Here's One Place You Can Get All Your Secret Santa Gifts
The "-Ber" months signal cooler weather, the return of sweaters and cardigans hidden at the back of your closet, and the holiday season, of course. Here in the Philippines, Christmas carols are suddenly on constant airplay as soon as the calendar flips to September 1. Another tradition that signals the Christmas season? Kris Kringle or Secret Santa, a fun group activity that stretches the holidays even longer. If you're not familiar with it, the idea is that everyone picks their "baby" and gives them themed gifts for a couple of weeks until the big reveal. Themes can be as generic as "something cute" and as complicated as "something furry and useful." Either way, it's always fun getting creative with the type of presents you shop for each time.
Luckily, we've found one store that just might answer all your Secret Santa needs. Tickles has been the Pinoy's go-to gift store since 1979. Ask your parents and they've probably bought at least one or two presents from this novelty shop.
But if you're not doing Kris Kringle this year, don't worry. There are tons of things you can pick up from the shop. From Father's Day gifts to tokens for your mom on Mother's Day, there are also perfect stocking stuffers for animal lovers.
Check out some of the cutest stuff you can snag when you visit its flagship store in SM Megamall this month.
Tickles is located at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Power Plant Mall, SM Megamall A, TriNoma, UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, Marquee Mall, Fairview Terraces, and Ayala Center Cebu. Follow @tickles_PH onTwitter and Instagram,or visit Tickles_ph on Facebook.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.