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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

A case for colorful tech gear-laptop sleeves and bags

In Philippine Star Column on April 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

As the weather continues to heat up the metro in merciless fashion, special attention should be paid to your gadgets in order to keep them functioning well. My trusty laptop, a year-old Macbook Air, is my constant travel companion and I have been remiss in taking care of it. Wear and tear is one of my lappy’s biggest enemies and with more travel looming in the near future I decided to shop around for something to keep and carry it in. I needed something that would ventilate it properly, protect it from different surfaces and (oops) the occasional drop and, well, keep it looking pretty.

Hard candy. Xdoria Hardshell laptop cases

I was spoiled for choice, it seems, as soon as I put out the intention to find something. First, for everyday use and to brighten up the workplace, there were the transparent hard shell cases from XDoria (if you like that look) for P2,000 or the carbon-finish version that looked a bit more grown up (P2,200). Made out of polycarbonate, they are harder to crack and are great to protect the edges of your laptop especially if you irresponsibly just throw your laptop into your bag like I do and then throw the bag into your car forgetting that part of it is sticking out. Color-wise I leaned towards the purple and made a mental note to tell my more corporate-bound friends about the more conservative version in black. I had mental images of me tapping away at my keyboard while at the beach, with my laptop case being a perfect match to my cover-up and other accessories. Sure, it may sound a little contrived but would still be a really cute photo.

Carbon copy. A more professional finish plus protection

With my case choice closed, what was next on the list was a bag. I now had to decide on flexibility and functionality of the product. The slimmest was the Thule Sleeve (P2,500) that had semi-rigid foam padding for protection and an additional fold where it opened to create water resistant defense (perfect for our now very unpredictable weather). Since it also had no seams there was no danger of your laptop getting scratched when being slid in and out of it. The next was a Case Logic Pouch (P1,400) which was like a mini-shell. Although I liked the sleekness of both, I was thinking it may be more practical to get something that could also carry my charger and other accessories if I needed. The apple green color of the Dicota Dee Slim Case (P2,450) was very appealing to me and I liked that it had different compartments on the outside pocket and a security strap inside to prevent your laptop from accidentally slipping out. As a true travel warrior , I then had to consider the Promax line (P1,990- P2,700) which looked like a mini-knapsack complete with compartments, padding and an adjustable strap.

Sleeve-ing beauty. A lightweight, super-slim Thule sleeve.

The temptation to buy a case, a sleeve and a bag just to keep my laptop fashion-forward was overwhelming so it took a couple of days for me to justify my purchase. A cheap thrill runs through me when I see my new accessories in the brightest colors available. Okay, cute summer outing picture, here I come!

In the limelight. Bright bags from Dicota

Back-up. Keep it all-in a laptop dedicated knapsack

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XDoria cases available at Apple Resellers (The A.Shop, Switch, iStudio) SM Appliance Center and Gadget stores (Mobile 1, Technoholics, Inbox). All other laptop sleeves and bags are available at Tripologie stores in Eastwood Mall and Alabang Town Center.