RAJO LAUREL
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
#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