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Tripping out at Tripologie

In Living a Life Off-Center on September 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

I have a luggage fetish. I inherited it from my mom, and she openly admits that the call of a new suitcase is hard to resist. Every single trip, from the very time I could walk I remember entering my a travel or luggage shop with my mother, didn’t matter if she had a brand new, spanking set of suitcases, she just had to see what else was out there. Over the years, I may even say decades, we have had almost every shape, size, color of wheeled, non-wheeled, softshell, hardshell travel-ready container at our disposal. Some lasted many, many years, some were merely used once or twice and then given away. Today, I fully embraced my own travel accessory addiction and took a “trip” down to Tripologie which was very conveniently located on the ground floor of the same building as my yoga studio in Bonifacio Global City (The Active Fun Building).



Walking inside this well-lit, cleanly designed shop had the same effect on me as a candy store would have on a diabetic. My senses went into overdrive. Wall to wall had every kind of travel accessory a travel bug would love to own. Different brands, from Thule, Carlton, Echolac, Wenger, HelloLulu…the list goes on bombarded me to the edges of my peripheral vision.



As much as I wanted to browse for hours, I knew I had to make it back in time upstairs for a yoga class, so I gave myself about 30-40 minutes as a deadline. Thankfully, I was greeted by Brand Manager, Arlene Gadil, and the other staff members (like the very patient and informative Paolo) who took the time to show me several sets of luggage based on my needs and wants.

Weight, of course is very important, I normally travel alone and didn’t want to cause additional strain to my body by having to cart around and lift heavy bags. The first option was the Carlton Aerlite


It came in three sizes, four wheeled, TSA Lock and are expandable up to two inches…which is great news for those last minute shopping needs. 🙂 There were two colors that got my attention, the khaki and the maroon. Green and red are my favorite colors, so I was first trying to decide between these two.

But, on the subject of expansion, Arlene and her team decided to expand my experience with luggage and brought out something else.


The even more lightweight, hard-shell, scratch-resistant, rainproof Sonar line from Carlton. I think the color alone took my breath away. This was definitely something I would be able to spot right away on a conveyor belt. Not to mention I’ve never had a hardshell set before, always choosing the more “practical” yet “classic” look and functionality of the softshell.

I was in decision-hell. I had brought two of my yoga co-teachers with me, and one said “get the red” (Aerlite) and the other one said “I’d get the green” (Sonar). One plus the Aerlite had was that it’s equipped with I-track.


Each Aerlite piece has a special code that you can input in a worldwide database. This acts as a tracker should any of your Aerlite pieces go MIA.

But, the hardshell, in their pistachio green glory just kept drawing my eye to them. I ended up spending about 20 minutes like this:


Seriously, this was the longest I ever took to decide on any shopping spree I’ve had. We opened up the two biggest ones and although the Aerlite definitely had more space…I decided to go with the set that took my breath away. 🙂


I am euphoric…so euphoric that on the suggestion of Arlene I also got a universal adaptor that she claimed would just make my gadget life wherever I went so much easierImage

Thank you to the Tripologie team!!! I can’t wait to happily say “Have bags (ok Sonar suitcases) will travel 🙂


For more information or to check out the Tripologie branches call:

Tripologie BGC – (02) 4785065

Tripologie Alabang Town Ctr – (02) 5536608

Tripologie Eastwood Citywalk 2 – (02) 5845669

Year round tote-all must haves! A repost from Manila Fashion Observer

In Living a Life Off-Center on June 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

I´ve been remiss in the blogging world as life finds me far, far from home at the moment. No complaints though, in spite of choosing countries that seem to be experiencing an immense heat wave at the moment, I am truly enjoying a semi-brainless and stress-holiday. One thing I do regret however is my choice of handbag since shopping is always a temptation and I as I´ve leapt from car, to train to plane I do wish I had brought an extra tote with me to just throw everything in, again, in a semi-brainless fashion.

I content myself for now by reading some of my favorite blogs, such as the one written by AVA Idea-Lister Tin Dychiao ( you can get the full article here:

Or read on below:

Tote-all Must Haves

By Christine Dychiao

Forget IT bags, here are five totes in the market that are making a statement. Find these on and in local boutiques as well.

Leather Baggu: Martin Margiela shopping tote, is that you? Yes, this soft leather tote from Baggu is so chic and yet done with an edgy sense of humor you’d think it was from the master of deconstruction and transformation himself. What’s best, with prices for leather Baggus starting at just Php5,995 for a small leather shopper, you get the Margiela look for much less. Apart from classic black, white and camel, it comes in the trademark yummy Baggu shades too like mint, citrus and grapefruit.
Leather Baggu
Charro y Churro: The brother and sister team behind the label believes in making a statement using environment friendly reusable totes. But not just any statement. Each Charro y Churro tote bears a sassy, smart, and witty blurb that will appeal to the wiseass in you or your friends. Designed in New York but made in the Philippines, it’s a fun, affordable tote that can instantly spark a conversation amongst those in-the-know. No eye-poppingly expensive “It Bag” required.
Charro y Churro "My Balenciaga is on a Break"
Feed Projects: When it comes to social statement bags, FEED bags are both. Sosyal and Social. A project of model/socialite Lauren Bush, each FEED bag is made to fight world hunger by supporting the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) school feeding operations, which serve nutrient-packed meals to children in 74 countries worldwide. Each bag design has a corresponding cause, providing anywhere from 10 school meals to feeding 2 children for an entire year. Buy it as a gift for friends who have everything. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Feed 10
Luntian Bags: A few years back, I received a gift from a friend – a Luntian bag filled with eco-friendly products that she carried in her store. It was a brilliant idea. Instead of using paper wrappers I would eventually dispose of, the packaging her presents came in was a gift in itself. Luntian Bags are not only reusable as grocery totes, it also supports a livelihood program in San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas that provides jobs for unemployed women.
Luntian bags
Wm J Mills & Co.: Sailing in the summer, and preppy boarding school kids, that’s what William J Mills & Co., better known as Wm. J Mills & Co., totes are made of. The more colorful version of those classic LL Bean totes, Wm J Mills & Co totes are made out of sturdy canvas by the heritage sailmaking company based out of Greenport, New York. Built to last and expected to age gracefully, these make the perfect weekends totes for beach bound prepsters or university kids who want a classic tote that is out of the ordinary.
Wm J Mills & Co.
Leather Baggus, and totes from Charro y Churro, FEED Projects, and Luntian Bags are available for purchase at Wm J. Mills totes are currently available only at schu Rockwell.