Even though I live far from Makati, there’s always a reason for me to go there. That is Timezone Glorietta 4’s purikura booth.
What is purikura? Purikura, short for purinto kurabu or print club, is a Japanese photo sticker booth. It takes digital pictures and allows you to decorate them with stickers, stamps, borders, and/or text. Purikura features differ depending on the machine, but the basic and most common are making your skin look lighter and your eyes bigger similar to dolls.
- Step 1: Fix yourself. Don’t wear bright green or blue, as it resembles the background.
- Step 2: Swipe your Timezone card. It costs around 250php (as of posting).
- Step 3: Choose your options, such as background color, angle, skin tone, etc.
- Step 4: Strike a pose!
- Step 5: Decorate with text, stamps, etc.
- Step 6: Choose the print format, then print.
Here in the Philippines, most purikura booths are located inside a Timezone branch. But let me assure you, this purikura booth in Glorietta is different (and better in my opinion). Yes, I’ve tried other purikura booths and I must say that I’d rather travel all the way to Makati just to have a better one. Here are some examples!
The purikura machine at Glorietta also allows you to save the raw files if your phone has infrared. (Please excuse the “tomo” kanji we erased unintentionally.)
Whenever my friends and I get together, we make it a habit to at least take one purikura. After all, it’s better than missing someone in the picture (because they’re the ones who’ll take the photo) or have everybody squished in the frame when taking a photo using the phone’s front camera.
Try it for yourself and see how amazing purikura is!
Update 1: The purikura machine at Glorietta 4 Timezone is now gone. (つД`)ノ
Update 2: Please check my latest post (new booths this 2016) about purikura!