Hassle-Free Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Starbucks

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It’ll be Christmas in a few days and you still don’t have a gift picked out for family and friends. Heck, you don’t even have your exchange gift ready for work yet and your office Christmas Party is looming dangerously close.

We know exactly how that’s like. The holidays seem to sneak up on all of us. With all the year-end work and stress that we have to deal with, we keep putting off gift buying until the last second. But now, it’s crunch time! So here are some gift ideas to help you guys out.

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Comfort and style: The perfect Chuck Taylor sneakers for travel

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I have a few must-haves whenever we travel: 1. my old trusty DSLR 2. my laptop so I can work wherever there’s wifi or stable LTE/3G connection 3. comfortable and durable shoes. The last one is critical for whether we are exploring a secluded island away from the city or traversing an urban jungle which often entails a lot of walking to keep up with the flow of the busy metropolis.

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Thailand gears up for traditional New Year Songkran Festival

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) marks an extended celebration of the Thai Lunar Calendar, the New Year Songkran Festival, with unique activities and festivities that pay tribute to the role of water in Thai culture and society. Normally the celebration lasts for three days from April 13 to 15, but this year there will be an extended break as April 16 and 17 fall on a weekend.

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Revisiting Boracay

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Our 5-day Holy Week getaway in Boracay ends today. While waiting for our Cebu Pacific flight from Caticlan to Manila, I  drafted this visual diary before it gets added to my growing pile of unpublished travel blog posts.

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Get off the grid with this private island getaway on Airbnb

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When your idea of a fun and relaxing getaway has graduated from endless partying and going to LaBoracay to finding solace away from the physical and virtual pollution of the city, here’s a destination that you may want to consider.

Just a little over three hours away from Manila, a private island is up for rent on Airbnb. Equipped with an 80-square meter bungalow with a living room, a kitchen, a main bedroom and an attic, the island can comfortably host a group of up to 10 people. It has a separate study with the most relaxing 360 degree island view and a spacious ground area where you can dine alfresco. You may also chill and/or read on a hammock under a tree, walk barefoot while enjoying your favourite glass of wine, or roast marshmallows and hotdogs around a ready bonfire by the lake.

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