Weekend Escape

Whenever I feel blue, or the need to be alone ( I am an introvert, the Time say) I go home to the province, or to my homebase in the metro, the University of the Philippines in  Diliman, Quezon City.

UP Diliman is my 1st home here in Metro Manila.  I studied college here, and I  spent more than 8 years living in its suburbs. I feel safe in its surroundings. I feel comfort under its acacia covered streets. I feel peace and serenity under its kapok and fire trees. Cheesy but no part of the city compares with UP.  

So, I few weeks back, I went to UP for a bit of escape, or introspection. And I found my in the perfume garden of the UP Film Center.

In the garden, I found towering ylang-ylang trees. I think I spotted several blooms but they’re so high up the tree that my nifty point-and-shoot’s zoom can’t reach it.

Towering Ylang-ylang trees

A bit smaller, and more prolific bloomers are the champaca trees. They have a lot of flowers that you could actually smell them from afar. The flowers are so lovely, so delicate, and very fragile.

Champaca Blooms

And a shrub, which looks like a jasmine.  And the flower on the heading, with really looks beautiful, and smell lovely, and looks very exotic.

The fragipanis are still losing their leaves (or preparing for a full bloom) so no pictures but the university have a lane lined with frangipanis. They frangipanis like to show off their blooms during summer.  

So, for a few hours, I was able to escape to a world of fragrant flowers and greeneries, and  forget all my worries away. Nothing feels like coming home really.


Scent of Summer: Coron

I’m back!

We left the city last week for a bit of vacation in Coron, in western Philippines.  We had no internet access so I got detached from blogs and the world of perfume . But only for a while. 

We found this on one of our island trips.


Frangipanis on the beaches! They are in full bloom that you can smell their scent in the whole beach.  It was just amazing.

Of course, we also climbed Mt Tapyas, we bathed in the Maquinit Hotsprings, we swam the lakes of Barracuda and Kayangan, and we swam with the fishes of Skeleton Wreck and Siete Pecados coral garden.

If I had to match this trip with a scent, it had to be TDC Sel de Vetiver sprayed on a fragipani bloom. What do you think? 😀

Happy Valentine

Today, my choice of flower is not a rose, nor a tulip, nor a gerbera.

My choice of flower is a Datura. 

Long, trumpet like, very fragrant,  white to peach,  looks delicate and exotic, very pretty. But it can also be very deadly.   

This Valentine Day, I’m wearing Datura Noir by Serge Lutens.  Enjoy the mushiness around.

*photo from wikipedia.org

Scent of Ylang-ylang

We went to mass last Sunday, and near the church, we saw a lady selling leis of ylang-ylang and sampaguita. Of course, I bought a few strands.

Of particular interest to me is the ylang-ylang.

I hope to describe its scent for you but, oh my, it’s hard.  I’m stumped for words. Hahaha. Okay, I’ll try.

Ylang-ylang, as a flower, is sweet, but not dessert sweet.  No, it’s not like vanilla cupcakes.
It’s a little spicy. There’s a teeny-weeny hint of very mild, young, peppercorn.  
It’s a little intoxicating, like some alcohol, but it definitely smells fresh, like the scent of the leaves after a rain. 

Here in Manila, ylang-ylang is strung to make leis,  for the saints, or for the car. 😀

*photo from dipologcity.com