Good Housekeeping on Zinio




You may also get a copy of Good Housekeeping Philippines through Zinio here, in case you’re overseas. Sorry for the shameless self promotion.





UZ: Interior designer Sophia Ojeda-Llige



We shot this house a couple of weeks ago. It just went on air last Friday Nov 11. This house belongs to a young family who inherited the property from their grandparents. The old house was a bungalow that was beyond repair. The new owner decided to tear it down and build a brand new house with a Modern Asian/Filipino feel. The architect, John A. Pineda, and the interior designer, Sophia Ojeda-Llige saved as much of the old materials as they could and reused them in the new structure like carved Narra balusters and dividers and huge doors. They also used solar tube panels for skylights in the upper level.

The house was built for entertaining and hosting huge family gatherings. As part of the deal, the owners promised to host Sunday lunches every single week for their extended family. There is a beautiful large kitchen with generous counter space to hold all the buffet menu. Frameless glass sliding doors connect the living area to the dining room and then to the lanai. I’m loving the indoor-outdoor living thing happening in this house. Sophia Llige did a great job using a lot of the owner’s heirloom pieces and giving them a younger fresher feel.

Unfortunately we don’t have any photos of the master bedroom’s en suite. It has this huge glass window theatrical rolling blind thing going on. It was incredible. Hope you enjoy the photos. Most shots were taken by Manny Segunto using my old Ricoh.

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Olympus PEN E P3



And she's finally here. My #Olympus PEN EP-3. gorgeous.

I got my Olympus PEN E P3 last week. I’ve taken it out a couple of times. I have to say, this is the best and most beautiful camera I have so far. And it’s so powerful. Fastest auto focus. I haven’t really gone anywhere interesting in the past week, so I have nothing inspiring to shoot. And the kids have been on and off with a fever.

I’m also still on the look out for a nice leather case. Because I’m so picky, I haven’t found one. The kind of skin matters and so does the stitching. Calf skin and vegetable tanned preferred. Also I want it to be a removable full cover. Is there such?

I’ve been asked if the E P3 is now available. Yes, Olympus retailers should have them in stock by now. Let me know if you have trouble finding. Also those with the E P1 and E P2, I urge you to test the E P3. This is the upgrade of all upgrades. Difference from the E P2, this has touch screen auto focus, the fastest auto focus of all micro four thrids, built in flash and basically more power.

Promise to post photos from the PEN soon.



Yet another modern Asian home



We showed this house about a month ago. Sorry in the delay in posting. I had some trouble with my storage – backing up and making more back ups. This house was designed – architecture and interior – by Alex Co. The owners hired Alex Co based on the features they saw on Urban Zone. The construction was managed by the owners themselves as building homes is their family business. Note that the family doesn’t live in this house full time. They live in a Southern Luzon province. They built this home to be the place they’d park at while on random trips to Manila.

Here are outtakes from the shoot. I’m not linking to sources or suppliers. It’s not that kind of blog or show. But one day we will get there. As you know the blog is open to sponsorships.


The living room has a double-height ceiling.


Alex Co is big on wall accents. Here’s one with stone and wood cladding. He did this to emphasize the height of the space.


The foyer with a glass dividing wall hiding the vestibule. Staircase is seen immediately on the left upon entrance.



The back side of the dividing wall with various types of textured glass.


The powder room with dark stone tiles and this dramatic egg-shaped lavatory.


A teardrop faucet hangs from the ceiling down to the sink.


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Christmas shopping at Cath Kidston



I stayed up late last night again. Last week Sophia had a mysterious fever. It wasn’t Dengue, thank God! But it got her down for 5 nights. Some weird virus that just gave her a congested nose. None of the other kids got it, we thought. Until last night, four days after Sophia’s virus had passed, Stella showed the same symptoms. High fever in spurts. She’s fine now. But I assume her fever will spike up again later in the afternoon. No sleep for me again tonight.

Anyway I took a quick break from reading my Steve Jobs book (It is so beautifully written and so painful to read… I mean, my heart hurts with every chapter. Sigh). I needed a diversion. So I started planning some purchases on Cath Kidston online. Here are some of the gift items I found. You can click on the photo and it takes you right to that item online. I know some of you still have questions about Cath Kidston – authenticity, how to ship here. You can click here.

Cath Kidston is my advertiser. Some of you have told me that you’ve purchased online with no problem. They do deliver direct to the Philippines and anywhere in the world. Prices are in US dollars. But you know how it is here – we just don’t know. One time, Customs charged me 30 pesos. Another time, they charged me P2,800 for a shipment of the same value. I have no problem paying customs charges as long as its fair and legitimate. Enough of these guessing games. Anyway if you have a problem with Customs – like something fishy – get all the names of the people involved and send a letter to Ruffy Biazon, the new Customs Commissioner at For peace of mind you can try a third-party shipper like Johnny Air Cargo.

Here are the things I found. Click on the photo to take you to the site directly. There are more items there like everyone’s favourite floral print bags.


Outer Space Kids School Satchel
This retro style satchel is great for all ages and has an amazing vintage-inspired Outer Space print, sure to be a hit with little boys. The design is sturdy and structured, making it ideal for holding books and lunch boxes, it also has a multi purpose strap allowing it be worn as a rucksack or shoulder bag. The retro design is completed with two extra special antique finish brass trims for an authentic look.


Dinosaur Kids Mini Rucksack
Perfect for school or nursery, our mini rucksacks have enough room for a packed lunch and pencil case, with some spare space for homework too! This fun Dinosaur design is just the thing for your little explorer.


Set of 4 Dotty Napkins
This is just so adorable. For a stylish way to dress your table Cath Kidston fabric napkins are just the thing. Made from cotton this set features the lovely Dotty design with its pretty rainbow spots. They also look great teamed with colourful napkin rings.


Tiny Rose Travel Pillow Mask
For your frequent-traveling friend – a tidy travel pillow and eye mask set. Made from soft cotton the eye mask will block out unwanted light whilst the pillow will let you snuggle down for a good rest. Supplied in a clear travel bag, this set features our dainty Tiny Rose print which is also available as a matching luggage tag and passport holder.


Candy Flowers Folded Zip Wallet
This compact little purse is great for storing all your basics and more! The front flap folds out to reveal lots of slots, perfect for storing cards and ID and there is a zipped coin section to keep all your pennies together too. Made from durable oilcloth with leather clasp and pulley details. This cute Candy Flowers print is also available as a matching bag. Confession, I have this wallet but my 8-year old asked for it last night. I want another one.


Dotty Butter Dish
I can’t ‘resist this. Perfect present for the friend who has everything because I’m sure she doesn’t have a polka dot butter dish. Part of Cath Kidston’s dotty range there are lots of matching items available to make a matching dinner set. Made from white porcelain with rainbow dot design it’s also dishwasher safe. This same style comes in Spray Flowers print.


Country Rose Shawl
This pretty lightweight shawl is a great styling accessory to liven up your outfits. The Country Rose print has a vintage edge with its faded colours and ditsy florals.


Spray Flowers Print Tea Set for 4
Cath Kidston sent me this item as a gift a few months ago. And it survived the shipping all the way to my house. Packaging was fool-proof. Again, I love the vintage style of this tea set, featuring the Spray Flowers print comes complete with teapot and 4 matching cups and saucers, all packaged in a pretty Cath Kidston box, making the Set a perfect gift.


Zoo Duvet Set
Can’t resist this on too! So so so adorable. Your little ones will love Cath Kidston’s Baby Zoo duvet set with cute animals design. This fun and cheerful print will brighten up any bedroom and has a fun Red spot print on the reverse if you fancy a change. Matching pillowcase also available.


Waves Kirsty Halterneck Bikini
I love the retro chic vibe of this bikini. It has a halter neck tie and high cut legs giving it an ultra feminine feel. Just team with Jackie O style shades for a stylish look whilst lounging by the pool. This blue and white waves design is also available as a matching one-piece swimsuit too. Good news, it’s 30% off.