Vanilla Cupcake Bakery



I’ve been getting tagged on Twitter and Instagram by people who’ve seen the DAPHNE® Chairs at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. The photos all looked so adorable that I had to see the place for myself. Over Christmas, I made arrangements with the owner to visit the Glorietta branch. It is located on the second floor of the new part of Glorietta near the walkway to SM. The place stood out in all its cuteness.


This was three days before Christmas. Patrick, the girls and I did some last minute shopping. Soph and Lily were so happy to take a break from the mad rush.


Vanilla Cupcake Bakery had the most adorable and feminine kitchen. We were here to see the decor and use of DAPHNE Chairs as much as to taste the cupcakes. Neither disappointed.


The place was decorated like a playhouse version of grandma’s kitchen. There were tea and baking paraphernalia.


The girls loved all the details. Sophia said, “This is so me! A little bit Cath Kidston with DAPHNE chairs.” She went on about her love for vintage and feminine decor.


I was so giddy to see many DAPHNE Chairs in one space, all being used.


A lot of my Twitter and Instagram followers have mentioned that all my chairs had the logo plaque — a sign of authenticity (because yes, these have been faked and copied. Tsk!).


All the DAPHNE Chairs in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery are authentic. The owner bought them in Dimensione.


I wish I had this many of my chairs in my own home.


I love the mix of different chairs and sofas.


An orange one from the 2012 collection.


We weren’t able to get a seat, the irony. And we didn’t really have the time to sit around. So I don’t have detailed photos of the cupcakes.


But let me tell you, they’re all good – moist, soft, smooth.


The owner gifted me with a beautiful box of 12 cupcakes. The girls chose their cupcakes based on colour and design.


Lily fell in love with the place. And the cupcakes. So did I… and I don’t usually like sweets.


Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is located at Glorietta and Trinoma. Other branches will be opening soon.



Smart Parenting Cover



Smart Parenting January 2013


I’m thrilled to be starting the year with a rare shot of all my girls in this Smart Parenting cover.

Anyone who’s been involved in professional shoots with kids will know that it isn’t easy to get the perfect shot. I’ve done this a few times and the truth is, I get the easier part of the job. I know that all I have to do is be ready every single second we’re shooting and let the stylist, producers, directors try anything to get the kids’ attention while the photographer stands by to get the perfect shot. You don’t want to be the one that ruins the photo – like have the 3 girls ready with their perfect smiles while the mama is caught with her eyes half closed. It’s all so technical. And it can be stressful for the kids (and me) if the team isn’t used to shooting kids.

This shoot was fun and easy. The Smart Parenting team is so good at handling children. Lily had just recovered from the flu. Soph had a fashion almost-meltdown, haha (tween issues). And Stella was busy being herself. The editors brought toys for the kids to play with. The stylist was kind enough to change Sophia’s outfit. To this day Stella keeps asking, “Why is there no photo shoot today?” She associates photo shoot with playing.

Smart Parenting Jan-Feb 2013 is now in magazine stands and bookstores nationwide. There is also an online version in Zinio but the link isn’t up yet.