Mikka’s Closet

I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and importers. I remembered learning how to do inventory and marketing at a very early age when my mom built Mikka’s Closet which has became famous in the 90’s in different shops like Robinson’s, Shoppesville etc. I recall seeing cousin and fellow blogger Danika Rio who now manages Nava which was built during the same time too.

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Giorgina Galang and Mikka Galang

Formerly, my mom sold custom-made bags, shoes and apparel. Ever since, she has been very fascinated with style and fashion (thus my kaartehan). She named the shop using my sister’s Nickname, and produced campaigns featuring celebrities like Ara Mina etc. But today’s retail landscape is very different and competitive and I wanted to help her revive her business with strong online pull. Rebranded also her logo, which the great Vince Canlapan did.

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And we did! I invited her to co-sell her items in my bazaar spaces and ever since I have been seeing lots of fuchsia pink “Mikka” paper bags in those events, showing how in demand her items were. She sells stylish apparel (see the lace collection we’ve photographed in Boracay) and mostly, customized bags and shoes. Below are samples of what we’ve been selling and there will be more the next year through my shop, and our other different bazaars.

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For now, follow Mikka’s Closet on Instagram and Facebook to get updates on new releases and collections. and some pre-loved items too!

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#Laboracay2015 II

I will admit that longer hours are spent at night whenever I am in Boracay. But through the years, I noticed events and brands bringing in different musical acts – local, international, House, Electronic, reggae – the variety of which I really like. I think that when Moony came to the island a few years ago, I got really jealous because I’m such a fan of her!

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A Sunset party

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#Laboracay2015 crew!

I also learned this year how to spend some nights just by the beach by myself, or hanging around with my friends aside from going to the famous bars like Epic and event places like Sur. Below is my photo diary:

We also got to watch some musical performances and my favorite was Rebecca & Fiona, which is a Swedish duo from Stockholm, known as a support act for my idol Robyn. Aside from them being beautiful and stylish, they bring good music (and they drink Pale Pilsen! wohoo!!)

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This is my favorite song of them when I watched them in the first Forever Summer music festival!

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Below are other acts we watched during our stay through photos and snaps (yes I started using that during my stay haha)

 

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Knife Party

From Snaps to Grams part I: motorcycle that plays good music, knife party and #smartliveallout! #laboracay2015 #sunday

A video posted by M I K K I M I N A J (@mikkigalang) on

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#SmartLiveAllOut

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#SWSunKissed, Hi Victor Pring!!

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#SmartSummer

 

From Snaps to Grams part 4: with them girls wearing colorful hats! #galactic #universe #laboracay2015 #thursday A video posted by M I K K I M I N A J (@mikkigalang) on


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Definitely going to be back in 2016 and more adventures definitely!!

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#Laboracay2015

Believe it or not, despite me being in Boracay always in the Summer because of our annual family vacation at Astoria, it was only my second #Laboracay experience, but probably the best. The island is very known for its great escapes – parties left and right, amusements and shows, the good food and just the beautiful tropics, but it seemed more exciting to me through time especially because of new friends and people that I meet every time, and bonding with family that grows bigger and bigger.

I skipped Boracay last year due to Pattaya and Singapore but I sort of sticked again with my set-up in 2012, where I stayed in the island for around 14-16 days, 1 week apart from family. It was long for sure, but I had some really great adventures. See my photo diary below:

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Arrived at the port at midnight due to work. It was hard because one has to wait for a group for a boat to sail.

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My friend during the trip? Instax films and the Instax Share which prints photos from camera to films. I like it better than the normal polaroid camera because I can edit and darken the photos, and i have less room for photo mistakes. Especially because the films are expensive! I appreciated printing photos than just storing photos digitally just few months ago.

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an OOTD at Astoria Hotel which has great service and amenities

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My sister usually celebrates her birthday here and we watched a fire dancing show. There are lots of groups there performing in different hotels and resto’s but this one is the best that I’ve seen so far

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And not just because they’re a group of gays and transgenders (their group is called “Boracay frost”. They’re really talented: their moves sync with the songs and they have skits and presentations that are children can also watch

123!!!! Best fire dancers called “Boracay Frost” #chandelier #boracay

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It’s probably one of those shows where I saw my family not minding they’re gay or transgenders. It was all raw talent and skill.

This trip also allowed me to explore more restaurants and food options in the island because of the friends that I met. We usually budget our food and we sort of end up eating the same meals (you’ll see that below haha) but this time I got to try the famous barbeque ribs (Backyard) in the island, going to the talipapa and having a fresh seafood feast,  and trying the famous and truly authentic and iconic Real Coffee shop. Processed with VSCOcam with c8 preset

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It was also the time of Manny Pacquiao’s big fight with MayWeather and there I saw how really important and big boxing is for Filipinos. When he lost, the whole island got sad really!!

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Andy, who blogs his grand adventures here, and Aldwin

The rest of the days without my family, I spent exploring the island with friends. I love that they toured me to places I haven’t been like the Spider House which had an amazing panoramic view of the island, and to Bolabog Beach where Andy stayed at. It was a peaceful beach in the island contrary to the energetic and noisy main beach. It’s 30-40 minutes from D’Mall and it felt like a private resort!  

From Snaps to Grams part 6: waiting, borderline. @andyuki #laboracay2015 #tuesday #mikkigalangtravel A video posted by M I K K I M I N A J (@mikkigalang) on

 More photos of places we visited here:

I also attended some events!

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Skyscanner

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Part 2 is my night diary, here.

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Bed Peace @ Bolabog Beach

Sail Out basically means being free. Go with the wind… you know.. like a sail boat. And I think that’s really important when it comes to peace… inner pece specially. You can’t help anyone else if you don’t have it together for yoursel.” – Jhene Aiko

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When I was in Boracay, my good friend/cousin introduced me to Jhene Aiko and her albums which I love since then, because her lyrics and her “slow down movement” which she talks about in the below video, speaks so much about a lot of intangible things and her personality too. and she talked about peace in her Bed Peace single with THE Childish Gambino. I know that it doesn’t speak so much about what she said above, but since I heard her music and songs, i’ve really thought about the kind of peace that I wanted.

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Sunset at Bolabog Beach, Boracay

Rightfully, I was really able to slow down during this trip. We all know Boracay to be a bit chaotic, crowded and noisy, but there’s this secret hotel and beach in the island that allowed me to think about a lot of things other than the bikini and outfit I’ll be wearing on a night out, or the waterproof makeup that I have to prepare.

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Palassa Private Residences

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A friend that I met in Boracay, Andy,  allowed us to hang around outside his hotel room, where there were beds and pillows and all. i stayed there for quite a while, watched the sun rise which was an amazing view after a night of rave. My room at Manila is closed (I don’t have windows LOL) so this was such a great feeling.

 

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I got that sense and thinking of what really matters to me, settling with that, but pushing for it despite the so many things and battles in my mind. I’ll sail for sure, but I need to have peace.

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wearing Mikka’s Closet

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Pre-Laboracay 2015

Below is my a photo diary of my 3-day break before my 2-week Boracay adventure. I got the chance to bond with my cousins who grew up in different countries – Australia and New Jersey . I haven’t seen them for a long time and it’s really nice exchanging experiences, learning things and touring them to Manila, especially Boracay, and its infamous night life. Got the chance to get out with my blogger friends Plump Pinay and cousin-in-law The Misty Mom too! Fun way to jumpstart my summer with hawaiian barbeques, DIY pinacoladas, Pinoy sunsets, snapchat stories and a lot more!

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