that Turned into Beautiful Solitude

Are you one of those many people who experienced loneliness? The moment where you do not have someone else to rely on. Have you experienced it? Going home with a lot of thoughts running in your mind but no one was there to listen. Have you ever felt bad for yourself? In realizing that you were the only one left. When every one else was leaving. When most people around you have chosen others over you. Have you experienced the pain? The pain of being alone? A lot of people are afraid to be alone for various reasons. Some people says that they are just used to something that there is always someone out there for them. Someone who is always there. Someone who is always ready to accompany them in all. Someone who is always willing to stay. Stays in your best and most especially at your worst. While others simply do not have the courage to face the world of loneliness. I, experienced the pain of loneliness but gained a lot of benefit from it.

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Living alone is not a simple thing for me to do but for me to survive and acquire proper education, I have to. I have to learn to live alone. In living alone, I had face a lot of difficulties. I encountered a lot of problems that were made to be fixed by many but was able to get it fixed by myself. Yes it was hard, it is hard. It was never easy to begin with. There will be times or days that it can make you drain and cause you countless sleepless nights. Yes, it is painful. But we have to realize that in loneliness, we can also find peace in ourselves. The "YOU". The genuine "YOU".

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People are so afraid to experience loneliness. Most of us do not realize that with so much fear of being alone, we started to forget that good things come from being alone. As time pass by, I got used in solving problems by myself, I learned to live alone, I saw the "beauty of loneliness" that's how my loneliness slowly turned into beautiful solitude. As time passes by, I realized that there are a lot of good things that you can get in being alone. So, for those who are reading this, I hope you guys learn to appreciate the beauty of being alone.

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The issue of the pandemic, COVID-19, have resulted to quarantine. Stuck in the house and only going out when needed. This may be a boring routine but to me, this is an opportunity to get to take care of myself and pay attention to myself.

Since I started college in 2019, I rarely get to do any of my hobbies and sleep has become a diamond in the rough. This is because I was focused on my classes and getting my school requirements done but now that face-to-face classes have been suspended and the school has decided to resume it through the use of the internet, this gave me time check on myself even if it's only for a short while before I get back on finishing the tasks given.

For the passed months I have been spending time with my family, eating, and sleeping more along with doing my school requirements. We got to get to tell stories about what has happened before the quarantine. I have also gotten back to recording songs in Smule, an app I use a lot before, learned a few recipes and I have even started learning songs to play on my piano keyboard.

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Since we're in quarantine, I recommend everyone to try and get back to what they like doing and/or even learn new things. My sister heard me trying to learn a song and asked me to teach her, so I did just that. I taught her a song she wanted to learn which is "Love Is All That Matters" by Eric Carmen. But I am not a professional, I mostly search for sheet music and tutorials on YouTube.

When it comes to learning a song, I usually only learn the chords and sing along to the melody, but my sister wanted to learn the whole song so I did my best to learn not just the chords but also the melody on the piano. My sister has only learned to play the melody but is having a hard time playing it together with the chords. I can see her determination in learning the piano because whenever she comes home from work, I hear her practice the song on the piano and every time she practices, she improves.

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Me, on the other hand, have been and singing with my friends on Smule. Despite the pandemic going on right now, I have managed to go back to my old hobbies, pay attention to myself and even spend time with my family. I hope everyone is also for happiness during this dreadful times.

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For someone who has been a K-pop fan since 2009, I’ve witnessed how the Korean wave continuously stayed on our shores and how it blossomed from the 2nd generation of K-pop Idols to the 3rd generation. And before we can even enjoy social media and live-streaming today, we had a hard time fangirling back then and here, I’ve listed the struggles only Titas of K-pop can relate to.

1. Dealing with a slow internet connection

For some reason, the internet back then was significantly slower than it is today. Youtube videos take too long to load and watching your favorite Korean music show online requires you to dwell on the never-ending buffering that the slow internet connection gives. Patience is a virtue, sis!

2. Downloading k-pop songs

Before we can even enjoy the existence of Spotify, the only way to revel in our favorite k-pop songs multiple times is to have them downloaded or sometimes, you have to buy the physical album first and have the songs ripped from the CD. The struggle is real, I know!

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3. Your favorite k-pop group just don’t visit your country

Since K-pop is still not popular in the country back then, when your favorite K-pop group announces world tour, there’s a zero probability that you will get to see your bias in the flesh because Philippines is not always a part of their tour. It’s seriously heartbreaking, tbh!

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Few years ago, K-pop was not as popular than it is now, so there are only few k-pop shops online who ship merchs in the Philippines but when they do, the shipping fee is way too expensive and sometimes they cost more than the merchandise itself. But now, you can drop by Divisoria or anywhere in Manila and you’ll find a k-pop merch at a cheap price! Imagine!

5. Watching videos without subtitles

The struggle is real when the most anticipated appearance of your idol on a TV show comes out only to find out that there are no subtitles! So you just end up waiting for someone to upload the subtitles and for the extreme level, you find time in learning the Korean language and wish to speak Korean so you can watch in peace. To become a fan might be one of the most challenging roles to play but believe me when I say that it is just one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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