Beware of fake Daphne chairs




It has been brought to my attention that there is a furniture maker and retailer that claims to be an authorized seller and maker of my Daphne chairs (particularly the ones in the photo).


1. Daphne Furniture® is sold at Rustan’s Makati. This particular design retails for P15,000.

2. All Daphne Furniture® bears a brass plate with my brand’s name on it. Those without the brass plates are fakes.

3. Another outlet that carries Daphne Furniture® is La Brea in LRI Design Centre, Reposo Street. Heima in LRI also has a few Daphne® chairs (same as above) though I’m not sure they still have any in stock.

4. Daphne Furniture® is not sold online. Should you be interested in purchasing from overseas, my partners can make arrangements. You can email

5. Daphne Furniture® is made by a top Filipino furniture manufacturer with decades of experience in manufacturing and export. My partners are well-respected in the furniture industry with all the necessary certification and accreditation. They are alarmed by this development and have reported it to proper authorities.

6. The “®” in my brand means that it is a licensed trademark. Anyone who uses it without my authorization (or misuses it) can and will be sued.

7. Liars will go to hell.



The winner of LASIK from American Eye Center…




So we have a winner. I did everything on video using my iPhone. It gave me a bit of a headache because I had to email the video in cuts instead of a whole. I had to email it to myself then download, then upload it to my blog. Then I found out that the interface looks like this… Ugh, so ugly. There must be a better way to do post videos (not You Tube though).

So you have to click on these links, in consecutive order to see how I did the picking. I also did some overlaps just so you know I didn’t cheat or re-do.


Lasik 2

Lasik 3

Lasik 4


The winner of the all-laser LASIK from American Eye Center is… HAZEL T. Congratulations Hazel. I was feeling emotional when I found out who won. This was really meant for you. I hope you qualify for the surgery. Actually yesterday when I started reading, I asked Dr. Alnette Tan if cancer survivors can undergo LASIK. She said it’ll depend on your medical doctor’s advice and also on your screening at AEC. So good luck! I wish you the best. I sent you a message by Disqus.

To everyone who joined, thank you! I hope you read my blog with or without these gifts. Cheers!



12 candidates for LASIK contest




This took longer than I imagined. There were more than 200 entries (thank goodness not in the 900’s like other contests). I read each one. I took notes and ended up with 33 entries that stood out for some reason (included some that my parents chose). I was careful about choosing a good representation of different needs. Not all were about drama or desperation. Then I took a break and re-read the 33. And now I have the 12 “candidates.”

All your stories deserve a chance at LASIK.  All the entries are touching. I wish I had more than 200 certificates from American Eye Center. But we just have one.

There will be no online voting. Just a manual picking from 12 handwritten names. I will do that in a couple of hours. I need to fix myself to look semi-human before I do the video of the picking. Sorry to the excitement and build-up. But you’ll just have to wait.

Tia – second year medical student, she broke her eyeglasses and her dad had to fix it with a screw driver.

Elsie Quinto – she doesn’t have facebook and had hesitations of joining, but when I changed the mechanics she joined for her 56 year old social worker mother.

Ramon Monteclaro Sawit – now in his 50’s and would like to be able to say “why did I wait so long.” To prove that it’s never too late.

Lara Gozum – single mother of 7year old, wrote a short entry with no drama. She has astigmatism and her prescription goes as high as 875.

Cris Pablico-Alano – new mom to a 6 month old baby, she joined last year’s LASIK giveaway too, now trying her luck again. She wants to be able to breastfeed her baby without having to look for her glasses first.

Che – for her 59 year old father who she promised to help. They are now focusing on helping him get dentures.

Karla F Santos – she’s been wearing glasses since she was 6 y.o. and she has delivered 3 babies via CS while not wearing glasses. She wasn’t even able to see the faces of her babies clearly.

Hazel T – 33 year old mother of a 5 y.o. son.  A recent cancer survivor.

Ria Cabral dela Cruz – for her husband she calls Mr Frugal. He hasn’t changed his eye glasses in over 8 years.

Gerry Torres – works in design and art. Has had many fears including LASIK.  He just conquered his fear of driving and said “why did I wait so long?” Funny stories about contact lenses flying off and getting lost inside his eye. I can relate to everything he said.

Thysz – short entry but said he sees the world in “bokeh” haha.

Kristine Santos – OFW from Libya, now home after losing their work due to conflict in Libya.

I’ll be back in a couple of hours.


Secret Fresh x Beast Brothers



Ever since I saw the designer toy art in Secret Fresh Gallery at the Ronac Art Center, I’ve been wanting more of this art genre. I was looking forward to meeting Amanda Visell and Carlos Beast of the Beast Brothers during their visit last month but the event fell during the funeral of my uncle. Amanda and Carlos released limited edition designer toys in collaboration with Secret Fresh. Right after the meet and greet, all the pieces were sold out. And that was the end of that. So I thought.


Then this package comes in the mail.


It’s a gift from Bigboy Cheng of Secret Fresh.


Thank you Beast Brothers.




He only produced 75 of these. Hand painted custom skull based on his drawings of Calaveritas skulls.


Looking forward to more cool collaborations at Secret Fresh.




Wanted: New kitchen



I’ve been talking about this for years. I’ve met so many people – designers, suppliers, architects – about redoing our kitchen. We’ve already renovated all the bathrooms, bedrooms and the downstairs living areas. I’m a veteran of renovations. We’ve lived through the inconveniences of construction – that includes delays, going over budget and negligent contractors. It is stressful. This is perhaps the reason why I kept putting off renovating our kitchen. But I can’t wait anymore.

Last week I started on the project again. I now have a clearer vision of what I want for my kitchen. It’s a small space. I want it to be completely functional and not just “for show.” I want the best material but I’m not hung up on brand names. I also want it to fit in with the character of our house – old, charming and Filipino-meets-the-Hamptons sort of feel. I only say the Hamptons because we have a cottage-like environment. I do not take themes literally. So the same will go for our kitchen.

Just to give you an idea of the character of the house…


Funny, when Rafael Calero of Kitchen Studio was talking me into hardwood floors for the kitchen he said “Wouldn’t you want to walk around barefoot in your house?” Uhm, yeah. We do that everyday. It’s not like shoes aren’t allowed. Its just that wood feels great on bare feet. All my babies learned how to walk barefoot on wooden floors. This photo was taken by Cyrus Panganiban for Celebrity Living, makeup by Carmel Villongco.


A mix of old and new downstairs. We don’t have a shortage in heirloom pieces, LOL.


The first thing I did when I moved in to this house was paint the front door red and tile the old kitchen in diagonal checkerboard pattern. All the cupboards and countertops are made of hard wood. Beautiful but in desperate need of repair/replacement.


So here’s what we’re working on. White semi-distressed wooden cupboards, farm house sink, black counter top, gunmetal grey/black hardware, white Bisazza back splash in some areas and dark or walnut hardwood floors. Yes, I’m taking the plunge. We’re going for wood floors in the kitchen. It’ll be treated ofcourse, since the area will get moisture. I’m also thinking of an oiled finish. I’m still in the process of sourcing suppliers.


And here’s my ambitious peg. It’s from a page in the Ikea catalog. Unfortunately my kitchen isn’t this big, so we will have to do something about extra storage. But check out those floors!


I’m also thinking of increasing the space by exposing the beams above.


Rafael also wants me to invest in a lighting designer but I don’t really have budget for that. So let’s see… Lighting design is really important though.


Now I’m really focusing on this. No distractions.