RAJO LAUREL
The Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 Red Carpet review! PART 1

January

22

2018

The Film and TV awards are upon us and as a great fan and lover of this I am just filled with glee! The SAG awards has always been the in-between “courses” of the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Here the celebrities get a bit more relaxed and perhaps let their guard down a bit and show more of their personalities rather than a shellacked... Continue Reading
Swimming with Turtles, Bat fish and more!

January

19

2018

I am so fortunate that my partner Nix is such a health buff that even if I feel like sleeping in being lazy you have someone that nudges you to work out and get healthy. So even if were on a holiday in Paradise we work out. Happily the gym in AMANpulo is just beautiful and just like anything else here it felt like we had the gym all to... Continue Reading
Confessions of an AMAN JUNKIE!

January

17

2018

I think that I may have started a bad case of an addiction. It started several years ago when I visited Thailand and was introduced to a world of luxury like no other. This was more than 20 years ago when I visited an AMAN resort in Thailand. I did not have the means to stay in the resort but I had the opportunity to have a meal there and to... Continue Reading
AMANPULOVE!!!!!!

January

16

2018

Last January during Tim Yap’s birthday celebration Nix and I won a trip to AMANPULO for our Costumes. Tim and Javy generously gave us a 2 night gift certificate to one of the most beautiful resorts if not in the Philippines perhaps in the world. Continue Reading
What I did on New Years Eve!

January

10

2018

What did I do on New Years Eve! I decided to hop on to an island and welcome the new year with a fresh perspective. I really wanted to fully embrace and enjoy the simple truths and joys of life, I began my day bright and early with a breakfast at Cafe Loka. The cafe is located at the base of Cloud 9 which is the premiere surfing spot on the... Continue Reading
SIARGAO OBSESSED!

January

9

2018

Have you ever been obsessed? I certainly have and I know it when I am. I just cannot stop thinking about it and it occupies each of my waking moment. Such is the case with Siargao. I have just returned from a 6 day escape and it was everything I needed, wanted and more Continue Reading
Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet - Part 2

January

8

2018

This is part two of the Golden Globes….Black edition. Where 98% percent of all the attendees are in black! In support of the Times up movement. I think it’s wonderful when an industry solidly supports a truly important cause. In my opinion there were many hits as well as several misses this year and you really get to see it more as it... Continue Reading
Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet review part 1

January

8

2018

The awards season is upon us and we kick start all of this with the 75th Golden Globe awards. 2017 was a tumultuous year for several industries and the entertainment industry was heavily shook and shaken with several scandals that really created a paradigm shift in everyone. Continue Reading
SHAKA and The Galatea!

January

5

2018

When in the Paradise that is known as SIARGAO there are several must do’s! The first is have a fresh, beautiful breakfast at SHAKA! I loved their fruit bowls that tasted so good and healthy. Order the Bom-Dia and the Shaka bowl which is like a healthy banana and peanut butter bowl that will just make you smile. I loved it so much that I... Continue Reading
#SiargaoOrNever

January

4

2018

I found my favourite island in the Philippines and it is called Siargao. I have been to this island once before and stayed at DEDON and because it was so secluded I failed to explore the island and just stayed at the resort which was really such a travesty because I failed to really see and appreciate the magic that this island gives. Continue Reading
A very special Christmas Dinner!

December

20

2017

I love hosting dinner parties and although I don’t have the time do it very often. Every now and then the occasion calls for it. Every year Nix and I host a small gathering of our friends at home. We celebrate our friendship with lots of good food, laughter and cheer. Continue Reading
Sweet but oh so short Sydney visit.

December

19

2017

It was a sweet but oh so short trip to Sydney. We only stayed for 3 nights but on the last night we had to leave early in the morning. On our last day in Sydney we decided to make the most of it. We began by joining our friends in an indoor cycling class. It just happens to be my favourite form of exercise. Not only do i feel like I am... Continue Reading
A COSPLAY Christmas party!

December

18

2017

To say that Christmas in the Philippines is important and massive is an understatement! We begin the festivities in September and it fades off by February. We take these things really seriously. I usually like to celebrate the Christmas parties early so we usually celebrate this in the first week of December. Continue Reading
OY....STRAYAAAA!!!!!

December

14

2017

Our next destination is one of my favourite places in our planet! In fact given a chance it’s a place that Nix and I would could and would actually live in. This is Sydney, Australia. We are fortunate enough to have really great friends living in Australia and it was so wonderful to have been able to see them. Continue Reading
#SydneyLauper

December

13

2017

Nix and I made a pit stop to one of our favourite cities Sydney, Australia. We have many wonderful memories here and were determined to do more. We were billeted on the darling harbor which made it easy for us to move around by foot. Continue Reading
SWEET ESCAPE in Queenstown #NOTAPRENUP

December

12

2017

Nix and I recently did something really fun in New Zealand and it involves two of our favourite things. His is having his photographs taken for his instagram content and for me having a local show me around their town. This was successfully done by the service of SWEET ESCAPE. It’s a wonderful service that connects travellers with... Continue Reading
Discovering, Milford Sound!

December

11

2017

New Zealand is all about the great outdoors! The beauty and power of nature. Since we were already in the South island the trip to Milford Sound was an absolute must. There are several ways to get there but the best for me was the bus ride and fly back combination. Meaning you leave Queenstown by bus and fly back on a small plane. In this... Continue Reading
Queenstown Eats!

December

8

2017

The dining scene in Queenstown is something to take notice. It really is a very small town and one can easily navigate the entire place in under an hour. There are actually so many activities to do specially for those who are into extreme sports. Unfortunately we didnt have so much time to jump off buildings and out of planes. So I do have... Continue Reading
#TheWanforAnne part 2

December

6

2017

This is part two of the beautiful wedding of my friends Anne & Erwan. As soon as the service was over we were transferred to the docks to set sail on a magnificent turn of the century ship that still runs on steam this very day. The TSS Earnslaw was rented out buy the couple for all their guests. Here we enjoyed not only the incredible... Continue Reading
#TheWanforAnne part one!

December

4

2017

I have been fortunate to witness many of my friends celebrating their love through marriage. Each one a very special memory and experience. My friends Erwan and Anne recently got married and it was one of the most magical weddings that I have ever been invited to. Continue Reading
#DAWOW! The House of Laurel Trunk show in Davao.

December

1

2017

I LOVE DAVAO! I have a very special relationship with this part of our country. Perhaps because I have dear friends who live there or I have some family there that always make me feel at home. Maybe because it reminds me of the summers of my childhood? I think it’s all of that and more. Each time I visit it is always just delightful and... Continue Reading
#TheWanforAnne Welcome party!

November

30

2017

What a blessing and privilege it is to see the world and to be a witness to our friends most cherished memories. The reason why we are in New Zealand was the wedding of our friends Erwan and Anne. By now most people that will be reading my blog would have seen images on this magical union. I blog mostly to remember. I do this so that one... Continue Reading
HELLO QUEENSLAND!

November

29

2017

I have been privileged to visit many parts of our beautiful world and I dare say that the south islands of New Zealand would probably be in my top 5 of the most beautiful places I have seen in my short life. We decided to make Queenstown our base and from there move and explore around.
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10 hours in Auckland, New Zealand!

November

28

2017

Nix and I decided to explore Auckland before heading off the the Souht Islands. Since it was our first time in New Zealand we wanted to get ourselves acquainted with the culture and it’s people. We only had less than 12 hours so the best way was to go on this comprehensive tours that took you around town. We found a great company that... Continue Reading
One night in Auckland!

November

27

2017

I perhaps live to travel! I often think that I work very hard so that I can travel and see the world. That for me is one my greatest pleasures and indulgences. Nix and I try to visit one new place every year and this year we have had the privilege of visiting many places. The most recent place that we got to visit was New Zealand. Continue Reading
#MONMALU

November

24

2017

One of my most favourite person in the world recently got married. Her name is Malu Gamboa. If you have been reading my blog for all these time you would know that she a constant presence in my life. One that I am eternally blessed and grateful to have. Malu has this amazing positivity around her that is joyful and infectious at the very... Continue Reading
A Bangkok Find!

November

23

2017

When you find a place that combines all of your favourite things in the world you have to share it with everyone! On a recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand my family and i discovered this special place on the top floor of the Central Embassy Mall. The place is called OPEN HOUSE http://www.centralembassy.com/anchor/open-house/ It’s a creative... Continue Reading
A quick BKK escape!

November

22

2017

My entire family took advantage of a long weekend and took a quick escape to Bangkok, Thailand. My Mom really likes Bangkok and it’s perhaps her happy place. So she took all of her children with partners and the older set of her grand children to a wonderful weekend filled with good eats! Continue Reading
The look book shoot for "When I was Five"

November

21

2017

A full moon ago we prepared the look book shoot for our new collection entitled “When I was FIVE”. Each time we have create a look book it is always exciting as all of the ideas in our heads come to life. I feel that is very important to create a look book shoot because it cements the image and makes it easier for everyone to understand... Continue Reading
Ben and Iza's engagement!

November

20

2017

To be part of one’s most special and cherished occasions is always a privilege and a blessings. When my friend Ben Wintle asked me to save a date for him so that we can witness his wedding proposal t to his girlfriend Iza Calzado. I knew that I had to be three. Ben told me several weeks before the actual date and when the time came we... Continue Reading
Merci, Paris!

November

17

2017

As they saying goes Paris is always a good idea! Funny how for the past 2-3 years we’ve been coming to Paris more often. In fact several of our friends have made Paris their home. Like my friend Charina Sarte who is not only doing well as a fashion designer but will be a mother real soon. I was so happy to see her walking her dogs and... Continue Reading
The David Hockney Retrospective in Paris

November

16

2017

I had very little personal time in Paris on my last trip but I really wanted to do one thing only and that was to see the David Hockney retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. I was really lucky to have caught in as it was about to end but I was determined to see it. I went on a Sunday and although I went really early the line was still long... Continue Reading
Paris Fashion week highlights!

November

10

2017

Fashion week often is a flurry of activities and more often than not it all ends up a big fashion blur. Specially in Paris where the frenetic energy of every single individual is heightened by a thousand fold. So while I discovered on my phone several highlights that I would like to remember hence I am putting this in my blog. Which is many... Continue Reading
A beautiful evening with Tita Babette!

November

9

2017

An invitation to a friends home is really a treat. In fact the older I get the more I realize that this is the kind of evenings that I most enjoy. One of my favourite hostesses recently had my sister and I over for diner at her beautiful home in Paris. Tita Babette invited a few designers showing in Paris for a fantastic dinner. As a... Continue Reading
The Last day of Paris Fashion week!

November

8

2017

The last day of Paris Fashion week is always the most hectic. Everyone rushing to see the shows and finalising appointments and schedules. Everyone practically running around like headless chickens. LOL! Thankfully my sister and I started our day early and since Paris is a city where it is best enjoyed on foot we both got the chance to... Continue Reading
Pinoys in Paris Fashion week!

November

7

2017

Paris Fashion week Spring Summer 2018 was really memorable. We arrived just at the start of the Fall season and you could already see the colors of the fall starting to change. Autumn is my favourite season as I like the weather and I adore the colours. This season was really special as I felt that there were so many of us designers and... Continue Reading
Chez L'Ami Jean dinner with my sister!

November

6

2017

I am immensely blessed to have a sister like mine in my life. On our recent trip to Paris it was really great to have quality time with her in one of my favourite cities in the world. I wanted to show her my favourite spots and restaurants. We were so lucky that we were able to get into the restaurant L’ami Jean. When fashion week... Continue Reading
Day two of House of Laurel in Paris Fashion week S/S 2018!

October

23

2017

Day two of Paris fashion week was officially for us the start of the showroom schedules. The great thing about Paris is that you can literally walk everywhere and really enjoy yourself while doing so. The water was just to my liking. Sweater weather and blue skies all around. Continue Reading
Paris Fashion week Day 1

October

20

2017

As a fashion designer the mecca and the holy grail of the fashion world is Paris Fashion week. We have been fortunate enough to have participated in Paris Fashion week for several seasons but I was not able to be physically present. However this season the stars have aligned and my sister and I found ourselves on a plain heading for... Continue Reading
My dear friend and Muse gets married!

October

19

2017

What happens when one of your dear friend who also happens to be your “muse” decides to get married? This recently happened as Divine Lee married her fiancé Blake Go in an unforgettable wedding in Cebu. However I am getting ahead of myself as this entry is all about the memories I have or the little of it of that special day. LOL! Continue Reading
Mood Board "When I Was Five"!

October

18

2017

Our new collection is almost ready to be shown to everyone and I would like to share with all of you where it all began. But first this collection is very special as it is the first collection that we specifically prepared for Paris Fashion week. We showed the collection with much promise and positivity and we were very happy with the results. Continue Reading
Komaneka at Bisma, BALI!

October

17

2017

What I love about coming to Bali is that each trip I come here I get to discover something new and exciting. On this trip I discovered this fabulous resort called the Komaneka at Bisma. We were there just to get an massage but what I received was so much more. http://www.komaneka.com Continue Reading
Potato head, Bali

October

16

2017

Of all the things I wanted to visit most in my recent trip to Bali it was the Beach club called Potato head https://www.ptthead.com I have never been to Potato head before and I have heard and seen so many wonderful things about it so I was really excited to visit. However before heading to the club Nix and I visited a few home stores on... Continue Reading
HHBALI BRIDAL SHOWER!

October

13

2017

I recently checked a box out of my bucket list! I am now an adopted Assumpitonista! LOL! Assumption was one of these all girls schools that had this wonderful charm about it. As a teenager we would hear how these beautiful women from this convent school would charm everyone. With their beauty, grace and intelligence. Continue Reading
El Kabron, Bali Indonesia!

October

12

2017

If you love Sunsets then have I got the place for you. We were in Bali to celebrate the engagement of my dear friend Malu Gamboa. Mali is one of my favourite friends and we literally have seen the world together. So we trekked to this wonderful beach bar in Bali called El Kabron http://elkabron.com The ride was quite long but it was... Continue Reading
RAJO LAUREL FOR ELECTROLUX FASHIONCARE AMBASSADOR

October

9

2017

Earlier this year I was approached by Electrolux to become the FashionCare Ambassador to their new line of washing machines and washer dryer models and was asked to be part of their 15th Anniversary Gala and Fashion Care Campaign in which they launched their new UltimateCare machines. I couldn’t have been more excited since these models take... Continue Reading
A trip to the UBUD Market and LOCAVORE!

October

5

2017

A trip to any local market is a must for me when I travel and although I have been to the UBUD market already it’s always a special experience when you visit UBUD. We all went pretty early in the morning and I took a few minutes observing the local on their morning devotions. The Balinese are a quite superstitious and I love seeing them in... Continue Reading
#HHBaliBride

September

21

2017

When one of your favourite people in the universe decides to get married you join her in her journey to love. My friend Malu Gamboa is going to get married really soon and Nix and I was invited to join her and her closest girlfriends from Assumption on an unforgettable Bridal shower adventure in Bali, Indonesia. Continue Reading
#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
A full day in PORTO!

September

6

2017

We had spent a full day in Porto and there was so much to see and do in such a short period of time. I am quite an efficient traveler and proud to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. We began our day with the Portuguese summer sun shining brightly. We had a quick breakfast in our apartment style hotel and dashed out for a full day in... Continue Reading
Hello PORTO!

September

5

2017

Just a two hour train ride out of Lisbon is another city in Portugal called , PORTO. I was so looking forward to visiting this picturesque town as I heard so many wonderful things about the city. Porto has a slower pace compared to Lisbon and the views are simply magical. This is also where Port wine was invented so I wanted to try this as... Continue Reading
A night out in Lisbon, Portugal

September

4

2017

I always think that having a local showing your their city gives you truly the best experiences. This was such the case when we were in Lisbon as we had our friend Ricardo Prieto hosted a night out in Lisbon. Richard Prieto is a Portuguese fashion designer who has a fantastic line locally in Rustans. He is based in Lisbon but shows regularly... Continue Reading
The Quinta Da Regalaria in Sintra, Portugal

September

1

2017

There were so many castles, and palaces to visit in Sintra, Portugal however the most fascinating for me was the Quinta Da Regalaria. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinta_da_Regaleira This Unesco world heritage sight could best be described as a gothic fantasy theme park filled with the most intriguing “surprises”. Continue Reading
The Castle of the Moors and a great meal in Sintra, Portugal

August

31

2017

The Hydrangea bloom always remind me of my beautiful Lola Betty. Her favourite color was lavender in all it’s permutations so when we visited the Castle of Moors in Sintra and saw this incredible wall of Hydrangeas I almost flipped out! I mean it was simply amazing. It was like a 30 meter long bush of blooms that towered over me. I... Continue Reading
SINTRA, Portugal!

August

30

2017

We took a day trip to Sintra, Portugal from Lisbon and it was one of the best decisions we ever did. Sintra is just 45 minutes away by car and it’s one of those magical places that fill your eyes and hearts with so much joy. Continue Reading
What a full day in LISBON looks like?

August

29

2017

We only had two full days in Lisbon and we had a lot of ground to cover. It’s doable but you have yo be smart and choose which area you want to see. I come from the school of thought that you really have to stay put and enjoy, linger in one place to really get to know it. However we did not have the luxury of time so we did an appetiser... Continue Reading
BELCANTO! My first taste of Portugal

August

28

2017

I associate most of my travel adventures with the food that I experience when there. To be honest I wasn’t really familiar with Portuguese food and apart their sardines I really haven’t tried it before. So this blog entry is all about my very first taste of Portuguese cuisine. When I was planning my trip to Lisbon I researched about the... Continue Reading
#PORTUGALING!

August

25

2017

I am most joyful when I am about to visit a brand new place. A brand new country which I have never been to. My heart beats faster as I think about it and I begin to dream and get excited. This recently happened when I visited the country of Portugal. Continue Reading
TAPAS 24! See you real soon Barcelona!

August

24

2017

On our last day in Barcelona we planned to do a few errands and have lunch at an old favourite Tapas 24 http://www.carlesabellan.com/mis-restaurantes/tapa... Ever since I ate there a few years ago I always made it a point to head back and have a meal with each visit. The restaurant does not take reservations so best to come early and enjoy... Continue Reading
Barcelona, EL NACIONAL!

August

23

2017

I write this entry just as I am recovering from the shock of the terrorist attacks in Barcelona! I mean my friends and I were on those streets just a few weeks ago and I cannot imagine the pain and suffering that these people are enduring now. All I can offer are my prayers to those who perished and to write about how we should not be afraid.... Continue Reading
#BarcelonaAllegre

August

22

2017

I feel so fortunate to have been able to visit Barcelona once again. I have been to this enchanting city several times and have developed several rituals and places that I tend to come back to just because it really makes me happy. My first stop is always at the Boqueria located at the centre of the Rambla. I know it sounds touristy but the... Continue Reading
The Margot House in Barcelona!

August

18

2017

We flew to Barcelona right after Marrakesh. I have always loved Barcelona as it’s an easy city filled with beautiful people and delicious food. We stayed in this lovely unsung boutique hotel called the Margot House http://margothouse.es/en/ right smack in the centre of town. I really loved the location as you could not have asked for a... Continue Reading
AMAJENA WOW!!!

August

17

2017

We visited our friend Cris Albert and Pie Alvarez who were both staying at the AMANJENA in Marrakesh. Cris was hosting a diner for her birthday and all the birthday celebrants in our group. I was so excited to visit as I have only seen the AMANJENA in photos and from the photos it looked already so awesome. Continue Reading
A day with the Atlas mountains and Richard Branson's home

August

16

2017

Travel is really one of the best teachers. Each time I travel I try my best to immerse myself in the culture of the country I am visiting. I also balance this with some of the things I love, like food, art and design. So when we were in Morocco my friends and I planned a trip to Atlas mountain to visit a real Berber family home. Continue Reading
Dinner at Noel de la Rama's private kitchen

August

15

2017

One of my favourite evenings are those that I spend in my friends homes over a beautifully cooked meal. It’s a simple luxury that gives me so much joy. This becomes even more special if the host is an amazing private chef for some of the most influential people in North America. This was exactly the case when my friend Noel de la Rama had... Continue Reading
#MarraKretz

August

14

2017

We flew all the way to Marrakesh Morocco to attend the wedding of our friends Charina Sarte to Valentin Kretz. Charina is like family to Nix and I and to see her so happy and to marry into a really beautiful family was so worth flying at the hight of summer to Morocco. Continue Reading
The Perfect Afternoon in Marrakesh!

August

11

2017

If you want a perfect Friday afternoon in Marrakesh then this is the itinerary for you. You begin your day with a great lunch. Now there are many places to eat in Moroccan food in Marrakesh and there will be many options however me and my friends really lucked out as we had the most delicious lunch at AL FASSIA. This was only the second... Continue Reading
THE Louis Vuitton Opening party!

August

10

2017

I am taking a break from my Moroccan adventure to quickly blog about the LV store opening party in Solaire. I cannot believe that this is only the second LV store in the Philippines? However I am glad that we have a second one as this is a good sign. I still remember the first LV party almost or more than a decade ago as this was really... Continue Reading
The Souks of Marrakesh!

August

9

2017

When I travel it’s almost mandatory for me to seek out the Market. More so if it’s the famed souks of Marrakesh. This mammoth labyrinth of alleys and passages that have been in existence for centuries was really calling my name. So on a bright early morning me and my friends headed out to the Souks and literal took it all in. Continue Reading
The BAHIA palace!

August

7

2017

If you want to see the splendour of Moroccan design and architecture in Marrakesh then go no further than a visit to the BAHIA palace. http://www.palais-bahia.com/en/ The palace is actually a set of homes that celebrate the wonder and beauty of the artisanal designs of Morocco. The details that I saw in the palace were really quite... Continue Reading
The Majorelle gardens of Yves Saint Laurent!

August

4

2017

I would consider it a major crime if I went to Marrakesh and not visit the Majorelle gardens. This garden created by French artist Jacque Majorelle was a true oasis in the dessert. This garden took more than 40 years to grow and is said to be where fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was as his happiest. Continue Reading
Comptoir Darna in Marrakesh!

August

3

2017

We travelled all the way to Morocco for the wedding of our friends Valentina and Charina. Most of us have never been to Marrakesh so our hosts organised a casual welcome dinner at this place called Comptoir Darna
http://www.comptoirmarrakech.com . It’s a restaurant slash club slash show space that was just spectacular. Continue Reading
Hello Morocco! #MarrakeshAndCarry

August

2

2017

I am so excited to visit Morocco for several reason one I haven’t been back in what seems like forever and two my friends Charina and Valentin are getting married here and Nix and I are attending the wedding and three I think Nix and I will be very inspired with what we will see and experience. Continue Reading
Dinner at the BACCARAT Crystal room!

August

1

2017

Our first dinner in Paris was a really special one as we were celebrating the birthday of our dear friend Chris Albert. She was having a lovely dinner at the gorgeous Museum of Baccarat where they have a dining room called the Cristal room. http://cristalroom.com I have never been to the restaurant so I was happy and excited to see this.
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The Dior 70 year retrospective- Part 2

July

31

2017

The exhibit was so outstanding that it deserves a part 2 in my blog. That and because I must have taken a thousand photos! LOL! The exhibitions were installed in several rooms with many themes in mind. After the “designer” suites we moved to a hall that comprised of many Tailored Dior pieces. All encased in a light box. The colors were... Continue Reading
The Christian Dior Retrospective! Part I

July

28

2017

Paris is absolutely the center of fashion! I have always felt this and I was so fortunate that on my recent visit I was able to see on its very first day one of the most comprehensive retrospective exhibitions in my entire life. The Christian Dior “Couturier du reve” at the Museum les Arts Decoratifs was truly the highlight of my trip. I... Continue Reading
A visit to Atelier Brancusi!

July

27

2017

Nix and I wanted to visit the Atelier Brancusi in Paris while we were in town. Brancusi is one of the most influential sculptures ever and his work is such an inspiration to us. He has a permanent exhibit in Paris which is so interesting as they recreated his working studio for everyone to see. What I loved about this experience is you get to... Continue Reading
Mini Gaypec meeting in Paris!

July

26

2017

I was so happy to find out that my friends Sandy and Robbie would be in Paris at the same time we were going to be there. We have a great group of friends that meet every new year and, more often than not, in between that time. We made plans for lunch and I was craving for some casual sea food. Sandy booked a table at Le Crabe Marteau... Continue Reading
Summer in Paris and the Hotel National!

July

25

2017

A dear friend of ours was going to get married in Morocco and we planned a neat little get away starting from Paris. Nix and I availed of the fantastic promo of Qatar and even if their country is having an international diplomatic scuffle, we managed to have a really great journey. In my humble opinion, I think that Qatar is really one of the... Continue Reading
TIM RAUE Restaurant in Berlin!

July

17

2017

I celebrated my birthday with a special dinner at Tim Raue in Berlin. I first heard about his restaurant while watching my favourite show on Netflix, Chef’s Table. The chef has always intrigued me, and since I was already heading to the city, I thought that it would be a great birthday treat. We found the restaurant easily, at the entrance of... Continue Reading
Bau Haus and the SOHO house, Berlin!

July

14

2017

Berlin is home to more than 100 museums, each giving the visitor much insight and information on a multitude of interests. Nix and I share a love of design, and one such school of design that began in Berlin is BAU HAUS. Because of this, we were both very interested in visiting the Bau Haus museum. The Museum is actually very, very small and I... Continue Reading
Crackers, Berlin!

July

13

2017

One of the joys I always discover when I travel is how I love to ride a bicycle. Each time I get on one I tell myself that I would get myself a bike when I get home. However, I never do. In fact, as I write this, I think about how happy I was on a bicycle and how our trip to Berlin really became more enjoyable as we began riding. At around... Continue Reading
MORE BERLIN!!!

July

12

2017

My Berlin sightseeing continues with a visit to the Parliament building of Germany, on top of which sits this fabulous cylindrical architectural wonder. Everyone is actually welcome to visit and climb up the top of the glass, metal and silver dome. All you have to do is to cue up early in the morning for a slot/ticket number and you're good to... Continue Reading
The Jewish Museum - Berlin!

July

11

2017

One of the things on top of my to do list on my trip to Berlin was to visit the Jewish Museum. https://www.jmberlin.de/en I was deeply interested in the culture as I actually know very little about it. I was also very interested on several levels to see the museum. First to understand more about what really occurred during the war and to also... Continue Reading
Lebensfern & Einstein's café

July

10

2017

One of things that I have learned in all my travel is to be open to surprises and let the place discover you as much you discover the place. Such is the case when we discovered The Leberstern Bar and Einstein Café http://www.cafeeinstein.com/en/lebensstern-cocktailbar. We randomly walked in a really chic vintage home store and chatted up the... Continue Reading
KADEWE is LOVE!

July

7

2017

When ever I told anyone who has been to Berlin that I was heading to the city they all told me that I had to visit KADEWE! http://www.kadewe.de At first I was like hmmm…. Why is everyone so excited for me to head over to a department store? However after reading about it I knew that this was going to be a must visit. So Nix and I decided... Continue Reading
Our Cruise/Transitional Collection 2017 #AlCHEMIE

July

6

2017

It is with deep joy and satisfaction that I share with you some images of our coming cruise/transitional collection that we have entitled #ALCHEMIE. The cruise collection has always been an exciting period in our fashion calendars because it is truly a time where we can experiment and try out different ideas and techniques. It is the shortest... Continue Reading
The Berlin Agenda!

July

5

2017

On our first full day in Berlin, I wanted to get a feeling of the city and get my bearings. The first thing I realized is that Berlin is really such a large city. The sidewalks are like our main streets and the main streets are like our Highways. The city spacing is very wide and although you can actually walk around it’s easier really to... Continue Reading
#AnitaBERLINda!

July

4

2017

I was excited to head off to Berlin as it was my very first time to visit. The flight from Split was under 3 hours and as we landed I noticed a whole lot of green. We stayed in a service apartment called the Adina and I was really surprised by the size of the flat. It was huge and I liked the layout. https://www.tfehotels.com First thing on... Continue Reading
See you real soon SPLIT, Croatia!

July

3

2017

I wish Nix and I had the opportunity to stay longer in Croatia. However I always believe that you much leave a place wanting more. So on our last few hours in Split this is what we did. I wanted a nice meal before we left so while we were walking along the old city we noticed this chic restaurant called BOKERIA. Continue Reading
BRAC, CROATIA!

June

30

2017

Croatia is such a beautiful country and so easy to explore. We only had a few days to explore and we were advised to check out the island of BRAC. We took an afternoon ferry which was really quite pleasant and super relaxing. I loved how the seagulls would fly beside the ferry and entertain us as we approached the island.

Once we got there we... Continue Reading
Exploring SPLIT!

June

29

2017

Split is really a small and really beautiful part of Croatia that in many ways is a jumping point to several islands around the area. Nix and I decided to spend our entire morning to Split and right after our delightful breakfast we headed right off.

Split has a fabulous promenade where you can actually just sit for ours people watching. We... Continue Reading
Cruising Around Croatia

June

28

2017

The best way to explore Split and its surrounding islands is hopping on a boat. Whether it be big or small this is truly the most efficient way to get around. Nix and I immediately booked a boat ride after lunch where you get to explore the island of Trogir, Clovo and swim in the blue lagoon. It was a funny experience as we got a discount on... Continue Reading
The Magnificent Split!

June

27

2017

I am really loving my time in Croatia! Not only is the country really beautiful but the people are so friendly and accommodating. Their command of English is so good that travelling there is such a breeze. We moved on to another part of Croatia called Split.

We decided to just take a bus which only costs €34 and in a few short hours you’re... Continue Reading
The tiny but beautiful Montenegro!

June

23

2017

We wanted to maximize our trip and we decided to take day trips to the neighbouring countries of Croatia. One such day trip was to the country of Montenegro.The country is really tiny but so beautiful. On a cloudy morning we took a coach and enjoyed a cinematic visit to a lake side town that elicit folklore and mythology. One such tale is... Continue Reading
BOSNIA & HERZOGOVENA!

June

22

2017

One of the most magical places that I visited in my trip to the previous Yugoslavia was Bosnia and Herzegovina. We began our road trip from Croatia and headed out to the magical Kravice falls. We hiked down to see the lake as we were walking down we were given a preview of this amazing water falls that really incited romantic thoughts. I would... Continue Reading
GOT Geek out in DUBROVNIK!

June

21

2017

If you’re a fan of the TV series Game of Thrones then Dubrovnik will blow your mind! Several of the most important scenes in the entire series was shot at Dubrovnik, Specifically the Old town and areas near it. Nix and I love the show so we decided to geek it up a bit and go on a game of Thrones tour complete with costume and a fun yacht... Continue Reading
Rajo Laurel for American Standard's "Showers of Happiness"

June

20

2017

When I received the call from American Standard to collaborate with them, the temperature in Manila was a sweltering 33 degrees Celsius. It was just half past 11 and all I could really think about was how to keep myself cool and comfortable. So when they called, it planted a seed in my head and this seed was how I can make myself cool,... Continue Reading
#Tokyoohoo with Family!

June

19

2017

One of the highlights for me this trip was having to spend time with my cousin Alexis Laurel Loinaz. He lives in New York now and although I really try to see him as often as I can. It has proven to be far and in between. In fact I haven’t seen him in over 2 years so when I heard that he was going to be in Tokyo to support my Dad I was ecstatic. Continue Reading
#RAJOTOKYO Behind the scenes of The 119th Philippine Independence day…

June

16

2017

My father was recently appointed as our Ambassador of the Philippines to Japan. He reached out to my sister and I if we could do something special for our Independence day celebration. Naturally we wanted to put our best foot forward and to create a presentation that would be appropriate for the occasion.

So we gathered our thoughts together and... Continue Reading