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#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
#RAJOTOKYO!

June

15

2017

Flew for a very special event to Tokyo for our 119th Philippine Independence day celebration.
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#DUBROVNIKSarmienta, CROATIA!

June

14

2017

One of the places that I have always wanted to see, experience and explore is CROATIA! So when we found out that Puglia was directly across Croatia and it would only take an overnight ferry ride to head over to Dubrovnik. We immediately made plans to visit the country. It has now turned out to be one of our favourite places in the world! Continue Reading
The Gifts of the Sea at Pescheria 2 Mari!

June

13

2017

One of my favourite meals in this trip is this little gem of box called Peshceria 2 Mari (http://www.pescheria2mari.it). Here we enjoyed some of the most delicious gifts of the sea. My new food guru Judy Ann Santos was already there when we arrived and she ordered up a storm.

We began our meal with some of the sweeties oysters followed by a... Continue Reading
Alberobello, Puglia, Italy!

June

9

2017

I don’t think that I have ever been in so many UNESCO heritage sights in one trip like this one. One of the “must” sees in Puglia is this town called Alberobello. It’s a small little town that is world famous for its unique architecture. The houses there have this cylindrical and conical shaped roofs that you can only see here. Continue Reading
#PAMGOTALLISONED #PUGLIAMORE

June

8

2017

The main reason whey Nix and I are in Puglia is for the wedding of my friends Chris and Pam. The day of the wedding was beautiful sunny day with perfectly blue skies. The only down fall was that the dresses of the entourage all lovingly created and made by my friend Martin Bautista together with all of his luggage was missing. It had been... Continue Reading
Cave Style Dining in Italy!

June

7

2017

Armed with a tiny rental and a GPS, we decided to go on an Italian road trip! Because of time constraints we had to be smart with our itinerary. We decided to head out first to Polignano A Mare, a small but beautiful coastal town around half an hour from where we were staying. The goal there was to have lunch at this beautiful restaurant... Continue Reading
#PugliaAmore #PamgotAllisoned WELCOME DINNER!

June

6

2017

The welcome dinner of my friends Chris and Pam’s wedding was the welcome dinner. It signaled the true beginning of the bridal festivities. I got ready quite early and meandered to where the welcome dinner was going to be held and I was left speechless! It was one of the most beautiful tables that I have seen in a long time. It truly... Continue Reading
Vecchia, Oria Restaurant!

June

5

2017

On this trip I found falling in love with a couple. Although we had once in the past engaged ourselves we really never had the occasion to fully get to know each other better. I am so happy that we were able to do this on this recent trip and for this I will always be grateful.

Food is one of the best conduit for friendship. It is the greatest... Continue Reading
MATERA! PUGLIA, ITALY!

June

2

2017

Imagine an entire town carved out of a mountain. Imagine a place so beautifully untouched that it is the setting for several movies like The Passion of Christ and the latest Wonder Woman movie! This is MATERA! The bride and groom arranged a tour for some of their guests to visit points of interest’s in Puglia and we gamely joined. Continue Reading
PUGLIA, ITALY! Masseria, POTENTI!

June

1

2017

One of my greatest joys is to travel. More so when it is a brand new place. There are several reasons why we travel, however for this adventure we traveled all the way to the heel of Italy is for the wedding of our dearest Pam Quiñones and Chris Allison. They chose Puglia because they are both from the South of their own respective countries... Continue Reading
Santa Lucia, ROME!

May

31

2017

One of the greatest pleasures in life is food. I for one have been guilty of this indulgence. I just love it and take no apologies for this joy. When we travel I take great lengths in studying where we are going to have our meals. I prefer to do a mixture of high end and low end choices to create this well balanced experience. One of my... Continue Reading
MUSEO MAXXI!

May

30

2017

On top of my lists of the things to do and see in ROME is to visit the Muse MAXXI or the National Museum for 21st century art. The museum is perhaps one of the most beautiful work of the world renowned architect Zaha Hadid. I am a huge fan of her work and one of my greatest passions is architecture. There is somethings so beautiful and... Continue Reading
FRASCATI, ITALY!

May

29

2017

We took a quick day trip out of ROME to discover the little town of FRASCATI! Nix was having a craving for a great Porchetta sandwich which essentially is like a “lechon” however it is deboned and spiced differently. So we took a train and in less than an hour we found it. It couldn’t have been a more idyllic setting. Imagine your in... Continue Reading
ROME in 24 hours!

May

26

2017

Been delinquent in my blogging due to the fact that we took a few weeks off. First because Nix and I were attending our dear friends wedding in Italy and second because I really believe in the power of the pause and boy are we going to be taking full long pause/stop. It’s like a creative break where I don’t think about work too much.... Continue Reading
Labor Day Escape!

May

25

2017

May for me really signals the start of the summer vacation. I always remember this as when Labor day hits I begin to slow things down a bit and take it easy. Nix and I didn’t really plan anything for the long weekend as we had a really long trip coming in May so when we were invited by our dear friends to come join them on the weekend, we... Continue Reading
Davao Dolphin Show!

May

10

2017

On a recent business trip to Davao we were treated to a fabulous dolphin sighting. I was travelling with my friend and colleague Bernice Palanga who I have known since were in the 4th grade. She is an avid diver and as we were headed to our meeting, she spotted a few dolphins. We were travelling with people who are always in the area and in the... Continue Reading
Sunset Show in the Sky!

May

9

2017

I love sunsets! I equally sunrises but sunsets are easier to catch. I particularly loved these times of the day when on a flight. So when it happens I really am very happy. On the flight back from Tokyo we were treated to a beautiful show of lights. Nix and I had one last sushi meal at the airport. The meal was actually really good and I got a... Continue Reading
NEZU SHRINE & The Back streets of OMOTESANDO!

May

8

2017

One life’s greatest luxuries is the ability to actually just get lost, wander, meander and just soak everything in. Nix and I had really nothings planned on one day of our Tokyo trip and we just wandered about and let things naturally flow. Now if you know me this is actually quite a departure. As I love agendas, scheduled activities,... Continue Reading
BIRDLAND GINZA!

May

5

2017

Japan is home to more michelin stars than any other country. The Japanese has this fastidious attention to detail that is dazzling and bewildering at the same time. I have heard of Birdland form friends who have come to visit Tokyo and the restaurant always comes up. Some say it’s good while others are underwhelmed. I for one wanted to give... Continue Reading
YOKOHAMA!

May

4

2017

En route back to Tokyo from KAMAKURA we saw the YOKOHAMA stop. Nix and I looked at each other and said lets get off. Nix is actually the more spontaneous traveler between the two of us. I like things pre-planned and organised to a fault. However I have learned that there is something about seizing the moment and just doing things off the cuff.... Continue Reading
KAMAKURA!!!!

May

3

2017

One of the reasons why I love Japan so much is the fact that it is so easy to get around. They have the most efficient public transportation system in the world. They have even made it even easier for tourists because in the last few years they have added English, Chinese and even Korean in their signages. Because of this visitors can easily... Continue Reading
THE MET GALA 2017 Red Carpet Review - Part 2

May

2

2017

This is part 2 of my peanut gallery review of the MET GALA and it’s beginning to look like a snooze festival. I mean there were a lot of beautiful women but most of them wore really unremarkable clothes. Do take a look at the images and see if you agree with me or not? Continue Reading
THE MET GALA 2017 Red Carpet Review - Part 1

May

2

2017

The first Monday in May is like a Christmas for fashion folk like myself. It’s the annual Metropolitan Museum GALA benefit that makes everyone in fashion in a tizzy. This year the Theme of the exhibit is the work of REI KAWAKUBO who is the creative force for Comme Des Garçons.
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YAAAY FOR YAYOI KUSAMA!!!!

May

1

2017

One of the most popular artists from Japan is Yayoi Kusama. I first saw her work as a student in NYC and although I wasn’t a huge fan at first. I totally respected her work and what she was doing. She is one of the most identifiable artists that Japan has produced and her story is really of cinematic proportions. Continue Reading
The Happiest Place on Earth!

April

28

2017

Apart from the cherry blossoms, Spring in Tokyo was abundant in these fabulous flowers in bloom. Even the weeds were abloom and I could not help but me extremely fascinated by all of these. I have been noticing my fixation for anythings green and growing these past few years. I am like generally attracted by it and drawn to it in many ways. ... Continue Reading
Spring in TOKYO!

April

27

2017

Apart from the cherry blossoms, Spring in Tokyo was abundant in these fabulous flowers in bloom. Even the weeds were abloom and I could not help but me extremely fascinated by all of these. I have been noticing my fixation for anythings green and growing these past few years. I am like generally attracted by it and drawn to it in many ways.... Continue Reading
SUSHI ITCHI!

April

26

2017

My favorite cuisine in the world is JAPANESE! It’s one cuisine that I can really eat everyday and not get tired of. On top of the list is SUSHI! Each time I got to Japan I try to do a bit of research and treat myself to one or two amazing sushi meals. I usually prefer to do it over lunch as I can burn more of the carbs after. LOL! On... Continue Reading
TOKYOooohoooo!!!!!!

April

24

2017

Been so delinquent in my blogging due to an Easter Holiday break which I recently took in one of my favorite cities in the world. TOKYO, Japan. I have been lucky enough to visit Japan several times and each time I go I get to fall in love with the country even more. My favorite time to visit Japan is during the Sakura period which is just a... Continue Reading
#BabyBurnand Christening of Baby Archie!

April

10

2017

My friends Georgina and Arthur recently had a beautiful baby boy. After several months of travelling from Manila to Japan, then Niseko then Shanghai then to England and then back again to Shanghai. You can say that little Archie is one of the most well traveled infants that I have ever known.So when they did find the chance and the time they... Continue Reading
Back to DOMECILLO!

April

7

2017

Tagaytay has been the fastest (Hmmm….The traffic going up there can become horrific so best to be smart about heading up) get away for Nix and I. We intermittently seek out Tagyatay for its fresh air, cooler temperature and just a quick and easy way to get away from the city.

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Our Last Day at Sea with #ALWAYSFAMOUS

April

6

2017

We had a full day at sea en route to Manila to Hong Kong. Our host Keren Pascual made certain that the finale would be a huge bang! We started the day with a fun Zumba class followed by breakfast. Soon after that we had a “LALALAND” Pool party all to ourselves. It was really great to see everyone decked out in bright colors enjoying the... Continue Reading
7 Hours in HONGKONG with #ALWAYSFAMOUS

April

5

2017

One of the stop of the maiden voyage of The Super Star Virgo is a favourite destination HONG KONG! We only had 7 hours to spare and I had to be really smart about what I wanted to do. I had a few things on my to do list and I am really proud that I was able to accomplish it all. Continue Reading
A Dinner at SALVATORE CUOMO

April

4

2017

How wonderful it is to be able to host a dinner for a few close friends, my family and my team. There was really no “special occasion” just an evening of delicious food, an abundance of drinks and lots of love and gratitude. Continue Reading
#KAOHSHIUNGpakitongkitong #Alwaysfamous

April

3

2017

The second night of our cruise was the birthday of one of our own Always famous crew. The charming and talented Marki Stroem. He was turning 30 on the trip and he celebrated several ways first he gave us two mini concerts where he sang his own jazz themed arrangements of current hits as well as the classics. We then ushered his dirty 30’s... Continue Reading
#WeveonlyjustVIGAN #alwaysFAMOUS

March

31

2017

The first stop of the Always Famous Cruise is in Curimao! This port city of Laoag in Ilocos. We were all so excited to get to visit VIGAN as I have only been once and I desperately wanted to see it all again. I wanted to capture that old world feeling again and get close to my roots. It took us another two hours to get to VIGAN and when... Continue Reading
#ALWAYSFAMOUS

March

30

2017

Keren Pascual is one of the best travel partners ever! His “FAMOUS” travel trips are really quite something and I have been blessed to have been invited on several epic trips. So when he revived his FAMOUS adventure for the Philippine Maiden voyage of the SUPER STAR VIRGO cruise line for STAR CRUISES I immediately moved by meetings and... Continue Reading
#TheAndy2017

March

29

2017

There is something quite life altering about being asked to be a Ninong to a wedding! You begin to look at things a little bit differently. You begin to realise your true age. Age in a sense that perhaps you are wiser and the honour that is given you is important. Most specially if the couple is someone that is very close to your heart. Continue Reading
A quick weekend escape for #TheAndy2017

March

28

2017

I am a strong believer in the power of the pause! One really needs some breathing time in order to become more productive. After a series of creative exertions Nix and I decided to take a quick break out of the city. It was also like catching two birds with one hand as our dear Thea Jacinto was going to get married that same weekend. Continue Reading
My ASUS - TRANSCENDENCE show part 2!

March

24

2017

I was really pleased with the collection that me and my team came up with for ASUS. In a way it was like a polar opposite of my previous collation which was about lightness and color. This collection was more severe, tailored and layered. Continue Reading
My "Transcendence" collection for ASUS!

March

17

2017

I am always grateful to be able to do what I do! Work is my salvation and I am really happiest when I am in my studio. So when I was tasked to create a collection for the ASUS Zenbook 3 launch I gamely and enthusiastically said YES!
This would have been my 3rd fashion show for the month and a completely different one at that. I was given... Continue Reading
The 50th Anniversary celebration of ORO CHINA CEBU!

March

15

2017

I was in Cebu recently for the 50th anniversary of ORO CHINA! Oro China is a well loved jewerly brand that has become a beacon of business and industry for the last 50 years! Any business that has lasted 50 years is worthy of a grand celebration. Continue Reading
The Pig & Palm Cebu!

March

14

2017

I flew in recently to the beautiful City of Cebu to celebrate the 50th anniversary celebration of the Jewellery company called ORO CHINA. I was so thrilled to see on the agenda that there was going to be a dinner at Jason & Ira Atherton’s The Pig & Palm Restaurant. http://thepigandpalm.ph
I am a fan of Jason’s work and I was... Continue Reading
Jul B. Dizon's #SIMBOLO Collection

March

13

2017

Jul B. Dizon has been a leading force in the Philippine Jewellery industry. Ever since they began in the early 70’s they have been paving the way for what is considered to be the best jewellery design in the country. I have been fortunate enough to have known Ms. Dizon and for many years have been a client for my family’s needs. Fast... Continue Reading
MODELS FITTING! #SS17 COLLECTION #38

March

10

2017

When doing a fashion show. Model casting is very important and key to the show’s success. I asked the help of my friend Mond Guttierez to get a group of models that would really convey the mood of the collection. The spirit of my Spring/Summer collection was that of being on a perpetual holiday. So I wanted to find models who had this... Continue Reading
BTS of our #SS17-#38 Look Book!

March

9

2017

Each season we create a look book for our collection. We have been doing this for several seasons now and although it’s difficult and challenging it is very fun to do. We start the planing as soon as the collection is all laid out and most of the samples are done.
We then begin casting the models which for me is so essential because it... Continue Reading
The Test Kitchen Manila!

March

7

2017

The food scene in Manila is definitely on an upswing. So many wonderful young creative chefs are opening up charming and delicious restaurants all over the metropolis. I recently had the opportunity to to try The Test Kitchen https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Test-Kitchen/81... By young and not to mention cute chef Josh Boutwood. Continue Reading
#TAIWANnaGoHigher!!!

March

6

2017

We ended our last day in Taiwan with a great itinerary. We started out visiting the massive Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall (https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attraction_Review-g293913-d456231-Reviews-Chiang_Kai_Shek_Memorial_Hall-Taipei.html) Which was really impressive. Although the weather was still grey and raining and it was still really... Continue Reading
Good eating in Taiwan!

March

3

2017

I was in Taipei just for 3 days and in those 3 days not once did I ever eat badly. What I love about their food profile there was the lightness. The flavour was very subtle. Not too salty, not too spicy but done so light and subtle. I also noticed a very clean taste that felt very fresh and really wonderful. Of the dinners that I had there... Continue Reading
The National Palace Museum of Taiwan!

March

2

2017

Taiwan boasts of several beautiful museums and on the weekend that I was there I had only time to see one. I decided to go to the National Palace Museum as it was Nix’s first time to go to Taiwan and I thought that this would be the best way for us to see most of the beautiful treasures that Taiwan has. Continue Reading
Food Tripping in TAIWAN!

March

1

2017

If you love food like I do then you will definitely LOVE Taiwan! On any given time or day there will be something to eat. The street food culture is so strong that there are several night markets that you all should go to. On our first night we actually had 2 dinners! LOL! One was at the RAOHE market... Continue Reading
#TYPEnaTAIPEI!

February

28

2017

I recently took a quick weekend escape to Taipei and I have to say that I really loved every single second of it. In fact it maybe my new favourite quick destination. I mean what is not to love? It’s less than 2 hours away and the flights are really affordable. You can find really fantastic hotels at several price points and the food is... Continue Reading
Oscars 2017 Red Carpet review - Part 2

February

27

2017

This is part two of my OSCARS red carpet review. I can’t help but feel a bit underwhelmed by this years gowns. There were amazing hits though and I will point them out to you. But there is this feeling of Blah…..in most of the choices. It’s still exciting for me to see as there is so much to be learned every year. So take a look at... Continue Reading
Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Arrival - Part 1

February

27

2017




The OSCARS is my Super Bowl! It’s one of the two times of the year that I call in for a half day and start my work after lunch. This year’s Academy Awards theme was about inspiration. In many ways this resonates a truth with me. Ever since I was small the Academy awards was very special. There were many unforgettable moments at this... Continue Reading
#UYFinally2017

February

21

2017

One of my greatest joys is when my clients becomes my friends. Such is the case with my recent wedding wherein their family has truly become an endearing part my memories. In fact I am so affectionate to all their children that when they come to my office my studio is busy with happy noises of laughter and cheer. Continue Reading
LEA SALONGA - SONGS FROM THE STAGE!

February

20

2017

I have known my friend Lea Salonga since we were 6 years old. We were both cast as children in the King and I. In fact she was one of the children with the speaking roles. In many ways the stage has been like a home for both of us. We started in theatre and have this love and affection for it. I feel so blessed each time I am considered... Continue Reading
#ARTFAIRPH2017

February

17

2017

One of my highlights of the year is the ART FAIR PHILIPPINES! Now on it’s 5th year and dare I say it truly gets better each year. I have to hand it to all the organisers and supporters of the art fair because it truly is one of the most magnificent experiences that one can have in our country today. As a lover of art I always block my... Continue Reading
THE POBLACION DINING ROOM!

February

15

2017

I love my HOOD! By “hood" I mean POBLACION. I have been living and working in this quiet little neighbourhood for around 2 decades now and I have always believed in its’ specialness. In the few recent years Poblacion is having a huge moment. By this I mean all the cool and happening places in the city is actually a few steps away from... Continue Reading
#AntonioRocio2017

February

14

2017

One of the most special blessings in my profession is the work I do for weddings. I am always so happy when I get to do this because it really is so memorable and in a way you’re going to be ingrained in the lives of your clients. I recently just finished a wedding for my friends Antonio and Rocio. Both I have known for many years.... Continue Reading
MY ROCIO!

February

10

2017


We have customs in The Philippines that are borrowed from the Spanish. One of these customs is the "Despedida de Soltera"which is like the last party as a single lady before one gets married. My dearest friend Rocio Olbes recently had her Despedida De Soltera at the beautiful Black Bird restaurant. It was the perfect venue as this used to be... Continue Reading
A FAMILY DINNER!

February

7

2017

One of my greatest strengths and Joy’s is the love that I have and receive from my family. My family is my pillar and foundation of strength. I look up to all of my family with deep respect and admiration. We try to see each other as often as we can but because of my busy lifestyle I tend to miss out. So I do my best to really be present... Continue Reading
THE ASIAN CULTURAL COUNCIL ART AUCTION 2017

February

3

2017

One of the most fulfilling advocacies that I have been involved is being involved with the Asian Cultural Concil of the Philippines. I didn’t even realise that I have been on the board for 10 years now. Time flies when your having fun and doing good. Click here and find out what I am talking about http://asianculturalcouncil.org.
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ALASKA IN MANILA!

February

2

2017

Manila certainly feels like the centre of the UNIVERSE now a days! I mean in just one day we had the 65th Miss Universe competition and then in the same day we have one of the most talented DRAG artists known to mankind her name is ALASKA! Continue Reading
#RIDEmeMOND

February

1

2017

Health and wellness is a big and important agenda in my life at the moment. My quest to make me a better and healthier person is my top priority and I am so happy that many others are on the same mindset! My friend and favourite Gutierrez Raymond is on the same path. We both have struggled with our weight and he is inspiring me and many... Continue Reading
The MISS UNIVERSE viewing party!

January

31

2017

I took half the day off to watch the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant! It was really special this year as it is held in Manila. I didn’t go to the main event as I found the tickets prices quite steep. I was going to do a viewing in bed in my pyjamas when my friend Cristalle Belo invited us to her #BELOUNIVERSE viewing party! I was so... Continue Reading
#BricomingSALAZAR

January

30

2017

I love weddings! It’s one of my favourite things to do in my line of work. I love the process, the excitement and the overall joy! What I love about it the most is the memories that you create with everyone involved in the wedding preparations. A real and tangible memory that you will share with a person. A lasting impression that will... Continue Reading
BANGKOK FINDS!

January

27

2017

There are so many things why Bangkok is one of the most enjoyable places to visit in South East Asia. First the food is FANTASTIC! Second it’s not that far from Manila and Third the shopping is EXCELLENT! I had the time to visit several malls, markets and back alley stores and I was so inspired by what I saw. So I decided to show you all... Continue Reading
The Issaya Siamese Club!

January

26

2017

While in Bangkok I found out that one of my favourite families were also on holiday so we made plans to meet up with the Rodriguez’s. Tita Fe and her family has always been so kind to Nix and I and we were so happy to meet them for dinner. Stacy is a young a very talented designer and she was able to book us a table at ISSAYA SIAMESE CLUB Continue Reading
My #65thMissUniverse experience!

January

25

2017

There are only 2 things in the world that I would actually take a leave off work for. The first one is the Annual Academy Awards and the second one is The Miss Universe pageant! This year the pageant will be held once again in the Philippines. The last time it was held here in 1994 It was my second year as a fashion designer and I was tasked... Continue Reading
DYSON - SUPERSONIC!!!

January

24

2017

The main reason I was in Bangkok was for the regional unveiling of the DYSON - Supersonic hair dryer! I have been hearing about this revolutionary hair drying machine that will change how we all look at hair dryers. We begin our visit with a delicious Thai indian dinner under the balmy evening sky and then the very next day we had a fleet... Continue Reading
The number 1 restaurant in ASIA - GAGGAN!

January

23

2017

There are certain restaurants that are on my bucket list and I recently ticked off one from my list and that is GAGGAN! http://eatatgaggan.com I first heard of the chef from my very knowledgeable friend in the food world Ms. Cheryl Tiu. They are good friends and in fact Cheryl took Gaggan to Manila for an food exchange of sorts. Sadly I was out... Continue Reading
TIM YAP'S UNIVERSE!

January

21

2017

If there is one thing I have learned in my life is that when my friend Tim Yap hosts his party you should really clear your calendars, make a huge effort and go! I have been friends with Tim for more than 2 decades now and I have been fortunate enough to be considered as one of his close friends. Continue Reading
Miss New Years Eve 2017!

January

20

2017

When we started our annual New Years eve summit 12 years ago we didn’t realise that we could sustain it for so long. However I am really glad that we did. One of the most memorable celebrations was in Rio de Janerio in Brazil. We decided to represent ourselves by wearing sashes from the countries that we came from ala New Years eve. It... Continue Reading
Dinner with TINA O!

January

18

2017

An invitation to the home of my dear friend Tina O is something I try not to miss. She is one of the most gracious hostesses and one of my personal style heroes. We have been friends for more than 25 years and I have been fortunate enough to consider her a dear friend and confidante. Continue Reading
The GAYPEC 2017!

January

17

2017

I think what makes our group click is that were all very game and willing to participate in any activity that we make them do. One of the highlights of our holiday was an amazing race that was designed for everyone to explore the entire island and hit up clues along the way. We divided our entire party in 5 groups and set them off on a... Continue Reading
The New Year's Eve Summit 2016/2017!

January

16

2017

First of all Happy New Year! I hope that you all had an amazing start of the year! I certainly did. For the past 12 years I have been part of this amazing New Year crew that I started with my best friend Bob and our dear friend Frank. We have been celebrating the new year together all over the world. We began this tradition in Boracay... Continue Reading
Golden Globes 2017 Red Carpet Review Part 2

January

9

2017


I don’t know about you but I like the diversity of tonights dresses. I love that there are highly ornamental ones versus classic and clean. The high shine versus the matte. The bold versus the subtle. That is what the red carpet should all be about. Continue Reading
Golden Globes 2017 Red Carpet Review Part 1

January

9

2017

How fast does time fly! The awards season is upon us and for fashion lovers like myself this literally gives me life! It’s a chance to see what the stars are wearing and what the fashion army is making them wear. This season seems to be very exciting. There is a lot of details on the clothes and there is so much to take in. I for one am... Continue Reading
My High School gang's Christmas dinner!

December

20

2016

Nothing beats the deep bond of friendship that you have with friends from High School! In fact I have been friends with these people for more than 30 years! People come and go in you lives and these people have stayed. I am deeply grateful to all of them because the friendship I have with them is unconditional. We may not see each other as... Continue Reading
The Asian Cultural Council dinner in Manila!

December

19

2016

One of my greatest loves in this world is ART! Art in all forms. I believe that it is an essential part of humanity and because of this I have been slowly doing what I can to help in any way I can. One of my endeavours is that I am a board member of The Asian Cultural Council Philippines. It is a small organisation that does humungous... Continue Reading
HAWAII HIKING & HELENA'S!

December

14

2016

My recent trip to Hawaii awakened this desire for the outdoors. Nix and I were planning more hiking, running, swimming and the like. Perhaps because the island was so beautiful and welcoming that we really wanted to be outside. We actually did two hikes in one day, our first hike as at Makapu'u and it was relatively easy. The views though... Continue Reading
The Diamond Head Trek and the Kokohead Cafe!

December

12

2016

When I was growing up I was always indoors. Perhaps because I was asthmatic? Because of this I really never learned to enjoy the great outdoors. However the older I get the more I yearn for open green spaces. Our trip to Hawaii made me love this mindset even more. We would take long walks and hikes. One of the easiest ones to take would... Continue Reading
The very cool downtown Hawaii!!!

December

9

2016

Hawaii is more than just the beautiful beaches and the fantastic mountains. They also have a strong downtown culture which we had the opportunity to explore and truly enjoy. We began our day with a late lunch at The Pig & The Lady http://thepigandthelady.com This restaurant is arguably the best in the neighbourhood. I loved the industrial... Continue Reading
A Hawaiian Halloween!

December

8

2016

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays! It just happens to be Nix’s favourite as well, so we tend to make it very special and worthwhile. This year we decided to spend it in Hawaii. Who knew that it was actually quite a big to do on the island. They actually block off the main street for all the revelers. We began our day with a... Continue Reading
A day in the NORTH SHORE!

December

7

2016

One of my favourite things to do in Hawaii is to drive up to the North shore. There are several things to do there but on top of my list is to eat and enjoy the shrimp trucks. However before heading over to the shrimp trucks we stopped by for some sight seeing. One of which was this beautiful Japanese temple which was really quite... Continue Reading
Pre- Halloween in Hawaii!

December

5

2016

Halloween is probably my most favourite holiday ever! I share this love for it with Nix and since it’s quite close to his birthdate we usually spend it out of the country. Apparently Halloween is huge in Hawaii and they celebrate it the whole weekend. While we were in Hawaii I found out that my high school friends were on the island with... Continue Reading
HAWAII!!!

December

2

2016

Were off to Hawaii! This place holds a special place in my heart as it really feels like what Manila ought to have looked liked. There are so many images that remind me of home without the traffic, without the pollution and just a sense of serenity and peace that I just can’t get enough of. It also home to Nix’s relatives and it is... Continue Reading
Dinner at Casa Liechtenstein

December

1

2016

One of my greatest pleasures is having dinner at the home of my friends. These are always lovely experiences however once you get an invitation from the Liechtenstein’s then where taking “dinner at a friends home” on a completely different level! Continue Reading
Behind the scenes of our Holiday Collection 2016 - "DECADES"

November

24

2016

One of the highlights and exciting parts of any collection we do at The House of Laurel is our look book shoot. This is a very important part of the process because this is one of the way we deliver our message and what we are trying to say to all our clients this season. Continue Reading
Grazie ITALIA!!!

November

18

2016

What an amazing two weeks we have had in Italy? I mean we have had two beautiful and meaningful weddings more than 48 incredible meals and experiences that will fill our memories for a life time. Yet there is this part of me wanting more. Which is always a good sign as I have learned that when travelling always leave with wanting more. So on... Continue Reading
FRANCO'S BAR!

November

17

2016

If there is only one bar that you can go to in Positano, then you must make it Franco’s bar! The weather has been spotty since we arrived and overtime we tried to come it was not open. But on the second to the last day of our trip It opened. Mind you Franco’s bar is not very big and is no bigger than 45 square meters. However it is... Continue Reading
Our secret beach in PRIANO!

November

16

2016

From what I know and have researched there are more than a hundred beaches around the Amalfi coast. Some big, however most of them are these little precious coves that are just so charming and special. Nix and I were craving for one of these tiny beach experiences as we were approaching the last few days of our trip. After talking to... Continue Reading
#AMALFIfuentes A visit to Ravello

November

15

2016

A visit to the Amalfi coast is not complete without a visit to Ravello. Arguably having one of the most beautiful views of Southern Italy. We started the day early and took the morning ferry to Sorrento and from there headed up to Ravello. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful as the bluest mediterranean skies were out and we had... Continue Reading
A day in Capri! #AnakngCapri

November

14

2016

We woke up that day with grey skies the forecast of rain. I was saddened a bit by this as our friend Yiara informed us that our plans to visit Capri might not happen. However we persevered and found out that a bigger ferry was available and we would be able to go back to Capri rain our shine. Continue Reading
"DECADES" Holiday collection 2016 - mood board

November

11

2016

The life and journey of a collection is not a straight path. Often your intentions lead to to unexpected places and what comes out is something more special and meaningful. Our holiday collection really began with these interesting silhouettes and surface treatments. I wanted to explore the idea of shape and the idea of experimenting on... Continue Reading
Sirenuse- La Sponda and our Anniversary dinner!

November

11

2016

One of the main reasons why were in Southern Italy is that Nix and I are celebrating our 12th year anniversary! With any relationships lasting this long is indeed a cause to celebrate. I thought that we should celebrate this in a really special way so we booked a table at La Sponda in the Sirenuse Hotel.
The Sirenuse Hotel is... Continue Reading
Buca di Bacco- Positano!

November

10

2016

We decided to spend our first day in Positano on the beach! Nix has been feverishly planning this part of the trip for months and since we both love the beach we just rented two beach beds and decided to just hang there for hours. However we did take a lunch break. LOL! If there is one place that I would suggest to have lunch in Positano it... Continue Reading
CIAO! POSITANO!!!

October

28

2016


Nix and I are beach people! We crave for the sun and the sea and one of the highlights of our recent Italian adventure was our stay at POSITANO! We have been looking forward to this part of the trip as Nix has been virtually planning it for months. Looking for the perfect place to stay that is within our budget. Finally after months... Continue Reading