Now that we’re finished covering the foodies, let’s talk about the best eLBi establishments that help feed the mind naman, and then my favorite place that make me feel oh-so-pretty and pampered.
Best Antique and Book Shop
Every true-blue tipid mode bookworm of LB knows this: The Practical Shop! In high school and college, I have frequented this place almost every other day to hunt the next installment of the Sweet Valley High series I was so addicted to. And whenever I would see a Sidney Sheldon or Judith McNaught book (that is on every starter bookworm’s list), my heart would go thump, thump, thump. This place was practically a tambayan for me back then. Because that place was a portal—the books I find there took me to places!
Through the books I bought there, it’s like I’ve already toured Europe and travelled through time and lived during the Prohibition and the Renaissance. I also had an in-depth glimpse of what it would be like to be a maiden in love with and wooed by a duke, and even the thrill of being an international con woman. The aroma of old books that wafted through my nose in that place usually signalled that again, I could escape my reality. It used to give me a high that only my fellow bibliophiles could understand. That’s why I see the yellowed, worn out books of best-selling authors as precious works of art, especially when they cost only P5, P10, P15, P20, and P25. Yes, they were that cheap there at Practical Shop, considering that the closest thing was to buy a preloved book from Book Sale, where a similar book costs about P75.
But wait—there’s more: every 15th and 30th of the month, external sellers have bazaars and garage sales in Practical Shop’s, well, garage. And the products sold are varied: from preloved and new clothes to healthy juices, hair accessories, toys, etc!
Best Beauty Parlor/Salon
The services of my favorite ever beauty parlor in town are relatively cheap, but every time I’m there I feel like a million bucks!