Washi wonderlandBy Pam Pastor
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Price range:Single rolls are P90 to P120, wide ones are P200 to P300, five-packs are P480, 10+1 bundles are P950.
How to buy: Place an order online and it will be shipped to you. You may also pick up your order in Katipunan.
Modes of payment: Bank deposit
Promo: You get a free washi tape for every 10 that you order.
Why we love Hey Kessy: The washi tapes are categorized by design on the website, making it easy for us to find the ones we like. Each Hey Kessy package is lovingly wrapped, with a little tag with your name on it and that pretty little Hey Kessy sticker. (And we loved the limited-edition postcard we got with our order this month.) Hey Kessy also holds fun washi workshops , helping you discover what other wonders you can do with washi tape. (See related story on this page.)
Suite 229 LRI Design Plaza 210 N. Garcia St. (Reposo), Bel-Air II, Makati City
Shop 33, Cubao Expo, Quezon City
How to buy: Place an order online or visit Heima. For daily store hours, check with (0917) 561-4346.
Price range: P120 for the slim three-pack of MT Masking Tape, P150 for a roll, P320 for two packs, P750 for the five-pack, P1,400 for the 10-pack.
Modes of payment: Cash. The Makati branch accepts credit cards.
Why we love Heima: We’re huge fans of MT Masking Tape, the Japanese brand that first created washi tape and we’re glad Heima decided to bring in the brand. While we like the convenience of being able to order online, it’s also fun to walk into a store and actually hold the tapes and see them in front of you before choosing the designs you like.
How to buy: Place an order online and it will be shipped to you.
Price range: From P150 to P650 (for the five-pack MT)
Modes of payment: Credit card, GCash, Smart Money, PayPal and bank payment (BPI and BDO). Promo: Free shipping if you spend at least P400.
Why we love Momiji Crafts: Momiji Crafts brings in limited- edition MT Masking Tapes from Japan. We’re still kicking ourselves for missing out on the rolls of Liberty of London x MT tapes they once sold. And they hold fun giveaways too.
How to buy: Order from its Multiply page or eBay. You can choose to have your tapes shipped or you can pick them up in Quezon City.
Price range: From P85 to P150 per roll.
Modes of payment: Credit card, GCash, Smart Money, Paypal and bank payment (BPI and BDO if you order through Multiply, Metrobank if you order through eBay). Cash upon pick-up is also accepted.
Promo: There’s a 20% off promo on Multiply when you use the “ph-twentyoff” discount code. There’s a possibility Multiply will extend the promo this month. Hobby Depot will also hold its own promo this month—the more tape you purchase, the bigger your discount.
Why we love Hobby Depot: It has a lot of tape designs. A lot. You can choose from over 300 different Chugoku (Chinese) and Angoo (Korean) deco tapes.
Bee Happy Crafts
How to buy: Check out its Facebook albums to see which designs it has. Make a list of the designs you want and send it to Bee Happy Crafts through Facebook message or e-mail (email@example.com). Expect a reply with your invoice and details on how you can pay. Once you’ve paid, the items are shipped to you.
Price range: From P65 to P100 for each roll.
Modes of payment: Smart Money, GCash, bank deposit (BDO or BPI)
Promo: Get freebies with orders worth P250 and up. There’s a 5% discount if you spend P1,000, 10% if you spend P2,500, and 15% if you spend P5,000.
Why we love Bee Happy Crafts: The prices are pretty good and the freebies are sweet. We received a coin purse and pretty baker’s twine with our order.
216-A V. Ibanez St., San Juan
How to buy: Visit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and go crazy. Or order online.
Price range: P100 and up
Modes of payment: Cash, credit card or EPS.
Why we love Lasting Impression: It carries a wide selection of tape—China-made ones, American brands and even those colorful sets from Mark’s of Japan. Lasting Impression is paradise not just for washi fans but for scrapbook enthusiasts and craft lovers. We’re pretty sure you’ll leave with more than just washi in your shopping bag.