I’m a sucker for merchandise. If there’s a gift shop—whether in a posh hotel or even a Cathay Pacific office—I’m there, looking for something to buy.
I’ll even shop in a plane (sorry can’t help it)
One of the cool shops I recently discovered was the newly opened St. Luke’s gift shop in Bonifacio. It has to be the best hospital gift shop in the Philippines. I was amazed at the selection—it feels like a museum/hospital/airline gift shop all in one.
St. Luke’s is known for its art collection, thanks to Dr. Joven Cuanang who has a say in what art goes into the hospital’s private collection.
The art is reflected in a series of note cards and sketch books depicting medical scenes through Philippine history.
This sketchbook features one of my favorite paintings in the hospital
I’m a sucker for good pens. I have to say St. Luke’s offers really smooth-writing cheap pens!
I told them to sell these in a variety pack, like those cute writing kits found in Narita airport
I love paper and notebooks. I just have to say no because I still have a stockpile at home.
Very cool credit card-size USB thingies
I’m inclined to buy the cup and saucer set for my studio
All kinds of folding nylon bags and dopp kit
and baby merchandise
Whoever’s in charge is doing a great job!
I spoke to someone in the shop about designing a decent hospital gown because I have memories of seeing patients looking undignified with hospital gowns that open in the back with their butts hanging out.
There must be a cool way to design these things, cool enough they can be sold in the gift shop.
What you think?
To know more about St. Luke’s, click HERE.