RAJO LAUREL
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
#PITTUREPERFECT The wedding of Cristalle and Justin.

October

26

2016

I have been fortunate enough to have have been invited to many weddings in my life. All of which deeply special and memorable. However, the recent wedding of my friends Cristalle Belo and Justin Pitt definitely tops the list as one of the most memorable and beautiful weddings that I have had the good fortune of experiencing. Continue Reading
Justin and Cristalle's welcome dinner!

October

24

2016

The main reason whey Nix and I were in the beautiful Lago de Como is for the wedding of our friends Justin Pitt and Cristalle Belo. We were all invited to a welcome dinner at the favourite restaurant of the couple called MOMI. We all took a water bus to the restaurant which was so quaint and lovely. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as... Continue Reading
CASTA DIVA RESORT!

October

21

2016

There are several special hotels that border the picturesque Lago de Como. One of this is the Casta Diva resort http://www.castadivaresort.com. I had the chance to visit this beautiful hotel that in my mind defines that luxurious Italian lake side experience. We took a boat ride to visit this hotel and I was immediately drawn to the... Continue Reading
IL SIRENO hotel on LAKE COMO!

October

20

2016

As a huge fan of design I was so happy that I was able to see and visit the IL SIRENO hotel. Barely a month into it’s opening this chic boutique hotel designed by one of the most important designers in the world today Patricia Urquiola. I was invited by my friends who were staying there to have lunch and to take a look at the property. ... Continue Reading
Dong the #lakeCOMOtion ITALY!

October

19

2016

Less than an hour out of Milan lies the beautiful lake COMO! It was my first time to visit this extremely beautiful place that would be the venue for the wedding of our friends Cristalle and Justin. We arrived on a bright sunny day with the bluest skies just in time for a speed boat tour around the lakes. In my opinion it’s the best way... Continue Reading
#MILANdian and 10 Corso Como!

October

14

2016

A visit to Milan without coming to one of my favourite stores in the world 10 CORSO COMO is a crime! http://www.10corsocomo.com So Nix and I decided to head over for some inspirational retail therapy. I love this store and I can’t believe that it’s already more than 25 years old! WOW! I remember coming here in the early 90’s where it... Continue Reading
#MILANIEMARQEZ and The Prada Foundation.

October

13

2016

I haven’t been back to Milan in over 5 years and since we were in between another wedding in Italy we thought it would be a great idea to spend a few day in this fashion capital. I also really wanted to see the Prada Foundation http://www.fondazioneprada.org/?lang=en I had made plans to have lunch with my friend Mike who is based in... Continue Reading
SENATO HOTEL, MILAN!

October

11

2016

Being in the world of design Nix and I are always on the look out for these amazing boutique hotels all over the world. We indulge ourselves in this luxuries because it aids us in our creative process. Nix is usually in charge of finding these gems and I on the other had am tasked with other skills such as cultural activities and restaurant... Continue Reading
The Hangover brunch and a few hours in Florence!

October

10

2016

Belle and Adrien literally thought of everything to make their guests feel loved and taken cared for. The very next morning they prepared a proper Italian Brunch ( If there ever was a thing?) They laid out two long tables literally under the Tuscan sun. There we all gathered to soak up sun sun and to either soothe a massive hangover or just... Continue Reading
#BelleAdrien2006

October

6

2016

This year is going to be remembered as the year of the destination weddings. For Nix and I we have been fortunate enough to have been invited to witness our friends get married in the most beautiful of locations. Each one of these weddings are truly different as in many ways it is an indication of the personality of the bride and groom. Continue Reading
Hello GARGONZA! Adrien and Belle's welcome dinner.

October

5

2016

One of the main reason were in Italy is for the wedding of our dear friends Adrien and Belle. They have been planning this for over a year now and we were just more than happy to witness their marriage. We took a train and a car to their venue which was a magical castle village of sorts called Gargonza. When we got there I immediately... Continue Reading
FLORENCE- SHENANIGANS!

October

4

2016

Woke up to a beautiful day in Florence! Love the reverse Jetlag that I have in Europe as I am up by like 5 am and I feel that I get to do accomplish so much. Which means just being able to find the time to read my book and have a long breakfast overlooking this amazing garden.
We then met up with our friends for what would be an OUTLET... Continue Reading
#FIRENZEwithBenefits

October

3

2016

What I love about Florence is that its small enough to actually do everything on foot. Luckily we’ve been here a few times that we don’t have to do the”touristy” things and just concentrate on the things we love! Which primarily centres on eating. LOL! I always say that my super power is that finding the best places to eat and get a... Continue Reading
CIAO! ITALIA!

September

30

2016

Gosh! I haven’t blogged in over 3 weeks and it feels strangely fresh. I usually blog everyday as a way to put everything down and in a way remember them more vividly. However I took a break as I went to Italy with Nix. So it’s here I am once more chronicling our adventure and sharing with all of you who care to read what shenanigans we... Continue Reading
RAJOMAN

September

15

2016

I am So thrilled to see Rajoman inside the pages of Garage Magazine. In my humble opinion it's the best men's magazine in town! Thank you so much to the team for a great feature. You guys really captured what this year's MAGPIE+MEMPHIS Cruise Collection 16/17 is all about! Continue Reading
My Sisters and Muses for The Philippine Tatler!

September

13

2016

I have been immensely blessed by all the women in my life! From the very start I have had a very dear and special relationship with women. I was brought up with a close relationship with my mother and my grandmother which led me to my path as a fashion designer. This path was forged even stronger when my sister Venisse and my other sisters... Continue Reading
Thank you ETHIOPIA!!!

September

8

2016

As we spent the last day in Ethiopia our guide Henok already knew as very well and decided to take us SHOPPING! LOL! Our first stop was a restaurant/art gallery that displayed a very impressive array of artists. I always believed that art is the soul of a nation. It mirrors what society and it’s people are thinking at that time. I loved... Continue Reading
THE BLUE NILE FALLS!

September

7

2016

One of the highlights of my Ethiopian adventure was seeing the Blue Nile Falls! It’s the second largest water falls in the entire Africa. The trek up actually wasn’t so bad it only took us an hour or so. However because of the weather it was a bit slippery and tricky. The best things to do is really to pace yourself and to take it... Continue Reading
A trip around Lake Tana and the Azwa Mariyam!

September

6

2016

At first light we took a trip around Lake Tana. One of the largest lakes in North Africa. I was surprised to find out that the lake is actually not that deep and at it’s deepest is only 15 meters. The rivers is home to several monasteries and communities that adheres to a life of prayer and solitude. We had the fortune to visit one... Continue Reading
KURIFTU RESORT on Lake TANA!

September

5

2016

Of all the places that we stayed in Ethiopia the most unique and most interesting hotel was the KURIFTU resort. Situated along the Lake Tana is this beautiful resort that uses a modern Ethiopian flavour in its design and hospitality. I immediately took a gander as my group was checking in and found the pool quite inviting. I particularly... Continue Reading
The Pool of King Fasilides!

September

1

2016

You have to love the Royalty of Ethiopia! Even back then there hospitable nature reigned supreme. This was proven more evidently to me when I visited the Pool of King Fasilides. Originally built for pleasure of the King’s guests. The pool would serve as their “party” place where the king would entertain and cool off from the warm... Continue Reading
The Camelot of AFRICA!

August

31

2016

When I was preparing for my trip to Ethiopia I read on the itinerary that we were going to visit the Camelot of Africa. At first I didn’t understand what that meant. However after visiting Gondar and seeing the castles of King Fasilides I began to understand.
Ethiopia is the only African nation that was never colonised. It had a very... Continue Reading
The Four Sisters at Gondar!

August

30

2016

Next on my Ethiopian agenda was a visit to Gondar. We took a quick 45 minute flight to our next destination but before anythings else we had to have lunch. According to my research the best restaurant in town was the 4 sisters. What started out as humble coffee hut is now a fun little restaurant celebrating all things Ethiopian. We were... Continue Reading
The Church of Saint George!

August

25

2016

One of the must see’s and do’s in Ethiopia is to see the Monolithic Church of Saint George. It is one of the most impressive examples of the Monolithic churches in Lalibela. What makes it very impressive for me is the over all design of the church. From the top view you can clearly see the classic cross design of the church. As we walked... Continue Reading
The 7 Olives restaurant, Lalibela

August

24

2016

I love travelling to exotic places as I get to experience things for the very first time. I for one am very adventurous with food and I am not afraid to try anything and everything. I usually go straight for what is unusual and what I cannot find at home. So this trip to Ethiopia was really exciting for me as I did get to experience many new... Continue Reading
LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA!

August

23

2016

I have a love hate relationship with Jet lag! I love it when I have the kind of jet lag that really makes me wake up early as I feel super productive and I have all the energy to do more things. However I hate it when I fell sluggish and lethargic if it’s the kind of jet lag that makes me sleep longer and gives me a head ache. Good things... Continue Reading
#ETHIOPIAmanipopocorn! My first Ethiopian meal!

August

22

2016

One of the reasons why I was so excited to go to Ethiopia is to try their Cuisine! I have never tried it before and I was so looking forward to try this. Contrary to popular belief there is a lot of good eating to do in Ethiopia and the famine ended more than 30 years ago. The country has learned a lot from that ordeal and from what I have... Continue Reading
ETHIOPIA- The Merkato and Lucy!

August

19

2016

When I visit a new place whether it be a little city or a country on top of my to do list is to visit the market. I always say that the market is the soul of the community. So when I was informed by my guide that we would be visiting the biggest open air market in Ethiopia I was really excited. The open air Market is called the “Merkato”... Continue Reading
HELLO ETHIOPIA!!!

August

10

2016

I am off to another adventure and this time I am visiting one of the most energetic and progressive African nation Ethiopia! It was my very first time to fly on Ethiopian Airlines and I took their new Dreamliner 787 which was quite a joy! I normally have a hard time sleeping on planes so I usually end up watching all the films and shows... Continue Reading
The first L'OFFICIEL DIALOGUES!

August

9

2016

I am a firm believer in the philosophy that one should never stop learning. I for one am constantly in the look out for learning opportunities and because of this I have always been the first one to say yes to speaking engagements as an opportunity to share my own journey. From this exercise I actually learn more from the people around me. Continue Reading
DenLim's kitchen part 2!

August

8

2016

The Universe has a way of really making things happen to your favour. I have been wanting for my family to try this amazing food experience of Dennis Lim’s kitchen in San Fernando, Pampanga. However the only reservation that we are able to book was all the way in November. However as luck would have it a group cancelled and we were moved... Continue Reading
At the Ocampo's

August

5

2016

One of my greatest pleasures are dinners at the home of my friends. I think it’s truly special when one gets invited to someones house. I am very lucky because some of my friends are really so generous and have welcomed Nix and I into their homes time and time again. One of our friends that I always look forward in visiting are the Ocampo’s Continue Reading
''DREAMS, CAREER AND HAPPINESS

August

4

2016

Becoming a fashion designer, is not about making and selling clothes to people. It is the creation of human connection. I believe that my clothes can bring empowerment, self-confidence and happiness to people and also revealing their true beauty. Continue Reading
Artist Studio visit - Jewelle Yeung

August

3

2016

It is always a joy and a privilege to be able to visit an artist’s space. The intimacy of where one creates is really quite sacred. So when you do get invited to see an artist’s studio there is this great deal of trust and respect that is shared.
Nix and I had the privilege of visiting the studio of the gorgeous and talented Cebu... Continue Reading
THE PIG & PALM! By The Social Company

August

2

2016

I am a huge fan of Chef Jason Atherton of the Social Company. Ever since he started opening his super cool “Social” clubs all over London I made it a point to try his several other projects! Each time I went I was completely satisfied, happy and filled with joy. It’s the combination of really good, honest and inventive food mixed with... Continue Reading
FILIPINOS IN THE GILDED AGE EXHIBIT!

August

1

2016

One of my “creative hacks” is to break off from work and head off to a gallery in the middle of the week and get a daily dose of art and culture. I was so happy and lucky that I got to see the last day of Leon galleries recent exhibition of FILIPINOS IN THE GILDED AGE! It was a glorious show filled with work from the old masters. Continue Reading
The OKADA, Manila.... and my Miss Universe moment!

July

29

2016

We were recently invited to the brand launching of the biggest and most ambitious lifestyle resort complex to open in Manila! It was a beautiful and intimate event of less than 100 people. I was so happy to be there as I was with my beautiful Mom and my friend and head of Marketing Bernice Palanca-Go. It was special as my Mom rarely comes... Continue Reading
THE FAMOUS DEN LIM'S KITCHEN!

July

28

2016

I have been hearing about this very special place in San Fernando, Pampanga. This place has been like a well kept secret to all those who love good food. I know for a fact that it is arguably the hardest and most difficult table to book in the Philippines. Often it takes 3 to 4 months to wait for a table at this place. There are many... Continue Reading
BETI'S of Guagua, Pampanga

July

27

2016

One of the greatest treasures of our country are our skilled artists and artisans. One of the most famous group of carvers are found in Guagua, Pampanga. The town of Beti’s have been carving wood for decades and I had the privilege of visiting a factory that is so passionate about the craft. I loved this experience as without this... Continue Reading
Chef Sau's: Cafe Fleur #FunFanga

July

26

2016

It is common knowledge to every Filipino that the Kapampangan’s are the best cooks in our islands. So when our friend Chef Sau invited Nix and I over for lunch in Angeles, Pampanga we gamely obliged. It was the perfect Sunday get away. Located less than 2 hours North of Manila is this oasis of culinary culture awaiting to be experienced. Continue Reading
The MAGPIE+MEMPHIS look book shoot!

July

25

2016

I love doing our look book shoots each season. It’s an opportunity for us to share our story unadulterated, honest and exactly as we see it. It’s not an easy task as there are so many creative individuals involved. Getting everyone’s schedules together is challenging. But somehow it all falls into place. We normally have the shoot on... Continue Reading
HK FINDS!

July

22

2016

This time of the year is a tricky time to head to HK. First the weather is unkindly hot and humid and second it rains all the time. However I am willing to forget all of that because JULY is also the sale season! I am not a big shopper but I cannot overlook a good deal. So there we were 48 hours in HK and totally enjoying the sales. As luck... Continue Reading
PMQ AND FOX GLOVE!

July

21

2016

I was so impressed that Nix and I were able to accomplish so much in 48 hours in HK. I love that fact that we discovered two amazing places this trip. The first discovery was the PMQ http://www.pmq.org.hk First established as the original campus of the Central School ( Queen’s college) and then it became the Police Head Quarters. This has... Continue Reading
HO LEE FOOK...ING GOOD!!!!

July

20

2016


Hong Kong has arguably one of the best dining and culinary landscapes in our region. Each time I come and visit there is always somewhere delicious to eat and fabulous to see. I have been wanting to try HO LEE FOOK like since it opened but never had the opportunity to. I am so happy that I finally found the chance to experience this. Continue Reading
Fashion as Business!

July

20

2016

Sharing with you an article from The Manila Bulletin. Just wanted to express my appreciation to our friends from the Press. They are so important in relaying our message and expressing what our brands have to say. Deeply thankful for the support and love. Thank you Liza and Alex!!!! Continue Reading
Backstage Action for Fashion Exchange Int.

July

19

2016

Have you always wondered how the backstage of a fashion show looks like? When I have a show I actually prefer to stay backstage and revel in the energy, excitement and anxiety. Thank you to L’official Manila for capturing the action from a different perspective. Check this out! http://lofficielmanila.com/style/backstage-first-e... Continue Reading
#kHONGKONGan

July

18

2016

I am not a spontaneous kind of traveler. I prefer long term planning with detailed itineraries with a clear idea what I would be doing on a daily basis. My partner Nix on the other hand really enjoys the excitement and energy of spontaneous trips. Every now and then I tag along and enjoy the moment. This recently happened when I joined my... Continue Reading
Art at the CONRAD with the ACCP!

July

14

2016

I was recently invited to the new Conrad hotel by Mrs. Josie Natori. It was a double celebration of sorts as we were going to honour the Chairman of The Asian Cultural Council of the Philippines Mr. Ernest Escaler as he has been invited to have a seat on the Board of the Asian Cultural Council in New York. It was huge honour for all of us on... Continue Reading
LOVING LANAI!!!

July

13

2016

What happens when you combine several elements that I personally love in one space? Well, I just might have found it and it’s called LANAI! Imagine a life style store that combines the curated vision of three of the most beautiful women of The Philippines. It’s a lifestyle boutique that is quite personal to these young women. A well... Continue Reading