Sunday, January 27, 2013

A safari clothing shopping spree. Again. This time at R.O.X. at the Fort.

On Friday night, talking about Africa over dinner in Manila, living a Travelife, I got so psyched to finally plan my safari trips this year. So the very next day, I went out and bought more safari clothes.

As if I needed more safari clothes in the first place.

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I'd gone on my first safari with a parka, a few shirts and even a couple of sundresses -- and this had been perfectly fine.

This was during our trip to South Africa last November, and out of all the possible safari options, I'd chosen the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in Kruger National Park for our safari. This turned out to be an excellent choice.


At Sabi Sabi, we'd stayed at the very intimate and vintage-themed Selati Camp -- there were only six other guests when we were there, and we all enjoyed each other's company very much -- and also at the impressive and futuristic Earth Lodge.

The Earth Lodge certainly has that wow factor, and it's where all the celebrities go when they want to experience a safari.

Both are so different so it's impossible to compare one with the other. People are always asking me which I liked better, but I really enjoyed both because they were really special experiences.

Even in a never-endingly eventful Travelife.


And on Friday night, as one of our contributing editors had just returned from a safari in Tanzania, we talked a lot about the safari experience. He went on a completely different type of safari from Sabi Sabi, but the adrenalin rush from seeing animals in the wild was the same.

This made me want to go on another safari -- or perhaps even another two -- in a minute.


Of course, this isn't possible as I'm headed for Sri Lanka and so many other places first. So I did the next best thing: I bought a new set of safari clothes.

If you've been reading this blog, you'll know that I've already been buying lots of safari clothes since my return from South Africa. In fact, just before Christmas, I'd bought a whole set of khaki-colored clothes, which I thought I'd call a Christmas present to myself.

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Then my first purchase for 2013 was actually a North Face jacket at the Duty Free.

None of my friends have probably ever seen me in such a jacket before, by the way; but I'd found a really sleek-looking jacket that seemed perfect for early morning and late afternoon game drives, in case I go on a safari in the spring -- South Africa's spring, that is.

So I'm pretty well-stocked for a trip that's so far away, and that hasn't even been finalized yet.


So on Saturday, I just decided to go to R.O.X. (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) in Bonifacio High Street to see what they had.

Again, I found a fleece jacket for chilly game drives and a khaki-colored safari shirt from Columbia that fit so well that even I was surprised. I almost looked like a ranger, and I really loved the fit.

I'd looked at similar safari shirts all over South Africa, but, frankly, none of them had appealed to me, or had looked good on me. But this one from Columbia, at R.O.X. at the Fort, fit me to a T -- so much so that I'm thinking of buying up the few remaining ones in my size.

I also got a pair of sporty sunglasses to go with everything. Yes, I've decided that 2013 is going to be a sporty year.

Just my luck, too, but when I got home, I realized I could actually wear all the khaki-colored clothes in Sri Lanka as well, as this will be a pretty sporty trip of walking and climbing.

Call it a trial for the real safari that's going to happen, hopefully sooner rather than later, in my never-ending and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Sri we come...


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