New Orleans via Instagram



How are you, my readers? I apologize for the lack of entries. Thanks for constantly dropping by. I’ve been traveling a lot and it’s been hard to write stories while living in real life. I haven’t even shared my Toronto stories. Here are some quick instagram photos from the weekend.  I was in New Orleans!


Breakfast. New Orleans. Breakfast at Bourbon House just near our hotel.


It's a about kitchen and bath today. #kbis #design #kohler  #neworleans The reason I’m in the US — Kohler invited me on a 3-city visit to see their projects and attend the KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show).


New Orleans. You are so enchanting. #neworleans Enchanting.


Sylvain. #frenchquarter #neworleans #bistro Some downtime at Sylvain’s at the French Quarter.


Since you asked, my lazy Sunday #ootd. 9 dollar top from Joe Fresh Mississauga, old Zara pants, Cath Kidston sneaks, Tods D Bag (the only bag I brought this trip so you might all be so sick of it), Prada sunglasses. Suprising reaction to my daily mommy laidback style. It’s so normal and random. LOL.


At night. #neworleans The charming side of New Orleans at night. Lots of little bistros and lounges.


Bourbon street debauchery. #notmyscene #neworleans The crazy side of New Orleans at night. Bourbon Street.


Had a nice dinner at #Arnauds. Then we played #hauntedhouse in the hallways. #neworleans #spook #haunted Fascinated with the stories of New Orleans ghosts and vampires, I tried to spook myself at Arnaud’s. It’s a lovely restaurant! (All the restaurants have such rich heritage and claims to fame).


Beignets. Oh. My. God. #sogood #cafedumonde Not an exaggeration. Beignets are to die for! And the cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde is yummy!


Off to a new adventure. Bye New Orleans! I’d love to come back with the family.


I’m constantly on the go in this trip. New Orleans deserves a full travelog feature. I’ll work on that in between trips, I hope. It’s hard to write when there’s so much happening. Meantime, please follow me on Instagram, @DaphneOP. Oh, I also have the most random Vine posts, but Vine makes me giddy. Are you on it? I’m also @DaphneOP there.




Canada Philippine Fashion Week



Canada Philippines Fashion Week


A bit over a year ago, my friend from Toronto, Jeff Rustia, and I met up in Manila for afternoon tea. He was going through a personal journey and rediscovery of the Philippines. He told me of this “crazy” idea of doing a fashion event where he’d bring Filipino designers to show their stuff in Canada. And now we have Canada Philippine Fashion Week on June 10-15, 2013 in Toronto.


Jeff & Rommel
Lunch with Jeff and fashion director RomMel at Holts Cafe in Toronto.


Tickets are on sale online for the gala show at C$55. This includes a FREE $30 black car with driver to take you to the event.



Good Stuff // Col. Chris Hadfield



I’ve been following Col. Chris Hadfield on Twitter and Facebook. I love all his photos and updates from outer space. Col. Hadfield is the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station.

Sophia and I spent the afternoon watching his you tube videos about life in the space station. Then we ended up in this particular video about how he achieved his seemingly impossible goal of becoming an astronaut.

I’ve achieved nowhere near what an astronaut has achieved. But I can totally relate to what he said. Someone wise once told me the same thing (I think it was our guidance councillor in my Toronto high school) — that everything you do should add up to getting you closer to your end goal. I was in my mid-teens and I was already thinking of how my resume would look and this affected the kind of summer job I chose, the courses I specialized in and the extra-curricular activities I joined. And I had fun along the way.

Col Hadfield says it better.  Hope you find inspiration in this clip.



“Don’t measure the success of your life by one thing at the end. Measure the success of your life by each of the small victories along the way.” Col. Chris Hadfield.



Consuelo Art Exhibit



Just wanted to share a video in relation to my earlier post about Consuelo Foundation.

Consuelo Zobel Alger was born in the Philippines in 1914. She grew up in a prominent Manila family whose ancestry dates back some 400 years to the Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon. Consuelo is the sister of Mercedes Zobel Mcmicking, the ancestors of the Zobels of Ayala Corp. She was a well-educated woman who spoke 6 different languages. She and her husband did not have children. When she died, she left her entire wealth to charity.

This art exhibit which runs up to April 18 at the Ayala Museum is a tribute to Consuelo Foundation, which for 25 years has quietly invested more than $75 million in child protection and social development programs in Hawaii and the Philippines.



“The beautiful art works are made by the hands of 500 of the Foundation’s beneficiaries from as far north as La Trinidad, Benguet to as far south as Pagalungan, Maguindanao. “These children and young adults have had wounds of misery and despair, borne out of their painful experience of abuse, neglect, exploitation or even incarceration. But through the love, care and healing poured out to them by you — our cherished partners and staff through Dona Consuelo’s act of grace, they leave us these genuine and tangible images of joy,” Carmela Andal–Castro, Managing Director

To know more about Consuelo Foundation, click here.



For Boston



A few days have passed and I still can’t make sense of the Boston Marathon bombings. I don’t think I ever will. What kind of world is our children living in? Horrible.

Amidst all the conspiracy theories are stories of heroism, resiliency and love. At times like these when we see the worst and most evil of human acts, we also see the best and kindest in people. My heart goes out to all the families of those who’ve been hurt and killed. Nothing I say or do will ever take away the pain. In fact, I am even living in fear myself. It’s the mama bear in me. Sigh.

Hours after the attack, I got an email from the president of my site partner Rue La La. Their headquarters is in Boston just blocks away from the bombing. They are doing a small fundraiser to pay for medical expenses of victims. Available at Rue La La, keywords Honoring Boston.


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Rue La La will donate all net proceeds from the sale of this Honoring Boston tee to the Emergency Medicine Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital, which supports the patients and families affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

This item will be shipped standard (within the US) for free. Sale ends April 21, 2013.