RAJO LAUREL
#Finalleeshesaidgo Part 1

September

20

2017

One of my best friends and personal muses just got married. Her name is Divine Lee. Divine is also the best friend of my partner Nix in fact Nix had the honour of being one of her “Best Men” at her wedding. Divine and I have been friends for over a decade and I have had the privilege of creating dresses and gowns for her for many years. ... Continue Reading
My Mini High School reunion!

September

19

2017

The friends you make in High School are the friends you will keep for life. I am fortunate to have been able to foster a deep and meaningful friendship for almost 30 years. I hosted a reunion at home and was the biggest group I had over. Nix and I live in a modest flat and we like to keep in small as it’s easier to take care of and it... Continue Reading
Good things in CEBU!

September

18

2017

I am always so happy when I come to the island of Cebu. My mother comes from Dumaguete which makes me fluent in the Visayan Dialect hence each time I am in Cebu I feel very much at home. I recently visited Cebu and had a marvelous time. We landed just in time for lunch and scored a lovely table at Ian Atherton’s The Pig and Palm. Continue Reading
A library and a decadent sandwich in Porto!

September

15

2017

Before I knew it were on our last day in Porto. We still had so many things to see and experience but wanted to tick a few items on our list and relished the idea of coming back to see more of this fascinating country. We started our day with a nice walk around town and visited a beautifully designed open air market which was ensconced in... Continue Reading
The New Hotel de Crillon

September

14

2017

Nix and I wanted to take a peek at the newly renovated Hotel de Crillon https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon The hotel has been closed for renovations for over a year and when we were in Paris it recently opened. The Hotel is a land mark property right in the heart of Paris. It has always signified opulence and luxury but in a... Continue Reading
Paris, Pitstop!

September

13

2017

I had less than 18 hours in Paris and I intended to get the most out of it. LOL! Actually in my head I wanted to do so much more but in the end all we really did was have coffee, lunch and a few drinks. I began by having coffee with my Tita Chta who is really such a dear. She is my fathers cousin who has been a world nomad since the start.... Continue Reading
Dinner with Tita Babette!

September

12

2017

One of my favourite Filipinos lives in Paris. Her name is Babette Aquino Benoit. I first met her as an observant 13 year old boy. She was a good friend of our family and a closer friend of my Mom. My first recollection of her was when she would be with my family during the rally’s against the Marcos dictatorship. While everyone else was... Continue Reading
Restaurante, Toupeirinho!

September

11

2017

If I were to choose between meat and sea food chances are that I would be choosing sea food. Porto is a sea side town and I knew that there would be good sea food eating in my visit. I asked my friend Ricardo Prieto to suggest a restaurant for me and he decided to send us over to Restaurante, Toupeirinho. http://toupeirinho.pt Located in this... Continue Reading
TAPABENTO, PORTO!

September

8

2017

I always love a good food discovery. Specially if it comes across you serendipitously. Such was the case with our magical dining experience at Tapabento in Porto. http://www.tapabento.com/EN/contactos After our day on the beach we headed back to town and stumbled upon this square where people were dancing! It was so wonderful to see this... Continue Reading
The Valera Exhibition at the College of Saint Benilde

September

7

2017

It is very rare to get up close to the works of Philippine National Artist for Fashion Ramom Valera. The last time there was a full exposition on his body of work was back in 2003 at the National Museum. So when the College of Saint Benilde invited me to a exhibition of his work I immediately cleared my schedule and decided to take my entire... Continue Reading